*Weekly mileage ~ Sept. 28-Oct. 4*

Mileage for the week of September 28th – October 4th

Total weekly mileage: 41.5

Total September mileage: 132.5

Total October mileage (to-date): 31.25

XC mileage (part of weekly total): 6.25

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 1,548.25

Run review:

9/28            XC only (3.25 miles)

9/29            32:51 min./4 mi./8:13 pace   +XC (3 miles)

9/30           No run/travel day

10/1           18:28 min./2 mi./9:14 pace

10/2           27:24 min./3.12 mi./8:43 pace

10/3           No run/rest day

10/4           5:01:11 hr.-min./26.2 mi./11:30 pace (*there was some walking mixed in)

Between coaching cross-country, a three-day trip for work, volunteering time at the Portland Marathon expo booth, and running the marathon itself, it was a wild week! I’m grateful for every single mile I logged!

This week is off to a rough start but I’m trying to stay positive. I was supposed to travel to South Carolina this week to see my daughter graduate from basic training but due to the hurricane, the Army has cancelled the graduation ceremony. While I’m heartbroken that I won’t see my daughter until Christmas, my thoughts are with those affected by the storm and I know that officials made the tough decision with everyone’s safety in mind. My post-marathon recovery last night consisted of frantically cancelling flights, lodging, etc.

On top of that change in plans, within hours of finishing the marathon yesterday, a slightly scratchy throat manifested into a full-blown head cold.

Oh. And it’s my birthday tomorrow.

There may be some sorrow drowning in the form of wine consumption.

Kidding aside, I truly hope you have a wonderful week and please give the people in your tribe an extra hug to let them know you love and care about them!!

*Good, Better, Best ~ Portland Marathon*

Tomorrow is the Portland Marathon. My 8th marathon since July, 2013 and my second Portland Marathon.

What makes this marathon so special is the fact that, as I’ve previously mentioned, I’m running it with a dear friend of mine. It is her very first marathon and I’ve so enjoyed watching her discover strength she didn’t even know she had over the course of training. I’m so proud of her!!

I’ve also had the honor of being an ambassador for the Portland Marathon this year and of all of my event affiliations, I’m most proud of representing such a prestigious race. To top it off, I was absolutely blown away this morning, when upon arriving at the expo to work in the marathon information booth for a few hours, I opened the race program to discover I’d been featured in the publication promoting the ambassador program. Holy WOW!


It is truly an honor to be featured in the Portland Marathon race booklet this year!!

On the eve of the marathon, I’m sitting back in awe of all that I’ve accomplished since I first decided I wanted to give 26.2 a try. It has been a tradition that prior to a race, I share my *Good, Better, Best* goals for the event. I can honestly say that I’ve already achieved everything I could have hoped for with this race and I haven’t even run it yet.

I want to wish everyone running the Portland Marathon tomorrow, or any race for that matter, all the best. And no matter your goals, celebrate your ginormous accomplishment and marvel at how far you’ve come!

*Weekly mileage ~ Sept. 21-27*

Mileage for the week of September 21st – September 27th

Total weekly mileage: 24.25

Total September mileage (to-date): 122.25

XC mileage (part of weekly total): 5.25

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 1,506.75

Run review:

9/21            XC only (2.25 miles)

9/22            No run/sick

9/23           20:12 min./2 mi./10:03 pace

9/24           30:05 min./3 mi./10:21 pace

9/25           XC only (3 miles)

9/26           32:37 min./4 mi./8:09 pace

9/27           1:33:25 min./10 mi./9:20 pace

At this point, I’ll take what I can get!!! I had a brief bout with a nasty stomach bug Tuesday that despite feeling better Wednesday, left me with zero energy both Wednesday and Thursday. I fought for those few miles I did manage to get in but it wasn’t pretty! By Friday I was feeling back to normal and grateful to squeeze in a few miles between work and XC meets!

One week from today is the Portland Marathon. ONE WEEK!

*Pin me*

A couple of days ago, while doing some intense research for work, (that’s a lie… I was on Pinterest), I stumbled across a “pin” that made my heart leap!

