Workout – RUN. 7 miles. YES!!!!! you read that right. I just couldn’t resist this weather…
what a beautiful day. somehow, I managed to NOT run all week in the unbelievably beautifully gorgeous wonderful amazing April weather. but the cold rain hits and I just cave. I couldn’t stand it anymore. into the rain I went.
I’ve been such a good ‘rester’ lately, I deserved this run. I’ve been craving a good run all week. and all week I resisted (aside from the little track workout) today, I had to give into the craving. I had to give into what my body was telling me to do. I especially like it when it says to me, go for it Katie, run, enjoy, be happy. I oblige. happy to. It’s like when you have a food craving, they say it’s because your body is telling you it needs whatever nutrition that food can give you. whether that is true or not, I do not know. but go with me for a second…so I feel like after resting from running for so long and then this week I have this need to run that I can’t get rid of, it’s like my body is telling me to just run. I am really good at over thinking and analyzing things, when sometimes it’s just better to step back, relax and go with with what your mind/body is ‘telling’ you to do, even when the logical, over thinking side is telling you to think twice. think twice and listen to your body sometimes. mine was ready for a little go at running on the roads today. it was fantastic. puddles, wind, soppy wet shoes and all.
no, my right leg did not feel 100%
no, I did not feel fast or super strong
no, my shin did not hurt while I was running. happy day. and it didn’t hurt after. and it still doesn’t hurt. super happy day.
yes, my knee was a little angry
yes, my right leg was SUPER tight from my tush to my ankle. all the way down the back
yes, I have an appointment for a massage tomorrow and that’s one reason I felt comfortable running today.
yes, it’s possible that I have an ear to ear grin that I ran 7 miles, didn’t feel great, but didn’t have a pity party that I didn’t feel perfect or run super fast. I’m working with what I’ve got right now. I’ve got my whole life quite a few years ahead of me to hone in on my running skills.
I didn’t really have a plan for this run. I’m totally out of my element with running. I’m not sure which way is up lately when I put my sneaks on. which would be these as of late, even at the gym, mizuno wave rider 15’s…
this is a totally random picture I found on my phone. looks like anna really likes my shoes too.
they are the most supportive shoes I own and I am planning on wearing them for the marathon next weekend. which is another reason I wanted to get out today. I wanted to get another run in with them before we team up for the long one.
I decided right before I hit the pavement that I wanted to have an easy warmup mile and a couple miles to push it a bit with easier miles in between. So it was a little all over the place, but I was happy with it.
I was happy with the warmup, mile 2 felt good, mile 3 was nice and easy, mile 4 included a little wind, puddle jumping and car dodging. then I just wanted to keep it steady for a few. good stuff.
(ps, while on garmin connect, I peeked at my gansett splits. and almost vomited. big mistake. you will never know)
I think today’s run would have been completely 100% rainbows and butterflies (not butterflies, I don’t like butterflies, maybe tulips or orchids, I like those) and I would have had splits like this girl if I was wearing these two snazzy items…
Hi lululemon. will you be my friend?
While we are on the topic of things that will make me happy and things that I think I need, here are a couple more
here’s why I need these. i wear flip flops a lot. and I’m starting to think that they are really bad for your feet, legs, etc. this may be a completely ridiculous justification to purchase a new pair of shoes. but this is the one I am using to possibly purchase these this week. for my feet. my body is telling me that my feet are not happy and they need these. I must listen.
and these…Hudsons…they are on sale…I will not say for how much…
and here is why I need these…I don’t wear jeans enough and my body is telling me that it is because a lot of the jeans that I own are too tight and my legs and hips want more comfortable fitting jeans. the only way to do that is to buy designer fitting jeans. I should listen to the bod. true.
other things that made me happy this weekend…
this adorable little guy got a haircut…and he just gets cuter. didn’t think it was possible.
and now we are sending him off to marine bootcamp. he’s got the cut. he’s ready. he’s pretty tough and strong.
and these little ladies…all smiles
they were loving each other at the moment. then it’s possible that the big one was choking the little one the next moment. not for sure though.
it was one of those Sundays where my husband and I looked at each other and kept saying, wow, this is just a really nice day with the family. it flowed almost seamlessly. I guess that’s kind of a rare thing with three little kids and schedules and training for races and birthday parties and busy weekend plans. but everything jived today. and it was pleasant. there is light and the end of the crazy tunnel of really small children not sleeping very well and flying in all different directions at all times. really good days, within good days.
another happy note for Sunday – I found a lentil I like. edit: I do not like lentils or ever plan on liking lentils but am one of those people that won’t give up on a food that is really good for you that I can make more palatable with a lot of salt and other seasonings as well as hiding it in another food like quinoa. or chocolate. there must be a lentil chocolate recipe that is to die for somewhere out there. I need it.
anyway, I found a lentil that I did not destroy while trying to cook it. it did not turn to mush. it was not crunchy after it had been boiling for 25 minutes. I daresay it cooked perfectly. and it looked nice and rustic too. thank you bob’s red mill for making a lentil that I could salt and pepper up and toss with quinoa and hopefully chocolate someday.
What a great Sunday. I was really starting to get down that I have not been running. and just when I needed it, I had a good run. put a little pep in my step. a little hip hip in my hooray. a little assurance that my leg won’t have to be amputated below the knee. yet. a little confidence for another marathon next weekend. a little bit of endorphins that this endorphin lacking, elliptacling, stairmastering, resting mama needed. a little hope that all hope is not lost in the world. good things happen and little families of five have fabulously fantastic Sunday afternoons. and the children are going back to school tomorrow. that helps too.
Give me YOUR weekend recap?!?
Lentils cooking properly?
How do you feel about flip flops? I wish I could wear them all year ‘round. generally if it is above 30 degrees, they are on my feet.
#1 Item of Business:
I think I have quite a few days of workouts to record here. where do I begin…
Thursday night Family Track workout
There was a lot of this going on…
and not a lot of running. but we made it to the track.
