Short days, Long hair

So days aren’t really shorter… but the hours of daylight are fleeting! In the summer, I loved my after work runs. But now I have to be creative so I’m not stuck on the waterfront in the dark downtown during my longer runs.

You have to take as much advantage of the daylight as you can! I am saying no to the treadmill and saying yes to right after work runs.

For my after work fall runs, I head out for my runs right when I get home from work so I still have some daylight. I eat a protein bar a hour before to keep hunger at bay during my run. I also lay all of my gear out, which makes for a quick trade from pencil skirt for running capri. I did 4.5 miles yesterday, which felt great. I did a couple sprints between bridges, but other then that I kept it low key. I’m really enjoying running in the cooler weather and seeing the awesome sunset colors.

Shameless self-portrait – no filter, just Portland sky

The day before I had tried a new leg workout complete with wall sits, lunges, and “fire hydrants,” which I followed with a 4 mile run. Needless to say, I am super sore (my muscles feel like hell) and am taking an active rest day today. 

Do this. It doesn’t feel epic, but you will definitely feel it the next day.

In non-running news (and more vain news), my hair is so long!

I have had short hair since high school. And in the past two months, I have discovered the magic of the bun. Casual to classy, it takes little to no time to throw my hair in a bun. It’s also perfect for those lunch time workouts! I love wearing my hair up – it’s no fuss!

So I haven’t worn my hair down in public for a long, long time! I have gotten so many comments from everyone about how long my hair is! And you know what, it is the longest it has been in forever! Now I just need to remember that I want it long. I usually try to grow it out, but end up chopping it off since I am impatient.

Just don’t let me be around hairdressers for a bit!

Another shameless self-portrait 

The good life, the good weekend

My weekend in photos. A very busy, successful weekend if I do say so myself!

From watching my Timbers play our hated rivals to birthdays to dinner dates to hiking. This weekend came and went so fast! It was the perfect, sun shining, still summer-almost fall weekend. I loved it.

Date night with this handsome guy

This kid had a birthday

Timbers 1 – Sounders 1

Such an intense game. The atmosphere was electric!

Dinner party courtesy of Kevin & Lisa

I love my $2.99 New Season wine (alot…)

Watched my Ravens lose…

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5 mile hike with Dannica

Fashion’s Night Out: Portland style

Last night, Dannica and I went out to Portland’s Fashion Night Out. I had never gone, but Dannica promised me it would be a blast…

And she was totally spot on!

After some digging, I found that Fashion’s Night Out was started in 2009 in NYC by Vogue Magazine to get New Yorkers back out there shopping (damn you recession!)

Fashion’s Night Out has now spanned to over 500 cities nationwide meaning yesterday was a very busy day for shoppers all around the country!

Portland was abuzz with excitement! Around 17 different establishments had exciting sales, runway shows, makeup tutorials, free swag, live music, free pedicabs around town, free food, and free drinks.

Literally, what more can a girl want?!

We started the night at Director Park for some runway shows, raspberry prosecco, and a makeup touch-up from Sephora!

Afterwards, we hit up Banana Republic, Mario’s, and Nordstrom and then took a free pedicab to House of Lolo, Leanna NYC, and Lizard Lounge to meet up with Dannica’s co-workers!

(bad blogger alert… I should have taken more photos!)

Although I know I can’t afford half of the things on my wish list, I had so much fun looking at all the collections and seeing the new fall trends. The delicious food and alcohol was also a perk (hey, what can I say…I love free!)

I am definitely going again next year! My recommendation: go early and prepare to stay out late! Especially if Fashion’s Night Out coincides with Portland’s First Thursday again! It’s times like this when Portland is at it’s absolute best.

I am having a PDX love affair right now…

Race Recap: Eugene Women’s Half Marathon

I don’t even know where to start other then…

I DID IT! I LOVED IT! I WANT TO DO IT AGAIN!

The Eugene Women’s Half Marathon was everything I wanted it to be and more. I pushed myself farther then I thought I could and I ended up finishing with the beautiful time of…

2 : 35 : 05

A full 20 minutes faster than I anticipated! 

So now that you know about the happy ending, let’s start at the beginning.

There was no race day pickup, so Steven and I spent Saturday day and night in Eugene before the Sunday race. It was so much fun making a little “vacation” out of it, and we loved exploring a little bit of the city. The race packet pickup was a breeze and was held in the gorgeous Fifth Street Public Market. I loved the race shirt, very cute and very pink! They little saying on the front is super adorable…

Courtesy of Eugene Women’s Half Marathon

Steven and I were lucky to stay the night at the Eugene Hilton, which was literally a couple blocks from the starting line. Like everyone has suggested, I laid out my race gear as well as my post-race essentials the night before so I didn’t stress in the morning. It’s such a great tip and I highly suggest it! Race morning I knew where everything was and all I had to do was focus on was the 13.1 miles ahead of me!

