Thursday, June 23, 2011

summers taking over

it's finally summer in Wyoming - 75 degrees, cloudless skies, long trail runs and evenings spent sitting on the porch.  It also means blogging must take a backseat.  I've waited far to long for this beautiful weather to not spend every waking hour outside playing (I wish that was reality) or at least as much time as possible.  So, that being said my blogs may be very sporadic and few and far between. 

In the meantime go ahead a read about one major reason you need to visit Wyoming this summer
 - Oyster Ridge Music Festival & Burn Your Lungs 5K, 10K, and 1/2 Marathon

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Utah Valley 1/2 Marathon recap (aka - blogging for sanity)

I'm feeling agitated today.  I'm in a "I ran big race yesterday, NOW WHAT?" kind of mood. It's my typically post race day mood but I never remember it's going to hit till it HITS!   

Yesterday I ran the Utah Valley 1/2 Marathon.  I had originally planned to run the full marathon but I haven't had time to train up to 26.2 miles. I figured it was better to crush the 1/2 Marathon rather than die trying to finish the  full Marathon. 

Jadon ran the Marathon and  even set a P.R. but he's not in the "NOW WHAT?"  mood.  He's hobbling around the house with sore legs, but fully enjoying the fact that today is a rest day.  I on the other hand feel sore, restless, irritated and lacking a goal.  I thrive on goals so this in not my favorite state to be in. 

However since it's part of the whole process I'm trying to take a chill pill and not stress about anything.  So in an attempt to do that I'm going to distract myself by reliving the race day. 

All the race excitement started Friday night at the race expo.  We went to pick up our bags and look for bargains. 

at the expo with my swag bag

just a few "warn-up" shots

I promise this is not my REAL running form.  It's just as hard to "run" for real for a picture as it is to "smile" for real for a picture.

The 2 best things about the expo were meeting one of the creators of Altras and watching the VitaMix demo.  I've been running in my Altras for about 2 months and I'm convinced they are the most brilliantly designed shoes out there.  Running in them has completely eliminated my IT band issues, perfected my running form and even made me faster.  Oh, and did I mention that I feel like I'm wearing slippers when I wear them?  Ya that's just one more PLUS. So Jadon and I got a chance to chat it up with Jeremy (co-Altra creator) about what how awesome the shoes are. 

Then we went on over to watch the VitaMix demo.  Since doing the "Clean Program" I've been dreaming about owning my very own VitaMix.  So I ooed and awed at the amazing demo and of coursed entered the raffle to win a free VitaMix.

The rest of Friday was spent doing race-prep.  We drove the route from our Motel to the busing location so that everything would go smoothly on race day.  We pinned our bib#'s on our shirts, laid out all our race day clothing, set alarms for 2:45 a.m. decided exactly what time we would eat breakfast (is it still breakfast if you eat it at 3:30 a.m? or does it then become a night time snack?)  After some intense race-prep we decided to go walk around the mall to loosen up our legs from a day of traveling.

 I haven't been to a mall in a long time and I have forgotten how much I hate customer service people asking me if I need help finding anything.  After going into 3 stores and promptly being greeted by a high school aged kid asking if they could help me find something I decided I was done with the mall.  All I wanted to do was browse but everywhere I went I felt like I was being stalked. In one store after tell the guy that I was just looking, he still stood there and watched me as I "browsed"...AWKWARD! 

So 45 minutes of mall time was my max and Jadon and I headed back to the motel to go to bed early.

Saturday morning still came way to soon.  I was in the shower by 2:50 a.m. wondering why on earth I ever decided to run races.  My 3:30 I was slurping back my Bolthouse Juice with Rice Protein.  At 3:45 we left the motel (hoping we hadn't forgotten anything) and I drove Jadon to busing location.  After a quick and a bit sad goodbye  (this is the 1st time we've haven't run together) I hurried to my busing location. 

I was half way up Provo Canyon standing outside in the chilly morning air with almost 2,000 other runners by 4:50 a.m.  The buses dropped the runners off about 1 mile up from the race start.  So I made my way down to the starting line, stopping to at every Porty potty line as I went.  By 5:30 I was at the race start, and I had made 4 restroom stops.  If you're not a runner, I'm sure you are thinking that I have ISSUES.  If you are a runner, you completely "get-it" and you do the same thing.

I wore old clothes over my tank top and CWX tights, so I yanked then off, retied my shoes for the 10th time and got ready to race.  The gun went off promptly at 6:00 a.m. and I took off down the canyon. My feet were numb from standing outside in the cold for an hour, and so I spent the first 2 miles debating in my mind if they were really numb from the cold or if I should stop and loosen my shoes.  By mile 3 I could feel my feet again and I started thinking about other things.  When you run a lot of races you start noticing trends. 

