Friday Things


Happy Friday! Has this week felt insanely long to anybody else? I could not be happier that it is the weekend if I tried! And I’m getting so pumped for the race tomorrow! I’ve run a handful of times this week, very easy, short miles and my legs feel good. I’m ready to give it my all tomorrow and charge up that mountain!

I accidentally published a non-finished version of this post yesterday afternoon again. Damn those dang “Publish” and “Save Draft” buttons so close together. I didn’t even notice it until Jamie commented! Ha! She got a nice little preview of things.

This morning I have a consultation with an oral surgeon to get my wisdom teeth removed. Womp womp. I’m nervous about what it’ll entail/recovery time, since I have another race in three weeks. Hopefully, since they’re already peeking through, they’ll be easy to remove, and I’ll be on my way.

Not too many links this week. The internet didn’t seem to be as great as last week. But, here are the articles I found interesting enough to pass along!

How to Cope With an Injury. We’ve all been there. We’ll all be there again. These are good things to keep in mind.

Why Goal Setting Is the Hardest Part of Running. Staring into the face of another marathon cycle, this time with school and work has me shaking in my running shoes a little bit.

I Pole Vaulted in High School. This was always a serious fear in the back of my head. So sad.

I’m actually a little disappointed Alex Trebek has no sense of humor. I want to high five this lady.

I liked this list. Especially number 3. Whenever someone asks me if J is a runner and I say no they always try to justify why it’s ok. It doesn’t need justification. He doesn’t like to run. I don’t like to work on cars. We love each other anyway.

I always end up eating french fries. Apparently, I should be eating fried chicken.

Have a happy weekend everyone! Good luck to all of you racing this weekend and happy long runs to those who are training!


Friday Things

It’s Fridaaaaaaay! This week FLEW by for me. I cannot believe how fast it went. I just hope it slows down through the weekend and I can relax. I’ve got some fun plans and I’m excited for a weekend of catching up with friends and lots and lots of trails!

–My “long run” tomorrow isn’t going to be very long..but it’s going to be very tough. I was able to find the trails for one of the Soulstice Trail Race loops and plan on giving it a go Saturday. It’s only about 6.5ish miles, but it gains 950 feet. The race isn’t until November, but I’m SO curious, I have to go give it a shot. Here’s hoping it’s a lot more runnable than I’m imagining!

–Has anyone been watching The Astronaut Wives Club? I’ve been so in love with that era and the way women were represented for ages (in college I wrote my senior paper on the representation of female sexuality in the media in the 60s so this is RIGHT up my alley). I realize it’s dramatized and on ABC, but I think it’s lovely and I’ve enjoyed watching it. I just heard it’s only a 10 episode miniseries (which makes sense now that I think about the pacing of the show), which breaks my heart. I think I’m going to have to buy the book and someone needs to tell me where I can buy all their clothes.


–At work this week we had to call the police TWICE. Everything and everyone is fine, but man. So much drama. My boss leaves next Tuesday for two weeks and I’ll be all alone! I’m hoping that all the excitement this week means a very quiet next two weeks!

–In a few weeks we’re headed to Colorado for four days and I am SO EXCITED! I’ve never been, but am in love with the state. I cannot wait to go and explore! I’ll need to do a long run while there (12 ish miles) and we’ll be staying in either Denver, or Boulder, so if you have recommendations for where to run, let me know! I’m on the hunt!

–Earlier this week Jeff and I watched the movie Pirate Radio. It popped into my head a few weeks ago and we’ve been talking about watching it since (Jeff hadn’t seen it before) and finally got around to it. Yeaaaaaaars ago when I was living in LA, I went to a screening of the movie before it went into theaters. I thought it was super funny and fun but it was titled The Boat that Rocked. On my slip of paper with my comments at the end of the screening I wrote something along the lines of “loved the movie, the title sucks, you need to change it” and it came out as Pirate Radio, so naturally, I credit myself with that brilliant move by Universal (or whatever studio). We were watching the movie from a file Jeff had found on an old hard drive and it was still titled The Boat that Rocked! He had somehow gotten a screening version and it made me laugh. Legitimacy to my story.

Have a stellar weekend everyone! I hope it’s full of the things you love! Run far and enjoy a cocktail on your patio 🙂

Running Survey

Hey there! Hope you all have had a lovely start to your week. My Monday was pretty good! Easy day at work followed by the Bachelorette with my lady friends. This season is the most ridiculous season ever. Those dramatic boys! Good grief!

Anyway, I thought we could have some fun with a nice survey this morning! Here goes.

