Whole30 Update Part II

I’m almost halfway through my second round of Whole30.  I was excited, yet scared to step on the scale at the end of round 1 (even though Whole30 is not a weight loss plan per se, I was still hoping for at least some movement on the scale).  The scale greeted me with a number I hadn’t seen in quite some time – down 14lbs!  Which is also great motivation to keep going.

It has been easier than I expected to stick with it.  Don’t get me wrong, at times I would kill for a slice of pizza!!  The other day I just about tackled someone who was carrying mini cupcakes!  But overall it has been a good experience.

I’m also knee deep in Disneyland Paris Half Marathon training.  I’m following (or attempting) Hal Higdon’s plan and so far, while not perfect, I’ve been sticking with it, with some modifications.  Some nights I’m cutting the mileage slightly and other weeks I’m skipping cross training.

But you may be asking, what about fuel?  Good question.  I’ve searched the Whole30 forums looking for fueling ideas, but nothing was really appealing or feasible.  Until I came across dried fruit.  I talked about ideas with my doctor and she suggested raisins which I thought was brilliant!  Small, easily portable, and just enough to give me a small boost.

Coconut water has also become my friend (post-workout).  It isn’t necessarily my favorite thing to drink, but drinking it after workouts really helps to rehydrate me.

Only a few more weeks to go before reintroduction.  Now that should be interesting!

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Lots of Races

I thought eventually I would recap races but instead I’m going to do a lightening round recap of races with any pertinent facts.  Such as, secret goals and am I getting any faster?

Foot Traffic Flat 8K

One of the exciting draws of this race was the post-race spread!  Given this was my last day before starting Whole30 I was even more excited!  I took advantage of the shuttle option as the race took place on Sauvie Island and there wasn’t a lot of parking available.

The race was billed as on farm roads (the 8K that is – the half and full were on actual roads).  What I didn’t realize was it really took place in fields!  As in watch out you might step in a hole field.  This was to be my first race back running, however, given the course conditions, I wasn’t running as much as I had originally planned.

I finished in 1:10:09 which was better than the Seattle 8K but with a lot of work still left to do.  I enjoyed my hot dog (at 9 am – don’t judge) and strawberry shortcake!  If I ever do this race again, I think I might have to do the half so I don’t run through the fields.  Or just plan on walking it.


Twilight 10K

I am not a fan of night races, but I was intrigued by the cute owl medal this race was offering.  And it was a 6 PM start, so not too late.  It was in Vancouver, so I got to cross the river back to Washington.

Parking was slightly chaotic but finally I was parked, got my bib, and was standing at the start line.  My secret goal going into this race was 1:20.  I wasn’t sure it was possible, but that’s why it is a secret goal.

The race took place mostly on a trail that was heading towards the Columbia River.  Just as we reached the river it was time to turn around.  It was also around that time it started raining.

On the way back the half leaders started passing us and several were super encouraging, which I really appreciated.  You could hear them calling out cheers as they passed the back of the packers.

Time?  1:19:01 – just under that secret goal!  Still a lot of work to do, but making progress!


Ladybug 10K

This race took place in Tigard, a new place to explore!  It started at Cook Park and was a slight figure 8 through the park and surrounding neighborhoods before making the its way along the Tualatin River.

It was a good discovery for me as it wasn’t too far from my house and the trail looked nice (with bathrooms along the way).

There was one brutal hill that I was dreading doing a second time until I remembered we weren’t doing two laps!  Whew!

Time: 1:20:08 – slightly down from last time.

Pints to Pasta 10K

The saddest part of this race was not being to partake in the post race festivities!  Remind me next year not to be on Whole30 for this race!

It was a point to point race (at least the 10K was, the half was out and back).  A shuttle was offered for the 10Kers.  It was fairly bare bones at the 10K start.  We were ready to start and….no start.  Not sure what was going on, but it took awhile before we were finally released.

I don’t remember much about this race except the heat.  It was getting hot!!

Time: 1:17:46 – now before you get too excited, I’m pretty sure the course was slightly short.  But still, I’ll take it!

Garlic 10K

I had 9 miles on the calendar for this weekend so I decided to pair it with a Garlic 10K.  Yes, garlic!  I showed up super early so I could quickly knock out 3 miles.  The sun was definitely starting to make its presence known.  Ugh.

I finished and lined up for the 10K.  While I had looked at the course map, I hadn’t really paid attention to the elevation.  My bad.  The first mile was mostly downhill.  From mile 1 to almost mile 3 it was up.  Up and up and up.  I quickly switched to 30/30 to try and keep myself in a rhythm.

Finally I was at the turn around, where the biggest hill greeted me.  I fought my way up as much as I could before giving up and walking.   I was getting more and more frustrated between the hills and the heat.  I kept having this feeling that if I wore myself out on this hill I would regret it later.

