Thursday, December 11, 2014

November in Review

Oh, my goodness.  I know this is late.  But, I do believe someday I will care much more about what my November 2014 mileage looked like.

Miles Planned/Ran: 26/26.  I'm only running 4 miles on most Monday mornings until January.  And, I did do my "ultra relay" in early November, with my Sassters.

Aren't we cute?  We each ran 10 miles for our day relay.  Last year our team Haulin' Sass had 6 runners, but due to injury we were down to 3 this year.
Miles Planned/Walked: 66/59.  And, I will continue to walk in December.  Running resumes in January.

Highest Run Mileage Week: 14.

Long Runs Planned/Ran: 1/1.

Yoga Workouts Planned/Completed: 6/2.

Non Workout Days Planned/Taken: 2/5.

Half Marathons Planned/Completed: 0/0.  Next half isn't until May.  But I did register.
Boston's Run to Remember over Memorial Day.  Massachusetts, State #37!

Weights: 12/5.  I only did bodyweight workouts in November.  All 5 times.  Spoiler: I'm back to dumbbell weights workouts from Metabolic Effect for December.

Current Ache/Pain: I fell for the first time running the other day.  Gosh darn it.  My knees are all scraped up and I've gone through a bunch of band aids.  I haven't fallen before, and most of my running buddies have, so I guess it was time.

Pretty Christmas lights.  Prefall.
Current Book: Daddy's Girl by Scottoline.

Current Drink:  Water.  Time to shape up.

Current Song: I haven't ran or walked alone all month.  

Current Gratitude: I'm so thankful it didn't snow in early December like it did last year.

Current Dislike: Dark corners with uneven sidewalks.

Current Goal: To sneak up on January with weights workouts feeling like a normal thing again.  To stay away from the scale until January 1.  I took a peek the other day and am really discouraged.

Current Treat: I just might make Christmas cookies this year.  Found these cute little guys on Pinterest.  I was thinking, maybe with some local Oregon Marionberry jam?

Photo credit:  Sally's Baking Addiction
Current Excitement: It's basketball season!  Oh yeah!  A's team is 3-0.  It's her last year of high school hoops.  I'm so very proud of the athlete and teammate she has become.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

October in Review

Miles Planned/Ran: 50/40.  Cutting way back this winter and adding in lots of walking.

Miles Planned/Walked: 43/41.  Lots of walks to Starbucks and back.  

Highest Running Mileage Week: 17.

Long Runs Planned/Ran:  3/3.

Yoga Workouts Planned/Completed: 8/2.  

Non Workout Days Planned/Taken: 6/8.

Swim Yards Planned/Swum: 0/0.  Unless you count one water aerobics class.

Half Marathons Planned/Completed: 1/1.  RNR St. Louis!  State #36.


Absolutely my favorite start line photo.
Race recap is HERE.
Fun things to do in St. Louis over the weekend can be found HERE.

Weights: 14/10.  Most of my workouts were bodyweight circuits.  However, I did try a new class called Adult Recess.  I tagged along with the girls to their gym and sweated like crazy through this HIIT workout.  I think we're going back again this Friday.

Current Ache/Pain: Right hip.  I'm hoping the chiropractic package I won at the high school auction will help with this continuing issue.

Current Book(s): Orange is the New Black.  I finished it in a few days while S started watching the show on Netflix.  He kept asking me "did this happen in the book, did that happen in the book?" The answer to most of his questions was "no", but then I finished watching the whole second season with him.  OMG, that final episode!  Can't wait for season 3.
 
Current Drink: S made the most delicious drink for tailgating last weekend, with my new favorite Medoyeff Vodka from Portland's own Bull Run Distillery.


Red Sea

Ingredients: 

  • 2 oz Medoyeff Vodka
  • 2 oz Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 oz San Pellegrino Blood Orange Soda (we used lemon instead)
  • 1/8 Wedge Lemon Juice
Directions: Served over ice and garnished with lemon wedge
Current Song: I really need to add some new songs to my playlist before my next half in May.
Current Gratitude: I'm thankful for my running buddies that invited me to their HIIT class.  It's nice to have something new in the workout mix.
Current Dislike:  Daylight savings time.  Rain.  

