Life After a Marathon

Your body gets very sore after running for 26.2 miles straight. You need hydration, fuel, you need to keep moving, stretching and walking it out at the same time that your body needs rest.

After the Buffalo Marathon, my mom met us with Porter and we all walked back to the Air BnB together. It was a slow walk. I wasn’t feeling well and was tired. We drank lots of water as we walked. When I got back to where we were staying, I rested on the couch while eating half of a bagel. My stomach was basically empty, and I didn’t want to have a huge meal right away. After resting up and showering I felt refreshed!

It was a beautiful day out, so we walked to get popsicles for a treat. I have learned that popsicles after a long run are a great way to keep hydrating yourself without feeling like your chugging a ton of water.

We kept slowly moving and explored the Buffalo and Erie County Navel and Military Park. It was fitting because we were there for Memorial weekend. We had run by this park during the marathon and wanted to check it out more in depth.

In the days to follow I continued to walk, stretch and let my body recoup. The race was on a Sunday, and I would say that the following Tuesday my body was probably the most sore. On Monday and Tuesday we did not do any running. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I ran 2-3 miles each day. I was becoming less and less sore every day. In addition to running, I completed stretching yoga, and rowed on the rower. The next week I continued to run 4-6 miles a day. The mornings here have been so beautiful, it is hard to not get out in the morning for a workout! Whenever I complete a hard workout, I take turmeric that day and the following couple of days. It helps with inflammation that may occur.

Soon Adam and I will begin to train for our century ride (100 mile bike ride) coming up in September. On Sunday we went on a short bike ride to get reacquainted with the bikes. The weather was perfect for riding and it was nice to change up our workout! Yesterday, I rode 16 miles on the bike. We don’t have a training schedule established for the century ride yet, but it will be something I’m working on this coming week. Has anyone ever completed a century ride? Do you have a training schedule you would like to share? Tips?

Race Day is Almost Here!

Hello there!

Two days until my marathon in Buffalo! I am getting excited and nervous! You can’t ever predict how your body will feel the morning of a race, you just hope it’s good! You cross your fingers that you trained enough, ate the right foods, drank plenty of water, that you’ll have good weather, and that everything will go smoothly. But life isn’t perfect, so you’ve got to know that something could go wrong.

The weather in Buffalo is looking like it will be in the lower 60’s during our race and could possibly rain in the later morning. I hope we can finish before the rain hits! They are predicting possible thunderstorms, so hopefully that will hold off until the race is over!

This week I have been drinking extra water trying to keep myself more hydrated than I usually do. We have also been tapering quite a bit. After dedicating so much time to running it feels weird to scale back. Take time to relax, or sleep. Somehow I always manage to fill the time doing something.

On Sunday instead of a run, Adam and I took our sailboat out. We just got it a few weeks ago and it was our first time taking it out. The weather was very windy and it rained a little while we were out on the water. When we got back in, the weather completely changed. It became calm and the sun came out.

Last night we watched a webinar from one of the people planning this marathon. He walked us through the whole race mile by mile. Little did I know when I booked our Air BNB that the race will be going right past where we are staying. My mom is staying with us, and will be keeping an eye on Porter for us while we’re running. Lucky for her, she can sleep in a little and walk right outside to see us going by!

Does anyone have suggestions for things to do in Buffalo or places to eat? We’ve only been to Buffalo a handful of times, and aren’t too familiar with it. There was a place we enjoyed eating a couple of times, but it closed a few years ago. We’ll probably be pretty tired while we’re there. But I would still like to explore a bit. I definitely want to visit the falls! The last time I visited Niagara Falls was in high school on a band trip. I don’t remember it all that much.

Wish us luck! I’ll be sure to write a post letting you know how it went when we get back!

 

Try, Try, Try again!

Last Sunday, Adam and I had a 20 mile run scheduled for our marathon training. On Saturday, I made sure to drink plenty of water and eat well all day! For dinner, we had lasagna to carb load. That morning, I woke up at 5:30am to drink some coffee, have a bagel with peanut butter and a banana and get energized for our run. It was a beautiful day out and I really looked forward to our run.