Much of what I expected. I just did 2 miles. really not even worth it, but it was my last run in my 20’s. farewell. It was more of a let’s see how the legs are feeling kind of track run. they weren’t feeling so hot. not because I ran a marathon 4 days before, but because something is just really tight in my right leg. much better today. but solidified that I will not be running much at all until the next marathon. surprise.
1/2 mile warmup, 1 mile @ 6:23 (cruising, didn’t feel like I was pushing it) (but it was only 1 mile), 1/2 mile c/d. big time. I’m pulling reverse psychology on marathon training – called don’t run at all for 4 weeks leading up to a marathon and have big expectations. solid training.
some mild not dramatic at all self talk following the little unnecessary, not useful for anything track run:
oh good God in heaven, my leg is broken, that hurt so bad, I’m never going to run again
there’s nothing wrong with your legs, katie, you are 100% fine, it’s just a little numb feeling and you should definitely run 10 miles in this 75 degree weather
oh dear Lord my leg hurts from my glute to my big toe and it will surely need to be amputated. maybe I could be an elite amputee runner. that could work.
I pulled myself back down to earth and am preparing to run with a decent amount of leg discomfort on Saturday. marathons do hurt. it is a fact. I will not say pain because certain unnamed people (mom and nana) will get upset if I say I am going to run with pain.
Side note business…
I’m trying to keep out of my conscious that it’s been one month since I called it on extensive amounts of running. I think I could count on one hand the # of runs I have done, none of which have exceeded in miles the # of fingers I have on one hand. I have 5 fingers on my hand. I don’t have a freakishly odd number of fingers on my hands. they’re normal. that’s not a lot of running. staying positive. making smart choices. riding the line between taking it easy and preserving my running body- and overdoing it and killing my running body. I don’t want that. I’m really taking it easy, and that’s not necessarily by choice but by the fact that my right leg will eat me alive if I push it through a run before another marathon
I put my taper hat on and called it a complete rest day. I am technically tapering. how did we get to one week before a marathon again??? I am SO EXCITED to run this marathon. more on that in uno momento.
In the new cool racerback. another item of clothing everyone should experience. along with a pair of designer jeans and lululemon wunder unders. complete wardrobe right there.
Pretty decent cross training at the gym
1 hour elliptical – I wanted to push it a little bit so I did level 20 alternated with level 16 intervals – alternating forward and backward motion. fun.
20 minutes speed intervals on stairmaster.
Leg strength training – seated leg abductors (great for IT band issues), seated leg press, squats with shoulder work, planks.
#2 Item of Business:
30th Bday Business
Recap in pictures. because I’m pretty sick of talking about myself, my birthday and all other things going on. I was treated like a queen. as it should have been.
Birthday eve cupcakes from the madre
I took a little nibble pre pic. couldn’t wait.
approximately 3 hours later
possibly three of the most wonderful things all together in one package
only to possibly be trumped by these that came on my birthday. that came to me for free. doesn’t get better.
These will get an entire post of their own. but I love them. thank you mizuno. you are awesome. and comfortable. and make my feet happy in every level of stability.
I couldn’t decide which to put on first. so I wore one on each foot around the house.
mizuno musha to the left. mizuno wave precision 12 to the right. fab.
birthday rocks. everyone needs birthday rocks.
according to my children it’s because it would be ‘sad if I didn’t have anything to open on my birthday’. thoughtful.
because my girls were so generous and gave me precious rocks from the yard that are now sitting on my nightstand, as naturally that’s the only place for them – I in turn took them for a little bday girls day to the salon to get their haircut for the first time and to get their nails done. I guess salon Katie in the bathroom wasn’t good enough for them.
to finish off the bday, dinner with the hubs and a trip to lululemon to spend the bday money appropriately and quickly before it got spent on something like food or gas. fashionable athletic wear is far more important.
here’s my only dinner pic. it’s a dark picture. I wore the target shirt. that was not ugly at all. hangin’ with my peach kicker in a jar. it was super tasty. no pictures of food. it was super tasty too.
the peach kicker had peppers in it. that’s a first for me. drinking an adult beverage with a vegetable in it. I’m 30 now. I can do adult things like that. another first for me was entering “age 30” on the cardio machines at the gym. honesty is the best policy.
#3 Item of Business
I’M EXCITED TO RUN A MARATHON IN LESS THAN A WEEK. really excited.
While I have put ZERO pressure on myself to achieve a certain outcome, I still have tucked away in my mind an adjusted and possibly tangible, but possibly tough to reach goal. one that will still make me work. but one that I’m holding onto loosely because I’m not letting this race be my new goal race. this is my fun race. and this is my race that I want to love running. but one that I know will be hard….
because my last long run (not including gansett marathon) was in February
because I have taken a huge break from running in this past month
because my right leg still does not feel great. or near great.
but one that I will be mentally prepared for….
because I am going to remember the training that I have done
because I’m going to tell myself that I am more than capable of achieving what I want to do
because I am going to be confident in my running abilities aside from the speedwork and tempo runs and track work and long runs that I did or did not do. I have an ability to run. and I am going to hold onto what I know I can do.
because I know it’s going to hurt. I know my threshold and I know when the hurt is making me a better, stronger runner and when the hurt is truly a potential injury. sometimes it’s a fine line and I’m learning how to ride it because I’m not convinced I’m truly injured. I’d like to get completely off the line and just be a stronger runner. a work in progress. balancing work and rest. I’m in that phase of training where I had upped my miles quite a bit and upped the stress on my body with speedwork and my body is responding and trying to adapt to this stress.
According to The Runner’s Body by Runner’s World, when running and training – there are three stages your body can go through:
Running places a stress on your body and induces an alarm reaction. this can go either way – lead you to adapt, become a stronger runner. If the stimulus is too much, it can lead to injury and bodily breakdown. If the stimulus is too little, you won’t see improvements. Certain things that determine which way your body goes are Volume (duration, frequency), Intensity and Recovery. The right interaction of these things determine how your body adapts. very interesting.
Your body moves into the ADAPTATION phase.
