Five things Friday

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a great week.  Mine was crazy busy with work and going into a long training weekend (my biggest ever), but first — I want to share five things this Friday!!

First up:

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Can we just talk about my shoe problem? I might have a slight Brooks Running addiction. AND – these were just the shoes in my workout room.  Rest assured, I am donating several of these to Girls on the Run! Do you have a favorite pair? I tend to try them all and rotate depending on my terrain, clothes (matchy-matchy), and distance.

2. That’s it.®

These bars are so yummy and only have two ingredients! All fruit, no preservatives. Oh … and no fat, non GMO, Gluten free, Kosher, Vegan, and Raw. They are the perfect on the go snack when whole fruit is not readily available.

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3.  Sizzlefish.

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This box is truly amazing. Sent right to my door with dry ice. We’ve already made three meals using the perfect portion sizings. AND – I like the fact that they come in portions, because as I’ve learned – I eat way more than this when we cook an entire salmon filet. Do I like fresh – heck yes! BUT – this is perfect to have on hand when you are in a hurry or need something quick and easy AND nutritious.

The package I received was the Paleo Prime Plus:

Have you tried Sizzlefish? If so, what did you think?

4.  OMGOSH!!! Javelina Jundred is now only 35 days away ….

Well, technically right now (at the time of this writing) … 35 days, 23 hours and 14 minutes.

Here is a photo from last year, when I was lucky enough to pace one of my besties to his first 100 mile finish.

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5.  The awesome running socks I’m wearing are by TIUX.  I am giving away a pair and the winner will be announced later today.  See my Instagram account for your chance to win your own!

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Have a wonderful day friends! Who’s running this weekend? Who’s racing? Who’s cheering?

Whatever you are doing, make it a good one! xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Life After Ironman

It might seem like I’ve fallen off the training wagon coming off of Ironman Canada, but …

I really just fell off the blogging wagon.  #oopsie

I’m pleased to report, however, I have been training again and LOVING IT!  I decided to change my focus for the next few months to running in hopes of getting some of my speed back.  Here’s a glimpse at my last several weeks post Ironman:

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My awesome coach, Daryl, has me running 6 days a week, swimming on Mondays, and one bike on Wednesdays.  I’m loving this schedule!  I’ve only had one set back and it was last week.  I came down with a nasty cough, body aches, and stuffy head, which all ended up in my chest.  I physically was so tired and decided not to push it with training and instead, REST.  I finished up this week with two solid runs.  So YAY for that.

So, you might be wondering why I changed up my training.  Well, I have a few running races on the horizon.  My key race being the Las Vegas Rock and Roll 1/2 marathon on November 17, 2013.  I’m shooting for a new PR!

I also have several other 1/2 marathons that I’m doing for training purposes.  I completed one of them two weekends ago, thanks to my friends at FurtherFasterForever, with a free entry!  And, surprise!  Although I ran it for training only, I ended up with my second fastest 1/2 marathon time!

After Las Vegas, I have my sights set on an EPIC endurance running event:  The Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge!!

…. so, cheers my friends! To running in the rain, running on the road, running on the treadmill, running on the trails, running with friends, running solo, running early, running late, running without pain, running with sore muscles, …. running ANYWAY I can.

But most importantly:  RUNNING HAPPY!

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Las Vegas Rock ‘n Roll Race Report

I flew into Vegas on Friday, December 1st, and promptly checked in to my hotel — The MGM Grand.  I couldn’t wait to get over to the Expo – located at the Sands Convention Center, inside the Venetian, so I unpacked and organized my clothes as quickly and neatly as humanly type A possible, and then made my way to catch a taxi.

I forgot how expensive taxi’s are in Vegas.  Ridiculous!!  At any rate, I made my way over to the Expo and found it to be well organized.  A huge open space to pick up race numbers according to your corral (I was in corral 2), then onto picking up my tech T — by Brooks!  Finally, the swag bag, full of mostly brochures, but I like them empty so I can fill it with goodies from the expo.

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Race Bib:

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First stop, Brooks Cavalcade of Curiosities!

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Have I mentioned how much I love Brooks? I won a t-shirt and tried my hand a new pair of shoes (I didn’t win the shoes).

I made my way through the expo, had a few healthy protein nibbles and was back at the hotel and ready for bed by 8:30 pm.  Exciting for Las Vegas right?! But hey – I had a race to run!!

The next morning, I met my friend from Virginia and we made our way to the Expo so she could get her race packet. I chilled all day in this attire (not very Vegasy, I know):

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(I love this Brooks Run Happy Cupcake Tech T — so soft and comfortable.  I also wore my CEP compression socks all day!)

RACE DAY:

So the race didn’t start until 4:30 pm.  I knew I didn’t want to eat much of anything, so my last meal was around 10 am and consisted of eggs, ham, and an english muffin.  Nothing more until after the race.

