Monday, December 31, 2012

2013 Goals

What in the world just happened? I feel like I blinked and 2012 is over.

Here is what I would like to accomplish in 2013.

- go the whole year injury free!!!

- 1 mile timed run each month to see how I improve over the year. This one will be fun.

- Run/bike/swim 2000 miles combined. That is so overwhelming if you sit and think about it too much, so I'm breaking it down. I mean, I have 4 kids and none of them are old enough to stay by themselves. I don't have a treadmill. the time commitment is difficult right now. 1000 miles of running and biking each is about 83 miles a month. Which is about 21-ish miles a week.

- Run a sub 2 hour half marathon. I'm thinking something in October or November.

- run a sub 25 minute 5K. I might be running a lot of those. This goal is pushing the edge of possibility, but hey. That's what I like to do. I want to see what I really CAN do and not be satisfied with just hanging out.

- bike a 15 mile bike ride averaging 19 mph. I'm thinking I might do one timed 15 miler each month to see how I improve here as well.

- race a 10K under 58 minutes. If I can bust out the sub-2 half marathon, this one will be cake.

- weight training at least 2x a week.

- maybe try a duathlon?

2012 Review

Here were my accomplishments for 2012


  • Ran a 5K at an 8:44 pace! (june)
  • Added our fourth and final child to our family. we are now complete. 

No more unexpected pregnancies, no more recoveries, we are D.O.N.E.
  • Lost all my baby weight and fit back into the clothes I've been wearing since I got married 9 1/2 years ago.

  • got my first ever black toenail.




  • Registered for, completed, and got 3rd in my AG at an Olympic Distance Triathlon.

  • Did my first marathon. It sucked. The weather was against us. But I finished and best of all? My dad did it with me.



  • Ran 734 miles for the year even though I didn't run in January or December. 
  • Biked 1128 miles.
Bring it 2013.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

it's almost time!

**note: I've been trying to finish this post for 3 days now. I guess that's how it goes when you have little kids at home while you are also sick.

I moved up to level 3 of Jillian's ripped in 30. I wanted to cry. Holy crap my triceps have never hurt so bad. And I almost passed out doing the cardio stuff - although that could be because I ate crap for lunch. (chocolate and animal crackers/popcorn) I felt like my heart was going to explode out my ears.

Today is the 19th of December which means there are only 6 more shopping days until Christmas or more importantly...12 days until I can run again!!!!!

Here's how I know that my foot will feel good. Before, when it was hurt but I didn't feel anything while I walked around, if I flexed my foot and pushed it to the outside of my body (anterior, right?) the pain would still be there. NOW?! If I do that same flex and twist thing...NO PAIN!!!! I don't feel anything at all!!!! I'm hhhheeeeeaaaaaalllliiinnnnnggggggggg!!!!!!!!

can you tell that I'm excited?

All said and done, I will have taken 7 weeks off from running. That's impressive right there.

Friday, December 14, 2012

schedule time


I miss running.

It's been exactly 1 month of zero running. and I'm getting impatient.

I miss my shoes. I miss my workout gear. I miss being outside. I miss my running playlist.

So to take my mind off the fact that I still have 2 weeks to wait, I decided to research some races for me to do in 2013. Dave has forbidden me to do any LONG races and I don't feel like it's smart to do a triathlon with no pool to train in, so here's what I've found so far...

March 2 - 5 mile Patriot Run. This looks like a cool distance to try.

March 24 - Short course duathlon?? I've never done this and it'll force me to work on my less than stellar of the triathlon's 3 sports. 3 mile run/14 mile bike/1.5 mile run

April 20 - 5K!!!! the first try for a sub 25 minute race.

May 4 - kayakathlon. kayak/bike/run. how cool is that?

October 12 - 5K!!!!! second try for a sub 25!

October 19 - Neuse River Bridge 1/2 marathon??

November 15 - 10 mile train run.

