Taking a Break

I think it’s time for me to take a break from blogging.

The biggest contributing factor to this decision is how stupid busy and stressed I am at the moment. I have quite a bit on my plate, and blogging is something that should be fun, but right now, is just causing me stress. Writing my own blog posts and responding to comments, crafting social media posts, plus reading and commenting on other blogs is something that I spend a significant amount of time doing these days, and I’m starting to feel like that time could be better spent elsewhere.

The other piece is a bit harder to articulate. Basically I’ve just become overwhelmed by the expectations and obligations of having an online presence. I don’t like the behaviors required to be a “successful” blogger, or Instagram user, or Twitter user. Jockeying for likes and followers and using a billion hashtags and worrying about SEO is just not me. This was a big part of why I stepped down as a BibRave Pro. I was hoping that removing that particular obligation would help ease the pressure, but I still can’t totally escape the feeling that if I don’t post regularly, or have tons of likes on my Instagram posts, I’m not a “good” blogger. I’m also struggling with the pressure of having an audience. It sometimes feels like the things I’m doing (running, racing) and the things I’m writing here, or perhaps the way I’m writing them, are more for other people than for me, which is not why I started blogging.

I just need to hit reset and figure out a) if I want to continue blogging, and b) what that will look like for me in the future. I need to take some time to reconnect with running and exercise as an outlet for myself rather than a performance for my online audience. I need to do it because I want to do it, not because I want to see the likes stack up. I need to find the internal motivation rather than the external motivation. I need to escape from the world of hashtags and optimization and creating my “brand” and just focus on real life for a while.

I’m not sure how long this break will be, but I’m not planning to come back until I really feel the desire to blog again. I deeply appreciate everyone who’s ever stopped by, read, commented, or otherwise reached out. I’ve made some amazing connections through this little blog of mine, but I’ve just got to step back and figure out my own stuff for a bit.

Manic Monday – 08/22/16

Manic Monday

Leaf Peepers Half Marathon Training Week 6

What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 08/08/16: Rest | Rest

I was still quite exhausted and had some DOMS from the relay, so I decided to take it easy. I thought about going to yoga, but since moving has been stressing me out so much, Ben and I did a bunch of packing and took a load of stuff to our storage unit, which made me feel 1000x better.

Tuesday 08/02/16: 4 Miles + Legs | Rest

We had some friends in town on Monday night, which meant not much sleep, which meant no early wake up to run. I had a voice lesson after work, so I decided to just shuffle the rest of the week around a bit and rest today as well.

Wednesday 08/03/16: Rest | Rest

Aaaand are we surprised? No? Yeah, didn’t think so.

Thursday 08/04/16: 4 Mile Tempo | 3 Miles @ 10:02

I ran! It was short and sweet, but I ran.

Friday 08/05/16: Rest | Rest

Our company sponsored a charity Bocce Ball tournament, so I was out and about all day, and driving between Burlington and Middlebury, so no run.

Saturday 08/06/16: 8 Miles | Rest

I fully intended to do my long run before wedding festivities, but we had some friends in town from Portland, ME for only a few hours, so we grabbed breakfast with them instead.

Sunday 08/07/16: Rest | Rest

After too much to drink, and not really sleeping on Saturday night because we were tenting post-wedding, Sunday was a much-needed recovery day.

Weekly Mileage: 3

Total 2016 Mileage: 494.7

Oof. That’s two not-so-great weeks in a row. I’d like to say that I’m ready to buckle down and prioritize my runs this week, but considering that we have to be out of our apartment in 10 days, that wouldn’t be true. Priority number one this week is just getting shit done. I’m hoping to sneak a few short runches in, but no guarantees, as work is also super busy this week.

I’ve Got the Running Shoe Blues

If you’ve been reading this blog for a few months, you know that I’ve been going through some Running Shoe Blues. Here’s a quick recap:

  • I had been wearing Saucony Mirage 4s for two years, but they were becoming scarce, so I decided to try something new
  • Local Fleet Feet fitted me with Saucony Guide 9s, which gave me horrible blisters
  • Tried to exchange the Guide 9s, but didn’t get much help in the store. Decided to have them special order the Saucony Mirage 5s.
  • After two weeks of no communication from the store, called them only to find out that the shoes had never been ordered. Finally actually ordered them.
  • When I finally got the Mirage 5s and started wearing them, I ended up with a quad strain and pain in my right foot due to not enough room for my toes
  • I have been training ever since in my old Saucony Mirage 4s and dreading more forays into shoe shopping.

