Are We There Yet?

We made it to the middle of week 11. Boredom and brain fatigue are starting to creep in. My training runs are not as fun as they were a few weeks ago. UGH I’m sticking as closely to the plan as I can muster but it’s been a struggle. I figure these ups and downs are normal. At the same time, I’m getting really excited for SeaWheeze which is a little over 2 weeks away. EEEP!

I skipped my recovery run last Sunday (end of week 9). Week 10, I ran on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings.

Wednesday, 7/22/15:

Full 3 minutes faster than my last 5 miler!

Full 3 minutes faster than my last 5 miler!

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Neon PC Runner socks and Hoka One One Clifton.ย 

I took my new Hoka Clifton out for a spin. They were springy and super light. The sole is a little thicker than I’m used to which caused me to scuff the bottoms here and there. Not a big deal. I was just happy I didn’t trip and fall. I thought my PRO Compression neon PC Runner socks went well with the bright Hokas. ๐Ÿ˜€ By the way, if you’re looking for a good, low profile running sock, these are great. No slipping, sliding or disappearing into your shoe. PRO Compression also makes my favorite compression sleeve. I think I’ve posted about them before but they’re just so convenient to wear around with flip flops.

Friday, 7/24/15: 4 miles (45:59).

Early Friday morning. 4 miles.

Early Friday morning. 4 miles.

I took a last minute day off and went over to my mom’s to help her with some bathroom updates she was having done. As payment, she made lunch. ๐Ÿ˜› Korean dumpling soup or Su Je Bi. One of my favorite dishes of all time. Mouth scorching jalapeno slices are mandatory. YUM!

Su Je Bi

Su Je Bi

Saturday, 7/25/15:

Faster than last Saturday! Weeeee!!!

Faster than last Saturday! Weeeee!!!

 

Saturday.

Saturday.

Saturday’s 9 miles came and went. Two miles in, I was a little skeptical about being able to finish. My right foot was still giving me grief and my head wasn’t in it. But somehow, I kept plugging along and telling myself to go another mile. It got easier once I hit the halfway point but overall not a good day. I was surprised to see that my time was about 8 minutes quicker than last Saturday. Unexpected for sure.

The remainder of my weekend was rest, relaxation, homemade guacamole and spending time with Jon. Boo had to get in his snuggle time too.

Googled a Chipotle wannabe recipe. NOM

Googled a Chipotle wannabe recipe. NOM

Hamming it up for tummy rubs.

Hamming it up for Jon to get more tummy rubs. Say, “CHEESE!”

More human than a human.

More human than a human.

That’s all I’ve got this time around. The next time I post will most likely be RIGHT before SeaWheeze weekend! WOOOOO HOOOO!!! Let the madness begin!!!

Until next time, thanks for reading!

 

 

 

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Au Revoir Week Nine. Good Riddance!

The heat won’t quit. Although, we enjoyed a cold snap (mid 70s) that lasted all of two days. Ha! Again, I pushed my weekday runs to the following morning so I could avoid the afternoon heat. Week 8 consisted ofย 6 miles on Wednesday (1:10:32), 4 miles on Friday (44:47) and 8 miles on Saturday (1:38:13 – THREE minutes faster than my previous 8 miler!) Sunday’s 2 mile recovery run got pushed to Monday. I’ll explain a little later.

Wednesday 7/8/15, 4:00am.

Wednesday 7/8/15, 4:00am.

Friday, 7/10/15:

Friday, 7/10/15:

Way too early and way too dark.

Saturday, 7/11/15:

Still slow but faster than last week!

Still slow but faster than last week!

