Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I'm a #FitFlutential Ambassador!

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I am so excited to announce being selected as a FitFluential Ambassador!

You are probably thinking..."Seriously?"

To which I would say, "Yep. Seriously."

I wanted to be considered for this honor because I'm working hard to live a fitter, healthier more active life. I'm a single mother. I have 2349328940325305 excuses I could give to not try, not find the time, not make it work. However, I'm not doing anyone any favors by using those excuses and not living my fittest life possible. I wanted to be a part of this ambassador program to show that even a single, working full time mom, who is at least 60 lbs over weight can GET. IT. DONE.

I'm using this as a swift kick in the ass.

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll see that I've started #eatittweetit. So in addition to sharing all of my meals with my awesome nutritionist Crystal on Rise, I'll be sharing them with basically anyone who wants to see them on IG.

I'm going to bring back my #3dailygoals on there.

I'm going to start kickboxing on Monday nights with my friend Jane, from MomGenerations.

I'm going to start going to bikram yoga on Tuesday nights, hopefully on a regular basis with my friend Kirsten from The Queen of the Earth.

I'm going to stick to my gym schedule.

I'm going to finish out my half marathon training schedule and kick as much ass as I can in that race.

I'm going to GET. IT. DONE.

Tag along.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sorry...Not Sorry...#runDisney training and race popularity

 So I switched around my training schedule a bit. A week ago, I did a 3 mile run, and this past weekend...I was supposed to do an 8 miler.

First the good, last weekend's 3 mile run.

I pushed things hard in lap 2 to do a Magic Mile, which is supposed to predict pace on race day.

I'm pretty content with the fact that this just seems to be my pace. I've only just started running a few months back, and I've definitely improved. I also know that on actual race days, I push harder, have the momentum of the race behind me, and typically run about 10 seconds faster than my fastest lap. So, I'll take it.

Over the course of the week I did two other short runs that went ok. I don't have pace for them though because both times I forgot my Garmin at home. According to my Jeff Galloway training app, however, the pace was about par for the course and the same.

Then there was this. My 8 mile run...that really was only Because I split this up into two runs.

First of all, I used KT Tape for the first time on this run, and I'm a believer. The posterior shin splint application definitely helped with the pain I've been having in my legs on my inner calves, and it was awesome. So when I headed out Sunday morning, I was very confident in how my run would go. And then, it was as if my left leg said, "Oh, well if I can't hurt you on the inside of your calf, I'll just hurt you on the outside of your calf. A lot!!!"

I've had pain on the outside of my left calf before, and I've always been able to work through it. But this time, the pain was so bad, and given I was under the gun for time, I had to cut things short.

Looking at my laps of the first run, however, I have some theories about how I felt and the pain.

When I turned around, defeated, I had a Gatorade energy chew and chugged some water. I walked a few intervals in a row, and then ran the rest. I felt stronger, and the pain in my leg definitely seemed less painful. So, I spent the rest of my morning hydrating with water and gatorade, and when Benjamin went down for a nap in the afternoon, I headed back out.

My legs felt great! I felt strong! It was awesome!

Until my feet swelled to the point where my toes were tingling and my right big toenail was digging into my shoe, and hurt so bad, I had to actually call my father to come pick me up. And when I got home, the first thing I did was cut my toenails (TMI? sorry.)

I wasn't going to risk losing a toenail, or hurting myself, for a training run. But now I'm I need bigger sneakers? I just bought the shoes I have. They weren't inexpensive. But if my feet are swelling this much, to the point where my feet are tingling and painful, clearly something needs to be done.

I'm not going to let my frustration slow me down though, I'm going to keep going. I AM going to finish the Wine & Dine Half Marathon in November.

Which brings me to the growing popularity of runDisney races.

I don't really consider myself a runner (yet), but anyone that knows me knows that I love, love, love Walt Disney World. It is my favorite place on earth, by far. And running a half marathon is a bucket list item for me. So, why wouldn't I combine my love of Walt Disney World with my goal of running a half, and run a race in Disney and use it as motivation to reach my goal?

This morning, in a group on Facebook, someone posted about how 2 years ago today, the 2013 Walt Disney World marathon sold out, only a few months before the race. And how that was "the good ole days." Several seasoned runners commented, stating how it is so sad that now, if someone wants to run a Disney race, they need to register the day registration opens, or else risk missing out due to the races selling out so fast.

