Monday, October 6, 2014

10 pounds to go

It's been 3 weeks since the marathon and I've basically done almost nothing since. I hurt my foot a couple days after the race and couldn't even stand on it. It's feeling pretty good now but the scale is 5 pounds over what I was on race day morning! That's right. 129.8 pounds.

This is completely unacceptable, and I'm wondering if some of the processed food I eat is contributing to my IT band stuff. Inflammatory food?Why do I mention IT band? Because even though I haven't done anything for 3 weeks, it hurts worse now than when I ran the marathon. I'm messed up.

I have started Jillian Michael's Making the Cut book program this morning. I am following the food plan (loosely - I can't afford all that fish), and the workout program circuit training. In each circuit she has a 1 minute jump rope as part of the workout. Holy crapola! I can run a couple miles but put me on a jump rope for a minute? I'm dying.

It's a very interesting way of working out so I'm excited to see if I can get some definition. I also have a goal weight of 120 pounds. So I need to lose 10 pounds while following the working out stuff. Did I mention no desserts for 30 days?

Good luck to me!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon

One of the best things about this marathon was hanging out with one of my best friends, Teresa. Since I moved from Texas I haven't seen her in about 2 years or so.




It was FREEZING at the start. 34 degrees. Teresa and I were doing okay and then they had to wait for two more buses to come up and we started about 30 minutes late. I could not feel my toes at all.






The gun goes off and we start! I really tried to hold back the first mile and I wanted all of the first 10 miles to feel easy. I had a hard time breathing for the first 6, but at 9000 feet, I suppose that's to be expected.


Miles 1-6 were 9:24, 8:23, 8:29, 8:45, 8:46, 9:45(water break here)


TIP for this race - BRING YOUR OWN WATER! The water stops were every 2 - 2 1/2 miles apart and I was wicked thirsty the entire second half of the race.

Highlight at mile 6 - Bull moose right off the road!

One of my favorite things about this race - I got my sub 2 half marathon! I hit 13.1 at 1:56!!! Go me!


Miles 7-13 were 8:52, 9:17, 8:59, 8:53, 8:26, 8:59, 8:39


I was hanging with the 4 hour pacer until about mile 16 when I hit the "out and back" section. It was 3.5 miles uphill and then 3.5 miles downhill. That section destroyed me. I walked so much and at mile 20 the 4:10 pacer passed me and I never saw him again. So much walking. The below picture is not a smile. It's a grimace.


Miles 14 - 20 were 8:52, 9:18, 10:22, 10:42, 10:35, 12:17, 10:53


I saw my dad and Dave and my kids at mile 22 which gave me a minute to stop and rest and the last 4 miles were mostly downhill.

Walking with dad and just wanting to be finished.

Miles 21-26.2 were 13:28, 11:28, 13:00, 10:53, 10:27, 11:30 and .2 was 2:00


I crossed the finish line at 4:22:02 and I'm pleased as punch with that time. 36 minute PR, and without all that walking I could have easily done a 4:10 or so.





The Aftermath: My calves have never been so sore in my LIFE.  All that downhill running destroyed my calves. My quads weren't too bad, but I got a black toenail. I'm pretty sure I don't want to run a full marathon ever again. That being said, I'm really proud of myself and how well I did - even with all the walking.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I think I may have a goal or two

My second full marathon is on Saturday. Three days to go.

HOLY CRAP!

The weird thing is that I don't even feel nervous about this. I don't know why. Probably because I don't see how I could do any worse than the last one! I want to point out all the pros to this race:

- Cool weather. Instead of 70 degrees with 35 mph sustained winds, we will have a starting temp of 45 with a finishing temp of around 60?

- Hills. The last race was a lot of flat with a lot of rolling hills. This course? 4000 ft. elevation loss! It's all downhill!

- Training. The last time I hurt my foot (tendonitis) and really struggled the last 6 weeks of training because I couldn't run normally and my foot ALWAYS hurt. This time I've been struggling with IT band but the last 6 weeks have been pretty solid and I got TWO 20 milers in this time - last time I only got one.

I have a great playlist set up and I tested out the iPod this morning, it is good to go.
I have good shoes to run in.
I have new socks that I LOVE that don't fall over my heel - I hate that.
I think I figured out a fueling method. Gu's do not sit well with me - I need REAL food. I found the Powerbar performance energy bar in cookie dough flavor is amazing. Yummy, it sits well, and at 240 calories per bar, I only need to eat 1/2 every 4 miles or so and I'm good. I have 2 of those and 2 Gu's. How am I going to carry those?

