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199 miles done and 358 days till we do it again

Well, we did it.

We ran 200 miles and we raised $10,000

 

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Team picture at the finish line. I think this is really the only picture where we got all 12 of us together.

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Team picture of our the back of our shirts.

 

This was probably one of the best things I have done and I can’t wait to do it again.

Don’t worry, there will be a longer recap of the race, I have just had sooooo much going on that I haven’t even had time to sit down at my computer….

 

Just. Keep. Running.

Want to find out what is on my race calendar?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie

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Running Log ~ Welcome back

Forgive me readers, it has been months since my last post.

So much has happened this year, at least for me.

At the beginning of the year I got a new job that has taken up so much of my time and has made me slacking in my posting. I have still been crafting and running and meal planning but I haven’t had time to tell you about it.

I became a homeowner. For the very first time my husband and I bought our own house. There were a million reasons we had been renters for so long, but all that came to an end this spring.  So of course all that came with getting financed, finding a house and moving took up so much of my ‘free’ time.

I became a marathoner. Yep, I did it. I ran (well, ran/walked) my first marathon. While I am very proud of my accomplishment I am highly disappointed in my time. I will tell you all about it in another post.

I am of course ready to run my next marathon and wondering about one in Oct. There are a number of ones I would like to do in Aug or Sept but the timing just doesn’t work out.  Then there is nothing past Oct, until the next year. But I was hoping to beat my time this year….

As it has been working out, I have run at least one race every month this year.  Some months there are two and I have already participated in 3 virtual races with 2 more coming (those are not included in the monthly total!)  If I don’t do the marathon in Oct I will have to find another race to keep my streak going. I already have races planned for Nov & Dec.

I am trying to decide if I want to focus on a few big races next year or keep doing what I am doing and running all the races🙂  I do know that there are a number of them that I have not run, that I would like to.  So next year may be the year for new races only.

I also bought my first fitness/GPS watch and couldn’t be more excited about it. It’s the Garmin Vivoactive HR. So if you are a Garmin owner and want to connect I am @MamaSonshine

I am finally on a Hood to Coast team this year! We decided to join as a fundraising team, so we are raising money for Providence Cancer Center. It has been a real challenge keeping a team of 12 people together and fundraising. Currently we are selling raffle tickets as a fundraiser and the proceeds from the running window decals I make and sell in my Etsy shop will go towards our fundraiser.

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Here are the two new stickers I made to sell as a fundraiser.  You can purchase them through my Etsy shop.  And again the proceeds will go towards our fundraising goal.

 

I know there is more but I am tired and need to do some wall sits.  I just wanted to check in and let you know that while I haven’t been writing I am still running.

Just. Keep. Running.

Want to find out what is on my race calendar?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie

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This year my running club and I will be participating in the Hood to Coast Relay Race as a fundraising team. We will be raising money for Providence Cancer Center to help #FINISHCANCER. Click on the picture below (or here) to donate today.

 

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Running Log ~ Trail Edition

The long run.

I really do love the long  run. And it’s even more important now that I will be running 26.2 miles coming up.

EEK. Did I just write that?

I did! I signed up for the Newport Marathon in June.

So I was in desperate need of double-digit mile weekends.  My cousin was training for a very long 20 mile trail race and also needed some miles.  So when she asked if I could do a 15 mile trail run with her I jumped at the chance.  Not too many people want to run 15 miles with you.

An experienced Forest Park runner friend dropped us at a starting point where we could run on Wildwood trail (see map) and end up on Old German Town road 15 miles later.

Forest Park Trails Printable Map

So it had been raining that week. And the week before, and the week before…..I mean this is the Pacific Northwest guys. It was raining that morning and I was not excited about that but since the trial is in the forest the trees would keep most of the rain off.

Even though I couldn’t feel much of the rain falling down I sure felt the aftermath on the ground. There was a little bit of mud on the trail.

MSS_TrailRun01I may have almost had my foot eaten my a mud monster no less than six times or almost drowned in quickmud.

We kept having to slow down to find a way around the mud. It wasn’t just like a little bit of water on the path, or a little mud. The mud was ankle deep in most places, our shoes would get stuck if we walked or ran through it.  It added at least an hour or more to our run.

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The mud also made things very slippery, so if wasn’t for my natural grace and dexterity I probably would have fallen over the edge of the cliff to my demise on numerous occasions. Or maybe I would have just fallen to the ground and gotten muddy and hurt. Either way it wouldn’t have been fun.

I learned that on the trails even when you start at the top of the hill you still have to run up hill all the time. The whole run was up hill with a little down hill, then up hill again.

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I need lots of water on my runs no matter how far, 1 mile or 10 I bring my water bottle.  As it turned out neither of us had enough water with us. We were in bad shape and found this beautiful little waterfall where we stopped for a fill up. I dropped some of my Nuun water purifying electrolyte tablets in the water and was good as gold! Ok, full disclaimer…Nuun is not a water purifier, but it is an electrolyte replacement tablet and is delightful.

So here is the thing about trail runs, it’s really hard to end them early. Cause you know, you are out in the middle of the trail. So my cousin wasn’t feeling well and needed to end the run early so we called our Expert and he said ‘don’t worry there is a bail out option.’

Turns out the bailout option was still two to three miles away and then we would still have a mile or two till the end. But I guess it was the shorter distance, and my cousin’s friend met us part way after we took the turn off and ran with us the rest of the way.

