Napa Valley

I’m on my way home from a successful trip to Napa Valley. The half marathon went well overall, but there were moments that I know if I had trained better it would have felt better. The first 5 miles, my body thought I was going too fast and I struggled with shin plints and controlling my breathing. I kept up the pace though through mile 9 and from mile 5 to 9 I was able to control my breathing and forget about the shin plints. At mile 9 though I took a turn for the worse. I noticed I was feeling lathargic and my arms were feeling very heavy and I could feel my blood pulsing in my hands and realized I was almost going to pass out. So I slowed my pace way down and focused on getting through the heat and really listening to what my body was telling me. At the next water station I drank some water and walked for a few seconds and was able to reset to finish the last 4 miles.

I finished 1:50:00 and was at a 7:53 pace for the first 9 miles and then had to slow down to about a 8:45 pace. For my next half marathon in June I would like to train to accomplish a current 7:50 pace for the whole race. I think I know what I need to do to accomplish that. I’m excited for this race season and too see what pace I’ll be at for the NYC Marathon this fall.

Besides the marathon my time in Napa was spent with a co worker doing research and development for our company. Here is a list of the places we went and enjoyed:

  • Bounty Hunter BBQ & Wine Bar
  • Ad Hoc
  • Bouchon Bakery
  • Bouchon Bistro
  • V. Sattuio Winery
  • Oakville Grocery
  • Dean & Deluca

I ate a lot of food that my stomach doesn’t agree with or is not something on my diet, but I got through it alright, can definitely feel the affects of the food now. As much as I love bread, dairy, grains and sugar – my body sure does not and is craving a clean paleo diet right now. That will be my focus this week and without getting on a scale, I can tell I have some toning to do which will probably result in losing a few extra lbs I put on this weekend.

I’m excited to get back in the gym and figure out my training plan for my next half marathon that is 9 weeks away!

Happy Monday!!

p.s. i’ll post photos soon of napa, just can’t do it from the airplane. 

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Striving for better

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I’m so close to running my first half. I can’t lose momentum now. Work is crazy busy, life seems to be just as crazy and working out as taken a back seat this week. I noticed the immediate difference when I don’t allow time for a run or workout. I need to stop giving up, stop resetting and put the focus on what makes me the happiest.

I’m running 10-12 this weekend and will be my last long run before the Napa Valley half. I’m excited for this half and hope it’s the exact motivation I need to kick start my training season and make working out a focus again.

Happy Friday! Don’t give up, Don’t reset. Time to refocus.

Spring running

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I’m excited that its day light savings this weekend that means we are that much closer to spring! Warmer weather, longer days, less rain (hopefully). It also means time to start planning my spring races and to figure out my training programs. I’m excited to announce that I’ve signed up for my first half marathon of for the year in Napa Valley, California! I’ve only been to Napa once and we were just driving through on our way somewhere else, so I’m so excited to stay for a few days and enjoy all of what wine country has to offer.

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The half is on April 21st, so I’ve put together my training program for this first race. This race I just want to have fun with and enjoy every mile and use this race as the starting point for the rest of the season and to set my PR for my next half and eventually figure out my pace for the NYC marathon later this year.

I’m in my 2nd week of training so far and it’s been going well. I haven’t been able to lift as much as I’ve been getting tired from the runs, but hoping by next week I’ll be able to balance out my lifting and running schedule. I also have an opportunity to lift with a girlfriend of mine a few days a week so I will probably have to alternate my training schedule a little.

First week into the 14 day cleanse and it’s been going good. Definitely on track with how it said it would be. I have found that I’m more hungry throughout the day, but I think that could be a little from the running as well.

It’s supposed to be nice here this weekend so I’m hoping to enjoy my saturday run and hopefully some outdoor fun with my pup.