Finally a Run & Girl Talk & Sushi

After five whole days off resting my knee after Saturday’s run-in with the sidewalk. Lol, get it? Run-in. Heeh. Yeeeeah, I digress…. So it was time to see how it would do. I was able to do 8 miles without any pain. I was actually more tired than I was in any pain. Maybe it was all that turkey right?

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Sorry for the blurriness.

After my run I rushed to meet a friend for some girl talk & sushi. It was soooo good! I think we could’ve talked for hours but she had to get to work. Which I am not looking forward to next Monday & getting back to the real world.

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I managed to be good to my bank account this year & stay away from the Black Friday sales.

Did you? Find any good deals?

Are you a sushi fan?

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We Ate, Now We Rest

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving!

I spent mine at my aunt’s house. Most of the day my job was keeping my mom & aunt in line helping them with the cooking.

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After my cousin carved the turkey. We did Thanksgiving Day justice! I’ll have to say my favorite food was my aunt’s homemade stuffing & my cousin’s hershey bar cake!

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We spent the great of the evening relaxing & checking out the black Friday ads. (just window shopping).

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How was your Thanksgiving?

What was your favorite food?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving you guys! I hope you have a wonderful day! I’m thankful for so many blessings in my life including all of you.

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Congratulations to those that ran a Turkey Trot this morning! You earned your turkey & pie! I can’t say that I earned it but I’m sure gonna enjoy it! I hope you do too!

If you’re shopping tonight or tomorrow,  good luck! If I do any,  it’ll be from the comfort of my pc, my pj’s, and some hot chocolate!

Sixth Time’s the Charm

Sorry about that prematurely published post before!

Anywho… it’s good to be back! It’s vacation time, almost Turkey Day. Can it get any better? Well… maybe a little better.  I’ll start from the beginning

Last week was super crazy trying to get a lot of work done before my vacation this week. So that’s why I’ve been quiet in the blog world. Since its my first week off well year it was a long time coming. I like to save a lot of vacation for the holidays which is great when the time finally comes.

So fast forward to my long run this Saturday.  18 miles was the plan.  I set off with five other awesome ladies.  We get to an area that is all too familiar to me….  picture that blurry flashback effect from tv.

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Just to clarify, I’m c.l.u.m.s.y.  Sometimes Good Luck Chuck clumsy.  August 2012 my first fall in years while I’m running happened.  I skinned my knee like you did when you were five years old. So between August and March 2013 I fell a total of five times. All but one of those happened in the same area. Broken sidewalk & me not picking up my feet high enough. All with the classic superman form. The last fall in March was the worst. After each of these falls I kept running on it. I never cut a run short. Even when I should have. My adrenalin was going so I didn’t really feel the pain until I stopped running. Except that last fall.  It was swollen & messy.  I felt the pain towards the end of the run. I took a few days off, tried running again & I was good. I ran a marathon the next weekend.

A couple months later that knee was tender & had a knot on my knee cap so I had it checked out before I started to ramp up my running again. Come to find out I have a patellar retinacular tare, basically scar tissue that can occur when you have a dislocated knee cap. Yeah… so I ran a marathon after dislocating my knee cap. That was a wake up call. Runners are pretty hardheaded.  My doctor was more concerned about the amount of times I had fallen. He did some neurological tests which were normal. Needless to day if I continued to fall my knees would get bad.

8 months later I hadn’t fallen once!  Now back to last Saturday, only 4 miles in.  I guess I got too comfortable, talking & not paying attention.  I did my classic superman move. Both knees took the force, and my hands.  I finished my 18, went straight home , iced up.

The aftermath

The aftermath

Sorry to do that to you.  Those were some swollen knees!

So I’ve taken the past three days off since it still swells when I’m on it for a while.  I dont think I’ll be running that path any more.

I’m enjoying sleeping late, baking, & relaxing. I do get some exercise guilt but it doesn’t last long. I plan to lace up Friday so we’ll see how that goes.

I made this awesome peanut butter banana bread I found on Pinterest. Some chocolate chips would’ve been great but I didn’t have any.:(

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Then I made some french toast with that banana bread for breakfast.  Oh yes I did!

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Thanksgiving prep is in full effect. Got my Honeybaked Ham Store turkey breast.  They’re sooo good.  So I’ve got some cooking to do!

