Our {Very Busy} Thursday

I love that some days are really chill for Cullen and I. We stay home, hang out, and get things done around the house. Other days we are hardly home at all, and we get to do a lot of fun things! I love that our weeks have a mix of both because I would get bored of staying home all the time and a little too frazzled if life was always this busy.

Our Thursday started out with a 6:30 a.m. wake-up for me. I got up and started working in the kitchen for a while unloading the dishwasher, putting clean dishes away, and doing some prep work for a muffin recipe and dinner later that night.

I wanted to be ready by the time Cullen woke up, so I then got ready for the day, and at 7:45 a.m. I heard Cullen stirring. Perfect timing! I let him lay in his bed, reading some books, while I finished getting ready. When I was done, I got Cullen out of his crib, but everything I did for him that morning made him cry. He cried when I tried to take his clothes off. He cried when I told him it was time to go potty. He cried when I picked out the wrong underwear, and the wrong, pants, and the wrong shirt. I’m pretty sure he would have cried if I told him he had won a trip to Disney World. Sigh. . . At last we made it into the car by 8:40 a.m. for a 9:15 a.m. meeting, which was a small miracle!

We ventured downtown for a meeting at the store. Cullen playing during the meeting, while I was filled in on everything from our First Friday event and Flash Sale coming up, to the fact we will be now carrying XtraTufs (an iconic Alaskan waterproof fishing boot), to our “timing guys” being declared the “fastest in the land” and being able to set up timing equipment more efficiently than anyone else.

Afterwards we checked out the sale at Her Tern (our sister store and women’s boutique across the street from Skinny Raven). I ended buying a pair of gray jeans! I was a little apprehensive about buying them, but Ashley (the manager) convinced me I would be able to wear them with a lot of different things. (Plus, Teri, also said the same thing, so I hope they’re right!)

 

Then it was off to meet Craig for lunch. We ended up going to BurgerFi, which I kind of regretted afterwards. I don’t the heaviness of burger and fries, but Craig said he was in the mood for a burger, and I wasn’t completely opposed to the idea, so I let him pick this time.

Cullen and I got home a few minutes after 1:00 p.m. I always make sure we are home around this time for Cullen’s nap or quiet-time–depending upon if he sleeps or not. I do at least an hour of quiet time, but sometimes he falls asleep, so it turns into nap time.

During this time, I whipped up a batch of Coconut Blueberry Muffins. I’ve made these several times before and really like them. They are really moist, which I think is just a result of using the coconut flour. I’m working my way through a big bag of coconut flour, so if anyone has any suggestions for recipes, leave a link in the comments below. I’ve tried a pumpkin bread and some pumpkin pancakes, but I wasn’t impressed, so this is the only recipe that I’ve liked so far.

Cullen didn’t end up falling asleep, which I was glad about because we had a haircut appointment to get to. This was his first official haircut. Up until this point, I have been cutting and trimming Cullen’s hair every few weeks. He really didn’t get hair until he was one, and then during his second year it wasn’t that thick, so it was easy to trim, but now there’s a lot more of it, and it was pretty noticeable that my very novice haircutting skills were showing, so I took him to a professional.

He looks so different and so grown up now!

After the haircut appointment, we made a quick stop at the grocery store for a couple of things for dinner. I had started to prep a few things in the morning and during the afternoon, but finished most of the work before Craig got home. As soon as he got home, I was out the door again to coach the Raven Run Club (our training group through the store).

8:00 p.m. I’m back home to get in on the last book with Cullen and Craig, and then I rock and sing to Cullen before putting him down for the night. Finally, it is dinner time for me. This was the first time making this Sweet Potato Black Bean Qunioa Bowls, but I hit a home run with it! Craig texted me using the hashtags #bestwife #ilovemypersonalcook, and I just had to laugh because he is not one to use hashtags. So I’d highly recommend making this because I too thought it was incredibly delicious, and I will definitely be making it again.

After dinner, I clean up the kitchen and work on this blog post. The end!

