Friday, May 20, 2016

Five for Friday: Running...

I know I keep saying I'm going to get better at blogging, I write many posts in my head but never find time for it to leave my head! I want to revamp my blog and get a fresh start so stay tuned...

My running life is taking a few turns right now and here's what up with me and running...

I signed up for a bucket list race: Flying Pig Marathon! Almost a year away but looking forward to a fun girls' weekend. Who's run this? Any advice?

I'm almost done with week 2 of working with my new coach Nichole! It has been fun to see the workouts she has planned. I feel like I am pushing myself more so I don't disappoint her! I know I keep getting the question: why does a coach need a coach? I do, I mean I get how to train for a marathon and how to train others but having outside feedback and fresh eyes watching your training will help me so much.

My Mother's Day present was a new Garmin 235! I love it, so much fun playing with new gadgets and apps. Now just to figure how to stop it from notifying me of every app on my phone! Anyone know? I like getting text and call notifications but don't need to know when a friend posts to Facebook!
 Garmin Forerunner 235, Frost Blue
I ran a half marathon this past weekend and everything went wrong! It was cold and windy (20s at start) and I was still struggling with hamstring issues after the 5K the week earlier. I ran a few miles at 7:30 pace with a friend then got a pain in my leg and knew I had to be smart, I backed off and took it easy. I ended up back tracking later in the race and "finished" with another friend running the half as part of 19 mile training run. 15.5 miles for me at that half!

Now I'm running quality workouts, doing strength training, PT exercises, having acupuncture and graston to glute the next step is improving nutrition. I am learning all I can about metabolic efficiency (becoming certified soon) and I will be my first client! Putting all the pieces in place for a great training cycle and a great race!

Have a great weekend! Any fun plans? Dance recital and gymnastics show for us!

Linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mother's Day with a Win

As a runner what else would a mom want to do on Mother's Day but run?! To make it even better that race stared at 9:15 (Kid's run at 9am) and was close to home meaning I actually got to sleep in for once. Thanks to the later start I got up, ate breakfast, relaxed and drank coffee before getting ready. Before leaving I grabbed my latest concoction: UCAN Blondie (a cookie dough like mix of chickpeas, UCAN Cinnamon, UCAN Vanilla and Almond Butter).

We got there early, grabbed our swag and shirts and relaxed until race start. The Kid's 1K headed out first. O lined up near the front with a big smile. The race was open to 10 and under so she was one of the younger kids but stayed right with the older ones!
Go O!
I grabbed a picture of O running by and did my own little warm up while I waited for her to finish and my race to start. A little disorganized as they gathered the 5K. I tried to get my spot near the front as I looked around and saw younger kids, strollers and plenty of racers with their bibs pinned to the cotton race shirts on the start line. I found a spot behind a few people and next to a woman with a stroller and black shirt guy (who ended up winning). And we were off...

I know this course way too well, all the hills and when they will be coming! And I mean hills and lots of hills! The first 1/2 mile or so is flat so I pushed, chasing black shirt guy. Soon it was just him and I running. Mile 1: 6:35 oops! Can I keep this up? I know the hills are getting worse...

Soon I lost black shirt guy around some curves, We hit the turn around, now I could see how far my competition was behind! The first woman I passed on the way back was a good minute or more behind and young (later found out she was 13)! It was kind of fun running on out and back, lots of cheers as I passed. I was slowing, my hamstring was sore. I had no one ahead in site and no one near behind. Mentally I lost my fight...
That is black shirt guy!
And done! 1st woman and 2nd place behind black shirt guy. 21:15 finish (6:52 pace)! So excited and a great prize pack! Now I have more to strive for. I need to get under 21 min (which I know I can do) and would even love to get a sub 20!

O and I with our awards!
After the race I ran the 2.5 miles home. We finished the day with a family bike ride and time at the park. Then Matt cooked dinner: Apple rosemary tempeh (pork chops for the non-veg), asparagus and potatoes. Cupcakes for dessert.

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Anyone else race? How did you spend Mother's Day?

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

What's in store for May?