To make my IT band behave during training, I probably did 80-85% of training on the treadmill. I'm interested to see how that transfers over to a race. I know that my knee will begin hurting during the race, but I'm prepared to run through it and finish knowing that I can take a month off and recover for REAL this time.

Time goals? I'm not sure I have some real ones. Do better than my last 4:58 time for sure.

Here's what I realistically think I can do:

A+ goal: 4:10 (9:32 pace) - I have been holding this during many of my long outdoor runs and it feels ok. Especially when I'm running downhill. Many of my down hill sections were easily in the 8's without trying.

A goal: 4:20 (9:54 pace) - I think this one is very doable. Just a hair less than a 10 minute mile with major downhill help and cool weather? In the bag.

B goal: anything under 4:58! That's really all there is.

Totally excited!



Thursday, August 28, 2014

16 days to go

My race is only 2 weeks from Saturday.

I've accomplished two 20 milers.

I've done some downhill training.

I've done some hill training.

I've been lifting weights twice a week for 4 months.

I've been cross training.

I've added glutamine supplements to my recovery.

I am now working on my playlist for the race. :)

The knee is hanging in there, just need to keep it together for 2 more weeks and we will see how the race goes down.

Bring it.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Back in the saddle

One week ago I was able to do 12 miles on the treadmill with 6 on the elliptical right in the middle. The knee was a little sore the rest of the day but felt fine after that.

And my workouts this last week were great! I still did my warm up and cool down on the elliptical and main run on the treadmill. Thursday's 10 mile run was great, and then yesterday I did 15 miles all running!!! The knee felt pretty good the whole run, so I'm thrilled - obviously. After a couple hours, I noticed it but today feels fine again.

I am so excited that I seem to be on the mend again so I am just going to try to be smart for the next 6 weeks so I can hit the start line healthy and strong.

My brother signed me up for a 15K trail run this saturday, so if I can do a 1 mile warm up and 3 mile cool down after, that will put me at about 13.5 for the morning. (Going to see wicked in the middle of the day) Then I need to do 6.5 in the evening to give me 20 for the day. Fingers crossed I can do it all outside!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Injury update

Today marks 15 days past my hiccup from the 18 miler 2 weeks ago.

Last Saturday I did a 46 mile bike ride in 3 hours. There were tons of hills and overall a great workout.

Monday I attempted to run, and I hobbled 2 miles and my knee hurt all day.

Tuesday I biked 20 miles.

Wedensday - I did run 5 miles, 2 outside (did not feel good) and 3 on the treadmill (felt great). At this point I'm feeling hopeful that the treadmill will be my savior because it's so soft and cushy.

Thursday - rest.

Friday - biked 22 miles of hills, feeling great.

Saturday (today) - I wanted to run around 12-15 miles but I'm just hoping for no pain. I went to the gym and hopped on the treadmill. .7 miles in I am not feeling good. I don't push it and hop on the elliptical instead. 1 hour and 7 "miles" later I decide to attempt the treadmill again. Success!!!! 7.3 miles to add to the .7 I did earlier = 8 miles of running and my knee doesn't hurt at ALL!

I am proud of myself for taking time off and biking and ellipticalling instead of pushing through pain. The marathon is in 8 weeks, and I'm thinking I am back to my scheduled training on Monday! I'll stick to the treadmill next week to ensure no more setbacks, but things are looking up!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fail.

Unfortunately, I've had another "hiccup" with my running. The knee pain is back.

NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

I was an idiot and pushed through my 18 mile run on Saturday even though my knee started hurting early on. IDIOT. It hurt constantly all day Saturday and Sunday, and then started fading.

I tried running Tuesday. 10 steps in - fail.

I tried running this morning. 10 steps in - fail.

I am trying to stay positive and cross training like a mother. I am biking every other day and stretching and rolling and icing like crazy. I'll attempt another run on Saturday but I am fully prepared to have to bike 50 miles instead.

The last time I had a major hiccup was after a 10K I ran. It took 2 weeks before I was feeling good that time, so I'm thinking it will be the same here. That's ok. I can take a 2 week long cross training break without killing my training plan. After my "break" I will still have a full 8 weeks of training to make up anything I've lost (which shouldn't be much).

Only a week and a half before running again. Bring on the biking!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Marathons hurt.

As I laid (lie? lay? I'll never figure that one out.) in bed last night trying to sleep while the muscles in my legs ached and I wanted to slather myself in icy-hot, I wondered why I do this to myself.

