Sunday, January 14, 2018

Week 4: Training for the Flinthills 50 and Trail Marathon

Another week of crazy temperatures.  First spring like temps and then snow and ice.  Crazy Kansas winter!  Make up your mind!!!  Get ready for some random pictures as always :)

Monday:  Day off.  Wrestling changed to Monday night, thanks to activities at the high school. Andrew not only had a "green" day at school, he did all of his homework, and had a good wrestling practice.  Should I go buy a lottery ticket?  I was really worried that the Christmas/new years break might be super bad for Andrew, as he was in a good routine,  but now I think it was super good!

Andrew got a buff from Buff international.  He is still a little confused as to how you wear it
Tuesday:  800 meters x 5.  I got up not feeling great.  I had not slept well the night before and I honestly felt like I was coming down with something.  Lucky for me, Mel didn't feel well either.  I decided to try and get my run in, post dropping Andrew off at school, since I have lots of flexibility in my schedule right now (= no research going on:(.  I was hoping the extra sleep and having the sun up might make me be able to power through the work out.  I made it through, but felt super weak and not so great the whole time.  I think my body was fighting something off.  The flu is going around our town big time, as well as several little viruses, including stomach viruses.  You can't do anything about them but suffer through really, but I sure was hoping I wasn't going to have to suffer.

Wednesday:  Strength and Cross.  While I felt better, I still wasn't 100 percent, and decided that resting would be a better option.  I ate a good healthy dinner, thanks to another freezer meal class.  Chicken broccoli Alfredo in the crock pot was amazing!

I hoped lots of rest and zicam would beat this mess.  I still didn't have any real symptoms other than fatigue, but just had the feeling that something was coming down the pike.

Thursday:  6 miles easy.  Woke up to blizzard like conditions.  Ice pellets first, then blowing crazy snow.  Mel and I had already decided that we weren't running outside the night before .  The winter weather advisory had quickly changed to a warning overnight, and schools were canceled first thing in the morning. Predictions of up to 8 inches of snow quickly manifested. Lucky for us, we got more of a coating of ice and then some light snow, but they canceled school and shut down many businesses early just in case.  I don't mind being preemptive, even if they are wrong in the long run.

Friday:  Strength and Cross.  I got the strength done....well most of it. I combined my strength with my rehab exercises plus MYRTL and called it good.  I would like to get my bike trainer out and put it upstairs and get my bike on it so I can do cross in our bedroom.  Problem is that hubby put the trainer out in our scary shed that has all kinds of critters and scary things, and I am waiting on him to get it out for me.  I know, excuses.
Snow Geese!
Saturday:  Short long run.  Hubby had to work again, so I opted to switch long run days around.  Unfortunately, that meant the mill.  I had just finished up season one of Mind Hunter and was trying out some new shows to keep me from loosing my mind.  Lately, this strategy has been oddly working to get me through runs on the mill.  Today I started watching Alias Grace, and wow, it has already sucked me in during the second episode, which is good, because I might be milling it during my 12 miler.  I am kind of scared that I am getting SO use to running on the mill and not suffering outside like the rest of my buddies!  Of course the weather is suppose to get bad again tonight, so I may not have a choice.

Sunday:  Long, long run.  We woke up to a nice fresh blanket of snow.  I needed fresh snow to cover up the ice, so I could run outside.  I am doing better with my treadmill runs, but not ready to commit to 12 miles on the mill.  We slept in, thanks to staying up late to watch Wonder Woman (FINALLY), so I didn't get out till after 10 am.  When I headed out, the paved roads were pretty snow packed, and so was my route.  My yaktraxs did well on the deeper snow, but when the snow wasn't deep enough thanks to the wind blowing it into drifts,  or the rocks were too thick under the snow, they dug into my feet pretty painfully.  The part of my running route that the county has re rocked recently was the worst, and I seriously thought about just taking the yaktraxs off to try and finish.  Thanks to the rocks and the snow or lack of,  I was seeing almost 15 minute miles.  By the time I got back to the paved roads,  the city had bladed most of my paved route, and I had to stop and just take my yaktraxs off completely so I could stay upright and also not have them dig into my feet.  Then I got back to my neighborhood, which had NOT been bladed, and about busted my butt.  Aw, winter in Kansas.  I was even short over 2 miles, so I undressed enough to not sweat to death, and got on the mill to finish out.  I am glad that I at least tried to get my long run in outside, and hope this isn't going to be the theme of my long runs for the rest of this training cycle. 

We are suppose to get more snow tonight as I finish up typing this. We are off tomorrow for Martin Luther King day, so hoping we can get some sort of playing in the snow/getting out of this house done.  Thanks to my van's transmission going in and out of gears and the iffy roads, I have been pretty much too scared to drive much towards the end of this week, thus pretty much stuck inside.  We have been movie watching, playing video games, and generally acting like sloths for a few days now. 

Have a great week!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Week 3 Training for Flint Hills 50 and Trail Marathon

Happy New Years y'all!!!!  Here is to the first week of training in 2018.  We are still in the throes of some pretty low temperatures, so the mill maybe where it is at yet again this week.  Expect random pics because I am either staring at a wall on the mill or too afraid to take my phone out in the cold.