If you put too much stress on your body, you move into the EXHAUSTION phase. which can be managed by understanding and changing the volume, intensity and very importantly recovery (and rest)
I’m learning how to REST. I probably came close to the exhaustion phase. not in the sense that I was physically exhausted, but like I said – walking the line between becoming a stronger runner and getting really injured. when things start to go wrong, it’s really important to REST. it gives your body a change. and a new way to adapt.
It’s very hard for me to rest. it’s becoming harder to not run. but I want to run for a long time. not just the next time I want to go out for a nice 10 mile jog. patience.
So I’m excited to run this marathon. with no pressure. in hot nashville weather. with my little girls at the finish line and my little sister running the half. listening to country music all the way. fantastic.
Tell me about the races this weekend?!? Who did what?
What is your favorite type of flower?
Cupcakes or brownies? you must pick one of the two. no other options.
Workout – the resting continues today. surprise. Yesterday, however, reunited me with my track. we had a nice run. My love for the track grows – even when I’m doing a tempo run and running lap after lap. I did 16 laps total. Here’s a pic of the workout – because I’m still technologically disabled, I have to take a picture of the screen. very cool.
You can completely ignore that first split. I did not run a 4:48 mile (but don’t put it past me). lies. I was jogging to the track when my girlfriend that I was meeting drove by me – I hitched a ride and did my warm up at the track instead. but forgot to stop the garmin in the car. oops. speedy. The split 2 is the warmup, then I did the tempo miles, splits 3 – 6. This is where I get confused. I did 12 laps for the tempo, which I thought would be 3 miles. But my garmin beeped that I hit a mile before I finished the fourth lap. I think the gps was just off – but that left me with an extra little .23 at the end. then the cooldown, 2 laps.
My darling track, you did me good again. I haven’t really run since Friday, and that was a measly couple miles. Just as soon as the anxiety really starts settling in that my legs will not know what to do and will completely disintegrate when I hit the starting line from doing no significant running for 3 weeks, I have a good run. good enough to get me through until Saturday. A very tiny, short, little run. but a good run. I started out faster, like a 5:40 pace and was very comfortable. but I wanted to keep this run more like a tempo so I forced myself to slow it down. and I had 12 laps to do. I was comfortable the entire time. I didn’t feel like I was working hard. my breathing wasn’t strained or heavy. I had plenty of energy left at the end (pushed it for the last lap) and my legs didn’t get tired or start burning. Big mental boost. from a short 4 mile run. that’s all I need.
Everything was very tight on my warmup jog, but nothing hurt during the run. I iced and rolled and stretched last night. My shins don’t hurt today, but my entire right leg is just a bit ‘off’. little bit of knee pain, nothing major. I think everything is just really tight. I’m going to continue to ice and roll and stretch. This might not be the smartest thing, but I think I’m going to stay off my running legs tomorrow and not do the shake out run. complete rest. strap on my compression shorts and socks and settle in.
Happy day for Katie, I had a hair appointment on the agenda to bring me closer to blonde. Lets take a look at how my hair has evolved in the past 5 months.
I got a box of brown color, that was more like black and went to town…
I’m so cool. no worries, I was parked during my photo session.
Got sick of that and wanted my not natural blonde back…to the hairdresser I go…
Now we are getting there….
I get a partial highlight or foil, whatever you want to call it, and like to keep the bottom layers my natural color. or something close. I have no clue what my natural color is. it saves time and $.
The hairdresser is so great for not only hair color but learning fun new things from magazines like Women’s Health. here’s what I found and I will share it with you because everyone likes to learn new things about women’s health. don’t we now.
(the red effect is a special effect just for you. it’s actually the lamp behind my foiled head)
This peaked my interest because it’s about FOAM ROLLING. I have become very intimate with my foam roller. it works well. there’s some 411 I didn’t know about why foam rolling is good…read on and learn why you, too, should foam roll. get rid of those adhesions and loosen up!
I honed in on ‘prevent injuries and increase your agility and quickness’. Start balancing! I liked this because I actually do a lot of my strength exercises in a way that challenges my balance, or in a proprioceptively enriched environment. big words. That’s one thing that my brain held on to from the two weeks I actually spent studying my personal trainer certification materials. I will work my back muscles standing on one leg in a stork stance, with my chest parallel to the floor. Or bicep curls on a bosu trainer. Lots of good exercises out there to improve your balance. get to it.
totally random, but I thought that purple shirt front and center was really cute. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s from American Eagle and only costs an arm, instead of being Michael Kors or something and costing my firstborn child. steals and deals.
And now I am spending the next 48 hours carb loading. I hate that. I know a lot of runners love the permission a marathon gives to ‘eat anything’. I really don’t enjoy it. It’s really just another thing to stress me out before a race. How much, when, am I eating the right kinds, and I getting enough??? Too much. I’m very much a creature of habit with what I eat, and it doesn’t really include a truck load of carbohydrates. Nevermind that I eat two bagels and I’m hungry 30 minutes later. I eat more than I normally do in the days leading up to a marathon, but not a ton more. I generally just replace most of my protein with carbohydrates.
Here are some carb loading tips: (read full RW article HERE)
1. You should aim to get 4-5grams of carbs per pound of body weight
That would put me between 550-650 grams of carbs a day. I’ve never hit that amount for any marathon. that’s a lot of food.
2. According to The Runner’s Body, two keys to successful carb loading are amount (as mentioned above) and timing of intake.
It used to be thought that depleting your carbohydrate stores by not eating many carbs for a few days and then go carb heavy to fill it back up right before the race was the way to go. Now it is suggested to continue to eat normally as you effectively deplete your stores by the pre-race training and taper activities and then consume high carb foods 2 or 3 days before while doing less training. This will effectively ‘fill your stores’
3. Back to the RW article – at the point of carb loading 2-3 days pre-race, you should be getting 85-95% of your calories from carbs.
“It’s important to keep in mind that you’re most likely not eating many more calories per day than you were during the thick of your training—it’s just that more of those calories are coming from carbs.”
