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.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Luv LOVE

The Lovely Zoe put out a LOVE YOUrself Valentine's Challenge HERE. She asked to put the tattoo on the part of your body that you are most proud of because of running/life/fitness/etc. Well I couldn't really Tatto my face, so I used tape :) I chose my Lips because I love them no matter what my size. When I was first starting to run felt overweight and frumpy and now that I am much more fit. Running has SPARKED a passion in me and what better body part to symbolize passion than the lips. My dimples and smile are a close second. I TRIED for an artistic type of picture... I TRIED :) Next up the weekend recap..SATURDAY:
Most of my SPEEDY running buddies did their Long Run on Friday, Thankfully my little buddy Carol-Ann HERE was able to meet up for most of my 17 Miler. All decked out in Sugoi.
UGH... I should have checked this picture and taken another.. Anyway you see how much littler she is than me. the plan was to run just over 9 minute pace. we TOTALLY lucked out, there was rain and wind predicted but we had great weather. I got a few compliments on my heart Bondiband.
I was TIRED from the first mile, not sure if it was mental or what because my body was performing GREAT! When we hit the turn we sped up and I got in 5 Goal pace miles, totally un-intentional. We passed a runner with well-defined calves and I gave her a compliment she said "P-90x" UGH I guess I need to try P-90X.. Along the way I came up with a new nickname for Carol-Ann, she is now TINK as in Tinkerbell. She floats off the ground and runs on Pixie Dust :) I dropped her at 15 miles and ran back out, re-passing many folks... Lots of Team in Training people!!! WOOT!! Running for a Cause is so amazing.. The last 2 miles solo were tough, but I finished strong. 17 miles 9:04 pace
I had packed Chocolate milk to ENJOY after the run. I got in my car took a BIG Swig...and GULP... I had to get out of the car because I felt like I was going to up-chuck. I met a nice Team in Training gal while out there, so I guess it happened for a reason.. LONG RUN DONE!!
The rest of the day was spent with family running errands and taking the boys to the park. I was a little tired and from the photo needed some makeup ;)
The predicted WIND came while the boys tossed rocks in the water. That night it was WINDY and crazy RAINY.. Amy, Zoe and I had plan to meet early for 7-9 miles, we were a bit worried..

SUNDAY:
Thankfully the storm passed and left us with the MOST AMAZING day. Clear, sunny, with the mountain in full view. I felt blessed to be in the PNW. We stretched and snapped a few pictures..Zoe was doing the drag-leg stretch, it was FUNNY..
Me and Zoe in Brooks Gear
I should have taken the Bondiband off for the pictures looks sorta silly, oh well.. Me and Tall Amy, the plan was for Amy to do 7 and Zoe and I to drop her at the car and continue...

The run was great, I had zero soreness and was moving pretty good. I REALLY LOVE this Recovery runs, I look forward to them all week. We chatted the whole way getting caught up on things, Mom talk about birth stories and breastfeeding and plans for upcoming races. The cows were funny, a brown and black cow having a very serious mo-versation :)

When we were approaching 7 miles Amy said she wanted to try for 9!!! Her previous mileage PR was 8, SWEET! We stopped to stretch then headed toward town. We had to start and stop for traffic lights and I could feel my legs tense... just before mile 8 I got a horrible cramp in my Hamstring.. OUCH!! OUCH! OUCH!! We stopped I rubbed it out and we went a bit slower to finish up.. I think I need some Saltstick caps.. So PROUD to be with Amy on her new Mileage PR!! I know she could have done 10 if I was not cramping :(
Me and Amy in matching skirts posing in Orting.. OK very strange I posted this outfit on Window Shopping Wednesday HERE and somehow ended up wearing it the day before Valentines :) Zoe took some fun photos/videos, hope to share those soon...

Another 26 mile weekend... I cleaned up and went to visit my Mom to give her some Valentine Love... It was so nice that we did Yard Work to clean up from the wind storm, then Mom offered to watch the boys. Muscle Man and I had a GREAT impromptu date with Mexican food and some shopping.. Then went home to watch Shrek Forever After as a family.. great family movie.. AWESOME WEEKEND!!