Current Goal:  To walk more miles than I run in November and December.  To lift weights 3x/week.  To get back on a training plan in January and be excited to start running again.

Current Treat:  See current drink above.
  
Current Excitement:  In spite of my desire to cut back on running, Haulin' Sass will run again.  I did this one day relay last year and had a blast.  We're running again this Saturday, but due to many injuries our team of 6 has turned in to an ultra team of 3. 

I will be running legs 5 and 6 for a total of 10 miles.  I need to dig out my trucker hat and cutoffs

But I plan to run in running clothes.  Can you imagine 10 miles in denim?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

4 Things To Do in St. Louis in 48 Hours

Who knew there was so much to do in St. Louis?

During the RNR St. Louis Half Marathon weekend, we decided to see how much we could squeeze in before and after the race.

1. Busch Stadium Tour followed by the Cardinals Museum
Pam is a huge Cardinals fan.  I knew she wanted to tour the stadium, and I knew it would make S jealous if we did!

Where the tour started.  Inside the stadium.
For $18 each, we saw the whole stadium.  Inside, outside, the numerous special "club" rooms and the dugout.

There were two rules before we went onto the field.  1. Stay off the grass and 2. Stay off the grass!
After the stadium tour, we went across the street to the Cardinal Museum.  After donning plastic gloves, we were able to swing the bat of the famous Cardinal of our choice!

Lefty Lou Brock's bat.
2. Budweiser Brewery Tour
The $10 Day Fresh Brewery Tour was sold out.  After touring the baseball stadium, we zoomed over to Budweiser, hoping to go on one of the free first come first served tours right away.  We were given tickets for the 7pm tour.  We came back at 6pm and snuck into that tour.

Somewhere in the middle of the tour, after our first free beer sample.
Would have been a better background if the sun hadn't set already (thanks for the photo Tiina).
The tour was less than an hour.  We saw the Clydesdales!  Also, after the tour, we received another free beer.  I thoroughly enjoyed a blended Lime-a-rita.  A grown up slurpee!

3. City Museum
To kill time while waiting for our late Budweiser tour, we went to the City Museum.  For $12 we purchased passes that didn't include the roof.  Roof Access is $5 more.

I wish my kids were able to visit.  This museum is nothing like anything I've ever seen.

A 10 story slide (or Dauntless initiation), adults only.
The interior is eclectic, with all kinds of active activities for kids to climb and jump and slide.

Jungle gym extraordinaire.
The outside of the building includes an amazing climbing structure.  I'm so glad Tiina suggested we visit.

On Sunday, after the race, we visited the Gateway Arch.  We pre purchased tickets ($10) on Friday night.  We couldn't go on Saturday, as all the tour times were completely sold by Friday evening.  Half of the arch was closed, due to men working on the outside of it.

Not a job I would want.
It took awhile to get through security, and we missed our exact ride time.  That was okay, we went up with the next group.  The view from the top was amazing.

Hello St. Louis!
We didn't have time to visit the Museum of Westward Expansion, located inside the base of the arch.  Maybe next time!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rock 'N Roll St. Louis Half Marathon, Race Recap

St. Louis, Missouri
Half Marathon State #36
Start Time: 7am
Temperature: 42 degrees
Bib: 6279
Overall:  2038/6361
Division Place: 112/492
Gender Place: 926/4080
Finish Time: 2:05:31

Heck of a sunrise!
The Rock "n Roll St. Louis half marathon started right on time.  Of course, we were still walking over from our hotel when the gun went off.  We stayed at the Missouri Athletic club, a 15 minute walk to the start.  The hotel used to be an all men's club.  But now, for the reasonable price of $112 (+ tax) per night, runner girls are welcome to sleep over.

I had planned to abandon my sweatshirt and gloves on the course, it was a bit chilly.  But, we walked right into the bag check area, so Trisha checked my sweatshirt with her stuff.  The potty lines were non existent, as corrals 2-5 went under the banner.  The girls and I separated.  I came out and was easily able to jump into the front of corral 7 (and capture the amazing photo above, one of my all time fav race photos, check out that arch!) 

Between Busch Stadium (where the Cardinals play) and the baseball museum.
I had hoped to run 10 minute miles.  After passing Busch Stadium, I had settled in around 9:30s and decided to see if I could hold on to that pace for 13 miles.

