Saturday, January 19, 2019

Dash Runs 20 Miles

SHE DID IT!  Super stoked, that my running buddy, Dash ran her first long 20 mile run with me last weekend!  The weather was in the 40s and perfect for this run.  I ran on my favorite trail in Fort Worth, Trinity Trails that is.  This trail is 70+miles and I love it because there are no stoplights or cars that get in your way.   You can just run without stopping, if you wish.  However, be careful with the cyclist.  Sometimes, they go too fast so, make sure you don't have your headphone full blast so you can hear them.  Like most trails, you always need to be aware and watch your surrounding.  There have been a couple girls attacked on this trail.  

Dash only stopped once for water break and wanted to keep going.  Her endurance is outstanding!  I always run at her pace and never push her.  In fact, she paces me and she's fast like her momma too :)
Her time was 2:45 at 8:15 pace per mile and that's awesome.  It's has been so fun to finally take her on my long runs.  I just had to be patient and wait until she was 24 months old to run long runs.  It was worth the wait.  This is the first marathon training she has done with me and she loves running with me!  As soon as I put my shoes on, she is ready to go!  
I got my new Mizuno Inspire Wave 14.

This morning, I ran the Bold in the Cold 15K by Lake Grapevine.  I always run this race for the course and scenery is nice.  However, the weather today was brutal!  It was 35 degrees (felt like 21) and 30 mph strong gust wind with a little snow when we started.  I was so glad it didn't rain cause that would of really sucked!  I can handle cold and even wind, but not cold and rain!  

I couldn't wait to run and haul ass to get warm fast.  I ran into a couple of friends I haven't seen in a while and always fun to see them.  That's what I love about the running community, we always cheer, encourage and support each other.  Some may call us CRAZY, but I call us DEDICATED, UNSTOPPABLE people who love working on their fitness to stay healthy.  Honestly, I'm a better friend, wife, mom, etc. because of my running.  Yes, it keeps me sane and make me very happy :)

The wind was so strong that my cap flew off my head twice and had to go back and get it.  There were times that I felt like I was going to get blown away and other times, I felt I was moving in slow motion.  Once I took off, I just ran fast and didn't slow down much.  My pace was 7:25 per mile.  I got placed first in my age group and super happy with that!  The wind must of pushed me all the way to the finish...LOL!  They gave us mugs instead of metals which is a nice change and something we can use.

Keep on running!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

First Half Marathon of 2019

Today the weather was perfect for a good half marathon with my running buddy, Dash.  I decided to get some hill work in today and we ran the Keller Killer Hills.  Dash kept a good pace the whole time and stopped once for a quick piss.  It's funny, how when she has to go, she just comes to a complete stop ad don't move until she is done.  Lots of people where out and about walking their dogs, people out on the golf course, cyclist and joggers.  When people see us coming, they always wave at us or hear awww and we run by them.  However, get big dog come up to her....she freaks out!  She goes right by me and sometimes goes off course.  She cracks me up!  She's gotten to be such a good runner and her endurance is amazing!  I think next week is my first 20 miler run, so I'll see how she handles that.  That will be the longest run I will ever run with her.  And of course, I will never push her and always run a her pace.  I do stop for water breaks too, but usually she won't drink unless it's over 10 mile runs.  I did test both Strava and my Garmin watch to see what the difference is in GPS, and it was about the same.

It's been so great running with her almost everyday while I have been on holiday break.  It's going to be hard to go back to work on Monday to the grind, but looking forward to relieving my stress by running and getting ready for the Austin Marathon coming up in February.  Yes, my running is what keeps me sane LOL :)!!

Keep on running!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Christmas Break is Here!

Cold runs have arrived and I love it!  I ran the BMW Dallas Half Marathon and very happy with my time.  I didn’t get a new PR, but had a few hills on the course and made my right hamstring want to cramp up.  Not sure what is going on with that thing.  It’s been bugging me since the Fort Worth Half Marathon race In November.  Oh well,  I feel like as I get older, more aches and pains seem to happen more often.

Work has been super busy and hectic that EVERYONE was ready for this break.  I missed some of my scheduled marathon training runs, but super pumped to get back at it.  I plan to run, do some yoga, and strength training these next two weeks.  I will not teach cycle for they cancelled the evening classes due to the holidays and put in for a sub the other day.  Eddie wants us to go to deer lease with him for two days and his last time to hunt before he has suregery on his shoulder.  I always like to go to camp out, relax and get way for all the holiday hustle and stress that goes with this holiday season.