Tips on Water Damages Restoration

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You must simply move all your valuables from the room consisting of the vital papers, personal valuables and also the house products like furnitures, carpetings, rugs and so on. You need to eliminate as much water from your space to make sure that the possibilities of mold development will end. Mold and mildew can cause significant damages to your floor covering as well as your beneficial properties otherwise treated well. They can grow in 48 hours time after a water damages and also some mold and mildews have fatal toxic substances that could damage you as well as your loved ones likewise. You should switch off the electrical home appliances as soon as there is a water damages to avoid electrocution. Usage effective air conditioners in order to dry out the flooring and also the possessions fast. If your possessions are so damp, after that use a vacuum cleaner to draw the added dampness from it and afterwards maintain it outside hanged to dry. If needed obtain aid from a great water damage restoration service provider.

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Running Shoe Review: Saucony Peregrine ICE+

I spend nearly 6 months running on snow and ice, so I want a shoe that is going to give me good traction and make my experience running in these conditions as enjoyable as possible.

When I first moved to Anchorage 9 years ago, I wore my regular road running shoes year-round. A few years later, a friend of mine introduced me to Yaktraxs. They helped with the traction on snow but the coils under your feet are not very comfortable, and I’ve had knee pain from wearing them after a 12 mile run. A few years after that I found out about studding your shoes or putting screws in the bottom of your shoes. They also worked well for the packed snow but do not provide any traction on ice.

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For the longest time, ice was the only winter weather condition that would prevent me from going for a run. It wasn’t until last winter that I finally bought a pair of Ice Bugs, and I can’t believe I went without them for so long. They are amazing for the ice! I can turn 90* corners with no problems, I do not slip, the traction is amazing, and I feel very confident running on the ice. You can read a full review here.

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This year I got a pair of Saucony Peregrine ICE+ running shoes. They are specifically designed for running on icy surfaces and snow. I have had them for a couple of months now and ran with them a couple times a week on various snowy/icy surfaces. (There are actually a lot of different types of ice and snow surprisingly–at least where I live!) I was really optimistic and hoping they would perform similarly to my Ice Bugs, but after several runs I would give them a ‘C’ at best.

The bottom of the shoes have the Vibram Arctic Grip that is supposed to provide traction on slick surfaces, but they didn’t perform the way I thought they would. I did not feel they provided any traction while running on icy or slippery surfaces. I found myself slipping just as much as I would have wearing my regular road running shoes!

I thought they did well on snow that was fresh or not packed down too much. They gripped fine one these areas, but as soon as I hit a patch of ice or black ice, I could feel my foot slip. They are warmer with their FLEXSHELL upper materials compared to my meshy road shoes. The upper materials are also water-resistant, which is nice during spring time.

These are a trail running shoe, and to be honest I did not use them trail running. (I am not a trail runner.) I’m not sure if they would perform better or much differently, but I was not impressed with how they performed on the roads.

Pros:

  • warmer than your typical mesh running shoe.
  • water resistant.
  • rock plate in the forefoot which is great for trail running.
  • good on “soft” snow or snow that isn’t packed down.

Cons:

  • did not provide traction on icy surfaces or hard-packed, smooth snow.
  • shoes felt “ploddy” when running on pavement.

I wish I didn’t have to give these shoes such a bad rating, but I can’t say they held up to their claims. I will opt for my Ice Bugs over the Saucony Peregrine ICE+ any day.

Food and Workout Diary {Thursday}

7:15 a.m. Run 6 miles.

Yes, I am crazy for running in these temps, but it honestly wasn’t that bad. I wouldn’t have been able to go more than 60/75 minutes, but I thought it would be much worse than it was. My hip didn’t hurt, which I was happy about. It does not do well on fresh snow that is sand-like. The extra lateral motion and unstable ground really aggravates it.

8:45 a.m. Breakfast: gluten-free toast with avocado and egg + 1/2 grapefruit + 2 Peanut Chocolate Protein Bites (all that went unpictured)

10:40 a.m. Run 3 more miles

I would have run more outside this morning, but I had to get back to take care of Cullen, so I ran a few miles on the treadmill at the gym. Usually my hip hurts with anything over 8 miles, so I was really happy it made it to 9 miles for the day with no pain. I know there was a break in between the two runs, but I’ve done other runs with mileage in this range with a 12 hour break, and my hip has still acted up. I’m wondering if it did okay because I wasn’t running on slippery, unsteady surfaces for the second part. I need to test it out a couple more times with runs like this and see if it responds the same way.

