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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?

Back In The Saddle

Another Christmas has come and gone, but happily the holiday celebration continues!  We still have New Year’s Eve coming up!

We had a wonderful Christmas weekend, and Santa was super generous this year.  AJ got his very first desktop computer, but to be fair, he had saved his money and paid for half of it while James paid for the rest and bought him the monitor.  He’s one happy gamer.

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And I actually got the Go Pro I asked for with a helmet mount.  I tested it out on my run today and snapped a few pictures.  I wore it on my head over my visor and it did get a little heavy on my forehead after the first hour of running, but it was tons of fun to play with.

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I’m not too keen on the fish bowl effect, but I guess all you have to do is change the aspect ratio, although I need to figure out which is which.  I’m not a photographer in any shape or form, so it’s something to be researched.  On my next run, I’ll try out the video part of it.

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Speaking of running, I’m completely healthy now and have recovered from whatever winter bug was going around.  Hence, back to my long runs on Sunday.  And as there are only 21 days until my Maui Half, that’s a really good thing.  I was almost concerned.  I managed 118 minutes of activity today with most of it running.  The wonderful thing is that my legs were strong, whereas last week when I first went out, they felt like floppy noodles.  I’m beginning to think I wasn’t fully recovered at that point as that just didn’t make sense when they were completely rested.  Anyhoo, I didn’t go full out, but I’m so excited that the little graph thingy shows me running more than walking.  When I first began this journey back in July, I was nowhere near that ratio, and I love to see improvement in black and white and on charts and graphs, not only from how I feel.  Again, today I am thankful for that stoopid treadmill and my forced interval training.

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Go Pro Pics

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Anyone ever play frisbee golf?  The above is a frisbee golf park.  I passed it on my run.  Right down the street from it is a game store that sells specialized frisbees specifically for this sport. They’re hard little disks, not the usual frisbees you’d toss for your dog to catch.  I’ve not tried it yet, but maybe one day.

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Above is a charming little house out in the middle of nowhere across from the trail.  Lots of room for a little animal farm, goats, chickens, a couple of cows…

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Okay, I didn’t take this one with the Go Pro… it’s just Jamesy all decked out for watching the ‘Hawks.  But we won’t talk about that…

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!  Stay healthy out there… I’m seeing lots of little germy bugs going on everywhere!

What are your plans for New Year’s?  Will you be running January 1st?

Weekend Wrap

As I decided to write whilst partaking of wine on Friday night, I actually only have the weekend to “wrap” about (hehe, I make myself giggle).

20151219_133712.jpgI went Christmas shopping on Saturday because, yes, I AM one of those last-minute shoppers! Holy Checkout Line!!  This was in Target and it stretched at least half the length of the store! However, I was totally impressed with the organization of the mass amount of people.  It was not your typical C.F.  There was no crowding or nastiness, every checkout line was open, and they got us through as quick as they could. Unfortunately, a man got right behind me, was trying to get the attention of someone across the aisle, and made one of those horribly loud whistles with his fingers like he was calling for his dog.  Rude much?!!  THAT did not impress me.  I glared.  One does not need to whistle that loudly when one is on the inside of a building, especially when standing 2 feet away from another person who is not aware that they’re about to get a hole in their eardrum.

Anyway, after a lovely Saturday afternoon nap, Jamesy and I spent a good part of the evening wrapping presents as our youngin’ was staying the night at a friend’s house.  We took complete advantage of him being gone!  We turned on my most favorite Christmas album by Michael Bublé, pulled out the wrapping paper, tape and scissors, and had a good old fashion wrapping party.  I got a great video of James singing and dancing.  He’s not letting me share it… yet… but know that I have it and will probably have it for a long, lonnnnng time (insert evil laugh here… I now own him).

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We even got to watch a movie!  This is not something we usually do as we try to go to bed early in preparation for long-run Sunday.  However, we actually decided to turn a movie on after we’d had enough of the wrapping!  We watched Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. I thought it was wonderful! Neither one of us got tired or wanted to doze during it as it kept us on the edge of our seat.  We like those suspense movies, what can I say!

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The creek overfloweth…

Sunday was a big day.  I hadn’t run for a week thanks to my chest cold, so I had to get out no matter what to see how I was feeling.  I had 10 miles on the schedule. No, 10 miles wasn’t happening.  My legs were nice and rested, but at the same time they felt quite weak.  It’s hard to believe that a week’s worth of down time could cause them to feel like floppy noodles.  I did a nice 5K, the loop around our house, and managed it okay.  It didn’t even take me as long as I thought it would with as much as I was having to walk which kind of tells me my intervals on the stoopid treadmill have paid off, because when I was able to run, I was running much faster than I had before.  Yay.  Guess the treadmill isn’t as stoopid as I made it out to be.

And it was finally perfect weather conditions for a run.  No rain, no wind… just overcast and in the 40s… normal and beautiful.  Good thing, too, because James had his time-trial 20-miler.  His goal was to run 20 miles in 3 hours.  I won’t spoil it for you on how it went… you can visit 50 in 50 Marathon Quest for the final result.  Will he run another sub-4-hour marathon in January… or has he taken his plan too lightly this time around and did he take a whole 4 hours to run the 20 miles?

Oh, and hey!  The Seahawks won again today!  We’re in the playoffs now!  Doesn’t get any better than that!!

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Is anyone else a last-minute holiday shopper?  Who saw Star Wars this weekend? If you’re a runner, how did your long run go?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap!  Thank you ladies!  All are invited to link up and share!

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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!!

