Sunday, December 20, 2009

Running Through the Night

We are registered to run in the First Run, a 5K in Downtown Portland on New Years Eve. It sounds like a fun race. There will be a pre-race party starting at 10 pm and then the race starts at midnight. So not only will I get to do a race to bring in 2010....I will get to do a race with the person I love the most! I haven't run at night in a long time, so this should make it interesting.

As far as other running goes, I haven't done a whole lot of that. With the weather (single digit temps, ice) and a busy work week, I haven't had the time to get outside, and I feel so much better running outside. On Friday afternoon we took the pup for a walk and I got antsy to run. I took his leash and we jogged up the hill and turned back and ran back to Eric and CB. After a few times, CB wanted to "switch". I thought she meant she just wanted to hold my hand, no....she wanted to jog WITH me! That's my girl! Well the jogging helped, Little Man was worn out when got back.

On a whole other of this moment in time (drumroll starting......) since February I have lost 36 pounds! Just a little over two months until the Princess Half, gotta get back into the training!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Turkey Trot

Gobble Gobble....sorry for the late update on the Turkey Trot. It was a lot of fun! The morning started at 4:45 am for me. When I took the dogs out there was no precipitation, so I was excited. I thought we would be in luck for just some chilly weather! I have not yet gotten the proper outdoor running gear for winter, so I was trying to throw things. I looked like the Punky Brewster of runners :) I was excited that the bargain buy grey running tights I bought for 7.99 fit great! But they looked silly under my turqouise running shorts. Oh well! But at least I had some gloves and head band to keep my ears warm.

Well on the way to the Oregon Zoo it started to sprinkle. The three of us got our bibs, and Clair got her t-shirt. Eric and I were running the 4 mile run that started at 8 am, and then Clair had her Toddler Trot at 9:30. My parents were going to watch her while we were running. Eric and I lined up at the start line ready to go. There were quite a few people. Finally we were able to start. The course was an out and back to the Japanese Garden from the Oregon Zoo, and then into the Oregon Zoo. Well, this meant going running less than two miles down hill turn around and run two miles up hill and then about half a mile down hill again. And the hills were quite steep!

Eric stayed with me for the first mile and a half. It was pretty rainy, and we were both pretty soaked. He took off going faster than I could go. On the way back up, it was pretty steep. A lot of the people were walking, but if I start walking I never start jogging again. So I continued jogging....very slowly. The rain was falling a little harder by now and my gloves were soaked. I was feeling pretty lousy, my legs hurt from the cold and then I saw a bright green shirt. It was a Childrens Tumor Foundation t-shirt, talk about a kick to the ego. A little adrenaline kicked in and I was able to get going. About mile three and a half my back started to have a huge spasm. It was at that moment I wished Eric was still running with me to help push me a little bit. The hill was going to be the end of me running! Well then I remembered watching a show about Matt from the Biggest Loser the night before. Matt had participated in an Ironman Marathon. He swam two and half hours, biked 100+ miles, THEN ran 26.2 miles! He missed being an "official finisher" by 3 minutes! He said, "sometimes you have to push your body to do things you don't think it can do." Well I know this is not exactly what he meant, but it got me through! I got up the hill.

In the parking lot I saw my daddy! He got my picture, so I made sure I flashed a good smile. As I came into the Zoo, it seemed like a long way down to the ampitheatre. It just kept going and going. Soon I saw my mom, Eric and Clair. Then Eric and Clair came out of the crowd and joined me to the finish. We crossed the line at 50 mins and 59 seconds. It probably took us a minute to cross the start line though.

Clair got to run an 800 meter dash out and back. It was so cute! She got a ribbon and was so fun to watch her. When she finished she said, "mommy I won!" She did, she won my heart!

