Thursday, January 30, 2014

Three Things Thursday

1. RUNNING - So far I've been doing well on my goal for 2014 of rebuilding. Today's run totaled out January's running miles at 54.74, which is more than November and December combined. My legs are feeling great and I've looked forward to getting out there every time. Despite the frigid temperatures and bad road conditions, all but three runs have been outside. I'll be wishing for this weather come summer when I'm melting, so I've tried enjoy the cold as much as possible. Honestly I still dress fairly light for the cold too. Today it is 9 degrees and I wore this...


On top, my long sleeve Nike half-zip and my Brooks vest. On bottom, New Balance cold-weather tights, mid-weight Balega socks, and Mizuno Wave Rider 17. There was a hat and gloves in there too. But I was sweating... There is a reason I live in Maine.

2. BURPEES - FitFluential has created a 1000 Burpee Challenge that is active through February 28th. All you have to do is complete 1000 burpees by that date and you are eligible to win a head-to-toe outfit from Under Armour! Post your progress on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #FFBURPEE and invite your friends to join in! 



3. NUTRITION - Honestly, I suck at this. I need to drink more water. And I eat too much junk food...for instance yesterday I finished off a box of Dunkin Donuts munchkins...like I ate 10 of them. They are just so good. What I need to do is start making my own protein balls, call them donut holes, and make myself only eat one...maybe two....or three...gah! See my problem here?!? I did buy a big tub of mixed greens and salad stuff so I'll be filling up on veggies for a few days...baby steps. How do you keep yourself from eating all the food?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Core Power Fit-Kit Giveaway Winner

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Thanks to everyone who entered!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Weekly Roundup

I finally ran over 20 miles in a week - 23 miles to be exact! Because I ran my long run with Jen on MLK Day, I managed to get two long runs in a 7 day span. The last time I did more was the week of MDI back in October. It feels so good to have a plan again and watch those miles add up. 

Monday - 8 miles with Jen
Tuesday - 2 miles
Wednesday - off
Thursday - 5 miles on TM with the middle 3 at 8:12 pace
Friday - off
Saturday - off
Sunday - 8 miles on TM with Jen and Jill

I'm feeling great! My calves are a bit sore after Sunday's run as I typically run more on my toes on the treadmill. I have three easy miles to do today to shake them out and start prepping for the Mid-Winter Classic 10-Miler this coming weekend.

We had Finn's parent-teacher conference last night and because of a babysitter snafu they had to come with us. We were all starving after and I had a gift card to Applebee's so we headed there for some grub. We had one of those moments when you become the proudest parents on the planet when a stranger takes the time to come over after their meal and praise the boys for being so well behaved! 

Such a good little monkey.

Don't forget, this is the last day to enter my Core Power giveaway!


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Three Things Thursday

1. I think I've found a training plan that will work with my schedule. Since I'm focusing on rebuilding this year, I wanted to start with something basic, but challenging. And it needs to work with the time I have during the week to run. Runnersworld.com has a program called Smart Coach. Basically you plug in a recent race time, a race distance you are training for, how many miles you average per week and your desired intensity level. Since I didn't run many races last year and my last couple were in the heat of summer or had other reasons for not posting a great time, I ended up using my last great race, the Kennebec River Rail Trail 5K back in June when I got a PR. I was worried that this might also not be great one to use as a standard and the times to hit in the training plan would be too fast for my current fitness level, but it's the best I've got. I chose the Sugarloaf 15K in May as my goal race. I'm not sure at this point if I'll actually be running it, but it's a good middle-ground distance that I feel comfortable building toward. This plan has me running four times a week, up from my usual three, but I think I can handle getting up early one day a week to run...in this case is tomorrow, so we'll see how that goes! Anyway, the mileage and paces are totally doable and seem to focus on easy running with a day of tempo or speed work once a week.


2. The freezing temperatures are back and a tempo run was on the training plan for today. I decided to hit up the local gym and run on a treadmill. It's a small gym with mostly older equipment, but it is relatively inexpensive. Actually today they said I didn't have to pay at all since it was my first time there! So the guy at the desk tells me where the locker room and cardio rooms are and I head to the locker room to hang up my jacket and then head up to find a treadmill. I was thinking, "hmm...that's kind of funny that there is only one locker room." More on this in a minute. So in the cardio room there is a row of ellipticals on one wall, a row of bikes on the opposite wall, and five treadmills along the back wall. Three of them seriously must be 20-something years old and I wonder how fast they would actually go. Anyway, all were free so I got on a newer one that was pretty nice and started out at an easy pace for a one mile warm up. Then three tempo miles at 8:11 pace. They were actually 8:12 pace because of how the mileage converts, but close enough. I felt super strong for all three and then had a one mile cool down. Success! So I head back to the locker room to collect my belongings and now see on the door "MEN". Oops! Someone was in there, but not in the first room so I snuck in really quick and ran out without getting caught. Yeah, I had to walk a little further to get to the women's locker room. It all makes sense now! I didn't take any pictures on the treadmill since there were other people in there and I'm self-conscious like that.

