The Weekend

Here is a brief recap of my weekend run.

This weekend I logged in 11 miles on the Longleaf Trace.  Weather was chilly but not too cold. The first half was hard. I felt every stiff muscle, every twinge and was very tired at first. The first mile I kept thinking if I go back and go home no one will ever know any different. I would know. It’s my conscience. I would know and eventually my running would tell on me.

Anyways, I ran alone as I do 99.9% of the time. I like it that way.  I can’t compare myself to others, constantly analyzing and picking my own run apart. Maybe one day I’ll be able to run with others again but for now I’m very happy with my set up.  I run at the pace I prefer and I can get in my workout without feeling pressure to do someone else’s. With that being said I am left with the task of challenging myself. It’s way too easy to just coast through a workout and not push or challenge myself.

So as I was saying, the first half was slow and difficult. I felt everything and I was moving at a snails pace. I realize fast and slow are relative but for me it was slow. Slower than I prefer. So when I got to the turn around point, I stretched out and decided that it was time to shake it all off. I had devised a plan that on my long runs (not all) I would do surges for the last three miles to get my body use to having to push its self through the fatigue. I have to say, it went really well. It was hard and I wanted to quit but I didn’t. I had a plan and I was sticking to it.

When it was all said and done I felt like I still had a little gas in the tank but I was tired at the same time. That was a proper finish. Not too much but not too little. I ran purposefully.

I ran 11 miles and averaged 13:08 per mile. So slow. My pride would prefer something a little smaller but I’ll take what the body will give.

Today (Sunday) I did a 3 mile recovery run to shake out the stiffness and soreness. It felt good. The first mile I always have doubts. I learned a long time ago to give every run at least 2 miles. After mile 2 if I’m just absolutely miserable then I can go home. That’s only happened a handful of times.  The first mile is always the hardest.

This coming week I have a 5 mile Hobble and Gobble race on Thursday and then a 13 mile run on Saturday. At first was going to race a half marathon on Saturday to use it as measuring tool. I’m still not sure on that one. We’ll see. I know, I should have decided already but I haven’t. I know I should. We’ll see.

I’m off to bed. Early morning of Yasso 800’s.  I’m a girl on a mission!

Till next time…….Cheers!

Pictures from  my run this weekend…….

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I loved being greeted by those sweet ray!

 

 

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It’s that time of year where the trees are starting to sprout gloves!

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Guess someone decided to decorate the watering hole with a pumpkin!

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Still kind of early and hazy. So many leaves!

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Results of a hard earned run.

2013 Dallas Marathon Update

Each week I’ll update the status of training for the 2013 Dallas Marathon. I’ll also cover different topics such as training schedules, equipment and nutrition.

This week however, I will not be covering anything except my training. BUT BRANDY!!! I know, I know, you’re highly disappointed and I’m ruining your week. I get it. And I apologize. I have a good excuse……….ummmmm…………my dog ate my notes!?!

Okay seriously, I missed last weeks update and this week I’m struggling to stay up to date on life in general. Nothing bad just all part of training for a marathon. Early morning runs, full time job, friends, family it’s all part of it. Sometimes it’s matter of setting a schedule, doing it all and just hold on for the crazy yet boring ride.

Another thing about marathon training, prep yourself mentally for the dull days. The days when a run is just a run. It’s getting up before the chickens (not that I would know, I don’t have chickens), throwing on clothes and just going. No thinking, just running.  Simple as it gets. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. Sometimes, marathon training is just marathon training. It gets boring but it has to be done. Then there’s days where you have a break through workout or suddenly everything that’s troubled you is now super clear thanks to that run.

Sometimes updates are hard because there’s nothing new to report. If your lucky, there’s no injuries or drama. So today, I give you just another update. Simple and to the point. Yes, I’ve somehow forgotten what week I’m on and how many weeks are left. I just know I’ve put a week behind me and there’s more to come.   So till next week………..Cheers!

 

Week 2 of 2013 Dallas Marathon Training

Today I’m covering week 2 of my training leading up to the 2013 Dallas Marathon in Dallas, Texas.  Each week I’ll do an update so that people will know what training is like for the average runner. I’m not a 2:21 marathon runner. In fact I bring up the rear of a marathon.  I’m hear to show you that yes, you can do a marathon. If I can do it,  you can to!!

