Post Triathlon Recap

I know you’ve been on the edge of your seats waiting for me to recap about last Saturday’s triathlon. I’m always amazed at how good you feel after completing a triathlon. I can definitely pat myself on the back after doing all that before 9:30 a.m. I haven’t done that since last August.

Despite the few bad dreams the night before, I wasn’t that nervous.I was doing it with three other people so that helped calm the nerves.

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Pre-race smiles. 

Prior to the swim, my fellow triathlete asked me which leg is my weakness, I said the swim. I basically said that I “black out” during the swim, then I wake up and it’s time to peddle. She laughed.

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The crew. 

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Three. Two. One. Black out!

Overall, the swim went okay. I didn’t get kicked in the face which is always a good thing. I kept my head in the game and didn’t panic.

I felt strong during the bike. I had no problems using my tri bike for the first time in a triathlon. I’ll admit, I didn’t clip in this time, but I will next time. I didn’t want to throw too much into the mix and risk falling over like a noob.

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13 miles down. It’s time to run.

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Not the best, back end shot.

I racked my bike, grabbed my FITTIE and hit the trails. I don’t prefer trail running, I love hitting the pavement. I mean, after biking 13-14 miles your legs are like jello and running on trails even tougher due to the uneven ground. Plus, they literally just made the trail a few weeks prior to the race. Awesome. Not.  

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Time to pass this lady. Which I did. 

Since you weren’t allowed to run with music, I had to focus all my attention on picking people off. I’d pass one person, then focus on the next, and so on. Like usual, I left nothing in the tank and sprinted the last few hundred yards.

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I survived!

My official time was 1:34:30.

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My “fam club”= my rock. 

Everyone single person in our crew did amazing!!

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What happens after a triathlon? A shower, rest, beer and party time.

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The celebration. 

It was a fabulous day with good friends. So many accomplishments! It’s amazing what you body can do with some training. I highly recommend doing a triathlon. You’ll be happy with the results.

I potentially will be doing a duathlon in September with some friends. A duathlon is a run, bike, run race. I’ll have no anxiety about blacking out for the swim. Score.

Have you done a Triathlon?

If you do, what is your strongest leg?

Any tips for me?

XO, Tara

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Currently- Fifth Edition

Hello Thursday!

It’s been a loooonnng time since I’ve shared what I’m currently loving!

Current show:

The Killing. If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s an AMC and now Netflix series. Yup, I’m getting sucked in once again. Plus, the series is based in Seattle. Word. Unfortunately, I heard that there are only four seasons. Boo.

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Current book:

I just finished Looking for Alaska by John Green. I’m in need of a new book immediately.

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart was suggested by my own mom. She highly recommended it and Good reads gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I think I’ll listen to her since she is an avid readers. I think she picked the correct profession. Any guesses? (Hint, hint, she’s a librarian)

Current excitement:

The upcoming Lake Sammamish Triathlon on Saturday, August 23rd.

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Current obsession:

Protein Pancakes. Nuff’ said.

Current music:

Country, country and more country.

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Current mood:

Content! Dog sitting has been quite pleasing with no problems. *knock on wood!* 

What are you currently loving?

Have you watched The Killing?

Have you read John Green’s books?

Any recommendations for me?

XO, Tara

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5 Ways To Avoid Runner Injuries

Good morning!

I have a great guest post from Techwood Consulting to share with you today. I’m convinced that you will find this article very informative and helpful. I picked up some good tips.

Top 5 Ways To Avoid Runner Injuries In Race Season

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If you’re a runner, you probably know a thing or two about running-related injuries, and chances are they’ve hindered you a few too many times from training for that big race. Shin splints, runner’s knee, iliotibial band syndrome – all of these ailments are common, but can be avoided.

Preventing injuries is an easy thing to do if you do a little studying beforehand. Below are some rules to follow to help prevent those nasty shin splints and sore ankles.

1) Don’t underestimate the power of a good shoe.

A shoe that fits your feet and needs can turn an uncomfortable run into a satisfying one. Ill-fitting sneakers will cause a slew of injuries, from blisters to sore ankles, and making sure you have the perfect pair of running shoes is one of the easiest steps to preventing pain.

Most sports stores have employees who can help you find the perfect shoe based on your running habits, and you can find plenty of information online that’ll help you find the perfect running shoe.

2) Listen to your body.

This rule is simple enough, but people often ignore it. It may be tempting to push yourself toward a certain goal, but if a part of your body begins to hurt during your run, Do. Not. Continue.

When something begins to hurt, go home, ice it, stretch it, and let it rest for a day or two before continuing or else that shin splint is going to have a harder time repairing itself in the long run.

3) Invest in a Chiropractor

Preventative care in the form of weekly chiropractor visits can make all the difference while training for a big race Knowledge is power when it comes to running injuries. For avid runners, chiropractic care can be used for injury prevention because it emphasizes proper alignment of the spine and pelvis. Chiropractic care is designed to improve joint mobilization, making sure that all joints in the body are functioning properly. As a runner we’re used to visiting a professional only when something goes wrong. Chiropractors used many innovative techniques, such as the Active Release Technique, that keep your body in healthy alignment so that you can perform at your best and be free to nagging pains and ailments

4) Discover the power of stretching.

This may seem like a “well, duh” sort of rule, but you’d be surprised how many people let stretching fall by the wayside. Sometimes when returning from a run, your first thought is to grab some water and cool down. Then the next thing you know, you’re sitting on the couch and the idea of stretching has completely escaped you.

