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Pile on the Miles 2012

Anybody need a little kick in the pants when it comes to running? After my half-marathon 2 weeks ago, running was kind of put on the back burner. Until, I saw this awesome program Pile on the Miles.. courtesy of

Pile On The Miles is an annual event in blogland where we challenge ourselves to walk or run more during the month of November. The goal is to pile on extra miles not pounds during this food filled time of year!

This is the  Fourth Annual Pile on the Miles Challenge!

Who: Everyone is invited to join

What: Online challenge to walk or run more during turkey month.

When: November 1 – December 1. Winners announced Dec 2nd.

Where: Sign up and Update your weekly mileage on the spreadsheet

Why: To challenge yourself and encourage others to move more. This isn’t about weight loss or distance – it’s about doing a little extra this month.

I find that little competitions or challenges like this really get me motivated! Hey, whatever it takes! I set my goal for 70 miles, 15-ish miles a week. My plan is to run 4-5 miles on Tuesdays and Thursdays and do a longer run on Saturdays (at least 7 miles) I am so excited!! I will stay in half-marathon shape and have no problems – hopefully!! I don’t have any races in November or December so far, but I will prepared if one comes up!

I was going back and forth about signing up for the City of Oaks 1/2 marathon this weekend, I am still not 100% in my decision to not do it. Part of me really wants to sign up, it’s flatter than my last one, it’s in Downtown Raleigh, it’s a much bigger race (participant wise) and I just wanna run!! The other part of me wants a relaxing weekend where I can do whatever I want!! I also don’t want to carbo-load again for a while!!! As of this morning I am 5 lbs away from my original goal 🙂 – carbo-loading will totally mess that up 😦   Even with that as a factor, something keeps bringing me back to sign-up… I can’t tell you how many times I have been to the City of Oaks website and did the whole registration, only to X out of the page like it’s a forbidden website!!! I guess I won’t really know my decision until Friday haha

There’s always December…or a Turkey Trot!


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Words to Live By

Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.
Doug Firebaugh, author.

Runner’s World strikes again with another good one!! I always look forward to getting my RW Quote of the Day e-mail, most of the time they are pretty good. This is one of my favorites so far, it really made me stop and think. What can I do today to have a better tomorrow?

I really like this quote because it doesn’t just apply to can be applied to all aspects of life. This also goes well with my October challenge to #getafterit everyday!! I am now a big fan of being prepared for everyday; planning my whole week ahead of time has made my life less stressful! Reading today’s quote inspired me to make better choices each day and to let go of negative thoughts/feelings..

Do something you can be proud of EVERYDAY!!

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Done annnd Done

I finished my first solo 1/2 marathon and my 2nd ever 1/2 marathon!!! I am so relieved it’s over BUT I can’t wait for the next one!!

Going into this race I was told by a lot of people how hilly the course was…I think they down-played just how HILLY it was! I stopped counting after 15…I could not believe it! It seemed like every time I turned a corner, there was another huge hill and another one right after that. I was constantly looking at my watch to see where my Heart Rate was, I start to struggle big time when it gets over 185. Like my legs want to stop moving and I am panting like a dog…strugglin’! I stayed between 160-175 on the flats and downhills but every time I was on a hill it shot up over 185…it hit 199 one time (I think it was mile 12, that hill was a beast) Towards the end, my hip flexors and calves were feeling the hills big time. Oh and guess what, the last .3 or so was uphill..who puts a finish line at the top of a hill??

At the start, I picked a girl (she was around my age) and told myself I would finish before reason for picking her other than she had on a bright pink shirt haha. She was ahead of me for the first 5 miles but I could still see her, miles 6-9 I was ahead of her (YES!), then 10-11 she charged ahead (she flew by me), 11-13.1 I passed her and finished ahead of her!! The weirdest things get me through a run, picking somebody to race with (secretly), dancing to my new favorite playlist, and the most random conversations in my head (not out loud) I did catch myself singing out loud a few times, which then caused me to laugh out loud – at least I know I can entertain myself for 2 hours and 42 minutes! Oh yeah, that was my finish time, a personal record!!! I had my fastest 5K and 10K time. The fact that the course was hilly and I ran faster than I have ever before, tells me I can do better on my next race!

Here is the playlist I used..I took some serious time to make this one and it was the best! Perfect pacing!!

I should probably tell you about the night before the race..less than ideal. I ended up being the DD for the Cale and his friend, I didn’t go to bed until 12:45!! We went to watch the State game at this new place Yardhouse, some friends met up with us and we moved on to World of Beer. I was pounding some seltzer water, regular water, and Gatorade haha, life of the party right here! I’m the person at a bar with the Gatorade packet in her purse, adding it to water. I would not recommend that night before race day strategy, but it all worked out!

