Sunday, April 26, 2015

Log Off Shut Down Go Run Virtual 10K Race Recap

As a Gone For a Run ambassador I was given free entry to their Log Off. Shut Down. Go Run. virtual race.

I originally planned to run this in the morning, but it was very rainy and cold out.  I ran it in the afternoon with a belly full of food, but it wasn't raining anymore.  I of course got a side ache right away.

I put my bib under my long sleeve shirt, because I was optimistic that once I got warmed up, I would want to run in my tank... wrong.

I had a 6 mile run on the plan today with 5 miles of it at tempo pace, so it worked in perfect and I just added on another .2 miles at the end. I was supposed to run the tempo part at 7:15 pace, which considering the hills on the route, I really didn't think would happen, but I was hoping for maybe 7:30 pace.. it went for more like 7:50 pace

Thankfully, even though it had rained all morning, most of the water had soaked in and the road wasn't too muddy. 

6.2 miles in 50:16 for an 8:06 pace

tempo miles

My kids thought the medal was super cool and noticed it right away hanging with my other medals.
Post race thoughts:
  • I feel a little silly running with  a race bib all by myself.  Maybe if I ran it with a group of people it would feel less silly.
  • The tank and the medal that came with the virtual race were great.
  • The bib, tank and medal were fun to get in the mail for a virtual race.
  • While the medal is awesome I can't decide how it fits in with my other race medals. Maybe I need a collection of virtual race medals vs my half marathon and marathon medals.  The half and one marathon and relay medals I have just mean more to me. They seem harder won.
If you like virtual races and want to participate in their next one the Bad Ass Runner 5 mile, check it out.  They have a nice t-shirt and medal again.

  Their Log Off. Shut Down. Go Run. virtual race sold out so act fast!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Week 5 of the Plan to Run a Faster Half Marathon

Sunday  plan said   3 miles easy, 3 miles tempo (7:15 pace) 3 miles easy

What I did:  3 miles easy, 3 miles tempo although closer to 7:27 pace and 3 miles easy. The run felt pretty good, but I really just couldn't hold the pace I was supposed to, hills, wind, whatever it was hard!

I continued with the #RunnersLoveYogaHIPS Instagram challenge this week also
Monday plan said 7 miles easy with 6-10 strides at the end

What I did  7 miles easy with 6 strides at the end for 7.5 miles

Tuesday plan said nothing.

I ran 3.15 miles after work easy before the bus brought the kids home from school. 

Thursday plan said 12-13 miles easy with 6-10 strides at the end

What really happened: 13 miles easy, no strides.  This was a pretty hilly trail run and I was beat at the end.  Strides just didn't happen.  I did a lot of my running around the edge of a field and took forays up into areas like the one pictured below.  It was a cloudy morning and a little rainy. Perfect for running!

Saturday plan said .5 mile warmup, 5 miles tempo .5 mile cooldown

what really happened:  .5 mile warmup and I got a side ache right away.  I did not feel the run love on this run. I could tell right away the 5 miles of tempo would be a struggle. I HAD THAT RIGHT!  My supposed to be 7:15 pace was 7:50 pace and lucky to be that. I added an additional .2 miles on at the end for a virtual 10k I was doing and called it a run.

Spring!  Green and mud, I love it :)
Okay so this week in my favorite TV shows, it was a little dramatic.  Derek Shepherd dies. WTF! Grey's Anatomy in case you just got lost there.  I haven't even seen the episode yet.  Thanks to Facebook I don't need too, but I will, eventually when I think I can handle it.   I also know that when I do watch it I am going to need a box of kleenex.  I don't know if I want to watch it.  After Sloan and Lexi died I nearly quit the show, but now Derek.  That is so wrong.

The other show I love right now is Vikings.  Ragnar is dying. Once again, WTF.  It all feels a little Game of Thrones. "Oh, that's your favorite character in the show... OFF WITH HIS HEAD!" Lets kill your favorite people and leave you sitting there shocked like you need therapy and something to drink.   Yeah, yeah I know Ragnar isn't dead yet, but it seems like he isn't far away and they didn't have antibiotics.  Ragnar is the freaking show, please don't kill him!

