21 Weeks Down, 19 Weeks to Go

Last Wednesday marked 20 weeks, which, in a pregnancy, is a big step. Twenty weeks means you’re half-way done with with the pregnancy and half-way to meeting your baby. Twenty weeks also means the big ultrasound, where the gender can be revealed. For us, we just wanted to make sure Baby A&W has all four limbs, every organ that would be developed by now, and healthy. We had the ultrasound technician keep the gender a secret–we haven’t decided if or when we want to know, or if we should just wait until the birth. That part is driving our families CRAZY. And, admittedly, driving me a little crazy as well. How else can you plan for having a boy or a girl if you wait until the baby arrives??

I know I haven’t done any pregnancy updates on here since I announced everything, so I thought I’d just do a quick one:

I’ve been lucky–I haven’t really had any pregnancy symptoms throughout the past 21 weeks (no nausea). I have been physically active just as much as I was pre-pregnancy–but I have been cautious.

  • Sand volleyball–I finished up the summer league with my team and then decided it was probably best to stop playing. I know some woman who played until 30 weeks, but I know myself and know that I can’t just sit back and watch a ball dropped. I knew it’d be hard to stop the instinct to dive for a ball, or go up at the net, so for the baby’s safety, I stopped. (Though I have been continuing to referee games, but that’s not straining.)
  • CrossFit–as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I told my coaches because I wanted to be able to have someone keep an eye on me and make sure I was safe. Turns out, we have another girl at the box due around the same time as me, so Taylor and Brenton have gotten a crash course on how to handle pregnant women and workouts. ūüėČ I started being more aware of my heart rate and didn’t push it on AMRAPs or other workouts. I’ve only now just started doing modifications–20″ box step ups instead of box jumps at week 20, push-ups with my toes on a bench for handstand push-ups at week 14, knee raises for toes to bar around week 14, and ring rows instead of pull-ups at week 21.
  • Running–I am so close to the Iron Horse Half Marathon that I can’t stand it!! I started running one morning during the week 3 miles and keeping with my long training runs with my running group on Saturdays. I slowed my pace from 9-9:30 to 10:30-11, which actually came easily. I’ve run up to 11 miles, and stayed around 8-10 for the past month or so. It’s become a lot harder to recover from the long runs (tired/sore legs, incredibly sore feet, feeling very tired). Also, it’s been hard to stay motivated for the long runs because they are more mental than they ever have been. I have one more long training run this weekend, then the half marathon. After that, I plan to keep with my 3 mile weekday run and a weekend run of no more than 6 miles…maybe. We’ll see how long that lasts.
  • Dog agility–I’ve still be training the dogs and competing in agility trials. I come out of my runs with LaMesa (my younger, faster dog) more breathless than previously, but that’s OK. I’ve been warned to watch my balance with crosses and my feet. I will compete in a trial in October and November, and then be done until after the baby.

The most difficult part for me has been my growing belly. It’s been so hard to be excited for the baby because of my body issues. I was getting to a point where I was feeling fit and strong pre-pregnancy, fitting into my “skinny clothes” and feeling confident. Now, I barely fit in anything in my closet, and it’s hard to cover up the belly. For a while I was upset because I just looked fat, not pregnant, and I (foolishly, I’m sure) felt like I was being judged for the sudden weight gain. Now, at 21 weeks, there’s no sucking it in, there’s no forcing into my nice work pants. I’ve purchased my first pair of maternity jeans (which are currently a tad too big, but I’m OK with that) and been passed down some maternity shirts and pants from a friend that I’m thankful I hopefully won’t have to purchase too much. It has been hard with workout clothes, though. My boobs have always been big, but now they’re even bigger, which means even tank tops can’t be an option because I don’t want to flash my box full of guys.

If it wasn't for my running group, these long training runs might not be happening any more. However, it's been hard to find running clothes that don't show my belly (I'm second from the left) or just look fat?

If it wasn’t for my running group, these long training runs might not be happening any more. However, it’s been hard to find running clothes that don’t show my belly (I’m second from the left) or just look fat?

