Week 21 & 22 of 27: 15 and 16 milers!!

I've been meaning to get a post up about the past couple of weeks and now I'm almost another week in, but all in all it's been going well!  For the most part I have still been doing most of my miles "easy," but just recently I have had a couple of workouts where I get to work some faster paces in for a minute or mile or two which is funnn.

I got a phone call and seriously had to like undress to get my phone out.  :P
We've reached the time of year where I wear sunglasses and run outside during the week!!!  I love love winter long running, but the treadmill gets a little old during the week and I am still sooo much slower on it.

Marathon V6.0 Questionnaire

Marathon Training Questions V6.0

As we get closer to race day, my mind turns borderline obsessed with all things running.  :P  We're one month + a day from race day and today I even started laying out my clothes.  Be honest, am I too much???

1. What's your favorite type of running shoe?
For the past three years it's been the Saucony Triumph ISO for long, and Saucony Kinvara for <1/2 marathon.  #runningonclouds  I think I might reevaluate after this latest pair because my love falls on an old model that is becoming harder to buy.

2: Do you run to music?
Yes!!  And I only listen to my running playlist while actually running so I don't get sick of it.

Currently:  https://play.google.com/music/playlist/AMaBXyl9-XMgRxlxOREbVQyy0jP2nobLx4wacytfvowS6ApU8T9LSsi-6HR010hh_V6kGJoBUPsSGtI6S9G1vcE-qVTCYiow5w%3D%3D

3: Do you run in a gym or outdoors?
Outdoors or on my own treadmill when it's dark or I need downhill miles.

4: Do you bring a sports drink or water out with you when you run?
I just started doing this.  I fill my hydration pack bladder with water and then bring Gatorade in one of the bottles.
Which, by the way, the best thing I have done for my running lately is buy my hydration pack!!!

5: How many miles can you run without breaking?
I do not know this.

6: Do you prefer long, mid or short distance running?
Long, hands down.  Double digits.

7: How long have you been running?
Junior High, but I have been racing for only like 7 years.

8: What do you think about when you run?
Usually how I would do if race day was now.   I religiously check my Garmin and multiply the current pace out in different scenarios. Sounds super lame... probably is...  BUT at least I don't let the stresses in life get to me while I'm running.  Somehow I only think happy thoughts once I'm out there!

9: Do you run when you’re emotional?

10: Have you noticed any changes in your life since you started running?
Yes.  If you run you get it, if you don't run you think I'm weird, but I don't know what I would do without it.  Running contributes to a having a great day and overall quality of life, especially when you get to run outdoors and appreciate how gorgeous everything is.  It's the only time to be alone and not multi-task, to relax, and jam out to tunes.

11: Do you stretch?
Yes.  Warm up mile/s then dynamic stretches, then I stretch when I'm all done.

12: Do you plan your day around your run or your run around your day?
Kind of both.

13: Do you run with someone else?
Used to run with the husband but we haven't for awhile, mostly because we only have a single BOB.  I would like to find some evening runners around here, everyone runs in the a.m.!, but my long runs I prefer alone.  In the zone.

14: What motivates you to run?
Seeing progress, getting PRs, the fitness aspect of it and being able to eat what I want.  :)

15: Are you surprised with how well you run?
No. I wish. lol

16: Do you run marathons/races/both?
I am not sure a runner wrote these questions.  hahaha

17: What’s your best mile time?
I haven't done a mile time in years!  Last time I did, the time I got was slower than some of the miles I've run in races, so...

18: Do you run to keep fit or keep fit to run?

19: Do you prefer to run in heat or in cold?
Cold.  I hate the cold, UNLESS I'm running.  We're talking <50 degrees and my running is highly improved.  40 would be the perfect temp.

20: Is it hard for you to get out of the house to run?
Not really

21: Do you ever regret not running?

22: Do you keep a record of your running times?
Too many

23: Do you have a running idol?
Mostly the Olympians:  Meb, Kara, Shalane

24: Does anyone else in your family run?
My whole family except my mom who plays pickleball.

25: Are you currently trying to become a better runner?

26: Do you run when you have nothing else to do?
I would but when do I have nothing else to do?  I am a mom.  I even started this questionnaire like five months ago.  :D

27: How often do you run?
4-5x week + 1-2XT

28: What is your biggest running-related dream?
well...winning for one thing, then both Ben and I getting our BQs and running Boston together.