The next run on the horizon is the First Run in Downtown Portland on New Years Eve. Neither Eric and I are into the big party scene, so we thought it might be fun to do a run. We will be out of town to do the Jingle Bell Run this weekend

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


So today my entire goal was to just get my butt in gear and get a run in. I have the day off, and Clair was going to be in preschool, so I really had no excuse to hit the road. While dropping Clair off the middle school kids were doing a run. It brought back so many memories, and made me contemplate so many things during my run today. Which leads me to honesty. Maybe more of just expressing feelings, thoughts, etc.

I am a fat girl. I will never be size 0, 2, or 4. If I concerned, very concerned. If I am that small I am not healthy. I will never weigh 110 pounds. My bones probably alone weigh that much! Add in the organs, muscles, skin and other essential body parts then I will still be "overweight" by societies standards. All I want is to be healthy, and lead a good example for my daughter.

I watched the kids run, what made me start thinking was watching a larger girl try so hard. Then there were two other girls talking and they looked at each other and said "oh we do not have to go that way, no one will know." And they cut off part of the run. I watched the other girl look at them and continue going, continue to try her hardest. I know the feeling of trying so hard, and then seeing it come so easy for others, or watch others that do not try, or even cheat and then want to give up...but can not.

So while thinking about that, I began thinking about some of the looks I get. The looks I get from people in their cars. Usually it is one of "that is a big girl" and all I can think of is at least I am out here, I am getting exercise. Or worse yet the people that see me while I am doing a cool down and give me the look of she should be working harder, and not knowing that I just finished three or four miles. Life as a big girl sucks. But I am tired of trying to be skinny, and if it means I have to spend my life eating foods I hate then I do not want it.

My run felt good. I felt like I was shedding away feelings today. That I knew I was trying my hardest, and that even though it was hard I kept going. Plus I wore Erics running tights today, and it felt like he was hugging my butt the whole run! Or at least like he was with me :) The Turkey Trot is on Thursday, only 2 days. Four miles.....hopefully the weather stays beautiful!!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Is it lack of motivation? Lack of desire? Lack of ability? Am I exhausted? What is wrong with me! Eric and I went to the indoor track at the gym last night and it was painful. I just couldn't do it! I did about two laps at a time (and it takes 13 to make a mile!) before I would have to walk two laps. I just didn't have any umph behind me. I WANT to run....but when I am doing it, I just don't feel it. Hmmmm..... I got the okay to run on Friday from the plastic surgeon, and tried at the gym with no luck on treadmill. Maybe I am putting too much pressure on myself?

Turkey Trot is next weekend. Four chilly miles up at the Oregon Zoo Thanksgiving morning. Let's hope by then some inner desire comes back out.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Really? Another week? I have to wait another week? I am so impatient! My steri-strips (the little pieces of tape over the incision) came off today. There was only a little help from me ;) (Really....they were falling off on their own!) The incision looks AMAZING! But I still can't run.

Stress has been mounting. If you can picture a tea pot right before it starts whistling, that is me. Not having an outlet has made it very difficult to get through it. Hence the additional amount of chocolate I have consumed (and Skittles). Friday can not come fast enough, I am pretty sure that when I go to my follow-up appointment with Dr. Gray I will have my running gear in the car.

Retail therapy usually helps. This past week was no exceptions. I bought a new pair of running shoes, Mizuno Wave Creation 10s. They are pretty comfortable with my orthotic in them, and they are pink! I have one problem that has popped up recently (almost literally!) There is a "bump" on the top of my left foot. It can be one of three things. The first is that it could be a bone spur. Ick....not a great option. Would probably require some shaving and time off from work (and running) neither which I want to do. The second is that it is a part of the hardware from the bunionectomy I had three years ago. This would be the easiest to take care of, a quick operation to remove the screws and plate. Nothing too exciting or fun. Talking with one of the surgeons I work with said it would be minimal recovery time (in my head a weekend). Third.....some freak who knows what alien growth. Not an option I like. So what am I going to do? Wait until after the Princess Half Marathon or it kills me, whichever comes first. I don't want anymore setbacks right now. I need the release that exercise gives me.

