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!

 

 

Spring Time Joys

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!

This was taken 2 weekends ago during a shorter run at Onondaga Lake Park.

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
Sunday-6.2 Miles
Monday- 7.0 Miles
Tuesday-4.0 Miles
Wednesday-6.5 Miles
Thursday-5.1 Miles
Friday- Rest Day
Saturday 22.0 Miles
Sunday- Rest Day
Monday-4.0 Miles
Tuesday-5.5 Miles
Wednesday-10 Miles
Thursday-5.1 Miles

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.

Favorite Foods This Week!

Hello! I hope you’re all having a great weekend! Today I wanted to share somethings with you that I have been really enjoying!

The first thing I have been really enjoying lately is Matcha Green Tea! This tea is unsweetened and delicious! Matcha is a great way to hydrate and it has so many great benefits! Matcha is high in antioxidants, increases energy, boosts immune system, stimulates metabolism, and detoxifies among other things!

Beet juice is another drink that I have been loving! I have been making a beet lemonade everyday. It’s so delicious! The color of the beet juice is so intense! It only takes a little bit of the beet juice and lemon juice mixed with a lot of water to make the lemonade. This mixture has been helping me hydrate a lot more than usual. I try to drink a lot of water throughout the day, but I quickly become uninterested in the water and ignore it. When I can, I try to find other low calorie options to help with hydration so that I am not drinking all of my calories- which is easy to do! Beets are anti-inflammatory, detoxifies, and boosts endurance, stamina and muscle recovery. Which is all helpful to support me through my training!

Trail mix has been my favorite snack this week. We recently went in on a group share with some people in the community to buy local organic items so that we could get the items at a bulk price. From the buy in, we got oats and banana chips. Adam has loved banana chips as a snack for as long as I’ve known him! So, we bought 11 lbs of banana chips to be exact! 🙂 Last weekend while grocery shopping I bought a bunch of things to mix in with the banana chips to make a snack. Things I added in are: yogurt covered craisins, yogurt covered pretzels,  low salt peanuts, low salt pistachio nutmeats, craisins, peanut butter M&Ms, dark chocolate chunks, coconut chips, and dried mandarins. It’s a great salty-sweet snack. I know it’s not the most healthy or low calorie, but it’s filling and delicious!

Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea is another delicious drink I have been enjoying! It tastes a lot sweeter than I would have imagined. I drank it a couple times after dinner rather than going for dessert. Last year when we began marathon training for our first marathon, I began taking a turmeric supplement to reduce swelling after a long or tough run. I have ulcerative colitis and have found that it helps my stomach issues quite a bit when I am having a flare up. I have found turmeric to be helpful to my body in different ways. When I came across this tea at the store, I thought it was worth a try! Turns out, it’s helpful and delicious! I’m hooked. Among other things, turmeric aids in metabolism and weight management, is anti-inflammatory, is an immune booster, helps digestion, lowers cholesterol and is an anti-oxidant.

This morning I’m gearing up for a 20 mile training run with Adam. Luckily, the weather is suppose to be beautiful! I’m really looking forward to the run!

Weather in upstate NY has slowly been getting better and better. I was able to run outside 4 days this week so far! We have been getting a ton of rain! A lot of places around the area are flooding. However, the timing has been just right for my runs that I’ve been able to escape it!

Last night Adam and I had lasagna for dinner to carb load for today. It is just as important how you fuel your body leading up to the run as it is on the day of your run! Adam made the lasagna on Friday night and it was SO delicious I was excited to have leftovers! We used up the last of the sauce I made last summer in this lasagna.

This week, due to the nice weather I have upped my mileage quite a bit!

Week 13 Training

Monday- 6.5 Miles
Tuesday-6.2 Miles
Wednesday- 8.3 Miles
Thursday-3.5 Miles
Friday- Rest Day
Saturday- 6.1 Miles
Sunday- (Getting ready now for a 20 miler!)

It’s suppose to be in the upper 60’s today, so after our run we’re planning on spending the day outside! What are your plans for this nice weather?

 

 

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!

 

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?