Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Race Day Outfits for Wine and Dine!

Well, next week we will be in Disney for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend.  I honestly can't believe how fast time is flying by!  I think we signed up for this race back in March, and like with any Disney race we started thinking about our Race Day outfits shortly afterwards.

This one was a little challenging for me to come up with because neither one of us wanted to run in a "costume" yet we really wanted to stick with the Wine and Dine theme.

However, most race shirts that I found that stuck with this theme looked like this.
From Gone For a Run
This is a nice top and all but I'm not a big wine drinker so I wouldn't feel comfortable wearing this. Besides, my sister and I are running as a team so we wanted shirts that would "match" or compliment one another.

Just because I don't care for wine doesn't mean I don't like to dine! This is what we came up with.

                                                                      Run Disney WINE  For Lacey

Run Disney DINE For me

I know these aren't terribly creative but I think these tanks paired with the running skirts will make for a very comfortable race outfit.

My friend that is running the Jingle Jungle 5K with me is in charge of making our race outfits for that race.  It's a surprise but I know it's going to be quite festive! If she sends me pictures before hand I will try to post them too.   -M

Monday, October 24, 2016

How does the day run away?

 Do you find that there is a difference between how you SHOULD train and how you are ACTUALLY training?  

I am the first to admit that I don't ever follow a training plan. Yes, I should, but I just never made the time to look for one to follow. I read a lot of Runner’s training blogs and they get up first thing in the morning to get their run out of the way. I guess for most people that have a 9-5 job they want to just get it out of the way, because if they don’t do it then, it won’t happen.  For me I feel like I am the opposite. Every time I force myself to get up early for a run, I feel miserable the rest of the day. I am so tired and don’t feel like doing anything, which usually results in napping the rest of the afternoon. So needless to say it does not re-energize me.  

This is just one example of how getting in a training run goes for me................

The other day I slept in until 10:30am and it was lovely. I thought about going for my run but since I got this new watch I was told that there was an update that needed to be done.  So I call Garmin. Of course wait time is up to 20 minutes……here we go! Finally I got through and told the representative my problem. We were on the phone for over an hour trying to figure it out. He claims that I need to do an update on my phone and I couldn’t do it while I was talking to him on it. I asked if he could call me back in about ten minutes just in case that didn’t work so I would be able to talk to the same person that knew what was going on. He tells me that he is not allowed but if I call back there are notes in my record explaining the problem and that anyone could help. So of course that did not fix the problem so I call back, and again another 20 minute wait. 

This time I called on a land line so they wouldn’t be able to use that reason again. I get someone new so have to explain my problem all over again. He tries to do some more updates but cannot seem to figure it out either. He then proceeds to say that this has been an issue with some watches and IT department has been looking into the problem and that if they find anything out they would call or email me back. I asked what the time frame would be, and he couldn’t give me an answer. During all this wait time while I was on the phone I did manage to clean up and dust my whole bedroom. After all this I didn’t even feel like going for a run, but I told myself I had to get out there. 

 I finally got dressed(half the battle). I got my hydration pack out and grabbed my Ipod. After getting everything ready for my run, I was hungry again. I kept delaying this run. After eating half of a power bar I was finally out the door about 2pm.  The temperature was pretty warm, high 80s with humidity but I was going to get this run done! The night before I downloaded new podcast from Another Mother Runner to listen to. Even though I am not a mother I can relate to their material. It is a great podcast and makes the time fly by. Before I knew it I was five miles in and knew my turnaround point was coming up soon. I filled up my water bottle at the fountain and ate the rest of my power bar before heading back home. I ended with 11 miles…score!  

I came home to find a missed call on my phone.  It was from Garmin. I thought maybe they solved my problem, but why wouldn’t they leave a message? So I call back again and wait another 20 minutes to get someone on the phone.  Of course I got a new person and had to explain my problem all over again. Finally it was fixed.

By this time it was going on 6pm. Where did the day go?  I’d like to think I had a productive day by getting my long run in, even when I did sleep in until 10:30. 

Would have you been able to motivate yourself to do a long run at 2 in the afternoon?  Or would have you just thrown in the towel and say next time? 

                                                    We will be linking up with the gals from TOTR.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Weekly Wrap...October 23

Welcome to the weekly wrap!

