Sunday, May 29, 2016

One Week Before Race Day!

In one week from today I will be running the San Diego Rock n Roll half marathon! I am super excited since I have really trained for this race. I have put in the time and even with all my setbacks, I feel pretty confident. I've put in the miles and come next Sunday, I will finally see if all the hard work paid off.


When I hurt my knee in April, I was very much discouraged that I had to take 10 days off for my stitches to heal. I felt like I was finally getting to where I needed to be and then that fall happened. One of my good friends told me to think of it as a rest period to evaluate and come back stronger for the remainder of my training. I hate to say it, but she was right. The rest period was exactly what my body needed. Maybe I will never get back to the level I was three years ago but I feel stronger and I am training smarter.


I started off my training hoping to get a PR for this course and break 2 hours but as soon as I got into the Chicago Marathon, my goal changed. Since then I have incorporated some tempo runs to still keep on track but now I am using this race to determine my upcoming marathon pace. See, I haven't ran a marathon since maybe 2008?? I can't even remember the exact year since I feel like I have blocked all memories from running marathons. Let's just say I didn't have any good experiences. Anyways, this half marathon will give me a better idea of what time to expect for Chicago.


For this upcoming week I just have a few runs to shake out the legs (some fartleks and tempos) but mostly I am starting to carb load. The longest run I plan on doing is six miles. I'll be bored for sure but I am doing this in hopes of truly running the best race possible. I also haven't drank any alcohol in almost a month in preparation. But I am truly looking forward to my first drink post race. Best way to recover is with a fresh drink right?!?




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Monday, May 23, 2016

Running My Way Through California

About two weeks ago my husband and I went up north to visit friends and family for a weekend. Since I was deep in my training I knew I had to get in at least two runs while I was away. I know it can be pretty difficult to train while traveling but I am here to tell you that it doesn't have to be. It can take some pre-planning but when there is a will, there is a way.


Our first stop was in Exeter, CA. Where is this you may ask? Well it happens to be in the armpit of California where there is nothing but farmland and surrounded by some hills. Every year they have a race in this town called the Hell of a Half. You can read my race recap in this link. Since I am familiar with this town, it was easier for me to get motivated to go out for a run. I knew I had to get at least get six miles done and managed to run 6.5 miles instead. It felt great!


Right after our short stay there we headed off to Santa Barbara, CA for a night. My husband had a work meeting and I tagged along since Santa Barbara is beautiful. We were able to stay right on the beach at the Hyatt. Right along the beach there are a ton of hotels to choose from but we really enjoyed our stay here.


The staff was friendly. The hotel was nice and clean and they had a ton of amenities: 24 hour gym, room service, pool, restaurants, etc. I literally walked out of the hotel and the beach was right there. The boardwalk was not packed at all in the morning. I imagine it must get pretty busy on the weekends though. Santa Barbara is so pretty and a major tourist destination along the California coast.


I love running by the beach. It is just so serene and absolutely beautiful. Having great running views always seem to motivate me a little but more. That day, I ran a total of 4 miles along the boardwalk. I am sure I could have squeezed in a few more miles but I was limited in time and that day my training only called for an easy run.


The boardwalk was pretty flat the entire way and was open to not only runners but walkers, cyclists, and roller bladers. I managed to get in a few faster strides and some fartleks since I had a little extra room.  I will say that there were not many bathrooms or drinking fountains available to the public. If I remember correctly I only came across two drinking fountains during the entire run.  During part of my run my mouth was so dry that I felt like I was running in the desert! That is probably the only negative thing about my run.


Having a marked trail to follow along the coast was awesome. I am glad that I was able to take this trip with my husband. Like I said when there is a will, there is a way. Many people find any excuse to not get a workout while on vacation. I used to be one of those people. Not anymore!


I can't even begin to tell you how motivated I have been during this training cycle. I haven't lost any weight but I feel so much stronger. My pants feel a bit better and it's been great noticing my running times get faster. I am still not at where I was three years ago but for the first time I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.


So here are some more pictures from my run in Santa Barbara:





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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Running Confessions

Oh hello there! I know I have been MIA lately from the blogger world but if you follow me on Instagram, then you know I am very much alive and well. Life has been a bit chaotic lately for our household.  Work and training alone has been crazy for both my husband and I. Okay, my husband isn't training for anything but work for him has been EXTRA busy. Both him and I are also busy with something else that will hopefully end by the end of next month...maybe.  So here are few things that have been going on in my life along with a few running confessions:


1. I am still training for the San Diego Rock n Roll half marathon. It is going on in less than three weeks and I am getting really pumped. I know I said I would recap on how my training was going but I would forget and then I would just get lazy.


