Friday, November 30, 2012

November in Review

I had a pretty great November, even if I did get a stomach bug during the 3 day walk. :) Overall I feel like I had a productive month. I am glad to have the training for the 3day walk behind me. I don't know how people train for marathons - its just so time consuming. I am sure my family is happy to have me back as well.

Closing out November I have checked all of my major Running/Walking goals off for 2012.  This means I can just sit back and enjoy the rest of the year. I have one more 5K in December and then my race schedule is wide open. I have my eye on a few events in 2013, but I have not signed up for anything yet. I need to figure out my goals for 2013, before 2013 arrives.

2012 Running Goals Recap
Run 4 Half Marathons - 6 down - Race Recap's

Try a new distance - SGK 3-Day walk in 60 miles in 3 days (even if I only made it 45 still a new distance) - Day 1, Day 2, Day3

Run 12 Races Total - Done! Total of 15 events so far in 2012 - Race Recap's (one more planned in December)

Year of the PR - 5K, 10K and Half -
PR - 5K, St. Patricks Day Dash PR - Need to work on that half...moving this to next year.

Run more miles then 2011 (505.29) / 2012 Miles (808.5 run/walk)

  • January - 10 | 40
  • February- 56 | 65
  • March - March - 61 | 61.5
  • April - 72- | 76
  • May - 34 | 65
  • June - 16 | 69
  • July - 31 | 63
  • August - 42 | 54
  • September - 48 | 117
  • October - 64 | 98
  • November - 69 | 100
  • December - 7 |
I am not setting any goals for December. I want to continue doing the C25K and that is about it.

How was your November? Do you have big goals for December or do you like to take it easy?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


I was reading to my daughter last night from on of Shel Silverstien books and came across this. It made me giggle as I thought of things my scale might say. :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

You missed me

Well according to dailymile you did! :) Thanks dailymile for reminding me that my last workout was a week ago. I needed to take some time off to recovery and regroup overall after the 3 day walk.

Last night I had a hot date with my treadmill. Its been a while and I missed it. I started week 1 day 1 of the couch to 5K program. My goal is to get back to running after months of walk training and maybe get a little faster. My stats last night don't reflect speed, but they give me a start. I used the app on my phone so I would watch TV without having to calculate time in my head. I completed each run at 5mph on the treadmill. Not fast, but it felt good. It felt comfortable and I think with each week I will increase the speed slowly. If I train smart over the next couple of months I think I can have a PR with little trouble in February.

I have a rough plan worked out for the rest of the week:
Tue/Thur - Hot Yoga
Wed/Sat - Run
Fri/Sun - Spin

Any fun races coming up for you?

Monday, November 26, 2012

What is next?

If you look in my right hand nav bar, I have no races listed?

So what's next?

That is a good questions. Something I have been trying to figure out since before the 3-day walk. I am not signed up for any events in 2013 and I feel like I am falling behind.

I started a 9 day cleanse on Saturday and I will share more on that once I successfully complete all 9 days. I gained more weight then I am ready to admit over the summer and this past month. Who would have thought that walking would make you want to eat everything, just like running does. Either way I am not waiting for the new year to start losing weight.

I also downloaded a Couch to 5K app on my phone last night. I know I should be able to get out and start running again, but it has been a while since I made an effort to run so I might as well ease my way back into it.  Julie asked me to do a 5K with the fam in December and I am thinking about signing up for that. We shall see.

Besides that I am going to continue to do Hot Yoga 2 nights a week and maybe start up ChaLean Extreme DVDs again. Remember I bought those in June, did them for a while and stopped. I really like those workouts and need to get more cross training into my running life. I think its time I sat down with a calendar and planned out some workouts.

Do you have 2013 planned out yet?

Friday, November 23, 2012

Course Support

I planned to post a million pictures showing the course support, but blogger is just not being friendly. One thing this event had hands down is the best course support.

Within the first mile of our walk there were people along the way cheering us on. The would drive a few miles up the road to cheer us on more. There were old people sitting in there chairs to young kids wear t-shirts that say 'future' wife groper'. San Diego and the neighboring towns really knew how to support their walkers.

The event had over 400 crew members who volunteered or were part of the permanent crew. Sweeper vans were always near by if you were in distress. Everyone walking from veterans to rookies were kind and always willing to help out.

