When You Are Supposed to be Marathon Training but Just Want to Marathon Watch Netflix

TextThe other day I was chatting with a friend about Seinfeld- it’s a great show and he asked me what episode he should watch that night. I spouted off a bunch of favorites but then I remembered exactly what episode he needed to see. The one about the NYC Marathon! Ha it’s hilarious.

Half Marathon today. Netflix marathon tomorrow.

Who is going to hold this sign out for me come November? So how about we “marathon” shows about the marathon! Here are some funny episodes to get into the running spirit!

 

So of course #1 is Seinfeld S7E5 – The Hot Tub

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Elaine host’s a runner who last time slept through his alarm and missed the marathon. So this year she and Jerry go to every precaution to get him to wake up in time! (UH this is my nightmare!)

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special mention S7E9- The Sponge. It’s an iconic episode!  Kramer signs up to participate in a charity Aids walk and Jerry doesn’t think he’s going to make it.

 

#2 How I Met Your Mother S2E15 – Lucky Penny

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Barney bets the gang that he can run the marathon with no prior training.

 

#3 Sex and The City S4E6- Baby Talk is Cheap

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Miranda joins a running group while training for the NYCM and meets a cute (if gross) guy

special mention S4E7- Time and Punishment: Miranda is so sore from the marathon she cranks her neck and ends up lying naked on the bathroom floor

 

#4 Friends S6E7 – The One Where Phoebe Runs

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Phoebe starts running with Rachel through Central Park and she is embarrassing

 

#5 Parks & Rec S5E2 – Soda Tax

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Andy is training for the Police PT test and has to run 2 miles under 25 mins

 

#6 Veep S2E9- Running

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V.P Selina, high on painkillers, runs a 10K with her staff

#7 The Office S4E1- Fun Run

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Michael hosts a fun run for rabies after he hits Meredith with his car. So he has to carbo load fettuccine Alfredo immediately before running the 3 miles

 

Or you know, you could watch a documentary with actual knowledge about the sport. But these shows are funny!

 

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NYCM Check in: 8 Weeks Left!! Did I make any progress??

I really really tried to step it up this week. I was far from perfect but I felt like I did better than I’ve been. 8wo-e1505000930751.jpg

It’s hard to really judge so I feel like the fall back marker is weight. And this week the scale moved UP half a pound. Definitely not the direction I want it to go but I’m just trying to remind myself that the number on the scale is not the deciding factor here.

I felt so confident with my workouts this week. I did get off my butt a few times when I reallllly wanted to stay in bed (like this morning. 1 minute “sprints” on the assault bike for 15 rounds. Killer!) but I’m sitting here thinking, well I skipped 1 morning run. 1 turned into a walk for a run. I didn’t go to yoga on Friday…. Hmm…

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I did get in my long run on Thursday- 12 miles in the morning and then I got in another 3 that night. I felt pretty strong ( strong but still slow) during the run and thought if it were race day I had a few more miles in me. Plus on race day you’re so excited and the energy is just buzzing that you always get about 4 or so miles that fly by. So I think I have 20 miles in me right now. The last 6.2 are gonna hurt hurt hurt but I CAN do this! Running is mental anyway right. I just need to repeat I CAN I CAN I CAN!

After my race on Thursday, I was craving a soda (I almost always crave a coke after a long run!) and a salad! So I ran over to Salad 2 Go on the way home and ate it immediately on the couch with Copper Mercury watching and waiting for any spilled bits.

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I got in 22 miles this week. Plus 2 lifts, kayaking 1 day- super fun- and a round on the assault bike. My pace is still beyond slow!! Which gets disheartening! Definitely need to do more speedwork and just push push push.

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THIS Saturday is the Flagstaff Half Marathon. I think I’m still in denial that it’s already here. I want to get in a short “long run” on Wednesday. I’m thinking 8 miles. And then training runs of course with a rest on Friday. This will be my 10th half so I’m pretty excited about it. I just gotta WORK!!

 

Midnight Madness 5K Recap!

Racing Season is here!! I just wish cooler temperatures were here too.

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At the last minute I signed up for a 5K last friday night: Midnight Madness. It sounded like a good idea at the time. But come game day and I was a lot less excited about the whole thing. I was LAZY this weekend. Like seriously not getting out of bed, lazy.

