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It has been a pretty uneventful few days following the big birthday bash. Well, unless you consider hitting 400+ miles for the year uneventful!
I don’t think I’ve ever been more soaked on a run. “Water repellant” is NOT water proof or even water-resistant! I seriously have never had water running down my arms, inside my sleeves before! We also had a high wind warning at the time. Clearly, I’m a special kind of crazy. It is called BAD ASS! ; )
Following my run, this happened today:
I’ve been super obsessed with my hair the past couple of months. I’m trying to grow out my natural color. Which, as my hair dresser described today, is “like shimmery tinsel”. Grey. Silver. Tinsel. Whatever. I’m kind of digging it. But it is a process. And today I chopped off about 6 or 7 inches.
Super not running related so sorry if you come here solely for running stuff…
Anyway, I’m not afraid to be playful with my hair. It is just hair after all. And in the spirit of Throw Back Thursday, for those of you who don’t know me IRL, here you go:
For two years, between 2010 and 2012, my hair was a beautiful mess of dreadlocks. There is more to the story but regardless, I have no doubt that I will again have them one day. Dreadlocks made my hippie heart VERY happy! In the meantime, I’ll continue to play with my hair… growing out my shimmery tinsel locks and maybe one day, a pixie, before returning to dreadlocks. I am forever a “dread head”!
Today is www.wasntjustthewinetalking.com’s first birthday! You know I can’t resist a good reason to celebrate!
One year ago I started this blog/website with the intention of chronicling my journey as I prepared for my very first 26.2, with hopes of also qualifying for the Boston Marathon. What an amazing ride this past year has been! As I enter into year two, I’m still chasing the Boston dream and I’m glad you’re along for the journey. And truthfully, even if that dream is never fulfilled, the connection and community that I’ve found here as a result of creating this little space on the web would make the whole thing worth it.
I am so grateful for your visits, your comments, your encouragement, and your support. So as I raise a glass and blow out the candle on the celebratory cake, please know how grateful I am to you! Salud, friends!!
To commemorate this milestone, I’m doing a little giveaway! There are several ways to enter… follow the link below to enter via Rafflecopter.com. One lucky winner will receive a Nuun New Flavor Mixed 4 pack and a Nuun water bottle! Contest ends at midnight on Friday, March 7th.
Thank you again for joining me for this wild and crazy ride! xoxo
Enter the giveaway here: Happy Birthday Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking!
Mileage for the week of February 24th through March 2nd:
Total weekly mileage: 57.25
Total February mileage: 187.25
Total March mileage (to-date): 20
Total year-to-date mileage: 382.5
2/24 No run/rest day
2/25 1:01:39 min./7.5 mi./8:13 pace
35:10 min./4.25 mi./8:17 pace (included 2 mi. of alternating 100 meter pick-ups)
2/26 1:24:26 min./10.25 mi./8:14 pace
2/27 42:56 min./5 mi./8:35 pace (including some hill repeats)
2/28 1:21:29 min./10 mi./8:12 pace
3/1 38:41 min./5 mi./7:43 pace
3/2 2:03:41 min./15.25 mi./8:07 pace
Last week was good! Good mileage, some good quality workouts… I’m finding my groove!!
I am considering a few adjustments though. I’m finding it becoming more difficult to create the training/life balance that I so seek with weekends being the most challenging. I love spending time with family and friends letting my hair down a little. Plus, March is typically a super busy month for my family, rivaling the Christmas holiday season.
So with that, I’m considering moving my long run to Fridays. I feel very lucky that I have the flexibility to do that! It will require moving a few other things around of course and I’m still figuring it all out but since I have weekend plans coming up, I think it’s a good week to at least try it out and see how it goes.
How to sabotage your long run in 12 easy steps.
1. You must begin planning your sabotage strategy early in the week. At a minimum, three of four days before your scheduled run. Begin by worrying about your ability to run X amount of miles and consider whether or not you should revise your mileage goal.
