Race Report – Empire State Half Marathon

Empire State Half Marathon, oh yet again, you have foiled me. I knew I’d be slower this year thanks to my nagging calf tear injury that has caused me to go into this race entirely and painfully under trained. (You can find my race report from last year’s race here)


The hubs and I decided to stay at my parent’s house this year. Last year we drove in on race morning, so this at least allowed us to sleep in later, albeit the nights worth of sleep was not as good as what we’d get at home. But it was fine and we both survived all well and good.

The weather, oh the weather. It was reported that it would be barely 40, windy as all get out, and pouring freezing rain. Yeah. Yuck. Thankfully the rain held off. It was still freaking freezing cold and super overcast and windy. We sat in the car with the heat cranked and the heated seats on as long as we could, but I finally conceded and went to stand in the bathroom line. Nothing is crazier than taking a bunch of people with minimal body fat, putting them in minimal amounts of clothing, making them stand around the freezing weather, to wait to sufferingly run over 13 miles. Bunch of crazies, all of us.

Finally 8am crept up and they herded all of us towards the start line. And they even sent us off a couple of minutes early. The RD must have felt sorry for all of us who were violently shivering in the wind.


Husband and I took off and of course clocked our fastest mile of the day at mile one. I knew when I saw the time for it we’d be in for a tough day. The wind on the parkway was the roughest. There seemed to be a cross wind that was constantly nagging at us. And by mile two I was aware of my injury. I could feel it. Normally in a short run I don’t notice it, but my leg knew it was in for a beating and it made sure I knew it’s intentions. Fabulous.

Last year the aid stations seemed to line up with my fueling plan better, but this race has an ample number of aid stations offering water, accelerade, and gels. I wore my fuel belt so I could carry shot blocks; I had one water bottle full of water and the other full of Nuun. I have a very cut and dry fueling plan that works for me during long runs- first shot block at mile four, then another one every two miles after that. I mostly stick to water since I’m not a big sweater and don’t always need the electrolyte boost.  I did make sure I stuck to my shot block mileage and took in water at every aid station. I only used my water bottles when I felt the need for additional liquid which was only a couple of times.


Just eating and running, don’t mind me.

The wind was a lot less once we got into the park, which was really surprising. I expected the wind off the lake to be brutal once we were running along the shore line, but it was fine really.


One thing that we noticed immediately was that the turn around point was different. Last year we turned around right behind the dog park. This year it was significantly further down the path. I mean, my GPS came up at exactly 13 miles last year, meaning the race was short, so maybe they knew that. But the turn around was a lot more than the extra tenth of a mile back. It was to the point where Rob nudged me as we passed the Mile 8 mile marker and asked when my watch passed 8 miles. I flashed me watch at him, which read 8.21 miles. A while back was my response. His GPS was ahead too. And it became clear what happened as we passed the mile 10 marker, sitting pretty in the exact same spot as it was last year, even though the course was longer. Woops. Good job whoever planned that change. Fail.


Our longest training run for this race had been 8.26 miles, and it was like my body knew what was happening as I crossed that threshold. I got tired and sluggish once we hit about 8.5 miles. Tough. Very tough. Mentally and physically. My legs weren’t having it. I’m sure my form was falling apart, but I did everything I could to just keep running. I knew my second wind would come.

After the mile 10 marker, we leave the park and head back out onto the parkway. Other than being tired and my legs starting to feel heavy, I actually feel okay. There’s something mental for me when we get back on the parkway. The same thing happened last year; I disappear inside the recesses of my brain, I turn off and just run. My body and however it feels becomes null and I am in the mind frame to just finish.

However, similar to last year, Hubby cramped around mile 11, and since I’m never going to win and we do these things together, I hung back with him. Stop for a quick stretch, drink some water, walk a bit. This last two miles, same as last year, became our downfall. And this year Rob ate shot blocks, drank Nuun, drank water, drank accelerade. He stuck to a plan hoping not to cramp, but something about mile 11 gets him every time. He gives my hand a little squeeze with about a mile left and we start to run again. I’m running in front of him but keeping him in my peripheral until the last quarter mile when I pull ahead. But I remind myself that I screwed my knee up last year sprinting full force through the finish line and I keep my pace and form under control.



I cross the finish line with an official finish time of 2:22:08. Rob crossed right behind me and for the second year in a row we’ve knocked off the Empire State Half Marathon. Grab a medal, a bottle of water, and a foil blanket. Once you stop moving you remember it’s 40 and windy and now you’re covered is sweat that is beginning to freeze.