One trend that irks me is when runners wear their race t-shirt to race in.  The way I look at it, you haven't earned the right to wear a shirt that says, "Utah Vally Marathon" on it until you've actually completed the race.  But far too many people don't seem to see a problem with it.  So there they go racing down the canyon advertising the very race they are running in.  Another trend is the token shirtless man.  This man has been doing P90X for the past 3 months and tanning just in order to run "shirt-less" in his upcoming race.  He doesn't care if the temps are boarding on freezing, he's going to show off the physique he's worked so hard for.  Most big races also have a group of high school boys from the cross country team.   They always run together and you notice them because they smell like a locker room.  The wonder of these adolescent boys is that they look and smell like they've already run 2 races before the race even starts.  TIP - try and stay upwind from these boys. 

Those are a few of the things I was thinking about during the first 6 miles of the race.  I was also taking in the beautiful scenery of the canyon, blasting a little hip-hop into my eardrums, contemplating the beauty of my stride (due to the Altras), eating fruit chews (the only thing that doesn't make me sick when I run), drinking water as needed from my "Audrey-sized-hand" water-bottle & checking the Garmin to see how fast I was going.  The first 10 miles I ranged between a 6:41 pace and a 7:14 pace, my average was 6:54. 

There was one guy who I kept passing on the downhills and then being passed by on the uphills.  Around mile 6 he pulled up next to me and commented that I was keeping a good pace.  I thanked him and told him, "so was he".  Our pace was identical so I figured I might as well chat with him to help the miles pass.  We talked about PR's, training, running injuries, races, cross-training, and all the other "runner-talk".  It really helped the next 4 miles to fly by.  I think we were both relieved to have someone to talk to for a little bit.  I know, I for one was majorly missing running next to Jadon like I'm used to, & so having a guy to talk to made everything seem a bit more normal. 

At mile 11 the whole race changes.  You're finally out of the Canyon and the race course heads UPHILL into Provo.  It's not a huge hill but after running primarily downhill for 10 miles, it feels like a mountain.  My running-partner of 4 miles decided to pull ahead and at the same time I quickly lost steam.  My legs started to feel like lead, my calves cramped and I just couldn't keep that 6:54 pace any longer.  I slowed to an 8 minutes pace and just attempted to endure the last 3.1 miles. 

I kept telling myself I only had a 5K left to run, but that still seemed too far.  I also ran out of water and so I stopped for the first time at an aid station at mile 11 to fill my water bottle.  I didn't want to completely stop (for fear I wouldn't start again) so I filled it on the run and hastily twisted the cap on.  I ran no more than 10 steps past the aid station and all the water sloshed out and all down my left side.  I hadn't screwed the lid on - oops. I wasn't about to take the extra 10 steps back to refill, so I plodded on to the finish, thirsty and wet. 

During the entire race up to this point I had only seen one other girl and I passed her at mile 3.  I was feeling good, like I might place...etc.  - all that good stuff.  Well as I slowed down all that went out the window.  4 girls passed me within the last 2 miles :-(  BOO!  Oh well, you win some you lose some. 

Finally, those last 3 painful miles came to an end and I crossed the finish line. 

13.1 miles - 1:35:26
6th place in my age division (out of 282 runners)
71st overall (out of 1,949 runners)
19th female overall

I felt good about those results, even if I did crash and burn those last 3 miles.  It's good in a way because looking back I know what to change so that I don't bonk at mile 11 next time. 

After cooling down and drinking some water I took a shuttle back to the motel so I could shower before heading back to the finish line to watch Jadon cross. 

Let me just make a note here: The guy who drove the shuttle back to where I had parked that morning was one of a kind.  He did many strange things, not worth writing 2 more paragraphs about, but still worth noting.  One of the most ridiculous was raising and lowering his seat the whole time he drove.  Honestly it almost made me sea-sick to watch.  I wished Jadon was with me SO BAD, so that I had someone to laugh at him with. 

Ok, onto the best part - I made it back to the finish line just in time to see Jadon finish the Marathon in 3 hours and 35 minutes, now that's HAULIN'.  I was SO PROUD OF HIM!!!!

Jadon - racing to the finish line

you're allowed to look like this after tearing through 26.2 miles in 3 hours and 35 minutes
Jadon and I had so much to catch up on after the race.  I had to hear every detail of his race and he had to hear all about mine.  We got all caught up during lunch at PF Changs.  I'm telling you egg drop soup  is the perfect post race food.  It tasted amazing! My stomach is queasy after running hard, but a huge bowl of that fixed it all. 

Now that I've relived all the race I'm feeling less irritable and restless, it's time to check the calendar for my next race and make a running plan.   

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Flash-book Birthday

Consider this blog about my birthday weekend like a "flash-book"  You know those little books you used to make in grade school, here you would draw something at the bottom of every page and then when flipped through it, there was action.  You should be able to scroll down these pictures and feel like you've watched a video of my birthday weekend - well as least to some extent.  Some of it will still be dependent on your own imagination.