If I never walk this walk again, I want to make sure to try to return the favor and cheer on a walk next year. As for if we will be signing up next year, I am still on the fence. Both of my teammates are already recruiting members for a bigger team - so who knows what will happen.

Again, I cannot thank everyone who donated, texted me, sent blog messages, emails, twitter post enough. Thank you!

Now to figure out what to do next.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Day 3 - SGK

You can read about Day 1 and Day 2. Day 3 started out great. I woke up and felt a million times better. I started my morning with a bottle of Gatorade while we colored my hair pink for the day. It was the last day and I was feeling great so we went all out.

We had breakfast again at camp. It felt to be able to eat and actually enjoy my food. Shortly after breakfast we were off. We took our time today. It was the last day and we knew that we didn't have to make it to the end until 4:30.  Shortly after 9AM it started to rain. Everyone around started putting on there rain gear, but I didn't bother. It wasn't raining that hard and within 15-20 minutes it had stopped. My friend decided to ride the shuttle to the next pit stop as her knee was bothering her. They said they had a sports medicine doctor at the other stop so she wanted to have it checked out. My aunt and I continued one. I really enjoyed this portion of the walk.  
We met up with my friend and she joined us for a few more miles. As we were coming up on mile 10, the lady next to us said her Garmin said mile 12, which was a pretty typical occurrence on this walk. The mileage they provided and the actually mileage was usually different. My friend to the shuttle again to give her knee some rest, and my aunt and I climbed the final hill of the walk. It was a long uphill through a beautiful neighborhood. The homeowners were out offering everything from chips and salsa to mini margaritas. 
After the long hill we walked through what felt like a pub crawl. All these open air restaurants and teams stopping for lunch, beers and margaritas. If our team was all together at that time we would have stopped. Instead I took an Otter Pop when it was offered and my aunt drank a Tecate as we walked.
After another pit stop we finally made it to launch. Where we posed with one of our favorite shuttle vans.

At lunch my aunt decided to cut open the side of her shoe as she had a really bad blister on her pinky toe. I should say her blister had a pinky toe it was that big. Another walker mentioned that she had cut out her shoe to give her pinky toe more room.  
We finished up the last few miles, walked through a crowd of people cheering us on and made our way into the holding area. In the holding area we got our shirts and had a chance to sit down and reflect that we had just finished this amazing event. My aunt completed every step of the 60 miles, my friend and I completed 45 miles, while being sick.  The start of the opening ceremony was us walking through our friends and family, a drum line and a supporters. We were then lead into the stage are that was gated off just for walkers.  The opening ceremonies began and many people started tearing up, and when the survivors who walked with us during the 3 day entered we raised our shoes to to them. This brought the tears.  

 After the closing ceremony was over we walked back to the car and celebrated with some champagne.  

Today on Thanksgiving I am thankful for the course support, the medics, the random walkers we met along the way and the chance to participate in this event while raising money for breast cancer detection and prevention.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Day 2 - SGK

You can read about Day 1 - HERE. Let's see where did I leave off...of yea. Day 1 we completed 12 miles and then cut out early and passed out in our hotel. My friend and I were sick.

Day 2 we got up and I was feeling a little off but I thought I could push through. My friend was feeling a lot better. My aunt picked us up and we headed to the camp for breakfast. They had everything to choose from. I loaded up oatmeal, banana, croissant, bacon, hash brown and grabbed some apple juice. I didn't eat all of this but ate bits and pieces of some of it. Trying to figure out what would make my stomach feel the best.

Shortly after breakfast we were off and on our way.  We saw a rainbow before we left the camp to start our walk. A sure sign that day 2 was going to be great. Boy was I tricked.
Today we started by walking towards Seaworld and out and back loop around Mission Bay. At the first Pit Stop I wasn't feeling to good. But I kept going. One of the things that helped to keep us moving was the support of walkers and people cheering along the way. These two guys wore onsies the entire second day. Their team name was Areola 51. :)
By the second pit stop I couldn't eat or drink and I felt like all the energy had gone from my body. I decided that I need ride the next van to the next pit stop. Once I got to the next pit stop I sat in the shade for a while. The thought of drinking or eating was making me ill, so I got in a van to head to the Lunch destination where I could go to medical. I arrived to the medical tent looking bad. My vitals were good, but I was dehydrated and I had not gone pee since 7AM. I had walked 5.5 miles so far on day 2 and thought I was going to pass out. They had me rest while we waited for a van to take me to camp. The nurse mentioned my skin was so cold for it being warm out, but besides that I just had a virus. After laying in the medical tent for a while they were ready to send me in a van to camp. I asked if I could stay and wait for my team, I would leave the medical tent and rest in the sun to warm up.
Entertainment at lunch, people line dancing
They agreed that would be fine. After a while of sipping on Nuun and resting I started to feel great. It was like this icky virus just left my body. I decided to try to eat. I ate my enter lunch and drank another bottle of water and before long I had to go pee. :) My team arrived and I waited for them to eat.  I told them I was feeling a lot better and I was going to try to walk the remaining 8 miles with them. If need to take a van I would, but all of a sudden I felt so much better. I didn't understand it, but the pressure I was feeling in my stomach an chest was gone. The feeling of motion sickness was almost completely gone.  The more I walk on day 2 the better I felt.
 The views were amazing! We walked almost the full 8 miles on the coast! 

