Monthly Archives: August 2011

Burst into Summer – August 31

Because I’m a rocket scientist, I put together my whole post in the wrong place.  I’m pretty annoyed at myself.  But since I just finished working out by doing the Tough Mudder workout twice, back to back, I’m going to link to it.  Because I’m not going to fight what will probably be a pain in the ass to transfer the post between blogger and wordpress.

So here is my awesome post.

August 31st update





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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in fitness


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Burst Into Summer – August 24

One week left of this challenge from The Sisterhood. It began way back while I was halfway through #insaneroadtrip. I loved doing the bootcamp which transitioned into the Tough Mudder workout. I’ve been kicking ass at it. Today? I did it twice back to back. (Though if I am being completely honest, I only did half of the intervals the second time through. It was *hard*!). You can read about the 11.4-mile hike along the Tahoe Rim Trail last Saturday. I did that in lieu of a 12-mile training run for my half marathon on September 11th. I was a wonderfully happy, filthy mess.

The mini-challenge of taking a few deep breaths before getting out of bed was done most days. Life has continued to be crazy so I’ve done a *ton* of deep breathing throughout the day. My 2 oldest even started school on Monday. A traditional school. This is their first time in that environment and they’ve been *tired* at the end of the day. And last night there was more deep breathing due to an exhaustion meltdown.

This week? What are my goals? Hmmmm. I will run 12 miles on Saturday. I’m debating if I will get my Tough Mudder workout done on Friday. The little one had a swim lesson in the morning and then I have an appointment midday. I’m not sure how 12 miles will feel early Saturday morning after an afternoon workout on Friday.

Overall I think I’ve been successful this challenge. I exercised a couple times a week through my 5-week long road trip. And been mostly consistent with my workouts since then. One more week to go. And then I will give a proper overview of the last 11 weeks.

Run The 'Hood

Also? Have you signed up for Run the ‘Hood to yet? There is a 1-mile, 5k and 10k. I’m even going to do the 10k while I’m in Vegas for Barb’s birthday weekend.  No excuses.

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Posted by on August 24, 2011 in Uncategorized


Hiking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

This past Saturday I had a 12-mile run planned.  But since T and were headed up to my parents’ place at Lake Tahoe, I thought it would be fun to leave earlier and go on a hike and nix the run.  This would be good prep for Tough Mudder.  I know we needed to do some hikes/runs at elevation since Tough Mudder is high.  It was even higher than our hike was (started at 7181 and peaked at 8991 feet).  My goal was to maintain at least 20-minute miles.  I knew going up was going to be hard and this was definitely going to be more of a hike than a run.

When we got up to the trail head at 11:40, the small parking area was pretty packed.  I’m sure lots of people head up first thing in the morning while it’s still cool, so we parked on the side of the road.  I grabbed my Camelbak filled with Nuun and snacks, swung my Nikon strap around my neck (thanks to all of you who insisted I take it!), and tucked my phone in the pocket on my running skirt.

Our goal was Snow Valley Peak.  Six miles up.  Six miles back.

We hiked from Spooner up to about the point of where the word “Lake” in Marlette Lake.

I started Runkeeper and tucked my phone back in my pocket and off we went.  Trying to keep a pretty good pace.  The trail was mixed.  There was sand, dirt, and rocks.  It was a good workout for my new trail shoes.  I’ll give you some picture tour.

This is looking in an eastern direction. You’re looking at Carson Valley.

Here you can see the south end of Lake Tahoe.

A peek at Marlette Lake going north.

I’m not a botanist, but these pretty purple flowers were everywhere.  Such a nice splash of color.

I was gloating on twitter with the pictures of the beauty around me.

I felt I had to prove that I was really the one taking the pictures. 🙂

This is my favorite picture of where we were.  The north shore of Lake Tahoe is on the left and Marlette Lake is in the foreground.  I never realized how close the lakes were to each at that one point.

My hiking partner.

I tried to get creative. Pine needles with the mountains and Lake Tahoe in the background.

Here’s another fun one I took.

