Weekly Wrap Up- Post Marathon 12/3-12/9

Last week I ran California International Marathon, and I had a blast!   You can read all about it here!I don’t have a whole lot to write about as far as training recap.  1 week post marathon, so the mileage was low and the pace was easy.  I was pretty beat up after this race. Totally makes sense looking at how much my mileage completely crashed the weeks leading up to the race.


Here’s a quick snap shot of my recovery week

Monday- Scheduled rest day

Travel day, no training.  The plane ride back was pretty miserable, I could tell by the moans and groans that I was not alone.  The time change from San Francisco to Kansas City seemed to make things worse. I was super glad to return home to my little princess and puppies.

Tuesday-Scheduled rest day

Back to work, no training.  Focused on getting back into my work routine and took another rest day.  No rush for me.

Wednesday- 3.28 miles  @ 7:44 pace

First run back.  Grabbed some miles with my high school track girls.  I actually felt pretty awesome, until we hit this giant down hill on the way back to school  Other than that, it was an easy 3 miler.

Thursday- 3.01 miles @8:01 pace

I decided a treadmill run was a better option for recovery.  The softer ground and lack of elevation made the run feel pretty normal.

Friday- Scheduled Rest Day

Stayed late working on the classroom and really in no rush to get a small run in.

Saturday- 6 miles at 8:15 pace

Felt pretty easy, some leg tightness crept in at the end on the down hills again.

Sunday- 3.45 miles at 9:03 pace

Combo run/walk.  Honestly I joined a crew at the gym mostly to keep the routine and for social time and less about training.


So I got in a super easy 7 days and I am ready to begin what I consider a reverse taper back into some quality workouts.  I am chomping at the bit to pick some new races and continue to work toward my big goal.

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California International Race Recap #AllaboutWednesday blog link up

I’m back and starting to feel normal again. I had a great time in Sacramento and have lots of wonderful things to say about the race.  I traveled to Sacramento with my husband, mom and dad.  I was more excited about my dad running his first marathon then I was about my own race.  

The expo

The expo was an easy half mile walk from our hotel. When we arrived you picked up your race day packet from one end and your shirt from the other. From a promotional stand point, it was well thought out, spreading out the crowd and getting runners to walk past more vendors that way.  There were lots of big vendors at the expo, not surprising considering the size of the race.  I am kicking myself for not taking advantage of the Goodr sunglasses deals.  They are my obsession right now.    The expo had a lot of clothing lines and deals and the CIM branded merchandise was surprisingly fair priced. I feel like a lot of bigger races really mark up the price for branded items.  We tasted the new nuun flavors and then grabbed a beer sample as we caught the end of a couple of speakers at the expo before heading to lunch.

Around town

With a 26.2 mile run ahead of us we tried to avoid to much additional walking so we kept our activities close to the hotel. Luckily we had a pretty good location near a mall, the basketball arena and most importantly close to the finish line.  My husband bought us a couple of tickets to the Kings vs pacers game.img_1082

Race Day!

I woke up at 4 am calm and ready to go. I had already resolved to running a more easy race and just completing the distance as my training took a huge nose dive the last 6-8 weeks.  This seemed to relax me in a way I haven’t been able to before a race. I had a quiet sense of calm, I was able to stomach food well and I was unstressed.

One of the bus stops were conveniently located right outside our hotel, starting at 5 am.  I got down to the lobby at 4:45 thinking I would catch a ride with my dad but he had already hopped on a bus and it took off as I was walking that way.  The bus lines do fill up fast  In order to limit stress and waiting around outside I would recommend catching the early buses.  A huge bonus for a point to point race, the buses stayed at the starting line and racers are allowed to stay warm on the bus until the race starts.  This is a huge perk verse waiting outside in a field like we did at Boston.  The gear check was also awesome.  Just 10 minutes before the race I was able to walk right up to the bag check and hand them both my bag and my dads, without a wait.  Another perk when you are dressed for cooler weather but need to undress before racing.

