“Yesterday, you said tomorrow.”

It has been a busy few months. What do I mean by busy?  I mean we bought a house and moved in. I mean I left my old job and started a new one. I mean BF traveled for work and I traveled for work. I mean I ran a 50k. I mean I am TIRED.

YEP, just like that.

That also means that blogging has completely fallen by the wayside. The last post I wrote was a recap of The Athens Marathon. That was four months ago, and as the post reads, it was not my best day. However, I was able to redeem the race and my relationship with running by having a fun time at the Playin’ Possum 50k. I finished the 50k in 8 hours 22 minutes and had a lot of fun with just a little misery out there.

Possum 50k finish

Goofy Smiles and 32 Miles

In between Athens and Possom, I also had the chance to pace a friend at the O24 race and was able to fit in some overnight miles with her as she got her first 100k race done. The event was really inspiring and incredibly well done. Ultra running is such a supportive sport, I love the community it creates.

With all of these things going on, I have made some adjustments to my plans and I also feel like I am struggling with changes in routine. I decided to postpone the Chicago Marathon to 2018, and I am in training for Columbus this year. I have 2 full months to build on miles and it’s been a very up and down training session.  This pretty much sums it up:

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Yesterday You Said Tomorrow

Each week I have grand plans for mileage, strength classes and yoga. And by the end of the week, if I’ve completed 3/4ths of what I set out to do, it was a really good week. I say that today after deciding to spend the morning in bed, sleeping until almost 10am instead of getting up for the 5:45am class I had originally been planning. Part of that is the event we went to last night, part of it is that 5am is just never going to feel normal, and part if it is the terrible case of the ‘don’t wannas’ that has come over me.

But I am here, I am working and I am really trying to keep moving forward.

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Marathon Number Five is Done

On Sunday, April 9th, I completed the Athens Ohio Marathon (celebrating its 50th year!). I posted a finish time of 5:41:03 which is a couple minutes faster than Erie, but nowhere close to the 5:28:47 PR I have been trying to break.

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Did I train poorly? Start too fast? Start too slow? Not fuel properly? Not get enough sleep? Was it too hot? Should I have run more and walked less? Walked more and run less? I’ve decided to stop asking all of these questions, because I just don’t think there is an answer that will help me right now.

For whatever reason, from the time I woke up until a few hours after crossing the finish line, I felt nauseous. It didn’t feel like nerves, but it also didn’t feel like the flu. Maybe electrolytes were off, but like I said, I just don’t know. What I do know is that I had a hard time wanting to eat, and gels and blocks continued to turn my stomach.  Add to that the hot orange Gatorade at Mile 24, and it’s now wonder that I was pretty much gagging my way across the finish line.

Athens Finish Line

Athens Finish Line

So, meh, it wasn’t the race I wanted. And I’ve started questioning whether or not I want to pursue a new marathon PR, or give that long distance a rest.  I have a 50k coming up on May 20th, and I am really looking forward to it! It could be really warm that day too, or really rainy or muddy or all of the above. All I’m thinking of is that it’s a nice stroll through the woods!

Next on the horizon is the Chicago Marathon in October, which I will start training for in June!

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Food & Fitness Plan: 2017 Week 6

February 6-February 12

Time to get down to some serious workout business. Back to the gym this week, and being flexible with workouts as BF is travelling.

Monday: Chicken salad and possible leftover Super Bowl meatballs
Tuesday: Skinnytaste Cheeseburger Casserole
Wednesday: “Unstuffed” Cabbage Soup (from Skinnytaste Cookbook-a staple at my house)
Thursday: TBD
Friday: Dinner out for my brother’s birthday. (If you’re local to Columbus, you must try Windward Passage at least once in your life)
Saturday: TBD – It’s my first Saturday off in 3 weeks!
Sunday: TBD

Fitness
Monday: Gym – Shape-Up
Tuesday: Yoga DVD
Wednesday: Gym – Shape-Up
Thursday: 4 miles post-work
Friday: Gym – Shape-Up & 5 miles @ 12min
Saturday: DOR
Sunday: Long Run – 30k Trail Run

 

Hoping for a good week of recovery from being sick. Will take it easy as needed to gear up for the weekend’s race. Glad to get a trail run in during the season to keep training for the upcoming 50k I am attempting after the Spring marathon!