The course reminded me of the Mississippi Blues course in Jackson.  Lots of little ups and downs, through much of downtown, then neighborhoods.  I enjoyed running through The Grove area of downtown, with its quaint shops and big signs declaring where we were.  The course gave a great tour of the city.

I had purchased a Salted Watermelon Gu at the expo (along with a Root Beer and Caramel Macchiato, to be tasted at a future date).  I took a Salted Caramel Gu at mile 4, then the watermelon at mile 8 (just like I did in Madison, Wisconsin, state #35!).  Note: the expo was kind of boring.  I thought the fun activities were sent to RNR Denver, since the races were on the same weekend, but have since learned it was an uneventful expo as well.  The best part of the expo were watching the marching bands practice outside (since there was a competition going on elsewhere) and watching Pam try to get her free slinky to go down the up escalator.

The weather was perfect, the spectators and volunteers were enthusiastic.  I held close to my 9:30 pace as we finished uphill, turned right and thankfully went downhill to the finish chute.

The traditional RNR snacks were there at the finish.  Water, bananas, Gatorade, chocolate milk, bagels and Marathon Snickers bars.  Karma got me, as I tried to take two Marathon bars (one bar per runner!) I ran out of hands and tucked one into my waistbelt (which promptly fell out, on my way back to the hotel).

Awesome medal. Awesome.
The medals and race shirts are terrific.  I love that the medal reflects the city.

Cardinal red!
The shirts have a baseball pennant on the front.  The Cards would have played game 6 the night before our race, but it didn't happen.

Under the arch.
I spent the weekend with Pam, Tiina and Trisha.  Our pre race photo was not that great (plus we didn't find Tiina in time).  Post race was such a cluster in the park, we had all agreed to head back to the hotel on our own.  So, I don't have a race photo to share.  I do really like the one of us under the arch, though.

We had a super fun weekend in St. Louis, and squeezed the race into all of our touristing.  I highly recommend this town and race for your Missouri race.  I'll be back later to share what we discovered around town pre and post race.   

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Three Things Thursday - Pre RNR St. Louis Edition

1.  Wow, does 6 months ever fly by?  Yup, just last April I met Pam for the first time IRL.  She joined Erika, Sonya, Trisha and me in Northern Tennessee, the night before the four us began our 3 halfs (or more) in 3 days (or more).

Dinner in Union City, TN.  Trisha, Sonya, Me, Erika and Pam.
Beware, if you have dinner with me, and discuss your future running plans in a state that I haven't ran in yet, I will invite myself along on your trip.  Pam's plans to run RNR St. Louis, became my plans to run RNR St. Louis and knock state #36 (Missouri!) off of my list.  And, that weekend has arrived.

2.  Back in April, I knew Missouri was a state that S would not want to go to with me.  (Note: He is now quite interested in accompanying me to states #37-50.)  Oh the irony, Pam's St. Louis Cardinals are in the playoffs and just may be throwing that gosh darn baseball this Saturday night.  Who knew? I know S would have loved to see another playoff game during a race weekend, but unlike last year when we watched the Red Sox play, it isn't meant to be this year.

Last October.  I admit, I didn't mind S hijacking my race weekend and turning it into his big chance to visit Fenway Park.
3.  This weekend is girls' weekend in St. Louis!  I'm delighted that Trisha is flying with me from Portland.  I finally get to meet Tiina IRL.  And, of course Pam will be there, dragging us to a bar to watch the Cards play on Saturday if there is a game 6.

Oh, and that pesky little race is happening too.  I'm in a totally different space, mentally, emotionally and physically than I was back in April.  I'm glad this is a "big" half, with a huge expo and lots of runners.  I haven't got a ton of miles in my training the last few weeks, but I did build up my long runs on the weekends effectively.  No PR plans, no run fast plans either.

I'm going to enjoy the weekend, hopefully go up in the Gateway Arch and do other touristy things. Look out state #36, I'm coming for ya!

Courtesy: wikipedia

We have Friday night and Saturday to sight see…what else should we do in St. Louis?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Saucony, Gilmore Girls and Nuun

Yesterday the teenager had her wisdom teeth removed.

