Training Weeks 3 and 4: Still on the treadmill

I’ve been very busy the last 2 weeks. It seems like I spend most of my days running, working and then getting a second workout in. I try not to let training take over my life but sometimes it happens. The weather hasn’t been helping lately either.

Monday – AM workout – 6 Miles. PM workout was supposed to be swimming but it was canceled due to weather
Tuesday – AM workout – Speedwork 1 mile warmup, 4×1200 in 5:12 with 400 jog in between and 1 mile cooldown. PM Workout -1 hr ride on the trainer.
Wednesday – AM workout – 6 Miles easy. PM workout – 2050 yd swim
Thursday – 1 mile warmup and 6 mile tempo run at an 8 min pace
Friday – 1 hr ride on the bike trainer
Saturday – 12 miles on the treadmill. 8:50 pace
Sunday – 1.5 hour spin class at Ride+Workout, Conditioning after dinner

Total Running Mileage: 36

Even Bodhi is feeling the exhaustion going into week 4 of training.

Even Bodhi is feeling the exhaustion going into week 4 of training.

Monday – AM workout – 6 Miles. PM workout – Swimming canceled again due to weather
Tuesday – AM workout – Speedwork 1 mile warmup, Ladder workout. 400, 800, 1200, 1600, 1200, 800, 400 with 400 jog in between and 1 mile cooldown. PM Workout -Massage to due soreness in my back and calf.
Wednesday – AM workout – 6 Miles easy. PM workout – 1,800 yd swim and my swimming breakthrough!!!!!
Thursday – 1 mile warmup, 7 mile tempo run at 8 min pace.
Friday – Full Rest Day
Saturday – 14 miles on the treadmill. 8:30 pace
Sunday – 1 hour spin class at Ride+Workout. Conditioning after dinner

Total Running Mileage: 41.2

Spent some money at Second Sole in Rocky River to get some new Hokas!

Spent some money at Second Sole in Rocky River to get some new Hokas!

I had to take a step back from biking on the trainer the past week. It has sucked because I really like riding on the trainer. I can watch TV, catch up on social media or even read a book. However, I think my calf has been bothering me due to either my bike fit or cleats needing an adjustment. So before I do anymore riding on my trainer I am going to go in for a bike fit and get everything straightened out.

I had some major issues getting my bike of the trainer. Holy Moly!

I had some major issues getting my bike of the trainer. Holy Moly!

I had tempo runs the past 2 weeks which really test my fitness and make me want to quit and slow down because they are hard! However, I stuck with it the past 2 weeks and didn’t quit. Not giving up has increased my long run pace significantly.

This weekend I finally get to race and test my fitness. I’ll be running the Green Jewel 50K relay with my husband. Fellow Cleveland Marathon Ambassador Pam will also be there running the full 50K. Best of luck to her on her first ultra distance!

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Cleveland Marathon Week 2: Treadmill Training

I have not ran outside since the Marathon I ran in New Orleans about 3 weeks ago. The snow, ice and cold have kept me on the treadmill but so far it’s going really well. I have a few tips that get me through treadmill runs.

  1. Don’t Dread It – Running on the treadmill is not ideal but it is still a good way to get in a solid run without dealing with the snow, ice or cold. Embrace the Treadmill.
  2. Cover It Up – punch in your pace and then cover up that treadmill screen with a towel or shirt. If you stare at the screen, time will creep by. (Your form will also suffer by looking down at the screen)
  3. Split it up – Run your first half at a comfortable pace and run the second half faster. Change the incline to give yourself a hill challenge. Run a couple miles, take a break, run a couple more until you reach your goal.
  4. Distraction – Listen to music or watch something on TV or an iPad. I like to pick a show to watch and that way I can watch a full episode as a workout.

Monday – AM workout – 6 Miles. PM workout – 2050 yd swim with the Lakewood Masters Swim Club
Tuesday – AM workout – Speedwork 1 mile warmup, 8×600 with 400 jog in between and 1 mile cooldown. PM Workout -1 hr ride on the trainer.
Wednesday – AM workout – 6 Miles easy. PM workout – 2025 yd swim and the worst calf cramp of my life (see below),
Thursday – Rest Day due to calf pain from day before
Friday – 1 hr ride on the bike trainer
Saturday – 12 miles on the treadmill. 8:30 pace and negative split the run.
Sunday – 3.32 miles in the am. 1 hour spin class at Ride+Workout, 2.68 miles after brunch. Conditioning after dinner

Total Running Mileage: 36.7

Had to skip the Chili Bowl 5K due to the snowstorm and freezing temps we had on Saturday but Ryan gave me an amazing Valentine’s day gift that will be very handy for marathon and Ironman training.