Have you fallen while running?

Are you cooking for Thanksgiving?

Best Running Partner Ever

Do you ever run with people and you aren’t quite the same pace?  You’re trying to keep up or you feel like you’re being held back?

It can be hard to find someone who runs at the same pace as you.  It can be even harder to find someone who does that yet pushes you to go faster at times or has no problem going slower with you on tough days.  And even harder to find someone who has the same thirst as you to get that next PR or to get her BQ.  But when you do… it’s like magic.

Someone who understands the same craziness, borderline obsession you feel about running.  You can talk about running all day long or you can talk to them about the drama going on in your life.

She’s always there to meet you for a run or listen to you pour your heart out to her while you pound away those miles.  She’s there to go through a run in quiet and listen to your feet hit the pavement in line with hers.  She’s there to push you to run harder and to be your best.  She’s there to run a lap of an ultra marathon with you and help you keep your sanity.

I have one of those and I am so blessed to have found her.  But she’s more than a running partner, she’s an amazing friend and I don’t know what I’d do without her.  I just wanted to wish her a Happy Birthday to the best friend and running partner anyone could have.  Thank you for always being there.

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So I did it

I finally did it!  I’ve been stalking this half marathon for a couple of months now and I finally decided to sign up for it.  I had gone back and forth about it because it’s new and not many people had registered for it.  This will be my first race since April!  I haven’t gone that long without a race since before I started racing.  I have to admit it feels good to sign up for a race and have that competitive itch flare up again!  Now I feel like my runs have even more purpose and I need to push them a little harder.

I think the big part of it is, I like to train for a race.  I like to push myself every day to be better than I was the day before.  To get faster & stronger.  I love all of it!  The anxiety on race morning to the amazingly exhausted but proud feeling when you finish.  To me it’s kinda like Christmas morning… will Santa bring you a new PR and a “perfect” race?  Sounds a little weird, yes.  But that same anxious feeling I got when I was little when I couldn’t wait to see what Santa brought.  I get that before a race!

I haven’t had that urge for a few months now.  I think I got pretty burnt out after my ultra in April.  I’m hoping this race will kick start my urge to race again.

I just counted up how many weeks I have… 3.  Yikes!  Thank goodness I’ve kept a solid base huh (I tell myself as a little panic starts to set in).  Eh, well it will be good to race again.  PR or no PR.

Do you like to train for races?

What’s your next race?

Top Ten Thursday #2

Happy Thursday!  How ecstatic are you that the holidays are here?  I love this time of year.  Don’t get me wrong I miss my extra hours of sunlight for running outside and I don’t enjoy the extra time I’m forced to spend on the treadmill.  But I love the colder weather and the leaves turning AND the holidays!  Are you sick of pumpkin yet?  Nope?  Me either!  I don’t think I could get sick of it.

Here’s my top ten fav’s of the week!

1.  The count down is on!  6 work days until vacation and I have a whole week off and then it’s Turkey Day!!

2.  My Orly Fowl Play nail polish!  For some reason I tend to be on a purple streak lately.  But I’m not necessarily a “purple” girl…  I also tend to be leaning towards darker polish.  I think after a while you get tired of pinks or neutrals.

3. IHOP’s cinnastack pancakes from last weekend were absolutely delicious.  I think I could eat them every day but I’d have to up my mileage…

4.  Oatmeal with apple or strawberries & sunflower seed butter!  I swear I could eat oatmeal every day and not get sick of it!

10837624996_59caf20068_b5.  Big Bang Theory.  Sheldon always makes me laugh.  I swear I could watch reruns all day long.  I’m loving the new episodes though!!

6.  My sister.  Did I already say how proud I am of her? 🙂

7.  My Samsung S4 camera!  I found myself using the camera on my phone more than my actual camera this weekend.  The pictures always come out so good.  But what does that say about my current camera?  That may be an idea for Santa.

8.  BIC bands.  I have long hair that has a mind of it’s own.  Especially when I run.  These are the only things that will keep my hair in place.  The best thing: each month they donate some from the sale of each band to a different charity!  The sparkle ones are my favorite.  I like to be a little blinged out when I run. 🙂

9.  Christmas in the stores already!?  I was in Wal-mart last week and it hit me how much it finally feels like the holidays.  They had Christmas music playing, food and decorations every where.  I know it’s crazy they have it out so early and I feel like it takes some away from Thanksgiving.  But I do love me some Christmas.  I’m one of those crazy people who could listen to Christmas music everyday starting November 1st!

