Saturday, December 29, 2007
I know my posts have been few and far between lately, so I am going to make an effort this year to post more regularly. Some of my favorite running blogs do daily and weekly updates of their training, but I've always been hesitant to do this because I don't know how many of my readers are runners. But, I think I am going to start incorporating a "training log" feature. Last year my main goal was to complete a half-marathon and a full-marathon. This year, I have a handful of 5ks, a half-marathon and three marathons on the calendar. My training is going to be more intense this year, and hopefully more interesting. You never know what is going to happen out there on the roads, so hopefully I'll have some interesting stories as well.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
*For those readers who don't know me personally, "Mere Maw" is the nickname that my husband affectionately gave me on one of our first dates - due to my 23 going on 60 tendencies.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
January 1 - Hangover Classic 10 Miler, Louisville KY
February 9 - Heart, Sole & Glove 5K, Lexington KY
March 29 - Papa John's 10 Miler, Louisville KY
March ?? - YMCA Splash and Dash, Lexington KY (500 yard swim, 5k run)
April 20 - Heart & Sole Duathalon (5k run, 15 mile bike, 5k run), Versailles KY
April 26 - Kentucky Derby Festival Mini Marathon, Louisville KY
May 4 - Flying Pig Marathon, Cincinnati OH
July 4 - Bluegrass 10K, Lexington KY
August 31 - Louisville IronMan (just a spectator this year...!)
November 2 - Huntington Marathon, Huntington WV
These are all of the available races available around Lexington at the moment. While I most likely won't do all of these, it's nice to see that there are so many event opportunities around here. I am going to try and get an entry level road bike in January, and I'm trying to figure out how I can gain access to a pool. I'm really excited about this upcoming year and all of the events - I know that multi-sport training is going to help me reach my marathon goal of 4:30 at the Flying Pig marathon in May.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Chad and I are getting ready to have a passle of Jr. High and High School kids come over to the house for a few hours of Guitar Hero and junk food. I'm hoping to get to bed early...but I don't think that will happen. Tomorrow I am finally going to get a chance to watch the Hawaii Ironman that was broadcast last Saturday. Thank you Ryan and Amberly for TiVoing (is that a word?) it for me! I love watching the Ironman triathalon - it is always so inspiring and I usually end up a heap of tears by the end. If you haven't read the book Becoming an Ironman, I highly recommend it.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Chad and I will leave for Sevierville, Tennessee in the morning. We are meeting Chad's family there for a relaxing Thanksgiving in the Smoky Mountains. I've never been to this part of the country, but I've heard it is beautiful. I'm excited about it all - a break from work, a chance to relax, spending time with Chad and his family, hot tubs and fireplaces, trail runs, outlet malls, and FOOD!
Since we will be "off grid" I probably won't be posting until after the weekend. Here's to a happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful time with friends and family!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Megan is an amazing athlete and can pretty much whip my tail at anything, so it will be fun to train in anticipation of running with her. I know she will push me much harder than I pushed myself during my 1st marathon. She is a personal trainer, cyclist, triathlete, marathoner, and is training for a body-building competition. That might come in handy next Spring if I hit the wall - she could just throw me over her shoulder and carry me to the finish!
Megan, left, and me before our cousin's wedding this past August.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
1. I did my civic duty last night and voted in my first election. Elections were being held for Kentucky's Governor, Attorney General, Commissioner, Secretary of State and some other offices. This is the first time in my adult life that I've been living in the state where I was registered to vote when an election took place.
2. I got to work really early this morning to put some final touches on a project I'm working on. I have had 2 Starbucks Doubleshots and a lime Tootsie Roll for breakfast. My heart racing, my hands are shaking and wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee I'm typing this post really fast.
3. I am training for a 5k. It seems weird to be "training" for a 3.1 mile race, but I am hoping for a PR of under 25 minutes and an age group win. It is a "Turkey Trot 5k" - I remember during our first year of college, my sister and I signed up for a Turkey Trot 5k in Nacogdoches, TX. We went to the start, picked up our t-shirts, decided we didn't feel like running and went to the cafeteria to eat donuts instead. When we were walking back to our dorm rooms we saw a person in a very large turkey costume running through the street, with a pack of people chasing him.
Friday, November 2, 2007
I'm a marathoner!
Spotting Chad, Dru, and Amberly at mile 25.5
A strange smile/grimace look at 25.5
With Dru and Amberly at the finish (...I'm not exactly sure why that area of my shirt was wet)
With my supportive hubby, Chad
Post-race fare at Joe's Crab Shack
Thursday, November 1, 2007
However, I think the reason I craved these things so badly this particular week is because of the simple fact that I told myself I couldn't have them. As you can see, I fold pretty easily.
In his best-selling book "Fast Food Nation," author Erich Schlosser writes that “the whole experience of buying fast food,” he writes, “has become so routine, so thoroughly unexceptional and mundane, that it is now taken for granted, like brushing your teeth or stopping for a red light.” This is where the danger lies for me and Chad. It is so...easy. It is mindless. After being at work all day, neither of us want to make any more decisions. We just want to eat. We've gotten a lot better about making more attempts to cook throughout the week - but it is just so much easier (and surprisingly less expensive for us) for us to pick up sandwiches from Subway or order Chinese food.
