Monday, April 14, 2014

Some Things Never Change

Saturday morning Holly and I headed out for our 20 mile training run at 6:30 a.m. (you can read all about that run on Holly's blog HERE, if you feel so inclined).  If you don't want to read about it, here are a few pictures of the run...we wonder why it takes us so long to do our long runs :)
I felt like climbing a branch, it was fun. 
I'm not sure what I'm doing here. 

As soon as my Garmin showed 20 miles I fell to the ground, it was quite dramatic.
Okay, enough pictures let's get to it.
I walked out and what to my wondering eye should appear but the lightness of day was finally here.  Do you like my song?!?  Anyways, it was 6:30 in the a.m. and it wasn't pitch black.  YAY!!!  Holly and I were both so excited because that meant that we could finally start doing our weekday runs OUTSIDE!!  Hallefreakinlujah, we have been trapped in the "cave of wonders" for far too long.
So this morning, after getting shredded, we suited up and headed out.  It was glorious!!!  We saw our friend, who we've never actually talked to, "peace out guy."  We got to see the beautiful temple which is always a wonderful sight.  And we got to see Mama Jex, she was right on cue.  I'm sure the people driving near Mama thought I was a complete idiot waving as big as I possibly could with my huge, white, Mickey Mouse gloves on.
It's nice to know that even after months of not running about the city, we were able to see some familiar faces and a few of our favorite things.  We did an 8.25 mile loop and it was just wonderful.  
For those times that you might be stuck on a treadmill though, here is an easy to remember hill workout to try.  Warm up for 2 miles then do 7, .25 mile hill repeats with .50 mile recovery.  I put my speed at 7.5 mph (I don't claim to be a fast or a slow runner, just an average gal who enjoys to run) and the incline at 7.5%, run a quarter of a mile then lower it to 0% and recover for a half mile.  Repeat 7 times.  I can't tell you how much it bothered my OCD little brain to be doing 7.5's on everything but only repeating it 7 times.  I couldn't figure out which would be worse though, doing a half of a repeat or stopping at 7...it bugged me the whole run.  I finished up with 8 miles, I was dead...I was beat...I was deadbeat...I was a deadbeat.  There are few things better than kicking your own butt during a workout!
That's all!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Don't Make Me Get Off My Unicorn!

I tried a new workout on the treadmill the other day and it was pretty awesome.  I got the idea from Hungry Runner Girl and put my own spin on it.  Here's how it went down:
Warm up for 10 minutes
Fast for 1 minute...slow down for 1 minute
Fast for 2 minutes...slow for 1 minute.
continue for 3, 4 and 5 minutes.
Then I went down.  5 minutes fast....slow for 1 minute.
4, 3, 2, and 1...and 1 more just for fun.  I finished off with 8 miles and felt AMAZE BALLS!
Since it was my first time trying this workout I kept the speed the same for the first half, for both the fast and slow times.  The second half I was feeling great so I upped the speed with each repeat but kept the slow pace the same.  Whenever I do any kind of speed work I always make sure to cool down really good for at least .25 mile but usually it's more like .50 mile.
This was a great way to make the treadmill more entertaining.  I'm soooooo ready to be doing all of my runs outside but it's still too dark in the morning.  Me + running in the dark = a bloody mess.
Saturday, Holly and I did a 19 miler and let me just say that it was less than stellar.  That's actually great news though because that means that this weeks 20 miler is going to be great...I'm sure of it! 

So, everyone knows I'm "obsessed" with socks right?  Well, I want to let you know what Pro Compression's sock of the month is...
Look at that, you not only get a screaming deal on stockings but you also get to help a good cause. That thur is a what they call a "win win!" 
Choose anything purple and a donation will be made to Team in Training.  Choose anything powder blue and a donation will be made to Train 4 Autism.
Use promo code SOM4 to get 40% off and FREE shipping.
You can also choose to get the brand spanking new red, white and blue marathon "tube sock."
Go HERE to place your order...tell 'em Steph sent ya ;)
Now for some things that make me happy
Sooooo true.  Jake has a tendency to complain that I can never skip a day of running/working out.  I keep trying to explain to him that it's for the best of EVERYONE if I run.  He doesn't get it but maybe the fact that there is an e card about it will help. 
Yep...obsessed! 
This brings much joy to my soul.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A-Team

This week is sure to be an exciting one around here.  Kobe has the 5th grade wax museum where he will be King Kamehameha, McKenna has her first track meet and Kobe has his Regionals gymnastics competition.  
After quitting gymnastics in the fall, I reminded Kenna that the doctor said with the way her hips are aligned she could be a super fast runner.  She seemed a little lost after quitting gym and I knew she needed something to fill that void.  After talking with Margie (a neighbor) we somehow convinced Kenna to go out for track.  She's into the short and fast thing.  I picked Kenna up Friday after track and she was just over the moon excited because she had made the A-Team...
Maybe not...I pity the poor fool who can't run as fast as Kenna ;)
She will be running the 100m along with the 4 times 100m relay.  She is so fast and I can't wait to watch her race.  We even went and picked her up some awesome spikes.
I guess the picture wants to be sideways so whatevs.
I've got to try these suckers out, it seems so strange to have spiked feet.  I just picture one falling on their face because the spikes are stuck in the ground.  Apparently that doesn't happen but I'll have to see for myself.
Isn't it just my luck that my kid would get stuck being King Kamehameha?  Fo' real doh!  He's not the easiest feller to dress up as and it has caused me great stress.  I will be happy when this whole thing is over.  Seeing my pasty, little, smeagol dressed up like a huge Hawaiian warrior and king should be quite the sight ;)

