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Yup, I somehow signed up for the Montreal Oasis Marathon. B My boyfriend will kill me. B Might need to find alternate ways of getting to Montreal from Boston. B Suggestions?

You know you’re a runner when you give up a really good hair day to do your interval speed training during lunch…

6 miles – 49:37 min – 2 incline – 7.3MPH

.2 increase from last week’s 7.1 onB Friday! B Not bad after my 16 mile run yesterday.

Some motivation from this week’s Runner’s World Email Quote:

“You’re running on guts. On fumes. Your muscles twitch. You throw up. You’re delirious. But you keep running because there’s no way out of this hell you’re in, because there’s no way you’re not crossing the finish line. It’s a misery that non-runners don’t understand.”

Maybe I’ll do some weights when I get home, probably not though. B I have a Doc’s appointment for a foot issue maybe I’ll discuss later. B Therefore, no Bikram =(.

I should finish that GrandB CanyonB Research… We’ll see!

Every runner has those moments where you hop on the treadmill with a plan and you realize at mile 3, you did not fuel enough or correctly…

That was my situation this evening.B B As the mileage went up to 4, I went over my options.

1. Stop, shower and go home

2. Stop, run to my cube, inhale a Fiber One Bar and continue

3. Keep going for another mile

Out of stubbornness, or realization that due to Tax Season this may be my last week of having enough time for workday longish runs, I kept going.B You know what?B 5 miles slowly turned into 6, which led to 7.5 and then to 9.B At that point, I took a minute walk break every .75 miles and before I knew it, I saw 11 miles on the counter.B Yes my heart rate was off the charts compared to my normal pulse, I felt clammy and cold, but I survived and as far as runs goes it wasn’t that worst I had in a while.

I know what I did wrong today; I skimped on my lunch.B I did a normal person portion sandwich instead of a giant blend of Liana wants to run 14 miles post work portion.B I ate too much oatmeal for breakfast and wasn’t really hungry for lunch.B However, by 5:30 my metabolism burned through everything.B Post run 1.5 granola bars were consumed at record breaking pace.B I think hungry stray cats eat slower than me post run.B Upon getting home I followed with a big bowl of veggie, tempeh and pasta.B I think I lacked the green stuff in my diet for the day.B My tummy feels complete at last, my pulse returned to normal.B B My legs feel great and ready for my run tomorrow.

A summary of my runs, I went double duty today

Lunch Time Run

5.6 miles – 3 incline – 49:39 – 6.8MPH

Post Work Run

11 miles – 2 Incline – 100:33 – 6.6MPH

Why the double duty?B Sadly, Boston Marathon and US Tax filing deadline happen around the same time.B That means within a week or two I’ll be pulling some late nights at the office.B I was thinking of trying to see if I can run 14 miles at 5AM, but I don’t think I can handle that with my sleep pattern and the hour long public train commute to my gym/office.B Moms/Dads and all you early risers always make me gasp in awe when I hear how early you run.B So my current plan is to try to go double duty, build up mileage and build up a tolerance for running while tired.B Then focus on true distance and speed during my weekly long runs instead.

Have your ever trained for a race during a busy work season?B What was your plan?

I’m just there for the dresses

I must confess I don’t know, care or pay enough attention to movies to have an active opinion on the Oscars; however, I am not blind and I can judge. B I’m talking about the dresses. B Lets face it, that’s what we’re mostly paying attention to, not celebrities “heart-felt” speeches.

The “I’m totes jelly jelly over these” looks

Cameron I’m convinced made a deal with the devil and looks more amazing each year!

Love the dress, all it needs is a smile!

Rooney Mara looks amazing! B I really wish I could pull of bangs. B Le Sigh..

Jessica Chastain, no idea who she is besidesB The Help,B but she just looks so cute!

The fuglys

Angelina, for the love of god, eat a sandwich. B I’ve seen Land of the Dead zombies look more alive than you.

Berenice Bejo’s dress reminds me of a nightgown

Viola Davis is quite the good looking lady, but I still think this dress makes her look like a landlocked mermaid and I’m not sure I like it.

Maybe its the hair, maybe is the dress, but Kelly reminds me of Ursula from the Little Mermaid. B Maybe her and Viola should walk together.

I know everyone’s opinions are different, feel free to bash mine. B Whats are your favorite loves and hates of the 2012 Oscars?

A day of rest, nachos, and book searches

A rest day – no run – maybe 3-4 mile leisure walk in search of used books.

