Weekly Run Review

I knew this past week would be challenging especially since I was headed to New York for my sisters wedding. I had planned on running earlier in the week so that I would just need to focus on strength training while I was in NY, but I didn’t push myself out the door, and had to make up some miles at the hotel.

My long run for the week was interesting. To make my 6 miles more fun I decided to snapchat at each mile. Unexpectedly I saw a hawk with a big fish in its talons flying over the river, “saved” a baby coyote from the street (just a matter of shooing the coyote far enough and alerting authorities about it), and this may make me sound like a stalker, but I saw a guy on the trail that has always gotten first place in any local 5k run I’ve done! I sort of wanted to say, “Hey! You’re awesome!” But decided to be less creepy and just wave hi as I passed.

Running at the hotel wasn’t easy. Once you’re out of town, the maid of honor/sister of bride during a wedding weekend, and on vacation mode… The last thing I felt like doing was waking up early to run on a treadmill at the hotel’s fitness center. I did it though.

The wedding was great and I’ll count all the dancing I did at it as my cross-training! wink wink 😉

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Getting ready for the wedding and loving that lipstick color!

XO

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Chafe No!

Blisters sure, ankles rubbed raw, blackened toenail, but a chafed underboob? H to the No!

Earlier this summer I experienced some mild discomfort and redness where my running bra rubbed in what I call the “underboob,” but it quickly did its thang and went away. But as of last Saturday that little bit of redness became full out chafing of the underboob in which I say “CHAFE no!”

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The Office. Andy chaffing during their 5k event.

I was actually in the middle of my 5k race when I started to feel it chafing. It hurt and I hoped that it was sweat I was feeling and not actually blood remembering what happened to Andy in the Office when they all ran the 5k! Thankfully it wasn’t my case, but it did make me smile until the finish line.

By the time I got home and checked the “under-goods” it was pretty epic… Raw skin, and I mean raw (first layer gone and red red red). Like an amateur I showered normally, and experienced intense burning and swearing, but hey I showered! Afterwards, I dried off and once again like an amateur I covered it with not one, but THREE (due to its size) band-aids. Before bed I thought I’d let it air, and took the band-aids off and it felt more like a waxing. That skin was SO sensitive, and not only was the chafing still raw but now I had major redness from where the adhesive of the band-aid was! A couple months back a fellow runner advised I put tea tree oil on raw skin to help with the healing process. I thought alright now’s my chance! Dabbed a few drops on a cotton ball, swiped it across, and it burned (and not in the gleefully anticipated burning man kind of burn).

Day 2: Still ouch. Thank you rest day!

Day 3: I decided to skip the band-aid route and stuff kleenex down my bra to “pad” the underboob. During break at work I thought maybe it’d be smart to walk over to the local running store to pick up some Body Glide (an anti-chafe) balm to help comfort it and avoid the chafe in the future. When I got back to work, I literally had to peel the kleenex off my skin. So yeah kleenex wasn’t the answer either. The balm didn’t feel good going on. All I could think was, “Please, I can’t go to the doctor about my underboob chafing! I have my sisters wedding at the end of the week. This will get better!” I knew there was no way I could train for my half marathon today either because this wasn’t working. Luckily the balm allowed the kleenex to be removed without peeling at the skin, but it still looked rather raw and red.

Day 4: The hubs did me a favor and grabbed some gauze and medical tape. So this morning before work I balmed, gauzed, and taped myself up! No running today, but I did get a great 1 hour walk in during my dinner break. I’m going to be kind to myself today and call the walking my “cross-training” for the week, but I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll be able to do a split run tomorrow (morning 3 mile and evening 3 mile).

So my chafe story is…

to be continued…

Weekly Run Review

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Kids Against Hunger 5k

This week was a bit different, because due to schedules and weather, I had two days (at the end of the week) to run 12 miles! Normally I would have broken it down throughout the week, but it made me realize that I just wasn’t creative enough for squeezing in my runs. I had run earlier in the week, but during the middle… Nope. So I decided that I was going to run two splits on Friday and Saturday to make the 12 miles happen.

Friday I woke up early, in fact the moon was still out by the time I stepped out the door, but I ran my 2 miles, worked, mom duty, and then ran 5 more miles!

The following morning, Saturday, I had planned on running 2 miles as a warm up to a 5k I was running that same morning, but it was thunder storming so I held off. I ran my 5k, and ran my last 2 miles once I got home.

The neat thing is that I did fairly well on my 5k! I finished in 29:30 and that wasn’t me purposefully trying to go fast. I ran that because my body felt like I could!

