Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Race Recap

Usually, I don’t eat before I run. I know it’s not the best habit, but I do run so stinking early and I already have so many stomach issues that I just don’t. Now, if I have a super long run to do, I will get up early and drink coffee and maybe have a ½ banana. I decided to switch things up a little for this race because of all the tummy issues.

The day before, I had steel cut oats with apples slices and cinnamon for breakfast, along with an apple and a banana for a snack. For lunch, I had roasted vegetables and chicken. For a 2nd snack I had an apple and a ½ protein bar. For dinner, I had a bowl from Rubios with shrimp, black beans, brown rice, and avocado. 

The morning of the race, I got up about 2hrs and 45min before the race and drank 20 oz of water and had a ½ of an English muffin and 2 cups of coffee. On the bus to the start line, I had a ½ banana.

 I’m also pretty lax about warming up, but I jogged about 1.5 miles, which really helped because it was 47 degrees and I was planning on wearing shorts and a tank top! 

Gorgeous warm up!

I hit the restroom one more time and we were off at about 7:05. I really didn’t have a plan as far as my pace, I really just wanted to see how I felt and base my run off of that. I also figured that I would try and stay with my run group. One of the guys in my group really wanted to get a sub 1:40, which would be a 5 min course PR for him and I told him that I would see how I felt and try to stick with him.

There are a couple of small rollers the first few miles and I ended up running near a local running group who informed us that they would have donuts around mile 9 for us and they were fun to talk to for a bit. I also ended up running near another girl (which I was so excited about!) She ran cross country in high school and this was her 2nd ½ marathon! I told her that I had 10 years on her, 4 pregnancies, and this was my 20th ½ marathon (crazy!!) There was a fairly large hill at mile 7 and then a photographer right after the hill.

Whew, I was dying a little!

I stayed with the two guys that I had planned to until about mile 9.5 when we hit the second huge hill. It was only about a ½ mile and I could see the top, but it was killer. I kept one guy in my sights and the 2nd guy dropped off. I made it up the hill with about a 9:30 pace. Once I was at the top of the hill and realized that I only have 3.1 left, I opened up quite a bit. I caught up to Jon and we both gave each other a thumbs up and we took off. I passed one female going down the last downhill. The last mile was a bit of a struggle but I looked down and saw my watch and I remember seeing 1:37 and thinking if I wanted to PR I was going to have to fly! 

I managed a 1:39:49, just 2 seconds from Jon, and about 2 min in front of our other running partner. Jon’s wife grabbed my stuff for me so that I could run back and find my husband. He has been running with an injury, so I was fairly concerned but I only made it back about .4 of a mile and he was already there! He finished in 1:47, so a course PR for him too!

I immediately grabbed some food and sucked down a chocolate milk. Ray went over to get our race times and placing printed out and I got 4th overall for females and 1st in my age group! I was beyond excited. I’ve never done that in a large(ish) race like this. I got a pretty cool mug that I would like to try and use every day for as long as I live!

It only took me 5 days to piece this together! I finally felt about 90% during my run on Wednesday, so I’m back to a nice long run this weekend! 

Do you feel like you race better at a small or large race?
Do you have an all time favorite race?
Have you ever won anything?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Race Day Plans

This weekend has been a celebration of B’s 12th birthday and all things cancer awareness since it’s October and my co-coach is a 3 year breast cancer survivor. Our team and Braden jogged the cancer 5k Saturday morning. And there was some major celebrating going on!

We picked up and prepped our 80lbs of Zaycon 🐔, picked our bibs, got the boys’ haircut, hit Blaze 🍕 for dinner, and then took the fam to the Jeremy Camp concert, which was unbelievable! The man sounds amazing. There is seriously nothing better than watching your babies worship Jesus.

Race prep Sunday:
Up at 4:12 ✅
20 oz water ✅
20 oz coffee ☕️✅
Bible reading ✅
1/2 English muffin ✅
1/2 banana 🍌✅
Music playlist ✅
Earbuds charged ✅
Hat, sunglasses 🕶, extra ponytail holder ✅
Ready for some fun!! ✅

Have a great Sunday y’all!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tuesday 10

1. Best run this week: 8:04 ave pace and a few hills 😋

2. Best eats this week: apple nachos

3. Favorite activity: Saturday flag football and ice coffee!

4. Current favorite running shirt

5. Favorite dinner: baked sweet potato with a baked egg.

6. Homemade macarons from a student! He killed it and they were super yummy!

7. Starbucks mugs from a student who didn’t even know I collect these!! I have about 20 now!

8. Hot coffee on cold mornings.

9. Cold coffee on warm fall afternoons.

10. Jeans and a pony tail for work today!

What are you grateful for today?
Favorite fall food/activity?
Any suggestions on a cold brew coffee maker?