If you factor in the extra quarter mile that these stats don’t account for, my pace is more around the 10:40-something range. Still not great, but not bad given my circumstances.


Autopause had my time on my watch slightly off from my official time. A hard earned finish for sure this year.

Overall, Empire State Marathon puts on a good race. It’d be nice if they could figure out their course and get the distance right. Last year my GPS clocked in at exactly 13 miles, this year a ridiculous 13.35 miles. All that aside though, it’s a great course for a first timer. As flat as flat gets and you can always bank on the temperature being great for running, although the weather in general this time of year in Syracuse is hit or miss. And the full marathon is also super flat, PR friendly, and a Boston Qualifier. And with only 2500 runners across both the full and the half, the odds are definitely in your favor if that’s your prerogative.


Rob and I have already decided that even though this is a good race, we won’t be back next year. We’d like to branch out in terms of available races to pick from and honestly, if anything, we’ll be spending this weekend next year back in Bethlehem for the Runner’s World Festival.

All said and done, I’m really glad we raced ESHM again and I’m feeling a lot more confident about half marathon number two for this fall coming up in a mere four weeks. Time to get running. Run Disney, here we come!

Friday Five – Fitness Tunes

Yay, happy Friday!

I had kind of a tough day at school Thursday. But it had a nice ending. I was still hanging around, getting ready to leave, finally, a bit after 4pm when my principal flagged me down as I was dropping off some student work in the main office. I had a really nice conversation with my principal about dealing with a really tough class I have towards the end of the day. I think the decision we made together about how to handle this class is going to help, and it feels really good when the conversation ends with your administrators saying “Don’t worry, we’ve got your back here.” Such a complete 180 from the last district I worked for. And it feels refreshing and reassuring.

I got home late and just couldn’t muster a run. I did take Griswold for a mile long walk. But I still felt the need to do something.


Yup. Got myself to the pool. My first swim since Irongirl Syracuse (oops) and it was tough but it sure did feel nice. Swimming can be so soothing sometimes. Took me thirty minutes to find my goggles and I ended up forgetting a towel, but the soggy ride home was worth those 1200 yards of bliss in the water.

But today is Friday and I’m here to play along with Cynthia, Mar, and Courtney for Friday Five. The theme for today is Favorite Fitness Tunes!I haven’t bought new music in a while, it’s on my to do list before Sunday, so bear with me here!

5. Roar – Katy Perry: Can’t lie. This song was stuck in my head my entire race at IM Syracuse and I sang it to myself, audibly, during the run. What else can you really do when five hours into a race the song is still on loop in your brain. Might as well sing along.

4. Paradise – Coldplay: This is one of those songs that I stick in the middle of my playlist. It has the right lyrics and tempo that when it comes on you just put your head down and dig deep.

3. Anything by Pitbull: Yup, I cannot deny my love for Pitbull. Not really, I wouldn’t normally listen to him, but his music always has the perfect beat and tempo to match my running pace to. I love running to Pitbull and I have more of his music on my playlist then I’d like to admit.

2. Stronger – Kanye West: This song has been in a top spot on my running playlist since my high school days. It has the highest play count over any single song in my itunes library by at least ten fold. This song will never not push me to work harder, better, faster, stronger. And for those of you who are asking, yes, I have the original version by Daft Punk in my mix too.

1. Wake Me Up – Avicii: This song was my anthem during Syracuse training. And whenever I hear it, it reminds me of how far I’ve come and how far I still want to go. This will be my Ironman anthem someday. Someday soon, hopefully.

I do have a short list of downloads I plan to buy up tomorrow. I’m totally open to more suggestions though. I could use some new jams badly!

Best song to get you pumped up?

Favorite finish line song?


Quiet Courage

Hi. Hey. Hello. Whew.

Why the heck am I always so tired and stressed? I blame my lack of workouts, namely morning workouts. Unless I want to get up at 4am I don’t morning workouts are no longer an option for me. My days are always significantly better when started with a workout. My energy, my mood, my stress levels, my food, it’s all better. Trying to workout after being on my feet for ten hours a day is like a freaking chore and I hate it. Evening runs are the pits.

