Running Survey!

Happy Sunday! It is absolutely gorgeous here today. I am taking a rest day after running 2 days in a row. I know, I’m pretty much ready for the Olympics. I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome it feels to run after this pregnancy compared to my first. It took me well over a year to feel comfortable running after having Nolan, and honestly I feel better now and it’s only been 8 weeks since having Jude. Just a little bit different ūüôā I think it really has to do with the fact that I don’t have any expectations this time around. I know that it’s going to be hard, I know that it’s normal for this little guy to take 20 minute naps (he’s really into these right now :)) instead of 2 hours, and just run as strong as I’m feeling and walk when I need to. I try to get in 30 minutes of running and walking each time, so Jude gets some time on his little playmat next to my treadmill for a few minutes toward the end most times. I’m just going to keep going by feel and will hopefully be ready for a 5k pretty soon! Also training lately is so mental! I’m all treadmill for now and staring at a blank wall really lets you think and strengthen your mind game ūüôā

These surveys are always floating around the blog world and thought it would be fun to give you a glimpse into who I am as a runner! Feel free to take it yourself.

1. Would you rather run along a beach path or on a mountain trail?
—A beach path! I live in South Florida, beach = life.

2. If you could choose the flavor of gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?
— I actually don’t know what flavor it is, but the blue one lol

3. If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would be the first thing that you would purchase with it?
—New sports bras! It’s something I hate buying on my own but it’s so important to have a good one (or a few).

4. Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and decide then how far and how fast you want to run?
—Definitely a training plan! I let myself off the hook way too easily so I need a plan to hold myself accountable.

5. Would you rather start your run with the uphill and end on the downhill or start your run with the downhill and end with the uphill?
—Start with the uphill so I can end flying on the downhill. If you get through the hard hills the down hill is the reward!

6. When you can’t run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do?
—I haven’t been able to get to one in a long time but I love spin classes! Love swimming too.

7. What is your preference‚ÄĒ> Out and back, point to point or loop runs?
—out and back or loop runs are the best, it feels like the run is cut in half that way. The first run is the hard part, then it’s just a matter of getting home! All about the mind games.

8. If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner, it would be a‚ÄĒ>
—I’m a huge numbers geek so I would say a running watch like a garmin or app to track your pace and miles like the Nike+ running app.

9. Do you ever see any wild animals while out on your runs?
—Tons of iguanas (gross).

10. Ever gotten lost while out on a run?
— only once, during my first cross country meet in high school. I missed a turnoff and added an extra mile to the route. I was devastated until I found out that I hadn’t finished last even with the extra mile!

11. If you could have one meal waiting and ready for you each time you got home from a run for the next 30 days… what would that meal be?
—This may sound weird but a sweet potato and either turkey or shredded chicken with barbecue sauce.

12. Capris or shorts… what do you run in most often?
—shorts. Can’t run in capris for some reason.

13. At what mile (or how many minutes) into your run does your body start to feel like it is warming up and ready to go?
—After the first mile or first 10 minutes or so (which is the same thing for me at the moment).

14. What do you do with your key when you run?
—if I’m running with the stroller then in there, otherwise in my handheld water bottle or phone case.

15. If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one what it be?
—I would say the first half marathon I ran in Florida. It was the first time I broke 2 hours and felt amazing every step of the way. I found out the next day that I was pregnant with Nolan!

16. What type of run is your least favorite type of run?
—Honestly I love them all! Long runs let me zone out, speed workouts are just fun, and tempo runs are so hard but make me feel invincible when I finish!

17. What has been your biggest motivation lately to get out the door to get your run on?
—my boys, for many reasons! To be a good role model for active and healthy living, to be healthy myself to keep up with them, and my sanity lol! It keeps me grounded.

18. When you go for a run, do you leave right from your front door or do you drive somewhere to start?
—Right from my door. Get out & go!

19. When running in daylight‚ÄĒ> are sunglasses a must or an annoyance?
—usually more of an annoyance than anything and these days I am rarely lucky enough to be able to run outside in the daylight.

20. When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?
— I just think about the end goal. What I’m training for, what my plans are and what will my future self later that day have to say about me quitting? Will I be disappointed in myself or thankful that I gave myself a break? That’s the decision point for me.

