A Teachable Ten

July 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments
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Training Calls for: 10 miles

Miles Run So Far: 86 miles

Days Left: 86

Well, hello there!  Good to see you again ;).

We traveled far and wide (really just across the state) to spend this weekend with Sam’s family.  His sister just took the MCAT and we are ALL celebrating the fact that part of her journey towards the M.D. is OVAH!  The amount of effort that goes into becoming a doctor makes running a marathon look like something you could do at the drop of a hat.  Serious determination and dedication, friends.  Fortunately, my sister-in-law is made of tough stuff!

The only meal worth blogging about from yesterday was dinner:

We each made our own shish kabobs (or in Sam and my dad-in-law’s case man-kabobs) and enjoyed them alongside wild rice, mixed berries and a great tossed salad.  I love shish kabobs because A) everyone can format them they way they want B) you get a power pack of veggies C) you can still enjoy your meat without over doing it.  Next time you’re grilling, consider shishing your kabob ;).

Since I knew we had 10 miles staring us down the next morning, I practiced some hydration responsibility and only had one small glass of wine and a ridiculous amount of water.

The alarm went off way too early this morning (well…not that early, but does anyone ever feel like it goes off at just the right time?).  Heading downstairs to eat a light breakfast, I heard thunder in the distance. Boo.

I munched on a well-rounded breakfast of a toasted sandwich thin with PB and leftover mixed berries while waiting out the rain.  The storm passed relatively quickly and we were off!  My dad-in-law gave us a pretty good route that would cover 10 miles without forcing us to loop around or re-track our steps.

While running the first 5 miles, I came up with several blog post titles for this post:

Soybeans to the Left, Corn to the Right

Hills, Hills, Hills

Maybe You Shouldn’t Try to Run Me Over, Truck

Thank Goodness for Shade

And on and on and on.  It was a toughie, that’s for sure.  We don’t often run many hills, though it is something Sam and I both know we need to work out.  I feel like this run might have covered us for a while ;).  It was good, though, that we challenged ourselves and kept a pretty good pace while trucking it up and down all those inclines.

It did feel a little defeating, though.  After 5 miles, I started to feel really low.  I would look up and see another hill and just feel like I was never going to make it through 5 more miles.  We ended up walking quite a bit for the remainder of the run and finished up, pretty exhausted.

I decided after a bout of negativity (mile 7.5) and a slew of defeatism (mile 8.25) that I needed to turn this whole attitude and run around.

We sat for a while on the front porch, stretching and cooling down.

Check out those sweat marks we left behind ;).

As we chatted, Sam and I decided to list some victories from the run.  These include:

🙂 Running 10 miles for only the third time.  Ever.  Go us.

(That’s my best Zoolander face)

🙂 Taking on a smorgasboard of hills and doing really well with our pacing.

🙂 My IT band felt great and I know the strategy I’m taking with stretching and yogAHHH will help me complete training, injury-free.

🙂 We used a new water bottle system (the kind that slips on your hand) and this really helped.  (So did my dad-in-law driving to meet us at the halfway point with more water bottles — Thanks, Dad!)

We also talked about where we could learn from this run and how we’ll implement this from now on.

🙂 Working on pacing — starting slower, increasing speed for a stronger finish.

🙂 Running earlier in the day.  We wrapped up at about 11:30 and it was really hot and really humid.

🙂 Tackling more hills.

🙂 Stretching — Sam said he didn’t feel he had stretched as much as he needed for this bad boy of a run.

Here’s the point: when you have a run that leaves you less than pleased, when you feel like it’s a miracle you slogged through it, you need to learn from it.

This run was a very teachable ten for me.

I was nervous to run this morning because I was here in W-town (Sam’s parents’ hometown) when we ran that last 10 mile training run for half marathon training.  We all remember how stellar that was *sarcasm*.  I felt so much trepidation between my IT band and the memory of a crummy run that I was pretty psyched out about this.  It wasn’t a good run, but I’m going to learn from it.  I’m going to have to run 10 miles again, and more than 10 miles again.  And again.

