RUN: 85.40 miles
SPIN: 67.38 miles
1.5hrs of Arms
2hrs of Buns
3hrs of Core
1.5hrs of Legs
2.5hrs of Yoga
Welp. April gave me some high highs and also a big fat low. :/ I PR'd in both the 5K and 10 Miler in back to back weeks. I also injured my right hip and can't run at all currently.
I was continuing my training exactly as planned- things were going great! I felt good about my progress and really thought I was going to hit my goals. I came pretty close to my A goals both times but with the unfortunate consequence of hip injury. At the BAA5K I pushed it a little too hard at the end and as soon as I crossed the line I realized there was a problem. My hip was really really sore. At the hotel I tried to work it out, rolled and stretched and we walked around a decent amount that day. By the end it felt ok and I was able to go for my long run with Ethan on Sunday with no issue.
Moving into the next week I had a 5 miler scheduled that I took on the treadmill at an easy pace and had some tenderness but nothing bad. On Friday though I was trying to just run a quick 3 mile shakeout and I could barely run 2 miles. NOT GOOD. My big scary goal race was on Sunday and now injury strikes?!?! So frustrating. I iced, elevated, advil-ed all day and most of the weekend trying to rest, stretch and hope for the best. Going into Sunday's race I told myself to just relax out there, enjoy the cool temps and not kill myself. I could feel my hip twinge a little around the 3rd mile and there was constant tightness after that but again nothing unbearable. I finished the race with a new PR but not my original goal. Still incredibly happy since Friday's run had been so bad. But then I had to get in the car and drive for 4 hours.
This was my mistake. My entire body locked up during the drive and I could barely climb out of the car. :( I was so depressed. I had 3 more races on the calendar! One of which being the following Saturday. UGH. I decided to take the week off from running completely, focusing on spin, yoga and other strength workouts. Come Saturday (which a full recap is coming next) I showed up for the race not knowing if I'd be able to run. Thankfully Krysten stuck with me as I hobbled and ran/walked the entire race. One of my worst performances but at least I had good company. After that I knew I needed help and contacted my GP for a PT referral that I started today. Fingers crossed I'll get to the bottom of this and back on the trails for my last two spring races!!
Run: 94.55 miles
Spin: 118.61 miles
4.5 hrs of Arms
4.5 hrs of Buns
4 hrs of Core
4.5 hrs of Legs
2 hrs of Yoga
Wow! Will you look at those March numbers?!?! I'm feeling so much stronger these days. I've made sure to stick to my strict schedule of every-other-day running to get my ankle back on track and I do feel like it is really working for me.
As I'm moving into the last couple of weeks of my training cycle for the GW Parkway Classic 10 Miler I'm incredibly grateful to my body for not getting injured! Strength training and yoga and things I neglected in every other training cycle I've done. I also only did the spin bike when injured so this entire cycle has been a new and positive experience!
I've continued on the 10% rule for my running, gradually increasing as the weeks have gone on. WK1: 18miles, WK2: 20miles, WK3: 22miles and Wk4: 24miles. April just started toward the end of the week but I just came in at 26.5 this past weekend. WHOA. I'm feeling really good about my pacing and speed work. I've tried to make sure I take my recovery runs nice and slow (very hard for me) and then I have more power and strength when it comes to my speed work. As my mileage has increased my bed times have definitely been earlier- you try fitting in an 8 mile run and an arm workout before getting to work at 8am!! Hello 4:30am- nice to meet you. Some adjustments for sure but I'm happy with my progress and am planning to finish out this cycle strong!
So all things good in March! Really looking forward to what April will bring. I have 3 races on the calendar: BAA 5K with Jon's family and many of the Oiselle team as part of the Boston Marathon weekend [SO FREAKING EXCITED FOR THIS], my planned race: GW Parkway Classic 10 Miler (going for a 1:30:00 goal!) and then the Highlander 8K with my SW VA local birds. Going to be a great month for sure!!
March 25, 2017 - Roanoke, VA Tailchaser 5K
This was my first time volunteering at a race. What sparked the signup? The NC Volee instagram challenge I'm taking part in this year. As an honorary NC team member I get to participate AND the March challenge was to volunteer for a race!
I scoured our local race calendars and found one in Roanoke volunteering with Fleet Feet Sports. What I didn't realize until I got there was that it was a benefit race for the SPCA and lots of doggies would be running too! The perfect volunteer opportunity.
I received my instructions on Friday and was up bright and early Saturday morning to get my own workouts in before jumping on the road to help setup before race time. I had never been to the Roanoke Greenway area but it is really nice! There are some cute restaurants and the river is really pretty- I hope to go back for some runs and brunching very very soon!
Upon arrival to the area I discovered the road into the greenway area was already closed off (although I found out later that is just a suggestion) but I found a place to park near where other runners were parking and then headed off on foot to the water stop. Had to walk about a mile, but again it was really pretty and the weather was just perfect on Saturday.
When I arrived the main setup was already done by the Fleet Feet coordinator so I was on water cup duty. Fill 1/2 way for easy drinking and repeat! There was also a kiddie pool filled with water for all the dogs to drink from. And I got a snazzy neon yellow volunteer shirt for the day!
