Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Task Ahead of You, is Never Greater Than The Strength Within You: Me and 23 Miles

Okay so like always I am going to be open and honest about my training runs and today is no exception. I am also going to ramble and go on and on, and probably have a bunch of grammar mistakes. And this may be very long, a lot went on in these training miles. Bare with me, I am still in a little bit of a fog because this morning I ran 23 miles.

Oh in case you over looked that and missed the post title...

23 MILES!!!!

Now most training plans don't call to do 23 miles, usually nothing over 20 BUT Jeff Galloway recommends it, his training sometimes even has you doing 29 for the elite runners. I follow is training plan called "Planned to Finish". He does having us run 26 in training and then the 26 on the marathon. While, I think that is a good idea, I really do, for me it doesn't work. One because the weeks don't seem to match up with tapering and two because, I only want to experience 26.2 miles at the marathon and that is it.

I want to run it once and once only.

I say this now, we'll see how I feel the days after the marathon when I am on a high ;0).

But in seriousness, I just wanted the one 26 miles for all kinds of reasons. I want to see my friends and family at the end, I want that emotion and everything, the highs and lows, the whole experience, there in that moment. So I decided the longest training mileage I will do will be 23. 23 felt like a healthy number.

20 was so hard for me, I knew I was going to have to do it at least 3 times, just so I can get over that mental block I had and I am so glad I did. It worked, it sucked really, really bad, but I got past that 20 and let me tell you, I knew I was going to finish this marathon in October, no doubt in my mind. Those 3.2 are going to be tough, especially with a hill at mile 24, but I am going to be feeding off the crowd and adrenaline on the day, so I just keep telling myself only 3.2 more to go.

Alrighty so this morning started off good. Last night for dinner, I had whole wheat pasta and turkey meatballs and a big salad. Made low calorie garlic bread and had some popcorn, dark chocolate raisins and some licorice while watching College Football. I know not the best choices in snacks, but come on, I was running 23 miles the next day and they did have carbs :0)

I got to bed around 10:30 after I used IcyHot on my legs. I was having some tightness in my left calve, but the icyhot helped a whole lot, even though the smell of the menthol made my BF sick lol. Also it makes you so relaxed, I know that is what helped me sleep.

I set my alarm for 4 and actually got up 20 minutes before and just laid there. I had all my gear laid out and ready to go, I just filled my water pack with NUUN fruit punch and water and my breakfast. I choose a Light English Muffin with PB because when I run the marathon, we are staying in a hotel and frozen waffles wont be an option, so I was thinking a bagel or English muffin, so perfect time to test it to make sure I would be okay with it.

The light English muffin was a little light, I did get hungry again pretty quick in the running, so I will go for a bagel the day of.

I had my Sharkie chews on my ride to downtown and the energy kicked in. I also took my multivitamin in a pill form, rather than my chews and I really think that helped too. I am switching back because of this, I felt a big difference. On my ride down, the classic rock station I listen too, played Bruce Springsteen, Born To Run.

Talk about a sign!!! I took it as a big one and instantly felt great.

I was the only one downtown at first and then this older lady, in her 80's for sure, pulled up and started running. I see her every time and she is such a motivation and inspiration to me. I mean if she could do it, I CAN DO IT. No complaints or excuses.

I felt really good this morning. The miles were a bit tough at first, but I know that is my body just warming up. Tears in Heaven came on right around mile 2 and it is my song to my dad and the wind picked up and I literally felt him with me. I mean I could see his face in my mind and his hug, it was amazing. I have felt little things here and there, or maybe I don't and just pretend I do, but today, today I could feel him in that song and in the air. It was like he was coaching me along. I blew a kiss to the sky and carried on. I felt him a lot in these miles, his birthday would be Friday and it would be a year from when I spread his ashes. See, these miles are made sense for me today.

I wasn't sure how I was going to do my route so much today. I knew I didn't want to go to south side and in the dark, so I knew I would have to do some loops. I sucked it up and just faced the facts and said, I wont be doing this mileage again down here again, the 23 that is, one time, lets just have fun with it. Plus I wanted to stay as close to bathrooms and water fountains as much as I could.

There was such a nice breeze for the first 3 hours, which was around 16 miles for me and then the evil sun came out and well it got hot and hot quickly. At mile 14.15 I stopped and peed and updated my Facebook haha.

I was having some leg pain for sure, my calves were so tight and my water intake was getting limited. The miles of 14-18 were kind of rough for me. I was so hot, my water was not hitting the spot. So I stopped again to use the restroom and splashed a ton of water on my face to get my body temp down a bit. And I stuck my head under the faucet and drank some water that way and filled up my pack yet again, 3rd time.

Can I say the one thing I hate about having to stop and pee or well other things is taking off my clothes. Jesus am I a sweaty mess, I mean I have to peel the clothes off of me and I am left in a puddle of sweat. It is quite gross, but well that's the course of action I am willing to take. I also stopped to stretch a bit, I never do that, but it was much needed. I was having a moment at these miles too. I even thought at one point, I could call James and he would come get me and I could go home and wallow in pain and call it a day and try again in two weeks.

BUT that is just your pain talking and I stopped that nasty talk. I would never give up unless I was in real, real pain. I don't know what that pain would be, but today was not that day. I was pushing through. I had noticed some friends had posted on my FB status and I looked at them in that moment. "Go Angie, You Can do It, Go Angie Go" It chocked me up, tears literally welled in my eyes and I pushed through. Those little words, were just what I needed.

For all these long runs, I have done then by myself. All the ones over 13. And that is okay, I love running by myself but these miles, just you and no talking, well it does wear a bit on you. So being able to look at my phone and see that, is just what I needed. I also ran past a guy and he gave me the biggest smile and a thumbs up. Sir, whoever you are, that little act of kindness and support will stay with me for life. That was what I needed. I run downtown so I can see that, so I can see other runners and gain support and motivation for them, even if we don't say a word to each other. I find people to chase and run beside or just fix on or pass, but those runners, they are my friends and we have never met.

A lot of things went on during those first 18-19. I came around a corner, thirsty of course and this girl was standing there with a water cooler and a sign. I thought for sure she was doing it for some training group. There a lot of group runs, so I thought she was just for them. She asked me if I would like a cold cup of water. I stared at her for a minute and asked "For Real." She smiled and handed me the cup of water.

I asked her what she was doing this for. She said, " My pastor at church says on Sundays people come when they need it the most, crave it, when they are down, so I run this area too and this is the point in my run, I need a cold cup of water the most, so I am here to help others to full fill their needs." I could have cried there but my tears were all just sweat. I told her that, thanked her and ran with the best cup of water ever. I told her I would see here when I turned around, she smiled and I know she knew she made someones day.

When I turned around at my turning point, she was no longer there. I wanted to hug her and take a picture with her, let her know she is awesome and helped me so much. But she was gone, no trace of her or anything. I wasn't running that long since then, but she was gone. Which, made me wonder, was she even really there. I know sounds crazy and cooky, but I mean things happen on these training runs, thoughts and images and all that, I guess I will never know. But that girl, she was an Angel with water for me for sure.

When I hit 20 miles, the tears started. I did it again, I got to 20 miles, hurting but I did. Sparks of energy came to me and I put on my determined face. I was going to finish. Mile 22, I started singing along to a song I was listening to. I mean crazy, I was running and singing, but I was trying to distract my brain for the pain and tiredness I was having and for how hungry I was. Hungry for cold water, powerade and a food item that was GU or chews. And Kelly Clarkson, Stronger came on, I never loved a song more then in that moment.

Then the 23 happened.

