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. 😀 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 walking three across 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. 

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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! 😀

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

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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. 

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. 😀 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. 😛 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!

 

 

 

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 of 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. 😀 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. ❤

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. 🙂

Until next time, thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

+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