School is going alright. My first observed lesson didn’t go entirely as I planned and I’m kicking myself over it. Like really, I’m super frustrated about a last minute lesson change that came back to bite me. I had finally started feeling good and comfortable and like I was fitting into my new job. And now I’m pulling back into my shell a little.

I was going to swim last night, but more ipod woes. My shuffle is being finicky and frankly if I’m going to put off my bedtime in order to swim, I want my waterproof music dammit. So that’s plugged in working itself out and I do not get to enjoy the sweet solace that comes with swimming.


Today I do have to run after work though. And that means I need to figure out an outfit that allows me to wear sneakers some how, because my black work sneakers are limping along and my shins and achilles can tell when I try to run after being in them for ten or eleven hours. I ran one mile on Tuesday. One. Just one. It was uncomfortable and the common denominator between my runs where I have pain is my black work shoes. So after I get paid again next time I’ll need to buy some new ones.

And speaking of money, you know what else is bullshit? Money. Bills. Bills that show up in your mailbox that you had explicitly asked the girl with hooker makeup at the desk if your insurance would cover the entire cost, to which she replies yes. Then two months later you get a whomping bills in the bill. For an incorrectly done medical procedure to boot. To say I was livid when it showed up was an understatement. And I’ve had every intention of walking in there and duking it out with my Mr. TakeAnAspirinAndComeBackInAWeekIfYou’reNotDead Doctor. Except he has office hours 8am to 4pm. I’m long since at work by 8am and if I even leave school by 4pm it’s basically a miracle. So in the three weeks since the bill showed up it’s just sat on my side table and made me angry. I don’t care that I haven’t paid it yet. Bone and Joint Center in Geneva NY sucks and I’m in no rush to empty my bank account onto their desk top. They don’t deserve a dime more from me than what they already got. They can go shove it.

I just feel like I need a break. From everything.

Happy Thursday. The weekend is so close. So close.

Share some tips for learning to love evening runs, because I seriously hate them


Crash Course Coaching – How To Train With Heart Rate

Oh my, yesterday I was a busy bee. I went to school and wrote a couple of lessons, cleaned my whole house minus the bathroom, did three loads of laundry, grocery shopping, food prep, and attempted to workout. I wanted to ride my bike but the forecast called for rain and the skies were filled with dark clouds. So I headed off to the gym for a spin and lift. Cue five minutes into my spin, my ipod dies. Wahwah. I ended up only doing 20 minutes in zone 2 and no lifting because I wasn’t in the mood to deal with the silent gym. The students are gone for the holiday weekend so it was just me and old people on recumbent bikes bantering about old people stuff. And wouldn’t you believe it never rained. I should have just braved it and taken Finley out for a 20 mile cruise. The temperature was perfect for riding. Big swing and a miss.

And speaking of my ipod, I turned on itunes homesharing and it’ll allow me to plug in my ipod and pull it up and see the library. I can download to my new itunes library then bounce it right over to my ipod under the “on this ipod” tab. I’m still going to try and figure out how to move my library over so I don’t have to toggle between two different ones, but for now this allows me to at least see, add, and move music around without losing anything. In order not to lose everything though I have to keep my itunes settings on “manually manage music” otherwise it will wipe out my ipod and synch it with the six songs I already own instead. Temporary win. Still merits a call to apple this week though. Ugh.

Anyways, enough about me and my constant whining about my mundane life woes. With Tri Talk Tuesday on hiatus, I thought I’d still go ahead and bring you some triathlony goodness today. Well, not so tri specific, but really general training specific.


Yes, heart rate. Let’s chat a bit here.

Training with heart rate has it’s pros and cons, like any type of training regiment. Training by heart rate is a great way to train for endurance and even to some degree, speed. However, it’s important to know that HR training is not perfect because it has an effort versus reaction lag. What does that mean and how can you train with heart rate?

Imagine you are going to run sprints as part of a speed workout. Sprint intervals are typically written in time intervals. So you may run 10×30 second full effort sprints. In this case, 30 seconds is the amount of time you spend sprinting. If it was written as say, 10xHRZ5, you’re sprint lengths would vary greatly. You start sprinting and you body immediately shifts to full effort output, but your heart takes a bit of time to catch up. It’ll take a little time for it to beat fast enough to break you into zone 5 for your HR. But the more you run, the higher your rate is, it won’t drop quite as much during the rest intervals, and your sprints become shorter because your heart doesn’t have as high of a beat count to jump up. And inconsistent intervals aren’t going to translate to improvement as well as those 10×30 second intervals will.

