Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Year in Review

At the beginning of 2013 I put together a list of goals and here's how I did:


go the whole year injury free - I did very well until one week ago where I went snowboarding with my dad and sprained my toe. I could barely walk on it for several days but after a week it's feeling much better. i don't feel comfortable running on it just yet but I'm hopeful.

1 mile timed run each month 
January outside- 8:05
February treadmill - 7:35, and almost died
March - ...
April - ...
May - In my defense, I was out of town for 3 of the 4 weeks in May.
June - too dang hot. seriously, the second I walk out the door I'm covered with sweat.
July - mile repeats at 8:15
August - too hot
September - mile repeats at 8:14
Oct - 7:48
Nov - I moved across the country.
Dec - 7:55

Overall I really failed at this one. I just couldn't do it in 80 degree weather for most of the year and then I traveled a lot and moved across the country. oh well.

Run/bike/swim 2000 miles combined
Run - 24.6
Bike - 86.5
Swim - 3.3
total for November - 114.4
Total miles - 1732.4  Shy of my 2000 for the year but I'm still impressed with myself. ;)

Run a sub 2 hour half marathon. Epic fail, I'm blaming the weather

run a sub 25 minute 5KJune race - fail. October race - fail (25:56) but happy with a huge PR

bike a 15 mile bike ride averaging 19 mph. not yet.

race a 10K under 58 minutesnot happening this year.

weight training at least 2x a week.  I did just okay until we moved to Idaho and now I've been killing it at the gym. It's so much easier with all that equipment everywhere.

maybe try a duathlonmaybe next year.

I feel like I did pretty good but I'm excited about next year. New goals, new chances, new races!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Operation: Runner

I've decided that I am a "real" runner.

I realize that there are endless quotes out there that say things like...



But while in my head they made sense, in my heart I felt like a phony.  

I know this is due to my consistent 10 minute mile paces even though I train hard to become faster. I think somehow in my head I've told myself over and over again that since my "comfortable" pace is around 10 minutes/mile then there is no possible way I'm really a runner. I'm a jogger. To me a real runner can run in the 8's consistently. And while I can run in the 8's for a 5K or for 5 or so miles, I'm working hard and I can't hold it for a half marathon.

This morning after I rode my bike for an hour, I hopped on the treadmill for an experiment. I will call it Operation:Runner. I set the pace at an 8 minute mile (7.5mph) to see if I could hold it for 1 mile.

and guess what? I DID! I even upped it to an 8.2 by the end (mostly because I wanted it to be over quicker). I'm really proud of myself and it's the first step to me running that 5K under 25 minutes and that half marathon under 2 hours.

I'm a real runner from now on. Next week? 1.25 miles at 7.5mph. Bring it.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Your pace or mine?

Because it's been icemageddon here in Idaho for the last week and a half (for real, there is still a thick layer of ice on all the roads and the temperature has not gone over 30 one time), I've been stuck inside to do my running on the treadmill. When you are used to running outside all the time, the treadmill is hard. I don't know why. Perhaps because the speed is always constant and I'm not a constant speed runner?

Anyway.

I haven't been able to go longer than 3 or 4 miles at a time in the last 2 months (outside or otherwise) and my speed is nothing to brag about ever since I moved way up high at 5000 feet.  I decided to test my legs on the treadmill and see what I could do.

I did 3 miles to get all loosened up and then started with 3 minutes on 7mph (8:34 pace), walked a little. Then did 2 1/2 minutes at 7.5 (8:00 pace), walked a little. Here's where it gets tricky. 2 minutes at 8 mph (7:30 pace), 1 minute at 8.5 (7:04 pace), and THEN 30 seconds at 9mph!!!! (6:40 pace)

I have NEVER in my life ran at a 9 on the treadmill. Ever. It is really fast but I didn't feel like I was going to fall off. So there's that.

I think I might try to work my way up to doing 1 minute at 9mph like 4 or 5 times and see if I can do it. Especially since it looks like I'll be stuck inside for at least another week.

