*courtney – i finally ran a half marathon under 2 hours!

yes. it happened–i broke 2 hours in the half marathon on 3/28/2015 at the total fitness connection run for children miniMarathon! official results can be found here, i think the most exciting part was getting to add it to my athlinks profile 🙂

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while the goal was out there for a while, the only other time i actually attempted to run sub-2 was at the kentucky derby festival miniMarathon in 2014. i came up short by close to 7 minutes, and knew by mile 7 that i had no business even attempting it. i actually had a pretty strong first half, but bathroom issues and serious lack of training led to a nasty positive split. with my hip injury in january of that year, i only ran 93 miles from february 1st to april 18th in preparation for that race–what a joke that i thought that would cut it!

sometime in the fall i decided that i was going to make the local tfc run for children half marathon my goal race. i combed the internet for all types of sub-2 training plans, and created my own frankenstein plan in google sheets. i found appropriate training paces via all of the different calculators and mapped out 16 weeks that included different types of intervals, hill repeats, progression runs, short and long tempo work, and long runs that went past the 13.1 mark. i made sure to keep my easy runs super easy by wearing my heart rate monitor and staying in zone 2, and i incorporated a recovery week of easy, decreased mileage every 4 weeks. i hovered around an average of 25 miles per week throughout the cycle. i also did quite a bit of strength training and cross-training, but i will admit i was not quite as diligent as i could have been. when i toed the line on march 28th, i felt mentally and physically prepared to meet the goal. it was an out and back course, and unfortunately there was a headwind on the way back. the toughest miles were miles 7-11, and i remember not enjoying any of the songs that were coming on, feeling cold from the wind, and thinking maybe it just wasn’t gonna be my day. finally at mile 11 it was time to turn right on to the main road to the finish line, and i just zoned in. i ended up hitting not only a half marathon PR, but i also set new 10k and 5k PRs in that second half of the race! it was exhilarating crossing that finish line!

after the race i took a week of recovery and then jumped back in to training hoping that this year’s derby miniMarathon would yield an even faster time since the course is flatter. jenny and i talked about trying to do under 1:55, and i programmed my watch for that. unfortunately we woke up to rain, humidity, and some cross-winds. jenny was sick, and i was mentally not in the game. again, i had a really strong first half, but at some point i went under a tunnel and my watch rebooted. from then on my splits and pace were erratic and i had no idea what pace i was running. i stopped and walked to eat my second gel. then i stopped and walked again. then again. and then one last time during mile 10. i kept trying to tell myself to just listen to the music and don’t worry about pace, but i couldn’t focus. i crossed that finish line in 1:57:29 and felt totally spent. although my time was still great, i felt like a failure. i am beginning to think maybe derby is just not the course for me. i don’t know if it is the crowd or if it is too flat (too flat?!?!?!), but i always really struggle during the second half.

now that this big goal has been crossed off–what’s next? of course watching the boston marathon last week has me wanting to lose 30 pounds, quit my job, and start training 60 miles per week to qualify as soon as possible. but, this is real life, and until they invent calorie-free nachos and money starts growing on trees, i need to tone my goals down. i believe jenny and i are set on spending the summer building a really great base via maffetone/low heart rate training, and then attempting to run a sub-4 hour full marathon in january. i can tell slowing my easy runs down has helped me get fitter aerobically and stay injury free. i am also hoping it will help me lose some weight. i didn’t feel like dieting during goal-race training was a good idea, but the extra weight didn’t hurt! i swear every pound i gain is a minute off my PR 🙂

so, saturday i will do my first MAF test at a heart rate of 147 and for the following 16 weeks i will keep every run under that. it will probably get super tedious, but maybe that will help me with the mental toughness that i lacked in saturday’s half marathon. i am hoping to ramp my mileage up to 30 miles per week by july, 35 in june and 40 in august. then in september i will start incorporating speedwork back in to the mix and start 16-week goal specific marathon training plan for the louisiana marathon. i’m also committed to 2 strength workouts per week. if i slack on yoga or cross-training, i won’t beat myself up over it, but i have got to get my core and butt toned up.

i will post my first MAF test results on saturday–another commitment! 🙂

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I am purgatory. I am an orphan without a plan. 🙂 The Kentucky Derby festival half marathon on April 25th is going to be my last race on the calendar before beginning the summer cycle. Thankfully Courtney is towing me along behind her kicking and screaming to complete it. I’m not really sure what I’m looking for out of this race. I hesitate to try for another PR because I don’t want to get hurt and I already achieved the goal I set for myself back in December when I began shopping training plans. But I also know that the Kentucky Derby half course has historically been very kind to me, it’s fast and flat and the crowd support is amazing. I guess we’ll see. Between now and then I’ve promised myself to be more diligent about updating my training log here at the blog. Blog log. HAH. 🙂 Without further ado– I give you, my recap.

