Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Trying, not trying

After a week of beautiful weather and running in tanks, short and capris

It's back to hats, tights, and gloves this week
Cola doesn't care, he just wants to run
I guess I would have to agree.
What I have been doing besides blogging lately
  • went to an excellent Mary Poppins put on by local talent
  • taking kids to things
  • moving Ralf the Elf on the Shelf around the house
  • running
  • working working working
  • finally put up my Christmas tree
  • trying to ignore all the great sales on running things (key work there is trying)
  • taking advantage of a few great sales on running things (I'm not perfect)
  • I used Asics buy one get one free to get something for my little sister for Christmas and one for me too (win win!) I would love to show you what it is, but that would give it away for her!  HA! But I love it.
Have you saved money in the long run on running things by taking advantage of Christmas sales?
I confess to having bought three things.  Asics 12 days of Bestivus sales were killing me. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

It's December still right?

The weather right now here in Montana is so nice.  In the 50s in December!  My little dog and I couldn't help but take advantage of the weather. With the kids in school we had lots of time to run and play.
                                               Tuesday I ran in capris and a short sleeve shirt.
I think these are my most favorite capris ever
and we ran trails.  So heavenly.
Wednesday I had plans to hit the trails again, but after spending all morning helping my Dad and brother vaccinate heifers I found I needed a nap after lunch. My full belly wouldn't have liked running anyway.  I hadn't had a nap in ages and I have to admit that felt pretty awesome.  After that I didn't have a whole lot of time so I just ran the roads close to home.

In shorts and a tank.  In December.  It is supposed to get cold again this weekend so I am soaking it up while I can.
I have to work today, but hopefully I can squeeze in a couple miles after work.

Is the weather this amazing where you are?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Year of Running 2014

I am linking up with Miss Zippy for this one.  This is a brief look back at my year in running, which was pretty awesome.

You can link up with Miss Zippy too, or just check out everyone else's great links
  • Best race experience.  Hmm this is a hard one.  After struggling a lot last year and the first part of 2014 with leg pain, I was truly grateful for every race I ran.  I will have to say perhaps best overall race experience was the Missoula Half Marathon in July.  Missoula puts on a well run race and I got to have a girl's weekend with my friend Billie Jo. It was also my first half marathon in over a year and I felt pretty good!

  • Best run. Hmm I have to admit I have had a lot of great runs and at this point in the year it is hard to narrow it down, but I would say maybe the run where I ran into a bear.  Excluding the bear part, it was a beautiful run and I loved every minute of it and the bear made it all the more memorable! I loved how green and lush everything was and all the wildflowers, plus I just felt good. It was a perfect day to be out running, in my favorite place to run
you can't see it, but there is a bear down the road!

  • Best new piece of gear.  My Armpocket.  Love this thing.  So comfortable to wear and I can put so many things in it!
  • Best piece of running advice you received.  Hmmmm.  I think this is indirect, but when I went to the doctor in January and he told me my problems were most likely coming from my back this changed everything for me.  I started doing yoga and worked more on core strengthening.  6 weeks later I quit waking up in the middle of the night in pain and my running started to pick up again.  I still yoga twice a week and have some issues, but only a whisper compared to what it was.

  • Most inspirational runner.  Shalane Flanagan.  That girl really goes for it! She sets big goals and while she didn't reach them, she really puts her heart into it.
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would it be?  Triumphant and Happy.  It feels so good to not be struggling with quad pain and to be running races again strong and happy.
 How would you sum up your running year in a couple of words?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Stocking Stuffers for Runners

 We braved the elements this weekend and went to the playoff game in Bozeman.  Hard to believe the day before it had been a balmy 62 degrees and Saturday we were sitting in a snowstorm with windchills around 0 degrees. 
It was a great game but the Bobcats lost.  We had a great time cheering them on and can't wait for next year and more Bobcat football.
 Despite being cold, my son wanted to wait around and meet some of the players.  He was excited to meet the quarterback, who was a freshman this year so will be back next year. He let Cade hold his helmet and was so nice!
 And this beast, who is such an amazing defensive player.  He is a senior and we are sad he won't be back again.
The players were amazingly gracious and thankful to the fans who had hung around in the super cold.  There was lots of interaction, fist bumps and high fives.  The kids left there very happy and I left an even bigger fan.

I am sure no one needs a whole lot of motivation to get any shopping done with all the great deals floating around right now, but I still wanted to share some of my favorites!

Cocogo is my go to form of hydration for running and working out. They are running a special one day only Cyber Monday Cocogo Sale. Everything is 20% off on Monday, plus another 10% off with my Ambassador code,(use CHRISTYRUNS when you check out) plus bundle discounts still apply (like 25% off a case or 10% off a 3-Pack and free shipping over $55).

 I discovered Armpocket this year and now never run without it. Armpocket armbands are great for runners, walkers and any active person on your gift giving list. Shop now for their pre-holiday deal: $10 Armpocket gift card with any $20 purchase - use code FBHoliday14

Handful bras are 20% off with the code TAKEOFF20.  These bras nearly never go on sale so this is a great deal to take advantage of.

And my favorite running gel.. Humagel!  I couldn't find any codes for this one, but it is always a good thing to have on hand and they recently added four new flavors with caffeine. 

What is the best deal you have found today?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Run Turkey Run 5k Recap

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  My internet has been down much of the week so I haven't been on here, but a break is nice too.

