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Monday, March 31, 2014

The will to succeed...and tossing your cookies. All in a day's work.

I had a lovely post ready to go and accidentally deleted it. The first part was about how I've been ellipticizing instead of running lately. And while I don't love it, I have faith that it will be worth it in the effort to get my leg healthy and happy.
I also talked about how one of the nice things about the elliptical is that I can read while I'm on it. I caught up on the last three issues of Runner's World and started a new book, all while ellipticizing.

And speaking of books, I also wanted to tell you about one I'm expecting in the mail any day.

Even though I have yet to muster up the courage to try a Spartan Race, the book is a whole different story. It isn't just for Spartans or even runners. It's for anyone and everyone. Here's what Spartan Up! is, in its own words:

Spartan Up! is more than an insider’s view of the world of obstacle racing. It’s a manual for the Spartan way of life, including:

        • Finding the will to succeed: The first half of a race you run with your legs; the second half you run with your mind. Turn your pain into an outboard motor to drive you forward.
        • Tossing your cookies: The Cookie Test can teach you how to overcome the need for immediate gratification and help you prosper in the long term.
        • Getting Spartan fit: Survival of the Fittest means training outside the gym for strength, endurance and flexibility for your entire body—and don’t forget those burpees!
        • Moving mountains: Whether metaphorical mountains or the ones on which Spartans race, what you think of as your limitations can actually be a mere starting point for transformation.
You can find out more about the book or order your own copy HERE!! And keep an eye out for a Spartan themed giveaway on the blog SOON!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Running far...running happy

Sometimes life requires a Friday night run. My Bean didn't have school on Friday, so I spent the morning cleaning rather than running. That afternoon, I decided a run was a good idea. I was going to get up extra, extra early Saturday morning to get my run in before heading up to cheer on Janice, who was running the Buffalo 100. But we've already established I'm not a morning person, so Friday night was sounding pretty good. I also need a little mood boost, so running just made sense.

My little family came and brought me water (and ibuprofen because I'm still struggling with my shin) about three miles from the end. Bean just learned to ride without training wheels a few days ago, so the girls love riding along with me on their bikes! These are some of my favorite running moments.

I got in 12 miles and decided that was enough for this week's long run. My shin was sore and my body felt tired overall, so I listened to my body and cut my planned 16 short.

Saturday morning the family and I hung out at the finish line of Janice's first 100 mile race. She is an amazing example of what you can do when you have a dream and the drive and belief in yourself to make your dreams come true.

My girls made signs and were so excited to cheer her on. I love all the things running teaches my girls, purely through the examples of other people.

On the way home, we decided to take a little detour so I could go for a run while the hubs and my girls went rock hunting, one of their favorite things. I ran seven miles, surrounded by some of Utah's most beautiful scenery, and my girls had lots of success finding rocks to add to their collections.

Weekly running/exercise recap for March 16-22:
  • 4 runs, 32 miles
  • 2 elliptical workouts, 19 miles
Happy Monday!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

On the road to a happy leg

Last week I had 5 runs, 51 miles, 8:14 average pace.

20 of those miles were Saturday. After going to the doctor on Friday to try to determine the cause of my shin/calf pain, which has been hanging around for the past month, I was cleared to tackle my long run. However, I am supposed to try several different things to help my leg begin to heal. These include massage, which I have already been getting fairly regularly from the hubs, KT Tape, and a few other things.

Luckily one of these things was not to stop running. I am fortunate to have a doctor who is also a runner and who knows me well enough to not even try to keep me from running unless it really is the only option. However, I am willing to do whatever it takes to run pain free. And the sooner the better, since Boston is only 33 days away.

My 20 on Saturday was incredible. One of my best runs in a long time, and one of my best 20 milers ever. My legs felt strong and never felt tired. I GUed at miles 4, 10 and 15.

As someone who once avoided any kind of fuel other than Powerade, I am quickly beginning to appreciate what proper fueling can do. My stomach didn't bother me at all during and was even happy after my run, which is usually when it totally rebels. I forgot my salt tablets, so I made sure to stay really hydrated. Luckily my awesome crew, Team I Have Run (aka the hubs and my girls), met me about a half dozen times throughout my run with water and lots of cheerleading.

