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

Dallas Marathon race review

I’m finally getting this done. The last few weeks have been a blur. I really enjoyed my time off at Christmas and got stuff done at home. But got no blogging done at all.

Dallas Marathon

The Dallas Marathon was supposed to be my first full in December 2013. But a little ice storm kinda halted that plan, the race was cancelled 2 days before. The runners registered for that race were given a special discount price to register for 2014. So, the Dallas Marathon 2014 became marathon #2.

Training for this race was not as good as I had hoped. I missed some long runs and was just not emotionally in it. We had some loss in our family in the fall after moving in the summer. Things were crazy to say the least.

This was a large race, but very organized. I was impressed.

The expo was great, lots of vendors and lots of free goodies! Runners like that kind of thing.

Dallas expo

We grabbed our shirts and bibs and did a little shopping. I bought new sunglasses and a FlipBelt. I broke the cardinal rule of not wearing anything new on race day. I ran 26.5 miles in a new FlipBelt. It worked out though. I’ll get a review of that up soon!

This was my view the day before the race. My foot had started hurting just a little bit, so I thought maybe I’d try staying off of it.

feet up

The phantom foot pain was in my arch, it started 8 days before the race. I was supposed to run 9 miles, ended up with 4. I was hoping it was just a fluke. It didn’t hurt all that week then started the day before the race.

I laid all my clothes out the night before. I always do this to make sure I have everything. I ended up not wearing the compression socks in the race. My shoes are 1/2 size bigger than I normally get and these socks are thin. My shoes were a little too loose.

Dallas flat mama

When I bought these shoes I purposely bought a 1/2 size bigger because the last pair I bought seemed a little too tight. Now I’m afraid that’s what might be the cause of my foot pain.

Hubby drove me to the race, he dropped me off then he and Ally went to get breakfast. I met up with my group and we took pictures, stretched, used the facilities, twice. I’ve put a lot of miles on the road with these ladies, and about half of them are training to run their first full in New Orleans this month.

Dallas marathon group

This girl is one of my best running friends. She doesn’t let me quit, she also blames me for her speedy pace. I’ll take it.

Me and Alisha

I headed over to my corral to get in my spot, stretch a little more and clear my head.

corral A

The race started at 8:05AM. When I signed up for this race, I had a lofty goal and sometimes life happens and those goals change. I decided to start with the corral I had originally been placed in. I wanted to see what I could do. I started out great, felt good. I was confident I could PR. My foot wasn’t hurting at first.

I did not carry water in this race, I decided to fuel at the water stops instead. I prefer not to have the extra weight while racing. We ran through Highland Park and the fire department there had a huge flag hanging over the street, it was amazing. This is a great course, you see lots of Dallas. Most of it was familiar to me.

I saw John and Ally maybe about mile 4-5, can’t really remember. I handed them my sunglasses. I would not be needing them. The forecast was humid, warm-ish and rain. I was actually relieved at the light rain that came periodically. I was not ready for the downpour that would come later.

I hit a BIG wall at about mile 15. My splits clearly show I started out too fast (rookie mistake) and paid for it later on. I saw John and Ally at 15 and 17 since it was an out and back at White Rock Lake. I stopped at about 16 at the aid station to have my toe wrapped. I was starting to limp from my toes rubbing blisters on each other.

The pain in the arch of my foot came about mile 18 or so. I was pushing through, my pace was slowing, but I would rally from time to time. The course was fun, there were tons of people out cheering but it was rough. I’m not gonna lie.

I was walking a bit at 19 so I stopped to take a picture.

mile 19

My friend Lauren was meeting me at mile 20 to run with me. I have never been happier to see her in my whole life. I’ve only been running with her since summer. She’s my new hero! I was whiny, I was not a good running friend. It was starting to rain. I wanted to quit running all together. That whole wall at 20 that everyone jokes about, it’s real. It’s no joke. Looking back, if I hadn’t started out so fast I probably could’ve pushed through that a lot easier since I had a friend to run with.

Lauren ran as far as she could, right about mile 25.5 and turned around and ran back 6 miles to her car, in the rain. What a trooper. The rest of the girls were waiting at about mile 25.something. Alisha got me as far as she could, one of the girls got this picture. I am seriously telling Alisha I am never, ever, ever running a full marathon again. Like, I may never run again at all. HAHA. She just told me to run.

We kinda look like rock stars here.

Dallas mile 26

It rained off and on the last 5-6 miles. Then it poured. I retrieved my medal and gear check bag in the pouring rain. Now I’m getting cold. Thankfully the Dallas convention center has covered roads all around it. Everyone was hiding under there. I called John and he was able to find me pretty quick. I changed clothes in the car. Something I never thought I’d do, but I was cold and wet. We got lunch and headed home. I did get a 9 minute PR, I’ll take it.

