Mildewy Wet Dog

I have absolutely nothing to wear.

Finding running/workout clothes for a growing bump is a BITCH.

I should rephrase that. Finding running/workout clothes for a growing bump without spending ridiculous amounts of money is a BITCH.

When I was pregnant with Max, I bought two maternity training tanks and a pair of pants from Old Navy. I also bought two pairs of Nike running shorts on super sale in bigger sizes. That was it. Part of this was because I didn’t start showing until a lot later in my pregnancy, and also because I wore my regular running clothes and just stretched them out.

This time around, I’m struggling. I’m showing a lot sooner than I did with Max. I swear at almost 20 weeks I look like I did with Max at 28+ weeks. Supposedly this is because your body just remembers what to do and does it way faster. Or maybe because I like Reese’s peanut butter cups a little too much. Whatever, it’s probably some combination of the two.

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I also am wiser this time around. I stretched out many of my favorite running items during my previous pregnancy, and they never went back. At the time I thought I was so smart squeezing myself into too tight capris and tanks and that I was saving sooo much money. Then I tried to put those clothes back on a few months after Max was born and they were so stretched out they were unwearable. Fail.

So, I’m faced with needing to buy some new running/workout clothes. “Athleta has some cute stuff!” a well-meaning friend told me. Sure, it’s cute—but not cute enough to pay $80 for a pair of pants I will only wear for another 4.5 months!

“Target has cheap maternity clothes,” they said. Since every other pregnant woman in North America knows this, they scoop up all the good sizes. Sure, if I wear an XL or an XS, I’m in business at Target. But I wear neither, so I’m screwed.

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I guess I’m back to the Old Navy drawing board. Fortunately, they have a 30% or 40% off sale nearly every damn day. But hurry, because the sale ends today! And then starts again tomorrow. If anyone ever pays full price at Old Navy or Gap, they are doing life wrong.

I’m starting to forget the point of this post? Oh yeah, I basically wear the same outfit on repeat for running or riding my bike trainer or DVDs. My husband politely informed me the other day that my maternity workout pants smell like mildew. By politely inform, I mean he said, “Gross, you smell disgusting. Like a mildewy wet dog.” Max overheard and has been running around the house chanting “MILDEWY WET DOG!” at the top of his lungs. This is my life in a nutshell.

Anything sounds cute coming out of his mouth. Also, yes it's February and he's still wearing Santa pajamas. If it still fits, he wears it!
Anything sounds cute coming out of his mouth. Also, yes it’s February and he’s still wearing Santa pajamas. If it still fits, he wears it!

I’ll just leave you with that. I’m off to buy some clothes that actually fit and don’t smell.

Have a mildewy wet dog kind of day, friends!

To Run the Half or The Full – A Monumental Decision

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I’m sill waffling back and forth as to whether I should run the full or the half at the Monumental Marathon. If I don’t decide within the week, I’ll be stuck with a marathon bib.

I can still back out in the middle of the race—the half-marathoners go their own way around mile 6. But then I’ll be the person with the marathon bib that all the volunteers are yelling at to go the other way. And then I have to yell back, “I changed my mind! I’m running the half instead!”

I’ve obviously been there before.

I’m struggling to decide what to do, so I figure the best way to decide is to lay out the reasons for and against running the full.

Reason to Run the Full #1

I want to redeem myself.

 The Indianapolis Marathon on October 17th did not pan out how I would have liked it to. I believe that I have a 3:4x:xx somewhere in me.

Reason to Not Run the Full #1

Redeeming myself may not be physically possible.

Realistically, it’s going to be tough to pull out a PR 3 weeks after another marathon. I have done these races back to back before, but I was not going for a time goal. I ran them both fairly easy and my times were only a few minutes apart. BUT, in 2010 and in 2011, I ran the first marathon faster. I remember my legs feel weird at the Monumental both times.

Reason to Run the Full #2

I love running full marathons.

I just do. I’m probably more equipped and better built for half marathons, but fulls are my jam. I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with running 26.2 miles. I can’t really explain it.

Reason to Not Run the Full #2

Extra time with little man. 

I am taking the day before the Monumental off and I have the entire following week off, so I will definitely be getting lots of time with him. But hey, ANYTIME with him is awesome. If I run the half, I get home to him a couple of hours earlier. Plus, I will be able to actually chase him around and play with him, instead of hobbling like a zombie.

Reason to Run the Full #3

I will want to race the half, and may not be ready for racing just yet.