We got our airline tickets and our hotel booked for Orlando!!! I am so excited. We booked our hotel at the Marriott Horizons Resort, and all the resorts sound fabulous and very kid friendly. I can't wait to surprise CB. I can't wait to see her run in the kids' races too. Eric asked if there was a Prince or King race....I told him no, I think he is a little upset. Makes me want to do a 5K the day before with him (there is a family 5K on Saturday). idea. It is only 3 miles, by then I should be able to handle that!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Gobble Gobble

Next race....4 mile Turkey Trot at the Oregon Zoo. CB will be participating in the Toddler Trot. Thanksgiving Day run will lead to the ability to eat more later ;)

Good news today!!! The plastic surgeon called today to tell me that the wide excision she took out had clear margins and although the cells were atypical they were all removed! Now the incision just needs to heal so I can get out and run again. 10 days and those stitches come out :)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sending out a Whoot Whoot!!!

Congratulations Tall Mom, Mel!!!! First Place in her half marathon yesterday! That is AWESOME!!!!!

Check it out!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Queen and Princess will both run

Shhh!!! Don't let Clair find out, but we are BOTH registered to run in Disneyworld! We are hoping to keep it a secret that we are going from her, but we will see how that goes. I am officially registered for the half marathon, and CB is registered for the kids race! She gets a t-shirt AND special Mickey ears. The list of what I will get is awesome too!!! Plus the finishers medal is a tiara!

On other news....I had my wide excision on my leg yesterday. I will have two weeks with stitches which means no running for two weeks. Then I will begin training. Please pray for good results on the biopsy they sent!

Sending a HUGE GOOD LUCK out to Mel today who is running in a Halloween half marathon. She is a friend of one my Coastie wives, and I am hoping to get to know her better! She has her own blog at Check it out! She has great giveaways (I am going to have to find out how she does it!) BTW Mel if you read this....I gotta get my entry in! That jacket is awesome!!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Run Fit For a Princess

I have found the PERFECT half marathon for me to do! Check out this link!
Now what could be better??? And the finishers medal (appears) to be a crown. Who could ask for a better first 1/2 marathon? In addition to the Princess half marathon there are the kids races the day before. Clair has been asking to go to Disneyland (I have NO idea where she learned about Disneyland!) and this would be a great chance for her to go. Eric and I are looking into the flights, hotel and ticket prices. Hopefully we will be able to exchange our time share week for a week down there, which would cut that cost down incredibly! There appear to be some fantastic resorts in the area (not necessarily on the WDW Resort).

I am so excited! The three of us have never taken a vacation together. So of course I will have to spoil the little Munchkin (can you say breakfast in Cinderella's castle) and make this an amazing vacation. PLUS I will get to do a great run!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Official Results

They are in!!! You can see them at:

My results were:
Chip Time 1:10:26
Chip Pace: 11:20
Place- Age Division: 109/145
           Overall: 755/942
           Sex Overall: 479/639

So it is official now, I PR'd!!!!! Pretty impressed with myself :)

Run Like Hell....

It was still a little dark when we ran this morning, but we did the "Run Like Hell- Portland" 10K and both survived! Eric did finish before me, but it was great to see him at the finish line there to cheer me on. We were lucky and there wasn't a drop of rain...just a little chilly. My "unofficial" time was 1 hour and 11 minutes, which would mean a PR for me! My last "official" time was 1:13:48!!!! So we just have to wait a few days to find out the "official" results from this race. (I would have been even faster if it wasn't for the walkers that were in front of us....but no anger there ;) ) While running I ran into a friend from high school who is a runner. It was great to see her!

A HUGE thank you to Grandma Lynn and Grandpa Terry for taking care of Munchkin while we were running. It was such a help, and we really appreciated it. After leaving their house we met up with my parents for lunch. Thank you mom and dad for delivering the shawls, and watching Munchkin while Eric and scouted out the running store.

