Saturday Morning Motivation

Good morning!!!  Hope that everyone is up and at it this morning.  Unfortunately, a Friday night concert and a Saturday morning long run don’t necessarily mix, but we’ll see how my run goes this morning.  I’m not expecting it to be stellar, but crazier things have happened.  I just feel tired.

The 7 Bridges Marathon just posted this on their Facebook page and I thought it was so true.  Running is at times more mental than it is physical. We run until we reach the end.  Relentless forward progress.

Go be awesome! 🙂

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Running and Racing Memories

For just over six years now, I have been running and racing. Through running, I’ve met some of my best friends, lost other friendships and gained a better understanding of who I am and who I want to be. I really don’t think anything else I could have ever started doing years ago would have allowed me to do and see all I have other than running.

I got to thinking about all my favorite running and racing memories and some made me laugh, others made me a bit embarrassed, and others frustrated me! Regardless of how it makes me feel, there was no way I would change a thing about it.  Here is a short list of some of my memorable running and racing stories. memorieslogo

What you find on a run?

For a while, it seemed like we were always finding things that didn’t quite belong on the routes we run on. We have seen a cucumber, condoms, a package of meat, a guy passed out, etc.  The one that made us all go ew….a half eaten deer leg?! No deer. Just the leg. That one freaked us out a bit but it did give us something to ponder for a mile or two making up our version of how it got there.ew

When nature calls

I was trying to juggle a family dinner and getting in a run so unfortunately, my dinner was happening right before I was meeting my friend, Christie to run. I thought I would be fine running so soon after eating. Boy was I wrong!! About halfway into our run, my tummy was not feeling good at all. I had to go, go. There was a gas station about 1/2 mile from where we were but with each step, I knew I was not going to make it there. I took off for the near by area. Not ideal but the alternative was far worse. Christie was dying laughing at me as I scurried from one tree to the next trying to find a discreet place. I had broke out into a dang cold sweat. I finally found a secluded place to go, tucked behind a huge tree.  Not my finest moment at all!! To this day, we crack up every time we run near that area.tree-800-234x300

That race! 

By now, you all are probably sick of hearing about Kiawah aka my worst marathon ever. I learned a lot from that race but I never share anything else other than how bad it went during the race. If it wasn’t for Kiawah,  I would have never met Cara. She was friends with Katie and Nathan and they invited her to come on the trip. It was her first time being around all of us on a trip and I’m sure she was trying to figure us out, just like we were trying to figure her out. It didn’t take long and by the time we all got home, it was like she was part of our group all along!! Christine was there too on her own trip with friends and it was also one of the first times we got to all hang out. Kiawah was a huge turning point for our two running groups. We all started hanging out a lot more after that trip!11949437_10206107332536989_8990555650156000488_n

And finally…

The Year of the 12athon

One of our running friends created this amazing virtual race series just for 2012.  It was called the 12athon and runners earned points by running 12 miles on the 12th of each month.  We could earn additional points for adding fun elements to our runs.  There were also fun challenge runs too!  I spent the better part of 2012 running in costumes, consuming hard boiled eggs after each mile, running 12 miles on a .25 or less track, etc.  It was a load of fun!!  546031_3568054154689_220894912_n

This Week’s One Word Prompt: Memorymemoryquote

What is your favorite running or racing memory?  Have you ever seen anything weird on a run?

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Favorite Running Bras

Sorry, guys!  This post is just for the ladies.  Unless you all have any interest in wearing the man bra, then you probably don’t want to go any farther than this.

So for most of us runner girls, we have go to bras that we wear.  Some of us need a lot of coverage and support, and some of us (me!) need minimal amount.  Regardless of what size and support you need, it’s important to wear a bra that does have some support.  The purpose of a good sports bra is to keep the jiggling and bouncing to a minimum.  I even find that during certain times of the month, the type of support I need varies. tumblr_mxi6giydlH1skbwk4o1_500

Since I’m in the medium support club, I can only speak to the ones I like to wear.  I’m fortunate that I can wear the basic C9 bras that they have at Target.  I love the ones with the adjustable straps and are racer back.  They are super comfortable, wick well and do the job of supporting me.   I actually buy them in a size smaller than I would just so they are a little snug.

