Rain Rain Go Away…

Don’t come back on Saturday!

 

So the plan this morning was to take my new shoes out for a 5 mile pace run.  At 6:30am when we woke up to thunder and lightening, it didn’t look good for a run.  But by 8:00am, when the alarm sounded the rain seemed to have stopped.

 

I have a shoe dilemma…

My awesome purple shoes that I have been training in since May have too many miles.  I started feeling the effects during some recent long runs and wasn’t exactly sure what to do.  I ended up ordering some new shoes (awesome black and blue color) and an adorable long sleeved tshirt.  I paid the extra $5 on top of my free shipping to expedite the shipment.  My shoes arrived last night and as soon as I slipped my foot in this morning, I knew that the extra support was exactly what I needed.

 

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I took the shoes for a test drive with an aggressive morning pace run.  During which I began to think about my plan to get these shoes ready for the marathon in just a few weeks.  Ugghh!  So my dilemma…which shoes do I wear for Saturday’s 20 miler?  I fear that wearing my old (purple) shoes will cause unnecessary aches and pains, but I’m not sure the new (black) shoes are ready for 20 miles.  Ideally, I’d love to wear the new ones for the first 12 miles or so, and then switch, but that’s not an option.  So help me…what should I do???  Do I wear the shoes with too many miles or too few?

 

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The saddest part about this new shoe situation is that I picked out my neon green socks to go with my purple shoes (I love green and purple together) and I’m not sure how good they will look with the black and blue shoes.  Ok, back to more important things than my race day outfit…this morning’s run.  It appeared that the rain was done and that I would only be joined only by fog and humidity, but with a little over a mile left to go, the skies opened and the rain came pouring down.  I was in the perfect place to take a short cut home and after some debate, and another gust of rain as I rounded the corner on to my street, I decided to cut my run a little short.  Even with a slower last mile, I finished my 4.6 mile run below race pace averaging 8:33 min/miles.  It was tough to maintain that pace, but I’m happy I pushed through this morning.

 

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I didn’t eat breakfast before my run, which may have made that last mile tougher.  I had a fantastic plan for my post run recovery snack…Summer Sander’s Post-Run Smoothie!  I discovered this in Women’s Running magazine while reading it last night.  It’s definitely different than my usual smoothie and I LOVED every sip!

 

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I’m sure it feels like the majority of my posts have been about running lately.  This is mostly because the majority of my life has been about running lately.  With a side of work, eating, and maybe some sleeping.  If you’re not into the running stuff, then you’ll be happy to know that my last long run is this weekend and then the taper begins!  Wish me luck on Saturday’s 20 miler and cross your fingers for a rain free day!

 

One last thing…

Did you know tomorrow is Run at Work Day?

Love it!

 

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Ok seriously…which shoes should I wear this weekend? 

Is three weeks enough time to get new shoes ready for 26.2 miles?

 

 

Summer Sander’s Post Run Smoothie

From Women’s Running Magazine

Serves 2

 

Ingredients

1 cup ice

1 cup almond milk

2 tbsp peanut butter (I used almond butter)

1 ripe banana

1 tbsp honey (I used 1/2 tbsp agave)

4 pitted dates

 

Directions

Add all ingredients into blender.  Mix until smooth. Enjoy!

Olympic Fever

With like 3 hours of free time last night, I got caught up on my weekend race recap and the Olympics.  Did anyone else have tears in their eyes watching the women’s gymnastics team come together on the floor???  For as long as I can remember, I have LOVED the Olympics…and the summer games are definitely my favorite.  For obvious reasons, I’m a huge gymnastics fan (I lived in a gym for 12 years of my life), but I am digging the swimming and cycling as well.  Especially now that I know the big biker names from the Tour de France.  Next weekend, I’m hoping to catch the marathon, and I’ve never watched the triathlon before, but I am definitely going to DVR that.  The saddest thing for me about the Olympics is that I am at work all day and not at home on my couch discovering fun new sports and learning more about London!

