My Instagram profile describes me thusly: “Sometimes I blog.”
I haven’t blogged in ages. Since 2015, to be exact. And here we are, ten days into the second month of 2016, and I’m finally getting around to blogging. I have a very good reason for finally getting around to doing so!
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
2015 was a challenging year for me, running-wise (and otherwise). I was faced with new professional challenges, as well as new kid-rearing hurdles. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that 2015 was a terrible year, it just wasn’t a good one for the first three-quarters. (Stick with me, though—it does get better.)
In January, I set forth 5 relatively modest running goals:
At the beginning of 2015, I set a lofty goal for myself on Goodreads: Read 30 books over the course of the year. This may not seem like a lot to some of my bookworm friends, but it was ambitious for me. I’m not a speed reader and I have a lot of distractions (namely, working full time and having two active kids), so trying to meet this goal took a fair amount of effort.
I read so many good books this year! I’m still working on Books #30, Annihilationby Jeff VanderMeer, and #31, The Walking Dead, Compendium 1, by Robert Kirkman, et.al., which I plan to finish before the clock strikes 11:59 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Even though I haven’t completed them, I already know which books are my favorites this year.
Hey, guys! I had the amazing privilege to be selected to run on Team Nuun, a.k.a. “Team Nuun Now, Wine Later,” at Ragnar Relay Napa Valley last weekend. I’m still feeling a bit of my Ragnover (Ragnar Hangover) after finishing the relay on Saturday afternoon, and parting ways with my teammates on Sunday morning, so I’m going to save my race recap for another date.
I didn’t want any more time to pass before I documented the high points of my Ragnar Napa experience, though, especially while I’m still basking in the glow of all the post-race feels. There are too may high points to list, so I’ve tried to narrow them down to 10… which is kind of like asking a mother of multiple children to identify her favorite child.
For now, in no particular order, here are my top 10 experiences at Ragnar Napa:
10. Meeting teammates from all over the continent.
Team Nuun in Golden Gate Park at the start of Ragnar Napa Valley. Credit: Aleks.
Nuun has team members across the globe, and our team was composed of people from as close to me as Seattle, as far as New York City, and many points (Texas! Houston! California! And more!) in between. One of our teammates was also visiting us from Vancouver, BC, Canada, so we were an international team with one common goal: Conquering the 200-mile San Francisco-to-Calistoga course and staying hydrated all the while.Continue reading →
My first Ragnar Relay is only a few days from now and–is something wrong with me? I’m not stressed. I just started packing after researching packing tips like a boss.
In my case, the good folks at Nuun Hydration–who are sponsoring our team and are one of Ragnar’s sponsors–are providing our team with necessary gear like safety vests and tail lights, and some other essentials like food and bevvies (want to guess how many Nuun flavors our van will have on board?).
What will I pack?
Head lamp: Along with the safety vests and tail lights, Ragnar also mandates that each runner wear a head lamp. Mine‘s a little old and the light doesn’t shine as bright anymore (are you listening, Santa?), but I’m still bringing it.
Knuckle Lights: These are brand new to me. I bought them because the light from my head lamp isn’t so hot, and also because I want the path ahead of me lit as well as possible. I’m a tripper, in other words.
4 running outfits stored separately in gallon-sized Ziploc bags: 2 sets of shorts and tanks, and 2 sets of shorts and a t-shirt (it’s going to be hot, at least during the day). Even though I’m running only 3 legs, I’m bringing an extra outfit because I’m not entirely certain what the temps will be like for my morning run. I’m putting my outfits in bags to stay organized when they’re clean. After I wear them, they’ll get zipped right back in to their designated bags so they don’t stink up the van.
Ermagawd you guys! One month from today I will embark on my very first long-form relay, Ragnar Relay Napa Valley. I am immensely grateful Nuun Hydration chose lil’ ol’ me to be on their 12-member team (working title, “Team Nuun Ragnar Napa Valley”).
The relay promises to be challenging while also exciting and fun, fun, fun. I’m excited to cheer for my teammates, make new friends, and have a legitimate reason to dork-out in the name of Nuun and friendly competition. The stunning starting- and ending-locations certainly won’t detract from the experience, either. Continue reading →
Happy Friday, everyone! I’m so happy to be able to link up today with the legendary DC Trifecta Friday 5. Today’s topic? Five Favorite Songs to Pump Up a Workout. I’ve put my own little spin on it and decided to share my favorite running songs to help me kick it up a notch.
I knew registration for the 2016 SeaWheeze would be a tense affair based on my past experience, but I was trying to be Zen about the whole thing and not stress too much, in keeping with my new outlook on life (ha!).
What better way to return to the DC Trifecta’s Friday 5 than posting about my Five Favorite Things I Did this Summer (a.k.a., those things that kept me from blogging on the regular all summer)? I’m super psyched to be back on the link-up with Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia.
So here they are, in no particular order:
5. Volunteering at the US Open
Way back in February 2014, I applied to be a volunteer for the US Open at Chambers Bay. Am I golf fan? Hell no, but I figured this would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Pacific Northwest has never hosted the US Open before and the greater-Tacoma area had never hosted a national sports event. I jumped at the opportunity, applied, and was later selected from several thousand applicants to volunteer.