Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Randomness

Happy Friday everyone! Sorry for the silence most of the week, but I have awesome news – I have decided to re-enter the oil field, and accepted a new position with my old company! The past few months of doing sales full-time have been fun, but when it came down to it, my career passion is supply chain management. I love it more than anything else! I started my new job earlier this week so life has been majorly busy, and blogging took a bit of a back seat, but hey, I’m here now, right?! :0)

I’m sure most of you have seen by now that runDisney posted the Wine & Dine half marathon corrals and waivers – I’ll be in Corral E! Anyone going to be joining me?

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In other VERY exciting news,  my awesome friend Courtney is running her VERY FIRST FULL MARATHON this Sunday!! Everyone should go to her blog and wish her the very best of luck (not that she needs it though because she is going to do great no matter what)!! GO COURTNEY!

Also happening this weekend – I have two races! It’s my first weekend of racing since April. That is a long time people…darn ITBS! Robert and I decided to register the other day for the Monster Mash 10K (I figure we both have long runs this weekend, so why not dress up, have fun, and get a medal for it?). Then on Sunday we are doing the Oktoberfest Triathlon. My goal for both races is to take it slow, stay strong and pain-free, and just enjoy myself!

Monster Mash medal!

QOTD: What are your plans this weekend?

Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekly Recap 9/29/14 – 10/5/14

Dopey Challenge Countdown: 4 Weeks Down/14 Weeks To Go

Happy Monday all! When I wrote my Dopey Challenge countdown at the top of my post last night, I was shocked when I saw 4 weeks down already. I have a feeling this training cycle is going to go by fast! In fact, Robert and I leave for the runDisney Wine & Dine half marathon weekend in just under a month…I can’t wait! I still have to get park tickets for Disney World and Universal Studios, which I plan on doing sometime today.

Training this week had its ups and downs, but it was mostly good. I had my third Airrosti physical therapy appointment, with my fourth coming up this Wednesday. I think it could potentially be my last one, too, but only time can tell!

I did 4 miles on Tuesday (3/1 intervals) which went overall really well…a little discomfort but nothing major. On Wednesday (the day after my Airrosti appointment) I was really sore, but felt ready to tackle my scheduled 3-miler. My PT had asked me to attempt to run one of these miles in its entirety to see how my leg handled it; my plan was to do the first mile as 2/1 intervals for a warm-up followed by running all of mile 2 and doing the final mile based on how I felt. Well, my leg was in horrible pain for the first 1.5 miles. In fact, there were a couple times where I couldn’t even finish my 2 minute intervals of running due to the pain. Then something just kind of clicked and the pain lessened to just a slight discomfort and I was able to run the entire final mile without trouble! A very strange run that day, haha, but at least it ended on a positive note.

Friday was my long run; I had 7 miles scheduled. I ran the first 2 miles in 3/1 intervals and then started to try and run the entire next mile. After about 0.4 miles after I tried this, it felt like someone took a sledge hammer tipped with a poison-laced arrow to my knee and I had to walk the next half mile. It was painful. After my walk break, I started to run again, and just like the run a couple of days before, the pain lessened to merely a slight discomfort and I ran the entire next 2 miles with no pain at all! After that I took a short walk break for some electrolytes and then ran the next 1.5 miles pain free! As you can see by Garmin below, my mile paces were all over the place that day!

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By the end of that run, I felt on top of the world because I really feel like I am beating this ITBS quickly! I can’t wait until I don’t have to worry about it anymore.

Robert and I also had a kickball game on Thursday, which we won 9-2! As previously promised, I took a few photos to share with y’all!

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This weekend was so much fun as well! Saturday I worked the Bondi Band booth at the Houston Original Mud Run, and then on Sunday we celebrated Leilani’s 4th birthday! I’ve been so blessed to have had her since she was just a puppy – she’s brought such happiness to my life! We made a special puppy pancake breakfast, and then got her a “pup cake” as well.

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My workouts this week:

Monday: Foam Rolling + Stretching

 Tuesday: 4 Mile Run + Airrosti Appointment #3 + Foam Rolling + Stretching

Wednesday: 3 Mile Run + Foam Rolling + Stretching

Thursday: Kickball Game + Foam Rolling + Stretching

Friday: 7 Mile Run + Foam Rolling + Stretching

Saturday: Worked Mud Run + Foam Rolling

Sunday: Foam Rolling + Stretching

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QOTD:  Have you ever had a run where your mile paces were extremely varied?

