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The Other Side

I made it! To the other side of the marathon finish line. Whoot! Whoot!

After months of training and new lessons learned, I finished my 4th 26.2 miler on my feet with a smile on my face. I could not have done it alone and want to congratulate my fellow Team LOLA (www.teamlola.com) teammates who also got to the “other side” with smiles and personal bests. With over 4 hours of conversations with myself during the race, I began to think about all of the gear I was using that day. The places our minds go when left to converse with ourselves just to fill time. Talk about brand awareness…I believe I represented over 10 different companies that day. They say it takes a village.

So, like a bad game show host, I’d like to thank my sponsors….Nike, Brooks (favorite running shoes/bra of all time!), Balega (socks), Sugoi (tights), Ice Breaker (wool run shirt..love!), Apple (Ipod), Headsweats (LOLA visor), Garmin (watch/GPS), GU (fuel), Clif (fuel/drink), Road ID, SPI belts and Nathan fluid systems.

I’d also like to thank Skippy Peanut Butter for always being there for me.  Skippy is my BFF (best food friend.)  You have been my foundation for every important day in my life…don’t know where I’d be without you. Ok, it’s getting weird now when I start talking to peanut butter. How many brain cells did I lose over those 26.2 miles?!

As I mentioned in my previous post, Waiting for the Marathon, running a marathon is much like having a baby. The first words that came out of my mouth after crossing the finish line were ” I NEVER need to do that again!” ( I said this to my husband at some point after the birth of our FIRST baby) and within 24 hours I knew I would do that again. The amnesia of marathon running takes over ( just as it did after the first birth) as the joy and feeling of accomplishment sets in. I really did cover 26.2 miles on my feet. That is a long bleeping way!

Now it’s time to move on to the holidays, running trails with my friends, enjoying regular food and drink and just chilling. I call this the “fat and happy” stage after a big race. Time for recovery and reflection on a job well done. New goals can be set for 2014…begin to think about what is on your bucket list and go for it! Life is right there outside of your comfort zone. Thank you to all that have followed me along this journey from Day One.

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Waiting For The Marathon

trotonbye_138Waiting for a marathon is kind of like waiting to have a baby.  I am less than 48 hours away from the finish line and it feels likes a lot of “hurray up and wait” at this point. Brings back memories of being 9 months pregnant waiting for the big day to arrive with excitement, nervousness and dread. And having to navigate through my days with pre-marathon brain is a challenge in itself. Having pre-marathon brain is much like having baby brain…hard to focus on anything except the task at hand, forgetfulness  with emotions swinging from “I am strong! I can do this” to “oh no, I can’t do this, it’s gonna be way too hard.”  And yet, when having a baby you have no choice in the matter…it’s happening whether you want it to or not. But at least there are some good meds:)  In running a marathon, I do have a choice and there are no meds that I have found which make this any easier each time I step up to the start line. Being well-trained, rested and well-fueled makes all of the difference but it still really comes down to….wait for it…wait for it…..poop. Also just like approaching labor, it’s all about the poop.

Anyone that has ever waited for a race to begin (or labor for that matter) knows all too well that the very first thing you think about that day is when & where nature will take it’s course. (Of course, in labor…you are hoping it’s not on the delivery table for all to witness. I’ve had 4 kids, no comment.)  We know by now that running and exercise is good for maintaining regular habits. ( you know which habits I’m speaking of.)  There is even a theory that regular running may decrease the incidence of colon cancer. All good but when you gotta go and it’s wrecking your game….it’s horrible. I have been caught many times with my game wrecked…making deals with the devil, god, my deceased ancestors and anybody that will listen…to let me find a bathroom of any kind asap! And you know that good feeling when you see there in the distance, shimmering like a pot of gold…an outhouse! Never are you so excited to see that blue paneled loo or pot-o-let, words that sound much fancier especially when said with an english accent.  I pray, “just please don’t be locked. I promise to floss 7 nights a week instead of only 4.”  Relief at last!

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An estimated 60-100% of runners have “runner’s trots” that can occur during or after their exercise.  As a Sports Nutritionist, my family…especially the teenagers, loathe the fact that I get to lecture to large groups of people about peeing and pooping! I explain that is an important part of being an active person and as you age things change. This is when they tell me they have heard enough and leave the room. The reasons for runner’s trots are not known for sure but may be due to the up and down motion of running along with the flow of blood being diverted to your legs and away from your intestines. Add in some dehydration and too many sugary sport drinks/foods and you too will be looking for the next port-o-let. 

