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Journey To the Finish Line

PR's, toddlers, hopes and dreams; I'm always running after something

A Walk With Toddlers

After breakfast, some playing, and maybe a movie (that they usually ignore half of) over the weekend, there typically comes a time when meltdowns start to happen and so its time to go outside. Miles likes to “go for a walk”.

Here is what a typical walk looks like:

Miles is excited and happily puts on his coat and shoes. Abby, who usually could care less, runs away. Once I ask Bryan to watch her so I can take Miles, she decides she wants to go, but as I’m putting on her coat, she plops onto the floor, exclaiming “no walk!”

So, I pull out the little stroller and strap her in. We make it down the driveway and one house down, where Abby then declares she wants out.

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“I push!”

We, by some freak of nature, make it half way around the block when Miles, who has walking happily 10 seconds ago, decides he’s done.

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I convince Abby to turn around and by that time, Miles forgets what he was protesting and joins us. He runs towards me saying “hold hand mommy!” Just as my heart is about to melt a little, I stick my finger out for him to hold and he says “no!” Abby stops to look at some acorns.

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Then, he asks to cross the street, and I know what this means. Our walk has turned into a trek to grandmas. “Go to Gee-ma’s, mommy”.

Abby, who has been pushing the stroller still, begins to get frustrated the more it gets stuck, but when I try to help her, I am met with this:

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Or a scream. Then suddenly I have the stroller:

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That is until Miles wants it. Abby, who didn’t give two shits when I was pushing it, is suddenly chasing him screaming “mine!”

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Finally, we make it to grandmas, where we fight over who gets to go inside first.

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In the end, we covered 3 tenths of a mile in about 20 minutes.

Who wants to join us next time?

Myrtle Beach Maybe?

I ran the Disney Marathon. I wrote my recap for the Disney Marathon, and then I took an unplanned hiatus.

I’ve still been running, I’ve still been training (more on that in a minute), I’ve still been thinking about twin updates as I haven’t posted one in awhile, but the motivation to sit down and type any of it has just been lacking. Between work, training, and chasing toddlers, I’ve been going to bed shortly after they do most nights. The nights that I don’t I often find myself either cleaning (always cleaning) or staring blankly into space.

Hello space.

I was disappointed in the result at Disney. The trip was awesome, the race experience was great, the race itself? Not so much. I wasn’t and am not disappointed in my effort – if anything I probably tried harder at that race than any other. I was disappointed that one thing I couldn’t control (the weather) had such a negative impact. So, I thought about it for awhile and decided I wanted to give it another go. With Bryan’s blessing (he is obviously some kind of saint), I took an easy week, a second easier (though in retrospect probably not easy enough) week and last weekend started at week 11 in my plan with the hopes to run the Myrtle Beach Marathon.

I haven’t registered for this race yet, and I won’t until the deadline. It’s already as expensive as its going to get, and just in case I poop out or something in my body starts acting up again, its no pressure to decide to skip it. So, taking this one week at a time.

But so begins another set of (you guessed it) the ever exciting workout recaps.

(Last) Saturday – 15 miles @ 8:41. The “official” start of the plan again. The run went fairly well, but I felt like my legs were starting to poop out by the end, and my calves were a little sore and tight on the way home.

Sunday – rest day

Monday – cross training. Swim 1600 meters. It had been 3 weeks since I’d been to the pool, and so this felt like the slowest.swim.ever. It wasn’t by any stretch but swimming is definitely the sport I lose the fastest.

Tuesday tempo – 1 mile easy, 5@7:50. This one was inconsistent. Obviously the easy mile was fine. It was cooler temps so it took my lungs a bit of time to warm up. My second mile was 8:03, and my third, which was slightly downhill, was 7:35. Oddly, this mile felt so much easier than the second. Miles 4-6 I finally managed to get closer to 7:50. For some reason 7:50 is a tough pace for me to keep. I either feel more comfortable around 7:55-8:00, or 7:40-7:45. I have no idea why.

Wednesday – speedwork. 1000/2000/1000/1000 with 400m rest intervals. I had the twins with me for this one, so obviously I adjusted my time goals. I stayed pretty well within them, walking the rest intervals.

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Thursday – cross training. 30 minutes on the trainer. I still dislike the trainer.

Friday– rest day.

