Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

My husband carved two pumpkins this year.
I made pumpkin seeds and ate 90% of them.
We don't get any ToTers at our house, not 1.
 



 
Do you get a lot ToT'ers?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pumpkin Dash 5K

I woke up Sunday morning and wanted to crawl back in bed. I got up and looked outside and realized it wasn't raining. That might have been a deal breaker. I got back in bed and within 5 minutes I hear my little one saying 'Good Morning' from her room. She came in and gave me a hug and within minutes was dressed in her costume and ready to go.

We headed to GreenLake to participate in the kids Dash and the 5K. When we first arrived at GreenLake we parked on the wrong side of the Lake, so back to the car we went and drove to where the race was actually starting.

 
Evie picked out my costume and hers! 

 
The had the kids run first, they actually had to break it up into 3 races because there were over 200 kids registered.  I started with Evie on her 400M, but honestly I couldn't keep up with her. This kid was in a full out sprint! I told her to run and sprinted to the finish line to meet her!
 
After the kids races were finished the 5K started.  I let Alli lead the pace, my quads were burning so I was in no rush. She was dealing with shin splints but wanted to push it hard to the end. After her first walk break I continued on at a fast walk while she ran/walked. I was able to keep up with her and also push her during her walking periods. As we rounded to the finish Evie and Sean were waiting and Evie ran to run me to the finish line.
 
This was a great Event and benefits the Woodland Park Zoo. One of the perks of the race is all participants were given one free Zoo pass that is good for 6 months.  Evie begged to go to the zoo, but my legs couldn't handle a day at the zoo.
 
Sunday evening I decided to head to Hot Yoga, it felt wonderful. Sixty-five minutes of Hatha Yoga feels better then I expected on my legs that had 18+  miles on them between Saturday and Sunday.
 
Did you or are you participating in a Halloween Event?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Snohomish River Run


I woke up Saturday morning and looked outside and all I saw was rain. I new it was going to be a wet race. Got dressed quickly and headed out the door to pick Julie up. It is her fault I actually signed up to run this event. I was just going to spectate and she convinced me to sign up at the last minute.

We arrived and were able to park about .20 from the start because Julie had driven up the day before to purchase a parking pass and get our bibs. I was very grateful because it was pouring when we left and we didn't have to use the shuttle to get to and from the race. I saw people waiting for the shuttle post race and standing there soaking wet did not look like fun.

Getting photo bomb here

After walking around and running into several other bloggers it was time for the race to start, late. This is where things got a bit complicated as we were not sure what side to start on and then we couldn't find the pacers that they mentioned would be there. Before we knew it we heard an air horn and people were taking off.

The first few miles we ran into a headwind and it was cold the entire time, shortly after we started I told Julie to push ahead because there was no way I was going to keep up with her and she had a goal. I was just using this as a training walk/run for the 3-day walk. She took off and within about 5 minutes the leader of the 10K that started after us was passing me. One thing I think they needed to do was separate the half marathons from the 10Ks, they had the entire road closed which meant the 10Kers had to weave between us half marathon walkers.

The rain continued most of the race for me and it was great to see friends during the out and back portion of the race. Besides that while this races was advertised as pretty, it was a wet and dreary day and I can only take so much river and farm lands before I get bored.

By mile 10 I wanted to stop, but I think that was mainly because I had to run right by the finish line. That last 3.1 miles was dull, sure we were on a really pretty path, but it felt like the out and back took forever.

Soon I was coming into the finish line. I will say for smaller race they had great post race food. Hot soup, bread, chips & salsa, oranges and banana. The one thing I missed though was a bottle of water. Thankfully I had brought some with me. I grabbed my food quickly and heading back to the car. After a quick clothing change we were on our way back home.
 
 
One thing this race taught me is I don't like out and backs at the end of the race. I don't like running past the finish line with 3 miles to go.  See Jane Run was like this and I hated it then. I still hate it now. I need to start looking at race maps more carefully.  I do give the race a few bonus points for being on a Saturday, I wish more half marathons were on Saturdays.
 
