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Dear @SeattleMarathon- I just can’t quit you.

**Note, if you read my ambassador application for Seattle Marathon from last year, you know where this came from. I had to do it in the same vein**

Dear Seattle Marathon-

I just can’t quite get over you.

I said I was going to only do you once.

That was 2012. (And you are still my marathon PR)

But I keep coming back for more.

I actually got a photo of #whathill
I actually got a photo of #whathill
Your course is truly spectacular, especially the views of Lake Washington. But it is also challenging (Can we say #whathill?) and makes you push yourself to go harder then you ever have before. I love the tunnels and the constant echos from the runners trying to cheer each other on. I can’t get over how amazing it is. It makes me want to keep coming back for more and keep seeing how hard I can push.

Your volunteers are amazing and they really come out to support the runners and make their experiencing better. They truly have an energy that makes you want to run harder and faster.

The expo is always one of the funnest expos to go to every year because it is so well organized, and it allows runners to learn about all the area has to offer without feeling crowded in. Not to mention the fact that I think the goodie bags are always the best every year.

I keep speaking your praises everywhere I go. You know me; and you know how willing I am to use my social media reach to keep telling people how amazing what you do is. I will help when you come down here to spread the Seattle love. I was proud to serve in 2015 and it would be a honor to come back in 2016.

No matter what you decided, I will be back. Because to be blunt, I just can’t get over you. I can’t get over how much you remind me of how strong I am and how able I am to run.

Much Love
Me

Late night ZRP Musings; I hate the snobs

I did not plan on writing but there is an article going around the running world that makes me ragey.

Dear Patrick at Run Steady-

You make me ragey.

In your article Can’t run a marathon under 6 hours? Don’t run a marathon. you make it perfectly clear that the marathons are for the elite.

For the record, I am not a 6+ marathon’er. I am in the 5 hour club. (My PR is 5:25 in Seattle). Some of the best zgi8wand most inspiring people in my life are sub 7’s.

I am a former Portland Marathon course marshall. I was always at the cut off point for people to start taking the side walk (the post 6 finishers) and it has not been due to lack of training. If anything they have worked just as hard and there are a lot of marathons that allow them to be able to continue.

Honestly, I think you would be surprised at how many people really there are in the back of the pack. Race directors are seeing this and work

This is the comment that really got to me.

“Agree with most all the points you made. Would love to see more of an effort to protect the sport of marathon. Doing 26.2 at a walking pace cheapens the sport and does not create long term runners or cultivate safe running”

UGHHH! Where do I start?

The whole idea that walking cheapens the sport is ridiculous. I have made it known for years I am a die hard run-walk Galloway method girl. It has helped me stay almost injury free. The sport for us is different. Our sport is to be a better version of ourselves. For me as a pacer to, it is to help and motivate those who want to finish.

It just boggles me that there is so much snobbery out there.

Running is truly a sport for everyone. Not just those who can rack sub 10 min miles all the time. Its for those who want to find their fearless (had to do it, I am a 261 Ambassador), their strength and how amazing they can be.

Short blog. Just wanted to get that off my brain because the more I read the comments.

The more ragey I get.

Random ZRP Musings: “Clean vs. Dirty Eating”

I know I have been lax but the first 45 days of 2016 has been kind of crazy in a good way. We will get to that in a second.

Let me vent.

Part of the reason I have not been blogging is I have been totally inundated with blog posts from other bloggers talking about New Years resolutions, throwing around the “clean eating and anything else is just bad and dirty” or they are posting workouts and then after they are posting meals that are so small and tiny that my brain is sitting here going WTF.

Some of these bloggers are promoting disordered thinking. One example in particular, after a 14 mile run, eating and4305229 promoting baby food with a little bit of veggies as post long run meal?

And people flock to them like crazy. It scares me, because I use to look at these people as inspirations. I used to beat myself up if I wasn’t on plan. Some of these people are truly eating disorderd and promiting to their readers and it just sends me raging.

Maybe it is just me and the way I was trained, there is a balance. There are some days, screw it. I want a piece of pizza and I go for it. I don’t have guilt about it. I know I have a calorie budget and I fit it in. I don’t eat the entire pizza, I enjoy a couple slices and a salad. Also being from the NW I really like beer. I don’t beat myself up over any of it.

Could I be thinner if I was strictly clean eating? Probably. But my body seems to be perfectly happy where it is at, and more importantly I am happy where it is at.

Also a lot of these people are running insane miles or workout so much that I am asking myself how their body holds up to it?

It goes back to the fact that from the early days I had a trainer teach me about balance. About having faith in myself to make the right decisions and looking at the big picture.

Like I said. Maybe I just don’t get it.

And a lot of these people are so over the top on exercise. Doing 10-15 miles every couple days on their run or 2-3 hours at the gym. I know I am committed to my run time, but when I read these I start raging because I know if I did that my body would rebel. My body needs it’s rest and rehab just as much as it needs to work out.

