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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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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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Shoes That Make Me Squeal

Shoes That Make Me Squeal

Sometimes you just want to buy shoes that make you want to put them on. That way you’ll want to get out the door and do that workout. These actually make me think about doing jumping jacks for fun!

Do you have a motivating color or item of workout clothing?

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First Post on Wog This Way!

Hello Out There

My name is Kimbery, and I am another person traversing the Candyland board of weight loss and fitness. It’s been life changing for me, and I’d love to share what I’ve learned, and continue to learn on the way.

To explain the title of this site, it’s a term I use for my mash up of walking and jogging. While I dream of running fast like Kara Goucher, it hasn’t happened yet. That’s okay with me I wog along, happy to be moving. Although occasionally I do sprint for the finish line of a half marathon, it’s my Olympic moment in my mind.

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Let me know are you a walker, runner, or wogger? 

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