Weekly run-down

Last week was finally a full week of running and getting to the gym. No snow, no ice, not much sunshine either. But hey, we need the rain. It’s sunny here today though!

weekly rundown

Training last week:

Sunday: Gym day

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track, 4×1 mile repeats, 8 miles including warm up and cool down, average pace 9:17

Wednesday: Gym day

Thursday: 6 miles, average pace 9:11

Friday: Gym day

Saturday: 9 miles at the lake then breakfast with friends! Average pace 9:14

I was very glad to get several days at the gym this week. It was Ally’s spring break so I took a few vacation days. We did a few projects at home, did a little shopping, saw McFarland USA (was soooo good!) I cried.

I painted and organized my pantry. It needed it badly. I should have painted it when we moved in last August but things were crazy and I was just ready to move in!

pantry before

After (it looks a little better) At least the shelves are white now and not yellow.

pantry after

Next up, I need to paint the kitchen chairs and I have a chair at my dressing table that needs paint and new fabric.

Ally is raising rabbits this year for her first (and probably last) 4-H project. We have less than 2 weeks to go before they go to auction. They are pretty cute but nasty little things too. They have made a mess in our garage! And they will scratch your arms up too.

Rabbits

I have Rock N’ Roll Dallas half coming up on Sunday. I’m getting excited!

What are you training for?

Working on any home projects?

Happy running!

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Weekly run-down

I’m holding out hope that this week will be a regular run week for me. The last several weeks have been short because of weather. Texas has lost it!

weekly rundown

Training last week:

Sunday: 10 miles. This is a funny story. We ran at 4:30 in the afternoon!

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track, 12×400 with 400 recovery. That’s 6 miles on the track with 1 mile warm up and 1 mile cool down.

Wednesday: Gym day

Thursday: Snow day.

Friday: Rest day.

Saturday: 11 miles

Thursday came with sleet and snow, lots more that we anticipated too. It melted pretty quickly but then left ice the next morning. Actually we had ice until Saturday morning on some roads. One of our girls fell on said ice. We were dodging quite a bit of it.

Last Sunday we ran in the afternoon because the week had been so crummy and Saturday was not an option still. For girls that never (unless racing) run in the daylight it was quite an experience. But not only that it was in the afternoon. We were a hot mess. We had so much fun though. I know people that saw us thought we were crazy. We probably are. We stated mostly in neighborhoods and on new sidewalks when available. We had to run a busy street though at the beginning and end, we got a few honks too.

It was cool and rainy. I like to run in the light rain, it’s kinda refreshing.

10 miles in the day

Here’s a few snow days pictures from last week. I laid down in the snow, that’s the outline of my mitten. It was pretty deep snow, there was ice under it. That’s how we roll here.

snow day

snow day 2015

I think it might finally be gone. It’s Spring Break here this week. It’s raining today but supposed to be in the 60′s and 70′s the rest of the week. I’m so excited! Looking forward to at least 3 run days this week and 2-3 gym days.

I got a Tracer Vest last week. Our Running Center started stocking them. They light up a million ways. I’m surprised how light it is. I thought that battery pack would be heavy but it’s not. I ran with it Saturday and liked it. Of course I had 2 layers of clothes on. Hoping it will be comfortable this summer in a tank top too.

tracer vest

Did my first ever set of squats with the bar on my shoulders yesterday. I’m walking a little funny today.

I have Rock N Roll Dallas in 2 weeks! Still haven’t decided on a goal yet.

What are you training for?

Did you race this weekend?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Weekly run-down

Guess how many miles I ran last week? Zero.

It was a planned rest week and the good Lord agreed when he sent the ice, snow, rain and plummeting temperatures. I did make it to the gym. (some)

weekly rundown

Sunday: Rain, then the ice moved in.

Monday: Ice.

Tuesday: Still ice. I did go to work for about 4 hours.

Wednesday: Gym day. It snowed, but was melted by early afternoon.

Thursday: Maybe it rained? Still no sunshine.

Friday: Gym before work. Then the snow moved in, walked to the park, went sledding, walked back.

Saturday: Gym day. I did actually run 2 miles on the treadmill, then abs, weights, sauna.

Did some Netflix binge watching, made cookies, cleaned house. Apparently when the sun is gone, I want to eat. A friend said yesterday it’s because the fridge was the only thing that had a light the last week. We were drawn to it.