29: Will you run for the rest of your life or just until you become what you want?
For - ev - er

30: What are your favorite exercises to team with running?
Classes that have loud and fun music or are CrossFIT type workouts.

An Eggstravaganza!

Our community had its Eggstravaganza last weekend!

They divided up the egg hunt by age and threw out a bunch of eggs and candy in a roped off area.  I was skeptical at first that it was going to be beyond madness, but it actually was hilarious and really fun!  Parents couldn't help so we were all yelling for our kids which turned out to be funny.

I literally had 20 minutes to shower and get out the door after my 16 miler, so yeah.

I'll be needing stitches.

We had our first round of stitches this past week.  Poor little B3 was running around the couch and slipped (on his toys :P ) and went head first into the fireplace rock.  Luckily Ben was home for lunch, because I picked up B3 and his head was bleeding all over!  


I sent my dad a picture and he said definitely stitches, then mentioned with the location on his face, we should probably find a facials plastic surgeon to sew it up, to help with the scar.  So we called place after place trying to avoid the E.R. for one, and doctor after doctor was gone or in surgery, but Ben finally found one that would take us in immediately!  

So that was the end of our work day and the beginning of a long family day ordeal!  We met with the facials plastics doc and he said the youngest he has sewn up in his office was 5 years old, and it can be kind of traumatic for younger ones to be stitched without gas, but we could at leas try it. 
We gave it a shot, but he started to cry and I didn't want to traumatize him from ever going to the doctor's again, so we decided to meet the doctor at the E.R. in a couple of hours to have him stitch it with gas.

Week 20. Only 7 left. #revelmtcharleston

There are only seven (six and a half, really) weeks left in this training cycle and I don't feel ready, but I am getting excited!!  

This upcoming weekend my long run is split:  4 Friday night + 15 Saturday morning.  

Then I have 16, 

another 16, 

an 18 miler,

then one more long run after that which I don't know what it is yet.  I have maxed out with a 17 miler long run before, and I ran a 4:11, so who knows how this race will go, but I like being able to look back at previous trainings for confidence boosts.

So on my long run I was coming up on a corner when a car flipped a U and pulled off in the direction facing me, about 50 feet up.  I saw a guy in the car so I slowed down a little because hello 7am and creeper-guy-U-turning-and-stopping-by-female-running-alone, and the guy got out with a freaking HAMMER!  lol  I was like TED BUNDY, and I stopped.  But he started hammering in a garage sale sign that had tipped over.  hahaha  Guy almost got himself maced.  ;)

So many hot air balloons, which after living in this part of the valley for five years, I still love love.
 the #runfie
I randomly decided to track my training on my Insta stories, so I've been taking more pictures, so if you see them on my stories then sorry, they are a repeat here.
I literally ran exactly 4 miles in 40:00.
With the days getting longer, more of my running is outside.  I only ran one time on the treadmill this week and it was for the decline.
My long run was 12 miles and I had some belly rebellion going on but it started to ease up around mile 9, so the end was the best part of the run.  I also started fueling with some new fuel since I'm a little leery about what I take in while nursing, and these fuels are pretty tasty!!  They are all natural and I had a chocolate one that tasted like frosting, and a strawberry one that tasted like...strawberries.  :P  They are more expensive but if they work out, I could see myself sticking with them.  I don't think my fueling was the cause of the tummy issues since they started right away, so that's good.
I'm still just adding miles to my weeks and not doing any speed work, so it's been pretty fun to just run for fun and have zero pressures.  There are times I do miss the pain of a workout though.
Can I shout a hoorah for Ben though!  He's been running about double my mileage and already running 17 milers and rocking it.  I know he has a time goal for the race, although I don't know if he and Charlie have dialed it in exactly yet, but with the way his training is going, he will have his best marathon yet, and a good test run for trying for a 3:11 next year on the course (BQ!). 

Week 18 & 19 (of 27) - Confidence!

Going into the Phoenix 1/2 I was majorly doubting my legs and my ability to run the distance without majjjjjor suffering, but afterwards I came to realize that I really just need to give myself more credit than I do.  The race gave me a boost of confidence going into the next couple of months where my long run is going to double, and instead of being so terrified, I'm a little jazzed (still a littttle terrified, but yeah).

