Banksyface
September 21, 2014

Scott works A LOT of weekend but today (Sunday) he had off! HOORAY for Hikes and fall and being exhausted but happy :)

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I hope you all had as wonderful a day as I did :)

September 21, 2014

Saturday morning I happy woke up to NO alarm :) I woke up slowly and had breakfast before heading out for my run. I had 13 miles on the schedule and I wanted to run somewhere new. I had a new trail in mind but I decided I wanted to SAVE the newness of it for my 17 mile run next weekend.  I took to google and did some back country road street view searches and picked out some roads near by.  FYI- street view makes everything look flat.. HOLY CRAP this turned out to be the hilliest run of my life.. it was ROUGH.

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See those mountain like hills in the background.. I accidentally ran up them… ouch.. my bootay is feeling it now!

I bought a new vega raspberry gu and it was so gross I chucked it and busted out my salted watermelon gu which I had at 20 and 40 minutes. At 60 I ate a fig newman and then 80 and 100 I had Honey Stingers Strawberry Lemonade chews.

I incorporated some short walk breaks here and there based on the, what seemed like, constant up hill battle!

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It sure was pretty though.  I did learn to NEVER trust street view… I plan on finding some time to drive some back roads around here to scope out some flatter turf for the future!

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I finished 13 miles in 2:20:10 with an average pace of 10:46..

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next weekend.. FLAT TRAIL HERE I COME!

September 20, 2014

On Thursday morning I ran 7 miles. I struggled mainly with the enormous hills. I did run my regular 7 miler backwards so I was running more downhills then ups but there were still plenty of ups!

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It is still one of my favorite local runs, very pretty and scenic :)

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I had some kefir, water and coffee before my run and felt pretty good the whole time. I finished 7 miles in 1:12:06 with an average pace of 10:17. Certainly not my best pace but at least I felt pretty good!

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I drank my Vega Bodacious Berry Protein shake while I took the dogs on a cool down walk :)

September 19, 2014
Wednesday morning was another EARLY one. I set my alarm for 5:00am it was just mentally too hard to set it for even 4:59 But soon I may have to get up in the 4′oclock hour to get morning runs in… yikes! Although it does make this whole getting up at 6 am on rest days thing a whole lot earlier.

Once I let my dogs out and fed them I chugged coffee, quickly changed and drove the 3 miles to downtown to run with the street lights, its still just way too scary to run on my DARK forrest road!

I had my headlamp to light the way.

I was also very surprised as to how many people are out at that hour.   I ran past many couples out on walks.. at 5:00am! cute?

I ran in one direction until the street lights ran out then I turned around. Once I got 3 miles in I ran 4X100 meter strides and jogged the reamainder until I hit 4 miles.

I finished the run in 37 ish minutes with an average pace of 9:24

I quickly drove home and managed to shower, dry and straighten my hair, get dressed and leave for work in 25 minutes. Impressive!

September 18, 2014

Tuesday morning I woke up to darkness, cold and drizzle. alright, I got this.  I made some coffee as running without it would be blasphemous. I got dressed and when I stepped outside it was still dark and cold ( in the 40′s) and it was now POURING.. yay..  challenge accepted. It’s been a while since I’ve run in the rain anyway ;)

Headlamp on, I hit the road. I ran out 3 miles and then I did 4×100 meter strides on a flatter part of my route. It poured the entire time, but I felt great :)  I ran home and it was finally getting light out.

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Of course, the only time it rained all day was while I was running….

I finished 4 miles in 38:24 with an average pace of 9:35

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September 16, 2014

Sunday morning I had a great 15 mile run. I felt great, I slept great and the weather was perfection! Cool, sunny and beautiful!

I drove to a local trail along the Delaware river, there are trails north and south on the NJ and PA sides. I decided to run north on one side and south along the other after crossing a bridge. It was nice to mix it up as I usually do out and backs on these trails.

I tested out a new pre workout drink that didnt taste amazing but I think I may incorporate it in future runs.

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I felt great from the start, even having to slow myself down the first few miles. I fueled every 20 minutes as I think this is really helping me.

I got my hands on a few salted watermelon Gu’s and gave them a shot. I had half of one every 20 minutes until I had ate 2 packets then I ate a fig newman and finally I opened a package of pink lemonade honey stingers. YUM.

I had to run a section of the road for a few minutes and some reallly old dude on a motorcycle blew me a kiss, It made me laugh. I don’t know if it was my high pony tail, my beauty or my short shorts lol

I felt the distance in the last 4-5 miles but I felt great about continuing to run. I knew I would need to do some serious hip stretches when I finished.

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I rocked the 15 miles in 2:27:24 which is about 12 minutes faster then I ran 15 miles last year and it was faster then I ran 14 miles last week!