Time to Catch Up and I’m Certified!

So it’s been a little while since I’ve last updated this space. ¬†Once again I let life get the best of me and focus on other areas than the space that I have here. ¬†Quite a bit has happened in my neck of the woods, in life and in running! ¬†In order to avoid making this into an epic (-ly boring) novel, here are the key points – I found out in April that I was pregnant with my 2nd little boy! ¬†Running became impossible very early on, and we welcomed Jude to our family a few days after Christmas. ¬†We are all completely in love with our new family of 4, and Nolan is the best big brother! ¬†He is so gentle and loving with him and it is the sweetest thing ever to watch.

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So now I am on maternity leave for the next few months and trying to soak up every moment! ¬†This little guy is growing insanely fast and determined to stay above all of the growth charts so he definitely wont be a little peanut for long. ¬†During the early weeks when he did nothing but sleep, I took the opportunity to finally sit down and take my exam to become a certified running coach! ¬†I had been studying for quite some time and learned so much about training and about how are bodies work through the¬†REVO‚āāLUTION RUNNING‚ĄĘ¬†program. ¬†I am so excited to now have the credentials to share my passion for running with others! ¬†I noticed during my marathon training that so many of my friends have an interest in running but didn’t know where to start or needed that extra support to stay motivated. ¬†No matter what your experience or skill level, having a coach can be beneficial in helping you achieve your goals – whether those goals are to get fitter, lose weight, or get faster and improve your race times. ¬†I’ve added a coaching page to my site as a means to get in touch with me about the services that I can provide to you ūüôā

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As for what is next for me, I am taking it slow. ¬†I got cleared to exercise at my 6 week post partum appointment and resumed running last week. ¬†In order to not get injured or burnt out from the start since I ran very little during my pregnancy, I’m starting out slow with a run/walk program for 30 minutes a few times a week and including a lot of core exercises to regain the strength and protect my pelvic floor while it continues to recover from pregnancy and labor. ¬†I will be racing a few 5Ks in the spring and hope to get back to the longer distances this fall and winter! ¬†My goal is to listen to my body and give myself grace in returning to exercising and training. ¬†I’m taking it super slow in the beginning and just enjoying every sweat session I have gotten so far!

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I don’t want to miss a moment of my little guys’ time when they are this age because it is just so precious but I also have big goals, too. ¬†As I get back to training, I’ll be sharing more of the details here on a more regular basis ūüôā ¬†Thanks for sticking with me!

Have you ever worked with a running coach?

How do you manage training with little ones?

What’s new & exciting in your life?!

Testing, testing, is this thing on? Tap tap

So I’m testing out this new app to publish on my blog, wanted to see how it works. I know I’ve been absent for approximately twenty seven years, but in my defense a lot has happened. I’ve ran more, ran less, gotten certified as a running coach (more to come on that!!) and, oh yeah – had another baby! I’m now living the boy mom life with a 3 year old and 7 week old. I’m on maternity leave for a bit and soaking up every moment in the sleepless weary sun.

Not going to drag this on too long, I’m just starting to train again after giving birth and hope to start posting what that looks like soon. Ciao!

I’m a bird! And life lately :)

When I first stumbled across the blogging world, I learned there was a small running company that was focused on women and from the get go seemed like it was more than a company selling running clothes. ¬†They supported women and celebrated their accomplishments. ¬†They recognized that women runners came from all different backgrounds and have all different skillsets but they all have one common connection and that is running. ¬†I am so proud that after almost 4 years of following the Oiselle brand I can now say I am a member of the Volee flock ūüôā

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I can’t wait to get my jersey and represent at my next race!

