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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Long Weekend Recap

·         Friday night Lisa and I spent 14 innings watching the Rangers loose. But the fireworks were amazing!
·         Saturday morning I slept until 11 since I had been out so late.
·         Then spent the afternoon at the pool with Lisa. It was the most amazing pool weather ever!
·         Saturday dinner was my favorite Mexican food restaurant with a coworker.
·         Then a late night trip to Wal-Mart with Mom.
·         Sunday was church
·         Then babysitting two adorable little boys
·         And then pool time and cooking out with Dad and Denise. It was great to just talk and visit with them.
·         Monday was help mom organize and rearrange her room – she said something about type-A, being good at that, blah, blah….I lost track after she said “pay you…”
·         Monday night I had some friends over and we had turkey burgers, corn on the cob, coleslaw and the most amazing avocado, corn and cilantro lime salsa you could ever imagine – seriously make this, it just makes it feel like summer!
Welcome to Summer!
And on a side-note, this was the first Memorial day weekend that I can remember that wasn’t spent celebrating my sweet Mama (my great-grandmother). Her birthday was May 28th and so as a family we always spent this weekend celebrating her birthday and doing fun family things. Mama left this earth in March to go be home with God, she is dearly missed but left us with so many, many wonderful memories and stories and times spent together. Happy Birthday Mama! We love you.

Meet Michelle

I had Michelle fill out the same Running Survey that I did so that you could all meet her and get to know her better. Check out her page (see tab up top) for some pics of her cute kids!

What is your favorite type of cross training? 
Spin class
What is your favorite song to run to?
Anything from the 80's
What brand of shoes do you wear? 
Saucony & Brooks 
Do you wear a hat when you run?
What temperature is your favorite for running? 
Do you have any big races coming up? 
To many to keep up with, see Lauren's list. Lol
What is your favorite distance?
Are you a morning, noon or evening runner?
Morning but only if it's after 7 am
Do you run solo or with a buddy?
love my running buddies!
What's your favorite post run snack?
What's your FAVORITE race?
Do you wear a Garmin? If not, how do you track your runs?
What is your least favorite race?
I have not come across one yet!
What race is your favorite medal from?
Warrior dash
Who is your running idol?
I really don't have one, I'm am just amazed at all these people who run marathons !
How long have you been a runner?
Only since last October when I started training for the turkey trot! 
Do you run with your engagement/wedding ring on?
What's your favorite workout? repeats? long runs? tempo?
                                              Hills and running at the track ! 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Runner's Survey

What is your favorite type of cross training? 
I guess I would have to say the elliptical, mainly because that’s where I find myself 90% of the time on cross training days. I will say though that I LOVE spin classes – I just haven’t been able to find a time that my gym offers that I can make it there. And I’ve grown to enjoy swimming as well. And does yoga count?
What is your favorite song to run to? 
Anything on my Ultimate Playlist!
What brand of shoes do you wear? 
Brooks Ghost II
Do you wear a hat when you run? 
sometimes I do, it depends on the weather and my hair day!
What temperature is your favorite for running? 
anything in the 40’s – I LOVE running in cold weather!
Do you have any big races coming up? 
Yep! Look to the left and see my Feeding The Addiction tab. It’s a whopper of a year for me!
What is your favorite distance? 
15K. I feel like I can run hard and not get too tired.
Are you a morning, noon or evening runner? 
Honestly I would always prefer to run in the morning – I love my weekend morning runs, but unfortunately I have to be at work so early that I don’t have time so evening it is.
Do you run solo or with a buddy? 
It used to always be with my running buddies – I was terrified to run alone. Now I like to make sure I have a good combination of both.  
What's your favorite post run snack? 
I have my new recovery drink but I’m usually not hungry after a run. On the weekends I will often stop by the bagel place across the street from my house and get a honey oat bagel with light cream cheese and turkey bacon! Yum!
What's your FAVORITE race?
My favorite race so far has been a small 15K that I did – I had a great day that day and ran well. And a close second is the half marathon I recently did on my own – that was a big accomplishment for me. Oh and the one I did in the rain!
Do you wear a Garmin? If not, how do you track your runs? 
 Yes! I have the 405 and absolutely love Grover!
What is your least favorite race?
Sadly, I really did not enjoy my first half marathon at all. I was looking so forward to it and even though it was an emotional moment I hated every minute of that run. I also had a really bad day at Cowtown.
What race is your favorite medal from?  
White Rock Centennial Half Marathon (the one I ran by myself)
Who is your running idol?
Anyone who achieves a goal – running is so inspirational because it’s so personal! And I love Kara Goucher!

