Monday, September 15, 2014

Chips and Salsa Half Marathon

Ok so I had been jumping over some hurdles to be able to train for this one especially when hubs was out of town or couldn't help watch the kiddo for some of my longer runs on the weekends.  I had a wonderful training partner that helped get me through some of this!  One run she actually came over to my house and let me run while she watched our two kiddos then when I got back we switched spots ( I think this was for the 10 mile run).  Now that is a dedicated training partner!  I can't believe we didn't manage to get a photo of the two of us on race day or during any of our training!  But that's what happens when you're in a hurry to get back to the kids you left at home with the dads :-)

To start off the morning I drove to the wrong starting point!  I had done this race director's last race in April and in my head just went on autopilot to the start of the last race.  I'm thinking where is everyone.  Luckily I pulled it up on my phone and saw it was a totally different race start and made it there just in time to give my training partner her bib and chip, hit the port a potty and go to the start.  Whew!!!  So with some adrenaline we started the race.  She was in the middle of tying her shoe when the start gun went off so she had to maneuver her way to the side line to get it tied.  Ok now we're really started!  We ran the first 6 miles together which was great because we kept each other distracted and we were running somewhere around 9 min. miles I think.  Then when I noticed I started getting side splints trying to keep up with her I told her this is where we part.  I felt good until around mile 10.  I could feel dehydration kicking in and for some reason my hips were hurting.  Either way I pushed through and finished feeling tired but good.  Finished 13.21 in 2:12 which I was happy with.  The last half I did was similar flat course and about 5 months earlier and I had finished it in 2:18.  So it's progress!!!

I got two medals the regular finishers medal and one for doing their 13.1 x 2 challenge because I did their two half marathons in the same year.  Didn't even plan that one!

My next half marathon is in about 4 weeks so I have 3 weekend training runs in between.  I'm having a hard time deciding what I want those to look like.  I was thinking a recovery short run this weekend then a 12 and a 7 but not sure I need all that...  It's going to be at sea level so I should be a little faster.  Anyone have ideas on mileage with this amount of time in between halves?

Happy Training!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Happy as a clam!

I've always wondered why that expression came around because there isn't much to clams other than sucking in dirt and waiting to be dug up and eaten so why the heck would they be so happy right? So Urban dictionary says: The full phrase is "happy as a clam at high tide." Clams can only be dug up at low tides, so at high tide a clam is safer and secure, so therefore, happy.

Also what the heck does slow your roll mean right?  I mean I know what they mean by it but why would you say that?  My boss says it all the time and I found: According to Urban Dictionary "slow your roll" means:
Term used to inform a homie that he's getting outta control and he might want to shut the hell up before he gets beat the hell up. "Yo dawg, you better slow your roll fool."

Haa!!! Gave me a totally different impression of him! :-)  Somehow I think Urban dictionary uses different editors than Websters. 

Anyway the whole point of that educational moment is that I'm happy as a clam because I am back to having found a solution to my exercise problem that might make everyone happy!  It's going to take some playing around with schedules and some testing but I think I can manage to be able to get all my work done so I don't get fired, be home as soon as possible as to not impose anymore on the wonderful caregivers for my son (you know who you are), not wake my son up by leaving at the ass crack of dawn, whoops sorry Urban dictionary started influencing my vocabulary, cook dinner, maybe shower from time to time, eventually be able to get back into triathlons and best of all keep my sanity without the help of a therapist!!  So here goes nothing let's see how long this lasts.

I have a half marathon coming up this Sunday and for some reason I'm not that nervous.  I know I've trained enough but I'm not really sure I can beat my time from the first one I did post pregnancy.  Let's face it my PRs will now be listed as PPPR(post pregnancy PR) and  PrePregPR because speed doesn't seem to be anywhere in my dictionary these days Urban or Suburban.  It will be the same course as the first one I did PP so it will be interesting to see if I improved at all I did it in 2:18, 5 months ago and it was a rough one for me!  So the only problems I've had this training cycle is tummy problems and if I don't SMP during this race I'll consider it a success, I'll give you a minute on that one...   Also one other thing different on this training cycle is that I didn't have to do near as many long runs with the stroller so I wander if that will make a difference.  What do you thing?  Will I do about the same?

Happy Training!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Back to the drawing board and 1st birthdays!!

I was so excited about getting to work out in the early a.m. and I felt so good going in to work every morning after a good workout.  Then I went to go to my first day of Master's swim a group I found near by so that I could swim 5-6 am and still make it back in time to the house to spend 1 hour with my little guy before heading to work and I thought that way hubs won't even complain that it's too hard for him to get ready in the mornings and take care of "A" but I showed up and it was pitch dark.  Apparently the pool was closed for a few days something had gone wrong.  I guess that was a sign!  Because when I got home that day hubs ever so kindly told me that my leaving and coming from workouts was waking our son up and that I should "figure something else out"  I was so completely bummed for the rest of the day! :-(  I guess it's a good thing I didn't pay the monthly fee.