Lucky new years dinner.  Ham, black eyed peas, and cornbread.  Just can't do the green stuff!
Monday:  HAPPY NEW YEAR!  We were complete party animals and barely made it to midnight, so Andrew and I slept in.  By slept in I mean we slept till 9 am, which in the olden days use to be "early" for me.  I laugh at how 4 am is normal now and not even truly early.  I will admit, getting back to a normal routine after this long break, thanks to Andrew being sick and then being out on break is going to be super hard!!!!!   Mel and I were hoping to get out Tuesday morning to hit the gravel for some repeats, but the wind chill advisory meant probably another week of treadmill runs for us.  I did decide since I had a plethora of time to go ahead and move my strength work out and my MYRTL to my rest day and make another day my rest day.  Felt good to be able to take my time, do the exercises right, and not rush.
Any time I do mat work, she is right on top of me.  Sigh.
Tuesday:  400 meter repeats.  As previously said, we had hoped to get out and pound some gravel, but the wind chill advisory and the fact that I woke up at 4 am with a puking head ache changed all of that.  My sinus's felt like someone was poking me with a hot ice pick from inside and the pressure was killing me.  I managed to keep some Advil down and get a few more minutes of sleep before Andrew woke up.   I waited till early afternoon to hit the mill and actually enjoyed doing my work out.  GASP.  Who am I????  I turned on Mind Hunter and actually had no issues completing the 6 or 7 miles (watch versus treadmill).  Again, I sound like a broken record, but my watch and mill were not jiving on the times.  I set the treadmill according to the paces coach wanted and that was not reflected in my watch times.  At this point, I had to let it go and just trust that I knew I was running the pace I was suppose to run.

Wednesday:  Last day of break! Since I worked out Monday, I took Wednesday as my official rest day.  Took little man to Widgets, our local play place for kids (and adults).  Think Chucky Cheese, but with a huge structure they can play on in the middle that is 10 bucks to play in.  I usually just bring a book and get a drink and sit in the cafe while he plays.

Daddy joined us for lunch and then played a few games and won a few tickets for Andrew in the process.  You can turn the tickets into the office for prizes, so Andrew had quite the haul after daddy scored 1000 tickets on one game.  

Where a kid can be a kid and an adult can be a kid too!

Thursday:  6 miles easy.  Feels like 6 out, but we headed out anyway.  No wind, so no wind chill, yet both of us were very cold from the start.  I wore my usual get up, breath thermo tights and shirt with my saucony jacket over, and my normal gloves with hot hands.  Oddly enough, both of us had cold spots,  with Mel and her hands and mine and my chest.  I am not sure what we did wrong, because no wind chill, but it ended up being not a pleasant run for either of us.  Post running I know both of us took a very long hot shower, in which neither of us could warm up.  On the other hand, the dogs seemed to have loved finally getting out after several days cooped up in the house, and had epic beard cicles that I didn't get a pic of.

Friday:  Strength and cross.  Cross didn't get done, but strength did, and I am so happy that I finally did 2 x strength in one week!  YES!

Saturday: Long run.  Hubby had to work, so I was prepared to possibly brave 2 or more hours on the mill.  Part of me was SUPER dreading doing a long run on the mill, but part of me was kind of like, well, it's warm, I have a bathroom a few steps a way, and fuel and water right at my finger tips.  I had had two runners want to go running with me, and I had to let them know I couldn't :( . Then my running partner's wonderful hubby said at the last minute he could baby sit for us, so we could get out together.  YES!  He is a runner too, so he understands how soul sucking a long run could be on the mill.  11 very cold but manageable miles. We had a nice stiff wind from the east that we managed to have at our faces on the way out and at our backs on the way back. Perfect!  We just talked, took our time, and had fun.  I only took Stella so we could have a girls run and got no pictures because I was double gloved. How many more days till spring???

Sunday:  5 miles with some strides.  Since Stella got the run Saturday, Deuce got the run Sunday.  I decided I was going to try and more accurately track the dog's mileage this year. I charged up my old Garmin 230 and attempted to attach it to Deuce's harness.  I have to figure out a better way to keep the watch on the harness and yet be able to change it out for the dog since they both have their own harnesses.  I am still not really sure how to create accounts for both of them since they use the same device.  Right now I am just recording everything in a spreadsheet.

As much as the dogs sprint back and forth, we were only at 0.07 a part.  Interesting.

Have a great week y'all!!!  I am looking forward to slightly warmer temps this coming week:) . 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Week 2 of 18 Flint HIlls 50 and Trail Marathon Training

Before I get started, I wanted to tell everyone that the two big ambassador programs I tried to get in were both a bust. I am really bummed, especially about the second one, because I really, really care about their brand and would be a good match for their program.  The program did have non paid travel, but I was willing to travel to at least one race that was 6 hours away.  Unfortunately, that was the only race I could have made or would commit to the expense of, so that may have been a big deciding factor.  Oh well, I will try again next year and see what happens!

