Thursday, April 10, 2014

Twelve in Twelve 2014: March

Why yes, I am awake at 5:00 AM posting on my blog...and yes...I have already been awake for an hour and a half lying in bed desperately trying to fall asleep...clearly it didn't work. Lately, I just haven't been tired...that is until 2pm rolls around and I want to crawl under my desk and take a nap. 

While lying in bed thinking about a million different things...I decided that I might as well be productive. It is now April 10th and I have yet to post my March blog. I was so smug in January and February because I didn't procrastinate and had my blogs posted right away...this month is different. In my defense my half is coming up (2 more days!!!) and I had my best friend's out of town wedding and my mom's 50th birthday (wow, she is old!) so needless to say I have been busy...and having this post completed by April 10th is a win in my books :)

Something that was not a win for me this month was tracking my running...plain and simple, I got lazy. I forgot to take pictures of the treadmill (which was luckily only a few times this month) and my Garmin. I did however, ALWAYS log my runs in RunKeeper. I could have taken a screen shot of each individual run to create my collages...but like I said, I am lazy. 

I know you all wait on the edge of your seat for me to post the details of my run...I know, I know, it's riveting stuff :) Sorry for the lack of effort this month, but I have a feeling no one is all that disappointed!

Here are my weekly runs/mileage totals. My weekly mileage has been pretty consistent, which was the plan (that I totally winged/wunged/wanged?) Basically when it came to a training plan I decided I would wing it (why isn't there a past tense version of this word? Is there and I am just not aware of it?) I had looked and looked for a good training plan for 3 half marathons back to back, but basically there wasn't one. My plan was to get my weekly long run up to around 10 about a month before my first race and keep it there. I thought it would mimic what I would be doing in April and May with the halves. I guess only time will tell if it was a good idea :)
This week I ran with the Olathe Run Club for the first time. After my first group run in February, I knew I just had to try and get my long runs in with a group. This long run was definitely interesting because I showed up (alone, knowing no one) and before I knew it the group leader just said "Alright, let's go!" and everyone headed off. I had no clue where we were going, how far we were going, where to turn around...basically I was lost. I ended up running with a group that was around my pace and I figured I could just turn around whenever I needed to. Unfortunately, my Garmin hadn't had time to find satellite so I was clueless to how far we had actually run. At one point this guy and I started chatting and discussing what we were training for etc. and I decided that it was probably time to ask him how far everyone was running...he said "8 out, and 8 back...16 total" I nearly died...that was when I asked him how far we had gone already (4ish) and asked him to let me know when we got to 5 so I could turn around. By the time we got to 5 we were in the middle of nowhere on a gravel road and I was a little hesitant to head back on my own...I mean, there could be deer out at this time of the morning (yes, I have an irrational fear of's weird, I get that) Luckily, there were a few other people in the group that were doing a shorter run as well so they turned back around the same time as me. (Thank goodness there would be someone there to save me from the deer!!!) 
This week was another Rock The Parkway "Sunday Runday" group run. I ended up running with a 70 year old man who was training for the Boston Marathon. This was going to be his 15 marathon in the last 20 years. Needless to say I was impressed!! 
This  was race week...and my Goose's bachelorette party. You know I am serious about this racing thing when I don't get to sleep until 1am and then still get up Sunday morning to go run at 7 am in the sleet. When I finished my run my jacket was completely covered in ice and my  hair had icicles in it. That's either dedication or stupidity right there. 
This week I had taken a break from my long run on the previous weekend due to some nagging foot pain. I was convinced I either had tendinitis in my toe or a stress fracture...while reading a few hundred different things about both ailments I decided resting was my best option. Luckily, the pain was neither of those things (or a week off was just what the doctor ordered) because the following Sunday on my long run I was able to run 12.5 miles with zero pain!!! 
Here is my last run of March (the way I set up my weeks is weird, I know, it's just what is easiest for me when calculating my monthly totals. This month I also decided to try out RunKeeper Elite. RunKeeper is free for the basics, but I was curious to see what the Elite option was. It's pretty cool because you can compare your mileage/speed/pace etc from month to month, but I don't know that it is something I will renew... The free version works just fine :)

Alright, now on to the race. I had originally signed up for this race with my Goose. She was going to run her very first 5k, however a few weeks into her training she was having some foot pain (those darn feet) and after a trip to the doctor she was told she couldn't run for awhile and that she would get to wear a really cool boot (which I personally think is payback for all the jokes she made about my boot in college!)

We were both really disappointed that she couldn't run (but don't worry...there is always this fall!) I contemplated talking someone else into running with my, but then I decided that I was going to make this race a challenge. I wanted to see how fast I could run a 5k and see if I could get a PR. 

This was a giant mistake...especially since this course was HILLY!!! I took off and ran my first 2 miles at lightning speed (okay, okay, maybe like 7:15 miles...but that is still pretty fast!) and then hit mile 3....the hill from hell. Seriously...I felt like I was running straight up and down...I couldn't have been going much faster than a brisk walk. It was torture...pure torture!!! I immediately regretting my sprint session for the 2 miles prior to this. Usuallly when I get to the finish line I am so excited and the runner's high takes over that I sprint across the finish line...nope, not this time...It was all I could do not to stop and lay in the fetal position and yell for a medic (not really, i'm being slightly dramatic here...surprise surprise!)

Since I had run this race alone (and AJ was out of town, so I didn't have my fan club with me) I limped across the finish line, grabbed my finishers medal and high-tailed it out of there!! 
I stole this photo from visitKC's instagram page...isn't it gorgeous?!! Makes me wish I had slowed down and just enjoyed this run and downtown KC. 
Since my fan club wasn't in attendance, I didn't have anyone to take an awkward picture of me before or after the race. Good thing selfies exist :) 

I know I made the race sounds like a total disaster, but honestly it wasn't. I PR'd in my 5k, finished 4th in my age group and came in 98th overall out of 1,417 runners. All in all I would say the day wasn't terrible :) All I know is that I will be signing up for another (flatter) 5k this year and trying to beat that time! Can you tell I am slightly competitive? ;)

Guess what...guess who hit 200 miles this month?!? That's right...this girl!!! We all know what that means (or maybe you don't...maybe I am the only one counting down the miles until my rewards)

Reward time!!! 
I have been lusting after one of these puppies for awhile now, but just couldn't bring myself to spend the money. Between having to reward myself (HAVING TO) I decided that since I will be turning 30 this year it is probably a good time to start a good skin care regimen. If you don't have a Clairsonic yet, shame on you. This thing is pure gold...I love, love, love the way it makes my skin feel and look! Best decision I have ever made! I loved it so much I decided to get one for my mom for her birthday as well. Gotta keep the old lady looking young ;)

Next up....ROCK THE PARKWAY! (2 days, 1 hour, and 6 mins till race day...insert panic attack!)


  1. I need to do rewards for myself! Genius! Thank you for sharing :-) oh, and GREAT JOB! So proud of ya!