This is one of my most viewed posts (non running related) and most of it still rings true for us this year. This post was originially written last year 12/12/2011. Jim, Noah and I are in Tennessee this week and will swiftly move on to North Carolina this Friday. I will continue to do my weekly fitness recaps once I'm near a computer and not the iPad version of Wordpress (not a fan).
It hasn’t had time to sink in that I’m going for a pretty big marathon goal this weekend! It’s been a busy week, but not terribly stressful. I was, however eating too many spoonfuls of peanut butter covered in chocolate chips. Laura at Mommy Run Fast had a post on some healthy no-bake desserts so I made sure to get right on that!! They turned out excellent if I do say so myself.
I also made some awesomely yummy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins for breakfast for me and the Noah Bear. It was love at first bite!
I’m so tired, y’all. That little man of mine is a busy bee! Toddlers can be so demanding. Geesh! He’s so fun, though. And he’s such a cutie so I don’t mind.
The hubs got back into town yesterday and I am super thankful for that. He let me sleep in and it was glorious! Just what this body needed.
Let me just say how amazing the hubs is!! Not only does he put up with me on a daily basis, but he encourages me to run and to pursue my goals. I am fully aware that I would not be able to do any of this without his support and for that I am very grateful. Unfortunately I only got to see him for half a second before I’m heading off to Detroit. But I will think of him when I cross that finish line. I will say a prayer of thanks for him for just being who he is, for Noah to help me not take marathoning too seriously, for my body for letting me push it, for my family and friends (that’s you too, of course) for being my supporters.
I got my Team New Skin Active Ambassador gear in the mail. Woo-Hoo!
My bib number is 2884 for those wanting to track the marathon.. I hope to post from Detroit but I will be bringing my iPad instead of the computer and me, iPad, and WordPress blog don’t always agree, so we’ll see.
Here is my sweet little send off from the hubs and Noah!
So, here we go!! Yes. I. Can.
I had a good turnout for the 5K/10K My Way Virtual Run. Here is a map all of the cities represented! 3 countires too: United States, Canada, and Germany! Woo-Hoo!
We also posted some of the runners’ photos on the NSCD Facebook page. Click HERE for that.
Winners for the 5K My Way Run:
5K Overall Winners
- Jose Bueno (20:08)
- Angela Gagnon (24:10)
- Brad Woods (27:48)
5K Female Winners
- Angela Gagnon (24:10) – check out her blog www.runningchronicles.com
- Laura Daskal (31:00)
- Janette Rourke (31:12)
5K Male Winners
- Jose Bueno (20:08)
- Brad Woods (27:48)
- Jim Lawton (28:36)
Winners of the 10K Run:
10K Overall Winners
- Nina McVicker (50:01)
- Steve Martinez (50:04)
- Laura Peifer (50:39) check out her blog www.mommyrunfast.com
10K Female Winners
- Nina McVicker (50:01)
- Laura Peifer (50:39)
- Jill Haug (55:39)
10K Male Winners
- Steve Martinez (50:04)
- James Haug (61:00)
And for the prize drawings… The Winners Are:
Bolle Sunglasses- Kathi Dobson, Smiths Creek MI
Bolle sunglasses- Densie Scott, stationed in Germany
Treadfest Jersey- Neilly Buckalew, Pittsburg PA
2 pairs of Dry Fit socks- Jessy Miller, Clarksville TN
Under Armour fleece running hat- Lori Beneteau, Strathroy Ontario
Certificate for Aline custom insoles- Noel Zarac, Rochester MN
Yoga mat- Angela Gagnon, Chicago IL
Free entry into the 2013 Fans on the Field Run- Jose Bueno, Denver CO
We had a lot of walkers and new runners participate and it was really neat to hear their stories! We hope to make it even bigger and better next year! A cool thing came out of this whole thing. A local teacher participated and got her students involved and now she wants me to come out to her school once a month and teach them about adaptive sports and fitness with the hopes they will become interested in volunteering during their spring and summer breaks. Neat-O!
