Posted on Mar 09, 2014 under Uncategorized |
I have made it known for a long time.
I am not a fan of the 10K.
I have never found my pace, my timing or my anything on a 10K.
But I think today’s event with Team Congo may of helped me in big ways.
The Team Congo event is a yearly event lead by my friend, the talented and amazing Amanda Ulrich. This events helps Women for Women International support women who are rebuilding their lives in war-torn regions. They help with education, mental health services, job skills and rights education.
This is a non-competitive event that I ran last year for the first time. It has an amazing small run feel and the runners and walkers in this event support each other no matter their pace.
It started off at check in where we picked up our shirts and Amanda explained the course. The course was a new loop on the waterfront, but it used part of the waterfront that I love running from other events.
This was a perfect morning for a run. This year the event had volunteers at every possible place a runner could be confused about the course and these volunteers had been awesome and very encouraging of all runners. And the runners… I can’t say enough good things about them. The runners are so amazing.
I had a goal and missing to stick with the 3:1 interval pace and not try and push too hard where I could not keep my pace up through the entire event which made me REALLY happy. I have also been trying to work on making sure I hydrate during an event because that has been proving to be a big problem for me.
Just as it started to rain I hit mile 5, and felt the wind change to a headwind which cut a little bit into my pace, but for the first time in a long time, I can not complain about a 10K, I really felt like I found my pace, enjoyed running the water front and loved seeing all the runners for an amazing cause.
I highly encourage all the local Portland runners to enjoy this event. It supports such an amazing cause and ran by a lady who has an amazing amount of passion for what she does.
I was trailing a couple fellow runners on the course and playing leap frog with them, which led me to push my pace a little harder then I had originally intended, but I was still keeping it at a pace that I was comfortable with.
Posted on Feb 28, 2014 under Random Thoughts |
Sometime tomorrow, The Lifestyle Accountability Show will be dropping a new podcast featuring…
I sat down and spoke with them about my journey, and learning how to live in the real world. I was frank about the down sides, needing to learn how to ask for help. It was wild to talk about my journey and be honest with it. I know I have not been perfect in this journey. I never intended it to be a perfect journey. If anything I have learned on this journey is not only do I have to realize that it was never going to be perfect, but I had to be honest about my challenges on this journey. I know I would not be where I am at without the people who have come around me and really stood up with me and helped me realize some of the things I needed.
The more I share, the more I am getting comfortable with the idea that my story can inspire people. I do learn more about how to present myself, I know it is going to get better every time I do it. And I know if my story can touch on other person, it would be worth it.
Make sure you follow me on Twitter twitter.com/bwilli27 and I will tweet when the link goes live. Also, please check out my friends at the Lifestyle Accountability Show. Adam and Devon are awesome. They can be found at http://www.lifestyleaccountability.com/
Posted on Feb 28, 2014 under Random Thoughts |
This is inspired by a wellness blog thing going around.
So here ya go, 5 things you may not know.
1- I never wanted to be a runner. Me being a runner was something I never wanted when this started. I infact ran my first 5K and SWORE I would never do it again, it felt like hell. There are some days it feels like it still and I have to remember that the first step is the hardest. And the advice I got from a former trainer makes the most sense, he taught me that I just need to focus on the step ahead of me.
2- I am a huge professional wrestling fan. Actually if you follow me on twitter, or my personal facebook time line this is no surprise. Its just an athletic soap opera and the guys and gals who do it work harder then a lot of athletes on this planet.
3- I have danced with The Blazer Dancers. I have done two dance camps when I was way younger to dance with the Blazer Dancers on the NBA court. I was front row center court, its is something to this day I will never forget.
4- I dream of going to Ireland one day. I want to run in Ireland, I want to see it, I want to experience it.
5- I used to be a really good sports photographer. There are several hockey players who can atest to this. I used to take lots of hockey photos, and they used to be shared among our local team. It got to be too costly of a habit. (But then again so is running)
Posted on Feb 19, 2014 under Race Stuff |
To be honest, since George’s passing, I have been on the fence about doing Doggie Dash this year. I am still not certain I want to do it, because it was George and I’s event. We signed up last year but his health issues got in the way and we had been unable to do it.
But the Oregon Humane Society puts on an amazing event, that is friendly for runners and walkers a like. This years event is May 10, 2014 at Waterfront Park.
This is an noncompetitive, untimed run and walk that features 2 distances. The long distance is 2.5 miles and takes you on the esplanade and back to the party down by Salmon Street Springs. Walkers can also take on 1.5 miles through downtown Portland.
The party in the park features a pancake breakfast (with a new treat this year, Mimosas), pet related vendors, music, fashion shows for your pet, pet contests
I have love for the Humane Society for the lives they have saved and I highly recommend people who are looking for a fun non-competitive event to check this event out.
