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Happy little runner soul (Fall 5 or 10 series kickoff)

5 Sep

Yesterday, I completed my first challenge for the Fall 5 or 10 Mile Virtual Race Series hosted by Laura at Mommy Run Fast. Knowing that the weather was predicted to be beautiful and autumn-like, I saved my run for the evening. By the time the afternoon rolled around, I was giddy with excitement to get on the road with the sun on my shoulders in the cooler, less humid air.

First, I taped my foot up with KT Tape to relieve and support my sore little tendons.

20130904_170443I followed the instructional video on their website and applied it myself according to where my pain is. Spoiler alert: This tape is pure magic and may give its wearer super powers while running.

20130904_172528I fueled a little bit by chowing down on this Health Warrior Chia Bar (via the August Stride Box). The texture is a little strange due to the seeds, but it is delicious! I think it gave me just the little boost I needed before my run.

20130904_174433By the time I got outside (approx 5:45 PM), the weather was P.E.R.F.E.C.T. and I was ready to go!

20130904_174942I threw on a Latin workout station on Pandora and off I went. Immediately, I felt like my legs were ready to rock and they wanted to go fast.

So I let them.

My pace felt like it was a moderate – hard effort, but my little runner soul was dancing the whole time. I don’t know if it was the weather, the KT Tape, the chia bar, or knowing I’d be posting my results in the Fall 5 or 10 spreadsheet, but I felt strong and determined.

My mile splits: 7:58, 7:48, 8:18, 7:47, 7:24.

I’m not sure why mile 3 was wonky (perhaps a hill or having to cross a few intersections?), but I didn’t really notice a big slow down. I finished feeling sweaty and tired strong and exhilarated and followed up with an arm circuit and a lot of stretching.

Even though I had originally planned to log a 10 miler for my first entry, I’m very happy that these 5 miles kicked off the series for me. I’m looking forward to meeting more challenges over the next few months!

It’s about time I told you…

18 Aug

I’ve been keeping something very exciting from you for months now. Not because it needs to be a secret, but because I wanted to wait until it finally felt real for me. Now that it is exactly two months away, the realness has hit.

We are traveling to ITALY in October!

That’s right, the Friday after my second running of the Mohawk Hudson River Half Marathon, I will be on a plane with my husband and our friend/personal travel guide for 10 days of food, wine, and history. We’re starting in Florence, heading to Rome, and then finishing in Sorrento.

Both of our families have ties to Italy, so we are very excited to be in the country our ancestors emigrated from. Also, we can’t wait to taste the food, sip the wine, and soak in the culture!

We have declared a “Carry-On Challenge” and are only packing what we can each fit in a carry-on and handbag. If you recall my confession about the Just In Case Bag, you will understand how much of a challenge this will be for me! I have been collecting versatile items that can be worn multiple ways to keep my packing light. I need things that easily go from plane to train to street as well as museum to church to dinner. This means I most likely won’t be able to pack any running gear, so chances are there won’t be any international running going on (boo).One of the things I just bought are a pair of denim leggings and I’m already loving them.

Why did I wait so long to buy these?!

Why did I wait so long to buy these?!

Don’t worry, I will be showing you my Italy wardrobe and packing skills and tips! You’re welcome in advance.

In other news, I ran 6.5 miles today at an average pace of 8:46/mile and it felt great. I think my legs are back to normal after the half last weekend. I’ve got eight weeks until the MHR half marathon and my plan is to improve upon last year’s effort. Considering I ran a similar time on a much more challenging course, I’m hoping I’ll crush that goal! This means I’ll be kicking my training into a higher gear and getting more serious about strength, cross, and speed training. I’m still keeping that 14-year-old in my sights for a 5K, too (next try TBD). The Fall 5 or 10 by the 5th Virtual Race Series hosted by Mommy Run Fast will surely keep me on track!

So many exciting things happening in the coming months, so stick around!

Trying new things

19 Jun

What do you usually do immediately after snagging a PR at a 5K on a beautiful sunny day? Eat a nice lunch and relax? Jump in the pool? Well, if you’re me and it was last Saturday you would head straight to the park and try out a new water sport.

On Saturday, Eastern Mountain Sports was hosting a demo day at a local park for kayaks, standing upright paddleboards (SUPs), and bicycles. Mark enjoys canoeing, but has never attempted a kayak because he hasn’t been certain he could fit into one with his super long legs (he is 6’8″). Honestly, who wants to rent or buy a kayak only to find out you can’t fit your whole body in it?! This was the perfect opportunity to test it out.

To make the most out of the event, we headed there right after the 5K. I didn’t even change out of my sweaty race clothes! (Are you cringing?)

Even though I’ve kayaked before, we both gave a few models a test drive.

photo 1So many possibilities!

photo 2I would like to point out that I was slathering sunscreen on all day, yet I still ended up with a nice sunburn right on my hairline.

Check Mark out – his first time in a kayak and he’s a pro! I guess it does help that he knows how to paddle already…

photo 3And he even found one that he fits in pretty comfortably (not the one in the picture). So it looks like we might be taking a kayak trip in the near future. I better get to work on my paddling skills!

As we were talking kayak, I got the strange desire to try my luck on one of the paddleboards. I am the opposite of graceful when it comes to balance and coordination, so Mark and my dad were naturally surprised that I said I’d give it a whirl. I also have a small phobia of swimming in water that I can’t see the bottom of…

After getting the basic instructions from a very helpful EMS employee, I hopped on. You of course start on your knees, and I honestly thought about staying that way for the whole time. But…I eventually (sloooowly) stood upright and paddled awkwardly and stiffly back to shore!

photo 4It was fun to try something new and go outside my comfort zone a little! I can’t say that I’ll be getting on a SUP again anytime soon, but I’m glad I went for it. That’s the thing about trying something new. You may or may not discover a new activity or interest, but you might find out that you can hold your balance better than you thought.

As a summer challenge, I encourage you to try something you’ve never done before. It doesn’t have to be anything major or costly, just something you hadn’t considered or dismissed because you were afraid or didn’t think you had the ability. A book club, volleyball, swimming, a half marathon, skydiving…anything. Go outside your comfort zone and see what you discover.

Question for you: What new things have you tried recently? What will you try this summer?