Portland Marathon Training Week 6 & 7

I have been extremely busy lately with traveling and getting ready for school to start so haven’t had time to post! I’m hoping to put together a post from our San Francisco and Napa Vacation soon! While I’m working on that, here is an update on my training.

Week 6 — this week was a rough week for me, for some reason I never felt great on any of my runs. I think it likely had to do with lack of sleep/not paying great attention to my nutrition — I don’t think I was eating enough to fuel my body properly. Overall I wasn’t pleased with this week but I did what I could and just have to try and remain consistent with my workouts and know that eventually I’ll start feeling strong again.

Monday 6/23 – 6 miles, CrossFit Workout
Tuesday 6/24 — 6 mile Hill run, it was a rough day for me, I felt awful pretty much the entire run but was able to finish it.
Wednesday 6/25 — 8.5 miles, CrossFit workout
Thursday 6/26 — Didn’t sleep well the night before, ended up taking the day off and running on Sunday instead.
Friday 6/27 — 7 miles
Saturday 6/28 — 12.5 miles — this was a FAIL of a run for some reason I felt so exhausted and barely made it 12 miles — was planning on running 16 but it just wasn’t in the cards for me.
Sunday 6/29 – Easy 4 miles — still felt ridiculously exhausted but made it through this run.

Totals:
44 miles run
2 CrossFit Workouts

Week 7 — Vacation Week!!

My husband and I went to San Francisco and Napa for a little vacation and it was SO fun and we really had a good time. We actually only missed one run, so I call that a vacation win! This was also a down week/recovery week and with the way I’ve been feeling this week (week 8) it did its job!

Monday 6/30 — After the horrible week before and feeling pretty run down from my weekend runs, I decided to ride my bike instead of running. I rode for an hour and went to CrossFit that evening.
Tuesday 7/1 – 8 miles easy, CrossFit in the evening
Wednesday 7/2 – 6 miles total with intervals — 5 x 3 min hard, 2 min easy. Really pleased with how this workout went — was one of those mornings I really didn’t want to get up, but happy I got up and got it done. I went to CrossFit afterwards so we could catch our flight to San Francisco!
Thursday 7/3 — 50 min on the elliptical. We slept in which was glorious and didn’t have a ton of time so just decided to hit up the hotel gym in the morning instead of trying to navigate a run. No treadmills were available so I figured the elliptical was the next best thing! This day also included a few miles of walking as we walked to the San Francisco Giants game!
Friday 7/4 – 10 miles — we ran over the Golden Gate bridge. It was a gorgeous run, and so chilly! I wore arm warmers and wished I had run in long sleeves! It was sunny when we started and the sun quickly disappeared as we continued running.

Running over the Golden Gate Bridge called for a Selfie!

Running over the Golden Gate Bridge called for a Selfie!

Saturday 7/5 — WINE
Sunday 7/6 — More wine! We did walk a couple miles in the morning though by walking to and from breakfast.

Totals:
1 hour biking
50 min elliptical
24 miles running
3 CrossFit Classes

Have you ever had a rough week of training where every run was a struggle??
Do you like to train when you are on vacation?

Date Night in Dallas: HG Sply Co and Steel City Pops

First — thank you to everyone for your sweet comments on my previous blog post! It was amazing to see that kind of support for my goal of becoming an RD! I’m definitely ready to get started on it! Today is my last day at work which is crazy! I’ll miss my co-workers but I definitely know I am making the right decision in going back to school. Now, on to the blog post for the day!

My husband and I try to go on date nights every so often. It is a fun way to make sure we have good conversations, have no distractions (tv, work, phones) and just get out and enjoy each other’s company! Lately my favorite place to go for either date night or a girls dinner is HG Sply Co for dinner and walk next door to Steel City Pops for dessert!