What is your favorite post race food that has been provided?
 
 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Will You Run For a Cause?

A Fundraising Friday Guest Post for the one and only
 
 
Have you ever run a race to raise money for a cause dear to your heart? Is a worthy cause the one reason you would ever enter a race? I used to hate running, but after I had 2 kids and 35 extra pounds on my frame, running helped me get back where I needed to be, healthy and happy.
In 2003 my sister was diagnosed with Hodgkins disease, a cancer of the lymph nodes. With my new found love for running, I decided that running a marathon with Team in Training would be a great idea! What better reason to take on the “marathon” than supporting a cause near and dear to my heart?!
Of course, having the marathon be your very first race ever, is probably not the smartest thing to do, but it ended up being a great, albeit slow and painful, experience. I raised over $5000 for LLS and by the end of my training, my sister was cancer free and doing great! Along with being a race for a cause, it instilled a passion for racing, maybe not the marathon distance, but every distance in betweenJ
Since then, I have run, climbed, and walked many more events to raise money for LLS. In 2009 a good family friend, 12 year old Colton, was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia. After a bone marrow transplant, he relapsed a second time. A stem cell transplant was the next step. This October, he had relapsed for a third time. This time, instead of raising money for LLS, my goal is to raise money for his family to pay for the experimental, therefore expensive, treatment he has in store. His treatment includes 2 rounds of chemo-therapy and another bone marrow transplant.
In order to raise money, I am hosting a virtual race, the “Colton’s Army Virtual 5k”. Colton’s Army is a group of thousands of people who have been praying for a cure for Colton for 3 years. You can be a part of our army too by praying, tweeting and blogging about our hero. In order to gain an entry into the race, and be eligible for prizes, a donation of $10 must be made to Colton’s Army. With every additional $5 donation an extra entry will be given. Once you donate, you can gain extra entries by tweeting, blogging, and posting about it on facebook. The more people we reach, the more money we can raise to cure our hero, ColtonJ You can read more about the race and sign up by clicking the button below.
Please donate
Of course if you are unable to make a donation at this time, you are welcome to run the race, you just won’t be eligible for the prizes. All tweeting, blogging, facebooking, is much appreciatedJ
Thank you so much, Jennifer, for allowing me to write this post! And thank you everyone for your supportJ I hope you all can come on over and support this wonderful cause.
Have a great day and happy running!

- Rachelle
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I know everyone out there is asking for donations these days, myself included but please dconsider make a donation to Colton's Army and spreading the word.  I know I made my donation last night.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

TripleT

1. I signed up for the Snohomish River Run to do it as a training walk/run for the 3 day walk and to join Julie. I started freaking out tonight because there last shuttle bus back to your car leaves 3 hours and 30 minutes after the race starts. I am not a fast person, I have not been running more then a 5K here and there - but I have been walking and walking and walking. I know I will have no problem finishing. I even want to finishe under 3:30 closer to 3:00 - but having the time cut off looming has me worried.

2. I thought I was getting a good deal on Amazon the other day when I ordered some Zensah calf sleeves. The only problem was when I opened the package yesterday there was only one sleeve. No wonder I thought it was such a good deal.

3. Had my first parent/teacher conference for my kindergartner last night......I feel so grown up now.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Weather Wenesday


In less then 24 hours I went from running one race this weekend to double header:
Saturday Half - Snohomish River Run
Sunday 5K - Pumpkin Dash
Now to figure out 2 costumes
Suggestions? 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

It's a baby giraffe

 Were you one of the millions who watched the birth live last night. I was I found about EarthCam and the Greenville Zoo pregnant giraffe around lunch time yesterday. I watched it all day and when I got home from work. While the rest of the world was watching the debates, I was waiting for the mom to give birth. Ok I may have debated a little on Facebook for fun.  Around 8PM I decided I was going to change and get ready to walk. As I was putting my shoes on a picked up my phone and friend tagged me in a photo that the momma giraffe was finally giving birth.

