Wednesday, April 25, 2012

nuun + htc relay!

Exciting news! I made the cut for the Nuun Hood to Coast blogger team. I'm happy they accepted me despite my obvious Nuun addiction, which I am trying to turn into a healthy love...

Oh, Banana Nuun you saucy minx.

Hot cha cha! I'm excited to see what the HTC experience is all about and meet all the inspirational women runner/bloggers from across the country. You're sure to hear a lot more about it in the months to come. 

On a separate note, who likes banana Nuun? It's my *hands down* favorite but I notice it doesn't see much love. (Except from me of course, rawr!) And if not banana what's your flavor/mix?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

two weeks until eugene

Two Weeks Peak Plan

Here we go! Two weeks left in this 12 week training cycle. My goal of sub 1:20 is pretty durn lofty considering my PR is 1:21:43, but if you don't try... right? 

After the 5 mile race where my side stab nearly took me out, I finally admitted that I'm still allergic to grass. And that allergy still causes my asthma. Spring has always been terrible for me as the fresh cut grass lines every track and road race out there. Since the race I've been on two inhalers and one old perscription of Singular. I hope that can keep the breathing in the normal pain range and less in the hyper-ventilate at 3 miles pain range. 

So far I feel good, one more week of decent mileage, then I'll dip down next week. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

internet sunshine

I don't really know the rules of blogging. Isn't there a day called like "Things that make me happy Tuesday" or something? Probably. I don't have the capacity or desire to keep all that hallabaloo straight so here's three things that = sunshine/kitten/happiness on the internet and in my life.

1. Richard Simmons on Facebook. Seriously, go like him. Your life will be infinitely more sparkely.
Thanks to Miss Meehan for this life tip.
Seriously where does he get those outfits?

2. Video Blog! We're bringing the vlog to and it's already so much fun.

3. My little brother might be flying out from Vermont for the Oiselle Olympic Trials party! I can't wait to give more details on that event. But I get to walk my first 'catwalk' for the Fall 2012 fashion show!

There ya have it. Happy weekend!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Tulip Run 2012 Confusion

This morning I woke up to sunshine! Yes, here in Seattle. The drive to Burlington Washington was beautiful. Mist skirting the mountains, the wide open fields. Good music on the radio.

I got to Burlington and parked, hit the porta, grabbed my number, came back to my car to pin it on, realized I had no pins, went back to check-in, hit the porta again, back to car, warm-up...You know, the typical. Met Megan from Club NW, who warned me of a wicked headwind on the home stretch. True.

5 minutes late the 5 miler race went off. My first mile was 5:15 pace eeeeeeeck. First woman, top 8 man, no one in sight behind. Tried to smooth out, relax, concentrate on my race not the dudes in front of me. Hit 2 miles and realized I had a 5k to run, questioned my choice of sport. Side cramp (that jerk) hits, think: breath, breath, breath, don't drop out. 4 miles catch the dude in front of me, ride it out. FINISH! 29:47

Now the fun starts, well after the 4 mile cooldown with new friend Megan. The race results are all effed. They call out a Mimi as the winner, she takes the prize, even though she knows full well she was 5th. I'm called 2nd. Err? I point out as I glance at the results while accepted 2nd (WTF-stay cool) that they are wrong. Of course there is suspicion of me because I reek of 5mile -race -looting. Whatever. All the over-alls are announced wrong. Confusion ensues, Megan (2nd place) defends me, I defend her place... it's a hubbub. You can imagine. You come to run a race and be respected for your finish. But instead you are caught in a very awkward situation where you now have to defend your finish.

That said, I'm not mad at the race organizers, they did the best they could, which wasn't great because of some flub in timing somewhere. I am upset that women were accepting awards they know didn't earn. It's not confusing, you weren't first. You saw at least three chicks pass your booty. I know it's not fun, but... hello, admit you didn't earn your prize. Very strange attitudes.

This situation put a damper on what was a good day. To close, I'll hit some high-notes: I have the course record, unannounced (thanks Mimi) and a strong race behind me. I doubt I'll trek back to the Tulip Run, but Eugune lies ahead. And the weirdness of the race results lead me to meet new people.

*it appears the Tulip Run results were figured out, I wonder if Mimi and Stacy feel odd for accepting 1st and 3rd over all?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Nuun Hood to Coast Application

Nuun Hood To Coast Application

And in case you weren't convinced I'll just break it down for you.

Why you should put me on the team:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

dress rehearsal

The Eugene Half is on the 29th (holy shrimp, how is it April?!) so I needed to find tune up 10k this weekend. Turns out... this weekend is Easter. So not much is shakin' in the running world. There was one 10k in Grey's Harbor and one in Lacey. They both looked like more of a 'fun run' so I kept searching.

What I found was a 5 mile in Burlington WA. The Tulip Run. I was sold by the fierce pictures from last year on the race's home page. Including a shot of a Club NW gal. Notoriously fast group. I want to feel a slight amount of fear as I line up. That's a good dress rehearsal. Since the pressure is on at Eugene.

And best of all my tune up plan of getting a PR is going to come true! Automatically. Because, well, I haven't run a 5 mile race since 8th grade. And I hope I can beat my 8th grade self. That puny little banana peel.

Honestly I wanted to see if I could break 35 in the 10k, but I'm going to pretend this is all according to plan. Because at 24 days out that's what you do.