Monthly Archives: December 2013

Top 5 Favorite Carbo-Load Eats for Long Runs.

I love me my carbs. They are crunchy, chewy and sometimes sugary. But, since I have the metabolism of a loafy house cat , I don’t eat them very often. But, when I come in the neighborhood of a marathon, or something longer…I GO. TO. TOWN. Nothing is safe. I am the one waiting for Top Pot to open and unapologetic about it. If you were in my way to the piece of cake, and you have a black eye, that is your fault…not mine. So, here are my favorite carbo load loves that I will devour, unapologetic and with a smile. You have been warned.

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1. Cake. It’s the frosting, the cake part, the filling. All of it.

2. Risotto. My husband makes the most amazing risotto that tastes like heaven.

3. Sushi. When I show up at the all you can eat sushi places, the owners are worried. They should be.

4. Beer. The heavier, darker stouts that make me smile.

5. Doughnuts. Duh and duh. Mighty-Oh, Top Pot, event little miss Hostess will do.

Top 5 ‘Go-To’ Songs for an Epic Run

   Just so you know, I am a music dork. Capital D and capital ORK. I love love love music. Mind you, I can’t play anything, except, Name That Tune, or carry a note, but I love it, and love it when I run.  So, here are MY top 5 songs that will for sure get my fire started, my legs moving and my heart pitter patter in 4/4 time. I could’ve written a list of 100, by the way. D.O.R.K. Image

1. Smog: Held. It’s a personal song for me with amazing words and a perfect syncopation to my legs. A perfect song. 

2.  Jonathan Richmond: Road Runner. I am not sure if the song is about running, but I hope it is. I cried when I heard it after the Boston bombings. 

3. The Mountain Goats: This Year. It opens my documentary about running that I haven’t done yet, cause I am busy doing other stuff. This song perfectly equates what I love about running. You can get through the worst things in life by moving and breathing. 

4. Simon and Garfunkel: Celia.  It is the best speed work out song out there. Hands down. 

5. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: Can’t Hold Us. I never never liked hip hop, till these handsome boys rocked my ears. I am so proud of them and I love to run with them. 

Top 5 Yoga Moves for Runners

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5 Fave Yoga Poses For Runners

By Erin Taylor

Heyyo, runners! We’ve got some good news for ya: yoga will make you a better runner.

“But I’m too inflexible,” you say? Or, “I don’t have time?”

More good news: when it comes to yoga, you don’t have to be able to touch your toes, and a little bit goes a long way. All you have to do is pick poses that are relevant to your specific needs as an athlete — that’s why we’re here. So, hit up this five-pose sequence post-run to re-lengthen tight spots (chest, hips, and hammies are repeat offenders) and mitigate the dreaded booty lock scenario aka “my runner butt is so sore!”

Hold each pose for 5–8 deep breaths…

Image1. Chest Expansion —

  • Bring your hands to your low back and interlace your fingers — if that’s not possible, just rest your hands on your low back with your fingers pointing toward the floor.
  • Bring your shoulder blades toward each other and take your elbows closer together so that you feel the stretch across your chest and the fronts of your shoulders.
  • Take a deep breath and “puff” up your chest.

2. Straddle Standing Forward Fold —Image

  • Step your feet wide apart, evenly distributing the weight.
  • Bend your knees a lot and fold forward, lowering your hands to the floor — if it’s too far to reach, rest your hands on a block or water bottle.
  • Bend and stretch your legs a few times before coming to stillness.
  • Drop your head.

3. Pinwheel — Image

  • Sit down and bend your knees, staggering the right leg in front of the left so that it makes a “pinwheel” shape, with a little bit of space between your right foot and your left knee.
  • Sit up tall, turn your torso toward your right thigh, and lie down on top of it.
  • When you think you’ve found your resting point, try to lengthen your spine even more, as if you’re pulling your ribs further away from your hips.

5. Legs up the Wall (hold this one for 5+ minutes) —Image

  • Just what it sounds like: Lie on your back and put your legs up the wall.
  • Get as close to the wall as you comfortably can, with your butt still on the floor.
  • Turn your thighs out a little, keeping a bend in your knees.
  • If your legs feel like they’re “engaging,” back away from the wall until your legs feel more relaxed.
  • Rest your arms in a goalpost shape or along your sides with your palms facing up.

And Sidebend.

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Find more yoga for runners tips at jasyoga.com!

TOP 5 Fantasy races

When you I am given the question, “if you could go anywhere in the world, an money was no object, where would you go?” I, being a runnerd, think about where I could run. Then I think about my bucket list of races and then I wrap them all together in a pretty little blog. Image

1. Antartica Marathon. There’s 24 hours of sun and sub-zero temps and penguins!!

2. The Big 5 in Africa. It’s kind of a cheat, cause there are 5, but how cool does this look??

3. Big Effing SurThere really is no effing in that one, but I am doing this next year, and I am so excited.                                                                                     Big SurImage

4. Solar Eclipse Marathon. This was a few years ago. I hope they do it again so I can run along the shadow of the moon on the earth for 26 miles.