Would you rather run along a beach path or on a mountain trail?

I think we all know I’m partial to my mountain trails.


If you could choose the flavor of Gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?

I’m not a huge Gatorade fan. Typically at races I only take some Gatorade every other aid station and chase it down with water. But, if I had to choose, I guess I’d take Fruit Punch.

If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would be the first thing that you would purchase with it?


Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and decide then how far and how fast you want to run?

I generally have an idea of what my run/workout will consist of that day. I generally will adapt it if necessary…during winter training I’ll need to adapt depending on the amount of snow/frost on the ground. I’ll usually try to hit my planned mileage, however, regardless.

Would you rather start your run with the uphill and end on the downhill or start your run with the downhill and end with the uphill?

Uphill at the start, of course. Running downhill when you’re tired is the best!

When you can’t run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do?

Ugh. The worst. I’ll usually do some sort of strength training, yoga or pilates. Here you can see the exercises I did when I hurt my ankle.

What is your preference—>  Out and back, point to point or loop runs?

Ah, I usually alternate between out and backs and loops. My preference is a loop–it keeps things interesting the entire time, but out and backs happen more often than not (especially for long runs). They’re definitely the most convenient of runs!

If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner, it would be a—>

Go get fitted for a pair of shoes. When I first started running I would buy cheap, on sale shoes from Big 5. I started to have a lot of trouble with my calves and finally went and got myself fitted for a decent pair of shoes! It changes your running. Go to a real running store, have someone watch the way you run; your gait, the way your foot strikes. Having a decent pair of shoes that is reflective of your running style will help IMMENSELY.

Do you ever see any wild animals while out on your runs?

Deer, rabbits, squirrels. All pretty common place! I had a friend run past a mountain lion and that scares the begeezus out of me!

Ever gotten lost while out on a run?

Yes. Oops.


This is my “I’m lost” face

If you could have one meal waiting and ready for you each time you got home from a run for the next 30 days… what would that meal be?

Um…calories don’t count? Pasta. Probably. And wine. And ice cream.

Capris or shorts… what do you run in most often?

Shorts. Generally, I’m either in shorts or in tights. I don’t tend to run in capris often.

At what mile (or how many minutes) into your run does your body start to feel like it is warming up and ready to go?

Usually about 1.5-2. I like the 2 mile rule. You go out for at least two miles, and if you still feel bad then you can turn around. Anything shorter than that and you’re not letting your body warm up appropriately.

What do you do with your key when you run?

Either on my shoelace, in my Spibelt, or in my pocket. Depending on what key I have and what I’m wearing.

If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one what it be?

The Phoenix Marathon this past February. It was tough and brutal and so painful, but I BQ and I learned a LOT about myself and racing a marathon in that race.


What type of run is your least favorite type of run?

Track workouts. I hate 800s and whatnot. I’d much rather run tempos, progressive runs or incorporate fartleks.

What has been your biggest motivation lately to get out the door to get your run on?

Uggh, I’ve been struggling. Right now it’s the beautiful weather and amazing trails. I’m getting spoiled and I’m a-ok with that.

long run 2

When you go for a run, do you leave right from your front door or do you drive somewhere to start?

Depends on the day. Usually, I’ll just run from home/work. I’m lucky to have access to great trails so near both those places. On weekends, I’ll generally drive somewhere to a different trail I don’t run too often.

When running in daylight—>  are sunglasses a must or an annoyance?

Always sunglasses!!! I hate not having them!

When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?

The knowledge that I’m getting stronger. I love running because you get out of it what you put into it. That 16 miler that was so hard? It makes 18 that much easier. Also, the promise of food.

Now your turn! Pick a question or two and answer in the comments below!

Vacation Update

Hello from Houston! Sorry for my radio silence here and elsewhere in the blog world–we’ve been going non-stop since we arrived Saturday morning, and we finally have a quiet morning! So, I thought I’d update you all with some of our activities (and eats) so far.

But first, let’s chat a bit about running (since this is a running blog and all…) If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t-please do! I love the insta!) you may have seen I am having a TOUGH time hanging. I’m sure it’s a combination of the heat, humidity and getting over this stomach bug (which is STILL hanging around, ugh), but my milage and paces are not where I’d like them to be. Obviously, I’m not going to push myself too hard– I’m not used to the climate and I’m still recuperating for whatever knocked me down for two days. But man!

There are no words to accurately describe how the heat + humidity affects you. I’ve read other blogs that complain about humidity, and Jeff would talk about the humidity in Houston and I truly thought it was just over dramatics. Nope. Anyone who manages to maintain their training through the summer where there’s humidity, I give you serious props. You are badass. I am thanking my lucky stars that in a few days we’ll be back to our 70* weather and mountain air. You all are seriously tough and I am in awe.