A couple of weeks ago, Fleet Feet emailed me that they were having a sale where if you brought in an old pair of running shoes, you’d get $20 off a new pair. Now, I know I said I didn’t think I’d shop at Fleet Feet again after the above saga, but it was a good deal, and a good opportunity to get rid of the Mirage 5s, which I had definitely worn too much to do a full return.

I went in on a Saturday, and started from scratch–I was measured and observed by a staff member (who couldn’t have been more than 18 years old), and she determined that I could wear neutral shoes, which I pretty much already knew. I tried on 7 or 8 different pairs, with a big focus on trying to find something with enough room in the forefoot/toebox that my big toe wouldn’t rub like it did with the Mirage 5s. The two pairs I liked best were Brooks Launch 3s and Nike Zoom Vomero 10s. I chose to go with the Nikes because the material in the toebox was much more flexible, whereas the Launches were a bit more stiff, and I was worried about my toe rubbing.

After having put about 13 miles on the Nikes, I’m already pretty sure they won’t work out. After every single run in them, I’ve had varying degrees of pain and tightness in my right Achilles and calf–especially after my 5 mile leg of the 100 on 100 Relay. I think this can be attributed to the fact that for the last 2+ years, I’ve been running in a shoe with a 4mm heel-toe drop, and the Nikes have almost a 13 mm drop. I probably should have factored that in more closely when trying shoes on, but I was just so happy to have enough room for my toes that I didn’t really think about anything else.

I’m planning to go back this week or next and exchange the Nikes for the Launches, which still have a higher heel-toe drop than I’m used to, but smaller than the Nikes. I also remember distinctly feeling like there was less under my heels in the Launches. I just hope that my toe doesn’t end up rubbing.

I’m just so frustrated. I feel like back when I was only running 10-12 miles a week, shoes didn’t make so much of a difference. I just bought a pair of Nike Frees at Olympia Sports and ran in them. I didn’t know anything about cushioning or heel-toe drop or minimal vs. maximal and I was FINE. I didn’t have any injuries or pain for the first year I was running regularly. I have to wonder how much of my shoe issues this year are due to overthinking things. Like, is it really the shoes that are the problem, or is it my over analysis of the shoes’ potential impact on my body that’s messing with me? Somehow it feels like having more knowledge is actually more of a burden than just being clueless and buying some random shoes and going with the flow.

How long did it take you to find your “perfect” running shoe?

Race Recap: 100 on 100 Relay

This is going to be a long one, my friends, so buckle up and settle in! TL;DR, it was hot, we were on track to finish, but ended up with a DNF due to lightning storms.

What/Where/When:

The 100 on 100 Relay is a 100 mile relay race that takes place on Route 100 in Vermont, starting in Stowe, and making its way all the way down to Okemo resort in Ludlow. Teams of 6 runners each run 3 legs over the course of the day. This year’s race was on Saturday, August 13th, and my team started at 6:45 am (teams receive start times based on runners’ projected paces and finish times).

Conditions:

Hot, humid, and overcast, with intermittent rain. Forecast promised high likelihood of severe thunderstorms, and flash flood warnings.

Friday: 

The team van picked me up around 3 on Friday afternoon, and we headed to Stowe. The scariest thing for me about this weekend was that I only knew one of my team mates, and the other four people were a) complete strangers to me, and b) had all done this race together numerous times, so I was an outsider. Thankfully, I had nothing to worry about. My teammates are all interesting, fun, kind people, and we got along great.

We arrived at our condo in Stowe around 4, and settled in for a bit, eating snacks and having a couple of beers. Team captain Chris and I went out around 6 to pick up the pizzas we had ordered, and check in at registration/packet pickup. It was well-organized, and we were done in less than 30 minutes.

For the rest of the evening, we ate pizza, watched the Olympics, and chatted, and then were all in bed before 11, because we had an early wake up call for Saturday.

