Mildred Kanipe 9k- Trail Runs are not my Thing

Hi There,

This is an old post that I didn’t publish, I am getting caught up on my runs because I want to be sure I have them all documented ;-)…. crazy..? maybe.

This summer has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start for me, but I am trying to rally up and keep moving.  I hurt my back the week prior to us taking off on vacation.  Airplane seats + hurt back = pain. This is the second time I have hurt my back and it is taking awhile to heal up. After a visit to the chiropractor, I felt good enough to run, and by the time I returned from vacation I was back to the gym doing modified workouts.  It seemed like I was healing up well, so I decided to run the Mildred Kanipe 9k Trail Dash this weekend.

I ran the Mildred Kanipe trail dash in 2013 and it was quite the experience, I actually got lost!  Not just a little lost, I was actually scared.  I felt pretty confident this year, a little stiff from my injury and the workout the day prior but good enough to run.  Things were going well until about the 3.5 mile marker when I tripped on a tree stump and bit the dust… literally.  My mouth was full of dirt, thank goodness I wasn’t hurt and finished the race, still 2nd place in my age group 42:22 for the 9k.  That said, my wrist is swollen and palm is bruised pretty badly from the fall.

This picture up close shows dirt in my teeth!

mildred kanipe 2015

mildred kanipe 2015 results

My family had a good run as well, they all ran the 5k and finished injury free.

This run was truly for a good cause.  The park land was donated with the buildings and is a piece of history for Oregon and Douglas County, the race raises money for the Friends of Mildred Kanipe which is used to restore the historical land markers, and preserve the property.  The park is based on a trail system for horses, running, biking and hiking, it is also a wildlife preserve housing cattle and several peacocks.

Next on my agenda, is to heal up my wrist, rest my legs and back and then get a game plan for my next race… a plan that does not land me on a dirt trail face first!

Happy Running!

Do you ever run trails?  Can you share any tips on how to avoid falling and keep steady footing on the downhill portions?


Cinco De Mayo- Half Marathon

Happy Cinco De Mayo,

What better way to celebrate a holiday than a run!

In an effort to push myself for a tough workout before my marathon in July, I signed up for the Cinco De Mayo half marathon in Portland, Oregon.

We were in Portland all weekend for a tennis tournament with our kids, which made this a perfect race.  The City Center Marriott hotel was literally 2 blocks to the start line, and finished right in front of the hotel, it was ideal.

cgm tennis

Everything worked out well, the kids tennis matches didn’t start until late in the day Sunday, and my race started at 7:30am.  I had time to run, eat and we had plenty of time for the kids to get warmed up for their matches.  The course was tough, the first several miles were directly uphill- and I mean uphill!

cinco de mayo half IMG_1353

What goes up must come down, so I took advantage of the downhill and it was around mile 6 when I realized I was ahead of my predicted pace… uh oh…. I slowed down a bit, but in the end my time was better than expected.

cinco de mayo times

As it turned out I was the 2nd female and they sent me a trophy. 1:36/7:23

Cinco half trophy

The medals were really cool also!  A really good training workout and fun race, I hope to do it again next year.

How do you motivate yourself to do hard workouts during your training?



Hi There,

I believe I am a “wanderer” because I tend to wander from one thing to another. Life pulls me in one direction, and I follow until I find something different that is of interest and then I lean that way until I get to overwhelmed or busy and oftentimes, I end up right back where I started!

This blog is a great example of my wandering. I started the blog to pull myself out of my comfort zone (the comfortshoos handle being reference to my good ol’ running shoes). Using the blog as motivation I pried myself out of my comfort-zone trying new fitness oriented hobbies. I have stuck with CrossFit and have continued to push myself to new limits physically. Although, these activities have stolen the time I spent on my blog.

Recently, I took a step back in my career and have taken on a part-time position. I am hoping it opens up some time to document some of the races and other parts of my life. I have several friends who ask about my blog. The big question asked is… where have I wandered too, and what is my current obsession?

Sole of running shoes while jogging, sport, training or workout

Running was always an obsession (and one of the reasons I started this blog… to motivate myself to do CrossFit and not just run slow mile after mile.) I figured if I published my efforts I would be more likely to stick with them!

I have continued with CrossFit, but my current obsession is back to good old running,  I wandered full circle only this time I ended with a new motivation. I ran The Portland Marathon, my first marathon in October, 2015  I ran with hopes of qualifying for Boston and was successful. That marathon deserves it’s own post – seriously, it was a big deal, a bucket-list item and major learning experience.

Foot traffic flat finish

I thought I could run a faster pace after I recovered from Portland, soooo I ran a second marathon, the Foot Traffic Flat in Portland July 4th, 2016, I did run faster.

Foot traffic flat

Now, I have my goal set on Boston in April 2017.

This should have been a running blog, now that is something I can get really excited about!

I want to document the process as I work toward Boston, not only for my memories but also to share with others what I learn. I have given up the craft of scrapbooking, so this blog will have to do. I have learned so much from my running friends, blogs, books, my crossfit coach and the internet I hope to get it all on my blog to share.

Run on Friends!

Have you ever thought of running in a race? What is holding you back?