Eric needs some new running shoes, so we went to RoadRunner Sports (my new favorite store!) and he did the shoe dog to help find the best shoes for him. He found some shoes, and I have now created a longer wish list ;) I bought myself two ear covers. One is fleece for those cold days and one is stretchy for those rainy days. While talking with the saleslady I got some good tips (like running commando under my running skirt) and she told me about a Portland/Vancouver running group that meets every week. I think I might try it out! Find some other runners out there ;)

The picture is at the start of the race. I can't wait to run the next one! Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving may be our next one!

Friday, October 23, 2009

What I Want

When I started running I told Eric that this would be the least expensive entertainment I would have. Not so much.....What I never thought of was the price of shoes, race fees and of course the clothes! I love getting mail and magazines, so what would be better than a subscription to Runner's World? Well this is my new list of "needs" to support my addiction:
-Watch that will monitor my distance and pace
-iPod shuffle (my touch is way too big!!)
-subscription to Women's Running magazine
-running pants to wear under my shorts
-pedicure ;)
Of course I am sure that there are many, many other things that would be fun.

In Runner's World there was an ad for the Disney Princess Half Marathon in Florida! I really want to do it. I will need to do more research, but I might just have to decide that our family vacation is in March....and is in Orlando! Plus, what would be better than being treated like a princess before and after running. I know....seeing the excitement of Clair's face when she gets to meet "her" princesses.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I Can See Clearly Now.....

No more glasses, no more contacts.....I can see! Eric and I both had our LASIX procedures yesterday and today we are both seeing 20/20 and 20/25 respectively ;) We are super excited. Sunday is our 10K. I have my outfit, just going with a Halloween theme. Thank you Oregon State!

Last Saturday was a great day for shopping! The Coastie wives and I have a tendency to go shopping, and this weekend was no different. We went to the outlet malls in search for some running shorts or pants for the race. After striking out at Nike, we went to Adidas....and hit the motherload! Our first find was a pair of workout pants for $6.95. Yes, a pair of pants for less than seven dollars. Then we hit the clearance rack. I thought I was going to hyperventilate. There were red tags everywhere, and an entire rack of samples. WOO HOO!!!! So I hit the dressing room with both arms full of clothes. I tend to wear a large/x-large so imagine my excitement when I put the Large on and they were way to big! So I tried on the medium....and they fit PERFECT! I began jumping up and down. So I left Adidas spending only $130 (after my military discount) on $378 worth of clothing!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

One Sad Lonely Mile

Yesterday I got an odd opportunity at work. We had a lull of about three hours with only 2 patients coming out and five nurses. I really wanted to get a run in, so I offered to leave for a few hours and come back when the upswing of patients occurred. The gym we belong to is only 10 minutes away so I headed down there for a workout. I was a little tired, but I figured the run would wake me up. Not so much. I got about 3/4 mile down and started thinking "there is no way I can do this." So I slowed my pace down to 4.8 mph (I have been running 5.6-6 mph). At the mile mark my body just couldn't do it anymore. I had to slow to a 4 mph walk. So I walked for another mile. I felt like poo!

After showering I headed back to work, and it was all downhill from there. Now I am sitting at home with a chest on fire and a throbbing head. I haven't had a chest cold this bad in a long time. This body has to heal! Eric and I are having LASIX eye surgery on Tuesday and then we have our 1oK on Sunday next week. At least next weekend I will have Eric running the 10K with me, so our pace will keep each other going!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

On the Road Again....ok treadmill

Did my first run today in 3 weeks. Felt pretty good, although I am extremely exhausted. We got the membership for our family at the Firstenburg Center. Now we can go to the pool as a family, and Eric and I can workout together. It is a nice facility with a lot of options.

I was only able to run 3 miles, and my time is a little slow, but it did feel good. Eric and I have 3 weeks until our 10K. My goal is to run it in an hour and 5 minutes. My last race was about an hour and 15 minutes. So I want to beat that time by a few minutes! After running we did some weights. Recently the only weights I have been lifting is CB.