I didn’t take any photos on Sunday. This is about the same time my brain went on vacation. LOL I woke up feeling like a zombie. I could’ve slept all day but I forced myself to get up and human. *WARNING: TMI AHEAD* PMS and all that goes along with it really jacked up my week. My piddly 2 mile run got pushed to Monday. That was the hardest 2 miles I’ve run in a while. ๐Ÿ˜€ I skipped running on Tuesday and Thursday. I was too hot, too tired and too cranky. By Friday night, my brain returned and I was fretting my Saturday long run. My alarm went off at 6am. My plan was to be out running by 7am. The forecast high for the day was 91. I’m notorious for farting around so naturally, I got out the door at 7:30am. By mile 2, I was feeling the effects of taking the week off. I wanted to stop and walk but I kept telling myself, “Just 7 miles left.” and kept counting down. It helped a little. I try all kinds of tricks to keep myself going. Usually goofy pep talks like: “I’m not going out like that.” “Nuh uh, I’m not brand new.” “Eyes on the prize.” Really embarrassing stuff. ha ha ha By mile 7, I was seeing shapes in the bird droppings on the ground. I, for real, saw the silhouette of the Air Jordan logo. I should’ve stopped for a photo.

Saturday, 7/18/15:

Before the run. Hey, is that Michael Jordan?!?!

Before the run. Hey, is that Michael Jordan?!?!

 

Everything hurt when I was done but I did it!

Everything hurt when I was done but I did it!

Watermelon NUUN and leftover water.

Watermelon NUUN and leftover water.

Both knees and right hip were bothering me towards the end of my run. I’ve noticed a nagging pain in my right foot too. I figured it was time to replace my running shoes. The Saucony Hurricane 16 have worked well for me so I dug around the interwebz (I know, sorry) and found them on sale. WOOT! I also found Hoka One One Clifton on sale (original not Clifton 2) so decided to give them a try.

TWINNING! Replacements on the left. Saucony Hurricane 16

TWINNING! Replacements on the left. Saucony Hurricane 16

Hoka One One Clifton

Hoka One One Clifton

I feel like Napoleon Dynamite in his moon boots when I have these on. <3

I feel like Napoleon Dynamite in his moon boots when I have these on. โค

SeaWheeze is just around the corner. I’m starting to get so excited for it! THEN KAUAI!!!

Boo is not excited.

Boo is not as excited about SeaWheeze or Kauai.

Week 10 should be interesting. The weather is a mystery. I’m seeing forecasts anywhere from 70 degrees with showers to sunny and 80 degrees. The higher miles are really starting to intimidate me. But I’ll stick to what’s working for me. I can’t remember where I read this phrase, it may have been Runner’s World, “Run the mile you’re in.” Kind of a “duh” statement but I love it. It helps me chop up the runs into bite size, doable pieces. During the hilly portions, I usually give thanks for the ability and strength to make it up those hills and pray for additional strength and mental toughness to get through the run without stopping. These are my one-on-ones with God. It does my mind and body good. ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time, thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Half Way Through Training! Weeeeeeee!!!

I made it to week 8 and still getting my miles in. I’m very impressed with (and a bit surprised by) the 16 week training plan I’m following. ๐Ÿ˜€ Every week, I fret the Saturday long run but every Saturday, I’m able to complete it. It’s the weirdest thing, during the run, I feel confident that I can finish. This feeling is totally new for me.

Other than trying to beat the crazy hot temperatures, my 6th week of training went smoothly. 7 miles ended up not being as bad as I thought it would be. It helps that I got out the door by 7:00am. It was getting plenty hot by the end of my run though. Sunday was 3 short miles.ย I’ll try to post the photos in chronological order but bear with my bad memory. No promises.

Saturday, 6/28/15:

Slow 3 miler on Sunday.

Slow 3 miler on Sunday.

Week 7 included a lot of swapping days and early runs just to find some relief from the sun. Tuesday’s 6 mile run got pushed to Wednesday morning. My alarm went off at 3:20am. I had a piece of toast with peanut butter and a cup of coffee. Got out the door at 4:04am. Yikes, who stole my brain and replaced it with a crazy person’s?!?! It was really dark and sketchy for the first 30 minutes. I’m sure I looked like a loon running with high knees. I was afraid of tripping on a crack in the sidewalk so my form was wacky. hahaha Good thing it was dark and NOBODY was up and about. As I was finishing my 2nd three mile loop, I saw what looked like a white plastic bag on the side of the road. As I got closer, the bag turned and looked at me. HOLY MOLY! I jumped back a bit but kept running. It was a white cat just hanging out. LOL I almost stopped to pet it because he/she was eyeing me longingly. Cute little stinker!