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Food & Fitness Plan: 2017 Week 5

January 30-February 5

Already missed a few weeks of planning. Have been doing great with the workouts at the gym, but some mid-week runs have fallen off.  This week my goal is 4 runs and 2 gym days. Food is looking good this week and half of my grocery cart was produce this morning!

Monday: Rigatoni with Greens. (BF is good about getting me to eat healthy greens!)
Tuesday: Mustard roasted sausages, sprouts and potatoes
Wednesday: Pozole verde
Thursday: Leftovers & salad
Friday: Dinner at Barcelona for Dad’s bday
Saturday: TBD
Sunday: Super Bowl!

Fitness
Monday: DOR
Tuesday: Speed work: 5.2 miles with 2 miles speed
Wednesday: 5 miles hills SICK DAY
Thursday: 4 miles easy pace SICK DAY
Friday: Yoga SICK DAY
Saturday: DOR
Sunday: Long Run – 14 miles  6 Miles

Spent most of the week sick. It was not fun. Sinus headaches, body aches, stuffy nose and lots of sleeping. I made it out to my long run this morning, but cut it short after some breathing issues.

Starting to feel better, and hope to make it back to the gym on Monday for more strength-cardio sessions.

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Food & Fitness Plan: 2017 Week 2

January 9-January 15

Lots and lots and lots of leftovers on the menu this week. Just me eating, so there’s not much to plan other than cleaning out the fridge. Of course, I walked in to Trader Joe’s without a shopping list, and walked out $40 poorer this morning, so I guess I’ll be eating SOMETHING.

Monday: Leftover Chickpea Tomato Soup
Tuesday: Leftover Cheesy Baked Penne – this was SO good.
Wednesday: Chicken salad and roasted potatoes
Thursday: Mushroom ravioli and a spinach salad
Friday: TBD
Saturday: TBD
Sunday: TBD – Dude-a-Thon!

Fitness
Monday: DOR – 20k got me sore this weekend
Tuesday: Spin Class
Wednesday: Shape Up – Session 3 followed by 6 mile run (depending on how sore I am)
Thursday: 3 mile run
Friday: Shape Up – Session 4 followed by 3 mile run
Saturday: Yoga DVD – my body NEEDS this
Sunday: Broke Man’s Winter Warm Up Half Marathon.

 

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Food & Fitness Plan: 2017 Week 1

January 2-January 8

It’s 2017, friends! I decided not to do much in they way of making resolutions for the year, but I have signed up for a number of races to keep my training schedule full. I also signed up for an 8 week (2 sessions a week) small group training session at my gym. What I really want to focus on this year is some self-care and forgiveness along with healthy eating and strength training to compliment my running schedule. Meal planning continues to go strong!

Monday: At my parents’ – lots of snacks, smoked beef ribs and cheesy potatoes for dinner
Tuesday: Slow-cooker Korean Beef and Rice Pot from Simply Nigella (tester for cookbook club)
Wednesday: Chickpea Tomato Soup
Thursday: Spiced Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad
Friday: TBD
Saturday: TBD
Sunday: Roasted Vegetable Baked Ziti

Fitness
Monday: DOR but took the doggie for 2 walks
Tuesday: Spin Class
Wednesday: Shape Up – Meeting 1 pre-work. 5 mile run post-work.
Thursday: 3 mile run post-work.
Friday: Shape Up – Meeting 2 pre-work.
Saturday: Yoga
Sunday: Trail 20k.

 

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2016 Year in Running Review

2016. You have been A YEAR.

Many have referred to this  year as a dumpster fire.

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burn, baby, burn.

I can’t say I disagree. It has definitely been full of ups and downs. We had some fun trips: Cleveland for a couple Indians games, Louisville for the Derby Half Marathon, and a few trips to Burr Oak for relaxing and hiking. I also got to travel to Boston for a conference and got to run along the Charles River. Work threw some interesting challenges my way and kept me busy all year long, and Roxie kept us busy (and happy) at home!

Since this is a running blog after all, here are some race highlights of 2016!

