Go, Go, go..

That pretty much sums up my life. I’m always on the run, whether it’s taking this kid to baseball:
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Or going to this kids Preschool Graduation:
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Or trying to keep these two “locked down” while I get a workout in:
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I should really try to tighten those straps:)

When you have 4 (little) kids and you are training for a marathon, you are running all.the.time. I guess it’s good training right?

I have been feeling extremely sore and tight. I also have not been following my rule of doing yoga once a week:/ I took Wednesday and Thursday completely off from any exercise, and it was very hard mentally to do that. I just feel like my body needed a break. Friday was a 8 mile run which I finished in a little over an hour. Saturday I did a really short run of about 3 miles, and then I came home and did some step for about 30 minutes.
This week will be really light as far as working out goes. I don’t want any soreness come Saturday!! Can’t believe the week is here, it’s the final countdown:)

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Still Running

….I’m still alive and still sweating everyday!  Here was my 9 mile run last week:

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I sweat a lot, even in 50 degree weather, and it’s hard to hide my natural curl with sweat and humidity.

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I have been very happy with the pace I’ve running, even though I have been completely tired and exhausted the last couple of weeks following the 20 miler:

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I attribute the tiredness to cutting out caffeine and sugar. (When I say sugar I mean junk, I still eat yogurt, fruits, honey, etc.) When I ran the 20 miler, I could feel that my body wasn’t getting that extra “kick” from caffeine. I’m pretty sure I’ve built up a tolerance. I don’t take in a lot of caffeine, I don’t drink coffee or tea, but I do enjoy the occasional Diet Dr. Pepper. My favorite pre-workout supplement is Zantrex-3:

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I’ve taken this for years and love it. I typically only take 1 pill, which is half a serving, and I only take it on my long runs, which is once a week. I would love to be able to cut out caffeine completely from my diet, I know it’s just not great for your body, especially women because we tend to have more bone issues. I guess I need to do more research on it. Any who…my plan for race day is 2 Zantrex-3, which is a full serving, and Gu’s during the race. I will probably take a GU every hour. I hate the taste but they seem to do the job and they are easy to get down. I might take some Gobstoppers and Gushers, in case I’m not able to get the GU’s down.

I feel like I’ve tried everything out there for energy, and I know it’s too late to try anything new this close to the race, but I’d love some feedback on what everyone else takes for energy!

give me pain…

Love love love the song “The Fighter” by Gym Class Heroes. It is the best running song. It has gotten me through some tough spots in my runs lately. I have 2 weeks left until the marathon and I’m going to need all the pumping up I can get! Here is the video:

I love the part give me scars, give me pain…no scars yet from running but definitely pain!!! I get a lot of weird looks when I tell people I’m running a marathon.  I can read that look pretty well now, and I’m pretty sure they are saying why would you want to put yourself through that kind of torture?! I really don’t have a desire to be a marathon runner. I love the half marathon race distance! I just feel like the marathon distance training is so hard on my body. I completed my first marathon just to say I did one, and now I’m running my second because I was not happy with how I performed on my first:)

Right after I finished the marathon I said out loud that I was never doing that again! HA! I was pretty confident I would run the marathon in under 4 hours, and I was close to that, but I walked a lot of the last 6 miles because my legs cramped up. I was to the 20 mile mark at 2:55. It took me 1:16 to finish the last 6.2. That pace was slower than my training runs. It was just not my day to run, but I could not leave it like that. If you are a basketball ball player you have probably heard the phrase, “never leave the court on a missed shot”.  Well I couldn’t walk away from that race and leave it like that. I have to finish one STRONG, (stupid pride). So I’m running one in two weeks.

Here are some pics from my first marathon:

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