Monday, August 25, 2014

Carb Loading At Its Finest

Oh boy am I ever embracing the taper and unintentionally carb loading like a champ!  Brittany's dad and step-mom were in town this weekend and our favorite thing to do together is eat.  We all share the same enthusiasm for food and that gets us into trouble.  We went to a few of my favorite San Diego spots this weekend and I definitely overindulged.  We did brunch at Cafe 222 and Cafe 21, and had dinner at Fish Public, Urban Solace and Wang's.  We also enjoyed dessert after basically every meal (including the best bread pudding at Heaven Sent Desserts in North Park).  I am not exaggerating when I say I think I gained 5 pounds this weekend. I would be able to verify that if I was brave enough to step on the scale, but I'm not.

This photo was taken in the 5 minute window where we were not eating.
My favorite meal of the weekend was the salmon dish from Urban Solace.
I moaned.  A lot.

So. Much. Food.

I only had to do a 12 miler and a 5 miler this weekend which felt nice and short but not at all easy.  My legs felt achy and tired and I wasn't able to knock out more than a mile at marathon pace.  It was disappointing but I accepted the fact that I am worn out and need to taper.

They were giving B12 shots at the gym on Saturday so I took advantage and had them shoot me in the butt.  I was hoping to feel a burst of energy over the weekend but instead I continued to feel kind of lethargic and exhausted.  It's probably the anemia which I can't get under control. I wish they also did iron infusions at the gym.  That would be divine!

My Week in Workouts:

Monday:  Rest Day
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: 7 miles
Thursday: Spin Class (60 minutes)
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 12 miles
Sunday: 4.5 miles

Yep, two full rest days again this week.  This wasn't planned but it just made sense on Friday with the way things played out at the DMV and Brittany's folks getting into town so I let myself slide.  I'm actually glad I did because my legs were tired enough on Saturday.

Any other anemic people out there?

What works best for you?  
This is something I am constantly battling with and nothing seems to help.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Faves

Happy Friday!! I have a doctor's appointment and then I'm headed to the DMV. Just what everyone wants on their Friday -- a speculum in their vagina followed by standing in line for an hour to speak with someone who probably hates their life... and you, let's be honest.  If I don't get sucked into the DMV vortex for too long I'm going to take my first ever barre class at the gym.  I'm excited and terrifed all at once.  So many emotions over here on this Friday!  ;)

Here's what I am obsessed with at the moment...


I have a lot of pieces from Fabletics and I just ordered another.  It's kind of addicting and their stuff is comfy and super cute.  Kate Hudson is behind this fabulous company, and well, I love her so I was sold almost right away.  If you sign up for the monthly program you receive a big discount and get one outfit a month but you can skip a month whenever you like.  Your first outfit is only $25 and I cannot think of a better deal out there, honestly. These blue pants are my latest fave.  I made Brittany take a picture of me in them before spin class last night because I wanted to show you all.

{Random sidenote: I almost didn't post these pictures because I initially thought my thighs looked huge, but then I stopped and remembered that these thighs can carry me 26.2 miles at a time!  I should be kissing these damn thighs! Embrace the healthy thickness, ladies!}  End rant.


I'm a total book worm and only recently discovered Audible.  Your first book is FREE so I was sold.  Listening to a book on a long run is a great way to pass the time.  I've also turned it on while in the bath and when I'm getting ready.  I hate doing my hair and make-up so it keeps me entertained during these dreaded tasks.  It's convenient because it downloads right to your phone.

I downloaded the Husband's Secret and it's narrated by an
Australian woman which makes it kind of nice on the ears. I love me an aussie accent.

"Candidly Nicole"

Okay, this one is kind of embarrassing but I've loved Nicole Richie since she was in The Simple Life with Paris Hilton and I'm also a sucker for the crappiest reality TV out there. The show is completely scripted and not "reality" by any means, but I love it 'cause it's my girl! I always thought if Nicole and I knew each other IRL we'd be BFFs.

I have to agree, Nicole.

Enjoy your weekends, people!  I only have a 12 miler and a 5 miler on the agenda for the weekend. Sounds so easy compared to 18s and 20s!  WOOT!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Taper Time & A Massive Food Hangover

I had one of the most brutal 20 milers of my life this weekend and now it's time to taper!  Hallelujah! I am beyond ready to start winding down before race day. My body is toast so there won't be any taper tantrums over here, that's for damn sure.

The night before that horrible long run, I went to Milestone, my favorite local running store, to pick up some new Brooks Ghosts.  I decided that if my closet could look like anything, it would be this:

Who needs Louboutins when you can have Brooks?!
Running 20 miles in a brand new pair of shoes is not the best idea.  I have terrible blisters and I'm sore in places I'm normally not sore.  Lesson learned.

This training cycle has only been so-so.  My body has felt great which is a big deal for me; however, I could have done a lot more.  I kept my mileage super low (in comparison to most people training for marathons) to avoid injury.  It worked because here I am, injury-free, but at the same time I'm seriously doubting how prepared I am for this race.  I am hoping and praying that replacing one run a week with spin class won't negatively affect my performance, but who knows?  We'll find out on race day I suppose!

