Tidbit Tuesday



1. Where is your cell phone? Hand
2. Your hair? Messy
3. Your dad? Peck
4. Your other half? Here
5. Your favorite food? Ahi
6. Your dream last night? Forgot
7. Your favorite drink? Coffee
8. Your dream/goal? Peace
9. What room you are in? Bedroom
10. Your hobby? Running
11. Your fear? Unhappy
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Secure
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. Something that you aren’t? Lazy
15. Muffins? Meh
16. Wish list item? None
17. Where you grew up? Maniacs
18. Last thing you did? Crochet
19. What are you wearing now? Jammie’s
20. Your TV? Wire
21. Your pets? Pittbull
22. Friends? Trustworthy
23. Your life? Good
25. Missing someone? Grams
26. Car? Armada
27. Something you’re not wearing? Socks
28. Your favorite store? Amazon
29. Your favorite color? Pink
30. When is the last time you laughed? Yesterday
31. Last time you cried? Sunday
32. Who will resend this? Mermaid
33. One place that I go to over and over? Levee
34. One person who emails me regularly? Work
35. Favorite place to eat? Tacos


Hayden Lake Half Marathon Race Recap

Hayden Lake is such a beautiful place to run. Between the lake, the green trees everywhere and the changing colors of autumn, it’s a gorgeous race. And I got to run it with the badass Racing Mermaid!


I just love my Mizuno Wave Hytogami 3 shoes, no matter the distance, they are my go-to shoes. Also, having Honey Stinger nutrition and Nuun Hydration never lets me down.


It’s a rolling hills type course, was supposed to be a loop race, but somehow during the race became an out and back.

My favorite part of the race was the HydraPouches that they offered in place of paper cups. It kept the course a lot cleaner and I was happy to see less waste. Good idea!

The shirts were great. I love a long sleeve tech shirt.


The medals were “from the elements”, so very unique, as they were wood and branded with the race logo.


Would definitely recommend this race!



Weekend Training

Some great training over the weekend. Saturday I ran some hill repeats, which is something that I usually avoid and totally hate, but the Hayden Marathon is supposed to be a hilly monster, so wanted to be sure and get some hill work in. And it was a good chance to drag this lazy beast out.


Sunday was the long run, which was in the pouring down rain. But the weather for the Hayden Marathon also calls for rain, so I just focused in on that. Plus, running in the rain can be kind of refreshing for me.


This morning’s plan was to run the stairs, but at 5:30a, it is too dark to see well and they are not lit up… Bummer. But we did manage to get two sets in. And this little mini joined us.


Guess hill repeats again this morning it is, after the girls leave for school and a fun 5k with the girlies this evening. :) Happy Monday!



I am very much looking forward to getting back to running and back to road races. The next few weeks I’ll be training for the Hayden Lake Marathon, followed by a local Half and finally a local 5k.

The training plan:


Also, this happened:


Which is super exciting as I love Zensah’s products and have used them exclusively for some time! So get ready for lots of awesome pics of my killer Zensah compression-y legs!! Ha!!



The weather should have been a big red flag from the beginning… Between the insane swim conditions, that gave me nightmares from the moment of Athlete check-in through the flooded bike paths the entire day prior, I should have known that this would be a terrible, terrible idea…

The morning of the race, they had already shortened the bike course due to the flooding and the continual rain. But I thought, what is 8 miles? That’s not a big deal, it’s still an Ironman, right? (They eventually ended up cutting more mileage race day).

As we all approached the swim start, everything was still flooded, the water was white caps with boats rocking hard in the wind. Initially the race start time was delayed and then finally cancelled. I get it, I do, it was in everyone’s best interest… but a duathlon is not an Ironman… a duathlon without Iron distances is certainly not an Ironman. My heart was broken, just completely smashed…

I don’t blame the race director or staff, I understand on social media, a lot of people do. But he didn’t know that the weather was going to end up going the way it did… I’m shocked there weren’t better contingency plans, as I understand this is a regular issue at this venue.

Here are some pics of what this day looked like:


I think I will be taking a hiatus from this Ironman goal for a while, and maybe triathlon as a whole. I’m not sure. I’ll stick with running, as it is and always will be the place that I find peace, and decide what I want to do in 2017.


‘Twas the night before Ironman Maryland

First we rebuilt my bike, thank goodness for Bill.


Next, I got my bags figured out. This was my demise at IM CDA, so I took a lot of extra time revisiting this and feel good about my fueling/hydration plan.


We then took my bags and bike to the mandatory drop off.


Rocked my Mizuno shoes and jacket with my TriMafia tee!


The weather is still utter chaos, with flooding, super choppy water and threats of thunderstorms.


Then we checked out Crabby Maryland.


And had a late lunch at the Suicide Bridge Resturant which as you might guess has a crazy history. Read about it here.


Then a little shopping with my hubby, followed by a lot of relaxing and hydrating, trying not to overthink the weather. Here goes nothing!!!




Athlete Check-In & The Weather!!

Maryland weather is a tad crazy!!!


Do you see these swells? And the standing water everywhere? I guess the bike route is flooding… Fingers crossed that things clear up.

Athlete check-in today!


Check out all the swag!!


Afterwards we had some of this amazing crab everyone is talking about. Seriously yummy. (And some spicy calamari and dessert!!)



Then a nice soak in the jacuzzi tub, right in our room. Isn’t my hubby sweet to think of that?!



What an adventure…

Wow. So what was supposed to be a pretty simple, two-leg flight, starting at 12:00 our time and landing 11:30pm there time ended up being a much crazier experience.


When attempting to land in Washington DC, the weather was too bad. So they had us in a “holding pattern” to wait out the storm… no go. Instead we were re-routed to Detroit. What the heck?!? Where we waited until 2am.


Then at 2am we re-loaded the initial plane and went to DC. Because of this, the place we rented the car wasn’t open until 5:30am. So, we took a shuttle from the airport around 4:30am and sat and waited downtown DC for our car until 5:30am.


Which was still a two hour drive to our hotel… thankfully Bill drove. So I did nap during that part. We arrived at our hotel at 8:30am…

Wow… what an experience.


Packing for Maryland

Packing for Maryland and for flying to Maryland was a touch more difficult than packing for CDA. Primarily getting my bike across the country… Disasssembling my bike (although I will confess that I did very little to help, as my hubby did all the work) was a nightmare!!


But the Thule Case that we used, had excellent instructions and worked out super well.


Anyways, this is what my amazingly stuffed Ogio Rig 9800 looked like!


And my list of favorite essentials!!

  1. Obviously my 3 Ogio bags
  2. Kestral Talon Bike
  3. The Thule Bike Case
  4. Nuun Energy
  5. Infinit Nutrition
  6. Garmin Felix 3
  7. Velocity TriMafia Kit
  8. Compression sleeves & socks by Zensah
  9. Mizuno Running Shorts
  10. Mizuno Running Tank
  11. Mizuno Hitogami 3 Shoes
  12. Flip belt
  13. Smith Optics Overtake Helmet
  14. Smith Optics Pivot Lock Sunglasses 
  15. Goggles
  16. Wetsuit

And here are all of our bags, heading out!!