Ay Ay Ay!

The last week has been a blur.

Friday-helped mom finish sister’s birthday shopping.  Cooked parents dinner at sister’s house.  Made her GF magic bar cupcakes.

Saturday-relay race.  I got severely dehydrated and ran pretty dang slow.  Then stupid me didn’t drink up until 2 pm.  Went out for sister’s birthday.

Sunday-my shoulders were so sore I couldn’t move, guessing it was from my dehydration.  I went to the gym but couldn’t do much of anything.

Monday-Wednesday-blur.  Work was super busy.  I tried to run Tuesday but only had time for 2 miles, which was brutal.  Started getting in a funk this morning and I can see it lasting for the next week.  I keep fighting it, but can’t shake it.  My heart is hurting pretty badly right now.  I know how to make it better, but I don’t see that happening.  That hurts even more. I want to magically fix everything and to live happily (most of the time) ever after.  I want my fairy tale damn it!

Never heard back from Dr. L, which makes me sad.  I have no idea what to do now.  I can’t wait 2 more months to see him and keep buying stuff that may not be helping me.  May be trying my mom’s Dr. in SA soon.

I am probably not renewing my domain in a few weeks, so it may be back to https://melissadishes.wordpress.com.  Will keep you posted.

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Race Report: 3M Half

January 19, 2014-3M Half Marathon

20th anniversary of the race.  I believe this was my 4th time.  3M was my first half.  3M is also my standing PR (2012).

Expo

I didn’t go.  I’ve been before.  It’s small and uninteresting to me.  They allow packets to be picked up by waiver (which I love), so my mom got mine.

Swag

I am pretty much going to whine every year until they start giving full size boxes of band-aids again.  It’s still the best swag bag you can get.  Tons of 3M products.  Sandpaper, tape, safety glasses, wrist brace, towel, earplugs, post-its, hand sanitizer, medical support wrap roll, a sample pack of band-aids, super glue, electrical tape.  And the tech shirt. IMG_0614[1]

Course

My standing PR is on this course.   That was 2 years ago, which was the last time I ran the race.  They changed the course last year again but changed it back to the 2012 course.

It’s billed as flat and fast.  I thought it was in 2012.  In 2014 it didn’t feel flat at all.

The course offered water and sports drink about every 2 miles.  In the middle our friends at Clif (parent to LUNA) had gels.   This year the course also had baby pools on the course to throw your wrappers in!  I loved that.  I only take gels at water stops, so I never have to worry about littering.  The Clif stop unfortunately wasn’t near water for at least another mile.

There were actually protesters at the start and midpoint of the race.  Apparently 3M kills forests.  Last time I checked, so did every other company in the world.  The only thing I worried about was they were on a bridge over the course at the midpoint, I am glad there was a cop watching them, I didn’t want anything thrown on me.  And  I am pretty sure their pre-printed signs were not recycled!  Hypocritical much?

Post Race

The new trend in Austin is to have food trucks come and sell you food after the race.  I don’t run with money and I also don’t throw any in my drop bag.  Just as well, I almost never eat post race food anyhow.IMG_0648[1]

There was enough at the finish for the average runner.  Bagels, bananas, oranges, and chips.  I took a banana, an orange, and a bag of HEB brand Doritos.IMG_0675[1]

Fun facts Friday

Well I don’t know if I would consider them all that fun this week!

  • My foot felt better after icing for a few days.  Ran on it Tuesday and it was fine.  After Thursday wasn’t so good.  It’s still sore across the top 😦
  • I may have a place of my own soon!
  • I am nervous about Sunday’s race.  I am not ready.  I keep telling myself to just have fun.
  • I took a personal day Wednesday.  Not something I do enough.  It was pretty awesome.
  • Just as soon as I posted my excitement for the 3 day weekend on Facebook, things started to change.  And not for the better. Saturday plans were completely scrapped.  I had no words, just tears.
  • There are 2 more days to this long weekend, but Saturday I had my heart set on for a while
  • AIP totally had reduced my inflammation.  HAD because I cheated once and it made me bloated and miserable.  Back to strict AIP with structured reintroduction.
  • I’m still a sucker for greeting cards
  • And goofing around at Buccee’s

Fun Facts Friday

  • I still want to learn how to swim properly.
  • My hair is finally starting to get longer!
  • I have 2 James Avery charm bracelets.  One is overflowing, the other is slowly being built.  Both are very special to me.  One day I am going to blog about the meaning of each.
  • I am dying to go crazy in the kitchen again, but I only halfway cook since I’m in a temporary situation.  It’s only me to cook for 90% of the time, which is still and adjustment for me.
  • AIP is hard.  I want tortilla chips.  And salsa.  And just a little cheese.  And chocolate. It’s only been 8 days, I need to give it a full shot to see if it helps.  I’ve been feeling better, but not 100%.
  • I have a race VERY soon.  I am SO not ready.  I may be running with mom if she’s not still injured.
  • Drive by Truckers AND Lucero are both coming to Austin soon, not soon enough!  I have tickets for both already
  • I miss my friends.  I need to make the rounds and see everyone I can soon
  • There is no better feeling than feeling loved and appreciated

Race Report: Nike Women’s Marathon and Half Marathon

Race Report: Nike Women’s Race

Expo:  The expo hype was huge.  Luckily we got there Friday morning right after it opened and beat the crowds.  No lines to get our packets.IMG_2243[1]  The expo itself was nice, but Nike, Nuun, Paul Mitchell, LUNA, and Neutrogena were the only booths.IMG_2246[1]

Pre-race:  Seemed well organized.  Plenty of porta-potties.  Bag drop was easy, lining up was easy.  There was only 5 corrals though, for 32,000 people.

