Week 15 – Chicago Marathon Training

Let’s see how it went…

Spoiler Alert!!!  I will not be running the Chicago Marathon…read on if you want to know.

Monday – 3 miles  3.20 miles

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Imagine my surprise when I checked the plan and it read 3 MILES!!!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday – Rest and Stretch

After the events of the end of the week, I don’t even remember what happened on Tuesday!!

Wednesday – 5 miles   5.28 miles

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I actually hit the road a little later this morning since my miles have been dialed back.  This run felt easy and I had no issues what so ever… little did I know this would be my LAST RUN for a few months.

 

 

 

Thursday – 3 miles   Surgery Scheduled

I’ll try to keep this short and condensed… I have been trying to get a doctor’s appointment since August, I have basically been on my period since August 9th, at least I thought it was my period.  I have Tricare Prime insurance and due to where I live I am to be seen on the Air Force Base.  After multiple attempts and being that there was either no provider or no appointments available and they would not refer me downtown, I finally got an appointment on September 22 after I said I was bleeding to death (basically)!!

I had a 515p appointment, but after the doctor read the appointment notes I was called to come in to be worked in between patients because the lab and radiology would be closed at the time of the appointment.  Finally, someone that seems to be concerned.  I had an ultrasound of my abdomen and pelvic area.  The results were not what I was expecting, but I was relieved after I had basically been asking about body changes since November 2016.  My description – I am basically growing a small fruit stand in my abdomen/pelvic area!!  A referral was put in for a GYN and I received that on Monday!!  The only quick thing that’s happened in regards to this.

I had an excruciating episode driving home on Wednesday afternoon, I called Tricare in order to go to the ER due to the PAIN and was told to take Tylenol and call back if anything changes!!  I called the GYN on call provider hoping maybe they could help.  Since I had not been seen there yet, they could not prescribe me any pain medication, but were able to pull up my referral and would work me in for an acute appointment on Thursday morning.

Thursday morning and if feels as if I had done 1000 ab exercises and had a water balloon swishing around in my abdomen.  We made it to the GYN, spent about an hour with the doctor and was told ABSOLUTELY NO RUNNING.  He does not know how I was able to train and not cause injury to myself???  Those back pains, totally related to my condition and not in my head.  The period that won’t end, not what I thought could be related to menopause, but also not normal.

I have pre-op scheduled for 4 October, Chicago 5-10 October and surgery 11 October.  I have been cleared to leisurely walk the 5k and that is it!!  Currently, I am scheduled for a total hysterectomy  with a possible lymphoid dissection  and omentectomy, the last two depending on test results.

Let’s just say, that my organs are so enlarged that he assessed me at being equivalent  to 5 months pregnant.  So that marathon midsection I mentioned a few weeks back, wasn’t due to training, but was definitely  made worse due to my training.

Am I sad, YES but I am so thankful that I wasn’t running the streets of Chicago and end up in the hospital.  I will cheer on the Hubs and hug him hard at the finish, someone has to finish what we started!!

Friday – Rest and Stretch

Moved as little as possible.

Saturday – 8 miles  Monthly Miles

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What I’ll be missing… I’m a little sad that the below scheduled races will be missed, but my life is not worth the risk.  I am hoping that I will recover quickly and find myself on the road in December, for a January race.  Fingers Crossed!!!

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Ask and I’ll let you know…

I want to be transparent about what is going on and with my recovery, I will answer your questions, if I have an answer, it may be after my surgery that I know more and exactly what is/was going on inside.

Tell me something GOOD that happened to you this week!!

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Week 14 – Chicago Marathon Training

Let’s see how it went…

Monday – 5 miles   4.16 miles

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I loved my Mermaid hat so much from Sunday’s long run that I had to wear it again on Monday!!   I tried switching things up a little and ran my normal route in reverse…it was a little backwards!!

 

 

Tuesday –  Rest and Stretch  Just Lazy!

But I had a nice surprise in the mailbox!!  We received our Chicago International 5k Bibs!!  I’m pretty sure this is the pre-party to the marathon??!!

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Wednesday – 8 miles   8.19 miles

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Yep, I’m winning!!  I managed to get out early enough to get all 8 miles on the plan for today!!  My pace was 2 seconds faster than last week, which makes it 16 secs overall, right??!!  Not much, but it’s the little things!!

