Friday Favorites and Top 3 [06/04/2016]

I think it’s about time for a [mostly] non-running related post wouldn’t you say? Although I do want my blog to be primarily running and nutrition focused, since I’m not doing too much of that this week, I’m remembering that there are other parts of my life that aren’t running. This morning I’ll be linking up with Kate, Heather, and Mar for some Friday Fun.

Top 3 Highs:

1.) This baby

Post Race Full Body Picture

2.) Taking home a bag of single serve Once Again almond butter packets from the race expo. This makes me smile so much because it was almost too perfect for me. Right place, right time, my favorite food.

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3.) Enjoying easy walks, listening to podcasts and enjoying nature. Not breathing hard is kind of nice 🙂

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Top 3 Foods:

1.) I am working with another company: Philosophie Superfoods and so I’ve been incorporating the powder and coconut butter into meals this week. This breakfast included oats, Green superfood protein powder, banana, dried blueberries, pecans and superfood coconut butter on top. Click their icon at the bottom of my page to use my affiliate link!

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2.) That Ben and Jerrys though…

Post-Race Ice cream

3.) My first sandwich in 3 MONTHS!

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Top 3 Instagrams:

1.) This dog is me

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2.) I love this quote

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3.) Seriously…seriously.

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Top 3 Links

When The Customer Doesn’t Understand The Meaning Of Closed vi College Humor

What Mornings Are Really Like via Women’s Running

Sixth Sense Protects Drivers, Except While Texting via Science Daily

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Have a great weekend!

What is your favorite podcast?

The Post Marathon Blues?

It has been four days since my first 26.2.

SHR trail

Four days since I’ve run, breathed hard or moved very fast. I really can’t remember the last time I took more than a day off in a row. Running and movement are just part of who I am.

Honestly, I do get thoughts in my head.

What if I lose all my fitness?

What if I stop liking running if I don’t do it?

What if I eat too much?

What am I supposed to do with all this time?

Well, any rational person can see these things are ridiculous, but I still think about them. I want to dispel these thoughts right here and show what I combat them with if they ever come up. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it helps to actually think up the appropriate argument against that demon in your mind.

1. What if I lose fitness?

That is the point. It is not healthy to be at peak marathon shape all year. I could feel in the last couple weeks that I was about to peak. This feeling is exciting but it also rides a very fine line into overreaching. The potential for injury is great and increases with mileage and fitness. If I kept going, I was on the one way path the overtraining and injury. No thanks. This marathon has proved I can train for 6 months and complete a goal. Losing fitness means nothing because I will get it again.

2. What is I stop liking running so much?

I know I will run again. Sure, walking and yoga is great to give my mind and lungs a break, but I miss the euphoria running gives me to. I miss the sweat, the highs, the lows and how it makes me feel. The fact that I am asking these questions means I will go back to running after this break.

3. What if I eat too much?

Again, this is the point! I probably eat the same amount of calories in my meals as I did when I was training. I do not find myself hungry after a huge dinner like I did when training. After dinner during training I would always open the nut butter jar and eat about 3 spoonfuls downed with milk. I do not do that anymore as I am not ravenous, but if I did want something like that, I am satisfying a need, so I eat it. I trained for 6 months. 6 months filled with ravenous hunger somethings and workouts that destroyed me. All of that work? It’s still getting repaired in my system. I still need the same amount of calories. End of story.

4. What am I supposed to do with all this free time?

Luckily, most of us work an 8 or 9 hour day, so that takes time. Other things I do with my time are blog, read, take a walk, take pictures, network, see people I don’t usually see and take time for myself. I nap and sleep for many hours hahaha. I started doing yoga in the mornings from YouTube (because I’m too poor to go to a class and I can choose the length of time) which eases my mind. If you want, think of your relaxation as a necessary part of your next training block. Your putting in the base recovery now so you can go hard later. Quite honestly, this is the hardest one for me because the last year of my life has been running and job, but I’m working on it. I am still an introvert, but I get out and see things which is important even if it’s by myself.

I hope that this helps anyone out there who is struggling with the post race blues. Just remind yourself how hard you worked, how often you went to the pain cave, crushed your workout and then still went to your job. Thinking about that makes me tired and want to kick back.

SHR trail 2

For two other posts about this read Hollie’s Blog and Tina’s Blog!

How do you deal with the days after a race?

Any suggestions four men?

WIAW: Marathon Eating

Thank you once again to everyone who congratulated me on my race this past Sunday. I honestly haven’t stopped smiling since the finish line (well, I grimaced when I realized I hadn’t showered since then either…). If you haven’t read it yet, check out the recap of my First Marathon.

