Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Making me move...

Wednesday Workout:
10 miles
8:15 pace

Well, after I post the other day about how I am a morning runner...
now I shall state -  that does NOT mean that it is easy for me to get up early.

There is a lot of
"I can sleep 30 more minutes and just run 4 miles today"
and/or
"My bed is soooo warm"
and/or
"Running is dumb"
going through my head at 4:50 am.

Today was no different.
Just as any day, though- I'm glad I kicked my butt out of bed.
It was good, I feel good that I did it.
I won't feel AS guilty eating the snickerdoodle cake that I made yesteday.
The cake I made for no reason other than because I wanted to eat it all.

Okay, now another thing... not related to running.
I think I am finally figuring out Pinterest.
It's not that I didn't get how to USE it.
I just didn't get the obsession/addiction.
I would not say that I am addicted, but I see the appeal now :).

Especially when I find fun awesomeness.
This one is for you, the husband!

someecards.com - I may have over-trusted that fart.


I'm guessing that the husband is currently questioning
whether or not I should have access to the internet.
Maybe whether I should have access to interacting with people in general.

That's what you get for leaving me home by myself
with little children and my laptop.
Work... psshhaw.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Evening slacker...

I am a morning runner.
That's just how it is.
I do better and am much more likely to get my run DONE
when I schedule it in the morning.

Still, sometimes doing an evening run sounds nice.
I made plans with a friend to run tonight at 8:30, after kids were in bed.

Of course, that means I became crazy, ridiculously tired at 6:30pm.

At about 8:20pm, my friend and I starting texting regarding our run.
It went more or less like this:

Her:  I am freezing cold.
Me:  I know what you mean- and I feel unnaturally tired.
Her:  Me too!  I am exhausted, but I will go if you want to.
Me:  I don't want to- but I should.  Maybe I can go in the morning.
Her:  Well, what do you want to do?
Me:  I don't know.  If you really want to go,  I'll go.  Otherwise I'll go tomorrow.
Her:  Let's go tonight!
Me:  Ok.  I'm already dressed- may as well go.

What I was actually thinking was.
CRAP.
Dang motivated people making me run.

Monday Workout:
8 miles

Okay, so it turns out that I am NOW glad that I went ;).
Isn't that the way it always goes?
Who has ever regretted going for a run?

I am excited today because it's Cyber Monday...
which for us means we are getting a new camera.
Hopefully no more ridiculous phone camera pictures.
Except for the random kid-photography that must be shared.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

2 more... then 2 more again...

Saturday Workout:
10 miles
8:37 pace

My legs felt so good after my 18 miler on Thanksgiving.
I am definitely a believer in the ice bath!

I thought I might run yesterday (Friday)-
but I opted for some early morning sock shopping.
Yes, socks.
I know how to party on Black Friday, what can I say.
I went with a friend and we got to the store 10 minutes after it opened,
got what we wanted to get, got in line and got out of there.
Not bad at all.

Then I went home, cleaned up a bit and went to a movie with the husband.
Thanks to Grandma Judy for being the best babysitter ever!

I think I ate worse the day AFTER Thanksgiving.
Thus, I had to get up and get a good run in today.
It was a nice, chilly, no-stress run.
I aimed for six...
then I stopped at home to use the restroom and decided to go for 8.
Then I was at 8.17 when I got back home.
Well, I can't stop at a random place like 8.17!
So I just did the loop again until I got to 10.

Woohoo!
It feels like it took a while, but I finally feel like my body
is getting back to where it was before the injury.
I am having many more days where I feel like I want to just keep running.
I like that.
AND- I had my first 40+ mile week.
46 miles!

Now it's time for some Christmas decorating!

I just love Christmas.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving goodness...

Thanksgiving Workout:
18 miles
9:20 pace

Ice bath all done...
20 cold, delightful minutes.
The husband tried it out.
He lasted about 15 seconds.
 Hey, where did the ice go?

Now bring on the turkey, carbs and butter!!

So thankful for family to share this day with.
Thankful for the husband and crazy kids.
Thankful for the ability to run and keep myself healthy.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Claustrophobic teeth...

Wednesday Workout:
8 miles
8:30 pace

It was easy to get myself out of bed before the sun this morning.
I HAD to get myself up so I could deal with my TEETH.

