“At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship.”
~ Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Monday, December 17, 2012

Santa Hustle Recap

Race: Santa Hustle Half Marathon Cedar Pointe
Distance:  13.1 Miles
Date:  December 16, 2012, 9 am start
Finish time:  2:03:10, 9:26 min/mile*
What sets this race apart:  All the Santas, cookie stations 

*Official Stats.  
**Garmin distance and time: 12.88 miles, 2:03:11, 9:34 min/mile avg.

What a fun race and travel experience!  Drove up with Lynne, Laurie, and Leah on Saturday to make it in time for packet pick-up.  No picture of the goody bag because it would basically be a picture of an empty bag.  We got the shirts, but they were out of Santa hats and beards.  We did wind up scoring hats a bit later.
Lynne and I shmoozed with Snoopy during room check-in.
Then we met Melissa and Lynde at Olive Garden for a fun group pre-race meal.  We stopped at Meijer on the way back to the hotel for some pre-race essentials....Reese's Peanut Butter Trees, Brach's jelly bells and some milk for my granola cereal.

We chatted for a bit before bed.  The race started at the doorstep of our hotel, so there was no need to wake up extra early.  It was super nice.  We leisurely ate our pre-packed breakfasts, to which I added a Reese's Tree.  Best. Decision. Ever!  We got to do all our pre-race peeing in our hotel rooms with flush toilets and left our hotel room 15 minutes before the race start.  Awesome!

We still had time to pose for pictures with the Reindeer and with the rest of the gang before the start.
Leah, Laurie, Me and Lynne with the giant inflatable Reindeer.
Leah, Me, Laurie, Lynde, Lynne and Melissa in the starting corral
Lynne and I had decided pre-race to stay together for the first mile or so.  At the start we got caught up in the crowd and varied between 9:30 and 9:45 pace for the first mile, which was about a minute faster than we'd intended.  We both stripped and threw our Santa hats within the first half mile.  We both stripped off the Santa shirt within the first couple miles.  I wound up running this race in compression shorts and a short sleeve shirt.  In mid December.  In Ohio.  On Lake Erie.  Craziness!

Lynne and I stayed together for the first 6 miles.  We stayed round a 9:50 min/mile avg, and that was with me constantly trying to slow us down to match the original plan.  At the mile 6 aide station, Lynne said she needed to stop to switch shirts (she was wearing a turtleneck) and told me to keep going.  I intended to stay slower so that Lynne could catch up after stripping, but this is where I clocked my first 9:09 min/mile.  From there I tried to continue to hold back a bit, but still began stretching my legs a bit more.  I had to slow down because of course conditions a couple of times.  The first time was in a section of sand-covered path and a dirt road.  The second time was when I hit the 17mph headwinds about 4 miles from the end.

Regardless, splits were awesome.  For the first time EVER in a half marathon, I ran the second half of the race faster than the first half.  It only took me 6 half marathons to get that right!  HA!

Mile 1: 9:43
Mile 2: 9:48
Mile 3: 9:49
Mile 4: 9:51
Mile 5: 10:08
Mile 6: 9:46
Mile 7: 9:09
Mile 8: 9:23
Mile 9: 9:35
Mile 10: 9:09
Mile 11: 9:15
Mile 12: 9:33
Mile 13: 9:05
Of course, we had to pose with Santa post-race!
Best comment during the race - in the 10th mile, a couple of guys just in front of me accused me of drafting on them from the crazy headwinds.  HA!  So, naturally, after laughing, I told them I'd take the lead spot for a bit, and left them in my dust.  :D

My A goal for this race in the middle of Goofy training was to finish under 2:15.  I smashed it!!!  Not only that, but I still felt great afterwards.  I have all kinds of new goals for Spring races now.  LOL!  To top it off, my husband's PR is 2:09.  Not that we are competitive or anything.  Muwahaha.

Weather was fantastic.  Running without crowds or signs actually wasn't a big deal.  Running through the amusement park with all the twists and turns actually kept things interesting.
We also had to pose with Snoopy post-race.
This was a Half Marathon PR by 23 minutes and 38 seconds.  Even with the 0.2 miles the course was arguably short, this would still have been a massive PR.  I'm still a bit giddy about it actually.

