Catch a Lift Fund Donation Giveaway (Going Goofy in 2015)

Published August 26, 2014 by shanisko

Fundraising for Catch a Lift Fund is in full force.  In the coming weeks I will be announcing a Bling Runners Virtual Fund Run with all proceeds going to Catch a Lift Fund.  In the meantime anyone who has donated and anyone who donates through August 30 will be entered to win either a handmade sparkle skirt or handmade medal rack.  You can donate by clicking on this Link.

Medal Rack in Progress:

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Sparkle Skirt sample (you can pick your color and size)




Run Elevated Recovery

Published August 25, 2014 by shanisko


I expected a longer than usual recovery from Run Elevated because of the downhill nature of the race.  Little did I know that I would be so sore that my husband would laugh at me every time I tried to go down the stairs (which I actually ended up going down scooting on my butt for a while).  Though I should have just done this.



Yesterday, I walked, stretched, foam rolled, used my stick, took some advil, and used aspercreme for recovery. I did not nap because sitting still actually made things worse.  I feel better this morning though at my 48 hour mark I will be taking a very long, hot bath to loosen up the muscles for more massage.  Why 48 hours?  That’s what I was taught in massage therapy school.  No heat for 48 hours after an injury or muscle overuse, because it can cause more problems.  I really wish my hubby would have come down to the Rec center with my swimsuit because I could have used the cold water to my advantage.


This is going to be a good week though.  My friend and classmate, Amy, is coming to run (or walk) the Porter Half Marathon with me this weekend.  Why walk?  Because I don’t know if I’ll be back in running shape by Saturday.  Recovery is key right now.

What are your tips for recovery after a downhill race?

Run Elevated Half Marathon Recap (with a serious set of PRs)

Published August 23, 2014 by shanisko


Run Elevated Half Marathon.  I would, without a doubt, not only run this race again but completely recommend traveling to run it…it is a beautiful course with 9.5 miles in Little Cottonwood Canyon (almost entirely downhill).  Which of course means some serious PRs.

Packet Pick up was relatively un-interesting.  Got my stuff at Wasatch Running Center and bought a Trigger Point Ball.

The best part of that day was breakfast at Frisch Compassionate Eatery.  A Vegan restaurant, owned by some friends. It is really good.  And the little one loves it too.



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Bib # and Flat Sarah

I was up at 3:00 AM for the race because I had to travel about an hour to the bus pick-up/finish line at Alta Canyon Recreation Center.  It was downpouring through the entire drive.  Seriously, downpouring.  Ugh.  Thankfully I packed my trusty Mickey Mouse Poncho.

I arrived at the center, parked, and went into the building where we waited for about a half hour before the buses arrived. 



We started the rainy commute up the canyon at about 5:50AM.  We arrived around 6:00 and were allowed to stay on the busses until about 6:15.  By that time, it was SNOWING!! SNOWING!! It’s AUGUST!! Of course we were at a ski resort to start but good GOD it’s AUGUST!!!  I huddled under my poncho, walking around to stay warmed up, with my hands in gloves with little hand warmers.  I decided to use the potty 1 minute before we were to line up.  Honestly by the time I got out of the honey bucket the snow had stopped.  It was going to be a beautiful start.





The gun went off and down we started.  I would not recommend doing frequent intervals running downhill if you’re an interval runner, I found it harder to stop then actually keep running down hill.

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Sorry guys, pic heavy post.

I was doing pretty good.  Hit my goal to reach mile 9.5 before they opened the canyon road back up to traffic.  However, I was also feeling the downhill in my calves.  Bad.  I stopped to stretch a few times and by the time I hit mile 10.5 I was no longer hitting my shorter pace.  But I was absolutely ok with that because I knew I was still going to PR at that point.  My previous official half marathon PR was 3:05:51.  I was hauling ass compared to that.

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This is the picture I sent my hubby after he told me to suck it up on the short uphill portion.


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Oh, yeah.  I killed this one.

I walked around for a bit after I finished.  Snacked, got to the car, put my compression socks on over my sleeves because I know my calves are gonna need some serious lovin’ the next few days and went home.

When I got home the little one tried to help me foam roll, toddlers sitting on your hamstrings while you’re rolling your quads feels really good.

Overall, I am very serious, this race was amazing.  It went by so quickly because of the downhill and the beautiful scenery.  Highly recommended race.



Run Elevated Half Marathon: Preview

Published August 22, 2014 by shanisko


My goal is to set a serious PR on this mostly downhill course.  2:30…would be awesome.  Packet Pick-Up is today.Featured Image -- 597

Returning again in 2014, Little Cottonwood Canyon is accessible for an unparalleled running experience featuring a 3,800 drop in elevation ideal for your first or fastest half marathon.

Limited to 2,000 runners, the 2nd Annual RUN ELEVATED HALF MARATHON boasts a USATF-certified course starting at Alta Ski Resort and winding through one of the most beautiful canyons at sunrise.

Family-friendly events await runners at the finish line at Alta Canyon Recreation Center, including music, booths and swimming.

Start a running tradition that will elevate your spirit and challenge your body. Why just run, when you can Run Elevated?


A Mother Runner Dilemma: Newly Employed and Nervous

Published August 21, 2014 by shanisko

Today I interviewed for, and was offered, a position working with kids with special needs in Salt Lake School District.  I applied because I felt this was something I could do to make a difference in someone’s life.  Not to mention I think I can put my conflict resolution and analysis skills to work in this type of position.  These are kids who might have some behavioral issues and if I can help at least one of them find better ways to express their frustrations I will feel like I accomplished something.


I am nervous though, highly nervous.  How will this affect Lilly?  I’ve been home with her for months now and she’s been out of daycare (which I am not sending her back to….because of too much illness).  How will this affect my Goofy training?  We’re going to need a treadmill because the commute is at least 45 minutes long (one way), depending on weather and traffic.  

I’ve become so accustomed to being with my little one that I don’t know how to feel about working again.  Time to be the #BAMR I am supposed to be, right?

Let Your Soul Sing or How to Pick a Path

Published August 21, 2014 by shanisko


My path has been so winding…

Originally posted on crellim:

Standards and norms may pretend they are right

But there is no such thing as a right or wrong path to travel
Yes, there are many ways to choose, even ones that are never acknowledged
Yet claiming a path as right and another as wrong does more harm than good
My options are open not framed in these constrained options
Rather I will walk down the path that makes me feel alive
There are always paths, and I mean multiple, that send each spirit soaring
My aim is to travel down those paths that make my soul sing
Yes, there are paths that hurt the soul and destroy the spirit 
They probably destroy the world around you too
But I have walked down those paths and there is no shame in admitting it
Framing it as wrong, just allows the world to label you as bad and in…

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