Our dentist gives free teeth whitening for life to new patients.
The husband and I just started doing this and it's great.
Except it makes my teeth feel crazy claustrophobic.
Does that even make sense??

I have to wear these on my teeth while I sleep...
Yes, those are silicone impressions of my teeth.
Kinda gross- sorry.

Seriously, by the time my alarm goes off I am up
yanking those things out of my mouth.
I'm pretty sure teeth don't need to breathe- but man.

Moving on past my crazy random...

Today's run wasn't as super fabulous as the 10 on Monday.
Some days the hills in my neighborhood feel a tiny bit like death.
Just a tiny bit, though :).
I took it easy UP the hills, though...
since I am still planning those fun 18 miles tomorrow morning.
I really know how to celebrate the holidays.

It will be good.
I won't feel as guilty eating my body weight in mashed potatoes...
and stuffing, rolls, pie- maybe some turkey thrown in there.
Mmm... now I'm hungry.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Now I feel better...

I was really, really needing a GOOD run.

I was considering trying to do 17 this morning.
The 17 that I tried to do on Saturday.

I woke up at 4:30am to rain pounding on my windows...
so I went back to sleep :).
I don't mind some rain running- but not so much the long runs.
17 wet, cold miles didn't sound fun this morning.

My plan now is to do 18 on Thanksgiving morning.

After the husband came home this evening, I headed out.

10 wonderful, wonderful miles.
One of the best runs I have had in a while.
I just felt so good and really could have kept going.
It wasn't super fast or anything...
I did the 5 miles out and 5 back route.
In my neighborhood that means the last half is mostly uphill.
Still, it was great.

Did I mention that it was a good run? ;)

Monday Workout:
10 miles
8:30 pace

Also, I found this awesome picture in my phone:

Good day.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

When body and mind don't connect...

The downside of a blog where I declare my plans.

I have to admit when those plans don't work out.

It snowed enough last night that I didn't do the 17 miles early.
I was afraid of slip sliding down all the hills around here.
That and the cold, wet feet thing.

So I went down to the river trail nearby after lunchtime.

My brain was all into it.
I was pumped and ready to go.

My body not so much, I found out.
I had been having some stomach trouble the past day or two.
I thought I was okay today- but I was NOT correct.
Some pain/nausea/uncomfortable feelings came on...
and would not let up.
Painful, sad issues.

Long story short(ish)-
I only ran 7 miles before I gave up.
Maybe if the bathrooms were closer...
but they were few and far between (7 miles apart).

Now I feel like a big giant loser quitter.
Having to stop a run that your mind is READY for just really sucks.
Hopefully I can get up early Monday and do the 17.

Okay- now that I have shared way too much.
The End!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Snow runs...

I have big plans to run 17 miles tomorrow morning.
I'm really excited because the weather shows THIS:

Ah, some fun snowy running.
Can't think of anything more fun for a Saturday morning
than running 17 miles in the snow (and probably wind).

I did (my first) 19 miler in the snow this past February...
on my birthday.


What doesn't kill us makes us stronger, right?

Snow can't beat me!

Also, in news that only I care about...
I've been working on my
TENTATIVE
2012 Running Schedule!
(I reserve the right to change/add to it at any time)

It makes me feel happy.

1/7 – Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge (half Saturday, full Sunday)

2/18 – Dam 2 Dam 10 miler

3/17 – Spectrum 10k

3/31 – Riverton Half
I WANT ANOTHER ONE IN HERE SOMEWHERE

6/9 – Utah Valley Marathon

9/2 Disneyland Half

10/6 – St. George Marathon

               OR

10/20 – SoJo Marathon

I signed up for the St. George Runners Series

So, if I do 2 other St. George city races, I can get a guaranteed
entry into St. George, bypassing the lottery.
So two of the above races are those ones.
If I decide not to do St. George, I won't do those ones.
They are far away.

Yay for running in 2012!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I'm not cool enough, but I'm warm...

Thursday Workout:
7 miles
8:06 pace

I'm thinking of doing a little Shred with Jillian, but we'll see.

Today's run was GOOD.
SO very much better than my last one.
It was a bit cold and windy- about 22 degrees w/ wind chill.

