Wednesday, September 28, 2011

It's coming...

4 more days and I will (hopefully) be crossing the finish line after finishing my 1st marathon!  

In preparring for the big day - I looked up an oldie, but goodie marathon clip from youtube today.   I mostly love this little video because it provides me with a good laugh, but at the same time, scares me a little bit too. 





I have seen this video on facebook and on Mainely Running before.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Also, if you want to "follow" me on the big day, text tracking is available for the Maine Marathon.  According to the email I received, followers will get a text when I make it to the halfway point and then when I finish. 

Here's the link.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Still eating like I'm running....

So far, tappering hasn't been too bad.  We'll see how I feel near the middle/end of the week when my race anxiety is sky high and I really need that running outlet!  

The biggest problem for me is to not eat like I'm running a 20-miler.  I only did 2 - 20-milers in the marathon training, BUT, that is all it took for me to really enjoy those eating days.  

I know I need my energy and I know I can't really stop eating, but I am positive I'm not really supposed to eat 5 of these!



After apple picking today, I had this urge to bake something, so I went to my old favorite - allrecipes.com for some ideas and this is what I came up with. 

Apple Pie Muffins! 

They were incredibly easy and tasty to boot.  I know, I couldn't stop eating them. 

Here's the recipe with my slight alterations:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1 egg
1 cup 1/2 and 1/2
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 cups diced apples

topping:
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
4 T melted butter

Directions:
- preheat oven to 375
- mix dry ingredients in large mixing bowl, mix wet ingredients (w/ apples) in small bowl - add wet mixture to dry mixture, mix well
- mix topping ingredients in small bowl
- grease muffin pan, scoop batter into muffin pan, sprinkle topping mixture over batter - bake 25 minutes
- eat and enjoy!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

"Only" 8 miles

We're here - we have made it to taper time & our long run for the weekend was "only" 8 miles.  Jess and I laughed about that this morning because a year ago, 8 miles was super far for us.  

This morning, Jess and I met on the rail trail and got our 8 miler in at 6:30.  I love running first thing in the morning, then I am not worried about when/how I'm going to fit the run in.  Plus, Tucker had soccer at 8, so I had to get it done before his game!  It's funny how fast 8 miles flies by when lately we've been running 16, 18, and 20 - milers.  We finished in 1:09 - jeez, that's nothing. 

Next Sunday is the big day - our 1st Marathon!  We are both nervous and excited for this race.  In prepping for the big day, I am going to meet with Stacy tomorrow - our support girl.  Thank goodness for Stacy.  We really wouldn't be able to run this race without her.  She's going to meet us at certain points with our goodies and water.  Love her! 

Stacy & I atRace the Runways 1/2 in April
I do wish Stacy was going to run this marathon with us, but she decided not to.  At least now we have our support girl for this race & when she's ready to run her 1st marathon (and she WILL), I will totally be there to support her. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Week in Review

Getting back to school and into the swing of things has been crazy!  I'm now teaching at a new school (pictures to come soon), in the midst of marathon training, and had jury selection this month.  Wow!  Luckily, I only had to sit in the court room for 2 days and did not (thank goodness) get selected for any trials.  The one awesome thing about jury duty was that we were dismissed early on Tuesday at 1:00.  Which meant, that if I was able to get get home/dressed/out the door by 1:45, I could squeeze in my 8 miles before the bus dropped off the boys.   I had just run 16 miles on Sunday, so I wasn't sure if I should do the 8, BUT looking into the rest of the week with the afterschool/work activities, I knew if I was going to do 8 miles this week - it was going to have to be NOW!  So, I went for it.  I also need to mention that it was 80 degrees and humid as all get out too!  Thankfully I was well hydrated. 

I was quite surprised with myself and my average pace for this run (8:40).  I completely went in to the run expecting nothing faster than a 9:00 pace.  Perhaps it was the adrenaline pumping through me filled with the joy of not getting selected for a trial or me racing against a clock to make sure I was there for the bus drop offs!  Who knows, but I did it.  AND I took another 2 minutes off my 8 mile run - on hillier terrain. 

big sweaty mess

a little better - but still sweating up a storm!


