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Long time no see…

I cannot believe it has been over 4 months since I posted anything…I guess that goes to show how boggled I have been!  Lots has been going on and lots is still piling up on my plate.  This is just to post a basic update, and some news for things to come!

Things that have been going on: I did a Tough Mudder with my husband and 4 of his USAF co-workers

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I am signed up for the Saarbrucken Half Marathon in September and am looking forward to all of the pretty sights I should be seeing on the course!!!!

I signed up for the StrongmanRun in Luxembourg, and am now gathering others to make a team and enjoy the world’s “Largest Obstacle Race”!!!

I am pre-registered for the Spartan Beast that should be taking place in Stuggart next spring…I am praying they go through with it and hold this event, because I really want to do it!!!

Last, but not least, I am registering for the GoRuck Light which will also be in Stuggart next year.  This will be my April race and I believe it will be a great challenge since my biggest obstacle is always my mind and self-doubt…this should crush that!!!

So, my update is all about racing…but that is what keeps me sane these days when I am taking classes, moving to a new house and trying to prep for a much better school year for James!  Whatever keeps us going and keeps us from losing our minds is what matters most.  Of course, some of the best little things that keep taking place are the funny moments with my kids when no one is around to believe the things they say and do, and of course just watching them become miniature versions of myself and my husband!!

 

Amsterdam Half Marathon Recap….

This is a little lot over due, but here is the recap of my first half marathon.  Those who know, or have read my lack of posts over the past year, know I have been training for a half marathon.  Many injuries, a surgery and more injuries later, it finally happened!!!

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We ran the Amsterdam Half Marathon together, on a chilly 21st of October.  We drove up the day before in order to get our bibs and goodie bags, and then stuffed ourselves with yummy carbs!  I was in love with my veggie lasagna…and all of the cheese!!

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The hotel room was amazing…so cool (although, tiny)!  You could change the light theme, and make it blue, purple, red, etc in the room!  After a somewhat restful sleep, we hung out eating bagels and then got ready to go!  I was sure to represent my running group by wearing my custom shirt!

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After packing up, we wandered over to the stadium.  It was cold.  Like, really cold.  The kind of cold that made us sit in our car to warm up on more than one occasion!

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The race started off great!  I was feeling good, and loved the energy!  I quickly discarded the headband, because I was heating up!!  Then the jacket came off, which Eric carried in his hoodie pocket the rest of the race!

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I had no idea why I was heating up so quickly….until I hit mile 3.  I slowed down to take some sport drink a chug of water and a piece of banana from the water stop…then I had to use the porta-potty…that shit is nasty…not that you would assume otherwise.  From that moment on, I was in full stomach flu mode…no further detail is needed, I am sure!  I started running right away (after my potty break) and was hurting badly.  I felt hot sweats (not from the running), nausea, tightness in my stomach and severe cramping.  I kept running…

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I had some fuel around mile 5 and then that was ready to leave my system just as quickly as it entered!  I was shaking and just focusing on getting to the next water stop (AKA: Porta-Potty).  That was when I came to the cruel realization that there was no toilet paper…none.  Being the fast thinker and problem solver that I am, I decided water sponges were versatile…hence, the reason I hung onto one after each water stop!

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Don’t be fooled…I saw these cameras coming and put on a smile….if you take note you will see my belly swelling more and more as the pictures go on!!! This was at mile 9 when I thought another potty was around the corner.  It wasn’t.  I ran a bit farther, and Eric saw one on the other side of the road blocks.  I racked my shin on the gate in order to get to the potty, only to find it locked.  That was when I cried.  Yup, I cried because I needed to go to the bathroom so badly and that stupid porta potty gave me false hope.  At this point, a panic attack ensued and then the road man came over with a map to check on me and kindly pointed out that I only needed to go another mile to get to a potty.  Only. Another. Mile….that is a long time for someone in the condition that I was in.  Nevertheless, I squeezed my ass tighter and kept going.  Poor Eric was probably just worried about being behind me, so he kindly lead the way instead.

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I would never normally show this picture, but I think it captured the moment perfectly.  This was right before that long awaited porta-potty.  I didn’t know whether to cry (which is what I was pretty much doing), or to just pull a ‘Bridesmaids” and crouch down in the street…don’t worry, I would never have done that.  After that stop, I was pretty much a dehydrated mess.  I was shaking, couldn’t down fuel or water and was just wanting to finish.  When we came up to the arena, I was so grateful to have pushed through all the crap (literally and figuratively) that held me back this past year from reaching my half marathon goal!  I grabbed for Eric and ran through that finish line, more proud than I could ever imagine!