I am SO glad Christmas fell on a rest day, so I didn't have to juggle my schedule around.  Here are a pics from our Coleman Christmas.

I am one of those people who always feel like I didn't get my kid enough and then I totally over do it.  I tried this year to limit what Santa brought and have more stuff from us instead.  I am a work in progress, but getting better.  Santa brought a Thomas super station.  All of the trains in and on the station are his that he already had.  I had an amazing time organizing every single train he owns, and i think I seriously love this thing, more for the storage capacity than the actual toy.  And no, I have NO clue where we are going to put it.  

My child also loves all things 80s including the Ghost busters, so we got him the Ghost Buster's fire house and the Ghost buster's Ecto one.  Lucky for me, both were on HUGE sale on Amazon's black friday sales.  

If you saw my instagram feed, you saw that my hubby hadn't really bought me anything.  We weren't going to do presents, as we are going to have to buy and install a new furnace/AC outside unit for the house, but i had gotten my hubby a few inexpensive things (read a shirt and a 5 dollar stress relief game) and he decided he NEEDED to get me something.  Well, I always need more running socks, so running socks it is!  I have also always wanted a pair of goodr glasses, so why not at Christmas!  The socks were on sale at our local running specialty store, buy three and get one free, so I added a pair of Christmas socks to go with my thanksgiving socks that i got for my birthday.  I am so ready next year to jingle bell run and turkey trot!

Tuesday:  3, 2, 1 speed work ladder.  Same as last week's effort, but this time on the dreadmill.  We have had two dustings of snow, which equals super slick road surfaces due to thaw and freeze.  I just don't trust the surface when it gets that way since we have to traverse black top to get to our gravel.  Plus, I didn't really want to get up at 4 am since I have the week off.  We had had a rough night anyway, as daddy had come down with a nasty virus Christmas day, (maybe the same one as andrew minus the puking) and had tossed and turned and talked all night long.  Plus, the house was super cold for some reason, and I was just wide awake most of the night.  No big deal, I can dreadmill any time of the day.  It's weird how now I almost want to do speed work on the mill, versus just straight out miles on the mill?  I LOVE the fact that I can use my Garmin 235 indoors too for timed work like this!  Although, I am kind of doubting the accuracy of it all.  I know that my treadmill isn't that accurate either, but for the paces (mph + incline) I was using and the amount of effort that I was putting forth, the numbers didn't match up.  For instance, for the 1 minute interval in which I try and go all out, I was running 7 mph with a 1 % incline, which should equal a 8:32 pace, but my watch called it as an 9:52 once, an 8:41 once, and an 8:43 once.  Hmmmmm.  I was going 7 mph for all three 1 minute intervals, so go figure.  I also had a big discrepancy in the mileage.  My watch said 5.1 miles and my treadmill said 5.6.  Very weird.

Wednesday:  Strength.   I had two work outs lined up for us to do.  What happened?  The Christmas PURGE!  I need to reorganize Andrew's rooms, so I could fit the new toys in.  A little note, Andrew's room historically has been a storage room for us, since we don't have an attic or finished basement.  Over the years, we have slowly tried to purge or reorganize and get rid of stuff stored in there, but it has been a long process.  I still had quite a bit of baby stuff stored in there that I had forgotten about and I wanted to get all of that out and donated locally.  Andrew and I spent most of the day going through baby stuff and toys he no longer played with and donated a huge chunk of what was in his room.  I took a load that filled my entire van to Goodwill and felt SO proud of Andrew for making some super tough decisions.  We also packaged up a lot of toys that he wasn't really ready to get rid of, but that he really didn't play with anymore, so some day soon, some train crazy kid will get some awesome trains......someday.

This is half of the pile that went!
Post donating, the hubs and I headed over to Target to get some new storage stuff for Christmas decorations.  In getting a new furnace, we are going to loose our entire closet under the stairs to duct work, so I needed to down size Christmas stuff as well.  In the process of driving over to the big T, we witnessed a wreck.  After I pulled over, the hubs got out to make sure everyone was okay and tried to clear debris from the road.  Well, lucky us, we must have driven through some before he did his cleaning job, because post target shopping, we had a flat tire.

Lucky for me, the hubby got the flat off and the spare on, but the spare was in pretty bad shape.  We limped the car to the nearest gas station, and my hubby man handled the spare (which at that point was not attached to the rim anymore), and got it to attach back to the rim and inflate.  We were then able to drive to the only place open that did tires AKA Wallyworld to buy a new tire, since the old one was not replaceable.  We don't go to Wallyworld very often, so it was kind of fun to walk the toy aisles and see all the sales, and BONUS, our Wallyworld had a subway so we could eat as well.  I kept telling myself Andrew didn't need anything, since we just had donated a ton of stuff.  Why am I always drawn to little cheap crap that he plays with for a day and then stores never to be played with again?????

