Race day is less than 9 weeks away...Yikes!
Ken and I are going to run in The Shamrock Run in Portland OR again this year. Last year I definitely “caught the race Bug”. So many of my family participated and the overall energy was amazing. I absolutely loved hearing all the Celtic musicians playing their beautiful music on the sidewalks as I was running past. It really helped to keep you going. This was my first ever race and it sure was an exciting one. They also give you a Widmer Beer and some really great Smoked Salmon Chowder from Stranfords as a reward for finishing. I think there were over 35,000 people entered. The race proceeds benefit The Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
Last year we ran the 8k which was about 5 miles. This year we are training for the 15k which is a little over 9 miles. The training has been a bit more taxing out of the gate. For one reason there is 6-8 inches of snow on the ground. Definitely not complaining we needed the snow here. We live off of a pretty windy road with not much shoulder to speak of. So, snow or ice means No Way for me. Thankfully I have a treadmill for when it’s really bad out and we also have a wonderful pathway called The Yakima Greenway nearby. Last Saturday 6 miles was on the training schedule, I couldn’t bear to do that on the treadmill so to the Greenway we went. It was completely cleared of any snow or ice. They do a really fantastic job maintaining the path. Thank you!
The other reason the training has started off more difficult is I started training right after the holidays… Enough said and moving on.
Last year I realized pretty quickly that running comes with a lot of little owies here and there. I thought I would be prepared this time though. So, besides my foam roller, our relaxing and soothing Lavender Bath Salts, my homemade ice pack and (made with 1 part rubbing alcohol and 3 parts water.) I decided to make an Arnica and Lavender Lotion. Well, I was very pleased with how it turned out. I have yet to find any other Arnica lotion made quite like I do this one. My little secret formula I believe makes it much more effective. Two bottles of this batch are already spoken for, one I sent to my Aunt Adele. The other bottle is for me. The last couple batches I only got small bottles for my self. This time I had to be more selfish. Each time I have made this lotion all the bottles sold and it never made it to the website. I am going to make the Arnica Lotion available on the web page first this time.
I am not sure if I will ever be interested in doing a marathon or not but if I do I know I’ll start training much earlier and probably not be quite so indulgent over the holidays.
If you are training for any events coming up or maybe you have you made a goal to be more healthy and active in 2016 I wish you Good Luck!