Thanks for playing!
How do you get strong on hills? You run them. People ask me why I don’t mind hills and it’s simply because they don’t intimidate me anymore. I see them often, if not in every run I do. Don’t get me wrong, they are still hard, but I feel that I have won the mental game of hills. I have learned that there are:
- hills that I can attack (this is sometimes followed by a heel click at the top of the hill I just dominated)
- hills that I just have to put my head down and endure
- hills that I have to walk (3,000 ft elevation gain in short miles will teach you that)
- hills that look like a mere bump in the road when you pass by with fresh legs, but after 20 miles, that bump feels like a mountain
During the EPIC Relays, some of the girls in our van were laughing at my running BFF, Nina because she kept saying that the road was flat when everyone else was like ‘no, that’s going uphill.’ And then the girls said ‘no wonder you don’t mind running hills if you think everything is flat’. And it got me thinking about that.
Hills are tough, but manageable. I used to beat myself up if I had to walk up a hill, and then you run up a ridiculous mountain with crazy elevation gain and it becomes stupid for you to “run” that hill because you are wasting energy. Lesson learned.
So, here are some of my tips when facing a hill. Note: there are many educational articles out there about running hills and workouts and such. Check those out too. These are just my ramblings…
- if it is a short hill, run it, hard. Even if you can’t make it to the top. Run that sucker hard for as long as you can then walk or jog the rest or until you have recovered your breath. I guarantee the next time you run it, you will be able to run it further. I don’t typically do hill repeats because I have so many hills throughout my run, but I have done them before and I feel pretty tough after a hill repeat workout.
- if it is a long hill, find your comfortable pace, put your head down and go. If you need to walk, do it but when you feel recovered, start your jog back up again. Repeat this until you reach the top.
- if it is a crazy steep hill and you don’t feel like you are moving anywhere, hike it with large strides stretching out those hip flexors and hamstrings, and when you feel recovered try to jog when you can.
The main thing is to just keep moving forward. I have mentioned my mantras and what keeps me going, but with regards to hills I tell myself to be like a mountain goat. No joke, have you seen those things climb up a mountain? Nuts.
Just like a mountain goat, just like a mountain goat.
What about you? How do you conquer hills?
- Why You Should Embrace Hills (saltyrunning.com)
- Best Marathon I’ve Ever Run, Part Two! (runningbeforeiwalk.wordpress.com)
- 8 Tips for Running an 8-Minute Mile (washingtonian.com)
- Learning to love hills (commonrunner.wordpress.com)
- Triggers, Anchors and Hill Repeats (foodfoodbodybody.wordpress.com)
- Hill Running (runworkeatsleep.wordpress.com)
I have to say, if I can just get through this week of training and fitting in my workouts, things should be good from here on out. The theme for the past few weeks of training has been just ‘get er done’. Between early morning and late evening events for work, the EPIC Relays, a sick toddler, and traveling out of town for a wedding this weekend, I will be ready for my schedule to settle down! Doesn’t life realize I have a marathon to train for!!! Geez!
Last Week’s Training: July 23-29
Monday- Supposed to do 7 @ 9:00 pace but time only allowed for 4 @ 8:50.
Tuesday- I had intended to wake up early and do 3-4 miles this morning but I needed to be at 2 different events that morning so I had to scratch that plan. Here is Denver Civic Eats at Civic Park (lots of truck vendors offering their yummy food). You should check it out sometime if you are in the area. Tuesdays 11:30-1.
I did go to my very first organized track workout with the Colorado Columbines Tuesday evening. On the schedule was 6×800 @ 3:20 w/ 400 recovery jogs. I showed up late so I didn’t have time for a warm up; I just got right to it. My 800s looked like this: 3:26, 3:21, 3:18, 3:22, 3:21, 3:21. I was pretty happy with this. And I tell you what, it is really nice having someone yell out your splits to you while you are running. I finished out the day with 6 miles.
