New Goals, Same Races

June 22, 2016

Lately I have been missing racing more than ever. I have been racing less since the beginning of nursing school. I have been searching some races for the rest of the year and I found three that I am really wanting to do. Now, once a busy semester starts in August I may change my mind but for now it is nice to have some goals in mind :)

1. Beat my last half marathon time of 1:36:xx. 

My last half marathon was last Spring. My last PR for the half marathon was in 2014. That was 2 years 2 long! I want to race the Chosen Half in November which is the same race as the marathon I ran to try and qualify for Boston for the first time. It is a beautiful course with a lot of hills.


2. Complete a triathlon.

I haven't raced a triathlon in a long time. I had so much fun during my first two triathlons but then mainly set my sights on marathons. The two tri's I have been deciding between is a Duathlon in July (close enough to a tri) OR a short tri in October. I have been searching the least expensive pools that I can swim at and found one that my sister and I are going to swim at next week. Swimming is a nice break from all the pounding on my legs plus I find it relaxing. I'm looking forward to swimming again!


3. Run the Rock n Roll Marathon in December because I'm officially obsessed with this distance.

I wasn't considering another marathon this year but when I received an email that advertised a new flat course + a finisher jacket I became highly tempted.


All this depends on my Fall schedule which will be a heavy load but I am excited to have some goals in mind... even if I complete none of them I will just have something to add to next years goals. 

Things I've Been Wanting Lately

June 20, 2016




I think visors are so cute. I love just that simple Adidas one in black or even pink.
Also, socks are either too thin or too thick but Bombas socks are the perfect in the middle. 

I usually have Clif Shot Blocks for long training runs but my last training cycle my sister sent me some Pro Bar's to try out and they were the best thing ever. I had no stomach issues after eating them and they left me with tons of energy! I had some of the best long runs when I took these along. They sell them at REI. 

I lost my iPod charger and I am 99% positive it is in the Colorado airport. After going though security  with my overstuffed Boston backpack the guard stopped me and made me empty the entire front pocket because the machine read something weird in it. The entire front pocket had all my charger sets and a watch. I had to dump it all out. They ended up telling me the watch looked like a pocket knife but they were mistaken and I was good to go. Except I wasn't good to go because somewhere in that whole mess my iPod charger went missing and I haven't had the time to go buy a new one. Well.... haven't had the time/I just want to run and sleep on my days off of the twelve hour crazy shifts. I miss running with music and really need to buy a new charger. Asap.

Something is causing me to have some lower leg pain when I run and I don't know if it's my shoes, or posture, or what??? But it is highly annoying and I miss the days when running felt easy. I have heard  positive reviews on these Hokas. Although I love Mizunos, I want to try out a new brand to see if that helps the pain. 

That cycling jersey, oh my! I already own cycling shorts but no jerseys. I think it would be nice to ride with a jersey. 

The Rest of Boston Training...

June 17, 2016



As promised, here is a more in depth look at how I attempted to train for the Boston Marathon. I had my training plan printed and I was ready to follow each workout. However, the spring semester ended up being the toughest semester personally. I don't think I was even prepared to run a full marathon but it wasn't even a question to not push myself to do so!

literally the only picture I took of training ^^^

A monthly recap according to my Garmin (does not include runs I ran without tracking mileage)

January miles: 63.69


I began school motivated more than ever. I would wake up at 5am before class and get my run done. Then I would go to school and study literally all day long. After a few weeks of this I became too exhausted to keep it up. During the weekends I had 11 miles, 10, 7, 12, then 14

February miles: 30.32

My longest run in February was 10 miles. TEN. While most people have a solid base, I was fitting in runs when I could and would only go as long as my legs felt okay.

March miles: 71.79

I shoved every one of my long runs for the month of March. I don't recommend this lol. I had another 11 miles, 16, and then 20.

April miles: 32.62

During April I didn't run anything over 8. During the weeks I would run shorter runs. I ran three days a week + a weekend long run.

So, while I was able to finish the marathon my body is still feeling the effects. This seriously was the worst training cycle but even with saying that I can look back and say I did it. 

Run Ink Design

June 14, 2016

Just last week I stumbled upon RunInk on Instagram where I found these beautiful race maps. I quickly searched the website to see what designs she makes. After Boston, I couldn't decide if I wanted to make a shadow box.. or create a shutter fly book.. but it has been a few weeks and I still have nothing. When I saw her designs I realized it was the perfect thing to always remember Boston.

I also saw she made mugs and I couldn't say no to the mug! I ordered the 8x10 marathon map and personalized the name and time. I love the small race quote she adds to the bottom :) I already framed it and put it on my bedside table. It is so sweet and something I will cherish forever!!



Hiking and Running and then Some in Colorado

June 13, 2016

At the beginning of May (which was also the end of finals week- perfect timing), I flew to Colorado to visit my sister and brother-in-law. They moved last year but I never had a chance to visit. It was my first time traveling alone and the thoughts of how scary it would be quickly went away as I navigated my way through security check points and airports without any troubles. I was so excited to be able to visit! I have never been to Colorado but heard a lot of good things about it. I must say- it was the most beautiful place.

While I wanted to just sleep through the week I had to experience the beauty of the place as well.

Running:
Of course I had to go running where my sister warned the altitude would make me feel out of shape. I was already out of running shape but it was definitely tough! The scenery distracted from the heavy breathing and slow pacing for what felt like eighteen miles when really it was only six. 


Hiking:

One morning my sister and I decided to hike Mt. Muscoco Trail. The only hiking I am used to is the kind where you walk around a flat mall and climb the occasional escalator. Basically, I don't hike. I love the idea of hiking and always want to go but there aren't many places near me that qualify as a real hike.

We packed energy bites, sandwiches, water, sports drinks and an extra layer in case of temperature changes.

Another hike I did with my brother-in-law was at the Manitou Incline Trail. That incline was intense! I took a million breaks (or maybe around ten) and had to catch my breath so many times. It was a challenge but the view from the top was worth it. At the top, you choose to go straight back down or run a three mile trail along the side of the mountain. Can you guess which one I chose? the run :) It was the coolest run!

And then some:

After an hour of hiking my sister mentioned we could feed giraffes at the zoo. To which my reaction was something along the lines of "FEED giraffes. Like actually feed??? We finished up our hike and headed to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and I was running into the zoo like a five year old. The only giraffes I have seen at my own zoo are far away and you only look at them. I couldn't wait to get up close.

^^ happiest moment in my life 

Colorado was amazing and I had so much fun with my sister and brother-in-law! I'm so grateful for the opportunity to go!

Lately - June '16

June 12, 2016


I finished a busy first year of nursing school and jumped straight into working at the hospital three to four days a week. But, I can't complain as I have had time to relax/travel and have enjoyed the break so far!

I am back to the blogging world. I missed blogging a bunch since I started school but I was unable to keep up with it.

I will have a post to share about my trip to Colorado. I will have a post about new things I have bought and new products I am trying. I will (maybe) post about my training for Boston that has already happened but that I may want to look back and review one day. I will have a post about new races I am looking into. But for now I will leave it at this- I am so happy to be back.

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