That looks pretty good to me! I'm excited!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Ripped in 30


My back is feeling better! I have a nasty bruise but other than that I've been healing up nicely.

Tuesday I started in with week 2 of Jillian's Ripped in 30. This is a hard DVD. I'm already getting stronger which is cool, but it's still hard. it involves some of this:


some of this:


this:


and this beauty:


I would recommend this video if you don't want to get bored since there are 4 different workouts on it and each workout only does each move 2 different times of 30 seconds each. awesome!

I did download the meal plan that goes with the workouts but that is not going well. I'll eat really well at breakfast and lunch and then about 3pm hits and it's all downhill from there. We'll see how today goes, I'm hoping I don't crash and burn again today. 

I'm thinking I might do a round 2 of this workout in January - that's how much I like it!

Friday, December 7, 2012

oh, SNAP!



I'm walking down my stairs holding my (heavy) baby and and about halfway down my foot just flew up out from under me. It was a combination of slow motion and the fastest 2 seconds of my life. I had no time to think and just held on to the baby while I landed on the stairs full force on my back. The tears came instantly while I laid (lay? lie? I can never figure out which one it is) on the stairs to figure out how badly I was hurt. 5 minutes later I slowly got up and investigated the damage. I think I'm just bruised but dang it hurts bad! BADLY bruised.

I have zero desire to run right now. I have a feeling I won't do anything today since it hurts so bad.

Why can't mommies have someone to kiss their boo boo's away??

Thursday, December 6, 2012

it hurts

After a week of Jillian's Ripped in 30, I want to curl up in a ball of soreness and sleep for 3 days.

My hamstrings. ow. There are dead lifts in level 1 and I'm dying.
The pushups? ooohhhhhh, the pushups. Why are there so many stinking pushups?!

 It's obvious that even though I can run 6 miles and not be sore, weight lifting and strength training is still important. I should NOT be this sore.  That's okay, I will be stronger and when I add running back to the table I'll just be that much better!

My eating is going well except for about 2pm when I get the snackies. I'm tired and need something to keep me going until the end of the day. advice?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

November is gone...

1 month left in my goals review, here's how I've done.


  • Run a 5K under 27:30 (8:50 pace) 27:21 June 23, Ignite 5K
  • Have a baby. (hahaha) I better start planning his 1 year birthday!


  • Get down to my "happy weight"at 122 poundsDone. clothes fit, now to toning those muscles!
  • Biking speed averaging 18 mph. Destroyed at the tri. 18.8mph for 25 mile ride. Only faster from here!
  • Do an olympic distance triathlon. no time goal although I would LIKE to break 3 hours2:55, placed in age group - goal crushed.

  • Complete my marathon in under 4:30. Completed. Time goal NOT accomplished but I just didn't have a great day. 

  • Find another 10K and break 58 minutes. not going to happen this year.
  • Run 800 700 miles for the year.  Ran 60.8 miles in the month of November putting me at 726.8 miles for the year. I might get a couple more miles from walking but I am planning on staying away from running until January. I want to make sure I didn't hop back into running too early before everything was better.

I'm really happy with the goals I've hit this year even though I've had some missteps along the way. 

Tuesday Tangents


  • I took off my toenail polish so I could redo it in a pretty Christmas color (red) and my 2nd toenail on my right foot is BLACK! Can I be classified as a real runner now? 
  • I'm at 3 full weeks of rest for my foot and I'm really hopeful that all this time off running will put me back in tip top shape. 
  • I started (today) with Jillian Michael's Ripped in 30 INCLUDING the meal plan. I'm going grocery shopping tomorrow morning with my list and meal plan for the next 30 days. I'm hoping to post a very awesome picture of me in a month. Girl don't mess around.
  • We have an Elf on the Shelf and my kids are obsessed with where he will be every morning. His name is Sam.
  • I'm getting very antsy to start running again. I really miss it. I want to sign up for a race.
  • my "baby" is turning 1 year old in a month. what?!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Three Things


1. I didn't eat ANY sugar yesterday. It was freaking hard. I started thinking about cookies and brownies and chocolate chips at about 10:30am. And it didn't stop until I fell asleep at 8:30pm last night. Why so early? Because I couldn't stand being awake any more and not having dessert!

