3 More Sleeps til Marathon!

I don’t know why WP hates me so much. I haven’t been able to log into my blog for over 2 weeks. Luckily, when I just went in to approve a comment I was able to get in. Whatever…

So, Saturday is the big day! I received the final instructions for race day from the RD (who, by the way, is quite hilarious!) which you can see HERE. Seriously, read it. It’s funny :)

My shoe choice is narrowed down to either the Brooks Launch 2 or the Brooks PureFlow 2 (yes, I pulled the last pair from retirement – they still feel good and are my absolute favorite shoes EVER).  I’m about 97% sure the PF2s are going to win.

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Still working on the outfit also. I have the sports bra narrowed down to 2 (VS or Champion – I’ll spare the details/pics ;)), the shorts down to 3 (Brooks, Nike, and Champion), shirt down to 2. But hey, I know which socks I’m wearing!

Best socks ever!

Best socks ever!

I’ll be wearing the Camelbak vest so I’m leaning towards the bright yellow tank – a girl’s gotta somewhat match right? I’m considering wearing an older Garmin (either the 305 or 210) because of the battery. The 15 is supposed to be 8 hours, but I don’t think so. It almost died at 4 on a long run.

I’m going to skip wearing a visor and do a bandana instead. That way I can wet it and put it back on if needed. It’s supposed to be a scorcher on Saturday – 90 degrees at 7am! The sunblock is already packed in the vest, as are a few Pocketfuel almond butter/gels, and the Gymboss timer (I’m going to use the :30/:30 run/walk intervals).

As for goals, I really just want to finish – upright and pain-free. I do kind of have a time goal in mind even though that’s probably stupid considering the weather, and the fact that it’s a partial trail run with a monster hill (Mount Cuckoo) that I’ll have to tackle either 2 or 4 times! But I’ll put it out there anyways. 4:59:59.

I’m sure there’s more I want to say, but my brain is in a fog right now! So, if I don’t check back in before the marathon, I’ll definitely post afterwards!

Any last minute tips or advice? Please feel free to share!!



20-mile Long Run Report, and Weeks 12 and 13 of Marathon Training

You guys!!! I ran 20 miles and I didn’t die!!

It was actually a great run! I have to thank my Slow Runners Club peeps for suggesting to try out short run/walk intervals. I normally use run/jog intervals or just run. When I tried doing the run/walk thing a few years ago I would get to a point (usually around 10k) where the running segments got slower and slower until I couldn’t make my legs start running again after the walk breaks. Or I would try incorporating the run/walk too late into the run instead of starting right from the beginning.

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Anyways, I decided to go with :30/:30 intervals. I figured that after how bad the last 2 long runs went, it certainly couldn’t be any worse! I also had come to the conclusion that if I couldn’t run the 20 miles I was going to swap out my marathon registration for the half. Not to say that might not still happen (depending – of course – on how my tummy situation is on race day), but for now I have no worries. After the 20 mile run, I am confident that I can run a marathon! And nothing can/will take that feeling, that knowledge, away!

I somehow managed to wake up before the alarm – thanks Lucy for having to go out an hour earlier than usual ;)

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After coming back in from Lucy’s walk I finished charging my phone and my Garmin, drank 2 cups of coffee and took a vitamin. Did the bathroom thing, then got dressed and took an energy gel. I was out the door at 8:30am. I opted for a little extra cushioning so I wore the Brooks Ghost 6’s. I think it was a good choice!

I only had to stop one time and it wasn’t for the bathroom!! Lol!! It was right at mile 1 I had to run back in the house to ditch my new fuel belt. It was just too heavy and too big, and unfortunately it will not work L So I dropped that off and grabbed the arm phone holder thingie and in less than a minute, was back out.

I was planning on doing a few loops around my subdivision before heading out onto a route I mapped out, but I ended up doing the entire run in 1-mile loops around my house. I think I was just nervous that as soon as I got too far away from home, that “urge” would hit and ruin my run (again). I don’t know if it was a mental thing or not but I had no tummy issues the entire time. None. Maybe the poop gods finally decided to take mercy on me ;)

And not only that, the weather was perfect too. It was mid 60s with a light rain. I think that played a large part in my not needing any water/fuel for most of the run. I wasn’t really worried about it since I was never more than 1 mile away from grabbing some water or a gel, but I never had to stop. I did get really thirsty around mile 17, so I texted my hubby and he brought me out a 10-ounce bottle of water which I sipped on during that mile, then as I rounded back by the house I threw it by the front door. Another bonus of sticking close to home!

