Races

Saturday, August 13, 2016

fifteen miler

farthest run for me in the last year!!

It went great.  Actually, I can't believe how well it went considering that I was up nursing a baby the night before and running in 80 plus degrees. 

Grateful for being blessed with a strong body



Thursday, July 14, 2016

still here

Still here. 
Made it through maternity leave/infant and toddler juggling running schedule...barely
Now transitioning to working mom/infant and toddler juggling running schedule...wish me luck. 

Due to a variety of reasons ranging from not running as much as I'd hoped and not having a ton of extra cash lying around, I decided not to run Bucket of Blood Half this weekend.  It's crushing and relieving all at the same time. 

I did a twelve mile run 3 weeks ago that went fantastic.  Solid 830 pace and no aches or pains to show for it.  Just beautiful.  Some of my other runs have been surprisingly tough for me.  I still feel really tired all the time...as in still waking up too many times in the night to have the energy to get the job done.  I sense that she is getting close to 1 or 0 wake up calls in the very soon future.  I sure hope so.  

I officially started training for the St George Marathon this week.  I am terrified of how hard it will actually be to train and work and be a good mom.  


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

half marathon and marathon coming up

I'm at 11 weeks postpartum...definitely back in the swing of regular running.  However, there is still work to do.  

Here are some recent running highlights:

-did a mile time trial 6:40.  In reflection of this workout, I feel that my first and second lap need to be faster.  I had a very strong kick-which is great-but I would prefer to use some of that for the beginning.  really looking forward to watching this number go down throughout the summer

-got drawn for the st george marathon...one of the ultimate marathons among marathons.  will begin training for this event mid-june

-anxiously awaiting july so that I can hopefully have another decent Bucket of Blood 1/2 marathon race.  

-ran a ten miler at about 9 weeks postpartum..no problems...good pace

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At 11 weeks postpartum I'm still anxious to get a few things in tip top shape.  The number on the scale is getting closer to what it was before pregnancy.  I'm within 8-10 pounds...I'm not one to do crazy dieting or ridiculous workouts just for the number on the scale.  I'm banking on steady and consistent running.  I'm also really really banking on breastfeeding helping me out.  It definitely played a part for the first pregnancy...excited for that to kick in.  

Yee'go

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

still kicking

Howdy there partner, 

I'm still alive.  Since the last time I wrote, Hot Dog arrived and I returned to normal non pregnant running!

All of the things that made up the third trimester of my pregnancy in terms of fitness were recorded on my other blog.  

To sum things up, I had a much better experience running during this pregnancy.  I knew what to expect and when to ease off or push it.  I ran to 37 weeks and stopped only because of the blood pressure thing that started to get scary.  That means there was 1 week that I didn't run while pregnant.  Not too shabby.  I ran a half marathon during the second trimester.  I ran a 5k during the third trimester.  

I'm now 8 weeks postpartum.  Here's the beef:

Running is officially normal again.  My pace is nearly to what it used to be...just a few more endurance runs to firm that up.  My mileage is at or above 20 miles/week.  I still have to be real careful about getting side stitches.  The same problem that I had with Callum is still a reality.  I'm pretty good about managing it at this point. 

My weight is getting down.  I don't fixate on it.  I am within ten pounds of my pre pregnancy 135.  I'm sure it will come.  I know that fixating will sabotage my efforts.  My butt is the thing that really got big during this pregnancy.  All of my jeans and bottoms are very snug!  I'm not used to it being filled out like it is.  Kind of weird.  


Monday, January 25, 2016

31 weeks

Still getting it done.  This picture is right after I ran 4 miles on my treadmill.  I've been feeling a lot better about my running this pregnancy because I know what to expect and how to run through pain.  

Last pregnancy I constantly got down on myself if I had to cut a run short or stop because of pain.  This pregnancy I've purposefully set out to do interval type workouts that incorporate jogging and/or walk breaks.  It has really made the longevity of running much better.  

In my sprint intervals I'm able to get the treadmill up to speeds beyond 8.0.  I'm quite satisfied with that.  Mostly, I'm extremely grateful for being blessed with a healthy/strong body and healthy baby.  

Yee'go

Friday, January 15, 2016

30 Weeks

Felt really good and rocked a 5k!
25 minutes and won the thing
very thankful for being able to do this kind of thing

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

20 weeks pregnant

I'm starting to feel more and more pregnant. My belly isn't a factor, but my bladder is.  I'm starting to have the constant urge to pee coupled with a general uncomfortable feeling in that entire region.

I am accepting of the fact that my running will now officially be with a different objective.  Distance begins being cut and focus is more on quality.  It'll be dropping to single digit runs with a mile pace that is considerably slower.  And I have to be okay with it.  I am okay with it. 