Holidays can be so stresful and I  don’t like that I waited until the last minute to do all my Christmas shopping. I’m always on the go and try and make sure to make good choices and not eat fast food.  If it’s fast food, it’s a salad of some sort.  However, I always tend to gain weight during the time of year.  It’s all the parties/festivities and yes, I tend to splurge every now and then.  I think the only thing that saves me is my Austin marathon training.  I love to run on Christmas Day.  It’s so quiet and peaceful.  It’s a time for me to reflect and think about all the blessings in my life and thank the good Lord.

Dash is doing great with running long distance with me and I’m super proud of her.  She’s fast and her endurance is outstanding!  She ran 18 miles with me today and only stopped once for a water break.  She picked up right where she left off and kept me going on the super cold and windy run today.  I would of never believed that there would be a dog that could this far.  So glad I ran that article in Runner’s World about best dogs to run with.  I have found the perfect running buddy for me and I love her so much!

Keep on running!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

December Arrives

Thanksgiving was great and back to work for a couple weeks before we head off to the next holiday break of Christmas.  Registered for the Austin full marathon and the Dallas half marathon this month.  Dallas half is actually next Sunday!  I'll be running with one of my running buddies I haven't ran with in a while and looking forward to it.  Dallas Marathon was my very first marathon back in 2012.  Many ages ago :)  Since then they have changed the course.  Hoping for good weather and will use this as part of my marathon training.  I'm scheduled to run 15 next weekend so will run two easy miles after race to cool down.  I feel like I gained some weight, but will get back to eating gluten free until next holiday break.  What can I say??  I'm human and love my cheat meals every once in a while.  I just make sure to not indulge everyday!

Dash is starting to pick up in her mileage and yesterday she ran 14 miles with me.  She is getting better  and hope to run my long distance runs with me when possible.  She's so funny and start whining as soon as she sees me put on my running shoes, she is ready to go too!  Love her so much!
Love running in the fall with beautiful sunsets and cooler weather.  My favorite time of year to run!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Break

This week is my Thanksgiving Break.  I was so ready for this week as work has been super busy.   However, I count my blessings and really take the time to reflect on what is really important to me in my life.   Sometimes you just need time to just stop and get rejuvenated. I'm not just talking about letting your body rest from working out a day or two.  I mean, just don't think about anything, and just relax and sleep in a little longer.  It's amazing what an extra hour or two of sleeping in can do to your body.  We  tend to live such a fast and busy life that we neglect what our body needs from eating healthier,  working out, drinking more water, and sleeping more.  Stress is killing people everything and we shouldn't let it take over our lives.  Stay positive during these holidays for I know they can be stressful.  Try and sleep more, drink more water, work on your fitness, eat healthier (okay to splurge Thanksgiving Day), go get a massage or meditate.  Take time to get rejuvenated and just see how much better you will feel.  It's okay to take time to take care of you.  You owe it to your loved ones and yourself.

As I ran my 12 miles this weekend with Dash and when I sat in the deer stand next to my boys watching deer out in nature, I thought  about everything that I am so thankful for.  There is something about being out in nature that brings me inner peace.

This Thanksgiving week, I'm reflecting on what is really important in my life.  I'm thankful for finding my soulmate who is my best friend and amazing father to our boys.  I'm thankful for my family who loves me for all that I am and always there for me no matter what.  I'm thankful for my health, that I'm able run marathons at my age and teach cycle class to help others live a healthy lifestyle.  I'm thankful for running my own skincare business helping others get their confidence back by helping them get healthy skin and beautiful lashes!  I'm thankful for my job as an educational  leader for helping to create future leaders.  Thankful for my running buddy Dash who has grown to be part of our family.  I never knew that I would find a pet dog that would love running as much, if not more than me.  Plus, she can run the long distance with me too!  I'm thankful for life!

Yes, so much to be thankful this holiday season.  I hope that you take time to take care of you.  May you have a blessed, restful, Thanksgiving Day with your loved ones.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

November Arrives

Hard to believe I haven't written in a month.  Work has been busy, but I'm still running.  It's funny how after you run a marathon I tend to get in a funk.  It's almost like I don't know what to do.  I accomplished a goal and now what??  I still have an appetite as if I'm training, but not running high mileage which in turn makes you gain weight.  And with the holidays here, I tend to indulge not cool, but I just can't help it!  Halloween candy, pumpkin bread, caramel apples, etc.  The temptation is everywhere.  So, I have decided to figure out what winter marathon I want to train for next.  That will keep holiday weight off and help keep me focused on my health during this holiday season!!  It will not be a destination out of state marathon, but maybe something in Texas.  Maybe the Austin Marathon or San Antonio Rock n' Roll one.  Not sure, but will decided and register tomorrow.  