However, I will say, that this run must have killed me because I was then left with 2 - 5 mile runs for the week.  I was barely able to get in a 3.5 mile run on Wednesday and a 3.5 mile run on Friday and both runs were over 30 minutes.  At least I ran, right?  I do need to mention that Friday's run was at 5:30 AM - and it was pitch dark and cold!  I am a big baby about running at night, but there is something about running in the morning (while still dark) that doesn't really freak me out as much.  I did stay close to the house in the beginning.  For example, when I started out, I went down the road for 1/2 mile and turned around to run past my house and then went 1.25 miles then came back.   I wish I had taken a picture of me on Friday because I did look awesome (not really!) - I wore Ward's headlamp, his white (well, it was mine 1st but he took it) reflective EMS hat, a white shirt, white/green polka dots tempo short and Ward's reflective vest.  I totally needed those Maine Drilling and Blasting trucks to see me - they fly on my road. 


Saturday was rest day and soccer day!  Coach Ward and Tucker had a great game today.  It was incredible to watch my little guy run all over the field.  He's a speedy little guy - just like his daddy. 


look at this boy's form - great straight light, pushing off the forefoot, head forward - just like daddy!


my girl!


Sunday was 20 miles with Jess.  No pictures.  Sorry.  I forgot again!  We started out at 6:30 this morning because I had to get back in time before Ward went to work.  It was cold (44 degrees) and I wore my arm sleeves for a majority of the run.  Seriously - Tuesday 80 degrees and this morning 44!  Crazy.  Anyway, Jess and I ran between our houses - 9.9 each way.  We did have to add a little on in the end, but we did it!  The great thing about running from her house to my house (or vise versa) is the use of bathrooms.  What I've come to realize with marathon training is that the running part is fine.  The hardest parts are knowing when to refuel (we actually did great with this today - we stopped to refuel at 5 miles, 9.9 miles, 14 miles, and 17.5 miles and potty breaks.  One thing I'd like to point out that our run today consisted of some pretty monstrous hills and we conquered them!  Slowly, but we did it!  From speaking to our marathon hubby's - both agree that the hills we've run today are nothing compared to the hills on the actual marathon course.  Thank goodness! 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

And we have a WINNER!

The moment you've all been waiting for.......






ltlindian....please email me at jenniferb@roadrunner.com with you t-shirt preference and information!  

Thank you all for entering.  Hopefully I'll have more contests soon!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

16 Mile Recap

What a run it was!  16 miles is a great feat.  Jess and I did our 1st 16 miler a few weeks back in the rain on a pretty hilly course.  If memory serves me correctly, Jess and I walked a few times on that run.  The hills were killers, for sure. 
This time we opted for the rail trail, my favorite place to run.  It is free of road traffic for the most part, which takes out most of the stress of running. 

 The morning did start out quite chilly.  As I was getting ready I glanced at the thermometer, which said 40 degrees.  40 degrees!!!!  Jeez.  We went from too hot in a tank top to sweatshirt/capri weather in no time.  I was   stumped with what to   wear.  I knew it was going to warm up, I just didn’t know how much   and when.  I opted to wear my lightweight longsleeve Northface shirt, with a tank underneath, and my black Target fake compression shorts.  I was trying the fake compression shorts out for comfort because they are part of my outfit for the big race!  I say fake because the tag says compression, but they are really just spandex shorts.  But, they were cheap ($12) and they will be perfect under my traveling Sparkle Skirt at the Maine Marathon.   I stumbled upon the website for the Team Sparkle Skirts and fell in love.  They are super adorable and I love that the traveling skirt brings extra luck.  I need all the luck I can get.  For sure. 

Anyway, we got in a little over 6 miles before Jess and I had to visit the Augusta porta-potty.  Honestly, I’d rather poop in the woods than use a porta-potty anyday.  BUT we were not in an area that would be woods-pooping friendly– ie, no woods.  So, porta-potty it was.  While we were there, we heard some bagpipes and drums.  We soon realized there was a 9/11 ceremony taking place up over the hill at the Augusta Fire Department.  This lead Jess and I into the “where were you” conversations. 

Where was I?  I was teaching at Mt. Ararat HS.  I clearly remember most of my students being gone that morning to visit the vocational school, so I only had 1 student with me at the time.  My phone rang and it was my mom.  She said that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.  I told her she was on crack.  Yep, I  did.  I should have believed her because she DID work at the Brunswick Naval Air Station.  But when I went online to check things out, there was nothing there.  This just goes to show how much slower internet news was 10 years ago.  A few minutes later and more internet searching, I did see some pictures of the crash.  It was bone chilling.  I immediately called Ward, who was a web designer in Camden at the time.  Boy how things have changed in the past 10 years!  My mom has passed away, Ward is not a web designer and I work in Brunswick!  Anyway, I remember taking my student with me and we watched the footage in the library until the rest of the students returned and then we spent the rest of the day listening to the radio.    
Back to the run,  it did warm up to about 70 degrees during the run.  That’s right.  The temperature rose 30 degrees in that time.  I did take off my longsleeved shirt and tied it around my waist.   The changes in weather are making me a little nervous/excited to see what the weather has in store for us for the marathon.  Ideally, I would like 50 degree weather, but we get what we get and I’m going to have to deal with it. 
The only bad thing about the run on Sunday was the construction workers.  I do love the rail trail, but I am sick to death of the guys staring and whistling/yelling things at us.  Oh, and I am done with their cigarette smoke too.  Gross! 


