*Nuun Life*

What is Nuun Life exactly?

It is a culture. A community. It’s bigger than the amazing little flavored tabs that help hydrate and replenish athletes so that they can keep giving 110% to everything they do whether it’s training for the Olympics, the Boston Marathon, Ironman, or a hometown 5k. Nuun Life, at its core, is a group of passionate people striving to achieve greater athletic performance, optimal health, and a cleaner planet by way of revolutionary hydration products while inspiring others in the process.

It has been an incredible honor over the past few years to be a part of Team Nuun and witness the company’s evolution while staying true to their mission.


In the spirit of constantly striving to move forward, Nuun has revamped their website and can now be found at www.nuunlife.com. And, they’ve give me and my fellow teammates permission to offer a special friends and family discount to YOU! Check out their new website, maybe swing by my athlete profile (which is slightly outdated), and use the code fallhydration at checkout to save 30% off your order! The offer is good through September 30th.

Happy autumn and hydrating!


*Weekly mileage ~ Dec.28-Jan 3*

Mileage for the week of December 28th – January 3rd

Total weekly mileage: 26.25

Total December mileage (to-date): 128.25

Total January mileage (to-date): 12

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 1,868.25

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 12

Run review:

12/28          31:15 min./3.25 mi./9:37 pace

12/29          31:31 min./3.25 mi./9:42 pace

12/30          41:11 min./4.5 mi./9:09 pace

12/31          32:10 min./3.25 mi./9:54 pace

1/1              1:28:18 min./8 mi./11:02 pace

1/2              35:49 min./4 mi./8:56 pace

1/3              No run/snow day

The transition from 2015 to 2016 was anti-climatic in terms of training. The weather has created some challenging running conditions as we’ve been plagued with snow, sleet, freezing rain, and ice. Instead of jumping into some grand training program like so many others are doing (Hello! Boston training!) I’m sitting here like “now what?” wondering what in the heck I’m going to do with myself.

In my post yesterday, I mentioned that I want to transition to more trail running this year. More 5k’s too. But so far, I’m not committed to anything. If you’re anything like me, I manifest a lot of motivation from having an upcoming event on my calendar! There are other reasons, which I’ll save for another day, but in the interim, it’s best I’m not committed to anything.

So it’s a slow start. I’m trying to be okay with it. I’m aiming to maintain my mileage the best I can despite the winter wonderland outside. (Which I totally love, btw!) And considering I’m currently in my pajama’s, drinking tea, on a Monday morning at 11:00 because I couldn’t drive to work and school was cancelled, it’s really not that bad!

Have a great and safe (whatever your weather is like) week!

*How my weekend went down*

On the heels of some pretty stellar race performances this weekend, I’m feeling very content with my own accomplishment yesterday. While a small town 5k fun run is worlds away from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathons (Kara kicked ass in San Antonio, FYI!) and CIM, I’m basking in my own little win yesterday. First place female.


First place female 5k winner!

I’ll do a proper recap in the coming days but for now, I’m riding the high of my little win and new 5k PR!


I hope your weekend was fantastic!


*Weekly mileage ~ Nov. 23-29*

Mileage for the week of November 23rd – November 29th

Total weekly mileage: 15.5

Total November mileage (to-date): 119.5

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 1,737.75

Run review:

11/23           8:24 min./1 mi./8:25 pace

11/24          35:06 min./4 mi./8:47 pace

11/25          41:25 min./5 mi./8:17 pace

11/26          29:38 min./3.5 mi./8:28 pace

11/27         17:02 min./2 mi./8:31 pace

11/28         No run/travel (and getting sick)

11/29         No run/sick

And then weeks like this happen.

I knew from the start that last week was going to throw me for a loop. I did the best I could given the challenges of the week including getting sick over the weekend. The biggest bummer was that I cut my November running streak short. I still ran 30 consecutive days, spanning from October 29th through November 28th, so I’m happy about that but ultimately missed my goal by just two days.