I recently upgraded to their newest style which has modesty pads or as I like to call them “chicken cutlets”.  I like the little bit of padding these give me and I love that I’m fully covered in some of my sheer tanks.  These bras also have thicker straps, but are still adjustable and racer back.  Unfortunately, they just changed them again and the newer version seems to be a little bit too restricting.  They changed the material and it’s not as stretchy, more compression even. friday3miler

Some things to consider when buying a sports bra:

  • Sports bras should fit a little bit tighter than your regular bra.  This will help to control jiggling and bouncing.  You want to stay put in your bra.  Unfortunately that will sometimes lead to the dreaded uni-boob.
  • Look for material that wicks and pulls moisture away from your skin. Check the band along your rib cage to make sure it is soft.  Look at the seams along the armpits and the straps.  Any rough spots when you try it on will lead to chafing later.
  • One way to check to see if your bra is the right fit, try jogging in place.  See if there is any movement.  Try lifting your hands over your head too.  If it pulls up at all, you may need to make a change in size or adjust the straps for a better fit.
  • Check the cups and make sure that there isn’t any gaps or extra space.  Adjust size if needed.
  •  If you wear a heart rate monitor, you may want to bring it with you to see how it fits under the bra when you try it on.  I personally prefer a bra with a wider band so that it keeps my HR monitor in place better.

The thing I’m probably guilty of is holding on to a bra too long.  The average lifespan of a sports bra is about 6-12 months.  I know for a fact I’m wearing some that are older than that.  I try to buy a few new ones every few months.  If my older bras are in pretty good shape, I still keep them and use them as my “dry” bra when I bring a change of clothes after I run.

Also, don’t dry your sports bras (or any running clothes really).  I hang mine up to dry which helps keep them in better condition.  You’d think drying it would tighten it back up but all you are doing is ruining the fibers and making them break down quicker.

What is your favorite running bra?  What do you like most about it?

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Weekly Rundown

This week has been quite a week!  There have been some running highs and then some moments that left me feeling beaten up.  weeklyrundownlogoMonday -at start: 88 degrees and 46% humidity

I met up with Amy in the evening to get in a few miles.  She had some speed work to do so I just went to be out there with her.  We ran a one mile warm-up then she went on to do her 800’s.  I was feeling really good and was picking up pace for the next .5 mile in and started tagging along with her for the rest of them.   We absolutely rocked those 800’s I ran mine as a progression and started at 8:00 pace for the first one and ended up with 7:24 for the last one.  We walked in between for each recovery.  We finished up with a cool down.  4.35 miles @10:18 pacemonday817

Tuesday -at start: 81 degrees and 70% humidity

I met Christine, Kay and crew to get in some miles.   We had a decent run and felt pretty good despite how it felt out there.  We finished 4 miles @10:57 pace

Wednesday – at start: 84 degrees and 66% humidity

Cara, Christine and I met up to run in the evening.  We ran a route we haven’t run in a while and ended up with a really great run!  We got in 4.1 miles @ 10:47 pace.  I also got to try out my new HR monitor that is paired with my Garmin.  I’m so excited I don’t have to wear two watches now!  My avg HR was 130, max 147wed819

Thursday – at start: 88 degrees and 52% humidity

This was a two part run.  Christine joined my running/coaching group for a few miles.  We ran and walked with the group for 2.35 miles.  Avg HR 113, max 134.  We were doing 6 minutes running/3 minutes walking x 3.  The ladies were true rockstars!!  Christine and I headed out for another 2 miles together.  Along our run, we saw a huge fox running in a field.  At first we we were in awe, then sort of freaked out.  There had been sightings of a rabid fox near where we were.  We kicked into high gear!  2.01 miles@10:52 pace avg HR 136 max 149 (Funny enough, that’s the fox sprinting)

Friday – at start: 72 degrees in AC

Since I’m back at school that means I get the joy of running a mile in my classroom.  Oh indoor mile at school, how I’ve missed you?!  1 mile at 12:00 pace

Saturday – at start: 66 degrees and 94% humidity

This was the best weather we’ve had all week!!  Even though the humidity was high, we didn’t feel it.  There was a slight cool breeze.  We had a route in mind, but then ended up just wandering around for the whole 10 miles.  We had the best run!!  10 miles@11:05 pace avg HR 128, max HR 145sat822

Sunday – at start: 72 degrees and 69% humidity

What a difference a day makes!  I felt like utter crap for this whole run.  I was drenched within the first mile and was thankful that I had decided to wear my water belt.  We always know that the second long run can be tricky.  We had a few good miles in the 11, but for most of them, we just kind of felt sluggish.  Also, we ran a super hilly route for our second day.  Yesterday’s total feet gain, 295…this run? 505!? 11 miles @ 11:19 pace avg HR 130, max HR 147 sun823

Meals

I’m not even going to pretend that we felt like cooking all week.  I knew it would be tricky with me headed back to work for us to feel like cooking after some long days.  We did so great!!  I was really proud of us for sticking to our cooking plan.

