Presents for Runners

And as the world turns…..

I am coming down with a cold!!!!!!! I felt it yesterday late in the afternoon. Instead of my 9 planned miles, I ran 4 and was planning on picking up the 9 today (Thursday) and the main reason was because the temps today are very cool and even cold!

I went to bed early but felt chills coming on and a sore throat. I couldn’t fall asleep so stayed up a bit watching “Cold Case.” Another of my binge TV watching shows.

I almost called out of work sick today but thought I’d go in for a while and I may cut out early and at least try to run some of my 9 miles. I think I have a slight fever.

I still plan on giving it a try to at least get some miles. Tomorrow is rest day and I really need to feel better on Saturday when I attempt 18 miles.

I still don’t know where I’ll be running it. I still prefer to run in the city St. Louis and not on the MKT trail. It makes me comfortable to run the marathon route and that’s what I would attempt to do if I do it in St. Louis.  Again, Kevin wants to stay in Columbia.

A part of me wants to stay here too so after the run, I love being laid up sore and tired in my CoMo home and my nice, big temperpedic bed. 🙂

Last night while I was running 4 on the treadmill, my Achilles felt sore plus the strained quad muscle plus coming down with a cold! I’m a beast….right?  HA!

On another note, I received a big package of Brooks running gear that I ordered off Zulily.com at a discount.


 

These are my new things! I love Brooks “Run Happy” stuff 🙂

 


 

I also ordered this….not running gear because it looks just like my style!

And it’s also time for my September Stride Box…..

It’s Christmas for Charlotte!

“Today I will run what you will not so that tomorrow I will run what you cannot.” – author unknown


 ~Never Forget~

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The Complaining Runner

It’s known by accounts of many runners that we can power up a steep incline without breathing hard but we can’t bend over and tie our shoes!

From many articles that I read, distance runners are usually inflexible and for the most part in the hamstrings. That is also due to runners being stubborn and not stretching enough or correctly….I assume.

I am one of those….sadly and unfortunately.

Study: Better Runners Are…Inflexible?

Well……

Last night I ran 5 miles on the treadmill due to heat. It was a nice run with lots of sweat. I showered and got ready to watch TV plus “Sons of Anarchy” final season started.

I put my yoga mat down and was about ready to get down to roll my quads and hamstrings….and strained my right quad!! How in the hell can that happen?

My takeaway….runners should stretch their quads.

I put ice packs on it for the rest of the night and today it seems a bit worse. That can only happen to me! I have 4 miles to run tonight, 9 tomorrow and 18 on Saturday with a strained quad.

Maybe I might take off the 4 tonight and rest but I’ll see that that goes and how it feels.

On another note, I want to eat all the food!

I can’t stop wanting to eat for the last few days! And also, I have these strange cravings. Last night it was chocolate oatmeal cookies, today it is Hot Buffalo Wing Flavored Pretzels.

If I were not running, I’d be a cow by now.

Is this normal the more miles that I run? I think I’m not getting enough calories with my meals and that sets me up to stay hungry.

I have my calorie goals set at 1700 calories. I usually eat more than that on long run days. Last Saturday I think I ate like 2700 or something but I burned 2000 on the 13 mile run.

Since after my anticipated 18 mile run on Saturday…I probably won’t be able to walk so I’ll read up and make a big effort to readjust my diet until after the marathon.

I think I need a little more protein and better and healthier carbs. I do try to eat better carbs but those cakes and cookies slip in! 🙂

55-c  20-p  25-f  is my target and I am pretty good at hitting it but I need to choose better foods.

I am killing the water drinking! I think I learned a lesson from that 8 mile run from hell last Wednesday when every muscle I had cramped up at mile 6.

GU Energy Gel Caramel Macchiato
(Want This) GU Energy Gel Caramel Macchiato

What will I gripe about when the marathon is over?

I’m sure I’ll find something 🙂

“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”
Dean Karnazes

Running with Butterflies

After my 12.8 mile long run on Saturday, I have felt really good and a bit more confident about my chances of completing a full marathon….until this morning.

I have the worst case of butterflies and my marathon is not for about 40 more days. My stomach is in knots and I have had bouts of crying from I don’t know what the hell for?

Maybe because the coming weeks are going to be the hardest. How can I get 9 and 10 mile runs in on Wednesday after working all day….

