Monday, October 17, 2011
The Monster Dash Half Marathon is a little over 2 weeks away. I LOVE Halloween and I LOVE this time of year. In my previous blogs I've told you all about how my goal was to break 2 hours for this race.
Everything was on track until about 2 weeks ago. At that point I came down with a nasty chest cold/ sinus infection. I missed almost a whole week of running, but I did jump right back into my training once the cold was mostly gone. Last Tuesday was my latest "long run" which was 11 miles. It was going awesome until about mile 10. I stopped at that point to stretch and drink some water. As I started to run again, my right calf tightened up. It was similar to the cramps that I felt at the end of Grandma's Half Marathon last June. I got home and alternated heat and ice for the day. Wednesday it seemed better, and then Thursday it was so tight that I didn't even go to work since I was hobbling around. I continued to heat and ice, and checked in with my doctor. It's a pulled muscle that possibly tightened up because of the colder weather we're having in Minnesota. On Friday my leg was feeling better, but then I got slammed with another chest cold.
I am so frustrated!!!!
Tomorrow is my long run day, and my training schedule says 10 miles. Because of the leg injury and being sick, I'm going to shoot for 4 miles--I'll push to 5 only if I'm feeling okay to do so. I'll also probably attempt this at the YMCA because I don't want to be stuck out in the middle of no where if my leg isn't 100%.
I had a good cry because I know that missing all of the speedwork and tempo runs has likely taken my sub-2 hour half marathon away. I know my base fitness is high, and I *might* still hit my goal, but I'm preparing for the fact that it's unlikely. I am okay with that...I'm not going to beat myself up because a few things happened that are out of my control. I could choose to throw in the towel, but instead I'm going to do the best that I can and ENJOY Monster Dash. :)
Sunday, October 09, 2011
If you are anything like me, you get into food-ruts. I tend to eat the SAME thing for breakfast day in and day out. It's fun to switch things up!
I love Hungry Girl...she was recently featured on a DailySpark Blog. My new favorite breakfast is a variation of her "Egg Mugs" that are so easy and so yummy.
All you need is a coffee mug and egg substitute to start.
I measured out 3/4 cup of egg beaters and dumped it in the mug. You can add anything--the sky is the limit! This morning I opted for a Laughing Cow 35 calorie reduced fat swiss cheese wedge. I put the mug in the microwave for 1 minute, took it out, stirred it, and then put it back in for another 45 seconds.
VOILA! Perfect low-cal scrambled eggs!
I topped my mug with 1/4 cup of salsa to give my eggs some zip.
Check out Hungry Girl's website for lots of neat, figure-friendly ideas! www.hungry-girl.com/chew
Thursday, September 29, 2011
In my last blog I told you all about this terrifying decision I had made to run a marathon. I was on a high for the next few days until I got slammed with a serious cold. Not just the sniffles and general inconvenience cold, but the full on barking cough, feel-like-you're-hacking-your-lungs-out stuff. My running got sidelined for an entire week.
During that time I did a lot of resting. I attempted yoga one of those days but couldn't get through the dvd. Then on Tuesday I knew I HAD to get out there. My training schedule had me running 9 miles. I dropped my daughter off at preschool and then came home and got ready.
Everything in me wanted to say "forget about it" and just lay on the couch. I fought that little voice in my head and got my running clothes on anyway. I set up my iPod, turned on my Garmin watch, and was off.
The first 3 miles were BRUTAL. My speed has improved greatly over the last year, and to look down and see myself STRUGGLING to keep an 11 minute mile pace was crushing...I realize that I was sick, but my head was trying to tell me that I was a wimp. I stopped several times that first 3 miles and cough/hacked/retched on the side of the road. I'll spare you the details. I came SO CLOSE to calling someone to pick me up. The entire time all I could think was, "And YOU think you're going to be able to do a MARATHON? HA!"
Around mile 4 the junk in my chest had really loosened up and I was starting to feel better. It was still most definitely hard--don't get me wrong--but I saw my pace starting to pick up a little. At 4.5 I hit the turn around point. It's amazing how KNOWING that you're half done can do wonders... I felt like I was finally finding my groove. By mile 6 I was settling in to a good clip and I was feeling no pain.
I finished mile 9 at a 9:50 pace, and while it isn't my best time, I was on a high because I had battled through the adversity.
I'm still struggling with doubts, and I'm sure that it will be a common theme for me until I am actually on the starting line next June. At least I know that I've got some mental toughness!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
For those of you who have been following me on spark, you've been able to follow my progress as a runner. I started out just running a few blocks and stopping because I was so winded. Pretty soon I could run a mile straight, and then my goal became to run a 5K and just RUN the whole thing without walk breaks. I accomplished that goal, and discovered that I truly have a love for running. There's something about a long run that is so therapeutic; I love that I can get completely lost in my thoughts and get a great workout in in the process. There's no one but me and the open road. What used to be my "long runs" are now my short runs. I look forward to my double digit distances and that wonderful time to myself.
This year I will have 3 half marathons, a 7K, a marathon relay, and 2-5Ks under my belt. I've been trying to figure out "what's next?"
Well, what's next is my goal to break two hours in the half marathon that I'm running on October 29th. I truly believe that I'll be accomplishing that goal, as my training is going very very well.
I started thinking about my race schedule for next year, and a half marathon is no longer the daunting challenge that it has been for me in the past. I have been kicking around the idea of a bigger distance, but didn't want to say that "M" word out loud because frankly, it terrifies me.
And then something interesting happened. I was looking for a "sign" if you will, about what I should do. Should I think about a full marathon? Then I got smacked in the forehead by exactly what I needed to hear;
My husband forwarded me the Runner's World Quote of the Day last week:
Some people never get there. They're afraid or unwilling to demand enough of themselves and take the easy road, the path of least resistance. But struggling and suffering, as I now saw it, were the essence of a life worth living. If you're not pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone, if you're not constantly demanding more from yourself--expanding and learning as you go--you're choosing a NUMB existence. You're denying yourself an extraordinary trip. ~Dean Karnazes
You are hearing it right here first-- On Saturday June 16th 2012, I will be attempting my first FULL MARATHON.
Have I completely lost my mind? Maybe. Is there a huge difference between 13.1 and 26.6 miles? Absolutely.
Time to dive head first OUT of my comfort zone.
It's in writing in the spark community, which means I'm going to do it.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Powdered Peanut butter--what an intriguing idea? I'm becoming more interested in "eating clean" and I've been paying more attention to the ingredient lists on the food that I'm eating. It doesn't get much better than this: Peanuts, sugar, salt. THAT'S IT!
45 calories for 2 Tablespoons...awesome! Peanut Butter is one of my HUGE weaknesses; even more so is PB & Chocolate. I work very early in the morning and am at work by 4:30 AM. Some days I run a little late and grab a meal replacement shake for breakfast. My flavor of choice is chocolate
So now, for an additional 45 calories, I add a little powdered peanut putter, and voila! It's like I'm drinking a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. For real! It tastes awesome!
I found the PB2 on the shelf right next to traditional peanut butter at our grocery store (and I live in a small town). It was about $4, but not really that much more than a regular jar of peanut butter. On the jar it says you can reconstitute it with water, too, if you just want a good old fashoined PB sandwich.
If you're a peanut butter fan, give it a whirl. I'm glad I did!
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