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My Favorite Running Gadgets

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Good morning!

Before heading to the gym to teach my final Yoga Sculpt class and do a bit of running, I started with a delicious bowl of berries, bananas, almond milk, a little bit of protein powder, cinnamon, and a teaspoon of peanut butter.  Seriously, this little bowl was so delicious, I wish it was bigger!  It was just the thing I needed to give me some fuel before my morning workouts.

Half Marathon

Recently, I mentioned that I was resuming my half marathon training.  I must say that I am a little bit nervous about this one because I had to take a break due to a lack of hours in the day, and I am coming back to training still searching for the time to run.  What I am trying to do is squeeze runs in anywhere I can, so I am going to do a short run at the gym before I teach today to focus a bit on speed, and I will complete my long run of 7 miles on Friday.

The race is September 28, and I know that if I stick with my plan and just keep logging miles I will be fine….but I am still nervous!

In the spirit of my half marathon training, I thought I would share some of my favorite running gadgets that help me plug through those 13.1 miles:

 

Garmin 305

I must say that I LOVE my Garmin Forerunner 305.  When I ran my last half marathon, I did not have a watch that logged miles for training and solely relied on pre-mapping my trails online.  With the Garmin, I feel that I have the freedom to explore somewhat new places, I love that I can keep track of my pace which allows me to be more competitive, and I can see my overall time as well.

All in all, I don’t know what I did without it!

 

Road ID Bracelet

Mom got me this Road ID bracelet for Christmas because I on the cruise ship, I would frequently go running when we stopped in various ports, and didn’t have a simple way to carry any sort of identification.  I love this bracelet because it is lightweight, simple, PINK, and it has my name, my parents information, and Brian’s information.  You can even put an inspirational saying on the bracelet 🙂  Needless to say, I no longer run without it.

Nathan Handheld Water Bottle

I love this little guy!  If it weren’t for this Nathan handheld water bottle, I would be dying of thirst on my runs over 5 miles.  It is great because it literally straps to your hand, does not leak, and is easy to just put to your lips and get some water out without making a mess or having to stop running.  Seriously, it is awesome and I highly recommend it…especially in the summer!

Spi Belt

My mom also got me this little gem.  I was having trouble when running because when I would go long distances, I didn’t have anywhere to put my phone, car key, or any other random little tid bit that may be floating around and need a place to go.  The Spi Belt is great because it easily fits my phone (which is a rather large iPhone in a big case), and even includes a waterproof pouch so that things don’t get ruined by the sweat.  It simply straps around the waist and can hold almost anything you need it to.

 

Body Glide

Last, but not least, the beloved Body Glide.  During the training for my first half marathon, I started to have some trouble with chafing during my longer runs right under my armpits and a little where my shorts would rub between my legs.   In order to prevent this, someone recommended that I use Body Glide.  It is honestly like chapstick that you put on your skin, and I was a little skeptical as to how well it would work…but believe me, it works wonders!  Now, I don’t even risk it and I always wear it!  And that little stick of body balm will last you forever.  Seriously, a great investment.

 

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Now, that you know some of my favorite running tools…I’ve gotta run!  Literally 😉  Have a happy Wednesday!

Question of the Morning:

  • What are some of your favorite pieces of running gear?  Favorite shoes, running top, watches, headbands, anything?!

Training Schedule

Last night, I hung out with my parents!

We originally planned to walk around and eat at the Rib America Festival, but when it started pouring down rain we decided on eating in at a restaurant.

We went to a little bar/restaurant called Chatham Tap.  This bar is just so cute and has a great atmosphere!  It is seat yourself, so sometimes when it is busy there can be a long wait, but last night we were able to waltz right in and sit down.

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We started off with a delicious onion rings appetizer.  I took a picture, but unfortunately the picture won’t show up on my computer.  The breading on these rings was so light and crisp, and the sauce was slightly smoky flavored with chipotle and very runny which was a surprise considering most onion ring sauces are a bit thick.  I think that my favorite part was the fact that the onion rings were topped with grated parmesan cheese…so yummy!

For my entree I go the balsamic grilled chicken salad.

It had blue cheese, sunflower seeds, cranberries, grilled chicken, a balsamic dressing (on the side of course), all on top of mixed field greens.  The salad was wonderfully refreshing, which is just what I wanted after having onion rings as a first course.

Mom got the fish and chips, which is one of their more famous dishes, per Brian’s recommendation.  I tried a bite of the fish, and although the breading was thick, it was slightly sweet and just so delicious!  Good recommendation Brian!

We then ordered a piece of turtle pie to share.

Need I say more?  It was delicious 🙂

We then, went to the Rib America Festival so that Dad could listen to the Dooby Brothers, and Mom and I walked around and sampled the barbeque sauce from each vendor…our favorite was the smoky!  I can’t remember which booth it was at though.