I ended up not making it downstairs but with some prompting from some Facebook I made my own workout up while my face was glued to the computer.  Lunges, sqauts now on to push ups, planks and then mountain climbers, fake jump rope and repeat. I then found a 15lb dumbbell weight upstairs and did some arm work and added in some crunches.  Not the workout I had planned, but come could you leave this little guy/girl.


I spent the rest of the evening speaking for the giraffe. Constant commentary on what the little nugget  was thinking as he was trying to stand up. It went something like this "ahh mom stop licking me", "ahh I am falling over", "help up here momma". Finally he made it up on all fours and started walking. Seriously one of the cutest I have seen in a while.

Did you watch it last night?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Weekly Recap

I was on a roll last week and I felt like I was going to have an epic walking weekend, until my knee said otherwise. Let me back up a bit.

Monday was a rest day
Tuesday was 65 minutes of Hot Yoga
Wednesday was 5.15 of treadmill love
Thursday more sweat loving Hot Yoga
Friday I was had a 6.5 mile date with my treadmill

Then Saturday happened. We were super busy and the only time I was going to fit in my walk was in the evening. Which meant miles on my treadmill. Don't worry I love my treadmill. I started walking around 6:15PM with the plan to complete 18 miles, but the dream ended at 10.5. My right knee started bothering me around 5 miles. I stopped and stretched and kept going. By 8 I wanted to give up, but I pushed through to 10 and did a .5 cool down. I then iced my knee and sat on the couch bummed out. Sunday was supposed to be 15 miles, but I decided to rest. I need my knee to hold up to 60 miles in 25 days.  The only good thing that came out of this walk is I got to test out one of my outfits.  The shirt arrived in the mail last week and I wanted to make sure it wasn't going to rub me in the wrong places.


I have been rotating my shoes through out my training (wearing Asics 2160 on this walk) so I don't think it is that, but I am wondering if I should just stick to one pair the rest of the training cycle. They recommend bringing two pairs in case one pair gets wet - I have been have just been alternating shoes at my walks. I do know that this week I am going to repeat last weeks training schedule and try to get the new distance PR of 18 miles.

Monday - 5 miles
Tuesday - Hot Yoga
Wednesday - 6 miles
Thursday - Hot Yoga
Friday - Rest (unless I can figure out how to get to a Yoga Class)
Saturday - 18 miles
Sunday -12 Miles + a 5K for a total of 15 miles

How was your weekend?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

TripleT x2

1. Monday we sold our couch on Craigslist. It was the easiest transaction ever. Of course this means that we now have no furniture in our living room. Good news is our new couch is to be delivered on Friday, so just another day without furniture.  If you ever need a good laugh check out the best-of-craigslist, I have featured some of my favorite ones in the past. Sadly I can't find them now on best-of-craigslist.

2. I only have 5 weeks until my 3 day walk, well less then that according to my little ticker 29 days! eek!

3. I mentioned last week that I started Hot Yoga again. I love it! Tuesday was the best class EVER! Okay so that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but I felt really good during the class and only felt like I was going to vomit during 1 pose. I call that a win for Hot Yoga and I can't wait to go tonight.

4. I was going to sign up for the Snohomish River Run, then I wasn't because I was going to be in LA at the RnR. Then I lost my job and got a new job - and decided not to go to LA and when all was said in done the Snohomish River Run SOLD OUT! Maybe I will just go out and cheer on all the other bloggers out there. I was going to volunteer but I can't commit my services until 1PM as they are asking, so maybe next time. If I go as a cheering squad I need ideas for race signs, share yours?

5. I am registered for the Seattle Half, but I am scared I am not going to be able to do it. I will have 6 days of recover between the 3-day walk, remember that is 60 miles over 3 days and then Seattle Half. I would love to be able to do it, but I know I will have to walk most of it. Walking it won't be bad as long as the weather is not bad - last year it rained the entire time. I suppose as long as it is not snowing it can't get much worse. Advice? Should I even attempt this?

