Race Recap

Last Saturday was the Seattle Rock and Roll half marathon and it was a blast! It was so beautiful and really great weather. There were so many people that there were 36 waves before everybody was running, crazy! I was in wave 12 and started about 20 minutes after the first wave. Also, the space needle shot off fireworks to start the race!

I heard a lot of people say that this race was hilly but I really didn’t think that it was that bad! There were probably two hills, both near the end, that made me want to stop and walk but that’s it! It was a good amount of hills, especially for Seattle.


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I’ve lived here for 9 months and haven’t really explored Seattle much, so it was fun seeing the city and beautiful scenery while running. There was one section of the run that gave me goosebumps, and that was the memorial leg. While we were running along a path on Lake Washington there were stakes on either side with veterans pictures on them. After that there were people holding American flags and cheering us on for probably about 10 minutes. It was so amazing and I didn’t want it to end.

Running brings me so much joy and I can’t stop smiling when I am surrounded by thousands of people who have also logged hundreds of miles to get to a race.

There were two things that I didn’t like about this race…1. The tunnels. There were two tunnels that we had to run through and the second one was extra long. I did not enjoy those, they were dark and cramped and yucky. 2. My legs chaffed so badly. I have never heard of somebody’s legs chaffing as badly as mine did last Saturday. Wow.

Be back soon! Have a great Monday!

xoxo, Shan

2 days 7 hours and 5 minutes

In 2 days 7 hours and 5 minutes I will be running the Seattle Rock and Roll 1/2 marathon…I am slightly terrified. I have not been preparing/training as much as I should have been so I am actually considering ordering a wheel chair and having it waiting for me at the finish line. I am only kind of kidding.

Last November I ran the Seattle half marathon and it went really well, but I trained for that one..


I am going to be so sore…

In just a tad I am going to go out and run 6 miles…multiply that by 2 and add a mile and you’ve got the half marathon! That’s what I keep telling myself.


Yesterday was my last day in my third grade classroom and I got cards from all of the kiddos and they were so adorable I wanted to cry. Kids really know how to make you feel good about yourself 😉 Plus I got a gift card to Barnes and Nobles! I can’t wait to pick up some kid’s books!

And flashback to this weekend! It was MY BIRTHDAY!

Cody took me to the San Juans and we went on an orca whale kayaking tour! It was so amazing. We didn’t see any whales but it was still so so amazing.

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Plus I got a double scoop ice cream cone with birthday cake flavor and chocolate chip cookie dough. It was so amazing.


And because I turned 21 my old roommate and best friend came down to see me…and she brought wine.


It was a good night. She is one of the best friends that a girl could ask for and I love her dearly.

That’s all for now folks! On Saturday at approximately 10 am I will be laying on the couch icing my legs and don’t plan on getting up so I will write all about the race!

Have a great day!


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 thelittleladybug.weebly.com

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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!