Friday, July 25, 2014

Official #runDisney training - Day 6

So this was a nightmare.

Thursday as my first run since the 5k on Sunday. I skipped Tuesday because my legs were still sore, and I figured giving myself a couple extra days to recover wouldn't be so bad.

Benjamin and I headed out after dinner on Thursday, and from the get go, things were bad.

I had horrible pain on both legs, on the inside of my calves. I've never had pain there before, so I was very frustrated. I ran when I could, but mostly walked. The pain was consistent and so bad, I absolutely had to turn around early and cut this 30 minute run short.

I'm really hoping that I didn't push myself too hard in the 5k and set myself back, or injure myself in any way. Since getting back home on Thursday, I've been icing and stretching and foam rolling and really focusing on recovering my muscles. They are feeling a lot better, so I'm hoping that by the time Saturday morning and my 4 mile long run rolls around, I'll be feeling good and will be back on track.

This has definitely been a learning experience though. A few things I've learned from this prolonged pain:

1. Stretch, stretch, stretch!!! The beer fest after the 5K on Sunday was fun, but I didn't take the time to stretch before I went to it. After the beer fest, I had a birthday party to go to. So by the time I got home, and got Benjamin in bed, I went to bed myself. And never stretched. Never iced. Never foam or stick rolled. I'm convinced this is a major factor in why I'm still in some pain 4 days later.

2. Pace myself. Pushing myself in the 5k felt amazing. But I think I pushed myself too far, and I'm paying for it days later.

3. Not every run will be awesome. Sometimes I will blow my own mind. Sometimes, things will just suck. I get discouraged very easily, and have to remember that this is a long term goal, and will take time. I'm going to have stumbling blocks, I'm going to have set backs, and there's going to be days where I just don't want to do it. But I have to keep going, and remind myself I CAN do this.

So those are my big lessons this week. What have you learned about yourself as you've trained, or as you have started something new - even something non-running related?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Official #runDisney training - Day 5 - my first 5k!

On the training schedule for this past weekend, was a 3 mile long run.

So instead of just a normal old 3 mile run, I did my very first 5k EVER.

When I heard about the Craft Brew Races Providence back in May, I knew I had to work it into my training.

The morning of the race, I was so nervous. Being the first race I've ever run, I was somewhat worried about how I would do against the rest of the field. But as the time neared for the starting gun, I lost my nerves and just ran on adrenaline.

When I crossed the start line, I took off. I used my Jeff Galloway app to keep my walk/run intervals, but when he told me to walk for the first time, I didn't. I just kept running. I was swept up in the excitement of the race, of the other runners, of pushing myself.

After that first minute and a half or so of running, I slowed down into my intervals. For the most part, I kept them pretty consistent.

But those super high and super low peaks? Let's just say my fastest run pace was 7:06/mile.

So I loved the rush of the race. It was awesome. But something I really need to work on during these long runs is pacing myself to try to stay as consistent as possible. For a shorter distance like a 5k, having those runs where I really push myself isn't too bad. But as I keep adding distance, I'm definitely going to have to work on making sure I stay more consistent.

The race itself? It was a blast. I truly felt awesome. I felt so strong, and like I could do anything. As I approached the finish line, I saw my cheering section - ie. The Yankee Fan - and couldn't help but get this big silly grin on my face. I did it! I had someone supporting me and cheering me on! And I felt awesome!

My next long run is 4 miles on Saturday, and in a few weeks, on a 5 mile weekend I'll be running the Bobby Doyle 5 Miler in Narragansett. I can't wait for that next race! Runner friends have told me that you can become "addicted" to the excitement of the race, the feeling of everyone else running...and it's totally true. After one race, I feel it! And I can't wait to get stronger, and better.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Official #runDisney training - Day 3 & 4


On the left, is training day 3. On the right, training day 4.

Last Tuesday, the sky was threatening storms for hours. But, I really, really wanted to get out there and run. I decided, rather than venture out to the bike path, that I would stay close to home and run through my neighborhood. I understand there are gradual hills on the Wine & Dine Half Marathon course, so I figured running the hills in my 'hood would be good practice.

I fully intended on running the neighborhood twice. But by the time I got back to my house the first time, I was so out of breath I just couldn't keep going.