The race started at 10am and about 10mins later the runners started filing by. Of course the front runners were not interested in water but then there were lots of walkers and folks running with dogs. It was pretty warm at the sun was out in full force so at our spot (about halfway) those puppies were happy to see some water... some even jumped in the pool!
Overall this was a great experience and I hope that I can help out and volunteer at more races in the future. So thank you to this instagram challenge for making me sign up!!
Blacksburg, VA - March 4, 2017
Well it took awhile but I finally got a successful meetup set with the ladies in SW VA! I reached out in late fall about trying to get together and it took until March to find a working date but we finally made it happen!
There are 5 of us now in the Roanoke-Blacksburg area and so I was itching to get everyone together. I've found the 'team' feels more real when you can interact with people in real life. Social media is great but yeah IRL WAY BETTER.
We had scheduled to do a 3-4 mile on the Huckleberry Trail and then go to brunch afterwards. Of course that morning dawned ridiculously chilly so 3 miles it was. Brigitte, Krysten and I started out at the Rec Center in Christiansburg and ran just over a mile and a half before flipping around and heading back. We, of course, took some action shots for photographic evidence. I mean does it even happen if it's not on Insta?
Then we jumped in our cars and headed into Blacksburg to Lefty's for brunch. Sally met up with us for the eating. She is currently injured and not running while her docs figure out what's going on with her knee.
It took us a bit to order (too much talking going on) but then we all dug into delicious breakfasts. Lots of Oiselle and running talk, and general introductions getting to know each other a bit better. It's so nice to have these ladies in the area- I'm hopeful we can keep growing the team presence here.
We finished up brunch with the promise of our next meetup. Highlander 8K in Radford at the end of April. Hopefully Sally will be well and we'll be able to get Maria to join us too!
3.5hrs of Arms
4hrs of Buns
4.5hrs of Core
4hrs of Legs
2hrs of Yoga
As part of the #WinWithOne challenge with Oiselle for February I made myself promise to keep up with my strength workouts while I increased my mileage... and I did awesome. I am trying SO HARD to stay injury free this year that spinning and strength are a HUGE part of my overall plan. Obviously I want to get the miles in but I want to do that safely and without pain.
I've been following the 10% increase rule for running which meant my February weeks were: WK1 - 13, WK2 - 14, WK3 - 15, and WK4 - 16.5. This was also the beginning of my training for the GW Parkway Classic 10 Miler. So now on WK5 as we close out February and slide into March I'm looking at a weekly mileage of 18. It feels good to be logging some longer runs but I also feel so much stronger thanks to the strength work.
My goal was to do at least one strength workout a day (combined with either spin or a run). It has meant some lifestyle changes for me as well. I find myself going to sleep between 9 and 10pm as I have a few days a week where I'm getting up at 4:30am. Now if you had told me even last year that I would be getting up at 4:30 to workout I would have laughed in your face. But something about this approach and plan has made me commit to the change and I'm loving it.
Another added bonus: I'm toning up a decent amount which makes my clothes fit even better. No real plan to lose weight- more interested in eating healthy and getting stronger- but the change is still nice. I function so much better on quality foods, sleep and exercise.
May March be just as fruitful as I climb in mileage to 26.5 for the week. I also hope to continue with all my strength workouts and remain injury free!
2017: BestYearYet. :)
In the spirit of Oiselle's WheelsUP17 AND Destroy/Create campaigns I've spent quite a bit of time (like all of January) ruminating on my goals for the year.
Run a sub 2-hour half
Run a sub 26 min 5K
Go to RRCA training
Pay off Jon's school loans
Read 12 books
Travel: (these are mostly planned!)
Visit friends in TX (AUAM reunion)
Boston Marathon weekend!
Long weekend abroad?
I would love to see most of these come to fruition this year. I want to break through my mental barriers so I can build myself into a stronger, leaner running machine. I want to destroy this notion that I can't enjoy life (take that critics) and create a healthy, happier me.
Here's to 2017!!
January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
1008 Miles Complete!
I ran, walked, crawled to the end of this challenge. When Kristi and I signed up last January I thought I really would be able to run 1008 miles in 2016. 84 miles a month did not seem too bad. Of course I didn't factor in injury (that happened multiple times). So by the time December came around I realized I was gonna have to walk (and run) quite a bit to get to the end.
Thankfully though I made it! I ended up running 820 miles and walking the rest. Still quite the accomplishment since my largest running year prior was in 2013 when I successfully ran just under 500 miles.
I'm incredibly proud of myself and hope to top this number in 2017. I did not sign up for the challenge again just in case life gets in the way but it is on my 2017 goal list.
Monthly Breakdown (running only:
September Miles: 43.6
October Miles: 95.4
November Miles: 61
As you can see it's been a while since I checked in! I developed tendinitis in my ankle right before Seawheeze so I've been taking time off here and there trying to see if it would dissapate. I did step up my treadmill walking though in an effort to keep on track with Run The Year.
