RNR AZ 1/2 marathon report

31 Jan

The plan about 6 months ago was to FINALLY run a sub-2 in AZ. Was that a realistic goal? I had no idea.

After I ran a 2:03 in Vancouver, I thought wow could I take another 3 minutes off in 2.5 months?

Then I ran the Holiday Half in December. (I never did a race report. Shocker I know) I ran with some friends and went out way too fast (but faded at the end) but I didn’t really have a plan. I did have fun. It was flatter than Vancouver and I thought what the hell! I took another minute off my PR.

I only had 5 weeks between races. I missed a track work out (thanks to the wind in Vegas at Christmas). My last long run was in the snow and slower/shorter than I wanted it to be. My final mile repeats were not as fast as I wanted nor as fast as the ones before Vancouver.

The new plan was the run with the 2:00 pace group and see how long I could hold on.  I wanted to run a “smarter” race.

We arrived in Phoenix early Friday morning. The weather was great. We hit up the expo. I have a couple of Momentum bracelets. They were at the expo so I got a few more.
We signed up for next year and I took way too much time trying to decide what I wanted on my bib. I settled on Mrs. Pancake!

Always fun in Phoenix seeing friends and eating at my favorite restaurants!!

Race day: Pre-Race:
There was a 2:00 pace group at the front of our corral and a 2:00 pace group in front of the next corral.

We were too far away from the first pace group so I said F it I still don’t have a plan. My NEW goal will to be don’t let the 2:00 pace group from the other corral pass me! ;)

Dan only ran with me for about a mile. I had no music. The first 2 miles clicked by and didn’t look at my splits. I checked my 3rd/4th mile splits. It wasn’t good. They were like 9:30/9:25. I was on a slight incline. I knew my PR splits were 9:20s. I didn’t think there was anyway I would sub 2. I wasn’t even thinking I would be able to PR. I wasn’t being negative but more realistic.

What I did know was after the big hill at mile 9ish, it was mostly downhill, slight decline, to flat. Maybe there was hope. I caught up to Dan at about 9.5. I couldn’t believe it!!! He didn’t look too hot and said he was out of steam. I said I was still feeling relatively good. (I was working hard…still not really knowing how I was doing). Still positive and really mentally strong. I was having a good race. I just had to keep it going. I told him I was going to keep pushing.

I thought could I actually beat him. I was planning my Facebook post for my victory. At about 11.5/12 he caught back up to me and stayed right in front of me for the rest of the race. I was pushing and it was definitely a negative split. I felt good and had an awesome race whatever the outcome was!!

Well I PR’d by 20 seconds!! (and that 2:00 pace group never passed me)

Post race:
Not a sub 2 but I was leaving AZ with a PR!! The sub 2 dream will have to wait until after IM Wisconsin. Maybe I should have put sub 2 or bust on next years bib! ;)

Top 9+1 in 2015

20 Jan

I always do a re-cap of the year by month but I thought I would just pick my top 10 favorites of 2015.  I thought I better get this done before it was 2017. In no particular order except #1:

I came home with a PR every time I left Canada this year!!

RNR Vancouver!

Victoria 70.3! I can only hope to be this happy after IM Wisconsin this year!

Ice cream! Do I need to say more!
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Annual blue berry picking day! Just finished the last of them.

Getting faster running. Getting more comfortable running fast! It wasn’t the fastest run but we made it work. It snowed a lot the night before!

The Tilkum Crossing opening! My life is so much easier with this bridge open now! Opening day. I wasn’t the only one excited!

Phoenix in January! Always fun! Look forward to that trip every year!

My best friends wedding! Tracy and I both got married this year. What are the odds?

Spending time with my favorite threesome!

Girls trip to Portland!! Matchin and Abbey visiting!!

Getting married to Dan!! Definitely my #1 of the year!! It is hard to believe we were looking at rings at this time last year! One of the best days of my life!!

What were some of yours faves in 2015??


10 Jan

I did the unthinkable on Saturday. My swim group on Saturday always does 100+the year(16) in 50s the first practice of the year. (this year it was the 2nd Saturday)

I had pretty much decided that I was not going to do it but last weekend I talked to my lanemates and they talked me into it.

So the work-out was:

We quickly got into our lanes and figured out a plan. I was swimming with John, Tim, Kathryn, and Erica.

We took a before picture:


We practiced last week with a pace line. We led one 50 and then went to the back of the line. So we lead every 5th 50!!

I started us off. I did no warm up because I knew we were swimming 5800 yards. I didn’t really want to do any more than that!! I quickly thought there was no way I was going to be able to get through the entire work out. It was mentally tough from the beginning.


After about a 1000 I finally felt like I was warmed up. I got into a pretty good groove. We were all working together and pumping each other up.

Tim announced that we were half way done. I wasn’t looking at my watch because I didn’t want to know. But I thought half way  I can probably pull this off!! Feeling good.