Here’s Ally scraping ice off the sidewalk at my office. We paid her. :)

ally scraping ice

I’m not sure what Molly was thinking about all the snow!

Molly in the snow.

Ally snow 2015

I was surprised when we got to the park to see how many kids had real sleds. In Texas. We used a rubbermaid lid. Apparently I need to order a sled when they go on clearance. Ya know, just in case Texas gets snow once every 3 years. :)

throat punch

What’s the weather like where you are?

Are you ready for it to warm up?

What are you training for? I have Rock N’ Roll Dallas coming up March 22!

Happy running,

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Weekly run-down

A day late, I know it. We are experiencing #IceMageddon2015 around here and I was distracted by Netflix yesterday. Remeber #IceMageddon2013 when the Dallas Marathon was cancelled? Here’s a good read if you missed it. That storm was way worse than what we have now.

weekly rundown

Training last week:

Sunday: Gym day, did all kinds of stuff. Met a friend there on her first day so I showed her a few things.

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track, 800′s and 300′s, it was crazy fun. Average pace 8:56 with 2 mile warm up and recovery.

Wednesday: Spin class with buddies. So much fun!

Thursday: 6 miles, 9:21 pace.

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 10 miles, don’t even know my pace. This was a fun run with some warm temps and humidity mixed in. We are obviously delirious.

10 miles

Right after this I went to the store and came out 30 minutes later to cold temps! It started raining Sunday and then rain turned to ice.

ice 2015

Tonight there’s a chance of snow! We hardly ever get snow, but when we do it’s usually on top of ice. Things are starting to melt a little today but I’m sure it will freeze again tonight. Kids are on day 2 of no school and tomorrow is a half day.

Molly really enjoyed her “snow day”. She was snoring!

Molly ice day

Finally convinced hubby to start a fire and we watched a movie.

fireplace

This was already going to be a rest week from running for me. But I had hoped to get to the gym. Maybe tomorrow. I’m at work for a few hours today and the roads are not too bad. Thankfully I went to the store Saturday and we have plenty of food and cookies. But we are out of ice cream now. Things are getting bad. :)

cookies and ice cream

Did you workout today?

What are you training for?

Happy running,

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Weekly run-down

It’s time for the weekly run-down. I pushed my comfort zone a little bit this week. I made a decision I needed (wanted) to lower my “easy” pace. I have some goals to hit this year and I can’t do that without putting in some work. Funny thing is it hasn’t felt like work. I’m starting to love running again and looking forward to getting out there. Marathon training for 13 of the last 18 months seemed to steal my joy a little bit.

weekly rundown

Training this week:

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: 4 miles, 9:42 pace

Tuesday: Track 12×200, with 200 recovery, 2 mile warm up, 1.5 mile cool down, total 7 miles at 9:11 pace

Wednesday: Rest day, house cleaning counts as cross training, right?

Thursday: 6 miles, 8:51 pace

Friday: Bonus track day, 2 mile warm up, 3×1 mile repeats with 800 recovery, total 7 miles, 8:50 pace. I hit those 3 miles 7:30-8:00 pace.

Saturday: Rest day. I know, no long run. That’s why I did the extra track workout this week.

We have had up and down weather here, typical Texas winter. This is Molly and I picking Ally up on Wednesday with the sun roof open and warm sunshine.

Molly

Then today it’s rainy and 32 degrees. This week looks more like winter but I’m over it. I promise I won’t complain when it’s 80 degrees at 5AM.

I thought this was really funny!

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What are you training for? Any upcoming races?

Happy running,

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Hot Chocolate anyone?

This was oddly my first official 15k race. Ally has been asking for a year to run this one so I finally broke down and registered us both for the 15k.

Hot Chocolate 15k

It wasn’t easy training Ally for a 15k while I was still training for Nola. The mileage just didn’t work and she won’t get up at 4:30 during the week to run short runs. I had to rely on the weekends and her getting in a few miles a day at school. Fortunately, I think she has some natural talent and ability too. She made this race look easy.

Her longest run was 8.25 miles, that was 6 days after I ran Nola. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get it done, but it was a good run. It was for our MRTT virtual so there were a lots of ladies out running and one just a little faster than me ran ahead with Ally the last 4 miles or so. That is what I love about running with a group. These moms take care of each other!