I haven't started wearing my pregnancy belt just yet.  My belly is on the verge of popping out.  Once that happens there is no turning back!

In looking ahead at these cold winter running months, I have a few goals that I'd like to get out on paper. 

1.  continue running safely and as comfortably as possible-be accepting of whatever distance this may be

2.  maintain my morning workouts four days a week with any combination of yoga, running, swimming, or lifting

3. be more mindful of the snacks I'm eating-I'm always starving and have started grabbing whatever is in front of me-for good or bad-because I'm starving.  Caloric snacks with some nutrition will keep me full longer

4. Yoga-continue implementation of prenatal exercises that help with a growing body and looming labor

5. Swimming-Once my belly pops and I'm really slowed in running, transition to lap swimming on a regular basis 

6. Lifting-regular trips to the weight room to maintain strength 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

pre race ponderings

In many ways I want to make this a very successful race.  After all, I'm still not big enough to really have my pace effected by pregnancy.  I'm right at that mark where I'm about to get huge but still enjoying normalcy in all things I do.  

I have really been struggling with what pace to carry out on race day.  Do I just race like I usually do keeping in mind that water is crucial?  Do I slow it down to play it safe?  

All runs in the past few weeks tell me that I'm fine at the pace I usually do.  The staying cool and hydrated has been the bigger worry.  With that in mind, I'm aught to think I can go out as normal but not be a hero for place or time.  

I can feel it in my bones that I'm going to have a good race.  I just really really want to be safe out there.  I'm wondering how annoying the urge to go pee will be while running.  That pregnancy effect is settling in nicely lately.  

Here it goes for my first pregnancy half

Sunday, September 27, 2015

when it's going well...keep going

9.2 miles that were fantastic....
The closer I get to this half marathon the more ready I feel. 
I'm so grateful for how good I feel during this second trimester.  It's unbelievably good feeling and energetic.  

I'm 15 weeks now and can't say that my running is slowing down at all.  What a relief!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

13 weeks

I cannot believe how much better I feel now that I'm out of the first trimester. It's almost as if I never felt rotten in the first place!

I've been able to manage solid paces for workouts and feel good throughout the day.

It's a major shift. I'm loving it.

I'm just about 30 days away from the half marathon.  The big question on my mind is whether or not my belly will really start to show before then.  I have my pregnancy support belt ready to go.  Part of me wants to get it over with and have the thing pop out--the other part would like to keep the thing pudgy a little longer for the sake of clothing and ease/comfort.


Sunday, September 6, 2015

the end of the first trimester

What a ride.  

I enter the second trimester praying that it is filled with more energy and less queasiness.  
True to form, I followed my rule of thumb for good week/bad week.  This week was a bad week because last week was fantastic. 

I ran on Monday and ran a tempo pace for a non tempo run. 
On Tuesday I tried to do it again and couldn't.  I walked for several minutes because I just wasn't feeling great. 
Didn't even bother on Wednesday.  
Ran almost three miles on Thursday.  
Didn't bother on Friday.
Ran 4 miles on Saturday.

I guess it isn't that depressing, but I felt terrible.  Nighttime seems to be the worst.  When I come home from school, I have a hard time ever getting up again.  I am beyond exhausted and the nauseous feeling goes up big time.  

Again, as I enter the second trimester, I'm just hoping for some relief from the queasiness.  If this happens, I'll get some energy and will power back to do more running. 


Sunday, August 30, 2015

the 11th week

I have finally gotten SOME relief from the fatigue and nausea that have plagued my workouts the past month.  
This week I successfully completed:
9 miler at 11 weeks

2 easy runs
1 swimming workout
1 yoga workout
1 tempo run-sub 8
1 long run-sub 8:30

I can hardly believe it.  After the way I've felt the past month, I didn't know if running was going to be a sustainable activity for me.  Maybe there is some truth to feeling better and more energetic in the second trimester. I better not talk about it any further-no need jinx it. 

This pregnancy seems to be going on forever.  I feel like I've already been pregnant for 14 months.  Maybe it is because I haven't announced my news.  I feel like it's time...I'm ready to get it out there.

Back to running-I intend to run a 10k and 1/2 marathon in the next six weeks.  Last pregnancy I did plenty of long distances with zero concerns.  I hope and pray that stays the same.  

Today's long run of 9 miles marks the longest distance I've ran since I was 4 weeks pregnant and ran the Bucket of Blood Half in a winning PR time.  All I ask is that I'm able to maintain my running base through the second trimester.  I need this.  The third trimester is a whole different ball game-one that I feel a little more prepared to conquer this time.  

I would compare the third trimester to hitting the abrupt wall in a marathon.  Things are going fantastic and all of a sudden a huge insurmountable barrier is placed in your way.  There is no way to safely and comfortably run up it, so you have to walk around it or turn back the way you came.  This time around I plan to make a more gradual switch to swimming and non-impact cardio well before I get to a place where my body can't do it.  