Saturday: 

poppins reunion

Rob, center, is executive director of the race–he was also Burt in Mary Poppins with me and Chris!

Our official start time was 6:45 am, and there was plenty of coffee and some yogurt under the tent. Chris was runner number 1, so we lined up outside near the start at about 6:35 for final instructions. Just as we got outside, it started to rain a bit, but nothing too awful yet. Pre-race communications had made it clear that in the event of severe weather, the race would not be cancelled, but teams should pick up any runners if there was lightning/thunder, and make individual decisions about whether or not to finish, and that was pretty much what was reiterated here. Safety first.

Photo Aug 13, 6 45 02 AM

And they’re off!

The first leg is only 2.5 miles, and ends up looping around right back to the start for transition #1, so we hung out, using the portas, drinking our coffee, and giving Melissa, runner #2, a pep talk. Before we knew it, Chris was back and Melissa was off, and we piled into the van.

The way these relays work is that you can’t shadow your runner, so you end up leap frogging down the course, checking in with your runner if they need it, and then ultimately driving on to the next transition point. We made it through the first several legs, and then it was my turn. As runner number 5, my overall description was this:

This running experience is for your long distance runner seeking a “Postcard” tour of Vermont terrain. Yes, Vermont is very hilly and unpredictable, but the three legs for this runner aren’t either. The first leg is a very flat and enjoyable run of middle distance through beautiful Vermont farm land. This is a “Postcard” run that leaves you smiling and fulfilled, without having to work too hard. The second leg is the longest of the event, but mainly flat, with seemingly endless views. Be sure to stop towards the end of this leg at the river for a cooling dip, you will need it after the distance. The third leg is sure to satisfy with an intermediate distance and a lakeside finish. You’ll have seen it all and will be ready for the finish line! Total distance: 17.5 miles.

My first leg would be from Harwood Union High School to the Waitsfield Town Common, a distance of 5.2 miles.

elevation

I got a bit carried away by the downhill in the first few miles, and ended up running miles 1 and 2 in 9:34 and 9:22 respectively. I slowed down considerably in the flats, as it was disgustingly humid, but I still felt ok. My team met me at about mile 2.5 for some water, and I continued on my way. Unfortunately, I had completely underestimated the hill from mile 4 to the finish, and I was absolutely bagged by the time I got there. I power-walked most of the hill, but was able to run through the finish and hand off the slap bracelet to JP.

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I managed a smile for the only course photographer I saw

After a quick stretch, we hopped back into the van. My right Achilles and calf were really bothering me, so I decided not to run in my Nikes anymore. I don’t think they’re going to work out😦. I refueled, drank a bunch of water mixed with Gatorade, and changed my clothes over the next few transitions. It continued to be really humid and spit rain, but we were grateful that at least the sun wasn’t out.

My next leg was from Rochester Elementary School to the Ted Green Ford in Stockbridge, a distance of 7.3 miles.

elevation (1)

This route was mercifully flat, dare I even say mostly downhill? A couple of small rollers mixed in were nothing to write home about, but it was one of the longer legs on the whole course, and it was still gross humid. I was sweating profusely, but I had my Amphipod and took sips of water every few minutes. My teammates met me at about the halfway point with extra water, and I took an unbelievably refreshing sip of sugar-free Red Bull, which totally hit the spot. I was on my projected pace for most of this leg due to the downhills, but I slowed down a bit toward the end because I was so hot. I made it to the transition area with an overall pace of 10:17, which I was super happy with.

I chugged a Red Bull and ate some popcorn, a meat stick, and a slice of cold pizza to refuel, while chugging more water and Gatorade. My clothes and shoes were soaked, and I was glad I had ended up packing three pairs of shoes. I got changed at the next transition, which was also the beginning of the third set of legs, meaning we were almost done.

Chris set off for his third and final leg, which was 6 miles of uphill going toward Killington. We met him at the halfway point, and gave him some water and chews. He was still looking strong and feeling positive, so we drove to the next transition area. A few minutes after we arrived, there was an insane flash of lightning and a huge boom of thunder–the storm was literally right on top of us. We piled back into the van just as a torrential downpour started, so we zipped back down the mountain to find Chris. We was only about half a mile from the transition, and he jumped into the van, soaking wet and exhausted. We drove back to the transition area to try to decide what to do. Technically, by picking Chris up and driving him to transition, we had already DNF’d. He was willing to be dropped off back down the hill and finish his leg, but the weather was looking really bad, and Melissa, who was up next, had decided that she wasn’t comfortable running with thunder and lightning around.

