Bestie🥇and🥈AG Wins! 👯♀️
Camp Pendleton Sprint showed it’s Military Grit on today’s course. Ash @ahappypace and I got a late start due to the race starting early so we started the tri after all the athletes had already exited the water 😂🤦🏼♀️which was interesting in the freezing cold pacific with the sharks 🦈😳. Good news was we didn’t get eaten and I exited the water in 10:49 (1:36/100yd)! T1 was followed with a nice day climb up the boat ramp onto the bike course which I was told was not windy and mostly flat 🙄 ended up with 675ft of gain, lots of hills and headwinds 😂 but I made it back 19.2 Miles in 59:51 - 19.2MPH! Out of T2 and back to that Boat Ramp Climb giving the “flat and fast” run course a positive gain of 100ft but I managed to pull out a 5K PR at 21:48 - 7:02 Avg Pace! Rounded out for a 1:36:44 Total Finish Time and 2nd AG behind Ash @ahappypace who totally crushed this sprint tri! #RunningWithStrength#BestieCamp#WomenForTri#RoadToIronman .
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“Embrace and love your body. It’s the most amazing thing you’ll ever own.”
It really is amazing what the human body can do. I loved being able to run throughout my whole pregnancy and being able to run a half marathon at 8 months pregnant. It definitely wasn’t easy, but running is what I love and it made me feel strong while I was pregnant with Zander.
If you had asked me 8 months ago if I would be able to run a marathon in 3:23 and qualify for Boston I don’t know what my answer would be. It was tough getting back into shape after having my second baby, but I’m so glad I worked so hard. I’m amazed and proud of what my body could do all while breastfeeding my son, taking care of two kids, working, etc.
This postpartum running journey is still tough at times, but looking at how far I’ve come definitely makes it worth it. I’m going to continue to work hard and try to get back to my pre-baby PRs.
Short shakeout run before tomorrow’s 5K in my new @iab_mfg shorts. They don’t ride up! 😍 This 5K will be my first race effort post-illness. I haven’t raced all-out since last May so the goal here is to practice pushing really hard and get back into the race mindset for my longer fall races. I’m going to go out hard and try to maintain as much as possible. Since it won’t be warm, I’m not going to hold back for fear of overdoing it. I don’t think sub 20 is realistic but I’d be happy to come within 15 seconds of my PR. Stay tuned!
A day of mixed emotions! Finished my first half marathon outside India n like all the other ones, the runners high was unmatchable!
But, it was a tough one. The weather was a killer, experienced the harsh African sun! No wonder, the runners from this continent have a different level of endurance. I almost gave up at 17 km when I was cramping, there was no water, too much heat and heavy traffic on the road! Physically I was done, but finished it only with mental strength (even sprinted the few metres). After the race, got the news that one of my fellow runners, and a very strong one, had collapsed with a heat stroke n was admitted in the hospital. Thankfully she is much better now! But we all realised the importance of hydration and how it can take down even the strongest of runners! Always run with full preparation and planning.
Well... I snuck in another mile today. It was such perfect weather for an outside run but I went to the gym and ran on the treadmill. Why?? I know.
I know... winter is totally coming and I should be taking advantage of the beautiful fall running weather. But at the gym they have giant mirrors in front of the treadmills. Not just so I can see how ugly I look running, but it's a great way to look at your form! At one point I noticed I felt fine and my knees were lined up straight. Then, about .5 miles in I felt my tendon popping back and forth over my ankle. I looked at my knees and I was crossing them a little! When I started focusing again on keeping my knees straight my ankle stopped popping for a bit. Now, I dont think that's the only reason. BUT! If you throw enough tiny rocks at a window, eventually it's going to crack or break. My foot is pretty sore now, so I'll wrap it and rest the remainder of the day.. but hopefully this is progress. It's been since April since my ankle has started having tendon issues. I'm so ready to just have a normal run without it feeling like a rubber band rolling over the joint or like it's going to just give out. For today though, I hope this is a step forward. .
I did the thing!
Made it through my first #halfmarathon after only ever running maybe one 5K in my life. Thanks to everyone who had well wishes along the way because it made the race seem much nicer than I had pictured it in my head. Now to rest and recover from all the work I put into this
6 weeks tomorrow for @nycmarathon This week was a bit tough as I realized I’ve neglected to continue with rehabbing my ankle and “hipster” strength exercises. My left ankle that Had the slight break last Thanksgiving has been pronating severely and I even run weird to begin with almost on my toes. 🤷🏽♀️ I thought I just getting new running shoes (which are totally overdue) would correct it but if you are weak it doesn’t matter! The pain was scary on Wednesday after a good workout Tues night w @dashingwhippets
I went back to a good article in @runnersworldmag and started incorporating these simple exercises to my morning and night [email protected] here- . -
I still need to do cross training at least once a week and with 6 weeks left to the starting line no one can be lazy anymore!
