Updates and my choice to go back to compression.

Monday, July 21, 2014

I'll catch you up on a few things...

Miles and I ventured to the beach all by ourselves last week. That was fun, and something I don't plan to do again solo until next summer, maybe. He did find me a heart rock he said, so I know he loves me :)

Bambi had a bit of a doggy virus that ran through the house the past few weeks. I'm glad she's feeling better. She just needs to make it a few more weeks to our new house...

Chris and I rode our bikes over to a "Touch a Truck" event in town with this little guy. He had a blast and we quite enjoyed it ourselves.

And then we rode our bikes to stop for ice cream on the way home. If you look real far in the background, there is the window to the room I gave birth to Miles in :) Look at that, how many years later. Sorry Chris, bad shot. Three little old ladies said Miles was so well behaved. If they only knew I bribed him with ice cream...

Last Thursday, Chris and I had a movie date night, something we haven't had in what seems like forever. We went to see Tammy and had a good laugh. Not the best McCarthy I've seen, but a cute story.

Oh, we had a special visitor up from Florida this week, too. Matty and his mommy, cousin Andrea. I think Matty liked my cupcakes :) He took a tubby with Miles after. I'm so so thankful that Florida managed to come to us this year, since we aren't able to make it down this summer.

Over the weekend, we drove up to Bear Mountain to spend time at Aunt Susan's lake.

That's Aunt Susan. She's a daredevil jumping off the dock. This is why it's her lake.

Chris spotted a super huge spider and proceeded to talk about it the rest of the day. I touched it.

The Nesi boys.

Miles had no fear of the fish in the lake. I can't say the same for his mom and dad.

And, back to reality. I ran 5 miles today. It was hot. I felt so overweight and tired. I managed to run/walk it in around an hour. I have got to get up at 5-6am to get these runs in before it's warm out. Today it was only 70-75 degrees, but no breeze in full sun.

And, well, wearing compression socks, while they feel awesome, doesn't make the run any cooler.

You'd think that with all this non-running going on, that my calves and tendonitis would have vanished. No such luck. Instead, I've been neglecting my stick rolling and stretching - my arm out - for beers and food. I designed a lofty goal in mind for the late fall, so I've got to get my act together.

Last night, I decided to put my compression socks on while watching TV with Chris. I actually think I slept better than I have in a while, because my calves weren't tight and sore.

My goal is to stay on top of my muscles and keep them healthy going forward. I've got a lot going on in the coming weeks, and while every fear has crept up in my mind (especially on this run - what am I thinking?!) for my goal, I think having this goal will keep me sane throughout it all.

Last, but not least, I had chocolate milk for recovery and a bagel. It's not the crunchy granola thing to do, but sometimes you just need to go to what has worked in the past and go with it.

May the angels above keep a watch over me and help me reach for my dreams.

- kn -

Biking to and Running the Belmar 5 Mile Race | #runchat #runner

Monday, July 14, 2014

Chris and I ran the Belmar Five Mile race on Sunday. We couldn't justify driving down there and dealing with the parking headache on race day, so we opted to ride our bikes the four or five miles to get the best spot.

It worked out perfectly. We left with an hour before the race time which gave us enough time to casually ride down, walk around a bit, use the potty, and line up for the start.

We even killed some time taking photos.

And a few more photos... See that there, yep, it's no muscle. I have not worked out in months to build muscle. I'm quite disappointed in my jello of a body right now, but in a few weeks there'll be no more excuses!

Copying a favorite pose of Monica from Run, Eat, Repeat. She looks better doing it.

We lined up at the very back. I don't know why I always do this. I could save myself a bit of walking and some time if I lined up further ahead like everyone else does. On the road they had chalk sayings for where you should line up (no one listened of course) and we lined up behind "Used to be Fast" next to all the older people...

That's how many people lined up behind us... I was hoping to beat the final race car.

Cute shirt on the run - it said "Pathetic Runners" - yes, please.

And I survived what felt like running the Bad Water Ultra. Thank goodness the locals were out with hoses throughout the full sun course. It was five miles of extreme heat, no breeze, and water hoses. I was soaked by the end, and glad to be done.

I was super excited to get a medal! Now that we'll have a forever home, I cannot wait to get a cool running metal rack to start storing medals. I only have 2, one for my half marathon and this one. I, um, am not sure if I even have the medal from my first half... I'll have to see if I can find it. Whoops!

Official time: 58:42 / pace 11:44
Place: 2125 out of 2446
Age Group: 121

Yeah, my time stinks, but I'm proud to be under an hour considering I haven't run more than a mile here or there really since last spring. I don't think I've run regularly since my injury last spring, but I'm starting to feel better and taking better care of those tendonitis twinges when they arise. Once we move, I'm sure I will be back out there racking up the mileage (or maybe running on my very own treadmill <-- wishlist).

I'm thankful that even though Chris hates running, he comes along for the journey. We stayed together for the first 3 miles, and then he told me to continue on. He finished in just over an hour and I was super proud of him for gutting it out. He never runs, and I mean, never.

Here's me and all my post-race goodies.

I have gained a bit of weight staying at my moms, but it's no fault of anyone's but my own. Once we can get settled and are through this ginormous transition period in our lives, I have no doubt I'll be kicking butt - my own butt - to eat healthier and to move my body lots more. It stinks to feel this way, but it's only temporary. I'll get there, for sure.

Overall, I love the Belmar 5. We've run it once before, a few years ago, and it was just as hot and difficult - except last time I got my first PR in a 5 mile race (50 min. even!). So, I'll be back next year and I'll be shooting for a new PR. Great fast, flat course, mostly sun, but the crowds are super supportive and this race has grown tremendously since the last time we did it. I also love that the fee hasn't tripled like most races, still just $22 for all this goodness.

My desire to race and train has returned; go figure it was at a race hotter than ever!

- kn -

I am a wife and mom in New Jersey who is obsessed with my family, food, fitness, and photography. I love to read and play with new tech; which might be the reason I'm a librarian, too. I'm living proof that there's no end to what you can learn.


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5k 0:27:47
4 Miles 0:36:53
5 Miles 0:50:00
6 Miles 1:11:20
10k TBA
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13.1 2:27:03
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Triathlon 1:41:27