Anyways! Onto the photo dump!

My first Shipley Donut experience.

My first Shipley Donut experience.

I also underestimated the mosquitos. My legs are seriously bit up. This was the biggest sucker. This got so big and bruised! Whatever got me took about 5 years off my life.

I also underestimated the mosquitos. My legs are seriously bit up. This one got so big and bruised…whatever got me took about 5 years off my life.

First time at Buc-ee's. Holy balls. It's a monster!

First time at Buc-ee’s. Holy balls. It’s a monster! Also, awkward pose much? I wasn’t completely ready, so you get that awesome photo.

Fourth of July BBQ

Fourth of July BBQ

First Texas BBQ (lots of firsts this trip!). Shrimp Po-Boy

First Texas BBQ (lots of firsts this trip!). Shrimp Po-Boy

Driving down to Galveston in the YJ with no doors!

Driving down to Galveston in the YJ with no doors!


Field trip to NASA

Got a behind the scenes tour and got to sit in the cockpit of the Space Shuttle! Rad.

Got a behind the scenes tour and got to sit in the cockpit of the Space Shuttle! Rad.

Rocket Park

Rocket Park

It’s been a really fun so far! Our next two days are a little more low key and then we head back home early Saturday! Why must vacations always come to an end?

Hope you all are having a fabulous week!

Friday Things

Hello! I hope your Friday is sunny and warm. It’s currently cloudy and miserable here…more rain is in the forecast. I don’t know what is up with summer this year, but I’m over the gloom! Bring on the sun and warm weather!

This week has been a doozy. I’ve been really tired and really hungry…my body adapting to running again, I imagine. Anyway, let’s hop to it!

1. One Wednesday, driving home from work, my car lost power in the middle of the busiest street in Flagstaff. During rush hour. I sat there for a split second thinking “Oh SHIT”. I threw my car into park, put on my hazards and started trying to get it going again, so I could at least pull over (I was in the middle of the left lane at a stop light). No go. Luckily, some guys were walking past and yelled to me and asked if I needed help pushing. YES THANK YOU! They pushed me out of traffic and into a parking lot and I thanked them profusely. Then I called J and let him know and he came to rescue me.

Eight year ago when I bought my car (Geez. It’s been eight years!), about a month after, the check engine light came on and I was told it was the catalytic converter. It was going to be an expensive fix (we’re talking thousandS and I had just bought the damn thing), but they told me I could drive on it for a while….so for eight years, I’ve been driving with my check engine light on. Well, J believes that my cat is so clogged, my car won’t stay on. J is confident he can fix it, yay! So, hopefully next week I’ll have my car back. I have never been so grateful to be in love with a car guy as I was when he was driving that thing back home. I don’t know how he did it, but he’s amazing.

2. June holds a lot of big memories for me. I’ve been in this perpetual state of walking down memory lane all week. Four years ago today, my best friend and I were getting to the airport to embark on a six week long European Backpacking Extravaganza!


3 years ago, I climbed to the top of Mt. Whitney and then met J a week later. Two years ago, I was traveling to Montana for said best friend’s wedding shower,

Alyssa getting married

And last year I ran the Utah Valley Marathon and crushed my PR by 18 minutes. It’s amazing the things that have happened, all in the same week, just one year apart.

3. Has anyone been following Scott Jurek’s trek across the Appalachian Trail? He’s attempting to run the entire thing in something like 41 days. I’ve been following him on Instagram for a while, and it’s been so amazing seeing his posts each day. I can’t imagine running that much day after day. Incredible.

4. It’s Donut Day! Are you celebrating? I was hoping to get one this morning, but we didn’t have time. I may have convinced my coworker to go get us some though!

5. Any “Game of Thrones” fans out there? I just had this huge soapbox-y rant written out and deleted it. J and I are a few weeks behind–we JUST watched the Sansa rape episode and I have lots of thoughts and feelings about it. I decided not to subject everyone to it, though, and got rid of it. IF you want to talk about it though in the comments, I would be happy to get all ranty about it there 😉

Have great weekends everyone! I plan on running 6-7 miles tomorrow morning. Eek! I have no idea how it’ll go, but after I survive I know mentally I’ll feel better going into the race next weekend.

Do you ever get overly angry at television shows or movies? I definitely do.

Happy National Running Day!

Happy Wednesday friends! And, more importantly, HAPPY NATIONAL RUNNING DAY!