Friday, December 13, 2013

like a fish

After not swimming regularly in many years (probably 3), I've gone to the pool twice a week for the last 3 weeks or so.  It really hurts. My shoulders burn, I can't breathe, I'm slow (in comparison to the workouts I did in high school and college), and it kind of sucks.

But I broke through the wall!!! I'm still slow-ish but this week when I swam on Tuesday - it was amazing! My shoulders felt good, my body strong, my breathing more regulated, and I'm getting slightly faster. I can go for about 45 minutes without stopping and I'm thrilled that it only took a couple weeks for my body to remember how to do this.

I always base my speed and swimming shape by the standard 8x50's on :50 or 8x100's on 1:30. I did those sets ALL. THE. TIME. I can rock 8x50's on the :55 (I feel so good I can do 10), but when I dropped the time down to :50? ouch. I know I'll get there, it'll just take a couple more weeks. But my 100's are sucking big time because I have to do them on the 1:45. wow. I used to be able to do them on the 1:20. Anyway, those are my goals. I hope to be able to do my 8x50s and my 8x100s on the :50 and 1:30 by the end of January.

I can just taste those triathlon wins!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

November review

December, what? I can't believe Christmas is almost here. I've been so busy with the move and trying to get settled and whatnot, that I'm not sure I'm in the Christmas spirit. hmmmm....

go the whole year injury free!!! feeling great!

1 mile timed run each month 
January outside- 8:05
February treadmill - 7:35 (almost died)
March - ummm, oops.
April - yeah.

May - In my defense, I was out of town for 3 of the 4 weeks in May.
June - too dang hot. seriously, the second I walk out the door I'm covered with sweat.
July - ummm, I did some mile repeats at 8:15, so there's that.
August - I'll do this again when it cools off. This is just ridiculous.
September - I did some mile repeats inside of a bigger workout about 8:14's or so. Still haven't done this.
Oct - 7:48
Nov - I moved across the country.

Run/bike/swim 2000 miles combined
Run - 75.24
Bike - 89.4
Swim - 3
total for November - 167.71
Total miles - 1618 (Face the facts, 2000 is not happening this year)

Run a sub 2 hour half marathon. Epic fail

run a sub 25 minute 5KJune race - fail. October race - fail (25:56) but happy with a huge PR

bike a 15 mile bike ride averaging 19 mph. not yet.

race a 10K under 58 minutesnot happening this year.

weight training at least 2x a week.  in the last two weeks since I can use the gym at the college, I've been getting back into it with real weights.

maybe try a duathlonmaybe next year.

I'm having a good time with all the gym equipment and trying really hard to adjust to the altitude here and stay in shape in the bitter cold (- 8 currently). Really enjoying where I live right now and am super excited about my triathlon next summer. (June!) Good things are coming!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Turkey Trots

I headed over to a local park (maybe 2 miles away) for a Thanksgiving morning 5K. Since I can't breathe up here at this altitude, I thought I would just run for fun (a 5K just for FUN? Who knew?!) and burn some calories before pie time.

The race started about 10 minutes late which wouldn't have mattered if it had not been 20 degrees outside. My legs were cold, my face was cold, and I couldn't feel my toes.

Anyway, we start and I can't believe how stiff I am from cold waiting for the race to start. I try to keep it easy and hit mile 1 about 8:50 or so. I am THRILLED with that since I didn't feel like I was trying too hard.

Then, a hill. Combine high altitude with hill training = me sucking wind big time. My pace up the hill was around 11 minutes/mile but it wasn't too long so mile 2 was still around 9:10 or something.

I think by this point I could start to feel my face but DANG I was freezing this whole race and gasping at this thin air. Mile 3 around a 9 minute mile and I raced it to the end for a 7:47 pace the last .1 or so.

Finish time of 27:30 which is really close to my almost dying 5K's I tried in Bath (except the last one) and I didn't feel like I was really "racing", you know?

