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A Peek Into 2014

Posted on February 6, 2014. Filed under: Races, running |

It feels like yesterday that I wrote 2013’s review.  Enter, February 2014. Really? January went…where?  The same old same old here…work, school, work, school…signing up for races! This girl needs some motivation.  I have done fairly well with cross training this never-ending winter.  I’ve spent quality time on Lexa, more time than I care to spend on the treadmill (however, Netflix has made it a little more bearable!), and a little more time squatting and lifting light weights. Oh, and the pool. I’ve been trying to make weekly visits to the pool! Which by the way, they now have water jogging belts!!!

courtesy of instagram

courtesy of instagram

I’ve been spending quality time with this kid…

He is staring at my bowl of popcorn...

He is staring at my bowl of popcorn…

And anxiously awaiting to go see this…

Cannot wait!

Cannot wait!

Let me share with you a bit of my crazy plans so far, for 2014…

February 16th will be our local 4 mile Freeze Your Caboose Off…yes, I actually feel like I do freeze mine off each year I run this.

May 25th I have potentially planned to run the 20 mile run that is part of the Med City Marathon in Rochester, MN. However, I have a cousin getting married and another cousin graduating high school in ND that weekend. I will do the run if we don’t go to ND.

June 21st will be Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN. Come join me!!! It will be fun 🙂 I have big plans for this race 🙂

June 22nd…yes, the day AFTER a marathon, I am going to attempt to participate in our local 2nd annual triathlon.  It’s short. Very short. I think I can handle it.  The Rail Run is also around this time as well. This is the 4 miler for our summer festivities in town that I try to participate in each year.

August 15th and 16th will mark the Great River Ragnar Relay! My very first relay!!! SO….if anyone has any advice, please share! I am beyond excited!! I know 1 person on the whole team, but I am really looking forward to the experience!

October 4th and 5th is the whopper weekend…I am Loony. Make that Ultra Loony. I registered for the TC Ultra Loony Challenge.  On October 4th I will run the 10K at 0730 and then the 5K at 0900.  On the following morning I will line up and run the Twin Cities full marathon. YIKES. I’m scared, nervous, excited…and loony.

After that weekend I will probably be in Indianapolis for a conference…and then I come home and will run the Mankato Half Marathon on October 19th!

And last but certainly not least…I registered for the lottery for NYC Marathon on November 2nd. I am 99.9999% sure this will not happen because I probably won’t even get in. 

I’m sure there are a few local 5K’s I may participate in. I would also like to find another half mary to run as well.  There is one in Milwaukee, WI in September that I would like to run. I might try to see if Hubs and his brother would like to run that one, and then of course refuel with some brews at the Brewer’s game, or the Miller Brewery.

Whew…I’m exhausted just typing that all out! I cannot wait to run them all 🙂

I'd rather be here.

I’d rather be here.

After the winter we’ve been having, I’d rather be in “No Snow Diego” right now!

What are your race plans? Have you signed up for any races?

Tell me something random.

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Happy New Year and 2013 In Review

Posted on December 31, 2013. Filed under: running | Tags: , , , |

Such a cliche’ title isn’t it! Today we say goodbye to another year. A year full of loss (for some), lessons, fun, PR’s, injuries, successes, sadness, and happiness.  We’ve all shared good races and bad races. Good runs and bad runs. It’s what we take away from those runs that counts. Some years are amazing, some are so-so, and some are pretty, well…rotten.  It is the lessons that we learn that matter, what we take away from the good, the bad, and the ugly. If 2013 was not your year, then make 2014 a better year! Set your goals, make a plan, and put in the work! …Onto a little running and fun 2013 year end review!

January

Photo courtesy of instagram

Courtesy of instagram

 

In January I finally added to my little corner of social media and joined instagram! January 24th was my blogs birthday! And I announced I would be training for and running Fargo Marathon in May!

February

Freeze Your Caboose Off!

Freeze Your Caboose Off!

In February I ran the local Freeze Your Caboose Off 4 mile fun run.  A few of us from work dressed in MN Vikings gear and literally froze our caboose’s off!! I also continued to train for Fargo Marathon.

