*Spartan Race discount*

In honor of Memorial Day, my friends at Reebok Spartan Race invited me to share this offer for up to $40 off your entry!

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If you’ve been putting off signing up for a Spartan Race, don’t wait any longer! This offer will expire on Wednesday, May 27th. When registering, enter code: MEMORIAL, to save up to $40 off your entry! You can’t beat that kind of deal! Get to it!!

*Unintentional absence*

Over the past 6 months, I’ve been working to *simplify* my life. Eliminate things… chores, responsibilities, stuff… that are taking up to much time, space, energy, etc., so that I can focus on what is most important to me and what fulfills me on the deepest level. So I’m absolutely baffled as to why I feel more unorganized and unproductive as ever!

Case in point. My website has not been getting the attention I wish I could give it. This site, sharing my love of running, is such a huge passion and while it is very important to me (and because it doesn’t pay the bills), it often gets pushed to the back burner.

That said, I’m not going anywhere, anytime soon and I’m thankful for my faithful followers and readers that continue to visit even when I’m absent. So THANK YOU! It’s a work in progress. As I continue to weed out things in my life that don’t serve me anymore, I’m hopeful that I’ll have more time to be present here.

Last week, I had planned a post-race write-up about my experience at the Hippie Chick Half Marathon. I had the entire post pretty much written in my head by the time the race was over. As much as I would have love to share an in-depth recap about that race, I’ll tell you this: I learned some very valuable lessons. I won’t go into as much detail as I originally planned but I will summarize my experience in an attempt to save you the same self-defeating pain I caused myself.

The condensed version is this:

A week or so before Boston, a friend offered me a free race entry. Not one to pass up anything free (seriously!), I signed up with the intention of taking it easy and running with her for fun. Fast forward to race day. On the trip to the race, she asked me (very politely) to NOT run with her. I get it. Her reasoning was legit and I respected her for sticking to her own race plan. But it left me wondering what the hell I was going to do. It was 19 days post-Boston. Do you think I was smart and stuck to my original plan to take it easy, stick to a slower pace, and basically just enjoy the event? Of course not! I lined up right where I would have had my legs been fresh and I wasn’t still in recovery from a marathon 19 days earlier.

I kept up with the 7:30 pace group for oh, a mile. And then I crashed and burned and hated running and hated life and hated sunshine and hated fast runners that made it all look so effortless and fun and pretty much just hated everything for an hour and 50 minutes.

Needless to say, not my best race. I will note that I cheered up when I got my free mimosa afterwards.

Barefoot Bubbly mimosa.

Some valuable lessons:

  • Honor your body and your body’s ability to perform in the days, weeks, and months after a major event. I was not ready to race. It’s different for everyone but do what is best for YOU!
  • If you have a race plan in mind, stick to it. Don’t allow yourself to get sucked into the energy and excitement of the event. I know I would have enjoyed it so much more had I not tried to “race”.
  • Due to my plan to take it easy, I did not prepare for race day like I typically would in the days leading up to the event. I ate poorly, probably consumed way too much wine, and didn’t take it seriously. Regardless of your goals, for the sake of enjoying the experience, treat the days leading up to an event like you would a goal race for the pure sake of making it pleasant.
  • Shake it off. (Shake it off, shake it off!). Once I crossed the finish line. I was over it. (The mimosa helped too!) I chose to not dwell on my performance and instead take note and learn from the lessons on the course that I thought were mistakes. It’s all a part of the process.

Despite my own performance, the Hippie Chick Half Marathon (they also offer a Quarter Marathon) is a great event. The weather has been nice all three years I’ve done it and I love the energy of the female-only event celebrating mother, daughters, sisters, friends, etc. This year was the first year the event was managed by the Better Series after purchasing several Run with Paula events and I thought they did a great job! (Especially because in years past they only offered a post-race beer. I much prefer the mimosas!)