You can find out more at http://www.oregonhumane.org/doggiedash/register.asp
Posted on Feb 16, 2014 under Race Stuff |
I wrote this blog as part of my experiences as a SF Marathon Ambassador about there #reasontorun. As this is a huge part of my journey this year, I am sharing it here. And how my reasons to run have changed so much in the last year.
Ever have someone so small change your life in so many ways?
He came to us abused. He was found in a barn chained by his back legs. He was rescued and brought back to health before he came to his furever home with us. When he was brought to us, he came scared, shaking and not wanting to get to know his own family.
Despite his past he showed every one around him the definition of unconditional love. He became my best friend through some family health issues. We would come back from doctor appointments, and he was always the one waiting at home with his tail wagging, and wanting just a little bit of love. When I started my journey to find my health and happiness, there had been days I would home in tears and he would be the one waiting to calm me down and remind me that he loved me. While I was finishing school he would snuggle up with me while I studied and just wanting a little bit of attention. He would go to nursing homes and become the star of the show, he would let himself get picked up and carried around like a sack of potatoes because he knew it would make people smile. There are some days he would just hang out on his bed while I would handle to day to day chores and he would just want a few head pets and to be able to hand out and watch. He would also be my co-pilot riding with me in the car and relishing all of the attention he would get from passers by.
The last couple years spending time with him would be my reward after a workout. We would hang out while I changed clothes. And I swear I could tell him about a work out and even though we all know he didn’t understand the words, he understood the tone.
About a year ago he was diagnosed with a grade 6 heart mur-mur and we knew his time could be short. He never let it stop him. On nice days we would go for a walk, or just sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. He still paid visits to people, he still was the one you could always count on for unconditional love.
On January 12, his heart unexpectedly gave out and he passed away in the arms of his family. That night I made the decision to dedicate my entire running year to him, hoping that I could raise some funds to make a difference so other animals and families could be brought together like George and I had been. A lot of George’s four footed and two footed friends call Seattle home, and the Seattle Humane Society allows for athletes to work on fund raising for a whole year with all the funds going direct to their programs.
When asked why I run, I often tell people its because I want to keep finding the stronger me, but this year it is to honor someone who in his own little way helped me find the stronger me.
You can check out my fundraiser and help contribute here.
Posted on Feb 08, 2014 under Uncategorized |
Well the start of my race season has been postponed. I was supposed to kick off the race season with the Falconia Amenia 8K on Sunday.
Welcome to the 7 or so inches of snow. Portland is officially in lock down.
Being I barley know how to walk in the snow, running has all but impossible. On top of that I tried to give myself a concussion putting away pellets for the stove when my head hit the shelf without looking. Maybe this has all been a blessing. Gives me a chance to recover, get more running in and be ready for my true kick off next month. (Portland’s running season does not really pick up until March). I have been enjoying the walks in the snow and its been deep enough the back of my legs burn when I am out walking. I wish I was running but it is what it is.
I keep dreaming about July and running the San Fransisco Marathon. The sun, the Golden Gate Bridge all of it. The SF Marathon has been kind enough to send me a great box of goodies being in ambassador, so I am going to share all the love I have gotten with you, my reader. Today you can win one of the fabulous TSFM cotton Marathon shirts I have. I have sizes S-L in the following three, you will get one of your choice.
Have you registered yet? Go to www.thesfmarathon.com and use my code DSC10TSFM2014A8, it saves you 10.00
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Posted on Feb 05, 2014 under Uncategorized |
Excuse the late night blog session.
I am so glad it never happened.
You heard me right.
I am glad something never happened.
Before this crazy journey started a long time ago, I was the girl who thought I was going to have to be on a show like the Biggest Loser to lose weight. After watching the show tonight, I now realize that not making it was the biggest blessing ever.
I have always been honest, it took me a year to loose the weight, and I am just celebrating seven years later this year keeping it at a maintenance. It took time, because I did it healthy, I did it in a way that would be maintainable long term. I was always told that it was about health first.
As for Rachel’s BL Win, I have been fortunate enough to talk and consider several people who have been on the show friends. They talk about the fact the show was a pressure cooker, that the producers constantly told them that it was all about their weight loss, and the only thing that matters is the numbers. They shared how they got treated like cattle instead of people. The pressure is so intense that its easy to get caught up in it, because you are cut off from people who care about you, (all the communication is monitored) and are constantly being told you need to loose.
On top of that the weight loss has been so hard to keep up after, because loosing so fast is so unhealthy.
And after the show when you are on your own, trying to figure out how to get into your life, on your own, the journey is scary.
