Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Five XXXVI

Hooray! I am actually writing 5 entries this week!
1. Last week I had to run 9 miles on Sunday. After all of the fun on Saturday, and after 6 straight days of Pure Barre. I packed #shortshortsandlongsleeves which is my fall running uniform. As it turns out, it was too warm for long sleeves. It was a TOUGH run.

2. The Pure Barre Strong Challenge started on Monday. I am IN. 20 classes in 31 days. After today, I will have 4. I missed Wednesday due to a meeting at the office.

3. This weekend we are getting family pictures taken. Sunday morning. The photographer is the same one who has taken ALL of our family pics, Addie pics, and even our engagement photos. I will post them after I get them!

4. I have been feeling HUNGRY on runs lately. I am not sure what is going on with this, even if it is just an easy 5-6, I am feeling HUNGRY. I have never experienced this before. Anyone ever have this? Any advice?

5. I was off today and yesterday, for the second straight week. Thursday Friday off, 4 day weekend. BOOM. This is what happens when you have been working at the same place for a long time.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Addie's Adventures with Papa

As mentioned yesterday, when I was Christmas shopping with the adult ladies in my family, Addie was hanging out with Papa. While I have every confidence in my dad to take good care of her, and she loves him loads, I wasn't sure what they were going to do all day. To ease some of his pain, we packed a few dvds. Turns out, he has netflix, so they were taken care of.

I had nothing to worry about.

Papa took her to MacQueen's apple orchard! They were having their fall festival, and they went over there for the day. Addie had a BLAST! She even loved that spinning strawberry ride, which I think is crazy, because it would make me sick! Kudos to Papa for surviving that ride!
And don't worry. The girl got a tiny pumpkin.

I think she had a fun day with Papa! Thanks for watching her, dad!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Frankenmuth trip - 2016

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I was in Toledo this weekend for the annual Ladies Trip to Frankenmuth! I love going with my mom, sister, cousin (Megan) and Aunt Laurie! This year, my cousins wife, Stephanie, also joined us. I think it was the first time that she has joined us in several years.

After mom, Rachel and I were done with our workout, we said goodbye to Mo, and Rachel and I headed across Secor to pick up everything else we needed for the trip. By that, I mean coffee and Barry's Bagels, because of course. So I ran into Barry's and Rachel ran into Starbucks (right next door) while my mom drove home to make sure that she was there for Stephanie and Aunt Laurie (we would pick up Megan on the way). It always takes us longer to get on the road than we plan. Ugh. That sort of thing stresses me out. Honestly.

Regardless, eventually we were on the road and driving the 2 hours up 23 to Frankenmuth. The drive was uneventful, unlike last year, and thank goodness. We arrived at Bronner's just before 11 am.
We spent about 2 hours at Bronner's. I got some ornaments as gifts for my family (a "family" gift, plus one for J and one for Addie), Karen's gift- as usual, and Angela's present. The one special thing that I did was get Addie something that I told J was "naughty". I only said that because it was semi-expensive, it was something that we had only generally talked about, and I did it slightly selfishly.
That is a Mickey Mouse toy shop. It is part of Department 56's North Pole Village. There is an entire "Disney Village", but it fits right in with North Pole. I have always loved this village, but already having one of my own, I could not justify it. Now the reason that this is selfish is because I will get to have this in my house for the next 15 years or so.

After Bronner's we had lunch at Zehnder's, visited Rau's Country Store, a chocolate shop, etc before piling back in the car and heading home. On the way home, we stopped in Dundee, as usual. The "disneyland of gas stations" (also known as the Beef Jerky Outlet).

After arriving home for the day, picking up Addie from Papa's house and bringing her back to my mom's, and getting her off to bed, I felt it necessary to accomplish some other things...

Wrapping. So overall, it was a lovely day, and I felt like I got some shopping done!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Pure Barre - adding my family

As I mentioned, I realized that Barre 3 was no longer working for me and my lifestyle. I was getting some trouble at work from being gone at random times to try and fit in my workouts, and there were really no options to make the class work (no lunchtime classes, 4:30 classes only 2x per week at 4:30 pm). And I was sucked into a transition...

Admittedly, once again, as when I started barre classes the first time, Krista was an influence here. I was pretty much "off" still, no running, etc, after the marathon, and she text me and invited me back to Pure Barre in Toledo when I was visiting. Now, she invited me to come run with her as well, but I was still off running - she was surprised of that!

