Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday America, thanks for being so cool.  I hope that you get everything that you want and have the best birthday ever.

It has been busy busy busy around here.  Since I am on the bench from running, I have been trying to become friends with the elliptical and doing more strength training.  I have done a few new workouts that leave my arms and legs like jello for days afterward so I think I am on track.  After a calf workout this week I have perfected the zombie walk like none other.  If the Walking Dead needs a pregnant extra I am all over that.  Today I was signed up for a 5K but of course cannot run it, so I gave my bib away.  I have to admit, when I glanced at my clock at 5:30 this morning I was a little thankful for being able to go back to sleep.

Since 2013 is such a big year, we have been switching gears between baby, house, and wedding almost daily.  We got some bad news on the house we were trying to buy and are now back at square one.  I think I could write about 5 posts with everything I’ve learned and have hated about this house buying process over the past 3 months but I’m trying to stay positive and believe that everything happened for a reason :)  It is hard to stay down when there is so much GOOD happening!  I am almost 24 weeks pregnant and still feeling really great, aside from not being able to run.

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Last week, I also got a very exciting package in the mail!!

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I cannot tell you how excited this made me.  Chobani is awesome, I love the yogurt and the company.  I am trying to eat more yogurt instead of swedish fish and chocolate so that this baby does not come into the world high on sugar.  In addition to snacks I also love to bake with it!  The flavors are great in cakes and pancakes, and I use the plain all the time in place of sour cream or mayo in a lot of recipes.

I have off from work today and tomorrow (thanks again, America, I owe you one) and need it more than ever.  I have big plans of relaxing, giving in and buying some maternity clothes since squeezing into my old clothes is getting a bit extreme, baking some cupcakes, and keeping this girl sane while the neighborhood goes nuts with fireworks.

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She’s so serious, right?  I finally joined Instagram (@morunsmarathons).  I have zero friends and have posted about 4 pictures.  I think I’m a little out of my element but it’s fun anyway.

That’s it for now, hopefully you all have long weekends too and get to do something fun!

The Low Impact Sentence

Happy first Saturday of summer!

It’s surprisingly a bit cooler than it has been down here, it’s not yet 90 and we’re already past 10am :)  I’m enjoying another class-less Saturday while I am on a short break from my MBA classes.  The fact that I’m not training for anything and having no classes, sleeping after 8 is quite the treat.  I’m taking full advantage since the next break from school I will have a month old newborn on my hands!

Speaking of training and newborns, I went to the doctor this week and asked her about the soreness I was getting from my running.  She explained that it’s completely normal as our joints get extremely loose during pregnancy which will help with delivery, but not so much with high impact cardio like the running I was doing.  While some women don’t experience this problem with soreness, she advised that I should limit myself to low impact cardio for the rest of my pregnancy to avoid doing damage to my hips that could be more problematic in the long-term.  I am not going to lie, I was pretty disappointed.

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Jingo was pretty disappointed for me too.  Although secretly she was happy since she doesn’t like when I leave her to go run.  Running has felt really great up to this point, it was just the after that wasn’t so fun.  Of course though it is all for the greater good and I don’t want to do anything to put my health or my baby’s at risk for any issues down the road.

So what now?  What does this low impact sentence mean for me?  I still have quite a few options to get my sweat on:

  • Speed Walking – Maybe I can visualize myself running here
  • Elliptical – Most boring piece of exercise equipment known to man, but it does make me sweat quite nicely
  • Stair mill – See elliptical.
  • Swimming – Probably the best full body low impact workout out there, excellent for the joints and will bring me back to my triathlon training days
  • Classes/videos – having an instructor and others around can distract you from the fact that you’re not out there pounding the pavement
  • Stationary bike – harness your inner Lance Armstrong, without the EPO abuse and tendency to lie about it.

So all is not lost, and I have already been doing my best to get comfortable with the elliptical.  It takes a bit more mental strength and motivation to do these things but exercise is still so important to continue during pregnancy both for me and the baby!

Have a great Saturday, don’t forget to enter Marcia’s Designer Whey Giveaway!

Self imposed running break

Happy Saturday folks!

I know that summer’s finally making it’s way to the rest of the country but it’s been here for quite awhile.  It hits 80 before 6am and by 10 it’s well over 90 with humidity that feels like purgatory over 100.  So needless to say, running is definitely confined to the treadmill.  Two Sundays ago I ran outside and only made it 2 and a half miles before calling it quits.  There’s not enough water in the world to make that ok.  