Kit Kats and Garmin 910!

Kit Kats and Garmin 910!

Wednesday while swimming I got a calf cramp. I am not talking tightness or feels funny or like something is pulling. I’m talking my calf completely shifted over to my shin and felt like someone had shoved some tennis balls in there. You are supposed to gently stretch and flex your foot to relieve it. However, I was in so much pain, there was no moving. Just holding on to my calf for dear life.

After a few minutes the cramping stopped but it was so sore that I couldn’t put pressure on it and when I tried I thought it would cramp all over again. I was bummed because it ruined my swim workout. I canceled my run in the morning because it was still really sore. However, by Saturday I was able to get back to running again.

And for anyone who is wondering, yes I eat plenty of bananas and am fully hydrated. I will be in my compression socks for the next couple of runs just to make sure.

Anyone else deal with some cramping? Anyone else live on the treadmill?

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Cleveland Marathon Training Week 1: Setting Small Goals

Officially Cleveland Marathon training for 1 week and already made some adjustments to my training. All of my runs were on the treadmill due to the icy and frigid temps in Cleveland. I can’t sign off on running in the snow and ice when my husband fell on the ice a few months ago and tore his bicep muscle and another friend broke his leg when he hit some black ice while running. Instead I will stay safe and sound on the treadmill until it is safe to run outside again.
Monday: 4 miles
Tuesday: 1 mile warm up, 10×400 with 400 recovery in between and 1 mile cool down. It was a tough workout. I was supposed to go 12×400 but my legs are still recovering from the New Orleans marathon so I cut 2 off.
Wednesday: 6 miles in the am and 2,050 meter swim (I think, it was my first masters swim class but I tried to keep track)
Thursday: 6 miles
Friday: rest day and conditioning (Pushups, situps, squats, light weights)
Saturday: 10 miles
Sunday: 1 hr spin at Ride+Workout, we did about 20 miles. Had 8 running miles on deck too but decided to go swimming instead. Then I decided to go swimming another day since the swim class was 1.5 hours long and I am not sure I am ready for that yet. I can swim 1.5 hours at my own pace but not with the Masters.
Total: 33 miles
First week with the Hanson’s plan plus triathlon training and overall not too bad. I had planned to ride on my training on Tuesday and Friday but Tuesday my quads were really sore so I didn’t want to push it and Friday I had a huge headache so I came home and laid down after work instead of hoping on the bike.
Cleveland Weather

Cleveland Weather

Weekly Goals:
  • I want to get all my workouts in this week, including a run on Sunday if I am not swimming.
  • I want to get on the bike trainer on Tuesday and Sunday night.
  • I want to go to masters swimming Monday, Wednesday and Thursday this week (and 3 days a week at least from here on out!).
Bodhi is trying to recover from the training week

Bodhi is trying to recover from the training week

Do you set weekly goals? I do sometimes just because it breaks up the weeks and doesn’t make the training cycle seem as long.
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New Orleans Marathon 2015

After running the Akron marathon, a hilly challenging marathon, I decided that New Orleans would be my “A” race for the year. A flat marathon with decent weather and also lucky marathon number 13, a PR and BQ were my goals for my “A” race of the year.

Wearing our Akron Marathon Jackets at the New Orleans Expo

Wearing our Akron Marathon Jackets at the New Orleans Expo

The RnR expo was small but I expected that since they have so many races a year. I skipped all the sponsored clothes because they were ridiculously expensive ($50 for a shirt)! Instead, I headed over to a smaller booth where I was able to get a New Orleans inspired running shirt for $18.

For lunch, we headed over to a place called Pie, Pizza and Pasta, where I ordered a side salad and a chicken wrap. Also know as, the future food to crush my “A” race, I just didn’t know it yet.


Looks like a good lunch to me

After lunch we headed back to the hotel to put our feet up for a bit. I had been up since 3am, went on 2 flights and did a lot of walking so rest was needed. While at the hotel I had a chance to get settled in the room,  layout my race stuff, get all my gu together and relax.

I don’t relax well or sit still for long so it wasn’t long before we headed down to Royal Street to stop in a few shops and then to the hotel bar for a drink before dinner.

