Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wordless Wednesday (Almost): To Catch Things Up

Sorry for my disappearance! 6 weeks of nothing, but lots has happened so here is a quick recap in pictures...

Celebrated with my running girls! We changed out of running clothes and relaxed with food and drinks instead of miles for a change.
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O started skiing (and so did Matt and I!)
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We went to our first concert as a family...The Lumineers, so good!
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The boot making it's first appearance

Celebrated my baby turning 7 while vacationing in Cancun!
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No pictures but I spent 2 weeks in a boot, out of running thanks to a stupid ankle injury from a slip on the ice while running. It coincided with Mexico so the only positive was no 19 mile long run on vacation! Things are all good now and it is back to running and regular mode...

Back to regular running and life posting this week! More to come and even a race to report!

What have you been up to lately?

Monday, December 26, 2016

Merry Christmas, Our Holiday Recap and Giveaway!

How did the holidays sneak up on us?! I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas (if you celebrate) or Happy Holidays. We have been busy with life: work, dance, gymnastics, school, family and running. But we managed to get in a little Christmas fun...

Fun at friends' Ugly Sweater Party
Sorry, can't really see our great sweaters!

The Nutcracker with O on the coldest day in many years, temps of -20!

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I got to volunteer at O's school party before winter break. It is always fun meeting her friends and seeing the kids interact. She has a great teacher this year who is so calm with her, I need lessons!

Pre Holiday CrossFit killer workout on Friday. O is loving CrossFit kids too. She even decided to "help" and I managed 30 push ups (although not too pretty) with her on my back, then she jumped on for the tank pushes to add her extra weight!

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Woke up Christmas Eve for a great 10 mile run with friends before doing lots of cooking (and later eating!). We hosted our families for an evening of appetizers (vegan & GF mostly) and gifts.

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Christmas morning we nice and relaxing: a little sleeping in, gifts from Santa, another run with friends and yoga. We had planned to get out on the trails to ski but it was raining! Yes, rain on Christmas, yuck! Instead we stayed home, played some games and went to sleep.

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My new skis!

Now I get to enjoy 2 more days off work, another Christmas celebration tomorrow and time with my girl.

Don't forget to enter my UCAN Giveaway!

Hope everyone had a great Christmas! Do you get a winter break? 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Fueling and UCAN Giveaway

Yikes, has it really been almost 2 months since I posted?! I have so much to share but to ease back into blog fun and to celebrate the holidays I am doing a quick giveaway (and will share about my fun November and December adventures starting tomorrow).

Here's a little on my missing time: Disney, CIM, guiding a blind runner, back to marathon training, sub 6, holiday fun!  What have you been up too?

I can't believe Christmas is just 3 days away and marathon training is about to start full force again. Let's combine these two and I'm giving away a UCAN Gift Pack with a sampling of their great products.

  • 2 packets UCAN Drink Mix (Orange & Cocoa)
  • 2 packets UCAN with Protein Drink Mix (Vanilla Cream)
  • 2 UCAN Snack Bars (Cinnamon, Chocolate)
  • 2 sticks UCAN Hydrate (Berry, Lemon-Lime)
  • All products are naturally sweetened & gluten-free

Fitness Trial Box Packaging

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Weekly Meals and Workouts

It has now been 3 weeks since the marathon and I am still in the let’s sleep in mode, maybe workout later mode, indulge a little (okay a lot) mode. Don’t get me wrong my workouts have happened I’m just more likely to sleep a little later and do less now without a race on the horizon. This week I need to get back to normal with a workout schedule and meal plan, especially with some travel ahead and the holidays coming.

Sunday Run 7-8 miles hoping for trails if not closed from rain and upper strength/core
Monday Kickboxing
Tuesday CrossFit and short run
Wednesday Run with some short speed intervals and Pilates or Yoga
Thursday CrossFit and Walk
Friday Short run
Saturday CrossFit and Run

I plan to start adding in a little harder runs this week instead of all easy running. I have 2 more months until training starts again but want to get back to a good base by then. This past week I went back to the doctor about the leg/knee and came away even more frustrated. The “knee specialist” turned out not to be and the ortho/sport medicine specialty clinic doesn’t have anyone who can drain my cyst! What?! Luckily we all agree that this is the cause of all the issues but it won’t fully improve until I either stop running or the cyst is gone. The easy running with less miles is really helping but I need to fix it before I’m back to higher miles. How long do you take off between training cycles?

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I am loving this fall so far, cool but not cold yet. It is nice being back to comfort foods and crockpot meals. What are your favorite cool weather meals?

