October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween 2013-Time to Dress up

 Happy Halloween everyone! I personally love Halloween and love dressing up in costumes. I always try to spend a bunch of time thinking of an idea and not resort to buying a packaged costume. The second best part of Halloween is the candy of course. I'll have to find some friends who have trick or treaters and steal a few Reeses cups and Milkyway bars. When I was younger I always loved stashing all my Reeses from trick-or-treating in the freezer and having them for months after Halloween! I would still trick-or-treat if it was acceptable for someone in their mid-twenties to... I guess I'll just have to wait until I can tag along with somebody's kid as a decoy :) Here's a little look at some of my past costumes!

As I showed you earlier this week, I'll be dressed up again as R2D2 tonight. It's a shame I don't have more occasions to wear my costume to!

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Last year Scott was Rick from The Walking Dead, and I was a zombie nurse. It was really fun to go all out with the makeup. The year before we were Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat. That was one of my favorite costumes to date!

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Here are some other costumes from the previous years.  

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Clockwise from top left: Harry Potter & Hermoine; Rocky Horror Picture Show; Sookie Stackhouse from True Blood; Me as Alice in Wonderland with my pals Dorothy and the Orbit gum girl. 

The past two nights, Scott and I have been working on our pumpkins. It's the first time I've actually used patterns and stencils and not just tried to freehand something. I always carve a pumpkin every year the week of halloween-it's a tradition! We've got a couple more to put finishing touches on because we bought too many pumpkins but here is a sneak peak: 

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GO EAGLES, of course, and my Boo pumpkin

I didn't get the time to make as many Halloween treats as I wanted to but I saw this recipe online and made these little "bones"  for dessert the other night. They are a super simple and festive recipe, and all you need is marshmallows, pretzel sticks, and white chocolate chips. Attaching the marshmallows onto the pretzels did take a little more time than I expected, but I was really pleased that they turned out looking like they were supposed to! Props to my Scott for taking the lead on this little project!

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After work I'm going to go for a quick run and and do my 5 Minute Abs workout and then it's some dinner, putting my costume on, and opening a pumpkin beer! 




Are you dressing up for Halloween? Do you have any fun plans for tonight? 

October 29, 2013

Tips on How to Get Better Faster

Like I mentioned yesterday, I spent most of the end of last week and all weekend being sick. My sinus issues and general malaise are still lingering into this week,unfortunately. Since it is that time of the year, and getting sick can disrupt your social life, work, fitness regime, and any training plans you may be following-it's best to try to get well as soon as possible if sickness cannot be avoided. Here are some the ways I try to speed up the healing process:

1. Accept the situation: It doesn't matter what is going on in my life, if I try to fight through the sickness, eventually it will win.  I feel much better taking a day off from work to sleep and rest than go into work and end up not being very productive anyways.  Also I know this is debatable, but I think that unless it's something you know you'll feel better if you get just get your sweat on, just take a rest day. I'd rather rest up and be able to the gym strong later then have a few days of crappy workouts that don't leave me feeling much better. 

2. Stock up and drink up: I take a mixture of herbal and pharmaceutical supplements. I believe in taking extra Vitamin C (something like Emergen-C) and echinacea tablets, along with my multi-vitamin and probiotics.  After a few days of feeling crappy, I'm going to take some generic Mucinex and cold or sinus medication too because it helps. It's really hard for me to remember to drink water which is important for getting better. I like to drink lots of green tea with lemon.  


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3. Get steamy: Something that really helps me at night is having a humidifier next to the bed.  I find that especially with the heat on in the winter, the air gets super dry and dries out the mucous membranes in the nose and throat which usually help keep things moving along. My little portable humidifier keeps the air moist by creating steam which helps when I've got some nasal or respiratory distress at bedtime.  I got this little elephant humidifier (yes, it's made for a child) at Target because it's cute. Standing in the steamy bathroom after a shower feels amazing for a congested nose too!


