*Life after Boston*

If it has appeared that I’ve been consumed by all things Boston Marathon related the past few weeks (months? years?), you are right. I have been. But as I begin to shift gears back to “normal life” (HA!) I can’t help but realize that it wasn’t just Boston. I’m still consumed by all things running. Because it is what I love. And I love to share it!

While the experience of Boston will forever be in my heart (and tattooed on my body… but more on that in a moment), I’m grateful for all of the amazing experiences, opportunities, fun, and friends I’ve had and met because of this crazy thing I do simply to stay healthy, fit, and to be the best possible version of myself that I can be.

This past weekend, I had such an opportunity when I got to participate with one of my favorite running programs. Run Girl Run is for elementary aged girls (9-11) who need a little extra guidance and a strong, athletic female role model in their lives. Over the course of a couple of months, the program trains them to run (in almost all cases) their first 5k. Since its inception in my community, I’ve been a “mobile cheerleader” for every season. It is one of the most rewarding programs I’ve ever volunteered for and am so grateful for the opportunity to share my love of running with someone who I know it will leave a life-long impression on.

And then, following the 5k Saturday, this happened:

I have a feeling I will be explaining this over and over for the remainder of my life. Any guesses as to what it is? I’ll give you a hint.

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It’s the Boston Marathon race course. The 2 inch version as opposed to the 26.2 mile version. But within its simplicity, there is a world of meaning and significance to me.

I knew that I wanted to commemorate my Boston experience with a tattoo and while I had a few variations of what it might become, I settled on this. A constant and visible reminder of not only what I accomplished on April 20, 2015, but the entire journey. It spanned nearly two years and culminated with the race of a lifetime! There is a lot of pride in what I did and I’m happy to have this symbol to carry with me as a reminder that I’m worthy of dreaming BIG.

Okay, enough of the ooey, gooey stuff. Super cool news from Nuun today! First of all, they made some awesome updates to their website! I love the new look and especially the photographs and bio’s of some real-life, kick-ass athletes. Including me!!!! (You can check out my profile HERE!)

But wait! There’s more! Nuun just released their latest and greatest product, Plus for Nuun. A faster absorbing source of carbohydrates and electrolytes to improve sports performance quick! The flavorless but convenient tabs can be added to your favorite Nuun Active or Nuun Energy flavor to enhance their attributes. Plus for Nuun is taking hydrating to a whole new level!

If that weren’t enough, Nuun is now offering mixed four-packs. You get to choose which four flavors you want on all of their flavored electrolyte enhancement products (excluding Plus for Nuun)! How cool is that? AND! Watermelon is back in stock!!!

Time to run. Not literally. I ran earlier. But it is time to get some dinner going and fuel this post-marathon recovering body. Tex-mex zoodles are on the menu tonight! (Have you tried zoodles? Zucchini noodles? So good and versatile!)

See ya!

*Weekly mileage x 2*

Mileage for the week of April 13th – April 12th

Total weekly mileage: 20.5

Total April mileage (to-date): 115.25

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 805.25

Run review:

4/13           No run/rest day

4/14           38:37 min./4 mi./9:38 pace

4/15           49:50 min./6 mi./8:18 pace

4/16           No run/travel day

4/17          44:33 min./5 mi./8:55 pace

4/18           19:13 min./2.25 mi./8:33 pace (plus .25 mi.)

4/19           28:13 min./3 mi./9:25 pace

Mileage for the week of April 20th – April 26th

Total weekly mileage: 35.5

Total April mileage (to-date): 150.75

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 840.75

Run review:

4/20           BOSTON MARATHON! 3:33:06 min./26.2 mi./8:08 pace

4/21           No run/recovery day

4/22           No run/recovery day

4/23           No run/recovery day

4/24          No run/recovery day

425           27:55 min./3.22 mi./8:40 pace (5k with Run Girl Run. Course was long.)

4/26          54:52 min./6 mi./9:08 pace

Whew. With the marathon last week (how can it be that it’s already been a full week since I ran the Boston Marathon???), travel, and some recovery time, I’m finally caught back up on my weekly mileage. Nothing stellar to report, mileage wise, which is typical of tapering and then reverse tapering post race.

A week later, my legs feel heavy and I’ve had extremely sore quads and IT bands on both legs. Every day I’m feeling a slight improvement but I’m nowhere near back to pre-race form just yet. Totally normal.

The bummer is, is that mentally, I’m feeling fresh, inspired, and ready to run!!! Hurry up legs and get with the program!

I’m trying to run a few easy miles every day as well as cross train a bit more to keep my activity level high to compensate for the lower mileage. I guess I’m a true endorphin junkie… needing a workout fix to stay sane and balanced!

Have a great week!

