Friday, October 31, 2014

Giveaway Winner & Happy Halloween!

As promised, today was the day I was announcing the winner for the Best Damn Race prize pack giveaway. And without further ado, the winner is...

Tiina!
 
 
(I shot you an email Tiina. Excited to get your BDR prize pack over to you!)
 
Today is one of my most favorite days of the year! We are having a potluck at lunch and I made Eyeball Sandwiches. They look just like the image (hooray!) but I'm not quite sure how they are going to taste. I decided to use mustard instead of ketchup for the "veins" because I just don't think ketchup goes with the rest of the flavors used.
 
Last weekend, we attended a very fun Halloween party. And since I am all about scary stuff, I decided to go as Samara from The Ring. I had a VHS tape and everything. The S.O. was Michael Phelps with a "water pipe" prop. I am not sure we want that photo all over the interwebs so here's a shot of me as Samara coming out of the tv.
 
 
The other "person" in our house had to dress up too, of course. So here's Lloyd Doggler as "Happy Halloweenie."
 
The mustard lights up and blinks!
Finally, since this is a running blog, I've been running. Ha! I'm increasing my mileage and have added hot yoga and my at home Body Pump DVD every week so far. (This isn't saying much as I'm only on week two.) I've been sore from Body Pump and I'm trying not to overdo it there because I swear I have some muscles I haven't used in ages. The cooler weather has been a MAJOR help in some of the harder runs Coach has put on the schedule but I keep surprising myself and hitting the marks. My runs are very specific and I'm getting used to doing a variety of runs versus just running one pace for the whole run. I have to actually pay attention to segments of each run to either increase speed or add in strides. I still have easy runs and I'm really good at those. Heh.
 
I'll be doing the Vegas Rock N Roll half next month and I'm really looking forward to our trip. Snoop Dogg dropped out but Mackelmore stepped in so I'm happy they found a kick ass replacement. I'm gonna pop some tags....
 
Happy Halloween!!! Oh, and before I forget GOOD LUCK IRONMAN FLORIDA RACERS and GOOD LUCK NYC MARATHONERS!!!
 
Catch ya on the flip.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Life Lately

As I'm sure all five of you have noticed, I've been pretty absent on the blog lately. I just haven't much to say or the will to write about having not much to say. I know there's a lull in  my "racing" life right now and I prefer to blog more about that stuff. Although, in non-racing news, I did enjoy a few Halloween movies so far this month and got my costume ready for a party on Saturday!

I still haven't ridden my bike. Or even sat on it. It looks a little sad. Maybe next month...

I did compete in the master's swim meet I do every year and had a blast as per usual. My 100 was slower but my 200 was faster. I'll take that as a win. (Even though I got crushed by the former collegiate swimmers.)
 
Lately I've been trying to find my running legs again and started working with a running specific coach this week. He's local, which I prefer, and also coaches the S.O. It makes sense that we share a coach and the S.O. has seen great results with him. I met with him after my ironman to discuss my goals moving forward. I'd like to try to Boston qualify or come as close as possible and keep chasing that unicorn. Plus, I could use some new PR's, mine are getting dusty.

My workouts this week have been totally different than what I'm used to and I'm liking the change. They are more technical (four minutes easy, one minute hard for x miles or time) and one was strictly run on HR and a specific zone. I normally run by just pace or just mileage. This is all stuff I have never tried before so it'll be interesting moving forward. I think change is good, especially since I've been doing a lot of the same since 2009.

In addition to the running workouts, I've added in mandatory days of yoga and strength. I broke out the Body Pump DVD yesterday. It was dusty. I am sore. Darn those ten pound weights. Ha!


In recovery news, I feel pretty good. I'm sure my body is still recovering in a lot of ways but I've been feeling much more myself and those ironman blues have disappeared. The one thing that hasn't disappeared is the weight I gained during and maybe after training. I read that it's a combination of muscle gain, water retention, and eating a buttload of food. I'm working on getting leaner heading into this running season. I'm just trying to eat healthier, and adding in the strength stuff should help.


The End.

Good luck MCM'ers!!!
 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Recovery

I'm dragging out recovery as long as I can since I really enjoy sleeping in. I made it to a whopping 8 AM on Saturday and it was just as glorious as it sounds. Before I get into what I've been doing and all the feelings, I want to remind you to enter the Best Damn Race Scavenger Hunt. You can win fun stuff!
 