I recently finished Girl with Dragon Tattoo and was on the search of Girl who Played with Fire.B After much failure in all the used bookstores of Cambridge, I saw it with the random man that sells books on steps of some Cambridge municipal building.B Score 3 bucks and in mint condition; no shipping required.B He’s there every Sunday depending on weather and had a pretty good collection for 3-5 bucks.B Cult classics for the hipsters, main stream fiction for normal gals like me.B I also picked up a hardcover of One Day by David Nicholls.

Another book that I was on the look out for was Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. No luck finding is used, so I’ll be ordering it from Amazon (free shipping and 35% less of price just can’t be beat). A friend and are doing a “book club” reading of it. I guess my March will be filled with books.

For 2012 I am attempting of reading one full book a month; audio books do not count.B For January I finished Crazy Sexy Diet.B I was not a fan of that book.B Mostly is seemed like a guide for disordered eating; although I do support eating real food vs. processed prepared dinners.B For February is was Girl with Dragon Tattoo.B Clearly I loved since I am moving onto the next book in the trilogy.

What have you read during 2012?B Are you reading anything good now?

A new personal distance record – woohoo! and possibly long run pace

I woke up today, slightly excited for my long run…B Then I stubbed my iddy biddy little toe on my bicycle.B There was screaming “Tony, why haven’t these been moved to the other room yet!” there was cursing at myself and how clumsy I was, there was crying from the pain.B It throbbed, I cringed, I drank some tea, popped two Advils to stop the throbbing of my little toe, ate another pita bread half and by 10:20 I was ready to go!B The end result:

Maybe a sub-4 first marathon is in my future after all.B However, no long run ever goes without a lesson.B I’ll share this week’s oh-oh situation at the end of the post.B On a non related note, my new worry is now that it’ll be too hot in DC.B I guess I truly “speed” in 35 degree whether with 22MPH winds.B Maybe the wind propelled me.

The hat and gloves came out today.B It was 35 degrees with 22MPH winds.B And this one part where I run around a pond, I thought I was going to get blown away, or lose my hat.B In fact, one of my legs got blown into the other more than a hand full of times.B I’m impressed that with my clumsy skills that I didn’t fall flat on my face.B Yes I look sad, my toe was hurting =(

I also had a new record from when my side knee starts to bother me.B Mile 20 this time!B Woohoo! Although I didn’t feel too sore by the end of the run; just tired, a little icing never hurt anyone.B Plus this is what all the cool kids do post long run.

I did violate a major refuel rule.B We were meeting up friends for lunch and I ended up not eating until 90 minutes later;B if round down that’s like an hour.B A friend had a living social deal forB Blue Ribbon BBQ and treated us to it.

I got myself a salad and brisket since all the yelp reviews said that’s not to be missed.B And I ended up pleasantly surprised how yummy it was.B The corn bread; however, was a huge disappointment.B Dry and stale and the croutons they used for my salad were made out of an even more staler corn bread (luckily they put it on the side in a separate container).B I guess you can’t be a master of all.

Look at all the leftovers!B Actually I must confess, I might have “borrowed” some extra sauce to use later.

Lesson of this Week’s Long Run

Let’s now talk about my huge mistake.B Chaffing…B I think guys worry about this more with their nipples and shirts.B Sports bras offer us ladies some protection.B However, I recently had a small battle with my sports bras that I’ve been losing and looking like a battered woman.B Seeing as how a. I do not want to buy new sports bras and b. they don’t make them in a smaller size than the ones i already have; I needed a better solution.

Aquaphor!

  • Aquaphor ointment if medicated can be used to treat or prevent rash in babies, protect from minor cuts, scrapes and burns, protect the skin from the effects of weather and wind, relieve chapped skin and lips as well as acting as a barrier to seal in the skinbs moisture.
  • It’s available at any CVS or other drugstore; no specialty running/sports store required
  • It’s cheaper than BodyGlide
  • Aquaphor is more miscible with aqueous solutions than Vaseline

I heard people use vaseline and bodyglide, but I had aquaphor in the house already so I went with what was around.B Plus I found all these reasons why it better than both that I noted above.

Regardless, while I lost a battle with my sports bra, I have won the war.

