Chicago // October 2017

It’s been a whirlwind the last eleven days and I have a lot to catch up on! Two weekends ago, we headed up to Chicago for a long weekend away and for me to run the Chicago Marathon! We had an amazing, action-packed weekend filled with family, friends, and running.

From the moment we stepped on the plane, there was such amazing energy the whole weekend. Our flight attendants had all the runners stand up and there was about 20 runners on our plane alone. Jaime and I were on the same flight so we each enjoyed a complimentary Bloody Mary on the way. The kids were in heaven too.

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The weather was gloomy on Friday but it didn’t slow us down. My parents arrived at our hotel about the same time that we did, so we headed out for lunch and shopping.

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We headed to the American Girl store and the Lego store for the kids to pick out some early birthday presents. Julie came home with us and Kenley just loves her. Afterwards, Greg and I headed to Portillo’s for dinner then Bar Louie for drinks and baseball.

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Saturday morning, we were up early to head to the race expo. The expo was insane and I think I could have spent the entire day there. We picked up our race bibs, did some shopping, took a lot of pictures, got beers, and met Bart Yasso. All in all, it was a successful morning!

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After the expo, we headed to the Taco Joint for tacos and beer before heading back to the hotel to shower. About 20 minutes before Greg and I were out the door, Mary Beth and Mandy showed up to surprise me! Mary Beth and I had planned on meeting during the weekend, but I had no idea that Mandy was coming in from Kansas City! It was such a fun surprise!

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The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) pre-race dinner was on Saturday afternoon at Grant Park. It was good to see all of the other RMHC runners both from Orlando and all of the United States.

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It was a gorgeous, but rainy evening in the city. After the RMHC dinner, Greg and I met up with MB and Mandy again before it was time for me to call it a night.

Meanwhile, the kids had an amazing Saturday at Michael and Rachel’s house. They had a birthday party, made a cake, built forts, and made race signs (which I saw the next day!).

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Sunday was race day which will have an entire post dedicated to it!

We headed to Niketown on Monday morning to get our finishers gear and get our medal engraved. The medal engraving didn’t happen due to the two hour wait, but we did some shopping so the trip was worth it. Afterwards, we took the kids to Maggie Daley Park which was absolutely amazing. I highly recommend it and we will definitely be back the next time we’re in Chicago!

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We had such a great trip to Chicago! It was great to be back in the Midwest. The entire city was so welcoming of all the runners and really made the weekend so memorable. A huge thank you to my parents, Michael, and Rachel for watching the kids while Greg and I did all of the pre-race festivities.

Marathon Training {Week 15}

On Sunday, I will be running the Chicago Marathon {cue minor panic attack just typing those words}. I was really looking forward to taper time following our 22 miler at the end of week 13 but these taper weeks have proved to be really hard. My calf started bothering me last week and continued this week. I also was put in an antibiotic on Thursday due to a lingering sinus infection, so it was a light week for me training wise.

Monday

Rest day.

Tuesday

This was our last speed work day! The work out was as follows:

1 mile warm up
200m (8:15-8:45) — This pace was set from the last time we did Fartleks.
30 seconds recovery
Repeat 12 times
1 mile cool down

My 200m splits were: 8:00, 8:26, 8:06, 8:22, 8:15, 8:07, 7:51, 7:35, 7:40, 7:52, 7:14, 7:03. I’ve improved so much since the last time we did this workout in week six. However, I walked three quarters of the last mile back since my calf was bothering me. I busted it out for this workout and I am so proud. However, I probably could have done without it.

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Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

I rested and rolled my calf all three days.

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Saturday

Our long run was supposed to be 10 miles, but I stopped after 3. My chiropractor and everyone kept reminding me that I really don’t need this run. The hay is in the barn at this point and there was no reason to run if my calf was hurting. I didn’t want to stop and I had some tears, but I knew it was the right thing to do. I stretched, rolled, iced, and walked on my calf the rest of the day Saturday.

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Sunday

Rest day.

I am trusting in the plan and trusting in the taper at this point. Week 16 will consist of me resting my calf and fueling all week for the race on Sunday. I’ve put in a lot of blood, sweat, and tears over the last 15 weeks for this marathon and I intend to go out and crush it.

my weekend in photos

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friday night car ride.

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saturday morning run with the girls.

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soccer saturday with a little drizzle.

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and some champagne.

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my little man.

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soccer stars.

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crosby said “mommy, you have to take a picture of this.”

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despite the rainy forecast, it turned out to be a sunny and hot day at magic kingdom.

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in our race car on the speedway.

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kenley was bummed that space mountain was closed, but he loved the robot!

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it’s a small world!

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having a magical day.

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mr. no nap was in rare form on sunday.

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dinner at ten 10 brewery which is our new favorite spot.

