What I’ve been doing instead of blogging…

Hello friends!

Long time no blog.

I wanted to give a little update about what’s been going on with me and why I have been neglecting what’s been on my plate!

At the end of last month I had the wonderful opportunity to finally cross something off my bucket list.

I ran my very first 1/2 marathon! Woohoo!

It was a beautiful course… We ran along Lake Washington for miles 5 through 10. Then we ran into downtown and had a gorgeous view of the Seattle skyline.

Justin Kraemer/Justin Kraemer Photography

And the weather was perfect! Overcast with no rain. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By mile 8, I was feeling great! I felt like I could run forever.

Then mile 11 came… then mile 12… and I was ready to see that finish line.

And crossing that finish line was A-mazing! :)

My post-race meal was at Table 219 on Capitol Hill in Seattle. What’s better than having brunch food and a mimosa after a race?!? Final rating: 8/10

But I have a confession to make…




Yes, that’s right. After 10 months of going meatless, I ate bacon.

Don’t worry it was a one time deal and a delicious one at that. :)

For those of you training for a race, here are some appropriate snacks (and not bacon) to have before and after a run(Source)

  • 8 ounces of milk
  • Trail mix with dried fruit, soybeans, cereal or pretzels
  • A peanut butter and jelly sandwich or wrap
  • An energy bar with a mix of carbohydrate and protein
  • A handful of salted nuts with pretzels
  • Pita bread with hummus

(Want to more about Sports Nutrition? Check out the American Dietetic Association (ADA) website on Sports Nutrition for more details!)

My next goal: The Portland Marathon.

I’m a little scared. Not sure how I’m going to have to run 2x what I ran. I could use all the training advice I can get!

Have you ever ran a half marathon or full marathon? What advice do you have for me??

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  1. Keep it up. Marathon is what should we all us do.
    As everybody goes for advises – here you have another one – hydrate well, make sure you get your protein intake … and as stupid as it sounds … buy multiple pairs for running shoes, try them all and go for the ones that are rigid … this places less stress on your bones :)
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  2. My Tu Duong

     /  April 25, 2012

    My first 1/2 marathon was 2 years ago. I just ran my 2nd 1/2 marathong 2 weeks ago. And HUGE different experience. My first half, I only trained for 4 weeks and up to 8 miles with no cross training. My time was 2:25 minutes (it was pouring on that day, which made it worse!). The second marathon, I trained for about 3 months with cross training. I increased my mileage by 1-2 miles for each long run, ran 2-3x/week (including long run), did Les Mills body pump at 24 hour fitness 2x/week, and dancing or yoga 1x/week. My time was 2:07 about 9:45 min/mile. I could have ran faster, but I was nervous that I would hit the hall. A week later, I ran a 10 mile race, and my time was 1:27 mins about 8:45 mins/mile.

    Why did I tell you all my accomplishments? To proof that it takes time for your body to get to that level of fitness. Now, I am at the level that I can run a 1/2 marathon anytime. I value cross-training, and as well as letting your body rest. Invest in a good pair of running shoes. I’ve been wearing Saucony, but now switching to Aasics. HYDRATE your body after your long runs. I used to have headaches and didn’t know it was from dehydration. Let me know if you have any other questions!!

  3. M. Bowen

     /  December 27, 2011

    Melanie here! I enjoyed this piece, please email me–I have a question about your blog. MelanieLBowen[at]gmail[dot]com

  4. Congrats on the 1/2 marathon! Gorgeous pix :)

  5. You definitely need a good playlist…and lots of healthy food in between runs!
    Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous recently posted..Antioxidant Tuesdays-Pinto Beans!

  6. Mike

     /  July 27, 2011

    Advice! listen to your body. If it feels worn down, take an extra day to rest it.

    Lots of other advice too of course, but best of luck to you! My running days are on hiatus until I get my back right :( .

    So I will live vicariously through you.

  7. Sheena

     /  July 15, 2011

    I have some advice! Let me work you out! :) It will give you the strength and extra muscle you will need for the last 6 miles! I guarantee it!


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