second wind part 2 (p.s. read this book!)

So much has happened in the last week!  My mind is full for sure and I find that it’s almost difficult for me to put some order to the chaos and actually write it all down.  Thankfully, it was time for another Running and Reading Long post (which is now REALLY late) so I have a bit of structure to work with for this post.

Before I start though, guess what?!  Cami Ostman, author of Second Wind, posted a comment on my last blog post about this book!  I saw it the other night and couldn’t be more thrilled/honored.  Oh yeah, I still get the chills when I think about it :)

This will be the last post about Second Wind and we are going to be discussing each one of Ostman’s 7 marathons that were part of her quest to run one on each continent.  At least that was the plan – instead I am going to focus on a few and then encourage you to read the book!  I’m long winded… we would be here all night!

1.  Europe – Ostman ran her first marathon in Spain – to say it didn’t go as planned is an understatement!  After reading the start time wrong, not being able to quite get to the start line and then getting lost on the actual course, I totally felt for Cami and Bill (husband).  To emotionally deal with running a marathon is a lot – to do that with everything going wrong can seem unbearable.  Cami and Bill had to jump across part of the course to catch up with the other runners in order to make sure to stay on course but this meant they missed some milage.  They were determined to do all 26.2 though and walked the pieces of the course when the race was over.

I really identified with Bill, especially considering my recent Ragnar experience.  Bill felt it wasn’t “really” running a marathon because they had to make adjustments.  We, too, had to make some adjustments after we realized at checkpoint 18 that we were one of the very last teams.  Our start time was too late for our pace.  We were told to jump ahead some legs and then double/triple up on runners at other legs so we could all still run the milage.  At first, I didn’t want to – I wanted to keep slogging along.  But I went with the team decision and realized after running almost 17 miles that I had DONE Ragnar, even if it wasn’t in the conventional way.

4.  Asia – Ostman and her hubby went to Japan to run this marathon.  I was really moved by Cami’s experience in Japan because I’ve been there as well and it brought back so many wonderful memories.  Ostman was treated like royalty upon their arrival and throughout their stay.  The section of the book where Cami was listening to the women drummers made my heart soar!  She connected with the female warriors’ cries and used this deep connection to bond her spirituality with nature.  I really appreciated this because I too, try to use my surroundings and experiences to find more meaning in life, in running – in most everything.  I find it furthers my passion and makes me feel rooted.

6.  South America – alright, this marathon was my worst nightmare!  First of all, they had to run in the rain – in a deluge is probably a better word for it!  But that wasn’t all of it – half way through she noticed something wet running down her legs… nope it wasn’t the rain.  Cami was on her period and due to some changes in birth control it was heavier than normal.  She kept running though, even though it was clear to all of the spectators what was going on with HER body.  Again, this would suck for me.  It took me YEARS just to feel comfortable talking about it with my friends much less having a whole town spectate.  Over the miles though Cami came to terms with her womanhood.  Ugh, that sentence sounds cheesy but seriously – it was moving for me to read.  I’m proud to be a woman but still sometimes ashamed of what this means – jiggly boobs, junk in the trunk, a monthly visitor – the whole kit and kaboodle!  Why am I ashamed of the way I was made?!  I’ve been thinking about this a lot and it won’t be the last time I talk about it.

7.  Antarica – wow – this marathon was a mess!  I felt so badly for Cami during the planning for this last leg of her journey.  Isn’t that always how it seems to work though?  You are so close and then road block after road block seems to be thrown up and somehow you have to perserve to get to your goal?  From natural disaster to pissy organizations, Cami was up against it all.  I think what I took away from this marathon was the fact she came to terms with the fact that it may just not happen.  Then some light would shine and the maybe’s would start all over again.  Life is a roller coaster.  Heck, so is running!  One day, you have an amazing run and then the next day you can feel as though you have never run in your life!  Sometimes, you simply have to accept these challenges as is and try to hold on until life/the situation starts to improve.  Cami did fight, which is important, however, she also started to realize that even if the the goal she had envisioned for so long didn’t come true it didn’t dampen what she HAD already accomplished!  How often do we have an “all or nothing” kind of outlook on goals?  I am very guilty of this and working on it.