Tomorrow I am going to see a Dietitian. The diet I have been off and on for the last six months is high protein, low carb and low calorie. I want to make sure things are a bit more balanced, especially when I am going to be running longer distances. Hopefully I will get some good tips on how to keep my nutritional status balanced while still losing weight and staying healthy!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Our First Race

We are registered!!! Eric and I are officially registered for the Run Like Hell Portland! 10K on October 24th. This will be the first race we have ever raced together. I am guessing he will have a better time than me, but maybe I will surprise myself! He has been running after work the past few weeks. The race course looks fairly flat, but Downtown Portland tends to have a few hills that can surprise you. I can't wait!!!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Marathon Here I Come!

My goal is now set! May 2nd....the Eugene Marathon. I am going to register soon. 26.2 miles of just me and the road. At least I will be able to train in a decent amount of time and in the weather that I will be running in.

The stitches come out on Friday, I may attempt a run earlier we'll see. It will just depend on if they pull or not. I am anxious to get back out running. We are planning on joining the Firstenburg Center. They have a pool and fitness center. So I can take some fitness classes as well running on the treadmill during the winter! I am trying to convince Eric to join me in the Run Like Hell 10K on Oct. 24th in Portland. It sounds like a great race, and you can dress up! Maybe I can Eric to wear a costume ;) Thanksgiving the Oregon Zoo has the Turkey Trot which is a 4 mile run, and I want to that also. Hopefully this fall will be full of some fun runs!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Race For The Cure

A little late in posting this, but better late than never! On Sunday Clair, my mom, Tanya and I walked the 5k Race for the Cure along with about 30 thousand other men, women and children in search for a cure for breast cancer. We walked in memory of Eric's grandma Christine, a family friend's sister Carol, and a former nursing professor Lois. We also walked celebrating my friend Lynette's grandma and my friend Meg's grandma! It was such an amazing experience. As we crossed the finish line the announcer said that this was the 3rd largest race IN THE WORLD!!!! Way to go Portland! I was a little disappointed because I was really looking forward to the 5k run. Due to the stitches in my leg, I couldn't though.

At the health expo, the Portland Runners Club was there. They were promoting the Turkey Trot. It is a run at the zoo on Thanksgiving. I think I am going to sign up! Plus there is a Toddler Trot, a half mile run for kiddos, perfect for Clair! Eugene has a marathon scheduled in May. I am looking towards that. I can't wait for this leg to heal up so I can head out and run again!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

My New Addiction

First off....I have never been a runner. In fact, I have hated it with a passion. That somehow changed. I am now addicted! Could it be the fact that for the time I am running, it is only me? Possibly. For 45 minutes to an hour and a half, the only person I am focusing on is myself. I throw my iPod on and start moving. Or is it the fact that the exercise is helping lose weight? Nope...not than one, it hasn't budged the scale a bit :) What about the fact that when I am done I feel like I have accomplished something? Yeah, that is a big one.

Well this is my journey! Last year my goal was to run a marathon before I turned 31. Well due to a back injury in March, that goal was put on hold. I could still do it, but it would require a lot of dedication and a lot of strain on myself. I have decided that I could do my best to get there, but if I don't, I know I will be close!

Last week I ran my 1st ever 10K, or 6.2 miles. It was the greatest feeling I have had in awhile! It was amazing. The week leading up to it I ran 6.2 on a treadmill twice, and so I was confident I would at least finish. And I did. I finished in 73 mins. This was about 4 mins faster than I had run on the treadmill. The race was through downtown Portland, and it was a beautiful day.

This weekend is the Komen Race for the Cure 5K. My plan was to run the chip-timed 5K, and then join Clair, my mom and friend Tanya for the 5K walk. Due to a mole being removed on my left leg that is actually pretty deep, and has 3 stitches in it, I will not be running and only doing the walk. I am looking forward to a morning of fun for a great cause!!!

I am looking to run in the Run Like Hell run in October. I will either do another 10K or the half-marathon. Not sure yet which one I am going to do yet.