I read the post this morning from one of my favorite blogs from Sarah at “Running on Healthy” where she puts out sensible reasons to trust your training. Yesterday I did….today not so much. I’m nervous to the point of an upset stomach.

Also, it’s still the unknown about my brother. We are supposed to meet him soon in Nashville in preparation for him being put on the liver transplant list…..which I fear is a long shot for him. So that’s an unknown. His health is deteriorating. I feel selfish that I worry how that will work with my training and even possibly for the marathon itself. If I have to drive or fly to Nashville, how will that affect everything. So yes…..I feel very selfish when he is suffering so much.

Today is rest day for me and I plan on resting tonight. I might do some boxing. I mowed the lawn last night after we got in from St. Louis so I could have this day free! The weather is beautiful here right now and I see that the temperatures are very cool for this coming weekend. That does help alleviate some of my long run anxieties because I do perform better in cooler weather. My fear is the morning of Oct 19, we will have Indian Summer!!!

I have not yet decided where I will run my 18 miles Saturday. I want to do it in St. Louis because I can run parts of the marathon route and city running distracts me better. Kevin wants to stay in Columbia this weekend and that only leaves the MKT trail to run on. I love bicycling on that trail but I will admit I do not like running it. There are only trees and bluffs to look at with rabbits, deer and snakes! The trees block cross winds so it’s stale for the most part.

If I decide to go to St. Louis, Kevin may stay in Columbia and it makes me nervous to run 18 miles early morning in St. Louis without a wingman on his bike.

He knows I hate running that trail so I’m a tad pissed at him. He knows these week in September are critical and vital. October is the beginning of tapering so it won’t be a hard running schedule.

Anyway, my stomach is in knots….

I had a nice weekend with my Daniel and Sadie. Daniel spend the night Saturday so Sunday morning after breakfast, we went for our usual walk in Forest Park. We went to our secret hideout with the magic tree. He climbed on that a while. We watched turtles and frogs. He skipped rocks. He danced in the street where a band was warming up for “LouFest” in Forest Park. He told me secrets, plans, and his latest crushes on girls.

Later, I went to get Sadie so Allison could get a nap after working overnight 12s and James was working.

I watched the KC Chiefs try to play football…big disappointment. I took the kids home and we drove to Columbia where I then mowed the yard, showered and watched Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

All in all…..a nice weekend.

“Pain is temporary.  It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place.  If I quit, however, it lasts forever. – Lance Armstrong 

 

The Smell of Hops in the Morning

I hydrated like crazy yesterday and ate fairly well and the right Carb/Fat/Protein percentages.

I did eat something late last night that I thought would come back and hurt me. At 10pm, I was starving and Kevin walked to Subway and I had half a meatball sandwich.

I went to bed and slept like a baby. The weather (at least for now) is like fall. The high today in St. Louis was 75 degrees. When I pottied the dogs at 6:30 am and it was drizzling rain and a bit chilly. I didn’t really feel like running in the rain but I would have.

We fed, pooped and walked the dogs and headed down to Soulard in STL to begin my 12 mile run. This week is step back week on the long run.

I ran the back half of the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon STL route from Soulard to South City and back.

It was cloudy and cool and the rain was almost gone except for the occasional drop or two.

I even got brave and wore my Brooks Glycerin’s that I swore that I was going to sell. I put on good socks and carried another pair in case I needed to stop.

Yesterday, was the first day in forever that I did not feel pain in my lower body. The first in a long time! I even mentioned to Kevin how strong my legs felt. I didn’t do much yesterday after work except walk the dogs a couple of times.

I felt hopeful that maybe my training was making me stronger but I know how quickly that can go south and I will be an emotional wreck again! 🙂

I wasn’t bitchy or mean. I never got frustrated or worried that I wouldn’t finish the run.

I loved going through Anheuser Busch Brewery and smelling the hops and beer making smells! I always love running there.

Then the route headed toward South City and the sidewalks were like crap, pit bulls barking and some on the loose…scary. Broken glass and the streets are not cared for well. That’s a shame because the old brick buildings are beautiful!

Then I ran into Carondelet Park which is beautiful. My run today was supposed to be 12 miles but I ran 12.8 miles due to a miscalculation on my part…and a wrong turn.