The first day after the ironman I was really sore. We made the nine hour drive home and every time we stopped I felt worse. The soreness was intense. And the second day I couldn't walk down our stairs without the aid of the railing and going down them backwards. Day three was NO JOKE. I also suffered from some gnarly chafing (thanks rain!). In addition to the chafing, I got cankles. I didn't realize the water retention would be so bad. My feet and ankles looked like rising dough. It was pretty funny actually.
 
I finally felt "not sore" on Thursday. I still had no intentions of doing anything. So I didn't. And it was lovely. I ate with reckless abandon for about four days and then I did feel sort of gross and had to  mix in a salad. Haha.
 
The second week after the race I decided I'd test out a run. I gave myself strict orders to go short and run how I felt and not push it. Hell, I could walk if I wanted. I met up with my Tuesday morning group and jogged a mile solo and then jumped in with my friend Megan. She kept us at a good pace and even though I wanted to walk she kept me going.
 
I felt fine the day after that run but was still enjoying sleeping in so I did nothing again until Sunday. Which was exactly two weeks post race, ahem Katie. I did a four mile run while the S.O. raced a sprint tri. I stepped on the gas a bit a was surprised that I had some pep to use. I finished my run in time to see the S.O. come out of T2 and tell me he was in second place. I ran over to the finish and was so happy to see that he had passed the lead guy and won the whole damn race!
 
So proud of this guy!
I now get to say to him, "This is our hobby, we do it for fun. We aren't winning these things. Oh wait." He beat a strong field and I'm so proud.
 
This morning I swam and felt sluggish. I expected to feel better on the swim but oh well. I only pushed on a couple of 100's and practiced diving off the side of the pool for the meet on Saturday. It's the one meet I do every year so I figured I better get some practice in. I'm going to actually dive off the blocks on Thursday. I swear they got higher.
 
So that's it. That's what I've been doing. Am I missing something?
 
Oh right.
 
The bike.
 
To be honest, I just don't feel like getting on my bike. And to be very, very honest, I think I'm going to take a little bit more time off of it. I had always hoped that if I kept riding a bunch and got to an ironman level of cycling I'd wake up and love cycling. Yeah, no. I can't force it and I think that's ok. We all have one we don't love as much and I'm sure I'll ride again. I'm just not ready yet.
 
Speaking of honesty, here's where I am emotionally.
 
I feel good. I had a few bouts of the ironman blues during the second week and a little bit over the weekend. I think most of my blues stem from post race "shoulda woulda couldas" and less about being sad the training and race are over. I'm not sure I'll ever race a full again and if I do it won't be for a long time. The training was bananas and in looking back at the past six months, my regular, non-training life is a bit of a blur. I felt like blinders came off after the race and that's actually a really nice feeling.
 
In speaking and tweeting with others (thanks Erin!) it's nice to know that the post ironman blues are totally normal. I was hoping I could skip that part of the process but no such luck. I think I'm working through the residuals of them and life has a way of helping you get over such hurdles. I am happy that the timing of IMChattanooga was right before my favorite month of the year because I have lots to do and I love Halloween. Maybe I mentioned that?
 
Zombieland!
Congrats to all of the Chicago Marathoners and anyone else who laced up this weekend. Thanks for reading.
 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Best Damn Race Scavenger Hunt! (Win stuff!)

Hey Friday, you sexy beast. I'm so happy to see you! It's been a long week and I'm ready for some fun weekend activities. I may do a little bit of running just to see how these legs are doing and I'm definitely planning on as many Halloween activities as I can cram in. Did I mention I love Halloween?
 
 
I don't have much else to report so I'm going to jump right into this Best Damn Race Scavenger Hunt and giveaway contest.
 
As you all may know, I'm a Best Damn Race (BDR) Ambassador and I am excited to host this little contest.* The winner will receive a surprise prize pack from the Best Damn Race shop. (Don't worry it's not like Cracker Jack box junk. Haha.)
 
 
To enter, you just need to head over to the Best Damn Race website, find the medals, and choose your favorite. Then, let me know in the comments. You can get extra entries by liking BDR on facebook and following BDR on twitter. Easy peasy lemon squeezey.
 
Contest ends on October 31. I'll announce the winner on November 1.
 
I hope you all have great weekends! And best of luck to those headed to Chi-town for that little marathon....

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