I feel like a key part of my upcoming half-marathon and marathon training will lie in modifying my diet. I've always tried to eat a balanced diet with fruit and vegetables, grains and proteins. But I don't think I consume enough of the "right" grains and proteins, etc. I am going to attempt to keep a food log - not so much so that I can be a strict calorie counter, but so that I might be able to give myself a wake-up call and realize what kind of foods, and how much food, I am taking in each day, and how Chad and I can both add more "superfoods" into our diet.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I've been watching it for 13 minutes and have already learned more about VO2 max than I ever thought I would be able to comprehend.
Be sure to check it out -and if you would like to order a copy of the program, contact:
P.O. Box 2284
South Burlington, VT 05407
I didn't work out any last week - except for my daily walks with Emma. I felt terrible - sluggish, overweight, lazy, etc. But I was too sore to do much activity and I wanted to save myself from any injuries I might incur from starting back too soon.
But alas, there was light at the end of the tunnel. As the week went by, my post-marathon blues lifted. I mapped out a training plan for the Fall/Winter, and also found a Hal Higdon plan that I am going to use for the Derby Festival Mini-Marathon in April 2008. My goal is to get a little faster through the Fall/Winter/Spring - and be in top form for my 2nd marathon debut in November 2008.
I've already decided that I am going to do the Marshall University Marathon in Huntington, West Virginia. Huntington is only about two hours from Lexington, and I've heard that it is a great marathon that is well-directed and has plenty of aid stations! I've also heard that it has one of the best post-race parties around with pizza, hamburgers, etc. Sure sounds better than the one stale Hy-Top sugar cookie I was able to get from the table at the post-race "party" at the Louisville Marathon...but I digress.
However - the main reason I have chosen the Marshall U. Marathon is because of this notice I found on the race website:
Worship Services Available
It’s unfortunate our event is contested on Sunday morning, but due to traffic patterns and safety conditions, event permits and venue availability our event is held on Sunday mornings. If you are coming to Huntington from out-of-town or even if you live in the area the Marshall University Campus Christian Center is located on Fifth Avenue beside the Memorial Student Center. The Center will be open on November 3rd, Saturday evening from 5:00 until 8:00 PM for those who wish a time of prayer or reflection. No services are provided. There will also be a prayer service tentatively scheduled for Sunday morning at 7:30 just inside the Cam Henderson Center (next to the starting line). Ask at packet pickup for details on this.
This really impressed me. Also, the marathon falls under the umbrella of HealthyHuntington.org - an organization that is striving to increase health and wellness in the tri-state area of Kentucky, West Virginia, and Ohio. The group also organizes a triathlon each year.
I'm really excited to have another goal set before me. Next fall, I know I will run a 4:30 marathon.
Marathon pictures to come soon - I promise!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I think many factors led to my demise towards the end of the race. For one, I don't think that I utilized my training as best as I possibly could have. I didn't do any speed work or tempo runs - and I was pretty burned out and fatigued about 5 weeks out from the marathon. I am going to use a Hal Higdon training plan for my spring half, and see how that works for me. If I see improvements, I'll stick with Hal for a full training plan as well. Secondly, I was really really dehydrated. I stopped sweating at mile 18, and I knew that was a bad sign. The race website promised water and Gatorade every two miles - but this was not the case. There were four 4 mile stretches with no aid stations. I was literally picking up half-drunk bottles of water off the course and drinking them. I also went off the course twice to find water fountains in the parks we were running through. It was humid and in the 70's towards the end of my race and I was just zapped. The Louisville Marathon is a very, very small race - and I don't think I will do it again because of the aid stations. They didn't serve Gatorade, but a Heed mix - the most disgusting thing I have ever tasted. I don't want to rant - but in a post-Chicago world, I would think that race directors would make every effort to keep their runners hydrated. At mile 22 I overcompensated and drank a lot of Heed and water - and then it all came up at about mile 23.
I want to thank my wonderful husband and friends Dru and Amberly for coming out to support me on Sunday! It was an amazing sight to see you at mile 25! Amberly even ran with me for about mile. A special thanks to my family as well - I know yall were with me in spirit! And Megan, the next time I put myself through something like this - you better be with me!
Pictures from the weekend:
more pictures to come soon...
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
1. Right Now - Van Halen
-This song makes me feel like I am in a Rocky movie!
2. Jesus Walks - Kanye West
3. Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
-Good beat to run along with
4. The Day The King Was Killed - The Common Ground Band
-Moving and inspiring
5. Intergalactic - Beastie Boys
-To really get the party started
6. Shake It Off - Wilco
7. Bleed It Out - Linkin Park
-Best. Running. Song. Ever. Thanks for the tip, Megan!
8. Stronger - Kanye West
-Can't hurt to add a little more Kanye
9. Boyfriend - Ashlee Simpson
10. Intro - The Common Ground Band
11. Holy - The Common Ground Band
12. Mony Mony - Billy Idol
-This songs makes me think of my sister's wedding reception. I was only 12, but boy was I shaking it when I heard this song.