Saturday – long run. 20 miles @8:50 average. I wasn’t worried about this one going into it, and felt fine up until about mile 15-16, when my legs started to poop out. It felt reminiscent of Disney, only this time I didn’t have the weather to blame. By the end my calves and hamstrings were TIGHT. Cardio wise, I felt fine. This time it was my legs.

Sunday – rest day. Calves still tight. Biofreeze, foam rolling, epsom salt, husband massage, prayer ;) (They don’t hurt, just are still tight).

 

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I swore up and down the weather was what slowed me down at Disney, but after yesterday I am not so sure. The problem is there are so many factors to consider (did I recover enough, busy schedule post Disney, nutrition/hydration etc) that it’s tough to tell. I read an Instagram account today of a girl who said a few of her biggest mistakes were: not taking the easy days easy enough, pushing for paces she wasn’t physically ready for, racing by pace and not by feel, and racing with goals that ended up to be too far out of reach. She found that she met them by getting there more gradually (smaller PR goals), and maybe that is more what I need. Maybe I am trying too hard. Maybe the Run Less Run Faster plan isn’t really for me. I don’t think I am pushing for paces too out of reach, as this same run before Disney was tiring but not painful. Maybe I’m just not completely recovered. All I know is: marathons are no joke, and I may end up tweaking the end goal. I will say, I oddly have more respect for my Disney finish now than I did 3 weeks ago.

One run at at a time.

26.2 Magical Miles (Disney Marathon Weekend)

The happiest place on earth.

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If you’re going to do the work of driving a distance for a race, you might as well make a weekend out of it, especially if you’re going to Disney!

We had a bit of a snafu a few days before leaving- Bryan found out he had to work and my dad had to have emergency eye surgery and wasn’t sure if he’d be able to make it. At one point, I thought I might be making the trip solo, but in the end it was myself, the twins and my parents packed tightly in our Highlander.

I didn’t want to wear myself out spending too much time walking around parks, but wanted to try to hit at least one. Since the twins were coming we decided on Magic Kingdom, because Abby and Miles wanted to meet “Mickey Minnie”.

Friday was park day. We got parked around 10 and it was raining. We rode the tram over and it was raining. While riding the monorail it was raining. BUT, by the time we got to the actual park, it had stopped (yay!), and I was pleasantly surprised to find the “town square” area was still decorated for Christmas.

 

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Our first and most important stop was to meet Mickey!

Mickey in person was a bit different from our stuffed animals at home so we were a little hesitant but at least no one was crying.

Most of the rides we picked were kids rides: Winnie the Pooh, Toy Story, Small World (x2), Dumbo, but I made sure to get a Fast Pass to ride Space Mountain because it was closed for repairs the last time I was here.

Abby sported a fun pair of Minnie ears.

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And there were at least 4 parades. We were fortunate to position ourselves by a float right next to Minnie, and Abby spent the majority if it waving to her.

Saturday was packet pickup day, and I have to say without a doubt it was the largest race expo I’d ever seen and I wish I had thought to take pictures. Saturday was a fantastic day because I got a chance to catch up with not one, but two friends I hadn’t seen in years. Kate moved to Florida 5 years ago and drove over to our timeshare to have coffee and chat, and Jenny was running the race with me (though I use the term “with” loosely, as she is quite a bit faster than I am).

Sunday morning came earlier than most race mornings, with my alarm going off at 3am. My dad was nice enough to drive me to the race start. We were on the road by 3:30 and to Epcot by 4. I wish I’d thought to take picture of this too, but the area where all the runners were gathered was also quite a scene, with several booths, character pictures (I didn’t feel like standing in line) and even a stage with a DJ. From there we walked about a half mile to the start. IMG_0053

Sunday was warm. All week, the weather had been predicting somewhere between 64-66 on race morning, and come Sunday at 5am, it was actually 68. The good news (I thought) was that it wasn’t predicted to get any warmer, but it turned out that really didn’t matter.

I was slated for Corral E

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The corrals were really well marked, and for a race of almost 20k runners, we didn’t wait for a porta potty longer than a few minutes. I wanted to get a picture of the start line but with the lighting I couldn’t get a decent one. Corral A started at 5:30 am, with the rest following about 2 minutes behind for each. I started around 5:40.

