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BLC 16 - Sunday

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Well I knew when I woke up I was dehydrated from yesterday. I made sure to push liquid today. I had picked up some onion mix and roasted some red potatoes with it. Had an vegan/gf waffle with applesauce at breakfast. I knew I would be splurging at dinner to celebrate my race yesterday, but I did not finish my meal (pat on the back) and it was not too bad.

I was relieved that my knee didn't feel a bit tweaked this morning. It did feel a bit like that at bedtime. I was very wiped out at bedtime last night, so I hit the hay early. My quads still feel heavy. Hoping to feel up to something tomorrow and think about what to plan for next.


Hagerstown Duathalon #1 - Race Report

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I had been looking at this event last year, thinking how cool it would be to challenge myself in a different way. When I was in the midst of testing my knee and easing back in to running, I would be up for a 10k. I couldn't find one the exact weekend I was due to run one (and I can tend to be impatient about this aspect of planning my races)...and since I had wanted to try this out (and had biked at a good clip while watching TBL), I signed myself up. Whether or not the race would happen was up in the air yesterday until I got the email around 2:30p. The race was on, regardless of the weather. I had biked in wind (not too many times but I had done it on my good friend's bike this past week and would be racing with it). I had run in rain. Even cold rain. I had not biked in the rain.

While I didn't sleep solid through the night, I'd say I did okay all thing's considered. I did feel like I stress snacked late yesterday, so I only nibbled on a Lara Bar before the race (vegan and GF!). I chugged coffee, which is the usual. I wasn't sure what I'd want to do for what to wear. Would you believe I almost forgot my knee brace? Running 2 legs and no brace? That would have gone over like a ton of bricks! I put the brace on when I got dressed so it was in place. I wore tri shorts, my fave running tank with a long sleeved performance shirt over top. I brought dry clothes (knowing I'd want them so badly when it was over) and had put a pair of running tights in. Well, after a jaunt over to check in and marking...I knew I needed those tights for the race. I sat in the car, listening to the wind and the rain picking up. Sighing inside, but knowing I was going to do this. No matter what. I slipped on the tights and was also relieved I had the common sense to bring my freebie running gloves (thank you Frederick Running Fesitval goodie bag) and my son's winter cap (over top of my running visor).

I waited until the last possible moment to go out for the pre-race meeting and it wasn't as terrible as I anticipated. I stayed towards the back of the pack so I wouldn't feel that I was impeding faster runner's. I knew I wasn't allowed to have music, which was a bummer but I accepted it a while ago. The entire thing was based out of a local park, with all of our running along paths within the park. We headed out and I kept my focus on my breathing. In and out for 4. I'm kinda loud with the breathing out part but it works and I have to say helps overall. So just pray I don't spit on you if we run together ;) Anywho...I felt I was going at a good clip but had no idea (chip timed but no time clock when I finished running the first leg (that was visible)). I opted not to wear the Garmin because it wouldn't be accurate for the biking leg (I am not set up to use it for this type of distance yet)...and with the weather. I just opted to keep it dry and that was fine. The first leg felt fine and I eased into the transition area.

I was one of the last few with a bike left in transition, but that did not bother me. I was careful and steady (except for putting on a glove upside down so that took a little extra time to fix). I went to the mount area and waited to be told it was okay to get on the bike and go. From the start of the biking leg, I felt like a wind whipped puddle. I kept my cool and pressed on. The course was well marked. There were some moments where the wind whipped pretty hard and I slowed my speed to ensure I had full control if the bike decided to go over. Thankfully that never happened. I did pass a few folks along the way when I felt ready. There were a few challenging hills, but thankfully they did not last too long.

I was relieved to be back in transition. The winter cap and gloves for the first leg were soaked and not worth a lick, so I left them and kept the biking gloves on. When I headed out for the 5k, my legs felt heavy and numb. I spotted the clock and it said 1:11 (and some seconds), so I knew how long the two legs took me, but not how long each leg took thus far. But I made note of the time for my return. I definitely felt like I didn't have much to give...but my spiritual side kicked in and guided me through it. I immediately kicked in to controlling my breathing and putting focus on it and that helped a good deal. I took in some clif chews. I didn't drink water on the bike because I had to focus on staying in control of it all, but I did take full advantage of all water stops on the running legs. So back to the 2nd running leg. It took me a good .25 to .50 mile to feel like there was less lead in my legs.

Once I finished the out and back segment and got back onto the trail, I was ready to use up all that I had energy wise. I was ready to finish. But I was not going to look like I was dragging myself there. No way! Chin up and focus hard! I felt strong and I was happy with my running. I made my way through the path and up the hill to the finish straightaway. Again, I saw the clock...but I needed to see the full results to know how my running vs. biking was overall. As Mel (MJGARVI) told me, I'd PR it anyway because it was my first time. Nothing but the truth there! My finish time was 1:45:25.0. Based on this, I knew for sure that my 5k was 34 and change. THAT for sure was a 5k PR for me. But I still did not know my pace on the first leg (~2 miles). So without further ado (and grateful they were prompt to post the results):

Leg 1: 20:51
Leg 1 pace: 10:59
Leg 2: 46:48
Leg 2 pace: 12.8
Leg 3: 34:15
Leg 3 pace: 11:02

I am TOTALLY psyched with my pace. For me, it was very solid on the running and fairly consistent. Even after a 10 mile bike.