@kttape was additional support along with #asicskayano running sneakers Jim bought for me for Christmas 2 years ago! They have very little miles on them bc they are so cute with the 2016 NYC Marathon print all over them. I am so happy I get to run this marathon a second time this year. -
So, word to the wise, from the not so wise, don’t forget the hips, core and balance exercises even when your miles ramp up. It’s hard finding the time but it could be detrimental overall. I really hope I haven’t messed up too bad already. -
However, today’s 20 miler at a super easy pace, keeping my HR in the low 3 zone and focusing on form, I felt great and no pain. Even chased some turkeys, then pushed an elderly athlete biker up a couple of hills and had a few laughs. -
Now off to rest and recovery with hubby. Have a great weekend and hope your long run is a boost of confidence for all the other marathon training friends out there!
Running for maintenance and the simple
L O V E of it and embracing the day (vs running due to official training and following an official plan) is such a nice break from the “pressure” of trying to hit paces, monitoring heart rate, getting in a certain number of miles, etc. when “training”. Until it’s time for me to officially start training again (for Boston), I’ve been simply going out and having fun with my runs, sometimes with friends, sometimes helping some of my runners on THEIR runs, and sometimes running solo, as was the case today. Today, after a rough week, and not enough sleep last night, I truly struggled (for about an hour 🙄) with the thought of lacing up and getting out the door, vs staying in bed! I know many of you can relate! That said, as much as I know I did not “HAVE” to get out and run because I’m not #training for anything, the one thought that always gets me out is this: “THERE WILL COME A DAY YOU CAN NO LONGER DO THIS....TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY”! May we all recognize and embrace the gift of each day. I say it all the time.....every day is a gift ❣️
10 prayerful solo reflecting miles for breakfast, not looking at watch for pace or HR at all (other than when the lap split would beep and show me the pace I had just ran for that mile). I simply ran by effort, going with how I felt, ensuring I could finish strong...... and I loved every minute of it! 😊
What do you prefer....running for fun, or running for training? 🏃♀️
So far turning 2️⃣8️⃣ has been a blast! 💁🏼♀️
✔️ got my hair done by my favorite girl @bbb_s.bartz & went darker for fall 🍁🍂😍
✔️ went back to @marshalls to get the jacket that I saw yesterday
✔️ grabbed some super cute fall decor for our house 🍁🍂🏡
✔️ ran into @gquatt486 randomly so went to lunch (thanks 😘)
✔️ got the cutest fall decor for the front porch from my Mama Cindy!
✔️ now to get dressed up and find out what Jeremy & @cassiecrandall have planned for tonight’s festivities!
Yea I’d say today has been an amazing birthday! Thank you to everyone for the Facebook, IG, texts & calls! You sure know how to make a girl feel loved! 💕
Met up with Chris Davies Liz Hodgett and Shayne Austin for a pre race meal this evening, great to catch up with you guys 😍
After dinner, I ran from the restaurant to my accommodation for the evening (Acer Glen B+B) 🏃
Sorting through my race kit for the mornings race as a bus is transporting the runners to the start from the Inverness Ice Centre at 7:15AM.
Who’s running Loch Ness Marathon tomorrow?
Who’s running somewhere else tomorrow?
Are you feeling excited?
Are you feeling nervous?
This is the fourty sixth race in my fifty two week challenge, I’ll be honest I still feel a mixture of excitement and anxiety prior to a race.
Although I can’t wait to get out there tomorrow, Loch Ness Marathon has been voted one of the best marathons in the UK 😍
Remember that running is 90% mental and 10% fitness, if you believe in yourself, you may surprise yourself as to what you are capable of . You got this 🤛
I need help to figure this out.. my left calf muscle keeps cramping up/ feels like a knife stabbing me . Iirc get about a mile in to the run and it is the most excruciating pain I have ever felt. It started a few weeks ago, I have not run consistently since it happened, I ride my spin bike and stretch and today I go out and BAAAAM!!! It strikes again
I DID IT!
Not so much of a #sweatyselfie today because I didn’t get a picture after immediately finishing the race, but I still wanted to post and share my success. While I would have loved to finish under 2 hours, I am just so frickin proud of myself for making it all the way until the end! Thanks so much to @whyweightuntilmonday for encouraging me to try running the #halfmarathon because it was such a growing experience for me. Thanks also to all the students that gave me the motivation and kept me smiling to the end of the race even though I felt like crying for the last 6 miles🏃🏼♂️