I celebrated the best way I could, 4 easy miles this am before work. While it was an easy run, it was easier. It was a beautiful morning–albeit a little cold (34*! WTF), and I loved being out and running again!


Not from this morning…obviously….it’s from Saturday. I’m going to just pretend it was this nice out.

Anyways, in the spirit of the day, I’m linking up with Lisa, to talk all things running!

Right now I run because…I can!!! Having to take time off to heal from an injury has really made me realize how much I love this sport. I am so fortunate to be healthy enough to run, and so I do. 

I started running because…I wanted to stay in shape. I had done sports (soccer and track) all through high school and in college, I found myself pretty sedentary without the demand of organized sports. My mom was a runner when I was growing up (she ran a marathon for her 41st birthday…what a badass) and so I was inspired to start running myself. I figured it was the best way to keep myself trim and healthy with all the college food. 

When I don’t run, I…I think we all know this answer to this, but this post sums it up pretty nicely. 

One thing that running has taught me is…I am so much more capable then I give myself credit for. When I started running, I ran ten minute miles and three miles felt like an eternity. I never thought I would run a marathon, let alone FOUR, and I never thought qualifying for Boston would happen. And, well, we know how that story ends. Believe in yourself! Running shows me what I can do with a little hard work. 

My favorite kind of run is…when it all clicks. You know the ones! Everything feels good, the weather is gorgeous and you feel like you can go forever? Those are the money runs. 

Right now my biggest running-related goal is…to just get back to shape. I have some fall races I’d like to do well in, but really, I just want to feel good and have fun! I’ve been having so much fun exploring the magic that is trail running and I’m really looking forward to my first trail races! 

I hope you all have an awesome National Running Day! 

Training Log 3.25.15-3.31-15

Hello! Happy Monday! Happy JUNE! How in the world is 2015 already half over?

June’s going to be an exciting month! A race, our anniversary, my best friend visiting and a concert! And then we head to Houston! All amazing, fun wonderful things! But, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s talk the end of May. Specifically, RUNNING! I am back with a training log for the first time in forever! So, let’s check out how my first week back running shaped up!

Monday– 3 stormy miles

IMG_3361Towards the end of this run, I got a little rained on, which is always fun. This run was my second one back, and I think the hardest. That’s when I came home and was frustrated and upset that running wasn’t easy. I hit one of my favorite trails and even though I was on it for less than a mile and a half, it was still nice to hit dirt.

Tuesday – NTC 30 min Ab & Butt workout

Trying to stick to my plan to run every other day, I looked to one of my favorite Nike Training Club workouts. It’s quick and always makes me feel like I worked hard for it.

Wednesday – 4 miles

I can’t for the life of my find where Angry, Injured Nona hid my Spibelt, so running pictures aren’t happening too often on runs [I only have one pair of shorts my phone fits into the pocket and I’m kind of afraid to carry it in case I drop it and smash my screen even more]. But, I headed out after work for four miles at Buffalo Park. It was really, really hard. I wore my Garmin, since I wanted to know how far I was going, but the bad part about that was I got to see my pace, too. If huffing and puffing up the hills wasn’t discouraging enough–the numbers on the face of my Garmin pushed me over the edge.

I realize I can’t compare myself coming back from an injury to where I was while I was marathon training, but it’s really hard not to. I know if I’m patient and work hard, I’ll be back to running up those hills like they’re nothing. And now that I know I the distance of the loop, I’m going to continue leaving the Garmin at home.

Thursday – 2 miles with Rudy

I got home from work on Thursday and couldn’t decide what I wanted to do. Rudy’s face and anticipation of going outside for anything at all made the decision for me. I leashed him up, and out we went. He made me run WAY too fast, with our first mile coming in at around 7:00min. I was spent after that! So we looped around to finish with two miles.

Friday – Yard work

Jeff and I were having some friends over for a BBQ on Saturday, so we spent the afternoon cleaning up the weeds and pine needles. It took a couple hours and was some serious raking work, so I’m counting it as cross training.

Saturday – 5 miles

sinclairwashSummer finally came to Flagstaff! When I went out running Saturday morning, it was already in the 70s. Whew! I forgot what it’s like to run in the warmth. This was tough. I struggled and took a lot of breaks to catch my breath, but I knew I wanted to get 5 miles logged. It wasn’t easy–and it took me a while, but I managed to do it!

Total miles: 14

Not bad for my first week back! It’s certainly not easy, but it’s getting better and now that the nice weather has come to Flag, I’m ecstatic to be spending my time out running in it!