After the finish, I headed to the pavillion for the awards ceremony. I knew I was not first or last. I grabbed a half banana and an orange slice. I was not having the complimentary bagel wedge, and that was okay. I clapped for all the finishers. I was wondering why they didn't announce the 3rd person for my age group. But I also knew they were hustling to gather up the results. I didn't think much of it per se because of my time overall. So when they posted the results...GUESS WHAT?

I placed THIRD overall in my age group! emoticon

I'm pretty stoked. My first placing in an age group for any of the races I have done. And I am very happy with my running pace. So even if the rain and wind are whipping around, I'm a duathalon girl! emoticon

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DAS92687 4/19/2011 7:52PM

    emoticon That is Fantastic !! WOW, 3rd place on your first try!! You are amazing :)

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DEE797 4/19/2011 1:43PM

    Julie, that is TERRIFIC! YOU GO GIRL! Loved reading about your race. That was emoticon emoticon

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GAIL461 4/19/2011 9:07AM

    Julie, proud of you and your accomplishments. Great job!

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MGJARVI 4/17/2011 1:07PM

    Julie!! ((SQUEAL!)) You are such a trooper! I just loved the entire blog and then BAM, surprise in the end! Congrats! Glad you liked the PR advice, a nice sparker gave me the same advice for my upcoming HM and I'm trying to really take it to heart! You're AWESOME! You should TOTALLY put "I'm a duathalon girl" in your signature and wear it like a badge of honor ;-)

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1LBATATIME 4/17/2011 10:13AM

    emoticon Julie! emoticon

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NURSESARAH03 4/16/2011 4:42PM

    emoticon Julie, that's SOOO great! Awesome job. You are now officially a dualathalon GODDESS!! emoticon

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    Woo hoo, that is awesome!

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BRIDGIE1028 4/16/2011 3:55PM

    Oh my goodness third in your age group!!! For your first time!!! You are AWESOME!!!

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BLC 16 Challenge Wide Challenge, Day 1

Friday, April 15, 2011

I'm sitting at my dining room table, adoring the crisp air and the sunshine. It is day's like today that make you want to forget all your other chores or responsibilities and just find something to do outside! Sadly, I have a proposal (or two) that I am working on. Work always gets in the way!

Today has been a good day so far. I made a run to the co-op so that I could have all the flours I need on hand to try some GF/Vegan recipes that inspire me. Not that I'd want to inhale too much of it because it's still carbs after all! I love the co-op. I can do a lot of damage there too. But they fed me breakfast today...and I am grateful! A green monster juice/smoothie. See they have the fancy Vitamix so it truly is juice and no pulp. When I make mine in the blender I get all the bits. I am okay with it because it's good for me anyway! They had the most beautiful beets out this morning and I had to buy some. I'm enjoying roasted beets lately. I made a 'goat cheese (no dairy at all)' out of pine nuts and I pair it up with that. I liked the outcome of the 'goat cheese' but I would not make it regularly. Spendy!

Have you ever tried coconut oil? Here we are told it's horrible for you except, in moderation...full of flavor and actually not so bad for you! I made a chickpea curry yesterday (thank you cheap produce from Wal-Mart!) and I cooked the onions in the coconut oil.

I tried something a couple months back from the co-op. Kombucha. It is a fermented tea. A little tart. But wow is it good for your gut! It has probiotic in it (which, if you have seen lately, has been added to many yogurts and yogurt smoothie drinks). I usually get myself a Kombucha to sip on when I visit the co-op.

I have a bit of angst this afternoon. I am waiting for an email update. I'm due to race tomorrow (duathalon) but we are in for yucky weather. I am prepared gear wise, but now I don't know if the race will go on (or be postponed until October) and so it just adds some 'what if' in there and it is psyching me out of the mental prep. If I get the 'race is on' email then I'll have knots in my tummy and if I get the 'race is off' notification then I'm let down and feeling like I am not racing again soon enough. It will all work out, but oy! The waiting! Waiting makes you fill in the quiet with funky stuff and you just shouldn't do that to yourself. But it ain't easy! ;)

Here's to a good Friday afternoon emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 4/15/2011 8:42PM

    Hope tomorrow is a go! Good carb are good for you- trust it!

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NURSESARAH03 4/15/2011 7:12PM

    Good Luck with the race!! I wish I had the willpower you have. WOW! It makes me strive to be a better eater every time I read about what you're eating.

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 4/15/2011 3:23PM

    Wow - your blog inspires me to eat healthy!!!


I do hope the weather holds out for your race.

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    Hope your weather is clear. emoticon

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Leave Your Comfort Zone

Sunday, April 03, 2011

I guess you could say that, in many respects, I don't know how I could define my comfort zones. Especially when it comes to my health and fitness. If anyone truly knows me well, then they know they cannot tell me I can't do something. I might not be an expert or be the fastest or what have you...but when it comes to our fitness and our health...we hold he winning ticket. Whatever value it one person (except ourselves) can define it.

