Friday, March 29, 2013

3 Miles

Spring is in full bloom in Marysville, Washington.  Today is Good Friday and the sun is shining and the blue sky is punctuated with puffy white clouds.  It couldn't be a nicer Easter weekend for the Easter egg hunts happening throughout the area.

My jog today was an easy 3 mile jog on a portion of the Jennings loop and then through the path of Jennings Park.  It took me 40:12 minutes. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Urban Adventure #2, Queen Anne Neighborhood

Urban Adventure #2 consisted of touring a portion of Seattle's Queen Anne Neighborhood.  Terri and I walked a 5K going up and down the slight hills. We stopped now and then to gaze at the lovely homes and well-kept lawns.  As we passed by Kerry Park, I stopped to get a picture of the iconic Space Needle. 


After 3 miles we decided we were hungry so we drove to another park and had our picnic lunch.The menu consisted of Creamy Carrot Dill Soup, Salad, and a Quiche Lorraine.  On the drive back we drove through Fremont so I also got a picture of the Troll under the bridge. 

This afternoon I went for a 2 mile run.  It took me 26:17.

Monday, March 25, 2013

10 Mile Run

Plum blossoms are in full bloom as they frame snow-capped Mt. Pilchuck.
Spring has sprung in Marysville!  It was a glorious day to be outside logging miles.  The weather couldn't be nicer and the fragrance of the plum blossoms were intoxicating as I jogged under them. 

I jogged 10 miles today.  9 miles were using run 3 minutes/walk 1 minute intervals.  The last mile I jogged the entire mile.  Everything seemed to go very smoothly on this run.  My nutrition and liquids were perfect.

I had the cutest thing happen to me in my 9th mile.  I was jogging up a slight hill and a teenage boy was jogging in the opposite direction. Usually I just say good morning or nod my head to acknowledge someone.  Before I had a chance to say anything, he put his hand out to slap it for a high five!  It made my day, LOL.
I also used my new GPS watch today.  My Timex GPS watch stopped working a while ago. I wasn't sure what I was going to do about it but I knew it was less than a year old.  I bought it at REI so I gave them a call.  Turns out they are great about returns.  So I took it back in and bought the Garmin Forerunner 10.  It is a very basic GPS watch and so easy to use.  Much easier than the aforementioned Timex.  Not only does the watch fit my wrist better, it is pink, my favorite color.  It also plugs into the computer to download your run data.  Nifty!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Snow, Sunshine, and Plum Blossoms

This morning was exciting with big, fluffy snowflakes falling from the sky.  The flakes didn't stick around but were pretty to look at for a short while.  I was hoping to jog in it but Sue was over to quilt on the longarm and we were going to have an early lunch so the timing didn't work out.  The snow had disappeared by late morning. 

Snowing in front of our house on March 22nd

Jogging on the path in Jennings Park
I went on an easy 3 mile jog this afternoon.  I didn't even try to time it.  I knew I wanted to take some pictures so I gave myself permission to stop at the beginning and end of the jog to take pictures.  I also did a different route and went through Jennings Park.  I hadn't gone through Jennings Park since last Autumn.  I'd forgotten how much I love it.  I think once a week I'm going to have to do a jog where I give myself permission to take pictures when I want to.  I miss that aspect of walking.  My jog today was very enjoyable!

Forsythia blooming in Jennings Park

Plum Blossoms and Azaleas blooming on 64th Avenue

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Personal Pace Yoga

I attended another type of yoga class today.  It was called Personal Paced Yoga.  It is a chair-based yoga class for people coming back from injuries or beginner exercisers.  The class started at 8:00am.  This shouldn't be a challenge, but getting myself out of the house that early seems to be.  LOL! 

Anyway, the class was okay.  Most of it was a little easier than I would have liked.  At the end of class I asked the instructor to show me a modification for the downward dog position.  She showed me the puppy pose and I hurt my foot again.  Not bad, but it is still painful tonight. 

I think I'm might have to find some other type of exercise for my cross-training.  Although, I don't want to give up on yoga yet.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

4 Miles in Wind Gusts

Today I made some nutrition mistakes.  I did not drink enough water or eat correctly before my jog.  Breakfast consisted of an egg and 2 egg whites with a small cube of Gorgonzola cheese tossed in.  I was planning on eating a slice of toast for carbs with it but never got around to it. 

A few hours later, after not drinking much water, I embarked on a 4 mile jog.  I was thirsty from the beginning.  I powered through and did well until mile 3.5.  Then everything started to catch up to me.  I took a lot of walking breaks after that. 

The weather probably didn't help much.  The winds were blowing and gusting strongly the entire time I was out there.  On a positive note, it was beautiful.  It had rained all night and the winds had blown the dark clouds away to reveal blue skies and puffy white clouds.  Lucky for me, it didn't start to rain again until many hours later.

I learned a lot today about eating correctly even for short jogs.  My body needs water and carbs!

