Race Recap: Windcrest Freshman Tri

April 27, 2014

You guys, I finished my very first triathlon!

First, on Friday night my sister and I headed to a friends house to get our hair braided because she is the best at french braids. My younger sister, Kathleen, went with me because she had a 5k race for her college meet. I needed my hair out of the way and easy to handle as I would be wearing a swim cap, a helmet, and a headband at different times. It worked perfect.

My dad and I got up early and headed down to the race location. Once we arrived, literally every person had on some type of matching tri kit. I looked down at my $50 Academy swimsuit and three year old Lululemon spanx and realized how much of a newbie I was. I was nervous with how legit everyone seemed but my dad assured me that it wasn't about what you wear but about how fast you are. I tried to remain calm but I was so nervous. After setting up my transition area, hearing the race instructions, and prayer it was time to start.

The Swim: 200m || Time: 4:12 

Everyone lined up according to bib number. I was number 19 but as everyone talked about their 3 minute 200m pace I moved back a few people. I didn't really train for speed while swimming because I only swam once a week and practiced endurance more. 

The swim was down and back four times in a pool. I was thinking the worst and that I would be kicked in the nose and that people would be passing me but it wasn't as bad as I expected. I made my way across the lanes without any trouble. Until I got kicked in the chest. Luckily it was in the last stretch so it didn't effect my swimming. The group of people let me pass them and I finished and made my way out of the pool and into transition.

The Bike: 8 miles || Time: 28:55 || 16.6 mph

After a quick transition of grabbing my bib number, shoes and socks, shorts, and helmet, I made my way out onto the bike. I got on my bike and started on my way. After a short time, two guys whizzed by me and I realized how slow I was going. This was no time for a Saturday morning stroll. I quickly started pedaling faster and caught up with a group. I kept my legs moving the whole way as it was pretty hilly. It was two laps of four miles each. Once I knew the course after the first loop I was more confident to speed up the second time around.

8 miles later then it was time for the next transition.

The Run: 2 miles || Time: 14:42 || 7 min pace

Right when I got off the bike my legs felt like noodles. My coach had warned me that it took about a mile to warm up to run. The run course was one loop around a golf course so I focused on getting to the next person in front of me. I tried to find a rhythm but I ended up tripping all over the street and I felt like I was waddling. I only went 8 miles, what happened to my legs?! I didn't have a watch so I had no idea my pace until I finished.

And just like that I was finished with my very first sprint triathlon. It took me 50:32 to finish the course.

After I was finished my dad and I cheered on other finishers and waited for the awards. I was so excited (and really shocked) when I won both the Beginner Champion and Age Group awards!

Swim Bike Run. DONE.

Week Recap: April 21st - April 25th

April 25, 2014

I'm recapping a short week as I get ready for my first triathlon TOMORROW.

Monday: Easy run

I went for my run in the morning since I had class then work afterwards. I also had my very last speech due! 

Tuesday: Cross train + Strength train

Tuesday was my "catch up on rest" day. I was running around all last weekend and was feeling pretty bad on Monday. I don't do well on little sleep so I spent the day at home baking, eating, training, and relaxing.

Wednesday: Easy run w/ pickups 

I had classes for most of the day, grabbed lunch with a friend during my break, and went for my run in the afternoon. 

Does this make me look cool?

My coach had me do a few "pick up the pace" speed work during my easy run. It felt good to run fast even if it was for a short amount of time.

Thursday: Cross train

I went to work, headed to the gym for my swim, and stopped by packet pick up before my Bible study. I kept it pretty easy with 1,250m total. My swimsuit and goggles worked out great!

1,250m swim workout:
4 x 100m warm up
200m for time
4 x 100m swim
200m easy
50m cool down

It makes it so official with the race number and all:

Friday: Rest day

Today is class for most of the day then my sister and I are headed over to a friends house to get our hair braided for race day. 