I stopped my Garmin and literally I burst into tears. I mean sobbing tears, snot coming out of my face, SOBBING. I don't know why but I couldn't stop it. I mean it was just so overwhelming. I finished the 23 miles. Despite the heat and sunburn I was having, the stomach issues, the water, the chaffing I was feeling in spots, the blisters on my feet. All of it, it was liked it bubbled up to the surface and just BAM.

I have to say it felt good to cry too. Happy tears, accomplished tears. Tears of joy and relief. I loved that cry. I wasn't crying in pain, but in satisfaction.

Training really does change it, it changes you into someone you never knew you were. I was the girl always trying to get out of gym class, or skipping the mile and here I am, training for a marathon, on my own, at my own pace, my own journey and I am really doing it.

I couldn't even do a video, I just wanted to stretch, eat and get home to James, whom I called sobbing too. I texted my favorite people and let my social network world I had done it and called my Mom. I downed my Powerade and ate my protein recovery bar, god did it taste great. I stepped inside at home and immediately started getting cold and cried some more with James, he made me my coffee and I just laid out and then got in the ice bath, which felt amazing by the way.

I have felt great today too. I wasn't too tired, usually I am so exhausted I can barely keep my eyes open, but today, something was different. I was different. I felt different. I felt like an athlete. I felt like a warrior, I felt pretty freaking bad ass.

We went out for lunch and I enjoyed a meal I never usually have, a meatball sub, with a side of greek potato salad and a peanut butter cookie, I shared that with James. Food and drinks taste so much better when you work really hard for them.

We went to Total Wine after, I wanted to treat myself to some beverages, I haven't really had this whole training. I am not done with training at all, but I wanted a treat, I feel I deprive myself a lot of things with food and drinks and well I want to stop that and enjoy this whole experience, reap the rewards at times. I picked up some Bud Light Fall AHHH Ritas and Skinny Girl Sweet-Rita. I love my rita drinks, probably the salt haha. Then we went to Target.

A little disappointed they didn't have all the pumpkin stuff I wanted, but I got some yogurts and some other goodies and then I needed to get home, my legs were really starting to hurt. I got home and passed out for a good 2 hour nap. Felt great. My hunger has been kind of quite too also today. I am sure it will hit me all week and tomorrow, which thankfully I am off. My night is just relaxing and the same tomorrow, no alarm set, no plans, and a recovery day for sure.

So what did I learn for 23 miles. I learned those miles make you. They can break  you down or you can learn from them, let the miles tell you a story, are some miles going to be better than others, for sure, but just know that you can do it. If I can do it, then you can do it. I am not an athlete or elite, I am a regular girl with a goal in mind and I am accomplishing it, no matter what it takes. I am determined and driven and those miles will not define who I am. Plus work your training, believe in yourself and your training, it will change you.

You will have moments of clarity and work life lessons out in those miles. Maybe once it is done you will forget some things, but it really does change you.

So here is to these sweet 23 miles, thank you for getting me here. I will never forget what you have given me.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Week 17 Completed

So another week done and over with. This week was successful. My energy was up, it was a low mileage week, which I do like every so often. And I got some variety in this week too.

Sunday:11 miles in Clearwater with Nanci and gang
Monday: 2 mile walk with my LOVE
Tuesday: 3 miles
Wednesday: 11.6 miles on the bike
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 4 miles
Saturday: Rest

18 Running Miles
13.6 XT miles

I have been sleeping much better, my hunger of course is there. Some days I could eat everything in the kitchen and other days not so much. Tomorrow embarks on another crazy run day. Tomorrow morning, or actually in like 11 hours, I will be starting my 23 mile training run.

I am not nervous or scared, I am kind of excited. I just want to run and go and get it over with it. Break that mental wall. I was going to get up at 3 like when I did 20 but I realized that was just way to early for me. I didn't feel right, it messed me all up that one hour. So on the back end of the runs, it will be a little hotter, but I will deal.

I am going to take my time. Drink lots of water, I am bringing my Sharkies, GU and Cliff Blocks to get me going. After my run, it is an ice bath and a big old brunch with James. I am hunger thinking about how hungry I am going to be. He is off tomorrow, so we get to spend the day together. Normally, I would just crash, and I am sure I will, but I want to do something with him, we don't get the same day offs together often.

Plus I am off on Monday, so I could care less if I nap super late, I am off the next day. And I am set up for success, I have little laundry to do and hardly any cleaning. I did that this week, so I could just relax. I am hoping I am up to do a little shopping on Monday, but I am not pushing it.

And you know what I am not stressing over these miles. It is only 3 more than what I have done the last time, 36 more minutes. I have been doing some carb loading today and enjoying my pasta now for dinner. Then really, really attempting to be asleep no later than 11. I got great sleep last night, so it usually carries over.

Have a great Saturday. I will post sometime tomorrow how the mileage goes.

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Film for Runners by Runners - Does this Move You? If so, please share it.

I love everything about this!!! Share this for all runners. This was just what I needed to watch before I tackle my longest run before my marathon. My heart nearly exploded with love for this. I can not wait until Spring to see the film

Friday Five: Fall Preview

I really enjoyed the Friday Five last week and I like that it is something different to post each Friday, so I am linking up with NanciMar On The Run & Eat Pray Run DC & Cynthia. I love that I saw this on Nanci's blog because I found some awesome running ladies to now follow and join in on the fun.

It is crazy to me that September is two days away and Labor Day. I feel it is so early this year too. But with Labor Day comes the start of fall. Even though Fall doesn't really begin for us Floridan's until November haha, when the rest of the world is gearing down for winter. Anyway I love to pretend we are in fall weather here.

Friday Five Fall Preview

This by far is what is driving me this whole fall. It is October 12, in PA, in the heart of NEPA. And if you have ever been to that part of the country, you know how beautiful it is that time of year. The leaves are changing or already changing. The weather is crisp and I have no shame enjoying all this fall related while I am visiting for the weekend. OH AND BECAUSE IT IS MY MARATHON!! Yes, I will be completing my marathon this fall and probably will be talking about it the whole rest of fall and winter and probably the rest of my life haha.

And I mean pumpkin everything. I love Fall and with fall to me comes pumpkin. That beautiful little round, orange squash really gets me going. I search for everything and anything pumpkin to try. If pumpkin is on the menu, I am ordering it. If there is an item with pumpkin in it I am buying it. I have already enjoyed a PSL from Starbucks, a pumpkin spice latte if you aren't familiar and my favorite pumpkin beverage, a pumpkin Iced Coffee from Dunkin Donuts. In my opinion, pumpkin coffee is way better at DD than Starbucks.


I love fall candle scents. I love all kinds of candles but the scents of fall I really enjoy because there are so many different ones. I honestly am torn between Bath and Body Works and Yankee Candle. I have actually worked at both in my lifetime so I am loyal to both. I love Bath and Body Work 3 wick candles and Yankee Candle tarts. The scents have been released but I haven't gotten any yet. My favorite is to light my candles, turn my AC up a little bit and curl up with my coffee and a book. The scents really bring me back to my hometown.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Bun 3-Wick Candle - Home Fragrance - Bath & Body Works      Sweater Weather 3-Wick Candle - Home Fragrance - Bath & Body Works

Frag_Icon_172x120_applespice           Frag_Icon_172x120_pumpkinpie

Something about fall really gets me into the baking mood.  I love finding new things to bake or continuing to bake old favorites like banana bread, pumpkin muffins, and apple crisp. Plus my boyfriend loves when I get in the baking mood, his tummy will be pleased.