More fun stats: 324th out of 1069 overall, 19th out 62 in my age group!  Best ever in a half marathon effort!

I'm also ready to put a sub-2 hour half marathon on my goal list for 2013.  Is that completely insane?

Anyone else race this past weekend?

Have you ever run a holiday gimmick race that you're SUPPOSED to wear the race shirt for the race?

Would you have kept the Santa hat on?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Awesome Confusion

I have come to the conclusion that my child will some day have a very difficult time with the true meaning of the word awesome.  Either that, or she will have an excellent understanding of sarcasm.

Lately, whenever she does the kinds of things that just make you want to give up the mother of the year awards, I simply say "Awesome."  

For example, in context.

Yesterday, Avery crawled through the cat gate in the laundry...
Taken after the fact - she's too quick through the gate
...so that she could open the dog food storage container...
Nothing to see here...
...and chow down on some delicious Eukanuba Senior Large Breed dog food.
I'm carb loading Mommy.

While I was doing some dishes, Avery used her now-patented climb on the chair to get access to the things on the kitchen table method to grab my fuel belt.  She began drinking the water in the water bottles.  I saw no problem with that, and continued doing dishes. Amateur.  

Next thing I knew, she was having oh so much fun with water.  
If I fill up these bowls, I can play some awesome splashing games.

While I was prepping dinner, Avery decided to be helpful and CLIMB INSIDE the measuring cup drawer.  
Just making sure you don't use the WRONG cup mommy!
Awesome.  Now you all know why I wash each measuring cup before using it to make food that we are eating.  Again, awesome.

This morning, Avery was enjoying checking out the tree, kicking ornaments, whatever.  And broke an ornament that was previously thought to be unbreakable.  
Don't mind me, I'm just enjoying the window seat.
An ornament that I have had in my possession for at least 12 years.  
My kid killed Bambi!

Avery has also discovered that the who-knows-how-old-they-are-because-I-reuse-them-every-year candy canes on the tree can be snapped in two and peppermint goes flying everywhere.  


Because I thought she'd gotten the candy cane she'd snapped from my box of new candy canes, I ate one of said candy canes after it was broken.
Duh Mommy.  That's why I went with the paci.  Years old candy canes are nasty.

My poor child will be forever confused.  On the other hand, here a couple of things from today that actually ARE awesome...

A $1 vanilla cone at McDonald's drive through after your child has done many of the previously mentioned "awesome things"
And it's all mine!
Lending your running wife money to use while at work because she forgot her purse at home.  (and I actually had cash to lend for the first time in ages).
She's becoming a real wife...taking my money.
Getting into the Nike Women's Marathon in DC via the lottery when I never thought I actually would.
I put in a good word for you mommy.
When your kid looks at you like that ^, and you realize that all this not-so-truly awesome stuff makes for good blog talk and isn't THAT bad.

Do you have any words like AWESOME that you use to mean something other than what Webster's Dictionary says they mean?

Any AWESOME things in your life lately?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Goofy Update and Shoe Trees

Week of December 3-9, 2012

Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: Ran 5 miles, 9:56 min/mile
Wednesday: Ran 8 miles, 10:45 min/mile
Thursday: Ran 4 miles, 10:36 min/mile; 30 min ST with Brandon
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: Ran 10 miles, 11:00 min/mile
Sunday: Ran 20 miles, 11:20 min/mile
What a good training week, other than the whole sleep thing, but we'll get there.  Started off with a rest day on Monday, which was kind of lazy since I was coming off of a fallback week, but whatever.

Tuesday, I had that annual doctor thingee.  I didn't want to bring Avery, so I made reservations at the hourly daycare thing.  My doctor likes to deliver all the babies that come to his office, so he often runs late.  As a result, I made the reservation for 3.5 hours.  My doctor's office is also, coincidentally, across the street from one of my favorite places to run, Sharon Woods Metro Park.  So, yes, I went to the appointment in running clothes.  The appointment was actually on time.  Since, I pay for the full reservation whether or not I pick up the kiddo early, I simply HAD to go for a run at Sharon Woods before I picked her up.  It. Was. Awesome.  I wore short sleeves and ran in daylight.  Win-win!  No strength training that day because of the doctor's appointment timing though.  I think I'll live.