  • Chipotle Glazed Pork with roasted broccoli and mashed potatoes
  • Lemony Shrimp Fettucine
  • Seared Steak with chipotle cream sauce and potato and corn hash
  • Penne Arrabiata with Italian Sausage from a local restaurant

hellofresh817How was your week? Anything that you want to share?

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Weekly Fitness and Meal Plan

Heading into week 8 of 7 Bridges Marathon training and that can only mean one thing!  We are over the halfway hump.  Just a few more weeks of adding miles and then we’ll hit taper town in just 4 weeks.

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Monday – It’s the first day of school so I’m planning at least a mile, but may end up doing 3 recovery miles if I have time.  I tweaked my back this weekend so that is also in play too.

Tuesday – I’m meeting Cara to get in 4 miles together sometime after school.

Wednesday – Christine and I will head to Hamilton Lakes to run 4 miles on the trails there.

Thursday – I’ll get in 2 miles solo before heading out to meet my training group for an additional 2+ miles.

Friday – one mile day and Christine and I are headed to see Breaking Benjamin in Winston.  I am so excited to see them again!!

Saturday – Long run part one  Christine and I will have 11 miles to run.  Not too sure how that’s going to go after a late night, but we’ll get in the miles some way.

Sunday – Long run part two and we’re actually splitting it up too.  We’ll run 6 miles in the morning and meet in the afternoon for the Growler Gallop 10K.  It’s the last race we’re running of the Race the Bar Series.  I’ll also hit my 1,000th mile of the year on this run!  I can’t believe it!

Total miles: 37 or 40 (depending on Monday’s run)

Meals

Hello Fresh is not disappointing this week and we have some delicious meals headed our way.  We still have the Tex Mex Risotto leftover from this week’s delivery and we’re adding Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Spicy Tuna Tar-Tacos, and Smoky Black Bean and Plantain Tacos.

What’s on your fitness plan?  How has your training been going?  Any yummy meals planned?

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Saturday Morning Motivation

Hi ya’ll!! I have been MIA the last few days and that can only mean one thing…school!! With lots of long days, Open Houses (mine and Hayden’s) and keeping up with all my workouts, I didn’t have much of a chance to get any blogging time in.

I wanted to make sure I got in a Saturday Morning send off!! So lace up, gear up and get ready for your Saturday morning run!!

Our Sole Intent was speaking to me just yesterday!! With my marathon long kind of days this week, it seemed like I was running through the last few days.  
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…running is so much more than finish lines and medals.  It’s the day to day grind of showing up and putting one foot in front of the other.  It’s LIFE training. It’s getting uncomfortable, savoring the good miles and not-so-good miles. Victory and failure…it’s living + loving + moving.

~Our Sole Intent

Have an awesome Saturday, friends!

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Running Role Models

Every day, every where there are a women and men showing up and running their runs.  In the heat, in the cold, with busy schedules…there isn’t an obstacle that is standing in their way to do the very thing that makes us happy.  Nothing that keeps us from the thing that is so a part of us, running.

This Tuesday on the Run is all about honoring our running role models!  I’m a super lucky girl to be surrounded by a huge group of runners.  I can’t just pick one or two of my friends who are my role models, I just couldn’t pick! Every one I run with has a different reason for being out there and a different way that they are special to me. role models

For all those new momma runners, I couldn’t even imagine the thought of trying to add in running with a new baby.  Keep in mind, I wasn’t even running yet when Hayden was born.  I didn’t find it again until she was 6.   I admire the fact that your love and care for your baby but included the love and care for yourself.  You’ve embraced becoming a new mom and your running has become finding you again.  Enjoy both journeys, the motherhood one and your new running momma one.  They are both special.

