*Weekly mileage ~ Aug. 31-Sept. 6*

Mileage for the week of August 31st – September 6th

Total weekly mileage: 49.75

Total August mileage (to-date): 142

Total September mileage (to-date): 18

XC mileage (part of weekly total): 11

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 1,430.25

Run review:

8/31          26:58 min./3.25 mi./8:18 pace (+XC)

9/1            24:35 min./2.5 mi./9:50 pace (+XC)

9/2            XC only (2.25 miles)

9/3           57:02 min./6 mi./9:30 pace (+XC)

9/4           32:48 min./4 mi./8:11 pace (+XC)

9/5           44:11 min./5 mi./8:50 pace

9/6           2:38:50 min./18 mi./8:49 pace

Last week was a BIG transition week! I added cross-country coaching into my routine, work has been crazy-busy due to prepping for a 5 day training trip (starting tomorrow), my partner-in-crime is working out-of-state, and we’ve been busily getting ready for a new school year. I never imagined I’d get almost 50 miles in! Go me! I’m pretty stoked about it!

This week… well… I’ll be lucky to get 20 miles in. But I’ll take it as it comes, get in a few miles here and there, when I can, and attempt to go with the flow.

Please pardon my absence for the next week!

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*The return of autumn and XC*

Last week, the National Weather Service issued a warning that indicated the Pacific Northwest was due for a wet weekend. Their statement said that we could receive more rain this weekend than we’ve had total over the previous five months.

Dang.

Those weather guys kind of nailed it! (The unseasonably inclement weather has resulted in chili making and pumpkin scented candles burning. It feels like fall!!!)

Great news for the firefighters battling multiple wildfires in our region! Not so good for the poor Hood to Coast runners (while I’m typically sad when I miss a year, I picked a good year to skip it!) who were treated to downpours, high wind, and thunder and lightning. But I’ve been enjoying the heck out of being snuggled up at home. After a fun, busy summer, it’s time to embrace the fact that fall is upon us and with that comes the start of cross-country season and the beginning of a new school year.

These past few days have been spent cleaning and organizing some of the spaces in my home, a few writing projects, planning and preparing meals and snacks for the coming week, and creating a training plan and schedule for my XC athletes.

Because. Oh. My. Gosh. Cross-country starts tomorrow!!!

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The glamorous life of an XC coach.

I’m feeling ready for the transition… a new season of cross-country… a new school year… autumn… and a few new goals and revised training plan for me…

Bring it!

*15 things you never wanted to know about me*

I mentioned a few days ago that I was nominated for a Liebster Award from Running on Healthy. I’m honored that she chose me, my blog, as one that she felt deserved the recognition! These types of awards are passed from blogger to blogger and a fun way to find new, inspiring blogs to follow.

When you are nominated, you are asked to answer a series of questions about yourself. So I present to you 15 things you never wanted to know about me.

  1. What is my current health related goal?

Right now I’m just focused on getting through the holiday season without too much over-indulgence. I will begin training for the Boston Marathon immediately after Christmas so it would be nice to start that process without having to undo damage caused by eating, drinking, and being merry!

  1. What is my biggest irrational fear?

Fear is my biggest irrational fear. Living in fear prevents us from living life fully and I want to live my life FULLY! I’ve always been such a cautious person… I want to be fearless… It is my top intention for 2015!

  1. Do I enjoy wrapping presents?

I like the “idea” of wrapping presents. I see images of beautifully wrapped gifts adorned with ribbons and clever little trinkets and think that I could do that too. But let’s be real. (ie; suck it Pinterest!) Gift bags all the way, baby!

  1. What is my favorite cross training activity?

Any type of strength training. I used to really be into bodybuilding. I like feeling strong and really admire the definition on a lean, muscular body. More strength training is high on my list for my next marathon training cycle.

  1. If you came to visit me, what would we do?

The Pacific Northwest is beautiful and I’m blessed to live within just a few short hours of beaches, mountains, lush forests, and high desert. I’d show you some of my favorite places! We’d also share a bottle of wine!