2.  I have done my last long run for my training and I am currently in taper mode. Let me tell you that it sucks! I don't like it one bit. I want to keep running more but I have to really listen to my training.  I have to warn my husband that I may be a little irritable from now until the race. Hopefully he understands! haha


3. I really want a new Garmin watch for my upcoming marathon in Chicago. I've been eyeing the Garmin 735XT and the Garmin Forerunner 235.  I just can't seem to decide.  Also, I can't justify getting a new one when mine works perfectly fine. It's just really old and I want something new. Darn you Garmin for making long, durable watches!


4. Speaking of watches...when you guys go out for a run do you stop your watch if you take breaks? I do. Of course during race day I never do, but during my training runs I will pause it if I stop to use the bathroom, to stretch, to drink some water, to take a picture, etc.


5. So lately I have been trying to beat the morning traffic and head out for my runs by 6AM. I drive to the beach/bay and without traffic it takes me about 20 minutes.  I know a lot of runners have coffee before their morning runs to get them going. I am just not one of those runners. I don't drink coffee since just the smell of it can trigger a migraine for me but I have gotten in the habit of drinking a pre-workout drink for that caffeine boost. It's not for everyone but it works for me.


6. I can't seem to stop getting blisters and it is really starting to annoy me. I used to never get blisters when I wore Mizuno Wave Riders but then they changed their shoe. Then the blisters just kept on coming. I have tried numerous other shoes and so far the Brooks Glycerin shoes have worked but once I run more than 8 miles they just pop up. I just bought new socks too to see if that helps. I am hoping to try them next week before my race. Wish me luck!


7. Sports Authority and Sports Chalet are both going out of business. My hubby and I both managed to get some good deals at Sports Authority with one of them being a really nice pair of Under Armour black compression pants for me. I knowingly bought a size smaller than what I usually wear as motivation. Sadly those pants may stay brand new for awhile! haha


8. I decided today that I am hoping to one day be able to wear shorts for a run without them riding up from my chub rub. I used to run in shorts. I even remember running a few half marathons with them on. A girl can dream right??


9. I decided to start doing some meal prepping. I am new to this so not really sure if I am doing it right. I am currently only doing it when I am doing a three night stretch at work. My hubby used to cook me something before I went to work my night shift, but with how crazy his schedule has been this has really helped out!


10. I've been running without my contacts lately so if you happen to see me watch out! I am already clumsy to begin so this isn't helping me at all. haha!




What's new with you?



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Sunday, May 1, 2016

April Review + 5 Workout Songs to Add to Your Playlist!

The month of April ended in a weird way. It started off great but on Thursday I just had one of those days were I was sad and angry over something I have no control over. Last year I opened up about my struggle with infertility. Dealing with it has been such a roller coaster and the end result was me 20 pounds heavier and still no baby. I was told I have a 0.1% chance of conceiving naturally. Pretty darn depressing right? In December my husband and I decided to no longer continue with medical treatment after a failed IVF cycle. It was just too much for us (both emotionally and financially). I dealt with it. I went through the stages of grief but on Thursday I just lost it once again. I got so angry that these were the cards I was dealt with. Why me? I am a good person! This shouldn't happen to people that truly want to have children. It just isn't fair...

So you see, this is why my month didn't really end the way I was hoping it would. To be honest, it kind of just took me by surprise. I wish I could say I am 100% better, but I'm not. The main thing that has helped me with all this has been my running. If all of this would have happened when I still had stitches on my knee, I don't know how I would have dealt with it. So now I begin the healing process once again. I just wish there was a magic wand that would take away all the pain and sadness. But I am determined to get past this little hump and be grateful for all the great things in my life.  So enough of all this sadness! Here are some of favorite things for the month of April plus five songs to add to your playlist.

Total Miles for April: 56.2 Not too bad considering I had to take 10 days off due to my stitches. I ended the month with two 8 mile runs with a good pace. I have a month left until my next race and I feel pretty confident that I will do just fine!

Favorite Run: I guess I would have to say it was my last 8 mile run. It was the day after my meltdown so I had a lot to let out. I took out all my aggression on the pavement.


Favorite Experience: I was so happy to attend the Running Coach Certification Course in my lovely city. Hopefully soon I can say I am an official running coach!


Favorite Moment: I went to work a few weeks ago and received the most heart warming present. A sweet wonderful family came to my department and dropped off a present for me. I was so incredibly touched. I apparently made an impact in their lives which just made my day!


Best News: Getting the email with my confirmation to the Chicago Marathon!!










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