I had a good time and I'm still continuing to bust through this altitude and start breathing normally again. Going up the "hill" tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Zumba hates me

I head to spinning class and the teacher didn't show up so a lot of the girls went upstairs to the dance studio for the Zumba class instead. I'm thinking, "Hey! I could do that! I need to try this out."

Upstairs we go.

This is what I know about Zumba, it's kind of latin-ey and it's dancing. I like dancing, so it sounds great!

I don't know if it was my teacher who didn't explain any steps or go slowly at all, or if I am just that awkward and idiotic.

I go into the class thinking I'll look something like Shakira and I ended up looking like Elaine from Seinfeld.

I stumble through the warm up trying to at least get the feet right, and I kind of figured it out, but the teacher is all moving her hips all over (as are the rest of the girls in the class) and I'm a stiff robot barely doing the steps.

The teacher thanks everyone for coming to Zumba and starts the "routine". She did a small demo (and I mean 3 seconds with 100 steps) and encouraged everyone to start. I am having a complete panic attack in my head. Everyone is smiling and dancing all over the place and I'm all, wwwhhhattttt?  I stood there like an idiot for several seconds (or minutes. time has no meaning at this point) completely confused and feeling very alone. In my desperation to get out of this 7th circle of h#LL, told her I was no dancer, and left. I LEFT! As a fitness class instructor myself at several points in my life, I always try to stay in a class because I hated it when people left early. But I couldn't do it, I don't think I've ever felt so stupid in my entire life.

Conclusion - Zumba is so not for me.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Ida-who?

Wow. Where have I been?

Packing up all my belongings, driving 2400 miles, and unpacking all my belongings (although I still can't find stuff).

We now live in Rexburg, Idaho. Elevation 4900 feet above sea level. Bath was AT sea level  (since I could see the sea from my house), so I'm sucking wind here. I've gone running twice. There's this 1 mile hill straight up to the Rexburg Temple and it's my goal to make it the whole way without walking.  Here's a small idea of what it looks like:



I just mapped it and it's a 350 feet gain in .99 miles. That's a 5% grade for 1 mile with no rest. Am I a wuss or just not acclimated to the altitude and hills?

I've gone swimming at the pool once, that was eye opening. I'm way out of swimming shape, holy smokes. I did 1600 yards in 35 minutes or so. And then I went to a spinning class on Saturday, that was totally fun and got a great sweat on.

Anyway, I'm getting back into shape after my disaster of a half marathon and working on running speed so I can kill a triathlon next summer. Feeling good and looking forward to my next race!

Monday, November 4, 2013

October review




go the whole year injury free!!! IT band pain comes and goes but it's never been bad enough to take more than just a couple days off so I'm calling this one a success so far!

1 mile timed run each month 
January outside- 8:05
February treadmill - 7:35 (almost died)
March - ummm, oops.
April - yeah.

May - In my defense, I was out of town for 3 of the 4 weeks in May.
June - too dang hot. seriously, the second I walk out the door I'm covered with sweat.
July - ummm, I did some mile repeats at 8:15, so there's that.
August - I'll do this again when it cools off. This is just ridiculous.
September - I did some mile repeats inside of a bigger workout about 8:14's or so. Still haven't done this.
Oct - 7:48

Run/bike/swim 2000 miles combined
Run - 70
Bike - 32.55
total for October - 102.55
Total miles - 1450 (Unless I seriously up the biking, 2000 miles is not going to happen this year)

Run a sub 2 hour half marathon. Epic fail

run a sub 25 minute 5KJune race - fail. October race - fail (25:56) but happy with a huge PR

bike a 15 mile bike ride averaging 19 mph. not yet.

race a 10K under 58 minutesnot happening this year.

weight training at least 2x a week.  doing pretty good. failing major since we found out we were moving.

maybe try a duathlonmaybe next year.

I have some interesting goals for next year since all my races are about done for this year, but with all the access to workout equipment and things, I'm pretty excited about what I can accomplish soon. I set some really high goals that I wasn't sure I could even do and improved a lot and learned a lot about myself. I do have 1 more 5K on December 31st, but there could be snow on the ground so it may not be a PR kind of race.

