Friday, November 20, 2015

What's been happening

Hi, I'm still around and have no idea where the time has gone! Work has been crazy, school is keeping O busy and increasing her social life! Dance and running pretty much dictate our current schedules. I can only imagine how things will be as she gets older.

I have a pile of posts started just haven't found the time to finish them. So much has gone on: Ragnar, Halloween, school break and just life! I decided to combine into one and recap the past month. So grab a coffee and have fun catching up...

Ragnar Tennessee
A couple months ago in one crazy moment I agreed to run Ragnar Tennessee to fill 2 open spots with a friend. Besides the running and lack of sleep it meant about 14 hours in the car each way! But why not! It was a blast, Tennessee was beautiful minus the rain. The weekend was a whirlwind! I'm happy to say I met some great new friends and look forward to our next run...

Van 2

View from my run

Family Fun and Running

October marks school break and long weekend. O and I had a blast with American Girl tea and shopping. We are still adjusting to the new schedule of school, dance, life and realizing that time and planning is essential. I take advantage of those times I'm waiting at activities to get in my runs or pick up groceries.

Then Halloween and fun with the neighbors...Trick or treating, pumpkins and costumes. Plus she had her first school party!

This weather has been warmer than normal and great for getting out for fun running, no goals in mind and enjoying the scenery and catching up with friends.

Fall running!
Morning runs with friends
And Now...
I'm currently in Week 2 of marathon training and things are moving forward. hoping for more mild weather to keep up the good outdoor running. I'm back into regular strength training and running 3-4 days a week. I needed to get the focus back on my fitness after time off to relax (a little too much). Although I will say the fun runs followed by happy hour and late night chats with friends has been a welcome change.

Preparing for the holidays and planning vacations to get away once the cold really hits! I'm nearly down shopping, yay! Now just to plan our menus and get the house festive and we will be ready.

What's ahead for you? Fun weekend or holiday plans?

Linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday

Friday, October 16, 2015

Looking forward, new focus

It has been almost 2 weeks since the marathon and I have enjoyed some time of easy workouts, rest days, sleeping in and refocusing on me, my goals, future, family and not worrying about nutrition (way too much dairy, ugh!). But today marks a weekend day for me thanks to MEA and working last weekend. O and I are both home. Today I am back at it focusing on workouts again and not letting this post marathon slacking (okay recovery gone too far) carrying on for months like I have a bad habit of doing!

This week I have had fun with getting back out there with my running friends for some 5am runs, dark, cool, perfect! All this after 85 degrees last Sunday! We enjoyed that day outside, family pictures, grilling and soaking in the last days of nice hot weather.
Anna Lee Photography
Today is the start, up at 5am and strength training, back to PT exercises to make sure I fend off future hamstring injury and now relaxing with coffee and my girl before spin class. So what’s ahead…

  • My focus until I start marathon training in 3 ½ weeks will continue to be strength training and adding in yoga.
  • I am running for fun until Nov 9th when training starts then with focus and purpose.
  • I am focusing on metabolic efficiency through diet and training.
  • I am considering hiring a coach. But why I am a coach? A new perspective maybe? Obviously I haven’t done everything right if I ended up injured and losing speed. But now that I’m back should I give myself another shot alone? Tell me you thoughts on working with a coach.
  • I want NOLA to be my goal race, my big PR, the race I’ve been aiming for since 2010 when I BQ’d the first time. I want to fully train, follow my plan perfectly, hit paces for speed work and show up race morning feeling great!
  • Next up is Rock n Roll New Orleans and I am stepping out of my comfort zone, not with running but I have decided to raise $ for CCFA as I train and run. I have been involved with the organization since 2008 and thought why not take on a new role. If you’re interested in learning more or supporting me check it out. On that note, Share your fundraising tips.
  • I guess I shouldn’t say New Orleans is next, my next adventure starts in a week when I’m off to run Ragnar Tennessee with other MRTT runners, can’t wait!
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Looking forward to a fun afternoon and weekend as we relax. Any fun plans plans?

Linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday

Friday, October 9, 2015

TCM...marathon #28

Well I did it, the thing that 5 months ago, I was told to rethink. On July 1st I was cleared to start running after almost 2 months of intense therapy and nitroglycerin for my hamstring. Training was less than ideal for me but was focused on regaining endurance. I did no speed work, I just ran 3-4 days a week at a pace that felt good but I focused on strength training and cross training while working 50 hours a week and finishing grad school! So glad that is done! With all that I was saying I'm never running a fall marathon again.

Saturday was the family events. O ran the 1 mile and had a blast!

Then we headed for a quick run through the expo before I worked at the UCAN booth for a few hours. So much fun to share info about my favorite fuel. 

Sunday the big day! O slept at my parents' yet somehow we got a late start, we got there, I threw my bag in the bag check just in time for the national anthem. No time to walk the 1/4 mile to pee! Oops :( So instead I get myself lined up and about 1 minute later the race is off!

The weather is perfect, 50s, a very slight breeze and some clouds. I decided a new approach this day: ran with my UCAN Hydrate in a handheld, brough UCAN powder to mix into gel at mile 13 and was taking it easy, no focus on pace just run what feels good

I started slower and hit Mile 1 8:30s as I remember why I love TCM. Mile 2 I couldn't wait and decided the first port-a-potty without lines was time to stop.
Photo by Cory Ryan - Twin Cities In Motion

By Mile 3 I was settled into a good pace (later found out I kept 7:40s-7:50s from Mile 3-18!) As we rounded the lakes and headed to the parkway I scanned the crowds for friends.

Mile 13 time for fuel, what a mess! I brought a ziplock bag of powder UCAN and poured in some water, shook and failed! I tried biting off the corner and nearly ate plastic! Then gagged it down as it was still chunky. This wasted time as I had to walk to get through this ordeal! Time to rethink my methods for next time.

Soon we hit River Rd which I normally hate and somehow I wasn't hating things. The legs felt great, my pace was good. Mile 19 brought the big hill and a slightly slower pace then soon was Summit and my legs decided this pace which was faster than any training run was too much...they were tired! Next came the weird diaphragm spasming and inability to take a deep breath, ugh! My pace slowed to 8;40s. My goal was get to Mile 25 then the course turns, it's downhill and the finish in sight.

Anyone who watched news last week knows of the plans of BLM to protest, as we hit mile 25 the course was guarded, fenced off and very eerie. Don't mess with the marathon.

I passed Mie 26 and heard my biggest cheerleader "Go Mommy!" I had some kick left and I pushed. 3:38:13! While not a PR I was thrilled..A BQ, my fastest marathon in 2 years, I felt great, I had wasted time stopping to pee.

This week I have felt great, am back to some easy running and looking forward to what I can do at New Orleans with full training. Even thinking about hiring a coach to get me to my big goal of 3:15.

Good luck to everyone at Chicago this weekend. Are you running? Or tracking friends?

Linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday

Friday, October 2, 2015

A new month, new start

September was here and gone, how did that happen? I had big goals for the month and well things didn’t quite go as planned! Cooper has decided he's anxious with O at school and started eating every nonfood item in site so bad in the crate for him until we solve this issue.

September Goals


·                     Develop consistent weekday school routine- Still working on it
·                     Meal prep on Sunday and make 2 meals for the week- Not doing great!
·                     1 more apple orchard trip- Nope
·                     5K in 22:00- 20:28!!
·                     Stick with my workouts- Morning workouts were rough
·                     200 miles in September- 180.9
·                     Track nutrition and focus on intake- Nope, MFB hasn’t been touched in about 3 weeks!
·                     Taper!- I did this!
Last weeks's "long run" with friends

September brought kindergarten for O, busy fall weekends to get in the last outdoor activities: corn maze, bonfires, cheerleading at football and of course last long runs!
Yearly picture in the corn pit

October is here and as I sit her chilled refusing to turn on the heat I’m not ready for winter to be near. A few big things this month in running and life…