In exactly two weeks from now my sister and I will be running Disney's Wine and Dine half marathon.  I don't even know if I am prepared or not but I am sure eager to get out there and run.  As you know I have been dealing with the pain in my calf so I decided to rest for the past couple of weekends.  On Friday my PT said it looked like my hematoma was healing nicely and to go ahead and try a run and see if I feel any pain.  I may go out sometime today and try a little run or at least a run walk.  On a side note, this past week has been absolutely beautiful! We've had weather in the high 70's and 80's which is unusual for this time of year. Kind of bums me out that I wasn't able to get out and run.

Most of the week was spent dealing with health issues that pertain to Baylee. Do you remember I told you she had bronchitis? Well, it was getting worse and worse. Without getting into everything that ensued, lets just say she now has other health issues. It's always a challenge to get her to take meds but so far its working if I put it in ice cream and top it with pumpkin flavored Chex.  I think she's starting to catch on to this trick though because each time she is more and more hesitant to eat the ice cream. I'm gonna need to find another method soon.

Sadly my workouts this week only included the gym on Monday and Friday and a 6.8 mile bike ride on Friday.  Speaking of Friday, I drove to work and when I got there, there was nobody there. I thought it was weird that there was no traffic and the crossing guard wasn't out. Turns out School was cancelled due to flooding in that county.  The weather was beautiful in my county so after I got back to my house I made breakfast changed clothes and went to the gym. They were all surprised to see me there so early. After that, my mom and I took the bikes to the trail. It was a perfect fall ride and the leaves were actually changing colors now. We could have gone further but some dark clouds indicated that we were going to get rain.

In other news, we teamed up with Rachel from Running on Happy to host the Friday Five 2.0 link up.  Since the original Friday 5 that we participated disbanned, we wanted to continue to give bloggers a place to connect on Fridays. This past Friday was our first link up and I think it went well. We will host it again this coming Friday and the theme will be "free topic" again. I think I'm gonna go with a Halloween theme! Please come check it out. It will go live on Friday Morning.

Well that's about it.  Thanks to Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for hosting the Weekly wrap!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Dear Bikers....

I spend a lot of time on the rail trail. I run and bike there. I mostly run but because I need to take a short hiatus on running I should probably start biking more often!  But when I am running it never fails that I encounter bikers (and why not, its a great trail)!  Now don't get me wrong, most bikers are friendly and don't mind sharing the path but every once in a wile I encounter one that makes me want to say these things out loud!

I would never say them but I certainly think them.

1. When you pass a runner, don't pick up speed and spin stones. ( this path is not all paved)

2. If after 5 hot and sweaty miles I am going to work up enough energy to lift my hand and wave or actually say "good morning" you can at least acknowledge me, with a wave or nod or something!

3. As you are passing a runner, don't be afraid to holler out "on your left" so we know you are coming behind us.

4. If we are sharing a narrow part of the path, please consider that the runner may already be exhausted and it may be easier for YOU to move over than it is for the runner (Maybe, I may just be getting lazy on this one).

5.On the same note as above, don't be the path police! Case in point, my mom and I were on the trail together. We were side by side so we could talk, but when a biker would come, one of us would move over. One lady passed us the other day and hollered at us saying "Get in single file"!  First of all, we had already both moved over so she had plenty of room .  Yea, I admit I did actually say out loud this time "Who are you, the path police?"  Too bad it wasn't loud enough for her to hear it!

Once again, I do want to stress that most bikers are pleasant, there's just always those select few that make me have these thoughts. Of course I take these things into consideration when I'm on my bike too.

                   What things would you want to say to bikers on your path? -M

Did you know that Rachel from Running on Happy and us are now doing a Friday Five link up? We figured since the previous Friday Five (hosted by the lovely Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney) disbanned, that we wanted to continue to give bloggers a place to connect on Fridays.  Feel free to link up below!  For this week, don't worry about displaying the badge but we do ask that you post it on further Friday five posts as well as a link back to our blogs. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Worthwhile Runs

When people start a training plan everyone has certain mileage a day or week they plan to run. Like running shoes, people have their preference on what works for them. Depending on what kind of race you are training for will determine what type of mileage you do.  