The last 3 miles were spent praying that my Garmin battery wouldn’t die. I guess that using the Run/Walk setting takes a MAJOR toll on the battery, because it had only been about 3 hours and was fully charged when I started. I have the 15 which is supposed to have an 8+ hour battery life. Luckily though, it did last. It died right after I finished and took a picture of it! Ha!

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I will definitely use the :30/:30 intervals from now on for long runs, and for the marathon itself. I had a great run, no pain, and only a little soreness later that night. I was able to run another 3 miles the next day (yesterday) feeling fresh!

The only thing I will do differently for my next long run is to use a timer (i.e., Gymboss) instead of setting the Garmin and Runmeter for intervals. Between the Garmin beeping every 30 seconds, and listening to the app (Runmeter) saying “Run” “Walk” every 30 seconds, this was the noisiest run ever! Lol! I found an app called “Seconds” that I played with yesterday and I think it will work. It just does a short beep every 30 seconds, and you can set it for however many times you want to use it.

Ok, enough rambling. Here’s how the last 2 weeks of training looked:

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Ok, I think I’ve gone on long enough. How’s that for a comeback post?!


Marathon Training – Week 7 Summary

Happy Meatless Monday! I don’t have a new recipe this week because I’m still eating my delicious leftovers from last week. As long as I have quinoa/rice, beans, salsa, and guacamole I don’t need much else :)

I had a great week of training! Not only did I complete all workouts (including the 14 mile long run!), I also got my shoe dilemma all straightened out. It’s the Kinvara 5 (for the win!) for easy and long runs, and the New Balance 1400 v2 for speed-work and (shorter) tempo runs. I can’t believe none of the Brooks made the cut, but I’ve still got my eye on the Launch 2 for my next shopping extravaganza….

I haven’t gotten my weekly email from SmashRun yet, so here’s the breakdown from Daily Mile:

Run summary March 23-29, 2015

Run summary March 23-29, 2015-2

The only downfall this week happened somewhere between miles 5 and 6 of the long run yesterday. My foot pod died. Not just the battery, but the foot pod itself. Not sure how or what happened, but even after putting in a new battery it won’t work :(  No worries though, I just went onto Running Warehouse and ordered a new one. It was a few bucks more than some competitor sites, but they have such great customer service, and super fast shipping! I highly recommend them!

Since I probably won’t have a chance to post tomorrow here’s a little summary for March:

  • 3.2 pounds lost (from 118.8 to 115.6)
  • 104 running miles (plus 3.5 planned for today)

Have a great week!

50-Day Run Streak #writeandrun31


I hit a pretty awesome milestone today – 50 days of running in a row! And in these 50 days (started 11/23/14) I’ve ran 171 miles. That’s 3.42 miles per day on average. I’m pretty sure there were only 1 or 2 days in which I only ran 1 mile (one of those being yesterday, Lol!). Generally, I run between 3.25 – 3.5 miles per day during the week, then a shorter run on Saturday followed by a longer run on Sunday. Those longer runs are supposed to be my slow, endurance building miles, but as you can see in the above picture, I tend to actually run faster for the longer miles. Weird, huh?! Although, these results may be skewed because on the site I posted this from (smashrun.com), I “hid/blocked” all runs prior to November 23rd.

For today’s run I did reverse intervals of 4:1 for the first half, then 3:2 for the second half. So instead of run:walk, I did jog:run. I finished 10k (6.2 miles) in just over 64 minutes. I ran in my pajamas (+ sports bra) while watching Doctor Who, again :) Have I mentioned how much I love my treadmill! Lol!

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While I run, Lucy unfolds and burrows into the extra blankets that I keep on the spare bed.

 This morning’s weigh in was 116.8 and for food today:

  • Breakfast: 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • Lunch: Black Bean Sriracha Pasta w/salsa
  • Dinner: Broccoli with garlic sauce and steamed brown rice
  • Snack: Salad (romaine, carrots, tomatoes, onions) with Tahini Lime Sauce, pretzel shells, and pumpkin seeds

‘Til next time. Xxxs and Oods

New Shoes! #writeandrun31 Day 9

I mentioned yesterday that I’m on the hunt to find a new pair of PureFlow 2s and guess what?! Yep, I found some today! I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of checking the “Big Kids” sizes before now because not only was I able to get them in this awesome bright yellow color, but they were crazy cheap too! They should be here Monday or Tuesday, so I’ll report back once I get them on my greedy little feet! I can’t wait!!

