Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tangent Tuesday

I am officially on break with the family until 9/28!! Thankfully the hubs is feeling better, so after a treadmill run of 8 miles (thanks rain!) we walked to and from lunch (1 mile each way), did some shopping, played a new board game, took Mady to the orthodontist, made nachos, and caught up on our Super Hero TV shows.

French toast for them, egg and butternut squash for me, and beans for nachos :)
Speak Out fun!

While I don't love treadmill running, I am so thankful to have one and it's great to do speed on. Plus, I don't even have to wear an actual shirt! I finished the NY Housewives and listened to Amy Schumer’s book. I haven't been into music while running at all lately, weird!

We also let Wall-E inside for a few minutes. He's technically the neighbor’s cat but hangs out here about 75% of the time.

One of these things is definitely not like the others. I could feel it while on the treadmill, which is a bit annoying but could definitely be worse! 

More vacation plans today: trail run with friends, nails with Mady (skipping a pedi today!), baking, and going to see Fantastic Beasts! 

My sleep has been off this week :( Between Ray and the cat… hopefully tonight will be awesome because we are hitting up Magic Mountain tomorrow!

Monday, November 21, 2016


I only jogged a tiny bit on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. Monday was a 1.5 mile warm up with my XC kids and Thursday was chasing them around on the course to cheer them on for a total of 5 miles. Saturday was for the Shoe Mann’s bday, 6.1 miles for 61! It was also my Mama's birthday, so we headed to LA for lunch and shopping after.

My toe feels almost normal. My legs were a tad bit tight on Saturday but definitely nothing crazy. 

I had 8 on the docket for Sunday but the hubs was sick and didn't sleep well so I decided to stay in bed and cuddle and make him soup!

Shooting for 10 on Monday, I'm just hoping the rain stays at bay until after we run.

We’ve officially decided that the Redding Marathon is our next marathon in less than 8 weeks. That should be enough time to heal up and rebuild for the next run. We are planning on following the Hanson’s method, reaching no more than 16 miles for our long run. It's what my coach suggested especially since I recently have 26 under my belt and the biggest concern (esp for me) now is injury. 

So, a few things that will be different going into this:

Running 5 times each week, not 6
Trying to fuel more naturally
Eating clean/Paleo 95% of the time
I'm not about diets at all, but I gained about 5-10 lbs during this round of training (due to eating more, but also to bad food choices) and I feel like it not only hurt my performance, but I had tummy issues as well 
Strength training twice a week
Running at least once a week with a running group

Now, for Thanksgiving week! We (my crew of 5) are off this week!! The plan is grocery shopping, orthodontist, baking, movie watching, Magic Mountain, pie run, Christmas decorating, watching Gilmore Girls, and lunch at my seeester’s! Yay! Thanksgiving is my favorite! 

Eating clean on Thanksgiving is not impossible! 
Smoked turkey
Roasted brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes
Pumpkin bars with whole wheat flour, apple sauce, and stevia

Honestly, the best part about Thanksgiving is our walk after lunch and playing board games with everyone!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Marathon Update/Review

I ran my first marathon in 2012. It has been 4 years since I’ve ran 26.2 miles. It’s kind of like child birth. You know it’s painful but you forget a lot of that pain over time. Sunday, I was reminded yet again that running a marathon is a lot like childbirth.

Let’s start with the day before. I got up early, drank coffee, and did an easy 3.75 mile run with friends. It felt great to shake out the legs and to run with friends. I had a big bowl of oatmeal with vanilla protein powder and a banana. My boys each had a football game and then we headed to the race expo at Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace. The expo was well organized and we got lots of free samples and a $20 Lululemon gift card! We even got free lunch because someone from Fit Pantry was handing out steak and egg burritos. 

The rest of the day was spent playing board games and relaxing. I had a baked sweet potato, smoked chicken with a bit of greek yogurt, cheese, and avocado, and a little bit of brown rice = carbo loading at its finest! I also had a bit of Artic Zero ice cream. I was in bed by 7:45 and asleep before 8:30. 

My alarm went off the next morning at 4:25 and I was up eating a ½ pb&j sandwich and a cup of coffee. On the way to the race, I ate my banana and took a Gu 15 minutes before the start. I decided to stick with the 3:38 pacer and to feel it out and take off after the hills if I felt good. I was pumped and ready to go… And then the race was delayed. I decided to run to the restroom for one last stop… And then it was still delayed. We ended up being delayed one hour and ten minutes because a car drove on the course and got into a terrible accident. Luckily, he walked away from the accident, but boo that it threw everyone so off course!

The first 13 miles felt great. I felt like our pacer may have gone out too fast because I had a few sub 8:00 miles. I did the first half in 1:44, which felt too fast because my ½ PR is 1:40. 

My mom, sis, BFF, and kids were at the beginning of the hills and it felt so great to see them! I hit the hills around mile 13 and by mile 16.5, I started to struggle a little. I got to see my family again at mile 16.
 By mile 18 I had cotton mouth and by mile 20, I felt like hell.
 Mile 19 was an 8:05 and mile 20 was 9:57. This is the point that I lost my pacer. My family met me again at mile 23 and I could barely control my emotions at this point. I really started to question whether I could get through the last 3 miles. 
By mile 24, my legs started to cramp up. I saw my xc team at mile 25.5 and they cheered me in. Thank goodness for them, because they forced me to not stop! I don’t know if I’ve ever been so grateful to see a finish line. I didn’t make my time goal but I did PR and I didn’t stop! I finished in 3:51:09.

My mother in law met me at the finish line with water. Mady girl met me as well and I laid my head on her chest and let the tears fall. I decided to take a salt tab with water because I was barely able to talk because I was dehydrated. I was able to go back and cheer on the hubs who made it in at 4:00:30! Thankfully, there was a chiropractor, who also happened to be a former runner’s dad, and he was able to stretch out my legs really well. 
I later found out that our pacer did not make her time by 9 minutes. No one that I ran into and/or trained with had a good race. I think the delay and heat really put people off. 

I made sure to go home and ice (sat in my pool) and my legs felt pretty good! My second toe on my right foot is not feeling so great.
 Hopefully the nail comes off quickly so there isn’t as much pressure. 

I refueled with Chinese food and ice cream! 
I managed a 1.25 mile jog and a nice long walk on Monday. 

The next big question is whether to continue to train and try and BQ this winter or to take a step back, regroup, and then try again next fall. I’m honestly leaning towards continuing to train so I don’t have to start from square one next year.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Marathon Thoughts

It finally feels like fall!! 

Last Sunday we ran 14.75 instead of 13 (whoops!) and about 5 miles were in the rain, which was fun and felt good! We actually ran part of our marathon course, which included about 3 miles of hills. Everything felt pretty good until I realized I had a huge blister from my soggy shoes :( 

Trick or Treating on Monday.

Candy + movies on Friday and tomorrow we donate leftover candy!

My kiddos had an XC meet yesterday and I finally had to wear a sweatshirt. It was such a weird day: delayed races, 3 false starts, 1 of our girls went down and had to go to the hospital. Thursday is their last league meet and I’m hoping we used this race to work all of the weirdness out!

Only one week to our marathon!! 

Part of me is super excited (mostly to have it done); part of me is freaking out because you know 26.2 miles; and a large part of me is just scared. I have some pretty hefty goals and I need to get out of my head!

Happy Sunday!