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4. Comfort food: Sometimes it's hard to eat when you're sick because you aren't as hungry as usual, but your body needs fuel to boost your immune system!  I believe in the healing power of chicken noodle soup.  Anything that is yummy and warms you up from the inside out, or is whatever your mom made for you when you sick when you were younger. Another awesome comfort food I made this weekend was these little chicken pot pies. I saw a bunch of recipes and kind of just did my own thing.  I used this biscuit recipe, which I halved, to put on top of the pies before I baked them, and it turned out great! You could use any biscuit recipe, frozen biscuit, or even puff pastry as a topping. You can add or substitute for any vegetables you have on hand. I filled 4 small ramekins with a little leftover filling.  These came out so yummy and were even boyfriend-approved!


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Lighter Chicken Pot Pies (Serves 3-4)

Ingredients:
1/4 yellow onion diced


2 stalks celery, diced


10 oz bag of frozen vegetable medley (corn, carrots, peas)

1/2 cup of mushrooms, chopped

1/2 cup of sweet potato, cubed

1 Tbsp of fresh thyme (dried would work fine)

1/2 lb chicken breasts, cooked and chopped into bite-size pieces (you can add more or less)
2 Tbsp of ghee (coconut oil, EVOO, or any other fat would work fine!)
1 1/2 cups of chicken stock
2 Tbsp of arrowroot (cornstarch can also be used)
salt & pepper


Directions: 
Cook frozen vegetable medley on the stovetop as directed (or microwave).  Add onion, celery, mushrooms, and sweet potato to a pot with the ghee or fat of choice on medium heat.  Stir until vegetables are cooked through and begin to soften, about 10 minutes.  Next add the chicken stock to the pot and simmer, covered for about 5 minutes.  In a small bowl, mix arrowroot with approx. 3 tablespoons of water with a fork until all the lumps are gone, this will be the thickener. Add chicken breast pieces and arrowroot mixture into pot, reduce heat and stir.  Remove from heat when mixture is a thickness to your liking for the pot pie filling.  Fill  4 greased ramekins with the vegetable and chicken filling.  Top with a biscuit or cut-out circle of puff pastry and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.  Let cool and then eat!


What are your favorite comfort foods? Any tips on how to get better quickly? 

October 28, 2013

MIMM #15

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I hope you are having a marvelous Monday! My plan to get back into a routine came to a screeching halt last week. I had a good beginning of the week but soon knew I was coming down with something because my sinuses and throat were bothering me on Wednesday so I rested from working out and wasn't very productive.  Thursday I didn't feel well but stuck it out and went to work and then happy hour, because duh, I wasn't feel well :)  Friday I woke up and felt really awful and was losing my voice so most of Friday was spent in bed.  Saturday my voice turned into a sexy smoker voice, and I managed to take it easy during the day and put the final touches on my Halloween costume which I wore to a party for a little bit. 

Now after 5 days of not working out and focusing on rest and getting healthy, I'm finally starting to feel more like myself again. It's felt like a big long break post-marathon, and I'm ready to slowly get back to it! There wasn't many marvelous highlights from the weekend since most of it was spent sleeping, blowing my nose, and drinking tea by the pot, but here are a few. 

Marvelous is getting some meal-planning and food prep done for the week.

Marvelous is having an americano with a couple pumps of pumpkin syrup. Yum. 

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Marvelous is the heat was finally turned on in my building. YAY!

Marvelous is crafting some arm sleeves and a helmet to complete my cute little R2D2 Halloween costume.

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Marvelous is take-out pizza and the Walking Dead on Sundays. 

Marvelous is iHerb deliveries including some peanut flour, toffee-flavored stevia, and a coconut Chia Bar!

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Use code CGN986 to save $10 off your order from iHerb.com which carries vitamins, supplements, health food, and Quest bars! 

Marvelous is finally feeling better and being able to breathe through my nose!

Marvelous is that Halloween is this week with lots of treats and fun.

Oh and before I forget, here are the winners of my Delta Labs sample pack! Congrats, ladies, I can't wait to see how you like the Hair, Skin, and Nails supplement. 