Run A marathon

Each week I’ll be covering a different topic, if you have any suggestions or questions please let me know!

Also, here’s a link to few of the brands I mentioned:

Dallas Marathon

Simple Hydration

90 Revolutions

Running Nutrition 

Remember, the big thing to remember about nutrition is find what works for you. A lot of people can’t stomach gels but they’re okay with chews. I’ve even had some friends to use gummy bears .  Just be sure to take in about a 100 calories every 3 miles.  Having a set nutrition schedule when you run helps delay the “hitting the wall” effect.

Tip: Carry peppermints with you when your run.  Not only is it great for a slow, easy sugar release but it also helps settle an upset stomach.

  A great time to experiment and practice is during your long runs. Not only with gels and chews but also  find out what works as far as hydration is concerned.  Something to keep in mind is, if you plan on using a hydration pack for your marathon make sure the marathon will allow it. Since the Boston Marathon bombings, the New York City Marathon is not allowing hydration packs.  So be sure they’re allowed before you get use to using  them.

Also remember, don’t skip your long runs!  Your long run is what helps you have a better marathon experience.  Next week I’ll touch on what you should do during this long runs to help mimic your marathon day .

Till next time……Cheers!

Reason #11 Why You Should Do A Marathon

Alrighty, guess who’s training for the 2013 Dallas Marathon!?!?!  (P.S. You can sign up HERE for it!)

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I thought I should start Mondays with ONE reason every week why you should do a marathon!!

So here we go…………………………………………………..

Reason Number 11 why you should do a marathon:

The races are fun!!  Big races (like Dallas) have a phenomenal atmosphere!  Bring some friends to do it with you and it can be a 26.2 mile block party. People are cheering YOU on!  People are there to support YOU whether they know you or not.    Why would you want to miss out on that experience?!?!  You meet so many people while running it , people you won’t  meet if you don’t do it.

The marathon is an attainable goal for you.  Don’t let yourself think anything else. You can do this.  And once you do, it’s an experience no one can take away from you!!

So pick a race, train then reap the rewards of race day!!

12 Days Left & I’m A Headcase!

12 days left!

 

12 days!!

Physically I’m holding up. No shin pain, very very minimum hip soreness, hamstrings and calves are great. I’m not achy. Quads are staying healthy. I’m physically good.  Next go around I probably should do non-weight bearing back exercises to help strengthen to go along with ab exercises but overall I would give myself a B+ (always room for improvement!).
 So what is going on in my head right now…………..
“OH MY GOSH!!!”
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Okay seriously, at this point I’m feeling:
*Apprehensive
*Anxious
*Nervous
*Excited
*Mental Exhaustion
*Irritability
It’s all natural to feel this way and I know that I’m ready. I know that I got this and that I’ll finish. I’m mentally tough and physically. I’ve beat this body over the last 12 weeks into submission. It knows that at 5 a.m. September 1st  that it will run 26.2 miles and like it!!
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I’m also starting to taper. No it’s not a new craft project, it’s where my mileage is cutting back so my body can store up energy and repair itself for the big day.  I also have to cut back on my calories. Since I won’t be running as many miles in the next 12 days I have to scale back on the calories so I won’t gain weight going into my marathon.  What does that look like for me? Going from 2000 calories to 1650.  I don’ t mind. It’s also a great way for my body to get the signal that I can’t eat as much after my 12 days is up. Once this round of marathon training is done I’ll need to scale back on my eating or otherwise I’ll eat us all out of house and home!! I’m such an eater.
OMG! I love food!! Anyways………..
With all the stuff going through my head (Am I ready, did I run enough, will I fall as flat as a pancake on my face from not training enough) just a barrage of different thoughts but I’m actually okay. Nervous but okay. Anxious but okay.
I’ve told myself if I can complete this marathon in the time that I want to finish (or just finish) then I’m going to be okay.I’ll be okay anyways but I NEED this marathon. I need this finish. If I can do this (which I know I can because quitting is not an option) it’s like a universal sign that I’m going to be okay. That anything from that moment on is just chump change. It’s like a letter from God saying “Brandy, you’re going to be okay.” Crazy, I know but it’s the best way I can describe it.
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Have you ever needed something so badly you felt like your life depended on it?
I know my life doesn’t depend on this. I know the world will not stop turning. In my little world, in the spec of dust that I am in this universe, it matters to me.
I didn’t mean to go into all that!!  Whew!  Serisously, the mindset going into these type of events will make you a little crazy. Some people are just all like “Whatever” but not me. I’m all headcase, need a xanax stat! Maybe instead of Pounds to Miles I should be The Headcase Runner.
Okay kids, till next time!
Cheers!
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Marathon Countdown Begins