A simple IPA always goes well before race day

A simple IPA always goes well before race day

Before I knew it, it was time for to head out for dinner and I was hungry! Or at least I thought that’s what that queasy feeling in my stomach was. We headed over to Pier 424 for dinner, which is also where we went on our last night of our honeymoon! I struggled to find something to eat but finally settled on a meal I thought would fuel me properly. Fish, potatoes, asparagus and lots of water. (to be honest I barely touched the asparagus, I usually love it but wasn’t feeling it that night). I still just didn’t feel right and then thought maybe there was a lot of butter in my dish, causing my stomach to be upset.

IMG_3100I went to bed extra early that night because my stomach just didn’t feel quite right and I figured I would sleep off the “nerves”. When I woke, I felt good and as I started to eat breakfast and get dressed, I had to go to the bathroom. And then I had to go again and again. TMI, I know. Once again I told myself that it was just nerves or that it would pass, I still had 2 hours til the race started.

Once I was at the starting line, I had to stop in the porty potty, 3 more times. That’s 6 potty breaks all before the race started, for anyone that is counting. Still I told myself it was nerves and I could “run it off”.

Naturally, at the the starting line, I ran into a fellow Croatian which was nice to be distracted from my stomach issues as we chatted about the Old Country. With 12 minutes to the start I started to shed some layers and get my watch to connect to satellite. With 7 minutes to go, my watch still wouldn’t start and I noticed many runners putting their watch arm up in the air, in the hopes of gaining a better connection. The race started and my watch still had not connected. So I figured I wouldn’t have a watch for the first mile, no big deal.

By mile 2, my watch had connected and then lost connection multiple times but it was being weird and wasn’t calculating distance or pace accurately. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t running a 4:35 pace and covering 2 miles in that time. Normally, the next plan would be to stick to my pace group. Unfortunately, there was not a pace group for my time. I had the option to run with the 3:30 group or the 3:45 group but there was nothing in between. I tried to position myself well behind the 3:30 group, I could see them but just barely.

I call this my "hold it in Pukey face"

I call this my “hold it in Pukey face”

That’s me on the left, for those of you who are new to this site and don’t know what I look like. This was just past mile 9 and where I started to feel a little nauseous. I ignored it and assumed it would pass. That lasted til mile 11 where I went from a little nauseous to I NEED A BATHROOM NOW. I finally stopped at a bathroom after the halfway point but didn’t feel much better.

Cool Cemetery Pic

Cool Cemetery Pic

I don’t even remember passing the cemetery above. I was concentrating on many other things and trying to tell myself that I would be fine…..even though I already needed another bathroom break. Around mile 17, I started to walk while I was taking in some water and I suddenly needed to puke! I felt better after puking and started running again. I must have race really good for a mile or 2 because I covered a ton of distance. However, I felt the nauseous feeling again and knew I would be puking soon. At mile 22 I started puking gain and I thought I might have to pull out of the race.

To be honest, I didn’t even know what mile I was at! I was never dehydrated because I was drinking so much water on the course hoping to flush whatever was in my system out. Next thing I knew, I was sitting, puking uncontrollably into some grass on the side of the road. Many of the runners passing me stopped to ask if I was okay, told me I was okay and offered to help me to an aid station. I told them I was okay, even though I wasn’t. It didn’t take long for some ladies down the street, who were drinking mimosas and waiting for their husbands to run by, to come to my rescue.

They brought me a bottle of ice cold water, checked my pulse, asked me questions and distracted me from my puketastic experience. They asked if I wanted to go to medical and I said “Not yet, I want a few minutes to sit”. A cop came over and wanted to call me an ambulance and I said “No, no I’m ok”.

I asked the ladies “about what mile am I at”, they responded “Just past mile 22″. I looked at them in disbelief, stood up and said ” ok, I’ll just walk to the finish”. They looked at my like I was crazy and the churning feeling in my stomach confirmed it but I wasn’t ready to give up. With 4.2 miles to go, I could walk to the finish, claim another marathon finish and an awesome finisher jacket. As I left my new lady friends they told me “you’re still beating our husbands!”

At mile 23, I decided I would start running so I could get to the finish faster. I knew Ryan had to be worried when I didn’t come in at my time. Running only lasted about 2 minutes as I suddenly had to puke again. During this walk, I tried to figure out what was wrong with me. The more I thought about it I realized, I had been sick since yesterday. Then I thought about it more and I thought about food and I got really sick to my stomach. Even writing this now I am feeling queasy thinking about it! I didn’t get sick til after lunch yesterday so that had to be it and every time I think of that meal or think of vegetables or lettuce I want to vomit.

