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November Virtual Coffee Date

I’m joining other bloggers like CocoJill and Amanda who sometimes do a coffee date on the 1st Saturday of the month… It’s already November!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

ICYMI, two weeks ago I PR’d at Baystate – it was a hard race for me, so I’m proud of what I accomplished and how I got through it. Nevertheless, I also got an even better BQ for 2016! It should get me one wave earlier registration if they do it the same way (10+ minutes faster, where for 2015 registration I was 5+ faster). I’m told it might also let me start a smidge earlier in the 2015 corrals, but we’ll see. More about the rest of that weekend and post-race thoughts

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

It was great to see my sister (3 times) while I was on travel for Baystate, and I even managed a short visit with my Dad.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I loved being in New England and seeing actual fall. I miss the Midwest in the fall too. I guess an advantage here is we don’t get fall till November, but I’m past ready for it.

It’s starting here though!

my crepe myrtles

my crepe myrtles

tree near the house

tree near the house

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I can’t believe it’s less than 6 months to Boston!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

Remember me saying this last month? I got officially accepted into the 2015 Boston Marathon! I’ve got the email, the screen shot of me in the database, and am eagerly awaiting the postcard this month (which I will likely frame). Well, I still haven’t gotten my postcard, and others have, and it’s making me a little nuts. I’ve emailed BAA asking about a replacement. I’m in the database, so it’s an issue with our mail carrier – and we have had issues in the past. I joke he hates runners because I’ve had so many running magazines damaged or never delivered.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I’m trying to figure out how to approach the Richmond Marathon. Originally it was to be an “easy” (as in take it easy, not it will be easy!) training run for my ultra in Dec. per Coaches Tawnee and Lucho at Endurance Planet. Then, I started thinking that really, everything after Baystate is actually training for Boston, and less important on its own than for what it gives me in that regard. (I want to finish Richmond and the 50k well and may have a goal time for each – and then will submit Maniac forms.) Richmond has a good stretch of downhill around mile 6-7 and a good/nasty stretch of uphill around mile 16. Great Boston training.

THEN, my DH (as he is wont to do) put a bug in my ear, thought in my brain, etc….of wondering if I could do even better at Richmond than I did at Baystate. He suggested I go out with a faster pace group and see how it felt, see how long I could hold it. If I feel good, maybe I do better. If I’m not feeling it, drop back and finish. And my chiro agrees with him! Says I should use all the races between now and Boston as learning experiences, physically and mentally.

DH has always had more confidence than I have in my abilities, and so far, he’s been proven right. I’ve been able to do things I thought were only dreams, and I’m dreaming bigger (well, faster) now. Why NOT go for it, being willing to pull the plug at the first sign of any physical discomfort that might cause me problems in maintaining consistent, healthy training for Boston?

OR, I could just run however I feel, go with podcasts, start with a slower pace group or maybe find a tweep to hang with and take it very easy for those 26.2 miles……I don’t know what I want to do or what the “right” thing is to do – quite often that’s only clear in retrospect once you’ve done something that went well or awry.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I’ve been taking it easy in these 2 weeks post-race, trying to recover well at least from a training perspective. Not sure how I’m doing nutrition or sleep wise. I’ve been doing easy runs, 8 miles the longest so far, and biking either at home or at the gym at work. I also got on the arc trainer for a few minutes, need to pick that back up. Have a new exercise from my chiro to help my cranky hams. It’s helping I think, but of course new exercises = new soreness until muscles adapt. My hips have been tight this week from too much sitting at work and the exercise.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

Today is my first long run since Baystate. I’m not really sure what I should do, what I’m going to do or what my body will want to do or let me do.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I pre-ordered the Adrenaline 15s, hope to have them in the next few weeks. Keep your fingers crossed!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I’m looking forward to watching Deena and Meb run the New York City Marathon Sunday morning! After my run, I’ll plunk down on the couch for the rest of the morning and cheer them on.

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me? Share in the comments!

 



October Virtual Coffee Date

I’m joining other bloggers like CocoJill and Amanda who sometimes do a coffee date on the 1st Saturday of the month… Welcome October!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I got officially accepted into the 2015 Boston Marathon! I’ve got the email, the screen shot of me in the database, and am eagerly awaiting the postcard this month (which I will likely frame).

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I’ve actually HAD coffee 3 times since we last chatted! (decaf, but still) It’s been a real treat. Twice I’ve made it with my AeroPress (thanks to MidpackBiped for the suggestion), which makes an espresso-like shot I then dilute with hot water.  The other time was a decaf Americano at a place across the street from work, with a work buddy. It was such an odd feeling to step into Starbucks to buy my own coffee and into the indie coffee house to actually order something (last minute decision). I was practically in tears just sitting and chatting over coffee – it’s been so long and I used to enjoy it so much. I’m trying to keep it an occasional treat, not a habit. Might be a challenge – the place across the street has a regular and decaf espresso blend from a particular roaster which I used to buy in my hometown when I lived there and then when I visited my Dad. Maybe I’ll buy regular for DH and decaf for myself and stick the Starbucks in the freezer for emergencies.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

