I’m Dreaming of. . .

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an ultra marathon?! Last night as I browsed Facebook before going to bed (which is a bad habit that I need to stop!), I came across a post from a runner friend whom I greatly admire.

Ryan Goverts is an amazing runner who just completed his first 50 miler (2016 JFK 50 Miler), and he had posted about the Angela Ivory Memorial 50K (and 50 Miler) at Killen’s Pond State Park in Felton, DE on January 21, 2017. And guess what—it’s FREE.

Money’s very tight around here, and I can’t sign up for any races (and haven’t for quite some time), so that caught my eye right away. Before signing up, I made sure to ask Ryan if trying to complete the 50K but failing would look bad in the eyes of the race directors/volunteers/and racers. I didn’t want to sign up for something looking like the chump who could only run a half marathon’s distance or something on the course. I know I can do more than that, but obviously I’m not properly trained right now. He assured me that everyone seemed very nice and that I should just go for it. So, I did!

I felt like I pulled a Sue from the Runner Girls Podcast a bit (I say this in the MOST loving way, Sue!), because now I feel kind of bada** even though I haven’t run the darn thing yet. I can’t wait to hear about the Hamsterwheel ultra that you signed up for!

Thank you for letting me babble (as usual), and I can’t wait to give a race recap in January!

P.S. Are you doing the Runner’s World run streak this year? I have, and I’m posting my runs each day to my running Facebook page, Run, Becky, Run. Pleasse comment on each post to share your run streak runs too!

Life Goes On

runToday was gloomy, rainy, and all-out sad. I’m trying to look toward the future and stick with my #NoExcusesNovember hash tag, and part of that is to not feel depressed or stuck with what happened last night with the election. I stress ate yesterday, and there really is no excuse for it. Today, I’ve done a much better job, and I got in a much-needed treadmill run and abs challenge day.

Also, I wanted to share a really neat fueling recipe from the fabulous Serena Marie, RD! She blogged about a fueling recipe using sweet potatoes and other ingredients. You can find the recipe here. I don’t have Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, but I hope I can buy it some day soon!

img_6673Aaand I found my last packet of Plow On Gum miraculously in a purse I had put away for the summer. Score! This is my sad face, because I don’t have any more. Remember, if you use code “runbeckyrun” you can receive FREE shipping!

A Runner’s Holiday Wish List

We’re approaching that time of year again, so I wanted to compile a list of items that I either already love or want to love!

  1. Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky 
    After listening to the Marathon Training Academy podcast episode with Shalane and Elyse, I fell in love. This cookbook does not include calorie counts. Whaaaaaaat?! you might be asking. It’s intentional because they don’t want athletes focusing on calorie counting or restriction. Brilliant, I say!
  2. Yaxtrax RUN
    From the website: “The Yaktrax RUN is the only traction device anatomically designed to meet the needs of runners braving the winter elements. Run naturally on packed snow and ice with the Yaktrax Run’s combination of removable spikes and steel coils, providing 360° of unbeatable traction. Continue your training during the winter with the same stability you are accustomed to on dry surfaces. The Yaktrax Run can be worn in temperatures as low as ‑41° Fahrenheit.”
  3. Women’s Adrenaline GTS 17
    Look at this Adrenaline from the Brooks Galaxy Collection! Wowza! I’m definitely a Brooks girl through and through. I had the honor of being a Wear Tester for a yet-to-be-released model, and I’m in LOVE with it. I can’t give out any details yet, but it’s ah-mazing.
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  4. Race Bib Tape
    No more using safety pins during races! I haven’t personally tried this, but what a genius invention, huh? Marathon Training Academy featured this in a May 2016  quick tip.
  5. The Fat-Adapted Eating Plan from MTA
    I admittedly don’t know much about fat-adapted eating, but I’m definitely interested. I should probably re-listen to The Running Lifestyle Show’s Episode 52: Serena Marie, RD On Fat-Adapted Diets. 

 

Running for Fun

Today I ran for fun. I finished the month out at 54 miles, and I’ll get at least a mile of walking in tonight with the Angry Toddler via trick or treating, so I’m going to call that an overall 55 miles of movement. It’s by far a low-mileage month, but I’m actually OK with that.

