Sunday, June 30, 2013

Weekly Recap 6/24 – 6/30

I cannot believe it is already Sunday, this weekend has gone by so fast! This past week has been incredibly busy and tiring, and to be honest, it was difficult to get my workouts in after work. However, I am happy to report that Wednesday’s workout was the only one I allowed myself to skip! I was going to get on the bike machine, and I did it for about 5 minutes and for those entire 5 minutes my body kept saying it didn’t feel like working out today, so I listened and gave myself a rest day instead.

Also, Saturday’s long run was done on the treadmill. As much as I love my outdoor training runs, it reached 100+ degrees this weekend, and I decided it would be safer to run indoors.

My workouts this week:

Monday: Jillian Michael’s Killer Buns & Thighs (40 minutes)

Tuesday: 4 x (800 meters fast pace + 400 meters walk)

800 meters pace = 8:45 min/mile
400 meters pace = comfortable walk

Wednesday: Bike Workout Rest Day

Thursday: 4 Mile Maintenance Run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

Friday: Rest Day/Stretch

Saturday: 6 Mile Long Run on the treadmill (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

Sunday: Walk at the park

Sunday Motivation (yummy!)

QOTD: Do you ever allow yourself and impromptu rest day?

Friday, June 28, 2013

Celebrity Marathoners

Runner’s World posted a fun slideshow yesterday that I really wanted to share. It is the PR times of celebrities who have ran marathon(s). I had no idea some of these people were runners, let alone had such great finishing times!

Katie Holmes – 5:29:58 – Apparently there were conspiracy theories saying she didn’t actually run it because she looked so photogenic when she crossed the finish line, and ran in boot-cut yoga pants (come on people, don’t you have better things to conspire about?!)

Eddie Izzard – 5:00:30 – He ran 43 marathons in 51 days. WOW.

Al Gore – 4:58:25 – This was at the 1997 Marine Corps Marathon while he was serving as Vice President of the U.S.

Shia LaBeouf – 4:35:31 – He ran on behalf of the non-profit organization, U.S. Vets.

Sean Astin – 4:25:47 – He participates in many of the runDisney events!

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Oprah – 4:29:15 – Another Marine Corps Marathoner.

Sean Combs – 4:14:54 – Most people know him by the name of “P. Diddy.”

Will Ferrell – 3:56:12 – I have to admit my jaw dropped at this one, it was the most surprising one for me!

Ryan Reynolds – 3:50:22 – Now I know where all these Ryan Reynolds marathon memes are coming from!

Edward Norton – 3:48:01 – This guy actually trained in Kenya, no joke!

George W. Bush – 3:44:52 – Very impressive! I wonder if his Secret Service agents ran it with him.

Joe Strummer – 3:20:00 – His rather comedic ‘advice’ was to “drink 10 pints of beer the night before” and “don’t run a single step 4 weeks before the race.”

Source – Runner’s World Article: Can You Beat These Celebrity Marathoners?

QOTD: Did any of these facts surprise you?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Running on a Budget

One of the many things I love about running is the fact that it does not take much monetarily, especially compared to other sports. All you really need to pound the pavement and get that freeing runner’s high is the right pair of shoes and some comfortable athletic wear.

Of course, as the love of running gets stronger, and you realize you want to progress more, it is easy to get caught in the excitement of purchasing all those awesome accessories that go along with the sport! For all you budgeter’s out there (and that includes myself), I would like to share some tips and tricks to finding those great gadgets to help you along your running journey.

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1. Overstock Stores: Places like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Ross, and Stein Mart all have athletic apparel, and workout accessories (I bought my iPod armband, foam roller, my fuel/hydration belts, kettle bells, and free weights at stores like these for great prices). Lower priced stores such as Target and Old Navy also carry their own lines of athletic wear.

Side Note: These are also fantastic places to buy inexpensive running gear for costumes at runDisney races!

2. Running Warehouse: This website is amazing. They offer just about anything you could imagine that is running related; from apparel and shoes, to watches, sunglasses, energy gels, and more.

