Run Like a Mother
I am currently reading Train Like a Mother. I will be be posting a review soon. Just like Run Like a Mother, this book is awesome. Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea were in Minneapolis for the Get in Gear race. I was lucky to spend a bit of time with them at a blogger meet up. A couple of fellow fans had a get together where they read excerpts of their book and I got to hobnob with other bloggers. I met so many awesome people and that event has rekindled my motivation both for writing and running.
Get in Gear Race
On April 28th, I ran the Get in Gear 10K. I was a little nervous about my performance because April suuuuucked for training because of various issues including being sick. I did it and finished in 1:12:06 and it averaged out an 11:37 minutes per mile. I was happy with those results. The weather of course was craptastic and rainy as it is every single year. I do wish I could have come in a little quicker, rather than blame my poor training, I will blame Mother Nature.
My Last Long Run
I was under the impression that my performance at Get in Gear would set up a decent long run for me this past Sunday. I don't think I have EVER had such a bad run in my life. I conquered 13.54 miles in just shy of a week. It was definitely a "board the sag wagon" pace. I did fine until I hit mile 10 and then I could hardly muster up the energy to walk. When I look back I believe it was some stomach issues cause the demise of the run. I will state the following PSA: antibiotics, GU, and Gatorade are not a good combo for the stomach. Just sayin'. If I would have had my phone, I would have called a cab home. Oh well, one bad run is not going to kill me.
I am experimenting with my diet by going gluten free. I have a habit of self diagnosing medical issues on WebMD. In fact, I do refer to myself as Dr. Carly I.M. (Internet Medicine). Anyway....I was browsing the symptom finder to look up some of the weird issues I have been having...such as my gastro problems, my chronic low iron, headaches, irritability,and fatigue. Gluten intolerance kept coming up as a possible diagnosis. With all of my food allergies and sensitivities, this would not be a far stretch. So rather than paying a doctor visit copay for them to tell me to try eliminating gluten, I am going to give it a test run to see if I notice any changes. The worst thing that can happen is I end up eating more vegetables and unprocessed food (well if I still have some of these problems, then I guess that could be bad). I am interested to see how I feel in the next 4-6 weeks. I realize that doing it during marathon training may or may not be the best idea.....but that is how I roll.
I am on day three of my gluten free endeavor and
- Hockey is over! This crazed hockey mom is ready for a break. I am excited because the children do not have ANY activities until July. Give me a few days home with them and I am sure I will be signing them up for something...anything to burn off the hyperactivity.
- Speaking of hyperactive....I am so proud of my boys. They ran the mile at school. My oldest did it in 7:50 and my other son did it in 8:10. When I was ooohhing and ahhhhhing about their times (mostly because those are times I will never see in this lifetime), a dad rolled his eyes and said that is an average time for a mile. I acknowledged his statement by saying it was true for most people, but this snail of a runner thinks that is an incredible time and I am still proud. Plus my kids beat the pants off of his kid in the mile. ha!
- I am supposed to run 9 miles tonight.
- Pardon the bad grammar and spelling errors. I didn't proofread.