13. My Love - Justin Timberlake
-What's a playlist without some Justin?
14. If You're Reading This - Tim McGraw
-This song is so tragic. I love it.
15. Numb/Encore - Jay-Z & Linkin Park
16. Bubbly - Colbie Caillat
-Reminds me of my hubby and makes me smile
17. Crash Into Me - Dave Matthews Band
18. Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor
-Again, to help with my dreams of grandeur (ie Rocky)
19. Spiders (Kidsmoke) - Wilco
-Good 10 minute song from Wilco - off of Kicking Television
20. Lovestoned - Justin Timberlake
21. My Hero - Foo Fighters
-Who can forget the scene in Varsity Blues when this song is played?
22. Boston - Augustana
-It is highly unlikely that I will qualify for Boston, but here's to that lofty goal.
23. Damn Girl - Justin Timberlake
24. Makes Me Wonder - Maroon 5
25. You Are My Face - Wilco
My favorite song off of Sky Blue Sky
26. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray
At some point during the race, I'm pretty sure I'll feel like I'm in over my head.
27. Clothes Off!! - Gym Class Heroes
I might feel like taking my clothes off at some point during the race, as well.
28. Love in an Elevator - Aerosmith
-"Whooaa...whooaa yeahh!" I love this song.
29. One (Feat U2) - Mary J. Blige
30. L.O.V.E. - Ashlee Simpson
31. Shot in the Arm - Wilco
32. Take Me to the Other Side - Aerosmith
33. Sexyback - Justin Timberlake
34. Superstition - Emily's Mix
-I think this bass line will keep me moving through the later miles.
35. Side With The Seeds - Wilco
36. Bleed It Out - Linkin Park
37. Stand - Rascal Flatts
38. Fix You - Coldplay
-I love the cymbals in this song.
39. Highway to Hell - AC/DC
-I remember hearing this song play as I was walking along the White Rock marathon course after running mile 22-23 with my sister during her first marathon.
40. The Shape I'm In - The Band
41. Right Now - Van Halen
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I've had a wonderful birthday week - starting off with a surprise party at my favorite place ever, El Potrillo Mexican Restaurant. There is nothing better than having cheese enchiladas and good friends in the same place.
I also want to give a birthday shout out to my twin sister Megan, who is also pretty much 24 going on 60.
More updates to come soon on marathon training and the dreaded taper.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
I ended up running with Emma (I wasn't prepared for Rudy's brute strength) and we got 3rd place overall! I was really proud of how she was able to keep up with me for the most part. But I did have to carry her the last 40 yards or so.
Now, even though I have a brilliant costume in mind, we won't be participating in the costume contest. I think it is humiliating and cruel to stuff a little dog inside a lady bug costume, Superman tights, or the least creative of all for a dachshund - a hot dog bun. Now I do have a really great idea for a costume. It involves a white wig, a tiny velvet hat, small silver spectacles, and a red velvet blouse...combining together to create - you guessed it...Mrs. Claws. I'm pretty sure Emma wouldn't stand for it though. See below for past costume attempts:
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Test Run: 13.1 miles,
1. To participate in the Phedippidations 2nd Annual World Wide Half
2. To replicate Louisville Marathon race conditions
Pre-Test Run Prep
-Prepare 8oz portions of Gatorade (4)
-Prepare 8oz portions of water (3)
-Prepare 32oz bottle of ½ water, ½ Gatorade
-Prepare gel packs (1)
-Prepare running outfit
Pasta at Macaroni Grill at
- House Caesar salad
- Penne with oven roasted chicken
- Dessert: 2 Reese’s Peanut Butter cups
Breakfast at :
- Cheerios w/ banana
- Clif bar
- 20 oz bottle of half-water/half-Gatorade
Begin run at 8:00am
- Mile 2-water
- Mile 4-Gatorade
- Mile 7-Gatorade
- Mile 9-water and gel
- Mile 11-Gatorade
- Mile 13-Gatorade
- Cliff bars
- A few Jolly Ranchers to put in pocket (just in case!)
- Gels (4 chocolate)
- Gatorade (3 32oz bottles fruit punch)
- Water bottles (4 20oz bottles)
- Small towels
- Pre-race zippered hooded sweatshirt, gloves (buy cheap throwaways from Wal-Mart)
- Race outfit
- Under Armour socks
- Mizuno shoes
- Shorts (side pockets – 1 Jolly Rancher, key, iPod, 2 gels safety pinned to inside of shorts)
- Under Armour t-shirt
- Post-race outfit
- Advil, Tylenol
Saturday, – Pick up packet at race HQ, drive race course
Saturday afternoon – Check into
Saturday evening – Order and pick up dinner from Macaroni Grill
- House Caesar salad
- Penne with oven roasted chicken
- Dessert: 2 Reese’s Peanut Butter cups
watch TV, charge iPod, finalize playlist, go to bed early (9:)
- – wake up, drink water bottle, shower
- – eat breakfast
- Cheerios, banana, Clif bar, 32oz bottle ½ water, ½ Gatorade
- – go back to room, stretch, finalize bags, etc
- – check out of hotel, head to race HQ
- 7: – arrive at race, begin stretching and warming up
- 7:45ish – last bathroom stop
- am – begin marathon!