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Five: All Things Pumpkin

Who here loves Fall?! I know I do! As much as I enjoy summer fun, the mild weather, colors, smells, and tastes of this season are my favorite and I look forward to them all year. Since we are now a few days into October and the wonderful Fall season, I thought I would list a few of my favorite pumpkin-flavored products/recipes!

1. Crock Pot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili: This is hands down one of my favorite Fall recipes on Skinny Taste! I make it multiple times every year during Fall and Winter!

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2. Skinny Pumpkin Mousse: This is my favorite pumpkin dessert dish…not only is it only 100 calories per serving, but it is absolutely delicious! If you want to add a little something extra, I like to eat 1 or 2 ginger snap cookies along with the mousse!

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3. Coffee-Mate Pumpkin Spice Creamer: It’s like adding a little bit of Heaven to every coffee cup (2nd only to the caffeine itself, haha)!

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4. Tazo Chai Pumpkin Spice Tea: This is actually new to my taste buds this year. I saw it in my parents’ pantry while in Dallas last weekend and decided to give it a try…so yummy! It is a perfect way to relax in the evening at the end of a busy day!

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5. Pumpkin Butter: Another recipe from Skinny Taste (and for a good reason…Gina has the best recipes). This pumpkin butter tastes great on toast, pancakes, muffins, and more!

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Have a great weekend y’all!

QOTD: What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe/product?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

“Would you Rather?” Running Edition

A few weeks ago, Lauren at Breathe Deeply and Smile did a fun “would you rather?” blog post for runners, and I have decided to share my answers today! I’d love to see you all answer these questions on your blog, too!

1. Would you rather run a 5K or a marathon?

This is pretty tough. I love how many fun 5K’s there are out there, but the sense of accomplishment after a full marathon is truly amazing. My answer? A marathon! Plus, the ‘bling’ is unbeatable!

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2. Would you rather run a flat race in the heat or a hilly race in the cold?

While it certainly wouldn’t be a PR, I’d choose a flat race in the heat. While I am fully aware I need to train more hills, they still suck since they are the ultimate cause of my ITBS! Plus, this Texas girl is used to running in a warmer climate.

3. Would you rather get new running shoes or a new running outfit?

New shoes! I always feel as though I am walking on clouds when I put on a new pair of running shoes!

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4. Would you rather run a race without headphones or without a Garmin?

Definitely without headphones. I actually rarely run with headphones anyway so this wouldn’t be a problem. I enjoy getting lost in my thoughts while I run!

5. Would you rather run on the treadmill for an hour or in a circle around the same street for an hour?

Circle around the same street. After recently learning from my Airrosti provider that treadmills are actually pretty bad for runners who train for races, I’ll take pretty much anything over a treadmill run!

6. Would you rather run a Ragnar Relay or a marathon relay?

Both are on my running bucket list, however, I’ll choose a Ragnar race! They really look like a blast. Besides, who doesn’t want to spend two days in a van with your 8 closest friends while taking turns running legs of a 200 mile journey? :0)

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7. Would you rather come in 4th in the Olympics or 1st in the New York City Marathon?

I would choose 4th in the Olympics. While coming in first in one of the biggest races in the world would be truly incredible, the Olympics are on a whole different level. Placing 4th on an international scale of competition would be crazy awesome!

8. Would you rather give up running for 1 year to get a BQ (Boston Marathon qualifying time) or never BQ but run as much as you want?

Getting a BQ would be really cool, but one thing I’ve learned this year during my injury is that I do NOT enjoy being sidelined from running. I would choose being able to run as much as I want. If a BQ is in my future, awesome, but if not, that’s ok too!

9. Would you rather run in an urban area or on a trail?

Urban area – hands down. Someday I may give trail running another chance, but my one experience with it so far was no fun….a lot of ankle rolling and you really have to concentrate on exactly where you take your next step. Plus, the idea of seeing snakes during a run scares the daylights out of me!

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10. Would you rather have a headache during a run or a side stitch?

I’ve had both during a run before, and a headache is much easier to handle for me. Side stitches make me feel very nauseous.

11. Would you rather run in a thunderstorm or a snowstorm?

Thunderstorm for sure – I love them! Plus, like many southerners, I am a wimp when it comes to severely cold weather, haha!

12. Would you rather have a rest day on a work day or a day off?

Definitely a work day. You just never know how busy you’ll be during the work week, so it makes more sense!

13. Would you rather run just because or train for a race?

I LOVE racing and I love following a training plan! It keeps me motivated!

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QOTD: Pick a question from above and answer it in the comments section below!