Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving and a little pie in the face

Happy Black Friday! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
 I am not a Black Friday shopper. I can say I did it once a few years ago, and that was enough to last me a lifetime.
 Instead, I went for a run. It sure was quiet and peaceful out there today!
Yesterday morning Nikky and ran a 5 mile Turkey Trot. It was at Iroquois Park, the hilliest park in Louisville. So, I went into it expecting over a 12 min pace. But, I need to start changing my expectations! We did great, and I was so happy to see we ran under a 12 min pace. Having a friend to chat with while running makes the time fly by!

Last night Jeremy's dad took the fam out to dinner for Thanksgiving. It was the first time we've done that. Although it was much easier, no cooking or clean up to do, there is nothing like homemade Thanksgiving dinner! I'll take that anyday over lukewarm restaurant Thanksgiving food. But, I am very thankful his Dad was so thoughtful in doing that for us.

 After dinner we all went back to his house for a little Pie in the Face game. Have you heard of that game? It is hilarious! You put whip cream on the little hand, and you pass the game around. Each person turns the little clickey thing (how else to describe it?!) once, hoping it doesn't land on them. We all played and we all got pie in the face at some point.
 It is so funny watching (and capturing) everyone's faces as they wait to get a face full of whipcream.

 We all got cleaned up again to take a family picture.
Tomorrow will be my family's Thanksgiving. I'll be cooking a few things, but what I'm most excited about is making Ruth's Chris sweet potatoes. I've never made them before, but if it's Ruth's Chris, it's gotta be delicious!

Did you do a Turkey Trot?
Are you a Black Friday shopper?

Monday, November 23, 2015

My first GOTR experience

It's Thanksgiving week! Which I love, because I love Thanksgiving. I love cooking, eating, hanging out with my fam from far and near for hours, having a few days off work, etc....

I have been running again after taking about a week off after my marathon. Not much though, last week I only ran 10 miles, and this week only a 5k race!
This week I plan on getting more miles in though.

A few weeks ago my friend's 12 year old daughter asked me to be her running buddy for her first 5k race ever, with Girls on the Run. Of course I said yes!
 On the morning of the race I found out that being her running buddy means we're supposed to stay together...and she runs an 8:30 pace, and I run 11:00. That was a problem!

I talked to her coach about it and she told her to stay with me the first mile, and then go on ahead, as long as she can see one of the coaches. I thought it would be great too, because I would push myself to run faster.

Walking to the start line

Well...I did not need to worry about keeping up with her.
About 5 minutes in, she starts complaining. About anything and everything! I was so surprised!! Of course I've never ran with her before, so I don't know if that's normal for her or not.
 She stopped to a very slow walk many times. Her feet hurt, her head hurt, her stomach hurt, her bunny was home hungry (yes, really), she wanted to quit, kept asking me how much longer, and on an on. And on.

For the first 2 miles I was nice and sweet and encouraging. But then it just started pissing me off. And out came my inner Jillian Michaels.
I told her to suck it up, she's ran this distance before, she's trained for this, she can freakin do it, so stop complaining and let's go!! I had enough!

We finally got to the finish line around 40 minutes, and I'd never been more happy to see a finish line! That was the most miserable race ever. I guess because I knew it was all excuses. She wasn't really sick, or any of those other things she said.
A few seconds into the race, when she was still smiling.
Not sure what I'm saying...

I'm not really sure what happened. From what I understood, it sounds like she joined GOTR just to be with her friends. Who knows!

Of course after she got her water and sat down she said she wants to do another race. Her mom had to pull me off of her cause I was gonna hurt her! ;)
I am proud of her though for pushing through all the crap, and finishing the race.

In totally random news, seeing this in my inbox on Friday made my day weekend.
I have had this cd on repeat. I can't even put into words how good it is.

Have you ever ran with GOTR?
What are your Thanksgiving day plans?


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Today I am linking up with my sweet friend Rebecca, for Thankful Thursday.

Here are some things I'm thankful for...

