Monday, February 29, 2016

DASSH

On Saturday I ran DASSH 5K.  DASSH stands for Doing A Sprint for Samish Health.  It was the only race I could find in February that fit into my schedule.  It was small, I heard someone say 106 people (but not sure).  I followed a family most of the race.  Two kids who ran pretty fast, pretty consistently.  They slowed down at the end, but I was impressed by them. 

My first two miles were both 7.47 min/mile and then I realized I was dying and slowed down a little.  My third mile was 8.20 min/mile and the last half mile was 8.27min/mile.  Yes, I said "last half mile."  The course was long, which meant that I didn't PR, which is what I was hoping for.  Although, because I slowed down so much in my last mile, I don't think I would have PRed it anyway.  Mapmyrun said that it was 3.59 miles, and I definitely felt that last half mile.  I guess I need to work on speed, or maybe endurance . . . 
I do not know if I placed in the race.  I didn't stick around.  I know I was 6th female overall.  The last mile and more was out and back and I counted the females in front of me and no one passed me.  I don't know the ages of the females in front of me, I'm pretty sure they were in their 30's or 40's.  I don't know if they even gave age prizes.  And I can't find race results.  I doubt I'll ever know because it was such a small race. 

On my sidebar, I put the time that mapmyrun says I was at when I reached 3.1 miles, but it's not official.  My actual time was 28.44 according to the clock when I crossed the finish line.  But I don't know how you handle a course that's too long, or too short. 

After my race on Saturday I went down to Lynnwood to hang out with my sister.  I told her I really wanted to go shopping so we went to a new Value Village in north Seattle, which was a great store.  I got a new jacket, a couple shirts and a sweater for about $25.  I have to tell you, thrift shopping is the best. =)  We need to find a thrift store in a rich neighborhood so that we can score on really nice items. ; )

After our thrift store shopping we decided to try a trail that Nancy had seen near her house.  So we went there, it wasn't a very long trail but it had a lot of offshoots and would have been really easy to get lost on.  In fact, if Nancy hadn't been there, I'm pretty sure I would have been lost, she has an excellent sense of direction which I don't have.  I think we did the whole trail twice, so maybe around a mile and half.

Sunday was super windy and nasty outside.  We did our grocery shopping and then I had 8 miles on the schedule.  I really didn't want to run in the wind.  I hate the wind.  I would much rather run in anything other than wind.  I thought about cutting it short, debated running 7 miles, or 5 . . . but ultimately I ran all 8. 
After my run I didn't do anything exciting.  Cleaned house, did bills, drank a huge glass of wine and took a bath.  =) 

You know on Facebook now they have a "see your memories" post?  I like to scroll through that when I see it to see what interesting things happened in the past.  One year ago yesterday I was enjoying a glass of wine in the sun in my front yard.  I'm very jealous looking at this photo.  It was not this nice yesterday, or today.

And this one is from 3 years ago, and I'm even more jealous.

Friday, February 26, 2016

4 years

Yesterday was my 4 year, let me say that again, 4 year, "runiversary."  I cannot believe I have been running for 4 years.  I realized it was getting close while I was running last night.  I'd like to say I ran 4 miles for the 4 years I've been running, but 4 miles was on the schedule and I would have ran that many even if I hadn't had a "runiversary."  Plus, I wasn't sure when it actually was, even now I'm not sure.  I think I'll go look it up.

Well, I was wrong, today is my runiversary.  4 years I've been running.  You can read the story of my first run here.  If you're interested, and haven't already, you can read about how I started loving running here.

I read a lot of running/fitness blogs.  And I will completely credit them for my motivation to continue to run in the beginning.  I had started and stopped exercise/running numerous times in my 20's and early 30's and it never "stuck."  This time, I had other people's experiences and stories to keep me going.  At first I would read whole blogs, I'm talking several years worth of someone blogging, all at once.  Every time I read about someone going for a run, it would motivate me to go for a run.  Plus I had Pinterest, and  all the fitness motivations on there, actually that is how I found the first blog I started to follow Runs for Cookies, I don't remember the pin, but it directed me to Katie's blog and I've been following her ever since.  Then I started following some Facebook fitness/running pages.  I was so scared to not run, that I ran every day and had to force myself to take a rest day. In the past I had started a fitness "routine" but one rest day always turned into 2 and 2 always turned into 3 and so on.  It was so much easier the longer I went without exercising to continue to not exercise.