11:10 a.m. Lift weights and do rehab exercises for my hip flexor

I spent a good 45 minutes lifting weights and doing exercises the PT prescribed for my hip labral tear, which is a lot of glute exercises. As I was leaving the gym, a reader of my blog said ‘hi,’ so whoever you are, thanks for saying something. Sorry I was too flustered to get your name!

12:30 p.m. Snack: string cheese

I usually try to bring a protein drink with me, so I can drink it in the car on the way home, but I completely forgot. I did have this piece of string cheese while shopping at Target to try and hold me over.

1:00 p.m. Banana + Coffee-Vanilla Peanut Butter

I was starving when I got home, so I grabbed the first thing I could think of. This Coffee-Vanilla Peanut Butter is from the Run Fast Eat Slow cookbook, and if you haven’t made it, do it now! It is so, so, so good!

2:30 p.m. Lunch. . . finally: Lighter Asian Noodle Salad with chicken + tortillas and salsa

These were leftovers from last night, so it came together very quickly. I added sauteed chicken this time around, which was much better for filling me up.

3:00 p.m. Still hungry. . . .snack: goat cheese + crackers

I usually try to eat more calories in the morning, but when that doesn’t happen, I know I’ll be eating extra in the afternoon. Also, can I just say how much I love this combination!?!

3:30 p.m. The sweet tooth kicks in: tea + a handful of mini chocolate chips

5:30 p.m. Dinner: Bacon Kale Potato Soup + spinach salad + toast

I asked Cullen what he wanted for dinner, and he requested salad and soup, so that’s what we had. Luckily I had some Bacon Kale Potato Soup that I had taken out of the freezer, so while the soup was reheating, I whipped up this salad in no time, remembering to keep it simple with spinach, strawberries, shredded Parmesan, and a random dressing I had in the fridge from another packaged salad mix.

8:00 p.m. Snack: tea + English muffin with butter (that Cullen didn’t eat)

Peanut Chocolate Protein Bites

Despite the bone-chilling temps, Cullen, Sadie, and I made it out for a quick walk this morning in the -12*F weather. It wasn’t horrible, but Cullen complained of being cold within about 10 minutes. Sadly, I’ve experienced much colder temps in Northern Minnesota while going to school there as the windchill is what drives the temperatures so low there. Today was a clear and sunny, which is a nice change from so much of the overcast skies we usually have.

For dinner tonight, I made this Lighter Asian Noodle Salad by Ree Drummond (a.k.a. The Pioneer Woman), which was one of the first blogs I discovered about 7 years ago. I loved all the fresh veggies, zucchini “noodles,” and flavorful dressing. I should have added a protein (tofu or chicken), which would have helped with the staying power. We only added the dressing to the portion we ate tonight to prevent the veggies from getting wilty, so I see myself eating a lot this for lunch in the next few days.

I came up with this protein bite recipe last fall and have been making them again and again, so I thought I’d share the recipe on the blog. I love having something easy to grab (that has a decent amount of protein in it) after a workout or when I need a snack mid-afternoon. They are super easy to make, coming together in less than 10 minutes, and can be easily adapted for food allergies/intolerances.

Ingredients:

• 8 large dates

• 1 cup rolled oats

• 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter

• 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder

• 1/4 cup almond milk

• 2 tablespoons honey

• 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Add dates to a food processor and pulse until they form a paste. Add oats and pulse a few more times until combined.

2. Pour date-oat mixture into a medium-sized bowl and add peanut butter and protein powder. Stir to combine.

3. Mix in almond milk and honey until incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.

4. Form into bite-sized balls, and store in the refrigerator.

5. Enjoy!

Garmin Forerunner 235 Review

I’ve had my Garmin Forerunner 235 for 10 months now, and I realized I’ve never done a review on it!

In short, I absolutely love the 235 and highly recommend it for the runner who wants a few extra bells and whistles on their running GPS watch. It is super easy to set up, very user friendly, and has so many cool features that makes it fun to wear all day long.

