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Consciously Eating Carbs

One of the great things about purchasing a CSA share (Community Supported Agriculture) this summer is all the great vegetables that I’ve been receiving. Squash, various lettuces, zucchini, cucumbers, carrots, etc. It’s all so delicious!! (well, except for the arugula and fennel. I am just not a fan.) 

But that also meant that I inadvertently cut out carbs from my diet and was feeling sluggish on my runs. Really feeling sluggish doing anything. But before I realized that I cut out the carbs, I started drinking more caffeine. Caffeine was the answer.

After my last race on July 4th, I got sick. Sick enough to not exercise. Now I’m being more deliberate by eating carbs with every meal. My runs have gotten better as a result!

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Move, Move More, Move Differently

It will most likely happen with a crash in the night. Those things always happen when it will be the scariest. Even with wall anchors, my medal shelf has started to droop from all the weight I’ve added to it this year. But I’m not worried about the wall; I’m worried about the medals. I’ve worked hard for those medals. Not their physical appearance but what they represent. Months of sweat, determination and laundry went into those medals. I wear them home from the race and put them on that shelf.

Let’s not forget the mornings that my family and friends have given up to support me and my ambitions. They see me start and the waiting begins before they see me again for two minutes of running and crossing the finish line. I’m grateful for them.

So here we are, it is now June and I’ve run eight half marathons this year. My last half marathon even resulted in a PR that I’ve been trying to break since I ran it last October. That’s 104.8 miles run out of the 170.3 race miles I’m committed to for 2013. Minorities of them were fun miles, some were a downright struggle. None of them were run in costume. I’ll save that for the Monster Dash.

Reflecting on the completed races so far, the words Marc Parent, Runner’s World columnist and self-described newbie to running, used to describe his first half marathon last fall instantly resonated with me. Although I don’t consider myself a newbie anymore, when I read “if you’re wondering just how it is exactly that a body can smile, you’ll have to run a half marathon to find out” in his article, it expressed in 22 words exactly what my own words usually cannot. “It was good, some parts were rough” doesn’t have the same ring to it.

And smile my body does. It can take a couple of miles but once my legs hit autopilot, I know they will carry me the rest of the way. Not just for that race but for all the miles to come. Many of the beginning runners that I work with inevitably ask the same question. How far do I have to run to get that runner’s high? They all receive the same answer. It does not matter how far you go but rather the state of mind you allow yourself to be in once your feet start moving.

Running for me brings a sense of peace. It’s just me and the road. For a friend of mine, swimming is her peace. And another friend plays soccer. This is what all of us are encouraged to do to live a healthy life. Move. When our bodies have adjusted to that intensity, move more, move differently. So that is what I encourage you to do. Find something and try it. If you don’t like it, find something else and try that. My go-to workouts when I don’t run: kickboxing or yoga.

January seems to be an awkward time to set new goals for the next twelve months. The days are short, the weather is cold and I hardly want to be outside for longer than it takes to walk to my car. Instead I create my goals mid-calendar year when the days are long, the weather is (finally) warm and I want to spend as much time as possible outside. I have a month to get myself in gear. July is just around the corner. By the time January rolls around again, I’ll have had six months to practice my new habit.

With all that I started in July 2012, my medal shelf will need to be reinforced at some point before it comes crashing down. Annoying? Yes. Although I’m not going to say that I don’t secretly enjoy the introduction, “Have you met Liz? She’s crazy.”

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Pesto Pepper Chicken

I made this grill chicken sandwich with roasted red peppers and basil pesto! On the side, sweet potato fries. It’s a definite make again…easy and delicious!

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Posted by on June 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Medals Are Piling Up

My medals from 2013 so far (yes, they are in order)!

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I’ve run seven races. At mile 7.6 of my next race in eight days I will be at the halfway point of this quest. At almost exactly halfway through the year. My timing is impeccable.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Challenge, Races

 

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Took This Photo TODAY!

Took This Photo TODAY!

April 22nd, 2013. Crazy that we are going to get 5-9″ of snow tonight.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

WDW Was Not All Running

I did have some fun while visiting Disney World!

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Posted by on March 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge Part 3

The Marathon!!

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Different Day. Similar Outfit. Only this time my leggings came past my knees because sometimes I get a little knock-kneed and I didn’t want to chafe. Yep, life of a marathoner.

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Lining up in Corral C again, I sat down in an empty spot. Well I sat next to a girl named Nikki wearing a polka dot skirt and arm sleeves ala Minnie Mouse. We actually got to talking and ended up running the marathon together. It was really nice to have someone to run with. That doesn’t happen very often for me.

And we’re off!

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The first part of the course took us along the same route as the half marathon through Magic Kingdom.

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Then instead of only passing the Richard Petty Driving Experience, we ran around the race track! Super cool!

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Some classic car owners even had a car show. So many pretty cars. Mater and Lightning McQueen were even there but sadly I did not get a picture.

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Next up, the lesser known “5th” Disney Park. The Solid Waste Transfer Station.

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Next up….Animal Kingdom! As we were running behind the scenes to enter the park all sorts of animals and their keepers were there to cheer us on. There were many birds of prey, goats, sheep and a pony. I did not stop to pet them because I did not want to finish the race smelling like them (although I probably didn’t smell much better at that point).

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Mickey and Pluto were waiting just outside!

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The ESPN Wide World of Sports followed the Animal Kingdom!

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Then it was the Mile 20 Spectacular in honor of the 20th Anniversary! Mike Wazowski!

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Goofy! Mickey! Donald!

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From there I only had 6.2 miles to go. Hello soldier!

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By this point, I was getting pretty loopy. Beer…I need beer. Beer tastes good. Why aren’t there any beer aid stations?

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I did it!!! AGAIN!!!!

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This is Nikki and I after I collected my Goofy Medal! Man, was I sure happy to be finished! I wanted something to eat that wasn’t gooey!

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Despite having run 39.3 miles the only noticeable blister I had was on my right foot. It never bothered me during the race. I did have some chafing under my biceps from my tank. Once it started to get irritated I just ran with my arms a little farther away from my body. Problem. Solved!

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I realize there aren’t pictures of all the parks because the fun part for me wasn’t running through the parks. It was great but I really liked seeing some of the ‘behind the scenes’ places that normal people don’t see.

And there you have it! My Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge experience. At least the race parts anyway. I’ll share some pictures of the other parts of my vacation soon. Running wasn’t the only thing I did while at Disney World! That would have been a crime.

It’s a sickness that can’t be cured. I already want to go back to run again. See you next year?

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2013 in Races

 

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