Twenty Six Point Two

run, rest, eat, bitch, buy things, cross-train, blog, repeat.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Stay Hydrated

So, it's been hot, ya know? It's summer and it's going to be hot and humid and your pace is going to slow down by 15-30 seconds per mile and you just deal with it, right?

We've had some hot mornings and for the most part, I've done okay with them. I've been actually doing well with drinking water during the day and most of my runs have manageable.

Until today.

Steve and I were running along and it was hot and sticky and humid and gross. But, that's all typical. By amount mile 3, I was starting to feel... not normal. And of course, we had ran 3 miles out and turned around, but, initially, I was like... yeah, okay, I can make it 3 more miles. No big deal.

Until I couldn't. It was ridiculous. I had to stop and take walk breaks, I got that dizzy, black out-ish feeling and I felt like I wanted to throw up. By the end, I had gotten the cold chills, so, I knew I was just dehydrated as fuck.

I ran yesterday morning, too, and sweated a ton, and I just don't think I rehydrated enough to make up for that AND get me ready for today's run.

Anyway, when I got home, I checked out the dew point. The temperature outside was 80 degrees and the dew point was 71. GOOD LORD. With a dew point that high, I'm not sure if completely water logging myself the day before would have helped. That is just ridiculous.

Running is stupid. Be careful out there folks... drink enough water and carry water with you (something I need to do more).

And now, because I promised yesterday... Recent adorable dog pics:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Still here and Ranting...

I'm still here. Just in that weird spot of not a whole lot going on.. so, not a whole lot to blog about, ya know?

I did get an AMAZING raise at work this week, so, that's something I'm really excited about. It was a huge leap of faith for me to leave my comfortable job in public accounting- job where my dad was my mentor and my boss and gave me so many opportunities and taught me so much. But, it was definitely the right move for me, at the right time. I am doing a job now that I love with a great team and I am so grateful for the opportunity. I miss working with my dad and my brother, but, I'm having a great time at my current job and learning new things and making an impact here. YAY for change!

 Celebrating needed!
Warning: Slightly political rant ahead... tread lightly or ignore if you could give a fuck what I think and are only here for the gifs and cute dog pics. Come back tomorrow, I'll have some cute dog pics.

I have been incredibly angry of late about the Orlando mass shooting. I was angry that it felt like... ohhh... ANOTHER Mass Shooting. I was angry that I wasn't just unbearably shocked and saddened. I am fucking mad. I mean, of course, it is an absolute tragedy, and I am sad, but, HOW HAS THIS BECOME OKAY? HOW HAS THIS BECOME THE NORM? How was I able to read the news and watch the coverage without bawling my eyes out? I am an empathetic person, I AM! There are a lot of great things about this country, but my god, there are a LOT of fucked up things. And, I have no problems with people owning a gun for hunting (although... I'd prefer they didn't) and while I'm not thrilled about it, I'm OKAY with people being allowed to own a handgun. But for fuckssake, why do people need to able to legally purchase a semi-automatic weapon?

And don't give me that bullshit answer of... "oh, well if they were illegal, there'd be more of a market for them." We make things illegal because they are WRONG and/or Dangerous. For instance, it's illegal to drive drunk because you can fucking kill people. Do people still do it? Of course, but that doesn't mean we should just make it legal. All this to say... I'm so sorry that this has happened. And I am so embarrassed for our country that we continually allow this to happen- in part, because a lobbying group has our politicians by the balls. It's fucked up.

I am sorry Orlando, I can't even imagine how horrifying that was/is.

If you're interested in a better rant than I can write, check out Samantha Bee's rant.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


Saturday morning was the day where I realized... yup, it's summer. It was the most humid run I've had so far this season and good god, after 8 miles I was ready to lie down on the path and die. It's funny how all the sudden your body just shuts down and it's like... nope.

I had delusions that I would run out 5 miles and then on the way back try to pick it up a little. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah.

And then, after I finished, I was EXHAUSTED all damn day. I went to bed at 8pm. WTF? I definitely need to start making sure I'm hydrating before, during, and after runs. Or ya know... at all, really.

Otherwise things are going well. Over Memorial Day weekend, The KoB and I did our annual pilgrimage to a car show with my dad and we met some of my uncles there as well. It was a hot day and there was lots of texting going on the Friday night before and we weren't even sure if we were going to be driving The KoB's Corvette up there or not, but in the end, we did, and it's a good thing...

Her first Trophy!!!!!!

She came in 3rd overall in her class!!!! Very exciting. She wasn't the only one who took home a trophy though, it was a clean sweep in the Family:

Getting these 3 guys together and all looking at the camera at the same time
is like herding a bunch of blind and deaf cats. So, this is best I got.
My Uncle won 1st with his truck, my dad Second, and The KoB won 3rd.

It was a good day. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016


So, here's the problem with starting training tweaks (like a speedwork program) with no goal race: It's incredibly hard to stay motivated.

Yeah, as excited as I was to try some regular speedy stuff again, after the first week and the hamstring issues, I kind of fell off of the speedwork wagon. I am the WORST at following through on things if there's no real accountability (if you couldn't tell by now).

So, where does that leave me? Well, just kind of running when I want to run. And I'm okay with that. I'm going to attempt to ratchet the consistency and mileage up a bit in June. But, I think, right now, the less (by way of training plans) is more. Less direction. Less expectations. Just enjoyment.

