Monday, July 20, 2015


Last week:
Monday: lower body/HIIT
Tuesday: upper body, 4 miles "fast" (with The H), and it was awful
Wednesday: HIIT/abs
Thursday: 30 min cardio, 20 min yoga, 3 miles easy
Friday: XC "fundraiser"

Saturday: stretch/yoga, 5 miles at Peters Canyon with ex-neighbor Will. This was Will's first real trail running experience, and I was afraid it would scare him away. Lucky for meeeee, he says he'd do it again :D. 
Sunday:3 miles, lower body

Total: 15 miles. #elite.

It rained, rained, rained, RAINED all weekend, and it was GLORIOUS, if you can overlook the soul-crushing humidity. Turns out, I can't, so while I adore the rain and thunder, I was just the whiniest jerk yesterday while I lounged around complaining about the heat. 

I'm so weak. 

This week!

Monday: Upper body (I just finished this, and I'm pretty sure I cannot move the rest of the day)
Tuesday: 4 miles, lower body
Wednesday: upper body, cardio; 5 miles
Thursday: HIIT/abs
Friday: rest
Saturday: stretch/yoga; 6 miles
Sunday: lower body, 3 miles

Monday, July 13, 2015

PFTW #6 / #SummerTrailRun, Mt Rainier, and the most beautiful place I've ever seen

June 28-July 4
Monday: Day 1 of some Fitness Blender Challenge I found - HIIT and lower body strength
Tuesday: Day 2 - Upper body and cardio
Wednesday: Day 3 - HIIT and abs
Thursday: Day 4 - This was a kickboxing video, but kickboxing confuses me (I spend so much time trying to keep the moves straight, I basically stop moving), so I did an upper body and cardio video instead
Friday: I worked, then PACKED FOR VACATION! (All of the pictures in the universe down below).
Saturday: 2 miles-ish hiking
Sunday: 7-8ish miles, hiking

July 5-11
Monday: nothing 
Tuesday: walked ALL OVER Seattle.
Wednesday: nothing (flight home followed by an all-day communications training class for me, because I'm the luckiest).
Thursday: Hold on to your hats. For the first time in almost 7 months, I pinned on a bib and RAN A RACE. 

The Renegade Summer Trail Run Race #2 was a great time, as always. It's super hard coming out of retirement (ahem not running in 10 days on top of that...), and this race was certainly challenging. 

But I've really really missed racing!! Super psyched that I made it out for this one, even if I was grossly under-hydrated and unprepared. Renegade Races are just so great. 

Friday: Nothing
Saturday: 6.5ish miles on trails while #1 was at XC hill practice - luckily, I ran into another mom who was kind enough to join me and my slow pace.
Sunday: 4 miles with ex-neighbor Will

I am working a wacky schedule for the next several weeks while I have some new hires working at night, so hoping I can fit some runs in after work (even if it's a little late). Before work is tricky, because Gab can't be left home alone, and the other kids are in XC camp until 10am. I keep making excuses in my brain about not having time, but I really just need to make the time.

I know, this is revolutionary. Don't steal my idea. 

This week!
Monday: Lower Body, HIIT 
Tuesday: Upper body, 4 miles
Wednesday: HIIT and abs
Thursday: Upper body, 4 miles
Friday: Lower Body, HIIT
Saturday: rest
Sunday: 6 miles


Saturday: In an effort to convince #1 that the PNW is obvs where she should spend her college years, we spent a long weekend in Seattle. #2 was dressed the part. 

We got into SEA at 11:30am, and spent the day wandering in the Carbon River area. 
Me, all weekend: Man, that is a Big Mountain. 
We trekked up a giant hill in search of a waterfall that was apparently all dried up. It was kind of pretty. 

Sunday: We headed around the north side of the mountain, stopping a gajillion times for coffee and pretty views, before landing at the Sunrise Visitor Center and doing the Frozen Lake trail. 

Aside from a bathroom incident with Gab and #2 trying to fling herself off the mountain to avoid flies, it was a lovely hike. 

After lunch in Sunrise, we headed to Tipsoo Lake, where the wildflower game was strong...

