Sunday, March 26, 2017

Grandma's Marathon - Week 7

Week 7 of Grandma's Marathon Training is complete!

This week was uneventful with running and I like it like that!
 Next week will ramp up my mileage with a 16-18 mile long run on Saturday.  EEK!  
I have to admit, I'm a bit intimidated. 


STATS: 

21.3 miles
Milly
Duluth
Grandma's Course


Lake Superior  - Scenic Highway - Grandma's Marathon Course


This week,  I'm doing a little different weekly wrap.  Rather than listing out my days workouts,  I'll highlight the good points!  

Monday was fairly uneventful as I started out the week with 3/4 mile hill repeats.  I got in 4 repeats before heading to work and finished with 5.8 miles at 9:14/mile.  Tuesday, I got a nice easy 5.5 mile run in at a comfortable pace - 9:26/mile.  Nothing crazy - just good training. 

My kids started spring break on Friday, and we were headed to Duluth for a mini-vacation; compliments of my sister!  She's the greatest.  With the family outing planned, my long run happened Thursday on Milly.  Thankfully,  I only had 10 miles on plan this week,  so I put on Netflix and went to town.   I ended up with 10 miles at 9:06/mile.  I was just getting done when they invaded the mill, so I made them take a picture with me!  They are such goofballs!


  

After we took the picture,  they proceeded to let their monster truck cars roll off the belt of the treadmill into a bucket.   Of course this gave me anxiety for a number of reasons,  but mostly because I love my Milly and need her in good working order.  #runnerproblems

No kick-boxing this week.  I'm hoping to pick that up again this next week.   I am also mentally preparing for my first "really" long run of my training cycle this upcoming Saturday!  

Friday, we headed to Duluth.  The home of the famous Grandma's Marathon where I'll be completing my 2nd marathon in June.  Duluth is a great city with lots of things to do,  so we first headed to Two Harbors, the home of the starting line of the race! 

Because I plan like that,  I made my husband drive the course from finish to start.  Along they way, I reminisced about all the moments in last years race.  The photo at the top of this post was taken on Friday from my car on the route.  I'm not exactly sure which mile this was, I'm guessing between 14-16.   The weather Friday was perfect for running  - no wind, no sun and 40 degrees!  YES PLEASE!




This photo was snapped by my husband at mile 19.  Apparently,  I was still smiling - but that may have been a lie!  I knew that he was there!  HA! 

It's so nice to get away as a family.   The boys were in heaven on Lake Superior throwing rocks and searching all around!  We had lots of laughs and I'm grateful that my sister gifted us two nights in a hotel!  




I love when I can capture any pictures with my boys!  Usually, I have to bribe them because they just won't sit still long enough for me to snap a picture! 




I'm linking up with Holly and Tricia once again for the weekly wrap!  


Tell me!  How do you like to spend time with your family? What's your favorite getaway? 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Walking On Clouds - Review of Oofos Original Sport Sandal

Disclaimer:  I received Oofos Ooriginal Sandals to enjoy and review as part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave to review, find and write race reviews.




Think back to your last finish line.  Your hot, sweaty, tired.  Your body is exhausted.  You want to sit down, stretch and relax - maybe with a beer in hand at your finish line.  

More often then not, the first thing we do as runners is remove our socks and our shoes after a long hard run.  Until now, my drop bag at races has always been stuffed with any old pair of sandals or flip flops with no regard to if they are actually good for my feet.  

At home, after a long run,  I immediately would pull off my shoes and walk barefoot.  However, I know now, that is not the best way to care for my very tired and sometimes over-worked feet. Our feet are what takes us the distance.  Everyday, we put one foot in front of the other to get us to our finish line. 

 It's about time we give our feet the love they deserve.  
They deserve to feel the Oo! 

 
I'm a sporty girl and these sandals have become a staple in my everyday life.  I wear them whenever I can - even to kick-boxing.  Just slip on comfort and GO!



Currently, in MN it's cold and clearly not sandal weather just yet.  But, that hasn't stopped me from wearing them around my house every chance I get, especially after long runs.   Rather than walking barefoot my feet now feel as though they are walking on clouds!  

Let's talk a little bit about the science of Oofos! 