We pulled up a forecast, and the radar showed storm cell after storm cell rolling through pretty much on top of each other for the rest of the night. We decided to skip Melissa’s final leg and drive to the next transition to see if Todd wanted to run his final leg. When we arrived at transition, there appeared to be a break in the weather, so Todd put on his safety gear (reflective vest, rear flashing light, headlamp), and set off. Visibility during this leg was AWFUL. There was a ton of fog, and it was kind of scary thinking of him out running in that. We met him halfway to give him water, and he was fine, so we drove to transition. Ryan was game to try his final leg, so we got him suited up in safety gear and waited for Todd to arrive.

Not 5 minutes after Ryan set out for his final leg (we literally hadn’t even made it back to the van yet), there was a flash of lightning and accompanying thunder, so we drove straight to Ryan to make sure he was ok. It was almost full dark at this point, and spitting rain, but he waved us ahead and said to check in after another mile. More thunder, more lightning, more rain. We pulled over less than a mile ahead, and when Ryan found us, he jumped back in the van. We had a team conference on the way to the next transition, and JP and I, the final two runners, decided that we weren’t comfortable running our final legs with the storms. Things on the road had gotten pretty chaotic at this point; runners were running on both sides of the road, vans were pulling over left and right, and normal Route 100 drivers were NOT happy with the slowed down traffic. I saw several drivers make really abrupt and unsafe passes.

Feeling completely united in our decision, we drove to the finish. As we arrived, there was one of those insane, bright, forked flashes of lightning right over us, one that left afterimages on my eyeballs, and we all just looked at each other and said, “We made the right choice.” Thankfully, we were still able to get our medals, and we partook in the post-race buffet–chicken, pulled pork, baked beans, veggies, sandwiches, pasta salad, and cookies. You could also get a beer or hard cider for $3, or a beer plus commemorative pint glass for $6.

Photo Aug 13, 9 04 08 PM

Left to right: Melissa, Me, Chris, JP, Ryan, Todd

We ate our dinner and drank our beers, and headed to our condo for some showers, more beer, and sleep.

Overall: 

Despite our DNF, I had an absolute blast with this race, and if it weren’t so damn expensive (registration, condo rentals Friday and Saturday nights, van rental, food etc), I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. That being said, I probably will do it again, I’ll just have to budget better for it🙂

It was just such a cool adventure, and the atmosphere was completely supportive and fun. Every van that passed me while I was running honked the horn, rang cowbells, and/or shouted encouragement. Every runner who passed me murmured a “Looking great” or “Nice job” as they went by. Transition areas had a party atmosphere. I never once encountered a porta-potty without toilet paper. My team was awesome. And I know that if the weather conditions had been different, I absolutely would have finished my final 5 miles.

Rather than feeling disappointed in our DNF, I feel extremely proud of all we accomplished. It was a tough day and a tough course–high humidity, intermittent rain, and lots of hills. I’m even MORE proud of us making the best decision for us in the moment, for our safety and peace of mind. There is such a culture of “tough it out, no pain no gain” in running, it can be really hard to look objectively at a situation and keep yourself safe. I know lots of teams finished in spite of the storms, and that’s great for them, but it wouldn’t have been great for us. It’s ok not to continue when you don’t feel safe. It’s ok to get a DNF. At the end of the day, we were all safe and happy, if tired, and that’s what counts.

Have you ever chosen to DNF due to weather conditions? Would you race in a thunder storm?

Manic Monday – 08/15/16

Manic Monday

Leaf Peepers Half Marathon Training Week 5

What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 08/08/16: Yoga | Rest

No excuses other than “I was tired.” I made dinner for the next few days and then just sat on my butt for the evening, and it felt great.

Tuesday 08/02/16: 3 Miles + Abs | Rest

Umm, again with no excuses. Yikes.

Wednesday 08/03/16: Rest | Rest

Ahem. Yup. I was “tired.”

