The 2nd Time I ran 13 Miles

Yesterday I ran 13 miles for the second time in my life.  The first time was the Palmetto Half Marathon I did in April.  My pace is a good bit slower, but I feel like I was more prepared for it this time around.  After the half I was miserable all day and just dead to the world.  Yesterday I was functional at least.

I know it’s been a while since I’ve written anything, so I’ll update you on why I’m running 13 miles.

Andy and I are running the Marine Corps Marathon this coming October.  We both entered the lottery this past March and Andy got in.  I wasn’t so lucky, but I did sign up under a charity bib for Girls on the Run.  Speaking of, thank you to everyone who has donated so far.  If you haven’t checked out my fundraising page, you can check it out here.

As it gets closer we’re getting more excited, but it’s also becoming more real.  Every long run from here out is a personal distance record.  This coming weekend is 15 miles…that’s kind of scary.

Anyway, I wanted to post my workout plan for this coming week and I’ll recap it at the end of the week.

M-7 Miles (sub 13 pace)

T-Rest Day (I have an early morning meeting every Tuesday and it’s still too hot to run in the PM for me)

W-5 Miles (sub 12 pace)

T-7 Miles (sub 13 pace)

F-Rest Day – At home stretching and Yoga

S-Long Run 15 Miles (sub 14 pace)

 


I’m posting my pace goals for the runs because I’ve really struggled on pace and I’m trying to work on bringing it down.  My pace for my 13 miler was 14:14 and that’s not going to work for the MCM.  So I’m taking baby steps to bring it down.

I’m really trying to use this blog as a training tracker for those that have donated for the marathon.  You can also catch me on twitter where I usually post a quick tweet about the day’s run.

I’m also working on trying to eat better, but I’ll talk more about that as time goes on .  I know how important it is for my body to have the right nutrition and hydration to make me successful on my runs.  If anyone has any suggested reading, podcasts, or videos about running nutrition in every day life (not on the run), I would love to hear about it.

I’m definately seeing more foam rolling and stretching in my future, this day after soreness is no joke.  Until next time, I hope everyone has a great week.

Time Flys

It’s amazing how quickly time goes by.  It seems the older I get, the quicker things go.  Each year seems to go by faster than the last and each day/week is the same way.  I can’t believe it’s been 10 days since my last post on here.  I have a ton of posts started and I need to set them up to post, but time just got away from me.  Before I jumped into those though, I just wanted to pop in with something a little more relevant and updated.

Tomorrow we are running the Get to the Green run (5k/10k) in Five Points.  This was the very first 5k I ever did.  I had high hopes for this to be my sub 30min 5k.  That is not going to happen though.  Training has been tough with everything else going on in life and I’ve been fighting a nagging injury in my left arch that kept me down a bit.  I’m hoping I’ve figured it out though.  I removed my inserts and put back in the factory inserts this week.  *Knock on wood*..my foot didn’t hurt after my last run.  Keeping my fingers crossed though.  That said, I’m planning to take Yota.  Maybe he’ll pull me fast enough to get a decent time.  Andy is doing the 10k (actually kind of jealous he is doing the longer distance).  This year both races get a finishers medal which is new and I’m really excited about adding some more hardware to our bib/medal holder.

My sister Taylor, myself, and Andy at last years Get to the Green race

My sister Taylor, myself, and Andy at last years Get to the Green race

On another running related note: Today, we signed up for our first half marathon and entered a lottery for our first full marathon.  We signed up for the Palmetto Half (which is in exactly one month..crazy I know, but I think I can make it work) and entered the lottery for the Marine Corps Marathon.  I’m way geeked out about both events and am super pumped to train and accomplish them.

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Also, I’m doing a #30daysofYota photo a day project on my instagram.  If you don’t already follow me, head over and follow me: https://instagram.com/blonde_designer/

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There is so much more I want to share, but I have to get some other posts out first before sharing those details..and NO I am NOT pregnant (I know there are those of you thinking that).  Until next time!

My New Trainer

Last year was not a great running year for me. We did several triathlons, but running didn’t really get the focus it needed. That said, I have a strong goal of running my first half marathon and my first full marathon this year. My only issue, is that running hurts now. I messed up my foot somehow in January and it hurts pretty good after I run (during my run) and even if I just walk too long on it. This makes running difficult. However, I don’t want to lose my ability to stay in shape. So..I turned some of my focus towards a different sport. Cycling. With the weather still being in the freezing category and me not really having the right apparel to be riding in these conditions, I bought a trainer.

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It seems really sturdy and strong.  I’ve only ridden on it a few times, but so far I am pleased.  I love seeing it all set up.  It’s like it’s just sitting there waiting for me and that kind of motivates me as well.

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I’ve been searching on youtube for videos to watch while I’m riding.  I’m still at that point where I need the motivation (and push) of a trainer video to increase my resistance and push harder.  While I don’t have a cadence sensor (yet), I’m just riding based on time at this point.  I’m totally lost on what I should be doing though and we all know how google can be.  It tells you so much information that you can’t get anywhere.  I’m still excited though and can’t wait to get back on it.

yes..I'm braving the naked face on the internet...

yes..I’m braving the naked face on the internet…

So tell me, do you guys ride on the trainer during cold/wet days?  Any tips on a great trainer ride?  What’s your trainer motivation?

Let’s Talk about the Weather

No..like literally..let’s talk about the weather.  How bizarre has it been in February?  That groundhog called for more winter and man did mother nature deliver.