Speaking of race, I have a few 5Ks coming up. ¬†And fittingly, I have run less in the past few weeks than ever. ¬†I’ve been so exhausted and just allowed my body to get lots of rest. ¬†I have gotten some great strength workouts in:

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I was also reminded of how bad my balance is, while falling constantly off of the stability ball ūüėČ

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Celebrated some big potty training milestones over here with a brand new Thomas backpack;

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Got some early morning miles in that felt amazing!  #flystyle, Rocking the Oiselle Mac Rogas, sports bra, and my Bic Bands headband to keep my hair tamed (for 10% off use code MaureenBic at checkout)
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You know your husband knows you when he sends you ways to get cheap running shoes ūüôā ¬†I love getting a good bargain, and am itching to get a new pair of sneakers. ¬†I’ve been falling way too often lately and I have a feeling my feet just don’t agree with Altra’s, despite how much I love how they feel. ¬†Kind of a bummer.
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When I see my pictures of my morning runs, it makes me want to set that alarm to get up again the next morning.  Palm trees and sunrises are great for clearning the mind.

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Sweaty selfies for the win!IMG_1639

I am so lucky the teacher’s at my son’s school send me pictures from time to time. ¬†They do practical life lessons and he absolutely loves it! ¬†He loves to help clean at home, too.

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Jeff came home with a selfie stick and we had to test it out of course!

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So, we’ve been living in our house for more than two years and still have boxes that haven’t been unpacked. ¬†My mom brought some old boxes from high school and found some old school pictures. ¬†Sooooo many fun memories ūüôā

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And occasionally on Sundays I get productive and make oatmeal on the stove for breakfasts for me and Nolan.  IMG_1685

So that pretty much sums up life over the past few weeks. ¬†I’m fighting hard to get on here more regularly because I like having this little space to download, and I really want to keep track of my training better. ¬†When I first started this blog I was great at it and love to look back and see my progress.

Last week I had a VERY low week, I wasn’t feeling well and we had a lot of events and work commitments:

Monday: strength training (22 minute Hard Corps Beachbody Workout)

Tuesday: 3 miles in the am

Wednesday: 2 miles in the am

Thursday: unplanned rest

Friday: 3 miles at work! ¬†I started scheduling gym time on Friday’s for an hour, it’s fun and helps me get more time to get a few miles in.

Also, I am studying to become a certified running coach! ¬†I am using the Revo2lution Running Program¬†and I’m learning so much! ¬†Such a nerd but I love it. ¬†I’m in module 2 of 7, so I’ll write more about it in another post.

That’s all for now!

 

The Marathon Experience – by the Mile

As today marked another Boston Marathon, my mind of course has been preoccupied with dreams of someday qualifying for the race, as well as flooded with memories with my own experience with the marathon distance. ¬†Even though it’s been almost 3 months since I conquered the big 26.2, I still remember the entire day pretty vividly! ¬†This is literally what was going through my head for the entire race, so get ready for the most self absorbed post ever. ¬†Here’s¬†a little glimpse into what my day looked like (yes I bought the professional pictures because, first marathon) –

Mile 1-2: Holy crap balls it is cold, I am so glad I have this $6 fleece jacket from Goodwill – who decided for it to be the coldest Miami Marathon weekend in the race’s history for the year I ran? ¬†As I’m running around the first curve to begin the ascent over the first bridge of the race, I see the roads lined with men who started ahead of me, relieving themselves… I am shocked! ¬†Not because they were peeing in public, but because we were in the first mile of the race – how can they have to pee already? ¬†This confused me to no end, #rookie.

Mile 3-4: Hallelujah I am warm!  Let me give my jacket away at the next donation table.  I am so charitable.  And warm.

Mile 5 : Uh oh, now I have to pee.  Those stupid peeing on the road guys totally messed with my head.

Mile 6: Crap – I really have to pee, but let me not think about it. ¬†Let me think about how amazing it is that I’m running a marathon! A dream come true! ¬†And the sun is coming up, so beautiful. ¬†So many cruise ships, so pretty. ¬†How is it that I live here? ¬†So much gratitude.

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Mile 7: Still have to pee.  This is not good and not going to last another 20 miles.  Pace is already slowing.

Mile 8: Decide that waiting on the next porta potty line is worth the time with another 18 to go.  In and out.

Mile 9: That stop was the best decision I made during the entire race. ¬†I got my groove back right away and made up for lost time. ¬†A bit too quickly I would come to find later… but at the time I was so thrilled to be on pace for well under a sub4 hour race .

