Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Birthday Bash Race: Running to Celebrate

Grab a party shoes and running hat and join Jill and I to celebrate our birthday month!

What better way to celebrate the birthdays of 2 runners than a birthday bash virtual race!

Have you ever run a race to celebrate your birthday? Help Jill and I celebrate our birthdays!
WHO: Anyone that wants to join. You do not have to be a 13 in 2013 participant to join and be eligible for prizes.
WHAT:  A virtual race is running a specified distance (you choose the distance.), timing yourself, without actually being present in the race location.
WHEN:  You pick the day from August 2 to August 25.
WHERE:  Pick your favorite local route or jump on the treadmill.
WHY:  For the love of running and….PRIZES (multiple winners)!
HOW:  Sign up below and indicate what distance you will be running (5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon or trail). Email addresses will only be used to communicate information about the races and to contact the winners.
Details of the Birthday Bash Virtual Race giveaway will be posted the last week of the race.

13 in 2013 participants... many of you have been waiting to show off your accomplishment, so we listened! Medals are in the works and details will be announced with the Birthday Bash final.

Now grab the Birthday Bash Race button above, share on your blog, Facebook and/or Twitter (hashtag #birthdayrun and #13in2013) and help spread the word!

A special thank You to the wonderful sponsors of 13 in 2013 and Jen and Jill’s Birthday Bash Virtual Race

Sign up now! Birthday Bash Entry

Sign up and run the distance of your choosing, grab a friend and have fun. Who wants to be extra crazy and run a race distance for Jill and I's age? 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Marathon Weekly Updates

Coffee & macarons
Week 6 meant more morning workouts and much cooler weather. I failed to get in a swim this week and once again slept through Tuesday spin! The week went pretty well and I am extending the time between treatments on my leg which is great news but I am still rethinking Fall goals and what I hope to accomplish. This weekend the temps barely reached about 60, it was perfect for long runs but a big shock to the system after the heat!

Monday: 4.5 mile run 37:01 (including 2 min cool down walk) back to morning workouts!J Had to try out my new shoes on the TM. Core/pilates
Tuesday: Strength with trainer. Evening 6 mile run coaching
Wednesday: Early 5 mile run with hills (42:01) and 2 mile walk to playground/store
Thursday: Morning run/walk to/from playground 7 miles and evening 5K race (21:59)
Friday: Spin class and core/strength
Saturday: 20.3 mile long run (2:48:00) and it felt decent, pain free but I rolled like a crazy woman after!
Sunday: Recovery run 4.7 miles, then 0.3 mile walk while O ran and core/strength. Evening 2 mile walk to store.

Week 7 means almost halfway through and speedwork is still lacking L I will be forced to take 2 complete rest days (Friday and Saturday and an easier Sunday) thanks to a procedure on Friday so the start of the week will be packed with workouts and may even look like I’m overdoing it but I plan to fatigue my body and push hard knowing those rest days are ahead.

Monday: Failed at morning workout L Possibly a swim later and evening run with friends
Tuesday: Spin in am and Strength with trainer. Evening run coaching
Wednesday: Early run (attempting intervals) and Morning walk with mommy friends Yoga with O
Thursday: Morning pilates and Strength and evening run with friends
Friday: Forced rest due to having a procedure done this day
Saturday: Walking at Matt’s triathlon, but forced no “real” workout
Sunday: Run and easy strength if feeling okay. I am considering an inversion yoga class that starts today

As I’m sure anyone reading this blog for a while now has figured out I don’t rest well! How do you deal with forced rest days? I guess I can take my forced days to do some house cleaning and prepare for a late summer garage sale.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Esprit de She 5K

This is how we hydrate!
After last week’s hot, humid 5K I decided to give it another shot at evening racing and was thrilled that the temperature was nearly 20 degrees cooler but still humid, yuck L Since we were both coming off injury and both of our husband’s were home, my friend GacGirl and I met early for a pre-race glass of wine J Why not? I knew racing was out of the question and after I ran into a friend/co-worker who is a sub 3 hour marathoner on the way I knew I had no chance of winning. Got to love speedy Midwest runners, this race was won 6-7 minutes faster than any other Esprit de She race across the US!
Me in the pink!