Now, I haven’t truly experienced the brunt of the snowpocolypse that has occured in the past 30 days because I live in South Carolina.  We’ve had cold and rainy, but no snow.  I’m sure those of you that live in the north are thinking of how fortunate I am, but as someone who is more of a summer than a winter…I don’t see fortune.  For us, if it snows decently, we pretty much shut down.  This means I can work from home, stay in my pj’s and drink coffee and hot chocolate while snuggling up with my hubby and the stinker (aka my adorable furbaby – Yota).

No snow, means going out in miserably cold and rainy conditions and no one ever wants to do that.  So…mother nature, if we are going to keep with this cold thing..can you toss some of the white stuff our way..and make it stick.  Otherwise..let’s warm it up a bit.

Speaking of warming it up though…next week we are supposed to get up to 78 degrees! Beautiful right..but it look at all that rain.  Can Spring just arrive already?

 

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While I know talking about the weather isn’t the most exciting topic..I’m kind of a nerd in that I OBSESS over the weather.  I check the daily/weekly/10 day and radar maps several times a day.   Maybe I’m hoping for a different outcome..although..that’s feeling a little close to the definition of insanity.  So..what about you.  Is there anyone out there that feels as passionately about the weather as I do?  Let me know in the comments below and we can obsess together.  

Habits…

This is becoming a habit.  This routine of writing a blog about why I’ve been MIA and thinking I’m going to dive full force back into it and then disappearing for months on end…it’s becoming a habit.  A habit I fully intend to break.  I’m putting things in place to break it.  I’m adding blogging to my life planner and putting in lists of things I need/want to do to the blog.  I’m making a bigger effort.  I’m going to try and revitalize this dead blog.

Just to update you though, life has been weird.  It feels like it’s a constant thing of one event to the next.  There isn’t any sense of normalcy.  My fitness is hurting bad right now.  I have the mental motivation, but so many things keep getting in the way.  I’ve done something to my foot.  I run and then I can’t walk for days..so I wait until it doesn’t hurt anymore.  I bought a trainer so I can ride my bike even through this eternal winter we are in, and I put the bike on the trainer to find that my big front gear is bent.  It’s just one thing after another.  I can tell my body wants to move though.  I feel antsy all the time.

Last week I chaired our annual Regal event and I’ll post about that soon with pictures and everything.  It was fun, but I felt burnt out from it for days.

We bought a big toy.  That’s all I’m going to say on that.  I’ll provide more details later.

Yota is on a every 2-3 week visit to the vet for his ear issues.  We have been fighting them forever and I’m just ready to have it cleared up.  Hopefully soon…

I think this is where I’ll end today..that way I have more to talk about later ; )

Clearing Out the Cobwebs

Wow…so needless to say it’s been a while.  Sorry for that.  We moved into the new house and life just struggled from there.  It has literally been a fight for everything this year.  I shouldn’t say that because I feel so fortunate to be in this new home and fortunate to have a job and my health..but man does it just feel like everything is twice as hard as it should be.  I got to a point where I told myself to not stress about blogging.  Out of everything that was going on in life, blogging isn’t going to be my number one priority.  So I let it be.  I finally feel some sense of normalcy after 10 months and feel like I can pick it back up.  I’m making some changes around here though and casting it as more of a random thoughts blog because that’s really what it is.  It’s not a specialty blog because I don’t have a specialty.  I do many different things in life and I’d like to share thoughts on all of those things, not just beauty or fitness or whatever else I might have tried to focus on in the past.

I’m also updating the look some and I’ll be updating the pages as time goes on…see keep your eyes open when you stop by.  I’ll try my best to recap things that have happened this year as I remember them, but I don’t promise to remember them all. If I talk about something and it doesn’t make sense with the rest of life, just ask and I’ll do my best to clear it up.  In the meantime…I’ll leave you with a few pictures to recap the past 10 months.  Until next time.

Weekly Update

Hey Everyone! I’m dropping in quickly. I had all intentions of catching up on race recaps and posting one tonight..but I have just hit a wall tonight. We were out of town and outside for most of the weekend, I think I’m fighting off a sinus infection (can’t I just be healthy for once), and I’m scheduled to get up early tomorrow for an 8 mile run. So this is going to be a quick one and then I’ll get back to race recaps tomorrow.

Last week I did a little over 7 miles on Monday and they were a hard 7 miles. It was my first long run since the Ray Tanner 12k and it hurt. Mentally I felt good, but physically my body felt every step. I made it through though and am glad I did it. Tuesday I did my second RPM (spin) class and loved it. I love the way I feel after a spin class. I’m taking them to get used to riding again and get used to using my new shoes for the bike. Currently when I try to ride the bike in the neighborhood, I am scared to DEATH! I don’t know why..but something about trying to hold my balance, being so high up, and being so wobbly just makes me so uneasy. So I am doing spin on Tuesdays and then doing practice rides around the neighborhood on Wednesdays. It’s hilarious (and SCARY!) because sometimes when I need to turn, my arms just lock up and I can’t turn. I’m also trying to get used to getting started and stopping..needless to say it has been interesting.
Thursday we were out of town and I ran 2.37 miles at the race track we were at near Atlanta. I was planning to do more, but after doing this hill…
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…followed by about 5 more “rolling” hills…I was hurting and headed back for base. I was supposed to do a hill work out Saturday, but with feeling like crud and already feeling like I had done a hill workout of sorts..it didn’t happen. It wasn’t a great workout week, but it wasn’t completely awful. I’ll take it. Alright..I’m headed to bed..I’ll catch up with everyone later. Good night!