10k for Autism

After a failed attempt at this yesterday (I only made it 3.3 miles before having to charge back home. I’ll spare the details…), I managed to complete the 10k for Autism (virtual race) today. I opted for the treadmill so that I’d be closer to the bathroom, if needed ;) But all went well, and I had a pretty good run! I did mostly 2:30/:30 intervals, and was able to really kick it into high gear the last mile and a half. I finished in 1:02:50 for an overall pace of just over 10-minute miles.

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WHO wants to run for autism? Virtual 10k race. 1:02:50 NBZ2(3).

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I’ll most likely take a rest day tomorrow, and figure out what’s next from here. Stay tuned!

13.1, 5, 10k, 10k, 10 miles, and 10k

Whoops, I seemed to have missed the last couple of weekend’s long runs. Here’s a brief recap:

1/23/16 – I did the Run Free virtual half-marathon in the PureConnect 4s.

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1/24 was a 5-mile recovery run, in the Kinvara 5.

1/25 – 1/29/16 I did another virtual challenge – 5 5ks in 5 days.

1/30/16 – 10k in Kinvara 5

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1/31/16 – 10k in Newton Distance IV

2/6/16 – 10 miles in PureFlow 1

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2/7/16 – 10k in Newton Fate

I haven’t had any foot or shoe issues lately!

And in other news, I’ve been selected as an Ambassador Captain for SkirtSports! I’ll be doing a separate post on that soon (with a nice little discount code), so stay tuned :)

Sloppy Cuckoo 12-hour Challenge – I’m an #UltraMarathoner!

You guys!! I ran over 35 miles yesterday!!

I hauled a$$ through that finish chute!

I hauled a$$ through that finish chute!

My time wasn’t what I wanted, but OMG! That was the hardest, most challenging, awesomely awful thing EVER! Those trails were no joke!!

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I had to climb over fallen trees and huge stumps, run through mud and a creek, climb up and down unimaginable steep hills, and try not to kill myself on the wet rocks and gravel.

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I did wipeout several times, but I kept going!

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I completed 2 of the 3 goals I had set for myself:

  1. Complete at least 4 of the 6.55 mile loops. Check! However, the loops weren’t 6.55 miles – they were 7 miles!
  2. Complete (at least) 50k. Check!!
  3. Run the entire 12 hours. Nope. On my last wipeout I’m pretty sure I broke a toe. If not for that I know I could have done (at least) 1 more loop.

I got some awesome swag!

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I won a German Weatherhouse for completing 50k plus!

I can’t wait to do it again!! Lol! So my upcoming goals are to get some actual trail shoes, and to work on my coordination. Clumsy people on trail runs = lots of injuries!

Oh, and the fuel stops!! Seriously, the best ever! They had peanut butter sandwiches, Oreos, Fig Newtons, and so much yummy goodness!!

Oreos?! Yes please!! #getinmybelly

Oreos?! Yes please!! #getinmybelly

And the best part of the whole thing? I never once experienced any social anxiety! It was such a small field of runners (less than 500 I think) that I never felt smothered by gobs of people. I never felt overwhelmed. After the first 2 loops it felt like I had almost the whole trail to myself. It was awesome!!

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And I can’t wait to do it again!

Here's the outfit I wore, except I ended up swapping the shorts for one of my #skirtsports. I wore #Injini socks under a pair of Experias, and my New Balance Vazee Pace shoes.

Here’s the outfit I wore, except I ended up swapping the shorts for one of my #skirtsports. I wore #Injini socks under a pair of Experias, and my New Balance Vazee Pace shoes.

Holy crap, I’m an ultramarathoner!

I Ran a Marathon Today!

And it was only by accident! What was supposed to be a 24-mile long run turned into a marathon after I misjudged my distance back home ;)

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Here’s a brief recap:

I woke up at 5:45am (no, really!!!) and had (only) 1 cup of coffee and a vitamin. Got dressed. Took a Pocketfuel Chocolate Espresso Almond Butter “gel” and had about 10 ounces of water and another 1/2 cup of coffee. Out the door at 6:30am. Temps were good – about 79 degrees with a light wind.

My stomach was kinda iffy so I looped around my subdivision for the first 10 miles. I had to stop back home twice (TMI). Had another 10 ounces of water. I felt okay after that, so I headed out of the subdivision and onto my other usual route.

I took a Gu Espresso gel at 20 miles and did a mental check-up: feet good (shoes: New Balance Vazee Pace, socks: Thorlo Experia), stomach okay, intervals (:20/:30) going good, mouth: meh.

At 22 miles I was starting to get hot, and all of a sudden dying of thirst. Luckily I came across some guy watering his lawn, so I “borrowed” his hose to wet myself down and take a few drinks. And remove all the salt from my face!