If I choose to run the half, I’m really going to want to race it. It’s hard to keep that competitive drive down. My body may not be ready for the hard effort.

Reason to Not Run the Full #3

I might be able to pull out a big half PR.

On the other hand, after lots of long runs and a recent full, I might be able to pull out a nice half PR. I tested out a few more faster miles this morning, and it felt pretty good:

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What this really boils down to is that I want to run another full marathon and have a good race. And by good race, I don’t mean that I have to run the time I’m shooting for or even PR, but I want to HAVE FUN. I did not have fun at the Indianapolis Marathon. I had put to much pressure on myself to enjoy it.

I also have the secret hope that my speed and endurance are still there from this training cycle, and that I will be able to run a PR race. This may just be wishful thinking.

I will continue to change my mind 50 times this week. Indecision is one of my strongest character traits.

It wouldn't be one of my blog posts without a picture of Max!
It wouldn’t be one of my blog posts without a picture of Max!

Have you ever run goal races in the span of a few weeks? How did it go? Would you do it again?

What would you do if you were me?

Everything Is Awesome

Running lately has been pretty good. I squeezed in 12 miles Friday morning.
 
I also almost ran smack into a goose on that run. Now that was terrifying.
He didn’t chase me or hiss, but he did look utterly shocked. Ya know, if a goose can look shocked.

Saturday- 8 easy miles during nap time
Sunday-5 easy miles late
Yesterday, I had a glorious lunchtime run. 5 miles on a sunny, cloud-free day. It definitely beat staring at the wall in my cubicle and smelling the stale, stagnant air in there.
The view on my #runch
So, running has been going well. Lately, I’ll look down at my watch and I’ll see times that are faster than I’ve ever run before. Like 2-3 minutes per mile faster than what I would run 4 years ago.
So I get excited and I’m proud, but then I think, “but so and so runs this pace and 100 miles per week.”
Or, “Blogger x or blogger y can run a 3 hour marathon. They would think you’re slow.”
And then I feel like maybe I’m not so great. That I need to work harder, do more speed work, squeeze in some more miles. Get faster, dammit. You know, in my spare time.
I realize this comparison thing is ridiculous. But, I think it’s important to address because I’m guessing I’m not the only one. So when I start to compare, or feel like I need to keep up with other bloggers I stop and remind myself that EVERY BODY is different.
That I have come so far.
I am doing the best I can.
Someone else’s awesomeness doesn’t diminish my awesomeness.
This is a hobby. It’s for fun. When I die, I won’t be remembered for running an 8 minute mile or a 7 minute mile. I’ll be remembered for being a great mom, wife, sister, friend, daughter, etc.
That this guy doesn’t care:
 
And this guy doesn’t care:
 
I’m awesome. And you’re awesome. (Are you hearing the Lego song now? Everything is awesome!!!)
 
And when I start this comparison crap, I will remember that. Yes, I can use others as inspiration to be the best me I can be, but that doesn’t diminish how great I am now and the long road it’s been to get here. It doesn’t take away from my greatness when others are great.
We’re all awesome! And we all have a story that is just as important as everyone else’s. Plus, no matter how speedy someone is or how great everything appears, no one’s life is perfect.
Now, go be awesome!
Do you ever get stuck comparing yourself to others? How do you turn it off? 
Tell me about something awesome you did recently!

Another Early Run and My New Running Buddy

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Another day, another morning run. Hoping I can keep this early morning run thing going! I think I read somewhere that it takes 2 weeks for something to become a habit, so I’ve still got some time to go, but things are definitely getting easier.

I did 6 easy miles on my garage treadmill 🙂 It’s actually a new (to me) treadmill, because the one I purchased in November from Craigslist had a bum belt. And yes, that’s the technical term.

I’m not really sure what’s wrong with the old tready, but it always made a horrible, obnoxiously loud squeaking sound and the belt often skipped, causing me to almost fall off multiple times per mile. I didn’t realize how bad it was until my husband saw me running on it and told me something was really wrong with it. Oops.

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Unrelated adorableness

He messed around with the belt, but couldn’t figure out the exact problem. When he tried to run on it, the belt would barely move. I could still keep the belt moving, but he thought maybe he just weighed too much for it. Keep in mind, my husband weighs 165lbs, so the belt should have been able to handle him 🙂

We looked into having it repaired and/or replacing the belt, but this was going to be pretty costly, especially since I payed very little for it. Our wonderful friends had a treadmill just taking up space in their garage, so now it’s my new running buddy.

