Monthly Archives: September 2015

FitOne Boise Half Marathon per James

I love the way James describes the race and the weekend…

“A break from the normal taper routine on this training plan!  Instead of a standard 12-14 mile long (real) slow run, I ran the FitOne Boise Half Marathon.  This was not a spur of the moment decision by any means…it’s been on the little next race widget thing on the sidebar for several weeks.  I actually registered back in June with PK so this race was well planned and integrated into my marathon training for Chicago…”  Read more…

He’s so much better at describing races than I am!  He runs kinda fast too… 🙂


FitOne Boise Race Recap


I started this blog back in July when I had just begun training for the FitOne Boise Half-Marathon.  There are quite a few of my blogging friends who have followed me through this journey from the beginning, and a few of you have come along at a later time, but I really want to thank all of you for the encouragement and keeping me going at even the worst of times!! This past Saturday was the day that I had been working towards for 12 long and trying weeks, and it was worth every minute of it!

wpid-img_0917.jpgI hadn’t got much sleep the night before, but I’m not sure anyone sleeps well the night before a race, do they!  We got to the start line without a hitch.  There were 4 of us running it… my husband James, my father-in-law Rick who just turned 70 four days before, his running partner Roberta, and me. This was Rick’s very first half-marathon, and having just turned 70, what a fabulous way to celebrate!!  Anyway, we were all lined up at the start line, I was doing my normal freaking out (per usual) and eating my Shot Bloks, but when I bit down on my Shot Blok, it completely lifted a crown off one of my back molars. Thankfully I wasn’t in any pain.  I was more shocked that it happened than anything… and really kind of irritated. Ten minutes before the gun was to go off!  Are you freaking kidding me?!!

No worries.  I sucked it up and put my crown in my belt to deal with later.  We all managed to cross the start line together, said our goodbyes, and off everyone went.  James was leading the pack, then Rick and Roberta, and I followed up from behind.  I’ve never really said how slow I actually run, but my goal was to get this done in 3-1/2 hours.wpid-19288.jpeg

The race was fabulous as I knew it would be. The scenery was gorgeous.  We started off in downtown Boise, ran through a few beautiful neighborhoods of big historic houses, through the Old Idaho Penitentiary Site, across the Boise River down to the Greenbelt (which I had run back in July), up through downtown Boise a different way near the capitol building, up a mother of a hill, and down on into Ann Morrison Park to finish it off.  Okay, so I’m not the best at details, but if you ever want to see the heart of a city, run a race to get a close look at the beauty.


James and AJ at the finish line!

Jamesy finished in 1:47:57, a screaming finish and a great confidence boost for Chicago!  My father-in-law and Roberta, so proud, finished it in 2:22:03!!  And I came close to my 3-1/2 hour goal at 3:32:18.  I was only 2 minutes off, but I consider this race a huge success!!  First and foremost, I finished and got my bling!!  I’ve also knocked off another state in my “50 in 50” quest (James still needs Idaho for his marathon).

I know I still have some things I want and need to improve. My breathing for one… I need to increase my VO2 max so I can become a more efficient runner.  That is one of my downfalls, my breathing.  My legs are strong, but my breathing gets me in the end.  And I also need to work on getting stronger with hills.  But don’t we all, hehe!

Next up is Maui in January with a goal for me of 3:15:00!  And that’s going to be one helluva runcation!!  Bling, family time, and snorkeling all in the same trip!  I just don’t think life could be any better!


Not only did Rick receive the normal bling, he placed 2nd in his age group and got extra bling for that! Wow!


Random Thoughts


Funny orange guy walking around the expo, scaring all the little kids.