Other comments ranged from the races now getting out of control, that people shouldn't have to plan things so far in advance if they want to run a race, and (my personal favorite) the fact that people who just love Disney and can't run to save their lives are ruining it for real runners.

And I have a few things to say about that...

I'm sorry (not sorry) that my love of Disney is what is motivating me to follow through on a goal I have had for over 10 years, instead of just giving up and saying "I can't do this."

I'm sorry (not sorry) that I'm slow, and "run" at run/walk/run intervals, and that I only average a 15 minute mile.

I'm sorry (not sorry) that I am only now learning about running etiquette.

I'm sorry (not sorry) that I've only been running for a few months, and didn't start training until I actually registered.

I'm sorry (not sorry) that you may have to weave around me when I'm walking.

I'm sorry (not sorry) that I'm too excited about running through Walt Disney World to care too much about my pace, as long as I don't get swept and I finish.

And I'm sorry ( NOT sorry) that I may have taken a spot that maybe "should" have been for a "real" runner.

I think it is sad that people are upset that more and more people are interested in runDisney races. I read over and over again that runners are supportive of one another, that the running community is amazing. But then I see comments like this, and it is disappointing. It isn't very supportive, and it is, to be honest, hurtful.

What do you think about people who are slower, or faster, than you? Do you support no matter what?

Friday, August 29, 2014

#runDisney training...yes...I'm still here!


After the Bobby Doyle 5 miler, the following Saturday was another long run. 6.5 miles. The farthest I've ever gone.

I carried a small water bottle in order to stay hydrated, something that I found to be an issue in the 5 miler. That definitely helped. 

I also upped my run/walk intervals from 30/45 seconds to 1/1 minutes. While I was able to run through most of the run intervals, I had to take some longer walk breaks a few times and by the end I didn't feel strong. The shorter intervals definitely work better for me.

After that run, however, I had some nasty pain, and I took over a week off. The pain in my ankles was debilitating at times. I did lots of R.I.C.E. the following week, and just took it easy. 

On Tuesday, I went out for my 30 minute run, and still had pain. Yes, I'm still under the required Wine & Dine Half Marathon pace, but I'm not happy and I didn't feel good. After doing some research, I think I know what is going on, and am going to try some new strategies to help alleviate the pain. The good thing about this week, is that the pain has not lingered, so I'm not concerned about going out running Saturday morning for my scheduled long run.

Which is 8 miles.


I've learned so much about myself and my abilities through my training. And after tomorrow's long run, I will share them with you. 

As long as I finish in the upright position...

Friday, August 15, 2014

#runDisney official training - training runs and the Bobby Doyle 5 Mile Summer Classic

Since the beginning of August, my training has been sort of wacky.

The first week of August, I was off from work. I did one training run which was horrible and I honestly shouldn't have done. But I went out and did it and it got done.

Last weekend, I ran the Bobby Doyle 5 Mile Summer Classic in Narragansett, RI.

I was very nervous. Everyone around me was definitely a MUCH more seasoned runner than I was. But I reminded myself that I wasn't there to run against anyone. I wasn't there to compete with anyone. I was there to run my 5 mile training run in a beautiful and fun environment, and keep pushing forward in my training.

I finished and I got that amazingly awesome medal. And I finished with an amazingly awesome time. But wow, was it HARD.

It was a warm day, but not majorly humid, which was amazing. We've been really lucky up here in Rhode Island lately, because the weather has been AMAZING. But what made this whole race so difficult for me were the hills and the sun.

The course was very hilly. I've only done one hill training run, and typically I'm on the flat East Bay Bike Path. So I was totally not used to the hills. So that was tough, and definitely caused some pain in my calves and shins. Then there were quite a few long stretches of being in the straight sun. Which again, I'm not used to as the bike path is fairly well shaded in most spots.

Oh, and lets not forget I was also battling a bit of a cold.

But I pushed myself. I challenged myself. I listened to my body if I needed to and walked through run intervals as necessary. I wanted to make sure that I didn't push myself too hard, didn't hurt myself, didn't sideline myself.

And I did exactly that. After the race, I made sure I took care of myself. Iced, foam rolled, and made sure my muscles were well.

I am very proud of that race. I haven't run since, due to a few circumstances out of my control, but I have felt good since. And tomorrow morning, I'll be getting out there for another longest run ever...6.5 miles.

Are you training for a race? How's it going?