I was starting to feel tired and wanting to be done!! I checked my watch and it was 10:03. (we had 28 50s to go). It was getting tough. I was dreading every time I led and trying to draft as much as possible. I wasn’t quite sure what to do about nutrition but I had put some Nuun Plus in my bottle and hoped that would be good enough. The guys had brought some nutrition but there just wasn’t time to get anything down. Next year I will bring 2 bottles.

We all survived and really rocked it!! The 116 minutes went by super fast. It was actually really fun. I wouldn’t want to do it again for a real long time but definitely next year.

The survivors:


That is the longest I have EVER swam!! CRAZY!! My shoulders and back are pretty sore today but well worth it!

Other highlights of the weekend:

Who watches Last Comic Standing? John Heffron was in town this weekend. He was the winner of Season 2 and he is hysterical!!!  Definitely worth going to the 10pm show even with a big swim the next morning.

This was one of our favorite bits. This is just an audio of it and its even funnier if you can see him “acting” it out. (I searched for a while and couldn’t find a clip)


This morning our triathlon store: Athlete’s Lounge put on a pancake run.  We set off for a nice Sunday run. The sun was out and it wasn’t super cold. A pretty good group showed up.


We did 7.15 miles and pancakes afterwards. Super fun!!


How was your weekend? Do you watch Last Comic Standing??


November+ December Highlights

31 Dec

Well  it is all of a sudden almost the last day of the year and I haven’t blogged forever! Instead of giving you a bunch of excuses I thought I would  give you highlights from the last 2 months!

After a couple months of a break I started swimming again. It has been great with no real structure. Doing lots of drills and technique work. I go to a Masters type practice on Saturday which I love and makes me miss my Masters group!


I bought a new wetsuit. Holla!!! 50% off. I’ve been wanting a new wetsuit and wanted to wait until the end of the season for a sale!


My mom came for Thanksgiving. It was super fun! She wanted to walk every day which we did. It was freezing but sunny! I made scones for the first time. (Chocolate chip cream cheese scones) I made a squash/brussel sprout/tofu dish and pumpkin cheesecake in a jar for the big show.

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She also brought lemons from her friends lemon tree. I made homemade lemonade. Who knew you had to make a simply syrup so all the sugar doesn’t go to the bottom!! :)

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Since I can’t seem to getting around to blogging these days I haven’t done a race recap of the Holiday Half.

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It is a local race. Super fun. It was supposed to be pouring rain but we got lucky and it was dry. The last 3 miles were with serious wind though! :( I did manage to PR again. Another minute toward that sub 2 1/2 marathon!!

Dan wants to change our last name to Pancake.

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65 likes..not bad!! Some of the comments were really funny!

We celebrated our 30 month anniversary with pancakes. Fitting with the name change and all.

Christmas in Vegas!

Before our long run with our new Goodr glasses.


I’m not much for running in sunglasses but these are no slip, no bounce, no fog. They really worked. Loved them!

Date night my my bro and SIL. We went to see Mystere. It was amazing. I have never seen a Cirque du Soleil show.


It was a whirlwind last 2 months but I am pumped to start a new year…TOMORROW!!

How was your November and December? Any highlights?

All Things October!

1 Nov

Well here we are November 1, 2015!! It is definitely fall here in Portland. It has started to rain again. I have put fenders on my bike and bribed Dan to let me use some of his light because somehow I break or lose all of my mine!

It was a pretty fun October.

Dan and I took a ravioli making class.
I had two great friends come to town. I had 3 surprise adventures in store for them. The theme: water, boats, river.

River rafting in Hood River!
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Plus Double Mountain Brewery for dinner!

Brew-Barge tour on the river. (like a brew-cycle so we were still pedaling but we were on the river. You just bring your own drinks on and cruise around.)
Lastly, we did an 80s night on the Portland Spirit (river cruise).

We went to a Halloween party. I made this:
Peanut Butter Nutella Candy Bar Brownie. <—Recipe!
We were Supermarket Sweep contestants!! Who has watched that game show?? We watched an episode on YouTube right before the party. So funny!!!

We went to the corn maze and pumpkin patch!!

Chocolate chip chunk and cashew cookies to take to work.

Halloween brunch to talk about 2016 races.

Before trick or treating…
Why did the bumble bee, puppy, and chicken cross the road? To get to the other side of course!!
After about 3 pieces of candy each…
It was hysterical!!

What was the highlight of your October??

RNR Vancouver Race Weekend + RE-cap

29 Oct

Last weekend Dan and I went up to Vancouver BC. I had never been up there before. We had a super fun weekend filled with good food, sight seeing, and a half marathon.

Saturday: We had a leisurely morning. We did a 2.5 mile shake-out run. Nice and easy. We hit up the expo. It wasn’t too busy. Talked with some Nuun peeps and we were on our way!
We did some walking and exploring on the seawall and waterfront. What a gorgeous city. So clean and fresh.

