Monday, February 29, 2016

4 laps is way better than 12

Yesterday morning I squeezed in a quick 8 miler before Ryan did his run.

I took the scenic route and ran by Smithfield Elementary, our elementary school currently assigned to us based on location. I had never seen it and was curious what it looked like. Yep you guessed it, it looked like an elementary school.

Less than 1/4 mile from the elementary school is Quail Hollow Middle which features an outdoor track. I decided to do 3 miles around the track to break up the distance.

It was my first time running on that track, and I must admit, running 4 laps for each mile instead of the 12 laps that I do at the indoor track at Harris YMCA is way better.

I even timed myself on my quarter mile time ... 1:50 minutes. Not bad after running almost 6 miles prior to that.

I made it home in a little over an hour. Looking to do 7 or 8 miles once a week as my long run. Fingers crossed it works out!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Charlotte 10 miler recap

On Saturday February 20th I ran the Charlotte 10 miler for the 3rd time. 
Charlotte 10 Miler Race Website

The night before the race I made sure I had a cheeseburger and 2 beers ... you know for tradition's sake ... for good luck ... whatever.

Ryan and I took the boys to Cowfish, which ordinarily would've meant a huge wait for a table but since it was only 4:45pm we had no problems.  Yes I realize that is incredibly early, but wait until you have 2 kids and let me know your thoughts on eating out :) 

I ordered:
THE C.B.C.L.T. Half-pound beef burger, cheddar cheese, applewood bacon, white cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, Cowfish sauce, brioche bun.  Choice of side $13

Modifications included no lettuce and tomato, add pickles, sub garlic aioli for the Cowfish sauce.  Side was the French fries.  Their fries are by far my favorite part of dining there.  Price point is a little steep but it's a huge burger and I ended up giving Ryan some of it.

The next morning I woke up at 6:30am and got myself ready for the race.  The forecast was low 40's and cloudy so I wore compression socks, shorts, a long sleeve top with my Charlotte Running Company "racing team" shirt on top.  Had to wear my UCF hat for good luck since I've worn it at most races I've run.  I ate a granola bar and headed out to the race at around 7:05. 

I got to the parking garage for the race with what I figured was plenty of time.  I took my time wandering over to the port-a-potty area and noticed some super long lines.  Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to go before the start of the race because the announcer said 5 minutes until the start and I figured it wasn't worth being late.

Some of the race takes place through neighborhoods, while the majority takes place along the Greenway.  It is by far my favorite place to run along in Charlotte.  I kept up a pretty good pace and hit the 5 mile mark in 39:20 minutes and felt good about hitting my overall goal of 1 hour 20 minutes. 

Although I put a couple of gummy candies in my Spibelt I never got a chance to eat them.  My hands were too cold to fumble with the zipper and I didn't want to slow down.  I also skipped all of the water stations.  During races if I slow down there is a good chance I won't start back up.  Call me an old, rundown car.

Unfortunately by the time we hit mile 8 we entered some treacherous neighborhood with some killer hills.  I mean what the heck race people ... why end the race on that note?  Although the hills did stop by mile 9 which gave us 1 glorious mile to kick it into gear and finish fast(ish).  You would think I would've remembered those hills from the last 2 races I did but I guess my subconscious blocked it out. 

Best part of the race BY FAR was high fiving Mason right before I finished.  It's always so much fun to see my boys cheering me on. 
Official time 1 hour, 20 minutes, 18 seconds
10th in my age group
63rd female finisher
198th overall finisher

Back in 2014 I finished in 1 hour and 23 minutes and in 2013 I finished in 1 hour and 28 minutes.  At least I've been showing improvement each year that I've finished the race.  Would love to shave those 18 seconds off my latest time. 

This is a great race!  I love the 10 mile distance.  The weather is always iffy ... in 2013 it rained the entire time ... in 2014 they rescheduled the race because the course was wrecked from rain.  This year it was cold but so much better without the rain.  I hope to run this again next year!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Eleven months - Anderson

Anderson wanted to take an earlier than usual nap this morning, and Mason seems preoccupied with his Leapfrog, so why not get this update posted in a timely manner?

This past month has brought so many exciting changes for our little man.  He's standing!  And he's cut 3 more teeth.  Now he has 2 on the top and 3 on the bottom. 

These monthly pictures are impossible to take now and it seems like perfect timing that his last session is next month.  He went ahead and broke the chalkboard this morning so his 12 month pictures will feature that.