Yesterday I ran 16 miles. All outside. All at once.

And then I remembered:

  • The thrill I got at mile 9 cruising at 9:30 miles feeling great. 
  • The love of exploring where you are by running all over it. 
  • The spiritual uplifting I received while spending over 2 hours pondering all that I have been blessed with. 
  • How great it feels to be outside when the sun is shining and the world is alive.
  • My 6 month long recovery from an injured IT band. I GET to run.
  • Conquering THE hill with no walking.
Marathon training week 4 - done.

I can't wait for the next run because I GET to run. No more pain for me. Bring it!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Dude, Where's my Van?

Today I did my first relay! The Teton Dam Marathon was today which of course I wanted to do so I could get this shirt:


But because I am also training for a marathon I needed to do 14 miles today.

So I ran the first leg of our race with our first runner.



It was FREEZING. 40 degrees but the wind was ice cold.
4 miles over in a snap. First exchange.


There goes Ashley! She was so great and hilarious to have in our van. Which reminds me, our team name was "Dude, Where's my Van?"



Exchange 2!


Hanging in the van making jokes.



I ran the last leg of 5 miles which put me at 9 so far for the day (technically 9.4).


I did really well, with my last 3 miles at 8:55, 8:28, and 8:06.





Here is our team at the finish (minus one because she had to leave right after her leg)



It was totally fun and I'd love to do more relays.

Then I ran home from the race and around a neighborhood to get me to my mileage today.


Best part? Knee doesn't hurt at ALL. at ALL!!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The track hurts.

Guess what I learned?

Running on the treadmill is not the same as running outside! Who knew?!

This last week I ran my 12 mile long run outside completely (with sis-in-law) and yesterday I did my sprints on the track. My legs hurt SO bad! not my knee (which feels great!) but my muscles were aching so much.

Lesson learned - you can NOT train completely for a marathon on a treadmill and hope to make it.

Oh, just to keep it real, I gained 2 pounds during the family reunion this weekend. Time to lose some more weight!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

I'm healed!!!!

Marathon training week #1 is DONE.

And for the first time since December, I did all 3 of my training runs with NO pain at all in my knee. NONE.

excuse me for a second.

YYYYYIIIIIIIIPPPPPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ok, I'm better.

I seriously felt like crying because I was so happy.

Tuesday - 3x1 mile repeats
Thursday - 6 miles with 2 at tempo pace
Saturday - 11 miles at 10:10 pace (including running THE hill without walking!)

Did I mention my knee doesn't hurt? I am blown away. I am actually looking forward to my training next week to see if I can keep it up.

:)

In the last 3 weeks, I have been mostly strict about my eating and counting calories and have lost 5 pounds. I have 4 more I would like to lose, and I am anticipating it taking another 2 or 3 weeks to accomplish it. My clothes are fitting better, my arms are thinner (my legs refuse to get thinner), and my waist is losing some under belly button squish. It has gotten easier to maintain the calorie counting and going without goodies all the time the longer I am paying attention to this. It is so motivating to see the scale moving down and to know my jeans aren't fitting like sausage casings anymore.

:)

Run tomorrow - 4x800's on the treadmill! Bring it.


Friday, May 16, 2014

16 days to go

Eight miles DONE!!!

I was pretty nervous the whole run, and my knee started feeling tender around mile 6 or so but never hurt so I kept going. I walked a couple times and stretched but I MADE it! I'm icing and rolling like crazy and feeling good about trying maybe 9 next week!

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Here's what I really want to talk about, losing weight.

I've successfully completed 4 days of the "OMG - It's swimsuit season!" or "Marathon training starts in 2 weeks" or "I'm tired of my pants not fitting" diet. 

I reached my limits and all of a sudden it got easier to do what I should have been doing all along. I am counting my calories and focusing on whole, real food with tons of veggies, lean protein, and fruit when I want something sweet. I've lost a couple pounds (maybe 2) this week and I'm pretty pleased with that. I'm looking for long term, something I can sustain while fueling my body well for training.

I'm not trying to make it sound like it's easy all the time - it isn't. When I went to my daughter's softball game the other night I needed to bring the snacks (of which I didn't have any at the house) so I went to the store to pick up something. I knew I was going to be at the field by myself and when I walked by the candy isle and the chip isle, and the little debbie section I had the HARDEST time. I went back and forth in my head at least 25 times. 

get some candy, no one will know.
You've been doing so good, don't ruin it!
You deserve a reward.
The scale will tell the truth in the morning.
But it tastes so good and it's so inexpensive.
You're running 8 miles friday, you'll burn it off.
You'll feel guilty.
Chocolate is the best thing on the planet.
What are your real goals?