Thursday: 5 miles easy.   Okay, so the purge monster hit again, but for a good reason.  As I said earlier, we have a closet under our stairs where the new duct work for the new furnace we are getting is going in.  This is where I store 100% of my Christmas stuff including my artificial tree.  I am going to loose all of that storage area, so I had to condense and get rid of a bunch of stuff.  Lucky for me, last year, Andrew broke a ton of our ornaments putting them on the tree, so we had already lost a bunch of ornaments.

This year we were using all shatterproof ornaments, and they fit perfectly in one of those ornament organizers.  In fact I got all of our Christmas decorations in two Tupperware, one box, and three light bags.  The rest is going to Good Will next time we wander to Manhattan.  I would love to do way more decorating for Christmas, but we just don't have the storage for it.  I guess we will stick to lights and door cling decorations for now.

Post purging, I headed to the mill to pound out 5 miles.  Again, my watch and the mill were off, and I was going to go with what the mill said, since I was set on 5.2 mph, but my OCD got the best of me, and I had to finish up and make the watch happy.  It was about 6 more minutes of running to get it to 5, which isn't that bad in the grand scheme of things.

Friday:  Cross and Strength.  Nada.  Nothing.  More purging and resting.  Lots of resting.  Not going to feel guilty.  What I will share here is yet another freezer meal dish that I am super in love with!

Loaded sweet potato fries are amazing!  I didn't think that this would fill me up with no meat involved, but the protein in the beans did a great job!  We were both skeptical that this dish would be good, but it was better than good!  I really am enjoying helping out by doing some "cooking" around the house.  We have several dishes from both rounds of freezer meal classes that we like to make now, so they are well worth the price!

Saturday:  Long run.  When I got up, it was feels like -7 with a north wind of 10 miles per hour.  Yipeee.  NOT.  I managed to put on about 7 layers and head out with both dogs with the hubby having his phone in his pocket just in case we turned to icicles and needed a ride.  

I will have to say that I was pretty warm, and other than the discomfort of running into the tough wind and my eyelashes freezing together.  If I put my buff on and cover my eyes and mouth, it fogs up my glasses and the condensation freezes to my eyelashes.  If anyone has a cure or that, let me know!  I didn't take any pictures during my run because I was worried about my phone dying, plus I had two layers of gloves on and didn't want to take them off as it was a bitch to get them on in the first place.

Post running, we headed to the movies for a late lunch and some Star Wars.  WOW, Star Wars was amazing!  I don't want to type spoilers, but Ben, Finn, and Rhea love triangle anyone?

Andrew had some parts that didn't interest him, and thus we had some moving around and some talking, but the action parts kept him GLUED to the screen.  We some how accidentally got tickets to the 3D version, but the 3D version was in the eat in theater, and I will take that theater any day over the others.  

Sunday:  5 miles.  Back to the mill I headed.  Feels like -8, no thank you.  We had gotten out earlier and just that little adventure left me hating the cold.    I was suppose to do strides but instead put on Netflix and Mindhunter and did .9 of a mile running and .1 of a mile walking.  Then we started partying hard and I mean partying hard by getting in our pjs, bundling up in blankets, and watching Dick Clark's Rocking New Years Eve on the telly.  We had Mocktails at New York's midnight and little man crashed and we limped it to the real midnight and then promptly went to bed.  Such party animals are we!!!!

Have a wonderful New Year!!!!  I hope you had a safe and fun New Years Eve and are eating your greens and pork on New Years for good luck!  I know this southern household stuck on the prairie will be!  See you next year!!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Number Crunching 2017 and Goals for 2018???

It's that time of year again!!!!  I love numbers and love seeing all the fun things I have done this year.  Let's dive in!

How many races in 2017?
I certainly scaled back this year thanks to running a spring and fall marathon and a spring and fall 50K.  This year I only did 9 races total:

2 x 26.2 Andrew Jackson and Chicago Marathon
2 x 50K Heartland 50 and The 6/12/24
2 x 13.1 The Bill Snyder Half and The Kansas City Half
3 x 5K Tails on the Trail, Run back to School, and The MHK Turkey Trot
0 10K as the only 10K i entered was downgraded to a 5K due to bad weather

Total miles?  Who ya asking?
I had some discrepancies in my Garmin data versus my Mapmyrun data. I do not run with Mapmyrun on, but my Garmin does download to it, which puzzles me slightly as to why it would be different. I do trust my Garmin connect data more, as I have not had near the issues with my Garmin 230 or my new Garmin 235 this year.  BONUS, just in time for treadmill season, my 235 logs treadmill miles on the watch.  BOOM.  If I take my Mapmyrun data, which would have all of my runs including my treadmill runs in it, I have 1341 miles.  If I take my Garmin data and add back the treadmill miles to it, I have 1323 miles.  Either way, I am officially under my goal of 1500 for the year, but over 1300 miles, which is more than I have ever run, so I will take it!!!!!

