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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2013!!

We flew back to Seattle on New Year’s Eve so we did not really celebrate! I know party pooper!

On New Year’s day, we only had dinner plans with friends, so I hit the grocery store, worked on laundry and went on my first run in a few weeks!

Some of my usual running friends were hitting the trails for anywhere from 5-8 miles. Seems like a lot, but I know I could take it easy and fast hike. We hit the trails at 10 am. It was still only about 30 degrees! However there were no clouds and it was beautiful! We ended up running about 5 miles. My Garmin got paused for about 10 mins so its about .25 mi off. Here is the post-run picture!


I am sort of but not really showing! I still think I look pudgy! Currently at 14 weeks and I feel like I am getting my energy back!

As for the run, we definitely took it easy and I felt just fine. Had lots of water and a Gu. It felt great to be outside!

Today I have a little knee soreness, but I think it is from sleeping funny not running! And I am feeling pretty good!

This was an awesome way to kick off 2013!

How did you kick off 2013? 

Throw Down Thursday: 8 is Great

This week I had some time (hello Vacation!!) and was forced decided to Participate in Carissa’s Fit2Flex #ThrowDownThursday

I have done this a few weeks pior and it is definitely fun! although quite hard!!

As Carissa is training for a half marathon and trying to PR she created quite the evil fun workout this week. Speedwork is HARD. However it is good for you – like all that spinach you are supposed to eat! So here is this week’s workout:

Source: fit2flex.com via Karla on Pinterest


Alright So… I normally do my speedwork on the track. But I am currently in DC visiting my sister.. So I had to just wing it. Rock creek park was supposedly about a mile away so I headed out to find it and then hope the trail there was decent for the intervals..

The journey there was a bit confusing but thankfully a nice biker helped me!

WarmUp: 1.36 mi – 15:35 time (some stoplights & streets..)

800 #1: 4:34 -9:24 mi avg pace! Exciting!!

Rest – I did the squats & push-ups. Hard stuff! 2:54 rest time

800 #2: only made it 0.38 mi in 3:36 at 9:22 pace. Got a side crap and just didn’t want to continue. Yeah I wimped.

Rest  – I did the squats & push-ups again. wow. 1:46 time rest (didn’t time the squats & push-ups)

400 #1: 2:09 8:25 pace – pretty quick! was a bit downhill.

Rest: walking .015 mi in 2:33

The run in the park was awesome! This is one of the reasons I LOVE Virginia in the fall!


800 #3: 4:42 9:21 pace pretty consistent!

Rest: 2 min walk. Was ready to be done!

400 #2: 2:20 9:40 pace -definitely feeling fatigued!!

Cooldown: 1.12 mi in 17 mins.

BOY. this was hard. My running mileage has not been super high so I struggled for a bit. However I finished as strong as I could. I did feel well when I finished.

I got a smoothie on my way back to the house so the cool down was long and slow. Here’s my summary pic:



My legs were definitely sore today. I am sure I will feel it tomorrow as well!

Thanks Carissa for a great workout!

Rainy Saturday Workout

Yesterday the rain started. Our 80 days of no rain summer has come to a quick end. 🙁 Although I am glad to see the rain. It has been WAY too dry here! So now its about 55/60 degrees and raining!

Last night we hung out with some friends and got home pretty late. I slept in and needed the rest after a long week on the road.. (sorry for being MIA)

But I eventually got myself up and headed to the gym. On tap: a Shoulders & Stairs workout.

Some awesome shoulder lifting and then running the stairs. However the gym was king of crowded, so I subbed burpees for running up stairs. Yes I did.



Before weights and after.

Today I finally got up the nerve to wear my Zensah Tank & Running bra.
I got these a few months ago when I went to a Zensah tweet up in Seattle. I have to say my first wear is LOVE. Seriously beyond comfortable! The tank and bra never moved. I had full range of motion and didn’t worry about anything! Plus the bright pink is really fun!!

Next – yes the gym wasn’t my only stop – I headed to the track!!

The goal was 6x200m with 200 in between.  I did about a lap warm up but was still warm from the gym. Then hit the sprints as hard as I could:

1- 0:56






Seriously! I am sooo excited!! Remember about a month ago when I did about the same workout?!  I took 3-4 seconds off my time!


