Monday, February 25, 2019

If you want the rainbow...

Well we are three weeks out from the Asheville Marathon's Backyard to Vineyard Challenge!! Really only three work weeks and two weekends left of training! 

This week has been N.O.N. S.T.O.P. R.A.I.N.

On Monday We decided to run all three miles instead of our normal one mile run and two mile walk with the pups. We fully expected to have one day that would be a total wash out so we  decided to save our one miler for that day.  Keeping our run streak and plank streak game strong!

On Tuesday I felt like I had lead legs. I can tell that I run looooong on the weekends now and I am feeling the effects of those weekend long runs. We  switched up our Tuesday and Wednesday routes this week. Got in another three miller. 

It was all ice on Wednesday! We ran one quick mile to keep the streak alive and then of course we got in our plank in the freezing rain lol!!

Let me introduce you to my frenemy THE HILL... On Thursday we ran our hill repeats.  Hill repeats for us is 9 loops around the block aka 9 runs up this ridiculous hill = 3 miles

We finished as always with a plank!

On Friday we were S. O. A. K. E. D.  We knocked out three miles in the steady rain. No rain checks here!

For Saturday we "enjoyed" 100% chance of rain for 100% of our 18.2 mile trail run!  

It was a mud sliding, puddle jumping kind of run but gorgeous none the less! 

The daffodils are as confused about when to bloom as I was about which way to go at some of those intersections lol!

 I don’t know about you but I am O. V. E. R. this rain!! Bring on the sunshine and slightly warmer temps! 

We had planned to run 11 miles on Sunday but it was pouring rain when we headed out for the run so we decided we had put a lot of miles in and so we could stand a lower mileage easy run. It actually didn't pour during our run but we enjoyed a three mile easy run anyway. My legs were on fire! It was great to shake out some of the soreness from Saturday's long run! 

Guess who has finally come out to play later on Sunday!??!! The SUNSHINE!!!! YAY!!!! Please stick around please stick around!!

"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain" ~ Dolly Parton

This week we will stick to our training routine and this weekend we will run 20 miles on Saturday and 13 on Sunday! The next weekend we will scale it back for our version of the taper (I hate to taper).

I hope you have lots of sunshine this week!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Fuel for the long run!

Disclaimer: I received Food Groove Mission Super Food Bites to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

I was super excited to receive a box of Super Food Bites from Food Groove Mission to try out! After reading all about them I thought these might be the perfect on the go snack, mid long run fuel, and post race nutrition for me. 

I am all the time looking for something yummy that also meets my nutritional needs and taste preferences. Running all these miles as part of my marathon and ultra marathon training makes me hungry all the time!! I am constantly on the go and I struggle to find a good for me "fast food". These bites have become a grab and go go to!! 

The bites are made with all natural organic ingredients and are Gluten Free, Non GMO, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Grain Free and two out of the three flavors are Paleo Friendly (Mother Earth (original) & Holy Truffle Punch! (dark chocolate).

I honestly am not sure which is my favorite. I think if I HAD to rank them I would put my number 1 favorite flavor as Mother Earth tied with Holy Truffle Punch!

These are now stashed in my car, in my purse and in my hydration vest all the time. 

Having these on hand has helped satiate my random snacking impulses and gives me something better to grab! (LeRoy thinks they would be great for him too lol!!)

I have enjoyed them mid long run as fuel but I have found that they are best for me just after I have completed that long run on my way home!

I love that the founders of Food Groove Mission are active long-distance runners! 

I have tried so many super foods along my running journey like pitted dates and peanut butter, gogi berries (great running fuel), coconut chips, etc. My favorite thing about these bites it that they have taken all of these super foods and created these delicious, easy, super portable energy packed snacks!

Think energy bar but better! No messy wrappers, no too big bar that you can't finish, etc. The bites maintain their shape an consistency even on the longest run and are the perfect bite size portion to pop in your mouth on the go! 

These have been the perfect complement to my running lifestyle.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Between two Pines...

This past week has been another full week of training for the Backyard to Vineyard Challenge at the Asheville Marathon. I am also training to run the Fonta Flora 50K the very next weekend. I am hopeful this will be my redemption 50K since last year we were pulled off the course 20 miles in due to the weather. 

We finally got back on the trails this week and for that I am so thankful! Between stuff going on and the weather we really haven't be out on the trails much since Triple Lakes in October!

This week we ran one mile and walked two with the pups on Monday!

Tuesday the rain started and lucky for use run streakers don’t get rain checks. 
We knocked out three miles of puddle jumping even though we would have preferred to jump back in the bed and pull the covers over our head lol!

I also was super excited to receive my 2019 BibRave welcome goodies!! I love so much being a part of Team BibRave. I am super excited to continue as a #bibravepro through 2019!

Wednesday we got in three miles of our humpday route even though I really felt like only doing one mile...

By Thursday I was finally feeling very tired and so we decided to show ourselves some tlc and only run one mile. Keeping the streak alive and loving ourselves extra on Valentine's Day!

Friday we ran three miles of intervals. Running three minutes and walking one minute. We forgot a regular photo but got our plank photo lol! The Plank and Squat Challenge are still going strong. 

Saturday we hit the trails!! I have been wanting to do the Raiders of the Pines Loop for quite some time! We planned to start as soon as the sun came up so we left my house at 6:30 and were on the trail by about 7:10. The first 5 miles are non stop climb. There are some pretty incredible views along the way! 

It is kind of a strange feeling when your running along, look over and see the Brown Mountain Lights overlook in the distance and realize that your standing exactly where they see the Brown Mountain Lights... It becomes extra weird when you run by what looks like crop circle type clearings in the deep deep forest and then you come to a sign that says “test site”... Good news is that we are sure we solved the mystery of the Brown Mountain Lights... LOL!