I had the Garmin Forerunner 405 before, which I liked, but this was definitely worth the upgrade. My 405 was still working okay, but the backlight quit working, which made it impossible to read in the dark (which means 6 months out of the year here). I had to wait until I ran under a street lamp before I could read the display. The little band that holds the watch strap also broke, so I was having to use a rubber band to secure my watch strap. Not the end of the world, but it is sure nice to have a new watch that works well and has a ton of extra features.

The Garmin 235 does all of the basic things of a GPS watch including tracking: pace, distance, and time, but it also has a heart rate monitor built into the wrist, which attracted me to it in the first place. In addition, it does a lot of other things including:

  • counts steps and distance traveled.
  • tracks your sleep.
  • colored watch display.
  • tracks stats while biking.
  • you can download different watch faces.
  • a built-in accelerometer tracks pace when running inside.
  • data can be uploaded to Garmin Connect, and I can see stats such as elevation from a run or my cadence.

Things I especially love about the 235:

Vibration Alerts

The 235 vibrates every mile split, which is really nice when I’m running in noisy areas such as along a busy road or at a race when a lot of other people’s watches are beeping. It beeps in addition to the vibration alerts, so having both is definitely a perk.

Lighted Display in the Dark

I lift my watch to check my time when running in the dark, and the display automatically lights up. Genius!

Wrist-based Heart Rate

I had a chest strap that I wore with my previous Garmin (the Forerunner 405), but I didn’t love the chest strap. Oddly I often forgot I was wearing the chest strap a couple miles into the run, so it was probably the inconvenience of having to get the back of the monitor wet, lift up all my layers to put it on, and make sure it was reading my heart rate before starting my run. The Garmin 235 has a heart rate monitor built into the watch, so it reads my heart rate through my wrist, which is very convenient, but to be honest, it isn’t as accurate as the chest strap. It is accurate about 90% of the time. Sometimes I will notice my heart rate go really high at the beginning of a tempo workout (when it shouldn’t be that high yet), or even jump around during intervals. It seems pretty accurate on easy runs though. What I need to do is wear my chest strap at the same time to see how they compare.

Smart Notifications

If someone texts me or calls me, my watch with vibrate and let me know of the incoming text or call. (This feature can be turned off.) The first portion of the text appears on the face of my watch, which is nice. Or if someone is calling me, the incoming caller’s name appears on my watch, and I can answer the phone from my watch. This is especially nice if I am upstairs but my phone is downstairs. I don’t receive that may texts or calls throughout the day, so it isn’t annoying for me.

Predicted VDOT Score

I can also upload my data to Garmin Connect and see even more details about my run: elevation, cadence, and a map of my route. The watch even predicts my VDOT score, so I know what paces to be training at.

 

 

I can’t say enough great things about the 235. If you want even more in-depth details about this watch, check out the blog DC Rainmaker, who goes into a lot of detail about the Garmin Forerunner 230 and 235 in this post. (The Garmin 230 is the exact same watch, minus the wrist-based heart rate monitor.) (His blog is a great resource for any new techy fitness device you may be interested in buying.)

I’ll be back on Thursday with a food and workout diary. The temps are supposed to be well below zero this week, so pray I don’t freeze while running outside!

Runner Interview: Hallidie Wilt

I am so excited to be able to feature my friend Hallidie on the blog. When I first moved to Anchorage and started running races here, I quickly came to know the name Hallidie Wilt. She was always a top runner in every race–most often winning the race. She was a long-legged, lean, mean running-machine and a fierce competitor that everyone around town knew.

It wasn’t until the fall of 2015 when I finally got to know Hallidie as a friend. Initially I was really intimidated by her (She is one of the best runners in the community!), but we started doing long runs together, and when it is just you and one other person chatting it up for 2 hours, you get to know them pretty well.

Over the past couple of years, we’ve become good friends, and one day my boss, Dan, asked me if Hallidie and I were friends or competitors, and I said, “We’re both!” We race hard against each other (and usually she beats me), but we still remain good friends. 

Hallidie wrote a lot about her history of running, and I’m so glad she was willing to share her running experiences with you!!

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Hello, my name is Hallidie Wilt. I grew up in Unalaska, Alaska, also known to many as Dutch Harbor. I am the youngest of four girls. The following is a little bit about me in my relation to running.

