Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Marathon training is in full swing at this point. I just finished week 7. Week 7? Really? I only recapped Week 1 here. Instead of boring you to death, I'm just going to skip ahead to week 7.
I've completely changed my plan and I've decided to mesh Train Like a Mother with Ward's plan. As I was following TLAM's plan, I noticed Ward's plan still hanging by the calendar and thought "why not?". His plan was rather intense (for me) and called for several 50+ mile weeks. Eeek! I'm not there yet. I will be, but not right now. So I modified it to call for 40+ mile weeks. Let's just call it a happy medium. His plan also has 5, 20 milers in there. I am going to up the anti a little there and shoot for a few of those to be 21 or 22 milers.
This past Sunday I did run my first 20+ run and ended up with 21.5 miles! I was terribly nervous going into the run knowing my last two long runs, I've had some icky bowel issues and had to stop 3 times for each run to use the woods/porta-potties. Not fun and not how I want to spend my time at MDI. I've come to the conclusion that the reason behind those pottie trips were due fuel. Mostly because the need to go to the bathroom came on immediately after eating my shot bloks or sport beans.
On Sunday, I brought Honey Stingers. They worked for me before and I was hoping that they would work for me again. I would call it a success because I only went to the woods/porta-pottie 2 times (an improvement) and I didn't have to go immediately after eating the Honey Stingers. I was also nervous because I was running solo. Carrie had already done her 20 miler (actually did 20.5 miles) and Jill was away at her high school reunion.
To sum it up, the run was awesome! My pace was between an 8:50 and 9:08 pace for a majority of the run. I do admit that I did walk 1 hill. Now if you saw the hill, you would completely understand why. It's the same hill Carrie and I walked for our 18 miler. It's super steep and it's about a 1/4 of a mile long. It hurts to walk up the hill. So I chose to refuel and hydrate on the hill. That was my only walking break for the entire run. Yay me.
The best part of the entire run??? When I came into the driveaway and Ward was standing on the steps cheering me on. He really is the best. My legs were cramping up, I was tired. I barely got out "please fill the pool for my ice bath" before he was taking care of me. Yes, I soaked in Izzy's pool (what used to be a sandbox) again. It felt heavenly.
How's your training going? I want to know!
Friday, July 27, 2012
I found this incredible recipe and I had almost everything with the exception of the green onions and parsley - so I just omitted them and I didn't have dijon mustard which I substituted regular yellow mustard. It was incredible! If you like tomatoes, goat cheese and wax beans, I think you should definitely make this. The best part - Ward is not a fan of goat cheese or tomatoes so it was ALL MINE!
- 1/2 of a baby eggplant, cut into strips
- 1/2 container of baby bella mushrooms
- 1/3 jar of roasted red pepper
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- salt (to taste)
- cheddar cheese
- pizza crust of choice
1. First I sauted the eggplant and mushrooms in the olive oil and sprinkled some salt on top. This part took maybe 5 minutes.
2. Then I topped the eggplant/mushroom combination onto of the pizza crust, spread some roasted red peppers and sprinkled some cheddar cheese on top.
3. Then I baked it for about 10 minutes and then inhaled this pizza. It was THAT good!
I forgot to mention that the pizza was last night's dinner. I still had a 1/2 of that eggplant and the 1/2 of bella mushrooms to use up, so I opted for a wrap for my dinner tonight.
- 1/2 of baby eggplant, diced
- 1/2 container of baby bella mushrooms
- 6 cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- handful of spinach
- goat cheese
1. Again, I sauted the eggplant and mushrooms but in coconut oil tonight. Then I added in the spinach and tomatoes for the last couple of minutes.
2. Next I spread out some goat cheese on the wrap and then scooped out the mixture from the pan and put on the wrap.
Again, wow! This was incredibly easy and delicious! I should have grown some eggplant in the garden. Next year. For sure.
Thank you Heather or the inspiration! Both of my dinners were delicious.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
|my little helpers, planting the corn|
|and who both love the water|
|my running hubby|
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I tried it out on a 6 miler with Izzy in the jogger. I put some snacks in the pocket for her and then gum for me. This pocket can hold a lot! Unfortunately, 4 miles into the run, I gave up running with it and tossed it in the basket of the jogger. I vowed to try it again. And I did, I went out for an 8 miler. I fiddled with it some more and then ended up taking it off and running with it in my hands.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Happy Birthday, Tucker! I love you.
Friday, July 20, 2012
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|Chike likes to go to the gym with me & I like it that way|
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I lured Carrie to my house with the promise of Ward making us scones and having coffee ready when we arrived...and it worked. Carrie met me at my house and in a few short moments we were off. I had planned for Carrie and I to run a route in the more rural sections of Gardiner and Richmond, away from our beloved rail trail, mostly to add variety to our running and maybe a little challenge or two. However, less than a mile into the run, the deer flies were eating us alive (even after a pause to apply insect repellent) so we aborted the plan and just ran down to the rail trail. It was going to be an out and back, but we knew the route (very well) with the addition of running from my house and back to it - which did mean adding in some hills.
Here's some of the highlights:
- it was humid, the air quite thick
- we saw lots of runners, some whom we've never seen before, which was quite nice to see
- I had (lots) of tummy issues and visited the port-a-potties 2 times and hid behind some bushes another time
- I had great company
- we walked a hill that actually hurt to walk up the hill, there was no way were were running it!
- we looked smoking hot in our Tommie Copper shorts
|yummy scones, just wish my belly let me enjoy them|
I on the other hand, could barely move. My stomach was not cooperating or accepting any food I gave it, so I opted for an ice bath in Izzy's pool (which used to be a sandbox) and then had a relaxing day with my little girl.
|this is what happens when Ward's gone|
|and I'm left to using the tripod|
|it took me 3 takes, but finally I got to sit in the ice bath an enjoy|
(well, as much as one could possibly enjoy an ice bath)
I had some (well, okay, a lot) of serious doubts about me running this marathon in October if I struggled so much with this one. But those were passing doubts. I'm back on the positive bus and I'm ready for more tough runs. So much that I'm revamping my plan. It's never too late to change things up, right?
Sunday, July 15, 2012
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Saturday, July 14, 2012
|this is what I get when I ask Wade to take a picture of Ward and I|
Thursday, July 12, 2012
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Monday, July 9, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Our friends gave us their daughter’s old princess bike with training wheels and Izzy wanted to ride it immediately. The protective momma in me didn’t think she was ready for it. I didn’t want her to fall and get any more boo boos (believe me, she has plenty!). We have a rocky driveway that really isn’t the best for a beginner bike rider. Then there’s the hill. I don’t know why, but the kids are naturally drawn to it and insist on going down the hill. Even on the first go of riding a bike.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
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Friday, July 6, 2012
Next 10K goal – break into the 48’s. I know I have it in me. I just have to find the right course for it. And no, I’m not doing Beach to Beacon this year. I didn't even try to get into the race this year. This year I’m heading down to the race to cheer on everyone we know running the race and to watch the elite runners cross the finish line. I’m going to love being a spectator for that race.
|photo courtesy of Maine Running Photos|
|photo courtesy of Maine Running Photos|