Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Sunday Report

What a week!  I'll give it to you quick with some pics.

Friday night we went to Enchanted Beaver Lake (the same Beaver Lake where I run quite frequently).  They had hundreds of beautifully carved jack-o-lanterns lighting up the trails.  It was a lot of fun, although quite cold!!  The boys didn't seem to mind.

Saturday night, Ryan and I went to his first Syracuse Symphony Concert.  The amazing violinist, Augustin Hadelich, performed, and since Ryan is quite the budding violinist, I thought it would be a good first concert.  We had a wonderful time, although at one point Ryan did ask me how long the song was going to take until it was over!!

This morning we all went to Beaver Lake again for the annual Brueggers Halloween Run.  There was a kids run at 9:30 and a 5K at 10:00, so the plan was to run with the boys and then cheer Kel on to a quick 5K.

Ryan decided at the last minute that he wanted to run by himself.  Here he is waiting anxiously for the start.

Kel and I dragged Noah along for about 50 yards before he decided he was done.  Of course, he regretted that decision when he saw everyone was getting goodie bags at the finish line.  Ryan ran the whole way, and definitely finished in the top of his age group!!  Here  he is coming across the finish line.

Nice form, huh???  And of course, the proud finisher...

Kel finished the 5K in 17th place overall with a speedy time of 20:15!!  He finished so quickly that I didn't even get a chance to take a picture....believe me when I say he looked darn good!  One of the things I was disappointed about were the goodie bags they gave the kids.  Ryan kindly shared his Spider Man "Candy Sticks" with Noah.   Seriously?

Then, of course, trick-or-treating tonight.  Ryan was a mad scientist.  When asked he said, "Just call me Professor."  Alright, then!

Honestly, he would dress like this every single day, glasses and all, if I let him!!  Noah was Spiderman, which gave him full permission to swing on doors and climb up walls.

Now we have 10 pounds of candy during a taper week to deal with!

And that brings me to the training.  This was an interesting week.  The plan was to have 2 longish runs on Thursday and today before the taper began.  On Thursday, I ran a miserable two hours.  I was tired from the start, my legs felt heavy, and my heart just wasn't in it.  I was very worried, and gave Coach Mary a call.  She called me "officially cracked" and the taper began.  I rested completely on Friday and Saturday, and instead of another longish run today, I had an easy 45 minutes.  I just ran around the neighborhood (in the hail and snow!!!), and had to work hard to hold myself back.  I finished 5 miles in 46 minutes with two sub-9 miles in my aerobic zone!!  I think my legs will be just itching to go by Saturday!!  The work is done, now it's time to let it cook!!

Here are the numbers:

Run:  4h 14m 56s 25 mi
Walk:  30m 23s 1.84 mi
Bike:  1h spin

Total:  5h 45m 19s

Have a great week!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Why Not Rev3??

It's that time of year when we are finishing up the last big races of the season and looking forward to some down time.

Or, if you are like me, you are thinking about next season!!

For the past two years I have had the opportunity to race at Rev3 Quassy. You can read all about my 2009 race and my 2010 race, or this year you can do it yourself!!

Rev3Tri has 5 races currently scheduled for the 2011 season. I'm hoping to get to at least 2 of them. Here are some of the things I love about Rev3 Races:

  • They are very family-oriented.  The races are always held at venues that are fun for everyone in the family, whether or not you are racing.  They also have events for kids, which is great if your kids are showing interest in the multi-sport lifestyle. This picture is from Quassy in 2009.  They have a great waterpark there that we enjoyed after my race was complete.
  • Rev3 puts a lot of time and effort into making each and every athlete feel special, regardless of if you are a pro or an age-grouper.  Check out my personalized transition spot from this year.
  • Each Rev3 event offers multiple distances, so Kel and I can race in the same weekend even if we have the kids with us!  This is Kel in the finish chute just behind one of my Trakkers teammates, Ryan, at this year's Rev3 Olympic in Quassy.
  • Rev3 has a very generous prize purse for pro triathletes, so there is always a lot of pro tri eye candy to be found!!  Here are my stalkerish pics of Craig Alexander and Matty Reed.

  • Even if you aren't a pro, there are some great prizes to be had.  The race schwag is awesome and if you happen to place in your division, you will not be disappointed!

Still not sure??  Well, check out the 2011 season and see if you are ready to Rev3!!!