- 12:30pm - finish marathon!
- Mile 2: Water
- Mile 4: Gatorade (8 oz, calories = 50)
- Mile 7: Gatorade (8 oz, calories = 50)
- Mile 9: Water and Gel (calories = )
- Mile 11: Gatorade (8 oz, calories = 50)
- Mile 13: Gatorade (8 oz, calories = 50)
- Mile 16: Water
- Mile 18: Water and Gel (calories = )
- Mile 20: Gatorade (8 oz, calories = 50)
- Mile 22: Water
- Mile 24: Gatorade (8 oz, calories = 50)
Gatorade Info (per 8oz of fruit punch flavored Gatorade x 6 consumptions)
110 mg of sodium, 30 mg of potassium, 14 grams of carbs
PowerBar Chocolate Gel Info (per packet x 2 consumptions…possibly 3)
1.5 grams of fat
200 mg of sodium, 40 mg of potassium, 90 mg of chloride
Expected calories burned: 2,600 calories
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Now...I just need to figure out what I'm going to wear during the marathon.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
1. Being able to visit the Perpetual Adoration chapel at any time, day or night.
2. The added security that maybe someone will think twice about breaking into our house because the eyes of the church are upon us.
The negative aspects of living across the street from a Catholic church:
1. Having the living bejeesus scared out of you during a 6am Sunday morning run when you encounter a priest on the sidewalk fully garbed in a black robe.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
I think I was pretty well prepared with fluids and PowerBars, but it was a pretty tough run. I am already looking forward to my next long, long run - a 22 miler on September 15th. I will do one more 20 mile run on either September 29th or October 6th - I need to do some research to see if it is ok to only taper off for two weeks instead of three. I have events at work practically every weekend in September, but I am determined to fit all of my long runs in this weekend. This weekend I will be donning a Clifford the Big Red Dog costume at a local art museum...I will be sure to post pictures.
On another note, Chad started back for his second year at Asbury Seminary yesterday. He has been very antsy this past month for school to start up, so I know he's excited to get rolling again. I wanted to take a "first day of school" picture of him, but he wouldn't let me, so you'll just have to trust me that he looked very cute.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Maybe it's the feeling of excitement that I get when I go to bed before a long run, making sure that at least 2 alarms are set, carefully laying out my clothes and shoes, and double checking to see if I put my water bottles/powerade bottles in the freezer. I try to get started on these really long runs by 7:00am, so that means getting up at 5:45 to eat, get ready, drive to my location, drop off water bottles, make a bathroom stop, and get going at 7:00am. It is finally starting to cool down in Kentucky (it was in the 60's this morning!) so I have a feeling that tomorrow will be beautiful as I set out. I am running in Wilmore, KY - the most picturesque little town you've ever imagined. I planned a 9.99 mile route, and I will run it twice. I am very excited about this run because I will run past three of our friends houses (Dru and Adam have been very kind to offer me open use of their bathroom!) I'll first pass by Alan and Sarah's , then Ryan and Amberly's, and then Adam and Dru's - be on the lookout for me - I will probably be staggering past your house at some point tomorrow morning! But I know Chad and my parents worry about me running by myself out in Lexington or even in Nicholasville, so it will be nice to have the added safety factor in Wilmore. Plus, it is very, very hilly and I love running hills.
I'm going to be running on some of the routes that I did with the Nashville half-marathon training group last December-April. I hope the same group gets together again this year - I had such a blast running with a group, and it really helped me with my training. My goal after the Louisville Marathon in October is to rest a few weeks, and then get back into training mode for the Kentucky Derby Marathon in April 08.
My husband just called and asked if I wanted to get dinner at a New York Style deli in Lexington with some friends tonight - I'm sure I'll be able to do some good carbo loading (just keep me away from the cheesecake!)
Monday, August 27, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
From USA Today:
"Disney nation. The premiere of High School Musical 2 shattered records for biggest cable telecast as the sequel scored 17.2 million viewers for Disney Channel Friday, more than double the first movie in January 2006 (7.8 million). Though a huge magnet for kids, a third of the audience was adults 18 and older. Afterward, a preview of cartoon Phineas & Ferb averaged 10.8 million, and Hannah Montana had a series-record 10.7 million. HSM2 repeats scored Saturday (8.4 million) and Sunday (7.5 million)."
Well, it looks like I'm not alone in my overage viewing of the high school sing along.
Emma, trying to hide from me after our first attempt at dancing a "reverse turn."
Monday, August 20, 2007
(the fuel supply)
I planned this route strategically - I knew the only way that I would be able to do it is if it was an out and back course. So, I found a 6.5 mile stretch of road to run out and back on for a total of 13 miles, and then added in 4 miles by going up and down a couple of neighborhood streets. I made sure to get these four miles in on my way out, so that coming back I only had to focus on running in a straight line.