Don't you love my running view? Sometimes when I'm bored I count the holes in the pegboard. I also read celebrity gossip magazines while I'm running - doesn't everyone?
Don’t you love my running view? Sometimes when I’m bored I count the holes in the pegboard. I also read celebrity gossip magazines while I’m running – doesn’t everyone?

It’s amazing how much smoother this ‘mill is. I can’t believe I didn’t realize how jacked up (another technical term) my old treadmill was! I also had some tightness in my right hip that only popped up the day after a treadmill run. It would go away if I didn’t use the treadmill for a few days, then would come back with a vengeance when I used the ‘mill again. I think the skipping belt was definitely throwing off my gait!

Needless to say, I’m thrilled with my new partner in crime and so thankful for our friends who were able to help me out. As someone who has to do a lot of runs on the treadmill while my husband is working and the kiddo is sleeping, this thing is a lifesaver.

I’m off to lay around, read a good book and eat candy. Oh wait, no – I’m actually headed to work. A girl can dream, right?

Resetting My Running Clock

I’m an afternoon/evening/late night runner. I used to do the morning thing, but scheduling conflicts 6 years ago led me to push my workouts to later in the day. And that was fine, I adjusted and became a PM runner.

Lately though, I’m really struggling with the nighttime running schedule. Many nights, I don’t get Max down until after 9. By the time I’ve tidied and done dishes, I’m starting my run at 10 or so. This puts me going to sleep well after 12 and starting the next day exhausted.

And sometimes Max and I just fall asleep together…

To put it mildly, this isn’t really working out.

So I’m trying to reset my running clock. It’s been very challenging because my current schedule is a vicious cycle. I run late at night, then I try to get up early to reset. I sleep in because I was up late running, so I have to do my run late again. And so on and so on and I’m falling asleep while blow-drying my hair.

I needed a change. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to become a morning runner again. And since I’m a procrastinator, I just got around to starting this goal 🙂 F for effort, Molly.

The excuses had to stop. I finally managed to start a new cycle last Friday. Thursday was a day off from running, and I diligently went to bed early (!) my alarm went off at 5:30 and while I didn’t exactly bounce out of bed, I managed to stumble out, wipe the drool from my face and get going.

Doesn't everyone set 4 alarms? No? Just me?
Doesn’t everyone set 4 alarms? No? Just me?

It’s been 4 mornings now and it’s starting to feel a little more natural. I like enjoying my evenings without having to stress about squeezing in my run. I like having a glass of wine at dinner and not worrying about how it will affect my workout. It’s pretty liberating!

Dare I say it, but I might actually be turning into a morning runner again! Until the next time real life interferes with my running life 🙂

When do you run? Have you ever had to reset your internal running clock?

How To Run At Lunch

Is it seriously Wednesday already? This week is flying by! I also just realized there are only 15 days until Christmas, so maybe I better get my butt in gear and get my shopping done?

Random shoe and tights shot...maybe I should stop taking selfies and Christmas shop!
Random shoe and tights shot…maybe I should stop taking selfies and Christmas shop!

I never did a run recap from last week, so here it is:

Weekly Running Recap 12/1-12/7

Monday 12/1– Rest day

Tuesday 12/2– 4 miles late night T-mill (7:47 pace)

Wednesday 12/3– 5 miles easy outside (8:15 pace)

Thursday 12/4 (Wedding Anniversary!) 4 miles at lunch (forgot Garmin so not sure of the pace, maybe 8:20s?)

Friday 12/5- 6 miles AM (8:00 pace)

Saturday 12/6– 8 miles T-mill tempo during Max’s nap (1 mile at 8:34, 3 miles at 7:41, 3 miles at 7:30, 1 mile at 8:34)

Sunday 12/7– Easy 4 miles (dead Garmin- I think 9 min pace roughly)

Total= 31 miles, which is pretty much where I’ve been settling during the off-season

Shot from Saturday's run. This was before my 1-mile cool down.
Shot from Saturday’s run. This was before my 1-mile cool down.Yes, I was reading People magazine while running 🙂

Max has been begging to go running lately. Every time we walk by the jogging stroller he says “Running! Running!” but it’s just been too cold and windy, or dark out by the time I get home, for us to get out there. It looks like this weekend will be in the upper 40s both days, so we’re definitely going to get out there and enjoy it!