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If you didn't win, you can still use my code "BREATHEBLOG" to get $5 off any order at Delta Labs

UPDATE: Almost forgot, congratulations to everyone who rocked the Marine Corps Marathon this weekend! I saw a lot of awesome times and race recaps :)

Did you do anything fun this weekend? Do you partake in any Halloween-themed activities? 

October 23, 2013

5 Minute Abs and Delta Labs Giveaway

As I was waiting for my coffee to brew this morning I decided to get some ab work in. I was feeling under the weather and slept in this morning plus I thought that my poor neglected core could use any five minutes it could get! 


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Click here if you are unsure how to do russian twists, bicycle crunches, or v-ups
Let me know if you try it-you can even repeat it a few times if you have some more time or your coffee takes longer to brew than mine! I know my abs were burning at the end (and hopefully not because they are so weak!). 
Also today I'm excited to talk more about being an ambassador for Delta Labs and offer a little giveaway! Like I have mentioned before, Delta Labs is a company committed to providing all-natural  health and wellness formulas with women in mind, which is why I was interested in partnering with the company. Besides that, the people behind the products and company are super nice. Look at all this awesome swag they sent me!
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delta-labsI like taking vitamins and supplements because having a little extra boost to what I eat and covering all my bases is okay in my book.  Since I like to try to be moderately environmentally conscious, I love Delta Labs' eco-friendly mission through the Zero Carbon Footprint Program.  Every order you receive from Delta Labs comes with a pre-paid postage sticker with their return address on it so that when you are finished with the bottle you can just drop it in the mail. Besides feeling good about helping out the planet, you also will receive $5.00 off your next Delta Labs order, how awesome is that? 
I am skeptical all of all the supplements and nutrition products that people advertise out there but I can assure you, this is not some ordinary supplement line. The products are all natural and affordable, and there is a 30-day money back guarantee-no questions asked. I also love how they keep researching ways to improve their products and recently just re-launched a new and improved formula of their Green Tea + supplement! 
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The first  Delta Labs product I'm trying out is the Acai +  super antioxidant supplement. As I sit here with a sore throat right now, trying something to boost my immune system and give me an energy boost sounds like a good idea. I've been taking the supplement for a little over 2 weeks now and notice that I have felt more energized but will report back later with more opinions!


Also remember that with my code "BREATHEBLOG" at checkout you can save $5 on your Delta Labs order! 
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Disclosure: Delta Labs provided me with some of their products. Although I am a brand ambassador, I received no monetary or other compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

You are also really lucky because Delta Labs is providing me with 3 Hair, Skin and Nails sample packs as a giveaway. Giveaway ends October 28 at midnight EST. You can easily enter through the rafflecopter below!  

October 21, 2013

MIMM #14- Love yourself

Hello, hope you are having a marvelous Monday! 

Now that the marathon and all that training is over I'm trying to get into a new routine. I want to schedule time to do things that I actually need to do-cleaning, school homework, those grad school applications that have barely been touched. Having it written down in my planner helps me tackle tasks and avoid procrastination. 

Besides penciling in time in my week for those chores, I've decided to add in some "me" time. It's silly, but I always find myself setting on my computer or phone at midnight wondering where the day went. Last night I finally finished a book I had been in the middle of for a while, two days before it's due back at the library (after being renewed the maximum three times!).  

Also one of my lovely new friends I made marathon training was getting married on Saturday so I took that as a chance to pamper myself. It was nice to actually getting all dressed up for once in a while. Also it's been a while since I've felt super pretty-lately all I can see in the mirror is bloating, weight I gained training, and all of my least favorite physical qualities. 

It's time to start pushing all of that negativity out-or at least start to try.  I wouldn't say the nasty things I say to myself to other people. 

I wore a dress to the wedding that I have in my closet that was comfortable and flattering. I suck at a lot of girl skills like doing my hair so I went to get my hair blown out at Haute Blow Dry Bar. It was all the best parts of a haircut i.e. the wash and styling.  I highly recommend a blow dry bar for a big event or if you just want a good hair day. They are apparently really popular in Los Angeles and New York, and I could see why-the salon was packed with ladies getting their hair done for weddings and parties on a Saturday afternoon. I wish I could get my hair to look that fabulous every day.  

