Ready or Not!

I am feeling the urge to get back to it. Recently I have been looking at race calendars to see which ones coming up would be a good fit.

There are so many personal categories to fill when picking a race:

  • Do I have a family conflict with the race date? Does hubby have work?
  • Does my daughter need my car that day? Does she have work or a test?
  • Can I sign up race day? Is there parking? What will the weather be?

and then the self doubt creeps in……

2questionsI know, you are probably thinking that I am thinking too much about it and I should just pull the trigger. Your right. We tend to defeat ourselves with our mental state.  So what I probably wont PR since I have done a race in five months.So what I haven’t been running 3 times a week regularly. Why do we put so much doubt in ourselves? It is true what they say it is mostly mental. Why do we talk ourselves out of it with self doubt before we even get out of the door?

Let’s shut up the mental game by keeping it light and fun!

  • Buy yourself those new shoes or pants you have been eyeing
  • Freshen up your track list or podcast and zone out
  • Download a new app such as “Zombies, Run!”
  • Pick a change in scenery or sign up for a new race

Remember why did we start this to begin with?

  • To look better naked?
  • More all around self confidence?
  • Drop a pant size?
  • Be more social?

So commit yourself by signing up for something ahead of time, get back out there. It just may not be as scary as you think. After all I am sure your faster than a  Zombie!

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Racecation NYC style at the Mini 10k

Going to New York has been on my list for quite some time. I always thought it would be a weekend girls trip but hubby mentioned to make it a week long family vacation and do some sightseeing. Which NYC race would I chose? I decided that it would need to be during the summer so my daughter could come and since I have always wanted to run in Central Park I set my sights on the  NYRR Mini 10k.  This is an all women race and 2016 would be the 45th year with 8,833 running (a record if I am not mistaken). I took a look at the landmarks on the race map and got even more excited ( Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tavern on the Green,  American Museum of Natural History, Central Park Zoo, St. Patrick’s Cathedral ).  I decided to make the race the beginning part of the trip instead of the end and that was a smart move for my legs with all the walking we would do around New York. We flew in on Thursday and I easily got my race packet at the annex which wasn’t far from the hotel.

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Got my race bib,  YAY!!!!!

We decided to stay in the Hell’s Kitchen area of NYC at the Washington Jefferson which was just a short walk to Times Square, the race start at Columbus Circle and a short subway ride to the majority of the sightseeing during the trip. This worked out quite well.

Race morning on Saturday came quickly and so did the temperatures. Race start at 8am was 62 degrees but would quickly rise to 73 but I didn’t mind because I was finally going to run in Central Park!  I was ready, phone in hand ready to take pictures along the way to document the experience, though it would forever be in my memories. To make it even more special a social media friend I have had for years “Angie” agreed to meet me in real life and run the race by my side and show me the sights along the course. She met up with my daughter and I right before it was time to get in our corals for the wave start.

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Selfie at the Race Start

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Over 8000 ladies!

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Almost our turn for a little run in the park!

 

The race sights along the route did not disappoint. I even got to see the life-sized bronze statue of Fred Lebow (runner, race director, and founder of the NYC Marathon) .  You have to watch carefully for random decor on the statue. Today would be the same flowers that would be given to the ladies at the end of the race.

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As our 10 kilometers were nearing the end I texted hubby so he would be ready to take an epic picture of Angie and I at the Finish. We collected our race medals, carnation and pink bagel (yes, they were dyed pink!). Angie had plans right after the race so we said our goodbyes and I promised to return the favor if she ever decides to come to New Orleans for a racecation 🙂

 

Here are a few tips to ease your racecation planning alongside a family vacation:

  • Pack your gear separately in your luggage: I packed my running clothes with a short checklist in a seperate 2 gallon Ziploc so on race morning I could easily pull everything out. I also packed shorts & capris since I was unsure what the temperatures would be for race morning. Don’t forget the body glide & Biofreeze!
  • Charge up your running watch ahead of time and music if you decide to use any.
  • Wear your running shoes on your travel day since they are more bulky in your luggage.
  • Hydrate -Hydrate-Hydrate before race morning. This will help your energy level after the race so you can do some sightseeing.
  • Pack your portable stick/roller. Your legs will thank you!
  • Enjoy!!! This is what you came for. Just go with it and don’t worry about a PR.