But today I feel inspired and empowered and that I can do this! I did Jillian's 30 day shred this morning and aside from the arm work I felt really strong.

2. We set up our tree last night and hung lights and I love it! Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday and I'm excited this year to start some new traditions. We are going to do Elf on the Shelf for the first time (It should be delivered today) and I can't WAIT. Kids make holidays so much fun.

3. I'm recently obsessed with Rotel. It makes EVERYTHING better. Chicken. beans. cheese. ground beef. etc. it's delicious! go buy some now!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Death to sugar

Hello!! I'm not dead!

I've taken 2 FULL weeks off of all exercise completely. And I've eaten whatever I wanted. And I've been sleeping in until 7am every morning.

It's been fun. And yet, I'm starting to feel sluggish and uninspired. SO. I need a goal. Since I still can't run (trying to heal the tendonitis in my foot - 2 weeks down, 4 weeks to go) I am going to try to do some weight training and maybe some Jillian's ripped in 30. But I have GOT to get the eating under control or it won't matter what I do as far as exercise.  There are 28 days until Christmas and I am going to go sugar free until Christmas day! Sugar detox - woohooooo!!!!

This is going to be super tricky because I am completely obsessed with the juice. (my slang for sweets) I think 10am is a perfectly acceptable time to eat cookies. And not just 2 cookies. 10 cookies. That's right. I'm disgusting.

28 days. And then I will reward myself with bundt rolls Christmas morning. yummmmmmmy.

I'll leave you with a phrase I heard yesterday that was really inspiring to me.

"Just because I can't do it today, doesn't mean that I can't do it eventually."

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fort Worth Marathon

I've thought for several days about what happened and how to best express my experience. When you decide to sign up for a race - any race - you train for months and months in all kinds of weather, moods, energy levels, etc. If you've been a runner for any length of time at all, you know that some days you feel unstoppable and are a rockstar and other days are just sluggish or crappy for whatever reason. Your hope is that on race day it all comes together and you get great weather and have a great run. For me at this marathon, it didn't come together.

It just wasn't my day.

First of all, the weather was not great. 70 degrees and 98% humidity for the first 17 miles of the race. Not to mention the 30 mph sustained winds with 40 mph gusts coming from the south which happened to be the direction we were running the first half of the race.

me and my dad.

Note the craziness of the hair with the wind blowing.


Teresa was our picture taker (I'm waiting on more pics from her) and she also ran the last 6 with me!!!!


So I started and immediately I didn't feel right. My breathing was off and I had a side cramp right from the get-go. At about mile 5 I decided to check my heart rate (my pace was perfect so far) and was shocked to see it up at 185!!!! I decided right then that I needed to bring it back down so I walked every water stop until the end of the race. I would walk until I got it to 170 and then start going again. it would shoot back to 179 within 30 seconds but I couldn't walk the whole race, I just tried to keep moving.

By mile 9 I knew that I would make none of my time goals and that I didn't care anymore. The goal was to finish and not be those 2 people I saw laying on the ground with 5 EMT people around them. I had been drinking 2-3 cups of water at every stop and could not quench my thirst.

By mile 10 I was cursing the wind that was making it so hard to move forward.

By mile 13 I was rejoicing that I was halfway done and the wind would now be at my back. Only 7 more miles until I saw Teresa.

At mile 15, the water stops had run out of cups so instead of walking through I had to stop and pour water into my mouth from gallon jugs.

Mile 17. FINALLY the wind shifted and the temperature dropped 15 degrees in 5 minutes and it started to rain. My heart rate went below 175 while I was moving for the first time the whole race. The relief only lasted a mile because by then my legs were shot. The depth of pain and knowing your muscles are going to cramp at any second if you aren't careful is just excruciating. 