Planned Run: 6 miles easy.

Weather: Overcast and drizzley. Just gross outside. Slightly chilly.

Food: A small sweet potato and banana for breakfast. My mom has been dealing with a really weird psoraisis-like breakout and I agreed to try an elimination diet with her called the autoimmune protocol diet. I have no idea how long I will make it through this as it requires you to cut out coffee (I can already tell you that will happen when hell freezes over and satan comes for dinner), chocolate (shit), all nightshade vegetables including white potatoes and tomatoes (double shit), corn, gluten (gluten is like my 6th food group) and sugar (fuck and double fuck). But I agreed so I’m gonna’ give it a shot for a week.

Shoes: Blue pureflow 3s. I was having problems with these shoes. I believe I’m developing a neuroma on my left toe closest to the pinkie toe. I have to basically untie them to wear them but they’ve been the best shoes for me so far and I want to continue wearing them!

Entertainment: The Another Mother Runner podcast.

Actual Run: 6 miles at 11:11 pace, make a wish!

How did it feel: I tried to run this in the MAF range that I’m shooting for beginning next month. Tried to keep my heart rate average around 147. Turns out I nailed it with an average heart rate of 147 for the run! It felt a little slow and arduous but I reversed a route that I’ve done in the past and got to see some pretty houses and green farm land (spring is finally here to stay in Kentucky) and that was nice.

For the non running portion of my life lately… Tony and I just started Netflix’ Daredevil on Sunday and within 4 episodes it has shot to the top of my must watch tv shows list. Throughout the first 2 episodes I kept asking Tony who was playing Matt Murdock, I was too lazy to google. Finally after beginning episode 3 on Monday night I grabbed my phone and figured it out… Charlie Cox! None other than Tristan Thorn from Stardust! Only one of my most guilty of guilty pleasure movies!

Stardust is also my FAVORITE Neil Gaiman book. Daredevil definitely isn’t for kids, it’s more Frank Miller than Joss Whedon and I have actually had to look away from the television a few times– I don’t think I’ll ever look at the door of a suburban the same again *shudder*. It’s fabulous though. WATCH it.

On Sunday afternoon the guy in the hat and I loaded up Elton John jr and took her to the Nashville zoo.

She has talked about nothing else for the past week. We saw Dumbo (elephants), Araffes (giraffes) and goats (they had a petting zoo). I’m pretty sure her favorite was the goats which is funny considering we could have stayed in Bowling Green for goats.

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Those band aids on her knees were Anna and Elsa band aids. I thought we would escape frozen-fever because L is just shy of 2 and didn’t seem interested… until T let her watch it one Saturday morning while I was doing my long run. Now she specifically asks for Frozen Anna, Elsa and Olaf. Exactly like that. She thinks that’s the title of the movie. I hear mumbles of, “let it go let it go” as she toddles around the house. We didn’t escape.

 

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Zoo coma. Notice the perfectly placed elmo sticker on her chest buckle. At one point I gave her a sheet of stickers to occupy her on the hour long drive home. I turned around, then around again and she was covered from head to toe in stickers. I wish I’d gotten a picture.

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I will officially be the owner of a 2 year old person on April 26th. If you need me I’ll be hiding in my coat closet hysterically sobbing.

So true:

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The zoo was kind of her reward for helping me deal with our spring/summer landscaping on Saturday morning. She was a big helper. She picked out every one of these flowers for me. 🙂

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The dyed black mulch I chose for the flower beds this year was not kind to me. This was after 15 washes and 2 showers. I don’t normally sport black nailbeds. At least, not since my goth phase in high school.

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If I don’t check back in before April 25th wish me LUCK!

 

*jenny throwing the vdot out the window, weee!

I’m back! OMG. I’m back!

So. The big news… is that I did it. I hit my goal. I ran a 1:57 half marathon at the Total Fitness Connection run walk for Children 2 weeks ago. Yes, folks, for once I nearly shit my pants after running because I was so happy and excited– not because of the trots.

I would love to tell you I’m going to write a beautifully detailed race report but I really don’t know if that will happen. It may happen. It may not. No promises.

