Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ramping up

Today I decided to head into Seattle to run with the Seattle Green Lake Running Group. It was really nice to be able to run with a few running buddies for a few miles. They also pushed my pace for a bit, which was really nice! I noticed that even though I was running way faster than I normally would have on my own that it didn't seem that bad. I think I credit this to the fact that I didn't have my running watch on, I somehow forgot it on my long run! I think not looking down at my watch every few seconds allowed me to take my mind off of it and just run. I was even able to hold conversation, so that really means I put too much on my watch lol. I have read a few articles now saying to leave the watch behind every once in awhile and this definitely backed that up.
Stopping for a photo op! 
The full run for me today ended up being 15.81 miles. The last 6 were pretty rough for some reason. I felt pretty done by mile 9 and I am not sure why. My legs actually got tired, which hardly ever happens. But I also did start upping my workouts this week as well, hopefully that's all it was!
On Thursday I ran the faster mile I have ever run. 7:04! 
After the fastest mile ever!
This week I have continued using PiYo and I have started ChaLean Extreme. This new program is a weight lifting centric program. It isn't quite what I expected. In TurbFire is all cardio and in PiYo is "moving yoga". While this new program is all about the reps and holding weights in different positions. But I need it, that's for sure! So I will keep it up. 
Getting Ultra ready!!!
Keep on Running!


Thursday I went for a run, I ran harder than I ever have. I tried to run off the pain and sadness. I had just heard that one of my good school friends had passed away. I tried to run like he could but he was such a gifted runner. He was also one of the kindest, smartest and most genuine people I have ever known. 
Thank you for being a part of my life Max.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Woke up today, Feelin' the way, I always do! oh! oh! oh!

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today, no doubt! I'm not sure why but Everything took forever this morning, from getting ready to driving into Seattle. So I decided to have a bit of fun with this wonderful song! 

Yesterday, along with my run, I started PiYo. I decided to try it for several different reasons, 1) I love Chalene Johnson. 2) I don't like yoga 3) I need to cross train 4) I need to stretch 5) I have no core lol.

I have only done one workout and it was pretty short, about 20 minutes. But I feel it in my butt already! Eeps! I am hoping that I like it enough to keep doing it, it could be great no impact cross training for my ultra.
I also have another workout on the way that I am excited for, I am not really into weight training and I need that as well in my cross training plans. It's called ChaLean Extreme and it incorporates strength training into a cardio format. Which is why I love Bob Harper but I just really enjoy Chalene Johnson and the way she teaches her classes. I will follow up more once I start incorporating that into my training schedule as well. 
That being said I am not doing all three, PiYo, ChaLean Extreme and running in one day every day, I will be spreading them out to match my runs. Don't worry I won't keel over from working out too much!  
I hope you all have a wonderful day!
Keep on Running!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

3 Miles and I'm still alive

Before the winter break I was running the fastest I had ever run. I even made a sub 9:00 pace for my 5k PR at the ESR First 5k. (Which I highly recommend to anyone who wants to PR on a 5k.) I came in second for my age group as well! Not too shabby. My friend Michelle took first in our age group. ;) 
Prema, Jordan, myself and Michelle before the race. :)
My run today was not so happy. I pushed extremely hard and pushed my pause button several times on my watch to "get this pace". This pace is still 13 seconds slower than that 5k and that 5k I wasn't about to die. 
I am still working at it and I will get back to that old pace and better! Hopefully without getting sick on the trail! lol 

Monday, January 25, 2016

22 miles, that's easy!

This weekend was the first week of longer runs in my training plan. Saturday I was to run 14 and Sunday 8 but I decided to have a bit of fun on Saturday and I ran the Rain Run half marathon with my friend Peter. It was the perfect weather for the run, it was in the 40s and it sprinkled the whole race! I have worked with race directors before and they are just the nicest people! Plus, they put on a really great race experience every time. They don't let the fact that the race is small effect the quality of the support that they give on or off the course. They have nice aid stations and a fun start/finish area. What I also like about The Rain Run is that they don't do shirts, they actually give out umbrellas instead. Fitting, right!? I highly recommend this race. 

