Thursday, October 31, 2013

Food Poisoning on Saturday….8 Mile Run on Sunday

The title say’s it all about my run this weekend.  I am exactly 12 weeks away from my 9th marathon and for the first time in years I have time goals.  Training is starting to ramp up and I am focusing a great deal on my runs, especially my long runs.  Saturday was a day off from training and I managed to get food poisoning from leftovers.  I spent Saturday afternoon throwing up and dry heaving, Saturday night curled up on the couch with my club soda and Ritz crackers. 
Unfortunately my diet of club soda and Ritz crackers is not exactly ideal the night before an 8 mile run.  Which means I had some decisions to make.  1. Was it a good plan to go running on Sunday after throwing up on Saturday?  2.  Did I have enough reserves to get through the 8 mile run?  And if I didn’t and was really bottoming out while running would I be able to make the tough call to scrap the rest?  I decided before going to bed if I didn’t throw up again and had no other GI issues after 2 A.M. I would get up planning for my run.  When I woke up I was no longer nauseas which was a good sign and as far as I was concerned this meant the run was a go.  I took down a granola bar with some water and gave it about 30 minutes to see how my stomach handled it.  All seemed well so I got my water bottles ready and time to head out the door.  For my last few runs I have been filling my first water bottle with water and then at the halfway point my loop brings me by the house and I switch out for the water bottle filled with Gatorade.  Today I decided to fill both bottles with Gatorade so I could help make up for the lack of caloric intake on Saturday.

Overall this run went very well.  I was able to keep my scheduled pace of 11:10 min/mi without an issue.  The last mile was a struggle for me, however this was more of a mental issue than a physical one.  This is the first marathon where I do not run with anyone – ever.  I was bored and had to work hard to get over my mental block of just wanting to stop.  Above all else when it comes time for the marathon, my mental strength should be stronger than ever.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Just over 12 weeks to go?

It's been a while.  I wasn't officially training, just working out when I could.  I got married, moved across the country 3 days later and now am trying to settle in to my new life.  But within my first few weeks here I got bored and realized I needed to train again and have a focus.  So I registered for the PF Chang Rock 'n' Roll full marathon in January of 2014.  It will be convenient since it is right in Phoenix.  I hired a marathon coach (from afar) and have committed myself to a level of training I have not done in quite some time.
The runs are comfortable for now but I am finding I have new challenges.  This will be the first time I have trained all of my long runs on my own.  I have to get through the mental challenge of running 8, 10, 16 miles by myself.  And yup it can get boring.  In the long run I feel this will end up working to my advantage, I will be able to mentally get through the 26.2 miles, I will have already prepared myself to run by myself.
The other major challenge is trying to explain to my husband so that he truly understands the commitment I have undertaken.  I have not run a full marathon since we have been together.  It's explaining that it isn't always easy to just change which day my long run is on.  Or that I have to eat after my long run, not a few hours later, like within an hour.  It's trying to have him understand my training is now a huge focus in my life.  Finally I went through all of my old emails and found one from my very first marathon on team Joints In Motion with Coach Vic.  Vic wrote weekly training emails and he wrote one to the friends and family of the marathoner, something 8 years I still think parts of it are very useful and others I ignore.  I had my husband read this email hoping it would provide him with a little more insight of what this is all about.
Now that I am training again it is time to start writing about it again.  I am getting to run my 9th marathon with ankylosing spondolysis, something that every single one of my rheumatologist gets excited about.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

snow in April

Ok it's April 2nd and there are snow flakes out there.  Seriously??  I know I have run in the snow before but somehow when I don't have other people counting on me or a marathon to train for I lack motivation to go out and run in the cold.  Instead I have been very consistent about doing the Jillian Michaels DVD's, I love the circuit training part of them but am getting bored so decided it was time to start making my own circuits.  I took exercises from a little bit of everywhere and I have to say it was really hard because I did each exercise for the full minute vs splitting it up and going back and forth like a lot of workout DVD's do.  Below is my 24 minute full circuit training workout.  There are 3 full rotations - 3 minutes of strength training, 3 minutes of cardio and 2 minutes of core.

Bent over row
Walk out push up

High knees
Butt kicks
Jumping jacks

Plank twist

Shoulder press with leg kick (switch legs at 30 sec)
Push ups
Chair dips

Plank jacks
Mountain climbers

Scissor kicks

Bridge with arm flies/alternate skull crushers
One hand snatch (alternate which arm at 30 sec)
bicep curls

Alternating front leg kick
Shadow box with weights
Sumo squat jump

Twisting crunches
Wall sit

Monday, March 25, 2013

A Change in Focus??

