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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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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. 🙂

bestphoto_20160121_144106_1.jpgJanuary 195.49 miles.  We walked to Castaway Cafe to have brunch, then hung out by the pool, just as it should be!

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, 😀

23120.jpegGreat eateries in Maui:

  • 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? 

 

Smashrun Badges

It’s taper week in my household, but we’re still streaking!  After logging my 1-mile run last night on Smashrun, I earned 5 badges.  This is what makes running so fun!  It’s all about the accomplishment and bling!  And Smashrun gives you all kinds of incentives to just keep you going!

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I have earned the “Chill Runner” badge!  I love this!  Everyone knows I’m not a fast runner, although I’m working on improving.  In the meantime, I simply embrace the fact that I actually run period!  What I love about this is the description of the “chill runner!”  Because “I am chill.” Hahahaha!  “I know how to take my time and enjoy my runs.”  Yes!  Amen!

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Another badge I earned was the “Easy Runner.”  Again, read the description!  What a brilliant way to encourage slower runners!  Love!  I laughed so hard and was so appreciative of this badge!  The description sounds almost like the infamous Honey Badger!  I love being associated with the Honey Badger’s attitude!

Okay, there may actually be some hard-core runners out there who think that I’m disrespecting the sport by taking my slow running so light-hearted; not so. I’m slow, but I work hard at getting faster.  It may take me six months to knock another minute off my pace or it may take me a year, but I’m okay with that because I’m faster than I was when I started this journey, and I plan on being faster next year at this time.  When I’m 70, I’ll be the one crossing the finish line at the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run with only 5 seconds until cutoff.

In the meantime, I love being a “Chill and Easy Runner.”  Because that’s how I roll baby!

The Streaking Has Begun

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Meep thought he’d try streaking with me… THAT certainly didn’t last long, especially after I turned the treadmill on.

I feel so much has been accomplished already in 2016, how can I possibly do more?! Okay, kidding… that’s just my humor trickling through.

I’ll only mention one goal which James and I are aiming for this year… run streaking… or running streak… or whatever you want to call it.  We plan on running at least 1 mile every single day of 2016.  And, so, the streaking has begun.  If you want to read more about James’s goals for the year, I encourage you to visit 50 in 50 Marathon Quest… he has a great summary written.

On January 1, before we went out for our first run of the year, we did manage to check out and sign up for a couple of cool running and tracking apps such as Map My Run and Smash Run (I already play with Nike+ and Strava). We enjoy the charts and graphs and the kudos and badges, and a lot of them have different challenges that you can sign up for. Hey, why not… I’m running anyway, may as well see what it’s going to get me!  If you happen to have any of these apps, I would love to have you as a friend/running buddy!

Streaking

Day 1:  2.1 miles on the treadmill… (or at least until my watch said 2.1 miles… I have all my apps connected to my watch, so whatever the watch says, goes).

20160102_161244_001.jpgDay 2:  2.1 miles.  I braved the outdoors and 20-degree weather just so I could get some outside time.  At least the sun was shining.  I took the GoPro out and tried recording video. So not only did it take video, I guess I also had it on burst mode, or something, because I had a whole slew of pictures to sort through as well.  AJ got a kick out of watching the video because you could hear my feet (clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop) and my heavy breathing. The child thought it was hilarious to turn it up full sound.  Time to research video-editing software.20160103_120421.jpg

Day 3:  This was actually supposed to be a long run for me.  The ground was frozen, the roads were icy, and after 30 minutes it started snowing.  Snowing!!  James and I met up at a sports park (he was a good little runner and put in 12 miles) and I ran circles around the soccer fields as there wasn’t much ice there, at least until it started snowing.  Then I had to call it a day.  That got me all of 2.3 miles.  This training cycle has been such a huge disappointment in the ways of distance for me, but I’ll not dwell on that.  I am getting really good at running 2 miles though!

Upcoming races:  I was looking at James’s sidebar on his blog, and he has a whole slew of races lined up for us this year.  Maui Oceanfront in January (14 days!), Lake Sammamish in March, Salt Lake City in April, RNR Seattle in June, Missoula in July, FitOne Boise in September, and Onward Shay Boise in October.  We’re officially registered for the first 4, and when we get back from Maui, we’ll register for Missoula.  They’re all full-out halfs and fulls except for Lake Sammamish… it’s only offered as a half.  Okay, I think I need a nap now.

Side Note:  The ‘Hawks kind of rocked the house tonight!  I may be an Arizona native, but I’m a 12th Man through and through.  Go ‘Hawks!

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We had fun with the selfie stick

Time to get this party started!  Bring us your best, 2016!  We’re ready for ya!

