Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Race Recap: The San Francisco Marathon {07.29.12}

I ran my first marathon in December of 2010.  My right IT band was pulled and I was suffering from severe shin splints.  My training was very minimal and finishing that race was a big accomplishment for me because I wasn’t sure  I could do it.  In 2011 I was training to seek marathon redemption but I ended up with a stress fracture and a DNS.  Needless to say … I had high hopes for SFM. 

I (we – me, the husband, and Kat & Kelly) traveled down to SF the day before the race to go to the expo and we stayed overnight within walking distance to the race start/finish.  Race morning came quickly and after getting ready and checking out of our hotel we made our way down to the starting line area where we met up with another friend, Leo.  We were in Wave 8 and the five of us were standing in line for the port-o-potties right under the Bay Bridge as our starting time approached.  Once everyone had the chance to use the facilities we jogged our way up to the starting line and off we went. 


The first couple of miles were flat and our race strategy was to “bank” some time during the first 5 miles (before getting on to The Golden Gate Bridge).  It was very crowded as we ran along the Embarcadero.  The first HILL is at mile 2.5 and I powered up it pumping my arms and staying on my toes and felt GREAT.  Around mile 3 Kat pulled off to use the restroom and told us to go ahead and that she’d catch up.  This worried me, big time.  But we trekked onward.  For the next several miles I was constantly checking behind me to see if Kat was approaching and contemplating stopping, or going back, to find her.  The views, oh the views, were amazing – even in the fog.  I couldn’t wait to run across The Golden Gate.  THANKFULLY, Kat caught up to us before we were even half way across the bridge.  Let me just say, running across The Golden Gate was AMAZING.  A-MAZ-ING. 

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Once we got across the bridge, Kelly pulled off to use the restroom as the rest of us continued back across the bridge.  Coming off the bridge you get to go downhill (yes) then UP (of course) and then DOWN, DOWN, DOWN a long steep hill along the coast.  Gorgeous views.  Hellish hill.  I FLEW down this hill (most of the way) which I’m now sure caused a large majority of my post race back pain (that is STILL lingering). 

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Around mile 10 the husband pulled off to use the bathroom.  Three of us (me, Leo, Kat) kept going.  We entered an area with a series of uphill's with some flat sections (intersections) before entering Golden Gate Park (around the halfway point).  Right before entering the park the first half marathoners split from the full marathoners.  I knew this was my chance to pull off for a bathroom break since it wouldn’t be as crowded and I was right … right after the split there was a row of restrooms with NO LINES.  I stopped, Leo continued on, and Kat stopped too (though I didn’t know that at the time).  Once I exited the bathroom and started running again I saw the husband & Kelly up ahead.  I picked up the pace (thankfully it was a downhill portion) to catch them.  Once I caught up we fell into a groove and worked to catch Leo (once we caught him is when I discovered Kat stopped at the same restrooms I did).  Eventually we all were together again. 

Running through Golden Gate Park was BEAUTIFUL.  It was still foggy, and misty, and AMAZING.  We all stuck together, for the most part, all the way through the park.  People would surge ahead, or walk hills, or fall behind … but we all ended up catching each other over and over again.  (I just realized  didn’t take any photos while we were running through the park.  Fail.)  Around mile 18 I started to have some stomach distress and I thought I was going to puke.  In fact, I really tried to because I figured I would feel better if I did, but it didn’t happen.  There was a lot of walking and I was starting to get tired.  I ran the first half of the race HARD and the fatigue was catching up with me. 

We exited the park around mile 20 and started the steep downhill section back towards the bay.  Though it wasn’t all downhill.  This section KILLED me.  I was already fatigued, my stomach was doing flip flops and I didn’t want any fuel, my back was killing me, and I just wanted to walk.  And walking is what I did.  A lot of it.  I’d walk until the 5:15 pacer would catch up, then I’d run again.  My Garmin had died before even the half way point so I was relying on the husband to tell me our overall time and our current pace.  I know I was walking slow and when I’d run I felt like I was moving at a snail pace … and then the husband would yell out that we were running a 10:00 pace.  I was out of it.  Everyone split up during this section and ran their own races at the paces that were best for them at this point in the race.  Kat surged ahead and we lost her for a while at a “traffic” break.  Leo fell behind and we lost him at another “traffic” break.  Kelly was somewhere between Kat and me and the husband.  We caught her for a while but she went ahead.  The last few miles are a blur for me.  I was so done.  I ran when I could and walked when I couldn’t.  I was so tired.  I am so, so, so thankful that I had Jon by my side otherwise I’m sure I would have walked the last few miles.  I really pushed and gave it all I had … I just didn’t have any left to give.  Once we came around the back side of AT&T Ballpark I knew we were FINALLY almost there.  With the finish line in sight, and while holding my husband’s hand, I crossed the finish line in 5:14:34!

The San Francisco Marathon is amazing. And its a wonderful way to see the city. I definitely recommend running it … but be warned, it’s no “walk in the park”.  It’s hilly and it’s hard.  I want to run both the half’s though I doubt I would run the full again.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Meal Plan Monday + Plan for the Week {Aug 27}

I am going to start this Monday morning off by tooting my own horn … I successfully stuck to my Meal Plan last week, didn’t eat out once, lost a few pounds, and FELT GREAT.  Here’s to more of the same this week.