I had falsely thought this would be a flat course, wow was I wrong! Hills and 5Ks are not a good combination when you have just been cleared to start speedwork. I lined up at the front and ran into a couple college friends, it was great to catch up while we waited (an extra 15 minutes) for race start. We were finally off and I decided to push the first (flattest) mile and back off as the race went (dumb strategy but when you are only using it for speedwork training take advantage of the easier part).
Love seeing my sorority girls!
Mile 1: 6:58 Nice, but here come the hills. The course wove through neighborhood streets, past parks and streams. It was great seeing so many people out in their yards cheering. It continues hill after hill and finally to the turn around, I grab a sip of water and go. On the way back I keep my eyes out for the many other runners I know on the course and cheer them on as we pass.

Mile 2: 7:30 Yep, knew those hills would get the best of me! It’s okay my leg is pain free and the shoes are feeling great. Just keep running, push when you can and back off when needed. More hills and yikes, I didn’t realize how humid it was! I see final turn and the finish line! Oops guess I missed the Mile 3 marker. I give the final push and am done! Just under 22:00 ( I once again forgot to stop my watch and looked after grabbing water when I saw 22:09. Not bad for just being back to real running. Best part, No Pain! J
KT Tape love!
I talked to my speedy friend who took 2nd in 16 something, impressive! And waited for other friends to finish before changing shirts and enjoying the fun post-race. We hit Athleta to spend my gift card then grabbed our post-race wine, yes wine and not beer. This was perfect J There was also yoga outside, music and food. It was a fun event and great night to be out, the businesses did a great job of making things fun and not too crazy with the crowds. I am looking forward to running the 10K in our other local Esprit de She in September, but hope to race next time!

Do you race for fun? Or is it always about trying to PR?

Have a great weekend and stay active. Did you win the Drenched 5K giveaway

Monday, July 22, 2013

Marathon Weekly: Maybe?!

 Coffee & macarons
Week 5 was the start of more real training but still an easy week. I have been cleared for 1 long run and keeping the others short. This week the crazy heat and humidity was here but now back to “normal” summer. I swam again this week! I am actually considering a tri for 2014 but not just any, since the many years of being in California for the Napa half which is the same weekend (used to be) as Vineman I have been wanting to do this, so I have until Nov to decide since it sells quick. Do I jump right in a do a 70.3? Go big or go home, right?!
Monday: Swim 20 min (100m more than last time)
Tuesday: Morning strength with trainer. Evening 5.25 mile easy run coaching
Wednesday: Busy morning with fun kids/moms event: yoga, healthy food, crafts etc Evening 5K race
Thursday: Morning 2 mile walk and Strength and evening 5 mile run with MRTT
Friday: Spin class and 2 mile walk
Saturday: 14 mile run in my old neighborhood on the routes I ran 7 years ago with a speedy running friend and an unexpected kid free afternoon meant ~15 mile bike with Matt
Sunday: 4.5 mile recovery run/walk and yoga with the family
O showing off her yoga skills on Wednesday!

Week 6 means 10 weeks to go and I am rethinking my goal, even had a crazy idea of using Lakefront and a training run for a different marathon in late October. We will see how things go, hoping for a better week, better weather is here and more morning workouts and another swim.
Monday: 4.5 mile run 37:01 (including 2 min cool down walk) back to morning workouts! J Had to try out my new shoes on the TM. Core/pilates
Tuesday: ?Spin and strength with trainer. Yet another appointment with sports doc this morning. Evening easy run coaching
Wednesday: Walk with friends to start the day. Swim and core later.
Thursday: Strength and evening 5K race (much better weather!)
Friday: Spin class and run to/from gym
Saturday: 18-20 mile long run
Sunday: Recovery run/walk and strength

After Saturday's run I hit up the new running store and thanks to my friend and the Adidas rep I was convicned to deviate from my loyalty to Kayano and give these bright beauties a try. The reason the for the TM run today, after working out a few kinks with lacing I think I like them. Can you image me racing in these with the lime green/pink ProCompressions?