I have felt so good after my marathon! Sunday I was hardly sore at all. I'm not sure if my body is used to longer distances, or is it that I ran an 'easy' marathon, with lots of walking? I don't know, but I'm very grateful!

That out of 15 race photos, I found one I like. That never happens! (First time I've ever bought one)
Planning my next great adventure. It is going to be quite the adventure! So thankful that I get to do what I do.

Thankful for early morning snuggles with this little roly poly. She makes my heart happy.
I'm so glad Fall is hanging on. Today was 60 degrees, and next week will be in the 60's too. If winter never comes, I'm perfectly fine with that.

I'd have to say what I'm most thankful for this week is finding out I'm going to be an Aunt again. My brother and sister in law told us she's pregnant. They've been married for a couple years, so we've been waiting for this! :)

Tell something you're thankful for!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Indy Monumental Marathon Recap

Saturday I ran my 5th marathon, the Indy Monumental!

As you guys know, I had been dreading and excited about this race, all at the same time. My 2 longest runs had only been 18 miles, and both of those I fell apart at mile 15.
 So, I wasn't really sure what to expect.

Friday afternoon Tammy and I drove 2.5 hours to Indy to the expo and packet pickup. Tammy had been planning to come along just to cheer me on. But, being the crazy runner that she is, she decided to sign up for the marathon when we got there! This would be her 3rd marathon, but she had done no training, as she hadn't been planning on even running it. (The furthest she had ran recently was 13.1)
 I was secretly hoping she would do it. :)
 We got there in time to hear Bart Yasso. A few times when he was speaking he mentioned how lucky we are to get to do this. That just really stuck with me. I don't ever want to take this for granted. We are the lucky ones.
 As we were walking around, I heard someone calling my name, I turned and it was the lovely Karen. I've been following her blog for quite awhile, and was so excited to finally meet her. She was running the marathon on Saturday, and then running a half in Illinois on Sunday!
After the expo we went back to our hotel and did not feel like leaving again for dinner, so we ordered in some pasta. It was delicious!
Saturday morning we wake up, ready to do this thing!
Holding the awesome sign Tammy made me
My goal for the race was to stay with the 6 hour pacer for the first half, just to make sure I didn't go out too fast. Then at the halfway point, I would speed up and try to stay with the 5:30.

I had already prepaid for parking, which was wonderful. I will always do that from now on! It was so nice not to stress about finding parking, I already had a place reserved.

As we're making our way to the pacer, I see my friend Sierra. I had met her on IG, and then a few weeks later in person at a half marathon. She was considering doing a full, so I convinced her to sign up for Indy, knowing she could do it. We had a lot of the same struggles during training, so it was nice to get encouragement from each other throughout the 16 weeks.

We all 3 started off together. Although we lost Sierra after a mile, she had stopped off in the bathroom, and we never saw her again.
We stayed with the 6 hour pacer until we lost him after a few miles somehow, not sure how.

This guy juggled deflated footballs the whole marathon!

This lady had to be in her late 70's, and ran the marathon! That will be me someday.

Best beer I've ever had, and some twizzlers

And this is the point of no return, around mile 8
 We got to the halfway point around 2:50 and Tammy started getting a migraine, so she told me to go on ahead.
 So I kept doing my run/walk (not any certain schedule) until around mile 20. I ran through mile 15, 16, 17, 18, 19- feeling excellent! Of course I was starting to get tired, but nothing like how I felt during my training runs.
 I think it was around mile 20 when I started doing mostly walking. I maybe ran 30 seconds each mile. Terrible, I know. I just couldn't run anymore. I felt ok, mentally I was good, I just couldn't run anymore!
 During this time the 6 hour pacer passed me. Until then I was still hoping to get a sub 6.

One thing I did that I've never done is download some motivational speeches to my iPod. It was 4 different 5 minute speeches. It's basically a drill sergeant YELLING at you, telling you how strong you are, the only thing holding you back is yourself, no excuses, you can do this. In order to join the 1%, you have to do things the 99% wouldn't do. Are you willing to go the extra mile to grab your dreams, to reach your goal? YOU are in charge, push yourself. Push hard now, relax later. If you believe it's possible, you can achieve the impossible . Make it happen!!
IT WAS AMAZING, you guys. I highly recommend that!! I can't tell you how much oomph that gave me. Can't even tell you.

