Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Weekly Roundup 8.14-8.20 & 8.21-8.27

2 weeks.  8 miles running!

I rested up the beginning of last week with the anticipation of running the Falmouth Road Race.  My foot was starting to feel better so I took G for a long walk on Friday morning.  My friend was working on a house near my neighborhood so we ventured out to find him and say hi.

Friday night I went to the Falmouth Road Race expo to pick up my number and I was filled with both excitement and emotions of sadness, worrisome and fear.  I wanted to run so bad.

Saturday morning I tested out my foot and ran 1 full pain-free mile.  I iced and rested the remainder of the day.  It wasn’t until Saturday night when I jumped off the couch and ran to the bathroom in my bare feet that I felt any pain.  Oops!  I iced one more time that night and again in the morning and it felt fine.  Thank god.

Sunday was race day!  In case you missed it, here is my full recap:
My foot felt great after the race until I wore hard, flat sandals to dinner with Lizzie on Monday night.  Double oops!

The rest of the week was pretty uneventful.  I got back to spinning a little bit and continued to rest my foot by not running.  We’ll see what next week brings…

Monday 8.14.17
5,539 steps

Tuesday 8.15.17
8.539 steps

Wednesday 8.16.17
7,801 steps

Thursday 8.17.17
Power Water
12,013 steps

Friday 8.18.17
60’ walk with G
10,803 steps

Saturday 8.19.17
1 mile (8:18)
7,482 steps

Sunday 8.20.17
Falmouth Road Race 7 miles (57:35)
24,410 steps

Monday 8.21.17
4,330 steps

Tuesday 8.22.17
Taught spin class
9,727 steps

Wednesday 8.23.17
8,876 steps

Thursday 8.24.17
Taught spin class
Power Water
11,172 steps

Friday 8.25.17
6,052 steps

Saturday 8.26.17
Water Interval
10,655 steps

Sunday 8.27.17
Taught spin class
Burdenko H2O
13,402 steps

Last week’s mileage: 0 miles
This week’s mileage: 8 miles
Last week’s G mileage: 0 mile
This week’s G mileage: 0 miles
August Totals: 8 miles
2017 Totals: 489 miles

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Race Report: Falmouth Road Race 2017

What started as just a summer job in 2003 quickly turned into my life.  Now 15 years later, the Falmouth Road Race is all about reunions with friends that have become family and new race weekend traditions.

Until about 4pm the day before the race, I didn’t think I was going to run this year due to injury and lack of training.  A few texts with friends and I made up my mind.  Long story short… I didn’t want to miss out!

I got up race morning bright and early and headed to Lizzie’s house.  We took the buses to the start with her friend Kelly and found our spot by the water.  There I met up with all my run club friends (Happy 10th Anniversary Jason & Danielle!) and ran into my big sis Kima.

My original plan was to stay with Lizzie—take it easy and have fun—but I made a rookie mistake and had to use the bathroom too close to the start of the race.  My low bib number got me in the elite area (aka a ton of porta potties with no lines) so I made my way to the front.  By the time I got there, I knew I would never make it back to my friends. 

I watched the elite women start, said hi to Chris George, found Eric Wheeler and waited close to the start line in a place that I definitely didn’t belong.

When the gun went off, I started running.  Other than the “test” mile I had run the day before, I hadn’t run in over 3 weeks.  I quickly learned where my fitness was at.  I went through the first two miles in 7:17 and 7:23 then started walk/running the rest of the way to the finish.  When I felt like walking, I walked.  When I felt like running, I ran.  Foot felt great.  Lungs felt awful.  It was also pretty hot—I saw a few runners go down—and my nutrition/hydration hadn’t been great the previous days so I didn’t want to take any chances.

I am always amazed at how awesome the running community is.  I was blown away in Houston by the support other runners showed when I walked the final 7.2 miles of the race and Falmouth was no different.  People I know.  People I didn’t know.  So much cheering and encouragement to “keep going!”

A big surprise on the course was seeing my parents on Robbins Road!  They spotted me before I saw them and I was pretty embarrassed that I was walking at the time!

I crossed the finish line in 57:35 and waited along the side of the road until I saw on the app that Lizzie crossed the finish line.  We got our Yasso bars and met up with Kelly on the ball field.  They both had great races.  Kellen ran his first Falmouth Road Race in 58:18 (😜) and had an awesome experience.  Don’t I always saw that running is contagious?  He was a little late to the start so I didn’t get to meet up with him before the race but we found each other on the ball field.  He’s already talking about next year.  I love it!

To wrap up an awesome race day, I attended the post-race VIP party.  It’s always a fun time with my road race #oldiesbutgoodies family… and Abdi.

Congratulations to all finishers!  See you all next year!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Weekly Roundup 7.31-8.8 & 8.7-8.13

2 weeks.  0 running. 

Since my activity levels have been low, I will highlight some of the fun things I got to do these past two weeks trying to keep my spirits up.