Yee'go

Monday, August 24, 2015

the 10th week

I've really been tested the last few weeks.  The level of nausea and fatigue has been almost unbearable at times.  Though I've never actually thrown up, I've had to leave the room gagging absolutely sure that something would come up.  Usually it's the constant feeling of wanting to go home and lay down to hopefully keep my stomach settled.  Miserable.  

Miraculously, my weekly mileage hasn't been effected too terribly.  3-4 miles less-maybe.  
However, what has been effected is the quality.  I find myself feeling quite fatigued from the first steps of a run.  My mind really wants to do it, but my body says no way.  There have been several occasions where I have worked in a stretch or walking break.  I hate doing that, but I've felt like I have no other choice.  I'm not going to lie.  It has me worried about my upcoming half marathon.  Last pregnancy I did not feel so rotten during these running weeks.  I remember running a nearly perfect PR 10k at 12 weeks pregnant.  Why is it different?  My hope and gut tell me that it's just the first trimester.  Once I make it past 12 weeks I hope to be feeling much better and more energized.  


Sunday, August 9, 2015

the Saturday run

I got 6 miles in today.  Originally I had hoped to do 10, but I didn't feel great this morning.  6 miles is absolutely fantastic, and I have nothing to complain about. 

I ran late in the morning, and it did start to really heat up.  I enjoyed listening to an audiobook...something I don't usually do when running.  

Of all the notable parts of the run, the most notable of all was the snake I encountered!  He was slithering and the forked tongue was out.  I hated every part of running into that snake.  It spooked me for the last 1.5 miles!  

I ran at about an 8:50 pace.  I'm 8 weeks pregnant today.  So far I haven't missed out on anything.  I rode my bike several times to work.  I went to yoga and lifted.  

Most importantly, we saw the heartbeat on ultrasound!!!  

Sunday, August 2, 2015

8 miler

Today was a toughie. 
We set out to run 8 miles.  It was already hot, and I had gotten hardly any sleep.  Those kinds of things never stop me.  

In the first mile I realized that the pace we set was one that I could not maintain.  I was just too fatigued.  Kimmy ran on, and I soldiered through.  When we got to the cattle guard around mile 2, I allowed myself to walk for several strides.  It was enough to energize me and pump me up.   

Basically the rest of the run was a battle of heat and fatigue.  I did it, but it wasn't pretty.   My pace was over 9 minute miles, which is extremely embarrassing.  However, I find myself not caring.  It's really okay to have a slower run sometimes.  Just like in many things, not every run can be a great pace and great conditions.  You have to run through the tough ones to appreciate and thrive for the good ones.  

the summer of running

It's been a good summer of running. 
I got some 10/11/12 milers in.  
I did the half marathon I intended to do. 
Ran two races on vacation.
Even got to the weight room and yoga consistently.

I'm 3 weeks into another school year, and so far I've maintained those same trends.
I've already biked to work four times.  

It's still really really hot, and I'm loving it.  However, for the sake of having a cool run, I'll be excited for the temps to drop soon. For someone that really hates winter, I really have no problem getting out the door to run in single digits or below freezing temps.  Don't get me wrong, I'm all about the hot sweaty run, but pace really gets effected after running for an hour plus in 80 degree plus. 

Just to get it out on paper...
Here are some of my intentions and goals for end of summer/fall

1.  maintain 20 miles plus a week
2. maintain long run on Saturday
3. modify and accomplish my running goal for Lake Powell 1/2 in mid October
4. rekindle my yoga practice in the Wednesday class or at home-once a week minimum
5.  a new goal that I haven't done since New Zealand... lift weights at lunch 2-3 days/week...
6.  be more disciplined with my food choices.  I haven't gone hog wild, but I can't say that I'm cutting out anything either

I'm at 500 miles for 2015.  I'd really like that number to be super close to 1000 at the end of December. 

Yee'go


Monday, July 20, 2015

Bucket of Blood Half Marathon 2015

WINNER!!!

I won it. Certainly was not the easiest thing-I really had to push myself to a pace I didn't know I could maintain on an off road course.  

1:39:39. First female finisher. 
PR by almost ten minutes from the last time I ran this course.
**not a half marathon PR** This is a hilly off road course...thus, adding some time. 

I went into this race accepting that I might get beat by the same lady that has beaten me seen several times.  Green lady pictured below has been a rival of mine in recent years.  Early in the race she led, and I caught up.  At one point we ran together for two miles.  She told me that the pace I was setting was a bit too fast, and she encouraged me to go on.  Eventually I listened to her and forged ahead.  