Gone For A Run asked me to help promote their virtual run in exchange for a free entry to it.  It came with a nice tank, bib to run in, and a medal.  I like the tank, the bib was a great touch and the medal is nice, but I can't decide how I feel about having a medal from a virtual run.   Sure, I did the run, but even with a bib and a race shirt it really doesn't feel that much different than a normal training run.  This leads me to having a hard time being proud of the medal.  I don't look at the medal and think YAY I just ran a race and EARNED this.

I hung it up with my other medals, but I don't know that it deserves to be there. I look at my other medals and remember how I ran my hiney off to get them and had a race experience with other runners, race support, race excitement, etc and it just doesn't feel the same for a virtual race. 

Anyone else feel the same about virtual race medals?
How was your week in training?  Mine was so much better than last week!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tiger Balm Ultra Review and Giveaway

I was sent a small box of Tiger Balm products to try out recently.  I hadn't tried them before, but it seems like I always have an aching lower or upper back and if I don't my husband does so this was

 I was sent a tub of the Tiger Balm Ultra Strength pain relieving ointment as well as 10 sample sizes of the Ultra Strength Ointment and a box of 5 of the Tiger Balm Pain Relieving Patches with advanced hydrogel patch technology.
My favorite is the ointment, mostly because when you put it on you can massage it in and who doesn't like a massage, on a sore area, with pain relieving ointment?  The patch is great if you are in a hurry, you can just put it on and go.

My biggest complaint about the ointment is the strong smell, but as long as I am hanging out at home I don't mind it.  I wouldn't wear it too work, but it is great at bed time or after a long day at work.  My husband agrees.   He has been spending some very long days in the saddle and building fences lately so he has been getting the benefit of this for sure!

What makes this over a 100 year old ointment work so great? 

Tiger Balm contains ingredients like oil from clove, wintergreen, spike lavender, eucalyptus, cinnamon, and cajuput, as well as camphor, capsicum and condroitin sulfate which all work together to help relieve sore muscles and joints.

Want to try the Ultra Strength Pain Relieving Ointment for yourself?  One person will win a full size version of the Tiger Balm Ultra for sure

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Things I am Loving in Life

The kids were out of school on Monday and after a weekend of my little cowgirl laying on the couch with a fever we were all ready to get out of the house and into the sunshine!   Since my lil cowgirl had been sick I just planned a short hike. We also hunted for cool rocks, saw some deer, found some 4 point antlers and just enjoyed the day.
My heart is so happy watching these two when they get along and are having fun.  True to form, my lil cowboy wanted to hike and hike and hike and his sister got tired legs.
I also recently received another Grainy Day box, this one contained Prairie Farro also known as Emmer and I made Farroto or risotto with farro last night for supper.  It was amazing good. Sorry, not a food blogger so the picture isn't the best, but look how awesome it looks. 
I used rainbow carrots for extra color.  The kids were really suspicious of it, but ended up really liking it too.

I was able to get in a 2.5 mile run before the bus came after work yesterday and then my son ran another half mile with me for a grand total of three miles.  It was so beautiful out.  I love the peacefulness of this picture my daughter took afterwards and in the lower left corner is one of her doll strollers.  It's just all saying so much!
I am so grateful for all these things.  My kids are such a blessing.  I was reminding myself that last night as I was trying to get permanent marker off of the dining room floor.  No idea how my daughter splattered it like that.  Maybe better I don't know.

What are you loving in life right now? Me..
  • my kids, such a great age and such great kids (most of the time)
  • spring
  • running
  • sunshine
  • the outdoors
  • trying new to me foods
  • my new running shoes
  • those InkNBurn shorts

Monday, April 20, 2015

Week 4 of the Plan to Run a Faster Half Marathon

This was not my best week.

plan said run 1.5 miles then do 1200 x4 with 1200 recovery and 1.5 mile cool down.

What I did..