We started out our run with Porter. I wanted to make sure he got some exercise and can never tell if I’ll have energy for more exercising after such a long run or not. Porter joined us for 3 miles, and then we dropped him back off at home, got some water and went on our way. We ran from our house, to the Erie Canal, around some of the neighborhoods in that area and back home. I was feeling fantastic until we reached mile 11. At mile 11 we ran up a HUGE hill. It was long and steep. That hill took a lot of energy from me. Luckily, when it was over we got a nice downhill for a bit. Miles 18 and 19 I was really giving it all I had to keep going and was so thankful for Adam running next to me to encourage me to continue on. Without him even saying anything, I just keep pushing forward because I don’t want to have to stop him from completing the run. I was getting a nauseous feeling on and off.

Once we got back to the house, we got water bottles and drank some water and Gatorade while we slowly walked around the block. We stretched really well once we got back to our house, then went in to have something to eat. I read that it is very important to have something high in protein within 30 minutes of a long run. Every time we do such a long run, I make cold oatmeal for after. For this batch, I used oats, chocolate protein powder, chocolate PB2, chia seeds, cinnamon, vanilla, almond milk, cold coffee, water and a tiny bit of maple syrup. I stir it up and put it in the fridge while we run. The oats get soft sitting in the liquids and it tastes delicious! This was our post run snack. I continued to drink water as we relaxed. After I got showered the ill feelings began to come back. I figured I was dehydrated and kept chugging along drinking water. I ate a couple popsicles to help with hydration. Then, the inevitable happened… I got sick.

Getting dehydrated from exercise has the same effect as drinking too much and having the worst hangover. You know what I mean? Not fun! I rested on the couch for a few hours drinking and eating until I felt well again. I did not want to waste the beautiful day outside! Adam and I ended up taking Porter for a slow walk at the Creek Walk downtown.

Even though this is my second time training for a marathon, I have not perfected hydrating and fueling my body properly. You can think you’re doing everything you need to be doing, and it still may not be enough. There are so many things to consider when fueling your body. Are you drinking enough water, eating enough carbs and protein, are you resting enough, are you training enough, did you sleep well, etc. The list goes on. All I can do is continue to keep trying different things. When something doesn’t go well, I can look back at what I did and understand that next time I need to drink more water. We stopped twice on our run to get some water, and next time I will make sure we add more drink stops in.

Fueling for Exercise

Hello! I hope you all are having a good week! Happy spring! What have you done this week to welcome spring? On Sunday I planted some seeds. Hopefully they come up and once the weather gets warmer, they can be replanted in my garden beds in the back yard! Of course, this morning it was 10 degrees! So the replanting wont happen for quite some time!

On Saturday I ran 4.5 miles and then Adam and I went to Empire Farm Brewery for a Beginner Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class. It was a great class! I got warmed up and was very relaxed throughout the class. The teacher was really awesome. She is from O Yoga in downtown Syracuse. Afterwards we had lunch at the brewery. Their food is always good! I had a turkey club sandwich which filled me up for a while!

I love that these types of classes at breweries, art museums, healthy eating establishments, etc. They are becoming popular. It’s a lot of fun and makes going to one of the classes a little less intimidating than going to the studio. For people who aren’t as serious or knowledgeable of the type of exercise, it gives them a sample of what the classes are like at a place where they may have been before.

On Sunday Adam and I went to Onondaga Lake Park for our long run. We knew the main trail of the park would be plowed and snow free and from there we could take the road for the rest of our miles. The road leaving the park has a good size shoulder that we didn’t feel worried about the on coming traffic. I love the views of Onondaga Lake Park and running on the road leaving the park gave us a lot to look at. We ran off the main road a few times into some really nice communities. I love looking at houses, so this run made the time go very quickly. Luckily at the park, even though the bathrooms were closed due to the winter weather, they had plenty of porta-potties available along the trail. I drank coffee just before our run and had to make more stops than usual to pee!

After 16.1 miles, we took some time to walk a little bit and get a good stretch in! It’s so important to make sure you’re stretching after workouts! It helps your muscles and saves you from being tight later on. The next day, I felt really good. My body wasn’t sore or tight. After long runs, I have been taking a Turmeric supplement. Sometimes after a long run, my legs swell up and the Turmeric stops that from happening. As you can see, it also has a lot of other great health benefits!

