Sunday, February 10, 2013
It really bothers me that I can't use emoticons on an iPad. Can you please picture a cute pattern of snowflake, runner girl, snowflake, runner girl...
Yesterday I ran in my first trail race. In February in Minnesota! It's part of a very small race series and they had a Black Friday event with race deals. 10 miler for $13. I'm in! Plus, the timing was perfect for my HM training. 10 mile long run. Since it was a trail run, I had no time goal for this race. I'm serious! I just wanted to have fun and be challenged in a new way.
All the racing I have done has been in big events. Expos, packet pick ups, sweet gear and medals, 1000s of people. This was not like that. A small race has a much different feel. At the start, the race director gathered us all up in the parking line and said, "OK, we will start at this crack in the road." How great is that?! And then he really did say, "ready, set, go!"
I started with my friend and we chatted and everything felt fine. And then we got off the pavement and onto the trails. Uh oh. It was warm: 25 degrees. (I hope all my southern sparker friends think that's cute that I think 25 is warm :) well, it's warm for Feb. and the problem is that snow was melting a little. Which means slush. Which means no traction. Felt like we were running in sand. Whew.
My legs felt it. My friend told me not to worry,most of the runners were doing the 10k and that we'd get back to pavement in a little bit. When we got to the 10k turn around (3.1 miles) I told her to take off. I put my iPhone on and tried to let Kesha and flo rida distract me from how much my legs hurt. I had map my run app going so when it announced at mile 4 that my average pace was 8:15, I panicked. Slow down! That's way too fast for you! You can't keep that pace!
I know the app tends to be fast, 5-10 seconds off. But the time still freaked me out. I still dont believe that i can do that. Then I had to tell myself to shut up. Yep, I can be rude to myself. Here's the deal: my heart rate was fine, I felt fine. Wy should I let some little apple contraption tell me how to run? I know my body. Just run! Gadgets are not number 1 for me.
Back to the beautiful trails... I'm a city girl so this was fun to run out in open land and by some farms and ponds. There was one teeny dirt road lined with birch trees (my favorite!) and the wind was blowing the snow off and it was picture perfect. The turn around was back in this area. I was very surprised by how few people were in front of me. Small race!
5-7 miles went fairly quickly. I ran with some other guy for a bit and we chatted about winter running and the pain and the joy. The few runners I saw we're all mumbling about how tough this was.
I passed a few runners and then was all alone. I mean, alone. I couldn't see anyone in front of me and heard no one behind me. I thought, thank god, I do have this silly GPS contraption straped to my arm because I have no idea where I am. Ok, maybe gadgets are number 1!
I love the energy of big races and all the runners. I like to pick people to try to catch. It motivates me, it keeps my race pace going. There was none of that. This was a true mental battle to keep going strong. Lots of positive self talk here. It would have been very easy to get discouraged and slow way down.
A mile 9 one guy passed me and I was annoyed for a second, but then reminded myself that I was giving it everything I had. My legs were done. My head was staying as positive as possible.
At the finish line, my legs were jello. When they asked me to take off my timing chip (old school anklet wraps) I wasn't sure I could bend over. I needed to keep walking. Very quickly I felt amazing. My friend and I were on such a giddy runners high. That was an incredibly tough run: mentally and physically. And we did it!
She got 2nd in her age group so we stayed for the awards. I got 4th. So close to a medal! 4/16 in my age group. 12/37 women. I'm thrilled with that. 87:13 (8:45 pace) What's funny about my time is that it is the exact same, to the second, as my Twin cities 10 miler last year.
And while I'm happy with the time, I'm more proud of myself for staying strong and talking myself through some very tough miles. Running is so much fun!
Runner girl, snowflake, runner girl, snowflake.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
I got some questions after my 2013 goals blog. Good thing regular blogging wasn't one of my goals because I'd be failing miserably.
warm up as needed
Incline 2.0 to simulate outdoor running
0-1 mile HM PR -30 seconds
1-1.5 HM- 45
1.5- 2 HM-15
2.5-3 HM - 30
This is a killer workout. I didn't make it through the first time. I had to jump off twice and stopped at 2.5 miles. You are definitely in the "uncomfortable zone" for the entire 3 miles. But! It gets easier. In 6 weeks, we will try the same paces for a 10k workout. Yikes!
Pyramids. This is a fairly common treadmill routine.
I warm up at 6.0 and then go up 0.2 every minute. The change of speed every minute makes this workout go by quickly. Climb to 8.0 and then back down to 6.0 (or whatever your starting point was) I love this bc on the up, 7.0 feels so fast and hard and then on the way down, it feels easier.
I do this twice. First round at 3.0 incline, second at 2.0
These are my numbers. Make it work for you! Start at 3.0 and go up to 5.0 and back to 3.0. Or any variation.