Brooks race kitRace ready!!

yellow shoesResting my legs before the start.

So … the start::

I almost missed my corral.  I was in the longest porto-potty line EVER! By the time I got out, they had just started Corral 1.  I sprinted nearly 1/2 mile, dodging and weaving and about 100 “excuse me’s” through the masses of other runners and spectators.  By the time I made it to the start, Corral 2 had already taken off and the runners were at least 300 feet down the road …. ACK!!  So, I started … SOLO …. as Corral 3 was still being held back at the start line.  hee hee … 🙂 Why not?

I quickly found my pace and held stead fast.

WHOA — wait …. what’s this?

WIND?!!!

Sideways, hard, pushing.  UGH.  This is not going to be fun.  Stay focused I told myself.  Get in behind others and keep moving forward.  So, that’s what I did. I felt good during the entire race and enjoyed seeing the STRIP AT NIGHT! At about mile 8, I had 1/2 a gel, and I only took in a few sips of water.  At mile nine, I was coming into the back side of Freemont and saw a spinning stiletto heel.  ….. LOVE!

Turning back towards the Bellagio, total headwind, HARD, for the final 3 + miles.  Everyone I tried to get behind was slowing way down, so I just pushed harder to catch someone else to run behind.  I found a skinny dude and followed him for about 2 miles, until he stopped to walk.  WHAT?! We are almost done!!  I kept at it, pushing, knowing that I would PR.  And, a PR, I did!!

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Now for the nitty-gritty:

Yes – I did PR … but, I almost started crying when I finished.  I looked down at my GARMIN, which showed I had an average pace of 7:45 and 13.23 miles in 1:42:44.  How is my time not closer to a 1:40:00 ???  I was shooting for a 1:40:00.  A 7:51 average pace should have given me a 1:40:00.  What the heck?

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I asked other runners what their Garmin’s read.  Everyone I talked to said their Garmin’s showed 13.2 something.  That’s it — the course was long!

Wait — it could haven’t been another 2 minutes.  Still dumbfounded — I just couldn’t get past why I didn’t come closer to a 1:40:00, especially after running a solid 7:45 average pace.  DANG!

I tried to brush it off as best as I could and feel great about my performance and my PR, but still …..

I met up with my old high school buddy, Eric, and his wife, Sharon, for a night of fun.  Here is our after race photo:

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It wasn’t until the next day that I found my training mistake ….

For whatever reason, my last few runs were at marathon pace, not at 1/2 marathon pace.  So I had 7:51 stuck in my head, not 7:36 …

This, my friends, is what I call my DUMB ASS training moment #537

Overall — this was a fantastic race and I’m glad it was a solid effort and performance.  No injuries – great running – and awesome friends to train with.

This is what I call SUCCESS!

Three Things Thursday

***ACK!  It’s been a week and I missed my blogging.  To my credit, I was in Vegas Friday through Tuesday and follow that with two 10 hour days of work and you have one tired girl!

Here are my Three Things Thursday to get me back on track:

1.  I ran a race on Sunday!!  Not just any race, I ran the Vegas Rock ‘n Roll 1/2 Marathon!!  A race re-cap will be forthcoming (I promise)!  For now, here’s a sneak-a-peek:

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2.  YES! This was a PR (Personal Record) for me!! WOOT!  My previous best was a 1:44:37 in 2008 at the Holualoa Tucson 1/2 Marathon.

ASIDE from the PR, my biggest achievement was coaching two athletes to their very first 1/2 marathon!! One was from Virginia (who I had never met until Saturday) AND the other was a co-worker of the hubs that had no real plan until I sent him one.  BOTH of these athletes did fantastic during their training and nailed the 1/2 marathon on Sunday despite the EPIC headwinds.  I’m so excited for their next races and am grateful to have been a part of their very first 1/2 marathon experience.  Thank you Rebecca and Jeff!

3.  A special shout out to Brooks Running for selecting me the last 4 years to be a part of the Inspire Daily team.  I wore their race kit proudly Sunday!

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Three Things Thursday

1. I’ve been addicted to Frosty the Finger Puppet since Black Friday. He’s taken over my Instagram and has his own hashtag: #frostythefingerpuppet

I also thought it would be fun to share the love of Frosty with a couple of IG friends. One of which is @emysue — she just got Frosty today and began snapping up her own fun pics!! I love it!

The next person to get Frosty is a surprise! I will let you know soon!

Here one of my favorite Frosty pics from this week:

I called this one: Glamour Shots

2. I leave for Vegas tomorrow!! ACK!! I’m not even packed yet — well, sort of packed. I have my running clothes ready to go, if that counts. I think it does — I mean, really — the most important thing is my race attire, if you ask me. I narrowed it down to four outfits and posted to my IG friends for their input.

