Fueling My Workouts

photoMy workouts for this week.  I am currently on week 4 of my marathon training plan.  I’ve been keeping track of my workouts on my iPhone notes and giving myself :) faces when I complete the workout.  I was planning on running today (Thursday) but moved my last 3 miler to Saturday and long run to Sunday.  I’ve covered so many classes at the gym this week because other teachers are on vacation… and I’m feeling tired!

I taught BODYPUMP Sunday-Tuesday, a core class to the high school swim team Wednesday and pump again tonight.  I’m planning on just attending classes tomorrow morning (spin-RPM and BODYFLOW).  I’m a little worried about running 9 miles Sunday morning, but I’m going to try to go out super early!  The heat has been killing me and having the sun on my skin makes me feel even more tired.  I teach BODYPUMP at 12, so I’m hoping if I run at 6AM I will have some down time to eat and relax.  Speaking of food…

A participant of my BODYPUMP class asked me tonight about how I fuel up for my workouts.  She was curious how I eat and have enough energy to teach.  I told her, I never have a problem eating enough calories!! :)  With Colby training for his Ironman, he eats all day long.

Here are some things I’m using between meals or before/after workouts…

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A quick protein shake after BODYPUMP is always a good idea.  Since I try to avoid dairy, I use almond milk and vegan protein powder.  These are my favorites.  Vega is a pea/brown rice protein blend and Perfect Fit is brown rice protein.  Mix in a shaker and it is quick and easy.  It also helps my legs recover so much faster!


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This is my new favorite electrolyte drink.  I’ve given up on Gatorade since it is full of mystery ingredients and can mess with your stomach, especially in the heat.  NUUN is low calorie, a mild flavor and delicious.


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I’m not a huge coconut water fan, but LOVE the chocolate flavor!  I drank this when I was at CXWORX instructor training.  La Croix is just a great flavored sparkling water.  Grapefruit is my favorite flavor.


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I love these bars!  Both are made of good ingredients and taste so good.  I love keeping them in my gym bag if I need a snack or some protein after class.  The Luna protein bars come in a bunch of different flavors, but my favorites are chocolate peanut butter and lemon.


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I haven’t been using these yet in my early training, but I will be trying to eat a few while I run my 9 miles this weekend.  I had stomach issues in the past with shot bloks and GU’s on long runs, so I need to practice and drink lots of water!


Marathon #3!!!

So after watching my friends run a marathon Memorial Day weekend, I was inspired.  I’ve done 2 full marathons before and a bunch of half marathons.  I had a great experience with my first marathon in spring 2011, and I even started my blog a week afterwards.  After my last marathon in spring 2012, I wasn’t sure I would do another full.  I had stomach issues the whole time (it was HOT race day!) and I threw up at the finish.  I took about 40 minutes longer to finish my second marathon too.  So, I needed a break from the big 26.2.

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After looking at a few FALL marathons, I found the Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, PA.  This race is known as a “fast course” because the first 23 miles are down hill.  Yes, like ALL down hill.  Sounds good, but I’m still scared of the course!  I am following the Hal Higdon Novice 1 Marathon training plan again and I am finishing week 2 today.  I was supposed to run my 7 mile long run on Saturday, but with travel for my husband’s Ironman 70.3 it didn’t work out.

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Here is my Garmin for the past week, including a 20 mile bike ride with my Dad on the rail trail.  I am still getting used to the heat, and I know it is only going to get worse.  I’m hoping that since I have so much more free time over the summer I can get up early to run.  I am worried about training for a marathon, along with teaching classes at the gym and getting used to my new CXWORX class!  I know I will make it work and hopefully all the cross training will make my legs nice and strong for the race!

If you look at my Garmin stats above, the third one down is only 0.27 mile.  That’s because it was my first run with this little lady…

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Oh I know you missed her!  That little Bella can run fast, but gets tired!  She’s still only 4.5 pounds and almost 7 months old :)

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Just for fun… Bella tried out some swimming this past week!! I went on Amazon right away and ordered this little life vest to keep her safe :)  We love her so much!!!!

End Of May

I can’t believe May is almost over!  School will end soon for my students and I have lots of great things to look forward to this summer.

This past Sunday, my friend Amy ran her second marathon and was about 50 minutes faster!  She had a goal of 4:15 and came in at 4:14!  This is a local rail trail marathon.  We ran it together two years ago and it is sooo flat.  Since the trail is open to the public on race day, Amy asked me to meet her for the last 3.5 miles of the marathon to run with her.  I tried not to be too perky at mile 23 and couldn’t believe how strong Amy was at the end!

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A photographer caught Amy, her daughter’s friend and I as we ran her to the finish line!







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Happy at the finish!  Bella’s first race experience!  She did a great job and stayed with Colby while I ran.