Now the important thing with heart rate training is having accurate heart rate zones. You can find out your zones in a number of ways. One way is to go to a sports clinic and have a lactic threshold test done, which is done on a treadmill with an air mask over your mouth to track your lactic output and determine when your body reaches it’s threshold limit.

Another way to test this is to run the test yourself using a heart rate monitor. You can follow these instructions on the beginner triathlete website to correctly run the test both for running and cycling to find your heart rate zones. For this one you need to already have a heart rate monitor to use.

The easiest way to do this is to race a 5k wearing a heart rate monitor. Run the race as hard as you can, but without crashing at the end. You should race strong the entire time, but after the finish you should be gassed. Take your max heart rate for the race, your resting heart rate, and plug it into this calculator to get your training zones. There is a math formula you can use to do the math by hand, but this lovely calculator does it for you. If you want to formula though, shoot me an email, and I can help you find your custom training zones that way.

And you should retest your heart rate zones roughly every season. The last time I tested my heart rate zones was in the spring after I spent the winter base building and was in great shape heading into Ironman Syracuse training. So I used my most recent 5k time to redo my hear rate zones so they’ll be accurate for my race this weekend.

Once you have your zones you can start to train using them. Zone 1 is a recovery zone. Zone 2 is your endurance zone and all your long runs and rides should be done in Z2. This builds strength and endurance with minimal effort. This is what enables people to run long, at faster speeds, with the least amount of effort. It may seem slow and awful running in Z2 the first few times, but seriously stick it out. It does have results and you will see them. You just have to muscle through and first few slow, boring runs in zone 2.

Zone 3 is your threshold zone. This is where you’ll do pacing runs and tempo runs at. Zones 4 and 5 are zones that are used for speed training and sometimes where you may race for shorter races like 5k’s. For long races like half and full distance iron or marathon races you’ll generally spend most of your time in zone 2.

So there’s the basics of finding your heart rate zones and how to incorporate them into your training. There are loads of HR based training workouts and plans out there, but if you want more information on it you can contact me here and I’ll be happy to share some more insight.

Have you trained with heart rate before?

What other insight can you add to the discussion on training with heart rate? 

Mid Run Selfies

Rough week. I needed it to give way to a nice weekend, a lovely three day weekend. It got there, but not right away.

My laptop kicked it Thursday night. I’m still attempting to resurrect it at least long enough to pull some photos and files off of, but honestly it’s not looking good. And I had some weird thing with my itune account being listed under two different emails that took me a long night on the phone to get situated a few months ago, and now with itunes redownloaded on my new computer, I only have six song. Six. And some crappy U2 album that itunes gifted to everyone. No thanks. So I have to call apple again this week and get that mess sorted out. Or figure out how to pull my music off my ipod into itunes. Whatever will work. I was looking forward to downloading some new music and making a new half marathon playlist for Sunday. But right now that’s not going to happen.

Speaking of my impending half marathon, this happened-


Mid run seflies; all the cool kids are doing it.

Hubs and I ran 8.26 miles Sunday. It’s our last long haul before we race this Sunday. I had a bit of leg pain here and there, but otherwise I felt okay. I’m sure a lot of my discomfort on the run came from drinking beer and eating dessert Saturday night. Note to self, no beer and dessert before a long workout.


All said and done though, I know I will survive Empire State Half. It may not be pretty, and I won’t be breaking last years time and definitely not breaking two hours, but that’s okay. I’ve been nursing an injury for months and frankly I’ll be happy to finish.

Also, happy Columbus Day. I’m off work today and planning to hit the gym, clean my house, and write some lesson plans. Nothing exciting, but all stuff that needs to get done. So there ya have it. Finger crossed that this week is better than last and that I can get myself all situated for Sunday so I can have a good race.

Advice from the apple lovers on how to fix my itunes/transfer my music off my ipod?

Who else is off today? Any good plans?

Race Report – Yuengling Oktoberfest 5k

The official name is really the Yuengling Light Lager Jogger 5k. Longest name ever for a short race.

Like I said earlier, the trip to Bethlehem was awesome and worth it. I’m really glad we went. It almost felt like a chore at first, but it ended up being such a wonderful weekend.