Tell us about your running background: how you got into running, who you’ve run for, etc.

My running background started probably around 5th grade. Growing up in a small town I spent almost every night going swimming with friends and family. I loved swimming. The neighborhood kids would spend many nights pushing the limits of how late we could stay out so we could finish one more round of hide and go seek tag.

There were moments in my childhood when I really started to enjoy running. I remember learning to run faster by lengthening my stride in an effort to only take one step in each cement square of the sidewalk without landing on the cracks. I lived in downtown Unalaska and would run from my house down the road a half a mile to Carl’s General Store where I would buy a candy bar. There was also an added pressure to not get seen by my father.  He would not want me wasting all my money on candy. My father worked at Alyeska Seafoods which was just past Carl’s. Which would make me run faster so I would not be seen by him.

In 5th grade we ran the half mile for P.E. class in gym. My neighbor James ran right by my side the whole time and I pushed really hard in the final lap beat him, just out edging him in the final step across the line. The P.E. teacher later told me that I not only beat everyone in my class but everyone in the 6th grade as well!

Going into 6th grade my parents were out of town just before school started. My sister Andrea has started cross-country practice and had brought me along to practice. For practice the team was running out to the city dump and back. My sister Andrea was the fastest girl from our school and the only one who made it to State for Unalaska every year in high school. When the team started running, I was towards the back and wanted to catch up to my sister. I ended up passing her and she still tells the story to this day.

In junior high I opted to participate in swim team over cross-country. Going into high school I made the decision to pick cross country running. I knew I was had talent with running. My first few meets I didn’t feel confident especially within a big group, I had a lot of negative self-talk where I thought I didn’t deserve to be at the front. I didn’t think I good enough. We traveled to Bethel, Alaska for our region meet. The race course was in a sand pit, which had a cliff you had to jump off of in the middle of the course. It was my birthday and I wasn’t super stoked about spending it in this small town. In the final parts of the race I moved up from 8th to 2nd place. I was the only one on my team to qualify for the State meet.

Growing up in a small town meant less options for athletes. In high school, we had swim team, cross country running, volleyball, wrestling, basketball, and Native Youth Olympics as sports we could participate in. When I was younger, I really looked up to my sisters and could not wait to be in high school so I could travel and compete. I finished 14th, 14th, 10th, and 5th at 1-2-3 A State Championships for high school cross country. Towards the end of my senior year I had a moment where I just wanted to get out of my small town and represent Alaska. I worked with a guidance counselor and contacted Michael Friess to be a walk on for UAA’s cross country running team. A few hours later he responded with a “yes.” Most people in my high school would say that going to UAA is just like an extension of high school so I felt at the time that I wanted to keep my plans on the low. I always felt judged that I wasn’t making the right decision or doing enough with my life. I graduated high school in spring of 2007 then moved to Anchorage that fall. Being a walk on for the UAA Cross Country team was super intimidating for me. I have always been a super shy person and didn’t really push past that until a few years into college. I was the slowest person on the girls’ team. Even the girl who was dealing with a knee injury was way ahead of me. The first day of practice our coach sent us out on a 45-minute run, “an easy day” this was literally the longest run I had ever been on. Day two: heading to the track. We ran 1200s. We arrived at the track following our warm up run then coach told us what we will be running. In return I asked “what’s a 1200” and everyone laughed. I had never been on a track before. I learned quickly during that season. It took about halfway through the cross-country season for me to finally get into running shape. My coach talked to me about redshirting then decided to give me a shot and see how I do. I worked really hard my first year to prove that I could be a part of that team. I felt really inexperienced especially going into my first track season. I learned a lot about running, training and myself in my time at UAA.

I ran for University of Alaska Anchorage from 2007 – 2012. Click on the links to see my UAA achievements: Cross country and Track

2012-2013 I was a volunteer assistant coach for UAA. Currently I am working with Skinny Raven Sports, running the training groups for Raven Run Club. I continue have a passion for competing and participate in many community races.

(I believe this is a photo by Todd List Photography.)

Why do you enjoy running?

