Bachlorette Day One

Yesterday began with an awesome breakfast at Hominy Grill.  We had our last clinical reasoning group meeting and our professor took us there for our “discussion”.  The food was amazing.  I had two poached eggs on a biscuit with tomato-bacon gravy.

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After the meeting, we went and started doing some practice for our big clinical exam coming up.  Then I raced home on by bike and took Scar for a nice 2 and a half mile walk for my “cross-training” day.  I was going to walk the bridge but I thought since I was leaving after that it would be nice to take her to wear her out and make her feel loved.

So happy!

So happy!

All of a sudden I was in a huge rush.  I got home, showered, made lunch (oatmeal because it is my favorite thing ever right now), packed up my car and headed to pick up the woman of the weekend!

Bachlorette survival

Bachlorette survival

I made her a bachlorette survival kit with all her favorites, and some important essentials: magazine, book, champagne, candy, dog toy (for Georgia), 5 hour energy, Sprite (her favorite), pumpkin cookies, Tums, Advil, hand sanitizer, gum, hair ties, sun screen, bug spray, band aids, Tide to go, nail polish, lip gloss.  I think that was it.

I loaded that bad boy in last and then hit the road.  The house we have rented for the weekend is amazing.  We just have the bottom floor but it is gorgeous!

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Back patio

Back patio

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Lindsey at the front door!

Lindsey at the front door!

We took last night to play silly games and just hang out around the house and save our energy up for tonight!

First drinks

First drinks

That left me with plenty of energy to do a run around Savannah before everyone got up.  I love running in places I don’t usually run.  There was so much going on this morning around here.  There was a race, a farmers market, a gay pride festival and a bunch of other things I am forgetting.

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Today we will probably head out to the beach then come back get ready, have some dinner and go out for the night!!

Good Timing

Talk about good timing!

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Just kidding, we had a serial casting lab today.  I sent this picture to Casey this morning and it said “Guess no more running for a while.”  It was mean…whoops!

It was a really cool, fun lab.  It was a little scary with the cast saws but it was good to get real life practice with it before having to do it on a patient.  Nothing like a PT being nervous to cut it off for the patient’s sense of security.

Cutting off the cast

Cutting off the cast

 

Today was my first day back running.  I took a nice easy jog for 3 miles with Scarlett.  It felt pretty good until she decided to take off at like a 7:30 pace. Not exactly what I had in mind.  Tomorrow I plan to take a walk on the bridge for my “cross training” day with a friend.  It says 2-3 miles so should be a quick little fun activity!

With Casey out of town, I went to dinner with a few friends for restaurant week at 82 Queen.  They had a 3 for $30 menu so I got PEI mussels, Shrimp and Grits and a fantastic Chocolate Cheesecake.  I thought they were going to have to roll me out of there.  By the end of this weekend I am going to need to go on a juice fast!

Photo Credit: Melissa Willis

Photo Credit: Melissa Willis

 

This weekend is Lindsey’s Bachlorette party in Savannah so I am not sure what kind of internet access I will have but I will for sure take lots of pictures and have a nice recap whenever I can!!

What I Ate Wednesday

This is the first day that I haven’t really felt sore doing any normal activities.  If I deep squat it doesn’t feel awesome, but I really don’t need to walk around doing that soo….

Since Casey is out of town, it is the perfect time for me to eat things he doesn’t necessarily fancy.  That means lots of pumpkin and shrimp!!!

Breakfast: Pumpkin Protein Pancakes (from PBfingers.com) I LOVE THEM!

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Morning Snack: Clementines

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Lunch: I got back late to have lunch and I knew I was going to have an early dinner because I had to go to the clinic so I had a light lunch of Naturebox Cranberry Macaroon Granola and Yogurt

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Afternoon Snack: Naturebox Salted Carmel Pretzel Pops (I got a new Naturebox today just as I was coming home for lunch, if you couldn’t tell)

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Dinner: Shrimp and Asparagus Pasta (with mushrooms and tomatoes)

So good, and I am so excited there are left overs for tomorrow!

So good, and I am so excited there are left overs for tomorrow!

 

Clinic Treat: The BEST Pumpkin Cookies Ever (true recipe title) and it doesn’t lie.  I took a little more than half of them to clinic and came home with none.  I may or may not have had 2 3 and a half.  Whoops!

MAKE THESE NOW!

MAKE THESE NOW!

 

Quite a pumpkiny day to be honest and I could probably do this every day for a month and not get sick of it.  Bring on fall!

Now What?

So now that I have met my greatest, most distant running goal, what do I do?

Since I have followed Hal Higdon’s program to train for the race which worked like a charm, I figured why not use his recovery program as well.

