Saturday, December 3, 2016

Oregon Coast 50k

We ran the inaugural Oregon Coast 50k two years ago, in 2014. The weather was bad to start, but got better, and the course was stunning. So it wasn't too difficult for my friend Leslie to convince me that we should run it this year. Ann's sister, Courtney, and my husband and child joined us in a house on the beach in Yachats for the weekend.

Race day morning from our rental house

Courtney dropped us off at the Adobe, where we picked up our races numbers and talked to Leslie and her bestie, Erin, who both decided not to run due to injuries. Ann and I boarded one of the buses and we were all driven six miles north to the start.

The casual beach start line

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Searching for Savory: Part 3

Some days are better than others, and some runs are better than others. Today was not one of the better ones. Only a few miles in, I tripped on a root and landed on my left hip, sliding on my side through the mud. My right hand was covered in prickles. Almost immediately my phone stopped working, so I didn't have any podcasts or music to listen to, and my run didn't get tracked.

Sola Bar
The muscles around the sides of my back throbbed in persistent pain that never warmed out, as I had hoped when I started. It felt like the body aches of coming down with the flu.

But one good thing did come out of it: I tried a new savory bar and it was pretty good.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Iron Deficiency Trifecta

Four weeks ago I got a flu shot and almost immediately after I started to feel dizzy and tired. I left work early and went home and slept the rest of the day, the next day I only lasted at work for 2 hours. Over the weekend I started getting headaches and felt fatigued no matter how much I rested. I figured I was coming down with a cold or something. After a week of not getting better and having a mild headache all day I went to Zoomcare to try and figure out what was going on.



The doctor at Zoomcare told me she thought I had over training syndrome because I didn't take enough time to recover after CCC. I tried to debate this with her but it became apparent that she wasn't use to working with endurance athletes, so I dropped it. She conducted a normal exam and said it was possible that I was suffering from sinus headaches, but she still suggested I take 2 months off of running. She said no one wants to run in the rain anyways. UGH! I got a prescription for Sudafed and went on my way. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Searching for Savory: Part 2

Pizza in a pouch == surprisingly yum
Last year I heard about the weirdest running food product: a pizza-flavored paste in a pouch. Sounds gross, right? But it's vegan. And it was developed by Clif with Scott Jurek, who wrote the awesome book Eat and Run.

I first tried it during our Mt Rainier circumnavigation and was happily surprised. It tasted good to me, went down easily, didn't upset my stomach, and satisfied my desire for savory food.

Then I bought more, but when I got around to eating one it had a bad aftertaste-- and it turns out they were all expired (although only by one month)!

I decided to give it one more go when I got a great deal on a case.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Searching for Savory

For the past few years I've been all about eating "real food" out on long adventure runs. It feels healthier, and the range of options is far wider. But most of all, I get sick of sweet foods and I love salty things.

My go-to was a small tortilla with hummus, spinach, and some kind of pickle (okra, please!). Sure, it gets warm, the tortilla can get soggy, and the spinach wilts... And sometimes it's just not what I feel like eating.


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Easy like a Sunday morning route

Mushroom cluster at the end of our run
The last 2 weeks I have been dealing with headaches and general fatigue, so much so that I skipped the Columbia Gorge 1/2 marathon for the first time since the race started 8 years ago. Susan had come down with a cold and an infection on one of her fingers, so we decided we would take it easy and only run 15 miles. I was just going to reuse one of our previous routes, but we only had one 15 mile route labeled and we had used it recently. I came up with moderate 15 mile route that I thought would be perfect for a mellow Sunday morning. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Product Review :: Saucony Women's Bullet Capris

Running the Oregon Coast 50k in the Saucony Bullet Capris - photo credit Glenn Tachiyama 

My current favorite running capris are the Saucony Bullet, which I came to own by happenstance. 

In March I traveled to Denver for work. If I stay in a hotel for more that a day I always hang up my clothes or put them in drawers, so I don't feel like I am living out of a suitcase, which is exactly what I did in Denver. After Denver I flew to Michigan to work from my Dad's house for a week. The first morning in Michigan I was digging through all my clothes looking for my favorite Nike trail running capris and I couldn't find them, I also couldn't find most of the running clothes I had packed for the trip. I slowly realized that I didn't grab anything out of the bottom drawer at the hotel. I called the hotel and they said they didn't find anything in my room. GRRRR! 

There was no way I was going to spend a week surrounded by trails and not run. We made a trip to Gazelle Sports in Grand Rapids so I could buy some new running clothes. The capris I lost had big pockets on the sides that were large enough to hold my iphone, which is perfect for when I am running without my running vest. The pocket on the sides was the only requirement I had. The only things they had at Gazelles with side pockets were a pair of short shorts with a pocket big enough for a Gu and the Saucony Bullet capris. They only had a medium and a large of the Saucony capris, I normally wear a small, but I tried on the medium because I was getting desperate. The medium fit perfectly! 

Photo from saucony.com of the Bullet Capris
The Bullet capris have become my go to capris. I love the deep mesh pockets on the outside of each leg, they hold an iphone with no problem, even when I use my heavy waterproof iphone case the pants stay in place. Other running pants with similar pockets start to slip down when I use my Lifeproof case. 

Me trying to show my iphone in the side pocket
I am also a big fan of the length of the capris, they hit just below my knee. A lot of capris seems to hit me mid-calf, which durning the warmer months is just too hot. The capris come in a lot of different colors and patterns. I own just black and the black print, I don't branch out much. 

As someone who spends a lot of time running in capris, I highly recommend the Saucony Women's Bullet Capris.