I’m here in Boise now and I’ve reached total freak-out mode which is perfectly normal for me the night before a race.  I’m a bit of a babbling mess, but I thought I’d gather some of the thoughts going through my mind regarding tomorrow…

  • Did I train enough?
  • No, I could use another month.  Time rewind please.
  • Why the hell am I doing this?  Why didn’t I sign up for the 10K?  I like 10Ks… that’s a more doable distance.
  • Oh right, it’s the bling.  The bling motivates me.  It’s all about the bling.
  • If I can make it through tomorrow, I’ll train better next time.  I promise!!
  • I hope I don’t have a panic attack.
  • Did I train enough?  I don’t think I’ve trained enough.
  • I don’t think I have enough pockets for all the gel I’m going to need.
  • Maybe I should’ve brought my water bottle belt.  I’m going to run out of water.  Surely four aid stations isn’t going to be enough.
  • My calf is sore.  Oh no… why is my calf sore?  Oh, right, uncross your legs.
  • I should’ve done more hills.  I would be stronger if I’d done more hills.
  • I wish I could walk faster.  For that matter, I wish I could run longer without stopping.
  • I should’ve done more long runs.
  • Did I train enough????  I don’t think I’ve trained enough!!!
  • Did I fuel properly this week?  Will it last me through my run or am I going to run out of gas?
  • Nooo, the sun is going down!  It’s almost time for bed!  When I wake up, I’m going to have to run 13 point 1 freaking miles.  Why the hell am I doing this?
  • I so need a drink!

We arrived in Boise today, visited the race expo, it’s getting dark and it’s almost time to turn in for an early start tomorrow.  This time tomorrow, I’ll be one bling richer!!  Cheers everyone!!


Crossing the bridge over the Columbia River from Washington into Oregon. Deja vu…


AJ and James… Idaho border at the Snake River.


AJ and me… ditto, 🙂


Expo time! Packet pickup and lots of free goodies!



A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books. ~Walt Whitman

I’m doing something a little different today.  I’m participating in The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge.

This week, make a grid the centerpiece of your photo. Next week, they can lapse back into our photographic subconscious, but this week, let’s give them some time in the sun!

Simple grid’s are not that easy to find when you don’t have an artistic point of view.  I had to search high and low and take a few snapshots here and there until I found a shot I liked. Regardless, it was great fun and a nice distraction this week.  🙂

I don’t have a clever title, so… hi!


I love fall! So beautiful!!

I’m just here tonight to bitch and moan about my latest run.  Okay, not really, but it was actually one that I completed with the feeling of, “Oh, that sucked, but at least I did it.”  It was yesterday, and it was 8 miles.  And the weather was once again really awful.  I’m beginning to realize that fall in the Pacific Northwest means “windy as hell.”

Fall is actually my favorite time of year, but not when I’m out on the trail running.  Have you ever heard a 100 ft tree break and fall?  It’s actually quite impressive.  There’s a huge craaaaack and then a loud BOOM that follows.  I got to experience that yesterday during my run, about 20 feet in front of me.  We have these great big, tall, skinny, aspen-like trees that line the better part of the trail, and when the wind blows, they tend to break and fall down.  Super scary.  So right after my turn-around, from mile 4 to about mile 7, I was looking straight up while trying to run, watching the swaying trees and listening for the next big craaaaack so I could be certain a falling branch wasn’t going to land on me. Well, on the positive side, at least I was running with my head held high, haha.


Scary part of the trail… the setting of most horror movies, dark and ominous!

Another thing I thought I’d try was the Nike Plus running app.  Not bad, not bad!  I actually used it for all my runs last week (in addition to my watch), and I really like the way it announces what mile you’ve just completed (hey, anything to entertain us while running, right?!).  So for the race this Saturday, I’ll have my handy dandy Garmin watch tracking me, my phone, and the Nike Plus running app. It’ll be interesting to compare all the different numbers.  I remember how horrified I was when I ran my very first half-marathon and my watch clocked in at 13.4, which actually can happen if you don’t hit all the apices of the turns just right, or so I’m told, and so I discovered.

