Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Just a tired mom rambling

I've been completely stuck (with my running) for about a year now. Even though I was still progressing before I became pregnant with baby #2, I was losing heart.

My life is very full, and putting everything into my running doesn't bring me the joy that it used to. I would much rather put more energy into my kids and my work. It is absolute pure joy watching them grow, play and laugh at the silly things they do. I'd much rather fix peanut butter sandwiches and clean up sticky finger prints then get in an afternoon run. I'm more likely to take a day off then shuffle through a 6 miler just to make a mark in my training log. I'm a parent first, and my mortgage doesn't pay for it's self...so work must come second.

The world needs people to give it their all to reach their goals others may have thought impossible. But, that is just not me.

Quality of quantity. Maximizing hard days. Listening to my coach every step of the way.

I'd rather take baby steps then no steps at all.

Follow my life in color on Instagram or my training (all the details!) on Strava.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Follow me on Strava

I'm not into blogging much lately, but I've recently joined the Strava world and you can follow me: http://www.strava.com/athletes/11451696

I'm dealing with a nagging Achilles and running minimal miles for a marathon in December. I also have like 7 friends on Strava so I would love some more company.


Friday, September 11, 2015

Qualifying for Duathlon World AG Champs & other things busy moms do

Bracebridge Duathlon Results: 1st in Age Group, 4th Overall (World AG Qualifier)

RUN 1 00:41:36.2 4:09/km 10 km
BIKE 42 km 01:24:08.1 29.95km/h
RUN 2 5 km   00:22:07.04:25/km
FINISH    2:31:23.0
T1 00:02:03
T2 00:01:30

Before the Bracebridge Duathlon I had been running (on the ground) for 5 weeks. I though I was in shape, but running on the AlterG is not the same as running on the ground and I found this out the hard way. I had also been dealing with a nagging achilles and had to pull out of a few workouts and long runs in the weeks leading up. I thought I was in decent running shape going in.

Two weeks prior to the race I decided to purchase a tri bike; a Specialized Transition. I've been riding a road bike heavily since I was diagnosed with the stress fracture in late May. I didn't realize how different a road bike was from a tri bike...
Finishing Bracebridge in my PowerBar Kit #PBTE

The Thursday before I left for Ontario, I was riding my new bike for the 2nd time and I crashed it. I was at the MSU research park and a shuttle bus did a u-turn in front of me (it didn't see me.) I crashed my bike to avoid hitting the shuttle and hit my knee on the shaft. My knee immediately swelled up to the size of an orange. I called my husband who picked me up and he took me directly to the ER. I didn't break anything but I definitely had a bad hematoma. I eventually ended up with a horrible bruise from my knee to my ankle. I took one day off and jumped back into training.

It is taking a very long time to heal.

It looked sorta like this right after the accident.

The bruising is almost gone now, but the Achilles issues have gotten worse. Going into Bracebridge I had not ran over 9 miles in about two weeks. I was not setting myself up for success.

Because I was heading into a very busy month of work, I flew to Toronto on a Saturday and back on Sunday. I had given myself a few hours up and back that I could drive to a bike shop and get my bike reassembled/disassembled. Due to heavy traffic, I ended up with only minutes to spare. Traveling with a bike was extremely stressful.

I ended up finishing 4th overall, and 1st in my age group, qualifying for World Duathlon Age Group Championships next June in Spain. I was disappointing in my performance (bad run, the worst transitions, slow bike, and horrible 5km) but I finished about what I thought I was capable of. I still don't understand why I am so disappointed.

Originally, I had planned on running Bracebridge and then Canadian Nationals in Montreal, 5 weeks later. I trained hard, running 15 miles hard on Saturday, and upwards to 60 miles of cycling on Sunday. Then, during the week I would have a brick, a hard bike session, and a speed workout. In the end, I messed up my Achilles so bad that I had to cut the race. Instead, I plan to take a few weeks recovery before training for Rocket City Marathon in December.

There is a fine line between training hard and over training and I have repeatedly blown past since Patrick has been born. The running means a lot to me, so to be sitting on the side lines once again is extremely frustrating. This past year has been the perfect definition of one step forward, two steps back. SMH. Words of encouragement are welcomed.

Friday, July 3, 2015

And then you get back running

Crossing my fingers as I type this, but I feel like it was a short turn around with the stress fracture. For about 6-8 weeks I cycled or ran in the pool (without a belt) twice a day (for a total of 1hr40min-2 hours) then road my bike for 3+ hours on the weekend. After about 4 weeks, I was also able to add the arc trainer, where I would kill myself doing hill intervals. Every day I would work as hard as I could until I couldn't go hard anymore. Looking back I really don't think I could have worked any harder.

I've also been able to workout on the AlterG which has really helped my overall running fitness. Last week I had a session of 5x1 mile progressive at 80% body weight and 2-3% incline. I've been able to gradually increase my mileage with no pain and very little discomfort....so far so good.

I had the chance to compete in a 23 mile bike race recently, and actually posted the faster time for the women, and the 3rd fastest time overall. 
State Games of Mississippi. 1st female.
I'm hoping that all the cross training and rehab will help me in the long run. I am VERY happy to be back running. Even though I enjoyed the cycling, I would take running over cycling any day.

#RunHappy #PBTE

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

When you break your back

On May 18th I went in for an MRI and discovered that I had a stress fracture in my sacrum. I had not been able to run more than a minute or two since May 2, so I knew something was up.

