Boston mania!

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Mark and I at Boston 2012, perhaps my last…

I wrote a blog post on Friday, posted it and deleted it after proof reading. It was whiny and rant-y and I try to keep it positive here. I wrote about marathon Monday and that’s what got me. Freakin’ be happy, you silly girl, I had to tell myself. It worked, I’m better, negativity gone. Onward…..

I’m fully soaking up all the Boston hysteria. I randomly turned on the car radio at 545 am this morning and Katherine Switzer was on in an interview. When else would that ever happen? I read the new Hal Higdon book 4:09:43 based off a couple recommendations. Holy heck, this is a must read if you’ve ever run Boston, or even if you on haven’t. It’s a short read, which is probably the only reason I managed to pull off reading it. I’m checking runnersworld everyday for race updates and stories. But I’m just plain mad that my cable company doesn’t carry the channel the marathon’s being broadcast on so I can’t watch it . Meh!!!!

I’m ok with not being there this year. First off, I didn’t qualify, so it just wasn’t going to happen. Second off, I’ve got to run it four times. How many people get to do a bucket list item four times? I’m lucky. If I earn my way back someday maybe it will happen again, but if it doesn’t I’m ok with that. And honestly, I’m so, so happy to be planning a girls trip run in October at the KC marathon……that’s my Boston this year.

So what will I do for marathon Monday? Well, I have the trail race next weekend, so I don’t want to be stupid and do something crazy then screw up my race, especially when my body is already a little under the weather. If I run outside, I’m just going to enjoy the fact I’m running outside. If I run inside, then I’ll watch “Spirit of the Marathon”, or something similar. Of course either way I’ll wear my Boston shirt, to be a complete dork. At least I’ll skip wearing my medal around. Last year I donated to Challenged Athlete Foundation. I like this since it not only supports the bombing victims, but other amputees, spinal cord injured, and those with congenital conditions. I think making a donation on marathon Monday is a nice little tradition to start. There may have to be a marathon Monday celebratory beer too :)

Finally, one last Boston story. I never bought an official Boston jacket. I regret this. This is the one souvenir all runners get despite being overpriced. Which Is why I never got one. I mentioned this to Mike and for Christmas this year he got me a Boston marathon jacket. It’s not the souvenir, official one, but at least it is a Boston marathon jacket, and a very thoughtful gift. I wear it to work in light jacket weather. A couple weeks ago I had just gotten in, and was in the break room and a coworker told me “that’s hilarious you would wear a jacket with a unicorn on it”. It’s all relative, I guess. To me a symbol of hard work and my moment of experiencing a little bit of history, to my coworker, a quirky nod to our junior high years in the 80s, and all that was missing was a Trapper Keeper. Sigh….maybe I’ll just stick with blue and yellow socks.

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Trail miles done!

Let's just pretend this is where I ran….actually Walnut Creek is quite pretty right now!

Let’s just pretend this is where I ran….actually Walnut Creek is quite pretty right now!

I finally got some trail prep in this weekend.  13 miles to be exact.  Never mind it was over two days…I pulled it off and that’s what matters.  Saturday I woke up at 4:15 and hit the road by 5:00 I managed a little over 9 miles in my neighborhood all by my lonesome, then threw on dry clothes, jumped in the car, and met Mark at Walnut Creek, and did 6 more miles.  It was pretty runnable out there which was good and I estimate a trail mile knocks down my current pace about 1-1.5 minutes.  When you are already pretty slow like me, this equates to a pretty long time for a 30K trail race, but I have a good idea of what I am looking at now, and I don’t feel completely freaked out.  Today I met Steve and Meghan for 7 miles more and it felt pretty smooth.  I realized I am definitely no longer a trail runner.  Maybe I’ll do this race again since Walnut Creek is my favorite trail in Austin, but I’m just so slow that trail running takes too dang long to do much else.   Really my favorite run is running along a dirt or fire road in the woods.  All of the scenery with none of the footing issues.  But we don’t have fire roads in city parks, so trails it will be to get my nature fix.  At any rate, I think I can handle 30K.  It will take me awhile, but I am very good at pacing myself.  I am not good at any other facet of running, but I can honestly say I am capable of usually running a smart race.  Whew…a bit of relief.  Now if I can somehow guarantee it won’t rain on race day…

