Where does time go?!

I feel like a broken record saying this, but I’m going to try my very best to keep up with my blog! 😛 In my defense though my summer so far has been crazy busy. Here are some highlights:

I had a weekend getaway in New York visiting my sister for her birthday. We explored both Manhattan and Brooklyn, and ate so much delicious food. I seriously don’t think I’ll ever eat that good of a chocolate croissant or muffin or taco or omelet or….. Seriously the food was amazing. We even ate at this amazing vegan tapas styled restaurant. I had vegetables cooked in a way I had never even thought about!

A couple weeks ago I started training for my half marathon in September. One hot and humid morning my too small socks caused gross blisters on my heels. And I’m talking gross, the kind when you remove your sock skin comes off. I played around with methods of getting it to heal and it wasn’t until I used a liquid band aid and regular band aid combo was it able to heal. I still have scab weirdness on my heals but at least they’re not open grossness!

Only two days after I got those gross blisters I ran a 5k. It was my goal to PR. I felt great during my run despite my heels, and just kept pushing it. People of all ages were passing me, and I thought oh well, I know I’m doing a good time for me I’m not going to worry about anyone else. When I finished my run I PR’d with an average of an 8:41 min mile!! I know for some runners that’s “easy” talk but for me that’s awesome! Just 4 years ago when I started running I had a hard time running ONE mile at a 16 min pace. I was unbelievably shocked to find out I placed 3rd in my age group! I was only 2 minutes shy from being 2nd, but I try not to think about that too much… 😉

A few days later I woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain in my toe. It had been 16 days of pain at that point actually, I had just been ignoring it. I first noticed it my last day in New York. My toe was crazy swollen, and painfully ached. I blamed it on walking about 7 miles every day in sandals, and figured it would go away. Since icing, elevating, 1-2 day rests, and an inflammation reducer pain killer didn’t help, I decided to go to an orthopedic sports medicine doctor. The result? A stress fracture. I was given a post-op shoe and told to use it for the next 3 weeks and hopefully by then I can start running again, but in the mean time be “creative” with my workouts. Cycling, rowing, and lifting are all ok, but bending my toes/foot and putting weight on it is not okay. It was frustrating news since I had just started my half marathon training, but I guess I’d rather get better early on then have to stop in the middle of training and not even get a chance to run it. I’ve had a week off of running at this point and I can say the pain has gone away and the majority of the swelling has gone too. I have been biking, rowing, and lifting mainly at OrangeTheory but some of the biking has been with my family or my friend who I have been training with. I ended up designing a new training plan, which I’ll share with you all later (#goals)!

A few days after the depressing news I got my hair done at my favorite salon (hello summer blonde hair), ate an amazing dinner for our 6 year wedding anniversary and went with David, the kids, and friends to the beach to celebrate our actual anniversary day!

If I’m not at work, taking care of the kids, or exercising I’ve been catching up on laundry, cleaning the house, painting the house, gardening, and a hopefully a soon finished fun yard project (again I’ll share with you later, #goals)!

My husband has about 50 more pages of his dissertation to write and I feel a bit bummed for him. I know it’s a lot of stress on him, and he’s trying to be an involved husband and Dad, but that is difficult to do when there’s a deadline. We keep telling ourselves, “graduation May 5, 2018”!

Now that I’ve talked your ear off, enjoy your weekend!

Katie

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Fit Faux Pas

I tried to ignore it when I saw the magazine covers, but when I overheard two young adult ladies talking about it the other night I just couldn’t help but get on top of my soap box.

(Step up onto soap box) Ahem, if I can have your attention please!

The other night I heard one lady say to another lady:

“Hey! Did you hear about Khloe Kardashian’s new Revenge Diet? She looks so good now!”

“Oh I know! She looks so much better than before!”

Sure this may sound like a compliment, but here are the two things wrong with this:

  1. Revenge Diet
  2. Looks better

And why is that a problem?