This website made this list for a few reasons. First, because they offer some discounts on everyday items. Second, they have a section for liquidation apparel for great brands. Lastly, because they have an incredible return policy and FREE 2-day shipping on ALL orders. Have you ever wanted to try something out, but afraid if you didn’t like it, you would be stuck with it? No need to worry about that here because as it is stated on their website, “items can be return at any point, new or used, within 90 days from the original invoice date.”

3. Gift Cards: If you have a celebration coming up where your family/friends are asking what you want, tell them gift cards to your favorite running stores!

4. Black Friday/Post-Christmas Sales: It is no secret that all the best deals are the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas each year. Find the best sales and STOCK UP on your favorite items! This is also the best time to score deals on the notoriously expensive items such as GPS watches, and high-end compression leggings.

5. Buy Off-Season: For many frugal people, this is a general shopping rule. Purchase cold gear in the spring/summer season and purchase heat gear in the fall/winter season.

6. Race Registrations: There are a few ways to help save on races, and let’s be honest, I’m sure everyone is most excited about this one because this is probably where the bulk of money is spent (especially for runDisney addicts)!

Active.com: One way to save on race registrations is to join Active Advantage. I have not joined myself, but I am certainly thinking about it for the benefits, which include waived processing fees on thousands of events (I hate processing fees), free entry deals, and event coupons to help save even more.

Gifts: Ask for race registries as a gift for a celebration occasion such as your birthday, anniversary, or Christmas!

Join a Charity Team: If you join a charity group such as Team in Training, not only are guaranteed a spot in a potentially sold out race, but the race is generally free to you as well. Not to mention you are raising money for a great cause! This requires some research first, as well as plenty of spare time, because you will need to fundraise a minimum amount of money in order to get this registration.

7. Plan, Plan, Plan: Plan out your races well in advance so you can register before any price increases. Also, try to do more local races, and maybe lower the amount of races you do that require airfare and hotel costs.

8. Gym Memberships: They are overrated, and runners don’t really need them in my opinion. There are plenty of free trails out there, and if you want to strength train, get a few of the essentials for your home and work out there (DVD’s are also great to help with strength training, and they are a one time, low cost transaction).

9. Credit Card Rewards: Chances are, the majority of you have a credit card that earns points, right? With those points, you can probably get cash rewards. Use that extra cash towards your running purchases! Or if you can get airline points, use those to get your to your race destination!

As a frugal person, these are my latest and greatest tips to help everyone shop smart. I hope this serves as a great guide for all you runners out there!

QOTD: Do you tend to splurge on running purchases, or do you try to shop for the best prices out there?

Monday, June 24, 2013

Recipe – Skinny Chicken Parmesan

I found this recipe for baked chicken parmesan a few months ago on the skinny taste blog and it looked delicious so Robert and I gave it a try. Now, this recipe is a staple and we usually make it at least twice a month. If you enjoy cooking and/or baking with a healthy twist, seriously go check out this blog, there are so many amazing recipes from which to choose!

Italian food is generally heavy in calories, so what I love about this recipe is that it is only about 250 calories if you follow it exactly. So without further ado, here is how you make this delicious dish (please keep in mind this dish is made for two people so you can add or subtract amounts of each ingredient based on how many people for which you are cooking).

Ingredients:

  • 8 ozs. chicken breast (4 ozs. each)
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs (you can use any kind of seasoning that you enjoy – we used garlic salt and roasted garlic & herb seasoning)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (or butter)
  • 3/4 cup cheese (we used monterey jack, but mozzarella is in the actual recipe)
  • 1 cup marinara (approximate)
  • 2 servings pasta
  • cooking spray

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450° and spray a baking sheet with the cooking spray.
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Combine the breadcrumbs, seasoning, and parmesan cheese in a bowl.
3. Pour the olive oil (or melt the butter) in another bowl.
4. Dip the chicken into the olive oil and make sure it is coated, then dip into breadcrumb mixture. Place on baking sheet and repeat with the remaining chicken.