Truthfully, standing around didn’t feel too bad. Jeff Galloway was speaking, and I distinctly remember him saying that for every 5 degrees above 60 you should expect to run 30 seconds per mile slower. Ha, I said. That’s not happening.

By about a half mile in, it didn’t feel that WARM, but man it was HUMID. By mile three my enjoyment level decreased by quite a bit. But, I really wanted this time goal, my butt wasn’t bothering me, I knew I had it in me to do it so darn it, I was going to try.

The first few miles were on the road headed towards Magic Kingdom, though they weren’t without entertainment. There were a couple of Disney Characters and even a couple high school marching bands. It was still dark when we ran through Magic Kingdom, so the castle was lit up, which was really cool.

The race took runners through each of the parks. The run through Animal Kingdom was about halfway through, and thanks to the cruddy weather, it smelled like shit, literally. BUT, there were goats, so that was cool. Supposedly we ran though the Disney Speedway, but I  must have suffered from amnesia during that part because somehow I have absolutely no recollection.

Some more connecting roads take you to the ESPN Wide World of Sports, where every runner runs through the baseball stadium. You can see each person on the big screen, there are fans cheering in the stands, and the announcer calls your name as you pass. The next stop was through Hollywood Studios, and I wish I had been able to enjoy seeing that one more, but by then I was toast and struggling. Finally, runners go through a portion of Epcot and finish where the race started. The finish line is quite the exhibit and had more spectators than I’d ever seen, and even Donald to high five at the end (though I missed him as I was right behind another person).

We spent quite a bit more time on connecting roads than I expected (though I’d known if I had looked at the map), but you didn’t go far without seeing something, wether it was a character, a band or a water table. It was by far one of the best set ups for water, food, biofreeze (biofreeze tables SUCH a good idea!) and cheering. One table later on even had chocolate and a couple with bananas, though I didn’t have the coordination to run and peel a banana so I skipped that one.

Pace wise, I wanted to run an 8:40 average the first half and an 8:30 the second, getting me an 8:35 average and 3:45  finish time. The 8:40 pace felt harder than it should have,  but I should have expected it considering the weather. I was on pace at Mile 10, and then my body started to slow no matter how hard I tried. By the halfway point I was averaging 8:43, which was a bit slower than I’d wanted but I figured I’d still have time to recover. I hit a wall of some kind though around Mile 14, and my pace just started to get slower from there. I’d stopped at every water stop to either drink or dump water on my head, but it didn’t matter. By the time I’d made the halfway point, I was ready for the water before I reached it and they had tables every 1.5 miles or so. Every time I walked through a water station from Mile 14 on, it was harder to get going again. By Mile 17 I was averaging an 8:48 and running each mile in the low 9’s. My quads started to tighten up. I started walking more slowly through the stops and grabbing not one but two cups of Powerade or water along with one to dump on my head. I’m not sure I officially hit a wall, persay, but each mile was progressively harder and slower. I quit watching my average by mile 20 because I was just getting frustrated. I contemplated saying screw it and taking some character pics, but I really still wanted at least an under 4 hour finish.  I tried stopping to stretch my quads around Mile 24, and my left hamstring nearly cramped. By mile 25.5, I started to get lightheaded. My pace had slowed to the mid 9’s and I didn’t give a crap how slow I was going as long as I wasn’t walking. I actually crossed the 26.2 mark per my watch around 3:53 and some change, but still had a quarter of a mile to the finish line. The finish line was really a cool thing to see, but I’ll admit I really didn’t get to enjoy it like I thought I would because I wanted to be done running. Luckily the lightheadedness subsided once I started walking and drank some more so I didn’t need to visit a medical tent. My official finish time was 3:56:03.

My parents brought the twins to the finish line and I looked for them but didn’t see them cheering for me. We met at the end and Abby wore my medal.

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Disney is by far one of the, if not THE coolest race I’ve run and probably ever will, but because of the temperature and humidity, felt like one of the hardest. I wanted the pace goal so badly I didn’t run smart from the start. I dunno that I really regret it, though, because this was the opportunity I had and I really wanted to try. All things considered – my injured butt, the fact that I wasn’t even sure I’d get to run it a month ago, and the weather, I really can’t be disappointed in my finish. It does make me want to try again, but that’s a blog for another day.

