Monday, July 20, 2015

Marathon Monday: Wedding Week!!!

Good morning! Happy Monday!!


What?!? Who loves Monday's? Not this girl...but today things are different...

It's WEDDING WEEK!!! This upcoming week is going to be filled with the most amazing craziness I could ask for. Tuesday friends and family will start arriving, Wednesday we have our final walk-through on our house, Friday we close, and Saturday....

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I get to marry this guy :) 

To say I am excited is an understatement! I keep expecting to feel stressed and overwhelmed at all the little last minute things that need to be done...but I just can't. On top of my mom being the best wedding planner I could have asked for...this craziness is such a blessing! I'm definitely a lucky lady! 

As far as running goes...this week was MUCH better!! This was my first week on the new training plan and I'm pretty convinced that this whole running thing is all mental. Just knowing I don't have to run as many miles or hit certain paces that are uncomfortable to me made this week a million times better. While I still dreaded a few of my runs...I walked away from them (not nearly as much living room floor wallowing going on this week) feeling strong and confident in myself. I'm not 100% back...but I am getting there ;) 

Here is how my week went....

Monday- Rest Day

I took this as a complete rest day. After feeling so completely burnt out from the week before I knew I needed to scale things back and give my body a break. 

Tuesday- 5 miles + sprints


Not terrible...but not wonderful either...why must it be so hot at 6AM?

Wednesday- Rest Day

I was going to try and go to Pilates, but I was tired and I knew my body needed the extra break. 

Thursday- 4 miles


4 miles with a side of laying on the floor in a pool of regret...why oh why is it so hot? How did I forget so quickly how awful training for a marathon in the summer is? Next spring when I start talking marathons again slap some sense into me and remind me of the hours spent lying on the floor regretting my life's decisions ;) 

Friday- 12 miles


This was the run I had been dreading all week...after last week's failed 11 miler I definitely had reservations. In an attempt to make it less awful I got up a full hour earlier and ran a 6 mile loop twice so I could stop for a drink if necessary. After my first 6 miles I was feeling pretty good, but I ran into the apartment quickly to cool down, have some water, and eat a few Swedish Fish (don't ask) and then headed out for my last 6. While it was a little warmer towards the end I was feeling great! My pace in my final miles was surprising (Mile 12 was like an 8:08 min mile!) and it was definitely a confidence booster! 

Saturday- Rest

Yep...another full rest day, which means I didn't make it to Pilates once this week...I'm hoping to squeeze in a class or 2 next week :)

Sunday- 6 miles (4 @ tempo)


Talk about a confidence boosting run. Last week I could barely get through 4 miles let alone the 6 my training plan called for...and this week I crushed it!! On my sub 3:45 plan it calls for my tempo pace to be 8:00-8:20 and that just felt so daunting.With my sub 4:00 plan it wants my tempo pace to be 8:40-8:50. And this is where it's clear to me that it's all mental...last week an 8:20 pace for 4 miles seemed was impossible and this week it was a piece of cake. Maybe knowing I didn't HAVE to helped? I'm a mental case....

This upcoming week of running is going to be tricky...I'm getting a spray tan Thursday and I want to avoid any chance of my sweaty self streaking so I won't be running Friday...and I am going to be a little busy on Saturday so I won't be running then either....I'm going to try and sneak in a little run on Sunday, but we are having a lunch at my parents and we leave REALLY early Monday morning for the honeymoon...so it may end up being another rest day...we will see! I'm giving myself the green light to skip any or all training runs this weekend and next week if I feel necessary.

While running is important and my training for this marathon is VERY important...this weekend is our wedding and it trumps running. Same goes for our honeymoon next week. The resort has a gym and AJ and I have discussed maybe starting our morning out there...but maybe we won't feel like it...and you know what? I'm not going to sweat it...I will pick back up where I left off when we get back and I will be JUST FINE :) 

Next week's (tentative) schedule

Monday- 4 miles +
Tuesday- 3x 1.5
Wednesday- 4 miles
Thursday- 13 miles
Friday- Rest
Saturday- Get married :)
Sunday- 4 miles (maybe)

I'm going to try and go to Pilates on Monday and Wednesday...but no promises ;) 
 
 
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thursday's Things

Hi all! Happy Thursday!!

I started my day with a hot and sweaty run...again


I know I told you that my goal was to stop coming in from my runs and wallowing in self-pity on the living room floor...but at 6AM this morning it was 76 degrees and 89% humidity...lying on the floor feeling sorry for myself was inevitable...I will try harder next time ;)

In other news....


We are in single digits people!! Seriously, how did that happen? I feel like we just got engaged and I was thinking that this day would NEVER come and then I blinked and here it is! 


