Friday, July 17, 2015

Workout with Weights

I've been doing one of these Muscle Burns Fat workouts at the gym with my old aerobics instructor. It's whipping my butt! Then trying to run 3x a week. We had an extra hard workout at the gym on Monday so my intervals on Tuesday didn't go so well. Gotta find a balance. I am enjoying it though and know working with weights again will improve my overall fitness level.

What do you think about weights?

Now go do something healthy for yourself!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hiking in the Forest

On our way back from camping we stopped for another beautiful hike I had read about.

 These are two different falls. Koosah And Sahalie falls on the McKenzie River.

It was a very hot hike even next to the river. Thankfully is was only a few miles. 

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Camping and Hiking

We got a rare weekend open so we made a quick reservation for a camp spot and left town.

 Don't you love the name of this campground?
 All weekend we could hear the sound of Lost Creek. The weather was a little cooler and the bugs almost non existent. It was hot, but not the 100+ we had at home.
 The forest canopy was amazing! I live in the desert so when I can see this, I really enjoy it.
 Of course, hiking was on the agenda.

As far as I'm concerned, there isn't much better than getting out in nature. (although a hot shower is a close second!)

Friday, June 19, 2015

What's in My Box?

Lots of greens still in my box!

Red leaf lettuce
green onions
purple mountain spinach

Great ingredients for smoothies and salads!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Seattle Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon update

 The night before the race we had to pick up our number and we goofed around a bit at the expo. The bright lights behind us made the photo difficult to see, but I love it anyway!
 Here we are in better light. We all had the green glasses so I'm not sure why I'm the only one with them on here.
We are big Seahawks fans and had to capture this to send to my hubby.
 We walked back to the Seattle Center to grab dinner and they kept losing me snapping photos! Here's the train station.

 Glass flowers outside the glass museum
 The ever popular space needle. Look at that sky!
Bathrooms, lined up and locked, ready for 17,000+ runners and walkers  and of course supportive family members and volunteers.

 Don't we look fresh and ready to go?!
 Whoa! Look at the crowd! We are in corral 24.......... It took us 34 minutes to cross the start line.
 Still ready!
 We are getting closer to the start line!
 And we are off!
 There were some awesome diversions.
Run Happy! Yea! 
I swiped this photo online but it was my favorite stretch on the race.  Mile 7 was lined with flags representing members of our military who have sacrificed their life for our country. It was shady and right next to Lake Washington.

It was fairly uneventful until mile 11 and 12. We were running on the freeway, it was hot and I was running out of steam.

This is how I pretended to feel.

This is actually how I felt!
 Spent, beat......undertrained.

I was not expecting my son to drive up from Portland to see me at the finish line, but here he is with this great sign. It got me over the last yards!

It's a little like having a baby....once it is over you forget how lousy you felt! LOL
Thanks Juliann and Laurie for making some fun memories!!

What's next?

Friday, June 12, 2015

Weekend Race

Am looking forward to a gorgeous weekend of friendship and running!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

National Running Day

National Running Day was June 3. I was in Seattle getting ready to attend a mariner's game, but early in the morning I got to hang out with my "grand" nieces. We went for a walk in the forest and that walk turned into a little run, because it really was national running Day!

We saw lots of beautiful flowers and an adorable bunny.

Then they showed me their secret spot behind grandma's house. These cutie pies have been living in California so I rarely see them. I was glad to spend a little time with them as now they are moving to Australia!
I had them draw me pictures so I would think of them all the time while they are away. I told them I was their "GRAND" Aunt and they were my "GRAND' nieces. They loved that!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Happy Girls Run 2015

I like to throw in a training race at least once when working toward a half marathon and this weekend was it.

 Since my knee has been acting up (I figured it was from adding too many miles too quickly) I took it easy this week and hoped I'd be ready to run on Saturday.We walked about before the race and they led a group warm up!
Here was part of the trail. Bend is a nice little city to run 6.2 miles through. 

Can you tell is was hot and muggy!? Well, it was! I was on the home stretch when this photo was taken. (I made sure to point out to my hubby how others help their wives run too!)
 Here was the final time. I came in second in my age category and am feeling really good about this time. Was also relieved that my knee felt great the whole race!
I'm back on track this week, with 13 days to go before the Seattle Rock n Roll Half marathon!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What I'm Doing

I've been running....
And eating right. 

I was cruising right along, managed a 12 mile training run on Saturday, then hit a bit of a wall on Monday. 

I've been getting pretty stiff so I opted for a massage, lots of foam rolling  and a few days of rest. Seriously, can running cause a stiff neck? Lol 

Self care is in order! 
What do you do when your body yells "Help"!?