*Running? What’s running?*

Dare I even call myself a runner anymore? The past two weeks have made me wonder. Last week I missed a few days due to travel and after arriving back home, I was plagued with what seemed to be the onset of illness due to fatigue and an overwhelming feeling of being rundown. A few days later, the aforesaid onset of illness became a full-blown head cold that has kicked my ass the past three days. Goodbye running, hello neti pot.

I’m sure it’s needless to say but man, am I in a rut! February hasn’t been the best month, both running wise and for life in general. I’m SOOOOOO ready for March! (Which will produce its own challenges as it brings BIG changes for my household but I’m ready for that too! I won’t disclose the details yet but I will note that I’m on the hunt for a new running tribe in the Los Angeles area so if you’re a reader in SoCal, hit me up!)

Anyway, I’m taking another “rest” day to fight off this bug so I can jump into a fresh new week and month feeling better and ready to tackle the obstacles heading my way.

On a brighter note, I thought I’d share a few things that have captivated my attention the past few days. (I’ve spent way too much time on the internet. Doh!)

  • This run in September sound so awesome! The HTC (Hood to Coast) race series will be holding a race on the runway at the Portland Internation Airport called PDX Runway Run! Prices increases at midnight tomorrow so reserve your space today. (It’s only $30 bucks!)
  • Have you heard or Ctitch.com? It is a cloud-based personal management website that keeps your notes, lists, links, photos, recipes… anything you can imagine really, organized in a very simple format. It can also be used for electronic journaling. They even have a great blog post about journaling HERE! It’s free to sign up and is mobile friendly. Check it out!
  • Two words: Fuller House. OMG! I am a total 90’s kid and geeked out over the new Netflix series. My favorite character is Kimmy Gibbler, played by Andrea Barber. In real life, Andrea is a runner and just a few weeks ago, ran the LA Marathon. Pro Compression has even nicknamed one of their multi-colored socks the “Gibbler” in her honor. And in case you missed it, this past Friday was #NationalWearTheGibblersDay to commemorate the premiere of Fuller House. No joke!
  • I’ve got Cali on my mind a ton and have been researching possible running routes and trails to explore. The last time I was in LA, I fell in love with Runyon Canyon (RUNyon? Come on, now!). This article offers some great suggestions for paths and routes to run once I get settled.
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The view from the top. Runyon Canyon Trail, Los Angeles.

  • Speaking of LA, tonight is the Academy Awards. Film is a HUGE influence in the Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking household and the main reason we will soon be relocating. One of these days, Mr. WJTWT and I will be walking the red carpet. In the meantime, this will have to suffice:
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    Bring on the champagne!

    I hope the rest of your Sunday is full of awesome!

*A look back at 2013*

Never in a million years would I have believed how this year would unfold for me. This time a year ago, there was no plan to run a marathon (or three!). No grand dream of running the Boston Marathon. No idea what a Ragnar Relay was. No sponsor offering support. No goals bigger than running a couple of races for fun. No website…

Crazy how things change and how our goals and dreams evolve over time.

It has certainly been one heck of a ride and I’m so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had, the people I’ve met along the way, the things I’ve achieved… and even the things that didn’t go quite right because I’ve learned a lot this year.

My races in 2013 included:

3/17/13   Shamrock Run, Portland, Oregon   15k   1:13:47   7:55 pace

4/14/13   Vernonia Half Marathon, Vernonia, Oregon   13.1   1:43:55   7:56 pace

5/11/13   Hippie Chick Half Marathon, Hillsboro, Oregon 13.1   1:44:05   7:56 pace

7/4/13   Foot Traffic Flat Marathon, Sauvie Island, Oregon   26.2   3:49:04   8:44 pace

8/23-24/13   Hood to Coast, Oregon

9/1/13   Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon, Dundee, Oregon   13.1   1:43:58   7:56 pace

9/7/13   The Color Run, Portland Oregon   5k (no time or pace, just a heck of a lot of fun with my daughter!)

