Bleh!  And gratitude…


This was week one of the new marathon world order assault plan, aka changing it up based on the Hanson’s training book.  It was like the running joke in Airplane! “Looks like I picked a bad week to quit smoking”.  Looks like I picked a bad week for some hard runs….two freezing rain incidents in a week that is normally spring like in Texas?  WTF?   In a nutshell, my plan is run more M-F and run harder.  Run less on weekends, but run harder.   Monday was an easy day, but it was on the treadmill thanks to freezing sleet. Tuesday was 30 degrees, and those of you anywhere else in the country can curse me right now, but I couldn’t do it.  It’s mostly running in the dark the whole time that gets me when it’s that cold….so hills were done on thre treadmill.   Those suckers are hard.  Wednesday was 8 miles with 6x 1 mile, which I actually did 4x 1 mile.  Six is pretty ambitious for someone just starting speed work.  I was very happy with my pace.  Thursday was another easy run and I beefed up miles everyday to give me 5 more than a regular week, but that’s about an entire extra run.  I got in a yoga class and core a few nights plus I pulled weeds for an entire afternoon which crippled my forearms and shoulders the next day.  This weekend is 14-15 then 10.  The weather is atrocious so I may end up on the treadmill, but I read this http://talk.brooksrunning.com/2015/02/26/preparing-for-boston-2015-desi-linden/ article about Desi Linden doing training runs in -12 and it made me want to toughen up a bit.  I’m no pro runner, but I’d like to think I’m not a total wimp.   But yes, the weather is bleh!

I had a mini freakout this week.  Every single weekend until this marathon has some sorta event…including two stints where Mike is out of town.  Jasper is back to waking up before 5 am which makes for various challenges.  Why am I adding more stress?  Mike assured me we would work around it all and make it work out.    Can you say gratitude?   I’m so thankful my family helps me do the things I want to do. Running marathons is entirely self serving, but yet they still help me do it.   Jaspy’s recent sleep strike isn’t the most helpful though 😊.   But I’m still thankful for a lot.  Hello Disney vacation in warm, sunny Florida in just a couple days!  Plus, in the big picture, a warm home on a cold night is ALWAYS something to be thankful for.  

And finally, to really get out of my comfort zone, I signed up for a 10 mile race.  I got a discount code and while it was still expensive, I justified it because 1.  It’s very close to my house, logistically easy.  2.  That is a great distance to push hard,  3.  I’ve only paid for one race this year.  The 30k I did in January and the marathon a couple weeks ago were comped.  I paid for my April race and that’s it, so I figured one more wouldn’t break the bank too much.   4.  Being so close to home it’s fairly guilt free. I won’t be gone all day in another city, so it’s a low burden on the fam with the little child who starts bouncing off the walls at 5am.  

Well, I gotta get some rest since someone has woken me up the last three nights in addition to 4:15 wake ups and my eyeballs hurt at this point.   Got some packing to do tomorrow too!


Recovered and pink blood….

Because running blogs are really about narcissism….

Jasper completes an item on his bucket list…..eating cotton candy on a stick. Once it got a little melt-y, he declined saying it had too much pink blood on it.

Happily after a few days of post marathon misery, I was feeling pretty good. Jaspy got better, I got some sleep, and I made it to yoga. I foam rolled, did some gentle walking……and then poof…..time to start prepping for my April marathon.

I’ve done the Austin to Boston double 4 times and this is the same thing, since it’s the same weekend as Boston. It’s tricky….there’s too much time in between races to ride the training for Austin and just maintain, but too little time to take a break and retrain. This week was super easy, and next week I start “heavily modified Hanson plan training to hopefully run a super hilly marathon a little faster than I would have without doing a plan”. Yeah, good luck with that.

In 8 days training challenge number one: running on a disney world vacation. Not a bad problem to have. This trip has been about a million years in the making, so it hasn’t quite sunk in that it’s happening. I have no idea what to expect. We are taking the trip at an easy pace and have no “must do ” rides. Only goal is fun and a much needed break. Our hotel doesn’t have a gym, but a 2 mile running path. I’ve had conflicting reports if you are allowed to run on the roads within the Disney property. If not, I have a lot of two mile loops coming my way, and it will be the happiest two mile loop on earth. Not sure if I’ll get the prescribed mileage, but I think I can give myself some bonus miles for walking in the parks.

Ok, time to make some red velvet crinkle cookies per Jaspy’s request. Aka red blood crinkles.


