Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Five XXVII

More Friday Five fun!
1. Like I said yesterday, I want May to be a Zero Month. I do not want to spend any extra money in the month of May. I mean, yes, 2 dinners out, and groceries. BUT THAT IS IT. No Oiselle. No socks. No running shoes. No race registrations. I really want to break the spend habit.

2. I am working on my race recap right now. Get ready because... it is going to be a long one I think.

3. Like I said, I am NOT racing the Flying Pig this year. I am not even running the Flying Pig this year. (you know, running versus racing) I will be racing one mile tonight as part of the Beer Series, but that is it. I have a goal to PR, and that should be not a problem at all, but no goals.

4. I am travelling to South Dakota next week. I will be there from Monday night and arriving back at home on late Thursday. I am looking forward to some time away to be "Emily" rather than wife. Mom. Whatever. But obviously SD is not the ideal location for such things. But it should be fun anyway.

5. I have been SO HUNGRY lately. I know that it is the running coming back down. Luckily it is back to training again next week. And I am going to really work hard and FOCUS on nutrition this cycle.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thinking out Loud

Sorry, no GCM recap yet, as I am trying to decide if I like the pictures or not. I don't want to post any official pictures that I have not purchased, so I am deciding on those. (Spoiler alert: you can see the pain face)

I have been off running this week for the most part. Today is the third straight day of no running, which is messing with my mind a little bit, but at the same time, I know it is a good thing. I know that I am going to mentally be much more prepared for the fall marathon training by taking a little break right now.

The Flying Pig is this weekend. I am not participating. AT ALL. This is the first time since I ran that as my first full marathon that I am not running any of the events. I am feeling sad about it, but I know that it is a good thing ultimately.

South Dakota next week. Woo hoo?

Going to make May a "Zero Month". More tomorrow.

I love this silly little girl. She is doing so great with potty training! *knock on wood*

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

My morning (also known as "take a deep breath")

So this is not the post that I was originally planning on writing today, but because I walked into my office this morning, already feeling stressed, and knowing that Coach Jen said to take a few days off (read: I cannot go for a run to undo my stress), the plan got changed and now you get to read about my morning.

So I feel like I should start with some good news, which is really very good news, but it does not really sit well with me today...

Addie is about 98% potty trained. That last 2% is the fact that she is in a pull up over night. The majority of times she wakes up dry, but I am just waiting for that time when she has an accident, pees the bed, and I have to get up in the middle of the night and change sheets. Ugh. I probably better get over it. Anyway, so yes, that is obviously good news. We even got over the pooping in the potty fear that we seemed to have.

Basically, I went in to her daycare, her teacher said, I think she is ready, bring her in panties tomorrow, and I said, Ok.

She has had a few accidents, of course, but we have been taking her places (Toledo, her race, a 40 minute commute to and from Blue Ash twice per day), and things have been going pretty well. She has been announcing when she has to go (which has resulted in a few rest area stops on the way to Toledo) and we have been making it in time.

But that brings us to this morning. We have been trying to allow her to go in the potty when she needs to go, even though that inconveniences us sometimes. I know that is hard for J and it is definitely hard on me.

So this morning we are loaded up into the car as usual. Addie had her "snacks" and we were on our way to work at daycare. It was about 6:19 am and I like to be on the road by 6:20. It is about a 40 minute commute to her daycare/my office, so we will get over there about 7 am, allowing me to get her settled and be at my office by 7:15. We were driving, Addie is eating her picky bar (her fave breakfast snack) and all of a sudden she shouts "I NEED TO POOP!"

So we turn the car around and head back home because there is not really anywhere that we can stop nearby. I ask her several times while driving "Do you really need to poop?" and she always responded YES! So I took her home, and admittedly was already thrown. I was starting to stress about being late, and my timing being thrown off, etc etc. I got her home, out of the car, and into the bathroom and helped her onto the potty (we don't have a kid potty, just a little seat that goes on top of the regular one, so she needs a boost).

For 20 minutes we sat there with her making a "poop face". No poop. No pee. Nothing. I was SO FRUSTRATED. And then we hit the road, we were 20 minutes + behind where I normally am, and so traffic was much heavier. I pretty much was feeling stressed and overwhelmed. I mean, something to keep in mind here. I was not "late" I was just behind where I LIKE to be. So in reality, I was overreacting to NOTHING. Regardless, I felt tense. I had to go through a few mantra-grind in type things while I was driving, things like "I cannot control everything" and "Just because I am behind does not mean I am late".

But after all that...  Look at this pretty girl.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Race Recap: The Findley Davies Kids Marathon

So before I ran my race last Sunday, we had a trip to Toledo so Addie could run her first race.

