Thursday, December 1, 2011
OnlineShoes.com is hosting a contest for the next 12 days (starting TODAY the 1st) giving away shoes. All you have to do is go to their blog and answer the question of the day. You can enter once a day for a chance to win the shoes-o-the-day. Pretty cool. If you do win and you don't want the particular pair they gave away then, well, my address is 264....
Ok Ok. You can give them to someone you know for the holidays! Easy present.
I'm not getting paid or anything for this little OnlineShoes.com plug. In fact, I DON'T want you to enter because then it'll decrease MY chances of winning. Heh heh. But OnlineShoes.com is just an awesome company that supports us running bloggers all the time. Thanks! :)
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Moving on...for those of you on Dailymile, have you checked out the Secret Santa? Join! I just signed up to participate. So fun! Nothing like sending fun stuff to random running strangers that share the same kooky love of all things running/fitness/cycling/swimming etc. Yeah. :)
Thursday, November 24, 2011
This morning I got to run with Karla and Kerrie on the Soos Creek Trail, before any sign of rain or bad weather emerged. In fact, there was a beautiful sunrise! Thankfully it wasn't as cold as the other day, but my butt still managed to be in a Popsicle state after the run. Kerrie made some Snickerdoodle muffins as a post-run treat, and MAN they were scrumptious. Not that I needed to eat a treat that early in the day when I plan on partaking in a bunch more "treats" later.
|Kerrie's awesome snickerdoodle muffin|
Anyway, I'm off to get the little Goober ready for Turkey Day with her crazy Aunts, Uncles and Grampa Gene...should be fun!!
Oh, and I think the trailhead of Soos Creek sometimes can look creepy. Just sayin'...
Monday, November 21, 2011
|Kerrie's frosted hair mid-run|
Other than the temperature, the weather was gorgeous. The sun was out, the air was crisp (man, I love that word) and the frost made everything look like a hazy dream. To keep our minds off the dwindling feeling in our extremities, we laughed. A LOT. I told Kerrie about the time Travis accidentally pepper-sprayed my big sister Kristal in the face...in the house...in front of all my siblings...completely without knowing the little pink canister contained pepper spray. It was HILARIOUS (and to this day my entire family gives Trav crap about it, in a joking/loving way). She told me about the time she dodged riot pepper spray with Mr. T back in her college days. Pepper spray is no joke, people.
At a little stop to let some little string out of Kerrie's shoe (she thought it was something bigger I think), we took the mandatory blog pic. Right as I was taking this pic Miss Mom vs. Marathon commented that her hat made her look like a wiener head. And thus, the following pic was snapped:
Yes, I look like a goober.
But this picture is exactly what I love about running with buddies. There's nothing quite like sharing a good run, some great conversation and the extra stomach-workout that is laughing over pepper spraying in-laws and wiener jokes.
When we finished--after conquering HellYes Hill like total bada$$es--we took some fun pictures mimicking each others' Halloween costume contest poses.
|Kerrie's Sailor Girl pose|
|My best RunNERD impression|
But of course I couldn't pass up the beautiful weather without taking Goober to the new neighborhood park for a bit. She's not quite sure about the swings yet...
|Uhhhh, ok, you can get me out of this now...|
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Post cut short. The Goob is needy.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
In better news, I ran with Kerrie on the Soos Creek trail on Sunday. Rainy rainy rainy, once again. But we took pictures for the Running Skirts Halloween costume contest and random running-on-the-pretty-leaves pictures along the 5.5 mile outing. It was just a pleasant run that leaves a smile on your face the rest of the day. We even were looking for the biggest maple leaf we could find (sound familiar? I even asked Kerrie if we should "kiss" it a la Cedar River Trail slug hunt of 2011). Leafbrella!
|Kerrie shows off her best "RUNNERD" form|
|Run, Sailor, Run!|
|Who really wants to blend in when they could stand out?|
Thursday, October 27, 2011
|Trusty Gus the Garmin with Mt. Adams in the background|
Our friends Andrew and Sonja met up with us at our house at the blazingly early time of 5:45am. Coffee was immediately consumed. The drive to Rainier didn't take too long and before we knew it we were at the visitor's center in Paradise getting our boots on. What a minute....the ONE THING that I should've checked before leaving the house is to make sure my boots fit, right? Or perhaps even had INSOLES? Ah yes, they didn't have any. Apparently when I took them out two years ago to use my custom orthotics I never put them back in....and I also haven't worn them since. GAH! I was nervous telling Travis about this because I knew he would be pissed. Of course he was. Unfortunately the visitor's center shop wasn't open until 10am (GRRRR) and I was S.O.L. with buying insoles. Quick thinking on my part I asked Trav to shred his sneaker's insoles to fit in my boots. This helped, but my no means was as comfortable as I'd hoped, but like heck I wasn't going to complain about this to Trav. OoPs. Packing FAIL.
