Friday, December 30, 2016

Friday Five: XLI

Another Friday Five! Yahoo!
1. I am literally STARING at an item on my team's gear swap page. I have set a cut off. If it is still available at 9 am, I am allowing myself to buy it. I'll report back.

2. It has been a VERY quiet week. I was out of the office on Tuesday (we were closed Monday for the holiday), but Wednesday and Thursday were very quiet for me in the office. I know that it won't be next week, so I need to just enjoy this while I can.

3. It is a down week for running. That is an interesting way to end the year. Next week I am full force prep for the marathon(s), and it will be January and that means 3.5 (ish) months to Boston. It is time to get serious.

4. I am listening to a podcast with Nick Symmonds right now. Gosh that guy is inspiring to me. He is fantastic (and attractive).

5. I invited the hubs to join me at Pure Barre yesterday. He declined. Lame. I kind of wish that he would just come ONE TIME so he could see what it is like.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Training Update: Week of December 19

Finally. A good week of training. Yahoo.
(Boston too... But I am not sure I want to yoink that logo.)

So, here we go, I am finally nailing the 5x week running, after two weeks when I missed one of the workouts. That was stressful for me, but I am glad that even though the week of Christmas was not perfect as far as training went I was still able to get in 5 runs.

Monday: 7 miles with 4x30s strides. 7.59 total miles. Pure Barre.
Tuesday: 60 minute walk. Pure Barre. Core.
Wednesday: 6 miles easy (9:01 pace). Pure Barre.
Thursday: 7 miles w/5x 2:00 at 10K pace.
Friday: 6 miles easy.
Saturday: 10 miles with 5x 2:00 at 10K pace.
Sunday: CHRISTMAS!!!

36.59 miles
3x pure barre
1x XT

Don't forget, you only have a few more days before the price increase at the Glass City Marathon! Prices increase on 1/1/2017, and you can ALWAYS use code "brpsavings" for $5 off your entry!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Carrie Fisher: A tribute

So lots of folks have been emotional about pop culture losses this year. This is the first one that I have felt the need to respond to...
Carrie Fisher is a writing and mental health role model for me. And so this is for her...










Thanks Carrie, for being so outspoken on mental health issues.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Friday Five: XL

Here we go, another Friday, and another Friday where I am off work! Woo hoo!
1. How is tomorrow Christmas Eve already? I am not sure how the year passed so quickly, but at the same time, I feel like it was a long year in a lot of ways. (Reflections on the year to come...) Regardless, hooray for Christmas!

2. I feel like things have reached a new level (of awesome? of weirdness?) when you are making a plate of cookies to take to the team at your Pure Barre studio for a Christmas gift, and you have to put a note on top "unfrosted snowmen are not vegetarian friendly". (they are made with lard instead of butter or crisco.)

3. I still have one last little bit of Christmas baking (although its not really baking) to complete this morning. I need to make peppermint bark. So mostly that is microwaving with refrigeration.

4. Addie is out of school today, and so we have BIG BIG plans... Ok, not that big. But one of them is the mall... so that is a little scary.

5. I feel like I have accomplished a lot this past week at the office. Impressive, considering it is the week before Christmas!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holidays in T-town

We have had our Toledo holiday celebration already. This is the first year that we spent Christmas at our own house since being together. In reality, I think it is the first Christmas I have spent in Cincinnati since moving here 12 years ago.

So that has a big impact that deserves its own post. We need to create our own traditions.

But other than that, we got to spend some time in Toledo this past weekend, seeing my mom and dad and exchanging Christmas gifts with them. I have a few pictures from Christmas at my dad's, so we will start there.

 Parker opening his present from his godmother (ME!)
 Addie looking at her Rapunzel WIG (!!!) from Papa. She loved it!

 Addie and Parker (and Teek!) trying to steal food from Papa's counter.
A little ham. And one of the Ham with my sister.

I think Addie is having a good Christmas holiday so far!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Training Update: Week of December 12

Last week was kind of a rough week ALL OVER. There were very few things that went according to plan, but overall, I guess I have to be somewhat pleased that I managed to get done what I did considering the craziness of the week.

So, I think I need to do this for this training log from now until April...
Monday: 7 miles with 4x 30s strides. Pure Barre. Core.
Tuesday: 60 minute walk. Pure Barre. Core.
Wednesday: 6 miles, 8:48 pace.
Thursday: OFF (bad day)
Friday: 7 miles with 4x 1:30 surges @ 10K effort.
Saturday: 11 miles (8:30 pace)
Sunday: OFF

As you can see...  A rough week. Only two days of Pure barre. Which I hate. But it is over, and hopefully this week will be better.

