Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Longest Run

I've got to be honest, I have been working my ass off this winter.  I have swam, biked, ran, and strength trained my way into great shape.  I have improved my diet.  I have completely given up alcohol.  My body is lean and fit (and my jeans are falling off to prove it).  And I am ready.

And FYI, I have not neglected my little guy in any of this.  He's #1.  Running is a hobby.

Yesterday I did my longest run that I'll do leading up to my marathon - 20 miles.  My parents helped me out by watching Anderson for a little bit while I got started and then Dave picked him up after he got off work.  The plan was an hour of warming up and building pace, then three half hours of progressively fast tempo, followed by a cool down to complete the mileage.  I am a slow starter and like to build my pace.  That's how I roll.  So, I was surprised when my first mile was under a 9:00.  Then it kept getting faster from there.  I kept telling myself to chill out, slow down, be comfortable.  I was comfortable, though, and easily breezed through the first hour.  The next half hour felt pretty fast too.  Again, I was telling myself to slow down that I didn't need to be going that fast.  I was comfortable so I just went with it.  Then, I thought, things would get tricky.  The second half hour was supposed to be at race pace.  I have some pretty big goals for this race.  Big Hairy Scary Goals!  My motto for the marathon is Fearless and that is how I approached this workout.  I destroyed that next half hour and picked it up another 10 seconds per mile for the final half hour interval.  Unfortunately, I ran out of daylight with about 2-1/2 miles left.  I was able to return to my parents' house, grab my reflective gear and headlamp, and head out in their neighborhood.  I am a little skiddish about running in the dark.  I always fear that I'm going to fall.  I slowed down considerably.  That's okay, though.  I completely my quickest 20 miler I have ever done in training.

You'd think the story would end there.

After I finished the run, I quickly gathered my things and headed home.  It was nearly 9:00pm; I hadn't had dinner yet; and I wanted to say goodnight to the little guy.  I didn't take time to calm down or get any recovery food/beverage.  It felt very dark outside as I climbed into the car.  About halfway home (which is all of a four mile drive), I started to get really cold and lose feeling in my hands.  Then I started to get pins and needles in my ears and jaw.  I was feeling sick and I opened a window (it was in the low 40s outside, maybe even 30s).  With one turn left and less than a mile I didn't think I was going to make it.  I prayed the light would turn green and I could make it home.  My vision was starting to blur and tunnel.  I parked the car in the garage, got in the house, and asked Dave to help me immediately.  I felt like I was going to pass out or be sick.  I laid on the ground and Dave propped my feet up.  For several minutes I laid there shaking like a leaf, freezing, and scared.  Only twice have I felt that way - when I was pulled off the course at Ironman and right before I had my cesarean.  Finally I was able to get my breathing under control and make it to the bathroom.  Dave had started a shower for me.  (The baby was asleep through all of this.)  Dave helped me into the shower and soon I was feeling warm and normal again.

That's not all!!!

I don't sleep very well after big workouts.  I hurt, my toes don't want to touch the sheets, I feel restless, etc.  This night was no different.  I hadn't eaten much dinner (didn't feel great), so I was only starting to feel hungry when I crawled into bed at 11:00.  Midnight, 1:00, 2:00.  Still awake.  At 2:30 I got up and ate a little bit and drank some fruit punch.  Calories.  Any calories.  I watched TV until 3:00.  I tried to sleep again for another hour.  I turned on the TV again at 4:00 and watched until 5:00.  At 5:00 I crawled back into bed and still felt terrible, so I went back out to the living room.  Finally I fell asleep at 6:00 and was unfortunately was awoken just an hour and a half later by thunder.  Thunder?! 

I'm dragging today and quite sore.  But I'm excited.  The training is paying off and the finish line is in sight.  I'm ready.  Bring it on.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Foto Friday

Here's a few pictures of the little dude to brighten your day...


Anderson discovered dental floss.  That was fun to clean up.


Yep, this.  We're not forcing the issue but we're letting him explore potty training.  He thinks he has to get completely naked for it.  Yesterday he actually asked to go, ran down to the bathroom, and successfully peed in the toilet.  Maybe this might be easy?


Monday it was nearly 70 degrees and we celebrated with a little free ice cream at Dairy Queen.  Yum!

I've been thinking about investing in a GoPro for more pictures and videos.  Any of you have one?  Do you use it?  What do you use it for?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thursday Thoughts

I was BIG when I was pregnant.  I carried a small linebacker.  I was out shopping for baby socks with about 6 weeks to go in my pregnancy.  The woman at the checkout counter said, "woah, you must be about ready for this baby."  I gently let her know that I still had several weeks to go.  I know she probably meant well, but she sure stuck her foot in her mouth.

Last week Dave and I were picking up dinner from our favorite Chinese carryout.  I haven't been inside the establishment for a long time because I'm usually waiting outside in the car with the baby.  This time the baby was with my parents so I went inside with Dave.  The ladies at the counter said to me, "You look so much better.  Your face is fuller.  You're not as skinny."  Woah, was that ever a backhanded compliment.  I smiled and thanked them but inside it hurt a little.

