Friday, March 28, 2014

Rethinking my running life

4 years ago when I was about to run my first race after giving birth to O I was feeling great, injury free and ready to take on the racing world, running through my pregnancy I relearned how to listen to my body and back off when it wasn't happy (something I had long forgotten), I also regained my love for running and began to enjoy the run for the run not the end result again. By the time she was 8 months old I was pulling out PRs every time I lined up, I was thrilled. I felt great, I was running great and I had my best cheering section out there.
Half marathon PR race! 2010

Then 2012 hit and it all went away, I was back to my old methods of over training and pushing through pain. That year I barely made it to start line at Boston due to what started as a calf injury and later turned into a stress fracture. From there I'd stop long enough to heal but then I'd quickly be back, the pain would return a little so I'd change my gait and keep running. This brought on the hamstring injury! Which I continued to train through with short periods off until a year ago when I got smart!

Last Spring I said enough! I was mad, my times were not great, I left every race frustrated and I was ready to be done! Why was I running? So I listened and my trainer changed up my routine with extreme focus on glute and core strength (more than previously), I started working with a sports chiro, began rolling like a crazy woman and started fish oil. This seemed to help, the times started coming back down and I felt better.

Just a little glute/hip rehab
I'm back again rethinking where I am, even with a decrease in miles and running days, continuing with my sports chiro for soft tissue work and acupuncture, cross training, eating right, strength training and trying to take time off I'm still not where I want to be! I know this winter was tough (still is tough!) as we spent much of it below 0 and covered in snow. I did learn my body doesn't handle the uneven ground of winter running, so I suffered through many long, tedious treadmill runs. But what else? I know with warmer weather my running love will began to return. I have Boston in just over 3 weeks and there are days when I question my abilities. So here I go about to head out on my last long run before I taper and I wonder what it will bring, the pain is no long there but I sometimes feel hat my running ability left with it!

I know we all go through this as runners, What did you do to push out of the funk? Regain the ability you had? I'm thinking of trying something new, maybe Cross Fit or gasp swimming!

Don't forget to check out my giveaway that ends Sunday.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

March Forward...Spring Fitness Must Haves Giveaway!

With this long winter I know I am ready to move forward to warm weather, dry roads and sunshine! I can't wait to get my bike outside and not have to layer up just to walk out the door! Come on it is almost April and it is snowing! To kick spring off and get moving I have a great giveaway and am happy to be able to offer the following prize pack to one of my readers! It’s simple to enter, just tell me your plan to stay fit this spring, best fitness tip or how spring inspires you to get active.

Check out these great prizes…1 person will win the entire prize pack!

-basic yoga mat 

-Vapur Anti-Bottles are BPA-free and are constructed of three layers of ultra-durable plastic. The innermost layer is made from FDA-approved polyethylene, which is then bonded to two layers of nylon for strength and durability. Every Anti-Bottle is designed to withstand everyday use and regular cleaning.

-The PRT app is designed by a personal trainer and runner to help beginning runners train for distance running with professional and motivational coaching instructions that voice over personalized music selections to tell users when to run, when to change the pace and when to rest. Users can also see how other runners are doing with the same training program. Runners and fitness experts designed the Personal Running Trainer App with true thought to the importance of runners’ needs! Personal Running Trainer is now available in nine different languages, on MP3 players, Android devices, Google Play, Amazon MP3 and the Amazon App Store.

-Ultra SPF 30 -Moisturizing Lip Balm -Provides year-round protection from the sun's damaging UVA/UVB rays -Seals in Moisture for Softer, Healthier lips -Includes Aloe and vitamin E - Relieves & Prevents Dry Chapped Lips

-The Nike Sport Hair Ties are made of stretch fabric that's built to last and keep hair out of your eyes during tough competition.

To enter: It’s simple comment below… Share your plan to stay fit and your #1 fitness tip! The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, March 30th (and I will need to hear from you by March 31st). US only.

Thanks for entering, the winner is.... Zaneta @ Runner's Luck!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Race Season Begins

Remember last year when I kept signing up for all these races and then the weather stayed horrible? Well after that I vowed to avoid cold weather racing so signed up for nothing early this year until yesterday's race, an 8K which kicked off my team's racing season. When I registered about 1 1/2 weeks ago the forecast said 40s and sun, well that quickly changed come race day when I lined up in 20 (wind chill of 12)! It was cold and an afternoon race what a nasty combination!

I lined up just hoping to beat my time from 2 years ago, knowing the cold air would not make this easy. It was a fine line between lining up too close to the front and too far back since team times are gun times. And we were off...

I decided just run what felt good and take it easy since I have bigger things coming and can't risk an injury in the cold this early in the season (2 years ago this was the race that likely pushed me over to full injury and ended me running for 4 weeks!). Too beat last time I needed to keep pace 7:32 or faster; pretty easy in nice weather. Mile 1 not so bad, but the lungs are cold. Past the start and I hear O cheering. Mile 2 bring on the hills. Miles 3 more hills, but this means downhill soon. Mile 4 and the wheezing begins, yes I was that runner! Mile 5 downhill finish leg feels great until I push the downhill, bummer guess I back off! Finish 37:32 (5 sec PR!) 7:32 pace. Not speedy for me but I made my goal! Back inside to warm up.