Let's go. I have two marathons to train for...

Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday Five XXXIX

Well, because I finally have a little bit of more time to write some posts. I am finally back with another Friday Five post.
1. Yesterday was one of the longest days ever. I spent the entire day working at Panera. I planned on being in my office around 1, but no. My car was not allowing that. (It was in the shop all day).

2. We had ugly sweater day at work, and I wore a Darth Vader sweater that I bought at target. It is a great sweater.

3. Wednesday night was our company Christmas party. This year we had it at the Westin. I honestly was not sure how it would be. I planned on being there not late at all. But unfortunately (or fortunately, I guess?) I ended up having a blast and stayed all night and actually THOUGHT about continuing the party at the casino with a few other people. I ended up getting a cab and heading home. (Needed a cab because the car wouldn't start, hence the entire day at panera.)

4. I am off today and we will be having our furnace repaired. I also need to run errands (finish buying Christmas gifts, get a few things for Addie's school party), run, and try and go to Pure Barre. I miss Pure Barre. I haven't been since Tuesday.

5. We are about one week from Christmas, and I feel like we have so much to do to prepare. Luckily things are getting better and I feel like I am making progress to accomplish everything.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

April, a big month!

So, let's take a look at some of my plans for the Spring. Obviously, I am running Boston. That has been the big news related to me for months... All throughout my training for Chicagoland, then I ran a qualifying time, then I got in, and now, I am in training...

But Boston is not ALL...

Because I recently signed up with BibRave as one of their pros, I was able to receive an entry into the Glass City Marathon.
So yes, I will be running marathons on back-to-back weekends. And YES Boston is my "A" race. But I am looking forward to testing myself and seeing how I handle that and how I can handle recovery after it. In addition, Glass City is my hometown race, and I have run the half SEVERAL times now. It has been the race with all of my last 4 (ish) half marathon PRs. And now, finally, I will be tackling the full marathon.

Interested in joining me for the marathon (or half or 5K)? Use the code "brpsavings" for $5 off your registration. Hope to see you there!

Disclaimer: I received a free race entry to the Glass City Marathon 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!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Comparisons

I wanted to post this entry simply as a way of comparing the last two years. Somehow, I have become the mother of a three year old, and I am noticing lots of differences between my two year old girl in the fall/winter of 2015 and my three year old in the fall/winter of 2016. I mean, she has turned from a cute little toddler into a beautiful little girl.

So first let's take a look at her Fall (November time frame) school pictures.
Fall 2015. One of my favorite pics of her. Ever. It is on my desk in a frame (even though I have more recent pics).
Fall 2016. One year later. Still adorable. But definitely a "girl" instead of a toddler.

Now for the real comparison... Let's look at Santa pictures.
Winter 2015. Wearing the same dress as Fall 2016 and same pigtails as Fall 2015. Those pigtails were done by her daddy. :)
Winter 2016. Christmas sweater (with Darth Vader). Braid coming out (likely full of yogurt). But still totally zoned out.

Hard to believe how grown up she is...

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas Pics

This post is simply a dump of my Christmas pics that I have taken so far this season. So, let's take a look!












We have been decorating, baking, seeing Santa, etc. Great holiday so far!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Training Recap: Week of December 5

Whoops, it has been a few weeks since I wrote a training recap. I definitely did not do that on purpose. But I guess now I am officially in training for the Boston Marathon! (Holy shit.)

So, since I am now officially training, how about a quick pic of me the last time I was at the finish line.
(Also - I still practically LIVE in that hoodie, I wore it yesterday!) This was November of 2013. I had given birth 3 months prior. And I was IN BOSTON. At that point in time, Boston was definitely a SUPER far away dream.

So let's look at the week of training! I am still building my base and not really doing any speedwork, but things are starting to move.

Monday: 7 miles, 4x30s strides. 7.54 miles. Pure Barre.
Tuesday: 60 minute walk on TM (cause Gilmore Girls). Pure Barre.
Wednesday: 6 miles run on TM (8:57 pace - Gilmores). Pure Barre.
Thursday: woke up sick, shifted running. Pure Barre.
Friday: Pure Barre. 6 miles with 5x45s surges.
Saturday: Pure Barre. 10 miles with 5x1:00 surges.
Sunday: OFF

29.54 miles
7x Pure Barre.

