I run the Bob Potts Marathon tomorrow!! Woo hoo! I’ve been training for this marathon for the past 18 weeks and tomorrow is finally the big day! The race is an out and back on a trail trail and finishes at a college stadium. I really hope everything goes well and my friend Amy and I finish together!! It is supposed to be HOT HOT HOT, so I am trying to get my race day outfit together. I ordered this tank top a few weeks ago for the race…
Brooks Glycerin tank – I already have this one in a black and white print but I wanted to order it in a bigger size so it was a bit longer. I ran in it last weekend and really liked it. I love that it has a zipper pocket in the back.
Some things I’m loving this week:
(I’m probably carbing up a bit much, but I like the excuse) I’ve been loving the white pasta a lot this week.
I’m loving my black sparkle TOMS and wore them almost every day to school this week. They are SO comfortable! When I first got them, they rubbed on the back of my heel a bit, so I wore socks with them in the winter. I guess they just needed to stretch out a little, so they are perfect now and I really want a new summery lighter color.
Also loving the low mileage from this past week. I ran 3.5 and 2.5 this week and loved taking it easy on the treadmill. I really wanted to do some Yoga this week, but it always makes me sore when I’m not used to it so I avoided it. I hope my legs feel fresh tomorrow!
Loving the great sleep I’ve been having over the past two weeks. After my body calmed down after the 20 miler, I started sleeping again. I was really having trouble staying asleep throughout the entire night when my mileage was higher, but it has been so much better the past two weeks. I’m sure the marathon will upset my sleep patterns for the next few nights, but that’s okay.
Saturday: 20 miles!!!!! (And it was actually faster than the extremely hot 18 miler two weeks ago!)
I couldn’t be happier with my 20 miler!! Amy and I had PERFECT weather Saturday morning! I set my alarm for 5:30 am and had a bagel with pb waiting for me on my night stand. I wanted to make sure I ate food early enough because we were aiming to run by 8:00. I ate my pb bagel and laid in bed until 6:00, ate half a bowl of overnight oats and drank lots of water. We were at the railtrail and running by 7:50 and the weather was about 40-something degrees. Crazy, but that is absolutely perfect to me! It only got to almost 50 degrees by the end of our run. I was very happy with my splits (I always hit the lap button by accident so that is why there is an extra “lap” at 11) and we stopped our watches once at mile 10 at the car and again at 13 for a bathroom break. The 11 mile splits were a quick walk to put down our gatorade bottles and deal with GU packets in my SPIbelt. We finished the run with smiles on our faces and we were still waving to other runners that passed us on the trail at the end! That is how you know your 20 miler went well… no crying, no limping just smiles and conversation with a great friend
My parents invited Colby and I over for dinner Sunday night after I FINISHED MY FINAL GRAD PAPER FOR MY LAST COURSE OF MY MASTER’S DEGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve never been happier to submit a 26 paper! My parents just got a new walkway and grill in their backyard, so my Mom made Dad and Colby burgers and we had veggie quesadillas.
We grilled the quesadillas on the grill in a pan she got at Williams Sonoma for the grill and they were great.
She also made this orzo salad from this cookbook that was really good…
I also got to spend some quality time with this little man. What a tough but rewarding weekend! As long as my final paper is okay, I finished my Master’s Degree and had a successful 20 miler! Woo hoo!
Wednesday: 10 miles
This week is the highest mileage of my Hal Higdon Marathon training plan. Week 15 is supposed to be: 5, 10, 5 and 20. I am feeling really run down this week and was tired after the 10 miles on Wednesday, so I took the other 5 off on Thursday. I just want to have a successful 20 miler tomorrow morning, so I’ve been trying to take it easy today.
If I could just DOUBLE this tomorrow, I would be so happy!! Amy and I are heading to the railtrail early in the morning so we can start running by 8:00. Hopefully we will be finished before 11:30!! Our 18 miler was on that hot Boston Marathon weekend and it took forever. That was my first long long run in a few weeks because I didn’t run my 16 miler when I pulled my calf. I feel more prepared for my 20 tomorrow and I’m hoping it goes well!!
I had stones/gravel in my shoes when I was running my 10 miler on Wednesday and had to take off my shoe and dump it out mid-run. I really hope that doesn’t happen on race day. I was exhausted after teaching all day and running 10 miles mid-week and got home to blisters on my foot. These were the only band aids I could find in our house. I opened up the case and found Disney princess and Barbie band aids along with Twilight… I hardly ever buy normal band aids, so The Little Mermaid is currently keeping my toe happy right now.
I took care of my legs after the 10 with an ice bath, princess band aids and my favorite Walmart compression socks. Seriously, don’t buy cute pink running compression socks for bed… go with these hot tan ones. They are so much tighter than my running ones.
I’ve been making a list of what we eat during the week on a post-it for our fridge each week. My Mom always cooks for us Monday, so we usually just worry about Tuesday-Friday and figure out the rest. We couldn’t come up with anything for Wednesday, so Colby said he would figure it out because I was getting home late after the 10 miles.