James ran 22 miles yesterday in that wind.  I don’t know why he always chooses windy days for his longest runs!  He did well though… he ran through the proverbial wall that tried to overtake him at mile 19 and brought it on home strong.  That will be his last “long” run before Chicago (I put “long” in quotations because, personally, I think anything over 6 miles is a long run). Yes, he’s running the Boise half too, but when one is able to run 22 miles, 13 miles is pretty much nothing, me thinks.  He’ll be waiting for me at the finish line for about 2 hours… maybe there’ll be a beer tent for him to visit while he waits.  🙂


Jamesy on the trail doing his thing. This is way before you get to the wooded and secluded part… oooooo…

Check this out…

This runner is about to tackle 22 miles today, and he has a new blog post, Long Run Progression

On the eve of the final long run before Chicago, I thought it would be interesting to look back at the progression of my long runs through this training cycle.  Many runners are approaching their final long run for their Fall marathon or have just completed the last long run and are in the restless state of mind tormenting bliss, known as taper.

Read more …

james oktoberfest run

Okay, I’m shameless… it’s my husband, and his blog doesn’t show up on the Reader as he is self-hosted.  But there are a lot of long distance runners out there who might be able to relate to him, so I thought I’d put his blog out there for all to see.

He really is running 22 miles today, and the weather conditions are not in his favor.  I’m attempting 8 just for the heck of it.  Hopefully the caffeine will kick in soon…

I’m Bored…

wpid-tumblr_n3v8hnunug1sffwkfo1_400.jpgYes, it’s taper time for me, and I find myself stagnating.  I feel kinda lazy, kinda not motivated, kinda blah… It’s weird how that works as running is not one of my most favorite things to do, but I have a goal and I feel like I’m not actively working towards my goal as I can only do so much for the next 7 days.  So what does a person who is tapering think about?  Their NEXT race, of course, and how to improve their time and fitness!!  And bread.  Freshly baked bread hot out of the oven with butter on top… OMG… that sounds heavenly.  Blame James for that last image… he’s the one who started talking about fresh baked bread which is a no-no in our house while we’re training (per me, not him).

But hey, as I’m on the subject of bread, I thought I would give an update on my weight loss.  I hit a very nasty plateau back in July.  I had lost 8 pounds or so and couldn’t get the scale to budge at all for half of June and all of July, but I managed to make it move again at the beginning of August.  A 6-week plateau is enough to kill anyone, but persistence and consistency was the key, and I never gave up.  I have now lost over 18 pounds in total.  I am meticulous about logging my food in MyFitnessPal, and, the biggie, I think my metabolism has kicked into high gear with all this silly running I’m doing.  Eh.  Just a small side note.  That’s also 18 pounds I don’t have to carry around during my race.

490 calories of sheer heaven! I will treat myself to one after my race! :)

490 calories of sheer heaven! I will treat myself to one after my race! 🙂 … or not…


Okay, so one thing I do when I’m not running… I read about running.  We do subscribe to Runner’s World magazine, and we fight over who gets to read the latest issue first (this is getting to be an obsession, isn’t it), but I was playing online today and I came across an article in Runner’s World online, “How Many Miles A Week Should I Run?”  If you check this article out, never mind the beginning blah-blah-blah part… skip down to the bottom where the charts are. For “mortal” people (meaning the non-elite) that are running a half-marathon, mileage should be about 30 to 40 miles per week.  Ouch.  I run between 16 to 20.

Does this mean I’m going to fail next week?  Noooo, of course not.  As I’ve said, if I have to crawl across the finish line, I will get that bling.  But this information gives me something more to strive for (and I don’t care that I ended my sentence in a preposition).  I have the Maui half coming up in January, so I can aim for 20 to 25 miles per week during that training cycle, then after that will be Kansas which I’ll aim for 25 to 30 miles per week.  Ahhh, see the slow progression?  One day, I’m going to run a half in 2 hours… maybe next year, maybe the year after, but I will never stop trying.  And don’t ever tell me that I can’t, because I can guarantee you one day I will.

Happy Running!