Thursday 08/04/16: 6 x 400 | Rest

Same.

Friday 08/05/16: Rest | Rest

OK, this is really starting to get ridiculous.

Saturday 08/06/16: 100 on 100 Relay | 13 Miles Total

If you follow me on social media, you’ve already seen that we didn’t finish due to severe lightning storms, but you’ll have to wait until Wednesday for a full recap!

Sunday 08/07/16: Rest | Rest

I had some DOMS and was very tired after Saturday, so when I got home, I took an epsom salt bath and just relaxed until Ben got home–REUNITED, YAY! We went out for a nice dinner and then just read and relaxed until bedtime.

Weekly Mileage: 13

Total 2016 Mileage: 491.7

So, not the best week ever. I’ve been mulling over whether or not to address my mindset this week in a larger post, but the long and short of it is, I was feeling a little overwhelmed by life, the universe, and everything. A combination of nerves over the 100 on 100 relay, being alone and having to take care of everything around the house myself while Ben is in PA, and freaking out about moving in three weeks just had me feeling like, “Well, if I can’t do everything, I might as well not do anything at all.” I get like that sometimes; I get paralyzed by everything I have to do, and instead of just prioritizing the list and getting after it, I freeze.

Now that the relay is over, my work client appreciation event is over, and Ben is home, I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things. I’ve got lots to look forward to this week, including hopefully FINALLY getting back to yoga, a voice lesson, and a wedding! And Ben is “off” for the next few weeks, so he can get a jump start on all of the packing. Ugh. Packing. I swear, every time we move, I have a better understanding of people who practice a minimalist lifestyle. “WHO NEEDS 12 GLASSES?! LET’S JUST GET RID OF ALL OF THEM BUT 2! F*&^ THIS S#@&!”

Do you hate moving as much as I do?

Friday Free-For-All – 08/12/16

Photo Jul 14, 10 05 37 AM

I’ve been living the bachelorette life this week. Ben has been down in NY and PA since this past Saturday, helping his uncle Harry do some work on his family’s historic farmhouse. While it’s been really cool doing my own thing and being completely independent (like going to bed at 9:30 after watching trashy TV and eating popcorn for dinner), I really miss Ben. It’s weird and too quiet without him around.

I leave work at noon today to prep for 100 on 100. I was able to finagle a half day so that I can a) finish packing, and b) catch the team van down to Stowe. The relay is obviously a point-to-point affair, so it wouldn’t make sense for me to drive to the start and leave my car there, only to have to then find a ride back to the start to pick up my car. Team J’Adore Hardcore will leave Burlington around 3 to arrive in Stowe for packet pickup and final registration details around 4. Then it’s takeout and an early bedtime, because we’ve got to run 100 miles on Saturday–Eek!

I just finished watching Stranger Things on Netflix and I’m OBSESSED! Are any of you watching? It’s so good. The kid actors are incredible, and I’ve never been so impressed by Wynona Ryder. She’s inhabiting her role beautifully, and I seriously hope she wins some kind of award because DAMN! Anyway, if you like slightly creepy, suspenseful type stuff that’s not outright scary, you should check it out!

I’m doing a 34-day free trial of You Need a Budget (YNAB). Some friends of mine have been using it for a couple of years, and take every opportunity to tell me how amazing it is for budgeting, meeting financial goals, and paying off debt. I’m currently using it just for me (Ben and I have a yours-mine-ours financial setup) to try and get myself out of the overspending cycle I’m currently on. It takes some getting used to, because you can only budget with the money you currently have in your accounts, versus using your expected income for the month, and you have to account for every single dollar in your budget. It makes sense because then you’re able to roll over unused dollars from one month to the next and really understand where your money is going, but there’s definitely a learning curve. I’m hoping that it helps me out, and if I end up liking it/understanding it better, I’m gonna try to get Ben on board to use it for our joint finances, especially as we work toward saving for a house.