Again, I LOVED this book and highly recommend it!  My training this week was okay but my mileage fell short of my goal.  However, I also was recovering from Ragnar so I am calling it successful!  I needed a huge amount of sleep!

*sorry for lack of pics!  I’ll do better tomorrow!

running and reading long – second wind

It’s time for another Running and Reading Long post!  (yes, it’s a little earlier – I’ll be out for the next few day!)  And guess what?!  We get to talk about Second Wind!!!  Wahoo!  Second Wind, by Cami Ostman was an incredible book and I have been thinking about the lessons I learned for the last week and a half. Wouldn’t you know it?  That’s exactly what we are supposed to be talking about!

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The first question is did Second Wind make me think differently about running…

The answer is a unequivical YES!  Cami is not a “fast” runner.  Her marathon times are around 5 hours and while she never talks about her specific mile pace she does say how she is usually at the back of the pack.  If you have come around this blog a bit, you know I have slowed down in the last year and half.  I have been whining about said slow down A LOT.  But after reading this book I realized what a gift it is to be able to run in the first place.  Does this sound cheesy?  Maybe… but Cami talks a lot about what she learns about herself through running and a major part of this is simply appreciating being out pounding the pavement.

pounding the pavement – with everything I had

I am embracing my current speed with open arms!  I do want to get faster – it’s fun :)  But I am also not going to beat myself up and continue to get down on myself.  Running for me, is very mental.  Yesterday I went out and ran 4 miles at a 10 min pace, which was 40 seconds faster per mile than a run I did last week.  Two of those miles were under a 10 min pace.  Why?  Because I knew I could do it.  I pushed myself for sure but I also told myself, “you ARE mentally strong”.  This is becoming my new running mantra.  The other aspect of this is I want to help others embrace their pace as well!  How often do we read (or write) “I did x many miles at x pace, which is fast for me”  Why are we qualifying and downgrading our hard-won efforts?!

me, running in my first race back last June

I don’t think Kara Goucher is going to read my blog and think, “wow, she thinks a 9:50 mile is fast?!”  Nope, if Kara were to actually read this blog (and Kara you are more than welcome too!!) I believe she would applaud me for working hard, celebrating my personal victories and because I love running!  I also don’t believe anyone else would read this and think that either.  So, join me in celebrating our times from the roof tops – no matter what they are!!

The next question to focus on is if Ostman’s story has made me think differently about life…

Again, YES!  Ostman writes how she has spent a huge part of her life being a people pleaser and this rang true with me.  I, too, feel the need to be “a good girl” and make sure others are happy even if it’s at a personal cost.  I have been working on this the last few years so I feel it’s a work in progress.  One aspect I am working on?  I am trying to stop apologizing – I apologize for EVERYTHING!  Even things that are in no way my fault.  Or I apologize for some non-existent error I perceived I made.  Learning to let go of my imaginary ability to control the world means learning to accept I can’t be perfect no matter how hard I try.  While this can certainly seem like a HUGE load off my shoulders, it’s also scary!  :)

the desire/need to be perfect was very real even at this age!

I also loved how Cami’s running took her on a quest – one to better herself, challenge herself and completely broaden her horizons.  While not all of us can run a marathon on every continent, I think it’s great how BIG Cami’s quest was.  Why not think BIG!?  Sometimes, I get nervous to think big; it’s scary to fail and when you have a big plan and it doesn’t turn out this means a big failure.  The last couple of years, I have been really afraid of failure.  Oops – see the connection with the need to be perfect?  Jumping in feet first is not something new to me though – I’ve been known to throw caution to the wind, just not lately.  I think after my break up in November and then my mom passing in December I started waking up to this and decided to make some changes.  It’s a process but it’s one I am welcoming.

running 200 miles with AMAZING women I have never met IRL? jumping in with both feet!

