Christmas Swag!

Quick post about a quick run with my new doo-dads.

I received some sweet Christmas running swag this morning from my adoring hubby. 🙂

Here’s the haul:

SCORE!

SCORE!

So, he bought me four pairs of running socks–probably because I am forever whining about not being able to find the running socks I DO have.  Spoiler alert–they are always dirty–which I guess is a good sign that I’m out there busting my hump on a regular basis.  Or that I never do laundry.  Between you and me, it’s probably both.

I also got a flip belt.  I really wanted one when I was training for my half, and now I can really put it to good use as I train for a *gasp* full marathon.  The flip belt fits…kind of. Lol.  I’m going to have to get this Christmas weight off before I can use it though.  Good thing I don’t have any REALLY long runs coming up anytime soon.

Last, but not least, I FINALLY have a Garmin Forerunner 15 with heart rate monitor.  I’m soooo excited!  I even got off my lazy, chocolate-eating butt to go for a run as soon as that sucker was charged!  I’m a huge nerd and I love data.  I love to see how efficiently my body works, where I need to train harder, what slows me down, what speeds me up, etc.  I love to analyze that data and use it to better whatever I’m doing: teaching my high school students, raising my kids, perfecting a recipe, or RUNNING! 🙂

I went for a quick run and LOVED my watch!  I think it is really going to help me with my pace, etc.  Love, love , love it!  Outside of running gear, I bought myself a small tablet, and hubby bought me a couple of books I had been wanting and some bath items.  He said I need to relax sometimes.  I love that man.

We had a good Christmas here this morning, and my step-kiddos are coming over for dinner tonight–one of them is already here.  We will finally have our entire family together under one roof for the first time since my stepdaughter’s wedding in June 2010.  Today is a good day.

Merry Christmas to you and yours from me and mine. ❤

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Two Posts in One Day! Sunday Run

Just a quick update on my whiny-ness!

I RAN!  Running makes me HAPPY!  Why oh why do I always forget this.  Every. d*mn. day.

I also no longer have the desire to eat the nastiness (cookies, muffins, and fudge) that lurks on the kitchen table.  I am however, still desperately encouraging the hubs to “eat, Santa, eat!”…so that I won’t be tempted later.

I did my long run earlier this week, because I knew my weekend would be hectic.  Today, I went out for my final 3 mile run and it was quite nice.  I didn’t feel like I was dying.  I swear it’s because it was warm (upper 60s!).  I’ve been doing all my running outdoor in 30 degree weather, and most of my runs have been rough.  Do-able, but rough.  Today was much better.  I actually felt like I maybe-sorta-could run a real, honest-to-God marathon in four months.  Stay tuned, though.  That is still TBD!

I love that I used to be intimidated by a measly 5k.  These days I run them regularly as part of a  fitness plan…or for “fun”!  Today it took me 40 minutes, but there are a ton of hills on the route I took, so I’m good with that.  I’m not a fast runner, and that’s okay too.  I run.  That’s good enough for me. 🙂

It was gorgeous.  Neighbors were waving, the sun was shining, and all was right in the world.

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This day was made for running.

Marathon Training: Week Two (And Confessions of a Fat Girl)

This week wasn’t too bad either.  I’m still playing catch up from all the couch sitting I did after my half marathon in October, but my endurance is coming back fairly quickly.

I ran 3 miles on Monday.  It wasn’t too bad.  I walked a few miles on Tuesday.  On Thursday, I rushed home because I wanted to get my long run (6 miles) in before my hectic weekend began.  I ran the whole 6 with a few short walk breaks up hills.  At first I was disappointed in having to walk, but now I remember how I had to take a few breaks in my first few weeks of half marathon training too.  I’m certain that as I progress in training, my endurance and stamina will catch up and I’ll be running non-stop like I did for all the later weeks of my half training.  No worries.  Well, maybe a few. 😉

I ran 2.5 last night before it got dark.  I was dressed in dark clothing, so I thought it might be best to get home.  Besides, I had a ton of cleaning and wrapping to do before the kiddos came home at 8.  Spoiler alert:  My house is kinda-not a disaster, and no gifts were wrapped.

This morning my piano is being tuned, so I’ve been able to do a little laundry and blogging.  I’d have liked to have gotten my last 3 mile run of the week in, but I guess I’ll save it for tomorrow.  I’m going out to dinner tonight with my hubby and our friends, so I’m going to make healthy choices, but I’m also going to eat as much as I want!  I’ve busted my butt all week running AND eating healthy, so I deserve a little calorie splurge.  My body is tired too, so…maybe I need the calories.  That’s what I’m telling myself anyway!