Monday, September 12, 2011

Plan B

Tucker and I had planned for his 5k debut to be at the Monmouth Apple Fest on 9/24.  Well - that's not going to happen.   I really wanted to do this race with him because it is so low key and close, but since his soccer games (and Coach Ward really needs to be at the games) are scheduled for Saturday's at 8 am, we're not going to be making a Saturday 8 am 5k, now are we?  

So now we are on to Plan B - I don't want to wait until next spring for Tucker to run a race, so we are going to do the Spooky 5k in Freeport on October 30th.   Ward and I ran this race last year and it was so much fun!  I loved the costumes and I cannot wait to put together our costumes for this year's race.  I am not sure if we should have a group theme or if we should just wear our own individual costumes yet.   Any ideas?  




Oh, and another awesome part about this race?  I think I have my dad convinced to run with us!  Yes, you read that correctly.  MY DAD!  He started running this summer and is really digging it.  So proud of you, dad!  


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

i I LOVE running in the rain & a giveaway!


I really do.  You might think I’m some sort of crazy lady, but having run two days in the rain this week, I’ve decided that it is absolutely refreshing to run in the rain.   I would go as far to say that I would love running in torrential downpours, but who knows.  Maybe I would.  I’m not crazy like the hubby and didn’t run 10 miles during Tropical Storm Irene either. 

I bet you thought I stopped blogging, didn’t you?  Getting back in the swing of school schedules for myself and Tucker has been difficult, but I think I’m getting there. 

The marathon plan this week was to run two 5-milers and an 8 miler, with some cross training, and my long run this weekend.  The Yoga to Run group is doing their 20 miler this weekend, but I did shift my running plan a little to incorporate 2 – 20 milers so I’ll be doing 16 miles with Jess this weekend instead.  Jess and I will do our 20 miler next weekend.  Anyway, looking at my crazy, back-to-school schedule for the week – I knew getting an 8 miler in mid-week was not going to work, so I took advantage of having Monday off (thank you Labor Day, love you!) and ran the 8 miles then – in the rain.  There were some pretty hard downpours at times and I loved every moment of it.  I really did.  We were actually at the in-law’s cottage in Chesterville, so I got to run on some different roads WITHOUT my iPod!  There isn’t a shoulder at all, and while the traffic is fairly light, the cars/trucks do drive fairly fast.  So I thought it would be best to run without the iPod.  I kept my pace at 8:44/mile.  Not so bad.  I actually knocked 2 minutes off of my time from last week's 8 mile run.  

Now, those 2 – 5 milers were looking a bit tough too because I just didn’t know how to squeeze in 5 miles after school and the crazy schedule – Tuesday was soccer for Tucker, tonight was Tucker’s Open House and Thursday Ward has his Bond Brook Trail Running.  Crazy!  SO, I opted to just do 3 nights of 3.5 miles instead.  I know it's not the same, but it's what I can handle right now.  So far I’m doing well with that. 

Anyway, yesterday I received an incredible package in the mail from Cottage Rose.



It is so cool! I tore that sucker out of the package and put it on immediately and went for a run in it.  It’s a cotton t-shirt, not a tech shirt, but as the days get cooler, I will enjoy running in it or just wearing it around.  Too bad I couldn’t wear it to school! 

So…as promised, I did say that when I got to 50 followers I would have a giveaway – here’s your chance……. 

What you win – 1 shirt from Cabbage Rose, an awesome Etsy shop. 

How to enter:
  1. Follow me (mandatory) – leave me comment to tell me you follow me.
  2. Check out Cabbage Rose on Etsy and let me know which shirt you'd like in a comment.  
  3. Follow me on twitter – leave me a comment to tell me.
  4. Share my contest on your blog, facebook, or twitter (an extra entry for each) – leave me a comment to let me know. 

The contest closes on 9/16 at midnight and I will choose a winner shortly after that! 

Best of luck!