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Motivational Music Monday #9

James and I received some super fabulous support over the weekend from our blogging friends in regards to the SLC Marathon, and I’d like to say a great big thank you and let you know I really appreciate all of you!!  You made me smile and encouraged me when I needed it most… you are the best support system ever!!  Thank you!!

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I don’t have the wherewithal to write about the race tonight (I’ll do that tomorrow).  It’s been a long travel day, but as promised, I am one sparkly bling richer.  And if you know me at all, you know it’s what motivates me!  So yes, I finished!!  State #5 done!  My thighs are screaming at me and on fire, but I finished!

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And now it’s time for another Motivational Music Monday song!  This is open to anyone and everyone!  Go add a link of a song you are enjoying this week and/or a link to your blog at 50 in 50 Marathon Quest.  You might discover some new music, or maybe some old music that you forgot about.  James seems to have posted a cover song.  I’m a Buble fan, so I can think of a million cover songs I could contribute by my boy alone… BUT… I’m going to surprise him and come up with something totally different than my norm.

Smoking in the Boys Room by Motley Crue (originally done by Brownsville Station).  It’s still fun to listen to even after 30 years (when did Motley Crue become classic rock?!).

Have a great Monday!!  Best wishes for those running Boston!  And kudos to all you supporters of runners!  You all are amazing!!

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

Share Your World

Many thanks to Cee from Cee’s Photography for helping me come up with my NaBloPoMo post for today.  Cee hosts a weekly “Share Your World” Q&A session so that bloggers can get to know each other.  Cee asks the question, the blogger answers them.

James May 13 2009 069What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fun”?  If you know me, you might expect me to say “race-cation,” which would be 100% true, but fun also makes me think of karaoke!  Or Happy Hour… but then karaoke and happy hour go hand in hand, don’t they!

What is your favorite time of day? Definitely morning!  It’s so peaceful… no noise, only the birds singing, no built-up stress from the day (yet).  Every morning is a time to start brand new.

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want have a evening with? There is no one in the world I would rather spend an evening with more than the people I spend every single evening with… my family.  Unless it’s Michael Buble, and I’m with my husband, and we’re seeing him in concert… oh, I guess that’s more of an IDEAL evening as opposed to who…

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Complete this sentence: Something that anyone can do that will guarantee my smile is… show me a cute animal picture, video, or better yet, place an animal in my hands to hold. When I hold or look at animals, all my cares and worries seem to just melt away.  Such genuine souls.

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Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  Last week I am grateful that my ankle incident wasn’t an actual injury, and this week, I’m looking forward to Friday Happy Hour with James (minus the karaoke, hehe).

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The Do’s When Visiting Chicago During Marathon Weekend

wpid-20151011_073400.jpgDO get a hotel room downtown with a river view!  Then be prepared for waves upon waves upon waves of people running the marathon to pass by.  As well, you’ll be within walking distance to some of the best restaurants in Chicago.

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DO take a River Boat Tour to check out the buildings, around downtown.  You will be awestruck.

wpid-20082.jpegDO visit the Cloud Gate in Millennium Park and touch it.  Perhaps for good luck? Or to summon the mother ship?  I don’t know why, just touch it.  It’s cool.

DO attend the pre-race pasta dinner.  It is important to be in the atmosphere of all the other runners who are freaking out just as bad as you.  Not to mention, the food is to die for!  Best carb-load ever!

DO attend the race expo, but preferably on the Friday as opposed to the Saturday before the race.  You will be on your feet for hours, whereby fatiguing your legs and feet, in which case you can kiss your PR goodbye (if you attend on Saturday).

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DO wear training gear or running clothes everywhere you go.  It makes you stand out from anyone else who might possibly not be running the race that weekend (however, as there are some 45,000 runners, the chance of that happening is highly unlikely).

DO sight-see at night.  You’ll see Chicago in a whole different light.wpid-20151010_191537.jpg

wpid-20151011_193349.jpgDO partake in Happy Hour at a fun little bar like D4 Irish Pub near Columbus and Grand.  It’s a must after the marathon to wear your race shirt and well-earned medal… you get a free Mimosa.  This also allows for runners to hook-up, high five, congratulate each other and compare notes.

DO check your ego and leave it at home.  There are 45,000 other people running the exact same race, trying to achieve their own personal goal, and unless you have your actual name printed on your bib and not a number and are in the first stall, you are no better than anyone else on that course.  DO support, cheer, and encourage your fellow runners every chance you can.  They will need and appreciate it.  This also holds true for the upcoming New York City Marathon and Marine Corps Marathon.wpid-20151011_135124.jpg

DO have fun.  The great people of Chicago are genuinely excited and happy for every runner out there.  It’s an experience like no other, so DO treasure it.

While I didn’t personally run the race, my husband did and managed a PR despite the great heat that was making people collapse left and right.  I’m very proud of him and his accomplishment and achieving his hard-earned goal.  I also had a fantastic experience in Chicago even being a spectator.  They definitely know how to do it up right in that town!!

DO visit 50 in 50 Marathon Quest to read all about the Chicago Marathon from a runner’s perspective.