Friday, April 28, 2017

Reassessing Goals

Happy Friday!! Is it just me or did this week drag on ridiculously long?! It probably has something to do with being sick but praise the Lord, I finally feel a little more alive today! Last night was the first night that I skipped out on the Nyquil. Ha, but then I was wide awake from 2:30-4:00 thinking about my grocery shopping list. Why do I do that to myself? I even tried listening to a bit of meditations. It helped and I slept until my alarm at 4:50. But hey, at least it's the weekend!! And I even got a quick 3 miler in with the hubs before work = a good day!

I am running the SLO half marathon this weekend. I ran it back in 4/2014 with a time of 1:55. Something clicked for me about a year and a half later when I ran my PR half @ a 1:40. I originally went into this knowing that spring marathons are tougher for me just because I have to train during the winter, which is typically a time in which I get injured, but I didn't this year! Interestingly enough, when looking at the year I PR'd, I only ran 3 races the entire year, and I didn't run one from Feb until Oct of that year, so I wonder if there is something about giving my body a bit of rest...?

All of that to say, I went into this race thinking that a 1:45 was definitely doable, possibly even faster. However, I came down with a pretty nasty sinus infection on Monday and while I feel much better today, I am definitely not 100%, so how do I adjust my goals?

1. Get my tummy under control. I do this by eating clean all week, cut down on gluten & no added sugars, so far so good :)  ⇃
2. I want to really take in my surroundings and be grateful for the opportunity to run in such a beautiful city and with awesome peeps.
3. The first 5 miles of the race are fairly boring so I want to go out a bit faster than usual, so sub 8 for the first 3-5 miles.
4. Miles 6-8 will be through downtown so I think it'll be easier to go a little quicker through this area. My time goal will be a sub 7:50 through here.
5. Miles 9-11.5 are through a neighborhood, so I may take the chance to slow down here with a time goal of 8:15.
6. Miles 11.5-13.1 are back downtown and mostly downhill, so I plan to take full advantage of my surroundings with a 7:45 average.

I guess my adjustments come in based on how I'm feeling on Sunday. I like to chunk my races into 3 mile segments and then that last mile is a bonus ;). And if I need to, I'll take it a mile at a time.

Have you ever had to readjust your goals for a race? Why?
Weekend plans?
What is the best race/run you've ever had? 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thinking Out Loud

I took yesterday off from work because I have a nasty sinus infection. Thankfully, lying around, reading, and resting all day definitely helped me feel a little better. And don't worry, I still ran 3 miles so I kept my run streak up. But boy, did I have to talk myself into that one! Haha, my mileage is way down this week because of being sick, but thankfully I am tapering anyway. Now, I'm just praying that I don't feel like absolute poop during my race on Sunday.

I took B man in for his junior high shots. He was such a stud. He wanted to watch the nurse do his shots and he didn't even so much as flinch.

I came back to work today with an absolutely terrible note from my sub. Ugh. That is the worst. I was pretty ticked off with my students and had planned on making them write essays about respect/responsibility/etc. However, even the good classes complained about the sub and that they weren't allowed to make any noise. So, I can admit when I'm wrong and instead of an essay we had a talk about how hard subbing in different schools is and how sometimes you just need to keep your mouth shut.

The worst part of the day was coughing so hard that I was crying... But the best part of the day came when I checked my email at lunch. I bought plane tickets to Dallas in December to do the RRCA coaching certification class only to find out that I was 20th on the waiting list :( At lunch, I got the email that they opened up a class in Vegas in June and it's not full! I immediately signed up and now my plane ticket in December can be used to visit my bestie!! Woohoo!

What was the last class you took? 
How do you feel about shots?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top 5 From the Weekend

I traveled with the girls to Napa, CA and we stayed in Windsor. It was a whirlwind of a trip, but here's my top 5!