2017 Goals, Met or Not met?
In looking back in this post, I can see I really didn't have big goals for 2017.  I think the phrase I used was if you twisted my arm.......Here are the goals i had and how I graded myself:
  1. Get back to strength training on a regular basis:  I started out with an A+, but as I got closer to Chicago, I think my grade would fall to a D-.  I really, really wish I could fall in love with strength training like my coach and my running partner, but I just haven't and can't seem to.  I did like the shorter more concise work outs that my coach gave me this year, and I do a better job sticking to the plan when I am food journaling and trying to stick to a calorie level.  This will be a goal for 2018 for sure once again!
  2. Volunteer at more races.  I think I got this one met, so A++!!!!!  I volunteered for the Wicked Full, in which I stood in pouring rain for 8 straight hours at various spots directing runners.  I also volunteered for the Body First Speedy PD again, helping 10k runners go the right way.  I cheered at the top of the hill for the Konquer the Konza 10K and 25K, and I also became a Girls on the Run coach and helped with several practice 5Ks, as well as volunteered at the final 5K.  I also helped man an aid station at the Flint Hills 50/trail marathon, which inspired me to make this my goal race this spring!  This will always be a goal for me every year, to give back as much as i can to the community that gives me so much love!
  3. Enjoy Chicago.  Once again A++!!  While my hip kind of threw me for a loop and the heat of the day kind of kicked my ass, I was able to take in all of the sights and sounds of the wonderful city of Chicago on foot.  I am really glad we stayed an extra day and did more resting and more sight seeing than last time. I can't wait to go again in a few years.  Certainly will have to go for my 50th birthday, so we can celebrate 50 together!  Chicago is not my goal for 2018, as I didn't even enter the lottery this year, but it will always be a super special race to me and I will be back!
  4. Get back to trails.  Whelp, this one is a F for me.  I had all of these intentions of getting to Konza more and driving to new to me trails and even heading to KC for some group runs. Nope.  Pretty much none of that happened.  I was more focused on getting as many runs in with my dogs as possible, and since Konza doesn't allow dogs, that just didn't fit into my plans.  I found out after I had entered the 10 miler with the Trail Nerds that the GOTR 5K was the same day, so gave that entry to my good friend Lindsey.  My only real trail like run was Tails on the Trail.  I will probably run KTK 25K this year, so no excuses not to hit the trails again.
  5. Final goal was to get Stella back to health and back to running if at all possible.  I would say that I got an A++ on this one as well!  Not only is she back to training, we have had no lingering issues, and she is off of all medications period (knocking on every piece of wood out there)!!!!  I didn't think we would get to this point honestly, I thought maybe we would be healthy and still on some sort of drugs, but not running, but she has exceeded my expectations 100 fold!  We are blessed for sure!

2018 Goals, What are you thinking?
  1. Of course as always, consistent strength training and cross training is always top of the list.  I know that the year will start out good because I have incentive to do strength training because more training time = more calories I get to eat in a day:)
  2. Do a Trail Marathon.  I guess I have done enough road marathons that it is time to shake it up.  While this one is more like gravel roads and some trail like terrain and not true technical trail, I think it will be fun to try something new.  I am hoping this will be Stella's first marathon as well, if the weather allows her to be with me.  
  3. Pace more races.  I am so excited to be a pacer!  I already have been assigned two races for the spring, the Liberty Hospital Half in Kansas City as well as the Bill Snyder in Manhattan.  I really, really enjoyed my first gig, and can't wait to do more!  I had put my name in the hat for several this spring, so here is to hoping that maybe I get a few more if people need to drop out.
  4. To stay on top of my Prehab/rehab exercises.  I have had the pleasure of working with a top notch chiro/sports medicine doctor that has helped me really figure out why my body does the stupid stuff it does.  He has given me a laundry list of things to do, so along with the exercises I still do from the master of pain at Body First, I have quite a few exercises that I need to make my top priority to stay injury free.  That, and strength training on a regular basis need to be the most important things I stick with in 2018, especially if I do find a 50 miler to do in the fall.
  5. Do as many dog friendly races as I can, so Stella and possibly deuce get to run a race.  I had planned on hitting up the dog friendly race in Omaha, so that Stella and I could do our first trail half marathon, but it conflicts with the Bill Snyder race that I am pacing.  Bummer.  We try and always do Tails on the Trail in Topeka, and we usually enter Tails and Trails here in Manhattan, even if we don't run it, to lend support to our local shelters/rescue groups.  As always, Trail Nerds races are dog friendly, so maybe we will do a February race, if the weather allows us to drive to KC, and of course the trail marathon I am running, and the Run back to School in august if weather permits.  
  6. Try again for the big ambassador programs.  Bibrave and Another Mother Runner, I am looking at you!  Enough said!
  7. Run a fall ultra.  The distance is still up in the air.  Leaning towards 50 if I can find a late fall/early winter race.  

Okay, there you have it!  I finally got some goals on paper.  I may have to do mid year goals because honestly, I really don't know what i am doing this fall.  Notice I am not doing anything with speed.  I have enjoyed not really doing hardcore speed work this last year.  One day a week and not having it during my long runs is A-Okay with me.  My running partner is going after some speed goals and I know she is going to crush it this year!  I like PRs just being a surprise at this point, like the 5K I did in November LOL!  