So THIS is the correct locker room!

3. I don't really have much else to report other than reminding you to enter my Core Power Fit Kit Giveaway!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Core Power Fit-Kit Review

Disclosure: I was provided a Core Power Fit-Kit through my affiliation with FitFluential. All opinions are my own.

In just over two weeks the Winter Olympics will begin. What better way to celebrate than with a giveaway of the "Official Protein Drink 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games"?



Core Power is made with high quality, high-protein milk to power and strengthen athletes and gives energy and vitality to active people.

Core Power is available in two varieties: the CORE version has 25 grams of protein and 240 calories, and the LIGHT version had 20 gram of protein and 150 calories. Core Power CORE is available in vanilla, chocolate, and banana while Core Power LIGHT is available in chocolate and strawberry-banana. 
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I tried the Strawberry Banana LIGHT and the Chocolate and Banana flavors of the CORE version. All three were very delicious! They weren't chalky tasting, but was just like drinking flavored milk...because it is! I love chocolate milk as a recovery drink and the Core Power version was very chocolatey. Surprising to me, the Banana flavor was hands-down my favorite! Light and refreshing and full of protein and potassium essential for muscle recovery. 

Some other great things about Core Power is that the protein comes directly from milk and is not from a powder. It is also lactose-free and sweetened only with stevia or monk fruit juice. 

It is available nationwide in convenience stores and on Amazon. For a list of locations near you visit corepower.com/stores.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Rebuilding

Over the last couple of months, I've been trying to decide what I'd like to accomplish this year in running. The unwavering nausea at mile 19 at MDI that caused me to walk a good portion of the last 6 miles had me swearing off marathons for a few years. Then, like the pain of childbirth, the discomfort of the marathon was forgotten a short while later. Well, not forgotten, but now it doesn't seem that bad. I survived, right? So I got into my head that I'd like to tackle the marathon again in 2014. I was even as crazy to think that I would want to do the Maine Coast Marathon in May and then Sugarloaf two weeks later. I also won an entry into MDI this year, so I could be doing that in October. 

Then I really got to thinking. What was the main thing that I was missing last year? It can be summed up in one word.

Consistency.

Last year, I didn't follow any training plan. I loosely followed one for MDI, and even then was only able to do one 20 mile run. As far as mileage in 2013, I averaged about 41 miles PER MONTH and in the first 7 months of the year only averaged just over 30 miles per month. In July, when I should have been preparing to start training for MDI, I took 19 days off in a row. Now that I look back over my training log, it's no wonder my fall marathon was such a sufferfest. 

Next month will mark three years since my return to running. From February 2011 until the Maine Marathon in September 2012, I followed the Run Less, Run Faster training plans. I started with the 5K and worked my way through the 10K, the half marathon, and the marathon plans. I averaged about 61 miles per month in 2012. Still not a lot compared to some, but the RLRF plans are designed around running fewer miles.

That all stopped last year. 

One of the reasons was that we bought a fixer-upper house and I was dealing with getting that ready to move in. I didn't want to commit to a training plan when I wouldn't necessarily be able to follow it. I mentally needed a break from the structure of a written plan. So 2013 became the year of whatever. I'd run when I wanted. I'd run as far as I wanted.

The problem was that I still wanted to compete. I still wanted to perform well. I still wanted to PR. 

And I did for the most part. But running less than 10 miles is very different from 26.2. I think that I carried over some fitness from the previous two years to result in some pretty solid race performances early in last year. I ran a great time at the Sugarloaf 15K in May and got a 2-second 5K PR in June. (The latter was the first time in my life that I actually ran to the point of dry heaves at the finish. TMI? Sorry about that. But it could be the result of not being fit enough to run that time.)

Anyway, last night as I was drifting off to sleep I realized what I have to do. 

Rebuild.

I need to rebuild my fitness. I need to rebuild my strength. I need to rebuild my mileage base to be able to accomplish my running goals. So that is what I'll be doing in 2014. I won't be running a marathon and I'm finally okay with that. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Quick Hello

Good morning! I just got back from a short run and it was great! I decided to just run from home instead of the bike path since the roads didn't look too bad. The warm, rainy weather yesterday got rid of the ridiculous amounts of slush and there was only a few icy patches that I had to look out for. Most of the sidewalks are still under mounds of snow and I'm starting to wonder if they will ever remove it this year. 

Chillin' in an igloo

It's pretty windy out, but I bundled up and still managed a good sweat even though I only went for just over two miles - an average pace of 8:45 with the last little bit at a 7 minute pace. I wore my trusty Mizuno Wave Rider 17. These are now my "go to" shoe in colder weather. They seem much warmer than the Sayonara and I like how they ride on less than ideal road conditions.


