Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Challenge Accepted

Can I revisit October 6, 2013 for  a brief moment?  I had a runner's high because I just obtained a marathon PR.  That high lasted a few weeks.  I was so love drunk with my PR and everything running that I signed up for not one but TWO more marathons in 2014!  In my mind 2014 was going to be the year that I cut my time to cover 26.2 miles to 4:30.  I had a solid base and my motivation was high.

Then the kids got sick.
I still ran.

Then I got sick.
I ran when I felt better.

Then it got cold.
I ran outside bundled up.

Then the hockey season started.
I made plans with the hockey moms to do races

Then it got REALLY cold.
I thought about running......away to Florida

THEN it snowed some more.
Then I opened up a bottle of wine and said forget it.

I am not sure if I dare utter the words "Spring" but it is starting to feel like it.  I have been out "running" (using the term loosely of course) but after the frigid winter and constantly being ill it is really tough finding my legs.  It is going to take a few weeks to brush off the cobwebs* from the bod.  I can currently run one whole mile.  ONE. 

One mile might be a great starting point but not when I have marathon in 10.5 weeks.  It is April 8th and I still have yet to complete a long run.  This is where most people will tell me to drop out and try again next year.  This is where I get lectured that I am going to hurt myself.  This is where I channel my inner Barney Stinson and scream:

I do realize that my decision to continue onward towards Grandma's Marathon is slightly insane but I have several great reasons:
  • It is not my first marathon
  • I am not going to win
  • It is not the first time doing this course
  • I am doing it for fun and don't care about my time
  • I spent money on it
  • My friends are doing it
  • My friends' training has also been in sucksville
  • Doing it for cake
I am disappointed that I am not heading toward smashing my PR but I am okay where I am at today.

*Cobwebs=15lbs of winter misery weight.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Killing the Writers Block

Over the past several months I have had a massive case of Writer's Block.  I didn't mean to stop writing.  In fact, I have sat in front of a screen about 100 times trying to dump all of the things trapped in my head.  Winter kicked my ass and sent me into a major funk.  I couldn't make myself do ANYTHING.   Tonight I am forcing myself to write.  I have parked myself in front of the computer and told myself that I am not getting up until there is a blog post published.  Well, I do have to get up and do my laundry because if you think my blog has been neglected, you should see my laundry room!

The last 6 months of my life can be summed up in 3 words:

If you don't believe me, here is the run down from October to April.  It is quite pathetic.

  • Strep Throat
  • Hockey
  • Stomach Flu
  • Hockey
  • Bronchitis (8 WEEKS!!!!)
  • Hockey
  • 40th Birthday
  • The Holidays
  • Signed up for 2 Marathons
  • Hockey
  • New Project for Work
  • Polar Vortex Hell
  • Hockey
  • Cold
  • Another Cold
  • Hockey
  • Strep Throat Round 2
  • Spring Hockey

You might have noticed half way through the list that I SIGNED UP FOR TWO MARATHONS.  You may also have noticed that you don't see running/working out/ training on that list.   Mother Nature has shown no mercy and she clearly doesn't care the I have a spring marathon in less than 12 weeks. Yes…I am blaming Mother Nature for my mental and physical demise.

I had very good reasons to sign up for these races (err….perhaps a midlife crisis) and now I am starting my training with only 12 weeks to go.  Folks, do not try this at home. A couch to Marathon in 12 weeks is not recommended.   Most of you are not like me and have some common sense.  I of course will torture myself and risk injury to get across that finish line.  

Spring is in the air and we are starting to see grass.  I am completely ignoring the fact that we are supposed to get more snow.  I have gone out for a couple of 3 milers and the bod is a bit rusty.  I am hoping that it only lasts a couple of weeks before it is comfortable again.

I am looking forward to writing about this training cycle as well as some new topics.  This blog will be morphing a bit.

Mission accomplished.  A blog post is published.  I didn't promise it was going to be good!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

It has been two full months and five days since my last blog post.  As I may have mentioned my dad is a avid and probably the only reader of this blog and he always gets on me when I do not update my posts in a timely manner.  This time when my dad suggested I do a post, he suggested that I do a farewell to everyone and hang up my blog.

I was a little sad by his comment.  HANG IT UP???!!  No way!  This has been my piece of the interwebs for over 6 years (yes, over half of a decade!!). But, the man has a point.  My posts have been dwindling and I have been suffering from a massive case of writer's block (brain hemorrhoids).

I thought about long and hard about what to do.  I have made the decision to keep on blogging.  I am going to probably spin off in other directions but my primary focus will still be my life as a runner.  I have a lot coming up this year and I am going to need a place to attention whore myself. 

Stay tuned.

Winner! Finally Picked One!

Before I start going into all of the details (excuses) for my delayed absence, I have some unfinished business to take care of.  The winner of the #RunwithLara Giveaway is:

Lisa from Chasin' Bunnies!!!!

Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay.

Monday, November 25, 2013

LARA Bar Reviews and Giveaway #Runwithlara

The the nice people at LÄRABAR asked if I would be willing to try some samples of LÄRABAR. It took me all of two seconds for me to respond with a HECK YES!  My only prior experience with these bars were the the small samples that I got at race expos.  I was excited to see what other flavors they had to offer.  I was floored when this package came to my door.  I was not expecting the mother load of samples.

These bars were very appealing to me because they are all gluten free!  I also liked the fact that there was not a paragraph of ingredients that I could not pronounce.  Simple.  I dig that.  You can learn more about these HERE.

Since I can't eat off of these myself (Yes I could...who am I kidding?!?!), I employed a few of my real life running buddies to help me with this review.

KELLY-Recently completed her first 10K and has committed to running her first Marathon!
Personal Fav:
uber Cherry Cobbler
Her thoughts:
Very tasty and filling.  Perfect for a quick breakfast.

STACIA-Is not a fan of running but is now doing it regularly and is trying to get me to do the Polar Dash.  
Her thoughts:
Favorite:  Apple Pie
Good but a bit too high in sugar and fat for her liking.

BFF-Runs for fun and may have been bullied into her first marathon by yours truly.
Favorite:  Blueberry Muffin-
Her thoughts:
LOVE LOVE LOVES them.  Has become her go to snack for the afternoon.

UNCLE LARRY-(Not my uncle and not a dude...long story) Just ran her first marathon and kicked ass at several other running events:
Favorite:  Peanut Butter Cookie
Her thoughts:
It was sweet, very 'moist' and surprisingly tasted similar to the flavor of a pb cookie, however, the texture, was that of pureed dates.

Chubby Hubby-He doesn't run but is one hell of a course supporter.
His thoughts:
Pumpkin Pie.   It is alright.  (Aka good.  His is a man of few words)

My Brother-He doesn't run and has a raging nut allergy. I thought it was funny to try to feed him a bar made out of nuts and he was not amused.  He is still miffed about the time I accidentally fed him a pistachio which resulted in a trip to the ER.....on Christmas.

Me-Yeah, I run but it has been awhile (Stay tuned for that post).
My Favorite is the Peanut Butter Cookie.  
My Thoughts:
It truly was filling and had a good taste.  Unfortunately...I because of my food allergies and the itchy throat I got (probably from the nuts) I only tried two kinds.

Your turn!  I am giving away a variety of these bars.  Hit me up in the comments if you would to be entered to win.  You can find them on Facebook too!

Thank you LÄRABAR for providing me with the product to do this review!!

Friday, November 1, 2013

November Goals

Happy November!  How is it November already?  More importantly, how have I been blogging for 6 years???  Wow time flies when you flood the internet with boring details of your life!!

First things first I need to do a happy dance because I have an announcement.  For the first time EVER (okay perhaps a bit of an overstatement) I didn't gain 10lbs in October.  I stayed away from all Halloween candy. All of it.  Are you admiring my will power?

Well don't.

I cheated, kind of.  I had some sort of a stomach bug which left me with no appetite. None.  I must have been really sick to not touch one Reese's Peanut Butter Cup or Snickers.  Not one.  Usually I cannot stop once I start.

Or perhaps it was the sight of my children that made me sick:

Whatever works, right? I am chalking this up to a huge win and a great start to the Holidays!

The first of the month always renews my motivation.  Since I haven't done much since the marathon I am laying out my November goals:
  • A run a day.  I would like to round out November with running everyday...even if it is just a mile. I of course am using the word running loosely....jog, walk crawl will also count in my book.
  • Go to yoga 4 times.  This should be a doable goal but it is hard to find time in the schedule.  I miss it and my state of mind needs it.
  • No chips.  I seem to have developed an insane addition to these things and it is not helping the scale.  So I am vowing to be one month chip free.
  • End November lighter than I started.
Those are my few simple goals for the next 30 days.  What are yours?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

More Marathons

When I crossed the finish line of TCM two weeks ago, I said out loud:


I am not kidding when I say 10 minutes later, I was talking about how I plan on getting an earth shattering PR at Grandmas Marathon.  Keep in mind that I was not even out of the finish line area when I said "Next year when I do Twin Cities...."

So I guess I am not retiring and I am committing myself to two 26.2 mile journeys next year.  

  • Keeps me out of trouble and something to obsess about
  • I want to try to finish in the mid-pack and think I need more than once chance to accomplish it.
  • All the cool kids are doing it...you know who are you!
  • Chubby Hubby didn't file for divorce when I pitched the idea
  • I have a coupon!!  Seriously....how can I NOT do it when I am saving money?!?!?!
    subtle sharing of expo promotion!
I should have a lot to blog about in 2014!