Race morning was a little weird. I’ve never done a race that started so late. The race didn’t kick off until 10:30, mostly because our bibs had free beer tickets attached to them and you can’t legally drink before 11am apparently? That’s what others said, but who knows. All I know is we spent a lot of time milling about before the race. We got there like two hours early to make sure we got decent parking since there was over 3000 people racing.


The race was at the fantastic and famous Steelstacks, which were super awesome and such a cool way to preserve what would otherwise be a crumbling eyesore.


The view from the upper balcony of the Artsquest Center

The swag was excellent as well. Two free beers, a tech wick shirt, beer steins and gingerbread cookie medals.


The race was meant to have four corrals, but they weren’t clearly defined. Pace bunnies with signs would have been helpful. Instead the DJ just shouted out rough directions on where to be based loosely on your pace. We seeded ourselves at the back of corral two which was the 7-9 minute per mile corral. I thought that seemed lofty, but what the hell.

The first corral took off about a minute or two late, but that’s not a huge deal. Our corral was shepherded over the start line a couple of minutes later. We took off weaving and dodging, fighting our way through the first quarter mile. I mean really, walkers, you’re supposed to be in corral four. Follow directions, gah!

Thankfully we hit the Fahy Bridge after about the first quarter mile and the slow grinding incline helped thin out the herd. After that we saw our first race course entertainment. They had people dressed in German Oktoberfest type garb dancing along the course. Very fun! That entertainment was short lived though, right at the base of a huge hill that wound around the edge of Moravian College. We hit our first mile marker about halfway up this second hill. I will say though, I’ve run my fair share of hilly races where you only ever seem to go uphill. This race had lovely downhill stretches for every uphill they threw at us. Super rolling course the whole time. The only real flat stretch was in and out of the Steelstacks park.

Mile two was more rolling hills and more on course entertainment. We didn’t hit the turn around until about mile 1.8-something and at that point I knew the course would run long.


Despite everything with the hills, the late start, the night of eating and drinking leading up to the race, my injury; we ended up running negative splits. I’m so happy about that! And I clocked a 9:16/mile pace. I was dying by the end, but I am really happy for the push on my pace. I really needed that. My splits were 9:27, 9:26, 9:11, and 8:14 respectively and I crossed the finish line hauling at a lung crushing 5:45.


Look at that form! I must have been concentrating really hard on that. Stand up tall, elbows in, tuck the hips, happy form. Also, that guy is totally haucking a giant spitwad behind me. Nice.

That last mile was tough. Another hard run up the other side of the Fahy Bridge before heading back down to the Steelstacks. I thought that last half mile would never end, especially after seeing the 3.1 mile tick by on my watch and not seeing the finish line yet.

I was ecstatic crossing the finish line, albeit wasted. I shouldn’t have been, but considering my last race was IronGirl Syracuse the first weekend in August and I’ve been barely running thanks to my torn up legs, I’m happy with it.


The race overall was really great. Awesome location, challenging course but with lots of changing scenery so it was never boring. The atmosphere was great and I’m sad we couldn’t stick around for our free beers. The only complaints I had were the bathroom lines and the line for water and food after the race. Only the two indoor bathrooms were open and for some reason only 1/3 of the stalls in the women’s side were open in the main bathroom. The line had to be at least 100+ people deep. It was insane, they needed extra porta potties. And they only had one, single line for water, food, and medals afterwards, which was a shitshow. They sent out an email addressing both of those things and offering to have people come redeem their free beer tickets this upcoming weekend at another festival should you have not gotten to last weekend because of the line situations. So at least they were aware of the issues so they can fix them for next year. Inaugural races, you can always expect a glitch or two, but it was not enough to distract from the race and the atmosphere itself, so really no complaints here.


I totally ate my medal. I meant to a get a cutesy biting-my-medal picture, but the cookie was soft and broke in my hand. So it went right into my mouth hole.

I give this race two thumbs up. Rob and I really want to return to Bethlehem and stay for a full weekend, not just a whirlwind night. Next year we’re hoping to come back for the Runner’s World Festival, which happens to be the same weekend at Empire State Half Marathon.

Ever been to Bethlehem? If not, I better see you at Runner’s World next fall!

Best Medal you ever got?



Pumpkin Cider Dreams

Holy hell, what a week!

The spider incident really started my whole week off horribly. And now it’s nearing the end of the week and I cannot wait. I have a three day weekend and hubby has Monday and Tuesday on reduced hours, so we’ll actually see each other both days. Imagine that, only two days without seeing each other next week. It’ll basically be a miracle. And plus also, I need that extra day. Granted I’ll probably go to school and work, but I plan to get an extra day to sleep in then work out at my leisure instead of hatefully cramming it in in the evenings.

