Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tunes Tuesday - 12.12

Welcome to the Tunes Tuesday link up. I co host this link up with Kim from KookyRunner and Janelle from Run With No Regrets. If you are new to the link up all of the information can be found here. We hope that you will join us!

'Tis the season for holiday tunes! This month's topic for Tunes Tuesday is holiday jams! Since I am not a huge holiday person, I asked the one person who I knew would be up for the task. That would be my husband!

So, for this month's Tunes Tuesday, I present you Joe's picks for holiday jams!

Let it be known that I did give him credit. You should hear him over here making sure it was known. Men...

What are some of your favorite holiday jams? Join the Tunes Tuesday link up and add some to your playlist!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Disney Marathon Training - Week 14

There's no way around it, this week was rough. Like soul crushing.

I'm not going to go back in to earlier this week. You can read all about it here.

Random note from my mental breakdown was getting a new couch! Yes kids, this is adulting.

Friday I forced myself to run. I jumped on the treadmill for three miles. They didn't feel the best, but I was happy to get them done.

When I got off the treadmill I saw I had an email informing me I was picked to be on the Rock 'n' Blog team again for 2018! I am really excited to get the opportunity to represent Rock 'n' Roll Marathon again! Hubs and I are already looking for a fun trip for 2018.

Saturday was a crazy long day. I started at barre class, then ran five pretty perfect miles. I set the intervals to 4:1 just so I could relax. I forgot my music which actually wasn't that bad! I really needed that run.

The best part of Saturday was getting to see so many friends randomly through the day. Honestly, I needed it. I needed a day to get away and just laugh. Thank you everyone who helped to make that happen. Even in the most random ways possible. I appreciate it!

Sunday was cold. I have a bunch of workouts I have to do outside next week and I just wanted to give myself a break. Plus, what is more of a mental challenge than running for two hours on a treadmill? 12 miles later I did it! I was still really tired from Saturday but I did it!

Weekly Total: 20 miles
December Total: 41 miles
2017 Total: 1,066.7 miles

So, thank goodness this was a cutback week. Next week is peak week and I am as ready and I am going to be. I had a great talk with a friend of mine on Saturday that really helped me get it all out. I'm way stronger than I think and I need to keep reminding myself of that. Thank you all to everyone who reached out this week. I cannot put in to words how grateful I am for such amazing people in my life.

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How did your week go? Tell me something fun you did!

Friday, December 8, 2017

And I'm About To Break

The best thing about having a blog is you can write about whatever you feel whenever you feel it. This week has been soul crushing for me and I need to get it out. Hopefully, my meltdown can help someone else nearing the point I was at.

My 18 mile run was rough. I did really well for 15 miles then the last three fell apart. Just like what happened in the Pittsburgh Marathon in May. What is it about this distance? What am I not doing right? I have put way too much time and effort in to this training for it all to come crashing down so close to the race.

I didn't run Monday. I went to barre - which was not my brightest idea. Tuesday some strange cold front came through and I ended up with a wicked headache. Plus, running in the rain in December sounded terrible.

Then Wednesday came. I went to barre in the morning. Packed my bag of running clothes and went along my way. As I was programming my watch with my track workout it happened. The thought of running was giving me incredible anxiety. I thought I was going to cry, like burst in to tears.

What is happened?! I have done this before! It would be totally different if I hadn't done this before, let alone six other times! I am four weeks from running a marathon and the thought of running is bringing me to tears.

I posted something on Twitter looking for something. Anything. I was very grateful that Kelsey texted me. She told me to reach out to Kristen. Of course! Why wouldn't I have thought of that. Ask the person who wrote my plan!

We worked out a plan. I'm cutting a workout this week to hopefully take some of the edge off. It is a cutback week so it's nothing crazy. Seriously guys, if you don't work with a coach, you need to. Even for the little bit of a boost. Kristen also told me to reach out to my other friend Kristin and ask how four weeks out from the marathon treated her.

Yep, just what you expected, hot mess.

So what am I getting at? I AM HUMAN! We are all human! We have bad days, heck even bad weeks. I need to give myself some credit sometimes and celebrate the small victories. My splits have been dropping. I finished my 2017 mileage goal with five weeks to spare. I ran 18 miles last week even when I wanted to stop.

Most of all, I have finished six marathons! I am a marathoner. While this is my last attempt at a time goal for a marathon, no one can take away the fact that I am a marathoner.

This training has been so much more than miles. It has been finding myself again. Showing myself that when you might be at your lowest, you can accomplish amazing things. Mostly, it's for Carrie and those who would love to be able to do what has been stressing me out. I need to spend the next month embracing the journey again and focus on what is really important.

What has been your breaking point? How did you get out of it.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Taking The Big Scary Leap

It's that time of year. Time to make New Years Resolutions, goals for 2018 and start looking to how you can make the next year better than the last. For a lot of people, we use the fresh year as a chance to try something new and different. It can be scary, but can also be something really exciting!

