Monday, June 25, 2012

olympic trials!

I feel like I've won the track nerd lottery. I am here at the Olympic Trials until Saturday morning! I have been busy watching, soaking in the experience and blogging for You should follow that blog - we are going to have great photos and recaps every day. In other words, that's where my updates are going.

We're about to run out the door again to watch the 3,000m Steeple qualifiers. So I'll leave you with some quick highlights.

Meeting Amanda Bingson, Hammer Thrower headed to London

Seeing Nike HQ

Meeting Joan Benoit Samuelson and having her autograph my day 1 ticket, featuring her 1984 Olympic Marathon victory.

Watching Amy Hastings win the 10K and make her first Olympic team. I ran to lean over the rail to get a high five. I was like a total track groupie freak. I couldn't believe I was inches away from her and Shalane. AND touching their hands!!

The men's race was great too. The drama of Dathan Ritzenhein making the Olympics. He needed top three AND the A standard. The happiness and relief that came over his face was moving. 

Seeing Deena Kastor and Joanie honor the top three women in the 10k.

Hanging out with good friends, new friends and my sis!!

So much more to come and seriously check out Oiselle's blog for so MUCH GOODNESS! #totallytrials

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

nuun = winning

And the winner of a four pack of Nuun + one tube of All Day + Nuun Water Bottle is ..... Sarah (sweet and savory)! And to prove I don't just have Sarah favoritism:

Sarah, email me your address pronto and I'll get you the goods! 

Speaking of Nuun, we just got the Hood to Coast team lists! It's exciting to know who my van mates are! And way more managable to stalk 12 people, than... how ever many the whole group is. Below I have shamelessly ripped the list off the Nuun blog. 

Team Night: AfterNuun Delight

Van 1
Caroline – Canadian Runner in Exile: Legs 1, 13, 25
Lauren – Health on the Run: Legs 2, 14, 26
Vanessa – Gourmet Runner: Legs 3, 15, 27
Shanna – Smack! Media, Nuun Partner: Legs 4, 16, 28
Susan – Nurse on the Run: Legs 5, 17, 29
Robyn  - run pretty run fast: Legs 6, 18, 30

Van 2
Emily – Sweat Once a Day: Legs 7, 19, 31
Katie – Katie RUNS This: Legs 8, 20, 32
Sarah – Running Starfish: Legs 9, 21, 33
Harmony – Keep on Keeping On: Legs 10, 22, 34
Megan – Nuun Employee: Legs 11, 23, 35
Kelsey – The Go Girl Blog: Legs 12, 24, 36

And of course I checked out my 'legs'. Not sure what it all means but there is gravel possible. Sweet!

Monday, June 18, 2012

win: nuun all day

I'm sure it's summer somewhere. And you need to hydrate! Not in Seattle, we hydrate on Pike Place roast at Starbucks. Hot, not iced. Because it's fall here all year round. Oh rant.

Of course that's only a partial truth. I do have to hydrate with something other than Starbucks sometimes. And so I look to another local HQ for my real hydration needs. Nuun. Because why drink water when you can drink banana water with electrolytes? Right?

I literally have a tube on my wherever I go. It will be perfect for watching all the track goodness go down at Hayward. Empty water bottle, Nuun tabs = totally allowed in and easy to create a great drink to keep me hydrated in the (hopefully) hot sun. It's great to bring on trips, destination races...anywhere you need to make normal water into super-powered water.

I was lucky enough to have been chosen to run with Nuun on the Hood to Coast team! I can't wait. My only fear is running in a skirt, but that's a blog post for another time. It's been exciting to be a part of it all! We recently got hooked up with some Nuun four packs and I'm sure you've seen giveaways on other Nuun HTC blogs.

I want to share the Nuun love with you too! 