Have you ever stuck your foot in your mouth so badly you don't know how to reverse it?
Have you ever received a backhand compliment that left you wide-eyed and shaking your head?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ugh! The Bike!

This evening I did a bike workout that required a lot of gear changing - small gears to big gears, big gears to small gears.  I had 10 intervals like this.  In just my first one, I dropped my chain.  Ugh!  I put it back on, went upstairs and scrubbed my hands, and continued on with my workout.  On my third interval I dropped my chain again.  You've got to be kidding me.  Fixed, hands washed, continue on.  Two more intervals and the chain got dropped for a third time.  I probably should have stopped the workout at this point.  I got back on the bike and now my power meter wasn't reading correctly.  Please, someone send a text asking to go get ice cream?!?!?!  I soldiered on, though, and finished the workout.  What doesn't kill me makes me stronger, right?

Have you had a workout that has totally gone awry? 
What was the worst workout you've had that you got it done anyway?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Week in Review

Last week was rest week.  Thank goodness.  There's only a few weeks to go until the marathon and to be honest, I'm feeling a little burnt out.  This is normal for me, but hard to overcome.  I just want to lay on the floor and watch tv, not run.  But, I keep reminding myself that I've come so far and done so well and it's only a little bit longer until the reward.

Swimming - 4800 yards
Only two swims this week and both were pretty tame.  I don't really have a whole lot to say about that.  :)

Biking - 19.91 miles
There were two bikes this week.  They were both pretty tame too.  They were more about cadence than power.  I cut one of them short to go on a family walk.  There's more important things in life.

Running - 23.14 miles
I had hoped to run a race this past weekend but unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate.  Our plan was a 10 miler in Pittsburgh but Saturday's forecast was 100% chance of rain.  We didn't want to drive 3 hours and pay for a hotel for a soggy race.  Instead I just did an easier, shorter run on the treadmill.  The hard workout for the week was a track workout of one billion times 400m.  Just kidding.  It was 12 intervals, but that seems like a lot.  I've got to admit, track workouts make me crazy anxious.  For being a track kid, the track makes me nervous.  But I dominated this workout and that makes me happy.

Strength - 0.25 hours
Just one core workout this week.  I better look bangin' in a swimsuit this summer!

Next week is BIG!  I hope I survive!

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Week in Review

Whew!  It was a big week and I rocked it!

Swimming - 7200 yards
I swam half as many yards this week as I swam all of last month!  I had three swims this week: one was 2800 yards, one was 2400 yards, and one was 2200 yards.  The long one was a recovery swim.  It was long but not a lot of difficult stuff.  The second one had a lot of sprints to it.  The third one was actually a continuous swim and I was pleased to see my 100 yard average to be 1:43.

Biking - 25 miles
I "only" had two bikes this week and both were at least an hour long.  There was lots of BIG gear riding, with LOTS of sweating!  I'm feeling pretty pleased with how my biking is coming along.

Running - 33.98 miles
Had I known I was 0.02 miles away from a round number, I would have done 0.02 more miles.  Good grief!  I don't know how many times I ran this week.  There was a recovery run (see post from Friday) that was easy and slow.  I also did short mileage with a warmup/cool down for some strength work and a short run off the bike on Saturday.  I did a speed workout that will hopefully be my last treadmill run for a while (and it was an amazing run).  And finally, I rocked my long run this morning - 18+ miles at an overall pace faster than my Boston Marathon qualifying pace.  Just to quantify - I was not TRYING to run fast.  My workout had a long slow build followed by an hour of race pace stuff.  My goal is to run a PR which is quite quick.  Therefore, my run was quick.  I was really happy with my runs this week.

Strength - 0.25 hours
Only one core workout this week.  I did a different variation of last week's, using a stability ball instead of a medicine ball.  It was a GOOD workout.

Next week is a step back week and there may even be a race at the end of the week.  Unfortunately, the weather is looking like rain for the weekend so I'm not sure I'll enter the race. 

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Oh, Old Navy, You Can Do Better

This weekend the boy and the husband went up to Cleveland to visit family.  I stayed behind and enjoyed a little "me" time.  I went shopping.  I miss shopping.  Now I do almost all my shopping online.  It's so hard to go shopping with a two year old.  Anyway, I went to Old Navy.  Funny enough, I only bought items for my son, but I found some things that really disturbed me.

Let me start by saying that yes, I am a girl.  But I'm not very girly girl.  I would love to be a girly girl, but after nearly 37 years of life, I'm just not that girl.  In conclusion, I'm not a huge fan of the color pink.  It's just not very favorite.  My favorite color is red.  I'm finding, though, colors besides pink are not readily available in workout clothes.  Check out this wall of workout clothes at Old Navy:


I mean, you've got to be kidding me?!

Next came the girls athletic section:


Cheer?  Dance?  Can't we be encouraging girls to run and jump and kick and throw??

Old Navy, I'm disappointed.  You can do better.