Running, like any form of exercise or daily living requires you to eat. I’m going to be honest, I used to fall prey to the “if the engine is hot enough, anything will burn,” method of eating for the first 4.5 years of my running. I did not pay attention. This marathon training cycle caused me to think a bit more strategically about what I put into the engine. This was especially important to me on the day before and sort of the day of the race.

What do you eat the day before a race? See what got me through 26.2! #BuffaloMarathon #RunTheBuff #Vegan Click To Tweet

I ate what had been working for me during training: bananas, nuts, peanut butter, dates and instead of veggies, I had chips to decrease the fiber.

The day after, I didn’t really think much about nutrition after the race, rather I focused on what would go down and what had a lot of calories.

I’ll start with Saturday and then go to race day filling in the blanks where I forgot to take pictures.

Pre-race

On Saturday morning, I ate Microwave Banana Bread topped with peanut butter and an apple. I also had coffee.

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For lunch I ate a peanut butter and raspberry jam and banana burrito and had chips with tomato sauce. I added extra salt packets to the tomato sauce. I also had another coffee.

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For dinner, I opted out of joining my friends for dinner at a restaurant and at essentially the same as lunch, sub aloud butter for the PB and chocolate peanut butter for the jelly.

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After dinner I had a few peanut butter stuffed dates. I also drank water.

Race day

Before the race I ate two bananas with peanut butter and a few dates. I also drank water.

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During the race I drank Gatorade and water.

After the race, I ate oranges and apples and banana chips in the tent and at the expo.it is hard for me to eat after races, but I got a bit light headed, so I forced in what I could. Usually juicy fruits can go down. Anything else is hard.

My friend and I left the race about three hours after I finished and got lunch at a co-op. I had a hummus wrap, falafel and berries. I also tried buffalo tofu, and it was AMAZING but started to turn my stomach. Another thing about races for me is that my digestive system is even more spice sensitive. I do want to go back to eat that tofu again!

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That afternoon I had a splitting headache so I mostly moved from couch to bed grabbing handfuls of things I could stomach. This included apples, dates, chips and banana chips. I also drank both pop and water.

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That evening I tried to get some veggies in so I smacked on more chips and some broccoli.

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I had bought my first Ben and Jerrys vegan pint of ice cream that afternoon, so I finished the night with that.

Some notes I have and will keep with me for next time: salting my food was and always has been good for me. I need to find foods like juicy fruits more quickly after the race if that is all I can stomach. I also had no coffee that day, so it that may have contributed to the headache. I drink decaf, but it still has some caffiene in it.

Since the race, coffee has also lost its appeal to me. I just don’t want to drink it anymore. Wonder how long this will last…

Well, there is my race eating recap. I’m linking up with JenArman, and Laura this morning.

Share your race eating stories!

My First 26.2: The Buffalo Marathon

Relax and finish with a smile.

Pre-race Smile

Those words don’t look like the most inspiring mantra or set of goals, but they were the ones that got me through the Buffalo Marathon.

Pre-Race

I left Friday morning from Ithaca and headed to Buffalo with a small stop to see my mom at her boutique and to eat lunch at Wegmans on the way. I got to the hotel around 3PM and checked into a room I would be sharing with three other women I did not know. I have not mentioned this before, but I qualified for the elite section of the race with my half marathon time of 1:20:37. This meant that I got a hotel room free of charge and a special tent after the race with food and massages.

SHVP Hotel meet-up

After checking into the hotel, I met up with Carrie and Jay who are on my Strong Hearts Vegan Power team. Carrie and I went to the expo so I could pick up my number and walk around. I don’t usually get to enjoy the expo as much as I want because most races for me are quick due to work obligations.

Expo with Carrie

We walked around to the different booths but one stood out; the Nut Butter table. Because it was about 4:30 when we got there and things were wrapping up, the nut butter guy told us to take as many samples as we wanted…and then proceeded to open my expo bag and give me around 100 single serve almond butter packets. This was a good omen 🙂

Expo number pose

We went back to the hotel and Carrie and Jay decided to go out for dinner. They invited me, but because I’ve had a pretty clean diet the past few months and I didn’t know what was in the food, I opted to sit out and keep resting. I had brought my own food and knew it would be right for me.

Flat Runner

Around 9 my roommate still had not arrived…so I went to bed. I fell asleep sort of and was awoken around 10 by two women opening the door. They were so sweet and apologetic about being so late and waking me up. It was quite funny, because I had given up on roommates and thought I got a free room to myself! The total time I had to share was only about 6 hours!!

