Finding a Balance

Learning to live a healthy, balanced life.


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Guest post: No pain, no gain?

My guest post today comes from Kris who has been battling some frustrating injuries lately but still ran her second marathon (Chicago) in a very impressive time!

Note from Hyedi: check out that shirt. That is an awesome shirt.

They say running is 90 percent mental, leaving only 10 percent for the physical aspect of running.  This past year I have been plagued with injuries, which has caused me to put a lot of thought into this theory.

First, when people say they hate running- they’re kind of right. Your brain doesn’t want to you to run when you don’t have to; it wants to conserve your energy. And since we no longer need to run for food or transportation, your brain tells you to use the more efficient options.

But the fact is we really were born to run. Our body’s love it, need it, thrive on it. We just need to train our body, as well as our brain to run. I have done this, a non-runner who can now proudly say I am a marathoner.  And I know that my greatest strength is my mind. What I lack in speed, I can make up with in sheer determination.

In fact, with my most recent marathon I finished only slightly behind my PR, running through plantar fasciitis that two cortisone shots could not fix. That feeling of crossing the line is so euphoric, contagious and addicting.  I started planning my next marathon after finishing, despite the fact I had promised my body I would take a year off.

While my mind is still reeling from the event, my body has not recovered.  A recent trip to the doctor told me that my plantars caused me to change my form, resulting in an ankle injury and costochondritis. (Which is basically a giant muscle spasm in my back making it hurt to breathe, lay down and bend over. It’s awful.)

Based on this, you would think I would be advocating that running IS more physical then mental. But the truth is that I’m where I’m at today because I refused to let my brain listen to my body. My body has told me to stop, but I was not mentally strong enough to let go of my dreams.

So here is my advice for every runner, novice to seasoned.

Run! Listen to your body, learn when you can push yourself and know when you must stop.  Happy is the runner, who can still run.

What’s your take? Is running more physical, or mental?


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Monster Dash 10 Mile: race recap

First of all, congratulations to my friend Patti who ran the farthest she has ever run before at this race! The main takeaway from this race: my legs just aren’t quite right yet post-marathon, but I surprisingly felt pretty good the entire time.

Alarm went off at 6 a.m. and I had a glass of water, a cup of coffee and a two-ingredient pancake with almond butter.

It was a brisk, but sunny morning. My husband fought the terrible traffic to drop us off just a few blocks away from the Cathedral of Saint Paul where the start line was. (Thanks, honey!) My first thought, as we approached the Cathedral was that I had never seen so many porta potties at a race start in my life. And there were still pretty long lines — there were just SO many people! And a lot of them were in costume.

Patti and I, pre-race!

My friend Aimee texted me her location and so we made our way over to the Cathedral steps to take a pre-race photo.

It was great to see Aimee. And Chris too — it had been too long!

Then it was time to line up for the start! My friend Patti and I squeezed in near the 10:00 min/mi pace group. There were SO many people. Looking at my results after, I realized that it took seven minutes to cross the start line!

It was a cold start — I felt cold in my joints and my legs felt heavy. We did both of the first two miles in 10:12 each. Patti and I weren’t sure if we’d be staying together the entire time and she didn’t have her cell phone on her, so she spent the first couple of miles memorizing my phone number in case she had to call me after she finished.

Miles 4 and 5 and then 7-10 were our fastest — all under 10 min/mi pace. At this point, we were warmed up and we were seeing some fun costumes and the miles started flying by. My legs didn’t feel quite as heavy and the weather was perfect for running. Nutrition-wise, we took water only at three of the water stops (not super well-organized water stops, in my opinion) and I realized at mile 8 that I hadn’t taken my GU and that I didn’t feel like I needed to.

As we neared the finish, Patti and I picked up our pace even more and crossed the finish line feeling pretty great.

After the race, and after some confusion about how the lines for the shuttle busses worked, we got on a school bus to take us the three miles to post-race finish area. It was fun to see the half marathoners finish!

