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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, 😀

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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? 

 

50 in 50 Marathon Quest’s View on MOM

I’d like to start by saying thank you so very much for the encouragement and the kudos for this most recent race!  Your wonderful support really does carry me through all of the madness… from the first step of the training cycle right on through to the finish line.  I’m extremely grateful and appreciative for you!  I’ve made some great blogging friends, and I feel truly blessed.20160118_103842.jpg

Jamesy wrote a fun article detailing the Maui Oceanfront Marathon.  I know my “race recap” was brief and to the point… it was hard and it hurt.  But if you’re curious and would like a bit more of a detailed description, go visit his site.  He actually makes the pain sound somewhat humorous!

Speaking of pain, we suffered our worst about 48 hours after the race, per normal.  Neither of us could walk very well, which called for a great relaxing day hanging by the pool!  As of now, my feet have mostly recovered… I’ll lose a few toenails, but hey, it happens.  I’ve realized I need to stay with my Brooks Glycerin shoes for every race from here on out as I don’t have feet problems when I race in them, AND, I need to stay about a full size larger than what I normally wear because, yes, my feet do swell that much (the ones I wore in MOM were only 1/2-size larger).

As for James, his calves are still a bit tight, but he’s gradually getting better.  He has one more week of recovery before he starts his next training cycle, so he should survive as well.

Next race for us will be local… the Lake Sammamish Half-Marathon on March 5th, in 41 days… just enough time to lose all the weight we gained on vacation. 😀

50 in 50 Marathon Quest … Maui Oceanfront Marathon Recap

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Aloha! Echoes Of My Neighbourhood #6

Aloha from sunny Maui!

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While the race here wasn’t all that we hoped it would be, the recovery has been fantabulous! We’ve had lots of these to ease our pain…

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Fabulous views…

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Great pool time (for which I had to paint my nails as they are completely destroyed and black and blue from the race… it’s one of those silly foot photos so be glad I did, but you might still be able to see the bandaids)…

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Lots of fun and different sights…

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Gorgeous flowers…

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Lovely Koi…

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Breathtaking sunsets…

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And daily outside running… yes, the streak continues, blistered feet and all!

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It’s been a fabulous vacation!

Thanks to Jackie at A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales for the Echoes Of My Neighborhood challenge!  This is my special neighborhood for the week!

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-Race Jitters

Yes… pre-race jitters.  I have them.  James has them.  It’s that exact energy that propels us to the finish line.  In the meantime, I’m doing what I can to keep from freaking out.  Like sharing my pictures from today, 🙂

We did go for our streak run early this morning.  I wore the GoPro on my head to see how that would work.  It’ll be fun to see what it picked up, but I haven’t had a chance to even see yet.

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Three generations… they all walk the same and have the same leg build.

We wanted to stay off our feet as much as possible for most of the day, although that didn’t seem to happen.  We ended up walking to breakfast.  Did I mention my in-laws from Boise were here also?  James’s dad will be running the 10K.  (We all ran the FitOne Boise Half together in September).

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Breakfast at Slappy Cakes. Carb loading with pancakes!

Then we had to maneuver to downtown Lahaina for packet pickup, which was across from the famous Banyan Tree.  An amazing sight.  There was no expo as this is a relatively small race.

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After packet pickup, we went to the in-laws’ hotel for a small afternoon happy hour, then back to our hotel room to put our feet up.  By day’s end, we had put in just over 6 miles (per my watch).

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Flat me is all ready to run… Go Hawks!

James has arranged for a wake-up call at 2 a.m.  He has to catch the shuttle bus at 3:15 to take him to somewhere 26.2 miles down the road.  He has a start time of 5:00… mine starts at 6:30. And once again I ask myself… why, why, why do I do this… but then I remember… ah yes, it’s for the bling…

 

 

We Have Arrived!

It has been a long and tiring day, but we have finally arrived… happily and joyfully… in Maui! Even the child, who got up at the unholy hour of 5 a.m., is feeling happy-happy-joy-joy!

Things started off great!  Traffic cooperated in Seattle, so we were able to get to the airport with enough time to eat some breakfast before the plane left.  Yay!

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When we finally arrived in Maui around 3 p.m., we went directly to the rent-a-car place. Did you know chickens run wild and free here?  I kept hearing a rooster crow, and I couldn’t figure out for the life of me where it was coming from.  So I had to go investigate.  Indeed… they were just hanging around the parking lots waiting for people to feed them (tourists are so very kind)!

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After that, it was off to the store for supplies for a few days.  And we went on from there to our hotel.

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We were so happy to get to our room finally!

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And yes… James and I are still streaking.  Shortly after I took the above picture in our suite, the two of us were kitted up and on the treadmill, making sure we got in our runs today no matter what (it was too dark to run the outside and unfamiliar territory, although the weather was just gorgeous). And yes, it was semi-painful to have to streak today because we both wanted and were more than ready for our Friday Happy Hour, but we couldn’t start happy hour until after our run.

So, we’ve landed, arrived at the hotel, completed our daily run, and guess what we’re doing now?!! You know it!! Cheers!!

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!

Sunday Ramblings

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On frozen pond… but soon to be in warm ocean! 🙂

One week from today, James and I will be running in Hawaii at the Maui Oceanfront Marathon, him the full, me the half (just in case you missed that news in every other post I’ve written for the past 3 months).  Gone will be the snow and ice… only sun and fun!  I’ll probably be mostly packed for the trip by day’s end even though we don’t leave until Friday.  I figure, hey, why not. Goodness knows I won’t be needing any of my summer clothes here anytime soon!!

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Our custom bibs for the race came in the mail yesterday.  James’s is because he’s running all 50 states (yes, I’m running all 50 states too, but I won’t get mine until later).  I opted for a different bib… one in honor of my big brother.  He died this past November from cancer.  He loved Maui. He got married there, and he went back every year.  I felt it was appropriate.

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As well, the streak lives on.  Yes, sometimes I only run 1 mile, other times I run more.  I like looking at the overall picture.  While I don’t train for the full-distance marathons, nor do I train to be Speedy Gonzales, I feel these runs are actually helping me to get stronger.  As I said before, I’m getting really good at running 2 miles… now if we can just switch that up to say, “I’m getting really good at running 13.1 miles!” Eh… you never know what the year is going to bring!

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And in other news, the Seahawks won their football game today (so sorry if you’re from Minnesota, but hey).  If you didn’t happen to watch the game, it was unreal.  The Seahawks were leading the game 10-9.  Minnesota had the ball with less than a minute to go.  All they had to do was kick a 27-yard field goal, and the game was theirs.  We’ll just say that The Vikings did not have a good day. (Laces out, people, laces out!)  Seahawks advance in the playoffs to face the Carolina Panthers next Sunday.  The 12th Man Flag will be coming to Maui with us for a little fan support next week.  But… we’ll be in the middle of our races when the game is on, so we might miss the outcome.  Still… very exciting stuff!

Also, James wrote a great article about running apps here just in case you’re shopping around. So if you’re a technical geek (like we are), go check it out!

Hope everyone has had a great weekend!  Are you an extreme sports fan?  Did your football team play today? If you ran Disney, show off that bling!!