The finally mile, my aunt was ready to be done for the day. She was always a few steps a head of us blazing to get done.

I was so excited to cross the finish line on day 2. I might have only completed 13.5 miles, but I was feeling great. I knew that Sunday was going to be my day.  We decided to skip the camp party on Saturday night and just head back to the hotel. We didn't want to risk it. My friend walked all of Day 2, my aunt rocked it out and completed all of day 2 as well.

We got to the hotel and my friend and I ordered room service and the guy asked me how many people were in my room. When I said two and asked if I ordered to much food? We were hungry, we each got a dinner and dessert that night.  We called it a night shortly before 8PM. The night did not end perfectly for me, while I felt better I woke up many times during the night to run to the bathroom. I was thankful I was not vomiting, but my system was trying to rid itself of something bad.

Come back to hear about the final day tomorrow and Friday a post on how great this event is.....from an event Logistic/Support prospective.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Day 1 - SGK

After months of planning and preperation Day 1 of the 3 day walk had arrived. We woke up early at some ungodly hour. Got dressed, loaded our luggage in the car and headed for the nearest Starbucks. See it was still dark out....told you we were up early.
Once we all had our coffee we were headed on our way to the starting line. My friend was already starting to feel sick, at the time we thought it was just nerves.  We arrived at the hotel we would be staying in and walked about half a mile to the opening ceramony area and then waited. Took some photos, chated and wondered when we were going to start.

The opening ceramony was nice but I was to excited to get started. I had to not look at other people crying to keep the tears away. Before long we were on our way.

Within the first two miles we quickly learned why everyone loves the San Diego 3-day walk. The support along the course is AMAZING. People outside offering coffee, stickers, suckers holding signs just cheering you on. The San Diego PD were awesome as well. I think I am going to have to do just one post on the course support as hands down the best support I have had at an event.

We cruised our way along the course and before the first big hill we had a Pit Stop and this is where my friend and I really started to not feel well.
We started up the hill. I told my team to just keep moving as I knew I would be slow an steady up the hill. Soon I was keeping up with my teammate who I flew down with, she said she really wasn't feeling well. Just after mile 6 she said she was going to be sick so we found a place for her to vomit. I thought I was going to be sick at this point with the queasiness all up in my throat. I figured it was just my gag reflex kicking in. After some water we continued on.
After a few pit stops and 6 more miles we reached our lunch destination on the beach. I went to get our lunches and my friend got sick again. We both laid down in the grass to relax. I actually felt 100% better if I was laying down. After about 20 minutes I got up and went to the medical tent to see if they had any anti nausea medicine. They said they didn't but wanted to check out my friend since she was vomiting. After about 30 minutes they said they were sending her back to the Hotel. I was feeling worse so I went along with her. My Aunt continued the 1st day on her own and powered through all of the miles like a Rockstar!
We arrived at our hotel, got checked and went up the room. We both crashed on the beds and after a little while decided to order some soup from room service. Once we ordered it we both feel asleep almost instantly.  We woke up an hour and half later to realize our room service never came. I called down and it turns out the forgot to write our room number down - they would bring it right up on the house.  We received our food and I was able to eat half a bowl of soup, part of an English muffin and drink some Sprite before falling back asleep.
My Aunt called when she finished to check in on us an get her stuff. She didn't want to sleep in our room with two sick people and ended up driving home each night.  We slept the rest of the night.
Day 2 tomorrow. I already feel like I am forgetting things, so I need to get out. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

We did it

We did it.
I got a stomach bug,
didn't complete all 60 miles.
Emotions all over the board,
at the end of the day we finished.