Of course getting dolled up deserved a selfie!

Aftewards I decided to pop into Sephora to see if I could take advantage of their express makeup services and get my eye makeup done.  They have complimentary services for one part of your makeup done right in store, as a way to persuade you to buy some makeup. Usually on a Saturday afternoon their makeup artists are swamped, but I was across the street and thought it was worth a shot. I ended up sitting right down and having a super nice and helpful makeup artists give me a bold smoky eye and also help me pick out a new foundation to use.


 I'm super self-conscious about my acne-prone and oily skin, after years of awful cystic acne in college so finding something that can make my skin look matte and even is a big self-esteem boost. 

My everyday makeup is pretty much only some foundation/BB cream, powder, and mascara during the week so this was a nice reminder to have fun and get a little glam . I loved the bold smoky eye I got to rock and was sad I had to wash it all off at the end of the night. It's amazing how much some better a little hair and makeup made me feel. The wedding ended up being intimate and lovely-I even managed to catch the bouquet. Believe me, it means nothing :)

 Here are some of the ways I had a marvelous weekend. Try it sometime. 

Marvelous is spending a lot of your time smiling.

Marvelous is feeling pretty.

Marvelous is weekend cuddling, especially as it starts to get chilly outside!

Marvelous is celebrating love.

Marvelous are mini cupcakes. You can tell yourself that 6 of them is actually only like having 1 regular sized cupcake. 

Marvelous is going out and having lots of fun (and drinks!) with new people. 

Marvelous is Sundays spent in sweatpants on the couch. 

Marvelous is homemade banana bread. 

Here's some marvelous Monday motivation if you are feeling less than awesome about yourself lately: 

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Have you treated yourself to some pampering recently? Did you have a fun weekend?

October 18, 2013

Five Friday Faves-Pinterest Finds

Hello all, I'm still feeling a bit scatterbrained and trying to get my life together post-marathon. I'm sure the one too many beers I had last night at a post-marathon training group get-together isn't helping my foggy brain.  For my Five Friday Favorites, I've got 5 things I've pinned on Pinterest that I need in my life ASAP. Click on each image to take you to the pin!  Here's to a good weekend-I'm looking forward to sunshine, attending a wedding, and sleeping in! 

Also please follow me on Pinterest here! I'm always pinning LOTS of recipes, things I want to buy, pretty clothes, and workouts!

Five Friday Favorites-Pinterest Finds!
#1
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Today I saw these limited edition Nike Pro leggings and was lusting over the fun pattern. At $130 (seriously?!), I can't splurge on these right now (or the foreseeable future) but perhaps I can add these to my Christmas wish list!

#2

Giant pandas are my favorite animal, but red pandas are pretty cute as well. This video of a red panda freaking out over a pumpkin is adorable. Enjoy!

#3
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I just found the Hummusapien website and am in love with pretty much every recipe. These look like a delicious way to use up some of those zucchini I still have sitting in my vegetable drawer!

#4
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I think I'm going to print out this  "Morning Yoga Sequence" and hang it in my bedroom as a reminder to wake up and stretch well each morning.  It could be a great way to incorporate more yoga into my life!


#5
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How adorable are these dachshund loafers from C.Wonder! I love these little dogs and their short legs. I could see myself wearing these everyday because loafers are so comfortable. I love that the dog is continued over both shoes!

Is there anything you've found on Pinterest lately that you are loving? Any big weekend plans?

October 17, 2013

I Ran a Marathon...but Now What?

"You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming." 
-Frank Shorter


I ran a freaking marathon. It is still sinking in.  I wish I could wear my medal all week and will continue to cycle in my two 26.2 shirts in my wardrobe for a while.  

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Race bling makes me happy.