Obviously, I had been doing Pure Barre in Toledo whenever I visited. That is the only option there. But because of the way things were going at the office, I knew that I was possibly going to have to make a change. So because I already had that in my head, when I saw it come up at some of the PB studios locally were having a donation based class, I signed up. And I dragged my coworker Lauren along with me. She liked it so much, that we looked at classes a little closer to the office, and purchased 3 class packs at the Kenwood studio.

Yeah, since then, we have been all in.

This past weekend I was in Toledo. It was the annual family ladies trip up to Bronner's/Frankenmuth, MI to start Christmas shopping. Addie came up to Toledo with me, but she was going to spend the day with Papa (my dad) because years ago we decided no kids, even if the kid is a girl - my mom, sister, and I try and do another trip in the Spring/Summer where we take the kids. I wanted to go to PB Toledo when I was in town, and I knew the best way to make it work with our trip was to invite my family.

My mom agreed first, and I called up the studio and got everything squared away for my mom. I added her to their schedule and I also paid for the class on my account, just to avoid any troubles ensuring her getting registered. Within a few days, my sister was sending me text messages asking about it. Wondering if I thought that she could do it (considering her struggles because of her clubbed feet - she was born with them, but has notoriously weak ankles and calves, and her accident a few years back which left her with metal in her ankle and back), asking questions about movements, cost, etc. I was trying to be encouraging and realistic, letting her know that I definitely thought she could do it, but she would likely have to modify some movements. She was ok with that, and she registered too!

The class was set for 6:45 am on Saturday morning. I insisted that my mom and sister be there at 6:30 in order to fill out their waivers, meet the instructor (whose class I have taken at least one other time), and make sure that they were comfortable and ready to go. My sister picked me up at my dad's house, mostly to make sure that I was leaving my car there for my dad to use with Addie since there is a carseat in there.

They survived. They got through the whole class. My sister gave a disclosure to the instructor about her injuries. Obviously that was important. And I think they really enjoyed it, so I am thrilled to have shared something that I love!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Training Update: Week of October 10

So I am back in base building mode following the marathon that I ran a month ago. I think I recovered more slowly than I usually have after a race. I think that is for a few reasons.
1. I ran MUCH harder and put forth much more effort than I have ever before in a marathon (or any other race for that matter.)
2. The humidity was right at 100%, plus temperatures were more than 60* throughout the race.
3. I was nearing the end of my entire year of training, so I was just tired.

But after two weeks off, I am back on the wagon, and one month after the race, I was able to run in a way that I would consider "normal" again. So right now, I am just beginning to incorporate strides into my runs again, and I still have a few weeks before I actually log any tempo miles or interval miles. And that is ok. I need this time mentally, and I don't really have anything major coming up until next April (BOSTON BABY!)

So let's take a look at the last week of training.

Monday: 6 miles, convo pace, 4x30s strides, Pure Barre, Core.
Tuesday: 60 minute walk. Pure Barre. Core.
Wednesday: 6 miles, easy. Pure Barre. Core.
Thursday: 6 miles, 7:55 pace. Pure Barre. Core.
Friday: 5 miles, easy. Pure Barre. Core.
Saturday: Pure Barre.
Sunday: 9 miles, convo pace.

32 miles
5x Core
6x Pure Barre
1x XT

A great week for my first week back to posting training logs, right?

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Five XXXV

Maybe I am turning a corner? Getting my third post published this week? Does that mean I have found my blogging again?

We will see how that goes, but for now, here is a chance to write a Friday Five post for the first time in AGES!
1. I am headed to Toledo in a few hours. This weekend is the annual girls trip to Bronner's, and I am pretty excited to be off today and to be enjoying a cup of coffee and writing, with plans to hit the road around noon.

2. I made a change. I made a change in my barre routine. I have left Barre 3 and I am now at Pure Barre. The switch was made solely due to the convenience of class times. Pure Barre has a daily class at lunchtime, and obviously, as a full time working woman, lunch time is when works.

3. Oiselle has a puffy vest that I want for Christmas. You can read about it here. But it is $158, so I will really have to think about it... By the way, the one I want is the Quill and in blue...

4. Work has been pretty intense. I suppose that it always is, but I am definitely feeling exhausted of it all. I am not sure what that means yet, but I am working hard to try and figure that out. It is certainly hard for me to believe that we just issued our audit report in July, and now, in October, they will be coming out in just a few weeks for the interim work.