Weekly Wrap

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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It’s been a weird couple of weeks training-wise.  Washington has had one storm system after another and it has not been runner-friendly at all.  I guess this is the first real winter that I’ve had to train for a January race, and I’m thinking I’m not too impressed.  One thing’s for sure… we’re getting our money’s worth out of that treadmill.

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This is supposed to be a pond, not a lake.

Anyway, I’ve kept it going, I’m just not putting in the mileage I want.  I have been nailing my interval training though, pretty much every single time I get on the treadmill.  Hehe, it’s the only thing that entertains me while I’m on it.  I have noticed that my breathing is getting better at a faster pace, so that’s relatively encouraging, but I won’t know how it holds up until I can get back out on the trail to test it out.

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Another fallen tree. He had it mostly cleared by the time I snapped the picture.

Today was long-run Sunday and it was rainy and windy, of course.  Shortly after I woke up, I heard a chainsaw buzzing in the neighborhood.  I couldn’t believe that someone would be using a bloody chainsaw on a Sunday morning at 7!  I looked out to investigate… yet another downed tree blocking the road.  <sigh>  I’ll be happy when we get back to normal.  While The Motivator was very… brave… to face the unnatural weather elements no matter what, I chose to stick to my beloved treadmill.  I aimed for two hours… ha.  After one hour, I called it quits.

2015-12-13-18.33.13.png.pngOne neat thing I’ve been testing is the Charity Miles app. I’m super pleased with it (my tweets say I walked, but it should say I ran…, I just never thought to change the wording).  This app works inside or outside, so that’s bonus.  At 25 cents a mile, it’s win-win.  While 5 miles may only be $1.25, over time it will add up, and I think one of my next goals will be to try streaking.  You know, take the Runner’s World Run Streak challenge.  At least 1 mile every day for 365 days.  I think that’s totally doable. Even on rest days, it shouldn’t be difficult to tackle at least 1 mile.  The treadmill and I are the best of friends now (or bitter enemies), so I think it can be done.  There are actually some people who have been streaking since the 1980s!  That impresses the hell out of me!  When AJ graduates from high school in 2023 (anyone feel old besides me?), he can tell all his friends that his mom has been “streaking” since 2016.  Yeah, that might be kinda cool.

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And speaking of the boy, he just recently had his very last elementary school Christmas concert. He’s in the above picture, 4th from left, back row.  Yes, definitely one of the tallest in the school, but I think a couple of girls may possibly be taller.  He’s on to middle school next year, but I’d be okay if he stayed this age forever.  🙂

Your turn!  If you have an upcoming race, how is your training going? Ever run into wicked winter weather that slowed you down?  How do you deal with it?

 

 

Thinking Out Loud Thursday

I’m kind of in the mood to babble about nothing in particular, so I’m linking up with Amanda from Running With Spoons for TOLT.  Thanks Amanda for the creative outlet!!

thinking-out-loud.jpg1.  Winter Munchies.  Ella at Instinctive Fails talks about how animals fatten themselves up for the winter, so maybe humans do too?  I’ve decided I’m going to adopt that theory to explain my winter weight gain.  Think about it… our ancestors probably did have to bulk up to stay warm in the winter just as animals do.  So it would make perfect sense that our bodies instinctively store fat for the winter.  Well, it sounds good anyway. It has absolutely nothing to do with the extra cookies or fudge or egg nog that I treat myself to during the holidays… it’s really just pure instinct.  Necessary for survival.  During the holidays.

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2.  Pinterest.  Yes, I’m older and not so social media savvy, but I just don’t get it!  I want to understand it, I really do, but right now I just can’t wrap my head around it.  What is the purpose?  What does one do on Pinterest?  It sounds like something Microsoft came up with before it released Windows 8 so everyone could get used to the idea of “pinning” things.  Or did Microsoft copy Pinterest?  Ooooo, conspiracy theory perhaps?  I should probably consult my 11-year-old and figure out how to use Pinterest.  No, actually, I think I need to watch a YouTube video on the ins and outs of Pinterest.  Is there a book out there called Pinterest for Dummies?

3.  I’ve noticed quite a few people have created the illusion of snow falling on their blogs.  May I just say this is a super cool feature!  I would love to have snow falling all over my blog during the holidays and winter months.  But why didn’t I get the memo on how to make the snow fall?  Can anyone tell me how this is done?

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4.  And speaking of snow falling, I hope no one is trying to get to Seattle via I-90.  I’m of the understanding that parts of the pass are closed.  For weeks I heard how mild our winter was going to be because we had such a hot summer and El Nino is going to last until 2016, blah, blah, blah, but noooo, we’ve had one storm system after another come in and practically drown us.  Did you hear that the governor of Washington has declared a state of emergency because of all our rain?  We haven’t got snow where I live, only rain (#thankful), but it makes for some pretty awful training runs, whether they’re on the trail or on the treadmill.  I’m so sick of running on the treadmill.  Ugh.  Ohhh wellll… suck it up, buttercup. You’ve still got a few weeks of training left.

5.  Meep.  He’s a cat.  To the Nth degree.  I don’t have much to say about him other than I really just wanted to share some silly pictures of him that I’ve taken recently.  (shameless plug, I know)

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Step awayyy from the tree…

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He probably had done something wrong which is why he’s showing me his tummy… or just stretching, he’s probably really just stretching… he sooo needs to be messed with…

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6.  And finally, the above is just a small sampling of how I’ve been preparing myself for winter survival.  And the holidays.  Yeah, I’m definitely going to say it’s total instinct.

I’ve babbled enough for today.  Do you have anything to babble about?  How does your body prepare for survival through the winter?  Got snow?  On your blog?  Got a cat that you love to mess with?

 

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?