Since it was an out and back, the back was mainly downhill.  I thought for a second about running the entire way down.  And then I remembered the hill at the end and realized I should just keep it slow and steady.  I did change to 2/1 intervals for the downhill portion to take advantage of gravity!

I fought super hard on the last uphill, or the second to last uphill.  The sun was beating down and towards the top of the hill I started walking and it was hard to start running again.  As I rounded the final corner and the final uphill I was able to talk myself into running and was greeted at the finish line with a giant garlic!

Time?  1:20:18 – was I hoping for under 1:20?  Yes, but given the hills and the heat, I’m happy with this time.  Especially since I felt strong during this race, which hasn’t happened in awhile!

And there you have – the lightening round of races!!



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Whole30 Update

Here I am on day 26!!  Can you believe I made it this far?  I am a little.  Or a lot if my dreams are any indication.  One night I dreamed of diet coke.  Delicious bubbly diet coke.  Last night I dreamt I gave up and ate cookies.  Lots and lots of cookies.  It was so vivid I woke up thinking I actually had eaten cookies and failed my Whole30 experiment.  Fortunately it was just a dream.  If this does nothing but break me of my diet coke habit, I will be extremely happy.  I have been drinking La Croix sparkling water (totally allowed on Whole30) and there is something so satisfying about holding the can in my hand.  And I’m actually drinking coffee black!  Something I never thought I would do!!

I will say I haven’t explored too many recipes.  Instead, I found a few and kept with them (since I don’t have a lot of time right now).   But I did finally unpack the rest of my kitchen!  And it is actually getting used!

All in all, I’d say this experiment is going well.  I really want to step on the scale on Day 31 (a no-no while on Whole30).  I just wish I had taken measurements.

And the surprise: I spoke to my doctor about how it was going and that I was toying with doing another 30 days or Whole60 if you will.  She thought that was a fantastic idea.  So instead of reintroducing food at the end of this week, I will instead be kicking off another round.  Wish me luck!  Especially in finding one or two more recipes!

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2016 Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll 8K

I’ll let you in on a secret.  I hate going to the dentist.  However, I love my dentist.  How much do I love him?  I made trips from St. Louis to see him and keep my teeth happy.  Now that I’m in Portland, it is a much easier trip.

And if by chance, I happen to coordinate the weekend of Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll, all the better!  I was originally signed up for the half, and while I was officially allowed to run, I had not trained at all.  So I dropped down to the 8K.  By dropping down, I convinced Nilufer to do the race with me!


Matchy Matchy

There was a course change this year!  Instead of starting and finishing at the Seattle Center, it started at the Seattle Center and finished at Century Link Field (home of the Seahawks!  #gohawks).  With the course change, they were offering the option of parking at Century Link & taking a shuttle to the start line.

Apparently no one test drove the shuttle option.  I flew across the I-90 bridge (fairly early) and came to a shuddering halt just past the exit to I-5.  And proceeded to sit.  And sit.  (All in all I was probably stuck on I-90 for close to an hour or more.)  I was not the only trapped in the gridlock as I’m guessing it was mostly runners and spectators at that early in the morning.  The closer the clock ticked to the start, the more I started seeing runners walking down the freeway to the shuttles.  I was tempted, although I don’t think my parents would appreciate me abandoning their car on the side of the road!🙂


So close yet sooooo far

Thank goodness for Twitter – Rock ‘n’ Roll finally tweeted out that they were delaying the start time.  I finally got off the freeway and parked.

I met up with Nilufer at the start line, just in time!  Even though I was allowed to run, we decided to walk most of it.  We did run a little at the beginning and the end and it felt so good!!  Both mentally and literally!


Ready to run!


The 8K course was fairly straight-forward – somewhat a reverse of the old course, up until Century Link.  One of my complaints about the old course was the hill at the end.  Guess what?  There was still a hill at the end – but at least it was an uphill followed by a downhill, instead of the reverse.


A little bit of running


And just like that we were finished!!

Overall, I think the course changes (that I saw) were good!  Except no iconic Space Needle at the end to take a medal picture with!🙂  I hope they sort out the parking/shuttle option for next year.


Love the medal!!

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2016 Bolder Boulder

This was my third time to do Bolder Boulder.  I really do love this race.  The energy, the crowd support, finishing in Folsom Field.  It is an all around amazing race!

I had registered for the race, reserved a hotel room, and bought plane tickets (being the planner that I am) before I had gone to the doctor who recommended I didn’t run for 4 weeks.  Of course Bolder Boulder was smack dab in the middle of my 4 week running hiatus.  What to do?

Walking wasn’t prohibited (I asked) and so I figured I would walk the race.  It would be hard, especially at the end, but I could do it.  Whew!