I built up the courage and crafted a very nicely worded email to my boss asking for possible flex time to be able to get exercise in (which makes me a more productive worker) while still meeting my childcare and work obligations.  I figured ideally I could come in at 7:30 take half hour lunch and leave to they gym by 4 and still be home by 5:30 to take care of the kiddo, voila!  If that doesn't meet his fancy I offered to also consider coming in at 7:30 and taking a 1 1/2 lunch and working out then, but this would mean I'd come back to work gross and stinky, and still leaving at 5.  Of course being an exempt employee means these things can change if a deadline needs to be met or a meeting comes up.  I haven't heard back from him yet! :-( 

So if I get turned down there my only option left will be to go back to exercising at 7pm after I've put "A" down for the night.  We all know my track record with that has been dismal!!  I'm either starving because I haven't eating or stuffed because I did eat and I'm so tired by then it's very hard to be motivated to push myself and do anything other than the minimum!  It would also mean I probably wouldn't be eating much of a dinner just a snack to hold me through the exercise and another snack to hold me through the night when I got back and this means hubs is on his own for dinner and would probably go back to eating (ummm not as healthy) but that's on him.  But if it's my only option it's my only option and I need to find a way to make it work!  I know, I know first world problems!  I refuse to give up my exercise and ideally I'd like to still exercise enough to get back to doing triathlons.  Anyone out there that has tips on late evening exercise I'm all ears.

Ok for the fun stuff.  It was my son's 1st birthday this last weekend and we had so much fun!  I know this one is mainly for the parents but he got to have his very own cake and very first taste of sugar.  We're back to fruits for dessert but he

enjoyed everyone clapping for him when he took his first bite so much that every bite after that he'd look at everyone and start clapping so that they would clap again.  It was so cute!!!  He's such a trooper I love this kid!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Boobs and....

running.  Boobs and running, what did you think I was going to say?  Ok so anyone who ended up here accidentally by Googling naughty words sorry to disappoint but you might as well just move on because there is nothing here to see! ;-)

This weekend was my son's 1st birthday and I will post photos of that in a couple of days but before I was able to celebrate I had to get a 12 mile run in on Sunday.  I was already dreading it I just woke up feeling tired and not into it.  But I made myself get out there because I knew I'd regret it if I didn't and I knew I wouldn't get it in the next day because I'd probably be suffering from a sugar hangover. :-)  So out the door I went and I could tell it was going to be a warm day but luckily there was an ever so slight breeze the whole way.  But I couldn't get past the fact that I was in pain before I even started and the entire run.   I also hadn't had a good nights sleep from the pain and was so tired!  I had forgotten that I could now take medications if I wanted since I was no longer nursing and my MIL was so kind to remind me of that so I popped 2 Advil right before the run to help but I could still feel it.  Why was I in pain? 

Well my boobs hurt!  That is one thing that they don't prepare you for is once you wean your little one it can take quite a while for your body to get the message and stop producing milk.  You are so programmed to do everything in your power to keep your supply up that you don't think the end would be a problem.  It's been about 2 weeks now and I thought I did it the smart way cutting out 1 feeding per week thinking by the time I quit my body would just know it's time to stop!  More power to those of you who quit cold turkey I don't know how you do it!  But man the things are like two solid baseballs and my sports bra was about to burst at the seems.  I was small to begin with before having a baby and was never one of those that had to wear 3 sports bras to keep from getting a black eye, I won't name any names, but this hurt and if I thought taping them down would help I would have.  Normally I look forward to the downhill part of my run but not this time!!!  I tried to prance lightly on my toes but that never works well towards the end of a long run.

Luckily I saw some lovely ladies around mile 5 that greeted me with very enthusiastic hellos and that helped distract me for a while and give me a boost.  I tried as much as possible to remove myself from my body and for the most part it worked.  Oh man and when you're done and you release the pressure from the sports bra, watch out, you don't want to be in the line of fire.  Hopefully this soreness and sensitivity goes away soon!  I even went as far as for 2 days trying to dehydrate myself by barely drinking water and having extra caffeine, don't try this at home kids, and that didn't help!!!

There you have it more then you ever wanted to know about running post nursing but at least you can say I warned you!  Hopefully it doesn't take much longer to go back to normal.  This mornings 3 mile 5 am run was no picnic either I sure was awake though.

Friday, August 29, 2014

I was lost and am not yet found..