After my family was sick of hearing me exclaim, "LOOK! So many flowers!", we headed south to the Stevens Canyon entrance, and hiked Silver Falls and Grove of the Patriarchs. 

Monday: Drove up to Bellingham via Chuckanut Dr and Larrabee State Park.

We wandered around the Fairhaven district for awhile and ate delicious, delicious pizza (for real, Fat Pie Pizza in Bellingham, you should go there). We took a walking tour of Western Washington U, which #1 did not LOVE, but I kind of did, and then ate all the food in the universe at Boundary Bay Brewery, which came recommended by internet friend Alma.
The beer was great, the food was great, the desserts were great, the service was great, it was all great. 

Tuesday: So many hours of walking and drinking coffee, and farmers marketing, and monrailing. 

After a super quick coffee with Alma at the craziest library I ever have seen, we took the ferry over to Bainbridge Island, which was fun for a couple hours (and so peaceful, besides the part when #1 lost her mind because she thought we might miss the ferry back, and didn't accept that there were later ferries to be had). 

Wednesday: 3:30 wake up for a 6am flight that was delayed to almost 7am when the co-pilot's chair broke. No, really.

Monday, June 22, 2015



Man, last week was nuts.

Monday: nothing
Tuesday: um nothing
Wednesday: 3 miles, easy pace, with The H; arms
Thursday: XC Parent Meeting it's the most wonderful time of the yeaaaaaarrrr!
Friday: oops, nothing again
Saturday: 6 miles. SIX!
Sunday: 2 miles

I met up with ex-neighbor Will and his friend Shannon for an easy jaunt through Shady Canyon, which is not Shady (canyon of LIES).
So pretty. I suddenly remembered that I Really Love Running!

And Sunday, I ran into some sketchy characters on the bike path.
I really hate birds :(

This week....
Monday: rest haha
Tuesday: arms/core, 4 miles
Wednesday: legs
Thursday: arms/core, 4 miles
Friday: rest
Saturday: 6 miles
Sunday: 2 miles

Monday, June 15, 2015


What a freaking week.

A guy at work recently moved to Florida, to the same area I used to live. While compiling a list for him of Great Things to do in Pinellas County, it crossed my mind that maaaaaybe I don't really hate Florida. It wasn't ALL bad....

And then something like this pops up, and it all comes flooding back.
Freaking Florida. 

Last week!
Tuesday: nothing. Apparently Tuesday is The Day All Hell Breaks Loose at Work, because the same thing happened to me the week before.
Wednesday: 3 miles run/walk, 25 min upper body.
Thursday: nothing, part two of The Day All Hell Breaks Loose at Work.
Friday: nothing
Saturday: 4 miles run/walk, 25 min upper body
Sunday: 5 miles local trails

I was really happy with the week overall - the miles are starting to feel easier, finally. I was beginning to think I was never going to be able to run again, but maybe I will be!

But it's certainly exhausting working myself out of the laziness slump.

This week!
Monday: rest. I had a really craptastic day at work, so.. I came home, sat down (and worked some more), ate ice cream and cookies, and wrote this fancy plan. 
Tuesday: 4 miles easy, legs/arms
Wednesday: 3 miles easy
Thursday: arms, XC Meeting
Friday:  rest
Saturday: 5 miles, arms
Sunday: rest

Apropos of nothing, I found these things HILARIOUS. 

If I make all the right decisions, and really push myself, I could ruin this marathon in record time.

There's a reason #1 isn't a jumper........

Monday, June 8, 2015


I ran 5 whole miles last week, so I'm probably marathon ready RIGHT NOW.

Last week...
Monday: 10 minute butt and thigh (killed me dead), abs/upper body (hard to do when you can't use your legs anymore...)
Tuesday: 3 miles easy* - was scheduled for 4 at run club, but work went berserk and I couldn't make it.
Wednesday: total body strength and cardio
Thursday: rest
Friday: 2 miles easy, arms and upper body
Saturday: Spectating CDM5K
Sunday: Nothing!

*I've been doing a run/walk interval (4:30min run, 30sec walk), while I get back to running regularly, and I really like it.

