Monthly Archives: August 2012

Weekly Recap Episode 7

Tuesday is the new Monday, that’s all I have to say about it. On with it.

Monday: Waterfront run with some of my Hood to Coat teammates.

I love this time of year in Portland.

Tuesday: Wasn’t feeling well so no soccer.

Wednesday: Track night, good old Yasso 800s. So much fun…

Thursday: Planned rest day.

Friday/Saturday: Hood to Coast! 16ish miles. I’m going to do a separate recap of HTC since it was amazing and it deserves it.

Overall: A little bit lower mileage than the last few weeks but a lot of those miles came on very little sleep. And now I’m sick, so I think this week will be a lower mileage week too. Meh, it happens.

40 days until the Portland Marathon!

Holy crap, only 40 days…

Weekly Recap: Episode 6

As always, a little late but here it is.

Monday: Met up with some of my Hoot to Coast teammates for a run around the east side. It was hot and sweaty and we got blocked from our cars by a train at the end but it felt nice to push the pace after feeling so very slow for the last few months.

Tuesday: no soccer due to sore and tired knees.

Wednesday: track night got canceled and it was just too hot to go do anything.

Thursday: an early morning (but still really warm out) run around the waterfront which led to these two lovely photos.

So sweaty.

Friday: Planned rest day.

Saturday: What was a plan for 18 turned out the be 20 miles. By far a personal distance record with me. My friend Gina. who was down to help me with Cupcakes for a Cure, wanted to run 6-8 miles with me but at 8 miles she still felt good and decided to keep running. By 15 miles I think she wanted to die. But she kept running and did the whole 20, because she’s crazy.

Overall: second 30 mile week in a row and I’m feeling it. But at the end of the 20 miler I felt like I could run another 6, the marathon is finally feeling doable!

46 days until the Portland Marathon!

It’s Almost Cupcake Time!

Tomorrow is Cupcakes and Ice Cream for a Cure!

It’s a great way too cool off from the crazy heat in Portland. So come swing by, say hi, get the chance to win some awesome raffle prizes and eat some delicious treats!
For those friends who live somewhere besides Portland you can still enter to win the raffle prizes! Just donate (click to donate button at the top of this page) and let me know which items you want your tickets to go to.
Raffle tickets are 1 for $5 and 3 for$10.

Hope to see your smiling faces tomorrow! Oh, and I may make you carry me around since I’ll be running 18 miles in the morning.

Weekly Recap: Episodes 4 & 5

You get a special 2 for 1 deal today! Which, in this case, means I forgot to do a Weekly Recap episode last week. But it’s all about how you package something, right? Anyway, let’s get right to it.

Episode 4

Monday: Lunchtime pilates made me happy, it had a nice view.

That was followed by a sweaty evening 4.5 miles. Just another run, nothing special about it.

Tuesday: My knees were sore from the crazy 14.5 miles of hill insanity I did a few days before so I took an unscheduled rest day.

Wednesday: See Tuesday.

Thursday: There was a getting up early fail so I kept it short before my shift in the ER.

Friday: Got my long run in since I was out of town for the weekend, ran circles around the waterfront, unfortunately had an emergency stop at a port-o-potty downtown, I hope that never happens again.

Saturday: Danced to the point that my knees hurt, beer will do that to you.

Overall: It was a long week after the 14.5 miles kicked my ass and I was very tired. The achy knees made me feel like an 80 year old woman.

Episode 5

Monday: 5 miles up and down Terwilliger with my Hood to Coast teammates! I love running with people. We then went to Suki’s for a beer and almost won trivia, but we all got tired and left before it was over even though we were in the lead. What? We’re runners, when we get tired we get cranky.

Tuesday: Bigfoot futsal. We lost, I don’t want to talk about it. *Pouty face*

Wednesday: Was too lazy to drive back to the west side for track night so I ran over to a high school near my house, did 4X400 and then ran home. At track night they did an insane pyramid workout, I think I made a good life choice.

Thursday: Finally got my butt up early and ran around the waterfront in the wee hours of the morning. Had another unfortunate experience with a bathroom under the Hawthorne bridge, but at least it had clean toilet paper. It’s the little things people.

Friday: Planned rest day.

Saturday: Personal distance record! 16.5 miles (the .5 is thanks to a wrong turn).

It was a beautiful route along the Willamette in Lake Oswego and West Linn with less hills than the 14 miler but still enough hills to be pretty challenging.

Overall: Having the 16 miler go so well gave me back some much needed confidence that the 14 miler took away, and after an ice bath and some additional knee icing, my legs didn’t hurt at all on Sunday. That’s considered a success in my book!

Don’t forget about Cupcakes and Ice Cream to Cure Cancer this Saturday and the awesome raffle prizes!

