Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Running Update

Sunday was 5K #2..."Raising the Bar for Education" at the zoo. I didn't raise the bar, or raise any money, (I did raise my legs while running!!) but it was great nonetheless! The run was the same distance as the one two weeks ago but the zoo is hilly so I was apprehensive. Twice last week I went to the Y and ran on the treadmill using the hill option so I thought I might be okay. Plus, one of those hilly days I ran 4 miles so I was trying to be optimistic.

Sunday was a gorgeous day. The race (yes, it was timed!) started at 7:30 and it was chilly but absolutely beautiful at the zoo. The hills were manageable and I finished at 36.20, 2.20 less then last time. I was pretty excited. And it was really exciting to hear the announced say, "And here is Erica Kern finishing at 36.20." 36.20 and hills! I was jazzed!

Next is a 4 mile run in December and then a (eek!) 10K in January.

I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


Here is Leah looking model-esque wearing the scarf I made for my sister Kim for her birthday. You would never know that it was over 100 degrees outside...Leah looks so cool and uncaring...in a model-y sort of way.

Anyhoo, my sis loved the scarf and now I'm on to other presents for some people who shall remain nameless!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Breakfast with my Dear Friend Janet N.

Yesterday was the Phoenix Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. It was an amazing event. I was a bit apprehensive because it has been hot outside and I wasn't sure how I was going to do but I'm thrilled to report the run was wonderful. We started at 8:20 so it was still fairly cool outside and we were fortunate enough to have a bit of breeze. I ran with two friends, Robin and Shaunna, and having their company made it even better. I finished my 3.1 miles in just over 38 minutes and felt amazing (and after only 6 hours sleep!). Here is a photo of us just after we crossed the finish line.

Tomorrow Shaunna and I are going to begin training for our next event, a 10K in the spring!

And, now to explain the subject line...a friend of mine works for Governor Napolitano and organized "Team Governor" for the run. After the run I called to see if she wanted to join us for breakfast and she said that she would and asked if I could hold on for a second. After a moment or two she got back on the phone and said, "Meet me at The Good Egg at Park Central. And, the Governor will be joining us." Yes, you heard me right; we ate eggs with Governor Napolitano! It was totally cool. She is very down to earth and quite funny. There were just nine of us so it was quite intimate. It was a wonderful way to end an amazing morning.