Ditching the bandwagon #healthy #run {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

I haven’t eaten well the last four days. And I feel it.

I’m not talking about weight gain (haven’t checked) or feeling bloated (I actually don’t). I’m talking about my insides. I feel… off now.

Let me back up. Tuesday was Jon’s birthday (the big 3–0!) and we celebrated on Monday. But…. on Saturday was didn’t want to wait for cake, so I split the batch and made 2 small ones. Meaning I ate cake Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Plus there’s more left to get me through the week.

Birthday cake Ditch the bandwagon {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

I also didn’t have enough fruit and veggies. We ate enough to avoid terrible, but not what I normally do.

But my biggest food offense is that I’ve had so little water!! I drink water like it’s an unlimited resource (ahem) so to go 4 straight days without enough feels awful. No, that’s not too dramatic. My insides don’t feel good.

Now we all know we need to drink plenty of water, but let’s review. We need water to regulate temperature, protect our brains and nervous system, support joints and rid our bodies of waste. Lack of water leads to dehydration, which causes fatigue, headaches, irritability and makes our hearts work harder. Oh, and “Without water, you will enter a coma and die.” (Source)

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Add to all of this the fact that it stormed off and on 4 days straight, effectively thwarting all plans for a run or long bike ride. Jon being sick all weekend was the cherry on top.

Geez.

I don’t like the “bandwagon” thought process. I don’t like using an illustration that is on again, off again. It’s so polarizing; so you do it right or you fail; so….. Heidi Klum. “One day you’re in and the next day, you’re out.”

Do I feel like I failed the last few days? Yes.

Do I feel like I failed at living as healthy as I can? Nope. Not in the least.

If that’s all it takes to be out, this isn’t a group I want to be in. In fact, I don’t want to be part of group that kicks people out at all. The healthy living/running/blogging/tweeting community – at least that I interact with – isn’t like that, but I think we feel like it is. Sometimes I think we make up pressures or judgments or ridicule; we assume people are going to notice the bad days and think we’re failures.

Yes? No? Maybe?

The reality is most people don’t have a clue (unless you broadcast it on a post, of course). Second, repeat after me: it doesn’t matter. Third, tell yourself this: I am beautiful, strong, healthy, intelligent, creative, committed, fit, [fill–in–the–blank]. That’s what matters.

And guess what? That’s not just a bandwagon.

 

Do you feel guilty after some not–so–healthy days?
How do we get away from that feeling of failure?


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Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

Fitness Friday Linkup #RunningBloggers {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}I feel good about this week. I took it a little easy but still got moving. Not much to report otherwise!

My week:

 

• Saturday

• 13.14 miles, 2:38:08 (12:05 pace)
My race! Read about it, and see a gazillion pictures, here. And just because, here’s a few more from my phone.

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

Sarah just wrote a great post about how she took control of her health (and  survives deployments) . Seriously one awesome woman!

• Sunday

• Just some stretching and rolling.

• Spent the day with our fabulous friends, Jake and Chrissy, who let us stay with them for the weekend. We went to church with them and heard Jake preach (planned that well, I know), out to lunch, then relaxed for the afternoon before heading home.

• Monday

• Nice and long yoga session to work out my sore legs. Also focused on core and good rolling. Finished up with 15 minutes of arm work from Tracy Anderson.

• Tuesday

• 3 miles, 32:43 (10:54 pace)
This started as an easy run, but then I decided to go the hillier route for a little more challenge. Legs were still sore and it was quite humid. Still a decent run.

• Then I added some strength work at the park: 25 each squats, sumo squats, leg lifts, #plankaday knee tucks, slow crunches, pushups, dips and calf raises for 200 reps. Finiahed up with 100 incline sit ups.

• Finally, I walked about 5 total miles for the day.

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• Wednesday

• Rest day with ~2 miles of walking.

• Thursday

• Competitor magazine HIIT workout for runners, 00:20
Essential Drills For Speed And Efficiency. I kept it shorter and did about 2 rounds of each exercise. Working on my runner’s legs strength.