Practically twins!
I'm so excited to see Kobe compete at Regionals.  I hope he has a great meet but most importantly I hope he has fun.  I was really hoping he would make it to Nationals, so we would be forced to go to Long Beach, CA, but apparently level 5's don't go to Nationals.  RUDE!  I guess I will just have to wait until May 31st to go to the Golden State.  I do get to go to Vernal May 3rd so I can certainly look forward to that, seriously though, I am excited to go.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Pacing is de BEST!

As many of you know I am part of the Run Your Race Pacers of Utah.  Jorge is El' Presidente, Holly is the CNO and I am the COO of RYR, we came up with that just now.  I am getting so excited about the upcoming race season.  I can’t believe that our first race is only 7 weeks away.  The Dino Half Marathon is in Vernal.  We paced this race last year and everyone loved it.  It runs down Dry Fork Canyon which is beautiful. 
Sadly I don't have any pictures of Dry Fork Canyon, but I do have this little beauty.  Welcome to the gun show, we've got fun in games ;)  
I won't tell you how many attempts it took us to get a pic with both of us in the air...we're special!
This is a smaller race, which I love.  I don’t know if you’ve ever done a Runtastic Events Race but they are always awesome.  We will be pacing all of their races which include:
If you want to know where all the cool kids will be, I just told you.  I love racing and trying to hit a goal but there is something wonderful about helping others achieve their goals.  Plus, it takes the pressure off of having to PR.  As a runner you figure out pretty dang quick that every race can’t be a PR, which at times can be quite disheartening.  For some people if they can’t “race” a race then they just don’t do it.  Not me, I love getting ready to pace a race knowing that I actually get to enjoy the run.  I get to take it a bit slower than I normally would.  I get to chat and enjoy the scenery.  Last year one of my favorite pacing experiences was at the Dino Half, where I ran with a couple doing their first half marathon.  It was awesome!

I have race reviews of all the above races, you should check them out.
I think it would be wise if you signed up for one or ALL of these races...right now.  If you do 3 of the above mentioned races you earn yourself a special medal.
I'll let you go now, I know you have things to do like sign up for a race or 5 :)
I have a special PROMO code for yas just go to www.dinohalf.com and enter DINORUN for $5 off your entry...you're welcome, now get on it kids!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Ambassador Anderson

Today's run was perfect.  Holly and I are training for the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon on June 1st.  I can't wait to do this race again, it is one of my favorites.

Anywho, we were scheduled for 10 miles but we decided to change the schedule to 12 miles, shhh.  We ran up to the Murdock Canal Trail, this has quickly become my favorite places to run.
It was quite brisk out but so beautiful. 
I am pretty excited to announce that I have been chosen to be an ambassador for Pro Compression.  I am basically obsessed with these beautiful stockings, just ask my co-worker she'll tell you.  She now calls me Ambassador Anderson, it has a nice ring to it don't you think?
I have an extensive collection of #allofthesocks.  Holly and I are even referred to as the "tall sock twins" at Gold's Gym.  The best part of that nickname is that it came from a bald guy named Harry, ironic isn't it?

These socks aren't just for looks you know, they help aide in recovery and performance.  
From Procompression.com

I love working out  (getting shredded;) and running in my Pro Compression socks.
  I almost always sleep in marathon socks, unless I get too hot and then they come off pretty quick.  The best thing to do is slather your legs in Deep Blue and then put the socks on.
I wear my fancy Ragnar sleeves to work A LOT, I love them.
I totes adore the low rise socks, they are the most comfortable socks I've ever worn.  Coming from a gal who used to work at a running store who has tried #allofthesocks that is saying a lot.

Word on the street is that Pro Compression is coming out with some new products.  I don't know about you but Ambassador Anderson can't wait to try them out ;)  They are coming out with some technical running socks, they look amazing.

When Kobe was training for his first half marathon, you can read about that HERE, I wished he had some compression socks.  With his smeagoly little legs my wouldn't fit him.  Good news though, they are coming out with youth compression socks.  Hopefully they come in size smeagol.
See how smeagoly his little leggies are!

Pro Compression is also coming out with women's leggings...YAY!!!

I'm sure all this talk of stockings has you pretty excited to order some.  You can hop on over to their website HERE and use promo code SPRING to get 40% off and FREE shipping.  Hurry though because the offer expires on March 31st.