Spoiler alert, I threw a hissy fit and walked for (exactly) 1 minute at mile 11. Courtney still felt good and blazed on ahead, but I was so glad because I felt like I was sucking wind and needed to give myself a pep talk. Once I said a prayer and told myself I came to finish this shit I continued on and felt strong for the last 2 miles. I’ve never hoped SO hard for a clock to read certain numbers. I choked up and flung myself into CB’s arms after crossing the finish line. It was glorious. I set a goal, stuck with a training plan (mostly) and hit my target. Nail. On. The. Head. I’m still so proud of myself. I really do believe that everyone should cross a few finish lines in their lives. Something about flying (re: shuffling) through a finish chute lined with people clapping and smiling is just my drug.

It looks like we’re going to work on base building for summer’s training cycle. Courtney picked the Maffetone method and I’m along for the ride. I’m glad to run low and slow for a few weeks. I don’t think I’ll get bored. I’m pretty toasted from speedwork and I’ve got some small aches and pains that could probably stand the rest of some slower miles.

Personal goals? To figure out my eating. One way or the other I need to come up with what kind of eating plan works best for me. That might be figuring out a solid fueling plan for each race distance or maybe it’s figuring out what to eat during regular training and the weeks leading up to race day. One of the walls that I hit during the TFC half was that I felt like I just ran out of energy. No bueno. As we say at work, key takeaway. Kill me.

To get stronger. Cross training. Historically I have sucked at cross training. But it’s time to add it back in. 2 times a week with weights or another cardio session. Also– continue yoga once a week. It feels good and it’s the only stretching I do. Bad Jenny.

In closing. The weather in Kentucky has gone from winter to summer over-night.

The face I gave T today when he looked at me as I was about to go run in the 80 degree, high humidity and midday sun and said, “at least it’s beautiful out today.”

I won’t complain too much. I love summer. It’s my fave. BRING ON THE SUN!

A picture of us with our perfect little sub 2 hour half marathon medals!!!

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*jenny vdot day something/ 5 easy miles. :)

A sad, I haz it. I feel like I’ve spent the last two days pulling myself out of some unnamed murky abyss that I’ve been flailing around in for the last month. Every year I hope it will get better, I hope it won’t hit me. Every year like clockwork the curtains fall somewhere around the beginning to end of January and don’t roll themselves back up until the sun starts shining in April or May.

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I want to make it abundantly clear that I blame (I do not really blame my parents for any of this shit) all of this shit on my parents. Those people took me to Florida every single year and *gasp* encouraged me to play outside every chance I got. Because of them I now have an addiction to vit D and turn into an absolute mess when winter rolls around every year. I hate you winter.

Maybe next year I’ll do as I say and not as I do and haul my butt to the GP for a low dose antidepressant to get me through. I must remember that I’m not the only one that suffers in my illness, my family suffers. Mental illness is like that though– she’s a cruel mistress that convinces you that you’re the only one who could possibly be suffering as much as you are. Ms. Mental Illness takes pride in isolating you from the ones you love and the ones who love you. Ms. Mental Illness can sometimes feel like the worst kind of inside joke you play on yourself over and over and over again with the self-loathing thoughts and the negative actions.

I’m an oversharer, it’s kind of what I do. I don’t care to share my struggles because for me it’s therapeutic to let people in on my secrets. I process via oversharing. Plus if anyone ever stumbles across this post and you haz a sad too, don’t hesitate to contact me. We can commiserate together, in the rain, with David Tennant.

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So my running has suffered. But I know it hasn’t suffered as much as it FEELS like it has in my head. Today I made it 5 glorious miles in the sunshine and warmth wearing a tank top and shorts. I even got a slight tan. I immediately felt worlds better.

I’ll do better I swear. I’ve gotten my hair done. I bought myself some new running clothes. I may buy a new pair of shoes. But I’ll do better. Pinkie Promise. 😀

I really dig Athleta tank tops. I love the ruching on the front for those days when your belly just isn’t on point with the bloat and all…

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She’s a diva.

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How about those Kentucky wildcats baby? SEC champions for 2014!!! Only 6 more games to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I bleed blue)

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*courtney – sometimes life happens… training log 2/16/15 – 3/8/15

this tumblr is the funniest thing i have seen in a long time:Screen Shot 2015-03-08 at 5.30.40 PMhello? do you even remember me? i have been completely absent recently due to some life stuff. my mom was in the hospital last week, and i couldn’t find a second to breathe let alone run or blog. the good news is that she is back home now and doing fantastic! 🙂

i have actually done some running since that last time i dropped in, though. the week of the snowpocalypse of 2015 i managed to get 24 easy miles done mostly on the treadmill. it actually was not as bad as i thought it was going to be. if you have the right company (jenny) the miles kind of fly by. i would still choose the great outdoors any day of the week, but i am glad i know i can use the treadmill as a last resort. i did not do any yoga, strength, core or cross training that week. major check-minus for me on that front.