1. Healdsburg, CA. This is the cutest city. There is a town square and it kind of reminds me of the town square in Gilmore Girls. We spent most of our Saturday there shopping, eating, and wine tasting. I had an affogato with browned butter and sage ice cream. Holy moly, it was amazing.
Image result for healdsburg ca town square
2. Williamson Winery. They are my favorite winery. Not only do they have what I think is the best wine, but they pair all of their wines with the best cheeses and recipes. And my 3 girlfriends and I all left with $29 truffle salt. The stuff is ridiculously good.
3. The coolest grocery stores ever. Most grocery stores had a full hot bar (like Whole Foods) and it was all local stuff. I wanted to bring the hubs home a souvenir but $17 hot fudge seemed excessive (especially after my truffle salt!)

4. Ice cream for days! In addition to the affogato, I bought a pint of Halo Top and I made sure to finish it in the 2 days that we were there. I may have had a couple of bites at breakfast (twice!)

5. Coming home! I love getting away and spending time with girlfriends, but there is nothing better than coming home to my family, animals, bed, and house!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Spring Goals

Hello fake Monday! I had yesterday off from work as part of our Easter break. This is a fairly new holiday for us and it is just the best! I definitely needed a little bit of vacation detox.

And now for some of my spring goals:

  1. Eat whole foods. I truly believe in balance but recently I have let sugar overtake my life so I really want to focus on eating stuff that I make rather than boxed stuff or overly carby/sugary stuff. I know I feel better, run better, sleep better, etc.
  2. Racing: I have an upcoming race on 4/30. My main goal right now is to run hard and have fun. I will be happy with a sub 1:45, but I’m okay with not hitting a new PR. Spring races are always a little tough for me because my hardest training time comes during summer and by this time of year, I am trying to fend off injuries.
  3. Take care of my body. Like I mentioned, I know that I struggle with injury during this time of year, so I am being mindful about stretching, yoga, cross training, and rest days.
  4. Continue to create a strong base for marathon training that will begin this summer! This also includes running with a group at least once a week. It keeps me accountable and helps me go faster.
  5. Listen to my body. Sometimes I love taking rest days and some days I hate it. I am really trying to be mindful about listening to my body and what it needs in order to stay strong and healthy.
  6. Love myself. I need to remember to treat myself the way that I treat my children, whom I love unconditionally.

What are your spring goals?
Running any spring races?
What is your favorite thing about spring?

Friday, April 7, 2017

Embarrassing Runner Stuff

We all have stuff that is embarrassing, annoying, makes us a little eccentric, etc. But us runners seems to have embarrassing stuff that we deal with on the daily.

1. Our schedule. Gee, sorry coworker, I can’t go out for drinks after work because a. I have a long run in the morning and b. I need to be in bed by 9pm. Um, movie is at 7:30, oh no! I will be miserable the next day.

2. Eating. I pretty much need to eat all of the time. This isn’t usually a problem, but eating while teaching is annoying but sorry I can hardly manage to scarf down my lunch at 10:40 in the morning without feeling starved by 1pm. It’s also super annoying when we are traveling and I’m hangry by 10am because a. My normal lunchtime is at 10:40 and b. I run a lot and need to fuel a lot.

3. My clothing. I’m sure I’ve embarrassed my kids a few times because honestly running clothes are just the most comfortable clothes and I love to jump into them the minute I get off work and sometimes I don’t even mind hanging out in my sweaty running clothes until after I’ve had time to eat/cool down/check Instagram. My Saturday ritual has become meeting friends for a 7.5 mile loop, then grabbing breakfast and grocery shopping on my way home. It’s only embarrassing when I run into people I know and then I remember what a sweaty, stinky mess I am.

4. (TMI) Bathroom issues. Thankfully not everyone has this problem, but unfortunately I am someone who does. I’m pretty sure the hubs is as used to it as you can possibly get but when the running partners mention that our route needs to include bathrooms, it can get a bit embarrassing. It can also be a bit embarrassing when you are caught by either another runner or sometimes a car squatting behind a bush. But honestly, I’ve determined that squatting is a million times better than a. Going in your pants or b. Feeling absolutely freaking miserable. I have also learned to take off my reflective vest when squatting and to carry a prepacked Always wipe with me at pretty

much all times. I’ve also given these unused (why did I feel the need to point that out??) wipes to friends while running. It happens to the best of us.