Can it be?  That right after I declare I need to pick a new marathon that I want to change my focus for my training?  Well maybe change isn't the correct word for what I want.  This morning the love of my life asked me to marry him to which of course I said YES!  So now I want to run a marathon in the fall but I also want to be ready to look stunning in a wedding dress sooner versus later.  And I truly believe every bride is beautiful but there are certain things I want to do.
1. I want to be healthy, this has been and always will be my main goal.
2.  I want to finish my goal of losing a few more pounds, I am already half way there and it is for health more than anything (I was feeling blah)
3. I want to have the well defined but not too masculine arms and back.  You know the parts of me I will be showing off that day.  (oh and abs since I will be in a sari).
4.  And still want to find a marathon

Ok now that I have goals I just need to work a bit more how on to get there.  I know the running part will take care of the weight and health.  It will also help me with that whole marathon thing.  Now just to get the rest of my body ready to say "I do".  I will be blogging my progress and how the workouts are going.  And in the 5 minutes of google I realized there are about a zillion workout plans for the "bride to be" - I won't do them all but may pick and choose what I feel will be most effective for my body.  Check back to see how my progress goes and where my focus is :)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Spring is here...I must run

Ok so maybe it isn't officially spring yet and New England weather does change by the minute but it is warmer and the snow is melting.  In fact it was over 50 degrees today!  This means I am out of excuses and it is time to run again - YAY!  Except starting to run again is miserable.  You suddenly remember how the starting process hurts, how you feel fatigued easily and wish you were back to the point where you took running 5-10 miles for granted.
This morning my run was only 3.2 miles and was definitely on the slower side but I ran up and down the hills of Worcester and completed my run.  As much as I dislike the "start" of training I love the way running makes me feel.  I love the convince of going for a run - stepping out my door vs having to drive somewhere.  Now to finish up my yoga and keep running.  Next will be picking my next Marathon - it's time I start working on Marathon #9!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

And then there is being sick...

I managed to fight it off throughout my last semester of school and during my studying for the NCLEX but finally the outside world won and I got sick.  I am very aware of doing everything you are supposed to do and try my best (wash hands, drink plenty of fluids, eat a healthy diet...the whole enough sleep thing well I'm working on that now).
I woke up Thursday with sinus's that wanted to explode but decided to head to yoga anyways.  I ended up feeling better after the yoga class which is always a good sign.  Unfortunately by the end of work Thursday night I was feeling very run down and exhausted.  The next question always is - do I train when I'm sick?  My girlfriend Laura has the general rule of thumb - above the neck it's go ahead and train, below the neck take time off but if there is a fever involved that's another whole ball game.  Can I sweat out a fever?  After some research and listening to my body it was the distinct conclusion of rest is best.  So yoga was out yesterday, tried to find the motivation for calisthenics but that didn't happen either.  There is just more sleep today and hoping to get back to training hard next week.  This is not helping me with my cause to working out and getting in shape with my 2 virtual partners (we never have time to train together but are definitely keeping each other on track).  The only good news is no food looks good to me so I'm not too worried about staying in my calorie range.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Birkram Yoga

A while ago I purchased 10 classes of Bikram Yoga on groupon and now that NCLEX and nursing school are finally over I realized it was time for me to get there.  When I went I changed over to a 30 days special they are running for new students and set up for my first class.  
First things first - if you have never done this type of yoga it is crazy hot in there!  I was sweating just sitting there.  And I was going to do yoga for the next 90 minutes in there?!  As it turns out the heat is manageable but you are absolutely exhausted after this.  For anyone who knows me I have a very hard time finding anything that will keep my attention for 90 minutes and not get bored or try to do 3 other things at the same time.  I only found myself looking at the clock once and going "seriously we've only been at this for 40 minutes" and then next thing I knew we only had 5 minutes to go!
I enjoyed it enough that I signed up for day 2's class right away and was back the next morning for it.  Unfortunately day 3 was off since I am fighting some sort of illness but cannot wait to go back for another class.

Monday, February 18, 2013

3 feet of snow and no marathon to train for

It's been a while since I have posted anything but to be honest it has been a while since 1. I have been in regular marathon training and 2. since I have gone for a run.  This is my second winter in the past 10 years that I am NOT training for the Boston Marathon.  I miss is more and more everyday which tells me that my marathon training is not gone forever.  In the meantime school and passing my NCLEX have been my focus.  With all of that out of my way I am now in charge of trying to get back in shape.  Here's my next dilemia - there is a large amount of snow on the ground in Worcester and apparently they do not believe in clearing their side walks there.  Unlike when I was living in Newton there is no carriage road to run on here either.  (and according to the significant other there is some concern about my safety).
My main motivation is agreeing to be a fitness buddy with my good friend Mirjana in her quest to be consistent in her high gear workout plan for the next 30+ days in her attempt to be ready for wedding dress fittings.  Since I'm not running it's hard core cross training time.  And I haven't even bothered to join a gym since I know how very uninterested I am in going to a gym.  So I am back to blogging and recording my workouts and didn't see the point in starting a new blog to talk about my workouts since someday all of this will bring me back to running marathons.
I am on day 2 of tracking my food intake on the app "myfitnesspal" (free and an amazing app) and my workouts which yesterday was 20 min of cardio kickboxing, today 22 min circuit training and 15 min of calisthenics.
Here's to being in shape - after all I have all the free time in the world until I find a nursing job!