While we were walking and stretching we made sure to drink a lot of water! Throughout the day we also drank more than usual to help our bodies recover. For lunch, we stopped at Core Life Eatery. It felt good to eat such a healthy meal afterwards. I had the Southwest Grilled Chicken and Wild Rice Blend. It had wild rice, chicken, spinach, avocado, jalapenos, tortilla strips, tomatoes, black beans, scallions, corn, shredded white cheddar and a lime cilantro jalapeno vinaigrette. It was delicious and very healthy! Of course, I LOVE their juices! I had the beet lemonade.

It’s so important to properly fuel your body when you are exercising! This morning I ran 6.5 miles and I made oatmeal for afterwards. They say you should have something to eat within 30 minutes of a workout. My oatmeal this morning had oatmeal, chia seeds, chocolate P2B, cinnamon, almond milk, and sliced banana. It was delicious and so filling! This is one of my go-to breakfasts when I am working out.

Last summer when Adam and I were training for our marathon, we would make this same recipe (we would usually add vanilla or chocolate protein powder) the night before our run. In the morning when we were getting ready, we would put it in the freezer to make sure it would stay cold during our run. We put it in a cooler in the car so we would have after our stretching. Cold oatmeal in the summer time is the best! It would fill us up and give our bodies the nutrients we needed so that our bodies did not go into starvation mode. The first time we did a long run and did not have food readily available after our run, I felt like I had the worst hang over of my life because my body needed food and water.

In addition to having food available for immediately after a long run, I also carry with me energy chews and start eating them after about mile 10 or so. I eat them slowly while I am running so that I’m slowly getting the benefits from them and I don’t get sick from eating too much during a run. I have also heard of people taking protein bars on their runs.

These are my favorite energy chews, but there are a TON of different kinds!

It’s important to try out different ways of fueling your body to see what works best for you!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Marathon Training Week 11

Monday- 3.2 Miles
Tuesday- 6.3 Miles
Wednesday- 6.4 Miles
Thursday- Rest (much needed after a lot of shoveling!)
Friday- 4.4 Miles
Saturday- 4.5 Miles
Sunday- 16.1 Miles
All of the miles were on the treadmill except Sunday. Our weather has been crazy and we got a ton of snow last week!

 

Interval Running

Weather in New York can be absolutely crazy! Yesterday I saw the temperature get up to 66 degrees and this morning it’s SUPER windy, snowing and 32 degrees. The temperature is suppose to get down into the 20’s today. It’s not often that you see it warmer at 5:00AM than it is expected to be at 12:00PM. The wind kept me up most of the night last night. It is so loud!

Because of the changing weather, I’ve been switching up whether I have an inside or outside run. There are so many different routes I can go outside, I’m able to change up my runs quite a bit.

Likewise, I try to make my inside runs challenging and interesting so that I don’t get bored. I get up pretty early to run before work, so if I am dreading my run it makes it THAT much harder to get myself out of bed and motivated. This week I have been watching the Oscars while running inside. One thing I do to keep my runs challenging is changing my speed and incline during my runs. Last week when I was running on the treadmill I started running a 5.0 pace and would run that for 5 minutes. Then I would increase my speed to 6.0 for the rest of that mile. After every mile I would take my slower speed up a notch. For example, mile 2 I ran the first five minutes at 5.1 and finished the mile at 6.1, mile 3 I ran at 5.2 for five minutes and then finished the mile at 6.2 and so on. This allowed my body to warm up at the beginning and have cool down periods during my run all while challenging my speed. It also helps me get to my running goal quicker than if I kept the slower speed.

This week during my treadmill runs I have been starting off running at a 5.3 pace and every half mile I increase my speed 0.1.

Interval running keeps things interesting while running and gives me something to look forward to every few minutes. What types of things to you do when running on the treadmill to keep your running exciting?