It's a mystery to me how I ever trained for marathons with a real job that forced me to keep regular hours. My current (awesome) job is incredibly flexible, I just haven't really taken advantage of it.

This week!
Monday: Strength. Maybe those same videos up there. Maybe.
Tuesday: 4 miles with Run Club
Wednesday: Total Body
Thursday: 3 miles easy
Friday: Arms
Saturday: 4 miles
Sunday: rest


I am SUPER DUPER excited for the new frap flavors from Sbux. I'm so ridiculous, because I don't ever really get fraps, but if it is limited release, then I MUST HAVE IT. I'm a marketing team's best friend.


Saturday AM I spectated while #1 ran CDM5K - #2 was going to run, but wasn't feeling well last week. WOMP.

Somehow (because she teleports, probably), she was this far behind this woman 50m from the finish line, and ended up beating her by a second.

#1 ran a 45 second PR, at 20:01 - which landed her 8th female overall, and SIXTH in her age group.

No wonder XC and Track in OC are so competitive. O.o

Monday, June 1, 2015


Here's something crazy. Do you know that just registering for a race doesn't make you suddenly do things?

It's true!

I ran once last week, it was non-impressive, but my husband said if I ran he would buy donuts, so I did.

the end.

It's like my brain has been rewired to make excuses and reason my way out of doing anything besides sitting on the couch? Like, I don't know what FitnessBlender video I want to do, and I've been clicking through for 30 seconds, so.... obviously I should just watch TV instead.

I'm not sure how to un-lazy myself :(.

Plan for THIS week!

I'm pretending like if I pick a video NOW, I'll have no reason not to do it this week. I've already done all the work for it.... Or something.

Monday: Arms/core - this is my favorite video
Tuesday: 4 easy with run club
Wednesday: Legs/hiit - I hate/love this video.
Thursday: 3 easy, arms/core
Friday: Legs/hiit
Saturday: rest day/CDM5K*
Sunday: "Long", 4 easy

*I'm not running - #1 and #2 are! I'm pretty excited to spectate the heck out of the morning. Also, #2 doesn't like creme brulee, so I'm also pretty excited to have hers.

Track banquet marks the FOR REAL end of track season! This was a long, long, LONG season, so it seems fitting that the banquet was the longest thing ever. There are SO many awards, and so many kids, and I KNOW it's nice to recognize them all and whatever, but seriously, 2 hours of recognition is just so very, very long.

Unless it's my kid, then it's great. #1 was awarded Most Outstanding Distance Athlete of the year! The boys team won our division title this year, and the head coach announced that he expects the girls to also take the title in the next two years. #1's face went like...

Can't wait for #2 to join the fun.

Well, "fun".

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


So, let's catch up? I kind of assume if you're reading this, we've kept in touch through other social media, but it feels awkward to just start talking about training as if I didn't resurrect this space after a lengthy vacation.

#3 is still happy and healthy, with so much hair. 

#2 is a mini-me. She would be loathe to admit it, but... it's truuuuuuue. She's going to be in high school in the fall, and is joining XC/track. Wheeeee.

#1 had a KILLER track season, setting meet records, PR'ing with a 5:14 1600 and 11:17 3200, taking 3rd place in league, and going to CIF prelims.

We spent the Memorial Day weekend heading north.

And on our first college visit because I am OLD.
So that was exciting.

PF(What's Left Of The)Week!

Wednesday: 3 easy, arms
Thursday: Lower body
Friday: 3 easy, arms
Saturday: 4 easy ("long")
Sunday: Rest, track banquet

I've been very, very slowly working back into running - it's shocking and humbling when you run zero miles for months, and then try to run 2-3 miles. 

After running Holiday Half (which I didn't blog about, but Becka did!), I had a thutt situation that I decided to rest, which rolled right into "resting" for 3 months. Okay, 5 months. 

I've been wanting to get back, and craving that terrible dead-leg-post 20-miler feeling, but was stuck in this cycle of well, I'm not registered for anything, so it's hard to be motivated to train, but I want to register for something, but what if I don't train. 

So obviously.


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