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we had a great weekend saying goodbye to september and hello to our favorite month!

how was your weekend?

monthly miles {september}

This was the last full month of marathon training and a weird month altogether with Irma arriving right in the middle of it. Nonetheless, here are the details…

Total miles: 124.74

Fun places I ran: Sarasota, Oviedo, and east Orlando… routes that included stops at McDonald’s because that became our thing during training the last three months.

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Races I ran: No races!

Favorite running thing this month: My Trigger Point Foam Roller has been one of my favorite things this month. I’ve had some calf pain the last two weeks so this thing hasn’t left my side. I’ve even taken it to work a few days to roll during lunch. It’ll also be making the trip to Chicago with me.

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Longest run: My longest run of the month and of my life was 22 miles! Overall, it was a good run, but it was sunny and hot when we ended.

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Non-running workouts: I scaled back on my cross training this month. I did the spin bike, as well as some strength training with free weights.

Next month: The Chicago Marathon next weekend! After the race, I’ll be enjoying easy, fun runs for a little while.

Happy running!

 

Marathon Training {Week 14}

It was another weird week following week 13 and hurricane Irma. Greg left town on Sunday to visit his brother in Colorado.

Monday & Tuesday

Rest days due to single parenting duties, soccer practice, and open house. I was also still recovering from my 22 on Saturday, so I didn’t really mind the two days of rest.

Wednesday

I pushed my 5 mile speed workout to Wednesday after work when Greg got home. The workout was 400 repeats:

1 mile warm up
400m (8:15-8:45)
Recover (90 seconds)
Repeat 8 times
1.2 mile cool down

My 400m splits were 8:18, 8:32, 8:45, 8:30, 8:19, 8:29, 9:43, 9:28. The 9:43 split was only .14 miles which was my own fault for hitting the lap button unintentionally on my watch. Overall, it was a good workout. Afterwards my calf was really bothering me. I spent the rest of the evening rolling it.

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Thursday

I woke up with a very sore calf on Thursday so I opted to skip my 6 mile run. There was no need to push it this week. I knew I needed to let it rest and heal.

Friday

Another rest day.

Saturday

Thanks to taper time, we only had 12 miles on Saturday. I ran intervals with Heather during the run which was a great change of pace. My calf hurt afterwards, but I spent the rest of the day moving it to keep it loose. I also got a pedicure and wore my calf sleeve the rest of the day.

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Sunday

I went out for my recovery run at 1pm on Sunday. It was hot. I got in 3 miles and felt pretty good. It was good to get my legs moving though I was dying of sweat when I got home.

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Two weeks until race day!

my weekend in photos

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mumford & sons concert with the girls on thursday.

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picture day on friday!

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friday rainbow.

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12 miles with the girls on saturday morning.

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saturday morning soccer!

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watching moana with the twins.

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he built a cruise boat.

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i never realize how long his hair really is until it’s been cut.

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ready, set, go!

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sunday funday.

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a little crafting tonight. we’re disney ready!

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we had a great weekend. how was yours?

Marathon Training {Week 13}

Happy Monday!

Hurricane Irma really impacted this week’s runs, but I pieced them together to get as many miles in as I could.

Monday

Rest day/hurricane day. I only left the house to walk around the block and we didn’t have power, so I couldn’t get in a treadmill run.

Tuesday

I skipped the early morning run on Tuesday due to barely sleeping (on the couch). I got in four miles quick miles around my neighborhood with the hopes of trying for speed work the next day. I also checked out the storm damage along the way.

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Wednesday

Since we stayed at the hotel on Tuesday night, Heather offered to meet me for a run on Wednesday morning. I realized at 4:45am that I forgot to pack socks, so we settled for 3 miles together (me being sock less). I did some weight training once I got back to the hotel. After we got home, I put on shoes (and socks) and headed out for 5 more miles in the heat.

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Thursday

Heather and I did 2 miles on the treadmill before meeting up with the group at 6am for 4 miles outside. The 4 miles were a mix of running and walking and chatting.

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Friday

Rest day.

Saturday

We met at 4am to start our longest long run of training. Due to different schedules, there was only 6 of us that ran on Saturday. We had a large loop planned out, but ended up doing 11 miles out and back for our total of 22 miles. It was a hard, but good run. The last 7 miles were directly in the sun between 8am and 9am and it was downright hot. We were all on the struggle bus at that point. Our route ended about a half of a mile short so we got in a little recovery walk after it was over.

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This run was a challenge physically, but also mentally and emotionally. We shared stories of how supportive our families have been and how amazing our friends are. We were treated to Starbucks coffees after we returned from our run from our friends, in addition to an onslaught of sweet and encouraging text messages. I teared up just reading through them. I’ve been blessed with such an amazing support system throughout this journey.

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Sunday

I was supposed to get in 5 recovery miles on Sunday but I arrived at the Y a little too late for 5 miles. I could only get in 2.5 miles before childcare closed. The miles felt pretty good considering how tired my legs were. 2.5 miles are better than no miles!

Less than 3 weeks until race day. Bring on the taper!