booty in the pants update pt.4, last week’s running & new run gear!

Last week was a recovery week after racing a 1/2 marathon Monday. Nothing but slowwww boring runs… Except!!! This past weekend I got the chance to run with TWO HANDFULS of my favorite people! On Saturday I ran TWENTY – TWO (22) miles with Sarah & Paula! A new personal distance record! My friend Erica joined us for some laps as well! Sarah got some great pictures while we were out on our run, so I will wait until then to make a post about it! YES–we take pictures, while we run! It’s fun!

Luke ran 13 with Erica’s boyfriend, Matt, while we were running…so he was waiting at REI for us! Once we said our good-byes …I was a little hungry STARRRRVING. Luke and I swung by fleur de lis (a paperie)   to check out some wedding invitations! They had some great things in that store! I’m excited to go back! Luckily it was located right next to a Larkburger. Which, if you haven’t had it. OH EM GEE–DELICIOUS! I wasn’t planning on eating EVERYTHING…however it happened… maybe a few fries to spare.

I had the ahi tuna burger with wasabi ginger sauce and cilantro on a gluten free bun with truffle and parmesan fries to follow! So amazing! Hit the spot! After I stuffed my face…we wandered on home for showers, college football & naps! Tough Saturday?

Around 6pm we quickly got ready to meet up with Luke’s sister Heather and her husband Justin for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory! It’s always so nice spending time with them! We all get along so well, they are tons of fun! Of course it was a delicious dinner… I ate everything on my plate.. per norm. I had some dish with 3 small portioned chicken breasts and grilled veggies. Luke had a steak… that’s a no brainer!

all dolled up for dinner! :)

There was a bit of a wait before we could be seated, so we wandered around the shops surrounding it until then. To my surprise there was a Lululemon right next door!!!! eeeeee!!!! For those of you who follow me on Twitter… you have probably realized lately that I’m having a major shorts dilemma!

new run gear!

shorts:

Since my body/shape/figure have changed quite a bit…I have come to DESPISE my once loved Nike Tempo running shorts. aka : THEY JUST DON’T MAKE ME FEEL PRETTTYYY! I absolutely REFUSE to roll a waistband more than once. I think it looks ridiculous. This being said, my shorts were too big at the waist and would either try to go UP my waist making the short legs ride up & be SUPER short / tight around my thighs. (My thighs are turning into like huge blocks of muscle). Or they would sag & give me droopy drawers syndrome.  Seriously, they are extremely unflattering, bulky and Nike is definitely guilty of “shrinking & pinking.” I’ve heard this term several times and am now experiencing it myself. Basically it’s when company’s take things designed for men…shrink them down to a women’s size and make it in like pink/purple/rainbow…etc.  Uff. Run girl problems.

SOOOO! One of the recommendations was to check out Lululemon! Sarah was sporting a new pair on our run Saturday and they looked AMAZING on her! Now, like many others when I hear this word.. the first thing that comes to mind is the price tag. WHO PAYS 54 DOLLARS FOR RUNNING SHORTS?! Apparently people with run girl problems do! We walked into Lululemon, I tried on a pair…and it was love. :) :) No questions asked! We were in and out in literally 10 minutes! Apparently if I make Luke’s marathon training plans look realllll good, I get new shorts! This is fine with me! PLUSSS… Portland is less than 4 week out… need something cute to run in! Just have to find a running top to go with it!

The new shorts!

I got to run in them on Sunday ( we’ll get to that soon ) and LOVED them! SO comfortable, no riding up anywhere! YAY! One of the girls I ran with, Lindsey, did say that they do shrink a little! So be careful when you wash them! ALSO– they do run small! So make sure to go one size up from your normal jean size!

watch:

As an engagement gift to ourselves, Portland right around the corner & a deal you couldn’t beat with a stick…Luke thought it’d be a good excuse time for a Garmin 405! I’ve realllly been wanting one for a while now…the opportunity presented itself…and we jumped! We’ve had it for almost two weeks and it has been a great training tool!

fun fact: this was taken right after we put it on Oliver’s collar & let him run around. Not bad little man!

gels:

After a post that I had made mentioning that I only use Hammer gels for running due to a sensitive stomach, our friend Chuck asked us if we’d be interested in a swap! He had a box of about 90 gels that he wouldn’t be using and would love to make an exchange! The exchange would be muffins! It’s a pretty neat recipe, I’ll be posting it soon. We got our box this past week… and me being the ass that I am…I’m just BARELY getting these muffin’s out the door to him. Sorry Chuck! You’ll see them soon!