Training!!  Wahoooo!  I started mapping out marathon training and taking a closer look at my training for the 1/2 that’s in July.  Right now I feel I am on a good track with training and yesterday I joined our local Y for a month.  Our pool is closed until July and they closed our track on Monday – boo!  Maintenance-schmaintenance!  After Ragnar this weekend (!!!!!!) I’m kicking off my cross training like a champ!  I need/want to step my hills – eek! which I am also going to be working on next week.  But I do know, I AM mentally strong!

cross-training – necessary or just popular?

Here is another post for Running and Reading Long.  This week we focused on some of the mechanics of running not simply aspects of our reading.  While I am excited about this different aspect of the program, I am REALLY excited to talk about our next book, haha.  I’ll stick with the schedule but my enthusiasm is building!

I decided to do a bit of research on cross-training.  I’ve often wondered if cross-training was really worth all of the hype or if running was enough.  I like running and running likes me.  And sometimes, I am feeling lazy and don’t want to get all geared up to go to a gym, do a class or go for a swim.  Truth is, I’m not a fanatical fitness chick.  Trust me, I love what it does for my mind and body but I don’t wake up in the morning doing cheers because I get to work out.

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this is much more what I typically look like…

I have fooled myself for quite a while that cross-training is one of those aspects of running that while talked about a lot may not be as important as people say.  The key word in this sentence is “fooled”.  I googled it and a number of articles came up and many said the same thing – cross-training does the following:

1.  Injury prevention

2.  Increases overall fitness

3.  Helps to balance muscles – picture a T-Rex for a great example of UNbalanced muscles!

4.  Helps with motivation to keep running and avoid burnout

5.  If you are injured from running, cross training allows you to keep working out and staying fit.

*Information gathered from Runner’s World August 2004 Edition, “Eight Benefits of Cross-Training” by Matt Fitzgerald and About.com, May 2011 “Cross-Training for Running” by Christine Luff.

Hmmm… looks like cross-training does a lot…

nooooo!!! I was totally and utterly WRONG!

All is not lost… I have been walking lately – ever since my 25k actually, on days when I am not running.  Other forms of cross-training that are highly talked about are swimming, pool running, classes, spinning, yoga, and strength-training.  At this point, the only one on this list I do is the walking.  Perhaps it’s time I step it up a bit?!

GOAL TIME!

I do want to keep up some of the walking but I also want to start swimming.  I was on the swim team in high school and know what a major calorie torcher it is in addition to building my fitness (definitely needed right now).  The goal is to swim 2 times per week.  My other goal is to do some ab and arm work 3 times per week.  Awww… aren’t goals nice?

Training this week hasn’t been too shabby.  I started the streak on Monday and even went for a mile run last night even though I felt like hell and was all vicodin-y.  I was a bit proud of myself.  Today has essentially looked like this all day

why yes, it was/is indeed, raining cats and dogs

In addition to the weather, I have felt like hell all day (mouth—> headache—> stomach ache).  My solution?  I decided to run around inside my building until I reached a mile.  Yep, it was kind of annoying but I got my mile in, didn’t have to run in the rain and felt good about not shirking the streak in the first week.  Nutrition-wise, I could have done better this past weekend and I feel my body is still bouncing back from some of my unwise albeit tasty choices!  I have enjoyed running everyday though, which I am surprised by.  In Kara Goucher’s book she said that consistency with running is incredibly important and I know this is true for me.  So, while on paper my training might not look like “the best week ever” (remember this show?!  In the beginning it is was HYSTERICAL!) mentally and emotionally it was a decent week!