This Morning

This morning I woke up, and my knee was bothering me.  Last night it was actually bothering me to on the lateral (outside) side of my right knee.  I have never had a pain like this before, but I am positive that it is from the half marathon.  I am hoping that it goes away with time, but in order to prevent further issues this morning I did some stretching and exercises to work my IT Band, hip adductors and abductors (the inside and outside muscles of my thigh).

IT band stretches/strengthening

Hip adductor/abductor strengthening

 

 

Hopefully things start to feel better tomorrow!  There is no swelling, which is good, I think I just need time to rest.

Breakfast

Breakfast this morning was what I think a Sunday breakfast should be…pancakes!

I originally wanted to buy buckwheat pancake mix when I went grocery shopping, but I couldn’t find it so I decided to try Hungry Jack Wheat Blends pancake mix.  It tasted delicious.  The pancakes were light and fluffy not dense like some wheat pancakes can be.

I topped them with some natural peanut butter, raspberries (thanks mom!), and sugar free syrup.  We also had some coffee on the side.  It was the perfect way to start a Sunday!

Training Schedule

Yesterday, I told you I would go into detail about my training schedule for the half marathon.  I looked at several plans, finally deciding on the Hal Higdon Training Schedule and the Fitness.com Half Marathon 8 Week Training Plan.

I combined the two workouts putting my schedule and my group fitness teaching schedule into consideration to come up with this 8 week plan:

  • Monday:  Pilates or Stretching/Strength
  • Tuesday:  4 or 5 mile run depending on the week
  • Wednesday:  Short run with strength training
  • Thursday:  Short run or cross train
  • Friday:  Rest
  • Saturday:  Cross train
  • Sunday:  Long run
Of course some weeks I had to tweak things a bit because of various events and my constantly changing work schedule, but I think that this schedule totally worked for me.  Since I had just finished training for a 6 mile race, I was able to up the mileage in my long runs faster than I expected, so I actually changed the numbers in my plan a couple of times but kept the same basic format.
When it comes to nutrition and training for a half marathon or marathon I looked to blogs like running-advice and the Runner’s World magazine site.   When it comes down to it, everybody is different and needs to find the food combo that works best to fuel them.
I really enjoyed having a long-term goal in sight, and I am 100% sure that this is something I will do again.  Because it was my first race I did not incorporate speed training into my regiment, but I have decided that is a goal I will focus on next time.

 

Race Day Recap

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I survived my first half marathon!  And so did Lauren (my friend who did it with me).  It was a great experience and a fun accomplishment to check off the the ole to-do list.  Here is a recap of the entire day.

Yesterday, Jenna, Lauren, and I walked downtown to the Hilton Garden Inn to register for the race and pick up our t-shirts.  The shirts were so nice!  Dry-Fit long sleeved shirts…too bad it was literally 98 degrees outside today.  It will be good to have for fall though.  Since the race is women’s only, Paul Mitchell The School Indianapolis was one of the sponsors and gave out free manicures!  Of course the three of us took advantage of that.

This morning, my mom, Brian, and I all met up with Lauren bright and early so that we could walk to the race together.  We were all ready to go along with 1,998 other women.  This was the first annual Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon, and if I were the judge, I would say it was a success.

Can you spot me in the crowd waiting to start!?

Mom and Brian waited for me at miles 4 and 12.  This was at mile 4…still going strong!

I like to make strange faces while I run…

There is Lauren!

In between mile 12 Brian gave Mom a little tour of downtown.  He showed her the Sheraton, which is our reception venue, the church we hope to get married in, and a little area with cute shops, bars, and restaurants called Mass Ave.

By mile 12, my little hand held water bottle was empty and really annoying me…so this is a picture of me tossing the bottle to Mom.

About to cross the finish line!

I ended up finishing in 2 hours and 7 minutes in 291st place overall and 26th in my age group out of 107.

Everyone got medals at the end.  I felt so accomplished at the end of the race, but for some reason as soon as I saw the finish line I wanted to cry!! I cry for a lot of silly reasons, but I have never cried at the end of a run.  As soon as I saw my Mom and Brian, the tears just started flowing.  Then, I basically shoved a banana in my face.

Brian had my Tervis full of ice water for me at the end and I literally chugged the entire thing so fast.  I never knew I could drink so much water without going to the bathroom (I am notorious for having the world’s smallest bladder).

This is my sign for 13.1…it was hard to do by myself so it looks more like 4.

They had bloody marys and mimosas waiting at the finish line too.  I usually LOVE bloody mary’s, so I was really excited to have one at the end.  Unfortunately, they tasted like straight vodka….not my cup of tea.  So, I just ate the two celery sticks out of it instead.

They also had little sandwich wraps, shrimp, and a chocolate fountain to dip strawberries in.  That strawberry tasted so amazing, and I think Brian really enjoyed the wraps and shrimp ;).

