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.


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.


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



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:

run in the rain

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! 🙂

T-33 Hours to My First Half Marathon!

I am beyond excited.  And scared!  I have worked so hard for this race, and it is finally here.  Long runs, short runs, painful runs, hot, cold, never-ending, euphoric runs.  They will culminate in 13.1 miles of kick-a** racery on Sunday, October 5th.

I did my last training run this evening.  I have been so busy this week that I truly did not have time to run.  I felt a little…off…so I put in 3 miles tonight.  They were okay.  Cold.  I got a side stitch.  My knees hurt a little. But all in all, I feel very prepared and oh-so-ready for my race on Sunday.

The kids and I made signs tonight.  It was therapeutic after the week from hell I had.  The signs turned out nice!  Can’t wait to see them on the course! 🙂

I'm sure hubby was thinking two out of the three signs here the whole time we were making them.

I’m sure hubby was thinking two out of the three signs here the whole time we were making them.

Yes, I know they are cheesy, but a little cheese might be all I need to push me through the last few miles.

Thanks to all who have rooted for me, encouraged me, or gave this newbie some seasoned advice.  It is all so very appreciated.  Send me good running vibes on Sunday morning!

Keep running.  I know I will.

It’s Tuesday: Quick HM Update


I’m a tired, tired lady.  Some of it is from all this running.  The rest is because I’m a teacher.  I love what I do, but boy, is it exhausting!  I’m also doing a lot of writing on the side…a novel maybe?  But it’s just for fun…Bucket List fun.


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I’m also a hungry, hungry lady.  Again–all the running, I’m sure.  I’m keeping my calories in check, but Lawd, have mercy, I wanna eat the world!





I ran after school with a co-worker/half marathon training buddy.  We’ve only run together twice during our training.  That wasn’t the intention, but it’s the way it worked out.  That’s fine though, she’s much faster than me, and I hate feeling like I’m slowing her down.

I’m tapering this week.  I ran 12 miles on Saturday, and then took Sunday and Monday off.  Today, I only ran 2.5 miles.  I’m planning on 5 tomorrow, 5 Thursday and 6-8 Saturday.  Next week I’m thinking I’ll do 5 on Monday, 3 on Tuesday, 3 on Thursday, and then rest Friday and Saturday before the big race.  I’m so excited.  I feel very prepared.  As long as I’m healthy, rested, and injury-free, I’ve got this!

Happy running! 🙂  Enjoy every step.

5 Mile Run…Scratch That…5 Mile Walk!

Tonight sucked, but I’m not going to beat myself up about it.  I knew as I was teaching my 4th hour class, and my legs began aching and tightening up, that tonight’s run would be crap.

I still don’t know why my “short” runs during the week are so….weak.  I killed my 10+ mile run on Saturday.  I walked a few miles on Monday, but I thought I’d be “rested” enough by today.  Nope.  Negatory.  The legs just wouldn’t go.  I ended up interval running the first few miles walking the middle mile and interval running the last mile.  And by interval running, I mean lots of walking and a weeeee bit of jogging. :/

I will be trying another 5 tomorrow on my tired legs.  This is mainly because I want to do some crosstraining on Thursday, rest Friday, and run my 12 miles on Saturday on fresh legs.  I have a few weeks in between the end of the Hal Higdon training plan and my actual half marathon, so I’m doing 12 this weekend and 13 next weekend. After my 13, I will taper per Hal and run my half on the 5th!

Also, my scale is a b-word.  It WILL NOT MOVE (except to fluctuate…in the WRONG direction!).  Is it from all my training?  Is my body holding on to weight for some reason?  Am I building a little muscle?  Surely some of you runner peeps have been through this!  I’m holding at 164ish (so I obviously have a little more to lose…it just won’t come off).  My lowest was 157.  Last week, the scale crept up into the 170s!  I ate a little extra that weekend, but not 10 pounds worth of food!  Any ideas from my veteran runner friends?  I’m not beating myself up over this either.  I know my calories and food choices are in check.  I also know that even though I haven’t lost anything since I started training, that my body is actually smaller.  Much smaller.  So something is happening!  I guess we will see what happens when training is over.

I’ll be back tomorrow to cry about another bad run!  🙂

Fly Like an Eagle: Long Run (10.6 miles) Update

Today was my long run. Again, it was amazing.  I swear, the long run is my favorite run of the week!

