Wednesday, January 30, 2013

10 Miles of Drizzly Rain and a Yoga Class

I accomplished a lot today.  I jogged/walked 10 miles using my 2/1 minute intervals.  This afternoon I attended my favorite Yoga class. 

I got up around 7:00, drank water and ate my bagel, turkey, and Jarlsberg cheese sandwich.  All very smart things to do to prepare my body for a long jog.  Around 8:30 I decided a Diet Coke was needed for the caffeine.   Sometimes I'm not the sharpest crayon in the box.  I regretted drinking that Diet Coke later during the jog. 

At 9:30 I descended on the Jennings Loop around my neighborhood.  The busy streets had quieted since rush hour was over and the children were inside the two elementary schools I pass.  We've had nothing but rain for days.  Lucky for me, the rain had slowed to a drizzle.  I was still soaked from being out there for a couple hours but it could have been worse. 

Yesterday it was pouring and you could see remnants of it today.  At one of the elementary schools there was a flood in the parking lot and they were using an electric pump to transfer the water into a drainage sewer.  I wasn't paying attention to my jogging and I stepped off the sidewalk and twisted my ankle.  It hurt for a few minutes so I walked for a while and then resumed jogging. 

Allen Creek viewed from Grove Street
Allen Creek was flowing fast with water today.  It's always funny to see that.  Usually Allen Creek is a very slim stream mostly filled with tall weeds.

Monday, January 28, 2013


Today's yoga class was harder and easier.  First for the easy, some of the yoga poses are becoming familiar to me.  I still struggle with most of them but a few are sticking in my mind.  Now for the harder... the Monday class has a different instructor and she teaches more advanced poses.  The class is more challenging than the Wednesday, Friday classes.  I'm learning and someday I may be able to say it's easy!  :)

Sunday, January 27, 2013


Today I jogged 2.75 miles in the drizzly weather of Marysville.  I jogged the majority of it and just took a few short walk breaks when I needed to.

I didn't take my GPS watch and also didn't utilize my Gymboss Interval timer.   I think I might do this more often.  Although, it is nice to know how fast you are going, it is also freeing not to worry about if you aren't going fast enough. 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Yoga and Run Club

I attended yoga class again on Friday.  It wasn't any easier but I'm just as enthusiastic about it.  I'm very happy with the instructor and the way she leads the class.  The class was filled to the brim so I'm going to make sure I get there earlier next week.  I also need to look into finding a strap to carry my yoga mat.

Today was running club.  I missed last week.  Two woman I met this week and ran with were named Debra and Marilyn.  Debra lives in the neighborhood behind us and Marilyn's name is Marilyn Marshall from Marysville.  LOL  Gotta love mnemonics!  Anyway, due to my wanting to fit in, I ran continuously 2.5 miles instead of my usual running/walking intervals. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


I went to another Yoga class this afternoon.  This time it was taught by an instructor named Sheri.  As in the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, I found a Yoga teacher who is just right for me.  The teacher went through the yoga movements slowly and explained each of them.  It was just what I needed.  My movements were far from what they needed to be, but I finally felt good about them.  I also met some nice women in the class.  I'm looking forward to Friday's Yoga class. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Wallace Falls Hike

Today Alyssa and I went on a group hike with Terri and Mike Hall to the top of Wallace Falls.  It was a 6.5 mile hike outside of Gold Bar, Washington.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

8 miles, Fog, and Chickens

 Today I jogged an 8 mile marathon training run in the chilly 35 degree fog.  It was twice around the same loop I blogged about in my last post.  The fog was as thick as pea soup in portions of this jog.  During the second loop I wore a reflective vest. 

Imagine my surprise when I saw not one, not two, but three chickens close to a busy street.  I managed to get a picture of one of them before they scattered back into who knows where.  I'm imaging a chicken coop unseen behind a fence. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Running in Marysville

Today I jogged the 4.05 mile loop I used as my training walk for my first marathon.  Wow.  As I typed that sentence I realized it's the first time I've ever done that.  I've run in other areas of Marysville, a portion of the loop, but never the entire thing. 

The loop is a few blocks from my house and on some busy roads.  I dislike the amount of traffic the roads now have. Twelve years ago there was less traffic and I didn't have to increase the volume of my Walkman as much as I have to increase the volume of my Ipod now.  I guess I was embarrassed about putting myself out there as a jogger.  I was okay as a walker but never a jogger.  I'm breaking out of my comfort zone. 

There are a few perks to this loop I'm going to try to remember. 
1.  It is right next to my house.
2.  There are fewer sidewalk/driveway breaks than our neighborhood to make jogging easier.
3.  Hills make it challenging.
4.  Time seems to go by faster if there is more to look at.
5.  You don't have to drive anywhere.
6.  There is a clean bathroom only 4 miles from the start.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Centennial Trail

Today Alyssa and I ran on the Centennial Trail again.  5K in 39:43 minutes.  The weather is beautiful for running.  The sun was shining and makes the trail very appealing to spend time running on.  Lucky for us, the forecasters are predicting this gorgeous sunny weather for at least another week.

