*Safety PSA*

Driving home after teaching yoga last night, I saw a bicyclist nearly get hit by a small pickup truck. It was dark, wet, he/she was dressed in dark clothing, and while I did notice one small flasher, it really wasn’t enough. On top of that, he/she wasn’t following the rules of the road and basically flipped around right in the path of the pickup which was making a turn onto the street I was driving on.

What a dufus.

And a reminder.

I will likely be running in the dark tonight. I’ve been seeing many people out running and walking in the evening hours when it is dark. Most of the time they are dressed to be seen. But not always.

Do yourself a favor. Do your loved ones a favor. If you are going to be out and about after dark, awesome! Good for you! But please make sure you are wearing appropriate reflective gear! Carry a light and/or wear a headlamp. Stay on lit streets as much as you can. Watch out for vehicles… because they are not always watching out for you!

Stay safe, friends!!

*Weekly mileage*

Mileage for the week of November 17th – November 23rd

Total weekly mileage: 42

Total November mileage (to-date): 131

Total year-to-date mileage: 1,859.75

Run review:

11/17       No run/rest day

11/18       33:43 min./4.5 mi./7:30 pace

11/19       24:27 min./3.25 mi./7:32 pace

11/20       28:55 min./3.5 mi./8:16 pace

11/21       1:17:26 min./10 mi./7:45 pace

11/22        24:51 min./3 mi./8:17 pace

                  57:52 min./6 mi./9:38 pace

11/23        1:12:24 min./7.75 mi./9:24 pace

                   38:19 min./4 mi./9:35 pace

Do you ever find yourself rolling out of bed on a Monday morning exhausted, sore, and still blissed out from the fun you had over the weekend? That’s how I felt waking up this morning!

Between Friday and Sunday I ran nearly 31 miles, logging most of those miles with dear running buddies, spent time with my girls, enjoyed good wine, relaxed a little by the fire… I so badly wish I could rewind time and do it all again!!!

But alas, back to reality. And a sick kiddo which means I get a little time to rest and recover today too.

Last week ended up being a really good week. I wasn’t working for any specific mileage goal… though any week over 40 is good. And any weekend that I can get in 26 or more miles makes me pretty happy. Not to mention that I was pretty pleased with my pace on a few of them!

Several runs are in the works this week surrounding the holiday and I can’t wait!

*When I drink wine… *

You may have assumed from the title of my website that I like wine. Ok, it’s more like I LOVE wine!

Last night I had the opportunity to attend a wine tasting fundraiser for our local sports boosters. Being that I’m now coaching for our local school district, and my daughter was recently recognized by the organization with an award, I felt inclined to go support their efforts. They are trying to raise money to resurface our high school tennis courts.

Come on! Wine and supporting athletics in my community? WIN!!

It was a good time!

Really good! ; )

I may have drank a little too much wine.

All for a good cause, right?

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When I drink wine… ; )

I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend full of fun shenanigans and friends! xo

 

*Hug A Runner Day*

Tomorrow, November 20th, is Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day! Or as it’s founders call it: GO HARD. It’s the brain-child of Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano from Run the Edge. (Yes, Kara is involved too.)

There are all sorts of ways to participate and I love the idea of spreading the love with fellow runners! You can find more information HERE and HERE.

That said, I figured GO HARD would be the perfect opportunity to throw out a few “virtual” hugs to some of my favorite runners right here on Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking. So without further adieu…

Woody:

Since we literally met while running, years and years ago, and our paths have continued to cross through various running related events and organizations, you are probably one of my longest running friends. You have been a wonderful mentor as I’ve started venturing into the world of coaching youth running and I’m grateful for your support and guidance. I was so happy to discover that we shared the dream of starting a running club and couldn’t ask for a better co-founder and partner in crime. When it’s time to run 51 commemorative birthday miles next month, you know you can count on your PB (pry bar)!

((HUGS))

Kelcie:

You are still such a new friend but we’ve already bonded so deeply and I love running with you! I love our talks! Witnessing you run and PR your second half marathon this past spring was pure magic. I know you can achieve whatever goals you set for yourself and will support you however I can. We are kindred spirits and I’m eternally grateful to have you as a friend and running buddy.

((HUGS))

Bob, aka BFP:

A year ago, I never would have imagined the impact you would have on me and my running. I can say, without a doubt, that I have logged more miles with you than any other person on the planet. I know I slow you down. And talk too much. And sometimes complain… sorry. ; ) You are an amazingly gifted runner and just a really amazing person. I look forward to logging many more miles with you and watching you chase down some of your own dreams because you have been so very supportive of mine.