Have a great 2018 and crush whatever goals you have in mind!!  I know you can do it!!!!  Let's keep each other accountable!

Friday, December 29, 2017

January Runfessions

This month has flow by!  I am trying to get better about my runfessions so here goes!  I started the month out with some Shiner Cheer but this year, all of the stores have sold out in Wamego, so I have been hitting up some Buffalo Sweat with Vanilla Beans.  Grab your favorite poison and cuddle up for some Michelle therapy time, but warning, lots of poop talk and emojis are headed your way :)

Not hitting my goal mileage:
I had set a goal to get 1500 miles for the year. I thought it was doable but once again, any time I set a hard and fast goal, my body goes F U lady! 

While my hip is much better, it still isn't 100 percent, even with the rest I have put in. FULL disclosure, I haven't been doing my PT like I should.  Bad me.  I have been in a recovery, lazy, eat all the things, and rest rest rest mode. Plus, several of the exercises require me to be down on my hands and knees and with my knee one big mess of scabs, thanks to my fall, doing anything in that position is a hell to the no.  I am happy with how far I got.  As of writing this, I should end up the year with about ~1290 miles.  Should I go for that extra 10 to make it an even 1300???  We shall see!  Honestly, there are probably some treadmill miles in there my watch didn't get so I am probably at 1300, it just isn't official :)

This doesn't have my 15 miles I need to run this weekend. Should I go for it???
Harley the eldest:
Harley will be 15 this year, and while he is mobile and seems to be happy eating and playing in the backyard, he has a weird and nasty pattern that he has started. 

I think he gets up around 4 am, which is about the time I got up in the summer to get ready to run, and poops and then paces in it till I get up which right now is around 4:30 till 6:30 depending on the run schedule.  I need to just get up at the same time every morning to feed and let the dogs out but once again, I am going through a lazy stage.  By the time he paces in it for a while, the poop basically turns to concrete and is impossible to get off of the hard wood.  Let's just say I go through lots of mop heads and Clorox wipes. 

I know he can't help it, but I would like to start one day off without gagging due to cleaning up poop first thing in the morning.  We have tried corralling him in a smaller area, but all that does is create a poop covered Harley because he has less area to pace. 

Andrew's tummy issues:
What a roller coaster we have been on with this issue.  Long story short, we couldn't tell if he was making himself sick to avoid something at school or truly had a problem.  It is still hard to have a serious conversation with a 5 year old about what is really hurting and what is going wrong.  We food journaled, we cut certain foods out (which is always fun when your kid is a picky eater anyway), and we tried some OTC stuff.  God bless Andrew's teachers for helping me work through this issue, and not just sending him home from school every time he complained of tummy issues. We visited the Dr and they were just as puzzled as we were, so we are going to try some probiotics, some liquid Zantac, and cutting out some foods.  Of course he just got yet another 12 hour stomach virus, but he has rebounded much quicker this time, probably thanks to the wonderful probiotics we are both taking (thanks SmartyPants probiotics).  While we are talking about Probiotics, I should say that "knock on wood", my tummy issues during the run and post running have been much better. 

Still having some problems and hoping that when my runs get longer that the runs don't come back, but with the help of the probiotics, I think we are ALL getting better!  Huge shout out to SmartyPants!!!!

Can't seem to think of some goals for 2018:
I am really stuck on this one. I can't think of any great wonderful amazing goals for 2018.  I like doing marathons and 50Ks and would like to do a 50 miler, but just can't seem to find a race that I really, really want to do.  I need a late fall or early winter race, since i can not do heat at all.  I do need to get back to my food journaling, as I have gained back all of the weight I previously lost, but I had planned on doing that post holidays anyway, so not really a goal.  I guess I will just keep thinking on it.  A half marathon PR is always in the back of my mind but when it gets hot and I am dying doing speedwork I swear off speed goals.  I looked back at my goals for last year and will probably do a more detailed post with some number crunching, but I guess the last two years have been really loose with regards to goals!

Okay I think that is enough talk about poop, both dog and human!  Hoping for you a great start to 2018 and stay warm this January! 

Monday, December 25, 2017

Week 1 of 18: Flint Hill's Trail Marathon Training

Time to start training already?  WOW, this recovery time has flown by.  I had hoped all my aches and pains would be magically fixed by now.  I took time off, stretched (but not enough), rested, and took my mileage easy, but I guess I am just at that point where pains and niggles will be with me.  I know how to keep them at bay, so there is that.  That is one good thing about having almost every injury known to man.

Monday:  Rest day.  Whoa, after a day off that was unintentional (thanks low grade fever), I was seriously contemplating running.  Then the fact that I still wasn't over whatever this was hit me, and instead I took it easy for the rest of the night.

Tuesday:  3, 2, 1 ladder.  My coach gave me pace goals for each segment, but I decided to run by feel instead and see where I hit.  Other than the middle 3 and 2 being similar, I am pretty happy with this effort.  The goal of this run at least in my mind was to make the 3 minute segment comfortably hard, the 2 minute segment hard, and the 1 minute segment really hard.

