Put Me in Coach, I am NOT Ready to Play

Good morning!

How was everyone’s weekend?

Mine was great, I did some biking, some softball, a long run and had a great father’s day.

So let’s get to it shall we!

I don’t play sports.

I love playing fun games, like spud, and kickball, and back yard baseball.

You know my love of running, biking, swimming, strength training. (I also LOVE golf [I played in high school :)] and tennis).

To me though, those are not “sports.”

That is just me being active.

However, my office thinks that I “play sports” and somehow I got recruited to play in a softball league this weekend.

I think I was more distraught over the fact that this was cutting into my long run rather than being nervous about hitting and catching a softball in front of girls and guys I went to high school with!

So instead of lacing of my running shoes Saturday morning, I laced up my really old Mizunno Wave Riders 14 and headed out to play some ball.

Of course I got put as a catcher, and of course we were guaranteed 3 games, and of course I looked like an idiot the first time I went up to bat.

But by the end, I ended up having a lot of fun, getting to 1st base a couple of times, getting to 3rd base once, and scoring once!

So to say the least after a 30 mile bike ride the day before, then the softball game on Saturday, my arms and legs were VERY sore for my long run on Sunday morning.

The plan was 9 miles.

9 miles got done. It was not pretty. It was nowhere near fun. And I had no “runners high” after the run.

Bruce and I stayed together most of the time so that was helpful. Especially the first 4.50 miles.

4.5-6 I was really flying, I had some Powerbar Energy gels, which really seemed to work.

But miles 6-7 were hard and scary.

I realized that I did not eat enough that morning. I ate at 6:30 am, started running at 8:15 am. My fuel however was portioned to the size of someone who was going to run in 30-45 minutes after eating.

And you can see from the time I was almost at 2 hours with no fuel.

First mistake right there.

So at mile 6 I knew right away what my issue was.

I started to get really hot, I felt like my blood was on fire. Then I switched to extremely cold.

I had no more fuel or water and Bruce was no where in sight.

I had to sit down and just do a couple of deep breaths.

Told myself, this is NOT a race. DO NOT beat yourself up! Be safe! But be strong becuase you are an athlete!

This helped me… ALOT.  And I was “ready” to go in about 10 minutes. Those last 3 miles were slooooow.

But I finished. When I got back to the car I busted out in to tears because of the sucky run/being scared/wishing Bruce there.

Bruce calmed me down. Got me a bunch of fluids and drove us home.

Thank God for Bruce.

The rest of the weekend involved eating, watching the US Open, and spending quality time with our fathers!

Even though that 1 mile of my long run was not great, I still think this was a great weekend!

Tonight I plan on riding 20-25 miles on the bike, doing some arm/leg stretches and just resting!

Have a great Monday!   

What are your exercise plans for today?!

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The List

Hello hello hello!!

Wow I have not posted something in over a week! I give major props to those bloggers  who write 2-3 times a day!!

So I think we left off at my 6 mile adventure

Let us not wait a second, a list is in order!!

1. have gone on 2 20 mile bike rides. I am using biking as my cross training during 1/2 marathon and marathon training.

2. I bought a new toy 🙂 The Garmin 310xt. Let us rewind a few days when my Garmin 305 who has been by BFF for the last 2 years, past away. It was the saddest morning of my life! So I started to use Map My Run, which is a great application, but not a great application for me. So I spent $$$$$$$$$ to get this! Best financial choice ever! 😉

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3. I did the most INSANE leg workout on Monday. INSANE.

4. Woke up Tuesday morning to REALLY sore legs and STUPIDLY ran 5 miles. During that Tuesday morning run everything else felt great (besides the legs) so I kept going and going. And when I stopped. Let’s just say some choice words were in order and Bruce had to help me stand up.

5. Speaking of Bruce we celebrated his 25th birthday on Tuesday!! He is getting so old 😉

6. I have converted Bruce to a runner. Hehe. (He secretly loves it!) So of course all of his gifts were running gear!

A. Running shorts

Do you think they are too short? He does. But he is still going to try them out.

B. Running Tank Top

To show off those arms!

C. Water bottle for running specifically

If you don’t have one of these. Go. Buy. One. Now.

D. Timex GPS watch

7. I also got him tickets to Kings Island also! We are going for 2 nights and going to have a blast.

8. Gift giving is fun, because secretly  this is everything I love to do. And by giving it to Bruce, we can both do it together now!