Through my journey, I went through a lot. I was lucky to work with some great trainers who helped figure out how to eat in the real world. They encouraged me to eat healthy but be realistic about my life.
I have a trainer in particular who put me through hell frequently, he got into my head and showed me how to get out of my own way. He forced me to to confront my own self-sabotage literally by not putting up with it. I fought him a lot (Zac, I am sorry)
It was a journey where I not only had to get healthy physically but mentally.
In the last six and 3/4 years, my weight has fluxed, a lot of it has to do with the polysitic ovarian syndrome. I am still at a healthy weight loss. I have no regrets about anything on this journey and I am proud of all of the things I have accomplished on it. I have ran three marathons and am adding two more in 2014. I have graduated college, I am about to become a certified group fitness instructor (whoops, this might not of been announced yet.) I am have been honored to be an ambassador for a dream come true marathon (Thank you SF peeps), I have been a named a Skora shoe ambassador (that may not of been announced either, deal with it). I know there is more for me to accomplish and I am planning on it. (If you can’t tell by the lack of updates, I have been working on things)
I have always remembered to work things one step at a time and work from self, performance and education and try and let the rest go and take care of itself. I have an amazing team of people around me who encourage and inspire me. I know the journey never ends and will.
I am grateful my BL journey never started because it gave the Zombie Running Princess a chance to have a journey on her own.
Posted on Feb 05, 2014 under Product Review |
Anyone who knows me can atest to this.
I CAN’T STAND DOING INDOOR CARDIO.
But sometimes this is a necessary evil. Espically as the NW is looking at some of the coldest days of the winter in the next week.
But I think I have found an answer.
MacMillan Audio Books reached out to be to tell me about their Listen While You Workout Campaign. The goal of this is to encourage people to get a little more active as they listen to audio books as they work out. “You’ll be more likely to walk that extra mile or run a few minutes longer”
They offered me a book, and sent me Lookaway Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt so I could see for myself, which has been perfect for the fact the weather has been turning awful.
I have really enjoyed it and found myself gotten lost in the middle of a treadmill session because I have been listening. I am not done with the book yet, but I can tell you, I am more then willing to go through a long cardio session with less….. headaches and attention drawbacks. As for the book, I love anything with a southern flair.
I think for me this will be a new way to get through some of those ugly, long cardio sessions that would not last without a little help. I get lost in a dream world and I want to workout longer.
For more information checkout their website.
Posted on Jan 17, 2014 under Race Stuff |
So last year I got to partake in the mayhem that was the Color Run at PIR, and I for one had a ball. True, this is not a race you actually run, this is more of a walker friendly, all ages all ablities friendly event.
This year they are coming back to PIR in September with an all new look. The happiest 5K on the planet will feature amazing new participant gear (t-shirt, headband, wrist band and sling bag) , Fresh music, and Color crazy race attractions. This is 5K Magic like only The Color Run can do.
I enjoyed it because it gave me a chance to get out there without the stress of a normal event. It is a very tutu friendly race. They also are very well organized and supported. I really wish I had photos from last year but my camera decided to have shorts the entire time.
They are offering bloggers a chance to give readers 5.00 off an entry. Please click on the photo below for more information
Posted on Jan 13, 2014 under Random Thoughts, Uncategorized |
On Sunday, I lost my little angel George to a heart attack.
George was amazing. He came to us after being rescued from an abuse situation. He had so many horrors in his past life but he still managed to find a way to love unconditionally, he saw me through some of the hardest moments on this crazy journey to take my life back. He was there for me when I was celebrating school success, he was there for me when I would come home and I was crushed beyond belief. He became a unofficial therapy dog to many and brought so much joy to so many people. He was diagnosed with a heart murmur two years ago and never let it stop him.
He defiantly taught me what unconditional love was. Life has changed for the better because of him and that is something I will forever owe George for.
I was trying to find a way to use my passion and dedication to honor George and his memory. George was my unofficial marathon coach. We would go for walks, he would take me for runs on those walks. We have represented several races to share our story.
I have made the decision to honor George by dedicating this running year to him. Through a program through the Seattle Humane Society I have found a way to do it.
This year I am dedicating all of my training and the events I participate in in honor of his love. If one animal does not have to go through what he went through before we got them and they can find their furever home, it is worth it.
I have committed to running and raising 500 dollars this year. In November my work will cumulate at the Seattle Half Marathon. George had several 4 footed friends that live in Seattle and I feel like this is a great way to honor him.
I will be talking about this on my weekly updates (this weeks will come soon) and I will blog on their site
If you could help me honor George it would mean the world to me. Even if you can just chip in 1 dollar it can help me make a difference.
The Journey for George http://shs.convio.net/site/TR/CharityAthlete/General?px=1125402&pg=personal&fr_id=1140