the week after that was the trip to the hospital in south carolina. sleeping in one of those half-assed attempts at a recliner from sunday-saturday does not equal proper rest for half-marathon training. i kept telling myself i would sneak away for an hour here or there, but i just never felt properly rested or in the right headspace. i wanted to spend all of my time either with my mom or doing something for her. it was a terrible reason to spend a week with my parents, but kenny and i still had a blast and it was so good to see them. i will be going back later this month, and i SWEAR this time i will honestly make time to explore some of the cool stuff here: RunFurman.

so that brings us up to speed to this week! while we got another snow dump, i did manage to get all of my runs in. getting caught up at work meant zero lunch breaks, so this is my third week in a row with zero cross training, yoga, weights, etc. i can feel my butt and core turning even mushier than they already were! i do feel like that may have been overload to do this week since i was out of the game completely last week. speaking of… how did an entire week of rest effect my training you might ask? well, i’m not really sure. i didn’t run for an entire 9 days, but i didn’t do any sort of time trial before the break. my first run back was scheduled to be 1k repeats. the two noticeable things for me were that a.) my HR seemed a little higher on my warmup than usual which tells me i may have lost a little of my aerobic base, and b.) my legs felt absolutely fantastic! haha, i know that is to be expected, and it really makes me respect the taper that is coming soon. the good news is that my repeats were considerably improved from the last time i did them in january. i don’t want to think about what they might have been if i hadn’t taken the week off, i will just be happy that i am improving and try to keep forging on. thursday’s run seemed like my HR was about where i expected it to be during the warmup and slower miles, so maybe i was just tired on tuesday. i know i was also really nervous. i honestly thought that 9 days off was going to bring me back barely able to run a mile without sucking wind. thank god that wasn’t the case.

goals for this coming week are to re-introduce my core, strength and cross training and take advantage of the beautiful weather we are supposed to be getting! i also need to start focusing on nutrition leading up to the march 28th tfc minimarathon. i am still having stomach issues, and i need to be more mindful of what i eat on thursdays and fridays leading up to my saturday long runs.

week: 3/2/15 – 3/8/15

total miles: 32
easy miles: 24
fast miles: 8
strength workouts: 0
overview: i was pretty delighted to hit my prescribed paces this week, but i will say i am definitely sore! this is the first time i have been this sore in a long time, and i blame my hiatus last week. i HAVE to get back to my cross training schedule. i definitely notice a difference when i do it and when i don’t. i also have to get my freaking gut in order. i am not sure why my stomach hates me and hates running, but it’s being way harsh.

monday
planned workout: spin
actual workout: nada

tuesday
planned workout: 6 miles with 5 x 1000m repeats @ 5:00 (8:04 pace) and 2:50 recovery + the core strength routine
actual workout: 1 mile warmup @ 11:41 (151 average HR), 1000m splits @ 4:52, 4:59, 5:02, 4:57, 5:00, and 1 mile cooldown @ 11:27 + no core routine
course: purple striders, paved and flat
weather: 37*/dark
gear: altra the one2, athleta be free tights, lululemon long sleeve swiftly, oiselle flyer jacket, lululemon run with me fleece gloves, c9 ear warmer, mace jogger, knuckle light, nathan quick shot
nutrition: i think i had burger king for dinner, but i didn’t have anything pre-run and didn’t have any gi issues
how did it go? as i mentioned earlier, my HR was running a little higher than i’d like to see, which could indicate loss of aerobic fitness. it could also be caused by the fact that i didn’t sleep well at all the week before, and i really was nervous about this run. i am happy to report that the hard work is paying off–my splits in january for this workout were 5:06, 5:07, 5:08, 5:14, 5:17–and i remember that feeling REALLY hard. i am definitely showing signs of improvement! also, these shoes are great! i am so excited to wear them again, i just don’t want to transition too fast and cause injury.