For the rest of the race I fought to maintain my leader spot.  She was always a few strides behind me.  When she did try to pass, I always pushed ahead.  I ran aggressive thinking that I could do it.  Well, turn out I was strong enough. 

I rocked that race.  I ran smart.  Consumed a gel at mile 8 and 10.  Enjoyed water stops with huge cups of water.  

The hardest part of this race was the last mile.  It was on hot pavement that seemed to go on forever.  My kick wasn't as strong as I'd hoped it would be.  

It's all good.  I'm really proud of this accomplishment.  






Saturday, July 4, 2015

summer running

Summer running has gone fantastic so far.
I feel that I have accomplished many of the goals I intended to fulfill in the weeks off from school. 

Let's recap

June 
My weekly mileage increased by 8-10 miles as compared to my training during the last few months of school.  

Ran three long long runs before leaving on vacation (10+ miles)

Ran in the humidity of Alabama during vacation.  My mileage was shorter, but I'm just proud of getting out there in such ridiculous conditions.  I've never felt so drained and fatigued from heat.  

Ran a 5k in Huntsville, Alabama in HEAT AND HUMIDITY. 
Ran a 5mi in Decatur, Alabama in perfect conditions.  Won the female race and managed to maintain a 7:16 pace

July plans
Run 5k on 4th of July (hoping for a PR)

Run Bucket of Blood Half Marathon on July 11

Maintain increased mileage through July 31


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Whiskey Row Half Marathon



May's race took us to the birthplace of Arizona, Prescott, for the Whiskey Row Half Marathon.  Ever since moving to America I had a strong desire to run this race.  Its reputation precedes itself as tough, challenging, hilly death, and a true test of strength.  

Well, it certainly checks the box of being the hardest half marathon I've ever done.  

Mile 1-Loving the downtown feel.  Running from the courthouse was neat.  Kimmy and I ran together and noticed the girl in front of us that had her elbows pointing straight out-just like I always do.  It was good to see how it looks...that's my worst problem.  I didn't look at my watch to see my pace.  I don't like to do that.  I feel better about finding my comfortable pace rather than stressing that I'm too fast or slow.  

Mile 2-3-I started thinking this wasn't so bad.  Then the first hill came up.  Ok, that wasn't so bad.  Then there was a sign that said "What the hill is this?"  That was a steep sucker that didn't get me but still reminded me what I was in for.  At this stage I also noticed that it was freaking hot.  Sun was beating down, and I already felt hot.  That was a bad sign for a long hilly race.  I also saw an older lady exit the course to take a poop on the side of the course.  That annoyed me. More on her later. 

Mile 4-6-Hard. hard. hard.  The hills became relentless at this stage!  It was the kind of climb that leaves you wondering where the top will be.  I knew it was bad when I saw the treeline with my own eye.  Literally from brush to legit ponderosas.  Yikes.  Admittedly, I made a tough decision that ended up being smart.  During one of said climbs, I made an executive decision to briskly walk for 4 minutes rather than continue to barely climb with legs in pan and out of breath.  Doing this was shameful for me but really helped me restore balance and get back on my feet.  

Mile 6.5-The turnaround had us go on a dirt forest trail for a mile or so.  It was shady.  There was only one real incline.  It was nothing compared to what I had just endured.  I love races where you can see who is behind you because it is an out-n-back race.  I was able to count the females in front and behind me to see that I was easily in the top 10 females despite there being hundreds of females.  That's a neat feeling.  

Mile 7-9 Downhill easy fast.  What more can I say?  All of those hills I climbed were now cake walks where I felt sorry for those still climbing up on the other side.  At mile 9 I noticed the lady that left the course in the beginning dart from behind and pass me.  What the freak?  Where did that come from?  I had never seen her return to the course.  She certainly didn't pass me.  I would've noticed and been annoyed.  I was convinced she cheated.  

Mile 10-12 I battled with a couple that was running the race together.  They would pass me, and I would pass them.  Again, the course wasn't too tough because I was mostly descending back to 5000 feet.  The last mile was really really hot.  There was not a cloud in the sky, and I was feeling tired and hot and thirst.  I held my kick until I knew I was at the last corner. 

Mile 13.1 I managed to pass one girl that was in front of me the whole race.  I was happy about that.  

Overall time 1 hr 44 min.  Freak.  Not too bad for one of the toughest halfs around this state.  I'm happy.  








Monday, April 27, 2015

hiatus

A bit of a hiatus going on since my last post.  

I blame it on track season.  

Here is the general status of all things working out:

Track season--
I haven't worked out nearly as much with my sprinters this season.  Callum hasn't loved being out at the track.  In fact, he pretty much hates it.  I don't blame him.  I hold him during most of the workout.  I try to squeeze in a set or rep of the running workout here and there, but it is usually my second workout of the day so I'm not too fussed to get it done.  

