Week 2: Hanson’s Marathon Program

Week 2 looked a lot like Week 1 but with absolutely no photos of anything running related oops! There wasn’t much different about this from the week before but I didn’t fit in any strength training. I was bombarded with tests during this week so was happy with just getting all of my runs in! I am definitely enjoying this base building phase easing me into running more than 2-3 days a week without having to stress out about speed workouts!

Monday — Easy 4 miles

Tuesday — Easy 5 miles with one of my favorite running buddies! Love running with friends, it makes the miles fly by!

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Wednesday — off! Took Wednesday off instead of Tuesday off since I went to Carrie Underwood Tuesday night.

Thursday — 4 easy treadmill miles

Friday — Easy 5 miles with one of my favorite running friends!

Saturday — Easy 7 miles pushing Mackenzie in the Bob and with Mom! Hopefully this was the last hot humid run of the summer!!!

Sunday — Off

This week is going well so far too! Even with my late (for me) nights of studying, I’ve still managed to get my runs in.  Unfortunately for you readers I don’t have anything else exciting to add, just boring base building. I’ll try to do better in my week 3 recap.

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Week 1: Hanson’s Marathon Training

Well week 1 of marathon training is in the books! I officially started my 18 week training program for the Houston Marathon in January (side note: how nuts is it that in 18 weeks it will be January?!). I am following the beginner program from the Hansons Marathon Method Book. The advanced seemed to start too quickly and just have too much mileage over the entire 18 weeks, I just felt like I would be asking to fail. I like how the beginners program kind of eases you into running 6 days a week and bumping up the mileage. I tweaked the first few weeks a bit since I have been running a little bit and I wanted to start the first week with a whole week of running. Here is what the week looked like running wise!

Monday – 4 miles easy — it was a WONDERFUL morning to run, it was in the 60s which felt amazing. Nothing to note in particular about this run besides the weather.

Tuesday — Off day! It was funny to have an off day 2 days in but for the majority of the program Tuesdays will be my off day so I went with it.

Wednesday — 4 miles easy. Hot. Humid. Texas when is fall coming?!?! I followed this up with a strength session in the afternoon.

Thursday — more of the same. 4 miles easy. Sadly, my legs felt a little tired on this run probably because I haven’t been running that many days a week lately.

Friday — 3 miles easy — another hot and humid morning waaaaaaaaa. Seriously summer has lasted long enough. I followed this up with a strength session in the afternoon as well.

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Saturday – Tour Des Fleurs 10K with mom and pushing the little one — all 3 generations running together! This was seriously a HOT and HUMID morning, I’m not sure that it has been that hot/humid/lack of wind all summer. My mom and I ran this together (and Mackenzie in the bob) and were definitely happy that we were not racing this. We started a little too far back so had to do some weaving and off-roading to get up to where we were running at our pace.

Sunday — Off day from running. I spent nearly the entire day studying for the 3 tests I have this week but managed to fit in a little over 20 minutes of JasYoga just before going to bed. Better than nothing right?! I like how she has short yoga sessions designed for runners available to stream.

How was your week of training??

Is it fall yet where you are? — I seriously cannot WAIT for real fall weather to be here.

Must Haves When Running with a Baby!

Happy Anniversary Babe! I figured this was an appropriate post for our anniversary since this is something we love to do as a family! I also have another post regarding running after baby that may be interesting to new moms as well!

My husband and I always knew we would want to run with our little one once he/she was born. We thought it would be fun running as a family but it is more fun and not as difficult pushing the stroller as we both thought it would be. We have been running with our little one for about a year now so I figured I would make a list of our “must haves.”

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Running with Mackenzie on Pre’s Trials

