SeaWheeze Recap Part Two.

Saturday morning came quick but my pre-race excitement made it easier to wake up. I got dressed and took a quick Outfit of the Day (OOTD) selfie.

SeaWheeze OOTD

SeaWheeze OOTD

The weather was cool and breezy with an intermittent mist. We stopped at the hotel lobby to beg for a couple garbage bags since we didn’t pack proper rain gear. They came in handy once we got to the starting area. I was freezing. We met up with our friend, Rachel, and headed to the start. Jon lined up in the 1:45 corral and I made the questionable (in hindsight) decision to start in the 2:30 corral. I’ll talk more about this later. Each corral went off in 5 minute increments. It felt like forever before I actually crossed the start line but in reality, it was only about 25 minutes.

Before lining up in our corrals.

Before lining up in our corrals.

2:30 Pace Beaver sign.

2:30 Pace Beaver sign.

It was blast to finally be off and running! I let the excitement get the best of me and started out faster than I should. At this point, I tried to slow my pace a bit but my Garmin was tweaking out. At first, I thought my settings had automatically switched to kilometers. LOL I’m such a dummy sometimes! I was starting to get anxious about not being able to track my pace and distance. UGH This was about the point where I wondered if I’m too dependent on my GPS watch. After about 10 minutes of running, my watch sorted itself out. PHEW!

I talked myself through the 13.1 miles. Ticking down a mile at a time. This has become an effective way for me to chop up long runs into easy to handle bites. ๐Ÿ˜€ WARNING: Vent session ahead! If I learned something this year, it’s to start in a faster corral. Not because I’m faster than 2:30 pace but because it might help to avoid the gridlock on the seawall. It’s frustrating to be running along, in a nice groove, and then have to slow way down because people are walkingย three acrossย chatting away. This lack of run etiquette drives me batty. Another major pet peeve is folks running with LOUD music. USE EARBUDS FOR PETE’S SAKE! I was leap frogging someone who was blasting Taylor Swift from their device. GAH! I just can’t. Can’t, I said. All that nonsense aside, I had SUCH an amazing time. The course is beautiful. The weather ended up being to our advantage. Mid 60s with a light breeze was perfect for the run. Here are some pics from the finish line festivities.

So. Tired.

So. Tired. That medal weighed half a pound. I’m not even kidding.ย 

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Jon with our breakfast.

Jon with our breakfast.

Waffle, quiche, yogurt and fruit.

Free SeaWheeze breakfast: Waffle, strawberry jam, quiche, yogurt and fruit.

That’s all for my recap. Jon and I are excited to try and register for 2016. Hope we get in! We’re heading to Kauai in a few days. Hopefully, The Kauai Half Marathon will go as smoothly! ๐Ÿ˜€

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

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+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! ๐Ÿ˜€ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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).ย 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. ๐Ÿ˜›

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.ย ๐Ÿ˜€ 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. โค

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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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. ๐Ÿ˜€ 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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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.ย YUM! ๐Ÿ˜›

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

And so it begins…with a dash of randomness.

As planned, I started my half marathon training last week. I’m following a 16 week program that Jon found on http://www.halfmarathons.net (not affiliated). It consists of 4 runs per week: Tuesday, Thursday, long run on Saturday and shorter recovery run on Sunday. The first week went pretty well. I’m at 3 to 4 miles per day. Saturday was my 4 mile “long” run. Being Memorial Day weekend and all, it was drizzling rain in my neighborhood. Typical. These crackling power lines on my route are just a little scary. ๐Ÿ˜›

Drizzle+power lines = snapcracklepop

Drizzle+power lines = snapcracklepop

Hills are unavoidable unless I want to run in circles around my house. Ugh. It’s great practice for the Kauai course but the hills are no joke. When my calves are on the verge of cramping and my quads are crying, I tell myself “Make that hill your b*tch!” hahaha It works! Try it. Just don’t say it too loud.

The weather is warming up and it’s been muggy lately. Last Thursday was tough, almost 80 degrees. Tomorrow is supposed to get up to near 80 again. I hope my 3 miles goes by quickly. This Saturday is 5 miles. Eeeeep! My longest run since last October. I’ll try to get it out of the way early in the morning to beat the heat. For some of y’all mid 70s to 80 degrees might be fine but I dread it. ๐Ÿ˜€ Such a heat wimp!

Here are some of my running OOTD.

Tuesday 5/19/15:

Lululemon Not So Basic Gym tee with PRO Compression leggings

Lululemon Not So Basic Gym tee with PRO Compression leggings

Thursday 5/21/15:

Apparently, I really like this tee. Worn with Victoria's Secret Knockout crops

Apparently, I really like this tee. Worn with Victoria’s Secret Knockout crops

Saturday 5/23/15:

Please ignore the flat tire. I'm working on it, OK?!?!

Please ignore the spare tire. I’m working on it, OK!?! Lululemon black Not So Basic Gym tee and Mod Moves crops

Monday 5/25/15 (Iย decided to push the Sunday recovery run to Monday since it was a holiday. Ooh, breakin’ the law!)

Lululemon pink BFT and PRO Compression leggings

Lululemon pink BFT and PRO Compression leggings

A couple of weeks ago, Jon and I went to Las Vegas and spent some time with his sister Julie and her husband Jeff. They were in the midst of a whirlwind road trip and we thought it would be a great time to meet up with them. We had a fantastic time! Caught a show, window shopped, had a Hugh Hefner sighting (LOL) and visited M&M World. We stayed at the Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at the Flamingo. This was my first hotel experience in a room with a full kitchen. hehehe It was awesome. I was running around taking photos of the stove, microwave, coffeemaker and tub. Such a dork! Guests of the Hilton have access to the pool at The Flamingo. Can you say “Night at the Roxbury” swim stylee, yo! I wish I would’ve brought my swim stuff! Definitely the fun spot for the younger crowd.