9. Now back to running.. I ran a 9 mile run. Not my best. Not my worst. Just ehh.

10. I am still in so much pain from Monday night that I could not run today. I could not even walk. I am not kidding one bit. If you want sore legs do this workout! (Pinterest! Follow me!)

11. I am planning on running tomorrow morning. Cross your fingers!

Now that you are all caught up, go check out my June picture page!

And I will be back to normal posting again!!

My 6 Mile Adventure!

Good Morning!!

Wow it has been busy in my neck of the woods!

Yesterday was my first day of work full-time and the day before (Monday) I had 2  finals!

But now that everything is basically back to normally so will my posting!

So where did I leave off?

Lets’s see..

Sunday.. no workout (Studying, and a final, yeah on a Sunday.. it was weird!)

Monday.. no workout until about 7:30 at night. Ah yes! This workout was crazy!

So after my test I decided I was going to go for my run in order to study more in the morning. (By the way, my running in the morning has been slacking, and I don’t like it! More on that in a bit).

So Monday I planned on running 6. It was at a trail known as Glacier Ridge. Let me give you a little background on this trail. If it is windy outside, don’t even try to run this trail. And if you’re not in the mood for a  hill workout, don’t run this trail!

Trying to capture a picture of the intense hill, while running…

Well Monday it was both windy, and I was not in the mood for running hills.

Another back story.. I thought I had forgotten my wallet at home, and had a limited food supply. I eventually found my wallet, once I made it to the trail. Which was not good because the last time I ate was 12 and I was running 6 miles and I am sure you can tell by 7:30 I was very hungry. But I STUPIDLY decided to run!

Runners.. we can be stupid at times.

So on top of improper fulling on my end, wind, and hills, I knew was going to be an interesting run.

Around here as well the sun starts to set around 8. Thus it was dusk when I started out, this is a kill factor in a few more sentences.

So let’s get to running!

I started the run, and right away I told myself “Oh my goodness, I am so hungry.”  And I don’t know about you but when I am hungry that is the only thing that I can think of. Everyone that knows me, realizes they don’t want to be around me when I am in this state!

So I tried to block this out of my head, because remember how I said that I have been mentally not doing well with running? (Check out this article about over coming mental barriers when running!)

So I continued on my way, then BAM! A deer! I almost smacked right into a deer!! I have NEVER been so close, it was so scary! I kinda screamed and ran backwards and then stopped. The deer just stared at me. That made me nervous. Then it turned around and left with some MORE deer!

To say the least that was one running experience I will never forget! So after that I continued on my way, and my first split was 8:20. I was pleased but realized that was probably to fast considering the conditions!

But I continued to run.

I ran a big a%&  hill which almost killed me. But I always tell myself, when you go up you must go down! That mantra normally works on hills for me.

By half way I was feeling good, and when I turned around the wind, of course was still in my face so mile 3-4 was a little slower (8:35) but then the rest of the way I was really booking it!

In the end with all of the conditions and events I felt pretty good with this run!

Yesterday was a biking day (10 miles) and some lifting, and now today I was supposed to run in the morning. Well that didn’t happen I was just a little too tired from staying up to watch, Concert for the Queen. So tonight I head out for either 5 or 6 I still have not decided yet.

Next week I start training for my August race (1/2 marathon).

I am trying to PR this race (1:45-1:40).

I love training! So I am super excited!

Have a wonderful day!

Has any one ever ran into an animal while running?

What is the longest you have ever gone with eating before a run? 

Today is national running day! How are you going to celebrate? 

I Needed This One

Let us talk about yesterday.

It. Was. Awesome!

We decided to sleep in just a little bit because the weather we knew was going to be chilly, so instead of the regular 5:30, we started running around 8! So much nicer:)

Ready to go!

We also decided to try out a new trail.

This was not such a great idea for multiple reasons

1) The trail runs through the Ohio country side. Meaning, very boring.

2) It was windy and this course was wide open.

3) There were NO bathrooms on the course

This was the course.. look how straight it was!

Normally when we do our long runs we don’t run together, I pull head and run at the pace which is better for me. However I have been having issues where I will go out to fast and fatigue really bad at the halfway point. So yesterday I decided to stay with him for 2 miles.