The next 6 miles went slow, but great. Finally I get to mile 25 and give my ALL the last 1.2 miles. Which wasn't much to give.
My official time was 6:09. Which is my slowest marathon. I was disappointed with that. I wasn't expecting a PR, but since it's a flat course, I was really hoping for 5:40ish.
 But, it is what it is. This was definitely my toughest training and race ever. I feel like I fought for every single minute, every single mile- and I did it. That makes me incredibly happy.
 I wanted to switch to the half so many times, I can't tell you how GLAD I am that I didn't. Switching to the half would've been easy, I didn't know if I could do hard anymore. Now I know I can. Victory is sweet!

Tammy came in a few minutes after me, she had found something for her migraine at a medical tent, and was all better. This girl ran a marathon totally unprepared and she rocked it!
Of course being back of the pack, there was no food left. There was chocolate milk, water and some crackers. I did see someone walking off with 5 or 6 boxes off pizza, telling someone "they gave them to me". Nice.
But honestly, I didn't even have an appetite for a few hours.

This race was amazing. Nice, flat course, weather in the 50's- absolutely perfect. Wonderful volunteers, lots of water/gatorade stops, candy, oranges, beer along the course (from the spectators). This was one of the best races I've ever ran.

You know how usually while running a marathon, you say "never again!!" I actually didn't say that once.
I knew I had already signed up for the Carmel Marathon in April, so I decided I'm going to do that and do better!! I'm going to get off this 25 lbs. I put on, and I'm going to push myself harder than ever, and I'm going to kill my next marathon!

As for Sierra, she ran a great marathon, coming in 10 minutes before me. My friend Nikky, who I did a training run with, ran her first marathon too and got a sub 5. These girls inspire me so much. Knowing the blood, sweat and tears that got them there, and they did it. They are so strong!

I cannot express how thankful I am for all of you. The texts, the messages, all of the encouragement, pushed me on. Thank you, my friends, with all of my heart.

I am the lucky one!


Friday, November 6, 2015

5 things from my week

Although I have had a one track mind all week, life has been going on as usual. So, here's a few things from my week!

1.This little girl that I nanny for is the funniest 4 year old I know. Seriously, she's like a little adult. The other day after I picked her up from preschool and was driving back to her house, someone in front of me was driving at least 10 miles under the speed limit. So, I yelled at them. (I believe I said "come on dude, what are you doing??")
She says "Calm down, Miss Katie, don't get frustrated. It's gonna be okay. Take a deep breath and count to 10..." She then proceeds to sing me a song she learned on Daniel Tiger (kids cartoon) about breathing deep and counting to 10.
She has me laughing every single day.
 2. I got to spend a day with my friend Clarinda. She flew into Columbus, from Las Vegas for work, and since it was only 3 hours from me, there was no way I couldn't see her.
We found a park we wanted to explore, and when we found out they were doing a 4 mile Graveyard Hike (ended up being only 2.5 miles), we knew that was what we wanted to do. Before the hike, we went to Ohio State University and walked around the grounds, took lots of pictures, drank a Buckeye mocha, which was delicious on that cold day. We had so much fun, and I definitely think I need to make another trip to Vegas to see her again soon!
3. Annnnd I have another child driving. Pretty sure it was just a week ago my oldest stepson started driving and I went through all of this. It's happening again!!
4. I finally, after all these years, started watching The Walking Dead. I think I knew I would probably get addicted to it, so I needed to wait until the time was right for another addiction, and this was the time. OH MY GOSH. I don't know what took me so long. The addiction is real.
 5. You guys won't have to listen to me talk about my marathon anymore! (After my recap, of course) Aren't you happy about that? Tomorrow is the day. Tammy and I will leave this afternoon for Indy, I'll try my best to sleep, and then wake up tomorrow and run 26.2 miles. I can't wait!!
Pretty excited to finally run a flat race!
What show are you addicted to right now?

