Fashion and Fro-yo

I’m working on getting my RNR Seattle Marathon post done, but it will probably take me a while. Check back in a few months ūüėČ Here is a picture I took of Mt. Rainier during the race to hold you over. Maybe my time would have been better if I wasn’t texting my mom while running that Mt. Rainier was out.¬†

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I’ve been extremely busy lately, which has been a nice way to pass time during this deployment. The only downside is that I am spread a little thin and will have to figure out how my husband will fit in once he returns home.

I’m running a 1/2 on July 20th with a friend. I thought I wouldn’t want to run for weeks after the marathon, but I have full on runner’s high in a bad way. Another friend and I are already working on BQ training plans.

I am starting to teach cycling once a week at our local Y. My first class is next week!

 

I’ve started getting more request for pictures, which is amazing. I had a shoot today for my friend’s new boutique – I even had a few pictures of me snapped! [See my muscles? I think R.I.P.P.E.D is paying off.]
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You would not believe how hot it is here! We had to be in the 90’s today. I know that doesn’t sound like much to my Southern peeps, but Washington didn’t invest in AC. We were so hot after the shoot that we were forced to have fro-yo to cool down. It’s a tough life.

Seeing as it is after 1am, I should probably go to bed now.

20 miles is hard

My view this afternoon:¬†photo 3Ben & Jerry sure know what they are doing. Ben, Jerry and I had a date because I was celebrating my longest run of this training plan, my longest run E.V.E.R and my last long run before the RNR Seattle Marathon!!!! I still can’t believe I ran 20 miles. I am blessed with great friends who each took an hour of my run so I would have company for all 20 miles. Mile 20 was actually my fast mile, so I guess that is a good sign. May was a pretty good running month for me considering I didn’t feel like I was running that¬†frequently.

Screen Shot 2013-05-31 at 9.06.50 PMMy only concern¬†one of my many concerns going into RNR is that I didn’t complete any runs alone. Even those short ones were with Boomer.

Other than running, I was gifted a monogramming machine. So now I am a monogramming machine. I’m Southern, what can I say?

I’m thinking about selling these monogorammed workout tanks. Would anyone be interested?

18 miles is really far

I have about 1 month left before the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon and I’ve hit the part of training I was scared of – really, really long runs. Saturday called for an 18 miler, my longest run by 3 miles.

There is one thing I learned: 18 miles is really far.

I started around 6:30 in the morning (really early since I stayed up drinking wine and watching Parenthood with my husband) not because I had to beat the heat (that doesn’t exist in the PNW), but I wanted to be able to run, recover and still spend some time with my hubby.

At 8:00, I meet up with a group of friends, just as I was around 9 miles. It was perfect timing because I was getting tired and honestly a little bored. Apparently I was more tired than I thought because I never turned my iPod on once I got off the busy road (the first two miles of my run).

I did try to snap a few pictures of the mountains, but this is the best of my attempts.

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Anyways, I ran for another hour or so with my friends. We split up at 16 miles and I headed home, thinking I was going to time it perfectly to our doorstep. I ended up finishing about 1.5 miles from my house so I called my husband to come collect me.

After telling my husband how far 18 miles is he asked me if I had seen my outfit. Apparently he thinks matching is required, but I think it is more of a suggestion. I can’t help it if all of my most comfortable running stuff gives me an outfit Rainbow Brite would be proud of. I guess that is an excuse to buy a cute (and matching) race day outfit. I’m okay with that.

I actually had more negative splits that I thought I would.

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The rest of the day was spent eating (cereal, fig newtons, nachos, coke, a soft pretzel,¬†Japanese,¬†crackers and cheese…) I told my husband post really long runs must be like having pregnancy cravings.

That afternoon, we headed down to a huge mall in Tukwila to walk around and have dinner. The rest of the night was spent with these two crazies.