But when one war comes to an end, a new one is just over the border, or in this case under.B Yup crotch chaffing…. After 24 miles, it felt like I did unspeakable things with a carpet.B I don’t even know why?B Maybe it’s the new distance, maybe it was the cold windy weather.B I never this issue with these tights or just crotch chaffing in general.B Anyways, end of long run lesson: always make sure your tights are actually tight or use Aquaphor!B

 

I love sweat, I love beets, I love the beet-red sweaty face I wear with pride

Today’s workout 6 miles – 2 incline – treadmill – 51 minutes – 7.1MPH

It’s always a bit awkward when I make my away back to the cube with a red face, a gymbag and hair slightly less styled then it was earlier that morning.B The downside of lunchtime work-out!B The best part though, I feel fully energized to plummet into the second half of my work for the day.B If only I was that productive with everything else in my life.

I gained a .1MPH speed.B Last week I was at 7.0.B Working towards an 8MPH!B Okay, I must confess, I’m also secretly training for a 10K.B I registered for a local one that’s the weekend after my DC Marathon.B I’ve only ran one 10K before and that was for the same race last year.B I finished in 51:34, 3rd in my age group. Okay to be fair, less than 118 people ran, but still I got my eyes on first place.B That involves cutting a minute of each mile.B So not likely, but I still want to improve my 10K PR.

Today is Friday.B Which is awesome in of itself.B Sadly the weather did not cooperate.B However, you know what else I love about Fridays is office free food.B Sometimes after Friday lunch meetings there’s free food and I rejoice.B This works out perfectly when I get back from my run and just want to eat at my desk so I can do work.B Greek Salad, rice pilaf, and gyro meat from Jaffa Cafe.B I could be a normal person and make a gyro sandwich with my pita, but there just isn’t pita to fit all the food I want in my belly.

Today is also the last Friday of the Monday.B That means Birthday Cake!B Happy birthday February people!B And yes, if you cover up your double chocolate cake with strawberries, it magically becomes healthy.B I don’t know why I had the yogurt there, I think I had some idea of using it for cream and then got lazy.

Any fun plans for this weekend?

Just another 20 miler!B Hopefully the weather will clear up.B I’m also trying to catch up on my March magazine issues pile that keeps growing on my desk.B B Maybe even finish Girl with Dragon Tattoo.B I know, I live a crazy life.

New Year, New Vacations, New Adventures

Like most cube dwelling employees, I await each new year waiting for my vacation days to restart after I used them up.B I’ve had some incredible travels.B Last year in November Tony and I took a week vacation to drive through Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula (If you go, rent a car, its easy and the tourist highway although pricey toll of 30 bucks, is awesome and empty).B We got scuba certified!

We saw lots and lots of Ruins (Tulum, Ek Balam, Chichen Itzen and Uxmal)

Pardon my orange hair look I had going.B Earlier in 2011 we took a two week road trip through California.B We drove from San Diego to Santa Cruz. Here’s us being blue in La Jolla Cove near San Diego.

The best part of that trip were the several days in Yosemite.B Yosemite was a pain in the butt to plan with all camp sites being booked by overzealous fathers taking their kids on a national park vacation a year in advance; however, with enough stalking we found a canceled night to make our bookings.B We even did the incredible strenuous 19 mile Half Dome Hike.

Yea that’s at a 45 degree angle.B I scaled a mountain and while climbing up was manageable; as I was making my way down clinging with my CVS gardening gloves (we were so prepared that while everyone was doing this with their mountaineering gloves, the closest thing we could find was 2.99 gardening gloves at CVS in town to hold onto the cable wires with); this was probably the first time in my life where I really wasn’t sure if I’d make it alive.B I’m not religious but I might have prayed at the moment.B Funny thing, on our way down we talked to a man that was in his 60s and he makes this trip several times a year!!!!B My idol.

For 2012, we are trying to plan another US trip.B We got a bunch of southwest miles and figured if we save our pennies on flights we can avoid hostels and stay in hotels.B It’s a little hard trying to find a time when neither of us are busy at work (both full time) and school (Tony’s taking 3 classes cause he’s crazy).B Where are we going for 2012?

Grand Canyon!

So I got my travel books and travel sites opened up.B Time to read up on when to go, where to stay and what to do!

I should probably recount my run for the day.B It was hard, my heart and lungs felt like they were working harder then usual.B It was a “hill” day.B 5.6 miles, 3 incline lunch time workout.B What I now call a “short run”

Dinner was a mixed bag.B Its what I call the I’m busy, I’m lazy, I’m hungry meal.

