Running/Training Reboot & New Races

Between a cold, dreary winter and my work schedule, I definitely fell off with my training. I still ran the races I signed up for in January, March and April AND finished, but they were rough!

Then, my “good foot” started getting pains, and for a while my podiatrist and I suspected a stress fracture (MRI was negative, thankfully!). In retrospect, there’s a good chance that that happened because I ran/walked several half marathons and a Ragnar Relay back-to-back without proper training before or in between.

So, I needed a REBOOT!

Running

I’m running short distances once a week in May just to “warm” myself up for the REBOOT that starts in June. In June, I’m starting a 13-week half marathon training plan. Realistically, I can only squeeze two runs in each week, so that will have to do for now — especially since I need to use the third day for cross-training (trying to learn from where I went wrong in my last training program).training

Strength

In addition the new training plan, I am also adding Orange Theory Fitness sessions to the mix starting June 1st. In the meantime, I’ve been doing total body barbell workouts at home 1-2 times a week in May.

Diet/Weight Loss

I’ve also put on about 50-60 pounds since I broke my foot 4 years ago, and I’m sure that that’s also hindering my running progress. I read in a few places that a runner cuts 2 seconds off of their mile time for every pound lost. That means, in theory, if I dropped 40 pounds, I’d shave 17+ minutes off of my total half marathon time (not including any improvement in time from training). So, I’m motivated to get this done.

LINK: Will I run faster if I lose weight?

Today makes day 10 of following a ketogenic diet – low carbs, moderate protein, high (good) fat. It has been interesting cooking  3 meals a day every day and experimenting with new recipes. I’ve been to the grocery store almost every other day to pick up new ingredients. But, I am trying to avoid eating out for the next 30 days while I’m home (I have some upcoming travel where that will be unavoidable).

Here are some of the low-carb meals I’ve prepared so far:

Races

Of course, what’s training without races?!

I canceled the races I had planned from mid-May until Labor Day so I can focus on training properly, getting stronger, getting lighter and coming back with a bang in September. I have to pay again, but the Popular Brooklyn Half will give me a guaranteed entry for next year. It was for the better.

I DID sign up for the Rock N Roll Half Marathons in both Virginia Beach (9/2/2018) and Los Angeles (10/28/2018). Wanna join me? Use Code RNRBRP2018 to get $15 OFF!

Disclaimer: I received free entries to the Rock N Roll Virginia Beach and Rock N Roll Los Angeles races as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I am amped about both locations (each beautiful at that time of year), and I can’t wait to make some progress with the new training and weight loss. Wish me luck, and follow the journey!

Race Recap: OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon 2018

This is the second race recap I owed you guys…

April 28th, I ran the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon. I was already in Chicago for work, so I took the quick flight over to squeeze in my 4th Half Marathon and 3rd state (since DC technically doesn’t count).

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My FlatRunner from the night before.

The expo was pretty small, but it was quick to check in and pick up our bibs/swag.

I tried to meet up with some runners from my Mama Docs Run This group before the run, but we missed each other. So I took a solo shot at the start line!

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I stayed in one of the race hotels, so getting to the race was easy in the morning (just a few blocks). The course itself wasn’t too difficult (even for a novice runner like me), and I enjoyed running through the neighborhoods of Columbus.

I was able to run-walk with the 3:20 pacers (1-minute run, 1-minute walk) for 10 miles until my foot hurt too much. Then I walked much of the last 3 miles, which slowed me down of course.

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The post-race party was a nice touch — champagne for each runner, as well as pizza from Papa John’s! Since it was close to the end of the party when I finished, I got to take an entire cheese pie with me!

It was great to just walk a block back to the race hotel on these tired legs, and enjoy my pizza during a nice, long soak before heading to the airport to fly to Boston for a meeting.

Race Recap: Rock N Roll Half Marathon Washington, DC 2018

I did it! Here’s a recap of my first Rock N Roll race, and my first half marathon post-injury…

I flew down this past Friday for the Rock N Roll DC Half Marathon. Registration was super easy, and despite the crowd of people, there wasn’t a line to pick up my bib. (Although, I was a bit annoyed that there was no mailing option for the bibs).

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The Expo itself was neat, and the cash registers for race gear moved pretty quickly. There were booths to help us figure out transportation issues on race day, which was helpful. Being a St. Jude Hero for this race, I also visited the St. Jude booth. But, despite being exhausted, with all of the cool vendors, it did what it was supposed to do — it got me hyped for the race the next day. I spent the rest of the day resting up for the race and “carb-loading” (as if I needed an excuse to eat carbs!).

On race day, I had a cinnamon-raisin bagel with cream cheese, a green tea and tons of water with Nuun in it. So, of course, by the time I got to the race I needed to find the port-o-potty lines, which were amazingly long!

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Then, we were off! Since my training lagged a bit during the winter months, I decided to run-walk this race. I used Runkeeper to set up a workout where it prompted me to run 0.5 mile then walk 0.5 mile, repeated 13 times, with a cool down for the last 0.1 mile. It worked well! I was able to play my own playlist on Amazon Music, but the Runkeeper prompts interrupted with updates when it was time to switch, and again at 30-minute intervals.

Miles 1-5 felt great, but around mile 6, there was a really steep hill, aka the Blue Mile, that was decorated with photos of military service men and women who lost their lives while serving. Near the middle of the mile, just as it got pretty steep, there were people holding flags cheering us on to push through. I must admit, I walked a little longer than 0.5 mile after that hill, but I didn’t fall too far behind.

Around Mile 9 or 10, I met a woman who was running her first half marathon. We began chatting and pushed each other through to the end. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the 20K sign (“That’s 0.7 more miles to go!”). I felt so good when we ran across the finish line, high-fived and hugged. I MADE IT!