I remember in early 2012 I took the leap and signed up for the Pittsburgh Marathon 5k. I had not ran more than a mile in seven years. You read that right, seven years. A friend of mine approached me about running it and I said "WHY NOT!" Was it scary, yes. Even for a 5k! I would have never expected for that one choice to have changed my life almost six years later.

The 2012 Pittsburgh Marathon 5k

Running a half marathon was always on my bucket list. I don't know why. It just seemed like such an incredible accomplishment. Guess what, it is! It was everything I ever imagined it to be. I ran the Pittsburgh Marathon exactly one year after that first 5k. No lie. If I thought crossing the finish line of a half marathon was everything - the marathon finish line cannot be described. It is something you truly have to experience.

Celebrate every finish line!

You know the funny thing? I signed up for my first marathon before I finished my first half marathon. And my second marathon before I ran my first marathon. It's crazy how it all just happens. Since January 2012 I have ran 24 half marathons and I am training for my seventh marathon. I still can't believe it sometimes. Every race has a story, and the story starts with the will to start.

And you get medals!

I know, you are reading this and thinking one of the following things:

1. Where do I even start?
2. I don't want to be the only one training or running the race.
3. Do I have enough time to get in shape?

All great questions! Let me make this easy.

1. You start by making the decision to try. You could sign up for a number of races during Pittsburgh Marathon weekend. You could be like me in 2012 and run your first 5k as an adult. Just take the leap and sign up for the half marathon. That's usually how I do things. You will never fail if you just try!


2. You don't have to train alone if you recruit friends to run the five-person relay! Each person takes a portion of the marathon course and gets to really enjoy the different parts of the course. You can join training groups that take over the city for the first four months of the year. Friendships will be formed and you will never be alone.

All of this friendship through running!

3. Most training plans for Pittsburgh Marathon weekend won't start until the beginning of the year. That is PLENTY of time to get ready for May. Let's be honest, you deserve to think of yourself in 2018. Parents, imagine what kind of example you are setting for your kids. Setting your mind to something and then showing them what hard work can accomplish. Trust me, the finish line of any race is the greatest feeling in the world!

Above all, know you are never alone in training. If anything you can reach out to me! I training for the first two years of long distance running all alone. It was rough. I wish I had people I felt comfortable reaching out to. Just to ask simple stupid questions. Please let me be that person! You can always email me or tweet me! I'm always happy to help!

Are you ready to take the big scary leap? What is that goal you are looking at?

Disclaimer: This post is part of a series I will be writing as part of the Pittsburgh Marathon Blogger program. All topics and opinions are my own. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Disney Marathon Training - Week 13

This week was my second highest mileage week this training. As I get closer to this race I'm starting to look forward to it all being over. I am really ready to be done training for marathons. Like really and I'm not kidding.

Monday I headed to barre class after work. I really like the classes and my muscles are enjoying the different types of workouts.

Tuesday was on the track. Here is how it broke down.
1 mile warm up
400m x 12 Goal 1:53 (1:35 1:32 1:35 1:34 1:35 1:40 1:39 1:40 1:40 1:37 1:37 1:38)
1 mile cool down
A little over 5 miles total.

I have no idea where these splits are coming from. It felt great and I also ran in a sports bra. No lie. It was super warm.

Wednesday I went to barre in the morning and decided I like morning classes way better. It's a great way to start the day. I also did a run after work. Six miles at 8:57 - eight miles total.

Thursday hubs and I went to the NXT show in Pittsburgh. We had a great time and I even got to rub shoulders with some local wrestling talent. NBD.

Friday I had a super rough treadmill run after work. My brain would not shut off and I only made it three miles. Some miles are better than no miles.

Saturday was a super busy day! Barre class to kick off the day. Maddie, Carrie and I then went to the Pittsburgh Class Center to make some ornaments! It was a blast. Then Carrie and I met Kelsey for brunch and headed to the Handmade Arcade. Hubs and I finished the day with a birthday party. I proceeded to pass out on the couch at 8:30pm. Woof.

Sunday I ran 18 miles. 18 miles is always really rough for me. I don't know why, but it is. I ran a pretty good first 15 miles but then my IT Band tightened up real bad. Like felt like my hip dropped in to my knee. It was super rough but I made it through!

Weekly Total: 34.3 miles
December Total: 21 miles
2017 Total: 1,046 miles

I finished November 113 miles which was great for me! As I get closer and closer to finishing out this training cycle, I get very excited to not be running a marathon after this for a good long while. Maybe even ever. Well, not focusing on a time - that's for sure. My body is not made for these long distances and I have no real reason to keep doing them. I'm not going for a BQ, I do this for fun. It's starting to not become fun. Either way, I am going to finish this all out strong.

I also want to thank everyone so much for supporting my Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation raffle! We are over $700 raised so far which is beyond anything I could have imagined. The fundraiser is still going on, and I will be doing the raffle here soon for those who entered. You can still donate here!

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What distance gives you the most trouble? How do you get past it?