He calls this week Zero Week.  I already screwed up what I was supposed to do after the race day of.  It says try to eat solid food as soon as possible and rehydrate.  I didn’t eat very much and drank a few celebratory beverages; probably why I am still sore.  Monday was supposed to be a rest day which it was.  Today he advocates a massage.  Since racing is expensive and I’m a poor student, my stick was going to have to do.

My version of a massage Photo Credit: thestick.com

My version of a massage
Photo Credit: thestick.com

 

 

 

 

I broke this bad boy out three times today and spent 5-10 minutes rolling out my quads, calves, hamstrings, Anterior Tibialis (muscle on the outside of your shin) and peroneals (further outside shin), IT band and the bottoms of my feet.  It certainly didn’t feel awesome, especially the quads but I am hoping getting out of the tree fort I call a bed will be easier in the morning for it.

I am starting to get quite antsy to run and he doesn’t “clear you” to run until Thursday.  I may take a short walk on the bridge tomorrow just to get out and do something.  I feel like such a bump on a log (even though I know this is irrational since I ran a marathon less than 48 hours ago).

Still living in a fantasy land and don’t see myself coming back down any time soon!  Hope you are having a fantastic week!

Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon

I have to say that this was the most enjoyable race I have ever run.  There weren’t a lot of people along most of the course but it was stunning!  We went all through the mountains, along the river for most of it and on trails for a lot of it.  I wish I had taken my phone and could have stopped and taken pictures because it was just amazing.

The race started with a nice down hill which was great except it made keeping pace in check in those early miles even harder than normal.  At mile 2 I saw THE Bart Yasso cheering us on.  Motivation.  The first 10 miles FLEW by which isn’t abnormal but then all of a sudden I was at mile 16.  This is when I always expect to start being miserable and really struggle.  But that didn’t really happen.  From mile 13-16 I kept telling myself, “nothing hurts, you are good.”  It was like my mantra.  I had to make my head tell my body I still felt great, and somehow I did.

I had decided at mile 8 or so I was going to try a strategy I had heard many other runners use to get through the nitty gritty miles of a race.  I picked someone in my life who helped me get to that race and ran that mile for them.

Mile 16-17: Lauren; she trained with me in the beginning with goals of running this race but then couldn’t get the weekend off.  We ran in crazy storms together, the heat and we motivated each other through her first 19 mile run!!

Mile 17-18: Steph; she is another big runner in my class, she even ran for Clemson.  Her and another friend of mine, Lia and I would all go running VERY early Friday mornings before class.  Thank goodness for those girls dragging my butt out of bed.

Mile 18-19: Lia; the other half of the Friday running team.  Such an amazing athlete and wonderful supporter!

Mile 19-20: Maribeth; this is one of the toughest miles in my mind when I run marathons.  Once you get to 20 its a 10k left which starts to sound manageable.  Maribeth posted the video for Girl on Fire to my facebook wall the night before the race which was the absolute sweetest.  She also ran the 5k series with me this summer.  I have to say I sang that song and thought of the sweetest southern girl I know that whole mile to get me through!

Mile 20-21: Kristen; I ran my very first marathon with her and I thank god she was crazy enough to start doing this with me.  I feel that I owe a bit of my love for running to her.

Mile 21-22: Hannah; my best friend since high school.  She thinks I can do anything I want to and I have to love her for that and all the support she has given me through the years.  She has always called herself my number one fan as I am hers.

Mile 22-23: Alli; whom I ran the Nashville Marathon with.  It was her first and she did AMAZING.  Nothing like the pride and joy of your first marathon.  I was so happy I could be there and run it with her.

Mile 23-24: This mile many people flooded to my head and I needed them for sure.  Lindsey, my soon bride to be and Jenna who ran her first half in Savannah last year when I ran the marathon there.  She did so great in her first race, I was so proud!

Mile 24-25: mi madre; the lovely woman who created me and gave me the work ethic I have.  You can literally do anything if you want to work for it and I learned that from her.  There is nothing like the support from your mom to get you through!

Mile 25-26: Casey; the wonderful guy who has traveled to countless races, tolerated wake up calls in the dark, eaten whatever strict diet I am following race weeks, and been there at every finish line.  Even started running with me, even though it is less than his idea of fun.

At mile 26 I was pretty much in a gap where I was the only person for a bit.  Bart Yasso was standing on the final turn at mile 26 and he pointed right at me, looked at his watch and said, “You my girl are going to make a BQ, give it everything you’ve got.”  Talk about a kick in the pants!  Because there was no one near me, I was the only one on the hugemongus jumbotron screen at the finish line while I was coming it.  I was up there for eternity it felt like and the announcer just kept talking about me and all I could think was that I was going to fall.  I didn’t, thank goodness (I have done this before)!

