Dragging A$$

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Hello Helloooooo! ¬†How is everyone doing on this fine spring-like day ūüôā ¬†I feel like I have, in general, really been dragging butt. ¬†My runs have sucked since Broad Street (a clear sign that I need to rest physically, but mentally can’t wrap my head around it). My legs just feel sooooo lead-ish and my glyco-stores feel constantly empty. ¬†You know what that means…

Time to take a break from running for a few days :/ ¬†So, yesterday, I took to the pool. ¬†Well, helloooooo there, old friend! ¬†Remember how I pool ran throughout my entire pregnancy? ¬†Ha. ¬†Yea….

So, in case you are wondering:

1.  Speedos are sexier than ever.

2.  Even after two years of kiddo-grossness, the floating band aid in the pool still takes the cake

3. ¬†Carrying said kiddo is very hard due to the engagement of muscles I don’s normally have and was surprised were even there

4.  Trying to keep good form while swimming is not as easy as one might think.

5.  Attempting turns in the pool is not only uncomfortable and feels similar to what I think water-logging might, but is incredibly awkward looking and embarrassing

6. ¬†The half hour I swam felt like an eternity…or two

7. Running fitness has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with swimming fitness

8. ¬†Yes, I did plan my swim around my hair washing schedule lol….Really.

So, yea, this is a really good cross training activity for me:

Р It engages different muscle groups

Р It forces your to engage in a completely different breathing style

– I like feeling like a mermaid

– I find water to be extremely serene and peaceful and might even get more thinking done than when I am running!

– It is great for cut back days because I can literally only do half hour right now (with breaks)

SOOOO…I have received the following question after posting on FB about my swim: WILL YOU DO A TRI?! ¬†Here is my short answer:

NO. Bullet pointed:

– The bike portion. I just DO NOT trust anything where I am not on my own feet. I know, wuss.

– The swim portion seems actually really cool, though

– I am really just interested in perfecting my running. It gives me such a great sense of accomplishment and happiness.

– I don’t need to do it all, you know?

РTHE BIKE.  Did I mention that scares the crap out of me?!

ANNNYYYYWAY, so that is my post on how I have been hauling ass lately ūüėČ ¬†And for your dose of Z cuteness today…

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Ugly Races: Broad Street Run 2014

Pre-race pic; this is the only one you will see and the prettiest it got :)

Pre-race pic; this is the only one you will see and the prettiest it got ūüôā

Oh well hellooooo there! ¬†This weekend was sooooo good! ¬†Capped off by the BSR, I’d call it a great one ūüėČ ¬†So yesterday I was trying to explain to my friend why this race was SUCH an UGLY one. ¬†I think this is the ugliest race I have EVER had! ¬†I’ll explain in a sec (because why in the world would I go from point a to point b when I could just off-tangent to point C, D and E?! lol). ¬†I will start out by saying that I CRUSHED my PR for this race (1:27:37) by a few minutes and made my (secret) goal of 1:25. ¬†I even SUBBED the 1:25!

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OK, so here is where it gets ugly.  Despite my success in my finish time, I actually DO NOT think I ran a good race.  It was ugly.  Physically and mentally. Point by Point:

1. ¬†I was NOT fueled well. ¬†I hadn’t been feeling good the days prior and hadn’t been able to eat or keep much in my belly. ¬†The day before the race I at two doughnuts, a piece of pizza and a mozz stick in an effort to pack it in. ¬†Bad choice. ¬†I just felt REALLY backed up against a wall. ¬†I felt the lack of fuel from like mile 2. ¬†Cute.

2. ¬†I woke up with a bad cold, that I was able to “suck up” and push off with some Emergen-C but physically was not in good shape. REALLY sick now, btw.

3. I thought it would be a good idea to try to pace a track coach. ¬†Yup. ¬†Bad idea. ¬†I lost him at about mile 5…believe it or not, I left him behind (SORRY BUDDYYYYY). ¬†It messed w me mentally though for a full half of the race bc I didn’t feel like I was running MY race. ¬†I NEVER run with people and this is why.

4. ¬†I felt entirely UNFOCUSED the WHOLE time. ¬†That is SO not like me. ¬†The race went by suuuuuper quickly, and it think is because I just wasn’t thinking! ¬†I wasn’t taking in the sights and sounds, I wasn’t appreciating the experience, I just wasn’t focused.

