Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Journey to 26.2 First Big Milestone

Big big day today!! 

My first really big long run and boy was it interesting. 

I was prepared and ready to go when I got up. It was sticky and humid out but at times a great breeze made its way through. I brought my hydration pack filled with water, my GU and shot blocks. I wore them in a fuel belt around my waist and no arm band.

I had an ingrown hair this morning under my arm pit and it was driving me crazy and hurt like hell. I used Body Glide all over my body to prevent chaffing too. James tells me, he is just going to dump me in Vaseline and send me out. It honestly does not seem like a horrible idea.

My run started off good, my calves were a little heavy and my fuel and everything was working out perfectly. It was 5:00 and completely dark, so I was very cautious of my surroundings. We have a lot of homeless downtown and I wanted to be aware incase I came up and someone was on the ground or around the corner. No one else was running, it was me and the water and darkness.

I kind of loved it. I had route in mind but figured I would run 7.5 out and then turn around and head back. I went out to 6.40 and turned around because it started heading towards a bad part of a neighborhood. I ran through my regular route and then around a USF campus and All children's hospital. It was great to see different secenry.

Around mile 6ish my legs were very heavy and I couldn't get out of my mind with the thoughts of how much more I have to go, so I dropped my 2:30/:30 to 2:00/1:00. That extra :30 made a world of a difference. I still felt tired and heavy but i had sparks of life here and there.

I took my fuel at mile 5,9 and 11. At mile 11 I had to stop and get some cold water from a fountain. The water in my pack was getting way to warm. I don't mind warm water but I needed something refreshing. It made a huge difference. I felt better already and ready to take on the last 3 miles.

My clothes and body was drenched. I mean so sweaty my pants were falling off. I could ring out my hair. When I ran past 13.1, I knew it was all new. It was exciting and different. I have never ever ran this far before, it became a bit emotional.  

My body was screaming at me. My legs were hurting, my body aching and my under arms from the back pack rubbing against them were so raw. When I hit that 15 miles, I cried. I couldn't believe what I had just done. I was thrilled to be done and thrilled that I actually did it. 

Not once did I want to give up or turn back. Sure I questioned why am I doing this, can I do this for 11 more miles, etc. and yes I can and I will. I am in now until the end, I am On my way! 

I stretched a bit after, called my boss because she is my mentor and inspiration and then downed a protein bar and protein shake. I was hurting.

I felt like I ran 15 miles. 

My body was raw and chaffed in all areas. I couldn't wait to take off my sweaty clothes either. I enjoyed some coffee, a nice long shower and then more food. I am definitely hungry today but making really good choices, with lots of protein. I am hoping for a good result tomorrow.

I have already taken a small nap and looking to go back for another! I am feeling really lazy and loving the SVU marathon on USA. And most of all I am taking in this huge milestone I had.

I can justify being lazy after these long runs.

I ended the the 15 miles in 3 hours and 8 minutes with a 12:34 pace. I am extremely happy with that!! That is great for me with this heat and humidity and time of year. I know I am only going to get stronger as this training continues on!!

I can't wait to continue my milestones on this wild and crazy journey I am on!!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Eve of Untouched Mileage

Okay so it is the eve before my first BIG training Run. I mean it is 15 miles, only 2 more than a half. I type this like it is nothing, are you kidding me???

Slaps face!

Only 2 miles, that is a big freaking deal. This is untouched territory, I am breaking new grounds in my life tomorrow. I am not sure how to react lol. I know I will be getting up at 4:00 am and ready to go. I have my clothes laid out, my waffles will be ready with reduced fat PB and I will be having sport beans with it also. I brought a GU and Shot Blocks for during the run. I will have the shot blocks, 3 at mile 3, GU at 7, More Shot Blocks at 10-11.

I brought a VEGA recovery protein bar after and a Carb Control Protein Shake. I have a conference call to get on right after, so I am hoping to get home in time and shower and then prepare myself for the call with a big old cup of coffee. Then I will be making a Big breakfast of egg whites and toast and some other form of protein. My goal is to have lots of protein tomorrow. LOTS of it, to keep my hunger down and to also eliminate me from eating bad stuff.

I have to weigh in the next day, which I am a bit nervous about, but hey whatever it says I am okay with it because I can get it right back off. Oh and water and rest will be my BFF. I have no plans for the day, except some laundry and rest. Did I mention rest and a nap haha.

I am excited about moving up in mileage. I am ready. Everything from now on is just new and fun and exciting and trying new things. This is training, making sense of it all and seeing what works for me and what does not.

So until later tomorrow...

