Finding a Balance

Learning to live a healthy, balanced life.


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Tapering anxiety + giveaway preview

It’s so weird to flip the page in my planner to next week and see ”TC Marathon” written (and highlighted)!! It feels like forever ago that I wrote that in there.

Yesterday, my friend Kris sent me this article: https://www.tcmevents.org/blog/2012/09/24/145/mile_motivation_monday

What a cool mile-by-mile break down of the course. It actually made me feel better about the race, it made it seem more doable.

I’m really struggling with my tapering, mentally. This is way worse, in my opinion, than the super high mileage weeks. I am paranoid that I’m not running enough/running too much. And omg how much strength training do I do? It’s all that I’ve been Google-ing lately.

Yesterday, I got a couple of miles in on the treadmill before I headed to the training clinic to lead my last running group. It was a brisk night and it was a small group, so I got in five miles at a really nice pace! It felt great.

Other preparation over the week and a half includes no sweets, limited dairy, no alcohol, (I’ve started putting other food groups back into my diet that I took out for the Whole30) lots of foam rolling and stretching, getting enough sleep and trying to decide what I’m going to wear! I’m tentatively going to wear this tank I bought at the new Athleta opening because part of the proceeds went to Girls on the Run.

I’ve got a busy week/weekend ahead so I’m glad I’ve been able to get some run time in early this week. I  have a doctor appointment that I’m strangely excited for (yay for FINALLY having a “real” doctor!), a call with our new website vendor for Girls on the Run to kick off our website redesign, the Healthy Minnesota Communities in Action event, my husband’s work’s 5K (thanks again for signing up, Erin!), lunch with my BFF who’s in from LA, HAIRCUT/COLOR(!!!), my spin studio’s grand opening party and our Girls on the Run Board retreat on Sunday. Whew!

Oh! And some exciting news: I will be hosting my first ever giveaway VERY soon! The amazing ladies at New York City-based Naked Sports Gear are sending me one of their sports bras to review and then I’ll be able to give one away! So I will need your help promoting this and of course, you should enter!

Hope you’re all having a good week!


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Garmin Forerunner 10 review

OMG I’m in love with a watch. I finally took my new Garmin Forerunner 10 out for a run and I’m SO happy to report that it’s awesome!

Pros:

  • Size: it’s small, lightweight and cute. I’ve been wearing it on the weekends, and it looks just like an everyday sport watch.
  • Current pace: through the use of the Virtual Pacer, unlike the other watches in this price range, you can get your current pace, rather than just the average pace. I couldn’t live without this feature (OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration.)
  • Quick: the time it takes to locate satellites is just a fraction of the time my old Garmin used to take. So now I don’t have to s|and there staring at my watch waiting for it to JUST FINISH LOCATING THE SATELLITES!
  • Features: you can upload your workouts to Garmin Connect and all of the other features I love are there: auto pause, history (although it only records your last ten workouts), and this sounds lame, but I like being able to just have the watch setting so I can wear it everyday.
  • Price: $129.99 was much easier to swallow after my old Garmin died rather than paying to replace it. Even to have Garmin fix my old watch would have cost at least $75.

Cons:

  • Display: you can only choose two things to be displayed on one screen at a time. And you get two screens. So on my main screen I have current pace and distance. If I press a button and go to the next screen, I set it to be total time and distance. You can set it to be whatever combination you want, but I did like having everything on one screen with my 305.
  • Battery life: I’m a slow runner. Therefore, I’m going to have to make sure it’s fully charged and I don’t turn it on until right before I start the marathon. With a battery life of only five hours, I’m going to have to be careful!
  • No multisport capabilities: not a big deal on this one. I used my old Garmin a handful of times on my bike before just opting to use an app on my phone instead. But this might be a bigger deal for some of you.

The bottom line – I LOVE this watch. It has all of the features I need and the cons just take some getting used to. Plus, for the price, it’s definitely worth it. I’d love another one in a different color 🙂


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Cloquet River Run race recap

PR PR PR!!

I woke up Saturday morning feeling pretty terrible and still with a headache. I slept awful the night before and started to question my decision to still race. Plus, the air felt damp and the temperature was barely at 40 degrees.

The Cloquet River Run proceeds benefit the Cloquet grade school, where our nephews go to school. So it’s a fun race that Jesse’s sister and brother-in-law and his oldest nephew all run and there are lots of families that turn out and it’s just a great feeling of community there. The race starts at the school, as well as packet pick up. Pick up went until 8:45 a.m. but the 5K didn’t start until 9:30 a.m. so we picked up our packets and then found a place to stay warm inside.

We headed to the starting line around 9:25 a.m. and I decided to start towards the front (which I never do) since most of the people towards the back were a lot of families and people that were talking about walking the race.

In addition to being nervous about being at the front, I started out feeling awful. As gross as this sounds, I had a lot of phlegm build-up and it was just really unpleasant. AND I forgot to turn on my Garmin right away (product review of my new Garmin coming this week!) so it didn’t start tracking until about a half of a mile in.

