Gone for a Run… All 4 Run Recap

Things have been a little chaotic the past three weeks, with my knee acting up and finally feeling better and then my back feeling tight and sore and so though I have been running, I haven’t been posting and instead have been moping around about not feeling great.  WELL…  That’s over now (though I am still not feeling 100% right now) and it’s time to fill you in on what I have been up to. 

Let’s start with last weekend, and the Fourth of July… since backtracking 3 weeks just is not going to happen (nobody wants to hear about my food slip ups, plethora of single miles and whining!!!

As you may have seen on the IG or my other social media, I was asked to participate in the Gone for a Run ‘All For Run’ Virtual Race for the holiday and I jumped at the chance for some sweet swag, before realizing I would be so sore that four mils would feel like death!  Regardless, I set my alarm for a 4 mile run with my MRTT mamas, some who were also participating in the virtual, and went to bed.  Funny story…  apparently I don’t know AM from PM and I woke up at exactly the time I should have arrived at our meeting point.  I got dressed and headed to the meeting point, brought donuts to the girls as they finished and then headed home to run 4 miles by myself Sad smile

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I ran a two mile out and back in my race tank, and my star spangled headband.  My plan was to wear my red white and blue tutu as well but I couldn’t find it ANYWHERE!  Moving is the absolute worst!!!  I was super sad I hadn’t been able to make the run with friends but the thing I love about a virtual race is that you can celebrate any run, any time with your bib, and hang a medal around your neck when you are done.  For a busy mom ho works full time, Virtual racing can be a great way to build up your medal rack without traveling from race to race.

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Afterwards, we headed into Old Town Temecula for the Parade and met up with a few friends and their kiddos.  We had planned to have a low key day but we ended up inviting the crowd over for burgers and hot dogs and ended up having a few drinks (that I may have ordered some fun new pool safe cups for) as well!  All in all, it turned into a fabulous fun filled day with friends!  I feel like since moving here, we have made the most amazing connections and I am so thankful for them all.  It’s almost as if we were meant to be here so we could have all of these amazing experiences and find all of these truly wonderful people. 

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I am super excited about the Virtual Race Gone for A Run is holding at the end of this month as well and plan to run it with a few friends (this time I won’t oversleep either).  If you are interested in the Road Shark Run, you just need to sign up before July 21st and make plans to run a 5k between July 31st and August 1st.  Make sure to order yourself some fun Shark socks or sleeves too (LOVE THEM)!  While you are on there signing up for the race, make sure you check out the SWEET PR Recovery sandals I am currently drooling over too!  I think all three of us need a pair!!!

AS for the time in between now and then, I am training for the Griffith Park Trail Marathon Relay with some fabulous mamas, I have two half marathons coming up and Danger is headed to sleep away camp for the month!  I am looking forward to having some time to myself and some time to spend with Rob but I know I am going to miss my boy like crazy!! 

Have you ever participated in a virtual run?  What did you like best about it?  What are your plans for the rest of the summer?

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That Time HE was a Marathon Orpan: All about our RaceKids experience!

 

Disclaimer:  As a RocknBlogger, I received free registration for this RaceKids Day Camp.  I was not further compensated and all opinions are my own, or those of my family members.   

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Over the past year, My 11 year old son has put up with a whole lot of boring weekend nights, two wet blanket parents who are always reviewing training plans and has survived constant chatter about goals, pace, course elevation and strategy.  He has, for the most part, taken it like a champ.  He has been our biggest fan, and though we have sacrificed a lot, he has sacrificed more because Rob and I ran the last 2 marathons together.  This training plan, he dubbed himself a Marathon Orphan…  evening weeknight longer runs, no Sunday brunch and early bedtime Saturday nights are the norm in our house and he rarely complains, so when he coined the phrase Marathon Orphan, we laughed at his dry sense of humor (no clue where he gets it from).

About two months before the Rock n Roll San Diego, we realized that with our au pair headed home before the race, our usual race time day care was not going to work.  Though we had made some good friends in the 4 months since we moved, it was a big imposition to Have the kiddo stay there.  We started researching creative options…  could we fly my parents out from the East Coast?  unlikely and cost prohibitive….  Did the boy have a friend who would have a sleepover for two nights before the race?  Again, a huge favor to ask of someone we didn’t know very well. 