Mile 10-13 – Wait a second, why are all of the runners around me wearing orange (half marathon) bibs. ¬†I should’ve paid more attention to the course map. ¬†Shouldn’t the half course have turned by now? ¬†I am going to get lost during my first marathon. ¬†This is my first high school cross country race all¬†over again. ¬†These 3 miles completely took my confidence and good mental state away from the entire race. ¬†There was a lot of turning around and walking backwards to look at the bibs. ¬†All I saw was orange (full marathon had blue). ¬†All I could think about is my family at the finish line that would never see me get there, because I was lost. ¬†Just as I was starting to break down I see the breakoff point for the half runners. ¬†THANK GOD.

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Miles 14-17: Ok now that I know that I did NOT get lost, I was probably just going way too fast for my own good, now’s the time to get my head straight. ¬†My comfortable speed is waning and I start to get mad at myself for doubting myself for the past few miles.

Mile 18: Terrible glute/hip pain that I was battling a bit during training hits with full force. ¬†It is a shooting pain that vibrates through my whole back with each step. ¬†I walk a bit and try to run but the pain is too bad. ¬†I’m thankful for a water stop that is giving out pineapple. ¬†Also realize that I’m thankful with how well my stomach is holding up, especially after terrible nerves the day before. ¬† A few runners stop and check on me. ¬†How nice is that?! ¬†Some stopped and as soon as I said I was ok and kept going, but one stayed and walked with me for a little while. ¬†I learned that he was from Costa Rica, and this was his second marathon. ¬†He didn’t speak English very well but he was so happy and carefree that it cheered me up and I was able to start running again.

Mile 19-20: Starting to lose the pain, thankfully, and get my pace back on track. ¬†I’ve since lost chance of breaking 4 hours and while I’m slightly disappointed, but I remind myself how hard I’ve worked to get here and I’m not going to throw myself a pity party because of some number on a clock. ¬†Some of those around me are walking, some are gliding right past me with so much left in their tanks. ¬†It’s amazing the type of connection you feel with these people that you don’t know, will never meet, and never see again. ¬†Music’s blaring, Time to get to work and finish this thing. ¬†It’s funny but 6 miles felt like nothing!

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Mile 21 – What? Where’d the music go? ¬†That was my lifeline!?!? That was my connection to the outside world, that and being able to hear the cheers from my Nike+ app. ¬†Apparently running a marathon is too much for my phone, it died at the worst.possible.time. ¬†And ironically, this was the point in the marathon where it got eerily quiet. ¬†It was a section of no people cheering on the streets, no water stop, and the trees lined the road so there wasn’t any direct sunlight either. ¬†In my 21st mile of a marathon delirium it felt like the magic boat ride from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory – total twilight zone.

Mile 22-24: Ok going to really push myself as soon as I finish this mile.  Ok the next one I promise.  Really going to turn on the gas then.  Who the hell puts a gigantic (It probably was not that big at all) overpass at mile 24 of a MARATHON??? Did they not realize that we just ran 24 miles? I have no idea if this was actually at mile 24, but it was definitely very late in the race and I was definitely planning exactly what I was going to write to the race director with my very valuable feedback about this feature of the race course. Oh yeah.  So grateful to be running!

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Mile 25-26: Ok I can do this! Where’s the gas pedal? ¬†I am trying so hard! ¬†I am running and breathing and literally laughing. ¬†I feel no pain, in fact I don’t feel much of anything. ¬†It’s amazing. ¬†How am I moving my legs without feeling them?

Mile 26.2: This is the longest 0.2 miles ever in the history of 0.2 miles. ¬†Where is my family? Did they leave? I am so much slower than I told them. ¬†My phone died.. did something happen? ¬†Oh my god. ¬†Something happened and I am running a stupid marathon. ¬†There they are! ¬†They didn’t leave me and are so happy, even though I was a half hour slower than I told them to expect. ¬†They are the best. ¬†I am so lucky. ¬†Let me wave to them with the arms that I cannot feel.

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I officially became a marathoner in 4 hours, and 24 minutes of pain, joy, gratitude, laughter, confusion, and heart bursting excitement.  I cannot wait to do it again!!

Getting back into the Groove

After SO many months of pure chaos, I’m finally starting to feel like I can get back into the groove of things. ¬†So many different things have changed over the past 6 months and the main thing I’ve realized is how much less organized I really am than I had considered myself to be. ¬†That paired with my tendency to commit myself to way too much at once has made for a bit of a stressful time. ¬†But I’m pretty pumped to have this little space back and will jump back in to normal posts!