In the meantime, I'm enjoying running with Dash and she is getting up there in milage again now that the temps are much cooler.  Today, we ran 11 miles (meant to run 10, but she wanted more) and she ran fast and I just ran at her pace.  We ran the Keller, Killer Hills and up Bear Creek for some hill work.  She ran non-stop just like her momma likes :)  She loves to run just as much as I do and never knew I would ever have so much fun running with a dog!  She's definitely the best running buddy ever!  Always ready to go as soon as I start to put on my running shoes...LOL! Love her! 

Keep on running!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Twin Cities Marathon Conquered

The day has finally arrived.  12 weeks of training and was ready to finally run in cool, fall weather!  Eddie and I have never been to the Twin Cities of  Minnesota.  We both were excited to see fall colors and experience a new state together.  We always like to go and see the sights and enjoy new places to eat.

On Friday when we arrived and went straight to the expo to pick up my race packet.  I always stock up on free snacks for later :).  We then get a bite to eat and called it a night.

On Saturday, we slept in and sooo needed that.  We got up and decided to go for a fun 3 mile trail run at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.  I always have a short shake off run the day before my marathon.  I ran at Eddie’s pace, nice and slow which was fine with me and what I needed.  We ran by a lake/ponds with lots of ducks, swans and geese.  Oh and we did run into what I thought was a homeless person under a bridge, bundled up in a sleeping bag.  He was sleeping and covered completely all over including his head.  Eddie thinks he wasn’t homeless because he had his bike and nice hiking shoes next to him.  There is no way, I would ever run through that solo and glad Eddie was with me.

Afterwards, we went and got some breakfast at the Tiny Diner.  I had the salmon omelette, grits and wheat toast and it was delicious.  Everything I eat as soon as I land will be my fuel for tomorrow marathon. I really don’t believe in diet and just try to eat more carbs the week of my marathon.  During my training, I do eat clean and more Paleo like, but I do have a cheat day once a week.  I don’t drink alcohol much either.

We then decide to go do a little shopping at the biggest mall in the US. This place was huge and it has an amusement park right in the middle of it.  We FaceTimed Noah to show him and went and got him a toy as a souvenir.  I also bought me some cute boots and jeans as my souvenir...LOL!

We found a Walmart and got my race morning breakfast.  I always eat an almond butter, banana bagel for my breakfast before my marathons.  I always carb load as my tradional dinner and I like to eat Italian.  I always eat either pasta or pizza for dinner.  So, we ate at the Old Spaghetti Factory.  It kinda reminded me of Spaghetti Warehouse back home.  We call it a night and get things ready for tomorrow.

The big day arrives:
I wake up at 5:30 a.m. to get ready and always take care of business before my runs...or it will not be a good run...LOL!  We leave at 6:45 a.m. and get there at a little after 7:00  a.m.  My race didn’t start until 8:00 a.m. so, I was good.  It was so cold and ready to run to warm up when I get there.  I didn’t take a jacket or extra clothes to shed off.  I was excited because this is the best weather to run in and I always run way faster in this vs. hot weather.  Although I trained in hot summer Texas weather, I honestly think that when we run in this, we always run faster in cooler weather.  I asked a couple of girls about the elevation on this marathon while waiting on the porta potty and was warned that mile 21 and up will be hilly.  Of course, the hills always seems to come when we are tired and fatigued towards the end.  However, I wasn’t going to think negative and just run and enjoy this awesome weather.

At mile 8, I passed the 3:25 pacer and thought to myself, “Wow, I don’t feel like I’m going that fast.” I kept going and felt great.  There were a lot of spectators on the course which always makes it fun.  I passed by lots pretty parks, trails and several lakes and the Mississippi River which was nice.  I was running really fast and thought I could probably get a new PR.  My PR to beat is from my Chicago Marathon of 3:24 several years back.  But then it happens.  My right hamstring wants to cramp up.  I thought, “please just let me finish.”  I then start to see lots of runners on the side of the road stopped to stretch and some were limping.  I told myself, “Lydia don’t you dare stop to stretch, just slow your butt down!”  Then that crazy hill at mile 22 comes and it’s a monster hill!!  I couldn’t believe it and that’s when the 3:25 pacer passes me up.  I wish I could tell the people who create these marathon courses to give us these crazy hills at mile 13-15, but not when we are tired towards the end.  Oh well, I just rolled with the punches and kept going.  I really tried to keep up, but my hamstrings started to cramp up more.  My left hamstring wanted to start too.   At mile 22, I had no choice, but to slow it down.  I was at a sub 8 pace per mile up until that point and ran to the finish at almost 9:00 min pace per mile.  We as runners can’t control the weather or the course route, but we can control our mindset.  Stay positive and always listen yo your body! I finished at 3:28:52 and that was my 2nd fasted marathon.  I was cool with that and happy to finish!

Keep on running friends!