With fall comes the first fall holiday later on which is Halloween. I love scary movies and usually now t.v. stations start playing the classics like, Halloween, Friday the 13th, Exorist, etc. My boyfriend isn't a scary movie fan at all. But I love dimming the lights, getting a big bowl of popcorn and being scared. Oh and you have to have some Halloween candy to go with those movies, which is starting to hit the shelves now!

What are you excited most about with FALL??

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Weigh In and My perfect Day Off

Half way through the week my friends! And I'm ready for this week to be over but not because I'm over it but because Sunday is my Runday! A really, really long Runday! 23 miles on deck Sunday! And because Monday is Labor Day I'm off of work! That makes me even more excited because I plan on sleeping all day long!!  

But let's not get ahead of ourselves shall we.

Today is my day off and I have spent it like I should always spend my days off. I slept in until 9, went grocery shopping, laid out in the pool for 2 hours with my Nook. Literally I sat in the pool with my book the whole time. The water felt amazing on my legs too. I went for lunch with James to Pei Wei, he used a sick day today. 

I love Pei wei and their lighter options. He loves that place and usually I'm not in the mood for it today. Today I was all over it. I came home and then took a two and half hour nap. Felt glorious. I feel no shame when I sleep the afternoon away. Days off are made for this, especially with marathon training. I take advantage of all opportunity to get a nap in.

And then doing my XT on the bike. I have missed the bike, I didn't get it in last week. I could have done an extra run but I missed the bike and the hills workout I do. 

I could have spent my day doing the mounds of laundry we have but you know what it can wait. I need days off like these more often and always at this point haha.

Oh and today was weigh in day and you know what..???

I lost!!!  

2.8 to be exact!! It was such a confidence booster to see that go down after last week. I saw a big difference this week too, I saw it in the mirror and felt it and it showed. Even though I have kind of given up that number it was still nice to see. Let's see how it pans out next week the longer mileage!

Have a great day and we are almost done ;0)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cooler Weather, PSL & Transformation Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!!

Today started off awesome with my typical Tuesday 3 mile run.

I remember when I started my training, I didn't know if I would be able to do the 3 miles every Tuesday because it is my really early day at work. I have to be there by 815, and I am not one to get up early on a work day, I LOVE MY SNOOZE.

But after doing this over and over, I really look forward to my Tuesday 3 miles. I might even keep this tradition going after marathon training. I always feel great and ready for the day, even if it is going to be a really long day like today was, a 10.50 hours.

Oh and what made today even more amazing was this...

COLD FRONT!!!! Hahaha!

It wasn't all that cool but you could totally tell. It was glorious. And made me feel hope that fall is just around the corner. Seriously beside the whole marathon experience, I am more excited with the fact that it will be cooler and the leaves will be changing and low humidity in PA in October. We don't get that here in Florida.

Because we were having a cold front, haha, I decided to treat myself to another amazing thing that made my day..

with non fat milk and no whip :0)

First one of the season, first anything pumpkin I have put in my coffee. Oh it tasted so heavenly. I enjoyed this bad boy in quite before I opened the store this morning. I savored every sweet drop. I can not wait for Dunkin Donuts to have theirs out soon, that is my all time favorite, but Starbucks, this was delicious today.

It should totally be year round.

OH and word of warning, once I get on my pumpkin kick, it will be on!!!

And I really loved what I was wearing today, I felt great wearing it, I wanted to do a little transformation Tuesday. I have been hard on myself lately with the scale. We are having quite the battle, so I decided to find a picture of me before to just slap me in my face and show me how far I have really come.

First it was really hard for me to find full body shots of myself. I had none. I only took head shots because I knew I was not happy with how I looked. This picture was from May of 2011. I had joined WW, 4 months prior and I was down 30 pounds from my starting weight, in the picture I am 205. I loved seeing that scale go down. I was loving how I was starting to feel and I loved this day at Busch Gardens with my mom, her bf and James. I felt confident to wear a tank top. I look at that is picture now and I can feel and see how confident I really was. But in shock of how big I really was. James never saw or expressed me being that big and I never saw myself that bag. I was carrying A LOT of weight on my small 5 foot frame.

And today...

It really shocks me at how much the difference is and I am 169 in this picture as of my weigh in last week. I don't have all that weight in my middle and my whole body is thinning out. It is only a 36 pound different in 3 years but it goes to show that inches really do make a difference and show a difference. I need to see this more often, I need to look at myself in the mirror and see this more often. I need to see past the number and just focus on the progress.

I needed this tonight to look at this, regardless what the scale may say tomorrow or any day. I am doing it right, I don't care if it takes years, I will get there, one pound and one step at a time.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Motivational Monday

Well considering I am writing this very late on Monday night, the motivational Monday doesn't really sit well, but hey I tried. And I love this quote. It is so true and everything I speak of, one of my favorite of all time.

Believe in this forever!!!

I got a great walk in tonight after work and had a special person going with me. My love, James, joined me for a two mile walk. It was sooooo nice to walk together, I was so excited to walk with him tonight. We went around our neighborhood. We talked and looked at houses we would love someday to own and move into. Then we jumped in our pool at the apartment and enjoyed a little drink before heading in doors for our dinner.

It was a great way to end a crazy work day and start this week!

Hope your Monday was great and use this motivation not just today but every day.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Running Friends, Conquering bridges and Relax! Week 18 begins

Good Sunday Morning!!

I kicked off Week 18 with these awesome people this morning 

Nanci and her hubby and her friend Corrina! We got in 11 miles doing the bridge I have now dubbed the Iron Girl Bridges. We ran through a lot of really beautiful areas and places of Clearwater I have never been. Nanci even hid a water cooler at mile 5 so we could stop and refill and drink cold ice water! It was genius and perfect timing.

It's always a blast to run with friends and make new ones. Nanci's hubby ran the whole 11 miles too with us, the farthest he has ever run and he isn't even training for a race or a half or any marathon for that. How sweet and amazing is he!! 

I would love James to do that with me or ride along BUT I can always count on him to be there when I get home with a big warm hug and a robe. Nanci and I even ran over the bridge non stop, no walking at all. I felt invincible doing that. I always try but I talk myself out of it and we set it to do it and wow, even after 10 miles in. 

It was a great morning and my legs felt so much better after having a salt bath last night and using IcyHot. My calves were not tight and after running 3 days back to back.

I am thankful tomorrow is a XT day which I might use as a walk and try to get James to go with me.

After our awesome run we went to Starbucks and got drinks and hung out. I would have gotten food also but I knew I wanted my typical egg whites, turkey sausage and reduced calorie bread. Nanci got this almond bun thingy, it looked amazing, next time I will splurge and cheat on my eggs.

The great thing about today I have nothing planned. We were crockpoting tonight, chicken thighs with Greek dressing and reduced fat feta and chick peas. See, I'm getting in my protein. With that I can be lazy.

I was gonna go to the pool but I was hot enough so I took a long nap. Felt great and I'm staying lazy and reading my Nook on the couch until James gets home. Laundry and mopping the floor can wait until tomorrow!! My long run Sundays are made for this!!

Have a great day!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Week 17 Done: A Tough, Challenging BUT Rewarding Week

Alrighty week 17 is done and over with it.

And boy was it a crazy one, physically, emotionally and mentally.

Today, I had planned 4 miles. This is normally not my schedule to run on a Saturday, but because I took my rest day on Thursday, I switched it up. I also wanted to see since, I didn't do two XT days this week, I figured I would do an extra run day.

My training plan is usually only 3 a week, but I really want to push myself. Build my endurance even more, burn some more and make those legs move. It worked this week for sure. I thought this morning when I got up, I could just run after work and sleep in a bit. I have been very tired this week and the morning has been tough.