5. ¬†Rookie mistake (ALWAYS do this) of going out waaaay too fast (running sub 8 miles the first five miles…um seriously, Kara Goucher I am NOT). ¬†And was really hurting my mile 6. ¬†I saw my amazing friend who gave me a G2 (which I TOTALLY needed) and sour patch kids (which I could not stomach at the time but boy, did I slam those last night) and I am pretty sure I cried at her and asked her to take me home with her. ¬†LOL. ¬†Really.

6. ¬†PHYSICAL ugliness: ¬†This came from #5. ¬†Usually I am the girl who smiles at the camera, fixes my form often, and “tries to make it look easy” and am therefore interested in seeing my race pics. ¬†Holy Hannah those pics are going to be BRUTAL. ¬†I was an ugly mess. ¬†I had Gatorade and water pouring down my face half the time, gummy candies sprouting from several areas of my body (that sounded better in my head), and had a pained look for pretty much the entire race. ¬†Sexy. ¬†I know. ¬†Note that I have not and will not post any after-race pics?!

Some things I learned:

– DO NOT put unwrapped Swedish Fish fuel in your bum pocket because they WILL get slimy, nasty and stain.

– DO NOT try to pace a track coach ūüėČ

– DO NOT get so caught up in your time that you run an “ugly race.”

– DO (attempt to) stay FOCUSED!

I truly judge the success of a race by how I FEEL (physically) both during and after. And again despite my time, I am not proud of how I ran this race. Yes, I left it ALL out there.  But did NOT I enjoy it as I would have liked to and for the reasons that I usually race for.  

OK, so for your daily Z cuteness and news, yesterday my baby starting sitting forward in his car seat (gasp!)!!!! Where has the time gone?!

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So tell me about your race.  Was it as ugly as mine?!  Have you ever had an ugly one?!

UMMMM and PS:  is this seriously the best pic they could get on the website?!

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PPS: ¬†This post is dedicated to a dear friend of mine who lost her father over the weekend. Had I known I would’ve surely added him to my memoriam bib.


Pre BS Run: A Wicked Good Playlist and More

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HIIIIIII! ¬†I just finished my last little run before the big race (2 sloooow miles). ¬†I don’t think I mentioned this, but I’ve pretty much beentrianign for this since the monday After last year’s Broad Street Run. ¬†I ran that one conservatively (was having some health issues; look in blog archive for more) and after snagging a (GREAT) 1:27:37, I desired more. ¬†I cannot share my secret goal (I never do, totally jinxes me) but I will say that I am NOT happy that I got an EVEN bib. ¬†Those long-time readers know that I NEED an odd! ¬†AND my bib starts w 13! Superstitious much?! ¬†YUP. ¬†Embarrassed about it? ¬†NOPE. ¬†So my number is 13330. ¬†WTF. ¬†ANYWAY, I made an AWESOME playlist to share, as I love looking at other peoples’ play lists for inspiration. Mine are always interesting too bc they are just about as random as me ūüôā ¬†OK, here it is (DO NOT JUDGE, or do, whatever, IDK):

Just for Tonight- The Casting Out

Sabotage- Beastie

We Run this World (Girls)- Beyonce

Spirit of Radio- Rush

I ain’t leaving without your love- Nashville Cast

Shackled and Drawn- Boss

On top of the World- Imagine Dragons

Vindicated- Dashboard Confessional

Wagon Wheel- Darius Rucker

Intergalactic- Beastie

Quixotes Last Ride- Casting Out

Izzo- Jay Z

Sample in a Jar- Phish

Cheers- Rihanna

Free Will- Rush

Baba O’Reilly- Who

The Show Goes on- Lupe Fiasco

Moment for Life- Nicki Minaj

Wrecking Ball- Boss

Blackbird- Beatles

Holy random, right?! So anyway, I am beyond stoked for Sunday but of course nervous.  And I think I changed my outfit already (most important part, right!?)  I was going to go with this:

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Sticking with the white skirt and (poss) white compression socks, my normal Newtons and obv bra, but I think im changing the top to a neon orange. ¬†You know, in case my loud singing on the course doesn’t catch enough attention.

OK, one more thing. ¬†I will be running this race in honor of Erika and I am trying to figure out a way to represent her. ¬†I will let you know ūüėČ