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


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.


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:


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!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Three Things Thursday

Okay, FOUR things. What? Rules were made to be broken.

1. What I REALLY want to be using, but can't.

Aren't they beautiful?? They are so white and desperate for some grass and dirt to show how much they are loved.

2. What I am doing instead of running.

Even though I can run for 10 miles, 15 minutes of squats and I am so sore it's embarrassing.

3. One of my new headbands! Isn't it cute???

4. My 9 month old (well, my 3 year old too but I have no picture of him) needed to be all bundled up for our bike ride today in 50 degree weather. If that isn't the cutest baby ever, then love must really be blind.

1 hour ride and 1 nap taken by the baby. Holy crap he's adorable. I love that baby.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Party Pooper

Because I hurt my other foot, I didn't workout on Sunday.
or monday.
or tuesday.

But today...WEDNESDAY (does anyone else always have problems spelling that word? Just me?) I hopped on the trainer and spun for 30 easy minutes.

My mind is more than willing, my lungs and heart and muscles are willing, my shoes and running clothes are taunting me on the floor, the weather is taunting me with beautiful 50 degrees outside - can you say perfection? And my feet are the party poopers in this story. LAME. Well, my left foot anyway. My right foot feels completely healed.

Come on foot! Let's get this party started!!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

New shoes, please!

I entered the Brooks giveaway contest on Facebook and am now shamelessly asking for your vote so I can win!

Here is my page with my entry:


When the page opens, just scroll down and click the vote button for me.

Thanks so much!!! It might help me cheer up from all this foot pain. ;)

Monday, October 8, 2012


In some ways I feel like I've been cheated by this marathon training. I've been doing awesome, following training to a "T", I'm using the Run Less Run Faster plan since I seem to get injured easily. I ice every day. I stretch. Cross train 3 days a week. 2 weeks ago I hurt the top of my foot randomly after my triathlon which I figured was tendonitis. I've been resting it, praying, icing like crazy, lots of cycling and it's getting better!

Enter high hopes for continuing training.

THEN, I go out to do my 20 mile training run. The BIG momma when it comes to a marathon, right? Right?!

I get 9 miles into the run feeling amazing, pace is fantastic, my tendonitis on the top of my right foot is holding off (any pain and I stop) and then I hit mile 9.25 and BAM, the outside of my left foot feels stabbing and pinching and I'm halted in my tracks by a pain than I can't even walk through. It came completely out of nowhere. One minute I'm fine, the next I'm crumpled on the ground. I am brought to tears and limp home. ( finished the day with 2 hours of biking to get 3 1/2 hours of exercise in) It felt kind of okay for the rest of the day - saturday - but yesterday??  I couldn't put any weight on it at all, I'm limping around the house and brought to tears multiple times by just standing.

So now I am basically depressed. My first marathon, I bought a plane ticket for it, my husband it watching the kids so I can go to Dallas for a long weekend and I possibly won't even be able to WALK!?

There is some good news. I am able to walk on it today. if I sit for a long time and then get up I can walk around with no pain at all for 5-10 minutes. And then it slowly comes back but nothing like yesterday when I couldn't even stand on it. I've walked around the house. Walked to the mailbox. up and down the stairs in the house maybe 15 times. And I haven't cried yet. There is no swelling. It is just the strangest thing ever, these freak pains.

I think it's possible that I can still do the marathon. Right now there are no time goals. The goal is to finish with no pain in my feet. The goal is to get my stinking medal (which is also a belt buckle). The goal is to attempt my 15 mile run this saturday with no pain. I'm getting tired of that bike seat!

Only 34 days to go.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Here's to Health

After a full 2 weeks of coughing and every breath taken rattling in irritation in my chest, I FEEL BETTER!


I'm sure most of us take our health for granted, this is, until we don't have it anymore. I know I'm like that. For the last 2 weeks, it's been so hard trying to take a breath and going into a raging coughing fit that lasts several minutes. Repeat every 5 minutes. I was this close to going to the doctor because I was sure I had bronchitis. Can you have that and get over it without meds?