And how are your New Year’s resolutions goals holding up so far?

Happy Hour Ramblings

It’s Friday Night Happy Hour!  Cheers!  And as it’s Happy Hour, I feel like rambling on and on as if we were having a drink together, because to be quite honest, I’m on my 3rd…

It’s been a hard week.  I’ve been sick since Monday.  I think that’s why I’m partaking in Happy Hour regardless.  I’ve heard alcohol kills bacteria, so hey, why not.  Sounds good to me anyway. Ah well, ’tis the season.  My child was sick first, so I think I’ll blame him for all my misery.  Of course, it sets me back a bit in my training for my upcoming half-marathon as I’ve not been able to do anything… and that includes breathing.  It’s horrifying to walk up 1/2-flight of stairs and become short of breath, especially when you have a 10-mile run on the schedule. This just hasn’t been a good training cycle at all with the horrid weather, being sick, and holiday-time of year.  The January racing schedule will have to be re-evaluated for next year, I think.  While we don’t have a race planned yet for January 2017, this is probably something that needs to be considered.  Running consistent long distances in November and December is proving to be quite difficult… well, at least this year it is.

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The above pictures are of Daryl.  This is the bunny I babysit at work for the clinic manager.  He’s just cute, and you really can’t go wrong with cute animal pictures.  And he has those Shaka ears (his dad is the one who noticed this).  Really and truly!  When he’s relaxed and comfortable, it’s always one ear up and one down, just like the Hawaiian Shaka sign!  Anyway, I was trying to get him to take a silly selfie with me.  He wasn’t having any of it until I picked him up and held him. Then he didn’t really have a choice. Notice how his ears are back in the 3rd picture.  He’s a loving and tolerant bunny, but I’m not sure he was too impressed with all the selfie attempts. #cheapentertainment

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My pretty girl Sheba’s not looking too impressed with getting her picture taken either.  She’s gotten into the habit of jumping into my car the minute I get home and open the door.  I kid you not!  Check it out!

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Sometimes I don’t even know that she’s there!  I’ll be gathering up my stuff to take inside, and then all of a sudden I’ve got these big gold eyes staring at me.  Freaky.

The big news of the week… Jamesy managed to score us tickets to the Adele concert coming to Seattle in July!  I have no idea how he managed that, but he did!  While he was at work even! And then surprised me! Woo hoo!  I’m going to see Adele!  Probably a once in a lifetime event! We are over the moon!!

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Some more good news!  While I haven’t lost the 10 pounds I was planning to lose for this training cycle, I have lost 3.4 pounds so far!!  Total freaking success!  And you know why it’s a success? Because it’s the holidays and I have thoroughly enjoyed myself from Halloween until now and on through the New Year!  So, therefore, I’m having cookies and decadent desserts and celebratory drinks in moderation and I haven’t gained weight!!  I have, at the end of the day, actually lost weight! While having fun!  Yes!  It can be done!  Slowly but surely!  And I am absolutely thrilled!  (Thanks to my beautiful friend Tasha at Hit Below The Belt Hard for the above meme and her Friday Funnies.  What distance runner hasn’t felt this way?!!)

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We now have about 2 weeks left of the 2015 holiday season.  Be sure to make it count and make it a happy one and enjoy it to the fullest.  It seems this year went quicker than past years, and they’re only going to go quicker.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!  I’ll be attempting a run on Sunday… and while it won’t be a 10-miler, it’s gonna be something because I only have about 29 days until the Maui Oceanfront Half!  The up side to being sick… my legs are totally rested!

Happy Running!!

Eye Spy… A Window Strike

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This little pygmy owl was carrying his prey, wasn’t watching where he was going, and slammed into my sliding glass door, knocking him out for quite a while.  If this ever happens to you, give the poor animal a couple of hours to come out of it.  If it’s not in harms way, just leave it be.  If there are dogs or cats or other predators around, then put it in a box, keep it quiet and safe, and leave it alone for a couple of hours (do NOT keeping peeking in at it).  Yes, it may very well take a solid 2 hours to come out of it.  If, however, you see signs of injury such as blood, it needs to be taken immediately to your nearest rehab & rescue center.  The same holds true if it’s still not able to fly after 2 hours. It may have suffered head trauma.

One final note, sometimes when we see an eagle or other bird of prey on the ground, we immediately think it’s injured.  This is not always the case.  It may have just eaten and is not able to take flight yet. Keep an eye on it for a couple of hours.  If you’re able to approach it after a couple of hours of being on the ground, then it’s time to call your nearest rehab & rescue center and ask their advice.  As always, if you need help finding your closest rescue center, contact me. I can help.

