I hate running. Sign me up.

Wait, no. No I don’t hate running. I mean, now that 18 miles is done, I don’t hate it anymore. About mile 16 though, I hated it. Mile 17, I felt tears stinging my eyes because I was almost to the end, but the end seemed further away than the 17 miles I had already ran and I couldn’t imagine having to run 26.2 miles. Even if a pack of zombies were chasing me. I told myself this will be my first and last marathon. I’m going to be a half marathon queen. So does registration for the Columbus Marathon 2015 open the day after the 2014 race?? ;)

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Ya know what though, my body felt fine the whole time! I mean, my feet started getting tired around mile 14 or 15 (not the PF though, just tired), but other than that, my body felt strong. I personally think that running is more mental than physical, but I typically don’t have trouble getting into that “mental zone”. However! At mile 11, yesterday, I thought I was hitting mile 12 and I had a little moment of sadness being 1 mile off. Then at mile 14, it was mentally downhill from there. I see that the 2nd half of the marathon is going to be ALL mental for me. I’m guessing that’s how it is for most people? At mile 14.5, I stopped at the water fountain to get a drink (I was carrying Nuun & sipping it, but needed some good ‘ol H2O and a splash on the face), and there was another girl there doing the same thing. We kinda went back and forth a few times taking turns drinking, splashing water, filling up water bottles, and chatting. We were heading in opposite directions, but both had about 3.5 miles left, and she said, “Ya know, I just don’t get those people who say that if you can do 13.1 miles, you can do a full marathon. There is no comparison.” I was in 100% agreement.

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From miles 14-18, I had to walk for .25 of the beginning of each new mile. At the time, I hated it, but I think it helped me. And it wasn’t as hard as it usually is getting started back up again. Usually I hate walking because it’s SO HARD to start running after walking for a bit, but I noticed these little walk breaks actually helped. More my mentality, but that’s where I needed a break at the time! Once I would start running again at 14.25, 15.25, etc…mentally, it was like, “oh, only 3/4 of a mile to go!” And I could do it. You do whatcha gotta do eh?

So when I ran with the new Superfeet insoles for 7 miles on Wednesday, and then 5 miles on Thursday (no strength on Thursday because someone ditched us!), my feet got used to the insoles during the 7 mile run, but during the 5 mile run the next day? My feet were killing me! Kept massaging with the golf ball and icing – still am! – and getting out of bed the next mornings weren’t bad after stretching my feet before stepping down, but when I got to this 18 miler, my feet NEVER HURT! That’s right. Never had a problem from the 1st step to the last. They got tired obviously, but it wasn’t the PF hurting them. To say I was impressed is putting it mildly. I felt like this:

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I had been wanting to try the Oofos recovery sandals for a while, so as soon as I left the park, I stopped at Fleet Feet and got some. I figured, between the golf ball massages, icing, and insoles, I see a difference already so I want to make sure that I’m helping the recovery! It’s typically painful to walk barefoot after a run, and since I’m a flip flop girl through and through, and even my flip flops hurt to walk in, I knew I needed something with the arch support. I wanted the black ones, but they only had the periwinkle in a 6, so that’s what I got. He said they could have ordered the black, but I wanted them NOW! haha. Although, I haven’t taken them off since I bought them, so I will probably end up going back and getting all the colors! My feet were a little sore this morning getting outta bed, but after walking around with the sandals, they are fine now. :) Hallelujah!

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Since I kinda worry about fueling during these long runs (because I have issues with my blood pressure dropping during certain workouts – burpees, jumping up and down stuff, and longer workouts/runs – and then passing out from it), I will be making sure to throw extra snacks in my belt for these long runs. I just never know what I’m gonna feel like or when it’ll crash, because I’ve never ran this far before, but I remember doing this marathon 10 years ago (after no training or any run further than 8 miles), and I remember going to Bob Evans afterwards to eat & having to lay down in the middle of the restaurant because I was about to pass out. Good times. I don’t want that again. :) So I took a banana because I hate them so much, but they do the trick, and I ate it at mile 9. I wanted to make sure I was fueling before I started feeling bad, or feeling like my energy was running out. And it did the trick. I’m sure that during the full, I’ll eat another banana around mile 18 or 19, so anyone that wants to be at mile 18 or 19 on race day with some banana’s, I’ll buy you pizza afterwards. ;) Your own pizza because I’m not a good food sharer and I will probably be able to eat a whole pizza afterwards.