I'll give you the key themes to get started - We went to and Iron & Wine Concert, We went for 2 runs, We got Jamba Juice smoothies for breakfast, I got to sit in Starbucks and have "Audrey-Time" will I drank Tazo Tea, We did some shopping, Lunch was as Sage's Cafe....and that's about it.

Are you ready, here it goes, scroll fast.....

See you felt like you were there too huh?  It was a great birtday, Jadon does a good job of letting me do whatever I want to do.  He even went into a Claire's with my to pick out earings.  While we were in there he asked me, "why do they always make these so tiny"  - the answer is, "So that full grown men like yourself are encouraged to stay out" 

Well It's my bed time, I'm tryin to get on a schedul of going to bed early and waking up early so the early morning races I have coming up won't throw me for a loop.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

blender magic

the magic of smoothies is that...



Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I don't need a catchy title, it was all I could do to write the dang post

Blogging takes a lot of brain power, which I have been lacking in a major way. After studying all week and then taking my exam last Thursday my brain was officially fried.  I tried blogging a few times but ended up just staring at the scream with a blank face - having no clue what to type..  It's like I studied so hard that it made me stupid.  What's up with that?  Today I finally feel like there's a brain cell in my head and so I thought I'd give blogging another shot.

Lots has happened in the past week.  On Saturday Jadon and I drove down to Utah to run the Draper Trail Challenge.  We arrived a little too late and the race director was lining up runners while I was still putting my shoes on.  We did make it to the start in time luckily.   Jadon signed up to run the 15 mile run and I signed up to run the 7 mile course.  He's trained more than me lately and I wanted to end the race feeling GREAT, not like I'd just been run over by a truck.  The course was beautiful.  Winding single track trail going up and down and in and out and all over through the trees.  I love running trails like that.  The first few miles of the race were all UP.  Which means though that at some point I was going to get to go down, my favorite.  At mile 4 the 7 mile course turned off and got my "euphoric moment" of flying down a trail in the mountains, all alone, feeling like a own the wold.  It's the best feeling ever.  Brought tears to my eays I loved it so much.  It was that way all the way till the finish.  I finished in 1:00:42.  I came in 2nd Place Overall as well!!!

After my race I did a short cool down run, stretched, rehydrate and waited to see Jadon cross the finish line.

and here he comes!!!!!
Jadon was beat tired and I was glad I decided to only run the 7 miles.  He did great though and I'm supper proud of him.  I'm the one who got him hooked on running and now he's showing me up. 

The rest of the day was spent eating out at Chilli's (they have a gluten free menu) walking around to loosen our legs, and going to Elanor's Gluten Free Bakery for some celebration treats."

Our next race was only 2 days away - Memorial Day.  So once again we woke up way too early to drive to Park City for a 5k race.  The only problem...this is what it looked like outside - yucky

Memorial Day Morning 2011

Memorial Day Morning 2011

The weather didn't look very promising but we decided to go for it anyways.  The race start was cold, overcast and drizzling, but it was only a 5K it wasn't too big of a deal.  At the starting line I told Jadon, "I think we can win this"  He gave we a questioning look but agreed to try.  So on "GO"  we took off, planning to win.  There was only one boy in front of us and I could tell that he had gone out too hard with youthful enthusuasim and would soon be burned out.  Sure enough about 1 mile into the race we passed him and like Rosa Parks, we maintained our position at the front of the mean....race. 

We crossed the finish line together, tieing for first place.  That was really special to me!  I love running with Jadon, and I SUPER LOVE winning with him.! We spent the afternoon in Park City.  Eating Lunch at Ruby Tuesday (which also has a gluten free menu) and going to see a movie.  We had to sit in the front seat at the movie and my neck is still recovering from that.  Why on earth do theaters even put chairs that close, it's ridiculous.  I still had a great time and laughed alot

stretching after the 5K

we're #1
 Ok, now a few updates from CLEAN!  Today I'm on day #10  I'm still liking it.  The only things I every crave are baked goods, pies, rolls, bars etc - but that's nothing new - if it was healthy I'd live on dessert.  In an effort to cure my pie craving I created an Apple Pie Smoothie - it tasted like drinkable dessert!

Apple Pie Smoothie

I think that's all the food I remembered to take pictures up.  But a few other favorite soups or smoothies have been a...
Mango, Apricot, Avocado Smoothie
Chilled Cucumber & Greens Soup
Mango, Pineapple, Chia Smoothie

I have a lot of exciting things coming up.  I'm rockin a new hair cut today and I LOVE it!  Also, there is a "rumor" that I may get another piercing in celebration of passing my NCSF Exam.  So I have decisions to make about that.   Also Saturday is my birthday and the evening before my birthday we're going to an Iron & Wine concert.  I couldn't be happier!!!!


What kind of piercing should I get.  I've always wanted my eyebrow pierced but I could also add on to my ears.

Do you have any great smoothie or soup recipes?  Send them my way! I'd love to try some new things

Describe your perfect birthday!