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4th Half Marathon Goals and an update

I’m back! Well sort of. My family visit was fantastic, and we had so much fun! I got some exciting news, and we got to enjoy some quality beach time together!

I took a break from blogging (not healthy living though, don’t worry) and focused on my work. I am in the process of switching hosting sites (adios godaddy), printing and assembling 100 wedding invitations, redesigning my web site and putting together a book to bring to trade shows of invitation samples. Basically, a whole bunch of work crammed into a few weeks. I’ve been trying to be really focused on this task, and I’m not going to lie, my “sacrifice” for Lent has been easier than ever to keep up with.

As far as training goes, things have been going really well. I did 12 miles this weekend, and have a week of regular training with a taper run on Sunday. We did this method for the Disney race, where we have a week of taper for our long runs the week before the race rather than running 12 and then have the race 7 days later. I have been focusing more on speed workouts (lots of 400m at 8 minute mile pace, tempo runs, etc.) but I don’t know if it is too little too late. I want to do another race this summer or next fall where I put a ton of emphasis on not missing any speedwork, and really pushing myself completely.

The race on April 10 has a few key goals:

The “if this doesn’t happen I better be dead or have a broken bone” goal: finish the race

The “if this happens I’ll be happy with myself and won’t bitch about it very much” goal: 2:10

The “if this happens, Jesus really does love me” goal: 2:00

Anywhere in between 2:10 and 2:00 would be deemed a success to me. I’m excited for the race, and hope that I can end my half marathon season with a bang. 🙂

Onto the next race, we have found a super fun 5K to run 2 weeks after the race. We both feel like this is the perfect way for us to not slack off on our running after the race or fall into a post race slump (which always seems to happen to me.) I want to focus a lot on speedwork for the 5K, but keep one long run a week (7-10 miles) so that I am always in “half marathon” shape.

On the food front, things have been going pretty well. I have lost about 3 pounds and feel like I’m at a comfortable race pace. I’ve gotten used to my calorie intake, and have logged literally everything into sparkpeople. No bite gets left behind, no matter how hard it is to figure out how to track it. I’ve been trying a few new recipes, but nothing major. Work has taken a lot out of me, and by the time dinner time comes around, a lot of my creativity flies out the window and I make turkey burgers.

Currently I am trying to buy tickets to see my all time favorite band Yellowcard in Orlando this Friday. I waited too long to buy tickets, and now they are sold out. I cried real tears. I’m trying to stay positive and am scouring craigslist and ebay for anything under $100 a ticket. I have to see them play. I HAVE TO.


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Snack Attack

I don’t know if it’s nerves about the race on Saturday, nerves about work or just all-around stress but my stomach has been crazy the last few days.

Yesterday I could hardly stomach anything, and had saltines with ginger ale for lunch, and today I can’t stop snacking. Lunch (which was still not pictured…) was a pretty amazing sandwich:

whole wheat arnolds thin
light miracle whip
cucumber slices

and a bowl of cereal, because I needed something sweet. I really need to get these cereal cravings under control because I definitely tend to eat multiple servings in one bowl.

Later on I got the snack attack again and had a Kidz Clif Bar. I warm the chocolate brownie ones up in the microwave and it’s like eating a brownie right out of the oven.

As soon as the husband gets home we are off to the running store to pick up some gu’s and chomps for Saturday! I can’t believe my 3rd half marathon is just around the corner. I really really want to PR on this race (2:10 or bust!) so I feel a lot of pressure.

My to-do list is getting shorter and shorter:
puppy nail trim
pack puppies
pack humans
print race materials
go to Orlando
go to expo
pass out
run the race!
don’t die!


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The end of a very long road

I’ve been half marathon training technically since August, so the 3 miler that took place this morning was sort of epic. Robert and I woke up before the sun to try and “train” our brains into getting up early. The race on Saturday starts at 5:15 AM (which I had forgotten existed) and we are supposed to have a 3AM wake up call on race day.

Today’s run was an easy 3 miler, and was luckily a warm one. The temps were in the low 60’s, which is still about 20 degrees warmer than the low on race day. I’m not too worried, I just need to make a trip to Goodwill to get a throwaway sweatshirt and maybe some pants to wear before the start. The great thing about the Disney race is that they collect the thrown clothes and wash them to donate to Goodwill. So woot!

I was a little sore from running too fast on Tuesdays 4 miler (38:36, which seems super slow but it’s a PR for me), but we took it super easy and finished in about 31 minutes this morning. I stupidly wore an underarmor sweatshirt and was a sweaty mess by the end of it, so all I wanted was cold food. Enter the fitnessista breakfast cookie dough cereal (sort of). I have yet to purchase chia seeds or flax or whatever else food bloggers toss into their oats, but it was still protein rich and full of delicious.

1/3 cup Quaker Quick Oats
1.5 T Smuckers natural creamy peanut butter
1/4 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 t light brown sugar
2/3 soy milk light
about .5 cup of whole grain cheerios (for some extra crunch)

Unfortunately, since breakfast was consumed about 2 hours earlier than normal, I was a starvin marvin by 9:45am, and made a whole wheat english muffin with about .5 tablespoon of peanut butter. I am also consuming water like it’s going out of style out of my collectors cup from SeaWorld. It probably holds about 20 ounces, but it’s purple and has a stretchy straw and pictures of manta rays on it, so I obviously LOVE IT.

Today’s work agenda is pretty packed. I got an order for some logo design and business cards that I am super excited about, and have some more work to do on the store. It’s really coming along and I still can’t believe that this is what I get to do. Not many people get the opportunity to start their own business and work from home at such a young age. So big thanks to the husband for making that happen!

Pictures of food might happen sooner or later. I’m just super lazy and usually super hungry by the time I make food, so pictures are usually an afterthought after it looks like a half-eaten mess.


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