Oofos Recovery Sandals are better than their competitors because:

  • Absorb MORE shock than traditional foams
  • Patented footbed cradles arches
  • Relives pressure on ankles, knees and lower back
  • Durable foam holds it's form indefinitely
  • So light that they float
  • Machine Washable

What I love most about my Oofos sandals is the way they make my feet feel AFTER I take them off. My feet truly feel as though they have been walking on clouds.  They feel relaxed - even pampered!   I have a spring in my step.  I can conquer the world!

Oofos are very comfortable and come in a variety of styles and colors.  If thongs aren't for you - don't fret!  They have slides and clogs as well! 




These sandals are true to size to my normal footwear.  I wear a 9 shoe and a 9.5 running shoe.  I ordered size 9 and they fit fantastic!  

I've currently completed 6 weeks of training for my next marathon so these sandals have really come in handy.  Oftentimes, when the kids are snug in their beds, I'll start an epsom salt soak.  I will sit back and relax and afterwards I'll slip on my oofos.   I'm learning how to better care for the feet that so desperately need the comfort and relaxation!  




You've probably noticed that these particular sandals have the breast cancer symbol on the side.  I chose these sandals because these are a part of the Project Pink line from Oofos.  For every pair of shoes from this line sold,  $10 is donated to cancer research.  I really think that this is fantastic - and besides,  pink is FUN! 

Oofos mission is to make yOO feel better, one step at a time.  When one of their own, Duncan Finigan, was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer, the Oofos team knew that they had to help the cause!  The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute was the cause they were to support!  If you'd like to see more you can follow the link here.

I have really enjoyed these sandals and they have quickly become part of my daily shoe wardrobe. But let's be honest, my shoe collection is really just running shoes and flats.   These fit in very nicely! 

My only con was that after wearing them a while, but feet seemed to be a bit sweaty, and on our hard wood floors, I started to squeak a bit while walking.  I know that sounds ridiculous, but the noise got to be aggravating.  I will say that once the weather gets nicer,  I will be wearing them outside and alas - no wood floors. 

I would absolutely give these recovery shoes a try!  They will for sure be joining me at many finish lines to come! 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Grandma's Marathon Training - Week 6

This week I needed to modify the schedule just a bit.  
But, week 6 of Grandma's Marathon Training 
seemed to go off without a hitch.  


I seriously cannot believe that the race is only 3 months away!  In my world, three months will go at rocket speed!  Here are the STATS for the week! 

32 miles
Snowy Feet
Stomach Flu
Star Wars &
The WILD

MONDAY

We got several inches of snow overnight on Sunday, but the temperature was mild.  Typically, with fresh snow on the ground, I would have just had a date with Millie.  But, with the terrible training week I had last week, I felt it necessary to get my feet to the pavement.  Or, in this case, snow! 


The snow fell most of the night, so the plows had not been out yet.   Almost all of my run was on fresh snow.  Actually,  it was almost better running on the snow than on the plowed main street which was a bit slippery.  

My legs really enjoyed this nice easy pace because I was still recovering from the squats from hell from Thursday of last week!   5 miles at 10:39/mile.  

TUESDAY

Monday in the afternoon was gloriously sunny here, which was great because all of the roads were completely snow-free for my hill sprints!   We have a great 600 meter loop that has a small incline.   It's actually 611 meters and when you're training and using time guidelines - that's a BIG DEAL! Lol! 

Anyhoo, my goal for these runs is to have my splits between 2:51 and 3:07 for 600 meters.  I did five intervals with a short 0.2 mile shag.  I did just that.  My fastest interval was 3:01 and my slowest was 3:06.  I do think I could have pushed even harder, except that I literally couldn't feel my legs or my face.  


It was so damn cold it's hard to really explain it.  6 degree with wind chills at -6 below zero.  Come ON Minnesota!  I'm not asking for 80 degrees, but even 40 degrees will feel amazing!!  
I had 2 pair of compression pants on and my legs STILL felt like giant ice blocks.  I use a neck gator and pull it up occasionally over my face, but once it gets icy, it's pretty much useless.   I get very clostrauphoic with it over my nose anyway.  

I'm not going to lie,  I couldn't WAIT to take the post-run selfie!!!  I knew that I had ice crystals forming all over my face and hair.   I could feel them on my eyelashes when I blinked and the tiny hair on my face was becoming prickly.  

