Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I'm In.

I made a deal with myself a few months ago.

I decided to enter the lotteries for MCM, NYCM and the Chicago marathon.
I made a promise to myself that if I didn't get into any of them I would not run a fall marathon and instead give my body a rest.

I didn't get into MCM or NYCM so my last shot was Chicago.

Around 3:20pm on Monday I received my congratulations email.
Woot woot!!

It came at the perfect time.
Monday was a bit rough.
Someone trying to hack into my FB account. (this has happened three times this week)
Changing passwords.
Good times.

Getting that email was the highlight of my day.
Actually that email has been the highlight of my week.

This week has been horrific and it's only Wednesday.
I am hoping that Thursday and Friday will be kinder to me.
Keeping my fingers crossed.

Are you running a fall marathon?
Which one?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Cherry Blossom 10-miler

Instead of recapping my weekly workouts I decided to do a race recap.

If you follow my blog then you know all about my hip issue.

I've been spending more time on the bike than the treadmill.
It sucks but I am trying to be smart.

I got up at 4am and did my usual pre-race stuff.
I left around 5:15 and drove to work.
I decided to park in the garage at work and take the metro from there.
I didn't want to have to spend too much time on the metro.

It was cold and breezy.
I headed to the bathroom and then to drop my bag off at gear check.
I did not want to take off my pants or sweatshirt.
I did and headed to the Smithsonian Castle to meet some friends.
I never get sick of the city.

 I found Christine.
We also took a few pics with our MRTT Chapter 
Running buddies!
We decided to run over to the bathrooms so we could warm up.
The line was forever long and even though it was an actual bathroom, it was disgusting.

 While we waited for the race to start, Christine and I talked strategy.
She was shooting for a sub 1:20 and I just wanted to finish.
I would hang with her for as long as I could.

Once we started I was able to hang with Christine for about 1/2 a mile.
I couldn't keep pace with her. 
My training has been somewhat nonexistent so I put my headphones in and ran at a comfortable pace.

It took three miles for me to warm up. 
My fingers were tingling because I was so cold.
My hip felt good, a little cranky but I think it was due to me being so cold.

After the water stop around mile 4, I hear "are you on Instagram?"
It's always fun when you meet an Internet friend in real life.

We talked and ran together. 
The talking helped keep my mind off of my hip and made the miles fly by.
He was cool and we ran my pace, stopping twice to get band-aids for my ankle.
His positive energy really helped to keep me going.
We crossed the finish line together.
IG friends turned real-life friends. 

The medal for this race isn't included.
Yes. You have to pay extra for it.
I pay extra for it because I like having a medal that I earned.
Especially if I set a new PR.

My timing chip didn't work because my results still aren't posted.
I'm pretty sure it's defective. 
But going off of Kris's time it looks as though I set a new PR.

I'm happy.
I needed this PR. I've been feeling so down on my running lately.
I am thinking less running and more biking has really helped to calm my SI joint.
I am going to try and take it easy until Nike.
I would love to set a new half marathon PR and I know I can do it at Nike.

Did you race this weekend?
How did it go?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Faves

Friday Faves!
It's been a while.

Let's see what am I loving...

My Apera bag is by far the best gym bag ever.
The best part, it's HUGE!!
I am able to fit all of my stuff for work and the gym in it.

I found these little pieces of heaven at Wegmans.
I love that store.

Knock out! recently sent me some of their panties to try out.
Wicking, breathable cotton seems like a win-win to me
Plus they are comfortable.

The obsession continues.
Now if it was just warm enough to wear these beauties
Michael Kors why do you have to make such gorgeous shoes?!

Spa pedicures.
Worth the extra money.
Treat yourself.

What are you loving lately?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Life Happens...

My lack of blogging.
It's a bunch of things thrown together.

Restarting life.

It a lot of stuff. 
Most days I feel like I am juggling plates and waiting for them to fall.

It's easy to hide behind a laptop screen and pretend that everything is perfect.
I know this because I did it.

It's also easy to hide behind a laptop screen and shut out the world.
I know this because I did it.

Work has helped to bring me back to my old self.

It's quite refreshing.

That is my explanation as to why my blog has been put on the back burner.

I still love y'all and plan to keep up with my weekly training and race recaps.

Once I find out if I am running a Fall marathon, I'll be back to posting about my training.

For now, I am going to enjoy life a little :)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

SBBC Week 2 & Weekly Workouts

SBBC week 2 is over.
I had a solid week of workouts and 2 pain-free runs.

I have been slacking on my blogging though.
Maybe I don't have much to say these days.
Maybe I'm just too tired at night to stay up and write.
Maybe I am just trying to find the balance.

That's life, right?

Monday - Upper body

Tuesday - 3 mile run

Wednesday - Leg day

Thursday - Rest day

Friday - 4 mile run

Saturday - 45 minutes of biking

Sunday - 45 minutes of biking

I was bummed that I wasn't able to run at all this weekend but I am happy that I did do some form of exercise.

How was your workouts this week?

Sunday, March 23, 2014

SBBC Week 1 & Weekly Workouts

Whew what a week.
Another week of fitting 5 days of work into 4.

We kicked off week 1 of the SBBC.
I think I did pretty well.
Workouts, freggies and water all accounted for each and everyday.

Monday - Shoveled snow
Another freakin' snow day.
I am so over winter. Enough already!!
I was home with my babies. 

Tuesday - Rest Day

Wednesday - Upper body and bike

Thursday - Leg day

Friday- Bike

Saturday - Rest day

Sunday - 5 mile run
First run since RnR USA half.
Hip felt alright. A little sore.

How were you workouts this week?
Did you join the SBBC?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Weekly Workouts

The week leading up to a race is always a busy one.
I managed to get in most of my workouts.

Monday - Leg day

Tuesday - 3 mile run

Wednesday - 30 minutes on the bike

Thursday - 60 minutes on the bike

Friday - Rest day

Saturday - 13.1 mile run
I ran the RnR USA half.
Recap here.

Sunday - Rest day
I took it easy because my hip is still sore.
Still trying to make some decisions.
I need to put it down on paper.
I think that'll help.

How was your workouts this week?