Monday Motivation**March 6th, 2017

Can you suffer from the pain of both? I ate way too much junk this weekend and was bloated for at least half the weekend and tonight I ran 5 miles then walked for another 30. 

Tomorrow I need to do some serious stretching and foam rolling (aka tourture). My right hip (IT band) is SUPER tight so my hip is hurting and it radiates down my thigh to my knee. So foam rolling is a big to do for me tomorrow……or today since its after midnight. 

The boyfriend and I were seriously lazy this weekend, we watched at least 8 movies and some Game of Thrones episodes. But it was seriously needed for me since I was traveling the last 2 weekends. 

Some random stuff from this week:

My walk to class from the back parking lot

Gotta love Oregon lol

The boyfriend suggested running a marathon together in October, he was thinking Portland marathon until I looked it up and the cost is $130!! Too rich for our current blood so I’m looking at other options. But i did look up some training plans on Google

Then i scrapped them and made my own hahaha. 

Tonight was the premier of a new TV show 

I used the 2 hour premier to distract me while I ran. 

Yep, i run like a turtle.

Thank goodness for TVs on your treadmill.

When I got home I had some leftover sushi from yesterday’s dinner

It was good. 

And now it’s pass out time. 

Goodnight!!!!

Do you like sushi?

Volunteering and budget shopping

Happy 4th of July weekend!!!

Last night my roommate and I went to the movies and I didn’t get to bed until about 12:30am and was up at 5:20am to go volunteer at the cook park marathon.  

Also I was bad and had McDonald’s this week

It was a small race so that was nice. And it was several loops so there was only 1 aid station that qthe runners hit several times

I was not excited about being awake early

This afternoon I did some correspondence 

Water is a big theme for me lately, trying to hydrate more and more

A short midday nap

And a shopping trip on a budget

Fish and chips, sandwiches, chicken and rice and oatmeal not too shabby for $28.

Seattle Rock and Roll race recap

This is my 2nd rock and roll event and I wasn’t disappointed. The atmosphere was upbeat and fun.

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The medal is awesome.

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The Expo was very well put together and had a lot of great companies show up and lots of great samples to try.

I wish they got us across the start line at little quicker but otherwise all pre-race things were well organized.

Every mile-ish there is a band to pump you up and cheerleaders along the way.

Every about 1.8 miles there were water and/or Gatorade stations.

There were energy chews around mile 8 and a Glucose drink around mile 9.5. I do wish these were more spread out,  like maybe mile 6 and miles 9.5.

Rock and Roll had enough volunteers to make everything run very smoothly.

Both of my rock and roll experiences have been positive and I am looking forward to my next one!!

Rock and Roll 1/2 marathon Seattle part 2

Saturday morning we got up super early, about 4:40 and were out the door by about 5:15. Thankfully since the solstice is so close the sun was starting to rise so we had a little light. We hopped on the bus and head into downtown. Every few stops another runner got on the bus lol. We got there just after six and walked about 2 blocks to the space needle where the start line was. We did all the normal stuff, drank some water, bag drop all that. I was able to get down most of my protien shake and a few bites of a blueberry muffin then nerves got the best of me and I wasn’t hungry. 

I made my way to my Corral, which was waaaaaaay back from the start lol

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The start was delayed 15 min so the first wave went at 7:15……..I crossed the start line at about 8:05 lol.

Yea it was a big race lol. I waited so long that my nerves dissipated and hunger struck. Thankfully my mom had most of our stuff with her so I had the snacks I had bought at the Expo the day before.

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This was my first time eating one of the waffles and it was DAMN good. I am so stoked I bought this.

So I crossed the start line and was doing awesome! My PR is 2:57 and I was on track for a 2:45 finish. I hit mile 6 still on pace feeling pretty good

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Mile 8 was the last mile I hit on that target time

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Then I started hurting and miles went from about 12:30 to 15:00-16:00. 

Mile 9 was the Blue Mile, honoring our fallen service men and women. It was very moving and I refused to walk during the about quarter mile that people were holding the flag up.

After that I walked most of mile 10 but ran most of mile 13 which thank goodness was mostly downhill. And of course I picked up speed the last .2 miles.

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My medal!!!! I earned this one lol. Every step from mile 9 on was painful.

Mom and I relaxed at Starbucks for a bit and I sponged off in the bathroom and changed clothes lol. My step dad met us and we got lunch then they dropped me off at Amtrack and I was able to get on a train about 3.5hours earlier than I had planned which was super awesome!
I got home about 7:30pm instead of midnight.

So that was my weekend! Sunday I happily did nothing but sit on my butt.

I’ll review the race tomorrow.

Half Marathon!!

Ran a half marathon today

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Most important pre-race step.
The day started off with rain

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But thankfully it stopped later

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Half way point!!!

After I crossed the finish line my ‘medal’ was a tiara.

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After the race I hobbled home and had a little ice bath

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Then met my aunt and uncle for a delicious lunch!

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Happily I had leftovers for a late night snack.

I review the race later.

How was your Saturday?

The first rule of fight club….

Happy Saturday!!!

Weekend 4 done at the tulip farm for me!! I don’t work tomorrow because i have a race.

But lets back up, i got my butt to the gym yesterday morning and did a little spin and swim

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Then i hit Starbucks thanks to my bestie Nicole and the birthday giftcard she sent me

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Yep thats a little bit of my Stitchfix dress you see.

I also got some blueberries to add to my oatmeal :mrgreen:

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The tulip festival was good day, busy but not crazy.

I came home and read a chapter of my book club book the watched a Netflix documentary on the barkely marathon. The first rule of the barkley marathon is you don’t talk about the barkley marathon…..oops i broke rule #1. This race is INSANE!!! In the i think 30 something years it has been run only 15 people have ever finished it………I WANT TO DO IT!!!!!! But not for a long time lol i have to learn how to navigate a trail map and all that cause there are NO ROUTE MARKERS and its in the Tennessee wilderness.

Card dinner

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And now its sleep time for my race tomorrow. Goodnight.

Google the Barkley marathon and let me know if you want to try it with me :mrgreen:

Vortex 10k race recap.

The vortex 10k was fun but brutal.
It was a really small race which was cool.

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This was the entire half marathon group.

So i loved the small group but there was no bag drop or anything like that which i did not like. Though by not having a bag drop i had to keep my phone with me which allowed for a few photos.

Being a trail run there was a lot of mud to get through

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I did a fair amount of slippingĀ  and sliding and walking.

By mile 2 i knew this would not be a PR kind of race so i just had fun with it. I love trail run because i always feel a little more adventurous hahahahaha. Plus its super beautiful.

Since it was such a small group i would go a few min at a time not seeing another person

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Mile 4. There was some elevation changes in the race so i was dying a bit lol. My calves are still sore.

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I had some awesome scenery

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The course ended up only being 5.5 miles because construction was going on to rebuild what some storms has washed out. But it was still tough.

Post race food was a beef stew out of #10 cans lol. Very salty. I ate some of the veggies and broth to tide me over.

All in all i enjoyed the race and think i would enjoy running it again next year.

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Another bib to add to the wall!!!!

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Did you have any races this weekend?