It was one of the hardest things I did to not buy candy that no one would know about (except me and the scale). I even walked to the register with lindor truffles in my hand. I got tic tacs instead.

I think when the goals are more important to you than the small moment of delicious pleasure, it gives more motivation. Today is day 5, and how many days does it take to create a habit? 21? I'm doing it.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

inching close to double digits

I am doing well, my knee is slightly achy when I run too fast or when I ran 6 miles on saturday last week, I felt fine but needed to ice for a while after.

I'm still terrified that I will injure it at any moment so when I do my 3 mile run tomorrow, I am going to force myself to run 10 minute miles. I want to be in tip top shape for my attempted 8 miler on Friday!

That's right. EIGHT. miles.

I haven't gone that far since October of last year. seven months?? And on a partially injured IT band.

Fingers crossed. For real.

Official marathon training starts in 3 weeks. Here we go.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A little hiccup.

I was doing amazing with my running, a week ago I ran 5.6 miles with NO pain so I was all jazzed to run my 10K on Saturday. I would NOT race it but just enjoy myself and try and make it through with no pain.

fail.

I thought I was running slow but I finished in 56:36 (9:06 pace, 7th in AG), which beats my old time (58:45 in 2010) by 2 minutes! Oops. You know what? I could have easily held that pace - except the knee - for a half marathon, which means I could have broken 2 hours. oh well.

I felt completely fine until about mile 4 when my knee started aching so I walked the water stops which helped a little until the last mile.

I've been icing like, 6 times a day and foam rolling like crazy ever since the race and FINALLY this morning my knee doesn't hurt while walking around my house. Actually I haven't noticed it at all today.

I biked yesterday.
I will yoga today. (Can I use that as a verb?)
I will try 1 or 2 miles on the treadmill tomorrow. slow.

I have not re-injured myself, I just had a little hiccup. Nothing that an easy week can't handle. We got this.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ice, Ice, baby

Doesn't that just make you want to jump up and start dancing and singing all the lyrics to show off how awesome you are? Just me?

I've been STRICT about my icing and rolling plan the good 'ol doctor gave me over a month ago (I'm icing my knee right. now.). And guess what? I think it's WORKING!!!!!

Last week I ran:
Mon - 3.1 miles
Wed - 3.1 miles
Fri - 4.5 miles
Total - a whopping 10.7 miles for the week (but before I couldn't even do 5 without serious pain)

I notice my knee but there is no pain, you know?

I did 3.9 miles yesterday and it still felt great! (and by great I mean no pain) I'm hoping to do another 3.5-4 miles tomorrow morning and then I go in for my last chiropractor appointment.

After my knee hurting ALL the time since the middle of January, I'm feeling so hopeful that I've overcome the worst of it and it will continue to get better. If I can do 5.5 miles this friday, I am still going to attempt my 10K on the 26th of April.

Internet high fives to everyone!!!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

For real this time


Truth.

I'll eat really well for 4-5 days in a row, drop 3 pounds and then take a break over the weekend and jump right back up to where I was.

Every. Week.

I'm basically wearing one pair of pants every day because all my jeans feel too snug for me to be comfy. I'm wearing regular t-shirts because I don't want anything tight on my stomach.

NOT COOL.

I am going to a family reunion in June and I NEED to be down 8 pounds by then. That gives me like 6 or 7 weeks to get back down to 120 pounds.

Game on.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Here's to the healing

My last completely pain-free run was over three months ago. I've been stuck running one and 2 miles at a time with pain in the end only a couple times a week for 12 weeks.



Enter, the grid and a chiropractor.

I'm going to see the chiropractor once a week the last month, and I'm finally back up to running 3 miles at a time with no pain.

I am also icing one or two times a day, and rolling up a storm on my new foam roller.


In addition to being a great pillow while I'm watching TV, I actually do use it to roll out my IT band, my hips, hamstrings, and quads.


I was so happy this morning while I ran my 3.1 miles on the treadmill that I almost started crying because I didn't feel pain.

I am still supposed to go slow, not do anyone lunges or squats, no running down hills, no speed work, and only increasing my mileage by 10% week. 

I'm hoping to run 4.5 miles on Friday, and I'm can't wait and I'm so excited!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Roll with me

My knee was feeling good until Saturday when I had a little "hiccup". I tried doing 4 miles outside and only made it 2.75 when my knee hurt again.

