Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mountain Adventures, Slips, Spills and Thrills!

I injured my ankle hiking the Enchantments a few weeks ago. This is the first real injury that I have had to deal with as a runner. It has been extremely difficult watching all of my friends go out and have so much fun during the fall running season. I went through several doctors appointments x-rays and a CT just to be told that it is a severe sprain. However, I would do that hike again in a heartbeat. It is indescribable! One of the most beautiful places that I have ever been.
Just one of the many lakes along the Enchantments Hike.
I am out doing small runs once again and I am starting my ramp up for the Seattle Marathon and the Deception Pass 50k
My team! Do Those Legs Go All the Way Up?!
That being said, this last weekend I had a wonderful opportunity to go with my friends out to Ragnar Trail Cascades and volunteered for the weekend. I really enjoyed still being apart of something that is so much fun. 
Ragnar Trail Cascades is a trail relay. The idea being that you and your team get to camp out and run three different times per person. There are three trail loops that all start and finish in the Ragnar Village.
I absolutely love it. Unlike a road relay you have a chance to bond with your teammates around a campfire and of course you don't have to run on the road! And you can get some actual sleep in between legs, even if it's just a 2 hour nap, it's a two hour nap of not moving.
The next morning is when I crawled out of my tent and went down to the Ragnar Village to work in the transition tent, where runners swap out legs, for several hours. It was VERY dusty and I had a raspy voice for a few days because of the dust and the campfire smoke.
As far as volunteering goes, I never thought that I would be a bouncer for a race! But that is what I ended up doing. I worked at the entrance of the tent ensuring that only the appropriate people were in the tent.
Once my shift was over, my friend Liz and I went for a short hike. We both really needed that hike. She is just coming off the injured list. We hiked Patterson Mountain, a short, child friendly hike but the views are stunning the whole way.
It was really refreshing to get out in the air again, to have the blood pumping through my veins filled with life once again. 
There was only one major incident in my group of runners, a runner became very ill on the course but he was tough as nails and made it off the mountain safely and was able to smile about it the next morning.
All three teams did extremely well and I am so proud of them all! As a treat we ventured into the town of Twisp and ate at La Fonda, a Mexican, American, Italian and Indian restaurant that blew our socks off! We were all very happy with the food we had, despite the oddness of the types of food on the menu.
Fire time
We took it easy, hung out at our campfire, visited, drank a little and enjoyed each other’s company. This stuff, is the good stuff.
Views from Patterson Mountain
I can't wait to get out there again in May. I am hoping to run the Sun Mountain 100k out on these mountains!  
Keep on Running!

Trying Something New! AirBnB in Seattle

As you all know, living in a city these days costs an arm and a leg. I struggle to make ends meet each month, yet I am bound and determined to not have a roommate, so I decided to get creative. I signed up to be a host on AirBnB. 
I didn't think that my apartment had anything to offer but as it turns out there are many many people listing and offering just a couch to crash on. I put a lot of thought into it and decided, just getting my couch rented out 6 nights a month, would drastically change my current living expense crunch. 
Last night my very first guest checked in! He was drawn to my listing because of my race medal wall. He does triathlons and thought it'd be cool to crash with someone he could relate to. He is very friendly, thank goodness! It is always scary starting something new like this. 
I'm really looking forward to meeting new people and trying something really new for me.
Come stay with me!

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Friday, September 9, 2016

My Better Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

My Better Half Marathon

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Save 10% with code IRONHORSELOVE
My Better Half Marathon is a celebration of running, romance and deliciously bad bad rom-coms. You will run through the new, bigger, and better tunnel of love in one of four categories: Bromance (two guy friends), Besties (two girl friends), Lovers (romantically involved) and Lonely Hearts (self-explanatory).
In addition to a romantically good-time, you will receive a custom, long sleeve zip running shirt (similar to last year's quality), a new twist on finisher medals (what could THAT mean???), free professional race photo downloads (because we know you heart da glamour shots), and a catered post-race hot meal (yum!)
Who knows??? Maybe we'll see a wedding proposal this year. 