Official numbers:

Finish time: 3:56:03 (PR by nearly 7 minutes) or a 9:01/mi pace for the official 26.2. Per my watch I ran 26.5, which gave me an 8:56/mi pace

Overall Finish: 912/19838

Gender Finish: 213/10315

Age Group Finish: 36/1734

And now I am officially not training for anything, and officially unsure of what to do with myself. :)

Disney Marathon Training – Week 16

Race week! My butt has been cooperating for the most part, minus some tightness here and there – thank goodness.

Monday– cross train. Swim 1200 meters. I got a much needed massage today and ran late getting to the pool. Something is always better than nothing.

Tuesday – tempo run. 4 miles @ 8:23. My butt felt a little uncomfortable but never painful, and the pace was fine, but it was only 4 miles.

Wednesday – speed work run. 6×400 with 400 recovery intervals. I aimed to keep the pace around 5k pace, but the lights weren’t working and I couldn’t see my watch, so they were horribly inconsistent, ranging from 6:55 to 7:45. 4 of the 6 were in range, at least.

Thursday – rest day. Travel to Disney!

Friday– active rest day. Walk around Magic Kingdom!

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Saturday: rest day

Sunday: race day! Full recap to come later, but in summary this race was a perfect example of why marathons are so difficult. You can train fabulously (though I did miss some runs because of my butt issue) and then the weather sucks or you feel off or sore and it can change the outcome quite a bit. This is exactly what happened, but I did still PR, so it wasn’t all bad :)

 

Sooooo…..now what?

My Year in Running – 2015

 

1. My main goal for this 2015 was: finish a post twins marathon

2. My Running Shoes: Asics GT- 2000

3. Favorite running gear item of 2015: Garmin 920xt – technically triathlon but it tracks running too so it counts.

4. Playlist screenshot: My phone is currently not working, so here are my top 10 most played songs (usually while running)

  • Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
  • The Hills – The Weeknd
  • Worth it – Fifth Harmony
  • Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots
  • Stand By You – Rachel Platten
  • The Heart Wants What it Wants – Selena Gomez
  • Desire – Meg Myers
  • Politik – Coldplay
  • Most Muse songs
  • Black and Yellow (yes, it has a good beat) – Wiz Khalifa

5. Number of races- Break it down:
5k – 4 (Turtle 5k, Sanagree Sombrero 5k, Moms Run 5k, James Island Connector Run)
10k – 0
Half – 1 (Sweet Tea Half Marathon)
Marathon – 1 (Myrtle Beach Marathon)
Other: 2 sprint triathlons (James Island 1 and James Island 2) and 1 olympic distance triathlon (Kiawah)

6. Most difficult race & why: The Sanagree Sombrero 5k – it was humid that day and my sinuses were angry which made for an interesting race

7. Favorite fun run: Insane Inflatables!!!!!

8. Favorite course: eh, no favorites.

9. Race I want to run again: Mom’s Run

10. Best bling/shirt from a race: I won 3rd in my age group at sweet tea and got a nice glass :)

11. PR/PB: Half Marathon – 1:44:48/ Marathon 4:02:48

12. Longest run: 20 miles

13. Out of state runs: none

14. Total miles ran: 971.3 – I would have easily gotten 1000 if I hadn’t aggravated my PSOAS and had to skip some runs. Grrrrr.

15. Favorite motivational/inspirational quote of 2015: Nothing worth doing is easy.

16. Lessons I’ve learned: Don’t take finishing for granted!

17. Injuries I battled and overcame: still battling the aggravated PSOAS but getting better

18. 3-5 Most inspiring people: List their blog, twitter or instagram-wherever you follow them:

  • Tami – girl finished her 5th FULL ironman this year
  • Amy – she works hard, trains hard, and even when she doesn’t do as well as she’d hoped (which usually means she still did pretty well) she has a great attitude about it and just picks up and tries again. You can read her blog here
  • Nicolasa – she is training for the Boston Marathon with Team in Training. You can read her blog here

19. Favorite place on social media to connect with runners: Facebook

20. 2 goals for next year: 1. Finish a Half Ironman 2. PR 2 race distances

Disney Marathon Training – Week 15

The week that is less of a pain in the butt. A bit of a boring week with zero pictures. Fail.

