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Coming To Terms

26 Sep

I can’t even say that my absence has been well spent.  Well spent on working, yes.  But working isn’t what I write a blog about.  I would even venture to say that I’ve been avoiding you.  And avoiding this:  I will not be running The Great Race on Saturday.

I just can’t.  And not like I just can’t because I don’t believe in myself.  I can’t in that I haven’t put my shiny new running shoes on for over a month.  I can’t in that I’m not one of those people who can unintentionally step away from running and then just pick up right where I left off.  I’m also not the kind of person who can admit defeat.  But, here I am.  Coming to terms with the fact that my 2013 race season has ended and it was the year of the 5K.

The year of the 5K wasn’t a bad year.  It was actually my best year ever.  2013 is the year I started running.  Training for and running two 5Ks is nothing at all to be ashamed of.  In the Ole 5K, I surpassed my estimated pace goals by 2 minutes and shocked myself completely.  I learned that I am capable of so much more than I ever imagined.


In the John Thompson 5K, I placed third in my age group (I still can’t believe that), despite the fact that I had no idea how much more difficult a trail race is from a street race.


I really feel like I ruled in 2013.   And oh, yeah:  I also whelped a litter of puppies, flipped a friggin’ house, helped run a professional association, not to mention opened a new facility and picked up a ton more work at Changin’ Time.

2013 has been a year of huge personal and professional accomplishments.  2013 has also been a year of coming to terms with the fact that I can’t do it all.  And I have to be okay with that.  I have to take pride in what I have been able to accomplish and use my experience to develop realistic goals of the future.

Sum Up Sunday

19 May

This week was pathetic.

No, really.

But, then it was kind of awesome.

After taking 6 days 12 days off of my training plan to birth some puppies and complain about sleep deprivation, I was more than a little worried.  See, I have had this habit in the past of attempting to build some kind of running base and then losing motivation for a few months.  I’ve basically had to start from scratch more times than I care to count or share with y’all.  So, on Wednesday, it was clear that I had to hit the pavement to make sure I wasn’t going to die during my 5K on Saturday see what I was made of.  Turns out, I’m made of pure grit baby!

I knew I couldn’t mess around with a little 2 mile teaser, I had to really push myself.  Especially since I was terrified that the Transit would come around the corner blasting more tough love and inspiration.  I couldn’t stand the thought of being caught taking a walking break while the inspo-wagon was on duty.  That’s like a Biggest Loser casting video waiting to happen.  So I switched up my route and busted out 2.5 miles at a pretty decent pace (12:01 mile) considering my lapse in exercise.

Then, on Thursday morning I pumped it up even more to 2.92 miles at a 12:07 pace.  I knew I was going to be running a farther distance, so I intentionally ran a bit more conservatively.  And guess what?  I was only about a minute off of my 5K PR and only .28 miles off.

FINALLY. FINALLY, I have built up enough of a base that I am able to basically pick up where I left off.  FINALLY.  Not that I plan on taking 6-12 days away again.  But it feels so damn good to know I’m making progress.

I know that’s right, y’all!


Source: Tumblr

On Friday, I gave myself the day off to recover and rest before race day.

Saturday was race day!  I’m not going to say much except for that you can read the full recap on Monday.

So here we are, another weekly summary.  I’m now officially turning the corner and adventuring out of the safety of 5K-land and into to the minor leagues!  (I’m making this up as I go, but I’m pretty sure we can consider 10Ks minor league and half marathons major league, right?)

Race Day Eve: Checking In

12 Apr


The 5K is tomorrow morning!!!

I don’t know why I’m so nervous, it’s not like I’m trying to win a medal. If this makes sense to anyone not living inside my brain: I have trained for nine straight weeks. NINE. And even after nine weeks, I’m still doubting myself. Not doubting that I can finish, because, lets be honest. If I one of my legs pulls a Kevin Ware and snaps, I will Walking Dead-style pull my bloody carcass across that finish line.

I just tried to find a GIF online of a crawling zombie and completely freaked myself out, to the point of closing the door to my office.  Instead, look at this adorable priest:

Father Scott Seethaler, who uses the Ole 5K to raise funds for the medical clinic he founded in Oaxaca, Mexico & named after his mother. (photo from Northern Connection magazine)

But, I did set a goal for myself to run the entire way and try not to take any walking breaks. Easier said than done, but I am going to be strong and I am going to be tough and I am going to push myself, dammit. Hal Higdon’s 5K Novice plan has me resting today and yesterday, which is nerve racking, especially since the last two weeks have been so inconsistent. I just keep randomly stretching and trying to mentally prepare myself.