 

 

Thursday – 5 miles   5.02 miles

The Hubs was over in PC for work so we were able to run together for this one.  I tried out my Houston Strong Runningluv…love it!!  I got 5.02 miles and he logged 8.59, he’s an overachiever!!  Look closely and you can see my gum!!

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Friday – Rest and Stretch   Eat and Nap!!

Actually, I don’t even remember where we ate dinner??  But I’m pretty sure I was in the bed by 9p!!

I’ve been having some female issues for some time, since August 9th to be exact and I was finally seen today.  As a retired military veteran, I am seen at a military treatment facility, but due to being a retiree/veteran I am low man on the totem pole when it comes to getting appointments.  I  by no means overuse the facility, I actually can’t remember the last time I had an appointment for myself??  I see an off base provider for my thyroid issues.  I basically had to say I was dying in order to get an appt/test to which I was told that there was not one available to read the test once finished, so expect a call on Tuesday…I really hope I’m not dying!!

Anyway, I did receive a call around 6p in regards to my test in which they are referring me to an off base provider and the waiting game starts…good thing I’m not dying!!  I will provide more information once I have more information which likely won’t be until after we run Chicago!!  But if you don’t mind, cross your fingers and toes for me!!

Saturday – 9 miles   10.05 miles

AHHHHHHH, how nice to have a single digit LONG run!!!  But we wouldn’t be us if we didn’t take it to double digits!!

We were still awake at 4a, but didn’t hit the road until close to 530a.  We actually had a cool breeze for most to the run and we had some fun with the Halloween blow-ups in the last mile.

And we are kissing this run goodbye…

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We also ran the #IrmaReliefRun but forgot to print our bibs.  Unfortunately, this virtual race only raised $4000 vs. the $55k that was raised for Harvey.  I wish it was just a little bit more, but I feel good that we did our part.

 

Sunday – Rest and Reset

It was nothing but chores and food prep today.  It has been a few weeks since I’ve had this much time at home on the weekends, it has been spent on the roads!!

Here is what is on the menu:

Instant Pot HB Eggs, Bacon, Chick Pea Budda Bowls w/Quinoa , Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatballs w/Orzo, Carrots and Chicken Breast w/roasted vegetables and Grapes.

 

You guys…I really only have one more week to post before we are on our way to Chicago!!  I’m pretty sure I will be too busy to blog while I’m up north??!!  How crazy is it that I’m about to run the streets of Chicago with 39,999 Runner Buds!!!

Let me know…

Do you have a hat hoarding issue??  Or what running/sporting gear do you hoard??  Do you get nervous before a race, ANY race??

Week 13 – Chicago Marathon Training

Let’s see how it went…

Monday –  5 miles

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Gotta love it when the Monday training run goes as planned and when the Hubs is in town for Storm Duty still!!

Got my new Hoka Bondi 5s and I’m loving the color and the cushion!!

 

 

Tuesday – Rest and Stretch

I know I didn’t run, but I really don’t remember what I did??!!

Wednesday – 8 miles

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And YES!!  Finally, that elusive mid week 8 miler was had today!!

I was so excited that I was able to get myself out the door with enough time to NO KIDDING log the miles that were on the plan!!

 

 

Thursday – Rest and Stretch

I swapped Thursday and Friday this week.  I really didn’t want to visit ‘Ol Milly, it’s been so nice hitting the road and I knew I had the opportunity to go in late on Friday, so…

Friday – 5 miles

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I ran Thursday’s mile today!!  A couple of loops around the neighborhood got me the 5 miles needed and yes, it is still hawt and humid in Florida!!

 

 

 

Saturday – Rest and Reset  Cardio Shopping/4 mile walk

Well, not exactly a rest and reset day, but I did end up with a few fall outfits.  And I logged 4 miles walking the outlets doing all that shopping!!  Actually, my purchases were only from two stores.

I was trying hard to coordinate and make sure that I had something else back in my closet that I could pair these pieces with.  The Hubs was shocked that I took what I did, this was actually the first time in a while that I felt like something actually fit that I tried on!!

And pay no attention to my permanent Flip Flop toes!!  I thought the lady that did my pedicure what joking, but nope there is a permanent space between my big toe and second toe.  Just a random thought to share, plus it’s the first thing I notice when I look at the pictures!!

Sunday –  18 miles   17 miles run/1 mile walk

On our drive back from our Saturday outing, we took Scenic Hwy 30A so we could pass through all the little coastal towns and see that gorgeous emerald green water of the Gulf.  As we were driving, we decided that we should run along the Hwy for our last longish training run!!