Monday – cross training. Swim 1600m. The pool was surprisingly full this morning, full of swim team students who were swimming faster than me during their warmup. There were two lap lanes open but I had to ask share, which I always hate doing. I did my warm up and noticed the guy I was sharing a lane with was (unsurprisingly) faster than I was. So, when he was standing and resting I asked if he had any tips. Turns out, he used to be a swim coach! Poor guy probably gets tired of questions like that, but I really appreciated his looking at my stroke and giving me some pointers. He said that for only swimming for 9 months, I “wasn’t doing bad at all”. I’ll take it! I used my new swim paddles for a few laps and tried to concentrate on what he told me. Apparently I pull too much with my arms only and don’t use enough of my body. I also sometimes end up with my elbow in the water before my hand and cross my hand over too far. Lots to think about.

Tuesday – tempo run ride. My butt was feeling a little better but I didn’t want to risk aggravating it again, so I attempted a tempo on the bike. This proved to be a little harder than I thought because of a closed road, slick roads and traffic, but I did the best I could. I did 18:30 s at 17mph, around 24 minutes at an average 19.7 (was hoping for 20 but just wasn’t making it happen) and then a cool down at 17mph.

Wednesday– speed work. 5 x 1200 with 1:30 rest between each. I had been tempted to just skip all the runs till the end in hopes my butt would heal, but my chiropractor said try it just keep the speed down. I did the first set at marathon pace and then progressively got a little faster. Unfortunately, I still felt it. BUTT (ha, see what I did there) the recovery was much quicker than last week, and by the time we got to our recovery drink location, I already felt 90% better.

Thursday – rest day

Friday – cross train. Did 40 minutes on the bike trainer. Interestingly, my butt felt BETTER.

Saturday – long run. 10 miles at marathon pace (8:23 – I ended up doing 8:24). This one went a little back and forth. Overall though, I had discomfort, but not pain. I took my first mile slower (8:55) and then tried to increase speed. Unfortunately, I forgot I changed my watch settings and accidentally ran the 2nd mile 30 seconds too fast (I was looking at what I thought was lap pace but was actually overall average pace). It a pleasant surprise though because I remember running it thinking “dang, this is way harder than I feel like it should be”. Well, it was because I was running a 7:49/min mile. I stopped to stretch and assess a few times. I felt like it was starting to shift from discomfort to pain at mile 8, but strangely by 9.5 it was totally gone. (I did put some icy hot on the spot that is bothersome and have been taking Plexus Ease, which has turmeric and New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel daily for a few days).

Sunday – cross train. 45 minutes of yoga, focusing on hip openers.

The good news? I’ve had zero pain since Saturday. The bad? My right calf started randomly hurting Sunday night. What is this? Injury roulette??

2015 Recap

Hard to believe I’m already in my 5th year of blogging.  A recap of 2015. (Click the links to see a recap of 2011,  2012 , 2013, and 2014)
I lost a lot of readers and followers in 2015 – this bothered me for awhile but to be honest, I don’t have the motivation to do what I need to do to really try to grow my blog into something more than it is.
1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
  • Finished an Olympic Distance Triathlon
  • Won overall female in a race (albeit a small one)
  • Swam a mile without stopping
  • Got called for Jury Duty, though it got canceled.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

2015

  • Run a post baby marathon – check! Myrtle Beach Marathon
  • Finish an Olympic Distance Triathlon – check! Kiawah Island Triathlon
  • Come up with and follow a financial plan – not really, in fact I spent way too much money
  • Do a “pay it forward” once a month – didn’t even do this once. Huge FAIL
  • Earn 2.0 CEU’s to go towards an ACE award in 2016 -I’ll have to check on this one. This will only happen if 2016 CEU’s count as I honestly forgot about it

2016

  • Finish a Half Ironman (bonus: this is also a bucket list item!)
  • Find something to invest some money in (stock, gold whatever)
  • Start attending church more regularly ( or at all, really )
  • Run a 5k in under 22 minutes
  • Volunteer somewhere a few times this year
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
  • I’m in my 30’s, so yes
4. Did anyone close to you die?
  • Thankfully, no
5. What countries did you visit?
  • Still zero
6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
  • I keep saying I want a vacation and we never take one. We are going to Disney in January so I guess that kinda counts (though Bryan may not be able to go now). First world problems.
7. What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
  • January – made a huge job move
  • Februrary 14 – Post twins marathon and PR
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I’m awesome
  • March – overall female 5k winner!