Well first off no one should ever do a “revenge diet.” We should never go on a diet to make someone jealous or envious. Why waste your energy on that, but instead if you are going to go on a “diet” (which in reality I think there should be no such thing as diets-but rather healthy eating/living for good) you should do it for your own health and how you feel! Then the other thing saying that she looks better now implies that she didn’t look good before. Health and fitness should not be about “looking good,” but again about feeling good and in general being healthier. Sure there are plenty of people out there that associate thinness or fitness as being more attractive but part of that attractiveness may be about feeling confident in your own skin and also literally feeling good. There are plenty of people who may be thin and fit but are mean and rude, and those people no matter how “good” they look they’re probably going to be remembered for being a mean and rude person.

Here is an example about how being thin or fit doesn’t neccessarily make you a more attractive
person. Tao Porchon-Lynch is a 98 year old yoga teacher who is a very attractive person. Her attractiveness isn’t due to her thin and fit body but rather due to her smile, her spirit, the energy she gives off. She is someone who you want to be around!

Here is a second example: Jessamyn Stanley is known for her “curvy yoga.” She is a very beautiful woman and she is not “thin,” she is curvy and fit at the same time! Once again her smile, confidence, and humor makes her an attractive person.

Obviously this is all my opinion and you may have a different opinion than me, but I guess my point is that we should be nice. Don’t take any action to make someone else feel bad, and simply be encouraging and kind.

(Steps off soap box)

Do you have another example of beauty that comes in all shapes and sizes?

Sore is the New Black

When I was stretching post-half last Sunday I also felt how sore my chest, biceps and triceps were from my Thursday OrangeTheory workout! My husband laughed at me when I mentioned it. He said, “You just ran a half marathon and you’re complaining about your arms!?” It’s funny because you’d expect me to be moaning and groaning about my legs, and sure they did feel a bit sore and tight (especially on Monday), but yes it’s true my upper body was still sore from my workout a few days prior.

When I first started lifting weights my arms could only handle 5-8 pounds (max) and now I can easily lift over 10 pounds! Sure may not sound like much but for someone who used to be the elliptical-only-girl that’s a big difference! 5 pounds used to be a challenge and now 15 pounds is the challenge just over a matter of a mere few months. The thing is I haven’t allowed my arms to “get used to” the weights. Once the weight feels easy to me I bump it up. Trust me I’m not buff looking (yet) but I can tell that I’m much stronger. One way I know I’m getting stronger is that basically every day I feel sore. Could be annoying for some feeling those tender muscles, but I know they are sore because they are repairing themselves and building more muscle.

Sore today, strong tomorrow.

And how I personally feel, “Sore is the new black.”

Right now my arms, back, glutes, hamstrings, and quads are all sore. But I can see my body getting tighter, fitter, and an improvement in my running endurance and speed.

Work for that soreness and see those big improvements 🙂

Are you feeling sore today?

Naperville Women’s Half Marathon Review

When I realized I was finally going to do Naperville Women’s Half Marathon and that it wasn’t going to be a cold and rainy April day I got super excited!

The day before I picked up my packet, hung out, relaxed, ate roasted sweet potato and a turkey burger (my favorite go-to meal), set my alarm for 4am, and went to bed super early! (around 8-9pm). When my alarm clock went off at 4am, I hopped out of bed headed to the shower and started the process of waking up, and that means COFFEE! Part of me thought just go back lay down in bed, say that you got sick and had to miss the run, but then I thought JUST DO THE RUN. So I continued on my mission.
While I was getting ready David was in charge of the kiddos. He flipped on the lights in Zooey’s room, and she said “Why’d you turn on the lights?” in a very groggy voice. He told her that even though it was still dark out that it was actually morning and that I had the run today in which she replies, “Are you kidding me?” All week long she had been so excited about this run so it was just funny to hear her future teenage self come out a little bit. Then they went into Leo’s room and flipped on the lights. Leo blinked open his eyes, looked at them, rolled over, stuck his thumb in his mouth and started laughing. Again, I love seeing their future teenage selves come out in the morning!