Well, there is a paved trail that runs along 30A is called the Timpoochee Trail!!  Who knew??  Now we know!! We parked at Rosemary Beach and ran west towards Seaside.  And of course we took a picture in front of the iconic post office.

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We had hit the 8 mile mark and decided to continue up the road another mile to Water Color.

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Once we were headed back, it seemed as if the little towns were waking up.  Shops were opening, families were headed to the beaches, and traffic started to pick up along the Hwy.  We made one pit stop on the return leg, you have to love public beach access with CLEAN public restrooms!!  About mile 16 the heat was really working me over, the Hubs took my vest to lighten my load to coax me along for the last 2 miles.   At mile 17 we STEPPED out on the Hwy to take a picture of the palm lined entrance to Alys Beach.

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Shortly after that picture, I sent the Hubs on his way to run the last mile while I walked!!  He came back to get me, bringing me a bottle of water and encouraging me to finish it up!!  If you follow me on IG you’ve had to seen our celebratory twirl video!!  The Hubs had never twirled before and has the greatest facial expressions!!  The picture below was taken at the turn around in Water Color, but it has my mileage stamped on it so it gets posted!!  We changed clothes, grabbed a cawffee, and chatted with visitors to the area that ended up knowing the Hubs, they had worked with him on projects when he lived in Nashville…talk about a small world!!

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To say that I am excited to start getting hours back on the weekends is an understatement!!  I am overjoyed that I only have to run for 1.5-2 hours next weekend!!  Looks like we’ll be putting a wrap on this training soon!!

Let me know…

Do you do something to celebrate the end of a training cycle/last long training run??  What is it that you look forward to once the training cycle/race is finished??  Do you have any recommendation on getting rid of the Marathon Mid-Section??!!

Week 11 – Chicago Marathon Training

I bet you thought I forgot about blogging last weeks training… NOT true!!  I have had every intention on typing it up each day – Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but it just hasn’t been doable until TODAY!!!

I usually type up my post at work, I know…shameful!  If you don’t know, I work for the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) at Tyndall AFB, FL.  To say that things have been crazy with Hurricane Harvey and now Irma, is a bit of an understatement.  I work in a support function for men and women that coordinate State and Federal assets for search and rescue.  It looks as if we may be out of Irma’s path, but these men and women will sit the line until the last rescue.

NOW…

Let’s see how it went…

Monday –  5 miles  4.06 miles

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Here’s to another run on Ol’ Milly!!  I was suppose to log 5 miles but I just couldn’t hang that last mile.  I don’t know if my legs were still hung over from Saturday’s 18 miler or what, but 4.06 miles it was!!

 

 

Tuesday – Rest and Stretch

You guys and gals…I found a massage therapist!!  I had an appointment this afternoon, my third and she is working wonders on my back and legs!!  I seen her last Friday for a Swedish massage, the day before that 18 miler, and it was so relaxing.  She told me to soak in a HAWT Epsom salt bath for about 20 minutes later that night and I shouldn’t have any issues with my run (we know about my back spasms!)!!  Done and it felt great… Soooo, I made an appointment for after that 18 miler, a Deep Tissue Massage.  I loved it so much that I have booked another!!

Wednesday – 8 miles  5 miles

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Took it to the TM again today!!  I shifted my runs again this week to run with the Hubs when he is in town.  I still don’t like 5 mill miles, 4 is just right for me, but I’m working through it with only 5 weeks of training left.

 

 

Thursday –  5 miles  8 miles

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We were out the door at early again for this one!!  We did a 1.5 loops in the neighborhood before taking it to the Highway.  It’s getting easier to mentally prepare for the out and back once we leave the neighborhood.  We know it’s 2.5 miles to the turnaround and we’re about to get it done.

We had to do an extra loop to make 8 miles, we should have done 2 WHOLE loops of the neighborhood before heading to the Highway!!  I’m all about being done once I enter back into the neighborhood!!  Don’t make me do any extra!!

Friday – Rest and Stretch

Resting up for our cutback run tomorrow and we decided to support  Run for Texas, we were already going for a run so why not add a little help to people in need from Hurricane Harvey.

Below is from Runner Sign Up.  They are still taking donations until September 9th.

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Any runner knows that the running community is not only large but supportive! Help us support our fellow runners, and others, who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. No matter where you live,  you can help those in need by participating in our virtual race. Choose between the 5k and 10k and run with us to show Texas that no matter where we are in the world, we are here to support! Run your distance anytime during Labor Day Weekend!

Donate and run this Labor Day Weekend to help support those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. There is an option to pay extra for the race pin, but 100% of the race funds will be donated to the Texas Diaper Bank and American Red Cross.

Diapers are not provided by disaster relief agencies. The Texas Diaper Bank, with our donations, can help provide diaper emergency diaper kits to the families that are being displaced due to Hurricane Harvey.

After registering, download your printable race bib here.

*In order to maximize the charitable impact of this race, we are limiting the swag to an optional pin that is available as a separate purchase with your race registration/donation. The race pin option deadline is September 4, but you can run anytime through Sept 9.

Once race weekend is complete, registered runners will receive a virtual “swag bag” via email full of exclusive discount codes from various running companies such as Momentum Jewelry, Bakline Running, Detroit Metal Works and Nuun Hydration.

Follow along on social media using #RunForTexas.

**If you wish to help**

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

However, if you still wanted to participate, we have decided to keep our site active through September 9 for DONATIONS ONLY (use the green “donate” tab at the top of the page.) Feel free to donate your “race fee”, or any dollar amount you wish, and run any distance as your charity race. Be sure to post a photo on social media and tag it with #runfortexas so we can see it!

Thank you so much to everyone who registered and/or donated to the Run For Texas Virtual races this last week. We had over 3,000 participants from all over the US and in many other countries. Feel free to scroll through the hashtag #runfortexas on social media (especially Instagram) to see thousands of runners supporting those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Thank you for helping a couple of Virginia running moms turn a small idea into a huge #runfortexas global race party!

Because of runners like YOU, we raised $50,000 for the Texas Diaper Bank & American Red Cross in less than a week. We are humbled and honored to be a part of this project. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for joining us. We are so proud to be a part of the running community.

Thank you More Miles, More Fun Races!!

Saturday –  17 miles   12 miles

We decide to run shorter, cut it back, this weekend for 2 reasons.  1 – we ran 18 miles two weeks before the plan called for it and 2 – It’s my son’s 18th Birthday and he’s going sky diving!!

We were up early, yes…again, to get this run in for Texas before heading to breakfast with the boy to celebrate his milestone.  We started out on our usual route from the house, but needed to make a loop back to the gas station 2 miles in.  Lucky for us the gas station was opened, if we would have went back to the house, I don’t think I would have wanted to go back out??

I have been having issues this training cycle and I’m not sure if it is age (I’m going to be 49 soon!!) or the season of life I’m entering.  The last three weeks have had us on a hunt for bathrooms along our routes and luckily we have found some.  I start out fine and at some point before the 5 mile mark its pit stop time???  It’s not the same time or distance every time and I have not changed anything about my habits/routines/fueling leading up to our long runs, so this I find perplexing.  Sorry, TMI but it’s part of this runner’s life these days and I’m hoping it passes before we get to RACE DAY!!

With that said…squirrel!!  The rest of our run was uneventful and we were happy to play a small part in helping the people e of Texas with our run.

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We treated the boy to breakfast and headed up for his jump.  He was so excited and thankful for getting to do this.  When he came out with his instructor they told us to watch for the orange canopy, well you can tell by the picture he wasn’t under an orange canopy!!  So we took photos and watched someone else thinking it was him!!

It was so much fun watching everyone else, the Hubs and I have decided that we will go back to jump after Chicago!!  Eeeekkkk, I can’t wait!!

Sunday – Rest and Reset

And we went to the beach…

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We’re wearing out Chattanooga Marathon hats, don’t forget there is a discount code on the Discount Code tab if you would like to join us for a run in March!!

With the holiday tomorrow and me being off on Tuesday as well, I did not meal prep for the week.  I hope I make good choices!!

Let me know…

Have you tried an extreme sport??  If so, would you do it again??  If not, what do you think you would try??

 

 

Week 10 – Chicago Marathon Training

Let’s see how it went…

Monday – 5 miles / Lower Body  5.14 miles

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Well, I started the week out the way it should start, 5.14 miles on Ol’ Milly!!

Why does my hair color blend with the wall color??!!

 

 

 

Tuesday – Rest and Stretch

I have noticed that I need to increase my stretching with the increased miles!!  The back of my heels are cranky when I put my feet on the floor first thing in the morning, so I have been doing a lot of calf stretching.

Wednesday – 5 miles  5.25 miles

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Took it to the mill again today in order to run with the Hubs tomorrow morning!!

I ran 3 straight miles then switched it to .75/.25 run walk intervals.

Even with my music and the t.v., I just get bored on this thing!!

 

 

Thursday – 8 miles / Upper Body   8.16 miles

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I am loving the fact that I am getting these mid-week longish runs done!!  And even more excited that the Hubs could join me that I swapped my Wednesday and Thursday miles!!

The shorts in this picture are headed to the trash!!  This was the second time wearing them and the second time the seam chaffed my lower waist/upper butt!!  I thought I would keep them for cooler runs, but nope…I don’t want to run the chance of chaffing that area more than I already have!!

 

Friday – Rest and Stretch

So here’s the deal…I’m willing to part with 6 pair of USED runners for 1 pair of NEW runners!!  I love my current pair of Bondi 5s  so much that I want the new purple color!!  I was swapping between my Ghosts (not pictured) and the Bondis prior to marathon training, but since late June, I have ran in nothing but my Bondis!!   And yes, that is the Asics Skittles color scheme in there circa…2012/2013.  They were my first colorful pair of runners that it’s hard to part with them, but they haven’t been on my feet for a few years…so sad to see them go, the colors are so happy!!  I know, I know…they are just shoes.

Saturday – 16 miles   18.07 miles

Even though I only had 16  miles on the plan, I told myself I could do 18 miles…well the Hubs kinda told IG we were doing 18 miles on his post for Saturday’s Volume Maker’s Insta Stories takeover!!  So WE did 18 miles!!

I was having a great run, feeling better than the week before.  I was so excited when we hit 15 miles at 2:59 and some change vs. last weeks 15.59 miles at 3:24 and some change!!  Then…here we go…around 16.5 miles my back started to spasm, really spasm.  I found this odd because my vest was much lighter than when we started.  We walked a little, ran a little more and at 17 miles I found myself bent over trying to stretch my lower back.  I hurt enough that I thought about quitting, this may be a first, so much so that I told the hubs to take the watch (he left his at home on the counter) and finish the last mile!!  After all, we had to post an Insta Stories finish!!

Well he didn’t let me quit!!  We ran walked that last 1.5 miles!!  And I made it the whole 18 miles!!  I think my body is revolting against anything over 13.1 miles, after all that is my preferred distance.  To date I have completed 45 half marathons, 32 of those with the Hubs!!

Below are a few pictures along the way and from the posted Insta Stories.

AND the finish…

Yes, it took us 40 minutes for that last 2.5 miles.  What I learned is that I have it in me to get my 20 miler pretty close to 4 hours, maybe less??!!  I have no goal time for Chicago, but knowing that I may be able to pull off my marathon PR of 5:00:03 makes me excited to see what I can run in two weeks!!

We are cutting back the miles next weekend to 10-12 with my son’s 18th birthday on Saturday, he’s going Sky Diving!!  That means I should be well rested for 20 miles the following weekend.

I was curious…

How many miles have I run in my training so far??

232.15 miles

Which makes me wonder…

How many miles have you ran in your current training cycle or just for summer fun???

Week 9 – Chicago Marathon Training

Let’s see how it went…

Monday – Run and Lower Body  4.10 miles

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Honestly, I don’t want to ever sweat again!!!  This summer training…I’m over it!!  The Hubs was working from PC this morning, so that allowed us to get out for our Monday miles.

4.10 miles at 4:30a…AND it’s still a sweat fest!!

We are actually at that point of summer that it doesn’t even cool off overnight…it’s 82°!!!

 

 

Tuesday – Rest and Stretch

Got the rest thing going on…wanting/doing everything Chicago!!  We are registered for the Chicago 5k on Saturday!!  Of course I want to run the day before a marathon…why not, we’ll be out walking the streets all day sightseeing, we’ll just start off with a shore run!!

Also, I had to buy the Procompression Chicago Marathon sock!!  Uhhhhh, YESSSSSSS!!  Now to coordinate a top and bottom to go with them.

Wednesday – Run  7.70 miles

Mid-week longish run of 7 miles on the plan, but I overshot that a little!!  I ran almost 2 miles in the neighborhood before heading out on the Hwy for the rest.  I run the sidewalk that parallels the Hwy, but I like for it to be somewhat light out before heading that way.  I use my headlamp starting out because there are several DARK patches along the road and I have a thing about seeing what’s in front of me!!

Also, can I say AGAIN how much I’m loving these Ink n’ Burn shorts!!

If you follow me on IG you know my #puppygirl won’t look at the camera!!  All I get is the doggy butt!!

Thursday – Run and Upper Body  4.06 mile

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It was me and Ol’ Milly today for those Thurday miles!!  This was my last 4 mile on the plan, Monday and Thursday bump to 5 miles next week.  I think that may be my limit on the TM!!  I find it hard getting 4 miles in with music and the T.V.!!  But, what’s another 10-11ish minutes with Milly??!!

 

 

Saturday – Long Run  16 miles  15.59 miles

Sound the ALARM…up, dressed and out the door to tackle all the miles at 5a!!  Like I said on Monday, I don’t ever want to sweat again!!!!  We were running a route that we used in 2015 during out marathon training, however that took place in November/December when temps were much cooler.

Anyway, we started at the Panama City Marina and were headed out 8 miles that would take us into Panama City Beach.   We ran along Beach Drive, through St. Andrews, up to and out Hwy 98.  Around mile 5 someone had deposited a shopping cart in what used to be a drive way to really nice restaurant and hence…shenanigans!!  Of course I needed a push on the cart!!  Hey, these long runs need to be entertaining.  We made it to the top of the Hathaway Bridge and snapped a picture.  We carried on to mile 8 and stopped to refuel and hydrate for the run back.  Of course, the gel pack got stuck to my gum and I knew you guys would love to see that!!  Runner Problem #12368…

Coming off the bridge on the way back the Hubs realized that he was out of NUUN.  Luckily, there are plenty of businesses along this route so we stopped at a gas station and purchased a Gatorade and a Coke.  Remember my What’s in a Vest post??  Well I also pack some cash!!  He put the Gatorade in his bottle and we shared the Coke…so refreshing as it was soooooo COLD!!!  We headed back to St. Andrews and the sun was out full force already.  As we were approaching the Farmers Waterfront Market I saw a sign for Sno Cones (they call them Sno Biz??) and guess what ??  We shared a Pink Lemonade Sno Biz before going for the last 2 miles.  Soooo, we had to get a picture with the Sno Biz guy, but the Hubs had apparently deleted his camera app somewhere between the Coke and the Sno Biz which lead to a small freak out session before snapping a picture with the camera in the IG app.  He copped a squat and regrouped before running on!!!

Sooooo, in the last mile someone had their sprinklers on!!  This was great!!  But, soon after I could not get my heart rate to slow and it was getting hard to catch my breathe.  I think the heat and humidity were working against me.  This time it was my turn to sit down…at 15.59 miles and I didn’t run it out.  The hubs waited til my breathing was under control then he ran to the corner to finish up (with my blessings!!).  I slowly started walking back to the car, soooo slow that my watch kept pausing!!  Now that’s funny!!   I truly think that I have been stuck at the 13-14ish mile mark with all the half marathons we had been doing that it was a shock to my system.  And I’m sure the weather played a part, like I said…I don’t ever want to sweat again.

On a positive note, I had NO chaffing!!  None. Nada!!!

Sunday – Rest and Reset

I slept in while the Hubs did a short run and then it was beach time.

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On the Menu:  IP Hard Boiled Eggs, Siracha Honey Glazed Turkey Meatballs, Brown Rice, Salad w/Feta, Black Olives and Avocado and Grapes

I am using the leftover meatballs from a couple of weeks ago for this week!!  I boiled my eggs and rice (not together!) and assembled my salad for the week…Easy Peasy!!  I apologize for the meatballs looking frosty, but I literally took them out of the freezer and put them in the dish to thaw in the fridge.

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Let me know…

How are you chaffing this summer??  What do you use to stop the chaff??  

Week 8 – Chicago Marathon Training

Let’s see how it went…

Monday –  4 miles / Lower Body

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It was me and Ol’ Milly for this one… I managed 4.01 miles this morning.  I was confused when I posted to IG, I thought I was supposed to run on Tuesday, but I surprised myself and was right on plan!!  However, I really  need to get out of the habit of slacking on the strength training.

And I’m still enjoying my Treks Titanium Aftershokz!!