6. Local runners - in case you didn't see this on Twitter. The Hero's Half has a deal on Schwaggle right now. $33 for the Half Marathon and $18 for the 10K.  I paid $30 for this race earlier this year using a Schwaggle deal - you can read my recap here. I am considering it - still undecided.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Cupcake Classic 2.0

I hate running in the rain, unless it is race day. I know I live in the wrong state but I don't like being wet. With that said I have ran more races in the rain then not - so I clearly don't hate it that much.  We have had an AMAZING fall so far - yet the one weekend I planned to participate in the Cupcake Classic the forecast called for 100% rain.


I had originally planned to Sparkle my way through the Cupcake Classic, but as I drove to the high school we were meeting at I decided to skip the Team-Sparkle Skirt and add my raincoat instead.  This was a good choice. I also left my phone and iPod in the car as I just didn't want to risk it.


Since I am supposed to be walking, I decided to run with Julie's daughter Alli. Her goal was to run the straight aways, and walk the curves. I brought my Garmin so we wouldn't have to count laps. We started on our way.  It rained, rained some more oh and rained some more. I don't think it stopped raining the entire time.

After we completed the 5K, we continued walking around the track while Julie's kiddos participated in a Lacross clinic. After 4.5 miles we called it! We were starting to get cold and I think we all were ready for a cupcake.  Julie brought me two cupcakes, one for me and one to take home to my kiddo......


 
....shhh don't tell anyone but they both didn't make it home!
 
 
After I got home instead of heading right to the shower, I hopped on the treadmill to finish out my last 1.5 miles to reach my goal of 6 miles for the day.  I mean I had an extra cupcake to work off anyways.  
 
A big thank you to Jess @ runwithjess.comfor hosting the Cupcake Classic - it is one virtual race that I look forward to.
 
Did you or are you participating in the Cupcake Classic?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Weekend Update

I sat down last night and stared at my screen trying to think of what to write about my weekend. It was busy but overall uneventful, nothing that I deemed blog worthy. Here is a quick rundown:

  • Dinner with friends Friday night, I ordered a salad with plans to share my daughters meal with her as well. This photo from there website does not do it justice. My salad was bigger then everyone else meals.
 
  • Saturday I woke up lazy and didn't want to get my miles in early. I knew I should but I didn't want to.  We had a busy afternoon and didn't get home until 5PM. I promptly got on my treadmill to knock out 10 miles. 10 miles running on the treadmill takes me a while, 10 miles walking takes forever.  I was able to catch up on all my TV shows though - so that is a win.
  • If you know me or have read my blog for very long. I hate running in the ran for training runs. Hate it. I will skip it and do it on the treadmill in a heartbeat. However Sunday I had plans to do the Cupcake Classic with Julie and her daughter Alli - rain or shin we were doing it outside. For now I leave you with this photo:
 
 
How was your weekend?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Five

One:  Finally after months and months of talking about it I went to Hot Yoga on Thursday night. This means I will be moving  my 6 mile walk to Friday night. What can I say I make a hot Friday night date.

I forgot how Hot it is in Hot Yoga, okay I didn't really forget but my body was totally shocked. It has been almost 10 months since the last time I went to Yoga and I felt like a total slacker. I had to take extra breaks and at times just sit down to keep from feeling like I was going to vomit. Once it was over, I wished that they class was longer and I am glad that I signed up fro 8 class a month. Trying to figure out how I can squeeze all 8 in this month.

Two: Last night my daughter was picking out her toy to take to class for show and tell.....she got excited and I said I know I am going to take my new button I got at the Salmon Days Festival.


I had to tell her that she couldn't take it to school and to pick something else. We asked her if she new what it said and she said no, but she liked it.