This week, I’ve cut back on caffeine and processed foods and increased my intake of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. I’m embarrassed that this only became a priority the week of the race, but I can’t change that now! Better late than never. 🙂

Today, on race day eve, I am trying to fuel my body as well as possible. I ate a hearty breakfast of cheesy eggs, bacon, and almond milk. As my mid-day meal/snack, I packed a banana, 2 cups of halved strawberries, a bag of popped kennel corn, and celery with Alouette creamed cheese. I’ve been drinking tons of water. For dinner, I am keeping it simple with broiled steaks and a veg. I don’t want to eat anything different that’s going to make my stomach feel all wonky. Based on plans we made for tonight, I am allowing myself a late night bite. By no means do I plan on carb loading. Let’s get real: its a 5K (not a marathon) and with my nerves running so high, that’s just giving myself a permission to binge.

Every one has been so positive and encouraging, I really could not be more thankful for all the wonderful people I have in my life – especially ♥Christina.

The race doesn’t start until 10AM. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing, but its one of several things I will talk about in my first ever race recap.

Oh my gosh, I am going to write my first race recap!!!!!  Anyway, wish me luck 🙂


9 Apr

Everything is in transition right now it seems.  No complaints here, I can’t stand when things are stagnant.

The weather has finally turned towards spring, enough that I can run outside and enjoy being indoors with the windows open.  Man, I swear there is no better sleep than being warm under the blankets with a cool breeze and city sounds coming through my window.  We sat on the porch for hours the other day and it was heavenly!  This is what I felt like after 1-2 beers:


I’ve been doing a lot of hanging out at the laundromat lately too:


Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs ain’t gonna watch itself people!

My 5K is this Saturdayyyyyy!!!!!  I felt so prepared the week before Easter and now…not so much.  I missed about 4 days of training due to my own laziness and I sure am kicking myself for that now.  They say that with running, you will only ever get out of it what you put in.  Lesson.  Learned.  I’m going to stay positive and committed to running my own race.  The only failure is not finishing.

I have noticed a lack of energy in myself lately, and I know its my eating habits.  Food is fuel and I’ve been running on empty calories.  When I hit the grocery store, I committed to eating as clean as we possibly can.  She♥ is having a harder time giving up a lot of our carb-loaded staples (chips, crackers, bagels, etc.), but we are getting there!

I’m thinking of certain things as “transition foods.”  You know, better than we were eating, but not quite there yet.  Like this:


What other changes have we been a part of this week, you ask?  Well, one of Liberty & Chief’s first puppies drove by the house and luckily spotted us outside!  It was AWESOME to see how big Luca got.  He is bigger than Chief and definitely takes after his grand-daddy (Chief is 88 lbs., but his dad was closer to 100).


The top left photo was a picture of Luca during his last week with us, and the top right is one that his parents sent us a few months later.  Now, he is a man!!!  He’s doing so well and his family adores him.  He’s smart and was easily trained, but still has a lot of energy.  I don’t even think he’s done growing yet and he’s weighing in at a solid 90 lbs.!  Seeing him made my heart very happy!!

Final 15: Checking In

28 Mar

Yep, that’s right.  It’s 15 days out from my first 5K.


Training has still been completely on the treadmill due to the weather.  I’ve read that treadmill training is not the best idea, but I have no regrets.  This is what works for me right now and its kept me on track.  I’m not yet a “runner of steel” – how many Pittsburgh runners refer to themselves.  These frigid temps would have definitely been an obstacle for me, one which I feel I overcame by using the treadmill.  The late Pennsylvania spring promises to be right around the corner and I’m looking forward to spending many of my last training runs outside.


When race day does arrive, I know that I will have some pacing issues.  I’m okay with that.  I will just continue to remind myself to slow down and focus on finishing, not trying to keep up with the other runners.  I’ve intentionally slowed down my pace on the treadmill and repeat to myself a little mantra: long & strong.  That’s how I need to run my race.  Focus on the longer distance, not the speed.  Run strong, finish strong.


I’m so completely nervous and excited and anxious, but I’m starting to feel ready.  This week I bumped my distance up to 2.75 miles and you know what?  It’s not that bad.  I know that as long as I focus on my goal of long & strong, I can and will finish.  This whole experience has been such a confidence boost for me.  I feel like such a boss every time I input my run into daily mile and so accomplished as the distances keep getting longer and longer.


One thing I know I need to work on is food.  I’m always confused about what I should be eating.  Am I getting enough carbs?  Am I eating too many carbs?  Am I getting enough protein?  How many calories should I be eating? It’s all very confusing and I feel like I should at least be losing some weight during this process.  I’m not though, so I wonder if I’m doing something wrong.  Losing weight is not the reason why I started running, but it sure would be a nice bonus!

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