Half marathon training--
Right after Lost Dutchman we signed up for Whiskey Row.  Whiskey Row is apparently a hardcore uphill race for the toughest of tough runners.  That race goes down in 6 days.  Knowing that it is a crazy race has kept me motivated to run regularly.  I've been getting 12-15 miles in per week no problem.  Last weekend I ran 10 miles in very hot weather.  It went well, but I noticed that my upper body strength has dwindled a little.  

I can say that I haven't logged as many miles as I would have liked, but I don't feel unprepared either.  I've done hills a few times.  With the craziness on my plate right now with work commitments, I honestly have done the best I could possibly do.  

Weights--
This is the danger zone.  I have not lifted at all.  Something had to give with me doing track.  Weight room was the first to go.  Like I mentioned before, I can totally tell that I have lost some upper body strength.  Two weeks ago I started doing pushups and dips every morning.  It's a very small thing to say that I'm on it and addressing it.  

Nutrition--
Struggle.  I think this also has a lot to do with coaching track.  I get home with a starving baby during or after meal time.  We are so hungry that we get something convenient rather than contemplate items that would be healthy and prepared.  I don't care as much that I haven't eaten that well as much as I care that Callum is suffering from my crazy schedule.  If I could do one thing to be a better mom, cooking healthy regularly would be it.  I have totally failed!  Part of the problem is that I hate cooking.  I like eating healthy but find do excitement in prepping meals or trying new recipes.  It's time to get on the ball now that I've dropped it so many times this school year.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

3 in 1 day

Mondays tend to be fantastic workout days for me.  Today was one for the books. 
I started by running 3 miles in the morning.  I then completed day 4 of my 30 day yoga challenge.  Worked all day.  Coached track practice.  I sealed my day by completing day 1 of Insanity Asylum with Jason.  After dinner we wanted to go for a walk, so we walked a mile with Callum in the stroller.  

What a day!  

My house is clean.  I worked my butt off.  My life is good.  

It doesn't always mesh this well, but I can say that I certainly make my workouts a priority. 

Yee'go

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lost Dutchman Half Marathon

I killed it.

I've got a new PR and a first place age group finish to go with it.  



While I am in shape, I cannot say that I specifically trained for this race. I thought it sounded like a good idea when my sister suggested it.  I know that part of my good race had to do with the fact that the overcast low elevation perfect winter temperature had something to do with it.  The view was beautiful of the Superstition Mountains.  

Mile 1-7:48 pace.  Felt good but wasn't about to be the idiot that overdid it in the first mile.  

Mile 2-5-on a straight fancy neighborhood street.  Easy but boring

Mile 6-Quite motivating to get to the halfway point.  The out and back concept makes it easy to really be aware of the distance remaining

Mile 7-9-started passing quite a bit of people.  The people ahead of me dropped like flies here and there.  I also had an idea in my head of 15 females ahead of me.  I knew I would be able to reel in some of those ladies. I had about a 1/4 of a GU.  Started accepting water at each station-tiny sips.

Mile 10-Go time.  I had it in me to go.  My official races stats above confirm that I got faster and faster as the race went on.

Mile 11-13-got mixed up with 10kers.  That was annoying but made me want to run faster to get away from them!

One of my favorite parts about this race was that I had negative splits across the board. 
My least favorite part of the race was that it was on pavement the entire time. We never actually ran through Lost Dutchman State Park.  We were darn close, but it wasn't quite there.  I would say that the course description is deceiving in that regard.  





Wednesday, January 21, 2015

just push play


When things in life get hard or unbearable, sometimes all you to do is push play.  I learned that from Jason this week.  He keeps pushing play on Insanity.  In so doing, he's helped me to get out the door despite some really tough things on my plate both at work and in my personal life.  One thing is certain...once you start running you never regret it.  Getting out the door can be tough, but it's worth it. 

Here is a worthy example of getting out the door...5am on a weekday in January darkness.  Doesn't matter.  Get out there and do it.  No regrets 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

the repeat sickness

While basking in the New Zealand summer sun, I fell ill with a terrible flu.  This 24 hour puncher really messed with my appetite and energy levels.  I ran only one time after the sickness struck in New Zealand.  With no surprise at all, it was tiring and hard to get any air--even if I was running on a stunning beach.  

I returned to Arizona thinking I had been done with the flu with another year or two.  This was not the case.  I went to school on Monday with the same exact nausea that I had a week earlier in NZ.  By lunch time I still hadn't eaten and felt no better.  I called in sick from my lunch break and not long after I threw up the empty contents of my stomach.  The rest of Monday was a huge bust.  I couldn't keep food down and felt nauseous 100% of every minute.  

