Working On The Long Run

16 was the goal today but of course we only did 14. I would love to say that the reason I didn’t finish the 16 is because I was sick to my stomach after my water bottle was dumped in the trash by my running partner and I caught a horrible stomach bug after failed efforts of trying to clean it up.  But that wouldn’t be true. The part about my water bottle being dumped in the trash is true but it was sanitized and I survived. No I didn’t finish the 16 because my body wasn’t ready for that.  I tried to jump from 12 miles to 16 because I skipped the 14 last week and didn’t want to get off my schedule.  I assumed my body would do what I asked it to even though I haven’t run double digit mileage consistently since January.  I was wrong. It’s not the end of the world; however, it’s just an adjustment in the schedule.

Long runs have their purpose that should be embraced.  Coach Shelly over at The Running Coach has a great list as to why the long run is so important.

Here’s a laundry list of what long runs do for you:

  • Expand muscles’ glycogen storing capacity
  • Train muscles to run efficiently on fat, sparing gylcogen
  • Enhance the nervous system’s ability to recruit muscle fibers
  • Improve the oxygen delivery system
  • Strengthen muscles in the legs, feet and ankles
  • Teach patience and pacing
  • Inoculate the mind against fatigue and discomfort – they bulk up your attitude

I also had another learning moment; no matter how much I’m running behind before a long run breakfast REALLY IS the most important meal of the day. My preferences for breakfast includes a banana and some peanut butter.  Anyways, for the first 3 miles I had what I call Happy Feet. I couldn’t find a good rhythm.  I was running a lot faster than I normally do and my breathing was telling on me.  After a quick potty break my rhythm was much better and things were going just fine but I had this constant foggy fuzzy thing going on in my head.  It finally dawned on me, I didn’t eat breakfast!  Luckily I had a couple packs of GU with me (yummy, just kidding) which lifted the fog some but I definitely felt the effects throughout the whole run. Overall I would call it a good run.  Every run is a learning experience.

What did I learn?

1. Jumping more than 2 miles a week is just dumb (or at  least for me)

2. Make time for breakfast as it helps to get the internal furnace going

3. Keep my water botttle far far away from the trash can

Next week we really do have to run 16 miles.  Time is ticking down to our marathon and the long runs are our most important runs of the week.   According to Kevin Beck, a Boulder-based running coach and editor of Run Strong (Human Kinetics) recently told Competitor.com, “During a marathon build-up, all runners, regardless of ability level, should assure themselves of being able to comfortably run at least 16 miles.”  I’ve heard people say from time to time that a person can skip their weekly runs as long as they get in the weekend long runs. In fact, some people refer to the shorter runs as “junk miles.”  I personally can’t do that.  I can’t force my legs to run mile after mile on the weekends without my weekly short runs.  It acts as my recovery and helps me work on my pacing.

So I spent the rest of the day napping, reading and cleaning house.  Tomorrow I will use as a rest day so that I can be ready to run Monday.  I hope everyone having a great weekend.

Cheers!

You can’t get much done in life if you only work hard on the days when you feel great – Alan Stein

Friday Ramblings

It’s finally Friday!! I say that like I’ve got some really awesome plans but I don’t and I’m totally okay with that. I’m such a homebody these days that I really like getting my run in on the weekends and then heading to the house to do my thing. Right now I’m very much back into the habit of reading for leisure. So I’m totally hooked on just crawling up with a book and wasting the day away. I could go for a bike ride or something like that but I’m so terrified I’ll hurt myself or pull a muscle and then I won’t be able to do my marathon. As much as I really want to take part in other activities I’ve decided to play it safe just in case. I am also super excited because we have a new addition being added on to our house that will enhance my homebodyness (yes that’s a word) even more. We finally pulled the trigger to have our back porch covered and we found this really awesome swing to hang out there, complete with drink holders! I say pull the trigger only because all of this stemmed from my black lab (Lexi). When she was a puppy she tried chewing her way INTO the house. So for a couple of years now I’ve had a very slight crack in the door frame that leaked air in/out of the house. We are NOT handymen/women at our house so we hired someone to take care of it which somehow grew to be a covered back porch. Now if I could just get the grass to grow and to look like actual grass. I can’t wait to show you guys the before and after pictures. So tomorrow we run 16 miles to prepare for the Tupelo Marathon Labor day weekend. I’m ready! Actually I’m antsy ready. I took Wednesday off, overslept Thursday morning and I’m very reluctant to run the day before a long run. So I’ve got some built up energy to spend. I hope my long run report is nothing like last week. 5miles and I was finished. This week my body feels completely different from last week. I feel more rested and mentally prepared. Now I just need to get a good night sleep. I think I’m stressing more about getting a good night’s sleep than the actual run.

 

Wish I had this type of mentality!

Since I’m rambling today let me just say, something I’ve never understood is why some running schedules have runs the day before a long run? Shouldn’t I save myself and have fresh legs for the long run? Something else I’ve been wondering about is my running schedule for when I get done with Tupelo. October 16th I have the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco, Ca. I’ve really got to start looking around and figure out what I should do. I’ve done two marathons in two weeks before but never where I’ve had almost a month in-between them. So many questions!

As you can see in some of my other post I’ve been watching my nutrition in an effort to better my running along with strong hopes of losing weight. So I’m very excited to run tomorrow to see how I feel. I’ve cut calories but not in a bad way. It’s been between 1500 and 1600 a day. I’ve also been diligent (almost OCD) about making sure I get a good balance of carbs, proteins, non-starchy veggies. I’ve designated Monday’s as my weigh in days. So Monday mornings bright and early I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed in hopes of seeing a smaller number. Speaking of smaller numbers, have you watched the show Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition on ABC? I’ve had a couple of friends on Facebook to mention it and since I don’t watch a ton of TV sometimes I’m behind on the latest and greatest. Plus I despise reality shows. No, really. I loth them!! I miss shows like Friends, Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond. Heck, I’ll even take repeats of Moonlighting at this point. So anyways, so I finally decided to see what all the hub-bub was about and I think I’m hooked! It’s nice to see it taking a year for them to transform someone rather than a crazy 90 days or whatever it is The Biggest Loser does. In addition you get to see them learning to make healthy decisions in the real world plus the emotions that they go through when they are behind closed doors. To me that’s a lot more inspiring that the other show. Don’t get me wrong I love Bob and Jillian but I lost a little faith in them when they started selling weight loss pills.

I really wish I had more exciting things to report but for right now everything is very vanilla in my life. I guess training for a marathon is pretty exciting within itself so I don’t mean to downgrade it but at the same time it’s not like I have any colorful stories to be told either. I guess for me at this point in my life getting to Tupelo and finishing strong is my goal so anything I can do at to help that cause is pretty much all I think about (except for working!). So I’ll be reporting back tomorrow regarding my long run and then I’ll take Sunday off.

I hope you all have a great weekend and remember, something is always better than nothing!

Cheers

Craziness

 

I normally try to post more but this week has been completely  insane! I hope tonight is a little better and I can get back in a normal routine.

Thanks,

Brandy

Yeah We’re Different

So as I was cruising the internet today I came across a funny but so true post from I Love To Run. Just thought I would share with you guys.

Adidas “Runners, Yeah We’re Different” Ads

In 1999 and 2000, Adidas ran a memorable ad campaign. In my opinion, these are some of the greatest running shoe ads ever created. Each one touches on something private I have experienced as a runner, something that a non-runner would probably appreciate.

This series of ads apparently won recognition within the advertising community, and was successful in increasing sales.

Here are all the individual ads that I could locate. You can click on the images to view a larger version.

Mental Games

Today was “Repeat Tuesday.”  I was scheduled to run 10 x400.  Originally I planned on getting up at 5:45 a.m. today and getting the chore of  doing repeats out of the way.  Well it just didn’t happen that way. Instead I turned off the alarm and rolled over to snuggle up to my hubby. I did however did get my run in after work.  It was not fun!!  I can’t really complain. For a couple of weeks now I’ve had some good solid runs with little complications.  So one evening of my mind taking over the run instead of my legs I guess I shouldn’t complain but it’s still a little disheartening.  I’m not an evening running for one thing so the thought of getting dinner ready, doing laundry, blah blah blah took over. Then there was this nagging feeling in my thigh that was screaming at me the whole time.  I guess my point of all this is running is not just physical.  Sometimes running ,especially if a person is not wearing an ipod or some type of music can become much more harder mentally than the actual physical act.

That’s another thing. At what point did running require so many gadgets?!  There’s the sport watch, Garmin, water bottle, ipod/cellphone (possibly both), Gu’s. My goodness, by they time a person gets equipped out to go run is there very little room left on the body for sweat to collect?  I normally don’t take an ipod these days because somebody is normally with me but what if i didn’t have anyone to run with?