The ultrasounds have been fun. At first I couldn’t see a baby, just a blob, but at our 20 week appointment, we actually saw appendages and the heart beating–that was pretty cool. M did a voice recording of the baby’s heartbeat and sent it to my mom, since they live too far to come to an appointment. That made my family’s day.

So far the tests have all been normal, which is really all that matters.

Baby A&W at 20 weeks--she/he was full of energy and it took the tech a while to pinpoint everything.

Baby A&W at 20 weeks–she/he was full of energy and it took the tech a while to pinpoint everything.

I’ve been reading Jenny McCarthy’s Belly Laughs on my Kindle, Running & Pregnancy, and a book on pregnancy and childbirth that was given to us by our OB/GYN. I’ve had one trip to Buy Buy Baby for a crash course in what to register for and what we probably won’t need, thanks to a great friend who understands all of my feelings.

We’ve finally come to an agreement that we’ll be making M’s office the nursery, and move his desk and office stuff most likely into our bedroom. Yes, it’ll be cramped in our room (though it is decently big and we don’t have much bedroom furniture anyway), and it’ll change things, but we needed to keep the guest bedroom for guests–especially for those first few months.

My feelings are starting to slowly soften and I’m starting to…accept (not sure if that’s that right word)…that in four months life will be completely different, whether planned or not. I don’t know if I’ll ever be totally prepared, but I’m going to do the best I can.

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Half Marathon #3 on the Horizon?

This time last year I was already training for my second half marathon. I had lucked out and ¬†got a discount code so I was able to run in the Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon for only $25. I tackled the miles with vigor–running 3 training runs a week, with yoga the other two days, then my long runs on Saturdays with the two running groups I joined. The end result? A 10 minute PR over an extremely hilly course‚Ķand patellar tendonitis.

I thought I had been doing everything right for training. I ran in the mornings with friends (most weeks it was 2 days of running, 1 day on the elliptical) before work and did some weight lifting (upper body) after work. The long training runs I tackled with knowledgeable running groups, getting in either two or three (I can’t remember) 13 mile runs before the race. I had some off weeks (which I took entirely off because I was at agility trials, etc.), so I thought I was good to go.

For the second half marathon in two years, though, I came out of it injured. In 2012 I had bad IT Band problems during training and while running the Kentucky Derby Half Marathon. Then in 2013 I was diagnosed with patellar tendonitis (then later plantar fasciitis). Both years stopped me from running for a period of time after the races.

Medal

Half Marathon #1: 2012 Kentucky Derby Half Marathon

 

Half Marathon #2: 2013 Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon

Half Marathon #2: 2013 Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon

But this time it seems harder for me to get moving with my training.

I had plans to do the Run the Bluegrass again this year, but the the dates for the AKC National Agility Championships were announced for that same weekend. Since it’s an honor to qualify, and Dally and I worked hard for it, I can’t say no. So now I’m looking at the Kentucky Derby Half Marathon, or maybe even the Indianapolis 500 Mini Marathon. (I’ve ever been able to run the Indy Mini because it’s the same day as the Kentucky Derby horse race, which I always worked at for my old job, but now that I’m no longer there, I just might have that first Saturday in May free.)

Saturday I jumped in head first back into half marathon training–Run the Bluegrass was hosting another training run over the course at Keeneland Race Course and I had been working at 3-3.5 miles, so I tackled the 4-mile course. The hills are always killers, but surprisingly I kept up a decent pace over the course (and this is after a jump rope and back squat heavy WOD at CrossFit the day before). When I got back to the parking lot, I decided to push for another mile to hit 5. My legs were starting to tire, but nothing too horrible. I probably could have pushed for 6, but I know the trouble you get into when adding on too much mileage too quickly.

I haven’t registered for any races yet–fund-wise that’s not a priority to the pocketbook. I know registering for a race pushes you to motivation, but for now I’m just trying to ride my friends’ motivation as they train for their races. I’ve set a goal to running at least twice a week–I’d like to keep my CrossFit training up, as well, so I have to find a nice balance between the two so I’m not tiring out my body. I’m a little nervous about jumping into training because I don’t want to get hurt again.