In response to The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge:  Eye Spy.

As for the pygmy owl above, he was out cold and laying on his back, opened his eyes eventually, flipped over onto his feet, regained his senses, then took off after about 30 minutes.  I had the extreme displeasure of cleaning up the headless prey that he left behind.

Weekly Wrap–Mukilteo Turkey Trot

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap. You don’t have to be runnin’ to share your funnin’, so go visit them, link up, and join the party.

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Maui Half-Marathon Training, week 7

Monday:  Treadmill Torture.  After participating in the Redmond Turkey Trot the previous Saturday, I really wanted to try to beat my time for the upcoming Turkey Trot on Thursday.  So I forced myself to run on the treadmill at a faster pace that I knew would beat my previous time, assuming I could hold that pace for very long.  It was a good workout, and my legs got a feeling for what they needed to run to PR.  The plan was to channel that treadmill workout the whole entire race on Thursday.

Tuesday and Wednesday:  Total rest and relaxation and mentally preparing for Thursday, as well as trying to figure out Thanksgiving dinner.  As it was just the 3 of us, none of us were too fussed about what we were going to eat come Thursday, when we were going to it, etc.  I was really more concerned about what was going to be for breakfast post-race!

Thursday:  Mukilteo Turkey Trot in Mukilteo, WA.  Once again, we were up and at ’em way earlier than a normal weekday.  It was nicely below freezing (see that? feels like 22).  Oh yay.

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Luckily I was wearing 3 layers all over my entire body.  And I stayed in the heated car until it was time to go line up at the start line.

20151126_072536.jpgAlthough this race was sponsored by the same people who had put on the Redmond Turkey Trot the previous Saturday, I think more people showed up today.  They were offering prize money for the top place finishers, so that brought out some fast runners. They were still offering the yummy pies too for each age group.

James did the 10K, and I did the 5K, so James lined up with the elite group and headed out first.  Hehe, okay, he didn’t really go out with the elite as there weren’t any elite there, just some mighty fast runners of which he was one.  Anyway, off he went, and I went out with the back of the crowd per normal, but I was kind of pleased I actually passed some people along the way.  It’s usually the other way around!  We went a bit up the street, turned the corner, then BAM!  There it was! The first nasty hill of the run.  Yes, I’m sure you can guess what I was thinking… “I should’ve done more hill torture.”

20151126_085538.jpg20151126_085620.jpgIt was a rolling hill-type of a race, up and down and up and down, but it was all good.  Not too severe.  I didn’t get my PR like I wanted; however, I did run that hilly course at about the same pace I ran the other Turkey Trot which was mostly flat, so I consider it a success.  I’ll have other chances to PR my 5K, so it’s okay.  James nailed his 10K PR by 3 minutes but unfortunately came in 4th for his age group, so no pie for us on Thanksgiving Day.  The funny thing is, if he would’ve been 2 years younger, he would have won that particular age group by 4 minutes.  He gives a pretty decent race recap at 50 in 50 Marathon Quest, so go check it out.

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As for post-race breakfast, I found a fabulous slow cooker egg bake from My Fitness Pal that was ready by the time we got home.  Yes, there was bacon, 🙂

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Friday:  Trail run with Jamesy.  James felt it necessary to pace me on a 2-mile run post-Thanksgiving debauchery and 1 day post-race.  Ouchie.  He runs fast.  ‘Nuff said.  At least we waited until most of the ice had melted on the trail.

Saturday:  Total rest day.  I am so good at these rest days, I amaze myself.  We played games and James made a sinfully delightful chocolate-chip bread pudding.  It’ll probably be a good thing when this holiday weekend is over so we can get back to good.

screenshot_2015-11-29-10-01-51.pngSunday:  Long run day.  Another freezing cold day (I will never complain about the heat I again, I promise… okay, not really, I’ll still complain about the heat too). As it’s a step-down week (thanks to my Turkey Trotting), I just did an easy-peasy stretch around the block.  Today was the Seattle Marathon of which James had entertained the idea of running way back in July. I’m so glad he changed his mind. I would’ve been not too impressed having to go out in this freezing cold weather at a stupid-early time for one of the hilliest courses ever with all that ice out there. For those who did run it… kudos to you.  I’ll bet the portaloos were fun on your bum first thing.  Yikes!

Only 6 more weeks until Maui.  Holy cow, I’m looking forward to some warmth!  And I have a lot of work to do between now and then.  My pace has come down quite a bit, and I’m aiming for a 15-minute PR in Maui = 3:15.  Holiday season, ice, cold, snow or not… it’s time to get busy!

And how was your week?