 

Thank you New York for the memories!!!!

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Run like Phoebe

Words have escaped me as of late. Life gets hectic, chaotic and downright stressful so yes I have been a bit neglectful on my blog please forgive me. I do think about the rambles of words and subjects to throw on my blog but I don’t write just to have content. It has to mean something to me. I do admit I have scaled back my races this Spring/Summer due to my teenage daughter Sophomore year coming to an end and Junior year will be even more demanding. An involved parent has to put things on the backburner occasionally and not feel guilty doing so. Thankfully I have not completely neglected my fitness in the process. I have been spending more time in Bootcamp style classes at the gym instead of the road which has given me time to work on my core and meet new people. Reading blogs like Modern Mommy Madness  and Scary Mommy  has put some hearty laughter in my day which is much needed to not take things so seriously. I do have an event I am looking forward too in a couple weeks. My husband, daughter and I are scratching an item off of my bucket list. We will be traveling to New York for our first time. We will be doing the tourist thing and I finally get to run in Central Park!! Even better I get to participate in the New York Mini 10k! To sweeten the pot I get to finally meet Angela  my Yankee friend in person who I have chatted with on Social Media for years! I have been promising to visit the big apple and she has agreed to run with me and show me the sights during the race, so expect a picture recap on that one for sure! My daughter will be doing the #Mini10k as well (walk/jogging). We will be wearing matching Nike tanks (twinsies as she puts it) So it looks like NYC will be my runcation for the year which I am thankful to make more memories.

I cant wait to run like Phoebe! 🙂

 

 

Running through the heatwave

Summertime in the South is NO JOKE!

We have the weather app open in a moments notice for flash storms and heat waves that can occur at anytime. You have to be able to adapt whether its frozen water bottles,Gatorade and hand towels stocked in the freezer or being flexible on what time you get your miles in.

A few tips:

  • Apply sunblock before you are head out, BUT make sure its sweat-proof. You DO NOT want the sting of sunblock in your eyes a couple miles down the road.
  • For achy joints DO NOT put icy hot on before a run outside. Trust me it is not pretty. It will hurt like a #@%!# ! (Yes I have done this recently)
  • Drink lots of water several hours before and after you run to stay hydrated.
  • If you gotta take it inside to the treadmill then do it!
  • Change it up and go biking or take a class if the weather gets too dicey.
  • Don’t forget to stretch adequately before and after your workouts.
  • Treat yourself to a frozen Popsicle or frozen Gatorade after your sweltering run.
  • If you see a sprinkler GO FOR IT!!!!

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Training Progress Through the Summer

Well it wasn’t a stellar week but it wasn’t all bad either.

Monday: Slow 3 miles on the treadmill after Sunday’s hot,muggy 10 miler.

Tuesday: Bootcamp which included stations this week so worked out perfect. (Walking lunges, box step-ups, squats with weights, etc)

Wednesday: REST

Thursday: Jungle Gym Workout at Prep & sluggish 3 miler which was suppose to have been 4-5 miles

Upper body strength is important for your long runs and to build your core

TRX exercises develop upper body strength which is important for your long runs and to build your core

Friday: REST

Saturday: Bootcamp with Drexel

Challenging yet very Rewarding

Challenging yet very Rewarding

Sunday: 11 mile run. Felt strong til mile 10 then started puttering out. Very hot!