Getting new running gear is always another way to get excited to exercise! This week Adam and I got new running shoes. These are the shoes I will be wearing for my marathon at the end of May. I haven’t broken them in yet. But maybe next week. These are my third pair of the same shoes, just a different color. When I first started running I blew through shoes very quickly. My heels would somehow break through the fabric of my shoes and the plastic built into the heel of the shoe would cut right into my foot. Then I found shoes that didn’t have plastic in the heel and never had that problem again! These Nike shoes are basically made of a thick sock material. They form right to my foot and I love them!

Since I started running, all of my shoes have been Nike except the shoes I run indoors with which are Under Armor. I got those on clearance and thought I’d try them out. They’re not bad. Very light weight. I looked at the Under Armor shoes last week, but they didn’t have anything similar to what I already have.

Do you have a favorite type of running shoe you prefer? I find that running shoes are very unique to the person. It’s hard to tell someone what “the best running shoe is” because it depends on the support you’re looking for and the type of running you do.

When I woke up this morning there was no snow on the ground. This is what it looked like outside when I was on my way to work.

Week 7 Marathon Training

Monday- Rest Day
Tuesday- 6.3 Miles- Treadmill
Wednesday- 6.5 Miles outside
Thursday- 4.5 Miles outside
Friday- 4 Miles- outside
Saturday- 9 Miles- outside
Sunday- 4 Miles- outside

 

Winter Wonderland

I hope you all had a great weekend! If you’re in New York, I hope you were able to dig yourself out of all the snow we got between last night and this morning! I think I woke up to more snow this morning than all of January! In January we had a record low of 8 inches in Syracuse! Syracuse has not seen this little of snow in January since 1950! Pretty crazy stuff! These pictures are from my walk this morning with Porter.

I was unfortunate enough to get yet another cold last week. I am never one to get colds! The cold medicine in our house expired in 2011- that’s how little we get colds. Needless to say we had to purchase some new meds. I have been trying to drink a ton of fluids, take my Emergen-C tablets to get some extra vitamin C, resting, going through tissues like there’s no tomorrow, and sucking on cough drops. I finally feel like I’m on the upswing! Friday and Sunday I actually had to skip my runs. I felt awful for skipping them. Friday was only a 3 mile run but Sunday was suppose to be a 10 mile run. I am going to try to do a 10 mile run this week to make up for it. Those are the important runs that make a lot of difference for me. There was just no way I could have done them.

This weekend Adam and I had planned to go to the Finger Lakes for some wine and beer tasting and we scheduled a brunch at our favorite winery for Sunday morning. Our hotel reservations could not be refunded, so we still went and tried to make the best of it!

We left Saturday after we both got our 4 mile runs in. We started with Prison City Pub & Brewery. Their Mass Riot IPA was named the best IPA on the East coast. They have a limited supply of it, and just tapped a new keg on Saturday morning. Adam is a huge fan of IPA’s so we stopped there for lunch on our way to the Finger Lakes. I stuck with some green tea. Their food is delicious! I had a butternut squash soup with a grilled cheese and apple sandwich. Definitely helped my throat!

We checked our also went to Serenity Vineyards, Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, Climbing Bines Hop Farm, and Belhurst Castle Winery. It was a good day. We enjoyed checking out new places and revisiting some places we go to often. Then we went and checked in to our hotel. Once we got settled Adam picked up some take out for us. Eating take out is nothing like eating at the restaurant!

On Sunday we slept until 9AM. I can’t tell you the last time I slept in that late! I am usually such an early bird! We got around and went to brunch at Fox Run Vineyards. They had the most amazingly beautiful spread! Everything looked like it was from a magazine! All of the food was delicious! They had a pastry and yogurt bar that you could go up to anytime to get food, and then you ordered your main meal with the waitress. We both had eggs benedict with crab cakes. We each got two tickets for their blanc de blanc which you could have plain or you could have cranberry juice or orange juice added to. This was the second event we have gone to at this winery and they do not disappoint!

After brunch, the rain had started to turn into snow. We decided it would be best to head home. I’m glad we left when we did. Once we got home, we already had a couple inches of snow.

