monthly miles {june}

Somehow, June is already over and marathon training is underway!

Total miles: 65.9 miles

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Fun places I ran: I did two runs in the Sarasota area this month. I ran my ten mile long run in Long Boat Key, which was so pretty! My recovery run was next to the beach with some pretty great views.

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Favorite running thing this month: I finally got fitted for new running shoes this month. I have actually never been fitted, which is crazy, so I headed our local running store, Track Shack, to see what they recommended. I ended up with the Asics GEL-Pursue 3. I absolutely love them! I also am loving my new OOFOS flip flops. They are so ugly, I know, but they are so comfortable! I was having a lot of pain in both of my feet for a couple of weeks and these have helped so much. I do not go barefoot anymore, so I am basically living in these when I’m not at work. They are amazing!

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Non-running workouts: Now that training is officially underway, I have two cross training days per week. I went to piyo once this month which felt so good! I’ve also done the elliptical and the spin bike as my cross training workouts. I’m always looking for new ideas for cross training, so let me know if you have any good suggestions.

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Next month: Marathon training swings into high gear in July. My long runs get up to 18 miles which is very daunting to think about. I’m excited to continue extending my long runs. Currently, my longest run ever is around 13.5 miles. Aside from running, I am also focusing on stretching consistently, fueling before/during/after long runs, and paying attention to my diet since food is now fuel.

Happy running friends!

monthly miles {february}

February has already come and gone! Here is a quick recap of my monthly miles.

Total miles: 46.06 — It was definitely a light month thanks to a round of antibiotics due to bronchitis.

Fun places I ran: All of my runs this month were at our usual spots, either starting at the YMCA or at Starbucks. I also ran on the treadmill at the Y more this month which is fun when there is someone to run with!

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Races I ran: No races this month!

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Favorite running thing this month: The first thing is my LED running light. This was free in my swag bag from the Celebration half marathon and I really love it! There is no brand name on it so I am assuming it’s a generic light used for promotional purposes, but it gets the job done. I wear it around my ankle for our early morning runs. The other thing is podcasts! I listened to more podcasts this month thanks to my treadmill runs. I am still loving I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein and a new favorite is Ali on the Run.

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Longest run: 8 miles on two separate Saturdays. I opted to stop after 8 miles instead of doing 10 miles one of those days and my body thanked me later.

Non-running workouts: PIYO! I finally got back to piyo this past Saturday and I am so happy. I have missed it tremendously! I also got in several workouts on the elliptical at the Y, which was nice. Update on last month’s goals: I failed miserably at keeping up with BBG. I just couldn’t really get into it. I started out really strong with the plank a day challenge for February but quickly got sidelined thanks to the days of coughing. I started it back up afterwards, but didn’t ever get back to doing planks daily.

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Next month: I am looking forward to a lot of fun miles in March in different places. I have two races and we are going away for spring break so I’ll have a lot to report back on at the end of the month.

Happy running!

My Favorites // Running Gear

My apologies for the premature post yesterday, I definitely wanted to write more about each item so I am re-posting today.

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I’ve complied a list of my favorite gear to use on runs and during races. I don’t use each of these every single time I run, but they are definitely frequently used for me.

my favorite running gear

Camelbak Charm

I use my Camelbak on long runs in the summer months. It is way to hot to be running without hydration. I love my water ice cold and this definitely keeps it that way. I usually fill it up with ice and water the night before my run and put it in the fridge so I can just grab and go in the morning. One very important trick is to turn it upside down and suck all of the air out of the pouch after you fill it up with water. This prevents the water from sloshing around when you are running. You’re welcome.

Simple Hydration Water Bottle

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I needed some hydration for shorter runs since it’s been getting so humid out (even at 6am!). I got several recommendations and decided on the simple hydration water bottle for the sole reason that I can stick it in my Flip Belt (see below) and not have to carry it in my hand. I really like it so far and it provides the perfect amount of water for shorter runs. The only downfall is that my water doesn’t stay ice cold, but I will live.

Flip Belt

I seriously could go on and on about how amazing the Flip Belt is. This belt is so handy, I wear it every single time I run to hold my iPhone 6 and my key fob for my car. On race day, I also carry a couple GU packs and my driver’s license or credit card if I need them.

Road ID

Safety first… I usually am running with someone else, but most of the time I’m not sure if anyone else would know who my emergency contact is or how to get a hold of him. Hopefully no one will ever have to use it, but just in case, I have it.

Garmin Forerunner 220

This is the second Garmin I have had and I will never run without one. I am very OCD when it comes to logging miles and I will run up and down the street in order to get the last .05 miles just to hit my goal. The 220 is amazing and does everything I need it to do and more.

Cocogo

I love using Cocogo in my Camelbak or water bottle during the summer months. It is not only delicious, but also hydrating, especially during longer runs. Depending on how much water I take with me during the run, I will put 1-3 packets in my water.

Body Glide

I’m going to put it out there… chaffing happens when you run. I religiously use body glide in areas that are prone to chaffing, especially on long runs. I always use it where my sports bra rubs against my skin and on my feet to avoid getting blisters as much as I can. The possibilities are endless and you should definitely have some of this on hand.

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This little towel is wonderful year around. In the cooler months, I use it to wipe my runny nose and it in the hotter months I use it to catch my dripping sweat. It fits around my hand or wrist so I don’t feel like I’m actually carrying it, which is a huge win in my book.

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I am continuously reminded that running is an expensive sport. Most of these items listed above were either birthday or Christmas gifts, so add them to your wish list! I also am always on the hunt for good deals when searching for running gear. I am also planning to do a round up on my favorite running apparel, so stay tuned!

What is some of your favorite running gear?

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my weekend in photos

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my adorable mother’s day gifts from the kiddos

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friday night dinner photo shoot.

