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Queen of the High Road Half Marathon Recap

Saturday Morning turned out to be a cool and wet one, while it wasn’t raining when we arrived at the park for the start. It did start raining shortly after that.

The Queen of the High Road Half Marathon is a local race, that is put on in Wilsonville, Oregon, by the Sole Sisters. It is without an official chip time, they encourage women of all abilities to just prove to themselves they can cross the finish line. This is my 3rd year participating in this race, and many things have changed. My first one I had a stress fracture in my right foot, took off my walking cast , and participated against doctors orders. Last year, I was told by a podiatrist I shouldn’t be competing in distance races due to excessively tight calves, against doctors orders I did it. This year, my doctor didn’t pretend she was going to stop me from doing it after being diagnosed with adrenal fatigue. She just advised me that it might affect how quickly I recover, and I noted that.

The first year we did this, my personal trainer, Suzie, her daughters, and another client, where the only other ones besides my mom and I. This year she had a large group of women sign up to join, unfortunately the excuses and no-shows happened. Sadly, people forget to believe in themselves, and allow the fear of the 13.1 to overcome them.

We took off into the pouring rain for the first few miles. I don’t wear rain gear, or long sleeves. My outfit consists of a tech shirt and capris, the water will dry I always think. It’s a familiar course and minus the impending blisters I felt good. I stayed with my mom and her friend for the most part of the course, making sure to really concentrate of taking in plenty of Shot Bloks and watermelon Nuun. I figure if I am going to be wearing my body out, I gotta be full of fuel to keep me going.

When we were headed into the “canyon” which is a lovely straight down and switchback up on a paved trail at mile 11.5 I had a moment. I suddenly realized although my feet hurt and my legs were kinda tired, I felt emotionally and spiritually great! This was a big change, and I hope this means my thyroid and adrenal fatigue is improving.

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As we headed down the last road back to the park, we were feeling pretty good. This was Ruby’s  first half marathon, so we all wanted to cross together.

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Then we are crowned “Queen of the High Road” as a medal. My mom, Ruby (her friend), and I.

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That’s my mom on the left in the matching red “Tym 4 Me Fitness” shirt (my personal trainer),and her friend, Ruby, in the black shirt talking to us. I was making sure my tiara was on properly. So important 🙂

It did end up drying out after the first few miles, and was nice and overcast. So my paleness stayed unburnt this year!

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Good looking group! So, proud to have been along side women that were completing their first (of I am sure many) half marathon!!

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Final Countdown Twist & Shout

In 12 hours I’ll be headed to be 7th half marathon, and in 26 hours my 8th! Started by hitting the Rock n’ Roll Portland Expo. The vendors weren’t as abundant with the giveaways. Last year the Clif reps gave everyone 4 sleeves of Shot Bloks, it was like runner’s Christmas! The normal snack handouts, which are even more fun now being gluten free. Thank you, I’ll read the ingredients later, maybe my husband can eat it. The exciting bit was getting KT taped. I’ve read a lot about this, tried Rock Tape, but never had a trained person apply it. He was so non-judge mental and helpful. Now here is hoping it helps this weekend! Calf and ankle pain be gone *poof*

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Now, to rest, relax, eat properly.
Today as I was leaving work one of my co-workers asked me, “What does it feel like to finish a half marathon?” My answer was simple, “You feel like Ferris Bueller on top of the float singing Twist & Shout, it’s amazing.” His repsonse, “Who’s Ferris Bueller?” I felt suddenly very old and fled the warehouse!
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What does finishing a race or a super hard workout make you feel like?

 

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Mother of All Supporters

Happy Mother’s Day!

This is dedicated to my mom who supports me in my fanatical love of half marathons, and participated right next to me in every single one of them. Even the back to backer 🙂
My mom always was a walker. I remember in my teens she would walk the 10k Portland Mayor’s Walk that went along the last 6.2 miles of the Portland Marathon. I joined her a few years, I remember feeling so accomplished and completely enamored with the energy of the marathon. I am sure it came off more as pissy teenager slogging along in pain though. As I got older and I’d complain about my weight she’d offer to take me with her on walks, and I’d roll my eyes and go back to my room. Ugh, why would I want to exercise bleck. But without her constantly asking if I wanted to I would have never finally said yes. She asked me 3 and half years ago if I’d like to go with to personal training (she’d never been either.) I said yes. We’ve gotten to get fit and experience the accomplishments of half marathons together, she even wears the outfits I create for theme races.  I leave you with a few of our fabulous race photos from the past year. I love you Mom! Thank you for being my biggest supporter in this and everything else!

momfinewine  Fueled By Fine Wine, Dundee, Oregon, July 15, 2012. This is one of the most beautiful race courses, you wind through vineyards. Also, one of the most difficult!

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Can you tell we’re related?   Holiday Half, Portland,Oregon, December 16, 2012.  It was bitter cold, high winds, pelted with rain/ice. Seriously,  couldn’t feel my limbs for awhile after this race.  The race director came up to us after and said we had the best costumes. As woggers we may not make it back for the official costume contest, but oh we get noticed!

hophophalf Hop Hop Half, Portland, Oregon, March 24, 2013. An Easter themed race, that was along the lovely Marine Drive path. I literally whimpered for the last few miles my feet were on fire, really bad blisters.  Mom did lil dances and tried to distract me. She also wore these fabulous outfits I created.