I took the plunge a few weeks ago and BOUGHT my own

It seems like every blogger I follow was given a pair of these to review.
Everyone seemed to like them well enough, but you never know.
BUT, since my stress fracture...
and with having to train through the cold winter,
I thought they would be a good base layer and would maybe help avoid injury.

Since I am not nearly cool enough with my 7 followers to get a free pair...
when they had a 50% off deal the week before the NYC Marathon-
I went for it.

Well, turns out I LOVE them.
I had an irrationally hard time deciding which color to get, but went with white,
since that would match best under the shorts I wear during the rest of the year.
(Sorry for the not so attractive picture of my legs).
Kind of wish I would have picked black or red, but not a big deal.

Before I got these, my legs and butt would be all red and cold
after running outside in this chilly weather.
Now, nice and warm.
Also, no quad or hamstring pain after running all the hills in my neighborhood.

I am happy with my purchase.
I highly recommend.
That is all.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Seesaw...

Tuesday Workout:
6 miles
that felt way too hard.

I should feel extra specially proud of those miles that feel terrible.
The ones where I want to stop after .35 miles.
(Yeah, I literally said "Ok, that's enough" that far in.)
Instead I feel like- HEY, why is this happening?  What's wrong with me??
Oh well.
I kept moving, it's done.

One more day with Grandma here.
Too bad it's so freakin cold.

We braved the park yesterday- but I only took one picture...
because my hands were TOO cold.

Look how much fun the husband had, though ;).

Of course, I could only think of my favorite joke from The Office
(yes, I watch The Office reruns as I fall asleep)

Ryan: Did you see Saw?
Dwight: Of course I seesaw- Mose and I seesaw all the time!

???
No?
Guess you had to be there.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Disappearance...

Wow, no blogging since Wednesday...
craziness!

No school, snow and cleaning my house for family coming into town
(so that I can pretend that my house ALWAYS looks like that)
messed with my blog-stalking/blogging schedule.

Monday Workout:
10 miles!

So nice to start the week with a good run!
Makes me feel happy and motivated to keep it up.

On a topic other than running...
(apparently such topics do exist... who knew)

My parents are in town for a few days!

We love us some Grandma and Grandpa Oregon :)
It's fun to get Grandma to play a video game with you...
a game that she doesn't know how to play...
Then sit and watch her try to figure out how to do it.
Grandkids are such a joy ;).

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Double DONE...

Just a quick note to say
the double run got DID.

AND

I went over 1000 miles for the year!

I feel pretty good about that considering the 2 months
I took off from the whole running game due to the injury.

2011 will be my first full year as a "runner".
(again, minus those dang injured months)
It's been a good year!
Here's to many more thousands of miles!


Wednesday Workout:
11 miles total- 5 in the AM, 6 in the PM

Double down...

I have plans to run tonight with a friend.

Then I woke up this morning at 5:40.
I laid in bed thinking how I was tired and wanted to sleep more...
while simultaneously thinking:
"If I get up now and get ready, I'll have 45 minutes to get a run in"
which also went along well with the VERY rational
"I have to take a shower anyway".

So I got up and ran 5 miles.
Yeah- this was what the weather said when I got back:

yep- it DID feel like 11 degrees.
I layered up nice and good, but BRRR.

Still, it was good.
It wasn't super sunny at 6am, no matter what those weather people say.

The sun hadn't quite cleared the mountains yet.
It was nice and clear, though...
Except for the arctic, sting my face wind.
Luckily my face was numb after the first mile.

Planning on going for a run tonight, too.
I don't think I've ever done 2 runs in a day.
My first double!
Look at me, pretending to be someone who SHOULD be doing that.
Sometimes I like to pretend.

Wednesday Workout:
5 miles (in the AM)
8:15 pace

This evening:
6 more miles- hopefully!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Slightly frigid 15...

Monday Workout:
15 miles
9:18 pace
(at 4:13 AM)

I decided to do the miles I was supposed to do Saturday.
Yep, I was a big ball of lazy this weekend.
I said that it was to continue to rest/ice my calf muscle...
which I did do.

It certainly wasn't because I wanted to lay in my bed all day.