We definitely got our money’s worth. It’s not what I would call a “cheap” race, but we sure did get a lot for our money! We got a nice jacket, hot chocolate and chocolate fondue at the finish, a big medal and free video of us finishing and free photos.

hot choc swag

I had initially planned to let Ally run by herself, she told me to go on. I started out a little faster but slowed down to run with her. (honestly she probably would have passed me anyway). We kept the first 6 miles at a mid 8 range, then dropped sub 8 to the finish. She got ahead of me a little but I caught her at mile 7.5 to finish together (mostly). She was about 5 seconds ahead of me at the finish line.

Ally HC

I run hills a lot, but I was a little surprised at how hilly Dallas is. Mile 5 seemed to go on forever and then bam, mile 8.5 we had to climb a bridge to head into the finish. Ally took those hills like a champ!

Here I am chasing her to the finish line.

Sarah HC 2015

The weather was chilly at the start. But I knew we’d warm up quick. I tossed my gloves at mile 2 and Ally was tying that jacket around her waist shortly after.

This is a big race, a lot of people participate in the 5k. If I had one bad thing to say, it’d be not starting on time. But in all fairness, I don’t think it was the race directors fault. There were so many people that were late. I have never seen that many people be so late to a race. The 15k corrals were trying to line up and the 5k’ers were still coming in from the sides. Finally they stopped them and made them wait until after all the 15k corrals were gone then they started another corral for the 5k.

I would run this 15k again, but I’m not sure I would run the 5k. They did have signs up at the front corrals that said “no walkers” and they were making announcements about it and if you wanted to walk to please move to the side of the road. I feel like they did a good job at crowd control considering how many people were there.

This is one of my favorite pictures!

HC 2015 finish

Here’s the finish line goodies.

HC fondue

Ally really enjoyed the chocolate! Unofficially she placed 2nd in her age group (14 and under). Her award is supposed to be mailed in 6-8 weeks.

Ally chocolate fondue

Here’s most of the group of ladies I run with every week!

Pavement pounders HC 2015

After our group finished, we headed to lunch. I had already let Ally choose since it was her big day. We love to eat in Dallas anytime we can, so I was glad she chose Chuy’s. It’s one of our favorite tex-mex restaurants.

I really enjoyed this race and running with Ally. Looking forward to the next race!

Have you run a Hot Chocolate race?

What are you training for?

Happy running,

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Weekly run-down

Starting a new series on Monday since I’m done with marathon training (for a while at least).

weekly rundown

My recovery after Nola has been so much easier than Dallas. Not really sure why, could be mental. I feel good, legs feel good, I like running again!

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track 16×200, with 200 recovery. We started with 10k pace and worked down to faster than 1 mile pace.

Wednesday: Rest day, had to work today.

Thursday: Hill training, 6.3 miles with 10 hill repeats in there. Whoa.

Friday: Gym day

Saturday: Hot Chocolate Dallas 15k (recap this week)

Sunday: Rest day

I tried on shorts yesterday, that didn’t go well. I have to get my eating in check. I don’t think it’s all about what I’ve been eating, but how much. I know what I need to do, hoping that disaster yesterday was enough to make me do it!

The Sweat Pink #noexcuses challenge came to an end. Here are a few pictures from the last week.

#noexcuses

#freefriday

I’m still working on my recap from Nola. I can’t quite get the words out right. I’ll get there.

Races coming up:

March: Rock N Roll Dallas, half

April: Green Door 5k, it’s a local race

May: Moonlight Madness Half in Dallas, it’s at night, will purely be for fun!

I am thinking I will run the DRC half again in November, it will be my goal race for a PR. Ally has decided she wants to run a half this year, so I’m thinking the Dallas half in December with her!

What’s on your race schedule?

Training for anything new?

Happy running!

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Marathon Monday: it’s taper week!

It’s finally here, less than a week to go. And guess what? I woke up congested and not able to take in deep breaths. I’m going to the doctor this afternoon.

grumpy cat

I got a new book and running journal. I’m excited to get into it.

Books

marathon training

Training last week: January 11-17

Sunday: Gym day, 3 treadmill miles plus weights

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 5 miles

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 7 miles

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 6.4 miles, hills, at Nola race pace. This group rocked those hills!

group pic

I’m participating in the #SweatPink #NoExcuses challenge this month. Last week included burpees, squats and planks. There’s something new every day.

Sweat pink no excuses

I haven’t done burpees in a looooonnnnnggggg time.