And just like that, all my running dreams had come true.  I have qualified for Boston, met Bart Yasso and absolutely crushed my PR.

Stats (Because all runners love numbers):

Not quite negative splits, but I really can't be upset with this AT ALL!

Not quite negative splits, but I really can’t be upset with this AT ALL!

 

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Just remembering how to walk again.

Just remembering how to walk again.

Once I get official race photos, I will be sure to share…should be tomorrow or Wednesday!

Oh, and the Eagles won tonight! Cherry on top of the last two days!

Im a Squeaker, But I Qualified!

This weekend has been a whirl wind!!  Yesterday we went to the expo at the Bethlehem Steel Stacks.  The place was amazing!  It was the number one producer of steel in the US at one point but now that it has shut down they have done amazing things to use the space.

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Had to capture this, Yuengling is brewed in this area, not a bad claim to fame!

Had to capture this, Yuengling is brewed in this area, not a bad claim to fame!

 

Sweet sculpture!

Sweet sculpture!

 

When we got home, we lounged around outside with everyone drinking and having a good time (I was crushing Gatorade/Water).  Once it got dark we made a fairly large fire and hung out until I left around 10:30 to get ready and get some beauty sleep.

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I have to say, I got the greatest night of sleep pre race I have ever had.  I have no idea how I got so lucky!  I woke up feel refreshed, well as refreshed as you can at 4:54 am (4 is my lucky number but I couldn’t bring myself to get up at 4:44).

Before leaving!

Before leaving!

 

There was insane traffic at the exit and we were moving so slow so finally at 6:25 I just got out of the car.  Thank goodness Casey came with me so he could just take the car and head back.  I sped walked over to get a quick potty break in and check my bag before heading to the starting line.  Luckily the race was small so it only took 15 minutes to go to the bathroom, check my bag and get to the start.

Potty line

Potty line

The race went fantastically (stay tuned for my post tomorrow or later tonight about the race itself).  Moral of the story, I QUALIFIED FOR BOSTON with a 3:30:32!!  I PRed by 12 minutes and 9 seconds averaging 8:02 min/miles.

Me and my love post race!

Me and my love post race!

 

Stay Tuned for race dets!!

 

Finally Here

Yesterdays trip took so much longer than I expected.  After a full day of classes I rushed home to get Casey, drop off Scarlett at a friend’s house and rush over to the airport.  Luckily at Charleston airport you only have to get there like 30 minutes early to make a flight.  Scarlett was not happy with the situation, she kept trying to unpack her bag of stuff. I swear she is the most human like dog I have ever met!

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Once we made it to the air port we only had to sit around for like 10 minutes before we were boarding, the TINIEST PLANE!!  The little ones make me so much more nervous for some irrational reason but the flight was smooth, thank goodness.

Our very tiny airplane

Our very tiny airplane

 

In my head I always think that when the flight gets in you are there but that is never really the case.  Once we got in and stepped of the plane we were hit by the most amazing chill, it was so refreshing after leaving 95 degrees in Charleston.  I was so glad I grabbed my cardigan as we were strolling out the door.  When we finally got off the very long tarmac, it took an hour just to get out of JFK and to where the rental cars were.

On the monorail to the rental cars!

On the monorail to the rental cars!

Then we headed straight into Friday night New York City traffic where Siri froze up and we made a bad turn right into Times Square.  I thought it was cool but Casey was less than thrilled.  It didn’t end up adding any extra time by some stroke of luck and I got to be in the city for a hot minute.

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I was just happy to finally be there and make the best of the 5 hours of traveling.  When we finally got on the main highway to take us back, there was a huge fireworks show!!  Though I agree that it was a little dangerous and distracting to drivers as Casey was complaining (he was driving), I loved it.  That is so unusual!

Crappy cell phone picture of fireworks!

Crappy cell phone picture of fireworks!

 

We finally got in around 9:45, so right around 5 solid hours.  Not too bad though considering the crazy amounts of transportation devices we had to take.

Today will bring the expo (which I always love), some good nutritious food and loooots of water and gatorade!

Hodge Podge

This post will pretty much be a jumble of a bunch of thoughts and things I want all included that don’t go together.

1.  My lulu pictures were released today and I totally love it.  The girl that wrote it referred to me as an elite runner which I certainly don’t put myself in that category by any means but what a confidence booster before a race!

almost famousAfter this picture got posted, a girl emailed the store and asked for my contact info because she is also running this race and hoping to qualify for Boston.  She texted me this afternoon and we are planning to meet up at the expo and maybe run the first few (or how every many work out) miles together, at least to help us not go out to fast and get a good start.