How long have you been a runner?
In high school I aspired to be one from my couch. In college I took up running but didn’t really know how to train properly so I wound up with horrible shin splints and got discouraged. This time around it’s been 8 months and I officially call myself a runner these days.
Do you run with your engagement/wedding ring on?
What’s that??
What's your favorite workout? repeats? long runs? tempo? fartleks?
I know I’m a psycho for even admitting it but I love feeling my hamstrings!!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Things I Love Thursday

Today I love that after being mad about my run and venting and taking it out on my keyboard this morning I have accepted the fact that my body needs some rest, it really most certainly does. So instead of forcing myself through my much loved hill workout (I would REALLY hate myself if I ruined that!) I’ll go home, snuggle up with my doggies and watch 16 and Pregnant.
I love that in keeping with resting and listening to my body it told me that it needs some In-N-Out burger tonight – I cannot argue that!

I also love that we have a long weekend this weekend!!!
I love that on Saturday I have my first ever trail run planned with our running club. I have no expectations except for fun!

Hello old school Mavs!

My 4 Favorites right there!
Happy Thursday!

Complete Refusal!!

My body completely refused me last night! I’ve never in my life experienced such a thing – I’ve had bad runs and moments when I’ve hit a wall or moments where I was tired and couldn’t continue – but what I felt last night was complete and utter refusal like I’ve never experienced ever! I was mad. Mad at my body for not working, mad at my body for not being as gung-ho as my thoughts and mad because I was mad at myself, I knew better than this.
I left home planning to do a tempo run of 5+ miles, 1 mile warm-up, 3 miles at 11:40 pace and then a mile cool down. My legs felt heavy and tired from the moment I started. I expected this because I’ve been behind on my workouts and have been really busy. But I did not expect to only make it 3/4ths of a mile and need to stop. I stopped and stretched because I felt like every inch of my body from my ribs down was just tight and in pain. I felt like I was running with 50lb ankle weights on, are you kidding me?!?! After stretching I trekked on for another half mile before my body hit rock bottom – it wouldn’t move AT ALL! What in the sam hill is wrong with me????????? Here I am ready to pound out 5 miles and you don’t want to work? Frustration, anger, irritation pretty much sums it all up for you. I turned Grover off I was so mad – I couldn’t bear to see the disaster (and I had to channel my anger somewhere!), and proceeded to cut my run short for the night, it just wasn’t going to happen. My music is blaring in my ears the Rocky soundtrack and here I am totally defeated and WALKING home! Really? Really? Do you have to play that song?  Once I was finally headed back towards home I did push out about another mile (not totally sure since I turned Grover off) the whole time yelling at myself for being such a pansy and then yelling at myself for not listening to my body!
Where did I go wrong? So here were my thoughts as I attempted to tune out Rocky:
a)      this could be because I haven’t shaved my legs in over a week and the quarter-inch hairs are holding me back – hey, this is highly plausible here people…….but not likely, I get it.
b)      Ok so maybe it might have a little something to do with the fact that my nutrition has been totally out of whack lately. I’m not sure what’s going on here because even though 90% of what I eat is healthy, it’s just not working for me right now. I feel huge and bloated. I need to figure this out!
c)       And lastly it could be the exhaustion I’m experiencing. Hello, “A-HA moment” (Oh, Oprah, to bad she had to end that gig she had going, I heard she did pretty well for herself, but maybe that’s just hearsay).
I think I hit the nail on the head with item C there – this week has been nuts, I haven’t had a lot of sleep and I knew I was tired. But I only did what any other runner would have done and ignored it and pushed forward anyways. Well my body sure showed me! So I went home mad and frustrated (and I may have shed a few tears).  Why must I do this to myself? Why?
Well, I better stop for now, I think the angry pounding on my keyboard is starting to freak out a few of my coworkers…..

