#MarathonMonday 5 Days Until #RnRNashville and Martina McBride!!

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I started in January…and we are now half way through April?! Time flies…

Hey guys! I can not believe it’s already been 15 weeks ((WHAT?!)) since I started training for Nashville’s Rock n’ Roll Country Music Marathon! Like I mentioned before I have given everything I feel like I could have during this training cycle. Most weeks were strong and I was able to hit all my target paces and in review it looks like I’ve only had about 2 weeks that were kind of funky. And still out of 16 weeks of training the only runs I missed were one speed session and two 16 mile long runs, however they were replaced with a.) Green Valley 10 miler PR race! b.) easy trail run with the hubby. Which is always nice!

I started tapering about three weeks out with a gradual mileage reduction with my last long run four weeks out with a 20 miler. Over the course I’ve run roughly 640-650 miles during this training session. I love how DailyMile adds it all up for me. I’m a logistics nerd and like reviewing my numbers. But I’m too lazy to write or add myself. Thank you DailyMile.

Last week was more slack than I would have preferred…during taper the idea is to reduce mileage while still keeping your legs poppin’. We just had a lot going on with work, my treadmill trying to murder me, home, ball games and personal training. I did do two solid elliptical sessions, a treadmill “speed” workout, and an easy 5k with our SMART Girls with a few easy after.

Could I have trained harder? More often? More strength training and yoga? Sure. But I’m no elite athlete. I am a mom and wife first. I also have a full-time job in the pharmacy on my feet every day while simultaneously trying to segway into my new career path as a personal trainer. Every one has a different journey in life. Some are kid-less and have better opportunities within their careers to train more often. I believe I gave everything I could have while maintaining a family life.

Takeaway: NEVER ever compare yourself to others. You do the best YOU can with what you have. And you should be proud of all you have accomplished! I’ve accomplished more this training cycle then I did in my previous cycles. And for this, I am proud.

supporting a local elementary school with our SMART Girls..I think I need new shades…my Nike’s look like they are taking over my face!

On a side note, I’m thinking I’ll make all my race shirts into a quilt… The, send it so someone special… I have so many tees and like this one, many are too big for me to even wear!

So a few things I’m stupid excited about for this weekend:

  • We are leaving town earlier this time so we will actually get to enjoy the expo, unlike our Savanna trip.
  • Um, I’ll be in Nashville. One of my favorite cities ever!
  • I’m running a marathon. And I’m going to run it strong.
  • We get to stay with family! My new bro-in-law and his family are the coolest.
  • I’m going with my favorite people in the whole world! My hubby who is running the half and going to run it supa fast, but minus the kiddo who was running the kid’s run…however, he didn’t want to miss his two ball games here , and Mrs. A aka BRF who’s going to kill the hills with me!
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    we are preeeeety much awesome. love this chick.

  • Then we are going to eat massive amounts of good food.
  • We get to see Martina McBride in concert!!!!!! Love her!

oooooommyyyygeeerrrssshhh Martina!! {photo source}

What’s on tap for the last marathon training taper week:

Monday: REST

Tuesday: 5 easy w/5 strides

Wednesday: 3 easy

Thursday: rest

Friday: 3 very, very easy

Saturday: 26.2 MARATHON DAY!!!!!

Sunday: walking and exploring Nashville!!!

Well, my bags are starting to get packed and I’m not forgetting the sports bra like in Savanna..making a list and checking it twice…, the excitement is ridiculous, and I am driving all my co-workers crazy about now…..

ha. probably not.

So here are my official time goals for this race:

A.) 3:34:59 for the Boston Qualifying time!

B.) 3:45:00 if I am having a rough day and the weather sucks.

C.) 3:59:00 if I am really having a really rough day

D.) just finish. If I am dying.

But ultimately, we all know the main goal of the marathon it to run strong, healthy, and happy. And I am so, so thrilled to be feeling well! Unlike I did last November. Arriving at the starting line healthy and uninjured is an accomplishment in itself!!

ps- Don’t forget to guess my finishing marathon time HERE for a chance to win a tube of NUUN Hydration!!

Anyone racing this weekend in Nashville? We can meet up! What do you do with all your race tees? Do you support St. Jude or what charity do you support? Are you a country music fan? How many miles do you typically run during marathon training?

blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig

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#MarathonMonday It’s Taaaaaaaaper Time With CheriBundi

First off, Happy Monday! I know I haven’t posted in for-freaking-ever but life has gotten intensely busier with my attempt at personal training ON TOP of working full-time in the pharmacy. Type A or crazy… either way I’m doing my best to get after it every day. Although I fail often with ‘tude at home. You can only handle so much stress before you go cra cra. Lots of meditation and prayer helps…oh and bubble baths. yes ma’am.