But when is it not worth it?  What is the least amount of miles you would need to do to make your run at least worth while?  

For me personally I think 3 miles is a good number. I feel like I at least accomplished something by running a 5k. But for someone else that may be training for a 5k that may sound like alot. I know many people that are on the running streak that their goal is to run at least ONE mile a day. Kudos for them! Call me lazy but isn't that a lot of work to get up and out the door for just one mile? I suppose it is better than nothing. For me, I don't even feel like I am getting a good workout in until I start breaking a sweat and that is not until a few miles into my run. 

I asked a running friend this same question. He replied saying 6 miles because he doesn't even feel like he gets in a good groove until midway through a run. To many people that may feel like a long run, but to him he feels like he is just getting out the door to do something.  

So my question to you is what is the shortest distance you would run to make your run worth while and why?  -L

Monday, October 17, 2016

Can You Run with a Hematoma?

In just 2 short weeks my sister and I will be headed to Disney to participate in the Wine and Dine half marathon. This is the last race on my Run Disney bucket list!

If you've been reading our blog for long, you may remember me mentioning that EVERY Half Marathon I've ever run at Disney I have been injured for. No kidding! I was starting to think that maybe Disney was just not the place for me to be running. It didn't bother me that much though because Disney races are run for fun and entertainment anyway.

Even though I've had a few niggles here and there throughout 2016, there wasn't anything real serious that had me sitting on the sideline for long. I've been feeling pretty strong during my Wine and Dine training. Although I didn't get as many miles in as I wanted to this summer (because of the heat), I still felt good and was in good shape ( no injuries).  I thought FOR SURE Wine and Dine would be the ONE Disney half marathon that I could pull off without injury.

However, as you know I've been struggling with that bruise on my calf. I bought some Arnicare and started seeing the bruise start to fade so I thought perhaps I was on my way to recovery. I felt a knot in the back of my calf the other day and had my PT take a look at it. He confirmed that it was indeed a hematoma and it looked pretty bad.

This is how my PT used Rock Tape to tape my Hematoma to see if it would help during my running.  Take two pieces of tape, cut in the shape of a jelly fish and then criss cross them over the hematoma.

For those of you who don't know what a hematoma is, it is when a blood vessel breaks and blood seeps outside the vessel and pools in one area.  Generally a hematoma isn't cause for concern, but mine is in the worst place possible for a runners.

Of course every time I extend my leg to run, it is painful. What's even worse is that my PT said it could take over a month for it to heal.  SO, in an effort to prevent further damage and promote healing I am taking rest days until race day. I know this isn't ideal seeing that at I've only had 3 long-ish runs. I had one really awesome 8 mile run, a 12 mile walk-run, and most recently a pretty crappy 10 mile run.   Needless to say, I feel like I could just sit down and cry.   So, I'll be off my legs till race day and then I guess I'm just gonna wing it!  -M

We will be linking up with the gals from TOTR.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Weekly Wrap...October16th

After running Chicago Marathon on Sunday I started to feel a bit under the weather when I came home. I think a combination of kicking butt at the race and traveling with the climate change left me feeling exhausted.

 Monday and Tuesday were relaxation days.  I knew I wanted to get a massage this week but I was afraid to go too soon because I thought it may hurt too much. 

Wednesday I was feeling better so wanted to go out for a short run. Nothing too long nor intense but I thought it may do me good…..wrong! I only did 3 miles and felt ok during it, but later that night I started to feel stuffed up again and spent the whole next day in my pj’s.

 It was nice to just veg out for another day though knowing that I did not have anything planned. Friday I worked all day, so nothing exciting there. Saturday I slept in.  When I did get up and around I didn’t have anything scheduled, so I decided to test out my legs again on a run. I didn’t have a plan on how long I was going to go, I was just going to go on how I felt. I made it just under 8 miles.  Other than a few tights spots, I felt good during the whole time. After returning home, I finally went and got a well-deserved massage. I think they need to call the place I go house of pain because that is what it felt like. It was good, but I was definitely sore! I am glad I didn’t have anything planned for afterwards.  That evening I came home and relaxed the rest of the night.  

 Looking forward to what this coming week brings! Only 2 more weeks till my next race! -L

We are linking up with Holly and Tricia for their weekly wrap!

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