Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon Race Recap

Last weekend, I went to Washington State to run the Tacoma Narrows half marathon.

Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon Race Recap

It started at the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor, and we had to run across the Narrows bridge, which spans beautiful Puget Sound.

Lemme tell you something, interwebs…running across the bridge was the fastest I’d ever raced in my entire life. I saw this documentary, I’m no fool!
Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon Race Recap

Except…it’s a brand-new bridge now, and totally safe. Still…

Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon Race Recap

유씨 decided to run the half marathon with me…running is so much more fun with a partner.

Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon Race Recap

We ran through Cheney Stadium and saw ourselves on the jumbo-tron! Just like the Bash Brothers!

Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon Race Recap

This wasn’t going to a be a race where I PRd or even came close to my other half-marathon times. It was verrrrrry hilly, I hadn’t trained properly, nor had 유씨. Instead, we enjoyed the scenery (gorgeous) and the INCREDIBLE VOLUNTEERS.

Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon Race Recap
The course was full of funny signs like this, and awesome people who stood on the street, specifically to cheer us on.

Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon Race Recap
No! Best race EVER. There was a real community feeling here as we ran through tons of different neighborhoods, with people coming out of their houses on a Saturday morning to root for us.

I loved it! Tacoma City Marathon Association seems to put on race events on a regular basis, and this was incredibly well-organized and fun. It’s a beautiful part of the country with clean air, pretty scenery, oh and did I mention the amazing volunteers? I would love to run more events there!

How was your weekend? How do you feel about crossing suspension bridges?


Upcoming races and new shoes!

Hi guys! Remember that nasty frozen shoulder that’s preventing me from lifting? Well, screw that – I’m racing instead!

I’ve been using the Couch to 10K app from Zen Labs. I was on Week 1 when I blogged about my frozen shoulder. This is week 5, except I’m not following it this week…I’ve been breaking in my new Mizuno Wave Legend running shoes instead!

Mizuno Wave Legend shoes review
Normally I wear Mizuno Wave Riders, but these were on clearance. It’s not always a good idea to wear running shoes that you haven’t been fitted for, but reviews said the difference between Wave Legend and Wave Rider are minimal, so I went for it. And I’m glad I did! They’re a little bit stiffer in the sole, which is absolutely perfect for me. I can’t stand soft-soled shoes. None of that minimalist shoe business for me.

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I’ve run 5 miles a day for 3 days in a row with my new shoes. I’m a bit slower than I’d like to be, but I’ve got time to improve. Right now, I’m just catching up on my soap getting back into the swing of running.

I’ve got three races scheduled so far:

  • 10K on July 23
  • Half Marathon on August 27
  • 10K on October 1

I might look for some more 10ks…I forgot how exciting it is to train for a race!

What’s on your race calendar for the summer?


WTH is a frozen shoulder and why do I have it?

Peeps, I have a frozen shoulder. I had a stiff shoulder for a while, so I stopped with my Body Beast program (but didn’t stop eating the same quantities of foods, hence the weight gain).

I saw a physical therapist for the stiff shoulder, but when I returned for a follow-up visit, my right shoulder was completely frozen.

This means, I can’t move it. It’s frozen. I cannot lift my arm higher than 90 degrees. And, it’s painful. I’ve never heard of this condition, but it’s not too terribly uncommon. A few ladies in my super-secret Body Beast for Women Facebook group have had it, too. Apparently being a woman over 40 is the biggest risk factor (although a male coworker in his 60s tells me he just got over a frozen shoulder).

Treatment options are limited. I’ve had physical therapy, but that’s only to teach me how to stretch it so it doesn’t fuse. I’ve had a few acupuncture treatments, but that was for pain, and relief only lasted a day or two. I finally saw a sports doctor who gave me a cortisone injection.

Have you ever had a cortisone injection? I was expecting it to be like a flu jab, but when that medicine hit my system, I blacked out! (Apparently it’s a good idea to have food in your stomach before you get a cortisone shot. Just an FYI)

The cortisone shot has helped a little bit with the pain; I can at least sleep through the night, as long as I’m careful to sleep on the left side.