WEDNESDAY

Rest day!  WAHOO

THURSDAY

I had a 7 mile easy run on plan followed by kick-boxing before work.  Trust me, I had already emailed my coach to ask her for different exercises than jump squats.  HA!  

Unfortunately,  neither workout happened.  Hank, my 5 year old woke up at 12:30 am with the stomach bug and the next several hours were for helping him.  It's crazy the hyper-awareness that happens to parents when their baby is sick.  Poor little dude.  We were up most of the night, so I knew that my 4:45 alarm was getting turned off!  

I'm happy to say he's bouncing off the walls again and as it stands right now, no one else got sick!  I KNOW I shouldn't even say those words out loud because I'll probably put a huge hoax on the house and one of us will get sick.  But, for now, we are crossing fingers and all healthy! 

FRIDAY

I have the pleasure and privilege to have Hank at home with me on Fridays!  This has typically been my day off from running, but due to Thursday,  I jumped on the treadmill for 6 easy miles at 9:10/mile.   He was an angel while I was running, so I promised him an epic Star Wars battle afterwards!  

I lost an arm AND a leg in the process. Oh - and he used the force too!  I was toast before we ever started!  

I'm ready with my light-saber! 

SATURDAY

15 miles.  The longest run since Grandma's Marathon last June!  Can the wind in Minnesota PLEASE... pretty pretty please GO AWAY!



This run really felt pretty good.  It's amazing how our brain factors in to our running long distances.  The closer and closer I was getting to the finish, the slower I became.  My lungs felt great the entire run, but I could feel my legs starting to fatigue.  

Many days on my run, I pass through the park in my town.   There is a fantastic waterfall that runs from the creek.  Unfortunately, most of my runs are in the dark, so I can't ever capture it's beauty.  Even after all the mud and snow and leafless trees, this place is still serene.   It's protected by large rock walls and for just a moment,  I enjoyed the sound of the rushing water.  

We have so much beauty around us, we just have to take a moment to appreciate all that we have.

Saturday evening was spent with my husband on a date night to the Minnesota Wild game.  



It's so much fun to watch hockey live!  Even though they lost, we had a great night and came back to a quiet house - no children!  I slept 10 hours!  Absolutely amazing!  

All in all, the week was a tad crazy, but I got so much accomplished with my running.  Have a great week everyone!  Don't forget to link up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap!  There are a great bunch of bloggers! 



Saturday, March 11, 2017

Grandma's Marathon Training - Week 5

Week 5 of Grandma's Marathon Training was eventful!

I certainly had a whirlwind week. 

But, my training was less than stellar. 




STATS:
14.5 miles ( BOO )
Killer Kick-boxing
DOMS
No-go Long Run

MONDAY

This day was pretty crummy.  I did get out for some miles, thank goodness, but the odds were stacked against me.  Thankfully, it was fairly warm; in the 50's.  I was mildly sore from my long run two days before and I knew hill repeats were on the plan.  

I wanted so badly to stay in bed, but I also knew that the run would help me to warm up my sore muscles.  Unfortunately, I just couldn't get going.  My pace was much slower than I'm used to and the hill repeats were draining all of my energy.  My body just wasn't having it!   I only did 2 repeats and called it a day.  

Running isn't always a picnic.  Sometimes it's pretty hard to keep focus.  I'm proud I got 4 miles in, even though they felt sluggish.  


That same day,  someone on Instagram commented that my outfit was "on-point!"  I'll take that and call it a win!  If you've read Wendy's last post, you'll know how important it is to be a trendy runner!  Lol!  Just kidding,  but I DO love matching and I DO have a problem with purchasing running clothes!   I want all.the.clothes.  My closet is 80% workout apparel.  Whoops! 

On that note:   If you run in Brooks you know how darn expensive they are!  $150 a pair for the Glycerins?  WHAT?!  It seems that ALL running shoes are expensive.   I recently came across Poshmark.  I got two new pair of Glycerin 12's that someone didn't like all for only $80 total!  I just got them in the mail yesterday and they are perfect.  Can you say major score??  I was pretty dang happy! 

TUESDAY

The wind was literally 47 mph gusting.   I absolutely wasn't having ANY of that, so I stuck to the treadmill for some easy miles.  Besides, after Monday's performance, I was a bit fearful of pushing too hard.  I loved the easy miles on the treadmill!  5 miles at 9:30 pace - what a great way to start out my Tuesday! 




