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.


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!