Back in October, the division of my company (that I’ve worked at for 10 years) was bought by another large company, and at the same time I moved into a new role so it’s been a ton of learning from all angles. ¬†It hasn’t always been fun but I know that each not so great day is just making me stronger. ¬†At the same time, I decided to jump in and start my own Rodan & Fields skincare business! ¬†I won’t talk too much about it here, but let’s just say I have the best skin of my life, and have a pretty sweet extra paycheck each month ūüėČ

So anyway, I’ve become a morning runner, and get my workouts in before Nolan wakes up. ¬†Most weekdays I stick to the treadmill in our back room but some days and Saturday mornings are all about me and the stars. ¬†It’s been wonderful with the Florida winter but seriously overnight it turned to summer. ¬†At 5am its sticky and gross and all kinds of sweaty 80 degrees.IMG_1050

Sweaty selfies for life.

Another life changing event happened while I was in my little hiatus – Trader Joes opened in Fort Lauderdale. ¬†My prayers have been answered!!! I’ve been sooooo jealous looking at all of the cool TJs finds and now can have them for myself! ¬†I now do all of our shopping there and absolutely love it. ¬†I am a total sucker for their sample counter and it frequently goes straight from the sample counter to our dinner table.

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Fish tacos for the win!

After I ran the Miami Marathon, I took about a month off from ¬†running completely. ¬†I didn’t intend to take so long off, but I caught the flu which just wouldn’t let go of me. ¬†So I’m giving myself the luxury of easing back in, and averaging about 25-30 miles a week. ¬†I joined an online accountability group to help build my mileage and it’s helped hugely! ¬†So encouraging and fun. I’m also mixing in some strength workouts too, and try and fit them in the mornings too.

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Brightly colored pants are scientifically proven to give you a great workout.

So that’s kind of how I’m getting back into the groove and some regular routines ūüôā

This morning’s workout – 5 miles, outside, with the stars and the palm trees.

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I am a Marathoner! And other things to catch you up on the last 6 months

Well that was a nice little break… so much to catch up on!¬† What has changed – I’m a marathoner, I own my own business, I have new goals, I’m more confident, more tired, more in love with my family, know more about myself, and am pretty much loving life!¬† In order to not make you fall asleep, here’s a dump from my phone to catch you up on the past 6 months!¬† Consider this like a tv show you’ve missed a few episodes of.¬† This is the ‘previously on’ ūüôā ¬†Oh yeah – they’re not in order, either. ¬†So there’s that.

Nolan has grown so much! ¬†He thinks it’s about time he got his drivers’ licence ūüėČ

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There were so many early morning runs as part of marathon training.  I learned to embrace and appreciate those palm trees and the sun rising behind them.
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I had my first back to back weekend of racing.  5K one Saturday night and a half marathon first thing Sunday morning.36AAFC1F-7F0E-4E8A-8F9A-2939157A90D6

This.  Everything about this.
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Nolan turned 2, and discovered the wonder of cake.

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There were many photos of shoes through the training process.  Altras ftw.65B9F7EA-A6D6-47CD-ACD0-57CC0F937C17

I ran some mornings and it felt great, and some long runs were in the pouring rain where the only saving grace was the satisfaction in knowing that I didn’t give up.069B60DE-BB6D-46A2-8411-348EF3C9A0A0

We picked out pumpkins.446F22E3-107B-4294-BAC7-0C46F174FAAB

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Jingo puppy as elegant as ever.  She tolerates the fact that there is a small child taking over her home.917B20CF-A98F-4CEF-8EF5-ED9337C4CF76

We relished the days where we could soak up the sun and embrace nature.7114FE55-2437-4155-BB36-58150F06332F

South Florida = sweat.  Sweat, sweat, and some more sweat.102413B5-A95E-4EDD-BF2A-57F59AD2D053

So much joy in this journey.796461C5-B129-4935-8112-FB1C40ACAF8D

Many post run playground shenanigans94665836-5BDC-4B6F-96EF-9EC4F53F82B5

Getting in my miles wherever I am, this was Thanksgiving weekend at my parents’ house.AA6FC4D5-D830-4AA0-BA83-FAC9EC6F37A8