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My longtime friend Rashonda came and met me near the finish line. Of course, we went to eat afterwards and I replenished my carbs burned with a nice Apple Tartini and a glass of wine!

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I got super stiff after the race, but it only lasted for 2 days this time… better than after the 10K... and a 2-hour massage on Monday took the last of the soreness away. Next up: Rutgers Half!

Phoenix Women’s 10K Race Recap

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The 10K started at 8:30am, so we (me, mom and kiddo) got there at 7:30am for packet pickup and to warm up. I chose priority pickup, so my bib was mailed to me, and all I had to pick up was my Dri-Fit tech jacket.

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It was a nice turnout with a Zumba warm up before the Half marathon and again before the 10K. The half started at 8am and the 5K at 8:45am.

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And then we were off!

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This race was a hard one for me. I felt every bit of my decrease in training over the past month. I walked through the last three water breaks (there were four total) and up the last incline. My calves cramped and my right foot was numb. I also think I started out way too fast (for me). You can see my mile-splits here.

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The course had a few minor inclines, which were manageable. I could’ve done without dodging the splatterings of large poop along the trail, but otherwise, it was OK. The turnarounds for the 5K and 10K felt a little strange, but there was someone standing at the 10K turnaround which helped.

Speaking of people along the course, there really weren’t any… not a lot of people telling us where to go at the turns and not a lot cheering us on. One of the race volunteers mentioned that it would be hard for spectators to cheer us on because we ran most of the race inside of the Historic Preservation.

The starting line and finish line were at the same place for all 3 races.

I was so happy to be done, and happy to get my medal  — I earned it!

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I finished with a chip time of 1:20:28.

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We hung around for a while to cheer on a fellow member of the Fifty States Half Marathon Club who ran the half marathon today, then we headed back so I could squeeze in a hot soak before the flight.

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Today was definitely humbling and reminded me that I need to get back onto my training grind PRONTO! My 1st half post-injury, the Rock N Roll Half Marathon DC is only 40 days away! EEK!

Weeks 21 and 22 recap – plus BondiBand sale

I’ve kicked off the first 2 weeks of 2018 with 6 miles so far plus strength work. Not a great showing, I know, but the weather has been brutal and the treadmill/dreadmill messes with my head. I’m working on it…

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My first run of the year was a quick 2 miles on the dreadmill.

You know those BondiBand headbands I always wear when I’m running? Well, now I’m a Bondi Band Ambassador! I’m really excited. And, in case you missed my New Year’s Day announcement, it’s in the bottom right corner… 12 in 12 in 12!

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In week 22, I did one dreadmill mile plus pushups, situps, calf raises and squats. I continued with strength work the rest of the week. But, as my tank says today, don’t ever ask me to do burpees!

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Life and errands tried to get in the way of my second run in week 22, but me and my running buddy did it. Definitely a #MomSquad kind of day… we opted for a shorter distance but it still felt good, and the weather was kinder! Some calf tightness, but no pain or numbness… probably because I used the roller and stretched a bunch beforehand. I topped it off with a nice long soak before leaving for my Framily’s annual ski trip weekend.

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Another announcement: BondiBand, the company that makes my favorite headbands to wear while running, is also expanding into other workout gear! Get 10% off with code RUNTRAVELDREAM or $5 off with BBWEAR. Shop at: http://bit.ly/2FEYbCH.

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Weeks 21 & 22: 6 miles ran

13 days til FIRST 10K

 53 days til 1st Half-Marathon –> I’m running for St. Jude, please support me!

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Year in Review and 2018 Running Goals

When I first started running in August, I couldn’t even run a half-mile without being winded and running at a super slow pace. Five months later, I’m up to a long run of 7 miles… I’ve come a long way!

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Completed Races

 

2018 Running Goals

12 Half marathons (2)

  • 12 in 12 in 12: Run 12 half-marathons in 12 months in 12 states in 2018
  • Complete a Ragnar Relay (May 2018)
  • Start strength training again
  • Go back to increasing my daily protein intake
  • Stretch properly and use the roller stick before and after each run

 

2018 Registered & Tentative Races
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2018 Race states

5 last-minute gifts under $20 for the new runner in your life

Elite Mini Muscle Roller – $12.99

I personally swear by my muscle roller now. At first, I thought it was just runner folklore, but it has really saved my life. I had such bad calf cramps that my foot would go numb for most of the run. Since I’ve started rolling beforehand, I’ve had ZERO numbness! It’s also great post-run to avoid knots and aches.

LED Safety Light 2-Pack – $12.49

Now that it’s winter and it gets dark at basically noon every day (sorry, I’m a little bitter), most runners will end up running in the dark at least a few times a week. These clip-on lights are great to keep them visible to cars (and other people) during runs.

The Complete Runner’s Day-By-Day Log 2018 Calendar – $14.99 (on sale for $10.39)

When training for fitness or for a race, staying accountable to yourself is one of the best motivators. I find that when I’m logging my runs and training, I’m the most successful and consistent about running. It’s especially nice to look back and see how far I’ve come in a short amount of time.

Road ID Sprint Shoe ID & the Silicone ID Bracelet – $19.99 each

We often don’t want to think about the bad things that could happen, but runners must be prepared for the worst, especially if they run alone. If a runner faints or gets hurt, the RoadID can help identify him or her and allow their loved ones to be notified of their whereabouts. Be safe, not sorry!

 

 

 

BONDIBAND Fab $5 Collection – $5 Each

These days, I don’t run without one of my BONDIBANDs. It keeps the sweat out of my eyes and from running down my face. It also keeps my ears warm during the colder temps. I bought one years ago that I swore by, but I recently ordered two customized bands — one with the Run. Travel. Dream. logo and another that reminds me that I’m “stronger than yesterday.” Great product!