Peter and I crossing the muddy finish line!
Yep, I finished half marathon #25!
It was a lot of fun running with Peter as well. It made the time go by so fast! We just chatted and had a great time. I should run with friends more often! 
On Sunday we had a very rare thing happen here during a PNW winter, it was sunny! So I went out for my run nice and early (for me) and enjoyed the beautiful sunny day. To makeup for the mile that I missed with only running 13.1 on Saturday I ran 9 miles on Sunday which wasn't hard considering the weather! I had so much fun running both days. 
A bright and sunny 9 miles!
I also wore my very first hydration pack for the very first time on Sunday. I have the Salomon S-Lab ADV Skin3, I was surprised at how little bounce there was, basically none, and how light it is! I didn't like how the more you drank from the soft shell water bottles the further they sink into the pockets and you have to dig them out but I am sure I will figure out a trick to keep that from happening, it was only my first run with it after all. But I am also shocked at how I could've gone this long without having a hydration pack! Oh man was it nice to be able to have water whenever I felt like it. It may be my new favorite toy!   
Keep on Running!

Racing Weight

As you all know I am training for my first Ultra Marathon in April. The Frisco Railroad Run 50 Miler and I have been reading several Ultra Marathon Books in preparation including Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald
This book is so full of information that is can be a bit overwhelming. It's NOT a light read, however, it has some really good information in it and I highly recommend it if you are an endurance athlete of any form. Since January 1st I have been working on my Racing Weight. I have only lost 8 lbs thus far but like I said before I do keep record of my body measurements. I didn't take measurements the first week and I sure wish that I had! 
In the last two weeks I have gone down 5lbs (out of the 8lbs lost so far) and 6.25 inches over all! According to my scale which measures Weight, Fat %, Water %, Muscle % and Bone % I have dropped from 25.2% Body fat to 23.9% in just two weeks. It's not anywhere near my goal but is definitely a Huge change! 
I know I would be losing weight even faster if I was following the Racing Weight guide to the T but I just don't have time to cook lol. But I am definitely using the tips and advice from it. My favorite one is the Second Ingredient Rule: If any type of refined sugar (which includes brown rice syrup, brown sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, maltose, sucrose, and sugar) is listed as the first or second ingredient, it's a sweet don't eat it. This does not apply to fruit. 
You'll be shocked when you go grocery shopping and you use this rule, there are a lot of things that you wouldn't expect to have the first or second ingredient as a sugar. 
By Matt Fitzgerald
It's a super easy tip to follow, doesn't require memorizing tons of rules or facts. Just one little ol' rule and it goes a very long way! I hope this tidbit can inspire you to keep on going. And read the book if you want an extremely in depth look of how to get your body ready for the big race.
Have a great day! 
Keep on Running!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

gram by gram or millimeter by millimeter ?

Slowly but surely getting back into shape. I'm right at that point when I can tell my muscles are becoming stronger and more defined, my body isn't giggling quite so much (but still giggles a ton) and I'm not craving tons of junk food. But at the point where absolutely none of that is visible to anyone else! 
I have managed to take off 7 lbs of giggly fun since January 1st, that that is some physical progress on the scale at least. I keep meticulous body measurements when I am in training as well. I have toned up a tiny bit but not enough to make mention of. All that said, at least I am moving in the right direction! 
My main go to resource when I need to lose weight/want to lose weight is MyFitnesPal, I know I have mentioned it before many times but I can't say enough how great of a tool it is. Yes, logging all the food you eat every day can be time consuming but it is also a great way to train yourself to be more aware of what your eating, how nutrient rich (or not) the foods you are eating are, and just a great way to keep on track. You are more than welcome to add me as a friend if you'd like! Bassett8807 is my user name.
Walking to the bus stop after work, bringing country to the city!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Progress and Changes!

Oh what a week. I've picked up my training quite a bit this week. My long run on Saturday was 10 miles, it was a bit more rough than I thought it would be, unfortunately. For some reason I just couldn't find my groove. I made it through feeling accomplished though, because I didn't let the struggle stop me from completing the run!
New hair for the long run! It was weird, lots of bouncy bouncy hair! I have somehow managed to have pretty long hair since I started running a bit over 4 years ago. It may be trivial but it did bother me quite a bit when I was running.
 Today I decided to avoid the massive wind storm that we were having by heading to the gym to workout/watch the Seahawks decidedly lose miserably to the Panthers. Which, as it turns out, only makes working out less enjoyable when you see your team making terrible mistake after terrible mistake! However, I did manage to get in 1 hr 40 minutes of cardio and a bit of weight training. I decided to cross train a bit today instead of running 8 miles. I figured after yesterday's terrible run performance it might be good to change it up.
This weekend was a incredibly productive weekend, which kind of means it was a boring one... I cleaned the whole house and took down all the Christmas decor. etc etc blah blah blah. Back to normal I suppose! 
Better luck next year Hawks!
Keep on Running!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Skiing at Whistler!

