Birthday Weekend

Friday was my birthday, turned 29, my last year that I can say “I am in my twenties”… Not that my twenties have been quite the ride I had anticipated they would be… At 20, I thought I had the whole world by the balls. At 21, I had my first child, my world became less about me and totally about her. At 22, I had my second daughter, too soon, but wouldn’t trade her for the world. By the time I was 25, I was exactly where I was at 22… I was home raising my two baby girls, they were 100% my world… Then my world came crashing down… At 26, I was divorced, I was a single mom, a single working mom. My world changed, my view of everything and everyone in the world changed. At 27, I decided it was time to become a big girl and get my life back in order, but that took two full years, of almost nothing but hard hitting mistakes… So this year, after a year of meeting, dating and marrying the man of my dreams, I plan to enjoy being in my twenties again, as the final hurray of my 20s and the complete 180 that occurred in that time…

Starting that out… I will run the Portland Marathon in less than a week, hoping to PR that race, everything in my training looking like that will be the case. And on a good note, the weather for Portland looks like it should be perfect! This was a blurb from the Portland Marathon newsletter released this morning. 
Bill had a court hearing this morning that had mu stomach in knots, so no run this morning, tonight I will make that up and relieve some stress with an easy 5 miles. The rest of the week looks like this: Tuesday, bike or spin; Wednesday, easy four; Thursday, bike or spin; Friday, easy four & leave for Portland that evening; Saturday, rest; SUNDAY: MARATHON. 

Totally Down in the Dumpster So Far This Week

I do not have a good excuse for my laziness lately, my shitty mood or the fact that my taper week/carb loading has been taken to the extreme. One, I have hardly run this week, I have spun and gone on a bike ride… Two, I have eaten like shit… My piss-poor attitude seemed to pass this morning, and I am feeling much better… I think.

But today had a very productive day at work, catching up on a stack of paperwork. Nice meeting at noon, ultimately meaning I got a delicious free lunch. Off at three to hangout with my girlies. Going to convince my oldest that doing Pilates with me is a fun time. Tonight, I am going to run the bridges, make a nice healthy salmon dinner, with some broccoli and a salad. Take care of my foot and back and get out of the dumpster can. And drink a giant pot of coffee so I can actually stay awake and hang out with Bill, as I have fallen asleep super early every night this week.

Me…

First Run with my New Garmin

All I can say is AWESOME. So Bill gave me the Garmin Forerunner 110 a week early for my birthday and I FLIPPING LOVE IT. It tracks my time, my pace, my heart rate, my calorie burn (specific to me), my path and it is all done by satellite so it’s extremely accurate. I love it. 

I also ran in the the UA shirt Bills mom got for me, it’s a long sleeve, bright pink, extremely thin, and I think if it’s under 65 for the marathon, I’m totally wearing it. 🙂 woot. Weird mood today. Lots of things going on at work, lots of things going on with Bill… Just kind of in an off mood I guess. :-/

The Weekend

Two weeks from today… Portland Marathon. 
Yesterday we had some great friends over to watch the fights after a busy day with all the kiddos. It was nice to relax and visit with everyone. A couple I work with brought a delicious bottle of Moscato, that I drank, the whole thing, by myself. 
Today, slept in. Great big cup of coffee. Hung around with all the kids and watched football. Bill and his mom brought the boys home. I took the girls on a bike ride around the bridges, a nice little 5 mile loop, which about all their little legs can handle. 

Tonight, more football and getting ready for the week. (Last training week before the taper. Woot!!)

The Long One…

Well the longest run before the marathon is complete. 🙂 I could not be happier with where my body is. 

My foot, did not hurt after the first half mile until walking up the stairs at the hotel. My back didn’t hurt during the run at all. My endurance was great, my lungs felt good and at no point during the run did I feel like I wasn’t going to finish.
My Nuun tablets really seem to work well, I was happy with the results. I used the same ol’ power gels that I have used the last two marathons, since I bought a case of the a million years ago, and like always they were great, they taste horrible however. I was reading in Runners World that combining the gels and electrolyte drinks was becoming a “no-no” among runners, cannot see why that would be. Always very effective for me. 
At a very carb heavy dinner last night, and although I do not care for buffets, it was perfect for what I needed last night. And like an old married couple,  Bill and I returned to our room to watch the Philadelphia game last night, and I got a solid 10+ hours of sleep last night.  So everything definitively fell onto place for this final long run, so here is to hoping that the marathon goes as smooth. 

By the way, played the best golf game that I have ever played yesterday. It was a scramble, and we used more of my drives that anyone else’s! My golf game is still pretty damn sad but I was happy I played as well as I did. Could it be I golf better without a bottle of wine in my cart??? 