  1. I have two weeks off work and two round-trip plane tickets to ANYWHERE. Where would you go and who would you take with you?

Neither of my children has ever been on an airplane. My daughter will be graduating high school in the spring and I’ve been dreaming up a mother-daughter trip somewhere with her. So since we are dreaming here, we’d go to Brazil to visit family in Sao Paulo. (We’ve been promising them a visit for years!!) The beaches are amazing, there is abundant, healthy food, Brazilians are very active and there are a lot of options for outdoor recreation.

  1. What is the most embarrassing thing that you have had happen to you during a run or a race?

An unfortunate mascara incident. The product sucked anyway but it was a foggy, misty morning and the two did not play nice. Also, it just so happens that I met, and ran with, BFP for the very first time ever that morning. Awesome first impression.

  1. The three best days of my life? Or at least the three that pop into my mind?

I think more than days, it is moments. Like seeing my children’s faces for the very first time. (Because honestly, all the preceding stuff getting to that point on those days was not a lot of fun!) I really can’t pick just three but I do believe that the best is still yet to come!

  1. Okay, so I have to eat a fast food meal. What restaurant would I choose and what do I order?

I hardly ever eat fast food… being a gluten and dairy free vegetarian, fast food isn’t always friendly but I do like Chipotle and they have a tofu option that is pretty tasty.

  1. Have you ever met a celebrity?

I have met several celebrities but the most memorable one was meeting Brittany Murphy (Clueless!) not long before she died. She was tiny. She was very petite and I towered over her even though she was wearing what I guess were 4-inch stilettos. I told her that I loved her shoes and she commented that she wore them for the added height. She told me she wished she was taller, like me, and then said something about the “grass being greener”. It struck me as odd and cool that this beautiful actress would consider me lucky to have something that she did not.

  1. Share a picture of myself in non-workout clothes.
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Pre-holiday gathering selfie last night.

  1. If I could choose to have a “do-over” and switch careers, what would I choose and why?

I’d like to be a life coach. Half the time I don’t feel like I have my shit together so how could I possibly help anyone else get theirs together? But I always feel so good when someone shares with me that I’ve inspired them in some way and I like helping others feel good about themselves. Coaching, in various forms, is a pretty consistent desire for me.

  1. If I won an Olympic gold medal, how do I think I’d react?

I’d cry hysterically. Seriously!! I cried hysterically when I received the email from the Boston Athletic Association that my race entry had been accepted.

  1. What do I want for Christmas?

Anything handmade or created for me because the giver knows how much I will use it or love it. One of my favorite gifts ever (he’s done this twice for me now) is from my father-in-law. He gave me a big box of cedar kindling to start fires with. I love wood heat. It’s how we heat our home. His gift ensured I’d be able to quickly start a fire and be warm. It was such a practical and thoughtful gift. I’m still touched that he did that for me!!

  1. What skill do I lack?

I can’t sing, dance or act. However, it never stopped me from trying out for musicals in high school!

Okay, now for a few of my own nominations! Oh, and it just so happens that these peeps were also a few of my Nuun Hood to Coast teammates!

Just a Mom who Tri’s

Running Backwards in High Heels 

The Weekend Warrior

Longrunergy

*That’s a wrap!*

The cross-country season is officially over. Singlets have been turned in along with the rest of the gear I had in my possession. Yesterday afternoon we held our end-of-the-season party where we reminisced about our triumphs and challenges and starting talking about next year. I tried to not get all ooey-gooey in my froyo, but man, I’m going to miss those kids!

While I’m grateful to have some time freed up, I’ve actually been feeling a little melancholy about the conclusion of what was a fantastic couple of months. I seriously loved every. Single. Second. Coaching is something I’ve felt called to do for a while now and these past few months confirmed what I knew all along. I love coaching!

Our last meet was this past Sunday and I did get a little ooey-gooey and choked up when one of my 8th grade girls finished in first place. While I always feel that way about my own kids and their accomplishments, I don’t think I’ve ever reacted like that about someone else’s kid. Talk about heart-swelling pride.