I think I say this every month but how is it already May?! Somehow April brought hot days, running in shorts and sitting outside but starting May we are back in 30s, running in winter gear and freezing outside! Figure it out Mother Nature!
  • O had her final dance competition and improved from the first!
  • We are almost done with 2 months of gluten free for O. 1 month to go before we can recheck blood tests.
  • I Finished my first 50K I was hoping for 5 hours but the heat made it tough and I can’t complain about 5:31 and 5th OA woman! I promise the recap will be up this week.
  • Back to speed work once a week! At least before the race.
  • I started to walk at lunch I usually got in 1-2 days a week, it’s a start!
  • I finished Whole30 or at least my version allowing quinoa, veg protein and the occasional red wine! I finished with some deviation.
  • We celebrated our 14th anniversary with a nice dinner and quiet evening after my 50K.
  • O started softball and they won the first game!
  • Prince...I couldn't comment on April without talking about my favorite artist and his recent death. On Thursday 21st  I worked all morning and when I got back to my desk my phone was full of texts... I was lucky enough to have seen him perform multiple times in my life but would have loved to share that with O when she was a little older. 

I’m so excited for May and better weather and  lots of activities including the real start of race season!
  • Run my first half marathon of the year hoping to be back in the 1:30s for a finish, ultimate goal is to regain my spot as a top finisher like I was at this race pre-injury days!
  • Dance recitals and gymnastics shows for O!
  • Running 5K with O to start our running year!
  • I start working with a coach this month. Can’t wait to see what changes this can bring. 
  • My current reading
  • I will be taking the Metabolic Efficiency Certification Course for Medical Providers in May. I can’t wait to use this to improve my training and help others. I’m loving the info in the books so far.
  • Yoga once a week! This month I will do it!

What are your May goals? What was the best thing of April?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fueling for a 50K...WIAW

Getting back on track with eating after a few days of post race hunger and indulging. So today will be a different version of WIAW, instead how I fueled for a successful 50K in the heat...

Breakfast: Protein oats which is a mix of banana, GF oats, NOW pea protein and coconut flour. Followed by 2 cups of coffee.

Pre Race: I brought a big water bottle with for the drive and sipped on the way. Then about 40 minutes prior to race start I started drinking my UCAN. My new favorite is cinnamon mixed with a little vanilla protein. My mix for 50K was 1 packet cinnamon starch and 1/4 scoop vanilla protein

Race: Soon the race was was 60s to start and warmed up quick! I carried a handheld of UCAN Berry Hydrate and had a 2nd ready for the 3rd and 4th loops. During loop 3 I ate a Cinnamon UCAN Bar. This was so much better than figuring out how to carry and mix the powder on course. I drank water at the stops and sipped my UCAN Hydrate in between.

By loop 4 it was Hot!! I needed something cold so I grabbed some orange slices

And finally I was done! ~350 calories to fuel a 50K (3002 calories) and I felt great! No GI issues, just warm but it was 8 degrees.

Post Race: I was so happy to see vegan GF options and grabbed some chips and rice and beans. 

Dinner: Later Matt and I headed out for our anniversary dinner I had a great quinoa veggie bowl with spicy edamame and this wonderfully unhealthy GF shortbread caramel pecan bar

How do you fuel to run? What is your favorite post race treat? Full race recap coming...

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

50K advice

Another weekend of dance competition, birthday parties and  long  runs meant a  busy weekend and now we are in the midst of another crazy week. This weekend will be my first ultra, yikes! Kind of nervous and excited at the same time. Last time I registered for a 50K I was injured, couldn’t train until nearly race day and had to DNS. This time I’ve trained but due to winter and wet spring conditions my trail running has been minimal. It isn’t the mileage that scares me (okay maybe a little) but more the uncertainty of trails.

The course is 4 loops of 7.75 miles, part of me likes this and part hates the repetition. It will be nice having the main stop to leave a bag with fluids, food and shoes if needed. Plus knowing the trail by laps 3 and 4 with either be great or suck! The weather looks perfect for a late summer run but the mid 70s will be rough coming off all recent runs in the 30s-40s!