As you can see from my recap, I ran at lunch one day last week. That’s pretty much the norm for me. During marathon training, I did it a lot more often. Which meant getting to work a lot earlier, staying later, or getting work done at night from home. Sacrifices, eh?

Anyway, I’ve had a few people email me about how I run at lunch. Like how does it work with having to get back to my desk and not look like a grease monkey and gross out my co-workers with my stank? It doesn’t. Just kidding (I hope).

Here are some of the ways that I make lunchtime runs work:

  • I run at a nearby park that has showers/bathrooms or at my workplace gym
  • I either take a quick shower if I get really sweaty(I don’t wash my hair—I only do if it’s super hot and I sweat a ton, then I just wear my hair in a wet bun to work), or I just wash my face and reapply my makeup if I don’t get super sweaty
  • I use baby wipes to freshen up when I skip the shower
  • I have thick, long hair and it usually looks pretty nasty if I wear it down after running, so I put it in a pony, bun or braid
  • I eat lunch at my desk when I get back
  • I try to plan my outfit for running days. It’s faster to change into and out of a dress than pants, shirt, sweater etc. I also make sure to pack extra socks!
  • My toiletry kit and my running clothes/shoes are always in my car, so If I have a light day at work or a meeting gets cancelled, I can squeeze in a run

It’s definitely a hell of a lot easier to run at lunch in the winter than in the summer. I personally sweat like a pig in the humid Indiana weather, but in the cold I don’t sweat as much and can get away with a quick freshen-up. I also have walls around my cubicle so people can’t smell me as much 🙂

Another thing to note is that the company I work for encourages wellness and fitness—hence why we have a gym. They offer CrossFit classes, yoga and more, so it’s not out of the norm for people to workout on their lunch breaks here. I am very, very grateful for that. It’s nice to know that I don’t always have to run at the crack of dawn or after Max goes to bed!

Do you ever run or workout on your lunch break? Any secret tips you want to share?

The Only Thing This Runner Wants for Christmas

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Time. I would give quite a lot for some time. I might even quit drinking Diet Coke if someone offered me an extra hour in the day…maybe.

Seriously though, I don’t need a bunch of fancy gadgets for Christmas this year. The only thing I need is a 25-hour day. Then I might possibly be able to find more time to run. Of course, I’d probably fill that hour with watching horrible reality shows—Real Housewives of wherever—and eating chocolate. I would have good intentions for that hour, though 🙂

Since it’s not possible to add an hour to the day, I’ve been thinking about how I can find more of this magical thing called time. My list of ways to carve out some of the most precious commodity known to man—and woman—include:

  • Lay off the social media—no brainer
  • Stop watching pointless television
  • Childcare swap—watch a friend’s kid so they can do something, they watch my kid so I can do something. Everyone is happy.
  • Get up earlier—this goes hand-in-hand with not watching pointless TV. I need to turn the boob tube off and go to bed.
  • Pick out outfits for the week on Sundays. Lay them out. No more outfit drama in the mornings.
  • Teach my toddler how to clean bathrooms—wishful thinking

I could probably add like 50 more things to this list, but these are the easiest to implement right now. I’m definitely doing a babysitting swap this weekend. I’m also setting a social media time limit of 30-minutes per day. I’m sorry to anyone whose posts I miss. I love the pictures of your kids/animals/friends and I would spend all day looking at them if I could, but I need to be more productive, darn it.

If you’re looking for something to give a runner in your life, give them some time. Offer to watch their kids so they can squeeze in a run. Bring ‘em a casserole or some takeout on a night they have to work late. Giving someone the gift of an extra hour doesn’t cost you much and can really make your loved one’s day.

In other news, I ran 31 miles last week and have run 19 miles this week, including one speed session and one hill session. Not too bad. Today’s run was an easy 6 this morning, and then I’m going to strength train tonight after the kiddo hits the hay. I haven’t done a very good job so far of sticking to my strength train 2-3 times per week plan. I’ve managed one full body session per week consistently, and the occasional second day. I’m not perfect, I meet some goals and I fail at others, but I keep on trying!

Life has been busy and fun lately. We’re taking the little dude to see Santa on Sunday. Fingers crossed that Max doesn’t freak out 🙂 Little man is cutting multiple molars right now and has been waking up in the middle of the night quite a lot lately. I’m hoping he gets some relief once they’ve all broken through. Poor little guy. I secretly love that he’s been extra snuggly lately, though.

Anyway, I’m off to eat candy and watch Reality TV—I mean plan my outfits for the week, diligently avoid Instagram and do some strength training 😉