It took me a while to figure out what the heck I'm doing and I'm not completely there yet but I'm also not feeling as lost as I was when I first went MIA from social media.  I took a break from my blog, dailymile, FB, Twitter, I think that's all I'm on.  I was feeling lost and had no faith in "the process" I didn't trust that just putting in the work for now would eventually get me back to where I wanted to be.  I was desperate that I would never be able to be a triathlete again and sad that I was losing such a big part of what I use to identify with!  I felt I was not being true to myself and frustrated with the situations around me that I felt weren't allowing me to be who I wanted to be.  I realized I alienated the few followers I did have on here and I am mainly going to be keeping this blog to remind myself of the good things in my life, because let's face it we usually like to sugar coat our "online" life and only write about the good but I don't think that's a bad thing.  It's a way to focus on those things and remain positive.  So for that reason alone I decided I needed to start chronicling my adventures again even if they seem like much smaller adventures these days.  I am a little sad that I alienated some of my friends and family by getting off of FB but am also surprised to find out some of them who had my personal contact info didn't find other ways to keep in touch.  However, was also pleasantly surprised by the ones who did!  So while my son's 1st birthday is probably enough to coax me back on there and show those who have asked that are too far away to participate I will proceed with caution.  It's also amazing how many people and groups solely rely on that website to plan and communicate about events.  Again was happy to hear from those who still sent out emails to those of us who weren't on there.

Sooooo what happened in the last six months?  The last post on here I had just finished a 7k run and my son was about 7 months old.  Now my son is having his first birthday on Sunday and I'm training for a second half post pregnancy.

Here are the few races I did since then:

ALBUQUERQUE HALF MARATHON           April 19th 2014  NM        2:18:56
                Jay Benson Triathlon      May 11th 2014   NM        1:30:41
                Women's Distance Festival 5K    July 20th 2014    NM        26:05

The one solo sprint triathlon on there was what made me realize I had to take a longer break from triathlons then I wanted.  So I was sad that I decided not to sign up for a half iron distance in Nov. as originally planned but I realized very quickly that trying to train for 3 sports while working full time, being a mom, keeping a household running, doing side projects, and the big one nursing was just not possible.  But I kept running and trying to squeeze in workouts here and there they just weren't the kind that get you excited.  I was barely maintaining.  But in the end it was worth it!  I just couldn't see it at the time and let it get me in a real funk that lasted for way too long and I sometimes feel myself slipping back there again and have to shake it off!  It didn't help that I got a new job, yes it was a promotion, but it also meant I was way busier and learning all kinds of new stuff and the few lunch time works I was getting in were all of a sudden gone and I found myself so tired or hungry once I put my son down for bed at 7pm that I skipped more workouts than I should have.  Most moms are usually pretty ecstatic when they hit their pre-pregnancy weight.  Well, I wasn't because I still felt out of shape and let me tell you clothes still don't fit the same because your body changes, it's just a fact of life I've come to terms with.

My son hit a big milestone this last week that started changing my schedule for the better.  I officially am done nursing and am so happy that I actually made it to 1 year of exclusively nursing.  I thought I'd be lucky if I made it to 6 months then to 9 then when I actually made it to a year it was amazing.  But the time has come and my son is adapting well.  Now I take off around 5 am for a workout and feel so good knowing it's done.  I also seem to get better quality workouts in then when I was doing them at lunch or after work.  I'm still struggling with trying not to make any noise so I don't wake my son up at 5am but hopefully he can learn to sleep through that.  PLEASE tell me they learn to sleep through it... :-)   Also I am so grateful that my parents have been able to provide childcare for us while my husbands in school and am even more grateful that now they will be able to help us and have a home to go to at night :-)  They were living with us during the week and we love each other very much but I know all of us were ready to have our own space again.  So that will help tremendously.  The last hurdle I have to overcome is communication with hubs.  They say the first year is the hardest, well the first year of marriage for us he was deployed so we didn't really have to figure it all out until the second year of marriage then we threw a baby into the picture and this first year of his life has been full of wonderful surprises, pride and joy but then we forgot about "us" as husband and wife.   I'm not going to lie it has been pretty rocky for us.  While we both have boundless love for our son and every time our son laughs we laugh and our hearts are filled to the brim it sometimes hasn't left room for the marriage part.  It feels like we're figuring out the parenting part easier than the "us" part.  We are pretty much living separate lives with him studying really hard to try and make it through school as fast as possible and me fighting the guilt of not having more time with my son.  We have come a long way but we still struggle not to bicker about the small things.  I hope soon we can find our "happy place" where we both feel appreciated and not that we have to fight to see who's agenda gets priority.  While I'm confident this will happen it can make you feel isolated in the meantime.  But I think along with my son learning to walk, yes he has been fully mobile for almost a month now, ahhhh!!!!, we will also learn to walk the sometimes rocky path of parenthood, marriage, self fulfillment, professional life and maybe even a social life!

ALL that being said I am excited about my upcoming races, possibly joining a 5 am master's swim group, dipping my toe back into triathlons, my sons ever expanding knowledge, curiosity and personality, and some very exciting news about a side project that will hopefully be ready to reveal very soon!!!  I am so thankful for those who have been there to get me through this year and have put up with my ups and downs.