Raffle Prizes at Cupcakes and Ice Cream

Here are the deets on all the great raffle prizes and handmade crafts that will be available at Cupcakes and Ice Cream for cancer! There will be 3 gift baskets.

Wine and chocolate
A different version of wine and chocolate
I call this the Man Basket. Mmm, beer.

There will also be 3 desserts that will be raffled off, a Chocolate Lined Banana Cream, a Raspberry Chocolate Mousse Pie, and a Berry Cobbler. I don’t have pictures because they are being made by my awesome roommate Jenni fresh this week. Having been the happy recipient of many of her pies I can assure that they are going to be amazingly delicious.

For purchase there will be Healing Hats and Horses.

Thanks for being an awesome model Julio

The hats are hand knitted by my mom’s friend Judy.

The Healing Horses are handmade by my mom and have been given to our friends affect by cancer.

Raffle tickets are 1 for $5 and 3 for $10, Healing Hats and Horses are $25 each. If you can’t attend and still want in on the raffle you’re in luck! Just let me know which pot you want your raffle tickets to go into (each item will be raffled off individually) and if you win we’ll find a way to get it to you.

And as a special gift for reading this post, here’s an adorable picture of Bo.

Mid howl, so cute.

 

 

Figs to Fight Cancer!

I guess my fundraising for the fall Team in Training season is all about food, which makes sense, all this marathon training is making very hungry. So in keeping with the theme I present Figs to Fight Cancer!

How delicious does that look? They look a little different than the ones you’ll find at the market, for one they are green and not purple. The probably not official name for these are strawberry figs. They’re sweet enough to eat straight from the tree but also go well with goat cheese and prosciutto, are fantastic when you broil them with a balsamic vinaigrette, and make amazing jam. They look like this on the inside.

They’re grown locally (i.e. on the fig tree at Jen’s house), so that means no pesticides or wacky chemicals. So if you want to get in on the most delicious fruit of the summer it’s just $1 a fig or 12 for $10! Just click the donate link at the top of this page and leave a comment after donating about the figs or catch me in person. Get them now, fig season is not very long!
Sorry non-Portland people, I don’t think figs ship well, though maybe we could work out some fig jam solution if you want in on the figgy goodness.

Cupcakes and Ice Cream for a Cure!

What’s the best way to help find a cure for cancer? Eating cupcakes and ice cream! Alright, so maybe the scientists looking for a cure might argue that, but they have to get their funding somewhere, and here’s a good way you can contribute to that.

There will be cupcakes donated from Bliss Cupcakes, as well as homemade cupcakes and treats. There will be a raffle for some homemade pies and gift baskets, so even if you can’t attend you can participate in the raffle! I’ll put up another post with details about the raffle items so that you can choose which pot you want your tickets to go into. There will also be some hand crafted goods for sale (again, another post will have the details once I can take pictures of everything). So come hang out, eat some delicious treats, and help fight cancer! Bonus cool points is you wear purple.


P.S. 60 days until the Portland Marathon!

Weekly Recap: Episode 3

I really need to remember to start doing this on Mondays, by Wednesday it’s a bit hard to remember all the back to last week…What? I run a lot, they all start to blend together.

Monday: 3.13 miles. I was really tired so I decided to run over to Safeway, get some laundry detergent, and then run home. By the time I got back I really didn’t give a crap that I was suppose to do 50 mins and only did around 30. Also, running while carrying laundry soap sucks.

Tuesday:Bigfoot futsal. We had no girl subs, we lost 12-7 to a team we usually beat (sorry Brian), and I had to play defense the whole time. I was a bit grumpy by the end and in desperate need of a beer (thanks Josh!).

Wednesday: I was exhausted from futsal so I crashed early.

Thursday:4.53 miles. Learned my lesson not to sleep through my alarm so that I have to run in the middle of the day, so sweaty. I finally did the loop from my new place around the water front, it was a good loop.

Friday: Planned rest day.

Saturday: 14.5 miles- personal distance record. Holy hills, Batman. I had no idea Beaverton was so hilly. Seriously, .5 miles of the run were flat, the other 14 were all hills. At mile 3, this happened:

14% grade?! Really coach Heidi?! Really?!
And that was just mile 3. It was a hard run and I spent the rest of the weekend on my ass on the couch. It kicked my butt.

Sunday: Planned rest day, see my previous weekend about my butt being BFFs with the couch.
Overall: Since it’s now August, let’s talk about all of July.

 

Just a few miles short from my highest ever monthly mileage. It was really tired most of the month, my body is taking a bit to get used to the more mileage and the more time spent on my feet. I wish I could say August is going to be better, but with more personal distance records in the near future and Hood to Coast coming soon, it’s going to be another tough month. Though I hear running a marathon ain’t no walk in park, so I better learn how to run through pain and tiredness soon.