My feet never hurt and my shoes felt good. My legs were strong. I enjoyed the run and loved the scenery…except for the loose pit bull that came close to me. He didn’t seem mean but curious. I ran a little faster! 🙂

Needless to say, this run was a confidence booster even though it was just 12.8 miles long. Especially in light of that 8 miles from hell that I ran on Wednesday.

I kept busy for the rest of the day. We went to the Soulard Market. We met my son, Daniel and Sadie for lunch at Chava’s Mexican Restaurant.

Kevin and I came home and walked the dogs a few times. Even though I wanted to rest, I couldn’t resist getting out in this weather.

James, Daniel and Sadie came over to visit for a while after Allison went to work. Daniel is spending the night and playing Playstation with Popeye (Kevin) as I blog. I love having him here as you all know who read my blog.

I have cold packs on my elevated knees blogging and watching Daniel play video games and feeling pretty good.

Next Saturday is 18 miles!!!!!!!!!!!

Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see – Jimmy Buffett

8 Miles of Hell

My 8 mile mid-week run was absolutely, hands-down the worst run I’ve ever had.

I believe that from the start I didn’t hydrate enough like I normally do. In order to get the run over, I didn’t eat dinner before and that was another mistake. I did eat a Bonk Breaker within the first mile to try to compensate.

Within 2 miles, I knew this was going to be a long and arduous run. I did a downtown run because I thought that would be more distracting. It wasn’t.

In addition, I only took my small hand-held water…another not so smart move. My right calf felt like it was tight and I worried that I would pull it with all the inclines in the downtown.

I actually had to stop at a downtown Jamba Juice and buy a chocolate milk and a bottle of water. I still have 4.5 miles at that point. My quads were wasted and did not want to run.

At mile 6, my right foot and toes started cramping up. One of those cramps that basically stopped me in my tracks to try to work out. I was near my home and thought so much about calling that disastrous run finished. At this point, both feet were cramping up.

I almost ran or dragged-ass home at 6 miles but I kept thinking it would work itself out. It did not. I was suffering and had to stop frequently to try to stop the feet cramps.

When I finally did get home, Kevin and the dogs greeted me at the door. I was crying and so frustrated. Kevin gave me a big hug and rubbed my feet. Peyton and Eli jumped on me and licked my feet! 🙂

I showered and started researching why my feet did that. It was more than my feet but that’s where the pain was. My entire body tried to shut down on this run.

The reason for longer runs in the week is to train you to run on tired muscles. I think I failed that training run!

It was a disaster but I did have the will-power to finish and that was a take-a-way from this 8 miles of hell.

I couldn’t sleep well last night due to leg cramps so all in all…it was a shit run.

I woke up very tired and barely got out of my office today.

I felt better as the day went on.

I drank plenty of water today and even put NUUN in my water during my run.

Today was very hot so I did my 5 miles tonight on the treadmill while watching “Criminal Minds.”

I did a slow treadmill run but burned a  lot of calories and worked up a great sweat.

I’m showered and watching the season kick off of NFL Football Green Bay @ Seattle. I ♥ Football Season

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard…is what makes it great!” – Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own

Rock ‘n Roll with Meb

I am still experiencing pain in my right hip. I do feel it’s getting some better but what is it?

If I go to my doctor (a non-runner), she will say to not run for a while to let it heal. I can’t do that right now. It’s dead-nuts serious now for my training. September is a big month and I need to stay on schedule as much as possible.

October will be taper for 3 weeks….I’m looking forward to that although I do hear bad things about taper week…like going nuts and gaining weight.

Last night I ran my 4 miles and it was pretty warm outside and with it getting darker sooner, I can’t push it til 7 pm anymore.

Tonight is 8 miles and that will be very difficult. It’s warmer today and if I do my 8 on the MKT trail, with all the mud and trees, it will be slippery and dark and make it harder to do 8.

I hate to entertain this thought but I might have to do it on a treadmill or maybe in the neighborhood. I’ll look for a movie to watch “Field of Dreams” or “Tombstone” are a couple of my favorites. I’ve already watched “Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2” on the treadmill recently.

It’s cooler and cloudy out right this afternoon so I’ll see.

8 miles???? Next Wednesday is 9 miles. It’s the mid-week mid mile runs that I hate more than any Higdon training.

Saturday is a step back week and 12 miles which will seem like a 5k after last Saturday’s 16 ugly miler. 🙂 I’ll be in St. Louis this weekend and it looks like the high for Saturday is 77 degrees and I like that.