And I LOVE the color!Today’s run was 3.5 miles of Level 5 Hills. I took it nice and easy, finishing in 38:33 (11mm pace – 5.5mph).

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I’m loving the new Garmin so far! It’s very easy to use, and if I sit for too long, it “tells” me to “Move!” This would be the perfect watch if only it had Bluetooth. Since it doesn’t, I have to plug it into the computer to upload everything. Not that big of a deal :) The step count is a bit higher than what the Fitbit shows, but the calorie count matches. So I’m not sure which is more accurate, but they are close enough that I don’t really think it matters. In other words, bye-bye Fitbit.

That’s about it for today. Here’s what I ate:

  • Breakfast: Muesli with walnuts & non-dairy chocolate chips with 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Lunch: Refried beans with roasted red peppers and scallions with my homemade chipotle sauce, and one of those Minute brand microwaveable cups of Whole Grain Medley (brown rice, barley and quinoa)
  • Dinner: Pueblo Pie with salsa, guacamole, and pretzel shells

And this morning’s weigh-in was 115.8

Day 8 #writeandrun31 – My new Garmin came today!

From the 305 (enormous) to the 210 (big), and now the 15 – finally they made one that fits my tiny wrist! And because it also has a step tracker, I’ll be able to get rid of my broken Fitbit too ;) Just need to wear it (the Fitbit) one more day to check the accuracy of the Garmin.

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Besides the package arriving, today was pretty uneventful. Woke up, took Lucy for a very short walk (it was 4* this morning!), went to work. Gym at lunch, stopped for gas on my way home, took Lucy for a 1/2 mile walk (the temperature rose to a nice balmy 10* ;)) and then set up the new Garmin. After I finish up here it’ll be time for shower and bed. Such an exciting life, right?!

For today’s run I did 2 x 1600s with an 800 recovery walk in between. 1st mile was 10:00 and 2nd was 9:20. Because my feet have been feeling “weird” the last few days, I decided to switch back to my PureFlow 2s.  These are my 4th pair, and have well over 400 miles on them, but I haven’t been able to find any new ones in my size anywhere online. My mission for this weekend is to hunt them down at one of the running stores around here, because my feet felt great the entire time!

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I think tomorrow I’ll do a slow run of hills.

I hear people complain about treadmills all the time, but I LOVE the treadmill. It makes speed-work, intervals, hills, and even long runs easier for me. Sure, I like running outside too, but I go so much slower and have to often take walk breaks when I hit the road. Which I realize is the exact opposite of most people’s situation comparing road running to the treadmill. I suppose I’m just weird that way, Lol!

Today’s weigh-in was 115.2, and food for the day was: Dark chocolate peanut butter with walnuts and peanut butter chips on a whole-wheat sandwich thin for breakfast. Lunch was half of a pint of veggie chow mein with plain fried rice and crunchy noodles, and dinner was the other half of lunch.

Week Two, Day One

I didn’t realize just how important my salsa is to me until I tried to decide what to make for dinner. I’m in a total food rut without it! Ah well, at least tomorrow is grocery day.

By the way, salsa is super healthy and goes great on almost EVERYTHING! Especially since most of what I eat is Tex-Mexish ;) I make a batch of it weekly, but sometimes I run out a day or 2 early. Here’s my recipe:

Super Salsa!

  • 8 to 10 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 large red onion
  • bunch of cilantro
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded
  • juice of 1 lime

Basically you just chop everything into whatever size consistency you like. I tend to quarter everything, throw it in my Ninja, and give it about 10 taps. I like my salsa really chunky.

Today’s Food:

  • Breakfast: 2 cups coffee with Cafe Mocha
  • Brunch: Amy’s Mexican Casserole w/guacamole. 2 cups coffee with Cafe Mocha
  • Snack: 6 Oreo cookies
  • Dinner: Salad (shredded lettuce w/diced tomatoes, celery, onions) with Tahini Lime Sauce, sesame sticks and pistachios.


3 mile “recovery” run.



Yeah, my recovery run was longer than my long run yesterday – Ha!

Oh, and I “won” a Garmin 210 on Ebay yesterday so I’ll finally be able to unstrap the giant computer from my wrist! The Nike+ app that I used last week is pretty accurate, but is a big drain on my battery. And besides, I like to keep my phone in front of me when I’m on the treadmill – easier to mess with music that way!