Highlights from the fall included besting my 4 year old 5K PR! And that was with a sore ankle. Felt good to leave it all out there though. I also got within 30 secs of my half PR with Brooklyn in Myrtle Beach in October. And in November I got to run with Lauren Fleshman and participate in a marathon relay.
So despite the 'break' I was still putting in some work. December is much of the same, walking and running to hit my year end goal. Then I think it'll be a couple week break from running while I really let things heal. You'll find me on the spin bike or lifting weights in the interim- gotta get work done in a different way!
Raleigh, NC - November 26, 2016 Time: 46:39
Once we knew our plans for Thanksgiving this year I went ahead and registered for a turkey trot. I feel so much better stuffing my face later in the day if I've run that morning. Since we started in Raleigh this year I ran one there. I also got to meet up with Brooklyn and Mary Ellen too. Brooklyn has graciously picked up my bib and t-shirt so I met up with them prior to race start. I had originally planned to wear a long sleeve shirt under my singlet but then it ended up once again being unseasonably warm so I ditched the longsleeve for the run.
We took a few pre-race photos and then we were off! It was crowded in the beginning and I lost the girls in the shuffle and was on cruise as we headed down many hills. I figured I would get going here as I knew the hills would slow me down coming back. I actually felt pretty good running and was enjoying myself. Then we hit the hills. UGH. It was rough pushing back up but thankfully a light rain began to fall which cooled me off a bit. And then boom through the finish line. Not a PR but a nice, solid race for me.
Saw the other girls come in and then we all headed out and onto Thanksgiving festivities! A fun way to start the day!
Raleigh-Durham, NC - November 4-6, 2016
Quite the weekend for a runner!
I had been told in April to save this weekend for fun running times with the Oiselle ladies. And then it was announced that Lauren Fleshman would be joining us! In case you aren't a runnerd, she's a really awesome track and field athlete, who among other things was a 5K champ and is one of the owners of Picky Bars. Basically she's a lady hero and one of Oiselle's sister birds. I was stoked to be able to come down to Raleigh to meet her and hang for the weekend.
Friday night we had a big team dinner at Primal and then headed over to Ladies Night at Bull City Running. I got stuck in some traffic but wasn't too late getting there and got to sit with Kristi, Brooklyn and some of the other ladies I had met and some new. The best part of the team is meeting other like-minded obsessive runners so I love it when I get to meet new members. As Brooklyn and I discovered we eat similarly we opted to share a dish for dinner (good choice- since portions were ridiculous). Then we all headed next door to basically take over ladies night. There were snacks, drinks (even a nuun cocktail) and we grabbed raffle tickets and hoped for the best. There was a little fashion show featuring some of BCR's newest running apparel- including lots of Oiselle with some of our favorite ladies. It was fun and hilarious time. Then I won a prize! This never happens. Of course it was not my size but I was able to exchange for a pair of arm sleeves. WINNING! Super fun night with the ladies!!
Saturday morning I drove back over to Durham for a fun run and breakfast. Really any excuse to hang with Lauren and I was there :). Of course we started out at a fast pace for me and I kept up for awhile before hanging back. It was fun to run with Lauren- even if she was floating while the rest of us were huffing and puffing. I ended up doing about 4 miles with some of the ladies and then we got picky bars for snacks! There was a little Q&A afterwards and we learned more about Lauren's journey and what she's up to now. She's so great- I think we were all hanging off every word. LOVE.
And then on Sunday- no more Lauren, BUT we had 5 relay teams running the City of Oaks Marathon. I was originally supposed to run leg 3, a 5 Miler which Kristi was also assigned to but Rachel wasn't feeling her best so I was asked to switch. No problem! Luckily Myrtle Beach had been a couple of weeks back so I was able to hold down an 8 miler. We all met early at Bruegger's for some breakfast, to pass out numbers, and to take a giant team photo. Then we broke into legs and headed to our respective start spots. I was now on leg 2 with Sara, Nicole, Sarah, and Marie. We carried all the bags and found a good place near the exchange to wait. I took a quick potty break and on my way back ran into Nicola- so of course we took another photo! Love the team :). Then runners started coming in- first up was Brooklyn and Mary Ellen so Sarah and Nicole took the timers and they were off. A few minutes later Julie, Caitlin and Rose came up and the rest of us took off. Sara is faster runner than either Marie or myself so she stayed with us for a bit and then we told her to go ahead. Marie and I are pretty similarly paced so we stuck together for the 8 mile stint. She had a brief issue with some gatorade near mile 7 but after a quick pause we kept on til we got to the next handoff. Kristi and Rachel took our timers and headed on. Rachel (not feeling her best) had some trouble near the end of the run- so of a the birds ran her in. A flock of sisters indeed. Since it was only the last leg at this point we all grabbed our things and headed toward the finish area. Soon enough our birds started coming through! It was a fun time!! I don't think I would have ever wanted to do that marathon but breaking it into a relay wasn't bad at all! After Kristi and I got brunch to catch up at Cafe Carolina- it had been awhile since it was just the two of us so this was much needed. Great Oiselle team time!
A really really fun weekend. So much running, so much team, so much happiness.