PS You Can Do This

 I ran my first real legit tempo of the training plan this morning. You guys. It was so hard. Let's talk about it. 

I woke up to very overcast skies and worried a tiny bit about the weather and the thought of running this on the treadmill crossed my mind. With a workout so pace specific though, I realized I couldn't because of the lack of trust in my 'mill and its speed read out. I could go by effort, but I wanted to really know what my MP felt like in real life, not just what I thought it would feel like on the machine. I started with 1 mile warm up and didn't know my route for sure until I crossed the intersection turning myself away from the track. I was thinking maybe I could handle 5 miles on the track because it would be flat but I got bored just thinking about it so I kept going in the neighborhood. Hills will happen and I need to practice. So I did. 

My first 1.5 miles were a tiny incline, enough to make me a little worried and huff and puff a bit. Then as it flattened out I tried to maintain my sanity and keep my pace even. I really didn't move out of the pace zone as much as I thought I would, it's mostly the warmup and c/down where my pace becomes an issue. I am all over the place. I turned around halfway and continued on back. I tried to maintain the 'comfortably hard' feeling I've read about for tempo runs although some of the tiny hills made it feel more hard than comfortable, but I made it. 

The nice thing about tempos and about running with a warmup is that the run doesn't ever get to boring. I'm working the whole time, and working hard keeps my mind busy. Workouts with a purpose seem to turn on a part of my brain that makes it feel like a project and reminds me this is part of meeting my goal, this right now, what I'm doing, is going to help me run the race in September better or worse. It's also nice to have a specific goal to remind myself of when I'm doubting if I want to even put my running shoes on. Even after all my fretting beforehand, I realized at about mile 2 that oh, PS I can do this. I caught myself with the phrase on repeat until it was cool down time so it became my official tempo mantra. BTW self, you can do this hard thing even though you doubt yourself sometimes and ate ice cream yesterday and then some cookies and maybe didn't sleep enough and are running without fueling and your shoes have 430 miles on them and you are really tired and your legs feel like lead and you are not that fast anyway. This training plan so far has taught me that my internal monologue is really important and I need to start feeding it strong and positive data if I'm going to keep this up. 

I made the mistake just now of looking a few weeks ahead on my schedule. So, see you guys later I'm going to go throw up in fear now. I mean, I can do hard things and I'm only thinking about my next run. Trust the training. 

Do you freakout during training?

Do you think the physical or mental aspect is harder when running and training?

Marathon Training Week 6 + My First Track Tuesday

Run update:

Tues 6/14: 5 Easy outside

Wed 6/15: Rest

Thurs 6/16: 4.2 Easy Treadmill

Friday 6/17: 5 Easy outside (BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE OMG)

Saturday 6/18: 4.1 Easy outside

Sunday 6/19: 6 Easy @ the park, first time using a "Workout" on my Garmin. 

Sunday Run View

Sunday Run View

Monday 6/20: 4.1 Easy Outside

Tuesday 6/21: 12X400 repeats, 1.25 mi W/Up & C/Dwn

I used the Workout feature on my Garmin for the first time this weekend and it was amazing and simultaneously super annoying. Turns out I have no idea how to stay on pace and require multiple buzzing and bleeping reminders from my wrist as I try to find it. I wanted to make sure I was actually hitting and staying within my predetermined easy pace on Sunday so I attempted a 1 mile warm-up at v. easy, and then bumped it up super slightly for 4.5 miles and then cooled down for the last half mile. I had no idea how it was going to work and was so embarrassed at the racket my watch was making trying to get me to settle within the 15 second window I had given myself, I kind of missed the first mile. I guess that's one way to speed up a workout! But after I settled in at easy pace of 9:30-9:45 for the majority of the run, it was really nice! It worked out pretty well considering the park is a relatively flat loop, so there weren't any dramatic shifts in effort. I will definitely be using this feature throughout marathon training to help keep me on target. Setting it up on Garmin Connect was super simple and I look forward to playing with all the features. 

Duck feathers and duck poop. Not pictured: really cute ducks at the park.

Duck feathers and duck poop. Not pictured: really cute ducks at the park.

This morning I woke up, rolled out of bed and started to put on my running clothes. I actually asked myself "Is today the day you quit?" and then meekly answered "no" and continued to get dressed. I had never done a speed or track workout before and was terrified that somehow I was going to mess it up or fail all of Marathon by screwing up this workout. I picture myself as a pretty casual and relaxed runner so adding this kind of workout just felt so serious. I was worried it was somehow going to prove I wasn't really a runner, just a lame poser. (Don't ask me how my brain works.) Turns out I didn't fail Marathon and everything worked out pretty well, except for the chafing. 

