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!
Good morning! We are finally starting to see some consistently warmer weather! It makes me so excited to be able to do things outside and feel comfortable.
Last time I wrote, I was just preparing to run my longest training run of my marathon training. Adam and I ran 23 miles that morning, and the whole run went very smoothly. This was probably the long run that I felt the best during and after. Time went quickly, and before I knew it the miles were completed! Such a great feeling! We did run into some rain throughout the run, and did a super quick sock/shoe change during the middle of the run when we stopped back at the house to use the restroom. I took my shoes and socks off to go through the house, and couldn’t imagine putting on wet socks and shoes. Even though, obviously with how heavy it was raining they were going to be completely wet again in minutes. We could have waited to do our run on Sunday, but the same percentages of rain were predicted and the weather was colder on Sunday. We can’t predict what the weather will be like when we sign up for a race, so it’s good training to run in all kinds of weather.
I am hoping to feel as good on marathon day, but you never know what your body is going to do.
At this point, we are able 1.5 weeks until race day. We are in taper mode. This is a very awkward time in the training for me. As much as I look forward to have less miles to complete, taking more rest days and running few miles after you’ve ran so much on a consistent basis feels wrong. For my first marathon, I felt wrong for taking extra days off during my taper. Instead, I just ran 2-3 miles on rest days to lighten it up and still kept one rest day a week during my taper. Everyone’s body is different, and mine seemed okay taking this taper method.
As one journey comes to an end, another will soon begin….
Adam and I recently signed up for the NYC Century. This is a 100 mile bike ride through the 5 boroughs of NYC. Our ride is in September, so once we are done with our marathon we will begin training for this adventure! It has been a goal of mine to do a century ride since I became interested in cycling about two years ago. Two summers ago Adam and I did a ride for MS and we rode 72 miles around Keuka Lake in one day, and the next day we did 26 miles.
Of course, I’ll continue to run during my cycling training. However, I will mix my exercise up more. I look forward to sharing my training journey with you for my next adventure!
Good morning! I hope you all are doing well! I am up bright and early this morning so that Adam and I can prepare for our very last (super) long run before our marathon. After this weekend, our long runs will be 10-12 miles. Today we are doing 23-24 miles! I am looking forward to feeling accomplished and having it completed! Right now, I’m having my bagel with peanut butter and coffee. This is what I eat just about every morning before a long run.
Our marathon is officially only 3 weekends away!
Last weekend, Adam ran in the Seneca7. His team was called Katie’s Cronies. The race had live tracking so that I could track his team as they went around Seneca Lake. It was a long day of running, they started at 6:45AM and ended just before 5:30PM. Adam seemed to really enjoy it. He did an awesome job! Each team member ran 3 legs of the race for the team. All of his averages paces were under 8 minute/miles!
While they ran, Porter and I did our own run in Geneva at the top of Seneca Lake. It was a beautiful morning!
After we ran, we went back to our AirBNB and got showered up. We stayed at the cutest AirBNB! The place was called Grandma’s House and the lady who lives there is very sweet!
I stopped at Opus Expresso and Food Bar and grabbed a juice and some yogurt with granola for breakfast. The juice was super delicious, it had ginger, apple, carrot and mango. I wish we had one of these closer! Porter and I drove down to check out how Adam’s team was doing. The race was moving along pretty fast.
Porter and I went down to Watkins Glen State Park and went for a hike. The main trail was closed, and they are doing construction on the lower gorge trail, but we had about an hour and a half hike with some great views.
I absolutely LOVE being around the Finger Lakes! There are so many great views and great wineries. There is always something you can find to do.
What about you? What are you up to this weekend?
Marathon Training Week 17
Saturday- 12.1 Miles
Sunday- 6.3 Miles
Monday- 3.1 Miles
Tuesday- 7.2 Miles
Wednesday- 4.1 Miles
Thursday- 6.1 Miles
Friday- Rest Day
Hello! I hope your all having a good day and that you have made it successfully through the week. I am very ready for the weekend. With warm weather approaching, I have been busier than normal! Ever notice how everyone is so much happier when the weather is good? It definitely brightens my mood when we have warm weather and beautiful sunny days! So much to look forward to!
Adam is running the Seneca Seven race this weekend which is a team relay type race that is 77.7 miles long. He has 4 different legs of the race which equal to about 12 miles altogether. I will be relaxing with Porter somewhere around the lake and am equally looking forward to it!
Last weekend Adam and I did another long training run. We ran 22 miles and I found it very successful! I carried a bottle of water with me this time and the weather was a lot cooler than our 20 mile run. It was overcast and a little windy. After it was over, I felt tired, but great! No issues getting sick this time! This is why it is so important to train, so that you can try different things to make race day go as smoothly as possible.
We ran at Onondaga Lake park. The views you can find there are just terrific! It helps so much to have a run with great views because it makes the time go faster. It took us about 3.5 hours to complete the run. This weekend we have a 12 mile run planned, and then the following weekend we will run 24 miles, which will be our longest run of training. I will continue to carry water during the long runs to stop dehydration. During the race it wont be so important to carry water because there are water stations every 2 miles along the route.
Besides our training runs, we have recently re-sided our house, bought a sail boat and have been working on making an entry way table. Ever since we bought our house we knew we have wanted to re-side it. I have to say, I’m very happy with how it looks!
Since I met Adam in high school, he has always wanted to own a sailboat. So on Monday he made that dream come true! We are starting off with a small sailboat to get use to sailing and see how we like it and how much time we have to devote to it. I can’t wait to get it out on the water!
We have been staining, sanding, and applying poly to the pieces that will soon be our entryway table. Now all that is left is the assembly! I can’t wait to get it together!
What are you looking forward to this weekend?
Training Week 15 & 16
Saturday- 10.2 Miles
Monday- 7.0 Miles
Friday- Rest Day
Saturday 22.0 Miles
Sunday- Rest Day
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.
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.
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!
When I woke up on Sunday morning I can’t say I was excited to jump out of bed! I’m usually a morning person, but my phone said it was 1 degree outside and I knew I had a 14 mile run to do.
Completing 14 miles on the treadmill sounded about just as exciting as completing 14 miles in the freezing cold! Nevertheless, it had to be done! I got up, had coffee, cereal and a banana and waited for the temperature to rise as much as it was going to before it got too late. Adam and I decided to leave Porter at home for this one. 14 miles is a lot to run for a pup and the pavement would be very cold on his paws! We drove over to the Erie Canal so that we would have a beautiful view during our miles. I like to change up where we run on the weekends to give ourselves scenery. We have lots of different segments of the Erie Canal nearby that we could start from. There was a local running group doing a long run at the same time, so it was nice to know we weren’t the only crazy people out that morning!
I made sure to dress in lots of layers. Once we got going, I warmed up and it felt really great to be out enjoying the beautiful views along the trail. I even took my gloves off to let me hands breath for a while.
When we got back to the car, we drove straight home to stretch in the warmth of our house! Later that evening, we did a 30 minute stretching video from YouTube specifically for runners. At this point, I understand what areas need to be stretched after a long run. But it’s nice to complete a stretching video to make sure that I slow down and really take the time to stretch every area properly. This way I have the least amount of soreness the next day. I am someone who is always thinking about what I am going to be doing next and rush through stretching rather than giving it the time my body needs. Stretching videos help me to stay in the moment and lets someone else lead how long I take and what moves I do.
This is the video we completed from YouTube.
Monday, the tops of my thighs were just a little bit sore. So I made sure to stretch them well.
Saturday morning Adam and I went to a local restaurant, Core Life Eatery for a free Yoga for Runners class. The class was led by Sophia Tashkovski, a local yoga instructor. We started with a small group run with some other participants taking the class. This was my first time running in a group that was not a race. I really enjoyed chatting with other runners and hearing about their experiences in races they have participated in during the run. I enjoy running, but have only done a small handful of races so far. While I enjoy participating in races, they can be packed with people which doesn’t always allow you to run your best. They can also be expensive to do. I know they are expensive to participate in because they are expensive to put on, and often they are supporting a charity of some type. However, running for me is often just a free way to get exercise, spend time with Adam and Porter, and done on my own time. Since I have started running I have done 1-3 races each year.
The yoga class was amazing! It was an hour and fifteen minutes of great stretching and learning new yoga positions and techniques, while working on form and practicing some positions I have become familiar with. The teacher, Sophia, was very knowledgeable about the muscles runners should pay close attention to.
The restaurant that put on the class, is a newer restaurant in the area that serves delicious, healthy food. Probably my favorite part of what they offer is their juice selection! My two favorite juices they offer are the Cranberry Cayenne Lemonade and their Beet Lemonade! I’m not going to lie, sometimes I go there just for the juice. We were getting hungry, so we stayed for lunch! I had the steak, bacon and bleu cheese salad and Adam had the Tuna Poke bowl. Both were very tasty! It felt great to have such a healthy meal after our workout.
You can check out a short video of the class here.
It was a beautiful day on Saturday, so after we got back home from Core, we grabbed Porter and headed to Onondaga Lake Park to run a little bit more and have a relaxing walk! We ran 2.5 more miles and then walked about 5 miles. There were tons of people at the park enjoying the beautiful day!
I wrapped up my week 6 marathon training on Sunday morning with a 12 mile run. This was the longest run I have done in quite some time! It felt great! The sun with bright and beautiful and the weather was perfect! Looking forward to more long runs in the near future!
Week 6 Marathon Training
Monday- 3.1 Miles Treadmill
Tuesday- 10 Miles Treadmill
Wednesday- 6.3 Miles Outside
Thursday- 6 Miles Treadmill
Friday- 4.1 Miles-Treadmill
Saturday- 5.9 Miles Outside
Sunday- 12 Miles Outside
I hope you all had a wonderful Valentines Day whether you were celebrating the love you have for your significant other, friends or yourselves! I know some people think Valentines Day is corny and you should really show love for those special people in your life on a daily basis. I agree that you should always show love and appreciation for those special people in your life daily. However, I also think it’s nice to have a particular day that inspires you to express your exceptional love and appreciation. It’s just fun! You don’t have to spend a lot of money- actions can be much more meaningful!
I read a great blog post about the importance of loving yourself. I read this blog a lot and find Monica both very informational and humorous!
10 years ago this Valentines Day Adam proposed to me. He cooked shrimp scampi and steak for dinner. It was a very snowy evening and my apartment had a huge picture window that over looked a busy street in the living room that we sat in front of. He nervously sat down and started reminiscing about memories we had had together. Then he popped the question. I was extremely excited. And the rest is history. 🙂 Every year on Valentines Day we recall the events of that night. This June we will have been married for 8 years!
This Valentines Day we woke up to no electricity in our house at about 3:35AM. I’m not sure what woke Adam up at first, but he felt cold so he got up the check out what happened. Our house was down to 60 degrees. I had planned to complete 10 miles on the treadmill that morning and worried that I would have to postpone my run. At 4:20AM the electricity came back on. Thank goodness!
I got up, got dressed and started running on the treadmill. I have been watching Nashville on my runs. It took me a while to warm up to the show, but I’ve been enjoying it. I was really happy to get this run in because I had felt awful for missing it on Sunday. After running 10 miles, I came upstairs to find beautiful flowers and a lovely card from Adam. Then I went to get ready for work and find these adorable pillow cases!
During my lunch I went to the Cheesecake Factory to grab us both a piece of cheesecake for our dessert. The Cheesecake Factory is one of our guilty pleasures that we treat ourselves to pretty often.
Adam learned how to make risotto from a co-worker and was excited to make it for dinner along with shrimp scampi. I was pretty helpful with the dinner, as I prepared the steamed broccoli. 😉 The dinner was most delicious! There are leftovers I am definitely looking forward to!