Ambassador Anderson...OUT!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Weekend In Vegas

We had quite the adventure this weekend.  We went to Las Vegas for Kobe’s gymnastics competition, the Black Jack meet for the youngies and the World Cup Competition for the Elites.
Friday morning Jorge, Holly and I woke up to run the strip.  I much prefer the strip at 5:30 am than any other time.  Other than a few drunks we were the only ones on the strip and it was glorious.  




We were all rocking our Pro Compression socks, 2 low cutters and a marathon socker.
The strip was still all a glow, it was awesome.  The stairs we had to run up and down added a little something extra to our workout, hard core par kour!
  We didn’t have much time so we busted out 7.15 miles and then it was time for me to get back for Kobe’s competition.
As I was walking to the meet I saw a guy sitting on the floor, I knew he was an Olympian but I wasn’t sure of his name.  I almost turned around to get his picture but decided not to.  I looked at Jake Dalton’s Instagram page to see if I could figure out who I had seen, it was Brandon Wynn.  As I sat there kicking myself for not going back I saw him sitting off to the side of where we were.  Jake made me get a picture with him.  I put my arm around him and HOLY CRAP, that boy is solid muscle.
I even caught him with his shirt off, you're welcome.  His muscles have muscles! 
We also saw Danell Leyva
One of Kobe’s coaches, Coach Wan Wan (Wanda) used to coach Jake Dalton.  She set up a meet and greet with Jake and Steve Legendre.  Steve was so nice and told Kobe he had awesome muscles, his weren’t too bad either…holy biceps.  
Kenna decided to skip Kobe’s meet to hang out with the Garcia’s, little did she know she was going to miss the meet and greet.  McKenna missed out on her one opportunity to meet her “future husband” as she would say. 
Jake and Steve signed Kobe's bib 

As we were waiting for our turn to see Jake I realized that no other moms were getting their pictures taken, I tried to get another mom to go with me but she wouldn’t.  I decided I didn’t care what people thought and I was getting a picture.  I may or may not have accidentally touched his butt, cute bum where ya from ;D  As Jake Dalton had his arm around me for the picture Jake, my Jake, said “Jake is Steph’s dream guy!”  Seriously!!!  I was so embarrassed, you should have seen the look he gave me after that…oh well.
 I had to get in a picture with Steve too.
The Black Jack meet is a big one with teams from all over.  There were kids from Utah, California, Canada and who knows where else.  To place at one of these meets is a pretty big deal.  Kobe did awesome!  He got an 11.000 on high bar which was good enough for 1st place.  He got 6th place on rings and 9th all around.  He is a pretty big deal :) to me at least!
video
As we were walking back to the room I noticed Brandon Wynn and a few other Olympians at the pool.  We asked for a picture, they were all super willing and nice.  The friendliest one was Justin Spring he competed in the 2008 Olympics.  He said he almost named his son Kobe but they went with Cody instead.  He was just a real swell guy.
Brandon Wynn, Joshua Dixon, not sure of his name, Donnell Whittenburg and Justin Spring. 
Kenna found us just in time to get her picture taken with a couple of them.
After the meet we met up with the Fullmer’s at Pawn Star, as soon as we walked out Chumlee made an appearance, typical. 
We had to go to my favorite pizza place, Grimaldi’s…delicious!

The Wynn Hotel 
Saturday morning Jorge, Holly and I headed out for a 16 miler.  We ran all the way down the strip, stairs and all  then continued on until we hit 8 miles.  We turned around and did it all again.  If you want to spice up your long run, add numerous sets of stairs all along the way.  We did 16 miles with an average pace of 8:15 which is pretty good considering all the stairs they will really throw your pace off.
Saturday was spent trying to find an open pool…we never did find one #fail.  At least we had the World Cup Championships to look forward to.
We headed to the meet at 5:00 to watch the elites warm up and to save seats.  The muscles on these guys blow me away, amazing!  
Watching the Olympians and elite gymnasts was probably the coolest thing I have ever seen.  We saw a couple of guys get injured, not so fun.  Here is Steve Legendre doing rings, he ends up hurting his pec…watch for it.
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That was the last we saw of him, so sad.  It was cool to see Jake Dalton’s concern for his friend.  He watched sadly as Steve walked away and then as soon as Jake was done he ran to his friend.  Another guy blew his knee out, at least that’s what it looked like, and a guy broke his leg when he landed on vault.
At the end of the meet we got our pictures taken with a bunch of the gymnasts.
Chris Brooks who won the competition 
Jonathan Horton, he didn't compete due to an injury. 
Not sure of his name but he is awesome! 
Holly and I LOVED watching this kid, he is only 15 and is amazing.  I do believe his name is Davis, we are determined that he will be the next big thing in gymnastics. 
Hey Jorge, nice purse :)
John Orozco!!! We were lucky to get a picture with him. 

I caught Whittenburg in the hall and then I told him to RUN!!!!  I didn't want him to get stuck with a long line again.
What a way to end a trip.  It was a great weekend with good friends and lots of muscles.
Oh and Kenna did finally get her picture with her beloved Jake Dalton.

I can't wait for next year!!!