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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Things I Love Thursday - Running Bliss

After several days of not running (of not really doing anything at all) last week, I finally had my energy back and was feeling like giving running a try. So I set out for the water park on Saturday morning. For 12 miles, I remembered why I love running. My legs felt good. There was lots of shade. My potty/water stops were spaced perfectly. Even with my lungs not at 100%, runs don't come much better than this. My family picked me up a little over a mile from the water park so we could stop and get some chocolate milk and I could do a quick change into my bathing suit (in the car - I'm skilled like that).

While I was running, I realized I could compare my run to the wedding tradition...

Something Old - I have a pair of SmartWool socks that I've had for a few years and have worn off and on. I wore them for a long run last month and have worn them for every long run since. I love them. I always thought my WrightSocks were the best for blister prevention, but my SmartWools are even better. I have noticed a few hot spots, but they haven't turned into blisters even on my longest runs. And they actually keep my feel pretty cool and dry, in spite of being wool!

Something New - I haven't been listening to music on any of my outdoor long runs. This is a first for me. I have always listened to music indoors and outside and racing. It has been surprisingly nice. I have been amazed at how steady my pace stays and how easily the time and miles pass without it. Now I just have to decide if I will run with or without it during my half on Saturday.

Something Borrowed - On one of my DailyMile posts, Becky L. suggested paying attention to my cadence to help my ITB issues. I discovered I already have a pretty quick cadence, but paying attention to it and keeping it steady at a 170-180/min really seemed to help. My IT band was considerably better on this long run than on the past few. I have also been doing the ITB rehab exercises Lydia H. recommended in the same post comments.

Something Blue - I am digging the Mountain Blast blue Powerade. Hopefully this will make it easier at races because I have seen it at a lot of them. Too often there hasn't been something my stomach can handle, so I've had to stick to water or take my handheld.

What is something old, something new, something borrowed or something blue in your running world?

**If there is anything you just need to know about me, now is your chance. Be sure to ask me your questions on my Q&A post. **

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tell Me What's On Your Mind

It finally happened. Someone (Suzy) noticed I haven't been tagged, so now it's my turn for the Q&A. So ask me anything. About running? Sure. About me? Go for it. About my family? I'll probably answer. So get your thinking hats on and see what you can come up with because it's time for:


Since I went on a mini-vacay and unplugged for a few days, I am really not sure who to tag. So I'm just going to hope the following haven't been tagged already:

Farrah @ My Own Calcutta
Alicia @ Alicia Runs
Fair Weather Runner @ Fair Weather Runner
Kara @ It's a Dog Lick Baby World
Shelly @ It's Just One Foot in Front of the Other

Friday, July 22, 2011

Every Day I'm Shufflin' and other "mantras"

During my long run on Monday, I realized I was repeating the same line over and over again: "Every day I'm shufflin'." Yep, those are words to LMFAO's* Party Rock Anthem.

It wasn't something I ever thought would be a mantra, but it worked. And it's how I felt. But at least it had a good beat and kept me moving. It also got me thinking.

What is a mantra? According to one of the many online dictionaries, it is an "often repeated expression or idea: an expression or idea that is repeated, often without thinking about it, and closely associated with something."

I realized the ihaverun household uses mantras ALL. THE. TIME. Here are just a few:

The light is red. The family mantra whenever we stop at a red light and Bean repeatedly screams, "Go, Mom!"

Right here, Rowdy. The words we repeat to guide our poor blind little Rowdy back in the house because he keeps walking into the wall or the bikes or the bushes or he is just standing with a deer in the headlights look because he momentarily lost his sense of direction.

Love you goodnight see you in nine minutes. The lack of punctuation is on purpose because it is said in one big breath. It has to be the last thing The Princess says and hears whenever someone checks on her at bedtime, every "nine" minutes.

Go lady. The Bean's mantra whenever cars around us are moving but we are not. As you can tell, she's not the most patient passenger. I still haven't figured out if she is talking to the person in the car in front of us or if she is talking to me.

What are we doing fun today? The question I hear from The Princess every morning and every day after naps.