wednesday
planned workout: 4 easy + spin
actual workout: zilch
how did it go? i couldn’t drag myself out of bed, i didn’t take a lunch at work, i was at the office from 7am-5:45pm, [insert another lame excuse here]

thursday
planned workout: 7 miles w/ 5 tempo @ 8:44 + strength
actual workout: 1 mile warmup @ 11:25 (140 HR), tempo splits @ 8:53, 8:50, 8:44, 8:36, 8:26 and 1 mile cooldown at 10:25
course: the treadmill due to snowpocalypse 2015 part 2 rearing it’s snowy head
weather: it was pretty cold in my garage, but i warmed up!
gear: adidas adios boost, lululemon brushed speed tights, gsx long sleeve shirt, c9 ear warmer, lululemon run with me fleece gloves
nutrition: belvita biscuits for breakfast, stouffers lasagna for lunch and a caramel gu ~30 minutes pre-run. no gi problems!
how did it go? i was a little worried about maintaining pace for 5 miles straight, so i decided to cut down from 8:55 and average out at the 8:44 prescribed pace (actual average was 8:42). cutdown/progression runs seem to work really well for me. i am thinking that is the type of plan i will implement for the half marathon. this run definitely felt hard. i was counting down the minutes during the last 2 miles. i am not sure how i would have done on the road without the belt of the treadmill helping and wind, elevation changes, etc. it definitely felt like a great workout, though, so i am not going to discount the intensity. if i have to do speedwork on the treadmill during this training cycle again i may up the pace/intensity just in case to account for those external factors.

friday
planned workout: yoga
actual workout: none
how did it go? snowed in and lazy!

saturday
planned workout: 14 easy miles
actual workout: 14 miles @ 11:38 (average HR 148)
course: house to briarwood and back – paved and flat
weather: 30*/sunny/windy
gear: brooks pureflow 3, lululemon tech fleece speed tights, lululemon full tilt long sleeve shirt, reebok vest, lululemon fluff off mittens, c9 ear warmer, c9 sunglasses, nike feather light visor, nathon quick shot+
nutrition: firehouse subs for dinner, 2 belvita biscuits and coffee pre-run, caramel gu @ mile 4 and mile 8. bathroom stop at mile 5.5 and mile 9.5. so disappointing!!!
how did it go? i had to be really strategic about when and where i ran since the snow was still all over non-plowed roads and all sidewalks. this route was ok on the out part, but the back was a little too trafficy for my liking. experiencing stomach problems on an easy long run is so frustrating. i didn’t feel great the entire run, and i am thinking i was dehydrated (i have to start working on this on thursdays and fridays). i felt really hot and my heart rate was elevated during the first 2 miles, which is super odd. the back portion was in to the wind, so that didn’t help. i was ready for this run to be OVER. this is the longest run i have for this training cycle. we will see how running over the distance helps or hinders my performance. i have seen it recommended, but i have never actually applied it.

sunday
planned workout: 5 easy trail miles
actual workout: 5 easy miles including 1 on the trail @ 11:10 pace; 5 minute run/1 minute walk
course: keriakes and the greenways – gravel and paved, mostly flat
weather: 60*/overcast
gear: brooks puregrit 3, lululemon tracker shorts, oiselle flyte tank, under armor tee shirt
nutrition: pizza and beer for dinner, banana nut crunch cereal with honey almond milk and coffee for breakfast and zaxby’s salad for lunch. no gi issues, and this surely should have caused some issues. what gives?
how did it go? the trail still had some slush on it and was incredibly busy, so after the first loop i took to the greenways. i felt good, but i had a hard time just zoning out. i did 5 minute run/1 minute walk intervals to keep it nice and easy on my tired legs.

VDOT day 27/ QS threshold 2 mile repeats + 200s

I’m going to go wild and start with the run recap first today. Also, check out that subject line. I’m back on track!

Planned Run: Supposed to be 5 miles easy but I had to switch it up because I did the easy workout yesterday to test my knee out. So today’s workout became this monster.22615 planned workout

Weather: It’s a heatwave I tell you. 36 degrees and sunny.

Food: 2/3 of my bowl of cranberry almond quaker protein oatmeal. I don’t like this flavor iteration as well as the banana nut bread version. I didn’t realize I didn’t eat the entire bowl until I got back from the run and saw the little congealed oat-ey blobs that were left in the bowl. Whoops. Also one salted caramel gu after the first 2 mile repeat. I probably could have taken 2 gels on this run. At the very least this is my note to self to always carry 2 gels on speed days.

Shoes: I’ll do my very first run OOTD. Was I repping the rainbow run club or what in this get up?

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Details: Athleta sonar capris, the saucony half zip that i gushed about yesterday (yes it smelled), a lululemon short sleeve swiftly (it’s turquoise and other than that I don’t know, I bought it used from my dealer *ahem* a facebook BST group) and Brooks purconnect 3s.

Entertainment: My brand new easy playlist that I’m loving.