*Weekly mileage*

Mileage for the week of May 11th – May 17th

Total weekly mileage: 41.5

Total May mileage (to-date): 90.25

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 946

Run review:

5/11           52:35 min./6.25 mi./8:24 pace

512           33:18 min./4 mi./8:20 pace

5/13           58:28 min./7 mi./8:21 pace

5/14           25:57 min./3 mi./8:37 pace

5/15           40:53 min./5 mi./8:10 pace

5/16            28:17 min./3.25 mi./8:42 pace

5/17          1:50:53 min./13.1 mi./8:27 pace

While I may not have done any blogging last week, I managed a few miles. It was a bit of a rough week for me though. Recovering from a half marathon, on top of recovering from a full marathon, with another half marathon coming up, topped with a head cold… the first half of the week I felt miserable with each and every step. Finally, closer to the weekend, I started to find some comfort again. Just an *off* week I suppose.

The time away from blogging was unintentional. I have so much to share! But I’ve been a busy bee and in an effort to cut myself some slack, I’m going to try to consolidate and catch up in the coming days. More to come!

*Weekly mileage*

Mileage for the week of May 4th – May 10th

Total weekly mileage: 27.25

Total May mileage (to-date): 48.75

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 904.5

Run review:

5/4           No run/rest day

5/5           34:20 min./4.25 mi./8:05 pace

5/6           No run/sick day

5/7           42:56 min./3.98 mi./10:47 pace

5/8            49:31 min./6 mi./8:15 pace

5/9            1:48:55 min./13.1 mi./8:18 pace

5/10          No run/Mother’s Day hike

Last week was kind of a funny week. On Tuesday, I started to come down with a head cold so in an attempt to kick it quick, I took Wednesday off from work and running. With a race coming up Saturday (though I was already planning to take it easy) I didn’t want to risk a full-blown cold. It seemed to work… while I still was sick, it was nowhere near as bad as my last cold this past winter!

Thursday night I participated in a scavenger hunt style run sponsored by one of our Portland-area specialty running stores. A friend accompanied me for a fun outing and I even won a pair of compression sleeves.

On Saturday I ran the Hippie Chick Half Marathon. I’ll share more about that bomb of a race in a coming post and provide some insights that will hopefully prevent some of you from making some of the same stupid mistakes I made. Seriously.

For Mother’s Day, I opted to take the day off to hike instead of run. (Who am I?!) Perfect for recovery and soul-satisfying!

It’s a busy week for the Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking family complete with another half marathon coming up this weekend!

Hope you had a great Monday and your week is off to a stellar start!

*Mother’s Day*

The only thing that would have made today better would have been having access to this wine vault…

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Can’t say I didn’t try!!!

 

My family treated me to a day of hiking, exploring a historic Oregon landmark, and a delicious dinner. Not to mention making me feel like the most beloved mom in the world. I hope all moms had a day full of love and family!

And to my own mom and mother-in-law: I’m so blessed to have two amazing women in my life. I love you both and am so very grateful for you!!!

Happy Mother’s Day! xo

*If you can’t beat ’em…*

Join ’em!

I figure if I can’t get voted onto the cover of Runner’s World, I’ll create my own magazine and feature myself as the cover model. (Narcissistic?!)

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Coming soon to a newsstand near you!

Just a little Friday fun! But if you wouldn’t mind voting for me for the *real* cover model contest, I sure would appreciate it! VOTE

Have a great weekend!!

 

*Next top model, part 2*

Since my feet are already famous thanks to Nuun… photographic evidence below…

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The official feet of Nuun Watermelon!

Why not the rest of me?

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Am I Runner’s World cover material?

Yesterday, Runner’s World opened up the search for two outstanding runners that will grace the December 2015 cover. Real-life runners who are fit, athletic, dedicated, and inspire others too.

For the hell of it, I thought I’d throw my name in the hat.

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Vote for me!

If I’ve inspired you in any way over the past few years, I’d appreciate your vote! You can find my profile here. I’m entry number 74 and you can also, as the contest progresses, find me by my personal hashtag, #focusedandfearless.

Thanks for the love!!