I ran 1.25 mile easy warm up which is not totally easy that early in the morning, but whatever it was a warmup. Then I attempted my first 400 on the way into the track and the following 11 on the oval. It's a micro oval at an elementary school, but it still works. I had a difficult time staying on pace with each of the 400s at first, starting too fast and then overcompensating, and then all of a sudden it was over because it's only 400 meters. I definitely felt fatigued by the time I got home, but also completely warmed up. It ended up being almost 8.5 total miles which I wasn't expecting (not good at track math yet). I also did them about 5 seconds too slow according to my goal pace, so I'll have to update that for next weeks speed session. At this point though I'm just really happy I did it and did all 12 AND made it to work relatively on time and not broken. The one thing to report is that there was some serious #chubrub at attempt number 8 so I will definitely be wearing capris next week. 

I think my official goal time is between 3:50 and 3:55 for the race. It's not too specific for a couple reasons. I'd like to end up sub-4 because that's a very clear goal and would be a PR. Anything more than that I'm not sure of though. It's been 2 years since I ran a marathon and my running record has been spotty since then with injuries and mental breaks dotting the timeline. I wanted to run a track workout first before totally committing to this time, and still want to leave it flexible. I have my first MP tempo on Thursday which will help me get a better idea of where I'm at and if my goals are really workable. I will base my workouts around this pace and see where I end up. It's a challenge alone just attempting Hanson's so I'm pretty stoked to have made it this far (6 weeks, lol). 

Now it's time for aerial and maybe sleeping in tomorrow since it's an official rest day. Funny thing is I don't mind that I just ran 6 days in a row, it was kind of awesome. I'm going to try and soak in this feeling because I have a suspicion it's fleeting. 

Did you run today?

What's your favorite track workout?

Motivation!

I wouldn't call my run this morning bad, but it was definitely not as great as they have been lately. Most of the struggle came from sleep loss hangover and attitude problems. I woke up groggy and unmotivated, so I resigned to the basement treadmill, even though it was a perfect and dry 49 degree morning outside. It's almost the longest day of the year too, so daylight was not an issue. I tried to enjoy the flat, truly easy run this morning but after my progress lately becoming a more outdoor AM runner, I felt a little defeated and disappointed in myself. We're not even into the rough part of marathon training yet and I'm already falling back into my easier habits! I think I'm most frustrated because I don't actually think my physical training suffered, but my mental game  failed me today. I have been getting better about talking myself into getting out the door so well recently, but not today.

I was reminded of Tuesday's aerial class as I realized my shoulders were still sore around mile 2 and it felt like I was carrying sandbags off my neck.  I can't discount the long Tuesday workouts as not contributing to some of the fatigue. They will always be a long day for me and I absolutely have to get enough sleep and eat really well to make sure I survive, and that I'm ready for what will become my Thursday tempo runs. 

I got miles in this morning and I'm proud of that. I need to keep working on my mental strength though if I'm going to make it through this training. 

What do you do to stay on top of your self-talk?  

What's your current power food for long days and workouts?  

A Great Weekend + Nerves

Since we last talked, here's a training update:

Sunday: 5 miles with BFFs. One with a baby jogger *killing it* and the other on a bike playing paparazzi and scout. Example of my best running face and my running claws below. Does this happen to anyone else? I swear my fists are relaxed, but it just looks like I'm trying to imitate a t-rex. 

Monday: Rest Day. THRILLING. 

Tuesday: 5 easy miles in the morning. My first thought after stepping off my porch and starting my watch this morning was how I wished I had someone to run with. Running with friends will do that to ya I guess. It just doesn't even feel like running when you're with friends. 

In addition to the almost daily runs, I've been re-reading Hanson's to get ready for the uptick in miles I knew was coming. I guess I just sort of forgot though how much of an increase it is. This is my last week with Mon and Wed rest days, and my last week of only easy runs. In 7 days I start my first speed session (ever) and Thursday will be my first real tempo. I've tried in the past, but after re-reading I was reminded that tempo runs for Hanson's are at Marathon Pace. I'm worried it's going to be more of a wake up call than I had originally intended when setting my goal paces. My legs are getting fatigued just looking at my calendar for next week and I'm getting nervous.

My mental game is going to need some work this week. This is just the beginning of the training plan and if it wasn't hard then it wouldn't get the results I'm shooting for anyway. Let's just hope I can get through all of the miles smart and without added injuries. 

This all reminds me that I need new shoes. I'm in love with my Saucony Triumphs and am tempted to move up to the 2's. Anyone tried them?

 

Same Run, Different Outcome + Animals!

Yesterday I ran 3 miles, the same 3 miles I had run the day before, but I noticed it felt very different than the previous run. I have been trying to ignore my watch for the first mile of every run lately since the number had been pretty dismal, but as it beeped in on Friday it was almost a full minute faster than Thursday. Crazy! Other than the run being on the same route, here are some things that were different. 

-Thursday I ran right out of bed before work. Friday I woke up and had about an hour before the run. 

-Thursday I didn't fuel at all, Friday I ate a bowl of oatmeal and digested before starting.

-Thursday no coffee, Friday 1.5 cups and about 20 oz water. 