I never knew it was possible to get flu back to back.  The only thing I can think of is that it had something to do with traveling from hemispheres.  On Wednesday I ran 400 repeats.  That was the first real workout since this weird sickness thing.  That kicked my butt.  I know I am off my game when I have no desire to sprint the last 150 of the 4.  I do that every time every repeat without fail.  It sufficed for me to run with good form but not necessarily fast.  

This morning I ran 5 miles in the cold winter.  It actually went well.  The only thing I really have to complain about is an extremely bad case of tense shoulders for the last two miles.  This tends to happen to me when I haven't ran or am holding back.  Other than that, the cold didn't bother me nor did my breathing.  

Jason is doing Insanity.  I jump in when I can on those videos.  I did indeed jump in several times during his workout sessions this week.  

Our eating choices have been absolutely fantastic this week.  We made dinner every night and have used only whole wheat items and lean meat.  The big majority of our meals are fruits and vegetables.  If only our toddler would jump on board.  

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Zealand vacation running

The ultimate run.  Barefoot on the beach. Hot but not too hot.  Crashing waves the only sound you hear.  Roughly once a year or sometimes not even that frequently, I get to take care of my absolute need to get to the beach and run.  This time it was thwarted by an intense flu that took me down for two days while on vacation.  On the recovery side of that sickness, I found myself battling coughing and wheezing.  For the last five days of vacation, I only ran twice.  Both times I stopped at 20 minutes feeling like I was pushing it too much.  What a darn shame.  There I was in the southern hemisphere's paradisaical summer, and I had to hold back. 

By far, the best run of the vacation was my first run.  I woke up to blazing hot sun and ran through miles of paddocks.  Bosher Road to be exact... 
I know I was wearing a smile because it was just so good to be New Zealand home.  I took in every little sounds, smell, and sight.  I easily did 10ks in about 50 minutes.  

New Zealand, I miss you for the runner and healthy eater you made me.  Someday I will run your beaches again.  




My favorite-Callum watching me


the running selfie-EEK! it must be special if I take a selfie. I hate these

Sunday, December 14, 2014

my weight room buddy

This is Motorcycle and I on days that I lift.  He knows his way around the gym, and enjoys his own little activities.  

I did squats today and rekindled my love for heavy lifting.  I just love how this place makes me feel.  

It was a crappy week for running. Kimmy was out sick, and I only got two weekday runs in myself. Totally lame. 

This morning, Saturday, we ran 9 miles in winter rain.  I was not cold but soaked to to the bone.  It was actually really great.  I enjoyed it partly because both of us are about to depart for Christmas vacation.  Gotta get those miles in before long flights.  

Yee'go

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Saturdays are special days

Saturdays are special days.  It's the day we get ready for Sundays. 

Saturdays have started with a long run for a long time in my world.  I don't even know how many years it has been.  

79 degrees or -79 degrees, it just doesn't matter.  That's what you do on Saturdays.  

This long standing ritual is probably a very big part of the reason I am never out of shape.  I have to get out the door and do it.  And because I have to do it, I have to train during the week.  And because I train during the week, I am ready for long runs any time of the year.  

Another big part of me being successful at keeping my morning run intact is because I work M-F.  After getting up at 5:10am all week to workout, it is a treasure trove of adventure to wake up at 6 and go running only after Callum has been sufficiently cuddled, and the sun is completely up for the day.  It's a cake walk to run for a long time in those conditions. 

Since living in America, it has been an added bonus to run with my sister.  It's always that much easier to get out the door when you have someone counting on you.  

Today I ran alone because said sister is out of town.  I had a great run along 3rd street.  I wasn't chasing miles today, but I was chasing time.  I gave myself 40 minutes to see how much ground I could cover.  I managed to cover 5 miles in 38 minutes and 38 seconds.  7:40ish pace?  I'll take it.  


the half marathon

Last Saturday we held our own half marathon.  
It was a very close simulation to an actual race. 

laid racing clothes out the night before
went to bed ridiculously early
ate pesto for dinner
drank heaps of water
charged ipod
spent some time mentally preparing

The weather was to die for.  No wind, blue sunny skies, and temps in the high 50s.  
Kimmy even got us racing bibs to wear.  Nerd alert.

Overall, I found it quite easy to enjoy every mile.  I was truly happy to be running and happy with our decision to just make our own half marathon. 

Several of our miles were right around 8:00.  Our overall average pace was around 8:30.  
Admittedly, I could have shaved off quite a few minutes, but I opted to pace and stay with the only other participant in the half marathon.  

I consider this race the closing off of the summer/warm running chapter, and the induction to winter/cold running for the next months.  Bring it on.  

