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!

 

As Marathon Training Slowly Comes to an End…

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!

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

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!

 

Storm Stella

Did you get a lot of snow from Storm Stella? We got about 24 inches give or take in CNY. I have never seen so many businesses in New York shut down for a snow storm before. However, I think it was a smart call. People shouldn’t be out traveling when weather conditions are so bad. Sometimes we get so caught up in all of the things we need to do and places we need to go, we forget what’s important. In this case, our lives. Is it more important to go to work, to the store or out to eat than to be home safe with your family? Of course not! Many of the counties around us issued travel bans so people couldn’t travel.

Yesterday I got out of work early due to the weather and today I didn’t have to go in at all. I did however, spend the majority of the afternoon shoveling the driveway. It was coming down so quickly that as soon as I finished, it was time to start all over again. I shoveled about 6 times between noon and 6PM. This morning Adam and I were back at it at 5AM! He still had to go to work today. Needless to say, I’m extremely tired and sore today. This morning I spend a lot of time stretching areas that are very sore. I will probably do a stretching video this afternoon.

This picture was taken on 3/14/17 @ 1 PM

  This picture was taken on 3/15/17 @ 1PM

5 more days till spring can you believe it!! This weekend Adam and I were suppose to run 16 miles for our training. It was only suppose to be about 17 degrees in Syracuse. The following weekend we were only scheduled to run 8 miles. We decided rather than torturing ourselves, we should swap weekends and run 16 next weekend when it will be in the upper 30’s lower 40’s.

Saturday we did our shorter weekend run inside on the treadmill. Later in the afternoon we took Porter out to Chapman Park along Oneida Lake so he could play at the dog park. There weren’t any other dogs there (as we figured there wouldn’t be due to the weather). We played chase with him ourselves and it gave him the freedom to run in a big open area. After the dog park, we walked out on the pier. The views were so amazing!

           

The ice that had frozen to the pier froze sideways due to the strong winds in the area.

      

The ice floating on the lake looked really cool!

Sunday we drove down to Ithaca and ran at Cass Park for a treat! Cass Park is my favorite place to run! It runs right along the bottom of Cayuga Lake and the scenery is absolutely beautiful! After our run, we treated ourselves to lunch at Ithaca Beer Co.. Lunch was delicious! I had a cup of cauliflower soup and a winter salad. It was perfect for the weather! Adam had a bowl of the cauliflower soup and a grilled cheese.

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?

 

 

 

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?