Can't wait to move. 4 days.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Racing Addiction

What is it about me? About us "racers"?

We do some races, they suck. We do horrible and hate every second of it and then a week later we are on the hunt for a new challenge.

A chance to redeem ourselves.

Seriously, after the horrible way I felt at my last 5K (although I did PR), the sucky half marathon (I've gone faster than that in training runs), and the craptastic marathon I did, I need some redemption.

I need a triathlon.

We are moving next week to Idaho. Where cold weather abounds and there are races galore. The Rigby Lake triathlon is next in line for me. It's an Olympic distance race a mere 12 minutes from our (new) house.

The great news about this new place we live? I have complete access to the Fitness Center and all it entails. treadmills, indoor lap pool, weights, ellipticals, bikes, aerobics classes, indoor track, outdoor track, hills, bleachers, etc, etc, etc. Did I mention it's 1 minute from our house? Okay, maybe 2 minutes.

I can REALLY swim train! I can take spinning classes to up my biking speed! I can run hills to strengthen my legs!

Here are my goals for my next tri-


  • finish the swim in 28-ish minutes (1:45/100)
  • hold a 19 mph on the bike
  • finish under an hour on the run
  • Overall? Finish around 2:50 or so.
Bring it ON Idaho!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Nuese River Bridge Half Marathon

cloudy.
70 degrees.
100% humidity with no rain and no wind. Stagnant. Gross.

Even though I didn't get my 50 degrees like I wanted, I had trained hard and felt confident in my ability.

The race starts and I'm feeling great! excited! I tried to stay relaxed but in control and hit mile 1 at 8:53, even running up the hill on the bridge!

I swear I don't really run with my hands like that. What am I doing?


Mile 2 - 8:38
Mile 3 - 8:57
Mile 4  was my first walking break. I was SO thirsty and so hot. I tried to grab water earlier but my hands were shaky, I was kind of dizzy and dropped the cup. So this time I walked to make sure I could actually drink it. 9:29

Mile 5 something happened to me. Out of nowhere I felt horrible. HORRIBLE. I wanted to stop running and go home. I was hot, stomach upset, dizzy, shaky, I couldn't catch my breath, etc. This is NOT what I trained for. 9:34

Miles 6-11 were a blur of pain and suffering, slogging along, trying not to quit but wanting to lay down on the road. I walked every time there was a water station and tried to get my breathing under control. My legs were not the problem, everything else was. 9:44, 10:03, 10:23, 10:30, 10:40, 10:38.

Mile 12 - Oh my goodness I'm going to finish!!!! Only 1 mile left!!!! YES! 10:45
Mile 13 - Almost there, almost there, almost there, I can stop REALLY soon. 10:30
last.2 - finish!!!!! (8:54 pace)





Finish time of 2:10 (9:51 pace). I'm disappointed because I trained so hard but I has serious flashbacks to my marathon when the weather was just not on my side. Actually, with all the walking I did, my time isn't too bad.

The thing that is really frustrating is how horrible I felt the majority of the race. I did not have fun. I did not enjoy myself. It was straight up a sucky day.

After the race, I started my (now typical) throwing up. I threw up for 5 or 6 hours and wanted to die. After researching Dr. Google a little bit, I think I had a bad reaction to higher levels of caffeine.  (by higher, I mean anything over 65 mg) I naturally have low blood pressure and low blood sugar and by adding caffeine and hot weather, it's a disaster.

Note: After the race I came home and looked at the results online. First place in my age group finished at 1:56. There were 77 finishers in my age group and only 3 of them were below 2 hours. Slow times all around. I looked up results from previous years and there were 20-30 finishers below 2 hours then. I think the weather affected everyone.

Looks like my sub 2 is going to be in 2014.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

It's on like Donkey Kong

I am such a nerd.

Moving on.