Packet pick up: check
Everything set out for tomorrow: check
Race day hair: almost check

This week was:
3.4 hours of training
8.92 miles of running

Triathlon Ready

April 23, 2014

I am SO excited for this weekend because I will be racing my first triathlon! After training for the past three months I have become more confident about swimming and biking. I went from swimming 600 meters for a workout to swimming 1700 meters. I wasn't able to ride my bike outside a lot but I did practice gear changes on my trainer and rode outside two times. 

Last week I stopped by a swim store near my house and I found the TYR goggles that I was looking for. I tried them on and they feel good. My other goggles lining around the eyes is hard and I think that is why they left marks. These are more comfortable. I can't wait to swim on Thursday to try them out in the water. 

I tried on a few swimsuits and I went with this one:

The other swimsuit brand didn't fit me right so I went with a totally different one. There were also very few choices in the stores and I wouldn't have enough time to order and get one in on time for this weekend. I like this one though! 

4 more days until I become a triathlete! I can't wait. 

Happy First Birthday, Blog!

April 21, 2014

One year ago (on April 18th to be exact) I had a little too much time on my hands and stumbled across blogger. I had no idea how to blog or what to do with a blog. I originally created my blog to write down my workouts. I was afraid to share my personal life. I mean, what if there were stalkers or creepers? So I only wrote down how many miles I ran and maybe inserted a picture and that was it. However, it wasn't very fun and no one was reading. Also, the original name in all my creativity was 'Life is Funner When You're a Runner'. Luckily I had the help of a blunt sister who said "that is grammatically incorrect" and the help of another sister who said "what about Run Sara Run." Which is where I got the name.

I love my blog. Not only is it a place where I can write down everything from excitement to frustrations, it is also a place where I can connect with other people who all share the same passion. It is my outlet and where I can be myself. I have made new friends and, even though we have never met, I have loved getting to know everyone and stay connected through each others blogs. I have also been able to become a part of different organizations such as Fitfluential, Idea Inspired Bloggers, Running Bloggers, and be a Share the Fit Ambassador. It is so much fun and I am so grateful for these opportunities! I honestly think everyone should have a blog. 

Happy one year RunSaraRun!!

Week Recap: April 14th - April 20th

April 20, 2014

Happy Easter! Some things that went on this past week have been: Bible study, school, nannying, getting a manicure, having aches and pains relief, a 10k race, and playing in the orchestra for the Easter services at church.

I learned what happens when I don't balance. On Thursday I woke up feeling exhausted even after 11 hours of sleep. My body hurt and I didn't want to do anything. I worked during the day but cancelled evening plans so I could relax. Actually, I was supposed to relax but I ended up going shopping with my sister for new swim gear for my triathlon next weekend! (More on that later). 

Monday: Easy run

Tuesday: Cross train + Strength train

Wednesday: Easy run

Thursday: Cross train Rest day, not feeling well

Friday: Easy run

Saturday: Race- 10k 

      check out the recap -- here --

Sunday: Rest day

This week was:
3.30 hours of training
14.31 miles of running

Race Recap: I Ran Marathons 10k

April 19, 2014

I raced my first 10k this morning! This past week has been busy. I have been so tired and I had body aches. I talked with my coach about it and we added a rest day in the week and decided if I wasn't feeling well on race day then I would run the race easy. On Friday night I set out my race day outfit:

Lululemon Run Swiftly Tech Racerback
Lululemon Speed Shorts
Garmin and Mizunos

My coach sent me a race strategy: start off at a moderate pace and end at a hard pace. I didn't know what to expect since the race is both short and long at the same time. That may not make sense but you don't really pace a 10k since it is only 6 miles.

I showed up to the race, got my bib, warmed up, then we had instructions before the start. I didn't run with music. It was definitely not an easy race. During a half marathon I can kind of pace out each three miles or so but during this race I just pushed myself to run faster, have a longer stride, and focus on the finish. 

