+80 Degrees In The Pacific Northwest. Just No.

Won’t somebody, please, turn down the heat? I’m really trying to stick to my training plan but 88 degrees fahrenheit (31 celsius for my Canadian friends – I had to Google it because I’m metric system challenged) is too hot to run in! Seriously! I just can’t. I skipped my planned 5 mile run today. It’s just too hot and I’m not feeling 100%. Still have a nagging sore throat that’s causing some ear pain. Bummer.

The past week and a half of training has been pretty good WHEN my body is cooperating. I wasn’t feeling well last Thursday, skipped my run and went to bed at 7:00pm. So weird. I wasn’t very confident that I’d be able to run the full 7 miles on Saturday. Self-sabotage? Maybe. I knew it would be warm so I tried to get an early start. I still haven’t found a hydration belt that suits my needs. It’s hard finding a belt that can accommodate an iPhone6. Blah! I decided to give Jon’s Ultimate Direction Jurek Endure another try. Instead of using both bottles, I tried using just one. It bounced and shifted a bit at first, especially on downhills but it eventually settled. I like to wear belts slung low on my hips otherwise they shimmy up to my ribs. I’m still not sold. I think I need a little more stretch in the waist strap.

Saturday, 6/20/15: 7 miles (1:29:33)

Ultimate Direction Jurek Endure water belt.

Ultimate Direction Jurek Endure water belt.

The good news is I ran the entire 7 miles! Wheeeeeeee! 😀 It was slow but I did it. Gave me an awesome confidence boost. On Sunday morning, Jon and I went to the Interurban Trail. I was to run 2 or 3 miles. I opted for 3 since I didn’t run on Thursday.

Sunday, 6/21/15: 3 miles

Sub 11 minute miles! WOOT!

Sub 11 minute miles! WOOT!

Yet another poorly taken selfie.

Yet another poorly taken selfie. OOTD: Lululemon vintage pink 105f Singlet and tall Groove Shorts.

And since Sunday morning’s run went so well at the trail, Jon and I had the genius idea to go back there on Tuesday. Major difference being it was 5:00pm and 81 degrees. No shade, no breeze. Lots of sun, lots of heat. Needless to say, I was using colorful language throughout the bulk of my run. I did a 5 mile out and back. At the turn around point, some young gentleman (I’m using the word loosely here…) was yelling at everyone who passed him. Handing out free advice. He asked Jon why he wasn’t riding a bike and that he should be on a bike rather than running. Oooh-kayyy. This is how I know God works in mysterious ways. I was so incredibly hot and tired at that point but I wasn’t about to deal with this guy and let him catch up to me. So I tagged the halfway point, turned around and kept running. I wanted to stop so badly but I was just a little creeped out. LOL I guess He thought I needed a little extra motivation. 😉

Tuesday, 6/23/15: 5 miles (1:01:48)

Quick pre-run photo before I knew what I was in for.

Quick pre-run photo before I knew what I was in for.

This is never a good sign. But then again, Jon could have pushed me down the trail in it.

This is never a good sign. But then again, Jon could have pushed me down the trail in it.

At the start of 5 miles.

Looking happy at the start of 5 miles.

This Saturday is 7 miles again. Wish me luck. Ha! Next Saturday is the exciting “MOMENT OF TRUTH”. 8 miles. Will I be able to do it?!?! <insert dramatic marmot here> *dun dun dun* Until next time, thanks for reading!

Bonus Boo pic. He was sooo tired after a full day of The Doggie Den. hahaha

Bonus Boo pic. He was sooo tired after a full day of The Doggie Den. He barely fits on that seat. lol

 

 

 

What was that? Father’s Day is NEXT Sunday?

So, I’m either the biggest goof EVER or just calendar challenged. Maybe both. I thought today was Father’s Day. Yikes! I went out and grabbed a Father’s Day card yesterday, thinking I was down to the wire (as usual). I noticed while I was browsing the cards, a sign said “FATHER’S DAY JUNE 21st”. Umm. *looks at date on watch* Yep, not until NEXT week. LOLOL! So I’m early for once. 😛

This past week of running was a roller coaster ride. I ended last Tuesday’s run at 3.4 miles. My brain would not let me run the planned 4 miles. It was too hot for me (around 84 degrees). Thankfully, Thursday was a bit cooler. My time was exactly the same as last Thursday’s run 48:33. I had to look at my Garmin a few times and double check the date. 😀 Incredibly weird.

Tuesday, 6/9/15: 3.4 miles

Dressing like a traffic cone saves lives.

Tuesday’s Running OOTD. Dressing like a traffic cone saves lives.

Too hot out. *whine*

Too hot out. *whine*

My friends at work and I like to walk up to the Tacoma Farmers Market on Broadway. It’s there every Thursday from May to October. This pic was on our way back to the office. I know, it’s totally random but it looked kind of cool, grungy and creepy all at once.

Random. Stairwell on the way back to my office.

Random. Stairwell on the way back to my office.

Thursday, 6/11/15: 4 miles (plus .6 walk to make up for Tuesday’s shortage)

Thursday's run OOTD. There's that grey shirt again.

Thursday’s run OOTD. There’s that grey shirt again.

