*Weekly mileage ~ March 14-10*

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

Total weekly mileage: 15.5

Total March mileage (to-date): 52

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 296.5

Run review:

3/14           24:48 min./3 mi./8:15 pace

3/15           29:47 min./3.25 mi./9:10 pace

3/16           27:47 min./3.25 mi./8:51 pace

3/17          3 miles (1.3 w/Run Girl Run, 1.7 on my own)

318           No run

3/19          24:31 min./3 mi./8:11 pace

3/20          No run

This past week was much like the one before. Super busy with a side of adrenal fatigue. (Or, at least, that is what I believe I’ve been experiencing. Although I am no doctor and my diagnostic credentials are primarily based on my studies at the University of Google.) I will note that I am starting to feel a touch better this week and grateful BIG TIME. We are down to the wire and moving day is approaching fast!

I don’t doubt that this week will prove to be just as challenging and already anticipate missing much of the upcoming weekend since those will be travel days. There is a steady flow of personal reminders that I’m doing the best that I can under the circumstances and during a recent conversation with an acquaintance about my slacking mileage, the response was “well, you are human.” Huh. That’s right. I am.

It does pain me a little to see people training for spring races, especially the Boston Marathon, but I know that once the dust settles, I’ll have a whole new town to run in and new running friends to find. Lots of adventures are on the horizon!

Happy Spring!

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*A look back at 2015*

Holy shit.

Pardon my French. But seriously, guys. It has been an incredible, wild, messy, fun, year. Like, holy shit! Let’s do it again but with more incredible, wild, messy, fun, adventure!!!

My hope for you, as you look back at your own year, is that you feel the same way. And that, like me, you are ready to make more epic magic awesomeness happen in 2016.

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If you’ve missed my monthly highlights over the past year, you can read them individually at the links below.

November

October

September

August

July

June

May

April

March

February

January

As for December, well, I figured I’d just include my stats and a few highlights here!

December review:

Total miles: 128.25

Longest run: 8

Total days running: 28

YTD mileage: 1,868.25

Some of my favorite December moments included:

  • Finishing a small 5k as the first-place female finisher.
  • Celebrating the season with family and friends at several gatherings sprinkled throughout the month.
  • Watching my little drummer boy perform at his winter band concert.
  • Seeing my soldier for the first time in five months when she arrived home for the holidays. We made a scene in the airport. I cried. And hugged her a ton. Probably one of my favorite memories of the whole entire year!!
  • Feeling content finally being under the same roof with Mr. Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking and our kids after 147 days of being spread out across the country.
  • Waking up to snow!
  • Spending time with my parents, bother, sis-in-law, nephew, and my own family in the mountains for a few days for an early Christmas.
  • Receiving some really great Christmas gifts including a new sleeping bag that I cannot wait to test out on a near-future adventure!
  • Planning for 2016. Lot’s of big stuff on the horizon… running goals, business goals, family/life goals… I have so much to be grateful for this past year and so much to look forward to next year!

Last but not least, THANK YOU! for being a part of my year and sharing in the triumphs and struggles. My life is so enriched by the online community that has been created based on our common love of running, health, and wellness.

I wish you all a fantastic 2016 filled with lots of love, good health, adventures, and of course, happy miles! Cheers!

*The blur that was October*

October Review:

Total miles: 101

Longest run: 26.2

Total days running: 20

YTD mileage: 1,618.25

Some of my favorite October moments included:

  • Participating in a work retreat that stirred up my excitement over starting a business that I’ve been dreaming up.
  • Supporting my friend for 26.2 miles when she ran the Portland Marathon. It was an honor to be there with her every step of the way!
  • Celebrating my 38th trip around the sun. I had a great birthday despite being sick.
  • Enjoying an unexpected week off from work after our trip to see our daughter graduate from basic training was cancelled. (That was a HUGE bummer but we made the best of it.)
  • Adventuring with my boys for a post-birthday trip to the beach and some crabbing. Though not very successful, we only came home with three keepers, it was a ton of fun!
  • Eating, sleeping, breathing cross-country. Not only for the athletes that I coach but shifting my training to focus on my preparation for my first XC race.
  • Spending a Sunday afternoon on an urban outing with my guys.
  • Racing my first 4k and finishing in 3rd place.
  • Crabbing for a second time which was waaaaay more successful and a fun day all-around.
  • Getting my business, Blogger Bitch, off the ground. I’m taking my time, doing the research, making thoughtful choices, and learning so much along the way. It’s an exciting process and I’m already proud of what I’ve accomplished with such limited time over the past few months.
  • Wrapping up a great cross-country season. I was a little emotional about it given that I’ve coached some of the young athletes on my team for three years. They’ll be moving on to high school next year and honestly, I’m not sure I’ll still reside in the community that I’m living in now so the end of the season felt like I was saying good-bye to a great group of kids.
  • Finishing up the month by racing my first XC race and gaining some insight about how challenging the sport truly is.
  • Savoring the last moments of October with family and friends, good food and drinks, and a handful of kids in costume that came by for a trick-or-treat.

October passed so quickly that it does seem to be a bit of a blur. I’m feeling ready for a new month and new adventures. Not to mention some serious down time.

Happy November!

*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!

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*38 trips around the sun*

I’m officially 38 years old. And so far, it’s not too bad.

And just a quick brag… guess who wished me a happy birthday yesterday? BART YASSO, that’s who! So cool!!

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Some years I fret about aging. This year, not so much. I’m often amazed when I read posts on Facebook or other social media sights from people my age, many of whom I went to high school with, complain about getting old. This hurts… that hurts… bifocals… grand-babies on the way (wait, what? whoa! true story!)

At 38, (and this excludes the fact that I currently have a head cold and am somewhat miserable) I feel fantastic and I’m still very much active and able to do the things that I love! I am so grateful for good health. Plus, I have no plans to stop doing what I do and look forward to another 38 years, minimum, of running and being as fit as I can be so that I can fill my life with adventure after adventure.

Case-in-point, I came across this awesome story today that has inspired me even more! Check out this kick-ass granny!

Don’t ever let age dictate what you can, or cannot, do! Grab life by the (ahem) balls and make the most of it!!

*Put a fork in me*

I’m DONE!

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!

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

Fourteen days and counting to marathon #8!

*August was AWESOME*

August Review:

Total miles: 142

Longest run: 16

Total days running: 24

YTD mileage: 1,384.5

Some of my favorite August moments included:

  • Beginning the new month in Central Oregon with Mr. Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking, swimming, hiking at Smith Rock, sleeping under the stars, and enjoying some time together.
  • A fun packet pick-up adventure the day before the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon in wine country. Wine, snacks, new shoes… fun day!
  • Running the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon. No expectations except to enjoy myself and the event. Done and done!
  • While we couldn’t celebrate together, I did celebrate my daughters 18th birthday on 8/12 with 8.12 miles. I can’t believe my baby is 18!!!
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How is it possible that this sweet girl is 18? Heart explosion!

  • A crazy-fun two-day backpacking trip with my boys that turned into one rainy night of backpacking followed with the second night in a hotel and a day hike.
  • Hiking with my dad. We’d been talking about hiking Saddle Mountain, in the Oregon Coast range for at least a year. We finally did it a few weeks ago. It’s an intense hike but the view at the top is amazing!
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You can see nearly half of the Oregon coastline from atop Saddle Mountain.

  • A surprise overnight trip. On a Friday afternoon a few weeks ago I was told to “be ready to leave by 2:30 and pack an overnight bag.” Oh my. Mr. WJTWT surprised me with a trip, by train, up to Centralia, Washington were we stayed the night and explored the cute historic downtown area the next day before traveling back home. So fun and sweet!

There was running sprinkled in there throughout the month too! August was just so awesome! We really packed in some amazing adventures and I’m so grateful for that. The next few months are filled to the brim with work, school, cross-country… not a lot of play for a while so I’ll be holding these adventures close to my heart for many weeks to come!

September is here and in full-swing. The weather has started to turn (I considered turning on the heat this morning!) and while I’m a little sad to see summer go, I’m excited for the arrival of autumn too. Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend and best of luck to those of you that are shuffling little people back to school next week!