It scares me people are encouraged by it.

I just realize how long this blog was…. I will do a part 2 later.

Late Night Musings: “This One is a Fighter”

Dang.
I went through a large patch where I haven’t wanted to write too many personal blogs. And now the spark is coming back to write.

I will be blunt. Some of what I want to say is going to come off crazy. Just follow me a bit. We will get through it.

One quick piece: Also I am in the running for a position at Pace Per Mile. If you could please stop by: Pace Per Mile and vote I would appreciate it.

Now onward.

If you read the last musings blog, I am defiantly in one of those places that I am putting it all out there to reach my goals; between trying to get the social media guru in me to the next level, trying to make sure running in 2016 is much better then 2015, the Pace Per Mile thing and a few other things which I am not quite ready to bring up in the blog.

But one of the things I have had to figure out is its going to be a fight for me to get anywhere.

If you have followed my blog you know about the health issues that my dad has faced, and I am probably going to get too personal here but I really am to the point I don’t care.

Obesity has been an awful part of my life for the past three years. My dad has been dealing with the consequences of it. Part way through this journey his doctors made it crystal clear, if he would of changed his path we might not of been here.

It’s changed all of us.

He has been in denial for the longest time about it. I think it has been the hardest thing for all of us to handle, the denial that obesity has been the big key to what caused all this.

Do not get me wrong. I love my dad, I always will. But I don’t like what this has done.

I went through my own journey with obesity, and I am lucky enough to continue in “maintenance” for the last five years. I know how challenging it has been, and I know what I went through. I truly became a “fighter”.

The thing is, watching someone go through the journey can truly be draining. You want to be there and support them but to be honest its costly.

I have watched dreams and things I have worked for fall by the way side because this has been my focus. I have convinced myself that going after certain dreams isn’t worth it.

The fight was kind of gone.

Obesity has taken so much of what is important to me.

Because I didn’t stay true to the boundaries I had set.

So many people have encouraged me to go after my dreams and leave this in the past. They have supported, they have cheered, they have been in my corner. But I have let this stop me from making the big leaps.

I had a long talk with my dads social worker who is a rockstar. She said it best when she said “You have done a lot of amazing things, but this has held your full life back for the past three years”

Bingo.

And the thing is, if I can survive the past three years. I can keep going and see where this road takes me, I just have to be willing to channel the inner fighter.

Thanks for following the train of thought. I just needed to put it all out there.

A Special Thanksgiving Letter: Thank You: @PWFCrystalCoast

I already got the chance to write about running in my blog that I wrote for The SF Marathon. You can check that one out by clicking above.

I have one of the craziest familes ever.

And I am so proud of it.

I have brought them up in a couple blogs here and there, but I don’t think I have been able to put into words how crazy the journey has been becoming the social media guru for the Premier Wrestling Federation . The original planned on helping these boys get off the ground and moving on. But as I have been working more with them, I have realized that I actually have a passion for the social media side of the business and I have been wanting to see things happen bigger and better for these guys.

But what I have never expected is that I would end up adopting a family of brothers and sisters.

I have not made it a secret that things have been complicated in my world. More specifically with my family and my PWFTurtlelogodads health issues. There has been so much that has gone by the wayside in the process. But these guys have truly been backing me up and encouraging me to dream bigger and fight for the things that I want to accomplish.

These guys and girls work so hard, and its obvious when I am watching the footage of what they are doing that they truly love what they do. They truly want to be amazing towards their fans in NC and beyond and leave them with an experience that is once in a life time.

But the thing is, without even knowing it, they have really helped me explore a dream come true. It is not a hard fact to follow that I am a huge wrestling fan, and always dreamed about doing something in the business. They took this lonely wrestling fan that was all away across the country and let them steer the ship on the marketing side.

It breaks my heart that the odds are, I will never get the chance to come to NC to see them live. Because I owe these guys a lot more then they know, they believed in me and keep seeing the potential and believing in me. Its been a life saver. I am truly thankful for them this holiday season for being a part of my world and making me smile so many time.

Late night musings from The Zombie Running Princess: SF Marathon, Sand Castles…. And wrestling….

I have not written one of these late night musings blogs in awhile. The blog has been more about business stuff then anything else as of late; manly because I have had a lot of random things going on in my head and have not really wanted to spill it all out.

Let me start off with the happy news; this week I was asked back as a 3rd year San Fransisco Marathon Ambassador. The

marathon has been an amazing experience; and when I jumped into doing this blog thing they are literally the first company to see my story and really truly believe in it. I already can’t wait to be back. I have learned so much every time I have been there and met so many amazing people. I will be saying a lot more about this in the next few weeks; but mark July on your calendar.