Lots of stroller runs, and Nolan showing off his feet. ¬†He’s rubbing in the fact that he doesn’t have runner’s feet like mine.BE73E5CD-1CB3-453C-9387-7A4EB1FB6BEA

Love my family!C5FED609-13B1-4E9A-80FA-7C00CAEB5952

Half marathon as a training run.  35mph winds, morning after a 5K.  2:06CFFF5E10-A0EB-4FA9-9A17-A8379F8BCDC0

One month later, ringing the PR bell.  1:56:04.D3B0A7A6-B9EB-4C72-81CA-6FEA0A7F7347

At Christmas we bake cookies.D164030B-23C1-49EE-8CF9-FAD5931298BD

I placed 3rd in my AG in a random King of the Hill Challenge 5K! ¬†Not my best race but had ‘hills’ (or what Florida calls hills). ¬†DC82482A-663A-4C69-B516-A709351DC7D9

We trick or treated, Nolan saved the day as a Fireman/FiretruckDDBFC801-2EF7-4920-B005-C1B609723D84

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Thanksgiving Day 5K!  Got a PR, 24:21FullSizeRender

More shoe photos, more Altras ftwIMG_0008 From the half marathon where I got a PR – I was happy! ¬†Running’s fun.IMG_0021

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Running can be a bloody sport when you tend to fall down a lot.IMG_0053

Learning to scoot on Christmas MorningIMG_0149

At the marathon expo

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Hotel race setup selfie pre marathon morning.IMG_0346

Obligatory marathon morning bathroom selfie!IMG_0350

The coldest morning the Miami Marathon has ever seen!IMG_0357

I finished, survived, persevered.  4:24.  Way off my goal but oddly at peace with it all.IMG_0374 Had to buy the professional pictures, thinking it might be my one and only marathon!  Going over the Venetian Causeway (I think?)
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Pain picture.  It was very hard.IMG_0399

I don’t think that there is anything I could love more about this photo.IMG_0466

Plank style #teambicchickIMG_0495

Stroller running! ¬†First attempt at a self timer pic. ¬†I’m legit now.IMG_0602

I wore real clothes, and sometimes spent all night working.  #thegrindIMG_0633

More shoe selfies.  Giving the pureflows a little loveIMG_0696

Weekly swim lessons have been a highlight for sureIMG_0704

This boy loves to work and learn.IMG_0709

It’s all about that sunshine. ¬†And the self timer selfie.IMG_0731

Everyone loves the stroller run!

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Nolan working the selfie gameIMG_0750

Loves include grandma, grandpa, and ice creamIMG_0843

We’re weird.IMG_0855

Oh yeah – I’M RUNNING THE NYC MARATHON!!IMG_0920

Jingo loving the post run sweaty selfie

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Nolan’s first soccer lesson. ¬†Hula hoop required.IMG_1006

Beachtime.IMG_1017

We are family.  This is the best.IMG_1020

So, there you have it.  the last 6 months in a nutshell.  A very long, picture-filled, nutshell.

There goes the week and New Opportunities!

Well this week was B.U.S.Y. – you know, bitch under stress, yo. ¬†That’s a thing, right? ¬†Anyway lots of changes going on this week. ¬†So many that I almost just repeated the last post I wrote, same pictures and everything. ¬†I’m losing it! ¬†Haha anyway this week so far has gone okay running wise, got in 2 runs since Saturday. ¬†Sleep was not a strong point at all because I’m actually in the process of changing companies I work for and had too many late nights this week. ¬†But there is one thing that always makes the lack of sleep not matter.

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He cracks me up.

I’m excited that training is going to start picking up next week! ¬†I decided to take the very easy route of trying out the Nike+ run coach! ¬†I loaded the marathon info into my Nike+ app and it built me a 16 week marathon plan (since I already have completed 2 weeks of base training). ¬†It looks like a pretty challenging plan but in the best way possible! ¬†I’m ready to go!!!

