Thursday, May 31, 2012

May Foodie Pen Pals

Work and school have kept me MIA from the blogging world this week but I wanted to take a few minutes to write about the yummy box of treats I got from my Foodie Pen Pal!  This month my pen pal was the very sweet Amorette from Texas. Last week while spending a few days on the couch I was pleasantly surprised to find a box on my doorstep containing these goodies:

I told Amorette I loved sweets and she did not disappoint! Clockwise from the top left: tea nougat candy, Asian trail mix, chocolate wafer cookies, organic chocolate bar with sea salt and pepper, and chocolate peanut butter fudge. Amorette recommended keeping the fudge in the freezer, which has definitely helped me to refrain from eating the whole container in one sitting :)

I wasn't able to try most of the treats when I first got the package due to being sick, but now that I'm better I'm excited to try everything! Especially the cookies...I think those will make the perfect post-long-run treat on Sunday.

Thank you Amorette!

Thursday, May 24, 2012


When I was a little nauseas after the race on Sunday, and exhausted the rest of the day, I figured it was par for the course after running 13 miles in the cold rain.

I was wrong.

Hello, stomach flu. I haven't seen you for about 15 years. I guess it was time we got together again.

I can't remember the last time I slept so much. One day I slept until 9am, and then went to bed at 9:30pm. It was so nice.

Thank goodness the worst of it is over. I still feel a little icky once in awhile, and haven't been hungry since Sunday. But as long as I'm not spending all day laying on the bathroom floor I'm a happy girl!

I feel so "off" not exercising every day but right now I get winded going up the stairs.

Do you try to run when you are sick? Or do you wait it out?

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Rock n Roll Portland Half-Marathon

Today was the inaugural Rock n Roll Portland Half-Marathon. Hubs and I registered for this on May 1st last year, the day registration opened. I did not expect to spend 5 months injured so my training did not go exactly as planned, but we figured we would just do it for fun. We both have other races coming up so we didn't want to go too hard.

We started out good, then hit a 3-mile hill that kind of took it out of us. And it started raining and didn't stop. So much for a 25% chance of rain! 2 hours and 24 minutes later, we were done! After the race they had Einstein Bros bagels which were delicious! And chocolate milk. And we got like 7 Snickers marathon bars. We were soaked from the rain and freezing cold! So we didn't stick around long.

We were a little miserable during the race but overall it was a fun day. My first race with hubs in over a year! And my first race period since last October. It was good to get back in the game, and honestly I should just be happy I was able to run it after everything my right leg has dealt me this year. So I'm not going to dwell on the what-ifs and should-haves. was my 10th half-marathon! I can't believe that. Running has changed my life in so many ways, I never thought I would be someone that would run 10 half-marathons.

One of my friends ran the race also and pulled her groin at mile 9. I felt so bad for her! We are planning on doing another one together in a few months. She caught the bug!

Now I am off to eat Mexican food and chocolate cake. Yes, I use race days as an excuse to eat whatever I want. Life is for living people!

Packet pick-up

Ready to go!

Hubs on the waterfront before the race

Let's get this show on the road!

I can never take a centered self-portrait of us, sorry hubs

Hubs after the race

Yay so glad to be done!

Freezing cold in the parking garage

Do you like my space blanket sarong? I think it is the next big thing

Donut holes!!!!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Running Bliss!

This past week we have been on vacation in California (San Fran/Napa) and Oregon (Eugene). It was a crazy week! The best part was all of the running we got to do; due to our conflicting work schedules we are never able to run together so it was heaven getting in some awesome runs with hubs!

Overlooking the running path behind our hotel

Excited to run in the beautiful California sunshine! Unaware of how hot/tired/sweaty I would be 7 miles later :)

Running next to the Willamette River in Eugene

Before our long run! Huddling for warmth :)

Hayward Field, University of Oregon - our Alma Mater

Two weeks till Rock n Roll will be our first race together in over a year, I am so excited! Hubs will be starting a new position tomorrow and will have weekends off, we are making all sorts of race plans for the summer :)

Do you like to race with your spouse/significant other? I love it!