I’m still trying to stay active and I ran that same week on the treadmill, but afterwards was more sore than running has ever made me feel.  It was unusual because I have been taking it easy on speed and mileage while being consistent with strength training so I decided that running through the entire pregnancy just might not be in the cards for me.  It’s not fun to think about but not everyone can do it, everyone’s bodies are different.   So I gave myself a week off from running and until I see my doctor will stick to the elliptical and maybe swimming.  In other news, at 21 weeks I finally look pregnant and not just like I’ve been stuffing my face with pizzas.

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Even if I’m not running today I am still living in my Oiselle rogas.  They are my absolute favorite running shorts EVER.  I need to keep myself away from their site right now so as to not buy one of everything.  It’s really a problem.

I found an interesting article today that seems to be fitting for right now on the durability of distance runners found here.  Even though I don’t think I’m really injured right now, in my short amount of training that I’ve had, I feel like I am pretty prone to injury.  The article makes interesting points that the being able to maintain an injury free status should be considered just as much talent as PRs and races.  ”Durability is the most underrated component of distance running talent.”  It gave 5 steps to become injury resistant:

  1. Train the overall athlete – running should never be the ONLY exercise you do!
  2. Injury Risk Evaluation – get evaluated by someone that really knows running as a sport.
  3. Develop and Execute your Rehab Program – don’t wait to get injured to be doing rehab exercises!  Know your body and the areas that need to be worked the most.  This was my favorite part of the article – don’t come up with too many exercises that you HAVE to do, you won’t do them.  I always read a ton of different workouts on blogs and in magazines and have grand plans to go to the gym and do them all, all at once.  But that just isn’t realistic and you know what?  I wind up doing none of them. Just like you need to create realistic running plans, you need realistic non-running plans.
  4. Smart Training – you shouldn’t be doing 110% hard workouts every time.  There are times to push and times to maintain, again, KNOW your body.  Easier said than done but as soon as you get to know your own limits, you’ll be able to decide when to push those limits and when to stay within them.

That was my education of the morning.  It was great.  I am on a 5 week break right now from my MBA program so it’s really nice to be able to read fun things on a Saturday morning when I’d normally be in class.  The rest of this Saturday will be lots of cleaning and relaxing and praying that our 100 year old air conditioner doesn’t break down again for the 20th time in this heat.

And because what’s a Saturday without a little inspiration, I leave you with some pinterest goodness:

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Charity Miles

Happy Friday!

This week really flew by.  Having Monday off of work/school was a huge plus and we were able to go to the movies and see Iron Man 3.  I really liked it, but I’m pretty easy when it comes to liking movies.  Other than that it was a pretty low key and much needed relaxing weekend.

Exercise wise it was a very low week.  I did strength training on Tuesday & Thursday but no cardio all week…. oops.  Normally I do Wednesday and Friday… today we decided to sleep in and it was wonderful.  Wednesday there was something a little more important than the gym, I had an ultrasound and found out that we are having a BOY!!  So exciting and it feels that much more real now.  It’s crazy how fast everything is going!  Now comes the fun things like finding a name :)

Luckily there is still plenty of time :)

During the week, I found out some really exciting news that connects my love of running with a great cause!  Have you heard of Charity Miles?  It is an app for your phone that uses the phone’s GPS to track your running distance.  Even more exciting is that you can choose different charities to support, and 25cents for every mile ran/walked is donated to that charity.  Pretty cool, right!  Even more exciting is one of the charities that was recently added.  It’s called She’s the First, and one of my roommates from college founded it and has made it a huge success.  The mission of the organization is to provide girls around the world the opportunity to be the first in their families to get an education and graduate high school.  These girls don’t have the same luxuries they do…. even so far as school being considered a luxury, and not a right.  It really is inspiring seeing how much change can happen with a small group of people passionate about making it happen!  So you should all download CharityMiles right now and get running!  Getting those hot and sweaty miles in as the weather starts to really heat up will feel that much better knowing that it is for an amazing cause :)

Have a great weekend!  Make sure you leave time to be jealous of me, I will be in an MBA statistics class from 8-5 on Saturday since we didn’t have class on Monday for the holiday.

Oops… Busy Bee makes for an Unintended Hiatus

Well well well.  Looks like I have a blog?