For all the momma runners, there is a bond that we share.  It’s true.  I understand you and you understand me.  You get that we juggle everything and that every time we step out the door, we have to overcome the guilt of leaving our mom job to do our running job.  We find ways to get in quick runs around family schedules, we try our best not to disrupt life too much, but we also know that part of being a great mom is taking care of ourselves too.   We toe the line all the time but because our families realize how important this is to us, we feel just a bit better about it.

For all the beginning runners, this is hard.  Those of us who have been running for a while, forget what it’s like sometimes to start running.  There is no ease, there is no runner’s high, there is only thoughts of wanting to stop, how long until I can walk or stop, why is there a hill?!, I’m so slow, etc.   There is no joy when you first start running.  What I admire is that you do it anyways.  That you still lace up, head out and run because the prospect of what running can be and what running can do is far greater than the need to stop.  Your heart beats out your head every time.

To all of us mid-pack and back of the pack runners, we can sometimes feel like the forgotten children of running.  There is always that one race that by the time we finish, everything is gone…no food, no water, no cheering crowd at the end, and the post race party is all but done.  But, we don’t do this for those things (ok, maybe the post race beer…). We do this to prove that we can do it for ourselves.  We’re doing this because it’s part of us.  No matter what the time on that clock says, it doesn’t define us.  That number doesn’t tell you how much heart, dedication and love we have for running.

To my own running family, all of you, your support and dedication to running is amazing.  I love that we always have someone in our group to run with if and showing up on Saturdays and Sundays to run, we are all out there together in our smaller groups clicking off miles.  I love that we love each other.  We want to see everyone do their best and have their best runs or races.  I want to be a better runner and friend because you’ve shown me how to be a better runner and friend.  It’s through the strength of our whole group that makes us all strong.

and finally,

To Cara and Christine, my sisters in running.  I loved running before, but I really love running now.  You both bring so much to my life, outside and inside of running, that I’m forever grateful.  I love that you both show up every day.

With in her mix matched running clothes (although this summer, she somehow started matching?!), her YEM socks in the winter, and her stinky camo visor (may it rest in peace now),  Cara makes me find joy in running.  Your ability to just be in the moment when running makes me want to do the same.  You don’t take this all too seriously and I’ve learned a great deal from you.  I’ve chilled out in running and life (a bit) and I’m happier for it.

Christine is the yin to Cara’s yang for me.

Christine is a quiet thinker.   While Cara and I are usually off the chain, Christine keeps us grounded and realistic with where we are and what we’re doing.  If I’m struggling with a run, I want Christine next to me.  She’s not going to get worked up about it, she’ll keep us moving, and we’ll finish.  She’s the powerhouse in our little group.   Christine is unstoppable.  She’s taught be how to brush myself off and stand stronger for it.  I’ve learned to be stronger from her.  thesegirls

Who is your running role model?  Is it someone close to you?  What makes him/her your role model?

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Weekly Rundown

Another great week of marathon training!  After last week’s back down, I felt refreshed and renewed for this week’s longer distances and the weather cooperated more or less.

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Monday – at start: 72 degrees, foggy and 88% humidity

I had an early morning run planned and ended up being able to run with my sister, Lisa and my friend, Kristen, and her sweet daughter.  We had a great run and looped through the local parks.  It was such a treat!!  We ran 4.01 miles.   I met Christie for Body Pump in the afternoon.  It was a great class and was on the more difficult side, which I love.  I like feeling like I gave it my all at the end of class.

Love my new tank from Target

Love my new tank from Target

Tuesday – at start: 79 degrees, post storm and  65% humidity

Christine and I met up with our friend, Kay’s running group.  I had to run 4.22 miles to hit 900 miles for the year!  We had a decent run despite the heat and humidity.  900 miles 2

Wednesday – at start: 84 degrees, 37% humidity

The weather was amazing for our evening run!  Christine and I met to run a local trail at Hamilton Lakes.  We ran 4.11 miles @10:33 pace.  We even saw our friend, Nathan out there who was finishing up his run.  wedrun

Thursday -at start: 66 degrees, 83% humidity

I was supposed to meet Christie in the morning, but totally overslept.  I guess I needed it?!  So I ran a quick 4 miler by myself around my neighborhood.  I usually take one day and it run it as a speed workout so this morning was the day.  I got in 4.15 miles @9:28 pace.  I ran it as a 3 mile progression run (Fast, faster, fastest) with a one mile faster.  I nailed it!!  I ran 10:21 the first mile, followed by 9:40 for my faster mile and finished with 8:19 for my fastest mile.  My last mile was back at 9:33.  I was so pleased with how that one went.

thursdayrunaugThursday afternoon: at start: 84 degrees, 37% humidity

I got an additional 2.25 miles in with my coaching group!  These ladies are doing amazing.  We ran 5 minutes and walked 3  x 3.