Evening workouts suck, by the way.

Harpoon Pumpkin Cider

Pumpkin cider, however, does not suck. In fact, it’s beyond delicious. Best way to end a craptastic day.

I ran 2.5 miles Tuesday evening. Our internet was out all day Tuesday though, so I didn’t get my data uploaded yet, so no real stats to share other than it felt difficult. Ugh. Ughughugh. Probably because I ate mac and cheese before going out to run. Oops.

Empire State Half Marathon is just about two weeks out and Hubs and I are planning to attempt an 8 miler this weekend. I’m really hoping I can manage that. I really need a good long run to boost my confidence for this race.

I had some pain after our 5k this past weekend. And it’s funny because I had a bit in my right leg, my injured leg. I had more in my left leg, which was confusing and annoying. Then I go to PT for the first time in like 3 weeks today and during an eval my PT finds a slight strain in my left calf too. Well, I know where that came from. Double gimp legged now. Thankfully the left one is minimal and he said a couple days of ice, stretching, and strengthening and that should fix itself right up. Not like my right leg, which left me barely able to stand or walk for three days. And over two months later and it’s still not healed.

Guess I’ll just drink more pumpkin cider.

I have another run on the docket for today. Fingers crossed it goes well for me.

Favorite fall drink- go!

Weekend Warrior

Up down, up down, that is my life.

We went away for the weekend and it was nice. We raced the inaugural Yuengling Lager Jogger 5k and I will have a full race report this week at some point. But the whirlwind trip to Bethlehem was so nice.

We had a nice drive down, checked into the Hotel Bethlehem which was super awesome. We walked around historic Bethlehem, walked around Moravian College’s campus, then racked up a decent bill at the hotel restaurant. Drinks, dinner, dessert, we just had such a wonderful time having a little date night away. It felt kind of like we forced ourselves to go down since we were registered for the race and had hotel reservations. The week leading up to it was long and we were both wiped out by Friday afternoon. But once we got there it was perfect. We both needed the trip, needed the date night, and had a perfect time. So worth it.


The drive back up to NY was less exciting. Reality of going back to life sank in. Oh life, why can’t you always be filled with awesome date nights and wine and running?

We got back a bit late and I had nothing planned for Monday for school. But by the time we got back, if I went to school I’d be lucky to get home by 9pm, I just had so much to do and not a lot of time to do it. I did some rough sketching out of lesson plans, looked up some resources, wrote a few things, then go up extra, stupid, ridiculously early so I could get to school earlier than usual. Because that was my other alternative.

I started my Monday off poorly an it just spiraled from there. At 530am I went to still my foot in my work shoe and started to stick my foot in when I noticed a bit of webbing on it. I grabbed it and started to pull it away, noticing it went all the way inside. Look in, giantfuckingspiderofdeath. I’m surprised for as tired as I was I even noticed the webbing on the edge of the shoe. But boy am I glad I did, because a spider on my foot at 530am would just be the best way to start my day ever *insert eyeroll here* Instead I threw the shoe across the room, squealed frantically, and proceeded to flail like a freak, feeling all creepy crawly. UGH. And that’s the story of how I wore dirty sneakers with dress pants to work yesterday. I also felt husband this note-


to which he replied-


I love that man. I can’t find my shoes, I have no idea what he did with them, but I sure do love him.

On top of my spider incident, I was at school by 615am and sitting in my room doing work. I could feel my ill-preparedness all day long. And I had a pre observation meeting with my principal and the lesson I spent almost four hours on he ended up having me gut and redo. The kids were wild all day and I was never not busy. The day just took everything out of me. I wanted to run after school. I knew it would help me feel better, but after a hard race Sunday, I needed to make sure I gave my injury time to recover, so my run is being put off until Today.

It’s just crazy that Saturday could be so perfect then today could be so… life.

Best part of your weekend?

Spiders- day ruined or an easy kill?

Zoot’ing My Own Horn

So who else despises the new Garmin Express other than me? Ugh, just ugh. I can’t figure it out and it’s driving me crazy. Just bring back Garmin Connect. The new update thanks to the announcement of the new Garmin 920 (anyone who wants to purchase this for me should just go ahead and do so, please and thank you) are going to give me a twitch.


