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. :)
February 12, 2017 - Blacksburg, VA Time: 27:54
Busting the rust off my racing legs!
I had taken a couple of weeks off at the beginning of the year to aid in the healing from tendinitis. It had been a slow build back to where I had been pace wise and I'll still not 100% there but I'll take this race time!
Mile 1: 8:19
I went out a little too hard and fast. I was eager to see what my legs would do but I forgot about my lungs keeping up. I continued to push forward cruising on the down hills and leaning into the uphills. I felt ok til the end up this mile on a steep uphill climb- that's when the sidestich started up.
Mile 2: 8:58
I had a massive cramp in my right lung that I couldn't seem to shake. We went through a nice long downhill and I tried to pick up speed a little but was having a hard time working out the cramp. We turned the corner and a small uphill about did me in and I slowed down massively for a minute or so.
Mile 3: 9:41
As you can see from my pace I never recovered. We moved onto a decently flat stretch of road and then onto the Huckleberry Trail- which is also flat at this point. I could not get my legs to turn over and was still having trouble breathing. I was mentally chanting to myself to just keep putting one foot in front of the other. I was actually surprised I was under 10mins for this mile because I seemed to be crawling.
Final Time: 27:54
So not my best but not my worst either. This was actually in my top 3 of 5K finish times despite how bad I felt toward the end. AND in surprising news I found out later that I placed 3rd in my age group!?! I've never won an award for anything so that is pretty darn cool. I don't have the award yet but hopefully soon and boy you'll know it because I'll definitely be Instagramming it. :D
Moral of the story: Don't take it out so fast at the beginning. If I had held back some at the start I could have kicked it at the end. And who knows maybe even have been 1st in my age group!
Next 5K on the schedule is in Boston. I hope to be stronger and faster by then. I also hope to be rocking the Oiselle crop.
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!!
December 2016 - Wilmington, Raleigh, Waynesville, NC & Rehoboth Beach, DE
The holidays. It's always nice to have a break but still a little stressful trying to cram so much in while being away from work!
This year we started our festivities in Wilmington the week prior to xmas. I grabbed Jon from the airport (he was coming from a conference in Chicago) and then we settled down for a day of food, presents and family time. It was nice to visit with everyone and be at the beach (even if it was brief). The next morning Jon and I got up for a run- I did 6 while he did 3 and grabbed coffee while I finished. Love running out there- so nice and flat and with a nice breeze.
We had to come back to Blacksburg for a few days to work but then were back in Raleigh on Wednesday. I got to see Kristi, Kate and Matt, JJ, Caitlin and their Kevins, and Andrew and Kevin (Jon's friends). It was great catching up with everyone! We also had a lot of family stuff and I got some runs in as well. Lots of food, desserts, hanging out. Was nice to relax a bit. Then it was xmas morning, we had a nice breakfast with everyone and then got on the road to Waynesville.
More food, presents, festivities followed by some holiday drinking and Christmas Vacation. I got to run around Lake Junaluska a couple of times and we went into Asheville to New Belgium one evening. Then we packed up again- dropped off in Blacksburg- and then headed over to Rehoboth Beach.
We arrived a day earlier than we normally would so we could watch both the UNC and Michigan bowl games. JJ and Kevin joined us the next day for lots of beer, yummy food and fun. I even got JJ to run on the boardwalk with me! We had tickets for a NYE beer dinner at Chesapeake and Main and finished off the night listening to blue grass at the DFH brewpub. Happy New Year!
New Years day dawned and we had a delicious brunch before saying goodbye and spending the day wandering around town and watching football. Of course we closed out the night at the brewpub with black eyed peas.
A wonderful holiday vacation indeed!
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!
Baltimore, MD - November 19, 2016
Dum, dum, da-dum - Kate's getting married!
Jon and I drove up on Friday because I had sort of volunteered him to conduct the choir during Kate and Matt's ceremony. I-81 isn't my favorite drive but we managed to get through Virginia and over to Baltimore while avoiding DC. We got checked in, quickly changed clothes and then walked around the harbor to the rehearsal location. They were getting married in the art museum with all its eclectic and crazy art. It was a little hectic but they were able to quickly rehearse the wedding and then the choir met outside to rehearse for a bit. Jon had been practicing in the car so he was familiar with the piece. However the choir needed a bit of work so after their night rehearsal they planned to meet before the wedding to rehearse again and Jon planned on learning the bass part so he could sing along. [I owe him SO BIG for this]. After the rehearsal we had some time to kill before the dinner so we find a cute little bar nearby and hung out til it was time to head over. La Havana was the dinner spot and by the time we headed over we were all starving! I chowed down on yummy cuban food and we met a few others attending the wedding. There were some really entertaining toasts from Matt's family (I didn't mention- but he's a Kiwi from New Zealand). Then Jon and I ubered (for the first time) back to our hotel because while walkable Baltimore can be a bit sketchy after dark.
Saturday I got up and ran around the harbor. It was unseasonably warm so I was in a tank and shorts but cranked out 6 miles with beautiful views the whole time. Then I met Jon back at the hotel for a quick breakfast. I was headed to the bridal luncheon around 11:30 so didn't want to eat too much before. A shower and outfit change and I met Meredith to walk over since she was staying at our hotel. I helped mix up the mimosas and then we all enjoyed a really tasty lunch while the girls were getting their hair done. A nice break in the day. Jon was out in the harbor watching football so I met up with him- again it was such a beautiful day. We hung out in the Power Plant area for a bit and then headed back to the hotel to change for the wedding. We had to be back at little early so he could rehearse the choir again. Luckily I did not have to sing! And then finally it was time for the wedding!
A totally nontraditional but still religious ceremony was had. And lots of music. The choir pulled off a great performance and then it was time to party! We headed upstairs for appetizers and to enjoy the rest of the evening. Really tasty food stations and then cake! The dancing was fun- a little more dance hits would have been nice but I can dance to anything so we still had a good time. Congrats to Matt and Kate!
We headed back to the hotel after since we were exhausted and didn't feel up for an after party. (We're such old people now). On Sunday morning I got up and ran another 3 miles in the harbor. Of course now it was 20+ degrees cooler (crazy weather) but still a nice run. Then a little hotel breakfast, packing up and getting back on the road. Always a good time in Baltimore!
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.