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pray a little more cooking spray on top and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. 6. Turn chicken over, bake another 5 minutes.
7. Prepare the pasta as the instructions say.
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Remove chicken from oven and add about 1 tbsp of marinara sauce over each piece of chicken and top each with about 1 1/2 tbsp of cheese.

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Bake 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted.
9. Eat and enjoy!

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QOTD: What is your favorite Italian dish to make?

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Weekly Recap 6/17 – 6/23

Happy Sunday! How is everyone’s weekend going? Ours has been busy and fun; we spent Saturday at a BBQ with friends for their house warming party! Because of that, I decided to do my long run today, and since I allowed myself to sleep in, I ran on the treadmill because it is ridiculously hot and humid today (surprise surprise!).

My workouts this week:

Monday: Swam laps for 30 minutes

Tuesday: 4 x (800 meters fast pace + 400 meters walk)

800 meters pace = 8:45 min/mile
400 meters pace = comfortable walk

Wednesday: Jillian Michaels 6-Week Six Pack (35 minutes)

Thursday: 4 Mile Maintenance Run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

Friday: Rest Day/Stretch

Saturday: Rest Day/BBQ Day!

Sunday: Walk at the park and 5 mile long run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

Sunday Motivation!

QOTD: How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

Friday, June 21, 2013

2013 Milestone

One of my 2013 goals is to run 600+ miles over the course of the year. This past Tuesday, I reached my half way point at 300 miles! I am very excited because I knew in the beginning that this was a hefty goal to set for myself. It feels great to know that I am right on schedule, since we are almost halfway through the year.

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My other goals for 2013 include:

1. Run 2 half marathons – Check! I may do another one in December as well, but since I also have the Tinkerbell Half in January, it might be too many? I don’t want to risk injury, so we shall see.

2. Run a 10K in under 55 minutes – ALMOST! I my 10K PR currently sits at 55:50, and that was in the sweltering heat and humidity. I am thinking I can definitely get under 55 if the weather is right, so I will find one during the fall season.

3. Run at least 1 timed 5K – Check! It was even my first trail/obstacle run too!

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I must admit I am feeling very motivated because I feel truly accomplished to have done all this when my very first race was less than a year ago! With the right mindset and hard work, any goal can be accomplished!

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QOTD: What are your goals for 2013? How are you doing on them?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Just Keep Swimming

This past Monday marked the start of my swim training for my first ever triathlon next month! The swim portion of the Cooper Sprint Triathlon will be 350 meters, which I expect will take me around 15-20 minutes (I have not timed myself yet, so this is a rough estimate based on my ability).

I swam in our apartment complex pool for 30 minutes straight, and my freestyle stroke came back surprisingly quick. I was on a swim team in middle school, which was many years ago, so I was not sure how great my form would be, and honestly since I did not have a coach or anything, my form may have been lacking, but it felt alright to me! The only issue I had with swimming in the apartment pool is that there are no lanes, and the length of the pool is not measured, so I have no idea how far I swam. Plus, I was dodging kids half the time. It is a pool clearly designed for recreational swimming, not lap swimming. It will work for what I need right now, but maybe in the future I will have to find a natatorium, or an inexpensive gym with a lap pool, or I could just start waking up at 4:30 AM to swim when I know nobody will be at our pool!

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I have also made a mental to get a swim cap, as well as a new one-piece swimsuit with more chest compression. I may even try and find a tri suit that I can wear for all three legs of the race.

Anyway, after my workout, I felt great, and my arms really aren’t too sore today! I am going to go ahead and say that is probably because I was not pushing my pace; I just wanted to get a feel for the water and freestyle stroke again. I am really looking forward to doing more swimming workouts – I have to admit I have missed it a lot! It really is a great summer workout since you get that feeling of a hard workout, but you aren’t drenched in sweat from the intense heat and humidity!

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QOTD: Do you ever swim for cross training workouts? Do you enjoy it?