Marathon Training Week 4:

Monday-Rest Day
Tuesday- 6.1 Miles- Treadmill
Wednesday- 6.5 Miles- Outside
Thursday- 4.4 Miles- Treadmill
Friday-Rest Day
Saturday- 4 Miles-Treadmill
Sunday- Rest Day

 

Goals

Good morning! Happy February to everyone! The groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter so I’m trying to make the very best of it. But I’m still waiting in anticipation for warmer weather. I feel like a little kid waiting for presents on Christmas morning!

Week 3 Marathon Goals

I wrapped up week 3 of marathon training last week. It feels good to be accomplishing goals and staying focused!

Monday-Rest day!
Tuesday- 6.3 Miles
Wednesday- 5.5 Miles
Thursday- 6.1 Miles
Friday- 3 Miles
Saturday- 4.4 Miles
Sunday- 9 Miles

Monday I took full advantage of my rest day. Porter and I had a nice long relaxing walk in the morning. I truly enjoy drinking my coffee and listening to my audiobook or a podcast while walking with Porter in the morning. For a while, we worried about Porter’s poor paws when we were walking on very cold mornings. Every once in a while he would hop on three paws because one was too cold and hurt to touch the ground. We would cut our walks short so it wasn’t torture for him. But he loves his walks in the morning! He’s a true sniffer and is always excited to check out new footprints in the snow. Our neighbor told us about this wax he uses on his dog, Brooklyn, so that the coldness of the ground doesn’t affect Brooklyn. The day after telling me about this wax, our neighbor brought me over a tin of it for Porter. He spoils Porter with treats all of the time, and it was super nice of him to get the wax! Porter is not a fan of putting it on his paws, but it definitely helps protect this feet!

I ran everyday inside on the treadmill this week except for Sunday. It was a cold and snowy week. Sunday was still cold, but I couldn’t fathom running 9 miles on the treadmill. At least on Sunday we could run in the daylight. So we bundled up and went for a run. We took Porter with us for about 6 miles, then dropped him off at home and kept going.

One of my favorite post run breakfasts last week was Chobani Dulce De Leche yogurt with fresh fruits! It was so delicious! Chobani has a good amount of protein in every cup which keeps me fuller longer and is great for recovery after exercise. This one has 12 grams of protein.

New Years Goals

Last week we moved into February, which means moving into a new month to meet my new years goals. In January we went to a couple new restaurants. We went to Viva Taqueria in Ithaca, NY with my mom and aunt for my birthday. Mexican is one of my favorite types of food and I really enjoyed that restaurant. We also went to Notch 8 for my birthday. I loved the atmosphere at Notch 8! We ate at The Evergreen downtown Syracuse which has a fantastic beer menu and some yummy food!

We also went on a couple new hikes! We hiked at Clark’s Reservation in Jamesville, NY. We also hiked a new waterfall in Ithaca, Potter’s Falls on Six Mile Creek. We did the Creekwalk downtown Syracuse. I’d say we did really good on the 1 new restaurant and 1 new hike a month goals!

I did a lot of searching for Century Rides that I am interested in signing up for. There are some good ones out there, but I haven’t quite decided yet. I am hoping to officially sign up for one this month to lock it in. There was one in NYC that I was pretty excited about, and the website has been down. Hoping it comes back up soon!

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How are you doing on your New Years Resolutions/Goals? Are you looking forward to anything coming up in February?

 

 

 

Week 2 Marathon Training + Running Fuel

Yesterday officially wrapped up week 2 of my marathon training. I was so happy that we had great weather in upstate New York for January! I was able to run mostly outside.

Monday- 3.1 Miles on the treadmill
Tuesday- 6.3 Miles on the treadmill
Wednesday- 6.1 Miles outside
Thursday- 5.5 Miles outside
Friday-Rest Day
Saturday- 7.0 Miles outside
Sunday- 4.2 Miles outside

On Wednesday I was able to run with Adam and Porter in the morning before work. It is hard getting up so early, but knowing you can have a family run AND get your workout completed before work is very motivating for me! When I wait to run after work, I’m more likely to find excuses throughout the day not to work out.

About 3 miles into our run, I tripped and fell. I scraped up my hand and both knees. Luckily, I was wearing pants, two layers of long sleeve shirts and gloves so my skin was mostly protected. The areas that hit the ground stung for about ten minutes after. I still managed to make it another 3.1 miles. I felt so good for not giving up! When I got home I made sure to clean the cuts well.