Sunday Carving pumpkins with friends and ordering from our favorite Thai place
Monday Chickpea salad wraps pre trick or treating
Tuesday Work late so leftovers
Wednesday Both Matt and I have work gatherings
Thursday Black bean chipotle butternut squash
Friday Mac n cheese (vegan)
Saturday Probably dinner out

Okay, off to run now…looks like the trails are closed and I’m stuck road running…Have a great week!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Conflicted, thoughts of a runner

Since the start of my running adventures I've set my goals on marathons, achieving certain times, paces, qualifying for Boston. The last few years have been rough ending with a mentally tough TCM that has really taken a toll on me. I keep thinking back to how relaxed I felt running the 50K in April and wonder if trails and ultra running is more my style (at least for awhile). Aside from the relaxed nature of trails I'm getting my butt kicked at the CrossFit gym again and loving the not so relaxed feel tough side of that!

Luckily with out a goal race in the near future I'm back out on the trails with a few easy runs the past couple weeks. The weather is perfect and colors are gorgeous.

On my last run we came face to face with this guy! Luckily he stopped and walked off into the woods watching us from a little further as we passed.

So much is running through my mind right now...
  • Do I sign up for Chicago 2017 (I still have a guaranteed entry time)
  • I'm already signed up for Flying Pig marathon
  • I want to run a 50 mile, but can I do this and a marathon?
  • Do I really have it in me to hit my sub 3:20 marathon goal
  • Trail running is peaceful
  • Maybe I should focus a lot on strength and minimal running
  • Winter is coming and I hate cold running (thanks to Raynauds)
  • I'll just move somewhere warm
  • I'm liking sleep right now
  • What is up with the weird leg stuff?!
What thoughts are going through your head right now on running?

Don't forget to enter my GoMacro Bar Giveaway that ends tonight.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

GoMacro Thrive Review and Giveaway!

All runners know that post marathon week(s) are filled with the fight to keep eating healthy yet indulge a little. I try to carry healthy snacks wherever I go to avoid the munchies. Needing gluten free makes finding healthy foods quick even tougher. I have my go to foods but love finding new options with such variety. I think my only complaint is the carb to protein ratio which for each bar is 3 or 4:1. I prefer a snack more along the 2:1 carb to protein ratio. To help this I add a few extra nuts to the bars when I have them for a snack, problem solved!

Like all GoMacro products, Thrive are USDA-Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher, Gluten-Free certified, 100% Vegan, and soy-free. Thrive is currently available to purchase online and will become available to Whole Foods this month! GoMacro is offering 30% off to all my readers with code Thrive30 for online purchases Here

The Thrive Bars come in 6 flavors: Caramel Coconut, Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip, Blueberry Lavender, Chocolate, Nuts and Sea Salt, Almond Apricot, and Ginger Lemon. While I'm not a huge chocolate fan I can still say I liked those! All the flavors were really good, chewy bars with nuts and good flavor. My favorite is the  Caramel Coconut for a nice sweet but healthy treat!

GoMacro is giving 1 lucky reader a box or 12 bars (2 of each flavor) to try!

I was provided the bars free but all opinions and reviews are my own.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Reflecting on Marathon Training

Now 8 days post the marathon that got away the emotions have settled and I have become much more rational. I've gone through everything from I'm done with marathons to when can I sign up for the next one and I need to race as soon as possible. Last Thursday I had a talk with coach Nichole and looked a little into training and running. Here are my thoughts on the past year and training...
The past year in pictures!
The Good
  • I kept lower mileage
  • I took rest days from running and high impact cardio work
  • Increased speedwork, tempo pace of long runs, 
  • Easy runs were just that...easy!
  • I stopped being afraid of running slower on long runs
  • Strength training at least 3x per week and good core work
  • I started the marathon slower than goal pace
  • The hamstring gave me no issues!
The Bad

  • I never really took a break since TCM last October. In the past year I ran TCM in October 2015, New Orleans in February, 50K in April and then right back to TCM last week
  • I started feeling pain in left leg early August but kept running with it for about 1 month
  • I was forced to take off 12 days of running during peak marathon training
  • I missed a lot of quality runs in August and September due to leg pain/injury
  • Nutrition could have been better
  • Sleep was poor all summer
  • Mentally I struggle when I run and I fall apart
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Lessons Learned
  • Take time off of training and just run easy without no goal
  • Add in yoga (this was my goal but never happened)
  • Continue strength training with a heavy leg focus now in the off season
  • Listen to my body!
  • Start the marathon slower than goal pace
  • Take rest days
  • Don't be afraid to push myself both physically and mentally
What lessons have you learned through training?