Strip on Greenville Ave with HG Sply Co and Steel City Pops

Strip on Greenville Ave with H&G Sply Co and Steel City Pops

HG Sply Co. is a restaurant based on the paleo diet. HG stands for Hunt and Gather, it was created to have simple clean food, classic drinks, and humble hospitality — which it does! Not everything on the menu is paleo but there are plenty of paleo options and everything is pretty much fresh, local and the best part — DELICIOUS.

A list of some of the local ingredients used at HG.

A list of some of the local ingredients used at HG.


We started with the ginger garlic hummus that came with cucumber, red bell pepper, granny smith apples, jicama, cauliflower and bacon chips (yes BACON). It was fabulous — it had a unique flavor to it and tasted extremely fresh with the fruit and veggies. The bacon was definitely a delicious touch. We are also fans of getting the nachos for an appetizer but decided to go a little healthier this time around.
Delicious hummus plate -- check out the bacon!

Delicious hummus plate — check out the bacon!


We both also started with a cocktail — we decided on the Moscow Mule (my personal favorite cocktail right now). They have a ton of different cocktail options and even have some infused liquors that they can make some specialty cocktails with. For you CrossFit lovers out there they even have a couple cocktails named after CrossFit moves like the Double Under!
Cheers! I love how Moscow Mules always come in copper cups.

Cheers! I love how Moscow Mules always come in copper cups.


Besides having great cocktails and appetizers, Monday-Friday at HG Sply Co they have a sunset toast. This is where they give out a free sample of a drink and thank everyone for coming while toasting to the day. When I went for a friend’s birthday they even announced it was her birthday and toasted in her honor! It is a nice touch to a restaurant that is always full.
Cheers!

Cheers!


We both really enjoyed our dinner, I had the Tex Mex Bowl, my husband had the ribs. Both of us were really satisfied without being overly full. Every dish I’ve had has been amazing but the Tex Mex Bowl is definitely my favorite — the egg just adds an extra touch!
Tex Mex Bowl

Tex Mex Bowl


Ribs with Fries

Ribs with Fries


My tips for HG Sply are — MAKE A RESERVATION, it is impossible to get a table inside without one without a long wait. You may be able to get a table at the bar but if you know you want to eat there, make a reservation. They do have the rooftop bar that does serve a limited menu as well if you don’t have a reservation. Cilantro is on almost EVERYTHING. If you don’t like cilantro make sure to request your dish without cilantro as it isn’t listed in the descriptions for most dishes. Have dinner around 6 or 6:30 so you can enjoy the sunset toast during the week. It is a fun little touch and a free drink! After dinner we headed up to the roof to check out the scene – it is a great place to enjoy a drink and they help combat the heat with numerous fans and shaded areas.
Great view of downtown

Great view of downtown


They normally have live music playing on the rooftop

They normally have live music playing on the rooftop

Herb garden growing on the roof

Herb garden growing on the roof


Finally it is time for dessert! We walked next-door to Steel City Pops. The entire shop is popsicles! They have fruit pops and creamy pops — both are equally delicious.
Lots of choices!

Lots of choices!


Both of us went with a fruit based popsicle — I had watermelon, Jim had pineapple jalepeno.
Delicious! Sitting outside on one of the many benches they have outside the shop.

Delicious! Sitting outside on one of the many benches they have outside the shop.


I’ve now had five different flavors at Steel City Pops and they have all been delicious. It is the perfect treat on a hot summer day! I highly recommend trying out the HG Sply Co and Steel City Pop combination — it really is the perfect date!

Do you and your significant other have regular date nights?
Any date night suggestions?
What is your favorite treat on a hot summer day?

Weekend Wrap Up and Becoming a RD!

I hope everyone had a good weekend! Here is my weekend in pictures!

Coffee and Doughnuts with the Husband to start off Friday

Coffee and Doughnuts with the Husband to start off Friday

Party on the Lawn at the Blake Shelton Concert with my Mom and Sister.

Party on the Lawn at the Blake Shelton Concert with my Mom and Sister.

Run in the rain in my Oiselle Gear! Distance shorts, Flyte tank & Oiselle baseball cap!

