Sunday, July 29, 2012

Trail run + first ice bath video

Whoa! What a loaded weekend! Here we will recap Saturday morning/afternoon.

We start this recap with the Saturday morning long run. Normally this long run takes place along the beach, but this Saturday we mixed it up a bit. Thanks to one of the group members, we went on a trail run. My first trail run. A 12 mile trail run. Please note, I have only run this far 2 times EVER...both during a half marathon race and both times I was not happy by mile 12. My original plan was to do 3-4 miles in and back to do a total of 6-8 miles, but I was feeling good at 4 miles...what's another 2, right? So, I kept going with the group, 6 miles in and 6 miles out. Around the fifth mile in, I was beginning to think that maybe it was a bad idea. What was I thinking? Could I really do 12 miles? I can handle 6 miles...but would I last the 6 miles back?

Well I did! And it was AWESOME!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVED IT! 12.4 miles in 2 hours, 9 minutes. For me, that is a great time! My best half marathon time (on a super flat course) is like 15 minutes slower. So, considering this was only my third time running this far, it was on a trail, AND it had a slight incline, I am stoked!

Thank you friends!

On my way home, the most intense hunger came over me. I met little K and the hubs at our favorite neighborhood diner/restaurant/cafe and had the most delicious french toast, eggs, bacon, toast, coffee.

And I won't lie, it hurt...the run, that is. Sore hip flexors, calves, hammies, knees. But nothing an ice bath can't fix!

But first let me show you my awesome tan...

Yup, dirt tan!

Okay, now the ice bath video. First, the ice bath was not MY idea. I just wanted to sit in some cold water, let my legs relax and get out. Well, my lovely husband had other plans. Once I was in the tub, he ran to the local corner store and bought a little bag of ice.

Before you watch...yes, I am wearing clothes. I'm actually wearing a jacket along with all my running clothes...HEY it was cold!

Please enjoy the video of my little family torturing me, courtesy of little K (her idea to record this event). She thought this was the funniest thing EVER. Probably thinking, "How much crazier can this lady get?"

FYI, the ice bath helped a lot! Later that day, I was able to attend a birthday party wearing heels and the next (today) day, very mild soreness. I think I will continue with the little bag of ice for a while and slowly graduate to more ice.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Get that run done!

This morning I got my butt out of bed to get my run done before my Friday began. This is near impossible since I am pretty much glued to my bed from the minute I get in it every night! I am a sleeper! I LOVE TO SLEEP. I do love the idea of being a "morning person" and am working on joining the earlier risers club, but so far it has been tough!

However, I normally cannot get a run in after work. The only day I manage to do this is on track nights with my running amigos. Usually, my evenings never turn out like I planned in the morning. And on the days where they do go as planned, I am just WAY too tired or simply have no interest in pounding the ground for 45 minutes. Running at lunch is not really an option since the meaning and timing of "lunch" changes quite frequently due to my work schedule. I also do not own a treadmill and do not have a gym membership. These obstacles use to lead me to say, "I just can't find the time to run." But now, I realize there is one option I have not seriously considered...morning runs.

Today was my first week-day morning run in a LONG time. It also happened to be the foggiest morning my neighborhood has experienced in a while. I do not like to get out of bed early when it is foggy...that is perfect sleeping weather! But I did it! I got up! Hardest part done!

My foggy running path.

Lots of bunnies at this location. This one stayed
put long enough for me to take a picture.

When I finished my 4 miles, I felt so accomplished. And on the drive home, I felt so good knowing I was done! AND yes, I drive about 5 minutes to a local running path that is safe for running/walking...running to this location from my home (and my neighborhood in general) is not very safe for running.

I got my run DONE! I think that will be my new morning motto. "Get that run done!" No more stressing about whether or not I am going to get out of the office early enough to go run. Or, not feeling guilty that I spend all my "free time" running and not spending that time with loved ones. I know running is good for me. It makes me a better wife, step-mama, employee, just a better person. But I think there should be a balance and running should not take up time that should be spent doing other things. That's why morning runs seem to be the best fit for me to get my run done.