The weather was chilly standing around but absolutely perfect temperatures for chasing a PR.  The start line was super crowed.  Basically busting at the seems with runners around the 3 hour mark.  I’m guessing a big surge of male runners chasing the new BQ standards.  I lined up by the 3:05 pacer thinking I would finish around the 3:05-3:-10 time.  I am glad I did as the pace groups took off a bit fast, and we were running about 3 hour pace for the first 3 miles.  I was feeling super awesome and thought I would maintain the 3 hour pace until half way and then allow myself to settle into a comfortable pace based on feel.

Miles 1-8 I found myself running in sync with a team of Impala runners. Even though I was creeping in on their pack running, being with the group helped that first half fly by.  I skipped the first couple of water/Nuun stations and grabbed a small bottle from a kiddo handing them out.  He was super excited as people were grabbing them.  I find the bottles much easier to manage on the run.  As we hit the first fueling station, I got a bit over excited and begin grabbing everything offered.  I grabbed the first gel and realized it was  a yucky flavor so when someone down the line yelled strawberry I grabbed another.  Then I saw them handing out bananas and realized I wanted a banana.  So I grabbed that and I ate it.  It was yummy and I was glad I didn’t eat the gels.  I did hang on to the strawberry gel in case I felt I needed it later on in the race.

Mile 8-12 I found myself catching the 3 hour pacer.  It was a downhill portion of the race and I guess hanging on to the group of runners I picked it up at some point.  At mile 12 however, I had to make the worlds fastest potty stop as nature was calling and I didn’t want to become an internet meme for the wrong reasons.  I tried to keep my watch running and was seriously impressed with my bathroom skills.

Miles 13-19 I went through the half marathon point a few seconds above 1:30 which was the plan going into the race. I was feeling good and decided I would hang on to the pace through mile 20 instead of slowing down.  I really don’t remember as much of this section of the race, except maybe the local “herbal” smell and a small dog that joined in for like a quarter mile.  I sort of went into autopilot, I guess. I had some orange slices and another half a banana along the way.

Mile 20-23- Naively, I went through mile 20 feeling pretty freaking awesome, like I was out for a regular easy run.  The course has a giant inflatable at mile 20 reading “the wall” and I laughed at it. I decided I was ready to chase a sub 3 hour marathon and began doing mental math through the next three miles.  Slowly, each mile began to have little aches creeping in, my calves first but it was very manageable and my cardio still felt great.  A little leg tiredness passed mile 20 should be expected.

Mile 23-26 OH CRAP! I found that freaking wall! It was not at mile 20, it was mile 23 and it was very, very evident. I had to make another emergency bathroom stop, it took mere seconds. However, when I took off again my legs didn’t go. They rebelled against me and it was as if I had forgotten how to run.  Stopping may have been the worst thing ever.  It was so weird to feel absolutely remarkable from the waist up but be unable to really move my legs.  They felt like heavy bags of sand and the muscles continued to tighten up, greatly limiting my stride.  It was very evident that my lack of training through the end of my cycle was catching up to me.  I tried being mean with myself, to go all Dori  the fish and “just keep swimming” and super cheerleader.  It didn’t feel like a motivation issue, I wanted to push through any pain but I couldn’t get the motor function together enough to pick up the pace.

Finish-  The streets were lined with people cheering and they sort of crowded the racers the last .2 miles.  I didn’t really have any ability to pick up the pace as I was struggling to just get my legs moving. I saw someone crawling to the finish line and admired the ability to push herself through the adversity.  I finished the race happily with a time of 3:08:22.  I finished satisfied and my husband and mom were waiting right on the other side of the line for me.


The finish line area was a bit crowded when you immediately exited the area that separated the runners from spectators.  Overall, though it was spread out with lots of snack and drink options for both the runners and spectators.  The gear check looks like a mess but took only a minute or so as kids were running through a field picking up the bags that were lined up in order according to bib numbers.  Having a super close hotel allowed me to rinse off and get out of my gross wet racing clothes and into something warm before heading to cheer my dad onto the finish.  I was super excited to see him come through, looking mighty strong too. He finished with a 4:27!

Sometimes your victories can not be found on the race clock.  They are found along the journey.  I struggled a lot with anxiety, followed by the flu and then a respiratory infection.  Really knocking me down from consistent training. Motivation ran low the weeks leading up and I just wanted to enjoy the trip and become familiar with the race so that I could come back and kick its butt next year.  I am so super glad that I went.  I am glad that I pushed through for that sub 3 hour, even though I missed it.  I found a way to let go of a lot of the anxiety and enjoyed the race immensely.  I walked away with a smile.  I couldn’t ask for more.

