Another good long training run today. Nice and cold for South Louisiana with windchill in the mid 30’s. That’s chilly for here! Conditioning feels great right now and no injuries. Nutrition on and off the road has been a big factor. Tailwindnutrition and Honey Stinger in sessions have been a success. A big thank you to Geauxrun Lafayette, LA for keeping me on the roads. #saucony#runyourworld#belaga#tifosioptics#tailwindnutrition#honeystinger
Recovery week! I did it!!! I haven’t ran in 6 days and I haven’t gone insane!! 🤪 I’ve done some light lifting which definitely helps!! This time last Sunday I was celebrating finishing CIM in 2:58:42! I promised myself I would take recovery serious this time and not run at least 1 week! My body is feeling great and I’m so hungry to get back to training! I have so many races planned for 2019 and I want to start the year off healthy and strong!! Today was the first time I broke a sweat since the marathon too!! I did 75 floors on the stairmaster, just enough to get the heart rate up a bit!! The stairmaster is my friend!!! CIM has some rolling hills, 600ft of elevation to be exact, I did not train on hills one time!!(Florida girl) Yep! That’s right, I did the stairmaster instead!! This has worked for me several times! Including several times for Boston were I also went sub 3. I’m definitely not a fan of racing on hills, but knowing I can conquer them by doing workouts on the stairmaster is comforting! I actually enjoyed the hills of CIM! (Can’t believe I just said that!😜) What about you guys? How do you prep for a hilly race?? I have to say for some it’s tough if there aren’t hills near by!! Anyway, can’t wait to get back to the grind! Several half marathons coming up and then of course Boston and then Berlin!!!! Well Happy Sunday Runday! Hope you all have a great rest of the weekend!! ! 😊🏃🏼♀️
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It’s #longrun Friday and #funfactfriday !!! Had to knock out 20 miles today because my weekend is jam packed full of family and kid activities and wow, am I glad that’s done! ✅
As for today’s facts, I offered up the opportunity for you guys to lead today’s responses. So here were the most commonly asked:
1️⃣ Did I graduate college? 🎓 I did. I have a B.S in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin!
2️⃣ How long have I been running? 🏃♀️Consistently since my junior year in high school, (23 or so years). I began running track then (short distance) and when I graduated high school made the shift to middle distance running. I would run 6 miles every day in college (clueless about varying my training). 🤦🏼♀️ I never ever missed a day (also dumb) until I tore my LCL when I was at home for Christmas break at 25 y.o. and knee pain stopped me in my tracks on my parents’ treadmill. Turns out I had torn my LCL. I continued to run after that surgery but gave myself days off and began running long distance after my daughter was born when I was 30, as an outlet for postpartum.
3️⃣ Can I update you on triathlon training? 🚴♀️ I would love to do some more tris in the spring. An Oly and maybe a 70.3? I said maybe. Haha! 😜 I have to find a good group to ride with because there in lies my problem! I need a bike buddy (I don’t love trainer rides).
4️⃣ what is my next marathon “goal” race: still TBD. 📅 Trying to just run for the love of running right now, which means ignoring pace and not push for once this year. I will pick a goal marathon some time in 2019 (likely fall/winter).