• Friday

• Walk ~3 miles for work.

• Planning to do a nice 3 miler after work.

• Weekend

• I will either do an easy 7 miles, or a long bike ride with Jon (maybe 25 miles). It’s supposed to be stormy and rainy all weekend (including on Monday… blah Missouri weather) so the weekend plans may change.

We’re going to have a very chill holiday weekend. It’s also Jon’s birthday! On the agenda are going to see Star Trek and a few surprises for him. I’m hoping the weather get’s its act together; storms are a bummer way to celebrate Memorial Day and kick off summer.

 

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Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

I keep telling myself “you’re a half marathoner!” I did it. About three years after I did my first half mary training program with no intention of completing a race, just improving my running…. less than a year after I worked through a half training again, worked up to 10 miles and then seriously injured my knee… I finally completed the training and then RAN THE RACE.

I’ve already made my training plan for the summer – goals, peeps, goals. Crossed off one, on to the next (I want to hit 20 miles in one run… but shh, it’s a quiet goal, not a shout–from–the–roof I–will–absolutely–do–this goal. Staying healthy is more important, and we’ll see how the hot and humid Missouri summer treats me). I’ve stayed healthy, my knees are in good shape and I’m in the running groove. Excited to see where the summer takes me!

First things first.

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

Ready to roll, y’all. © 2013 Jonathan Stepahanoff

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

© 2013 Jonathan Stepahanoff

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

Obligatory pre–race bathroom stop. I made friends the long line. © 2013 Jonathan Stepahanoff

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

We’re off!!! © 2013 Jonathan Stepahanoff

Now for the race details:

• I positioned myself back–of–the–pack to start so I wouldn’t head out too fast. I had a plan: slow and steady, stay strong through the whole distance.

Miles 1 through 9 felt amazing. Like, I had a blast. I kept a steady pace, grabbed water on the go at every station (it was hot and humid and I knew I would dehydrate quickly), had an energy chew every 4 miles or so and felt very strong. The course had rolling hills through the whole thing and I went all beast mode on them.

I would go back and forth with a group for a few miles, and then something awesome happened: I started passing people. I ran with 3 or 4 distinctly separate groups or women through the race and passed them all by the end. Granted, we were all going slow, but still…. it felt good to stick to my start–easy plan and end up passing people who maybe went out too fast.

Then again, it was also hot. Multiple women passed out on the course and didn’t finish. It wasn’t hard to overheat and get dehydrated.

Miles 10 through 11.5 were a struggle, but manageable. My legs were starting to cramp and I was quite hot. Still, nothing I didn’t expect by the last few miles so I was mentally prepared. I can do this. It’s hard, but I got it. And I passed a few more runners.

The last mile and a half were killer. It was either flat into the wind with full sun or uphill with full sun. I ended up walking a fair amount of the final mile. By that point there were 4 of us who walked some together while chatting with a volunteer, who said that a younger woman with her mom passed out on this hill–in–the–sun before us. Not just fainted, but completely unconscious and needed medical attention.

At that point, I felt no shame in walking. I would not pass out before crossing that finish line. I would make it over the mats, even if I had to walk all the way. Which I didn’t. Here’s proof:

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

I promise I’m jogging, even though it doesn’t really look like it. © 2013 Jonathan Stepahanoff

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

I just wanted an ice bath by this point. © 2013 Jonathan Stepahanoff

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

Al. Most. There. Don’t look like you’re dying, don’t look like you’re dying! © 2013 Jonathan Stepahanoff

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

I heard my name from the announcer! © 2013 Jonathan Stepahanoff

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

YES! Done! Can I please stop running now? © 2013 Jonathan Stepahanoff

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

*Relief* And water. And a cold sponge. Thank you, amazing race volunteers, I will love you forever. © 2013 Jonathan Stepahanoff

First best part of the morning:

RUNNING A FREAKING HALF MARATHON!

Second best part of the morning:

Having my amazing husband there with me. Who got up to drive at 4:30 am. And sat around during the race. And took all these photos because he’s great at that. I might owe him.