We headed to the event, found parking right away, made a short walk, quick line to the potty, did my final adjustments, and next thing you know I was headed toward my corral! Luckily I saw a friend of mine just as I was entering my corral and ended up being in hers which was a 2:10 finish (faster than I originally planned considered my 1st half marathon I finished in about 2:30). As we were waiting to start I realized out of all things I forgot to do this morning was put on deodorant! I literally put Glide between each of my toes (just as an example of my fine detail) but deodorant? Apparently not! When we were off I was so glad that I was able to run with a friend. It really kept me feeling positive and happy. Around mile 3 there was a huge decline and I decided to take it. I shot forward and ended up not seeing my friend until the after party (sorry about that! We weren’t originally planning on running together because she was training faster than I was-who would’ve thought I would run faster-plus I thought she’d catch up with me and she had a friend with her too so I think in the long run it’s ok I did that)! ;P

Around mile 6 David and the kiddos were at a park to cheer me on and catch my gloves as I tossed them to him. It was so great to see their smiling faces. At this point I hit another hill, a sharp turn into ANOTHER hill! I know I looked at the elevation map prior to this run, but didn’t realize how basically the majority of the run was on an incline. Usually the incline was gradual but long, however there were a couple doozies that made me get out of breath.

The entire run I was doing great! I had zero pain, tons of energy, my fastest mile was 9:02 (which is a huge difference because my fastest mile in my 1st half marathon was 10:30), and best of all no GI issues!!! When I was training last fall this was a very common and frustrating problem for me and luckily wasn’t an issue this time around. Around mile 11 those hills finally started getting to me and I had to tell my legs to keep moving right left right left. I even told myself that my legs weren’t even pushing it too hard in comparison to some of my faster paces (an 8ish/7ish min mile). It put me in perspective that I got this. Also, dedicating each mile to someone worked fantastic. I refocused my thoughts away from my tired feet or tight calves and focused on that person and how grateful I am for them to be in my life.

Soon enough I started hearing the music and the crowds cheering, I turned a corner, headed onto the track field (where we start and finish), and the moment that beautiful beautiful track surface hit my feet I was able to bring out the last of my energy and sprint!

I was floored that I PR’d by about 25 minutes! As I said earlier my first half marathon I finished in 2:28 and this one… 2:04!!! The best thing about that is that I did that with a lot of incline, hills, my breathing never exhausted, no GI issues, and best of all… I felt great!

Once I crossed the finish line I floated on clouds looking for my husband and kids. I didn’t see them so I picked up a couple snacks and water and floated to the turf. I sat down, settled down, and called David. They found me and it was so refreshing to see their smiles! I gave Zooey and Leo the biggest hugs ever, because let me tell you I focused on kissing those cheeks during tough times!

Post-half I continued to feel great. The following morning I felt a little sore and tight in certain
areas, but overall fantastic. As for today I ventured out and did my first workout post-half (Orange Theory-has become a new favorite and no I’m not being paid to say that, it’s just a good workout). I feel so blissfully satisfied with how it went I’m already planning on my next!

Do you have a favorite half marathon?

 

13 Reasons, 13 Miles

A couple months ago I decided that for my second half marathon I wanted to dedicate each mile to someone or something who has really moved me. I’m hoping that it’ll help me get through the tough miles and push harder and faster throughout all of them.

So here are my 13 miles:

1.  Boston (To the survivors, those who passed away, those whose lives will be forever impacted, for doctors/nurses/paramedics/etc. who were involved in saving lives, for the police field that acted quickly and tiresomely to keep people safe, to those who revisited painful memories during the trials to provide witness, and to those who do not loose hope and are Boston Strong)

2. Michelle (A friend and runner who a week ago injured her ankle and had to bow out of this run with me, and for her casual way about running… how have you run so many half marathons!?!!)