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  • May – twins turn TWO!

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  • August – go mostly gluten free
  • September – finish my first Olympic Distance Triathlon
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Ready as I’ll ever be
  • October – super crazy flooding in SC. Summerville got 17 inches of rain. Many roads were blocked for days.

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8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
  • I’m honestly not sure  – keeping up with my crazy schedule?
9. What was your biggest failure?
  • Focusing too much on stuff that doesn’t matter in the long run
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
  • Irritated PSOAS – still fighting that one.
  • Several sinus flare ups
11. What was the best thing you bought?
  • hmm…didn’t really buy any big ticket items this year, unless you count my Half Ironman registration for 2016.
12. Where did most of your money go?
  • Bills
  • Races/shoes/fitness stuff. Because triathlon isn’t a cheap sport….
13. What did you get really excited about?

  • Nerd alert – my long runs and group rides over the weekends
  • Watching the twins’ vocabularies grow
14. What song will always remind you of 2015?
  • Can’t Feel My Face – because the twins screamed NOOOOO when I tried to sing it in the car.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

  • – happier or sadder? happier!
  • – thinner or fatter?  about the same
  • – richer or poorer? about the same
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
  • put my phone down
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
  • get frustrated over unimportant stuff
  • cared so much about a clean house
18. How did you spend Christmas?
  • At home. We opened a few presents at home, went to my parents house for dinner and opened some more, and then had a smaller one over the weekend when my sister came back in town.
19. What was your favorite TV program?
  • Modern Family
  • Sister Wives (yes, I know)
  • Big Bang Theory
20. What were your favorite books of the year?
Sadly, I really did not read much this year, so I honestly don’t remember. I listened to a few audiobooks but mostly fluff stuff so I didn’t have to really focus on it.
21. What was your favorite music from this year?

  • Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
  • Worth It  – Fifth Harmony
  • Locked Away – R. City
  • Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots
22. What were your favorite films of the year?
  • The Hunger Games series – didn’t watch many movies this year either. Most of my time goes to working, working out, or chasing toddlers
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
  • I turned 33. I actually ended up spending the day solo. I got a massage and pedicure, met Bryan for lunch, bought myself new running shoes and did a little shopping. Then I did the spadework workout and went out with the crew for drinks.
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
  • I don’t think anything would have brought satisfaction that I’d consider immeasurable.
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?

  • I never have and never will have a “fashion concept”
26. What kept you sane?

  • Exercise!
  • Getting good consistent sleep!
  • Plexus
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.
  • Thinking ahead too much will make you miss what is right in front of you

Disney Marathon Training – Week 14

The week where my butt feels better….and then doesn’t.

Monday – cross training. Swim 1800 meters. I did a combination of laps and drills. My chiropractor recommended I throw in some breast stroke so I did that. It felt horribly awkward and man if I thought I was slow at freestyle well, I had another thing coming. Breast stroke took twice as long. Also if anyone reading this knows anything about swimming and how to cut back the number of strokes per lap please let me know. Supposedly this helps speed but for the life of me I can’t seem to decrease it.

Tuesday tempo run. Goal was 1 easy/5 @ 7:50 pace, but with my butt still feeling a little heavy I averaged more like 8:00 I think. My warm up mile honestly felt more uncomfortable than the faster ones.

Wednesday – speed work run. Goal was 8×800 @ 6:45 pace with 1:30 rest, but that didn’t happen. Instead I did a workout similar to the Yasso 800’s theory (which says if you can run 10×800 in 3 minutes 40 seconds you should theoretically be able to run a marathon in 3 hours 40 minutes) because it allowed a slower pace (7:20) and a full 3 minutes 40 seconds of rest between sets. I did 8×800, and stretched between each set.  I felt ok but I had taken an ibproufen earlier that day. Also, this was the day I had an allergy test and discovered I’m allergic to grasses. Can you tell?

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Thursday – woke up hurting again. Ugh. Did yoga and stretched.