So, half marathon on Saturday. It looks like the weather forecast changed and it is now supposed to be 65 degrees at the race start. When am I going to get a break for the weather during race day?!

It's going to be warmer than I wanted it to be, so I'll just have to keep an eye on how I feel. Here are the goals. ish.

Main Goal - Sub 2. That's a 9:09 pace (in case you didn't know) which I think I can hold if I feel good and the weather is perfect. Right now it doesn't look like the weather will be perfect, but you never know.

Realistic Goal - 2:04, this is a 9:30 pace which I'm pretty confident that I can do even in not perfect weather.

Angel singing and unicorns dancing at the finish line everything comes together with magic goal - 1:57. 9 minutes flat pace. Pretty unrealistic for this race but hey, it's possible.

Bad Day goal - Anything under 2:11. That was my time the last half marathon I did (3 years ago), so it will be a PR, but I'm in much better shape now so I would be pretty upset if I was close to this.

Now to pick out my outfit. Priorities!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Pirate 5K

Spoiler alert......

PR!!!!

1st in AG!!!!!

Okay, now to the deets.

64-ish degrees with high humidity still, so it was a ~touch~ warm for me. I'm a hot runner (I mean, it hurts to look this good. kidding, I mean temperature hot) so 50 degrees is perfection for me. even lower is okay.

So the start - I ALWAYS start too fast and this was no exception. I don't know what my deal is! I probably just don't want to be beaten by the 8 year olds. Only 1/4 mile into the race and my breathing was way off - which could have been nerves as well - so I just tried to stay relaxed and breathe! I calmed down and started feeling better and hit:

Mile 1 - 7:48

WHAT?! That's my new mile PR! I can't believe I just clocked a mile in a race in the 7's! I can do this!!! About mile 1.5 I was REALLY hot and having a hard time breathing, I tried to keep it strong since I did so good in the first mile but it HURT. My legs felt amazing but my breathing was all over the place. There was a 15 year old girl in my sights about 20 yards in front of me and I just tried to hang with her.

Mile 2 - 8:22

And I'm dying. I'm really dying. Why does racing matter? No, no, you can DO this. hang in there, only 3 songs left. I'm walking, this is stupid. NO, you are strong, finish strong! Holy crap I passed the 15 year old! YES! Hold her off. Holy crap I'm going to puke. Hmmm, legs still feel great. weird.

Mile 3 - 8:36

I'm still in the 8's?? awesome! I really thought that last mile was in the 9's. Strong! .1 left, Do it, do it! (I'm going to pass out). CRAP! 15 year old girl just out kicked me!! Sprint to the finish!!!! 

last .15 (little long) at 7:36 pace

I finished and tried not to collapse had my hands on the knees leaning over, gasping for air. 3.15 miles in 25:56 (8:13 pace). MAJOR PR. My last race 5K was 27:27. I was 5th female overall and 1st in my age group. (the 15 year old in front of me runs cross country. I didn't catch her)

Although I still didn't break 25 minutes, I did AMAZING for me. I'm really proud of myself and know I can just keep getting better. woo to the hoo!

It is really amazing how badly 5K's hurt. There are just no words. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Race Prep



Weather forecast: low of 57, high of 71 - race starts at 9am, so I'm thinking 60-ish degrees?

Race time Prediction

What I know I can do: 27:00 (8:41 average)

What I can do with good weather: 26:24 (8:30 average)

What I think I can do with good weather: 25:53 (8:20 average)

What I hope to do: 24:57 (8:01 average)

Race playlist

Music sounds better - Big Time Rush
What makes you beautiful - One Direction
Lightening - The Wanted
Heels Over Head - Boys Like Girls
Alright - Hot Chelle Rae
Girl Like That - Every Avenue
Runaway Baby - Bruno Mars (just TRY to not run fast to this song)
So What - P!nk
Starships - Glee Version
She Likes -  - Forever the Sickest Kids

~ 29 minutes

That means I put my best RUN FAST song about 6 1/2 minutes from the end which should give me my last push to the finish line, and I have a minute or two to play music at the start of the race.