It is dark, and cozy and I don't have many days I can sleep in. So I slept in until the last possible second before I had to get up for work. I worked my 8 hours and then once I got home, I made sure to get right into my running clothes. I wanted to make sure that my body and mind did not make the connection I was home and start to get to comfortable. It worked.

I got my 4 miles in. My calves were sooo tight. I tried to stretch them out, but man they were really tight. It hurt a lot. So after the run, I had a protein shake and just sat in the tub with some epsom salt bath bubbles. My legs felt nice and relaxed. After I rubbed them down with IcyHot. I forgot how much I love that stuff.

It works!! I need to do this more often, if not every run.

So week 17 is done and I totaled in 32 running miles and 6 miles of XT, which was a half mile of a walk today and 5.50 on the bike on Wednesday.

32 running miles in a week. Wow. I know it will increase a bit more in two weeks, when I take on 23 in one day. But those 32 miles were draining for sure. But tomorrow is another day and the start of a new week.

Unwinding and bed early, getting up early to run 11 miles with Nanci, I am super excited to have her company and we are doing the bridges.

Hope you had an enjoyable Saturday.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Five: What I Love About This Weekend

Good Friday Morning!

It is a nice Friday morning over here, still hot, but this morning the humidity felt a little low. Maybe I am just going insane, but I could actually breathe this morning running.

Yesterday, I nominated the day to be a rest day for me. While I really wish it was an all out, true, lay around all day long rest day, it was just a rest day from running and working out. I had to work an open to close, which by the way, are not fun by any means, so I figured, I wouldn't put any more pressure on my legs.

I planned on running Thursday and Friday and then rest day Saturday, but you know you gotta role with the punches. I am glad I did, because at work, I am on my feet all day long, and my legs have taken quite a beating already this week.

Today, I have a travel day for work, which is quite nice, so I got up at 6 and got 5 miles in. It was nice to just run around my neighborhood for more than 3 miles and I saw a lot of other people out running too, which is quite rare.

I see a lot of people do Friday Fives and I thought I would give it a shot, the theme from what I understand is  Five Things I Love About this weekend. I work today and tomorrow, but still you can find happiness around that.

Oh and make sure you check out Nanci'sEat, Pray, Run, DC & Mar On The Run  Friday Five.

Okay so here it goes...

1. Catching Up On My DVR
Yes, I know TV, is a guilty pleasure of mine. But I am a religious followers of some shows, and I seriously can not find the time to just sit down and catch up on them. I am excited after work today, I have nothing going on, so before dinner, I can veg out for awhile and zone in.

2. Free Panties at V.S.
I have some free coupons to use at Victoria Secret's that I can use this weekend. I love anything and everything free and I plan on taking advantage of them today.

3. No Closing Shifts
After my 12 hour day yesterday, I am glad that I don't have to close today or tomorrow. I don't mind closing but sometimes man it weighs you down. I love that I can get out at 5 and have the whole night to myself.

4. Chipotle!!!!
James is picking up dinner tonight on his way home for work. We really only eat out once or twice a week. We have cut back a lot. But Friday's, I love to not have anything to cook and I woke up this morning really craving Chipotle. Luckily, he loves it too. Holy Yum, Burrito Bowl!! I will be thinking of this all day.

5. Sunday Runday Funday
I look forward to all my long runs, but I look forward to this one even more because I get to meet up with Nanci and her friend and we are doing 11 miles. I am grateful to have met Nanci and be able to train with her, even though our marathon's are a month apart. It is a beautiful change of pace, being able to talk, laugh and just run with other people, is so needed. And we are doing the bridges, which well I need to work on some hill work, so it is beyond a win win!!

Have a Happy Friday!!

What's the Five Things You are Most Excited for this Weekend??

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Some randomness from my day off

Kind of an update post from my last pity party post from the weigh in. No pun intended it weighed me down today, it made me a bit sad and mad. But man all those comments and encouragements, holy heck did they help.

I ended up using the rest of my day off to just work on me. I have laundry to do and such, but I put it aside and just did whatever I wanted. I turned the T.V. on for only a little bit, I made myself an awesome lunch and laid out by the pool for well over an hour.

It was freaking hot out there.

I finished a book, If I Stay. I saw that the movie was coming out, it looked really good, but the ending, blahhh. I wasn't overly impressed with it. I understand that the book is an continuation. But blahh it wasn't all that great. I do want to see the movie to see if it matches up.

I took a long 2 hour nap, no alarm set, just sleep and I got on the bike for 30 minutes, 5.80 miles. My legs were still feeling a bit heavy, so I just took the 30 minutes. Like Jeff Galloway says, you don't need to XT to finish a marathon, but I love the extra work. Really, the bike is my time, I don't get all sweaty and nasty, but I really work out my legs and I can get that hill work in. My legs were kind of shaky after, so I had some protein to rebuild back those muscles.

My mother set me straight, she said, you better be eating for this marathon. Don't let the scale take that away from the experience and the finish line.

I tell ya, she gets it right. And that is exactly what I am doing. I am not eating cakes and pies, pizza every night, or candy bars. I am eating to fuel my body. I know I need a bit more veggies and fruit, and I am working on that. But today became much better, once I slapped myself around a bit.

Tomorrow, is seriously a really long day, I have 4 miles in the morning and then working all day, literally 9-9. Not all that thrilled with it, but it is what I have to do. And I am glad I have my fridge with me at work, because I am packing for the whole day. Protein bars, a sandwich and fruits and veggies.

Hope everyone had a great day!

Taking on the Scale

Today is weigh in Wednesday! Or at this point disappoint day!!

I went to weigh in today and I had another gain... 4.8 pounds!!

I was shocked and stunned and taken back. I have never really gotten upset but today I felt upset. That number stung because I feel I am doing everything right. I work out, eat right, take my vitamins, finally getting more sleep, I fuel my body and drink water. I ran alone 20 miles on Sunday!

And I know on all my really long run weeks, I gain. My muscles are sore, they are heavy and I feel bloated but I mean come on scale. I beat myself up over it for a bit, staring at that number. I texted Nanci, I had to get in contact with another marathon, WW. She of course got me back on track, it's so amazing being able to share that with someone else.

I then posted it to my Instagram and then was flooded with comments of support, motivation and slapping me back to reality!! Social media and friends telling me how far I have come and what I am accomplishing. Telling me the scale doesn't matter, I'm taking care of my body, I'm running a god damn marathon, despite what the scale says. Saying don't look at that number, your building muscle and it will come off. Eat to fuel your body!!

It was what it needed. I needed that support, guidance and encouragement. Even though, yes I was a bit embarrassed by the number, I needed other people to say it. 

And it helped. I looked at myself in the mirror with no clothes on and saw a difference. I saw my legs changing, my butt getting smaller, my thighs sharpening and my stomach laying a bit flatter. My body is indeed changing.. But it is changing into something better, something I have never seen it be before, athletic!!

So I'll take the gains when I have to and celebrate the losses but I won't give up. I won't cry or whine, I will never give up because I have come to long and life is even better besides what the scale says.

Just like I am stronger than the miles, I'm better than that number on the scale.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Heavy Legs

Good Tuesday Morning.

This morning I was very sleepy. I mean I hit that snooze and even reset my alarm numerous times this morning. I just could not get out of bed. And I understand that each day is different, some days I hop out of bed like a bunny and other times, I have to throw myself out of the bed in order to get going. Sometimes I don't mind getting up at 5:00 am and sometimes I just want to sleep in forever, especially the week of a really long run.

