Showing newest 16 of 30 posts from May 2011. Show older posts
Showing newest 16 of 30 posts from May 2011. Show older posts

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Run like the wind...

I'm questioning my decision to have actual post titles.
I am not creative so I end up with something dumb.
Today's title is a great example.

I did have to run fast today.
Due to poor planning on my part.
Miles planned:
3-4
Miles ran:
3.12

You bet I am including that .12 in the total.

I didn't get up as early as I should have...
considering the husband thinks he has to go to work.
Psssh.  Whatever.
He caught a ride with a guy from work today, 
so I HAD to be back before 6:30 am.
I didn't start running until after 6.
I am a slow get ready-er when I'm tired, ok?

The last mile was kinda uphill and may have almost killed me.
But it was fast!
Fast for me.

Did I mention that I like my new shoes?
Cuz I do.
A lot.

Also, I've had a killer headache for the past 16 hours.
Ibuprofen isn't really touching it.
I may have to Google migraine.
Maybe lobotomy.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Snow in the hills...

Um... it's almost June, right?

It's dropping rain here in Utah
like it's Oregon in October.

There's snow on the hills by our house.
Snow.
Good thing I got my garden all planted.
So they can die in the cold weather.
Blah.
It did manage to stop raining long enough
to get a little running in this morning.
We didn't run until 6:15am
because of the holiday.
Score!
Still felt early.

Miles Planned:
3-6
Miles ran:
6.1

Running with other people makes me run further.

Random picture time!
ah, remembering sunnier, warmer times...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Deja Vu...

I feel like I've already been here...
less than 2 weeks until the marathon. 
12 days until the Utah Valley Marathon.
2nd week of 'between marathons' training.
I don't expect that I will do this again...
2 marathons in 3 weeks.
You never can tell, though.

My calves hurt a little from the new shoes
which is to be expected-
but other than that, I like them.
They are more 'minimalist' than my other shoes
So my calves are going to have to toughen up!
Definitely not actual minimalist running shoes, but closer.

Happy Memorial Day!
Tomorrow.

Week 2:
Mon: 3-6 miles
Tues: 3-4 miles
Thurs: 3-4 miles
Sat: 6-8 miles

I like the mile ranges better than one set amount.
It's not good for me, though.
I will stop at the smaller number more often than not!

and because I like pictures- here's a random one
that has nothing to do with anything.
Mark's birthday cake from 3 weeks ago!
 Perfect for that husband.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dead leg...

yeah, my legs haven't quite recovered.
They are sad at me now.

Miles scheduled:
8-10

Miles ran:
9.1

I ran from my house to the South Jordan Fire Station
(in a random, weaving route)
where we were to pick up our Bountiful Basket.
 I met Mark and the kids there.
They did not run- they drove.
I got there first, therefore I WIN.
The fact that I left well over an hour before them
is neither here or nor there.

I believe a change in my running schedule is in order.
I don't want dead legs for this next marathon.

For the more fun part of the day
we went and saw this:


Skadoosh.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Brisk morning walk...

That's all I really wanted to do.
Still, we ran.

Miles planned:
3-6

Miles ran:
5

I tried to stop and walk home after 3.
The other 2 ladies were all- where ya going?
Ugh.
Really, though- my legs felt fine.
I just feel tired!
Ever since the marathon I feel like I can't get ENOUGH sleep.
Even though I am sleeping fine.
Okay, last night was around 5 hours and that's not enough.
Mostly I've gotten plenty.

Tried out the new shoes today.
I think I like them!
Which will be nice because I can find them cheaper 
than the other shoes I have been using. 
I kinda want the orange ones.

I won a CD with all the pictures they took of me
at the Ogden Marathon.
I made a lucky guess on a Facebook contest :).
But no pics of that until I get the CD.

Until then- enjoy this picture of my little toothless 5 year old.
She got her front teeth knocked clean out yesterday
jumping on the trampoline.
You tell them and tell them...
don't hit people in the knee with your teeth.
They just don't listen.

Fun trip to the pediatric dentist planned for today.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

This is a what? A running blog?

I suppose that means I should be running.
Perhaps I will run.
I will run.
Tomorrow for sure :).
Maybe today- I should run today.
Right?  I should.
Here's my running schedule/plan for this between marathon time.
Tentatively. 
(Mainly for my reference- although I DO expect anyone who reads this to have my running schedule memorized!  Ok, no.) 

Week 1:
Thurs (Today)- 2 miles- maybe
Fri-  3-6 miles
Sat- 8-10 miles 

Week 2:
Mon- 6
Tues- 4
Thurs- 4
Sat- 8

Week 3:
Mon- 3
Tues- 3
Thurs- 2
Sat- 26.2

I feel strangely excited to do this next marathon.
I am aware how much the last 6-7 miles could suck.
I am determined to make them suck at least a little less.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I like pictures...

I've decided I like putting pictures in my blog posts.
I need to take more running pictures.
Maybe I'll start taking my camera running with me.
It's smaller than my phone.
How sad is that?