Mile 20 - Teresa. Being excited to see her was combined with the frustration that in my 20 mile training run 3 weeks ago I finished in 3:24. I reached mile 20 in the race in 3:48. In case you are horrible at math, that's 24 minutes slower than I have gone already. That's more than a minute/mile slower. Obviously I was not having a good race.

At mile 22 there was a man handing out candy and things to the runners and he had a full ice cold water bottle that he gave to me and it was a life saver!!! I didn't have to stop at the water stops anymore!!! It is so hard to stop when you hurt like that and you are limping to get going again. 

Mile 25 Teresa left me to cut across a field to take pictures of me at the finish line. It was pure torture to keep going.

Mile 26, I knew I only had .2 left so I lengthened my stride while trying to not cry. mustered up a 9:30 pace for that last little bit.

finish line. I've never been so relieved in my life.


4 hours 58 minutes.

I did the best I could with what I was given and left it all on the race course. You can't ask anyone to do any better than that, no matter how slow they are.

My dad came through about 50 minutes later.


He is proof that you can run a marathon without training for it. Crazysauce, that one.


The aftermath:

I started throwing up about an hour after the race. I didn't stop until about 6 hours later. I could keep NOTHING down. not water, pepto bismol, nothing. I felt like I was dying. Talk about overexertion. 

FINALLY I felt better and we went to eat at Abuelo's. so delicious.

What next?

My dad has decided that he wants to run NYC Marathon in 2015. I said ok.
But for now? Heal my feet and then work on speed.

I did a marathon, y'all.





Friday, November 9, 2012

Five things Friday!


  1. 1. I leave toNIGHT for my trip!!!! woohooo!!!! I'm spending the night at a friend's house for my 6am flight tomorrow morning. I am spending 4 days in Dallas with my friends and no kids!!!! 4 days with no kid responsibilities!!!! It's been so long since that's happened I don't know if I can handle it. But, I'll do the best I can! ;)
  2. I will be running a marathon in 48 hours. I'm really trying to trust the training and not freak out that I have barely run at all the last week. 
  3. As of today there will be no more fiber or dairy in my diet until after the race. That means guilt free PB&J and mashed potatoes. yay!
  4. After 2 weeks of being sick, I finally feel better!!!!! Just in time for race day.
  5. I love, love, love my husband for watching all 4 of our kids so I can take a mini-vacation by myself and have a good time. It was convenient that it occurred on my birthday weekend. I'm pretty sure he doesn't actually need to get me a present since, a) I bought a plane ticket, b) I'll be gone for 4 days, c) I paid for the race, and d) I'm going clothes shopping all day on monday and who knows how much I'll spend!?



Thursday, November 8, 2012

The last time.

Today was it. My last run before the big day. An easy 2 miles to keep my muscles loose. Now it's time to start packing my suitcase and clean my house for my weekend away with no kids!!!

3 days to go!

Monday, November 5, 2012

uh oh

The weather forecast changed for race day.

Not good.

Remember the Boston Marathon this year and everyone was freaking out and told people to run 2 minutes slower a mile than normal because of the heat? The temps that day were 72 degrees at the start and 82 at the finish.

Fort Worth Marathon this year? 66 at the start (not too shabby) and 80 at the finish with 20 mph winds and 96% humidity. 12 hours later a cold front hits.

This could potentially shatter all my time goals. I'm praying that the cold front hits a day early.

It could happen.

right?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Lord, let my feet not hurt!

1 week to go.

My goals are loose right now since I don't know how my feet will hold up. Both times my feet have been injured it came out of nowhere and BOOM - ouch city. That could absolutely happen in the race and I am mentally prepared for that. My time goals would fly out the window and I would just try to get across that finish line before they pulled my sorry butt off the course.