Now to pick my outfit...


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sleeping in can pay off

This morning when my alarm went off at 5am, I grudgingly got up and heard this weird sound outside. I looked out the window and saw rain and wind so strong it looked like the trees were bending sideways.

Back to bed it is.

I thought I would take the 2 little boys in the bike trailer (it can turn into a sort of jogger stroller) and do my tempo run when the rain stopped. 6 miles tempo with 1 mile warm up and cool down = 8 total.

one mile into my run I realized how stupid this was. the blasting wind created this crazy parachute out of it and I could barely "run" faster than a walk. I did 3 miles and called it quits. I'd tackle the last 5 when Dave got home from work (Thank HEAVENS he doesn't stay at work until 9pm any more).

5:45pm, I head out AGAIN to do my 5 miles at (hopefully) a 9 minute mile pace. I knew I'd be back by 6:30 if I was successful. I hit my one mile landmark I checked my garmin to see what kind of speed I was holding and realized it never picked up the satellite signal. hmmm...

It took Mr. G thirty-one minutes to pick up the satellite and start recording distance. After it got the first mile at 8:38 I realized that I didn't need to do an entire 45 minutes. I was thinking I'd stop at 43:30 and then map my route once I got home. So I map it and get 5.12 miles = 8:29 average pace.

My 5 mile race I did in March - 8:44 average pace
5K in June - 8:45 average pace

I DESTROYED all my best times tonight! hahahaha!!!

Oh, and that's on no caffeine. :)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Power of Positive thinking (or just plain competitiveness)

I haven't been sleeping well lately. I am tired but I can't turn my brain off because I have a lot going on and am excited about some stuff. 2 weeks of no sleep and my morning running is suffering. Big time.

Yesterday morning when my alarm went off at 5am I wanted to cry. I turned it off and went back to sleep until 7. That meant I would have to run that evening when Dave got home from work. Problem? Not really because it was super hot yesterday and a cool front would be coming through in the evening, making my run much more enjoyable. (especially since I had speed work on the agenda.)

Husband home, leave the house at 6pm, 78 degrees and 183645% humidity. That's right, cold front won't be hitting until midnight. dagnabbit!

Well, I was to do five 800's with 3 minutes of rest in between and because recently found out the Dave's sister (who only started running very recently) ran her first 5K and clocked in at 24:15!!! That's a 7:50 minute mile pace - in case you were wondering. I've never even run ONE mile at that pace before!

::enter competitive woman::

So now I feel like I have to try really really really really really really hard to come as close as I can to that time. (Items to note, her 5K was 40 degrees outside, and she probably weighs 100 pounds soaking wet. So I've got 25 pounds on her and every 5K I've ever done has been about 80 degrees)

Anyways, I wanted to do those 800's as fast as I could to see what I could do (I usually hang around a 7:50-8:10 pace for 800's.

In the middle of the first 800, I want to die. I can't breathe, I'm HOT, and it sucks.
By 800 #3, I seriously want to die. I don't know if I've ever hurt so bad in my life.
#4 - I think I'm going to black out and I'm not getting air anymore. How is this possible to breathe so hard and not get any air?!
last one - FINISH STRONG. THIS IS IT. Holy crap I'm not going to make it home.

DONE, and lean over on my knees gasping for air. I go home and plug in my Garmin to see what my times were (I haven't figured out how to check it without my computer).

First 800 - 7:04 (WHAT?! No wonder I wanted to die)
7:08
7:32
7:40
7:32

2.5 miles in 18:28. (7:23 average) That is the fastest I've EVER gone in my life. e.v.e.r.

Now I'm wondering how I could have done if it wasn't 78 degrees. What if it had been 53 degrees? When it's hot I overheat really easily. I'm wondering if I just haven't been pushing myself enough or if it's so hot most of the year that I just try to finish without overheating?  Can I really do this? Has my mind and doubts been keeping me back this whole time? Can I run longer distances in the low 8's?