Kids Rev:  2/19/11
Sprint Rev:  2/19/11
Olympic Rev:  2/19/11
Half Rev:  2/20/11

featuring an Olympic Rev and a Half Rev

Olympic Rev:  6/4/11
Half Rev:  6/5/11

Half Rev and Full Rev (140.6): 9/11/11

Olympic Rev:  10/8/11
Half Rev:  10/9/11

Keep your eyes open and follow Rev3Tri on Twitter and Facebook to stay on top of announcements and get ready to Rev3Tri!!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wonderful You Wednesday: Forgiveness

Welcome to Wonderful You Wednesday at My Life as a Trimommy.  This is an ongoing series where I will have a post by myself or a guest that focuses on body image and self esteem.

Have you ever held on to a hurt so tightly because you wanted to remind yourself never to let it happen to you again?

Have you ever held a grudge for so long that you forgot what the grudge was about?

When was the last time you forgave yourself for the mistakes you have made today, yesterday, last year?

You might be wondering what forgiveness has to do with self-image.  Picture this:

Imagine that your heart is a big container that you fill up with your emotions.  As you experience life your heart begins to fill up with memories, emotions, and thoughts.  Sometimes the memories are cherished ones, but sometimes they are the dark.  Sometimes the emotions are lovely and pure, but sometimes they are angry and mean and vengeful. One by one these pieces of life build up in your heart and begin to overflow onto yourself and the people around you.  If your heart is full of love and joy, love and joy will overflow. If your heart is full of anger and bitterness, anger and bitterness will overflow.

Now here is the beautiful thing.  Through forgiveness, of others and ourselves, we can throw out the emotions that we don't want to store in our heart.  We can throw out the hate and hurt, the shame and the bitterness.  We can choose to let go of the trash through forgiveness, and the key word is choose.  It is our choice of what we want to hold in our hearts.  

I think one thing we often overlook in forgiveness is the ability to forgive ourselves.  Sometimes it takes forgiving ourselves first before we can begin to forgive others.  Forgiveness is the basis for love, and love is what I want flowing from my heart.

What will forgiveness do for you?

Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.

~Cheri Carter-Scott 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Do you have a challenge?  You know, those moments that you can't quite figure out how to resolve?  The moments where, try as hard as you might, the outcome is not what you imagine for your best life?

Some of the most trying moments in my life are brought about by two of the greatest things that have ever happened to me - my two sons.

I mean, look at them!  They are adorable, right?  Clearly they are gifts from God! Practically angels, I say!!

 (even Noah doubts that!)

In sport there is a lot of talk about preparing mentally for races.  There are entire books written about how to mentally prepare for a race through visualization, meditation, mantras and more.  Maybe you have even seen athletes doing this.  For example, during the winter olympics the cameras often show downhill skiers visualizing the course with their eyes shut and their ipods on. (I tried to find a video of this, but was unsuccessful...let me know if you find one!!)

Visualization is also a great technique for performing in music.  Just today I was working with my flute students on this very thing, and I had an amazing idea.  What if I chose the most trying moment of the day with my children and visualized myself staying calm, encouraging my children with loving words, and praising them when all was accomplished?

So, I am going to conduct a little visualization experiment.  Every night as I go to bed, I will see myself being calm, cool and collected as we go through our morning routine (which, by far, is the most trying part of my day.)  I will see myself being present and engaged with my children.  I will see myself encouraging them and building them up, so they can start the day on a positive note.

...and then all will be well with the world...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Sunday Report

I finished up the week today with a 15-miler at Green Lakes with Ben, that began in the foggy dark (headlamp required) and ended in the sprinkling rain while standing in a freezing cold lake or "nature's icebath" as I prefer to call it.  No pictures today because it was just sort of gray and dreary, but the conversation and company made the miles click by without much effort.  At one point I noticed we were at about 90 minutes and was amazed that we had been running that long, and I didn't even seem to feel it.

I am really feeling ready for my 50K.  I'm excited and nervous, and that seems just about right to me.  I so appreciate all of your kind words of encouragement for me going into this new area of endurance sports!

Here are my numbers for the week:

Run:  6h 16m 05s 35.88 mi
Walk/Hike:  2h 51m 58s 10.05 mi
Bike: 1h - spin class

Total:  10h 8m 2s 45.93 miles on my feet

Happy training and have a great week!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

14 Days

My first 50K trail race is 14 days away.

I'm sure you know I've been doing a lot of trail running to prepare, but I have found there are other things I have to do as well.