Thank you for all of the support, tweets, Facebook post and text along the way.
More details to come when I get back in town. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Would you rather Wednesday?

As you read this I am on an airplane to San Diego, that is of course unless you are reading this after noon then I am already there.   A little entertainment for hump day:

Would you rather?
Would you rather give up Facebook for a year? or Accept everyone who friends you on Facebook?
I would give up Facebook forever if those were my options.
Would you rather?
Pee on an electric fence or Pee in your friends shoes?
Pee in a shoe....sorry I don't think it would be pretty to pee on a fence
Would you rather?  
Be trapped in an elevator with Nicki Minaj or Kim Kardashian?
I am going with Kim

Would you rather?
Eat the same food every night for year or  Not be allowed to eat the same food twice?
Same food for dinner!

Would you rather?
Wake up next to 'The King'  Or wake up next to 'Ronald'
 Where is the neither option! But if I have to pick on the King.
Would you rather?
Listen to Justin Beiber for an hour or Gangam Style for an hour?
I am going to have to go with the Beibs on this one
Hope you are having a great day!  Happy Wednesday!

I will not be updating my blog about the walk until I get back. See you next week!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Walk Week is here

I am sure that everyone is so over hearing me talk about this event, so you are lucky it is walk week! 

Here is the final week of training - seems easy enough! The only issue I have to get all my stuff washed and packed, so I need to move my last walk to Monday. I am flying out Wednesday morning and can't wait to get to warmer weather. It has been freezing here. 

I posted on my Facebook that I was having troubles picking out my outfits. Part of the reason for that is I have 4 awesome SparkleSkirts and I only need outfits for 3 days. I am leaning towards wearing the Peacock style all 3 days.

While picking out my outfits is hard, packing is more difficult then I imagined. I want to make sure everything is easy to find in the morning. I have read many bloggers list for packing for relays, so I am taking a page out of that book.

Here is one outfit before stuffing it in a plastic bag. L-R - Socks from target that I am going to use as arm sleeves in the morning. Pink top, SpakleSkirt, Zenash Calf Sleeves, Enell Bra and two pairs of Injinji socks. Two pairs of socks are recommended for each day. This allows you to change your socks mid day. All packed up in a zip lock bag. As soon as I finish washing a few things I will have day 2 and 3 packed and ready.  

Up next was to put a bag of recovery items from ibuprofen, Zensah compression socks, muscle creams, rubby scrubby for my feet and lotions. I hope I have everything I need to recover and be prepared for the next day.  

I still have to pack my other clothing and figure out if I am going get this into a carry on bag or have to check luggage. I am leaning towards checking my bag since I have to pack two pairs or shoes and want to take my Stick. I am afraid they won't let me take it as a carry on.

What are your must have recovery items?

Friday, November 9, 2012


One week from today I will be starting my journey towards to complete 60 miles over 3 days. I journey that I mentioned earlier this week has me freaked out.  The fear of not being able to complete the distance is the same fear I had the first time I ran a 5K, a 10K and a half marathon. I questions my training, I question if my body will hold up and every worry in between. At the end of the day I just keep telling myself I can do it.  

Of course I may be the one who is physically doing the walking, but I couldn't do it without the love and support from friends and family members. Also the support from bloggers and a few random strangers.

As of Nov 8th I raised $2,555.50 dollars, exceeding the minimum requirement. I would have reached my $3,000 goal but I diverted $400 to my teammates to help them reach their goals. Either way - I THANK YOU for the kind words, the encouragement and any monetary donation you may have made.
Donations can still be made by visiting my page - HERE.
This weekend is a taper weekend  my long walks are 10 and 8 miles respectively - seems like an easy task these days.
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Weather Wednesday

While I loved the extra hour of sleep on Sunday,I hate coming home from work and it already being dark outside. Our weather is going downhill on top of it. To say that the weather is impacting my mood lately is an understatement.

Does the weather have an impact on your mood? Do you like or dislike the time change?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

2 Weeks

Truth be told I voted by absentee ballet a few days ago, but in the grand scheme of things I voted today. I am not going to tell you who to vote for or spew my politics out on my blog but I will remind everyone to get out and vote. I plan to head to yoga tonight, so hopefully I will be in a peaceful state when the President of the United States is decided. 

