It’s been nearly a month, 4 weeks, 30 days since I completed my second full marathon. I’ve started to put the words together to share with you all, but they just aren’t coming. I’m working at it, when I have the time. It’ll be a big post…pictures and stories and such of my adventures in Chicago.
Just thought I’d let ya’ll know, between two jobs, 3 volleyball leagues, and attempting to get back to a regular fitness and running routine, finding the words to convey the one million feelings I had during the Chicago marathon is not coming easily!
(Edited: I wrote this post the day of the race, labor day, but posted much later…I’m a bad blogger! )
As I just wrote the title for this blog post I realized that a goal that I had for the summer. a plan that started off well, then life happened and my dedication waivered and my 1 mile per day through the summer or #amyrunsthesummer plan fell apart at the seams. But I don’t need to focus on that right now because there were so many good things about this summer other than that one thing.
I am still training for the Chicago Marathon that is coming up in just about 6 weeks! I still can’t believe it! I went to Colorado and ran there, and hiked a 14er with Heidi and did all sorts of running as well as getting a new to me bike to start riding and eventually start training for a sprint triathalon next summer!
But I digress, this post is not about my summer re-cap or failures or sucesses of the summer, but rather about my last weekend of the summer. This last weekend of the summer I spend running it out. Just like I did last summer. On Saturday I completed the Women Rock Half Marathon for the second year.
I kept thinking of this race as another training run in my marathon training for a few reasons – one because it was hot, I mean HOT leading up to the race day, like nearly 90 degrees, sunny and so humid, and two because while I really wanted to PR (this race is my current PR), I knew I should listen to my body and not to anything too crazy. Well I didn’t Pr, so there goes that spoiler.
I bought a fuel belt for the first time and tried that out for the run. It went pretty well once I finally adjusted it up to my natural waist, and cinched it up. In the first 100 yards, one of my bottles fell out. Thankfully I got it back. through out the race my glasses fell off my head, my headband slipped off any my tank rode up under my fuel belt. It wasn’t until about mile 6 when things finally settled down. My two friends and I started off together, but split up along the way. I eventually caught up with the one out ahead of my at about mile 8 or so and we pretty much finished the race together, her about a minute or so ahead.
Another new thing that I tried out for this race, because it was just a training run, was UCAN. They started selling it at my gym a while ago and some of my fellow run-clubbers have talked about trying it and how good it worked for them, so I gave it and bought it too (thankfully at a discount since I am now a gym employee!). At the suggestion of my running buddies I put a scoop in my shaker bottle and drank that just before I checked my bag, and also had one of my water bottles filled with a scoop+water for during the run.
Good news is that I had no tummy troubles, or any weird side effects from the UCAN before, during or after the run! Woo! I realized at about mile 4 or so that I was not hydrated enough for the heat, humidity and hills of this particular day and course! I always aim for drinking 100oz of water a day, but Friday I just had other things on my mind at work, so unfortunately, I didn’t get in my 100oz. In the morning I tried to make up for it on my way to the race, but I guess that just didn’t quite happen.
The bad news of the day came at about mile 10 when my friend Crystal and I cross what is the 10 miler finish line for another race that I have done before. I told her, you know if they had a 10 milers today, we would be done right here. That was of little comfort to either of us! 😉 We just had a little 5k left, and it was tough, over the river and over passes up hills and all in the sun. To make matters worse for me was my TI band and or hip flexor was acting up. I hadn’t had any real issues with either of those things in the last month, but that day they decided to show up again! I blame the hills. (Chicago is flat right!? I hope so!) We had past the last aid tent, and next was the finish line my dang I hurt! The pain was shooting from my hip and down through my knee something fierce!
Then about a quarter of a mile away was Angie, my cheering section for the day! She ran in the last little bit with me and help me forget about the pain, which really, I don’t remember it hurting that much when I was running with her. #thankfulforrunningbuddiesagain We passed Crystal’s husband and kids who were beyond excited to see and cheer for me (they kiddos, not so much the husband ;)).
Finally came the finish! Nik was there again helping to pass out the post-race snacks and I got my new necklace by a “hot fireman” and then my favorite person (just some guy) was passing out iced down wet towels. That was my favorite thing. We sat and stretched a bit took our post race pictures and then headed over to the post race party for our free glass of bubbly (I had sprite) and enjoyed some live music by GB Leighton. It was a much better post race party than last year! The band is local but very popular around here. We enjoyed some tunes in the sun and then shortly headed out.
Thankfully my IT band wasn’t hurting nearly as much after we got back to the car because I had a 3.5 hour car trip up north a head of me! I went up to stay with my sister a brother in-law at their camper up north for the long weekend.