Any advice about training to prevent injury, while continuing CrossFit, would be appreciated. I’m also looking for any race ambassadorships to help fund my registration fees while spreading the word of the race that I look to dominate.

Your turn: How do you train for big events and avoid injury? 

Losing My Running MoJo?

It’s been a long while since I’ve run. Well, alright, it’s maybe been a week, but it had been a week before that since I had run. One run a week? Really? That’s a big change from running 3-4 days a week like I was this winter/spring training for the half marathon. And yet, it’s not freezing, it’s light early and late, and the weather has been gorgeous (well, until the past couple of days). What’s wrong with me?

I came out of training for the Run the Bluegrass injured–patellar tendonitis. I was planning to try to run the Kentucky Derby Half a month later, but I listened to the sports medicine doctor and took some time off from running, while going to physical therapy. It took a while for my knee to return to normal, which meant some time away from running. I lost valuable running conditioning.

Hardest

Since then, I’ve been trying to get back into it, but I’ve been so immersed in CrossFit that I don’t want to run in the morning before class so I can have energy for the WODs. So I can run in the evening, right? Well, by then I’m really not feeling like it. I have squeezed in some mid-day runs, but the heat/humidity can get to you, so I’m not able to run very long.

I don’t know…I just haven’t felt like running. I missed doing the Bluegrass 10K because of a financial situation. But I wasn’t too heartbroken. This spring I was already talking about training for a fall half marathon…but I couldn’t commit to the one I wanted because of a potential time conflict (which isn’t a conflict now) and money. So maybe a half later in the fall? That means back to scheduling long training runs…which means scaling back on CrossFit workouts…

SlowRun

So have I lost my running mojo? I don’t know. Maybe it’s just a phase that I should be comfortable with and just let things happen. Surely I’ll get back into running later this summer…

How have you dealt with a lack of running (or working out) inspiration? Am I normal?

Half Marathon Recovery

Happy April!! I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping now that it’s April, Mother Nature will get her stuff together and realize it’s Spring and behave as such! It’s still in the 40s here, but at least the sun’s out.

Just a quick note that recovery from the Run The Bluegrass Half Marathon has been just fine. I think it helps that I ran a few 13 mile runs prior to the half marathon, so my body has become accustomed to the beating it gets. I was a little stiff and sore Saturday, and woke up that way Sunday morning, but after a couple of 2-mile walks with the pups that day and a little more stretching, I think I was back to normal by Monday.

Monday M and I headed up to¬†Cincinnati¬†for Reds Opening Day. Apparently¬†Cincinnati¬†is the only Major League Baseball city that goes all-out for Opening Day. We’re talking major parade through downtown (at least two hours long), a big block party right by the stadium, and, of course, the game. It seems like everyone was out and about–I don’t know if some offices closed or what. But it was fun to be with all the revelers. I’m not a big baseball fan, but it’s something M enjoys, and some times the games are fun (give me someone else to talk to, some good, cheap eats and beer, sunshine, and I’ll be OK), so I’ve turned into a minor Reds fan.

Reds-logo

We stuck around for a while until heading back to Lexington–we got separated from M’s friends at a bar and everywhere was packed. We listened to the game on the drive back and then watched the end (13 innings on Opening Day!?) on TV. We’re heading back up to Cincy for the Opening Night Game. I’m hoping it’ll be a little bit warmer and a little more pleasant (but I’m doubting that, so here come the layers and blanket!).

I’ve already got the itch to run another half marathon, and to run it like NOW! I can’t believe I waited almost a whole year before I ran my second, but I don’t want to wait that long for my third. I’m seriously considering doing the Kentucky Derby Half Marathon later this month, but I’m waiting to see what my doctor says when she looks at my knee on Thursday. It held up pretty well through the race, but it’s still bothering me a little. There’s a little swelling still, and I can’t put weight on it directly (I was doing yoga this morning and got down on my hands and knees–that wasn’t too pleasant). I have until April 10 to register, and it might be pretty expensive, but I really want to do it.