Wednesday was a nice 8 mile adventure with my running wife Lynne.  All the wooden bridges on the Orange Township trail had iced over and were extremely slick, so on the return of our out and back, we took a little detour to see if we could avoid them on the return.  Luckily, I always carry a phone with a map on it when I run.  So, we didn't get lost, but we also were unable to skip the bridges. We walked the bridges and still had an absolutely awesome run.

Thursday was another fun run with my running wife.  I also had a mediocre strength training session.  He really meant it when he said "we're starting slow to get you used to having strength training in your schedule again."  Very wise, but I also felt like I didn't do much work as a result.

Friday was a fun rest day spent at CoSI with some of my favorite people.
Going to CoSI with my friends and my kid basically means that I am in the same building as my friends while I get to chase THIS around.
Friday was also the first of two consecutive nights of obligatory hubby work parties.
Look!  I'm not in running clothes!  Gasp!
Despite a post midnight bedtime, I still got up to meet the gang for 10 miles at 8am on Saturday.

Saturday night brought a second obligatory work party and more hours in heals than I've spent in a LONG time.  On the way home, I informed my husband that he owed me for the work parties the same weekend as my 10-20 miler weekend.  As a result, I wasn't going to feel guilty about being gone for my 20 mile run in the morning followed by being a lazy bum the rest of the afternoon.  He's so lucky to have me in his life!  HA.

Sunday I met the RUNDMC group at 8am.
This was taken AFTER the first 10 miles.
All the guys ran 14 miles in the same time that Laurie and I did the first 10 miles.  Laurie and I were doing 20 miles, but we did them in two 10 mile loops.  Why?  Because my crazy running wife decided to join us for the second 10.  For the record, Lynne is not yet signed up for a Spring race, she's doing this for fun.  Gotta love that kind of crazy!!  (Lynne was our photographer, so she's not pictured).

One of the funnier trail stories we heard that morning was inspired by this sight as we ran by Thomas Worthington High School...
Shoe trees are the new Christmas trees.
This 20 mile run was tougher than the last 20 miler I did during Columbus training.  (Yes, I know that I didn't run 10 miles the day before during Columbus training.)  It was also tougher than the 18 miler on the 10-18 weekend.  Why?  Mostly, because I was tired.  I hadn't slept well in 5 days by that point, and it showed.  Nonetheless, I did it.   No post-run ice bath and no post-run ibuprofen either.  I'm badass like that.  Or something.

For the first time, I had a rubbing injury on my toe, just below the big toenail.  Never had that before, not even during the marathon in October.  (Same shoes even!).  It was less than pleasant in the shower, just saying.  It looks ever more picture worthy today than it did at the time.
This is for my friends who just LOVE injury photos.  
Taken this morning.
I had a few other things to talk about that are totally fantastic, but I'm saving them for the next post as this is already really long...and besides, who can top a shoe tree and a toe blister?

How was your training this past week??

Do you get blisters on your feet?

Have you ever contributed to a shoe tree?  Would you?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Three Things Thursday

Training Update, a few days late
Yup, I got blog-lazy this past week and didn't post anything since last week's training update.  I even failed to post a training update on Monday.  I'm blaming the fact that last week was a fallback week for my laziness.  

I was so lazy that I cut two mid-week runs short last week.  One because I was tired, and one because I was too lazy to get up early.  As a result, I felt like a ginormous slug last week.  Nonetheless, I ran a little over 27 miles, and worked out with a trainer twice.  Not terrible for a fallback week!

To make up for my slug-like nature that week, I took my low mileage Sunday run to the cliffs of insanity at High Banks Metro Park.  I may or may not have forgotten to warn my running wife about said cliffs of insanity when she said she'd meet me there.
But see, she still loves me.
Glutton for punishment?
Like Mother, Like Daughter
Apparently all this talk of mountain climbing makes an impression on the impressionable young mind in my household...
I was just helping you get the bag Mommy!
Reading, talking, the usual...
Avery is starting to say all kinds of fun things lately.  She says Cassie's name now.  Of course, two thirds of the time it comes out sounding like "ass-y".  I actually felt obligated to warn the ladies in the church nursery about her new favorite word.  

She also has started saying "A. B. C., A. B. C." over and over while flipping through the pages of her books. 
Dinosaur.  I'm saying DINOSAUR woman.
Anything new and exciting in your lives???