Wednesday, 7/1/15:

Way too early but gotta beat the heat.

Way too early but gotta beat the heat.

On Thursday, my office building had a “Tenant Appreciation Day”. FREE BBQ!!! WAHOOO!!! I’m all about the food and if it’s free, what more could you ask for?

 

I felt like I was back at Royal Fork again...ah, the memories.

This is how I maintain my rock hard abs.

Thursday’s run got pushed to Friday morning. LOL I figured, since I had a long weekend, might as well wake up early and run.

Friday, 7/3/15:

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Not the most patriotic of running outfits but my shirt is blue. Pink bra is close enough to red, right?

Not the most patriotic of running outfits but my hat is white and my shirt is blue. Pink bra is close enough to red, right?

Temperatures still in the low 90s. UGH. When will we get back to our normal of low 70s??? Stink!

More cold noodles for this oppressive heat.

More cold noodles for this oppressive heat.

Which leads me to my 8 mile run. I started out at 6am and ran a route Jon suggested. It was incredible! I got to see Mt. Rainier in the morning sun. She’s a true beauty! Saw lots of rabbits, a few cats, a couple friendly dogs and a squirrel. I also said, “Hello, crow!” to every crow I came across. Have I mentioned I’m an animal lover, crazy dog lady? I passed by a blueberry farm and a little public fishing lake. Who knew all of this was in my neighborhood? At the end of my run, I was feeling pretty tired but really happy. I wasn’t as emotional as I thought I would be. I guess I built it up too much in my head. It was anticlimactic but I’ll take it. Every mile closer to 13.1 make me a happy runner! Oh, I almost forgot to mention…I got a hydration belt at Road Runner Sports. Tried it out and it worked pretty well. My only beef is the belt doesn’t stay tightened up. I kept having to tighten the straps every so often. I’m going to try and mess with it to rig up something that will keep the straps tight. I love the bottle portion (Camelback Podium Chill). It kept my water cool throughout the run.

Saturday, 7/4/15:

8 MILES! Put it on yo calendar! :D

8 MILES! Put it on yo calendar!ย 

New Road Runner Sports Delaney hydration belt made by Camelback.

New Road Runner Sports Delaney hydration belt made by Camelback.

My old laptop bit the dust last week so I scheduled an appointment at Apple. They had it working in an hour and it was a cheap fix! So stoked to have a working laptop again.

Thanks Genius Bar!

Thanks Genius Bar!

I enjoyed Sunday’s 2 mile recovery run. Mostly because it was short.

Sunday's OOTD: Super bright Lululemon Var-city tank.

Sunday’s OOTD: Super bright Lululemon Var-city tank.

My new buddy. This cat came running up to me at the end of my run. What a cutie.

My new kitty pal.

My new kitty pal.

Well, that’s it for this too long post. Until next week (or later), thanks for reading!

 

 

 

My Purium 10-Day Transformation Cleanse Experience

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Purium. This is just my experience with their products.

I learned of Purium through my awesome friend Nancy. I saw that she was losing weight and working out like a beast! ๐Ÿ˜€ When Jon and I were in Kauai, she let us try the apple berry Power Shake. I was kind of surprised the shake tasted as good as it did. ha So when I got home from vacation, I decided to do the 10-Day cleanse. My weight has fluctuated since high school and I’ve been every size in the rainbow. <— I know that didn’t make sense. ๐Ÿ˜› I figured I could stick with just about any plan for 10 days.

The day before I started the cleanse, I did exactly what I shouldn’t do, I ate a gigantic meal. I’m so smart sometimes. I went to a potluck at friend’s house and had some amazing food.

Vinh's amazing fried rice and Jodi's spam musubi. DELICIOUS!

Vinh’s amazing fried rice and Jodi’s spam musubi. DELICIOUS!

Vinh's fried chicken. She is an excellent cook!

Vinh’s fried chicken. She is an excellent cook!

