Catching Up On Life

I feel like I have so much to tell you guys. . . .little things that don’t make my other posts, so I thought I’d combine everything into one post and give you a full update on life.

Running

This topic has been mostly covered in a lot of other posts. But as an overview, training is going really well, and I’m optimistic about being able to run a sub-3 hour marathon at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN on June 18. Training hasn’t been flawless, but the goods definitely outweigh the bads. I had a small bout of low iron over the winter, but as long as I’m diligent about taking my iron supplement and multi-vitamin, I’ve been feeling great. This week I’m in the midst of running 95 miles, so be sure to check back on Monday for an update.

Related post: Running 100 Miles While Working Full-time

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I also went to see the physical therapist for a second appointment on Wednesday regarding my postpartum core. (You can read about my first appointment here.) I’m going to do a separate post about this second appointment hopefully within a couple of days, but I can tell you I have to relearn how to recruit my transverse muscle, and it is not easy!

I finally got a new Garmin! I have been using the Garmin Forerunner 405 for 4.5 years, and it has seen its better days. The little band to hold the strap down broke several months ago and the backlight hasn’t worked for over a year, which is annoying in the winter since it is always dark out. I ended up buying the Garmin Forerunner 235. I’ve only used it on a few runs, but already I love it. I love that it gives me a VO2 estimate, measures my cadence, heart rate, and the display is just so much nicer when looking at my splits during a run.

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Jobs

My full-time job is taking care of Cullen, which I wouldn’t trade for the world. This is what I’ve wanted to do since high school, and I have no regrets about staying home with him. Every once in a while, I wish I was ‘that working mom,’ but in reality the thought passes very quickly.

I am also coaching several athletes and helping them reach their running goals–whatever they may be. I really enjoy working with each person on an individual basis and giving them very personalized attention, which is why I like keeping my team of athletes small.

On the weekends I work at Skinny Raven Sports selling running shoes and providing customers with any running-related advice they might need. I am very grateful they have allowed me to stay on even though I can only work on the weekends. I love what I do and especially the people I work with.

I am also helping coach training groups through the store. I just finished an intro group, and we are now doing the Her Tern Training Group to prepare 180 ladies for the Her Tern Quarter and Half-Marthon in July!

Family

Cullen turned 18 months on Sunday, and I did ‘A Day in the Life’ post to recap what our days are like. He’s been sleeping through the night for the last 1.5 weeks (knocking on every possible wood surface), which has been awesome. . . .although Craig and I still don’t sleep great. We still wake up and toss and turn a lot. It is definitely still better than when he was getting up during the night, so hopefully we’ll relearn to sleep better soon!

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Any waking minute we are at home, Cullen is outside playing in our backyard. Someone asked me what he does. Well, he does typical boy things: picks up rocks and sticks, digs in the dirt, follows Sadie around, scoops the sand out of his sandbox, and climbs on things. He does so well playing by himself, maybe he doesn’t need a sibling.

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Other than work, Craig has been busy getting our backyard and greenhouse ready for summer planting. He is also starting to make plans for our friends and family that are coming to visit this summer.

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Food

For the last 40+ days, I have been eating a vegan diet. Every year our church (Greek Orthodox) fasts for Lent by eating a vegan diet (although we can have shellfish: shrimp, scallops, lobster, etc.). We celebrate Easter this Sunday, so we are almost done with the fast. I am going to be doing a separate post on eating vegan while competitively running next week. I definitely learned a lot, including I would never want to be vegan all the time.

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Misc.

The weather has been quite nice here this spring, and I hope this is indicative of what is to come this summer. Give me hot summer weather!

I love having my nails painted and splurged on a Shellac manicure a couple weeks ago with a friend.

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Here are several ways to stay connected and follow what I’m up to these days:

  • Of course there is the blog, which you should ‘subscribe’ to in order to receive an e-mail every time I publish a post. Enter your e-mail address on the right-hand side of the blog.
  • The Runner’s Plate Facebook page –> ask questions and see other running-related items in your newsfeed
  • Instagram –> probably my favorite of all of the social media outlets
  • SnapChat –> I wasn’t sold on Snapchat at first, but now it is kind of fun. I share a lot more pictures of Cullen on here than anywhere else. username: therunnersplate

 

Alaska Heart Run 2016 – Race Recap

If someone had told me I would be faster after having a baby, there is no way I would have believed them. I’m still not really sure how it happened, but I feel very blessed for running so well since having Cullen. There has been a lot of hard work, endless miles during the winter months, and many treadmill workouts, but don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t be more fit after having a baby. I’ve had many other moms tell me that they, too, are faster after having a baby. (But I wouldn’t recommend testing this theory unless you really want a baby as well.)