I think I may be injured, and I have no idea how. On Saturday, July 30th, I went to sleep fine. On Sunday, July 31, I woke up with a very sore shoulder. I assumed I’d just slept weird and it would work itself out. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The pain sort of comes and goes. Certain things make it hurt more, and it’s always very stiff and painful first thing in the morning. I’m starting to suspect I may have pinched a nerve or pulled something out of place, but, as always, I’m reluctant to go to the doctor. I just hate spending money on something that may or may not be serious. But because it’s now been almost two weeks, I figure I should go get it checked out. I’m planning to call my doctor’s office on Monday.

Manic Monday – 08/08/16

Manic Monday

Leaf Peepers Half Marathon Training Week 4

What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 08/01/16: Yoga or SpinRest

I intended to get up and either run or do yoga before work, depending on the weather. Unfortunately, my mind was racing a million miles a minute all night and I hardly got any sleep, so I just stayed in bed as late as I possibly could. Still though, I worked at Athleta in the evening, so I didn’t just go home and sit on my butt all night.

Tuesday 08/02/16: 4 Miles + Arms | 4.5 Miles + Arms

I did my run before work, woohoo! It was mid-60’s and not too humid, which was perfect. I’m trying to add a bit more distance to my runs because the 100 on 100 relay is coming right up, and none of my three legs is shorter than five miles, eek! I also did about 15 minutes of arm strength stuff in the evening.

Wednesday 08/03/16: Yoga or Spin | Spin

My first class in I don’t know how long. Months, for sure. It didn’t feel as awful as I was expecting, and I actually realized how much I’d missed it. I’m not sure I’ll be able to afford to buy another pass after I use my last class, but we’ll see.

Thursday 08/04/16: 3 Mile Tempo | All the swimming!

My family spent the day out on Lake Morey, and over the course of the day I probably spent at least an hour in the water, treading water and swimming around constantly. I was exhausted by the end of the day!

Friday 08/05/16: Rest | 1 Mile Warm Up + 3 Tempo Miles

I can’t lie, it was really tough to pull myself out of bed before work for this run, but I’m glad I got it done. My splits were 11:07, 9:35, 9:40, 9:22, which is pretty consistent, and right in the pace range I was shooting for, so I was happy. And tired!

Saturday 08/06/16: 3 Miles | Rest

Saturday was a full day–voice lesson in the morning, a toddler birthday party and buying new running shoes in the afternoon, and a waterfront walk and drinks and music with my friend Megan in the evening.

Sunday 08/07/16: 7 Miles | 8 Miles Total Over 2 Runs

I broke my long run up into two chunks to do a sort of practice run for the 100 on 100 relay this weekend. My morning run was about 18 seconds per mile faster than my afternoon run, but both paces were right in line with the estimated pace I gave to the race officials, so I feel pretty good about that.

Weekly Mileage: 16.5

Total 2016 Mileage: 478.7

This week will be all about resting and hydrating to prepare for the relay. I will still do a few shorter runs, but I won’t be going to spin class. I have a feeling Saturday’s race is going to take a lot out of me, so I’d rather be well-rested than push it this week and not be able to finish.

Friday Free-For-All – 08/05/16

Photo Jul 14, 10 05 37 AM

I spent all day yesterday on a pontoon boat with my family. All my dad wanted for Father’s Day was to spend a whole day together as a family while my sister Haley is home from Michigan this week, and yesterday was the only day we could get a rental. I took a random Thursday off of work to drive down, and it was great. The weather was perfect, and we just swam and floated and ate and drank all day. It made coming into work today VERY hard, but thankfully, it’s Friday, and tomorrow is the weekend.

I get to go to a toddler birthday party tomorrow. My friends Aimee and Andrew’s son Axel is turning 2, so they’re having a low-key party tomorrow morning. I’m sure this is going to throw my baby-crazy into overdrive. I’m VERY excited to play with some cute kids and see my friends. Aimee is pregnant with kiddo number 2, and I haven’t seen her in a while, so it will be nice to catch up.

Frittatas are my new breakfast jam. My best friend’s mom made one for breakfast while we were down for 4th of July, and I have been obsessed ever since. They’re so damn easy, tasty, and HEALTHY! I just make a big one in a 13 x 9 pan on Sundays, and eat it for breakfast all week. Lots of protein and veggies. Mmmmmmm.