I've been taking it easy this week. My hamstrings are still a little sore and apparently this week should be mostly rest days and a few short, slow runs to shake out my leg,s and then I can slowly get back into a running routine. I also have a nasty little bruise or blister (or both!) on the top of one of my toes that hurts.  My coach recommended yoga, the elliptical or bike, or other easier cross-training in the first two weeks post-marathon if I'm itching to keep moving.  I did go out for a short run yesterday and was smiling for most of it :)

I've been wary of getting the post-race blues. This happened to me in the spring after my big races and before marathon training. I think taking a step back from running or whatever sport you train for is good every once in a while.  However, I am going to run the Philadelphia Half Marathon in a month to keep me running strong. Obviously my full marathon was my big race of the fall, so I don't have any PR expectations for the Philly half-I just want to keep running and have fun!


It's really strange training for something 4 months and now it has come and gone. I don't have to take it easy Friday night and get up at 5 AM every Saturday, what am I going to do? I'm proud, happy, and excited but don't really know where to go from here. I suppose it's time to think of some new goals. I know that the big kahuna goal in my running life (and life in general, I suppose) is to qualify for Boston-most every runner's dream. My first marathon is only 10 minutes off of my age group's Boston time requirement so I KNOW I could do it if I kept training. 


I felt awful and in pain during a lot of the marathon, but I want to do it again. What can I say, I'm a crazy runner lady. 

Here are some ways I'm trying to get my life back in sorts, while I come up with some new goals and projects. 



Ways to Avoid Post-Race Blues

1. Get back into other fit activities.

I want to hit the Crossfit box regularly and decide if I really want to keep my membership, since it is expensive and a big chunk of my budget right now. With tapering and the race I've neglected a lot of strength training and want to see my baby muscles growing again.  Also I've been saying this for a while, but I'd really like incorporate more yoga into my schedule again. I have a groupon for a month of yoga at a studio within walking distance so that seems like a perfect place to start!

2. Sign up for another race. 

Like I mentioned above, I've got a half marathon on my race schedule but also a couple fun runs like a turkey trot and five mile race I do each year.  I think having a race with less pressure surrounding it can be great motivation to keep running after such an emotional and long marathon training cycle. 

3. Find another hobby or project.

It is nice to put some of your energy and focus into work, your personal life, or a home project.  I know I have school, grad school applications, and some other chores that have been put on the backburner so it's time to get back to work on those.  As far as more fun activities, I'm going to spend more time cooking and reading books. I've had a stack on my desk corner forever and need to start making my way through them!

And by actually picking projects that will hopefully help me cut down on wasting time on the internet when I get home from work. By the way, if you need some nostalgia or have time to kill, check out this awesome link of 50 Things You Will Never Forget. It will make you feel old and maybe cry. 

4. Eat clean and healthy. 
After months of crazy running hunger, lots of treats "because I ran X miles today", and carb-loading for the race, I feel bloated. I know I gained some weight training and that just makes me feel blah. Upping the ante on my fruit and veggie intake while actually having worthwhile treats i.e. not mindlessly eating cereal, popcorn, and trail mix, will make me feel more energized and hopefully help me feel a little more lean before the holidays come around. 


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Like today's veggie breakfast scramble, with some yolk porn peeking out.
Also I just wanted to mention that I'm excited I was chosen to be an IDEA Inspired blogger! It is an honor because IDEA is is the world's largest association of fitness and wellness professionals and features a strong commitment to spreading knowledge about fitness and healthy living. Check out all the other amazing bloggers here that I'm honored to be in the company of through the IDEA blogger program!
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Have you ever gotten into a post-race funk? What are some other hobbies besides running and fitness you are spending time on lately?

October 13, 2013

I'm a marathoner! {Baltimore Running Fesival 2013 Recap}

I know I usually always post a MIMM post talking about my marvelous weekend. Today I'm going to make this post a race recap because this weekend was so marvelous because I ran 26.2 miles at the 2013 Baltimore Running Festival on Saturday!

