Monthly Archives: January 2012

Freeze Your Thorns Off 5k Virtual Race Recap!

A free race that I can fit in with my regularly scheduled run? I’m definitely not going to pass that up. So today I participated in my first virtual race, the Freeze Your Thorns Off 5k hosted by Adam at The Boring Runner. (Also, hi Adam! I totally stalk your blog. But that’s how it works on the interwebs, right?) The weather cooperated perfectly with the theme of the race as it was a crisp 32ºF at 8:00am but at least it was dry which is quite surprising for Portland in the winter. I counted the first 3 miles of my 7 mile Team in Training run as the race but since I’m on a roll of being super forgetful lately I forgot to print out the bib or take a picture while running. So I did this instead:

Post run sweaty face.

I know, I’m soooooooo creative. I also don’t own a printer.

The run itself went well and included a bit of sprinting so that I didn’t get run over by a car. I forgot my watch so I’m not sure what my time was but my probably wrong guesstimate would be around 30 minutes for the 5k and 1:10:00-1:15:00 for the full 7. I then proceed to eat my weight in potato pancakes and pull pork. Sounds like a weird combo but it actually worked. (And no, I know what you’re thinking, but there’s no chance in hell that I’m pregnant, I just eat weird stuff)

Thanks Adam for putting this race together! Or, well, telling people to run and take pictures.

100 (Minus 7) Days Until Eugene!

I had this plan to write a post when there were 100 days left until the Eugene Half Marathon since everyone loves countdowns and round numbers. I marked it on my calender and then promptly forgot about it.

Now you know my typical Friday schedule.

As you can see, it was on the 20th, and today is the 27th. Oops. So, now the countdown starts at 93. It’s better to start from an odd number, right?

I like to think I started the countdown off on a good foot by one night this week eating half a bag of Goldfish for dinner and then eating rice pudding for lunch.


Three flavors in one bowl?! Magical.

That’s the type of food that fuels you through 13.1, right?

I also got some strength training in by carrying around a lot of stuff.

No wonder I'm tired.

I got asked by a doctor if I was visiting from out of town. Nope, just have my purse, school bag, running bag, and Chemo Pal toy bag. Just a normal day.

On the fundraising side, we’re over 50%!

Correction, we're at 59%!

Tomorrow my Team in Training long run is seven miles, which is more than half of a half marathon (can we call it a quarter marathon?). Eugene still seems so far away (this may be because it’s after finals for winter quarter and it’s tough to think about life past that), but it’s also nice to have a lot of time to try to perfect the whole running thing. It also gives me time to go to workout classes an the unbelievably sore the next day. Hopefully by April I’ll be strong enough to get through a class and run 13.1 without having to walk like an 80 year old the next day. Fingers crossed.

Confessions From the First 2 Weeks of School

* I got my teeth licked by Tundra. It was gross and unfortunate.

You should really ask first, Tundra.

* I’ve re-watched almost all of Parks and Rec, again. I mean, I’ve been doing a lot of homework…

* I made a box of brownies and then ate them out of a bowl.

Ben Wyatt is dismayed at my life choices.

* I went to a Pilates class for the first time since the beginning of December and the muscle that was the most sore was my digastric belly.

These are not the muscles I meant to work.

* I learned that you need to take your watch off before you take your shirt off, otherwise you will get stuck.


* I went to an Abs, Buns, and Thighs class and could barely walk afterwards. I swear I’m actually in pretty good shape.

* I’ve starting counting how many times one of my professors says ‘literally’ in class. I have 2 columns, one for the correct usage, one for the incorrect usage. It’s literally the most entertaining thing in that class.

On a different note, it snowed again in Portland last week.

Pretty times.

Then 8 hours later it melted.

Ugly times.

There were some snowmen that were really sad about it.

Sad times.

What do you have in store for me this week, week 3 of winter quarter?

I’m Still Here!

That sounds a bit like a threat but I mean it in the best way possible.

Holy busy first week of school, Batman. It’s definitely going to be a hectic 10 more weeks, but certainly doable. However, if you see me come midterms and finals and I’m pulling my hair out and being more snarky than usual, you have been warned.

Guess who made a triumphantly sweaty return to running?!

This girl! Who also can't seem to take a non-blurry picture of herself.

After the Great Foot Disaster of New Years I took a week off from running and then started slowly getting back into it. Last weekend I ran a mile on Saturday and walked 2.5 on Sunday. Monday Jen and I got a quick run in at work, Tuesday I got some hills in, Wednesday I gave it a rest, and then Thursday I was ready to get sweaty! (Ooh, that sounds like the start to an awesomely bad pop song.) I did 3 miles through Laurelhurst Park and by the end I was getting a good sweat on. Friday I didn’t play soccer, which was tough watching Sped pick apart the other team 12(ish)-0. I say ish because the ref stopped counting at 7. Did I mention how awesome Sped is? I think Chris put it best:

Note: the season is 8 games and you can get one bonus point a game if a girl scores a goal.

Saturday was a Team in Training long run, which for us half marathoners, was 6 miles.