It was a very relaxing night with great conversation. What did you do for Valentines Day? Is there any yearly tradition you have for celebrating this day?
Last weekend was my birthday weekend and the weather was beautiful! Saturday I saw it get up as high as 58 degrees and Sunday I saw it get to 55 degrees! I was loving the weather and wanted to be outside as much as possible!
Friday was my birthday and that night Adam and I went to see the Syracuse Crunch play the Binghamton Senators. My work gave away over 200 tickets for the game to local fire fighters and we were lucky enough to get tickets as well! It was a lot of fun!
After the game, we went to a local bar called Wolff’s Biergarten to hang out. It is a German style pub. They offer a free boot of beer on your birthday. The boot holds 2 liters of beer! They fill it with Hofbrau Munchen Original which is a pale lager. You do not have to finish the boot in order to get it for free, you do have to give them your license and a $40 deposit incase you break the glass or try to steal the boot. Adam and I shared the boot while we watched some basketball and played a couple games of darts. I managed to win both games of darts we played! It took about 3 hours to finish the beer. The male record time for finishing the boot is 17 seconds! The female record is about 2 minutes and 41 seconds. I cannot imagine drinking it that quickly!! The bartender showed us the video of the guy who drank it in 17 seconds and he didn’t even have any beer dripping down his chin!
I must say, that was the latest I had been up in a very long time!! We got home about 1:30 AM and attempted to watch Top Chef, but mostly fell asleep on the couch. 🙂
Saturday morning Adam made crepes! They were delicious! They were filled with whipped cream, strawberries, kiwi, blueberries and raspberries.
We went for a 7 mile run at the canal with Porter. It was a beautiful day for a run and it felt so great to get out and get some fresh air! It was nice to see quite a few people out enjoying the nice weather.
We went to Clark Reservation State Park and did some hiking. Clark Reservation is a glacial lake with lots of amazing rocks you walk across, rugged cliffs and a 175 ft overlook. This was our first time at the reservation and I look forward to going again soon! There are lots of trails to choose from. Most of the trails are pretty short, but you can link them together and make longer hiking trails. We hiked about 2 miles altogether.
After hiking, we went to 1911 Distillery in Lafayette, NY to have a drink, listen to some live music and enjoy the view! It was very relaxing listening to the music. I had a Moscow Mule made with their house made vodka. They use their locally grown apples to ferment and make into vodka. Adam had one of their hard ciders. Both were delicious! The view was amazing! In the fall, we usually pick apples at their orchard.
We had dinner at Notch 8 Cafe & Bar. I loved the atmosphere there! The décor was really neat. I had the Roasted Beet Salad with mixed baby greens, feta, grilled apple/cranberry compote, roasted thin beet slices with an IPA vinaigrette. Adam had the Big Caboose Burger which had black angus ground beef, pulled pork, fried egg, crispy onion, smoked bacon jam, cheddar and lettuce with sweet potato fries. Both were delicious! Adam’s burger was very big and juicy! I won’t lie, I ended up liking his meal a little better. 🙂
After dinner we went over to our friend’s house and played Cards Against Humanity. There were about 10 of us playing! By the time the winner got 10 black cards, I had only gotten 1!
We went home and had some of the Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake Adam made for my birthday. It was amazing!
Sunday we ran 4.2 miles outside. Then we showered up and went to Ithaca to hike one of the waterfalls. It was another gorgeous day! A couple years ago Adam and I discovered that Ithaca has many waterfalls in the area with great hiking trails around them to explore. We are trying to get to them all. Sunday we brought Porter along and hiked Potter’s Fall on Six Mile Creek. Most of the hike was easy going walking trails. There were a few parts that were challenging and muddy. There were so many amazing views along the trail!
Afterwards, we met my mom and aunt at Viva Taqueria for an early dinner. The food was fantastic! I had the Chicken Mole Burrito. It was very filling and delicious! I would definitely go there again.
We had a busy weekend! We stayed up much later than usual for us each night and was able to get a lot of great exercise in due to the amazing weather. So we went home to relax for the night!