It's all surreal to me so sorry if this post is scattered and long.  Thanks for all the social media shout-outs I received this weekend, it made me smile so much!

Expo:  
I got out of work Thursday evening and headed over to the convention center to grab my bib and shirt. Last year it was at M&T Bank stadium which was a little too expansive for the expo. The shirts were awesome, as always, because they are made for the running festival by Under Armour. UA also has a bunch of race gear only sold at the expo, which is expensive but so pretty so of course I picked up a couple of things! Other than that it, it was pretty much the standard running gear so I did a quick loop and bounced. 

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Pre-Race:
 I actually got a fairly solid night of sleep before the race, despite the race jitters. I had my usual breakfast of a banana and toast with almond butter along with some water and coffee. I also was wearing some AMAZING wonder woman inspired arm sleeves from Katie at Groovy Baby Action GearEveryone had been nervous because it was pouring rain on Friday but the forecast was warm, humid, and cloudy with rain starting later Saturday afternoon-SCORE!  I had some rain gear all ready to go in my bag, but ended up not using it.  I walked/jogged down to a local bar right by the starting line where the training groups could check their bags and use the bathroom. It was really great to see my coach and training group before the race started. 
Race:
They had Erika Brannock, a local woman who had been severely injured at the finish line of the Boston bombings, as the honorary starter of the running festival. It was really special moment of reflection before I attempted my first marathon.  I was starting out with the 3:45 pacers but was feeling tight in my legs from the start. By the way, there was a guy behind me at the start who had run 68 marathons. WOW. I was super nervous, and my hamstrings were really tight, which was not good for such a hilly course. 

I got to to run the first 15 miles with a couple of my training group buddies which was nice encouragement. Around mile 16 the half marathoners joined in with the marathoners which made things really crowded as we started one of the bigger climbs. Obviously there was tons of crowd support downtown, especially with the half and full marathons plus the 5K and relay races. Overall I thought the crowd support on the marathon course was pretty good, especially with all of the city residents who are cheering in areas you might not expect there to be spectators. 

Around mile 18 my hamstrings and quads were really sore, and from miles 17-21 I just remember going between feeling like death and feeling determined and ready to power through, even though my pace had slowed down about 20-30 seconds. I had been anticipating hitting the wall around mile 18 or 20 so it was strange. I never felt like it hit me all at once, I just felt like crap, haha. 

After mile 21 the course heads back down to the inner harbor, and I remember thinking it would be downhill, but it was really just rolling hills. This is where I really felt awful and my right foot started to be sore-I didn't know if I would finish near the time I wanted to. By mile 22 I had lost sight of the pacers and wasn't sure when I would finish. Somehow in the last three miles I powered through and held my 8:30 pace. At the end having people cheer for me (I put my name on my shirt) and smiling a lot helped!  

As I came down the last 0.2 mile stretch, I saw my coach and then heard one of my best friends yelling my name right before I crossed the line which was really special.  I finished in 3:45:30 which was exactly my goal and was 26th in my division and 463 out of almost 3800 marathoners. What?! When I finished all I wanted was some water, but I had walk a bit to get my medal and some water, which kind of sucked.  


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Post-race:
I finally got in line for some food-I just ate a banana but they had powerbars, fruit, pretzels, and olives (weird).  Right after the race I felt like I was in a daze and just wanted to sit down, even though I was unsure if I'd be able to get up!  Randomly Caityln, who had been volunteering at the festival, found me and we chatted which was really nice!  I finally met up with my boyfriend and good friend and got lots of hugs. This was one of the most chill, post-race experiences I had. I took some photos, talked about the race with my coach over a beer, and then headed to brunch with a few people. 