I'm running my first 10-20 weekend for Goofy this weekend.  Luckily, the lazy slug stuff from last week has worn off, I think.

Anyone racing this weekend???  Anyone else running a holiday race?  
I'll be running a Santa Hustle Half Marathon next weekend.

What's the funniest thing you've heard a child say?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Goofy Training Update

Week of Nov. 19-Nov 25, 2012:

I neglected to weigh myself until after breakfast and a cup of coffee.  Since that number is not really a happy number, I've decided to make all of your days by NOT boring you with a weigh-in this week.  You can thank me later.  ;)

Monday: Rest day
Tuesday: Ran 4 miles at approx 11 min/mile avg.; 30 minute ST with new trainer
Wednesday: Ran 8 miles.  First 3 miles 10:16 min/avg, last 5 miles 11:17 min/avg
Thursday: Flying Feather 4 mile Race, Recap here
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: Ran 10 miles, 10:59 min/avg
Sunday: Ran 18 miles, 11:21 min/avg
This is the first week where I've felt like "Hey, I'm training for 39.3 miles in a two day period."  This was a great training week, but I'm not going to lie to you, I'm looking forward to a fall back week this week!

Wednesday morning, I woke up sore (but in a good way) from my strength training on Tuesday.  Quads and hamstrings were making getting onto the toilet a little more tender than usual, if you know what I mean.  (Don't you just love a good visual?)

Nonetheless, I met some buddies for the start of my 8 mile run.  The two that were only doing 3, I knew, were much faster than I typically am.  Silly thing to do when sore and racing the next day.  Luckily, when we sped up a bit too much, everyone was willing to back off a bit.  Before heading back out for 5 more, my friend Lynne and I both looked at each other and said "we're going slower, right?"  Lynne is my running wife if you haven't figured that out yet.  She is not currently training for anything, but does almost all of my mid-week runs with me and some of the long weekend ones too.  I hope we never divorce! 
We'll always have running together, as long as she continues to be willing to run my training plan.
The rest of Wednesday, I was sore enough to send all kinds of whiny text messages to Sarah about how slow I was going to have to run the race.  Nonetheless, the race went great and another PR.  I'm sure Sarah was ready to punch me for all that pointless whining.

The real training issues came on the weekend.  I wore my new half-size bigger shoes for Saturday's 10 miler.  By about mile 3 the outside of my left foot was very tender.  I actually considered quitting after the 5.8 mile loop with my friend Amy, but I'm ridiculously stubborn sometimes and went back out (in the snow) for the last bit.  Surprisingly, it didn't hurt at all for that extra bit.

But, afterwards?  OW.  This time, Laurie got the whiny text messages, since she was meeting me for the 18 on Sunday.  I was preparing myself for the need to call the run off until next week.  I actually prayed about my foot.  Hoping that my foot would make it one more run, I promised myself Monday would be a full rest day.   I think that qualifies me as officially being in the "crazy runner club."  I went to bed by 9 pm, because I'm so exciting, in an effort to provide lots of sleep for my foot.
Besides, icing that part of your foot without using hands is really tough!
I woke up at 4:30 am, and limped to the bathroom.  I almost emailed my friends that I was calling the run at that point.  But, again, stubborn.  Crossed my fingers that it would be better in 2 hours and went back to sleep.  (I never took medication, on purpose.  I do not want to mask any pain.)

I woke up for good at 6:30 am, and had mild discomfort while getting ready.  Since my plan was three loops, 5.8 miles, 5.8 miles and 6.4 miles, I justified it saying that I would quit after the first loop if it was bad.

As an indication, I told my friends that if I limped or changed my gait to tell me so that I would quit.  Once I warmed up though, the peroneal tendon (the cause of the pain) loosened up, and the entire run felt great!  We saw deer, a bald eagle, and I even got hissed at by a pissed off Canadian Goose.  You haven't lived if you've never been hissed at by a goose.  

Note: I did not take the video below, it's one that I found on youtube with a similar hiss to what I experienced.

The run was great, except for the chaffing caused by the zipper on my sports bra, which I noticed at mile 9.  I've been alternating hydration belts, so, naturally, the aquaphor was in the one I was NOT wearing.  Lynne, my awesome running wife, spotted me money (since mine was back at my car) to buy Carmex from the gas station on the chance that it would help.

