Fall Race Schedule 2016

Hey everyone! So I have had a hard time deciding on where to take my running adventures in the next several months. While I really would like to continue to work on speed and potentially qualifying for Boston some day, my life and stress levels have been at an all time high the past couple of months. I have been getting on the trails again and that seems to be the one and only solace that is helping. So the decision has been made to attempt to pursue a 50 miler again. The last time I attempted this was two years ago- when I wrecked havoc on my immune system and had strep throat that wouldn’t go away. Now that my tonsils are gone, hopefully I can train without getting so sick this time. I definitely learned some lessons from my last attempt. For those of you that don’t know, the longest run I have completed was around 38-40 miles (we weren’t allowed to have GPS and it was an unmarked course). I have developed a race schedule so that I can attempt some longer distance runs and ultra’s working up to it, but I feel like this is the time to work on achieving a 50 miler!

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2016 Tentative Fall Race Schedule:

  • July 30- Panther Creek (trail) 1/2 Marathon
  • August 6th- Holston River Challenge (this one is a “maybe”)
  • August 13th- Haw Ridge Trail Run 7-ish miles
  • August 20- Nashville Spartan Sprint
  • September 24th- Virginia Super Spartan or the Big South Fork Trail Race
  • October 1st-Stump Jump 50K (training race)
  • October 8- Rock and Root 30K (training race)
  • October 15th – The Dirt Circuit (probably going to attempt 24 hours)
  • October 29th- Carolina Spartan Beast
  • November 12th- Norris Dam 50K
  • November 19th- Secret City 1/2 Marathon
  • December 17th- Lookout Mountain 50 Miler – Chattanooga TN

I am still working out the schedule and making sure I will have the funds of course- but trying to add some longer distance races so that I have some support and other people to run with for my longer training runs. Wish me Luck!!!! I am hoping to make it to the finish line this time. If I can make it through the fifty miles- I am hoping to apply to run the Georgia Death Race in the spring which is about 72 miles.

Whole 30 – Day 30!!!

So yesterday was my last day of the Whole 30 Challenge. It was an emotional process at first, but I must say that I am so glad that I did it. I am going to list the pro’s and con’s here in this blog post and some lessons I learned. Yesterday I finished the day off with a 10 mile run- with a 5k built in. I was able to get a PR (kind of unintentionally) which to me is indicator that my overall health is improving. It was the first race I have ever done where I did not have any stomach pain or cramping whatsoever. I did try some Halo Top ice cream (pictured below) when I got home because I felt like I deserved it after all the hard work- so far- no adverse reaction to the dairy. I really think it was the wheat and other grains that I was having problems with before the challenge.

So here are my (terrible) before and after pictures. I can see some differences, though they are not that drastic, I can tell a huge difference in my abdomen. I don’t look as “bloated” and can see some definition in my abs. I wish I would have had someone else do the photos so that you can see them better.

Pro’s:  No stomach pain, I lost 6 pounds with out having to use portion control and the foods I ate were actually good and flavorful, No bloating or stomach cramping, my strength at cross fit seems to be better, Better sleep, I know what goes in my food now, no sugar cravings, no afternoon crash at work, clearer skin, I had a 5k PR, it seems easy to wake up at 4:30 AM now, more energy, I learned new recipes and cooking styles, and I saved some money not eating out anymore.

Cons: This challenge makes it hard to eat out with friends and family (especially if they are not supportive), You do spend a little bit more on groceries (however, you can make this very low budget if necessary), you do have to cook most of your food at home, You will start wishing for new Tupperware containers and cook ware instead of new clothes and shoes, you pretty much obsess over your meals, you spend hours reading labels and ingredient lists to find out almost everything has soy and sugar in it these days, and you will go through a detox phase where you feel sick and fatigued (but it does eventually end).

Overall this challenge helped me learn more about how the ingredients I put into my body made me feel. While I will not be so strict and hard on myself I will stick a mostly paleo diet for the next few months to see if the progress can stick. I will post some blogs about my weekly meal prep and possibly continue to take progress pictures throughout my next marathon and strength training cycle. Thank you all for following along and if you have any questions at all about trying this challenge shoot me an email or a comment! I may do it again in January just to help clients get on track after the holiday season!