Oh well.

I’m still sick and feeling really crappy but I did attempt a short, easy run this afternoon. I didn’t cough up a lung so that was pretty cool. I’ve been working some holistic wellness magic in hopes that I’ll feel better by the weekend since I’ve got a race on Saturday. Just a small, home-town 5k, but one in which I’d really like to kick some ass at!

If you’re curious about my wellness protocol, basically it’s Bourbon. Lots of Bourbon.

Kidding. (Sort of.)

There are a few go-to products that I incorporate at the onset of a cold and continue to use until the symptoms subside. They include:

  • Astragalus tincture in water or tea. (To support healthy immune function.)
  • Source Naturals Wellness Formula (I actually take one a day during the colder months.)
  • Hot cocoa-like tonics made with Ashwaganda. (To help strengthen my immune system.)
  • The cold/wet sock remedy (There is a link in THIS previous post.)
  • Miso soup with lots of garlic, ginger, cilantro, onions, and Astragalus root (because I have it on hand).
  • Emergen-C.
  • Elderberry syrup by Honey Gardens.
  • Lots of tea.
  • Rest and staying warm.
  • Eucalyptus and peppermint essential oil in the shower.
  • Aura Cacia First Response Mist.
  • Bourbon. (I want to make sure all the bases are covered!)
Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey 1.75l

I prefer Bulleit. ; )

My fingers are crossed that it works and I’m feeling a ton better within a few more days!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and celebrated the abundance in your lives with your loves! Get ready to jump into a festive month ahead! Cheers!

*The “multipotentialite” athlete*

The term “multipotentialite” was recently added to my vocabulary after learning about it while listening to a Ted Talk a few weeks ago. It was coined by Emilie Wapnick whom describes multipotentialites as people with a wide-range of interests and jobs over a lifetime. Basically, it pretty much sums up my entire existence. Learning that there are others who jump from interest, to job, to career, to new hobby, etc., like I do, offered some sweet relief knowing that I’m not the only one. It also has given me a new perspective on what I once thought was laziness and lack of ambition.

Recognizing my patterns, I now realize it is because I love to learn and experience a multitude of things. Interestingly enough, I’ve also begun to recognize the same pattern in my athletic pursuits as a runner. So it got me thinking. Is it possible that there are athletes that are multipotentailites? Meaning that our curiosity and desire to learn, and be challenged, leads us to frequently try new sports, distances, events, etc.? I’m guessing that most triathletes could be multipotentialites in disguise.

For me, this year alone, I’ve bounced from marathons to half-marathons, shorter distances to cross-country. I’ve not given up on the idea that I could still excel at the marathon or break through my previous half marathon PR, but what else am I capable of? Maybe I could crush a 5k or kick ass at a 100-miler if I allowed them to become my focus. Even if only temporarily.

This whole concept explains why the phrase “Jack of all trades but a master of none” has always made me uncomfortable. I think I’ve always had the desire to excel at something but I’ve never excelled at one thing. At best, I’m mediocre at several little things. But according to Emilie, this is how I’m wired. Instead of seeing it as a road block, I’m going to explore the possibilities. One size does NOT fit all, yo!

Looking at it from the multipotentailite runner’s point-of-view, every run… every race I train for… it builds my athletic character. I came to this conclusion today while I was out for a run. I spent the morning planning my training strategy for my next race. A 5k next month. The last time I trained for a 5k was 20 years ago. It just so happens it was also my first race ever and my only objective was to run a 5k. This time around, I’ve got my sights set a bit higher. But that’s beside the point at the moment.

We don’t have to settle on any one distance or style of running. If one in particular suits you, then by all means, pursue it to your heart’s content. But if you’re a multipotentialite, like me, and want to experience a wide-range of distances and styles…. trail, road, cross-country, ultra, 4k, whatever, then have at it! Maybe something will stick and we’ll master it. Maybe we’ll be mediocre at it. Regardless of which direction we go, I’m guessing we’ll have a hell of a lot of fun in the process!