Unflattering photo on the bus.

Splits:

Mile 1: 10:12
Mile 2: 10:12
Mile 3: 10:04
Mile 4: 9:46
Mile 5: 9:51
Mile 6: 10:07
Mile 7: 9:56
Mile 8: 9:45
Mile 9: 9:18
Mile 10: 9:15

Time: 1:39:02 — and a PR! I ran the TC 10 mile in 2009 in 1:43.

Today I went to the gym and walked on the treadmill a bit, did the 8-minute plank workout and stretched and foam rolled. Next up: Diva Dash on November 10!


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Racing tomorrow!

I’m really excited about Monster Dash tomorrow!

Today I did one of my favorite things in the world: picked up my race packet. At a race expo.

 

Unfortunately it was the race expo from hell. I went over my lunch hour to the expo and got immediately worried as I got closer to the location. Traffic was bad and there was no street parking. This was at the same place where packet pickup for the marathon was and I found street parking then. After paying $10 for parking in a ramp (After driving around forever) I had to go all the way down to the lowest level.

When I finally made it inside, I was greeted by a mass of people waiting to be let into the packet pick up area. Luckily when I told the woman I was there for the 10 mile, she let me past all of the people waiting. I picked up my packet and my friend’s and then checked my chip, got my race jacket and then got a wristband so I can get my free beer (at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning?! whatever.)  By the time I got through the line I didn’t have time to check out the expo merchandise because I had a meeting I had to get back for. Sad! I rushed back to my car, only to wait in line for the elevator and then in a line of cars because there was a law school graduation going on that let out at the same time I was leaving. Lovely.

Anyways, end rant.

I’m having dinner with some friends tonight to celebrate their birthdays and then my friend, who I’m running the race with, is coming over to spend the night. Maybe my husband can sleep alone and we’ll have a slumber party 🙂

I’m sure I’ll also spend a significant amount of time tonight trying to figure out what to wear tomorrow.

Race gear so far…

 

See that CUTE orange striped headband? Well there’s a story to go along with that. On another post. 🙂

It’s only supposed to be about 31 degrees at race start tomorrow — so similar to the marathon. I’ll be sure to have some warm clothes waiting for me at the finish line!


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Setting some goals.

-Schedule some periodic “no-screen” time.

-Meditate everyday.

-Race a sub-25 minute 5k (I ran one in 25:55 that included a big ass hill. So I think this is do-able!)

-Make my family more of a priority. (Step one: start figuring out what, of all of the things that take up my time, I’m truly passionate about and what I’m doing because I feel obligated, etc.)

-Run at least 3x per week throughout the fall/winter.

-Spin/yoga/strength train at least 2-3x per week throughout the fall/winter.

-Find time on the busy calendar to see people I haven’t seen in awhile. Especially, KK and Erin!

-Be comfortable not having something “big” to plan for (thanks for the advice/idea, Kori!)

-Increase the amount of money I put into my savings account each paycheck. (I officially booked our cruise tonight so need to start saving!)


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Whirlwind week.

What a week. Whirlwind is the most fitting word to describe it.

Monday and Tuesday was busy busy with a Girls on the Run meeting and long work days to prepare for being out of the office. At home, we are also remodeling our master bathroom, and spent Monday and Tuesday evenings ripping out the floor tiles, vanity and toilet. Oh, and repairing the water pipe that was accidentally cut. Lots of fun.

On Wednesday and Thursday I was in Rochester for the Ragan/Mayo Clinic Health Care Social Media Summit.

It was a great conference, with really quality speakers. Including Lindsey, the girl who made a YouTube video asking Joseph Gordon Levitt out on a date. She’s so cool.