Friday – still hurting. Did more yoga. Needed two ibuprofen. But, I did get quite the triathlete Christmas (swim paddles, wheel block, speed and cadence sensor for the trainer, new pedals and cleats). If my nerdiness wasn’t shining through before, it certainly is now, because I also registered for a Half Ironman next October!

Saturday – My chiropractor said riding shouldn’t aggravate my PSOAS, so I did 30 minutes on the trainer, and some more yoga. I dislike the trainer, and now that I have the speed sensor to REALLY tell me how slowly I’m going, I dislike it even more. But, like the treadmill, sometimes its a necessary evil and today I was happy to have it. On the plus side, it seemed to HELP my butt, and by the afternoon I didn’t need any more ibproufen.

Sunday – long run  ride. My butt was genuinely feeling better this morning, but at the risk of running too soon and aggravating it AGAIN, I joined the group bike ride. I guess this is one advantage of 80 degree weather in December. I tried to stay consistent with the cardio/effort/time goal of the run as much as possible, so I set a “race pace” goal of an average 19.5 MPH over 35 miles or roughly an hour and 50 minutes. I wasn’t very consistent lap to lap but averaged 19.4, and did very little drafting,so I think the goal was achieved. Plus, no ibuprofen needed!

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With two weeks till race day and an obviously still easily aggravated PSOAS, there is a good chance I’ll be taking my workouts to the bike and pool and just try to reap a similar cardio benefit. It’s frustrating, but would beat a DNS for sure.

 

Disney Marathon Training – Week 13

AKA: The week where my butt didn’t do much. It was a pain in my butt.

Monday–  OFF. still hurting. Pain level is about a 2-3/10 but its enough to bug me and enough that if I try to run it hurts. I go to my chiropractor talking about seeing a sports med doc and I think I see his eye twitch. He assures me I’m in the right place. He does an adjustment, diathermy and ultrasound, asks me a few questions about where it hurts and “does it hurt when you do xyz?” and tells me to come back in  two days.

Tuesday – OFF. Still hurting. Not happy.

Wednesday – OFF. Chiro does a few more tests (does it hurt when I do this?) and decides he thinks its actually my PSOAS that is causing the issue, not my glue or my hip (I had guessed hip). Tries a different adjustment and diathermy again. I get aggravated and take an ibuprofen so I don’t have to think about how frustrated I am. BUT, by the time it wears off, I DON’T HURT.

Thursday – cross train. Easy 1200 meter swim with as much pulling as freestyle, just in case it irritates my whatever is causing the issue. No pain. I deem this a selfie worthy event.

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Friday – easy cross train. Bike on trainer for 30 minutes. Chiro does same adjustment as Wednesday, and I also try ART to see if that might possibly help. No pain. Chiro says long runs ok, tempo runs ok, pull back on the speed.

Saturday – Long run. 20 @ 8:38  18 @ 8:45. I woke up stiff and hurting a little which was really frustrating. I decided to give the run a try anyway, but was hurting by mile 8. I take one ibproufen and run 10 more, paying close attention and stopping to stretch often. I know what you’re thinking, but for some reason that is just what I felt I needed to do. By the time I am done, it feels “heavy” but ok, but the anti inflammatory is still working. By the time it wears off, I’m back where I was last weekend. BUT, I did the PSOAS stretch I was given at least 10 times from the time I got home to the time I went to bed (this will be significant later), holding it for a minute each time. I also KT taped the area.

Sunday – cross train. Yoga. Woke up still hurting. Took another ibproufen and did a yoga routine focused on the hip flexors. Did PSOAS stretch about a zillion more times, and by the time it wore off, I was about back to how I felt Wednesday evening. So no, taking medicine to run may not have been the smartest move, but if I hadn’t there is no way I would have stretched so frequently and figured out it was enough to help.

Anyone with ideas on stretching the PSOAS? I’m open to suggestions. At this point, typing this out a few days later, I’m keeping close watch and feel comfortable enough to take it run by run. With a little over two weeks left, I need to get myself to the start line (!!).

 

Toddler Cat

So, I’m really more a dog person, but recently I’ve decided that toddlers are a lot like cats.

  • They only cuddle when they want to
  • They hiss at you when you try to touch them or something of theirs and they don’t want you to
  • They are moody
  • They don’t like to wear socks
  • They look at the food you put in front of them as if it was worse than death

But mostly:

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