2. The day before is really important. Avoid doing laundry to make sure that none of your running gear is clean. You should also make plans to stay out/up extra late doing something that includes your favorite alcoholic beverage. Bonus points for not rehydrating!
3. Before you crawl into bed, do not, I repeat, DO NOT! set up you coffee or set out any of your gear!
4. When your alarm goes off, hit snooze 6 or 7 times. (If you’re in the Pacific Northwest… or another rainy part of the country… as you start to become coherent, notice the sound of the pounding rain outside your window and curse heavily.)
5. Roll out of bed, head to the coffee maker, and curse some more because you didn’t pre-make your coffee.
6. While your coffee brews, stare out the window excessively, contemplate your route, what you’re going to eat, and what you’re going to wear (more bonus points if you have to dig through the dirty laundry to retrieve your favorite shirt).
7. After your coffee is (finally!) ready, pour a cup and head to the computer. Check all of your social media sites and read several of your favorite blogs. Waste as much time as possible.
8. Oops. Notice the time. You’re already behind schedule. Better eat something. But what? Hmm… tick tock, tick tock. Good call not bothering to plan your pre-run meal!
9. After breakfast it’s time to get your gear in order. Drag this out as long as possible. It is also really important to not proceed to getting dressed until you find your favorite socks. Even if this means tearing apart the. Whole. Damn. House.
10. Since you’re already running late, you might as well pour another cup of coffee, stare out the window for another 10 minutes, and return to the computer to check your social media sites. Again.
11. Okay. Get dressed. But take your time! There’s no rush. (And maybe if you wait long enough it will stop raining!)
12. This is supposed to be a long run. But now your leaving an hour later than you wanted. Maybe you should just cut it short. (OR! Better yet, not bother at all.) Three, maybe four miles would be sufficient right? No need to worry about your upcoming marathon! It’s like 6 weeks away still. Plenty of time to train!
I hope, if nothing else, you got a little chuckle out of this. A sick little attempt at some humor this afternoon and a reminder to myself to not take everything so dang seriously. ; )
Honestly, this is what my morning looked like. I had talked myself out of running at all today at one point. I was planning a 17 mile run but the combination of it being cold and really, really rainy, it took a lot of work to get motivated to get out of the door.
I figured I’d run at few miles at a minimum. At least I’d burn enough calories to guarantee guilt-free Champagne consumption while watching the Oscars tonight! Once I got going, I decided I could probably run at least 10 miles… but 12 would be even better. As the run progressed, I knew I wasn’t going to run 17, but I thought I could settle on meeting my mileage from last weekend… maybe exceed it by just a little.
Oh, these funny little games we play with ourselves. Considering that at one point, I was not going to run at all today, to going out and running 15.25 (at an 8:07 pace no less) in the pouring rain was a pretty big accomplishment.
Okay, one more little thing to amuse you:
I clean up nice, no? ; ) A fun little reminder for my love to keep believing in his dream. Someday, when this moment truly happens, it will be so sweet and so worth the sacrifice and struggle. Keep dreaming, friends!
At the beginning of the month, I never would have imagined that I would even get close to meeting my January mileage, let alone exceed it. February was my highest mileage month EVER! I’m really excited about it and most of all, I’m impressed with my body’s ability to handle it all. I can’t wait to see what I’m able to accomplish in March!
Total February miles: 187.25
Year-to-date mileage: 362.25
Longest run: 15 miles
Rest days: 5
Miles to goal: 1,651.75
I’ve been wearing running shoes from their Pure Project line for the last couple of years so I was curious to see what they came up with in the apparel department. I don’t think this line will disappoint. Here are a few pics from the event:
I was really impressed with the all of the pieces they showcased at the event and definitely have added a few to my wish list. I can’t get over the reflective detail that the coats have. The women’s coats are a little shorter but they have a cute cut and a contrasting print. They are wind and water-resistant too.