That’s what I like to keep in mind while I’m fueling up for a race. Replace what I usually eat with higher carb foods
4. It is common to put on a few pounds if you carb load correctly.
“If you step on the scale while you’re carbo-loading, be prepared to see a number that’s at least four pounds more than your usual weight. The extra pounds mean you get a gold star for carbo-loading properly. “With every gram of stored carbohydrate, you store an extra three grams of water,” says Katz. That means your body will be hydrated and fueled as you start the race, ensuring you cross the finish feeling strong.”
Whenever I do it, I end up losing a pound or two or staying the same. I’m clearly doing something wrong, but I’m stuffing my face with bread and quinoa and bagels and pasta. I’ve heard of this way of dieting called calorie cycling. While dieting is not on my radar, I’m thinking that changing my diet while I carb load might be having that kind of effect on my body. It seems like it kicks my metabolism into high gear. who knows. all speculation. but I’m hungry. all the time when I carb up.
5. Suggestion of how to prepare for carb – loading and race fueling – from the same article we’ve been talking about here
What to do before race day to ensure your tank is full
6 WEEKS BEFORE: Practice loading
Two or three days prior to your longest run, start eating more carbs and less fat and protein. “You’ll get a sense of what foods agree and disagree with your stomach,” says Katz.
1 WEEK BEFORE: Make a plan
“A plan is especially important if you’re traveling to a race,” says Ryan. Pack plenty of snacks, like sports bars, pretzels, and crackers. Check menus online and make restaurant reservations.
2 OR 3 DAYS BEFORE: Switch to carbs
From now through your race, 85 to 95 percent of your diet should be carbs. Eat after taper runs. “That is when muscles are primed to store glycogen,” says Rapoport.
NIGHT BEFORE: Don’t stuff yourself
Dinner should be relatively small but carb-heavy. Eat on the early side so you have lots of time to digest.
“You want to wake up race day hungry—not full from the night before,” says Ryan.
RACE MORNING: Have breakfast
Three hours before the start, eat 150 grams of carbs, like a bagel and yogurt or sports drink and oatmeal, says Ryan. Early race? “Get up at 3 a.m., eat, and go back to bed,” she says.
I had mentioned the other day about the idea of using fat as fuel. All of this chitter chatter obviously has nothing to do with that form of fueling. That takes time and training. Carb loading is the most well known way to fuel for a long race, and is what I am relying on to get me through this upcoming 26.2. yeehaw. I am still planning on exploring the fat for fuel ideas and sharing what I find with you lovelies. In theory, it makes sense to me and I am planning on implementing it in future training.
Now I have to go eat an entire chocolate cake and thirty minutes later I will consume a large cheese danish. totally healthy and appropriate way to “load up”, wouldn’t you agree? I kid. It’s bagels and cereal for this girl. and some clean eating quinoa. good times packing it in.
What are your thoughts on carb loading? Any tips?
Do you color your hair, or are you lucky enough to still be au natural?
What’s going on this weekend? Races, long runs, vacations?
Workout – so far, it’s a repeat of yesterday. tough one. I have a track date planned for tonight. glory. My track and I have some catching up to do. But I’m pretty sure we won’t be alone. I’m thinking it’s going to be a short and sweet little tempo run. 5 miles total. including 1 mile warmup and cooldown. I’ll keep you posted on the actuality of what happens at the sweet little track. I want to wear the Brooks that I am planning on running the race in, but to be nice to my shins, I feel like I should sport the Mizuno Waverider 15’s for some extra support. Then I feel like the track is pretty supportive and cushiony and like running on a cloud (because I have indeed done that before and I know what it’s like) and don’t need a ton of extra support from the sneaks. I’m telling you – big decisions are happening this week, high stress. much is at stake here. what IS a girl to do???
Let’s talk about other important pre-race ‘things’ – like the weather. Weather.com has obviously been on the top of my list of websites visited this week. You better believe I have been stalking it since April 5th when I could view the 10 day forecast, and praying that rain stays far away. as well as snow, sleet, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunami’s and anything of the like. weather is unpredictable. I don’t want any of it in Narragansett this weekend. except for mild 60’s and partly cloudy. looks like I get what I want. Looking mighty fine in the weather department.
Saturday the 14th. mostly cloudy and 63. beautiful.
Another pre-race week activity is thinking about all the things I need but don’t have that might be superbeneficial during and after the marathon.
#1 Item – Compression shorts. I love my compression calf sleeves. I’ve heard a lot about the benefits of compression shorts for recovery. I have never worn them. this is the race to try them out. I grabbed a pair at the running store – to my surprise they were much cheaper there than at my favorite online running apparel store, runningwarehouse.com. I got home and put them on.
CW-X Womens Pro Short. I’m a pro.
And I will be sporting this sexiness for the next 3 days. I think I might even sleep in them. I LOVE them. If you’ve been reading my blog for more than 5 minutes, you know that I LOVE a lot of things running and non running related. and I do. This is the great thing about running – all of the great running ‘support’ items there are, like compression apparel. and cute skirts. and great sneakers. these are shorts are phenomenal. so comfortable. so compressed. However, I was not happy when the sales dude said, sorry miss, we don’t have a medium, which is what you need, why don’t you just try a large because the small definitely won’t fit. ok sales dude. I’ll take the small then, and show you that they fit. they fit. perfectly. thank you. I’ll take the small and you can keep your mouth shut mr. ‘large and in charge’ sales dude.
#2 Item – Socks. A good pair of socks are pretty key to having a comfortable and successful running experience. I love the Experia socks. there goes the ‘L’ word again. so much love around here. But, they are pretty thick socks. and I had mentioned that I think the seam was bothering my little pinky toe when I ran in my new sneaks. The other running socks I have are too thin. So I picked up these little babies.
They feel like the perfect in between thickness – not too thick, not too thin – for this little goldilocks runner. must be perfect.