Anyway, I'm off to get some things done before picking up Finn from preschool and then who knows what? Have a great day!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Treadmill Running and a Snow Castle

Christmas vacation is finally over! After two snow days last Thursday and Friday, Zeke's vacation was extended a little further this morning with a 2-hour delay due to icy road conditions. It warmed up quick though and even reached 50! Quite unbelievable since it was -18 without the windchill just two days ago! I really wish I could have run today too since it was so warm, but it was pouring rain and the winds gusts were strong. Plus I ran yesterday and my calves are a bit sore.

Running outside was pretty much out of the question, the slush and ice on the road was insane and the Rail Trail is a mess. I met the girls at the gym and we ran side by side.

Blurry, because we were running so fast!

I was the lucky one who got the treadmill that only worked for 20 minute intervals. It actually worked out well, but I had to take pictures after each interval...there's no way I would be able to remember how far I'd gone!

from Instagram @carriemceneaney

Then Jen snaps this picture of me at the exact second that the run ended and I grabbed the bars. Honest, I was not running holding on!!! 


I added up the miles when I got home and did 8.69 miles at an average pace of 8:55. My longest run since the MDI marathon on October 19th! I ran in my second pair of pink Mizuno Wave Sayonara that only had 26.2 miles on them from that day. I have been kind-of saving them and wearing my older, full of holes pair and also started a love affair with the Wave Rider 17s.

The warm temps today also meant that the snow was perfect for building and the boys and I built this snow castle after school.

from Instagram @carriemceneaney

Anyway, I'm hoping to get to the bike path in Brunswick tomorrow while the boys are in school. Temperatures will be dropping to well below freezing tonight, so I'm sure there will be a lot of ice tomorrow. Yay! 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

First run of 2014.

It's another snowy day here in Maine. School has been cancelled on what was supposed to be the first day back from Christmas break. Funny thing, until last night I thought Zeke's first day back was this coming Monday. On a whim I checked the calendar and he was supposed to go back today. It all sorted itself out. 

I got out for a quick run yesterday. Well, it wasn't quick...just short. I had been considering 14 miles for 2014, but I haven't run anything above 5 miles since MDI in October. Something like 2.014 miles seemed much more reasonable. Then when I was out there I thought, "who the heck cares?!?"  Plus I don't think my Garmin registers thousands of a mile. Anyway, I braved the elements and took on the roads that were still partially covered in slush and ice from the last storm and only the sidewalks on the main roads in town are plowed.

Sidewalks on my block under  4-5 foot snowbanks.

And by plowed, I mean you just don't have to trod through snow past your knees. The snow was pretty packed but I had to watch my footing to not roll an ankle. 



I pretty much made up my route as I went along depending on what road looked the best/safest and where cars were when I came upon an intersection. I did have to run down a fairly steep hill where the sidewalk/road was a tad icy, but my Stabilicers did not let me down. These things are freaking awesome! 

Stabilicers + Mizuno Wave Rider 17 = awesome!

It was pretty slow going though. I don't need to be breaking a hip on the first run of the year! I was able to speed up on the flat and straight section leading back to my house and finished at a pace in the low-8s. 

Just add a 0 in the time for 2014!

And I think it's time for a haircut. When I got back I had quite the rat's nest in my ponytail. 

UGH.

It looks like I won't get another chance to run until this weekend when girls and I are planning an 8-miler on Sunday. I'm really looking forward to it. We haven't run together since the Spartan!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 in Review and a Fresh Start

Happy New Year! 

Let's do a quick recap of 2013, shall we?

Races run: 7

PR's achieved: 3 {KRRT 5K in June (by 2 seconds),  Sugarloaf 15K in May, and Bath Heritage Days 5-Miler in July pushing the double stroller (the latter two by default as this was my first time racing these distances), oh and I completed my first Spartan with the girls in November so I guess I could count that as a PR too}

KRRT 5K (age group win!)
Sugarloaf 15K

Bath Heritage Days 5-Miler in 94 degrees
Scaling the cargo net at Spartan: Fenway Park

Miles run: 491.8 {yup, I didn't reach 500 but I'm not the least bit upset about it. My theme for 2013 seemed to be "the year of whatever". I didn't follow any sort of plan throughout the year and still managed a pretty decent year. Though not fast, I did complete a second marathon at MDI in October. 

Looking back at my goals post for 2013, I didn't really set any goals. I mentioned that I wanted to run somewhere between 750-1000 miles...that didn't happen. I wrote that I'd like to go sub-1:50 in the half and sub-4 in the full. Well, I didn't even run a half marathon, but that is still a goal. And of course sub-4 is still a goal for a marathon, but I'm not even sure I'll be running one this year. And that was it. Like I said, it was the year of non-stressed running - run when I want, as far as I want.

That being said, I think I'm ready to start training with purpose again. 

Once I digest my huge breakfast of eggs and sausage I'll be headed out for a few miles. I might wait until mid-afternoon so it can warm up to the forecasted high of 19 degrees. It's stinking cold out there!