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10.  These beautiful fall leaves.  Although they’re almost all fallen off now.  I love running in the fall!

umstead2What are some of your favorite things this week? 

Anything you’re looking forward to?

Staying Motivated When It’s So COLD!

Happy Wednesday!  We’re half way there!

Do you ever struggle with staying motivated through the winter months?

When I got up this morning it was a lovely 26°!  The thought crossed my mind about who might be out running bright and early in this frigid cold.  Granted I would be out there too if I had planned to.  The weather wouldn’t have held me back.  My trail run in the snow storm last year was one of my favorites!

BUT honestly I was glad I was in my warm bed (until I had to get up and go to work).  So it occurred to me how tough it is to stay motivated, especially as I find it hard to get my butt to the gym after work now that it’s getting colder and darker earlier now.  Some days I would rather go home and chill in my pj’s!  And not everyone is a big fan of Mr. Treadmill!

I wanted to share some things I do to keep myself motivated.

  1. Run in the morning to take advantage of that daylight!  Plus then you have the entire rest of the day to do other things like those last minute Christmas errands.
  2. Sign up for a race!  This is a big thing that keeps me motivated!  When I’m in “training mode” I jump in head first!  I’ve been eying a half next month and I can already tell that’s impacting my motivation.  It’s got me doing more speed work.  And I am not a fan.
  3. If you must run on the treadmill, do things to keep yourself distracted – cover up that screen and quit looking at the time and distance, listen to music, watch tv!  I’m almost done with Season 4 of Ugly Betty!
  4. Get new running gear!  This always makes me want to get out there and use it!
  5. Try to schedule at least one day where you can run outside.  I look forward to my Saturday long runs outside.  It’s kinda refreshing getting out there.
  6. Try to find some new routes instead of sticking to the same old routine.
  7. Tell yourself, “You’ll feel better after you get it done”!  It’s always true!

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And remember keeping up with your workouts will help your waistline keep up with those holiday splurges so you won’t feel so bad when you’re eating your tenth sugar cookie of the day…

Janae at Hungry Runner Girl has some great tips for keeping warm during your run!

How do you keep motivated during the winter months?

Last Week Training Recap

Good morning! Happy Tuesday!  How’s you training going right now?

I’m doing Monica’s Pile On the Miles at RunEatRepeat and I’ve got to say I’m surprised at how motivating it is!

So here’s another week that doesn’t look like my typical training since I had other stuff going on.  I was even tempted to use the hotel gym on our road trip but that didn’t seem to happen and I didn’t want to stress myself out trying to figure out when I could fit it in.  I’m pretty happy with the progress I’ve made of not being so hard on myself and letting go of being Miss Perfectionist.

Monday – 10 mile progression run

Tuesday – 6 miles tempo run & weights

Wednesday – 10 miles easy

Thursday – 5 miles with Yasso 800’s & zumba class!

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday – rest/travel days so no long run this week.

31 miles total

Sad to say since I had no long run this week I didn’t get to break out these babies yet.  😦

Every Monday I try to plan out my workouts for the week after I look at what I have going on.  So this week it’s time to get back on track!  I don’t have much going on so no excuses!

How was your training for last week? 

Are you a perfectionist when it comes to your training?

Mother Daughter Weekend & A Proud Sister!

I can’t begin to tell you how proud of my sister I am!  These were her first actual soccer games and she did awesome!  She was a little nervous at first but seeing her and those kids out there playing their best was so inspirational.  With their disabilities they’re still able to go out there and have fun and not let those things hold them back.  I think they can teach quite a few people some important lessons.

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” 

I had to refuel between games 🙂

We had a great trip together and enjoyed loads of mother-daughter time.

Did I enjoy myself and not let eating anxiety get to me?  Um… yeah.  🙂 All though the whip cream had to go it was a bit too much but the pancakes were AH-mazing!  Did I gain 10lbs over the weekend?  Nope!  Aaaand I made it back without pulling all my hair out! LOL!  Just kidding!

How was your weekend? Anything exciting?

Have you seen anything that has inspired you to do your best lately?