And then I woke up…to start my cleanse. Eeep! The cleanse consisted of power shakes and Master Amino Acid Pattern supplements 3 times per day, a fiber drink and tart cherry juice concentrate before bed. I was allowed 3 servings of “flex foods” per day. Here are a few of the flex foods I ate during my cleanse:

Organic watermelon and blueberries

Organic watermelon and blueberries

Avocado with himalayan pink salt and cayenne pepper

Avocado with himalayan pink salt and cayenne pepper

Honeycrisp

Honeycrisp

Cucumber with salt and cayenne

Cucumber with salt and cayenne

On the 7th day of the cleanse, I did something else that isn’t recommended. I barely completed a 10K run. I was planning on using my finish time as proof of time for the Disney Star Wars half marathon. Hopefully, I won’t be placed in the last corral. #slowrunnerproblems I was trying to come up with a breakfast that might fuel me through the run.

Microwaved Fuji apples with honey and cinnamon

Microwaved Fuji apples with honey and cinnamon

Um…yeah. This didn’t work. I bonked at mile 3. Hmmmm, 3 miles seems to be where my brain tells my body to give up. I walk/ran the remaining 3 miles. I need to put in the time to see the results. I know this. Grrrrr.

Boo the schnoodle, giving me a good luck smooch.

Boo the schnoodle, giving me a good luck smooch.

Almost there!

Almost there!

Finally!

Finally!

Back to the cleanse. By the 8th day, I was over it. LOL I stuck it out to the end but my attitude was deteriorating. I was feeling good about the weight loss but eating fruits and vegetables exclusively was making me a bitter person. Hahaha

My results: In 10 days, I lost 11.4 pounds. I lost 3.5″ in my waist and 2 inches in hips. It’s been almost three weeks and I’ve kept the weight off. I haven’t decided if I’ll do another cleanse any time soon but this experience was a good one for me.

Apple Berry Power Shake. Bottoms up!

Apple Berry Power Shake. Bottoms up!

Thanks for reading!

Kauai Half Marathon Recap

The Kauai Half Marathon happened on Sunday 8/31/14. Jon and I got up at 4am to get ready for the run. Thank goodness for that three hour time difference because my brain still thought it was 7am! heh We each had an UGo Anutter bar and I had some coffee (a must). Then we both put on our running duds.

Lululemon neon pink swiftly tank, biker groove shorts, visor, Ultimate Direction belt, SeaWheeze 2013 socks and my trusty old Garmin 305

Lululemon neon pink swiftly tank, biker groove shorts, visor, Ultimate Direction belt, SeaWheeze 2013 socks and my trusty old Garmin 305

The marathon starting line was at Poipu Shopping Village which is a short 5 minute walk from our hotel. Super convenient! It was pitch black at 5:15am so we slowly made our way to starting festivities. The breakfast spread was amazing! Too bad I can’t eat that close to the start of a run.

Pre-race breakfast at Poipu Shopping Village

Pre-race breakfast at Poipu Shopping Village

About 20 minutes before the start, a large group of runners was being lead through an aerobic warm-up which was about the same time a torrential downpour swept through the area. There was a mass stampede to get under shelter. We were all laughing and getting very close to our neighbors. ๐Ÿ˜€ The rain stopped just as it was time to walk to the start. The starting ceremony was beautiful. The gentleman (I wish I knew his name) who said a prayer in Hawaiian and then in English was so full of genuine gratitude. His voice wavered with emotion which, in turn, made my eyes well up. This was one of the most memorable moments of the day for me. So amazing.

Obligatory selfie

Obligatory selfie

And the downpour.

And the downpour.

Excitement at the starting line

Excitement at the starting line

The starting air horn went off at 6am and we were off! There were men in traditional Hawaiian gear blowing conch shells as we ran by. Loved it! The start was a bit slow with a lot of walkers who lined up in front. Jon and I started together and it took us about a half mile to dodge around the walkers. Once we were able to run smoothly, I eased into my slow running pace and Jon sped off into his comfortable pace. At around the 3 mile mark, the sun started to peek over the mountains. I felt like such a tourist, whipping out my phone to take a quick pic. But then I realized everyone else was stopping too and it made me laugh inside.