This was just after we turned around and started heading back down the trail.  Down was much faster than up as on the not-so steep parks going down, we jogged.  I’m not used to running with a Camelbak and it ended up rubbing a bit on my shoulders.  I also had a ton of sand and dirt in my shoes.  The soles of my feet were well exfoliated by the time we got down the trail.  I admit to not wanting to run on the uphill parts of the trail on the way back.  My hip flexors were yelling at me, but my feet felt great.  I could feel my knees from the pounding of going downhill and also my right ankle (which just means I need to roll my calf more regularly).  It was nice to get close to the of the trail and be able to hear the cars on the freeway.  It meant we were almost back.  I was hot, dirty, and tired.  But it was a great hike.  It makes me think we need to get out there more often and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.

My picture taking ability with my phone is not the greatest when there’s more than one person in the picture.  Heh.  My goal was to get both of us in the picture with the map behind us.  I guess if you look closely you can see the trail.  T is a bit dirty as he and a fluffy section of dirt met at a rapid rate.  Luckily it wasn’t the part of the trail covered in granite.

We got back to the truck, brushed off a bit, and loaded up.  We drove the 20 minutes to my parents’ condo at Incline where we spent the night.  The humorous part? Since the condo isn’t used consistently, my parents turn off the hot water heater unless someone is going to be using it.  We both desperately wanted to get the layer of filth off of us but we had to wait…unless we wanted an ice cold shower.  We sat on the balcony and took off our shoes.

I was a *bit* dirty.

But these shoes?

They held up awesome on the trail.  I was a bit nervous about running on the granite rocks in parts because they had some sand/dirt on them.  In my normal running road shoes, I would have slipped in certain places.  With these? No slipping.  I wore socks with them because I was still getting over the blister I got when I wore them the first time, but the band-aid had essentially fallen off by the time we got back to the condo.  I think these will be perfect for Tough Mudder.

This was taken off the balcony as the sun started to set.  I really love where I live.  I’m a lucky girl for so many reasons.  This is just one of them.


Posted by on August 21, 2011 in running


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Burst into Summer – Aug 17th

Since I missed last week’s checkin on Wednesday due to life and craziness, I did write a post last Saturday.

I didn’t end up going for the hike with my brother yesterday.  I forgot the little one had a dentist appointment…and I had already rescheduled it once, so I didn’t feel right rescheduling it again.

But…I’ve been on top of my Tough Mudder workouts.  I’m getting stronger and I like it.  On Monday I wore my new New Balance shoes on the treadmill and I’m in love.  I can feel my calves and ankles more than normal because of the nature of a minimalist shoe, but I love them.  I did get one rubbing spot on the back of my right ankle from them, but nothing that some blister bandaids or moleskin won’t take care of.

My life has been sort of a rollercoaster lately.  And not the fun kind, but I’m staying motivated with my workouts.  If I didn’t have my workouts to focus on I think life would feel more overwhelming that it already does.  This weekend I have a 12-mile run on tap.  But instead of doing that, the plan is for T and I to go on a 10-mike hike/jog up in the mountains in the early afternoon before spending the night up at my parent’s place at the lake.  Then the following weekend I will run 12 here at home in prep for my half marathon on Sept 11th.  How is it almost September?

Mini-challenges?  Huh.  What were those again? Something new? Does getting a new pair of minimalist shoes and running in them count as new? Let’s go with that, shall we?

Next week’s mini-challenge of 10 deep breaths sounds like a good one.  I don’t foresee this rollercoaster ending anytime soon and then adding in the oldest two girls starting in a traditional school for the first time ever next Monday and I’m trying to remain calm and positive.  Let me tell you, it hard… for me.  They are excited.

So this next week will have me Tough Mudder-ing it and hiking it and taking lots of deep cleansing breaths.

The Sisterhood is also doing something awesome.  They are hosting a virtual 5K/10K in October.  I am planning on being in Las Vegas that weekend (Oct 22) for Barb’s 40th birthday celebration, but I think I can handle a 10K somewhere…either taking it to the streets of the strip or hopping on the treadmill at the Mirage.  *mental note…go sign up*

Okay.  The craziness of life is calling.  Catch with you all later!


Posted by on August 17, 2011 in Uncategorized



I can’ believe I didn’t check in last Wednesday.  I had lack of sleep Tuesday night and barely made it through the day with all the stuff on my schedule, so here I am today.