My new Osprey Aura 50 backpack felt incredible (much better than the good old school Jansport I used years ago!), and although it's a hideous poop brown color, it fit well and held everything I needed. ;)
|Spot the marmot?|
There was a bunch of wildlife sightings including badgers, marmots, foxes, chipmunks, little itty bitty birds and crazy half-naked climbers on skiis going up the mountain. Yeah, the last one was a stretch, but this dude was like Davy Crockett without the raccoon hat and probably more facial hair.
The sun was HOT and we weren't taking any chances on sunscreen, so we reapplied 50 SPF multiple times on the trip (and of course, I still manage to get splotchy burns). The most common place to get burned while hiking in snow? Under your nose. OUCH. Since I was wiping my nose the entire time the sunscreen was getting wiped off....and I got some nice little under-nose burnage. It's peeling now and looks dumb. Double GAH.
Once we got to the Muir snowfield it gets a little crazy. It's like you're on a never-ending, snowy stair-stepper machine for hours. It can wear you down mentally, and that's exactly what happened to Jeff a little. Luckily lunch on some rocks was a welcome break. Once you stop climbing, it's cold. So out came the layers.
Trav, Sonja, Andrew and Adam all went ahead as I stayed with Jeff for the rest of the way. I felt it necessary to not just ditch Jeff and go faster because it A) would be stupid for me to leave a comrade (though there were plenty of people on the mountain) and B) I didn't want to make him feel bad. Of course it was wearing on me stopping every 5 minutes to take a break--I just wanted to get to Muir. Once Muir was in sight, it still takes about 45 minutes to reach it. It's the most frustrating part of the hike: you can SEE your destination, but getting there takes SO.MUCH.EFFORT.
I started ascending a little faster and left Jeff about 100 feet behind me when I finally reached Muir. YES! It took a little longer than we expected, but oh well! More layers added, some celebratory Scotch sips and pictures were taken.
The day was long, but the pizza and beer at home were totally heavenly. Until next year!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
What's the funniest Google search suggestion you've encountered?
i.e. *How to cook wolf* - Ummm, that sounds...delicious?
Monday, October 24, 2011
Getting up super bright and early was easy with the Goober sleep ninja (who's a sick little puppy, poor baby), looking out the window was a bit more difficult. I didn't want to look. I could HEAR the rain pounding on the roof and window. When the rain pounds on your window, you know it's not good. This was the Pacific NW's "Hey! Welcome back, Zoe!" greeting. Alright PNW, I hear ya...and I'm game.
The rain didn't let up at all when I met up with the ladies on the trail. They brought jackets and headlamps because the sun (ha!) wasn't up yet. I, on the other hand, didn't have a light but chose to wear my day-glo/road cone orange top and super fun YMX Maori Stripe Bolero (which is pretty freaking awesome, I might add). To be honest, I was super nervous running with Kerrie and Alma, the speedy ladies. My speed is laughable at the moment, and Kerrie's in the prime of her running career--I'm wicked proud of her!
We set off in the downpour and the miles just melted away and then we were done. Wow. I guess I'm ok! 3.8 miles while getting over a cold, in the rain, and not training for 6 weeks. The cupcake was delish, as was the company. ;) They were going to go run for a little longer, but I needed to get home to get the house ready for Trav's 30th birthday surprise party (which was a HIT, I'm happy to report!).
Despite my lips being blue, my hands "frozen" into claws, and my butt completely numb, I was happy to be out with my favorite running friends and, well, OUT RUNNING. And who cares if my stupid cold came back with a vengeance? Not this runner. ;)
Friday, October 21, 2011
|Goob & I on a daily walk in Shanghai|
I fell off the running bandwagon while battling my injury known as "Living in Shanghai, China..." for 6 full weeks. I tried my hardest to hold on to that bandwagon's taillight and after being dragged for a couple miles, I let go. Ego bruised and Running Skirt torn, I decided walking around the city was a safer, easier bet while taking care of the Goober monster 24/7. Alas, it was defeat for the moment. *le sigh*
What does 6 weeks of non-running do to a runner? Nothing. It seriously turns you into nothing. A big pile-o-nothing. My endurance is completely gone, and speed is lacking. My lungs burned after a mile. HA! And I'm a "Marathoner," folks. Embarrassing, yes. But you know what?
I have a HALF marathon to train for--and it's in a month. Another HA! Not looking for any PR's, that's for certain. But it's a goal for training.
So with that I say, BOOYAH. I'm BACK!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
I MISS BLOGGING, too.
I will be back to my "normal" life in the States in 10 days. China has been fun, but there is no way that I could run and blogging by e-mail is no fun at all. At least I'm walking everyday, with Goober, for a minimum of 3 miles. It's not enough, but it's keeping me sane.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Also received news that Travis and my great friend, Jeff, was in a motorcycle accident two days ago. He broke some ribs and shattered his elbow, and after undergoing over 4 hours of reconstructive surgery on his arm he is now in recovery. I'm just so glad he's alive. If you don't remember who Jeff is, he's the guy I helped cross the finish line with at the Beat the Bridge 8K race this year in May. It was his very first race, and he actually beat the bridge too. It just sucks that we are so far away from our friend at this time.
Hoping this day will bring brighter news...
