The Color Blast- 5k

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The color blast was not in my training program for the weekend, but I figured it is only a 5k and I could use it to replace a speed workout for the week. I wore my favorite shirt that sports the mantra, run your heart out.


Sam and Mackenzie ran the race with their friends, and had a good time stopping at each spray station for a color blast.  I on the other hand did not stop for a blast of color, I was focused on breathing, I have forgotten how hard it is to run under a 7:00 pace.  It felt like my lungs were going to collapse, running  fast definitely qualifies as out of my comfort zone.

The turnout for the race was great, there were costumes, teams and best of all… smiling faces everywhere.  I did a little jogging around the park and tried to stretch, which I always find hard to do at the local runs because I end up talking to people.  The first mile, I ran a bit too slow, which forced me to enter the pain zone for the last couple of miles.  Honestly, I haven’t run a 5k in so long that I wasn’t sure what to expect.

End time of 21:23 – 6:55 pace – and it was fun.

Thought of the day:

If you enjoy the run,  consider it a win!

Eugene Half Marathon – Mothers Day

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On a whim last week I signed up for the Eugene Half Marathon. I may have had a mild case of insanity, the longest run I have done in the last 8 years is 8 miles. What’s another 5 miles right?

How did I prepare? I picked out my outfit the day before,  that is it!

This is what I wore, and as my daughter pointed out it doesn’t match.

Shorts, sports bra, tank top, head band/hat, glasses, socks/shoes, ipod and my trusty Garmin watch (which wasn’t so trusty.)

I have always wondered how people run with belts and bottles, skirts and layers upon layers of clothes. I get so irritable with all that stuff bouncing around, and hot with all  clothes tied around my waste, and agitated with any loose shorts or skirts.  I am a real bore!

That is my favorite Sweaty Band in the picture.



As it turned out the race was on Mothers Day! Call me crazy, but I can’t think of a better Mother’s Day gift. The race started at 7am, which was early considering we had a 1 hour drive and I had to be there at 5:30am to pick-up my racing bib.  My family was the best, they got up at 3:45am without complaining to accompany and support me.


We arrived, and check-in was easy peasy.  I stretched out and headed to the starting line.  In 2007 I ran the Eugene half marathon and finished in 1:51 a pace of about 8:30.  I figured I was in better shape now, and my goal was to beat that time.

Before the race:  Smiling


After the race: Still smiling, I had so much fun!


My running shoes were at the end of their life span and I had ordered new shoes the week prior to the race.  I wore the new shoes which only had about 24 miles on them, this was NOT my best move.   I just don’t run this far anymore and had forgotten how much chaffing and rubbing goes on.  My poor feet had huge blisters and my legs had raw skin in places from the constant rub of the hem on my shorts.  Not pleasant!  Of course I wasn’t thinking about any of this until about 5 minutes after I crossed the finish line and began to realize what was hurting.

New shoes = big ol blisters


I finished with a time of 1:38:51 which was much better than I anticipated.  Actually, I was shocked and didn’t believe it for a bit.  I still can’t believe it.  If there was not an official time, I would think there was an error!

170th out of 2182 runners and 4th in my age bracket.  I was/am pretty stoked.

halfmarathon time

What now?  – I got back at it last week, after a few days of easy running, I did a tough track workout that went pretty well.  Could I sustain that pace another 13 miles… uh, no way, but, could I run a tad slower and finish 26miles?  I don’t know.  Call me crazy but I sort of want to find out, the only way to know is to…….

Keep Running!!!!!

Chocolate, Pumpkin Muffin {Recipe}

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I am definitely on a pumpkin kick!  Over the weekend, I was looking for something to bake that included chocolate and pumpkin when I ran across a basic recipe.  Of course I took the basic ingredients and made it my own.  The muffins are pretty tasty if I do say so myself, even the dough was good.

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Chocolate, Pumpkin Muffin {Recipe}
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A chocolate and pumpkin muffin that will melt in your mouth.
Recipe type: Breads
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
  • ½ cup sugar (or stevia)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk (or coconut / almond milk)
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 medium egg
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (gluten free)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped nuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl combine milk, pumpkin, butter and egg.
  4. Mix ingredients in both bowls together and stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon mixture into muffin cups or greased muffin tin.
  6. Bake 20 minutes, remove from oven and cool.

This weekend we also visited “Spirit” the Halloween shop, in search of a fog machine for a Halloween get together.  It is always fun to run through that store.

What is with all the zombie stuff – half rotten, eaten off faces and babies eating their own legs… WEIRD!

sam with mask

Bake some pumpkin muffins and take a stroll through “Spirit” and you will most definitely be in the mood for Halloween!

What is the best Halloween costume you have ever worn?