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!

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!!!”
 headcase
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!
dreams

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!

Cruising Along

No, I haven’t given up on running and taken up bike riding solely. Actually, I haven’t even been on a bike in forever.  Right now this Chik is just cruising through the days.  No special activities planned, just day to day living.  It’s not very exciting but I must admit it’s been pretty relaxing at my house. No looming big deadlines. No stressing about whether I’m going to be ready for any one big thing. Just working out/running and hanging with the hubby.

I am planning on doing a handful of 5ks locally.  I was suppose to do one this past weekend but we got rained out.  I use to do a ton of local races 5ks and 10ks but then I found marathons and well the rest was history.

I know have been lazy on my postings which leaves me with a long list of catch-ups to do.  Hopefully this week I will get caught up. I’m also very excited that time is changing. HALLELUJAH!!  I love my longer evenings when I can come home do a few things outside and not need a flashlight to see anything! The short evenings I just tend to mentally shut down way too early and then I get nothing accomplished.

I’m just ready for warmer weather and lighter clothes.  I’m over the sweater thing.

Till next time…………Cheers!

Running Hot!

Welcome back!  Yep, it’s been 21 days since my last post but thats only because I’ve been so busy having fun!  I’m such a happier person in the summer time! I realize just about every post I always rant and rave about there never being enough time. Well this is all I have to say about it…………..

Meanwhile this is what I’ve been up to………..

I’ve definitively been getting some solid runs in. As I always say my runs are slow but they are really starting to feel more productive. My schedule probably should be tougher but I’m just trying to finish the Tupelo marathon strong. I’ve finally got a running schedule I think I handle but I don’t think I really know until after this week.   I’ve got 11 weeks till Tupelo.  It should fly by but I still get antsy thinking about it.  It’s not like I’m going to break any records but you know after my whole Georgia marathon fiasco I’m anxious to get a better race behind me.  My running partner Thu has be graciously patient with me.  She takes walk breaks when I need them and cheers me on when I need it.  She’s such a naturally stronger athlete than I am.  She swears up and down she aches like I do but I don’t buy it!  This coming weekend we starting dipping into the double digits of mileage for our long runs.  It’s hard to run around town without eventually getting in someone’s way.  I know we have the Trace but for me it’s SO BORING!!   I don’t mind biking it but running it wipes me out mentally.  I however  love a good road run. There’s nothing like starting out on one side of town and looping my way around to the other side of town and back to the starting point all on foot.  Hattiesburg is not biker/walker/runner friendly when it comes to the placement of businesses, designated lanes, etc.  I would love to ride my bike to work or even run home from work but as far as the biking goes, I’m just signing my death wish by commuting in Hattiesburg!  Maybe one day we’ll be commuter friendly meanwhile me and the Danger Ranger will make do around town!!

I also have started dabbling in GeoCaching. What is GeoCaching you might be asking?  Well……..

I have found one (see picture above, it’s the small container) and i’ve looked seriously for one other but I seriously felt like I was going to get arrested.  It really should be advertised as a group activity.  It  might look less weird.  All the same it really is fun. I use my cell phone as the GPS system.  I keep saying i’m going to spend the day looking for the one’s that are local. I just haven’t made an effort.

I’ve also been to the beach, reading on those extremely hot days when I have nothing better to do and little things around the house. Nothing special.   Ohhhh in my free time i’ve become extremely obessesd with www. pinterest.com.  I can be found on here at http://pinterest.com/apricotusm/.  It’s really cool to find so many interesting things out there and to see what other people are into.  It can be used for so many things.  You can use it to find inspiration, motivation or  if you have clients that you want to put an idea bored together so that they can go online at no charge and see it.  Such a cool idea.   I’m also a huge stalker of www.etsy.com.

I’ve been doing some reading as well. Still trying to finish “The Paris Wife.”  It’s a good book just a long read.  With my online book club we just wrapped up our first inaugural book “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.” It’s a fast read.  I think next on our list is “The Girls Guide to Homelessness.”  I have several books I want to read and several series as well.  I’ve decided I need to win the lottery so I can quit my job or at least work part time so that I can spend more time running, reading, crafting and interneting.  Totally doable if I win the lottery!

Well that’s all I’ve got tonight.  I’ll check back in after our long run this weekend.

Cheers!

 

 

A Good Friday

Happy Friday!  Yes it’s the end of the week and the beginning of the weekend. I know I say it all the time but jeez, time flies when you are having fun!  Am I am having fun? Absolutely!  My running week is well, ahem, less running and more, well, whatever. It was something.  Does it matter?  Yes and no.  Yes it matters because I have a marathon in less than 18 weeks. No it doesn’t matter because I’ve been soaking up the excessively hot afternoon rays (after five obviously) and beautifying my backyard.  I mentioned this last week as well, but I really do love being outside.  When the temperature rises outside The Windhams of Carrington Court tend to migrate outside on week nights and hang out by the fire pit.  I stay inside from eight to five Monday through Friday so when I am on my time I do my best not to stay cooped up inside.  I do that in the winters enough as it is.

