Recovery

Chocolate milk and a cold bath are my post long run recovery aids. That mean a$$ foam roller is also helpful.

What else is there? What recovery aids/tools do you use?

I’m looking at the stick and 110% juggler knickers . Anyone used these? Thoughts?

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Energy

Let’s talk about food, energy and supplements on long runs. I struggle with this. I know I need to work on my food intake in the days before long runs as well as the day of. During my long runs I’ve used gu, sport beans, bloks, and honey. Bloks are out. I had to cut them into quarters because they were too big and chewy. Sport beans aren’t so bad, but are a touch to sweet and processed tasting. Honey, I had a bad race the time I used it. I had some weird things happen. I thought I was going to pass out, my vision was double, fuzzy, and going black. I felt anxious, and almost like I was drunk. Honestly, it probably wasn’t the honey and I should try it again, but it makes me nervous. I can’t remember how I felt about gu so I’ll try it again.

I’ve heard a little about ENERGYbits. I’d like to try them, but the price tag has held me back. Not too expensive if I knew I liked them, but a little much to give them a try. Anyone tried them? What’s your review?

What else have you tried? What world for you? What doesn’t work?

So, about that change of plan…

It may have been the cool participant shirt, the iphone case, the cool t-shirt, or my inability to not do something I’ve said I’m doing that caused me to go ahead and register for the marathon. I hadn’t done it because after spending the money on GSC I just couldn’t bring myself to spending a little more yet. I knew I had time, but today it was on sale, cheapest it will be. So, it’s done. I AM doing a marathon. 11/2/13

I got this. (P.S. I will likely need many reminders about that over the next few weeks and especially in October.)

Changing plan, I guess

As you know from reading previous posts I’ve had a hard time getting runs in the past few weeks. It didn’t get better, this past weekend I was to do a 9 mile run and it didn’t happen. We were in Ohio for a huge softball tournament (World Series) and I had a birth. No way can I make up for the missed runs and not being able to get a long run in is a huge setback. I don’t want to do it, I’m bitter about having to do it, but I’m changing my plans. I’ll do Monumental as a 1/2, Glass Slipper Challenge (GSC) as planned, and then do my full in 2014. The positive is I can really work on adding more distance over time. With the 1/2 in November and GSC in February I’ll keep my weekend mileage higher. This will give me a leg up when I start marathon training again. Don’t leave though, I’ll still blog and all of these changes are still part of my journey to 26.2.

How do you handle the time commitment? I have a hard time honoring that I need my time, that I need something for me and making it a priority. In the past and a few times this season, I’ve ran to softball practice, but because of schedules that didn’t always work out. I’ve ran at 11pm, and still didn’t get them all in. Looking for ways to get it all done.

Something you should know about me…

…I’m a crybaby. Yes, I’m one of those girls that can cry at the slightest thing, even things you wouldn’t think would make a gal cry. Here’s how it’s running related: I cry thinking about the miles I’ll cover; I cry thinking about the moment I finish my 1st marathon; I cry thinking about my races in February at Disney; I cry thinking about the 1st time I run through the castle at Disney World; I cry taking off my KT tape (ok, not really); and I cried today because of something my SIL said and sent. SIL, I know you’ll read this, and you should know, along with everyone else, that knowing that made me cry. I know people read this because I can see the stats, but knowing someone reads this, follows me, and cares really means a lot. So, after I fight off the tears from finding out my blog is being read and I’m being encouraged because I had a couple of crappy running weeks I get a text with a picture. It was something like this:

Same saying, different image. KNOWING what I accomplised will be amazing, and thinking of that made me cry. It’s thoughts about things like how I will feel after I cross that finish line, that I will carry that memory for a lifetime that keep me going.

Thanks, SIL and everyone else, for all the encouragement.

P.S. Something else you should know about me is my grammar is awful, and I’m not much of a writer, but I’m sure you’ve figured that out by now. Good thing this is a running blog and not a grammar blog. Hopefully, you’ll look past all that and stick around because the best is yet to come.

Can I even do this?

I don’t want to blog about it, I don’t want to even talk about it. That sucked. Really, this whole week sucked. 7 miles defeated me, I defeated myself. I’ve got a handful of excuses, but excuses aren’t ok.

My goal to not miss a run went out the window on Tuesday. Guess what, it went out the window every day this week. My daughter plays softball, a lot if softball and it’s near the end of the season. That means all-stars and travel are squeezing all they can into the last few weeks. Add that to running 3 businesses and well I’m busy. I’m questioning if I’m too busy to even try to do this. We literally had something every night last week. One night we had 3 softball games in 2 locations about 40 min apart.

I had high hopes for today’s 7 miles. I wore my running gear to the 1st softball game and planned to run between games. I had it mapped out.

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I headed out and felt great the 1st 1.25 miles. I was excited this is what my 7 miles would look like.

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Solitude. Alone. Time with just my thoughts. Peace. Quiet. Boy was I wrong. This was one of the few moments cars weren’t whipping past me.

Then, the 74 breezy degrees that I thought would be a comfortable weren’t. The sun beating down on me kept me from cooling off even with the breeze. At one point I hoped for spontaneous rain, a sprinkler, a creek, any source of water my body could get in. I found this, but a fence surrounded it and I probably would have gotten malaria or something crazy.

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I even thought about asking this woman for a ride the rest of the way.

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My ITB hurt. I ran out of kt tape last weekend and my order didn’t come. I needed it.

Can I even do this? It sucks having 2 bad weeks in a row. I really hope next week is better. That’s my only goal, a better week.

Nuttzo

After reading a Another Mother Runner blog post with a recipe using Nuttzo and listening to the podcast where they talked to the inventor I had to try it. I wasn’t sure I’d like it because it’s chunky and I don’t care for hazelnuts or Brazil nuts, but I like it. Now, to make the recipe that started this and find the creamy version.

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Check out nuttzo if you want more info.

P.s. they have a peanut free option and I wasn’t contacted by or given anything for this post.