Wednesday- I managed a 5 miler recovery jog at 8:44 pace. A fundraising event this evening for work made for a late night. But I got to get dressed up and eat fancy food and mingle with fancy people that I can’t relate to (thanks for donating a lot of money to our program. oh wow, your donation was my entire paycheck for a year, thanks). This is what my office looked like when I got there Wednesday morning.
Thursday- I am so tired. I think the lack of sleep from the past 2 weeks is really starting to catch up with me. I decide to take a rest day (no yoga, no spinning, no weight training). I’m a slug.
Friday- Day 2 of feeling like a slug. Still so tired. Got a babysitter because our neighbors (and friends) invited us to sit in the club seats for the Rockies game. Pretty awesome! It was also their first night away from baby Zoey.
Saturday- 10 miler with Nina at Waterton Canyon. This was not a good run for me, but I made it through. But the super cool (and kind of scary) thing was all of the wildlife we saw. We saw big horn sheep and a black bear cub. We didn’t see mama bear, thank goodness, but baby bear was seriously just 20 feet away. A hiker stopped us to warn us so we walked with him for a bit until the bear cub walked up into the trees. Phew.
Nina has a bird named Patches. Sometimes, he’s my buddy. He makes me feel like a pirate, Arggg!
Saturday afternoon was spent at the golf course for the 8th Annual Rourke Golf Tournament (big fun). Jim was proudly teaching Noah a thing or two. The after party was a lot of fun too. Noah wasn’t invited to that. I’m not ready for Jim to teach Noah a thing or two about that.
Sunday- again with the slug-like day. I at least looked at my marathon training plan, that’s something.
Upcoming Week July 30th – Aug 5th
Monday- 7 miles @ 9:00 pace. I would love to fit in a strength workout or yoga, but we’ll see.
Tuesday- track workout with the Colorado Columbines. I’m determined to get my 800s under 3:20!!
Wednesday- spin class and yoga
Thursday- I have to do my long run this day due to my travel schedule. 18 miles, here we go!!
Friday- 3-4 miles early morning before work and my flight to Tennessee.
Saturday- rest day, if you can call driving 3 1/2 hours followed by an afternoon wedding reception a rest day.
Sunday- Driving back to Tennessee and catching a flight. Man, I would love to squeeze in a 3 miler but we’ll see how I’m feeling after that afternoon wedding reception
How do you make sure to fit in your workouts? I can’t seem to fit in anything other than my runs, lately. I’m such a slacker!
- Denver to Detroit: Week 1 (kandjcolorado.wordpress.com)
- Will Run For Wednesdays: Personal Commitment, 8 Days a Week (willrunforglitter.com)
- Reflections on Recovery (eat-spin-run-repeat.com)
- Colfax Marathon Race Recap (kandjcolorado.wordpress.com)
- Friday Faves (kandjcolorado.wordpress.com)
Forget about a rest day this week, I have had a rest week and apparently needed it because not once have I felt guilty of missing any runs. I could barely walk up the stairs without coughing uncontrollably, so yes, I am really okay with not running this week. Here’s why.
- Running outside in the Colorado cold air feels like your lungs are on fire. I couldn’t drink my water fast enough trying to put out the flames in my lungs. This was Sunday. 4 miles.
- Running inside on a treadmill feels like someone inflated a balloon inside your chest and you need to pop it.
- Me: “So is it okay to do any sort of exercise?” Doctor (laughing): “You would ask that.” Me: “So…” Doctor: “Okay, here is your gauge: if you feel up to it, you can do light exercise, but stop when it is hard to breathe. And if you feel like crap afterwards, you did too much and don’t do it again. Got it?” Me: “Got it.”
- Mucinex, Narcotic cough syrup, Z pack, Hall’s Throat Drops are all new friends of yours.
- For dinner one night, you will have fresh juice from the juicer (carrot, beet, apple, and orange) and cough drops – that is all.
