What’s going on in my life lately, beyond the Portland Marathon?
1. Ryan and I return to Portland this weekend for my 2-day RRCA coaching seminar. Needless to say, we’re excited about this visit, and not just because it means another weekend break from the nightmare that is Redmond, Bellevue, and Seattle traffic. Ryan and Charlie will get to explore lots of the area while I spend the weekend geeking out over everything and anything about the science of running, history of the sport, and the business of coaching. I’m so excited to become a running coach and soon launch my coaching business! I’ll be offering discounts to my first clients, so if you’re looking for a coach, please let me know.
2. My parents welcomed a new dog into our family. They visited the Humane Society, not sure if they were ready to get a new dog (they have two others in addition to Zeke, we really love dogs), but then they found a 2-year-old puggle for adoption. He’s happy, friendly, and looks similar to Charlie, so he instantly melted their hearts. We named him Frankie since they adopted him right before the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. I am so excited for Charlie to meet him, although I am not certain I’ll be able to handle all of that puggle cuteness all at once.
3. Now that marathon training is done for now, we’re focusing in on hiking for the remainder of the season. We are finally prepared to go on overnight hikes! We went to the REI members only garage sale on Saturday before leaving for Portland (and I was totally ridiculous and did my shake-out run in circles around the shopping center while Ryan saved our spot in line). They resell returned items in good condition, which they have a lot of because REI extends a generous return policy to its members. I got a hiking pack (55+10 liters) that was returned brand-new because “it was too big” and we picked up some nice sleeping pads as well. I’m itching and eager to get in some longer hikes before it gets too cold in the mountains.
4. I started myself on a round of probiotic pills and eating Greek yogurt every single day in addition to magnesium supplements (I started the magnesium about 2-3 weeks ago). Even though I eat sauerkraut and yogurt on a fairly frequent basis, I realize this is probably not enough. Fingers crossed this helps!
5. I am proud to say I finished my first marathon with no blisters, all of my toenails intact and of normal coloring, and minimal chafing. My Brooks Pure Connect 4 rode like a dream (yes, my feet hurt, but that’s because I was on my feet for such a long time), Smartwool socks are made of magic, and Oiselle makes truly high-quality wicking and chafe-free tanks and shorts. I do need to find a new type of sports bra, though.
6. I named my Douglas fir tree sapling from the Portland Marathon Groot, after Guardians of the Galaxy. Groot currently lives in a vase on our porch to introduce him to the soil before we plant him. I have already developed an emotional attachment to this tree and pray he doesn’t go the way of the rosemary tree I tried to keep in a pot at my first apartment.
7. Ryan and I have been planning to slowly shift into small business ownership and finally took a big leap with a T-shirt company called Brewpup. We’re joining our love of beer and dogs to sell active and casual wear for men and women with a beer theme; 25% of all proceeds will go to help animal shelter of our customer’s choice. We purchased our logo and are working on the shirts! You can find our Facebook page here to receive updates as we build the brand and prepare to launch.
8. I told Ryan when I finished the marathon that I was not doing that again. Of course, he knows me better than I know myself and said we could do Vancouver USA or Portland next year if I still wanted to try for that BQ, and now I’m considering it. Vancouver has a brewfest afterwards and runners receive free entry, so either way I’ll probably be signing up at least for the half. All races should end with beer.
9. Does anyone know of a way to watch the Chicago Marathon after it happens? We usually live-stream it online, but that won’t work this year because of my RRCA seminar. I know I can track athletes, but I’m a big fan of Sara Hall and Deena Kastor and would love to watch them both run.
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Questions of the Day:
Do you take probiotic supplements? Have they helped?
Any recommendations on good sports bras to try?
If you’ve taken the RRCA seminar before: any tips?
Who’s your favorite elite runner?