March

Please excuse the cellulite on the thunder thigh.

Please excuse the cellulite on the thunder thigh.

Um…not sure what this is?

Um…not sure what this is?

March made me a little stir crazy with the weather, and some left patella pain that I experienced. I had to skip a long run and I got taped up!

April

Courtesy of instagram

Courtesy of instagram

Oh April, what runner can forget what happened this year at Boston? This tragedy brought our nation closer, and brought out the huge support system of the running community.

Also, April showers bring May flowers right? WRONG…not in MN. Or shall I say Minne-snow-ta.  April and May brought a lot of snow showers. These snow showers brought on my first 20 miler treadmill run. April also brought a shiny new half-marathon PR of 1:44:14 at the St. Cloud Earth Day Half Marathon.

May

instagram photo

instagram photo

In May I was able to purchase my first road bike! I love love love my Lexa!

Fargo Finisher!

Fargo Finisher!

I also finished my second marathon, Fargo Marathon, and set a new marathon PR of 3:51:08.  Not terribly speedy, but it certainly gives me room to improve! The only downfall of this marathon was the plantar fasciitis that developed during the race, and I didn’t notice until I tried to climb the stairs at the hotel. The best part about the weekend was I got to spend some time with my nephew and I got to see a great friend!

June

My first triathlon!

My first triathlon!

Tri transition area

Tri transition area

June brought my first triathlon! A very short distance tri, but it was fun! I even won a new bike!

Look what I won!

Look what I won!

 

June also brought an amazing opportunity to visit NYC and Fire Island. Simply amazing, and much needed!

Enjoying the beach!

Enjoying the beach!

On Broadway!

On Broadway!

China Town or real? You decide.

China Town or real? You decide.

Most amazing cupcake from Crumbs

Most amazing cupcake from Crumbs

I need to go back to NYC! Someday, for the marathon, I will be there!

July

courtesy of instagram

courtesy of instagram

I went to another town to run some trails and hills on July 4th! Other than that, July wasn’t a great month, but otherwise uneventful.  I recovered from the marathon and the triathlon, and tried to avoid roasting in the heat!

August

Best. Corndog. Ever.

Best. Corndog. Ever.

Play Ball!

Play Ball!

We had the opportunity to drive to Kansas City for a MN Twins game.

courtesy of instagram. Finisher gem!

courtesy of instagram. Finisher gem!

I finished another half mary. Women Rock Half Marathon with a time of 1:53:14. This was probably one of the hardest half marathons I’ve run! But I got to rehydrate and refuel at the great MN Get Together…or the MN State Fair!

Post half mary rehydration

Post half mary rehydration

We also celebrated our anniversary and my birthday on the same weekend!

September

Nashville shopping

Nashville shopping

In September I had the opportunity to travel to Nashville for a nursing conference. I got to learn a lot, eat a lot, shop a lot, and laugh a lot! Much needed!! More amazing cupcakes…Can you sense a theme here?!

Words cannot describe.

Words cannot describe.

 

I also ran a little 5 miler race nearby, and won this:

Race Swag

Race Swag

October

Post race!

Post race!

Photo credit to my sis

Photo credit to my sis

I ran the Mankato Half Marathon again this year. I had a great time running this race! I absolutely love this course and the course support! Best of all my sister ran the 10K and was at the finish line waiting for me!!

November

You little turkey

You little turkey

 

One. Great. Idea.

One. Great. Idea.

November brought me to give many thanks to all of the blessings in my life.  I am very grateful for each and every single blessing. There wasn’t a lot of running, but there was a lot of food, fun, and work. The six pack above is a neat little blessing I found at a local liquor store. Instead of committing to buying a whole six pack of beer you’re not sure you will like, you can make your own! You can pick your own individual beers and make your own six pack!

Courtesy of instagram

Courtesy of instagram

November also brought my Lexa indoors!!! I love love love the website studiosweatondemand.com and I am logging some amazing sweat sessions indoors!

