Sunny in the PNW!

P.S. Sometimes the P.S. has to come first!  I added a new tab under the header: Race Bucket List!  Go check it out and let me know what races I’m missing!  I decided I needed a place to keep track of races I want to do rather than doing a post a year about it and then forgetting.  

No snow here.  I don’t think there are very many times anyone can be envious of the weather we have in the PNW, but given the winter storms and snow/cold parts of the country are getting…this is the place to be right now!  Ok, maybe SoCal has us beat, but still it’s pretty darn nice here right now in comparison to winter storms and snow!

Perfect running weather!

Normally I run with the Fleet Feet run group Tuesday nights, but given the sun and the pretty pink in the sky I opted to run with the babe and baby in daylight.  That is Mt. Rainier over my shoulder.  I LOVE that this park is within running distance from our front door and I can make routes between 3 to 10 miles depending on what I need.  We got in 3.96 miles with me pushing the stroller.  Such a hard leg workout for me pushing that thing on muddy trails and up hills (thank you to the babe for co-pushing the stroller up the last killer hill). Trail running is hard but trail running with a stroller is even harder!  

I have said it before, but I’m so thankful that we have an amazing jogging stroller, and that I get to run with my two favorite people.  It’s pretty special to share what I love with my two first loves!  I’m one happy runner tonight…could be due to the good wine.  😉

In other running news I just finalized plans to run 5 Mile Drive Sat morning with Michelle.  I’m scared!  I haven’t run 5MD in a very long time, and have not run hills since the Run For A Soldier the end of Sep.  It’s been all flat and easy sailing for me since then.  It’s going to kick my butt, but I’m looking forward to the punishment!  I feel the need for a good hard hilly run!

Update – I mentioned yesterday that Sky’s toddler bed broke and we were getting a new one, well she LOVES it!!!

Thank you Tara and Les for hooking us up with a really nice free bed!  

The sheets look red but they are really hot pink (there is pink in the comforter).  It took a ridiculous amount of time to pick out the bedding. Thank goodness Sky is a patient little girl because we wondered up and down the bedding isles at Target for way, way, way too long.  We didn’t want tons of pink and are planning on painting her room (why the heck did we think yellow was a good option in the first place?!) so got bedding in the hues we are considering for wall color.

I’m always a bit worried that big changes will cause nap and bed-time issues, but apparently we are lucky because Sky continues to be a great sleeper!  She is very proud of the big girl bed and new bedding.  She talks about it all the time and wants to hang out on her bed as much as possible.  And, of course she loves jumping on it.  It’s bigger and even bouncier than the old one.  That’s one of those things we just aren’t going to fight, she loves jumping and it makes her happy, so we let her go for it!

To those living and running in the winter storm path stay warm and stay safe!

What’s the weather like where you are?

Any races I need to add to my bucket list?   


Running Running and more Running Running

Before I get to the running I must share one of my best ideas ever!!! 

That is an ice tea pitcher full of hot spiced wine!!!  Why, oh why did it take me this long to think of putting the left over wine in the jug?  The spout makes it so easy to just fill up a mug and heat it up in the microwave!  Since we are leaving town Friday for the weekend I will do my best to finish it by tomorrow night!  All runs and workout’s fueled by wine!  🙂

Now on to all things running!  I’m not usually a two a day runner, but today was special!  I ran 2.96 with the stroller group this morning, and then 2 miles with Mark this afternoon.  Since we don’t get to run “Sky free” ever, I jumped at the chance to run with him while she was visiting Grammy and Grampy.  I love running with my man! 

Running twice in one day made me feel so bad ass that I decided to more fully map out my race schedule for 2014.  Plus, I really need to figure out when I’m free to run, and when we are free to vacation. I want those early registration dates on my radar as well!   

Races I’m already registered for:
-3/15 – St. Paddy’s Day 5K – PR attempt
-4/13 – Whidbey Island 1/2
-5/4 – Tacoma City Marathon – Marathon Relay
-8/2 – Tacoma Narrows Half – registration isn’t actually open yet, but I’m doing it.  It’s my 1/2 PR attempt. 

Races I’m Considering:
-1/25 – Resolution Series 10K or 10 miles – This one takes place in my back yard, so sort of feel like I have to do it!
-2/22 – Resolution Series 15K – Again, it’s in my back yard and for the price I have a hard time not doing it. 
-6/15 – Vancouver USA Half – Would have some logistics to work out, but the current price is good until the end of the month, so I have time to figure it out.  This could be a PR attempt since it’s a pretty awesome course and would give me the Tacoma Narrows as a fall back if I miss my goal.
-7/4 – Independence Day 5K – If I miss my PR on St. Paddy’s Day this would be the course to do a second attempt, but if we have a chance to go camping I’m so doing that instead!
-10/6 – Stein Dash 5K – just for fun and beer!
-10/11 – Defiance Ultra – I did the 15K last year and loved it, really want to do this one again.  Maybe Elya will be up for it again next year?! 

Of course in my search for races I came across some bucket list races.  These are my dream/please let me run these at some point in my life races!

Running Bucket List:
Runners World Harlf & Festival  – Would love to do this one, maybe even the hat trick = run all three races (5K, 10K, and Half over two days)! 
Bird-In-Hand Half – I really just want to run through Amish country!
Run Disney Disneyland Half Marathon/Tinker Bell Half Marathon/Wine and Dine Half Marathon – Just want to run in the Happiest Place On Earth! 
Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon – Umm no explanation needed really.  I love wine and I love to run…enough said.  I have heard nothing but good things about this race and it consistently gets rave reviews!
Ellensburg Run Like The Wind 5k or 10k – It just looks really pretty and I really want to do it, but it’s a rough time of  year schedule wise.  The first three weekends in June are race packed and we have Relay For Life, so who knows. 

I did a Bucket List Post last year as well.  Check it out HERE Some races made both lists.  Not very interested in the RNR races any longer.  I have heard too many negative things. 

Quick little Sky picture…

She loves to start her day with Mickey Mouse Club House.  It works well because she watches her cartoon and I do the dishes, get dressed, and get everything we need together for whatever our plans are for the day.  She has that look on her face the entire time!