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.

Monday, September 7, 2015


How did it get to be September already (and the 7th even!)? We ended August with some fun and a first for O...After a week of a loose tooth that she discovered on my birthday it finally came out after a trip to the apple orchard.

My training has been decent despite the crazy long work hours but I have decided that a fall marathon will not be in the future next year! This year my plan is just gaining my endurance back but when I want to race I can't fully train through the long work days of summer. I am running 3-4 days a week but lack energy to do any speedwork. My strength work is lacking, down to just 3 days a week.

September started with kindergarten open house. After a long debate on the best school fit for O and us as a family we went with the option that we had initially said no way too. In the end it will be the best fit considering the anxiety O has about new situations and changes. With this she has many familiar faces joining her and even two friends in her class.

This weekend was all about fun and ending summer with a bang! Ice cream, fun with neighbors, bonfires, movies, running and late night. I even got a 90 min massage this weekend.
Neighbor fun!
Today we are getting ready for the biggest change yet...Kindergarten! I am so ready for this and I know she is too.

September Goals

  • Develop consistent weekday school routine
  • Meal prep on Sunday and make 2 meals for the week
  • 1 more apple orchard trip
  • 5K in 22:00
  • Stick with my workouts
  • 200 miles in September
  • Track nutrition and focus on intake
  • Taper!
This week is the last big training week so far 10 miles done and 20-22 miler planned! 

What are your September goals? 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Ragnar Great River: Hot, Humid, Tired!

2 weeks ago (sorry for the delay!) I ran my 4th Ragnar with an awesome group of running friends, most new to Ragnar! We headed down on Thursday evening, van packed and excited for our adventure. I was so happy that they added Thursday night pick up and safety training which allowed us extra sleep on Friday.

We checked in on Thursday night to find the hotel room with 2 beds and a sofa sleeper really didn't exist! Instead offered 2 double beds or a king bed and couch, we opted for the first and had a pretty packed room with 6! Oh well it was more comfortable than any sleeping we'd find for the next 48 hours!

Ready to go...
Friday morning we were off with runner 1 at 7:00...

Waiting for Runner 1!
I was runner so plenty of time for coffee, food and the weather to get even hotter! I took off around noon and already the temperature was in low 90s with heat index near 100! Yuck, combine this with no shade after mile 2 and asphalt and it was rough. I took off in the shade of the town at 7:20 pace but soon slowed by Mile 4 as the shade disappeared and heat was worse. 
At the start or leg 1 (Photo by Anna Lee Photography)
I kept moving, up the hills, counting down miles and hoping for shade! I finally saw the One Mile To Go sign and soon after the finish line covered in geese! From a distance I couldn't tell these weren't real, my team was laughing as I have a huge fear of geese after being attacked on a run! 7.8 miles done (1:02:00), pain free and only fake geese!
Nearing the exchange, shirt in hand and hot!
After time to relax, eat real food and rest a bit we were off again and ready to run in the dark! This one tested my limits. My 2nd run was 6 miles mostly on winding dirt road covered by trees and fields on both sides, no lights except the blinky ahead from another runner. My mind placed games with me as I ran, "what was that nose?" "is something hiding int he woods?" I made it my game to chase down each blinkly light ahead of me and just go! I finally turned and saw the lights of the exchange. What an experience! The cooler weather was great! 6 miles done (47:10). One more runner and time for a little sleep...

I attempted my sleep on a hard gym floor filled with sweaty runners. I woke from my disjointed sleep with a bruised hip from the floor, Grabbed coffee (lots of coffee), some PB and banana and was good to go!
Not even thinking of running with  shirt this time!
Saturday brought even more heat but today we were prepared. I once again started running around noon and yikes! Luckily I had my team meet me with a cold towel at Mile 2 and later added ice to the rolled towel, thanks to another team! It was rough, but I knew as soon as I finished I was done! I could see the end...6.5 miles done (59:00) yep the heat was bad, lack of sleep wasn't great but oh well!

Once Van 1 was done we showered and found more real food and wine! Then we met Van 2 for the big finish! 
Crossing the finish line together (in flip flops)!

We did it!
Thus was honestly the toughest Ragnar, the heat was rough and the dark tested me mentally! But guess what I'm going back for more...Tennessee in October here I come!

Who can tell me about running in Tennessee? 

Linking with Jill for Fitness Friday... What are your weekend plans?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Marathon Weekly...

I guess I kind of lied when I said I was back to regular blogging, oops! So today with 9 weeks to go until marathon #28 I am back with my marathon weekly, training check ins, goals, etc. We’ve had a lot on our plates lately with school, life, impending kindergarten, activities, illness, etc but I need to continue to hold myself accountable. The past week weeks (okay since July) my morning workouts have been nearly nonexistent meaning lifting has been minimal, no good as I am getting back.

Luckily Saturday I managed a 20 miler and while it was slower than my normal long runs it felt good and I ran most with friends. No the blue shirts weren't planned!

What’s up for this week? Already off to a rough start, poor sleep kept me in bed and skipping my morning run…

Monday: 6 mile run with Cooper and Beast Shoulders
Tuesday: Beast Back and Bike
Wednesday: 8 mile run and Beast Chest
Thursday: T25
Friday:  Ragnar!!
Saturday: Ragnar!!
Sunday: Coaching starts! Beast Legs and yoga.

This week I will be sticking to the plan! My other goals go to bed by 9pm (except Ragnar nights), focus on nutrition, spend time focused on O every day and read a fun book. Have a great week! What are your goals?