Monday, October 25, 2010

You say it's your birthday.....

Back in the house, back to running.  Got in four miles yesterday and three today.  Felt quick today thanks to the new kicks from my mom for my birthday.  Thanks Mom!! Went with a new shoe this time.  I've been running in Brooks Adrenaline's for a while and just thought it was time for a change.  I have some miles left in my Brooks though so I am planning on alternating with the new Pearl Izumi Pace I got today.  Thanks to Ben at Big River for working with me.  It hard when you have two kids with you and one is trying to tear up the store:)
I took them out for the short run tonight and they felt good. So another year older but still in the same age group.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A flood

This was a crazy week. It started Sunday morning with the radiators. They malfunctioned and started leaking water, everywhere. Of course, it was the middle of the night so it didn't wake us up until it was raining in the house. Fast forward, call the flood team. We have damage to every room except two. Thankfully, the girls room was one of the dry rooms. We then spent the week with my parents while things dried out. So, thanks to them for taking us in for the week.
We are back home but we still have repair work that will need to be done when the insurance is all sorted out. There was damage to ceilings,walls,floors but not to any personal effects. We still have cleaning to do, everything got shoved to the dry side of the dining room.
The ceiling in the living room.
I guess I don't need to mention how little running I did this week. I did do my long run Sunday. Then I ran one day. I still managed to work three days this week. I was on my way to meet some friends to run thursday when I ended up having to meet some workers back at the house. By time they were finished, it was time to pick up at preschool.
I am hoping for a better week both eating and running. These things happen so I'm not going to beat myself up for missing my workouts. I also ate like crap but I was anxious all week.
On the bright side, I had clean and organize house on my list of things to do so I am cleaning and organizing as I put things back in place.
Here's to a good long run tomorrow!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Foto Friday

I don't know if you can make it out, but this is what happens when a three year old get up too early.  She is sound asleep in the chair on the porch.  And, the baby is asleep in her crib.  And, it is beautiful outside.  

Good luck to all the racers this weekend!!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Here comes fall

The wind picked up today, it is getting cooler outside.  No more near 90 degrees like it was this weekend.  Looking forward to capris, pumpkin lattes, and baby legs for the girls.  Enjoyed my run this evening.  Legs feel MUCH BETTER than they did last week.  Happy Running!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Weekend Recap

Life took over this weekend.  Work, dance class, birthday party,wedding,haircuts, day at grant's farm. Shall I go on?  Between that and my lack of training plan it lead to no running.  I did however run today. Yay!  I ran a route from my parents' house.  I actually felt really good, I felt strong. I ran a little over 4 miles.  I feel recovered from my race.
Hope to get in some miles this week.  Looking forward to reading some race reports from this weekend.  Had a friend that ran Chicago, she finished but spent some time in the medical tent afterwards.  Yikes!
Have a good running week!

Friday, October 8, 2010

What to do, what to do....

Well with the next race I am registered for being more than a year away, I have no official training plan.  So, I guess I am looking either a really long training plan or a goal race in between to kind of keep me going.  Looking at base mileage this winter, speedwork this spring, marathon training summer of '11.  Any ideas on races, training plans?  I'm all ears.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A quickie

I enjoyed taking the baby on our solo run today.  My legs were screaming from squat day at sculpt class. and my 4 mile run yesterday.  I am still in recovery mode from Sunday's race.    So, I ran a slow 3 miles then walked 1.5.  Her doll had fallen out yikes on loop 1 and it took me until loop 3 to find it(thankfully).  We stopped and watched the ducks for a little while I stretched. This is where we stopped for a bit.  I didn't my camera but this is what it looks like. It is beautiful out today so I am taking the girls outside for a bit!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Lewis and Clark Half Marathon Recap

My morning started very early, I woke up at 4 am, tried to go back to sleep but it was no use.  I decided I should pump because I wasn't sure when I would get to nurse the baby.  That could make for a miserable morning. Then, of course the lows had been in the 60s all week until Saturday when a cold front came through.  It was in the 30s Sunday morning and was supposed to stay in the 40s for the race.  Ideal race temps really, but I always struggle when the weather first changes on figuring out what to wear so I'm comfortable.  After changing a few times I finally decided on the capris, lightweight long sleeve and a tank under in case I got hot.
My sister picked me up at 5:50.  Start time was 7:15 and it should take 35 minutes to get there.  Then we hit the traffic jam.  Apparently, everyone was taking the same route to the race.  So, what was supposed to take 35 minutes took an hour and 25 minutes.  Awesome.  My sister and I decided to subtitle this race Fleet Feet You Suck!  There was no one assisting with parking to get people in the lot quickly.  No signs telling you which way was the start.  We pulled into the parking lot at start time.  We quickly walked to the start,  the porta-pottys were open so we made a quick stop and jumped in line.  There were so many people the back of the pack hadn't started yet.  Unfortunately, that meant we were starting with the walkers.  We crossed the start line at 7:32.
Waiting at the finish
We tried to just start slow and not weave around too much to pass people but they were walking.  And, it was crowded for the first several miles.  It was actually pretty crowded the whole course.  The course was so boring.  We ran on by this route with a lot of industrial businesses and very little traffic.  Would have been great for the biking section of a triathlon.  They even had us run on the highway to cross over the river.  The only little cute spot with people lining the street came around mile 12.

Cousin looking strong at the finish

I actually felt really good.  I ran with my sister until mile 7.  Around then I decided I was going to try and pick up the pace a little.  (She had moved into a new apartment the day before so she was pretty tired to start.) I felt good, had to stop and tie my shoes a little tighter and turn on my ipod around mile 8.5. Didn't start feeling bad until after mile 10.  Got a little side stitch.  I took the gu they gave out at 8 and I wasn't planning on taking it.  Not sure if that had anything to do with it though.  I ran though the stitch.  Saw my hubby, kids, and youngest sister at the final stretch.
Me-I was actually running
Had a hard time getting through the people to find my family.  Finally found my sister and cousin.  We then headed toward the shuttles to take back to the start (and our cars). We had to wait 30 minutes for the shuttle.  With a baby and a three year old, it seemed like forever.  Another poor planning on Fleet Feet's part.  This is the last year for this race, which is a good thing because I wouldn't recommend it.  Boring course run on expressway, highway and other really sloped roads make for difficult running.
My sister all done
We had a fun day anyway.  My cousin finished her first half, in 2 hours flat at that.  I was slow but finished.  My sister was only 4 minutes behind so I probably should have just stayed with her.  Totally forgot to get a picture of all of us together.
Splits 11:30, 11:43, 10:51,10:40,10:41,10:43,10:44,10:05,10:41(stopped to tie shoe), 10:16,10:23, Started to hurt last 2 miles. 11:07, 11:01
Total 2:21:33
My sister wore her Garmin and had 13.3 miles, we think because of all the running around the walkers the first couple of miles.
Take away, I need to get in some mileage this winter.  I knew I was a little under prepared for this race but I finished.  Next race should be a 5 or 10k, that is more where my mileage is right now.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

First post baby half marathon = Complete!  

Recap coming soon, when I have the energy to type!!!!