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Happy Friday!

A policeman knocked on my door this morning, but I just locked it and sat in complete silence. After 20 seconds he knocked again, but I continued to ignore it.  The knocks got louder and more frequent, but I was determined not to move in the hope that he would go away.

Then he decided to look through the window.  He shouted, “Do you think I’m stupid?  I can see you in there, ma’am.  Open the door.”  I said, “You’re not coming in!”

He said, “I don’t want to come in, I just want you to step out of the car.”

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Last night, I sent James a text.  Keep in mind, I’m sitting near/next to him the whole time, and he was totally engrossed in the NFL draft pick thing that was going on, so I’m not sure anything other than football was resonating with him.  He fell for it and I had tears coming out of my eyes by the time he caught on.

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(I’m super good at entertaining myself.)  I tried it next on AJ, and he yelled from across the house, “No it doesn’t!!”  Didn’t even send me a text.  No sense of humor.

It’s Friday, and I’m in the mood to smile and laugh.  If either of these little sillies didn’t make you giggle, go visit Tasha at Hit Below The Belt Hard.  She’s an expert at Funny Fridays!

Have a fabulous weekend!!  And don’t forget to…

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Tulsa, Oklahoma

James and I were chatting and getting psyched to start our next training cycle when the subject of our destination fall race came up, and we realized we don’t have one booked on the schedule yet! That set the hamster wheel in motion!  Planning, searching, contemplating schedules… but we think we may have nailed it!  The Williams Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa!

Pros include:

  • Jacket as opposed to a tech tee.
  • 700 feet elevation.
  • The course is running through the historic streets of Tulsa (no better way to see a city).
  • Half Fanatics perks, such as a VIP tent with private restrooms, gear check and refreshments, a custom personalized club race bib and special club finisher medal.

Cons:

  • Ummm… none?

The perks and swag are fabulous, so I think that pretty much seals the deal!  Look out Tulsa… here we come!!

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Credit to route66marathon.com

  • Anyone ever run Tulsa?
  • Anyone LIVE in Tulsa or nearby?
  • Do you ever go for a run, take a shower, and find that you are still… perspiring… when you come out of the shower?  😛

 

Motivational Music Monday #10

What time is it??  It’s time for some music motivation, of course, courtesy of James over at 50 in 50 Marathon Quest!  Go check out his music choice for this week, see if it helps get you get out and get moving!  If it doesn’t, then add your own in the comment section!  Maybe it’ll get him motivated to get up and get out!!

I think Prince has motivated all of us at one point or another in our lives.  He was a huge presence in the midst of my high school years, and I don’t think there was one single teenage girl who didn’t have a crush on him in 1984, especially after watching the movie Purple Rain.  My best friend and I watched the movie over and over and over again.  My boss and I were talking the day he died, and even she had a crush on him back in the day (she’s 2 months older than me).

It’s really hard for me to pick a favorite song from the Purple Rain album, especially as you can’t access any of his videos on You Tube.  However, I actually found one from the 1999 album, and this really and truly is on my current running playlist.  If this song comes on, I run to the beat… it keeps me going, believe me.  To be quite honest, this has been a favorite song of mine to exercise to since the early 1990s.  The following is the edited version…

Prince:  Let’s Pretend We’re Married

(Let’s hope it doesn’t get yanked from You Tube)

But I’m not stopping there… without Purple Rain, I may have never known about Morris Day, Jerome, and The Time.  I came to love them too.

Morris Day and The Time:  Jungle Love

Ahhh, but I’m still not stopping!!  For the last one, Kiss!  Nothing to do with Purple Rain, but who doesn’t love this video!!

Now go visit Jamesy and tell him Paula sent you!

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Race, Recover, Repeat

It’s been a week now since the SLC Half-Marathon, and I have to be honest, I’ve been nothing less than a sloth this entire time.  Actually, I’ve been too busy at work to even think about running, even having to bring work home with me for a couple of nights.  So I’ve taken this recovery thing to heart.  Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  However, it all begins again on Tuesday…

That being said, time to focus on the weight loss again and get rid of the winter gain.  I eat oatmeal for breakfast and I like to add peanut butter to it for the protein and flavor.  But this has a huge detrimental effect on the waistline.  Looky here:

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190 calories and 7 g of protein for my favorite type of PB.  I quite possibly put more than 2 tablespoons in my oatmeal (what can I say… I love PB).  And no, I don’t measure it precisely the way I should… ain’t got time for that, so a big ole dollop of this deliciousness ends up in my oatmeal daily, along with all the calories and fat (16 g!!).  Let’s check out the ingredients:

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A few of those ingredients I don’t recognize (mono and diglycerides?  hydrogenated vegatable oil? rapeseed?).  Thankfully I have my blogging friends to keep me on the up and up.  There’s big talk going around about powdered peanut butter.  It took me months before I’d even attempt to look for it in the store just to see what it was all about.  And while I wasn’t actually looking, I did run across some kind of PB powder finally.