Thankfully, I run with Steve at least twice a week and that forces me to run faster than I normally would, so there is some built-in speed to my schedule, and we will probably occasionally throw in some kind of fartlek, or tempo runs occasionally.

That's where I am right now and truthfully, it's fine. There will be plenty of time for plans when I start training in earnest for Des Moines (which, eeek! will probably have to be soon).

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Week 1 of Speedy-ish Stuff

So, I need to back up a little to give you the full story of last week's "speedy-ish stuff." The Saturday before, I spent over 3 hours blissfully planting 150 plants and flowers and spreading mulch. So, the week started with my hamstrings being totally effed.

My plan was to do the following:

Well crap, you probably can't read that.

This is what it says: 
M: Nada
T: am: 5x400s 6 miles total
T: pm: Shred DVD
W: Nada
Th: am: 8:45, 8:30, 8:15 Tempo 3 miles w/up and c/down
Th: pm: Shred DVD
F: 4 mi easy
Sa: 10 miles last 5 at 9:00 pace
Su: 11.2 Easy

So, yeah, I did two run workouts: The first one I did 5x400s and that went pretty well. I feel like in the past, I've always been able to nail my interval workouts, BUT, that my one weakness there is that I generally milk my recoveries. So, I wanted to focus on HONEST recoveries and I mostly did that, but they progressively got slower and slower. Ha. It's the first week. I am happy that I just made myself more aware of my recoveries.

The other workout was a 3 mile tempo run. I had hoped to do what I mentioned above: 8:45, 8:30, 8:15. But, I ended up doing mostly 8:35ish for the whole thing. And by Thursday, my right hamstring was quite sore. So, I skipped the DVD workout on Thursday evening.

Friday morning my right hamstring had moved from being sore to being EFFED. I ran 3 miles and called it quits and iced and foam rolled on Friday night.

The rest of the weekend, I nursed my hamstring... I ran 6 miles easyish on Saturday and about 8 on Sunday. I am happy to report, that by Sunday, my hamstring was all better and back it's normal non-flexible, non-cranky self.

All-in-all, I was happy with the week. I got in some good speed work (even if it wasn't exactly the paces I wanted, and I smartly scaled back when my hamstring started to holler at me). 

Onward and upward!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Consumer Reports

Semi-Running Related things that I'm loving these days:

Huma Energy Gels

I am happy to report that energy gels are back in my life. I LOVE these gels. They have chia seeds which make up their consistency and the fruit flavors taste just like pureed fruit (strawberry, blueberry, and lemonade are my favorites. I still haven't tried mango yet, even though it's my favorite fruit). They taste natural and clean and they don't have the chemical aftertaste that you get after downing a Gu. I've used them in 2-3 marathons and on training runs and have yet to experience any GI distress from them. WIN.

Nike Vomeros

If they are good enough for Marky Mark, they're good enough for me, dammit. No, seriously, I know I've been wearing Vomeros for awhile now, but I've finally given up flirting with other shoes (like my previous favorite the ASICS Nimbus) and am just going to faithfully follow the Vomeros. They are cushioned and light and they last a pretty good while. Nike may not be the "hip" running company and there may be 4 year old children in Guatemala sewing these shoes together, but, they are officially MY shoe now. 

Hamilton Soundtrack

Okay. I HATE musicals. Hate them, hate them, hate them. EXCEPT when I become obsessed with them. Like when I became obsessed with the Broadway version of Evita when I was in middle school and listened to the soundtrack NON-stop (heh) for 3 years. And now, much like Evita (historical), I am obsessed with Hamilton. (This might be the most basic sentence I've ever typed on this blog. WHO ISN'T obsessed with Hamilton??????). But, I love it so much, that I've banished myself from listening to it, unless I'm running. It is fantastic running music ("Yorktown" is my favorite running song) and I love listening to it on the treadmill. I also find myself chanting to myself during runs... "I'm not throwing my shot, ya know I'm just like my country, I'm young, scrappy, and hungry and I'm not throwing my shot!!!" Inspirational as shit. 

So, there's a few things I'm obsessed with lately. You got anything good to share?

Monday, May 9, 2016

In the Meantime

So, I let myself skip runs and sleep in whenever I want for the past two weeks for recovery mode and now I'm ready to get back into something.

I know that my next marathon is going to be the Des Moines Marathon in October. And I am LEGIT running that as a goal race of breaking 4 hours. It's time to get back into half-way decent shape. That's still about 22 weeks away and while, physically, I could definitely use a 22 week marathon training plan. Mentally... I want something a little different.

So, for the next 6 weeks or so, I'm going to focus on doing some fun speedwork. Ideally, I'd love to target a 5K at the end of the 6 weeks. But, 5Ks in the summer are a little hard to come by here in Middle Tennessee and the one I really want to target: The Gay 5K, I have a scheduling conflict with. Soooooo. It looks like I'm just going to do the 6 weeks for fitness sake only.


Actually, I'm looking forward to it. Running in the summer always turns into a slogfest, because I usually just focus on getting the miles in. But, I'm hoping that with having specific workouts planned, I can stay mentally excited.

So, it starts this week! I'll recap the weeks at the end of each week to let you know what I did. It's going to be a little interesting this first week, to figure out just where I need to start, but, I'm going to use the McMillan Calculator with my last 5K time (from back in March) to get my paces.

Here we go!