Damn! It was a big PB week! This was mostly because the weekend was specifically planned with different weekend Pure Barre plans. A class in Toledo is a nice addition. So let's keep it up!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Race Recap: Thanksgiving Day race

Ugh. I can't believe I am more than a whole week removed from this race and I am just now having a moment to sit down and write about it. In reality, I am going to be in and out writing throughout the day, because I want to be able to recap this race, but I also know that I am going to have a fairly busy day at the office... But I would like to hit publish on this before I leave for the day...

So two weeks ago was the 107th (!!!) Thanksgiving Day Race in downtown Cincinnati. I have run this race several times in the past. My PB 10K was run on this course, last year, only about 2 weeks after I ran the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon. So obviously, I have more to give the 10K than what I was able to do on that day, even on that difficult course.

I set my alarm for 6 am, with plans to leave just after 7 am for the 9 am race. I had prepped my pot of coffee before I went to bed, so all I had to do was turn on the pot when I woke up. I was still semi-undecided on what to wear, because I was not sure how cold I was going to feel that day. But when morning came, I decided to go for it, and ended up in shorts, ProCompression socks (I went Snowflakes), my singlet, arm warmers and a trucker. I threw a layer on top that was sitting in my goodwill bag in the closet.

I drank my coffee and ate a superhero muffin (my current go to long run breakfast). And went to say goodbye to J before heading downtown. Unfortunately, I think I was down there too early. I had planned to park in J's parking garage (where he has a parking pass) but the gates were down. So that sucked (I think they opened around 8 am. Which is super lame, they definitely should open earlier than that). I ended up parking in a different garage and finding a real bathroom to use before heading out for my 2 mile + strides warm up.

I finished my strides leading right into Paul Brown Stadium, which was open specifically for the race. I used a bathroom in there (pro tip: don't go to the bathroom closest to the entrance. It is a football stadium, just walk around the circle a little bit, and you will find another one - likely with a shorter line!) and then headed over to the start line to see if I could find Caroline. I was starting to get a little chilly because I ran in my top layer and sweat a smidge. So now, because I was a little bit wet, I was feeling cold. It was not long before the race started.

I had talked to Jen beforehand, and she gave me a little plan, since it was a goal race. She suggested 7:05s the first 5K and then kick it up with whatever I had left.

I took off, up the hill away from the river and up toward Over the Rhine. The entire first mile was uphill. It clicked off at 7:05, right on schedule, but it felt much harder than it should. Damn hill. None the less, I was not ready or willing to throw in the towel. I continued to charge, up Liberty, knowing that was the biggest climb of the race. After reaching the top of that hill, I had a great reprieve where I was able to really stride out on a downhill which took us past the casino. Mile 2: 7:17. Yuck.

We cruised back toward the river then, planning on heading back to the river and to spend time on the Kentucky side of the river. This was a relatively flat mile, looping us back toward US Bank Arena and Great American Ballpark. Mile 3 was back on pace. 7:05.

We headed up over the Taylor Southgate bridge into Newport. This is also the bridge that you start on for the Flying Pig marathon - to give others a frame of reference. I was feeling tired and climbing up hill over the bridge was not a lot of fun. Coming down off the bridge, I had to convince myself to keep pushing, because my legs were definitely feeling it at that point. Mile 4: 7:12.

During the next mile, we crossed two more bridges, the Veteran's Memorial (over the Licking River into Covington), and the Clyde Wade Bailey bridge that took us back to Ohio with right around 1 mile to go. Mile 5: 7:24. These last two bridges were the the death of me. I knew that going uphill to get to the top of the bridge was going to be tough. But I thought I would still have enough in my legs to cruise the downs. Nope. No go. My legs were so over it. Mile 6: 7:32. (Yep. SUPER positive splits).

After coming down from the last bridge, there was a slight uphill to Paul Brown and Second Street and cruise to the finish. I gave it everything I had...


The pain face is strong... And thanks to TQL for the free pics!

I hit the finish line in 45:25. A big PR but definitely not the race that I know I am capable of running. But I also know that some days my legs feel good running, and some days they don't. And it is ok. I am still super happy with the race and ready to get to work on the BIG spring goal. Boston.

Here we go!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Race - Tomorrow I will FLY

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, tomorrow is race day. I am not entirely sure how it will go at this point. I am kind of tired, a little bit sore, etc, but I am going to go out there and give it everything I have. I should definitely be better off than I was a year ago for several reasons.
1. My Fall marathon was back in September. Last year it was just 2.5 weeks prior.
2. I am just FASTER than I was a year ago.
3. I am forcing myself (ok, Coach's orders!) to run a 2 mile warm up before, so I am hopeful that will help my legs to be rolling right away.