December

courtesy of instagram

courtesy of instagram

This was me getting ready for my work’s holiday party! It was an 80’s themed party!

Courtesy of instagram

Courtesy of instagram

These arrived 🙂

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! another photo from instagram

A picture from one little corner of my home! Merry Christmas! And Merry it was!

12-31-13 Phantom memories

I got to see this at the Orpheum Theatre in the Cities with an amazing group of friends!

12-31-13 Christmas surprise

 

This found its way into my stocking this year from Santa!

12-31-13 Christmas Lobster

Each year for Christmas dinner with my husband’s family, we try something new. This year, live, whole, lobster!

12-31-13 finally run outside

Temperatures and wind chills finally climbed above zero, allowing me to actually run outside!!! No worries though, we are back down below zero for the wind chills…I don’t mind running in cold, but if it’s below zero, you will not see me outside!

Today, of all days, I finally tallied up my yearly running total miles and I came short of 1,000 by 58 miles! I think I might’ve hit 1,000 because I didn’t log quite a few workouts. But, they don’t count if I didn’t write them down! I am also being super cool tonight, and I am already in my PJ’s, waiting for Hubs to get home. I will probably get really crazy and be in bed by 10pm. Crazy, I know!

How was your 2013? Did you write a year end review? If so, link it in my comments! 

Any big plans for the Happy New Year?!

 

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What’s Up 2014!

Posted on December 6, 2013. Filed under: Races, running | Tags: , , , |

Looking back on this year, some pretty amazing things happened.  I will try to do a complete 2013 year in review! School is almost done for the semester so I should have time to actually write more. I had some races in mind for 2013 that  I did not run, but they are on my bucket list and will eventually get crossed off. NYC Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon, Chicago Marathon, Big Sur Marathon, Boston!, and Twin Cities Marathon are all on that bucket list! I would love to travel a little more in 2014, even if they are driveable distances. South Dakota has a late Spring marathon in the Black Hills in June that I would love to run! There are also a few races within MN that I would like to run. Aside from the small, local 5k’s and such, 2014 races on my calendar radar are still up in the air. 

So, what I have planned so far, just haven’t registered yet include Grandma’s Marathon in June! This marathon is my favorite. I  think just because it was my first half marathon race and my first full! You can read that recap here! Grandma’s Marathon is going to my goal race this year! I have yet to decide what training plan to follow. I would like to step up the training this time around so if you have any suggestions on good training plans, please let me know!

Poster made with love by my nieces!

Poster made with love by my nieces!

The other race I am 95% sure I will run (if I don’t run I will volunteer) is the Mankato Half Marathon. This is a local race and I have participated or volunteered every year it has been going on. 2014 will be it’s 5th year already! I’ve run the half marathon race three times and I absolutely love, love, love this race! My 2013 recap is here! 2012 recap here!

I will also be participating in the 2014 area triathlon. This is the same, local tri I did this year. It was also my first, and has me seriously considering longer distance triathlons! That recap is here! The only tricky part with this race is…it might be held the day AFTER Grandma’s…yep. You read that right. Call me crazy.

Tri transition area

Tri transition area

The next CRAZY thing I am 90% sure about is new to me, and includes a race on my bucket list. So, this fall when all the cool bloggers were running the Runner’s World hat trick, I was a little jealous…I thought, well, I could do that! 5k and 10k one day, and a half marathon the next? No big deal. Aaaaaaaaand then I read about the Twin Cities Marathon Ultra Loony Challenge. (Get it….the Loon is the MN State bird!). There are two challenges actually. The Loony Challenge is the 10k, followed by a 5k the day before the TC 10 miler.  The Ultra Loony Challenge is the 10k and 5k the day before the full marathon. Friends, I really really really want to do the Ultra Loony Challenge. I would not be running the full marathon for a time goal. I’ve heard amazing things about the entire course, and I want to soak it all up and enjoy the scenery.  I was > > close to signing up for it…and I need to do it soon because there are a limited amount of spots open. So, hopefully by this weekend I will be signed up for that crazy challenge!