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25 days till Tupelo Marathon

Oh I’ve been a bad blogger!!  It’s been 25 days since I’ve done any writing but to honest all I do is………….

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Just a couple of months ago it was all about my diet. Now it’s all about the marathon. Not that my diet has given way but it’s hard to be calorie restricted when I’m putting in about 50 miles a week.

Let’s revisit that. I’m running 50 miles a week. That’s the most I’ve ever ran in my life!! And it feels good!

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Some mornings I’m more tired than I care to discuss but for the most part, and I know this is going to sound crazy BUT I really feel like this training is a good starting point for future things. Marathon training as a starting point? Yes I know, I’m must have sweat clogged in my brain somewhere but that’s just how I feel.

Even though you haven’t  heard from me in the last 25 days guess what, You’ll be sick of me for the next 25 because MARATHON COUNTDOWN IS ON!!

Eat, Work, Sleep, Rinse And Repeat

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As the photo suggest, there are now 50 days till Tupelo Marathon. If you’ve spent any time with me on here you’ll know that I have no concept of time so for the last week or so I’ve been all like, “I’ve got plenty of time.” Now I’m just like, “Holy Crap Batman, I’ve only got 50 days!” It’s still a good ways out but it’s not 15 weeks out. Nervousness I guess is a good thing to some degree, it keeps me moving and pushing forward.  The only thing is, it’s a constant barrage of thinking about running. Am I eating enough, am I eating too much, did I sleep enough, are the shoes still good? What will I wear, is my watch still working? Am I running enough? Am I running too much? It consumes me.

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Also, sleep has not been my friend. In fact this morning I feel hung over. I feel drunk!! The problem with that, I haven’t had a drink in 24 hours! I’m just sleepy. I have to have 7 hours of sleep and the the total of sleep for the last two nights is 8 hours.  The real culprit is I think I’m 21 and can stay out all night with friends and  still wake up at stupid thirty and not feel the effects. I was wrong.

You see, last night I went out with my best friend in the whole wide world who is in town just for the night. We haven’t seen each other in years so we stayed out just chatting and I completely lied to myself saying “You can do this. You can stay up talking all night and then run in the morning.”

I was wrong. Very Wrong. See this couch with this comfy blanket?

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I snuggled up to it at 5:15 this morning fully dressed to go run but the Sandman took me out and this is where I landed. I also knew I was in trouble when I realized I was sitting on the couch with my running shoes in hand and sleeping upright. Not good. 

Oh did I mention I have a triathlon tomorrow morning?!? I’m nervous excited.  I know that the results won’t be great but I feel strong and ………………I’m not sure what else. I’m just ready to do this!!

And let the Rocky music start…………..now!

Don’t Let Your Mind Rule Your Matter

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I’m a mentally challenged  runner.  I spend 90% of my training runs training my brain rather than my legs or at least most days it feels that way.  I hear the negative, loud chatter  “This is hard.”  ” Why is she running so much faster than you?” “Are we really going to do this again?” ” I can quit and nobody would know.” “Can I just go back to bed.”  “You know, most people don’t take this long to do this.” “This is hard.” My gray matter is my weakest muscle in my whole body.