5. Great Wall Marathon. The Great Wall can be seen from Space, and I want to be on there to wave at that camera, maybe moon it.

Top 5 Fantasy Running Partners

I know, it’s silly. But think about how deep your conversations are with your running partners. You GO there. And with people you really only know from running. My theory: It’s hard to bullshit with someone after 8 miles. The small talk no longer flies and you’re too tired to put on your “everything is fine” back pocket conversations. This is reason 1,023 why I love running. Cause I really hate small talk. So, here is MY top 5 people who I would take for a run and shoot the shit with. Image

1. Tom Waits. I know he’s not a runner, but I really want to meet him and so many of my friends have. When I was running in the town he lives in during Ragnar, I scoped out for his house. I didn’t see him. One day Tom.

2. Steve Prefontaine. Mostly cause he was cute. Ima sucker for the cute boys. And he was fast.

3. My dad. He’s still runs at 69, and he’s got prostate cancer. I love running with him as much as I loved riding my bike next to him when he ran when I was 8. He trots and doesn’t care how fast or slow he is. And he doesn’t take running advice from me, which cracks me up. It breaks my heart open wide to think about how limited our time is together.

My Dad & Riley

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4. My first marathon team. Kristel, Kim and Gina. We had a wild adventure on what the heck I was doing, and we sure got to know each other very well. We’d start off a  17 miler, “so, tell me about when you lost your virginity”. It helps getting through the miles.

5. My sister in law, Rena! She IS the one who got me running. We have been trying to find a race to together for the last 10 years. C’mon Rena! Let’s make this happen!!

Top 5 Gifts Running Has Brought YOU.

   So, I put it out there. Running. What has it done for you lately? The gifts are frequent and sometimes take a while to uncover, but they are there and very precious. 

Here are the Top 5 that YOU came up with!Image

1. “The biggest gift running has given me: myself! In the last 3 months, I have put me and my health first, and that has made all the difference!” Pricilla -Mother of 4 under 6. 

2. “Resiliency and power.” Maria ‘Hot Legs’ Millsap

3. “Buttslaps and some pretty awesome people in my life who I would not have met otherwise.” Tillie- Runner with a 5 month bun in the oven

4.  “Confidence” Marcia- Just entered her 6th decade and the half marathoner. 

5. “I get to hang out in The Sphere of Awesomeness. While, ironically, becoming less sphere-shaped myself.” -Kelly- mother of 2 and coach and soon to be marathoner. 

Top 5 Running Gear Picks

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Ah, living in the PNW does make running interesting. Sometimes grabbing shoes, shirt and shorts and heading out for a run isn’t, well smart. We need “accessories” for comfort, safety and tracking. So, here is my “must haves” for running in Seattle.

1. Oiselle “Flyer” Rain Proof Jacket. I have a crush on this baby. It’s so sleek, keeps me dry and it’s breathable. A huge excuse killer!

2. A trucker hat. I am not sure if they are still hip or if they are so 5 years ago, but the breathable top and the extra big bill keeps the water off my face. Roger that good buddy.

3. A iPod shuffle. No, it’s not gonna keep me dry or make me fast, but it makes me so happy to blare The Clash full blast in my brain or listen to smarty pants NPR stuffs on my runs.

4. A good fucking bra. (of course this is for the bestie busties). I had bad sports bras for years. And when I say be bras, I mean wearing 2 or 3 over each other. I finally found a good one and changed my boobs and my running life. And no more bruises on my chin!

5. Head Light. Not to be confused with the above. Something to make you seen that you can wear comfortably. We use a Gizmo and it stays put on your head when you go out for your after noon run when the sun sets. *sigh*

Top 5 Races

 In honor of the Seattle Marathon today and all that rocked it, this is MY top 5 races that I love. You will notice that the Seattle Marathon is not on there. It’s not 6 or 30 or 1003. I really don’t like it and really respect those who do it. You rock!

1. North Olympic Discovery Marathon. It’s small, pretty and ends along the water. And it starts at 9:00 a.m.

2. Avenue of the Giants. Under a canopy of old growth majestic redwoods, this marathon is simply spectacular. And it ends on the Eel River in Northern California. 

3. Vancouver Marathon. An amazing city puts on a spectacular event. Epic views and a long down hill right when you need it. 

4. Ragnar. It is really the best thing ever, and one of the reasons I run. Adventure, fun and no sleep. 

5. Portland Marathon. I did it 5 years in a row. It’s so well supported and is really a class act event. And the post run food is amazing!