Monday, June 17, 2013

Motivational Monday

Today I would really love to share with you all a quote by C.S. Lewis that means a lot to me, and has carried me through a lot of tough times in the past. Whether it speaks to you on an athletic level, or even on a personal level, it can help create light on even the darkest of days!

When you read it, allow yourself to be reminded that we are here on earth for a purpose higher than we could ever know at this moment. God has plans for us that we don’t even know about yet! Remember that when you have a rough week at work, or when you trying to get through a difficult run, or that last 10 minutes of your core workout seems extra tiring, you are allowing yourself to be prepared for a future of greatness. For me, that in itself is motivational and inspiring!

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I hope this helps each of you to have a wonderful start to the week, and that you do great in the endeavors in which you pursue!

QOTD: How does this quote speak to you right now?

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Weekly Recap 6/10 – 6/16

Happy Father’s Day everyone! I hope y’all are having a fantastic week, and will be enjoying a fun-filled Father’s Day celebration! This week has been very easy for me for working out since the half marathon was last Sunday. My legs were still kind of heavy on Saturday’s run, but it did not surprise me at all since the same thing happened when I tried running after the Princess Half this year.

My workouts this week:

Monday: Rest Day/Stretch/Foam Roll

Tuesday: Short, easy intervals – Walked 0.75 miles, then ran 0.5 miles, then walked for another 0.75 miles

Wednesday: Rest Day/Stretch/Foam Roll

Thursday: Rest Day/Stretch/Foam Roll

Friday: Rest Day/Stretch/Foam Roll

Saturday: Ran 3.1 miles – The weather Saturday morning was really nice so in my head I wanted to push my pace because it’s only a 5K right? Wrong! Although my brain was feeling great, my body very quickly reminded me that it has been less than a week since the race and I need to take a slower pace!

Mile 1: 9:20
Mile 2: 9:47
Mile 3: 9:57
Mile 0.1: 00:59

Sunday: Walk at the park

QOTD: How are you celebrating Father’s Day?

Friday, June 14, 2013

Will There be a 10K at the Tinkerbell Half in 2014?

Dear runDisney, please stop toying with us and just announce already if there is going to be a 10K and new challenge during the Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend next year!

Thanks to some impressive investigating by Kim HERE, it appears Active gave away a bit too much information (see below picture) – there is an option to purchase 10K commemorative items. However, I think they noticed that they teased enough people their mistake and promptly took this information off their website.

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I’m crossing my fingers that an announcement is in the near future (I guess it would have to be since registration opens up in less than a month)! I would love more than anything to get the chance to run an inaugural race!

QOTD: Will you be running at Disneyland for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend next year? Are you hoping for a 10K and added challenge?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wounded Warrior Half Marathon – Race Recap

Sunday morning began with my alarm going off at 4:20 AM. I got out of bed and went to go wash my face to help myself wake up; I was tired, but excited! Robert and I needed to be out of the house by 5 AM since the race began at 6:45 AM, and we had a 45-60 minute drive to the race area in Las Colinas. I ate a small banana and a Clif bar about 2 hours before the race start, followed by a bottle of Nuun infused water. We arrived to the race area with plenty of time to spare, and met up with one of my best friends, Long, who was running the half marathon as well. We stretched, and were feeling energized and ready to run!

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However, the weather had a different schedule in mind. Half an hour before the race start, it began to pour down rain with thunder and lightning in accompaniment, and the race was delayed for an hour. While we waited I noticed someone wearing a runDisney hat, so we chatted with him, his wife, and their friend, and found out they were fellow Disney fanatics as well; the conversation was so much fun and made time to go by quickly!

The thunder and lightning subsided and we all made our way to the race start, and I left my iPod with Robert so it wouldn’t get ruined. It was still raining hard, but I did not mind. Even though I knew I would have a higher risk of getting blisters, I was pretty ecstatic that the temperature was not scorching hot!

The race started and Long and I ran together for about the first mile or so, then he bolted off to earn his own PR goal. I wanted to beat 2:30, but since the weather was cooler than I expected, I decided to try and stay with the 2:10 pace group. The race path was great; we were always on pavement and the majority of the time was spent running with gorgeous trees surrounding us!