I did end up having a little indulgence over the weekend after our very sweet and amazing friend made some super yummy homemade chocolate cupcakes for the husband’s belated birthday.  They were so good.  I had one after our long run on Saturday morning (it was so good with coffee) and TWO yesterday (one after lunch, one after dinner).  Thankfully, even though they were amazing, they are all gone (no more temptation in the house).

We went to the farmers market yesterday morning and stocked up on all sorts of fruit and veggies for the week.  I’m looking forward to trying Brussels Sprouts for the first time (I’m going to shred them and sauté them in with our stir-fry).  It’s going to be a very busy week so I’m happy to have my meal plan and workout plan all set to help keep me accountable.  I purchased a kettle bell over the weekend and I’m looking forward to getting back to some strength training this week as I learn to incorporate it back into my training plan.  We’ve got a 5k this weekend (a local fun run) and I’m looking forward to it … and I’m looking forward to not racing it.  Racing 5ks are hard.  I’m over that.  Maybe.  (At least that is what I say now … )

What are you looking forward to this week?  Need and/or want to toot your own horn? 


Monday ~ Chicken and Mushrooms in a Garlic White Wine Sauce
Tuesday ~ Tofu Tacos 
Wednesday ~ Vegetable Stir-fry over Grilled Polenta Rounds
Thursday ~ Bakes Shrimp with Eggplant and Feta
Friday ~ Pasta with semi-homemade marinara sauce
Saturday ~ Leftover pasta
Sunday ~ Turkey Meatloaf

What’s on your menu this week?
Do you meal plan?
Got a favorite recipe that I’ve got to try? Please share :)
Don’t forget to check out the links … you never know what you might discover! There are some GREAT food blogs & recipe websites out there :)

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Plan for the Week

Monday ~ Run 2-3 miles + strength + walk
Tuesday ~ AM = Run 30min; PM = speed work (800s)
Wednesday ~ AM = Cross train @ gym + strength ; PM = walk (Wednesday Night Community Walk Club with The Running Zone)
Thursday ~ Run 3-4 miles + walk
Friday ~ Cross train @ gym + strength + walk
Saturday ~ Run 14 miles
Sunday ~ Run 5k

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Weigh-in {08.20.12} = 140.8
Loss/Gain from previous week = –5.4
*Back to tracking with
WW on 08.20.12

Monday, August 20, 2012

Meal Plan Monday + Plan for the Week {Aug 20}

I’m declaring this Monday a fresh start with the return of Meal Plan Monday to the blog.  I’m also going to include my workout plan for the week and my weekly weigh-in.  I’ve reactivated my WW account and I’m back to tracking starting this week. 

Monday ~ Sloppy Jose Supper 
Tuesday ~ leftovers
Wednesday ~ Lentil Tacos 
Thursday ~ leftovers
Friday ~ Spaghetti SQUASH with semi-homemade marinara sauce 
Saturday ~ Turkey Burgers
Sunday ~ leftovers

What’s on your menu this week?
Do you meal plan?
Got a favorite recipe that I’ve got to try? Please share :)
Don’t forget to check out the links … you never know what you might discover! There are some GREAT food blogs & recipe websites out there :)

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Plan for the Week

Monday ~ AM = cross train @ the gym (first trip to the gym in MONTHS); PM = walk
Tuesday ~ AM = 30 min run; PM = speed work (contingent on my how my back is feeling)
Wednesday ~ AM: cross train @ gym; PM = walk (Wednesday Night Community Walk Club with The Running Zone)
Thursday ~ run 3-4 miles
Friday ~ run 4 miles
Saturday ~ run 10-12 miles
Sunday ~ walk

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Weigh-in {08.20.12} = 146.2
*Back to tracking with WW

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Summertime and the livin's easy

Your eyes are not deceiving you … I am actually posting a blog post!  Never mind my unplanned & extended absence from the blog … let’s just skip right to the good stuff.  Where I’ve been, what I’ve been doing, and what I’m looking forward to!


I met Dean Karnazes at the Big Sur Marathon expo (in April). 


I ran the 10.6 mile race at Big Sur (April) with an official time of 2:05:48.2 1

I ran the Avenue of the Vines Half Marathon (in May) with an official time of 2:34: - 1
05.21.12 -2

I ran the last half of the AR50 course (from Granite Bay to Auburn)
as a “training run” and an ADVENTURE (June).

I ran the Run 4 Independence 10k (June) and finished in sub 1 hour
with an official time of 59:22 for a NEW 10k PR.

I was at the finish line of the Vineman Ironman 70.3 to see our good friend finish (July).


I ran the San Francisco Marathon (July)
and finished with a 37 minute PR … official time 5:14:34!

The HUSBAND ran his first 50k on his BIRTHDAY (August 12th)
the Skyline 50k, with an official time of 6:04:41!!!

It’s been a fun and busy summer.  And I’ve got a lot more fun and exciting things coming up in the fall.  Training for CIM has started … and I’m running not one, not two, but THREE half marathons in October.