Assuming my feet feel okay and nothing ELSE starts to hurt, here is what I'm thinking.

A+ goal - this is if my feet and muscles feel amazing, the weather is perfect, I'm there mentally, and the lactic acid stays away from my quads as long as possible. sub 4:18. That's a 9:50 minute mile and I know I could do it if I were not injured. I'm not counting on this one, but it could happen.

A goal - 4:22. This is a 10 minute mile average which I KNOW I could do. This is a real possibility but  it's trusting on kind of a perfect day and my feet holding on.

B goal - Beat Oprah Winfrey's time of 4:29:19, which is a 10:16 pace. I did a 10:14 pace on my 20 miler so this is very possible.



C goal - Beat Kate Gosselin's time of 4:58, and Tara Costa's time of 4:56 (from the biggest loser). what can I say? I'm competitive! I'd like to beat Tara because she won like, EVERY challenge  on the show, and Kate? I feel like...if she can do it then I can do it.



D goal - finish and get my medal/belt buckle. I could get heat stroke (I don't know what the weather will be yet), my feet could feel like knives are in them, leg cramps, puking, you just never know! 26.2 miles is a LONG way to go and anything could happen. I know that if I don't make any of my time goals and still finish knowing that I left everything out there and did the best I could then I will be happy.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Weather check!

We are 10 days out from "The Marathon" and so it's time to start weather checking!



Low of 45? perfect for race start.

High of 71? Perfect! I'm hoping I'm done with the race by the time the high hits, but it could be worse! Today the high is supposed to be 87!

My last "long run" is tomorrow. A mere 10 miles. easy peasy.

My legs already feel really rested and I'm excited to get out there and see what I can do on race day!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

2 months left?




How is October over? 2012 feels like it flew by, just me? Here were my original goals:
  • Run a 5K under 27:30 (8:50 pace) 27:21 June 23, Ignite 5K
  • Have a baby. (hahaha) Just about 10 months old.

  • Get down to my "happy weight"at 122 poundsDone. clothes fit, now to toning those muscles!
  • Biking speed averaging 18 mph. Destroyed at the tri. 18.8mph for 25 mile ride. Only faster from here!
  • Do an olympic distance triathlon. no time goal although I would LIKE to break 3 hours2:55, placed in age group - goal crushed.

  • Complete my marathon in under 4:30. I am hopeful. I know I could absolutely do this if my feet were 100%. They are not, unfortunately, so I'm going to do the best I can and see what the clock shows when I'm done.
  • Find another 10K and break 58 minutes. not a goal for me until my feet are healed. 
  • Run 800 700 miles for the year.  Ran just under 83 miles for the month of October which is really incredible for how little I ran since my feet are bothering me. I feel like I've barely run at all! I'm at 666 miles for 2012 so far (hope that's not a bad omen). I'll for sure make my 700 mile goal, and then it's rest and recovery after that so I may not go above that much more this year.

This year has had it's ups and downs for sure. Had a baby (yay!), moved and left all my friends (sad), lost the baby weight, trained for 2 5K's, a triathlon, and a marathon (yay), and got an injury (sad). I'm looking forward to 2013 and hopefully making it an injury free year!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

random

I really, really, really, REALLY love food. And that's 4 really's, so you can see how important that sentence is!

I'm not a photographer, but here was my AWESOME bedtime snack last night.
2 scrambled eggs, 4 sliced cinnamon raisin swirl bread, and a peach. Yes, that is ONE peach. it was huge. and so juicy and sweet. mmmmmm...
I love to eat.

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There is a hurricane on the east coast, have you read about it? the wind and rain started yesterday and we went outside to check out how strong it was.


I'm glad we are only getting the outside of this storm, I'm a little nervous for PA and NY when this sucker hits landfall. Be safe out there!


Saturday, October 27, 2012

food, food, and more food.


You know what makes a really great date when you are training for a marathon?