2.  I got the pumpkin oatmeal just how I like it today.  It isn’t super sweet so if that is how you like things you may have to use more honey or a bit of sugar.

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Ingredients:

3/4 cup almond milk (regular milk is fine too)

Pinch of Salt

Just less than 1/2 cup of Old Fashioned Oats

2 TBSP pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

1 1/2 tsp honey

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

1.  Bring milk and salt to slight boil.

2.  Stir in oats and cook until thick oats are left stirring occasionally.  Stay close because it can bubble over pretty easily if you aren’t paying attention.

3.  Reduce heat to low and add pumpkin, honey and pumpkin pie spice.  Stir thoroughly.

4.  Place in bowl and garnish with cinnamon!!  Delish!!

I was so happy with the taste.  It is a nice treat without being overly sweet first thing in the morning.

3.  I finally made it to the beach today with my friend Cassie while my oil got changed and finished my book.  It was really good and not predictable.  I tried to predict the whole time and about half way I just gave up and enjoyed the ride.  It is like all of his other books, it starts fast, has a few far fetched parts and he is getting shot at within 10 pages but it is such a wild, entertaining ride!

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4.  I am all packed and ready to go.  I of course made many lists today to make sure I had everything I needed.  There are a few last minute things that can’t get packed until we are walking out the door but other than that everything is ready to go.  My mom just read the book I packed and said it was phenomenal so I will let everyone know.

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5.  IT IS THE FIRST NIGHT OF FOOTBALL SEASON!!  And there was a delay to the start allowing me just enough time to finish composing this post.  Gotta love when the universe works with you!

Happy Thursday everyone.  Next time you hear from me I’ll be in PA!

What I Ate Wednesday: Race Week

Yesterday was a pretty healthy eating day.  I have been trying all week to do the best I can (however we did just get back from a restaurant week meal at Lana and I had a small piece of chocolate cake with espresso gelato that I don’t even feel bad about it was so amazing).

Breakfast: Pumpkin Oatmeal and Cup of Coffee; I totally forgot to take a picture, I was so excited to eat it I couldn’t even wait!  It was pretty good, I am working out the recipe to be perfect and I will post it as soon as I get it right

Lunch: Sauteed vegetables (squash, zucchini, tomatoes, onions); I was still super full from breakfast so I thought this would be a great lunch and then I packed a bunch of snacks for the rest of the day because it was a clinic night –> late dinner!

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Snacks: Naturebox Sante Fe Corn Snacks, Grapes, 2 clementines, Fat Free Vanilla Yogurt and Cinnamon Raisin Granola

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Dinner: Spinach and Cheese Lasagna Roll Ups; Casey had a fantasy draft and was gone when I got home from clinic so I got to eat left overs from the night before which were amazing and so easy to make

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Dessert: Cinnamon Life with Almond Milk

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Over all pretty delicious and fairly health conscious day!

Race Week!

ITS RACE WEEK!!  WOOO HOOO!!!  I am so excited but I am really starting to get nervous.  I have never had a time goal in my head that I thought was going to be pretty hard for me to achieve.  I always made a goal that I knew for sure I could accomplish so I wouldn’t be disappointed at the end.   I mean seriously, after running a marathon, no part of you should be disappointed!

Today I had my last run that could even sort of be considered hard, if you can consider 4x400s hard.  My total run was 2.63 miles and 20 minutes.  I barely felt like I had left the house before I was turning around.

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That last split I think my watch was off because I know I was busting it harder than any of the other reps and it showed it being my slowest one!  Oh the joys of technology.  I have never done short speed work the week of the race before but I have been reading a lot about the benefits such as increased glycogen storage leading to decreased fatigue and soreness later.  We will see!

Race week Goals:

  • Gentle yoga every day (at least 10 minute)
  • 10+ cups of water daily
  • Fresh fruits and veggies ALL DAY LONG!
  • Sleep 8 hours a night

Seriously nothing earth shattering here but sometimes writing it down keeps me more accountable.

This week is super busy too so I know before I know it we will be boarding the plane.  Today held class from 8:30-10, came home to get a bit of work done, CARES meeting at 12:30, class 1-5 then clinic until 9.  I am pooped.  But luckily its all down hill from here.  I have a short day tomorrow then we are going to dinner with a friend and her husband for the first night of restaurant week!!  Thursday is the first day of NFL FOOTBALL!!  Then Friday I have a full day of classes then we fly out at 4:30.  Talk about a whirl wind week.

I have my big girl pants on and am totally ready for everything, bring it on!

Hope you have a slightly less busy, but equally awesome week ahead!

Have you ever done a quick speed session in the week leading up to a big race?