Moral of the story - morning runs are hard. Especially if I just roll out of bed and try to run on dead asleep legs. Also, coffee is magic and carbs help too. I hope running on sleepy legs in the morning right out of bed is making me get faster and I just won't be able to tell until marathon morning. Good strategy. Right. 

Another cool thing that happened yesterday was my pace staying relatively steady even though the elevation was not. Usually these comparisons on my garmin are the inverse of each other - hill goes up, I slow down. For some reason though I was able to keep that more under control this time. I also switched my screen from pace/time/distance to heart rate after mile 2 and I really think that helped me keep it easy. 

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This mornings run was nothing to write about, 5 miles on an out and back from my house. A cool thing happened completely unrelated to my running though. I was watching an adorable bunny hop across the street as I neared my house and noticed something else waddling near a parked car. It was this guy!

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After speeding home and grabbing my phone, I trotted up to him and he just let me snap some photos and a video of him. It's a Chukar! I've never seen one up close, only drawn on packages for cherries, lol. He made some cute noises and then moseyed across the street after our photo shoot. Running you guys, really is exciting right?

Tomorrow I'll be running another 5 easy and hopefully with some BFFs, so maybe there will even be pictures. I can't promise anything though. Happy Weekend!

What are you running this weekend?

See anything awesome/interesting on the run?

 

Marathon Training Continues!

I think I'm on week 3 of Hansons Beginner plan. It's hard for me to track since it started on a Thursday, but I'll just go with week 3. Today was 5 miles and was my longest pre-work run. I have been extremely thankful that I moved my runs to the morning with the heat wave we've been having. There is no way I could get myself out the door after work in 85 degree weather just yet, I need to get my summer heat endurance under me first. It was a beautiful morning, tank top and shorts weather from the start even before the sun came up. I even started to see more people in my neighborhood out and about at the ungodly hour. It was really nice. Upcoming runs for the week are all easy paced - 3,3,5,5. I had to double check this morning with the schedule, but I'm still really enjoying these runs while simultaneously getting more freaked for the upcoming speed workouts. My legs do not speed in the morning, they stutter and shuffle. It's going to get weird.

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Last night I continued my cooking streak by making the Warm Corn Avocado Salad. It was really good with tortilla chips and super easy to put together. Sometimes I really like corn and last night (plus a little leftover breakfast) was one of those times. Word to the wise though, red onions are intense and will not be forgotten. It's kind of disgusting, but they tasted okay in the moment even though they are something I usually remove from all of my recipes. 

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 I think the most useful part of the website I've been getting most of my recipes from is the cost breakdown. It's encouraging to know that I'm actually saving money when I make meals that aren't pre-processed since sometimes at the grocery store it can feel like it's cheaper to go with the pre-made stuff. I'm still in the gathering data phase of creating a food budget and am trying to determine how much our household actually eats, especially with marathon training increasing weekly along with my appetite. Eventually I'll need to learn how to make some more energy dense foods for pre-run snacks that are easy on the guts. Any recommendations?

Happy Tuesday All! What does your running week look like?

Recipe Snapping and Running

You guys, I just did something that I really have never done before and loved it. I looked up a few recipes online, went to the store with a list, only bought the items on the list, came home, and made an amazing lunch. I know this sounds really basic and not exciting at all but I am not a cooking person. I bake occasionally but mostly I just mush together some ingredients, eggs are usually involved, and call it breakfast, lunch, or dinner. In an effort to save some money, be a little more healthy, create less waste, and all the other good things that go along with cooking at home instead of eating out, I was inspired by Gretchen and popped over to budgetbytes to flag a few recipes to attack this weekend. Today I attempted the Greek Chicken Pasta Salad. 

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I snapped the whole thing and it's still up if you want to check it out. (Girlsammmm on snapchat) It was actually surprisingly enjoyable and I'm really glad I tried it! I have a couple more recipes I bought ingredients for and want to put together for leftovers throughout the week. Since moving my runs from the afternoon to before work, I have more time in the evening to prep and cook dinner. To most people this may seem like a blessing but I really stress out when it comes to my cooking abilities. I don't feel like I can't, I just don't ever feel prepared to do it. Prepping a list for the grocery store seems so *duh* but I rarely do it, and it made such a difference today. I spent less than I usually do with the exception of a miscalculation in the bulk spices section. (Always weigh people, always weigh.) It totally changes my attitude about cooking from stressed to excited. I'm going to try to make this a regular thing, this cooking thing. #adulting

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Speaking of morning running, this last week of training has been going pretty well! I'm still in the beginning stages, so no strength or speed workouts, but all the easy miles have been really nice and pleasant so far. This week was:

Mon: Memorial Day, rest day.

Tues: 4.15 easy neighborhood (4 easy on schedule)

Wed: rest day - Global Running Day. Oops. 

Thurs: 3 treadmill + 1.05 neighborhood miles (4 easy on schedule) It was raining when I started but then let up after a few minutes so I jumped outside for the last mile to make sure and get a hill in for the day. 