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Weather Alert!

Tornado Warnings, gusty winds, torrential downpours, crazy lightening, loud thunder, and golf-ball sized hail....
good thing we were at the Ballpark in Arlington in the underground tunnel with all the other hot, sweaty, stinky, disturbed and drunk Ranger's fan!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Thank You Luna Bar (my Dilemma post)

“Your ability to find your heart and reinvent love after all you have been through is an inspiration to me to open up and love myself.” –Luna Bar package
This quote just showed up on my package today and it totally fit my current mood and thoughts from yesterday’s dilemma – God always send things your way when you need them the most.
So for this dilemma: I’m having a hard time finding balance in my life, or maybe I just think that I am. Because of the transformation my life has gone through over the past few months I’m learning to balance my life and all the things that I find as priorities.
When I was in high school I lived with my mom and sisters, being the oldest and knowing that my mom was working so hard I found myself feeling responsible for my sisters and putting so much time and effort into my grades and working. I never let myself relax; I felt like I had to set the best example possible for my sisters and felt like I had to be perfect. I went to college and even though I relaxed some and made good friends and was on my own I still felt like I was supposed to be setting an example and do things right the first time. Despite the pressure I put on myself, the two years I spent at Oklahoma Christian were some of the best and most beneficial years I have spent. I made great friends, had great professors, experienced many new things and was close to God. The decision I made to leave after two years is still a decision that haunts me today and provides many “what if” moments. Fast forward several years and many, many, many bad mistakes, I ended up in August of 2010. I was given a choice at that moment in my life – make things right or continue down the path I was on. Thankfully with the help of God and my family I chose to make things right. Over the past 9 months that’s exactly what I’ve been doing, which brings me here, to today.
I like to look at my life as a box that needs to be filled and my base is the 4 things that I need to focus on to help fulfill those needs: Emotional needs, Spiritual needs, Physical needs and Mental needs. These 4 areas in my life are not at all independent of one another but rather they are all intertwined and come together. Yet, they do need to be fed individually at times. So that’s where my dilemma comes in. Initially in my healing process, my mental and emotional needs really needed lots of work, along with my spiritual needs. So right away I found a great church home with a wonderful group of individuals that I knew I would need in my life to help me fight the battles I knew I had ahead of me. Thankfully God answered my prayers and gave me that. Secondly, I found a therapist who I trusted and who I knew had my best interest in mind and began my “head-healing”, as I liked to call it. Finally, after all of that I found my physical needs fulfilled by joining a running class at RunOn! I’ve been nurturing and feeding all of those things and have tried very hard to make them all balance and listen to God and my own needs for once in my life. My priority became, ironically to: Be Still (Psalm 46:10).
Fast forward again to now; I have been diligently feeding my physical needs and emotional needs by running and having fun with friends, but have I been neglecting other needs? My focus over the past few months has really been learning to let go and take advantage of the opportunities I’ve been given. That was something I didn’t do in my younger years. College was not a time for fun and adventure for me - I never drank, never went to parties, never went to concerts or took advantage of events in the area, I found a few friends and let myself be ok with just that and I kept myself guarded in a lot of ways, NOT THAT THIS IS ALL BAD! But now that I’ve been given this time of healing I’m trying to enjoy life to its fullest, but am I doing it well? I have also spent a majority of my time focusing on working out – self acceptance is something that I have struggled with for as long as I can remember, and I can remember things from when I was 4, so that’s a long time! The success I have found in running has provided a love for myself that I have never experienced and so mentally this is a good thing for me. To feel good about my body and how I look and feel is so huge for me in my metal healing.
 So the question still remains, am I focusing on the areas in my life in proportion or am I out of balance somewhere? In a conversation with one of my church friends I brought up the subject that I haven’t gotten to hang out with them as much and I feel bad for that. I asked her if she thought I was being immature about things and if I had my priorities right, she told me that I seem to manage my time and activities well…. But can I believe her? (Of course I believe her, I trust this person almost as much as my own family) I know that this spring was very busy and so I didn’t go to church and spend as much time with those friends like I wanted to, so maybe I need to rework a few things in my life. I have a very full fall schedule of races and I want to give that my all, but I can always make time for God and the people that build me up spiritually and emotionally.
Maybe it’s just the inevitable perfectionist in me, or the negative self-talk that I’m out of line or maybe I just needed to be able to write it all out, I’m not sure (and if I still have readers at this point in my post- thank you!), but I do know that my intentions are always to be the most well-rounded and fulfilled person I can be. I am enjoying life just the way it is, I have overwhelming joy that I haven’t had since my days at Oklahoma Christian, and even most of these days surpass those, so maybe that’s my answer-joy. Where do I find my joy? It’s right here. It’s where I am today, making sure I’m in balance and a whole human being the way I was made to be. So I’m still here being still, and that’s good, it’s very good.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Weekend Recap