Actual Run: This mess:

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How did it feel: Honestly it was hard. I didn’t complete all of the 200s. I think I hate 200s. Yeah. I do. That’s a pretty solid; kill it kill it with fire. I either lost some fitness last week during winter storm Octavia (she has a name???) or something is off. I’m not sick anymore, I just got over a really weak head cold… the only thing I can think of is that I only ate a bowl of cereal for dinner last night because I commuted in to work yesterday and was exhausted by the time I got home last night. When I’m super tired I have a hard time eating. My stomach is weird. I won’t make that mistake again. I really need to start using Myfitnesspal to track my macronutrients. I think I could benefit from knowing that my little debbie addition isn’t helping to fuel my runs properly… ?

Now for some product reviews. I’m going to keep this nice and short. This stuff, both of them, taste as if you distilled satan’s piss down to it’s very essence and then added in pinches of dirt and dehydrated vomit for good measure. Here’s the deal. I like the IDEA of the recoverite. It has all kinds of yummy, recovery goodness in it. But the taste. I just can’t with that. I don’t know if Hammer is the only company with this type of product in the market? Fool me once, Hammer, fool me once… I’ll stick to my beloved Nuun in the future and continue the hunt (or just give up because really, chocolate milk is a pretty frakking delicious recovery drink) for a recovery product I like, re: can stomach.

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After forcing down that disgusting citrus concoction I made this and THIS, ladies and gentlemen, tastes like unicorn tears and the collected dew droplets on angel’s wings after the most beautiful sunrise you could possibly imagine. So it pretty much made up for it.

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My love hate relationship with Kanye continues. I remember purchasing and LOVING (like, so seriously loved it) Late Registration way back when I still had to put little rainbow reflective discs into a slot on my dashboard to listen to music. God. Aren’t we glad that’s all over? Anyway. I loved Kanye. I love this song. Like, so seriously love it. It brings a tear to my eye. How can he write such incredible songs and be such a douche lord? The world may never know. Here’s to hoping that one day soon we all wake up and he’s on Good Morning America announcing that Kim and all of his crazy antics were just a really long performance art piece. But that Nori man. What a beauty.

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Here’s what was left of the snowmageddon on my run route today. So beautiful. God’s country. I dream of living other places but my heart will always belong to Kentucky.

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I think Runner’s world posted this. It’s nice and shit.

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I have a lot of thoughts today so just bear with me. Here’s a chicken chasing a cat just for those of you who have stayed with me this long.

I’ll finish this whole crazy mashup off with this picture of me wearing full makeup. L goes to a semi-swanky part time early learning center right now for 5 hours a day. I figured out that if I wear the one nice pair of shoes that I own (mostly for work trips) to daycare pickup that the lululemoms don’t give me shiteating glares. SO I wear these Michael Kors flats with everything. Sweatpants? Holy jeans? A bathrobe? A GARBAGE BAG? Shit. Throw on the MKs gurl.

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Last but not least. This kid. She is 1000 shades of fucking awesome and I love her so much that it physically HURTS me.

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*jenny vdot day: I’ll get this back on track eventually.

I’m sitting at work humming along to this.

In prepartion for this. I love the beach boys. I love Brian Wilson in all of his crazy glory. He created music that will be played at the last supper during the end of the world. I was born in the wrong decade. The fact that John Cusack is playing the elder Brian Wilson is even more perfect. I hope this is good.

Last week’s snowpocolypse really cramped my style. I made it 20 miles of the 30 I was supposed to do. But this really strange sense of peace settled over me last week. I don’t want to beat myself up or feed the trolls that live in my head so I’m going to be thankful that I was able to get in those 20 miles in the midst of the largest winter storm Kentucky has seen in a decade. All of that treadmill running must have done a number on me because during an easy 5 miles on the treadmill Tuesday afternoon I started feeling some stabbing pains in my right knee. I immediately stopped running, tried to stretch out and began walking. I could see that my right knee was swelling a tiny bit and it FELT swollen. So I called it a night and took 800 mg of vitamin i and gave myself the next day off. I just manged to complete 5 miles outside in the parking lots of work and felt fabulous. I will chalk it up to going from exclusively running on asphalt to exclusively running on a treadmill. Dr google tells me that treadmills can irritate runner’s knee and my knees have absolutely been a point of contention in the past. On another note I was running the treadmill miles in the higher heel stack height glycerin 12’s. I’m going to go ahead and relegate those to “unable to wear for running”. I’m just so happy that my 5 miles today went smoothly and even better– were outside. It’s 30 degrees, sunny with no wind today, so basically it’s summer. Come on spring, come on spring!