Ausitn marathon 2015…..the good, the bad, and the ugly

Despite their smallness, those are actually shorts I am wearing and not black underwear…

First off, this is probably my 15th time writing an Austin marathon report, as this was my 15th one. Nothing to be proud of, just something to make me feel old. 😱

The good: perfect weather. It’s 40 and rainy today, so mid 60s yesterday was heaven. Stacey was an awesome partner. I definitely need my cheerleading and enthusiasm to build a bit and do most in the later miles, but she is ON from mile one, which makes us a great pair. I think I nailed my training. My legs were never fatigued and I felt trained for the hills. My stomach was good and I’ve got my nutrition down after about a million tries. I really love running this event more than any other. It is hard, no doubt, but I love that we have a hometown marathon. A handful of people stayed with us in the later miles and used us to pace, which is more rewarding than us being alone those final few miles. The expo was fun but tiring and it always feels good to help calm first-timers’ jitters. And the gear was sweet this year. Super nice shirts and no chafing today. Yes!

The bad: Friday night Jasper earned a night in his sleeping bag in our room, per his request as a reward for good behavior. Never again. He was up every two hours and at one point I laid down on the floor with him and fell asleep, waking up with stiff neck and shoulders. Then spent all day on my feet at the expo getting stiffer. I came home exhausted and really sore. Not how you want to start your marathon weekend. Marathon eve was a repeat. Jasper had a little cold, but he gets reactive airway when he has a cold, so more lost sleep. You know when you look at the clock and think, “If I fall asleep now, I will get two hours of sleep.” That’s where I was. I was almost crying when both Jasper and I finally dozed off about 2 am for a 4 am wake up. I can’t say two bad nights didn’t affect me. I would’ve been ok with one, but two left me with some stiff back and neck muscles that I really felt during the race. There was a good 10 miles of teeth gritting.

The ugly: I passed out at 9pm last night in my post marathon haze. An IPA was probably a bad idea, but I must have a celebratory beer. Jasper was up at 3am crying that he couldn’t breathe. So I started my day at 3am…..and calling into work, so we could do breathing treatments all day. I had some things that needed my attention at work, but I can’t say that being home today was the worst thing ever. I’m not exactly 100%. This marks day 3 of crappy sleep…..but he seems better after some treatments and I’m hopeful that this is the tail end of this airway episode…..and I am thankful the worst of it came after the race.

More good….I still really enjoyed the marathon. They all won’t be perfect and sometimes you have one that is a struggle. It took me a minute to count them all, but this was marathon # 33…..they’re always hard and they’re always rewarding. I’d like to make to 50 marathons, but I’ll take them as they come. Each one is really a blessing of health, good people in my life, and being very fortunate and I never want to take all that for granted. So despite feeling pretty rough today (mostly from sleep deprivation though!)….. I’m happy. If not a little dehydrated. A big thanks to Stacey for being so positive and pacing so well. I did learn that a new, more accurate Garmin may be something to ask Santa for this year.

And now there is small child who just passed out from exhaustion, so that’s my cue to roll out these poor legs.


It’s marathon week!

Pacer gear!!!

I’ve started this post a million times in the last week. It’s just been busy and a bit stressed out with being a bit heavily scheduled. We had Jasper’s birthday last week and it was a whirlwind of family time and a lot of trips to Costco. His party at home per his request was fun for the kids, but definitely a fail on my part for not being too chaotic. The kids didn’t seem to notice but the parents did. Maybe next year we’ll strike a balance. Games are fine if all the kids will play. When only half do what do you do with the other 10 kids? I have super cute pictures on the camera I’ve yet to upload. It took me half a week to just get to putting out clean towels….so pictures will get their time. We had gobs of left over birthday cake all week, and I’ve decided that I think Costco is my favorite birthday cake. I love the filling.

I was smart and wrote off trying to squeeze in one last hard, long run. I did 13 before work last week with a 4 am wake up, and didn’t go long over the weekend while we had company and the party. This is marathon week, so it will be pretty easy going. I’m watching the weather like a hawk and wearing compression socks with outfits I probably shouldn’t. And I get pacer gear this week! My partner sent me the photo. Yay for pink….but I’m wondering if the jacket is white or clear. I’ve never worn clear clothing.

And speaking of running gear, we got Jaspy a pair of Asics at Academy today. There are not words for the cuteness. They are regular Asics running shoes but kid sized. Now, he just needs kid compression socks.