A few tips on prevention: 

* Try to avoid eating for at least one hour before you exercise – the presence of food in the stomach will make things worse or contribute to the problem. Get to know your own digestion, see what works best for you & how much time you need pre-run to digest.
* Try to avoid the intake of caffeine and warm fluids as it is possible for this to speed up the movement of waste through the intestines.
* Make sure to limit your intake of dairy products, particularly if susceptible to diarrhea.
* Limit high-fiber foods in the days before a long race/run.
* Avoid the foods that you know cause problems.
* Drink plenty of fluids. It is best to drink a full 16 oz. of water an hour before your workout, giving the excess fluid time to pass through, and start off well-hydrated.

Design your training routes to include a restroom. And of course, consider a medical check-up and be open in discussing your problem with your medical practitioner. Remember, poop happens. At some point, EVERY runner experiences these problems. They are usually easily solved with a few adjustments in your habits.

And just like waiting to give birth, I am looking forward to being on the other side of this race. I can’t wait to eat & drink what I want again, run a quick hour with friends and have my brain back in one piece. Unlike giving birth, once you have that baby…the job just begins. At least I know, the night after the race I will sleep like a baby. I will see you on the other side.

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“Please Don’t Call Me Skat”

I dedicate this post to all of the women out there training for a Fall race. For those planning their first 5k or their 20th marathon, embrace your body and all that it does for you. You are beautiful, healthy and strong.

I hear it time and time again from woman that I work with, “please don’t call me skat.”  You are probably wondering what “skat” is referring too…other then the obvious definition meaning “too hurry” or animal poop.  Skat, a word coined by friends, means “skinny fat.” Or in more clinical terms, a low level of lean body mass (muscle) and a higher percentage of adipose (fat).

We all have seen or known skat people in our lives. These are the women we secretly envy when we see them all dressed up in their skinny jeans looking oh so fabulous. Wishing we could wear those skinny jeans, if only our athletic bodies with strong muscles and curves would squeeze into those things. Well, no such luck. Even though I will never “rock the skinny jeans,” I can rely on my strong athletic body to support my aging bones, carry me up hills, run miles, swim yards, lift weights, carry groceries, kids & everything else. I would not trade it.

Ladies, our muscles are beautiful while representing hard work and dedication to our health. You know there is someone out there that would love to have your well sculpted muscles ( maybe even your skat friend?). Wear your running shorts with confidence, show off those athletic bodies and be proud! Strong is the new skinny…and please don’t call me skat.

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Day 21….What I have (re) learned

Marathon Training Update: I am now 3 weeks into training for the Nike Marathon in October. I feel very lucky to be training with a great group of women from Team LOLA ( http://www.teamlola.com). Many of them are excited to be gearing up for their first marathon and some are re-entering the world of marathons after a ten or 20 year break. We are all learning a a lot about ourselves during this process, myself included. As I headed out the door yesterday for my long run of the week…I said to my husband, “wish me luck” to which he quickly responded…”you don’t need luck.”  I thought, OMG…yes I do! What if I don’t make it? What if I get a cramp? What if I feel horrible or my stomach gets funky? All very normal concerns of a runner or anyone training for an event outside of their comfort zone. But he was right.    I didn’t need luck for something I have done thousands of times before, I needed to just get out there and run. Most likely none of those things I worried about would happen and in the event that they did, I would know what to do. He knows me too well.

Here are some things I have re-learned  thus far: 

1. Slow Down: Long runs are meant to be loonnggg.  You have to slow your pace down in order to cover 26.2 miles. I keep trying to run the same pace I would for a 10k or my typical hour long weekday runs. Not only is it ok to run slower, it’s crucial.

2. Be Patient: Along with slowing down, you cannot rush a long run. I get impatient wanting to “hurray and get it over with,” so I can check it off of my to-do list. This is one of the only times during a day where I can enjoy being in the moment that I have all to myself. Don’t rush!

3. Have enough Real Estate:  Be sure when you plan your run, that you have enough ground (or miles) to cover. Runners love numbers, gadgets, watches, etc. I have been known to get home with 16.2 miles covered and was supposed to run 17 miles. It’s no fun to run circles around your neighborhood until your GPS hits the magic 17 mile mark while your neighbors watch you thinking you’ve lost your mind.

4. Rest Days: My biggest offense. For some reason, I feel that rest days don’t apply to me and that just a little weight workout, hike or even a long shopping trip at the grocery store  on a scheduled rest day will be just fine. I know better.  Rest means rest. I’m trying and promise sit down and put my feet up!

That is it so far. I ‘m sure there will be more with 12 weeks to go. Looks like a simple life lesson….slow down, be patient, always have enough real estate and be sure to enjoy some good ol’ rest and relaxation.

Happy trails!

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July 28, 2013 · 9:42 pm

Day One

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This is an updated re-post from last year. Soon after I started training last year, some family & heallth issues kept me from continuing.  All is good now and I am thrilled to be training alongside 12 fabulous LOLA women for the Nike Marathon in October.