3 days later and non-stop rolling, icing, stretching, and ibuprofen-ing - I'm feeling good! I did 2 miles this morning and felt great so I'm attempting 3 again on Friday.

My last Chiropractor appointment is on Monday as a one last adjustment, see if I'm still healing, kind of thing. I'm hoping I get no more hiccups because I am so ready to be done with this stupid IT band! It's been bothering me for almost 3 months now!

I solemnly swear I will ice, stretch, and foam roll every day.

As long as I can start marathon training in May, I'm good.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Healing?


I did 3 pain free miles on the treadmill this morning for the first time in 2 months!!!  

The chiropractor is working!!!!! 



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Losing it


Tonight I'm going to attempt 3 miles, slow, and praying the whole time that I feel no pain. Dr. says I can run as much as I want as long as there is no pain, but at this point I'm terrified that no matter what I do my knee will never get better. I know I'm overthinking it but that's just the way it goes.

Semi-related to that, my exercise has been reduced from 90 minutes a day to a lowly 20-ish minutes a day. Add to that my eating a ton of cakes, candy, etc because I'm bored/depressed/I don't know I've gained 4 pounds in the last week. YIKES. So today I started a strict "diet" to lose those 8 pounds that need to go bye bye before I do this marathon. I'm following the meal plan in Jillian Michaels Making the Cut book. I've had very good success with it before so I'm doing it again. I'll keep you updated on my progress.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dr.

For the first time in my life, I went to the chiropractor yesterday. He confirmed what I suspected, my IT band is tight and irritating my knee. He did say that he has seen a lot worse and feels confidant that it will be fine after 3 visits or so.

Here is what he did:

First he did the ultrasound machine and used red lasers to promote ATP production at the cellular level to speed healing.

Then he scraped the IT band with this metal thing. THAT hurt and I'm bruised from it today.

Then he adjusted my feet, ankles, knees, and hips to fix any biomechanics issues I might have.

I was allowed to run 1 mile last night(no hills) and I'm supposed to give myself an ice massage every night for 15 minutes.

Today other than being bruised it feels pretty good. Actually I can't tell if it's hurting or not because all I feel is the bruised area, which does hurt.

I go back monday for another adjustment and up to running 2 miles at a time next week.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Go with the (pure)flow

After reading over and over how much Janae from Hungry Runner Girl loves her Pureflow2's, I decided to give them a whirl.


They were a mere $50, and I even got the limited color edition, which I think are very cool.


I had a test run in them this morning (only 1/2 mile, my knee is still acting up) but I felt amazing. I LOVE how light they are!

I'm going to the chiropractor on Wednesday to see if I can get my IT band fixed once and for all. I'll keep you updated!


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Go big.

It's official.


I already have my training plan laid out with the Run Less Run Faster book. Attempting to go for a 4:15 marathon time (9:45 pace). That's 43 minutes faster than last time!

Here we go.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Yoga has healing powers?

In a concentrated effort to magically heal myself with things I don't normally do, I did yoga.

I dusted off my P90X yoga DVD and did the entire thing, all 90 minutes of it.

You know what I noticed? Well, this whole time that my knee has been hurting and stiff, etc. I have had no pain anywhere else on my leg, hip, nowhere else that the IT band runs. Just the knee. But while I did the yoga, I felt a shift or something in the hip during all the poses.

My hope is that whatever "off-ness" I had with my leg length or spine or whatever got shifted back into place so I won't keep re-hurting myself.

I'll keep you updated.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I'm an idiot.

Instead of waiting until the end of February to start running again, I got stupid and tried running a couple times last week. the first 2 were fine, a 2 and 2.5 mile jog and then Saturday I did 4 miles including this wicked downhill. Did I mention I wanted to see how fast I could go? rocking a 7 minute mile down a massive hill and my knee (while not painful) has been really stiff ever since.

Yeah, sometimes I'm not that smart.

I am taking 2 full weeks off major exercise to try and heal this once and for all. I think the biking is aggravating it and probably the weight lifting as well.

I will stick to yoga, swimming, and ellipticalling until March 10.

THEN, I will only run 3 days a week and those first 2 weeks will all be easy, no hills, and SHORT. I will stretch religiously every day. I will ice. And I am seriously considering getting a roam roller.

The reason behind this crazy healing plan? I am doing the marathon!!!!!! I'm switching my big race for the year, so instead of the triathlon, I will seek redemption in the marathon!