If we hadn’t had to take the bailout option I never would have come across this view:

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After running what seemed like up hill all day the turn off finally took us down hill and at the bottom the trees opened up, the rain stopped and there was the St. Johns bridge in all it’s glory.

Our run wasn’t the full 15 miles but it was in the double digits, so that was good. Unfortunately I had poor cell service so the GPS on my phone (because it’s an iPhone, which doesn’t actually have GPS) so we don’t know our exact mileage.

I realized that day that while I love the woods, and I love being out in the woods, I am not a trail runner. I couldn’t really see any of the scenery around me because I was watching the ground to make sure the forest monsters don’t reach up to trip me. Every time we got up to pace we had slow down to a slow walk around the mud pits. When you get somewhere it’s a beautiful view, but I could walk there…

Next 15 mile run was in the city on a much nicer day and much easier to complete.

Just. Keep. Running.

Want to find out what is on my race calendar?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie

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This year my running club and I will be participating in the Hood to Coast Relay Race as a fundraising team. We will be raising money for Providence Cancer Center to help #FINISHCANCER. Click on the picture below (or here) to donate today.

 

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Custom Daredevil Shirt ~ Silhouette Blog Hop & a Giveaway!!

When Sid turned two we had an Evel Knievel themed birthday party for him.  This seemed perfect for our little daredevil.  Admittedly when discussing this theme with Ian he was a little concerned. It took me a while to figure out why, and then I explained to him that Evel is a person’s name and that he was not evil, and when I say ‘daredevil’ I also don’t mean someone who is bad. I just love how kid brains process things.

Evel Knievel Party Decorations

 

Originally I wanted to make Sid an Evel Knievel suit. And when I say ‘I wanted to make’, I really mean I wanted my mom to make him one (see picture).

But it was so hot and we had lots of water activities at his party that he wouldn’t really be wearing it…..so I scratched that idea.

I also thought of just making him a shirt that looks like the top of Evel’s suite. Think tuxedo shirt….

But I still wasn’t sold on that idea.  Then I found an image somewhere on Google that I thought would be great for his shirt and a whole new idea was formed.

I wanted to customize Sid’s shirt so I took the image traced and altered it. (As I do with everything I make.)

Sid Evel Knievel birthday shirt

It is convenient that Sid’s name only has three letters and fit under the motorcycle in place of the engine.  I used two colors of flocked HTV (HTV=Heat Transfer Vinyl), it’s the kinda fuzzy stuff. I personally think it holds up better than regular HTV by the way.

It was a little difficult to get a picture of him in his shirt on his birthday (left) but he still wears this shirt all the time (he’s three and a half now).

Custom Evel Knievel Shirt

I went ahead and used the same image for his party favors.  I simply replaced Sid with Ride, as I felt people wouldn’t want to take home bags that say “Sid” on them.  For the bags I used the printable HTV for light colors (there is a difference between the one for light fabric and the one for dark fabric, I explain it in this post) and had my Cameo cut around the outside of the image, and the larger pieces inside.

Evel Knievel Party Favors

Inside the bag is a matching tattoo and sticker also made with my Silhouette Cameo.

Turns out that this Silhouette Challenge theme was all about Fabrics! So I just knew this project would fit in perfectly. Now since using HTV is only one option with working with your Silhouette and fabrics these wonderful ladies have come up with some other amazing ideas for you.  My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Art Party Smocks Custom Daredevil Shirt ~ Silhouette Blog Hop DIY Lightning Bug Wall Art with Lights DIY Chevron Mickey Mouse Shirt with Glitter HTV DIY Nautical Pillow Cover + A GIVEAWAY! Recycling Tee Shirts - St. Patty's Day Style! Appliqued Initial Heart Pillow Wrap-Around Shark Shirt Sew A Shopping Tote Into A Zipper Pouch 3 Creative Onesies for Baby Girl & Free Cut Files Pom Pom Tail Bunny Onesie Freezer Paper Stenciled Cushion with a Giveaway! Rawr! Dinosaur Birthday Shirt customize your Picnic Blanket It is Well With My Soul T-Shirt Design Monogrammed Envelope Pillows + Giveaway {The Silhouette Challenge} Toddler Trouble Shirt with free cut file DIY Ombré Tote Upcycled t-shirt cat... Meow! Little Helper Stenciled Kids Apron DIY Easter Egg Shirt - Silhouette Heat Transfer & Rhinestones DIY: Crazy Cat Lady Shirt + Free Cut File

1. Cutesy Crafts // 2. Mama Sonshine // 3. Morena’s Corner // 4. Simply Kelly Designs // 5. Coral + Mint Design Co. // 6. A Time For Seasons // 7. Architecture of a Mom // 8. Where The Smiles Have Been // 9. Haberdashery Fun // 10. The Thinking Closet // 11. The Crafting Nook // 12. Get Silvered // 13. Tori Grant Designs // 14. From Wine to Whine // 15. Create & Babble // 16. Curly Crafty Mom // 17. unOriginal Mom // 18. The Small Stuff Counts // 19. The Experimental Home // 20. Creative Ramblings // 21. Adventures in All Things Food // 22. Minted Strawberry

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Dawn Marie

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This year my running club and I will be participating in the Hood to Coast Relay Race as a fundraising team. We will be raising money for Providence Cancer Center to help #FINISHCANCER. Click on the picture below (or here) to donate today.

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