Kristen was home last weekend so I met up with her and Lucy for an Old Silver Beach day and then we went mudsliding at the Chart Room that night.

I made it to my one and only Cotuit Kettleers game of the season with Sarah.  While there, I sadly watched Usain Bolt lose to stupid Justin Gatlin in his last 100m race of his career.  Tear.

I had an incredible night in Welfleet at White Crest Beach.  So beautiful.

I met up with my Run Club friends after they ran.  I also went to the secret beach with run clubbers Allison and Catherine.

Unfortunately Wednesday was my last random Wednesday off of the summer.  I spent the morning relaxing before kayaking to Sampson for some beach time with Kellen.  Later that night coworker Craig made me dinner and I met his chickens.  What summer days off should be like.

Other highlights:

·      I have been laying low with BibRave but Georgie and I are excited to be testing out a new product—the Stunt Puppy Go Dog Glow Dry Collar!  Stay tuned for our full review…

Upcoming events:

·      1 week until the Falmouth Road Race!

Monday 7.31.17
8,502 steps

Tuesday 8.1.17
Taught spin class
9,012 steps

Wednesday 8.2.17
8,853 steps

Thursday 8.3.17
35’ walk with G
Taught spin class
Power Water
14,570 steps

Friday 8.4.17
6,501 steps

Saturday 8.5.17
6,719 steps

Sunday 8.6.17
Taught spin class
Burdenko H2O
11,564 steps

Monday 8.7.17
7,108 steps

Tuesday 8.8.17
9,534 steps

Wednesday 8.9.17
23’ walk with G
50’ kayak with Kellen
6,614 steps

Thursday 8.10.17
Power Water
5,963 steps

Friday 8.11.17
5,539 steps

Saturday 8.12.17
18’ walk with G and Linda
5,698 steps

Sunday 8.13.17
Burdenko H2O
11,707 steps

Last week’s mileage: 0 miles
This week’s mileage: 0 miles
Last week’s G mileage: 0 mile
This week’s G mileage: 0 miles
July Totals: 83 miles
August Totals: 0 miles
2017 Totals: 481 miles

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Weekly Roundup 7.17-7.23 & 7.24-7.30

So a lot has happened in the last two weeks since I last posted.  The biggest news from this week is that I hurt my foot and then I withdrew from Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia.

Last week was pretty good.  In fact I was happy I got to run with the Cape Cod Rehab group AND made it to run club!  It was a rare Tuesday night that literally everyone on my run club friends’ group text was there.  Even the unicorns!

I even ran long on Saturday (10 miles) making it my first double digit run since my hip injury!

The next week I took Monday off and had a hard time getting out the door on Tuesday.  Wednesday my foot hurt and Thursday I struggled to make it a mile with Georgie.

It’s been no secret that I’ve struggled coming back from my hip injury.  Running felt like a chore.  My head wasn’t in it—and neither was my heart.  I thought Philly might be the motivation I needed but it ended up adding more stress.  Timing just isn’t right and this foot thing is a good reason to take a little break from running to recharge both physically and mentally.  I will run the Falmouth Road Race for fun with friends but after that I am going to take some time off from training plans and racing.

Other highlights:

·      I tried crabs!  Totally random and unrelated to running but definitely a highlight of the week worth mentioning.

Upcoming events:

·      3 weeks until the Falmouth Road Race!

Run Club
Monday 7.17.17
3 miles (24:26)
CCR Group Run! 3 miles (26:37)
19,525 steps

Tuesday 7.18.17
Taught spin class
Marathon Sports Run Club! 5 miles (42:57)
18,599 steps

Wednesday 7.19.17
8,382 steps

Thursday 7.20.17
0.94 miles with G (9:12)
3x10 push ups
Taught spin class. The playlist: The Heart of Rock & Roll Spin Playlist
Power Water
12,888 steps

Friday 7.21.17
4 miles (29:15)
11,388 steps

Saturday 7.22.17
10 miles (1:18:41)
18,939 steps

Sunday 7.23.17
Taught spin class
Burdenko H2O
15,979 steps

Monday 7.24.17
6,024 steps

Tuesday 7.25.17
Taught spin class
1.50 miles with G (14:07)
3.5 miles (27:49)
17,987 steps

Wednesday 7.26.17
4 miles (31:26)
10 push ups
14,806 steps

Thursday 7.27.17
Taught spin class
Power Water
10 push ups
13,405 steps

Friday 7.28.17
0.90 miles with G (8:48)
9,049 steps

Saturday 7.29.17
9,287 steps

Sunday 7.30.17
Taught spin class. The playlist: Wildest Dreams Spin Playlist
Burdenko H2O
12,430 steps

Last week’s mileage: 26 miles
This week’s mileage: 10 miles
Last week’s G mileage: 1 mile
This week’s G mileage: 2.5 miles
July Totals: 83 miles
2017 Totals: 481 miles