One of the most important is dialing is my nutrition.  For triathlons, I rely almost entirely on what I call "racing" food. By racing foods, I generally mean gels, drinks and blocks. I use First Endurance EFS Drink and EFS Liqud Shot.  I also like Clif Shot Blocks to change it up a bit.  What I have come to learn about ultras, though, is that many runners rely on real food.  The kind of food can range anywhere from boiled potatoes to pb&j to M&Ms to Pringles.  Definitely not healthy, but they pack a portable, easily digestible, high-calorie punch.

In my long runs I have been experimenting with nutrition, so I can be prepared for whatever might crop up.  My basic plan is to rely mostly on EFS Drink (I prefer fruit punch) and EFS Liquid Shot while I am running.  I know these products work well for me, and I like them. Since the race is 5 10K loops, I have a built-in fueling session every 6.2 miles.  At the end of each loop, I will grab a new bottle of drink and liquid shot (if needed), and supplement with a couple bites of real food.  So far I have tried salted honey wheat pretzels, mini 'Nilla wafers, and peanut butter M&Ms.  Tomorrow, I will try a few potato chips and maybe a squeeze pack of peanut butter.  Out of all of the things I have tried, the only thing that didn't work great was the M&Ms...too bad!

Coming from the very gear-centric world of triathlon, I was looking forward to a little bit of a break from all the stuff.  Well, the truth of the matter is, you need a lot of stuff for ultras too, just different kind of stuff.  First of all, there are the clothing options.  Since the race is November 6 in upstate New York, the weather can be very variable, ranging from sunny and 60 to snow!  I want to be prepared for anything, so I have been tracking my clothing based on conditions and temperatures.  I'm hoping to have a full spreadsheet by the end of the winter, but for now, I have really been trying to be aware of the conditions and how I am feeling in what I am wearing.  Right now, depending on the weather of course, I'm thinking of starting with this:

Saucony Ignite Tight Capris - These are my favorite new running tights. They are flattering, they are comfortable, and there is never any kind of chaffing.

Saucony Primo WXT Long Sleeve - I also have a similar weight Saucony mock turtleneck shirt.  Both of them have cuffs you can fold over your fingers which are awesome! I will bring both, so if it is raining or I'm really sweaty but getting cold, I can change.

Saucony Ethereal Run Vest - I just got this the other day and will be testing it tomorrow.  It is so light and quiet, and, let's face it, why wouldn't I want to run in something ethereal?

Saucony Omni LX Tight II - I will either start in these or bring them just in case, depending upon the weather.

Saucony ProGrid Xodus Trail Shoes -I have put these to the test and they are awesome!!

Just in case I need a change, I will also be bringing my new Saucony ProGrid Kinvaras which I will also be testing tomorrow.

For socks, I have several pairs of Smartwool running socks.  If you have never run in wool socks you have got to give it a go.  I was very reluctant to try them because of wool's notorious reputation for being itchy.  Well, I am now a convert.  They keep my feet dry and warm, but not hot.  You know how sometimes after a very long run your feet are all pruny like you have been in the tub for too long?  Well, wool socks really keep this at bay.  Really.

Another area of equipment is hydration and fueling.  Fortunately, I won't have to carry huge amounts of food and drink, so I didn't need too much.  I thought about using my Fuelbelt, but instead I have opted for a 10 ounce hand-held coupled with a gel-flask that clips to my waist-band.

I'm sure there is much more gear that would be useful and fun to have, but for now, I think I will stick with these choices.  The training and testing are almost done!!  Can't wait to get out there and just do it!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Moon Walk

Every year around this time, Kel and I like to take the boys for a walk under the full moon.  We usually have to wait for the perfect night, and Kel came home the other night and gave me the high sign that it was a great night.  The moon was almost full, and the sky was clear, and it wasn't too cold!

After dinner we bundled up, got the flashlights out and went for a walk around our neighborhood.  There is a little lake not too far from our house, and we walked down there and admired the beauty of the moon along the water.

 I'm not sure if they got the whole gist of it, but they really had fun playing with the flashlights!!


Do you have any fall traditions?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wonderful You Wednesday: Take off the Mask

Welcome to Wonderful You Wednesday at My Life as a Trimommy.  This is an ongoing series where I will have a post by myself or a guest that focuses on body image and self esteem.  This week's post is written by one of my Trakkers teammates, Andree.  Be sure to check out her blog, Andree's Double Brick.

What Mask will you be wearing this Halloween?

Presidents always seem to be popular, there are the traditional Frankenstein and other scary creatures, Sci-Fi characters and villains….the thing about Masks though, is we wear them more often than just on Halloween. In fact, I don’ t think there is a person out there who does not, or has not worn a “ mask” at some point in their lives. A Mask is what you would think, a cover, be it a physical one or an emotional one. There are times when it is easier to hide behind a mask rather than to show one’ s true self. A problem arises though when we wear Masks too often and for too long and develop a repertoire of multiple Masks for multiple situations.