Me after finishing the Durham Ramblin’ Rose 1/2 Marathon

I went home, showered and got ready for the last day of the NC State Fair!! I had been saving my 1 fair day for eating purposes only, you can’t go to the fair without indulging. I thought I would have been ravenous and eating the day away but I could barely finish my lunch, talk about disappointing! I did however, manage to finish my NC State Ice Cream, this is the best ice cream I have ever tasted..not exaggerating!

It’s so FRESH!

Cookies and Cream is my go-to

I would say this was a great weekend!! I am so lucky to have the support of my family and friends.. they encourage and inspire me! Thank you guys!


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Oct 19

Impeccable Timing, Runners World

I get e-mails from Runner’s World pretty much everyday with tips, quotes, and other running know ‘cuz I’m a runner! haha! Well, yesterdays e-mail topic was: “How to Carbo-load the Right Way”…umm how did Runner’s World know I was doing that! Their timing couldn’t be any more perfect as I am currently carbo-loading and strugglin’! I found the article reallllly helpful and here are some the key points:

  1. Proper carbo-loading—or filling your muscles to the brim with glycogen—won’t make you faster, but it will allow you to run your best and, if you race smartly, avoid the wall. Good thing I’m already slow..
  2. Tortillas, oatmeal, bread, pancakes, waffles, bagels, yogurt, and juice are all easy-to-digest options. Many fruits are high in carbs but are also high in fiber—and too much can cause stomach trouble midrace
  3. Steerclear of high-fat foods—like creamy sauces, cheese, butter, and oils—as well as too much protein. Both nutrients fill you up faster than carbs and take longer to digest. Pick jam—not butter—for your toast, tomato sauce in lieu of alfredo sauce on your pasta, and frozen yogurt instead of ice cream for dessert. (I think I was doing the Frozen Yogurt part right)
  4. At this point, 85 to 95 percent of your calories should come from carbs. You should be eating about four grams of carbs for every pound of body weight (for a 150 pound runner that’s 600 grams—or 2,400 calories—of carbs per day). YIKES…I don’t think I can do that
  5. If you step on the scale while you’re carbo-loading, be prepared to see a number that’s at least four pounds more than your usual weight. The extra pounds mean you get a gold star for carbo-loading properly. With every gram of stored carbohydrate, you store an extra three grams of water, That means your body will be hydrated and fueled as you start the race, ensuring you cross the finish feeling strong. UGHHHHH

So, here I am 2 days away..eating pasta and bread like it’s my job. I can’t wait to get back to normal eating!

2 OR 3 DAYS BEFORE: Switch to carbs
From now through your race, 85 to 95 percent of your diet should be carbs.

NIGHT BEFORE: Don’t stuff yourself
Dinner should be relatively small but carb-heavy. Eat on the early side so you have lots of time to digest.

RACE MORNING: Have breakfast
Three hours before the start, eat 150 grams of carbs, like a bagel and yogurt or sports drink and oatmeal. (umm my race starts at 7:30, you’re telling me I gotta get up at 4:00 am to’re crazy)

I started carbo-loading last week so my body could get used to it before Sunday and I think it has worked. I have however noticed my cravings for carbs are coming back, I feel hungry a lot! I am a little worried that come Monday I will struggle to kick the carbs out and keep any cravings at bay…



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Oct 18

I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

Well…I think I spoke too soon when I said Cale (my husband) was going to work out with me! He changed his mind plans..

Sums up my reaction

Pigs aren’t flying and hell hasn’t frozen over..I should have known better haha. His/our friend (Best Man) was staying with us for a few days so they hung out while I dominated my 10 miler!!!
He did warn me the night before that he wasn’t going to. Let’s just say I went to work Tuesday morning a little whiny and definitely not looking forward to running 10 miles on the treadmill!

Good thing I have a dear friend who is also a member of my Fitness Center (I say that like it’s mine – it’s not I just work there 🙂 ) who is more than happy to listen while I complain (sometimes) haha! Well, it just so happened that she would be done with her work for the day at 1:30 and she offered to ride her bike alongside me while I ran!!!

Side note: I am not a wuss and I do not always need somebody with me when I run outside…I needed to do this run on the Tobacco Trail and there have been a lot of attacks on the Trail. It is really unfortunate because the trail is a great resource we have and stupid people have to ruin it! Supposedly, there is a constant bike cop patrol going on…we saw 1 bike cop for the entire 2 hours!

Remember how I said I needed a good, strong run before my 1/2 marathon THIS SUNDAY?!?! Well, this was it – it was perfect 70 ish degrees, sunny, I could not have asked for a more perfect day! I felt strong, my legs did not get tired and I got faster towards the end. I believe that is called “hitting your stride.” This was a confidence building run, I now have lost all doubts going into Sunday. I may have done it a little late in the training game but, it’s done and I’m good to go. I know it’s just a run but, it has done a lot of good things for me:

Post 10 mile run for me, 10 mile bike for Mary

After we finished up, we went to Moonberries for some FroYo! Hey, I’m carb-loading! On Monday, I go back to my normal eating habits..I have a goal to meet!