10/6/13   Portland Marathon, Portland, Oregon   26.2   3:42:42   8:30 pace

11/8-9/13   Ragnar Relay Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada

12/1/13   Seattle Marathon, Seattle, Washington   26.2   3:41:33   8:28 pace

Besides the racing (or relaying as the case may be), I was honored with some great opportunities throughout the year. Some of the highlights include:

  • Being featured on Oregon Live’s Run Oregon blog as their featured runner of the week.
  • Getting invited to be a VIP at the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon in September, which of course means that I got to drink more wine! That race also provided me the chance to meet one of my idols, Olympian Kara Goucher, which was beyond awesome!
  • Winning a race entry giveaway on Run Danielle Run, which allowed my daughter and I to run the Color Run. It was a totally new experience and my daughter and I had a blast. I have to tell you, almost four months later, I still have orange dyed powder in my left ear!!
  • Volunteering time to help Fit Right NW with set-up for their fashion show which yielded free passes to the event. It was such a great production and evening. I was really impressed with the whole experience and look forward to next years show.
  • Receiving one of the highlights of my year which was an invite to run a Ragnar Relay with Nuun Hydration and Pro Compression in November. I did not even know what Ragnar was before then. I had never traveled outside of Oregon for a run. It is hard to describe what an amazing weekend it was. I met so many wonderful people and loved representing two fantastic companies. Without a doubt, one of my favorite running adventures EVER!
  • Being gifted on of the most generous gifts ever: sponsorship. Nearly all of the races I ran after July were made possible by Z.P. Transport Inc. and two wonderful people who I am so grateful to have in my orbit. They have changed my life and given me the opportunity to take chances and reminded me that I can believe that dreams do come true.
  • Loving my first coaching gig. I had such a great time as an assistant cross-country coach for a local middle school team and I’m fairly certain that there will be more coaching in my future.
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So many great memories!

Besides those highlights, I also marvel at discovering what I, and my body, is capable of. I run faster in my mid-thirties than I did in my 20’s! I ran three marathons in five months and my time improved with each one. I’ve discovered things about myself… things I didn’t know I wanted, or could do… until I dove into my training and began to follow my heart.

More so, I found so much joy in witnessing both of my children discover running this year. My daughter ran her first half-marathon in July and my son ran his first season of cross-country. As a parent, when your children begin to follow your lead, you can’t help but feel like you’ve done something right!

I ran my final run of the year this morning bringing my yearly total to 1,510. (125 miles for the month of December.) While I didn’t track the first two months of 2012, I roughly finished the previous year with around 800 miles. That increase shows how much of myself I have dedicated to running this year. It also reflects a passion that sometimes surprises me but continues to grow. I can’t wait to see where it takes me.

Then there are the people who have support me this year. And there are so many! But I just want to thank a few here. From the bottom of my heart, please know how thankful I am for you Ron, Makenna, Russell, Mom, Dad, Omma, Papa, Trudi, Allison, Meredith, Woody, and Linda! Thank you for believing in me, encouraging me, cheering for me, driving me, funding me, holding me up when my legs wanted to fail… whatever your role, please know how grateful I am!

I’m super excited about what is to come. Without a doubt, 2014 is going to be a great year and I look forward to sharing my vision with you soon!

Until then, have a wonderful New Year’s Eve. Make time today to reflect and take stock while you celebrate the passing year and all that you have to look forward to in the coming one. Above all, please be safe!

Cheers!! xo

*PRO Compression giveaway WINNER*

It has been such an honor and privilege to work with the great people at PRO Compression! Super great guys and I love their compression socks! I’m a true believer in the power of compression. 

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Representin’ in my PRO Compression swag!

I’m excited to share some PRO Compression love with one lucky winner! Congratulations to Meridith D.!!!! You have won your choice of a pair of either marathon socks or sleeves! Please email me your selection (color, size, etc.) at hylaridenour@yahoo.com and I will get them shipped off to you.

Thanks to all who played and a HUGE thanks to PRO Compression for sponsoring the giveaway! Keep it tight, friends! ; )

*Last call to win PRO Compression!*

There is only one day left to enter my super awesome PRO Compression giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a pair of their choice of socks or sleeves courtesy of my friends at PRO Compression. Entry options can be found by following this link: PRO Compression Giveaway!