WEDNESDAY

Rest day.   There's something wonderful about rest day! 

THURSDAY

This has been my tempo day and kick-boxing day.  I know that it may not be the smartest decision to do two workouts in one day.  However, with my particular schedule with work and kids this is about the only time that works.  I really feel like this training cycle it's important for me to get some cross-training in.  

I started out my morning at 5am with a fantastic tempo run on the treadmill.  I run hard, but I still have ample recovery time between my speed miles.  I'm really loving theses speed workouts.  

5.5 miles total.  3 x 1 mile @ 7:50's.  I usually rest about 4-5 minutes in between with a slow recovery jog to get my heart rate back into the upper 150's.  I love my Garmin for that reason.  I know it's not perfect, but I also go by my effort and feel that once I've done the recovery,  I can tackle that faster mile very well. 



Up until now, I've been able to do kick-boxing on Thursday and I haven't been incredibly sore.  Sure, my arms definitely know that I'm working them hard,  but I'm getting stronger every day and I love the class.  

However, this time,  Erik taught the class.  He's my trainers Muay Thai coach and he's intense to say the least.  He may have gotten a twinkle in his eye when he tried to kill us during that hour!  Our one minute active recovery times were absolutely brutal.  I've never done so many push ups and I seriously lost count at 100 jump squats.  




I felt like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.  Big mistake!  Big. Huge!  

I'd be lying if I didn't think at least once or twice during the class that I would be wrecked for my long run and that I should back off.  But, how do you back off from a hungry bear?   Erik was out for blood.  I was his victim.  I love him for it.  I hate him for it!  Gosh - I was silly. 

At the end of the session, I coined the term Holy-Shit-Tears.  Yes, they are real tears.  I went to the corner of the studio where my water was, took a few big breaths, and then a few drinks of water.  The tears welled in my eyes.  I had utter disbelief at what I had just put my body through.  I had relief that the class was over.  Holy-Shit-I-Was-Done!  

Needless to say, it's Saturday now and I didn't get my long run in because I can't move.  Two days later and I'm still so sore.   I just plop myself on the toilet and roll myself into bed.  It's crazy.  I'm going to have to watch it because this marathon is super important to me.  

As I've said before,  marathons won't run themselves.  The long runs are the runs that really count!   BOO!  

Next week is a new week and I'm smarter now. 

On Friday, I did another Fashion Friday post.  I have to capture all the times I actually wear real clothes.  One of the things I asked my Stitch Fix Stylist was to send me casual and comfy.  I absolutely love these jeans from Liverpool and the cardigan is so soft I hardly know it's on!  I paired it with a tank top I recently got from Maurices and I was ready to go!  So fun!  



If you want to learn more about it,  check out the link and sign up!  It's been great, and I can't wait to get my next box!  For a small $20 styling fee you have the clothes delivered right to your door and you can choose what you like!  I kept all of my last box! 

I'm not exactly sure what to think of this week?  It had great parts and some lousy parts.  But I guess that's the beauty of marathon training.   I showed up for my workouts this week and gave it all I had  -- even if a couple days I couldn't walk.  Lol! 

I'm linking with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap!  Come join us! 







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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Grandma's Marathon Training - Week 4

It's very hard to believe I've already wrapped up 4 weeks of training for

To get in the spirit of the marathon race day, 
here is a throwback to somewhere between mile 14-16 of Grandma's.   It was pretty
obvious I was still feeling pretty good! 


Here's a look at the recap this week! 

32 miles
Sloth-like-behavior
Kick-ass  Kick-boxing
Momentum Jewelry
BeachBody & Oofos 

MONDAY

Monday, we did 1/4 mile sprints.  I ended at 6.4 miles with 9 quarter mile repeats!  The shag was a bit short at .14 miles, so my heart rate didn't decrease as much as I would have liked.  For this reason, I'm going to slow down my shags and add more time to try to get out of the anaerobic zone during the shag period.  Even though I was pretty happy with my splits, which ranged from 1:59-2:05, I'd like to see my sprints be in the neighborhood of about 1:45-1:55.  I think a longer cool down may be just the ticket!   

All in all, I really did feel like a million bucks after this run so it started my Monday out great! 