We got our 2013 medals after completing the 2014 race.

Dallas marathon medals

Marathons are no joke. You don’t go into them lightly. Most people can’t just get out and run 26.2 miles without months of training. It’s a hard race, even if your only goal is to cross the finish line standing up. I don’t walk away from a full marathon feeling good. I feel defeated. It’s weird, I wish I could explain it.

This is a good race, it’s not as flat as I’ve been led to believe. Chances are I’d run the half again. Not sure about the full.

Happy running!

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

2014: My year in racing {link-up}

Thanks to Montana over at Pretty Lil Mudder for hosting this link up!

  2014- My year in racing

Here is my run down of racing this year!

  • Most Scenic Course: Dallas Marathon, this course went all over Dallas. There was always something to see. Lots of pretty houses, Greenville Avenue, White Rock Lake, Highland Park Fire Station had a flag flying over the street, it was amazing to see! I’ll get the re-cap up soon.
  • Best Expo: Dallas Marathon. Lots of exhibitors, lots of freebies plus I found a great pair of Sunglasses and snagged a FlipBelt.

Dallas expo

  • Best Post-Race Food & Beverages: Cowtown. They had the usual but also had soup and ice cream.
  • Best Swag: Cowtown. I got 3 shirts and 2 medals for 2 days of running.
  • Most Unique Medal: Cowtown. It’s a 3 year series, all buckles.
  • Favorite Race Shirt: DRC Half (Dallas Running Club). It’s long sleeve, tech and bright pink.
  • Favorite Overall Race: I guess DRC Half. As far as races go, they were all well run, good courses, but DRC now holds my PR. It was during a rough time and I needed that race and needed to know that I could do it.
  • Best Course Support (aid stations, volunteers, people cheering you on, etc): Dallas Marathon
  • Race You Are Most Proud of Yourself for Completing: Patriot Half, I fought real hard to just finish this one. Set out to make this my first 1:50 half but it became about finishing on my feet. That was a rough day. You can find the recap here.
I had a lot of races this year, lots of goals. Some of them a little lofty (ie. marathon goal). It’s ok to have lofty goals, but I also needed a realistic goal. I accomplished a lot this year, had some set backs, but am pushing through.

New Orleans Rock N Roll is January 26, 2015. It will be my first race of 2015. Other than that I don’t have much I’m registered for. I need to make some decisions about what to run next year.

Be sure and check out the other bloggers list, you might find your next race!

Jeanette: Fit In Louisville (http://www.fitinlouisville.blogspot.com)
Amy: Running Escapades (http://runningescapades.com)
Melanie: Runner Girl in a Rocking World (http://runnergirlinarockingworld.com)
Erika: MCMMamaRuns (http://mcmmamaruns.com)
Krystal: The Runner Within (http://therunnerwithin.com)
Tamsyn: Fat Girl to Ironman (http://fatgirltoironman.co.uk)
Erin: Love for Running (http://loveforrunning.com)
Sammy: Peace Love & Ice Cream (http://peaceandloveandicecream.com)
Kelly: Miles to Go (http://miles-to-go.org)
Sue: This Mama Runs for Cupcakes (http://thismamarunsforcupcakes.com)
Lara: Uptite Mamas (http://uptitemamas.com)
Kristin: Kristin’s 5k (http://www.kristins5k.blogspot.com)
Montana: Pretty Lil Mudder (http://prettylilmudder.com)

You can link up your racing recap for the year until Sunday!

 

Happy running!

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Marathon playlist

With the Dallas Marathon 10 days away, it’s time to update the playlist and get my iPod ready to go!

Marathon playlist

I have lots of different music and this is just a sampling of some of my current favorites. Some are new and some are just “new to me”.  I don’t normally listen to music when I run, unless I’m alone. But I always have it when I race, since I usually don’t have a race partner. Mostly with just one ear bud in. But I have a feeling about mile 22 I’ll have both in, blasted as loud as I can stand it.

Playlist

Do you have any suggestions?

What’s in your playlist?

Do you even listen to music when you race?

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Marathon Monday: training update

This last week wasn’t quite what I had hoped it would be. Life has been crazy, my family is going through a rough October. I was supposed to run a half marathon Saturday but opted not to. I was emotionally and physically exhausted. By the time I was home Friday night, nothing was ready to go for race day. My mind and heart just weren’t in it. Sometimes that’s how life goes.

We had a good weekend though. Ally’s softball team played in a tournament, they had 5 games Saturday then went back Sunday morning. It was single elimination Sunday so after losing the first game they were done. I was sad for them, they played great, but I was happy to have my Sunday back!