On Pinterest, one of the “pinners” I follow is Oiselle, women’s running apparel maker extraordinaire and kick-ass running community creators. I love the brand. I love their clothes, their philosophy, their marketing, the community of supportive and inspiring women runners that they’ve attracted…

So I was over the moon when I saw this!


No, not Christy Turlington. Though she is stunning! (She ran with the Oiselle Hood to Coast team a few years ago and I saw her from just a few feet away. She is as gorgeous in person as she is in the media. *Sigh*)

Anyway! That’s me on the bottom right. On their photoshoot inspiration board. Holy smokes! That is so frickin’ cool and it totally made my day. It’s probably been there for a while since that photo is two years old. But either way, so frickin’ cool!!!

*Weekly mileage ~ Sept. 14-20*

Mileage for the week of September 14th – September 20th

Total weekly mileage: 36.5

Total September mileage (to-date): 98

XC mileage (part of weekly total): .5

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 1,482.5

Run review:

9/14            No run

9/15            XC only (.5 miles)

9/16           1:16:12 min./8 mi./9:32 pace

9/17           No run

9/18           50:53 min./6.25 mi./8:09 pace (+1.75 mi. w/XC)

9/19           No run

9/20           3:01:32 min./20 mi./9:05 pace

Thanks to my 20 mile run yesterday, I managed a decent mileage week on only 3 days of running. (Not counting the measly half-mile I ran during Tuesday’s XC practice.)

I’m still feeling the effects of those 20 miles yesterday and the grumpy psoas is still causing some discomfort today. Every time I lift my right leg I’m reminded that it’s not happy. But it should be a fairly easy week, running wise, with a little more thought and effort being put into self-care (soaking, stretching, rolling, etc.).

I hope your week is off to a fabulous start!

*Put a fork in me*


With marathon training, that is.

You’d think that after previously training for 7 marathons it would get a little easier. I hate to burst anyone’s bubble, but holy moly, training for a marathon is hard! No matter how seasoned you are or how many you’ve run before. Each training cycle offers its own unique challenges. And for me, training for the Portland Marathon has been pretty tricky! The biggest culprit was a busy, adventure-filled summer. No complaints there but I basically had to cram to get to this point.

I didn’t follow any of the traditional rules… I only ran four long runs, about every other week, and increased by two miles at a time (14, 16, 18, 20), failing to stick to the 10% mileage increase rule. Technically, I should have started tapering last week. And, I didn’t do any supplemental training. No speed work… no hill repeats… no nothing!

No matter, though! I’m done!


It wasn’t pretty, thanks to a grumpy psoas, but 20 miles is 20 miles!

Fourteen days and counting to marathon #8!

*Jumping on the cross-country bandwagon*

After an optimistic start to a busy fall season… meaning that I thought I would be able to maintain a pretty consistent training schedule and even put an autumn race on my calendar… I was bitch-slapped back into reality.

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of busy. Work, some work travel with more coming up, cross-country, day-to-day life stuff… I’ve missed multiple days of running over the past two weeks and often find myself only logging a few easy miles when I run with my XC team.

Before the madness began, I’d been giving some consideration to finding, and training for, a race. Not just a fun run but an event in which I could *sink my teeth into training* kind of race. I wanted something shorter. Perhaps a 5k or 10k. I thought November would be good because I could train through XC season and be ready by the time November rolled around.

But given my current state of affairs, I’d come to terms with the fact that I can’t train for a race the way I wish I could.

Or… (the plot twist you didn’t see coming) have I????

Did you see the September issue of Runner’s World? There is an awesome feature article in this months edition about cross country racing. For like, um, adults! The wheels started turning and I figured out how to bridge the gap between my coaching schedule and wanting to train for something. Duh! I’ll train for a cross-country race!

That’s the plan anyway. Team Red Lizard, a Portland, Oregon running club, hosts cross-country meets in the Portland area September through November. While I haven’t had a chance to research other options, I’m sure they are out there. I’ve got three tentative dates on my calendar and am excited to give cross-country a try for myself! (Yeah, I have impostor syndrome. I’ve coached cross-country for three years and have NEVER actually run an XC meet.)

Any XC runners out there? I’d love to hear about your experience.


Love XC! (And this guy in pink fuzzy socks… hehe!)

I’ll keep you posted!