Since I just had a couple miles to go (I was only planning on 24) I changed my route around a little bit, but I still misjudged the distance back home. When I realized I would be at 25 miles by the time I got back to my subdivision was when I decided to just go for it and run a marathon!

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I ended up running 26.3 miles in 5:19:44. A little bit slower than my marathon goal, but considering this was just a training run I’m overall satisfied. And using the :20/:30 intervals really helped with endurance!

So yeah, that’s about it.

I RAN A MARATHON TODAY!!

Weight: 116.2 pre-run and 109.8 post-run

While I’m really not hungry, I am craving some spicy pickle chips and a Starbucks Iced Mocha Soy Latte.

#IamaMarathoner

#AccidentalMarathoner

#turtlepower

Sloppy Cuckoo Training (Weeks 7, 8, 9)

Ugh, I’m sorry. I seem to have fallen way behind again.

Here’s how training has been going:

Week 7 (cut-back week): August 3rd through 9th:

Week 7: August 3rd through 9th

Weeks 8 and 9 (Aug 10th through 23rd):

Weeks 8 and 9

The race has been postponed to 10/11/15 because the Pope will be in town during the weekend of the original race (9/27/15). This means I get an extra 2 weeks of training. This is how I adjusted my training schedule:

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Not a big adjustment by any means. I changed around some numbers and added an extra 20 mile run.

These next 3 longer runs (the 20+ milers) I’ll be focusing more on race day preparation – eating much earlier the night before, and then getting out the door for my long runs at waytooearly o’clock.

I’m still having shoe issues. The Newton Fates are the latest to have been eliminated from the long run pile; while the right shoe is darn near perfect, my left foot swims. Any downhill movement at all causes the left foot to “slam” into the front of the shoe and causes some major discomfort/pain to the tip of my 2nd (longest) toe.

I’ve still got three 20+ milers left before race day, so I’m remaining optimistic about the shoe situation. Next up will be the New Balance Vazee Pace, followed by (if necessary) the Brooks Launch 2. From what I remember about the Launch they worked great during the long run – it was afterwards that my feet hurt. I just wish they didn’t feel so heavy.  If neither of those work out I’ll have to order a smaller size Newton (either Fate or Distance) to fit my left foot. And of course if all else fails, there’s my over-used, 700+ mileage, trusty old PureFlow 2s ;)

The Friday Five – Running Shoes!!

If there’s one thing I can always talk about, it’s running shoes!

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My number 1 is, and will always be the Brooks PureFlow 2. I don’t even want to think about how much money I’ve spent trying to find a replacement since they got discontinued.  I’ve gone through 5 pairs of the PF2, and even though the “newest” ones have right around 700 miles on them now, I STILL grab for them as my first choice. Because of that though, I will (usually) put them back and go with something else.

Decisions, decisions...

Decisions, decisions…

My other favorites can (and often do!) change depending on the workout (speed, easy, hills, distance), or on how my feet feel on that particular day.  As of right this very moment here’s my top 5:

Brooks PureFlow 2 <3

Brooks PureFlow 2. Best. Shoes. EVER! 


Newton Distance IV. I really do like these shoes and they're super comfy! The color is perfect too :)

Newton Distance IV. I really do like these shoes! They’re super comfy and the color is perfect too ;) I think the reason I don’t wear these more often is that I don’t want to “ruin” them! Haha!


New Balance Zante.  I thought these were going to be the new "go-to" shoe, but they are just a tad too narrow. Not from side to side or front to back, but from top to bottom (does that even make sense?). They were good for up to half marathon distance, but then caused blisters on the tops of my toes and I haven't worn them since. I'm still putting them in my top 5 though :)

New Balance Zante.
I thought these were going to be the new “go-to” shoe, but they are just a tad too narrow. Not from side to side or front to back, but from top to bottom (does that even make sense?). Instep maybe? They were good for half marathon distance, but at around 17 miles I got blisters on the tops of my toes and I haven’t worn them since. I’m still putting them in my top 5 though :)


 

Brooks PureFlow 1. I lucked into these shoes! The owner at my LRS knew I was desperately searching for PF2s, so when he found a pair of the originals he put them aside for me.  The day I got them (Tuesday) I ran my 2nd fastest 5k ever (27:01) and they felt perfect! Since then the right shoe has been bothering me a little like it's a tad too narrow. I think I just need to adjust the laces to get them "just right." I'm reserving a final opinion until after a few more wears, but they are definitely in the top 5!

