Butler YMCA Sprint Triathlon

One of my brothers texted to let us know he was going to do this Tri… so my sister and I quickly signed up too!  I love doing races especially with family and friends! IMG_9681.JPG

I get super excited that this race is an open water swim (even if it is only 400 meters)!  The fact that it is open water seems exciting, even though I had a hard time getting into a good rhythm.  My swim was over in 6:21 (too short!) 🙂  IMG_9689.JPG

Then the bike was VERY hilly!  I feel that I need to use my brakes on the downhills more then most racers do 😉 but the 7 miles went by really fast!  My bike time was 29:52.IMG_9703.JPG

Before I knew it… I was running my bike back to the transition area!  IMG_9732.JPG

I took a Huma gel and a quick drink (while running) to give me some energy for the 3.2 mile run!  IMG_9734.JPG

I felt (mostly) great on the run!  My run time was 23:47.  IMG_9760.JPG

My total time was 1:02:27.  This was almost my exact same time as last year!
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It actually felt like we were racing together because my sister and I were in the 2nd heat and my brother was in the 4th heat.  He caught me and passed me halfway through the run!     IMG_9776.JPG

They both got 2nd place overall and I got first in my age group!  FullSizeRender-1.jpg

I’m thankful for these goofballs too!  They were able to cheer me on, take lots of pictures, AND fight with sticks! 🙂  IMG_1335.JPG

Then we spent the rest of the afternoon swimming and playing!  It was a great day!   FullSizeRender-2.jpg

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4th of July 5k

Even though I just raced 2 days ago, I decided to join Nate in our local 5k race!  My mom and brother came to cheer us on and watch the kids!  Plus, my dad also decided last minute to do it!  I think the kids were happy with our decision to do the race too!  They do love Eat’n Park cookies 🙂  IMG_1253.JPG

We got in a good warm up while the kids were playing.  Then they watched us do some striders before we started.  Having them there is the best!  IMG_1215.JPG

It was a fast start… especially for Nate!  He ran his first mile in 5:25!IMG_1222.JPG

It was pretty humid, the course was a little long, there was a really steep hill at the end… IMG_1237.JPG

but my dad, Nate, and I powered through!  IMG_1249.JPG

And we all had great races!  Nate even got 2nd overall and I got first female!  There were 148 total finishers!IMG_1260.JPG

We changed our clothes and headed to the pool!  I think Ellie is pretending to break the finish line tape like me 😉  FullSizeRender-2.jpg

The water felt perfect!  We even got to swim some laps in between playing!  IMG_1278.JPG

Then we had an awesome cook out with family and the kids somehow managed to stay awake to see fireworks!!IMG_1307.JPG

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Cleveland Marathon!

I quickly decided after running Boston that I wanted to do a marathon again and soon! 🙂  I know that my body needed time to recover (and I didn’t run at all for an entire week)!  I also knew that I did not feel my best at Boston and wanted to try one more time with all of the training I had already done!

After doing a little marathon research I decided Cleveland would be great!  This meant we got to sleep two nights at Nate’s parents’ house which was perfect!  This is our best attempt at “pretend” sleeping! Haha 🙂  FullSizeRender-4.jpg

This race was everything I wanted it to be!  It was a lot more low-key than both the Pittsburgh and Boston marathons.  Nate and I drove to Cleveland that morning and had plenty of time to get to the start line.  IMG_9619.JPG

I just remember feeling SO great for the first 7+ miles.  It was quite the opposite feeling a month ago at mile 7!  I continued to remind myself that I trained to feel this good!  FullSizeRender-2.jpg

Around mile 14 things definitely started to feel hard and I decided to not worry about it too much and instead kind of zone out for a little while.  I did that and before I knew it I was at mile 17 and feeling like I could pick it up a little!  Around 18 I started to hurt again but felt huge rain drops and hoped there would NOT be lightning to cancel the race.  I really wanted to finish!

The weather was predicted to storm (with lighting) at race time which would cause the officials to cancel the marathon.  Plus, it was supposed to be 70 degrees with 80% humidity!  However, it actually ended up being a perfect day… There wasn’t much sun and the breeze from the lake made it feel cooler!

I loved that Nate was able to see me a few times on the course plus run 20 miles on his own around the city!  IMG_9625.JPG

The last 3 miles felt the toughest but I just kept pushing on (slower than before) but still happy and even smiling!  🙂  IMG_9624.JPG

My time was almost the same as a month ago at Boston, but I felt completely different!  I loved this marathon and want to do it again someday!  FullSizeRender.jpg

I also love that we were back with our kiddos to celebrate Nate’s dad’s 70th birthday before lunch time!  FullSizeRender-1.jpg

Unlike Boston, I’m not very sore… and even felt like a little hike with the whole group the next morning!  FullSizeRender-3.jpg

Boston Marathon Recap!

