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!

 

Weekend Recap

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!

Photo courtesy of Geneva Historical Society house tour.

 

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

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.

14 Mile Run

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.

Week 8 Marathon Training

Monday- 6.1 Miles- Treadmill
Tuesday- 5.3 Miles- Treadmill
Wednesday- 5.5 Miles outside
Thursday- 3.1 Miles- Treadmill
Friday- Rest Day
Saturday-  4 Miles- Treadmill
Sunday- 14.3 Miles- outside

Hope your all having a good week!

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?

 

 

 

Beginning of My Birthday Week

It is tradition in our house to have a birthday week. The week and starts and ends in any 7 day period that surrounds your birthday. The birthday person gets to choose when they want their birthday week to start and end. This year, I chose for my birthday week to start on Saturday 1/14 and end the following Saturday. During your birthday week the other person does things to make the week extra special, you don’t have to cook or doing any cleaning if you don’t want to!

Friday we had date night! We went to the mall and did a little looking around and some shopping. Then we had dinner at Gordon Biersch. I had a delicious Grapefruit Moscow Mule. It was super refreshing. We split an order of the garlic fries. Those are something everyone around you must eat if you’re going to have some. Otherwise you will be the only person reeking of garlic! Then I had the California Cobb Flatbread. I took most of the flatbread home because I was so full from the fries!

We went to Revolutions for some bowling! It was our first time there and I look forward to going again! Besides bowling, they have darts, ping pong and shuffle board. They have lots of projectors, projecting different sports, and a couple bars. The place is HUGE! I’m excited to go again sometime! Adam won all three games we played, but I got better as we played!

Saturday we did a lot of house stuff. We did laundry, cleaned, started fixing up the closet in the guest bedroom, and went grocery shopping and to Home Depot to get additional supplies needed to finish the project. I also ran and did some reading. Porter and I ran 6 miles outside. He loves running in this weather!

Sunday morning I started looking at different events that are hosting century bike events around NY and the surrounding states. Right now we are considering doing either the NYC Century or the Harpoon Point to Point Ride. Both look like great events! This will be our first time doing a 100 road bike event.

Adam and Porter joined me for my run on Sunday outside. We ran 7.3 miles. The sun was out and shinning and some points during the run, but the wind was cold!

After we got cleaned up and had lunch we went to Stout Beard Brewery. They recently re-did their tap room so we wanted to check it out! It looked really nice! They had five beers on tap, so we split a flight. My favorite was their Black Ben Wheat.

Then we went downtown to ice skate. I was nervous because I have not gone ice skating in a few years. After about 15 minutes I got the hang of it. Until I got more comfortable, it gave me a great excuse to hold Adam’s hand while we skated. 😉 Once it got a little bit darker, the Christmas tree and surrounding Christmas lights looked beautiful surrounding the ice. We skated for over an hour. Then it was time to go home and warm up!

Adam baked a chicken we had. We had the chicken for dinner last night and then the rest of the chicken will be used later in the week to make Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle Soup. I haven’t had this recipe yet, but it looks delicious and will be perfect to warm us up on these cold winter nights!

This morning Porter and I walked about 3 miles while I drank my coffee and listened to a podcast. It was very relaxing and a great way to wake up. Once we got back I jumped on the treadmill for 3.1 miles. Monday is usually a rest day for my training, but I think I want to take a rest day later in the week when my schedule gets busier, so I ran this morning. We are going into week 2 of marathon training.

What did you do fun this weekend? Do you have any birthday traditions you carry out with your family?