Being a Runner

My whole life I have wanted to be a runner. Back when running a half mile around the track made me bend over my knees and hold my side, all I could think about was becoming a runner. When running 1 mile had me gasping for air, looking for excuses to stop I imagined myself as a runner. The first time that I ran 3 miles, when I was sitting on the sidewalk with sweat dripping down my face and pooling around me, I could only think about calling myself a runner.

I ran intermittently during high school, trying so hard to become a runner. I thought that I needed to run a certain amount of miles per week, run a certain pace, run a certain amount outside..etc etc etc.

The summer before college I ran on the treadmill almost everyday, usually between 3 and 5 miles. I would read Fitness magazine while I ran, specifically articles about women who ran half and full marathons. I thought that because I ran on the treadmill or because I never thought that I would run 13.1 miles, I wasn’t a runner.

Now, looking back at my running history, I can see that my passion for running has always been there and that I have always been a runner. I have always been committed to my running and I have loved the way it makes me feel. Whether I am running 2 miles or 10, at a 10 minute/mile pace or an 8 minute/mile pace, whether it is on the treadmill or outside, or whether I run without stopping or take a walk, I am a runner.

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Running is such an amazing thing because if you run, at all, you are a runner. If you walk during your run, you are still a runner. If you dread going for your run before you head out, you are still a runner. If you take a break from running because of an injury or just because, you are still a runner. If you only run on the treadmill, you are still a runner!

I have always been a runner, even during all of those years that I told myself I wasn’t. And you are too!



Beat the Bridge and Salt Water

Flashback to last weekend…I ran the Beat the Bridge to Diabetes race in Seattle! It was a blast and an easy 8k. I did it at an average 8:30 minutes/mile and I was pooped by the end!

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We ran for her cute little niece, Beckham. Hence the awesome red headbands!

After the race Cody and I did the usual weekend activities which included a trip to CostCo. I got this wonderful watermelon and it was so delicious.


I sent the below photo to my best friend over at

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What’s life without watermelon??

And one funny poem that I got from on of my students. It is too good not to share.


The illustration of the pug is what really gets me!! It is so great.

And now flash forward to this past weekend. It is so great to have a long weekend and to give thanks to all of the men and women who fight and have fought for our freedom.

During our long weekend Cody and I made it over to the Washington coast. My favourite place in the whole entire world, Kalaloch.

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He is too cute.

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Kalaloch doesn’t let people reserve camp spots until June 11 so when Cody and I got there, the sites were full!!! We had to drive 1.5 hours along highway 101 and stopping at every campground until we found an available spot at 7:30 pm. It was sure an adventure! But during our search we found this awesome spot on the Hoh river and it was so beautiful that we went back the next day and spent quite some time there! We made some sweet rock stacks and just played around on the rocks. And then we headed over to Ruby Beach and Kalaloch where we searched for star fish and played in the water. It was such a great weekend!


And now onto some of my workouts! Yesterday I met up with a couple people from my class and ran a few miles with them. It was so fun! I love running with people so much. Chatting makes the miles fly by. I ran a couple miles before meeting up with them and then had to run those miles back to my place and ended up with about 8 miles. It was a good time! And the weather was perfect, overcast and cool.

Today I did a biceps and triceps workout!

4×8 barbell curls

3×10 hammer db curls

3×8 preacher curls

3×10 close grip triceps bench press

3×8 triceps pull downs

3×8 push downs

And then I finished up with 15 minutes on the stairclimber.

Later tonight I a going to go back and get in about 45 minutes on the elliptical!

I hope that everybody had a great long weekend and made it through this long and rambling post!




Snoopy and 6 Miles

This past week was great in so many ways! I had a lesson on Tuesday that I taught to my third graders about tables and graphs! When I started I asked the kiddos, “What can you tell me about tables?” And this student raised his hand and said, “I EAT DINNER ON THEM.” It was hilarious and really got the kids into the lesson! Kids have such funny senses of humor, I love it!

After my lesson one of my students told me that I was a really good teacher and gave me this “pocket snoopy”. My heart exploded into a million pieces from happiness.


And this salad is still going on strong in my life.


So delicious. I usually eat two bowls…No regrets.

Also I love sweet potatoes and have started eating them again! Last night I made them but sadly burnt them 😦 But that didn’t stop me from digging in.



And today I also tried out a chickpea cookie dough recipe. It was pretty good and I am more than happy to eat it because cookie dough and all of it’s buttery goodness is one of my favourite things to eat in the entire world.


Of course I added in some dark chocolate chips…

And right after I ate this bowl of heaven Cody went off to an engineering awards dinner! He sure is handsome! However, I was sweaty and ugly so I hid behind him!! (Guests had to pay $75 to go…hence why I stayed home. But I am there in spirit).



I am trying to run 4 days a week and doing other forms of cardio/weight lifting on the other days! Yesterday I got a solid 6 miles in plus a little time on the elliptical. It was glorious. I was a sweaty mess though! I ran down to Green Lake and back, but when I got back I was only at 5.76 miles…runners know that you can’t stop at a number like that…So I ran around my apartment complex until I hit a perfect 6! With a 9:15 average pace. I’ll take it!

