Loving Lulu and reflections

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Workout – 5 miles outside, fairly “easy” – I’ll delve into that statement in uno momento.  36:xx minutes.  Kinda hilly.  Sunday is normally a rest day.  But Friday was also a rest day and I REALLY didn’t do anything.  Saturdays are my long run days, and it was supposed to be a longer than the half marathon I did run day, but I only did the half.  I know.  Very silly to say I only did the half.  But it’s the truth.  And I am at a place in my running where I feel like saying only a half marathon is small beans for a run for the long run day is an accurate statement for me.  If you are still following, that is why I chose not to rest today – didn’t do enough yesterday, the hills and the wind weren’t enough.  Here’s a picture of today’s run.  Yes, I’m still taking pics of my computer screen.  so sorry. 

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I just have a hard time taking it easy on a run.  I’m going to go ahead and call anything above a 7 minute mile a take it easy run for me.  I don’t generally go slower than 7:30 mile.  I don’t know that this is necessarily a good thing and is something I’m trying to work on.  This was actually a pretty nice, easy, shake the sillies out run (that’s definitely a preschool term. they come out every now and then. it’s fun to talk preschool lingo. the cool kids do it)   I usually leave the garmin when I want it to be easy and relaxing, but I took it today because I like to analyze the stats.  I need a job.  with numbers.  If only I could do this for a living.  anyway, for now I’ll raise kids and look at my garmin connect and do pace calculations.  

And another lululemon outfit for the run today.  photography courtesy of a 4 year old whizbang child.  and I have multiple pictures to make you understand why this top needed to be part of my wardrobe.   I think it’s called the back on track pullover something or other, not good with names of clothes, can barely keep track of my kids’ names…those are the same wunder unders I wore yesterday.  and I might wear them everyday for the rest of my life.  so comfortable I wish I could bottle it up and drink it.  comfortable coolaid.  could be a big hit. 

   

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Anna pulled out the super slimming thigh lense and made most of my legs disappear.  I like.  but not an accurate portrayal of the thighs that really exist.  according to the most helpful lululemon sales chic, my thighs are “muscular, so you may want to try the next size up”.  Ok.  Will do skinny mini leg girl.  I really want to not be nice to you right now, but you said that in such a way that I shouldn’t be bothered by it.  and I love this store.  so I won’t be bothered.  nice choice of words.  moving on.

#2 picture – supercool neckline, the hood has a hole in it for your ponytail that I would never use, but kinda fun – Anna is obviously not responsible for this superawkward self portrait.  she’s much better than that. 

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and look at that, it unzips too….

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It’s long. it’s warm, but not too warm.  it’s fitted. all around freaking fantastic top.  love.   

That’s the last of Lulu purchases – for now.  I am itching to get back there.  I bought a running skirt, and I think I am going to return it.  I love it, I have it in black and I bought it in this green/seafoam/teal color (I’m not good with naming colors either), but I think for the $, there are other things from there that I would use more.  I have a wishlist.  And it is growing longer by the minute.  I’m having lululemon dreams of pretty pants and perfect tops.   

Sunday Funday was indeed a fun day.  We went to church this a.m., and I did NOT get stuck in the nursery with the little goobers.  Good morning.  AND, I chose to waste an obscene amount of time doing absolutely nothing productive last night, went to bed SUPER late even though I knew it was my morning to get up with knucklehead, and the one and only super stellar husband got up with him for me – 3rd day in a row – because I made a poor choice last night.  that is love. 

ok.  I have some more reflections from yesterday’s race.  I’m reflecting so much for a couple reasons – this reflecting, and thinking nonsense is new to me too.  don’t be frightened.  I usually don’t do this much reflecting.  but, I have never run any race so early in the year – and it’s kind of kicked my mind into, this is really fun, I can’t wait to run more races mode.  thus prompting me to think.  and think some more. about future races and what I might do differently, or the same.  Here’s my list. 