This next week will be interesting too, because I’ll be in NY for my sister’s wedding, so I’ll need to get creative! 😉

XO

 

Weekly Run Review

14101816_917458535033134_300389982_nWeek two of my half marathon training was unbelievably better than my first week back post IT-band injury and sinus infection! Even though my pace was between 10-11 min miles, I’m okay with that. I’m training for distance not speed.

To keep things interesting I ran at different times of day (morning, afternoon, and evening), switched up my route each time, and listened to podcasts. Lately I’ve been enjoying Running on OM. Not only do I love the host, Julia Hanlon, voice and positive attitude, but I also thoroughly enjoy her guests! It’s actually inspired me to start a podcast myself someday… 🙂

As I’m gaining distance and cardio, I will also make sure to build those powerhouse muscles to help me keep and build my stamina and strength.

And now for week 3!

Weekly Run Review

6AM, 80 degrees, 97% humidity.

6AM, 80 degrees, 97% humidity.

My goal during my half marathon training is to run four days a week and cross train/strength train for at least two; giving me one day of rest each week. Initially I had a full 18 weeks of training for my half, but between injuring my IT Band (worst it has ever been) and getting a sinus infection, I was out for about 2 weeks. It might not sound like much, but that threw off my entire schedule. So, I created a new 14 week training plan, and started training once again. So far so good, but in full disclosure it wasn’t stellar.

The first day I thought, “Hey! I’ve been working all day, and I want to see my kids and husband so why don’t I run next to them as he bikes the kids in the bike trailer!” It was a great idea, but ended up feeling like a long road trip of Zooey saying, “I want ice cream. Can we get ice cream? Are we done?” etc. I used to run with her all of the time in my jogging stroller, but that was when she was younger and would fall asleep or at least be entertained by me saying, “Be on the lookout for a squirrel!” Yeah, she’s getting a bit older, and so maybe i’ll need to think of new ideas to entertain. So basically my husband ended up biking home, and I ran home the rest of the way by myself, and a bit stressed.

The second day of running was probably the most idiotically prepared. Since my husband’s school year is starting up again we planned for a stay-date (the night before my run). After the kids went to bed we baked chili-lime salmon, sweet potato chips, shared a flour-less chocolate cake, split a bottle of Rose wine, and stayed up talking until midnight. That wouldn’t have been a big deal, but I woke up at 5:45 AM to get out the door to run by 6 AM! Like an amateur, I had drank the night before, barely slept, had a glass of water before I headed out the door without eating anything, and started running. It happened to be 80 degrees already with humidity you had to cut through, and by the first mile I felt like hurling. The acid in my stomach burned so much, I was breathing heavy, and just felt A W F U L. Initially I thought maybe after this half marathon I should just retire from running period, my body just feels awful, and maybe I should just be done. But during my run I happened to be listening to a podcast that talked about during runs you face your dragons. These dragons are the same ones you have at any other stressful time in life, but when you’re running you find them, battle them, and defeat them. I realized then that I was considering not running because I felt awful, but I felt awful because I drank wine, barely slept, and didn’t eat anything before my run. I realized my body felt like crap because I had just treated it like crap. Running wasn’t the problem, I was! So I battled that dragon during that run and told myself, no, I am not going to treat myself like that again. Even though it was a fun stay-date and I loved that time with my husband, I also love myself and my body deserves to be treated well.

As you can imagine days three and four were much better than days one and two. Day four even happened to be 80 degrees with 97% humidity at 6 AM and I rocked it!

To be a runner it’s important to be flexible, listen to your body, and adjust your lifestyle and training plan in order to rock the running week. I’m excited to see my body continue to improve this next week!

Happy trails!

Katie

Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training Book

cover-half-marathon-trainingDepending on how closely you follow me (on Instagram for example) you may or may not know that I started training for my very first half marathon. One name that I have heard over and over when it comes to running guru’s is Hal Higdon. I’ve specifically heard that his training plans and tips are the way to go. So when I saw that he recently published a book in April 2016 focusing on half marathons, I immediately got it from my local library!

“Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training” book can be as detailed or basic as you need it to be, meaning you can skim to exactly what you need to know or you can read the entire book and learn the history of half marathons, other runner experiences, training program examples, running tips, etc.

It assured me that the plan I had come up for myself was a good one to work with, and even better I was able to improve it based on some of his suggestions (which are beneficial for both beginner and novice runners).

As for running books I think it was a great one to start with and highly recommend it when you’re beginning to plan for your first or looking to improve your second, third, or even twentieth!

Happy reading and good luck!