It reminds me of when I'm pregnant. I spend 9 months being sick and not enjoying food and the second I have that baby, food is delicious again! I don't feel sick anymore! And there was much rejoicing.

My point?

I am so grateful for health. For the opportunity to exercise and compete in races and my body can mostly do what I ask of it.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Pain, table of one

After 5 full days of biking and 7 days of NO running in an effort to let the tendonitis in my foot heal so I can continue marathon training, I went out this morning to test it out.

It's been days since I've felt any pain at all and according to my podiatrist friend, I may run as long as there is no pain.

During my 3 miles jaunt today, I felt great!!! I only felt twinges of something while I walked but if I kept jogging or running, my foot felt fine! woohoo!

Tomorrow is my first 20 mile run on my training cycle. I don't think I'll be able to do that with my foot. So I'm planning on attempting anywhere from 6-10 miles of running - depending on how my foot feels - and then I'll bike anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours after that to get the exercise time in.

I'm hoping that if I take next week all biking as well, I can jump right back into my weekend long runs next Saturday of 15 miles. and then 20 the week after that, and then another 15 the week after that.

Please tell me I won't crash and burn at the marathon if I only get in one 20 miler. Please.

The drama continues...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Three Things Thursday

1.  Bump in the night.
Yesterday and today I've got out "walking" at dark-thirty in the morning to test out how my foot is feeling (in case you were wondering, it feels MUCH better but I'm still taking it super easy all next week as well to make sure I don't hurt it worse. according to my podiatrist friend, it's tendonitis and I can run but use pain as a guide to when to stop). I'm walking along the street with my phone playing music - no headphones, just out loud - and I'm catching up to this girl walking in front of me. I'm thinking she hears me since my music is playing, but when I pass her she turns and jumps about 4 feet away while gasping and clutching her chest! bwahahahahaha!!!! She had these huge headphones on and I scared her to death! that was funny.

2.  in her shoes
I'm starting to keep my eyes peeled for a deal on some new running shoes since I only have about a month left on the ones I'm wearing. I'm kicking myself for not buying the Ghost 4's a couple months ago when the 5 came out. Because I wear the most popular size, it's hard to find and I HATE paying full price. At Dick's sporting goods, I found the Ghost 4 on sale in my size!!

done and done. and I love the green.

3. Bicycle race
I went on a bike ride with my neighbor today who claims she hasn't exercised in 4 years. I put my 2 little boys in the bike trailer which slows me down to anywhere from 11-15mph. she said that was the perfect speed so it worked out well. We headed out around 11am and 4 miles into the ride she said she was feeling dizzy and wanted to throw up. we stopped for a water break and she laid in the grass for at least 10 minutes. I noticed a Gu taped to my bike that I never ate at the triathlon and I threw it to her to eat. she ate it and within 2 minutes she felt amazing and said she could even see clearer! She asked me what is in those things and where do I get them?  I converted someone to Gu!!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

the pain...

Saturday I ran 18 miles. Yes indeed. It was almost horrible. After my triathlon, I got this weird pain in the top of my foot and I can't run normal on it. If I change to about a mid-foot/toe strike, there is no pain but it does not feel normal at all. In addition, I was starving and after having a janky stride and a couple phone calls that I needed to walk for, I was out there for well over 3 hours. not awesome.

Anyway, I showered and threw on my awesome compression socks to head to my son's flag football game. I think Dave was embarrassed that I would wear them out on the field in front of the other moms, so I chilled in the van with my reading material for the day.

It's tuesday and I'm still sore like I ran last night! what the..? I obviously was not prepared for that run.

But my foot still hurts so I decided to take this whole week off from running(bike instead) until Saturday for my 20 miler. Would it be smart to bike for 3 hours instead of doing the 20 mile run? do I need the time on my feet? Thoughts?