Trader Joe’s Organic Tempeh, Kirkland Frozen Stir Fry vegetables (I wasn’t joking about my love to costco), frozen peas and corn medley, Whole Grain Pasta Shells, and canned low sodium tomato sauce.B I know I committed a huge sin with the canned sauce, but I added a bunch of oregano, cayenne pepper and black pepper so I made it my own.B I could have used the cans of crushed tomatoes instead but I was craving a more watery sauce.B I promise the kitten, Jack Meower, was not included in my dinner.

And I think the end result was not too shabby.B Jack Meower kept trying to steal some.B This is the before picture, before I dumped the rest of the bottle ofB parmesan cheese and stopped pretending to be healthy.B Now it’s time to do some vacation planning!

Do you have any 2012 vacations coming up?

Ever been to the grand canyon? Any tips, advice?

Whats your favorite pasta?B

Shells!B I love filling them up with cheese and sauce

Short Post for a lazy day

Today’s run 14.1 Miles – 130 Minutes – 2 Incline – Boring treadmill

How do I keep myself motivated?

  • I remind myself how scary and cold the streets of Boston are for a 5ft tall girl and I’m just not into the whole running group thing on weeknights.
  • Plus, I want to wrap things up faster, so I can head home faster.
  • So I listen to podcasts.B This American Life kept me cozy for the first 7 miles, I finished 10 miles in 92 minutes with Planet Money for 3 more miles.
  • My last 4 miles I must admit were a struggle, I was tired of podcasts, I was sick of my music, Pandora wasn’t distracting me, but I stuck with it.
  • I told myself, you can either run these next 4 miles or walk them, but running will get you home to dinner a bit fast.B So I did both to an average pace of 10.5 min miles.B Not my target but I got it done with!

Post running snack and post dinner dessert is my new addiction Nature’s Path Organic Pumpkin Flax Plus Granola.

I’ve been popping it all week like candy.B Which is not the worst thing in the worldB compared to the white chocolate bits I was munching last week.B Costco had a double box set on sale for like 5 bucks.B So if its on sale near you and you have a membership, go get some! For two little people, Tony and I eat the equivalent of a 4 person family.

Do you listen to podcasts?B What are your favorites?

Do you ever shop in big wholesale stores like Costco?B Which ones? What do you get there?

I load up on household things on sale such as papertowels, TP, Lysol wipes.B The giant salsa jar is a weekly staple in our household.B They’re grapevine tomatoes. The frozen veggies.B I’m currently into the stir fry mix.B Frozen seafood like their cooked and peeled shrimp.B I don’t have enough room in my fridge/freezer so I have to alternate with my purchase decisions between the weeks. B Plus I get to try new samples each time I go.B Everyone loves a costco lunch date!B Okay, maybe just me.B I guess I’m a cheap date.

With great running, comes great responsibility

I am slowly through many injuries learning that if my legs, knees and hip-flexors are trying to hint at something, I should listen.B After running 38 miles in three days; the equivalent of what I used to run in a week, my hips, legs, and knees were tired.B They wanted a break and although my energy was great, I knew I needed to take it out on something else.B When lunch time game, I had a game plan:

I foam-rolled

I picked things up and put them down for about 25 minutes

And I did 25 minutes of elliptical in between weights, 12.5min to warm up, 12.5min in between my final weight set.

And all while wearing my super-cute Waldo T-Shirt.B Is anyone really too old to buy silly low quality $5 t-shirts?

After work I went to my semi annual Bikram Yoga.

Bikram is usually done in a room that is heated at a minimum 105F degrees and about 40% humidity.

The room is kept at this temperature or more for the following:

  • Keeping the body from overheating (contrary to popular misconception)
  • Protecting the muscles to allow for deeper stretching
  • Detoxing the body (open pores to let toxins out)
  • Thinning the blood to clear the circulatory system
  • Increasing heart rate for better cardiovascular workout
  • Improving strength by putting muscle tissue in optimal state for reorganization
  • Reorganize the lipids (fat) in the muscular structure

Its always the same 26 poses so it appeals to my depending and predictable character I seek at times in a workout:

and although I find myself more in this position

And while I am a clumsy, inflexible, uncoordinated and rarely know what I’m doing

I always try my best and come out feeling great.B Unlike Vinyasa Yoga, I feel more awake, and my muscles feel like they got the love, care and stretch they needed to come back the next day with a stronger run =)