I would rather run outdoors any day of the week. But weather, ice, and childcare have forced me to make peace with the treadmill. And now I actually look forward to these killer workouts. I hope they're making me faster. I know they're making me feel strong. And that's worth it!
30 freezer meals:
I pinned this months ago and finally took the plunge and gave it a shot. SOOOO worth it. We found 15 meals and doubled each one. I started with one blog which led to another and another. If I ever take the time to compile them, I will share that. For now, my advice is to google "clean freezer meals". We stuck to all lean proteins. And we make quinoa instead of rice to serve with the meals. The kids are eating them!! It really is worth all the prep time. It's a great way to get lots of veggies in and to have healthy leftovers for lunches.
My HM is in 7 weeks and I am getting excited to RACE! I feel like its been so long and I've got that itch. I haven't stuck to my "advanced training plan" that had two 14 milers and I'm OK with that. One was supposed to be last week. It was 0 degrees; we ran 10 and called it good enough. Winter makes us stronger!
So I'm tweaking the plan to make it work for me and my family's schedule. Isn't that was life is about? Adjusting, rolling with it, lemonade outta lemons, whatever you want to call it. Stay positive and RUN!
Time to go to the Y. Have a great weekend sparkland.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
I'm behind on getting these in print because I've been busy working on my goals! My first goal for 2013 is to read one fiction and one non-fiction book every month. Already done for the month!
Another goal is one DIY/pinterest house project. I'm into 3, including a race medal holder. I spray painted it. Now it needs some funky hooks.
goal 3: Healthy meals for the whole family. I am guilty of giving my kids cereal or mac & cheese for dinner far too often. These deserve better. I finally took the time to find clean, freezable, family friendly recipes. It took most of Saturday, but as a family we put together 30 meals. 30!! I highly recommend giving this a try.
goal 4: run 1,100 miles
and I want to run fast!
My current HM PR is 1:54 which is 8:42 pace. It was last May on a beautiful and extremely hilly course. Last summer was full of tri training, which made me a faster runner come Fall. At the Twin Cities 10 mile in Oct. I averaged 8:12 pace. And in December I added some treadmill speedwork to my weekly routine because of schedules and ice and life. At first, I HATED it. It's growing on me to the point where I may even say I look forward to it. Well, I look forward to the feeling when I'm done, that is. Not sure yet if it will make me faster. With all that in mind, here's time goals:
I know I can do it goal: 1:52 is 8:33 pace
weather is great, I really push it goal: 1:49 is 8:19
everything is perfect, long term running goal 1:45 is 8:01
DH and I will be running the Twin Cities Marathon on 10/6/13. My dad said that Grandma's was his last. It will always be very special that I trained for my first with him. The good news about him not running is that he is a cheering maniac and will pop up all over the course. I'm sure he'll run a few miles with me too. I'm already excited!
I ran Grandma's in 4:04, 9:19 pace. TCM is a more difficult course, but I will have a lot more experience and hopefully more speed by next October. I know I shouldn't give myself time goals until closer to the race. I know I should have the pace of my LSD runs, but if you know me, you know that I've thought about these times since the day after finishing my first 26.2
3:59 is 9:07
3:56 is 9:00
3:52 is 8:50
in my wildest dreams: Boston Qualifying time is 3:40, 8:24 pace
(or 3:45 when I'm 40! But it'll probably change by then) I don't expect to do this. I just want to know the times
DH and I gave each other race packages (4 HMS) for Christmas. It was an awesome deal and how cool will it be to celebrate throughout the year. He already ran one of his on 1/1. Next up is 3/16 we'll both run Get Lucky. I am officially in training mode again and loving it.
goal 5: swim and bike for cross training and new challenges and fun and peace. Right now I just want to get in the pool once a month. (January done!) I wish it fit in my schedule better, but it doesn't. I'll make bike plans once it's Spring. I tried to fit a spin class into my schedule and that also doesn't work right now
goal 6: keep up the ST! especially the heavy lifting. This is totally growing on me, just like the speedwork. Maybe it's because I'm changing up my routine. Maybe it's the new challenges. Maybe it's because they make me feel like a fierce bada$$! whatever it is, I'm gonna keep workin it.
goal 7: balance! I have already scratched a few races from my calendar. I love working out. I love training. But I love my family more.
goal 8: Stay in maintenance range. I hate that I am a typical American and am up 5 lbs. from Thanksgiving. Pants are tight and I don't feel my best.
I hope you are checking things off your 2013 goals.
Monday, December 31, 2012
In 2011, I lost 40 pounds and discovered a love of running. In 2012 I kept running and added a love of triathlon.