Still not sure what we will do next...full marathon in January or full marathon in spring?  Stay tuned to find out what happens next. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

a runner's check-in

It's about time for a runner's check-in. 
It's time to spell out the good, bad, and ugly of my training in 2014.  
I'm finding that my body has hit the natural plateau of doing the same thing for a long time.  

2014
January-February
end of marathon training
20 miler run 
taper
little to no weightlifting/cross training
QUALIFIED FOR BOSTON

March-May
rest recovery for a solid two weeks
coached track and relied on completing track workouts as my own workout
tons of intervals and sprints
little to no distance running
stopped breastfeeding
little to no weightlifting/cross training

June-July
summer vacation
began going to the weighroom 1-2x per week
ran up to 10 miles per week

August-October
FIRST half marathon training plan
3 days of running with sprint/tempo/long run
cross trained 1-2x per week

UPCOMING
November-December
complete half marathon next week
make a decision about next big training goal
(5 days of running? more cross training?  yoga? marathon training?)

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Nutrition talk
Well, the truth is I have not been conscious about my eating choices.  I would say that I am inherently mostly good about what I eat, but I do have bad habits.  Said bad habits have been more apparent in the past year partly due to the fact that I didn't worry about gaining weight while breastfeeding.  Also partly due to the fact that nutrition tied to training was the last thing on my mind as a new mom.  

My confession about nutrition is that I have gotten to the point that I actually crave chocolate to the point that I sometimes go to the store just to get it.  I've never done that.  I also eat an incredible amount just because.  I do well to make good choices with my portions at dinner.  My dinner problem is that I often do not cook at all when Jason is not home.  I would rather not bother by eating something random.  A bowl of cereal, a piece of toast, chips and salsa....   

Some things that I confess need to change include:
my ability to say no-I don't always have to give in to indulgence
my ability to cook dinners regularly-For Callum's sake, and my body's sake-take time to make something colorful for dinner
make sure color is part of every meal-I mostly do well with this but being conscious about it can do much

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Cross training
More so than anything else, cross training has taken a backseat to Callum.  He is now in a place where I can turn on a yoga video or take him to the gym to lift.  It's time that I took that into my training plan more regularly.  1-2x per week is just not solid enough for a serious runner.  3x per week would make me extremely proud of myself. 

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Running
No matter what season my life seems to be in I always find time for running.  The question is what is my thing for the next little while?  Will I train for another marathon?  I kind of want to knowing that a second baby will be in the picture some time in the future.  I also like how easy it is to be dedicated to something for that long.  It gets you through winter. Part of me wants to mix it up though.  What if I trained differently?  What if I ran 5 days a week no matter what?  Questions I need to answer after the half marathon next week. 


postponed

The verdict is that we are running our own half marathon.  
It will be easy on the pocket book and easy for busy working moms.  
I despise people with these bumper stickers.  

I'm pretty excited about it because it opens up this whole new world of creating our own racing experiences and expanding our training world.  

We are postponing the big race to next Saturday due to sickness and travel. 

I am readily excited about winter cold running.  I think I do well with running in the winter because of the mountain climb that it is.  I enjoy bundling up to hit the streets when the smart thing is to stay inside in front of the tv.  I enjoy running outside when I know it isn't the easy way out.  Bring it on. 

Back to the half marathon.  I would like to get a decent time.  I don't think I'll be personal record status that day, but I do think I can give it a solid go.  Here is the racing strategy in a nutshell. Run the first 5k at 25 minutes.  10k at 50-52 min.  maintain under 8:30 pace from that point and haul butt the last 2 miles.  


Sunday, October 19, 2014

taper time with some money concerns

Today we finished our final long run in preparation for the upcoming half marathon.  We did quite a bit of customizing to our training plan this go around.  I think both of us would have liked to have done a 12 miler prior to the race but time is precious during the school year. 

We ran a 10 miler along our city loop course in just under an 8:30 mile pace.  Nothing fancy or impressive...just solid. 

Now it's taper time.  I have a hard time during the taper.  All I want to do is another workout. 

We've never trained for a half marathon together from start to finish.  We have done some random ones just from being in shape but no formal plan.

The truth of the matter is that money is tight right now.  With nursing school upon us I can't say that I have a ton of extra cash laying around for races.  We are three weeks to race day, and I'm stressing about paying for this dang race. 

I've been doing tons of extra tutoring to earn cash on the side, but it's not necessarily making the biggest impact. 

Part of me wants to map out a neat course to complete somewhere around here and call it good.  If it's mapped and we treat it like race day, I could probably rock a pretty sweet time. 

Who knows.  Next time I write it may be to say I paid or it might be to say that I just ran an amazing course along mesas and tumbleweeds. 

Yee'go

Friday, October 17, 2014

the boston decision

Remember how I qualified for Boston?  Remember how it was a goal and dream I had referenced for more than several years?