What? This actually isn't my favorite word, but it's probably the one I say the most. Sometimes it's because I don't understand what the Bean is saying in her 2-year-old language. Other times because The Princess talks quietly when she doesn't want to get in trouble for something or doesn't want her sister to hear. And a lot of the time simply because I have hearing loss in one ear (not because I'm old; been that way since I was little) and can't hear what people are saying if there is a lot of other noise.

What do you want for dinner? Typically a weekend mantra, this question is exchanged several times between me and the hubs, sometimes with the addition of "I don't know."

What are your non-running mantras?

*For the record, whenever I see LMFAO, my mind translates it to laughing my fat a$$ off.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Not Running Sucks

I thought today might be the day I run again. The fever, chills and body aches are gone. But the cough and a newly developed ear infection are keeping me off the treadmill again tonight. I just spent some time with the good old Internet, trying to figure out if I can use my Bean's ear drops that she got for possible ear infection with her tubes for my ear infection. I don't feel like going to the doctor to find out what I already know. And her ear drops expire next month, so I might as well get some use out of them.

Speaking of my Bean. Today the girls decided it would be fun to play with their winter scarves, mittens, coats, etc. It was like finding treasures they forgot they had. Bean even had to wear some of her finds to the grocery store.

She likes having her picture taken about as much as I do. I considered taking a pic of myself this morning since I had to get dressed in a non-mom outfit for a work meeting and was going to share my rare appearance in heels and slacks with you, but it didn't happen. So you'll have to make do with the picture of my Bean. She cuter anyway.

That's pretty much it for the excitement around here. Can I just say how much I'm enjoying reading all your Q&As? You are a bunch of funny, fascinating people!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Boob Sweat and Blue Powerade

Some days things don't go as planned. Saturday was one of those days. While my 18-miler was postponed until Monday, the trip to the water park still happened. It's all about priorities. And while getting all my long runs done during this training cycle is a huge priority, spending the day with my family came first. I'd hoped to squeeze a few miles in at some point, but it just didn't happen. So I lived vicariously through all of you and your weekend runs.

I did manage to get out the door early Monday morning for my long run. So as far as I'm concerned, last week ended around 9:30 yesterday morning. I had 18 planned. Six miles in, my IT band started talking to me. By mile 10, I was hurting pretty bad. I called the hubs at mile 14 and told him I might have to cut it short. Said I would call him at 16 and let him know for sure. I could tell the pain and tightness was affecting my running form, so when I hit the 16 mile mark, I slowed to a walk. I was literally limping. That's when I reminded myself that listening to my body and quitting early are two different things. Called my hubs and he and the girls met me a few minutes later with a tall, cold bottle of chocolate milk.

I rolled out my legs, iced my knee and limped around the house the rest of the day. Last night, I finally started to walk normal. Today, I just feel a twinge of pain now and then. Since this week only has five days in it after last week's long run yesterday and I have four scheduled runs, I had a short recovery run planned for today. But when last night's sore throat turned into a full fledged cold this morning, I decided there would be no running. I'm hoping the chills and body aches are gone tomorrow, and I can spend some time with Millie. At least having a cold today meant a rest day for my ITB. And a chance to catch up on some blog reading, since I was in my jammies before 5:00 pm and don't plan on doing anything that can't be done sitting while sitting until I go to bed (early).

Hopefully between my past experience with a nagging IT band injury and some great advice from my DailyMile friends, this won't be an issue much longer.

Was that boring enough for you? Here are some (hopefully more interesting) random running thoughts I've had lately:

  • I am not losing weight. It doesn't help that I'm always starving. Those two pieces of German Chocolate Cake I had last night probably aren't helping either. Or the Muddy Buddies I made the other day. Or the dozens of Pumpkins Chocolate Chip cookies I consumed last week. Or my recent obsession with chocolate Twizzlers.

  • Why are all energy gel flavors sweet? Something sweet is the last thing I want while I'm running. Apparently that's the only time though.

  • I have been able to gag down one CarbBoom during each of my last my two long runs. I go for either watermelon or grape pomegranate.

  • Since convenience stores usually only have Berry Blast (you know, the neon blue kind) Powerade on tap, I am learning to like it.