Then there’s the Iron Horse Half Marathon in Midway in October that I might aim for. I’m definitely planning to keep up my running with the running groups I joined this winter, so I’m hoping that keeps me in shape for adding on more distance races. But, then I fear I might start to get a little burnt out on running distance. I’m ready to tackle the obstacle races again and work on my 5K speed some more.

So, yes, I’m officially addicted to running and half marathons. I just hope my body can hold up!

Race Recap: Rail Runner 10-Miler

Today was a good day. For the first time on a Saturday (since I can remember), I was able to “sleep in” when my alarm went off at 7. I’ve been waking up extra early to get my runs done early, but this week I had a race that wasn’t starting until 9 (when I’m usually done).

Another good sign for the day–I didn’t have to double up on winter layers to run! I was able to wear my Nike Warm Gear capris, tech t-shirt, and a pullover with my ear warmers and be comfortable. Yay for sunshine and for Spring coming!

RJ Corman's buildings resembled the iconic Thoroughbred horse farms this area is known for. Yay for the sun already being up when I start my run!

RJ Corman’s buildings resembled the iconic Thoroughbred horse farms this area is known for. Yay for the sun already being up when I start my run!

I met up with some gals from the running group to get in some extra mileage before the race so I could keep up with high mileage for the Run the Bluegrass half marathon coming up in just three weeks now! I was able to get in 2.5 miles before the race, and then I tacked on 0.5 miles to the end of the race for a full 13 miles.

I started out extremely fast for the race! I wasn’t looking to set any records, since this was my first 10-mile race, I just wanted to try to finish strong. After a while, I started looking at my Garmin and noticed I was running a lot faster than the race pace I’m hoping to hold for the half marathon (9:40-9:50). There were times that I would try to make myself slow down my strides and just relax, but then when I’d have someone come up beside me, my darn competitive side would come out and I’d speed up again. I only walked a couple strides each time I grabbed something to drink (just three times) because I can’t drink from a cup and run at the same time. (Can anyone?) I still managed to end the race strong (I tried to kick it into one last gear for the last half mile), and I’m proud of my time.

Two cool things about having a race with a railroad company: The railroad crossing lights were blinking green and the starting horn was a train horn!

Two cool things about having a race with a railroad company: The railroad crossing lights were blinking green and the starting horn was a train horn!

Here are the splits:

“Warm-up” 2.5:
Mile 1 – 9:05
Mile 2 – 9:09
0.5 Nubbin – 4:43
Total – 2.5 miles in 22:57

Rail Runner 10-Miler:
Mile 1 – 9:30
Mile 2 – 9:14
Mile 3 – 9:22
Mile 4 – 9:35
Mile 5 – 9:30
Mile 6 – 9:39
Mile 7 – 9:43
Mile 8 – 9:44
Mile 9 – 9:53
Mile 10 – 9:46
0.5 Nubbin – 4:59
Total: 10.5 miles in 1:40:59

My official chip time was 1:36:56

The race was held on the grounds of the RJ Corman Railroad Company, and it was beautiful! They had lots of paved trails that we ran on, a beautiful creek running through the entire property, and plenty of green space. I’m not sure what all they do on this property, but I’d love to run there more! We even ran on their runway for miles 5-7, which was pretty cool (but not as easy as you’d think).

I met up with my friend, Nicole, who signed up earlier in the week when I talked her into it. This was her first race ever, and she did pretty awesomely, too! Hopefully she’s feeling more prepared for the Run the Bluegrass now!

It's always more fun to run in a race where you know some people! (Don't mind my squinting face!)

It’s always more fun to run in a race where you know some people! (Don’t mind my squinting face!)

After the race I had to rush home for a quick foam roll and shower and packed up the dogs to head to another session of training. Dally and I head to Nationals in just a few days, so I couldn’t pass up this chance. I wasn’t able to work Mesa like I’d like to–she’s way too fast when I have exhausted legs–but Dally gave me a few good runs. I do have to say, these double training sessions of long runs and then agility is very exhausting for me physically and mentally. Things will slow down after Nationals this week and the half marathon in a few weeks. Until then, I’m a slug on Saturdays (and a little cranky due to exhaustion and being sore), which I hate.