Run in the rain in my Oiselle Gear! Distance shorts, Flyte tank & Oiselle baseball cap!

Pretty Latte on a Rainy Day

Pretty Latte on a Rainy Day

Meeting our Friends' new pup!

Meeting our Friends’ new pup!

The pup rickin' out in some beats.

The pup rickin’ out in some beats.


Now my latest news….

I recently decided to quit my job in the technology industry and to go back to school to become a Registered Dietitian! It is a huge change and will require a lot of science classes! I graduated with a degree in Business back in 2007 and haven’t been in class since! I have about a year’s worth of prerequisites to take and I couldn’t be more excited (definitely nervous) to get started on this journey. I will start by taking a few classes this summer and then will continue to take classes in the fall. If all goes according to plan, I should finish my prerequisites next summer and hopefully will start grad school in September of 2015! I also need to take the GRE.

I am so lucky I have the support and encouragement from my husband to start this journey. He understands I may not have as much free time as I do now as I will definitely need to study and concentrate on doing everything I can to get accepted into graduate school. It is also amazing having the support of so many of my friends and family to pursue this goal — I thought everyone may think I’m crazy! Instead everyone is supportive and interested in hearing how I am going to accomplish my goal, knowing I have the support of my husband, friends and family makes this process so much easier.

Why a Registered Dietitian?
I am constantly reading about fad diets and different foods and trying new recipes at home. I realized that something I spend a lot of my free time doing (and really enjoying learning about) could become my career if I wanted to take a risk and go back to school right before turning 30! I have a huge passion for food and am very interested at how changing your diet can affect your health in so many different ways besides weight loss/gain. I think it will be interesting to learn WHY certain foods are good to eat to fuel your body from an athletic standpoint and it will also be interesting to learn how to help people by creating meal plans and understanding what they go through emotionally. I have always wanted to be super passionate about my career and feel that this will be a step in the right direction.

I am a little nervous about being the “old lady” in school (especially in community college where I will be taking my prereqs), but in the long run almost 30 isn’t that old! My last day at my job is on Friday and then my husband and I are going on a little vacation and then I’ll have a few days before I start classes!

Have you ever made a major career change?
Any advice on my journey to becoming an RD?
Did you take a GRE prep course?
How was your weekend?!

Portland Marathon Training – Week 4 & 5

It has been a week since I last posted, this was not intentional but life got in the way! Below are my training recaps for both week 4 and week 5 of training. Week 4 was one of those weeks where life/not sleeping got in the way and I was forced to listen to my body and back off a little bit. Thankfully it was a down week and week 5 went really well!

Week 4

Monday 6/9  – I was planning on waking up and going to CrossFit but it just didn’t happen. This was night 2 of sleeping horribly and I opted to stay in bed for an extra couple of hours and snuggle with the pup. 

How could I resist this face?!

How could I resist this face?!


Tuesday 6/10 – Hills Hills Hills in the morning! It was actually 10 degrees (or more) cooler than the week before and it felt so nice! We were actually a little chilly when we finished (note – it was 67 degrees, Texans are crazy). PM – Cryo and CrossFit — I am now asking for alternatives to running in the WODs as I’d rather gain strength when I’m there. I’m doing enough cardio outside of CrossFit.

Wednesday 6/11 – Planned on running but my shins were bothering me when I woke up. I dealt with shin splints ALL last summer/fall and would really like to not repeat that this year. Did some light stretching.

Thursday 6/12 – Crossfit, opted to take another rest day from running to let the shins continue to heal.

Friday 6/13 — Fail. Planned on getting up to run, ended up sleeping through my alarm.

Saturday 6/14Collin Classic Bike Rally with my mom and husband! Rode just over 26 miles which was pretty far after not really riding at all the past few weeks!

Finished with the Collin Classic Bike Rally. Mom and I rode just over 26 miles, Jim rode 38.

Finished with the Collin Classic Bike Rally. Mom and I rode just over 26 miles, Jim rode 38.

