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Week 2 training & the hiccups (or kidney stones) that accompanied it

I knew going into last week’s training that it was probably not going to be my best training week in terms of hitting all the miles required, but I had no idea it would turn out the way it did! Last week was busy for me in terms of class & assignments, and since that is my top priority right now and it’s sooooo early in the training cycle, I was okay with it. I missed my Sunday 9-miler because I was on a home visit – I always feel blah about missing a long run, but it is what it is! I intended to do a second 5-miler this week as well but didn’t get to it. Oh well. Here’s what the week looked like:

Sun: no run

Mon: 3.1 at 8:48 min/mile – I was NOT feeling well that morning!

Tues: no run

Wed: 5 miles at 8:40 min/mile

Thurs: 3.1 miles at 8:20 min/mile

Fri: no run

Sat: 7.1 at 8:37 min/mile

The 7-miler was my scheduled long run this week (it was a low-mileage Kurtis week), and while it was scheduled for Sunday, I wanted to get it in on Saturday because Audrey & Caroline had their own races to run Sunday morning – Potomac River Running’s Mighty Mile Kids’ Race! They were both really excited for it, especially Audrey. Good thing I got that mileage in early since Sunday morning took an unexpected and unpleasant turn.

I woke up around 4:30am on Sunday with abdominal and pain on my right side. I thought I had pulled a muscle or something and tried to switch positions and go back to sleep. That did not work out very well – I could not find relief no matter what position I tried! I suffered alone for a while, but then I started getting nauseous and throwing up. I felt like maaaaybe I should wake Brian up, but I didn’t want to get him up so early! We are going through a bad sleeping spurt w/ the girls, and he is always up at the crack of dawn (or before). I didn’t want to be the cause of the early wakeup this time when we go to bed every night hoping that the next morning is the morning the girls sleep in! I couldn’t stand it anymore, though, so I woke up and told him what was going on. He said that I looked so pathetic that he couldn’t find it in his heart to be mad at me…ah, love. 🙂 We sat on the couch for a little while with me in fetal position before I decided I was going to try and get some sleep. I went back to bed and still couldn’t get any relief, and then I threw up again – all over the sheets. I called Brian in and he sat next to me for a while. Eventually it got bad enough that we decided to get the girls up and go to the ER, so the girls came along with their crazy bedhead and footie pajamas.

Long story short – after lots of time in the hospital, more throwing up, an IV, a urinalysis w/ elevated red blood cell count, bloodwork, and a CT scan, the diagnosis was a kidney stone. I actually passed it in the waiting room, and it wasn’t very long after that I felt way better. B told me he could tell when I was feeling better because I actually talked audibly instead of whispering and mumbling 😉 On our way out of the hospital, we spotted the Ft Belvoir Fisher House! I don’t really pay attention that much when leaving the hospital because usually I am driving chatty children home from doctor appointments, so this was maybe the second time I noticed it. I remember when they were building both FH and the hospital and that area was just a huge pile of dirt. So cool to see it up and running – and it is beautiful!

So, yeah. That was our “relaxing” Sunday morning! I have had two natural births (I call Audrey’s birth a “supernatural” birth), so I am not a wimp when it comes to pain – and that is what made B realize it was serious because I don’t cry wolf with things. If I complain, I am probably already way past being in normal pain and on my way towards excruciating pain, ha ha. And for the record, I prefer childbirth to kidney stones. At least with labor you can move around and ease the pain, contractions come in waves and aren’t constant, AND you get a sweet baby after.

The girls were angels during that whole 4 hours in the hospital, but Audrey was really sad to miss her race. I am doing a 4th of July 5K, so she gets to come run the fun run to make up for it!

Here’s to a better training week this week – it can’t get worse, right? I will leave you with pics of my sweet baby Bear (her older sister was pouting in the other room):





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Potomac River Running’s Birthday Bash 5k {7/14/13}

Well, I have a lot of mixed feelings on this race. I am disappointed and encouraged by this all at the same time. This will probably be a brief recap because I don’t want to beat myself up over it anymore.

The good news is that Danny & I ran the first mile (plus some) at 7:08 min/mile pace (including up a hill!). Um, insane (for us). The bad news is that this pace was waaaaay too fast for both of us, and I just fell apart afterwards. Danny held it together, though, and finished strongly! We ended up splitting because I knew he wanted to PR (and he did) and that I’d just slow him down today.

I am frustrated because after that first mile, I was just not happy with the performance. I didn’t PR, which is fine, but I’m just kicking myself over the last 2 miles. Time was 26:27, which is 45 seconds slower than my PR. I mean, given the ridiculous humidity & fact that I stopped in the middle of the race (I’ve never done that in a 5k before!), I guess it’s encouraging that I was only 45 seconds off and not more.