The Findley Davies Kids Marathon as part of the Glass City Marathon was set to be run at noon on Saturday, April 23. I had signed Addie up ages ago, after she had expressed an interest in a race after receiving "pink running shoes" for Christmas (a pair of Saucony I had gotten inexpensively on zulily). It was $10 for the kids race, and I knew she would be excited about having a medal of her own. She likes to wear my medals around frequently until I sneak them away to hang them on the rack in the basement.

Rather than go into details on this, I think I am just going to post the pictures that J took from the race with a few comments.
Getting bibbed up.
Number 70 showing off.

 Waiting for the race to start.
 And we are off and running! 

 Momma trying to be encouraging but not pushy.
We did it! She now has her own medal!

A few notes on this...  The race for ages 2-3 is 400m. Honestly, that seemed a little far for her. We did it. We finished it, but I think it will be much better for her next year.

The kid swag is pretty fun, a tee shirt (obviously), medal, bib, and a teddy bear. Oh. And the shades she is wearing in the family picture have a little logo/branding on them, but she got those there too. They had your standard post race food and some chick-fil-a sandwiches after the race as well.

Addie seemed to have a good time, despite being afraid of the mascots (the Mercy Children's Hospital Hippo and the Owens Corning Pink Panther). I definitely think we will be back next year!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Training Recap: Week of April 11

Well, the Glass City Marathon has come and gone, expect a recap over the next few days, but for now, let's do our normal Monday stuff. We can recap my last week of training.
The past week was tough for me (as it is for nearly every runner ever). Taper is just HARD. So let's see how the week ended up.

Monday: 5 miles with strides. 5.52 total. CORE
Tuesday: OFF
Wednesday: 4 miles easy, + 0.50 mile walk CORE
Thursday: 5 miles with strides. 2 miles at tempo pace 5.58 total miles CORE
Friday: OFF
Saturday: 3 shakeout miles, 3x30s strides. 3.43 miles
Sunday: 1.4 mile warm up. 1 mile cool down. GLASS CITY HALF MARATHON and also CORE

34.61 total miles
1 race

Obviously, recap to come but *SPOILER ALERT* I nailed my A goal.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday Five XXVI

AND... It is Friday!
So here we go!

1. My team is out of the office today. They are all down in Lexington at Keeneland (a horsetrack) watching some horse races, doing some gambling and some drinking. But since as usual, they selected the week right before my race, I will not be in attendance. I just need to focus on the race and all that now.

2. Tomorrow is Addie's first race. It is a little long for a 2 year old, but I officially do not care if we are the only ones still out on the track. It is a 400m race! But here is a "Flat Addie" for the race (I will probably do this again with a Flat Emily before we BOTH race).
3. Yes, my two year old now has Under Armour performance gear, but in my defense I was ordering a Project Rock shirt for my hubs, and wanted to reach that free shipping threshold. Addie loves that the shorts are pink. Of course.

4. I tried a new gel last week on my long run. Charlie and I swapped a salted gel for a different salted gel, so we could each try them. I liked it!
But I will have the old salted caramel standby (along with Maple Bacon) out on the GCM course with me.

5. AGAIN. MY TEAM IS OUT OF THE OFFICE TODAY. Which means I am taking the day for some major catch up. Study time. Writing. Etc.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Glass City Marathon - Goals and race plan

I talked to Coach Jen yesterday, so let's lay out a race plan. and chat about goals going into the race.

Jen gave my a very basic plan, and I plan to really stick to it, and hopefully have some huge gains as a result of this plan. So high level coach Jen's plan:

target: 1:38:16. (7:30 pace) Now, according to Jen, that is the slowest end of my target based on the race plan she put together for me. So let's look a little deeper at some of the details that came through in the google doc that she sent me about 20 minutes before we hopped on the phone.

The strategy for this race it to run even paces. When I ran my tune up 15K, my 5K splits were pretty much dead nuts on. 7:27 avg, 7:26, 7:27. I mostly ran that race by feel, and did not spend a whole lot of time looking at my watch. So overall, my goal is to replicate this race over the first 10 miles of the Glass City on Sunday morning. I need to consistently pump out 7:25-7:30 pace for 10 miles.

And then, I race.

So if I run consistent 7:30s, if I cannot kick it up at all in that last 5K, I finish in 1:38:16. HOWEVER, I nearly ran a 5K pr after an 11 mile run if you remember correctly. (Trust me, I remember, it was a good day!) So in some ways, that is my goal... Run a 5K PR at the tailend of a half marathon. Lofty, but possible?

So, now for the goal portion of this entry:

C Goal: Sub 1:40 (there have been way too many things in this training cycle to lead me to believe that I absolutely without a doubt can do that.
B Goal: 1:38:16 - straight up 7:30s
A Goal: 1:35:50 - 7:25s for 10 miles followed by a 21:40 5K (which would be a 5 s PR)

And yes, that A goal is a stretch. And I am highly likely to hopefully land somewhere between A & B, but I have to work for it, right?

How do you set race goals and plans?