  • QUESTION: Have you ever had Achilles Tendon pain.. I left Achilles felt like it was on FIRE all day on Sunday.. I iced and will rest Monday.
  • How was your weekend???
HAPPY MONDAY
and
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

22 comments:

fancy nancy said...

Amazing mileage!!! Love the bondiband!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

so completely random, but that pic of you and the milk reminded me of this one time when I chugged an entire one of those while driving only to finish and realize that it was sour and like 2 weeks past date. I rolled down the window and puked. I know gross. It just made me laugh thinking about it. So thanks for a good giggle this am.

Melissa said...

Sounds like a great weekend!

I had achilles tendonitis just before my December marathon. Stretching, ice and actually a topical pain patch really helped a lot. PT gave me a number of stetches to help with this, including downward dog(!)...hope you feel better soon.

Kerrie T. said...

T Junior's gonna have to meet TINK. He looooooves Tinkerbell. Mr. T's not too excited about that, of course.

Carlee said...

Yay for Team in Training and of course a great run for you :)

Rose said...

My weekend could have been better, but overall, even if I had to skip a race due to stomach issues, it was still a good weekend.

Claudia said...

You are a running machine! Nice pace on the long run! And how great that the rain didn't start until later in the day.

The outfits are super-cute!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Marlene said...

Happy Valentine's Day! I love that the tattoo is near your dimple too - one of your many great features. :)

Sounds like a perfect weekend. Nice job on the running and YAY for hubs + family time!!

marathonmaiden said...

i've had achilles pain before and it was no fun. no fire pain though. hmmmmmmm.

great weekend lady :)

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

Tendonitis is nothing really to ignore. Must taken action with icing a lot and using anti inflammatory. If it get's worse as mine did, I found out there was a bursitis between the muscles and my ankle. if I had a picture I would diagram it but it sidelined me for a few months last year. I hope it's nothing serious!

Michelle said...

great pictures!

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Kate said...

What great runs, fun friends, and fabulous clothes! I could make my wishlist from your posts. lol

I had a great weekend. Took my son to Chicago for a volleyball tournament, ran my new distance PR--14 miles (on a treadmill--UGH), and then got to watch him and his team win a match against the #1 ranked U17 team in the nation. Amazing! My throat still hurts today from yelling and cheering so much. :)

Korin Lopez said...

I love how you say running sparked a passion in you. That is how I feel about running and working out! Since I do feel such a love for how it makes me feel it is always funny to me when people (my sisters!) do not get it. They worry I might be obsessed with working out. The funny part is I only get a hour to a hour and half a day! I love your blog by the way! Very motivating!

Carly said...

Loving all your cool running duds. I had a great weekend away relaxing with the hubs for my birthday. :-)

Jen said...

I have achilles tendonitis in my right foot. I have a foot brace that I use when it acts up. Ice and anti-inflammitorys are great but if continues you may want to see a dr.

momof3 said...

on my second 20 last fall I had achilles pain, ice bath, iced off and on all day, and took the next day off. By Tuesday it was gone. I just concentrated on form and foot strike for my first run back.

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Ugh! I WISH WISH WISH I could join you for runs!!! Some day soon!! However, you would so out-style me in the fashion department--you always look so sport-cute!!!!


Have a fabulous Valentine's day!!!

TX Runner Mom said...

Great job on that mileage! I had achilles tendonitis when I was training for my 1st marathon. It was the week before my 1st 15 miler, so the ortho sent me right to PT. I had to take a corticosteriod pack and go to PT for the week (including some kinda electrode thingies). It worked and I was able to run with no issues after that!

Jamie said...

I would love to run in the Washington area one day, just based on the runs you tell us about! Sounds like fun. Happy Valentines Day!! :)

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

=)

You are having too much fun!!!!!! What a great weekend and awesome running!!! I'm not even going to say, you know already. Ok, fine, miss you, the trail, the mountain, being in your posts....silly pictures.

Denise said...

always having fun over there!! i make choc milk to take with me after my long runs. i'm usually ok but i've had some close calls myself. it's great for recovery, tho.

Zoƫ said...

Hmmm, achilles pain? New shoes perhaps?