The women’s capri tights were another item that I was smitten with. They are a seamless tight with compression attributes. Plus, they have this funky texture on the sides of the legs that I really dig.
Out of the entire line, the only item that I wasn’t immediately head-over-heals in love with was the shorts. Don’t get me wrong. They are super cute. They have a really unique cut and I love the fabrics and prints. They also boast five pockets. FIVE! However, they are super short. They have a 3.5″ inseam. While they were flattering on the girls modeling them, I just don’t think I could pull them off. I’m a little self-conscious of my thighs so I’d be afraid of exposing more than I’m comfortable with. If my thighs ever magically shrink I’ll be all over them though!
The men’s line features a pair of pants, pictured above, that I just fell in love with. I spoke with one of the reps from Brooks at length about the possibility of a women’s version in the future. She said they do have one coming out with the fall line but it’s going to be a bit different. It sounded like they will have some really great stuff in the fall lineup. She called it “sophisticated and sleek”! Can’t wait to see it!
Of all the new items they had, I think I fell hardest for the shoes in their new Heritage Collection. They officially launch today but we got a little preview.
I love the old-school vintage look of these shoes. Very classic and clean. These would make the perfect kick-around shoe for Spring!
As always, Fit Right NW put on a fantastic event! They are a great group of people with a lot of passion for creating events that brings the running community together. Well done!
Okay. Here it is…
I’m in a food rut.
Whew. Glad to get THAT off my chest!
The past couple of weeks, starting right around the time that my oven died, have been kind of, well, boring. I’ve surprised myself on a couple of occasions being that I’m pretty creative and resourceful so I can’t blame it on the lack of not having an oven entirely. So many of my meals have been quick attempts to throw a couple of random ingredients together to resemble something that could pass for a meal.
It could be the impending change of the seasons. Spring greens are just starting to make an appearance but it is still early. I’ve tired of soups and the heavier, comfort foods that are relied upon during the cold winter months. I’m craving fresh, vibrant meals with bright colors and flavors.
Case in point: I’ve eaten the same breakfast every single morning for nearly three weeks now.
This whole ordeal has led to a shortage of creative, inspired Fuel Friday-worthy dishes to share and I feel bummed about it. However! You know I like a good challenge so I’ve been crafting up a strategy to get back in the game. I have no weekend plans other than running (duh!) and watching the Oscars so I’m planning to pour myself into the wide world of online food porn to get inspired!
I promise that I’ll be back next Friday with something awesome! In the meantime, feel free to give me some ideas! What do you eat? What are your go-to dishes? How do you fuel your miraculous machine? Or, do you sometimes suffer from food ruts too? Do tell!
We woke to a gorgeous sunrise this morning. I took this photo with the intention of using it for a contest by Oiselle on Instagram today. (A whole year worth of Oiselle apparel? Yes, PLEASE!) The question they asked participants to capture via photo was: what inspires you to get out the door for a run?
This sight… the rising sun, the promise of what looked to be a dry morning, the beauty that surrounds me all of the time if I just take a moment to notice… it had me really looking forward to getting out for a run!
That said, I was feeling a little exhausted this morning. Even though I ran 7.5 miles yesterday morning I ended up with an hour-and-a-half to kill last night. At a track! I just couldn’t resist the urge to sit in the car and wait out soccer practice when I could be out there running! In the freezing cold and blowing wind (and at 7:45 PM when I’m typically in pajamas) I logged another 4.25 doing some 100 meter pick-up intervals for two of the 4+ miles.
I ran more than enough yesterday and could have taken it a bit easier today but I’m committed to doing the work. I know what I want. I just need to put in the time, the miles, over and over. Even when I’m tired. Or it is late in the day. Or… (insert any number of excuses here).
Upon seeing the sun rise into the sky this morning, I recommitted to my 10 mile run and recommitted to doing the work that will get me where I want to be.