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To be honest, it was nice! I feel like I’ve been going going going  lately and yes, I had things on my to-do list but I didn’t have to be anywhere so I took advantage and didn’t leave the house. (On Thursday, I even had food delivered! Yay for grubhub and vegan PF changs options.) But when it came time to actually leave the house, and for a race, oof it was rough.

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But I got off my ass and went. And of course I got lost so hey, another reason to just head home? No, I found the place. Then I read the email wrong and thought the race started at 7pm but it started at 8! I had a whole hour to kill and again thought, forget it just go home. But I stayed and I actually ran.

The gun finally went off at 8pm and it was still hot hot hot! Since it was dark the sponsors had glow sticks for people to snap around and light up as they ran. It was pretty fun.

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The course was pretty flat with one little dip in the middle but easy going.

My goal for this race was just run. Run the whole thing and do not stop.

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And I DID! It sounds so simple. For a girl that should be marathon training 3 miles is easy. And it was easy, kinda… it did make me realize that I am capable of running 3 miles but not ready for 26.2. Was I the fastest? Nope. Did I want to stop? Yup. Did I keep running away? Hell yeah. It was a good reminder that running (every distance, every ‘type’ of run) is supposed to hurt! It’s supposed to challenge and push you. So I felt really good about how I did! mm-otter.jpg

The best part was that at the end they had otter pops! I’m going with lime every time! Plus they had finisher medals if you’re into bling. (I still haven’t unpacked my medals and bibs from when I moved last month!)

There’s another midnight madness in the series in October that I’m debating about. I have a 20K the very next day so I probably can’t do both. I have to remind myself I can’t do every run in the world!!

 

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What do you guys do with your medals?

What flavor of otter pop (or popsicle) is your favorite? 

NYCM Check In: 9 Weeks Out. It’s Been an Eye Opener!!

Real talk time, guys.

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I have just over two months till the New York City Marathon. An iconic marathon that I feel SO lucky I get to run this year. But to say I’ve been lazy and slacking is an understatement. I have given myself excuse after excuse to skip workouts, run less miles than planned, eat junk and be a quitter.

I am not ready for this race.

I ran a 5K (a 5K!) this weekend and yeah I was able to but it wasn’t a walk in the park. If it’s that hard for me to run 3 miles, how am I going to do 26? But I have 2 months to get ready.  To focus and crack down. It won’t be pretty. It won’t be easy.  But it’s possible and I CAN do it!!

So here’s where I’m at.

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Current weight: 161.4

  • This pic was me today at the gym. I do want to slim down for a myriad of reasons but #1 is because the less weight I have to carry, the easier it is to move it for 26.2 miles. I’m not going to be really focused on the number on the scale but I’d like to get it back down to what it used to be. I’m hoping for 10lbs gone by Nov. 5th but again, I’m not going to do anything crazy just to see a number.

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My huffing it pace: 11:10

  • This was my average pace for my last 5K. And to be honest, I could not keep this up for another 10 miles, let alone another 23.

I’m eating like an idiot

  • There’s no other way to say it. I’ve only just started following VB6, and I really like it! I want to keep it up at least till marathon day. I really think I feel better overall when I’m eating this way. But there’s still a lot to learn that goes with it (like how to not just eat ALL the carbs!) Time to go back to tracking my food/macros!

 

 

Cocky or Confident?

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I have a half marathon on Sept 16th. I was so focused on NYCM that I basically ignored the half coming up. I keep thinking, “Eh half marathons are so easy! I’ve done so many. I can do another one.”

Well… it’s not like my training is going stellar. And my last half was a little rough and dirty.

So I go to look up the race details on this one and I see on their website the phrase boasting, “The Flagstaff Marathon…is known as one of the most challenging courses in the country.”  UMM HUH?

The Most Challenging Course? I’m not prepared for the MOST challenging course!

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In my head, I’m super great! It’s not a bad thing to think since running is 90% mental. If you think you can, you can! And for me, I know I CAN run 13.1 miles. It may not be fast, or pretty, or easy but it’s definitely doable. So sometimes that confidence brushes up to cocky and I think, “I know I can, so I don’t have to train today!!” You know why some half or even full marathons go better for me than others?! It’s because of how I’ve treated my body up until race day! Was I putting in the work? Was I eating right?? Did I let myself slip and give myself excuses?

So yes, I CAN run a half marathon as long as I’m training right.

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Last Spring – RnR Phx

I have to admit to myself that I’m not super woman that can wake up Saturday morning and run for three hours without so much as stretching before hand. Put in the work, Lindsay!