Maybe.
I'll never tell.

The calf felt better today, but it still hurt towards the end.

Maybe because my neighborhood is made up of hills...

which are not the best for a sore calf muscle.
Oh well.
C'est la vie.
(sure, I know what that means... I think)

It was a frosty, snowy, cold morning.
I had to slow down in parts to avoid slip-sliding to my doom.
Also, I am now very sleepy-ish.

Still- getting a good run done and out of the way early:
Priceless.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Not so much a snow day...

I took yesterday off from running.
My sad right calf muscle was throbbing through the night.
So I spent the day compressing and icing.

By the end of the day, it felt tons better.
Still, I decided not to get up early to do a long run.
I had 15 miles planned.

Our weather here said that at 5am-6am this morning it would be
snowing with 18 mph wind.
I also had 3 extra kids sleeping over last night...
(yes, that's 8 kids sleeping in our family room)

and the husband was out playing volleyball until 2am.
I had to stay up until all the kiddos fell asleep (MIDNIGHT).

I used my super logical brain, here.
The snow was supposed to stop by early afternoon...
so I could maybe run then if I so choose.
Then I wouldn't have to worry about slipping, dying, etc.

Well, I got up this morning at 7:30 and found this:
Yes, it is snow.
But not nearly the kind of snow I was expecting.
It had clearly not been snowing for a while
and there was no snow on the roads.
Also- no wind.

Darn- I should have just got up and ran.
I want to trust you, weather people- really, I do.
You have to EARN that trust.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A pain in the calf...

Thursday Workout:
10 miles on the TREADMILL.
10 long, gross, sweaty miles at the gym.

I set my alarm for 5:10am.
I had all my running gear set out in the bathroom-
ready for 10 chilly miles outside.

All sorts of excuses come up at that early hour :).
I didn't sleep well.
A crazy stiff neck.
Pounding headache.
I could HEAR the wind blowing outside.

All resulted in me NOT getting my butt out of bed.
Not my proudest early morning running moment.

BUT... 
 I did get this butt of mine to the gym after dropping the kiddos at school.
I  left the other 2 in the Kids Club and got my nasty sweat on.

Running on the treadmill just feels so much harder to me.
It seems to take SO much longer, too.

After a LOT of "Just one more mile..." pep talks, I did it.
 I was dripping sweat and let's just say...
I was NOT smelling the most fresh.

---------------------------------------------------- 

Okay, I've been having some right calf pain since the Halloween Half.
 It started to hurt more the faster I went today.
I think I may have a minor calf strain from all the downhill.
I really don't want to have to take more time off from running.
Blah.

I am icing and wearing these super cool socks...
We'll see how it goes.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Marathon madness...

Wednesday Workout:
6.2 miles
8:25 pace 

So, it turns out I might be CRAZY.

Not really psycho crazy- just a runner sort of crazy.

My first marathon was the Ogden Marathon this past May.
that listed the Ogden Marathon as one of the Top 10
races for first time marathoners.  
They included a code to register for the SOLD OUT event.

So this girl who was sure she would never venture past the half marathon
suddenly found herself registered for a full in the blink of an eye.
(Well, a quick form and some clicks of the mouse.)  

It was good, not great.
I didn't love the course and I expected to love it.
Everyone said how wonderful it was.
For me, it just wasn't. 

I did the Utah Valley Marathon 3 weeks later and LOVED it.
I would choose the UVM over Ogden any day.
 I have already registered for the Utah Valley Marathon, in fact.
Yeah, it's not until June- but I'm IN!  

This is turning into a long story.
Oops.

The registration for the Ogden Marathon opened yesterday.
It's very popular and sells out usually in less than a week.

Every time I glanced at Facebook yesteday, there was some update
on how fast the spots for the race were filling up.
They predicted it would fill in 2 days.

Here's where the CRAZY RUNNER comes in.
I almost registered for this race not once...
not twice...
but THREE times.

I'd go to the event homepage and then be all
"WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!"
I didn't even like this race.
I don't want to do it.
Not to mention that I really don't have money to spend on ANOTHER race.  
Yet, knowing that a race registration has opened and is filling fast
for some reason makes me really feel like I NEED to register before I CAN'T!

There is something wrong with my brain.