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Echoes Of My Neighbourhood 9

I am joining Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha from A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales for her series, “Echoes of My Neighbourhood,” where she challenges us all to share a photo of bits and pieces of wherever you are at any point in time.

It’s time to see bits and pieces of Seattle!!

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Above:  The Columbia Tower… currently the 2nd tallest building on the West Coast and tallest in the State of Washington.

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Above:  The Clock Tower in front of Century Link Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders.

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I live about 35 miles away from the hustle and bustle of Seattle, but it sure is fun to go visit every now and again!

Have a great weekend!!  Who’s got a race coming up??

 

 

Echoes Of My Neighbourhood #8

I am joining Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha from A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales for her series, “Echoes of My Neighbourhood,” where she challenges us all to share a photo of bits and pieces of wherever you are at any point in time.  Today I thought I would share some of the things I see on my work commute.

I live about 10 miles/20 minutes from where I work.  My travel is purely through farmland and the back roads of the country.  I know I annoy a lot of drivers, but I am constantly looking around during the drive as I never know what I will see, such as…

Usually a few deer:

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Lots of horses, ponies, and goats:

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And cows (this particular cow was quite willing to have her picture taken):

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Various farms and houses, such as this one:

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And this one:

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And the beautifully landscaped yards and driveways with freaky trees that have arms:

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And beautiful carvings from tree stumps:

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Regardless of my view during my drive, the highlight is when I finally get there and see this guy waiting for his breakfast salad:

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Daryl

Month One Down

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I think it’s been awhile since I’ve written anything… I’ve been enjoying getting caught up with all of you so much, I forgot I should probably write something too!

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I was finally able to hit my beloved trail again last Saturday for my long-ish run (“-ish” as it’s only the first week of training). The trail definitely looks a bit different in the winter!  But now you can kind of see how tall and skinny the trees are and why I freak out so much when it’s windy. Because things are so bare, I actually discovered a house that I didn’t know was there before. (No, I didn’t take a picture of it, :D)

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About 3 miles up is a walkway out to a hidden treasure, Lake Cassidy.  People fish in this lake, but I can guarantee you I wouldn’t be eating anything that comes out of it.  I see what floats around in that lake… it’s disgusting.  To be honest, I wouldn’t even swim in it… which people do as well. Regardless, it’s nice to have and is gorgeous to look at and so peaceful, especially during the summer.

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I’ve thankfully been hitting all my runs, including my streak runs.  I’ve been streaking for 34 days now, and my total mileage since starting is about 70.  Well… hmmm… that number should improve as I amp up my training mileage.  By the end of February, I’ll be at my peak, so it’ll be interesting to compare the numbers month to month (my next race is March 5th).  But then I’ll have 2 weeks of recovery in March again, just like I did in January, so my numbers will be low in March too. Such a vicious circle, haha.

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James and I had our celebratory karaoke night last Saturday.  We’ve decided to have one of those every time we finish a race.  We can’t do it while we’re training as the *drinking* part of it tends to interfere, but when we’re in recovery mode, look out!  Turn up that music and turn on the mic!  It’s time to get footloose and fancy free!  Our child even got involved and decided he wanted to sing too!  I’m a proud mama!  Especially as he was tackling some tough ones that I had no idea what they were!  Yep, super proud mama!

Anyone besides me love to karaoke?  Go ahead… ‘fess up!  You’re amongst friends!!

Have a great rest of your week!

 

 

 

 

Me? Run A Marathon?

No.

But this is the conversation between The Motivator and I tonight:

ME:  I think I need to train for a marathon.

JAMES:  <shocked look, jaw dropped>

ME:  If I train for a marathon, it might help me get faster in my half-marathons.

JAMES:  Let me write this down… “Let it be noted that on January 31st, Paula said she wanted to train for a marathon.”  This way when you’re saying ‘why the f*** am I doing this‘ in about 8 months, we can review my notes and know it’s because you said you wanted to.

I didn’t say I wanted to run a marathon, just train for one.  😀

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Vibrant: My new PR running shoes!

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My new running shoes arrived on my doorstep this afternoon… Brooks Glycerin 13!  I ordered them at the beginning of the week so I would have them in time for my long run this weekend! After melting my feet in Maui, I learned a huge lesson not to stray from the tried and true, and because of that, I believe these are going to give me a new PR at each and every race I run in 2016!  They shall now and forevermore be known as my 2016 PR Shoes!  Woo hoo!  They are, indeed, vibrant!!

And so it begins… again…

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What a cool-looking dude!

James and I were doing a finger count tonight, and there are now 38 days until our next half-marathon in Lake Sammamish.  Don’t know why we thought it was 6 weeks away; hence, the counting on our fingers.  So today began the start of my next short and sweet training cycle.  As I just did a half and don’t really have the time on the calendar, I won’t be cutting back in mileage much.  My long runs for the next 4 weeks will be 8, 10, 12, 6, then 13.1.  Hmmm, that’s kind of scary.  But doable, especially as the weather is now cooperating and all the snow and ice has moved east (sorry East Coast).  Once again, I can run outside!  (Happy dance!)

Tonight was a scheduled 3 miles.  However, I was feeling pretty good and decided to attempt Mo Fo Hill, my nemesis.  What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.  At least I got some major work in on improving my VO2 (major major).  And just when my legs were feeling pretty good after my recent half, now my quads are screaming at me.  No pain, no gain!  (lovin’ those good old motivational mantras right now!)