The first 6 miles went very well; my legs were feeling good and I was keeping up with the 2:10 pacers. However, around mile 7 my legs started feeling heavier and heavier, and eventually I lost sight of the 2:10 group. I kept telling myself that those I was running for had endured far worse than this and that I could endure this for them! Also around this point, I realized that I was at about the same pace as another girl next to me and we kept each other motivated through the next 3 miles (if you are reading this, thank you Choe!). About halfway through mile 10, she needed to walk and told me to keep going. I knew that the finish line was less than a 5K away so I tried pushing my pace a little more.

For the most part, I was able to avoid the big puddles of water by temporarily running on the grass, but I reached a point where there was absolutely NO choice but to run through ankle-deep water. All I can say is this – thank goodness this did not happen until mile 11 because that was the point where I truly began to fear blisters. My shoes and socks were absolutely soaked.

Although the blisters were on their way, I quickly got over it and all I could think about was the finish line. I was definitely going to PR, but by how much? No, I was not going to make it in 2:10 but judging by my Garmin, I was going to be close to it! I pushed myself as much as I could for the last part of the race, and made the final turn. I ran past Robert, my parents, Long (he PR’d with a time of 1:48:02), and another one of my best friends, Ben, who had made it out to cheer for me and Long! I sprinted and crossed the finish line with an official chip time of 2:13:48 – I PR’d by 27 minutes!

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Elation and pride filled within me as I went to meet my cheer squad. However, even though this race was a huge personal triumph, it was far more than just a race; it was my way to say thank you and to give back as much as I could for those who have fought for our freedom.

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So, thank you to all of the past, present, and future members in the United States military. You are true heroes!

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QOTD: Have you ever ran for a cause you were passionate about? Did it help motivate you during the race?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Princess Half Marathon Race Registration

It is already that time of year folks – registration for the 2014 Princess Half Marathon Weekend! For those of you who do not know yet, registration begins tomorrow (Tuesday, June 11th) at 12:00 PM EST.

There are new additions to this weekend starting next year. These include the Enchanted 10K, and the Glass Slipper Challenge (when you complete the 10K and half marathon in the same weekend). I highly recommend that if you plan on signing up at all, that you do it as soon as possible. I have a feeling that these races will sell out rather quickly, especially with 2014 being an inaugural race for the 10K and challenge.

Also, don’t forget that if you sign up for the Princess Half, you will also be given the chance for early registration for the Tinkerbell Half as well (takes place at Disneyland, CA next January). FYI there are limited spots open for this early registration. If you do happen to miss the chance, you can always register in July when it opens to the public. If you do both of these races, you will be given a special pink Coast to Coast Medal!

Here is a list of the events that will take place this weekend, as well as the pricing:

Disney Princess Half Marathon (Sunday, Feb 23, 2014)
$160 by August 13, 2013
$175 between August 14 and November 19, 2013
$190 on or after November 20, 2013

Disney Enchanted 10K (Saturday, Feb 22, 2014)
$95 by August 13, 2013
$110 between August 14 and November 19, 2013
$125 on or after November 20, 2013

Glass Slipper Challenge
$270 by August 13, 2013
$290 between August 14 and November 19, 2013
$310 on or after November 20, 2013

Cinderella Royal Family 5K (Friday, Feb 21, 2014)
$60 per participant

runDisney Kids Races (Saturday, Feb 22, 2014)
$15 per Kids Dash participant
$30 per One Mile Run participant

Pasta in the Park Party Tickets (Friday, Feb 21, 2014)
$52 for Adults (ages 10 and up)
$28 for Children (ages 3 – 9)
Children Under 3 are free

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Breakfast (Friday, Feb 21, 2014)
$37.50 for Adults (ages 10 and up)
$17.50 for Children (ages 3 – 9)
Children Under 3 are free

ChEAR Squad
Bronze – No Charge
Silver – $39 per package
Gold – $65 per package
Platinum - $115 per package

Race Retreat
$120 per participant

There are a few changes being made next year as well; runDisney is really showing that they listen to their fans! Here are the major changes:

1. Fewer registrants for the half marathon, and more starting corrals to help with any congestion.

2. Proof of time: If you plan on finishing before 3:15:00, you MUST provide a proof of time on at least the length of a 10K race. Cutoff date for the proof of time is December 1, 2013 and you cannot request to change corrals at the expo.