Newer terminal at McCarran Airport.

Newer terminal at McCarran Airport.

I wasn't kidding about taking pics of errrrthing in the hotel room.

I wasn’t kidding about taking pics of errrrthing in the hotel room.

Giant spa tub thing.

Giant spa tub thing.

Peter Thomas Roth toiletries. Oh, you fancy.

Peter Thomas Roth toiletries. Oh, you fancy.

Sprinkles near our hotel

Sprinkles near our hotel

The pool at The Flamingo. PARTAY!

The pool at The Flamingo. PARTAY!

Dinner at Bacchanal was a let down at $60 per person (not including beer or wine). For that price, the food should be hot. Everything we tried was lukewarm and unless you wanted to stalk the pizza bar for fresh, hot pizza you were eating warm food. The sushi was good and the sauteed green beans (by the Chinese food, not the almondine over by the italian food, LOL) were the best I’ve ever had but it just couldn’t make up for what was lacking. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ The following day, we tried Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood. We weren’t expecting much based on the yelp reviews but I was pleasantly surprised. The dolmas and chicken kabobs were really good. I wish I would’ve taken some photos at Spice Market but my brain was on vacation.

Variety of desserts from Bacchanal at Caesars Palace. The vanilla mochi ice cream was GOOD.

Variety of desserts from Bacchanal at Caesars Palace. The vanilla mochi ice cream was GOOD.

Dorking out over The Walking Dead slot machine

Dorking out over The Walking Dead slot machine

A better pic of TWD slot without Jon's finger in the way. :D

A better pic of TWD slot without Jon’s finger in the way. ๐Ÿ˜›

Fat Tuesday. Worth a stop if you like slushy adult beverages.

Fat Tuesday. Worth a stop if you like slushy adult beverages.

Best green beans I've ever eaten.

Best green beans I’ve ever eaten.ย 

It was nice to get away for the weekend and we really enjoyed spending time with Julie and Jeff. โค We’ll be seeing them again at Christmas, this time in Texas. Yay!

One week down, 15 weeks to go! Until next time, thanks for reading!

Annette Lake Hike

Heyyyy! I’m back after another long silence. Ooof! We got out for a family hike this past Saturday. Back up to Annette Lake where my old hiking boots had a complete failure last year. LOL Boo doesn’t quite know what to make of me.

Que?

Que?

We picked the perfect day for a hike. It started out chilly but warmed up to almost 80 degrees. Annette Lake gets really crowded later in the morning but we avoided the nuttiness by getting to the parking area by 7:30am. The hike took us about 4 hours roundtrip (7.5 miles total).

Almost to the trailhead.

Almost to the trailhead.

I knew it would be a tough hike for me. I hadn’t run or hiked for months. Wayyyy out of shape. *huff puff* There’s a bridge, not too far into the hike, where you can stop and watch a beautiful waterfall. This never gets old.

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The first mile wasn’t too difficult but the 2nd and 3rd mile were brutal, in my opinion. Some steep, rocky parts with lots tree roots to trip over. Being a major clutz, I had to really watch my footing. At one point, I could hear my heartbeat in my ears. That’s mostly due to how out of shape I am. LOL Gotta get back to running! Jon breezed up the trail, no problem. He’s been sticking to his hilly training runs. Why can’t I be so disciplined? *sigh*

This hike was pretty easy for Jon. I guess that's the case when you're in shape!

This hike was pretty easy for Jon. I guess that’s the case when you’re in shape!

This looked way steeper in real life.

This looked way steeper in real life. WAY.

Looks like The Shire.

Looks like The Shire.

The quiet is what struck me. When I stopped to catch my breath (this happened more than I’d like to admit) the only sounds were birds singing. Truly amazing to get away from “noise”. Super calming. We reached the lake at about 10:00am where we had our PB&J. Boo got to enjoy his first ever hiking meal. ๐Ÿ˜€

Almost to the lake.

Almost to the lake.

Made it!

Made it!

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Clear blue water

Clear blue water

Heading back down the trail seemed MUCH easier than the way up. The trail is a bit deceiving. The first 3 miles is up, up, up with very few downs. The last half mile to the lake is mostly down. So the entire downhill portion, you’re thinking to yourself, “Uhh, we have to go back UP this when we’re heading out.” LOL

Kind of scary but really cool.

Kind of scary but really cool.

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Wouldn’t be a proper blog without my usual “creepy selfie”. I’m going to make that a “thing”. Or not. I’m starting a 16 week training plan next Monday. My goal for both the Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon and the 2015 Kauai Half Marathon is to run the entire course without walking and/or finish under 3 hours. It’s doable but I know I need to invest the time and effort for it to happen. Until next time, thanks for reading! And if you’re not completely bored yet, here’s a link to Jon’s GoPro video of our hike. ๐Ÿ™‚

Trader Joe's Shortcake Biscuit with coffee

Trader Joe’s Shortcake Biscuit with coffee

I had to post about my instagram photo. About a week ago, Yvette Nicole Brown posted a pic of these Trader Joe’s Shortcake Biscuits and mentioned how delicious they were. Well, of course, I had to try them. Carbs, duh! I posted my pic to IG on Saturday morning and tagged her. SHE REPLIED! WEEEEEEEE!!! I was soooo stoked. ๐Ÿ˜€ I just love her commentary on The Talking Dead. She seems to be a true TWD fan and her enthusiasm over the show and characters has made me a fan of hers. Anyhow, that’s my “sharing is caring” minute. The end.