Okay so new plan! I’m going to focus on hills and trails and JUST this half! And then when I’m done, I can get back to NYCM. It’s not like I haven’t been running at all. I just am not running as strong or as long as I should be. But I have a few short weeks to get my crap together and get back on track! I tell ya, I cannot wait for this weather to cool down!! Man, it’s hot out there. Even when I go out at 5 am in the dark still. Winter is coming???

 

Getting back on the running horse

Guys, I’ve been terrible at posting here. Mainly because there hasn’t been much to post about. To say I’ve been slacking is an understatement! Everyday is a new day to make better choices and I really want to rock my next half and the NYCM! So I have no more time to goof off.

Lets rewind to last week when it got real hot real quick. I ran up north for a trail run but ended up just hiking/walking.

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I went around this lake that I fell in love with. It was a beautiful day and seriously being near any body of water makes me 235% happier!! It wasn’t long but it was a good little trip.

 

Then last Thursday, I ran the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run with my coworkers for the 2nd year in a row. It’s a really cool event but man, this year was ROUGH! It was the hottest day of the year so far (106*) and we started off WAY too fast for me and never slowed down. Last year we tried to keep it all together and went really slow. This year, not so much. It was very defeating.  But we made it to the end.

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But it made me really want to progress and reminded me how little room for slacking/error I have! Time to get busy marathon training!!!

I was talking out loud at work and said I have to get real about marathon training, work 50 hours a week, sleep 8 hours a day and have a social life. Then I turned to my friend and asked, “is that even physically possible?” The answer is no!

Sleep is always the first to go and second is working out. Hmm…Actually all chores/errands are the FIRST thing to go! I’m still trying to juggle it all. So far it involves a lot of naps.

Monday, when I woke up I went over to my parents’ house since my brother came to visit! I love my brother; he’s super hilarious and I sure don’t get to hang out with him enough. We all went to dinner (going out to dinner has really become a problem…especially w/ my social life picking up 😉 not that I’m complaining!) Luckily I think I burned off some calories just laughing at my family’s antics!

Then home for a quick nap and then off to work! I worked OT from 0200-0600 and then went straight out for my run. Almost 8 miles (hey when I circles back around and got to my car and the clock said 7.75 I figured that was good enough! haha)

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More water!! It’s just better! Plus it really cooled down this week and I could not be more thankful. The longer I can go without having to run double digit miles in the triple digit degree heat the happier I will be!!

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It was a slow one today and I feel fine about it! I galloway’d it and ran 5 min walked 30-45 seconds. over and over for 7.75 miles.

Okay, time to get serious and keep track of everything with these posts! I want to remember everything about the NYCM and that includes training!!

I Hate Running. So of course I signed up for a Half Marathon!

I hate running. I’ve said it before on here and I’ve said it to my friends a million times. My runner friends get it and completely agree. My non-runner friends don’t quite understand.

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I was chatting with my sister who like for me is a runner and who, also like me, hates running sometimes and just wants to sit a run out every now and then! I keep telling myself that NYCM training has already started and yet… I find myself giving myself an excuse to not go workout more often than not.  In fact, I woke up the other day telling myself I didn’t want to get burned out on running so early into my training so I’m going to switch my focus to strength training and getting my legs strong for the next month. Well, that was the plan…

Then after I had THIS exact conversation my sister, I signed up for 2 runs! 1 is a short one.-3.5 miles. My work (I work w/ Police) is doing a Special Olympics Torch Run. I ran it last year with some coworkers and it was really fun. We all took turns running in the front of the pack holding the torch and then for the last mile the Special Olympians joined us and ran back to the Police Station. They were all so cute and fun. 1 little man took off like a bullet! Even the fastest officer could barely keep up with him. Then we all hung out and had a big BBQ in the courtyard. It was a real special run and I’m so excited to do it again this year!

And then I found out I got a vacation day off in June I requested but didn’t think I’d actually get the time. So since I did, I guess I better run a half! I signed up for the Wildfire Half Marathon in Pinetop. Only SIX weeks away! I don’t think I’ve ever had such a short window for training (and let’s be super honest. I haven’t been running at tip top shape lately) so I have absolutely no excuses now! Beast mode time!!

PLUS I already have 2 other races already on the books! Pat’s run that’s kinda a big deal around these parts. The race is crowded! but only 4.2 miles. And then the Hope 10K on April 30th.  That’s about a marathon worth of miles right there!