Fri: 4 treadmill (4 easy on schedule) Rushed morning as a single dog mom, stayed close to home for my fur babies and to make sure I made it to work on time. 

Sat:4.04 neighborhood (4 easy on schedule) I tried to get out early to beat the heat today and just barely made it. If I would have had to run any farther I would have melted and it was only 8:30 by the time I finished. This was a good confirmation that I made the right decision switching my runs to the AM for this training cycle. I am a heat weenie. Also, I ate my oatmeal too close to take off and the first mile was questionable as was the last half mile. Note for tomorrow - cool it on the breakfast fiber. 

Sun: 5 easy on the schedule - TBD.

It's supposed to get to 90 tomorrow so I'm setting up the kiddie pool for the pups and planning on doing a whole lot of nothing. Maybe I can do some yardwork in the morning but no promises. 

What's your ideal running weather?

What's your favorite easy and cheap recipe?

Are you a good cook? 

 

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Happy Memorial Day!

I hope you get today off from work and I hope you do something lovely!

As promised, here's a little recap of my last few miles. 

Sat - 7 mild miles with BFF (3 Easy on schedule)

Sun - 4.1 easy treadmill miles (4 Easy on schedule)

Total Miles for the Week: 21.2

Saturday I was able to meet up with BFF and run on her trail for 7 miles. Let me just preface this by telling you a bit about my amazing friend. She is working her way up from running 3-4 days a week to 6 days a week and hitting workout PRs like a madwoman. She's killing it in the nutrition game, raising the best almost 11 month old baby girl I've ever met, and is the one who found the Iron Horse Half Marathon in August for us to run. I had 3 miles on the schedule, but didn't feel too bad adding a few more since it meant a longer hangout. It was sputtering rain for a bit of the run, but mostly felt nice in a refreshing but not soaked sort of way. If I were to have done 7 on my own I would have done a lot more complaining later. This whole run flew by and was wonderful.

After the Saturday run I decided to hop on the treadmill for my easy 4. Boyfriend was dressed and ready to accompany me on my run but then the sky opened and torrential rain took over our neighborhood. Next time though I am definitely making him come with me. It felt good and easy on the treadmill and was a good mood boost. Randomly my left ear has been ringing for a few days now and it was seriously bumming me out. Typing symptoms into google is a pretty terrible idea but I went deep anyway. That was a tough one to get out of, let me tell you. It's still roaring/ringing today, but I'm trying to ignore it because that always works best. Fingers crossed!

After the run we saw X-Men Apocalypse and came home to do some yard work. It miraculously cleared up after we got out of the movie so we tried to take advantage of it. Now we're off on an outdoor adventure to celebrate the holiday and get my legs moving in a non-running way since it's a day off!

Any great memorial day plans?

How was your weekend running?

 

 

 

More Easy Miles + Dresses

Looks like we made it you guys, happy Friday.  

Running update:  

thurs- 3.1 easy miles outside (3 easy on schedule)

fri- 3.6 easy miles treadmill (3 easy on schedule) 

In an effort to not fall apart or break my body in some strange way this training cycle, I even added some foam rolling, stretching, and/or core work after this runs. 

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The low mileage is strange. I know I've said that before and it's not like I was running very much pre-training, but there was a lot of mental build up to marathon training starting and it feels like maybe I didn't need to freak out that much. When the strength workouts and 800s start showing up on my calendar there will absolutely be some meltdowns, but I think I can chill until then. Enjoy the gradual build up! Embrace the mitochondrial changes! Sleep as much as I can!  

After posting about my capsule wardrobe failings earlier this week, I decided to remedy that with some dresses that were on sale at the rack and selling more stuff on Poshmark. (First sale complete, woot!) Brace yourself for some bathroom selfies.  

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The serious face is just the paranoia of a co-worker walking in to see me snapping these and dying of humiliation. It's weird because we all know everyone selfies, but I still can't stand to be seen doing it. I'm always super impressed when someone on the bus or train selfies next to me. In public. With people watching (or sleeping). Way to own it.  

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This weekend I have two more easy 3 mile runs on the schedule. It looks and sounds incredibly boring, so expect an unnecessarily verbose evaluation on here in a few days.  

 

What's on your schedule?

Do you love or loathe training plans?

How often do you selfie? 

Tiny Victories

I made it through Monday and that is great. Was yesterday rough for anybody else? I wanted to be done with work around 9, so you can imagine how the rest of the day felt. But now it's over and Tuesday is right on track. I started out this morning with a tiny miracle. I heard the first few milliseconds of Beibs What Do You Mean and launched out of bed. No hesitation. No boiling rage. This song is my 4:37 alarm for morning running and has been a pain point for the last 2-3 weeks. I think I've almost got my body fooled into thinking waking up with the birds to run before work isn't going against everything it stands for. In fact, I ran more than the minimum requirement from Le Hansons while I was out there. Batshit, right?! I keep reminding myself it's only going get harder and the runs longer, and not to get used to anything feeling good for a while, but I will take this victory and enjoy it today. 