I did my 5 mile runs on M and W and did some crosstraining and/or walking on off days.  Today I had 10+ miles on the agenda, so I got up at 7, ate, drank some coffee, and got ready to head out the door.  It was cold, so I wore my hubby’s pullover over my tshirt, since I have no cool weather gear.  Honestly, I don’t really have any “gear” at all.  I own one pair of (much needed) compression pants and 3 moisture-wicking tanks. The compression pants are a large and don’t do much compressing anymore.  I ditched the pullover halfway through, and was fairly warm for the rest of the run.

I felt like I was flying for most of the run.  At one point, I saw three bald eagles soaring above me which is pretty rare.  I just kept thinking that that’s how I felt: Free, soaring, proud.  Here’s a pic I tried to snap of the eagles.  I was running, and I couldn’t see what I was photographing. See that teeny-tiny speck?  That’s an eagle. You can barely see it, but Lord have mercy, what a beautiful day!


I saw two other runners, both men.  They looked like “real” runners, and they were running FAST.  Someday, I will be fast. That day is not today.  Even though I felt amazing, my overall pace was 12:33 per mile, but the first 4.8 was a 10:45 pace, which is pretty amazing for me!  I can’t imagine hauling myself around 140 pounds ago at a 10:45!  In addition to that, my long runs just a few weeks ago were coming in at around a 13-14 minute per mile pace. I have noticed a big difference in my abilities these two weeks!  My goal for the half on Oct 4th is to finish under 3 hours and to run the whole thing (except for bathroom breaks if needed!).  I no longer foresee any problems hitting that goal!

During mile 9 I saw a man walking toward me.  He actually scared me because he looked around and seemed to be gauging his surroundings, and then veered straight toward me.  Luckily, it was a false alarm.  We were at an intersection, and he was crossing in front of me.  It still scared me though!  I said good morning, and he said something about needing to dig out snow boots soon (it was super chilly this morning!).

I passed him again after I made my turn around.  He said, “You’re slowin’ down!”

I wanted to strangle him.   I wanted to say, “Yep!  I sure am!  I’m now working on mile 10 of my run and the wind is blowing against me now.  Of COURSE I’m slowing down!”  But I just laughed and picked up my pace a little.  He was just being friendly.  No need for harsh words. Or murder.

During the 10th mile, my hips and knees started to hurt.  It lasted a while, but then subsided.  They are still a little sore now, but everything feels better after a cool down walk and some hard core stretching.

I used granola bars for breakfast and Gatorade and Skittles on my run again, and it seemed to work fine.  It’s also pretty cheap, so…yay for that.  Hopefully it will keep working these next few weeks leading up to the half.  I’m still dreaming of that full Marathon in April.  It’s almost all I can think of on my long runs.  Dream big, right?

Happy running.  Happier stretching.  Have a great weekend!  I’m heading to my friend’s outdoor/barn wedding.  Here’s to hoping I don’t freeze!

Mud Run? More Like Mud FUN!

Oh. Imm. Geee!  So, it’s an “easy” week in half-marathon training.  I did this weekend’s 7 mile long run last weekend, so that I could do this 5k (that I had already signed up for months ago) as my taper this week.


We ran 3.1 miles, completed 13 obstacles, kicked butt, and did it all in the pouring rain!  I was worried it would be hot this late in August.  Wrong!  I was FREEZING all day.  I even had to turn on the heater on my way home! 🙂

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I’ve run several races, but this was the first time I actually got a finisher’s medal!  No other races have offered them!  Oh yeahhhhhhhhhhhh!

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We climbed over things.  We climbed under things.  We crawled through mud.  We convinced a volunteer to climb the ropes with us! We danced and ran at the same time.  We “woo”-ed a lot!  It was a blast.  I ran with my niece, Michaela, and a fellow participant from a weight loss competition I was in a few months ago.

We made it through the day unscathed.  Except that I was getting out of a large blow-up slide/water pit, and I slid right over the edge and layed myself out flat on my side hard enough to knock the wind outta me!  No harm, no foul, though!  I still feel great.  We’ll see how tomorrow goes.

The craziest thing that happened today was that it is usually Michaela who encourages me to keep running and not give up…”next hill”, “that sign”, “passed the next post”, she’d huff and puff at me.  Not this time. No-sir-ee, Bob!  I out ran HER.  It was cool to get to cheer her on!  It was also a new experience to change in front of strangers in a large tent.  I wasn’t even embarrassed.  Modest? Yes.  Embarrassed?  Heck no!

We had so much fun, but we are exhausted. Little did I know my “easy”week was gonna be so difficult!  I think it’s nap time!

 ******I run for fun!*****