1. Fluids.  I started the race having to pee.  I only had coffee all morning, and I usually drink some sort of sports drink well before the race.  well, I forgot to, and I was stuck between not drinking anything else and drinking some at 9am, 1 hour before.  I drank.  This left me with a slightly full bladder to start.  By mile 11, there was a darn near flash flood in my wunders.  The bladder control just isn’t the same after 3 pregnancies/births.  thank you children.  I pulled through and held tight.  real tight. NOT GOING TO DRINK THAT MUCH RIGHT BEFORE A RACE. 

2. Music.  I don’t run with music.  I rarely, as in I’ve run with music maybe 2 times ever, train with music.  This is something I want to change.  I really think some heart pumping music would help get me through the end of any half or full marathon, when my body has more to give and my mind is fighting it. GET SOME HEADPHONES THAT STAY IN MY LITTLE EARS AND PUT TOGETHER A PLAYLIST THAT DOESN’T INCLUDE TAYLOR SWIFT AND LADY ANTEBELLUM. 

3. Fuel.  I like to take something every 4 – 5 miles.  In a half, I usually take something at mile 4 and 9.  Yesterday I did mile 4.5 and then not until sometime between mile 11 and 12.  too little too late.  I needed it 2 miles back but didn’t feel like chewing on sport beans.  gu’s and gels just go down easier.  they also come up pretty easy.  FIND A GU OR GEL THAT STAYS IN MY TUMMY AND NOT ON THE PAVEMENT IN FRONT OF ME.  AND TAKE THEM AT THE RIGHT TIMES.

4. Hills.  I certainly did some hills yesterday.  Hills are the BEST training for running, strength and speed.  I have not been incorporating hills at all.  I am excited for the time change coming up so that I can get outside and run in the morning when it’s light out earlier.  I can do hills.  INCORPORATE AT LEAST ONE GOOD HILL INTO EVERY RUN.  AND THEN DO AT LEAST ONE FULL HILL WORKOUT PER WEEK.  this used to be my rule when I was running outside over the summer.  I think it’s a pretty good rule, and not a hard one to do.   

5. Mantras.  I have some that I use when I run.  they didn’t come out yesterday.  I needed them.  but they got lost in the mindless running that took over the end of my race.  my head was blank.  I got sucked in to the I can’t do it, I don’t have anymore to give thinking and couldn’t pull myself out of it.  Saying the mantras after the fact, doesn’t really work.  I know mantras do a great deal of positive reinforcement for the negative thoughts that can come at the end of the race, when you need your MIND the most.  PULL OUT THE MANTRAS.  REPEAT.  AND REPEAT.  OVER AND OVER.  Here’s a couple of mine – most of them are pretty corny.  except the first one.  

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

I feel strong.  I am strong.  Run strong.  This one almost helps me get into a really good rhythm.  

If you can labor for 3 hours and give birth to 3 children with out any pain meds, you sure as heck can run 13.1 or 26.2 miles. it’s temporary.  Suck it up and go.  faster.  or some variation of this.  At some point, I’m sure early on, my mind made the connection between marathon running and pain.  can’t imagine why.  childbirth is also pretty painful – there’s the connection to the two.  silly.  I know.  It works.  and that’s all that matters.       

6.  STRETCH. ROLL. REPEAT.  I NEED to do this on a regular basis.  period.  once a month doesn’t count. 

that’s about it for reflecting.  so much to learn.  all the time. 

I ended the night with a little cuddle time with my boy.  he’s fresh.  put that tongue away, Luke. 

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scratch that.  it’s never really ‘cuddle’ time.  more like pull mommy’s hair out of her head time.  so much enjoyment either way.  whatever makes the boy happy.

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  What fun things went on this weekend?

Any good, long runs?  or just good runs, in general?

What’s in store for the week?!? 