Monday, September 19, 2011
There's nothing quite like celebrating your birthday in China, a full 15 hours ahead of home time...two birthdays! HA! My day was fabulous: hung out with new friends, grabbed a Starbucks, took a nap with Goober, played with Goober, took a walk with Goober strapped to my chest as usual, went ellipticalling (yeah, it's a word in my book), then went to a yummy Italian restaurant for dinner. Wait, what? You read that right...Italian in China. Hee hee. It was delish! This restaurant is fairly well-known around here for being a legit place to get your spaghetti on, it's called Da Marco. The chef/owner is from Italy and of course, knows his stuff. Even bringing Goober with us to dinner was no problem. While we waited for a table, a waitress brought over two glasses of champagne. Yay!
I ordered spaghetti with homemade noodles and it was divine. So good! Plus, a glass of Chianti and gelato to top things off really made the dinner a success. 28 doesn't feel that bad.
So now I'm relaxing in my awesome Tommie Copper calf sleeves on our 20th floor apartment balcony...bring it, year!
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
in Shanghai...Starbucks! Coffee tasted fabulous on this sweltering
Chinese afternoon, and of course the company was fantastic as well.
Goober happily sat with me, people watching and eating her puffs like
a good little girl. It's been weird without my daily coffee fix--I
miss my good 'ol Cuisinart coffee maker. Not that I'd make a hot
coffee right now anyway: according the Weather.com, the temp here is
91 degrees, but with the humidity it feels like 96. Good grief! I
need a pool, stat! And maybe a chilled glass of vino!
Since the heat takes a lot out of miss Goob and myself, we are lying
low in the apartment today. Air conditioning FTW! We'll probably
head over to the cool indoor pool in a bit, where a mass of local
Chinese women will distract her from her swimming lesson from me. Heh
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
|Apparently this is the norm in China|
Even though I haven't been doing a whole lot of running, I've been walking a ton with Miss Goober. In fact, Goober is a rockstar it seems. Locals swarm around her and touch her feet, fawning and gushing over her. It's strange and cute and annoying at the same time. So many people have stopped us on the street (or even interrupted our lunch at a restaurant) to take her picture. It must be the blue eyes. Either way, it's interesting for sure. And it makes people here a lot more friendly too!
|Goober gets her picture taken by some adoring "fans"|
I only have access to Blogger/Facebook a little each night or morning, so it's rare. I must say I miss reading your blogs, and I'll have a ton of catching up to do later. In the meantime, I'll try to e-mail post or regular post as much as I can.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
We finally know when we're leaving for China! Yeah! No more guessing and stressing out! Next Thursday...oh boy!
|We are going WHERE???|
I'm very grateful my Dad will be staying at my house and taking care of Murphy next month!
Travis and I both got Hep A shots this morning in preparation for the trip. Owie. I hate needles. Luckily it didn't hurt that much AND we got some kicka$$ holographic band-aids! Yeah! Goober found them fascinating.
|Wicked awesome boo boo cover, huh?|
|Don't worry, that's not a dead cat...he's just in a sunshine coma after opening the box.|
HAPPY FRIDAY, ALL! Much love and luck to all those racing this weekend...
including the fantastic HTC nuun Relay teams: NUUN PLATUUN and AFTERNUUN DELIGHT! Good luck, ladies!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
This was a very sudden trip that needed to be taken by Travis for work, as we just found out about it last Thursday. I'm extremely nervous going to a country that speaks Mandarin, as I know nothing about the language (yet), but even more nervous about traveling with an infant...halfway around the world. Wow. It should be a trip for sure.
A couple of things:
- My Dad is staying at our house, so there will be someone here at all times and Mr. Murphy kitty will not be alone.
- My little sister, Liza, will be using my race bib for the Iron Girl 5K in Greenlake on the 11th of Sept. I'm bummed to miss this fun race, but I know Liza will have a great time. Remember last year her appendix burst the day before and she couldn't run it?...what a wimp! Ha! ;)
- My You Go Girl Half Marathon bib is up for grabs if someone wants to buy it off me. Again, super bummed I'm missing this race too! I love these ladies! You will be an automatic team member of "Will Run for Ice Cream." Let me know if you want the bib!
- There are a bunch of reviews I need to do when I get back, so hopefully I'll get some writing done over in China. We'll see.
- I will have internet access, but I know Facebook doesn't work...we'll see about Blogger and such. EEK!
Anyone been to China before? Tips/advice?
I'm going to miss you all!!!!
Saturday, August 20, 2011
|Goober started clapping this week!|
In the meantime, we have some winners! YAY!
|The randomized list of entrants|
|Randomized list of entrants|
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Plus, all of the toys are top notch and brand spanking new. I think Travis and I had more fun testing them out with Goober than we expected. Strangely enough there was not a single person utilizing the beautiful day like we were. It was a little weird. Oh well. The development is still in progress. You have to love all the bright colors of the equipment. Takes me back to when I was a kid....ahhhhh, memories.
|We're in a web!|
|Smaller slide with Daddy|
|Laughing with Daddy|
|I love her baby feet!|
|The shirt says it all.|