This was the second time I’ve run the Alaska Heart Run. I ran it last year at 6 months postpartum and finished with a time of 19:31, 11 seconds slower than my PR of 19:20. I was surprised I was able to run that well 6 months postpartum, still breastfeeding, and a baby who was waking up no less than three times every night. At that time I wasn’t working with my coach, Nichole, but shortly after the race she reached out to me and said she had an opening on her team. I hemmed and hawed about it, but Craig encouraged me to hire her on. I still wasn’t sure. I said, “But I almost PRed.” (So obviously I was doing something right.) And Craig replied, “But you didn’t.” Okay, true. So for the past year, Nichole has been busting my butt, and I walked away with a 50 second PR in the 5K on Saturday.

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I had a really great race and was very happy with my performance. Of course I went out a little on the quick side for the first 400 meters but quickly settled into a 5K-appropriate pace. I was targeting 5:50 – 5:53 per mile, but there was a short uphill stretch right before mile 1, which put me at a 5:59 for the first mile. During mile 2 we looped through a parking lot on the APU (Alaska Pacific University) campus before heading back down the hill. I really tried to gain some ground on that downhill and show the boys how it’s done.

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We then turned into a really quiet part of the course (No people cheering. . .only some bag pipers playing, which isn’t necessarily the most motivating type of music when you’re running. No offense to those playing.). I knew this no-man land’s area was where I was really going to have to push because if I lost focus my pace was going to drop. When I hit mile 2, I told myself there was only a mile left, which is nothing when you’re used to running halfs and full marathons, but in a 5K it’s still a ways to hurt. Mile 2 was 5:59 again, but it should have been a little faster with the downhill.

As soon as we got back to the main road with more people cheering, I knew I was going to have to push it in because now we were at 2.5 miles. However, this is when my legs started to get a little heavy. I did my best to focus on the two girls ahead of me, and thought I might be able to catch one of them if I kept pushing. We rounded one of the last corners, which is where I saw Craig, Cullen and my in-laws, and my watch clicked over to mile 3, which was 6:01, so my splits were very consistent. Now I knew I really had to give it my all because once I turned the corner into the Alaska Airlines Center, the finish line was pretty much right there. As I got closer to the finish line, I saw 18:2x on the clock, which was a little disappointing because I was hoping to see something more like 18:1x, but I push through the finish line and immediately bent over, hands on my knees, huffing and puffing to catch my breath.

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Truthfully I was hoping to run a little quicker, but at the same time I am beyond grateful for how it went! I can’t say it enough that I feel so blessed to be running this well after having a baby. I am excited for what lies ahead, but there is still work to be done. Now onto running 95 miles this week! (Yes, I’m crazy.)

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A Day in the Life – 18 Months

Cullen will be 18 months on Sunday! I am really enjoying this stage of his life. I love that he can walk, eat on his own, he is really interactive, and it is fun to watch him learn new things each day. Someone referred to Cullen as a toddler the other day, and my first thought was, “No he’s not; he’s a baby.” But in reality, he’s more toddler than baby these days, but for the time being he’s still my baby.

I am recapping our day today (Friday) since I am working on Sunday. Our days are always busy and full of adventures. We often are just hanging out at home, but that’s fine for this home-body. I often have second runs and strength sessions, so we can also be found at the gym or in the stroller. Cullen still loves the stroller (thankfully!), being outside, playing with Sadie, eating, and anything that doesn’t involve him sitting still.

More than likely this will be my last ‘A Day in the Life’ post. I recapped each month for the first year, and then every two months thereafter. Our days are pretty similar now versus the ever-changing schedule of a newborn and baby under one.

Thursday, April 21

9:10 p.m. I put Cullen down for the night.

9:40 p.m. Cullen goes down for the night. We (for the life of us) cannot get him down before 9 p.m. these days. I think the fact it is still daylight until 9:30 p.m. is affecting this.