Mine has all the gummi bears – love those things (it’s been a long time since I have had this stuff) My stomach did hurt later

Looking back, it’s probably a good thing Cale didn’t go with could have been a whole different experience!!

Many thanks to Mary!!



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Oct 14

I got Cale to workout with me!!!

Well, it hasn’t happened yet but he told me today he would!!! I asked him to ride my bike while I run my last long run and he said YES!!

I plan to run on the Tobacco Trail in Durham, but after a slew of attacks I know I cannot go on it alone…Cale is going with me purely for safety reasons! He will probably not enjoy riding a bike for about 2 hours while I run really show haha, but running an “out and back” will guarantee I cover 10 miles!!! I am so relieved and have a new found happiness about this whole race in general. So I think I have my positive mindset back..


On another note: I have increased my carb intake by eating more fruits, rice, and pasta BUT my stomach seems to be rejecting them 😦 !! Hopefully my body will adapt in the next few days or else I’m gonna have some problems come race day!



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Oct 12

Training Troubles

I have exactly 9 days before my 2nd ever 1/2 marathon…..and I am NOT excited about it at all!! My last few runs have been horrrribleeee, the race route is reallly hilly, my foot hurts (peroneal tendinitis) and I just found out my running partner can’t do the race anymore!!

I did a 10 miler on Tuesday -terrible, I attempted a 10 miler this morning – got 8 but it took everything I had. I need to have 1 good long run before this thing! Just for mental preparedness purposes I am going for 1 last attempt at a solid, strong 10 miler on Monday morning or Tuesday afternoon. I am taking Saturday off and Sunday I will do my normal double-down at SYNC: 1 hour of TRX, 1 hour of Cycle-Sculpt. This last attempt has to be a good one or else I will be very tempted to not even show up next Sunday. My mind has to be in the right place, maybe subconsciously I don’t want to do this race or there is something else…

Lack of carbohydrates may be are the reason my long runs have been terrible …I am stuck between a rock and a hard place on this one. Having to increase my “good carb” intake is going to be hard, I tried it the other day and I felt crappy! I had a headache, I was tired, blah blah blah…and my run still wasn’t a good one! Carbs are the first source your body goes to & sticks with for awhile when you are working out. With the way I eat now, my body is having to turn to fats then proteins to get me through a long run and that is not so effective or efficient. It seems like my body burns through my carbohydrate intake rapidly then moves on the fats (which is probably why I feel like I hit a wall) Protein is your bodies last choice for fuel. I may have to skip this week’s weigh-in haha

It could be a combination of a few things: my “eat-style”, my mindset, and my running partner (for this race) dropping out. It’s tough to get through 13.1 miles by yourself!

I have tried 7 out of these 10 and I got nothing…

This is how I have felt on my last 3 attempts at a solid long run

I’ve got some adjustments to make this weekend and upcoming week in order to get it done; add more complex carbs (nothing really heavy though), get my mind right #getafterit, and I will change up my music. Please send any music suggestions my way!!

Maybe this needs to be my new mantra…

I usually do….




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Oct 8

Thank You Jimmy John’s

Just 1 hour ago, I was sitting at my desk..starving! I forgot to pack enough food for my longest day of the week and I was starting to think about eating junk!! So I googled low carb “fast food” to see what my options are (if any) Wendy’s popped up, ehh I had a burger yesterday (a Bull City one) Then I see Jimmy John’s, sounds weird because that is a sub/sandwich place – so I check the menu out…I see the “UNWICH

You can order a sandwich wrapped in lettuce, ANY of their sandwiches!! They show the roast beef and provolone, but the BLT is an old favorite of mine so that was my natural selection! It was delish and the perfect amount of food to hold me over until dinner around 7:30 or 8 tonight! I think it took me all of 7 minutes to eat it… I eat way too fast!

It’s the size of a regular Jimmy John’s sub

I can only blame myself for the poor meal planning this morning, I almost allowed myself to eat unnecessary junk/crap!! I can only thank Jimmy John’s for offering this menu choice, and realizing that not everybody likes to eat a mostly bread sub and feel immediately tired/bloated afterwards!! Now I know if I am on the road or if get myself into a starving situation again, I can just find the nearest Jimmy John’s and all will be okay. Here is the article I was looking at when figuring out my food options!
-Jimmy John’s did not give me a free “unwich” for posting this..but I hope they do in the future! Nor are they buying my support.