Race-Day

I woke up around 5 and ate some food and chatted with the two other women while getting ready. They were running the half marathon and were master’s elite runners. They did not look old enough to be masters at all!

Pre-Race Selfie

The race started at 6:30, so I dropped off my bag, pinned on my number and attempted a quick warm up, but I was already pretty warm. The temperature for the race was starting at 65 and climbing. I made it up to the front of the race, listened to the National Anthem and we were off.

I started out the race staying with the 3:00 pacer. Three hours was my goal and concerning the hot weather, I did not want to go out too fast. After the first two miles, the pacer stopped at a water station and I kept moving and didn’t see him again. My early splits were in the 6:25-6:35 range and I was feeling pretty good. I kept holding myself back and remembered something Tina told me about waiting to race until the last 6 miles.

Buffalo News Picture

It started to get pretty hot, but the community of Buffalo really stepped up. Tons of houses turned on their sprinklers and hoses and sprayed us as we went by. It felt so good! The volunteers had cold towels and ice in addition to Gatorade, water and gels at the aid stations. Because I did not practice nutrition very much at all, I made up/asked Julie what I should do. I decided that because liquid calories have always worked better for me, I would take Gatorade at EVERY SINGLE AID STATION. Yes, I do train fasted mostly, but racing a marathon is different. I did not wait to be hungry or thirsty, it was not worth it.

I felt good until about 20 miles. Then the pain came. I still kept relatively the same splits, but it was so much harder. I just repeated my mantra “Relax” “Finish with a smile” and kept plugging along. When I passed the 24 mile mark, it was the farthest I had ever run. I thought I was going to get emotional there…but I was in pain so I didn’t really take in the moment.

Post Race Full Body Picture

I finished my first marathon with a time of 2:53:55, 3rd overall female and 14th place overall.

Post-Race with Baily

My friend Bailey who I have run with and lives in Ithaca too got SECOND! It was quite a show for the Ithaca running community.

Post-Race getting a check

Afterwards I couldn’t stop smiling. I was interviewed for the Buffalo news (and you can read it HERE!!!!) and just tried to take it all in. It was actually really nice weather when I wasn’t running in it.

Post-Race Check

I got a check for $800 (a months rent and a meal whoop whoop!) and crossed an item off my running bucket list.

The rest of the day I spent eating, resting and watching Disney Channel Original movies.

Post-race Thoughts

Honestly, I don’t know why or how, but I feel different. It’s very strange. I don’t know what happened or why, but something has changed inside me. Maybe I feel more confident. Maybe I just finally feel at peace with some part of myself I had been wanting to explore. I’m not sure.

I had a huge headache the whole afternoon after the race. Seriously it hurt so bad. I believe it was electrolyte imbalance of some sort and also…I just finished a marathon duh. Something to keep in mind next time.

A sub-3 first marathon? Check out my first 26.2 experience here! #runnerbliss @buffalomarathon #RunTheBuff Click To Tweet

Future?

At least a week, most likely 2 of no running. I wanted to wait until after my race to think about the future, so I have no plans right now. Get into a yoga practice hopefully to restore my legs. Maybe work on my push-ups/pull-ups like my SHVP team. Honestly, I need a mental break from running. Not from all movement, but definitely from running.

Oh, and I’m happy to be back to eating all the vegan foods. This made my Sunday night <3

Post-Race Ice cream

I want to say thank you. Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU! To everyone who helped me on this journey. From friends like Julie, Bailey, Lesley, Melissa, Natalie, Katie, Sydney and Lisa to mentors like Ian, Tina and Tawnee, everyone of you helped me run this race.

Thank you to the companies that have supported me: BalegaPlant Fusion, Beyond Meat, Philosophie Superfoods, B Happy Peanut Butter, and Finger Lakes Running Co

I am overcome with gratitude. You all mean so much to me.

Now, ONWARD!

For another perspective, I found this article at RW UK: 10 Things I Learned In My Final Sub-3 Marathon Attempt

Oh HEY, 26.2

Hey everyone!

I’m just checking in on this lovely Memorial Day to say hello! I had a little race over the weekend and so this Week In Review is coming at you in an exhausted, elated and respectful state.

Respectful because I relearned what it means to be a newbie this weekend. I found once again a respect for a distance I had not yet run and a new respect for anyone who attempts it. Not only is it amazing for the fast people up front, but also for the people who spent over 5 hours in the 85 degree heat that was the Buffalo marathon.

I want to thank all the people who encouraged and helped me get there and all the people who congratulated me afterwards. You all have a special place in my heart.

Right now, I cannot think outside of watching Disney Channel Original Movies (on Disney Channel all weekend, you’re welcome) so I will catch up with you all tomorrow.

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