Of course about 1.5 hours into the trip I got hangry and wanted Arby’s (which I haven’t eaten in about 6 years). I passed one and decided I would stop at the next one I saw. Well little did I know they were few and far between once you got out of the metro! Dang it! I finally got about half way and settled on a Culvers, well, because they rock, and got a little snack pack lunch. And low and behold about 45 minutes later TWO Arby’s about 15 mins apart from each other! Oh my luck!
Well I made it up to the camper and spent some time on the beach with my sister and nephews before the storm hit that evening.
It was a long, but fun day and I have a feeling the rest of the weekend will follow suit! Hopefully the sun will come out again soon!
The way this weekend turned out was not at all how I had planned, and I say that in the best way.
I had planned on taking this past Friday off to spend the day at the Minnesota State Fair with my sisters, nephews and mom. I decided to wear the trusty garmin to track how far we walked through out the day. It turns out in about 8 or so hours we walked about 8 miles. However my garmin died about an hour or so before we left so I rounded up a mile as that was our average pace for the day. I was surprised that my nephews made it the whole day as one has pneumonia and the other had a fever the last three days. Medicine is great!
Here are a few shots from the day. First I met Jason and Alexis who are local radio hosts here and some really funny people! They told me about Gizmo’s pizza sandwich which I promptly stolled over and got for lunch. YUM! It is sausage, pizza sauce and cheese wrapped up an toasted on hoagie roll. Holy yum was that good!
E didn’t want to keep his tongue in his mouth, so I joined in on the fun!
We all went on the giant slide! B was a little scared so we wanted me to sit next to him on the way down. He even wanted me to hold his hand. Then at the bottom he jumped up and said “I want to do that again!” and so did E! Next year boys! I also found my sugar daddy….or not… 🙂
by about 6 the boys were still going strong but I was fading, and getting a little worried about the 18 miler that was on tap for the next morning so mom and I dipped out and left the boys with my sisters.
I finally got home at 8 (my mom picked me up at 8am, hello long day!). I changed my clothes and headed over to my softball team’s bbq to make a appearance then home and to bed!
Then Saturday was the day! The 18 miler! This was the longest run that I have ran since 2009 marathon training. It was my longest training run that cycle and it was terrible. This time I made it better. The first 3.5 were with a fellow marathoner Laurie. We met up back at the gym with our run club and did another 8.5. My friends Jeff and Stacey stayed with me and Stacey was even my fuel-mule! (I need a fuel belt stat!!) We looped back to the gym and I got a bottle of water and some chomps, and headed out for the last solo 6. That was the worst. It was close to noon, humid and hot and sunny! It sort of reminded me of the 2009 Grandma’s marathon, but I pushed through and made it back to the gym! I had a frosty smoothie, foam rolled and headed home to sit in the AC. Oh! I also bought new shoes! Thanks Brooks!
Once the running portion of the day was over it was time to drive down to Mankato for a house warming party! I didn’t even have time for a nap, but I felt surprisingly well! I think I am finally starting to understand this whole proper fueling and hydration thing! WIN!
Sunday morning I has all of my alarms turned off and I still woke up before 9 am! I guess I wasn’t as tired as I thought! I had 60 mins of cross-training on tap for Sunday and it was HOT! But since I was biking I wasn’t as worried about it. I explored my running trails, and then some. I was on my way back to my house, when I met an un-friend on the trial! A snake! YIKES! I didn’t see it until I was riding over it! EEK! It was black and white and definitely NOT a gartersnake! Sorry little guy or girl, but I ran over your tail! Alll in all I put 12 miles on my new to me bike, which I just named today Mr. Melvin Yellowstone, or Melo yello for short.
So that was my weekend. Lots of miles on me. Did you count up all of those miles!? I did…8 walking, 18 running, and 12 biking! That’s 38 miles!!! In three days! That’s lot of miles! Yay Me!
I’ve been quiet lately because I haven’t quite been living up to my training, and a little down about things, but this weekend, I have started to get my mojo back. I’m getting back to my rhythm. Here’s hoping the streak continues!
I’m coming for you Chicago!
Yes, that “whoa” in the title it supposed to sound like Joey from Blossom. Whoa! ha I loved that show.
5 years ago today I woke up and layered up with Heidi’s husband’s sweatshirt (Thanks Chris!) to run a freezing AMA Fun Run 5K at UWEC with Heidi. It was our very first 5k and wouldn’t you know it, at the start line it started to snow! Apparently our winters go in cycles. So that means in 2018 this crap-tastic winter is going to happen again! Ugh. But that means 2017 is going to be amazing like last year!
OK..back on track.
We ran our very first 5k and we didn’t totally hate it. Well I sort of did. I wasn’t able to run the whole thing and there was a HUGE hill at the end in Carson Park. Awesome.
That day lit the fire for more races together and longer and faster!