- In the middle of the kitchen, you will dredge up a deep belly cough that you will need to sit down for, then your dog will come over and beg for a treat (because you just happen to sit near the dog treat jar).
- You will make your little one jump then cry because you scared him with your nasty loud cough.
- You will sound like a man which is not good when you are a woman. I thought I might have Pheobe Buffay’s sexy phlegm voice.
But instead, it is more like this.
So, I have been resting up this week (as much as the little one will allow) in hopes to complete a 14 miler with Nina this weekend. We’ll see. She’s a good sport about things so either way it will be a treat to see my buddy.
With 10 inches on the ground and more coming down, we are doing what we do best: enjoying it!
Jim clearing a sledding path.
Saturday we enjoyed a beautiful fall morning hiking Devil’s Head in Sedalia, CO with our good friends, Brian and Janette.
Getting geared up.
And we’re off!
Why do I suddenly want to go off path?
The red steps to the top. All 143 of them.
This was a great hike for any skill level. It’s about 3 miles round trip. We took our time enjoying the views at the top and the changing leaves all around and we were still off the trail in 2 hours. I’m a fan of getting on the trail earlier than later, especially in Colorado (It gets more and more crowded, the weather starts moving in, etc). Plus, it gives you the rest of the day to do other fun stuff!
Hope you all had a fantastic weekend as well. We are gearing up for a big trip to the beach in North Carolina.
- Aspen Draw hike (drdash.wordpress.com)
- Otter Falls hike.. (jennydlmp.wordpress.com)
- Take a Hike! (With These Fall Hiking Gear Essentials) (fitsugar.com)
This past weekend (Aug 19-21) marked the 3rd year of a greatly successful Camp Discovery. I have been involved with this camp since its first year. I love it and this year was by far the best!! A little background on the camp if you are not familiar:
Camp Discovery is the brain child of Tricia Downing, a paraplegic athlete, the second female wheelchair racer (first female paraplegic) to complete an Iron distance triathlon (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run). She was a competitive cyclist from 1997-2000, but her career was cut short when she was hit head-on by a car while on a training ride on September 17, 2000, in Golden, Colo.
Since that day in 2000, Trish has transformed her life based on her motto of Redefining Able. She has since competed in numerous marathons, triathlons, and is currently heading to Bled, Slovania with the World Championship rowing team to compete for a spot on the US Paralympic team. Click HERE to find out more about her adaptive rowing experience.
Trish, along with CAF (Challenged Athletes Foundation) created Camp Discovery. The camp was designed to be the kind of place for those with an injury or disorder of the spinal cord, can leave their limits behind and discover a new freedom. The activities are designed to reach the mind, body and spirit, hoping to tap into an inner peacefulness and place of confidence, security and self-acceptance. This two and a half day, all women’s camp is designed to teach both mental and physical fitness, while creating lasting friendships with women who have similar experiences and obstacles: a safe haven to have fun and be supported by others who understand your journey.
This year that journey included days filled with horseback riding, rock climbing, zip lining, handcycling, tennis, scuba/snorkeling, yoga, massages, strength training and swimming. Sound fun??? IT WAS!!! Here are just some of the fun that was had by all. I can’t believe I didn’t get any pictures of rock climbing or zip lining. Shame on me!
I love getting flowers. It is a sure way to make me smile. It just makes me feel special. I love getting flowers for my birthday, Valentine’s Day, or a Thursday. I don’t expect them, by any means, nor do I need super fancy flowers. Handpicked daisies are great by me and my non fancy standards. I am not one of those women who says “Oh, I hate getting flowers, they just die in a few days.”
To them I say, “Why eat, you are just going to get hungry again.” or “Why sleep, you will just get tired again.”
Flowers make the room prettier, the mess in that room not matter so much, they smell good and every time you walk into that room and see the flowers, they should make you smile. So I am going to enjoy my red, white, and blue flowers!
Hope you are enjoying your Holiday Weekend!