Also, this was the last day of school for Andrew for Christmas break.  I had planned on taking the week from Christmas to New Years off, with the rest of this week being bring your kid to work week.  I so LOVE the Pintrest moms in andrew's class.  They bring their A game, and I am taking lots of pictures and asking lots of questions.  Too bad Mrs Hyvee makes the best sugar cookies with the prettiest designs.  They even had snowflakes that looked like the came from the movie Frozen, which the little girls LOVED.

Maybe one day I will be brave enough to make something for my kiddo's class.  OR I could just do something like these!


These were great ideas (NO COOKING) and the kids loved it!

Post parties we had to wrangle all of these kiddos into one big blob to take wrestling pictures.  Talk about herding cats.  Wow.  These three together crack me up.  I think they are going to be trouble for sure!

Wednesday:  Cross and Strength.  I did strength!  I may not be doing it after my hard work outs like my coach wants me to, but I am getting it done and that is all that matters.

Post working, our lab that is left headed over to the Christmas tree at the Blue Earth Plaza in Manhattan.  I so love my boss.  She may not have kids of her own, but she adopts Andrew and treats him like one of her own.  How many University Distinguished Professors do you see acting like Cindy Lou Who?
Okay I love these glasses that make the lights look different.  This one is reindeer glasses
Thursday:  4 easy.  Does anyone else love seeing all the Christmas lights on their runs?  Right now it is my favorite part of running.  We always end in the park and it really is like a winter wonderland, minus the snow.  I always put on Pandora rocking Christmas so that we get some Christmas cheer as well.  I am one of those weirdos that can't get enough Christmas music and have to really hold off till after Thanksgiving.

Thursday was the dreaded day of the root canal, possibly two. I think I was the most nervous because I have never had one and had no clue what to expect for my kiddo.  The pediatric dentist that we go to is AMAZING!  Unfortunately, we will have to go back for more, but at least the worst two teeth are fixed now and he ended up only needing one root canal total.  He calls the silver tooth his lightning mcqueen tooth and I have no clue why.  I think it is his inside joke with his dentist.  

103 degree fever.  No fun:(
Friday:  Unintentional rest day.  Oh boy.  So around 9 pm thursday night, little man started complaining that his tummy was hurting.  At first I thought it was a ruse to get more computer time, because he loves playing Roblox that much that he would play on my sympathies.  Anyway, shortly after everyone went to bed, the puking started. I had wisely decided we needed to stay downstairs so that any possible puke would be easy to clean up, and of course, just like any good dog or cat, he puked all over the floor and missed the garbage can and toilet.  Yeah for hardwood floor!  After that, he got pretty good at puking in the garbage can, but he just keep waking up and puking and waking up and puking.  I know we got some sleep, but nothing good and long, and I had to launder some blankets a few times and dig some new ones out to replace the pukey ones.  Then he started complaining of tummy pain and crying.  I have been told conflicting information on pepto, so was super reluctant to give him any, but he wanted some and I just wanted him to be out of pain.  He and I then got a chunk of sleep before his fever started kicking in and he woke up.  I finally started drinking coffee in hopes of being a human being for the rest of the day.  Unfortunately, he spiked a high fever and kept it most of the day, which led to much resting that was good, but also just feeling horrible, which is bad.  

Lucky for us, Grandma was in town, so we got to slip away for a quick 12th anniversary date.  Our actual anniversary was on the 21st (and i put it on FB so it will remind me next year because i am forgetful classy like that).  We hit Bourbon and Baker for some small plate goodness and some exquisite dessert, and then hit up my favorite coffee joint for some after dinner coffee.  I figured it would be a long night again, so I hoped the late coffee would keep me going.    We also hit up the store for some Tylenol, so we could stack some Advil and Tylenol to help little man feel better.  I had planned that if he woke up not feeling well again Saturday, that we were headed to the walk in clinic in Wamego.  Even though I was pretty sure it was a stomach virus, I was a little concerned about him not staying hydrated enough, and then the fever compounding the issue with him sweating out anything he was gaining.  

Found this cute little paint it yourself ornament at the Dollar Store!
Saturday:  5 miles with strides.  With much hope for some sleep and also with not the best dinner for running on board, I had switched my easy run and long run days around.  I didn't know how much sleep I would be getting, since Andrew was still not feeling great.  Lucky for me, the stacking worked and he slept all night only waking up to ask for a water a couple of times.  His fever broke in the middle of the night, and I was so glad that he woke feeling much better.  I was really worried that the coffee I drank Friday night would keep me up, but I was asleep by 9:30, no problems.  Took both dogs on the run as they love strides.  

Then I brought them home and tortured them.  They got lots of cheese for me torturing them, don't worry:) 

Pretty sure Stella is going to murder me in my sleep for this!