5 years, dozens of races, thousands of miles, and a few states later we’re still (now long distance) running buddies!
(Ps, Heidi, I think you should really consider heading to Chicago in the fall…just sayin 😉 )
I’ve had lots of things to post about and that I drafts that I’ve started, but none of them seem important. The only thing that runs through my mind these last few days are thoughts of Boston and my family and friends and those that were hurt or killed.
I knew had two friends out there and thankfully they are both safe and sound. One of them were super speedy and finished about 40 minutes before the bombs exploded and he and this wife were far away enjoying a well deserved beer. Another friend, a run club buddy from my gym, had just finished at about 4:02 or so and was just collecting her belongings and getting through the chute. My entire run club was checking and updating our Facebook page to see if she was safe and where she was!
Like many, I’m sure, I was glued to all of the new websites, and Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest updates. All of the blogger that I follow are all safe and sound and I am so thankfully that they’ve all escaped any injuries!
After some time of reflecting on my own races and reading Kat’s blog, the events Monday have hit me much harder than I had thought that they would. After the Boston Marathon bombing, I put myself in that place, at that finish line. I could feel what some of the people there may have felt. Even now as I type I tear up at the thought of all of my friends and family who have come to support me at the final yards of a race. I put myself there. What could have happened. Who I could have lost.
Sunday the 28th, there is an event in the Twin Cities, if you’re a local reader, this is the info from the Facebook event page:
Come run/walk for any or all of 4 hours, 09 minutes and 43 seconds. Water, gatorade, snacks will be provided on the course. You can come at anytime during the event, you do not need to be present at 10:40am to come and participate. For anyone in attendance at 2:49:43pm we will observe a moment of silence at the finish line.
Yesterday I pulled out the one race shirt I could
wear at work, under of course a blue shirt and then finally
I threw on my only yellow shirt for my 4.09 run club run after work.
It was a day full of thoughts of Boston. I am thankful that my finishes have been happy
warm moments, with friends and family every time.
My Chicago Marathon will have so much more meaning this fall. When I run Chicago, I will dedicate it to Boston.
That finish line will be indescribable.
I’m crazy. I’m impulsive. I’m easily persuaded. I’m surrounded by runner friends. I’m a runner. I’m registered for the CHICAGO freaking MARATHON!!
Back in October when my friend Linda told me she was going to run the Chicago marathon with her friend Jamie, I thought, “well good luck to you lady, I’m out”! I did not want to go through another summer of
not really training to have my inaugural marathon experience almost be cancelled due to heat!
(Let’s take you back to my first marathon – Grandma’s Marathon 2009: 90 degrees, 70% humidity and not a cloud in the sky for all of my 26.2 miles! I barely made it the first 5 miles with out walking. It was disappointing to say the least, but in the end I got what I paid for, and what I got was a finishing time of 6:15 and a sweet tan line!. 2013 Goal: 5:45. The key for me is getting out there any doing the training, I know this now, but I have to make it happen for myself!)
Check out this sweet sweet tan line! The pic below is about 15 minutes later…Stick a fork in me I am D-U-N! I
couldn’t didn’t want to walk the mile back to Heidi’s car, so I laid down behind bar…perfectly normal… The BF at the time decided this is when I was most photogenic, I disagree.I did it! Woo Hedi and her bestest sign ever!
But back to now…I kept thinking about it and kept hearing that some other blogger ladies that ran the TC Marathon last fall were all going to run Chicago too! It all convinced me. I should do it. Heidi did amaze-balls at her redemption marathon last year in Fargo! I could do just as good for myself! I would have people to hang out with.
Peer pressure (in the best way) got to me and I figured that I should. I wanted to. So today at noon I tried to register…try being the key word. I tried every little while for about 3 hours (which is not good for productivity during my 2 day work week this week…) Finally at about 3pm I got registered! Lucky me, lots of other people were not so lucky including my friend Linda and Julia! 😦 The website now says that there are 15,000 spots left (out of 45,000!) and they will re-open registration on Thursday night. YIKES! How nerve racking!!
I am glad that I got in, I am hopefully that all of my friends who want to get in will! Come Thursday at 5 there will be LOTS of traffic on the Chicago Marathon website!
I was raised Catholic, went to Church on Sundays with my mom (my dad isn’t catholic, so he got to skip Church except for Holidays) and sisters (most of my extended family was also there, because most of us all lived in our home town), had first communion, and went through confirmation. But as I grew up, towards the end of high school, mom made us go to Church less and less, then in college I only went for the big holidays when I was home from school, and now after I rarely go. That’s enough talk about how I am a heathen… 🙂 (I’m really not, I’m a good person, I swear it)
Any who, on to Lent! Even thought I don’t go to Church as much as I should, I still try think of something good that I can give up during Lent. Lent starts today on Ash Wednesday. Normally if I were back in middle school, we would have gone to Church today and gotten the sign of the cross on our foreheads with ashes. And if you ran around after church running errands, you’d see people all over the place with ashes on their heads. But that was when I was young and there were about 5,000 less people in my hometown…ah memories!