Once we stopped climbing we had some great runnable trial and old fire roads. We ran out to Harper Creek Falls and breathed in all that goodness!!

As we wound our way around toward a trial head we encountered our first person in the woods. This route is not for the faint of heart and it was obvious not over traveled. 

By the time we crossed the thigh deep creek we had the giggles and may have been slightly delirious lol! When you cross a freezing creek in the middle of winter it is best to keep moving and eat a little something to help your body stay warm and so we did. 

We came out of the woods to a lot of folks hiking in to see the falls. Most looked at us like we had lost it. Busting out of the woods running, wet, with backpacks might startle someone just going for a leisurely stroll I suppose lol! The view of Harper Creek Falls that most see are from below so they don't get wet at all nor is it that strenuous of a climb. 

We ran a little out and back on the gravel road and then ran down the road back to the car for a total of 16 miles!

We had an elevation gain of 3,643 ft! It was so good to be back on the trail!! Can’t wait to do it again!! 

Sunday we got in 10 miles, running all over town in the rain! My legs felt great and I had a great pace considering the crazy 16 miler the day before. 

This coming week looks like rain, rain and more rain. Should make for some interesting runs...

Wishing a happy week and may all your runs be happy!

"Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world." ~ John Muir

Monday, February 11, 2019

"I just like to run, running is my favorite!"

Happy February!!

Since January was such an awesome month and I stuck to the run streak the WHOLE. ENTIRE. MONTH. I decided to stick with it and keep on streaking through February too!!

I have never run a challenge race before on this level. The Asheville Marathon Backyard to Vineyard Challenge is unlike anything I have ever done. I did do the 5k and the half marathon in Detroit but I never would have thought about doing the half marathon and marathon challenge... IN. THE. SAME. WEEKEND.

I may have lost my mind lol!

I finished January strong with 150 Miles!!

Over the last two weeks my training has looked like this:

Monday 1/28 we ran 1 mile and walked 2. Monday's are easy days!

Tuesday 1/29 I ran three miles at the fastest pace I have ran in a very long time!! I am so super proud of this! I think mixing up my training, taking some days easy, pushing on others has allowed me to get back to this pace for three miles!

Wednesday 1/30 it was so cold but we bundled up and headed out anyway!

Thursday 1/31 I was on the struggle bus for real!! I went to a friends wine party the night before and while I didn't have much wine, I did have too much food!!! I ran three miles of hill repeats. In full disclosure, this is not 100% true. I ran 8 of the 9 hill repeats and I ran back at fourth the last lap at the top to get my full 3 miles. If I had to run the hill one more time I may have thrown up!!! I did not feel good at all! I like to eat before 7pm. We ate after 8pm that night! It's clear food and meal time does affect how I feel the next day!

Friday 2/1

The first day of February!! This means we have to do something different for February right?? Keeping the streak alive and keeping our plank game on we decided to add in squats!!!

15 Sqauts per day keep the injuries away!

Saturday 2/2

I am using a modified Goofy Challenge Plan by Hal Higdon and so this week was a cut back week. We ran 13 gorgeous miles!

and we planked!!

Sunday 2/3

Elizabeth and I went to Charlotte and enjoyed a Super Bowl favorite The Big Game 4 Miler! 

Monday 2/4
Monday’s are my favorite!! I love seeing all these cute pups for our run/walk day!! What a fun way to kick off the week!!! It was kinda like herding cats to get a picture though!!

Tuesday 2/5

We busted out 3 miles despite something being a bit off with my stomach!

Wednesday 2/6

What do you do when you’re on a streak but wake up with a tummy ache? Run anyway!!! 
I told Kim that I was only going to run a mile, I ordinarily would have skipped the run all together, but then Runners FOMO kicked in and I ran the three miles we had planned. I even got in my planks and squats! We clearly need to practice the cute squatty runner poses we see our other running friends post lol! We’re a work in progress...

Thursday 2/7

Ohhhh “It’s like a heat wave, burning in my heart” Seriously I was so hot on our hill repeats my heart felt like it might explode!! I am super ready for warmer spring like temps but this morning was a bit like Summer! We knocked out 9 laps around the block aka 9 ridiculous hill climbs! Did I mention the heat???!!! Whew!  I am thankful that Fridays are easy run days!

Friday 2/8

“Every run is a work of art, a drawing on each day’s canvas. Some runs are shouts and some runs are whispers. Some runs are eulogies and others celebrations.” — Dagny Scott Barrios
Enjoyed a three mile easy warm run this morning through the sleep streets of downtown! We’re training for the Asheville Marathon!!

Saturday 2/9

What an eventful, fun, scary run...

When you start your 18 miler at 5am you find yourself on seemingly haunted trails in the dark!! Were those raccoon eyes shining in the tree or the Blair Witch??? Was that a squirrel in the leaves or big foot!! Who knows, we couldn’t see 👀 We won’t even speak of what our mileage was at the cemetery! Have no fear, angels were near and we made it out of the woods just as the sun was coming up! We were joined by another friend who pushed us through the last 4.5 miles. We’re feeling pretty good about our upcoming #backyardtovineyardchallenge at the Asheville Marathon next month!

Sunday 2/10

We ran 9 miles. Back to back long runs are important as we get closer and closer to the Backyard to Vineyard Challenge. Each week our Sunday runs will get longer and we will continue with the long Saturday runs too! 

Happy Monday! Today is the start of a brand new training week! We've got miles and miles to go!

Whats on your running agenda this week? 

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