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Theodore.

Wow, it has been over a month since I have written anything!

Faris has battled an ankle injury over the last few weeks but has been feeling better lately. He is still training and focusing on the Anchorage Mile that he will do in Anchorage, Alaska in August.

I have been doing my usual running and workouts but I have found a new workout that I love throwing into the mix. That is cardio ballet! I grew up doing ballet and other forms of dance so I naturally love doing any body movement exercise. The YouTube channel that I found with the best workouts is called Jessica Smith TV. I highly suggest trying it out if you are stuck in a workout rut and are looking for something fun to try. It is a great workout and she has lots of different videos so you are sure to find something that suits your fancy.

We have also found another form of workout to share and that is walking our new puppy! If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook you have surely seen our posts of our adorable new pup, Theodore. He is my excuse for not writing these last few weeks. But as he lays snoozing next to me at the office I figured I would get a quick word in while he is dreaming. Theodore is a cairn terrier, the same dog as Toto from the Wizard of Oz. He is high energy, fearless, and friendly! He likes his BarkBox toys and treats, as well as the occasional running shoe and compression sock.

If you would like to follow Theodore’s puppyhood adventures, please follow him on Instagram @theodore_the_terrier. He (Andrea) posts cute pictures of his PNW dog life.

-Andy, Faris, and Theodore!

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The Holiday Off Season

Phew it has been a busy couple of months full of family visits, work, and holiday festivities. The holidays started back in the end of October with a visit from my mom. Then in early November my sister came from Alaska for a visit and we created a new holiday named “Cousinsgiving.” Cousinsgiving was a weekend get away to Soap Lake, WA with all girl cousins. We drank wine, made turkey dinner, hung Christmas lights, and ate pie by the fire. It was wonderful and stress free. Then Faris’ sister, her husband, and their two kids came for actual Thanksgiving for a week. Somewhere in there I had a fancy dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse with some of the pharmacy staff. Finally most recently we did Christmas starting at one cousins house for appetizers then we drove to Marysville to have dinner with some of my other cousins. We feasted on prime rib, twice baked potatoes, and stomached an upsetting Seahawks loss. Now with just a few days left in 2016 I felt that I should recap what has been going on these past couple of months.

Faris was taking an off season from running these past couple of months. That entailed lifting weights and strength training but no running…well almost no running. He went for a few jogs and did some cardio on the elliptical so that he did not lose too much of his cardiovascular strength. The day he was supposed to start his off season a couple of months ago he decided to go for one more run (I told him not to) but he did anyways, stepped in a pothole, and gave himself a good ankle sprain. Thankfully it healed up quickly, he was able to still strength train these past couple of months, and the real lesson here was I’m always right!

2017 is going to be a very busy year with Faris finishing school, our wedding, and a few really big races. Stay tuned for pictures and updates!

-Happy New Year!

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Lake Washington 5k

This past Saturday, 11-5-16, (my big brothers 29th birthday) Faris ran the first annual Lake Washington 5k and Half Marathon at Juanita Beach in Kirkland, WA. It was absolutely pouring rain that morning despite it having been a very nice November so far here in Seattle.

As it was the first year of this race it came with a few expected hiccups. The half marathon- which started before the 5k, began 45 minutes late. That pushed the 5k back to about 50 minutes late. Faris kept moving around staying warm and I stayed beneath my umbrella with my Starbucks, ready to take pictures whenever the race began!

Well the race finally started and the runners took off at full speed through the puddles. A police motorcycle escort led the race through the 3.1 mile loop course.

When I saw the police motorcycle coming back, I knew that if there was a white jersey right behind her, it would be Faris. A white jersey it was! Faris won the race at 20:10. It was not his fastest 5k by any means but the weather and the massive uphill in the middle of the course slowed his time down just a bit. What an amazing accomplishment to come in first for the first time of this race! This means he is a course record holder for the Lake Washington 5k. The prize was a nice medal and a discount card to Frost

Hopefully next year there is a little less rain and he can blow his time out of the water!

Link to the race if you are interested: http://lakewashingtonhalf.com/

-doubleknotts

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Staying warm.
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Ready to run!
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At the finish line.
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Looking out over Juanita Beach.
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Juanita Beach, Kirkland, WA.
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Donut sandwich for the winner! One for the cheerleader also 😉

Pumpkin art

How many times have I bought a bottle of nail polish only to use the color once and then let it sit with all the others in the nail polish graveyard? Too many to count! I feel bad throwing the half used bottles away even though I know I won’t be painting my nails “Happy Ending” green again anytime soon.

Thankfully it is fall and arts and crafts have taken over my Pinterest page and my life. Alas nail polish painted pumpkins are born. Painting mini pumpkins was a fun way to spend a rainy Sunday and a resourceful way to get rid of otherwise wasted nail polish. Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

Directions:

  1. Clean the pumpkins of any dirt.
  2. Paint with nail polish, let dry between coats.
  3. Enjoy your wonderful creations!

H2O-Water

H2O

For todays photo challenge the prompt was H2O…aka water. Athletes have great respect for the amount of water we require. Consuming enough water leads to better results, less injuries, and all around better health. Not only do we respect the water we drink, we seek where it comes from. The water we find in nature is often found on the best hiking trails, running paths, and hidden corners of this Earth. Running has enlightened me to find some amazing sources of water and I will continue to run to find more.