Sunday 6/15 — Happy Father’s Day! This was a planned rest day, decided to take it since I knew week 5 would be high in mileage (for me).

Totals:
Running – 6 miles
Biking — 26 miles
CrossFit — 2 Classes

Fun rest day out with the in-laws celebrating Father's Day

Fun rest day out with the in-laws celebrating Father’s Day

Week 5

Monday 6/16 — 7 easy miles with Jim in the morning. Crossfit in the afternoon.

Tuesday 6/17 — 6 miles of hills — still haven’t felt strong on this route, felt better as I kept going but my calves were really tight on this run which makes it hard to push up the hills. Hoping eventually I can run this route sub 8 pace, but that just isn’t happening yet. Crossfit in the evening along with a cryo freeze.

Wednesday 6/18 — It was a struggle to get this run in but I did it. Managed to get in 6 miles though. I got a much needed sports massage that evening and my calves/shins have been feeling so much better since! My 9:15 pace felt like a sprint.

Thursday 6/19 – 8 miles at at around an 8:30 pace — hoping this run will continue to get faster — again, still adjusting to the heat.

Friday 6/20 — much needed rest day!

Saturday 6/21 — Long Run Saturday! This was my first long run of the year where it was 80 degrees and extremely humid. Tough run but managed to get all 15 miles in around a 8:30 pace. Was hoping to go to CrossFit but was way to worn out after this run to make it happen.

Sunday 6/22 — Recovery run in the rain! 4 miles total around a 9:15 average. I like to keep my recovery miles over a 9 min pace as I feel like it actually does help my legs recover and doesn’t continue to beat them up. It was a really refreshing run and an nice relief from the heat (if you consider 74 and raining not hot ha).

Completely drenched after a recovery 4 mile! So happy I had my Oiselle baseball cap on to keep the rain out of my eyes!

Completely drenched after a recovery 4 mile! So happy I had my Oiselle baseball cap on to keep the rain out of my eyes!

Totals:
Mileage — 46 miles
2 Crossfit Workouts

Next week will be another week of high (for me) mileage and I start adding in speed after this week!

If you made it to the end of this post —

Do you ever have any of “those weeks” where running just doesn’t happen?
How many rest days do you take a week?
Do you like running in the rain?!

Collin Classic 2014

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there — in particular, my dad! Love you dad!

On Saturday, my mom, husband and I participated in the Collin Classic. The Collin Classic is a bike rally held in McKinney, TX (just north of Dallas) and they have four different distances that you can participate in – 22 miles, 35 miles, 48 miles and 64 miles. Originally my mom and I were going to participate in the 35 mile ride but we both hadn’t been riding at all and since this was supposed to be “for fun,” we decided to do the 22 miles ride. The routes ended up being 4 miles longer due to road construction, so my mom and I ended up doing just over 26 miles.

What is a bike rally?
A bike rally is an open course ride. It is NOT a race. Key intersections and corners have corner marshals stationed to help you stay on course.

Bikes and bikes and more bikes

Bikes and bikes and more bikes


The Collin Classic supports the charity City House. City House’s vision of success is that every child, youth and young adult develops the skills and confidence he or she needs to succeed in life, especially while coping with difficult relationships and circumstances.

I personally love this bike rally (it is the only one I have done) because I think it is such a fun way to get in a nice bike ride without having to really worry about traffic. The only thing you need to be cautious about is the other bikers on the road! Also – my favorite part of the bike rally are the aid stations! You get to stop and have refreshments along the ride! I can definitely see how this would also be a great thing to participate in if you are training for a triathlon – it is a good way to get in a ride with some company.

They Collin Classic is a great event, it is really organized and all the volunteers were so friendly! There were about 2500 riders out there, people of all ages and ability levels! They also have a kids clinic to teach bike safety. My only complaint would be that there weren’t enough bathrooms at the start line.

Stopping and having some watermelon along the course!

Stopping and having some watermelon along the course!

All the variety of snacks available!

All the variety of snacks available!

