Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Breaking the Bordem (finally)

Went for a 6 mile trail run today down at Bear Creek Lake Park. This is a nice relatively flat trail course that has some pretty views and runs alongside a, well, creek. It has rained and stormed all day for the past two days leaving me stuck inside on the suckmill. Today's clouds looked ominous but refrained from opening their flood gates allowing me a breath of fresh air and valuable trail time.

I spent the morning taking Argos to a nearby lake where we practiced his obedience training. Wore that little pup out doing two laps around the lake with frequent training stops and just a touch of running. That kid LOVES to run...I can't wait til he turns six months to start doing little short runs with him. He is gonna be one helova running partner:) A tired pup is truly a happy and well behaved pup.

So tonight I tucked him into his wire GIANT sized crate- yes the boy has practically a condo in our bedroom- and headed out for my run with the Colorado Rocky Mountain Masters running group. They are basically a branch of the Denver Trail Runners that meets Tuesday nights. Only three of us showed and we hit the trail at 1730ish and returned around 50 minutes later- not too shabby!

I am trying to duplicate what I will be wearing and carrying for the TransRockies this August. Today I wore an UnderArmour tee, CW-X bra (so light I hardly knew I was wearing it AND no chafing- woot!), Pearl Izumi pink camo arm warmers, TNF flight trail shorts, Injini socks, Road ID , and new Salomon XA shoes. I carried my Nathan's Hydration Zone 2.0 stuffed with about a liter of water and my Golite Virga rain jacket.

Another logged run with the pack and I have got to tell ya, I am really liking this system. My rain jacket squishes perfectly in the front easy to reach clip pocket or in the shock cord without extra bulge. I still need to adjust the straps a bit to my liking but it has yet to bounce on me or create any sort of chafing. No ride up, no annoying shirt lift (where the pack subtly clings to the back of your shirt making it creep up and expose your backside which in turn creates an uncomfortable interruption in your stride by having to continuously yank your shirt back down), no chest strap squeeze or any sort of waist belt issues.

I see a lot of pics of runners with the Intensity hydration system and I have placed my review on this previously. I like things to be equal and symmetric. The Intensity has one chest pocket with a zipper and one (different sized even) that is just a cinch cord. That just throws me off entirely. I would be so focused on trying to stuff one side to match the other so I didn't feel like my boobs were lopsided that I would entirely hate my run. With the Zone, both sides are the same, so for me...a sane piece of mind.

I also solved my dilemma about wishing to use my camelbak bladder instead of the flimsy/leaky NH bladder. I did a little homemade jobber and can now tote my 72 oz camelbak bladder around inside the pack. Simply, I snipped out the little bungee chords for holding the NH bladder and sewed in a loop from some webbing I had laying around. I think it may be a hair too long but no real complaints and nothing I can't redo if needed. Here are some better close up pics of the Zone 2.0:

I love that the bladder is in a separate easy compartment so during aid station fill-up you don't have to unzip and dig into your main compartment.

And last to report...drum roll....

Tonight marks my first entry in my food journal. In just about every one of my magazines and online sites: Runnersworld.com, Clean Eating Mag (one of my newest favorites- if you haven't checked it out please do so. The recipes in it are super delicious), Cooking Light, Oxygen, Trailrunner, etc. the importance of keeping a food journal is being hammered into my skull. So, today I am caving in and attempting to take a closer look at exactly what I am eating. I think I eat pretty darn healthy with great portion sizes, organic foods, almost zilch processed foods, and heavy on the fiber:water intake. I don't drink sodas or juice and only have one cup of coffee a day. However, I would like to make sure that is the truth and not just a made-up fantasy I have going on to make myself think I am healthy.

Day one 2000 post run:
3 bicuits of Weetabix cereal (OMG I am addicted to this...and at 2G Fiber per biscuit my colon is squeeky clean)
1/4 c. organic raisins
1 c. Organic 1% milk (I weaned myself down from 2% but can't make the leap to skim, what is the point you might as well pour water on your cereal- yuck)
1 mug (1 1/2c) hot green tea with 1 tsp Agave

***Note-this will not be on my ongoing blog as I am sure there are much more interesting things to read about than what I stuff in my face. Plus if there are any non-runner/triathletes or (gasp) my family reading this blog they would be H.O.R.R.I.F.I.E.D at the quantity of food this chic can consume. Seriously. My food bill almost matches my rent per month and going out to eat is a rare occasion.