For a quick weekend recap: I took naps – several of them in fact. So why in the world am I still tired? Anyways, Friday night brought a lovely thunderstorm to our area and as much as I love running in the rain and really, really wanted to Lisa wouldn’t allow it. So I drug her to the gym instead for some good old fashioned running on the dreadmill. Dallas has apparently become the new Houston and the humidity has been about 5000% lately so even at the gym I was sweating like a crazy person – seriously, how in the world can that be lady-like? No wonder I’m single! This picture does not do the sweat justice!
I pounded out 3.86 miles of actual running (4 miles total) and I sprinted out the last half mile by increasing my speed every tenth of a mile – wowzer! Then I hit up the bike for a 20 min cool down. Good thing I was closing down the gym that night because I would hate for someone to have had to get on that bike after me!

After our gym date, Lisa and I hit up the taco stand and had some shrimp tacos, chips and queso and beers – the only reason we work out – so we can eat like that!
Saturday morning the local running club had a nice get-together/breakfast and it was good to meet new people and catch up with others I haven’t seen in a while. Then I went home and took a nap, for like 4 hours. Once I awoke from my hibernation I headed back to the gym for some much needed cross-training, 45 min on the elliptical and 30 on the bike. I promised myself that if I worked out I could have froyo so I hit up the froyo place and proceeded to eat them out of business.
Saturday night brought dinner at the coolest place in Dallas for a friend’s birthday – Ozanos Bar and Grill, totally my new favorite place! Sorry guys I don’t have pics – for one, I don’t have a decent camera, only my iphone and that’s just annoying all the time and secondly, my friends think I’m weird that I take pictures of everything – I still haven’t gotten the whole document your whole life for the blogosphere to see yet, I’m working on it!
Sunday morning instead of running the 9 miles I was supposed to I had a marathon session with my snooze button instead – oops!  After church and lunch with friends it was nap time again. Then mom and I went to see Bridesmaids – so funny! I proceeded to eat 10,000 calories of popcorn and soda but that’s ok, I didn’t eat dinner! After movies it was off to Wally World for the weekly shopping trip – aka buy as much produce as you can trip!
So here I am today, contemplating this past week’s workout (few and far between) and this upcoming week’s workouts….. I just need more hours in the day! So for last week, I ran 2 of the 4 days I was supposed to (8 of 22 miles) and went to the gym for 60 min of yoga (out of 60 planned) and did 90 min of the 220 I had planned for cross-training. So, not exactly an A+ on my training this week, but at least I did something, rather than nothing right? I’m at a dilemma point in my life (dilemma for me, maybe not to anyone else) but I would like to make that a whole post on its own. So for now we’ll just move on from last week’s workouts to what I have planned this week.
Monday – Run 5 with 5x20 sec strides. Gym for weights (I have a friend’s birthday tonight so I doubt that this will happen, actually I know it won’t!)
Tuesday – Off (Ranger’s game!)
Wednesday – Run 6 easy with 3 at HM pace
Thursday – Run 6 with hills. Yoga 60 min.
Friday – supposed to do cross-training and weights but I am moving this to Saturday again because of my deep love for Ranger’s baseball
Saturday – 10 miles easy. Gym work from Friday.
Sunday – Gym