Tomorrow I am going to get in 8 miles and a running in an 8k race on Sunday for Type 1 Diabetes!!

I hope that you all have a great weekend! Get outside!


Shan 🙂

The Color Run and a Little Baseball

Sunday morning the boy and I started out our day with running in the Color Run! It sure was fun getting colored while I was running!


Cody never runs with me but I persuaded him to do this race with me…finally!!

The race was fun but I don’t think that I will do it again. While we were going through the color stations we had to walk, plus there were just so many people in general…and a lot of walkers. Walking isn’t bad! I just prefer to run the entire time. I guess I am a snobby racer…

But, Cody and I passed everybody and were only passed by 2 people throughout the 3 miles…you bet we kept count!

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It was sure fun running with Cody! He never runs but he is still faster than me. He was nice and waited for me, even when he wanted to be a speedster and pass everybody in front of him.


After the run we went to the Mariners game with Cody’s family and it was fun! We won and we got to see the King pitch. It sure is nice to see your team win!

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That’s all I have time for today…I have a lot of homework and a lesson plan that I need to work on! Teaching a lesson on math tomorrow morning!

Have a great Monday everybody!!



Stairs and More

Yesterday I went running through Discovery Park with a gal from my cohort and her dog. It was so fun! We went on a different loop that I don’t usually go on with LOTS of stairs! Bring on the heavy breathing and pounding heart. It was such a good workout! We went a little slower than I usually go but I love running with people so much. Running is just so good for you and running with other people brings you closer and creates lasting friendships! When I run I love talking, I can’t help it. It makes the run go by so fast and while talking you learn so much about yourself and the people you are with!

I am also starting a cohort running group (all of the people in my education class)! And so many people are interested! I cannot wait to see everybody love exercise and running/jogging/walking.

Flashback to last weekend! Cody and I went hiking at Rattlesnake Ridge and it was pretty sweet!

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We had a little chipmunk friend join us! He was so cute!

The view was so beautiful and it was awesome sitting on the cliff! Cody didn’t quite agree…:)

Also, random fact; My freshmen year at WWU I ate spinach salads almost everyday and when that year was over, I was also so over spinach. Even the thought of it made me gag. But then a few days ago I saw it in the salad bar and it just felt right again. So bring on the spinach! And kale! This is my new favorite salad! Lemon dressing, kale (or spinach), craisins, and feta!


Oh man is it good.

And this has been my favorite breakfast!


With a little bit of this on the side!


Not to brag or anything, but I am quite proud of my latte art…;)

Also, I chopped off a little bit of my hair!


And before I let you go, this the workout that I did last night after my run! It was pretty killer!

I did the elliptical type machine that doesn’t have arms…I don’t know the name of it but I’m sure you know what I am talking about!

Anyway, let’s call that machine the no arm elliptical.


No arm elliptical 10 minutes

10 burpees

20 wide leg frog jumps

20 in and out jump squats

5 assisted pull ups

8 pushups

I did this 3 times which equaled out to just about 45 minutes. It was a sweat drenching workout! The things that I did between the elliptical sets changed a little bit every time and it was awesome. I love incorporating HIIT into my workouts.

Have a great Monday night/Tuesday everybody!


Shan ❤

Mirror Image

Sometimes when I am out and about, whether it be grocery shopping or running, I  look at the women around me and admire them. I give people compliments all of the time…Is that weird?  I wouldn’t want any woman or man to have negative thoughts about themselves. It makes me sad to think that people are so hard on their bodies, their diet, or how their pants fit.

Do you ever look at yourself in the mirror and think, “Ugh, I don’t like that….I wish I could change (fill in the blank)….I need to lose 10 pounds.”  I know I do. And that makes me wonder how I tell other people how beautiful, strong, and wonderful they are, inside and out, but it’s hard to give myself compliments when looking in the mirror? I have struggled my whole life with self confidence, specifically with my body. I remember in grade 5 thinking that my thighs are too big and in grade 8 that I had a muffin top when I wore jeans. I wondered if my shoes were cute enough to wear to school or if my shirt was too tight. I have always thought that there is one, if not more, aspects of my body that I needed to fix. Don’t even get me started on wearing a swimsuit…I am so critical about every aspect of my body. These thoughts have followed me my entire life…I don’t think that they will ever go away, but I work at them everyday. I try to appreciate the strength that I have gained over the past year from lifting weights, the distance that I can now run (that I never imagined that I could do), and my dedication to my health. I try not to obsess over what I eat (been there, done that), and just focus on putting whole, natural foods into my body.

I do this to myself and am so critical, but it makes me so sad to think that other people do it to themselves too. How weird is that? So my dear friend and I were talking, specifically about compliments. I decided that whenever somebody gives me a compliment I am going to write it down and stick it in my purse. Generally people don’t give out compliments maliciously, they come from a good place. I believe that compliments, whether simple or extravagant, can make somebody’s day better. So while I work on myself, I will continue to try and make other’s days better, and pocket the wonderful things that people say to me to keep them as a reminder.

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Keep smiling and don’t be so hard on yourself. ❤


Shan 🙂