Brooks PureFlow 1.
I lucked into these shoes! The owner at my LRS knew I was desperately searching for PF2s, so when he found a pair of the originals he put them aside for me. The day I got them (Tuesday) I ran my 2nd fastest 5k ever (27:01) and they felt perfect! Since then the right shoe has been bothering me a little like it’s a tad too narrow. I think I just need to adjust the laces to get them “just right.” I’m reserving a final opinion until after a few more wears, but they are definitely in the top 5!


 

Newton Fate. Another great pair of shoes that are good for half marathon distance. I don't think I've tried to wear these for any longer distances because they are just a little too loose. But again, I'm going to try re-lacing to see if I can get a better fit. These should actually be good for longer distances because they have a bit more cushioning in the forefoot area.

Newton Fate.
Another great pair of shoes that are good for half marathon distance. I don’t think I’ve tried to wear these for any longer distances because they are just a little too loose. But again, I’m going to try re-lacing to see if I can get a better fit. These should actually be good for longer distances because they have a bit more cushioning in the forefoot area.

 


I could easily open a used shoe business ;)

I could easily open a used shoe business ;)

Another rack full!


 

If you’re wanting to know how a certain shoe fits, or if you’re looking for a shoe recommendation I can probably help you out – Lol!  But keep in mind that certain shoes are made for certain foot types. I have really high arches, run on my forefoot, and only mildly pronate. And I prefer light-weight, but not the “barefoot” feel with my shoes. For these reasons I wear “performance neutral” shoes. I probably wouldn’t be of much help to someone who heel strikes and is looking for an ultra-cushiony stability shoe. But I’d be happy to try!

Semi organized :)

How many pairs of running shoes do you have?

(Today’s post was inspired by my friend Judy, and is linked to the “Friday Five” by Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run.)

Sloppy Cuckoo Training – Week 6 Summary

I ran 41.25 miles last week! No wonder I’m exhausted ;)

RunSummary July 27 - Aug 2, 2015

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: Speed-work (quarter-mile repeats) NB Zante
  • Wednesday: Easy run (4:1 jog/run intervals) Kinvara 5
  • Thursday: Hills (Level 3) Launch 2
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: 22-mile LSR. I overheated and had to quit at 18.54 miles (:30/:30 intervals – Zante), but after a gallon of water, some food, and a shower I was able to finish up (4.01 miles – PF2) on the treadmill.
  • Sunday: Recovery run (:30/:30 intervals – super slow because of the heat) Ghost 6 for 1 mile, then Newton Distance IV for 7.56

Still working out shoe issues. It turns out the Zante are only going to work for (up to) half marathon distance. After that they started rubbing on the tops of 3 of my toes, but only on my left foot.

The Ghost 6 immediately (in less than 1 mile) caused their usual blister – I think they’re too wide and my foot slides around too much in them, even laced up tighter. Again though, only on my left foot.

*My left foot is smaller than my right, by almost a full size. Pretty sure that’s why most, if not all of my issues are only with the left foot. I buy my shoes to fit my right foot. This is also why I consistently end up back in the PF 2s – I have them in 2 different sizes, so they always fit both feet ;)  When (if) I find a new go-to shoe, I’ll do the same thing, but so far that hasn’t happened. Boo.


This morning’s weigh-in was 113.8. I cannot believe that I’m still losing weight during this round of training. Granted, it’s all beans, greens and grains (and I still track everything), but I’m talking single meals that are 800+ calories! I’m not complaining though!

 

Week 5 Sloppy Cuckoo Training

After reviewing the last few weeks of training, I’m thinking that I need to make one of my weekday runs a bit longer, or do 2 runs per day once or twice per week. Especially on cut-back weeks. Most of the ultra plans that I’ve looked at have weekly mileage between 35 – 45 miles and I’ve been averaging 25 – 35. So I’ll be tweaking my training plan over the next few days…

Here’s how last week went:

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Week of July 20 – 26, 2015

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: Speed intervals (2:1 x 10)
  • Wednesday: Easy run
  • Thursday: Rest
  • Friday: Level 3 Hills
  • Saturday: Long Slow Run (cut back week)
  • Sunday: Recovery Run (turned into LSR part 2)

I think Wednesday will be the day to do a longer (or double) run, and then maybe get rid of one of my rest days (most likely Monday). Doing those 2 things would get me an additional 6 – 10 miles per week, and then I’d be good.


 

In shoe news, the New Balance Zante have moved up to the number 1 slot in my rotation list. I don’t know why I pass(ed) them over so frequently – they are comfy, lightweight, and have enough forefoot cushion to go longer distances. Granted, I haven’t worn them for more than 10 miles at once, so we’ll see how they do on my 22-miler next Saturday.

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#skirtsports #REALwomenmove #roadid #garmin #injini #newbalance

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