Then, Maelyn (she was a little sick so she switch to the 5K race this morning) and I spotted the massage station.  We waited in line for an hour…but it was soooo worth it!  I am only wearing one shoe in the picture because it literally felt like a knife was in my toe for about half of the race because of a callus on the bottom of my big toe.  Don’t worry, it’s better now!

I did a little pre-massage stretching.

Once I was on the table I had no idea what I even wanted done.  I just told him to work his magic, and he started rubbing on muscles that I didn’t even know were sore!

Maelyn enjoyed her massage too!

This was such a fun thing to do with friends!  I can’t wait for the next one 🙂

I then came home to eat lunch.  I had left over caprese salad from last night, cheese, veggies and dip, and unpictured trail mix.  I find that when I do these long runs, it is better for me to eat little bits throughout the day rather than one giant meal.

After lunch, I then soaked in the bath and watched the season finale from Desperate Housewives as a refresher since the season starts back up in a couple of weeks!

All in all it was an amazing experience.  I will go into more detail about my training schedule tomorrow 🙂

Training Isn’t Always Pretty

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I woke up today ready to run!

I started out with an overnight bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter to give me fuel for my final long run of training.

My mom is part of a walking group, and today they were walking 6 miles so I went with them to see what I could do.  Originally, I thought that I was going to do the 6 mile loupe twice and possibly walk the last mile since 11 miles was on the schedule for the day.  I ended up finding a group of runners that were doing the half marathon loupe so I joined up with them!

I started off running right behind another girl that seemed to have a pace pretty similar to mine.  After about 3 miles I lost her and was on my own.  There was a group of three people a ways in front of me that I had been following for the entire run as well.  Although the trail was marked, I still didn’t really know where I was going so I told myself to stay behind them the entire time.  After getting to about mile 8, I caught right up to them!!  My pace was under 10 minutes the entire time, which is faster than usual for me on these long runs 🙂  When I caught up to them, they realized they didn’t know where they were going and I didn’t know where I was going either, so we stuck together in order to figure it out.

Throughout my training for the half marathon I have been doing my long runs (well all of my runs for that matter) by myself just listening to my iPod.  Once I started running with them, I turned off the iPod and I was surprised by the fact that I was able to carry on a conversation after running nearly 10 miles!  It was great to have company, especially experienced company that pushed my pace a bit.  After talking for a while, we realized that I went to high school with the son of one of the men and he is dating one of my best friend’s from high school’s younger sister….small world!!

I opted not to walk the last 1 or 2 miles because I was feeling so great.  Colin (one of my new friends) and I sped up a little bit faster than Len and Tiffany (the other two running friends) and finished with ease.

My new running buddy! 13 miles!

I then stretched out, and made sure to do a good job of it because jumping from 10 miles to 13 miles is a big leap, but I know I will be in good shape for the race next Saturday.  Good news though…no chafing!  Thank you Body Glide!

Training isn’t always Pretty

I felt pretty good afterwards and came right home to shower.  After showering I started blow drying my hair, and then suddenly I just did NOT feel good.  I didn’t eat right afterwards because my stomach felt a little strange and I didn’t want to upset it, but I think that was a bad idea.  I made myself a little glass of chocolate milk to replenish my body with blood sugar and protein, but that just didn’t quite do the trick.  I layed down on the couch to just close my eyes and try to  cool down.  I think the blow dryer overheated me.

Not feelin' too good

My mom then gave me raisins, peanuts, and chocolate chips along with a fresh glass of ice water…just what the doctor ordered!!

Post run replenishment

It’s true, training isn’t always pretty…but I guess chocolate just makes everything better 😉

Now, mom and I are off to the grocery, picking up my brides maid dress (!!), hopefully replacing my camera, hitting up Taste of the Arts in downtown Fort Wayne, Chelsea’s open house, then Chelsea’s bachelorette party!! Should be a fun and busy day 🙂

Pre-Post Workout Fuel for the Bod

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As part of my half marathon training, I am going to focus on two things that usually go to the wayside: strength training, and properly fueling before and refueling after my runs.  Since today is my first official half marathon training run, I started out with a smoothie with a little granola on the bottom.  Fitsugar had a great article about what to eat pre and post workouts.  It suggests that 2-3 hours pre-workout (that’s me!) eat a meal of around 300-400 calories that includes fat, carbs, and protein.

In my pre-workout smoothie:

  • 2/3 Banana
  • 1/2 Cup Strawberries
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Peanut Butter (protein/fat/carbs)
  • 1 Handful Spinach
  • A Splash of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Packets of Splenda
  • Pinch of Xanthum Gum
  • 1/4 Cup Granola (protein/fat/carbs)

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Post-workout, it says to refuel with a mix of carbs and protein, so I will pack a snack…not sure what though!  Hope you all have a wonderful day!