 The last few weeks of running my mileage has been on the low end since the Hanson's plan is just starting. It makes me a little frustrated that it jumps from high teens to 40s pretty quickly. Since I'm trying this out to conquer my fear of high mileage, I'm a little worried about these big jumps. This morning I literally had 2 easy miles on the schedule. I bumped it to 3.5 to make it worth waking up that early and getting out. Plus I want to minimize any fitness lost over the last few weeks. I haven't run more than 5 miles in 3 weeks! I will try to enjoy this downtime and bank it for later. 

Something not running related is my capsule wardrobe. I was super jazzed going into may but really only bought a pair of too-expensive shoes and felt guilty buying anything else. However now my May-July capsule still isn't picked out and what I'm wearing sucks. I think this is the opposite of what was supposed to happen. I went thrifting this weekend and snagged a pair of 501s that I am obsessed with but are not work appropriate, so I'm going to have to give it another shot this weekend. I'm trying to stick within a lower budget this time around while simultaneously looking more professional at work. It's not easy.  

How often do you shop for work clothes?  

Do you love/hate/don't care about the beginning of training plans when the mileage feels off? Does this happen to anyone else? 

 

Weekend Running + Random Updates

Yesterday was a little discouraging to wake up to - raining and rain on schedule for the rest of the day. 

So Run #2 of marathon training was moved indoors. Today was different enough, thank goodness, and I managed to get outdoors. 

Sat: Easy 3.5 (3 on the schedule)

Sun: Easy 4.4 (4 on the schedule)

A crappy weather bonus is I worked on some indoor projects that needed to get done and didn't feel guilty. I updated some items in my new Poshmark shop and did a bunch of grocery shopping. Has anyone else tried Poshmark? A friend introduced me a week ago and I'm obsessed. It's a little more fun than taking my clothes to the consignment store and honestly a lot easier when I feel like being a total homebody. Maybe I'll put up a review when I have selling and buying experience to report on. I figured it could be a quick way to clean out some closet items. 

I also tried making Aquafaba to not-so-delicious results, but I am willing to try it again. Aquafaba is bean water, I borrowed mine from a can of garbanzo beans, and when whipped has the same consistency of frothy eggs. It's supposed to be a good vegan substitute if that's something you are looking for. I read about it and decided to experiment. Lesson #1 - use unsalted beans. If not, your recipe takes on a slight beany flavor. Lesson #2 - use parchment paper when baking meringues unless you want meringue shards instead of meringue cookies. I tried to make meringue cookies but I may move on to the buttercream frosting of a vegan lemon meringue pie next. Onward and upward!

borrowed from here. 

borrowed from here

Now it's off to a long dog walk, checking out a new bookstore that opened near us, and prepping for the rest of the week. Happy Sunday!

Invisalign and Long Runs

One of my biggest concerns signing up for Invisalign wasn't the 22 hours wear each day I'd have to get in, the constant brushing and flossing, or loss of snacks, but how I would get in fuel during a long run. (Technically that itself is all of the combined things listed above... I see that now.)

I'm supposed to wear these puppies 22 hours a day leaving about 40 minutes per meal with the trays out. But long runs as we know, last longer than just 40 minutes and sometimes go up to the total 2 hours. I googled what gels I could use, if I could carry the trays around with me while running, blah blah blah. My strategy when the time comes is to swig down a clearing colored gel (to prevent staining of course) and rinse with the water fountain as soon as I see it. So, dear readers, I need clear gel recommendations or handheld water bottles so I can switch to Nuun/fancy water fuel instead of gel.  

Also, if this is something you've been through, how do you deal with the snacking issue? I have become very, very accustomed to fighting the runger by eating about 5-6 times a day. 2 breakfast-ish type meals, lunch, 3pm snack, and dinner. Now I'm shoveling eggs in a tortilla for breakfast to keep me full until lunch where I shove another meal in my mouth quickly and then paranoidly brush and floss in the locker room at work. Dinner has been a crazy 30 minutes of eating everything I can find in the kitchen while the Invisalign are out because I am starving after missing my afternoon snack. Being a hungry person is hard. Any advice? Any superfoods that keep you full ( I know, protein) longer between meals that don't get super stuck in your teeth? 

Continuing with the trend of dental issues, yesterday my dentist spent 20 minutes filing the sides of my teeth to make room for the shifting teeth and I'm really hoping that was the worst of this whole process. It was pretty awful. The noise I could deal with, but having the dentist hummed as she pulled really hard with wire razory tools between my front teeth wasn not cool. My body was having a hard time relaxing since I have worked my whole life to keep my teeth in my mouth. Anyone that's been through this before - did you have to get the metal dental floss? How did you deal?

I plan on documenting what I learn works best for me since I couldn't really find good info specific to runners in my searches. Most just devolved into messages boards arguing about how long you should run before needing fuel, it was super annoying. Hopefully it can help other runners going through this too. 