July 8, 2013….Today is Day One of Marathon training. In 15 weeks, I plan to cross the finish line of my fourth marathon. This is not an easy feat for me or anybody that has ever attempted a 26.2 mile race. 26.2 miles is a long ******* way on your feet!  Many people think that because I am a Nutritionist, Run Coach, Fitness trainer and have competed in triathlons, running races and everything else in between for so many years that a “simple little marathon” should be easy for me, right? No way. 20 years ago I transitioned to triathlons because running a marathon was just too hard! I figured if I was going to be out there for 4 hours, I may as well be doing 3 different sports. (“at least I will get to sit down for awhile on the bike portion,” I thought.)

I am human just like you… in a constant state of “juggle” in my attempt to balance family, home, work, life & athletics. I am married with 4 school age kids, own my own business working crazy hours, manage the household along with all of my mom duties and need to find time every day to exercise. I plan my exercise times for the week on Sunday evening and stick to that schedule as best I can. This way, when I have to get up at 5am on a Saturday morning to run before work….I am ready for it. Being a Nutritionist, you may also think I eat “perfectly” all of the time. No way. I do really have a fairly good diet but one of my favorite foods is frosting! I have been known to go out of my way for a nice frosting covered dessert….yum! Honestly, no one eats perfectly all of the time but if you can live by the 80-20 rule ( 80% healthy eating, 20% treats) you are doing okay.

I chose this challenge of the marathon as a gift to myself. A gift, you say? Some think it’s a more like a horrible form of torture. A gift, might be a day at the spa or a much needed vacation. But to me this is like a vacation. While I am training, long runs in the wee hours alone, it becomes an adventurous journey every time I step out that door. Where will it take me, what will I see, how will I feel, people I will meet all become part of this adventure. And for those hours I am out there, it is all about ME and everything else slips away. For you women out there, I know ME time is hard to find. No matter how you get it….make time to find it. It will save your life.

I promise to not bore you for the next 105 days with the details of my training. I really am hoping to inspire you to set a goal for yourself and have your own Day One. Maybe it’s a mile, a 5k, or half marathon…it all begins with a commitment to yourself.  Your Day ONE  will be the beginning of a change. Train along with me. I will support & cheer you on through your own adventure!

Now go find your ME time……and let me know where you found it.

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Day One

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This is an updated re-post from last year. Soon after I started training last year, some family & heallth issues kept me from continuing.  All is good now and I am thrilled to be training alongside 12 fabulous LOLA women for the Nike Marathon in October.

July 8, 2013….Today is Day One of Marathon training. In 15 weeks, I plan to cross the finish line of my fourth marathon. This is not an easy feat for me or anybody that has ever attempted a 26.2 mile race. 26.2 miles is a long ******* way on your feet!  Many people think that because I am a Nutritionist, Run Coach, Fitness trainer and have competed in triathlons, running races and everything else in between for so many years that a “simple little marathon” should be easy for me, right? No way. 20 years ago I transitioned to triathlons because running a marathon was just too hard! I figured if I was going to be out there for 4 hours, I may as well be doing 3 different sports. (“at least I will get to sit down for awhile on the bike portion,” I thought.)

I am human just like you… in a constant state of “juggle” in my attempt to balance family, home, work, life & athletics. I am married with 4 school age kids, own my own business working crazy hours, manage the household along with all of my mom duties and need to find time every day to exercise. I plan my exercise times for the week on Sunday evening and stick to that schedule as best I can. This way, when I have to get up at 5am on a Saturday morning to run before work….I am ready for it. Being a Nutritionist, you may also think I eat “perfectly” all of the time. No way. I do really have a fairly good diet but one of my favorite foods is frosting! I have been known to go out of my way for a nice frosting covered dessert….yum! Honestly, no one eats perfectly all of the time but if you can live by the 80-20 rule ( 80% healthy eating, 20% treats) you are doing okay.

I chose this challenge of the marathon as a gift to myself. A gift, you say? Some think it’s a more like a horrible form of torture. A gift, might be a day at the spa or a much needed vacation. But to me this is like a vacation. While I am training, long runs in the wee hours alone, it becomes an adventurous journey every time I step out that door. Where will it take me, what will I see, how will I feel, people I will meet all become part of this adventure. And for those hours I am out there, it is all about ME and everything else slips away. For you women out there, I know ME time is hard to find. No matter how you get it….make time to find it. It will save your life.

I promise to not bore you for the next 105 days with the details of my training. I really am hoping to inspire you to set a goal for yourself and have your own Day One. Maybe it’s a mile, a 5k, or half marathon…it all begins with a commitment to yourself.  Your Day ONE  will be the beginning of a change. Train along with me. I will support & cheer you on through your own adventure!

Now go find your ME time……and let me know where you found it.

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