This all comes up because I have been hoping that the pictures
from the Ogden Marathon would be done soon
so that I could post some of those.
Assuming there are ANY of me where I am not either
walking or looking like I'm about to fall over dead.

Alas, the pictures are not available yet.
Another post without pictures.

On a happy note- my quads are feeling better!
I could probably even run :)
AND nothing else ever really hurt that bad.
YAY!
I did have a big fear that this marathon would destroy my body.
It appears I am safe.
For now.

So I will start running again- maybe tomorrow.
I found a good training plan thing for multiple marathons

  I'm trying new shoes.
We'll see how that works out.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

126 days and two quads later...

Here I am.
Officially a marathon runner.
By that I mean one marathon. 

I am no longer able to use my quad muscles
but at least I have this:

This was quite the learning experience.
I now know that my dream marathon time will NOT
be possible for a while.
I tried to start at a reasonable pace but I did NOT stick with my
pace band times very well at all.

Yeah- my time at 13.1 was about 1:45-1:46.
So I would have beaten my half PR by like 4 minutes.
The last half was WAY slower.
I had to walk TOO much the last 7 miles.
My quads were just dead by the time all the downhill came along.
That and I had to make an emergency bathroom stop at mile 18.
There went another 2+ minutes.

I had the "I can't finish" feeling at about mile 21.
Then the downhill stopped at mile 22 or so
and went onto a trail.
I felt better then.

Mark and the kids came up to see me finish...
then somehow managed to miss me as I ran by them ;).
I decided at the last minute to wear a different shirt.
With 5 kids to keep track of and looking for a wife
wearing a white tank top, not a black shirt... he missed me.
So no pictures of the big, slow finish-
which is probably good.

I finally found them- 
after I got my phone from my drop bag.
Lookin' good, I know.
Notice all my kids playing with ANTS behind me.
We are classy.

I am so glad that I did this.
Even though my body mildly hates me right now
I feel so proud of myself.
I'm not afraid to say that :).
I finished something hard that took months to train for.
I get a little emotional when I think to myself
"I ran a marathon".

I know I can do better, too.
Which I will get to test out in 3 weeks :).
I don't mean a better finishing time.
I am very happy with my time.
I just think I can pace myself better so that I don't die at the end.
I am more aware of what I can (and can't) do.

Also, the Ogden Marathon was wonderful.
It wasn't as downhill as I expected for the first 16 miles...
but the aid stations were fabulous and it was so well organized.
I will run it again.

This is a crazy long post
so I may as well finish it off with the pictures from the Kids K.

Dominic and Hali got t-shirts, bibs and everything
to run this kids race.
Hali wanted either Mark or I to run it with them.

See how excited I am to run another race
an hour after finishing a marathon?
Looking good.
Still wearing my medal- like the cool kids do.

Better than this VERY candid picture Mark took...
Pretty sure I'm yelling at one of my kids.
I think the guy behind me was posing, though.
At least someone was aware a photo was being taken.

So, yeah- right as the kids race is about to start
my "stomach" starting getting very angry with me.
The race started and I quickly pulled Mark off the sidelines
and made him run with the kids while I sat on the curb
with our other children who weren't running.

He loved it, of course ;)
Nothing like an impromptu run in jeans.
They did it!
Yes, Mark and I ARE wearing matching shirts.
Again, just like the cool kids.
Later Dominic said:
"That race made me really strong.  I hope I never have to do that again."

They got a fun cowbell thing for finishing...
Seriously- the kids got a finishers medal sort of thing.
Their entry fee was $10.
I didn't even get a medal after the Canyonlands Half
and my entry fee was WAY more than that.
Yes, I am still bitter.

I so appreciate Mark and the kids coming up there.
Also very thankful for them putting up with the
months and months of training.
Mom taking off for a run at random times.
They have all been so supportive and I just love them. 

Countdown again... 19 days until the Utah Valley Marathon! 

Friday, May 20, 2011

No days left...

Hours away.
It's HOURS AWAY.
It's all been building up to this!
I am still excited and ready.
The nervous stomach is there, too.
Excited nausea is the best.

Leaving to head up to Ogden in a few hours.

I'll be back with all the (possibly gruesome) details soon... I hope.
Wish me luck!
Send me some good vibes.
I CAN DO THIS.
I can.

I'm pretty sure crying will happen WHEN (no if's, right?)
I cross that finish line.

See ya when it's over!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Front butt...

I'm pretty sure someone is telling me not to run this week.
(I did run that 6.2 miles on Monday)
I set my alarm this morning.
All ready to get up and run 2 or 3 miles.
Woke up to the sound of rain beating on the windows.
Alas, I stayed in bed.

Instead of running, I am planning planning.
What to bring to the marathon and such.
I am heading up with a friend (and other people I don't know- fun!)
to Ogden tomorrow (Friday) early afternoon
and staying overnight at a hotel.
So, plan I must.

I know that they will have gels out on the course.
I don't want to rely on those, though.
I want to have gel with me for when I need it.

I've been working on how I am going to carry them with me.