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I treated myself to a vegan chicken salad wrap afterwards :)

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September 12, 2014

You reach a new level of dedication when you’re “excited” to wake up at 5 am to run. I have arrived HA

I set my alarm for 5 am and woke up at 4:58… talk about timing. I was shockingly not even that exhaused.

I had plans to run on my road but there are no side walks and street lights and it was DARK.  Scary dark. so I changed my plans and drove 2 miles into town where there was plenty of street lights.

I chugged my coffee and I was off.

Running in the dark is totally different. I had my head lamp on and some street lights but its just a different feeling. PLUS it was in the 50′s which was AMAZING!!!! :)

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like my selfie? ;)

I ran 4 miles before 6 am. I finished in 39:45 with an average pace of 9:55

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and then I got to watch the sun rise on my 2 minute drive home :)

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Pretty awesome way to start the day.  Plus I have had awesome energy all day.. weird!

September 12, 2014

Thursday morning before work I ran 6 miles.  It was humid but not all that hot, I hope that heat wave is GONE until next year! I felt pretty good for most of the run which is nice, I think I am finally breaking through my rut! Hoooorayyyyy.

It straight up looked like fall out there!

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I didn’t use any fuel or water on this run and I didn’t really need it BUT I did force myself to have something to “eat” before my run. The thought of food sounded horrible so I drank some Kefir ( a thin yogurt) which is yummy and I did notice and improvement in my energy just from not running on an empty stomach.

I ran 6 miles in about 59 minutes with a 9:52 average pace.

I am testing out a new protein powder to help me on my quest to consume, well, more protein obviously.

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I first tried this with almond milk and It was.. horrible. Although it wasn’t my tried and true unsweetened vanilla blue diamond so that might have been part of the problem. I hated it! I tried it was ice cold water as recommended and while the first few sips were absolutely gross, it kind of started growing on me?  I am determined to give it a fair shot. I am currently trying to costume it after all or most runs :)

September 9, 2014

FINALLY

finally, it was in the 60s when I went on my run at 6:30 this morning

finally, I HAD A GOOD RUN!

After all the crappy runs lately I spoke with my brother in law who’s pretty much specializes in running marathons ;) and I asked him for some advice. He changed my plan around a bit which led me to todays run.

I incorporated some strides in my 3 mile run.

I ran 2 miles and then 4 x 100′ish meter strides and then jogged a little over a half a mile home.

It was really nice to have that break in the run to work on my speed a bit.

It was also nice that it was COOL and I got to watch the sun rise :)

Here’s to an awesome week in running and an awesome last 10 weeks of training until my SECOND MARATHON

I finished the distance today in 28:08 with an average pace of 9:22

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It was dark when i started so I rocked my head lamp

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HOT.

September 7, 2014

When every run you do for weeks is crappy and just keeps getting crappier…. its SO discouraging! I am at the end of week 7 training to run this marathon and I cant seem to get past this!  I have been working HARD on getting enough sleep, eating more protein and less junk and all I get is another run where I feel AWFUL and my pace is so much slower then I know I am capable of.   I know part of this is the insane HEAT and HUMIDITY the end of August and early september has brought to us but I think theres more that I can’t figure out. It started before this heat wave but even on he RARE cooler morning I still feel crappy. I am battling some dehydration which I am trying to squash immediately.

Anyone else going through or have gone through this!? I NEED TO GET OUT OF THIS RUT!

Yesterday morning my friend Sarah and I ran 14 horrible miles. We both took a huge hit. I felt pretty great the first 6-7 miles or so. I ran a bit slower hoping not to burn out in the heat. It didn’t work. I was DONE. I even ran off the trail at one point to a highway down the road just to find a gas station to buy water and Gatorade. ALL I could think about was cold water. My camel bak was hot and I was PARCHED.   Luckily I didn’t have to go to far out of my way to find it.

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I found Sarah and we dumped a lot of that water on our heads and chugged some Gatorade, which was a mistake because I got a stomach ache and cramp. I was just SO thirsty!

I fueled up every 20 minutes which has been working for me.

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This flavor was OK.

I had fruit punch sports beans at 20 minutes which taste like starburst jelly beans. YUM

minutes 40-60 and 80 I sucked on the gel above. Then at 100 I ate a fig newman and then my stomach refused to take in anything else. I should have forced it but with the heat I really thought I might throw up :(

By mile 10 I wanted to lay down and die. I know I can be dramatic but really. I couldn’t even imagine finishing. It was SO HOT and the humidity was like running through a steamer. The last 3 miles I had to do run walk intervals to even continue moving forward.

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R O U G H

ugh.

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That picture captures it ALL.

And don’t let this one fool you, we weren’t happy but we were happy it was OVER.

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I painstakingly finished this run in 2:36:09 with an average pace of 11:09. crap.

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WORST run YET!

I NEED this week and next weekends long run to be BETTER!!!!