While Carmex is not what I would recommend to prevent chafing to most people, if you have nothing else, it actually helped!  So, if you ever find yourself in such a spot, worth the $2.23 paid.  (especially if you are spending someone else's money!)

I didn't take a single ice bath or ibuprofen the entire weekend!!!  28 miles, check mark.  Less sore than the first and only 18 miler I did training for Columbus, double check mark.  I think I'm actually going to be able to do this whole Goofy nonsense after all!
Are you STILL typing Mommy?
This week is a fallback week, so I only have 10 and 5 miles on the schedule this weekend.  I'm kind of looking forward to it a bit.  I may do the 5 miler at High Banks just for fun!

How was your training week?  Hit any new distances or milestones lately?

Do you have a training spouse?  Your secrets are safe with me.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Flying Feather Recap

Race: Flying Feather 4 Miler
Distance:  4 miles
Date:  November 22, 2012, 9 am start
Finish time:  36:49, 9:13 min/mile
What sets this race apart:  Wine for all the finishers over 21! 

Another race, another PR.  It's amazing what a difference a year and 65 lbs makes!  
Mark and I with our wine at the finish.  Our first start and finish together!
On Tuesday I had a strength training workout.  I woke up Wednesday morning sore, and than I ran 8 miles, with the first 3 miles being fast.  I spent the rest of Wednesday rather tender and begging the child not to make me get up.  I sent Sarah several whiney text messages that I was going to have to change my race goal and asking how fast I was allowed to go.  The big concern is that I have a 28 mile weekend on schedule, 10 miles on Saturday, 18 on Sunday.  Pushing when I shouldn't is not a good idea.

So, Mark and I lined up with some of my friends at the 10:00 min/pace flag based on my new adjusted under 40 minutes goal.  (Original plan pre-soreness had been to shoot for 36 minutes).  Unfortunately, the 40 minute pace group lined up several flags ahead of us.  Based on the crowds at the race, they were right to do so, and we should have moved up there with them.

This is the third year I've done this race.  The first year, they sold 1500 spots.  This year?  4000.  Same course.  Same golf-cart sized path for half of it.  (First and last mile are on the road).  Needless to say, we spent a LOT of energy running around people.
Photo of race start courtesy of M3S Sports FB page.
At around a half mile, we'd been at a cozy 10:15 minute/pace, but I was chomping at the bit apparently.  I looked at my husband and said "I want to go faster."  His response, "well, let's go."  We said friendly good-byes to Laura, Mollie and Adam and swerved around some people.  Around 1 mile, I was getting frustrated (this is where it switches to the narrower path), and Mark was good at reminding me "patience, Mandy, patience."  LOL!  Despite the crowds and the energy spent running around people, we ran pretty perfect negative splits.   
Mile 1: 9:48
Mile 2: 9:17
Mile 3: 8:56
Mile 4: 8:38
Last 200 feet (I ran 4.04 miles): 6:35

We finally caught and passed the 40 minute pacers at mile 3.  My favorite comment of the day was by a friend who was running with those pacers.  After the race he said.  "Did you see me?  Did you see me as you went blowing by?".  Love it!
Mollie and I celebrating the race finishers rewards.
I think we could have finished this race faster with less crowds or a starting position closer to the start line, something to remember if we do it again.  Mark and I both agreed that it might be getting a little too crowded at this point.  Of course, it's a holiday race, so that is to be expected.  I always have to remind myself that these races bring out the rookie runners that stop and start and whine about 4 miles with lots of laughter.  :)

Nonetheless, this race has some awesome swag.  And, can't beat a bottle of wine for all finishers over 21!
Swag Bag: Hat, gloves, hat and a mini bottle of whiskey
Extra shout-out to my awesome friend Sarah for watching Avery while Mark and I ran this together.  It was absolutely AWESOME to run a race with my husband for a change!  And, I sprinted the finish faster than he did, beat him by 6 seconds.  :P
Don't worry Mommy, I was a perfect angel.
After the race, I started cooking an awesome Thanksgiving Feast.  Payment to Sarah and her family for helping with the kiddo.  (Plus, I kind of like them).  We realized afterwards that no one took a picture of the spread, but trust me, it was delicious!