Had any weird dental/medical issues lately? This sounds like a very dangerous question to ask on a blog..... oh well!

 

Thursday Things

There are some things we need to catch up on and I'm going to try and cram it all in before I have to run to catch my bus for work. Here goes.  

 -Marathon Training Day One is today. I just finished up 3 easy miles as per those Hanson's people said to so I'm at 100% so far. One downside is that I woke up to the most rain we've had in a while so I ran on the treadmill, but other than that my goal has been met for the day.

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-I'm a morning runner now (I think)! My goal last week was to convert to all AM runs and so far that has been going great. I did this because as the runs get longer and the weather gets warmer, I wanted to make sure all running was done before I had too much time to make excuses. Also, my weekday runs have been shorter and less frequent over the last 2-3 weeks so it was a nice mild intro to getting up earlier. 

 - I started Invisalign. It's going to be amazing but right now there is a lot of getting used to. I'll probably do a post or two about the process separately because there are some hurdles. The constant brushing and flossing is great because duh, but the reduction of snacking in my life is a huge bummer. My meals all feel a little hurried and slightly painful lately so hopefully this passes. More to come on this process.

- Aerial is still my once a week love. The last three weeks we've had sub teachers for one reason or another and each time I start class disappointed but then leave with a new conditioning move or variation on a skill and everything is cool. It's crazy to me the differences in coaching and skill styles for people who all work at the same place. Each coach has a different background and apparatus focus, so it's fun to tweak some things we've been working on for a while just a little bit. This week I learned a different way to think about how I was approaching basic foot-locks and I feel like my world has been changed. Amazing. 

- I joined snapchat. It makes me feel a little old and crusty, but it is also fucking hilarious sometimes so I am down to clown. If you are into more shoe shots, dog walking scenery, and my life partner trying to avoid be snapped then this is the channel for you: girlsammmm. *that's 4 'm's this time because someone already had my name. Rude. 

Basically all I snap lately- My shoes in various states of motion. 

Basically all I snap lately- My shoes in various states of motion. 

That's about it for now. I've found that I mental-blog my runs and then forget to actually get them down here in writing, but with Hanson's and the marathon I am going to want to document the next few months for my own record so hopefully there are more frequent posts coming your way.  (if that's what you want, if not uh, sorry?) Hope you are having a pretty good day so far, thanks for reading! 

 

 

Sunday Motivation

Soemtimes, especially Sundays after a long run, I struggle to get me shakeout run in. I like to drink coffee, wake up slowly, read all the social media, and be a slug. I will tell myself that I can get a run in at the end of the day but it usually just gets harder and harder to get that done as the day progresses. It spills into the next day even - if I run Sunday evening I won't run Monday morning since it's not a full 24 hours rest. I have these excuses down pat. So today, instead of reading other running blogs about how they have improved times or got 700 miles in that week, I used the peer pressure for good. I took about 50 selfies of me in my running clothes that will never see the light of day, landed one shoe shot, and headed out the door. 

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It was an ugly struggle the first mile, but after that I was warmed up and grateful to be running however slow. If I'm going to tackle Hanson's, I'm going to need a strong mental game for getting out the door. Today was good practice but kind of disappointing too that it took so much effort and merited its own blog post. Fingers crossed for this summer. 

Do you think social media is inspiring or discouraging when it comes to your running?

What gets you out the door for runs you know are going to be hard? 

Gels and SSS Run

It was a lovely 11 mile run morning from my house to Husky Stadium. It was so amazing and beautiful but also sss: snotty, salty, sweaty. 

I started at 8am and my face was drenched in sweat by mile 1. I don't know if it was a mix of sunscreen or just heat but it got drippy quickly. Then the snot joined in. The cold symptoms have mostly left my body but my nose was on full blast and my lungs were at about 75%. My tank topuickly became a Kleenex.  By the time I finished my salt beard was in full effect and I looked like a mess. Doesn't matter, I ran 11 miles (maybe) and had gorgeous views. 

One tiny weird thing that happened at the beginning of my run was a small Garmin seizure. Poor thing thought I was running 40mph if or about .25 miles and got very confused. Not sure what this did to my avg pace, but once I got down the steep hill from my house it caught it's breath. Does this happen to anyone else?? The map shows me running around in crazy patterns for the first minute of my run, must have been a rogue satellite. 

For fuel I grabbed some of my last gels and stuffed them in my fanny pack (it's back!!). The Carb Boom tasted like sour banana mash causing me to check the expiration date. It was fine and ultimately worked out pretty well. I just took swigs quickly at 35 minutes and got it all down in about 5 min total. I started the E Gel around mile 8 and was really happy to be getting in some more fuel at this point. It tasted like Sprite! I was worried it would be gross and chemically, the brand is Crank Foods, but actually wasn't bad. Both were new to me and tasted fine (6.5/10) but unless Stridebox sends me more I probably won't repeat. The only gels that I will seek out are Honey Stingers and that wonderful Hammer hazelnut chocolate one from a few weeks ago. 