A buffet!!! There is nothing like "The Hunger" when I'm running for 2-3 hours every saturday and all the other days moving for at least an hour. I'm starving! So when we go out to dinner, unlimited food is the ticket!

Plates 1, 2, and part of dessert.




I lost count of how many plates I had. 5? In my defense those plates are teeny tiny! Better enjoy it while I can because in 2 1/2 weeks I'm gonna have to take it down a couple notches if I want to stay at my goal weight. 

Did I mention that I hit my goal weight? And that my "skinny" jeans fit now?


121 pounds, size 4 jeans (depending on brand, style, etc.), very happy



Now on to the runner's legs I so desperately want. I suppose weight training is in order?



Monday, October 22, 2012

20 miles? Heck yeah.

I went with option #2 for my outfit of choice on saturday.


And I didn't chafe anywhere, no thigh rub, everything was very comfy! I think this is a go for race day.

So how did my first and only 20 mile run go on saturday?

Heading out the door at 5:30am


And using my doctor friend's taping suggestions for extensor tendonitis, I taped my foot like so...


To see if it would hold up for 20 freaking miles.

I headed outside and turned on a Jillian Michael's podcast, turned on the garmin, and slowly tested out the waters.

miles 1-5: 11:12, 10:28, 10:24, 10:39, 9:56

Podcast is finished and switch to music, foot is feeling pretty good and I'm settling into a comfortable pace. Like, my heart rate is the lowest it's been my entire life of running! I'm not racing today, I just want my feet to hang in there and finish the beast of a task before me.

Miles 6-10: 9:58, 10:00, 10:03, 9:56, 10:02

stop at the house for a bathroom break, drop off my head lamp and grab sunglasses and refill my water bottles.

Miles 11-14: 10:06, 10:10, 10:13, 10:27

Here is where several things happened. First, I met my buddy which led to my first walk break...


This huge poodle was all up on me sniffing my butt, licking my hands, etc. When I stopped to walk for a few minutes so he would stop following me, I noticed that my foot hurt when I walked but not when I ran. Also, at mile 14, some pain started seeping into my quads. with 6 miles to go, I was not thrilled.

Mile 15 - 10:31
Mile 16 - 10:43

By now the quad pain is in full force and my left foot is starting to ache a little. 4 miles to go and I'm SO tempted to walk knowing that my right foot will hurt if I walk and I won't want to start running again.

I needed a plan. I would stop thinking about my legs. Everything below the waist doesn't exist. My quads were not mine. My feet were not mine. I don't even run with my legs. I run with my ARMS! My arms didn't hurt at all and I made the choice to pump my arms and use that for momentum and just let everything else follow.

Mile 17 - 10:34
Mile 18 - 10:22

It was working!! My arms were saving me!

Mile 19 - 9:55

With 1/2 mile left I passed the elementary school where my 2 older kids attend and there was a group of folks lining up for a local 5K. I wished them well but was SO glad that I would not be racing in it! haha!

Mile 20 - 9:41


Average pace of 10:15
Average heart rate of 168 (it's usually 176-178)
Calories burned - 1959
Elevation gain - 54 ft. (told you it was flat!)

If I can hold that pace for another 6 miles, I would finish in 4:28. That would beat my original goal of wanting to be under 4:30! And 2 weeks ago I couldn't walk on my left foot at all, thinking that I would not be able to participate in the race. woohoo!!!!!

20 miles. 
done and done.
taper is on.



Saturday, October 20, 2012

it's like a lightbulb lit up!

Most of the time I run when it's dark outside. Especially now that winter time is here and the sun doesn't come up until about 7am. My main worry is that I would stumble across a bear and be attacked and that I wouldn't see it coming.

My husband (love him!) got me a head light!!!!


it is SOOOOO bright! there is no way people/bears/deer would not see me coming.
This is game changing. if you run in the dark, get a head light!!! What took me so stinking long??