Whole 30 Day 28-29

EEEK! I can’t believe tomorrow is the last day!!! I am hoping to finish it with a holiday 5K tomorrow and then I have bought two pints of Halo Top Ice Cream to test out (Birthday Cake and Mint Chip flavors)  on the 31st day. I have already meal prepped for next week and have kept it compliant with whole30 / paleo rules- so I won’t be going crazy like I have heard of some people doing and eating burgers, pizza, and fries. The thoughts of those foods make me feel a little nauseous now. I think its due to the brain washing and literal detox I went through. I don’t want to feel that sick again!

Day 28 Food: 

Breakfast- 2 hardboiled eggs, 1/4 cup of walnuts, and a green apple with coffee

Lunch- The last of my buffalo chicken muffins and roasted veggies

Snacks- banana and a homemade energy bar

Dinner-grassfed beef hotdogs with sauerkraut and another apple with some melted almond butter and dark cocoa powder for dip.

Day 28 Workout: Crossfit we did our second round of dead lifts for the week 3 x 10 @ 85# for me. Then we did our WOD: 21-15-9 for time of Kettle bell swings and Burpees (used 35# KB). This one left me feeling like toast.

Day 29 Food: 

Breakfast- 2 hardboiled eggs with 1/4 cup of almonds and a green apple and coffee

Lunch- I had a grilled chicken salad from Zoe’s Kitchen with the feta and pita left out and a peach (so glad these are in season now)

Snack- a Banana and an apple I don’t know why I was so hungry today

Dinner-two turkey/bacon/blueberry meatloaf muffins and 1 cup of roasted brussel sprouts

Day 29 Workout:  tried a cross fit endurance workout I found on pinterest- My shin (which I suspected had a stress fracture last month) is hurting horribly again.

  • 800 M run Warm up
  • 50 Situps / 50 Double Unders / 400 M run
  • 40 Situps / 40 Double Unders / 400 M run
  • 30 Situps / 30 Double Unders / 400 M run
  • 20 Situps / 20 Double Unders / 400 M Run
  • 10 Situps / 10 Double Unders
  • 800 M Run Cool Down

Whole30 Days 25-27

Today is officially Day 28- so 2 more days left of the challenge!!!! I kind of cheated a little and weighed myself (oh, that is also a rule- no weighing until the challenge is over), but I had people asking me if I am losing weight because I look different so I felt like I had to. I have lost 6 pounds- which was not even the main goal of this challenge. I feel pretty happy about because I am feeling so much better and I can tell my body composition is changing dramatically- which is why I will be following a paleo lifestyle after this. However, I am eating at least 1 cup of ice cream on day 31 haha. I may try to add some quinoa and peanut butter back in (I miss peanut butter so much- almond butter just isn’t the same) gradually, to see if I tolerate it. I am almost scared to add too much back in because I don’t want to feel bad again! Also, I am working on my fall/winter race schedule so I will be posting that soon! Hoping to do some OCR and possibly a spartan trifecta while building up to my next road race. I am starting to learn it is more about doing what you enjoy and while all runners want to qualify for boston- my life just hasn’t allowed the time to recover and completely focus on speed the last few months.

Day 25 Food: 

  • Breakfast: 2 hardboiled eggs, 1 green apple, 1/4 cup of walnuts and coffee
  • Lunch: 2 buffalo chicken meatloaf muffins, roasted veggies
  • Snack: Homemade energy bar and a banana
  • Dinner: met my mom at Applebees- Had sweet potato, broccoli, and a grilled salmon fillet

Day 25 Workout: Rest- got a pedicure with  my mom.

Day 26 Food: 

  • Breakfast- 2 hardboiled eggs, 1 green apple, 1/4 cup of walnuts
  • Lunch-2 buffalo chicken meatloaf muffins and roasted veggies
  • Snack- banana
  • Dinner- two turkey/bacon/blueberry meatloaf muffins and 1 cup of roasted brussel sprouts

Day 26 workout: Took another rest day- my shin issue has flared up again =(

Day 27  Food: 

  • Breakfast- 2 hardboiled eggs, 1 green apple, 1/4 cup of walnuts and coffee
  • Lunch-2 buffalo chicken meatloaf muffins and roasted veggies
  • Snack-banana
  • Dinner-grassfed beef hotdogs with sauerkraut and roasted veggies

Day 27 Workout– 2.5 miles treadmill incline (Up to 15% grade) with some sprints added in, Crossfit: 21 min EMOM — 1st minute 3 Bear complex @45#, 2nd- 6 Evil Wheels, and 3rd-10 pushups (add 1 every round).