  1. The Bob Revolution Flex Stroller – I feel like a running stroller is obvious but we absolutely LOVE our running stroller. It is so easy to fold up and put in the car and it makes for a very smooth run. The roads in Dallas aren’t exactly smooth and Mackenzie seems to enjoy her ride. We actually travel with this stroller to most of our destinations since we will want to run most everywhere we are.
  2. The Bob Weather Shield – This shield was a lifesaver over the winter! When it is cold and/or windy this shield protects the little one from the elements and eases our guilt when bringing her in the cold to go run! It also protects against rain.
  3. Bear Suit – This isn’t the exact one we have, we have one that is more like a puffer jacket but she wore this all fall/winter when it was chilly out. It is nice because we can put layers on under it or just the suit on itself.
  4. A phone or radio! I love listening to music when I run and I think the baby likes hearing it too! I just put my phone in the cupholder but a radio or bluetooth speaker could work too! When running with my husband one of us used to put our phones in the stroller with her with white noise playing to make her fall asleep. I do want a bluetooth speaker to stick in the cup holder if anyone has any suggestions on that.
  5. A small diaper bag with a diaper and wipes in it – since you are pushing a stroller it is easy to bring along supplies for the baby. I have a small diaper clutch that I keep in our stroller with $10 and a couple diapers and wipes in it. ::knock on wood:: We have never had to use it but you never know when you’ll need a diaper!
  6. Toys! We hook a couple toys onto the Bob for her to play with. We also always run with her favorite bunny 🙂
  7. Snacks! We always bring a couple packs of Baby Mum Mums with us – if she gets cranky the last mile or two she will cheer up with a snack (she is her mother’s daughter). We also always have a snack cup and a milk cup with us.
  8. Water bottle for mama! It is important to stay hydrated especially when breastfeeding so I always make sure to bring water with me

Do any of you have any must haves to share with me? Mackenzie has “run” up to 11 miles so far! We haven’t gone any further with her yet but I’m sure when I start logging longer runs during marathon training we will.

Do you like pushing the stroller when you run??

How far is the furthest that you have run with your little one?

Any must have products you would like to add to this list?

10 Tips for Running after Baby

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Baby and Mommy’s first run! Look at those running shoes

I had baby Mackenzie about 9 months ago and have had a few people ask me how I got back into running and have seen some posts on Facebook in running groups I’m in asking the same thing! I figured I could write what worked for me and maybe help out some ladies after having their babies!

First of all – I didn’t have any crazy difficulties with labor and delivery and was cleared to resume running by my doctor at my 6 week appointment. Definitely consult your own doctor on when you should begin running again. I also ran until 32 or 33 weeks (can’t remember the exact date of my last run).

My tips for starting to run after having a baby!

  1. Start EASY – my first few runs were run 1 minute, walk 3 minutes for 24-32 minutes.
  2. SLEEP IS KING. If I had the choice between sleeping and running, I picked sleep. My baby was a terrible sleeper in the first few months and I was barely getting more that 4-6 hours of sleep (not all at one time) per night. Don’t beat yourself up because you missed a run – your body is still recovering and you are taking care of a baby!
  3. For the baby – nurse or feed the baby right before running. This will ensure that the baby won’t get hungry while out running and will make sure mom is more comfortable! Also dress the baby appropriately for the weather – since I started running again in the Texas summer, the baby would wear a onesie and nothing else. We also would put one of our phones in the stroller with her favorite noise playing to encourage her to sleep while we were running.

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    Dressed and ready to get in some miles in the hot Texas sun!

  4. When doing those first few runs at a pace so slow you think you may be able to walk faster relish in them! I clearly remember my first few runs because I told myself I would be able to look back on those runs in a couple months and see how far I had come.
  5. Set small goals and get excited when you achieve them! The first time I ran a mile without stopping you would have thought I just finished a 10 mile run I was so excited.
  6. Invest in new sports bras if needed! This was definitely something I needed! While I love all my Oiselle running gear the bras definitely weren’t supportive enough for me.
  7. Find buddies that will go slow with you! Both my mom and my husband were willing to take it slow with me which made my runs more fun!
  8. Sign up for races! I signed up for a 10K 3.5 months after having the baby and another 10K about 6 weeks later – it was fun to see the progression in speed! I took almost 2 minutes off per mile in 6 weeks :-). I also signed up for a half marathon 6.5 months after the baby was born which was the perfect amount of time for me to build back up to running 13 miles.

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    Baby and Mommy’s first run! Look at those running shoes

  9. Join a training group! After running my first half marathon after having the baby, I joined the Lukes Locker Half Marathon training program. It was just what I needed to work on getting my speed back! It has been fun running with a group again and getting my legs moving at a faster pace again. I definitely still have work to do but I am definitely feeling like my old self again.
  10. Finally my last tip is to BE KIND TO YOURSELF! Don’t beat yourself up for missing a run or running slow or being a few pounds heavier than you used to be. You are still a runner and if you want you will get back to where you used to be with some hard work! Just enjoy the miles and the process. Enjoy sharing your love of fitness with your little one and maybe you will pass the running bug onto the next generation

What other tips do you mamas have to share?