Despite all of that, I finished 6th in my age group, and 48th out of all women (300). It’s so bittersweet! Of course, all of the “what ifs” keep running through my head, too. What if I’d started slower? What if I hadn’t stopped? Even, what if I had brought my music and could drown out my negative thoughts? It’s especially bittersweet because I think I would have had a decent shot at 3rd place had I run smarter! Unfortunately, the fastest DC-area women seem to be in the 25-40 age range, so I am screwed, ha. I really need to work on my short distance mentality; shorter distances are way out of my comfort range these days because my last 5k was in February. It’s so hard for me to switch from “pace yourself!” to “oh who cares, it’s only 3 miles, just OMG GO!”

Anyway, like I said, it was encouraging and disappointing all at once. I feel AWESOME that I did my fastest mile everrrrr, and it almost makes me want to do more speed work ( 😉 ), but on the other hand, I am sad that I fell apart after. I know a lot of it was mental, so I need to work on that.

On the non-competitive running side, there was a kids’ fun run with this race, and the girls loved it! Audrey was so psyched for this and she really gets into this stuff. She kept asking if she was going to chase the Gingerbread Man again (like she did at PRR’s Gingerbread Man Mile in November). There was also ice cream, cupcakes, sliders, sno-cones, a band, and a dunk tank, all at 9am! I’m glad today was focused so much on fun post-race activities.  It was especially fun because I had three friends running with me (and they all did great!), so it was a mini-party on a Sunday morning!

And in order to redeem myself, I’ve already signed up for two more 5ks the week that we are in Buffalo (and on the same day as each other)…masochistic right here!

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Twilight Four-Miler Recap {6/8/13}

This weekend I had the opportunity to run a really fun 4-miler with an old friend of mine, Danny. We had both been trying hard to find races we could do together, and this happened to be the first one we could find. It was so nice to get together, especially since the last time we saw each other was at his wedding to his sweet wife, Dominique, in March 2011. I don’t think we’ll go that long without seeing each other again, though (especially considering the fact that we’ve already signed up for a second race in July!)

Coming into this run, I was unsure about how we would run it (Go all out? Take it easy & chat?) especially since this is actually the first time I’ve ever run a whole race with someone. Usually I am more than happy to start a race with friends or Brian, but we always split right after the start. Danny and I, though, run around the same pace, so it’s a perfect running buddy match. Even though the race was at “twilight” (sort of), it was still somewhat warm out, so we didn’t go crazy, but we kept a good pace. Luckily the weather (and the distance, ha) was nothing like last weekend’s half marathon, whew, so we did have some freedom to push a little harder. In the end we decided to respect the heat and do a happy compromise between an easier run (8:30-8:45 min/miles) and an all-out race (8:05 min/mile pace).

What I will say about this experience is that I am so happy to have found a running buddy who runs the same speed as me! I think we were both sort of nervous about keeping up with the other, but I think that’s probably a good mentality for me to have because it keeps me from getting lazy. I didn’t listen to any music the entire four miles (and didn’t hate it), which I have never done before; even if I’m not paying attention to it, I always have music going. It was nice to have someone else to distract me, even if we didn’t hold deep conversations while racing. Also, what really amazed me was that running with Danny kept my pace so consistent! We ran straight 8:20 min/miles the entire race. Every time my Garmin beeped, I’d give a pace update, and every single time it was “8:20!” I will definitely be utilizing Danny for MCM training long runs (this is your warning, Danny! Ha.)

In short, I loved this race! It was at 7:30pm and centered around family fun and a twilight celebration festival afterwards. There were moon-bounces, face-painting, pizza, ice cream, snow-cones, a fun run, etc. I will for sure run this next year and since Caroline probably won’t have a strict 6:45-7pm bedtime next summer, the rest of the brood will come along too.

Finishing time was 34:11 (watch time AND official time), and I was 77 out of 474 women (16%). They didn’t rank overall (just by sex) and I don’t feel like doing math so who knows where I ranked among everyone. Technically our finishing time shows up as 8:33 min/miles, but both of our GPS devices have us at 8:20. My Garmin has us running 4.1 miles (and I know discrepancies aren’t unusual, but this one is), and in this race, I totally believe we ran that extra 0.1. We were weaving champions, and constantly running outside the “cones” that they used to mark & measure the race. We both felt like our pace was definitely more towards the 8:20 pace, too, so this time around, I’m sort of inclined to give the Garmin the benefit of the doubt about actual distance run. The Garmin has never been that off before in a short race/run, and has only ever been that far off during half marathon distances. I’ve actually stopped using MMR and started relying almost solely on the Garmin simply because of its consistency (another story for another day).

Not a big deal regardless because it was still a 4-miler PR for me (previous 4-miler PR was 35:08 back in December at Pacers’ Fairfax Four-Miler), and I know the effort/pace was there! We were just really surprised at the big discrepancy.

Thanks, Danny, for a super fun (8:20 min/mile 😉) race, & I am excited to do it again in July (at a much faster pace)!

Our new night running shirts

Our new BRIGHT night running shirts (& check out our finish line pace of 6:22 ;))

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