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Thanks to T. Wayne from A Joyful Process for nominating me for the “My First Blog Post” challenge. The challenge was created by Sarah Brentyn of the Lemon Shark blog.

Of course, there are rules (always rules!). In a twist, these rules are in levels:

Obvious rules:

  • No cheating. (It must be your first post. Not your second post, not one you love…first post only.)
  • Link back to the person who tagged you (thank them if you feel like it or, if not, curse them with a plague of ladybugs).

Other rules:

  • Cut and paste your old post into a new post or reblog your own bad self. (Either way is fine but NO editing.)
  • Put the hashtag #MyFirstPostRevisited in your title.
  • Tag five (5) other bloggers to take up this challenge.
  • Notify your tags in the comment section of their blog (don’t just hope they notice a pingback somewhere in their spam).
  • Feel free to cut and paste the badge to use in your post. Notify your tags in the comment section of their blog (don’t just hope they notice a pingback somewhere in their spam).
  • Include “the rules” in your post.

My nominees (who are under no obligation to participate) are as follows:

50 in 50 Marathon Quest (do we really know what your first post says?  hmmm?)

Bonnywood Manor (because I can’t find your very first post ever written, and I know a lot of us would love to see it).

The Hangry Runner (I see your first post, but I think it deserves repeating, although that raccoon is freaking adorable, :D)

Running To Travel (the same… I see your first post, but it deserves repeating, ;D)

Slow Runner Girl (because you’re amazing and you’ve come so far!)

This is not an award… it’s a challenge!  Are you up for the challenge?

My first post ever written… I remember it well (5 July, 2015).  I had just gotten back from a run, sat down at my computer, and let my fingers do the post-run walking.  The rest is history.  Kind of wish I wasn’t complaining about the heat so much back then…

First and only week of pre-training… done!

I loved the Fit One Boise event so much that I’m making it my premium race this year.  Last year I ran the 10K; this year will be the half.  There wasn’t anything I didn’t love about it… the course was gorgeous, the people and volunteers were ultra-friendly, the post-race snacks were fabulous (all the chocolate milk a girl could want), and the bling was everything a bling should be, sparkly and big!

So, tomorrow begins the countdown and training for this super fun event, and today, I finished my only week of pre-training to dust off the cobwebs.  And boy, do I hurt because I let my training slide.  There’s not a muscle in my legs that don’t say ouch, WTH!

For this upcoming cycle, I will be using one of Hal Higdon’s plans, the Novice 2.  I figure it fits as this is my second year in.  I also like it because the mileage in the middle of the week is doable, and the LSR’s on the weekend gradually increase each week to where I’ll be running 12 miles the week before Boise.  It’s important to me that I get that long mileage in so my body is aware of exactly how much pain it’s going to be in when it crosses the finish line.

My next three training runs will be 3 miles long each, and I have this wicked loop in my neighborhood that’s uphill both ways, with another killer hill smack dab in the middle of it. See picture below.  I’ll measure my progress on this one particular loop as I will always have a 3-mile run each week of my training.  Today was a test run… not even worth posting a time. Okay, so I walked a lot of it.  Did I mention it was hot!  I guess I really shouldn’t complain… The Motivator is training for the Chicago Marathon and had to run 9 miles today in the heat. We should’ve gotten up earlier…

On top of the hill looking down... it's even worse going up!

On top of the hill looking down… it’s even worse going up!

A Proper Send-Off…

There is no greater relationship a runner has than with their shoes.

This past Sunday, I had my weekly long run scheduled.  Ten miles was planned, but the weather was brutal.  It was absolutely tipping down, so I decided to cut out a couple of miles and only run 8.  Off I went in my good old Brooks Glycerin 11 running shoes.

By about mile 3.5 to 4, soaking wet from head to toe, I started to get a nagging little twinge in my foot.  Luckily I wasn’t too far from home as I was doing a couple of out and backs on the trail.  After mile 5, I ran on home to put on dry shoes and socks, a dry top, and then headed back out to finish up my last 3 miles, although I was somewhat concerned about what was going on with my foot.

However, once I got back out on the trail, it dawned on me… my good old faithful Brooks were past their mileage.  My feet started feeling much better in the dry pair of shoes I had put on that hadn’t even gone 100 miles yet and I was able to finish my run strong and relatively pain-free. Unfortunately, I realized it was now time for me to retire my beautiful 11’s.

The Brooks Glycerin’s and I go back to 2012 when I got my first pair of running shoes.  I had gone to the local Road Runner Sports store and was properly fitted.  It was determined the Glycerin style was best suited for me, and I’ve been wearing them ever since because, quite frankly, the people in the store were right.  I started with the Glycerin 9’s.  I’ve tried other brands and styles, all to be returned as they just don’t do for me what the Glycerin’s do.  wpid-20151102_210549.jpg

I got this current pair last year before I ran RNR Vancouver in October.  It is now time for me to bid this pair of Glycerin’s adieu.  Thank you, 11’s, for getting me through a year’s worth of races and helping me earn 6 medals.  Time for you to slow down and just walk from here on out… you’ve done your job well, and I am grateful. You will be missed.

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!

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…

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!


Final long run done… now the waiting begins…


Fall is upon us!