#3 Item – Fuel. I talked about fueling a little bit yesterday. I can tolerate the sport beans, but can only do one per race because they are such a pain in the butt to chew and run and store in a pocket. not to mention they get sticky and gross by the end of the race. a mess. I saw the watermelon flavor and had to have them. I love anything watermelon flavor. I still plan on mainly relying on the Gatorade and water on the course, but like to have my ‘back up’ fuel in the pockets
I also saw those honey stinger chews. I wanted to try them out. I usually take some sort of gu or energy something or other about 30 minutes before the start. I am planning on taking these. unless they taste like crap, then I will throw down some of the sport beans.
#4 Item – Headband. I always wear a headband and generally wear a braid for the longer runs/races. I have a couple of bic bands, but I don’t want to wear either of them for this run. I saw this pretty little one when I was getting my shorts and I liked it. it has joined the plethora of running apparel in my closet and I think it will be very happy there.
Sweaty Bands (the big nose shot is complementary)
It is just like the bic bands that I have. It’s sort of felty on the other side and does not budge. wonderful. and the colors are bright and fun.
Weather forecast is good. Compressing is underway. I’ve been slacking in doing the stretching, icing, rolling exercises, but will be spending some quality time with the massage stick and ice bag tonight after my run.
Less than 3 Days.
And WHO IS RUNNING BOSTON ON MONDAY?!?! How is your tapering going? How are the nerves doing??
Very exciting. That race is not really on my radar yet. I’m excited to do NYCM in the fall. That will be my big city race. Maybe one day I will do Boston. maybe.
Do you like to wear your hair a particular way for a race? I like the braid because it keeps everything pulled back and not flopping around. I don’t need flopping while I’m running.
Workout – stairmaster. 40 minutes. I don’t care how many miles it says it was because it was not running. or anything resembling running. or anything resembling what I felt like was preparing me to run a marathon. might as well have not happened. but it did. and it is important that it happened, because it’s important to cross train and keep your body moving towards a goal. even if it feels like you are moving backwards. or just stepping in place and not moving anywhere. it’s the doing something that matters. and making choices everyday to do that thing that is not doing nothing. moving on.
Sooooo. I’ve been pretty positive the past couple weeks about the non-running and excessive cross-training as of late. but it hit me today. I really miss running. I’m getting a little concerned about the impending marathon and lack of running. this is the longest I’ve gone without it. in the past 5 months. this time last year, I was really still just getting into running and figuring it out. this winter was the first that I actually ran through the whole winter. I’m pretty stuck on it now. we work well together, aside from this minor shin malfunction due to over-wearing kinvara’s and under-stretching my leggies. it is so not the end of the world. But I let myself have a sad moment today that it’s beautiful and sunny out and I’m not cruising along the pavement letting life’s worries go with the wind. or doing the real training that is part of the plan. I’m starting to forget what that running feels like. the stairmaster in the hot sweaty basement does not have the same effect. not even close.
Sooooo. Tomorrow can’t come soon enough. It is the day I told myself, self, you can run on Wednesday. you can test out those legs and see how they are healing up. you can run to your little hearts content. you can be reunited with your beloved track. and then no more until next Tuesday’s little tempo pre-race run. that’s all I get. two measly little runs, maybe 3 if I’m a good girl, before the big one.
Sooooo. here are a few things that are making me feel better about the lack of running in my life. and other things coming up that will make me feel better.
1. As green and environmentally friendly as I try to be by not washing my hair every day and recycling the same three outfits – sometimes, you just need get rid of the greasy hair and pull it all together. my mom did a double take and almost called 911 when she saw me actually wearing real clothes and not sweaty workout wear. what happened to me that it became acceptable to go out in public looking like I had been run over by an eighteen wheeler. oh. kids. right. clean hair just doesn’t matter as much when it means the 2 year old will be playing in traffic if I stay in the shower 5 more minutes. but, today, it was necessary. I was beginning to forget what color my hair really was.
cleaning my closet is not on the list of things that make me feel better when I’m not running – so it’s gonna stay messy for a bit.
2. Making an effort to think positive and trust in the work I’ve done. Today especially, I really started questioning how the heck I was going to run a marathon next week. simply because the past two weeks of training have been non existent. and I start thinking of all the training I didn’t do. while, when I was running strong, I could picture myself flying through the finish line with a massive PR and feeling capable of anything – running or not running related. Enter those negative, self defeating, this sucks kind of thinking when I’m out of the groove, and it can really suck the life out of me. so I’m making an effort to TRUST in the training that I did do, where that can take me, and what I can learn from it for next time. whether it’s a massive PR or not, that’s TBD. and it honestly doesn’t matter – as long as I can remember that I’ve truly done the best I can, and that thinking needs to come before this sucks and I might as well walk the 26.2. that would be silly.
3. Lululemon. you would think they pay me to say this stuff – but lulu really does brighten a blue mood. what is lululemon anyway and where did that name come from?
anyway – this little cool racerback makes me happy. it’s like it was made for me. pretty sure I will wear it for the marathon. prints do me well. they cover the fact that the female parts that belong on my chest didn’t get the memo to grow during adolescence. or to stay after I had kids. solid colors only exaggerate the fact that something is missing. I don’t need that.
4. Enjoying the stuff that I’m doing more of than I ever have before. Rolling. Stretching. Icing. Compressing. Massage sticking. not stairmastering. over that. but it really feels good to take the time to stretch and roll and beat the crap out of my calfs with that horrible massage stick. it hurts. I don’t like it at all. but it works. so I do it with a smile.
I also found some great stretches for runners on Runner’s World website. most of them I do and feel great. all about injury prevention my friends.
5. New sneakers make me happy. and excited to run. I’m ditching the Kinvara’s for this race. not because I don’t love them. I love you saucony kinvara. but because I’m not sure my feeble little legs can handle them this time around. I’m also not sure I want to run in something as heavy as the mizuno wave rider 15 that I have been wearing and loving. after two running warehouse shipments came and went, still searching for the perfect race shoe – I went to my local running store looking for these…
these are the ones. the Kinvara’s are no support, minimalist shoes. they’ve worked well for me. The wave riders are full on stability shoes with lots of support. the running shoe guru that helped me said that would be way too much for a marathon when I’m used to running in minimalist shoes. these Brooks PureFlow are just a notch above the Kinvaras with a bit more support for my hurting legs. I’m excited to really try them out on the track tomorrow.