Then I got an email saying the RaceKids was available in San Diego.  The debate began…  Was 11 too old for the experience?  Would he have fun, or was he “over it” since he was a little more mature than your average ‘tween’.  Desperate for help, I reached out to them to find out more about the experience, and I think I read 100 reviews.  Most of them were from parents of younger kids but all the feedback was positive.  I figured if things didn’t work out, the only thing lost was one Sunday morning.  I went ahead and got Danger signed up for Sunday and he agreed to run the 5k with Dani, Linzie, Rob and myself on Saturday.  BAM…  childcare issues solved, right?

So now you want to ask all the questions…  together Danger and I are going to answer them!

What is RaceKids??

Mom:  RaceKids is the Official Day Camp Partner of Rock ‘n’ Roll and they provide a fun environment for the kiddos while the parents have a blast on the course!  This is a full liscensed day care where all employees have background checks and are qualified and friendly.  The price was reasonable, around $150 for the full marathon participants, and less for half marathon participants.

Danger:  A Camp for kids that are waiting for their parents to finish running a race

What kinds of things do you do at RaceKids?

Mom:  There are games, craft time, tournaments and dance contests plus breakfast and lunch!  They have a super organized schedule of activities and I loved that I knew the when and where of what the kid would be up to.  It made my race less stressful!

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Danger:  There are activities and games set up when you get there for everyone to play as a group.  When I got there there were crossword puzzles to do, played with balloons, played Twister and we had a dance contest (boys vs girls). 

How was the food?:

Mom:  I heard no complaints!

Danger:  it was pretty good!  There were pancakes for breakfast and  turkey sandwiches for lunch.

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How about Safety? 

M:  Besides the fact that all of the staff was vetted, and licensed, I also felt safe because of all of the security measures taken.  During the registration process, I was sent an email asking for my bib number and for Rob’s and at the Expo, we were issued bracelets, one for Danger, and matching ones for Rob and myself.  Because I am crazy, and I worry too much, they issued a bracelet for Dani as well, in case something terrible happened on the course.  I knew he wasn’t just safe and sound, but that only the three of us would be able to pick him up.  They took our phone numbers, plus additional contacts in case of emergency too. 

D:  I was *insert shoulder shrug here* I was pretty safe.  They didn’t let us go on the balcony or anywhere else without an adult.

Favorite Part??

M:  During Craft Time, Danger made 4 medals, one for each of us running the Full Marathon.  It has easily become my most prized medal and has earned a special place on my medal rack!  I also loved that after the event, there were photos on the facebook page so I could see what he had been up to Smile

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D:  Twister and the Dance contest tied for the best activities.  Giving my parents and our friends their medals was also pretty sweet…  They were so excited about them! 

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Least Favorite Part:

M:  My only gripe (if you can even call it that) was that the location was neither super close to the start or to the finish line but it was overall, pretty convenient to get to.  It was fairly close to our hotel, so after we picked Danger up, we walked the mile and a half back to our hotel (only maniacs walk miles after running a marathon).

D:  I woke up at 4 AM.  I guess that isn’t RaceKids fault.  I blame my parents!  I also think it would have been awesome if we got to see the race finish.

Will You use RaceKids Again?

M:  We were talking about signing him up for Vegas on the walk home from the race.  That’s a solid YES!!!

D:  YES!!  It’s fun and I won’t be a marathon orphan again! Well… I guess I will still be an orphan but at least I will have orphan friends Winking smile

 

Is RaceKids at every Rock n Roll venue?

M:  They are not, but they are adding more races every year.  For a list of upcoming races, you can look here!  You can be sure that since Rob will be at Vegas this fall, Danger will be attending RaceKids!!

D:  I’m not sure but I hope they are at the next races my Mom and Dad are doing!! 

So there you have it!  If RaceKids is at our race location, we will be there!  I can’t say that I would trust my kid to any race organizer but I will tell you I am thrilled to have taken the chance on our RaceKids experience and gained a fantastic, fun and safe solution for my Marathon Orphan! 