This worked out great!

(Bruce does not have a GPS to know how far he is going, so I wear a bracelet and when the watches hits the half way part of the distance he is running, I lay the bracelet down so he knows:)

Once I pulled away my legs left really good, but mentally I was losing it. The course was so straight that I was begging to  see a hill or a curve or something!!

Boring but Beautiful!

Then I decided to turn on some music.

This helped me so much!

And the trail was starting to get full of people so that really helped a lot as well.

Once I made it to the halfway point I told myself to run the best 4 miles ever.

And you know what?

I did!

4-5 was really good I felt super strong

5-6 I was passing people (for some reason passing men makes me really happy!:)

6-7 I thought only one more mile! Then I realized I had 2. That split second thought made me slow down.. I need to work on that. But I picked the pace back up and busted out a 7:30!

7-8 I wanted to slow down, but I told myself if I did I was going to regret it, I did slow down for .25 just because I was in the heat of the sun and had NO WATER. But then I picked it right back up. And finished really strong.

I am going to pass you!

I was really proud of myself, because I kept reminding myself of my goals which I had set yesterday and I feel like I accomplished them!

Yesterday was a great running day and I am super proud of myself. This run was so needed!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Sad and Busy

Good Afternoon!

How is the day going for you?

Mine has been super busy!

My normal routine has me waking up at about 5:00. This is a great time in the summer months because the sun is just about to peek through, which makes it great for getting my sweat on outside!

 I normally start working out about 5:30, and it takes me about 10 minutes to get to my workout location. It is super convenient.

So when I arrived at my destination this morning, I was really excited to run! You know that feeling? Well I was feeling it! I proceed to turn on my Garmin 305. Nothing. I tried again. Nothing. And again. Nothing. And one last time. Nothing.

I started to have a slight panic attack, and then I remembered I had my phone with a stop watch and I basically knew a route to get my 5 miles in.

So plan B occurred.

I am not a fan of plan b’s but better than nothing!

The Run

I felt really strong this morning, which was great since my last long run didn’t go to well.

I was strong, but I had no idea what my splits were. Which made me kinda upset. I am such a numbers person so not knowing literally killed me!

I know at my half way point (2.5) I was at like 21 minutes, which I was glad about!

I finished the run strong, and was pleased with my time!

43 min approx

5.25 miles

After…

Then it got busy

Drive home make breakfast (egg whites, Great Harvest whole wheat bread, and watermelon)

Get cleaned up

Get my stuff together for the day

Drive to school

Have a food tour at school (Which was awesome! We went to a Kroger Bakery, and got a lot of products!!)

Walk about 3 miles to get lunch (bad idea)

Go to class

and repeat the last one 3 more times..

Long busy day!

How was your day? Busy? Relaxing? 

Any running? Walking? Biking? Other? 

Let’s Try This Again

Wow.

I am not good about this whole blog thing at all! But I want to be better!! I love to read blogs, but when thinking about writing my own… it. freaks. me. out.

So, I am going to start by not putting so much pressure on myself to write everyday, and just enjoy my life and post when I feel I need to post!

So some “new” news!

1. I am engaged!!! 

2. I signed up for my first marathon!

Can you guess which one?!

3. I graduate in the fall!! 

I think that about covers the main topics!

Side note: I will be writing more about my running/ exercise and maybe post a picture or two about food. Right now I am really experimenting with new ideas, so when these ideas actually turn out good… I will post 😉

Anyways, I became engaged this past holiday season, my fiance (so weird to still say!) is heading off to law school and moving south to Florida!! I couldn’t be happier!! We are not actually planning anything wedding related right now, we are just going day by day and will really plan after the law school is totally finalized! (a month or so!!)

Bruce graduating from OSU!! Going on to LAW SCHOOL!!

My fiance is not a really runner, but he wanted to picking  up running because he knows my passion for it, so we decided to go big or go home and signed up for a MARATHON! The Disney Marathon specifically, we are both  HUGE Disney fans!! So this will truly be a magical experience!!

LOVE!

Finally, I will be graduating from The Ohio State University in the fall with a B.S in Nutrition and Industry and a minor in business! I could not be happier! I love what I am doing, and I can’t wait to actually start a real job!

I think that is about it!

Off to study and do some bike riding on this BEAUTIFUL day!!