Of course, what I absolutely loved the most was that I could share this adventure with my son. I have enjoyed watching him discover running and his own identity as a young runner and athlete. It is something that I hope we can share for years and years to come!

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My inspiration to be the best mom, coach, and athlete that I can be.

 

*Weekly mileage & August review*

Mileage for the week of August 25th – 31st

Total weekly mileage: 24.75

Total XC mileage: 8

Total August mileage (to-date): 178.5

Total year-to-date mileage: 1,470

Run review:

8/25       23:59 min./3 mi./7:58 pace

8/26      34:00 min./4.25 mi./8:00 pace

8/27      36:18 min./4.5 mi./8:04 pace

8/28      38:41 min./4.75 mi./8:09 pace

8/29       24:11 min./3 mi./8:02 pace

8/30       42:03 min./5.25 mi./8:01 pace

8/31       No run/rest day

August Review:

Total miles: 178.5

Longest run: 20

Total days running: 26

YTD mileage: 1,470

Miles to goal (2,014 for the year): 544

Some of my favorite August moments included:

  • Watching a movie under the stars.
  • Celebrating my daughter’s17th birthday with family and friends.
  • A crazy game of volleyball in the pool on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
  • Running my longest training run on a beautiful, local trail with BFP and a few new running friends.
  • The entire experience of going to Seattle to meetup with my Nuun team and then running Hood to Coast.
  • The beginning of cross-country season and jumping into my new role as a coach.
  • A visit from my sis-in-law and nephew and celebrating his first birthday.
  • An impromptu gathering with friends to watch football, eat pizza, and drink wine.
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Bring on September!

I’m ready for a fresh start. Turning to the September section of my planner this morning created a sense of optimism that I’ve been struggling to feel lately. It is going to be so, so busy but I’m looking forward to welcoming my favorite season full of running and XC, watching my girl play her last year of high school soccer, enjoying the return of football season, the end of season harvest that provides so many delicious and cozy meals, the changing colors of the landscape, the crisp autumn air… YES! Bring on September!

*Leap and the net will appear*

What I originally thought was going to be a light week has anything but! Isn’t that typical? Ha! I finally feel like I’ve reached the end of the tunnel though so I’m grateful for that!

I’ve spent the past few days getting some stuff in order to finalize my upcoming cross-country coaching gig this fall. Several forms, a five-hour CPR/First Aid class, a drug screen, an hour worth of fingerprinting (I fear I may have had an interesting past life!), and more forms culminated in this:

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Fortunately, I look waaaayyyy better now than I did in middle school as a student!

There are still some online classes I need to take and lots of studying, learning, organizing, and planning lies ahead. But having this part of the process done feels really good.

Earlier this morning I read that the things that we are passionate about are not random. They are our calling. I thought about that while I was finishing the final steps to officially become the head cross-country coach this fall at our local middle school. (Fun fact: I’ll be coaching at the very middle school I attended!) It made me smile to think that this might be my calling. Coaching, in several different capacities, is high on my list of goals for myself. So yes, I do feel “called” to it.

Anyway, it’s official and I’m ready to take the leap!

*My new gig*

One of the highlights of last year was the opportunity to volunteer some of my time as an assistant coach for a local middle school cross-country club. I fell in love with coaching instantly and knew that there would be more of it in my future!

Due to budget cuts in our school district a few years ago, middle school sports were cut due to lack of funding. Other recreational programs, such as the one I volunteered for through our 4-H program, helped fill the gap and provided kids an opportunity to be active. However, the school-based sports were missed.This past spring, the district was able to find enough funding to bring some of the sports back, including cross-country, this fall.

Long story short: A few weeks ago I found out that they were looking for a coach for the upcoming season and applied for the position. Last week I interviewed. And, well, this past Monday morning, at exactly 9:37 AM, the athletic director called to offer me the job which I immediately accepted. Upon hanging up, I jumped up and down several times and squealed with delight. ; )

I’m so excited to take on this new role and honored that I was selected! Though I’ve done various youth coaching over the years, this will be a whole new experience and I can’t wait to dive in later this summer!