This Easter holiday was quite different… but I loved every minute of it!   We managed to fit a lot in too!     FullSizeRender-1.jpg

Nate and I even got to pay attention at church… without kids! 😉  We went to church in Connecticut, towards the end of our 9 hour drive to Boston!  FullSizeRender-2.jpg

We spent the rest of Sunday exploring Boston and shocked by the crowds of runners getting ready for the marathon!  IMG_9026.JPG

The energy at the expo was so much fun!  We enjoyed it all!  FullSizeRender-3.jpg

We had the perfect pre-race evening!  I made sure to hydrate extra because I knew race day would be warmer than I’m used to.  I also found out that during the race there was a side-wind… imagine that! 😉  IMG_9035.JPG

I have heard for YEARS (my parents have done 20+ marathons each!) how great the Boston Marathon is but only now, after having FINISHED, I know it truly is an amazing experience!  I think finishing any marathon is amazing.  However, most marathons are more individual (which I love… I am very self motivated!) whereas Boston is support from an entire city plus many, many more people that appreciate this marathon!

I have the best family and friends… which is why I am able to train for a marathon and go!  I had my best training leading up to this marathon and I think I am in my best marathon shape ever.  I was so grateful to be healthy, injury free, and rested going into this marathon.  I also was worry free about my kids who were taken care of by both sets of grandparents.  My husband was with me to help with everything!  I don’t think it could be more perfect.

My day started out at 6 am with my usual race day oatmeal breakfast.  The hotel then shuttled us to the long line of busses that would take all the runners to the start line.  Don’t be fooled by my throw away clothes… it was already a sunny 68 degrees early in the morning!FullSizeRender-4.jpg  My bus arrived to Hopkinton around 9 am where I hung out at Athletes Village for about the next 2 hours.  Athletes Village felt like a huge party with lots of food, music, and port-a-potties!  I even put a few tattoos on my arms there!    FullSizeRender-5.jpg

At 10:50 it was finally time for me to start!  FullSizeRender 2.jpg

I followed my plan to run the first few miles conservatively.  Considering the 70 degree and sunny weather I planned to not use too much energy on the early miles and pick it up or slow down depending on what I needed.  After a short time I was dripping with sweat and very hot.  Things that never hurt on me started to hurt.  I never want to make excuses while I’m running (because if I start they will just keep coming!) but I knew the heat was a big factor for me.  All of my training was outside in cold weather and my body just isn’t used to the heat yet.

At mile 7, I made the decision that I was going to finish and do the best I could do.  Sure, it was a little depressing looking at my watch and feeling like I was going faster than I actually was, but I am proud to say I finished.  I also never walked or stopped running.  I did my best to use the excitment from the crowd and my own motivation to keep me going!  From being a runner that doesn’t love hydrating while running… I took a sip of gatorade or water almost every mile and dumped water on my head more than 10 times!  In addition to all the liquid, I ate three huma gels and my stomach felt great.  My legs and body temperature were what was holding me back.  I looked forward to dumping a cup full of water on my head and neck most miles. There were a few cool sprinklers, ice cubes, and wet paper towels along the course and they felt wonderful.  Somehow, at mile 18, I got water in my right ear and couldn’t get it out!  I couldn’t hear in that ear at all until a few minutes after I finished!  Which may be why I didn’t hear my amazing husband cheering at mile 25 for me.  IMG_9052.JPG

It’s crazy because I remember thinking that I didn’t want my picture taken… I imagined my form being way off and feeling like I looked terrible, but a lot of the pictures I’ve seen I really like!  IMG_9103.JPG

I honestly didn’t know if I would be able to stand once I got to the finish line!  I did stand and walk through (what felt like) a mile of finish line food to where I could finally get to my husband!  After I finished, the weather was overcast and much, much cooler!  I actually needed the foil blanket to keep me and my wet clothes warm!    IMG_9049.JPG

Although my goal time was 20+ minutes faster I finished at 3:50:28.  I was 12,865 out of 26,411 total finishers and I was the 4,355 female out of 11,973 females.  IMG_9105.PNG

We then went with a huge crowd on the T and back to our hotel!  The entire time I felt awesome with people asking if I ran the entire marathon! 🙂  We had a delicious dinner and relaxing night.  It’s the best when you have a runner husband that loves hearing and sharing every detail!  He has some really funny spectator stories and got in a long run before I even started the marathon!  IMG_9060.JPG

I’m typing this with the sorest legs I’ve ever had!  I know that in the future I want to run many more marathons and Boston again… when I can do it with my favorite running family and friends!  I will never forget this great experience and I’m so thankful for everyone who helped me make it happen. FullSizeRender-6.jpg

March Recap!

