From 2012 to 2013 (let’s go!)

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Last year, I sat down and wrote a list of resolutions. And for the most part, I believe I followed them!

My 2012 Resolutions:

1. I continued running

2. I pushed myself past my comfort zone (hello 2 half marathons!)

3. I kept cooking!

So 2012 was a win. A definite win.

For 2013, I want to be more specific. I know I am the type of person who needs a specific goal to be able to reach. So instead of being general like last year, I am going to be exact with what I want out of this new year!

1. Beat 2012’s workout number – Do more than 201 workouts in 2013

Screen shot 2013-01-08 at 10.30.09 AM2. Run in 4 organized races in 2013

race3. Save money from every paycheck in 2013 – put money into savings/credit card bill

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4. Read 5 books in 2013

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Courtesy of Ludlow & Co.

5. 2013 motto: “Be the type of person you want to meet.”

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Let’s see what 2013 has to offer!

Race Recap: Holiday Half Marathon

(yes, I ran this race a month ago. and yes, I am just blogging about it now…)

You guys! I ran my second half marathon! And although it wasn’t as emotional/happy/fast as my first half marathon, I still had a wonderful experience! And my little fan club totally rocked! Having Steven and my family meant so much to me – I loved having their support!

The story of the Holiday Half

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The race was in North Portland, which is totally my territory. We even ran past the University of Portland (my alma mater and current workplace) twice!

Screen shot 2012-12-06 at 9.49.02 AMI have never ran an out and back race before. It definitely has its advantages and disadvantages, but all around I loved how the course in North Portland.

So before the race, I didn’t feel prepared (remember this post?). And it was freezing! It was raining, there was wind. The weather was just all around miserable. But I did look fabulous in my tutu that my mom made me (don’t mind my 7 am, “I’m so cold” face.)

IMG_0806Steven (the best race boyfriend ever) patiently waited with me at the start as I freaked out/warmed up/freaked out some more/hydrated/became Croya because of the weather. At the start, all I could think about was “why would any on this earth want to run 13.1 miles in this cold and wind just for fun?”

The answer: Me and the red & white tutu.

Before I knew it, I was off!

IMG_0814Everything happened so fast, I don’t even think I comprehended what I was doing – I was just moving with the crowd. One of my main problems with this race was they did not have pacers or pace cards. So everyone lined up at the start, staggered every 30 seconds, and went off! So for the first couple miles, I was running into slow walkers and getting passed up by 8 min/mile runners. Everything seemed chaotic and for the first half of the race, I was running way faster than I anticipated. Instead of listening to my own running rhythm, I was trying to match my surroundings. That would later kick my butt…

Around mile 5 I saw Steven and my family outside of the University of Portland front entrance! 

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IMG_0818I was so happy to see them! I took my first stretch break, drank some Nuun, grabbed a Gu, and soaked up their positive energy! They had pom poms and bells and were cheering for everyone as they passed. With a course that had little support, my family was loud and proud of everyone!

Running into St. Johns was no big deal, I was feeling great! But then… the turnaround fiasco happened in my brain. I knew that we were running to Pier Park and that’s where the turnaround was… well I don’t know where Pier Park is! And of course I didn’t study at the course map, so for about 4 miles I was playing a very twisted game called “Where the $#&* is Pier Park?” And every black arrow is when I expected the turnaround to be…

Screen shot 2013-01-07 at 2So by the turnaround, it was of course pouring rain, and I felt defeated. Not only was I physically exhausted by running too fast, but I was mentally exhausted as well. Instead of just zoning out, I was so focused on the turnaround at Pier Park and keeping up with everyone around me. Lesson learned: just go with the flow!

The only thing that kept me going with getting to mile 10 where Steven and the family were waiting for me! 

Miles 7 – 10 were not my proudest moments as a runner. But I powered through. There were admittedly a lot of walking breaks, but at least I was still moving.

Mile 10 was glorious – I basically sprinted just to see my people! I can’t even describe the moment of seeing my family and Steven cheering for me…

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IMG_0834Only 3.1 miles to go! The Bluff was super windy and my fab tutu was flying everywhere. But I knew how close I was, I could just feel it. I’m really proud of myself on that last stretch, I really just went all out. I’m pretty sure it had to do with the fact that I was freezing and drenched in rain/sweat!

By this time I knew that I was going to finish slower than my first half – but whatever. No one care more about that than me, and honestly, time is nothing but a number!

IMG_0839My finish felt epic. There was a runner in front of me and I knew I wanted to pass her. So I did… beast mode extreme. 

CollageI finished with the beautiful time of…

2 : 47 : 01

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yes!This race was a great learning lesson. Some mistakes were made, but in reality it doesn’t matter. I ran my second half marathon, wore an epic tutu, and had my amazing boyfriend and family stand out in the rain/cold for 3 hours to support me.

I’m going to call this race a success!

HUGE thanks to my fan club for being there! I love you guys. 