So, what have I accomplished in 4 years?  Not a whole lot.  =) 

In 2012 I ran in 2 races, and walked one. My very first 2 miles averaged 23 min/mile (I was using my jogging stroller that hadn't been used in 14 years and had flat tires).  I ran 577 miles in 2012. 
Have a Heart 5k 2012
In 2013 I ran in 4 races, and walked one.  I ran 2 (and my only so far) half marathons, PR-ing my second one.  I ran 822.21 miles.  I also started my battle with plantar faciitis, that I mostly chose to ignore.  I did do some physical therapy, but not a lot, and started running again (high mileage) in January in 2014 (stupid). 
Bloomsday 2013
Berry Dairy Days Half
In 2014 I decided to start training for a marathon.  Silly Cathy, you were suffering from PF and not giving it time to heal.  I started a rigorous training program, and it ended quickly and painfully.  I only ran 3 races, and my mileage was 817.93.   I had the lofty goal of 100 miles a month (yes, I made this goal while I was still suffering from PF.  I ended up taking 2 months off of running completely.  During that time I did learn that I love spin class, although I haven't done any spinning since then, but I could see myself getting into it again, I just need to find one that's not crazy expensive and will fit my schedule, good luck, I haven't been able to find one yet. 
Bloomsday 2014
In 2015 I made one goal, to get and stay healthy.  It is the first year I have reached a goal. ; )  I ran 6 races and walked one.  I ran my first marathon, even placing 3rd in my age group.   I received 3 top finisher awards, and PRed my 10K, which was not a race I placed in.  I ran 871.81 miles, which equals to my highest mileage year so far. 
Tulip Run

Tri-Cities Marathon 2015
By far my most favorite running picture ever.  I have the best son.

In 2016 I turn 40 and my only goal is to run a race a month.  I started in Oct (when my birthday is) and I have run 3 so far.  My 4th one is tomorrow morning, just another 5k.  I would prefer to run 10k's but it hasn't happened.  I plan to run at least one more half marathon, I may do more, and I'm thinking I'll also run another marathon this year. 

Over the last 4 years I have lost a total of 33 lbs, although at one point last year that number was 37lbs.  I don't imagine that I will lose any more weight.  Yes, it'd be super awesome to be in the 120's but I like food, wine and chocolate too much.  And I'm pretty happy with my body right now.

From today . . .
I cut my hair.  =)  I'm still getting used to it, but it is a similar style to one I had many years ago (2010 I think). 
I like the dark hair better than the blonde and don't plan on going back to it even though Chris would prefer I did. Looking at these two pictures it doesn't look like the cut is similar, but it is, the only difference is the way I'm wearing it (curly) and the longer side.  That was cute in 2010, but I don't think it would be as cute now. 

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Just a random post on a beautiful day.

I know all 2 of you that read this are sitting on the edge of your seats waiting to hear if I resisted the donuts last week, and I did.  I did not have any sweets at work at all last week.  I did end up eating one chocolate a night with my wine, but I'm okay with that. 

So as of Friday morning (not an official weigh day, those are only the first of the month) I was down to 146.8.  So my reduced eating and no sweets worked.  I drank quite a lot of wine this weekend, for no reason other than I wanted to, so I was thinking I'd be a bit bloated on Monday, but I weighed 145.8 Monday morning, so that's good.  I didn't weigh today.  I don't weigh myself every day anymore, and don't miss it, but I did want to see what the damage was from the weekend, and am happy there was none.

I did not increase my miles last week.  I ran on Wednesday with the intent of running on Thursday and Saturday.  There was no long run last week because we were in Oregon and I just didn't want to get up early enough to go for a long run on vacation, before walking around Seaside all day.  I ended up skipping my run on Thursday because I was really hungry, and tired.  My rule is if I skip Thursday, I have to run Friday.  Well, last week I ran Tuesday and Wednesday, skipped Thursday and then the wind picked up a lot on Friday and I skipped Friday.  I rationalized it by saying that I had run on Wednesday so it was okay. 

I also didn't do hills on Saturday, instead I ran 5 miles with a few hills in the run, but there are always hills in my runs, I live in a hilly area. 

My running schedule for the last few months has been Sunday long run, Monday rest, Tuesday 4 miles, Wednesday rest, Thursday or Friday 4 miles, and Saturday hill repeats which has been right around 3 miles, but I don't worry about the miles on Saturday, just the hills.  I've been thinking of adding 2 or 3 (most likely 2 for now) miles on Wednesday, and increasing from there.  I guess we'll see how this week goes.  When I was at my fastest, I was running 5 miles, 4 days a week (and a long run) and I would like to get faster. I don' t know.