Here’s an example of why listening to your gray matter is not always a good idea  and how perception can be skewed and unreliable:

This morning I had to do only 4 miles at 11:54 pace.  So I thought I’ll just stay in my neighborhood and knock this out. I started about 6 A.M., the sun wasn’t completely up yet.  Keep in mind  that last week was “recovery” week so the longest run I had to do was 6 miles, so I’m using fresh legs. I also slept great the night before, had a pre-run snack and hydrated. I took care of all personal business so there was no reason not to have a good run. My Garmin was charged and ready to go. Everything was just like it should be.

I walk out the front door  do my .10 mile walk (yes I’m just that OCD that I know the mileage in my neighborhood) and I take off running. No sprints just an easy jog if you want to call it that. IMMEDIATELY I feel the heat just hanging in the air. Already my elbows and knees are sweating (it’s always the first thing to start sweating on me). I’m now getting close to the end of my first mile but I’m struggling because all I can feel is the heat hanging in the air. It honestly feels like someone has  the dryer vent blowing on me. Then at that moment I SMELL someones dryer going . I typically love the early morning smells and rituals coming from homes. I smell peoples breakfast being cooked, occasionally I smell the dryers being turned on with the Downy dryer smell.  It’s something I typically love but being that I’m hot as hell right that second and I don’t me like sexy hot but hot nasty sweat smell hot, smelling the dryer smells just makes me even more miserable. There’s no breeze, the sun is inching up and I’m miserable.

At this point I want to quit, stop, and go home. It’s not fun. I’m miserable. My body feels heavy.

Turning point…………….

I took a short walk break. I had to do something because I was falling apart and then I looked at my watch  and saw that I was clocking in a 11:15 average pace (reminder: I’m suppose to be doing 11:54 pace). So a light bulb goes off (and I’m still walking) I’m not hurting. I’m not “falling apart”. I’m fine. My mind is miserable and wants to go home but my body is fine. My legs don’t hurt, my breathing isn’t really that bad I’m just digging myself into a mental grave of doom and gloom.

My body is fine. My legs, shoulders, back, hips all feel okay. Nothing hurts.

Perception………..

My perception before looking at my watch was that I was running really slow compared to my other runs. My perception was I doing a horrible job. My perception was  I was going to have a horrible outcome to this run.

Finish……………..

So I continued to run.  I’m still not a happy camper but I’m better than I was.  At this point in the run I still had 1.5 miles to go. So I kept my mind focused on my legs and I turned off the negative chatter. Yes I still felt the heat just hanging over me but I tuned it out. The good news is my legs were functioning just fine, my breathing and heart rate felt fine.  Time to finish this roller coaster of emotions run.

Outcome…………

Here’s what the final outcome looked like number wise

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And here’s what today’s run look like with past runs……………..

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So if you look at my past 4 mile run, today’s run was not bad at all.

My point is, don’t let your mind tell you that something is bad and you don’t feel good and your doing horrible. Evaluate and question the situation. Are you REALLY hurting? Are you REALLY going that slow?

I bet your doing just fine. NOW SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP AND DO IT AGAIN!

 

Long Running

Life is good!!

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Running is good, work is good, diet is good………….it’s all good!!  I’ve never been more in love with my running. I’ve been getting in all my runs, hitting all my prescribed times and recovering well.  One good run after another makes the whole thing contagious!

Road Treadmill

So I did a update DURING my run. The camera is shaky so please forgive me!! I was running!! Be sure to share this with friends and subscribe so you can get more fun videos like the one below!

Sarcastic Athlete

 

I’ve decided that after I’ve trained and competed (sarcasm b/c I don’t compete I participate!) in my three triathlons I’m going to go home and sit down. Not do anything for a couple of months. Yes, I said months.  Then, I’m going to give myself one month to get ready for whatever, let’s say…….a marathon. Then I’m going to cram as many miles into one month to prepare and then compete in the marathon (sarcasm is dripping at this point). Once again, I’m going to go home sit down for a couple of weeks maybe a couple of “light” runs then I’m going to sign up for an Ironman. Cram as much time and mileage as I can before this said Ironman and then I’m going to tear this Ironman up! I’ll be in prime condition. Nevermind all the sitting I’ve done inbetween events. I’ll be primed. Then I’m going to take a whole TWO years off.

