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!

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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

Dallas Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon!

It’s done! I was so looking forward to this race and now I couldn’t be happier it’s done. I knew a lot of people running it and really enjoy seeing everyone running and our running family out there cheering!

The weekend started with the expo on Saturday. Rock N’ Roll really knows how to put on a great expo! I’ve never seen one like this. It was great to see Brooks there, Ally and I both got on the treadmill and got our gait analysis done. Looks like she needs new shoes ASAP! My favorites also included Nuun and Yurbuds. I went with my friend Angie and she got all fixed up at the KT Tape booth. ‘

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Our group made shirts and got these great pink skirts from Lily Bomb!

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And the back!

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I did not, however, enjoy the wind. The main reason I was looking forward to this race is because I thought the weather would be perfect…it was not. Now, some runners may have thought today’s weather was perfect, and I tip my hat to you. The temperate wasn’t the issue, it was the 20-25 mph wind, which made the temp feel much colder.

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Race day started at 4:40AM, I was carpooling with friends and meeting at 5:30AM. We got to Fair Park at 6AM and rode the bus to the start line. I haven’t done very many one-way races, it went really well. The buses were nice and warm! We got dropped off at Dallas City Hall and proceeded to wait along with everyone else in the cold wind. We took a bathroom break and took some pre-race picture. I also used bag drop for the first time and it was easy and I feel comfortable using it in the future.

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I was running with a good friend and training partner, we were in Corral 8. Our friends were spread out over just about all the corrals. We stopped at each one dropping off friends and taking pictures. We got to start about 8:10. We had originally discussed keeping our pace about 10 minutes per mile at first, then stepping it up later, hoping to finish about 2:10. That plan quickly became a sub-10 start and sub 9 finish! We hit a little over 1o a few times but didn’t stay there long.

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I was feeling really good for the most part, finally warmed up about mile 3, tied my jacket around my waist. We saw some friends cheering at mile 3, but I didn’t think to give them our jackets, oops! Never did take the gloves off, my fingers never stayed warm enough. Grabbed some Gatorade at mile 7 I think, then ate our chews. Everything is a blur, I did get a few pictures along the way early on.

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At about mile 11-12 I wasn’t sure I was going to make it, we had kept our pace in the low 9′s, hitting a few sub-9′s at times. I knew we were set to PR and didn’t want to quit but it was hard. I can’t even imagine how much harder it will be to get under 2 hours. It’s on my long term goal list. I say long term because once I get sub-2 I want to be able to stay there. That means ramping up my speed on all my runs, different training and I’m not quite ready for that. I have a lot to accomplish this year and I’m not sure I want to push that yet. We will see what life brings. Right now I’m ecstatic with 2:03:07. I’m beyond happy!

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5k time: 31:06

10k time: 1:01:05

10 mile time: 1:36:17

Official pace: 9:24 per mile

Chip time: 2:03:07

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I had a great run, had great company and yummy food today! I will rest until Wednesday, go to the gym, then back to 5@5 on Thursday. My next half marathon is almost 2 months away. The Patriot is here in my hometown and it’s the 2nd year for it. It’s on Memorial Day!

Have a great week and don’t forget to enter the Empower Fitness giveaway here!

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What I ate (and did) Wednesday

It’s What I Ate Wednesday! I’m a creature of habit so I had my usual breakfast of bagel, peanut butter and banana. I was going to eat Almond butter but apparently I put it in the pantry and it’s supposed to be refrigerated. So, I’ll have to buy another jar.

I went to the gym after dropping Ally at school. I was absolutely starving when I left there, I drank my water, ran my errands and tried not to focus on food. I grabbed a smoothie from Smoothie King about 11 and then had a snack after that. As I’m typing this, I’m hungry again.

I had a great workout at the gym, cardio and lots of weights, lunges and ab work. I hope I can walk tomorrow!

82 minutes = 680 calories!

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I’ve been lacking on my planking, back on the train today!

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I grabbed a new snack at the store today. Special K is how I started my journey 2 years ago, I was eating their protein bars as meal replacements for about the first 2-3 weeks to break my bad lunch habits. My co-worker found these new popcorn snacks and they are pretty good!

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Wednesday is also usually errand day, so of course there were errands and….taxes!  I should really pay someone to do them! It’s also eat out night and Ally chose Culver’s so I know dinner won’t be a perfect choice. It happens sometimes, my lifestyle change is not about restricting foods. That will lead to failure. It’s why nothing ever worked for me before.

I am getting back in the habit of entering my food in My Fitness Pal. Anyone use that app? It’s really great to help keep you on track.

And another snack to satisfy my craving for chocolate and caramel.

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I also got a new toy today, a Samsung ChromeBook. It’s going to take some getting used to, but so far I really like it. It was really easy to set up and it’s light. I will like being able to carry it around a lot easier than our other laptop. We are Mac people but I just needed something smaller and easier to travel with and to use for blogging.

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It’s also only 4 days until Rock N’ Roll!  Can’t wait to show you what I’m wearing.

Lame What I Ate Wednesday

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s What I Ate Wednesday! But it’s a lame one, since I’m having to send it out before the day is done.

Normally I’m off on Wednesday but tomorrow I work 1/2 day and then I have jury duty. It’s at the Municipal Court, never even been there. Woo-hoo traffic ticket court!

Breakfast was a bagel thin, peanut butter and banana. You’d think I would get tired of it, but I don’t. I’ve never been a big breakfast eater so me eating anything is an improvement. I’ve also been having a mid morning snack most days (yesterday I ate yogurt again!)  I’m trying really hard to like it. The kind with the granola in it really helps.

Today will be a snack type day, since I won’t really sit down and eat lunch. Going to be in the car going from work to jury duty. So, I am trying this Luna bar. I’ve had it in my pantry for a while and kept forgetting to try it.

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Dinner will most likely be a protein shake. We have church on Wednesday night and then softball practice for Ally!

I’m not very sore today, legs are slowly recovering from the half on Sunday. It was a lot of hills. Now I have a month full of races to get ready for. Ally and I have another 5k this Saturday, it’s her school fundraiser. I have the Rock N Roll half coming up March 24!

Hopefully if you signed up to get my blog by email you got this one today. If you are wondering where I’ve been, I went self-hosted and I was down for about a week. But I’m glad to be back. Most likely you missed my race re-cap of Cowtown. It’s here if you want to catch up!

Did you workout today? Try any new snacks?