Today, was that day. I seriously was contemplating moving my 3 miles to tomorrow and do a XT day today. But I figured I would have to get up to go to the gym, I can get up and go for my 3 miles. Those 3 miles were quite tough. My legs were so heavy. I mean sitting here right now, my legs feel like bricks. I really felt like I wasn't moving at all. I really, really need to do more stretching. I need to roll and stretch. Eventually, my legs warmed up a bit and felt much better. So I know if I was doing more than 3 miles, it would be better, because they are nice and warmed up.

Tomorrow is a XT day for me and my weigh in day. Since my legs feel very heavy, I am going to concentrate on Strength and Yoga tomorrow. I am going o do a small 15 minutes on the bike and then some yoga and weights to warm them up but not pounding. Those 20 miles really did a number on my legs and then working, etc. Its nice I can do some strength and other avenues, plus I am weighing in, so I don't want them to be inflammed and mess up my weigh in, which tends to happen.

Well, I am off to do some stick work and foam rolling before I have to work my closing shift tonight. Hope everyone has a great day!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Day After...

Yup today I feel like I was hit by a big ol' truck!!

I laid around all day yesterday but by body was very restless. I went to bed and got a good amount of sleep BUT once I woke up I was done for. I was sore, not too bad though, the Stick helped so much! BUT I do need to roll more, I'm so bad at that.

And my energy was shot. I ate a lot of protein yesterday but I still woke up today just out of it. I mean completely out of it. I needed  more rest. I had to open the store so I asked my assistant if she could come in early and cover my shift. She did and got to leave almost 2 hours earlier.

The minute I got home I went to sleep. Just a full on nap. And I have slept for 2.5 hours and had crazy, crazy dreams. Dreams about the marathon too. Not being fully prepared, people being there, etc. Very weird. I do feel a bit better. 

I think for my long runs the day after is a must recovery/ rest day for me. And either take the day off or go in much later. I need to lay around, my body really needed it. But with that being said I feel good, so accomplished beyond words. It is quite a feeling.

I figured since I posted what I ate after 17, I would do the same for 20. Believe it or not the hunger not all the same. And I'm never really hungry until today.

So after my run when I got home and started to relax I had a big cup of coffee and water and

Egg whites scrambled with reduced fat cheese, peppers and two turkey sausage links with two pieces of Sara Lee 45 calorie bread with Laughing Cow on top


Some strawberries and blueberries, banana and grapes mixed with 90 calorie vanilla greek yogurt.

Then I napped..

After a nap I ate

Perdue chicken pieces with long grain rice, black beans, lettuce, guacamole, and salsa. With again..

So good! This time instead of a banana I need a sprinkle of coconut. Holy yum!!!

Then 2 hours later I had a cookie dough quest bar.

I forgot to take a picture of dinner but it was a lean pork chop, sweet potato, 1/2 cup of fat free cottage cheese and brocoli.

We finished the sopranos, holy sad that we are done with it. I'm heart broken with that ending and really truly loved that show.

I snacked on some popcorn and a small box of yogurt raisins.

Then before bed I had a bowl of 

After all my long runs at night I always seem to want cereal. It is so weird. But it hits the spot of me, I mean like right on. 

I think I did pretty well. I tried as much protein and good carbs as I could. Believe me I wanted a margarita and a burger and fries, but I know it would make me sick! And I'm saving my nice cheat, victory meal until the big day!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Journey to 26.2: My 20 Mile Experience!!!

Okay I promise to always be real and upfront and not sugar coat anything when it comes to this training...

And with that being said, today's 20 miles were really, really tough.

I survived the 20 miles, but barely. I am sore, I am chaffed in all areas, areas you wouldn't even believe. That is what is hurting the most, I know everything else will start kicking in later and tomorrow morning. I think tomorrow might be a recovery day.

Okay so this is how the 20 miles went down. The highlights of those 4 plus hours. I got up at 3:00 am. I was awake and ready to go. I had my waffles with peanut butter and brought a chocolate peanut butter GU for the ride. I drank my 16 oz of water and carried on. I felt really good this morning, despite the fact I hardly slept last night. My mind was on over drive from knowing I had to get up to run, I just couldn't fully sleep. I wanted too, so bad but nothing would turn off.

I didn't realize how tired I was until I was getting into the run.

I was having a bit of an issue with my lap belt, it wasn't fitting correctly. My hydration pack was working just fine. It was so dark this morning at 4:00 and I was out by myself, which freaked me out a bit. We have a lot of homeless in St. Pete and they lay out on all the benches, no security or people in sight, it plays mind games with you. I bought clip lights for my hat, but they didn't light up anything, thankfully the street lights gave off a great glow.

I felt my pace to be really slow this morning and the humidity was killing me. It was just hanging there no breeze and I was sweating instantly. My stomach started to feel a bit off. I kept burping and it was tasting like peanut butter. I don't know why it was bothering me because I have always had waffles and PB before every long run. I am not sure if it was because I was up so early and ate late last night, but it was not working for me. Or it was the GU.

I put ice cubes in my water and well that didn't keep it long at all. I don't mind warm water at all, but warm NUUN is not refreshing. I was trying to gulp water like crazy. I got through 8 miles and then Pandora decided to just stop all of a sudden. I needed the music, the sound of my hydration pack with the water sloshing around, distracted me and so did my breathing. Finally, I stopped to fix it and the music kicked back in.

I had a GU around mile 6, but again not sitting very well. I ran for 8 miles then did a turn around to do the same route again before I went into the back neighborhoods, where I know I can get at least 3 miles in. I really had to talk myself into this because when I got to where I turned around, my mind was saying no, stop your car is right there. But I did a quick turn around and headed back again.

Still having stomach issues, that were quickly moving into, get to a bathroom soon issue. Of course it is super early in the morning and none of the public bathrooms were open yet. It was killing me and bringing down my pace for sure. At mile 10.86, my Garmin displays low battery. Well, I freaked, I didn't want to take a chance with it dying while I was in high mileage, so I stopped it on the watch, took a picture of the mileage and then started my Runtastic app, to carry me home until the end.

I liked for a bit not having my watch and just waiting for the mileage, but I kept having to do math to see where I really was haha. FINALLY, the bathrooms opened, I mean at this point it was almost 13 miles, I was in NEED. I instantly felt better, splashed cold water on my face, took a long, cold drink from the water fountain and kept going on.

Not going to lie, it was lonely running those 20 miles for awhile there. People were finally coming out and I was able to wave and say good morning and be inspired by those doing the same thing. My legs were giving out a bit and me getting to a 12 minute mile was just not having it. My feet were so heavy with water from puddles and sweat. I could feel the sweat making noise in my shoes. It was crazy.

My pants and shirt were so heavy from the sweat too. I felt like I was wearing a wet suit. I took my pace as was, just chanting over and over, I can do this. I was going to do this. There was a point I was going to stop, but I was so far out in the mileage, what was the point. Then I got mad at myself for even thinking it.

I cursed running and questioned why I was doing it and what was I thinking. Then that finish line came into view and it all made sense. I cant wait to the marathon because the weather in PA is wayyyyy different then FL and it was will be a great change of pace. Refreshing even, I will not complain, this heat and humidity is for the birds now.

At mile 17, I took a deep breath and just told myself, less than a 5k and you are done. I said, I run 5k's every Tuesday, I can do this now and you know what I did. It helped and I channeled my dad and just asked him to push me along.

Mile 18, I thought of my Poppy and how I couldn't wait to call him today and tell him I was doing this. I thought of my Mom and calling her, my running friends and family and being able to post this. Mile 18, my lucky number. I did take one more walk with mile 18, I was just feeling it.

