*The latest WJTWT news*

What a week, right?

I’m not even going to go THERE. Rather, I’ll give you a little glimpse as to what I’ve been up to. It’s been busy, as usual!

Over the past couple of months I’ve eluded as to the reason I’ve been so absent in this space. I’ve had to rearrange my priorities a little bit in order to fit in a new endeavor. Completely by accident, I fell into a new career path not long after moving to California, when I started working for a real estate brokerage. Years and years ago, I actually quite seriously considered a real estate career. At the time,I had an infant and studying the course material while juggling my new responsibilities as a mother were more than I could handle at the time.

Fast forward, oh, 19 years or so, and I’m suddenly considering it again. So much so that I took the leap and began the coursework a couple of months ago. It’s a LOT of material and studying is slow going, but I’m very pleased that I completed the first or three courses and passed the test this week. Onto course number two!

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One down, two to go!

I’ve also hinted a few posts back that I was considering another large event… As it turns out, I just can’t quit the marathon and this week I made it official. I will be running the LA Marathon in March!

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Congratulations? You just spent $200 bucks for 16 weeks of self-inflicted suffering (in the best way possible)!

This is a big deal. I’ve got high hopes for this race and am trying to come up with a scheme to help me with my master plan. World domination? No. Maybe just a PR. ; ) More to come on this later!

In other news, I finally pulled the trigger. On trigger point rolling that is. I could no longer deny that I needed to do something different in terms of recovery. I’m sore. Like ALL. THE. TIME. My go-tos, stretching/yoga and Epson salt baths, while wonderful, just aren’t providing me with relief. I caved and invested in a Trigger Point roller. I’m already feeling a difference!

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My “I’m totally stoked” face!

The week culminated with the Griffith Park Trail 10k this morning. I wasn’t sure what to expect to be honest. The course description stated that it would be a tough, hilly route. I’ve trained out there and it is hilly, but today’s race was still not what I expected in terms of difficulty. It was like a roller coaster out there.

I take most races seriously and this was no exception. And, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a wee bit competitive. I like the challenge, both mentally and physically. The result this morning yielded me a second place finish! I worked for it too!

It was a fun little race and well-organized (aside from a medal mix up and the course being a little short, at least according to my GPS). The prizes for the top finishers were beautiful handmade mugs. I SO love mine!

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2nd place female!!!

I’m looking forward to taking it easy the rest of the day and gearing up for another busy week! Enjoy your Sunday!

*Celebrity sightings, hydration game, and showing up*

Earlier today while out for a run with Mr. WJTWT, I joked that perhaps on Tuesdays, following my Monday Weekly Mileage post, I could follow it up with a Celebrity Sightings Report.

That is a joke. However, now that I live in Los Angeles, very much possible. In actuality, it took my 7 weeks to see a celebrity for the first time and it wasn’t someone I would recognize without being told who it was. We’ve turned it into a game of sorts and the rules are simple. I have to recognize them as a celebrity for the sighting to count. (Sorry, Dave Grohl. Even though I like both the Foo Fighters and Nirvana, I would never have known it was you when you were out with your daughter buying hamburgers!)

Today I had my first real celebrity sighting though and it’s actually quite ironic for two reasons. While running the same canyon trail as last week, we passed Carrie Brownstein, of Portlandia fame, walking her dogs. (And I totally made eye contact with her!)

The two reasons I thought it was ironic though is that 1. even though she doesn’t live in Portland, I would have figured the odds of running into her there, before we moved, would have been higher than in Studio City, CA. on a random Tuesday morning and 2. because I recently, less than two weeks ago, in fact, shared a Portlandia video where they spoof the Portland Marathon.

I’m truly not the starstruck type and I would never approach someone one or gush over them unless it was in an appropriate setting and all. Since Mr. WJTWT has worked in the film industry for a number of years, the whole “celebrity” thing just doesn’t really do anything for me but it’s still fun to catch a glimpse of someone that is well recognized for their work.

In other news, with summer right around the corner, now would be a good time to get your hydration game strategy in order. So the timing of Nuun offering 25% off orders now until May 24th is perfect! You can stock up and be ready for whatever summer adventures you have planned!

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Use code: NUUNLOVE25 to save!

Speaking of adventures… tomorrow morning, if all goes according to plan (meaning I don’t chicken out), I’m going to attend my first ever November Project workout. Eek! I’ve been a fan of the grassroots movement since I first heard about it but wasn’t in a locale where it was offered. Until now. And they meet about 10 minutes from where I live so I don’t really have an excuse… except the chickening out thing which is why I’m sharing this. Accountability, baby. As they say, “just show up.” So I’m going to. I’ll report back on my findings!

*Portlandia runs the Portland Marathon*

Happy Cinco de Mayo and National Enchilada Day!

(Guess what I’m having for dinner? hehe)

I’ve run, no pun intended, across a couple of fun things this week that I thought I’d pass along. A little bit of Thursday afternoon randomness. Ole!