Some people give up alcohol…but I don’t drink often at all anyway.
I’ve given up chocolate…but again, I don’t eat it all that much (except for the last few months since I bought a few bags to fill up a candy bowl next to my couch for the holidays! I’m about ready to throw it all out, because now I just mindlessly eat it whilst watching TV!)
Some things I do love include chips…watching TV in bed…baked goods…and ice cream. This is what
I think I am going to give up.
I have been on my Advocare 24 day challenge for the last …oh 12-13 days or so? (I’ve lost track, but I still have the suplements and shakes so I know I’m still going.) Since I have been on this challenge I have been really trying to watch what I eat, except for a few slips: pizza, cake and ice cream for my nephew’s birthday, and 2 left over baked goods that my friend Kat made for the Super Bowl that I ate after my not so great 11 miler. Other than those things I’ve been doing pretty well (not nearly enough veggies though…oops). No alcohol and little to no bread or dairy and drinking 100+ oz. of water per day.
So this is what I’m giving up! The baked goods should be ok…hopefully! avoiding them all at work will be the hardest part because people ALWAYS bring in treats. Also I just know that since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day they will pass out cupcakes for us. Hopefully they’ll just put them in the cafes (out of sight, out of mind right!?) and not right on my desk! Also, this Friday I am going to a pampered Chef party at my friend Kim’s home. She’s known for her treats and goodies. I’ll be strong! I was a few weeks ago when there were lots of treats and drinks at two post volleyball hang outs and I only had a few peanuts!
Ice cream and chips shouldn’t be too hard, if it’s not in my house it’s pretty easy for me not to eat it, so I guess I just shouldn’t even go down those aisles in the grocery store! Plus I haven’t had either (except for a small amount of ice cream at the birthday) in the last few weeks or so.
As far as the watching TV my bedroom, I’m going to miss that! I would watch Friends or How I met your mother every night before I’d go to bed. But in reality I would stay up far too late watching TV for no good reason! The TV will stay there (let’s be honest, I’m just too lazy to move it) and I’ll just unplug it. I am hoping that I will go to bed earlier and be able to get up earlier. Hopefully this will be a habit that will last more than just the duration of Lent. We shall see! My one exception is that I am allowing myself to do any work out DVD’s, but that is it for TV action in my room!
Hopefully these few things will help me towards my weight loss/running goals as well as not being so dang crabby from lack of sleep here and there. (if you don’t know me in real life, FYI…I am craaaabby on little to no sleep! ha!). I still want to lose 20 pounds or so before I start training for the CHICAGO MARATHON(!!!) in June. EEK! Since I’ve started the advocare challenge I’m down about 6-7 pounds.
Here’s to the next 40 days! Cheeyas (only Anna will get that one!)
Clearly this isn’t my first post on this blog, but it is however, my first blog post on this blog from my very own computer in my very own office in my very own home on my very own internets! No more need for blogging at my parent’s house, or at the Country Club that I work at, because I can do it all from my home now!!
HI hi hiiii!!
I’m just a baby bit excited to be writing today, can you tell?! For the last 6 or so months I have been
failing at working on getting the internets installed in my house for a cheap as possible.
Well today was finally the day!! WOO! It was supposed to be months ago but, due to my HOA bylaws I can only have one dish, on my roof which cancelled out the idea of satellite internets. Then I decided to scrap Dish Network (good by DVR, I will miss you) and go for Comcast for just internets and get Netfilx to supplement my over the air channels. Well the Comcast guy convinced me to go for a TV/Internet package that is still cheaper than my old TV package, so that meant moving my install date from last week to today.
So now I have downloaded livewritter, installed my garmin stuff to upload my runs (just intime for marathon training in a few months!), and that’s all I really have time for now because I have to go out and run some errands before the Super Bowl starts!
There are some things that are floating around in my head that I will blog about but I need to make a list (hello type A):
-I’m running the Chicago marathon 2013
-I have a half marathon in North Carolina in 20 days!
-I’m going to Denver again to visit Heidi, and Chris, and hopefully to hang out with Lynne, Kristin, Tiffany, Lena, Corrie, Heather and some of the other cool chicks that I met when I was out there last summer!
-I am currently on day 7 of the advocare 24 day challenge. I am using this to jump start a pretty significant weight loss goal that I’d like to accomplish by the time I have to start training for the marathon! EEK!
Ok that’s all I have time for! See you soon!!