Now to take those lessons and apply to my next cycle. To stay focused on all the things that went right and let go of things that were out of my control.  I haven’t lost sight of my big goal, qualifying for the trials. I am just taking the scenic route.  My one disappointment is not grabbing a race day photo with my dad.

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Book Review- How Bad Do You Want It?: Mastering the Psychology of Mind over Muscle by Matt Fitzgerald #Allaboutrunning Wednesday Blog Link up

Another Book review! Ha ha, my #allaboutrunning link ups have had a lot of book reviews recently, but I can’t help it.  Right now, I feel like a sponge and I have been a bit obsessed with reading running content.  With my own illness, and now my daughter is sick.  I have also had a bit more down time to read.

Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress; 1 edition (October 15, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937715418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937715410

I actually acquired this book as an audio book. Something new to me.  I wasn’t sure if I would like it, however this was the perfect style of book for an audio book. The timing of me reading this book was absolutely perfect, as well.  Maybe that is why I was drawn to it? The message was great and overall the content was limited.

The book starts out bouncing back and forth between personal Matt’s introduction to running and personal struggles with the mental side of running, with the science and theory of endurance sports.   The theory and psychology was interesting, but not overly heavy or deep into the nitty gritty scientific components making this an easy read for most any .

Through this introduction Fitzgerald explains how much of our limitations are driven by our mental strength verse the physical limitations.  Our body self-regulating based on the perception of effort.  That training not only trains our bodies physical limitation it alters the brains perception of effort allowing us to be stronger.  He explains that, for endurance athletes, developing ones mental game is very limited outside of the parameters of training.  That training your mental game needs to happen with in and along side your physical training to get the most out of yourself.

After the introduction, much of the book become individual anecdotal stories of various athletes who manage different types of mental strength and over came different mental barriers for personal success.  I love that Matt Fitzgerald includes a variety of sports in this portion of the book; tri-athletes, cyclist and even rugby players included.  Each story has a unique element and I found them to be very uplifting.  The content in these sections are limited. I don’t want to share individual stories as that would take away from the author and the purpose of reading the book.

This book contains great information highlighting the importance of the psychology of endurance athletes and uplifting stories to go along with that message.  The book however, is not a “how to” on training that key component.  It doesn’t include practical exercises that one could apply to their personal training. He does however, discuss these components in his 80/20 book. (review coming soon!)

Overall I thought this book was well written, the stories matched the message and were very uplifting. This book is great for any level of runner; newbie or elites. Timing wise, this book was just what I needed as I work through some anxiety issues.  I think this book is great for starting a new training cycle and the uplifting stories would be a great message during a taper phase.  I will definitely revisit during my next taper.

As I mentioned, this was my first audio book and the way it was written and each chapter being its own mini-story was perfect for this form. It was easy to break between each chapter and restart on my next run.   I think a content heavy book, like Science of Running, would be hard in this format.  Matt Fitzgerald book, however was great.

I am completing Matt Fitzgeralds 80/20 Training book.  It’s a super fast easy read so I will easily be able to get a follow up post during Thanksgiving break.

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Anxiety on the run, breaking the link

A couple of weeks ago I posted about my struggle with anxiety and how it had began to creep into my running (read about it hear).   Hind sight is always 20/20 and when reflecting on the time period leading up to the anxiety attacks I began to have while running, I could see my bodies warning signs.  img_0404

I feel like in a very small amount of time I have made a huge amount in personal growth in overcoming the panic attacks.  The key was breaking the link between running and anxiety.  Oddly enough, actual stress inducing events are not the cause for most of my anxiety issues.  Its the fear of my own anxiety that seems to send me spiraling out of control.

So once a small amount of anxiety began to creep into my running, every time I began a new run it would trigger my anxiety.  Each time producing a larger reaction until my worst panic attack, which I wrote about previously. I knew I couldn’t continue this process and enjoy running. So I had decided to step back before I could move forward.  I received so many amazing responses, DMs and emails of others who connected with my struggles with anxieties. This  made me feel so much stronger and less isolated.