I am so over the weather! The lungs are not happy and I that this is what held me back. The best part of the race was the leg felt great, well until I rolled after but that pain was to be expected as my glute is tight! Oh and for those wondering about my long run last week...I ended up being able to go in to work late Thursday and ran outside that morning, perfect solution.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Running Mom Dilemma

Being a full time working mom means sacrifices for us all and great time management to get in training runs. I sacrifice sleeping in, nights out and even some time with my family but in the end it is all worth it!

Here is my latest running mom dilemma...we have more snow of course making things even more fun. So the question when to run my 18 miler? I have an 8k race Sunday that I want to be fresh for. 
Option A: run Saturday morning then rest and accept I may run slower Sunday
Option B: run Friday after work (did this last week with less than stellar results) knowing I have a tough time fueling
Or I guess Option C: get up early Thursday and run before work on treadmill
Ugh what to do??

Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring Fling Virtual

The official start of Spring is almost here...What better way to kick off the first day of spring than a virtual race!

I’m tired of cold weather, snow, ice and being stuck inside. Sound familiar? How about a little motivation and a reason to celebrate?  This winter has been rough on many of us and it is time to celebrate better weather!

Put on your running shoes and head outdoors for the Spring Fling Virtual Race!

WHO: Anyone who wants to celebrate saying good bye winter and HELLO SPRING! You do not have to be a 14 in 2014 participant to join and be eligible for prizes.
WHAT:  A virtual race is running a specified distance (you choose the distance.), timing yourself if you want, without actually being present in the race location.
WHEN:  You pick the day from March 20 – March 27.
WHERE:  The only requirement is that you run outside. Choose a favorite local route, a new route or just run with no specific route at all.
WHY:  A celebration of spring, 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 Spring Fling Virtual Race Giveaway posted on March 31!

Grab the badge above, share on your blog, Facebook and/or Twitter (hashtag #springrun and #14in2014) and help spread the word!

Thanks to the great sponsors...
Ouch Wraps

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday fun and outdoor runs!

1) This weather is making me so much happier! 40s and sunny and the snow is melting rapidly, yay! I have not needed to run on the treadmill in over a week and am loving it, slushy ankle deep puddles and all.
2) My foot is better, I can still get some pain if I dig at it but it is all soft tissue pain. I had someone unofficially look at it and they agree it is likely the fat pad and we’re guessing it was just the sudden increase in outdoor miles and in a different pair of shoes. Oh the joys of being a runner, it can all drive you to think the worst!
3) Boston bib #s and wave/corral placements are out! 37 days and counting, wow! I think with this nasty winter it still seems so far away. Continuing with my pattern I’m in Wave 2 with a 10:25am start. Anyone joining me?
4) Look what I decided to do…
Yes, the woman who needs more on her plate is now selling Thirty-One! I love my purse (and tote and wallet) that got me through a trip to Disney packed with all the essential: food, water, phone, camera. So why not?! So far I’m loving it and hoping my success continues. Need anything let me know.
5) I think I have forgotten how to dress in warmer weather! The past 3 runs I have been overdressed and ready to shed layers as soon as I started. This winter and too much indoor running or outside in below 0 messed me up! I wore pants yesterday in 40s and roasted! Why is this so difficult to remember? 

Happy Friday! Any big weekend plans?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pre-race Paranoia

With just under 40 days until race day the pre-race paranoia has begun much earlier than usual. Why? Who knows. Maybe the lack of outdoor training. Maybe the constant illness. Maybe the new job meaning less running. Or now maybe the fact that my right foot was not happy during my run last Saturday! Out of no where the outside of my foot decided it was going to hurt. No warning, nothing!

I think these things happen to mess with my head. I got home and the pain had subsided after a short time during my run but shoes off, waling around it quickly returned. On Sunday I told Matt I considered a trip to the sport doc. Me, who never goes in is ready to call it after 24 hours! Not sure if it is the fact that I am 5 1/2 week out or the fact that this is the location of an old stress fracture (that took months, okay almost a year to heal). Any ways I decided against rushing in for no reason and here I sit swimming in my paranoid thoughts!
everyone else is insane actually

Whoever thought running wasn't a mental sport has never met an endurance athlete! Please tell me I am not alone in my craziness! Deep breath, I can get through this! Even though my foot is feeling better (and I ran Tuesday) I still have that nasty thought in the back of my head. Sorry for the crazy, runner talk...I think I just needed to vent to others who for sure would understand!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Five for Friday

1) I think I have a new favorite snack! Have you tried these?  Amazing! And just the right amount of sweet/salty mix.

2) Look what she did last weekend! She has been asking for quite some time and I kept saying once you are 4 so we did it. But wow, what happened to the days of $10 ear piercing? I would have never been able to afford all 8 holes I have pierced in my ears at $55 a time!

3) Last weekend of course brought more cold weather and sub 0 temperatures with icy roads meaning I got the joy of running 20 miles on the treadmill! I will say being at the gym was much more interesting than running at home on the treadmill. People watching kept me going. That, music and 2 episodes of GRSSK, yes I am 35 and that is what gets me through long treadmill runs! Maybe I am reliving my sorority days! 
ABC Family

4) Even though it may seem I’m organized and a planner those around me know much different! I don’t even follow a marathon training plan. My running friend has been researching Hanson Method and thinks we should use it to train for fall marathon. This whole strict plan my push me over the edge but I’ve heard such great things. Anyone followed Hanson? Thoughts?

5) Look at this! 30 degrees already! Guess who will be out running in shorts with a big smile on her face?! Even better 40s by Sunday! Come on Spring!