I really did not mean to just stop posting.  Life got in the way.  At the beginning of the year, I said I thought 2013 would be a big year.  When I said that, I don’t think I realized just how big it would be.

When I last left off, I had just finished my first goal race of the year and got myself a nice new half PR.  Every since then, it’s been a whirlwind.  Around the holidays, we had talked about having a small wedding during this year’s holidays and we started toying with Thanksgiving weekend.  It will just be something small so not too much planning, but getting everything set up took some time.  We have a location and a date, and still more to come.  Shortly after my race, we also started looking around the area for houses to buy.  We’re currently renting and it’s just depressing to be giving all of our money away every month and not having anything to show for it.  We found one we loved, but it was overpriced and the seller just would not budge.  Luckily we found another one that we loved even more, and are in the process of making it work.  Key words being process.  It’s been quite the headache but in the end it will all be worth it.

Why go through 2 major life events at the same time when you can have 3?  The week after the race, we found out the biggest news of all:

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I am currently 18 weeks pregnant we’ll be finding out THIS WEEK if we will be having a little boy or girl October 26th this year :)  So far everything has been going great and I’m happy that we will hopefully be moved into a new house well before then.

So what does this mean for exercising?  Well, I’m still not giving up the dream of a marathon before I turn 30, but it will just be on a bit of a different timeline than I had initially thought.  I am still running, but I’m not signed up or training for the Utah Valley Marathon this June.  My running has been isolated to the treadmill and because I’m not exactly looking to work on my speed right now, mileage has gone way down because I just don’t have the time and I’m taking advantage of the fact that I can skip a run if I’d rather sleep in. Hopefully though as long as it’s still feeling good, I’ll continue to run for as long as I can.

2013.  Undeniably a big year.  And as much as I fell in love with blogging when I started getting into it last year, I found myself caring about the wrong things.  I started this to keep myself motivated and accountable, and yet I was reading other blogs and comparing myself to them far too much.  Comparing the running, the racing, the responses to their writing.  It wasn’t me and I didn’t like it.  So I let myself fade away.  On one hand I needed a break to sort out all of the big life events!  On the other hand I made the mistake of changing my expectations and feeling defeated that those new expectations for this blog weren’t being met.  Silly, right?  I think so too.  Well, I’m back, and I’m sticking to me.  Even if not one soul reads along.

Exciting things lie ahead and ready to enjoy every one of them :)

February Foodie Penpals Reveal!

Hi All!

Can you believe how quickly February went by?

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Last week, I received quite an exciting package from Hannah as part of the Foodie Penpals Program hosted by Lindsay!

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I told Hannah that I love to try new things but am trying to eat healthier and she did an AMAZING job!  What’s inside:

  • Love Crunch Granola
  • Coconut Flakes
  • Bulgur Wheat
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Peppermint Tea
  • Burt’s Bees Chapstick

I have been on a peppermint tea kick lately so I dug right into the tea bags and they have become my morning staple.  In Hannah’s note, she described how she uses bulgar wheat and I gave it a try!  I browned some chicken with asparagus, squash, carrots, onions, the bulgar wheat, and smoked paprika:

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It was great!  There was also a recipe on the bag for tabouleh, which I can’t wait to try as well.

I used the coconut to make chocolate protein poppers.  No pictures because I ate them too quickly :)   I used this recipe and subbed the coconut flakes instead of the mint extract – such a cute little treat.  When I call something cute that makes it acceptable to eat 5 handfuls of them without shame.

I haven’t had a chance yet to use the fresh ginger and I can’t wait to try it!

Thanks Hannah for great box, and I hope you received a box just as exciting.  I sent a box of Indian inspired vegetarian foods to Mariana.  She doesn’t have a blog, but I hope she enjoyed everything!!

Are you interested in joining us for Foodie Penpals next month? Here are some more details:

  • On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
  • You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 
  • The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
  • You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
  • Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. 
  • Foodie Penplas is open to US, Canadian & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 

If you’re from the US or Canada and are in participating for November, please CLICK HERE  to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by March 4th as pairings will be emailed on March 5th!

*If you’re from Europe, please CLICK HERE to signup.

#hlbbookclub Miami & Fort Lauderdale MEETUP!!!