*click on the Running and Reading Long link above or on the side and you can check out what other participants are saying!

sunday randomness

Happy Sunday!  I have some very cool news to share with you tomorrow but right now I have a random post.  I actually like taking one or two days away from posting during the week since it gives my creative juices a chance to replenish.  Even though I haven’t put my fingers to the keys there are ALWAYS posts running through my head.  Here are a glimpse of some upcoming posts:

“WALK” is not a 4 letter word

The Monster Summer To-Do List

GOOOOAAAALLLLLLs

Throwing caution to the wind

Runner’s World Summer Running Streak!

And a few about some introspections (probably not a word but I like it!) that I have been mulling over in my head over the last couple of weeks.  I know – super exciting!

But today I have some other things…

You know you’re a runner when:

You use the “oh sh*t” handle of your car as a drying rack

mobile drying rack!

When you put your toothbrush in with your slightly sweaty tempos and don’t worry if it’s sanitary or not

they weren’t REALLY touching… much

I spent the night at my friend’s place on Friday night and the room I slept in was DARK!  I’m not a huge fan of the dark and I seriously couldn’t see my hand in front of my face.  I took a picture for you

haha, well, I think I am funny! honestly, I took this picture that night though – yep, I am a goob!

Remember said toothbrush from above?  My friend’s dog also really liked it!  But they say dogs’ mouths are cleaner than humans right?!  RIGHT?!

My last picture for you is some torment for me.  This spider is trapped between my window and screen in my living room.  It is very large and wants to eat my face off – I can totally tell.

how did you get in scary spider?! and why can’t you get out the same way??!!

Waaaaaaa!!!  I HATE spiders.  Ooo, and earwigs – gross!  We are going on day three of Spider Watch ’12 and I haven’t quite figured out what to do about this menacing creature.  Part of me would like to try to catch it and release it outside.  Of course this means getting really close to it, which makes my skin crawl.  I don’t really like the thought of it suffering to death in this screen/window limbo either (although I am pretty sure it will be able to eat bugs that can get in through the gaps, so it will probably eat its way through the screen!).  EEEKKKK!  I’ll keep you posted.

inhaled a great book over the last two days, Second Wind by Cami Ostman.  I loved it.  It was for the Running and Reading Long program so while I can’t divulge the details now it has completely set my mind a spinnin’!  I’m excited to share some of this with you in the very near future!

The Runner’s World Summer Running Streak starts tomorrow!  The deal is you run everyday from Memorial day to July 4th.  It simply needs to be one mile a day but it must be a run – walking doesn’t count!  If you are interested you should check out the details and do it too!  I will be writing about it here and tweeting and hopefully we can encourage one another.  I KNOW by week three I will be a bit tired :)  I’ve done a running streak before and lasted 20 days so I know I can do it.  I’m also looking forward to the challenge and integrating my 1/2 and full marathon training plans into it.

Finally, there are some big changes for me on the horizon.  I am nervous about them, feel a bit overwhelmed and anxious for some aspects of my life to be settled as opposed to being up in the air.  I’ve been fixated on what the future is going to hold for me and today I internalized that I need to embrace the uncertainty as something I can’t change and live in the moment.  While this doesn’t completely ease my angsty self, it does give me something else to focus on – the present.  So enjoy your Sunday everyone!  I’m off to a BBQ!

Running and Reading Long – week 3

Yay!  I made it through the day!  I swear, the day before vacation starts feels like it DRAGS.ON.FOREVER!  Great scott!  Thankfully, I had half of a diet coke and got a bit of zip towards the end of the day.  I was able to finish the day with a bit of productivity.  Phew!

This is the third week of Running and Reading Long and the second post on Running for Women by Kara Goucher.  I have just about finished the book and am pleased with the first selection of this program!  This week we needed to write on what we would like to focus our training on over the next few weeks.  I thought a lot about this a lot.  Laura gave us a few samples and the ones that stuck out to me were:

*Motivating yourself to run – uhh… yeah, I could probably refocus on this a lot!