Mom and I started wayyyy back in the pack. We started off pretty slow and slowly passed people along the route. We had a lot of fun, we just chatted and it was nice that mom held back and rode with me ;-). Jim decided he needed more of a “workout” and did the 34 mile route and ended up getting in 38 miles for the day!

Jim and I before he left us to go ride further :-) He smoked it!

Jim and I before he left us to go ride further :-) He smoked it!

Riding is definitely something I enjoy doing, I just have a hard time fitting it in with running and crossfit. I love my bike and it is definitely something I hope to do more of in the future. I am hoping I can start fitting in some bike rides on my Sundays to help me recover from my Saturday long runs.

We finished!

We finished!

Have you ever rode in a bike rally before?
What kind of snacks are your favorite?
The watermelon we had was so delicious and refreshing!

Bark in the Park & Throwback Thursday – Twin Cities Marathon 2013

Last week, one of my friends and I (along with my family) took our pups to Bark in the Park at the Texas Ranger’s Game! It was so fun to bring the dogs to a game. We got there about an hour and a half before the game and stood in a pretty long line to get our tickets. Once we got our tickets and got in the stadium, we immediately joined the line to parade the dogs around the field.

Best Friends Walking around a MLB park - They had no idea how cool this was!

Best Friends Walking around a MLB park – They had no idea how cool this was!


Once we looped the stadium, we headed to our seats to meet up with my family. What is really nice about Bark in the Park is that they give you extra seats for your dogs! With my family, we had 2 full rows to ourselves in our section! It was nice having so much space.
Cute sign in the stadium showing where the dogs were allowed.

Cute sign in the stadium showing where the dogs were allowed.


Selfie in our seats! Kara was sitting in my Dad's lap and I actually got her to look in the right direction.

Selfie in our seats! Kara was sitting in my Dad’s lap and I actually got her to look in the right direction.


It was a pretty long game that the Texas Rangers ended up winning, I think the pups had a good time at the game. They were EXHAUSTED when we left, they both fell asleep as soon as we got back to the car.
Pup watching the game.

Pup watching the game.


My Kara - love this pup so much!

My Kara – love this pup so much!


Now that I have caught you up on what I have done recently, I thought I would do a Throw Back Thursday Race Report! This one is about the Twin Cities Marathon (LOVE!).

The Twin Cities Marathon was honestly one of my favorite marathons I have run (I have run a total of 10). I loved everything about this race — the course, the expo, the size, the weather, the group I went with, the location — EVERYTHING.

The marathon is on a Sunday, we flew out from Dallas on Friday and got into Minneapolis on Friday Night. We slept in on Saturday morning, got some coffee (duh) and headed to the expo. The expo wasn’t huge, wasn’t small and was pretty easy to get through. We went and got our bibs and then did a little shopping! I ended up purchasing 2 Brooks jackets with the Twin Cities Marathon logo on them. The rest of the day we took it really easy — we got some lunch at Whole Foods and then went and saw a movie. We then went back to the hotel for a bit before heading to go eat some Italian Food for dinner. My favorite part of this day would be when my husband realized how far he was running the next day. This definitely was not his first marathon but it was hilarious how all of a sudden it hit him that we were running 26.2 miles tomorrow. My mom was supposed to be running this race too but was injured but still came along to cheer us along the course! We had another friend also injured and one of our friend’s girlfriends cheering as well. I cannot tell you how much better it makes the race knowing that you will see friends along the way!

Picking up my bib at the expo! Love the coffee wall!

Picking up my bib at the expo! Love the coffee wall!


Race day morning we woke up and walked over to the Vikings Stadium (where the starting line was). We LOVED getting to wait inside (pretty chilly outside) and getting to use real bathrooms before the race! It was so seamless about 20 minutes before the start, we checked our bags and then walked over to the start line.
My first race in my Oiselle Team jersey!

My first race in my Oiselle Team jersey!