October Goals


·                     Meal prep on Sunday and make 2 meals for the week
·                     Plan fun day over school vacation
·                     Work on earlier bedtimes
·                     Find a book to read

·                     Marathon #28 pain free and comfortable
·                     Start new lifting routine
·                     Find a fun new crosstraining activity
·                     Ragnar Tennessee

Friday, September 25, 2015

Taper Madness

Here I am 9 days from marathon #28 and at it again, full out taper madness. As I sat down this morning to drink coffee I was just not feeling happy, something was wrong but I couldn't figure it out. I'm starting a 3 day weekend full of fun with family and friends, I have time to relax, I'm getting a much needed hair cut and why the negative feelings? Then it hit me...TAPER! Seriously I've been through it too many times to mess with me like this but without fail here it is.

At least I have an explanation, but still I'm not happy with this. One would have thought going in to a race with minimal goals would mean less pressure but I guess not. I have every reason to doubt my training since it consisted of little to no speed work, less miles than I normally do and focus on gaining endurance back while working long hours.

Last week I ran a 5K, in the evening, that I wasn't feeling great about and came away with a 2nd place AG finish! And a time of 20:26 (but I think the course was a little short), I ran without a watch or a goal, just ran and had fun, ready to spend the evening with my running friends.

I was awarded a fun necklace for my 2nd place finish! Kind of fun...

Now fast forward a little...I barely finished my "long run" last weekend, suffered on an 8 miler on Monday, slept in and still felt tired, then last night a sluggish 5 miler brought the phantom pains. Left calf/shin aches, a weird knee pain. All new issues, yep just like a taper should be!

Time to remember the advice I give my runners...Deep breath, you've done the work. Ignore the craziness and focus on the training you've done. Anyone else in the midst of taper? When is your race?

Welcome to Friday and the weekend! Any fun plans? 

Linking up with Jill for fitness Friday

Monday, September 21, 2015

2 weeks to go...

Week 1 of taper is done and I survived! Anyone else close to a race? Every time I think things will settle down I am quickly proven wrong! Between O’s school and activities, my work and now being sick I need a break!
Monday: O’s first night of dance this year and 1 hour walk for me (feeling sick)
Tuesday: 8 mile run
Wednesday: T25 Upper
Thursday: 5K Race (more later) and core
Friday: 16 miles (this was rough!)
Saturday: 4 mile run while coaching and Beast Back
Sunday: 1 hour family bike after work and Beast Chest

O did a cheerleading camp this weekend and had a blast…Next week they perform at the game.

This week is another busy week but I think we are settling into a routine finally. I have some big things this week (sorry to be vague) but please think of me and send some good thoughts. Less than 2 weeks until marathon 28. Let the weather stalking begin!
Monday: Core and 8 mile run
Tuesday: 6 mile run and Beast Arms
Wednesday: Beast Shoulders and Core
Thursday: Coach 4-6 mile run and Beast Back
Friday: Spin and Core
Saturday: 10 mile run and Beast Chest
Sunday: Bike and Yoga

Lots of weekend fun ahead with a day at the orchard and corn maze! I am loving this fall weather for running but am not excited for winter! Any fun plans for the week ahead?

Monday, September 14, 2015

Another training cycle nearly complete!

It's that time again...I made to yet another taper! This past week was my highest mileage week in probably a year at 48.8 miles (this used to be a low week!). The best part was that it felt great. 22 miles done on Sunday in 3:19. I've learned to hold back on my long runs, finally!

It was 50s and perfect but time to get out the gloves. Raynauds sucks!

On the advice of a friend I tried an Epsom salt bath Sunday for the first time and I'm not fully convinced but soaking was relaxing. My legs do feel great today so who knows. Who recovers with Epsom Salt? What do you think?

Matt and I had a belated birthday date night to see Counting Crows. Fun way to kick off taper, right? We had an early dinner and headed to the show only to find out it was cancelled just a few minutes before they opened the doors. So instead we headed home and relaxed on the couch with a glass of wine and listened to Counting Crows.