Here is the plan that was sent to me by the Susan G. Komen walk for training this week! Do you read that.....2 Weeks! Ahh! I don't feel like I am ready, but I know I can do this.

I am changing up this plan a bit.
Mon - Rest
Tue/Thur -Hot Yoga
Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun - Walk

I know I have begged and pleaded over the past few months, but if you are interested in making a donation to my walk just click on the badge on the right hand side.


Don't forget to vote today!

Monday, November 5, 2012

26 miles in 3 days

It wasn't 60 miles in 3 days but it was a start. I took to many days off last week after the Snohomish River Half.  Took a few to many reset days, which left me making up some miles Friday - Sunday.
Sunday I met with my local teammate for the 3-day walk with a goal to get in 15 miles. We met up at 10AM and started on our way. There is a new trail in the town I grew up in and it was beautiful and flat most of the way. 
The first half went well, we hit 7.5 miles and I talked my teammate into walking .5 more to make it 8 and turn around.  As we walked back we stopped a few more times to stretch and for the most part the aches and pains were minor. 

One thing I liked about this trail was there were two bathrooms along the way and several benches to stop and stretch. I didn't take enough pictures either as the trail was beautiful this time of year. The last part of our walk as a bit much as most of it was uphill back to our meeting spot. 5+ hours later we had completed 16 miles and my teammate realized that this 3 day walk was going to be tough. I think it might have helped me to talk her into staying in a hotel instead of tenting it.

The goal for this week is to get my walks in through out the week.

How was your weekend?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Jen vs The Rain

I know I live in WA. I know the stats. It rains to many days out of the year. I will say most of the time the rain is light mist, but with that, it has rained at some point during a half marathon more times then not.

1. Kirkland Half Marathon  (May 2011) 3:04:20 - Rain at the start.
1 point Rain


2.  Amica Seattle Half Marathon (Nov 2011) 2:57:30 - Rain 95% of the time.
1 point Rain

3.Lake Sammamish Half - (March 2012) 3:14, Rain 75% of the race.
1 point Rain

4. Heroes Half (April 2012) 3:05:02, it rained some, but wasn't terrible.
1point Rain
5. PDX RnR Half - (May 2012) 3:09:31, rained on and off, I don't remember heavy rain.
1 point Rain
6. SEA RnR Half - (June 2012) 3:56:12 - I don't remember any rain while we were running. Walking back the car was a different story - it was pouring.
1 point Jen
7. See Jane Run Half - (July 2012) 3:16 - my post didn't mention rain, but it was cold and windy.
1 point Jen
8. Snohomish River Run - (October 2012) 3:12:10
Let me tally that up out of 8 half marathons - it has rained on me 6 times. I guess the moral of the story is if you run an event with me, there is a 75% chance it will rain.  Probably better odds then a local weather person can give you.
Have you ran in the rain more times then not? What is your favorite weather to run in?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

October in Review

October was a good month for me. I didn't get all of my long walks in as expected, but I was having some strange pains in both my right knee and ankle. Which has me fearing my body is going to give out during the 3-day walk, but that is another post on its own.

A quick run down of October:  Cupcake Classic |  Snohomish River Run Half  | Pumpkin Dash 5K

All while training for the Susan G. Komen 3 day walk. My times in all of these events were not stellar, it is amazing how quickly I am losing my running fitness by walk training. I need work on a plan to get that back starting in December.

2012 Running Goals
Run 4 Half Marathons - 6 down - Race Recap's

Try a new distance - SGK 3-Day walk in November 2012

Run 12 Races Total - Done! Total of 14 Race so far in 2012 - Race Recap's

Year of the PR - work on PRing in 5K, 10K and Half -
PR - 5K, St. Patricks Day Dash PR - Need to work on that half...moving this to next year.

Run more miles then 2011 (in June switched to to walking to train for 3-day walk. Mileage below includes running an walking)

2011 Miles - 505.29 | 2012 Miles - 708.50
January - 10 | 40
February- 56 | 65
March - 61 | 61.5
April - 72- | 76
May - 34 | 65
June - 16 | 69
July - 31 | 63
August - 42 | 54
September - 48 | 117
October - 64 | 98
November - 69 |
December - 7 |

What up next? SGK 3-day Walk - I leave for that November 14th. After that I am registered for the Seattle Half Marathon on the 25th of November but I am unsure right now if I am going to do it.

How did October treat you?