3. Ella Joy (A sweet girl who used to attend my art and story time programs who is currently battling very aggressive cancer. This is for her, her family and that God heals quickly)

4. Jonah (Knowing him since high school I’ve seen him go through so much, and also he has for me. Almost 4 years ago he was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer and given a 6% 5 year survival rate. This August will be 4 years, and in September he is starting a Social Work Masters program. I couldn’t be more happy that he has defeated the odds, and found a calling that speaks to him)

5. Mandee (I’ve been charmed for almost 10 years by Mandee’s quirky humor and up for anythingness. Mandee is a true and good friend who would drop anything if you were ever in need ❤ )

6. This past year/new friends (This has certainly been a transitional year for me, and I want to dedicate this time to reflect on it)

7. David’s family (It’s so big they could fill up a FULL marathon so I’m going to squish them all into mile 7-heehee)

8. My parents (Obviously if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here!)

9. Mary (My sister who I’m so proud of, gets me, and no matter what is there for me)

10. Leo (My little goofball who is one cuddly teddy bear and I am so grateful to have him in my life)

11. Zooey (My little angel girl who I love so dearly and always is making me laugh)

12. David (The love of my life, my husband, my sweetheart. We have so many precious memories together)

13 (.1). God (Through my last and probably toughest mile I want to be thanking God for giving me a body so strong and capable of doing something I used to think was never imaginable)

 

If you do know me, and didn’t make it onto my list don’t pout, you’ll probably be on an upcoming race list 😉

Wish me luck and love you all! ❤

Half Marathon Week is Here!

The week of my half marathon is finally here! I’ve been obsessively checking the weather and seeing the rain percentage creep higher and higher, but as of yesterday it changed to 65 degrees, sunny with 0% chance of rain! Holy cow I think that’s the perfect weather for a run! I’ve been trying to remain positive, and visualizing a great run this Sunday.

I had two rest days (on Sunday-Easter-and Monday). At first I thought how can I not go for a short run, but then I just enjoyed it! Yesterday (Tuesday) as I got ready for my Leo-is-napping-while-Zooey-is-at-preschool-run I realized that I had left my running shoes in Davids car! The closest shoes to running shoes I had with me were some semi beaten up Keds! I slid them on, tied the laces, and said let’s just see how the first mile goes. Part of me was nervous that the lack of support would injure me while the other part was thinking about all those fancy expensive barefoot shoes and that I’ll be just fine. The first half mile was just hard, but around mile 1 I was feeling great. I slowly bumped up the pace and finished an awesome 4 miles!

The next three days I’m actually planning on going to Orange Theory. I love those workouts because you get 30 minutes of a challenging run and then 30 more minutes of cardio from the rower and strength from weights. Personally I think it’s the perfect one hour workout. I will fit in one more short run on Thursday, and then of course rest on Saturday (the day before the run).

Right now i’m in that “I’m so nervous but so excited” emotion, and thinking what am I going to wear, what’s the weather going to be like, am I going to get sick, etc.

Seriously though, what am I going to wear!?

 

😉

 

Half Marathon Outfit Ideas

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At the finish line

As I mentioned in my previous post about my first half marathon, I found that I hadn’t brought all the clothes I needed for my run. The main reason is that the day before the race the weather changed. So instead running with a feel of the 50s, I’d be running with a feel of the 30s. Two main things I was missing: a jacket and pants. I had brought capri’s instead and a thin long sleeve tech shirt. When I would be starting my run it’d be in the teens to 20s. So yes I needed to fix that situation. Luckily I had packed knee high compression socks so with the capri’s I had faux “pants.” I also was able to buy a jacket at the expo the night before, so I was set.

In case you are planning for a half, my big recommendation especially if you are traveling for your half, bring more than you need (just in case).

But if you’re curious here was my half marathon running outfit (and no i’m not getting paid to say any of this-HA!):

After about mile 1 or so I “stored” my gloves in my sleeves. About mile 4 or so I wrapped my fleece headband around my wrist. When I saw my husband at mile 6 cheering me on, I gave him my jacket and gloves, but put back on my headband. That became the perfect combination for the rest of the run.

Hopefully that helps you with your plans!

XO,

Katie