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So. Ate a banana, ended up eating 3 clif shot blocs at like, mile 12 or 13?, and then another 3 bloks around mile 15. Worked like a charm.

Oh, and I listened to music the whole time! I think it helped. I wasn’t about to stop and do some push ups or burpess every time I got bored, so music it was! Overall, great first 18 miler and I’m SO happy that the PF is improving. And as far as the day after? I feel good! I mean, my quads are a little sore, but I feel good. I’ll probably try to do something today to stretch out – was hoping for a bike ride, but it’s raining. :(

OHHHH! AND! I did do a little 25 minute yoga video Friday night, and then a few yoga poses in the morning before my run – for some reason, I really think the yoga helped the run. ;) This was the video I did – it’s from Runner’s World.

Aaaaand, since that run, it’s been nothin’ but eatin’! No pizza though…YET! ;) But we did celebrate The Hus’ b-day last night with some brownie sundaes. :)

Have you tried the Oofos recovery sandals?

Do you do yoga regularly? In a class, on your own, with a video?? What is your favorite yoga video???

Hope your enjoying this long holiday weekend!

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Trial run with the new insoles!

I finally ran tonight with my new insoles! Just a short little 7 miler. I realize 7 miles really isn’t short, but after these last 15 & 17 milers, 7 miles felt like nothing!

So I’m still using the golf ball and icing on a daily basis. And stretching. I think the combo is helping. Still some minor pain in my left heel/foot, but my right is pretty much pain free now. I’m just trying not to start walking weird so that my right one doesn’t get all messed up again…

Anyway, I wore the Superfeet insoles in my Brooks Pure Connect shoes tonight and honestly, it only took about a quarter of a mile to get used to them and get “in my groove”. Besides running in 90 degrees tonight, I felt great! The real test will come in the morning when I get outta bed! ;) Here’s to hoping this combo is my cure-all and I won’t have to end up at a podiatrist after the marathon! But if it comes to that, I have 2 options from 2 different friends that have dealt with plantar fasciitis – a chiropractor that deals with ligaments & does foot massages that feel like your being killed, but actually do miracles to help the issue; and a podiatrist that a co-worker has used to have surgery on both feet for this issue…But I’m believing that neither of these options will need to be used. :)

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If these insoles continue helping, I’m going to have to go get a couple more pairs!

Oh. P.S. The 1 minute of push-ups every morning upon rolling out of bed? Yaaaa…about that. It lasted 3 days. BUT! I’ve been getting in pigeon pose everyday for a few minutes! :) You win some, you lose some.

How are you doing this week?

How’s your running and/or workouts??

What are your plans for this long Labor Day weekend??? (I’m kinda sad about it because it means summer is kinda sorta over.  :( )

 

Emerald City Half Marathon

Hi! :) So my 4th half is in the books! I’m hoping to do ONE more half before my full marathon in October, and then I will probably be done for the rest of the year. Unless…well, you just never know… ;)

Emerald City Half Marathon went really well. I mean, MUCH better than my last half in Cleveland where I walked ran it sick and felt like death. Since I’m in the middle of training though, and have some longer-than-a-half-marathon-distance-runs under my belt shoes, I felt pretty good going into this one. The only thing that was getting me worried was this dang plantar fasciitis, but after nursing my feet for the last week, they never really hurt during the race! Yay! Here’s the start of the race too – my personal photographer is gettin’ better! ;)

So of course I’m never early for anything. I will most likely be late for my own funeral as well. I can see it now: there is a random traffic jam on a remote country road…or the driver gets pulled over for a brake light being out…or the hearse gets a flat tire…or the casket is broke…something. It’s all good though, because I’m sure everyone will wait for me to arrive. :) (Great thoughts, huh?! Haha) ANYWAY! I wasn’t late, but I had 3 minutes to spare when I got to my corral. I had to pee. Kinda bad. But I could see that the lines were still really long. So for the first time ever, I used the porta potty on the course. The very first one. I think it was conveniently located at mile 1. However, I think I burned an extra 500 calories trying to pull my skirt back up with it – and myself – being drenched in sweat already. I think I still managed to get in and outta there in under 3 minutes though – waiting in line behind 3 people and all. So I’d call my first “on the run porta potty stop” a success. :) After another mile though, I was afraid I would have to make another pit stop and I started replaying in my head whether or not the 2 Imodium I took in the car, actually made it down my throat. But alas, they must’ve taken longer to kick in, and it was a false alarm and no other stop was needed. :)

The rest of the run went great though. I didn’t put any music on until about mile 10. The route was pretty quiet and the 2nd half of it was through woods on one of the biking/walking trails – which was ok because I’m used to running on those kinds of paths, but there is no “hype” like you have with running through the city. But the pounding of feet from all the other runners, listening to their music and conversations, was enough for me. I ate a couple shot bloks at mile 9 and since I didn’t take a water bottle, I got some water at one of the stations towards the end – I think it was around mile 10 or 11.