What a fantastic weekend! My friend Jordan invited several of his friends and I to spend the weekend in Whistler, B.C. I had never been there but had heard many great things. I am so glad I went! The beauty is indescribable!
Photo by Jordan Anderson

 This was my second adventure with skiing. Like the first time it didn't go well. I either just don't have the knack for it or I should take lessons. (I'd like to take lessons) I really want to be able to ski! 
It wasn't long into the day when I had taken one too many falls and I had to head back to the chalet. But it was so much fun to see the mountains, the snow, all of the wonderful skiers. I can't wait to get better at skiing so that I can go back!
My friend Michelle and I right before my last big fall.

Michelle and I in front of our Chalet, right at the top of the ski in ski out!
As it turns out Jordan knows some very talented people! His friends spent two days back country skiing! WoW! And I can't even make it down the bunny hill without falling. But they were all wonderfully fascinating and I thought it was really neat to be able to spend time with people who have such deep passion for the outdoors. P.s. they are all crazy awesome rock climbers too! 
I am so glad that Michelle was there! She made it seem like it wasn't a big deal that I kept falling all over the place. She kept my spirits up for sure! Then she managed to go down several green slopes and even a blue on her first day of skiing, ever! Go Michelle! 
Even after several falls and banging up my knee pretty well, I still managed to go for a 4 mile run after we got home Sunday, so I am pretty happy about that. Can't wait to get some longer runs in!
Keep on Running!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

What should've been Day 2

The day started off ... On the wrong foot and went downhill from there! I will spare the boring details but I will share a semi comical one.
For Christmas I bought Anthony and I adult kick scooters. The idea was to use them to quicken our commute to the bus and back. Yesterday, was the first day that we had used them on the commute to work. Everything went fine in the way into work but on the way home we were scooting along full speed when my front wheel locked up. I went flying! It was probably a good 4 feet of soaring before I graciously landed on my knee and then spread eagle onto the ground face first. With the scooter whipping around to leave a baseball sized welt on my ankle. It was quite impressive to watch I am sure. 
Well I am feeling much better today and plan on running this evening. 
I did learn something interesting in class last night though. There is a program called Limited License Legal Technicians. I found it very fascinating. Designed to speed up the legal process and to allow more people to practice law without being a lawyer. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Day 1

Today is Day 1

Day 1 of my Ultra Marathon training! My first ultra is April 30 in Missouri. I will be running the same race as my first half marathon but the ultra length this time. I am extremely nervous and excited about it. The Frisco Railroad Run, so it'll be really flat! Ha, chose the "easy" 50 mile race.
Day 1 of college classes at Edmonds Community College for Paralegal classes. Which I am also really nervous/excited for. I haven't taken classes in several years. But now I am trying to take them working full time and while training for an ultra marathon. 

This really is the start of a new year for me. I can't wait to get started!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Where has the time gone?!

This year has been so crazy I can't explain it all! I am going to give a super quick run down for the last couple of months.