Feel free to comment with any questions you have! By taking it easy and slowly ramping up I have been running (fingers crossed) injury free for almost 8 months now and am really enjoying the process! I actually get excited for most of my runs and just feel blessed to get to go out there and run. Today I did intervals in the wind while pushing the stroller and loved almost every minute of it. I already have a post ready to go on must haves for running with baby!

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Love my new little running buddy!

Houston Half Marathon Recap

I meant to publish this a couple weeks ago but with being sick and school starting this is a little delayed!

I officially started the Lukes Locker Half Marathon Training program a couple weeks ago and I am excited to start doing some speed and do some group training. My wonderful husband has basically agreed to take the baby every Saturday morning for the next few months (thanks babe!). For the first meeting, we just did a 5 mile time trial to get put in the correct group. I ran the whole thing with one of my great running buddies and we managed to keep it under an 8 min pace – it was a great reminder of how wonderful it is to run and talk with one of your BFFs!

 

I can’t wait to see how much I can improve after getting some good speed in and more miles! My goal will be to run around 3-4 days a week and get 2-3 days of cross fit in. This is much tougher now that school has started back up but luckily the baby loves the bob stroller so she won’t mind coming with!

Houston Half Marathon Recap

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Just after mile 11!

We got to Houston just in time to hit the expo up before it closed at 6pm Friday night. It was nice to get in and get our packets so we knew we had everything we needed for the race on Sunday morning! Unfortunately, I was a horrible blogger and took basically no photos the entire weekend! Race day morning, I woke up sick – I had felt it coming on Friday but thought maybe I would be able to fight it off, unfortunately that was not the case. Our hotel was so close to the starting corrals that we didn’t even walk over to the convention center to check our bags and hang out beforehand, instead we got to wake up and just walk over to our corral 35 minutes before the race started which was amazing. I definitely recommend staying at the Westin Downtown!

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Mom and I before the start!

Once we started, I was pretty much able to start running around an 8:10 pace, my goal was to start out around an 8-8:15 pace and try and hold that to the halfway point and then hopefully dip down after 8 miles or so. Due to being sick, that just didn’t happen, I pretty much held an 7:50-8 min pace the entire race and never was able to pick it up. A highlight of the race was seeing my baby girl around mile 11 cheering for me with her daddy! Overall the race was really uneventful and it was fun just being back out running a half marathon! I could definitely tell I hadn’t run the half marathon distance in a LONG time (longest training run was 11.5 miles) and that I haven’t done enough speed work to get that “next gear” in my legs but overall I would call it a success. I definitely can’t wait to race again without congestion but hopefully in the same perfect weather conditions. Race morning was one of those ideal mornings you pray for over and over again while training. AGAIN, I highly recommend this race to anyone thinking about it.

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Baby M with Mommy’s Medal!

The Portland Marathon

As mentioned, I am hoping to continue with my blog! Here is an overdue race report about the Portland Marathon! It was the first weekend of October.

Portland, Oregon has been one city on my list of “I really need to go there” cities. Luckily, my husband is awesome and agreed to do a marathon he had already completed before and we, along with a some of our favorite running friends, all decided to make the trip to Portland for the marathon. Unfortunately, since I had decided to go back to school, our original plan of making it a vacation and visiting wine country near Portland and having a few days to do touristy things was not able to happen. We landed in Portland Friday night and left early Monday so that I could make it home for class.

As mentioned in my previous blog post, I had found out I was pregnant about a week and a half before the marathon and checked with my doctor before deciding to run in the marathon. Since I was only 5.5 weeks pregnant at the time of the marathon my doctor said it was completely fine since I had been running and just to take it easy, monitor how I was feeling and to not run if it was over 80 degrees. I already hadn’t really properly trained for the race besides getting in my long runs so it pretty much just reinforced my “running for fun” race plan.

Our first night in Portland Jim and I were the last to arrive and had already missed dinner with our group so we decided to venture out and try to make it to Pok Pok, this Thai place our group had just dined at that we had heard great things about. When we arrived at Pok Pok the hostess basically laughed at us for thinking we could get in SO we decided to walk across the street to Appetizing – http://www.yelp.com/biz/appethaizing-portland” . What a “happy accident” as well like to call it. The food was AMAZING and inexpensive. We then headed to Salt and Straw — http://saltandstraw.com for dessert. We waited in a pretty long line for ice cream and I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was SO delicious. I tried olive oil which sounds so gross but was extremely delicious. We were also pumped to discover that Portland has Car2Gos. My husband and his father love these little cars and they were an easy way to get around Portland without having to take the bus or get a cab.

