*Great day for athletics*

Figuring it’s been a long time since I last posted a Fuel Friday post, I was planning on sharing a recipe for a carrot cake muffin that I made earlier this week. However, I spent too much time doing other things (mostly mindless perusing of random stuff online) and ran out of time so maybe I’ll save it for another day.

One of the distractions was the coverage of the CrossFit Regional events going on this weekend and I’ve gotta give a shout-out to all of the incredible athletes that competing at regional events this weekend. Even if CrossFit isn’t your thing, it certainly is inspiring to watch these amazing athletes leave it all on the floor after months of training.

In particular, I want to wish Carleen Matthews, who hails from my neck of the woods, the best of luck this weekend. She has been a super mentor to my daughter and is a one of the most dedicated and passionate athletes I’ve ever known. Last year, I was honored with the opportunity to accompany my daughter to the regional competition to watch Carleen work for a spot on the podium and that she did. She finished in second place and earned herself not only the opportunity to compete in the Games, but also the title as one of the 40 fittest women in the world!

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Team Carleen shirt from the 2015 Regionals.

 

(*Carleen had a rough start in the first event but WON the second, finishing the first day in third place, out of 40 competitors.)

True to my own passion, I switched gears and am now streaming a middle distance track meet. I’m equally inspired by the work that they’ve done to toe the line in hopes that they’ll be closer to earn a spot on the Olympic team.

What a great day for athletics!

 

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*April adventures*

April Review:

Total miles: 165.75

Longest run: 26.2 (26.41 according to my Garmin. Oops.)

Total days running: 23

YTD mileage: 855.75

Some of my favorite April moments included:

  • A visit from my sis-in-law and nephew. Always so nice to have them close for a few days!
  • Finishing up training for the Boston Marathon. Tapering felt like such a sweet reward for those long months of training!
  • Watching my speedy daughter kick ass on the track. I had never been to a track meet until just last year when she decided to join her high school team. So fun to watch her compete!
  • Creating a new partnership with an outstanding company that makes delicious, raw, whole food fruit and vegetable shakes. I’m excited to have Left Coast Raw on my team!
  • A wonderful pre-Boston dinner out courtesy of my parents to celebrate my accomplishment.
  • BOSTON. Words cannot do my experience justice. It was an AMAZING trip and an AMAZING race. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to fulfill my dream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Saying goodbye to our beloved Airstream. Not necessarily a favorite moment but a big one nonetheless. So many great memories in the few short years we had her.
  • Volunteering with one of my favorite running programs, Run Girl Run. Coaching and mentoring young runners is such a huge passion and it’s an honor to be involved with this program.
  • My new tattoo! Which I LOVE!
  • New,  *real* running shoes for Mr. Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking. He’s been putting in some serious miles and will be running his first half marathon, the Youngberg Hills Half Marathon, in just a couple of weeks. It was high time he get fitted for a pair by a specialist.

A few random photos from my April adventures…

And now May is officially here. A super busy one at that. We are preparing for my daughters graduation from high school early next month and all of the activities that come with it, a few fun mini-adventures, and lots of running!

Happy May!!

*Next top (foot) model?*

If you follow Nuun Hydration on Instagram, you might have seen this yesterday:

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I can now add foot model to my resume because those are my feet! How fun is it that my shoes happen to be “watermelon” colored and watermelon Nuun is back in season? Thanks for the love, Nuun!

Oh, and the countdown continues!

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Nine days and counting!!!

I’m off to a track meet (it’s all running, all of the time around here!) so have a great Saturday!!

 

*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 February 23rd – March 1st

Total weekly mileage: 63.25

Total February mileage (to-date): 240.25

Total March mileage (to-date): 19

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 472

Run review:

2/23          No run/rest day

2/24         41:52 min./5.25 mi./8:13 pace

42:42 min./5.18 mi./8:15 pace (*track/speed workout)

5:00 min/.57 mi./8:48 pace

2/25         1:09:52 min./8 mi./8:43 pace

2/26         40:41 min./4.75 mi./8:34 pace

2/27         1:48:22 min./13.25 mi./8:11 pace

2/28         27:52 min./3 mi./9:17 pace

39:38 min./4.25 mi./9:20 pace

3/1           2:37:40 min./19 mi./8:18 pace

*My pace average from my track/speed workout on the 24th doesn’t really reflect that I actually did some *speed work* but I let my Garmin run during the recovery portions of the workout, hence the slower pace.