Munching on some goodies at an aid station.

I woke up late for the run and was out of bagels so I resorted to eating peanut butter out of the jar, turns out that’s not really a good substitute for a bagel, which led to hitting a bit of a wall midway through the 6 miles. I also managed to get some giant blisters (running makes me super pretty) since this was my first long run in my new shoes which led to me wearing the ugly shoe for the rest of the day since to walk without the blisters hurting made my bastard 5th metatarsal hurt. Sometimes I feel like a walking disaster…

Look! New shoes!

Last week/this week Jen and I had our Mini Marathon and over $400 was raised! Thanks everyone for helping us fight that crappy cancer enemy, now enjoy a few pictures.

I’ve also survived the great Portland Snowpocalypse of 2012. Just look at this craziness!

The first flakes starting to fall around noon.
They're getting bigger!
Starting to stick.

OMG, 2 inches of snow! Clearly the world is ending.

(Almost) As Good as New!

Guess who wore 2 cute shoes today?!

Hint: someone who really likes purple.

Answer: me. I know, that was a hard one to figure out. I ran today! A whole mile! Ok, yeah, so that’s not that impressive, but it was quite exciting for someone who’s been wearing an ugly shoe all week. Then I hung out on the couch all day with Tundra, which she seemed to be happy about.

She's good at keeping your toes warm.

Tundra is also happy about my moose menorah purchase.

Best menorah ever.

I’ve also rewatched all of Parks and Rec, which is literally, my favorite show right now. Seriously, go watch it. I’m going to find me a Ben Wyatt.

Something you should also do if you’re in Portland, come join Jen and me tomorrow at 10:00 at Water Avenue Coffee for our Mini Marathon. Get your running shoes ready!

Mini Marathon!

So, by now I’m sure you’ve picked on the whole ‘I’m running a half marathon with Team in Training” thing, which also means I’m fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, because blood cancers suck and need to be a thing of the past. Like when people talk of small pox and think ‘aww, such an antiquated disease and aren’t we awesome as a population since we kicked some small pox ass’. One day, hopefully sooner rather than later, we’ll think ‘oh man, that lymphoma used to be such a bitch, but now you just take this pill and barely even notice it and you don’t have the awful side effects of chemo’. That would be a pretty awesome world. Fortunately there has been progress towards this goal, Gleevec (Imatinib) is a great example. Instead of attacking all the rapidly dividing cells in the body like chemo (which is why hair loss, nausea and vomiting are side affects of chemo), Gleevec binds to a specific protein site and prevents it from working which causes the death of the cancer cell. That’s pretty bad ass. It’s used in some types of chronic myelogenous leukemia and gastrointestinal cancers. It was developed here in Portland at OHSU and the research was partially funded by LLS.

I’m telling you all this as a way to say that I believe in LLS and feel like the money I raise for them is going towards the good fight. So here’s your chance to join in the fight. Jen and I are having a fundraiser this weekend that we’re calling our Mini Marathon.

And the totally awesome thing about it is that you can take part in it even if you’re not in Portland. Here’s how:

1) Donate $13.10 as a ‘race fee’ (it’s tax deductible!). Follow the link and click donate button on the left side on the page. Please leave a comment saying that you are participating in the Mini Marathon.

2) At some point this weekend (Jan. 7-8) run or walk 1.3 miles. If you’re in Portland, we’d love for you to join us at Water Avenue Coffee at 10:00am on Sunday and we’ll have a waterfront route already planned out.

3) Take pictures, get your friends involved, and have fun! Exercising is good for you, especially if you were like me over the holidays and ate 17 people’s share of cookies.

4) Wear all the purple items of clothing you own, in Portland we’ll have a prize for the most purplefied (yay, made up word!) person. You have been challenged to a purple duel. (Purple is TnT’s color)

5) Send the pictures and a little race report to We’re going to share everyone’s pictures and stories (if you don’t want you picture shared on the internet, you don’t have to send it to us).

That’s it! Only 5 steps! It’s almost too easy to say no too. Gimpy over here will either be walking very slowly (i.e. putting my camp counselor skills to use and making sure no one falls into the Willamette) or providing course support, but my smiling face will be there Sunday morning to cheer people on. Let’s kick some cancer ass.

Confessions From A Girl In An Ugly Shoe

I busted my foot on Saturday. No, it wasn’t while I was running 5 miles up Terwilliger, playing soccer, or running that 5k at midnight. No, I stepped on the plug to the vacuum with my left foot, tried to step back onto my right foot and somehow jammed my big toe into the ground and then flailed around for a bit. Somewhere in there I hurt my 5th metatarsal.

That's the culprit.

It didn’t actually start to hurt until a few hours later and I didn’t think much of it, but then it started to swell and bruise, which is never a good sign. So on Monday I hobbled to the doctor and got an x-ray, fortunately it was negative for a fracture. So woot for that. I am wearing this medically helpful ugly shoe.

So fashionable.

It helps to distribute the weight evenly around my foot, which is good since when I try to wear my regular shoe it pushes up into the 5th MT and hurts like stepping on glass. So, now without further ado, confessions of a girl in an ugly shoe.