3. The expo will be back at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, rather than Coronado Springs.

I will not be participating in this race next year, but I did do it this year and had an absolute blast; I recommend it 110%!

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QOTD: Will you be signing up for any of these races? 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Weekly Recap 6/3 – 6/9

Hey y’all! I am posting super late today, but I have a good reason; this morning was the Wounded Warrior Half Marathon in Dallas! After that, Robert and I drove back to Houston, so it has been quite a busy day, and I am just now getting the chance to do a recap post. It was a taper week, so I did not do anything to make my legs feel too tired for today’s race.

My workouts this week:

Monday: Jillian Michaels 6-Week Six-Pack (35 minutes)

Tuesday: Speed work intervals – 3 x (800 meters race pace + 400 meters walk)

800 meters = 0.5 mile (Pace: 8:45 min/mile)
400 meters = 0.25 mile (Pace: Comfortable walk)

Wednesday: Jillian Michaels 6-Week Six-Pack (35 minutes)

Thursday: 3 mile maintenance run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

Friday: Rest Day/Stretch

Saturday: Rest Day/Stretch

Sunday: Wounded Warrior Half Marathon. The race went fantastic, and I cannot wait to tell y’all about it on Wednesday! Since it will be a couple days, I will say this – I PR’d, but I’ll wait until the recap post to tell you guys by how much!

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QOTD: Did you have a race this weekend? How did you do?

Friday, June 7, 2013

Choose Victory

This past Tuesday, Robert and I watched “Extreme Weight Loss” on ABC. For those of you who may have not heard of this TV show, it is about a professional trainer (Chris Powell) who chooses to work one-on-one with obese people for an entire year. He breaks up the goals for those he trains into 3 month phases until the big reveal after 12 months.

On this week’s episode, the girl he was working with, Meredith, found a love of running during her first 3 month phase. After she crushed her phase 1 weight loss goal, she found out her next goal. She would have to train for, and complete, a full marathon that would take place in THREE months. Despite being taken aback by this request, she showed pure excitement and had a determined outlook.

When the day of the marathon arrived, Meredith was nervous. Due to knee problems, she had not completed a training run over 10 miles prior to race day. Nevertheless, she began the grueling 26.2 mile journey with Chris, and had her family cheering them along the whole way. The end of mile 10 came in sight and Meredith grew nervous that her knee, or even her optimistic mentality, would give out. However, not only did she pass her mile 10 “wall”, but she finished the entire race!

I loved her whole story, but for me, the most inspiring part was the way Chris Powell talked about Meredith when she passed mile 10; “…every step after that mile was a victory.”

Every step after that mile was a victory.

Let that sink in. Let it speak to you. This is CHOOSING victory. “The wall” cannot bring you down; if and when you hit it, do not allow yourself to be de-motivated within a mental struggle. Choose to see every step you push through as pure victory! We are runners, and we can do anything we put our minds to.

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QOTD: Have you ever hit “the wall” during a training run or a race? How did you get past it? Do you think this kind of mindset will help you in the future?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

National Running Day

Happy National Running Day! How is everyone celebrating this occasion? I would love to say I am running today but since it is taper week, I am just doing short, easy runs on Tuesday and Thursday to make sure my legs will be fresh for Sunday’s race. However, I will be doing 35 minutes of abs work with my buddy Jillian Michaels!  

In celebration of National Running Day, I have signed up for another race; the Alamo 13.1 in San Antonio, Texas on March 23, 2014! Active.com sent out a coupon code for $25 off registration, so if you want to sign up, the code is ‘ALAMO’.