How do you manage busy, exhausting days?

13.1 Miles for Training

Saturday’s calendar had “Training-13 Miles!” on it. I was supposed to go to the last training run over the Run the Bluegrass course, but that wasn’t starting until 7:30, and I was wanting to be done as early as possibly because my parents were in town. Luckily some women from one of my running groups had decided to get together at the Kentucky Horse Park at 6 am. Extremely early? Maybe. But it also meant I’d be done early and I wouldn’t be dead the rest of the day (and Sunday) from all the hills.

Saturday dawned cold–about 25* with scattered snow flurries. (If it weren’t for knowing that there were two people waiting for me, I don’t know if I would have made it!) I layered up, and I think I finally got it right–winter running tights, winter athletic shirt (Champion) with a mock turtleneck underneath, and my 3/4 zip athletic pullover with gloves and headband–yes I was chilly at first, but I was never too warm, and it eliminated me having to take off layers while running!

I tried some new long run fuel this weekend--some Sport Beans before (which I had had before) and some GU Chomps for during (very inconvenient packaging, though). The Skratch drink mix wasn't used, but will be next weekend.

I tried some new long run fuel this weekend–some Sport Beans before (which I had had before) and some GU Chomps for during (very inconvenient packaging, though). The Skratch drink mix wasn’t used, but will be next weekend.

The go was a little choppy for a while–some of the roads around the park were slick, so as we’d try to go one way, we’d stop if it was too slick and we’d turn around. There were a few times we stopped and stretched (plus one potty break after the first loop), but it was a pretty good run. I think we stayed pretty consistent, which is nice (because I have a problem with pace consistency). The scenery also helped–we had spectators of the four-hooved kind.

Here are the splits:

Mile 1 – 10:12
Mile 2 – 9:47
Mile 3 – 9:34
Mile 4 – 9:53
Mile 5 – 9:55
Mile 6 – 9:56
Mile 7 – 10:00
Mile 8 – 9:40 (Pause)
Mile 9 – 9:56
Mile 10 – 9:42 (Pause)
Mile 11 – 9:56
Mile 12 – 9:50
Mile 13 – 9:34
0.14 Nubbin – 1:28
Total – 13.14 02:09:29 (Better time than my first half marathon last year!)

Once again, I didn’t take any photos during the run–gloves don’t allow easy photo-taking with an IPhone. So you’ll just have to believe me when I say the scenery is gorgeous. ūüėČ

Around Mile 11-12 I started to feel some pain/tightness in my left quad, but it started to work its way out when I went downhill. I pushed through the tightness in my hips and tried to finish strong. There might not have been as many hills, or as steep, but there were hills, so it was a good workout for the race.

I’m feeling more confident about the race. I’ve only got one more weekend for a long run before life takes over for a couple of weeks before the half marathon, so I’m hoping building my base this early will be a big help.

How was your weekend run?

12 Miles Conquered in the Cold

The day dawned cold, and early, for me–5 am alarms on a Saturday can be cruel, but when you’re waking up early to get your mileage in, you just want to get out there and get it done.

If you’re joining a little late, I’m training for the Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon at the end of March. I’ve had to up my mileage/training earlier because I will be missing some weekends of training (like next weekend and a weekend in mid-March) due to dog agility trials. So this weekend I had 12 miles on the docket. I ran with one of the running groups I’ve joined, and Keith took us on a “wild goose chase for 12 miles” all around the city of Lexington.

There were some hills, so I was still getting hill work in, and we started out at a quick pace–much faster than the past few runs. So, needless to say that towards the end of the run, my legs were feeling heavy and dead, but I pushed through. In fact, after getting separated from the leaders of our run, I ended up running 12.5 miles. I probably could have pushed myself to run the rest of the way to my car, which ended up being a full 13.1, but I didn’t want to push my luck with my legs, so I walked the last bit. Funny thing is, I still ended up finishing the 13.1 with a faster time than my first half marathon last April! Maybe that’s a good sign for March?

photo-21

Here were my splits:

Mile 1 – 9:42
Mile 2 – 9:38
Mile 3 – 9:46
Mile 4 – 9:56
Mile 5 – 9:33
Mile 6 – 9:46
Mile 7 – 9:49
Mile 8 – 10:27 (<–Big hill and traffic)
Mile 9 – 10:01
Mile 10 – 10:13
Mile 11 – 9:54
Mile 12 – 9:42
0.5 nubbin – 5:35
Total: 12.55 miles 2:04:09 (9:54 average)

It was a crisp 25 degrees when we started and ended, and even though it was cold, I was soaked with sweat–steam was pouring off of me as I stretched next to my car on the cold asphalt. I promptly came home, whipped up a banana protein shake, stretched more and foam rolled, then relished a long, hot shower. (Which was good, since I had icicles in my hair after my run.)

True story: My hair had icicles in it after my run!

True story: My hair had icicles in it after my run!

Now I’m off to do some agility training with the dogs while rocking my ProCompression socks to help me recover.

Snow Day Running

So we know when it comes to running, you can’t expect perfect weather all of the time. Earlier this week I was running in short sleeves in 50 degree weather. This morning I woke up and it was 20-degrees and snow was in the forecast. Surprise! It’s February, not April.

Considering Friday it was only 13*, 20 was a warm-up. But there was a winter weather advisory for this morning… Sure I could have just rolled back under the covers when my alarm went off at 6, but luckily I had hooked up with another running group that was meeting up, no matter the weather. So I piled on the layers–tights with winter running pants, Cold Gear shirt, 3/4 zip pull over, fleece, vest, and neck cover–and headed to the rendezvous point. I knew I had on a lot of layers, and after the first mile I took off the fleece, ¬†and then I was fine.

I was aiming for 9-10 miles and ran with a group of runners going around a 10-minute mile pace. I was alright with going slower because I knew the route would be slick and i didn’t want to fall.

The snow started falling after we started on our run. I was thankful for borrowing my husband’s neck cover so I could cover my face to protect it from the snow and to help my breathing. There were points I wasn’t able to really look forward because of the snow pelting my eyes (totally need skier’s goggles), so I was happy to have others to run with who can let you know if we’re turning or a car is coming up.

There were some slick spots (we saw some spots where the runners ahead fell), but I was able to stay on my feet–go me! There were a couple of points we walked for a while because we were nervous about the going. So, yes, the time wasn’t as fast as it could have been on a dry, “prefect” day. But, that’s OK. I still got out there and ran and enjoyed the company and tales of other runners.

So here are my splits:

Mile 1 – 10:23
Mile 2 – 10:14
Mile 3 – 10:28
Mile 4 – 10:41
Mile 5 – 12:57 (really slick spots where we walked, plus a hill that we took slower)
Mile 6 – 10:27
Mile 7 – 10:47
Mile 8 – 10:33
Mile 9 – 10:18
Mile 10 – 11:22 (snow was really heavy the last two miles!)
0.2 Nubbin – 2:01
Total – 2:01:54

By the time we were done, my eyelashes were so heavy with snow/icicles and my front was caked in snow! Craziness!

Caked in snow, but happy my 10 miles is done!

Caked in snow, but happy my 10 miles is done!

After ordering a chai latte at Starbucks, I braved the snow-covered roads (it had snowed 3 inches during my run) to head home for a hot shower. Now we’re relaxing and debating going bowling with friends later.

Happy Saturday!

8 Miles that Turned into 20!?

Saturday dawned with a lot on my plate. I woke up early, dressed in my winter running pants, short sleeve tech shirt, zip pullover and fleece, and headed out to meet with the LexRunLadies at yet another new running spot. My plan was to run 8 miles, and the leader of our run said it’d be easy with a down-and-back course.

This time I was smart and took my fleece off before we started running–it was 34, and I knew I’d warm up within the first mile. Great thinking, because I later even took my pullover off after the half-way mark and ran in my short-sleeved shirt (thank you, sun!).