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Have you ever used RaceKids?  What did you think?  How do you wrangle your kiddos when you are racing?

 

 

 

 

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That time I realized how much I LOVE to run! My Rock n Roll San Diego weekend recap!

It’s funny how people change, isn’t it?  Bit by bit, day by day, until one day, they wake up and they are different and you hadn’t even realized it.  It’s even stranger when the person who has changed is YOU!  This weekend, and these races, made me realize how much different I have become since we relocated. 

The thing is, running used to stress me out.  I was always focused on what I needed to do in order to get to where I wanted to be.  In running, a lot like in my everyday life, I was a perfectionist and I always chose to hone in on the one or two things that didn’t go right, the pace I couldn’t maintain, or the goal I almost reached and when I focused on those things, they always felt negative.  The trouble with that was that I couldn’t appreciate the improvements, the PR’s the journey because I was so involved in the end result, that I forgot to pay attention to the journey I took to get to  my goals!  Truthfully, I never noticed how wrapped up in it all I truly was, but I truly believed that you should race EVERY race.

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Fast forward to race weekend and to our drive down to San Diego and I recall a conversation Dani had about how I rarely remember the details of a race and recapping them is always a struggle for me.  I think she laughed at me (in the way that says I love you because you are so high strung) and said she took so many selfies that it was easier to remember. like mental notes.  I think this might be the moment that set the tone for the whole weekend.  In my head, I wanted to be the girl who was focused on enjoying this weekend, these people and the races, but I did not know how to get there.

 

Friday night, we were out late and our alarm was wicked early.  When Danger fell asleep on the dinner table, Rob was a champ and took him back to the hotel room while Dani and I wrapped up the evening.  Poor planning on my part meant I got back to the hotel and had to dash downstairs to squeeze in a mile on the treadmill.  When I got back to the hotel room, Dani, Rob and Danger were all fast asleep so I quickly ironed on the decals for our shirts and then crawled into bed.  I remember my last thought was that I had no idea how I would race in the morning on so little sleep. 

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When the alarm went off before the sun came up, I plastered a smile on my face.  My head was already spinning. Dani, Linzie from Sharp Endurance, Rob, Danger and myself all planned to run together and we had decided to shoot for a 35 minute finish.  This just seemed foreign to me.  In Philly, when Rob and I did the Remix Challenge I had managed to PR both the 5k and the half marathon.  The idea that I would CHOOSE to run slower was unsettling to me.  I couldn’t wrap my mind around not racing a RACE…

We had made plans to meet up with the WE RUN SOCIAL crew before the race and so before the start, we got a bunch of pictures and a ton of laughs.  These moments are where I finally relaxed and decided to do something I had never done before:  I chose not to race the race.  This decision set the tone for the rest of the weekend.  From the second we crossed the start line, I had a perpetual smile on my face and I FINALLY learned how to not just love running, but to enjoy my journey. 

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The next 30 minutes went quickly.  I lost count of the selfies taken, I couldn’t begin to tell count the times I laughed as we ran and I had the BEST time.  Right before the race started, Danger had agreed he wouldn’t complain once during the race (he usually likes to gripe a bit between the start and finish if he is running with me) and as we started back up 8th Avenue and an incline, I thought he would start in.  He did slow up just a little on the uphill but when I turned to encourage him, he too had a smile on his face and was having a blast!!! 

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This was not my fastest 5k, but it was a different kind of Personal Best…  I was my best possible ME in this 5k.  I enjoyed the moments and I learned how to give myself a break and just enjoy the ride.  I had no idea how important this lesson would be for the next day, but I will forever be thankful to the friends and my family for teaching me that it’s okay to have goals AND have fun!!  (SIDENOTE:  Apparently having fun makes for some really phenomenal  race pictures)!

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Do you ever race for fun and not time or do you race every race??

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Why Running Rocks… the come back edition!

That awkward moment when you you haven’t posted in over 6 months and you don’t even know where to begin!  It’s been a very busy few months.  Where should I start? 