I've never cared, even when I was heavier, what people thought of me. Of my hair, my makeup, my clothes. I was not a follower. I was Julie. If you don't mind me getting spiritual, then I can say there is only one person who's opinion of me really matters. I thank Him every day and find the good or better side of things instead of becoming consumed. Now that I have digressed, I will get back to my point. When I finally said 'Julie...the kids are getting older and want them to be you should be healthy. Feel good physically and feel capable of whatever may be. You have immediate family with health issues and if you don't take care of yourself then it will be the same for you.' I knew one thing...I did not want any of the negative health effects.

Just a couple months into my 'done girl' progress, I went for a jog. I hadn't even officially run the local 5k but I knew my pace. So when an old friend told me about the Marine Corps Marathon...I did not think 'man I have never run a marathon before'. Instead, I thought 'hey my pace meets the minimum and training would keep me committed to my fitness goals...why not?' I did not think about pain, or inexperience, or anything negative that would allow me to talk myself out of it. I had discomfort during my training, but I'm still here :) I wasn't the first to cross the finish line and I wasn't the last one either.

And coming back from injury, I thought to myself 'okay you want to ramp back up smart...fine...but what are your options?' With each distance, I figured I would sign up for an event. I would ease back in to stay healthy. So in a separate workout I had biked 10 miles on a stationary bike and I knew I was part of the way through my 10k training. So wouldn't a duathalon be a natural choice? Not really! LOL. But it's all about leaving your comfort zone. Yes, I've fought the mental and worked my way through runs. But I was surprised at how I had to dig deep and do the same tonight. And I did. And I made it. I don't know what duathalon day will hold. But I feel ready for whatever it is. I will start and I will finish.

Don't wait to prove yourself. Make it happen because you want it. Believe in yourself. You might still not believe what you accomplished when the event has come and gone...but you'll have that bling and race fodder to prove it (and maybe some pictures too!).

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RUNNER12COM 4/13/2011 4:31PM

    What a great message. It really is about doing the right things for the right reasons!

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NURSESARAH03 4/8/2011 3:33PM

    This really hit home for me, Julie. Thanks for helping to give me the courage to keep pushing. Because some days......I really think...awww what the You're awesome!! emoticon

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DAS92687 4/8/2011 1:48PM

    You're an inspiration, Julie. You were the first person who was able to explain running to me so it seemed do-able or "DU-ABLE" :)

Wishing you much success !!

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KKINNEA 4/7/2011 11:10AM

    Agreed! These are the moments we need to have and to tell others so they too can benefit!!

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PINKNFITCARLA 4/6/2011 11:35PM

    Awesome blog! Thank you!

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SEEHOLZ 4/6/2011 8:50PM

    Good for you! I have to be honest, but it's been really hard for me to step out of the zone, as I seem to only step back into injury... too much... too soon? If I don't do too mucn, I don't really feel like I'm out of the zone, but instead more like out of shape-LOL- so I guess in a way, being ou of the zone might mean, not doing as much as I think I should or could.

I think it's great you are venturing out- I did that last summer by buying a road bike- it's still pretty intimidating, but I'm getting back into riding soon!

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GAIL461 4/6/2011 8:23PM

    Thanks for putting it into perspective Julie! I miss you! Take care!

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    Thanks for this - I need to step outside the comfort zone and work on cross training and ST

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10k Training Complete and Other Thoughts

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I officially completed my 10k training on Saturday. Due to business travel, I did not get any running in on those days. Plus I saw the streets of NOLA and no thank you! LOL. So I squeezed some mileage in two days straight and was just a couple miles shy of the weekly target. I'll take it. My body was ticked off with me, but I was able to do it. I am grateful! The calf sleeves helped me to bounce back.

I could not find a 10k (outside of the one my other half is running on Saturday) to I will do a virtual one for BLC and then I need to do some practice for the duathalon. I think that, until the duathalon is in the books...I should not consider any other programs.

I am thinking about training up for the half distance. I don't have a fear of what my body will do in response. I would be fine to attempt it and see how it goes.

I've been fairly good on my eating. I do look forward to my morning green monster. I am usually making a blender full and splitting it with the other half. This usually leaves the tummy gurgling just before lunch, so I find something to tide me over. I can't say we are as stringent on the gluten free. The other half was a little cranky from time to time about a meat substitute, so I got some of the Field Grain Company items and he does like them. They are fine for me. We like the rice pastas just fine. I finally made my own eggless egg salad and it is a hit with the other half. Easy for him to put on the GF bread for lunches. I think any positive steps we are taking each day to be healthy is certainly something we would not have put a lot of thought into 2 yrs ago. We do choose to splurge at a restaurant, but then go right back to all the healthful meals day in and out.

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DEE797 3/22/2011 2:45PM

    You are doing a wonderful job. I like how you and the other half are on this journey together. Wishing you both continued success! emoticon

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MGJARVI 3/22/2011 1:17PM

    I don't think I've told you lately... you're my HERO!

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    I would definitely say you are doing awesome.

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