This frozen shoulder nonsense eventually resolves itself; fully recover is expected within three years. That means…THREE YEARS of no weight lifting. No Body Beast. No Insanity. No P90X.

Between the pain and the inability to exercise, I’ve been really bummed out. And I’ve been overeating, sleeping too much, and generally feeling sorry for myself.

But that stops now! I’ve decided that I’m going to train for a half marathon again. And I’m really going to try to speed up this time. Here’s my Couch to Half program for Week One:

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Just a tiny bit faster every day. I want to get to a regular~10 min/mile pace. I’ll work my hardest for it! I think I’m off to a great start; I just need to keep the momentum going. I don’t have a half marathon scheduled…but that doesn’t matter. I have to do something and I need a goal!

Wish me luck!


Friday Five: Five Fitness Goals

Linking up with Eat Pray Run DC (and thank goodness for this because I’ve completely run out of blog post ideas)

Friday Five Fitness Goals

  1. Be half marathon-ready at all times. I think I might be pretty close to this. After all, I didn’t train too much for the Hollywood Half, and I did Not Badly. If I can do at least one 6-mile run a week, I think I can continue to run half marathons Not Badly. How awesome would it be to decide to run a half just like that? But another goal is to
  2. Run a half marathon in 2-ish hours. I did the math and I’d have to run at a ~9 minute/mile pace. I’m not anywhere close to that. So I’ll have to keep training, and work on speed, too. It won’t happen this year, but it will happen.
  3. Hike from a trailhead in Montrose to one in Burbank. I think that’s ~13 miles. At the top of the Verdugos (only ~3 miles up), it’s a pretty flat access road, so this is completely doable. I just have to stop complaining about the heat and get to it.
  4. Hike to Mt. Wilson. This has been a goal for a while now, but I haven’t even been hiking in months. Too hot, boo hoo.
  5. Do an unassisted pull-up. Body Beast is getting me closer to this goal – I moved the pin to 54 lbs on the assisted pull-up machine this week. And then, I moved it to 48 lbs and did 5 more. Slowly but surely, I’m making progress. And losing bra fat. Win-win.

What are your goals?



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Race Recap – Hollywood Half Marathon

Saturday morning, I ran the Hollywood Half Marathon/10K/5K.

Hollywood Half Marathon

My sister signed up to run the 10K this year. I was so happy that she came with me! Last year, the 10K was my first race. And now it was her first race, too!

Here we are at 5:30am:
Hollywood Half Marathon

My goal for this race was to finish in 2.5 hours. I didn’t quite make it.
Hollywood Half Marathon

However, that’s an improvement from my first half marathon in November.

Here’s the breakdown:Hollywood Half Marathon

The main route was on Hollywood Blvd. After the first flat mile, the route went up and down side streets. Let me emphasis: UP side streets. They weren’t hills, but boy, could I feel those inclines. I tried to run intervals – Run 10 minutes, Walk 1 minute – but it didn’t really work out very well. I wasn’t going to waste a walk on the down slope, so my schedule got kind of messed up.

Mile 10 was particularly difficult – I felt a bathroom emergency looming so I searched in vain for a restroom. No such luck. I told myself – suck it up, buttercup! and I attempted to carry on. But as you can see from my times, I slowed way down after that. I feel like I walked nearly all of Miles 12 and 13 – even the cheering crowds and high fives from supporters couldn’t speed me up.

Hollywood Half Marathon finish line

I love this photo because I can see my sister and 유씨 cheering for me on the sidelines. My brother-in-law is somewhere in there, too.

My sister ran her best ever. The crowds definitely pump you up and combined with actually training on the street rather than a cushy treadmill in our air-conditioned ladies’ gym with fastidious housekeeping staff like I do, well, that really made a difference for her.

Here we are at the finish line:

Here we are showing off our medals:

Look at us! We’re runners!

The day of the race, I was pretty stiff and sore. I should have taken an ice bath, but I didn’t. The next day, though, I was fine with just a little bit of soreness in my quads. Nothing uncomfortable, though. Yay me! My next half is the New Year’s race…but maybe I’ll find another one to run sooner.

How was your weekend?


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