Friday, May 20, 2011

Mavs Maniacs

So our boys in blue may not have won last night but it was still an awesome evening with lots of rowdy, loud and proud fans! And even an annoying OKC fan here and there (like maybe right behind us!) The series just got interesting and you win some and you lose some; "that's how baseball basketball go!"

I ain't scared of a little thunder!

The time is now!

free beers? why thank you nice mr. man!

See you at game three Thunder!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Things I Love Thursday

Today I am totally in love with these cute little things. I love me some blueberries (only BLUE food I will eat)! In about 4.8 seconds flat that whole carton will be gone!

I am also loving this new workout tank that I just ordered. I couldn’t decided between the purple and black or the light/dark blue combo – so I DID NOT order both, though I wanted to, I went with BLUE since my eyes are blue. I figured that maybe it will bring more attention to my eyes when I workout instead of the disgusting amount of sweat I produce during a daily workout – we shall see!

And in keeping with the blue theme for the day this is my love for tonight!!!

That’s right; I will be here, watching these bad boys playing Game 2 of Round 3 of the NBA playoffs! Can’t get any better than that!!!!

Ok bloggy followers, I need some advice: I would really like to start adding more strength training into my workouts. I want to strengthen my muscles, especially the ones that don’t get used while running, and also provide good support for my joints. I am ashamed to even ask this question because I used to be a personal trainer myself, but what do I do?!?!? I want to know the best exercises to do so that I will get the most benefits without adding too much muscle – I already have tons of that, crazy genetics or something! But that muscle that I do have needs to be more lean and toned, I would like a little definition here people! So I need recommendations – what can I add to my weekly workouts that will help me improve my strength and tone yet not make me too sore on my off running days? What is the right amount of weight and reps to do?  Please and Thank You – I will take any advice!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Thank you burger gods

This past weekend my little sister graduated from college – so very proud of her! Now we are all grown up. It’s weird to think we have all finally achieved this milestone in our lives, not that it was ever in doubt, ok, maybe a little. But for all of us to be able to say we graduated from college is huge in today’s world. And this weekend my cousin will graduate with her master’s degree in speech pathology – I love being among all these smart people! It truly makes me appreciate my family and the love that they show my sisters and me and for all the encouragement they have given us over the years. Thank you to all who have had a hand in our success! I wish I had more pictures of this weekend but I will have to get those from my mom later. But I do have this one of my sisters and I out celebrating LBK style!

Last night I was able to run with Michelle (yay!) She is still in pain and still limping around a bit but she’s a trooper and stuck with me for 2.8 miles. I had planned to do 4 but I was more than happy to adjust that to be able to run with Michelle – it’s been way too long! We started out really slow so that she could just ease in and stayed around a 12:30 pace. I managed to talk her ear off and hopefully helped her to keep her mind off of her limp and the pain (as I’m writing this it sounds as if I forced her to run even though she was in pain, which was not the case!). At 2.8 miles she decided to walk the rest of the way and I decided to run hard until we got back to the car. I ran the last .75 at about a 10:50 pace. It felt good to run after missing it for a week and it was even better to be able to run with Michelle!
After running I went to an hour of yoga at the gym and that kicked my butt! It was a good hard workout and I was still pumped up from running so I got a good sweat out of it as well. I have to say, I am rarely sore from yoga but I’m feeling the effects today! Thank you Ms. Yoga instructor!
After yoga it was time to hit up the new neighborhood In-N-Out Burger! That’s right, they came to north Texas!!! It opened last week and it has been a mad house up there. I was quite delusional and thought that surely at 9pm on a Monday night it might not be so bad – wrong!!!!  The drive thru was so horrendous they had a police officer to direct traffic and the line! Uh, ok! This is what the walk in line looked like –

crazy I know! But it didn’t take too long actually and once we were able to order it was super cheap!!! And they have really good sweet teaJ.