I'm prepping to GO BIG!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Stylin' in the winter vortex


I live in a very snowy climate which is strange to me. I realized quickly that I did not have the correct running apparel for the winters here so when Target had a 40% off all workout gear sale, I jumped on it!

I got a pair of thermal lined running tights, a thermal lined compression top, and a cute jacket. In fact, they are all still available, so here they are:


The jacket is $39.99 right now (so not what I paid!) It's pretty thin so it's more of a layering piece but it's totally cute.



This blue top is awesome. It is SO warm! Based on some of the reviews I went up to a size large in this and am SO glad I did, it is still tight but it fits. If I did my normal small there is no way I would have gotten it on. 



These tights I got in a medium and wore out when the wind was blasting ice cold. I was so toasty! I was worried they would start sagging throughout the run but they never did. 

I've said it once and I'll say it again, Target is awesome.

Now if they only made this fabric for my face.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Marathon #2?

One of my bestie's(who I left in Texas when I moved) just registered for a marathon next door to my dad's house in Utah. I am obviously going to go and be there for her, but the question is...do I register and do it WITH her???

My 16 week training plan would have me start in the middle of May which gives me plenty of time to heal my knee first.

I totally want to do it! Am I crazy for wanting to do another one after doing my last one injured and over heating?? I think I want redemption.

I'll let you know what happens.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

My knee hates me

I would like to know how I managed to train hard and race several 5K's and a half marathon last year and have no injuries, and now when I'm barely running 12 miles a week and mostly on a treadmill I have severe IT band issues?!

I did a run 2 weeks ago and my knee hurt so bad that I had to stop. I decided to take 1 1/2 weeks off and do some biking, swimming, and weight lifting instead. I head out to do a run yesterday and I didn't even make it 1.5 miles before my knee started hurting again. What the? I already switched out my shoes and took away all speed work and rested and my knee feels horrible.

I have a feeling that April 10K isn't going to go well.

I'm going to stick to the elliptical for the rest of February and tackle running again March 1. My knee had BETTER feel good by then.

Any others with IT band issues? How do you heal?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

I'd rather sleep.

I've been a morning exerciser for years now. By the end of the day I'm just too tired to think about it and my husband likes to spend time with me. Plus,  I would gladly wake up early than push a jogging stroller, amiright?

But something about living in this colder environment is REALLY making waking up early difficult. My alarm goes off at 5 and I'm all, "It's too dark, it's too cold, I'm too tired." and then I turn off the alarm and crawl right back in bed.

That happened to me twice this week (and it's only Thursday). Tuesday morning - yeah, I'm too tired, going back to bed!. Wednesday morning - it's snowing, nope. back to bed.

Anyone have solutions to making your 5am wake up call in the dead of winter?


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Snow running and new shoes

So this happened. A couple weeks ago it dumped about 8 inches of snow and then didn't get about 20 degrees for weeks. You tell me, how in the world are you supposed to run on that? I know I would fall all over the place and break some bones. The treadmill and I have been buds (sort of - more on that later).


Gratuitous photo of my kids. I know I'm not the only one who thinks they are adorable, right?


Okay, so I signed up for a 10K (FINALLY) on April 26th or something like that. I started "training" since I'm terribly out of shape for running right now. But my IT band. holy moly. Any speed work at all and it feels like knives are stabbing into it and it will hurt for days. I can't do a run over 3 miles at all without pain. So in an effort to fix the problem before it gets REALLY bad, say good-bye to these babies.


I really wanted to love the Pure line of Brooks but I just don't. I get injured easily and they do not provide enough support for me. 

Bring back the Ghost!



I opened a brand spanking new pair of shoes I bought on clearance several months ago and got rid of all the other running shoes I have. I am also going to take a week off running to hopefully fix any lasting twinges (I'll bike, swim, and row).  

Lastly, in the next week or two I'll be starting project awesome. Details to come.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year


Is anyone else freaking out about the fact it is 2014? Anyone? Wasn't it just yesterday that it was Y-2K and we were partying like it's 1999?

This year my first born daughter turns 10. Double digits. When did I get old?

Here are my physical goals for 2014. (The year I have three out of four children in school)

Run a sub 25 minute 5K.

Run a 7 minute mile.

Race a 10K to destroy my 3 year old one and only 10K time of 58:xx (51-53 minute range would be good)

Race an Olympic distance triathlon and beat my old time of 2:55

My brother asked me to do a marathon with him - we'll see if that happens.

And that's really it. I just want to be a better runner, I want to feel strong and tackle the triathlon with more strength than my first time at that distance.