Two weeks from tomorrow is Baystate! (gulp) I’ve done much better on my runs in September (once I adjusted my goal pace). I’m hoping that’s a good sign for the race. I don’t really know how I feel about the race except somehow unprepared. Maybe it’s just that I haven’t kicked in the mental training yet….and I think I’m sort of dragging my heels about it due to nervousness about the race. Maybe it’s just that I haven’t forgotten how hard Shamrock was (see #2 here) but I also remember how proud of myself I am for that race, my performance and persistence and toughness in it, and my BQ. I left it all on the course, and that’s what I want to do again. Oct. 19th has seemed so far off for so long, and now it’s coming up at warp speed.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I’m SO ready for fall temps, which are supposed to arrive in my area this weekend. Yes, I’m cold all the time but I’m from the Midwest and it’s October….warm days now are just wrong. <grin>  And leaves should change, not turn brown and die…not that I have an opinion or anything. I’m also looking forward to al things pumpkin, then adding gingerbread and molasses-type flavors to the season as well.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

Purple/purple sweet potatoes have returned! They showed up Thursday at a local organic food store, and I bought a lot of them. I’m so glad I did as when I went back Friday, they were all gone. They are called Stokes Purple™ sweet potatoes, and I know one produce company that distributes them is Frieda’s. They’re a bit more dense than regular orange sweet potatoes, closer to the Japanese sweet potatoes or Hannah sweet potatoes, and they’re also less wet and less overly sweet than the orange (garnet/jewel) can be. They’re great for pretty much everything you’d use a regular sweet potato for, including eating plain or with nut butter. I haven’t tried cooking with them, but imagine the visual – and mix the purple and the orange for a real standout dish!

Stokes purple sweet potatoes

Stokes purple sweet potatoes – they look a bit more purple than this in real life

Stokes purple sweet potatoes inside

Stokes purple sweet potatoes inside

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I tried Salted Caramel GU (trying out backups to my First Endurance vanilla Liquid Shot since I can only carry so many flasks in my vest). Yum. It tasted to me almost exactly like sponge candy that my mom used to get from the Northeast. A little sweet, a little salty, a little burnt sugar, almost bitter edge. Nice change of pace. I’d tried Hammer Vanilla earlier in the week and realized it’s much thicker and sweeter than what I’m now used to, a no-go unless it’s all there is. Next up to try is either GU Vanilla Bean or Jet Blackberry (which I hear Deena Kastor uses in the last part of her marathons – an endorsement if ever there was one).

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I tried a fresh pair of Adrenalines on Thursday and will run my last two “long” runs in them to break them in pre-race. I really need the Adrenaline 15s to come out so I can see if they’ll work for me. Getting nervous about having shoes for Boston training & race!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I finally registered for the Richmond Marathon. Haven’t registered for Across the Years yet though, should do that soon.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I’m building twitter lists of folks who are running Baystate, Richmond and Boston to make it easier for me to try to meet up with them.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I tried acupuncture once and probably will have a couple more appointments. It didn’t do anything bad and may have helped, but it’s hard to tell. So many variables.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

In case you hadn’t figured it out… I’m pretty much obsessed with anything related to running and my races right now. If it’s not in some way related to those things, and it’s not eating, reading or relaxing with TV/DVDs (or maybe blogging), I can’t seem to get myself care much about it and won’t be spending any more time or energy than necessary on it.

What would you tell me if we were having a coffee date? (now with actual coffee!)



September Virtual Coffee Date

Taking a page from Coco who does a coffee date on the first Saturday of the month….(go visit her blog!) I think Jill and Amanda have done them as well. Happy September! (so glad we’re done with July and August)

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I miss coffee enough that I just bought an AeroPress. Now I have to convince myself to actually try it, read the instructions, and find some decaf to make. I’ll be trying to pick a day when it won’t be a problem if my stomach doesn’t tolerate it. I almost feel like I shouldn’t go back to coffee since I gave it up so long ago, but so many days I crave the comfort when I smell DH’s pot brewing before work.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

It feels like someone hit the accelerator pedal in my life, and I’m trying to change gears to speed up. The rest of this year looks quite hectic in running, work and life in general and I don’t feel ready for it. I know there’s not really a problem, it’s just my perception of things that’s causing me stress, and that’s something I need to work on. In “reality”, everything that’s happening is good, and manageable.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

