Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A quick weekend trip

As I mentioned last week, J and I took Addie for a quick trip to Indianapolis for a little overnight vist last weekend. We stayed at the downtown JW Marriott (points FTW), went swimming, went out to dinner, went to SunKing Brewery, and took Addie to the Children's Museum.

Here are the highlights of the trip in photos! Admittedly, nearly all of them are from the Museum, but hey, that was the highlight for the little.
 Addie on the carousel. It was a little bit easier to get her OFF the horse this trip than it was last summer. Thank goodness.
 Addie sitting on the Great Wall of China out in the garden.
 More Addie on the carousel. Check out that Princess wave.
 Addie with a racecar at the Hot Wheels exhibit.
 Addie IN a racecar at the Hot Wheels exhibit.
 Addie and a LION statue (girl loves lions).
 Checking out some bones.
 Addie with the statue in front of the convention center.
 Addie with a Mayan temple.
 Addie and I making a butterfly.
Circus Addie. It was tough to convince her to stand on that thing, although now that she is up there, she looks pretty fearless.

Overall, we had a wonderful quick trip out of town to do some fun stuff as a family.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Training Log: Week of May 15

Another week down, this my fourth week with Coach Heather, and now we are 100% gearing toward the Chicago Marathon.
There are definitely going to be a few changes from this training cycle than their were from cycles past, so stay tuned for more up and coming on that.

But anyway, let's just get to it.

Monday: 35 min run with 6x20s strides. 4.42 Miles. Pure Barre.
Tuesday: 6 miles with 2 uptempo. Pure barre.
Wednesday: 40 minutes easy with strides. 4.92 miles. The dozen (core).
Thursday: WORKOUT. 10x200m with warm up/strides and cool down. 5.72 miles. Pure Barre.
Friday: 35 mins easy. 4.04 miles. Pure Barre. Core.
Saturday: OFF
Sunday: 75 minute run. 9 miles.

4x pure barre
2x core
34.1 miles

FINALLY back up over thirty miles. Nice.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

"Bulleted" update

I figured I am just going to take today's post to recap on a few  things at a relatively high level.

On Work
I had a good meeting yesterday. After writing and posting yesterday's post, I had a good day at the office. That DEFINITELY is helpful to me to feel less stressed out and be able to be more on top of all of the things that I need to do to in order to feel like I am making progress in my world. There are a few things that we need to take care of still on a regular basis, and so getting some relief from the meeting really helps me to feel like I can continue to move forward.

On Running
I skipped a workout yesterday because I mistakenly tried to do it at noon in 80 degrees and sun. So I ended up just doing an easy run and giving that workout another try this morning. It was a smart decision. And I am glad that I made it.

On Family
J and I took Addie to Indy last weekend. Just over night, we went up there Friday and came back on Saturday. Just did a little swimming and hit up the Children's Museum. "Bacation" is Addie's favorite thing. I get it kid, I really do. More to come on the trip, I think.
Artsy pic from SunKing Brewing taken by Addie.

On Life
I have set myself a few goals for the next few weeks as far as things go for figuring out everything and I am looking forward to seeing them through. I am really feeling good about that.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The stress and de-stress

Sometimes you have to do things that you believe are dumb. Some things are a waste of time and you do them anyway. Maybe in the long run these are things that will turn out to be NOT a waste of time and  you will be grateful that you did something that you thought was dumb. Yes. I realize that I am being super vague. Yes the ambiguity is on purpose.


Obviously, work has been a struggle recently. And while I am in general trying to stay on top of work as it is, my motivation is in the toilet completely right now. At least with work, which is absolutely a problem. I really need to sort through my feelings to ensure that I can continue to to produce high quality work, even when there is only minimal work to do.

What I really need to do is take a deep breath and focus. Focus is definit something that is going to be key. It is going to be the way that I continue to thrive while I work to figure all of these struggles out.

So for now, here is the light of my life. The girl that I need to be around.

Isn't she pretty? At least I have her.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

OOFOS Omg: a review

Disclaimer: I received a XYZ to review 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!

So... One of the things that I have been doing recently since I got more serious about training, hired a coach, focused on getting a BQ, etc, was I completely stopped wearing heels. I had not completely figured out what were the right shoes yet though, as I tend to flip back and forth between Toms and an older paid of running shoes. The toms don't offer enough support and the running shoes are not necessarily good "wear to work" shoes. So I have always been kind of looking for a middle ground.

So, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to review OOFOS first ever SHOE! They have done a lot of sandals in the past, ones that I have looked at often when shopping for shoes.
These shoes are going to do that job. I have hardly taken them off (except for sleeping and running!) since receiving them. They are incredibly comfortable.
Addie wanted to be sure to be in some of the pictures of the shoes. She walked around in them a few times as well.
So I have worn them for walking the dogs, just regular walking, to work, to and from Pure Barre, on a trip to Indianapolis with my family (so a good amount of walking around), and pretty much just for kicking around on the weekend.
OOFOS at the office.
OOFOS with socks... weird, but it worked.
And the OOFOS under my desk as I worked.

So. If you are like me, trying to figure out a good way to wear shoes that look nice-ish (and business casual appropriate) but are still good for your feet, I really feel that the OMG from OOFOS is a great option. You can find the women's version of the shoe here. The men's shoe is not yet available, but keep your eyes open for them, as they will be coming soon.