Again, I was a little apprehensive about Saturday’s run but it went better than expected. I got my start before 8am and the temperature was around 60 degrees. ❤

I need some help finding a good hydration belt. So far, I haven’t had to run with hydration but I’ve realized I need water at about 5 miles. Chewing gum helps but carrying water might be smarter. LOL Any tips on a good belt? I’m hoping to find a single bottle holder. Maybe something that fits horizontally on the waist rather than a vertical set up? Jon has an Ultimate Direction Jurek Endure that he loves. I tried it but I’m really in the market for a single bottle holder. If you’ve found one you really like, please comment and let me know. I need one ASAP. 😀

Saturday, 6/12/15: 6 miles

Almost a full 6 minutes faster than last Saturday!

Almost a full 6 minutes faster than last Saturday!

Sunday morning recovery run turned into a fast run for me. 😀 Jon and I decided to try something new and drove down to the Interurban Trail. We did a quick out and back. On the 1.5 miles back, I tried to pick up the pace. It helped that Jon was there showing off his speedy legs. He got some footage of our run on his GoPro. We saw a couple bunnies and pups on the trail. Mount Rainier was out and the weather was PERFECT! It was a great morning for a run. Here’s a link to Jon’s video of our run:

Sunday, 6/14/15: 3 miles

Soooo close to sub 11 minute miles. Still not speedy but getting faster!

Soooo close to sub 11 minute miles. Still not speedy but getting faster!

Got sun?

Got sun?

That was my training week in a nutshell. Did I say that?!?! Sorry, blogging brings out the worst cliches in me. heh

Until next time, thanks for reading! Oh, and if you have a hydration belt suggestion, please comment. 😀

Longingly, lovingly starting at...my ice cream.

Longingly, lovingly staring at…my ice cream. Stalker.

 

 

 

The Fourth Week

…of half marathon training, that is. So far, so good. In the past, there was no such thing as “training” for me. I would run a few miles, here and there, then expect to run a half marathon without walking. Um yeah, it doesn’t work that way. Not for me, anyhow. LOL I’m determined to change my habits this time around. I’ve just started my 4th week and feeling pretty good.

Thursday, 5/28/15: 2.1 miles

Calm before the storm.

Calm before the storm.

The weather has been warming up day by day. By Tuesday, it was in the low 80s. Running in heat is my kryptonite. I was supposed to run 3 miles but I quit after 2.1. Sad. I’m wearing dayglo orange for visibility. I almost got hit by a car on Tuesday so it’s bright colors from now on. Eeep!

Saturday, 5/30/15: 5 miles

I forgot to stop my watch at 5 miles flat. LOL My time was 1:01:09.

I forgot to stop my watch at 5 miles flat. LOL My time was 1:01:09.

Sunday, 5/31/15: 3 miles

Before my 3 mile run.

I think I need to rotate my running tops a little more.

Jon is on the hunt for some better running shirts. Lululemon’s Metal Vent Tech tees are great for shorter runs but they get waterlogged and heavy for anything longer than 6 miles. Any ideas? What is your favorite running top? We went to Road Runner Sports to see what they had. Jon didn’t find a shirt but he surprised me with a Garmin 220. I’ve been wanting a new GPS watch for a while. My old watch was starting to get glitchy. Plus, it felt like I was wearing an anvil on my wrist. LOL

I took my new watch out for a spin on Tuesday. Ran 4 miles but didn’t get any photos because senile. I love the watch! It’s light weight and tracks your splits automatically! No more stalking my watch to push the stupid lap button! Wooohooo! Welcome to 2015, Michelle!

Thursday, 6/4/15: 4 miles

Lululemon Not So Basic Gym tee and Run: Chase Me crops.

Thursday’s OOTD: Lululemon Not So Basic Gym tee and Run: Chase Me crops.

Saturday and Sunday were WAY too hot. WAY.

Saturday, 6/6/15: 6 miles

After my 6 miler. I was happy, hot and tired!

After my 6 miler. I was happy, hot and tired!

Saturday's stats.

Saturday’s stats.

Saturday’s run was a big deal for me. I haven’t run 6 miles without stopping/walking in years. If I remember correctly, the last time was at the 2008 Iron Girl 10K. I wasn’t sure that I could pull it off but I kept telling myself to think positive. I tried to get an early start to beat the heat. 8:40am isn’t very early but I kept smashing that snooze button. I felt good for most of my run. It was hot but there was a slight breeze to keep things sane. My run ended near my mother-in-law’s house. I met Jon there and cooled off in mom’s beautiful back yard. I was very thankful for a cool bench, a little shade and ice cold water with a tri-berry GU Hydration drink tablet.

Sunday’s 3 miler felt hard. I started out at 8am but it felt even warmer than the day before. Why am I such a wimp when it comes to heat?

Sunday's run stats.

Sunday’s stats.

Mom to the rescue! She took me out to Palace Bar and Grill in Federal Way for ice cold naeng myun. This was the perfect meal for a 90 degree day. After lunch, we stopped at H-Mart for some groceries. I picked up some goldfish shaped ice cream sandwiches. They come in a few different flavors like strawberry, sweet red bean paste (azuki beans) and plain vanilla. The outside layer is made of a thin wafer and filled with vanilla ice cream. I got red bean and it was delicious! Reminds me of the shave ice with ice cream and azuki beans I had in Oahu. YUM! 😛

Mul naeng myun at Palace Bar and Grill

Mul naeng myun at Palace Bar and Grill.

 

Samanco red bean ice cream sandwich

Samanco red bean ice cream sandwich. NOM

Boo, our Schnoodle, had his buddy Lickity over to play. A cat caught Boo’s attention but Lickity is too short to look out the screen door. Problem solved.

Short pup problems.

Short pup problems.

That’s about all the rambling and awkwardness I have for now. Until next time, thanks for reading! 🙂