Until now, these are two of my favorite running sneakers….
The kinvara is, well, the Kinvara. And those Asics Speedstar I just happened upon and I LOVE them. and now I can’t find them. I’ve often thought, the best shoe would be a blend of the two. Let me tell you, if Kinvara and Speedstar got together and had a little lovechild, it might look like those Brooks Pureflow – the best of both shoe worlds to my feet. Putting them on makes me excited to run the marathon. so that’s what I do, until I run tomorrow. I put them on. have a happy moment. and take them off. good times.
6. Chocolate always makes its way in to the day when trying to brighten the spirits. Dare I say I have never had a cadbury egg. I haven’t. being that they were on sale, I had to try one.
not impressed. it did not make me happy. I want my money back. and my calories, too.
7. I get to see my little sister twice this month. this is exciting. this makes me happy.
she is coming home for Easter this weekend. then in 3 weeks I will be going down to Nashville to see her and run the RNR Country Music Marathon with her. if my legs are still attached to my body. She is running the half. I am planning on doing the full.
8. I finally registered for the NYC Marathon.
It’s on my list of marathons I’m doing this year – but before today, I hadn’t actually registered for it. it’s not happening until you’re registered. I’m registered. Its going to happen. So there’s another one in the books, for sure, that I can train for and stress about and lose my mind over. all of the fun things that I do when getting ready for a race.
8. Then, if all else fails, and the grumps can’t be avoided and negativity and unhappy thoughts about not running ensue – I take a cue from the little guy and throw a blanket over my head and call it a day.
after rearranging the bedroom furniture.
My husband would prefer it if I did not get to that point. he says it alarms the children. ok. I’ll try to pull myself together.
What do you do to get yourself out of a negative mood?
Who is running NYCM?
How are the workouts going this week? Getting some good running in? Tell me about it!
Who is a big fan of Cadbury cream eggs? Maybe I just tried the wrong one. didn’t enjoy it.
Well, hello Monday afternoon. How the heck did we get back here so fast?!? I hit ‘publish’ on Friday’s post and have been going nonstop since…including a little mountain climbing action on Saturday morning…
It was a tough one. All in a day’s work. That was only part of the workout. I did a repeat of the wannabe Saturday long run that’s nothing like a long run but mentally makes me feel an eency weency teency bit more prepared for what’s coming in less than 12 days, and the fact that I am not going to be running until then. that kind of long run. my last non long run before Gansett.
So I climbed Kilimanjaro, because it looked rough and tough. I came out on the other side. unscathed. I survived. Here’s what my whole workout looked like on Saturday…
Happy to report that I had ZERO shin pain. granted, I did not set foot on a treadmill, or even think about running for fear of my little shins getting upset. but, last weeks non long run cardio hop did bother my shinnikins just a tad. so it was reassuring that I had NO PAIN at all on Saturday doing those blasted cardio machines. and I’m pretty sure I am now labeled at the gym as the girl who escaped from the loony bin and does 2 and a 1/2 hours of cardio on a Saturday morning. what, 2 and a 1/2 hours of cardio doesn’t sound like a rockin’ good time to you? you’re crazy. it’s a rager. It actually wasn’t that bad. I really could have used another 45 minutes to get in a few more “miles” and get some strength training in, but this silly thing called my family needed me to participate in Saturday’s activities, such as birthday party pickups and child rearing.
This would be why my shin pain lingers, all in the name of being a mom….because I go straight from a workout to running around all over creation and chasing little people and not icing or stretching or rolling. there’s just not time for the workout and the TLC to happen all at once. I put off the important stuff until that evening. this is better than nothing, but all I wanted to do was immediately throw some ice on those bad boys. not in the plan.
Happy day, the hubs and I ditched those kids for a night. what a treat. My preggo sister and her hubs dutifully took care of the kidlings so we could go down to the shore for the evening. We got a deal on a bed and breakfast. We literally get 24 hours from start to finish. that’s about all anyone can handle of those little cherubs. and we kind of do start missing those little crazies. we hightailed it outta the house Saturday afternoon and headed down to the B&B. Hubs picked out a restaurant called Liv’s Oyster Bar, and it was FANTASTIC. we are both big seafood lovers, so this was perfect. I really didn’t pay much attention when I was packing, so it was a surprise to me what I was wearing. I put on whatever ended up in my bag. some sort of completely uninspiring sweater/wrap thing, but the shoes were cute.
I actually took some pics of the tasty food that was consumed, for your drooling pleasure. and the tasty drink that I consumed. if there is any sort of peartini on the drink list, it’s mine. this was delish.
anything fried is a homerun in my book. I don’t really care what’s inside. pretty sure it was oysters. but who really knows.
shrimp cocktail is also a favorite. I think each shrimp only cost about $5. what a bargain.
Some fish and gnocchi (love that doughy, potato goodness), and scallop pasta. all of my favorite things in one meal. does life get better than that.
oh, it does. dessert. yum.
Because we really know how to party and wanted to cram in as much fun as possible on our night away, we were on our phones at dinner finding out when the next showing of ‘Hunger Games’ was. We wanted to make sure we got there in plenty of time to catch all of the trailers and to get the best seats in the house. we got there approximately 37 minutes early. in case you are wondering, that’s plenty of time to get the best seats and not miss any trailers.
That’s how you have a fancy fun evening out without any kids. done and back home by 1pm on Sunday.
Just in time for me to have some bonding time with Jillian. it’s been awhile Jillian. I was taking Sunday as a rest day, and thought Ripped in 30 would be the perfect complement to a rest day. she kicked my booty. I did week 3 and half of week 4. hurt so good. I’m not a huge fan of the pump you up inspirational mumbo jumbo she shouts at you the whole time – but she said one thing at the end, that made me feel like, oh, Jillian, you are speaking right to me, aren’t you? I get you now, Jillian.