So I overslept twice this week which I missed running and did not go in the afternoons because it was beyond blistering hot to be running.  I am also a morning runner. I get very cranky if I am still running when the sun comes up.  Running early allows me to basically have my choice of where I want to run without crazy drivers trying to run me over (yes, it has almost happened before, and I still have a few gray hairs from it) and the quietness of it all is just amazing. If you do not get up before the rest of the world you do not ever get to experience what it’s like not to hear cars passing by, people honking, garbage trucks banging or whatever makes this world noisy. Getting up early allows me to run through neighborhoods and take in the early morning smells, sights and sounds.  I love smelling the Downy like smell coming from dryers, fresh coffee brewing and sprinklers doing their thing.  It’s just a slower, quieter world in the mornings.  Even Wal-Mart is better before eight. I also feel safer early in the mornings.   Maybe I’ve disillusioned myself into thinking that the people who intend do evil to this world is still sleeping or just gone to sleep while I am moving about early in the mornings. I have to admit, my guard is down when it’s that early. Clearly, please do not jump out and scream boo at me because I am apt to wet my pants. I can be a bit of a skittish scardey cat

Otherwise it’s been a pretty quiet and semi-eventful week.  I hope to get in a nice little run with my buddy Thu (TWO) and then I will just see what happens from there.  I hope you have a great weekend. Be sure to get out and get some vitamin D.

 

Manic Mondays

 

What a day!  Nothing bad but somehow this time change really took the wind out of my sail today!  I had big plans to be up and at ’em early this morning. However, my sweet dog had different plans that kept me awake for a better part of the night.  So I didn’t workout before work.  After work was close to the same story except this time it was pouring down rain.  So the only workout this chic got in was 45 minutes of pilates.  I’m okay with that.  Tomorrow WILL be better.

Also diet is getting much better.  I’m down a pound or two.  It’s very mental for me when it comes to diet.  I know what I should eat. I know how much I should or should not eat. Food for me is comfort.  So I really have to work on not eating just because I think about it.  Either way, today was okay. I wouldn’t consider it my finest diet choice but I’ve also done worse.

Either way this girl is making baby steps toward the right direction.  I didn’t get in this condition overnight and I’m not getting out of this condition overnight either.  More good things to come!

Just a matter of Time

I have completely been off my mission.  I have been so consumed by life lately that I haven’t taken the time to do what is best for anyone except for overeat, worry, work and sleep.  Sounds fun huh?!  Well enough is enough.  Saturday I enjoyed a 4 mile run with a dear friend, I think more gossiping was done than running but I’m claiming it was a run.  Later on that morning I taught a circuit class that I think kicked my rear more than it did the actual class.  I finished the weekend off with an afternoon of hanging out in the sun with my hubby while watching a baseball game.  Absolutely perfect!

Whats next on my list?  I’m working on that tonight.  I’ve got to get this rear end in a routine.  I will let you know as soon as I figure it out.

Meanwhile, I did make home made California Spring Rolls! I had a very happy tummy!! I used 22cm Vietnamese rice paper, romanian lettuce, imitation crab meat, cilantro and avocados.  The sauce makes it. It’s a must.  3 parts Kraft Balsamic vinaigrette and 1 part peanut butter.  Warm slowly in the microwave and stir together. Dip the spring rolls and enjoy! The rolls are good without the sauce but it’s really good with it!  I got the rice paper at the local Asian fish market which is always a fun and inexpensive trip.  I got the imitation crab meat, rice paper and cilantro there for like $7.00. Below is a video how to put it all together.  Have a great weekend!

Bad Blogger!

Let me take a moment to say, I’ve been a bad blogger.  I’ve been so unmotivated, so lazy. I feel horrible about it all!  Life has a way of just getting in the way. I have a constant to do list. Which anybody who knows me knows I love my to do list. However, there is not a enough time in the day.  Yes, I’m being whiney.  I’m very much aware of that.  Anyways, hang in there. Give me a  couple of days and I’ll be back.  Let’s shoot for Saturday. See you then!

Everybody’s working for the weekend

The week and weekend have gotten away from me! When I thought about creating a blog I just new posting daily would be  breeze. Umm, not really. Or at least not yet.  This last week has been semi-crazy busy. I never could get my mind around what needed to be done. It seems like someone was having to constantly remind me of something.  Either way, here it is Saturday morning. I’m headed out of town to see my sweet family in Calera, Alabama and there is so much I haven’t done.  However, Monday is going to be a different story. I’ve got to get things on track if I’m going to do another marathon soon.  Either way, theres only so much time in a day.  I use to laugh at people how they  would complain how tired they are and about not getting enough rest. In fact I picked up a motto from race shirt I saw somewhere that said, “You can rest when your dead!”  Lately it’s become, is it 9 yet so I can go to bed?!!

Well I’m off to do a quick cleaning of the house, some laundry, throw an overnight bag together then pick up a king cake and off to Calera I go!

Have  a great weekend!