This is the method I have settled on- I think...
They are safety pinned to the top outside of my shorts
upside down.
Yes, 5 Gu's.  I almost did 6... ok 7.

Resulting in this:
Mark very nicely told me that it looked
like I had "front butt" 
when I tried the shorts on.
So loving- I am one lucky lady ;)

I am wearing my Under Armour shorts under these
so chafing/rubbing shouldn't be an issue.

Here is the outfit I have settled on:
 I have been having trouble with my regular short sleeved
shirts rubbing under my arms during long runs.
So I opted for the tank top.
I'd rather be a little cold at first
than too warm and all underarm chafed at the end.
I am looking at this marathon as a
trial and error experience.
I am reasonably sure what clothes will be
most comfortable and what foods will sit well in my stomach.
The rest... who knows.

As of right now
I am excited for this!
I feel ready and confident.
The nerves are down and I just want to get 'er done.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Kick it...

I feel better.
I'm so very glad!
I'm still ignoring my running schedule for the week.
But I think I am kicking this sickness in the butt.

I HAD to go to the store yesterday
to pick up some stuff for school projects.
(seriously- my kids are in 1st & 2nd grade- we've had WAY too many projects!)

This particular store had a huge display of
Emergen-C powdered vitamin supplement
right as you walked in.
I figured why not?
It could only help, right?
That and it tastes GREAT ;P

I should probably run a few miles tonight.
I may still- if it stops pouring down rain outside.
It has looked like Oregon out there for the past 2 days.

Luckily the weather for Saturday looks like this:

Yes- a day of mostly sunny
in between the pouring rain.

It's meant to be!
Well- at least I was meant to not run wet...
with rain.

Sweat wetness- that will be there in abundance.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Come on, body- don't fail me now...

Gah.

Woke up this morning with a fun/terrible sinus infection
complete with headache and crazy pressure
pushing out my eyeballs and eardrums.
That and a slightly sore throat.

Seriously?
(yes, that's my favorite word)

Kinda want to cry and say some really bad words
all at the same time.
Wait- maybe that already happened.
My brain isn't working.

At least it's not the DAY before the marathon.
Pray that this goes away
COMPLETELY in the next 2 days.

I am running this marathon no matter what.
5+ months of training.
I'm getting that medal, dang it.
Even if I do it with no face.
Cuz right now I feel as though it's going to explode off of my head.

Yes, I AM a big crybaby whiner.
Why do you ask?

Monday, May 16, 2011

One track mind...

4 days to go!

Miles Scheduled: 
6 

Miles Ran:
6.2

So today's run plus 20 miles and that equals a marathon.
Which is great and all except that 6.2 miles today
felt really, really hard.
Pretty sure 20 more wouldn't be easy ;).

Doesn't matter.
It's coming and there's nothing I can do about it.
Poor Mark.
Poor anyone who reads this blog.
I've got marathon on the brain.
I can't think about anything else.
What I need to bring.
What needs to be done before I leave Friday.
What I can do to stop feeling like I may upchuck at any given moment.

Good times.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Pile of 26.2 nerves...

Training Schedule
5/16 - 5/22

Mon - 6 miles
Tues - 2 or 3 miles
Wed - Rest
Thur - 3 miles
Fri - Rest
Sat - 26.2 crazy marathon miles!!!
Sun - Rest

Just can't believe how fast the time has flown by.
It's marathon week.
This is happening.
I can do this thing.
I think.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I run more... or less...

6 days to go!

Miles Scheduled: 
10


Miles Ran:
10.25

Yep- one week from now I will be DONE
with the Ogden Marathon.
Either that or I will be lying down somewhere along the course.
Waiting for someone to find me
and take me to my home.


I feel a little less confident after my run today.
It felt a little too hard.
Not "I can't do this!" hard.
Just harder than I would have liked.
Plus there weren't any bathrooms on the route I chose.
I figured I wouldn't need one for 10 miles.
I was not correct.
Too bad, so sad for me.
I had to deal with it.


Um- also... it was in the 60's
when I started running this morning...
at 6:30am.
I guess summer is coming along soon.


Also also- the weather for the marathon is showing RAIN.
Not crazy amounts.
But still.
Rain.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Ready to roll...

7 days to go!

Miles Scheduled: 
5

Miles Ran:
5.1

I'm ready to do this thing.
Bring on the marathon.
I really wish it was tomorrow.
For the first time since I started training
I feel REALLY good and ready.
I'm a little afraid I won't feel like this later...
and by later I mean in an hour.

RIGHT NOW I am at peace with the whole thing.
I know I can do it.
I (mostly) don't care how long it takes me to finish.
(ok, I will always care a little- but today I know I just want to finish!)

Of course, now that I am typing all this crap
the nerves seem to be creeping back in...
ah, my own worst enemy.

Happy Birthday to Lisa!!
Super wonderful vibes headed your way
for your half tomorrow!
You will rock it...
rock it down?
rock it up?
or is it just "you will rock"?
I have never really used the phrase
so I am not cool enough to start now :).
You will do great- I will stick with my awesome Grandma words.