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Seattle Half Marathon Training: Week 5

Sorry for the late post today. I had almost the whole post written on my app on my phone (where I do 99% of my blogging) and it crashed on me and I lost it all. Awesome.


Week 5 of my half marathon training is OVER! I can’t believe it. It is flying by. Unfortunately this week was less than stellar. Remember that post where I talked about the curse of the 12 miler? Oh ya, well, it struck again. I don’t even have a good excuse for it this time. I just had zero motivation for my run.

I intended on running it on Friday after work. Well, when I had to go home early because I was sick, that was out of the question. I was having some super annoying stomach issues that would not go away. So, Saturday was going to have to be the day…

Saturday came and my desire to run never followed. All day long I was trying to suck it up and find some motivation somewhere, but I was just SO over it. I finally laced up my shoes and hit the pavement. 4.5 miles later, I was DONE. Hey it’s better than nothing.

I only had one completely bonked long run this training cycle. That is way better than in the past, so I’ll take it. Glass is half full, right?

Tuesday: Cross Training
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Sick
Saturday: 4.5 miles
Sunday: 2 miles

Total for week 5: 10.5 miles. Yikes.

Taper timeeee!

This week is going to be interesting when it comes to getting my workouts in. Crazy C comes Friday morning and leaves Sunday night. That means no running this weekend at all. Plus, I have midnight showing of Breaking Dawn Part 1 ( oh hell yeah! ) on Thursday night. That pretty much means I’ll just run whenever I get a freaking chance.

Trust in my training, right?

P.S. SNOW in the forecast for this weekend!!! Hide yo kids, hide yo wife… This Southern Californian is gonna be on the snowy roads!



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Seattle Half Marathon Training: Week 4

Wow this training is flying by! 4 weeks down, 3 to go. On top of that, only one more long run!


Last weeks training went reasonably well. I am quite happy with it.

Tuesday: Cross/strength training
Wednesday: 3 miles of hills in 32:50
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 11 miles in 2:09:23
Sunday: 4.2 miles on the bike plus 2 miles running plus 100 side to sides

This weeks long run was interesting. I literally did all the things you should NOT do before running long distances.

– Ate spicy chicken for lunch the day before
– Ate papa johns pizza the night before INCLUDING 2 buffalo wings
– Ate chocolate donettes for breakfast

– Sat on my ass all afternoon
– Ate peanut butter sandwich (good) and way too many Cooler Ranch Doritos (bad)
– Did not start running until 6:30 pm

Despite how badly I tried to destroy every chance of having a good run, I survived those damn 11 miles. My ankles hurt, my knee was hurting, and I so desperately wanted to call it quits early, but I kept thinking about all those bad asses that powered through 26.2 miles that day. It absolutely is what gave me motivation to keep chugging along. So, thank you to all the marathoning bad asses that were out there this weekend.


I didn’t have any more Nuun for this run so I did a half powerade zero half water mixture that worked reasonably well. I like Nuun better but this got the job done.

Total Mileage for the week: 16!!

That’s what I’m talkin about!!

Next week is my last ‘high’ mileage week, then I start to simmer down for the big day.

Is it weird that one thing I’m looking forward to most about the race is getting a space blanket at the end?! I have never been in a race that has them. They totes remind me of the Jetsons.


I love me some tin foil for a blanket!

Who ran this weekend? Tell me about how bad ass you are!


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Seattle Half Marathon Training: Week 3

Happy Halloween everyone!!

I can’t believe October is already coming to an end. I hope you all had a fun and safe holiday weekend. Mine was definitely a good time. I will be sharing all the festivities with you later.


Can I get a do-over for last week? No? Damn, that sucks. With only a 7 week training plan, I don’t really give myself time to have a slacker week, but I managed to do it anyways. I am just THAT good at being a slacker. Here’s how it went down.

Tuesday: Was supposed to run 3 miles. Ended up falling asleep on the couch after having a ridiculously long commute home. Slept right through my workout.

Wednesday: Was supposed to cross train. Ended up getting my 3 miles in AND cross training. I was getting myself back on track and it felt great.

Thursday: Was supposed to run 3 miles. I was SO sore. My legs were pretty achy too. Decided to take the night off.

Friday: Rest day. I never run the night before long runs.