Looking back at the two weeks prior it's no wonder I broke myself. Workouts in the two weeks leading up to the break included 20 miles w/ 10 at marathon pace, 10x800m, 3x3mile, and let's not forget the final straw, 16x400m on the road. I wasn't recovering in between the hard stuff, and though I had gotten in pretty good shape right before the break, I wasn't communicating with Houston (Husband/Coach) on just how trashed my body was feeling.
Getting better! Its hard to average over 18mph because of stop lights, etc. Averaging over 18mph for a casual (solo) ride is showing a huge improvement from where I was in the beginning!

For about four weeks now I've been cycling quite a bit, upwards to 220 miles per week. Before I knew it was a fracture I was also using the arc trainer on my lunch break and riding in the morning, for a total of about 110-130 min of cardio most days. Now I'm pretty much on the bike everyday twice a day, all but Saturday, where I'll ride anywhere from 40-50+ miles. This Saturday I'm actually contemplating a 60 mile ride.
PowerBar provided me with some legit cycling gear! I'm still getting used to eating on the bike. The last long ride I had I ate a Performance Energy Wafer mid way through.
I was able to ride this Jackson-Baldwin Rail Trail 2.5 times when I was in Jacksonville for NCAA T&F Nationals (First Round) for about 75 miles total.

This week I'm actually cleared to get on the alterG, not for long but it's something. I've also started physio therapy. As of today, it looks like I may be able to run my first step outdoors on June 26th.
My longest ride so far, 51 miles out past Bevill Hill and back home. The refuge is an excellent place to ride.
So what have I learned from the whole experience? Not much, really. I worked my butt off getting in shape after Patrick and I don't regret it. I guess I'll have to be more careful next time.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

That video of the very pregnant runner.........

My sister posted this on facebook when I was 40.5 weeks pregnant. I didn't know it at the time but Patrick was already over 9lbs....
At first it was embarrassing, but now I think its AWESOME.


Soooo yes we are still waiting for baby to make an appearance.. But meggy is getting a little annoyed at everyone telling her that a good long walk brings on labour... As she is still able to do this at 4 days overdue I think she needs other suggestions
Posted by Andrea Bowman on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Putting in the work

Friday: AM: 30 min easy, PM: 14min w/u, 12x400m @76-78, 60 sec rest, 37 min c/d
Saturday: AM: 80 minutes
Sunday: AM: 20 min shake out, PM: 20min w/u, 3 miles in 18:00 (6:00), mile jog, 2 miles in 11:30 (5:45), 2 min rest, 1 mile @ 5:42, 1.5 mile c/d
Monday: AM: 20 min shakeout, PM: 56 min w/ Houston
Tuesday: AM: 81 minutes
Wednesday: AM: 30 min easy, PM: 10 min w/u, 4x1.65 miles, 6:23 pace (up), 6:04 pace (d), 6:18 (u), 6:00 (d), 8 min c/d
Thursday: 72 minutes

I took advantage of the team's spring break schedule to get in some good workouts with the ladies. Though I suffered (mostly in the 400s) I was surprised at how good it felt to run fast. I know I still have a ways to go, but it's relieving to know that my fitness is still coming back.

I'm doing my best to balance motherhood, work, and training all the while doing my best to get enough sleep and to eat right. I'm finding it necessary to sometimes sacrifice miles for sleep. I run so much better well rested. I also need more sleep than normal because Patrick is still breastfeeding. I just don't have the motivation to go full tilt right now.

Monday, February 2, 2015


It is 4:36pm and I am drinking red wine while watching my son try to craw (he's failing, though he is massive so its quite a task at 5 months old). My 4 year old daughter is napping, much needed as she spent the morning playing at the roller skating rink when I got home from my long run. It's Saturday, we are alone. My husband is in New York City but will return soon. My mother-in-law was here for a few days, but left this morning. I'm doing my best right now.

I ran 16 miles this morning, about 11 at or under 6:35, which just so happens to be the pace I ran for a half-marathon 7 days ago. However, last Saturday I was dying, and nearly pulled of course because I doubted I could finish the race. Today, I talked the entire way and was barely labored.

I'm exhausted. I made a cup of coffee about 2 hours ago because I felt like I could fall asleep at my computer. Thirty minutes ago I submitted a grant report that was due today by 5:00p.m. (yes, on a Saturday). I made the deadline by 54 minutes. I feel like any moment I could just lay my head back and fall asleep for days. I think about sleep a lot. I day dream about sleeping.

Six weeks ago I almost quit running. Not quit like stop completely, quit like stop chasing goals, just running for the pure enjoyment of it. I was going to put a limit on the number of miles I would run a week, I was going to allow myself to miss a full day of running out of seven, I was going to stop counting mileage. All these things, I was like, ok.

I had surgery in December. It changed things. I don't like talking about it or thinking about it, but there was a high possibility that the surgery saved my life. However I prepared for best case scenario A....and I ended up for best case scenario B. I didn't emotionally prepare for best case scenario B. I'm stilling dealing with that.

I thought the surgery would change me and my running, but it didn't (at least not as of yet). And, when nothing changed I realized I am not done with dreams and goals (yet). Balancing kids, husband, work, and running is not hard, its just a little bit challenging. I can still do it all, I'm just going to have to be a bit more creative.

I've found a way to run more. I get up early (4:10am) and run. I go out on my lunch break and run again. When my lunch run is short I do circuit and strength. I eat like a horse too because I'm still breastfeeding and continuously raising my mileage. The baby weight doesn't exist anymore.

And so here I am, finding my grove, getting fitter everyday. From week to week my workouts change drastically, I am finding a way to fit it all in. Time for kids, time for husband, time for work, time to run. My life is full. It is overflowing.

I'm not done yet.