Course:  The start was crowded which was frustrating.  I was in the first corral behind the elites, but they let the first 3 go all at the same time.  This did not bode well for the first couple of miles.   The fog was so heavy that  couldn’t see anything.  Not to mention it made for a very humid and wet race.  The course was challenging to say the least.  Nothing that I couldn’t handle, but it was tough, some of the hills were pretty bad.

It wasn’t my best but it wasn’t my worst.  Definitely the hardest course I’ve ever run and the weather didn’t help.  I was proud of myself for what I accomplished and I truly had nothing left when I was done.

Refreshment:  On course-Clif shot blocks, water, and Nuun.  I know I took some Nuun but it was so watered down, I couldn’t taste it.

Post Race:   You get a Tiffany’s finisher necklace instead of a medal.  Half and Full get the same one.  From a San Francisco fireman in a tux. IMG_2341[1] This year was the 10 year anniversary.  The necklace was good, but not as cute as I hoped.  I wore it all last week though.IMG_2324[1]

Whole Foods sponsored the finisher food.  LUNA protein bar, banana, reusable bottle of water, fruit cup.

If you went to the finisher village and waited in long lines, you could get goodies from the Whole Foods tent (only GF item was Popchips).   Also a long line, but worth the wait were massages and full size Neutrogena products!

Overall the race was cool, but I am not sure I will do it again.  The crowds at the start were insane and that’s one of my pet peeves.  The crowds weren’t too bad when I finished, but by time my mom finished, the lines to jut get your food and get out of the finisher area were insane!  An hour just to get her out of the finisher area, then another hour plus to wait in the shuttle line to get back to Union Square.

Race Report: Jalapeno Half

Pre-race:  I wish I could say this went well.  They gave me a 5K number at packet pickup and I didn’t know it until race morning.  I realized as we were walking  the 1.5 miles to the start that everyone else had yellow bibs.  UGH 😦  I was able to get a new bib, but it was unexpected stress and it was cutting it close to the expected start.  My mom and sister did the 5K which started after the half.IMG_0810[1]

The race started late, but I heard the RD was in an accident and that’s understandable.  But that also meant 45 minutes hotter.

Course:  The start was congested and tight.  It was like running in a cattle chute for at least a mile, but then again, that’s most races.  I didn’t start where I should have.  Then again, I had no expectations.  There was nothing I like about the course except maybe the first and last mile, which had trees and was in the park.  The rest of the race was on the concrete along the Trinity River.  Not even scenic parts, i’m talking dead grass and industrial.  It was like running through a wasteland.

Refreshment:  Water and sports drink at 4 stations, so you got 8 chances.  I drank at all of them.  At some of them, I had both, which I don’t usually do.  It was so dang hot!

Post Race: bagels,Nutrigrain bars, Propel drink, breakfast tacos from Taco Cabana, Zico coconut water, bananas and Monster energy drinks.  I downed a coconut water, and ate half a banana, it was all I could have from the choices.

There were about 10 baby pools of ice that were being used to soak feet, to help people cool.  I eventually put my whole self in.  I think it helped with bringing my heat down for sure.   Once I got my legs in, it was worse than any marathon-training ice bath i’d ever had as far as tolerance.  IMG_0813[1]

For entertainment they had a jalapeno eating contest and a costume contest.  I got 5th in costume, which put me out of the money. I had a green top, green tutu, and green knee socks that we sewed little sombrero pom-poms on.  I ran in mine, a few of the winners didn’t run in theirs, which was slightly annoying to me.  At least I can recycle my tutu for Christmas.

This was my first summer race ever and my first race since November.  I had no expectations or any idea just how hard this was going to be.  First I just wanted to not walk.  At one point, I just wanted to finish, which I did, but after mile 9, I was falling apart.  I started getting goose-bumps which is BAD NEWS!  Even though I was taking in both hydration options, it wasn’t enough.  I stopped to walk at least one minute in miles 9, 10, 11, and 12.  My final time was my 2nd slowest time ever, which I have no issue with.  It was just under 2:03 which I guess was pretty good considering how hot it was and my 4-5 minutes of walking.

Day 17, Friday: A favorite photo of yourself and why

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This is the first photo that comes to mind.  This is from October 2012 Cap 2 Coast relay.  My teammate Jose snapped this from the car.  It’s honestly one of the only good photos of me running.  Ever.
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I do know this was the first leg on the first day, it was my only leg of the race that was in daylight and it was at noon and SUPER hot.  I am not sure what point this was on that leg, because I don’t really remember many chain link fences.  For the most part it was barbed wire fences on a very windy and hilly Niederwald Farm to Market Road.

I like this photo because while I was having medical issues, I look strong.   Oh and this was 6 days after I got hit by the car on my right side.  I ran strong and maybe a little too hard here, but I felt fine doing it.  This is the last photo I have before I lost much of my visible muscle tone.

I hope that soon I can look and run like this again.  But this time, i’d like the rest of my body to play along 🙂