I would like to share this little tidbit that spoke my running love language…
‘When you think you don’t have more, that’s when you need to fight’
so true J girl, so true. and this is what I need to keep remembering. in everything. especially with this upcoming race. pretty darn sure I tell myself at the end that I don’t have more. instead of stopping there and getting defeated – I’ve gotta find the fight. and that’s exactly what my hubs tells me I’m lacking in the end (in the nicest, you are so fast and strong and capable and beautiful, kind of way). the fight. I’m going to find it. good stuff JM. that is why she makes the big bucks. and why I do not.
This is one little exercise that I was excited to see in Runner’s World that I am going to incorporate into my next round of training. It’s called a Float Workout. It helps you find the fight and keep it.
If someone passes me, I tend to lose it. and the gap grows between me and that person. and I can’t get it back. this speedwork is designed to help you get that surge of energy to push it faster when you are already going race pace, to shorten that distance between you and whoever is trying to take your spot. yes, they are trying to take your spot. I am highly competitive. I don’t want to let them take my spot anymore.
In the speedwork – your ‘recovery’ jog is not really a jog, it’s just slightly slower than the speed interval. very interesting. It teaches your body to move the lactate out of your muscles, so that during the real deal, you aren’t fatigued when you need to give it an extra push to get ahead or lessen the gap. here are a couple versions of this…
sounds kind of grueling in a fun and challenging way. can’t wait.
go do it. have fun.
And here we are. today. still no running. still holding off until Wednesday. even though I feel really good. I think I am growing up. doing responsible things like making smart decisions about running so that I don’t destroy my legs and any chance of continuing to do this thing I love. I have run 3 times in the past 2 weeks. crazy. and I’m ok.
I did hang out on the stairmaster this morning for 45 minutes (7 miles, it tells me) with my girls Carrie and Ali.
While my little A girl couldn’t decide whether she wanted to go swimming or play soccer. when in doubt, don’t make decisions. do both.
I must say, Ali looks pretty fantastic. and she just ran a marathon and that’s what she says got her in great shape and got rid of 20 extra pounds! go her. I just love Carrie. I do. I actually bought that Self because I wanted to see what she had to say for herself. I’ve got country in my bones. can’t help it. and the SHAPE came in the mail. they just can’t quit me. they told me in many a piece of mail for months that they were cancelling my subscription if I didn’t pay. and look, there it still came. they must know it’s my birthday month and are being extra nice to me, because I celebrate all month. I’m so special.
My mom knows I celebrate all month too. and she brought me some fun little presents. she’s actually a day late, because today is the second day of the month, but I will forgive her – because one of the little presents was in the form of a cute little Lululemon gift card. there’s nothing better. I’m not kidding. not even chocolate. blasphemy, I know, but it’s true.
What a long, fun filled, short weekend – so much to chat about. much more to come that needs to be chatted about. new sneaks. that chicken chili recipe that I need to share with you. more fun running workouts. how it’s officially ok now to be tapering for a marathon, but the fact that I’ve been un-officially tapering for over a week stresses me out a bit, even though I know it was the best only thing to do. how sometimes decisions are made not because they want to be made but because they have to be made. and you hope that it all turns out ok in the end. that kind of stuff.
Now, I want to hear about YOU!
How were the races, friends?!?!
Any fun dining experiences?
Any fun workouts?
Any country music fans?
Workout(s) – yesterday – the replacement long run/2 hour and 15 minute cardio hop at the gym. in hindsight, this was probably completely ridiculous, crazy and unnecessary in the actual useful training aspect of a marathon- but mentally, it had to be done. I chose not to do the long run because of some sassy shin stuff going on. genius Katie decided that my “long run” was going to be the cross-training equivalent. I say it had to be done for mental reasons, because it was supposed to be one of my last long runs and I need to go into the marathon knowing that I at least put my best effort forward. The craziness that was yesterday’s workout was : 30 min elliptical(3.75 miles), 50 min stepmill, moving stairs, hell on a revolving staircase…(6miles), 30 min elliptical(3.75 miles, shoot me now), 25 min stepmill(3 miles, if I didn’t get off then, I was going to throw myself off the second level stepmill onto the moving treadmills below) 17 miles equivalent but nothing like running, so it doesn’t really matter anyway and it’s not even close to the 22 I was supposed to do, but let me be happy about it because I did the right thing by not running and protecting my shins from further destruction. done.
Today – don’t get mad at me. I ran. I hadn’t run since Thursday and my legs felt 100%. but that’s not why I decided to run. I’m trying not to be the idiot that’s all oh, I didn’t run for like a day and now I feel fabulous and all healed and I’ll go run 18 miles in my old shoes again. no. I’m trying to be realistic and smart and I don’t think today’s run was 100% stupid. I have read and consulted very wise resources (google and webmd do count) that said easy running on softer surfaces with minor shin splints can be helpful. I’m not going to go into anymore detail, nor am I giving you my sources. I gave myself a limit of 5 miles total, with 1/2 mile each of warmup and cooldown. I may have started to get anxious that I have not gotten in enough tempo runs, and I think I have ZERO runs at my marathon goal pace, or MGP for you fancy schmancy acronym people. I was also itching to try out the other pair of racing flats I ordered…
those pretty saucony’s type A5. front and center. they have been calling my name for days. heaven on my feet, they fit like a glove. in love. I thoroughly enjoyed the musha experience, but this is going to be a tough one. they are very different shoes, very different fit. I might still be a saucony girl at heart. I think they might trump the kinvara for 5k’s, half marathons. because I only did 5 miles in them today, I’m not positive on marathon distance, for me. I am considering it….I haven’t made a final decision yet, but heavily leaning toward the saucony type A5 for the racing flat over the other two there…stay tuned….I did keep the mizuno waverider 15’s for my daily trainer, long run shoe.
So I may have done those 4 miles at 6:48 pace, few seconds faster than MGP. and I might have felt wonderful, and giddy and like a little child let loose in a field of daisies – if little children in a field of daisies experience pure bliss and enjoyment. but I stopped myself in the middle of my sun shiny fantastic run, at my pre-prescribed time of 4 miles. I might have been hurting a little bit. and now I will take another couple days off. I promptly slapped some ice on those poor overworked, under cared for shins.