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I've been enjoying trying all the gels lately because they are pretty portable and a one-and-done kind of thing. The chews can take a while and kind of feel like I'm trying to get cavities when they are stuck in my molars for miles, but that's what's up next in the Stridebox backlog. 

Running goals for the rest of this weekend include a shakeout tomorrow and maybe some more intense stretching and foam rolling tonight. What's your weekend run game?

Sickness and Goals!

It's May! Official start month of Summer training and I'm off to a wheezing start. Monday I noticed some extra snot in my life and then Tuesday and Wednesday were so disgusting I had to stay home from work. I finally returned today to work and to running. I just finished 3.2 lung-busting miles in my neighborhood and even though it was terrible it was still good practice for training.

When I am sick I eat fruit in bed and watch Parks and Rec.  

When I am sick I eat fruit in bed and watch Parks and Rec.  

I got home and made myself do glute and hip exercises, v-ups, and stretches. I noticed as I was running that I have to work really hard to keep my left side even with my right and it automatically tires out this spot on my hip. My last mile was motivated by a loud internal mantra "You have a massive, strong, huge left butt that is powerful!!!" I really actually felt it working so I'm going to stick with that until things even out. I really wish I could hear other people's internal running monologues because mine feel a little nutso sometimes, but I swear there is nothing more effective than a strong mental game. 

Some sky photos because it's MAY

Some sky photos because it's MAY

Some goals for May:

-consistent running until Official Training Start Day May 18. 

-more running outside, less treadmill. It's Spring/Summer!!

-dedicated glute strengthening work.

More sky. SO NICE.  

More sky. SO NICE.  

Hope you guys are having a lovely May so far, don't let the man get you down, and please make sure you are registered to vote. Happy Running! 

A Saturday Run and Race Planning

This morning I made it to the lake for 10 miles. I took it easy until about mile 6 and held an 8:20-8:30 pace for a few miles. When did a windy 8:30 mile get so tough? There was a lot of self pep talking - "This is how you get stronger" and "You can do this" were coming themes for the last few miles of the run. I ended with some car and grass stretching.  

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Technically I think I stretched in someone's front yard for about 10 minutes after my run, but they didn't come out and chase me off waving a broom so it all worked out.

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I rifled through the Stride Box archives for some fuel and recovery drank. I started taking the Huma (new to me) around mile 3.5 and it took me a solid 15 minutes to get it all down. It wasn't bad tasting, I just forgot about the chia part of it and the graininess caught me off guard. It just didn't live up to the Hammer gel from last week. Noted for future reference.  

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After I got back to the car I mixed this packet of Reload with my finger, because I am classy and forgot any sort of stirring implement, into some water. It tasted a little too fruity for me,  I will soon be going back to Nuun for any sort of non-water hydration and pack a Clif Bar for a quick bite after a run. For now though I have some Stride Box backlog to get through. I have noticed since trying to get some fuel in faster after a run my head and stomach have been feeling better for the few hours following a run, so progress! I am into it. 

 

Some notes for myself from this run that I don't want to forget.  

-Wind makes a difference, good and bad. 

-I might need to tape up my big toes, these blisters kind of suck. Shoes at 275 miles may need to start rotating in some others.  

-I am easily swayed by other people running around me and that seems to be my biggest challenge holding a pace. I either speed up to catch and pass them or slow down to hold off after they pass me. Need to work on holding my own, no matter what. 

-Saturday morning long runs need to start earlier if I'm going to get to the aerial review. It did not happen today.  

-Eating a whole loaf of French bread and cheese was not as awesome of a pre-run dinner as I thought it was going to be.  

 

-Cute little Bichon Frise (so?) dogs can turn on a dime and very easily bite ankles. Never doubt their fierceness, watch all dogs closely. 

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This afternoon, following some really exciting grocery shopping, laundry, and mild yard work, I went back to my Hanson's book and calendar to re-work my plan. I originally moved around the rest day from the advised schedule but after a particularly tough aerial class this week I realized the way the book lays it out actually works better for me. Sometimes after Aerial I need a day to return to normal walking and upper body movement. My runs usually suck the next day since the class is late in the day and my nutrition gets a little effed. (I come home and pour the contents of my fridge into my mouth and then pass out.)  

TGIT

I started this post in the morning and finished after work. Whoops! Here's an update on my long run this weekend, since that was the highlight of my miles. Saturday I went on a 10 mile long run and it was great! I attempted a tempo (attempto?) which kind of failed because turns out I don't know how to pace myself and am easily distracted by other runners. I also tried some new fuel and a post run drink. I drove myself to the lake, missed a BFF run due to laziness and inability to get the shit that is mine together, so I figured I need to make the best of what I had left of the morning. I headed out and tried to remain calm, keep the pace easy, and hit between 6 and 10 miles. 