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Meeps is thinking he could really go for some overall body toning…

I also really liked the workout that Alana had posted on Living Out Loud, so I wanted to give that a try after my run as well.  A great workout!  I had to forego a couple of things on her list because my legs just weren’t having it (like the sumo squats and jumping jacks), but it was a great way to kick-start some toning and strength training (as my quads were already screaming at me, they especially weren’t too impressed after the wall sits).  So if you are in need of some toning, give one of Alana’s workouts a go!  She has lots of different ones to try.  Thanks Alana!

And the super good news is that I ordered a new pair of Brooks Glycerin’s 13, a full size larger this time (see, I really did learn my lesson).  I will have them just in time for my 8 miles this Sunday!  I’m so excited!  Can’t wait!  (You can read about my adoration of the Glycerin’s here.)

As well, it’s time to lose all that vacation weight!  Have you ever noticed that most everything in Hawaii comes with a side of chips/crisps?  So the dinner menu tonight consisted of spaghetti squash as the main course for Meatless Tuesday (it’s really supposed to be Meatless Monday, but… well… today is Tuesday).

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And yes, according to my 5 running apps, the streaking continues…

Have a happy week! 😀

If you were to rule Mondays as meatless, what would you choose to serve?

 

My Week In Review

20160121_082759.jpgOkay, really… it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m doing a weekly summary!  I just ran a half-marathon last week!  Of course I’m going to put my mileage in black and white!  😉  But actually, have you ever noticed that when you go on vacation, it’s not truly restful?  You’re on the go all the time, so much to see, so much to do!  It’s probably the most active you’ll be all year!!  Hence, I’m documenting those miles because they totally count.  I wore my Garmin watch all the time as I wanted credit for all those steps I took!

20160123_022042.jpgJanuary 16 — Our first full day in Maui, the day before the race.  This is the day I wanted to stay off my feet.  I logged 7.85 miles… but only 1 of them was actually spent running.  I’m sure the rest of them were spent lollygagging.  My biggest mistake here was not wearing my running shoes the entire day.

img_1320.jpgJanuary 17Race day!  17.75 miles or 34,901 steps.  Cooool!  I kinda like the way the steps log. They look way impressive.  For those who don’t race or run, there is a lot of going to and fro’ on race day, so the set mileage of the race isn’t the only mileage you get.

20160121_161124.jpgJanuary 18 — (Monday, in case you’ve lost track).  Keeping in mind this is the day after the race, so with a lot of soreness and ouchies… 4.97 miles.  One mile was dedicated to running… the rest were dedicated to visiting the pool, bar, and whatever food we could find and get to easily. We also meandered around the resort to stretch… it only hurt when we stopped. 🙂

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img_1321.jpgJanuary 205.53 miles.  Really, more of the same… blah, blah, blah, pool.  🙂

20160121_160651.jpgJanuary 213.54 miles.  Okay… this kills me.  We spent the entire day on our feet at the Maui Ocean Center.  It felt like we walked for miles and miles.  This was the least amount of mileage recorded.

20160121_142627.jpgJanuary 222.5 miles… homeward bound.  Oh how sad.  One mile was dedicated to running, and I’m guessing 1.5 miles was from traipsing around the two airports!

20160121_153608_001.jpgJanuary 232 miles.  First day at home… I don’t even know how I got 2 miles to be honest! Only 1 was actually dedicated to running.

20160121_160356.jpgJanuary 243.31.  A 2-mile streak run with the rest of it being logged as doing normal, boring, everyday tasks, such as grocery shopping.

img_1347.jpgTotal miles (for the past 8 days):  52.94.  I kinda wish every week could be this productive!!  And if you want to get super technical, if I knock last Saturday’s mileage off, then total mileage for the 7 days would be 45.09.  Proof positive we are more active on vacation than not, 😀

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  • Slappy Cakes — Fabulous breakfast/brunch food!  Make your own pancakes on the skillet at your table or have them made.  They also serve breakfast skillets and other breakfast items. 5 stars!
  • Castaway Cafe — I had biscuits and gravy with eggs.  To die for!  Best gravy ever! They’re a cafe on the boardwalk, so they serve everything. 4 stars!  But only 4 because the service was a bit slow.  They only had 1 person at noon helping the entire restaurant.
  • Maui Brewing Company — Home made chips/crisps!  The burgers are wonderful!  Apparently so is the Brisket Dip Sandwich!  It’s a brewing company… beer is home brewed, so quite delicious as well!  5 stars!
  • Coconut Fish Cafe —  With a name like that, how can you go wrong!  A favorite amongst the locals!  5 stars!  (I don’t usually eat my fries, but these I couldn’t resist).
  • Plantation House Golf Course — Views of the ocean were killer!  Fish and chips were fantastic! 5 stars!  Go there!  This is a must if you’re ever in Maui!  (Beware of very small parking spaces).

download_20160118_182037.jpegSadly, I think that’s it for Maui for this year.  Time to get back to reality as my training plan picks up again on Tuesday!  But then again, training is half the fun, so I look forward to the challenge, especially as I’ve learned a lot from running the Maui Oceanfront Half-Marathon!

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On a side note, I turned 49 today. Pretty soon my tag line is going to have to say “trials and tribulations of a 50-something novice runner…” Good thing my mind still thinks I’m only 21… and only 21 just so I can legally drink, 😀

Do you find that you’re more active on vacation than you are any other day of the year?