 

I should probably try to recap the last 7 months but that playing catch up is what has stopped me from posting for months.  So here is the synopsis:  We packed up the whole family and moved from the North East to Southern California and I left a career I had loved for 17 years for a whole new adventure!  Rob has seen HUGE career success and Danger has shown us that he is more resilient and flexible than we had ever imagined!  It really had been amazing! 

When I last posted, Rob and I are were about a week post marathon PR and hadn’t decided what would come next.  Today, we are 4 days post another Marathon PR and readjusting our goals for the year.  More on that later…

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This weekend was AMAZING!  on day 426 of my Run Streak (still going for those of you who missed it) I ran my third marathon and Rob ran his second.  This 26.2 was so different from or focused race last October during the Wineglass Marathon.  This time, we chatted, we laughed, we lost track of time and pace, and we became Marathoners in a whole different way than either of us ever imagined.  We did it while with friends and had the best time doing it.

Thanks to our friends (old and new), all three of us were reminded about why we run, and why running is such a HUGE part of our family!  Since today is National Running Day, I think it’s the perfect time to celebrate the people who continue to challenge us to be better, to strive for more and who push us to be the best version of ourselves.  That is why RUNNING (and my Running Peeps) Rock my world!! 

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Transformation Tuesday; Attitude Adjustment!

I woke up Tuesday in a total funk.  I felt over-tired, cranky and had an overall crummy attitude for no reason.  It was going to be one of those days.  Usually I would have curled up on the couch and taken a nap in response.  In fact, I did for about an hour…  but when I woke up again I felt even grumpier, with less energy and more negative thoughts.  Excuses to waste the entire day floated around my head.  Negative thoughts about my Weight Watchers weigh in started forming.  I began obsessing about my post marathon rest week and being bloated at the same time.  I convinced myself I was in for a gain on the scale this week.  I actually started to think up reasons to skip my meeting…

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And then I stood up and did the exact opposite of the plan I had formulated.  I got dressed.  I laced up my sneakers.  I grabbed Roo and we went for a walk with the dogs.  A mile didn’t feel like enough so we dropped the dogs off and set out on the trail and somewhere along the way I forgot I was grumpy.  I forgot that I had relaxed a bit more than usual last week.  I even forgot to be negative! 

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Roo and I walked 6.5 miles and got to appreciate how beautiful the leaves changing are.  We explored a new part of the Auburn Trail that runs near my home.  We laughed, and chatted about silly things.  We talked about her training for a half marathon and how far she has come as a runner since she arrived in the US in May.  In a way that normally doesn’t happen, I got to listen.  In the best way possible, Tuesday transformed for me! 

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I love looking at Transformation pictures each week.  It helps me put things in perspective and allows me to celebrate other people’s successes.  I can usually find some positive behavior that worked for someone else that can tweak my behaviors for the good.  This Tuesday though was different.  The transformation wasn’t physical, one I could see.  It wasn’t just my mood that was transformed.  Tuesday helped me see how much my behaviors and my attitude towards my own success had transformed for the better!  Instead of being a person who holes up and hides when they are feeling down, I am becoming the person I have always wanted to be. 

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I’ve always wanted to be the kind of person who changes their own circumstances rather than waiting for circumstances to change so that I can react.  I struggled with the confidence to do so for a really long time.  Yesterday showed me that I am finally making the positive changes in my environment so that I can feel comfortable and confident in the choices I make.  A funny thing happened when I took hold of the reins.  I didn’t have a crummy day.  I didn’t spend the rest of the day obsessing over what I ate before the weigh in and how it would impact the scale.  I walked in to my meeting with a smile on my face and when I got on the scale, I had actually lost 2 pounds!!!  That might not always happen , but it was nice to see that I didn’t let my less than positive outlook determine my own defeat! 

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Have you had a small victory lately?  Share it with me!

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An End and a Beginning!

The last day of vacation is always hard.  The last day of vacation post marathon is even harder!!!  Last weekend feels so far away and yet I’m not ready to let go of it quite yet… 

I spent this week getting the house in order, purging my closet of clothing that no longer fits (yay…  20 pounds gone), and wound up actually relaxing for the first time in months! 