On top of everything, Monday, I felt a sore throat coming on and by Wednesday it was a full blown cold. Still, I got in a couple of runs while at the conference. It was fun to check out the city that way. The first run was Wednesday evening and my friend and I took it at a nice, slow pace doing 3.1 miles in about 36 minutes. It felt great! The next morning I got up and attempted another 3.1. I had every intention of pushing myself — but in doing so, I only got in 2.85 (in 26 minutes). My cold had gotten worse and I think my legs were still tired from the night before. Still glad to have gotten in the run though!

This weekend was blissfully low key, which was what I needed to recover from the hectic week. I got caught up on emails, attended the Fall Into Wellness Workshop and ordered new business cards! I also had a really exciting meeting with one of my fitness/entrepreneur/amazing women role models (more details to come, not quite ready to share yet) and checked out the new space my spin studio opened. I can’t wait to start spinning there again next month!

Waiting until this afternoon to get my eight miles in. I’m running with a friend whose priorities include watching the Packer game 🙂 Oh, and happy anniversary to my husband and I TOMORROW! A few obligatory wedding pics to follow 🙂

Any chance this cake will still be delicious tomorrow?

Wouldn’t let me wear my Aasics.

 


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Fall Into Wellness Workshop

This workshop was the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

My friend Megan invited me to this awhile back and I was looking forward to it ever since. With a description like this, how could I resist?

Join 3 health-minded ladies as they share their passion and expertise in yoga, holistic health coaching, and juicing (veggies) for this fun and informative workshop!

The workshop started with Megan guiding us though a vinyasa yoga class. The studio space the workshop was being held in was intimate and lovely. The class was very relaxing and just what my tight, post-marathon muscles needed.

After some yoga, Jamee, of Thriving Life Now! talked about her integrative approach to holistic wellness coaching and how food heals. She explained the concept of primary & secondary foods (something totally new to me) and why fad diets don’t work. I plan to interview and feature Jamee in an upcoming post where she can share more details about this and her interesting story about how she got into wellness coaching!

The workshop ended with Heather of The Juice Works letting us sample her amazing fresh-pressed, cleansing green juice, carrot, and also beet juices. I’m not kidding you when I say these were DE-licious! I think one of her juice cleanses will be in my future. I also plan to do a future more in-depth post about Heather and the company she owns with her husband AND this cool thing called the Aerial Collective.
The rest of my Saturday has consisted of some strength training at the gym and cleaning out my inbox. I had planned to go for a bike ride after the gym, but after a couple of weeks off, my legs were sore from lunges and squats today. I have my first “long run” after the marathon planned for tomorrow — 8 miles. Monster Dash is next weekend already!


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Exciting news + spreading GymPact love

So..the exciting news I’ve been hinting at: I just found out that I was chosen to be a Ragnar Relay ambassador! I’m so excited to get started and meet my fellow area ambassadors. More details to come soon 🙂

Also, if anyone is interested, I have some referral codes for GymPact. Enter code “237ec8546d” during sign up and we both get an extra $5!

GymPact, if you don’t already know, is a GPS-based app that you check in with at your gym. You set a pact each week and a dollar amount for your stakes. Then, you enter your credit card information. If you don’t make your pact your credit card is charged however many days you missed your pact multiplied by your stakes. So, if my pact is three days per week and I set my stakes at $10 and I only go once, I would owe $20. How’s that for motivation to make your pact?

On the flip side, if you make your pact, you make money. The money from the people who did not make their pact gets split up. If your pact is set pretty low and your stakes are also set low, you only make a buck or two each week, but it does add up and if you up your pact/stakes, you can make a few dollars each week! Best part — recently GymPact partnered with RunKeeper so now you can count runs/walks/biking over 30 minutes towards your pact.

I’ve been using GymPact since the day they launched and have never missed my pact. I’ve also used my funds towards fun things like Lululemon and race entries! Financial motivation doesn’t work for everyone, but I’ve found it to be very effective. Let me know if you have questions or if you sign up! Don’t forget to use the referral code: 237ec8546d !

Happy weekend, everyone!