Mile 19, I felt like I was crawling, but so happy it was the last mile. It seemed to go on and on and I watched that app like a hawk.

FINALLY, I was done!!!! I sat down and cried. Right there, just cried it was over and I did it.  I am an emotional person anyway, this just brings it all out. I was feeling all kinds of stuff. My feet hurt, my legs hurt, I wanted to get all my gear off of me, I wanted to take off my clothes, my hat, I just wanted to get home.

I couldn't believe I did 20 miles.

That shit was hard!!!

Sorry for the bad language, but for real, it was hard and running really is a mental game. I had to do a lot of positivity and mind over matter to get it through.

And not all was crazy and bad.

I saw a turtle, jumping fish, an older couple holding hands and walking, I got to pet a cute dog, I had so many smiles and mornings, it made my day. I saw sun beams, literally beams coming off the sunrise. It was gorgeous, I forgot to take a picture. I made myself stronger and realized how strong I really am. I valued the concept of a bathroom and how important cold water really is. The sound of the waves hitting the bay, made my morning, it was amazing.

While it was time consuming and terrifying and crazy, it was also a beautiful run. My first 20 mile run. Done.

I am so grateful for these training runs, they really help to work out the kinks.

Some things for next time, not the pants I wore, no GU, I am going back to sport beans and chews. More ice, and maybe a different flavor GU. Less peanut butter on the waffles, a banana before. Better sleep on the Friday before the long run and maybe taking melotonin or something to clear my mind before sleep the day before.

I am glad I did these miles, I am so happy to be on this journey. I cant believe now I just have to do that with 6.2 more miles. I know the atmosphere, the crowds, the weather and the adrenaline of everyone around me will carry me more when I run the actual marathon, I know that wont be a problem. My family and loved ones will be there to get me through.

Once, I was done, I recovered with Sport Beans recovery protein crisps, my stomach was still so weird and Dark Chocolate Coconut water, I drank the whole liter. It was such a sweet victory drink. I called James crying I did it. And then my mom. Texted Nanci and Jen, my boss, my mentor and dear friend.

When I walked in the house, James was there waiting for me with the robe. I always shiver and get super cold after my runs, to the point where I am teeth chattering. He wraps me in his robe and sits me on the couch to warm me up and makes me a coffee. It was just what I needed and seeing him standing there, well just about warmed me whole heart.

I took my first ice bath. It really sucked at first, then felt great. I got in for  15 minutes and I could feel a difference right away in my feet and calves. It really felt nice, even though it sucked haha.

Now I have spent the day again from the couch and bed. And I am so okay with that. I have been hungry, but nothing too bad. I am fueling with lots of protein, veggies, greek yogurt and fruit. It is working.

20 miles did something to me, it changed me, it made me realize, that yes, me, little Angelina Allerton, will be do this and will finish!!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

My Start of the 20 miles...

You know when you should relax and just cant..

Yeah that is what is going on with me tonight.

I got out of work sort of early today because of the open to close I did on Monday and decided I needed to grocery shopping again. Seriously I love food shopping more than I love clothes shopping. Being able to have healthy food in my house, makes me more excited than anything and well with training, I love to eat.

I am making myself lay on the couch all night. Feet up and relaxed, except for when I have to make my pasta. Which I plan on eating late again like I did last time. It really helped and kept me full before the run.  I have to get up at 3:00 am. I mean seriously who does that and is okay with it. I want to start running by 4:00 am, so I can be done after 8 and before the heat kicks in.

I am hoping to be done with a little over 4 hours. I am not stressing about the mileage, I am just going to run like I did for 17 but with 3 more miles. Then I will have the whole rest of the day tomorrow to just kick back and relax. I have a Nook Book I am planning on diving into and taking a nice long nap. Oh and refueling and recovery.

I have to open on Monday morning and I know I will be sore. So I am going to relax as best as I can tomorrow. My motivation to get through the 20 miles is simple, visioning that finish line. I want to just do it, knowing I can do it. I already did 17, it is only 3 more miles, or 36 more minutes. I can run for 36 more minutes than the last time.

My clothes are laid out, my hydration pack is cleaned, my fuel items are ready to go. I am ready for these 20 miles tomorrow.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

What I have done the last 112 days...

Okay so tomorrow and Saturday I am using as Rest Days. I haven't had a rest day since last Thursday and I do have to say I am looking forward too, but this week hasn't been all that bad. I really am becoming a bit stronger.

Today is a run day and normally the plan is to run for 30-45 minutes, I usually switch this all around and do kind of whatever I please, it usually sits between 3-5 miles, depending on what I have going on. Today, I did 5 miles.

I am off of work today and made the decision last night to not set an alarm or anything, I was just going to sleep until I wanted to get up. I woke up around 7:30 and then went back to bed until a little after 10! I was thrilled and felt great. I had the idea I was going to go downtown tonight and run because I needed to go to Fit2Run after to get some fueling options for the 20 miler on Sunday.

Well, I saw the weather looked overcast and rainy, so the pool idea was out, so I thought either time I run, it is going to be hot, might as well go now. Last time I ran in the afternoon, I nearly died it was so hot. Today, was not the case. Believe me it was hot and it rained on me a bit, but I wasn't dreading it or wanting it to end. The lightening strikes were the only thing really having me nervous.

I got the 5 miles in and even had a pee break. I hydrated a lot before I ran, so I knew I was going to break at some point. I went to Fit2Run after and got lots of fuel options, so I have some for upcoming runs too and I got clip lights for my hat, since I am going out at 4:00 am on Sunday, yeah I really do not want to trip and fall.

When I got home I saw that I have finished Week 16 of my marathon training, since I am using two Rest Days to finish out the week, witch also means I have to flip my board over to write the next 8 weeks. I will be completing 24 weeks of training. I know it is a long training time, but remember, I started out with very low mileage to build myself up and it worked out beautiful for me.

Since I am a visual and numbers person, I thought it would be neat to see the mileage I have had for the last 112 days. My training plan by Jeff Galloway, The To Finish Training Plan he has, has 3 run days which includes your long run, 2 walk or XT days and one rest day. Now I have changed the rest days and recovery days to fit me as needed. Such as before the long mileage, doing two rest days and a recovery day the day after. And instead of two walk or xt days, I have added an extra run day.

But for the last 112 days, 16 weeks I have..

RAN: 265.97 miles
WALKED: 43.09 miles
XT: 147.43- my XT is usually the stationary bike
TOTALING: 456.49 Miles


My body and my heart and my soul and mind have done all of that for the last 112 days. Now I took measurements of my body the first day of marathon training and I haven't checked yet and I wont until the day before the race, to see what changes have been made in the those  24 weeks.

I am truly amazed with that mileage. I think it is pretty impressive, considering I live in Florida, I work full time, I try to have some sort of a social life and I have gone on vacation here and there in that time frame. I have never given up, never backed down or thrown in the towel. I am excited to see the end mileage and how far I have come.

This experience truly is one of a kind

Would You Rather...Running Questions

My awesomely, marathon training, runner and WW loving,  friend Nanci over at This Crazy Life of Mine, posted this yesterday and I LOVED it. I thought it was such a fun and unique post, that I wanted to do the same, since I am too all about running and training for my marathon. Check out Nanci's too, she has some great answers to hers!!!

Would you rather? Running Edition

1. Would you rather run a 5k or a marathon?
This is a tough one to answer since I am in the mist of training for my first ever marathon. I can tell you I love training for a marathon, the structure and time and patience and I love long distance running. I am loving the process and I am sure I am going to love the final race. But a 5k sometimes is just perfect. I love the distance, the excitement and the pace and ability to PR with a 5k. It is great warm-up and race to be able to do with friends. I'm going to say a marathon though because I love a challenge and life changing experiences.

