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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Weekly Workout Review

Hey! Check it out! It’s another weekly workout review, let’s keep it up! ;P

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: (non-traditional exercise) house PAINTING! yes it’s true I worked up a sweat!

Wednesday: Orange Theory

Thursday: Orange Theory (and a sweaty house painting session)

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Yoga 2-3

Sunday: Orange Theory (and attended a GI Yoga workshop)

This week felt pretty chill as for workouts go. I don’t have any long runs coming up, and so I’m taking it easy as for the workouts. This weekend I started getting sick, and so I didn’t want to workout at all but forced myself to get out and exercise. Today is a bring-out-the-violins-because-I-feel-so-sick kinda day! Bummer I know… So let’s hope I get over this quick and move on with my week!

Weekly Workout Review and May Goals

So here’s to combining two blog posts into one but hey I have confidence that I can do it! ;P

Anyway, thought it’d be fun to recap with you what my workouts were last week (and hopefully this will become a thing-sharing my weekly workouts):

Sunday: Half Marathon

Monday: Rest Day

Tuesday: 3 mile run

Wednesday: Orange Theory

Thursday: 4 mile run

Friday: Orange Theory

Saturday: Yoga 2-3

Sunday: Rest day (was planning on running a 10k event but I didn’t have the drive to run in the 30something degree rainy weather)

 

Alright and now here is for the doozie! I decided that for the month of May that I will not be on Facebook or Snapchat at all! The only form of “social media” I will continue using are my two Instagram accounts (the fit one and the pretty one). I decided to keep IG just because I like looking at pretty photos and being encouraged by certain accounts. Then the OTHER thing I’m doing this month is not drinking a drop of alcohol. It might not seem like a big deal for some, but I have gotten into the habit of ending my nights with a glass or two of wine and I want to stop that. I believe I don’t sleep as well after I drink and I don’t wake up as clear headed as I could plus the whole toxin to the body thing.

So here’s to “cleaning up” my month of May both body and mind!

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?

 

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!?

 

😉

 

A Day in the Life

Tuesdays tend to be my most hectic day, and so I thought it’d be fun to share the craziness with you. Feel free to view it as the easy life or the woah how is she still awake by 9 pm! 😉

3 am-Zooey wakes up asking for food (she’s 4, typically never does this, and my lovely husband gave her a snack)

5:30 am-Zooey wants me to wake up with her, and I somehow manage to get her to fall back asleep for one more hour

6:30 am-We’re up, a real slow go for me while Zooey wonders how I’m not possibly more awake

6:30-6:45 am-basic morning necessities

6:45-7:30 am-Make Zooey’s breakfast, chat and hang

7:30-8:45 am-Wake up Leo (who is almost 2), make Leo’s breakfast, get Zooey changed for dance class, get Leo changed for the day and give him medicated eye drops (and I thought giving him antibiotics by the mouth was bad), get myself changed and presentable for the day

8:45-9 am-Head to Zooey’s dance class

9-9:45 am-Walk around the park district and park with Leo while Zooey takes her class and chat with other moms

9:45-10 am-Go back home

10-11:55 am-Dancing always makes Zooey hungry so breakfast #2 for her (and of course Leo follows suit) and finally breakfast for me (Larabar, an orange and coffee), dishes, pick up the house a little, and play with the kiddos

11:55-12:15 pm-Drop Zooey off at preschool

12:15-12:30 pm-Head to the grocery store with Leo

12:30-1 pm-Shop for the week and the real emergency… diaper wipes (how did we run out!?)

1-1:10 pm-Head home

1:10-1:30 pm-Give Leo food and put him down for a nap

1:30-1:35 pm-Change for a treadmill run

1:35-2:10 pm-Run 4 miles on the treadmill

2:10-2:30 pm-Shower and get dressed for work

2:30-2:45 pm-Wake up Leo from his nap and head to pick up Zooey from preschool

2:45-3 pm- Go back home

3-3:30 pm-Give the kids snacks, eye drops for Leo, lunch for me (black bean soup with bread), and prep my dinner

3:30-3:35 pm-David (my husband gets home) we say our hellos and kiss goodbye

3:35-4 pm-Head into work (I work in the youth services department at a public library)

4-5 pm-Work at my desk

5-6 pm-Work at the public desk

6-7pm-Set up for my program

7-7:45 pm-Family Storytime program and clean up

7:45-8 pm-My 15 min dinner break (steamed vegetables with a veggie burger)

8-9:15 pm-Work at the public desk

9:15-9:30 pm-Head home

9:30-10 pm-Catch up with David while sharing some FroYo and enjoying a small glass of white wine

10-11 pm-Checking facebook and instagram and finally winding down

11 pm-Finally asleep to wake up at 5:30 am to help Zooey start her day and get ready for work (in by 8:45 am)

 

So there you have it. That is my typical Tuesday, and it tends to be a fun yet exhausting one. My other days aren’t necessarily this jam packed and I get to have more hang time with the kiddos, cleaning the house, laundry, dishes, longer workout, etc. So maybe someday in the future I’ll share one of those days with you too!

XO,

Katie

Two Weeks to a 10k

With just two weeks before my 10k race I fell down a few steps and hit my toe. Initially it swelled, bruised, and felt like I couldn’t move it.

It. Was. Frustrating. I couldn’t believe that I possibly could have broken my toe just weeks before my race. Not only could I not train, but I may not even be able to run it. So, I iced, rested my toe, and taped it. The first day or so was not that great, but by day 3 it felt almost back to normal! So almost back on my original plan!

I tried running a mile, and managed to run .40 mile before deciding to stop. Even though I wasn’t in excruciating pain I could tell my toe wasn’t happy with me. So I missed my 4 mile Thanksgiving run, and my 10k is in a week.

Not sure if I’ll be able to train for it/even run it, but here are some tips on how I would train two weeks before a 10k:

  • REST (especially if you just ran a half marathon. Give yourself a day or two off, and listen to your body. Don’t run injured!)
  • Aim for 4-5 runs a week running anywhere from 2 miles (fast) to 4 miles (pace) to 6 miles (comfortable)
  • Do leg work to prevent sore knees and IT bands (while you’re at it how about your whole body!)
  • Drink water, eat well, and sleep
  • And be careful wearing fuzzy socks while walking down hardwood stairs!!

At this point I’m hoping and praying that my toe will be better soon, and finding a babysitter (not so fun) and outfit (so fun)!music dance happy sexy hot

XO,

Katie