Friday, April 22

6:30 a.m. I wake up. (Woohoo! A miracle, he actually slept through the night again! We’re on day five, but keep in mind the 5 or 6 days prior to that he was up at least once each night.) I put on my running clothes on, brush my teeth, and get ready to go running.

7:00 a.m. I head out the door for my run. I have an easy 6 mile run with 4 striders at the end. I’m racing tomorrow, so it is just an easy run in preparation for the race.

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7:55 a.m. I return from my run. Cullen is already up (that little stinker), which means he only slept 10 hours. We sit on the potty for a while (no peeing), change his diaper and clothes, and then hang out with Craig for a bit while he gets ready.

8:10 a.m. Head downstairs to get some breakfast. I make breakfast for myself and get breakfast ready for Cullen: dry cereal (we’re out of milk), clementine orange, mashed avocado, and half an English muffin.

8:30 a.m. I eat breakfast. This is pretty much what I have every morning these days: quick-cooking steel-cut oats with chia seeds, hemp hearts, dates, and peanut coconut butter.

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8:40 a.m. I clean up the kitchen.

8:50 a.m. We go into the living room, so I can stretch. Cullen plays with his toys, and we watch new stories about the life of Prince on TV. Growing up in MN, we would occasionally drive past his studio, which makes it kind of surreal.

9:20 a.m. We FaceTime with my parents.

9:50 a.m. Finish FaceTiming with my parents, and now Cullen is wanting to go outside. He gets his coat and hat on, and plays outside while I answer e-mails and start this post.

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10:40 a.m. I see Cullen has a poopy diaper, so we go upstairs to change it. We also sit on the potty again (once again, no pee) and read books.

10:50 a.m. I take a shower and get ready for the day. I make the bed, pick up the bedrooms, and take breaks to play with Cullen while getting ready.

11:45 a.m. We head downstairs for lunch. We have a couple of snacks: crackers for Cullen, Cheeriors and dried cranberries for myself. Cullen plays in a pot of water, and then decides to dip his crackers in the water and suck off the water. I do a little bit of computer work.

12:05 p.m. Now my stomach is really grumbling, so I actually start making something and feed Cullen a proper lunch as well.

12:15 p.m. Craig comes home for lunch. He doesn’t always come home, so it is a nice surprise to see him.

12:30 p.m. Nap time for Cullen. I take him upstairs, check his diaper, and change him out of his wet clothes from playing in the water. Up until this week I have done our bedtime routine for nap time as well [close curtains, turn lamp on, give him his pacifiers (He likes to have one is in mouth and one in each hand.), get the blanket, and then read about 3 books.], but this week I started just putting him in his crib without reading the books, and he has actually been falling asleep on his own. (It only took us 1.5 years to get to this point!)

12:35 p.m. I eat my lunch: tofu, gnocchi, grape tomatoes, and peppers.

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12:55 p.m. I spend the next hour cleaning up the kitchen and picking up the house. I also clean a couple toilets, fold some laundry, take the trash out, and sweep the floors.

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1:50 p.m. I plop myself on the couch with my computer and work on athlete plans and this blog post. I try to at least get off my feet during his nap time since I’m on my feet so much during the day. I also (always) have plans of taking a nap but that never happens. There have been weeks I’ve napped once or twice, but it is rare. It helps that he is sleeping better, but I’m sure my body could still use the extra sleep with all my training.

I also send silly selfies to Craig.

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2:45 p.m. My sister calls, so we chat for a while.

3:00 p.m. Cullen wakes up.

3:10 p.m. I go and get Cullen. We sit on the potty again, this time success! I dress Cullen, and then we get ready to go run errands.

3:35 p.m. We go to Target and Costco. We get stocked up on all sorts of food since we were very low at home.

5:25 p.m. We finally return home. (Isn’t it crazy how long it takes to go to only two stores with a toddler?) Craig’s home, so I ask him if he wants to go get my bib and then some dinner.

5:35 p.m. Craig, Cullen, and I go and pick up my bib for the 5K tomorrow. (Once again I don’t know how this takes us so long.)

6:30 p.m. We head to Bear’s Tooth Grill for some dinner. Even though I had just bought a bunch of food, I didn’t feel like I had much for an actual meal. . . .why is that?

Waiting to get dinner.

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7:40 p.m. We return home. I unpack all of the groceries. I also take breaks to get more food for Cullen, pack my lunch for tomorrow, and help Cullen with various things.