Plus, there is something quite nice about running in the morning. It is quiet. The day feels so clean and new. Even with cars driving by and people walking around the path, the morning feels calm. At 6:30am, you feel the "youth" of the day. It is also a really great time for me to work on memorizing bible verses. Today's Running with the Word verse was Galatians 2:20. This is a verse my pastor recommended I memorize and meditate on when I shared with him that I was feeling stressed and overwhelmed with a few things. It is a beautiful verse and reminds me that I am not living this life on my own.

So, I encourage those of you who "can't" find time to run, try getting your run done before your day starts. Before the world gets up and starts pulling at you from every direction. Get out there and greet the young day.

Happy Friday!

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Race Rundown: Salsa Dash 10K

My first 10K race and I have to say I am REALLY happy!

The night before I could not sleep (as usual). Got into bed at 10:30pm, tossed and turned and was a complete chatter-box until about 11:30pm when my husband pretty much told me that just because I'm not sleepy doesn't mean he isn't (point taken). Got out of bed, and went to the living room to read my running magazines. Finally around 1am I was nice and sleepy.

5:20am: Alarm goes off, and I'm wishing I had fallen asleep earlier! Got up, got my fix of caffeine with a piece of toast with peanut butter. Got myself ready while the hubs and little K slept.

6:10am: Time for the family to get up, get fed, dressed, packed and OFF WE GO! Out the door by 6:50am.

We arrive to the start of the race around 7:10am. Race to start at 8am. Lots of people, ready to go. Found all kinds of people I know. Friends, family, and co-workers.

One thing I have learned is that I really need to warm up. I can't just "Go" like some people. So I jogged about a mile before the race and got my legs nice and warm. My plan was to take it easy the first half and then go for it the second half. So I took it very easy the first 2 miles and stayed between 9:10 and 9:25 per mile. After the first mile I was so tempted to pick up the pace, and follow the glad I didn't. I just kept reminding myself that I needed to take those first miles slow and ease into the race. Mile 3 was a bit faster, but I still kept my excitement under control.

The race was 2 loops around the same path (the 5K only did one loop around). As I came around to start my second loop, I saw (and heard) my little family. I felt good! This is when I told myself, "Okay, NOW you can go for it." I ran on how I felt...and I felt good. Mile 4 was awesome. A little after the mile 5 marker, I got a sharp pinch/cramp feeling around the top of my left hamstring/lower butt area...not a surprise, this has been bugging for a while now. I just slowed to a walk, gave my leg a good shake and rub, walked out the pain for a bit and I was back on! I had told myself early on that if this were to happen NOT to let it discourage me. Once I returned to a run, I looked at my Garmin and saw that my time was in the low 50s. "Is this possible? Could I really make it under 57 minutes?" My next thought was, "Crap! What if my Garmin it totally off?!? What if I lost connection? What if I am nearing the one hour mark?!? This is too good to be true!"

The last bit of the race, I found a comfortably hard pace that my legs could hang onto, and when I knew I was only 0.5 miles away from the finish, I took off! I rounded the last corner and gave it everything I had!
Rounding the corner to the finish!

Time, 54:40 (8:48/mile). My Garmin was right! I am so proud of my time! My goal was to come in under an hour, and praying I could get around 57 minutes, so this time is way better than I expected. At the end, I felt terrible-enough to know I gave it my all, but well-enough to enjoy the rest of the day, feel proud of myself, and know I worked really hard to feel capable the whole way through. I remember running my first half marathon last December and feeling miserable. Bodily pain on top of mental pain...not know how in God's name I was going to finish that race. That was a terrible feeling and I remember telling myself that I would NEVER feel like that again. If I'm going to run, I going to run right! During the Salsa Dash 10K, I felt physical exhaustion. I know I was pushing hard. I know that I really did push my body. But I was not IN PAIN. No agony. Mentally, I felt good! I am learning that being physically ready is only part of the formula to a successful race. Your mind has to be ready too. I think these last few 8 mile long runs with my buddy Brandy have really helped. I kept telling myself, "If this were any ordinary Saturday morning, you'd be running 8 miles...6 miles is a piece of cake." This thought-process really helped! The was no feeling miserable, no agonizing pain during the Salsa Dash...just a tired and hungry body and a happy spirit.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Harbor Lights 2012 and a new PR!