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Oct 4

Day 4 of the “October Challenge”

So far so good..the house is clean, I haven’t skipped missed a class, my eating habits have been realllly good (despite the brownies that showed up today) and I have lost another pound and some change!!

This tray greeted me at work today…I had no part of it!!

I am really liking the feeling of getting everything done and then sitting down and relaxing; instead of  scrambling around before heading to bed. I feel much more prepared for the next day.  Growing up, my mom always had me make my bed EVERYDAY – as a kid I hated it – as an adult, having a pretty, made up bed feels pretty damn good. It is soo weird but having a clean house and a made bed everyday is a really good feeling!

Anyways….tonight my double down at SYNC is going to be filmed!!! I am pretty excited about it, this might be the first time I had to find the perfect shirt for a workout haha. I will share the link when the video comes out!! To give you an idea of what SYNC cycling is all about, watch this video.. if any of my friends/family come visit me; you can bet on me taking you to a class or 2 or 3. Poor madre had to do 4 one weekend haha – a little ambitious on my part but she is really fit and loves challenges like me!

My 1/2 marathon is 3 weekends away and I am honestly scared!! I ran about 5 miles along the course last friday with my friend/IBM member and I was really tired!! The course is supposedly reallllllly hilly and my first hilly run was 3 weeks ago – this was my 2nd! To say I struggled is putting it lightly, it was strange having a slight role reversal  when it came to motivation/finishing strong with one of my members (she attends my cycling classes)…the route was really pretty running around the Duke University campus and going into the Duke Gardens (I could see the Duke Chapel in the distance, so pretty) but I had a really hard time. I have to squeeze in either a 10 or 12 miler this weekend and another hilly medium length run before the big day…gonna be a challenge! But that goes with the theme for this month, challenging myself to get it done!!

Speaking of big days! My friend Jen is getting married tomorrow!!! Cale and I are going up to Frederick, MD for the night, I am so excited to see old friends and have fun at another wedding! We’re coming back on saturday morning..STATE football is a huge priority in our household haha!

What have you changed or tweaked so far in order to get it done??



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Oct 1

New Month..New Focus

It’s the first day of October annnnd I  missed my morning workout 😦 Whomp Whomp!! Not exactly how I wanted to start off this month!!! I went to bed last night a little later than normal, thank you for losing G-MEN and keeping me up so late UGH!!! Throwing off your evening routine or schedule can totally ruin the next morning (you think I would have learned my lesson by now.) Anyway, after I cursed at myself and got mad about sleeping in, I decided that I needed to re-focus and set some October goals! I can’t think of a better way to turn a bad day around then by re-evaluating where you currently are and where you would like to be!

So as of last Thursdays weigh-in with my friend, I am officially down 25 pounds!!!! I still have 10 more pounds to go before I hit my “original” goal but I am now seeing that I need to reevaluate my numbers. I honestly never thought I would be able to say that I had lost 25 pounds! When I sit and think about it, I am kind of in a state of disbelief; 25 pounds.. I lost 25 POUNDS!!! Okay I’m done repeating myself.  🙂

I started thinking, what do I want, what do I need, what does my husband/my family/my friends need from me, and what can I do to stay on track this month!! I had a lot of free time this morning haha

What I want:

  1. I want to reach my original weight goal by/before the end of the month and go shopping for the first time in a long time!
  2. I want to improve my run times (get faster)
  3. I want to make everyday important
  4. I want to start riding my bike more
  5. I want NC State to start winning some Football games haha

What I need:

  1. I need to make it to every class that I sign up for
  2. I need to run hills!!! my least favorite
  3. I need to complete my 1/2 marathon on October 21st (in a decent time) and I need to complete my 10k on October 27th (in a decent time)
  4. I need to re-organize my clothes haha sounds weird but a good purge/organization session can work wonders on your mental clarity
  5. I need to maintain my house (I tend to slack off on keeping the house tidy when I am distracted)
  6. I need to continue to focus on nutrition and keep meal-planning important
  7. I need to not sit idle for hours at a time (couch potato)

To keep husband/family/friends happy and fulfilled I need to make sure they get the time they need from me. Finding a balance between all of the important people in your life while you are focusing on yourself (not in a selfish way) can be a challenge. That is where time-management comes in. Using every minute in the day and not letting them waste away in front of the tv or computer! You should build computer time and tv time around the important tasks, do not let them become your priority.

This evening I will plan out the month, when I am going to run, SYNC, bike, travel, attend an event, etc.. Having a plan will make reaching your goals so much easier.  I know how I operate and I know what helps me accomplish things – I need to make lists and plan ahead. I can check back to my list at the end of the day and see how I did; if I didn’t do so hot, I can do better the next day! I am definitely going to post these needs/wants on my fridge when I get home!!

What are your goals? What do you need/want this month?



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