Carbohydrate Junkie

Running the last long run before the marathon tomorrow, a twenty mile run, on marathon pace, through Spokane… I will admit that I am a total carbohydrate junkie, so the day before a long run, is a guilt free carb-fest chased with so much water it’s ridiculous. This morning, whole wheat bagel with natural organic peanut butter, and coffee with almond milk. And now, as I sit here at the Qwest Casino in Spokane I gorge on Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen’s Mac & Cheese and a Chicken Ranch Stromboli. And the best part of this, that guilt I usually associate with eating these two items is washed away knowing tomorrow I will burn roughly 3,000 calories from my run alone. 🙂 

Bill is in a meeting until 12:00, then I am going golfing with his boss, him, his co-workers and their managers. I will be the only non-employee, apparently someone couldn’t come, and because I filled in at their last meeting, Bill’s boss invited me to do the same. So it should be a good little time. And I can focus on drinking all the water I need to get down today. 🙂 Then we are eating dinner at a Buffett, this usually totally grosses me out, but for what I will need to eat tonight it should work out pretty well. I am sure everyone will stay out and watch the football game tonight, but no alcohol for this lady… I’ll be the one with the water, trying not to think about her foot.

While I am thinking about my favorite things such as carbs…
Favorite drink: Coffee, my secret love is a raspberry white mocha with an extra shot of espresso from Starbucks, but at over 600 calories a drink, I stick to coffee and almond milk
My Favorite Movie: Story of Us, god I love that movie
Favorite color: pink, duh
Favorite food: My grams used to make me the most delicious chicken enchiladas for my birthday every year and fried zucchini, I miss my grams…
Favorite TV show: long retired Friends, Breaking Bad is my currently airing favorite
Favorite book ever: She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb, I need to re-read this, it’s been years
Favorite thing to wear: yoga pants and a sweatshirt that has been washed so much that it’s see-thru
Favorite children’s book: Where the Wild Things Are, although when my sister and I were little I used to read Clyde The Monster to her when she was scared, and she recently bought the girls a copy, and I love it so much.
I have no idea what that was all about other than I am sitting a casino filled with people that I don’t know, needed to eat, too anxious to gamble alone and needed to kill an hour… Mission accomplished. 🙂 

Stress fracture + heels = torture (duh)

I was supposed to go to this marketing lunch with some people from our corporate building and because I was a little nervous, I decided heels were a good decision, which it turns out they were not. My foot was aching by the time I left the facility. And I still hadn’t run yet. It was storming out, with lightening, so a treadmill run was the only option, and honestly (and don’t tell Bill this) exactly what my foot needed. A nice four mile tempo run on a soft, forgiving surface. 

Read several articles today about stress fractures, one thing they stressed over and over was icing the fracture after a run. So today, while my chores sat and looked at me while I iced my foot and sat and looked at them. 
I did find this excellent packing list for the marathon. Which is perfect considering I will be running my twenty mile run Thursday out of town and will want to run in everything just as I plan for the marathon…
And I stole this from another blog I read, because I love it. 

Everything hard for me can be handled usually between a good cry or a good run. And there is no where love more than the ocean. 

It all started with my husband recommending a chiropractor.

Started my morning after the girlies were out the door waiting for the bus, parked the car at the bottom of the hill, take my first Nuun Electrolyte tablet and start off on my morning run, about 1/4 mile in, I start getting an aura… The aura foretelling a dreaded migraine.  The aura typically takes over an hour, and usually makes it difficult to drive as it clouds my vision until it clears, so rather than skip the remainder of my morning run, I finished my run… I was disappointed to not know if my Nuun tablet had any effect on my run but by the time I returned to the car my aura had ended. 

Bill had decided that my migraine was a result of this tweak I’ve been struggling in my back… After an agreement I would give a chiropractor a chance if he greed that regardless of what the chiropractor said I would not stop running nor would I miss the marathon. With that (and this is the most important part of this story) Bill made me an appointment to see a chiropractor. To say I was skeptical would not begin to cover it. Bill sends me a text with a lady’s name and credentialing, I google her, read her entire website, her education, her background, her beliefs surrounding chiropractic care and nutrition, I feel more confident that she’s not a total flake… That is until we pull into her “office”, which appears to be a house, in a residential neighborhood that is totally run down and plain flippin’ sketchy. We walk in to see that the lobby area is separated from the “treatment area” by a mere room separator… With a man getting a treatment… And, there are cats, three I believe total… A cat promptly hops up to greet Bill.
In this picture Bill is texting me, apologizing for this disaster. And then the most amazing thing happened, the lady twisted me around, uncomfortably placed her body too close to mine, but made my back feel amazing. She put some icy hot on at the end and this amazing tape, called Rock Tape (I even got on their website and applied for their sponsorship after using this stuff). This combination is HEAVEN. 

We also discussed my foot… It boils down to this… My bones are weak, because of my lack of calcium. My foot isn’t going to become any less broke, it needs to heal, which it can after the marathon. Until then Calcium with Vitamin D to help not further the bone issues… That makes my list of supplements to now be, Multi-Vitamin, Iron, Rhodiola rosea, Cordyceps, Echinacea, Vitamin C & 5-HTP… A pile of pills. 

On another note, Bill installed a new garage door opener tonight, and I could not believe it, who just does that!?!? It’s so quiet compared to the old one, since its on a rubber track rather than a chain. Pretty cool!!!

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