Lessons learned this week:

  • Need to drink more water, especially during the work week.
  • Continue taking vitamins even though they get tiresome.
  • Restock on bananas! Potassium is very important with the heat. I especially learned this lesson on Thursday evening when I got hamstring & calf cramps very bad. This is very unusual for me.
  • Don’t forget to bring Salt for your long runs. This will help prevent cramping as well.
  • Cross-training does make you stronger!!! Recovery came easier. Focus on FORM!
  • You will make mistakes. Learn from them and move on. Don’t get discouraged.

Here is a great & well timed article I found on Runner’s World on training through the heat. Check it out here.

Looking for some Strength Training tips? Check out the Women’s Running Website here for examples on Dead Lifts, Knee Crunches and more from the book “Quick Strength for Runners” by Jeff Horowitz. I MUST get this book!

How is your summer training going? What tips do you have to keep going?

My Motivation? IMAugusta70.3Relay 47 days out!!

# KeepPushing Forward

Find Your Motivation

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Motivation is all around us you just have to look for it. Whether it’s a good weather day or signing up for a new race find your motivation.

What keeps you going?
What drives you?
With the rising summer temps or hectic schedules what gets you out of the door?
A friend waiting at your favorite running spot that even remembered to bring your favorite G2?
Running isn’t about being in better shape, it’s that moment of mental clarity, the escape from your daily stressors, the release of endorphins that make you feel that anything is possible.
You just have to keep pushing forward
Find Your Motivation – @ndeckerrunner

Training mode has begun

As I mentioned before I am committed to doing my first Relay experience in Augusta on 9-28-14. So I needed to start a schedule for training. I was not planning on running over 10 miles a week during the summer due to the heat but staying in Half Marathon shape means running 3-4 times a week with a total weekly mileage of 15-25 miles. My weight needs to come down a smidge too so I am happy to say there has been no beer or Coke Zero in my fridge for the past three weeks. This was hard. I am not an alcoholic by any means but after a stressful work day or with certain meals I do like a cold Coors Light, call me crazy. It has been hard not to stop at the store on the way and home to pick up a six pack of either beverage. The struggle is real!! Now if hubby and I go out for dinner for a date night here and there then YES I will spluge so its not out completely just not an every other day kind of thing, so I call it progress. Not having these drinks at home readily accessible also helps me not snack on junk food alongside of them.

Another change is I am now using the free app Calorie Tracker LITE by LIVESTRONG. It is pretty handy. You enter your calories and weight target, then enter your food and exercise and it tells you how many calories you have left for the day. Think of it more as accountability. Plus it even shows your breakdown of Carbs, Protein and Fat for the day. So this is where I was Sunday after dinner.

Full disclosure (YIKES) I feel like I am naked showing my current weight. I would like to get down to 128 (ideal weight would be 125) but every pound closer to target weight I will be happy with.

Full disclosure (YIKES) I feel like I am naked showing my current weight. I would like to get back down to 128 (ideal weight would be 125) but every pound closer to target weight I will be happy with.

It may look like I have a ton of calories left for the day but its just because I ran 7 miles that morning. I wont actually eat another 781 for the day but on rest days this definitely helps to keep me in check!!!  (Especially with snacking)

I am also using my Runner’s Log app again. It’s nice to see that I am logging regular runs again. (3x a week) My weekly average mileage is back to 18 which is good.  (I am still cross training and working on strengthening my hip flexors to keep my IT band healthy since this is where I am weak)  Saturday morning I even threw in some much needed track and stadium work.

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(That’s me on the right)

To help with motivation I updated my playlist with a few songs:

  • Numb by August Alsina
  • Partition by Beyonce
  • Started from the Bottom by Drake
  • Survival by Eminem
  • Fever for the Flava by RockMyRun

Lately I have mentioned how it is difficult to balance running in my life but my run this week reminded me of all of the benefits:

  • Stress relieving
  • More energy
  • Sleep better
  • Make better food choices
  • I get to think out problems or have moments of clarity when I am out running
  • All around happier

What do you have on your summer agenda for races or training?
Do you struggle with weight fluctuations? How do you keep yourself in check?