Oh…and look what came in the mail today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Courtesy of instagram

Courtesy of instagram

What races are on your running bucket list?

Are you registered for any 2014 races yet?

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What Next?

Posted on November 9, 2013. Filed under: running | Tags: , , |

So after the Mankato Half Mary I knew I wanted to take it easy (not that I was really working that hard to have to take it easy…) for a little while.  My left foot has been a little sensitive. I say sensitive because it really hasn’t caused me any pain. Just a twinge here or there. The ‘ol left IT band has been a little sensitive too. I also have some goals set for next year, and I am going to take the winter (yes, I shudder at the thought of winter being here already) to strength train, cross train, and HOPEFULLY drop a few pounds.

WHAT?! This doesn't help when trying to drop extra lbs???

WHAT?! This doesn’t help when trying to drop extra lbs???

As much as I would rather run outside, unfortunately the city doesn’t plow or shovel the school track. When it snows, speedwork will be inside. Really for safety reasons. I don’t feel like slipping on a patch of black ice and cracking my noggen. No bueno. Also, hills…I need to work on hills. Those cannot be done on the flat land that surround me. So, those too will be done on the good ‘ol mill.  Strength and flexibility…my goal is to bring yoga into my life once a week, and either a Jillian DVD or Bob DVD a couple times a week.

This happened.

This happened.

And…guess what is now in my basement…aka workout room with a couch and a treadmill?

Lexa!

Lexa!

Lexa gets to roll…inside with her new trainer 🙂 She also got a new seat this fall because I couldn’t go 10 miles without my feet, legs, and girly parts going numb.  Hmmmm…guess it helps to have a seat that actually fits my rear! Turns out the original seat was wayyyyy too narrow for my sitz bones…Makes all the difference in the world! I can spend hours riding now! Century ride next year?! I think so.

I will give you a few more clues as far as what my goals are for next year. I haven’t decided if I really want to say (or write) them publicly yet.  I will tell you that Grandma’s Marathon is involved. NYC Marathon may be on that list as well. I would really really really like to travel to a marathon (or half mary…or hat trick…Runner’s World! Do you hear me?!)

What race plans or goals do you have for next year?

Are you taking it easy this winter? Cross training?

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Run Happy

Posted on October 28, 2013. Filed under: running, Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

These happened.

These happened.

So I mentioned in a few posts that I may be trying something new to me.  As a huge Saucony lover, I have been faithful to the Saucony Hurricanes for a couple of years now.  I usually have two pairs in rotation. I have a brand spankin new pair of the 15’s sitting in my closet. I have tried the Mizuno’s and my legs (primarily my knee…see this post) did not really adjust well to them. I really wanted to love them, but I just didn’t.  No hard feelings. I still wear them at work and for walking.  I went back to alternating with the Hurricanes. I have also realized I need to work hard on my running form and my foot strike. I want to do more mid foot striking and less heel striking. Like every other good runner. I have heard and read nothing but great things regarding Brooks.  Hub’s first pair of running shoes were Brooks and he refused to get new ones for years. Enter, the Pure Cadence.

So. Pretty.

So. Pretty.

Race Swag

They also took me through this half mary…

Brooks, Run Happy!

Brooks, Run Happy!

I love them.  We have a great time at the track. They are light and encourage the proper foot strike. My feet felt great after the Women Rock half.  I enjoy having these shoes in my rotation. I think my legs enjoy them as well. I plan on keeping them in rotation for the next round of marathon training. However, my go to shoe really is the Saucony Hurricanes. I just love them. I love everything about them.  I really want to try Newton running shoes…anyone want to send me $$$$ to buy them??!!

Now you know my thoughts on shoes, and my favorite running shoes. I am never opposed to trying new shoes or brands…I just really love Saucony.  Anyhow…to liven this post up just a bit…I saw this the other day…

Um... really?

Um… really?

Look closely at the gentleman in the orange shirt. Do you see what I see? If not…I will tell you. If you ask. Nicely.

What are your favorite running shoes?

Have you tried a new brand lately?

Do you rotate running shoes?

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