Archive for October 2014

Halloween + Some Favorites

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Happy Halloween! I love that cheesy little tongue out kinda smile! We’re looking forward to our traditional chicken noodle soup with mashed potatoes for dinner tonight before trick-or-treating . We’re trying a new recipe this year though. It’s from Iowa Girl Eats and looks amazing, not to mention healthy!

[one] Instagram

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First a quick stop by some of my Instagram favorites of the week. [one] Costume day at dance class. Meow! [two] A look back to 2006 with my #tbt photo of the week. My husband and I shortly after we started dating. Captain Duct Tape with Duct Tape Girl by his side. [three] My exercise this week has been limited to spinning and strength workouts. [four] One of my #TeamSparkle instagram photos and one of my favorite quotes. [five] I shared my secret for achieving two big PRs recently. Did you miss it? Find it ——> here.

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[two] Interesting Reads

National 50-Mile Champ was Recreational Runner 4 Years Ago from Runner’s World

How Crossfit Has Helped Me from Bre over at Bump and Run

5 Amazing Reasons to Run a Race from Jessica at the Fit Switch

What 17 Marathons Have Taught Me from Erin at See Mom Run Far

Why Is ‘Great’ Never Good Enough? from Jesica at rUnladylike

[three] Life Lately

Life lately has meant a whole lot of late nights staying up to watch the Royals in the postseason. It’s been an exciting few weeks for this Kansas girl (even though I am a Cubbie fan at heart) while the Royals have been battling for the championship. Our boys in blue lost the World Series in game 7 but they gave it their all and had a fantastic season. I’m just excited to get back to a regular sleeping schedule for everyone in our house, including myself!

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This is how we do baseball: snuggling on the couch!

[four] Favorite Quotes

Yes, you’ve already seen this if you read my recent post on mental toughness, but it is worth repeating. Always believe in yourself.

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[five] Weekend Plans

My 5-year-old starts basketball this weekend. I’m sure it will be very entertaining to watch all the kids attempt to dribble the ball and run down the court. I can’t wait to see how he likes it! Other than that we have an easy weekend scheduled. I’m ready to get caught up on some things around the house and spend some quality family time together.

 

Do you have a traditional meal on Halloween? What are your weekend plans? Let me live vicariously through you and tell me your running/racing plans this weekend.

 

 

 

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The Secret to Running a PR Race

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Recently I’ve ran a few PRs (Personal Records) and I’ve had a lot of people ask how I did it. I took 40+ minutes off of my marathon time a couple of weeks ago. My first marathon time was 5:04:52 in 2011 and on October 12th of this year I ran it in 4:22:54. But even more noticeable, I shaved 5+ minutes off of my half marathon time about 6 weeks ago. I finished 13.1 miles in 1:57:02 and finally met my sub 2 hour goal that I had been chasing. Just a month earlier I had set my half PR at 2:02:37. My very first half marathon was in 2007 and I ran it in 2:17:55.

 

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Feeling strong at the end of my recent half marathon PR.

 

So what has changed with my running?

A few things.

  • I kept running a steady amount in between races. I had a good running base going into my races.
  • I picked a plan that I was comfortable for me but challenging at the same time.
  • My plan included speed work. You have to run faster to run faster.
  • My plan included a lot of miles. I added the mileage in gradually and worked from the base I had already built.
  • I worked on the mental side of running.

By far the most important –and new to me– skill listed above is working on the mental side of running. I’ve ran races in the past where I am questioning why I signed up for the race the entire time I am running. I would run and make deals with myself that I would never have to sign up for another race again. I would notice my pace slipping and make excuses and negative talk would take over in my head.

Racing didn’t seem to be something that I enjoyed because of how I was thinking during the race. I enjoyed the idea of racing but when the toughness of the race set in my mind was not in the game at all.

At some point this summer I purchased the book “Mind Gym” by Gary Mack with David Casstevens. (affiliate link) This book was my first look into mental preparation for running and I firmly believe that it helped me improve my running enough to make some key PRs in recent races.

 

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Our Royals made it to the World Series!

 

The author has worked with a lot of baseball players over the years and so the baseball references throughout the book didn’t hurt anything for this baseball fan. But even if you aren’t a baseball fan I think that this book can help a runner drastically. I can tell you the gist of the book but there’s just something about reading it for yourself and even rereading it that will be beneficial. I should also say that I purchased the book on my own and have no tie to the authors. I just wanted to share my secret!