NEW PR!!! 26:50 for my 5K!!! YAY! Felt like I was going to DIE, but I hear that's a good thing...I can confidently say I gave it my all.

Harbor Lights is a 5-week race series. It raises money for a local high school's cross country team, and it brings out lots of families. They have a Swim/Run component (1/2 mile swim + 5K), a 5K run only, and a kids 1K. Every week for 5 weeks. Live music, food, raffles. What more could you want for a Thursday night :)

The hubs is doing the swim/run race since he is getting ready for his second sprint distance triathlon at the end of the month! A funny thing happened last week. At check-in the hubs reads a sign that says "1/2 mile swim" and starts saying, "Half mile swim!?! Half mile swim?!?" I'm like, "Yeah. What's the big deal?" (FYI, I am the one who signed him up for this). Apparently the sprint triathlon distance is 1/4 mile swim and that's the distance he has been focusing one. Oops! 

Off the go!

As you can see, I don't know much about triathlons or swimming for that matter...we are learning these things as we go. He ALMOST didn't do it last week, but at the last minute he decided to go for it...and today he did WAY better (still waiting on the official time). 

All done!
Little K is also doing a weekly kids 1k. She is doing great. Today she said she tried so hard she felt like she was going to throw up! Alright! Family trend!!! We are giving it our all!

Next Thursday we are at it again!
This Saturday I am running my first 10k race! Wish me luck.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Year #1 as Mr. & Mrs.

On July 10 last year, I made the craziest, coolest, smartest decision...I got married! It was such a wonderful day...something I will never forget. It was simple, like us. On a budget, like us. With lots of "do it yourselves", like us. I remember the entire month of June and the early days in July, we had major "June gloom". Cloudy, cold, sad looking. I prayed and prayed that on July 10 the sun would poke its head out for just a bit. Well the sun shined down on us that day, and it shined hard (thank God I ordered fans for our guests).

And this wedding was not a wedding of two, it was a wedding of three. This was little K's wedding as much as it was mine. She was part of just about everything. She gave her opinions and made suggestions on just about everything, from flowers to food to her dress to where on the property we would get married. I loved that she felt that was her special day too. And it totally was her wedding too. That day God didn't create a married couple, He created a family.

My father-in-law told us yesterday that the first year is the hardest. Yes, I won't lie, it was tough for all three of us. From the big issues of holidays and money management to the not so "little" issues like folding towels a certain way (the hub's won this one) and agreeing on the proper way the toilet paper should hang (over the top, of course!). But here we are, with towels folded and the toilet paper hanging correctly and we are happy...
Celebrating year one.

AND we each are 10 lbs lighter! Marriage has turned out to be the best diet. All kidding aside, this last year we have both encouraged each other to be active, find something we like doing and do it. The hubs has taken up triathlons, and obviously I have taken up running. Although we are super busy with work, school, little K, church, and loved ones, having a "hobby" that we can do independently and as a family has been something that has made us closer. Something we can work towards together, encourage each other, push and challenge one another. 

July 10, 2011 was the day God blessed me with a wonderful husband who makes me feel so loved, cherished, and important, and the most thoughtful little girl who has colored my world pink and purple and has flipped everything upside-down and inside-out. We were so fortunate to have lots of help from our loved ones to make this day so memorable. A wonderful ceremony by the pastors of our church, great food by our favorite Mexican restaurant, the best mariachi one could ask for, beautiful flowers just the way me and my little K imagined them, and a cake that even I ate (I don't usually like cake but this one was the bomb!). And of course, family and friends that helped organized, brainstorm, glue, write, fold, stick, tape, and a million other things I'm sure I am forgetting. 

If you had asked me 10 years ago what my life would have been like at 27, I most certainly would not have painted this picture...

This life is WAY better than anything I had ever imagined.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

I own my domain!

Just a quick FYI, I now own my own domain. drop the "blogspot" part.

Nothing really changes. But now, my blog is MINE :) 

SEE! No "blogspot" ending. YAY.

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