8:45 p.m. Craig puts Cullen down for the night. Well, attempts to put him down.

9:00 p.m. I finally get to sit down and finish this blog post.

9:05 p.m. Or not. . . .Cullen went from talking to fussing, so now I go get him out of his crib because this means he isn’t tired.

9:07 p.m. I go back to working on this blog post and watching a Prince special on TV.

9:30 p.m. I take Cullen up to his room and go through the bedtime routine again.

9:45 p.m. Back downstairs to finally finish this blog post.

10:30 p.m. I get ready for bed.

10:45 p.m. Lights out!

The end.

My Postpartum Physical Therapy Appointment

Fortunately, my return to running after having a baby has been a relatively easy transition for me. I feel so lucky I’ve only had a few minor things come up, and somehow (I’m still not entirely sure how) I have been able to run faster and set new PRs in almost every distance from the 10K to the marathon.

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Even though things were going relatively well for me, I still had a lot of questions pertaining to my body specifically:

  • Is my transverse abdominal muscle engaging?
  • What else can I do to fix my diastasis recti (the gap in my abs)?
  • More recently on long runs my lower abs/c-section scar area was becoming sore. What could be done to help this?
  • Am I doing everything necessary to get my body primed for the marathon in June?

I did the best to educate myself on the runner’s postpartum body. I read blog posts, watched YouTube videos, and scoured other various articles trying to make sure I was doing the necessary things to get my body back after having a baby. Recently, I read Becki’s blog post on how her transverse abdominis muscle wasn’t recruiting correctly and causing her to fatigue very early in the marathon. I also listed to a podcast she did, and the one thing she said that stuck with me was that every postpartum women should see a physical therapist. She, too, had a c-section and said it is expected that someone who has shoulder surgery is referred to a PT for rehab, why shouldn’t someone who had abdominal surgery also need PT. I finally decided to go a see a physical therapist this week, and I am so glad I did.

I went in to see Lori Sivitz at United Physical Therapy here in Anchorage. She was recommended to me by her coworker, Alec Kay, who is an amazing physical therapist and highly sought after by the running community here. I figured she would probably give me some core strengthening exercises and send me on my way, but I was quite wrong. I walked out of her office not with five strengthening exercises but five stretches! Stretches for my mid-back, hamstrings, and calves, and I also have to work on my posture!

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When I arrived, Lori and I talked about what was bothering me and what my concerns were. Then she took a look at my posture. Come to find out, I arch my lower back too much when I stand and instead I need to rotate my hip girdle posteriorly (backwards).

Next she took a look at my back, glutes, and calf muscles. I have always known my hamstrings and calves are tight. (For example, I cannot get my thighs parallel to the ground when doing a squat because my calves are so tight.) What I did not realize was how tight my mid-back was. And crazily enough, the tight hamstrings and back were affecting the tightness in my glutes too. I’ve always known everything is connected, but I didn’t realize how interconnected everything is. She showed me the connection by releasing tension in my back and hamstrings and automatically the pressure she was applying to my glutes did not hurt nearly as much.

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Lori also took a look at my c-section scar. She said one side didn’t move as freely, so maybe there is still lingering scar tissue?? I don’t remember what she said about this, but I thought it was interesting.

Then she had me do some crunches. She said I had about a finger width’s gap in my abs. But the one thing that wasn’t right about my core was how much my abs peaked up like a mountain when I crunched up. She said this was due to my abs recruiting the muscles incorrectly. As far as I can remember my abs have always done this, even pre-baby. I didn’t realize this was a problem. Oops! (You can watch a video of it on Instagram. It is still kind of hard to see, but trust me, the muscles don’t stay flat at all.)

Lori spent an entire hour with me, and I walked away with so much knowledge. I highly encourage you to see a physical therapist if you are having any issues post-baby. You should not be dealing with issues months and years down the road.

And if you live in the Anchorage area, please come hear Lori speak at a presentation she is giving on the postpartum runner’s body.  I am hosting a talk at Skinny Raven on Saturday, May 14 at 9:00am. I have asked she talk specifically about pelvic floor issues and incontinence along with diastasis recti as I’ve heard these are things several of my friends are dealing with. And even if you aren’t a runner, I know she will have valuable information to share about the postpartum body in general. You can find this event on The Runner’s Plate Facebook page.