And if you are looking to purchase these, or any others, feel free to use the coupon code OOFOSBibPro10B for 10% off your purchase on OOFOS.com.

Let me know if you try them!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Training Log: Week of May 8

So... I am in a weird in between place. I am not really officially training for anything  yet (but Chicago is next on the docket) and I am still training...

So I guess then let's call this my training recap for the week.

Monday: 4.14 miles easy, pure barre. the dozen (core).
Tuesday: 5 miles with first 3 easy, next two at 8:24, 8:10. Pure barre. the dozen.
Wednesday: 7.48 miles, a workout.
Thursday: 40 minute walk, Pure barre, the dozen.
Friday: 4.11 miles, easy, pure barre.
Saturday: OFF (traveling with family)
Sunday: 7 miles with 2 miles up-ish tempo.

27.73 miles
4x pure barre
3x core

I am chatting with Coach Heather if we are all systems go toward Chicago, or if I should tackle a shorter/faster race first. I will keep everyone in the loop!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Race Recap: The Flying Pig 10K

I was given free entry into the Flying Pig Toyota 10K as a BibRave Pro. For more information on BibRave, check out their website to read and leave race reviews of you own! All opinions are my own.

As I have been posting about for the last few weeks, I was planning on doing a fitness test to see where I was and where I was starting from after Boston and the Flying Pig 10K this weekend. I was not planning to race it, just put in a hard but in control effort and see where I ended up at the end of the day.
I ran the 10K once before, in 2014, the year after Addie was born. You can read about that experience here. That was the race I added Ryan Hall to my "Olympians I have raced with" list. You'll see that right away.

My race plan was pretty simple. Run solid for miles 1-2, pick it up for miles 3-4, and then hold on for miles 5-6 before letting it loose to the Finish Swine.

My original plan was to run my 25 minute shakeout run with the Little Kings Mile as part of it (I ran 6:05 last year), but the weather was cold and rainy and gross, so I decided that was definitely not worth it. So I did my shakeout on the treadmill in my basement, finishing it up with 6x15s strides.
As usual, I set out my gear the evening before, and did a little bit of a makeshift #FlatEmily, mostly because I was feeling lazy. But I was going to wear my plum roga shorts, BibRave longsleeved tee, ProCompression socks, a moto tracktion bra, a trucker (standard for me), and my sunglasses.

The next morning, I was up at 5:30, brewing my coffee and eating my breakfast before heading out to the race. I did not attend the expo this year, and so I did not have any of my race gear yet. I walked from the garage down to the Lagerhouse where they were doing packet pickup, and got all of my stuff and then returned it to my car. After a 15 minute warm up along the river, I did 3x15s strides, and one longer one to make sure I was ready to go, and headed up to the start line.

Bib number and "PigPen A"... Everything is themed this weekend.

As it shows above, I was one of maybe 20 or so women in corral A, it seemed weird to not have too many there, and it was clear that all of the women were kind of sizing each other up and stuff. I mostly was hopping around trying to keep my legs warm since I had already done my warm up and there was about 15 minutes to the start.

Shortly, we were off. I wanted to use the first 400m to settle into the pace, and I tried not to get swept up into the race. But as is typical, I got caught up in the excitement of running, of the fact that my legs felt pretty good, the fastest runners in the race going out hard, and the immediate climb into Kentucky. I ran the first mile in 7:11. After getting through the first mile, I settled down in Newport, and ran through the first water spot. We ran onto Riverboat Way, down by the river, and ran past my previous employer as well as the Beer Sellar before coming out on the other side of the levy. I was settled in at this point, and crossed the second mile. Pace for this mile was 7:23.

We started climbing the Veteran's Memorial Bridge, which is my LEAST favorite of the bridges in Cincinnati that are often a part of races because although it is shorter, it is steeper. I was focusing on maintaining effort and trying to ignore my watch. The third mile clicked off (still in Kentucky) at 7:23. Looks like I was nailing effort maintanence and pace too! So we were hitting Clyde Wade Bailey for the longest bridge of the day and heading back into Ohio. At this point, I had reset my goals, and decided I did not want to be passed by any women. After coming off the bridge we clicked the fourth mile. (7:23... again)

We were back downtown in Cincinnati. We ran past the start line, took a left on sycamore, a right on third, then a left on Broadway for the last small uphill of the race. We headed into the east side of downtown, and I clicked mile 5 at 7:19 as we headed toward the casino. I was doing good with my new goal, knocking off a few women and not letting any by me at this point before making a turn on to Eggleston and headed back to the river. We hit the final right turn on to Pete Rose Way, and I was on one of my top gears, clicking mile 6 at 7:03. When I passed the 6 mile mark on the course (I stink at tangents, my total for the race was 6.28) I dropped the hammer and decided to just fly as much as I could clearing the last section at a 6:57 pace (per my watch).

As you can see from above, I finished this one in 45:38, which is just 14s shy of the PR I set on Thanksgiving day in the fall. Not to mention top twenty women?  I was pretty proud of that. And yes, I ran hard, but I definitely felt like I just ran hard, and I had more to give, which I feel like is visible in the pace.

In the afternoon, Addie ran the kids race.
Girl was psyched to race again.

And here are our medals.
We had a great Pig experience!