*Healthy running fuel/nutrition – since I started my calorie counting last week, this would be an easy one to go on (and on) about.

Even though these were both very worthy topics, I decided to focus on mental toughness instead (which kind of includes those first two anyway so I am totally cheating!).  I’m fairly certain I have mentioned this before but I REALLY need to work on my mental toughness.  For example:  on Tuesday I headed out for a run.  My legs wanted to go fast but I didn’t feel it so much.  My legs had a mind of their own though and as soon as I looked at my garmin, which was hitting 10:14’s, I started to second guess myself.

“Why am I starting out this fast when last week I was having trouble hitting 11:00 min per mile?  I can’t go this fast!”  Then the self-sabotage kicked in and run was a bit foiled.  Mentally tough, I am not.

Here’s the thing – I have some runs and distances coming up (VERY QUICKLY) where I need to be mentally tough.  I have a mud run on June 2nd and then the following weekend I have the Chicago Ragnar and 13.2 miles to cover on minimal sleep, no showers and not a whole lot of rest for the ol’ legs.  Oh yeah, I am going to need to tough this out!

One aspect Goucher talks about is to have fun while running and this helps.  The thing I really liked was when she said,

Be happy with every mile:  It doesn’t matter how slow you run-you’re still burning around 100 calories a mile, you’re still doing all sorts of great things for your body and spirit, and you’re still doing something that a very low percentage of people in this country can do:  you’re running (Goucher, pg. 60)

I LOVE this!  How often do you read, think and/or say, “well, I went for a run but it sucked” or “they were just junk miles”.  Why do we do this?!  Of course there are times when we don’t feel as good pounding the pavement as other times but we are still running.  I have noticed when I am down on myself and my running, it totally shows.  The miles are harder, my body hurts more and I am even more tired.  See where this is going?  What I realized was mental toughness doesn’t just entail being able to push through more miles.  It means enjoying those miles too.  Having fun while running means I don’t notice the tiredness in my legs as much or how I might feel like taking a break.

my friend Emily posted this to my facebook – isn’t it awesome? sorry I don’t have a link for it

Truthfully, this resonates with me simply because I have been working on getting back to running basics and enjoying it.  So, probably not a huge shocker this is what I am choosing to continue to focus on in the upcoming weeks.  My training this week has been a bit on the slow side.  I still have a run to fit in tonight and I did take 2 days as rest days already this week.  Not a bad thing but an aspect of my training this week.

So there you be – some of my thoughts :)

running and reading long – week 2

Yikes!  This post is LATE!  My apologies!  Yesterday just got away from me and then I had a wretched headache off and on all day.

It’s the second week of the Running and Reading Long program and we are currently reading Kara Goucher’s book, “Running for Women”.  When I first learned we would be reading this book, I was a little unsure.  I mean, what could I possibly have in common with an elite runner?!

Turns out, this book is great!  I am about half way through it currently and I have really enjoyed it.

First of all, Kara’s passion for running comes through in her writing.  She gets excited to tell her story and this gets me (and hopefully other readers) excited as well.  She also makes running sound easy and certainly something everyone can do.  I wholeheartedly believe this.  I can’t tell you how often people tell me, “I could never run”.  Since this used to be me, I feel yes, you can run but it does take some time and dedication.

running is super great!  it even gives me crazy eyes!

I also have really identified with Kara’s getting back to running basics in the initial part of the book.  This has been of goal of mine lately and it was nice to read that elite runners go through slumps as well.  It somehow made my slump feel more valid and normal.  I have a horrible tendency to feel like no one ever goes through negative things with running except me.

I was wondering if I would EVER have a good run again

Kara also talked about “mental training”.  I can’t tell you how often I have thought “oh that runner is so much faster, better, blah, blah than me – I could never be like that”.  Now, I am not saying that all levels of running are within my grasp but certain levels are within reach.  I need to work on my mental toughness for sure.  In races I have this extreme mentality, which is great but it doesn’t always carry over to training.  This is definitely something I want to work on as much as the physical training.