I have been rolling out my hamstrings and IT bands with shocking (for me) consistency.
I have been up early in the morning, drinking coffee to make sure I can nail my runs.
And I think I am as ready to run fast (for me) as I can be. Jason is picking up my packet at the office today. (His company sponsors the race, so I register through them, therefore he has to pick up my packet.)

So... LET'S RACE!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Training Update: Week of 11/14

And just like that, it is race week again.
Strange to be goal racing a 10K, but I am hoping that a great shorter distance race will leave me motivated to train super hard through a cold Ohio winter? Fingers crossed?

Ok, let's look at the last week of running.

Monday: 8 miles, 4x 30s strides for 8.53 total. Pure Barre. Core.
Tuesday: 6 miles easy, 8:53 pace with Karen. Pure Barre. Core.
Wednesday: 57:30 fartlek ladder. 7.43 total miles.
Thursday: 6 miles easy in Asheville, 9:00 pace.
Friday: Walking around Asheville for XT
Saturday: OFF (travel day)
Sunday: 9 miles. 7:55 avg. 3x1 miles (4, 6, and 8) with a 7:00 goal. Actuals were 7:05, 6:58, 7:09

So it was a good week. Less Pure barre than I like, but you will have that when vacationing. :) On to the race!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A day off, handling stuff

I am posting this in the future...  Ok, really I am writing Thursday's post on Tuesday. Hopefully when this goes live, I am in Asheville, NC, on vacation. Gosh, I HOPE I am in NC, but as of Tuesday morning, J has not yet booked us a place to stay. He is planning this trip, so I am letting him handle it. :)

So instead, let's talk about something else, something that has already happened.

Monday, I took the day off work to just... be off work. I didn't have any real plans, nothing super specific to do, so I decided that I was going to do all of the things that I needed to do. So I started the day at the normal time, my alarm went off at 5:30 am.

I got dressed, got Addie dressed and we headed over to Blue Ash for our regular days work. I dropped Addie at school and then headed over to Panera to get to work. I started writing, hammered through a blog post or two (ok, just one, I think?) and just relaxed for a little while. I didn't have any commitments until 9 am. Granted, I could have gone for a run right away, but I decided to skip it. Not skip the run, but skip the run at that time.

At around quarter to 9, I left Panera and headed over to Addie's daycare. Today was the first "real" conference I have had with one of her teachers. I went to a conference when she was in the two year old room, but now she is truly in preschool and so I felt like a conference was probably a good plan. So I drove myself over to the school, entered my code to let myself into the building, and went to Addie's classroom. When she saw me she wanted to come charging over to me, but I held her back, told her to go sit on the "green carpet" with her classmates while I observed until it was time for my conference. I watched Addie and her friends review months of the year, days of the week, letters, numbers, the weather, etc. I think that is all stuff that they do daily.

Addie's teacher told me a lot of things that I already could have suspected. She struggles with her emotions. She is extremely empathetic of her classmates when they are sad, but when she is sad, watch out! I know that when she gets upset she mostly just cries rather than "using her words" which is something we have been working on for a long time. I guess we have to keep working on it. In addition, when she was quizzed on her letter recognition, she gets flustered quickly and then doesn't want to do it anymore. :( That makes me feel pretty sad, and I know it is something that J and I want to work on, as we know that she is very smart.

Following her conference, I immediately headed out for my run. I had to do 8 miles with strides. I only had just over an hour to do it because I had signed up for the 11 am Pure Barre class. I just ran right from the school, leaving my car in the parking lot. Because her school is in Blue Ash, I knew it would be pretty easy to plan a run around there because I have spent so much time running there, even though it is not typically from daycare.

I finished my run at 18 minutes before 11, giving me just enough time to drive over to Kenwood for my class. And the best part? I finished the PBStrong challenge.
20 classes in 31 days (there are still a few days left) along with 5 bonus points (mine were all earned via social media posts). Hooray!

After class, I headed to Trader Joe's to buy snacks for our vacation. I walked away with $100 worth of groceries (the majority of this was spent on our Thanksgiving turkey - oops - and beef jerky). But I know that I was going to have to buy the turkey eventually, and I am happy to have the jerky for the trip.

I also went to Mitchell's to get a haircut.
I told the woman who was cutting my hair "it is long enough to put in a ponytail, so I am putting it in a ponytail." So she took care of that problem for me! It definitely cannot go into a ponytail anymore. I love it, and am so happy to have it taken care of. I feel like sometimes hairdressers are not set on chopping all of your hair off, they are hesitant because what if you hate it? But not Tanya, she went for it. Thank goodness. I will definitely go to see her again.

I picked up Addie after that, and our evening was business as usual with dinner and a dance party.
We had a good day.