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Shrimp and Corn Salad

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This nicer weather (okay, it’s really only 45* and overcast, but come on, it’s Alaska. . . .) has got me thinking about salads and forgetting about winter comfort foods.

The idea behind this recipe is from my friend, Katie. Every time her family serves food at church, I always request it and she always brings this salad (just for me). She’s a good friend.

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I love the simplicity of this salad and how well the flavors blend together. It comes together quickly and with some pretty staple ingredients.

I’ve made this recipe several times already within the past month or so, and I don’t plan to stop. It gets demolished every time I make it.

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Shrimp and Corn Salad

Serves: 4 (as a side dish)

Time: 15 minutes prep + 20 minutes cooking

Ingredients

16 oz. frozen corn (~4 cups)

10 oz. shrimp, cooked and cut into bite-size pieces

10 oz. grape tomatoes, quartered (~2 cups)

2 green onions, chopped

1/4 cup avocado oil, divided

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

juice from half a lime

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400* F.
  2. Spread corn on a baking sheet. Drizzle 1 tablespoon oil on corn and mix to combine. Roast corn for 20 – 25 minutes or until slightly browned. Stirring once or twice during this time.
  3. While the corn is roasting, combine remaining oil, vinegar, honey, lime juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
  4. In a large bowl, combine roasted corn, shrimp, tomatoes, green onion, and then drizzle dressing on top. Fold together until combined.

Enjoy!

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Learning to Accept Failed Workouts

I am a perfectionist. I want things to go as planned 100% of the time. But obviously this is not the reality of life. I am learning to accept the times when things don’t go as planned, especially in my running. Take, for example, a couple of recent tempo workouts I did.

This morning I did a tempo workout, and while it went okay, I still struggle to hit the paces set by my coach. Tempo workouts have been the staple for much of my marathon training. Last summer my tempo pace was 6:30, and this winter my coach dropped me down to a 6:20 pace. Hitting these paces does not always come very easy for me. Most of the time I don’t hit the pace for the entire the workout, as in this morning’s workout.

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Before I went to bed the night before, I reviewed the workout:

10 miles total

3 miles warm-up –> 2 x 15 minutes @ 6:20 pace, 5 minutes rest –> 10 minutes @ 6:20 pace –> cool-down to 10 miles

My alarm was set for 5:30 a.m. this morning, but as with almost every morning these days, I woke up before it went off. When I woke up, I immediately went downstairs to get my Generation UCAN from the fridge to drink. Ideally I would drink this 45 minutes beforehand, but I don’t want to get up any early than I am already. I change into my running clothes, brush my teeth, and go to the bathroom. I say good-bye to Craig and tell him I’m not looking forward to the workout (because I know it is going to be hard, and it is going to hurt). He said it is only going to be 2 hours of uncomfortable-ness I am going to have to endure, so suck I should suck it up. (He’s a great assistant coach, huh? And I love that he guessed it was going to take me 2 hours; in reality it took me about 75 minutes.) I then head out the door a few minutes before 6:00 a.m.

I feel good on my warm-up as I had the day off yesterday, but I’m still nervous about the workout. I decide to start the tempo portions after 2.5 miles because A.) I am tired of dealing with the nervous energy and B.) If I am only to do 10 miles, I think a 3 mile warm-up is going to be too long (which is would have been).

After 2.5 miles, I take a deep breath and push the split button on my watch. I pick up the pace to what I think feels like a 6:20 pace, I glance down at my watch: 6:0x. But I feel good, so I maintain this pace. The first mile clicks over – 6:12. Oops, a little fast, but I am still feeling good. The second mile I start running into the wind more, but it is nothing compared to the winds of the Midwest–mile 2 – 6:17. “Just a couple more minutes at this pace and then you get a break,” I tell myself. Split #3 – 6:19. Awesome! I nailed it.

I slowly jog for a few minutes and catch my breath before starting the second 15 minute interval. Once again I take a deep breath and hit the split button on my watch, “It’s ‘go time.’” As soon as I start this segment, I knew it was going to be more difficult; I could already feel it in my legs. I hang on and still manage a 6:18 for the first mile. The second mile is when things start to get tough. I am now running up a slight hill and then turn into the wind. I play mental games with myself to try and will myself to keep going. I imagine how much more the marathon is going to hurt and ask myself how badly do you want it? Mile #2 clicks on my watch – 6:25. Bummer. I do my best to push the pace for the remaining couple minutes until I hit 15 total minutes, but the most I can do is a 6:27 split.