Three: On Wednesday the local elementary school about a mile from my house was put on lock because of a Momma bear and three little cubs exploring the school grounds. In the 10 year I have lived by in this town I have never seen a bear come out of the woods. As mentioned above we did have our local Salmon Festival last week which means the creek leading to the fish hatchery in town is full of bear fear food.  You can see the cute little buggers here.

Four: Sunday I plan to participate in the Cupcake Classic with Julie and family.  Afterwards we will be eating these. From New York Cupcake

 
 
Five: I posted on Facebook yesterday that one of my teammates is $25 away from reaching her fundraising goal for the 3-Day walk. I offered up a BicBand to the first person who is willing to donate to help her reach her goal. The option is still open - if you would like to make a donation to my teammate please do HERE and I will send you a BicBand. :)


Any fun plans this weekend?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A treat for my feet

On question I get the most when I tell someone I am training for the 3-day walk is how are me feet holding up?  Most runners have dealt with some sort of foot/toe issue and will probably tell you about one of more black toenails. To keep my feet from wanting to be cut off and to also be able to walk long back to back walks I have been taking a little extra care with my feet.

Here are my steps to have blister free walks/runs and pampering my feet to allow me to keep moving.

Step 1
Invest in some sort of glide for your toes. Whether it be baby powder or body glide - make sure your feet are covered in it before you head out. Shorter walks, baby powder works great for me. For longer walks I need to use something like 2Tom Blister Shield.  There are many products out there by this is by far my favorite, as it is easy to apply and doesn't leave my hands all greasy.

Step 2
Good socks are a must! Right now I rotate between Zenash Compression and Injini socks. I have less issues when I wear the Injini socks, but I love the compression. I think I need to get some sleeves.

Step 3Post walk eat and then take a shower. In the shower or bath take the time to baby your feet. I have found a new product that I love. It is called the Rubby Scrubby by Perfectly Posh.  Rubby Scrubby is a sparkling pink peppermint exfoliator in a mild shea butter soap base. I take it into the shower or bath, and rub over tired heels and toes and everything in between to reveal softer skin all over.  It is a lifesaver.

Step 4
Lotion up those tootsies and slip into some soft socks. I also usually put on my Tommie Copper Compression Ankle Sleeves and sometimes a clean pair of compression socks.

I will admit I think I have at least one black toenail, but that is easily covered by polish.

These are some of my favorite products to treat my feet. I will add that all products were purchased by me and my opinions are my own. 

What are some of your favorite products to keep your feet happy?


Monday, October 8, 2012

4 days 33 miles

I got behind in my mileage last week because of work. It isn't often that work keeps me late, but last week I was in early and home late. It made workouts difficult. I made up some of it over the past 4 days though and I am thankful that Monday is a rest day on my schedule. Total planned mileage for last week was 41 - I was able to complete 33 miles over 4 days. I am not going to worry about making up the lost 8 miles, but since it was a sponsored week - I will make a donation of $8 a dollar for each mile I lost to my walk.

Thursday was my first work out of the week. I got home late, but early enough to get on the treadmill by 8PM. I completed 5.25 miles that night.

Friday my work schedule finally returned to normal and I was glad that I could get home while it was still light out and spend time with my family. Then I got a crazy idea. I was scheduled to walk 17 miles on Saturday, but we had a Parade to attend at 10AM. There was no way I was going to get my walk in then get to the Parade in time. I decided to get on the treadmill that night and get it in on Friday. You read that right I completed 17 miles on the treadmill on Friday night.
 
 Right as I was starting at 7:45PM still thinking this was a good idea.
 Watching Netflix, reading twitter and taking photos with my phone to keep myself entertained. I watched all by 30 minutes of the first Season of Scandal on Netflix. Let's just say 17 miles on the treadmill needs lots of entertainment options.
 