I did it!

photo (1)Honestly, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. The beginning was a little rough…

I checked the weather before leaving and it said 50 degrees with a high of 65, but it felt cool. I decided on pants and a long sleeve. Luckily I threw a short sleeve shirt in my bag as I headed out the door because 3 miles in I was in the backseat of my car changing. I headed back to the main road on base but quickly realized I was either going to find a bathroom or wet my pants. After awkwardly running around base trying to find a bathroom (note: no bathroom at the gas station or mini mart) I went back to where I parked and used the Commissary bathroom. I thought I saw a different way to get back to the main road, but there wasn’t a sidewalk and I like to abide by the rules when on base (correction – my husband has me scared to do anything “wrong”). Back I went up towards the Commissary (by this point I’ve awkwardly walked around looking for a sidewalk while pouring sweat) when a group of Marines walked by.

“Good Afternoon, ma’am”

I wanted to respond “I know I look like an idiot, but all I need is a sidewalk so I can run… 10 miles by the way!”

I settled for “hello” and kept walking.

Finally I got back on the road and finished out my run. The entire run I thought I wasn’t doing that great, but I finished my last mile pretty strong. That has to be a good sign that I still had something left in the tank.

 

Sunshine and Water

Today I was able to soak up some sunshine and check out a new trail.¬†Technically¬†I’ve gone to Clear Creek Trail before, but I didn’t realize how big it was. This time I started at Silverdale Waterfront Park where there is a paved path by the water. Then the trail turned into a real trail (gravel and dirt) and boy did I feel it in my legs.

I really needed a day like today even if my run wasn’t the greatest. I was able to get in 5 miles on the trail. I was supposed to run 6, but I turned around too soon and didn’t feel like running circles for a mile. I wanted to take Boomer for a run anyway so I did my last mile with him when I got home.
photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 photo 4All in all, it was a good day and I am glad I was able to enjoy the sun.

 

Getting back on track

After getting sick and my parent’s visit – the marathon training got a little off track. Now I have a little making up to do, but I am feeling refreshed after a three week break from “real running”.

I did find a group of girls to run with which has been awesome. It’s funny how you can truck right up a hill without really noticing when you are chit-chatting with girlfriends. Wednesday, I ran solo for the first time in a while and it was a tough 4.5 miles. Even though it was cloudy and cold, I am so thankful to have a beautiful route along the water. There is just something about running beside water that makes me happy.

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Yesterday, the weather was cold and windy so I opted for the treadmill. I was able to get in a slow and actually pretty easy 5 miles which is my longest run since my injury in September!!! Tonight is yoga night and my hips are so looking forward to it.

 

 

RNR Week 2

Week 2 of RNR Seattle training is complete! I am so happy that 3 miles is easy-ish once again.

Monday: Yoga followed by a 3 mile treadmill run. I was proud of myself for actually doing my run since it was 7:00pm and all I wanted to do was eat dinner. I was even tempted to grab fast food on base before I left, but I reminded myself of the healthy dinner waiting on me at home.
Tuesday: Off. Tied body and really just didn’t feel like working out.
Wednesday: 1 fast mile + yoga + 2 miles. I got to the gym a little early so I decided to go ahead and get one mile out of the way. Didn’t leave base without fast food. Oops.
Thursday: 30 minute bike ride.
Friday: 5 tough, painful miles outside. Pretty sure I ran through the ghetto, so I am going to actually plan a course for my next long run. However, the sun did come out so it was a good day.
Saturday:¬†Indoor rock climbing with some new friends. My back is so sore!!! I’ve decided that the hubby and I are going to go there once a month for my upper body workout.
Sunday: 3 mile “recovery” run.

I realized I really need to get outside more. I’ve been avoiding the rain and cold for weeks, but you just can’t get the same run quality inside. I thought running with inclines would help, but outside kicked my butt.

The idea of running 26.2 miles still blows my mind and I’m not sure how I am going to make it. I saw this on Pinterest the other day and I’m thinking about plastering it all over the house: