Twenty Six Point Two

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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It finally happened!

The last time I ran 30+ miles in a week was the week of June 9-15th. I finally broke my streak... I crossed over into 30 miles last week!!
Boo ya!

I must be completely honest... there was some walking in my 10 mile long run on Sunday. And as much as I would LOVE to use the excuse of humidity or dehydration... it was just a case of "WAHHHHH..." Crybaby/Out of Shape Amy not really wanting to run anymore. Thankfully, the route was an out and back, so I was forced to get the mileage. 

I am really hoping that this gets me over the hump of getting back into training mode. 

I've decided to tweak my training schedule a bit. While my little Mr. Leopold Bloom brings me such happiness....
 He loves getting in the bed while I'm trying to make it up.
So, I just end up making the bed around him.

He has presented a bit of a snag to my routine. He wants ALL THE ATTENTION in the mornings. So, it's hard for me to leave him and go for runs in the morning. In the afternoons he could care less about me. And in the past, I've been trying to force him into my schedule, but, I think now, I'm going to try to adjust my schedule to fit him and I think it will work a lot better. Yes, clearly he is the boss of me.

So, my plan is to switch from being a mostly morning runner... to an afternoon runner.  I'll still jog around with Leo for a couple miles in the morning during the week because he enjoys it. And, I already run on Monday and Wednesday afternoons with the KoB, so, I'll just add in another couple of evening runs. It will be much easier to do this training for a 10 mile race as opposed to a marathon, because, I'm assuming I won't be running 45+ miles for lots and lots of weeks. So, running 6-8 miles on weeknights after work will be no big deal.

Also, hopefully, since I am at my core a morning person... having my mornings free-ish, will encourage me to do some yoga and pushups and stuff. In theory.

I will obviously still do my long runs in the morning, because... ain't no body got time to do that shit in the evenings. But, I think this schedule will cause me a lot less stress.

It finally feels like I am actually back at training now. I'm even thinking of doing my 10 mile long run this  weekend on the race course to get myself geared up for the training. Let's do this, bitches!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Forcing It.

So, it's no secret that I kind took this summer off of running. I mean, yeah, I was still running... but, I only ran when I wanted to (usually only if I had a partner to run with or when my dog needed some wearing out). Turns out... "when I wanted to" ended up being around 10-20 miles a week.



It was nice. But, I miss being in running shape, I miss being completely exhausted at the end of a run and then the feeling you get afterwards. I miss being a little creaky when I first get up after sitting for too long. I miss firing off emails to Coach explaining myself when I rearranged my training or ran my workout too fast. I miss annoying the fuck out of The KoB by picking his brain constantly about running.


 So, I thought it would be so easy to get back into my routine of stringing multiple days of running together and managing to actually run more than 25 miles a week. Turns out, I was wrong.


While I miss all those things ABOUT running. I actually don't miss the running part, apparently. So... that's a bummer. Since my goal race is in November, I can't really spend anymore time pussyfooting around. I'm having to force my running these days. Once I get out of the habit of being disciplined about something... I just end up going into super lazy mode. I mean SUPER lazy.

That fan is fucking disgusting, btw.

I gotta shake it though. I am really excited about my goal race, and it's time to start working for it. Starting with: actually getting my ass off the couch and onto the pavement. Operation Get Off your Fucking Ass and Get Motivated is officially engaged.





Friday, August 15, 2014

IM Arizona 2014

Did that title get your attention? Nope, I'm not doing an Ironman. But, I'd like to do a little post about a friend who is...

Liz and I New Years Eve 2012
(and now I miss my shorter hair).

Liz and I met at a Strider's Training run a few years ago. We were both waiting for rides (It was the Kroger to Kroger Run) and we struck up a conversation about what we were training for, etc. We ended up running together on another training run later on and we've been pals/running buddies ever since.

Here we are at 6am in our hotel room in Chicago
before the shit show that turned into The Chicago Marathon 2011.
(I'm glad she got the memo about the hand on the hip pose).

Two years ago, I got a text from her, I believe it was on a Friday, because when I initially saw her name pop up on my phone, I assumed she was asking about doing a training run together that weekend. Unfortunately, that was not the case. She had been out for her regular weekday morning run through downtown Nashville and she had been struck by a car. She was okay, in that she was ALIVE and thankfully hadn't broken anything. But, she ended up suffering damage to her knee that required surgery and a year worth of physical therapy. All because a driver failed to look before turning. The accident was not her fault. She had the right of way.

Now, Liz is like me and the rest of us runners out there. She doesn't just run for exercise... she runs for her general well-being, for her sanity, as a stress reliever... and all that was essentially taken away from her for about a year. She stayed as active as she could with lots of time in the pool. When she finally got the okay to start running more, she decided that she wanted to give the triathlon world a try. 

She signed up to do a half ironman in May of this year. She trained hard for it, and showed up the weekend for the race and the weather was bad and they ended up cancelling the swim portion. Ugh! So frustrating. She signed up for another one in July that involved a freshwater swim and rocked the shit out of it a month ago.

After that, she signed up to run for Team Smiletrain at the Arizona IM this November.

Smiletrain is an organization that facilitates repairing cleft lips and palates for children internationally.



From their website: Millions of children in developing countries with unrepaired clefts live in shame, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Our sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery in their communities. 

So, here's the pitch. I've donated and I'm asking you to donate on behalf of my friend Liz who has battled back from GETTING HIT BY A CAR to now training for an Ironman. It's a great charity and I would be so appreciative of any support you can throw their way. And if you aren't in a position to donate, or just don't want to... then, please, at the very least... be extra careful driving and running. It DOES happen and can happen to you or someone you care about.

(click the Support Elizabeth link under her picture).

Thanks and have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Drinkfest 2014

It was the 12th annual drinkfest this year. CRAZY. I can't believe that for 12 straight years, 4 of us have found a weekend in the summer to get together and basically do the same things every year.

This year, we thought we were getting a cabin 20 minutes outside of Asheville, NC. Turns out it was 20 minutes as a crow flies. By car, it took more like 45 minutes. Ugh.

It was a nice cabin though.

We mostly just catch up on our lives from the previous year and talk about college days. We usually try to do some kind of activity like hiking or a watersport like kayaking or tubing.

Playing Egyptian Rat Screw

This year our friend Pony, brought his pup... so we spent a good bit of time doting on him.

Posing like a good boy with Auntie Amy

We drove into Asheville on Saturday morning for breakfast and ended up taking the dog to a dog park in town. We met a giant Leo look-a-like and I struck up a conversation with his owner. Turns out there was an outlet not far from there where we could go and take the dog to the river.

Leo's enormous doppleganger. 
Kirby was his name.

We followed Kirby and his owner down to the water and spent probably an hour there playing with the dogs and talking to folks. Asheville natives are SUPER friendly.

Shaking it off.

Playing.

After the river, we wandered around the park where they were having some sort of festival.
 
Go cocks!

We headed back to the cabin for a bit and ended up playing a game of flip cup. I am sad to admit that I had never played flipcup before. Turns out, I'm pretty damn good at it.

Styrofoam cups make it easier, so I hear.

It was a great time. It's always good catching up and since I am TERRIBLE at keeping in contact with long distance friends, it's nice to know that we will always have at least a weekend a year to spend time together. I grew up with two older brothers and when I went away to college it was nice to find a "new" family of brothers that I could boss around and be teased by. We all spent a ton of time together in those days and now, somehow, we all just pick up where we left off.

Till next year...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Other Stuff

I promise you I am not turning into a lifestyle blogger. It's just that my runs haven't been very "noteworthy" lately and there has been a lot of other stuff going on in my life. So... that's what I'm going to write about.

Mr. Bloom could write a lifestyle blog that would be worth reading.

Probably the most exciting thing that happened last week was a delivery for The KoB.

The KoB's new ride.

Yes, The KoB bought a house and a car in the same month. WHO DOES THAT? To be fair... he only bought the house, so he'd have a garage for her. So...

Here she is topless. 
I joked that he needs to get a license plate that says...
"My other woman is a HUMAN."

Turns out, the only thing worse than waiting around a month from the time he looked at the corvette to the time she was delivered.... is waiting around on new tires, the tags, insurance, etc OMFG I just want to ride around in her for more than 10 minutes at time for chrissakes!.

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I was away in Asheville, NC this weekend for my annual "drinkfest" (which we are now dubbing waterfest, because we are old and lame) with college friends. I'll do a post on that this week, because... ya know... automatic blog content!
 VERT, bro!
I actually just drove to the scenic overlook and 
hopped out of MY CAR and took a picture. 
No vert running. I'm a lazy sea level runner.

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I am trying to decide whether or not to switch cell phones. I've had an iphone for a couple of years now and it's comfortable and pretty easy to use... but I HATE the email function. The way my email is set up with my work computer and the lack of ability on the iphone to "select all" and delete all old emails... It constantly looks like I have over 2,000 emails.

2,069 emails! UGGGGGHHHH!
So annoying!

But, I do like to facetime my mom and I'm nervous about converting my itunes over to a Droid. Ack! Decisions! The good news is... it's become pretty clear that my phone isn't really all that important to my life. It's nice to have email on it and internet, but really, 90% of my cell phone usage is for texting. So, I could probably deal with having an old school flip phone or something.

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Something that actually is running related.. I am planning on running 30 miles this week! HOLY CRAP.

Monday, August 4, 2014

My Expectations

So, here we are. It's August and I am officially 13 weeks away from my goal race: The Team Nashville 10 Miler. Because I am a coach's nightmare dream, I pretty much always fire off an email to Coach with all my hopes, dreams, desires, and expectations for my training on day zero.

 How I feel after carefully drafting that email.

And then Coach responds with a... "back off, bitch." Actually, she usually says something like.. "oh, that's cute. You think you know how to train yourself." BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.

Not so fast, Amy.

Anyway, there are a few things that I think will be core components of my training:

HILLS, HILLS, HILLS.

Course Elevation Map.

There are 3 pretty decent hills in this race. And the one there around mile 9.5 feels like Mt. Everest. So, I'm hoping to do a lot of training on the actual race course and I hope to try to incorporate running hills towards the end of a long run. Just to simulate the feeling of racing for 9.5 miles and then hitting a terrible hill when you're legs are already done-zo.

 Speed

I know it's not going to come for awhile. But I am really looking forward to seeing what types of "sharpening" workouts I do in late September/October. I've really only done Marathon and Half Marathon training, so, I'm curious what types of workouts a shorter race will bring.
Cross-training.

I say this in every pre-training email to Coach: I'm going to do yoga 2-3 times a week and try to get into a strength training regime!!!! Yay!!!

And then I'll do yoga like 3 times and that's it.


I've got all kinds of excuses for not cross-training. But, the bottom line is... I think for a shorter/faster race like this... a little core work and some muscle toning/strengthening could REALLY help. So, I am legitimately going to try to do some push-ups and some yoga fairly consistently during these weeks. AT LEAST twice a week. HOLD ME TO IT, PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!

I've only been running about 20-25 miles a week lately. So... while all these other components are dancing around in my head, the reality of the situation TODAY is that I.... uhhh... need to get my mileage up a bit. So, most of August will be focused on that.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July: Done

Well, It's July 31st. OMG WHERE IS THE SUMMER GOING?

Anyway, last weekend was a busy one.... I spent Friday night and Saturday helping The KoB freshen up his new house.
The Before.
I really wish you could experience the smell.
Smokers+Cats+Air Fresheners= THE WORST FUCKING SMELL IN THE WORLD.

The in progress.
Carpet pulled up, walls and ceiling primed.

Not Pictured: Beast Ice, Popcorn, and Frozen Pizzas.

That night the bitches and sonsabitches went out for a nice dinner together. The next morning I had to get up at 3:50am and fly to Milwaukee for work.

Basically, my office for 3 days.

It was a long three days.14 hours of work everyday. BUT, on the bright side. Spending 14 hours at work meant that I wasn't spending much time here:

In the picture, it almost looks quaint!
In reality, it was the grossest, most disgusting
hotel I've ever stayed at.
 The worst offense, though.... NO COFFEE!!!!

The work trip went really well, despite the long hours and the shittastic hotel, and we were able to even come home a day early. Yay! I also managed to drag my ass out of bed early one morning and get a little run in. The weather in Wisconsin was spectacular! And the scenery was beautiful... cornfields, golf courses, and gravel roads.

Now, I'm sure you are all like... OMG where is the running....


I anticipate getting a HERE WE GO email from Coach very soon. And I cannot wait. I am so excited about training for a shorter distance race.