5️⃣ What gymnast moves can I still do? Hahaha - a back handspring and a back tuck on the trampoline, but that’s it! 🤸♀️ A far cry from my days of throwing fulls on the floor. The thought hurts every joint in my body!!! 🤣
My last run as a “free woman”😆Yep, that’s right - marathon training aka the grind begins again Monday. 18 weeks to my 11th marathon! I have really enjoyed the last 9 weeks of upping my strength training and base building/easy maintenance miles but the show must go on. Time to get back at it!💙💛
I did wake up today with my throat a little sore and sinus issues though.🤧Hope it doesn’t turn into anything big that has me sick for a week! No time for that! Long run done today so I can enjoy the busy weekend planned!🎄🎅🏼
Side note: my girls love to sing and dance. Introduced them to Adele on the way to school this morning. Her voice is so strong and powerful. Nearly had me in tears listening to Hello. Man, I am emotional lately! ——
Also - shoutout to all the Strong Finish athletes that have races this weekend - it's a big one for us!! @babiestoboston has a 5k in NY where the goal is sub 21 min/6:40-6:45 pace, @kelly_nuss has a 10k in MN to finish off her 1 race per month goal this year, @scompton26.2 in VA has a 10k to PR, @bls0921 will be in NYC for the Ted Corbitt 15k, Margaret and Becca (mother/daughter duo) have a half marathon in MI, @ntrait has a half marathon in DE, @jawsurgerycase_runsraces racing the Kiawah marathon in SC and Lesley with the Honolulu marathon! Let’s get it girls🙌🏻🏃🏻♀️🏃🏻♀️🏃🏻♀️
Got out for 8 miles on this morning’s #zerodark30#longlonelyroad training session. Good split times. Felt good even though it was 45 degrees. First session in months that was relatively pain free from nagging injuries. This week has been challenging. Reached a wall point in which I was mentally ready to throw in the towel. The lowest point since I started this journey. I found that the thought of putting it all down and getting back to a more normal lifestyle was quite upsetting. So much internal conflict. Can anyone relate? As I began recovering from that tailspin I listened to @davegoggins and got my head in a better place. Whew not a moment to soon! Jax Marathon next weekend. #tifosioptics#brooksrunning#racewalker#racewalking#racewalkingrulez
#tb to when I had not long owned this weapon of a bike. Super happy on how it is going. Loving riding on disc brakes, really puts me under control through all the corners. Looking forward to racing this beast for months to come and hopefully have some results. Big thanks to @rideindro @giantbikesaus @ryan.bayley.35 @jlarsso1 @kristijlarsson for helping me have the gear I’ve got and keeping it running immaculately.
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Sometimes success is a matter of hanging on after others have let go!! 🏃🏼♀️🏃🏼♀️
The pain of the marathon is like no other!!!! However, it’s a pain I prefer over the other distances. You begin controlled and comfortable, and hold onto to a pace that you believe you are capable of maintaining for 26.2 miles! Usually (not always) sometime after the 20th mile, something starts to break down. (Obviously the later in the race that this happens the better.) If it’s not a body part, it could be general fatigue or nutrition/electrolyte deficiency. Regardless of the culprit, the effort of maintaining that comfortable pace becomes harder and harder! It becomes ”not so comfortable!!!” I always call this period of the race “hanging on”! This is where you decide to fight or to give in. To push or fall back. This is where the suffering starts and the “how bad do you want it” talk begins. Where you think about everything that went into getting you to that moment. The body and the mind may fail you, so you find a higher purpose for your suffering, and run with your heart. ❤️🏃🏼♀️
Coming into CIM I knew I was in sub 3 shape, but anything can happen over 26.2 miles. I hadn’t run under 3 since last years Boston 2017. This was my race!! When my calf started giving me sharp pain around 22-23, the emotions were running high. I slowed a little due to the pain, but quickly started doing math in my head so I knew what I HAD to maintain to get my goal!! Doing math was a good distraction from the pain!! 😂 Although originally, I wanted to run a little faster, I was so thankful I was able to reach my goal of sub 3! I actually loved the CIM course, hills and all, and would definitely consider going back!! ❤️🏃🏼♀️
#longpostalert Back at it. I was able to get some #morningmiles in before working the side hustle today. Been a minute since I’ve posted a run. Been a min since I’ve run. I’ve had difficulty finding the motivation to do one of the things I love most. Moment of honesty: grief is hard y’all. One day you feel like you’ve turned a corner and all is ok...then the next day, you’re back to square one...feeling sad, hurt, depressed, and full of tears. That’s what my days have been like for the last month or so. How long they’ll last, I have no earthly idea 🤷🏾♂️. One thing I have learned through all this is that I don’t have to be strong all the time. I’m human, it’s ok to hurt, it’s ok to be sad, it’s ok to be vulnerable, it’s ok to just be present. Thank you to my friends who have consistently been checking in with me. As hard as this loss has been, I can’t accurately say how much I appreciate the gesture. The phone calls (even though I may miss a call or two 😂), the quick texts, they mean the world to me. I’m hoping to re-dedicate myself very soon to the things that make me happy, the things I’m passionate about, and to the people and organizations that have supported me.