Anyways, I did the training but in some ways it felt like a bust.  I guess I could just  post about all the sun shiny parts when it comes to training/workingout  but then that wouldn’t be true to what training is like. Everyone is going to have bad days whether it be with biking, running or just working out.  We have to have lows to enjoy our highs.  I’m not sure how I’m going to squish this mental trap I have but some how it has to be handled.  Don’t get me wrong I love to run with music but sometimes it just nice to hear the “natural” noises around me.  It’s nice to just hear my own breathing without having to listen to other noises. But when I’m alone and I don’t have my ipod on, then the mental aspect of running REALLY gets a workout. I don’t know. I’ll figure it out.

What do you guys do?  How do you handle a mentally challenging workout? Any tips?

Either way, tomorrow is a new day.  I plan on running a nice little 3 mile run.

Oh, before I forget. Look what I got in the mail yesterday

 

It’s  a shirt for the Austin Marathon  I’m signed up for in February of 2012.  I love the shirt but I really hope I get another shirt. I just can’t imagine this being my “offical” race shirt already.   Either way, very cool!

One more thing!  While looking for something this evening I came across possibly one of my favoritest (yes that’s a word) movie.  Unfortunately, I’m deeming the trailer NSFW but I just had to put up here.  It cracks me up!  I apologize in advance if I offend anyone but it really is funny. I introduce to you…………Run Fat Boy Run.

Have a great evening!

Cheers!

It’s Official!

I can’t keep a secret to save my soul!!  I said I wasn’t going to mention my blog to anyone until February 1  so I would hopefully have a little more content on here and I could see if I was going to make a fool out of myself or not.  Well, big mouth here just couldn’t wait. I just had to tell everyone on Facebook.  So it’s official! No take backs.  No, “Well I changed my mind.” The cat is out of the bag!  I feel so much better now.

A New Journey Begins

Hey there! I’m Brandy
I love running.
I love reading and researching the latest and greatest on all things health related.
I love helping and inspiring others to workout.
I love football and baseball!
I love (and I do mean love) food!
I love cooking.
I love to eat!
I love googling.
I love using exclamation points!
I love God along with my goofy yet wonderful husband Marty
and our just as goofy yet wonderful dog Lexi.

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For some time now I have toyed with the idea of starting a blog. I read so many blogs regarding exercise, dieting, cooking, etc. that it inspired me to want to write about it as well but I always thought, “what can i do different that nobody else has?” The million dollar question, I know. Well, like the Windows commercial where the people get these great ideas about making the system better and then the commercials do a “flash back” with some fabulous looking person coming up with the idea. Yep, well just imagine that for me! Instead for me, it’s more like God reached down and thumped me on the forehead and said, “Duh!” I thought I can do a blog that helps me get my passion back while maybe helping others! Is it any different than anyone else’s? I’ll let you decide. So here we go!

In 1995 I started my Group Exercise Instructor career as a Step instructor. From there I experimented with Fitness Pageants (please, hold the laughs). Since1999 I’ve ran who knows how many 5ks, 10ks, half marathons, triathlons and 5 marathons all while continuing teaching various classes over the years. However, in the last year or so I’ve continued something that resembles training but I’ve lost my passion for what I love. As I go on my daily runs it’s become more of a chore rather than what it used to be, an escape from the day to day chaos. I still read about it, think about it, plan for it but I don’t really enjoy it. In addition to all this I’ve managed to put on more weight than I feel comfortable with. I gained it after I got married so I always joke with Marty that when I said, “I do” he handed me twenty pounds at the altar!

My goal is to take a journey over the next year with the simplest diet and exercise in order to rekindle my passion and to become a healthier version of myself. In the mean time, I hope you will also find inspiration in the journey as well. I plan on taking you with me grocery shopping while on a budget and into my kitchen to fix a healthy but easy meal each week. I plan on showing you workouts that don’t require you to break the bank in order to fit back into your skinny jeans (right now my skinny jeans is some skinny girl’s fat jeans). I feel like less informed people have attempted a whole lot more than I’m attempting. I don’t want to just look healthy and run miles after miles like a crazy woman (although that is debatable). I want to create a lifestyle that I can carry way into my golden years. I look forward to my journey and please feel free to suggest or request any ideas that you may have. I’m always open to constructive criticism, but go easy on me I’m new at this (you know, blogging)!