Third best part of the morning:

Meeting IN PERSON a runner friend from Twitter! Because seriously, this doesn’t happen often (ever?). When I tweeted I was racing in Kansas City, she asked if it was the Go Girl Run. After tweeting each other bib numbers and clothing, Sarah waited around after she completed the race for me to finish. She was right there as I crossed the line… and it was awesome. Totally made the day complete.

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

Catch up with Sarah on Twitter! © 2013 Jonathan Stepahanoff

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

Oh yeah. I know what I just did. I’m awesome. © 2013 Jonathan Stepahanoff

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

I might be a little sunburned. This newbie forgot the sun screen. © 2013 Jonathan Stepahanoff

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

Double checking my final time: 13.14 miles in 2:38:08 (about 12:00 pace). Slow and steady, like I said. © 2013 Jonathan Stepahanoff

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

What? I can’t eat this? But I’m so hungry! © 2013 Jonathan Stepahanoff

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

Tired and very sweaty. And very happy. © 2013 Jonathan Stepahanoff

A few days later, showered, rested and wearing my freshly–washed race shirt!

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

Yeah, I’m proud. © 2013 Jonathan Stepahanoff

Go Girl Run Kansas City Half Marathon, Jonathan Stephanoff Photography {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

We got wine glasses, too! Logo and year to prove I did it, in case that ginormous pink flower medal isn’t enough proof. Honestly… it’s like 10 pounds. © 2013 Jonathan Stepahanoff

And that’s it!! I may post a few more photos later when the official race photos come out. Fairly positive they won’t be better than these from my awesome photographer husband, though. And I have a great photo chronicle of my first half marathon! (Like I said, I probably owe him).

 

Thanks to everyone (in person and virtually!) for all the encouragement and motivation! I honestly would not have done with without the amazing runner family I’ve been blessed to connect with.


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13.1, half marathon, running, motivation, inspiration {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

Three years in the making, and I finally ran a half marathon. It was tough and it was awesome and I will totally do it again.

I’ll write details on Wednesday, complete with pictures from my long–suffering photographer husband who got up at 4:30 am and spent his entire morning on race–related stuff. Wouldn’t have been complete without him there!

In the meantime, I’m spending the next few days basking in the fact that I’m a half marathoner!

 


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Fitness Friday Linkup #RunningBloggers {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

When this post is published, there were exactly 24 hours from being half way through my first half marathon!

I’m nervous. I said that on Monday and it’s more true now. I feel like the last 3 years of my running life are culminating here and I just want it to be over. To say I did it! To have this milestone behind me and look toward my next race (probably another half in the fall) and work specifically on speed and running–focused strength training this summer.

Anyone else have that feeling? Like, a goal is just about done so all you can think about is beyond it?

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I get one of these at the finish. Sweet!

I’ve been pulling myself back to this race all week. The same way we “stay in the mile” as runners, I keep saying “stay in this race, Larissa.” Not the next one.

Anyway, this has been an easy rest week after Saturday’s final long run.

My week:

• Saturday

• 10 miles, 1:52:30 (11:30 pace)

My GPS stopped around mile 7 and I don’t know exactly how far I went before noticing. Fortunately the trail has mile markers, so I was able to guesstimate the distance; probably not exactly 10 miles, but close enough. This run was tough. I felt dehydrated the whole time and had to stop at every water fountain on the trail. Got it done, but not fun.

• Sunday

• Yoga, 1:00:00

Nice flow session to loosen up my sore legs. Also did a lot of core work and some rolling. I’m recovering from long runs much quicker now, which feels great!

• Monday – Friday

• About 11 miles of walking to/from work, around campus and in the neighborhood. Keep those legs moving and warm without the stress of running.

• Couple quick yoga or stretch sessions during the week, too.

Completely unrelated, I started a new project this week. Not running after work freed up my evenings and I got bored. I still need to post final photos of our pallet desk that turned out BEYOND AWESOME, so maybe I’ll just do a furniture diy post for both projects together.

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How do handle nerves before a race or competition?
Were you really anxious before your first big race?


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