I have a lot of things going on in my life right now: my brother’s health situation, my son’s health, Kevin’s mother’s health, job dissatisfaction, managing 2 households and marathon training. I’m holding it together pretty well right now with the help of Kevin, Peyton and Eli. I am sleeping well except for the aches and pains of running in an old body! HA!!

Running may truly be my therapy but I will be so happy when I step these feet over the finish in after 26.2 in the “Rock ‘n Roll St. Louis Marathon” on Oct 19, 2014. I want this over!

Tonight at “Fleet Feet” in a suburb of St. Louis, Meb Keflezighi (Boston Marathon 2014 Winner) will be meeting and greeting people. You will also get to run with him. Unfortunately, I cannot go to do this tonight but it would be awesome! Some of my friends are going and I’m jealous. First, I can’t get off work early enough to drive there in time. Second, I really need to get in 8 miles tonight.

I hope he’s there on Marathon day. That would be a nice treat.

Meb in our great city of St. Louis with our Cakes 🙂

They (Rock ‘n Roll Marathon Group at Fleet Feet) will also be introducing the full marathon route tonight. I’m anxious to see that. I know the HM course and ran it last year. But near mile 13, the marathoners will go one way…the HM runners the other way.

If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it. ~Priscilla Welch

No Pain, No Gain?

I woke up feeling pretty good today and mostly healed from 16 miles on Saturday.

The right hip injury is weird and it hurts to lay on it but I can run on in. Anyway, I hope it heals completely.

I felt good while walking the dogs this morning and the temps were cool and breezy. It came a big rain last night so I think it will get muggy before the day is over.


Now for a rant about how much I hate gyms.

I decided I’d go there and do the precor bikes and eliptical for cross-training to rest my running muscles. I thought I may get an upper body workout also.

I’ve been paying $50 a month for this membership since Dec 2008.  Now, that’s not much for a family membership but it may be if you don’t go but twice a year. I used to go everyday when I weighed ~300 lbs…and consequently, didn’t lose a single ounce.

So today, as usual, the place was crowded with the usual people. I’ve been going there off and on for 5 1/2 years and it never changes. In fact, many of the very same people are there doing the very same things and looking the very same way.




 

– people who jack the speed up on treadmills and hold on while walking fast
– people who don’t wipe their ass sweat off machines when they leave
– people who talk on the phone or text while on the equipment
– people who jack the speed up and have no resistance on the eliptical
– people who bring their kids in the gym area and it’s clearly stated DON’T DO THAT!
– people who wear cologne to workout
– the  Lululemon spokesmodel with tons of makeup on and pretty hair worn down
– people who smell like smoke or just body odor
– people who sit on machines socializing with others..this isn’t a fucking night club
– people who grunt when they lift weights
– people who drop weights
– men with big, built arms and skinny legs…do some calf raises or something
– the machine hoarder – laying your personal shit on it while you move around
– farters – I may have on earphones but I don’t have on noseplugs
– people working out in jeans
– people who stay on the cardio equipment for more than 30 minutes when people are waiting (this is posted in big letters as a no-no)
– people who eat while working out. I once saw a big girl eating a bag of cheetos while on the precor bikes
– people who walk in the run lane
– people who change the channels without asking others in the cardio room
– people who don’t put away their weights
– people who sit around and watch your workout…get the fuck busy on your fat gut and stop watching me or others
– people who gather and openly make fun of others
– people who snap pictures of hot girls or fat people to facebook or send to their friends…(ok, maybe I did this once when a big girl was working out in a g-string type thingie…but only once. Oh, and the cheetos girl.)
– Naked people socializing in the locker room. My husband tells me old men are the worst…..he’s seen some things 🙂
– Selfie taking in the gym…and especially if I am in the frame. I don’t look good when I workout…neither did the selfie taker.
– people asking what my tattoos mean
– the unsolicited advisor on your form…get the fuck away
– people who don’t know a damn thing about proper form
– people looking for a date
– the no shirt guy (also posted as a no-no but no one cares)

~Love this article “10 Most Annoying People in the Gym

*I’ve seen them all and most today*

Ok, I just finished off that bag of “Kettle Brand Barbeque Potato Chips” while typing this.


  “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” 
Friedrich Nietzsche