 

This summer there has been tons of Olympic hype, and I am afraid that I have caught a serious case of Olympic fever!  This isn’t the first time though.  I can tell you stories of memorizing every detail of the girls gymnastics team in Atlanta and still remember the 1992 Dream Team poster that hung on my wall at overnight camp.  During those summers, my parents would send me cutouts from the newspaper to keep me posted on all the happenings while I was away.  At work, we are all such Olympic fans that we have the kids participating in athletic events and are rewarding them with cutout paper medals.  They are so motivated to get involved (especially in the pool), and the fever has spread!

 

It’s hard not to get all pumped up when magazines like this continue to arrive in your mailbox!

 

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I got this magazine last month and immediately began flipping through the pages.  My Mom signed me up for Women’s Running at the marathon expo, and I am a huge fan.  It is a passionately written magazine that never ceases to inspire me.  For example, this Founder’s Note (titled Fever) concludes with this paragraph that just made me smile!

 

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I too have always had Olympic dreams and hopes (even just to be a spectator would be incredible), and I channel my inner athlete during my weekly workouts and of course this weekend’s triathlon.  I will be dreaming of and continue to prepare my body for the 2048 Olympic games : )  What about you?

 

I’m guessing by the amount of people I have seen biking to/from work, the fact that road races continuously sell out, and the general enthusiasm for activity that running and biking are on the rise.  I came across this statistic in the magazine a few pages later.  How amazing that so many women are seeking out and attempting this awesome middle distance race.

 

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I also came across this question, and was curious to know…what is your answer???

 

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For me, it is definitely Number 2!!!  If you haven’t read Women’s Running and you’re looking for some inspiration, I highly recommend that you check it out.  Their blog, which often features bloggers that you know on the run, is also a joy to read!

 

Have you caught the Olympic Fever?

What sports are your all time favorites and what new ones have you discovered this year?

 

 

The Olympics are super exciting and will inspire me all month and into the fall (my favorite running season).  I still have my goal of  a half marathon PR this year that will require some training.  And I have found some interesting distance races (9k and 25k) that I am recruiting friends and family to run with me.  August 1st has snuck up on me, and I can’t believe that the first half of the year has flown by.  This past month has been an eventful one, and the Olympics came at the perfect time to carry me through a few stressful weeks.  I am looking forward to an Awesome August (details to come) with a whole lot of family and fun!

 

July Goals

Commute by bike

     –I did it!  I loved it!  And I can’t wait to do it again!  Speaking of bikes, this tribute to my bike is one of my favorite posts of the month!

Avoid white flour and sugar in an attempt to loose a few more LB’s around my middle

     -Making progress, but I will continue to work on this through the fall.  This has been especially challenging with sweets such as cookie brittle, cake batter fudge, pancakes, and this insanely good blueberry muffin French toast in the house.  Trust me…if you haven’t already, you should check out THAT recipe!

Make veggies the star of my meals (especially the green ones)

     -This has been tough being grill season and all because the BOY has been making some fantastic dinners, and I just can’t say no to a premade dinner when I walk in the door after a long day of work.

Get moving ever day

     -This has been my favorite goal to accomplish!  I have been adding in walks, casual bike rides, and some other fun activities with the BOY in an attempt to move every day.

Enjoy every mile of my 2012 triathlon!

     -Yes…I loved every minute, even the swim.  Read all about it here!

 

And in case that doesn’t give you enough detail of what I’ve been up to…check out my first ever Lately, I’ve Beenpost!  For the best no bake recipes of the summer, this post will have your mouth watering!

 

 

August Goals

***Since this is a super busy month and we are out of town a few weekends, I’m keeping the goals simple!

-Avoid MORE white flour and sugar in an attempt to shrink my middle

-Make yoga (classes and home practice) a priority to keep stress levels in check

-Sign up for some local road races

-Get moving on vacation!