Win: A Nuun water bottle + four-pack of Nuun + one bonus tube of the new Nuun All Day! (Bell jar not included) :)
How: Go over to Nuun and check out Nuun all day. Tell me which flavor you want to try in a comments below.
Bonus points: Like Nuun on Facebook and/or follow @nuunhydration Twitter and tell me in the comments below (one comment for each action).
*When you follow them you hear all about Nuun HQ news, which expos they are headed to and more. (I don't like Following people just to follow them either... )
When: I will choose a winner from the below comments on Wednesday (6.20) afternoon 2pm PST.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

butter noodles

Last time I wrote I was 37 days away from my Vermont nuptials. Now I'm "crying-for-no-reason-on-a-tuesday-night-list-making-checking-sleepy-sleepless-not-a-bride-a-total-bride-doesn't-care-but-does-cd-stickering-nightmares-of-makeup-gone-wrong-unable-to-make-simple-decisions-checking-bank-account-constantly-then-putting-it-on-credit-anyway-one-hundred-percent-over-the-top-because-you-only-get-married-once-hopefully-journaling-articifact-gathering-wedding-pinterest-googling-freak..." days away. Yes, that's a number!!! *bursts into tears*

Don't you wish you lived with me? Seriously. Luckily the person who does has been enjoying his bachelor weekend. And I was supposed to be kicking ass wrapping up most of the wedding details so that I could focus my little bride brain on watching the Olympic Trials and reporting back from Hayward. What I did... was eat comfort food and watch season 5 of Lost in my pajamas. Yes, I'm the last person on earth to watch it. Whatever.

Yeah, I did my laundry and about two 'This American Life's of cleaning/packing/listlessly-wandering-around-the-apartment. Oh, and I bought whitestrips and did 30 solid minutes of tooth whitening. I sent one email to the friends sharing my condo in Vermont. I didn't run (making it my 3rd rest day this week) and I literally ate a box of white pasta with butter, half a bag of marshmallows, and the sad parts of a pint of Ben and Jerrys (having eaten all the toffee candy out of it last week).

Sarah's Butter Noodles
1/2 box of white penne
Boil water and cook that pasta. After it's done add:
Butter. Lots.
Gourmet Salt(if you can get it, it really makes this dish classy)
Crushed Red Pepper to taste (I like mine #4 spicy)
If you have it add frozen veggies at the last moments of boiling. 
Or throw in avocado, olives, whatever else might be laying around after it's done. 

Best eaten hot, in front of the TV, in your pajamas. Cat optional. 

The pasta is my comfort food and I'm giving into it's warm buttery goodness too often! I can't remember the last time I made a salad. I should really turn this into one of those healthy food blogs with all the steps pictures. I'm like, "Find that bag of marshmallows from camping last month, eat the stale ones first they're the best..."

Joking aside, in a time of stress, when moods are up and down it's not helping me to eat a diet of 98% white processed flour and pure sugar. So today is the first day of the rest of my life, and I'm going to get this derailed diet and running plan back on the tracks. 

The derailment of my running is really what leads to the derailment of rest of it. I little naysayer in my head says, "You're never going to be able to keep your mileage up throughout the wedding. So just let it go now." But really when it comes down to it, just having that schedule of 6 days of running keeps the rest of me on course. If I know I have to wake up early and run, I'll get some sleep and eat a good dinner. I'll map out my week. I'll get that running head clear that I need.

A lot of runners are considered type A. But is that the chicken or the egg? I think we have to become very structured to succeed. Some people already are structured type A's. When add running to their life, you have a serious monster (good or bad). But others like me... running keeps our feet on the ground and our heads on straight. Without it, I have that feeling of 'unbearable lightless'. I need the weight and the obligation.

So today it's about going back to the good ways, not beating myself up about it all the time, but eating to fuel running. And running to clear my head.

So without further ado, here's the obligatory green smoothie shot:

 it's no butter noodles, but it'll do.

What about you? Do you find sticking to your running schedule in times of turmoil is helpful? Or is it more stress?