-doubleknotts

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Bridal Veil Falls in the Cascades, Washington.
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Lake Serene, quite serene isn’t it?
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Lake Serene was an excellent place to stop and drink water before our hike down, we did not drink from the lake-it was from our water packs!

 

Check out this footage of the falls!

A breakthrough in running

Breakthrough in running-Labor Day 2016.

I have accepted the challenge of writing a post a day for the new blog. I have some catching up to do! The prompt from a few days ago was breakthrough and on Labor Day, Faris had a serious breakthrough with his running.

He competed in the Overlake 4 Mile Run in Redmond, Washington. This is the first race that we did when we moved to Seattle in 2014-we both did the half marathon that year. This year I opted to be the photographer and cheerleader-a position I very much enjoy.

Faris came in third overall and with a time of 24:40, something he has never done before…aka a breakthrough! He won prize money, a whopping $25 gift certificate to Super Jock ‘N’ Jill, an all things running store in Seattle. The amount of money was insignificant compared to this huge breakthrough that he achieved. It is one of his proudest running moments to date. His coach Henry says he is now considered semi-professional since he won some bucks!

Now we train for the next breakthrough,

-doubleknotts

Check out his slow motion start here: https://youtu.be/SYW7Qr5G4g0

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About to start!
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Receiving his medal.
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Post run silly face!
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After receiving his prize $$, double thumbs up to that.

Sunday Morning

Morning

Sunday mornings are mine and Faris’ favorite morning. It means no work. It means sleeping in. It means walking to get coffee and breakfast. It means another week has come and gone. It means a beautiful new week is about to start. It means it’s track day and we are going to run hard. It means catching up on life. Mornings bring something special everyday but Sunday mornings are the best.

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This is the egg sandwich we shared last Sunday at Cloud City Coffee in Seattle. It is our favorite place to go on Sunday mornings. This week our croissant sandwich looked very much like a crab. Faris even tried to give it a set of eyes for this picture.

Steve Prefontaine 10k weekend

I feel obligated to recap our weekend getaway to Coos Bay, Oregon in September where Faris competed in the 37th Annual Steve Prefontaine Memorial 10 Kilometer Road Race, perhaps it is because I fell in love with this small coastal town or because I am still buzzing on starting a blog and this event is perfect to write about.

Coos Bay is an adorable small town on the Oregon Coast, filled with nice people, good coffee, and the overwhelming presence of their hometown hero-Steve Prefontaine. If you do not know who “Pre” is a quick biography is this: he was a runner from Coos Bay who made it to the 1972 Olympics and was tragically killed way before his time at just 24 years old. He held several American running records ranging in distances from 2,000 to 10,000 meters.

The Memorial Road Race floods the small downtown streets of Coos Bay with thousands of runners, cheerleaders, and supporters of the event. It is a 10 kilometer race that a variety of runners turn out for, ranging from Olympic Trial hopefuls to mom and dads pushing strollers through their beloved town. There is also a 5K race for the middle and high school athletes, and a fun run for families.

After the race on Saturday, where Faris placed 35th overall with a time of 41:01 we relaxed with friends and his coaches on the beach. Well relaxed might be a stretch…we played some intense rounds of Spikeball-it was a great way for Faris to loosen up his legs after the race and for the rest of us to get in our daily exercise. We also drove to Bandon, Oregon and tried cheese and chocolates-excellent post race fuel! On Sunday we participated in the 2016 Run Like a Devil XC and Middle Distance clinic for cross country runners hosted by Northwest Fitness-Coos Bay. It is very enlightening to see young people participating in healthy activities and putting their heart into something that they love.

All around it was an awesome weekend and I can’t wait to make it a yearly tradition.

Peace,

-doubleknotts

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Faris coming into the home stretch of the race.
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At the start of the race! Number 460 is Jared Bassett a University of Portland runner who won the race in 31:43.
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Coos Bay Boardwalk in all of its glory!
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We stopped at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon where Prefontaine was a college athlete. The last time I was there was in 2008 with my mom and sister looking at colleges and it was during the 2008 Olympic Trials! The stadium was packed full of athletes and spectators that day-when we stopped on the way back to Seattle there wasn’t a soul or a sole, in sight.
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Faris and “Pre.”
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Faris talking to the runners at the speed school. These young people did an awesome job in the 5k race on Saturday.
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Spikeball getting pretty intense!

What’s in a name?

As we pondered the idea of a running focused blog, we of course had to find the perfect name. Any runner knows that when you put on your shoes before a run, jog, or sprint-you tie your shoes. Not only do you tie them, you double knot them.

All proper spellings of double knot were taken on social media, so with a bit of thought we added the extra “t” and the extra “s” and came up with doubleknotts. The 365 in our domain name and email address stems from the fact that we have running on our mind 365 days a year-366 for a leap year but that’s besides the fact.

Cheers,

-doubleknotts

 

These pictures are the perfect double knot on Faris’  Brooks running shoes before his track run on Sunday October 2, 2016.

First blog post

Our first blog post.

I have been dreaming about starting a blog for days, months, years. I finally pitched the idea to my fiance’, Faris, the other day and he was all about it. We are a very adventurous couple, our weekends range from drives down the West Coast to hikes in the Rainer Valley. Faris is a competitive runner and he’s also been dreaming about sharing his wisdom of the sport through blog posts and YouTube videos. We have proven to be a power couple in many of our undertakings so we have decided to collaborate and give blogging and vlogging a try for our various adventures.

Please check back soon for new posts and videos!

Thanks,

Andy and Faris