4 miles in 52:12 minutes

Monday, March 18, 2013

8 Miles

Today's mileage made me feel like a runner. 
Miles 1 - 4
The first 4 miles were accomplished using jog 3 minutes, walk 1 minute intervals.  I'm not sure of the exact time.  It was under an hour but my GPS watch isn't working.  I need to reread the owner's manual.  I'm sure it's user error! 

Miles 4 - 8
Since I was feeling good I decided to forgo the intervals and just let my body guide me so I didn't pay attention to the beeping on the Gymboss interval watch.  These miles were jogged with only 3 walk breaks.  One of them was longer than a minute because I was taking pictures.  My second 4 mile jog time was exactly 52 minutes, corresponding to 13 minute miles.  The flowering cherry trees on 64th are starting to bloom so the next few weeks should result in some gorgeous pictures.

7:20      Water and Diet Coke
7:30      Breakfast - 3/4 of Bagel w/ Turkey, Cheese
9:15      Shortly Before Jog - Shot Blok/sip of Diet Coke/Water
10:23    After 4 Miles - 3 Shot Bloks/Water

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New Pope is Elected

Pope Francis I greets the crowd

Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected the new pope today. 

I jogged 3 miles on the treadmill today while history unfolded in front of my eyes on the television.  Pope Francis I greeted the crowd in St Peter's Basilica.  He spoke the familiar Catholic prayers and I remembered not close my eyes as I prayed along with everyone else.  The last time I closed my eyes on the treadmill I received an unsightly bruise on my arm that took weeks to disappear.  This jog took me 44 minutes so I jogged very slow. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Another Jog

Today's jog had a purpose.  I parked the car at the Park and Ride for Mark and then jogged home.  The first part of the jog was a pain.  Waiting for stoplights really cut into my time.  I jogged 2.29 miles in 33:18 minutes.  My first mile was 15:11.  My second mile split time was 12:52.  I guess you can tell where all the stoplights were! 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

4 Miles on the Jennings Loop

Today was an awesome jogging day for me.  I jogged 4 miles on the Jennings Loop.  Not a single step of it was walking!!!  "Not that there's anything wrong with that," said in a nod to the Seinfeld show.  My time was 50:59 which corresponds to almost 13 minute miles. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Today I finally made it back to a yoga class.  I've been very cautious about my left foot/ankle since  re-injuring it in yoga last month.  I asked the yoga instructor for a modifications of the downward dog position.  Unfortunately, she didn't have any helpful suggestions.  I decided to do child's pose when the rest of the class did the downward dog position.  This worked well and I felt like I got a workout.  Not a great workout but a good one considering it was my first yoga class in a month. 

My week and a half stretch of migraines have finally subsided so I hope to be back on a regular training schedule next week.  Yeah for that! 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Jog with Mark and 5k by the 5th

Today I jogged with Mark on the Centennial Trail.  I stayed with him through half of my run and then completed the rest on my own.  He wasn't a happy camper because of the weather!  The sun peaked through the clouds on the drive over to the trail. Unfortunately, it immediately started to rain as soon as we embarked on our jog.  A quarter of a mile into the jog Mother Nature through a curve ball into the mix and tossed some hail onto us.  I thought it was funny.  Mark did not!  He said he will jog with me again on the trail but the weather better be nicer.
Today was also my 5K by the 5th Run day.  I completed my 5K in 39:01 minutes.  I thought it was an okay time considering I hadn't had any purposeful running in almost 2 weeks. 
I decided to give myself a break and train for the Eugene half instead of the full marathon in April.  I'm bummed about it but I still feel pain on a daily basis in my left foot/ankle and I know the best way to recover is not to push it too far.  I've only been truly running for 10 months. 
I am signed up for the Eugene Marathon in April, Seattle  Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon in June, and the Seattle Marathon in December.  If I continue to train and not injure myself, knock on wood, I should do fantastic in December.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Urban Adventure #1, Seattle's Seward Park

First of all, I should explain I had a migraine headache since Sunday and therefore, no runs or exercise of any kind.  On the bright side, I stayed off my left foot/ankle and it is feeling better.

Now for the fun topic of today's blog entry.  Urban Adventures.  Terri Hall and I used to walk together once a week.  When I decided I to dedicate more time to running I suggested we get together for another activity since she has no interest in running.  She came up with our Urban Adventures.  We are meeting once a month to walk around an area to explore.  Terri is driving and I provide the picnic lunch.  Sounds like a great trade-off to me.  I dislike driving most of the time and love to pack picnic lunches.

Our first Urban Adventure was to Seattle's Seward Park.  Seward Park is a forested peninsula that juts into Lake Washington.  The day was drizzly and chilly but it was still beautiful.  We had an enjoyable time walking on the 2.5 mile paved trail around the perimeter of the park.  It was a very short walk for us but after the week I had, I was happy about the short distance. 

Our picnic lunch consisted of Turkey and Havarti Cheese sandwiches.  Quinoa Wild Rice Salad made with Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Peppers, Baby Cucumbers, Feta Cheese, Red Onion, and Crushed Red Pepper.  Clementine Oranges.