Which brings me to mile 24, the final resting place of my food poisoning puke stop. At mile 24, I wanted to quit, I prayed for a medical tent to be nearby and put me out of my misery. I also prayed for pretzels and a Pepsi to settle my stomach. Runners on the course, stopped to check on me and ask if I was ok. I said yes but that was a lie. Some also tried to encourage me to start running and I laughed because they probably thought this was my first marathon and that I was having a meltdown. I told myself to ignore them and started walking as it was only 2 more miles at this point.

I didn’t even attempt to run the last 2 miles for fear that I would puke. I did try to talk to other runners who were also walking but they were walking because they bonked. It made for a little distraction as I could hear the finish line but could not see it.

Almost there

Almost there

I made myself run the last .2 of the race, no matter how slow and with an open bottle of water in my hand.

WaitFinishThis picture above looks sweet….until you realize I was doing this.

Highfivefor the finishI made my way across the finish line and although I was not puking, I was clutching my stomach in pain.

stomachholdOfficial Finish time was 4:22:33. I don’t even want to know that pace or place. Crossing the finish, I hoped to find something to settle my stomach, chips, pretzels, anything. I didn’t find much but I did find my husband who was extremely worried about me when I didn’t cross the finish line before 4 hours. Poor guy had checked the medical tents thinking that something happened. Also my tracking stopped working so he thought I  was off the course. As sick as I was I headed as quickly as I could to the tent to pick up my finisher jacket. I didn’t suffer through that marathon without any proof!

IMG_3218Post race, I went back to the hotel to rest and to eat the pretzels and Pepsi I wanted so badly during the race. I told myself I would feel better soon but wasn’t sure if I actually believed it. After about 2 hours and a bag of pretzels, I actually felt better and immediately headed to my favorite New Orleans spot, Johnny’s Po Boys. I had to split it with Ryan because I didn’t know how much I would eat but it was just as amazing as I remember.

IMG_3105Moral of the story, don’t get food poisoning and don’t run a marathon when you have food poisoning.


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127 Days and Counting

While I might still be training for the Rock N Roll New Orleans marathon at the end of this month, marathon number 13, I already have my next marathon, marathon number 14, all lined up!

You should not be shocked at all that marathon number 14 will be…

Cleveland Marathon 127 DaysI just can’t pass up a good marathon in my hometown!

127 days will be here before we know it and I cannot wait to start training for it. My training plan will be posted soon. I am still putting the finishing touches on it but I am doing a lot of different things this year. I have big plans to do a half and full Ironman this year. I can’t believe I just typed that out! My training plan will be very close to that of a Hansen’s Training plan so I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

Oh and I am forgetting one very big super awesome news!

I’m back for another year of blogging for the Cleveland Marathon!

AMBASSADORLOGOI am super excited to be back! Especially with my new training plan and crazy Ironman dream. Follow along for the fun and feel free to ask me any questions you may have and I will be happy to help.

There is a really great group of Ambassadors this year so please check them all out and follow our many difference experiences.

Bodhi is excited too but he’s waiting for the cold and snow to go away.


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Sick For Christmas & Ringing in 2015

For the first time in years Ryan and I decorated for Christmas. The past couple years we put up the bare minimum for Christmas. Which meant we put up the Leg Lamp and the Christmas Story village. This year we put up the stockings, the tree, even dug out some Christmas rugs and a wreath. We even broke my rule of putting it all up before Thanksgiving!

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It was a good thing we decorated early because it never would have gotten done as I worked crazy hours and did tons of baking.

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And then for the first time ever, I got sick for Christmas. Even though I got a flu shot, I still got the flu. I heard it was bad this year but I think I underestimated how bad it was as I was suddenly glued to the couch for days. I think I reached a point where I was so sick I didn’t think I’d ever get over it and would never run again.

It took me a whole week to get back to working out and it was a very slow start back to running.

Since I was still recovering from the flu for New Years, we decided to have a very low key New Years Eve. We went to dinner at Cork & Cleaver, where I think I had the best meal of 2014. It was amazing and then came home and struggled to stay up to midnight. It was a tough call but I barely made it.


I have to recommend on New Years at midnight, turn on the police scanner and listen to some of the craziness in your area. I was cracking up at some of the things going on.

Happy New Year! I can’t wait to share with you all my crazy plans for 2015!

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