My Lessons so Far…
  • Eat during run, I took UCAN bars on my last long runs and plan this and maybe a banana on race day
  • Carry electrolytes, running with UCAN hydrate and grabbing water at the stops
  • With the multiple laps I can wear warmer clothes to start and easily drop
  • Don’t worry about pace! This will be tough for me. As a marathon runner I always have a goal but this is a new beast and I have no idea what pace to expect.
  • Run what feels good
  • Walk when needed. My plan is to walk all 4 water stops on each loop
  • Tapering for an ultra is even more of a mind f* (you know the rest) than marathon taper! I swear my body is falling apart daily!

What advice do you have for a first 50K?

Other non running news for the day…Happy 14th Anniversary to my hubby! We were so young!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Good Bye March...Hello April

Good bye March and Hello April! February ended with a bad marathon but I was able to get back into running quickly since I only ran 16 at the marathon. March was a big month for us all, lots of changes…

  • March Miles: 174.4 (534.6 for 2016) Not too bad
  • No races but an easy marathon recovery Felt good
  • Focus on strength and leg rehab/injury prevention After a little glute/hip issue I'm focusing on not getting any worse
  • Outside running is back with 2-3 early morning runs Feels great meeting friends for 5am runs again

  • I started a new job with better hours and more training time Loving the new hours
  • O had her first dance competition and did great I'm officially a dance mom, yikes!
  • We started gluten free for O after our decision not do EGD for celiac diagnosis Much tougher with a 6 year old and not looking forward to upcoming birthday parties
  • Date day to winery joined by our neighbors


  • Finish my first 50K hoping in about 5 hours but I really am not sure of how to even make a goal time!
  • Strength 5 times a week Loving this but would like to find a new program Suggestions? I've done P90X, X3 and Body Beast.
  • Run 1-2 speed workout a week or I can't get faster!
  • Yoga or pilates 1 time a week Need to have a rest/light day
  • Walk at lunch since my new job is much less walking during the day I need to have time to get up a move!

  • Whole30 or at least my version allowing qunoa, veg protein and the occasional red wine! On day 5.
  • Plan a fun anniversary date celebrating 14 years on April 13th
  • O starts softball it will be fun getting the glove back out after many years!
  • Organize home office It is a total disaster!!
  • Read a book! The last time I read a fun book was on the plane
Now if only April weather would look more spring like than winterish! I'm not happy that I'm still wearing winter running tights today! What are your April goals?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Being a Running Mom from a Kid's Side

Last week I saw Laura post this on her blog and since O and I were talking about running and why I like it I thought it would be fun to see her answers…
1. What does mom eat before a run?
O: “That stuff you drink in the shaker”  (UCAN)
Typically my protein oatmeal and coffee for a long run and UCAN or nothing if shorter morning run).

2. How far does mom run everyday?
O: “30 miles!!" (with a grin)
Haha, No!! More like 6-8 miles 2-3x week and 14-20 miles 1x week

3. What was mom’s favorite race?
O: “Color Run, because you ran with me!”
Boston was probably the most fun I’ve had, but Color Run with O was fun too.

4. Why do you think your mom runs?
O: “To be healthy.”
Yes!! Love that she realizes this is a huge part of it.

5. What injuries has mom had from running?
O: “Cramps in your foot.”
Yep, she’s remembering my panic after Saturday’s 21 miler where she had to take my shoe off when my foot cramped with 1/3 mile to go, ugh!

6. Do you like going to mom’s races?
O: “Yes! Y-E-S!!”
7. Have you learned anything from having a mom who runs?
O: “Running makes you healthy and you need to start at a slower pace!”

Smart girl, now if only I followed my advice!

8. Does having a mom who runs make you want to run?
O: “Yes!”
Sunday she asked to join me for a couple miles!
9. What’s your least favorite thing about having a mom who runs?
O: “I love everything about having a mom who runs!”

10. Do you think you’ll run when you are your mom’s age? And how old do you think your mom is?
O: “Yes, I already am. I want to run Boston when I’m older.”  “30 something, uh 35? But I will always be younger than mom.”
My Boston Buddies in 2014! Would love O to join in 15-20 years.

Close I’m a couple years above 35!

Your turn! Any idea how your kids would answer?