At about mile 9, I ate a Pop Tart "Go Tart" - I've read in Kristin Armstrong's blog that this is what she eats during runs, so I thought I would give it a try. While it tasted great and was smooth on my stomach, it was pretty dry and made me really thirsty. I am still trying to find the perfect long run fuel option. On my next long run (12 miles) I am going to try another go round with gels.
As a I approached Versailles Road (mile 10.5 aka the turn around point) I was on a caloric high from the Go Tart and momentarily thought about jumping up and pumping my fists over my head, in true Rocky form. I was so happy to reach the turn around point because I knew then that I had done it. I had completed the hardest part of the run, now I simply had to run back to my car. Mentally, I knew that every step I took would take me closer to the finish line. So, I turned around and started back. About an hour later I was stretched out in the cargo area of my Montero Sport, feeling both elated and exhausted from the distance I had just covered.
I finished the run in 2:55:19 - just shy of my 3:00 hour goal.
When I got home I took Emma for a walk and spent most of the afternoon relaxing with Chad, and then we went to the High Bridge Festival - a local festival that was pretty much a bust. I'm not sure what we were hoping to see, but we did see an old man fall off of a skateboard, a young man with a fierce mullet and camo overalls, and a singing skunk ape on top of a homeade ice cream shop in a travel trailer.
The route - as per mapmyrun.com
Sunday, August 12, 2007
On the training front, running is still going really well. I was able to get a lot of running in over the vacation - it was unbelievably nice to finish my sweltering runs in Alexandria by jumping in a pool. From Sunday-Thursday I spent about 4 hours each day on a raft in a pool. I cannot remember the last time I was able to relax that much. It really did wonders for me. And even when we got to Shreveport, Megan and I played in the hotel pool with my niece - it was so much fun playing with her, throwing her around and splashing each other. I went running with my sister on Saturday morning through some neighborhoods we were familiar with in Shreveport and I had such a great time. I also got to break in my new running shoes (thanks Mom!). I've been so relaxed since we got home Tuesday night - I think being with my sister and cousins on Friday and all day Saturday did wonders for my soul - we laughed all day long.
I've got my biggest run yet coming up this Saturday - 17 miles. I did 10 yesterday, and I am going to do 8 this evening - and then do some smaller runs through the week to prepare for the big 1-7.
Some more pictures from the wedding festivities:
Monday, August 6, 2007
After a 10 hour drive to Lexington - we will be home again! More updates on the trip, training, etc later!
A trio of bridesmaids:
Me, cousin Emily, twin sister Megan
Thursday, July 26, 2007
I am really into Campbell's Select Healthy Request soups. It's cheap, it's relatively healthy (note my "healthy request" and "low sodium" choice) and it is very filling.
I usually go with the savory chicken and long grain rice, but the mexican tortilla soup is another fave. With some crushed up tortilla chips and a little cheese - it is a fiesta of flavor.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Well, speaking of relaxing, Chad and I are getting ready for a vacation. We are heading out next Saturday morning to do another Tour of the South (similar to what we did last summer). We'll visit his family in Alexandria, LA, and then we'll head to Shreveport, LA to see more family and to be a part of my cousin Amy's beautiful wedding, and then we'll swing through Jackson, MS to see some friends we've really been missing. I've re-worked my running schedule to accommodate the traveling (ie: I did not want to do my 12 mile long run on the day of the wedding) and I am really excited about getting the opportunity to run in different places. I'm also very thankful that we will get to see so many family members and friends over the next week. Also, we'll get to see my precious niece and help her celebrate her 9th birthday (even if it is a few days late). We are really enjoying our time in Kentucky, but there is no place like home.
My niece - I can't believe she will be 9!
Emma will be making the trip with us, and I think she is excited about it as well. She loves to travel - her primary mode of transportation is in her bed (complete with blankies and toys) on my lap in the passengers side. Here is an example of her from last summer - who wouldn't want to travel like this?
Thursday, July 12, 2007
After watching a few matches (again, I'm not too familiar with the DD lingo) we headed over to the fair. We didn't ride any rides - but we definitely hit up the funnel cake stand. I was in full fair-mode and I ate a funnel cake, part of Chad's chicken on a stick, and drank a coke. This was all about 9:30pm...after I had already eaten a full dinner. I thought for sure I would struggle through my run this morning with oil and sludge and powdered sugar flowing through my veins, but I actually ran at a faster pace and felt really good at the end. Maybe I've found a secret source of electrolytes tucked away in fried carny food.
Here is a picture from the night (sorry for the blurry cell phone camera shot, that me on the left and Melissa on the right)
And another Kentucky experience...when Chad killed this snake in our backyard by hitting it in the head with a brick.
PS: Sorry for all of the template changes on the blog. I saw a lady at the fair last night with an argyle sweater that was to die for, it was kelly green, white, and light pink - my favorite colors. It inspired me to jazz the site up a little bit!