Confession time!  After my half, I had planned to keep running and eating healthy, but I did allow myself 2 weeks off.  2 weeks morphed into 6…and I morphed into a fatty!  In 6 weeks, I went from 164 (half marathon weight–and +7 from my lowest) to 184!  In my defense, about 5 of that was water weight because as soon as I got back in the swing of things, I instantly dropped to 179.  The last 1.5-2 weeks, I’ve dropped another 5, so now I’m back down to 174.  I’m hoping the weight keeps dropping.  I’m sure that the reason I feel extra tired on runs is because of the extra pounds I’m packing.  It freaks me out a little that I gained 20 lbs almost instantly, but I did do a lot of eating.  And a lot of lounging.

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I fell, but I picked myself back up.  I’m sure I’ll be seeing the 160s soon, and I’m still hoping to hit my goal of the 140s by marathon day in April.  With all the running I’ll be doing, I’m thinking it’ll all come out in the wash. 🙂

Anyway, next week is a 3, 4, 3 and 7 miler.  We shall see how that goes.

Keep running.

First Long Run of Marathon Training

Welp, it’s done.  I just ran my first “long run” of marathon training.  I was planning to do 6, but it ended up being a 5 miler instead.  It wasn’t too bad, though.  I will say it wasn’t as enjoyable as some of my other long runs from previous training, but it was doable.  I cut it short because I think I just hadn’t eaten enough and my body was tired.  I’m also getting strange feelings in my legs and feet, so parts of the run were very uncomfortable.  The feeling is kind of an itchy/crawly/light buzz or tingle.  It doesn’t hurt, but it feels very strange.  As I type this, I notice the same feeling in my left hand.  Usually, if I feel in in my hands, it’s my right hand–not the left.  Weird.  Anyone have any ideas?

My hubby ran with me for a bit.  I did a 1.2 loop and then he met me when I came back by the driveway.  We ran down across the dam, which offers pretty views even in winter, and then looped back home.  Hubby ran so much faster than me, and it really ticked me off!  I’ve been serious about running for almost a year now, and he can out run me–at least with speed.  He lost his momentum when he hit almost 2 miles.  I kept going strong for 3.4, then I walked up a huge hill and ran the rest of the way home for a 5 mile run.

Along the way, I found a cell phone on the dam.  I called the last person they had talked to, and a neighbor from down the street answered.  She came by to pick up the phone and was very grateful.  When she called me back on the found phone to let me know she was on her way to my house, the ring tone was Me and Bobby McGee.  I told her it must have been fate for me to find it, since that is probably my all time favorite song…or at least top 5!  Too funny.  Anyway, I did my good deed for the day, so I hope karma was watching! 🙂

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I’ll be running three 3 milers and my 6 (that I was supposed to do today) next week.  Wish me luck on week two! 🙂

Marathon Training: Week One (Did I Really Just Say That!?)

Soaked!

Soaked!

AHHHHH!  What have I done?

Something awesome, that’s what.

A few weeks ago, I registered for a full marathon scheduled for April 12, and this week has been my first official training week.  Hal Higdon’s half marathon plan worked well for me, so I’m following his Novice 1 Marathon plan.  This week I have run three 3 milers.  The first two runs were r-o-u-g-h…rough, an the third run ended up being a 3 mile walk, so I went out for my third real training run tonight.  The weather is nasty.  I always feel kinda bad ass when I run in the rain.  I feel even more bad ass when I run when it’s cold.  Tonight run: cold+pouring rain=(bad ass)2!  I was soaked to the bone, but I wasn’t cold after I got going.  I’m not gonna lie…I LOVED when cars passed.  I’m sure they all thought I was crazy.  If they knew I was out there punishing myself with a cold, wet run in order to train to torture myself with 26.2 miles, I’m SURE they would think I was crazy.  I, on the other hand, love it.  I doesn’t feel like punishment or torture…it feels amazing.  I love that all these small steps will help my achieve a huge goal.  It’s kinda how I live my live these days!  Anything is possible! 🙂

At 1.2 miles, I was passing my neighbor’s house, and disembodied voice growled (good-naturedly, I think!), “Why are you runnin’ in this rain?”  I just laughed in the general direction of the taunt since I couldn’t find the owner.  I run in the rain because I’m hardcore.  Or at least, I keep telling myself that.  I run because I love it, and because of this:

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I’m going to crosstrain for 60 minutes tomorrow.  It may just end up being a brisk walk, or possibly some elliptical/stationary bike.  On Sunday, I’m due to run 6 miles.  I just hope my shoes dry in time!

Squish, squish!

Squish, squish!

I’m pretty nervous about it, but I’m sure it will be fine.  I’ll be rested up and ready to go.  I just need to remember to pace myself and not run out of energy toward the end.  6 miles doesn’t seem as daunting as it did 6 months ago when I started training for my half.  I’m not worried about my runs until I hit double digits again.  Even then, I’m sure I’ll be fine.

I’m also doing this squat challenge for the month of December.  The last month has not been kind to the scale or my boot-ay!  Time to fix that!

I’m off now to cook some chicken breast and green beans, and then take a hot bath and drink some coffee.  When I got inside and cooled down, the chill hit me.

Happy running! 🙂