How was your week? Is the weather improving or still nasty? Don't forget to enter to win a Drenched 5K entry (not many entries yet and 2 prizes!)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Running through flames! Torchlight 5K

It is the middle of July, the hottest week of the year, and for some reason I along with thousands of other thought it would be a fun idea to run a 5K in the evening. Most run for the fun and post-race gluten filled beer, me because it seems to be a tradition and Matt enjoys my beer.

We are in the midst of the first long hot, humid stretch and this was no exception…
Pre-race temperatures!
The past two years I have run this race as part of the USATF team circuit as this is the 5K championship race. The team perk includes front start and gear check, while I never expect a top finish it is fun to be included with the big names in running and elite runners. I lined up with some of my teammates and a couple Team USA runners (who were “just taking it easy”) and we discussed how low our expectations were in this heat. And we were off…
Flames were not needed here!
The race starts along the parade route through downtown so this is the most spectators ever at a 5K! Immediately it was hot, so I just pushed myself to a comfortable tough pace. I had purposely left my watch in my bag to not focus on time. Mile 1 feeling pretty good and decide to push a little more as we turn into a slight breeze, nice! We leave the parade route and turn to find Mile 2 and I broke the limit, my hamstring is still okay!

Past mile 2 and I see a woman with two young kids watching, noise makers in hands but quit as can be. One starts making noise and the woman stops her, “not yet, only cheer when you see daddy.” What? Why not cheer for everyone, why not make noise outside? Ugh. Maybe just me, but this bothered me. O frequently comes to races and cheers for everyone; high 5s, cheers, bell ringing. Anything to encourage all runners not just Matt, grandpa and myself. Why would I teach her anything else?

Around the corner and pass the water stop, a quick sip and water over my head was perfect J A little uphill to reach the bridge before the finish line. There is Mile 3, but wait we are still in the middle of the bridge and need to make a turn, way too early! And I turn as a teen girl next to me leaves her pre-race dinner on the bridge L The man running next to me (slightly older than me) “oh to be young and stupid, wait now we’re just older and stupid!” Right, I mean what smart person decides to race in nearly 100 degrees and humidity?

We are off the bridge but time to slow to the finish, kind of stupid, the course is now on uneven cobblestone and the last thing I need is to make my leg worse. Finally I see the finish! And the time is better than expected J 23:03 7:27 pace, I can’t complain when I was thinking closer to 24/25:00 due to the heat and leg (not a great idea to have the leg worked on with ART right before a race). I have a tough time with evening races and eating right although this year’s sweet potato went better than last year’s pre-race salad, yep bad idea!

Post-race with friends
I met up with some of the team and we all ran much slower than normal but were okay with it. I met Matt and some friends to hang out for awhile before our 2 mile walk back to the car. Fingers crossed this weather cools a bit before my next evening race on Thursday!

Don't forget about my 5K entry giveaway

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Running Through Sprinklers: Drenched 5K Giveaway

Does it seem that themed races are popping up everywhere? You can get painted, chased by Zombies, sprayed by foam, glow in the dark, you name it. While I am more of a fan of a small, cheap race without the hype and craziness I do enjoy these at times. For me it is a fun way to run with friends without that underlying competition and aiming for a PR every step, I think they are a great way for non-runners to join our crazy world without the intimidation and adding an aspect of fun. What do you think would be a fun run theme?

Check out this one, doesn’t it remind you of being a kid and running through sprinklers? Or heck last week when it was hot? Don’t you just love the when the neighbors have sprinklers on to cool down during a run? I would have loved sprinklers at my 5K last night when it was 90+ out and humid! (more on that tomorrow)

Drenched 5K: Run. Water Fight. Summer Party
The Drenched 5K is all about bringing back those memories of summer fun.  Participants will run or walk from dry to drenched through “hot zones” and drenched zones which may include mist tunnels, foam zones, sprinklers, spectator “sniper” zones, bubbles, fire hoses, and a 100 foot slip n slide.
Runners and walkers are encourage to form teams, don crazy costumes, and bring out their biggest water guns for a little camaraderie and competition against other teams.