Sunday, July 8, 2007
One thing that I've decided to do with my long runs is to chart out my fluid and calorie consumption. So, adding yet another sheet to my marathon training Excel file, I planned out how much water and/or Powerade I would take in at specific miles. I'm still struggling with what to eat while running. I wish I didn't have to eat, but it really becomes necessary once you've been running for more than an hour. Since the marathon will probably take about 4:00-4:30 hours, I need to figure out what works while training. I've tried gels, beans, and bloks, but they all are pretty rough on my stomach. So yesterday, at mile 6 I ate a peppermint. It was easy on my stomach and actually kind of refreshing. I tucked it away in my cheek and let the calories seep in. I know that the beans and the Clif Shot Bloks pack a lot more punch (calories, sodium) than a peppermint does, so I still have some testing to do. I wish someone would make a hard candy thats packed with electrolytes. Hmmm...I smell a business opportunity.
After the run, I laid on my living room floor with Emma the dog for about 15 minutes, then I got cleaned up and we went to see Transformers with some friends. I had no idea what to expect from the movie, and Transformer guru Adam kept telling us to go in with low expectations and I was actually pleasantly surprised. It was funny and entertaining, and pretty interesting. I asked Chad a few questions about the robots and it was very cute when he started explaining about the Autobots and Deceptacons. I thought Shia LeBouef had peaked with Even Stevens, but he was actually really good in this movie.
Last night we went into Wilmore for a pizza and chocolate cake fest with our dear friends. It was just what I needed after a long run. I conked out around 9:30 while everyone was playing Tiger Woods golf on the Xbox. I've read about how much marathon training can affect your social life but perhaps I have an advantage in that department because our friends are used to me wanting to go to bed at about 9:00pm anyway.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
1. Cereal and fresh fruit. I get my runs in at 5:00 each morning, and I come home from the gym ravenous. I love the summer season - there are so many fresh fruits to choose from. My favorite breakfast now is either Cheerios or Rice Chex with blueberries, sliced strawberries, and a sliced nectarine. It is a little bit of fruit overload, but I love it. On my drive to work , I get some protein in with a slice of cheese toast and my electrolyte boost with a Powerade/water mixture.
2. Wilco's "Sky Blue Sky". This is absolutely the best cd to run to. There aren't many albums I enjoy from start to finish, and I normally favor a playlist over an album, but there is just something about this cd. One of the things I really enjoy about Wilco is the progression in their songs - they usually start out slowly, build to a crescendo, and then settle back down. This is perfect for running - just enough to keep me interested, but not enough to wear me out. Also, it is a great record to sing a long to. Some of my favorite tracks: "Side with the Seeds," "Hate It Here," "Shake It Off," "You Are My Face," "Impossible Germany," and "Walken." (Megan - I don't think you are a big Wilco fan, but I think you would really like this cd.)
3. Being sore. There is something very satisfying about being sore. I love getting to work and feeling my glutes and hamstring muscles stretch as I get up and down from my office chair.
4. Phedippidations. This is a running podcast that I am practically obsessed with. It is produced by a guy named Steve in Oxford, Mass. He has completed 15 marathons (including 6 Bostons...wow!) and produces a weekly podcast about all things running. I look forward to every Thursday when a new episode is released! It can be found in the iTunes Podcast directory.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
It was definitely nice to have the day off work. I ran the Bluegrass 10,000 this morning, a local 10K road race. I really enjoy this distance (6.2 miles) - it is more challenging than a 5k, but not as challenging as a mini-marathon. My goal was to finish in 60:00 minutes, and I crossed the finish line in 58:50. When I crossed the first mile mark, I heard one of the race volunteers shouting the times, "13:20, 13:25, 13:30, etc." I nearly died...13 minutes?!? There were so many kids and walkers that it was really hard to keep a good, steady pace - and constantly dodging around people really saps your energy. I knew that if I wanted to reach my 1 hour goal, I would have to maintain at the most a 10 minute pace.
Luckily, it began to thin out a little bit and I was able to actually run in a straight line. Miles 2-6 went by very quickly and I felt strong through the whole race. And, best of all, I was able to maintain a 9 minute pace for the last five miles. At about mile 3 I caught up with a group of running superheroes - there were 2 people dressed up as SuperMan, 1 person dressed as Wonder Woman, and 1 patriotic Uncle Sam. We were running at about the same pace for the next few miles and while I knew the cheers and claps and shouts of joys from the spectators were for them and not me, it felt nice to bask in their glory for a while. While 9 minute miles are definitely not lightning fast, it's a pretty good clip for me. I did all of my training for the mini-marathon at a 10 minute pace. My goal was to train for the marathon at a 9:30 pace, but 9:00 felt so good today that I am thinking about bumping up my training goals.
But perhaps the greatest moment of the morning came after the race, as I was walking back to my car. I passed a homeless woman on the street who looked harmless, but as I got closer to her she looked me dead in the eye and said, "You're not supposed to run, you asshole." Yes, I was shocked. My eyes widened a little, but other than that, I put my head down and kept walking - I did not want to tango with this lady.
After the race I headed home, took Emma on a leisurely walk, and then Chad and I headed to Wilmore. We had quite a meal with our good friends - smoked chicken, baked beans, potato salad, deviled eggs, taco soup, and some amazing homeade ice cream. Five hours later, I still feel like I could burst.