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The next day the bug hit me bad.  I signed up for the Steamtown Marathon – October 12, 2014.  I start an 18 week training plan (Hal Higdon) in two weeks! Ahhhhh  - this will be my third marathon :)

I’ve also been training for something else… to become a Les Mills CXWORX trainer!! You can read about CXWORX here and I’ll post more about it soon.  I’ve always LOVED this intense 30 minute class and it is going to be difficult to teach!  I’ve been practicing A LOT and the training is in Baltimore next weekend (June 7-8).  I’m SOOOO excited!


Bob Potts Marathon Recap

Colby and I went to pick up our race packets Saturday for the Bob Potts Marathon and I was crazy excited to see I was getting a PINK race shirt!!!  This was a very small marathon (500 people) and there was also a 5k.  The race packet pick up was so easy and it was a nice change from the crazy expo at Pittsburgh last year.  The race director is a teacher at one of our school buildings, so we know him and it was nice to see lots of familiar faces helping out with the race.

I got up at 4am to start eating breakfast (PB bagel, banana and a little cereal).  It was only about a 20 minute drive to get to the race, so we didn’t leave until 5:45 because the race started at 6:30.  I FORGOT MY GARMIN but thankfully realized about 2 minutes into our drive so we quick turned around so I could get it.  I would have been so upset to not have my Garmin!  When we got to the race everything went so quick and I wish we would have gotten there earlier.  We went to wait in the potty line near the start and I realized it wasn’t moving and it was almost race time. I needed to find my friend Amy because we were running together! I went over to the race start and started to panic.  I couldn’t find her anywhere and Colby’s family and my family were looking through the crowd.  About 2 minutes to the start I found her and was close to crying!  I couldn’t have survived without her!!

The first few miles went by fast and it was so nice seeing friends and family.  I even knew a lot of the people running the water stations.  Around mile 8 my hips started aching (not good that early) and my stomach was feeling crazy.  My goal was to take a vanilla GU every 4 miles (about 40 minutes) and by mile 12 my stomach was aching and I couldn’t get down a third GU.  I was drinking my usual lemon-lime gatorade, but it was really starting to heat up outside.  After getting a new gatorade from Amy’s daughter at the 13 mile turn around, I tried to keep drinking but it was painful.  Between miles 13-15 I tried to take the third GU but only got about half of it down and that was it for me.  2 1/2 GUs for a marathon was not going to be enough but my stomach was in knots.  I gave up on Gatorade around mile 15 and started taking water from each water station.

I think it was mile 17 when we stopped for a potty break and my parents were there.  I talked to them a bit and told them it wasn’t going as well as my marathon last year and that it was going to take me longer.  After that, I could barely run more than half a mile at a time.  Poor Amy stuck by me as my body started to fail.  Every mile after that I tried to walk the water station and run to the next but almost always fell short.  My run slowed down to about a 10:50 pace shuffle and I kept thinking my stomach would just feel better if I could throw up.  I knew that would be horrible because I would be so dehydrated and it was at least 80 degrees.  Amy stuck by me and after lots of tears we saw the end coming up.  After running 25 miles on a trail, we had to run up a road and go up a small hill to get to the college stadium track.  Half a loop to the finish…

Looking good eh?  Don’t worry, I’m totally faking it and trying to pull myself together…

We planned on getting a great photo hand in hand at the end as the professional photographer was right at the finish.  Little did I know that I could feel the gatorade that I had stopped drinking over 2 hours ago start to rise :(

No picture of it yet posted on the official website, but I’m sure it is there.  I puked green gatorade everywhere just past the finish line like 4 times.  Since the finish was at a stadium everyone was there…friends, family, students, everyone.  One of my other teacher friends was the announcer and announced every single finisher’s name as they got to the track.  At least he didn’t comment on my grand finale!  Colby thought I would be really upset, but I couldn’t stop laughing.  Running a 5 hour marathon was something I never want to do again.  If my stomach could have held up and I could have gotten the GU’s down I think it would have been a great race. I still had a good time and I feel more proud of finishing this marathon than last year’s.  This year was just so much harder between my stomach and the hot weather.  The volunteers surrounded me in a second after I got sick and made sure I was okay.  I felt 100x better after getting that gatorade out of my stomach, sat down for a bit in the shade and had a 7up.

Amy… my rock!

Amy and her husband and me and Colby.  Don’t we look so cute?? We match!

Colby has been battling horrible IT knee pain for the past few weeks and was in a lot of pain yesterday.  He finished around 3:30 (official times haven’t been posted yet and there was no chip timing) and was very happy with his time.  We both did a lot of walking yesterday, but I guess that can be expected from a hot marathon day!

Today, I am in crazy pain.  So much sorer this year than last year (last year’s marathon was 4:28 and that extra half hour was tough).  I’m kinda over battling stomach issues this year and trying to get calories in during long runs.  I definitely think I will take a break from marathons and go back to halfs for awhile.  My legs are achy today but my back and stomach are the worst.  My back is insanely sore and my stomach is still upset.  Hoping it relaxes a bit so I can get through the week!  I’m sure I will have more pictures to post as my Dad sends them to me and the professional ones are posted.  Do you think they will post my puking pictures???  :)