I ran 8 miles on Sunday.  So that was 5 miles on Saturday and 8 on Sunday, 13 miles in 2 days.  I haven't done that much in a while.  I could definitely feel it in my legs Sunday evening.  I like the achiness that comes from having pushed myself farther than I'm used to.  It's not really sore, just aches a bit.  I don't mind that at all. 

Today is a beautiful day so far.  I just wish I got home earlier so I could enjoy it with a run in the sun.  Sadly, by the time I get out the door it's usually dark, plus I rode the bus, so I get home a half hour to 45 min later than when I drive. Maybe I should start bring my running clothes to work and run during lunch or after work.  But there's no shower, and riding the bus after a run, all smelly and gross . . . maybe not.  ; )
From Sunday morning, the cat
was licking Damian's head,better
him than me.  =)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Resisting

I wanted to come back today to talk a little about how yesterday, my first day without snacking on something sugary went.  I was able to resist the chocolate that was on my desk when I came to work yesterday.  I was also able to resist my coworker offering some chocolate later in the day.  About 2pm I wanted a coffee, but instead of going to Starbucks I remembered I had taken some hot chocolate packets from the house in Fort Stevens that I had wanted to try and forgot.  I put them in my purse and again forgot about them.  Well, I got some coffee from work, added some half & half that is always here and a half a packet of the hot chocolate packet.  It was good enough, and way less calories than a Starbucks white chocolate caramel mocha.  ; )

I had a salad for lunch, and popcorn and wine for dinner.  Yes, I know that's not necessarily a healthy dinner (I like butter on my popcorn) but it was better than nothing, or something really bad.  And then with my second glass of wine, I caved and had one piece of peppermint bark that's left over from Christmas.  But it was good, I enjoyed it, and I don't feel guilty.

Today is the real test.  My boss brought donuts for our Wednesday morning meeting.  And everyone at work knows my weakness for donuts, so the box was automatically passed to me.  I did not take one.  And sitting here at my desk right now I can hear them calling to me.  But instead I decided to come on here and write about how wonderfully I am doing resisting.  =)  Later in the day it will be worse, there are usually a few left over, or half of one and it's so easy to take a bite of one.  Since I didn't have one this morning, it will make the temptation even worse.  I have some gum, I'll chew that . . .

Tonight it's chicken tacos for dinner.  Chris has a great marinade that he uses, with half a cup of soy sauce.  So with that and the popcorn last night, not to mention my mom's homemade chex mix from the weekend (lots of salt in that) I will probably continue to weigh more than I want, but at least I know that the salt weight will go away once it goes through my system. 

This morning I forgot to eat. I got busy getting my lunch ready, and helping Chris make his marinade because he slept in, and when it was almost time to go, I noticed my eggs still in the pan.  I brought them to work and ate them, but for some reason I am still really hungry.  It makes resisting those stupid donuts even harder.  Plus, Damian ate my second half of steak from the other night, so my steak salad for lunch today is a tuna salad, which isn't my favorite.  =/  I did bring an apple, maybe I'll go eat that.  Actually that's a great idea.

I ran last night, even with my cold.  It wasn't too bad.  I've been thinking of going back to running 5 days a week.  I used to run 5 miles 4 days and a long run on Sunday.  It was only with the plantar faciitis break, and getting back into running slowly that I stopped.  So I'm thinking of running maybe one or two miles tonight, just to see if I like it.  The hardest part now about running every day is that I'm always running in the dark (other than the weekend) and I kinda hate running in the dark, however it is better than running on the treadmill. 

I keep trying to rationalize eating a donut.  It's just one, I haven't had one for awhile.  If I run tonight then it's as if I never ate it. . . but honestly, I think it's more about building up my willpower again than the actual food.  I have felt a little out of control with the sweets lately and knowing that I can resist a donut will help a lot in the long run . . . I hope.

No pictures today, so I'll add a few more that my family took from over the weekend. =)
I like this picture because my Dad and I were using each other
as back rests, even though it's hard to tell.

Maddox and me on the bumper cars

My Dad and Nancy

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Family vacation

My work is a factory for food (not really, but it feels like it).  Everyday someone brings something, and we are all in the social service field so we are natural sharers.  My officemate is one of the worst, she always has chocolate or something (usually chocolate) to share, and I do love chocolate.  And my boss (well, my boss's boss) brings donuts regularly, thankfully he's slowed down.  In the 14 months that I've worked here, I've had more donuts than my entire life combined.  I love donuts, so it's very hard to turn them down.  Then recently we've started having potlucks regularly.  I think since the new year, we've had 5 potlucks, or company sponsored lunches.  And then there's my Starbucks habit that has formed. . . I have been spending some time in Starbucks lately, and I almost always get some sort of coffee, not black coffee, because that's gross, but flavored, high calorie coffee.  I really love my Starbucks time, I've been hanging out in one about once a week for a few hours, and it is fantastic. 