And for a burger rating – 12 out of 10! It was just that good! Best darn burger I have ever, ever had. Maybe it was the special sauce they put on it or maybe it was the giant onion they had in there or maybe it was just because I was so freakin’ hungry, I don’t know but it was amazing! If I didn’t have to stand in line again I would go back tonight! Now I know that I love my food, and there isn’t much I don’t like, AND maybe I’ve been known to exaggerate a bit but I am in love with this burger! Thank you burger gods for bringing us In-N-Out Burger!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Check out this giveaway!

Hey blog readers - go check out this giveaway of the Kara Goucher book on this awesome blog Runninghood. She's not new to running, but she is new to the bloggy world too and she is already being nominated as a top 25 healthy-mom-blogger so go vote for her too!

Mercies in Disguise

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home,
It's not our home

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise
-Laura Story
So where have I been the past week: well life threw me a curve ball. An event from my past has resurfaced, and although I don’t want to share details I will share that it hit me hard, but not as hard as it could have though, this will not win. I didn’t work out this week at all, nor did I eat right this week, but I can say that I was stronger than I have ever been. I’ve had healing, and it’s apparent. I also have a loving family that surrounds me when I need them the most. It was not a coincidence that I was going to be with my sisters this weekend and it was just what I needed to move forward yet again and be strong. Even though it was a crazy week and my workout plans failed, it will be ok, because I’m getting back on track this week and I’m moving forward. I’m not upset with myself for skipping workouts, nor will I worry that those didn’t get done, I will simply just keep looking forward and move on. This is a huge realization for me – to be able to not look back at something I wanted to have done and be ok with just moving forward. I’m blessed with healing. And so I think just like that song above, “what if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life is the revealing of a greater thirst...” I am strong, so very, very strong.

So we are starting this week fresh with this week’s workout:
Sunday – gym
Monday – Run 4 miles with 4x20 sec strides. Yoga 60 min
Tuesday – Run 5 miles with 2 at HM pace
Wednesday – off
Thursday – Run 4 miles with hills. Gym to cross train and weights (actually will be at the MAVERICK’S PLAYOFF GAME!!!)
Friday – probably do the run from last night and elliptical and bike
Saturday – Run 9 miles easy
Tomorrow: weekend update on little sister’s graduation!!

Race report and Training log update

First, an update on my training log –
Here is what I had scheduled for last week:
Sunday – 3.6 mile run in McKinney (goal to average a 12:30 pace) I think I destroyed that one! Also ran extra 3 miles at 11:30 pace.
Monday – run 3 miles easy. Elliptical for 45 min. I ran 3 miles hard at an 11:20 pace. Did not do elliptical.
Tuesday – run 4 miles easy. 4 miles at 11:55 pace, this was a great run. Elliptical 60 min.
Wednesday – off done
Thursday – elliptical 45 min. yoga 60 min. Elliptical 60 min, yoga 60 min.
Friday – rest done
Saturday – White Rock Centennial Half Marathon! Done – 2:50 finish (12:45 average pace)
Here is the plan for this week:
Sunday – rest or gym.
Monday – Run 3 easy. Yoga 60 min.
Tuesday – off
Wednesday – Run 4 with hills. Gym to cross train and upper body weights.
Thursday – Elliptical 45 min. (leaving town for Lubbock today)
Friday – Run 3 miles at Half Marathon pace (this is my WISH for a pace, so probably around 11:20 miles)
Saturday – run 6 miles easy
Now for my race report:
On Friday night I had a pasta dinner and laid all my race stuff out.