Are you starting to get an idea where I’m going with this?

So, as I was saying, I’m going to take TWO years off after I rip up this Ironman and I’m going to decide to PR in a marathon. Keep in mind I haven’t trained for ANYTHING in two years. Who cares?!?! I’m Brandy, I can do ANYTHING!  So I’m going to sign up not for just one event I’m going to sign up for MULTIPLES and train like nobody’s business.  Because…………I’M BRANDY!!!!

Who knows……..I might even go all GI Jane and stuff!

I realize I’ll be able to swim, bike and run but let’s just overlook the fact that I’ll be constantly exhausted because my body is so not use to any of this and I’ll be exhausted because I’m over-training (I think). Nevermind how achy I’ll be because my body is in a complete state of shock all the time.  Going to dinner with the husband? Sure he’ll completely understand that his wife is a lunatic who can barely keep her eyes open because she’s absolutely exhausted from trying to push herself while she’s completely undertrained. Sure he’ll understand the 15 trips the ladies room because her entire body is aching from the workout and sitting in one spot for a loving dinner is just unheard of! He’ll completely understand.

Now………..time for reality!!

At this moment I am aching all over, I’m exhausted and dinner with the hubby was a hoot thanks to me because I was aching all over and felt like I had been smacked with a baseball bat (he was okay with dinner he says!) (and yes, I’m pretty sure that was a run-on sentence!).  All through dinner all I could think is, “Go ahead Genius (that would be me) take two years off and train for another triathlon. Let me know how well you bounce back next time!”  Part of my little rant above was a mixture of some of the STUPID things I’ve done mixed in with my over active imagination but my point is, if you ever get your body to perform a certain way or if you are there, don’t lose it!  Every time you have to “bounce back” it gets harder and harder. I forget I’m not 21 and I can’t will my body into doing whatever I demand.  There’s resistance there from aching muscles, a lower back I constantly baby, extra poundage and the list could go on and on (I think).

I swear, if I can live through this summer I will NOT sit down and do nothing. Not if I have anything to do with it!!

It’s going to be a long summer!

 

Triathlon Crazy!!!

A little over a week ago I accepted a challenge (okay it was an idea, a mention maybe) to do a local triathlon in October. That grew into doing ANOTHER one at the end of July and then ANOTHER one in the middle of July. The first one and last one I’ve done before so I know what I’m getting myself into, it’s the middle one that has be concerned!  I know I can do it. I won’t break any records or light any roads on fire but at least I can say I’ve been there done that.

So up until a week ago what has my training been like……………..uhhhhh…………..it didn’t exist! Yes let that sink in. I have my first triathlon of the summer in less than a month and I started training not quiet 2 weeks ago. With that being said I quickly threw something together that looks like a plan, feels like a plan and right now my legs agree that I’ve done something more than what I’ve been doing.

I said I was going to have an event-free summer. Just concentrate on losing the weight. Boring!!  I can’t do it!  I tried and I’ve been bored out of my mind. I knew within the first week of my training that even though I’ve been working out that I haven’t been pushing myself. Once again, glutton for punishment and loving EVERY minute of it.

My legs are exhausted today! Thank goodness I’ve declared Mondays off days.  I don’t know that I could have done much today besides go to work.  I think if I had to swim I’d probably sink to the bottom of the pool like a rock.  Not complaining….just stating a fact!

Till next time………..Cheers!

 

 

 

Run Walking

 

Recently someone asked me

“I’m pretty new to running and have doing intervals of walk/run…anyone have suggestions to increase my run time?”

I love to run and I’ll give advice on what I think I know but sometimes that’s just enough to get us both in trouble SOOOO………..I asked Coach James if he could answer it for me.

Gradual progressive overload is the answer.  But what does that mean? 

 Gradual – taking place, changing, moving, etc., by small degrees or little by little

 Progressive –  change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are

 Overload – to excess; overburden

 All together it means to add a little more running to the run / walk interval a week at a time.  Once you become comfortable, then increase the run portion once again.  This needs to gradual to allow the body to adapt (nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints and muscles). 