I also felt the injury section was important.  I’ve spent some time on the sidelines due to injuries and feel this info is just too important to ignore.

One aspect of the book that took me a bit by surprise was it started out saying how running is for everyone but it does get into details of training and running that seem more than what the beginner runner might be ready for.  I guess if you are reading this book then you are looking to go the next level in running but it starts out as a book for beginners and then quickly moves beyond this.  Just something to be aware of…

This week has been interesting for me training-wise.  I did the 25k on Saturday and sat on my bum on Sunday.  Oh yeah, I was beat!  On Monday evening I went for a 4 mile walk and tried to run a bit in the middle.  Umm… no, this was not happening.  On Tuesday, I thought, “its a RUN day!”  Yep, not so much – 3 miles of walking later… Wednesday I decided to just take off.  Then yesterday – yay!  Great run day!  I did a tempo 3.7 miles run and while my legs were tired it felt good.  I was/am a bit concerned about how long it took my legs to recover from the race.  When I get into longer milage for the marathon training, how do I combat this aspect?  Ice baths?  Yikes, those soo do not sound appealing!  I guess more milage during the week?  I’ll take any advice!

run freeeeeeee! I love this pic – this was how I felt yesterday!

So load me up with advice people!  I would love to hear it!

1st running and reading long post

Today is the first “posting” day of Running and Reading Long!  As I have mentioned, I will be posting about this program each Thursday.  This Thursday I’ll be talking about some of the basics of the program and how this first week of training has gone.  Of course, since I can never do anything ‘normally’ this week has been a bit off – I’ve had to do some tapering for the 25k on Saturday.

The plan I am essentially going to be following is a Half Marathon training plan provided by Laura.  I tried posting it but had some trouble; I’ll try again.  Here is the deal –  I am not very good at following running plans (okay, most plans in general).  This is one of the reasons I wanted to do this program to see what I can accomplish with solid training.  I am training for this race

this is my goal race

It’s also the first race my family will ever see me run so I really want to do well.  It’s not quite the full 13 weeks away like the program but as I mentioned I am not always very good at following plans!

The plan started this past Monday and I was still pretty sore from the 12.5 miles on Sunday.  I didn’t end up running until yesterday, which means I missed some of the planned workouts.  I am not happy with myself for already messing with the schedule – this is the habit I am trying to break.  Nevertheless, I busted out 5 miles yesterday and then walked one mile home.  These 5 miles were AMAZING!  Wow!  I haven’t felt that great on a run in a long time.  I felt strong, kept a decent pace and I really listened to my body.  At one point, I was wondering if I could do 6 or 7 then I remembered the whole “taper” thing and knew 5 was the right decision.

haha, can you keep up with my running mood swings?!

Next week… I feel confident I can get back on schedule once the race is finished this weekend.  Since part of me knows I am not going to run super well this weekend, I have weird feelings about it.  I can’t really explain it but I’m looking forward to running some hills and doing some speed work next week.  I actually want to stick to a plan that actually might help me succeed!  The ONLY change I am considering is what’s supposed to be a walk day, I might turn into a run day and then stick to the other run hills/speed/long days.  I might run during this walk day only because I enjoy it.  We’ll see… again, I want to listen to my body.

I have also started the first book we are reading, Kara Goucher’s Running for Women:  From First Steps to Marathons.  Honestly, I haven’t gotten too far – it has been a NUTTY week for work and my books just came in the mail.  So, I’ll have to report more on that next week :)

Last, I want to leave you with the following quote:

“In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.” – Miguel de Cervantes

It’s been on my computer for months now and I look at it everyday.  It just helps to keep pushing me forward, even when it feels like I am too tired, too sore and too lazy!  Hope it helps you, too!

will bake for a massage

Can we all talk about how much Mondays suck?!  During the academic year, they are always filled with anxiety for me.  Luckily, the school year is over so I don’t hate them as much as I used to.  But still, I dread them a wee bit.

