Panic mode

1 10 2014

I’m getting panicy about my marathon. I’m stressed about getting all my training runs in, I don’t want to push too hard, but I need to get my milage up, and fast.

September was an awesome month of activity, but not great in the running department. It looks like I’ll be running 17 miles this weekend. I know 20 miles is the magic training number for marathons, but right now I’m counting on 17. If this run goes (good or bad as long as I get it done) I’ll have more confidence.

I’m breaking in my new shoes

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I want the nice and comfy on race day. I’ve put several miles on them so far, and they seem to be good.

45 days til Richmond.





Dumbo Double Dare

31 08 2014

I came

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I saw

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I conquered

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Recap after I sleep!





Training Thursday: goals

14 08 2014

On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, I’ll be linking up with: Cassandra, Montana, and Julie for Training Thursday!

There’s only a few more months in the year, I’ve already run 2 half marathons, and a 25k, so what’s left ?? My goals for the rest of 2014:

1-Run Dumbo’s Double Dare

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A) in 3 hrs 20 min-ULTIMATE goal
B) in 3hrs 30 min-pretty realistic
C) in 3hrs 45 min-I’d be happy
D) finish-must do!

2) Run Richmond Marathon

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I just want to finish, preferably in 5 hrs or less, but really just want to cross the finish line.

3-Tulsa Run 15k

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Goal time 1hr 30min
Plan to PR

4-cross train. All kinds, all the time! I’d really like to start swimming, but I don’t have a lap appropriate swim suit, and I really don’t want to find one. I’m a two piece kinda girl.

5-eat healthy, but not beat myself up over indulging. I’m not calling it cheating, that’s a step in the right direction. Sometimes a girl needs some bread pudding.

6-Yoga. I haven’t been going to yoga as much as I should. I’m making it my priority at the gym.

7-Sleep. Getting enough sleep is just as important as nutrition and training, and I’ve been lacking in the good sleep department.

Add your link:





I’m a little indecisive

8 07 2014

So I totally picked a marathon, wrote out a training plan, and was set on running in Tulsa…then I started thinking about other races.

I read this article. And wanted to run ALL of them. Luckily a lot of them were sold out. After doing more research, I decided to run

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The Richmond Marathon.

It’s only a week earlier than Route 66, so there isn’t too much tweaking to be done to the training plan. And the race is on a Saturday, which I LOVE. It’s not at home, so the large family and friends cheering section and sleeping in my own bed are out. But we are staying at the Westin and they have comfy beds, and I know I’ll have a cheerleader and maybe a running buddy in the course.

And just so you know, I’ve been looking at this.





The start of back to back runs

21 06 2014

This weekend begins running 2 days in a row. I’m not a streaker, not a run everydayer, I need my rest! So running 2 days in a row is new to me, but that’s what I signed up for, so I’ve gotta practice!

This morning I ran 1 mile (that was weird too, I didn’t want to stop) with Ella, and 2 Minnie Mouses (Minnie Mice?) in the stroller. And tomorrow I’ll run 7 miles. I’m still recovering from some intense squats on Wednesday, so it felt good to loosen up my legs today, hopefully they feel good tomorrow.

The humidity is still bad, the air is THICK. I need to use my inhaler before I run, otherwise I’m struggling out there. Im still happy it’s summer, I love spending the day in the pool!

So, since we are talking about another Disney race, let’s talk about costumes. I’m thinking Maleficent for the 10k.

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I saw the new movie, and I’m in love with her. I don’t know who I want to be for the half: Princess Leia, Padme, Marie from Aristocats, Mrs. Incredible…





Are you ready for summer training?

18 06 2014

The humidity is here, the heat is here, and in Saturday we can officially say SUMMER IS HERE! I love summer, and sun, and all things hot!

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BUT summer training, you know the super early morning runs, the buckets of sweat, the weird tan lines…I don’t love those.

I’ve been looking through books, websites, my work schedule…
trying to get a training schedule in place for both Dumbos Double Dare in August and Route 66 in November.

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It’s exhausting just thinking about running 20 miles for training. I using some of the principles from Run Less Run Faster and Jeff Galloway to perfect my schedule. I’m thinking either 20 or 22 miles will be my longest training run!

Are you ready for the hot , Hot, HOT training this summer?





The marathon winner

13 06 2014

I have decided on a marathon…

Route 66

in Tulsa, Ok (home) on November 23.

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Many factors influence my decision:
1) no travel=less stress, especially with 2 kids
2) sleeping in my own bed
3) Morgan has a work retreat the weekend of 2 of the races I was thinking about
4) a special First Marathon medal
5) family and friends can support me
6) it was my first half, so it’s kinda cool to make if my first full too

I’ve mapped out a training plan. It’s good use of nervous energy-how the heck am I going to run 26.2 miles?

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I’m still working out all the training details, what should my longest run be? When to do hills or speed work? Can I fit in another half this fall?





