a thanksgiving break with a marathon to end the weekend!

Post marathon photo, I was so cold!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whoa… the last few days have been a whirlwind of emotions and busyiness! I decided I wanted to have a gluten-free and dairy-free thanksgiving this year. That way I could feel full without the unnecessary stomach issues that gluten gives me. It was a huge success! I made gluten-free cornbread and sausage stuffing that was to die for and a pumpkin pie with almond crust. I think my thanksgiving sides are worthy of there own post so that will come later…

I was still happy at mile 18.

What I’d really like to talk about is the Seattle Marathon… I kept going back and forth with my feelings about it and whether or not I was going to do it. I wanted to do since I planned my whole year last year around running a marathon, but I didn’t want to do it because I was never planning on running the seattle marathon and it just didn’t sound to appealing to me so I was having hard time getting mentally ready and then with the cold/rainy seattle weather I was having a hard time wanting to train for it. Well on Thanksgiving morning, I was stil undecided, but I could tell my mood was not great and I had a feeling it was because I had this decision weighing on me. I decided I would go for a run and see if that would help anything. I ran about 4 miles and it felt really good and I thought if I could get out there again on Friday and feel good then I would commit and do the marathon. Well Friday was soo rainy and I just couldn’t get myself motivated to go run in the rain so I opted for weight training at the gym instead. The whole work out I was distracted by wether or not I should do the marathon. By the end of my workout I decided I needed to call my boss who was also contemplating whether or not to do it so we could make a decision together. After a lengthly conversation, we decided we should do it. When we got off the phone, I was feeling good about the decision and was starting to get mentally prepared like I was for new york. The biggest difference though was the need to compete was gone and it was such a refreshing feeling. We decided we would just run the marathon together, however slow/fast we wanted to go and finish it, not for time just for the joy of being able to say we’ve completed our first marathon. It was such a great decision for me, I didn’t realize the joy it would be to run a marathon with someone that you’ve trained all year with.

The marathon itself was hard, I wasn’t as ready as I was before NY was cancelled. The last 8 miles were the toughest 8 miles I’ve ever had to run. My body was not used to that kind of pain and torture. At the same time though it was exhilarating and such a great accomplishment. And like nothing I’ve ever felt before, it was like the biggest weight had been lifted off my shoulders when I crossed the finish line. The adrenaline, fatigue and stress from 8 months of training all finally coming to an end. It was emotional, I’m pretty sure I was a bucket of tears for the last .2 miles into the finish line. I’m so excited that all my hard work and dedication has finally paid off and I can now breathe again and focus on other things.

My friends were so great for coming out and celebrating my victory with me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My next few post will be about my POST MARATHON plan, thanksgiving recipes, and what’s next for me and the blog. Thank you all for supporting me the last 8 months on this crazy marathon journey. Stay tuned for what’s next with my blog 🙂

Thanksgiving..

With the possibility of running a marathon a few short days after thanksgiving dinner.. I’m going to try and keep my thanksgiving mostly paleo.

Here’s what I’m thinking the menu will be:
Roasted Turkey
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Turkey Gravy
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Pork & Apple Stuffing
Roasted Butternut Squash
Bacon and Chive Sweet Potato Biscuits
Vegan Pumpkin Pie with Coconut Whip

I’ll be using a combination of recipes I’ve found plus my own and will let you know how everything turns out.

Anyone else planning a paleo thanksgiving?

I’m back from the biggest city ever.

I’ve been back for almost a week from the biggest city I’ve ever seen. I have been trying to get my life back on track, find my balance between exercise and eating healthy. I started this blog as an outlet to talk about my training for the biggest marathon in our country only to find out the day I was leaving that it had been cancelled. Of course, I felt for the victims of Hurricane Sandy and wanted to do anything I could do to help, including a few of my personal friends who lost everything, but I also couldn’t shake the feeling of how disappointed, shattered I felt that the marathon I had worked so hard for, been so disciplined, started this blog about had been cancelled so close to the end. My bags were packed and since I was still in shock from the news, I just went into auto-pilot and kept going about my travels as if nothing had happened. When I got to NYC the emotions finally set in. I was sleep deprived and overwhelmed by such a beautiful city and finally let go. As we walked the city for hours waiting to be able to check into our hotel, the amount of runners from all over the world taking on the city was unbelievable. I think “surreal” was the word I kept using. I realized that the only thing I wanted to be doing that day was running. Once we were able to check into our hotel it’s exactly what I did. I was able to convince a few others to join me and we set out from our hotel to conquer central park. The feeling being on the streets of NYC was unlike anything I’ve ever felt before and I was assuming it’s how I would have felt on marathon day.  I ended up running around 12 miles, my phone died so wasn’t able to track the miles, but they were the best miles I’ve ever run. I so badly wanted to run on marathon sunday and join the other thousands of runners who decided to run and help out sandy victims. I unfortunately was up for a good 48 hours before I went to sleep on Saturday night and only slept for about 5 hours before I was up again on Sunday and I just couldn’t get myself to do it. I avoided central park at all cost that day as I know how hard it would have been for me to see all the runners and not be there. I ran again on Monday and realized that I love it. Not just that I was doing the NYC marathon, but running in general. It eases my mind, a personal therapy I’ve always needed and never knew existed before this year.