((HUGS))

My Nuun Family:

To all of my peeps at Nuun Hydration, my fellow ambassadors, and my Hood to Coast teammates… you are family. Truly! Not a day goes by that I don’t think about the connections that have been created over this past year as we’ve gotten to know one another, interacted on various social media sites, and with some of you, spent hours in a van together making the epic 200 mile trek that is HTC. You are all an awesome bunch of people and you all have secured a special place in my heart for eternity!

((HUGS))

St. Helens Road Runners Club members:

This group Woody and I founded nearly a year ago has exceeded every expectation and hope I had for it. Our Saturday morning runs are the highlight of my week. Seriously! I’ve enjoyed meeting runners in my community that I would not have met otherwise. Watching the group grow has been such a gift and I can’t wait to see what the coming year brings for us!

((HUGS))

WJTWT readers:

It has been such a pleasure to interact with you here in this space! Your support, comments, and encouragement have given me hope when I was on the verge of losing hope. You’ve rallied behind me and shared a part of your lives with me. Yet most of you, I’ve never met in person. The internet is an amazing tool for bringing like-minded souls together and connecting with you here proves it. Thank you, thank you!

((HUGS))

If you can’t hug your runner friends tomorrow, I hope you will at least take a moment to tell them just how much you appreciate them! Happy GO HARD day!!

*Weekly mileage*

Mileage for the week of November 10th – November 16th

Total weekly mileage: 31.25

Total November mileage (to-date): 89

Total year-to-date mileage: 1,817.75

Run review:

11/10       No run/rest day

11/11       38:39 min./4 mi./9:40 pace

11/12       49:44 min./6.25 mi./7:58 pace

11/13       25:04 min./3 mi./8:22 pace

11/14       No run (playing the busy card)

11/15        38:30 min./3.5 mi./11:00

11/16        2:08:04 min./14.6 mi. /8:46 pace

Last week was a little all over! While I’ve been shooting for 40+ mile weeks, I couldn’t make it happen despite having two unplanned days off from work due to weather (I did run both of those days!)… but I also took two days off.

This week is another busy one. How is it that when I expect life to slow down a little, it seems to pick up speed again at a dizzying pace? I hate playing the busy card. Like really HATE it. But sometimes you’ve just gotta deal with the hand you’re dealt, right?

Six days lie ahead of me for this week. Busy? Yes. But still committed to shooting for at least 40 miles? YES!! Let’s go!!

Have a great week!

*Run fast live fearless*

As I was getting dressed a few minutes ago to go for a run, I discovered this message on the inside hem of a new running shirt I bought last week.

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Thank you for the inspiration, Nike!

YES, YES, YES!

Just what I needed today!

*Build it and they will come*

A few days ago, I began to plan a gathering to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the running club I co-founded with my friend, Woody.

Nearly a year ago, we sat down over to coffee to discuss our ideas and hopes for what would become the St. Helens Road Runners Club. Our dream was to be able to provide local runners with an opportunity to get together on a weekly basis for a few miles, meet like-minded people, and socialize in a way that promotes health and fitness in our community. A few weeks later we met for the first time and we have been meeting ever since.

This group… these people… some of whom I barely knew a year ago, have become close friends. I look forward to seeing them on Saturday mornings. I’ve run with several club members outside of the Saturday morning group run. I’ve logged hundreds of miles with BFP, whom this time last year, I had never met. I told the group in a post on Facebook:

“Some weeks we’ve had several in attendance, other weeks just one or two. Regardless, this group has become everything we envisioned. Personally, the people I’ve met and the friendships that have been formed transcends every expectation I had. THANK YOU!”

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Saturday morning group run selfie.

Just today, we added our 100th member to our Facebook group. I’m so excited to see this group continue to grow and bond over our love of running.

If you are looking for a group or running club, check with your local specialty running store to see what they might offer. (Some athletic apparel companies offer runs too.)  If you’re in a major city, you might check out the November Project. And, if you happen to be in my neck of the woods, come join my group! (Details can be found HERE on the Run Oregon Blog.)

Before I run (not literally. ha!), I would be remiss to not take this opportunity to thank our veterans for their service to this country. My deepest gratitude to the men and women who have served for our freedom. “Thanks”, simply is not enough for what you have done but it is all I can offer so THANK YOU!!!

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