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After re-telling the story to my sister (who appreciates all of my gut issues and the laughs they give her) she made sure to remind me of two things.  One, that I finished like this:

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Two: that I didn’t finish like this!

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Ain’t that the truth!!!!  So, first half marathon DONE AND DONE!!  Next up, Tough Mudder in May, and hopefully the Dublin Rock ‘N’ Roll Half marathon in August!  I am sure I will sneak in some races before these ones, but these are the big ones!!!

So……ever shit your way through a race? 

Trick or Treating, Trail Running, and Kinesio Tape

*For some reason this did not post a week ago…so, a little outdated*

Monday and Tuesday brought two great days for this girl!  It is a known fact that I don’t bother much with Halloween; infact, the only reason I look forward to it is because once it is over I get to be excited about Christmas (publically).  Well, there is one other reason I love the end of October/November- the fall scenery.  After being in Okinawa for 3 years, I was going through a ‘pretty leaves changing color’ withdraw!  I decided to grab some of my best running gals and take it to the trails!  Plus, a new friend joined in on the run!

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James was excited for trick-or-treating for a few weeks now!  He kept changing what he wanted to dress up as, but at the last minute decided he wanted to be a mummy!  We were doing this costume honor by sticking to the original- toilet paper. 

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He wanted me to paint his face as well, so I did the best I could.  He thought it was great, so that was all that mattered!  He had a blast with our neighbor who took him around to all of the houses, and he got a crap load of candy, so he was more than pleased!

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We got up bright and early Monday night….yes, you heard that right…Monday NIGHT!!!!  Apparently, the Halloween or candy was too much for Gavin and he decided to spend the night awake.  Good times!  It was not too pleasing since I had my run to go to at 12:45.  We were able to sneak in a nap, and I popped some chia gel in order to get some energy…turns out the other ladies were suffering from lack of sleep as well!!  We met up at 12:45 and then drove to the CTS site (where I did my Breast Cancer Run) where we strapped a very cranky Gavin in Jodi’s running stroller.  He was not the greatest running partner….if you look closely you can see him trying to escape….he cried for 2 miles….yes, TWO MILES!!!

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I was a jerk and just kept going…he was fine, just cranky and overtired!  The scenery was insane!  The leaves were literally falling on us as we ran, the sun was shining through the trees, it was like the trail was out of a movie or something.  I know I exaggerate, but in this case, I am not exaggerating!

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We were busting out the intervals and then my shin decided to be the prick that likes to tag along for runs….of course, this was as soon as Gavin fell asleep…women, never get a break!  We stopped to stretch it out and then I got some sisterly love while my girls took turns pushing the stroller for the 2nd half of the run (another 2 miles).  We had a great time.  It is like a gossip session where you are actually WORKING out your stresses rather than eating them away with coffee and snacks Winking smile.  Plus, they laugh at my dumb quirks and potty mouth, so they are even higher on my scale of amazingness than normal!  We got our 4 miles in and then opted for a few post-run shots…always glamorous!!

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Love these girls!  We are training for our First Half Marathon in Paris together, so it is really great motivating one another and hanging out together for our Tuesday runs!  Ha ha, Tuesday runs…sorry, I might be the only one that found that funny… anyways, joining the run (besides the screaming Gavin) was my new batch of Kinesio Tape…I taped those suckers up and it did actually help….I just should have taped my shin better…lesson learned!  I will be doing another post with different taping techniques that I use…don’t want to spoil the excitement by posting a pic here….how mean Winking smile.

Any new friends added to your workout routine?  What is your favorite season?  What is your favorite holiday?

The prep, the excitement, the sheer determination!

So as I have mentioned, I signed up for a 5K this week (and one next week) with a little over a week’s notice, after not running 5K for over 4 months.  I went out for a run the very night I made this decision….sucked air hard after 1.5 miles…nope, not giving up.  Ran on Friday for 2.87 miles in intervals (from E10K), then ran 3.10 miles on Sunday.  My pace is still slow, but that comes with more time!  Today I got on the treadmill thinking I would bust out 3 miles, but felt satisfied with 2 miles since my shin started flaring up and then I did some HIIT hill work.  Normally I would beat myself up over not doing the 3 miles, but I gave it what I had without over doing it (I am pushing myself quickly enough as it is)!  This time around I am not going to give into these mind tricks….plain and simple, I am going to do this half marathon no matter what!