So it’s been a fun past two weeks for running gear!

booty in the pants update:

So, for those of you who read my blog on a regular basis. You know which booty in the pants update I’m talking about!

  • still going strong on no alcohol! 3 weeks down– 4 to go!
  • I’m still maintaining my weight at the 10 lbs I’ve lost. It’s been holding steady for about 2-3 weeks.
  • I am 3-5 lbs away from the goal race weight (depending on what time of day I weigh myself)
  • I eat something sweet at least once a day. Ice cream/cake/ or cookies have been happening at least once a day for the last 7 days.

What I think about it

  • I’ll still continue to be booze free until after Portland Marathon
  • My body seems to be HAPPY at and doing very well at the current weight.
  • I’m not going to sweat those last 3-5 lbs. If they happen–awesome. If not–that’s okay!
  • I have the world’s biggest sweet tooth. I could cut back a tad. Maybe to like 3 times a week.

What I’ve added ::

VITAMINS!

You can’t expect your body to work miracles by beating it up with marathon training! So I’ve added these babies to HELP nourish my body along the way!

  • Iron – I was having MAJOR episodes of being tired ALL DAY. This started happening when my mileage started increasing. No matter what I ate, how much I slept etc. I was zonked! Since adding the iron, I’m no longer dead tired all the time.
  • Calcium-Magnesium-Zinc – gotta love your bones! After Luke’s injury at Leadvilee we added this in! Also, just about the only dairy I consume is cottage cheese, cheese & ice cream. Not nearly enough calcium in my diet. I strongly dislike moo juice ( milk).  I prefer almond!
  • Omega Three Complex (fishoils) – I’ve been taking this since high school. It has TONS of benefits including healthy hair, skin, nails … etc.
  • Glucosamine – Chondroitin – MSM – keeps your joints healthy & happy! I’ve had cracking/popping/snapping hip problems since I was 14 thanks to dance. This helps me sound less like a rice crispy treat!
  • A once a day multivitamin.

I take each 1-3 times daily depending on which one. AFTER coffee, never before && always with food! Remember some of these are SUPPLEMENTS and don’t work over night. You have to take them consistently for 6-8 weeks for any effects / results to take place….

To wrap up the “race weight” operation ” too much booty in the pants” blog topic -

Angles in pictures can change the way a person looks…a TON! So, I know there is already a picture…however, to avoid possible “she just took it at a good angle” blah blah blah ….

BAM! there we go! look ma! no angles! :D

There you have it! Ten pounds gone! Sure, maybe my booty shrank a LITTLE… but it’s still there. It’s kinda runs in our family :) Thanks Aunt T!

SUNDAY FUNDAY RUNDAY!!!

Yesterday we had another successful Sunday Funday Runday meet up at Wash Park! Our group is growing! I absolutely LOVE this group! Everybody is so nice, laid back…and we all have an EXTREME passion for running! Holly, Sarah, Amy, Lindsey, Andrea & myself all met up at Wash Park at 8 am to get in our 7 miles! Nice easy recovery runs for all of us with plenty of chatter! After we headed to Starbucks where the chattiness was continued! Such an awesome way to end/start a week!

a wrap on the past week of running!

Another 61 mile week in the books! My favorite runs were definitely Saturday’s 22 & Sunday Funday Runday!

the not so fun news :: i’m sick as a dog!!!

So, Thursday I started noticing my throat felt like there were daggers in it. I tried ignoring it, I figured it was the change in weather. Friday morning, no dice. Daggers in my throat. Sneezing, runny nose–but it was clear. I figured… changing weather and allergies? Saturday morning, still no dice. My throat wasn’t AS sore, however my snot was now green & I was also hacking it up. During the 22 miler I had to use my inhaler FOUR different times! Sunday–well I’m sick! I had a hard time breathing regularly during our run. My voice was gone by the afternoon. Still hacking up green gunk. This morning. I’m at home. Congested…green gunk…voice gone…no more daggers in my throat–just super scratchy. When I speak I sound like a 50 year old who smoked too much & drank too many martini’s. I named this voice. It’s the “Blanche” voice.

I’ve been taking in vitamin C like nobody’s business! I’m currently mixing emergen-c & orange juice together. HELLO EXPLOSIVE PUNCH OF ORANGE FLAVOR! I’ve cut out cough drops. They irritate my stomach.hot tea. mucinex & my inhaler. I guess I’m not doing TOO much for it. If it’s not improving by tomorrow I’m headed to the doctor! I don’t have time to be sick!

goal for the week : get better! marathon training has no time for the sickly!