2. Would you rather run a flat race in the heat or a hilly race in the cold?
Another really tough one for me, considering I have been training in the flat lands with the heat and humidity here in Florida AND my marathon I am training for will be a hilly race in October, which will seem quite cold for me. I am not a fan of the heat at all, but after a long run it takes a second to cool down. For me the cold just chills you right to the bones and takes forever to warm back up. I am not a fan of hills, downhill yes, but uphill, oh geez. I am going to have to say the heat and flat because I have lived in the cold and I hate it. BUT, I will love the hills and cold for my marathon because it will be a nice change of pace, no bun intended.

3. Would you rather get new running shoes or a new running outfit?
A new running outfit for me. I am obsessed with running clothes, I cant walk into a store without having to buy something I can wear while running. Hey, if I am going to look sweaty and gross, at least I can look sort of cute. And I am on the outlook for a new outfit for the big day. I love running shoes too, but I have the same ones because I know what works best for me.

4. Would you rather run a race without headphones or without a Garmin?
I would say I would rather run without my Garmin. I love my music, it keeps me grounded and stable. I need the music and the groove, it lets my mind wander and when a song comes on I love, it gives me that extra boost I need. Sometimes my Garmin depresses me if I see I am going slower than normal, or how far I have left to go. I am all about no pace or time, just me and my music and the road.

5. Would you rather run an hour on the treadmill or in a circle around the same street for an hour?
 I hate running on the treadmill, I mean seriously I do. It is hell to me. So I would much rather run in a circle for an hour. Plus I love being outdoors running, despite how hot and humid or nasty it is out.

6. Would you rather run a Ragnar Relay or a Marathon relay?
I would rather a Ragnar. They seem like a ton of fun and I always have wanted to do a late night run. Plus I think running with a team and making a whole experience out of it would be neat. I want to experience only one marathon and that is the one in October. ( I say that now lol )

7. Would you rather come in 4th in the Olympics or 1st in the NYC marathon?
Geez, neither or these would seem possible for me haha. I can dream though and I would have to say 1st in the marathon, but I would be honored to participate in either of those anyway.

8. Would you rather give up running for a year to get a BQ (Boston Qualifying Time) or never BQ and run as much as you want?
While I would LOVE to run Boston, I would not want to give running for a year. Running for me is so much more than a race or time or pace. It is my lifestyle, it is what I love to do and love doing it. It is just about running wherever and whenever I want.

9. Would you rather run in an urban area or a trail area?
I already run in a very urban area, so I would love to run in a trail area. A lot of people I know do so and find that is fun and a neat experience, I want to try it at least once.

10. Would you rather have a headache during a run or a side stitch?
I have had both and both very much suck, a lot. But a side stitch is much more bearable for me. My headaches get worse when running and last for the whole day.

11. Would you rather run in a thunderstorm or a snowstorm?
I have come close to running in a thunderstorm and I really didn't want to get hit by lightening, terrifying. So I would say a snowstorm.

12. Would you rather have a rest day on a work day or a day off?
Well, all my rest days seem to fall on a work day, even though I love to run on my days off, I would love that just one would fall on a day off, so I could be a lazy bum all day long.

13. Would you rather run just because or train for a race?
Train for a race all the way, training for a race for me is running just because. It gives me a purpose and structure and I love having a plan to follow and keep in place. And I love being able to vision a finish line on each of my runs for motivation.

Thank you Nanci for such a fun post idea. I think now I am going to go off and run :0)!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Weekly Weigh In

I completely forgot to post my weigh in from this week.

I weighed in yesterday because I thought I was going to be hanging out with James and his mom for the day. My plans got all switched around, but I still weighed in anyway. To my surprise and very pleasant surprise, I was down 1.6. I was so thrilled to see that happen. I was very good last week. I ate all my weeklies and a couple of my activity points. I did earn 68 activity points last week too.

I made sure I am on my water quest and I felt great all week. I was sleeping really awesome too, probably because James was away for most of the week too. He is the worst sleeper, moves all over the place, snores like a freaking monster, so it was a nice change of pace. And I had my time of the month too the end of the week, but I still lost.

This week is a bit of a challenge because I have 20 miles on Sunday. I am really, really going to work hard on that day to be on track, fuel my body properly and hydrate like crazy. I am hoping and fingers crossed, this plateau I am on, is finally coming off.

Keeping on, Keeping on...

What Marathon Training Has Done to Me So Far

Happy Hump Day!!!!!!

So this post is about to be totally random and all over the place, but I have just gotten back from a Travel day of work and I am all jacked up on Iced Coffee. FYI, McDonald's has Iced Coffee any size for a 1.00. I am all about being cheap and I got a LARGE Sugar Free Vanilla Iced Coffee for a Buck, that bad boy was 5pp but it was tasty and got me through my no AC, hot as hell drive home in traffic today. That is the only reason I would ever go to a McDonald's anyway.

Any who, as you know I am all about my marathon. I mean for almost 4 months now we have been talking about. Talking about my training, what I am eating, what I have been running, my XT, etc. I haven't really been talking about how it is making me feel, well I guess, I have but not in an intimate way I suppose.

Here's the real, honest deal and with the fact that my 20 miles in coming up on Sunday, I am sure I will be even more emotional. This training has changed my life.

I know, I know, cliche, but seriously it really has. I have been running not even two years now, but I never stuck to a true plan. I would run here and there, run long runs on Sunday's and just do some exercise in between. If I wasn't feeling some mid week runs, I didn't. I never had a plan in place, just a date in mind. I was just running.

This training plan has changed my whole outlook on things. I have realized in myself that I am so much more structured when I have a plan in place. And I will make sure I will stick to that plan in order to get things done. Because honestly, I am afraid to fail.  I know I will make it across that finish line, if it kills me. And seriously my boyfriend thinks that is what is going to happen to me. He is so scared, it is making me scared. But I have to push that aside and carry on because I know I wont let that happen.

This training has transformed me into someone who really enjoys working out. I enjoy the feeling I get from it, I enjoy being a part of a community. And even though I run alone 90% of the time, I never really feel alone because I have made so many virtual friends and virtual friends that have become very good friends, Nanci that's all you girl. I have been given a support system and cheering crowd and I honestly don't think I would ever have experienced that in my life if it weren't the fact I am training for this marathon.

In reality the whole thing scares me. It scares me that I don't know the route, or the weather, what to wear, what to eat, how I should pack, anything. I am going into this marathon blind, BUT prepared. My body, mind, soul and especially heart will be 100% intact. And I am going to be running with all of my heart for sure.

This training has made me so strong. Stronger than I have ever felt or been in my life. I mean I can run for hours and not feel bored or annoyed. I have learned to overcome obstacles and frustration and I have learned to dig deep. All those mornings of getting up early, nights of not wanting to work out, the tired feelings I have all the time. I know it is going to be worth it.

My mom said to me today, are you scared or nervous, how do you feel? And I had to stop myself and say, nervous for what? And she said the race...

I thought for a moment...

I really am not scared. I am excited and to be honest, I don't want it to be here yet, not because I don't feel prepared because I am nervous what it is going to be like after the marathon. What will I do then? What challenges will I face? What else can I take on, after I have taken on the biggest thing in my life? Where do I go from there?

It's funny to say, but I want to be training forever. Training has given me a purpose and a desire. I know a lot of people are probably sick and tired of me talking about the marathon, all day, every day,  but hey this is a pretty freaking big deal and it is all I think about.

