Training for Half/Full Marathon season has begun!

So the geek in me has to have a plan going into this. Run 3x a week, read up and start a running log. There is a local running group that I could join in for assistance but because of family commitments it is very difficult to get to the group training sessions. So I will be doing the majority of this solo. Luckily there are some wonderful resources online.

I have been recording my runs on my wall calendar at work but today I found a great app that I can easily enter my mileage in PLUS keep track of the mileage on my shoes!
I think I was particularly impressed how many days I had ran so far.

Runners log

My starter log that I had going on my wall calendar:
Week of August 5th = 16miles total (Monday –Sunday 2,3,3,8)
Week of August 12th= 17miles total (Monday –Sunday 3,4,10)
Week of August 19th= 18 miles total (Monday –Sunday 3,4,3,8)

I also found a great resource to learn about running terminology that I thought I would share: http://greatist.com/fitness/ultimate-guide-running-lingo

My “tentative” race schedule:
Saints 5k 8-31-13 with Alaina & Hubby for fun- His first!
Zombie Bash 10-4-13 with Alaina for fun
Rabalais Run For Life 5k 10-5-13
BR Beach 10k 10-19-13 — maybe
GG Half Mandeville 10-20-13 -—maybe
Oktoberfest 3miler 11-2-13
Middendorf’s 10 miler/5k 11-16-13
Baton Rouge Beach Half 12-7-13
Girls on the Run 12-14-13 “Volunteer “with Alaina?—not running it
3rd Year -Louisiana Half 1-19-14
5th Anniversary New Orleans RnR Half 2-2-14 “thinking” about switching to the FULL-depends on training

My races do interfere a little with training BUT I like to use the 5k’s as speed work and they keep me motivated. I also like to do some races just for “fun” to keep Alaina going. Not all races have to be about the clock.

I purchased a book that I am hoping will help with my breathing while running:
Runner’s World Running on Air: The Revolutionary Way to Run Better by Breathing Smarter- Budd Coates. I downloaded it on my Kindle but returned it within 7 days and ordered the paperback version since I needed to make lots of notes. (again the geek in me)

How do you prepare for fall training ?
Do your training runs ever feel like a chore or do you always look forward to them?
I am dreading the high double digit training runs especially for my IT band. Any advice?

My daughter even joined in my sprint training this week.
I marked the street with cones and we timed each other.
Look at her go! She only gets one hour a day out of her Scoliosis brace so for her “wanting” to do this amazes me. She keeps me inspired. Of course when we were almost done (we did 6 sprints) she was like “this is rough” but she never quit!

Sprint training

Sprint training

A fun morning at the zoo, with a 5k thrown in!

If you caught my last post you know Saturday morning BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo held their annual ZooZoom 5K and ½ Mile Fun Run. This was a fun (& again very warm) race like last year. Over 800 runners came out to run with the lions, tigers, and bears. There biggest year yet! My finish time was 28:28. (4 seconds slower than my time last year and missed out on Top 3 this time). Alaina finished in 37:55 but she did have almost 10 yards of tulle around her lol! She hasn’t been training (due to her Scoliosis back brace) but she will soon when the temps cool down a bit. We missed the Asian elephant “Bozie” that we saw last year. Turns out the Asian Elephant exhibit is now closed. Bozie got moved to the Smithsonian National Zoo in DC. Due to zoo accredited changes over the years it will take a major capital campaign to fund a larger elephant exhibit to hold more elephants of an African descent and to the requirements that are now needed for the elephant’s safety.
Doing local races like this are important as a way to give back to the community. As we walked around the zoo after the race there were still some lovely animals around but definitely time for some improvements.

Here are some pictures from the race:

We went to go check out a couple of the exhibits before the race started (& while we were still fresh)

We went to go check out a couple of the exhibits before the race started (& while we were still fresh)


Quick picture before the race. Yep, she has much better posture than me.  At age 13 she is already my height (when I am not slouching)

Quick picture before the race. Yep, she has much better posture than me. At age 13 she is already my height (when I am not slouching)


Race started in the parking lot and entered inside the zoo

Race started in the parking lot and entered inside the zoo


Look at my peacock go!

Look at my peacock go!


She's headed for the finish line! So proud of her

She’s headed to the finish line! So proud of her


Sightseeing around the zoo after the race

Sightseeing around the zoo after the race

Next up is the NFL Saints 5k next Saturday in New Orleans. I am quite excited to run it this year with my daughter. What’s more exciting than to start in Champions Square and Finish on the 50-yard line of the Superdome?