Remember when I said I ordered that pair of saucony’s during snow madness a few posts back? Well. I lied. I also ordered a pair of saucony shorts, a tank top, a half zip and some tights. I sent the shoes back. I kept the apparel. I purchased some saucony shorts and a tank from an outlet in Florida last year and have absolutely loved them. Especially the tank. I’m picky about tank tops. I really like saucony apparel, I like the fabric they use and the fit of the medium size always consistently fits me. I love my lululemon but after cleaning out my reusable shopping bags I wondered to myself if my love had gone too far… $$$. 🙂

Anyway. I’d like to actively recommend this pullover. I wore it today and loved it. The fabric was VERY warm for a 30 degree run. I was warm before I even got out the door as soon as I put it on. It’s got a little usb chargable clip on light on the sleeve that provides a constant beam of light or a flashing beam for running after dark. The slanted hip zippered pocket was the perfect size for my iphone 5c INSIDE of an otter box (this part is always important to me). The only thing I’d like to see is a cord guidance hole inside of the zipper pocket. I’m not sure if maybe I could create one myself, I may try. Otherwise. It’s beautiful. Saucony isn’t paying me to tell you this and it’s on clearance just about everywhere right now! 🙂 I forsee this being an excellent topper with shorts for those early spring runs when the air still has a bite to it. I bought the purple and blue version and am strongly considering the green as well as soon as Lent is over (more on that below). The picture is a link if you’re so inclined to click through to the saucony site. 🙂 I’m pretty much in love with the other gear I got as well and will write more about that later!

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So I’m a practicing Catholic. I haven’t been a good Catholic for a number of years. I freely admit that I went back to church when I found out I was pregnant with Lydia specifically because I wanted to have her baptized. God and I have had many arguments in the past. We still do. There are times when I don’t agree with the things that the priests tell me are major tennants of my religion, but many times God and I are able to reconcile these differences on the side. The long and the short of it is this– I believe there’s a God, I believe that I speak with God best during running and mass and I believe that religion and spirituality are deeply personal, internal things that should be handled inside oneself. So there you go. That’s probably the most you will hear me talk about this except… there’s lent. OH lent. That lovely time of year when we get our ashes to church and get ashes rubbed on our foreheads to remind us all that we’re going to die and return to ashes. It’s so chipper right? Ugh. Then for 40 days we (Catholics, but hey, you might choose to torture yourself for fun too) fast, abstain from meat on Fridays and give something that we really really really love up because the pope hates us and wants us to be miserable human beings. I kid. Mostly. Catholic guilt. Anyway. This is a really good read including some insight from papa Francis about the giving up of this year. I really liked it. Especially this part: “I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.” I think this is a new life mantra for me. So many times it feels like charity is something I do to gain likes on facebook. I’m just being honest. Laying it all bare. It shouldn’t be like that. It should hurt. In the best way. So this year for Lent I gave up discretionary spending for myself. I’ve already caught myself circumventing this by spending on Lydia instead– justifying in my head, well it’s for the baby. Last night I slipped up and bought into a coop group on facebook for a really ugly shirt on facebook. So ugly shirt, party of this gal right here! I know I made the right choice because this is hurting… a lot. The idea is to save some of the money I would blow needlessly on myself and turn it into a charitable donation of some sort. Let’s just say I’ve found out a lot about myself in the past few weeks. Shewwww, okay that’s the most religion talk you’ll get out of me. MOVING on.

Songs I’ve found that I like running to lately; the only time it’s acceptable to admit you listen to Mr. Worldwide.

Remember this one! OH man, was this the jam circa 1999 or what!

Finally– shout out to my wannabe punk rock days! 🙂

*jenny vdot i’m not sure anymore can someone bring bread and water?

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Everybody in BG KY went to bed Sunday night saying… nah, it’s not gonna’ happen. We won’t get the FRAKKING FORECASTED FOOT of snow. But guess what. We did. And this is happening between Nashville and BG…

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We southerners do not take kindly to inclement conditions.

Everyone in my facebook feed is posting this picture saying they saw this on xxx road. Nerds. Some nerds nerd harder than even my nerdiness and I laugh at those guys.

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I have been running, but it’s been on a treadmill and it hasn’t been that exciting. Luckily this week was all easy miles. 30 of them. I think I’m up to 13 at this point. My dear neighbor friend always says you should run outside because you never know what race day will bring. I don’t think race day is going to bring a foot of frakking snow but what do I know. Absurd.

I have been trying to do yoga. Look at those flailing arms, that randomly out turned foot. I have the world’s most adorable little yogini helper down there in the corner though. Sorry the picture is so heinous, it’s not like my husband is a professional photographer in his spare time (spoiler, he is).