I am pretty excited because in my 15+ years of tracking my monthly miles… This March was my highest (I think)!  🙂  march (1).jpg

Plus, I feel GREAT and ready for my marathon!  This month has been full of normal running, biking, and DVD workouts…. IMG_8380.JPG

and some not so traditional workouts!  IMG_8737-1.JPG

I’ve bought a few delicious salads and then I recreate them for weeks and weeks at home! FullSizeRender.jpg

…and same with treats!  IMG_8553-1.JPG

Here is my workout each day this month:

  1. Hammer & Chisel DVD-Total Body Hammer and Easy Run- 7.5 miles
  2. Bike- 1 hour
  3. Rest Day
  4. Long Run- 14 miles
  5. Tempo Run- 7 miles
  6. Easy Run- 3 miles
  7. Long Run- 10.5 miles
  8. Hammer & Chisel DVD- Chisel Endurance
  9. Bike- 1 hour and Easy Run with 2 minute pick-ups- 8.5 miles
  10. Rest Day
  11. Long Run- 22 miles
  12. Easy Run- 5 miles
  13. Hammer & Chisel DVD- Max Hammer Strength and Recovery Run- 4 miles
  14. Rest Day
  15. Hammer & Chisel DVD- Chisel Cardio and Easy Run- 5 miles
  16. Easy Run- 7 miles
  17. Bike- 1 hour
  18. Speed Workout- 14 miles (warm up, 8 x 1 mile at 7:20-7:00 pace, cool down)
  19. Tempo Run- 7 miles
  20. Hammer & Chisel DVD- Hammer Plyo and Easy Run- 5 miles
  21. Tempo Run- 12 miles
  22. Hammer & Chisel DVD- Total Body Chisel
  23. Bike- 1 hour
  24. Easy Run- 4 miles
  25. Long Run- 20.5 miles
  26. Rest Day
  27. Lap Swim- 25 minutes
  28. Easy Run- 7 miles
  29. Hammer & Chisel DVD- Hammer Power
  30. Bike- 1 hour and Easy Run- 7 miles
  31. Tempo Run- 8 miles

IMG_8726.JPGWe hope the warmer weather is here to stay and we can bundle up a little less!  I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited/anxious for Easter and EASTER MONDAY / PATRIOT’S DAY / BOSTON MARATHON DAY!!!  Happy April!

February Recap!

Just when I think things can’t get busier… they do!  Our February consisted of a lot of FUN though!  We started off the month celebrating Denny with a Mario Party!  IMG_7946.JPG

We also played a lot indoors… IMG_8276.JPG

and learned as much as we could!  IMG_8286.JPG

The weather has been cold a few of the days… IMG_8057.PNG

But for the most part warmer (especially for February)!  I love running in shorts even if there is snow on the ground!  I even got to have a few run dates with my sweetie this month!  IMG_8099.PNG

Here are my workouts for each day of February:

  1. Tempo Run- 10 miles
  2. Spin Bike- 1 hour
  3. Rest Day
  4. Easy Run- 7 miles
  5. Tempo Run- 12 miles @ 8:02 pace
  6. Hammer & Chisel DVD- Total Body Chisel and Easy Run- 5 miles
  7. Tempo Run- 7 miles
  8. Hammer & Chisel DVD- ISO Speed Hammer and Spin Bike- 1 hour
  9. Rest Day
  10. Easy Run- 5 miles
  11. Long Run- 18 miles
  12. Easy Run- 7 miles
  13. Hammer & Chisel DVD- ISO Strength Chisel
  14. Tempo Run- 10 miles
  15. Hammer & Chisel DVD- Hammer Conditioning and Spin Bike- 1 hour
  16. Easy Run- 6 miles
  17. Rest Day
  18. Tempo Run (with Nate!)- 13 miles
  19. Yoga Class and Easy Run- 5 miles
  20. Tempo Run- 8 miles
  21. Easy Run- 7 miles
  22. Hammer & Chisel DVD- Chisel Cardio
  23. Tempo Run- 7 miles
  24. Rest Day
  25. Race Day- Spring Thaw 20 miles
  26. Recovery Run- 3 miles
  27. Spin Bike- 1 hour
  28. Recovery Run- 8 miles

Here are my total miles for the month:Feb.jpg

Happy running and hope we can all SLIDE right into Spring! 🙂  IMG_8145.JPG

Spring Thaw 20 Mile Race

Whenever I am training for a marathon I like to do a race about 2 months before.  It is a great way to see where I am in my training… but still time to improve!  FullSizeRender-2.jpg

So, I chose to do the Spring Thaw today.  They have a 10, 15, and 20 mile race.  I picked the 20 because it is an easy way to get my long one in.  It is 4 times around the lake (which is mentally tough to do four loops, but there is a lot of things to keep you motivated!)  If you do the 15 you get an extra prize… gloves!  And for the 20 you get a head/neck wrap!  FullSizeRender-1 2.jpg

I wanted to use this race as more of a workout and not a race (to prevent peaking too early!)  and I think I did a good job!  I felt great and was happy my husband even came to run a few miles with me!   IMG_8224.JPG

The rain held off and it felt warm out!  It was a windy 50 degrees!  I am thankful it wasn’t like a few years ago when we had 6+ inches coming down!

I finished 20 miles in 2:41:55 so my average pace was 8:06 per mile.  I ended up being surprised to get third female overall!  Screen Shot 2017-02-25 at 3.13.45 PM.png

I’m EVEN MORE excited for Boston now!  I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do!  FullSizeRender.jpg

Denny got a medal yesterday for finishing his basketball season… He may love medals 100 times more than me 😉  But… I love that about him!  🙂  FullSizeRender-3.jpg