It was a small race with about ten other people racing the 10k with me. The course was out and back two times. I ended up being the first one finished with a time of 41:16. My average pace was 6:54 per mile.

It was a good race and it was fun to try a different distance! 

My Swim, Bike, and Run Must Haves

April 16, 2014

I was swimming laps last week and I kept having to wipe my goggles from them fogging up. Then I thought.. I might need to buy some new ones. I also noticed my swimsuit is three years old. I realized the answer is obvious- I need to go shopping. These are a few things on my wish list to buy in the next few weeks:

I have seen those types of swimsuits and I want one from the same brand. My current swimsuit is Speedo endurance.

The goggles are the TYR nest pro goggles that are supposed to be anti-fog and fit different facial types. I was reading a blog who talked about her favorite goggles that she found after trial and error. The main problems I have with my goggles are fogging, marks under my eyes, and a headache from them being too tight even when I loosen them. I found this pair with positive reviews.

I read that it is a good idea to have a clear pair of goggles for when swimming outdoors on a cloudy day or in an indoor pool and having a dark pair of goggles for swimming outdoors on a sunny day. Both of these are for protecting the eyes.

I also want new running shoes. My Mizunos are okay for now but it is almost time for new ones. I usually buy blue running shoes. In January I needed a new pair since the ones I had were hurting my feet. I had a week before my race and wanted a pink pair but I ended up buying -- these -- because they were the only ones the store had and I wouldn't have had time to order. Now I have time and I am definitely getting pink.

Right when I tell my coach I am tired of cycling, Lululemon comes out with the cutest cycling jersey. Maybe I need to add cycling back to my training plans just to wear that jersey?
I have done my research and now I am ready to hit the stores.

Let's talk food (What I pack for lunch)

April 15, 2014

My schedule for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays is usually the same. 

6:50am- alarm goes off
7am to 8am- run time
8am to 9:15am- eat breakfast, make lunch, get ready for class, finish up any homework, etc.
10am to 3pm- class

I make the same exact lunch every single day of the week- a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit, and snacks. Recently I decided to stop slacking on making my lunch and actually fix something that is (somewhat) nutritious. I have been taking a little extra time in the mornings to make a turkey sandwich rather then having a pbj every day.

I got my lunch tote as a graduation present and the brand is Thirty- One. The bag is insulated and has a lot of room inside and a pocket outside. I love it! I am able to keep my lunches cool as I normally carry it around in my backpack. 

I always take a water bottle, powerade, and an odwalla juice. I eat breakfast before I leave the house but by the time I get to my first class I am hungry again. The powerade is usually what is left over after my run. The water is what I drink throughout the day. Once I get to my 10am class I eat my morning snack that is usually a clif bar and juice. 

I take some type of fruit- grapes, strawberries, or apple slices. Other snack items include Cheeze-its,  energy bites, yogurt raisins, fruit snacks (the scooby ones are the best, yes I am 20), pretzels, apple sauce, etc.

Week Recap: April 6th - April 12th

April 13, 2014

There are a few things I have learned in the past few weeks: it is very important to warm up before exercising, weights are fun, and running based on effort isn't as hard as I was making it. A couple week's ago I was talking with my older sister about having random pain come up in my hip and my back. We figured out it was my lack of proper warming up that was causing the pain. After a lot of stretching and taking the time to warm up before swimming, biking, and weights, I have zero random pains. I like the fact I learned that before this week as the duration of workouts increased. 

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: Easy run 

I had class for most of the day (and two speeches due) so I decided to do my run in the afternoon. It was 7 miles. This was the longest distance since my last race and it felt really good to do a longish run.

Tuesday: Cross train + Strength train

I went to nanny for a few hours in the morning. Later I had an hour of biking on the trainer then twenty minutes of weights to do. For strength training I increased my weights from 10lbs to 12 lbs. I definitely felt it the next day. 