Shortly after my post I had the Good Life Halfsy race, which turned into a tour of Lincolns finest porta-potties.  The anxiety wasn’t going away that quickly.  I came home a tad deflated but also a bit relieved.  I know its weird, but not racing well took some pressure off of me for this training cycle. I was ready to move into unstructured base training and off season fun.

I ended up getting the flu shortly after.  Laid up on the couch for a week.  While recovering I ended up with an upper respiratory infection which didn’t completely lay me out but did make running nearly impossible without the need of an inhaler.  The silver lining to this was a forced break.  This gave me even more reason to listen to my body and back off on any structured running. Easing into things as I felt like it.

Having fun at KC Group run!

This past week was a huge break through for me in dissociating  running and anxiety.  I recognized my bodies need for rest and recovery.  I was very mindful in running with friends and joining group runs while also adding in other cross training actives based solely on what sounded most interesting.

You can read about my weekly recap here

My plan is to continue with this plan though CIM.  I will run California international for fun and less for time.  I hope to cheer on my awesome friends who have big time goals and my father who is completing is first marathon.  While also spending some time with the hubby child free.

I am not letting go of my goals. I will maintain my fitness and come out stronger.  I haven’t set up a specific follow up goal race or start date for training. Right now I am focusing first on having fun and when my base becomes to grow I will look into a new goal race and the new journey I will take to get there.

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RunCanvas weekly wrap up – November 12th-18th

It’s been a while since I have done a weekly wrap up, but I miss these simple posts and it honestly adds a bit of accountability for myself.  After a round of the flu, followed by an upper respiratory infection. This week I was finally feeling like myself again.  I decided to start slow and focus not only on running but also on all the other little things that support a quality running base.  

Honestly, I am completing things based a lot more on interest and my mood at this point and will wait to add structure to my workouts late December or January.  Ironically, I always end up with pretty solid workout and my mileage usually climbs fairly easily when I just run and workout based on feel 

Here was what my week looked like

  • Monday 6 miles @ 7:19 pace + lower body/glute exercises
    • I had planned on 4 miles but ended up with 6 as I started a new audio book (How Bad Do You Want It? By Matt Fitzgerald) and I wanted to complete one more chapter.img_0808
    • After the run I complete a few simple exercises; calf raises, butt bridges, plank lifts, lunges, squats and donkey kicks.  I had intended to take a few insta-worthy pics but I get self conscious when others are at the gym.


  • Tuesday- 6.02 miles @ 7:37 +strides+abs
    • Grabbed some easy miles with my teammate and co-worker.  It is a cooler day but once we got running it was pretty darn nice.  After the run I did 4 x 10 second strides to get a little bit of turn over.  My plan is to be more consistent with these and build on them as the winter goes on.
    • After I went back home, my daughter joined me for a short core workout on the stability ball.  She loves joining me for my at home workout activities and I love showing her how much fun an active lifestyle can be.

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  • Wednesday- 6 miles @ 7:14 pace +squat session
    • Joined KC Running Company group run for a stride workout/run.  Pretty easy gong evening and group.  We did 6 miles and every half mile we through in a 60 a second surge.
    • After the run Caleb led us in a fun squat session to the song “Relax.”

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  • Thursday- 5.68 miles @ 7:50
    • I thought I was going to be running solo today but luckily a friend messaged us that afternoon looking for some company and I jumped at the chance. We got in a really chill run on a trail by my house.  We ran by time and got in 45 minutes. When I am base building I like to run a lot more by time verse distance and will probably continue that a lot more through this next training cycle.
    • After my run I got in another core stability workout with my mini workout out partner.  I was feeling lazy but she begged me, and I was pretty glad she did.
  • Friday- Scheduled Rest Day
    • Did a random Yoga for Runners video I found on YouTube. My kiddo started with me but I think the slower movement in yoga leaves her bored. She wandered off about half what through the 15 minutes video.

