Cheater, Cheater, Pumpkin Eater

There are two more days until I can “officially” run. I was supposed to take two weeks completely off after my toe surgery.

It’s been 12 full days… and well…

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I just couldn’t take it anymore! I cheated. I ran. It rocked.

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That’s right, I ran!!!!!!! It was GLORIOUS!!

 

After the rough night I had , a run with a friend [Caitlin] was just what I needed to start the day off with a bang. 😀

 

We ran 4.0 miles in 39 minutes! I know that it’s not all that fast, but I was just thrilled to be running again. I was so unsure how it would feel to run again, or how my toes would hold up.

 

My legs felt fresh, my head was in the game, and I was ready to run!

 

It felt really awkward at first on my toes. I haven’t been putting much pressure on them, so it felt a odd to do so. They are looking pretty good, and I have my follow up appointment this afternoon. I hope the doctor agrees!

 

After I posted last night, Jason informed me I received a package in the mail. What? I got mail? Megan and Felicia from Bites of the Apple, were very generous in sending me a care package!

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I felt like a little kid on Christmas morning!!

It was so nice of these girls to send me stuff! Megan is training for the Disney Marathon as well, and I can’t wait to meet her! Felicia is training for her first race EVER, a half marathon in February!! Good stuff!

Thanks again, ladies! You made my night! 😉

 

The package had all kinds of delicious Trader Joe’s goodies

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…and marathon training supplies!!!

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Plus, Megan’s signature, Silly Putty! Which JasoNerd thought was for him… this picture makes me laugh… a lot.

He’s clearly 5 years old.

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Before I left for my run with Caitlin, I had a Kashi waffle with Pumpkin butter for a snack.

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YUM!

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…and when I returned, I had a cup of vanilla Oikos with Trader Joe’s Pumpkin spice granola.

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Heaven in a mug.

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I’m definitely noticing a pumpkin theme today…

 

I have big plans to organize this afternoon, and get a game plan for the next few weeks.

 

Have a great day!

 

❤ MegaNerd

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Busy and Unmotivated

I’ve been a busy bee since I last posted!

Yesterday afternoon, my sister and I worked on our Halloween costumes. It took up a good chunk of the afternoon, and before I knew it, it was time for class!

I struggled to come up with something to eat, since it was about 3:30 when I had to make dinner. I made a bunch of pasta so that Brielle and JasoNerd would have plenty when they were ready to eat (I have to eat at school since I have class from 4:30-10:30).

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My pasta included:

  • Penne pasta
  • white beans
  • broccoli (steamed)
  • marinara sauce
  • parmesan cheese

I have to eat my dinners cold, which is getting so old! I also have to break it into two parts, since I have two ten minute breaks. I can’t wait to be on a normal schedule again!

By the time I got home, it was almost 11:00 and I was wiped! I knew that I had a 6.0 mile run on the marathon training plan and I was feeling VERY unmotivated to set the alarm and wake up to run. I immediately texted Caitlin to see if she would run with me!

I met at her apartment, and we ran a total of 6.0 miles. We took a few walking breaks, but still managed to run in just over an hour.

 

When I am feeling unmotivated to get out and run, I’ve found that it helps to:

  • Run with a friend– This is especially great if you have a lot to chat about!
  • Change the scenery- I like to run somewhere different than usual.
  • Download new music onto your ipod, listening to the same stuff tends to get boring
  • Think about the run in smaller chunks– Today I thought about running two 3.0 mile runs, out and back. It made the time pass faster.

 

What are your tricks for motivating yourself, when you just don’t feel like exercising?

Before I left, I fueled up with a piece of Almond Butter and Organic Jelly toast. Normally I wouldn’t need such a big snack, but I had not eaten anything since dinner, which was 14 hours prior!

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By the time I got home, I was pretty hungry. I made a big yogurt bowl!

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My bowl included:

  • container of Stonyfield Black Cherry yogurt
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • banana

YUM!!

 

I have a LOT to get done today!!! It’s already 11:00 am and I haven’t even showered. Must get on that.

❤ MegaNerd

My Longest Run Yet: 15 Miles!

Aaaah! I did it!

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That’s my super excited face.

I ran 15.0 Miles this morning, setting a new PDR (personal distance record). 😀

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HOLLER! (I forgot to stop the watch when I started walking, so the numbers are a bit off.)

Before I left the apartment, I fueled up with a half honey bagel with PB.

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I met Kelly at 5:30 am for our usual Friday run. It was nice to have her with me to keep me occupied for the first 7.0 miles. We walked for a minute or so at the end because I had to go to the bathroom, like REALLY bad. Kelly drove me 1.3 miles to my car, I hoped out, ran to my apartment, went to the bathroom, and ran back out the door. I did all of this is 5 minutes and 36 seconds. Speedy pit stop 😀

I finished the remaining 8.0 miles on my own. I really didn’t know if I could do it! I have never run that far, and never more than 8.0 miles on my own! I actually ran faster by myself, because I was already warmed up, had nobody to talk to, and just wanted to get it over with!

Mentally, I broke the run up into little chunks. First 7.0 miles with Kelly, only 3 more miles to a shot block, only 3 more miles to the next, only 1.5 miles to fill up my water bottle, etc.

Dark cherry Shotbloks: Miles 7,10, and 13.

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Run Stats:

  • Distance: 15.0 miles !!!
  • Time: 2:32
  • Average Pace: 10:10 (a little off because I forgot to stop it, close enough!)
  • Average Heart Rate: 163 bpm

I’m so proud! A few years ago, I couldn’t run 1.0 mile. Hard work pays off, you just have to really want it!

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When I got home, I wasn’t that hungry but KNEW that I needed to eat something. It didn’t take much effort to decide:

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My yogurt mess contained:

  • 1 container Vanilla Stonyfield yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Kashi go Lean cereal
  • 1/2 cup Bear Naked chocolate granola (yup… 270 calories worth!)
  • banana
  • strawberries… which I got tired of cutting!

 

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It tastes better once it’s all jumbled up!

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Next item on the list?

ICE BATH!… dun dun dun…

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Trust me, it was cold. Twenty pounds of ice later…

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Haha. Yep. It hurt. I’ve done it a couple of times before, so I was prepped for pain.

I wore a fleece hoodie to stay “warm”.

My legs were sore all over. I figured dunking them in ice was faster than individually icing each area. Once I was all the way in, they went slightly numb feeling and then it wasn’t bad at all.

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I brought along a watch to time myself for 15 minutes…

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…and a cup of hot pear tea!

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…and of course, Runners’ World magazine, and my camera for entertainment.

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Check out those chill bumps…

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I never thought I would ACTUALLY be training for a marathon. For the past three years, I have been training for 5k-half marathon distances. Not until today have I actually felt like I was MARATHON TRAINING! Now that my long runs are exceeding half marathon distance, it feels for real.

Disney Marathon… here I come!

❤ MegaNerd