I wasn’t as nervous this time around and I think some of it attributed to the fact that it was on a Saturday so I wasn’t able to think about it as much. I also had done a run at White Rock before so I knew where we were going. Whatever the reasons were, I was much more relaxed and able to sleep well. I woke up Saturday morning and took my dogs out. The weather was beautiful and there was a slight breeze. I had half of a banana and then got ready. I had packed my pb&j on a sandwich thin along with another banana and GU chomps to have within the hour before running.

This was something new that I wanted to try and see if it helped me at all. My mom and I got to the race site around 7:15 and this was when I ate my pb&j. It was a long walk to the starting line, but it wasn’t too bad, just different. I had thought about joining a pace group since they were being offered and since I would be running solo. I found the 2:40 pacer that was supposed to be a walk/run group and asked her what her plan for the race was. I really didn’t want to walk at all if I could help it, but this is about the finish time I was looking for. But when she told me that they planned on doing a 3:1 (run 3 min then walk 1 min) for the whole race I was like “Hell No!” First of all, 13 miles and 2 ½ hours is a really long time to keep up the monotony of a 3:1. Secondly, are you kidding me? That’s running 101 right there. Next I sought out the 2:30 pace group and asked her plan, but I knew before I even asked it was asking too much of myself, so I was seriously on my own. Good thing I had Grover!

We started the race, which was a very small race by many standards, only 2200 runners, and I fought all urges to run with the pack. In fact, I was pretty proud of myself this whole race for the way I was able to pace myself out. I settled into an easy 12:40 pace and the weather was beautiful and so I would just thank God with every step how enjoyable it was. I had my ultimate playlist (which I will post on soon) and again, with each song I just enjoyed my music and would thank God (and Lisa) for each song. The first 4 miles were easy and quick. I forced myself to not think about time or pace, except to check I wasn’t speeding up and that worked wonderfully. By the time we had looped back around to the starting line to begin our trip around the lake I was already well into mile 4.
I got to mile 6 and I was feeling good and doing really well. Here I debated taking my first honey packet or not. I didn’t really feel the need to take one; however, I didn’t want to hit a wall either. So I decided I should go ahead. In hindsight I wish I had waiting for a least one more mile. My new pre-race fuel was working wonderfully but I wasn’t sure how long it would hold out – next time! At the half way split I was at exactly 1:20 which means that if I stayed at this pace I could pull off a 2:40 finish! I was very excited, especially since I was feeling good and had told myself that if by mile 8 I was still feeling good I could drop my pace.
It was somewhere between mile 6 and the 15k mark that disaster hit….I drank blue PowerAde! YUCK!! I hate blue food, unless they are blueberries and blue PowerAde is just a double whammy! Between the unneeded honey pack and the blue PowerAde by stomach did not like me too well and I was starting to hit a wall. I was disappointed with myself for not feeling strong enough at mile 8 to pick up the pace and by the 15k mark I just had to walk.  The weather was getting warmer and my body was tired. I had been keeping pace well and I was proud of myself for making it that far on my own and without stopping yet. I still wish I had run the whole thing, but there’s always next time.
I walked ran for the next 2.5 miles and was blessed to meet a girl named Amy. We walked and ran and talked some for a little bit and then at mile 12 I told her I was going to try to run the rest in and she could join me or do her own thing. It was a slow mile and I walked sporadically throughout it but I finished strong and with a smile! I was able to take 9 whole minutes off on my first half marathon time – I am totally happy with that!

And I’m proud of Lisa here for finishing her half marathon in 2:35….what!?!?! You go girl!
And for some post race recovery.....

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Things I Love Thursday

The things I love today are simple:
My job – I can’t tell you what it is because then I would have to kill you. But I can tell you that for some reason they decided to trust me with a bit more responsible things which I had the pleasure of doing today! (I really wouldn’t have to kill you, but I need SOME boundaries in my life here people!)
My new workout shirts! Skinny Runner wears them all the time, thanks skinny runner for the inspiration! Seriously, they are amazing!