Running tips for winter weather

  • Saturday- 15.90 miles @ 8:05 +Insanity
    • I kind of, sort of hosted a group run with a local running crew called RUNbelievable.  I just really wanted to start building a consistent group run through the winter that catered to a large variety of runners and differences.  This group was started with that idea and use to host great group runs and tons of runners would join.  I am hoping consistency and continued promotion will allow that group to grow to that again.  Thanks for those who joined us this weekend.
    • After the group run, my daughter wanted to do a workout video with me.  We busted out our old Insanity video and did the Cardio Power and resistance workout. I was surprised, for a lengthy video and workout, she stuck with it.  She of course, added her own spin and it was adorable.   I was quite sore after.


  • Sunday 12.13 @ 7:22
    • I joined some local speedsters for some easy miles on Sunday. I was feeling a bit tired though and decided to pull back the pace on the second half, my run buddy Ben.  It was fun chatting with a couple ladies that will be heading to CIM and racing shortly.


The temperatures were definitely lower than average this week but overall it was pretty solid running weather.  I think the limited wind kept it pretty enjoyable.

Looking forward to-  This week I am looking forward to family coming in town and some time away from work.  The weather also looks like it will be a tad warmer and closer to average for this time of year.  Lots of miles with friends! Plus I picked up another book at the library that I can’t wait to dig into!img_0869

What are you looking forward to this week? Any big holiday plans?

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5 big ticket gift ideas for your favorite runner- Count Down to Christmas- RunCanvas Favorites and Holiday shopping ideas

Last week I did a post Count Down to Christmas- RunCanvas Favorites and Holiday shopping ideas for your runner- Accessories .

I am continuing with that Christmas theme and sharing my 5 favorite big ticket Christmas ideas for runners. I like to get a head start on my holiday shopping.  I don’t want to wait for all the crazies to come out and have to fight through the masses to complete my holiday shopping list. Who are we kidding, I have also been creating my personal Christmas wish list for some time now .  I will have a weekly post focusing on RunCanvas favorites to help you get some ideas for yourself or a runner in your life.

  1. Garmin Watch–  A new GPS watch is a great way to get your favorite runner motivated.  There is a huge variety of watches so if you are looking into getting one, make sure you have an idea of the needs for your particular runner. Obviously, the more expensive watch usually comes with more bells and whistle but you may be paying for features you don’t really need.  Here are a few ideas to help you narrow your selection
      • Garmin Forerunner 35-   Basic Garmin watch, this watch has a smaller face but still easy to read all of the data needed.  Not as many bells and whistles, however it has everything even a competitive runner really needs.  Probably my favorite model and the one I am putting on my personal list
  •  Garmin Forerunner 235–  Step up from the 35. This watch has a larger face a few more features. If you have a runner who likes to cross train, this watch may be a great option.  Additional add on for biking and swimming available in bundles as well.
  • Garmin Vivo Active- This is a great running watch that can double as a fitbit/step counter.  With all of the major functionality of a running watch but also tracking of a life style watch.  Get your text messages, calls and notifications on the go.
  1. Air Relax recovery system- I got one of these last year for my birthday and I stinking love it.  I use it constantly and it is well worth the price.  There are other brands, like Normatec. However, I don’t feel like the quality of product or features justifies the huge price difference.

  1. Shoes, Shoes and more shoes-  Running shoes can come in all kinds of price ranges. The price for shoes seems to be climbing.  If you have a runner in your life, you need to head to your fave local running shop and put at least one pair under the tree! If you are in the KC area you need to stop by KC Running Company for your shoe and racing gift ideas!
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  3. Caleb leading the Wednesday night crew in some simple strength training. Join us every Wednesday for a fun and structured speed workout.
  4. Wireless headphones–  If your runner likes to jam out while getting their run in, getting some quality wireless headphones are a great idea. I have the Apple Airpods and they are awesome. The do not budge when I am working out the the case holds an additional 24 hour charge so you don’t have to worry about charging it between runs.  Obviously, it is your best option if you have other Apple products to pair it with.
  5. Treadmill –  Although I am not a huge fan of treadmills, I wish I had one to make balancing my work, family and training life a tad easier at times.  There are so many features and price ranges for a treadmill. You really need to know what your runners needs are before shopping.

What big ticket items are you hoping to see under your Christmas Tree? Comment below!

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