 

Tuesday – Yoga/Roll  Nope/Nada

I didn’t make time for a workout today, but I did make my appointment for my Mammogram and Ultrasound.  I am considered high risk, I have 4 breast cancer survivors in my family, my mom being one of them.  I was told that I have a 20% chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in my life, it doesn’t seem like a lot, but any percent is a lot when it comes to cancer.  This was my 18th year with this lovely machine (only 5 with the ultrasound) and I was given a thumbs up and told to come back and see them next year!!

Wednesday – 6 miles

I was up and excited for this run…WHY!!??  I received my Ink n Burn Aloha Mystery box!!!  I have been putting off  ordering  from them not knowing whether to trust the sizing chart or not.  My body has changed soon much in the last two years and sometimes you just don’t know what will work.  I DM’d several of their ambassadors on IG asking about sizing and in June I finally hit that ‘Place Order’ button!!  This company does a lot of preorders and it can take 6-10 weeks to receive your order… It was worth the wait.  There were 4 items in this mystery box: 6′ shorts, tank, s/s top and cooling towel.  I wore the tank and shorts this morning and love, love, love them!!  I plan to post a review on the items in the future.

But hey, I got my miles in in style and found a $1 on the run!!

Thursday – 4 miles / Upper Body

Ummmm, I thought twice about doing my run… I washed my hair this morning!!  The heat and humidity the gym do a number on it, but I’m training for the Chicago Marathon!!  Runner Hair, Don’t Care!!

Friday – Yoga / Roll   Nope / Nada… AGAIN!

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But I finally was able to try the REESE’S Peanut Butter Doughnut from Krispy Kreme!!  Third time is a charm!!  Every time I would stop to try one, they were sold out.  The lady at the counter told me that they only produce so many, they have to clean the machines after each batch due to peanut allergies.  This was not a ‘Hot Now’ purchase and I think it may have been better if it was… Ate it anyway!!

 

Saturday – 14 miles   12 miles run / 1 mile walk

We were going to try something new today… Trails!!  Our friends Christy and Warren have been asking us to join them at the conservation park to run the trails for some time AND  the stars finally aligned!!!

We were up at 4a and headed to the park by 515a.  We drove through a pretty heavy rain shower, but by time we made it to the park it had passed.  As we were gearing up, here come another shower and it wasn’t passing too quickly!!  We were just about to call it when it let up.  After a short discussion, it was decided that we would take to the roads and head out Hwy 79 since the trails were now going to be a little messy and we didn’t want to mess with that, being our first time and all!!

We started around 7a which is a late start time for us, in FL, in the summer!!  We headed out crossing the food bridge and winding our way to the service road that connected to the Hwy.  Once on the Hwy, it was nothing but pavement and pine trees for 5+ miles till the turn around, ooohhhhh and the bridge, this bridge was a first for me (I love running bridges) and it was a steep one, but the view at the top was worth the climb!

We ran up and over and around and under before turning around for the trek back.  Lucky for me there was a gas station at the foot of the bridge that allowed for a pit stop.  It was the same views, different direction on the way back to the park, but I started wanting it to be over around mile 8!!  The sun was starting to burn through the clouds and I could feel the heat radiating around my head and shoulders.  At mile 9, we started using the 4:1 intervals thinking it might help with the last few miles??!!  I was starting to get lower back spasms that would shoot down my left glute and hamstring.  By mile 10, I just wanted to see the traffic light needed to cross back to the service road that would take us back to the car!!  Eventually, the traffic light appeared and we crossed the Hwy with 1.7 miles to the car, but I called it .27 miles into the 1.7!!  I walked that last mile… This run chewed me up a little!!  What could have not been a run at all turned into 12 of 14 miles!!  I’ll take it!!

There was an outside shower that we used to rinse off before changing and heading for food!!  We did decide that we would be back to try the trails and hope the weather would cooperate.  I managed to get a headache on the way back to the house, I felt like I was short-circuiting if that makes sense??  I ended up laying down and napping for 4 hours.  What was up with that ??

Sunday – Rest and Reset

And today was nothing short of exciting… Laundry and Food Prep!!  Yep, the life I lead is nothing less than exciting!!

Short and simple for this week’s menu:  IP Hard Boiled Eggs, IP Chicken Breast from A Pinch of Healthy, Orzo Pasta (loving this), Broccoli, and Fruit

I snapped pics of the different stages of cooking the chicken: Season, Saute, and pressure cooking on the Poultry setting.  I linked the recipe above with all the details.

All together now…

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Let me know…

How are you getting through your long runs this summer training cycle??  What are you meal prepping??  Any special plans for the end of summer???