We went and got our marriage license on Monday...so I suppose there is no backing out now ;)  


And now that we are in single digits it means I can check the 10 day forecast obsessively...let's hope they are predicting wrong...otherwise I don't think my bridesmaids will ever talk to me again ;)


This little peanut melts.my.heart!! On Sunday we grabbed donuts and went out to my parents for "Doonut Day" The minute I walked in the door she said "Heaver, you got my doonuts? I wanna eat them!" and she then she proceeded to follow me to the kitchen and damn near climbed up my body trying to get to them. This girl loves her donuts...we must be related ;)


Pretty sure we have had this for dinner no less than 5 times in the last month. Not only is it the most delicious meal ever...it is the easiest to prepare and clean up...which is why I don't argue when AJ asks to put it on the menu every week ;)

You can find the recipe for the crock pot chicken here

Trust me...it really is the best crock pot BBQ chicken you will ever have! Add lettuce and your choice of toppings (we use corn, black beans, tortilla strips, and ranch dressing) and viola an easy and delicious meal even I can't screw up ;) 

Alright, now I am off to do some packing...did I mention that we are doing our final walk-through next week?? And that we close next Friday?? In 8 short days we will officially be homeowners!!!! Now all I have to do is get as much packed up before the wedding/honeymoon so we can hit the ground running when we get home! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Marathon Monday- A change in plans...literally

Wait...it's not Monday?


Please forgive me for yet another late edition of Marathon Monday...I have been riding the struggle bus all around town this week and I can't seem to get off of it...it's been a rough week of running to say the least.

Monday 

I took an additional rest day from running but decided to hit up the gym for some Group Power (Body Pump) and this is where all the problems began...or at least that is what I am choosing to blame it on.


You see...it's been a long time since I have been to Group Power...and let's just say this particular class was not the best one to get back into the swing of things. I was sore...no joke...until yesterday!!! This made an already difficult week of running absolute torture!

Tuesday- 5 miles + sprints

Not a great run...but not terrible either. My legs hadn't quite hit their peak of soreness and it was an early morning run so I suppose it's possible that I wasn't fully awake yet ;)

Wednesday- Spin Class

I am happy to report that I made it to spin class in time to get a good bike this week and I stayed for the whole thing (SUCCESS!!) however...I may or may not have gone a little easier on the tension than I usually do. My legs were screaming at me to stop the whole time! I honestly was hoping that spin would loosen up my muscles and cure me of my crippling pain...wrong

Thursday- 6 miles (Tempo Run)

I knew the minute I woke up Thursday morning that I was in trouble. I could barely open my eyes...my body felt like it weighed 600lbs...and my mind was saying "NO NO NO NO!" while my body was politely telling me that there was no way in hell it was going to run 6 miles.

Well...I have had rough mornings where I didn't want to run and all it took was getting out the door and getting the first mile under my belt so I convinced myself that that was the case and I laced up and headed out. 

After the first mile I knew I was in trouble...this run was to be 1 mile warm up with 4 tempo miles and 1 mile cool down. I tried...I really did...but there was no way I could keep up an 8:00-8:20 pace for 4 miles...seriously...I had to stop and walk a handful of times...so when it came time to turn right and cut my run short...or go straight and push through the 6 miles...I turned right ;) 

I told myself last week that I was going to find some balance and cut myself some slack...and slack was definitely cut on this run! I barely survived my 4 miles...came home and laid on the floor in misery for almost an hour.


Friday- Glorious, Glorious rest day!! 

Saturday- 5 miles (easy paced)

This run said easy paced...not "easy"' and easy it was not. I'm pretty sure during this run I questioned my decision making skills. Why am I running a marathon again? Who said a fall marathon was a good idea? Why didn't anyone talk me out of running a marathon while planning a wedding and buying a house? Why am I even running? HELP!

Sunday- 11 miles 

To say I had been dreading "Long Run Sunday" all week is an understatement. The temperatures had been climbing and "heat advisories" were popping up left and right...

I knew I would need to get up extra early to beat the heat so I set my alarm for 6 AM and I thought that I would be fine....WRONG! My first mistake was piddling around and not getting out the door until 6:30...I thought if I avoided running it would just go away ;) 

By 7:30 it was HOT HOT HOT and my body was DONE DONE DONE!! At mile 7 I seriously contemplated calling AJ and having him come and pick me up! 

Instead I bargained with myself and said if I made it 2 more miles I could stop and be done for the day. No...it wasn't the 11 miles my plan called for...but it was better than nothing, and in this heat 9 miles felt like 90! 

I did end up making it home alive...but then again I spent about an hour lying on the floor hating myself ;)


After this week of running I knew I needed to make a change, so this morning while on my run I made an executive decision...it's time to make a change in training plans.