Needless to say I should have centered this picture better.
Alyssa running down the trail.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Walking on Treadmill

Today I walked on the treadmill 3.6 miles.  It took me 65 minutes. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Run Club

Today I joined Run Club at the YMCA.  I showed up there at 8:00am, a very chilly 22 degrees, dressed to jog.  There was only 1 other person waiting there for the class to start.  Turns out it used to start at 7:00am and the other joggers had already finished for the day!  They said they would start at 8:00 next week so the other person and I introduced ourselves to each other and decided to give it a go.  Her name is Leeahee or something like that.  I'm very embarrassed to say she told me her name at least 5 times and I still couldn't get it straight.  We jogged 2.5 miles. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Yoga and Pilates

Tuesday, January 8th - Yoga
I had a hard time keeping up with the instructor in this class.  She moves through the different yoga paces much quicker than the other yoga teacher.  She also didn't explain anything.  I wasn't too thrilled with my Tuesday afternoon yoga experience.

Thursday, January 10th - Pilates - This time I thought I was taking another yoga class with another instructor.  It turns out I had read the schedule wrong. The same yoga instructor that taught Tuesday's class was teaching the Pilates class today.  I was already at the YMCA with Alyssa and Tracy so I guess it was meant to be.  I also wanted to find out the difference between Pilates and Yoga.  Turns out I really like Pilates!  I was also surprised the instructor was more helpful in this class than the Yoga class.  Perhaps because the smaller class size. 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Bald Eagles!

An eaglet is sitting in the forefront of the picture. A bald eagle is in the distance.
Today I walked with Terri on the northernmost part of the Centennial Trail.  This portion of the trail opened in October.  Until today, due to it's remote location, I had not explored it.  It was lightly sprinkling and a cool 45 degrees. 
Just after leaving the trailhead parking lot we spied a bald eagle sitting in a tree.  Before I could get my phone out of my racebelt to take a picture he flew away.  By the end of our 4 mile walk we had encountered 2 eaglets and 2 bald eagles!  4 miles took us 1:12. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

7 Mile Marathon Training Run

Today Alyssa and I ran/walked 7 miles in 1:39.  It is officially my first training run for the Eugene Marathon.  I used a ratio of run 2 minutes/walk 1 minute.  I think I will continue this ratio throughout my training since it seems to work for me.

Mark dropped us off at the Armar trailhead of the Centennial Trail.  We followed the trail through downtown Arlington and past the Stillaguamish River.  The weather was a cool 49 degrees and half way through the run it started to sprinkle lightly.  We barely noticed the rain.  A very satisfying run for me.  I was able to complete it and felt I could go further.  I know I held Alyssa back and I appreciate her sticking with me. 

Alyssa wearing my jacket

Centennial Trail and Whitehorse Trail Merge at this gateway arch.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Another Beautiful Day

Mt Pilchuck
The sun was shining again today as we jogged on the Centennial Trail.  Alyssa wanted to see a different view of the trail so we journeyed the opposite way.  It was a splendid day to be outside enjoying the chilly afternoon.  A pond to the right had thin ice on it.  A heavily shaded portion of the paved path was white with frost.  I'm willing to bet there was a lot of frost on the trail earlier in the day. 

Thin Ice on a Pond

We both jogged at our own paces and met up at the end.  My 5K time today was 39:21.  Alyssa doesn't track her mileage or time.  She jogged faster and longer than I did!

Alyssa at her usual fast pace? 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Running on the Centennial Trail

Today Alyssa and I did another run on the Centennial Trail.  Alyssa and I ran separately.  We started out together but both of us at our own pace.  I did my 2 minutes of jogging and 1 minute of walking ratio.  Alyssa continuously jogged.  As she jogged farther ahead of me, I used her distance as a pacer and an inspiration to push myself.  It worked.  Today I jogged a 5K in 38:35 minutes.  You can see frost on the ground in the picture.  The temperature during our run today was 48 degrees.  The frost is a reminder that the mornings temp was a chilly 27 degrees. 

Centennial Trail

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

5K by 5th Virtual Run

A wonderful healthy way to start 2013!  Today Alyssa and I ran/walked a 5K on the Centennial Trail.  The sun was shining and the temperature was a cool 37 degrees.  I thought I would freeze out there, but it was very comfortable.  Alyssa wore her new down coat and I wore my black fleece jacket.  Halfway through the run I took my jacket off.  We ran/walked with a ratio of 2 minutes jogging to 1 minute of walking.  5K was accomplished in 43 minutes.