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Big news guys, I finally tried an ice bath. I was too scared to try one during training but my hamstrings were SO sore that my boyfriend made me WOman up and do it.  We got the bath to around 55 degrees (we are nerdy and measured), and I wore a sweatshirt and read a magazine for a long fifteen minutes while my lower body went numb. It wasn't fun, but I definitely think it helps. I might do it again!
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Yes, there was a post-race dinner of pizza, beer, and Vaccaro's cannolis. The rest of the weekend was spent sleeping in, watching Netflix, and treating myself to food, beer, and some ice cream. As there should be :) 

More post-marathon thoughts to come tomorrow after it continues to settle in that I'm a marathoner :)

Disclosure: Groovy Baby Action Gear provided me with arm sleeves. I received no monetary or other compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

October 11, 2013

Five Things Friday-Marathon Motivation Edition



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The Road to 26.2 -Marathon Training Week 16 and 17-FINAL COUNTDOWN
Runs:
IT'S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN (cue music)! Since the big race is tomorrow here's an abbreviated training update for the past two taper weeks.

  I followed my training schedule so that means lots of rest, less miles, and STAYING HEALTHY. I've been super paranoid about getting sick and/or hurt. I only have been to Crossfit 1x in the past two weeks but know that this race is the most important thing right now. I've been really cautious about staying healthy and taking my vitamins, drinking tea, and eating veggies.  Last week I had a speedwork run with some easy mile repeats, where my marathon race pace felt fast, and then the next day did a tempo run where my pace felt great.  I ran my last long training run on Saturday of 10 miles around the BWI airport loop. It was a hot day and kind of quiet run, but ten miles was over before I knew it!  I've been drinking water, eating carbs, stretching, and resting. I've gone through all the tapering emotions of feeling tired, anxious, hungry, cranky, and strangely calm. I had an easy run on Tuesday and ran a three mile tempo run yesterday in the rain. I've got my bib pinned on my shirt and most of the things I need already laid out or in a bag near the door.  

The forecast for the race is rainy and cool. The cooler temperatures will be awesome but I'm nervous about the rain. All I know is not to let it get me down because I've worked SO hard for this and guess what-I'll be running in the rain with a bunch of other crazy people!  

My coach and various people have given me the top five things I'll need for the running a race in the rain: 
1. Bodyglide and/or vaseline. All over. 
2. A trash bag and some warm throwaway clothes to stay warm and dry before the race starts. 
3. A hat to keep rain out of my face.
4. An extra set of warm clothes, socks, and shoes in my bag for after the race
5. A smile-I've worked too hard to let the rain get me down now!

And now, since it is time for my five friday favorites, I'm leaving you with five awesome quotes I'm going to re-read tomorrow morning before the race. This time tomorrow, I'll hopefully be on my way to becoming a marathoner. WHAT?!?!?!

Five Friday Favorites-Marathon Motivation Edition


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If you're at Baltimore, I'll be rocking Wonder Woman-inspired blue starry arm sleeves and hopefully a smile :)

Good luck to everybody running in the Baltimore Running Festival tomorrow and the Chicago Marathon on Sunday! 

October 9, 2013

1st Blogiversary!

It's a party on my blog today! Well, this was supposed to be posted earlier today, but I got busy. 
I'm just tapering for a marathon and trying to deal with being busy at work. No big deal.  I can't believe it's been a year since I started this blog, and I'm still writing it. I never thought I'd have people who read this, let alone regular comments, shoutouts, and mentions from readers and other fellow bloggers whom I love so much! I also never thought I'd be working with companies, being able to review products and races, and be getting to network at expos and blogger events. I think it's time for a blog redesign soon to make it more "me" :)

I just realized this was the blogiversary so I didn't really have anything fun planned-no presents, balloons, or even any cake (which is my favorite!). 

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I know, Liz, it's awful. 
I know, I'm a terrible party host. I promise cake next year and am totally down to get frozen yogurt and cupcakes anytime you want! Maybe after the race madness of this weekend I can put together a little giveaway to thank you all...

Thanks to everyone who reads my blog. It means a lot to me to be able to share my life, running rambles, and especially this marathon training with the interwebs. Keep eating yummy food, sweating, having fun, and always remember to breathe deeply and smile. 


Now I'll get back to watching TV and going to bed to sleep the night away. 

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Anything you'd like to see more of on the blog? What's your favorite cupcake flavor?


 
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