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Wogging My Way To a Healthier Me

Fear of the Unknown Race Course

 

I have a half marathon in nine days. My training has been lacking, mostly because oh my extremely tight calves, and doctors orders to reduce high intensity exercise. I know that I can complete 13.1 miles, it is in me and I will.

The thing that screws with me about Fueled By Fine Wine is that they change the course every year. It takes place during a hot time of year (that is subjective since I live in Oregon), partially in vineyard and partially on asphalt, and is uphill for very long stretches. When you can mentally see yourself on a course, it takes one more stress out of it all. Now, yes they publish the course, but it is convenient to go run it ahead of time, I have drive pieces of it. It is different than imagining the course under your feet, this is one of the ways I take away the stress before a race. So, Fueled by Fine Wine really screws with my pre-race anti-anxiety precautions, but luckily not my enjoyment of wogging a half marathon.

Do you have a pre-race ritual?

 

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Way Delayed Rock N Roll Portland Half Marathon Recap

It was a chilly morning May 19th, but the rain was saying 20%. Fingers crossed it would be a dry one. This year I planned to park near the end, as last year I got an extra couple miles in post finish line. As a blister and tight calf victim, this is never fun after the finish. My mom, Suzie (my personal trainer), and I took some photos of ourselves to capture the neon glory we were sporting. 

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Digging my KT Tape – Day 2

We walked our way to the start line, to find that this year they were keeping the corrals closed to closer to race start. So, we had some time to people watch, glare at the sky when it tried to sprinkle on us.
Not this year Portland!! Keep your rain drops up there!!
We also become the official photographers favorite, “Can I take your photo?.” we had at least six taken before the race started. What can I say the running skirts I sewed last night were TOTALLY worth it!
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Waiting in Corral 22

Made the last minute porta-potty run, and hike to Coral 22, it was time to go. Okaaay so that’s what the people in corral #1 think, but us in Coral 22 we spend about 30min slowly inching our way to the front. This year the route was changed, so we had the dreaded Naito Parkway out and back. It’s boring, depressing, dreary, and there is nothing like thinking wee mile three DONE! As the winner comes cruising in the other side…wind taken out sails momentarily.

One the things I do love about this race is the music, just when you’re kinda feeling ho hum, slowing your pace, it boosts you along. Although the bands that kick into a slam jam, ballad song really do chap my hide. REALLY?! Now I know I’m slower it doesn’t mean I need a funeral march playing for me! 

We wove through Portland dry, climbed up the long reaching hill of Hawthorne and had a blast the entire time. There is a highly flattering montage a race photog took of me jamming to a reggae band at a stop light. I had a 9 mile slump, that had the pain in my feet making me question my sanity for about a mile. Mom and Suzie just kept pepping me back up, and we bantered our way back to a good place. Next thing you know I was recognizing the last few miles of the course and the adrenaline was going. In the last half mile the music is blaring and it’s time to run like a Kenyan for the finish line. 

Great day to finish another 13.1 and complete marathon weekend. We took part in the bananas, water, bagels, Michalob Lite beer, and FREE WHEATIES!! Benefit of being towards the end the vendors not wanting to pack home lots of extras. Wheaties happens to be my brother’s favorite cereal!

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Suzie celebrating with PLENTY of CARBS!!

Will I do it again? YES! Signed up for 2014 at the expo, with my neon bells on!


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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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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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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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Build Me Up Buttercup!

One of the things I am very lucky to have is support. My family is super supportive of my passion for fitness, losing weight, and my fanatical love of half marathons.

My mom has accompanied me on every half marathon (even when I put her in matching costumes) and personal training session. My husband has been supportive of all my training, helping roll out my muscles, and he has embraced our changed diet.

In the early years of me trying to change, I had toxic friends around me. I know I was the “fat friend.” The one they always thought well at least I’m not THAT big.  Unfortunately, it took too long to realize they weren’t ever going to get on board with me changing. They were the people who insisted you needed to eat ice cream, cake, and candy because they wanted to. When I got them out of my life, it was amazing how much easier it was for me to workout and stick to my plan.

I believe a great support system is one of those keys to successful weight loss. If you feel everyone is constantly trying to sabotage you, or talk you out of the workout, it’s going to be harder to succeed.

This is my mom and I after out latest half marathon, Hop Hop Half, it was Easter themed and had brunch with mimosas at the end. The skirts and hats were made by me, the sassy coordinating tops bought at the fabu Target!

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After the Hop Hop Half Marathon – March 24, 2013

Who is your biggest supporter?

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