Love to keep my daughter inspired…

This Saturday my daughter and I will be running the ZooZoom 5K at our local Zoo. The race intro is “Run like a cheetah to our 8th annual ZooZoom 5K and ½ Mile Kids’ Fun Run! At the run, enjoy the scenery as you scamper, trot or gallop your way through BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo.” We ran this last year and despite the heat it was a very fun race. I even placed top 3 in my age group.

Here are a couple pics from the race last year:

Alaina and I before the race saying Hi to "Bozie"

Alaina and I before the race saying Hi to “Bozie”


Alaina coming in to the Finish with a big smile on her face!! Love her!

Alaina coming in to the Finish with a big smile on her face!! Love her!

So I thought to myself. How do I make it even MORE fun this year?
Well lets dress up. I asked Alaina what animal she would like to be and she said a “Peacock”. Thank goodness for Pinterest and a creative friend.
Voila!

Alaina's cant wait to shake her "Peacock" tail feather Saturday!

Alaina’s cant wait to shake her “Peacock” tail feather Saturday!

I purchased a blue & green Cheetah running skirt from Sparkle Athletics.
We cant wait! If you are in the Baton Rouge/Baker area you can still sign up on race day:
http://www.brzoo.org/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=71

Planning time for race season

Fall Half Marathon season is coming up fast. It’s time to refocus on my running. I need to start a schedule to get out there at least 3 times a week to run.
Monday: Rest, Weights, Stretching
Tuesday: 2-3 mile run and Bootcamp class (great for cross training-lots of squats & lunges)
Wednesday: Rest, Weights, Stretching and 3 mile run if Hubby is working
Thursday: Was Spin class but now it will be 3-5 mile run
Friday: Rest, Weights, Stretching
Saturday: Bootcamp class and/or 3-5 mile run
Sunday: Long run 8-10 miles

I would workout every day if I could but I am a wife and mother. Balance is key!
My only other option is to throw in some early mornings. I am usually at work by 6:30am so this would be tough. My workouts are all after work currently. I did add some motivation this weekend. I FINALLY hung up my bling after 2 & a half years. It’s on the wall right by my bed so when I get up every day this is what I see. SWEET!! I ordered it from Allied Medal and painted it with Gold Metallic Paint. (It comes Stainless Steel so very easy to customize if you wish) My mantra is “Finish Strong” so obviously this one spoke to me.
bling
With 8 Half’s under my belt I have that magical “10” number in my head. I have already done 2 racecations this year so they will have to be local. I am thinking Baton Rouge Beach for “9” in December and Louisiana Half again in January for “10”. This will give me plenty of time to train and get my pace time back since I have been very slow lately. (Hopefully it’s just the heat). I am signed up for Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans for the Half in February but I am highly considering changing my registration for the Full even if I have to walk or crawl to the Finish. (Course time limit is 7 hours)

But first.. I have some fun races planned with my daughter.
8/24/13: Zoo Zoom 5k at our local Zoo. This one will definetly have pictures!!
8/31/13: NFL Saints 5k in New Orleans of course. More pictures -Can you say EPIC?!
10/4/13: Zombie Bash 5k -I’ll leave this up to your imagination for now 🙂
(Still working on the rest of my race calendar for September-December)

Did I mention after my 8 mile training run yesterday I am walking like a grandma today?? Not fun!! Why do we do this to ourselves? For the fun and the bling of course!

What races do you have coming up? How do you get prepared & motivated for Fall training ?

Making Memories..

So I came across a Brooks/Runners World promotion “Share your Run Happy moments with us”. I don’t enter many of these but I have this one “moment” that sticks out over the past two years. My daughter and I were celebrating running The Color Run New Orleans 5k and she tells me “Mom, I plan to do this with my own kids one day”. For me I was over the moon. Not only did I change my life to be healthier and to be a better role model as a mom but my daughter is planning to pay it forward. There is no greater reward.
Pure Joy! Would you mind taking a moment and voting for us? (See the weblink below)
http://whatsyourrunhappy.com/369