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All in all, it was a good race. 2:12:07.  No PR, but that’s quite alright. Next year I’ll focus on a new half marathon PR. Under 2:00 maybe?? ;)

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After I finished, I headed over to meet Kris, the owner of Finish Line Engravers. We had connected on FB – or some other social media platform – and had talked through emails/FB, but had never met. And she lives right here in The ‘Bus! So I went over and introduced myself. As “Will Run For Pizza” of course. We chatted while her hubby engraved my medal with my “name”, race time and year. I found out that they started this “little” business last year! She had gone to Germany to run a marathon as an Ambassador for The Columbus Marathon, and when she finished the race, they had a booth there that engraved your medal! She realized that we have nothing like that here in the states, so she told her hubby that they needed to start it up over here. And the rest is history! They have been traveling around to various races and are hoping for more in the next year. I think it’s an awesome idea because then it’s so easy to remember what your time was for that particular race and what year it was. So if you’re part of a race planning team, or know the race directors, you should hit her up! They charge just $10 to engrave your medal and it only takes a few minutes. She’s got her hubby, 2 sons, and daughter-in-law working with her, so it’s quite the fun family business! :)

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Me and Kris, from Finish Line Engravers

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So ya. What’s next? The Run Like a Girl half marathon on October 4th, an 18 miler this weekend, and more importantly, kickboxing tonight! :) I went to strength class last night because I KNOW that if I do nothing the day after a long run or race, 48 hours later and you will pushing me around in a wheelchair! Haha

Here’s a little peek at what a typical contact – A.K.A. kickboxing – class looks like:

See ya mañana :)

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Do you typically have to use the porta potties during a run?

Have you ever traveled out of the country to race??

 

Hallelujah my feet survived!

I’ll do an actual race review tomorrow, but for today, just know that my half marathon yesterday went GREAT! And my feet felt GREEEEEAT! Hallelujah for golf balls, icing, proper stretching, and inserts! I didn’t wear the inserts for the race, but I’ll wear them Wednesday for a test run that won’t be too long. The guy at Fleet Feet said to just wear them around for a few days, so that’s what I’ve been doing. I’m anxious to wear them for a run though to see how they do. I’m expecting a miracle here! :)

Anyhow, since I’m nursing a migraine and a sick furkid right now, I’ll post my race review tomorrow. (I think my migraine is a result of stressing over my furkid being sick. Because she’s stressed from her vet appointment on Saturday…no wonder God hasn’t given me human kids – I’m worrying myself sick over my furkid! And I’m typically NOT a worry-er!)

So. I hope you had a great weekend and Monday and you can tune back in tomorrow night for….the rest of the story. :) I’ll just leave you with a little sneak peak…

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Do you wear inserts when you run? How often do you change them?? Do you wear them for cross-training workouts too???

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The party’s cancelled.

It’s the night before a half marathon, did you really think we’d be partying it up tonight like we usually do?! Movies, wine, pizza…the party will have to wait until tomorrow night. :) Tonight, it’s a whole lotta H2O, golf balls, and ice packs. :) And trying to feel “normal”…I’ve felt “off”, or something, all day and it’s driving me up a wall! Anyway, the show race will go on!

I ended up not doing anything yesterday or today. I was going to go to spinning this morning at 8:30, but then I remembered I had to take my furkid to the vet at 8:00, so spinning was out. Boo. But it’s all good. I got my race packet last night, everything ready and set out, and I’m ready to run!

 

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And when I was at the running store picking up my packet, I asked about inserts. One of the guys there checked my feet and arches out and fitted me for some SuperFeet inserts. I wore them around last night and today, but he said not to run in them for tomorrow. So I’ll just wear them around for the week, run in them for my shorter runs this week, and, fingers crossed, they help me for my next long run next weekend!

And now it’s 8:30. Time to wind down and get this party animal ready for some shut eye! :)

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