However, avoid stretching before a run – try a warm up walk/jog instead – and save the leg reaches for post-run. The stretches you need to do to help prevent injury are quick and easy, so there’s no excuse not to do them as soon as you get home from your run.

5) Alternate your workouts.

Try running every other day or every two days, and on the days that you don’t run, do some weightlifting. Building up your muscles can improve your posture, which in turn will prevent injuries. Also try adding activities like swimming and biking to change things up.

Don’t let something as simple as refusing to give your body some rest or the proper stretching it needs keep you from training for race season. After all, how are you going to win first place if you’re stuck at home icing that Achilles tendon? Stay smart, and take care of your body.

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Honestly, these tips are crucial. I’ve definitely made mistakes and have learned over the years about the importance of a good shoe, not over training, stretching, listening to my body always and seeking help from a healthcare professional when needed. Let me tell you, it only took me like four plus years to figure this all out. Hopefully after reading this, you’ll make the necessary changes to steer clear of the pain.

Have you been injured before due to over training, the wrong shoe, etc?

What is your favorite shoe?

How often do you stretch?

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

XO, Tara

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Twelve Joyful Miles

Howdy!

Yes, this girl is still alive and kicking even after two 12 hours days. I never thought that I would be at the firm at the crack of dawn and work till nearly 6 pm. However, the experience has been great!! I cannot get into any details, but the experience has been a blessing. I’ll be able to take what I’ve learned from this case and use it in the future.

Long days mean that workouts are even more essential especially for clearing the mind and zoning out. That being said, lets rewind back to last Saturday. I knew that trial would begin Monday and I knew a long run would help clear my mind.

I decided that Marymoor would be a great place to let loose. Plus, its a flat paved path with trials on the side and plenty of water fountains. Why not work on my tan in the meantime? Done and done!

After twenty minutes, I was in the zone and feeling good. I decided that I wanted to run to the Woodinville/Bothell rest area which was about six miles from my starting place. Going back to basic math would mean my run would be 12 miles roundtrip. I haven’t ran 12 miles since the Mercer Island Half Marathon in MARCH! I can’t believe I said that. March?

But….I’ve been injured so I cannot beat myself up for that. I felt good during the run.

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Wooohoo!

My family was shocked but applauded me for my long run. I took the rest of the day off…sitting on the couch and catching up on trashy TV of course. 😀 I earned it.

The run definitely helped me zone out and not worry about the upcoming week. Running has always been a stress reliever. Running is like my personal counselor.

Does running act like a counselor for you?

What activity helps you tune out when times get rough?

Any advice for me?

XO, Tara

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Fun Facts Friday- Hike, Run, Tan and Repeat.

It’s been a really long time since I did a “Fun Facts Friday” post. I cannot believe that I’ve slacked off for over a month.

Anywho, after two days of gloomy cloudy rainy days, the SUN is BACK! Yippee! This will lead into my first fun fact…

1. The weather is looking beautiful and WARM for the next week plus.

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2. Tonight, I’m going to a old friends wedding. I’m so happy for her. It should be a great time. I’ll make sure not to be a “bad” blogger and not take pics!

3. I made protein fluff cakes the other night. I’ve been seeing them on Instagram quite often and thought that I should give it a try. Let me know if you want the recipe! I really enjoyed it.

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Lather it with some cookie butter and eat it up!

4. COOKIE BUTTER!!!!

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You can find it at your local Trader Joes. YUMMMMMM!

5. My goal for the weekend is to be outside as much as possible. Hike, run, tan and repeat. 

What are your plans for the weekend?

Any hikes, runs or races on the agenda?

Do you like cookie butter?

 Have a great Friday!

XO, Tara

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5k Foam Fest Discount!!

Hello, hello! Happy Wednesday!!

Have you participated in the 5k Foam Fest? Oh no, you haven’t? Shame, shame!!

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Ssshh…I am right there with you; however, that will be changing later this summer. Who doesn’t want to participate in a fun run that involves obstacles, mud and foam? Sounds like a lot of fun to me. 😀

Plus, the 5k Foam Fest has locations across the United States, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. They gotcha covered!

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Check out this video for more information about what the 5k entails.

Sold huh?

Use the code FF5512 and receive $5.00 off your registration fee. Can’t beat that! I’m telling ya, you’ll want to participate in this foam obstacle run.

If you take advantage of the discount code, please let me know your thoughts on the race!

Have you participated in a Foam or Obstacle Run?

Do you have any upcoming races?

XO, Tara

Learning To Take It Easy

It’s the beginning of race season and I have already hurt myself. After the Mercer Island half marathon two weekends ago, my right hip flexor has been tight and quite uncomfortable. I experienced a similar feeling after the Seattle Half Marathon last year. I’ve managed to stay away from running since the race because of the pain, but today the sun was shining and it was like 65 degrees and that pulled me to hit the pavement. Well, that wasn’t the best idea. I am now hobbling around like an idiot that should know better. I thought I gave it enough time, but boy was I wrong.

I managed to run just shy of five miles in the glorious sunshine. It is so nice to feel the warmth and have sweat dripping from your forehead. I’ll spare you the pictures of the sweat. I always think that the sweatier I get shows how hardcore I am. 😉

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I love messing around with Pic Monkey.

I hate to say that I need to lay off the running until I am fully healed. Wait, what? No running…you must be cray cray!

Yes, I may be cray cray…..but, I don’t want to hurt myself anymore in preparation for marathon training and/or improving my overall pace. Can you relate?

Have you pulled your hip flexor? If so, how did you treat it?

Is it hard for you to stop running when you’re hurt?

Any tips/thoughts are welcome! Help me please!!

Take care and be well,

Tara