I enjoy running because it makes me feel free. I also love pushing my limits. My high school coach once told me that running was a special sport because you can’t fake being good at it and you are going to push yourself to run faster than you have before. In college, my passion for running really developed when I took training more seriously. One of my college coaches, T.J., would predict how fast I would run and I remember thinking “there is no way I will ever be that fast!” To my surprise I was able to run as he said I would. This really taught me that we set limits to ourselves way before we even try to push through them. I love competing with myself and trying to improve my fastest times. Most of the time when someone makes a comment about how fast I am, the thoughts in my head immediately go to, “Is this really the best I can do?”

Where is your favorite place to run?

I appreciate running for the view. Getting lost on trails used to scare me but now I love finding new places to run, especially when I feel like it’s my own secret trail that no one has discovered.

What race/running event are you most proud of?

Top 3 in no particular order:

From my cross-country racing days in college, the race the race I am most proud of is in 2009 NCAA West Regional Championships in San Francisco. Our ladies had been working on running as a group. We were definitely intimidating when we would go out all together in a tight knit pack. I was in 5th place with about 800 meters to go in the 6k. Coach TJ was there and made a comment that I could be 3rd if I had a good kick left in me. I pushed with everything I had and ended up in 3rd just out edging my teammate. This victory meant so much to me. There were many points in this race where I could have given up and then ended up finishing in third place. The two ahead of me ended up finishing 1st and 2nd in the weeks to come at the D2 National meet. Our team finished 3rd in our region with was the highest ever for the UAA women at the time.  Coach TJ later told me he thought I was in 4th and didn’t see one of the girls in front of me. He was pretty surprised at how much I had moved up. Note to self: you have a lot more in the tank than you think!

From my track races, the moment that was most surprising was running steeple chase in 10:31 at Stanford Invitational on April 6, 2012. I started doing the steeplechase in my third year at UAA in 2010. It became my favorite event right away. I loved the challenge of the barriers! I broke the school record and qualified for nationals. I struggled towards the end of the track season in 2010 and did not perform as well at nationals as I was hoping. I decided to redshirt my 2011 track season to allow myself more time to succeed in the steeple chase. In 2012 when I ran the steeple at Stanford I remember being very nervous about the heat. With the steeplechase, it is easy to get discouraged if you have some poor water pit landings. My coaches had been talking me about getting back to pace between the barriers and not focusing on the water pit. In Alaska, we don’t have any water pits to practice on so naturally I was always a bit nervous about that part of the race. We would create a make shift one with our one steeple barrier and some cones (marking where the water would end) by pushing the net in onto the infield at the Alaska Dome. We would work on landing one foot in, one foot out of the “water.” Back to the race, getting into the first few laps I felt confident, but I remember not seeing a lap counter and I started to talk to myself ’til I was confused at what lap I was on. I focused on not falling off the group of girls and came around the last 200 mark where my coach was screaming for me to push the last bit. I remember thinking to myself “only 200 to go?!” Over the last water pit jump and into the last straight of the race I saw that clock with lower 10 mins on it! As I walked off the track my coach met me with a hug. He then informed me I had broken not only the school record but also the GNAC record. (This victory was short lived. My teammate Susan Tanui ended up breaking my record later that day.)

By the end of my collegiate running career I had a feeling that I didn’t quite accomplish everything I had hoped. I really wanted to become an “All-American.” In my thoughts of failure, I found strength to push myself. Following my final year, I made a goal to win the Twilight 12k. This is one of my favorite community races! I showed up with a vengeance against myself after having a poor performance at nationals. I achieved this goal winning the race and setting a course record.

What are your current running goals?

Right now, I’m mostly running to stay active and healthy. I am in the midst of coming up with my running goals for 2017.

What/who motivates you?

I draw motivation from all over the place. Sometimes it’s stories from others of overcoming struggles, other times it’s a quote or something I read. One thing that has always helped motivate me is remembering that I am representing something bigger than myself. So remembering that what I do and present myself sends a message about how I was raised, that I’m a reflection of my town, of the schools I attended, etc.

One of my biggest motivators I have is children I am surrounded by. I think children are so special in the way they can be influenced so I always try to be a good influence. My niece Versailles is one person I always am looking to impress. She was born August 12, 2008. During my sister’s pregnancy, they knew things weren’t quite right. She has some developmental delays but she pushes to do things by herself and overcome her limitations. Versailles watched an episode of Curious George where he helped Professor Wiseman train for a race. She is now very interested in running and working out. I love watching how much she picks up on from everything around her.  I strive to always be a positive influence in Versailles’ life. She is my favorite cheerleader!