I am already super excited for 2016 in terms of running. I think I will be able to shoo some of the negative 2015 vibes away.

Despite the good news, the last few months I have just been struggling with my confidence as of late. I can’t really put a finger on it, other then I feel like there has been a ton of negative, harried energy around me and I have not been able to beat it back. In conversation with a friend the topic of sand castles came up and how sometimes life comes around and turns the sand castles you are building on its head and turn them to dust. I have been lucky that I have some amazing friends who have been able to help step outside what it is going on and really help try and keep the ship on track.

It has always been my biggest challenge. I need to remember to realize that I can go after my dreams, I can persue whatever it is that makes me happy. I can shoot for the moon. And I need to remember to ask for help when I am drowning in the negative energy.

So I have been working on some things for my future. I don’t want to go into much at the moment, but I am happy/nervous about some of the direction I am taking, even though some people around me are not.

I went off on my personal Facebook about another topic this week. And I will just say this; if you have followed my blog and my journey for any length of time. You have an idea of what kind of role obesity has played and for that matter what kind of havock it has played on my families life. I have said it before and I will say it again. If you are dealing with the journey, if you are struggling. Its worth the fight. It is worth the struggle, it is worth the looking inside of yourself and dealing with the issues. Its so hard to watch someone I love deny that obesity and their choices are at the root of the issue. And I know some of that has lead to my ugly feelings.

Change is hard. But its worth it

One last thought. You have heard me brag a lot on social media about my lovely PWF Crystal Coast. I am proud to be their social media boss. I just wanted to say it once again. These guys just came off onf an amazing show weekend the first weekend of November. I am so proud of what they are becoming and I am so proud to be on the journey with them.

#261Fearless: Joining the Movement

Its has never been a secret that one of the causes I am proud to be behind is the 261 Fearless movement by Kathrine Switzer.

I have been asked and very excitedly accepted an invitation to join a new program and be one of the founding 261 Fearless Ambassadors.

261 was the number worn by a KV Switzwer in the 1967 Boston Marathon. At this time racing was not considered a women friendly event. An angry race director tried to attack her in the second mile to take that number away from her; angry that a women would of entered her race.

Kathrine continued her running career completing 39 marathons, and won the New York City Marathon in 1974. She ran unnamedher personal best in 1975, finishing second in Boston (2:51:33). She then put her substantial energies into creating the Avon International Running Circuit of women’s only races in 27 countries with over a million participating from 1978 to the present time. It was this series of events, which showed global participation and performances that largely convinced the IOC to include a women’s marathon in the 1984 Olympic Games.

The words regarding the 261 Movement are amazing.

261 Fearless

is a global community of women, be she a walker, jogger, runner, or front of the pack racer, who have found strength, power and fearlessness from putting one foot in front of the other. This strength has allowed her to overcome doubt and adversity in her life and she has the ability and desire to give support to other women who want to take on their personal challenges through running or walking. This is a safe community of support, respect, friendship and sharing of accomplishments and a place for women who want to become runners and walkers to find their fearless through the connection with others. We take no notice of ability, body-type, religion or ethnicity as we all hold the universal language of putting one foot in front of the other. We communicate on social media as @261Fearless, through closed social channels and personally in our communities, clubs, groups and at events. We are here because sometimes, you just need to know you are not alone. If you are a female runner or soon to be runner, please join the 261 Fearless Movement.

261 Fearless Mission

is to bring active women together through a global supportive community – allowing fearless women to pass strength gained from running and walking onto women who are facing challenges and hence sparking a revolution of empowerment. 261 is the symbol that unites us as empowered runners and walkers.

I am proud to get out there and share my story. It is because of running that I have found my fearless side. Sometimes I needed to be reminded that it is in me; but I am proud of being part of it.

Running has truly taught me to appricate how strong I am. I also has gotten me to appricate that I did not need to be an unhappy person. That I have the power to define my life.

I am hoping by the end of the year in 2016 that I can help bring together a 261 Fearless running club here in Portland for everyone to get involved with running, to motivate and challenge each other.

The frusterations of fundrasing…

I hate fundraising

I always have. But when George passed away I decided I needed to do something in George’s honor after he passed e38077e83bdda17a9c04f52076c8159aaway; I found the Seattle Humane Society program and I fell in love with it. Its a program that dedicates every penny to the animals and making sure they find their forever homes.

Last year I was able to be one of the top fundraisers in the program, it took so much work but I feel like I really made a difference so I really wanted to do it this year.

The thing is the well has run dry.

I really do feel like giving up.

The thing is I started looking at George’s photos and I know we can help find others a forever home.

I will keep this open; and I will keep the cavort that any donations, I will do a physical/Funny/Goofy dare of your choosing (within reason, and we may have to modify) and I will do it on Periscope to boot.

Charity Athletes- Seattle Humane.