Nope. Not a fan. But thankfully I did find the switch to classic option. Yes please.

My goal for Wednesday’s run was low mileage, “high” speed. After having to take four days off after running six miles on Saturday I was setting out purely to test my injury, but at the same time I need to be pushing my pace, no matter what.

I hate that barely scraping sub-10 minute miles for only two miles was tough for me. My average HR was 176, fine. My max HR was 202! I mean really. Whatthehell body!? But the more I push it the quicker I’ll reclaim my speed.



My first 2 miler under 20 minutes since starting to run again. Probably because I never just run two miles. Not since coming back from this injury. And I need to call my PT back. They called me to schedule me for a beating and I never got back to them. Must remember to call in the morning.

The good news is I didn’t have any pain post run for the most part. I noticed a slight niggling right after so I stretched well then iced later in the evening. Feeling good now, so the soreness from Saturday was hopefully a one time thing.

Did you see what’s on my feet? The Saucony’s went back and my new Zoot Ultra TT 7.0‘s showed up, so of course they went out for the run. They’re a bit different in terms of design than my pink 6.0’s, but they felt like the same incredible shoe on my feet and during my run. Seriously, I love these shoes. I’m sorry Zoot, I’ll never leave you again.


I should probably just send Zoot a little email asking them to throw me a few bucks for how much I swoon over their shoes. Because I do. They’re fabulous. Happy feet make happy runs. Truth.

On the schedule for this weekend is supposed to be an eight mile run. It’s also supposed to rain Saturday, so yeah. And we have the Yuengling Lager Jogger 5k race at the Steelstacks in Bethlehem PA this weekend. Beer stein, two free beers, shirt, and a medal made out of a cookie!? Yes please!

I have a 12 hour day at school today, so don’t expect much from me. Open house, my first. I feel like I should keep a tally of how many parents ask me about sex ed. The joys of teaching health.

Running in the rain – love it or hate it?

Favorite running shoes you’ve owned?

Fickle Is As Fickle Does

Busy, busy week. New teacher professional development that goes into the evening Monday night plus open house this week at school. Ack, so much extra time at school. And five week grades are due this week, so I’m pretty swamped trying to catch kids up and stay on top of grading. Egads!

Had some tenderness in my leg after my six mile run over the weekend. I need to remember to go drop off my 30 day renewal for PT so I can get back in there on an as needed basis. My leg always feels so much better after my PT beats up on it for a while. Except for that whole part where my new insurance kicks in my copay is doubling. Yuck.

I’m trying really hard to listen to my body, but I also have races still on my docket for the year, so yeah. Although starting this week I have vowed to get myself back in gym at least one night a week regardless of the weather. And even if I do an hour spin class, I have to lift. I have to strength train. It’s a big contributing factor to not getting injured. Plus I need to work on strengthening a few key muscle groups.

Did I mention Ironman Chattanooga was on Sunday? I’m so sad we ended up not going down. Getting a new teaching job was incredible and I’m very grateful to be teaching again, but it meant choosing between our Disney race or going to Choo and ultimately Disney won. Our family who live in Chattanooga spent the day out spectating and volunteering. They posted so many pictures. I’m so jealous and so sad. My dream of racing Ironman Chattanooga may not happen until 2016 and my heart breaks a little when I think about it.


Did I mention Ironman Chattanooga didn’t sell out for 2015 yet (as I write this at least)? Last year it sold out in 3 minutes of general registration opening. It was the reason I planned to volunteer this year, to guarantee myself a slot. When we didn’t go I figured that was that and I was missing it. I was teaching a seventh grade class at noon when registration opened. But it’s still open. If it had just sold out everything would be so much easier. But that registration page, it taunts me so.

Tracking Cynthia and other’s on Sunday through Augusta and Choo made me yearn to race another long course race. Too bad I’m broke and broken still. Having $500 in unplanned expenses all drop in my lap in one week is a tough pill to swallow. And I just feel like my tri season was stolen from me, having to pull out of my last year for this season. And now IMChoo for 2015 is slipping out of my reach. So now what?


Hello dreams, don’t leave me yet.

Hopefully I can run after school today. My leg was still sore yesterday and I didn’t want to push it. Plus I didn’t get home until after 530pm. And when you’re at work by 7am, that’s a long day.

My brain. It is feeling so fickle.

Yup. That’s all I’ve got. *sighhhhhhhhh*