My Weekend in Training

I had a pretty productive weekend running-wise and am feeling much more confident about Rock ‘n Roll Seattle than I was a couple of weeks ago.

On Saturday, I met up with Dawn, Genajuade and Katie for a 7.5 mile run through Marymoor Park in Redmond and on the Sammamish River Trail until we hit Redhook Brewery in Redmond. We met up with a few more folks at Redhook and then enjoyed our much deserved beers and treats. My treats = a big, fluffy pretzel and a pulled pork sandwich. Running seems to bring on the HUNGER. Since it was hot and I didn’t want to develop the dreaded shin splints, I took it fairly slow, average a 10:30 pace with some miles at a 9:30 pace. I think the entire Eastside was out on the Sammamish River Trail; it’s great seeing so many happy, active people out on a nice sunny day. My face was one giant salt lick by the time I was done.

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On Sunday, the hubs and I were supposed to go to Bainbridge to visit our favorite ice cream place (Mora) but we realized that was the day of the Chateau Ste Michelle staycation event, full of food trucks and billion-dollar cars. If there’s one thing I can do well, it’s eat so a mini food truck rodeo is just my thing. I filled up on pulled pork sliders, a pork taco and kimchi fried rice from Marination Station. I then got a scoop of chocolate peanut butter ice cream from Parfait. Yum.

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Random cat in a stroller

I didn’t have any formal running plans on Sunday but since I was a glutton all day, I decided to check out the Redmond Watershed Preserve trails in the evening. There were lots and lots of hills and while I haven’t checked my Garmin for official elevation gains, my legs were getting pretty sore. I managed to run up every single hill, albeit very slowly. I also wore my new neon pink compression socks that I had purchased earlier in the day since I think they help with the shin splints during hill work. And they make me go faster (and look awesome). Total mileage on Sunday was 3.5.

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I didn’t run today but hubs and I went to breakfast in Ballard and then headed over to Woodland Park Zoo since it was on the way home. Hubs was wearing his Fitbit and said we walked 4.5 miles throughout the day.

I’m so not ready to go back to work.  Did any of you have a sweat-fest this Memorial Day weekend? By the way, I’m hosting a weekend 8.5-ish mile run on the Kirkland waterfront this Saturday and a Hills-of-Doom run (aka Tolt Pipeline Trail) next Tuesday evening if you want to join.

Oh, and this happened. Poor kitty:

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Better Late Than Never…

So, I’m a little late to the party in posting about the fabulous Seattle blogger/Twitter meetup that happened a couple of weekends ago. I don’t head over to West Seattle that often and I really should run more often over there because the views are lovely. And we had the best running weather EVER. Nicole, TriGirl, Stacie, Allison, Erika, Zoe and myself ran along Alki. I was glad to have Stacie’s company during the run since I had just returned from vacation a few days before and I still still sick. I think we ran for ~ 4 miles or so. Not sure of exact distance since I turned my Garmin off during a walk break and never turned it back on.

Here’s a view from the West Seattle Statue of Liberty. Had no idea we had our own little replica on the west coast.

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After our run, we met up with some other bloggers: Pensive Pumpkin, Emily and Robyn. Refueling with Mexican food + Sangria was just what I needed. I run so that I can consume endless amounts of Sangria/Margaritas/[insert random drink].

Here’s a picture of us from lunch:

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We also got some awesome swag from Run Pretty Far: Arm warmers, headbands and a sticker. You can see all of our goodies on Stacie’s blog. Thank you again, Run Pretty Far!

Seattle runners/bloggers: When is our next run/meetup? 🙂