We talked about goals for the race. I REALLY wanted to PR. I felt like I had put in a lot of great miles in the last couple of months. I was working on my speed, doing hill repeats, and running my long runs faster. I felt good. I didn’t want to sit and wait around for the race to happen. We were in a gorgeous city with lots to see!

Goals: A: 2:05; B: sub 2:06:23(current PR); C: Enjoy the gorgeous scenery and have fun
I had decided that I was not going to look at my Garmin for the entirety of the race. I just wanted to run on feel and let Dan push me.

We had take out Chinese food at this tiny/popular/almost divey place. It was delicious and the perfect amount of carbs, protein, and salt!!! A little different from my usual pizza the night before a race.

Sunday: RACE DAY: We woke up, ate breakfast, and walked around for far too long trying to find a coffee shop open. Both places we had googled the night before that said they would be open were not. We finally found a Starbucks open and it was full of runners!!

We made our way down to the start.
We had a few minutes to hang in the corral and we were off. Dan had planned to stay with me for the first 4 miles. He figured he would see how we were both feeling. I think we started off a little too fast but there is always that fine line with starting too fast and hoping not to blow up or starting fast enough that you are still going to go faster than your last race. If that makes any sense at all!! :)

(of course in Dan’s mind he wanted me to run a sub 2–I did not think there was anyway that was going to happen. I didn’t want to be negative but I wasn’t sure if I really had it in me. I would have to average 9:09s) You never know though. There is always that race magic!!

We start. We had read a race preview by the RunWestin guy. It made the course sound hilly but not bad. That was not the case. The course was hard. It was hilly and much hiller than I thought it would be. I do like hills especially the recovery aspect!!

The whole race flew by. We were definitely running comfortable hard. I had zero idea what pace we were running. At about mile 5 I wasn’t sure what would happen at 10 let alone 13. We just kept running. I did notice a lot of the same people who were around us in the corral (2:00 corral) were running with us for the duration of the race. That made me feel good. I felt like we had to be on track. :)

The course is gorgeous. The water, the buildings. We ran along the seawall for a while. It had a New Zealand feel. We headed into Stanley Park. The tall trees that are changing colors. At around mile 9 I told Dan that I wanted to try to keep up with him but it was time to put some music on.

It was getting hard. The course preview said the last hill was at mile 10. Got up and over it but that definitely wasn’t the last hill there were 2 more after. Dan had run a little ahead of me. I was trying to hold on as best as I could.

It was only getting tougher. At mile 11 I thought I better PR or this whole race will be a waste. At mile 12 I thought OMG this is never going to end. At about mile 12.5ish we could hear the finish line. When my watch beeped at mile 13 I was dying to look but I had enough self-control(surprisingly enough) not to look. The finish line was still not in sight. I had given it my all. I was definitely cooked. I finally saw the finish line and tried to speed up. It was so hard but it was almost done. Dan was standing there waiting for me(he finished 13 seconds before me)I couldn’t have been happier. I looked at my watch. 2:03:20. Dan said the look on my face was priceless. I was so pumped!!
It was so worth it not to look at my watch throughout the race. It made it that much more fun at the end!!

Dan wanted to hit up the beer garden and we received our world rocker medals.

We celebrated with donuts!! Cartems Donuterie was voted one of the BEST in Vancouver!! They were delicious!! I am not even a huge donut person.

We spent most of the afternoon at walking around Granville Island and the public market. Super cute area!!
This was a mural done by OSGEMEOS. It is a pretty cool story.
We were exhausted and took an Aquabus across False Creek.

Monday: We had an amazing breakfast and coffee at Medina Cafe. It was right down the street from our AirBnB. We walked passed it multiple times all weekend. We had decided we would wait until Monday to go. I couldn’t wait!!

I forgot my phone so no pictures. We had waffles and avocado/egg toast. I had a milk chocolate lavender mocha too! Amazing!!!

Vancouver BC! What an amazing place. We had a super fun trip. The race PR was the cherry on top!

Decision Time + Nuun Discount!

17 Oct

I know you have all been on the seat of your pants waiting for me to decide what I am going to do next year!!! Well I have finally come to a conclusion!!

I decided that I needed to figure out what BIG race I was doing and then I could work my way backwards. What BIG races were on the docket? Ironman Wisconsin, Maryland, Arizona, and Cozumel.

Dan and I talked it out on our run last weekend. It mostly came down to either a Pre-Ragnar Ironman or a Post-Ragnar Ironman. I really liked the idea of doing WI or MD because then I could go to Hawaii and not have to come home and still train for another 5-6 weeks.

It was Monday night and I literally had 5 minutes to decide before the price went up. I went with Wisconsin. I have only heard really good things about this race!! Go hard or go home! Right?! I couldn’t be more happy with my decision. Now to decide on coaching, bike transportation, lodging…all the hard things!! :)

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#330daycountdown #veryexcited

My favorite electrolyte company is turning 11! Go shop at Nuun for 11% off!!

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