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It’s looking somewhat similar to the protein powder I put in my water-based smoothies.  Have a peek at the back side:

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Sweeet!  50 calories, 5 g of protein, and 2 g of fat!  The sugar content is the same, but 3 g is not too bad. Also, it has a total of 3 ingredients in it… peanuts, sugar, and salt.  Just add water and stir (something to keep in mind for the zombie apocalypse?  or are we over the zombie thing these days? I’m actually not… I still have a kid who plays Call of Duty).  Anyway, this will now go in my oatmeal as my peanut butter, AND, I’m going to plop a couple of tablespoons into my banana smoothies for added flavor there as well.  Again, my smoothies are water-based, so I don’t have to worry about sugar or calories from milk or yogurt.  I’ll let you know how this plan works out.

Moving on…

Last week in Salt Lake while I was touring Temple Square, Jamesy was hitting the race expo without me.  And while he was there, he bought me a present!!  Awwwww… he’s awesome! We’re going to be participating in a 6-hour hamster run in August (round and round for 6 hours… how far she goes, nobody knows), and he got me my own Camelbak vest so I can stay nice and hydrated! What a wonderful husband!  (How am I going to talk him into buying me those fancy-dancy trail shoes I’m absolutely going to need?!!)

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Yesterday was a big shopping day at our house, getting ready for our celebratory karaoke night and all!  No worries… we were totally prepared!  Costco rocks!

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No, we weren’t drinking the Gatorade last night… look one shelf up.  That’s Jamesy’s beer supply… but I had to hunt to find the wine supply, hidden nicely in the back of a cupboard…

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You may not be able to tell, but that’s 3 bottles deep, plus 2 more in the fridge.  Now don’t get all judgemental on me… the alcohol will last us at least until next week!  What can I say?! Our karaoke celebration went off swimmingly!  No worries… I didn’t record anything on video so I won’t subject you to that torture!

Weekly Stats:

  • Total Miles:  13.96  (see?  I have achieved complete sloth mode)
  • Total Steps:  31,716
  • Total cross training:  Hahahahaha!

Next up will be Jamesy’s Motivational Music Monday.  Will I stick with his “theme,” or will I be the wayward child and go totally off the wall?  Stay tuned…

 

Salt Lake City Half-Marathon

I’m not that great at giving a race recap, so if you want the full 4-11 (do people still say that?), you might want to check out Jamesy’s blog for his race recap later in the week.  In the meantime, I’ll give a brief summary of the weekend from my perspective.

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If you caught my pre-race freak-out post, you’ll know that we had an extremely bumpy flight thanks to a snow storm.  This is us on Thursday not long after that incident… celebrating being alive.

 

 

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You might have also caught the part where I met up with some family on Friday where we toured Temple Square.  A bit of history: My father graduated from Bountiful High School around 1947, so my family “base” is in Utah.  I hadn’t been to Temple Square since before my grandmother died in 1981, and it was great to be there.  When I was a kid, my sister and I would spend most summers with her in Bountiful.  Utah was as much home to me as Arizona was.

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The above was the morning of the race.  The bright lights in the middle represent the start line. And it was cold.  Luckily, James and I had brought a couple of space blankets from a previous Rock ‘n’ Roll event, so we didn’t freeze too much.  Starting temperature was 38 degrees F.

screenshot_2016-04-17-07-34-26.pngThe elevation of the course looked like this.  While, yes, there is a huge downhill section, there were very painful uphill parts as well.  Four of the most notable hills were two in mile 1 (not nice), the one from mile 5 to mile 6 (total energy suck), and a complete ass kicker in mile 7 that was comparable to my Mo-Fo Hill across the street.  The marathon and half-marathon runners split up at mile 9, and when James made his turnoff, he went straight uphill yet again; thankfully, I went down.  Not only that, we train at sea level, and I’m seeing that this course was between 4300 to 4800 feet.  It took a little bit of breathing effort to go up those hills.  By the 12th mile, I was knackered.  I wasn’t hurt in any shape or form and my feet were fine, no blisters (yay Brooks!), but I was indeed tired.  The finish line was such a sweet sight!