Sunday:  Long run day and SNOW!  10 miles in the snow, which was probably only about 1 inch, but GORGEOUS!  The wind however was pretty brutal and was from the north/northwest, which meant pretty much my entire run home was in wind.  The only part of me that was really uncomfortably cold was my hands.  I guess I needed a second layer on my hands, even though I had hot hands in my gloves.  I was pretty worn out and ready for food when I got done.  Running in and on snow is hard work!  Especially in town where the sun had turned it to mushy slicky stuff.  

Post running, we got to celebrating!  Instead of a big Christmas lunch like normal, we decided to try a non traditional meal on Christmas Eve night.  My wonderful hubby took a nice big beef roast, stuffed it with spinach and cheese, tied it up, and grilled it to perfection.  We opened presents from the Colemans and tried to get little red to go to sleep so Santa could come.  We may or may not have had a few libations since Monday was a day off for all of us. 

Hope you have a great Christmas and Holiday week!  This will be the first year I take the entire week off like the rest of KSU, so I am going to enjoy it!!! 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Guest Blogger: My year of running with da momma or How I became a runner dog

Hey Y'all, Deuce the aussie here!  Mom thought it would be fun if I Deuce (captain booberry) stepped in today and gave you a recap of running from my side.  This year has been one of ups and downs for my four legged family.

2016 was the year of Stella having IMPA and 2017 was the year of her coming back and me stepping up to the sport I now love, RUNNING!

We started off the year watching Stella become naked as the drug combination of Azathioprine and Prednisone made her loose all of her hair, just like a cancer patient.  I kind of made fun of her a few times, but I was secretly jealous as I have SO.MUCH.HAIR.

Mommy even had to start handling her drugs with gloves to protect her immune system.  It's a blessing that through my mom doing research and her Dr's at KSU relentlessly worrying about her that they found this magical combination of imunosuppressors to get her back on the mend.

In March, Stella started back with 30 minute walks.  Boy was I GLAD she was back doing something active!  She sure did give me a guilt trip every time I came home post running.  She would always remind me that that was HER mommy and HER running partner, but guess what, I was here first naughty girl!

Mom and I were training for yet another marathon. Stella trained mom to the 2015 Chicago marathon, so it was my turn to train her for the 2017 Andrew Jackson Marathon.  Mom also traveled to Tennessee without either of us, which made us sad, but I did enjoy an Andrew free week with my daddy.

In April,  Stella got to start adding mileage and running back to her schedule.  Mom had this 50K thing coming up, and while I wanted to go with her, they didn't allow dogs. Kind of glad she didn't take me with as it stormed and rained and was horrible the whole 32 miles (yes and it even was longer than a 50K).

We took some time off to let mom recover, but then got back to it.  Mom got into Chicago again, so we had to make sure she was ready to rock it!  While I still am not a huge fan of speed work, I have incorporated it into my running routine.  Mom thought about cutting me back on miles once stella got back up to her normal mileage, but she could tell I was enjoying running so much that she couldn't do it!

We even ran most of the summer thanks to getting up at 4 am or even earlier.  YAWN!

Mom also carried lots of water for us and got these nice new little pop up bowls for us to use for drinking.  

Mom also bought us Andrew a kiddy pool to play in and we he took full advantage of it post running.  Mom was not only doing the Chicago marathon, but also this thing called a timed run where she had to complete so many loops in a 6 hour time period.  Since loops are a little hard mentally on the momma, we all helped out by doing our long runs as loops instead of one big run.  This also gave us some one on one time with the momma.

Mommy took Stella to a 5K in august.  She said I couldn't go even though I wanted to.  Mommy said that I like peoples too much and that would be hard for me to race with the peoples and not kill the momma.  Whatever.  

Stella actually got to do 3 races with the momma.  Three 5 Ks and she even pulled momma to a PR on one of them. While I use to be the sprinter of the family, thanks to my super jets in agility, I prefer now to do LSD over fast.  Funny how I figured out the game and the goal.

 I did however get to show the little man how to do my old favorite sport, dog agility.  He has so much to learn to keep up with me!  Maybe Stella can be his agility partner, because I am just too fast for his little brain to learn with!

We love da momma we just don't love set up selfies :).  Probably why the momma takes pictures while we are running.

 I always look like I have been beaten in these pictures, but I swear da momma never does stuff like that!  Mommy not only completed her second Chicago marathon (3rd marathon overall) but also her timed event.  She didn't make her time goals for either, thanks to heat in Chicago and cold and rain in the Wichita, but she did get a huge PR for her 50K time!

I like to think I was a part of that and we all celebrated!

I do love the fact that Andrew is learning more about dog training and how to work with both me and Stella.  We appreciate him being gentle and not getting so excited about everything involving us.  I still need to learn how to not be a shark when taking treats from the kiddo.  

Running wears me out but in a good way.  Maybe some day I can learn not to love all the peoples and I could maybe do a race with the momma!  I have really enjoyed stepping up and keeping mom safe during her runs and have really learned to love running like my crazy sis.  I can't believe I did my first 20 miler this year and can't wait to see what all we do in 2018!!!!

Merry Christmas and Have a Happy New Year!  We at the Red Aussie Crew will still continue to #runyouraussoff!