At mile 3.25 I opened this new gel I hadn't tried before. I have to preface by saying I've never had Nutella and as an adult have chosen not to have it because I have a feeling Nutella and I would would have some separation issues. This Hammer Gel though, sounds like it might be similar and OMG so good. It usually takes me a few minutes to get a gel down, elegantly sipping over the course of a mile waiting for a water fountain. This thing went down in seconds. There are teeth marks on the wrapper. 

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I stopped to wash down the remains at a water fountain and as I started again swore I would never stop mid-run again. My legs all of a sudden felt so heavy and took about a quarter mile to get back to normal. That usually doesn't happen to me so I was a little surprised, but man it sucked for a minute. I turned around at the 5 mile point feeling pretty good and decided that miles 6-8 would be my tempo miles. I wanted to go from about a 9:25 to 8:55. (not sure if that's okay for a tempo, but like I said I don't know how to do this.) I sped up and then heard the footsteps behind me begin. Some dude kept getting closer and closer. The path I run on is very runner heavy so this isn't new, but for some reason I didn't think he was going that much faster than me so for about a mile I tried to hold him off. I checked my watch and turns out he was running about an 8:20 mile so my tempo attempt was all thrown off. Oh well. I slowed down for miles 8-10, trying to really work on an easy pace. My usual strategy is run with everything I have left at the end of a long run so this was a little difficult but I felt so much better than usual when the run was over. Amazing how that works. 

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Guzzled some of this stuff when I got back to the car. Protein2GO sample from an old Stridebox for the win. I'm trying to be a little more responsible  about the post-run nutrition and get some protein in immediately after I finish.  

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Overall, last weeks runs were pretty good based solely on the fact that I completed my 6 day goal. This weeks goal is uh, something probably similar. I don't totally have the vision this week but I am going to try and survive all the weather, whatever it may be, and keep the runs frequent. F

Happy pseudo Seattle Summer!  

TGIF - Weekly Update

Hey hey hey! Guess who finally signed up for some races? This girl. Let's start off with a half marathon in September. Guess who also pulled out her copy of Hansons Marathon Method and has been flipping through it and marking up her calendar? Also this white haired running witch.  

I can't remember the last time I updated on my running workouts so we'll just start with this week, and I'll make it super easy: Mon I rested. Ties-Fri I ran on the treadmill Tomorrow, Sat, I run outside and Sunday is a wild card. I am thinking of using Hanson's for my training plan coming up and I want to get a feel for running 6 days a week. (Even if that means I only ran 12 minutes tonight hahah who cares now I have wine.)  

Official training as per the calendar starts in mid-may. (Can you believe I don't know the exact start date? Who is this person?) For the next few weeks  I'm going to focus on running more days a week and getting in the habit, continuing to build a good base. This week I gave myself the green light to not stress out about miles or pace and get the days in. Next week my plan is to maybe move some of those workouts to the morning, because with the way the training plan shakes out I will need to do that to make myself a human with any sort of afternoon life. 

Speaking of non-running extra curriculars - it's Aerial Spring Break so I went to open gym on Saturday before the break to get in some extra time and had the best time. SANCA has updated their open gym/aerial review time so it's 2 hours on Saturday and I was able to stay the whole time. I worked through a sequence that our coach gave us at our last class and spent some more time on trapeze than I have been in class. It was fun! It made me more pissed for the Spring Break and missed class, so I am definitely looking forward to next week, and maybe even getting back to the review next Saturday!  

Okay, going to eat some pizza and not include any pictures because I don't have any! Hope you have a great weekend! 

 

3 Great Things

Hey Internet Babes! Happy hump day, we are almost there. 

This week I've been loving a few things so here they are for your reference, because I know deep down you were absolutely dying to hear. 

Vegan Nut Balls. Seriously, I love googling it, I love saying it, and I love cooking and eating them. Here's the most recent recipe that I've been using to great results, the great results being my husband eating them all before I could get some. Great. 

Image borrowed from Detoxinista  

Image borrowed from Detoxinista

 

Parks & Rec on Netflix. My hairdresser had it on the other day and I had forgotten how amazing this show was. Since then I've been watching it when I doing other things around the house like making Vegan Nut Balls. 

 

Running Outside. Hey y'all, it was 68 degrees when I headed out tonight on my neighborhood route and I was overheating almost immediately. It was a terrible run, it was my regular regular route but something about the heat, poor snack selection at works today, sore muscles kind of threw it off. Wednesdays are always a little rough after aerial. I don't get enough sleep afterward since class basically runs into my bedtime and my upper body moves like a robot for about a day and a half after. However, I was so happy to get outside AGAIN and take advantage of the beautiful weather. 

What's going on in your neck of the woods? 

Oh PS: Do the first 5 minutes of everyone else's runs feel terrible? I had this revelation today that it would be a miracle to feel good from beginning to end of a run. Has that ever happened to anybody? Let me know. I want to know all the secrets.