About mile 10, I took a quick potty break, refilled my water bottle and made a half peanut butter and honey sandwich. I didn't want to use any of my normal fuel methods as they all have caffinee in them. Last thing I wanted was to be all jacked up at midnight when I was done.  My treadmill resets at 99:59, so I tried to stop right before the treadmill reset. Not going to lie, this ment running a few times to make my mileage stop at a point that was easy to add up.  This was the end results:

Afterwards I headed into the house ate a PB Twix bar and called it a night at 1AM. I was woken on Saturday by my daughter at 8AM who was ready to head to the Parade. I laid in bed and used the stick roller to roll out my legs before even attempting to get out of bed.

We attended our local Salmon Day's Parade and Street Fair where I proceeded to walk about 6miles at medium pace. I can estimate the distance as the Street Fair is on part of a normal route that I run. We walked to the fair instead of taking the shuttle and afterwards when the family was tierd they opted for the shuttle and I walked home.

Sunday I didn't to work out and did many other things like shopping for new furniture, grocery shopping and baking before getting on the treadmill. I walked 5 miles on Sunday night, 5 long and slow miles. My body was done. I was going to try to go longer as my scheduled called for 13 on Sunday. I just couldn't force myself to go any longer.  I think had I planned better and got the walk in earlier things would have been easier.

As I said earlier in this post Monday is rest day. A day that I am thankful for. I am offically 6 weeks out from the walk and I am loving this week. It is an easier week with my highest mileage being 10 miles. Seems like a cake walk now.


 
 
How was your weekend?

Friday, October 5, 2012

Fundraising Friday Guest Blogger

Jenn over at Running for My Life is one of my weekly sponsor for my 3-day walk. As part of her awesome sponsorship she not only made a donation, but I sent her a Bic Band as a thank you and offered to share her story and help her fundraiser in return.

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Jenn's Story

I have been overweight nearly my whole life, I have tried more times than I can count to lose the weight. A couple times, the weight did come off and I was on top of the world. I thought my life would never be the same again. The problem was, in my “ignorance of youth,” I never considered it to be about healthy living - I merely wanted to be thin, to be pretty, and to be accepted. My attempts at weight loss involved severe limitations on what I could eat, and while it worked short term, I always went back to my old ways in a month or two.

The conversation starts the same, “what was the breaking point for you?” Having lost about 125 pounds in about 10 months, everyone wants to know my secret. The truth is, even almost two years later, I can’t pinpoint what clicked for me in October of 2010. No matter how many times I have tried to “write my story” I end up staring at a blank screen/paper. Today, that ends.

I was a morbidly obese, stay at home mom to two small children. I knew I was too tired to keep up, I knew I was unhappy, and I knew that I wanted to be the best mom I could be. Somehow, nearly two years ago, I woke up and made a decision to change for myself and my family and I haven’t looked back. That’s not to say it’s been easy, or that I have been perfect – I have made mistakes, I have hit plateaus, and threatened harm to my scale.

I am ashamed to say that our diet used to consist almost entirely of processed, pre-packaged foods such as chicken helper and frozen foods. I could go into details of my diet but I don’t feel it is overly helpful, because as we all know, what works for one person doesn’t work for another. However, I will say that I started watching fat, calories, and sodium. I cut out prepared foods, I reduced my diet Coke consumption to one can a day (from 6-8), and started making meals from scratch. I didn’t eliminate anything, if I wanted a fry I would steal one from my kids, or have a bite of a chicken nugget.

I lost 6 pounds a week for the first 5 weeks. I was swimming an hour a day and eating too few calories, but at the time I didn’t care. I was losing weight and feeling good. People were complimenting me and I was seeing results which made it much easier to stay motivated. The weight-loss slowed down and instead of looking at my diet I added more exercise – running. My new years resolution for 2011 was to run one 5k and walk a half marathon. Little did I know, running would change my life.

Running made me feel such a sense of accomplishment that I was motivated to go out even on the worst days. I ended up running more than 12 races that first year, including 3 half marathons. As I got more involved in the running and blogging community I realized there was more to what I was doing than weight loss. I started focusing more on making sure I was fueling my body properly. I upped my caloric intake, added more vegetables/fruit, and healthier grains (such as quinoa), and continued to drop weight pretty steadily. By August of 2011, I weighed in at 185 pounds – while not my ultimate goal I was pretty happy where I was. I have maintained that weight within a few pounds one way or the other ever since.