TUESDAY 

I run with three other women on Tuesday's and it's hard to all be on the same page with our goals.  Wowza!  This run quickly became close to my 10K race pace and I ended 6 miles at 8:29 mile.  It was definitely not something I was planning after a hard day of sprints, but it all worked out and I knew that my Wednesday rest day was coming! 



WEDNESDAY

Actually, Wednesday's have quickly become one of my favorite days of the week!  I wonder why?  NO 4:45 ALARM!!!  WOOO HOOO!!  This day is devoted to an extra hour of sleep.  In addition, it's always fun on Tuesday nights because I stay up a bit later with my husband to catch up on some TV.  

I also found out on Wednesday that I'd be joining the Momentum Jewelry Ambassador Team for 2017.  I have several pieces of their motivational jewelry.  The one I'm wearing in this picture was a gift from Wendy and I really love it!  I wear it the most because it has so much meaning!  She gave it to me about 6 weeks before Grandma's Marathon last year!  Big smooches to you Wendy! 


THURSDAY

Oh, Thursday!  You know the feeling.  The alarm rings.  Your bed is warm.  You're supposed to work out, and then.... you just don't!   Thursday was my sloth morning.  I was feeling insanely guilty because I told myself I would try very hard to not skip a workout during my marathon training.  But... just like that....I did.  The bed just felt so good!




I did redeem myself a bit when I attended my morning kick-boxing class before work.  It's fairly comical because I shower completely, do my hair and then I go to class.  Sounds backwards doesn't it?  If I didn't do it this way, I'd never make it to class.  So, after class, I wash my face in the gym bathroom and put on some makeup.  I change my clothes and head to work - sweaty mess and all.  Nobody seems bothered by it and I get a fantastic workout!  I'm still sore in my shoulders from Thursday! 



Thursday after work,  I also got shipped a few pretty awesome products to test out through Bibrave.  Currently, I'm testing the Beach Body Performance Series Supplements and Oofos Recovery Sandals

I have been very pleasantly surprised by the Beach Body supplements!  They taste fantastic and are easy to mix up.  I will be writing a review shortly,  but I have to say I may become a beach body coach 'just' for these products.  

PLUS!  This is a huge bonus for me.  It's been 3 entire days without soda!  The energize product has natural caffeine, so I've been drinking it to help me curb the cravings of my favorite carbonated beverage.   Slowly, I'm using less and less energize to hopefully completely eliminate the need for caffeine.   

Here's to hoping I can kick the habit! 

FRIDAY

This is supposed to be another rest day, but I was feeling so crazy guilty about not getting my run in on Thursday, I hit Millie for a run.  For this workout,  I focused on 3 x 1 mile sprints.  I had one mile of slow warm-up at 10:00/mile followed by one mile splits at 7:50's.  All with 0.4 miles of recovery at a slow/easy pace in between.  I really enjoyed this workout!  I felt that I could maintain these faster 5K-like paces because I had 4-5 minutes recovery in between.  I will be doing this workout again! 

Because I'm going to be testing out the amazing Oofos recovery sandals,  I needed a pedicure STAT!  Also, my feet were pretty tired.  I treated myself to a spa pedicure in my house and wore the recovery sandals after.  They are super comfy and my feet feel light when I take them off! 



SATURDAY

If Minnesota could bring some nice long run weather that would be FANTASTIC!  Unfortunately, this run was very cold and windy.  However,  I accomplished my goal of 14 miles and I sure was happy when it was done.  My pace stayed fairly steady and I ended my run with 14 miles @ 9:06 per mile so I can't complain.  Although, Marcia tells me to run even easier so that I can do 9's all day long.  She's right - I'm going to focus on slowing my pace down even more because I struggled the last two miles to finish.   



Even though it was cold, the sun was shining - so there's that!  

We also had a pretty crazy scare on the run on Saturday as well.  At about 5:30,  we passed a vehicle with a man slumped over in it.  We quickly ran by because the area of our town we were running in has been known to have a bunch of drug traffic.  Sure enough, at the end of the run, he was still there slumped in his vehicle!  My friends immediately called the police. 

Long story short, they impounded his car and he was arrested for DWI and possession of a controlled substance.  Yikes!  My friends said they were tagging the run, "Save a Life, Go to Jail."   

Running always bring adventure doesn't it?!?!