WHAT? A Half Marathon, 10k and 5k running event!  Available in Individual, Couple, and Relay Flavors.

WHEN? February 12th, 2017 at 8:00am

WHERE? Seward Park, Seattle, WA.

WHY? Because love conquers all.

Save 10% with the code IRONHORSELOVE. All registrations that use this code will be entered to win an additional FREE entry. Contest ends 10/31/16 at 11:59pm
Register today to take advantage of special early bird pricing! 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

ULTRA Classy Ladies of Green Lake - Ragnar Northwest Passage

 You know those crazy stories you hear about people running even further than a marathon? (A marathon is 26.2 miles) The ones that just keep going and going? Those crazy people are called ultra marathoners. This year we, Ladies of Green Lake, decided to try something new for Ragnar Northwest Passage. We decided to try out some of this craziness for ourselves. However, we took it up at notch. 
How does one take ultra marathoner running up a notch?! Easy, run the distance as a relay, without any sleep, questionable food decisions, (because who really know how to properly fuel for a 30 hour relay with no sleep??) non stop go go go, and having to focus on driving, coordinating, not getting lost, trying to sleep in a very loud moving van, running through the night, not getting lost... not getting lost... don't lose your runners! and spending 30 hours with 6 people in a van... that van gets really small very fast! 
Here we are, sweet innocent Ragnarians about to start on a seemingly impossible path! 
When we started we weren't sure what to expect. This was Ji's first run longer than a half marathon and she Rocked it! I struggled really bad last year and I crushed my half marathon PR time! Liz and Karrie both ran their first ultra distance in a race and of course they were crazy fast and extremely impressive. Brooke had the longest hardest legs, and she was incredibly strong and powered through. Poor Lauren got thrown into a van with a bunch of strangers and was a total sweetheart the whole time and she has some impressive speed on those legs! 
First leg of the relay, accidentally PRed my half marathon on this leg!
ULTRA Classy Ladies took 2nd place in our division! 
To say the least, this year I enjoyed the Northwest Passage a lot more than last year. I loved the longer distances and the one van. Yes, it meant less time to rest but it also felt like there was less hurry up and wait. Didn't have time to relax or get anxious, just had to keep going which was a welcome distraction for a road relay race. I enjoyed it so much I'd almost consider running it again, almost... ;) 
A huge thank you to my sister who flew out from Missouri to be our driver for the race. She allowed us to focus on running the event and gave us a much needed break from driving. Thank you Kaurine!
I will always recommend Ragnar relays, just be prepared to be completed exhausted, in a good way!
Keep on Running!
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Huma Gels kept me going through the run! #humabeings

Pie High Trail Run Half Marathon

Ok all y'all! I finally did it! I ran my first official trail half marathon. It only took 30 half marathons to get out there and finally do it, but there yah go! The Pie High Trail Run got me out there, well, who can say no to pie!? I have always loved running trails way more than roads. I have been running on them for quite a while now but this has just been my first official race. I had a blast!!!
My friends and I decided to give ourselves trail names and we even registered under them. The race director found this to be hilarious and asked us to pose for a picture.
Doing inappropriate things to the bear...
From left to right: Sweatband Jesus, Briny Bradypus, Rabid Raccoon, Trash Panda, Red Velvet Underground, Crack Attack!
Conquering that hill with a smile! Didn't even know this photo was being taken.
This the hill we started off with. Just a nice hello from the start. A 500 foot straight up hill! Wasn't that bad once you got going, just daunting at the site of it. 
Beautiful finish!
My coworker Anne decided to join in on the impromptu trail race, she ran with me the whole time and here we are crossing the finish line. 

The race was EXTREMELY well marker. There was never any doubt that I was on the trail even with the million twists and turns. There were two water stops which was just right for this race which was mostly shaded. The finish lines had all sorts of goodies including delicious pie! 
I highly recommend Northwest Trail Runs! I look forward to running with them again in the future.  
Keep on Running!
Huma Gels kept me going through the run! #humabeings