I'm pretty proud of myself. And a little excited about embracing the pain on Saturday to see what I can do. 25 minute 5K - I CAN do it. I CAN.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

October, what?

October, huh? hmmmm...

I'm not sure I'm ready for this. October means Halloween. Which means candy. Which means the beginning of the holiday season that I ALWAYS indulge in and gain 5 pounds.

Always.

We'll just have to see how I hold up this year. Here's my goals and how I'm doing.

go the whole year injury free!!! IT band faded for a little bit and started hurting again after my 14 mile run Saturday. When I bike, it feel better, so I'm making sure I cross train as much as possible.

1 mile timed run each month 
January outside- 8:05
February treadmill - 7:35 <-- almost="" br="" died="" style="background-color: white; color: #1d1c2d;">March - ummm, oops.
April - yeah.

May - In my defense, I was out of town for 3 of the 4 weeks in May.
June - too dang hot. seriously, the second I walk out the door I'm covered with sweat.
July - ummm, I did some mile repeats at 8:15, so there's that.
August - I'll do this again when it cools off. This is just ridiculous.
September - I did some mile repeats inside of a bigger workout about 8:14's or so. Still haven't done this.

Run/bike/swim 2000 miles combined
Run - 105.85 <-- 100="" first="" mile="" month="" over="" span="" the="" whole="" year="">
Bike - 52.05 - (maybe this is why my IT band hurts, it always feels better when I bike more)
total for July - 157.9
Total miles - 1347 (652 miles left with 3 months to go. Not sure this is happening)

Run a sub 2 hour half marathon. Race in 3 weeks.

run a sub 25 minute 5KJune race - fail. Next attempt in 9 days.

bike a 15 mile bike ride averaging 19 mph. not yet.

race a 10K under 58 minutesnot happening this year.

weight training at least 2x a week.  doing pretty good.

maybe try a duathlonmaybe next year.

Things are going well this year, Dave graduates with a program from UNC on November 5th and graduates with his Master's degree in December AND starts a new job in the middle of November which means...I get my husband back!!!!! yay!!!!

2014 is looking really good for training and races because I'll have a husband around to watch the kids. The last 2 years have been really hard. Time to finish 2013 strong!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Hammer gel review (it's not what you think)

I know you've been waiting desperately for my review of this:

I tried it yesterday during my 11 mile run ( 3 easy, 5 @ 8:55 pace, 3 easy) and let me tell you my exact reaction. Exactly. No exaggeration at all. This is what happened,


I gagged. Seriously. I'm running along and suck back some gel and GAG. I stop in my tracks and I thinking 


EEWWWWWW. 

I can't believe I have to finish this monstrosity. I choke it down (again, literally) and drink all my water to get the taste out of my mouth (meaning I had to stop back at my house a couple miles later to refill my water bottles) and finish my run.

I get home to decide which nutrition to try for next week and I find ANOTHER tropical flavored hammer gel! I bought TWO?!



Lesson learned. Do NOT buy tropical flavored Hammer gel. blah. yuck yuck yuck. Consider yourself warned.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Top 7

1. Last Saturday I ran my longest run in almost a year.


I wasn't running for time, I just wanted to finish the distance feeling strong and I did! Legs felt good after loosening up after the first 6 or 7 miles (they were pretty sore from squats Friday). Tomorrow's long run is 11 miles - 3 easy, 5 @ 9 minutes/mile, 3 easy. 

2. I keep seeing snakes when I'm running. It's better than bears, but still. I didn't even know this one was poisonous until someone told me it was a copperhead.


Maybe I should stop taking pictures of poisonous snakes?

3. I got a new top I think I might wear for my half in a month. Cool, right?


Nike outlet to the rescue.

4. Running the last week or so has been heaven. The best weather since April.


See? Absolute perfection.

5. I just started reading John Grisham books. I've seen several of the movies they did from the stories and thought all of them were quite good, but the books I can't put down!!! Currently reading The Confession.

