Tapering?

Tapering?

Ok, so now I’m 4 days out from my longest race yet, the 15K. I’ve been thinking a lot about tapering.

Since it’s hard to find anything about a 15K, I decided to read up on tapering for a half-marathon. I found this article from the Chicago Half Marathon that gave some good tips.

I did my long run 2 weeks prior to the race, but since then I’ve been slacking off majorly. It was my birthday. The weather was bad. It was Super Bowl Weekend. All kinds of excuses piled up and kept me from actually running.

Today I’m planning on running two miles and then I’ll run again on Thursday. Other than that, I’m not going to do much exercise. I’ll focus on stretching.

Nutrition wise, I’m really trying to focus on eating whole grains and protein. I made some chicken salad from rotisserie chicken, Greek yogurt and some spices which I’m going to eat with some whole wheat pitas. I’m also trying REALLY hard to avoid eating out and eating a bunch of greasy crap. Last week, I did horribly with that goal, so I’m hoping I do better this week.

Mostly, this week is about resting and getting mentally prepared for my longest race ever. Here’s hoping I don’t die!

Anyone have any brilliant advice for me on this?

Alaska Bound!

Alaska Bound!

In addition to all this running nonsense, my real passion is travel. I’ve been Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, France, Spain and England. I want to go EVERYWHERE.

My next big trip is coming up in May, and it’s an Alaskan cruise. I cannot wait! I want to see whales and glaciers and trains and bears and eagles!

Screen Shot 2018-02-04 at 9.50.48 PM.pngSo far, we are planning on doing whale watching and glacier viewing in Juneau and the White Pass Railroad in Skagway. We haven’t made any other solid plans for anywhere else yet.

It’s going to be a mix of amazing scenery, wildlife, and some history thrown in for the nerds in the family. Ok, let’s face it. I’m from a family full of nerds. Mom, dad, siblings, me. We’re all nerds.

We’re still discussing doing some sort of an excursion in Ketchikan. We’re probably just going to do dinner in Victoria.

Has anyone ever done an Alaskan cruise? What is a must do?

One more week….

One more week….

A week from today is the big day. The 15K I’ve been looking forward to (or maybe dreading…) is almost upon us. Now it’s time for tapering and preparing and possibly freaking out a little.

I can’t believe it’s almost here. I feel like it’s been forever since I signed up for it. I’ve been working hard to towards this since November, so I should be ready. Why don’t I feel ready??

Last week was my final long run before the race. It was a total of 10 miles, 7.75 of which was actual running. Or at least what I consider running. Other people may consider it jogging. Or somehow walking with both feet off the ground at one time. Whatever. The important part is I finished. And I think I learned a lot about what to expect next Saturday.

First of all, chafing is REAL, y’all. Like, Oh Em Gee. They weren’t kidding about that part of it. I scurried myself right over to the running store to buy some body glide stuff. That should make next Sunday much better.

I also realized that I need more fuel if I’m going to run that far. As a very slow runner, a 15K is going to take a long time. I went a little crazy at the running store buying some different energy things – gels, beans, sports drinks. I need to try them out, but I’m scared! I’ve heard all kinds of horror stories. I don’t think it would be a good idea to try them for the first time during the race, so I’ll need to figure that part out.

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Buy ALL the stuff!

Last, and most importantly, I realized that I can do it. I know it sounds cheesy, but I needed that long run to convince me. I’ve been working towards this for a long time, and on Saturday, I get to prove to myself that it was all worth it.

Besides, there will be chocolate at the end, and isn’t that worth running for??

Who am I?

Who am I?

They say you should have three hobbies in life, one to make you money, one to keep you in shape and one to be creative. Well, I don’t. Or at least I didn’t until recently.

As far as making money, I guess my hobby would be mortgages. It doesn’t sound sexy and glamorous, but after 15 years in the industry, I guess it’s kind of a hobby? Really, it’s the way I afford my other hobbies.

Before last August, I didn’t have hobbies that fit into the other two categories either. I didn’t really believe in exercising. I didn’t want to eat healthy. And I always managed to convince myself I wasn’t creative.

Well, after looking at myself in the mirror, my sister and I decided to start getting in shape. We started by doing the 21 Day Fix, which was a fantastic kickstart, as a way of preparing our bodies for running. We signed up for a 5K in November, and off we went.

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Savannah Rock n Roll 5k

While we were at the expo for the 5K, we somehow decided that our next goal should be a half marathon, so we decided we were going to do one in November 2018. Well, we finished that 5K and signed up for the next one. Thus began my hobby to keep me in shape – running. Or at least jogging. Kind of like a turtle runs, but I’m lapping everyone on the couch, right? Right????

 

And that brings me to the last part of this, my creative hobby. I haven’t exercised that part of my brain in a loooong time. Way to long. I have a degree in journalism, so you’d think I’d write all the time. But I don’t. So this here blog is a way for me to do that and get back to an old passion.

So, if you’ve read this whole lovely introduction, you now know something about me. And this is a space where I share my journey with exercising, along with some fun travel-y things (my actual passion) and maybe some cat stuff. Just because they are cute.