Well, it's after 8:00pm, it's stormy and my pillow is beckoning me. I want to get my rest tonight because tomorrow will be a late night, as we are catching Into Great Silence, a documentary on monks. It is a 3 hour, near-silent film, and I am looking forward to the part where they observe one of the monks talking fondly with cats.
I just checked the race results page from the Bluegrass 10k and my chip time as actually 56:22! It took a few minutes to cross the starting line, so that's why when I crossed the finish line the time read 58:50. I was happy to beat my goal by 2 minutes (really 1:10), but now I am even more proud that I beat it by 4 minutes!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Chad and I start the week of right with a viewing of the Next Food Network Star on Sunday nights. This show is pretty entertaining, even Food Network uber-critic Anthony Bourdain seems to enjoy it. I'm putting my money on Rory and Adrien in the final two.
If you happen to stop by our house on Monday evenings around 9:00 and hear someone screaming obscenities, then you know that we are likely watching Hell's Kitchen. After watching Little People, Big World on TLC earlier on Monday evenings, moving to the Fox reality show seems downright sordid. It's almost like watching a car accident - it is so horrible and painful to watch, but I just can't tear my eyes away from it. I also believe that the spinach risotto they prepare as appetizers should have the name "Ecto" somewhere in the description - the stuff is practically neon!
Onto the best of the three - Top Chef on Wednesday's. I really enjoyed the first two seasons, and I really like the third season so far. This show is both interesting and entertaining - something I really like about the shows on Bravo. While none of them are educational and all of them are guilty pleasures, Bravo knows how to make good tv with Kathy Griffin's My Life on the D List, The Real Housewives of Orange County, and premiering tomorrow...Hey Paula! - a reality show about Paula Abdul's life.
I have to admit that my enthusiasm for Hell's Kitchen is starting to wane, I passed up last night's episode to read my new issue of Reader's Digest.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Then...this morning I get ready to go to work and the alarm system on my car goes haywire. Since the alarm was activated, my engine locked. The "doot doot" as Chad calls it, would not de-active the alarm. My wonderful husband drove me to work, and then spent most of the afternoon wrestling with new "doot doot" batteries, the steering column and the dash before breaking down and calling a tow truck. Once at the dealership, they were able to disable the alarm. I'll pick Monty (what I lovingly call my Montero Sport) up sometime tomorrow, and hopefully he'll be good as new. I do fear for Monty's future - the air is out, the horn is out, and the people at the dealership warned me that a bunch of other things are about to start going out. I think he's still got a few good years left in him, and I want to drive him until the wheels fall off.
Also, here is another pictures from my trip to Boston for the Team Approach User Forum...a software conference.
Thats me (second from left) with a few people from our direct mail company, and other PBS member stations, standing on the Freedom Trail.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
I'll admit, I'm no photographer - but here they are!
View of Boston from Cambridge - the Citgo sign in the distance is a landmark on the Boston Marathon course.
After a delicious dinner at Union Oyster House, we headed over to Mike's for some cannolis.
View from behind the New England Holocaust Memorial. Each line you see is a number - there are over 6 million numbers etched into the six glass towers. Each number represents a victim of the holocaust.
I hope one day that Chad and I are able to go to Boston together - it is such a beautiful and fun city.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Sunday night Chad made his "debut" at church - earlier in the week our Pastor asked him if he would like to teach during the Sunday night service. I sat in the pews beaming with pride - I'm sure the people around me thought I was pretty goofy, but I just couldn't help it. I'm so glad that Chad has realized that God has called him to teach/preach, and that we were able to come to Asbury to further his education and experiences.
We're gearing up for Wilco in T-minus 3 days - I can't wait! We've even got a baby-sitter lined up for Emma (thank you Mostrums!) - knowing that she will be snuggled and walked Thursday evening means everything to me!
Also - I need to pick up some pictures from the Wal Mart photo lab, and then I will finally have Boston pictures posted!
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
Athan is getting stronger every day - thank you for all your prayers. Ryan and Amberly get encouraging news daily, and for that I am so thankful.
I'm watching "Big Medicine" on TLC - it features a man who weighs 1,000 pounds. Yikes! It is a pretty interesting show. Doesn't hold a candle to the Dog Whisperer though.
On a training note, I am about to kick start marathon training. I did a five mile run in Wilmore on Saturday and it felt great. I felt like I was shedding (and/or sweating) away all of my fears, frustrations, and stresses from the past week.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Update: You can now track Athan's progress here.
"Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm."
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, I got up early for a pre-church run. Part of me was dreading it, due to how I felt in the 5K the day before, but part of me was hoping that this 4-miler would rejuvenate my mind and body. It was a perfect morning - sunny, clear, in the 70's - and every step I took reminded me why I love running so much. It is training runs like this that keep me going. I'm slowly realizing that I love the training way more than I love the events. I get so nervous and tense and stressed on race day - trying to focus my training over the past 6 weeks, or whatever it may be for a particular race, in hopes that the training will culminate in one glorius run. A run where I will break past my own records, where I will defy the odds (and gravity) and be the one who crosses the finish line first. I know this is very unlikely to happen, but I think it is good to have lofty goals. But, for my own sanity I think I need to knock it down a few notches. Or maybe just keep competing in these really small runs in Wilmore, where I have a very small chance of realizing these dreams.