  • What is with the boob sweat? I mean, really, is it normal that this is the first (and sometimes only) place I have visible sweat? This was yesterday, after 9 miles. Nice, huh? Last week's boob sweat was bigger and apparently more fancy because The Princess said it looked like a flower. Too bad I didn't get a picture of that one.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The perfect shirt for runners and potty trainees everywhere

Y'all love some fry sauce. Or are at least willing to try it. Or have tried it, unaware that it was fry sauce. Now I just need to resist a trip to In-N-Out, because I don't think that is the best fuel for tomorrow's long run.

I'm hoping the long run goes much better than last night's speedwork, which kicked my booty. I got all six 800s done and called it good at five miles. It was almost 10 pm, and I was beat. So I read some blogs while I drank my chocolate milk, showered and went to bed.

I think the fact that I am running to and meeting my family at a water park tomorrow morning should keep me motivated. And since my boring little run won't really be Twitter worthy, here's something that is: Mike's 20in24.

And before I call it the weekend and order my new pre-long-run pasta take-out, here's an ad I saw today that made me think of Beth. And runners everywhere. And my recently potty trained daughter. Because this is indeed an important event.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Things I Love Thursday - Running ... with some sauce on top

When my husband left for work, I told him to have fun. His response was, "But I don't get to spend a few hours doing my hobby." That's because he knows my fun plans tonight are 7 miles of speedwork on the treadmill. And I am excited. Hobby, passion, interest, obsession, whatever you want to call it, I love running.

But that's something you already know I love. Today's thing I love was motivated by this Tweet yesterday: "Dear Utah, Your 'fry sauce.' It's freaking gross. Emz"

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I LOVE fry sauce. Fry sauce was a part of my life even before I moved to Utah. While I was growing up, my mom would whip up some fry sauce anytime we had french fries.

What is fry sauce? A mixture of ketchup and mayo. Some places/people use bbq sauce and mayo and then call it ultimate fry sauce. It is mighty tasty too. And if you really want to get crazy, you can ask for some sides of spread at In-N-Out (they have it prepacked just for people like me; it's the same stuff that goes on the burgers) and dip your fries in it. It's basically fry sauce with relish in it. And yes, I'm aware that fry sauce is SOOOO not healthy. I could probably stop eating fried food altogether if there wasn't fry sauce in the world. Did you know it's also awesome with corn dogs?

Have you tried fry sauce? Do you like it?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ladybug Lovin'

Yesterday after I ran three measly (and way too hard for three) miles, The Princess wanted to go for a walk. She has been asking for a few days when we can go for a walk, so we decided to finally make it happen. The main reason for the walk? So she could push Emerson, her doll that she treats like a real baby and takes EVERYWHERE, in her stroller. So of course Bean had to push her doll in a stroller too.

After I stopped to take that picture of my girls, I noticed a ladybug on the giant weed next to me. Then I noticed another. And another. And another. I looked at the nearby weed bushes and there were ladybugs everywhere!

This picture doesn't do justice to how many there actually were. But if you look closely, you'll see a few of them doing something that A LOT of them were doing. I don't know if it is ladybug mating season or what, but there was some serious loving (or piggyback rides if you are under the age of six) going on.

We made sure to let Bean know ladybugs are good bugs. We've had to do that with rollie pollie bugs too. Otherwise she sees a bug and automatically steps on it. Or brings it to me. Three times in one week, Bean came up to me, said "here Mom" so I would hold out my hand, and placed a bug in it. I don't hold out my hand anymore when I hear the words "here Mom." The Princess however doesn't even want us to step on ants because they are "little creatures."

So that is how I got over my craptastic three miles. Ladybug watching.

I didn't however have to get over the 15 miles I ran on Saturday. I started from home and planned where my family would come pick me up later that morning. My IT band started bothering me around mile ten (it NEVER bothers me on the treadmill, thus the effort to do more outdoor runs and get my IT band used to the difference), so I couldn't have been happier when I saw my little family standing next to the trail about two miles later. It was the perfect surprise at the perfect time. They gave me kisses and love, and off I went no longer thinking about my leg. Then I saw them again just as I hit 14 miles. My IT band was on fire, and I was tempted to hop in the car and call it good, but I decided I didn't want to be a quitter with a single mile to go. So fueled by seeing my favorite people again and knowing I would climb in a cool car with them in less than 10minutes, I finished it. And finished strong. It was my fastest mile of the 15! Eventually I will plug in my Garmin and find out exactly how fast, but not right now. So just take my word for it.