Sunrise during the run

Sunrise during the run

I was feeling pretty good but had to make a potty stop at mile 4. There was a short line at the portapotties but 7 minutes later, I was running again. At 5.5 miles, I started walking mixed with a little running. The winding hill didn’t help matters. haha Shortly after, I reached the tunnel of trees. What an incredible experience! At the end of the tunnel, the bright sun was a cheery sight.

Tunnel of trees

Tunnel of trees

Look towards the light!

Look towards the light!

Miles 7 and 8 were filled with rolling hills and some flat areas. Boy, was I relieved when I got to the downhill portions! Just a bit before the 11 mile marker, the half marathon goes left and the full marathoners go right (right up a big hill!).

Half baked or fully crazy?

Half baked or fully crazy?

At this point, my left big toe was throbbing and my right calf was threatening to cramp every time I tried to run. So i shuffled the final couple miles. I was so glad to see this:

1.1 to go!

1.1 to go!

The last water station at 12.5 was handing out ice cold wet towels. This was the MOST refreshing thing ever! Truly genius! In my delirium, I wanted to hug the lady who handed me the towel but I practiced restraint. ๐Ÿ˜€ hahaha I knew I was getting very close to the finish!

Approaching the finish line on Poipu Road

Approaching the finish line on Poipu Road. Breathtaking.

Jon was waiting at the finish line, taking photos like a paparazzo. He had to wait over an hour for me. That’s love and dedication right there. He ran a 2:09. My chip time was 3:16 and change. I didn’t achieve my goal of sub 3 hours but the course was much harder than I expected. Next year, I will conquer the beast. heh

All smiles at the finish line

All smiles at the finish line

The Kauai Marathon medals are pretty sweet! Built-in bottle opener in each medal! Pretty and practical!

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I was in a daze at the finish line festivities but I remember the chocolate milk was so good! hahaha I’ll remember this for my next long run! We had so much fun this trip and we’re planning on running the half again next year. Loved every minute of it! I’ll be posting a wrap up of the Kauai trip shortly. I’ll probably continue to blog about my prep for the Disney Star Wars Rebel Challenge in January.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

Wow! Only 27 days to go!

Yikes! Has it really been 15 days since I’ve posted??? I’m such a slacker. But I didn’t have much to blog about since I didn’t get out for any training runs. Yep, another half marathon without proper training. But I’m still going into it with the goal to finish. I’m looking forward to the sights, sounds and smells! I’m so excited for this half marathon! It’s creeping up so quickly! I’m stoked to meet Bart Yasso and Dean Karnazes at the expo/packet pick-up. I’ve also heard they’re hosting a shakeout run the morning before the event. Weeeeeee!!!

For the past two weeks, I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather. I thought I might be battling a cold but I never felt fully “sick”. Hmmmm, allergies maybe? I just couldn’t kick it. Which might be why I didn’t feel so great yesterday morning when my husband and I decided to run a local 5k/10k. I signed up for the 10k so I could add a bit of mileage to my (non-existent) training. Jon ran the 5k. My mind and body were all over the place! My stomach was jittery before the start but once we got going, I felt good. I was feeling strong and optimistic. My first mile was 10:13 which is pretty fast for me. Mile two was about 12:00. Then, at the 2.5 mile mark, the wheels fell off the bus. I had to stop running because my bladder was full. Seriously?!?! Not a honey bucket in sight. So I just kept walking. After the first 5k loop, I seriously considered calling it a day. I thought I had my mind made up when the volunteer at the 5k/10k turn off, gave me some encouragement. I couldn’t quit now, right? So I completed the 2nd loop…walking. I tried to speed up to a jog, here and there, but my bladder wasn’t having it. LOL So miles 3-5 were ugly. I have no idea what my splits were because my GPS watch is old and I kept forgetting to push the stupid “lap” button after each mile. I was busy day dreaming about porta potties. My last mile was about 14:10. I was able to shuffle a bit. I’m guessing that my profuse sweating was drying me out a bit. Ugh

The calm before the storm. On our way to drop Boo off at grandma's.

The calm before the storm. On our way to drop Boo off at grandma’s. This is before he got groomed.

On our way to the starting line. My stomach was just starting to misbehave.

On our way to the starting line. My stomach was just starting to misbehave.