Now I start to get nervous about the last interval because I can tell my legs are tired. I stop and walk to catch my breath because I am really winded. After 45 seconds or so I turn the walk into a slow shuffle and do my best to bring my heart rate back down. The third and final 10 minute interval comes far too quickly, but I remind myself it is the last interval. As I start this this interval, I am once again running into the wind and with the added tired legs, I can tell I’m not hitting the 6:20 pace anymore. I glance down at my watch a few times and see 6:2x and 6:3x. I knew this segment was going to be tough, and as much as I tried, I knew I probably wouldn’t hit the 6:20 target pace. I willed my legs to work as hard as they could. Mile #1 – 6:25. Okay, just a few more minutes – split #2 – 6:25.

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Overall, I’m still happy with how the workout went. I think if you averaged all of the tempo segments, my pace would have been right around 6:20.; I just started out a little too fast.

I also have to remind myself that I don’t know if there was a single workout last summer where I hit my targeted 6:30 pace, yet I still had a successful marathon race. Plus, this is an improvement from a workout I did three Saturdays ago. That workout went like this:

3 miles warm-up –> 4 x 5 minutes @ 6:20 –> 7.5 miles easy –> 15 minutes @ 6:20 –> cool down to 19 miles

I ended up running to coach training group, so I did the first 20 minutes of tempo on my way there. I then ran the easy 7.5 miles with the training group. I was planning on running home right away, but I ended up having to fit people for new running shoes for an hour. When I went to run home, my legs were completely dead. (It seemed like the lactic acid started to set in.) I tried so hard to hit the 6:20 pace on the way back home, but it was not happening. The first mile was okay – 6:24. But after that, things got much worse: 6:42, and 6:53 for the last 0.3 mile. After that I wanted to cry.

With that, these workouts remind me that there is still work to be done (there always will be), and sometimes things go well and other times I am reminded how humbling running is. I can work my butt off and do a lot of things right, but sometimes things still don’t go the way I want them to. I try to accept this and remember it is all part of the journey. And if anything, it makes me that much more motivated to work harder the next time.

Superhero Showdown 5K – Race Recap

Just my luck, another race that was too short to claim a PR. I’m starting to think it’s me. (Read about my last marathon being an entire mile short.)

Oh well, despite the Superhero Showdown course being only 2.7 miles, it was still good to get out and practice running fast. I averaged 5:57 minutes/mile for the 2.7 miles, which would have put me at a 18:29 finish. My current PR is 19:20 set during the summer of 2013, so I KNOW I will be able to break that in two weeks at the Alaska Heart Run.

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My friend, Erin, and I ran the course Wednesday afternoon before the race, so we knew what to expect since it was a new race for the both of us. (This was only the second year for the race.) It wasn’t the fastest course as you run out and back, then out and back again, with a third out and back perpendicular to the main course. There were 7 turns on the course with 4 hairpin turns, so I thought it was hard to get in a good groove and run fast the whole time.

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Erin was 3rd for the women!

The 5K started 5 minutes late as they were waiting for the little kids to finish their race. This didn’t bother me so much. As soon as the race started, I tucked in behind my friend Hallidie for the entire race. On the second loop, I knew the turn-around was at mile 2, but when we turned around at approximately 1.8 miles, I knew things weren’t right. From what I could tell, the lead truck turned around too soon and of course everyone followed.

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I felt pretty good throughout the entire race despite being in the midst of an 85 mile week. I ran hard, but when I crossed the finished line, I wasn’t as spent as I should be for a 5K. Like I said earlier, I found it hard to get in a good groove without the turns, and then when we weren’t turning, we were going uphill or downhill. If anything, this only makes me more excited for the Heart Run in a couple of weeks.

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I ended up placing 2nd for the women and 3rd overall. (It was a small race geared towards families.)

My cheerleaders. Have I ever mentioned how much Craig LOVES to dress the same as myself and/or Cullen?

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I love when they come and watch me run races.

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I highly recommend this race to families and little kids! There were bounce houses, food trucks, music, and a very family-friendly atmosphere. In hindsight I should have pushed Cullen in the stroller for his race debut!