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About msfitrunner

I am a 29 year old stay at home, hardworking mom to my three little loves! My oldest little darling is 5, little sis is 4 and baby brother is almost 2. I have been married to my Mr. Wonderful for almost 7 years (ahhh!). My faith and my family is my rock, and I have a newfound LOVE for running. Maybe it's more of a necessity at this point - to maintain household peace and my own sanity, but whatever it is, it's working for me and I'm loving the racing. The vegan world has been calling my name, so I am testing out those waters as well! That's a tough one with three little picky eaters at home, but I am having fun coming up with new recipes and trying out new things. Follow along as I chronicle this crazy running life, and ALL the craziness that goes with it!

15 responses »

  1. I have that same Lulu top — it’s my winter running staple. Mine is a bright blue/purple and I, literally, so not think there is a better winter running shirt anywhere!

    Love your post-race reflections. Never thought about having a mantra, but love that idea. Need to develop a few.

    Kids are back in school this week so I have no excuses for missing any runs! My plan is daily cardio.

    • Oh, I really wanted that color!!! But they were pretty much sold out of it everywhere by the time I found it and they didn’t have it online- love it:) mantras are great! Good luck with the running this week!:)

      Katie

    • Thank you SO much for this comment!! I really do have a hard time slowing it down- its this strange, unfounded logic of of if I run slower I will be slower, when that is NOT the case at all. I’m not able to run a lot of miles per week, timewise, so I feel like I have to make the ones I run count, when in reality they would probably count more if I took it easy. You really know what you are talking about and I REALLY appreciate any and all input- I would love to run that marathon time that you have someday. I’m still figuring out this running thing, my body and how it works together for the goals that I have. Thanks again- REALLY appreciate it and it’s good to “hear” it from someone who has been there and done what I want to do:)

      Katie

  2. I love that pink top! Looks great on! And I live the story about the sales girl. One time I tried to borrow some of my sister’s capris, but they didn’t fit my calves. She said to me, oh are your calves too big? My sweet husband said, no her legs are too strong for your pants! So girl your legs are too strong for the wimpy sizes. :).
    For music, try listening to pandora and “thumbs up” the songs that really get you going and they will play more like that, giving you good ideas for a playlist.

    • I never knew you could do that with pandora – will give it a try. I first need to find something smaller to run with – the iphone is just too bulky for me. I need to get on that so that I have enough time to “train” with it if I want to use it for my races.

  3. Great race this weekend in tough conditions — but I really, really think you need to slow down on those “recovery” runs! Think of recovery runs as a massage — you just want to get the blood flowing, the contractions work out all the gunk in there, give a little boost to the mitochondria & fat oxidizing enzymes, and let the muscle repair itself from the damage induced by a hard workout (or especially a hilly race!).

    I’ve run 2:53, my training partner has run 2:42…and we don’t do recovery runs at that pace. My typical recovery pace is around 7:45-8:00/mile – sometimes slower. I do run higher mileage so maybe that contributes, but I know I wouldn’t be able to sustain weeks where I didn’t have those really relaxed runs.

    I think you can be a really, really good runner. Just have the innate confidence that the improvement comes from working super hard on the hard days, and then taking it really easy on the easy days to allow yourself to recover. Try to avoid the trap of having to prove how fit you are on your “recovery days” and I think you’ll see the benefits on the hard days. Okay, off my soap box…

  4. Great reflections! I have real troubles with gels as well…I recently tried Vega endurance gel and it is amazing! It is all natural and vegan to boot. It wasn’t too sticky or heavy and absolutely no horrible after taste. It tastes just like raspberry puree. If you haven’t tried it yet you should try it.
    I love Lulu! a great Canadian company!

    • I keep hearing about this Vega stuff, I might have to try it. I think my issue with the gels is that I can’t get enough water in to make them work properly, and I end up with severe stomach issues by the end of the race. yuck. I didn’t know Lulu was Canadian. But I’m going to have to get a job there to support my growing habit! Love it.

  5. Congrats on a great race. LOVE that hoodie! I’m in love with lululemon I have the wonder unders and they make my short gymnast legs look damn near super model (hyperbole of course). I think I need to work at a lulu retail store just to fund my workout gear wish list

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