Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Still going....

Boy do I have some catching up to do!!  Let's see, where to start?
I am currently on Week 7 of my training...it actually feels like it's been longer then that.  Last week was supposed to be a 12 mile long run but we ran into a couple of snags and it did not happen.  In looking back at this, I am thinking it was a good thing.  It gave my ankles and feet a chance to rest before getting back into it.  So this week's long run will be 12 miles.  I am still having some pain in my foot but am still hopeful to get rid of this problem.  Still lots of stretching, icing, and rolling. 
I think another reason why it was a good thing we missed our long run is because I need to remember that it's ok to miss a run every now and then.  I get it stuck in my head that I have to do every single run and that it would be horrible to miss any.
So another thing that has happened it is I bought a new bikini!  I tell you I walked around and around the store with that bikini in my hand and had to force myself to get to the check out.  It was a pretty big step for me.  Hey, I work out very hard and pretty religiously so why shouldn't I show off my bod a bit?!  I will spare you all the strange selfie....I have some work to do on some tan lines.
Now to resist the cheesecake that is sitting in my fridge...wish me luck!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Ain't Nobody Got Time for That!!!

This post is coming to you direct from my living room couch.  Here I sit icing my foot...I'm injured :(!!!!!!
It started with a dull ache in my heels...felt like my ankles were weak or tired.  Did I pay attention to this?  No, of course not!!!  Now both heels hurt and I have a pain down one side of my foot.  This is not good timing with a 10 mile run coming on Saturday!!  At the same time, my running/training partner is having trouble with her IT band again!  What a pair we make.  And of course as Moms it is pretty hard to make time to just sit and ice...but we have to make that time and get it done so we can get back on the road! So it's ice and ibruproen and a day of rest (at least a day if not more)  and we will see what happens...wish me luck

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Week 3 Day 15

Training is moving right along and I have to say it is going fairly well so far!  I have not missed any runs on my schedule and have kept to the mileage of every run.
Last Saturday was a 7 mile long run and I was pleasantly surprised with how well it went.  I tried a new energy gel, Honey Stinger Gold.  I have to say I liked it!  I found the consistency was thinner then the other gels I have tried in the past.  I did carry water with me in a hand held water bottle and did not like that!  It felt heavy and my elbow hurt from holding it up.  I am working on the solution to that problem.....
Next long run coming up is on Saturday with 9 miles.  I don't think I will have time to get more Honey Stinger so I am going to try Salted Caramel GU.  When it came out last winter, it was quite popular and hard to find...seems to be everywhere now so I am going to give it a try!
Chugging right along! :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Decisions, decisions....

So one of the strange and quirky things about me is apparently I collect fuel.  I don't really know how or why I have aquired this collection but it gives me lots of options.  I am starting to prepare for a 7 mile run on Saturday and want to take something with me to begin practicing what works and what will not upset my stomach.  
What do you use for fuel on long runs?  Any of these or something different?  I would love to hear some ideas!!!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Day 6...Long Run

Today was the first long run of my marathon training!!  It was a 5 mile run and we really lucked out on the weather.  I thought it was drizzling out so I wore a lightweight coat and a hat....and needed neither one!  Oh well, I would rather be prepared then be stuck in the rain with no coat and no hat.
5 miles has been about the most I have been doing for weekend long runs so it did not really feel like much of a stretch but it was what was on the schedule.
I am not a huge fan of selfies....but took one anyways to attach...
Like the little wings?  Still working on growing out my hair so that all that can be pulled back into a ponytail instead of sticking out from under my hat.
So a total of 15 miles this past week...and feeling great! 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Day 3

This morning I got up at 3:45 to get ready for a 4 mile run with my favorite running partner.  I wanted to make sure I had time to have a small cup of coffee and something to eat.  I ended up with some greek yogurt and fruit and found it was just the right amount to eat.  Later on in my training I will need to eat more then that but hopefully won't have to get up so early for those runs! 
So we got 4 miles done and I am feeling so great....like nothing can go wrong for the rest of the day...keeping my fingers crossed!!  Go out and make it a good day everyone!!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Day One

Today is the first day of marathon training.  I feel like I should be celebrating it somehow....
 Oh I know, I'll go for a run!
Today's run is 3 miles...
The rest of the week goes like this:
Tuesday: Rest (legs and cardio at gym)
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: 3 miles
Friday: Rest (upper body and cardio at gym)
Saturday:  5 miles
Sunday: Rest

Seeing as how my long run has been 5 miles lately, this week will be a piece of cake!!
Now off to go finish my banana oatmeal pancakes before heading off to work!