Remember: you can’t win if you don’t play! ; ) Good luck!!

*Mileage ~ Nov. 11-17*

Mileage for November 11th – 17th

11/11       No run/rest day

11/12      42:40 min. / 5.25 mi. / 8:08 pace

11/13      1:22:06 min. / 10 mi. / 8:12 pace

11/14      36:26 min. / 4.5 mi. / 8:05 pace

11/15      No run/rest day

11/16      2:32:20 min. / 18 mi. / 8:28 pace

11/17      No run/rest day

Total mileage:  37.75

Total November mileage:  81

Total 2013 mileage (to date):  1344

Another week in the books! Even though I elected to take three days off, I still managed over 37 for the week. SWEET!

I’m keeping an eye on the year-to-date total… just 156 miles away from 1500… I wouldn’t mind finishing up the year with 1500 miles under my belt!

Oh, and if you haven’t entered my PRO Compression socks or sleeves giveaway yet, you still have plenty of time. Plus, you can earn multiple entries by tweeting about my giveaway on Twitter, daily! The link to enter is HERE. Good luck and thanks!

*Tapering without 20, part 2*

Back in September, while I was finishing up my training cycle for the Portland Marathon, I failed to get a 20-mile run in. Blame it on other obligations. Okay, maybe I just slacked off a little bit. But I began my taper with my longest run for that training cycle being 18 miles.

Fast forward two months and I’m finding myself in the same boat!

The Seattle Marathon, which is two weeks from today, was a late addition to my racing schedule and while I’ve maintained much of my distance since the Portland Marathon, I was hoping to get in 20 miles yesterday. However, that was a big, fat NO GO.

Two weeks ago I ran 15 miles. I was sort of counting one my mileage from Ragnar last weekend for 16+, thinking I could jump to 20 miles this weekend. I knew 18 was more realistic but kept telling myself that my body is somewhat used to this distance by now so it wouldn’t be that big of a deal.

WRONG. Dang it.

At 15 miles yesterday my body was telling me 20 was not a good idea. I decided it would be best to save the effort for race day so instead of running 20 miles, I quit at 18. Once again entering the taper portion of training without hitting that 20-mile mark.

In September/October when I tapered without running 20 miles, I ran a 6+ minute PR. With the two-week time frame I’m facing, it just seemed like the best option. So here is to hoping/wishing/praying that my decision yesterday pays off in two weeks in Seattle!

On a separate note: I hope you have entered my PRO Compression giveaway! If you haven’t, you can enter HERE. And don’t forget that you can Tweet daily to earn extra entries, so Tweet away!

Have a great Sunday evening!

*GIVEAWAY!!!*

I’m super excited that I get to celebrate my 200th blog post with you today. I began this blog back in March to share my journey as I began my quest to run my first marathon… with hopes of a Boston Qualifying time.

Man, a lot has happened! Two marathons later (with another one two weeks away), lots of fun running adventures, new friends… and though I’m still working on that BQ, every second of this crazy ride has been a dream! I am so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had, the people who I’ve met, and the support I’ve been given as a result of this little space I’ve created on the web.

Last weekend, I made some wonderful new friends at PRO Compression. It was a great honor to represent a company that is dedicated to helping athletes of all varieties perform their very best. PRO Compression makes high quality compression sleeves and socks to help prevent fatigue and discomfort, and promote faster recovery.

To celebrate my journey, 200 blog posts, and new friends, I’m very pleased to be able to collaborate with PRO Compresson to giveaway one pair of socks or sleeves! Also, if you like discounts (who doesn’t?!?) I’ve also got a special offer to share for 40% off on PRO Compression marathon socks or sleeves.

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Love my PRO Compression socks!!

There are multiple ways to enter, via Rafflecopter, and you can find the link HERE.

Can’t wait to win? Order from PRO Compression, use the discount code BLG13, and save %40 on marathon socks or sleeves!!!!

A HUGE thanks to my readers, followers, and supporters for sharing all of this with me and PRO Compression for an awesome giveaway!!