The run itself was very nice–we ran along part of a road that then turned into a running trail along some horse farms (this is horse country, after all, so most of my runs are along horse farms–I won’t complain!). We crossed one major road, but it wasn’t too bad because it was pretty safe. I was able to run with two other ladies who were at my pace, which was great! It was a lot of fun to be able to chat with someone throughout the entire run–it made it go by so quickly!

Only one time did I stop to walk, and that was when Jill and I took off our extra layer when we were about 3/4 of the way back. We knew where the 2 mile mark was and we were completely surprised at how quickly we were already done with 6 miles. At this point, I should have checked my GPS on my phone, but I didn’t. (Once again, I forgot to charge my Garmin, so I was just using my RunKeeper on my phone.)

It was fun talking with Jill because she had finished an IronMan, so she was telling me about training and her and her husband’s experiences with the races. She’s training for the Run the Bluegrass too, so we talked about future training runs, etc. When we finished our run, she pushed me to run two short cool down laps around the parking lot and then walking–which I needed. Usually I’ll walk to cool down, but I really need to think about making myself run a little longer to cool down after my runs, no matter how tired I am. (I totally forgot to take any photos from our run! The weather was perfect with sun and clear skies and a bit of a stiff wind at various points.)

RunKeeper

RunKeeper

So why does my title say 20 miles when I said I was running 8? Because, according to RunKeeper, we ran 20 miles in 01:15:08. That’s like a 4:30 mile! Crazy, huh?? I don’t know why it messed up so badly like that, but it frustrates me because I couldn’t see my splits and accurately record my miles and pace to go with my training. Has anyone else had any problems with RunKeeper?

So, we believe we ran the 8 miles in 01:15:08 (rough estimate, since I don’t recall the total time, and we weren’t sure exactly what time we started our run). Not bad. I felt great! I came home, quickly foam rolled and stretched a little more (I had stretched in the parking lot before I got in the car), showered, and then I was off to meet with a couple of friends for a presentation.

That afternoon I went to work the dogs in agility at an indoor facility (I was totally rocking my ProCompression socks all day after my run to help my legs recover). I was hoping to be able to rest more after my run, but the only time to work the dogs was Saturday afternoon. I did my best to not push myself too much, and I think it worked.

Then it was time for a date night with the hubby–using up wedding gift cards for dinner and then we saw “Broken City” at the theater with Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe–definitely recommend it.

How was your weekend?

Running the Bluegrass

After my 7-mile run on Saturday, I was inspired to commit to training for my second half marathon. I know seven miles is only half-way in a half marathon, but I came out of that run feeling confident like I could handle the training.

Earlier I had been contemplating running a half marathon at the end of March, versus one at the end of April. Then I was thinking about running both, as they fell 30 days from each other. Finally I decided that, no matter what, I was going to attempt to Run the Bluegrass!

RtB

I’ve been intrigued by this race for the past year, even before it was slated to be the newest Rock N Roll Series race, and then not. Now it’s back to being a local production. And to reward those who had originally signed up for the Rock N Roll race, they gave those runners the chance to let a friend sign-up using a $25 coupon. And through the wonders of Twitter, I found someone who still had a coupon to share. So I snatched it up and took the plunge.

And how can you say no to a race registration costing you a whopping $27?? That’s right! A race that was going to cost me $75 to sign up (that is, until 11:59 tonight, then it’s $10 more), ended up only costing me $27 ($25 + $2 processing fee) thanks to that coupon! (Here I thought the $25 coupon was $25 off.)

I’ve heard that the Run the Bluegrass is a hilly course, so I’ve been trying to incorporate more hill work and speed intervals on the treadmill, not to mention trying to find new routes to run to train on for my long runs. I’m hoping to try to get in one or two runs on the actual RtB course, as was suggested to me by a few veterans.

I’m still toying with the idea of the Derby Half Marathon at the end of April–a good friend is running in it and asked me to run with her. I’ve been told by other runners I could use the RtB as a training race and then aim to do my best in the Derby. The one thing that might stop me would be the cost, though now that I was able to use that coupon, that might be a moot point.

So if you’re looking for a race or two in Kentucky this spring, these are two definitely ones to check out!

So here we go…time to get back onto the training trail… (Whodathunk it??)