Oh I guess I should mention it was RAINING while I did my sprints! ha. It felt awesome to be out there working out so hard and No I did not get cold. It was about 55 degrees and when you run thats toasty!

The rest of the day has been working playing online and watching football!



Have a great Saturday and stay warm!!



The Track: 8x200m

Running!! Running!!

I went Running!!

Wednesday nights one of the local track groups has a workout. They have someone plan a specific workout and they have paces and all that jazz.  Its semi-structured but you find people your pace and run. Its not for the faint of heart. I have a friend who goes and we are planning on going every week we can. Make it a habit!

This week the scheduled workout was 4×1200. uh not on my puny running legs these days! My weekly JillFit workout had a 6x200m workout this week. I figured I would sub it in – they wouldn’t really care if I did my own workout.

This whole workout hinged on my groin muscle or whatever being healed! I have not really run on it in a week and half or done much of anything on it besides some walking. I started out with a solid 7 minute slow run/walk warm up. When I came around to do the first 200, I decided to go easy. Just run maybe half fast and see how the leg felt.

1. 1:05

Round 2 I decided I’d pick it up and see how things felt. 1:01 feeling better and time to hit it a bit harder.

3. 0:58

4. 1:00

5. 1:05 – getting a bit tired.

6. 0:59 -push!

Well the workout was technically 6×200, however I have been slacking this week a bit and decided to go for 2 more and see how I felt.

7. 0:58

8. 0:59

Clearly I had enough for two more solid intervals!!

The Leg status. Well the groin hurt at first, but other than that, it didn’t hurt at all. I never felt it pulling or even sore! HOORAY! The shins on the other hand were a bit sore. I am icing currently and will take tomorrow off for sure!

Then on the way home there was an amazing red sun! Here is everything together that sums up my awesome evening!!



Yep I wore my awesome Zensah compression sleeves to help with the shins/calves! It makes a difference!

Hope you had an awesome Wednesday too! How heading towards the weekend!!

White River 50 Mile Volunteering!

This weekend was one of Washington’s most popular, and likely hardest, running races.  The White River 50 miler. I volunteered with my running store to help with one of the aid stations. It was the aid station at Corral Pass which was at mile 17.

Friday afternoon I went along with running store owner to the Crystal Mountain resort area to where the race check in area is and pick up 100 gallons of water to haul to our aid station. We had some chill time and unfortunately I had to pick up a few work emails and such, but we had some fun time and also had a good time at the pre-race pasta dinner.  Then we headed up to our aid station. Corral Pass is at about 5800′ elevation way back in the woods.  There was NO service there. It was fun to be off grid! We got our tents out and set them up:


My little tent. Its great but was a bit chilly!



It was a pretty night out which meant it got cold!! My toes froze! It was a short night because I kept waking up every couple hours and whatnot. ugh. oh well.

Saturday – race day!

Got up and we got all of our stuff set up and got the food/water ready. Here’s what it looked like:


Nice little tent and water area set up. it worked out really well!  We got our first runner at 8:36 am. Early! but we had fun getting everyones bottles/packs filled with water or GU Brew and making sure people were hydrated properly. it was early but the sun was out and we knew it was going to be hot! If we had concerns we hit up the main guy with our concerns and he addressed them! It was a good time! We had to wait until the sweepers came through and we could verify we got all the runners though. While waiting we went for a little walk down the trail (Where the runners came up) and  took some pictures!


the trail!


a peek at the mountain!!

It was a beautiful day up here in the mountains!!

Then heading down the mountain on our way to the start/finish I got this nice shot:



You can even see a bit of the road and this was the good part. It was fun! haha. I was not driving but totally wishing for my old jeep!

We hung out at the finish line for a bit and missed the winner (6:16 for 50 HILLY miles – INSANE!!) We saw quite a few other other leaders finish and I helped get the food ready to go for the hungry runners! After that we headed back to home. I took a nice shower and the hubs and I headed out for dinner:



Nothing beats only eating a protein bar and some fruit for the day like Chipotle! Then we headed over to our friends house and hung out a bit.


Great end to a fun day and really inpsiring to see so many great runners achieve the goal of running 50 miles!