Friday – One mile rest day!!  I so needed it!

Saturday -at start: 70 degrees, 83% humidity

A few of us met to run in the morning.  Christine and I had 9 miles for our first long run of the weekend.  We broke it up into 2 smaller loops.  The 5 of us all ran together for the first 5 miles.  Kristen headed home to finish her miles back to her house.  The rest of us headed back another mile to our cars to grab water and finish with our second loop of 3 miles.   This was a hilly, hilly route.  I had no one to blame but myself; I mapped it. We gained 400+ feet over the 9 miles?!  It was rough and by the last two miles, we were done.  We finished the 9 miles @11:02.  Avg HR 124

Saturday Night – My family and Keith and Christine volunteered for a local afternoon 5K, the Retro Run.  We were in charge of the first water stop and 3 turns along the course.  We had a great time cheering on the runners for a steamy race!  We were drenched just standing out there; couldn’t imagine actually running it!  retrorunvolunteer

Sunday -at start: 68 degrees, 94% humidity

Long run part two.  A bigger group of us all met to run.  Everyone broke up into smaller groups to run different loops.  We had a huge range of miles between us all.  I had 10 miles to run.  We ran them in smaller loops again today.  We called it 2 2’s and 2 3’s coming back to the car each time for water.  It works well for us to do that for our second day run.  Mentally, I’m able to break the miles down easier that way.  Christine, Cara and I ran our first 2 miler then refueled and were about a mile into our first 3 and our friend, Amy caught up to us.  The four of us ran together back to the cars.  We had 5 miles down, 5 more to go!  Amy and I hung together for the next 5 miles.  We found a great pace and just ticked off the miles.  I finished 10 miles @ 10:37 pace overall with an avg HR 129.  I was stoked!  sundayrunaug

Total weekly miles: 38.87

2015 Year to Date Miles: 930.64 on my way to 1500

Meal Plan

Good food was every where this week!!  We had some great meals from Hello Fresh and we had one girls’ day lunch this week which was such a treat!

  • Peach and Prosciutto Flatbread
  • Layered Vegetarian Enchiladas
  • An awesome Bento Box (sushi, tempura veggies, Hibachi chicken, fried rice and salad)
  • Lemongrass Chicken skewers
  • Za’Tar Pita Burgers with zucchini fries

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Weekly Fitness and Meal Plan

It’s Sunday and for this Sunday that means too things: planning out my week and school tomorrow!! Eeek!! Last day of summer vacation!

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Week 7 of Marathon Training
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Monday – I’ll most likely go back to making Mondays one mile days due to time. I’m hoping to leave school in time to make it to BodyPump in the afternoon.

Tuesday – 4 miles

Wednesday – 4 miles

Thursday – Today will be tricky. I have my open house, Hayden’s Open House and coaching. I’m not sure how I’ll juggle all that but it’ll sort itself out. Going for at least a mile to keep my streak up!

Friday – one mile (maybe more if needed)

Saturday – 10 miles

Sunday – 11 miles. Hitting double digits now for both days on the weekend.

Total miles: 32 but probably 35-36

Meal Planning

We picked some yummy dishes this week!!

  • Lemony Shrimp Linguine
  • Tex Mex Risotto
  • Seared Steak with a chipotle sauce

Thursday will probably be take out since we have a full schedule. I may grab salads from Panera on my way home. Try to keep it healthy and fresh.

What’s on your fitness plan?  How has your training been going?  Any yummy meals planned?

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Saturday Morning Motivation

Good morning, y’all!! Hope your morning is as beautiful as the one we have here in NC! A little bit cooler temps the last few days have helped me feel better about running in the summer.  But, I’m pretty sure summer isn’t done with us yet.

For this morning’s motivation, I found a gem on Facebook yesterday!! It made me laugh and it’s fairly light-hearted. I’m hoping it makes you laugh too. We need a little laugh sometimes to just clear the air.


Race Addict posted it on her page and I loved it!

Have a fabulous Saturday, friends!

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