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I will leave you with this. One good thing about long easy miles on the treadmill is that it gives you some time to fumble through spotify playlists and radio stations. I found this song and it’s a good one!

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Also good about the treadmill? Seeing that awful guy who is *Lena Dunham’s boyfriend in Girls and also a new baddie bad in upcoming Star Wars* on law and order with ICE T. Adam, you just don’t stand a chance against Ice T. I think this is Ice T right? Not cube? Cube’s another dude. Anyway. That’s all I have. Things are getting a little hairy around here. Day 5 shut up with my family and I’m ready to ship them off to another country…

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*courtney – my running is in a state of emergency this week…

welcome to the arctic tundra that is bowling green, ky!

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we got close to 10 inches on monday! i honestly didn’t believe it would actually happen. kenny and i spent about an hour and a half monday shoveling the driveway and then another hour and a half yesterday and were finally able to break free. of course, we woke up this morning to another 2 inches that filled in our hard work. i am hoping we can just drive over that though and not have to shovel, because my arms and back are done for!

i did attempt to run an easy 6 miler yesterday, but my plans were foiled. even with yaktrax strapped to my pureflows i could not get any traction. it is just too deep and powdery. i think 1 or 2 inches would be hard but fun to run in, but 10 inches is madness. i finished up on the treadmill which is even worse, but at least i didn’t risk twisting something or falling down.

i am not sure what the weather will mean for our travel plans today. our main concern now is that we are predicted to hit record low temperatures, and i am scared to leave these guys alone in that.

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they are just so precious! they love to look at the snow from the porch, but they are quick to run back in the kitty-door when they get chilly.

here’s hoping that wherever you are is warm and safe! if you did get snow, did you get to go sledding???

*jenny VDOT day 19 & 20/ Easy 5 & Threshold Repetition

I’m back! I know you missed my riveting run recaps. 🙂 First things first– this Valentine goes out to all of you, from me.

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I think it’s safe to say she absolutely loved it.

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She hasn’t stopped holding tea parties since Saturday afternoon and as soon as I clean up every tiny little frakking piece she’s begging for me to bring it all back out again. Table + tea set + chocolate= L’s best day ever. Or as Tony calls it, Christmas in February.

This was forecasted for today:

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… and this actually showed up!

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Those fuzzy little bitches were such prisses about going out in the snow. I basically had to carry Burt’s fat ass out there and drop him so he could go pee. I act like I’m frustrated but in reality I was up at 4am checking out the windows and couldn’t wait for the dogs to get up so to better asses the snow situation.

I cackled. Waverly, Tennessee you’ve been warned.

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Finally– I found an honest to God unicorn at Target last night. Probably the last one in a city of bare bread shelves and empty milk coolers.

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I’ll top all of this off by saying that I’ve tried desperately to love you all weekend, Matt Smith. But you see? My heart STILL belongs to David Tennant’s hair and I’m still mourning it’s loss and that smile… and you have no eyebrows and your forehead is enormous and Amy Pond is just insufferable and Rory, just don’t even get me started. Gah. I’ll stop now.

 

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Now that I’ve gotten my morning swoon out of the way. Thursday was an easy 5 miler and Saturday was my shuffled speed work session added in to the Hot Chocolate 15k race that Courtney and I have participated in the past 2 years!

Planned Run: 5 miles easy on Thursday. Saturday’s workout:

2mi warmup

4 x 1mi @ 8:56/mi with 1 min recovery

8 x 200m @ 0:58/rep with 200 m recovery

2mi cooldown
Weather: Thursday’s weather was sunny and cold and brilliant. Beautiful and clear. Saturday was the same!

Food: Thursday I ran in the afternoon and I believe I ate at least 1 half pound of the left over valentine’s day candy from Lydia’s vday candy bags and a turkey sandwich. I’m NOT a healthy living blogger. 😉 Saturday was a Belvita cinnamon and sugar pack and 2 cups of coffee.

Shoes: Both runs were completed in the blue flows. I went a little snow crazy and ordered a pair of Saucony triumph ISOs this morning at 4am. I’m not sure what I was thinking other than, Ooooo pretty. *shrug* They’ll be good for easy runs.

Entertainment: I’m going to set my spotify playlists on fire that’s how sick of them I am.
Actual Run:

Thursday’s run:

Saturay’s run:


How did it feel: Thursday’s miles felt a little harder than normal and on Friday morning when I woke up sneezing with a snotty nose I knew why. Duh duh duh. Nobody warns you about the hit YOUR own immune system takes when your bitty baby starts daycare. Nobody. Saturday’s run was just hard. It was rough. I’ll save those feels for my race recap. 🙂