Also I found that training with a heart rate monitor has really helped.  I was doing the intervals as he suggested (before he was training me) but I was doing sprints. So of course I wasn’t making any improvement.  Between a defined schedule and the heart rate monitor I have improved greatly over the last couple of month.

The Couch-to-5K ® Running Plan

 

 

Whatever the bleep it takes!

6 weeks until Nike Women’s Marathon. I’m starting to get just a little giddy when I really think about it. Somewhere along the lines of “Oh my gosh. I’m really going to be running in San Francisco.” Then I can’t help but think, “They better not run out of finisher’s medals before I get done or I’m going to be livid!”  For the most part though, it’s just pure excitement.

Last month was a big month for me.  I had decided to bow out of the Tupelo Marathon and I started working with a running coach, which means  my running plan was ditched and I dove head first into “I have no clue what to expect” running plan. I just knew that in order for me to go to San Francisco and be mentally healthy and happy with my training I needed help.  So far no regrets.  I have gotten everything I wanted and some more. In fact, when I ran 5 miles at the beginning of the month my total time was like 1 hr and 4 minutes. On August 31st I ran another 5 miles and my time was 58 minutes and 35 seconds.  Hello?!  Didn’t expect that!

So Friday I had mentioned that I maybe needed to make some mini goals for September. First off, who really listens to me on here enough to call my bluff?!  Well apparently Running Coach does because he brought it up and wanted to know did we need to set some. Yeah I had that deer in the head lights look like, huh? More like I was thinking, “What you talking about Willis!?”  Then it dawned on me, the blog.  So do I need mini goals this month? Yes and no.  Yes to my diet which I’ll cover in a moment and no to my running.  The quality of the running is improving, my times are improving and I don’t stress about my workouts. I methodically get up, put my running clothes on and out the door I go to do whatever the man tells me to do.

I’ve discovered the older I get sometimes I hate making choices. I know there are some days and some situations I just want someone to tell me what to do.  Making decisions all the time is exhausting. So this aspect of my life is nice.  It’s easy.  That’s where I’ve failed nutritionally. I hate making decisions. What’s for breakfast? How about lunch? What do you want for lunch? What’s for dinner?  Any idea what you want to eat? I honestly can’t tell you how many times I’ve said, “If I ever win the lottery I’m going to have someone plan all my meals.”  I hate thinking about food.  Don’t get me wrong I like the experience of food. I like smelling it, cooking it, tasting it. But I know that I need to lose weight and the constant choice making  does not help me. It’s like running. Even though I know I have a running plan (this is prior to the running coach) I am analyzing the plan I’ve made for myself ten different ways ten different times. I doubt what I’ve created for myself. Am I working hard enough, long enough, fast enough? Am I working too hard? Should I be running flat road or hilly roads? I get bogged down in choices. I get myself in a hole and it’ like I’m looking up at the sky with this great big hole around me and I have no clue how to get out of it. Will someone just tell me what to do?!

 

The hole i dig myself in mentally

Well you know what? They have. Twice actually and I just wasn’t paying attention.

And what’s so funny about it all makes sense. Plus I really need to pay better attention to what I’m being told.  I’m not crazy about having to make decisions regarding my diet. So the easiest thing to do is be consistent and have structure.  Have a go to breakfast, lunch and snack. It’s like running shoes.  Most people don’t have 20 different running shoes to choose from every morning. They have one pair that they know to get up put on and head out. Easy peasy!  Same principle with nutrition and diet. For breakfast pick something that is doable and tasty every morning and make that your go to meal. Then you know exactly how many calories, protein and fat is in that meal. No room for screws ups!  Same thing with snacks and lunches.  Keep it simple and easy.  So that is my nutritional goal. Well there’s two actually.

 

1. Pick go to meals and stick with them. One whole month!

2. Write it down. I hate keeping a food journal for whatever reason but this month it’s one whole month of journaling.

That’s the goal.  It’s not rocket science I just had to have someone tell me. Twice apparently.  I can be so hard headed.