He ordered pizza and I had a few slices and left over chicken soup from the night before. I made pasta last night because Colby ran his 20 this morning and he had a great run! I decided to go with enchiladas for tonight and they are just coming out of the oven … right now!
Saturday: 14 miles (ran 13, walked 1)
Tuesday: 4 miles – 37:54
I was really tired after school today, but I HAD to run! I got home and stalled for about half an hour before I finally got dressed and went outside. I always think it is tough taking two days off after a long run, but hardly ever get to run on Mondays during the school year. I made myself go outside and aimed to run between 9:30-9:40. I am still getting used to running hills because I took so much time off from them when I hurt my calf. I ALMOST had negative splits and was very happy to push it for the last two miles. I was breathing heavy but it felt good!
I have been braiding my side bangs back into a ponytail when I run. Then, I braid the pony tail and spin it around into a bun. Not always the cutest, but it is so much better than having my huge ponytail smack me in the back of the head for a few hours. I have been letting my hair grow out even longer until I decide what I want to do with it for my October wedding
I made this chicken soup slow cooker recipe for dinner tonight, but only had a small bowl. It was okay, but I just wasn’t in the mood for it. Colby’s throat hurt and he wanted Ritas. I think this is an east-coast water ice place and it is great. I am obsessed with the chocolate flavor. No dairy, so no stomach ache for me! Colby was super sweet and got my chocolate Ritas. It tasted great with…
Vanilla cupcake flavored goldfish!! So good… and I am on such a goldfish cracker kick right now. I love them!
I am VERY excited to get this weekend over with… I run my 20 miler on Saturday and have to submit my final graduate project for my Master’s degree!!! I am soooooo tired but sooooo excited to get these two big things over with! After the 20 miler, my marathon plan tapers down and I just have to make it to race day. My legs feel good, but I’m burnt out. I’m not sleeping well at night and I’m hungry all the time. I can’t wait to be finished running on the rail trail and finished with my last grad class. Then I just have to get through 5 school concerts in May and everything will be sooooo much easier! I can’t wait to run the mileage I want and get back into yoga and other exercise classes!!
Saturday: 16 mile bike ride (1:56:03)
Sunday: 45 minute yoga (YogaDownload – HardCORE workout)
Since my calf injury and running in pain last Tuesday, I took the rest of the week off and skipped my long run of 16 yesterday. Kinda freaks me out that I skipped my 4, 8 and 16 mile runs for week 11 of my marathon plan, but I know it’s all for the best. I decided to ride my bike next to Colby for his 16 mile run on the rail trail yesterday. Our marathon is on our local “rail trail”, which is a 21 mile long trail along old railroad tracks that starts in PA and crosses over the boarder to MD. Our marathon will be 13.1 out and back that finishes up at one of our college’s tracks. It is nice that there is no traffic, it is completely flat and you can train on the race course. The only downside is the gravel surface that Colby and I think slows us down a bit.
Remember my little girl bike?? It is a “Specialized Hard Rock” with adult sized wheels and a youth sized frame I’ve had since I was about 13 years old. I know, I could probably upgrade.
Ready to go ride… and it was COLD! We left the house early and I quick grabbed my running gloves and extra zip jacket. Good choice because I was freezing the whole time. I ended up wearing both zip jackets and gloves and wish I had my winter headband.
Cute views from the road.
I almost completely wiped out trying to take a picture of Colby running while riding my bike and holding my iPhone. I actually laughed out loud and was happy nobody was around me.
YogaDownload is having a Spring sale (30% off everything) that ends tonight. Download yourself a new video or podcast. I downloaded a few new free 20 minute videos/podcasts and bought a new 45 minute “HardCORE” workout that had me sweating this morning. I used to stay away from the workouts that are “audio only” because I thought I wouldn’t know what I was doing. There is always a PDF “pose guide” that goes along with the workout. I think I prefer this now because it is less distracting than watching a video. I like having the pose guide up on my computer as the audio plays. I also like looking at the pose guides before I download a workout to get an idea of what it will be like.
Also, check this lady out:
LOVE her blog and thought this video on a post about her awesome abs was really great! I can’t wait to try out some new poses for core strength!
Tuesday: 3 sad, sad miles
I took this picture of my ankles after my “run” on Tuesday. You can’t really tell, but my left ankle and lower calf were completely swollen. I thought my calf pain was gone after feeling okay for my 15 miler this past weekend, but I think the Advil just masked the problem. Colby thinks I need to take ibuprofen, stretch, ice and take at least a week off from running. Miss my 16 miler this weekend?! I guess it is really want I need to do. I was practically limping on Tuesday when I was trying to run through the pain. If I want to make it to the marathon, I guess I have to take the time off.
This is week 11 of an 18 week plan. I’m hoping to take a week off, ease back into it and possibly run the 18 miler during week 13. I might try to ride my bike with Colby as he runs his 16 this weekend, but I promise. No running for a week. Even though it makes me really sad.
Even though I was upset over the injury and no exercise… it was kinda nice to come home after work and relax. Then I got an email that my engagement pictures were online and I was very happy! Here are a few of my favorites…