All total this week, I ran 32 miles.  It's my most weekly mileage since LAST February!  I also closed the month of February out with 110 running miles.  I'm pretty happy about that!  

As always, I'm linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap!  I look forward to hearing about your week too! 



Sunday, February 26, 2017

Grandma's Marathon Training - Week 3

Week 3 of Grandma's Marathon training is a wrap! 

Summary:  

28.6 miles
Kick-Boxing
Tempo
The Bachelor
Chapped Cheeks & Chaffing




It's hard to believe I've already completed three weeks of training for Grandma's.   In a little over three months,  this will be my finish line view.  It's beautiful!  This year,  I'm going to make sure I take a dip in Lake Superior at the finish line.  Last year, I had a change of clothes with me at the finish and didn't do it.  Silly me.  

MONDAY

I skipped the hills and just opted to run a bit longer with my friend.  The boys didn't have school so I had the luxury of not dropping them off.  That meant a bit more time to run and a longer shower.  It's the little things.  I even shaved my legs!  Lol

It was 51 degrees Monday morning, and clearly I dressed too warm.  By mile two, my shirt came off and I donned the sports bra.  This is something I would NEVER do during the daylight hours - but who's out of bed to see me running at 5 AM?   

I've learned to embrace the sports bra a tad the last year, even though it brings me out of my comfort zone.  I'm not by any means super happy with my mid-section,  but I figure what the hell!?!  If you care, don't look. 

TUESDAY

This day threw me for a loop.  My training called for an easy run.  I guess I don't know why I thought that my plan was the plan for the day with 3 other women running with me.  Honestly, I could have stopped at any time, but this run quickly turned into a 6 mile progression tempo run.  Something I was not planning, but it sure did feel good!




Because I wasn't prepared for the speed of this workout,  I spent a good portion of the first three miles  sucking wind and trying to catch up so that I wasn't left in the dust.  The last three miles, I fell into a pretty good rhythm,  even though I sounded like a hyena with my breathing.  

I was pleasantly surprised that I ALMOST had negative splits.  Dang it!!  Had I been paying attention, I would have kicked it in just a tad the last mile!  




7 seconds is all I would have needed to get mile 6 less than mile 5.  Meh!  Next time.  Needless to say, I felt fantastic after this run!  Absolutely fantastic!  

WEDNESDAY

Rest day!  No running today.  But about 15 minutes before the night kick-boxing class, I decided to give it a go.  I just love kick-boxing and an early morning seminar that I had on Thursday prevented me from attending my normal class.  I'm so happy I went. 

I'm too embarrassed to ask someone to take a picture of me at kick-boxing so I never have any selfies.  I'm going to have to get over that I think.  

THURSDAY

Treadmill tempo run.  I rocked it out, but oh man - another toughy.  Wow!  I had 6 miles on plan, but only did 5 miles.  3 consecutive miles at 8:15/mile has been all I can muster.  I probably should slow my speed down a tad to accomplish more miles at tempo, but my training plan calls for this pace to be closer to achieve the 4 hr. finish.  I may need to modify a bit.  

Two intense work-outs in a 10 hour period made me feel pretty dang bad-ass.  We all can use a little bad-ass now and again can't we? 




I do love my treadmill miles though because it allows me the time to watch mindless, ridiculous TV... and that would be the Bachelor!  

For those of you that watch the Bachelor,  I do feel dumb for watching it - but I.can't.stop!  It's a sickness.  But..... really, Nick?!?!  Personally,  I don't think Nick has any brains at all.   He's a bit endearing with his cute goatee, but COME ON!  At 37, you can't be that dumb??  



At lease I'm working out when I watch a show that makes me more dumb.  Lol!  Not ashamed.  

FRIDAY

Total rest.  Not even a push-up.  I did however, eat... ALL...day.   My mouth got a lot of exercise. 

SATURDAY

Saturday's long run was frigid cold.  It was 7 degrees when I started and the wind chill was honestly brutal!  My lips and cheeks were so red and chapped when I got done.  I didn't wear a neck gator because I simply forgot what running in 7 degrees feels like.

Even with the wind and cold,  I was still able to run a great 11.25 miles at 8:48/mile!   I ran 7 miles with my running group and 4 miles solo.   I pass this bridge often, but it's always dark, so I took the opportunity to take a photo at about mile 10.  Actually, my phone was so cold, I couldn't see this picture because the screen was black.   It still took a pretty decent picture though.