Versailles and Hallidie

What do you do to warm-up for a race and prepare yourself mentally for it?

Mentally I prepare for the race the day before. I will run the course the day before then spend some time mentally playing out the race in my mind the night before. I will come up with the what if’s (I go out too fast/I start dying/I get a cramp) then play through how I can help myself overcome those scenarios.

My warm up is pretty standard of most runners. If it’s a morning race I make sure to be up a bit earlier so I’m not dragging at the start line. I have my coffee and oatmeal, get my race outfit on and my things together. I typically get to the race location an hour before. Getting closer to start time I go for 20 minutes nice and easy, then go through drills and strides.

What is your favorite pre-race meal?

The morning of a race I typically have a cup of coffee and a bowl of oatmeal with chia seeds.

What is your favorite post-race meal?

Pizza

How would you spend your ideal day?

My ideal day would include all of the following: wake up from a well-rested night of sleep, coffee, babies smiling and laughing, run to somewhere with a view, shower, nap, finishing a project, lots of great food, friends and family time, and finally something to satisfy my sweet tooth.

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Thanks, Hallidie! We’ll see you out on the streets this summer!!

Hip Labral Tear Update

It has been almost 2 months since the diagnosis of my hip labral tear, and to be honest, I still don’t know what I am going do in regards to my training.

When I first got the labral tear diagnosis, I knew that if I wanted the tear to be fixed, I would have to have surgery. (It isn’t something that will repair on its own.) I was 100% convinced I would go through with the surgery because every time I ran I had pain, and I couldn’t imagine going through life without running. However, the steroid shot I got prior to the MRI helped a ton, and I have been able to run for the last several weeks–even working up to 40 miles this past week. Plus, as time has gone on, I’m not convinced that surgery is necessary. I’ve spent the past 2 months talking to friends who have had similar diagnosis, meeting with my PT and chiropractor (who specializes in sports chiropractic), rehabbing like crazy, and trying to get some answers from orthopedic surgeons who do labral tear repairs. Most have encouraged a more conservative approach rather than opting for surgery right away. While I have been frustrated it has taken so long to get a prognosis on my hip, it has given me time to think through what I really want to do.

What I really want to do: train like crazy, race a lot this summer, run a marathon in the fall, and have no pain through all of it.

What the reality is: my hip is not healthy and high volume training is not something that can happen right now.

At this point in time, I do not plan to have surgery. I am not convinced the labral tear is even causing my hip flexor pain. My gut tells me the pain is from something else. I have pain with runs over about 8 miles but speed and faster workouts don’t bother it. I don’t have the classic symptoms of a labral tear, and someone told me if you take 100 runners and do an MRI on their hip, 50 of them are going to come back with a labral tear–and most might not even have symptoms. (So they are very common!) I notice that my hip hurts sometimes when I pull off my shoes, which I don’t think should hurt if it is a labral tear causing the pain. Anyway, I am going to take it day-by-day and week-by-week and see what happens.

I was hoping to get opinions from a few doctors who specialize in repairing the hip labrum, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a lot of information. Here’s what I did find out though.

Doctor #1 – I made an appointment to see a doctor here in Anchorage in November. When I called to make the appointment, the receptionist said the doctor does do labral tear surgeries, however, when I went to actually meet with him, he told me he doesn’t do surgery on labral tears. Ugh! I was frustrated I wasted my time and money. He did say the labral tear was small, but he really didn’t say whether he thought surgery was necessary (probably because it isn’t his specialty).

Doctor #2 – I called the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota since they are world-renowned and close to where my parent’s live in Minnesota. When I initially called to make the appointment, I was under the assumption I would be having surgery. They said they might be able to get me in before the end of 2015, so I was thinking I could capitalize on the money I had already paid towards my deductible and out-of-pocket and do the surgery by the end of 2015 without having to pay a lot of money. Ultimately, they weren’t able to get me in for an appointment until the beginning of January and by that time I was leaning towards not having surgery anyhow.

