Portland and I Made It Official.

Yesterday I did 6 miles (5 miles at a moderate pace, 1 mile at a crawl). It appears that eating an orange sherbet pushup pop is not sufficient fuel. I’m not sure why I continue to make these bad decisions when it comes to running nutrition.

I think part of it is that I always think “6/5/4/etc. miles isn’t that many, I’ll be fine” when in reality 6 miles is getting into that territory where I need to be smart about fueling right since it takes me well over an hour.

I think my 2014 resolution NEEDS to be getting serious about fuel/nutrition so that my mid-length and long runs go better. Plus, Portland and I made it officialΒ (!!!!!!!) and I know nailing fuel will be really important to go the distance.


For the next year you can just call me Bib #1404!

Speaking of races the lottery for the Hardrock 100 was today and a few of my favorite elite ultrarunners made it. It’s going to be a really good race! Seb Chaigneau, Tim Olson and Kilian Jornet will all be running.

As you can see from this shirt I had made – because I’m a weirdo (actually there is a long story but it would be boring to tell) – Seb, Tim and Kilian are three of my favorites and having them all get into Hardrock is a big deal!

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One final thing – I tried to read while I was running on the treadmill and it’s SO HARD. I definitely felt sick after about 2 miles and had to stop.

I’m reading Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and Other Concerns)Β by Mindy Kaling. I love Mindy but so far the book isn’t my favorite … maybe I should try reading it when I’m not running.

Have you ever tried reading/watching TV on the treadmill? Does it make you feel motion sick?Β 

What are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?Β 

– I’m always on the hunt for something good to read!



  1. December 8, 2013 / 11:52 am

    Way to make it official! Portland is a fantastic place to visit! I am positive I am not coordinated enough to read on a treadmill.

    • December 9, 2013 / 9:56 pm

      Thank you! YES, reading on the treadmill is so hard. All the bouncing up and down is just nauseating!

  2. December 8, 2013 / 6:45 pm

    I can watch tv/movies on the ‘mill, but I can’t read either!!

    Congrats on the race signup! I’m so proud of you! This is a huge deal!

    I forget that anything over 6 miles is a REAL FUEL THRESHOLD for me, too. I need to remember that fuel really makes a difference.

    • December 9, 2013 / 9:57 pm

      I can watch TV/movies as long as the TV screen is directly in front of me. If I have to turn my head my body turns with it and I start running into the handle bars (or whatever the bars on the sides are called)!

  3. December 9, 2013 / 5:56 am

    Yaym that is fantastic news re: Portland!!! You must be stoked! πŸ™‚

    Never read while running but used to attempt to read while readin/studying back in the day – wasn’t successful at that though, too hard to stop trying not to trip and to really take in what I was reading, d’oh…

    Happy marathon training! πŸ™‚

  4. December 17, 2013 / 8:43 am

    Congrats on registering for Portland!! So exciting! That will be a major milestone and so much fun to train for! I never read while running, but I do sometimes on the bike. I prefer just listening to music. Sometimes I do TV too if it’s an easy run. But for harder workouts I find it too distracting.

    • December 17, 2013 / 2:06 pm

      I find it hard to read on the bike too – but I like playing games on my phone, haha. I can win so much fake money in Blackjack while pedaling away! πŸ™‚