I can’t move forward if I’m not armed with a plan.  Negativity and defeatism doesn’t move you forward, it stalls you out and freezes you in place.  A plan and a positive attitude will help push you even when you aren’t sure if you can make it.

So I’m working on it.  Boy, am I working on it.

I ate a recovery breakfast of oatmeal (made with water and milk), a spoonful of PB, and a banana.

I had lovely company.

Zora.  Puppy <3.

We ran some errands and I snacked on a Clif Bar (Dear Clif Bars, Please find LaraBars and make bar babies) and drank a Vitamin Water Zero for some electrolyte replacement.  It was necessary, even if it wasn’t all that natural.  *sad face*

I picked the least un-natural I could find.  I was shocked that the second ingredient in one of the Powerades was high fructose corn syrup.  What?!

It’s time for a little relaxation and family time…and more celebrating.  I love my sister-in-law and am so proud of her for all her hard work.  She’s been studying for almost a year for this test.  Now that it’s behind her, she’s on her way to being Dr. Sister-in-law.  Even though it won’t be her specialty, I’m totally going to call her in the middle of the night when our kids are running fevers, instead of our GP.  🙂  She’s been forewarned, it’s cool.

How do you handle a crummy run or a less than stellar workout?

On the Road Again…

April 3, 2010 at 9:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hi there from a new location — we’re at Sam’s family’s house!  Wait, didn’t we just see them last weekend? 🙂  What can I say, we love our families.

We made the trek across our Midwestern state to spend Easter AND my dad’s birthday (happy early, bday, Dad) this weekend with family.  Dinner was quick and delicious last night: Chipotle.

Ahhh, Chipotle, I missed you in the month of March.  My burrito bol had chicken, rice, black beans, mild salsa, cheese and lettuce.  Of all the places you can get food fast (ahem, not fast food), I love Chipotle best.  You can read more about their food philosophy on their website.

Are their burritos huge and calorically large?  Yes.  Can you eliminate some unneccesary carb-age by getting a bol?  Yes.  Am I concerned I inhaled all this food in one sitting?

No.  I’m running 10 miles today, I need to fuel my body right.  Given the choice between burrito bol beauty and fast food freakiness, I choose Chipotle.

Sam managed to eat his while driving — what can I say, he has mad skillz. 😉

Um, that pic was taken at a stop sign, FYI.  He wasn’t really eating and driving.  He was stopping and eating and then driving.

The GPS took us on a different route than usual and for most of the drive, I felt like I was in Montana.  It was so hilly and farm land-y, just beautiful.  Some views from the the drive (taken with my arm stuck out the sun roof)…

While the monsters chilled in the back.  They are such good sports.

We stopped at a gas station and I found this:

Skinny Water?  Hmm, worth a try.  I like what I see on the label:

But I dislike I can’t see all the ingredients.  I’ll still give it a shot.  The nutritional values look good to me.  I was surprised to see Vitamin A and E listed.  Those vits are fat soluable (as are D and K — you can remember it like this: All Dogs Eat Kittens.  Gross, but effective).

I learned wayyyyy back a long time ago in a college nutrition class that A, D, E and K are fat soluable, meaning when you body gets them, it stores them for later use.  Water soluable vits (like C) go into your body and when you have had your fill, your body just, um, pees them out.  So I take very little stock in overloading on vitamin C when I’m sick.  Too much and my body just says “why are you doing this?  I’m just going to flush these out!”  At least that’s why my prof said ;).

I tried the “Wake Up” flavor, which was Orange Cranberry Tangerine.  I really liked it.  It had more body to it than Vitamin Water and more flavor.  I’ll probably drink it again.

This morning, I fueled up with an Arnold’s Sandwich thin and some PB, plus water and cup of joe.  I’m ready to hit those 10 miles!  Wish me luck!!!  Then it’s time to make good on my “Miami My-AbbiesChallenge!

P.S. I watched Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution this morning on my in-laws DVR…I know, I’m a day late and dollar short on that one, what can I say?  I’m a busy babe.  Did you see it?  What did you think?

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