*Weekly mileage ~ Oct. 5-11*

Mileage for the week of October 5th – October 11th

Total weekly mileage: 11.25

Total October mileage (to-date): 42.25

XC mileage (part of weekly total): 0

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 1,559.5

Run review:

10/5            No run

10/6            34:33 min./3 mi./11:31 pace

10/7           No run

10/8           31:13 min./3 mi./10:24 pace

10/9           No run

10/10         52:32 min./5.25 mi./10:01 pace

10/11         No run

The only thing I can say about last week is this: WHEW! I’m glad I survived! Between a cancelled trip to South Carolina (and the heartbreak I suffered as a result of not being able to see my daughter), a head cold, birthday celebrations, a mini over-night crabbing adventure, and a night out on the town… I’m grateful for those 11.25 miles I did get in! They were all run at an easy pace as I wasn’t feeling well and still trying to respect the fact that I did run a marathon the weekend before.

I’m super pumped about this week though! I feel a ton better and am focusing on training for my cross-country meet at the end of the month.Taking it easy last week was a good thing and I believe that my body will be much more responsive to the training I’m going to be doing. Lots of XC style running and drills! In fact, tonight at my teams practice, we ran the 5k course that our local high school uses when they host meets. Complete with a creek crossing! Even after just a taste of it today, I know I’m going to love it!

So back at it this week, focused, and ready to kick some ass! Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking wishes you a great week!


*Goodbye, July*

July Review:

Total miles: 119

Longest run: 10

Total days running: 22

YTD mileage: 1,242.5

Some of my favorite July moments included:

  • My family’s first official 5k. We ran the Red, White, and Blues together on Sunday, July 5th following a mellow, fun 4th with family and friends.
  • Spending a few days in Central Oregon. Mr. Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking’s family has a long-tradition of playing in, and now organizing, a golf tournament. I’ve been going for 20 years and we look forward to it every summer.
  • Taking my son and his buddy hiking at Smith Rock State Park. It gives me a lot of joy to share the things I love with the people who I love!

I think hiking is growing on him!

  • An early morning trail run at Forest Park. Trail runs are far and few in between so I savor those opportunities when they arise!
  • An amazing evening celebrating Mr. WJTWT’s birthday made complete with a bottle of prosecco, his and her’s pedicures, happy hour, takeout of one of his favorite dishes from Portland-area, cult-fave, Pok Pok, and a picnic in the park with live music and an outdoor movie. SO. MUCH. FUN!

This guy lights up my life! (This was not part of his birthday outing… Central Oregon shenanigans while working at the Cascade Lakes Relay.)

  • Hiking Forest Park with the whole family. (Portlanders are seriously blessed with such an amazing urban park right in our backyard!) This outing was especially meaningful as we were counting down the days until our daughter departed for basic training.

My peeps. Life isn’t the same with her gone. ; (

  • The arrival of my sister-in-law and nephew. It was a welcome distraction with all the other activities going on!
  • A small, sweet family and friend gathering to wish my daughter well as she prepared to depart for basic training.
  • Not a favorite moment, per se, but within the mix of emotions I was feeling as I watched my daughter pass through security and down the concourse at the airport, I felt so much pride. I’m really excited for her to begin having her own life experiences as a young adult. My mama heart has been pretty tender but I know great things are in store for her.
  • Another trip to Central Oregon! While it was technically a work trip for Mr. WJTWT, we were able to get in two great hikes, soak up some sun, enjoy some time in the pool, sleep outside under the stars, and regroup after a busy, busy month!

If you haven’t noticed, I’m REALLY fond of Central Oregon! But look at this! It’s gorgeous there, no?

I can’t help but feel a little sad that summer is passing so quickly. Cross country starts in four weeks and the school year not long after that. Our autumn season is looking to be a busy one so I want to savor every single second August gives us! More adventures happening soon!


Me in my element.

I hope you are having an amazing summer too!!