Saturday: Was supposed to run 10 miles. I ended up waking up at about 11 instead of 9 ish, like normal. Then I proceeded to waste my day away by watching movies with hubs. Then we went to the store to get stuff to make chicken noodle soup. Decided to push my 10 miler to Sunday.

Sunday: 10 miler make up. Now THAT is what I want 10 miles to feel like. I decided to push my run to Sunday so that I could get motivated by all the marathoners on Sunday. It TOTALLY worked. I was so in the zone.

This successful run was brought to you by:




Those three made for a BEAUTIFUL combination. I had a peanut butter sandwich (no jelly, ick!) before my run. During the run, I drank Nuun and ate Jelly Belly Sport Beans. I think I had somewhere around 8 sport beans total which is way more than I had last week. Eating more plus the added electrolytes from the Nuun really helped me. I felt 100% normal after my run.

10.09 miles in 1:55:26 (11:26 pace)

I am definitely a Nuun believer. AND they sell it at the grocery store now. It works a million times better than Gatorade. No thick film in your mouth after drinking it. No added sugar. Perfection.

Total mileage for the week: 13.09. (yikes)

Although I wanted that total mileage number to be closer to 17, I am proud of myself for listening to my body. If it needs rest, it needs rest. There is no need to go and get myself injured just to hit a mileage quota. I am still determined to be ready for the Seattle Half. 4 weeks and counting…

Are you a Nuun believer?

Are you dressing up for Halloween? I can’t wait to show you my costume!!


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Seattle Half Marathon Training: Week 2

Another week has come and gone folks. I am one week closer to my 3rd half marathon. Only 5 more weeks to go!

So how did I do with my training this week? Ehhhh… It could have been better.

I felt super sick and queasy on Wednesday and forced myself to skip my cross training. Wait a sec, who the hell am I kidding?! I wasn’t feeling well at all so I gladly took the day off. And you know what?! It was WORTH it! I woke up feeling like a whole new person on Thursday.

Then, Saturday I had 9 miles scheduled. 9 miles is BY FAR my worst mileage. It seems so pointless. You get SO close to double digits, but not close enough to claim victory. I think that messes with my head a bit. It was a HARD run for me mentally. I just wasn’t in it. I cut it short at 7.1 miles and honestly I’m surprised I made it that far.

Sunday, I ran 2 faster miles to try and make up for the 2 miles missed the previous day. IT WAS HARD. Why the heck were those two miles so hard?! Oh yeah, cuz this dumbass forgot that I had the incline at 2% the WHOLE time.

im stupid

Impromptu hill workout, FTW! I followed that run up with 5.1 miles on the bike in 20 minutes, 100 crunches, and 200 side to sides.

hill workout

Total mileage for the week: 16.1 miles

Not too shabby if I do say so myself.


I think I have figured out that I am not consuming enough calories during my long runs. I typically have Jelly Belly Sport Beans because they are ridiculously delicious, but I tend to forget to eat them until it is too late. And only eating a couple of them is not enough…


I end up feeling a little light headed after my run is over until I get some calories in me. Chocolate milk is AMAZING for that, by the way. I think I am going to attempt having a whole peanut butter sandwich during my 10 miler this weekend. Seems like it would be hard to forget about a sandwich. It also seems like an easy and delicious way to get some calories in my body. I’ll let you know how it goes.


How do you fuel during your long runs?


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Seattle Half Marathon Training: Week 1

Soooo I just realized that I never told you guys…

Seattle Marathon Registration

I officially registered for the Seattle Half Marathon that is in 6 weeks!!!!

AND on top of the freaking exciting news, my mother in law decided she wants to fly up and run it with me!


She has been my motivator and one of my running buddies from the very beginning of my running journey. She tried FOR YEARS to get me to run with her (she has been running marathons for forever) and I refused. Now look at me! I am about to run my 3rd half marathon. Who woulda thunk it?!

Well, week 1 of my training plan is COMPLETE! Holy guacamole the week went by fast. I am very pleased to announced that I did not miss a single workout! Not even my cross training days, which are way too easy to skip. This is huge in the land of SkippingInSeattle.

Week 1 half marathon training plan

Green is good people, green is GOOD!

On top of not missing a single workout, my 8 miler on Saturday was flipping amazing!!!! I ended up finishing it about 7 minutes faster than I normally run 8 miles. How ’bout dem apples?!