Basically the idea behind the book is to believe in yourself and visualize yourself in every aspect of your race or even a tough workout. Visualize difficulty, visualize feeling good, visualize the finish line. Spend time visualizing little details and even details you can’t control, such as different types of weather because it can all affect your race. Visualize yourself running, glancing down at your wrist to see the pace you want to hit on your watch.

Before both of my races I spent a good amount of time thinking about my race beforehand. Visualizing the pace that I wanted to hit. Usually I would spend a few minutes before bed or maybe during nap time while the kids were sleeping in the afternoon. Before the Chicago Marathon I was driving to Chicago and literally spent hours thinking of the turns on the map, the pace I wanted to run, the crowds of people and smiling while running.

I would do the same before long runs or a hard speed workout as well. I would also practice during a long run, especially if I was hitting the pace that I wanted. I would imagine that I was racing in Chicago and hitting my pace as well.

It’s hard to explain how confident this made me before race day. I had was not nervous before either race in the slightest. I felt excited and ready to race on both race day mornings.

So that’s it, that’s my secret. The mental side of running is the key to improving running and earning a PR!

 

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Read my race recaps from my recent PRs: Johnston’s Half Marathon Race Recap & Chicago Marathon Race Recap

 

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Dealing with a Running Injury

Just writing this post make it real for me but here I am writing about something I’ve never had to worry about before.

I’m officially injured with plantar fasciitis. (PF)

PF is something that I’ve always heard about from other runners and to be honest it always sounded awful. I’ve breezed through life with only minor injuries (chafing, back pain in high school cross country, and my knees hurt a few years ago when I tried a walk/run method with friends) but nothing significant.

During the marathon two weeks ago I had a callous on the inside of my right foot below my big toe, you can see the remains of it in the lovely runners feet photos below. It ended up bothering me while I was racing. I deliberately didn’t do anything about it ahead of time because I didn’t want it to become infected before the marathon. And it didn’t bother me anyway, at least before the marathon it didn’t bother me.

I could tell while I was running that I was adjusting my stride and foot strike so that the callous would hurt less. After 26.2+ miles of doing this it just became too much for my poor little foot. My heel and the outside of my foot stretching to my toes throbbed after the run and really my whole right side felt off. I was limping but it slowly started to feel better after several days.

I tried my first run after the marathon with 4 days of rest. I only got about 3/4 of a mile before my heel started hurting. At this point I didn’t even consider PF but just decided I must have bruised my heel and that I would try running every other day. This seemed to work because my next run was pain free (yay!) but then my next one after that was painful again. After that run I knew that something was seriously wrong and started to suspect PF.

I posted about being injured on Instagram, which automatically forwards to Twitter, which is where a physical therapist found me. Lissa is from South Africa and took a lot of time with me to answer my questions, look at pictures of my feet and give me treatment options. All for free. I’m still amazed by how much she helped me.

 

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She recommended rest, daily stretches, rolling my foot on a frozen water bottle and then rolling it on a tennis ball several times a day. The ice bottle feels amazing. She also recommended wrapping my foot and possibly buying an insert for my shoe and a splint to wear at night. It’s all very time consuming but I want this to heal quickly so I can get back out there to run like I want.

I also stopped by a local running store to look for inserts for my shoe and ended up talking with an employee that is also a runner, of course. She had some great advice and actually recommended that I stay a little active. Go on a 10 minute walk or run a little bit at a time. She also recommended that I start with the Feetures Plantar Fasciitus Sleeve. She has had PF before and it was good to hear advice from someone that has dealt with it.

 

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I bought the sleeve and it has already helped so much. My foot feels stronger with the sleeve on and, fingers crossed, I’m hoping that the sleeve, along with rest and stretching, will help me get back to running soon.

So that’s where I’m at right now. I’m still deciding if I need to see a doctor about my foot or if doing the stretches and therapy that Lissa recommended will be enough for me.


weeklytraininglog

 

Weekly Workouts

Monday: Rest

Tuesday:  3.01 miles (9:49 pace)

Pain free until about mile 2 today. I really thought I was all better but then knew something was really wrong when the pain started up again.

Wednesday:  Cycling: 6 miles with Little A & Little E in the trailer (~ 60 lbs)

Thursday:   20 minutes Spin Bike + 10 Minutes Core Work

Friday:   20 minutes Spin Bike + 20 minutes Strength

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Rest

 

Run This Year | A Mother's PaceOne of my main goals for 2014 is to Run This Year in kilometers. That’s 2,014 kilometers or 1,251.44 miles.

Weekly Running Miles: 3.01 (9:49 pace)

October Running Miles: 67.26

2014 Running Miles: 1,164.04

2014 Running Kilometers: 1,873

 

 

Have you struggled with PF? How did you heal it?

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