My marathon pace is 9:09/mile, so anything faster than that for my long run makes me pretty dang happy!  I do have to figure out this chaffing thing though.  I have been chaffing in all sorts of weird places - especially after my long runs.

Here's to hoping everyone has a great week ahead!

I'm linking up once again for the Weekly Wrap with Holly and Tricia.  Be sure to check out more amazing blogs when you visit! 



Friday, February 24, 2017

It's Runfession Time!

Yeah, Baby! 
It's RUNFESSION time and I have a few doozies! 

Make sure to check in with Marcia and her monthly link-up to 
hear all about our dirty little secrets. 




This post should start out with a disclaimer.   Read at your own risk.  *insert sarcastic smiley face. Gentlemen, if you're reading this - beware.

RUNFESSION #1 

I smell like a dead animal after I run.   No sugar coating it.  I do.

My kids and husband have been teasing me lately.  "EWWW,  Mommy YOU SMELL...go take a shower!"  "Yucky!! Mommy, you smell like a dead animal."




I texted this photo to my husband this week with a smiley face.

Sometimes, I smell REALLY bad.   I can't help it, it's a fact.  I'm not sure if that's normal or not, but pretty much immediately after I get done with a run I head to the shower.  But, don't despair, within minutes, I'm back to smelling like fresh flowers and sunshine.

RUNFESSION #2

I had a very amusing conversation with some of my besties the other day about chaffing.  But, as you can imagine, it was not in an area of typical chaffing.  Unfortunately, my long run last Saturday left me with some surprisingly painful lady parts.  Why you ask?  I have no idea.   Had I known there was going to be so much discomfort, believe me I would have done something about it.




But, here ensues the hilarity of the conversation.  Imagine your lightning-fast fingers, texting back and forth, sarcastic remarks to your best friends - all while talking about how your lady parts are on fire.

And so.... the brain-child invention "Vagi-Glide" was magically invented.   I'm going to make millions!! Hands off ladies - this name is mine!  HA!  But, unfortunately, we discussed how the name of said brain-child invention really seemed more like it belonged in an adult entertainment industry than the running industry.

Alas, now I have to go back to working my day job.

RUNFESSION #3 

And, now that you're thoroughly entertained by my chaffing and stupidity, I'll get a bit serious.  I runfess that I don't like doing my weekly training recaps.  It's become more of a chore for me and I like my blog posts to feel a bit more light-hearted.

Don't get me wrong. I absolutely LOVE the link-ups with Tricia & Holly and that is why I continue to do my recaps.  But additionally, this training cycle I'm keeping an actual running journal.  There is something about actually using a pen and paper to write about my week that has me feeling good about my training.

I'm sure I'll still keep linking up, but it's not my most favorite subject to write about.


ATTENTION: A NEW BLOG IS COMING! 




On another note, my husband is a wizard with website design, so he's designing me a NEW BLOG!  I'm super stoked about this and I can't wait for it to roll out! I'm hoping by April 1st it will be launched.

A few months ago, I decided to change the name of my blog from hanzelboyzmama to runningaroundtheboyz.   I have a bunch of reasons for the name change, but I feel the new name is more relevant to my life.  I'm a runner, a busy working mom, and I'm running around my boys constantly.  The name fits.

The only downside to this new blog is that I have to manually transfer all of my old blog posts.  For that reason, I think I'm only going to go out one year of posts.  I don't think anyone will miss the older posts.

RUNFESSION #4 

It's been a pain to establish my new handle.  Just yesterday, I changed my Instagram handle from @hanzelboyzmama to @runningaroundtheboyz.  So, look for me there!  But, I hope it hasn't been too confusing?!

I noticed today that my first post with my new handle hasn't been getting near the engagement as it did with the previous name.   It's actually down about 50%.  I guess it will just take some time to be recognized again.  I have gotten a few comments already that people have noticed - that's good!

Also, Twitter is being a snot about the new name.  I can't change my Twitter handle because the new name is too long!  Crap.  Alas, my Twitter handle will remain the same.

That's all for now!

I'm bracing myself for this mysterious "so-called" crazy demon snowstorm we are supposed to get today.  Good bye Spring temps, you were wonderful while we had you!




And, no I don't want to build a snowman.