#streakingwiththeCOOLKIDS – June 2016

If you’ve never heard of PinkCupcakeGirl she is defiantly one cool lady! She’s always posting inspiring things on instagram. Definitely check her IG out when you get a chance. Well she’s hosted some of these challenges before and I ALWAYS wanted to complete one but NEVER did. I had so many excuses that would pop in my head. So I never finished one of these awesome streaking challenges before.

Well this time…I did finish it. I completed the streak and even better yet! I’ve kept my streak going. It’s funny how once you get through 30 days of “having” to do something it becomes automatic. It’s been a great way for me to get back into my training plan and running. Which brought me to a total of 58.93 miles for the month of June! YAY!

Not to mention all the cool new friends that I’ve now followed on their streaking journey. AND this awesome cool app that you can create calendar collages with. How cool is that?

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2016 Goals

Have you ever stared off the new year with big goals? And I mean REALLY BIG GOALS?!

This year I have and the biggest one has been to train for my 3rd marathon which happens to be outside of the US and I couldn’t be more excited! It’s the original marathon, the one that started it all. The Athens, Greece Marathon! The one that ends in the 1896 Olympic stadium!

As a former swimmer and collegiate swimmer this is bigger than you realize! Just running in that stadium will be a fan-freaking-tastic memory but the fact that I will be there with my sister, cousin, and uncle will be an unmemorable memory!!

I can’t wait to make this happen and this will definitely be one of the highlights of 2016! I can’t wait to show you pictures and to make it happen! This is going be one fantastic year!

Let’s talk Inner Age and Blood Tests

A few months ago I took the plunge and took the Ultimate Test from Inside Tracker, www.insidetracker.com. I was scared of the results but also wanted to better myself and be ready to make the change. The results I got back were definitely not the results I thought and they were much worse than I expected. You can read about it here, I’ve Been in Denial.

Well, about a week ago, I took the plunge for another round of tests. Lots of things have changed in my personal life since the first test was taken. New boss at work, another job (adding to what I already have on my plate), surgery, a marathon, you name it there was lots of changes. I was able to get an early morning appointment so I didn’t have to go long without food. YAY! I was nervous about the results and I actually forgot about them until the email showed up in my inbox early last Friday morning.

I anxiously opened it and totally forgot my password since I was not on my normal computer. But I got in! That’s all that matters. I took a look at my results and starting going through them like a champ. There was lots that I needed to work on from the first round. This time through when I just logged in I could see that I had 4 that were at risk, 9 that need work, and 15 that were optimal. Compared to last time, I had 5 at risk, 11 needed work, and 13 that were optimal. Scary right! I was relieved that I was able to improve and that there is always room for improvement.

The biggest difference from the last test to this one, was my liver functions. I was able to get out of the at risk zone! Before I had 1 marker that was at risk, 2 that needed work and 1 that was optimal. This time, I had 3 optimal and 1 that needed work. This was such a huge relief to see. I did try hard to not drink as much as I had been before. I still have my wine from time to time.

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Another area that saw another huge improvement was the oxygen transfer and blood function. Before I had 1 at risk, 3 that needed work and 1 that was optimal. This time around I was able to improve to where I had 1 that needed work and 3 that were optimal! Great news right?!

The biggest shock to me last time was my Inner Age. I was a shocking 52.7. I was 31.5 at the time I took that test. Can you imagine what went through my mind when I got those results. 52.7!!!!! Holy heck something was really wrong. I was nervous getting these results back this time. I knew that I could have eaten better, could have done more workouts, and taken vitamins to make it better. But I hadn’t. Go figure. So when I got to this page of the results I was so happy and excited to see that I was now a 45.4 year old. I’ll be 32 next week so I’m getting there! I was able to add some years to my life! YAY! Now to bring it down a wee bit more and to make me 32 or younger, now that would be awesome. Raspberries, blackberries, avocado, and spinach better watch out. I’m coming for you!

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I still need to work on my Vitamin D. That did not fair any better than last time and is still at risk. OOPS! Other markers that still need work is the strength and endurance ones. I hope that I’m able to get those in check the next time around.

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What’s great about Inside Tracker is that they recommend foods to help counteract the results if they need work (as you can see in my examples above). It is so helpful to have that information. Most often, you are told that something just isn’t right and then here take this pill to help. Well that pill may help in one area but defeat another. What good does that do? I was able to take their recommendation and get some Vitamin D3 and Vitamin E to help with some of the markers along with eating the foods that they recommend. Now, I will indulge every once in awhile and sure have those wings or pizza. But I need to make better conscience choices about what I’m getting ready to put in my mouth to fuel my body.