I think one of my issues with 5k race days is that I have not trained to be a fast runner. I've trained to be a distance runner. Running 15 miles at a 10 minute pace is completely different than running 3.1 miles at a 10 minute pace. My body is strong, but my mind is weak - it is hard to shock my system into kicking out even an 8 minute mile for a 5K. But, in my marathon training I am going to work on getting a little faster. If I can keep a comfortable 9 minute marathon pace (rather than my half marathon pace of 10 min) then maybe I can be a little lighter on my feet during the shorter races.
We have a huge event coming up at work, so getting Memorial Day off was almost a blessing and a curse. Part of me wanted to be at work getting things done, but I was very thankful to have the day off to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary! It was a relaxing day, and we went out on the town to celebrate.
When we got home last night, we got the best news of all - our friend Amberly was (finally) in labor! She gave birth to their son (at home, no meds, no drugs...what a cowboy!) this afternoon at around 3:40pm. He is a big boy - a whopping 9.5 pounds! I think he must have gotten Ryan's hips.
Chad and I were fortunate enough to get to visit them tonight and I was able to meet their son - he is so precious and so little. Congratulations to Ryan and Amberly on the birth of your first son! Congratulations to Morgan on becoming a big sister! We are so proud of your family and your precious baby boy!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Favorite quote of the finale: "I believe it was a haiku. Thank you Margaret." -Ryan Seacrest
On another note, I'm looking forward to gearing up for marathon training. My official 16 week training begins the first week in June, but now I am trying to get a little faster for some local 5ks and 10ks. I can't believe how tough it is to run a fast mile - after months of training at a steady pace, it is hard to pick up the pace for a few short miles. But like most running endeavors, I think about 90% of the task is mental. This weekend I'm running the Jessamine County Skelter for the Shelter 5k. It is a 5k/2k fun run for people and/or dogs. Since doggies are welcome, we are going to make it a family affair and bring Emma along. Due to very short legs, she won't be running - but she will be with Chad to cheer me on!
My goal is to run a 25 minute 5k. While this isn't very fast, it will be pretty fast for me. My 5k PR right now is 27 minutes. I'm hoping to whittle that down to a steady 8 min mile pace - with an anticipated finish time of 24-25 minutes. I'm very happy to be supporting such a worthy cause - the Jessamine County Humane Society - and I look forward to seeing several doggies out at the course!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
The little guy when he was a puppy.
PS: My sister did not choose the backdrop.
A picture of his girlfriend, for good measure.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
In honor of Mother's Day, I would like to give a "shout out" to my mom and dad. I know my mom is a faithful reader! I am so glad that I grew up in a safe environment. No matter what I did, I never had to worry about being hit or being left to wander alone in a parking lot. My sister and I were always getting into trouble and we were disciplined, but we never lived in fear. I hope that one day, when Chad and I are parents, we can draw from all of the wonderful things our parents have taught us over the years.
On a lighter note, I took Emma to the dog park this morning. Once again, we were the only people there! Dog parks aren't too fun when you are there alone. I don't think Emma got enough of a workout, so I'll be taking her for a long walk later today.
My training is about to kick back into gear, and I am really excited. I did some light workouts last week, swimming and 2-3 mile runs, but I'm going to start upping the mileage this week. My hope is that I can still get all my workouts in while I'm in Dallas. I'll be staying with my sister and she is in incredible shape (marathoner, cycler, collegiate lacrosse player and body building hopeful), so I'm thinking we can work out together and she can show me some good running routes.
I'm thinking of finding some stat counter type things for my training and integrating it into my blog. I really enjoy reading other running/training blogs (such as Jay's Ironman Training Blog, Running Chick with the Orange Hat, and Mile Markers by Kristin Armstrong) It is really interesting and inspiring to see their progress.
I will post Boston pictures soon - I had a great time on the trip!
Friday, May 4, 2007
I know Chad is looking forward to his trip to D.C. - he gets to spend the weekend with some old friends and be a part of a really swanky wedding. He is also very excited and honored because they've asked him to read Scripture during the mass (it is a Catholic wedding). Chad is excited, and he is even going to bust out his Catholic Bible!
I am really looking forward to my trip to Dallas. I know it will be so great to see my family and catch up with everyone, and I am also so excited about the food! My sister Megan and I have plans to hit up Braums, Taco Bueno, Taco Cabana, and Burger Street. My lost Texas loves - I will get to revel in them once again!
As for my marathon training, I'm getting ready to really ramp up my workouts. After my half marathon, I've realized that I need to be at a completely different level of fitness, and in a completely different state of mind, if I am going to be successful in my marathon. While I am in Boston I plan to get some miles in, and also do some swimming. I'm going to try and not let my traveling affect my training, although I can already see it is going to affect my diet! I've got some 5ks and 10ks throughout the next few months, and hopefully I can squeeze in one more half marathon before the big one in October.