3 day to 100k-Sundays 25k recap

19 05 2014

This weekend a 3-day stages race was held in Oklahoma. Friday night was a 25k (paved running trail) Saturday 50k (trail) and Sunday 25k (trail). You could participate in 1, 2 or 3 days of the event.

25K was a big enough challenge for me! I originally registered to run Friday night, on the paved running trail. I figured the distance would be a challenge, but at least it would be paved….however, due to a work event, I changed to Sunday. Morgan ran the race to, and he was not looking forward to the trail.

This was a very small race, less than 100 people! No expo, no corrals, no timing chip-just runners outside on a fabulous May weekend.

Sundays portion was held at Walnut Creek State Park, which is at Lake a Keystone. It was about an hour from home, which made eating before difficult for me. I ate a Lara bar (and coffee) when I got up, and brought another bar and applesauce with me. It worked well!

The course was a bit short, 14 miles, 2 7 mile loops, which were run forward and back-in the woods. Trail running is FUN! I had to much to look at, like where I was stepping, what branch was going to hit me in the head, wild flowers, a lake, cows, I missed the deers-the were 7 crossing the trail! Since I’ve never run a trail race, I can’t compare it to anything.

There were 2 fully stocked aid stations, which you hit out and back. Gatorade, and water and all kinda of snacks! I don’t normally eat check mix on a run, but I thought it sounded good.

I saw Morgan after he turned around, he was in second place when we passed each other. It was fun to see him and talk for a second. He was enjoying the race, which made me happy. I was enjoying the trails, but I wasn’t sure he was going to like it.

I was much slower than normal. My over all pace was 12 min/mile. I really had to watch my footing, and there were some steep climbs/descents. Not hills, but going into what would be a creek, if there was water.

I totally bit it at about mile 6. The was a root sticking up, it was marked, and I saw it, and I didn’t trip on it. I tripped on the flat ground, and I rolled! Luckily I was by myself, no one needed to see me do that. I wasn’t hurt, just a little dirty.

At mile 12, I rolled my ankle. It was bad. I heard something pop, could have been a stick, but I was in pain. I stood around for a few minutes, decided I was ok, and started walking. After about 5 minutes, I felt better, so I ran again. My legs were pretty wobbly by then, so I would run as fast and as far as I could, then walk for a little bit. I was surprised that my ankle felt fine for the rest of the race.

I finished in 2 hours and 49 minutes (although I think it might be a few minutes long). This was the hardest race/run I’ve done. I really earned my medal, but I had a great time.

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I had a little buddy run with me at the end!

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The after race snacks were awesome-homemade Indian tacos. I had never had one before, I’ve wanted to try one for the longest time. It was so yummy, and I was really hungry. We stayed for a while after we had finished, watching other runners come in. It was a great atmosphere.

I’ve been icing my ankle, I think it’s a minor sprain. I’m going to take some time off running to let it heal.

No race recap is complete without a picture of food. We made Barnyard Burgers for dinner.

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And a beer!

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Major jitters

17 05 2014

Tomorrow morning is a super small (less than 100 people) race…but it’s the longest distance I have ever run. I have a a bad case of the jitters-stomach probs, anxiety, randomly packing up changes of clothing for the entire family. All of that on top of an annoying case of phlegm.

I’m excited for the race, it’s at a state park, it runs by a lake, it’s might be part trail. I’m going to enjoy the scenery, and not focus on time.

So, here goes a 25k, 15.5 miles, 5-5ks!





Virtual Races: Jost Running

16 05 2014

I was contacted by jostrunning.com to run some of their virtual races, and blog about my experience

What is a virtual race?
It’s a race you run when you want, and where you want. When you are finished you submit your time. It’s simple! Friendly completion with yourself from month to month or with other participants each month!

Jost running offers 4 virtual races each month: 5K, 10k, half marathon, full marathon. Every months races are fundraiser a for different charities. So not only are running, you are supporting a very worthy organization.

Oh yeah…and the bling!

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The 5K and 10K share a medal, and the half and full share a medal. They are very nice medals…they make me want to run!

I decided to run the 5k in May. I Picked last Wednesday morning to race. I had my bib, loaded Ella is the stroller and took off.

The theme of May is Brave new route, but the stroller limits me on trying a totally new route.

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30:33 is defiantly a PR with the stroller! Pushing that thing is tough!

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Since they were nice enough to send me both medals, I need to EARN both medals. Jost Running wants people to move-you don’t have to run, you can swim, bike, walk-Just get out there!! I’m not sure I can fit another 13.1 mile run in this month, so I may earn my half/full marathon medal a little unconventionally!

If you are interested in running a virtual race, go to Jostrunning.com and check out the June races and medals! I think I shoot for running the 10K and maybe another unconventional half/full. I’m going to taper down a little bit….gearing up for marathon training!