Happy Mother’s Day to All The Great Mothers Out There!

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Trying to Taper My Urge to Wog

I am one week out to my back to back half marathons. At the same time I am suppose to be starting my healing of this adrenal fatigue and thyroid condition.

Rule #1 = Take it Easy.

That being said, I only went to personal training once this week. I took Monday & Friday as rest days, and I did water relaxing water aerobics. For me, this has been taking it easy.

I have always been horrible at tapering pre-half marathon. I’m like oh well I’ll only do 4-6 miles every night and do personal training twice this week, that’s tapering. This has kind of forced me to relax before the race days. I know I am conditioned to do and I will do it, the problem is I wanna move!

I will continue to respect that taper . Drink water and have as many zen moments so my adrenals, cortisol, hormones, thyroid, etc can all get harmonious together.

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Do you believe in tapering prior to a race?

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Me and My Cha-Cha-Chia

As a kid I always wanted one of those damn chia pets. The Saturday morning cartoon commercials would drive me into a chia wanting frenzy. I’d ask for one for Christmas, my birthday, and never saw one. Santa didn’t get the memo.Image

Fast forward a few years, and with all this new healthy eating talk. I keep hearing about quinoa, acai, and chia seeds. I kind of scoff at these fad healthy foods, but then I decided to try quinoa and it was tasty. Then I was at a Healthy Living Expo for work, when I was asked, “Wanna try some chia?” Normally, I would say no thank you and keep on walking. That day I was in a try new things mood and I said sure. Next thing I know I am trying all the flavors of Mama Chia and every texture squeemishness I normally have, wasn’t activated. I loved the stuff!! Protein, Omega 3, I understand all the ingredients! Now, if my healthy addiction wasn’t so pricey I’d be even happier. I case of Blackberry Hibiscus (my fav flav) at Costco would be a dream.  My advice give it a try, because if you don’t like it, it’ll definitely be an experience!

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Disclaimer: No one paid me or gave me free product for this review. I love Mamma Chia and just wanted to share my love with the world.

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Different Ideas of Taking it Easy

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I’ll be doing 7 miles for my half marathon training today. That’s taking it easy to me. I have two back to back half marathons May 18th & 19th. That’s not resting, but it’s something I look forward to all year long. I have throttled back the weekly workouts. I have gone to water aerobics Tuesday & Thursday. Rested Wednesday, skipping normal personal training, which I did Monday. Yesterday, I rested again, it was beautiful and sunny out. I just have to make a concerted effort to relax, and not push my body too far. Have to allow it to repair itself.

What’s your favorite way to unwind?

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Finding Hope the Natural Way

During my appointment with the naturopath, it was the first time I was listened to. She actually got upset when she heard how other doctors had treated me. She spend TWO HOURS going over my medical history. I think the last time I spent 2 hours with a doctor, I was in surgery. It was amazing to have her listen and take notes, going over everything she could imagine. Then stopping and saying, “Well first off, you’re not just meant to be fat. It sounds like your poor body is exhausted.”

After some discussion she suspected adrenal fatigue and low cortisol  levels are wreaking havoc on my body. I had extensive testing done, blood, urine, and saliva, that verified I was very far down that road of adrenal fatigue, with my cortisol levels on empty and my thyroid conserving every last calorie I am ingesting.

What now?! A lot more changes than I expected, including throttling my exercise way back, gluten free, dairy free… It’s like all my favorite things are being taken to make me feel better. I am OVERWHELMED, and it all makes me wanna take a nap. Which I hear is a natural response to having adrenal fatigue, maybe I’ll just curl up in a sunbeam and nap like that lil kitten.

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I know I have a long road ahead of me, and I will share, because I am sure there are others out there who have been told they’re not doing enough, when they’re doing TOO MUCH!

Where if your favorite place to nap?

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Been Sitting on Top of This Plateau for Awhile…

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I found this graphic and yelled YES! This is what I always tell myself (and my trainer). I am not going up, I am just staying still on the scale.

Unfortunately, this goes on for long periods of time for me. Six months to a year had become a reality. It was frustrating, I’d add more protein, change the workout, zig zag calories, you name it I would try it. The scale stood still, my measurements didn’t change, and my body fat didn’t decrease. I went to the doctor a year ago and was told, “Some people are just fat people, you might be one.” I left that appointment in tears. This is a defeated place to be, but I kept right on with my healthy eating and my constant working out.

I googled, and read, and finally thought maybe I should see a naturopathic doctor. I am blessed to have my husband’s insurance that decided to start carrying alternative healthcare so it wouldn’t cost me every last time to seek this out. I started reading up on them in the area. Some of them down right scared me, with their we’re taking you off all traditional medications, acupuncture,  living off the grid. I was looking for alternative healthcare, not completely leaving the bounds of any traditional medicine. A chance meeting with an old high school friend, left me with a recommendation for someone who thank the lord  is covered by insurance!

I probably scheduled the appointment online 50 times, but I’d always hit Cancel before Schedule Appointment. It was too scary. What if she was mean? What if she too believed I was destined to be fat? What is work was upset I needed to leave early? I had a million excuses, but my mom just said SCHEDULE IT! I did, and it was the best decision!

Have you busted through a weight loss plataea? been blessed to never have one? hanging out there right now?

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