Well not nothing, but I didn't run.  We helped the neighbors brand and it was so miserably windy out and by the time we got done and finally ate lunch the only thing I could think about was a nap and getting out of the wind.

plan said run 8 miles easy with strides at the end

what I did
I ran 2 miles easy then started doing 1200 intervals.  I got 2 and a half done and my Garmin died.  I finished out roughly 1200 and then ran easy with some strides for a total of about 8 miles.

The week is clearly going great.

Did I mention I woke up Monday with my lower back all mad and feeling like it wanted to go on strike?  Oddly running didn't bother it, just trying to clean the house did.  It was a sign.

plan said run 2 easy, 2 tempo, 2 easy, 2 tempo and 2 easy for a total of ten.

what I did.. wussed out.  That snow and wind was miserable and the thought of running in it made me not want to run at all. I watched Outlander and ellipticalled  (surely that is a word) for 90 minutes which is not at all the same but close to how long I would have been running

Thursday plan said nothing
I ran 3.3 miles after work and it felt amazing
Why couldn't the weather have been this nice on Wednesday!?

plan called for 4 miles easy

I ran 4 miles easy and then did 7 strides for a total of 5.1 miles. It was so beautiful out, perfect running weather!

so I ended up not even close to the 31 miles I was supposed to run this week, but there is always next week.  It was a cut back week but I wasn't supposed to cut back quite so far  to 16 ish miles.  Oops.  Next week will be better!

I am also a little sad that after the Run To The Pub Half Marathon pictures were FINALLY posted and I scrolled through all 647 of them, I didn't find me in any of them.  They had a ton of pictures of getting on the bus, before the start and after the finish. I saw several photographers along the way, but maybe they never saw me, or I didn't take good pictures!

Four weeks until my next half marathon.  I suppose if I am going to get faster I am going to have to have better running weeks than this! Don't worry this week is already better! 

How was your last training week?  Ever not get any race photos taken?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Loving Spring Running (mostly)

Spring is one of my favorite seasons and I think one of the most temperamental.  Take last week for example
  •  cold and windy on Sunday, like blow us all away windy
  • windy and mild Monday
  • 80 degrees Tuesday
  • snowing and blowing on Wednesday
  • mild and perfect with temps in the high 50s low 60s the rest of the week.  and gorgeous.  
  • beautiful morning Saturday and then back to blow us away windy for the afternoon
Lucky for me I ran in the morning.  I had a 4 mile easy run on the plan so I decided to get off the main road and hit the trails.  I also took a time out to do my #RunnersLoveYogaHIPS Instagram challenge poses for yesterday and today.
I took time to enjoy all the little wildflowers that have popped out since we got some much needed moisture earlier in the week

and just take in the views in general.  I finished the run with 7 strides for a total of 5.1 miles
I got back to my parent's house where my kids were and found my son happily playing in the creek with a cousin and my daughter inside on the couch with a fever.

We did stop on the way home to take in the wild plum blooms and I brought a few back to the car for my sickie to enjoy too.
ah spring!  Feel so good to see everything greening up again and feel the warm air after making it through the winter.

I can never decide if I love spring more for the warmth after the cold or fall more for the coolness after the hot of summer.  Maybe spring because with it comes all the new life and the green!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Three Things Friday (because I missed Thursday)

1. I was off work one of the days mentioned in the picture below.  Can you guess which one?  Hint it's not the one I would have picked!
Yep, I was off on the day that looked like this.
Only that picture makes the weather look nicer than it was.  It was windy and blowing snow and ice straight across.  I got dressed up and went out to run three times.  All three times I turned around and went back into the house.

I like to run in the snow, but it was freaking miserable out.  It's April.  I have survived the dark of winter.  I want to wear shorts and run in the sunshine.  So I spent an hour and a half on my elliptical since I don't have a treadmill and watched Outlander instead.

It felt so good to get home from work yesterday and go for a short run before the kids got home from school.  In shorts and a tank.

2. I found a fun yoga challenge on Instagram with @runnersloveyoga 
It actually started Wednesday so I played catch up yesterday.  Easy since I was only a day behind. This one is all about hip opening.
3. and finally...Happy Birthday to my Poppa!
Super blessed to have such a great Dad.