Friday, October 16, 2015

Looking forward, new focus

It has been almost 2 weeks since the marathon and I have enjoyed some time of easy workouts, rest days, sleeping in and refocusing on me, my goals, future, family and not worrying about nutrition (way too much dairy, ugh!). But today marks a weekend day for me thanks to MEA and working last weekend. O and I are both home. Today I am back at it focusing on workouts again and not letting this post marathon slacking (okay recovery gone too far) carrying on for months like I have a bad habit of doing!

This week I have had fun with getting back out there with my running friends for some 5am runs, dark, cool, perfect! All this after 85 degrees last Sunday! We enjoyed that day outside, family pictures, grilling and soaking in the last days of nice hot weather.
Anna Lee Photography
Today is the start, up at 5am and strength training, back to PT exercises to make sure I fend off future hamstring injury and now relaxing with coffee and my girl before spin class. So what’s ahead…

  • My focus until I start marathon training in 3 ½ weeks will continue to be strength training and adding in yoga.
  • I am running for fun until Nov 9th when training starts then with focus and purpose.
  • I am focusing on metabolic efficiency through diet and training.
  • I am considering hiring a coach. But why I am a coach? A new perspective maybe? Obviously I haven’t done everything right if I ended up injured and losing speed. But now that I’m back should I give myself another shot alone? Tell me you thoughts on working with a coach.
  • I want NOLA to be my goal race, my big PR, the race I’ve been aiming for since 2010 when I BQ’d the first time. I want to fully train, follow my plan perfectly, hit paces for speed work and show up race morning feeling great!
  • Next up is Rock n Roll New Orleans and I am stepping out of my comfort zone, not with running but I have decided to raise $ for CCFA as I train and run. I have been involved with the organization since 2008 and thought why not take on a new role. If you’re interested in learning more or supporting me check it out. On that note, Share your fundraising tips.
  • I guess I shouldn’t say New Orleans is next, my next adventure starts in a week when I’m off to run Ragnar Tennessee with other MRTT runners, can’t wait!
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Looking forward to a fun afternoon and weekend as we relax. Any fun plans plans?

Linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday

Friday, October 9, 2015

TCM...marathon #28

Well I did it, the thing that 5 months ago, I was told to rethink. On July 1st I was cleared to start running after almost 2 months of intense therapy and nitroglycerin for my hamstring. Training was less than ideal for me but was focused on regaining endurance. I did no speed work, I just ran 3-4 days a week at a pace that felt good but I focused on strength training and cross training while working 50 hours a week and finishing grad school! So glad that is done! With all that I was saying I'm never running a fall marathon again.

Saturday was the family events. O ran the 1 mile and had a blast!

Then we headed for a quick run through the expo before I worked at the UCAN booth for a few hours. So much fun to share info about my favorite fuel. 

Sunday the big day! O slept at my parents' yet somehow we got a late start, we got there, I threw my bag in the bag check just in time for the national anthem. No time to walk the 1/4 mile to pee! Oops :( So instead I get myself lined up and about 1 minute later the race is off!

The weather is perfect, 50s, a very slight breeze and some clouds. I decided a new approach this day: ran with my UCAN Hydrate in a handheld, brough UCAN powder to mix into gel at mile 13 and was taking it easy, no focus on pace just run what feels good

I started slower and hit Mile 1 8:30s as I remember why I love TCM. Mile 2 I couldn't wait and decided the first port-a-potty without lines was time to stop.
Photo by Cory Ryan - Twin Cities In Motion

By Mile 3 I was settled into a good pace (later found out I kept 7:40s-7:50s from Mile 3-18!) As we rounded the lakes and headed to the parkway I scanned the crowds for friends.

Mile 13 time for fuel, what a mess! I brought a ziplock bag of powder UCAN and poured in some water, shook and failed! I tried biting off the corner and nearly ate plastic! Then gagged it down as it was still chunky. This wasted time as I had to walk to get through this ordeal! Time to rethink my methods for next time.

Soon we hit River Rd which I normally hate and somehow I wasn't hating things. The legs felt great, my pace was good. Mile 19 brought the big hill and a slightly slower pace then soon was Summit and my legs decided this pace which was faster than any training run was too much...they were tired! Next came the weird diaphragm spasming and inability to take a deep breath, ugh! My pace slowed to 8;40s. My goal was get to Mile 25 then the course turns, it's downhill and the finish in sight.

Anyone who watched news last week knows of the plans of BLM to protest, as we hit mile 25 the course was guarded, fenced off and very eerie. Don't mess with the marathon.

I passed Mie 26 and heard my biggest cheerleader "Go Mommy!" I had some kick left and I pushed. 3:38:13! While not a PR I was thrilled..A BQ, my fastest marathon in 2 years, I felt great, I had wasted time stopping to pee.

This week I have felt great, am back to some easy running and looking forward to what I can do at New Orleans with full training. Even thinking about hiring a coach to get me to my big goal of 3:15.

Good luck to everyone at Chicago this weekend. Are you running? Or tracking friends?

Linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday

Friday, October 2, 2015

A new month, new start

September was here and gone, how did that happen? I had big goals for the month and well things didn’t quite go as planned! Cooper has decided he's anxious with O at school and started eating every nonfood item in site so bad in the crate for him until we solve this issue.

September Goals


·                     Develop consistent weekday school routine- Still working on it
·                     Meal prep on Sunday and make 2 meals for the week- Not doing great!
·                     1 more apple orchard trip- Nope
·                     5K in 22:00- 20:28!!
·                     Stick with my workouts- Morning workouts were rough
·                     200 miles in September- 180.9
·                     Track nutrition and focus on intake- Nope, MFB hasn’t been touched in about 3 weeks!
·                     Taper!- I did this!
Last weeks's "long run" with friends

September brought kindergarten for O, busy fall weekends to get in the last outdoor activities: corn maze, bonfires, cheerleading at football and of course last long runs!
Yearly picture in the corn pit

October is here and as I sit her chilled refusing to turn on the heat I’m not ready for winter to be near. A few big things this month in running and life…

October Goals


·                     Meal prep on Sunday and make 2 meals for the week
·                     Plan fun day over school vacation
·                     Work on earlier bedtimes
·                     Find a book to read

·                     Marathon #28 pain free and comfortable
·                     Start new lifting routine
·                     Find a fun new crosstraining activity
·                     Ragnar Tennessee