Happy Sunday Everyone,

I have such exciting news!!  As part of the Healthy Living Blog community, I have the opportunity to organize a meetup with all of you out there in the Miami & Fort Lauderdale areas on March 17th.  We will be going to see the brand new movie, Oz: The Great & Powerful.

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I am excited for this for many reasons.

1) HLB is starting a book club which is inspiring this event.  Remember how one of my goals for 2013 was to find a book club?  Mission accomplished :)

2) I get to meet YOU!!  Since I’m so new to the blogging community, I haven’t had the chance to connect live with anyone, so this is a great chance

3) The movie looks awesome :)

Since we’re trying to include the Fort Lauderdale & Miami folks, I tried to pick a somewhat central location of Aventura (North Miami Beach).  Here are the MEETUP details:

March 17th, Time TBD

AMC Aventura 24 Theaters (Aventura Mall)

If you’re interested in coming, please email me at maureen@morunsmarathons.com  I’ll then email you guys the final times and directions, and we’ll be sure to find some dessert or coffee so we can chat before or after the movie :)  You don’t have to have a blog to participate, and feel free to bring a friend!  Everyone will be responsible for paying for their own ticket.

If you’re not available to come see the movie with us, you can still participate in the book club!  Check it out here.  This month’s book is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  You can post a review directly to that link, or check out what everyone’s saying about it on twitter with the hashtag #hlbbookclub.

Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon Recap

Well….

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I did it!!!!  I ran in the half this past Sunday, and my official time was 1:57:57 :)  A little behind my training plan, but beat my goal of 2 hours!!

But, I’m getting ahead of myself.  Let’s rewind a day.

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On Saturday, after my MBA class, Jeff, his parents and I went to the Pre-Race Expo:

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I’ve never been to a race expo before, so I was really excited!  I grabbed my bib and packet right away and took another look at the course map.

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There were tons of goodies and free snacks so of course I had to sample some :)  I also spotted a sunglasses table since I’ve been wanting a pair to run in.  Quickly picked one out and kept on going.  There was a mix of food, running apparel, and event vendors and I’m pretty sure I stopped at every single table.  Yes I’m a nerd.  Even Jeff got involved when an e-stim vendor pulled him over to their table :)

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I have a feeling I know what I’ll be looking for when the next holiday rolls around.  I made one last stop to pick up some Shot Blox to have during the race (I knew they were offering Powerade Gels at the water stops and they kind of freak me out) and then headed to get some of the best pizza I think I’ve ever had.

We went to sleep nice and early since I had a 4am wake up call!  Before going to bed I made sure to lay everything out so I wouldn’t forget anything.

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I had my brand new sunglasses, a tank top from Target (hello why did I not know their exercise clothes were so cute?!), oiselle arm warmers, Pro Compression Marathon Socks, Shock Absorber Sports Bra, Under Armour Shorts, and of course my Mizuno’s.

4am wake up didn’t seem as bad as I expected.  Got ready, had some Ezekiel toast with Almond Butter & Apple Butter with 2 cups of coffee.

Ready to GO!

Ready to GO!

I headed out and found parking at a parking garage a few blocks from the starting line.  It was a point to point course, so they actually offered shuttles to runners that wanted to park near the finish line to get them to the start.  I decided that I knew the parking near the start line better and didn’t want to stress at all.  Of course, as soon as I was a few blocks away, I realized that I had forgotten my sunglasses.  Oh well, too late to go back.

A few things to set the mood: 1) I was still feeling sick – sneezing my head off and coughing a bit and 2) this was definitely the COLDEST morning I’ve ever experienced living in Florida.  When I got out of the car, it was 41 degrees.  I know that compared to most places during the winter that is nothing, but the coldest I had run in training for this race was a good 20 degrees warmer.  Nonetheless, as soon as I made it to the start line and checked my bag, I started to get excited.

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I made my way for a quick stop at the porta potties and when I came out the starting line was packed.  Because I still wasn’t feeling 100%, hadn’t run in over a week, and it was so cold, I immediately made the decision not to put pressure on myself, and hopped in a little behind the 10 minute mile sign.  I felt good about the decision but had that pang of feeling disappointed as my view forward was the sign for the 2:00hr pacers.  Next time I kept telling myself.

The gun went off right on time for the wheelchair racers, and then again for us 10 minutes later.  There were about 4800 people racing, and everyone left at the same time – all paces, both half marathon and marathon runners.  The course for the half and the full is the same until about mile 9 or so, then the half marathoners make a turn while the full runners keep going.