Most of my runs last week were run at a slower pace than is typical for me but I know I needed to bring the intensity down a little bit. I already mentioned that it was a bit of a rough week but I’m grateful to have successfully completed another solid week of training at the mileage I set out to reach.

Today I rest. And stretch. And make the most of this recovery day (in fact, I just awoke from a decadent nap!) which includes finalizing my March (MARCH!) training schedule. Because the bitch that reality is, punched me in the face this morning: 49 days until the Boston Marathon!!!!!!!

*Turning running lemons into…*

Running lemonade! My run this afternoon was awful. But I don’t like to dwell on the negative so on to other, more lemonade-like stuff!

For the fourth straight week, I made it to the track workout hosted by Portland Running Company last night. Miraculously, it never rained on any of the days its been held on… which means we’ll get dumped on every week in March! Anyway, it’s amazing what one can accomplish when they put stuff on their calendar or to-do list!

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Another great, albeit tough, track workout!

 

The workout was another new one to me and when I read about what we were in for earlier in the afternoon, I felt slightly nauseous.  It consisted of 800 meter repeats at current 10k pace followed by 100 meters recovery, 2 x 10-second hill sprints, another 100 meters of recovery before repeating the sequence again. We did that 6 times. (If you were wondering why my run this afternoon was awful, there is your explanation.)

I’m not gonna lie. It was tough and I knew it would be. But damn it felt good to knock another workout out of the park!!

In other news, if you’re looking for a spring half marathon that takes place at, oh, a WINERY!, you don’t want to miss out on the inaugural Youngberg Hill Half Marathon. You can’t beat the price either! Just a few more days to register before prices increase so take advantage of their lowest rate of $55.00 through Saturday, Feb. 28th.

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This gorgeous view awaits you at the Youngberg Hill Half Marathon!

 

Finally, the story of the Kenyan runner who collapsed, and then crawled 400 meters to the finish, at the Austin Marathon earlier this month has been shared on multiple media outlets but I just got around to reading the story and watching the accompanying video. Holy WOW! The look of determination as she crawled, desperate to reach the finish on her own will, is awe-inspiring! If you haven’t checked it out, you can find it here.

Enjoy your Wednesday evening!

*Weekly mileage*

Mileage for the week of February 16th – 22nd

Total weekly mileage: 63.5

Total February mileage (to-date): 198

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 421

Run review:

2/16          No run/rest day

2/17         41:52 min./5 mi./8:22 pace

36:47 min./5 mi./7:21 pace (*track/speed workout)

4:24 min/.5 mi./8:49 pace

2/18         57:54 min./7 mi./8:16 pace

2/19         1:08:57 min./8.25 mi./8:21 pace

2/20         1:41:50 min./12.5 mi./8:09 pace

2/21         17:46 min./2.25 mi./7:54 pace (track/speed workout)

48:52 min./5 mi./9:47 pace

2/22         2:29:30 min./18 mi./8:18 pace

*Last weeks track workout was 12 minutes at half marathon pace followed by two 800 meter repeats with one minute rest between sets, and then another 12 minutes at the half marathon pace. I didn’t care for going from timed effort to distance effort, and back, but I worked hard and was happy with my overall average pace of 7:21. I’ve really enjoyed kicking off my training week with these track workouts!

For the fourth straight week, I’ve been able to maintain my mileage in the low 60-mile range. I’m still marveling at how unattainable I though 60 miles a week was! I’ve found a rhythm to my training schedule that feels just about perfect. However, every so often, I hear a whisper-soft voice in my head that tells me that 70 might be possible.

If only my hamstrings would get on board!

Hmph.

While I’m feeling good about my training and mileage, there are a few things I need to work on. Sleep for starters. Too many late nights and early alarms this past week have kicked my ass a little. I also need to clean up my diet. (Right after I go out and eat Mexican tonight!!) Not that it’s terrible. I’m a very healthy eater but I am snacking more than I think I should be, especially on the weekends. So this week I’m aiming to get more sleep and be more mindful of what I’m stuffing my face with!

But first, bring on the chips and salsa! And a margarita! ; )

Have a fantastic week!!