2nd time around. The high power lines were crackling away. Can this be safe?!?! :D

2nd time around. The high power lines were crackling away. Can this possibly be safe?!?! ๐Ÿ˜€

Just finished. Still no honey buckets.

Just finished. Still Honey Bucketless.

After the run, we had to hustle it back to mom’s to pick up Boo and get him to his grooming appointment. We thought he’d be able to sleep more comfortably if his fur was sheared short. It’s been uncharacteristically hot for this area. Ick.

Boo's "After" (see his "Before" above).

Boo’s “After” (see his “Before” above).

We’ve had some amazing sunsets and cloud formations the past week.

I loved the rays coming off the puffy little clouds.

I loved the rays coming off the puffy little clouds.

Pink and blue leopard clouds.

Pink and blue leopard clouds.

And just to add to the silliness. I asked Jon to take some photos of me and Boo after his haircut. Jon thought it would be funny to hold down the shutter and keep taking photos. I had to use Jedi mind tricks to retrieve my iPhone.

Yes, the bobby pin enhances the force.

Yes, the bobby pin enhances the force.

Just kidding. I was just reaching for my phone and he caught this scary pic of me. LOL I was a couch potato the remainder of the day.

See, I don't *always* scowl.

See. Proof that I don’t *always* scowl.

I have no idea when I’ll get out for another run. I’ve found that if I plan it, it doesn’t happen. *sigh* I’m aiming for sooner rather than later but I’m just going to leave it loosey goosey because that’s how I roll. See y’all later. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

Down to 53!

Whew! We made it through the fourth of July without incident! Boo is still a little skittish when he hears a loud noise. It was mercifully quiet last night. Yay for a good night’s sleep!

The weather has been getting progressively hotter the past couple of weeks. I’m the stereotypical Seattleite who complains about the rain and cold but whines about the heat when it gets above 79. LOL I’m a serious weather wimp. I love summer and sunny days but when I can’t cool down, I whine…incessantly. ๐Ÿ˜› I’m sure my dog is not too happy about the heat either. Have I mentioned he’s a nut? He likes to sleep in really goofy positions as evidenced here:

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and here:

Airing out his junk. Again.

Airing out his junk. Again.

After the hiking boot incident on Friday, I googled some reviews and settled on these Scarpa Luna GTX from REI.com:

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This photo makes my size 9 banana feet look small. โค How do you like the snazzy pink New Zealand bed socks? Silly, I know. I just wanted thick socks to try with the boots. Anyone else pronounce “New Zealand” in their head with an accent? I did! haha OK, focus! The boots are lightweight, waterproof and sleek. No clompy, heavy sole here. I’m excited to give them a try. My husband and I hope to attempt Annette Lake again soon.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise but I didn’t run yesterday or today. *gasp* I did get to the gym on Sunday morning for a treadmill (dreadmill in my world) run. So incredibly boring! I guess it’s safer than trying to run alone in my neighborhood. Unfortunately, I run a lot slower and am a lot shorter than my husband. We tried to run outdoors together but he has to modify his running form to run my speed. It’s not good running mechanics. LOL I was pretty stoked to get about 4.9 miles under my belt. My workout was 64 minutes total. BLARGH! But I got it done. haha

 

My stats during cool down.

My stats during cool down.

This was after. Sorry about the scary, in-truck photo but this is the “real” me. Yikes.

Flared nostrils. YAY!

Flared nostrils. YAY!

After work, I hustled to a TSA office to sign up for TSA Precheck (I won’t have to take off my shoes at airport security, wheeeee!) and then to GNC to stock up on Quest Protein Bars. They’re currently “buy 2 get 1 free” and I received a $10.00 off coupon in the mail. I’ve been having a bar for breakfast the past few weeks and they keep me filled up until lunch. I’ve lost about 3 pounds in that time, slow and steady. I’ve been snacking less and chewing more gum. haha My goal is to lose the weight at a safe rate which also helps me with running (speed and effort). I grabbed a box of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough to try out all of the online recipes. I’ve heard they’re AMAZING baked in the oven. NOM I also picked up various other flavors to try.

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Wow, long post is long. Have a good week!