I might have some skin falling off due to frostbite, but my shins will be feeling great . blurry children are a common occurrence in our household.
then I wrapped them with some love and they are feeling mighty fine.
compression calf sleeves. don’t leave home without them. they are my new bff’s. they don’t leave my sight. or my legs. these are cep brand. love them.
Rolling and more icing on the agenda for tonight. I’m going to keep pumping them full of TLC and take a couple more days off from running. I finally have a speedwork partner to do track work with, starting this Wednesday, that I am SUPER excited about. So I want to make sure my legs are ready to go by then.
and there goes the weekend….it’s 8pm and I do believe this might be one of the first moments I have had to stop moving. in my home. this is why blog posts generally do not happen on the weekends. I also do believe I have some new readers taking a gander at my little blogger over here, so hello to you lovely people and thank you for stopping by. where you will find all sorts of nonsense about the craziness that is being a stay at home mom to three children ages 2-5, running like a madwoman to keep my sanity and so that everyone in this house survives, and trying my hardest the keep the kidlings and the hubs living a healthy, happy, fun-filled life along the way. don’t be alarmed when you see things like this…
when timeouts stopped working, we discovered hanging them from the gutter was a far more effective form of punishment. I’m kidding. believe it or not, they love this. they ask, “will you puhleeeeeeeeeeese let us hang from the gutter!?!?!” ok. fine. one more time. I’m telling you, they are not human, these children that I gave birth to. they have no fear. and they are very strong. don’t mess. especially with that little one on the end.
that’s just some of the fun and crazy times that go down in the edwards’ household. all in a weekend. let’s list out the rest of the weekend and the thoughts for the upcoming week…
I totally forgot I ordered these little treats, and when they came I was so pleasantly surprised…I’ve been wanting to try them for months, and finally bit the bullet…
and then was a tad disappointed when I realized how small they were….
fits right in the palm of my hand. what? they don’t come supersized like everything else in this country?? oh, you don’t need a MASSIVE amount of food to supply the nutrition that you actually need?? got it. good stuff. I like the cute little packaging. these will be stored away for a rainy day/special treat snack.
2. I got to go out to dinner last night with the hubs and some good neighbor/friends. this is exciting on so many levels – it gives me an excuse to finally get out of my sweaty gym clothes and shower, and put on REAL clothes…
I don’t have to cook, think about cooking, decide what to cook, clean up a big mess from cooking. wonderful.
and I get to enjoy a cocktail. or two. not three. that would be ridiculous. for me. two is pushing it. for one short evening out.
3. I consulted with Mr. McMillan. I’m not so sure about this dude. this activity would fall under pre-race anxiety/dealing with a minor “injury” and doubting my training activities. I punched in my recent numbers, which would be my last 5K and then my last half marathon. according to him, I’m at least 3 minutes off from reaching my eager beaver super ambitious 2:59:59 marathon time. I am sure he is a wonderful gentleman, and I’m sure he is very knowledgeable in all things running, and with all due respect, I hope he is wrong about my projection. I’ve been visioning myself running through the finish with seconds to spare just under 3 hours. then I start crying because I got my sub 3 hour marathon. so I guess if I don’t actually get it with this next race, I’ve at least done it in my head during my training runs and speedwork. no I’m not crazy. I think visioning yourself achieving your goals is a really important part of making them happen. it solidifies something in your mind that makes you believe you CAN do it. whether or not it happens, is another story. but it gives you the extra push that you need when you need it. it takes practice, just like the physical training and running. but I don’t think the vision of me achieving my goal is going to cut it. I will keep going until I get it. so bring it on McMillan. You say I’m off by 3 minutes. I say you may be right, but you may be wrong. I’m going to work hard to get rid of those 3 minutes.
4. I have completely fallen off of my training plan – and decided to take a look at what the next 3 weeks actually look like…
I would love to get that 20 miles in on Saturday. fingers, toes, eyeballs crossed that I am feeling fine to run it. not so sure about all of the other runs this week. I see a lot of cross training/strength training in my future. my basic running goals from here on out are just to get in 2-3 more speed/tempo runs and at least one decent long-ish run. that is all. anything above that is icing on the cake. I don’t think that is too much to ask.
5. Every Sunday, I have high hopes of planning out the meals for the week, organizing my life and getting my act together. none of that happened today. tomorrow. maybe. I would love to only go to the grocery store once. I would even be ok with twice. but this 5 times a week nonsense has got to stop. going to the store at 4pm with all three kids, getting stuff for dinner that night is really just poor planning. I’m going to get back in the groove of planning. everything. Maybe I should start by visioning myself going to the store once a week and successfully planning out the weekly meals and daily schedules. then I will cry when that actually happens.
6. In my defense of poor planning, I feel like I have entered a new and changing stage with my kids. one that has left me in between the old and the what is to come, trying to figure out how to make things work now, because kids and their needs are always changing. as a stay at home mom, to 3 children, that are very close in age, very different in personality, and always growing and changing behaviors and developmental stages, I find that the way our day goes and the schedules we keep and the flow of daily life changes a lot. The toddler years are tough, and they require a lot of flexibility because toddlers (especially little boy ones name Luke) require a lot of attention. that means a lot of best laid plans just don’t happen – like making plans in the first place. and a lot of energy is willingly and lovingly spent on these delightful little beings. which means sometimes at the end of the day when a lot of stuff still has to get done – it just can’t get done. the energy is not there to do it. or to even think about it. and that’s ok. so we go through these different stages all the time and keep adjusting. and keep figuring it out. all the while remembering that if it takes me 5 trips to the grocery store a week to get done what could take 1 trip, but I have given my little loves my time and energy in between – it’s all good. and where someone else may have it all together at one given moment, it doesn’t mean that I have to. eventually, I’ll have a moment in time when my life is organized. a work in progress. and I will practice visualizing it until it gets there 🙂
Now, I know a lot of you out there had races this weekend, and I’m dying to know how they went!!!!
Leave a comment and brag about your race day! good or bad:-)
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