I would definitely recommend Inside Tracker. Lots of people use it for different things and to optimize their training, weight loss/management, and everything in between. Contact them and they can help you determine what the best type of test is for you. I’m really glad that I’ve taken this step this year and can’t wait to see what next year’s results bring.

20 Days and Counting…

…until I attempt my second marathon. Since my training has been completely lackluster and sporadic at best it’s going to be a very slow run. This past weekend, I was able to get in 17.2 miles in about 3 hours and 30 minutes. I split up my mileage since my mental toughness just isn’t there. So I was shooting for 15-20 miles with 20 miles being what I was suppose to do. Thinking that if I got anywhere within those 15-20 miles, I would be a happy camper.

So, after much contemplation, I started out on my 7.75 mile run to a local OrangeTheory Fitness. (If you haven’t checked them out, I highly recommend them). The entire time I was running to this class, I was cursing my plan. It felt like forever to run those 7.75 miles. I ran on a local trail and the entire way down there, then hopped off to go enjoy an Orange class that totally kicked my butt. Yesterday afternoon, I was starting to feel the delayed onset muscles soreness. Oh geez, I look like an old lady trying to stand up and walk again.

After class, where I ran 1.7ish miles on an incline (killed my legs), I headed back to the trail to run home. I was so sore, and felt like I was going to struggle the entire way home. About 1-2 miles into my run, more like 2, I stopped at a bridge and just sat down. Doubt really started to creep in and I really started to wonder what I got myself into. I sat there for a minute and had a GU (Salted Watermelon, YUM) and a kind biker came by and asked if I was ok. I didn’t think I looked that bad, but I’m sure glad that he asked. So after a few minutes, I continued on my way and made it a few more miles down the road before I stopped again. I sat on this bench that’s along the trail. I only had a few miles left to go, but mentally needed a break. I was walking more on the way back than what I wanted but the miles still needed to be done and miles are still miles. 🙂 So I ate my last Salted Watermelon GU, sat on the bench and responded to some texts that had come in while I was running. And after another few minutes, I started on my way again. My legs were feeling tired but good and I was able to keep myself going. I made it up a huge hill, and then sat down again (I know, I know, I won’t be able to stop during the marathon).

But I made it home…it only took me 13 more minutes on the trip home (stops don’t count). So in all, it totally worked and I did get those 17 miles in. I accomplished my goal of trying to get 15-20 miles. It was slow, but I got those darn miles. I feel like I’m more confident in getting those miles completed on 1 November in NYC. I may attempt another long run this weekend to shoot for 20 miles total. But that has yet to be seen.

I can’t believe that I’m this close to running my second marathon. EEK!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Tuesday = Start of Week 2

It’s Tuesday! Which means we made it past Monday and we are a day closer to the lovely and ever sought after weekend! It also means that I’m starting week 2 of training for the NYC Marathon! I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be doing this marathon, this year. Honestly I never thought I would be training for another marathon. I was training for last year’s Marine Corps Marathon and transferred down to the 10k since I wasn’t feeling it and mentally just wasn’t in it. After running the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon and walking the last 6 miles I desperately wanted to get out of the 5 hour finish time and into the 4 hours. But last year it just wasn’t meant to be.

This year with the NYC Marathon just 29 weeks away, I have a better mental attitude right now even though I’m running the race by myself. I know that not all days will be insanely good and some days I’ll wonder what made me think I was crazy enough to sign up for another marathon and even question the fact that if I can complete it. In all fairness, I’ve already had a freakout moment wondering if I could even finish the marathon in the allotted time and what my next step would be. I had to remind myself that no matter how slow I go, it’s still 26.2 miles and that I certainly hope that I can finish it.

When looking at training plans that I wanted to work with, I found some that were 30 minutes running 2 times a week; and others that started off with higher mileage. I just wasn’t feeling confident in my abilities starting with a plan like that. So I kept searching for other plans. Which is what lead me to my current training plan. I know it seems silly but starting off with 1.5/3/1.5/3 seemed perfect to get me back on track. My training had been inconsistent over the winter due to working 2 jobs and little sleep. So my 2 half marathons I did this past spring were trying. I still finished, but definitely not my best times by any means. And that is completely ok!

Since I ran the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler on Sunday I decided that today was going to be an elliptical day to get the miles in. I didn’t want to injure myself or have further issues during the training. My mental toughness still needs some work so I didn’t want to defeat myself before I really started to train for the Marathon. Tomorrow is 3 miles and I do hope to get outside for that, it was raining this morning. Another reason for the elliptical. 🙂 It’s still the same right? Ok, I will keep telling myself that it’s the same. Haha.

1.8 Miles – Today’s Total
21.23 Miles – Month Total
109.87 Miles – 2015 Total (that’s sad…I don’t know if I’ll meet my goal for this year)