Shall we start with something amusing?

Even though I’m a native Portlander (sort of), I’m sometimes perplexed by the series Portlandia. It has its moments. But while I’d not exactly call this funny, I dig the connection to the Portland Marathon.

Speaking of the Portland Marathon, it is filling up pretty quickly. If you are looking for a really fantastic autumn marathon, check it out! I can also offer you $10 off your registration if you use the discount code: HYLA16.

Also on my radar, a couple of cool things from my friends at Nuun! They are currently running a flash sale on the original Nuun Energy.

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A sweet deal on Nuun Energy!

If you had planned ahead, you’d be well-stocked to help prevent a Margarita hangover! I kid. ; )

Short and sweet. Cheers!

*The self I like best*

Looking back over the past two months, I can clearly see where I began to struggle to keep my mileage up. It’s been no secret that the first quarter of the year (and now moving into the second quarter) has been quite a whirlwind for me and my family. To be honest, the dust hasn’t settled yet and things are still in a state of flux. In hindsight, I thought I’d get back into my groove once our feet were grounded. I sure as heck didn’t think it would take so long.

In the midst of all that, and I’m still battling it, I pulled back from some of the things I love and find comfort in (not all by choice). What I’ve discovered is that I feel completely disconnected from myself. Routines, dietary choices, sleep patterns, self-care… all the familiar rhythms that I’ve been accustomed to for the past X amount of years have been stripped away. On top of that, I’m in a new (and VERY large) city, 1000+ miles away from my daughter, family, and friends, haven’t yet been able to connect with any sort of new running friends or tribe, trying to organically build a business that generates sustainable income which is slow going, and generally feeling a little lost in space at the moment.

Deep shit, I know.

A few days ago I realized that my life is so much richer with running in it and when I’m taking care of my whole self. Mind, body, and spirit. So I went for a short run. The following day I went for another one. I’ve now run four days in a row, although I will admit, I have not run more than three miles at a time. Accepting where I’m at, and fully understanding that it will take some time to build myself, distance, and pace, back up to where I prefer to be will not happen overnight. Mentally, I’m starting to feel it again. Physically, and no thanks to the heat, it’s a work in progress.

Timely enough, I saw this quote posted on Facebook earlier and I couldn’t agree more!

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“or at least I feel like the self I like best”… well said, Bart!

I never posted my weekly mileage for the week of March 21-27. Because I was in the middle of packing, I didn’t record all of the few runs I did and lost the info on my Garmin for one of them so I am not including that in the total. For that week, I ran 7.5 miles bringing my March total to 62.25 (I’m certain it’s my lowest monthly mileage in three years. That is until this month which will likely be less than that!) and my YTD total to 304 miles.

I’m a big believer in accountability. Sharing this here is more for my benefit than anyone else’s but it does provide me with the space to hold¬†myself accountable and acknowledge my own truth. And that truth is, I do feel that the self I like best is the one that runs!

*Life update*

The past few weeks (months!) have been a crazy whirlwind of what would ultimately be a big transition for my family. After years of conversations about doing it, we finally began the process. We just uprooted our life in Oregon and are starting anew in California.

To be completely honest, I’m fluctuating between being excited and freaked out. There are still some unknowns and it is a scary place to be. I’m holding on hard to the reasons we decided to make this ginormous leap of faith and trying to trust that the universe has our backs in this.

That said, I’m not sure what the future of this space holds during the next few weeks. I have not run in five days. (Though I got in a great little three-mile hike yesterday in the hills nearby!) And I’m not allowing myself to spiral into a state of despair over it. I’ve got enough on my plate to fret about.

Given that this is a running blog, I don’t really have much to report. I ran maybe 12 miles last week. (My training journal is buried deep among all of our tightly packed belongings.) But I look forward to finding my way back after the dust settles.

 

 

*Doing the work*

This.

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No truer words…

My week didn’t quite go as planned and you know what? That happens. I woke up a few mornings ago with an awful pain shooting up from the side of my left scapula into my neck, the apparent result of sleeping wrong and pinching a nerve. I attempted to run later that afternoon, only to fight tears from both pain and frustration. I hate not being able to do what I love because I don’t feel well, whether from illness, injury, or a sucky pinched nerve.

My struggle-fest lasted one mile. I came home and jumped on the elliptical machine that we temporarily borrowed from my parents. In the nearly two years we’ve had it in our possession, it was the first time I’d used it. While I was grateful for an alternate option to get a¬†workout done, I was reminded that I much prefer running outside in the fresh air, regardless of the season or weather.

I did feel better enough the next day to get a few miles in and it has continued to improve, though I’ve kept it pretty easy.

Anyway, I saw this quote the other day and it hit home. I didn’t have the best week training-wise. Due to both things I couldn’t control and things I COULD control. Armed with this reminder, I’m setting myself up for a better, productive week of training and working toward the goals and results that I want.

You?