On Thursday, my right knee that got the worse of it was pretty sore to walk and run on. It was a tiny bit swollen. I really wanted to keep it moving and not let it get stiff. I ran a lot slower that morning.

Friday was my rest day. However, I walked on the treadmill in the morning and I took Porter for a walk after work. It was a pretty relaxing day- workout wise. It’s good to take rest days, although, sometimes I get into the groove and don’t want to.

Saturday, we went to the Erie Canal for our run! It was a beautiful day. It got up to 58 degrees! I could have ran all day! But we had other things we wanted to do, so we capped it at 7 miles.

Last week I added sit-ups to my morning routine. I did 45 regular crunches, and 45 side crunches on each side. My stomach felt it by mid-week! On Friday, Porter wanted to help me with my sit-ups. He’s too cute!

All week I was loving eating oatmeal for breakfast! This bowl has oatmeal, Chocolate P2B, chia seeds, about a tablespoon of maple syrup, 1/4 C unsweetened vanilla coconut milk and bananas.

We roasted a pumpkin earlier in the week, so some of my oatmeal had, pumpkin, chia seeds, cinnamon, about a tablespoon of maple syrup, and 1/4 C unsweetened vanilla coconut milk. Both were delicious and very filling! What do you like to eat after a hard workout?

New Year New Goals!

As we all begin this new year, people begin to think of how they can improve their lives to make 2017 the best year yet. Some people like to call these new ideas resolutions and some like to call them goals. Whatever you call it, I hope you not only decide on what you want to do but how you’re going to implement those ideas into your everyday life and stick with it! I think it’s important not to make goals or resolutions too hard that it takes you too far out of your comfort zone. You may feel ambitious at the beginning of the year and fall short of reaching your goals which leads to feeling disappointed. Remember, it’s much easier to talk about doing something than actually doing it. However, I do believe that talking about your goals and sharing them with your friends and family makes you more likely to complete your objective. Continuously talking about it makes you continue to feel motivated to do it. If you’ve told everyone your going to do it you don’t want to go back and tell them you didn’t.

The goals I would like to accomplish this year are:

  • Complete a century ride
    Ever since Adam and I did a fundraiser road bike challenge I have wanted to complete a century ride. We had the option to do it during that challenge, but it was my first summer riding and I didn’t know if I would like road biking or how challenging 100 miles would be. Now that I know I enjoy road biking and have completed 75 miles in one day, I feel comfortable making the step up to 100 miles in one day.
  • Walk/hike one new trail every month
    There are so many great trails throughout New York State and I have only walked/hiked a small amount of them. It is so much fun to explore new areas. If you have any hiking trails you have loved in New York, let me know I would love some recommendations! I have a few trails on my bucket list for this year.
  • Try one new restaurant per month
    I’m stealing this goal from some of our friends who had this as a goal last year, I just love the idea of it! Adam and I don’t often eat out and when we do it’s a lot of fun to try a new place. The Syracuse area has a ton of restaurants we’ve never been to. We’ll take turns each month picking where to go.

That’s it! I didn’t want to have too many goals that I would forget them. I also wanted to make sure they were fun and enjoyable. When Adam and I talked about our goals the other day we wrote them down and stuck it on the fridge so we can see throughout the year.

On Monday we walked a new trail. We took Porter for a walk downtown and did the Syracuse Creekwalk. It’s not a hiking trail per say, but it was a really nice trail through the city. We walked just under 3 miles each way. Before we started the walk we stopped at Freedom of Espresso to get some coffee to keep us warm as we walked. I really enjoyed the trail. Along the trail they have some signs to tell you about the history of the area that you are walking by. It was chilly, so we kept walking to keep warm. In the summer I would like to do the walk again and read the information on the signs and take our time along the trail. They even have QR codes you can scan with your phone and it will pull up a video to get the information that way. I thought that was really neat!

So I already have January’s trail completed! Now what new restaurant should we try first? So many options!

What are your goals for 2017? How do you plan on reaching your goals? Are they goals that you set up to accomplish with someone or by yourself?