I’ve been putting this self-imposed pressure on myself to run a certain number of miles, run faster, eat less, etc., and I’ve lost sight of what running really should be about—FUN!

So today I went on a five-mile run and actually looked up. I looked at the trees, the leaves changing colors and falling, and thought about how the Angry Toddler loves to try and catch falling leaves. It made me smile. I looked at all of the cool Halloween decorations, and I thought about the candy that I’ll most definitely eat.

I know that I’ll get back on the wagon tomorrow in terms of nutrition, but for now, I honestly just want to enjoy it all!

And after reading friends’ experiences at MCM yesterday, I’m so beyond grateful that I didn’t run it. I don’t think I would’ve been mentally or physically prepared for the heat and hills. This got me thinking that in November, I’d like to do a Gratitude Challenge. I like the idea of prompts, because I’m horrible at coming up with things that I’m grateful for on my own.

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Epic Un-Fail

Hi, all,

It breaks my heart into tiny little fragments to even write this post. It’s like the elephant in the room for me, but I just want to get it out there in case anyone asks/is wondering.  I’m not going to the Marine Corps Marathon 2016. . .for several reasons that might not even matter at this point.

I need to come to terms with this though, so here goes. . .

1.) I’m so very grateful that I reached my $1,000 fundraising goal for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who donated! The money will still go toward the MDA, so have no fear.

2.) I’m grateful for running communities, even if I don’t participate 100% right now, such as the Smyrna Clayton Running Club, The Running Lifestyle Show, and the Brooks Wear Tester community on Facebook.

3.) I’ve learned that I need to push myself harder, and I hope to do that starting in November.

Many thanks,
Becky

 

*** Update ***

I honestly was NOT looking for sympathy for this post. I just wanted to put it out there that I wouldn’t be running MCM in case it would save me the grief of explaining it individually. But thank you SO much for the amount of comments/love I received on Facebook!

Marathon Training: Day 61

img_6183Oh how I love cooler temps and new sneakers! I bet Monday’s five-miler pace by nearly 30 seconds per mile! I listened to the Runner Girls Podcast, and I always love the race recap episodes. Both Sue and Meagan are so close to their marathon race days now!

Marathon Training: Day 60

img_6177I ran 3 treadmill miles today. I listened to another episode of the Conscious Runner, and I’m really liking it so far. There’s also a new Runner Girls Podcast episode this week, which I’m wicked psyched about. The Angry Toddler is still sick (with a nasty cough), and hubs is also sick. I’m praying I don’t get it, but they’ve both been sick for quite some time, so  I think I would’ve gotten it by now?!

Marathon Training: Day 59

img_6174Happy Monday and happy October! I didn’t run this weekend (gee, what a surprise), but partially because it was raining and crappy and also because I wanted to take care of a sick Angry Toddler.

It was 71 degrees for my run this afternoon, but it was breezy and sunny, which was a great combo. I started listening to a new podcast called The Conscious Runner Podcast by Lisa Hamilton. Episode 1 has a really low production value, but I really liked the guest that Lisa interviewed—Andrea Owen. She wrote a book that I’d love to pick up called 52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life: BS-Free Wisdom to Ignite Your Inner Badass and Live the Life You DeserveShe talks about disordered eating, how to stop being such a people pleaser, and so much more.

Marathon Training: Days 56–58

runSince Tuesday (9/27) I’ve gotten in three more runs (4 miles, 4 miles, 3 miles) to make my September total 75 miles. It’s not bad, not my best, but I’ll take it!

I’m also over the moon excited that I reached my $1K goal toward Team Momentum and the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Marine Corps Marathon in October. Thank you so very much again to everyone who donated. I raised that amount purely through social media, two e-mails, and a few mailed letters. Woo hoo!

I’ve also been picked to be a Brooks tester, so my shoes should arrive in the next few days. I can’t say a peep about them while I’m testing, but I’m wicked excited about this as I need a new pair of shoes and can’t afford them.