With nothing specific on the agenda, I allowed myself to run when I wanted to, as fast or slow as I wished, for however long I felt like.  Training plans are an amazing thing but after 20 weeks of planning, adjusting and juggling time, it was nice to just be and run!  I had a smile on my face for every run.  No stress but I have to admit that as the week wound down, I realized that I need to set some goals or I will wind up slacking on my training and activity.

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This morning, I set out for a few miles with Rob.  It was his first post marathon run since he has been struggling with a sore ankle that sprung up a few days before the race.  He has been amazing about running my pace and pushing me through out marathon training and I know he is wanting to start moving faster.  After nearly 6 months of slowing down, I’d be ready too!  Today I wasn’t feeling great when we started out and I struggled to keep up for the first 2 miles.  Once I let loose some pretty ladylike belches and felt better, and I was able to push harder.  We finished the 3.5 miles at a ridiculous speed and somewhere along the way I set a goal for the spring.  I want to run a sub 2 half marathon.  It’s going to take work but I am up for the challenge!! 

Once we got back from our run this morning we headed out to Danger’s last football game at home and watched the boys play their hearts out.  It hasn’t been a winning season but the kids have steadily improved with each week and have remained positive and dedicated, regardless of what the scoreboard has said.  I am super proud of them!

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After an already busy day, when we arrived home Rob decided to hang my medal rack he bought me (two Christmases ago) and I got to hang up all of my race medals all together.  I didn’t expect to be as shocked as I was.  Seeing all of my running accomplishments together was most humbling.  Each medal reminds me of a different obstacle overcome.  It was wonderful to travel down memory lane and revisit the triumphs and tragedies of efforts.  I got to feel thankful and proud of all again.  It definitely helped me to get excited about what is to come.  I still have races on the schedule for this year but knowing I have goals for 2015 is comforting to me!

Please excuse the puffiness that the extra 4 layers of clothing adds!

We finished the night at  a Haunted hayride laughing and screaming together with my local group of au pairs and I’m really feeling ready to head back to work tomorrow morning with my head in the right place.

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Are you still focusing on racing and goals for this year or are you starting to look ahead?  What do you do to get yourself ready to go back to work after time off?

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It’s Been a Long Time…

It’s been nearly 3 months since I’ve posted.  First it was work busy, then it was training, then I just got lazy…  If you are reading this, thank you for your support!!!  Sometimes what we want to do and what we actually do aren’t the same thing. 

Though I haven’t posted here, I’ve been an Instagram machine.  I’ve kept my #36RunStreak going and I’m really proud of the 193 days and counting.

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I’ve stayed on track with Weight Watchers and this week marks my 20th pound lost since rejoining in April. 

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I PR’ed my 5k, 10k, my 13.1 TWICE this summer.

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I’ve gone through 3 pairs of Mizuno WaveRider 17’s ( and several other styles) since April and I’m currently working on pairs 4 and 5!

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I ran the Wineglass Marathon and PR’ed by OVER AN HOUR!!!

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So though I may have been MIA on the blog, and I’m not proud of that, I have a lot that I am celebrating right now and I am very busy and excited about  planning for the future!

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So here it is… the first step towards taking back the blog and adding writing back into my routine!

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Wild Nights in our Marathon Training House!

 

Full Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Pop Secret.

Last summer, while training for the Marine Corps Marathon, I really struggled with the mental side of the training.  Prioritizing early bed times before long runs and limiting my alcohol intake on Saturday nights was tough for me.  I love the summer nights by the fire with friends, and it’s the slower time at work for me so I get to enjoy the social part of our lives more.  This time around, it was the biggest worry I had.  I knew I could run the mileage now, and I knew I was capable of doing it better than I had last time.  The lifestyle changes actually worried me more.

I’m wrapping up week 8 on Sunday and I’m excited that Rob and I have managed to juggle the social concerns thus far.  We have had commitments we couldn’t reschedule and having someone else there with the same commitment has been a huge help for me.  This Sunday we are running 13 miles and it marks the weeks of bigger mileage with that comes earlier bed times and less going out at night. 

As a family, we committed to keep the fun around on the weekends, even if the earlier bed times won’t be going away any time soon.  We have a whole bunch of Sunday afternoon and evening plans like Triple AAA Baseball games, picnics and evenings by the fire. 

