Happy New Year! 2020!

Happy New Year!
This poor blog.  :P

BUT, here I am!  It's 2020.  We are truckin' along and time just keeps on flying!  But things are good around here, I am happy to report.  I'm working on a temple in AFRICA right now (Cape Verde), and it's keeping me quite busy, including lots of converting from the metric to the imperial system, which is is first for me!  Good thing they made us learn how to do this in college.  lol

October Accounts

I need to post both October and November months, but we'll start with October!  The month where the weather finally started cooling down and we frequented the park every day, multiple times!  June-August go on forever, but once we hit the nice months, they fly by in the blink of an eye!  We are enjoying them, however.  Big time!
Bentley had two cavities filled and he was really brave!  Once they gave him the gas, he was totally fine.  Just giggling.  Ben came to his appointment too, which was nice because one of us has to chase Dash.  :P

Take us back to NEW YORK!!

So it's been a month and I still keep thinking about how New York was amaaaaazing.  We had a fabulous trip, great weather, and a good, good time!  

Time relive the an epic 9th wedding anniversary vacation trip with my man.

First off, getting there was lonnng.  Getting through Halloween week (so many parties/activities), and having Halloween literally the night before we left, made it stressful.  I ended up with a headache the first three days of the trip because I was so stressed out, and that made the flight out there lonnnng because I couldn't read or anything!  But luckily I didn't get a migraine.  We arrived safely in about 4-1/2 hours flying time, and after a very trafficky taxi ride, we arrived at our hotel in Times Square!  Hello 31st floor!  You don't even seem high in this city.

I made eating a HUGE priority this trip, just ask Ben.  lol It's hard to travel far and not end up fasting for some duration of time, and we were trying to carb-load.  I packed bagels, oatmeal, rice cakes, pretzels, and we ate a chicken rice bowl at like 10:00am before our flight.  hahaha  Then it was Chipotle Chipotle Chipotleeeeeee all the time, I had the closest locations memorized.  Chicken and rice.  Chicken and rice.  I'm not even hungry, but more chicken and rice.  

The next morning it was first onto the Expo.  

26.2 in New York City!

Gosh, the New York City Marathon was pretty darn epic.  I loved it!!!  Ben loved NYC, but per his words:  "I kinda hate the marathon."  bahaha  

The marathon is hard, yo!

Let me preface this race post by saying I was so incredibly diligent with my diet leading up to it.  Traveling and carb loading is hard, and I am naturally not a heavy eater, so it took planning.  I packed bagels, rice cakes, snacks galore, I skipped the candy and sugar, and I had mapped out every Chipotle from Phoenix airport to our hotel in Times Square so we could get all the chicken rice bowls.  I think I may have out eat Ben!  (He disagrees lol but he will agree that he's never seen me devour all the foods like I did.)  I think eating made a huge difference on my race experience, too, as far as my energy went (I never bonked or felt depleted, when I bonked at mile 11 of my last marathon!!).  So if you are ever planning to run a  full marathon, track your food in My Fitness Pal during race week and it'll help you assure you're getting what you need.  Roughly I targeted 2000 calories with 70+% carbs the few days prior, but that obviously varies.

Sooooooo.

Race morning we met in the hotel lobby and our group had box breakfasts for us.  Soon enough we loaded buses to head for Staten Island, the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge, aka the race start!

4 days to go!

In four days we are running for this bad boy...
Last week we both had our pre-race calls with our coach, and this time my biggest concern was discussing my diet.  I have not run a marathon since I started eating appropriately for my training level, and I want to make sure that I continue the trend during race week.

-Increase carb intake to 80%ish starting TODAY.
-Avoid high fiber Friday/Saturday.

I found two Chipotles by our hotel, so I plan to eat chicken bowls pretty much for every meal.  I'm packing a giant bag of bagels for the plane, and snacks for the hotel room.  (More bagels?? lol)
My last longer run on Saturday. ^^

The weatherrrrrrrr is going to be perfect!  Plan a race without a big goal, and you will get the best weather.

As far as goals, I plan to go out at a slow 9:xx pace (uphill), and then I hope to bring my average pace just under 9:xx to a PR.  My bigger goal, however, is to see everything around me, rather than hold myself to that PR.  It's NEW YORK CITY! 

This is my PR:
Meanwhile, we're not headed out until Friday because we can't miss Halloween with the boys!
^^Just woke up.

T-2 days until Ben and I head off to an epic race-cation!  And I am so excited!  Although as we get closer I start to dread missing my boys, but it will be a great time with Ben!

15 Days...

Two weeks to go until we head to NEW YORK CITY!!!!!!!

CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!

Last week I ran my peak long run at 18.60 miles (2:45:00 in zone 2).  I am feeling pretty good!  My legs are tired, and they were super tired for almost all the long run, but I suppose that is "peaking."  We are starting a gradual taper now, to freshen our legs up.
The New York City Marathon runs (pun intended ;) through the five boroughs: 
Staten Island
Brooklyn
Queens
Manhattan
The Bronx

We start literally at the bridge from Staten Island (straight uphill!), and we finish in Central Park!!! 
Here is the course map:
And the elevation:
This upcoming weekend I have 2:00:00 of zone 2 w/a fast finish, then it's on to single digit running until race day. 

Ben has begun a full taper because his Achilles/ankles were starting to threaten after he's been logging 200 mile months.

18 Miler Eve - 3 Weeks to NYC!

THREE WEEKS!  23 days!  

Super Awesome September

In the month of September we had a lot of birthday celebrations!:  mine, the boys', my mom's, and even my sister in-law all had birthdays.  We had a combined party for the boys, and the theme for the third year in a row was dinosaurs.  Rawr.