Here's what this week looked like, and yes, I took 2 full rest days.  It wasn't intentional.  It's just the way the cookie crumbled...

My Week in Workouts:

Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: 7 miles (mile repeats)
Wednesday: 5 miles
Thursday: Spin Class (60 minutes)
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 20 (hellishly hot and horribly humid) miles  ;)
Sunday: 5.5 miles

The other day, Christina wrote about having food hangovers and how they're a real thing, but I hadn't actually experienced one until now.  I went to a wedding on Saturday and ate an array of food that I would never normally eat.  Since I'd run 20 miles earlier in the day, I was pretty ravenous and willing to eat just about anything. I filled up on mayonnaise-based dishes like macaroni salad and potato salad along with cupcakes, a hawaiian roll and mac 'n cheese.  There wasn't a single healthy option or a vegetable (unless you include the potatoes in the potato "salad") so I ate what was available.

And Sunday, I felt it.  Even today I'm feeling it, and it ain't pretty!  I haven't had a sip of alcohol in 31 days and yet I was horribly "hungover."  It was so nice to return to my favorite kale salad on Sunday and today I had an acai bowl for lunch because the sound of everything else makes me want to vomit.  I feel so terrible that I am actually skipping my run tonight -- it's that serious.  All of this is a great reminder of the impact food has on our bodies.

Me & Brittany before all the eating went down.

Any advice on combating a "Food Hangover?"

Thursday, August 14, 2014

What I'm Doing Differently This Time Around

Lately, everything has been coming together beautifully with my running.  My 16 mile run on Sunday felt fantastic and then two days later, I did mile repeats and they were a piece of cake. 7:00 minute miles felt too easy so I had to crank it up to a 6:45 pace at the end which still did not feel all that hard.  I haven't felt this good since 2011!  That is just craziness.

In an effort to recreate this stellar running in the future, I want to figure out what the heck has been making my runs so kick-ass lately.  Here is what I've been doing differently this time around:

  • Bye-Bye, Booze.  It's almost been a month since my last drink and less alcohol means more quality calories and more H2O.  Drinking alcohol can lead to dehydration and in turn, performance suffers greatly.
  • Cross Training.  Normally during marathon training all I do is run.  This is the first time I've ever religiously incorporated spinning and yoga into my weekly routine. Spinning is a great way to get more cardio in without the impact of running and yoga is fantastic for flexibility and core strengthening.  
  • Eating More Fat.  In the past, my diet was very low in fat (even the "good" kinds) but now that I've incorporated animal products back in, I am also consuming more fat.  I have no idea if this has any sort of effect on my training but according to my good friend Whit, "fat makes you phat" so I'm including it. 
  • More Shoe & More Support. The last couple of years I've fallen into the minimal trend and opted for less shoe.  I've also ended up with more injuries than I can keep track of so clearly that wasn't working for me.  I've since switched back to the Brooks Ghost (my original favorite) and I use Currex Insoles for arch support. My body loves me for ditching the minimal shoes!

love @ first run.

I believe the combination of all of these is what is making this training cycle far superior to the last several cycles.  I have no idea if another BQ is in my future next month, but I sure as hell hope so!

Tell me what works for you!

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Whole Weekend in Workout Clothes

I literally spent every moment of this weekend, start to finish, in workout clothes.  I told myself I'd put on a cute outfit Saturday night if Brittany and I went on a date but that didn't happen.  Instead, we both ended up in leggings eating burritos.  And it was p-e-r-f-e-c-t-i-o-n.

Friday kicked off with a run date with Teresa along the harbor followed by a sweaty post-run dinner at Quality Social because I had a Groupon that needed spending.  We downed three fish tacos a piece, salad and some ooey gooey, soft pretzel bites.  It was delightful.  To top it off, I got an hour long massage and called it a night.  Talk about being blissed out on a Friday night!

Saturday morning I had a coffee date with one of my bestest friends, Megan, in North Park. We sat around chatting and catching up over some delicious caffeinated bevs.  Then Brittany and I had a really late lunch and decided a fancy date night just didn't sound all that appealing.  Instead, we went for the most perfect little run with Gunner and went to see a movie at Fashion Valley Mall.  That didn't actually happen because it was sold-out, so we ended up eating in the food court, in our leggings, and loving every second of it. We finished the night at Yogurt Land with some dessert. It was so random and laid back and exactly what I needed.

Running mates
I did my long run Sunday and call me a diva but it was HOT outside so I resorted to my fancy air-conditioned gym.  I ran 16 miles on the treadmill and it was FUN! Like seriously, I enjoyed every second of it.  I set the treadmill to a 1% incline to mimic outdoor running and I mixed up the pace so I was running anywhere from 8:50 pace to 8:00 pace.  The miles flew by!  I went over to Brooklyn Bagel afterwards and enjoyed a bagel breakfast sandwich and read a magazine.  I may have ended my Sunday with some more fro-yo but hey, all is fair in love and marathon training. ;)

Teresa caught me doing my long run at the gym and snapped a few pics.
She thinks I'm cray. It's ok.  

TIU girls in FitnessRx magazine! Love them!

My Week in Workouts:

Monday: Spin (60 minutes)
Tuesday: 6 miles
Wednesday: Rest Day
Thursday: 7 miles
Friday: 5 miles 
Saturday: 3 miles
Sunday: 16 miles

20 miles on the agenda for this weekend, then guess what!! It's TAPER TIME!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Faves!

Happy Friday, people!  This Friday was off to a splendid start when Brittany surprised me with plane tickets to Chicago for this October. I'm thrilled to see the family!  It's been much too long and Brittany will get to meet the whole clan.  I hope she's prepared for the craziness that is my family. ;)

Since it's Friday, I thought I'd share some fun stuff.  Here are some things I highly recommend and I'm lovin' on at the moment:

These books...

Yoga Bitch by Suzanne Morrison
This was a really quick read and I LOLed several times throughout.  It's a candid account of one girl's yogic journey.  It's cute, funny, honest and worth the read.  

**Don't mind Stella's awkward photo bomb.  
Euphoria by Lily King
This book is magical so far.  It's about three anthropologists in the 1930s and their passion for the field.  It's completely fascinating and takes me right back to my freshman anthropology class in college.  It makes me think about the way we live and how much of what we do is based solely on societal norms and expectations and how oftentimes, what we consider to be natural is really just cultural.  Anyway, it's intriguing!  Go get your hands on it.

These Songs...

Hippie Sabotage "Your Soul"

Angus and Julia Stone "Heart Beats Slow"  -- I get to see them in Chicago this October!

Cassadee Pope "Wasting all These Tears" -- a cheesy one for good measure.

This product...

I am seriously convinced that these guys have made ALL the difference in getting over my Plantar Fasciitis. I used to be anti-orthotics/insoles/support but I have seen the light and I am not looking back.  I've dealt with Plantar Fasciitis for years now.  It's chronic and it just wouldn't go away.  Then I started to run with these bad boys in my shoes, and I swear to you, I no longer have PF pain.  It could be a variety of things but these insoles are the only brand new thing I've tried with this marathon training cycle.  No one is paying me to say this, so please know, this is my honest experience and opinion.  I swear by these.  I chose the model made for my foot type (high arch/over-supinator) and it's made a world of difference.  

What are you lovin' on lately?

Monday, August 4, 2014

The 20 Miler

Oh, the 20 miler.  It's a necessary evil in marathon training.  I fear it.  I loathe it.  And once I complete it, I feel like a mother f***ing rockstar. I tend to end up injured right before my 20 miler or right after.  This means all those miles leading up to the 20 were in vain. Once the 20 miler is under your belt, you're basically capable of running the marathon.  So these miles in particular are kind of a big deal.  They make or break you in a sense.

Well, I got that 20 under my belt this Saturday.  This means I am most definitely running Ventura.  This is such a great feeling because I've dealt with so much disappointment the last couple of years and I'm just plain tired of dropping out of races before I even get to the start line.  Halle-freaking-lujah, I get to run another marathon!  Assuming I stay injury-free. My foot is killing me today, but I'm hoping it's just a bruised tendon and nothing more serious.

sweaty, salty, but most importantly, DONE.

I am so beyond grateful that Amy joined me for 8 miles of my run. She is a godsend.  I picked her up around mile 4 and we ran together down to the harbor, chatting away, miles ticking by.  I was struggling and it helped tremendously to have her upbeat company.  It was humid and I was sweatier than usual and dying of thirst.  Of course I wasn't carrying water and all I could think about was the next water fountain. Amy was a great distraction and she so kindly left me with her highly coveted water bottle when she finished.  That girl is a saint.  I mean it.

I feel like I just shuffled on for the final 8 miles, but regardless, got 'er done.  Ew, did I just say that? I finished on the harbor where Brittany was waiting for me with food.  If that ain't true love, I don't know what is.  My pupils turned into little hearts at the sight of the egg sandwich her.  We drove home, I napped, and the rest is history.  This marathon is happening, people!

My Week in Workouts

Monday: 5 miles
Tuesday: Spin (45 minutes)
Wednesday: 6 miles
Thursday: Yoga (60 minutes)
Friday: 3 miles
Saturday: 20 miles
Sunday: Hot Yoga (60 minutes)

Outside of running 20 miles, I had a super relaxing weekend.  Brittany and I went to see a movie, had Thai take-out, hung out at a coffee shop and read.  Also, the universe gave me a sign that Brittany is in fact my soulmate.  Without even noticing, I grabbed a Brittany Coke Zero the other day.

thanks for the confirmation, universe.

my salad, my coffee and my girl, @ influx - north park. 

Another week down, only 5 to go...

How was your weekend?