Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Official #runDisney training - Day 1!

Wine & Dine Half Marathon training officially started yesterday, July 8!!

I did my training run after work, rather than in the morning. This was torture for me and as the end of the day loomed, the dread of working out after work started to set in. I truly loathe doing it at this time of day, but I have to do it when it works. So I sucked it up, gave myself a pep talk on the way home, and did it.

When I got home, I changed immediately and set right out. If I lingered, I would dread it more.

I ran on the East Bay Bike Path, which is along the water partially. Figuring it would be cooler down there and I wouldn't die of heat exhaustion or something insane like that.

It was perfect. The breeze had actually picked up, and it wasn't a humid day (humid by my standards anyway), and the running conditions were great. Running back was a bit difficult once I was in front of the water, as I was running into the wind. But, I pushed on.

The worst part of the run is the fact that my left shin was in serious pain in the first half of the run. It worked out a bit coming back, and I was able to finish strong, but the first half was pretty difficult. I stretched and did a great series of foam rolling exercises when I got home, and I feel good today.

Tomorrow, I have to push through to a full 30 minutes. The bike path starts just at the start of the downtown area of Bristol, and that's where I ran from. I ran to the intersection at the state park in town - Colt State Park - then turned around. As you can see, this resulted in not actually running a full 30 minutes. So tomorrow? I'll cross the intersection.

I need to invest in some good running clothes. I have great leggings that I wear right now, but I would like some running shorts and some better tops. I fear that I will quickly become "addicted" to work out clothes, so I need to take it slow in my purchasing. Plus, I have NO idea where to go, what's best, fit, styles, etc. So I need to start doing some poking around. Yesterday, I pulled out this tech tank that I have had for forever. I made one for myself and one for one of my very best friends, Michele over at Dodging Acorns a few years ago. They were made as a joke between us, and I've never worn it!! So even though the wrong blog is on the back, since Filling Our Bucket is long gone, it was fun to finally wear this and have a good laugh about where this joke started.

What are your favorite places to get workout/running gear? Would love to hear your recommendations!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Training - Day 6 and the week ahead

Crushed it.

I felt amazing after last Tuesday's training run. It was by far my best run. I felt good after, I had a good pace, I wasn't breathless. It was great.

I went to the gym twice. But got thrown off with 4th/5th of July preparations due to the fact my mom is still laid up a bit from her surgery and I had to help a lot around the house. It's fine. I was happy to help out and do what I had to do to help have a great cookout with our family on the 5th - since the rain kept everyone inside and home on the 4th!

This coming week starts official Wine & Dine Half Marathon training. No more skipped runs. No more excuses.

So because of that, I have to change up my training schedule a bit.

I like to work out in the morning. Loathe doing it at night. However, considering the fact that I have noticed my BEST runs are when I do not have to worry about getting back home by a certain time in order to get ready for work and on the road, I need to change things up. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I will need to run after work. When I don't have anything looming ahead of me, or hanging over my head, I have to sacrifice some time with Benjamin and hit the road for 30 minutes. If I don't, then I am certain the stress of getting home by a certain time will continue to hinder my weekday runs, and I want to do the best I can to improve over my training. I don't feel as though I can do that by running in the morning. So evening runs Tues/Thurs, morning runs on Saturdays.

I'm freaking out about long runs. Even the long run on week two, which is only 3 miles. I haven't even gone 2 yet. A full 2 anyway, so I'm a little nervous. But as long as I am consistent, I'll get there right? Right.

I also need to get better about nutrition. I have been tracking calories on My Fitness Pal, but honestly, have too often eaten something processed or unhealthy and justified it because I was still within my calories. So I will use it as a guide, particularly on days I may indulge, but try to focus more on healthy eating instead. Because counting calories is tedious and frustrating and I get caught up in it all and stress about it too much. And when i don't do well I get all insane and beat myself up. So, no more of that.

122 days until Disney World. 125 until the race.

I got this.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Training - Day 5

Well, I'm only writing this about a week late.

Last Saturday, I went on my 5th training run. You may be asking, how was that run only my 5th, when I've been running for about 3 weeks? If I am supposed to be running 3 times a week, shouldn't I be at least on run 12?

Well yes, I should. But, I'm not. Inconsistency still plagues me a bit, and I am not always so great at getting up and doing it. Couple that with surgery for my mom, and early mornings at the office this week, and the wrenches were flying into the gears all over the place.

This coming week I am on vacation. And while I absolutely have no intention of setting any alarms, I do intend on getting up when I wake up, and running or going to the gym.

So last Saturday, I was antsy waiting for someone to watch Benjamin so rather than wait, I took him with me. We headed to the East Bay Bike Path, and set out.

It was difficult, running pushing the BOB, which definitely is the reason for my horrible pace. But part of me wasn't really worried about the pace. I was more interested in getting the run done, and doing it with my son. He got to see me exercise, we stretched together afterward in the shade of the trees in the nearby park, we ran around the park and just enjoyed the beautiful morning.

The week after 4th of July is real training, as that is when the runDisney training schedule for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon begins. So this week, I need to get into a consistent routine and stick to it. As I no loner have time to mess around.

The run  last week though? With my cute running partner and the fantastic view? The pace may have been terrible. I may have taken forever to go not even 2 miles. But, in the end I got out there, did something I never thought I would or could do (run with a stroller) and had an amazing time doing it.

Sometimes, I'll take that over pace.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Add a Flag

**I preface this blog post by stating that I am not the person who came up with this idea. I don't know who did, but I love it so much, I just had to share it!**

I live in America's Most Patriotic Town.

No really. It's true.

Bristol, Rhode Island is, as you can see from the picture, home of America's oldest Fourth of July Celebration.

I grew up here. I've never missed a 4th of July even when I lived out of state, and I live here again.

To say that 4th of July is my favorite holiday in the world is a bit of an understatement.

We start celebrating the 4th of July around here in late May/early June, with our Miss Fourth of July pageant. Followed by the Orange Crate Derby, Firemen's Muster, Flag Day, nightly concerts for two weeks, the 4th of July Ball, the carnival, fireworks, and the best 4th of July parade in the country.

It's awesome.

So about 2 weeks ago or so, I started seeing a line of little American flags stuck in the ground that started right at our town line. I didn't think too much of them until I saw the line start growing by a few flags every day. Then, my mother happened to mention that there was a hand written sign at the front of the line of flags that said, "Add a flag!" How awesome!

So of course, I had to be part of this super cool movement. Wouldn't it be neat to be a part of driving into this little coastal Rhode Island town, greeted by hundreds or even thousands of little American flags waving in the breeze, guiding you to the start of the Oldest Fourth of July parade and celebration in the country? Of course it would.

My Mom bought Benjamin and I 10 little flags to add to the line, and at the end of last week, we went out to make it grow.

I love sharing these moments with Benjamin. I love his inquisitive questions after we do things. "Why did we put flags out?" "What could happen if we didn't put out flags?" "Can we put out more flags?"

It fills my heart. 

The line of flags as grown significantly since we added ours last week. It is exciting to see. I love this little town, this big celebration, and the love for our country. 

Happy 4th of July!

If you would like to be a part of this cool movement, pick up a couple flags, shoot me an email, and I'll give you my address! You can ship them to me and I'll instagram pics of Benjamin and I added your flags to the line!