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

I coach high school cross country with another girl (she’s been coaching since 2006) and my husband. Ray has coached XC and wrestling on and off since about 2002. All the to say, I am baffled this year. We’ve had so many injuries, grade issues, quitting, etc. it reminds me that running is extremely tough and demanding, but yet can be so rewarding! Heck, there are days when I want to quit before I even get out the door but I just keep going and the reward is always there even on the day of a not so great run! So what do I do? Just keep pushing through. The biggest difference between high school me and me now is mental strength. Now, how do I bottle that up and teach it to my high schoolers? Ha!

In other news, it’s a cut back week on marathon training and I’m half way cutting back because I will need to cut back more than the plan calls for next week because I have a 1/2 marathon on Sunday 10/15. 

Today is long run day with the team (short/mid run for me) so I can pace my varsity girls which is always fun and dinner with my family tonight! I like Thursdays :) 

October is breast cancer awareness month and Coach Nelson is a survivor so we wear lots of pink in October! 

And next week is our “It’s not about me week,” so we’ll each run for a cause or a person without times/music/etc. 

In other news, I’m still working on figuring out my stomach issues while I run. I really don’t want to do an elimination diet, but that might be where I’m headed if I can’t get this figured out :( Truly, a 1st world problem and I’m so thankful for nutrition.

What’s on your Thursday agenda?
Any Thursday thoughts?
Are you training for anything right now? 

Monday, October 2, 2017

October Happy List

Yesterday’s post was a bit of a downer so I’m following it up with a gratitude post! 

Things that make me happy:
-cuddles from Dory, the cat
-cuddles from any of my littles especially now that they aren’t so little anymore
-early morning runs with my sweetie, especially when it’s brisk outside
-a hot shower after said early morning run
-a fridge full of fruits & veggies (and leftovers!)
-dinner with my mama
-sweet potato fries
-our neighbor’s kitties looking through our front door glass
-Odd Mom Out while I run on the treadmill
-dinner already being made before I even get home this afternoon!

What is on your happy list?

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Goals

It’s October 1st, which means checking in with my monthly goals! August and September were basically survival mode with school starting back up and in ways I’m still sort of in that mode especially teaching extended day, coaching cross country, marathon training, all while being mommy and wifey. I’m going to go easy on myself this month in the goal department! 

1. Continue marathon training and start putting together goals for my race in December.
2. Wipe down my kitchen 3 Nights/week
3. Make my bed each morning
4. Continue devotions and prayers with my kids each night
5. Do something each day for my spiritual life, body health, mental health, and an act of service for someone else.

Happy October!

What are your goals?

Sunday Fun Day

Does anyone else get the Sunday blues? I remember struggling wth this even as a kid. I feel the weight of the entire week on my shoulders come Sunday. It’s the struggle between “rest” and rushing to get ready for the next week. I went back and forth between I should get up and run 8 miles, my legs hurt, my mind will feel better if I run, I’m exhausted... I decided that not running was safer; I’m still talking myself into 1 mile for streak day 197. There are things I love about Sundays: church, family lunch, running, naps. What I don’t look forward to is running behind for church, making lunch or dinner and cleaning up for our entire family, making lunches for the next week. It’s weird but I actually love Mondays because it feels like a fresh start! 

Lukey had his first game of the season on Saturday. They lost but he had fun and played the whole game = winning in my book.

Then naps because we were up super early for our 16 mile run, and the county fair for my boys with their Grammie and Aunt! 

Then a remake of one of our first dates to the Tim and Faith concert.

And some amazing news on Saturday. I get to be a chaperone for our school’s Europe trip in June. Wow. I am beyond grateful and so excited! Bonus, one of my favorite moms will be there too. She’ll keep it more exciting than the students, ha! 

Here’s to a new, fresh start on Monday morning and I’m off to do my 1 (super slow) mile!