(A picture of the finish line, 2 days before the cancelled race)

As most know, I really got serious with this training. Stop drinking, ate strictly vegetarian for a while and then switched to paleo, put a hold on my social life, ran my ass off in all sorts of weather conditions, took on strength training and hot yoga. Dealt with many pains and injuries as a runner. And all of this was so I could run the marathon and reward myself of all my hard work with a 10 day trip to the biggest and best city in our country. Since there was no marathon, I was struggling with this. It didn’t feel right to enjoy the city without the reward. While all my co-workers were thoroughly enjoying all the foods and drinks the city as to offer I was feeling guilty, that I haven’t earned it yet. It took me a few days and lots of motivation from my fellow co-workers to show me that it was absolutely okay for me to still enjoy NYC and that I still earned the trip.

By Wednesday, I was thoroughly enjoying my trip with these wonderful ladies at my side. We went to many museums, stood on top of the empire state building and rockefeller center at sunset, took a ferry to ellis island and the statue of liberty, visited ground zero and the 9/11 memorial, walked for miles, ate delicious food and shopped! It turned out to be a really great trip, one I won’t forget and now I’m even more excited as an “experienced” new yorker to take on the NYC Marathon next year! 🙂

I changed my flight to come home early as I was just so overwhelmed and ready to come back and start my training again. I signed up for the Seattle Marathon next weekend on Nov. 25th. Now that I’ve been back a week, I’m not sure signing up for the marathon was a great idea. I have mentally checked out of running, had already planned on taking some time off running after NY to enjoy weight training, swimming and holiday parties. It’s still dark when I leave for work and dark by the time I head home so running has been the last thing I’ve wanted to do. I’ve ran only 4 miles since I’ve been back and spent 2 days at the gym. Tomorrow I’ll run 10 miles and try and get another 8-10 in through the week next week. The Seattle Marathon is hilly and cold, I have only a goal of finishing. I will not worry about the time. I do not want to injure myself and I’m considering this marathon more as an astrics to put all my hard work to bed and get me ready for the NYC marathon next year. I never thought I’d do a marathon, now I’ll be doing 2.

As I took the bus into work this morning, I realized through my excitement of just wanting to be home, I missed my dog and my boyfriend so much that nothing seemed better than coming home come last sunday, but now after being settled for a week. I miss the quickness of new york. I miss all the cabbies. I miss the good food and walking. I miss central park. It’s an overwhelming city, but one I think I could get used to if given the opportunity.

I’ll leave you with a few pictures of my trip as I go about finishing my Friday. I’m sorry for the longer post, but I’ve missed writing and talking to you all.

NY BAGEL SANDWICHRoy LichtensteinNaked Cowboys

NYC.

New York has been good to me so far.

I’ve ran 20 miles around the city, ate great food and pastries, seen celebrities, walked everywhere, experienced Brooklyn and I’m only on day 4.

It’s an 8 mile loop from my hotel to Central Park and I could run it every day for the rest of my life if I was given the opportunity.

I’m sad about the marathon, but excited I get to come back next year.

I’ll check in later with more stories and pictures!

New York.. Ready or Not, Here I come..

 

It’s been an extremely emotional day trying to decide whether to run in the NYC marathon or defer to next year. After A LOT of tears, I realized how heart broken I would be if I didn’t go. I read a lot of negative comments about the fact that the marathon is still happening and I had to agree with a lot of them which is what made the decision so hard, but ultimately I decided to go. If the mayor isn’t going to cancel it then I want to be there with the other runners supporting the city in the best way we can.

Training for this marathon has been no easy feat. Many of you that have either know me or have been following my journey know that it’s taken a lot of hard work and dedication to get where I am today. Over the last year I have put my body through hell, dealt with some nasty injuries, have over $1000 in medical bills and changed my diet twice all leading up to this sunday. I know when I cross that finish line, it will have all been worth it. I’ve learned so much about myself through this journey, I have become a better person, figured out who I am and what makes me happy and most importantly learned how happy I am to be a healthy person with such a strong passion for fitness.

As I’m torn and feel guilty for going to NYC and participating in this marathon during these hard times, I hope NYRR does find a way to make this marathon not a hassel on the city and uses the funds raised to support the victims of hurricane Sandy. I know this marathon is bad timing, but I’m ready for my hard work to pay off and to visit a city i’ve never been to and always dreamed about.

Thank you to all my friends, family and fellow bloggers who have followed my journey thus far, I’m excited it’s finally come down to the final days and I couldn’t have done it without your support.