However, even though it didn’t necessarily feel comfortable, I found my stride and the cool weather really helped. When we got to the woman calling out first mile splits, I could hardly believe it when she yelled out “7:40!”

The course is an out and back that has a lot of different terrain and ends on the WORST hill ever. At mile two, I was just over fifteen minutes and it became very real to me that I would likely PR. My previous fastest timed 5K was 28:40 in 2008. However, as soon as I hit that hill (that’s the last entire half mile of the race) my pace slowed to just over 10:00 min/mi. I couldn’t breathe and my heart felt like it was going to beat out of my chest. But it wasn’t just me — in fact, I PASSED two people on that damn hill and I crossed the finish line in 25:55. My family looked VERY surprised to see me finish that fast!

Results:
Overall time: 25:55
Avg pace: 8:21
8th in my division
16th female overall

But even MORE exciting — my husband placed 3rd in his division and 6th overall and my brother-in-law placed 2nd in his division (same as my husband’s) and 5th overall! AND my sister-in-law ALSO PR’ed! So it was a pretty fantastic day.

My bro-in-law and husband on the podium!

The rest of the weekend was very relaxing. We were all beat and I could tell I did way too much for not being at 100%. So after resting for awhile, my sister-in-law and I walked around Canal Park for a bit and then she took me out for a belated birthday dinner to my new obsession: the Duluth Grill. YUM!

I’m happy to report that I’m actually feeling noticeably better today. My headache subsided sometime yesterday. At one point on the car ride home, I said to my husband “I think my headache finally went away!”

The marathon is less than two weeks away!

Family!


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Sick.

I’m officially sick.

I. had, no. warning. Usually I can feel something coming on, but I literally woke up in the middle of the night two nights ago with a terrible sore throat, unable to breathe and it’s only gotten worse.

This past weekend, however, was nice and relaxing. We headed up to the cabin Friday late morning after a five mile run on the treadmill at the gym and a stop at the in-laws to drop off the pup.

Our cabin is actually my husband’s family’s cabin and I had never been up there past Labor Day. We quickly decided we’d be making more Fall trips to the cabin in the future. The weather was perfect and the colors were starting to change. Just lovely.

Since I ran before I left and planned to run when we got back into town, the ladies and I took a nice 2.36 mile walk on a gorgeous trail.

It was a quick trip this year so before we knew it, it was time to head home.

Since I didn’t get my fitness discount last month (I didn’t make it to the gym 12 times) I decided to do my ten miles on the treadmill when we got back into town. Since the treadmill only goes to 99 minutes and I walked for awhile to warm up, I decided to end the run at 9.5. Still — not bad!

My training has been thrown off due to getting sick, and it’s making me nervous. To further complicate things, I’m racing a 5K this weekend! A loooong time ago, I signed up for the Cloquet River Run — a race I did a few years ago and one that my husband is hoping to place in this year! I did not think about how it was going to fall on a weekend just a few weeks away from the marathon.

But we’re staying with my sister-in-law’s family, so that will be super fun. And I’m secretly hoping that I might PR even though I definitely don’t want to push myself.

Bed early — even though I slept all afternoon. Think healthy thoughts for me!


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Recovery + Whole30 week one

Week one of the Whole30 is done! Success!

Sunday I started off the day with brunch with my friend who is also doing the Whole30. I had a Groupon for one of my fave brunch places, but it was much more interesting going there for brunch while on the Whole30! The Groupon included bottomless mimosas or bloodys but we opted for sparkling water. Which cost us extra $$$. Go figure.

YUM!

We got a few groceries (of course) after brunch and then I headed to the gym to walk, stretch and foam roll. The I spent a few minutes in the sauna, a quick rinse off and then headed to my massage appointment.

My husband and I got some more tiles up in the Great Bathroom Remodel project and then I started dinner. I made the Ginger Lime grilled shrimp from Well Fed and some sweet potato “chips.”

Last night I was on Pinterest and was inspired to throw some stuff in my Crock Pot. Based on this recipe, I grabbed some chicken breasts out of the freezer and threw them into the CrockPot, added a can of coconut milk, chicken broth, a garlic clove, diced tomatoes, garlic salt and Italian seasoning. I set it on low before I went to bed and woke up to an amazing smelling house.

This week’s lunches have been a nice break from salads.

Tonight when I got home from another chaotic day at work, I felt like breakfast for dinner — Whole30 style. So again, I consulted Pinterest and made this sweet potato skillet.

(not as pretty as on Pinterest)

It was ground turkey, chopped sweet potato, grated Fuji apple, AllSpice and garlic. Then I cracked four eggs on top and stuck in under the broiler for five minutes. Delicious!

I haven’t run since the 20-miler on Saturday. My legs have felt like lead and to be honest, I’ve just been so drained from work. But I went to a 1.5 mile walk with the dog tonight and I’m determined to get a run in both of the next two days.