Ragnar- I was able to participate in Ragnar Northwest Passage for the first time this year. It was so different from anything that I have ever done before in my life! It was so so so hard. I thought my total of 17 miles was harder than running my full marathon! This is because of all of the breaks. You run, take a several hour break, run, break, and then run again. 
Seattle RnR- I ran the Seattle Rock N Roll Half marathon again this year as part of my Cascadia marathon series. It was hot again this year and I was sick... but I made it through.
Derby Dash 5k- This was a lot of fun, a short local 5k, super flat and fast. Anthony decided to run this one with me as well. Ran with friends but no PR. 
Beats Half Marathon- This was the first year that the Beats Half Marathon has been run. It wasn't a bad race but it could have been a bit more exciting. There was music about every mile but there was no cheering people along the race and it kind of drug along. But if you want a fast, flat race, this is a good choice, only a couple very minor hills in it. But there are two out and backs.
Grand Canyon- So VERY long story made short, in Sept my BFF and her BFF ventured down to AZ. We spent a day at Slide Rock Park where I was able to slide down a natural water side and got to cliff dive for the first time! It was so so much fun. We visited Sedona and had some amazing food at the Hideaway House Cafe. (HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE!) We headed to the Grand Canyon and spent the night uptop and headed down on an early morning hike to the bottom. We got 1.7 miles in and my BFF slipped, shattered her ankle, she couldn't get a mule out or a stretcher so she crawled on her hands and knees for .2 miles to a location where she could get air lifted out. We spent several days in Flagstaff, AZ where she had emergency surgery before she was able to head home to MO. What an unforgettable trip in so many good ways and bad. She is doing well and has started taking small steps for the first time. 
Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon- This race was... interesting. The first 4 miles were so beautiful! You run over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and it is just breathtaking. Then you switch to running on a trail that goes along a Massive freeway for the last 8 miles. I was coughing for two months after this! The fumes really did a number on me. I do not plan on running this one again unless they can really change the course.
Beat the Blerch- I ran this race the day after I ran the Tacoma Narrows Half. (My first back to back race weekend.) I ran it with Anthony and it was on a very flat gravel trail. It poured!!!! We were just sopping wet basically the whole race. However, it was a really fun race, super beautiful course! Really motivational and fun. I would say, if you are an average runner and usually go to the middle of the pack, go to the front. This race draws in EVERYONE, which is Wonderful but also means a Ton of walkers/very slow runners. 
Leavenworth Half Marathon- This race I decided to do the week of! Ha! But the weekend was a blast. I went with a group of friends to Leavenworth and we rented a cabin. Just a blast! The race is unbelievably beautiful. It runs along the base of mountains and over and along rivers. But .... The last mile and a half is on very loose sand. That was awful. Made every inch of me hurt lol. But if you don't mind that, sign up!!! Wonderful race, well supported and fun.
Woodinville Wine Country Half Marathon- This race was the first race I paced. It was really an interesting experience. I made several practice runs before the race to be sure I had a good feel for the pace. Which was about a minute slower than my normal race pace. At the start of the race, I had a group of about 20 people with me. (Pretty small race) I had lost a person here and there, then was down to around 10 for quite a while. At aid station 10 I lost all but one! She stayed with me to about 12.5 and I told her to finish strong! She did awesome. So I finished the race alone. But it was pretty fun, but my shoulder hurt pretty bad from holding the pace sign for 2 1/2 hours. Might be a while before I pace a race that long again.
ESR First 5k- This race is a bit special because my friend Jordan Anderson organized it with the support of my local running club, Eastside Runners. This race is as flat as a race can be. I managed to even PR! First time I was just under 9 minute miles on this one. 
Jamaica- In October Anthony was allowed to take a business trip to Jamaica and I was able to go with him! It was such an interesting experience. I was able to visit my first 3rd world country and it was highly educational. Met some wonderful people and had the best Jerk Chicken ever!
San Francisco Nike Women's Half Marathon- So, instead of flying straight home from Jamaica I flew to San Francisco! I arrived about 8pm and my friend picked up my race packet for me so I was able to run the race! (Great Friend!) I highly suggest never getting on a 11 hour plain trip then running a half marathon the next morning. My legs were super swollen and it was pretty painful. So I just took my time on the race and had fun with it. Took some great photos and enjoyed the run. This run is easily the most beautiful race I have ever run. If I get a chance to run in San Fran again I really look forward to it. Between the wonderful architecture and the bay, you are so distracted the whole time you forget you are running! I even made a new friend when I was hanging out in San Fran! 
Vancouver RnR 10k and Half- I went up to Vancouver, BC the weekend after I got back from San Fran to run the Rock N Roll Cunningham Seawall 10k on Saturday and then the Rock and Roll Half Marathon on Sunday. Wow another beautiful race series! The 10k goes along the seawall so you literally run one the ocean for 6 miles! Then the half goes through the city, the park and back to the seawall. I highly recommend these races as well. Great support, wonderful people and beautiful! 
Seattle Half Marathon- This run Anthony decided to run with me. We took it a bit slower than usual because it was a bit cold, about 32 degrees. Even though it was the third time that I have run the Seattle Half, I still love it! I am thinking about running the full this year instead of the half. Great race, but I think I love it mostly because it is my "home town" race. Going through the streets that I love.
YAY! What a wonderful time the last few months! There is one more thing that I didn't mention. I was transferred with my previous company but I didn't like the transfer so I quit. I hit the ground running and I got myself a new career! I now work as an Executive Assistant for Amazon in downtown Seattle! WOOT! I love my new job. It is so different from anything else that I have ever done and I am excited to see where this will take me.
On that note I will wrap up this post and hopefully I will be able to keep up a bit better from now on. 
Keep on Running!