One last shout out. To Justin's Organic Peanut Butter Squeeze Packs. They are seriously good and awesome on hikes/camping and on trails. Plus with the added bonus that they are made here in Boulder, CO (right near Celestial Seasonings: awesome) what is there not to like. Justin's comes in several different flavors: honey, cinnamon, maple. AND if you want to mix & match OR don't like Peanut Butter (scandelous! You are not invited to my house OR be my friend) there is Almond Butter in the same flavors. Small individual packs perfect for lightweight snacks.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

In Speedo Steve Fashion

Couldn't help myself....gotta post the toenail.

Colorado Marathon = one toenail race

I finally pried this off this morning after dealing with it's gross squishing noise and painful pressure. I usually just let it fall off but this one I had to break out the surgical instruments and go to work. It was so gross and finally peeled off with a sucking noise and had little bits of gooey slime attached- like something from aliens.

I let BF know that if he heard a thud to made sure I didn't fall out.

Quick race report: The Colorado Marathon in Ft. Collins was a blast. Started out chilly so I dressed in my CW-X (LOVE THESE) Pro tights, Hind Motion Sensor Sports Bra, UnderArmor Tech-T, Injinji socks, Pearl Izumi arm warmers, Windblocker lightweight gloves and Brooks Adrenaline Running Kicks. Added my camelbak waist pack filled only to 500mls with a tab of Kona Kola Nuun, a few packs of GU, a packet of accelerade, gum, and my new GoLite rain jacket as it was supposed to rain all race.

The clock started at 0615 and by about forty minutes into it I shed the jacket, tucked it in a nice little packet and secured it to my waistpack. Armwarmers and gloves came off shortly after and I probably would have been comfy in just running shorts, but the tights didn't get too hot so all was good.

I ran out of water by mile 22 so just grabbed water at the aide stations. I prefer to carry my own hydration so that i can just cruise through the stations and avoid the irritating chaos that happens at the water troughs. The nuun was perfect and after mile 22 I mixed half my packet of accelerade with an aide station water cup to throw in a bit of protein. I felt pretty good. Not a single port-a-potty visit THANK GOD so this was a totally different marathon for me than then last one. I did a short treadmill run and soaked in the hotel bathtub the night before. Ate only yogurt w/ granola and "safe" food, so my belly was cool and calm.

Finished the 26.2 miles in 4hrs 07 minutes (under 2hrs at the half marathon mark, so I totally felt like I underpaced not knowing what to expect of myself). I was hoping to get under 4hrs but whatev...I finished, am completely happy with my time, and still am walking right?! I was only a little sore but the hour drive home left me pretty stiff. Inhaled an entire meal of buffalo hot wings, a little bit of fish tacos, a little bit of burger, sweet potato fries, and such. (I won't go into messy details of my embarrassing feast.) Then promptly took a nap after being stuffed as a tick.

Got an hour massage by Kendra the next morning (heavenly) and by Tuesday I did a six mile brisk hike on a mountain trail with Argos. Down hills a bit harder than up but I was surprised at how less painful this marathon was than my first. I recovered quite well!

Biked to work last night and although I could tell a noticeable fatigue in my quads, I still hammered it out and biked home up the hills this morning. Leading back to the nail....glad it is gone- adios. Hope it never grows back. I am so tired of that same toe (on both feet) getting black nails and falling off. I am seriously thinking of getting them surgically removed. Can you really do that?
I know my shoes fit well- not too roomy in the toe box but not snug enough that they slam into the front. The injinji socks prevent the surface blisters super well, but I always get the super deep water/blood blister under the toenail on the second toe.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Colorado Marathon

I am super tired and eating everything in site. People keep your kids indoor cuz if I can fit them in my mouth I might just eat them too.

Just finished the Colorado Marathon up at Fort Collins. It was absolutely beautiful with the sunrise and although the forecast had called for rain and cold temps all race, it turned out to be super nice. Chilly in the beginning and slowly warmed- I actually got sunburned. Here are my pre-race gear pics:

Tried out my new GoLite Rain jacket and LOVED it. Will write more with reviews etc as soon as I take another nap.