Post-race festivities were fabulous.  Pancakes with boysenberry syrup.  Creamsicles.  Yogurt. Beer.  Music.  They did not, however, have chocolate milk, so we headed to the nearest coffee shop afterwards to get some hot chocolate.  It was still cold, but I was thankful for not getting overheated. 20160416_164338.jpg

 

  • Total miles logged for the weekend:  27.59
  • Total steps:  63,288
  • Total number of toenails lost:  One (literally… it came off while I was slipping on my shoes after the race)
  • Number of celebratory drinks post race:  4
  • Post-race dinner:  Mexican food.

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It was a fabulous weekend and a fabulous race.  I’m not hurt, so training begins right away for our next adventure… Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle in just a mere 60 days!  And we are completely primed for that lovely hilly course!  I have a beautiful set of rolling hills I’ll be training on to get my quads in shape for it, not to mention I’m going to attempt Mo-Fo Hill a couple more times.

Meanwhile, the karaoke celebratory night is this coming Saturday.  Maybe I’ll set up the GoPro and get some random video…. hahahaha, not!  Have a great week!

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Motivational Music Monday #9

James and I received some super fabulous support over the weekend from our blogging friends in regards to the SLC Marathon, and I’d like to say a great big thank you and let you know I really appreciate all of you!!  You made me smile and encouraged me when I needed it most… you are the best support system ever!!  Thank you!!

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I don’t have the wherewithal to write about the race tonight (I’ll do that tomorrow).  It’s been a long travel day, but as promised, I am one sparkly bling richer.  And if you know me at all, you know it’s what motivates me!  So yes, I finished!!  State #5 done!  My thighs are screaming at me and on fire, but I finished!

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And now it’s time for another Motivational Music Monday song!  This is open to anyone and everyone!  Go add a link of a song you are enjoying this week and/or a link to your blog at 50 in 50 Marathon Quest.  You might discover some new music, or maybe some old music that you forgot about.  James seems to have posted a cover song.  I’m a Buble fan, so I can think of a million cover songs I could contribute by my boy alone… BUT… I’m going to surprise him and come up with something totally different than my norm.

Smoking in the Boys Room by Motley Crue (originally done by Brownsville Station).  It’s still fun to listen to even after 30 years (when did Motley Crue become classic rock?!).

Have a great Monday!!  Best wishes for those running Boston!  And kudos to all you supporters of runners!  You all are amazing!!

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Pre-race Freak Out? Nahhhh….

Considering it’s the night before, I’m actually not suffering from my typical pre-race freak-out right now.  As a matter of fact, I couldn’t be more relaxed.  Which is odd.  Especially given how I felt last week.  But that could be because I totally lost it last weekend, and maybe once I resigned myself to “whatever will be, will be,” that totally wiped all my fears away.  It’s a great feeling!

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James and I took a selfie on the plane.  About an hour later, we ran into the worst turbulence we had ever experienced, in the history of ever!  Apparently we flew right into a snow storm, and wow, wow.  We were thrown all over the place.  We were totally ready for a drink when we landed, so that’s where we headed… straight to happy hour!  At Squatters!

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I have a lot of family in the Salt Lake City area, so today was a mini family reunion for me.  I spent the entire day in Temple Square with a few of my aunts and a couple of my cousins.  (I’m 5th from the left)

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It’s extremely cold here to me, so I won’t have any heat issues tomorrow on the course, which I think may be a good thing.  But the flowers are out and around the temple, looking so beautiful. I was told that last weekend was spring-like, and next weekend is supposed to be spring-like, but this weekend is supposed to be winter-like… and it is indeed that.  Still, the flowers add warmth.

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Have you ever seen the SLC Temple up close?  A fabulous piece of architecture.  I went to a building across the way and got an eye-level picture of it.  The sky was gorgeous.

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We then finished up the evening at The Spaghetti Factory in Trolley Square for our last major carb load before the gun goes off.

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As for Jamesy and I… mentally we’re doing great!  No need to really post the picture of Bill the Cat as we are ready to rock and roll!!  Next time I see you, I’ll be one sparkly bling richer and sore as hell!! 😉

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Have a great weekend!!