For the record, my previous 4 mile race PR was 45:15.  If I've done the math correctly that's an 8 minute, 26 second PR.  For a 4 mile race.  It's going to be a lot harder to PR after this one!

Anyone else race recently???

What's your take on crowds and holiday races?

What's your favorite finisher's reward (other than a medal) for a race?  
I think I have to go with the wine.

Monday, November 19, 2012

I want to spin in circles, plus training update

Week of Nov. 12-Nov 18, 2012:
Current Weight: 156.8 (Up 0.8 lbs from previous reported week)
Total Lost to date: 64.0 lbs
Waist: 32"
Hips: 42"
Monday: Rest day
Tuesday: Ran 4 miles, 10:48 min/mile avg. pace; ST and Step class
Wednesday: Ran 4.31 miles, 10:16 min/mile avg. pace (last 2.2 miles avg 9:30 min/mile)
Thursday: New Trainer evaluation, no other significant exercise
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: Ran 8 miles, 11:13 min/mile avg
Sunday: Ran 16 miles, 11:11 min/mile avg
Every time I looked at my dailymile image this week, I felt totally lame for my skipped 7 mile run.  I was tempted to add my trainer evaluation from Thursday to DM for the sole purpose of eliminating that big blank spot for Thursday/Friday.  I have issues.

I made a long run rookie (but delicious) error by eating pepperoni, sausage and banana pepper pizza Friday night.  I paid for that during Saturday's run, which felt harder than it should have.  I generally can get away with pizza the day before any run that is 6 miles or less.  Both times I've done it the day before an 8 mile run, that run has felt way more difficult than it should have.  Some day, I will learn this lesson, maybe.  I was pretty beat the rest of the day, which made me nervous about Sunday's run.   So, I did all the eating and hydrating stuff right on Saturday.  Water, pasta, etc.

Sunday's run felt a million times better, despite being twice the distance, and I spent the rest of the day energized and happy.  Again.  I may have issues.

And, apparently, this "I have issues" thing is one thing that my kid may have gotten from me.  Either that, or my husband drugged her while I was out running 16 miles.  You be the judge...

Other good things accomplished this weekend?  I was able to exchange the shoes I bought at the Columbus Marathon expo.   At the expo, I was talked into buying the PureFlow because my preferred shoe, the Brooks Launch, is being discontinued at the end of the year.  Brooks is replacing it with the PureFlow.  The shoe was a beautiful shade of purple, but once I got it home, I never wore it on a single run.  The day I'd intended to try it out on a run, I took it off after wearing it around the house while getting ready to leave.  That's how much I didn't like it.  It hit my heal in a funny place and I just knew blisters would result if I wore it for a run.  Utter Fail on the replacement shoe Brooks.  Luckily, I was able to exchange the PureFlow for another pair of the Launch.

I'm not sure what I will do on the whole shoe situation going forward, because I have run all my races (except the pregnant ones) in the Brooks Launch.  I'm a firm believer in "if it's not broke, don't fix it," but unfortunately, Brooks is in charge on this decision. I don't think I can talk them into continuing to make the shoe just for me.

For those who were wondering, I did apply for the lottery for the Nike Women's Half Marathon in DC this April.  I should know whether I got in the week of December 10th.   If I do get in, please remind me, repeatedly, that it is a training run and that I am not allowed to race it.
Don't worry, I'll remind you. Repeatedly.
How did your training week go?  Anyone race this past weekend?

Are there any "rookie" errors you repeatedly make during training??

Have you ever tried to get into a race that had a lottery for getting in?

Don't you wish spinning in circles was still as fun as it were when you were a kid?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Three Things Thursday

1.  Met with a new trainer today at my no-frills gym.  Did an evaluation session to see about setting up strength training sessions.  I made it clear that my goal with strength training is to improve my running (and mountain climbing) and not strength for strengths sake.  The amount of effort he put into evaluating where I am and where I want to be was really nice.  I kicked a$$ on the push-up evaluation too, just saying.
Damn.  Must get faster!
I do remember the first time I tried push-ups a couple of years ago, and I could barely do any, even if I had to do them to save my life.  There is still room for improvement, but I'm pretty happy I can do them.
Push-up recovery requires lots of crackers.  All. At. Once.