The theme the past couple of weeks has been treadmilling with the boys.  Dash likes to swing and watch his mama run, Bentz likes to watch dinosaur shows or I put SING on for them, and so far I have been able to get my runs in.  Even just six months ago I wouldn't have dared with Bentz, but he is now at the age where he will stay away from the treadmill while I'm on it so I don't always have to wait for Ben to be home.  This is soooo nice because I used to always juggle dinner and running and try to have them both finish around the same time.

I do this madness because running gives me goals and makes me a happier person/mom/wifey.

Race week I had some harder runs, but lower mileage.  I don't quite understand that, but that is why I don't do my own schedules.  :)

On occasion I run late and this guy just wants his mama all the time so he doesn't want to go to bed.  He could lay here literally 24/7 if I could too.  He's the cutest!

A few of my Instagram Stories...

I am almost 6 months postpartum and my abs are still ridiculously exhausted after longer runs, it is kind of a weird feeling I never had before this round of postpartum.  I also am pretty sure I have some abdominal separation above my belly button so I have to be careful with my core workouts and avoid things like crunches and such.  I mostly have been doing things like lunges, squats, jump rope, kettlebell swings, deadlifts, etc.

Bentz demonstrating the squat with a weight.  ;)

^It was 45 degrees but once the sun is up, everything changes, so I have to make sure I'm cold at the start or I'll have regrets.  And I bought a new batch of headbands and this one has donuts on it which I'm pretty thrilled about!!

Below I'm pointing out where all the hot air balloons were taking off from.  I was going the other direction so wah.

Have a fantastic weekend!!

Friday Favorites (of March!)

Happy Friday!!  Yay!  It's been a lonnnnng time since I've done a favorites post so here we go...

Nuun helps you drink more (good for nursing!), and I like to order the caffeine ones, it's a nice pick me up.  And it has electrolytes!  My favorite is cherry limeade, then wildberry.  Sure beats drinking soda.

 +Mamasaurus tee 
In the name of Bentz who was pretty excited about it.  Tuesday we stopped by his soon to be preschool and they had a bunch of big dinosaur figures and Bentz pulled each out and said the names of them:  "Carnataurus, Protoceratops, Stegasaurus..."

 +Goodr sunglasses! 
Running glasses that don't necessarily look like running glasses, and the best part is they actually stay on your face even when you get sweaty.  The second best part?  $25!  They were a 2016 start up and I can see why they have become big in the running world!  And the names of the glasses are pretty funny and they're all polarized!

 +Steve Madden wedges 
These are a nice not-quite-flat shoe, heel compromise, and they're super comfortable with a hidden wedge!  Steve Madden wins again.

 +Phoenix weather 
Phoenix had a warm winter, then it got cold in February, and now it's getting to be a little warmer and so nice out.  It's such a nice time of year to enjoy the windows open and the playgrounds.

I'm so sad they are over!  My heart is with the summer Olympics, but winter are just behind them and I loved watching them everyday and every night!  I still need to go back and watch some that I missed or ones I want to re-watch.  I especially loved Shawn White's comeback, felt horrible for Lindsey Jacobellis when she came in FOURTH, loved the figure skating despite the uncharacteristic falling, Chris Mazdzer winning silver in the luge, and there were so many other favorite parts!
Source:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/other/olympics/2018/02/medal_for_mazdzer_for_usa_luge_silver_seemed_like_gold

Ben says I'm killing it with the food lately (he's just being too nice and the standard was already set very low haha) but I have found a few recipes that are tasty!!  I still scrounge Pinterest for new ideas to our typical chicken + veggies and try to incorporate 2-3 new ones each week.

Chicken Avocado Lime Soup (I used lemons cuz we have lots)
I will take pictures next time.  :)

 +American Greed 
If you are a true crime reader or into this type of thing, it's a series about greedy people who criminally acquire money (lots of pyramid schemes out there) and sometimes in the most unique and bizarre ways.  It's documentary type and I've been watching them for a couple of months now while I work or run on the treadmill.  There are 12 seasons on Hulu.

 +New CAR 
We got a new SUV!  Ben has been looking forward to this for awhile, and the past few months so have I!  I think it will make me feel safer being up higher.  So this blue guy is the new ride for the next few years and he goes fast... 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds.  Good thing I drive like a great great grandma, but you bet Ben is thrilled.

+The boys
Gosh they are so cute!  My family makes my world go 'round!!  THIS is what life is about.  Not the cars, money, things...but these people.  <3