Making  Memories

Making Memories

Success at the Paddle Battle

Back on July 1st I mentioned my interest in a Paddle Board Race that was coming up. I wasn’t able to get as much practice in as I would have liked (only 1 session a week) but the date had come and I was as ready as I could be. My daughter and I rode out to LSU Lakes and found my team members Michelle and Tara for the 250m women’s relay. We got a very quick practice in and we were off. All of the three member relay teams started together (women, men, coed). Each member had to complete the course two times and there were Top 3 prizes for each division. We were off to a strong start in the #2 position and held it till the last lap. Unfortunately the lifejacket on the front of the Yak during my turn was coming halfway off and interfering with my stroke so I had to bend down twice to adjust it which unfortunately probably caused us to slip into the #3 position. I was a little disappointed but still happy to be in the Top 3 spot.
Next up with not much of a rest in between was the 250m Sprint. This race is open to women, men, race boards and recreational. Everyone starts at the same time and prizes for the Top 3 women/men to make it past the buoy wins. This race ended up a bit tougher than I expected. For one a lot of wake to balance through and competition was fierce. I ended up in the 4th or 5th spot for the Women’s Sprint. Now I could breathe and eat a sandwich or so I thought. Alaina’s kid race was next. She went to find me to see her off and the race started sooner than we expected and she missed it. OOPS!! But never fear she got some encouragement to do the last race of the day. The One Miler which was two loops around the marked portion of the lake. This would be quite a feat. They said that if she could do one loop they would count it. Before I could say anything she was already on a board. I decided to go and pace her for encouragement. This would be an off the board start due to the amount of people doing it. So off we went. She was nice and steady until she was coming to the end of the 1st loop and fell in the water. She got right back on the board and finished the loop. I was proud. That is one of the many things I love about my daughter is that she always finishes what she starts.

My personal goals were all met for this race: To finish upright and score at least one Top 3 position. Check! Alaina’s goal was to have fun and try something new. Check!

A few pics from the race:

Our gameface for the Womens Relay

Our gameface for the Womens Relay

Getting some last minute race instructions

Getting some last minute race instructions

about to shove off for the relay

About to shove off for the relay

I was giving it everything I had

I was giving it everything I had

Alaina and I coming in at the half mile mark of the 1 miler

Alaina and I coming in at the half mile mark of the 1 miler

We scored the coveted trophy paddles with 3rd place in the Women's Relay. I could not have asked for better teammates!

We scored the coveted trophy paddles with 3rd place in the Women’s Relay. I could not have asked for better teammates!

Alaina scored an award and race swag. So proud of her for not giving up

Alaina scored an award and race swag. So proud of her for not giving up


The race directors from Muddy Water Paddle Company did an amazing job with this 4th Annual Race. I am so glad I took a step out of my comfort zone to do this. The volunteers and sponsors were also great. It was so well organized. I’d like to do this again next year if I can. For now back to running. I have a fall schedule to work on.

You can view additional pictures from the August 3rd Paddle Battle courtesy of Nicholas Martino Photography at:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.679506708729682.1073741836.265541836792840&type=1

If you are in the Baton Rouge, LA surrounding area and would like more information on Paddleboarding you can contact Muddy Water Paddle Company at:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Muddy-Water-Paddle-Company/520982667969002

1st Paddleboard race this Saturday eeek!!!

I have been on a board very little and still cannot turn very well but this Saturday I am signed up for my 1st Paddleboard race. Goal=to finish UPRIGHT!! I will be doing the Relay Race alongside two wonderful women. Yes, going into this I will be the weakest link but I know they will be cheering me on. Later that morning I will also be doing the 250meter Sprint which is a solo race. They have some AWESOME awards but my goal is to not land in the water or come in dead last. I think I am more nervous about this than my Duathlon last weekend!
BTW: My daughter has agreed to do the Kids Race as long as she can do it for “fun” and not “competitive”. Of course! Thats the best thing about this particular race its all about having fun!

comfort-zone
Race details:
The relay race will have teams of 3 racers paddling in a relay fashion. All racers will be provided with a YoloYAK standup paddle board, a paddle and a life vest. Relay teams can compete in three divisions: female, male, or coed. The top 3 teams in each division will receive awards.

250meter Sprint will be an all out, “paddles to the water” Sprint! The race will start 250 meters out in the lake and finish at the beach. This will be an open event for recreational boards and race boards. Top 3 Overall Racers will Recieve Award.

The Kids Race will be for kids 6-15 years old. Kids will paddle a course close to the beach with plenty of water support to insure safety. All racers will be provided with YoloYAK standup paddle boards, a paddle and a life vest. All kids will recieve an award for competing! We will most likely have 2 waves and divide them according to age: 6-10 and 11-15.

There is also a 1 mile race but you can forget that lol! Wish us luck!!

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