The fitness moments I want to remember:
January: started teaching at the Y
February: braved the MN cold and ran outdoors
March: horrible HM that taught me valuable mental lessons
April: bought a road bike & started reading about tris
May: amazing HM experience with hills & rain
June: Grandma's Marathon, my 1st 26.2 in 4:04:16
July: Sprint tri, 1st out of the water in my age group
August: Olympic tri in 2:51, holy buckets! That was hard.
September: did a real pull-up
October: TC 10 mile in 81 minutes, 7 minutes faster than last year
November: started a triathlete ST program
December: crossed 1,077 running miles for the year
That's a pretty good year of events. What's even better is that I shared so much with people that I love. DH, my dad & sister, new & old friends.
I didn't lose any weight this year. But I did stay safely in a maintenance range. Much more important than the number on the scale (and I do care about that a lot!) is living a healthy, meaningful, balanced life. While that list of monthly events may seem like a lot to some, it's not everything I wanted to do. I cut back on races, I changed from an aggressive tri training plan to a beginners half way through the summer, I stopped teaching regularly at the Y. Now I just sub. I'm still trying to find that balance. And my guess is that it will be a forever developing process.
I know that I am lucky that so much of my social and family life is about fitness. There is no way that I would have accomplished these goals without their support. 2013 will be a year of more racing, more personal challenges, another marathon with DH, and unknown fun!
2013 will not be the year I tackle 70.3 (half Ironman distance). I don't want to dedicate that much time to training. At first I typed "I can't" and then changed it to "I don't want to." There is a big difference. It will not be the year I join the Thurs. night cycle group. My daughter has ballet & tap on Thursdays. And she is ridiculously cute and funny.
It's easy to get caught up in racing and want to do more, more, more. My hope is that 2013 is a year of balance. I will continue to challenge and push myself. But not so much that I burn out or miss too much family time. I'd like to write race recaps well into my 40s and 50s and continue to have this be my way of life.
Happy 2013 Sparkfriends!
Saturday, December 01, 2012
I've been waiting for this moment since I realized it was in reach a few months ago. When I made goals last January, I had no idea what my yearly mileage would be. Now I know! This morning I crossed 1,000 miles in 2012. 1,004 to be exact. And with a month to go. woo-freaking-hoo!
This pretty number represents:
4 full months of training for my first marathon and actually entering 26.2 into my tracker on one day!
Running outside through a Minnesota winter, that was a mental hurdle
A year of running with new friends who have become very close friends.
Running with my dad, and joining his group a few times. They've met at the same place every Saturday for 30 years! That's who I celebrated with this morning.
Hot, stinky, sweaty, sexy running dates with DH
Being tough enough to push my kids in a double jogger and teaching them about health and fitness through my example
Those miles are determination, persistence, making time for myself, having fun, pushing my limits, surprising myself, crying, laughing, mental peace, dedication, problem solving, dead sexy legs, and so much more!
Oh, the cake. One thing I've learned is that running certainly does burn tons of calories, but it also makes you want to eat 4 Chipotle burritos!! I must not eat enough before long runs because I eat all day long and justify it with: I just ran 9 miles! You don't even want to know what I eat when I run 15+ miles!
While I have a lot to celebrate with this latest milestone, I've also had to do some attitude adjustments. I've been eating too much and making excuses We've all heard it: You can't out train a bad diet!
I'm at the high end of my maintenance range and I don't like it. My plan was to lose a few more pounds and get down to a "racing weight" before I started training in March. Well, I've done the opposite. And right before the holidays. And I am totally aware of it. boo.
Luckily, I've been having some good self talks and using things that worked for me when I was losing weight.
Like, asking myself, "Does someone who is serious about weight loss eat that?" For me, there's a difference between wanting to lose weight and getting serious. Today I've been taking it seriously. Last night at my brother's birthday party I was not serious. I had 2 high calorie beers and a handful of tater tots. (hipster bar!) Serious would have been: one, low calorie beer and one tot. Wanting to lose weight is hot chocolate with skim milk, serious is skipping liquid calories. I know I'm being hard on myself. I need to be hard on myself if I want to get back where I was.
Right now my size awesome has a teeny muffin top. It will be gone next week. I promise.
OK, back to good news. I have followed the triathlon ST program for 5 weeks. It's twice a week and I've only skipped 2 days. That is crazy good for me. I am a cardio junkie. I'll be honest, the only reason I'm sticking with this plan is because 3 girlfriends are doing it in prep for tri season. I don't want to be left out! And you know what, it's working. Motivation comes in many forms.
The best part is that I'm actually loving it. We are in an endurance phase right now and I can squat 100 lbs. I'm eager to see what I can do when we get to the strength phase. And my arms are getting ripped.
I have two December goals:
wait, I guess that's 3. That's OK, they are well worth it.
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