6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Running Buddies

First of all I cannot wait until High Five Friday.... My adorable, awesome, talented, strong, amazing, funny, sweet, kind, fast, cute, smart, etc etc... running Buddy Zoe is.....

PREGNANT!!!!! Check out her post HERE visit, comment and wish her happy baby!! I knew that she was trying, I (selfishly) HOPED that she would make it through Marathon training with me then get prego, but God blessed her family quickly and I could not be more excited. A new Running Mother!!! Welcome pretty Zoe. Trust that Tall Mom will be hosting an amazing Bloggy Baby Shower :)

Stats for 4/18:
8 Miles Solo-
Time- 1:02:16
7:46- Pace
Fastest Mile- 7:42
Less Fast Mile- 7:53

I was in a crunch, spent too much time with dishes, laundry and the little studs and lost track of time. I knew I had to get in 8 miles before meeting Amanda at 10AM. So I set out for sub 8 minute mile pace. My legs felt fresh, strong, fast. There were several people getting ready for a Bike rider but not many on the trail. CUTE= Mom running while holding her roller-blading daughter's hand!! My bondiband was making me HOT, I wanted a hat or visor, I thought I might have enough time to shop at the little sports store, but doubted that the $10 in my fuel belt would get me anything. As I approached the park I looked up and there was Amanda in her Jeep, PERFECT timing!!


8 Miles with Amanda:
Time- 1:12:17
9:02- Pace
Fastest Mile- 8:45
Less Fast Mile- 9:24


I have MISSED Amanda! I would run with her weekly if it worked out.. We met on 10/10/09 read about our First Running Date HERE...hmmmm Amanda we should run Portland to celebrate on 10/10/10?? I wanted to see her before she left for her FIRST MARATHON next weekend.. I had a signed copy of "Run Like a Mother" to give to her and a HUGE HUG of course.

There is never a shortage of conversation. I am in AWE of her strength raising a son with her husband away. The Marathon to her is something so different, I wish that I could see her face once she crosses that line. I am sure the PRIDE will be similar to her recent Half Marathon PR. Along the way we avoided Horse poop, and walkers. The CRAZIEST thing we saw was a man on an over sized unicycle, I said "That is the craziest thing I have seen today" and he replied "Hey Now!" Oops, did not mean to offend. But just 25 yard behind was a hairy dude on a 9-10 foot TALL bike, I think it was a tie for CRAZIEST! Who knows how he gets on the bike??

I was in dress rehearsal mode with clothes, socks, water belt/hand held and fuel. All worked well and I THINK I have it down. Amanda was suffering from a Sun induced rash and was not feeling well, she TOUGHED it out. We cruised to the finish and I quickly crabbed my chocolate milk from my cooler in the car....I LOVE LOVE LOVE cold Chocolate milk after a long run and will have Muscle Man poised at the Eugene Finish with my Chocolate Milk!!

Thank you Amanda!! You will be AMAZING in your first Marathon...text me when you are done, I will be tracking you. Check out her post HERE..

All Smiles after 16 and 8 miles :)
So what did I use my $10 in my fule belt on??? $5 on a Smoothie. YUMMERS!!
HAPPY TUESDAY!
***No Test Lab Tuesday. Look for a Test Lab Tuesday Giveaway next week :)

30 comments:

Java Joggers said...

Unicycles? 9-ft. bikes? Horse poop? It all makes my running routes seem so mundane :)

Lisa said...

I'm a big fan of chocolate milk post-run too! sounds like a great/interesting day! You are SO ready for the marathon!

longlegsontheloose.com said...

so many awesome things going on for blog friends! I actually shrieked when I read Zoe's fb post about the baby! And I was in class. so that was a bad idea but I was super excited...man I gotta get out to Washington =)

Katye said...

so many awesome things going on for blog friends! I actually shrieked when I read Zoe's fb post about the baby! And I was in class. so that was a bad idea but I was super excited...man I gotta get out to Washington =)

Courtney said...

Loving the bondi band!!

teacherwoman said...

Mmmm, chocolate milk is so good after a nice hard run! :)

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

So excited for Zoe! Count me in on that baby shower!

You always have such interesting runs. Maybe I should talk less and pay attention to everything around me more ...

Melissa said...

Okay girlie...that shirt is too cute!
I am sooo excited for Zoe. Count me in to help in the virtual shower if you need it.

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

hairy men on 9' tall bikes, unicycles, horse poop...
You make my routine runs sound so boring. I am going to need to find something more interesting to run by...oh yeah, we have loads of cow manure but that's not really exciting!

Glad you and Amanda got to run together.

Denise said...

so many fun running adventures with friends! you should be so thankful!!

runkerarun said...

Chocolate milk is my absolute FAVORITE post-run treat! That, or a big ol' burger after a long run :)

I love your group running adventures!

Heather said...

What a fun run! You are lucky to have so many great running pals close by.

Marlene said...

Wonderful bloggy run! 10/10/10 anniversary run sounds perfect.

So happy for Zoe! Hopefully she'll still be up for trucking it around Seattle with us. ;)

Emz said...

Chocolate milk post run = heaven.

Erica said...

so exciting for ZOE! I love babies and wish happy cute babies on every one (thats wants one anyway!!)

Was there a circus in town with all the big unicycles and bikes? You and Amanda are adorable you are going to have great marathons!

Megan said...

Mmm...Smoothies. I put some strawberries in my freezer this AM to make smoothies with.

S Club Mama said...

What great timing to run with a buddy. I need me one of those...lol

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i'm working on finding consistent running buddies because I do think the bond that forms is just incredible

KK @ Running Through Life said...

Happy Tuesday! Yay for great running buddies!!! Sounds like a very interesting run you had!

Jameson said...

It looks like you had a wicked consistent pace on the solo 8-miler, way to go.

Stacey said...

You are ready for the marathon and your BQ! :)

runzoerun.com said...

Aw shucks, Mel! :) You're too sweet. Thanks!
Awesome job on your run with Amanda! Miss you ladies!

LMC said...

Very interesting sites on your run! You're doing so great with your training. You're gonna have a great marathon, and I'm sure you'll BQ. Have a good week!

ajh said...

I agree that nothing tastes like chocolate milk after a run.

Hannah said...

I adore the picture of you and Amanda! Cute!!!

Michelle said...

Sounds like a circus brigade out there!

Great pictures!

The Happy Runner said...

Yay for running buddies and yay for pregnant runners :-)

Alisa said...

Running buddies are the best.

Yay for Zoe too, congrats.

moving4life.com said...

I just left a note on Amanda's blog - I'm running OKC but I'm probably a lot slower than she is. I'm running with the 4:30 pacer because she's one of my coaches. My PR is 4:42, so I'm hoping I can pull out a 4:30 this time. I hope she has a great race!

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Awe, just read this Mel! Thanks so much! i was def pround yesterday, i berely choked back the tears...I did it! And i proved to myself what I knew all along, I am strong and I can do ANYTHING! After yesterday I feel like everything else is simple, like i can just put my mind to it and do it!

and I was thinking about Portland too!!!! i'll have to see where the calendar has me on 10/10/10...what? with a date like that I need to do something amazing!!! We'll chat about it!