Buffalo Marathon Summary

Well…we are official Buffalo Marathon Finishers! I really enjoyed the views along the route. The crowd was very encouraging and fun! Some neighborhoods had music playing, signs out, people cheering, sprinklers going incase runners wanted to run through, oranges and water they were handing out separate from what the people putting on the race put out, people were high fiving! It was a really great experience. The route was mostly flat with some small inclines and declines.

There were people running the race as a relay with four teammates, running the half marathon and others running the full marathon. This race was MUCH bigger than the Binghamton Marathon that we ran last September. However, it was very well put together so the larger crowd didn’t pose any problems before, during or after the race.

The AirBNB we stayed at was a little over a mile from the start line, so we walked to the race in the morning. We met up with Adam’s cousin so we could all start the race together. It was great catching up with her and talking about our training! They let off fireworks just before the race started. I attempted to video the fireworks, but due to user error, missed the majority of them. lol!

The race started downtown Buffalo. I was trying to be very careful not to push too hard at the beginning of the race, but my body felt good at that point so it was hard to dial it back. You never know how much energy you need to save to the end of the race.

The crowd running with us was pretty thick for the first half. Then, after the half marathoner’s finished at mile 13.1 the road really opened up! It was so nice seeing all the people cheering on the runners and giving encouragement as we ran by. Our bibs actually had our first names on them, and people would call us out by name to encourage the runners and wish them luck.

At mile 14 we began running with a girl who said she was running her first marathon. She told us how happily surprised she was to find everyone so nice and friendly. She made a great observation, people who were running the race and watching were so kind and encouraging! It really made the run more enjoyable!

We also talked to a guy who said this was his 102nd marathon that he had run! I asked him which was his favorite so far; he said that he is a Marine and the very first marathon he ever ran was with the U.S. Marine Corps and that was his favorite. He said they ran the whole marathon in formation. I have read a lot of blogs about people completing over 100 marathons, completing marathons in every U.S. state, and on every continent. This was the first time I ever met someone in person who had ran over 100 marathons. The fact that he ran a full marathon in formation with his unit is a pretty impressive feat!

As we approached mile 20, I began to feel very sore and tired. The sun was coming out and getting hot quickly! Adam and I had taken water and/or Gatorade at just about every drink station we came to. The drink stations were every 2 miles from mile 1-13 and then every mile from 13-26.2. I felt like I had plenty of water in my system.

Thank GOD Adam was running with me, because without him saying anything to me, he is so encouraging and motivating to help me push through. Running takes a lot of mental strength. It can be easy to tell yourself that what your doing is too hard, your body is too sore, and that you should just stop. When you’re running, you have a lot of time to think. Which means you have a lot of time to talk yourself out of what your doing. When I glance over at Adam, I know if I stopped, so would he. I didn’t want to bring him down just because I was feeling tired. So, I kept going and pushed through. We slowed down when I needed a break, but continued to move forward and didn’t stop until we passed the finish line!

Overall, I had a TON of fun and will look back at the training for this marathon and marathon day itself as a huge accomplishment! Our ending time was 4 hours and 26 minutes. We did not PR this marathon as we had hoped. The afternoon that we finished, I said I might not ever run a marathon again. I was tired and I thought I’d had enough. However, since then I am considering signing up for the Buffalo marathon again next year. It was truly a great race and an amazing experience! I also really want to do better than I did this year, and even do better than my first marathon.

I’m not saying I am definitely signing up…. but I’ll let you know if/when I do!

Thank you so much for all of the encouraging words! I really appreciate everyone’s support and it means a lot!

 

 

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!

 

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?

Marathon Training 2017

This past September I ran my very first full marathon in Binghamton, NY. In May 2017 I will be running my second full marathon in Buffalo, NY. For the Binghamton Marathon, I completed a 16 week training schedule. I learned a lot about my body and the importance of properly fueling before, during and after long runs. The first 16 mile run I completed during training I felt like I had the worst hangover of my life afterwards! Not wanting to have that experience again I began to try different gummies and protein bars specifically for running. I don’t like to carry water with me when I run, so I also made sure I ran places with easily accessible drinking fountains.

Here is my 16 week training schedule from 2016. The writing in pen is what I actually completed. As you can see, some days I traded run days for rest days and rest days for run days. Sometimes I was feeling good, so I didn’t limit myself to only running the suggested mileage and instead kept going. In my new training program I will swap running days if needed and run further if I am feeling good and want to.

For the Buffalo Marathon , I am going to complete a 20 week training schedule. I will share my runs with you and how they are progressing as time goes on. Yesterday, I mapped out the training schedule which will start January 9th. I couldn’t find one training schedule I really wanted to complete, so I took a couple different schedules and meshed them together to create a schedule I was happy with. The first couple weeks won’t be that much different than my normal running, but having a schedule will keep me accountable. I wanted a training schedule that was a little more intense than my first training schedule.

I will be running the Buffalo Marathon with my husband, Adam and his cousin, Jamie Ann. Adam completed the Binghamton Marathon with me and this will be Jamie Ann’s first full marathon. I am really looking forward to training with Adam. Last summer we completed the majority of our training runs together in the morning before work. Training in the winter/spring together will be tough because a lot of the time we will be using the treadmill for our runs due to the cold and darkness.

Running in New York in the winter can be tough for sure! For Christmas 2014, my husband and I got a treadmill as our Christmas present to each other. This way we could continue to run outside even when it was snowy, rainy, or freezing outside. I go back and forth on whether or not I enjoy running on the treadmill. When I have a new show to watch, running on the treadmill can be very relaxing. Do you have a favorite show you like to watch while working out? Sometimes it is nice not to have to think of a route to run. And of course, the convenience of the fact that if you have to pee mid run you just pause the treadmill and run upstairs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What kinds of training have you done? Do you have any suggestions? Do you have a running partner that you enjoy running with or do you prefer to run solo?