Wednesday: Tempo run

I woke up early to get my run done. It was four sets of running 5 minutes hard, 2 minutes recovery. Including a warm up and cool down.

Set 1 - 7:00. Set 2- 7:45 (uphill). Set 3- 7:30. Set 4- 6:45

I had class for most of the day. It was also my sister's 19th birthday so later we went out to dinner to celebrate. 

Thursday: Cross train + Strength train

My past few weeks of swimming have been tough. Sometimes I am not in the mood to swim and I can't find a good rhythm. This was my first good swim in awhile. Instead of breathing on every fourth stroke I changed it to every three. My swim session increased in time so I found a longer workout to follow. I also did a 100m cool down making it 1700m in all which is the furthest I have swam so far.

You don't decorate your workout paper too?

Afterwards I grabbed a smoothie and ran a bunch of errands before getting home, eating lunch, and doing my weight session. Later that evening was Bible study. 

Friday: Easy run

I had class for most of the day, did my run in the afternoon, then it was date night to dinner and a movie!

Saturday: Brick workout 

I had planned on getting up early to do my brick workout but that didn't happen. I hung out with friends for the morning, quickly got my brick finished then got ready to go to orchestra and church.

Sunday: Rest day

This week was:
6.40 hours of training
19.35 miles of running

Liebster Award Nomination- 10 questions

April 10, 2014

I am excited that Alysha nominated me for a blog award! I have answered a few of them in the past including an A to Z post about meseven thingsa sunshine award, and a more about me post

The Rules:
1. You must link back to the person who nominated you
2. You must answer the questions given to you
3. You must pick ten bloggers to be nominated for the award
4. You must create ten questions for your nominees
5. You must notifiy the nominees

1. What’s the best recipe that you’ve ever found online?

The best recipe would have to be the cookies I made from Ashleigh's blog. They were so delicious! I need to make them again soon.

2. The first blog you ever starting following?

That would be Page's blog, Twenty- Six and Then Some.

3. Something you always carry with you?

I always have my calendar with me.

4. What gets you motivated to work out?

I'm not sure about this one. Usually I just get up and do my work outs that are planned for the day. Occasionally there are days where I am tired and haven't done my workout so I put on some pop music to get in the workout mode. 

5. Who is your favourite person to follow on Instagram?

Hmm.. I don't think I have a favorite person.

6. Are you a procrastinator?

Yes, definitely. 

7. Do you have a favourite bar or on the go snack?

I love chocolate chip clif bars. Or energy bites, those are so good and easy to make.

8. Your favourite book or magazine?

Favorite magazine is Runner's World (of course). 

9. What’s your favourite song right now?

There are a lot of good songs I am listening to right now but I would have to say Glowing by Nikki Williams. 

10. What do you love most about the blogging community?

I love that everyone is so supportive and encouraging!

The people I nominate are: KatieAnnaMadelynneJarvis (Nicole)LeighaHailey, AngeAshleighBrie, and Cynthia

And my questions for you are:

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What is your favorite snack?
3. What is your favorite workout lately? 
4. How many hours per week do you spend training?
5. When is your next race?
6. What is the best advice you have received? 
7. What is one thing you are proud of?
8. Are you a morning runner or night runner? 
9. What is your favorite running distance?
10. What do you love most about the blogging community?

On Finding Balance

April 8, 2014

I have probably mentioned this 100 times, but last semester was crazy. Between training for a full marathon, 5am long runs, 6 science classes, nannying, orchestra rehearsal and playing twice a week, applying to nursing school, spending time with my family, and other things, I had little time for anything else. Or for anything "fun". The only reason that is in quotations is because just training was fun for me. I was happy. I didn't care about how hard or busy everything was, I just wanted to complete my first marathon.

At the start of this semester I wanted to change my focus to building friendships and relationships. I am going to be honest and say that last semester I wasn't focused on that at all. Training for a marathon takes a lot of time and it is really tiring. I rarely went out unless I was with my family. Now that I am not training for a marathon and I have an easier semester of school, I have more free time.