Today, I woke up not feeling so hot.  I am fairly certain it’s all related to my long run last night.  12.5 miles.  In the interest of full disclosure, I walked the last mile.  I was beat.  I was starving.  I was ready to come home.  Oh yeah, not to mention the lightning that started and it was 9:15 pm.  This is just a bit too dark out for my comfort level.

The 25k is THIS Saturday!  I can’t believe it!  I’m sooo going to need to trade some baked goods for a massage when it’s done!

ummm… 15 miles is a long way!

But yesterday’s run went fairly well and was 12.5 miles of sheer confidence for Saturday.  Here is what I was happy with:

1.  I kept my pace fairly steady – 10:45-11:20… at least until the end ;)  I also totally accepted if I wanted to run 12 miles (15 soon enough) I needed to embrace the time/pace and enjoy the run

2.  I wore my Aspaeris pivot shorts – this was an AWESOME choice!  I have only ever worn them for recovery but these really helped and I will be wearing them on Saturday.

2.5 – I also iced my knees and sported my compression socks when I got home – how did I never realize how much this combo helped before?!

3.  I added a GIANT hill at mile 3 – lately I have been trying to avoid hills around this mile because I felt I couldn’t tackle them or I would be too tired to keep running.  But I ate this hill for breakfast!  Or at least as a snack!  For those of you local folks, I did Howard hill up to Oakland Drive!

4.  I brought water with me – I typically think I don’t need fluids but I am so happy I’m getting smarter!

5.  I didn’t have any expectations for this run.  Instead, I went out there ready to enjoy it and if I fell short of my goal than this was okay.  But I did well!  I also exceeded my expectations.  I didn’t really start getting uncomfortable until mile 9, a major improvement.

6.  I kept running!

7.  I wore my sparkle skirt!  I think I got a marriage proposal from a passing motorist as I was running :)

this is one powerful skirt!

Things I still need to improve upon:

1.  I only took one shot blok while I was out there.  I didn’t notice my waning energy until much later but at this point it was too late.  I was EXHAUSTED.

2.  I didn’t eat enough before I started running.  Again, I didn’t notice this until much later but when I got home I was feeling a bit light-headed.  I ate something immediately but then I started to feel nauseated.  I ate more after a shower (lots of protein) but still felt pretty sick.  Then today I still felt kind of crappy.  Lesson learned!

3.   I didn’t bring ENOUGH water – I was out by the time I made it to the track for the last couple of miles and really thirsty.  So, apparently, I am not smart enough.

The good thing is the positives outweighed the negatives!  I know I will finish on Saturday.  I also readjusted my goal – before I thought maybe I would finish around two and half hours.  Buuut… I am now a bit more realistic and am hoping for three hours or less.  I also decided to dedicate this race to my mom.  I decided this last night as I was running and knew it was the right thing to do.  It will be more constructive than wallowing on Mother’s Day and I know it will give me some great motivation to dig even deeper to keep going.

me and mom…

Okay… sad stuff aside, I do have a great announcement!  Duck on the Run put a call out on her blog for some runners to join her on this

I might just be addicted!

as an ULTRA!

Haha, crazy girl!  But in the excitement of this past race weekend (more on this tomorrow) I decided to jump in with both feet and told her I was IN!  I am super excited!  We are still looking for a few more runners so let us know if you are interested!  It’s going to be a BLAST!

Running and Reading Long starts today!  Yay!!  I will be posting on Thursdays about my reading so I for the next several weeks I will be doing my Thankful Things Thursdays on Tuesdays.  Or maybe on Fridays – I haven’t quite decided yet.  I am thrilled to share the insights from the program though and have a feeling it’s just what this introspective gal needs right now as I’m reconnecting with my love of running!