Today marked the end of my official training for the FitOne Boise Half-Marathon… my last long run before tapering. I had 11 miles planned, but I ended up going 12.  This was sheer dumb luck, not because the running felt good.  It just happened that way.

wpid-20150913_093648.jpgwpid-20150913_110545.jpgOnce again, James and I set up our “aid station” on our front porch with the various gels and rehydration concoctions.  I was going to run 4 loops around said aid station, with each loop being 2.75 miles.  Nope, never mind.  That got old real quick.  I managed 2 loops with some slight deviation from the same old boring route, which in turn got me some extra distance.  After the 2nd loop, I opted for a normal out and back on the trail as I was getting fed up of running the hills on my loop. I decided to go out for 2.5 and bring it on back for an even 5, but I got picture happy here and there, would pause my watch, take an off-the-record walk break, forget to un-pause my watch, and so on and so forth. That’s how I managed 12.  Kinda sneaky how that works, isn’t it. My phone tracker said I actually accomplished 13.2 miles, but I’m going to have to say, no, I don’t think so, (can’t wait to see how far it clocks me for the actual race, hehe).  The watch measured an unofficial 12.

It was a difficult run.  I was knackered at mile 6, I hurt like holy hell at mile 8, and I had to walk the last mile home.  I used “foot powder” in my socks to help absorb moisture as I’m prone to blisters (see Eugene Marathon 2014).  I also taped my two pinky toes to aid in the prevention of the blisters, something I forgot that I had started doing after Eugene.  Trust me, it’s not my shoes (Brooks Glycerin for long distances and Saucony Ride for shorter distances, both well under their mileage expiration), it’s the wonky skin on my toes.  Probably a result of traversing on the hot Arizona sidewalks in bare feet and sandals my entire life.  And when I got in the shower after my run, the water initially hurt.  It was like the salt from the sweat was burning my skin.  But nothing feels better after a long run than washing your face with some kind of scrub to get rid of all the salt that has built up after so many miles.  (I was smart in that I had covered all the “prone” sensitive areas with Vaseline, so there was no screaming to be done in the shower today).

For our pre-load dinner last night, James made us a fabulous chicken lasagna, hand made from scratch, normal 2-hour prep time, so I told him not to worry about our after-run dinner tonight… I’d take care of that.  We both thought a roast sounded ideal and just yumptuous!  No problem honey!!  I got this!!  (Did I ever mention I don’t cook?)


All that’s left now is 6 minor runs (3 to 5 miles each) and the waiting… and the worrying… and the nail biting… and the butterflies… I can do this and I will do this… only 13 more days.

Happy Running!!

Tuney Tuesday — Love Runs Out

It was quite by accident that I found this song.  I was loading up my iPod with new tuneage (yes, I’m old, I still use an iPod as opposed to my phone), and I wanted “Counting Stars” by One Republic.  I happened to click on the song right underneath “Counting Stars” which was “Love Runs Out.”  After a few choice words and a minor tantrum for having bought something I didn’t really want, I thought, “Oh what the hell.  I’ll give it a chance.  It’s got a good beat.”  So I added it to my latest run playlist.  Little did I know it would soon become one of my favorite running songs.  Love this!

I made The Motivator listen to it, and it has also turned into one of his favorite running songs. On Sunday, when he was in the midst of running a mere 20 miles, this song came on at about mile 11 or 12… it got him out of a bad place and re-energized him (see his run report here).

And for the nitty gritty details, if you’re into that sort of thing, this song surprisingly is only 120 BPM and will give you a 13:00 pace, which is fast for me, slow for James, but we actually both enjoy running to it.  So, I don’t think it really matters what your pace is… just listen to the beat and let your legs go with the flow…

…Ooo, I’ll be running, I’ll be running, til the love runs out…

Thank you dear Kelly at honestme363 for Tuney Tuesday!!  

What song is your favorite to run to or a good pick-me-up in general?

music quote

Week 9 done… 20 days to go…

I’m beginning to think I should have given myself more than 12 weeks to train for this upcoming half…  too late now!!  Twenty more days until D-day!  Oh.Em.Gee.

As I said in an earlier post, El Motivador was away this past week, so my running volume went wayyy down because he wasn’t here to nag motivate me.  That being said, I do think I needed a lower volume week as I was feeling a bit fatigued.  The long runs are so important when you’re training for distance, and I woke up this morning feeling rested and ready to tackle the 10-miler I had scheduled.


wpid-screenshot_2015-09-06-21-02-22.pngThe weather was gorgeous today, 51 degrees and 98% humidity, meaning it was lightly raining.  Perfect conditions.  We welcomed running in the rain after our long summer of running in the heat.  James and I set up a little makeshift aid station on our front porch full of gels, water, Gatorade, Nuun, and changes of running attire. We both planned to run loops to where we could visit the house at least twice before we hit the trail for an out and back to finish up.  It worked beautifully.  I changed my shirt twice and James changed his visor twice.  It’s all about priorities, isn’t it.  🙂

Long story short, I did my 10 miles (according to my phone I did 12, hehe), and James did 20!! He finished strong… me, not so strong on the last 2, but I finished, so we’ll just say it was successful.  We decided to celebrate with a very naughty treat… Mexican food!!  Actually, if you break the entire meal down, the rice is a carb reload, the beans are protein and fiber, and, as I got the enchiladas, they’re made with corn tortillas that don’t have any added sugar or preservatives in them, so the only thing really of concern is the fat in the cheese… but, really… one night a week of debauchery… we deserved it.  Am I worried about what the scale will say tomorrow?  No, not at all… I don’t plan on getting back on that thing until Thursday!  🙂


Happy Running!!