Also, there is another amazing opportunity that has come my way that I will be sharing very soon! ¬†It is completely out of my comfort zone and exactly what I need in my life right now. ¬†If there is anything to come out of this jumble of randomness, it is that I am completely embracing change right now and it is scary and awesome all at once ūüôā ¬†More to come!

 

My first week of training and Stress creates a Mess

My first ever marathon training started this week and I am pretty psyched! ¬†We’ll see if I regret this but I’ve decided I’m going to try to finish the marathon under 4 hours. ¬†Based on that, the easy training run pace feels very slow, but at the same time I’m still struggling to keep my heart rate down. ¬†It is still super hot down here in Florida ,and add a stroller with a toddler into the mix and I for sure am getting a great workout! ¬†Here’s what my training looked like this week:

Tuesday – 2 miles (treadmill)

Wednesday – YouTube yoga

Thursday – 3.5 miles (treadmill)

Friday – rest (was supposed to be strength, but, oops)

Saturday – 3 miles (stroller)

Sunday – 4 miles (stroller)

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Weekend stroller runs are the best. ¬†They always end at the playground where Nolan has the time of his life. ¬†I’m so lucky that he loves running with me (probably has something to do with the playground trips ). ¬†We also just ‘have’ to stop at Dunkin Donuts for some iced coffee. ¬†I am hopelessly addicted. ¬†Nolan gets a munchkin and we split a banana, it’s a pretty nice way to spend the morning.

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I realized today that I am a total stress mess and I need to remind myself that I WANT to run this marathon, I don’t NEED to. ¬†This is for me, and it should be fun. ¬†I have so much that is stressful in my life and this should not be one of them! ¬†For example right now I should really be getting work done, but the company’s remote server is down which made me spiral into a miserable mood with a stomach ache because it is more that I have to worry about. ¬† What good does that really do? ¬†Nothing at all. ¬†Running usually helps me keep that in perspective. ¬†I’m setting a goal for myself of 4 hours so I have something to reach for. ¬†Because I know myself well enough to know that I need a challenging goal otherwise I will blow off the training. ¬†I am holding myself back from setting a goal to qualify for Boston (3:35) because I know that that would be just too much pressure and quite frankly RIGHT NOW I am not capable of training for that. ¬†I will qualify for Boston some day though!!! Just not with this one ūüôā

I’m also going to stay on top of taking care of my body through this. ¬†Someone’s recent reaction to me telling them I was training for a marathon was that it is just not a natural experience to put your body through. ¬†They were saying it trying to convince me not to do it, but it made me more proud that I am – it’s not natural, it’s supernatural! ¬†And because of this I’m not taking any chances. ¬†I’ve got ¬†myself all decked out with some running shoes that don’t have too many miles on them, and got new socks – they are from Bombas which is a really cool company, they are kind of like Toms for socks. ¬†For every pair they sell, they donate a pair to a homeless shelter. ¬†So far I am loving them for running and lounging ūüôā

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Ok now I’ve exhausted all of my time that I would have been working, time for bed and the start of week #2!

I Survived: Run #1 of Marathon training

Well, I did it. ¬†I survived the first run of this 18 week training cycle. ¬†It was a whopping 2 miles, it was on my treadmill at 5:30 in the morning, and I don’t know how I will do that 13 more times all at once. ¬†But I guess that’s the whole point of training, right? ūüôā

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The rest of the day was non-stop as usual.  I showered, got ready for work, and brought Nolan to school, sat in non-stop traffic, got to work and went from meeting to meeting to meeting, conference call conference call conference call until it was time to get Nolan and come home.  The drive home was an adventure in and of itself.  We are in the rainy/hurricane season here in South Florida and it was complete crazy town, and of course I have absolutely no clue where I put my umbrella so it was a very soggy and traffic filled ride.  It was flooded so badly walking out of my car that my shoe came off and started to float right down the street.  It was awesome.  Really.  #southfloridaproblems

We had dinner half made in the crockpot (salsa chicken) waiting for us and I quickly made some beans and a sweet potato (for me) and rice (for Nolan and Jeff).

Put anything on sweet potatoes to make it healthy and delicious.  Anything.

Put anything on sweet potatoes to make it healthy and delicious. Anything.

So that is my first day of marathon training in a nutshell.  Life changing, right?