Delicious Salt & Straw

Delicious Salt & Straw

My husband loves these Car2Gos, it definitely came in handy after running the race.

My husband loves these Car2Gos, it definitely came in handy after running the race.

The second day in Portland was spent relaxing, going to the expo and getting our number, drinking some coffee and fueling! OH and some jeans shopping at Imogene & Willy. The next morning was race day!

Jim & Myself with our race bibs

Jim & Myself with our race bibs

All of us at Imogene & Willy after getting some jeans!

All of us at Imogene & Willy after getting some jeans!

Race morning I woke up feeling AWFUL, I think I had just come down with a cold and I hadn’t really slept a ton the night before because of congestion (and you can’t take anything when you are pregnant). My husband basically forced me out of bed and promised me we could stop at the halfway point (or wherever I wanted) if I was feeling awful. I got ready and we walked over to the starting line. I absolutely loved the ease of getting to this race, no need to get there super early, plenty of bathrooms in our corral and it was surprisingly warm out so no sitting outside in the cold. We were not pumped about the heat as we had come to the Northwest to escape the heat but that was not the case for Marathon Morning, it was a sunny, warm and humid day in Portland! We definitely were not expecting to be in the sun the entire race! I ended up not wearing my normal Oiselle Team jersey as sometimes I get too hot wearing it and opted to wear a thinner Oiselle Tank (cross top mesh) and the distance shorts (loveeee all the pockets in the distance shorts). (hint hint, the distance shorts are on sale online right now at http://www.oiselle.com/shop/sale)

Jim and I had decided to run together and he was even running with his phone! The first few miles were pretty rough and I wasn’t sure if I was even going to make it to the halfway point but after we hit about 5 or 6 miles I started getting in a good groove and actually thinking I would make it to the finish. I basically started to feel stronger and stronger with each passing mile, granted I was running at what felt like a pretty easy pace and was basically able to maintain it the entire race. Unfortunately for my husband, he wasn’t feeling better with each step and we ended up separating around the halfway point.

Running selfie! This is in the first couple of miles. Fake it til 'ya make it!

Running selfie! This is in the first couple of miles. Fake it til ‘ya make it!

Me at mile 13 - Jim said this was symbolic of what happened over the next mile....I just got further and further away from him

Me at mile 13 – Jim said this was symbolic of what happened over the next mile….I just got further and further away from him

I wasn’t a huge fan of the first part of the course — beware if you do the half (unless the course changes) that the course is not that scenic, it pretty much runs through an industrial part of town. The second half of this race is really pretty, I really loved running over the bridge and just enjoyed the entire race. I didn’t start to get that marathon cranky feeling until mile 23-24 and it was just a mental battle to not stop and just keep running, the more I kept running, the closer I was to the finish.

I made it to the finish line of my 11th Marathon!

I made it to the finish line of my 11th Marathon!

After the finish, I made it through the finish area — one major complaint about the finish area was the total lack of water!! With the sun beating on me for 26.2 miles all I wanted was a giant bottle of ice cold water and they only had ones to purchase in the beer tent where you also had to purchase beer! We thought it as a little strange that runners didn’t even get one free beer (not that I would have had one). Once my husband and I found each other we started the slow walk back to the hotel and he had brought some cash with him so he bought me a water :-).

Overall this is probably one of the most evenly paced marathons I have ever run and I definitely had fun running, it was nice to go into a race not really caring about my time. I ended up running one of my slowest marathons at a 3:53:11 which, considering the training I put into the race, I was pleased with.

Running Marathons together is something I'll always love about our relationship!

Running Marathons together is something I’ll always love about our relationship!

This was marathon number 11 for me and I would definitely recommend it! It was the perfect size for me, I had people to run with the entire time but never felt claustrophobic, I definitely just wish we had ended up with better marathon weather. The course isn’t super easy but it isn’t the most difficult one I have run, I actually credit crossfit with getting me through all the hills without much of a problem! It isn’t my favorite course ever but Portland is a wonderful place to visit so run the marathon and make a trip out of it. I really like the finisher shirts (just as a warning they are NOT Nike). The expo was really small and most of us hardly bought anything — maybe a shirt or two.

Marathon finishers! I love running marathons with my husband!

Marathon finishers! I love running marathons with my husband!

Celebrating our marathon finishes at dinner!

Celebrating our marathon finishes at dinner!

Have you ever run the Portland Marathon? Please let me know if you have any questions about it if you are interested in running it in 2015!
What cities are on your “must visit” list? I really want to visit Nashville!
Do you and your friends do destination races?

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?