Once the race started, we ran through downtown before getting to the scenic lakes we ran by. When the race descriptions state “prettiest course” that is not a lie, this course was gorgeous. With the leaves changing colors and the lakes and all the runners, it was just perfect. This race was also a perfect size for me — I had people to run with but I wasn’t completely surrounded by runners (the bigger races can make me feel a little claustrophobic) . My favorite part was seeing our cheering squad! It helped break up the course and gave me something to look forward to!
Waving to my mom around mile 6! And yes my shoe is untied.

Waving to my mom around mile 6! And yes my shoe is untied.


I was definitely hoping to negative split this race but it wasn’t in the cards that day. I was hoping to be in shape to run a faster marathon but with my inconsistent training due to sickness/injury it wasn’t in the cards on that day. However, this is the best I had ever fueled during a race and I didn’t slow down nearly as much as I had in the past. I am lucky I finally figured out that my stomach can handle honeystinger gels/chews and not any other brand. I finally had a race where I didn’t feel nauseous the last half!
My husband, Jim, running. He loves to get the spectators excited.

My husband, Jim, running. He loves to get the spectators excited.


I had been warned by numerous people about the hills from mile 20-22 and I have to say they weren’t nearly as bad I was expecting. I felt like I really didn’t slow down too much because of them and it was really nice that the last few miles were slightly downhill.
Running up Summit Ave - getting so close to being done!

Running up Summit Ave – getting so close to being done!


I was so happy to see the finish line and it was such a beautiful scene – so many American Flags and so many people cheering me in! I didn’t hit my “A” goal but I did finish with a Boston Qualifying time of 3:33. Not too long after I finished, my husband finished. He also loved the course and survived all 26.2 miles.
We did it!

We did it!


We then headed back to the hotel, showered, took a short nap and then had a couple drinks and went to dinner! It was a pretty low key celebration as all of us were pretty tired after running 26.2 miles (and cheering for 26.2 miles) — just ate some bar food and watched some football!
So. Cool. Matching Jackets.

So. Cool. Matching Jackets.


I HIGHLY recommend this marathon – it is one of the best ones around!! Thank you Twin Cities In Motion for such a spectacular experience!

What is your favorite race?
Have you taken your dog to Bark in the Park before?

My Favorite Green Smoothie & Links!

I am obsessed with my Blendtec. I use it daily to make a smoothie for breakfast and have also used it to make soups, salad dressings and sauces. I definitely hope to discover even more blender recipes. The Blendtec is very similar to the Vitamix. I figured I would share my favorite smoothie recipe with all of you.

4 Ounces Cocounut Water
4 Ounces Orange Juice
1 Banana
2 handfuls of greens (spinach, kale etc)
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
3/4 cup of frozen mango
Enough Ice to Keep it Cold

Load all the ingredients in the blender in the order they are listed

Load all the ingredients in the blender in the order they are listed

I typically blend all the ingredients together and then blend in the ice afterwards. This smoothie is refreshing and keeps me full until my midmorning snack. It definitely makes a pretty giant smoothie but since I am having it as a meal, I am okay with it. With summer here, a nice cold and refreshing smoothie is perfect after a run or morning workout!

All blended together, time to add some ice to keep it nice and chilly!

All blended together, time to add some ice to keep it nice and chilly!

Delicious green smoothie to start the day!

Delicious green smoothie to start the day!

1. Why She Won’t Lean In – love this — follow your dreams even if it means you won’t own an empire. Be successful on your own terms.
2. You are Significant without a Significant Other – Grownups should have good knives
3. LOVE this story about the community at a CrossFit Gym
4. Another CrossFit Story — CrossFit Women – The Truth
5. Another post from Robyn’s blog over at The Real Life RD – this is actually a guest post about How to Stop Comparing Your Food Choices. Order what you want and don’t let your friend’s judge your food choices and vice versa! Something all ladies can work on!
6. Article about Cryotherapy use with some local Dallas Athletes

Do you drink smoothies? If so please share your favorite combo!
Any links or articles you would like to share?