2.  I always have these grand plans for all the things I will get done during naptime.  In reality, it's like.  Hmmm...naptime.
Blast from the past in celebration of naptime's awesomeness.
September 2011
I typically wind up just enjoying me-time and brainstorming how I can get the household chores done while Avery is awake.  I know, not my proudest moments.

3.  The Nike Women's Marathon is adding another location and race this spring.  Half Marathon distance only.  Of course, there is a Tiffany Necklace as the medal.  This lastest addition is in DC, the week before Flying Pig.  A bunch of my running buddies are talking about putting our names in as a group for the lottery.  

If I got in, it would have to be run as a training run with a marathon the next week, but a pretty shiny necklace for a training run?  I could live with that!
Do it Mommy, I love necklaces!

When was the last time you did a push-up?  Love them or hate them?
I used to hate them, but now that they aren't as hard, I kind of like them.

Tips for being more motivated during Avery's naptime?  Or should I just give in to temptation and nap as well?  LOL

Have you ever done a women only race?  Would you?  Anyone else looking at this Nike Women's one?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Monday Training Update

Week of Nov. 5-Nov 11, 2012:
Current Weight: 156.0 (Down 0.2 lbs from previous reported week)
Total Lost to date: 64.8 lbs
Waist: 32"
Hips: 42"

Second week of training for Goofy = lots of running.

Lots of running this week, and despite the best of intentions, not much else.  I'd intended to either add in a strength training session this week OR go to a strength/pilates type of class at the gym.  Neither happened.  On Monday, the kiddo was still somewhat sick from her weekend of cold, so no exposing her germs to other kiddos at the gym.  I'm nice like that.
Picking me up and putting me in that crib would be a great workout Mommy.
Wednesday, I unintentionally ran 10 miles.  I did my scheduled 5 mile run in the morning.  And it stunk.  I'd intended it to be tempo, tried to run it as tempo, and my brain (and lungs) were never into it.  I actually stopped every 1.5 miles or so for the sole purpose of STOPPING.  Not, I slowed down and walked for a bit during the run.  No, I came to a complete stop.   I tried a couple of strides to get myself into it, and it never happened.  Nonetheless, I give myself points for not bailing at my 2.2, 3 or 4 mile loop possible cut-out points.

Afterwards, I felt none of the normal stress relieving benefits of having gone for a run.  Cue Cranky kiddo.  Avery had her 3rd day in a row of crying most of the day.  Luckily, hubby allowed me to join my usual group for their 5 mile run that night.  And, that's how you accidentally run 10 miles on a Wednesday.

Avery seemed to be more herself by Friday, thankfully!  The weekend was beautiful!  Both days I ran and then went to breakfast with the people I ran with.  Without the kiddo.  My husband is clearly stocking up on those brownie points for something big!
What are you talking about?  I'm more fun than runs, races and breakfast!
The New Rules of Lifting for Women book arrived in the mail this weekend, but I haven't started the lifting part yet.  My intention was to start today.  I have to admit, the first set of workouts looks like a LOT less than what I was doing with Adam before a took a break for the marathon.  BUT, I've had over a month off from strength training, so it's probably going to kick my a$$.  

It may be stupid, but I didn't realize that the book was a "lose weight" program rather than simply a "strength training" program.  As a result, reading the initial chapters has me a tiny bit annoyed.  I can't explain why, that's just the way it is.

I had good intentions of doing the short program during Avery's nap today, but then her 15 month appointment at the doctor was more stressful than I'd expected.  Loudest. Screams. Ever.  For the first time, I almost cried during her vaccines and hemoglobin test.  Let's just say, the experience involved me having to hold her down for the exams and for the needles.  I've used it as an excuse to read and eat candy during her nap instead.

Speaking of eating - I can't STOP eating the past few weeks.  I even started texting Sarah when I was making bad eating choices to see if it would help.  No, instead it almost seemed like I was boasting about how bad I was eating.
This may explain the weight plateau

How was your training this week?  What are you currently training for?

Anyone else ever training the New Rules of Lifting program?

Do you ever go through those phases where you just eat all the time?  How do you break the cycle?

Note:  Wrote this Monday and forgot to publish it.  I am moving through life in a fog these days!  Anyone have a lighthouse handy?  HA!