I took a look down at my garmin about half a mile in, and it said 11:30 was my pace.  I tried not to let that deter me as I knew the first mile is always going to be slow until the course empties out a bit.  I guess I was able to make up for it because when I looked at my splits after the race I finished that mile much faster.  The first few miles of the course are running straight toward the beach, and it was absolutely beautiful.  I checked my phone with my bag so I couldn’t take any pictures, but we were running toward the sunrise and if you’ve ever seen a Fort Lauderdale sunrise, it’s undeniably gorgeous.  Jeff got a shot from the finish line though -

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Before I knew it, we were there – on A1A, a quarter of the way done with the race and turning on to the next road.  At this point I was feeling pretty good, and I told myself to treat it like a tempo run.  That I would at the very least get a good 5 tempo miles in after the first mile and then I’d see how I felt after that.  I saw the next few miles clock in around 9 minutes each and tried to push each one just a little harder than the last.

I skipped the first few water stops (they were at every mile practically!) and we then turned off A1A to take a loop of a nearby park.  Here is where I started to feel even better.  It was the first time that I realized that I kept passing people.  Not being used to racing AT ALL, or even used to running with other people, this was such a strange thing to me.  My mind was racing – why am I passing these people?  Am I going too fast?  Am I going to burn out?  They look like they’re doing just fine, what do they know that I don’t?  Is there a secret hill we’re about to climb?  It’s funny how my mind will always jump to doubting myself first.  But I was able to push those thoughts out and keep going.  Grabbed some water, at one stop, had a shot block, grabbed some more water or so I thought, wound up being Powerade and got it in my eye.  I never claimed to be coordinated.

Right around mile 8 I realized that the past few miles I had done were between 8:30 and 9, and that I might be able to push myself through the whole thing and come somewhat close to 2 hours.  There weren’t many spectators on the course but the ones who were there were plenty energetic!  There were also dj’s or bands at some of the water stops with volunteers that were dancing so that made it that much more fun.  I was shocked at how good I was feeling.  At this point, the sun was out but it was still cool.  I had anticipated needing to roll down or take off the arm warmers, but I never did.  I didn’t even feel like I was sweating since it was so chilly.  I kept cruising along until about mile 10, where things got a little bit tough.  I felt my pace slowing and those last 3 were definitely tough love miles. There was a ton of self talk going on because at this point I knew that if I kept pushing myself that I could make it under 2 hours, my goal was within reach only if I didn’t give up.  I’m pretty sure I kept saying ‘Push!’ out loud.  I’m also pretty sure that I was getting a few stares from other runners, but I didn’t care.  This was my goal and my race and I was going to own it.

When I saw 12.5 miles on my Garmin, I tried to find that last gear and really kick it, but there was nothing left.  I was in cruise control and couldn’t go any faster than my pushing it pace.  That was ok, I knew I had it.  I slowly made it to the finish line where I saw Jeff and his parents screaming their heads off.  For that last .1 or .2 miles there I finally found my kick and past the last handful of people who were slowing down before the finish.  In my head I was brought back to softball practice in high school training to run through first base – don’t slow down right before the finish line!!! I didn’t want to cheat myself out of any last second.

I saw I had done it and I couldn’t be happier!  And look how cool the medal is:

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All in all, it was a great experience.  Everything about the race was incredibly organized and they definitely had runners in mind when creating the course.  You can’t beat the beach!  And I have a shiny new PR to hold on to :)

Did anyone else race this weekend?

What are your big goals?

Wicked Karma

Happy weekend everyone.

At this time next Sunday I will have finished my first half marathon in 7 years.  My first race in 7 years.  My first 13.1 miles in 7 years.  7 years.  2013.  Lucky number 7.  Lucky 2013.

Will I finish it in my goal time of under 2 hours?  A week ago, I would have said I absolutely have it in me.  That’s because a week ago I was looking at this:

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11 easy, slow feeling, had more in the tank, progression miles.  The longest that I’ve done in training.  I’ve said that a lot over the past few weeks, and it’s my favorite thing to say.  The ‘longest’ makes me feel accomplished.  I’m making progress and it’s growing upon each run.  Then on Wednesday I did a 7 mile tempo – 1/2 mile warm-up, 6 tempo miles and 1/2 mile cool-down.  I can say that that was my fastest and longest tempo run of my training.  The ‘fastest’ makes me feel STRONG.  So with that run I felt both accomplished and strong.