It may or may not be the issue here...but I think I bit off more than I can chew right now. Yes...a sub 3:45 marathon would be awesome...but so would a sub 4 (which was my goal last fall) and while I don't like abandoning slightly editing my goals I think this time around it is absolutely necessary. 


Just a few moments ago I abandoned my sub 3:45 training plan and signed up for the sub 4 hour marathon plan instead. It is the same plan I followed last fall and I am hoping that the slight decrease in mileage helps to get me out of this running funk! 

Like I said I would love to run a sub 3:45 marathon in Chicago...but with everything else going on, I just don't think it's in the cards for me this year. 

My goal for this next week is to find my love and passion for running again. I want to enjoy it...I want to finish a training run feeling exhilarated and proud...and stop lying on the living room floor for hours post run. In addition to changing my training plan I am going to cut down my time at the gym as well. I am still going to try and get to at least 2 Pilates classes...but other than that I think I will take it easy. Also, I need to point out that I moved my long run to Friday to accommodate a friends birthday celebration and to adjust for next week...wedding week :O

Week 4 Training 

Monday- Rest
Tuesday- 5 miles + 30 second sprints
Wednesday- Rest/Pilates
Thursday- 4 miles
Friday- 12 miles
Saturday- Rest/Pilates?
Sunday- 6 miles (4 tempo)

Fingers crossed that this week is better...I mean it really can't be any worse...right? ;)


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Marathon Monday: Finding a Balance

Clearly, it's not Monday...I sort of dropped the ball. However, I have decided that I can't and won't beat myself up about it.

If you haven't already picked up on it yet...I'm a perfectionist. I am pretty much an all or nothing kinda girl...which means when I commit to something I pretty much kill myself to make sure it happens.

Well...life is kind of crazy right now and running has had to not necessarily a back seat...but it had to be removed from the driver's seat so other more important (gasp!) things can get done. With buying a house, getting married, going on vacation, moving into our new house, and getting ready for a new school year it's safe to say I have a lot on my plate...and you know what...it's okay.

I've been weirdly calm through all of this...it's like I don't even know who I am anymore. Where did type A control all the things person go? Minus one little break-down over my wedding hair and make-up and crying to my mom and saying "what if I don't look pretty" I have managed to keep very calm. 

I think part of it is the fact that I have so much going on that I can't really put all of my focus on one thing and obsess over it and worry about it being perfect. I kind of have to pick and choose what's important and be okay with letting things be.

Honestly though, I have no doubt that the wedding will be perfect...my mom has been an incredible wedding planner and well...I get to marry the best guy I know...so really how could it not be perfect? ;) 

The house...well...there have been a lot of phone calls, papers to sign, packing, etc but in the long run I can't be stressed about it because we are moving into our new home in less than a month. I have lived in an apartment since I moved out of my parents house (minus the rickety old house we rented in college) and owning my own home has always been a dream of mine...and well not to be cheesy again...but owning a home with my husband is pretty much the coolest thing ever...so like I said...I can't really be stressed.

Running...well, I have stuck to my training plan as best as I can. I have moved a few days around here and there to make it work for our chaotic schedule and I have definitely cut myself some slack. I don't have to be 100% perfect...if I take an extra rest day here and there...so be it. If I indulge in a few too many beers the night before a 10 miler...well then it's really going to suck...but instead of obsessing over hitting all my splits just perfectly and following my training plan exactly I am just making sure I get my miles in and do the best I can. 

That isn't to say I have been slacking...because that is far from the truth. However, unlike the last 3 training cycles I have let myself relax a little. Like I mentioned earlier...I may or may not have had 6 too many beers the night before my 10 miler this week...and let's just say...while it wasn't pleasant during my run...I sure as heck enjoyed my Summer Shandys the night before ;) 

While I have been more relaxed for the first 2 weeks of marathon training I am going to work hard to make these next 3 weeks before the wedding and honeymoon as clean and healthy as possible. I figure if I am going to spend a week in Mexico at an all inclusive resort I should probably treat my body to a few weeks of good treatment before eating and drinking everything in sight :) 

Okay...so I know that I have made it sound like I have totally dropped the ball on marathon training thus far and I am being a huge slacker...but honestly, last week was a pretty great week running wise. I did take an extra rest day due to shin pain...but other than that I was spot on with my workouts.