8 miles in 1:29:41 (11:13 pace) – THAT IS HUGE FOR ME! Normally I do my long runs at about a 12 minute pace. My legs just really were not happy going slower. Week 1 was a complete and total success.

Today is a rest day. I never have a problem missing a rest day. In fact, I welcome them with open arms. Me and rest days are BFFs. We have sleepovers and braid each others hair. It’s true.


DON’T FORGET to sign up for the RnR Seattle today or tomorrow!!!! Huge price break if you do!

I will be signing up as soon as I get home from work. That means that I will be signed up for TWO half marys at the same time. Oh, and did I mention that I need to sign up for ANOTHER one by 10/28 before the price increase. In case math isn’t your best subject, that makes THREE half marys! Oh yes, I’ve definitely got the fever.


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RnR San Diego Race Recap: The Race

The morning started out at 3:15 am. I was wide awake and so excited to get to the race regardless of barely being able to sleep the night before. I was pumped up and feelin good as I got in my race outfit.


I ate a Cliff Bar, drank a glass of water, and was out the door by 4 am. My father in law, mother in law, sister in law and me headed over to a family friends house to pick her up and get the show on the road. Her dad dropped us off at almost the race start a little before 5. That gave us plenty of time to use the port-o-johns, be camera whores, and get into our corrals.


I was absolutely amazed with the turnout. There were over 32,000 people that participated in this race. It was unbelievable.

Luckily, even though there were a gazillion people, we were able to find my fabulous sister who was also running her second ever half marathon.


Then we took even more pictures.

[Sister in law K and me!!]

[My niece who looks like she could be my adorable baby!]

[The whole gang!]

We then headed over to corral 21 (I was originally supposed to be in 34) and waited for our wave to start.

Before I knew it, they were counting us down and we were on our way. For the first 3.6 miles or so, I was able to run with my mother in law and family friend. It was AWESOME. I helped pace them to a slow start to their marathon. They REALLY didn’t want to start out too fast this year.

The miles just flew by! It was gorgeous scenery, amazing company, and fabulous entertainment. We were doing about 11:15 pace and feeling fabulous. Just before mile 4 we said our goodbyes and I headed my separate way.

I was so excited because we were headed to the 163 freeway! Yes, we actually got to run on the real freeway. I was SO excited…

… Then I snapped out of it and realized running on the freeway really sucks. It was uphill and on a slanted road. The slant was so incredibly brutal on my body. My ankle and knee started hurting which is weird cuz they NEVER hurt!

I finally got to the downhill section of the 163 and it was amazing!!! I felt like I was flying! My body was loving it!

At about mile 7, we made our way to Friars road. I was still in this race mentally and physically at this point, but unfortunately that wouldn’t last long. Although the crowd support was amazing on Friars road, the heat wasn’t. It was an extremely longgg stretch of road with zero shade and no end in sight. I was still fighting though.

The most amazing person ever on Friars was the lady handing out ice!! I ran over to her, told her she was amazing and then put the ice down my shirt. Although I’m sure it was awkward, it was a glorious moment. I was totally revitalized.


Then came the mile 10/11 out and back. Holy bat balls this part was so tough mentally AND physically. My body was DONE at this point. It really did not help seeing all of those people about a mile ahead of me. I wanted so badly to be where they were, but noooo I had to keep running to the end of the road. So rough. This is when I started doing a lot of walking.

I had hardly walked at all up to this point, but I guess my body just wasn’t properly prepared for these kinds of conditions. I still kept chugging along as best as I could. Then, I saw mile 12.

Oh, how I love you mile 12. The end was near. I could almost see the finish line. I ran much more in this mile than miles 10 and 11. Once I entered the finishing arena, I gave it my all. I did not stop once. AND I knew that I had a PR under my belt.

Just as I was about to approach the last turn, I saw my family cheering me on! That gave me even more of a boost! I sprinted my way to the finish.

2:45:13 is my official time. A 5 minute PR!!!!

I felt amazing. I was so happy. Even though the last 3 miles were so rough and took me incredibly too long, I gave it my all and I finished my 2nd ever half marathon!

I was reunited with my hubs and he had a beautiful rose for me. Yeah, he is a keeper.


There are so many things I know I can do to improve my time, so I am really looking forward to the next one. Yes folks, there will be a next time.

Hi, my name is Stacie and I am addicted to 13.1.


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