Wish me Luck!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Week 13 Begins, Water is my BFF & A BDay Treat to Myself

Okay so Week 13 begins today. 13 weeks I have been training for a marathon. 13 weeks, I know most only do it for about 16 weeks, which holy crap that would scare me! I love the idea that I have about 11 more weeks to go. I like the idea I still have training to do but the scary mileage is coming up this week.

Technically, today I was suppose to run 15 miles. BUT because we had a second inventory to do at work with my sister store, I was not going to run and then go to work and do inventory all day. I made the executive decision to change the run to my day off, which happens to be this Tuesday. So Tuesday at 5:00 am I will be embarking on my longest run to date and then every other week after that the mileage climbs a little higher and higher.

To say it doesn't scare the crap out of me is an understatement. I am not nervous about doing it, I am nervous of how I will be feeling and hitting that wall. But I am excited about accomplishing it and saying I got it done.

Okay, well before I get ahead of myself. Today begin week 13, so I ran the mileage I would normally run on Tuesdays, which is about 3-4 miles. I decided to sleep in, since I didn't have to get up for a long run and just run after I got home from work, which I never really do. It felt so weird to sleep in on a Sunday, sit and have a cup of coffee and not run in the morning. After work, I cleaned up and went out for 4 miles.

I can honestly say I do not like running at night or after work. My mind is all over the place, my body is a bit tired, it is still very, very hot and even more humid and I forget what I am doing, like being prepared. I forgot to bring water and I was very dehydrated. I ran by a lady watering her plants and I seriously was thinking about running up to her and asking her to drink out of her hose. It was bad.

Never will I make that mistake again. Water is my new BFF. Speaking of that, my 100 ounces a day is going great and I have even gone over 100 a lot too. Almost a gallon a day. Woohoo. I can feel a big difference. Unfortunately this week Aunt Flo was in town, so I was feeling crappy anyway, but the water helped because I wasn't feeling as bloated as normal.

After my 4 miles, I made an awesome dinner of Trader Joe's Chicken Burgers, cut up sweet potatoes and some zucchini. All in all a pretty successful day and start of the week.

Last night we had a great time at the wedding. The food was amazing, the drinks were overpriced, so that was limited and I had a pretty good looking date...


We look so old! haha. I got the dress the day before from Ross for 8.50. I couldn't pass up quite a deal and I LOVE CHEVRON!! I was stoked and the dress fit perfectly. I felt beautiful and my confidence was threw the roof. I would never have worn something like that before and expose my arms. But I am embracing my flaws and loving the changes my body is making.

And with that being said, I got this as a birthday gift to myself for how far I have come, how far I have yet to go, to motivate, inspire and get my to that 26.2 finish line..


I have been eyeing this up for quite some time now and finally thought it was the right time. I talked with Nanci about it on our run, how I thought I was jinxing myself and she proved me wrong. She saved us it as motivation and determination and it fits more aspects in life than just the marathon. Hearing her say that it rang true to me and I knew it would be mine. I love it and wear it proudly and find myself looking at it.

And I think, after the marathon I will engrave the date on the back.

Hope everyone had a nice Sunday, how ever way you spent it, I hope you Sparkled a little bit brighter!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Birthday Events, Attending a Wedding, 2nd Rest Day: Week 12 ends

I completely forgot to post yesterday for my birthday!!!

Today will be quick and short because I have a wedding we are attending in less than 2 hours and I have tons to do. Anywho yesterday was my 29th birthday.

I kicked it off with a bang..


8 miles before the sunrise and free Starbucks! Normally Fridays are my XT day but being my birthday, the day before was a crappy run and today I was gonna use as a second rest day I needed a longer mileage! 

If felt great. I have a hydration vest I got at Walmart and it is taking some getting used too but so far okay. My legs were still really sore for the strength day but I made it through. I got breakfast for James and I on the way home and then went to Trader Joe's.

I picked up lots of veggies and some new items, I will surely post later this week. I was exhausted because it being a very long week, I just wanted some relaxation. I spent the day napping and then did dinner with James.

Nothing special or big. Running was my big thing and all I really wanted to do. I am ready for 29 and seeing how the year plays out. I'm pushing out of my comfort zone this year and the marathon is my first step!!

Have a great weekend!!
 
Week 12 Results
Sunday- 7 mile run
Monday- rest
Tuesday- 3 mile run & 2.65 walk
Wednesday- strength training- so sore
Thursday-1.65 run & .50 walk- bad bad day
Friday-8 miles and Birthday!!
Saturday- work & wedding- rest day!