Why am I telling you about the food, and the Starbucks?  Because I'm feeling "fat."  I've gained some weight since Christmas and it's not good.  My fantastic size 6 pants are too tight, and my size 8 skinny pants (I have a couple) that I used to be able to pull on and off without unbuttoning, I now have to unbutton.  I know it's silly, I know I'm not fat, but I don't like the feeling of gaining weight. 

It's funny how people's perceptions change.  3 years ago 150 lbs was fantastic.  May 2013 was the first time I saw 150 and I was so excited.  Today, not so much.  I've decided that this week I'm going to start eating my salads again, I haven't been eating salad at all lately, and that used to be my regular lunch. I defrosted a piece of chicken last night and baked it this morning while getting ready for work  I'm also going to avoid the candy and chocolate that is floating around my office.  Which will be interesting because I got to my desk this morning and there was chocolate sitting there, not to mention the 50% off box of chocolates I bought at the pharmacy yesterday on my way home.  I'm not going to commit to no Starbucks this week because sometimes I need a coffee in the afternoon, but I will try to not go as often as I have been (which isn't daily, but is quickly becoming close). 

My weekend was really fun.  We went down to Astoria/Fort Steven area with my parents and all my sisters and their families.  We've been doing these trips on President's Day weekend for a long time now, 13 years or so.  We started out always going to Fort Stevens and staying in yurts, a permanent tent-like cabin on a campground, we've graduated to renting houses, because we're all old now and none of us want to go back to the cold and inconvenience of the yurts.  (Although, Damian really wants to do the yurts again.)

My sister and her husband and son came from N. Carolina as well.  Her son and Maddox had a blast.  A.J. is only 3 months younger than Maddox and I really wish they could see each other more often.  I have my issues with my sister and her husband, but seeing the boys play together really made me wish they could see each other more often than just once a year. 

From the car on the way down.
We stayed in an old house that used to be part of Fort Stevens.  It was an officers quarters, and it was amazing.  It was huge, including the basement, it was 4 stories.  Absolutely beautiful.  At first I was rather worried about Maddox because it had all sorts of breakable things, but A.J. and he (that doesn't seem like the proper grammar, A.J. and him?) did great.  Nothing was broken. 

We had the best bedroom . . . well, maybe after my parent's room.  We were lucky because my sister would have taken it but the bed was too soft for them.  I haven't slept that good in forever.  I definitely need a new mattress, badly.  It was very hard to go back to my own bed. 

The weather was rather crappy.  We went to the beach on Saturday morning, just in time for the wind and rain to pick up.  We didn't stay very long, but if you're going to go to the Oregon coast, you have to go to the beach.  ; ) 


 
After going to the beach we went into Astoria to browse the antique shops, but the weather was so awful we only went into a few and then ate lunch and went back to the house. 
Tami, my sister from N.C. is on the left, and Maddox, A.J.,
and my niece, Kaylee, are on the chair looking at A.J.'s Kindle.
A close up of the three of them.
We did our usual games on Saturday night, I learned a new game, my sister, Nancy, called it Dices, but I guess it's also called Farkle.  My family are not drinkers.  Chris and I probably drink more than anyone else in the family, but my sister Nancy will share a bottle of white wine with me (she doesn't like red).  My oldest sister Barbara drinks some, but for some reason she never brings any to these trips, and Tami doesn't drink at all.  My dad will "sneak" rum sometimes but my mom doesn't drink at all.  Anyway, Nancy and I had some wine Saturday night while we were playing the game and after my parents went to bed we got a little silly.  It was fun though. 

Sunday I got up rather late, 7:30 or so, which is late for me.  My brother-in-law (Nancy's husband) is a early riser as well, so whenever we are some place together we are always the first ones up.  He is usually earlier than me, but on Sunday almost everyone was up before I got up. 