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Also for today, I would love for each of you to finish the sentence in the below picture in your comment. Why do you run? I know there may be a million reasons for each person, but I urge you to try and hone in on the one big thing that gets you lacing up your sneakers each day.

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I run because it makes me stronger every day. Not just as a runner, but also as a person.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Race Prep – Wounded Warrior Half

As of yesterday, I have one week until my next half marathon; the Wounded Warrior Half to be exact. This week leading up to Sunday will be fully focused on prepping my body to be 100% prepared. I need to carbo-load and taper to make sure I am physically ready to take on 13.1 miles in the Texas summer heat! The below information should cover all the preparation I will be doing to help me do the best I can on race day!

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Race Goal: My current half marathon PR is 2:40:43. My goal for this race is to beat that time of course, but ideally, I would like to come in under 2 hrs 30 min.

Race Strategy: For this half marathon, I am going to do a number of things to help me attain my goal. This includes:

  • Listen to my iPod to help me get in the zone.
  • Eat a Clif Bar 2 hours prior to race start, and take 2 gels during the race – one at the start of mile 5 and one at the start of mile 8.
  • Allow myself to walk through the water stops to help stay hydrated better (aka NOT spill my water/Gatorade while trying to run and drink out of Styrofoam cups at the same time).
  • There will be enough water stops, so I am not going to run with a hydration belt. I am going to run with just a fuel belt that is small enough to hold my gels to keep any pressure off my stomach and lower the extra weight to carry.

Race Week Meals:

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal in almond milk topped with a sliced banana and cinnamon.
  • Lunch: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread with sides of pretzels and carrots.
  • Dinner: Different dinners through out the week will be spaghetti with garlic bread, skinny chicken parmesan, pancakes with turkey bacon, lemon garlic chicken and pasta, and an Italian chicken panini. Next Saturday’s dinner will be extremely light to help prevent an overly full stomach on race day.
  • In addition to drinking plenty of water every day, I will incorporate electrolytes throughout the day starting Wednesday for preparation against the extra sweating that comes with running in the summer heat.

QOTD: How do you prepare for a long distance race?

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Weekly Recap 5/27-6/2

Good morning! I hope everyone has had a great week. I know for myself, this week was much better than last. I am not sick anymore which is great, and I am officially one week away from the Wounded Warrior Half Marathon. I will talk about my race preparation and goals this week - as of now, it is officially taper time.

My workouts this week:

Monday: Jillian Michaels Killer Buns & Thighs (40 minutes) Sick

Tuesday: Speed work intervals – 2 x (1200 meters race pace + 400 meters walk)  + 1 x (800 meters race pace + 400 meters walk)

1200 meters = 0.75 mile (Pace: 8:45 min/mile)
800 meters = 0.5 mile (Pace: 8:45 min/mile)
400 meters = 0.25 mile (Pace: Comfortable walk)

Wednesday: Jillian Michaels 6-Week Six-Pack (35 minutes)

Thursday: 4 mile maintenance run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

Friday: Rest Day/Stretch

Saturday: 6 Mile Long Run in about 1 hour (just looked at my Garmin for details but I forgot to delete my history and so yesterday’s run did not get saved-oops!)

Saturday’s long run was half great and half tough. Firstly, I did wake up at 7 am to go get it done (yay!). When I began my run, the first 3 miles were right around a 9:45 min/mile pace, which is where I wanted to stay. The sun was hidden behind the clouds the whole time, but the humidity was extremely high. I guess it took a toll on me after mile 3 where 30 seconds were added to my per mile pace at each mile. By the start of mile 6, I entered survival mode where I was repeated mantras such as ‘just try to keep going you are doing great’ and ‘you are still getting stronger no matter how slow you think you are going.’

I am unsure if the tough parts was due to the weather, or the fact that I had only had a VFuel and some water pre-run, but no matter what, I am just proud of myself for getting it done!

Sunday: Stretching/Foam Rolling

Sunday motivation!

QOTD: How do you fuel up on early morning runs?