Here are the choices:

My IG friends are mostly split between the top RIGHT and the bottom RIGHT.

Do you spy #frostythefingerpuppet in each photo? 😉

ALSO — Which outfit do you like best?

3. I got a package from the Fed-Ex man tonight! Here’s my loot:

3 pairs of Injinji Socks and an assortment of GU Energy Gels and GuBrews!

Where did I get all this cool loot? Well, my Twitter Friend @milelonglegs was having a giveaway on her blog (which I entered and won!)

Thank you @milelonglegs!

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ps …. I must to go to bed now … alarm is set for 4:30 am – one more run before I leave for VEGAS! Woot!

pps … What are your Three Things Thursday?

Tempo Tuesday in the Dark

Alarm – 3:50 am

***Yawn***

Decked out in my Brooks Running Nightlife apparel – I set off to pick up Jess for our tempo run.

Today’s workout:

1 mile warm-up

2 x 1 mile at 10K pace with 3:00 min recovery in between

1 mile cool down

I was shooting for somewhere in the neighborhood of a 7:15 to 7:30 pace for my one mile repeats.  Since it was dark pitch black outside, I didn’t worry about watching my pace, rather I went by feel – so I could keep my eyes on the barely lit road illuminating from my tiny headlamp that probably needs new batteries.

 Jess and I finished and I checked our splits.  To my surprise, my first interval was right on and the second one was way faster than I intended.

I felt pumped by this performance!!

Today’s totals:

Interval times:

1st – 1 mile:  7:23 pace

2nd – 1 mile: 6:46 pace

WOOT!

5 more days until Las Vegas Rock-n-Roll 1/2!!

3 more training runs!

Alarm is set for 3:50 am …. another early morning run is calling. Night all! xo

How I survived Black Friday …

Black Friday … hmmm.  Some love it and some hate it.  I’m somewhere near Switzerland on this one.  I see it more as a spectating event and perhaps maybe a deal or two stumble upon me.

Black Friday for me starts on Thursday.  The mother unit and I get two newspapers and go through them – reading the ads and looking for anything that peaks our interest.  Nothing this year seemed 4 am worthy, or even midnight worthy for that matter.  We decided to leave the house somewhere around 5:30 am on Friday.

I woke up about 4:45 and my mother was still sleeping.  So, I decided to let her sleep a bit longer — after all, there was nothing imperative we HAD to buy.  I leisurely got ready in my Brooks attire … hey — it’s comfortable and stylish at the same time.  And – if for some strange reason I HAD to run after something … GAME ON!

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There:: that’s better.

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Starbucks in a mug.

Brooks Run Happy hat.

And a smile.

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Best not forget these two gems:

Women’s Adrenaline GTS 12

Women’s Utopia Thermal Cozy Pant

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I then woke the mother.

ACK!  Big mistake letting her sleep in.  Apparently, she wanted to get up early.  Oopsie Daisy.

After another 30 minutes or so, we were out the door in the pouring rain to power shop people watch and sorta shop.

First stop —

Need you wonder?

This, my friends — makes every day start out just right.

Next up:: JcPenny.

Total craziness people.  Especially in the shoe department. I stood by and watched everyone dig through boxes of boots, because they were all on sale for $20 or $25.  Yes – I love a great deal on shoes.  In fact, some would say I might have a bit of a shoe problem … however, NOT TODAY.  I have my limits and today was not a shoe shopping day for ME.  So, I stood by and watched and took a picture or two.

I shopped around a bit, found a few great deals, then waited patiently in the longest line EVER — (it felt like ever!)

Key here:  patience.

No peeking!

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Another stop to Freddy’s, then guess what?

More fuel! What better fuel than some more coffee and a yummy pumpkin scone to share?! Mmm.

See how I’m making this day work?  It’s all about priorities.

My favorite find of the day?

Of course, I had to get him.

This (and Starbucks) is how I survived Black Friday.

***Tell me — what do you do for Black Friday? Any fun finds?

Fabulous Friday 11 Mile Run

On deck:

11 miles.  2 warm-up miles, 8 at marathon goal pace (7:51), 1 mile cool down.

First things first:

Today’s running clothes brought to you by Brooks Running! Well isn’t every day a Brooks Running day? Why yes, it is!

Brooks Running Shoes:  Pure Connects

Next up:

Out the door I go for my run.  After a couple of warm up miles, I hit my stride.  Here are my totals and splits:

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Overall, I’m very happy with my splits (except mile 8, where I was a titch off). The Las Vegas Rock-n-Roll 1/2 Marathon is right around the corner and I’m feeling pumped for a PR!

Post Run Reward?

Have a wonderful weekend friends!! Run Happy!