Lastly, my mom. I love her every day, but since Sunday is Mother’s Day it only seems appropriate, She’s one of the strongest ladies I know and if I weren’t for her in my life I am not sure where I would be right now – technically I would not be here, but you get that. I have been blessed over the last few months with many great times with her and I am so proud to call her my mom – I love you Mom!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

All By Myself!

So remember how last week I wrote about how much I hated running and how runners must be high on something? Of course you do, you hang on my every word and can’t wait for your Google reader to update each day with my newest post, I know how it goes! Anyways, I’m not going to retract that statement, but I will say that the running gods must have smiled on me, or just had pity on me because I had my first breakthrough in my love for running (while running)!
Here’s how it went down – I was set to run 4 miles EASY last night, and this would have been the third day in a row to run, which is a lot for me. But I planned it that way because I will not be running for the rest of the week to save my legs for Saturday. Sunday I ran really hard (in the rain!! Still can’t get over that one!) And then came home and like a crazy person ran 3 more miles. Monday night I was on my own and set out to do 3 easy miles which turned into 3 fast and hard miles. So needless to say when Lisa told me she couldn’t run last night I nearly skipped it myself – I had put too much stress and strain on my legs already this week and didn’t want to push myself too hard. I have found that lately 2 things have been happening: 1) Grover (my Garmin) makes me want to go way too fast. I have become obsessed with pacing and beating myself and seeing how hard I can push myself and go. Not that that is all bad, but I’m pretty sure that’s not the brightest idea since I’ll be running a half marathon on Saturday. 2) when I run by myself I go way too fast because I get bored and want it to be over and I don’t have someone to reign me in. All that being said, I was really nervous about going out and doing 4 miles last night by myself; But I’m also obsessed with following my new training plan so I knew that I had to do it, otherwise all my followers would think I’m a failure (I know this is not true, but I would beat myself up over it – don’t worry, I seek professional help for my weirdness and insane way of beating myself up!)
Anyways, moving on…. I set out last night and just told myself I HAD to go slow. It took almost a mile but I finally settled into a nice and easy 11:55 pace and just enjoyed the beautiful weather and my “ultimate playlist” on my iPod. I told myself that if I could maintain this pace for at least 3 or more miles I would let myself go hard for the last bit of my run. The first mile I was experiencing tightness in my right calf but that quickly worked itself out. Then when I hit 1.5 miles I got the pain in my left knee again. It wasn’t unbearable, but consistent. I was really debating continuing, I would rather skip a planned run than injure myself before Saturday. But I just kept moving and told myself to listen to my body and as long as I maintained the pace I was at, I felt fine. My breathing was a bit hard but that was due to allergies and not being able to breathe through my nose.
When Grover hit the 2.5 mile mark and I was still feeling strong, hadn’t felt like stopping and was STILL maintaining an 11:55 pace I got really excited and just felt a surge of energy. But I held myself back and came to a familiar hill which I flew up no problems and still maintained my pace!!! I was thrilled that I was maintaining my pace so perfectly and that my legs felt great! Grover beeped the three mile mark and I SLOWLY (again, proud of myself for that) picked up the pace just a little bit. I carried an 11:40 pace for half a mile and then picked it up just a little bit more and finished at an 11:30 pace for the last half mile.
Feelings when I finished? Overwhelmingly proud of myself and totally in love! As soon as I got to my car I wrote in my workout notes on my phone – “I kicked butt tonight! All by myself!” (This all by myself part is HUGE for me, I have this unhealthy fear of running and working out by myself – seriously, I told you, I seek professional help!) I’m not sure what finally clicked for me, and I know that I will have other good runs, amazing runs, not so good runs, horrible runs, etc. But I really think that mentally this week has given me a huge burst of confidence. I am an extremely mental athlete – if it gets in my head it comes out in my performance. So this week has overall been a mental marathon for my running – I was able to do 2 really hard runs two days in a row which then helped set the tone for last night’s run. Being able to conquer running alone, along with increasing my speed, maintaining pace and feeling all out good and strong, I have found my love.
Last night’s workout:
4 miles easy 46:04
Elliptical 50 min.