Last weekend I didn’t end up getting a long run in.  I honestly can’t remember what happened.  Probably a lack of sleep mixed with life in general.  But it didn’t happen.  Oh well.  I’m not going to kick myself over it.  On Monday I did the Tough Mudder workout again, and it promptly kicked my ass.  Again.  My plan is to do this workout MWF.  Because of previously stated lack of sleep Tuesday night, I didn’t get to it this Wednesday, but I *did* do it Friday.  I pushed hard on the intervals…almost stopped early…and then finished strong.  By the end of the strength portion my legs were shaking and my whole body was spent.  This actually frightens me a bit because I still can’t fathom getting through this workout twice in a row.  But I’m going to do it.

The awesome part of all of this is that even though it kicks my butt every.single.time, I do feel myself getting stronger – especially in my upper body.  I’m up to 4 pullups in each direction – palms out, palms in, and sideways.  I’m going to get some video soon of me doing the workout.

Another Tough Mudder update is my brother invited me to go up to Squaw Valley this next Tuesday.  He has basically mapped out the general path of Tough Mudder and they are going to hike it and see how it goes.  I really want to go.  The elevation is going to kick my ass…or rather my lungs’ ass.  But I think it would give me a realistic picture of what’s to come.

Today, I got up early and headed out for a long run.  I signed up for a half marathon on Sept. 11th and I haven’t been doing much in the way of long runs. I filled up my hydration belt with Nuun and Cytomax and hit the road. Ten miles this morning! I am so excited that even though I walked a lot, I have built up enough of a running base over the past 3+ years that even without running much in the way of mileage I could head out and run 10 miles.  I will admit to my muscles being very tired this morning, but that was mostly repercussions of doing my workout yesterday.  I keep telling saying that consistency is the key to running.  You don’t have to run hard or far, but just get out there and do it…regularly.  Remember that.

I’ve been drooling over these shoes since I tried them on at Christy’s.  Today T and I headed up to Reno to hit up Eclipse Running.  I love this running store.  It’s a local business and they are always helpful and awesome.  They had the New Balance shoes I wanted and the trail shoes T was looking at.  They also sell the Hammer Gels that we use for an awesome price, $1 each.  We were helped by Lane (the helpful guy working today).  He even gave us some recommendations on socks that he swears by – lightweight, thin Bolega socks.  So what am I wearing right now?

This next week will me on my feet for more miles than they’ve seen in a long time (a total of 28!).  And I’m looking forward to it.



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Posted by on August 13, 2011 in Uncategorized


Burst into Summer – August 3

Burst Into Summer Challenge
I’m having a great week in the world of exercise.  This past week brought Bari to my house where we were good influences on each other and didn’t slack off on a workout on Wednesday.  I did the Tough Mudder workout again and it kicked my ass again.  But I like a good exercise ass-kicking.  Bootcamp really made me like the strength stuff.  I guess I always needed a plan and never had one.  The Tough Mudder website says that at least once before the event you should do their workout twice – back to back.  That? Scares me.  I’m *beat* after once through.  But I figure I’ll get it done by the end of this month and then promptly need resuscitation.  I’ll make sure I’m not working out at home alone so if I die, someone can call for help.  I’m only partially kidding.

I did miss the ToughMudder workout on Friday but that’s because I had an awesome run with Bari.  In looking back at my long runs over the past few months, I realized that I haven’t run over 6 miles since my half marathon back on May 2nd.  Huh.  That kinda freaked me out.  But on Friday morning Bari and I got up early and went out for an 8 mile run.  We did it at a leisurely pace and I really enjoyed it.  This weekend I’m not sure how I’m getting my long run done.  T has drill, so that probably means a treadmill run, but I’m not sure I have it in me at this point to spend an hour plus on the treadmill.

Did I mention that I signed up for a half marathon on September 11th?  Yep.  Just a local one (which = inexpensive) but they have medals so I’m happy.  Have I mentioned I like medals?  I do.  I like having something tangible and bling-ish to show for my hard work.

For the mini-challenge this week.  I have no issues getting my dairy in.  I always have a big bowl of cereal every morning and a big glass of milk with dinner.  There is usually something else throughout the day.  On workout days I have a protein shake made with milk.  This week’s challenge of no ice cream will be easy.  I like ice cream but lately it’s sounded to heavy.  Though now that I say that I will probably have a craving for it.

I will go ahead and put it out there that my birthday is next Monday.  I will be having cake…to be specific chocolate cake.  And I will enjoy it immensely.

I’m hoping you all had a good week and got your exercise on and challenged yourselves to stick with the plan and not let the little voice win out.

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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in Uncategorized