Anyway, we had our first ladies group run this past Sunday. I would say it was a success. I mean, just look at these beauties! Hoping for more ladies next weekend. We all have different goals and ambitions but the thing that ties us together is determination to be the best version of ourselves! Running with friends is motivation in itself I think. I’m excited and hopeful about how Flying Feet Ladies Group will grow in the future!

So….anyway. About that marathon I’m running in two weeks…here’s kinda what’s going through my mind:

Have I done enough? Did I run hard enough? Often enough? Fast enough? Long enough?

I think most marathoners ask themselves these questions about this time.

Taper time. Crazy in the head time. 

Since my thoughts are flying like rockets ships on crack in my head I’ll simply list what I’m feeling. I like lists. They help me organize my crackish thoughts.

What I’m thinking:

I’m too slow to BQ

I’m fast! Like lightening baby. I got this!

Ugh. That 22 miler two weeks ago though… If I run like that … I’m DOOMED.

I’m a freaking rockstar!

I’m fat. I’ve been eating way too much. I definitely gained 5 pounds while training.

Pizza. Is. So. Delish.

My husband will divorce me if I don’t stop acting like a freak.

How I’m feeling physically:

Strong

Fat

Fit

Bloated

No pain or aches to speak of!!

How I’m tapering:

Cutting mileage

Eating cleaner: I LOVE smoothies with CheriBundi! And I recently found it at a Walmart Super Center!! Win. Tart Cherry Juice is the best anti-inflammatory. I haven’t had to take ANY kind of pain reliever during this marathon training as long as I have a bit of cherry juice daily. I even got my hubby hooked on it.

Best recovery smoothie!

Resting more.

Focusing on balance, core work, and light weights.

I’ve kind of been making up my own workouts even though I’ve followed the same plan religiously for 14 weeks…

So what’s on tap this week:

Monday: XT + weights

Tuesday: REST

Wednesday: 8 miles w6 @ MP + yoga

Thursday: 4 easy w/4 strides

Friday: 7 hills

Saturday: 10 LSD

Sunday: easy 4 or rest/yoga

total mileage doesn’t matter too much now.

It’s marathon prep time.

How’s your training going? Do you run with a group? Are you crazy Type A or calm, cool, and collect Type B? Do you like CheriBundi? You should!

blessed and beautiful running. 

jesssig

#MotivationalMonday #MarathonMonday Free Oxygen & Running Battlefield.

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So this week in running… I gave myself two rest days instead of one, using one rest day as a XT (cross training) day on the elliptical and the other day for a short 1.4 mile hike. I feel like my body is simply needing the extra rest. Some people are running machines and I am not one of them. For me, it’s so difficult to not play the comparison game. Like why can’t I push harder when someone else can? Why am I not any faster?  Why have these past two weeks been mentally draining and like a running battlefield for me?! I did not hit my weekly mileage goal and here’s why…

No weekly running selfies or Garmin selfies this week. I just ran when I could. I didn’t get my speedwork in. First speedwork run I’ve missed all training season. I did run on the scheduled day I just didn’t push myself into the 800s…Several factors including: 

Late running start

Temps went up 

Windy as all get out

Read: excuse. after. excuse. 

Ugh

I wanted to run an easy six yesterday but I had to work ALL day. On Easter. I know. (So over pharmacy. Working hard everyday towards becoming a full time personal trainer!) So long run on Saturday plus being on my feet all day Sunday I just felt so sore all over especially my feet. So my hubby and I went on a short hike post work. And after all that hydration talk on Friday, I still have felt dehydrated all week. Why?

So where’s the motivational part of this post, miss negative Nancy??

Read Here: St. Jude.

I thought I would share with you all  where some of the money goes when you donate to St. Jude.

One Day of Oxygen: $447

Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.

Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700

These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.

Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50

These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.

Wagon: $70

Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.

Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75

St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.

So regardless of how perfect or less than stellar my training goes during this marathon season, I know I’m running for a greater cause. If only 22 people donated just $20 dollars one kid could have one day of oxygen. I have free oxygen everyday. My body doesn’t fail me in health. It may become weary and tired at times…like during marathon training…but it is in good health. 

If you are blessed with free oxygen would you consider giving any amount to these kids? Donate HERE.

Perspective.

So what’s on tap for this week:

Monday: REST

Tuesday: 7 easy w/7 strides + strength training

Wednesday: Mile repeats 8 m w/3 x 1 m + yoga

Thursday: 10 m w/8 @ MP

Friday: 6 easy

Saturday: 16 lsd

Sunday: 6 easy or rest/yoga

Total goal mileage: 53 miles

I’m betting I’ll add another rest day in on Sunday. So that total mileage will be lower, like this past week. But I’m okay with this. Overall I’ve had a pretty solid training season. Rest is a key element in training. And I’ve almost lost sight of this.