So I started my month out with a long run …………on the treadmill. It wasn’t horrible. I watched a movie and half. All of Source Code and half of Rango. 14 miles.  We have had a tropical storm to sit on top of us for the last couple of days and there was no way I running 14 miles which is 3 hours for me in the pouring rain. I would have been miserable. Wet heavy shoes, uncontrollable chaffing.  It just wasn’t happening. So I got it in my head that this had to be done, it was on the schedule. No skipping. It was just one time and the bigger picture is San Francisco.

The other day I watched the movie “Win, Win.” Probably not family appropriate but it still had a good message.  So this kid was phenomenal wrestler who life’s struggles caused him to stop wrestling. Well after ending up on the door step at his grandfathers who was being cared for by his lawyer, the lawyer takes him in for a couple of days. During those couple of days the lawyer/part time volunteer wrestling coach (how convenient) realizes that the kid likes to wrestle.  He has no clue how good the kid really is and somehow the kid ends up in one of his matches.  Here’s the best part. So the kid is in the match and pulls out this off the chart no name move that wins him the match. Later on the coach asks him to share the move with the group. The kid was hesitant and said “well it’s just my thing. It’s not a real move.” After the coach pressed him for a bit about the move the kid explained what he’s feeling just prior to using the move and then him names it. He calls it, “Whatever the F*** it takes.” It’s expletive I know but I like it.

That’s how I felt about running on the treadmill Saturday. Just whatever the flip it takes.  Just get it done!


Trailer #1

Win Win

— MOVIECLIPS.com

 

 

 

I’ve also got to start doing more abdominal work. Nothing major but I need a better core system than what I have right now.  Right now it’s like asking a jello mold to hold me up.  Kind of wobbly and jiggling and not too stable.

I’m ready for September!  Nothing but good stuff on the horizon.

 

 

Working the Long Runs

I should have posted this Saturday but I was so busy. After 14 extremely hot miles I had to rush off to spend the remainder of the day with my husband’s family without my sweet hubby. My husband is a sports equipment manager at a local college so when football season rolls around I become what I like to call “a football widow.” Unfortunately, he doesn’t get to spend much time doing the fun stuff with us during this time of year.  It’s okay. Considering I met and spent most my dating life with my hubby at a baseball field or a football field he understands that I married him for free tickets to the  games!   It just kind of it what it is. Meanwhile the day was not long enough.  I have 2 nieces and 3 nephews that totally rock!  I can’t get enough of them. I love hearing, “Aunt B!” I call them my Angels. So when I say the day was not long enough, I really mean it.

 

Prior to all the fun I started my day with a 14 mile run as I mentioned before.  I was amazed when I got to the Trace to find so many people out to run. Apparently Marathon Makeover was training that morning and man there was a lot of them!  It was fabulous to see so many people out and about. Meanwhile, I’m happy to report that my run went smoothly and semi painless.  The heat and humidity was a killer.  Beyond that I can’t complain.  The nice thing about my runs lately is that I get to just zone out. So that’s what I did.  It was nice!  Below is a snap shot of what my run look like.

One thing I noticed on this run was how mentally easy it was.   I try to stay positive and upbeat in day to day dealings but for some time now running would bring out the worst in me. Okay not the worst but I wouldn’t walk away with a warm and fuzzy feeling either.  I would finish feeling defeated and beat up.  I had come to accept that feeling this way was normal and acceptable.  Somewhere I had adopted the attitude that whatever the workout dealt me that that was the outcome and it is what it is. I have recently learned that it’s okay to set myself up for success. Who knew!?  It’s not always necessarily okay to think, “Well, it is what is and it’ll be what it’ll be.”  It’s nice to feel that mental turning point.

  In day to day dealings I try to stay positive and to expect good outcomes but I’ve failed in my running to apply the principles.  Why oh why does running have to be so mental?! All I want to do is run.  However I do have an actively working brain that requires just as much attention as the rest of me does.  Someone once told me runners are normally running to something or away from something.  For me at this current point in my life, I’m just running to a finisher’s medal in San Francisco!

8 weeks and counting!  Yes, it’s only 8 weeks away and I’ll be 26.2 miles closer to a little blue box being held by hopefully some hunky fireman!  Now that I’m not in control of my training schedule (which by the way I’m absolutely loving) I’m not sure what to expect in San Fran.  I keep hearing about these hills so I’m a little nervous/anxious in regards to that. The rest of me is just ready to be there.  Do I have any expectations for this marathon? Not really. I just want to finish.