For those not interested in building up a sweat but who want to get in on the fun, Drenched has a free spectator zone where they get to drench the runners any way possible! We are all about families getting active and so kids 5 and under run FREE and kids 12 and under receive discounted entries!

And at the finish?  We stage the best summer party in town!  The world's biggest water balloon fight, music, drinks and dancing. 

Drenched will be in 10 cities in summer of 2013:  Denver, DFW, LA, DC, Jacksonville, Columbus, Atlanta, Kansas City, Philly and Huntsville, AL. Better yet Drenched 5K benefits local Children's Hospitals and fundraisers for local fire fighters.  Register on a team of 4 or more and save $5 each!

Find your city and sign up for an additional $10 off with the code: DRENCHED2013 at:

We are always looking for good volunteers too!  If you are interested in helping out please send us an email to:

Now is your turn to run: I have 2 entries to giveaway!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Crazy Weekend with an Unexpected Race Finish

What a crazy weekend: races, festivals and fireworks. We started Saturday with races for all. Matt headed for a triathlon and I had a local 3.7 mile (really 3.9 mile) race. I knew I wasn’t in prime racing form but met up with some girls from Moms Run This Town group and was hoping for a decent run with no pain.

Friday night into Saturday morning was filled with downpours leading to a large triathlon being cancelled thanks to bike course flooding (luckily Matt had done a different race) and my race starting and ending in a wet, muddy field. In my rush from the house with a 3 year old I forgot my Garmin and got to run “naked” which I was okay with but now wish I had my splits.

We were off and immediately dodging puddles and running hills, I forgot how hilly this lake was. I smartly let the kids in the high school cross country jerseys go without putting on a chase. The first mile felt decent, mile two a little tougher so I decided to do a little interval running: speed up on flats, slow on hills, etc. Then pow! Mile 2 here comes the leg pain, right on cue. This seems to be the limit for me right now; 2 miles of push and then I need to slow. I guess it is a start though. I also knew the worst hills were coming so I just starting running easy. I hit Mile 3 and slowed a finally hit more flat and was speeding a little more until the final two big hills before the finish. As I crossed and was handed my slip 39th finisher, no chip times here. I headed to the table and discovered I was the 3rd woman and 2nd in my age group! I I honestly have no idea on my time, I forgot to look right away and walked back after grabbing water 28:25 but have 4 different times listed on the results lists?? (lists are women, age group, all, winners) so who really knows, I am guessing close to 28:00.

We quickly headed off to O’s race where she ran 0.8 miles around another local lake. She was all smiles as she ran and crossed the finish line in 10ish minutes! Wow J

The day only continued from here: afternoon at the festival with games, coin hunt and a lot of fun for her. Then dinner out for Matt’s birthday and finally her first fireworks to end the day.  

Monday, July 15, 2013

Marathon Weekly: Too Close for Comfort

Coffee & macarons
This week I was starting to think that I have 11 weeks until race day and need to rethink my goals as training is not coming together. Not what I wanted since I had hoped for this to be a great race. I know I still have time but with speedwork lacking still and 13.1 being my longest run this training I am wondering what will happen. I love being outside in summer so I can’t stand the idea of staying inside to cross train on the elliptical or bike and being home with a 3 year biking outside is tough plus I hate to throw her in childcare at the gym every day so we run together. I am listening and okay with not running if I hurt and pushing if I can, happy to say I can make it about 2 miles or speedy running without pain, then time to go easy.

Week 4 was much different than I have done lately: low mileage, relaxing, family fun time and even a race with a unexpected finish (more tomorrow) and guess what? I swam this week!
Monday: Short stress relief run with Morgan and core before taking my boards J
Tuesday: I slept in, it rained so no walking to gymnastics. Got in strength and core.
Wednesday: Walked 4 miles at zoo then ran 2.5 miles each way to/from dentist (yes I am that girl, don’t worry I brought a dry shirt to put on)
Thursday: Strength with trainer (increased my front squat weight) and easy run to/from gym (3 miles total)
Friday: Berry picking and no spin, ran 2 miles each way to/from store
Saturday: 3.7 mile race with mom’s run group and then kid’s race with O. Busy day including her first fireworks at night! Strength in afternoon
Sunday: 3.1 mile run with Morgan, 5.5 mile run/walk with Matt and O. I swam 20 min! J
Pre-Race with MRTT