She was not happy about the 5:30AM alarm two days in a row. I got to sleep in so I was happy.

Softball tourney

After softball was over Sunday we headed to Cracker Barrel for a late breakfast. I love looking through the store there. This giant size Snickers bar was quite tempting. You can’t quite see how big it is in the picture, but it says “slice n share” on it. And there was a huge Hershey’s bar under it.

Snickers

Since we were near the Asics outlet store I had to stop and get shoes. I will need a new pair soon anyway. I decided to try the Asics Gel Evate. I have been in the Cumulus for a while and these are in the same class, but have a little more cushioning in the toe.

asics gel evate

7 weeks to go until the Dallas Marathon! The weeks are flying by!

marathon training

Training last week:

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track workout, 6×800 with 400 recovery, 2 mile warm up

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 3 miles plus the gym

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: Unplanned rest day, was supposed to be a half race.

Sunday: Rest day

I’m thinking about signing up for a half this coming weekend since I still want that PR. I need 18 miles though so trying to figure out how to add the extra 5. I don’t want to run before the race so maybe after I can do a 5 mile recovery run or maybe run 5 on Saturday. I have never split a long run like that, but I’ve read people do it.

I had a lot of friends that raced this last weekend and hit PR’s and milestones, I’m so proud of them!

Did you race this weekend?

Get a long run in?

Have you ever split a long run over 2 days?

Happy running,

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

Marathon Monday: training update #3

It’s a rainy Monday morning here. I got woken up about 5AM to some crazy lightning, thunder and then a hail and rain storm. We need the rain badly, but I can do without the hail hitting the house and cars. Oh, how I love to sleep in on days like this too!

marathon training

Less than 3 weeks until my next half.

10 weeks until the Dallas Marathon!

Training last week:

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track workout, 3×1 mile repeats, with 800 recovery, 2 mile warm-up, 1 mile cool down

Wednesday: 3 miles and then hit the gym for abs, stretching and the sauna

Thursday: 6 miles

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: Sort of a rest day. My daughter and friends were running a 5k/10k so I got about a mile in, but mostly it was cheering.

Sunday: 17 miles

We had a busy weekend. It was Ally’s birthday. We had her party at a skating rink. Had some delicious cookies and cupcakes. (eeek) They were so good and yes, I had more than my fair share. Sweets don’t tempt me unless they are in front of me. Out of sight is way better for me!

Ally 13th

She took 1st place in her age group in the 5k, with almost a 1 minute PR.

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We had great weather this weekend, the mornings are cooler. I love being able to run and breathe. This week the afternoons are going to warm back up, but I think we get to keep our cool mornings.

Did you run this weekend? Anyone race?

Happy running,

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

Marathon Monday: training update

I am in the throes of marathon training. Not really sure where/when the plan began, I’ve been training to train at a faster pace for a while. This summer has worn me out and made me feel like I couldn’t run another step. Part of that was heat and part was just plain emotions and being busy with the move.

So, with 12 weeks until my next marathon, it’s time to get myself in gear!

marathon training

Marathon #2: Dallas Marathon, December 14

Marathon #3: New Orleans Rock N’ Roll, January 25

You may recall the Dallas Marathon 2013 was supposed to be marathon #1 but it was cancelled due to Icemageddon. So, Cowtown 2014 became marathon #1. For a while I wasn’t sure I wanted to run another full (sometimes I still question my sanity in this department).

At any rate, I’m training and I cannot wait for the temps to cool off. Maybe I won’t feel like a loser who can’t breathe or run.

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: Gym day, upper body weights, abs, stretching and sauna

Tuesday: Track day, 12×200 with 200 recovery, 2 mile warm up and 1 mile cool down

Wednesday: 2.25 miles with Ally, exploring the streets in our new neighborhood.

Thursday: 8 miles, 2 mile warm up, 3×1 mile at (about) 8:00 minute pace, with 1/2 mile recovery, 2 mile cool down

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: Gym day, upper body, elliptical and abs.

Saturday was supposed to be a 12 mile run. By Friday afternoon, my heel was hurting with every single step. I knew I was not going to be able to run so I hit the gym instead. Not sure what I did, but thinking it was bruised. It already feels better this morning. The plan is to hit the track tomorrow.

I’m getting food and hydration back in check. I did fairly well this summer, despite everything going on. But the last 3-4 weeks have been ridiculous. If it’s not nailed down, I’ve been eating it. Not kidding. My favorite hydration right now is Nuun. It seems to keep the headaches at bay. I drink it before, during or after a run.

Did you workout this weekend?

