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If it’s NOT Raining it’s NOT Shamrock!!

15 Mar

Well I jinxed the entire city of Portland with my last post! It has been epic weather here the last few months! This weekend not so much. Today, the Portland Shamrock Run, NOT.SO.MUCH!

I worked the Nuun booth at the expo on Friday and Saturday which is always fun. Spreading the #nuunlove!!
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I bought a few goodies too!!
Oofos for 1/2 off! Boom!!
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Roo Sport! Awesome product! Our booth was behind their booth. I didn’t even realize that they were there until Tiffany told me she bought one!! (thanks a lot Tiff) 😉
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BTW —>
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Go to Nuun by the 17th and get a free pint glass!

ALSO—> Because it is your lucky day here is a coupon code to use before 3/26: LuckyNuunFriends for 20% off!

My foot has been good but my right outer knee was bothering me while running downhill. I put some KT Tape on it. (I won a giveaway last year. I can finally use it!!) I am thinking it is IT Band issues. It is definitely feeling better! I am staying off the hills for a while!! If it is not one thing it is another!

One of my favorite races of the year was today! The Shamrock Run!! We woke at 6am to the sound of pouring rain.

Me: It is pouring!
Dan: Right!!
Me: Lets just skip Shamrock this year.
Dan: Really? (as he was getting back in bed)
Me: No! Lets just go!! 🙂

We rode our bikes to the gym to drop our bags. Walked down to the start. It was raining and it was dark!!

The 15K was the first race of 4 to start. I was happy we were the first! I heard later that the other starts times were delayed and there was lots of craziness! We started (I think) right on time.
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I decided right off the bat that I was not going to check my clock. I was going to run and hope for the best. I was not really going for a PR. I just didn’t think it would happen. My endurance is there but my speed was not. I had done some hill repeats for Ragnar training but I took a break after I got back. There just wasn’t time! I would run hard and see what happened! I didn’t want to push my knee either! The rain didn’t make it any better!!

There was a ton of puddles. Everyone dodging them and splashing. I avoided a few. After about a mile my feet were soaked and there was nothing I could do about it!

Just like last year: I had passed the first train crossing and I could hear the horns coming so I sprinted ran hard for at least a quarter of a mile but it was worth it because I didn’t get stopped! I was literally running over the tracks as the gates were coming down!

I settled back into my pace. It felt more comfortable at least!! 🙂 The flat section was over. Onto Broadway which was good. Hard. The first section of Terwilliger is the hardest but I got through it. I caught up to Dan at about mile 5.5 or so. That was fun!

We ended up running together the rest of the race. The downhill was good. My knee did pretty good. It was sore just a little as we were passing the 7 mile sign. But surpassed the soreness pretty quick. I had told Dan that I wasn’t looking at my clock and I didn’t want to know the time. As we got to the end he was pushing me. I knew he knew what my PR was so I figured it would be close!!
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….and it was! Not close enough! I was :50 seconds over my PR! 1:31:16! Good for 9:48 average miles and not on a flat course! #soclosebutsofaraway

It was a fun race! I am glad that Dan and I could run a bunch of miles together!

Cute medals…as usual! Ugly shirts…as usual! Until next year!!
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I met some Oiselle ladies for brunch afterwards!! I was starving! It was delicious!!

Oiselle Birdies!

Oiselle Birdies!

Anyone else doing a Shamrock run?

4 FOR Thursday!

24 Apr

Do you know who I love? Kara Goucher! But really who doesn’t?! She is so inspiring! Such an amazing athlete! She lived in P-town for so long and there was always an occasionally sighting of her and Shalane running!

I got to meet her at RNR Vegas in 2011:
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And again at RNR Portland in 2012:
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She has joined forces with 2 of my favorite companies!! Which is perfect because I have been wanting to do a post like this for a while. Here is 4 of my favorite companies and they all happen to be in Seattle!

First up: Nuun!!

Everyone knows I love Nuun!! Kara Goucher has joined forces on the electrolyte movement!?!? It is very exciting NEWS!
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Has everyone gotten to try the NEW Nuun Energy?! Nuun energy is all about the electrolytes(for optimal hydration), B-Vitamins (for energy), and Caffeine(for mental clarity and focus) It is awesome! I love it! All the ambassadors got samples and a trucker hat! I have been sporting it around town and the jury is still out on whether I actually look good in it or not!
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I got a tube of each flavor before we got our samples and almost need to buy some more already!!

Do you think I have a problem?
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If you think this is bad…you should see the rest of the shelf of bottles. Out.Of.Control!

