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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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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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Half Marathon Training…A Long Wog

This morning I will adventure out on an 11 mile training wog. I always think at 11 miles, should we be just going another 2.2 and having a party at the end, but never the less it’s the beauty of training. The longer mileage, they always suggest trying out all of the things you’ll be doing on actual race day, fuel hydration, shoes, socks, music, etc. I thought I’d share my favorite hydration and fuel.

 

Fuel

I’ve had a couple mishaps with fuel making my stomach upset, I’ve also determined my love of caffeine is not true when I am mid-race. So, I stick to caffeine-free. I love Clif Shot Bloks. I cut the tubs in half and put it in my pack, making for easy pop in your mouth on the go-ness. My favorite flavors are mountain berry and cran-razz.

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Hydration

For the longest time I only drank water. I didn’t buy in to the whole you needed something in your water thing, until I thought okay what if it improved how I felt in the last 4 miles. So, this year I decided to try some. I have never been good with Gatorade or high sugar drinks, they make me nauseous. I’ve heard Nuun, but never tried it. I tried grape and it was okay, but they recently released watermelon and my world has been flipped upside down! I love it! It has helped with my performance and tastes absolutely delicious! The fact that they refer to at limited edition worries me. I just bought another 4 tubes at REI this weekend.
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The other part of hydration is how to carry it. I started out with a hand carry bottle, but as I walk and swing my arms I started realizing how much it bulled at my shoulder, and the fact that I sloshed water all over the place. I couldn’t have the luck of using a bottle that I could get open, or closed. My dad is a cyclist, and always waxed poetic about the Camelbak Podium bottles. Then I discovered their Delaney back that incorporated pack and Podium. Oh, it came in pink. SOLD! I’ve really enjoyed it, although I’ve seen an improved one that definitely expands on it’s awesomeness.

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This year during training I also tried the Camelbak Arc 2. I do think it’s great for a small bottle pack, the trouble is the way I am shaped it either wants to be low and creep down when I pick up speed or be up around my bra and that is uncomfortable. Maybe, as I lose weight I’ll be able to comfortably use this one more.

Do you have a favorite fuel or hydration for working out?

 

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I’m a Fan Friday

I love to read. I love to read fun blogs, especially about fitness, weight loss, and girly stuff. Oh heck, I read them on technology too. I’m a bit of an information junkie. Which would be one of the reasons I wear a Bodymedia Link, Polar heart rate monitor, and a Nike + when I am working out. More information = better chance of success for me.

I stumbled upon Jenny’s facebook page a month back, and was hooked with her spirit. The woman has made me not think cross fit is the terrifying beast I’ve made it out to be, and just overall fitspirational!

Check it out!

Jenny Hodges is Metamorfit on her Blog or her Facebook page, which also has a great group I’ve joined where we support each other.

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One Challenge at a Time

Last night’s workout did change how I felt, in a positive way. My trainer challenged me with an exercise I tried once before. I love things like this. I found a video of the exercise, except my trainer wanted me to do a squat in between each jump.

At first I kept stepping off each time I’d do a 180 degree jump, but I just kept at it. She wanted me to do 12 in a row, I probably did 24 or more, but I finally stopped letting my mind take over and did the 12 in a row. After I completed them, my mom chimed in “I missed it do it again.” I love things like that! when you push yourself to let your mind stop controlling and you get to experience how far your fitness level has come. When I started this 4 years ago, I didn’t know what a Bosu ball was, now I love it!

When I started, all I did was get on the treadmill and walk. That was great! Slowly I increased the incline. Then a friend wanted me do try squats and lunges. I cursed her for a few days as I couldn’t sit in a chair or a toilet easily. We have all been there…and if you haven’t, maybe one day you will.

Tonight after work, I join my mom and the other characters at the pool for high intensity water aerobics. The thought of being in a swimsuit terrified my at first, but these lovely ladies make it all tolerable.

What exercise are you up to tonight??

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Wednesday Wog

It isn’t always sunshine and unicorns in the world of weight loss. We all wish we’d post consistent 2lbs a week weight losses, and increased muscle gain.

Unfortunately, that isn’t reality. This week has been one of our lovely bi-polar weather weeks in Oregon, so I think that doesn’t help me. It’s sunny YAY! Let’s go out and wog! Wait….It’s starting to monsoon outside, guess I’ll wait.  I just love doing my workouts outside so much better than inside. In theory, the fresh air doesn’t make me feel as sweaty!

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Oh well stop complaining Kimberly! Tonight I will be working out with my trainer with my mom. It always tires me out in a fabulous way, and I know as grouchy as I feel right now after the workout I will feel better.

Do you like working out inside or out?

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