Burpees

Saturday we shared our favorite healthy snack. I came across these apples last month and love them. The new health/organic food store here is carrying them.

Peeled snacks

Today’s challenge is 30 seconds of mountain climbers. My goal is to get that done tonight, after seeing the doctor. Right now I’m struggling to take in a deep breath.

Got my Nuun on board and my new Kate Spade tumbler. Someone (not naming names) dropped my chevron tumbler and it cracked.

Kate Spade tumbler

This week is all about water, Vitamin C and good food! Hubby grilled chicken last night, I made a home made turkey pot pie for dinner tonight. I got the McCormick Thyme in my #FrostyVoxBox in December. We are starting this week off right with food prep!

pot pie

Do you food prep?

Anyone use a running log or journal?

Happy running,

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

FlipBelt review

**I bought this FlipBelt with my own money, at full price. All opinions are my own!**

  FlipBelt

I grabbed my Flip Belt at the Dallas Marathon Expo. I’ve been wanting to try it for a while. I’ve heard great things about it, so far, I really like it. I committed the cardinal sin and wore it in the marathon that weekend. Honestly, it worked great.

This morning I discovered it will hold a water bottle from my fuel belt. It’s a squeeze bottle so maybe not in the winter, chances are the water will end up all over you! But, if you are desperate it’ll work.

FlipBelt 1

For the marathon I carried my phone, 3 of the Advocare gels, chapstick and my FitBit fits on the band. You can see the Advocare gels are bigger than other packages but I got 3 in there just fine. I wore my phone in the back, in a baggy. (I have the iPhone 6 for comparison.) If you have a rubber case it’s hard to get the phone in and out. But in a baggy it’s no problem and your phone will stay dry that way too.

This morning I also stuck my key in it, use the hook just in case. That is not something you want to lose while running.

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Here’s everything stuffed in it. I have a size medium. I like to wear it lower, on my hips, not my waist.

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Cons: can’t think of much I don’t like.

  • Price is a little higher than other belts, but I’m hopeful in the long run it’ll be worth it.

Pros:

  • Color selection, lots to choose from.
  • Holds plenty of stuff.
  • Fits tight against you.
  • No bouncing around.
  • Machine washable. I air dry mine.

I am carrying this one in New Orleans next weekend as well. I’ll use the water stops like I did in Dallas. I can definitely recommend this belt. I’ll update again after New Orleans!

What do you wear to carry your phone, keys, gels, etc?

Anyone else wear a FlipBelt?

Happy running,

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Marathon Monday: training update

It’s just under 2 weeks until Rock N’ Roll New Orleans full marathon! A lot has happened in the last few weeks after Dallas. I finished Dallas not wanting to run New Orleans. I know that’s crazy to decide at mile 26 never to run another full again. But, oh well.

So, here I am 2 weeks out and I think I’m as ready as I’ll get. I have not had great runs since Dallas. I’m not sure if I was properly rested and recovered to continue training. I did the best I could, kept getting in miles that I could.

marathon training

Training last week:

Sunday: Gym day, stair master and legs

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Gym day, elliptical, arms, abs, lots of stretching

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 6 miles, it was 16 degrees. I should get a medal for that.

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 13 miles. Best run I’ve had since Dallas

I’ve been dealing with pain in my arch since the week before Dallas. Also, the same week I started in a new pair of shoes. I wear the Asics Gel Cumulus in size 8, but the last pair was feeling a little tight so I went with 8.5 this time. I think that was my mistake. I’ve run in my old pair, now with almost 400 miles on them, and no foot pain. I finally tracked down a pair yesterday and am ready to break these new ones in, just in time for New Orleans.

new shoes

My little family has had a lot of loss the last few months and this week we had to say goodbye to our sweet Ranger. He was just shy of 15 years. John and I got him right after we bought our first house. He was a mess, but oh I loved him. I did not realize how badly I would be affected by this loss. It’s been a rough week.

Ranger

I’m participating in the Sweat Pink #noexcuses challenge! Today’s challenge is a 30 second plank. Tag it on Instagram and Twitter with #sweatpink and #noexcuses.

Sweat pink no excuses

I’m ready for an “easy” week with a few 5 milers then our last long run is next weekend, it’s only 6 miles! Yay for short, long runs.

What are you training for?

Anyone running Rock N’ Roll New Orleans?

Happy running,

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1