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On Saturday nights, we all snuggle into the  movie room and watch a movie (over by 10pm).  It’s made us quite the connoisseurs of   popcorn.  At first, we were using our old fashioned popcorn maker, which was great but left me with an hour of clean up afterwards which defeated the purpose of an early night so we have been opting for microwave popcorn instead.  Of course microwave popcorn is an art in itself, popping the maximum amount of kernels without setting fire to the bag.  As I popped 3 or 4 bags of popcorn, I found myself wishing there was less art and more science to the prep work. 

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Imagine my excitement when the good people at Pop Secret launched their new app that does balances the scales for microwave poppers everywhere!!!  They have an app that makes each bag pop to it’s most perfect potential!  Last Saturday I popped two extra bags just so I could keep playing with the app!  Once I was done being ridiculous in the kitchen, I hauled all of the popped deliciousness, along with my Nuun upstairs and our Saturday night began.  The real beauty was at the end of the night when there was no machine to clean, not random kernels all over the floor and everyone was happy!  If you have an iPhone 5 + and ios 7, you can download it here:  POP SECRET

And because this video amused me…

 

 

Sunday morning brought an early alarm clock, no groggy Sarah or Rob and 12 relatively uneventful miles!  We held a terrific pace, felt great and could have kept going if we’d had to.  It was the exact kind of long run that reinforced our the choices and changes we are making are the right ones and it felt amazing to know that we are finally figuring out a balance in training and in life!  So from now until….  forever, It looks like we will be having ourselves some more of these ‘wild’ weekend nights!!!

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Now if only I could manage to post as regularly as I’d like…  I’m working on getting that back on track too!

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HOW DO YOU JUGGLE THE SOCIAL ASPECTS OF YOUR LIFE DURING YOUR TRAINING?????

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Week 4 of Wineglass Training

 

Oops!  I’m a few weeks behind.  I know you are all SHOCKED that I am juggling one too many balls and one dropped!  The good news is I am on vacation this week and I’ve had a fantastic and refreshing week, even if it was busier than  a week where I am working and trying to don my Super Mom cape while juggling work and life in general. 

Sunday

I was super nervous pre-run since this is the farthest distance I’ve gone in quite some time! I was feeling super tired when we woke up and so we agreed a little extra sleep and an evening run was a better plan. We took it slow since both of us are struggling with muscle soreness in our right legs. The run worked out well and we both felt very comfortable. Still not sure where our race pace will end up but we are getting there! Day 83 of #36runstreak and day 28 of #rwrunstreak is complete :)

 

Activity Points:  10

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Monday

Short mile plus to shake out with Rob after yesterday’s long run. I felt good once I loosened up and could have gone more but decided to give my legs a break and continue avoiding injury. Using my brain is so difficult. It was sticky and humid but not unbearable. Picked the pace up after yesterday. I’m really struggling getting used to running different paces and learning that I do t have to run full speed ahead every day. Who knew?? Day 84 of #36runstreak and day 29 of #rwrunstreak done!

Activity Points:    2

Tuesday

Day 85 of #36runstreak and 30 of #rwrunstreak is on the books and week 4 of #marathon begins! My hip/quad/glutes are still feeling tight so I’m following instructions and stretching!! I MAY even do some yoga tonight to give myself a little extra boost!!! A nice 3 miles with @briggsrobertw to end the evening.

Activity Points:  7

Wednesday

Day 86 of #36runstreak and day 31 of #rwrunstreak were a success at distracting my mind after a pretty insane day! Glad to say that #DangerBriggs is done with school for the year and ready to enjoy his summer as a soon to be 5th grader! I’m pretty much exhausted and looking forward to crawling up in bed but first I’m gonna stretch!

Activity Points:  6

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Thursday

Feeling super frustrated about uncontrollables right now so I did what I could and controlled my breathing, my feet and my mind. I ran fast enough to clear my mind of negativity and focus on only positives right now. Day 87 of #36runstreak and day 32 of #rwrunstreak are done and I can’t say I’m not thrilled to see the day end!