Week 5 is continuing to be an easy week. I have been cleared for 1 long run and keeping the others short and easy. I have another appointment with my sports doc on Tuesday and hope to run a 5K on Wednesday. This week the crazy heat is on the way, talk of 100F in the near future, ugh! I love summer and heat but not that much.
Monday: Not sure, a walk and core. Considering zumba or another swim
Tuesday: Morning spin (I will go this week), strength with trainer. Evening run coaching
Wednesday: 5K race
Thursday: Strength and evening run with MRTT
Friday: Spin class run to/from gym
Saturday: Long run and strength

Sunday: Bike and swim

How was your week? Any training issues or are things going great?

Friday, July 12, 2013

Fun Facts: ABCs

I am finally catching up on these fun posts and apologize to those who tagged me and I ignored. Here it is, a fun list of me....

A. Attached or Single I sure this is obvious as I talk about my hubby (Matt). We have been married 11 years and together 15 years, wow! Guess we met when we were 10!
Tough guy after a tri!
B. Best Friend I feel like this is a junior high question! I have friends in every aspect of my life and one I consider my closest friend.
College roommate and I even had babies at the same time!
C. Cake or Pie Pumpkin Pie all the way!

D. Day of Choice Saturday I think. Nothing better than starting with a race or long run, coming home and relaxing with coffee.

E. Essential Item I don’t go anywhere without chapstick and a bottle of water (and snacks)

F. Favorite color Purple! Yes, I am a huge fan of the Purple One J

G. Gummy bears or worms Neither, not a huge candy fan. If I do I’ll take candy corn with peanuts

H. Hometown Minnesota

I. Favorite Indulgence Red wine J I love a great pinot or cab to relax after a crazy day!

J. January or July I hate winter but O is a January baby and we always travel that month, but I love July for the heat and being outside daily.

K. Kids O is crazy, active, compassionate little girl who is 3 going on 13! And my furbaby Morgan is almost 8 J

L. Life isn’t complete without A run, good coffee and a hub from my baby girl.

M. Marriage date April 13, 2002 J Not superstitious on the 13th obviously.

N. Number of brothers/sisters 0, only child here, part of the reason I think twice about making O an only child, I wasn’t thrilled with being an only myself

O. Oranges or Apples Both, I love oranges in winter but apples are pretty much a daily food the rest of the year.

P. Phobias Bugs!! I barely made it through college biology when we had to look at bugs under the microscope, I get physically ill and can’t even look at pictures.

Q. Quotes “Challenges are what make life interesting, overcoming them it what makes life meaningful.” Joshua J. Marine
"Life without stress would be an exercise in boredom."
and a million more…

R. Reasons to smile Right now a lot: passing boards, my upcoming new job, the little girl cuddling next to me on the couch, running with mommy friends tomorrow…

S. Season of choice Spring because I know summer is on the way and winter is the furthest away, I hate winter!

T. Tag 5 People. I’ll leave this open to anyone

U. Unknown fact about me this is tough what is unknown? I have 3 tattoos and want another, I have not eaten red meat in 20 years, chocolate (even the smell) makes me ill, 
Tattoo #3 right after it was done in May 2012: a robin for my grandmother sitting in an O. (sorry about the pic, this was literally seconds after he finished)
V. Vegetable Raw carrots, snow peas, beets, cauliflower, kale…should I keep going?! Really any veggie except parsnip or Brussel sprouts, yuck!

W. Worst habit I am a perfectionist, have you figured that out yet? Even worse I sometimes push this on my daughter which I am working on really hard!

X. Xray or Ultrasound Huh, which do I prefer? I’ve had way too many to count (of both) and the only good one(s) were when I was pregnant with O J

Y. Your favorite food Only 1? Sweet potatoes with chipotle hummus, watermelon, berries, veggie pizza.

Z. Zodiac sign Leo, yes I am that strong, powerful Lion!

Anything you were surprised to learn?
Pick one letter and answer it yourself in the comments below.