I ran a 5k on Thanksgiving, my first 5k of the year! In fact I think it has been well over a year and a half since I ran a 5k.  Seems like a long time to go without running a 5k doesn't it?

I have to admit to feeling nervous and not real sure just how to pace it.  I haven't run anything shorter than a half marathon since June, unless of course you count the Ragnar Relay, which I don't. 

The weather for the 5k was pretty good, slightly on the chilly side so I wore tights and a long sleeve shirt, and gloves because I hate cold hands.  I had been a little worried with all the snow we got Wednesday the streets would be snowy and full of ice.  The start line and all around it looked good.

The gun went of and some kid who looked about 10 shoved me rudely aside and sprinted out.  I have to admit here, I really wanted to shove him back.  There was no "excuse me", just a two handed shove that pushed me into the person next to me. What the heck!?

my only picture from the race.
Anyway I think I did pretty good not starting out too fast since I saw a number of people sprint out nicely (no shoving) past me in the first 100 yards or so that I later passed a lot of later in the first mile.  I also passed rude boy, and while I really wanted to give him a double handed shove as I ran past the now laboring kid, I just leaned over and said "you shouldn't be rude and push people when you run past them, it slows you down later" and off I went.

About half a mile into the first mile the streets quit being so nice and turned to a sheet of ice.  We had left the main roads and were now in a residential area.  It was rough.  I tried to mostly run in the snow along the side of the road that wasn't packed down into ice and that seemed to help a lot, but it was still hard to avoid the ice.

Mile 1 6:59 
Not too surprised to be under 7, but worried about maintaining it

Mile 2 7:14
Slowed dramatically by the ice, it sure felt good to hit ice free intersections and speed up, but then it was back into the ice!

Mile 3  6:59 WOOT!  I really didn't expect the last mile to be under 7, about half of the mile was ice and the other half good streets, so it felt good to speed up and run with fear of falling again.

last .14  was at 6:10 pace.  I have to admit.. I felt so good!  I passed a girl at the end and had a really strong finish. 

Official time was 22:10 for an official pace of 7:09.
My Garmin pace for the 3.14 had me at 7:03.   
Kind of makes me want to run another 5k and get back to having sub 7 minute miles all the way!

They gave out pint glasses at the finish line to fill with either beer or root beer.  There was lots of oranges, bananas, and frosted cinnamon rolls to eat, but I didn't feel like sticking around.  I visited with a few people and then headed home to get ready for Thanksgiving.

I ended up 2nd in my age group.  They did the expanded 30-39 age group, other wise I would have won the 35-39 as I was beat by a 30 year old.    I did feel better about the 30 year old beating me when I saw her last night at the holiday parade and she told me she was so sore from the 5k.
what I wore and the swag

I wasn't, HA! I guess that means I should have busted my butt a little more. 

Speaking of my birthday.. I got new boots for my bday.  New cowgirl boots from my Dad and new muck boots from myself :).  My old winter boots were nearly 20 years old.. good boots, but time for new ones. 

The last time I bought new boots for riding was almost 10 years ago right after I started dating my husband!  Yay to both.

Monday, November 24, 2014

A weekend of great running and some motivation

Well last week was a bit of a long week,  I didn't do nearly as much running as I would have liked, but between picking up an extra day of work and the stomach bug that went through my house there wasn't a lot of time.  My turn for the bug was on Friday, and I laid around feeling sorry for myself most of the day.  My son was home with me on Friday also and we watched Return to Lonesome Dove (nearly all 7 hours), played cribbage and slept a lot.

I did get in a 5 mile run on Saturday, but kept it short since I had been feeling sick the day before and noticed I still lacked a bit of energy.

I am starting out the week better already as Cola and I got in a good run yesterday and ran half of it on trails. I have also been taking my Dad's dog Roscoe running with us as my Dad is recovering from getting a new hip and his dog is bored!

Cola and Roscoe have a lot of fun running together.  It is however very hard to get a picture of the two of them together.

My little cowgirl lost her second tooth yesterday on the way home from town.  First she got it stuck in a straight out position though.  I tried to get a picture of it, but just didn't happen.  I had to borrow money from my son this morning for the tooth fairy.   At least I remembered!
sometimes we lose the trail and go where we want
In other news.. I have a 5k coming up on Thursday and I feel so not ready for it!  It is going to be a cold one! I think the high is supposed to be in the low thirties, but the race is at 9 am.  I do like running in the cold! 

and in case you need some motivation and haven't seen this story yet, this girl is amazing
Who else is racing on Thanksgiving Day?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Motivation and an Armpocket winner

I have to be honest two things have me super excited to run outside today

1.  "the Sunny Twenties" Pretty self explanatory. Cold right now, but later on sunshine and compared to what we had last week, warm out there!

It is my favorite winter running weather.  Something about it is so invigorating.

2. I didn't run outside all weekend!  I did the elliptical, yoga, and a HIIT workout, but no running.  That has left me feeling a little cagey and wanting to get outside.  I probably could have fit it in, but Saturday was nonstop things to get done in town and then I had a sick kid.

Little cowgirl finished her last event at her mini meet and then proceeded to throw up.  She did get all blue ribbons!

Sunday was uber windy out, my husband was busy and I didn't want to take my kid to anyone's house while I ran and run the risk of anyone getting sick.

and the winner of the ArmPocket giveaway is...Jen B at Running With the Girls.  If you haven't checked out Armpocket yet you should, I love mine! and check out my bio on their blog!

What is motivating you today to get out and run?