Total run 19.65 miles
Walk 3.15
XT and Strength- 0 miles but 20 minutes with plank, squats and lunges

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bad Runs and Goodbye to 28!!

Ever have one of those days where you set yourself up for success to have it all just crash..

Yeah this morning was one of those mornings.

I was in a really deep sleep and did not want to get up, I hit snooze all morning. Frankly all week I have been a bit off, I know it has a lot to do with not having a day off in 9 days and training but it sucks!

Today is a run day so I set to go for 3 miles. My legs were sore from the lunges and squats, it's an awesome feeling but man they did not want to move. About .90 of the run my stomach started to really cramp up. I took some walk and breathes but I couldn't out run the pain.

It was bad and I was doubling over and then the sinus pressure behind my right eye was really pounding. With the heat, the humidity and the cramps it was making my pressure pound. Like a drum in my head. 

I knew I was going to have to cut the run short and walk the rest home. I wished I could run it home to get there faster but I was hurting. This sometimes happens before Aunt Flo comes to town. But yesterday all day I had some stomach issue after my big breakfast. Maybe that had something to do with it.

Here is what I managed..


Not a good run at all. I started strong but then bad. I'm glad I didn't push through and listened. Bad runs will happen and my body will rebel against me. It is not used to all of this. I will let it win today but  that doesn't mean I will give up!!

I will be back tomorrow stronger, faster and making up those miles. 

Today is my last day as 28 and what an awesome year it has been!! I ran 2 half marathons, a 15k, 3 5k's and completed a two day Challenge which came to 25.5 miles. I have lost weight and gained some. I have gained muscle I never knew I had and gained confidence I always strived for. I have proved myself in my work environment and did a month long running streak during the most stressful time of the year.

I have learned forgiveness and released my father from the box beside my bed. I have gotten closer to my family and realizing them and my small group of friends is all that matters in this world. I branche out of my comfort zone and signed up for a Full Marathon and researched a training plan and have stuck to it for 88 days non-stop.

I have cut my hair, dyed it. I have bought clothes and sizes I never thought possible. I have worn dresses and tanks tops and felt most pretty with just my sweats on. I learned I love to sweat and run more than drinking and going out. Wine and margaritas are my drink of choice and a good book makes me whole.

It's hard to believe that I will be 29 tomorrow but 28 truly was a great year. I have met some people I never thought I would and I know they will follow with me for years to come. I became a blogger and inspiration to many when I turned 28. So many wonderful things that have shaped who I am.

Do I want to turn 29...

Sure why the heck not!!

Age is just a number and i am getting better and better with each and every year because I don't want to look back and say I wish I did...

So cheers and goodbye to 28..

29 I am looking forward to an amazing last year of the decade that was my 20's!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Happy First Birthday To My Blog!!!!

I cant believe I forgot that I have 2 birthdays this year and this week.

Today is my One Year Birthday of this Blog!!!



I started this blog on this day a year ago. I started it just to write about my life of running, weight watchers, and just living my life sparkling every day. This blog I think really has saved me. I went to college for writing, but after college, fell away from it a lot, then I had a lot of people reach out and say I should start one.

James bought me a new computer to get me started and I just took it from there. In a year time, I have written 422 posts, just about anything and everything. I did a whole cap of Women's Running, my run streak of December, life events, vacations, all the recipes I made or enjoyed, my Nook Books I was reading, which I need to get back too, my shopping trips and my favorite items.

I got deeper than I thought I would with my writing about my dad. I wrote about he has impacted my running more now than when he was alive. Even though at times it really hurt me, I wrote it out and felt so much better. Oh and now I am documenting my whole journey of Marathon Training.

My blog is a work in progress. I make mistakes, I don't write the best grammar wise, sometimes my post don't make any sense and they can tend to be a flop, but as always it is 100% me. This is who I am and who I am also becoming.

Thank you to everyone who has read my blog this past year. The comments you have made or sharing my posts and just following along through my journey in my life. It means the world to me.

Happy Birthday to Run.Chew.Sparkle. it has been one heck of a year and I cant wait to see where I am taking this blog for the years to come!!!!

Weekly Weigh In and Strength

Quick update post this morning!

I got to finally sleep in.. Woohoo! My only time this week, I decided to not do a XT this morning but worked on. strength training and it felt amazing. I did a 1 minute plank, 5 sets of 8 reps of reverse lunges and squats. 

Let me tell you I worked up an awesome sweat. Then I went to WW to weigh in and I was down .6!!!

Yay two weeks in a row of a loss. I will take it. Next week is a little different because I have to weigh in different with my schedule but a loss is a loss. Means I am doing it right.

Have a happy Wednesday