I’m so grateful that all the monster long runs are behind me. We begin the slow taper.

T-minus three weeks!

How’s your training going? Doubts? Fears? Excitements? Do you compare yourself to other runners occasionally?

blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig

5 Spring Favs, OOFOS Recovery Footwear, + a Miracle

Spriiiiiiiing! Yes! It’s here! And our weather has been shaping up nicely. I think the winter weather is behind us. This is how I feel about it: RUN. Running in the spring is like a breathe of fresh freedom air. We work hard all winter to enjoy the fruits of our labor. 

Soooooo… I know it’s Saturday Sunday….but y’all probably know how I operate by now… So here’s Friday’s post plus today funzies. 

I’m always excited about the Friday Five link-up hosted by CourtneyCynthia, and Mar. I just have a hard time apparently posting on Friday… Check out their rules and future topics HERE! The BEST way to meet new fabulous bloggers and give you a blog prompt should you find yourself at a write’s block. 

Today’s Friday’s topic is one we have all been anxiously waiting for, Spring!! Good-bye snow, hello pollen! 

Spring is no doubt a beautiful time of year with flowers blooming and gardens flourishing…however all this can really aggravate allergies and asthma symptoms in turn making breathing while running a bit more difficult. Remember, your body needs roughly two weeks of running outdoors to acclimate to any new climate changes. So give yourself the time your body needs. For additional tips and reading check out PopSugar’s article HERE and Active tips HERE.

Aside from that bit, here are five things I look forward to in spring, especially this spring! 

1.) The kid’s birthday! He will be the big 10! Time flies…

ahhhh. my pride and joy. What a face!!

2.) my husband and I celebrate our first hiking date in May! It will be two years. ❤

3.) Hiking! Waterfalls! Trail running! Picnics! Basically just being outdoors.

4.) Races! Brevard Rotary hosts a White Squirrel 5/10k and kid’s fun run. Come visit us in May.  You will not regret visiting Brevard!

This year we all know I have the Rock n’Roll Country Music Marathon benefiting St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Nashville marathon lined up in April! From the St. Jude’s website:

  • Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
  • Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from people like you, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation. (That means your donation, no matter what the size, will help!)
  • St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90% by 2020.

I’m hoping and training hard for a solid Boston Qualifying time. I need to run a 3:35:00. I feel like I’ve been putting in all the work I can. But it’s still a daunting and scary task..The closer we get to race day the more I question myself. Can I really pull off an 8:12 min/mile for 26.2 miles??

runner’s mecca…aiming for a BQ so I can run Boston next year!

5.) Last but not least, new beginnings. Easter. Spring is a time of new chances. Fresh starts after a long cold winter.

Winter is always hard for me…but 11 weeks into marathon training feels harder. I’m so grateful for all the positive bloggers who remind me to press on. Like Jen over at Jen Choses Joy posted about no grit, no pearl. Seriously, go read her post here. Her humor and optimism will keep you motivated. Thanks Jen!

Except we are over half way there! You got this!

Okay so for the fun part of today’s post: OOFOS! Have you heard of this recovery shoe footwear? My hubby and I went downtown for a little shoe shopping. I originally went in for a new pair of Mizunos but found these:

oohahh

We found them here Sports Spot in Brevard. The owners are super cool and they hands down beat anyone in price!

 I definitely felt the “oo” after my 22 miler even if I looked like ew.

Salty, sweaty, and done.

I only have one more monster run left in this training cycle!! woohoo!

I plan on a more thorough review on the shoe next week aiming for a Tips and Tricks on rest and recovery post for Tuesday.

One last positive note: This past Saturday I was playing around with the idea of not running long. I just didn’t feel like it. I was exhausted. But as I strapped up and went on I kept thinking about my IRun4 buddy…I prayed for him and his family. He’s been in the hospital since December. So I prayed if there was any was that my running 20 miles would get him out of the hospital and home I would run it. So I ran it. I realize in no logical way my act of physically running could rescue him but if I knew it could, then I would run it in a heartbeat. So I pushed through and just kept running.

And you know what?

That very same day he was sent HOME!!! It was a miracle in my eyes. If you don’t run for #IRun4 I strongly suggest you sign up. Your life will be forever changed.

What’s your favorite thing about Spring?
Do you have any Spring races lined up?
Is it hard for you not to second guess your training?
Do you shop local?

Blessed and beautiful running. 

jesssig