We had booked a hotel not too far from the finish (my travel companions were Jessica & Nilufer) but far enough away that we figured we should drive over.  That was not the best idea.  It took us forever to drive 2 miles to the parking lot.  But finally we were parked and made our way over to the start line where we met up with Jessica’s friend (who had recently moved to Denver).


Ready to go!


We had missed our start wave, but jumped in with the next wave to leave (I think there are close to 90 waves).  We got separated from Jessica & her friend fairly early on.  (We knew this was a possibility and made arrangements to meet at the end if it happened.)


Not sure what’s going on with my facial expression!


If you have to walk a race, this is the perfect race to do it.  It’s great people watching, plus the numerous entertainments.  The bands were all great!  Elvis was there, belly dancers, hula hoopers, slip ‘n’ slides, cotton candy, marshmallows, people spraying water – seriously, so many people, spectators and participants alike.  And such amazing energy!





At the summit!!


Finally the stadium was in view.  There is nothing like coming into Folsom Stadium with thousands of people cheering you on.  I so badly wanted to run!  But I didn’t.  Across the finish line we went!

We collected our goody bag, Jessica & her friend and made our way back into the stadium to watch the elites and the Memorial Day celebration.


Folsom Field


Such a great race!  If you are ever in Denver for Memorial Day – be sure to check out BolderBoulder!


Memorial Day Celebration


Accidental photo but I kinda liked it




Belly Dancers

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Brought to you by the Word Whole and the Number 30

Hello out there in blog land!  There are races to recap and foot issues to discuss but I’m not here to talk to you about any of that.

Instead I’m here to tell you that I am on Day 7 of Whole30!  I have been toying with the idea of Whole30 for a while now, mainly as an overall reset.  You may be asking – what finally prompted me to take the plunge?

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that the last few years have been slightly stressful.  After all, I’m sure I’ve complained at least once or twice (or a hundred) times about it.  All the stress apparently caught up to me and manifested itself in some interesting ways.  The lack of sleep and the weight gain, while not welcome, were understandable.  Especially as I’m now learning sleep plays a huge part in weight loss.  The acid reflux and other GI issues were new, but if you consider everything, also very valid reactions.  What I can’t quite figure out is why now?  Now that the stress is less and I’m not longer in a super negative environment, why do I have all these symptoms?  (My guess is since I am no longer in survival mode my body decided it could rebel.)

As part of my GI issues, I did a food allergy test.  The result?  Eggs and whey (as in dairy).  Or as in Little Miss Muffet who sat on a tuffet eating her curds and whey.  Seriously?  No more ice cream?  No more pizza?  Let’s pause while I go cry.

My doctor thought it would be good to do an elimination diet to see how I feel after eliminating both dairy and eggs.  For whatever reason, an elimination diet seemed overwhelming to me.  I talked to her about the possibility of Whole30 and she thought it was a great idea (minus the eggs).  I bought the book and began reading up on the program.

My biggest stumbling blocks were 1) my kitchen is still in a lot of boxes and 2) finding the time (as I’m still working a decent amount of hours).  I scoured the interwebs for easy recipes that I would eat (and could easily make).  Confession: I am intimidated by cooking in general.

I will (try) and update  you on my progress, but if nothing else, share the results of my journey.  In the meantime, my instagram account will be sadly lacking in ice cream pictures for a while.


One last ice cream pic…


One of my bigger worries heading into this (besides you know, no sugar at all) was drinking black coffee.  I like a little bit of coffee with milk and flavors!  However, I discovered Whole30 compliant coffee creamers!!  Hallelujah!

For those who have done Whole30 – feel free to share any favorite recipes or tips on surviving!!

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2016 Tinker Bell Half Marathon

It’s only been what?  A little over a month since Tink?  Why, yes, yes it has.  And why is that so important?  Well, my running hiatus is now over.  That’s for another post, but I’ll sum it up here – my foot has been bothering me off and on for months.  I self diagnosed plantar faciitis and rested, iced, rolled – you name it, with some success but it would never completely go away.  Finally I went to an orthopedic doctor and he officially diagnosed me with plantar faciitis and recommended 4 weeks no running and seeing a physical therapist.  Of course, what I heard was 4 weeks no running AFTER Tinker Bell.  Another case of don’t necessarily do as I do.

Back to Tink!  As I mentioned, its been awhile so I don’t remember much.  I caught up with Abby & Adrienne (a reunion of last year!).  I just love running with these girls!  We were doing 1:1 intervals and spent a good deal of time catching up.  The weather was just about perfect as the sun didn’t really start making an appearance until later.

I will say around mile 5 the course intersected with mile 12.  I jokingly said we could totally cut the course (not that I would ever do that rule-follower that I am).  Apparently people actually did that.  Go figure.

And now for the pictures!!


Cruising down Route 66


Paradise Pier


This picture cracks me up because I’m usually so aware of the photogs!!


Over halfway!


Loved the Red Hat Ladies!!


Done!!  Love running with these ladies!



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