Doctor #3 – As soon as I was diagnosed with the labral tear, I made an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon here in Anchorage that my doctor referred me to. The earliest I could get in was the beginning of January. During the wait, I heard that this surgeon is good at what he does, but if at all possible, go to someone who is excellent at what they do. I ended up canceling the appointment mostly because I was still waiting to hear back from doctor #4.

Doctor #4 – This was the doctor I was particularly anxious to get a prognosis from. He was a world-renowned doctor out of Minnesota who is known for working with elite runners and has done a lot of labral tear surgeries. He does complimentary reviews of paperwork, so I thought this would be my best option because then I wouldn’t have to fly to Minnesota to see him, and it wouldn’t cost me a dime. There was a lot of back a forth trying to get documents, MRI images, and x-rays from the doctor here in town to him in Minnesota. Finally after 2 months, I get a call from the receptionist saying the doctor wants me to see me in person, go to 3 appointments, and have more imaging done. Ah!!! So much for any help. She asked me if I was having anterior groin pain (That’s exactly where my pain has been!), so I’m not sure what the doctor saw, but I was shocked he “knew” exactly where my pain was. I would assume the MRI and x-ray images must have been inconclusive, which is why he needed more imaging to be done.

I’m still torn as to what to do, but I like to think these things all happened for a reason. I just don’t know what that reason is yet. Sigh. . . .

41 Miles This Week. . . . .BUUTTTT

I’m stoked! I hit 41 miles this past week. This is the most I’ve run since last June!

I am loving the fact I am back to running some decent mileage now, but my hip is still not feeling great. I am fine with runs under about 8 miles, but anything over that it starts to bother me. I’m not sure if I should continue running this much and keep rehabbing–hoping it will continue to heal on its own because I have made a lot (a lot) of progress within the past 2 months. (My hip used to hurt after 10 minutes of running!) However, obviously something still isn’t right.

Right now I’m taking it day-by-day and thankful for the miles I am able to run! Here’s a look at my mileage from this past week.

Monday

Off – I was still fighting a cold, so I opted to stay inside and rest.

Tuesday

8 miles | 12 x 200 meters (:37 – :40)

I was really happy with how this workout went. I did this on an indoor track, and I had people to run with, so that always makes me run faster. All of my splits were 40 seconds or under, which is good for me. I feel like my speed is coming back!

Wednesday

5 miles| easy

45 minutes of weights

This was an easy early morning run. My hip didn’t feel great after running 13 miles within the last 12 hours. I wasn’t thrilled about this, but I also knew it was a fair amount for a short period of time.

Thursday

9 miles | easy

With a 24 hour rest, my hip was feeling better. My watch died after 3 miles, and I wasn’t exactly sure of the distance for the route I picked, so I decided to double back after what I thought was 4 miles. In reality I ended up running 9 miles, which was kind of exciting.

Friday

7 miles | easy

40 minutes of rehab activities for my hip

Another early morning run. It has been so cold here this winter, so I wasn’t too trilled about another single digit run. However, it was worth it for that runner’s high at the end!

Saturday

Off – Ideally I like to do my long runs on Saturdays, but I had to be to work before 8 a.m., so I opted to wait until Sunday.

Sunday

12 miles | easy

The first two-thirds of this run I felt pretty good. The temperature was 4*F, but I actually felt okay. However, after about 8 miles, I started to feel my hip, and it never subsided.

Total: 41 miles

Saucony Peregrine Ice review coming soon!

It is so hard not to compare my training to last year at this time when I was running 60 and 70 miles per week. I would give anything to be back at that level of training, but that’s not the reality now. Currently I still have hip pain past 7 or 8 miles, and while it isn’t unbearable, I know something isn’t right. I don’t know what to expect from my hip in the near future. I think about taking a couple of more weeks off and trying to rehab it. I also consider sticking to the shorter distances since I’m good for 7 or 8 miles and sprinting doesn’t bother it, but that doesn’t help me get to my big, dream goal. Ultimately I have to make the best decision at the time with the information I have. Tomorrow I’ll be posting what information (or lack there of really) I have gotten from the doctors about my labral tear. I’m doing my best to stay positive, but I hate the unknown and not being able to control the situation more.