If you need any Nuun there is free shipping this weekend! Order some of the Nuun energy…you can thank me later!!
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Secondly: Moving Comfort

I had no idea they were based in Seattle but they are. During NuunHTC weekend, Meghan has a friend, Daniel, that works there. He was gracious enough to come pick us up downtown and take us to the Brooks HQ. (You may remember me(us) going there during NuunHTC)

I have been wearing MC for a long time. I bought a Fiona bra and really liked it. I was afraid of changing it up so I just continued to buy Fiona’s!!
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Daniel hooked us up with a new bra. I decided to get out of my comfort zone and get an endurance racer.
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I.LOVED.IT. There was only one problem. I could not buckle it. For a long time I only wore it if I could have Dan buckle it for me. I had to wake my mom up before the Chicago Marathon to buckle it for me! Stupid!! Then I finally figured out how to do it myself! I knew there had to be a way. I just had to figure it out! 🙂

Third: Oiselle!
Another awesome company! They make running apparel and have been around since 2007! On a whim, I bought some Lesley Knickers last spring. I loved them! They make my ass look great. (and who doesn’t want their ass to look good while working out!!)

Then Oiselle was one of our sponsors for NuunHTC!!

Lux layer, scoop neck, and Flyer jacket

Lux layer, scoop neck, and Flyer jacket

Since then I have bought a bunch of lux layers(my fave) and Lesley knickers. I bought some race layers last weekend and got them last night. I am pretty excited to try some different shirts!
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Here is a great article by Kara on Why she picked Oiselle!!

Lastly: Tiger Tail

This is just a quick shout-out! I like the tiger tail because it is portable! You can use it everywhere and anywhere! I like using it on my feet mostly. I use the foam roller regularly but this is my secondary. I have had a bit of a cranky hamstring and I can use it deeper than the foam roller!
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Who knew they were out of Seattle either?!

Who are your running idols?

Do you use any of these products?

Disclaimer: All these opinions are my OWN!!

#NuunHTC Part 1: Seattle

27 Aug

I left Portland on the Bolt Bus Wednesday morning. I was headed to Seattle to meet my Nuun hood To Coast teammates for the first time!! SO EXCITING!! First off–the Bolt Bus was awesome! It was a direct ride from Portland downtown to Seattle downtown. There was Wi-Fi and power outlets. It was only a $10 fare. Hello people…I am NEVER driving to Seattle again!

I arrived in Seattle at 11:30am and meet up with some bloggers. We headed down to Pikes Place for lunch and checked out the Puget Sound.

Me, Meghan B, Mallory, Kristen, and Catey

Me, Meghan B, Mallory, Kristen, and Catey

Meghan B has a friend that works for Moving Comfort so Daanniieell came and picked us up. He took us to the Brooks/Moving Comfort HQ. They are in a temporary space right now but building a new office as we speak.
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He gave us a tour. Showed us where all the magic happens! It was so fun especially because I wear Brooks shoes and Moving Comfort bras!!

We went back to Nuun HQ to catch a ride to the Garage where our first ice breaker activity was. Bowling, pool, and food. It was so fun meeting all the other bloggers and Nuun employees.

I looked around the room and it was like I KNEW everyone but in reality I really did not. We have been read each others blogs and following them on Twitter for months now. It was fun to finally get to meet them all IRL(in real life). I quickly got to know all of the awesome bloggers.

Lauren, Jesica, Kristen, Me, Kara, and Sarah

Lauren, Jesica, Kristen, Me, Kara, and Sarah

Thursday was quite a day also.

We headed to Green Lake for a quick shake out run and a tour of the Oiselle HQ.
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A: me, Catey, Lindsay, Jesica, Mallory, Andrea, Kristen, Holly, and Lisa
B: Bird Legs and I
C: Sarah(Oiselle staff), me, Devon: We are all going for PR’s in Chicago! Go hard or go home!
D: EVERYONE! Plus the Oiselle staff.

After cleaning up and eating lunch we headed out to the Seattle Duck Tour. OMG!! So.Much.Fun! Our Captain was Captain Chaos. He was hysterical. It was a great way to see Seattle on land and on Lake Union!!
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We headed to Nuun HQ for dinner, Van decorating, and SWAG!!
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A: Riding the Nuun Tricycle: Surprise it is beer inside!!
B: Mason(Nuun CEO) and Casey(Nuun CFO) gave us a great welcome speech! What awesome guys!!
C: Sweaty Emily: I have been reading her blog for a long time. She was one of the ones that got me to want to get on this team!!
D: SWAG!! Mason talked about how he likes to partner with local companies! More on this later!

We headed out to decorate the vans. Team Lemonade in the house!!
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Van 1: R3: Lisa, R2: Me, Van 1 Driver: Jay, R6: Kristen, R1: Lauren, R4: Jolene, R5: Andrea
Van 2: R8: Karen, R10: Jesica, R9: Zoey, R7: Kimberly, R12: Holly R, R11: Holly B, Van 2 driver: Jeff

Meghan who was not on the Nuun team but a different HTC team but a fellow Nuun ambassador. She made us all respective team cupcakes!
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Hello–are these the cutest things you have ever seen!!! I only had a lemonade one…obviously…but it was delicious…Cheat #1…it tasted like a lemon girl scout cookie…I told Jay I was off desserts and he took a BIG BITE! Really technically it wasn’t a whole cheat!! 🙂

Andrea, Kristen, Me, and Lisa

Andrea, Kristen, Me, and Lisa

Friday morning…Mt Hood or Bust…

Have you ever been on a duck tour? Did you love it?

Have you ever had a lemon girl scout cookie?