It was a tough run. Aside from the hills, the air was as thick as pea soup thanks to the humidity. I was drenched in sweat and because I was breathing so heavy, I didn't want to push it much farther. So I did one lap. Considering this was my first time running hills, I didn't think my pace was all that terrible. I'll take it.

Last Thursday, it was a great night for running. I've come to accept the fact that I will likely be running with the stroller every Thursday night, unless I change at work and head straight to the bike path to run before coming home. Benjamin just does not want to be away from me once I get home (and really, I am not too keen on being away from him) so he always wants to come.

I thought my pace was going to be a lot slower, considering I was pushing the stroller. But I was happy with what I did! Benjamin was a great little cheering section, every time I ran he would say, "Wow Mommy, we are going SUPER fast!" Which I think pushed me to run just a little bit faster.

I'm definitely feeling stronger with every run out there. I'm getting used to pacing myself a bit better, although I've learned the excitement and adrenaline of a race can definitely throw that off a bit (more on that tomorrow)!! I'm loving how I feel each day, and actually look forward to my runs!!

Am I becoming...a runner? Time will tell.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rise - a nutritionist in your pocket! #spon @rise

SPON: I was given the opportunity to check out Rise for 10 days in exchange for my honest review and writing about my experience. My opinion is my own.

So if you have followed my blog for any length of time, including back when I was "filling my bucket" you know that I have been in a constant battle with weight, eating right, and so on.

Sometimes I think that if I could just have someone tell me what to eat every day, I would be golden.

Well guess what?

Right now, I've kind of got that.

Enter Rise, an awesome new app that is like "a private nutrition expert in your pocket."

I've had the opportunity to check out Rise for the last few days, and so far I absolutely love it!

When you first download the app, you enter in your information such as name and location, but also what your health goals are. Are you looking to lose weight? Simply eat healthier? Control your portions? You select what your main goal is, and then you get the opportunity to pick your nutrition expert based on your goals, their bio and who you think will be the best fit for you!

Once you've taken care of that, you start logging your meals right in on the app. It is seriously so easy to use.

This is the log in screen and what it will look like before you start logging in your information. Click "Log Meal," and your camera will open right up. You take a snapshot of your plate, click "next" and on the next screen you can enter in a description of what you are eating - such as the portion size and ingredients - and click "save." So easy!

This is what the screen looks like after you have logged your meal.

When selecting the nutrition expert I wanted to work with, I knew I wanted someone that would understand the busy schedule of a mom, who knows running, and who would have suggestions on portion size or suggestions for better alternatives to what I may think is a healthy choice. Given my criteria, I chose Crystal.

Crystal welcomed me to Rise, and since then has been awesome. I have told her about my lifestyle, being a single mom, where I currently live, that I'm training for a half marathon, that I spend a lot of time in the car and the office, and that my major goal is to lose 60 pounds. (Yowza.) 

Your nutrition expert will actually go through your meals and pictures and comment on what you've eaten, make suggestions on swapping things for healthier alternatives, or simply give you  a "great job!" 

I've been logging my meals and getting them evaluated for 4 days now, and I absolutely love it. I've already implemented some of Crystal's suggestions into my meal planning - such as my snack this morning, instead of having just a protein bar, I've got almonds and fruit. 

The best part of Rise is that it is very, very affordable. 

Believe me, I've "done" Weight Watchers, MediWeightloss and shakes, I've gone to nutritionists and I've always stopped due to the cost. 

And while I'm currently being given the opportunity to check out Rise in exchange for my review, when my trial period is up, I'm seriously considering continuing. Because I think it is that good and that good of a value.

There are 3 subscription options, $15 a week, $96 for 8 weeks or $120 for 12 weeks. 

When I went to a nutritionist, I spent $50 a week, and I only got feedback when I met with her, which was once a week. With Rise, I get feedback and tips And it's awesome.

So, are you intrigued? Do you think Rise sounds pretty awesome? Well, it is your lucky day. 

Because you are reading this blog right now, you get to try out Rise for free too for 10 days!!

Download the app (only available in the Apple app store right now), enter your information - including your credit card - and enter the following code when you sign up...


The code will ensure that your card doesn't get charged right away. However, please note that when your 10 day trial is up, your card will automatically be charged whatever subscription choice you made at sign up. If you wish to cancel at any time, you may email to take care of that.

What do you think? Will you check out Rise? If you do, let me know what you think about it!!!