We went down to Seaside for lunch and then hung out there for the afternoon. We went to the aquarium there, which Maddox was fascinated by.
And then we had ice cream, because, apparently you can't go to the beach without eating ice cream, even if it's raining and cold.  We ran into my family in the "carousal mall" and Damian and Maddox rode the carousal.
And then off again to do bumper cars.  I wasn't going to do it this year, just didn't feel like it, so Maddox rode with Nancy, and my dad, Tami and A.J., and Damian did it.  Then Damian got in to do it again, and Chris decided to go, then my dad went back, and Maddox was begging to go, so I decided to do it with him. I'm really glad I did.  I had a blast. 
My dad is on the left and Nancy and Maddox in the red car.
Sunday evening we went back to the house, had dinner and played games again.  This time we played Apples to Apples, which seems to be our family favorite (I'm getting tired of it though) and then played the dice game again.  I didn't drink nearly as much Sunday.  I was out of wine, I did take a new type of wine, Port, which I've never had, with the intention of sharing it with my sister Nancy, because I've heard it's a "dessert wine" and she likes sweeter wine, but then I realized I would have to share with my brothers-in-law and her and possibly another sister, and I didn't really want to do that.  (I know, selfish me.) So I still haven't tried it.

Starting closest to the camera going clockwise, Matthew
(nephew, black shirt), Chris, Scott (standing up, Nancy's
husband), Damian, Nancy's head, my Mom, Phil (Tami's
husband), Tami, and Barbara, not sure where my dad went.
Maddox using A.J. as a horse
I started not feeling good on Saturday.  Nancy had one Aleve cold and sinus, which I took.  Then we went to the pharmacy Sunday morning.  Apparently in Oregon you can't get the "good" medicine without a prescription.  In WA you have to give your driver's license and sign for it because it's used for meth production (I guess) but in OR they apparently think only a dr can give it.  It's only a head cold, which was frustrating because with good enough meds, it doesn't affect me very much, but I had to wait till Monday when we came back to WA to get some.  It just solidifies my desire to not live in OR. ; )

The elk were about a block from the house, right next to the road.
We drove back yesterday.  With the traffic and having to stop a couple times it took us much longer than expected, but we made it.  I was able to get some good cold medicine and feel almost normal now.  =)  Not sure if I'm going to run this evening though.  I need to, but don't really want to.

I almost forgot, I did do some exercise over the weekend.  On Saturday after we got back to the house I decided to run the stairs.  I am doing The Big Climb with my coworkers in March and I wanted to see if I could do stairs.  I've been running hills on Saturdays, but I don't know how well that translates to stairs.  Anyway, there were 50 stairs total in the house, and the Columbia Tower, which is what I will be climbing, has 1,311 steps, so that meant I had to do 26.22 times up the stairs in the house.  I ran up 20 times, and then my sister Nancy joined me and we did 6 more slower than my first 20. Then for some reason I decided to do one more, and carried Maddox up the last flight.  Ugh!  Yesterday my calves were sooooo sore.  Today they're not too bad, but at least I know I can climb the Columbia Tower, of course, that's all up and no down part to rest, so I will see how I do in March.

Oh, and I didn't mention Valentine's Day, did I?  We didn't do anything.  Chris doesn't see the point in it, so he rarely buys me anything.  I bought myself some chocolates yesterday that were 50% off . . . that I now can't eat, but that's it.  =)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

short and not so sweet

I started a post over the weekend and then forgot about it.  I think I got up to get another glass of wine and closed my computer and didn't reopen it.  ; )

It's Saturday evening, I don't know if I've ever posted after having a few glasses of wine . . . well, since I don't think I updated with my January miles, I guess it'll be interesting.  ; ) I definitely have been increasing my miles.  After my all-time low of 36 miles in November, December ended up being a total of 47, not great, but better.  I jumped to 78 miles in January, so I'm happy with that. 

February is a short month and I am going out of town next weekend, so I'm not sure how many miles I'll end up with.  February is also the only month, so far, that I've had trouble finding a race to do for my 40th birthday, race a month, goal.  Most of the races in February are on Valentine's Day weekend, that happens to also be President's Day weekend this year, and we (my family including parents, sisters and their families) always go on a weekend trip, so all the races in my area that I could find I can't do, and I couldn't find any where I am going (Astoria, OR area).  Luckily a few days ago a new race was posted on my local running club page for the weekend after President's Day.

And that's all I wrote.  =)

We're headed to Oregon tomorrow.  It's a place we've never been before, close to Astoria.  I don't know what kind of trails are there, or rather footpaths, so I don't know if I'll run.  I always take my running stuff and then 99% of the time don't use it.  Last year, during this same trip, I had a great run.  But we had been there before and I had seen the trail, and knew I wanted to try it out. This is a sorta new place, so I don't know what's there and Google Maps isn't helping.

I have nothing else to say.  I'm wondering if I should continue blogging. 

The ducks along my long run on Sunday
My kids playing with silly string