5. Sleep. Sleep is a precious commodity and when you are getting up at the crack of dawn, you pretty much feel the need to go to bed when the sun does. I have dosed off many times while my kids are saying their evening prayers or while we are watching our favorite game show before bed. This becomes even more embarrassing when it happens in public. I have fallen asleep in movie theaters. I have slept in my classroom (or car) during lunch at work. I can’t wait for summer when I can run at a normal time :)

And of course we need a few pics. Isn't this the best sunrise ever??

Do you use cartwheel at Target? The hubs got a $19.99 coupon on any C9 item! So I got a new sports bra. It's totally different from anything else I have and I kind of like it :) And yes, that's a fresh, clean, no make up face ;) 

What do you think is the most embarrassing thing that you’ve had to deal with as a runner?
What would be your ideal time of day to workout?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Easter Break Countdown

I think it must almost be Easter break, because I’m all over the place, my kids are all over the place, and my students are all over the place. Oh yeah, and this week is state testing. Good times :) I actually had a student put aluminum foil in my microwave. I think I probably scared him a little, and we’ll just say that he won’t be allowed to use my microwave ever again. Did I mention that I teach 15-17 year olds? Whew. Sometimes I forget that they are that old.

I did manage to make it home yesterday at lunch, and I made a big ‘ol bowl of salad and sat outside because our computer lab that we are testing in was chilly.

Once I went back after lunch, it was 80 degrees in the lab so it was the opposite of chilly. Boo. But yay that I live close enough to drive home at lunch! It felt so good to get out of the lab for a bit.

Did you hear that Wal Mart is now carrying Halo Top?! And what the what, it matched my mint pants perfectly! Have you tried this stuff? Favorite flavors? So far, birthday cake is my fav but I’m super excited to try the salted caramel!

Also, did you hear that Starbucks just released a coconut cold brew? If you try it, tell me how it is!

I finished out my day by the pool because it was a breezy 80 degrees, which is perfect hang out, read, chat with the littles about their day while laying out kind of day.

Wednesday began at 4:30am, I rushed out of the house to make it to our running partner’s house by 5am and I remembered that I didn’t sleep well because my back was extremely sore which made me wonder when I’m supposed to start my period. So I checked. Yesterday. That’s why my back was killing me! I had to stop at a gas station at 4:50 to get supplies, which made me run late. Oy. You would think by 35 I would not forget about stuff like this. Oh well. I made it. My back feels better and now I have an extra supply of tampons (that cost $4 for like 6 of them!!) in my car.

2 ½ days until Easter break!!

Have you ever had your period during a race?
What time of day do you typically work out?

Do you have a favorite run/workout? What makes it your favorite?

Monday, April 3, 2017

My Weekend in Running, Thoughts, Eating, and Pictures

Friday morning started out with 5 tempo miles and then we took the kids to the track after work/school to do a track workout. We did an 800 warm up, a 400 fast, 800 fast, 400 fast, and then an 800 cool down. Braden has his first track meet this weekend! He has decided to do an 800, 1500, and a 3000. We used this workout to work on his start/finish and using a gps watch.

Then we happened to notice that the strawberry stand was open!

We introduced the kids to Ace Ventura and they giggled like crazy. We definitely had to fast forward through way more than what I remember! 

Saturday started out with a 6 mile jog. I really wanted a jumping picture, so I woke B up to take it for us. Bless his little heart, he was more than happy to oblige.
The hubs had to work, so we turned the kids' report cards in for free Krispy Kreme donuts (an A = a donut!!) and then we headed over to Home Depot to make bunny boxes!
We finished off the day with some pool time. (Pool time = the best time!)

Sunday was supposed to be our long run and I just felt off. I'm sure it was what I ate the day before (too much sugar and gluten) and then just being out in the sun. So, we slept in and got in a fairly painful 4 mile run.
My favorite eats as of late include overnight oats with blueberries and vanilla greek yogurt 
And big huge salads with whatever leftover veggies/protein that we have.

I am really looking forward to seeing Braden race his little heart out this weekend! I'm also looking forward to 90 degrees and some more pool time. 4 1/2 days until spring break!

What was your favorite eat this weekend? 
What's the weather like in your neck of the woods?
What are you most looking forward to this week?