I have officially signed up for a dance class this fall. It’s called Jazz Fusion, and it’s an hour and a half long class each Tuesday. It will combine elements of Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, and Modern dance, so it’s pretty much perfect for my needs. I’m excited because this will be the first time since high school I’ve taken a dance class at an actual dance studio, so I’m hoping I’ll learn a lot. I’m extra excited because I’ve convinced a few of my theatre friends to do it with me, so I won’t feel awkward. I’m also planning to sign up for the next level of Tap with my friend Emily, so I’ll be taking two dance classes a week, which means my cross-training is pretty much taken care of!

Have you ever gone out on a pontoon boat? What did you think?

 

Oh, right. I’m running a relay…

I signed up for the 100 on 100 Relay waaaaay back in February, when I was in the middle of marathon training. I figured that after finishing a marathon, a 100 mile relay race would be no big deal. Fast forward to today, and I haven’t run more than 7 miles in one go since May. I had intended to do several brick workouts, or at least two-a-day runs to prepare myself for the rigors of running 3 legs of the relay. Yeah, that hasn’t happened. Are we surprised? Not really. I kind of suck at sticking to training plans when I don’t have a Coach Suz in my corner.

I haven’t been talking or writing about it much because honestly, I haven’t really even been thinking about it much. I know it’s happening. Soon. August 13 to be exact. But I’m having a hard time conceptualizing it. Based on reading a dozen or so recaps of Ragnar Relays, I have some idea of what to expect, but not a whole lot of logistical details specific to this race. I’m sure that communications from my team captain will start to flow soon, but right now, I don’t have a lot to go on.

I can feel the edges of panic creeping in, but I also feel like at this point, there’s pretty much nothing I can do except suck it up and do my best. If nothing else, it will be a great memory of doing something fun and crazy.

Have you ever “forgotten” about a race you registered for?

 

 

Manic Monday – 08/01/16

Manic Monday

Leaf Peepers Half Marathon Training Week 3

What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 07/25/16: Yoga or SpinRest

Another yoga-less Monday due to working at Athleta. Whomp whomp. I’ll get back to it eventually. I tried to walk at lunch, but it started raining before I’d been out 10 minutes, so that was a no-go too.

Tuesday 07/26/16: 4 Miles + Legs | 4 Miles @ 10:28 Pace + Legs

The run was fine. Four miles is sort of my new normal for easy runs. Afterwards, I did 3 x 10 step ups onto a chair (each side), 3 x 10 calf raises, 3 x 10 body weight squats, and 3 x 10 one-legged balance things that I have no idea what they’re called. In the moment it didn’t seem like much, but when I tried to take the stairs at work today, I felt it!

Wednesday 07/27/16: Yoga or Spin | Walk at Lunch

My 6 am spin class was cancelled, and I had evening plans, so evening yoga was out. But I managed a 20 minute walk at lunch. I would have gone further, but it’s just been too bloody hot and humid this week. Blech!

Thursday 07/28/16: 6 x 400 | 6 x 400

Another Thursday of re-setting my alarm instead of getting up to run. *sigh* Thankfully it wasn’t too hot, and a sprinkle of rain actually helped keep me cool. I did a 1 mile warm up, then 6 x 400 with 400 recoveries, and was remarkably consistent in my intervals. I LOVE interval workouts🙂

Friday 07/29/16: Rest | Walk at Lunch

I did about 2.5 miles, I think.

Saturday 07/30/16: 3 Miles | 4 Miles @ 10:01 Pace

It was much cooler on Saturday morning than it has been in a while, so I took advantage and went a bit longer than scheduled. Then it was off to Crescent Lake for swimming, canoeing, and bonfires!

Sunday 07/31/16: 5k Race/Time Trial | Rest

We were at the lake house with my family and it was rainy, so we just played board games and ate until it was time to go home for grocery shopping, meal prep, and cleaning to prepare for the new week.

Weekly Mileage: 12

Total 2016 Mileage: 462.2

I’m still not doing so hot in fitting in my cross-training activities, but I’m already scheduled for a spin class this week, so I’m trying not to beat myself up about it. I’ve got the 100 on 100 relay in a couple of weeks and I’m feeling slightly under prepared, so I think I may split my long run this weekend into two shorter distance runs, just to get a feel for doing multiple short-to-medium distance runs in one day.