The Boston registration process began weeks ago, and I forfeit my opportunity to register.  I did this with hesitation but stalwart confidence that comes with being a mortgage-owing, recent grad school graduate, future mom of several children, owner of tight budget, wife of nursing school student, working mom--RUNNER.  In other words, there are way too many crucial purchases and commitments for me to chase my running dreams on the east coast at this time.  I hate that it comes down to not being able to justify a big fancy running trip among the many many bills.  It is what it is.    

It does hurt my heart.  I reached a level of running that a very small percentage of runners will ever even reach.  I accomplished a goal that seemed nearly impossible.  More than anything, I did it during my first year as a mom, first year in a school leadership position, and last year of my graduate program.  To say my time was stretched didn't even scratch the surface.  In many ways I believe that this is why I succeeded with the lofty goal.  My commitments demanded that I was using my time wisely in every little way. I also believe that my very recent experience in childbirth with no pain medicine opened my eyes to what my pain threshold and endurance really is.  The bottom line is that I am a tough cookie.  I inherently knew I could run my goal marathon time because of my ability to embrace childbirth as a process and conquerable goal.  

When April comes around I will be sad.  I will always wonder what if.  However, I find solace in knowing that I ran the intended time.  I find solace in knowing that I thrived during a potentially tumultuous year.  I find solace in knowing that I still have many Boston years left to qualify and live that dream.  

Meanwhile, I run a half marathon in November.  I embrace the dark winter months of running.  I do well with those months.  Something about it being not easy to run in single digits makes me want to get out the door even more.  A 2015 marathon will fall in there somewhere.  Track season in the spring will bring me coaching time and sprinting time. 

Yee'go


Thursday, October 16, 2014

recent running

For the past nine weeks, we have been training for a half marathon on November 2.  It has been a three per week training plan that has worked well for two working moms.  

I have done some swimming and weight sessions on the cross training days.  

Our mile pace isn't exactly where we want it.  However, I feel confident that we are on track to run our desired race time. 


Sunday, July 20, 2014

it's working

The return to work has been phenomenal.  I have assumed my regular two-a-day workouts with great ease.  I love love love this strategy.  It has worked for me throughout the last 4 years.  Last year was weird because I was a new mom with a new job and new grad school.  Workouts were achieved, but in a much different and less loved format.  

This week I rode my bike to work 4 days.  This will not be available to me very often because I have to drop Callum off at his new babysitter 4 days a week.  On the odd occasion that I can, I will.  

I ran before work 4 days and saved 1 run for today, Saturday.  

I had two lift sessions at the gym.

I swam laps once.

I played co-ed softball once. 

I did abs everyday. 

Not a bad start to the first week of work, right?

With school starting again I thought I'd take a moment to establish my ground rules for working out this year and every year.  Here is what I believe.

1.  Never ever miss a Monday workout.
2.  The first ten minutes are always hard. Fight through it and you got it.
3.  Variation.  Don't always run.  Switch it up regularly.
4.  Set lofty goals periodically.  (mine is a half marathon and marathon once a year)
5.  Start the day with a workout.  
6.  Always end every run every time in a sprint.  

And there you go.  My belief system.  I live and die by these rules.  I am proud to say that I keep them too.  Not too shabby.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

the run of color

BEFORE COLOR
 Well, I did it.  I signed up for a color run.  As a rule of thumb, I am opposed to these kind of things.  It is hard to comprehend the idea of throwing around powder while walking and paying for it.  What is the point?  When the element of racing and beating a personal best is thrown in the mix, then I can understand the point.  

When my very small and precious community has events of any kind I try to sign up.  It is a good thing for rural communities.  With some hesitation, I signed up but secretly knew I would make it my kind of fun.  

Amma pushed Callum-she can really zip around with Callum in tow.  I forged ahead to lead the race.  Wait, not a race...I forged ahead to the front of the walker joggers.  

I was a little shy about the color.  I am not one to make a mess or make a fool out of myself in public.   I had a few red and blue areas on my white tank top.  No problem. 

The course was not marked because it was not a race.  Fine.  I had my watch.  I zipped through the course and got to the end and was confused because there were literally no people to be seen.  I beat the workers to the finish line.  I stopped my watch and ran the course backwards until I saw Motorcycle and Amma.  

All in all, it was a very good time.  This is a perfect event for 4th of July.  The red and blue powder looked neat.  Plus, I'm always a sucker for patriotic anything.  

Next year I'll do it again and get supper messy in the beginning.  

My time was solid-though unofficial since I doubt the course was an actual 5k.  Somewhere close to it...but there was not finish line so I ran longer than I needed to.  I ran about a 21:50.  Not too shabby of a pace.  





Fake winner of the non race

Amma and Callum-racing buddies

He still has this in his hair.  


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