Sunday, July 27, 2014

One year & one lifetime ago

A year ago today my extended family participated in the Swedish SummeRun, a 5k run/walk in support of ovarian cancer. Since her death in 2007, we have walked in honor of my aunt Mary every year. It was another fabulous weekend of time with cousins while remembering our beloved aunt.

One year ago this weekend, I posted after the walk and decided I was pretty much done blogging for a while. With the baby coming and intense work, I just couldn't keep up. Baby came (without complications!), I went on maternity leave, I felt great post-partum and started working out, then I went back to work and...

it got crazy and fell apart. So many work hours and too little sleep. Before I knew it June was here, I was barely running, not blogging, barely reading blogs, and I had the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon coming in July! Time has flown by so fast over the past year. Now, I'm a new person with a new family.

After this last year slipping through my fingers in a fog, I'm ready to start again. I'm ready to start training for the NYC marathon and reach out to the blogging community for advice, inspiration, and humor.

I'm committing.

Resetting internal navigation to accommodate new baby, big boy about to start kindergarten, increased work responsibilities, and a new approach to and perspective on training.

Here we go!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Stating the obvious

I'm taking a break. From running and from blogging.

Work has gotten more and more busy, and it's forced me to put everything else on the back-burner. As I can, I've gotten in some short strength workouts but I've done very little exercise since I hit 28 weeks.

I'm just plain pooped. Lots of nights working until 1 or 2 a.m. while getting up early to be with my little guy and then go to work. Crazy to think I could get the same or maybe more sleep while on maternity leave!

This week should be more normal, and I'm hoping I can actually get into the pool just to relax with some light activity that makes me feel slightly less pregnant. This second baby is riding really low and heavy in my pelvis and I could really use some weightlessness feeling about now.

Scheduled c-section coming up on August 29th, unless this little guy comes sooner. Until then, will work on working less, drinking more water, keeping up with the vegetable garden, exercising once in a while, and enjoying the truly fantastic summer that we are having in Seattle.

Not sure when I'll blog again - maybe when I figure out a running come-back plan? I'm excited to run again, especially after walking a 5k with my family this morning and seeing all the runners enjoying the summer racing season...

Today was our 7th year of participating in the Swedish SummeRun 5k walk as team Walking for Mary in honor of my aunt who died of ovarian cancer. It was a bit cool but quite pleasant and I didn't really take many pictures - too busy visiting with family. Another great weekend of tradition and remembering our loved one.

sweetie-pie nieces

Cousin, little guy being goofy, Avg Woman Runner @ 34 weeks pregnant
I hope everyone has a lovely time the rest of summer & I hope to come back to the runner-blogger world this fall to be re-inspired to achieve new goals!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Big sweat, big rewards

This weekend I was fortunate to go with my close girlfriends to stay at a cabin on Lake Kachess, about 60 miles east of Seattle off I-90.

Saturday morning we debated about which route to hike and settled on Easton/Kachess Ridge, which was listed as 3 of 5 rating in difficulty with great views from the top of the ridge.  We set out for our 6-mile RT hike with snacks and energy from a good breakfast and ascended about 2,200 feet over 3 miles.

It was sunny and warm (not hot!) and the route was in the shade of the trees. Along the way, we spent some time following Silver Creek and crossing patches of snow. At one point, we startled a poor garter snake sunning herself. She was quite pretty & large (green & orangey red coloring over brown) compared to most garters I see. On the way back down, we ran into another, much smaller one.

I didn't catch a photo of the snake but did capture these fun fungi!

I struggled getting up the steep switchbacks, carrying this 6-month belly with diminished lung capacity and larger blood volume, but it felt good to work. I was a big sweaty mess when I got to the top but it felt so good to really work up that ridge.

Mt. Rainier

Looking down from Beacon Tower, great view from atop here!

There were a lot of wildflowers blooming as well but as soon as I began to take photos, my camera battery died! Grrrr! 

On the way down, I really appreciated how steep the climb had been and felt pretty proud of how well I had done*. My calves were thrashed from the route up and my quads were quivering from the trip down. 

A day later, and my legs are SO SORE! As I climb the stairs, wincing, here at home, it's great reminder of the hard but rewarding hike with my girlfriends. GOOD MEDICINE!

*GF with whom I went to cross fit regionals with last weekend was carrying the heaviest pack up the mountain and was climbing quickly & easily up ahead of us. She is so fantastically tough & strong from cross fit!