Otherwise the running this week was a lot of treadmill.  Jasper is back to early wake ups, so there you go.  We posted the running stroller on Craig’s list, as it is officially the end of an era.  The treadmill purchase may have sped up the stroller’s demise.  Jasper is pretty happy to sit on the couch and play video games while I run, versus hopping in the stroller and playing games on my phone (I know, not much difference).  But, the last few times I ran with the stroller it was really heavy.  My low back bothered me some after, as hills are really a full body effort with all the weight now.  I know many of you push double strollers, and even triples, but I had hit a point where the running really suffered with just a single stroller.  I am really in awe of those who do more.   I guess I’d rather watch a show on the iPad and sweat it out on the treadmill at this point.  Anyhow, I’m thankful for my stroller running years.  We covered at least 2000+ miles in that thing.   It was my only way to get and get in a run, many, many times.   I tell someone to get a treadmill though if money is tight and you can’t get both.  The treadmill isn’t weather dependent, and even a sick kid won’t cancel out a treadmill run.  It can be a little boring at times, but it’s the ultimate tool to keep a parent from missing runs.

It was otherwise a low key weekend of a few chores, meeting friends for dinner and some swimming.  The main event takes place later tonight…Game of Thrones.  Yay!  Trail miles done, popcorn and Game of Thrones….heaven!

 

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Goodbye Mickey, hello barbecue…

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This pic has nothing to do with this post….I see a lot of Snow cones in my future though.

Warning!  Long post ahead!

I had my heart set on the Disney World marathon as my next big race.  Family fun plus marathon for me = win/win.  I did a bunch of research on Disney World in the form of podcasts and lots of lunch time interwebs.  I actually found two excellent podcasts with a focus on Disney running events.  A couple things worried me:  cost and weather.  The disney marathon is astronomical in terms of lodging and park visiting.  They charge premium rates on marathon weekend and NOTHING is cheap there.  Also, January in Florida can be unpredictable.  50 degrees in perfect for running a marathon, not so much for all day theme park visiting.  Finally, this is a book it way out event.  Due to sell outs,  room and everything would need to be booked this month for an event not happening until January 2015.    So I had some doubts creeping in….

I found myself thinking about the Boston marathon this week, and how blessed/ fortunate/ lucky/ pleased as punch, etc I am that I got to experience it.   A huge part of my experience was the time I spent with friends.  This is a big part of my life that’s taken a hit…as it does when anyone gets really busy with family and work.  I found myself getting a little sad and missing what used to be.  I reached out to a friend, and this happened:

Registration Receipt

Congratulations! Your order is complete.

Your confirmation number is: 5K7ZYTL

Congratulations! You are registered for the 2014 Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon

So yes, next big event is the Kansas City marathon in October!  My very good friend Stephanie and I will be running it.  I’m thrilled….not to mention I owe her (she moved there over a year ago and I’ve yet to visit).   She’s done about a million of my adventures including hauling my sorry ass for 30 + miles of the Vermont 100, so yeah, I am way overdue to do a race on her turf.  But I really want to do it…..I feel great about the decision to scrap dragging the fam along to a race to do a race with a friend instead.  We will do a family Disney trip at some point, just not around the marathon.  Who knows maybe I started a new fall tradition.  Luckily Kansas City is an easy flight.  Also I am hereby invoking the marathon Gods to allow this to happen.  One reason I registered  so early is for no backing out.   No one can decide to visit us then, no one is allowed to get sick (including pets), no big work deadlines can come up, and no injuries.  I need for this to happen.  It’s about a heck of a lot more than running a race.

Bring on the barbecue and the Boulevard beer!!  Training starts in June!

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Feeling great and spiky hair

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The best picture I could manage…

This week I really focused on gentle stretching, foam rolling and limiting sitting too much which my back hates. I feel great. I ran, but very easy and avoided hills. I feel pretty darn good. I think I’ll always have a tight low back and hamstrings, but they seem to respond when I put the work into loosening up, so I just need to be super diligent. I’m still going to try and be a smart runner and not overdo it, but I think I’m ok….other than the fact I feel a cold coming on, but things are never perfect, are they?

This week was a whirlwind of driving Jasper to what felt like a million appointments and trips. It’s about to get even crazier with baseball starting next week. I don’t know how people with multiple kids do it with kid activities. We are always on the go with just one kid. One appointment this week was to get “spiky hair”. I have no idea what inspired him, but Jasper said he really wanted a spiky haircut. Usually haircuts are pretty big battle, so it was nice to have one that was wanted and not a huge fight. I have to say, it’s pretty freakin’ cute. It’s a sad state of affairs that my 4 year old’s hair is in better shape than my rat’s nest, but hopefully that will get fixed at an appointment next week.