And Monday, I started my weekly addition of 1 mile barefoot. This is supposed to help prevent lower leg injuries. And since my right shin and calf act up sometimes on the treadmill (but never on outside runs of course), I figure I'll give it a try.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Raindrops on roses...not so much

I ran 15 miles on Saturday and a barefoot mile today (in addition to four in shoes), but why talk about those things when I can share some of my favorite random things, thanks to Rachelle tagging me!

Favorite Thing to Photograph

My girls (although I actually didn't take this picture)

Favorite Thing to Cook

Cupcakes, cookies, brownies. I'm all about the baked goods, mostly because they are my favorite thing to EAT.

Favorite Way to Exercise

Running, of course

Favorite Movie

I love movies and have a lot of favorites, but this has been a constant on my list.

Favorite Article of Clothing

I was going to say jeans, because I could wear jeans every single day. But I could survive without wearing jeans for a week. I couldn't survive without my running shoes for a week.

Favorite Flower


Favorite Breakfast

French toast!

Favorite Cartoon Character

I love Rapunzel and Flynn and Belle and the frog in Gnomeo and Juliet. I could probably list about 20 cartoon characters that I love, but Snoopy is my favorite. Because he's a writer.

Favorite Book

It is IMPOSSIBLE to pick a favorite. For a list of just a few, check out THIS POST

Favorite Place to Be

Anywhere with my family

Favorite Place to Visit


I suppose I should tag some of you. So if you haven't been tagged already and you are reading this, consider yourself tagged. I wouldn't want to play favorites. Get it? Favorites? I am too funny.

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French toast

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Comfort Zones

I've spent time with some amazing runners in the past month. And each experience has been completely different. Here's a little insight into why.

was totally out of my comfort zone. Meeting new people. In a large group. Feeling old. And slow. And not nearly as cute as everyone else.

was mildly more in my comfort zone. Mostly new people. In another group. New situation. I never run with people. But at least I was running.

And this:
was perfect. One on one. With an amazing person and friend. Talked about running and everything else. And I'm even fine with the fact that this picture means I should change my header image to one of Skipper (you know, Barbie's littler/smaller - but in our case not younger - sister that has a cuteness equal to Barbie's hotness).

I am not really one of those people that tries to find new things to do to help me get out of my comfort zone. I'm pretty sure it's called a COMFORT zone for a reason. And I like to be comfortable. But I don't regret the Yogurtland meeting. Or running with that group this past Saturday. Running has forced me to step outside my comfort zone, and I'm sure it will continue to do so.

I just have to remind myself that spending time with other runners is sometimes like running. You don't regret the runs you do, even if they are hard.
And sometimes they will be hard.
But you do regret the runs you don't do.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Think, think, think

A person has A LOT of time to think while driving for 12+ hours. While my girls were little angels in the backseat, I did just that. Think.

Just a few of my random thoughts...

  • I wonder what it would be like to run from my house (in Utah) to my parents' house (in Arizona). This road has a pretty wide shoulder. I wonder how many miles that is. And how long it would take. Probably wouldn't want to do it this time of year though.

  • 79 degrees. That's more like it.

  • I am really bored.

  • Is it raining? There aren't any clouds though. Ewwww, it's bugs. It's raining bugs!

  • I need new windshield wipers.

  • No one has called or texted me in a while. Someone call or text me.

  • I love the voice record feature thing on my phone that turns what I say into typed words. I just wish it understood me better. I'm going to end up texting something totally inappropriate one of these times, and I'm not sure anyone will believe it was my phone's fault.

I also did some real thinking. About real things. Put some effort into thinking about things I try to avoid. Things I don't really want to have to think about but know I should. Things that really matter. Having the time to think was good.

Considering what the day meant - leaving grandma's, endless hours in the car, getting home way past everyone's bedtime - it was a good day.

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