Literally every day, I think about the marathon, multiple times.

I am not sure where I am going with this post or what is about, but I just had the desire to write about my training and how it really has transformed my life. While, 20 miles is scary, I am so happy and excited that moment is coming up.

59 days left...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Long Monday and 60 Day Countdown

Happy Tuesday Morning...

Yesterday was a bit of a world wind day for me. After working all day and being exhausted on Sunday, I planned yesterday morning to get up at 6 and do my XT on the bike before I had to be to work at 8:15. BUT, I was dead tired, it was raining and I just wanted some more sleep.

I am a pure baby like that. I love my sleep and try to get it as much as I truly can. So I skipped the alarm and got a good hour of sleep. I figured since I got out of work at 4:30, I would go meet up with James and his mom for some dinner and then come home and get on the bike. I packed my bag and everything.

They came in to see me at work and literally as I was telling them I would be seeing them in a few hours, the girl who was suppose to work, called off.

Story of my life. So I was left there to do an open to close.

I wasn't prepared for an open to close, meaning no food, no drinks and really uncomfortable shoes. Luckily they were still in the mall, so the best boyfriend that he is, brought me back Subway for dinner.

Even though I worked 13 hours yesterday, I did not want that to hurt me not getting on the bike and getting in my training plan. So I dragged myself to the gym and got an awesome 40 minutes on the bike, which was nice, because I got to sit, I know sad, I hadn't sat all day, and got caught up on Social Media and some of my nook.

Speaking of sad, how horrible is it that Robin Williams died?? Breaks my heart. Now I did not know him personally, like most of us, but it effects us in all ways. He was a great actor, comedian, etc. It really hardens my heart that it is due to suicide. The sadness and desperation people feel and just think that leaving this world is the best way out. I have had a couple of people very, very close to me, die from suicide and it is too hard. I wish his friends and especially family much love and peace in this time.

A LOT of people were taking to Instagram and Twitter and Facebook with this picture...

With the caption, Genie...You're free..

Totally broke my heart and made me realize how many movies I really loved with Robin Williams in them. I completely forgot about Aladdin. And it makes me want to watch a bunch of them now. I hope he is at peace wherever he may be.


Today, was my typical 3 miles. It was not dare I say too hot out this morning. It was enjoyable a bit, I took it a bit slower because of the last few days, my legs have been a bit overworked and with 20 miles on deck on Sunday, I do not want anything to mess that up. I am off today, and it is James's moms last day in town, so I am going to spend the afternoon and night with them.

I am going to weigh in today because I know we are going somewhere yummy for lunch and I want to enjoy the last day she has here with us.

I of course will post later on the weigh in, fingers crossed I have some movement in the right direction.

OH and one more thing....

60 DAYS FOR TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Week 15 Recap and Weekend Fun

Okay so the countdown is getting smaller and smaller. Two months from today, if we do it by Sundays until my marathon, but if we count it from 12th-12th, 62 days!!!!


This whole training process have been flying by and before we know it I will be posting on marathon day.

Anyway before I give myself a heartache, a little recap of the last two days, since I didn't post yesterday.

I was off of work yesterday and instead of sleeping and using the day as a rest day, which Saturdays normally are, I got up at 6 and went running for 4.50 mils. My legs felt a bit heavy and I felt like I was really pushing but it felt great either way. After my run, I made plans to meet up with James's mom for the day since he had to work and I wanted to get downtown.

It would be the first time that we hung out together alone, without James. And we had an absolute blast. She is truly an amazing mother and so much fun. We went shopping at all the little shops of downtown, we went to the Saturday Morning Market, we hung out by the pool, got eyebrows done and then had some happy hour of our own with wine. I spent the whole day with her and it was really nice. We ended the night with James after he got out of work and had the best pizza in downtown.

If you are ever in downtown St. Pete, got to Wood Fired. Thin crust pizza, paper thin, you can have 4 slices to equal maybe two of regular pizza. I went home right after because I was exhausted and knew I was wanting to get up and run this morning.

I was knocked out when I got home and slept great. BUT this morning when that alarm went off, I was cursing to the high heavens and saying a big FU to marathon training. Out of all my runs, this was the first time, I was really thinking about sitting it out. I just wanted to crawl back in bed and go to sleep. BUT I have a goal set in place and I am a big girl and suck it up and get it done.

The main reason was because my TOM was here and I was just tired from it and because I had to work today all day long. It was my one Sunday to work and my only small long run this month, it made sense. I dragged myself out of bed and got a nice 8 miles in. The first 4 were tough and I felt like I was just warming up and it turns out, I really was.

The last 4 my run became my own. I had negative splits for the first time on a long run in like forever. It was an awesome feeling to look down at my watch and realize that. My confidence soared and the even better part was I could feel my body doing that. I could feel my legs getting looser and I was feeling better.

Oh and then I saw a rainbow. So all my bitching and moaning was for nothing because it turned out to be just what I needed.

And the good vibes stayed with me all day and work was super quick and painless and now I can relax all night and bed is calling my name, very early.

Since I missed it yesterday, here is a recap of Week 15

Running: 28.45 miles
Walk: 0
XT/Bike: 6 miles
Total 38.45 miles.

I haven't ran 28 plus miles I think during any kind of training. The miles are piling up between, running, walking and XTing.

Hope you enjoyed your weekend like mine and indulge in all the little things

Friday, August 8, 2014

4 Crazy Hot Miles & A Jam Session

It is Friday!! Woohoo!! I have to get through 8 hours of work and then I am off tomorrow. Unfortunately, I have to work Sunday, but hey a Saturday off is still really awesome.

I got up this morning after 8. I set my alarm for 7, but well we know the drill. I hit snooze for quite some time. I swear the long run weeks, definitely drag me down a bit towards the end of the week. Since, I didn't run yesterday, I did this morning.

I didn't think that running at 8:30 would be so bad. Geez, boy was I wrong! It was so hot and humid and my legs felt like I was carrying bricks. I wasn't miserable but I wasn't happy for sure. Running my intervals were even hard. I had to walk a bit more. Despite how tired I am, I am going to have to get up earlier than 8. The latest is 7, I think, or wait until late in the evening. But I got 4 miles in and made it through, even if I was drenched from head to toe in sweat. Oh and starving!

Here is a little fun for ya, two songs I am LOVING right now. I mean when they come on Pandora, they light a fire under my booty and I am jamming. I would love to listen to them on repeat. Which reminds me, I really need to set up my iTunes account again.

Hope you have a great Friday!!!

All About That Bass- Megan Trainor

Enrique- Baliando

Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Goodies at Target

One of my many mottos in life...

I had the pleasure of going to Target on Tuesday after work. I needed a night of just some Target shopping, finding new stuff I have wanted to try, thanks to Instagram.

Jif Whips Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pie Spice. Oh man absolutely delicious! It tastes like fall and heaven whipped into a tub. I will have to really monitor this very carefully because I could eat the whole thing haha.

Amazing choices of yogurt!! I could have bought way more but these were too good to pass up.

Do yourself a favor and go out and grab this one. It tastes amazing. I mean phenomenal!!!! The cream cheese part is very much enhanced. I am in love with yogurt.

This one was pretty good too. The coconut side is a bit tart but it has pieces of coconut in it, which I loved!

The Pocket thins are great and only 3pp and the coffee is very tasty. And the smell, holy yum. The trail mix addictive. I am a sucker for stuff like this.

I am on a sparkling water kick lately. This one is great. It tastes like summer. Has a strong peach flavor but I don't mind it at all.

Haven't dived into these yet but I can not wait. 

My shopping addiction resumes another day 😄