Marathon Training- Week 2

Monday- 5 miles (with sprints) and Pilates

I headed to the gym for 5 miles on the treadmill and ended ended with 4-20 second sprints(7 min mile pace). After my run I headed to Pilates class...which I love...don't get me wrong...but I literally stared at the clock the whole time and had to fight back the urge to leave early. Pilates after 6 miles is exhausting :) 

Tuesday- Yasso 800s

I am slowly working my way up to running a complete Yasso 800 workout (which is 10x800M) and my plan was to add 2-800M intervals every other week...well I may have gotten a little confused because I thought I did 6x800M two weeks ago...when I actually did 4. So this week I ran 8x800M and was pretty impressed with myself for doubling my 800s in 2 short weeks...HOWEVER...I had to add in an extra rest day on Thursday because I might have pushed myself a little too hard. Too much too soon? Yep...guilty!! Even with the extra rest day I can't be upset because my 800M times were looking pretty darn good :)

Wednesday- Spin class...but more like a rest day ;) 

The plan called for 6 recovery miles...but since I added Yasso 800s to this week's training and my shins were on fire I decided I would skip my run and go to spin class instead...even though I still don't really love spin I know cross-training is important.

Well...my plan backfired just a bit. I woke up early (like usual) and decided to go to the 5:30AM class so I could get my workout done early. Well, apparently for the morning classes you have to be at the gym extra early to get one of the good bikes, because I got there about 5 minutes before class started and the only bike that was left was the bike I have never seen anyone use. About 20 minutes into class the pedals on the bike were hurting my feet and the bike just felt all wrong. So I hopped off the bike and headed out to the gym to get in some upper body strength work...well in the process of tightening my pony tail my hair tie snapped and at that point I was done...my shins were hurting from my run yesterday, I looked like I had a sweaty mullet, and I was still a little ticked about the crappy bike in spin class so I just called it a day and headed home...



Thursday- Rest Day

Friday- 4 miles + pilates

I ran a quick 4 miles around the block and then headed to the gym for my favorite class :) Have I told you lately how much I love Pilates? ;)

Saturday- 10 miles

Yep...this run was not fun. Friday night we headed out to my sister-in-laws dad's farm for some food, fun, and fireworks and I may or may not have had a few beers. I usually don't drink at all during my training cycles but it's summer dang-it and I have a lot going on so I decided I deserved a few beers and I would happily suffer the consequences the next day....well...I did so don't you worry ;) 

Sunday- Rest Day

Week 3 (which is already almost half over...oops!)

Monday- Body Pump
Tuesday- 5 miles + Sprints
Wednesday- Spin Class
Thursday- 6 miles (4 at tempo)
Friday- Rest
Saturday- 5 easy paced miles
Sunday- 11 miles
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

2015...Part Two!

And just like that it's July...

6 months ago when AJ and I decided on a date and venue for our wedding; July seemed forever away. It seemed as if summer would never get here and that I had all the time in the world to get wedding type things squared away...and then I blinked...and now it's here!

Part of me feels like I should be a little more stressed about all the things going on this month...but seriously, how can I be stressed when all the craziness that is happening is good stuff? 

I get to marry my favorite person, spend a week in Mexico, and then come home and move into our first home...Sounds like I have it made doesn't it? :) 

Now don't get me wrong...there are things on my to do list for this month that seem pretty daunting...i.e. packing and moving; but I suppose knowing that this will be our last move for awhile and the fact that we are moving into our first home as husband and wife makes it a little more bearable :) 

Now that it's July 1st and we are halfway through 2015 I thought it would be good to revisit my goals and resolutions and let you all know that I have failed miserably...

I haven't written in my journal in at least a month...I just can't seem to make myself do it. I think about it often and I tell myself daily that I can just start from today and it will be fine...but do I? Nope...

Today is the day I do though...today is my fresh start, my chance to get back into the habit of writing every day. I have good intentions...we will see if they last ;) I am going to try and keep the journal on my nightstand (instead of in the extra bedroom) so that it will remind me each night to write something...we shall see if that helps! 

I have managed to keep up with reading 2 books each month...barely. In May I finished my 2nd book on June 2nd (oops) and this month I finished my first book June 27th and the 2nd book on June 30th...talk about procrastination! I just haven't had much time (or energy) to read at night. I am hoping now that summer vacation has officially begun (summer school is over FOREVA!! -Or at least until next summer) I will have more time to read...and if not I am sure to get lots of reading done on our flight to Mexico and hopefully on the beach! 

Marathon training has also been added to my summer craziness and I am only in week 2 right now...and so far so good...but my mileage is still pretty low....I am hoping that I can stick to my training plan as much as possible in the next few weeks...13 miles on our wedding day? No problem ;) 

July's Intentions


Each month I set intentions for myself...mini goals if you will and I think for July...my only intention (besides journaling and reading) will be getting through this wild and crazy time without any emotional break-downs. I really want to make sure I work to keep things in perspective and remember that while things are going to get hectic, I am going to get stressed, and there will be moments where I want to lose it...I am so incredibly lucky to be living this crazy, hectic life right now! I want to enjoy the next few weeks and avoid sweating the small stuff...because in the end everything will all work out :)