Who else is running or racing this weekend?

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Rambling thoughts on a marathon

Just to warn you, this is a bunch of my rambling thoughts.
I need to get it all out, and I know you guys understand crazy runner ramblings, right?

Well, my 16 weeks of training for the Indy Monumental is over.
I followed the Runkeeper training plan, as I've done before. I should say I followed their long run schedule. During the week, I would run whatever I felt like, but for the long run, I followed the schedule.

I have not missed one single long run. The only one that didn't go as planned was my 20 miler. That one ended at 18 instead. Which means my longest run was only 18 miles. But I feel confident that if I can do 18, I can do 26.2. :)

My feelings and emotions about this marathon have been all over the place the past month. There were days I convinced myself to switch to the half. I even emailed them to find out how I can do that.
I was in a really bad place about this whole thing. Very discouraged. Why? Because both of my 18 milers were horrible. I was good until around mile 15-16, and then I just fell apart. Both times.

It's been a year and a half since my last marathon. I had to cancel my last three because of an injury, and then just not feeling ready to tackle the distance.

So all of that just made me doubt that I can do another one. I thought my marathon days are over. I can only do half's. I know there is no shame in that. But that's not what I wanted. I WANT to do this thing. The whole dang thing.

About a week ago, after some encouragement from you guys and a couple close friends, I made the decision that I'm going to do this. The full marathon. I'm not switching to the half. So once I decided that, I had to get my head in the game.
My friend Jen posted this and it changed my whole way of thinking.
I really was hesitant about sharing my struggles with all of this. I want to stay positive, I want to encourage others that if I can do this, you can do it. So, it's hard to share the negative, and to let you know how close I came to backing out. Because I don't want to discourage anyone!

I guess I want you all to know it hasn't all been easy and fun this time around. I struggled a lot.

My first goal for this race is to finish in 5:30. Lately my half's have been around 2:45, so I think that's possible.
But, if I go by how my two 18 milers went, it would be closer to 5:45 or so.

No matter what, I'm going to finish what I started. I'm going to run 26.2 miles.

The harder you have to fight for something, the more priceless it will become once you achieve it. And I will achieve this!


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Packing for my Marathon

Today's topic with Erika, Patty and Marcia is Packing for a Destination Race.
That's pretty fitting since Friday I'll be traveling to Indianapolis for my marathon. This isn't exactly a 'destination' race, since Indy is only 2.5 hours from me. But there is still a lot that goes into it since I won't be home the night before.

 I guess since I've ran so many half's, packing for a half is no big deal, I know exactly what I need, and I pack without thinking too much about it.
 Not so for a marathon! There seems to be so much more to think about it.

For example, I always run with my phone and use it for my music and Runkeeper. Well, for a marathon, it won't last for over 5 hours, so I have to use something different. Same with my Garmin, it dies after about 5 hours.

I've decided to use my Ipod for music, I know that will last for many hours. (I need some new music though!)
I will wear my Garmin, and at least will be able to keep track of my time for most of the race. I've decided not to use Runkeeper because it would use up too much of my phone battery.

I can't have a dead phone, because I'll need it to read some encouraging texts when I'm about to die around mile 20.(Hint, hint ;))

Here's a few of my essentials:

Prevent chaffing!!

The shirt I will be wearing. Anything is possible!

Love my compression socks during long runs
My extras: Lululemon water bottle, Rock Tape, iPod,
Buddy Pouch, Garmin, Earphones,
GU's (salted watermelon and salted caramel- yumm),
and my Persevere bracelet, which I've worn during every marathon)
Packing it all in my awesome, new Gecko Active backpack!
Obviously, this isn't everything, but it is the majority of it. I don't make a list when packing for my half's, but I've already made a list for the marathon. I cant' take a chance on leaving anything at home!

Do you make a list when packing for your racecations?

Tonight I'll be downloading some new music, tell me some songs that help you get through!