So, I started going to a Bible study at my church on Sunday evenings. They also have another Bible study on Thursday nights and occasional get togethers throughout the week. I have met so many friends there. I am having so much fun (being social)!

Training (and life) is all about finding balance. Training isn't the most important thing but it is pretty high up on my list. I am training for a 10k in two weeks, my first triathlon in three weeks, a half marathon next month, and I begin marathon training in the summer.

I have learned that I need to go to bed at 9:30pm most nights of the week. Otherwise, I don't feel recovered for the next day's training. Some days I am tired and just want to stay home all day but some nights I go out late and enjoy being with my friends. I know how I feel each day and I make sure I get a lot of rest. But I also make sure I find the balance of having fun because all of this is so much fun.

Week Recap: March 30th - April 5th

April 5, 2014

I meant to post more often this past week but this week has been crazy. On Monday my coach updated my training plan for this month and we discussed upcoming training/races. I have two races this month and they are both fun races- a 10k and my first triathlon! I have never raced either distance so I am looking forward to both.

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: Easy run

Monday was a full day of classes then my run which I did later in the afternoon.

Since I am on campus for awhile for the days I have class, I pack my lunch which always include lots of water, juice, and plenty of food/snacks.

Tuesday: Cross train + Strength train

No class or work means shopping day! I did both my workouts (50 minutes of cycling and 20 minutes of full body weights) in the morning to enjoy the rest of the afternoon.

I love that sweater ^^ but not enough for $120. Now if it can just go on sale tomorrow... Those are sneak peeks of the two tops I did buy.

Wednesday: Easy run

I had an hour run in the morning then quickly got ready for class. Later that evening I had orchestra rehearsal.

I am officially obsessed with odwalla juice. It is so good! There have been some flavors that I don't like but Berry Go Mega, Blueberry B, and Strawberry Banana are my top three picks. 

Thursday: Cross train + Strength train

I had work for the morning. Afterwards I headed to the gym to swim.

1200m workout:
200m warm up
8x 25m alternating fast and easy
2x 200m swim
8 x 25m swim
200m cool down

When I got home I did my strength workout, relaxed for the afternoon, and later I headed to church for Bible study.

Friday: Easy run

I had class all day and went for my run in the afternoon. Later I celebrated one of my friends birthday's with bowling and laser tag!

Saturday: Brick workout

40 minutes of biking + 20 minute run finished.

This week was:
5.15 hours of training
18.43 miles of running

What Brought You Here

April 4, 2014

Today's post is going to be a bit random. I thought it would be interesting to see what people search for when they end up on my blog. The top results were as follows:

Alamo 13.1 race photos

Oh did you want to see more race photos? Don't mind if I do.

always watching the Garmin

Caps carrier bag

I have no idea what this is.

Cool running gps watch

Why yes, yes I do have a cool running gps watch.

Family selfies

I suppose I have one or two family selfies.

Sara race 200

I race but I don't know what the 200 means.

Have a great Friday!

All things biking

April 3, 2014

I love riding my bike! I got it in January and ever since then I have been practicing how to properly ride it and get ready for my first triathlon that is in three weeks (!!). However, I live in the city/ a busy area. I can't really ride my bike along the road so I hook it up to my trainer. 

There are two things that work to keep the bike in place- the trainer and the riser. 

When I was first setting my bike up I had no idea what I was doing. There was no resistance and I could not figure out how to work it. After a face-time call with my sister, Anna, I was able to learn the proper way to put it together. 

The front of the tire stays locked in the riser. I have heard some people use a stack of magazines but you just want it to be in line. The trainer is very convenient and super easy to set up. Those are the only two items I use for my training. 

This weekend is my brick workout of a bike plus run. I am hoping to ride outside with my dad for the biking part. I can't wait for outdoor cycling but for now I have settled with enjoying the trainer. 
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