Despite the fact I had good runs on T & Th of this week, I’m nervous about my training for Baystate. I don’t think I’m where I was at the same number of weeks pre-Shamrock, so this weekend I’ll likely look at my current training plan and my actuals from last time and try to tweak. In between long run, recovery run, porch time, 2 massages and food prep for the week. (see what I mean about accelerating?) It’s 6 weeks to Baystate, 10 weeks to Richmond, 16 weeks to Across the Years.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I interview Monday morning for the supervisory position at work. I don’t know if I really want it, but I’m going to give it a good try anyway. Work is quite busy for me even without that – and likely to remain so, with more of my teams hitting gates in the writing process where they need me AND the impending arrival of a new writer/editor to fill our empty slot. Whether or not I’m the supervisor, I’m the only other person on my team who does my job who’s at HQ, so I’ll wind up spending lots of time and energy answering questions, mentoring her, helping out, etc. I really liked her, think she’ll do great and I think I’ll enjoy getting to know her, but it’s going to require a different level and frequency of personal interactions than I’ve been used to. I can find that quite draining. Usually I can just be alone in my office working unless I’m in a meeting, and not really talk to people too much. It’s a great balance of communication and introversion for me. I think I’m going to prize my telework days even more now.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I’ve had some really funky dreams this week! People from my past, threats to my life, lots of stuff apparently getting pulled apart and pieced together by my brain starting around 3am. I appreciate my brain processing things, but a little less bizarre technicolor (dating myself) would be nice.

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It’s time for me to make/have annual and semi-annual doctor/test appointments. Again? Already? (Hey, did you get that flu shot yet?)

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I’m SOOOO ready for fall. Bring on the cooler temps, pretty leaves and all that goes with it (like pumpkin, kabocha and purple purple sweet potatoes). I wish we could fall back on time much sooner!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I’m really excited about this coming Friday because at 10:00am, I will register for Boston!!!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I’m so glad we had a few minutes to chat! Let’s do this again.

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me? 

To help you get into that September feeling, here’s a photo from the local Whole Foods – looks like I’m not the only one yearning for fall!

fall mums

fall mums

 

 

 

 

 



Virtual Coffee (Tea) Date

I love the idea of the “virtual coffee date” that I believe Jill Conyers started. I know Amanda and Coco have done them as well.

I hope you don’t mind sharing my Irish Breakfast tea. Or bring whatever works for you!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I’m a little nervous about the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half on June 8th. The race, the travel, the food situation. I ran hill reps last week and then hills on Sunday…and Monday/Tuesday told me my body isn’t quite “there” for hills yet. I knew that – that’s why I’m training for them – but the uncomfortable reminder wasn’t exactly welcome. I know that the real goal is that I’m ready next April, but I’d kind of hoped the HHHalf wouldn’t be TOO bad, and now I’m wondering what I’ve gotten myself into. I am trying to reframe my expectations to have the race be just a learning experience and hopefully a little fun (at least the expo/seminars should be). I’d already said no PR, now I think I will remove all time or other goals other than finish healthy and talk to some new folks.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

Tuesday’s “superficial frontal line” problem, which reminded me so much of the early warning signs of last August’s extensor tendon sheath inflammation, freaked me out and messed with my head. The injury/re-injury fear is real, and seems to be always lurking, ready to pounce. I was smart and took a XT day, and my chiro stretched the problem areas, unfazed, and seemed to think it was related to my hill training (“like doing a lot of deep squats”). So I am a bit better both physically and mentally than I was, but the combo of not running, feeling off, and worrying about the future did not make for a good mood day.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I cannot wait for the weekend. These last couple workweeks have felt really long for some reason. It’ll be a nice long one, with a brief visit from my sister and Tuesday off for a chiro appointments and other misc.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I’m so grateful my sister found such a good situation for our Dad, an assisted living place only miles from her. (she’s amazing) When I was there a couple of weeks ago, I was pretty impressed. It seems like a good bunch of folks working as a team to care for the residents, and it’s an attractive and clean place. I’m hoping he continues to adjust.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I have to travel next week for work – fly out 6am Wed, back (hopefully) by 6pm Thurs, two days of meetings and sitting in planes/airports/cabs. I am not looking forward to it, and it’s going to mess with my running schedule. Even I have limits – I might bike at 3am Wed, but probably not run. But it’s just a blip, and I will do what I can. There is a hotel gym so hopefully Thursday morning I can get some workout in. Better now than when training really ramps up I guess. And I so appreciate having my iPhone and Kindle for travel. The iPhone is of course great (twitter, email, streaming yogavibes, blog reading!). I like the Kindle more than I’d expected, and I can load it with library books and samples as well as fairly cheap books and have a lot to read for little weight.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

Some days doing the additional strength and flexibility work – and trying to get workouts of some type in before, during and after work almost every day – is pretty challenging and tiring, physically and mentally. It’s especially so when I think about keeping it up basically forever. Monday, I thought “5 more months of this?!” (till Baystate)

But I think it’s working. My long run Saturday felt “different” somehow, like my legs were adjusting to new patterns, and I felt reasonably strong muscle-wise. Holding on to any little improvement I can notice helps. Fingers crossed that all this is going to pay off short-term (upcoming races) and long-term (a healthy, durable runner for life). I did a lot of extra stuff for Shamrock, with great results, and as I will continue to say “it was all worth it”. One step at a time, one breath at a time, one workout at a time.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I love seeing the roses in bloom in such abundance right now, though my Midwestern upbringing still shouts “too early!” since it’s only May.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I’m thrilled we get to continue renting this house, for so many reasons. I love sitting on the porch, reading, looking, listening – both in the evenings and on weekends after my runs.

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I’m so glad we had a few minutes to chat! Let’s do this again.

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?