Activity Points:  5

Friday

I almost bagged the 3 miles since I’m planning on running 6.5-ish Saturday and 9 Sunday but I REALLY needed the stress relief and a half hour alone with the hubby :-) we even saw a baby deer on the trail!! Now to enjoy a quiet night with my family!! Day 88 of #36runstreak and 33 of #rwrunstreak was a great run to finish off a crazy day.

Activity Points:  8

 

Saturday

Day 89 of #36runstreak and 34 of #rwrunstreak was 2.1 miles at the baseball fields instead of 6 plus on the trail. I was too nervous if fall and injure myself on the course so I decided to stick to the roads and accept that I may not hit my 80 miles goal for June. I’d rather fall short on mileage and remain injury free than have to quit streaking and nurse an injury! So I guess today I practiced my smarter not harder training strategy! Good stuff!!

Activity Points:  3

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Sunday

#36runstreak day 90 and #rwrunstreak day 35. It was a weird accidental combination of 9′s today: day 90, June 29th and 9 miles. Too bad I couldn’t fix the pace to have a 9 in it somewhere!! Date morning with @briggsrobertw I felt pretty good, should have hydrated better but I was okay and it was HOT!! We started around 8:15. I say this every Sunday but perhaps it’s time to set the alarm earlier next week! We have a busy family day ahead of us and I’m excited to get going as soon as I eat!!!

Activity Points:   17

I left this week feeling WAY more confident than I went in!  My longest run to date was easier than I expected and I ended the week looking forward to my next!!

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“I could NEVER run a marathon” and other similar nonsense…

***DISCLAIMER:  Though my registration fee for these virtual races was waived because of my relationship with JOST RUNNING.COM, all opinions are solely my own!

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“I could NEVER run a marathon” is one of the most common responses I get when I tell people I’m training for my second full marathon.  In fact, I remember saying this sentence many times myself.  I remember thinking that 26.2 miles was an insurmountable feat of awesomeness I was not capable of taking on.  But what if you could?  WHAT IF you could accomplish the task over a few days, a week, or a month?  This month, that is exactly what I did.  In fact, if you add up my mileage, I ran TWO full marathons, One half, One 10K and one 5K.  Not bad, huh?  I ran all that distance at a 10:03 pace, I burned 10,788 calories, and I did it in 12:45:22.  If only I could have earned a medal for all that racing…

 

The thing is I DID!!  At the beginning of June I registered for the CRANK IT UP virtual 5k, the 10k, a half and a full marathon at JOST RUNNING and when I completed the races and sent in my completion times, I was able to receive medals for all of these events!  And even better, I can track my results and my times on  their website which is different from any other virtual race I know of!

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What’s a virtual race?  It’s a race where you pay your entry fee, you run the race and you receive a medal.  What’s different?  You can do this on any day of the week, at any location convenient for you, and you can finish the race in any amount of time you need.  What I really love most about this race is that it makes what seems impossible to a beginner totally achievable!  Is your goal to run 2 miles, 3 days a week?  Great, sign  up for the 10k.  Are you a walker, completing one mile every day?  Terrific!  In just two weeks you can complete a half marathon.  AND get a medal you can be proud of too!! 

 

Another fantastic thing about JOST RUNNING is that each month, they support a phenomenal cause to share their miles with by fundraising.  In June, fundraising efforts went to support The National Young Arts Foundation.  This foundation was established in 1981, to ” identify and support the next generation of artists and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts.” I love that I am doing what I love, running, while I support young minds in pursuing what they love.  As a parent and a mother runner, I can’t see a better way WIN-WIN!

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In July, JOST RUNNING is holding 4 more virtual races that you can register for.  This month, the BEAT THE HEAT virtual races will benefit GIRLS ON THE RUN San Diego!  The mission of Girls on the Run is to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.”  I’m not sure there is a cause that mirrors my philosophy on running any better.  To sign up for these races, you just need to go to JOST RUNNING and click on the race you can complete, whether it takes you a a half hour, a week, or a month do do so!  AND seriously, the medals for July’s races are even cooler than the ones I got in JUNE!!!

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HAVE  YOU EVER RUN A VIRTUAL RACE?  HAVE YOU EVER SAID NEVER AND THEN MANAGED TO DO SOMETHING DESPITE YOUR DOUBT???

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