6. We got DIY network for a month on DISH and I recorded a bunch of stuff and now I want a house that's ugly so I can fix it. It does sound a little silly but I've been pinning all these DIY transformation stuff I want to do. I'm ridiculous.

7. I've been on the hunt for new running nutrition. Walmart sold shot bloks but pulled them from the shelf. My local athletic store (not running store) sells Gu but only 2 flavors. I have to have something with caffeine since I don't drink coffee and I like having a little pump for races and long training days. I stopped in my local "bike" shop to see if they had anything and they carried Hammer Gel, tropical flavor (25 mg caffeine), and Honey Stinger Chews, Lime-Ade (32 mg caffeine). The Honey Stinger chews? AWESOME. They taste so good, don't upset my stomach, easy to chew (easier than shot bloks), and gave the the caffeine I wanted. I am converted.




Friday, September 6, 2013

Side effects of endurance training


I've hit that part of the training cycle where several things happen.

1. I'm feeling STRONG! My body is adjusting and responding to the craziness - YAY! I'm feeling more confident by the day.

2. "The Hunger" is back. Now that my long runs are 10 miles or more, I get to the point where I will eat my own children if I don't get to the food NOW.



3. In addition to #2, I plow through food like a crazy person. For "lunch" (at 10:45, because I was starving) I had an awesome turkey and cheese sandwich on pumpernickel bread with a side of french fries and chocolate brownie ice cream. I inhaled it in about 10 minutes, was not full, and was all:



Seriously. It was like an out of body experience.

4. To fit in my runs (since I'm not super speedy and can't do an 8 mile run in one hour) I've been getting up at the ungodly hour of 5am. Plus the additional training. Did I mention I have 4 kids? I HAVE to take a nap at least 3 times a week so I don't become a serial killer.




Momma gets cranky when she's sleepy.

I dare you to get in the way of my nap. Or my meal. Because I'll kill you.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Well, Hello September!

I can't believe that it's september. What is happening to 2013?? I feel like this year is FLYING by. My oldest child and only daughter turned 9 today. Only one more year and I will have a child in the double digits. GASP. Am I getting OLD?!

Anyway, here is how my August shaped up,

go the whole year injury free!!! Doing well! My IT band seemed to have faded and I'm feeling strong. Trying to stretch REALLY well and make sure the cross training is keeping my heathly.

1 mile timed run each month 
January outside- 8:05
February treadmill - 7:35 <-- almost="" br="" died="" style="background-color: white; color: #1d1c2d;">March - ummm, oops.
April - yeah.

May - In my defense, I was out of town for 3 of the 4 weeks in May.
June - too dang hot. seriously, the second I walk out the door I'm covered with sweat.
July - ummm, I did some mile repeats at 8:15, so there's that.
August - I'll do this again when it cools off. This is just ridiculous.

Run/bike/swim 2000 miles combined
Run - 87.35
Bike - 117
total for July - 204.35
Total miles - 1189.13 (810 miles to go with 4 months left. I need to start biking more!)

Run a sub 2 hour half marathon.Registered, working week 4 of training now!

run a sub 25 minute 5KJune race - fail. October 12, next shot.

bike a 15 mile bike ride averaging 19 mph. not yet.

race a 10K under 58 minutesneed to find one, for some reason there are not very many around here.

weight training at least 2x a week.  doing pretty good.

maybe try a duathlonnot going to happen this year. oh well.

After being really worried about my IT band for a couple weeks, I am THRILLED that the pain  is gone and I'm feeling very strong. 

I'm hitting the tough paces for my speed work and tempo runs and making my easy runs STUPID easy(thanks to mile-posts recommendation)  Like, leaving my Garmin at home, listening to podcasts, and even when I'm going easy, running/slogging even SLOWER so I feel like I should be walking. But it's working, I'm getting faster and it's still hot outside. I can't wait to see what I can do when it cools off. 

6 more weeks until my sub 2 attempt! Getting pumped!