*A look back at March*

March Review:

Total miles: 237

Longest run: 22

Total days running: 25

YTD mileage: 690

Some of my favorite March moments included:

  • So many adventures! Mid-week dinner out with friends, a shopping trip with my girl, camping at the Oregon coast, a belated birthday trip to Seattle, and an overnight excursion to my favorite hot springs retreat center with Mr. Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking.
  • Celebrating my sons 13th birthday (on which I ran 13 miles) and officially becoming the mother of two teenagers. Gah!
  • The opportunity to coach, as a sub, for one of my favorite volunteer organizations, Run Girl Run. I filled in on two of their training days and can’t wait to watch the girls run their first race later this month!
  • Spending an afternoon working in the Portland Marathon booth promoting the October marathon at the Shamrock Run fitness fair. I loved running the Portland Marathon in 2013 and was disappointed that I couldn’t fit it in last year. If you are looking for a beautiful course with tons of support and entertainment, not to mention tons of race swag, put the Portland Marathon on your racing calendar!
  • Setting a minor PR (only three seconds but better than nothing!) at the Portland Shamrock Run. It was a super wet and cold morning but it’s always a fun event and usually one of my first races of the year so I like to use it as a gauge to see where I’m at.
  • Watching my daughters first track meet of the season, which is also her last high school sport season before she graduates in June. This is the girl who just a few years ago claimed she hated running! Now, a team captain and both a sprinter and thrower (she got recruited to do shot-put), I am just in awe of her speed and dedication to training!
  • Finishing up the last of my Boston Marathon training before I started to taper. I maxed out with a 22 mile long run the last weekend of March and am now making the final decent towards race day.
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Time to break out my tapering notice!

March was such a busy month and April won’t be much different! I’m in full-on taper mode and just 17 days out from what will likely be the most amazing race experience of my life. Additionally, I have a lot of things going on behind the scenes here at Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking for some fun partnerships and opportunities in the weeks to come!

Happy April!!

*Weekly mileage*

Mileage for the week of March 9th – March 15th

Total weekly mileage: 37.25

Total March mileage (to-date): 116.25

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 569.25

Run review:

3/9          No run/rest day

3/10         48:58 min./1.55 mi./9:40 pace (*RGR)

50:03 min./6 mi./8:20 pace

3/11         57:15 min./7 mi./8:10 pace

3/12         8:03 min./.85 mi./9:29 pace (*RGR)

22:51 min./2.65 mi./8:38 pace

3/13         1:02:11 min./7 mi./8:52 pace

3/14         30:19 min./3 mi./10:06 pace

3/15           1:10:25 min./9.3 mi./7:34 pace

*I volunteered some time working with one of my favorite organizations, our local Run Girl Run program, which mentors elementary aged girls who train for, and run their first 5k.

It’s been a long while since my weekly mileage has been as low as it was last week. While I had hoped for a better outcome at my race yesterday after a light week, I’m sure the reduction of mileage is a good thing overall. I’m jumping into my final weeks of what will be some pretty intense training. The Boston Marathon is five (5!!!!!!!) weeks from today!

*That’s a wrap*

Great friends, good food, a hot tub, well stocked bar, and a heart that is full of hope for the future is how I’m spending this final evening of 2014. What a year. WHAT A YEAR!

December Review:

Total miles: 185

Longest run: 13.1

Total days running: 27

YTD mileage: 2,088

2,088 miles. 2,088 MILES!! I ran 2,088 miles this year!!

I’ve been really sick this week. I wish I could have finished the month/year a little stronger but I had to minimize my mileage the past few days. I’m proud of what I accomplished this year. Feeling like crap, I set off this morning in 24 degrees to finish the year with 185 miles for the month of December and 2,088 total for 2,014.

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Freezing temperatures and feeling like crap didn’t stop me from 5.5 miles on this last day of 2,014.

 

Some of my favorite December moments included:

  • Supporting a young female athlete while running with her at her first 5k as part of my local Run Girl Run program.
  • Celebrating the one year anniversary of the running club that I co-founded with my dear running friend, Woody.
  • Witnessing my daughter, who was nominated as a princess for her winter formal, strut her stuff and shine in ways I could only dream of as a teen.
  • Accompanying my brother when he ran his first half marathon distance on an epic, and very hilly, run in Washington near Mt. Rainier.
  • Meeting, and surpassing, my goal of running 2,014 miles for the year.
  • Holidays. While I get super stressed out, I love the way that the holidays bring people together.
  • Running with people I love. Seriously. I am so blessed to have people in my life that share this crazy passion for running and I’m so grateful for them.