Monday I ran five easy miles. I could really feel the pain in my leg, and it never eased up. Usually it starts to feel better after a mile or two, but not this time. So yesterday I did nine miles on the elliptical and spent some quality time with my massage therapist friend Josse, who gave my leg a deep rub down and good scrape, which is officially known as Gua Sha. I have been hesitant to try something like this, but I have only heard positive things about it and liked the idea of being able to go to someone I know and feel totally comfortable with, so I gave it a try. My calf and shin, other than feeling tender and bruised, seems to be doing better already. I'll let you know how it does on my next run!!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A bathroom audience

Now that this week is almost over, here's a recap of last week's running...
  • Five runs
  • 50.1 miles
  • 8:12 min/mile average pace
I finished the week with a 10 mile run on Saturday with some of my favorite runnerd friends. Although I am very much a solitary runner, I always enjoy mixing things up and catching up with these girls while logging some miles!
Heather, Janice, Me, Rachelle & Julia
The run was the perfect start to an amazing day. I was honored to share a special event with Julia, and then we had an art birthday party for The Princess, who turned eight on Friday.
I got in seven miles in Tuesday morning. I decided to postpone my hill workout since it was snowing and ridiculously windy. The seven miles verified it was a good call.
Then in the afternoon I went to Target with my Bean. One of the joys of motherhood is going to the bathroom in a public restroom and having your child, who is only a foot away from you in the tiny stall, stare at you the entire time you are going. I even point out repeatedly that she gets mad if anyone looks at her while she goes to the bathroom. But apparently that only works one way in her little world.
I got in my hills during a 10 mile run yesterday. I'm here to tell you that all hills are not created equal. There are some steep, painful booty busters within a few miles of my house.
This morning I got up early and was out the door at 5:30 am. I'm not really a morning or a night person. Basically I just really like my sleep. But it was worth it to celebrate the birthday of a good friend. What better way to celebrate than a group run?!? I only knew the birthday girl and one other darling preggo runner, and immersing myself in a group of strangers is not easy for me. The fact that we were all runners made it easier to get myself out the door, and it was worth it. I had a great time logging miles with and getting to know these ladies.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

What I Learned and a Photo Update

I took a break. A much needed break. But I'm back. I've been back on IG for a while, but I'll be back to posting here and on FB and on the Runnerd FB and IG pages now as well.

I learned a lot from my little break. Mostly things about myself. If you find yourself taking away anything negative from your interactions with social media, I highly recommend a little break from it. It helps clear things up and makes you see the world more like it really is. More importantly, it lets you see YOURSELF more like you really are.

Speaking of breaks, I took 4 days off from running last week. I had Thursday and Friday as planned rest days because I was supposed to run the Phoenix Half Marathon on Saturday. After my Bean ran a fever Wednesday night, I felt like we should take her into the pediatrician before heading out of town on Thursday. She has been sick off and on with a cold and ear infections, with some strange symptoms mixed in, over the past month, so it just seemed like the right call. She was diagnosed with pneumonia, so we headed home and unpacked the car.

I decided with two days of rest behind me already, this was a good chance to take another couple of days off and see if I could finally get over the ankle pain I have battled since September and some calf pain I've had off and on the past month. The rest seemed to have done some good on my run yesterday. Today my calf was a little sore during my run, but I'm icing it and downing Ibuprofen like a pro.

And now, since pictures are easier to wade through than paragraphs of randomness, here's a little pictures.
We celebrated the hub's birthday in style!

We felt all the love on Valentine's Day!!

I ran the She Runs Half Marathon, which ended up being 14.45 miles. It was an experience worth a post all its own.

Scooter weather returned!!!

We finally saw the Lego movie. And it did not disappoint.

The girls rocked it at The Home Depot.

The girls watched the Oscars red carpet with me, which I hope is just the beginning of many Academy Award watching events together!

I added a new medal to my collection. My favorite medal so far. And probably forever. 

After I couldn't run Phoenix, the family was going to have a half marathon for me on Saturday. With aid stations, a medal, and all. When I didn't run Saturday, I wanted to earn that medal anyway because it needed to be proudly added to the others hanging above my treadmill. So I ran a 13.1 tempo run yesterday to kick off the week.

Stayed tuned for a running recap at the end of the week, as requested by a particularly hungry runner girl I know.

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