One Lovely Blog Award!

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The lovely and talented Sophie from “Foodzesty” kindly nominated me for this award. This is the first time I have been nominated for this one, so thank you Sophie! If you have not made it to her blog yet then you are in for a treat! Sophie is a wonderful cook and has shared a number of delicious recipes-go now and plan your dinner!

Here are the rules for accepting this award:

  1. Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in their post.
  2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
  3. Must add 7 facts about themselves.
  4. Nominate 15 people to do the award

 

Hmmm, 7 facts about me…

  1. I am the mother of two young adults, and am very proud of them!

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2. You can see from this picture that we like to rock climb as a family

3. I turned 50 last February and got a tattoo to mark the occasion. This is my one and only!

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4 & 5. My husband and I like to run half marathons and travel as much as possible.

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6. I have a Ph.D. in molecular biology and taught at the college level for 25+ years.

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my daughter and I at my graduation from USC

7. A few years ago, I went to culinary school because I enjoy baking and cooking and needed to get better at both!

 

Now for my nominees! Please do not feel pressure to respond to this award, my intention is to recognize how much I appreciate your blog and your talents!

Recipes by chefkreso

The Austrian Dish

ONCE UPON A HOT FLASH

juliecares

Marcia Strykowski

Arbie Krae

Simply Seppos

Everyone Else has the best titles

Rhapsody Boheme

Growing self blog

Food to glow

abbeyco

indianeskitchen

wakinguponthewrongsideof50

thisismytruthnow

 

Thank you all for your friendship, advice and your positivity πŸ™‚

 

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Half Marathon Training, September Update

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It’s October! We are running the TMC Get Moving Tucson Half Marathon in about 4 Weeks! We chose this run because we just bought a second home in Tucson and thought it made sense to run in our new community, and it would be a new challenge to run in the desert environment. It does make sense, but we really underestimated how much of a challenge it would be to run in the heat, at elevation (Tucson in 2200 ft) and the hills! Oh my, the hills! But I am getting ahead of myself, let’s take the month in order!

This was the plan for September.

September 2017
Monday Tuesday Wed Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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Run 8
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Run 5 Run 4 Run 9
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Run 5 Run 4 Run 9 10k fun run
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Run 6 Run5 Run10
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The first part of September went as scheduled, we ran our 8, 5, 4 and 9 miles here in Washington and they went quite well.

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The weather was mild and the temperatures were perfect in Seattle.

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After this 9 mile run we flew to Tucson to start setting up the house and train in the new environment. What a culture shock! 98F, hills, less oxygen at elevation and this:

 

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Running was hard. We had to start right at sunrise to avoid the high temps, which was gorgeous, and still 70F!

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We signed up for a local 10K to get a feel for what it would be like to run a race in Tucson. Bottom line: It was tough! 80F at the 7am start, and 400 feet of elevation gain! I was happy just to survive! Here is my Instagram post that day.

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I ran another 6 and 5 miles and my hubby did what he could, as he was working remotely during the whole trip in Tucson, and then we flew back to Washington for the 10 mile runs on 9/23 and 9/30. This gave me a total of 89.33 miles for the month.

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Now we are heading into the home stretch and our schedule for October.

October 2017

 

Monday Tuesday Wed Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Run 4 Run 5 Run 11
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Run 5 Run 4 Run 12
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
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23 24 25 26 27 28 29
Run 4-5 Run 4-5 Carb load 13.1
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The tricky part here will be running while we are in Kauai from 10/6 to 10/11. We are not sure how many times or how far we will be able to run while away, but we will try to be ready for the half marathon on the 29th. Again, the goal will be to survive! No PR or crazy goals with this one!

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Roda’s “Critter Connection” Challenge, Day 12

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I know, I know.. I missed day 11! How did that happen you ask? Well, my husband came home last night (Friday night) and said “let’s go out”! My response: “YES”! I thought I would be fine to come home and do my post, but no! I came home and pretty much passed out. If you saw my Instagram last night then you know how amazing the drinks and dinner looked, did I mention the drinks!

But don’t worry, I was punished this morning as we had a 10 mile training run and I felt awful during the last 3 miles! Honestly, what was I thinking? I am not 25, not by a long shot! I should have stayed home last night, ate a sensible dinner and posted my little critter!

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So cute!

Head over to my Instagram to see how I really felt about this run!

Roda’s “Critter Connection” Challenge, Day 10

I am double dipping today with my ducks pictures. If you follow me on Instagram then you know I used this critter as my running picture. The truth is that I had planned to make this my critter connection but decided it was too cute to not use for my exercise post too. It is supposed to run as a GIF, click on her to see the water move-definetly looks better on Instagram!

 

 

 

Roda’s “Critter Connection” Challenge, Day 9

When you think of the Pacific Northwest you probably think of salmon first, but the mighty slug could be our official state gastropod! They are everywhere and just my speed when it comes to photography!

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This is what you grow in the rain around here-he is, no doubt, off to eat the rest of my garden 😦

Roda’s “Critter Connection” Challenge, Day 8

I must be the only person in the Pacific Northwest who can’t get a decent picture of a squirrel! They are everywhere this time of year and I tried this morning, during my training run, to snap several pics and they must have known it, because they kept avoiding me at just the perfect time. I then went rock climbing with my kids and remembered that we saw several of these little guys at Smith Rocks State Park.

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This is the yellow bellied marmot and they are everywhere in central/southern Oregon. They were willing to pose for pictures at all times!

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If you are interested in learning more about what Smith Rocks State Park is like and what a great time my crazy family had climbing for four days, then check out this post, “A family vacation that really Rocked!”

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Hopefully I will be able to find a critter closer to home for tomorrow!

Roda’s “Critter Connection” Challenge, Day 7

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It has been raining in Washington all day and I was really worried about finding a critter to keep this challenge alive. Nothing has been stirring and I was afraid I would have to resort to a shot of my napping cat just to have something to post. So, I went about my day and went rock climbing and baked cupcakes for this month’s baking challenge (post to come soon on that) and I went outside to photograph my cupcakes just to find some light for the pictures. As I was looking around the garden I spotted some bees working over the only flowers left blooming in the yard. I decided to challenge my inner Roda and try to capture the bees at work.

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It was still lightly raining, and there was not a lot of light left, but I took aim anyway!

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In the end I am not Roda! But I did fulfill the challenge for one more day! Hopefully you won’t have to see my cat tomorrow and I will find something moving around out there!