5. I saw an instagram post about SuperHero muffins 2.0. I would like to call these the "fall version" as they include pumpkin. I will be baking them when I get back from Toledo.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Race Recap: BQ.2 Chicagoland

Ok, I have heard it enough. I need to get a post written about the race... I have let it stew and settle and thought and rethought about my approach to this post. But in reality, it is difficult to sum up an experience that was everything that I really thought I was capable of doing and executing despite rain, despite humidity, despite running a looped course, which has its pains...

So way back, more than a month ago, on September 10 I ran a marathon. I ran the BQ.2 in Geneva, IL. I registered for it back in April, after it was forwarded to me by my husband. (For those whose spouses are not runners, when they offer their support to you for your major running goals, you take it - and I registered immediately.) I started training for this immediately after my big PR in April at the GCM in the half. I definitely just started with some base building, getting mileage under my belt, but it was not long before I was into training, hardcore, once again.

So I guess I should talk about the race, since everyone who reads this has actually potentially read my training recaps.

So, J and I drove to Geneva on Friday, the day before the race. We dropped Addie off at daycare, and immediately hopped on the highway headed toward Indianapolis (that is the easiest way to get to the Chicago area). We arrived in Geneva around 1 pm, which was right on time to stop by Geneva Running Co to pick up my packet. We got there, I got my stuff, I got my picture taken with my bib (they were very serious about ensuring that those who were going for Boston qualifying times were not cheated). After that we went right over to a little restaurant called "Little Owl" for lunch. It was super cute. The food was really good too.

When we finished there, we headed to our hotel, I got my stuff all ready for morning.
After that, I headed over to the forest preserve where the race was, J stayed at the hotel and worked. I ran a shakeout with some of the race officials and pacers. We ran one lap of the race course (race day would have 2 laps), which was just over a 5K in distance. I ran nice and easy (a little slower than 9min/mile pace) and did a few strides at the end. After the shakeout, I went back to the hotel, showered and dressed for dinner. Following our meal, I went to bed almost right away, full of nerves.

In the morning, I sat in the dark, reading blogs on my phone and eating breakfast.
Jason took me over to the starting line right before 6 am for a 6:30 start time. I definitely found the restroom immediately, and paced around a lot waiting for the race to start.

I introduced myself to the 3:30 pacer (who was planning to run a 3:26), and told him that I was sticking with him. He tried to point me toward the 3:35 (3:31) pacer, and I corrected him, letting him know that no, I was running with him. He gave the group the plan (first mile easy-ish -8 min pace - and then hit every mile between 7:45 and 7:55), and it was not long before we were hearing the national anthem and were out the shoot!

The first mile we ticked off at 8:15, and then the group took off! I checked my watch and they were running sub-7:30 pace (I was running 7:35 and losing them quickly) so I made a very quick choice to let them go. I was a little discouraged right off the bad that it was mile 2-3 and I was already losing the pace group, but there was NO WAY that I was going to run that fast and do well on a day that was so humid. The sky started spitting. I saw J at the end of the first lap. After seeing him, and knowing that I was in a good place for running, I honed in my pace and focused. I brought my fuel in a camelbak, it was my first time racing with one. I took my water bottles (with just water) at every elite station and drank my tailwind. On the other side of the loop, I took water at the aid station and dumped it on my head. Yes, it was raining, but with the humidity, I was already super hot, and did not want to risk any issues.

J walked the loop, the opposite direction that I was running, and therefore I saw him at a different point on the course every time. That was awesome, honestly. It was nice to see him in different places, and it kept my spirits up, especially around lap 6 where I was definitely wiped (right around 20 miles). My pace was slowing, but not a lot. I was still ticking off miles in the high 7:50s. I think I ran an 8:03 in there, but in general, I was able to keep them below 8.
On the 8th and final lap, I really wanted to be able to RACE, but I was done. I just was able to maintain my pace. The above picture was taken right as I was heading into the last half mile-ish. I really wanted to sprint, but I felt like I was. I just KEPT RUNNING.
And when you reach your goal, in not ideal conditions, you experience JOY.

By the numbers:
2 scoops tailwind
2 gus
Fastest mile: 7:36- mile 4
Slowest mile: 8:02- mile 24
Total time: 3:27:46
PR by 11:07