Friday, October 19, 2012

so many choices, so little time

Since I successfully completed 15 miles last week,


I am very excited and hopeful for my one and only 20 miler tomorrow. And because everyone always says that you don't try anything new on race day, I am thinking about my race outfit because I am going to wear it to see if anything chafes.

Here are my options:

#1


pros - I love those shorts, super comfy. the top is tight enough to where I wouldn't need a sports bra. (sometimes it's super convenient to be a negative A bra size. not most of the time, but in running it is)
cons - if I sweat a lot, it can look like i peed my pants. do the socks clash?

option #2


pros - the top is new, therefore I love it. I also would not need a sports bra here. there is a zipper pocket in the back for Gu.
cons - panty line from the shorts? they are pretty short, so i could have inner thigh rubbing.

option #3


pros - tried and true top, never chafes, super comfy. I love those shorts, also super comfy.
cons - worn for a race before, boring.

But you know what I absolutely WILL be wearing? 


My new favorite love. I'm obsessed with the lime green.

I'm gonna eat those 20 miles for breakfast. literally.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Crappy long run is good news!

There are many who are discouraged by a bad run, particularly a bad long run. It seems as though it would be a foreshadowing of the race to come. However, I have a different view of it. In my (short) experience of running, a really bad run means that you are owed a good one very soon. So my not awesome run today? I was very excited about it!

It was not awesome because I was terrified of my feet. the first 3 miles I was concentrating so hard on going slow, taking it easy, and thinking every 2 seconds, "does that hurt?" "is that my ankle?" "wait, does my other foot hurt?" Longest 3 miles of my life.

But it felt okay so I headed out for another 4 miles. Slow. side cramps. muscles starting to tire.

And then I headed out for the last loop. Ran out of water. Thirsty. muscles are REALLY hurting now. It so happens that biking is not the same as running. who knew? To stay in running shape you need to run! There was much walking.

But I was able to do it!!!! I was actually able to shuffle run for 15 miles after 2 weeks of biking. And since it was pretty hard and not necessarily fun, I know that I have a great run coming up soon. Because that's the way it goes. You have a bad run, and then a good one. A bad one. a good one.

Take a look at my long runs the last month or so.

September 1 - 15 miles, 11:11 pace. horrible.
September 8 - 17 miles, 10:14 pace. great run
September 14 - 13 miles, 9:46 pace. awesome
September 22 - triathlon, awesome
September 29 - 18 miles, 10:43 pace. meh.
October 6 - planned 20 miles, ran 9, 9:37 pace. awesome
October 13 - 15 miles, 10:43 pace. crappy

See what I mean? I almost NEVER have 2 crappy long runs in a row. The running Gods basically have to let you have a really great run after a bad one to keep you going. Therefore, my 20 miler this saturday is bound to be amazing.

I can't wait!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Favorite Things Friday

Since I am spiraling into a deep depression because of my marathon/foot pain/training being cut off/etc, I decided to take a look at the things that I LOVE lately.

1. My newest workout top that I only got to wear for a glorious 9 miles before my foot started hurting last saturday. I look forward to the day I can wear that baby out. I lurve it.


need a better shot? I have the black one. 



2. The sunsets in the fall. Living by the water really has it's benefits.


3.  It's FALL!!!!!


That means my favorite running accessory comes out.




arm warmers!!!! I big puffy heart arm warmers. I own the following and they are all fantastic.





I would LOVE some new ones (because arm warmers are like shoes, you can never have too many). I think these are cool:





You want them now, don't you? I thought so.

4. Pears. 


What is the deal with the pears lately?? They are basically candy. juicy, soft, perfectly ripe, there is nothing better than a pear! The deliciousness just can not be described. For realz. Go get some pears.

5. Fall weather = oatmeal for breakfast.


I love steel cut oats with fresh gala apples cut up and an outrageous amount of cinnamon on top. So much cinnamon that it looks like I burned it. ahhhhhhhh. 
so. good.


Tell me some of your fav's lately!