Wednesday, October 16, 2013

An Update!

So, I failed the October challenge (I guess it is good that I never actually signed up!)

Since the half marathon, I have sort of taken time off.  I started back on Monday with running.  Next week I will add in the spinning.  My goal is to wear a non-mom swimsuit on the beach this year. 

So, in that vein, I am strongly considering doing the Advocare 24 day challenge.  If all goes as planned, jeff and I will begin on Nov 3 and it will end on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  I am hoping that this will help me through the holiday season.  I need to get myself off the large amounts of sugar that this girl consumes.

I got my trial packets of spark yesterday and I love it.  I didn't drink coffee this am and I felt 'alert'  kinda weird huh.  I also drank a ton of water this am...well, more than usual.  (I normally drink quite a bit of water)

Next race is November 11.  4 miles.  Finish on the 50 yard line at the Horseshoe! (Ohio State stadium)

Then I need to figure out next year race schedule!

Monday, October 7, 2013

{Run Like A Girl Half Marathon}

So, if my memory serves me correctly, this was my eleventh half marathon.  Fun huh!

This was my first half marathon since May, 2011.  My first marathon with my baby girl.

Let's get down to the nitty-gritty. 

Friday night, I was a basket case.  My stomach was in knots.I made spaghetti, meatballs and garlic bread.  I did have a glass of wine.  I did drink over a gallon of water for fear of dehydration.

I had everything all laid out.  My shoes, socks, sports bra, shirt, skirt, headband, spibelt, Garmin charging, fuel belt ready, water in the frig. 

I got everything out for Lillie too.  Shoes, socks, outfit, bow...bottles ready, toys diaper bag backed.

Time for bed.  I went to bed about 8:00, I knew I wouldn't sleep great.  I actually slept better than I thought I would.  I got up at 5:30.  Went down and ate oatmeal and had a cup of coffee.  I made the decision to use my hand held water bottle rather than the fuel belt.  I am glad I did.

I got dressed and after hearing the weather forecast, I decided to wear a tank rather than a short sleeved shirt.  Another smart move.

I got Lillie up at 6:00am and fed her while Jeff was getting ready. 

Goal was to leave the house no later than 6:45...we made it.  Traffic was bad getting out of town.  Hysterical since we live in farm town, USA. 

We made it downtown and Jeff and Lill dropped me off so I could get race ready. 

I met up with a couple girls from the Moms Run this Town.  It was nice to have pre race jitters/chats with people 'who get it'  We took our picture and then went our separate ways to get ready.  Marcie was doing the half with me.  Katie was doing the10k.

I wondered over to the Portapotty.  Normally I don't use them but I really had to pee (remember over a gallon of water)  I will say a Women's Only race made the portapotties a whole lot cleaner.  I was impressed with the cleanliness. 

Then I met back up with Jeff and Lill.  I was happy I got to spend a few minutes with them before the race.  Lill is so cute...I just want to be with her constantly.

I, then, wondered over to the start line. 

There wasn't much direction from the directors.  But after a few minutes, we were off.  No one was ready because the race started about 10 minutes early.  UNPRECEDENTED.

These are my miles 5 and 8 were off

1 - 10:50
2 - 11:28
3 - 11:42
4 - 11:37
5 - 13:11
6 - 10:38
7 - 12:36
8 - 12:25
9 - 13:23
10 - 13:12
11 - 14:23
12 - 13:24
13 - 13:50
.1 - 1.07

The race was touted as being flat.  it was not.  I mean it wasn't hilly in that they were big hills but there were hills going over the bridges, going down to the trails coming up from the trails.  Not making excuses.  I am just thrilled to have finished.

My goals for this race were simple.  First since I had done all training run with Lill and the stroller.  I had no idea of a pace.  I discovered that I lean on the stroller.  MUST. STOP.  So my goals were to finish and not in last place.  I completed both goals.  Actually I think I finished about middle of the pack. 

Please, please remember to wear a ROAD ID.  My friend, Marcie passed out and they had to go over the loud speaker to get any family/friends.  She dehydrated due to the heat at mile 11.  She remembers hitting her Garmin to stop it before she went down.  She was taken to the hospital by ambulance and thankfully released at 2.  She is feeling much better today.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

{lack of sleep} - Day 3 of 31

So, Lillie has been a really good sleeper really since the beginning, so I am not really complaining.  HOWEVER, my normally good sleeper is having a bit of a time getting a good night sleep.  She has a cold/allergies.  Last night was the worst night she has ever had.

She woke up SCREAMING and I mean screaming.  It took her quite awhile to calm down.  Poor baby. 

She is on her second nap of the day.  I am hoping we are over the worst of it.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

So What Wednesday

So I am linking up with Shannon at L.A.I.D..

  • if I am too lazy to link her logo.
  • if I am addicted to CUTIES.  you know, Clementines, yeah, I bought a bag on Monday evening and it is almost gone.  No one got fat eating fruit, right?
  • if it is noon and Lill is still playing in her jammies.
  • if I am running my ??half marathon and I am more nervous than my first
  • if I don't recall how many halfs I have done...
  • yep, just counted it out-Saturday will be my 11th half marathon BOO-YAH!
  • if I am going to my Bible Study tonight and I still haven't found my Bible, guess, I need to do that.
  • if I am freaking out that tonight will be the first time I am not home to put Lill to bed, since I will be at previously mentioned Bible Study.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

{Training Tuesday}

So, I am 4 nights out from my half marathon.

Last week, I got in all training runs, including my 10 mile with Lillie.  I haven't idea how this race is going to go. I kinda think I have been leaning on the jogging stroller.  My average pace with the stroller has been 12:10-12:30, I would think I would be faster without the stroller...who knows.

I did cut out today's 4 miles. My legs felt heavy, decided it wasn't worth it.  I will go out for 3 tomorrow and 2 on Friday.

I am going to take next week off, I think. Then pick up spinning.

I am hoping my post race workouts will look like this:
Monday- spinning am
Tuesday- run afternoon
Wednesday- spinning am
Thursday -off
Friday-run afternoon
Saturday/Sunday I would like to get a swim in, but we'll see.