Good morning! #woundedwarriors #5K #OGB

saturday morning i ran the operation give back wounded warriors 5k on campus.

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i told greg on friday that i wanted to run it in under 35 minutes.
considering how much i’ve been running (not much), i thought it would be close.
i was pleasantly surprised with my pace and finish time. and incredibly sore.

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going down to visit with kyler turned into kenley swimming with her clothes on.
she was thrilled!

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bffs.

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later carly and brady came over to play while the daddies were at work.
i’m pretty sure they could all be old navy pj models.

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after church we headed to bjs for “a couple things” and it turned into a full cart.
doesn’t it always happen that way?

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we used my mother’s day gift on our hot run today.

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happy mother’s day to all you mamas!

running … part ii

It’s been over a month since I have given you a good update on my running.
Since then, I have had three long runs on the weekends,
and have completed my longest run before the half marathon.

The U Can Finish 5 miler + 2 mile run was the weekend of my birthday and it was great.
It made me even more excited for race day, for the race atmosphere alone.
I felt really good after the 5 mile race and downed a banana and drank a half a bottle of water
before the start of the 2 mile run. A runner friend told me that since I was taking a little break,
then I should plan to try to run at a faster pace in the 2 mile run. So, I did!
Since it was the day before my birthday, Greg allowed me to open my present early so I could use it.
After a ton of research, I ended up asking for the Garmin Forerunner 10, which I love!

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It worked out well that the day of Kenley’s birthday party was supposed to be an easy run,
so Greg and I ran 4 miles together. We were able to run without Kenley or the stroller,
thanks to having family in town to watch her.
Who would have thought that a fun little date for us would be running 4 miles.
It was one of the first cool(er) days this fall, so we both felt great.

My 8 mile and 9 mile runs were the next two weekends and the weather was significantly cooler,
so I opted to run without water both Saturdays. It probably wasn’t the best decision,
but I made it through both runs without any major problems. Looking back, however,
I wish I would have eaten a bigger breakfast both times. Each morning, I only had an apple,
mostly because I was pretty nervous for both runs and didn’t want to cramp up.
For my 8 mile run, I brought three bucks with me, just in case I wanted to stop and get water
during my run. I didn’t feel like I needed to and overall, the run went great.
However, I completely overshot my route. When I took my last turn, I thought that I might be going too far.
After I hit 8 miles, I ended up having to walk another mile just to get home. Awesome.
Luckily, I had to pass our 7/11, so I put that $3 to good use and got a banana & grape G2.
During the 9 mile run, I was starving by mile 6, so I knew something had to change before my next run.

Hurricane Sandy didn't make it easy but it's done! #8miles #halfmarathon #slowandsteady

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The week leading up to my ten mile run was hectic, to say the least. I barely got in two short runs that week,
so I was super nervous on how my long run was going to go on Saturday.
I also wanted to get up an hour and a half before I was going to run to eat a decent size breakfast,
then go back to bed…. buuuuuut, that didn’t happen. I settled for a bagel thin with peanut butter and headed out.
Overall, the run went well. I wasn’t starving and the peanut butter really held me over, I thought.
I also carried a water bottle with me, but I had to force myself to take sips around miles 3, 6, and 9.
That was probably the last time I’ll run with a water bottle unless I buy a hydration belt.
The last two miles were less than stellar, but I finished and felt pretty good. I am still shocked I ran that far.

Longest run before the #orlandohalf #doubledigits #ouch

More importantly, I have decided on what I am going to wear on race day.
I have worn the same outfit for my last three long runs.
I took the suggestions from my last post to heart and got two Champion sports bras that I love.
I really love these Old Navy compression capris, however, for them to actually be compression,
I had to go down to a size small. I have a size medium, but they do not compress anything.
Maggi got me the Adidas Ultimate Tee and I cannot tell you how much I love it.
It is lightweight and more importantly, long! I have a medium and it fits great!
I plan on getting a couple more.
Since it’s been a tad chilly in the mornings, I have been wearing my ASICS arm warmers,
which I scored for five bucks back in August when I never thought it would be chilly.

Bonus, I also got a foam roller with my birthday gift card and it is seriously amazing.

So, this update turned into a novel, thanks for powering through.
T-minus 2.5 weeks until race day!

running

I’ve been getting questions about how my training
is going for the OUC Orlando Half-Marathon.
I’ve also had this post sitting in my drafts for a while,
so I guess it’s high time for me to write about it.

It started out really well at the beginning of September,
but an unexpected sick child and a trip home to Indiana put a little damper on my training.
I’m back on the upswing now
and survived my longest run to date on Saturday, 5.5 miles.

Up until this point, I haven’t had too much trouble finding time to run,
especially since our little nugget loves her jogging stroller.
My weekday runs are increasing in length though,
so hopefully I can continue to get in 4-5 days of running each week.

I have also registered for another race in the meantime,
the U Can Finish Distance Dare, which is the 5 mile + 2 mile race.
It turned out that it was the same weekend as my previously scheduled
7 mile run, so I figured it be good to get a race in there.

 I do need some help, and am in need of some recommendations.

Running gear.
What are your favorites?
I really need socks and sports bras,
but will take suggestions for tops, shorts, capris, etc.
What do you love, what do you hate?

Water.
What do you do for water on runs?
I would like to drink water on long runs,
but I have been spoiled having the stroller hold my water bottle during the week.
I ran once holding my water bottle in my hand and hated it.
My next 2-3 long runs I ran without water.
What are my other options?

Weight training.
I know I want to do core and arms, but I’m not sure where to start.
Other than the obvious, sit-ups, crunches, and push-ups.
Send me any good workouts that you love,
preferably ones that are quick that I can do at home.

Thanks for your support & recommendations, interweb friends!