BRING ON 2015!!!! Be safe, have fun, and get ready to rock a fantastic year! Stop wishing and start making it happen! xo

*Weekly mileage*

Mileage for the week of December 1st – December 7th

Total weekly mileage: 30.75

Total December mileage (to-date): 30.75

Total year-to-date mileage: 1,934.75

Run review:

12/1       28:20 min./3.5 mi./8:06 pace

12/2       22:53 min./2.25 mi./10:08 pace

12/3       31:55 min./4.25 mi./7:31 pace

12/4        38:09 min./5 mi./7:37 pace

12/5       23:01 min./3 mi./7:41 pace

12/6        28:20 min./3.1 mi./9:18 pace

12/7        1:32:27 min./10 mi./9:14 pace

My mileage dropped a little last week but for good reason. A couple of those runs were with a fantastic group of girls in elementary school. Once again, I ran a 5K along side a 4th grade student as a mobile cheerleader for our Run Girl Run program. I also sub coached last Tuesday and ran their training route with them. Such a fantastic program and I’m so grateful for the ability to participate! Seriously, if you ever have an opportunity to volunteer with a program that mentors and encourages youth running, you will not regret a single second!

Despite low mileage, I got a few quick ones in! Three days in a row I ran mid-7:00 minute miles!!

I decided today that I’m going for some big mileage this week. I need to run off some stuff. It’s how I cope.

On a more fun note, I received notification a couple of days ago that Running on Healthy nominated me for a Liebster Award!! In the blogging realm, there are a few awards, or recognition’s, that are given to bloggers from fellow bloggers. It is an honor to know that my website has influenced and inspired others and I am grateful to know I’ve done just that. Especially since my posts have been so sporadic as of late.

The rules of a Leibster Award require that you post a few questions, along with the answers, about yourself and nominate a few fellow blogs/bloggers that you read and follow. So watch for that post this week. Thank you for the nomination, Running on Healthy!!!

It was a rough start for me today (… early morning… weekend hangover… a day of meetings and training (and not the running kind of training)… is it Friday yet??) but I’m hopeful that each day will improve and I hope your week is great!!

*Weekly mileage ~ weekend shenanigans*

Mileage for the week of June 2nd through June 8th:

Total weekly mileage: 33.25

Total June mileage (to-date): 53.25

Total year-to-date mileage: 1010.75

Run review:

6/2      No run/rest day

6/3      33:49 min./4 mi./8:26 pace (+2.25 w/RGR)

6/4      1:07:11 min./8.25 mi./8:09 pace

(+5 miles including 4 x 800’s)

6/5      25:28 min./3  mi./8:28 pace (+1.5 w/RGR)

6/6     48:52 min./6. mi./8:09 pace

6/7     RGR 5K! *29:41 min./3.25 mi./9:08 pace

6/8      No run/X-trained/6.7 mile hike

*On Saturday, I ran a 5k (which was actually 3.25 according to my GPS) along side a third-grade girl who loves to run. The time/distance/pace was not mine, it was hers. As her “mobile cheerleader” I just happened to pace her, offering support and encouragement. For the fourth season in a row, I’ve volunteered time with our local Run Girl Run program which coaches and mentors 3rd-5th grade girls to prepare for, and run, their first 5k. The event they ran was a small race to raise money and awareness for the Amani Center, a child abuse assessment center. The Race Against Child Abuse offers a 5k, 10k, half-marathon and a one-mile walk.

After working with the group of 15 girls for 10 weeks, who were all fantastic girls by the way, I sort of fell in love with one girl in particular. Of all the girls, this one stood out to me because of her joyfulness while running. It was infectious! When I’d run with her, I’d feel it too. I think it is something that tends to go unnoticed, if it’s there at all, when your intently focused on your mileage, pace, etc. She ran every training run, finishing first nearly every single time. I only heard her complain once and that is when we announced that we had shortened the route that day!! I imagine that this girl will go far and it was an honor to run with her on Saturday. All of the girls who participated did a great job and I always enjoy my time working with them so much! I’m a little sad it’s over!

Anyway, as you can see, it was quite the drop in mileage this week compared to last weeks 57.5! I messed up on my mileage record and forgot to add a long run to my YTD total but a few days ago I hit the 1000 mile mark for the year so far! Just over a 1000 more to my goal of 2014 for the year!!!

For the first time since February, I took two days off from running this week. Between the extra day off, tapering, and no long run over the weekend, I ran about 25 miles less than last week! I originally planned to swap rest days and take yesterday off and run today. But *insert lame excuse here* my foot hurts from the bee sting I got two days ago! Even though I hiked on it yesterday and barely even noticed it, I woke up this morning to a super itchy, tender, and slightly swollen spot at the site of the sting.

About that hike! My daughter had an event to attend on the east side (waaaaaaaaaaay east side!) of Portland Saturday night and when I realized she was roughly a half-hour away from a trail near Mt. Hood that I’ve been wanting to hike forever, well, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity! I made the drive to pick her up and then we continued on to the Mirror Lake trail head.

So instead of running on Sunday, I hiked 6.7 miles with my daughter. I’ve said so before, but I LOVE hiking! Here’s a few pics from our adventure!

A good trade I’d say! When we got to the top of the ridge, overlooking the lake and across to the stunning Mt. Hood, I surprised my daughter with a sweet treat from our favorite bakery. The day, our spontaneous adventure, was absolutely awesome!! This is what it is all about, isn’t it?