Thursday, August 21, 2014

365 Days of Ollie

If you didn't already know (please point me in the direction of the rock under which you reside), I have an adorable pug that's my other half. Or other 7th as weight distribution may be. Almost a year ago, I started a daily photo blog of her adorable face. As of today, I'm just about a month away from it's completion!


So if you love adorable pug photos, please check out 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Weekly Reads: The Vacationers

The Vacationers showed up on numerous "Beach Read" lists so I had to throw my name in to the hold list at the library. I got a chance to read it over the fourth of July weekend and I read it in a day. It had a fairly slow start, but it got interesting about 70 pages in to the book. It was a fairly quick and enjoyable read.

My rating: 3 stars.

Summary from goodreads:

An irresistible, deftly observed novel about the secrets, joys, and jealousies that rise to the surface over the course of an American family’s two-week stay in Mallorca.

For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan: over the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, childhood rivalries resurface, and ancient wounds are exacerbated.

This is a story of the sides of ourselves that we choose to show and those we try to conceal, of the ways we tear each other down and build each other up again, and the bonds that ultimately hold us together. With wry humor and tremendous heart, Emma Straub delivers a richly satisfying story of a family in the midst of a maelstrom of change, emerging irrevocably altered yet whole.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Marathon Training Recap Week 9

Week 9 was not my best week of training. It's Sunday night and I'm trying to not beat myself up about it as I write out this recap.

Monday I started off with a bang and knocked out 10 miles before work. On a roll!

Tuesday through Sunday I ran zero miles. Ugh. I was struggling with exhaustion and just could not sleep enough hours. It finally dawned on me during the weekend that it seemed similar to the Vitamin D deficiency I'd struggled with before. For some reason I just assumed I was getting enough Vitamin D from the SUN in the SUMMER to not need a vitamin supplement, but I guess I'd be wrong. I took my normal dosage Friday and Saturday and already felt dramatically better on Sunday.

But not good enough for a run, I guess. I had a REALLY RANDOM ache in my right ankle Friday night that reared its head again Sunday morning. Like I said, i haven't ran all week, and it didn't hurt at all on Monday, so it's probably nothing, but super cautious, always injured Jerbear was super cautious so as to not be injured and scrapped the run. UGH.

Sunday I was able to meet my running buddy Jenn for a long leisurely ride to get my heart pumpin' a bit.

Next up is B Goal Race Week, so I hope this week is a bit stronger, mentally and physically!

I had the following set as a separate post, but I think it makes the most sense to include it for this week's recap, as it's what I'm feeling this week and last. I often use this blog as a diary to go back and reflect on training, so it may be helpful to have this included. We'll see.

After my 3k XC race, I was on runner's cloud 9. I performed better than I was expecting and the race and racing atmosphere left me wanting to go out and run all the miles. As races typically do. It also started to give me some of my racing confidence back. That I can fight in a race a bit. That not all my speed is dead. That my training is showing improvement.

And then a few missed runs crop up and I completely lost my mental game.


Ok then.

Jenn was giving me a text message pep talk about my upcoming marathon (I screenshot the whole convo to look back on during moments of need and pre-race when I'm freaking the eff out, as I do) and how she just knew that I was going to run sub 4. And I was like, cool, I don't know that. But I'm glad you do.

But it was just awesome to have that sort of assurance from someone who used to be the same exact g.d. speed as me and then went bonkers and shattered our PRs by like 30 minutes or something ridiculous like that. So yeah, I'll listen to her.

Because the marathon is such a weird beast. You can run, and analyze race predictors, and race and further analyze race predictors, but it's just SO HARD to know what your body is ready to tackle when you toe the line of 26.2. There have been times I was sure I'd finish the race with a 3 at the start of my time, but I never have. 

So right now I'm in the boat where I feel confident that I will run a PR this October. 4:12 will no longer be my best marathon time. Will that time start with a 3? I honestly don't know, and I still have some hard work to put in before I'll join forces with Jenn in believing her. But my god, is it nice to have someone believe in you and your dreams!

Feel free to give me some advice on how you silence your brain when the negative racing doubts creep in.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bemidji Marathon Day Outfit

I've become a bit obsessed with Oiselle running clothes over the last half year. I've already shouted from the rooftops about my love of the Mac Rogas, and then they keep rolling out adorable green items that I just have to have. #teamgreen

Running companies, if you make it in green, I'll probably have to buy it. FYI.

For my marathon in October, I'm planning to wear the Mac Rogas. I currently have them in yellow, navy, and black. Probably excessive, but I seriously wear them for 85% of my runs. Yes, my washer and dryer are working overtime. They released two new colors and I want both. I've found the medium fits my shape slightly better than the smalls (all those glute exercises are really doing the trick on my booty!) so I need at least ONE of them for the race. Boring black just won't cut it for 26.2 miles.

I'm leaning toward the pinker version....


Also, I was planning to wear the green flyte tank that I'm obsessed with, but THEN Oiselle posted about the Birds of a Feather tank in aspen. NEED.

I'm a firm believer that training for a marathon deserves a new marathon day outfit. And I plan to have an adorable outfit when I cross the finish line to break a 4+ year old marathon PR.

**I was in no way compensated for this post, and pay for all my Oiselle gear at full price unless I snag a coupon code for a weekend sale through their email campaigns.**

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Kyle

Happy birthday to my best friend,

Ollie's favorite papa,

My fishing buddy, even when I only catch vegetation, 

My love.

Happy birthday Kyle. I hope this year is full of oodles of stinky Ollie kisses and many days in your boat slaying fish. I love you.

Friday, August 15, 2014

10th Consecutive Sioux Falls Half Marathon

I recently registered for the Sioux Falls Half Marathon, and it is the tenth year in a row that I have hit the "register" button. The Sioux Falls Half was my first half marathon, and in September, I'll be running it for the 10th consecutive year!

I'd like to be the person who's run it the most years in a row, and don't even know yet what that record is. I figured I'd get to ten years before I bothered to ask in case it's 40 or something crazy like that. :)



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lifting During Marathon Training

A week or so again, Megan asked if I wanted to come to a yoga sculpt class with her. I wanted to say yes, but realized that midway through my marathon training cycle probably wasn't the best time to start strength training. So I declined, but I really want to add it in to my routine.

For those of you who supplement your running with strength training, what sort of routine do you follow?

Are you able to maintain the same level of running when you're strength training?

When should I start?

I'm thinking I'll start after I'm semi recovered from Bemidji and hope that it's something I can maintain during regular training. In doing my daily glute strengthening exercises, I'm still noticing more weakness in one side than the other, so I'd like to do some targeted exercises to make them equal out.

Any other advice???