I was so nervous that morning. I had a bunch of texts in the morning wishing me luck, which meant the world to me! Steven and I went over to the start area so I could warm up, stretch, and soak up the atmosphere (and of course to take photos)! There were about 850 runners, all of whom were super supportive of one another. Definitely the best race atmosphere I have been involved in! 

Before I knew it, it was race time. And all I could think about was how hard I have worked to get to this point. I was a ball of excitement and was ready to take on my longest running distance yet! Quick pep talk with Steven (and of course more photos) and I was on my way!

I don’t know what came over me, but I was so confident and ready for it. I hit my stride and I just kept moving. The course was mostly along the Willamette River through some gorgeous parks and bike trails. Although I had no idea where I was in Eugene, I really did enjoy the scenery. Downside is that there weren’t that many spectators, but the ones we did pass were enthusiastic and encouraging!

There was a woman in a dark green shirt…and I basically stalked her through the race. This woman, who during the run I named “Lucy,” helped me keep a steady pace and really helped push me to keep going. I choose not to use my Nike+ app since this was my first half marathon and I didn’t care about my time. But thanks to “Lucy,” I had a killer time for the race!

Steven, being amazing, met me between mile 7 and 8 for some encouragement/Nunn/Banana. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was to Steven. The first part of the race, I just focused on getting to him. And seeing him gave me such a boost/hilarious set of photos of “Race Roya.”

Around mile 9 is when my body began to break down a bit. I was so tired and my legs were basically throbbing in pain. But I knew I just had to keep going and the faster I went, the sooner it would be over. Some walk/stretch breaks helped my legs recover a bit before I hit mile 12. I wanted that final 1.1 mile to be epic…and epic it was! My iPod shuffle gods must have been on my side because 3 minutes before the end, “We Will Rock You” by Queen came on! I couldn’t have planned it better myself! By the time I rounded the final corner to the finish, I saw Steven and heard the announcer pronounce my name perfectly!

It’s a moment in my life that I will never forget. 

I grabbed my finishers charm, a mimosa, hugged Steven, and cried.

I did it! I can’t believe how far I have come!

The post-race festivities were a lot of fun. They had copious amounts of food (hello mini bagels…), a live band, stretching areas, fun vendors, massages, a beer garden, and a photo booth! Afterwards, I had to take some much needed steps to feel like a normal human again, which included a lot of Olive Garden breadsticks and long, long naps.

I loved the Eugene Women’s Half Marathon and it is totally the perfect race to run your first half. It’s a no stress, flat race with a lot of great energy and spirit. I look forward to doing it next year…

And spoiler alert… I think I had already chosen my next half marathon!

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me over the past couple months! I was so (happily) overwhelmed by all the calls, texts, and messages I have received. And again, to my mom and everyone who wore the bracelets, you guys rock!

And finally a huge shout out to Steven, who dealt with a nervous, crying, overly excited girlfriend for a weekend. He is the best boyfriend, race supporter, running photographer a girl could ask for! 

Long story short… I ran 13.1 miles and loved it. 

2012 Eugene Women’s Half Marathon stats:

Flashback: London Calling

The Olympics are over… I can’t even believe it! This was the first Olympics that I really, really got into. And I loved that it was set in London!

I have had a weird love affair with London. I have two really good friends who studied abroad for there and I was fortunate to be there for two weeks on a Europe summer study abroad experience.

How I would love to go back! Flashback to junior year in college!

 

 

 

Sidenote: I recently just met up with my good friend Ashley. We were on the Europe trip together and since she moved away after college, I only see her a couple times a year. Ash, we have grown up so much!

City girl in the Country

This past weekend, Bridgette and I went with Dannica to her hometown of Baker City, Oregon. The occasion? Miners Jubilee!

 

I have NEVER been to the country. Complete city girl here. But I loved my time in Baker City and I plan on forcing Dannica to take me every year!  Baker is a small town of 10,000 people, many of whom are legit farmers and cowboys. Not like those move-type cowboys, like REAL COWBOYS.

Basically it’s nothing like I am accustomed to, being a big city girl and all. But there is something about that town and Miners Jubilee that brings a big smile to my face!

Miners Jubilee celebrates the strong mining history of the area. Everyone in the city comes together for parades, festivals, carnivals, beer gardens, and the rodeo.

I can’t even begin to describe how much fun I had this weekend discovering my country roots with two of my best friends. I almost died though at the rodeo (from screaming so much). It is terrifying…

I would give anything to be back at Dannica’s house drinking sweet tea and eating beef jerky while talking with her giant family.

I love everything about Baker City

The drive

 

The beer garden

The parade

The traditions

The BBQs

The rodeo

The animals

The cowboy hats

A big thank you to Dannica’s parents Ron and Doris for having us this weekend! Little do they know that they have created a country girl!

Mid-Week Music: Girl by Beck

circa 2007

Portland is currently stormy and gray. And all I want is sunshine!

This song was one of my favorites in high school. It’s quirky, fun, and just happy. It’s also super weird, but what Beck song isn’t?

I loved it so much, I even got a Neighborhoodie with the lyric “sun- eyed girl” on the back. Now I’m all nostalgic for high school…