Well, I gotta rush off and get ready for work. So glad it’s Friday!!!!!

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You’ve got my attention now, Voldemort!

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We runners do not like the “I” word……injury. It’s like Voldemort for Harry Potter….don’t even say it. I’m still not saying it, but my back officially has my attention. It’s been bothering me since about January. The worst thing for it is driving, and I spend about 2-3 hours in the car on weekdays. But I won’t turn this blog into a manifesto about Austin traffic. But I do suspect the drive time is a major factor in why my low back has been bothering me. I’ve managed it with lots of stretching and getting a deep tissue massage every other week for the last 6 weeks….yeah that’s expensive. I’d been doing better until a 9 hour class for work this week, and sitting that long flared it up. Today’s run was amazing for about 10 miles and then tightness and a backache set in enough that I realized I have to change things up. So I’m initiating phase one of “I refused to be injured”. Phase one is dropping the long runs down in distance. Phase two is omitting a run or two a week and phase three is not running. I’m hoping initiating phase one when I could keep pushing on and trying to be smart means I won’t even make it to phase two. If it came to phase three, I did it before and I could get through it again…..I just don’t want to get to that point. Positive thinking, people!!! All I’ve got on my running calendar is a measly 30k, then nothing until fall marathon prep starts in late June. I may go into the 30k a little undertrained but so be it.

So there you go…..take that Voldemort!!!!

Ok….gonna watch Desert Runners now. I heard about it on podcast. You can own the download for only $7.99. Very cool….the trailer looked good.

And if you want Bluebonnet heaven….head to Brushy Creek park…running there this morning was almost worth my backache.

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Psychobilly freakout…

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“Mommy Feet”. Another Jasper original

Are you out familiar with The Reverend Horton Heat? I’m probably dating myself here, but he has a song called “Psychobilly Freakout”. I’m not sure what a psychobilly is, but it should be the theme song for my upcoming trail run. I’m starting to face reality that I will do no trail training for it . Unless I’m willing to trail run solo with a headlamp….and I’m not. I need all my bones intact and unfractured for everything I need to do, in addition to being unharmed by anyone who’s hanging out at a city park at 5am waiting for an idiot runner alone on the trail. Hence my Freakout. I’m slowly making peace with jacking the treadmill up to short little bursts of hills and convincing myself that a gravel path counts as trail time. There are worse things for sure, and I am doing this for fun, but part of the fun means not being in agony by mile 6.

Maybe it’s because I had issues on every run this week. I failed to get up when planned just about everyday….which means treadmill or cutting runs short or both. I ate too much crap, I felt slothful….you know those weeks.

But, does watching Frozen and jumping around to every song multiple times count as training? If so, I’m in business. Our copy came yesterday and we’ve already watched it 3 times.

Ok…off to fuel for tomorrow’s run…which starts too early to include any trail time. Back to the freakout part. I think I need to change my song to “Let it Go”. :)

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Shoes, trail fail, and grits….

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How could anyone pass up this little boy for shoes?

Today I was off. Jaspy had his OT in the morning, and then I took him to school. Mike is brewing beer and working this weekend which means it’s all Jaspy and mommy time. I’ve been itching to get to the Nike outlet to secure the last of the Pegasus 29s since they are not longer made and my current running shoe love. So yeah, I took him to school so I could get running shoes….insert major mom guilt here…….two pairs at $60 each, bringing my “stash” up to three pairs. Also added to my stash of Nike track shorts. If these things would just get some pockets, they’d be perfect. Then, this happened:

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The perfect runner’s food

My stomach was super unhappy today for unknown reasons. Bun is super mild….rice noodles and what not. So much for low carb. Carbs do seem to make my stomach better when it is unhappy though.

Next I got groceries, cleaned house, then had a trail fail. The time change has made trail training pretty much impossible. I had maybe an hour before I got Jasp, so I took Pancake to a little two mile trail near my house I hadn’t tried yet. Fail on two counts: WAY too rocky to run. Nice little hike though. So no trail running….again. And, Nike blister free socks blow. I can see why they had tons of them at the outlet. I’m sticking with DryMax or Pro Compression.

So a trail fail, but huge success with this:

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Homemade shrimp and grits (cholesterol be damned). It’s a lighter version with no bacon, butter or cream. Freaking awesome, Mike and I were licking the bowl, and usually my “healthied up” recipes are a fail. So yay.

So it was a good day. Mom guilt aside. There may be a Muppet movie in our future to make up for it.

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