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So… I am running my second half marathon…

And I really don’t feel prepared.

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I know I say this about every race I run. But this time seems different.

Don’t get me wrong, I am really excited for the Holiday Half. I will be running in NOPO (my territory), in a fabulous homemade tutu (thanks mom!), with my friends & family supporting me.

But running-wise, I don’t feel ready.

With the whole moving, life stress, and the fact that it gets dark at like 4:30 (ughhh), I just haven’t been able to fit in a lot of my training runs. To top off the fact that I don’t want to run during my lunch break, you can basically say that I haven’t really run at all in the past month.

And staring at the half marathon course is just freaking me out

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But I do workout everyday… and I have made a conscious effort to run my long weekend runs. But will that be enough? Who knows.

What I’m really going to focus on is having as much fun as possible on December 14. Because honestly, if I’m slower then my first half marathon time, no one is going to care but me. So here it is people, I AM GOING TO BE SLOW!

I’m deciding right now that I am going to be the girl, fists in the air, running in a tutu, and having a fab half marathon experience!

(I also promise not to skip my 10 miler this Sunday)

 

The Holidays are Here!

… and damn do I feel busy!

My Thanksgiving was so wonderful this year! And I had such a great little vacation from work. But instead of relaxing, I was on the go the entire time (which is how I usually thrive).

But wow, today I am feeling worn out!

Little recap of my extended weekend

Thanksgiving

Started with a 6 miler (I’m really not photogenic after a run. Remind me that later…)

Went to Steven’s grandparents for some Quirk/Hanna time!

Went to my parent’s house for some G-E time!

Friday

Packed up some of the apartment. Man, I have a lot of stuff… Thank god I don’t have to move my stuff outside at all. It was pouring buckets on Friday

Found my new favorite Starbucks holiday drink! Creme Brulee latte with two pumps toffee nut and a dash of sea salt. Oh my god, it’s amazing…

Grotto date with my mom to hear Steven’s opening concert! So much fun, but so much rain/wind!

Saturday

Went to Rogue to sit by the fire/watch the Civil War/drink beer

Double date with my parents to see my mom’s favorite cover band The Melody Butchers

Sunday

9 mile run. It wasn’t pretty, but I did it!

More packing… I have so much stuff.

The move is happening on Saturday. Basically I need to get my butt in gear and just get rid of stuff/pack!

How was your Thanksgiving weekend?

Busy weekends are the best

I had two straight busy, busy days.

And one blissful do nothing day.

Friday I met Steven and Dannica at a sports bar to watch the Blazers game.

Steven was drinking Oakshire’s Ill-tempered Gnome. And this is his gnome face…

Adorable isn’t he?

Afterwards we met up with some friends at Kells 21st for our friends Bridget and Elysse’s birthday gathering. It was great to see friends/co-workers and to hang out at the awesome places on 21st.

(my face is SO SHINY!)

Saturday I started the day with a 6 mile run. And honestly, I just wasn’t feeling it. But I needed to get that long run in, so I just powered through. Thankfully it wasn’t raining and was slightly warm outside.

I really rocked it last week with running/training! From runs to elliptical to leg workouts to spinning, I worked out everyday but Sunday!

The rest of the afternoon was spent cleaning the apartment, half watching/listening to the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love, and cutting up vegetables for the upcoming week.

My life is thrilling, I know.

Dannica and I got together to get ready for our friend Trevor’s big masquerade party! He rented out a bar for his birthday and everyone was asked to where masks for the theme.

I felt like a super hero the entire night!

Sunday – my do nothing but relax day. I made myself a big breakfast, sat in my comfy chair, and watched the entire first season of the HBO show Girls.

I am so in love with this show! It’s my life. It’s so heartbreaking/hilarious/witty. The perfect show for a twenty something girl.

Steven came over, pried me away from my comfy chair. and made me dinner. Seriously, this guy is such a keeper!

Bacon & Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburgers

This week is going to be crazy hectic. But I am feeling prepared. Ready, set, go!

PS- I can’t believe the election is tomorrow! Ah!

Happy 1st “Runnaversary” to me!

This week one year ago, I decided I wanted to run.

Why?

I wanted to be healthier, stronger, happier. I wanted to re-live my athletic days, to challenge myself.

One year ago, I made a goal to run and to keep being active.

When I started doing the Couch to 5k program, I just really wanted to run a 5k

Then I moved on to a quarter marathon

Then a half marathon

And now I am training for my second half marathon!

And then maybe one day a marathon (maybe… just maybe…)

(If I had a dollar for every self-portraits I have on a run…)

I wish I could say that running has gotten easier. But it hasn’t. I know I will always be a slow runner. And that some runs are wonderful and blissful and that some runs feel like punishment.

But it’s something that I love to do.  And I am so proud of myself that I have stuck with it for an entire year!

Who doesn’t love a good challenge

Side note – The 12 mile run has to be postponed… I don’t have enough time! But I did do a six miler yesterday… a mile for every two months!