Miles run in 2016 to date: 790. (Estimated between several sources due to poor record keeping!)

Races run in 2016: 14

January 10 - Rocks and Roots 10k

January 10 – Rocks and Roots 10k

January 17 - Brokeman's Half Marathon

January 17 – Brokeman’s Half Marathon

February 7 - Rocks and Roots 10k

February 7 – Rocks and Roots 10k

March 19 - Seamus O'Possum 10 Miler

March 19 – Seamus O’Possum 10 Miler

April 30 - Kentucky Derby Half Marathon

April 30 – Kentucky Derby Half Marathon

June 12 - Gary Smith Classic 5 Miler

June 12 – Gary Smith Classic 5 Miler

August 13 - Darby Creek Bison 10k

August 13 – Darby Creek Bison 10k

September 11 - Erie Marathon

September 11 – Erie Marathon

September 15 - Squatch Trail 10k

September 15 – Squatch Trail 10k

September 30-October 1 - Ragnar Trail Relay

September 30-October 1 – Ragnar Trail Relay

November 6 - Buckeye Classic 10k

November 6 – Buckeye Classic 10k

November 12 - Salt Fork Trail Challenge 10 Miler

November 12 – Salt Fork Trail Challenge 10 Miler

November 20 - Hot Chocolate 15k

November 20 – Hot Chocolate 15k

December 17 - Huff Trail 50k

December 17 – Huff Trail 50k

As I am recovering physically and mentally from the Huff, it really is great rewarding to look back on this year. It started with a lot of unexpected snow at Rocks and Roots in January. Temperatures fell at that race and cold rain turned to snow. Finishing that 10k was tough and my hands were so frozen I cried trying to unlock my car door.

February wasn’t much better, I slipped and fell hard on the frozen solid ground and shortened my 20k to a 10k. Seamus O’Possum did it’s best to redeem trail running for me, I can deal with a little mud. April showers showed themselves in all their glory as it poured for the last few miles of the Kentucky Derby Half Marathon – but we got to run through Churchill Downs. It just happened to be soaking wet! No races in May, and then the Gary Smith Classic officially ushered in the hottest running summer I’ve experienced so far.

The “official” races slowed down in August, while training amped up. While the weather was moderate for my September marathon, it just wasn’t my day and I posted my slowest marathon to date. However, I jumped right back in with a trail run four days later at the Squatch 10k.

The end of the year was dedicated to mostly trail running and training for the 50k. Many of the races I ran were part of longer training runs, and I learned how to put down a lot of miles by myself. I listened to a ton of great audiobooks this year, and learned how to keep my mind off the pain of 5 solo hours.

And this brings us to the 50k. The course was 2 loops of about 16 miles. As we were weather tracking the day, it seemed like it was going to be all sorts of the worst weather imaginable, which is the risk you take when running on a trail in December. The first half was all fresh snow, and felt like running in sand (wet, heavy, cold sand). When I came in from that loop, I changed socks and shirt and headed out again. The second time out was a much lonelier time, and the snow was starting to get a slick glaze over top from the icy rain that was falling. I had my interval timer going, so I was eating every 30 minutes, and I was well entrenched in The Night Circus which is the perfect winter running book! At Mile 24, Beth joined me to run the race in for the last 7.5 miles. Unfortunately, just as my watch hit 30 miles, we got stopped by a volunteer who let us know the RD was shutting down the course. It sucked. It really sucked. We got in his truck and he drove us to the finish line, but I was fully prepared to complete that race. It would have taken 9.5 hours. But by the time we got to the Start/Finish, they had completely dismantled the line anyway. So, without much pomp and circumstance, I became an Ultra Marathoner, but I don’t really have the sweet swag to prove it.

I have a lot of races on my 2017 calendar, including a tentative April marathon and an accepted entry into the 2017 Chicago Marathon(!!!!). My goal is to focus on strength, crosstraining & speedwork to get fitter and faster for these flat races! I have some trail races on the books too. It’s going to be a great year!

Big thanks to all my running buddies who keep me putting one foot in front of the other day after day, and to Derek who puts up with all this craziness and is always there with either a pot of coffee or a cold beer depending on what’s most appropriate. Love you!

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