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I am staying positive, thinking positive, allowing the challenges and really trying to listen to my body more!  A wise runner told me (Yes, Jay I am talking about you) “run, and then when it hurts…you need to stop!”  This meaning, pain…not, I am tired and my legs hurt.  Pain, as in my shins are about to explode out of the front of my legs (an ailment that constantly haunts me).  Tired, a little winded, and heavy legs do not constitute as an excuse to ease off.  Yes, I am taking it as easy as I can with rushing my running right now, but once these 5Ks are done, I am going to really stick to a training plan…that being run as much as I can without getting splints!  The idea of running in Paris is enough to really motivate me! (That is a croissant in my hand, hee hee).

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I have been reading (and am currently downloading my free library audio copy for my i-Pod) “Born to Run”….also, I am listening to “Ultramarathon Man” as I run.   Since I am a nerd and I have an insane love for reading, being able to listen to books while I run is a great way to keep me centered and thinking about what I am hearing rather than focus on any tiredness I am feeling!  I have “Clockwork Orange” waiting for some good long runs, and then I am awaiting a library borrow of “The Last Lecture”.  Nothing better than something interesting to read listen to when you are really trying to lose your controlling thoughts!

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Now it is just a matter of really getting back on track with eating.  After being sick and stressed out with Gavin being even MORE sick, I was barely eating anything besides peanut butter, apples and my Nanny’s famous Banana Chocolate Chip cookies.  Now I am trying to get my proteins, my veggies, my WATER, and then enjoy a cookie or two after I get the essentials!  In the meantime, I will look forward to my 5K this weekend in honor of my Nanny!  I am going to get a picture of us at the race, plus a picture of my shirt pin-on (a pic of my Nanny) so I can send it to her church in Canada and her quilting group….out of sight but NEVER out of mind!

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What changes are you making, what ways are you overcoming past struggles?  What new exciting adventures do you have in your future??

Running for my Nanny….Breast Cancer 5K

I have not run a 5K race since April.  I have not RUN 5K since May!  As I was driving on base this Monday to take Gavin to the doctor, I thought about my struggles with these few pounds and how the more I think about it the more it stays a problem.  I realized I needed to get an outside goal.   I needed to get a goal that would make me feel really good and be something that I know is very rewarding.  I decided I needed to find a 5K race so I could get back to my running with a goal in mind (besides the goal to not get shin splints). 

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We went to the café for me to grab a coffee and this may sound stalker-ish but I saw the woman standing in front of me and she was wearing a nice little cardigan, pants and flats.  This is basically what I wear everyday, with different accessories and flat to match what I am wearing.  I looked at her and thought about how healthy and pretty she looked.  I hoped I looked as nice in my similar outfit as she did in hers.  Then, as I was gabbing away with Gavin, I noticed her and her husband’s coffee order were up and they hadn’t seen.  I let them know their coffee’s were ready and she joked that she was not paying attention because she was looking at a flyer for a 5K she was going to run…..law of attraction moves quickly!

 

I grabbed that flyer and struck up a conversation about how I literally just thought about how I needed to find a 5K.  Even better, the race is for Breast Cancer and I think it is a good way for me to finally start to accept my grandmother’s passing, that took place in March, by running in her honor. 

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The lovely gal then went on to tell me about another 5K on the 22nd that is for Drug Awareness…..that she is organizing…..SERIOULSY???  Was this chick sent by the God’s to fulfill my need to achieve a goal??!!!

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Needless to say I emailed her as soon as I got home and signed up for her 5K race which I will run with the support of my boys so James can see me fight against drug abuse and fight for awareness!  There is nothing better than achieving a goal, than to achieve it while raising awareness for VERY worthy causes!  The huge kicker is that this woman is also a new runner and is training for a half marathon in Paris this coming March.  My question is:  Should I set this same goal and let it be a way to do something amazing with my husband (who would also run it with me) before he heads to deployment?  I think the answer is, YES!!!!!

I tell you people, set the goals that are the best for your life and what you need NOW and the way to meet those goals (and more) will land on your doorstep….or at least in front of you in the coffee shop line!

What opportunities have popped into your life at just the right time lately?