She's doing really well.  She had it all planned out…

The photo on the right is my throwback Thursday photo of  the teenager and me (circa 2007).
…a three day Gilmore Girls marathon has begun.  We started with season 1 (of course) and our day was filled with Oxycodone, anti-nausea medicine, applesauce, scrambled eggs and ice packs.

When she left the doctor's, they gave her a blanket (to keep).  Then later in the day, flowers arrived from the doctors's office (the vase is a plastic cup with lid and straw, ironic, since she can't use a straw for 3 days).

Something for me, and the patient.
My new Sauconys arrived as well!  I'm trying to find my love for the run again, and figured that getting new shoes is a good plan.

Road Runner Sports is having a sale, so I ordered my Saucony Guide 7s from there on Saturday. Shoes are 25% off, they didn't have my size and had to ship them.

Of course, on Sunday, I found a code for Running Warehouse, which made my shoes even cheaper. I have a rule, whenever buying online I Google for a coupon code and found this one, runblog10.  My shoes were the same price as RRS' sale, with an extra 15% off.  So, I ordered 2 pair.  Black shoes, for rainy winter runs.  Can't wait to break them in.

Road Runner couldn't cancel my orders, so I will return those shoes to the store when I get them in the mail.  They still aren't here yet.  Running Warehouse impressed me with their speedy (free) delivery.

I also discovered Nuun at Costco this week.

I wish Alma's Nuun HTC video was still available to share with you.  Nuun, phunk with my thirst!
Since summer is never ending, and I've been running long, pacing the Runner Chicks Training Club, I carry one bottle of water and one bottle of Nuun in my waist belt.

Augtober running with the chicks.  Don't you love the peach tanks?
I wish the Costco pack of Nuun had better flavors in it.  I'm not a big fan of Lemon-Lime or Triberry. Maybe a new 3-pack of Strawberry Lemonade, Grape and Kona Kola next time?

Good luck to everyone racing this weekend!  Especially all the Runner Chicks at the Girlfriends' Half Marathon in Vancouver, Washington, on Sunday!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September in Review

Miles Planned/Ran: 71/65.

Miles Planned/Walked: 38/38.  S and I have started walking (to Starbucks) two or three times each week.  Walking is stress reducing and part of the real Metabolic Effect plan.  Plus, I enjoy spending extra time talking with my husband.

Highest Running Mileage Week: 19.  I've been keeping my running on track, pacing the Runner Chicks Training Club.  Thank goodness they have been building up to run the Girlfriends' Half Marathon the week before I run in St. Louis.  In spite of being stopped by a train at mile 8, we had a blast in downtown Portland for the long run.

The weather was perfect for 11.5 miles last week in downtown PDX.  That's the Steel Bridge.
We started and finished at Rilassi Coffee.  These are my 10:00-10:15 pace group ladies.
Long Runs Planned/Ran: 4/4.  

Yoga Workouts Planned/Completed: 10/2.  Huge yoga fail.

Non Workout Days Planned/Taken: 3/7.  It felt like I took a lot more rest days.  Glad to see it was only 7.

Swim Yards Planned/Swum: 0/0.  Unless you count one water aerobics class.

Half Marathons Planned/Completed: 1/0.  I DNS'd the Talladega Half in Alabama.  You can read all about the hows and whys here.

Weights: 12/6.  I've been using dumbbell workouts or body weight only workouts.  Here are two of the body weight ones I'm really liking.  It only takes 15-20 minutes!


Current Ache/Pain: As per usual, right hip/glute. 
 
Current Book(s): Love Sense by Johnson.
 
Current Drink: Alloro Vineyard's Vino Nettare Dessert Wine (and other random white wines tasted on our two wine tasting trips this month).

Pretty bottle.
The view from the Blakeslee Winery.  So many wineries, so little time.
Current Song: I haven't run with music once this month.  It's been all about the running buddies, good friends and good conversation.

Current Gratitude: Colleges that want my daughter to play basketball for them next year.

And it's not too far from home.
Current Dislike:  Gaining weight.

Current Goal:  To lose weight by increasing walking miles, weights workouts and eating better. Taking a hard look at this after RNR St. Louis. 

Current Treat:  #allthewine
  
Current Excitement:  State #36!  RNR St. Louis in three weeks!  This will be my final half marathon until next spring.  I've never been to St. Louis before.  It should be a great girls' weekend.