What upcoming races 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 recap

I’m starting to get more in a routine again. Moving is hard work and it gets in the way of running, that’s for sure. We are still house hunting and hope to get settled soon.

It has been hard getting used to the humidity and not feeling like I suck at running.  But, I do love the track workouts and am very excited to see the results this fall.

Here are the recent posts if you missed them.

Weekly training recap2

Training this week:

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track, 10 x 200′s with 200 recovery, with 2 mile warm-up

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 8 miles, 2 mile warm-up, 2 miles of Fartleks and 4 miles not-so-easy-but-doable pace

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 11 miles. It was 80 degrees when we started at 5AM.

You might look at this week and think, “she took a lot of rest days”. Yes I did. Marathon training is about to get into full swing and I figured I better rest while I can. Right now I am signed up for 2 marathons and will sign up for a half in October. The plan is the Michelob half on October 26, Dallas Full on December 14 and Rock N Roll New Orleans January 25. Then I think I’ll be hibernating!

Ally starts 7th grade in 9 days. I cannot believe that. Time flies ya’ll. It’s crazy how fast she is growing up.

Anyone else run track workouts?

What does your fall and winter race schedule look like?

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

Cowtown race weekend, part 1 {2014}

I don’t even know where to start. The last few days have been a roller coaster. Who am I kidding, the last few months have been. This has been a 7.5 month journey, thanks to “Icemageddon” 2013 and the Dallas marathon being cancelled.

We headed to Ft. Worth Friday night, it just makes the weekend easier to not make that drive in Saturday morning. We ate at one of our very favorite mexican food restaurants, Joe T. Garcia’s. We can’t go to Ft. Worth without eating here.

Saturday morning started with me and Ally running 5k races. I was there to cheer on several friends running a 10k, some running their first ever 10k race! My 5k was just a warm-up for Sunday. My original training plan called for 2 miles that morning, so I took it a little easy (that’s hard to do).  Ally started out really good, then side cramps got her. I plan on working with her on breathing, fluid intake and pre-race nutrition over the next few months. She thought it would be a good idea to eat some yogurt at the expo before her race….YUCK! I can’t even imagine. So proud of her for sticking with it though.

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There she goes!

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My bff Alisha and I before her 10k.

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Gym and running buddy Jill before her 10k. She was a super star cheerleader on the course Sunday morning.

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After those races were done, we found a late breakfast and then went to the hotel to shower and change. I met up with a few more friends to head back to the expo. Cowtown has a good expo, lots of vendors and you can get a free health screening from the UNT Health Center. I wish I had made time to get my BMI checked out.

We shopped and listened to an overview of the half and full course. I got a new running jacket to replace one I had to send back. The zipper wouldn’t zip. Got John a 0.0 magnet for his truck, he’s pretty excited, and Ally got a new pair of Nike’s. Luke’s had their shoes on clearance plus 20% off everything in the booth.

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Ally in true form being silly at the expo.

Ally expo cowtown

I got in a very short nap before heading to dinner. I picked a restaurant that unfortunately was decent, at best. The entertainment made it all worth it. Apparently it was karaoke night there and a few of the husbands got serenaded during dinner. It was pretty funny!

Cowtown dinner

We didn’t stay out too late, most everyone was getting up to run the next morning. We had a few friends there for course support Sunday and I have a feeling they stayed out a little late that night. I was in bed at 8:45 as I was fighting a major headache and still had to pack up and be ready to check out Sunday before the race.

Our first day at Cowtown was busy, but we had fun!

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

Marathon training, virtual 5k and a valentine cookie

8 more days until I’m at that starting line. I cannot wait! I have checked the weather and it looks gorgeous right now, just praying it stays that way. This week is either going to be the quickest or slowest week ever.

8 more days

Training this week:

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: Gym day, very light workout with abs and weights

Tuesday: Elliptical plus abs and arms

Wednesday: 3 miles on the treadmill plus abs and legs

Thursday: 4 miles, .5 mile hill repeats and 2 mile warmup

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 8 miles, pace 9:00 per mile

I’m feeling good about my training and am ready for race day.

This morning my Moms Run this Town chapter held our winter virtual race. We had 30 moms and several kids running 5k and 10k distances. The weather was great!

Sole sisters!

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Me and Ally running

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Our medal

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We took advantage of the gorgeous afternoon and took Molly to the dog park. And of course I didn’t take any pictures.

Yesterday I had a cookie made for John and Ally to celebrate Valentine’s day and tell them how much I really love them!

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John and I got to go out to eat last night for dinner. Ally went to a movie and dinner with my parents. Don’t forget about the Active Accessories giveaway going on. You can find it here.

Did you workout today?

Any big plans for Valentine’s Day?

Anyone racing this weekend?

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