Wearing a Mask isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We do it for protection, for preservation - to preserve our emotional self. But again, if we wear them too often we start to lose the understanding of who our “ true self” actually is.

Johnny Diaz, a Christian singer (brother to Atlanta Braves player Matt Diaz for those Atlanta fans reading…) sings a song, “ More Beautiful You” . It focuses on teenage girls trying to fit in by changing the way their age, clothing, body size, in order to fit in and (supposedly) feel better about themselves. These are Masks covering up the “ more beautiful you” inside. Adolescents may be singled out as the group who tries to conform,
but children and adults do this as well.

I watched this week’s episode of The Good Wife, and in a scene toward the end the brother of Alicia (the calm, somewhat stoic main character) called her “ Two-Faced.” She denied the claim, but her stoicism amidst experiencing personal pain is a Mask to cover up any sadness or hurt.

As I mentioned, wearing Masks at times can be healthy; it protects us from hurt, and in certain situations is beneficial. Have you ever gone to work in the morning while experiencing a personally difficult situation? To have a “ melt down” at work may not be the most appropriate, so we put on our Brave Mask, suck it up for awhile and forge ahead. But we need to take it off at the end of the day.

Showing our True Self can be very difficult. It is like opening up your body, exposing your heart and saying to the world “ have at it” . This definitely takes practice, and it is easier to do with whom those we feel closest.
I am certainly not immune to Mask wearing, and I speak based on experience. I have  thought at times I could make it on Broadway with the performances I put on. Again, fear of rejection, and not being good enough is often the driving factor.

In what situations do I wear a Mask? Primarily to cover feelings of sadness. Sharing my true feelings would mean too much exposure-too much risk. A prime example is when I have had a serious injury. I spent the first half of this year being unable to run. During this time there were periods when I was down-really down. But, I felt I couldn’ t show that because it would be a sign of weakness. As much as I wanted to tell my closest friends my inner feelings (I would even run through the conversations in my head), when the time came, I couldn’ t do it. I would wear my “ Tough Mask” and stuff my real feelings inside. Even we therapists don’ t always practice what we preach!

Stepping out of the door without our Masks can be very hard sometimes; it takes doing it in baby steps-one small situation at a time.

I have found though that training for and competing in triathlons has been one of the best activities to help me take off the Masks. I feel comfortable in this arena, “ braver” emotionally, and more willing to put myself out there for all to see. I think that sports and competition in general can do this for people. Look at the faces of people during sports competition - raw emotion! Pretty difficult to find the energy to wear a Mask when
you’ re giving 100% of your energy to your sport.

I challenge those of you reading to do a Mask Check: How many do you wear? In what situations? When and with whom can I test taking them off? So, pick a situation in which you would normally wear a Mask, put that Mask on the shelf to collect some dust and test the waters by being the Real, More Beautiful You.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Sunday Report

So, this is a pretty apt description of what I have been doing lately!!  My friend and endurance mentor, Ben, and I went out on a 10 miler today at Green Lakes (finally someone to keep me on the right path...literally!).  It was a gorgeous fall day, and as usual the run was not without adventures.

First of all...snakes...

I KNOW!!!  

I saw the snake on the trail and wanted to get a picture, so Ben took it upon himself to channel his inner Steve Irwin and guarantee I did not miss it!!  I was screaming at him the whole time, but it really does make for good story telling, no?

The views were still gorgeous (are you getting sick of me talking about this yet?), and Ben snapped a pic of me at the highest point of the run.  It was so warm here today I stripped down to just a light short sleeve shirt and capris (thank you Saucony!!), and was perfect!!

To end the day of adventures, Ben rescued me from near death using his ninja-like skills to catch me after I tripped over a root.  Sorry no'll have to take my word for it!

As I was driving over to Green Lakes I had this sudden realization that this month has become the month that I have fallen head over heels in love with running!  I mean, I never hated it before, but I have really come to look forward to being out there running, either alone or with company, no matter the weather.  As if it weren't possible before, I am totally hooked!!!

Here are the numbers for the week:

(A): 8:05:46
Swim:  30m 1500 yds
Run:  5h 9m 25s 28.41 mi
Walk/Hike:  1h 26m 20s 5.11 mi
Bike: 1h spin class

Total:  8h 5m 46s 

Have a wonderful week!  Happy training!!