Then I woke up on Thursday, and I couldn’t swallow.  I didn’t think anything of it and went to the gym for a killer leg workout.  There were JUMPING lunges involved.  Two words that are not at all appealing when placed next to each other.  I still didn’t feel 100% but I went to work for a downhill disaster.  Where I was reminded that while over the past few weeks as every single one of my coworkers were bit by the flu or strep throat bug I sat happily by working away saying ‘oh me?  I don’t get sick’ Boy was I wrong.  The Karma police came for me and sentenced me with the scratchiest of sore throats and the most feverish of fevers that afternoon didn’t begin to break until Friday night.  After taking a sick day on Friday and sleeping most of the day yesterday after my MBA class, I decided that doing my last long run before the race would be skipped.  The effort it takes to have a conversation or take a deep breath is a little too taxing to consider putting my body through another 11 miles.

So that is a very long way of explaining that I am not 100% confident that I’ll break 2 hours next week.  I’m going to fight like hell, but at the same time remind myself that this is precisely why I chose February to do a half.  If I don’t break 2 now, I have 10 more months in 2013 to do so.  I’m a little bit stubborn.  So the idea of not holding myself to the 2 hours next Sunday is really hard for me to consider.  But at the same time while ‘I don’t get sick’, when I DO get sick it tends to stick around.  So I probably won’t be back to 100% until next weekend.

There is always an upside.  On race day, I will put less pressure on myself if I see the clock ticking and miles slipping to a pace I don’t like.  And skipping today’s run means I get to be awake and not sore and hang out with Jeff and his parents who are visiting for the week.  And I will get over whatever this thing is that I have that much quicker if I don’t go out today and this week trying to be a rockstar that I’m not.  So there are always good tradeoffs to make too.

In other news, last Saturday Jeff and I got to see this:

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Not only was it an amazing show with really great seats (aside from the unusually tall man sitting in front of Jeff making it pretty difficult to see), they had THEMED CUPCAKES.  I wanted to get about 5 of them but I decided to show some self restraint and chose the Tin Man over ‘Ruby Red Velvet’ and ‘Flying Monkey Fudge’.

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We were happy campers :)

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Anyone have the winter bug this year?

How do you deal with being sick right before a race?

 

Welcome to February

Can you believe that January went by so fast?!  I couldn’t either, then I started to think about it and January was a pretty productive month:

I ran 87.5 miles, two of those runs were 10 milers.  I’ve never felt so strong.  Only 17 days until the half marathon!

I tried cooking a few new foods and new desserts including poached eggs, egg nog cupcakes, no guilt brownies, and last night halibut for the first time!

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Nothing special, just some spices in olive oil but it wasn’t bad.  I am also more than halfway through the 2nd book of the Hunger Games series, and have had 3 MBA classes.  So I guess it does make sense that January is over after all :)

Anyway, this week was packed.  It was my first week doing a long run on Sunday, and also my first week having class on Monday nights after work.  Made it seem like I would NEVER make it to Friday.  Here’s what it looked like for workouts:

Monday – 2 miles, easy 9:48/mile pace

Tuesday – 2 miles, easy 9:24/mile pace then upper body workout – more SPIDERMAN pushups, this time with my feet elevated on a bosu

Wednesday – 7 mile SPEED: 1 mile warm-up, 5 miles @7:45ish with 1/4 mile jog in between each one.  Except the last mile I went nuts and did it in 6:40.  Done on the treadmill and I LOVED every second and each bead of sweat I earned on that one.

Thursday – squat central with a leg workout and worked on my balance a bit (I have none)

Friday – slept in :)

I wanted to sleep in today because I have class all day tomorrow 8-5 and then Jeff and I are going to see Wicked!  I never got the chance to see it on Broadway so this is the next best.

I saw this on facebook today and needed to share:

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So true!  And it is universal, it applies to everything – not just running, not just fitness.  Want to learn how to cook new foods?  Look up a recipe and head to the grocery store.  Hate your job and want to move in a different direction?  Do some research or take a class in a different area to see what your options are.  Take all the ‘wouldn’t it be nice’ and ‘I hope’ thoughts and get out there and make them happen!  Nothing’s going to change if nothing changes.

How was your January?

Anyone see Wicked?

What changes have you made in your life lately?