  • still taking 2 naps a day ... one around 10am and one around 2:30pm.  clearly this fluctuates (today he went down at 9:15am) but he's pretty consistent. 
  • goes to bed around 6:45pm and wakes up around 7am
  • still drinking 24 ounces of Elecare formula ... 8 ounces in the morning, 6 ounces after 1st nap, 6 ounces after 2nd nap, and 4 ounces at bedtime
  • eating 3 meals a day at the table ... oatmeal and applesauce for breakfast, 1 orange and 1 green vegetable at lunch, 1 orange and 1 green vegetable at dinner.  I've been adding lentils to his dinner vegetable for added protein.  for dinner he's also been trying whichever meat we have (he's had turkey, chicken, ground beef, and fish).  Ace also has a small bowl of peas for dinner since he can manage grabbing those and chewing them.  we've tried to give him a sippy cup of water at dinner time as well but he hasn't grasped the concept of swallowing the water and ends up as a wet t-shirt contestant
  • wearing mostly 12-18 month clothing.  has the tiniest feet and is rocking 2 pairs of size 3 shoes
  • current weight 21.5 pounds

On the disappointing news ... Ace had an allergist appointment this past Monday.  He's allergic to eggs, dairy, peanuts, and sesame seeds.  Super super super bummed about this since ordinarily at the 1 year mark we would switch him from formula to cow's milk.  Our allergist is pushing to do a soy challenge in the office so that he can have soy milk, but I'm leaning towards trying hemp milk as his alternative.

Aside from the food allergies little man is doing fantastic!  His eczema rarely flares and when it does we usually just use his steroid ointment.  When he seems really itchy he gets a dose of Benadryl and is good to go. 

He's so much fun right now but is getting into everything via crawling and standing.  Drawers are being opened and dog bowls are being attacked.  Being contained is no fun but he doesn't mind being corralled in the pack n play when dinner needs to be made.

Can't believe his first birthday is in one month.  We'll be celebrating with a small party at home complete with a taco bar.  I'm still working on finding a smash cake that is egg and dairy free.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

junk miles?

has anyone else heard of the term junk miles?  usually you find junk miles described as running without a specific purpose or goal ... miles that can end up causing injury if not careful. 

I run.  I run different amounts all the time but for the most part I average 15-20 miles a week.  some runs are indoors on the indoor track (12 laps = 1 mile).  some runs are done slowly on a treadmill.  some runs are done outdoors in hilly Charlotte.  some runs are done alone and others are done pushing the BOB with Anderson in tow.  some runs are fast and others are slow.  some runs are 1 mile long and others are over 9 miles.  this is beginning to sound very Dr. Seuss-ish. 

I run as a way to have some time to myself and a break from the every day hustle and bustle of mom life.  so even on days that I know I don't HAVE to run, I find myself squeezing in a few miles just because I can. 

say I run 5 out of 7 days a week.  1 of those runs will be my long run (in preparation for a half marathon or more recently a 10 miler on 2/20).  at least another 1 of those runs will be pretty speedy (3 or 4 miles at a quick pace).  another 1 of those runs will be around my neighborhood or by Mason's school where the hills are plentiful.  but the rest of my runs are just done without any planning or goals in mind.  I just lace up and run. 

and after increasing my mileage in the past month I am finding myself with more aches and pains.  heel pain ... ankle pain ... knee pain ... and most recently right hip pain. 

so I took today off.  I am considering taking tomorrow off in anticipation of my long run on Saturday morning.  have all of my fluff runs that I've been doing secretly been hurting me?  I think I've tried to do too much too fast and haven't eased into increasing weekly mileage.  so instead of trying to hit 20 miles this week just to know that I ran 20 miles this week, I may scale it back and do less miles that actually mean more.

any ideas on how to fix a hurt hip? 

My first trail race!

a little late but I figured a (brief) review of my first trail race is better than nothing!

on January 16th my friend Stephanie and I ran the Charlotte Running Co. 4 mile trail race at the Whitewater Center.

It was a little chilly that morning but we were happy the sun was out and shining after days of constant rain.  All of that rain meant, you guessed it, lots of slippery trails.  A little over 1 mile of the course took place on the gravel and sidewalk around the Whitewater Center.  The rest of the race took place on some treacherous trails.  It.  Was.  So.  Slippery.  Like people were falling left and right.  People were holding onto branches and tree roots to prevent slipping and sliding.  Since I have a history of falling (all joking aside I'm THE clumsiest runner) I tried to take it as slow and easy as I could.

I DIDN'T FALL once which was a huge accomplishment for me! 

It did take me over 40 minutes, however, to finish the 3.8 miles.  Although I was convinced I would never do another trail race because of how hard it was ... I would love a rematch on a day when the trails aren't super wet from days of rain.  Some nice dry terrain would be a fun challenge.  Also I have no idea how runner were able to endure approximately 13 miles of those trails with how muddy the ground was.  Hardcore for sure!

All in all it was a great experience and lots of fun having a friend running the race too. 

Anyone do a trail race before?  Did you run in normal running shoes or invest in trail sneakers?