* I want to get some purple puffy paint to decorate the ugly shoe but I’m holding back because I don’t want the ugly shoe to stick around for long.

* The perfect shoe height to match the ugly shoe is my cowboys boots.

Does it match?

* I feel like an 80 year old when I walk around.

* The most annoying thing about the shoe is that sometimes rocks get stuck in the bottom and make this awful scratching noise. It’s like nails on a chalkboard.

* I miss running. (I know, I’m shocked too.)

* I’m jealous of people with 2 good feet.

* It’s taking a huge amount of effort to not just keep running on it. I have to keep reminding myself about that time I broke my clavicle for the second time and didn’t go to the doctor for 2 months and then it took over a year for the pain to go away. Remember M, that wasn’t fun.

* I hate having that guilty feeling when eating chocolate when I know I can run it off later.

Can I run yet?

Running Head First into the New Year

Happy new year!!! I hope everyone had a fantastic and safe evening and that you’re ready to take on a new year. My Dec. 31, 2011 was was one of the best and sweatiest days of the entire year, let me tell you about it.

The first adventure of the day was our weekly Team in Training long run, which was 5 miles. We started at Duniway track, headed downtown through the park blocks, turned down to the waterfront and then headed back to the track for 3 miles. We took a quick water break and then headed up and back down Terwilliger Blvd.


This was my first time running up Terwilliger and boy did it hurt. I think Jen put it best when she said she always wondered who those crazy people were who would run up it and now we are those crazy people. But we made it! I was trying not to push too hard on the run since I had a couple other physical activities planned for the day but my competitiveness got the best of me on the hill and I pushed myself to pass anyone I could see. The pay off was definitely the view.

Jen, some teammates, and I then hit up Suki’s to get breakfast. Amaretto french toast= delicious.

Next up was my once-every-six-months hair cut.

Sorry about showing up sweaty Tasia.

Then it was time to sweat all over my nicely done hair at soccer with Sped. We had no girl subs, which was exhausting fun and we won so that means we finish the last few months of 2011 without losing a game. Great job Sped!

To ring in the new year it was time to get sparkly. Jen, Karla, Christine, Anna and I went to a fabric store a few weeks ago to pick out colors so that we could make skirts and headbands to run in.

Shiny ladies!

We spent the first part of the evening having a pot luck dinner and playing Cards Against Humanity, which is like an adult version of Apples to Apples. Leslie gave it to Jen for her birthday, well done Leslie. There was also a bit of sparkly fun.

Jen crying from laughter.

Around 10:00pm we headed downtown for the First Run 5k and luckily got to hang out inside before the race because it was pretty cold out.

Bundled up and waiting for the (free) bus. I love you Portland.

The race started right at midnight.

Race face.

We told Karla that we thought she had a good chance of placing in her age group since she’s Fasty McSpeederson and she did not let us down. She finished in 21:59 which was good enough for 2nd in her age group (25-29)!

Karla speeding by.

I should note here that getting good race photos during the day is pretty hard, but getting good race photos at night is extremely hard. Plus, Rigel didn’t know how to turn the flash on on my camera so please don’t mind the very blurry pictures.

Next up was Christine who finished in 26:58. That’s pretty awesome for someone who didn’t train at all for the race and has never raced a 5k.

Good thing we were wearing sparkles which made us easy to identify.

I came in next at 28:19 which means I beat my goal of under 30 minutes. I wasn’t sure what energy my legs would have left after every thing I made them do earlier in the day so I’m quite happy with it. I definitely started out way to fast  and started to die after the 1 1/2 turn around, which is about when Christine passed me. I sort of just waved my arm in her general direction as a form of encouragement and hoped she understood.

I'm re-enacting my running since Rigel and I mised each other on my way by.

Jen and Anna kicked some ass at 38:25. Jen’s back was a bit tender (not also forgetting the 5 miles she did earlier) and this was Anna’s first race ever. So proud of them!

What Rigel expertly cut out of the picture is Anna pretending to shoot herself. Well done Rigel.

For Karla’s medal collect we made sure to dress her up.

Great job Karla! We expect an overall win next year. Get training.

We then tried to catch the but it was so full since it was the last bus of the evening that only Christine’s mom, brother, and his fiance fit so Karla, Chistine, Rigel, Jen and I walked over the river to my house.


I can’t think of a better way to have spent my new year’s eve, it was really a wonderful day that I got to spend with some of my closest friends. I’m also paying dearly for all of the exercise today. Everything is sore. My legs, my arms, my back, my butt. Everything. I also have quite the limp because I did something to my foot. What did I do you ask? Good question. I have no idea. My best guess is that I was walking weirdly after jamming toe (I stepped on the vacuum plug and tried to step back on my foot and jammed my toe into the ground, this is why I hate cleaning) and I angered something. I also have a bit of a swollen lip which came from Rigel accidentally smacking me in the face while trying to balance on my foam roller. I don’t know how I get so injured when I’m sober.

How was your new year’s eve?!