As I was saying I’m not in control of my schedule so I have no clue what the upcoming week has in store for me.  All I know is that it’ll change based on how each workout goes.  Once again, there goes running mimicking life. Dynamic and always changing.  How can anyone not love this sport?!

Do You Check Your Ego Before A Workout?

Ego, this is a word that rarely made its way into my thoughts or conversations till recently.  I think it came up something like, “You have to be willing to check your ego to finish strong.” I thought, “I don’t have an ego! I’m Brandy!  I have a lot of things but an ego is not one of them!”  In fact, I probably work at trying to down play my past experiences because I don’t want people thinking I’m trying to be something I’m not. Nor do I want people thinking I’m something I’m not. Not the same as trying to be something I’m not.    That one little word has really clung to me more than I expected it to.  It’s amazing what our brains filter when talking to someone. Who new several weeks ago I would be writing about it?!

Today I’ve come to terms with the fact that I do in fact have an ego.It’s shocking I know!  I’m having a hard time believing it also.   I’ll admit I thought ego to always be a bad word.   I didn’t want anyone describing me with an “ego.” I would have been devastated!  I still have my reserves regarding this ego business. So what changed my mind?  My new running program.  Allow me to explain.

Let’s take the two mile predicted run I went to this past Tuesday.  So it’s a free local event on Tuesday nights that you predict your time for two miles and then you see how close you come to it.  It’s probably more of an excuse for runners to have food, fun and some entertainment.  Either way, I predicted my time 26:30 since I’ve been running 13 minute miles plus some. We were required to write our time next to our name on this big piece of poster board.This is where my brain started going DING DING DING because my ego saw that everyone else was predicting to run 2 miles in 20 minutes or less.  I wanted the earth to open up and swallow me whole!  My ego didn’t want people to know that I was running this slow so it was saying “Drop the pen and bolt now.”  I didn’t, instead I wrote my time down for  THE WORLD TO SEE. Ugh.  Then came the actual run.  Alarm number two was going off.  Here I was at this event to  run 2 miles and this dang blasted running coach has me on a leash with my heart rate.  Ugh.  I had a granny in moo moo to pass me by, sans her walker!  Okay so that’s what my ego perceived the whole situation as.  My good ego on the other shoulder knew I needed to keep my heart rate in line with what was prescribed because after my two mile run I had to run one more mile as well for a total of three miles.  My good ego knew what the big picture was so it was okay with the run. My bad ego was telling me to let loose and show those youngsters passing me up that I really could hang with them. Since I stayed with the prescribed program I actually shaved more than a whole minute off of my predicted time. Not bad.

Do you see where I’m going with this?  We all have egos.  How many times have you gone to the gym and seen someone that seemed less your equal at first glance but you realized they were running faster than you, spinning faster than you or lifting heavier than you? Did you try to keep up or up them one? How many times have you gone to yoga class, peeked over at your neighbor and tried to stretch further than your neighbor? Lastly have you ever watched an exercise video and attempted to outdo the people in the video? If so, then you my friend need to check your ego.

That’s just like last summer when I was lifting heavy weight while performing deadlifts. I’ve always prided myself on being strong for a female. The heavy weights along with poor form caused me to hurt myself. What drove it all? My ego.  I wanted those around me to see that I could lift more and more. I didn’t want to put the “girly weights” on. Ego’s have their place and time but when we’re training it’s not the place for it.  They can push us to the point where sure we think we’re having a great workout but the next day we realize it was way too much, that your ego pushed you too far.  When you go to the gym, track, yoga class or wherever, you have to do your workout.  Do let your ego dictate your workout.

As for me and my ego, we are a work in progress.  I’m sure the next time I have to toe up against someone else that little devil is going to be sitting there saying, “This is all you’re going to do? Can’t you go any faster?” So if you see me running and I start getting a little twitchy don’t worry, I’m having a fight with my ego. I’ll be okay!

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