I would love to lose about 10 more pounds to get to that “magical” number on the scale that would mean I was no longer overweight, but I am at a point where I know that my overall happiness and wellness is more important. I have been able to get about 5 pounds lighter, but it required being much stricter on my diet than I want to be, and honestly I didn’t look much different. For me now, its all about finding balance in my life - I could be “healthier” but for me it comes with a high price tag - excess stress and unhappiness. My food choices now aren’t as clean as they used to be, but overall my family is still getting much better food. I add in convenience foods here and there as I need for my sanity’s sake but try to keep it limited.

For now, I think the challenge comes in accepting the body that I have now, even if I get to my goal weight, I will still see flaws in my body – the loose skin won’t go away without surgery and that’s just not an option for me at this point. It’s expensive and I have watched so many people struggle with their recoveries that its just not something I can subject my family to for my vanity. (note: I don’t fault anyone for deciding surgery is right for them.) Maybe in the future things will change, but today I am choosing to learn to love myself the way I am, flaws and all.

Running and living a healthy lifestyle makes it easier to love myself for who I am today. I know I am working every day to be the best version of me possible. I know I have added years to my life and I like to think I have improved my family’s quality/quantity of life as well.



Because running has literally shaped who I am today and changed my life in such positive ways, I felt like it was time to “pay it forward.” I have never been one to put myself out there and I am a terrible fundraiser, but when I stumbled across the St Jude Memphis Marathon website online I knew what I had to do. I honestly didn’t think I ever wanted to run a full marathon. However, I knew if there ever was a reason to run 26.2 miles, raising money for children battling cancer was it!

So, the first day registration was open, I signed up to run the St Jude Memphis Marathon as a Hero and raise at least $2,620! Of course, because this is such a great cause I hope to exceed that goal. If you would like to help me change the life of a child battling cancer, please donate at: heroes.stjude.org/jenniferharning.

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Thank you for sharing your story Jenn! You are an inspiration to many of us who have struggled with weight loss and a role model to your children. Your desire to run for the for a cause is awesome! I hope some of my readers will consider making a donation to St. Jude's under Jenn's name.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

It's Three Things Thursday right?

I couldn't think of a third thing when I posted today. Then on my drive home from work I remembered the third item.

I was supposed to pick a winner today for the Mustache Dache.  I had  6 comments, so I asked my husband to pick a number between 1 and 6 and he said 4.

That makes the winner of the Mustache Dache:


 I know Nicole from Ricole Runs (Sometimes) will rock a fabulous mustache at the event.

If you didn't win, I would recommend signing up for this event it is going to be blast. Visit the Mustache Dache website to register and learn more.

Note: I read on their Facebook page that there will be mustache rides there in the form of a mechanical bull named mustache.  You know you don't want to miss out on that.

Two Things Thursday


Countdown: 7 Weeks -  I received my email this week and started plan and then things started falling apart.  I have been so busy with work that I am getting behind, something that I can;t let happen or else I will be walking 4 days in a row which will be less then ideal. Hopefully I can get back on track. I hate when I don't get my work outs in, I feel like everything else falls apart around it.
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The posted the photos from the 5K already. In one I look pissed and the other I look happy. Either way I rocked my Sparkle Skirt. I know I have told you all how much I love them.


 
Overall it was good event and I don't remember being pissed at all!
 
Some weeks sticking to the plan is near impossible. How do you keep yourself on track.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

September Recap


I feel like I started to get my mojo back this month. I have lots of stuff I still need to get back into my schedule, but my walking is getting on track for the 3-day walk.  I am not setting any major goals the rest of the year or at least I am not going to post them. A friend sent me this video about how when you say your goals out loud you are less likely to follow through with them.  Its an interesting point as so many people tell you to say the goal and to tell your friends to help hold you accountable. However this short video says that when you say it, it triggers satisfaction or accomplishment without actually doing anything. Either way I don't plan to set additional goals on her until next year.

