The Art of Running in the Rain

"To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift." -Prefontaine


half marathon

Another half marathon…and maybe an indoor triatholon

Hello world……

Whoa flashback to this song, you remember it?

Awww 2000, you were so good to me ;P  ‘I like you, you like me….’

So I had a pretty rough week.  I’m not going to go into too much detail (I figure I should draw the line somewhere), suffice to say I was out of it for medical reasons for a few days.  It was very difficult and I had to get through some physical and mental pain.  Dave and I decided the best cure for that is to set a goal and therefore we will be running the Negative Split Half Marathon in Spokane in April (let me know if you wanna join us)!!!!  I’m very excited to focus some energy on my running, I had kind of been putting it on the back burner for a while.

Today was our first long run.  Well, actually it was my first long run, Dave had gotten up to 7 miles, but reset the dial on his training when I decided to join him (HE’S THE BEST).  We did 4 miles and it felt great.  I did get a little mental thing going that was trying to slow me down around mile 2 but then I thought about the actual physical pain I was feeling and I created a new motivational catch phrase for myself “I’ve felt worst pain than this!” I repeated that to myself a few times and forgot about trying to cop out of my run.  It reminded me just how much my limitations with running really are mental.


Be well!

Oh Yeah, I was surfin’ the web today and I found this Seattle Indoor Triathlon, it looks like so much fun.  I’m thinking I’ll do it, seems very ‘beginner triathloner’ (yeah I made that title up) friendly.  My plan is to try and swim 10 minute consecutively at a pool this week and if I can do it with out stopping then I’m signing up.

What’s in a name?

Well, it’s been quite some time since my last post, but…

Nicole's here!
Nicole’s here!

I want to give a recap of the last few weeks, because they’ve been soooo amazing!

1.) I went to Vegas/SoCal with my cousins, aunt, and mom and had a ton of fun.  I will be doing a full recap in an up coming post.  I’ll start you off with a picture of the most amazing bloody mary you could ever find:

It was build your own!!!!!

I just can’t say no to a delicious bloody mary!!

2.) I’ve been hard at my training and I completed my second half marathon (the Kirkland Mother’s Day Marathon) last Sunday.  Having it on Mother’s Day was adorable, seeing moms running with kids and/or dads+kids meeting mom at the finish line was sweet–Dave said, “I’m sorry babe I won’t be meeting you at the end, I’ll be running it with you.” 🙂 We completed the half in 2:19, which is 5 minutes faster than my time when I was 23, WOO HOO!  The best part about the whole thing was that after I was done I thought to myself, “I wanna do that again…..but faster!”  So that’s just what we’re going to do (and maybe a full marathon too).  We’ve already signed up for Seattle Rock n’ Roll half (June 21st) and I’m eager to see how hard I can push myself.



I love a good finisher’s medal 🙂  The only thing about this particular race that bummed me out (similar to race for the roses in Portland), was that even after I signed up for a women’s sm shirt they didn’t have my size.  I feel like when you pay an $85 sign up fee, you should get your shirt in the correct size.  Otherwise the course was lovely and the run was nice/easy-gotta love training.

3.) I felt like working out the DAY AFTER my half marathon!  This is really important to share because I’m so proud that my body is eager for this kind of activity 🙂 So I grabbed a kettlebell and did a really great workout.

4.) Dave and I tried acro-yoga on Tuesday and it was very fun!!  It’s definitely more difficult than you’d think, we’ll be back to the class I’m sure, hopefully one day we can do it out on the water:

acro yoga


5.) I made the most  awesome inside out peanut butter cups!  I have almost perfected the recipe, well suffice to say I perfected it and then burnt some of the peanut butter.  So once I make it without burning it, I’ll post the recipe!

6.) I decided to get my belly button pierced once again.  This was my reward (I know, I guess my definition of reward is different than most peoples) to myself for feeling good about my abs.  Nothing like a little bling to motivate some ab workouts!!

7.) I completed the fastest run I have ever done (in my LIFE).  No where to go from here but up, or down, if you’re thinking about race time.

Splits don't lie!
Splits don’t lie!

8.) Last but definitely not least, my blog has a new look AND a new name.  The name was inspired by my all time favorite book, “The Art of Racing in the Rain.”  The author is from Seattle and it’s a book from the perspective of a dog — how could this dog lover say no.  It will make you laugh, cry, and want to play with/squeeze your pooch 🙂  Check it out!  Also, I changed the ‘racing in the rain’ to ‘running in the rain,’ since it’s kind of what you need to learn to do living in Seattle.

Well, I’ve missed the blogosphere, I promise not to be gone that long again!

Be well.


Ready or not, here I come!

Lately I’ve been highly addicted to a site called It’s been a fabulous way to keep all of the blogs I love to read very easily at my finger tips.  Here are a few blogs I’ve been into:

fitness/health inspiration:

Organization/craft inspiration:


Just to name a few!  It’s quite nice having them all in one convenient location.

I think I have caught the blogging bug, I mean I guess that’s what you call it when you start thinking about your life in blog form (I’ll need advice from the pros on this one).  The other day I walked into the gym and thought I should take a before/after pic of my 8 mile treadmill run because that would be a fun thing to post, but there was a girl and her trainer in the gym before and I felt goofy taking a selfie in front of them.  Needless to say I ran 8 miles on the treadmill, which I feel is a pretty big feet!

Later I decided to make some spaghetti squash, I just love how easy this stuff is to make, and how much of it you end up with (left overs for days!!).

I’m excited to begin a blogging journey, I feel like it’s a great way to keep me motivated toward my fitness goals (half marathon/marathon training) and share some of my recipes  and healthy living tips.

Be well!


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