How am I doing so far for my 2012 goals:

1. Run 4 Half Marathons - 5 down - Race Recap's

2. Try a new distance - SGK 3-Day walk in November 2012 - While I have not finished this one 100% I do count it as completed as I have walked 15 miles which is a new distance PR for me.  In November I plan to break that PR 2x.

3. Run 12 Races Total - Done!  With my Issaquah Run on the last day of September, I am done. I have  few more planned so next year I might need to up the number.   Race Recap's

4. 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.

5. 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 (610.5 run/walk).  - Smashed this goal! With training still in the works through the end of November I can't wait to see what number I can reach. If I hit all of my training walks in October and November I will add 286 miles to this total.
  • 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 |
  • November - 69 |
  • December - 7 |
For the year I am on track to accomplish 90% of my goals, the only one I probably won't reach is a PR in the Half Marathon. I am okay with this though.

How did September treat you? Can you believe we are 3/4 of the way through the year?


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Issaquah 5K

As part of my 11 miles for Sunday I participated in the Issaquah Run 5K/10K. This was my 5th year participating in this event. No PRs this race just a good time with some fun ladies.

 
 
 I meet Julie and her daughter Alli at the starting line, my legs were a bit tired and cold. It was cooler out then I expected, but I knew once we got moving I would be fin.


Not sure what I was doing with my arm, but I need to hang this up as a reminder that I need to start working out my arms more. Seriously that looks terrible. The race started on time and Alli had a goal, we had a plan and started on our way. About a mile in she wasn't feeling well so we decided to just take it easy and walk fast the rest of the way. I am not sure of our final time, but it was slower then we anticipated. It was a nice day for a walk and even if we didn't hit Alli's goal this race it was good time.

Julie and Alli had to split after the race and I waited for my husband and daughter to show up for the kids race.  Evie was excited to run her first race since her broken arm and my promised to be careful. Sean ran with her and she sprinted the entire 1K and did awesome.

Here pre race photo. She wanted her number on her back.
Post race with her dog tag medal and enjoying a yogurt.
 
 
Do you do a race every year?
This race and the Seattle St. Paddy's Dash are two of my favorite races.
 

Monday, October 1, 2012

26 miles....I should have went for the extra .2

This weekend over two days I walked 26 miles. Saturday started out bright and early 5:45AM and I wasn't feeling it. I still got out of bed and headed out. By mile one my legs were hurting and I was already going slower then I normally walk. I knew I was in for a long walk. 
I called my husband right before my watch hit 15 miles and asked him to come pick me up. I was disappointed in my time since last week it only took me 4 hours to walk 14 miles, I guess I just chalk it up to a bad walk.
 
We were rushed home after my walk as my daughter had a birthday party to go through and I had a baby shower to attend. A quick shower, a bowl of cereal and out the door I went to find out there was a traffic jam on the freeway. I went an alternative route, but a drive that should have taken 30 minutes tops took me over an hour. The only blessing my seat heaters in my car - really helped with the sore hips and back. After the baby shower I headed home, met the family and took the little one to Parents Night out.  Babysitting that she thinks is a play date is great. The hubs and I went out for a kid free dinner. When we were seated I look up to see this wilder beast above me.
 

 


Sunday I woke up and felt a lot better. The plan called for 11 miles. I had to mix things up a little to get all the miles in. I headed to the treadmill again at 5:45AM - queued up Netflix and walked 7 miles. After that I ran upstairs and changed and walked .75 of a mile down to the start line of the Issaquah Run, participated in a 5K, walked around for a while and hit 11+ miles.

Outfit #1

Outfit #2
 
Up next recap of the Issaqauh 5K, September in review - pretty sure it was a record mileage month for me and a guest post!
 
How was your weekend?