. . . for Lauren and Lauren: Marathon Update

July 20, 2014

Marathon Update

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favorite workout clothes:  kohls tank top & old navy running capris 

About a month ago I wrote a post with an update on marathon training.  It's crazy that it's been another month.  Time really is going fast these days! (Hello one year daughter?)  

The other day on my training app it said 85 days until race day.  That no longer seems that far away.  I still have moments of being nervous and questioning signing up to run.  But the longer distances I complete, the more confidence I have that I can do it. 


Speaking of the app, I am still loving it.  There is something really satisfying about seeing your miles rack up. When I passed 100 miles for under two months I felt really proud. 

I find myself here and there getting frustrated with my speed, when I think about how fast others are running. I think the struggle of comparison creeps into many areas of my life.  I need to remind myself that this race is about me and that's it.  

That being said, I'm actually doing pretty good with my goal.  I'd love to run ten minute miles on race day, as that has always been my goal but I did not reach it the first two times.  Really my main goal is to finish, but I'd be extra happy with close to a ten minute mile.  So far I'm on track but there are so many factors that go into race day, so we'll see.  

Healthy eating.  I wrote before that I don't want my running and all my calorie burning to be cancelled out by eating more junk.  Don't get me wrong though, I definitely indulge a little extra on long run days.  Ten mile runs definitely deserves a little (or big) cup of soft serve ice cream.  

But overall, I'm trying to eat healthier.  My biggest weaknesses are sweets and snacking.  I've done really well not eating desserts during the day.  And really the only way this is possible is to not have them in my house.  Hence the after dinner ice cream runs.  

The other issue is snacking.  I'd rather eat snacks all day long then three real meals a day, but I realize that isn't the healthiest option.  One of my favorite snacks is granola bars.  Remember when I gave up sweets for a month?  I would just eat chocolate covered granola bars as a "snack."  Hello cheating? Maybe.  

So I needed to find a better option for a snack that has protein and is more filling than a chocolate covered granola bar.  Plus I also need something that is easy to grab and eat with a baby at my legs. (Someone please tell me how you get pictures like this that aren't blurry thanks to a moving certain somebody.) 


Hello new snack bar.  These Greek Yogurt & Honey bars are delicious and only 110 calories.  I ate one each day for six days straight and was sad when they were gone.  


I remember when I was little my mom drinking Slimfast shakes.  I did not realize there were so many options besides shakes, meal bars and lots of snack options.  Peanut butter chocolate covered bars? Yum. 

Since I'm still nursing and running quite a bit of miles a week, I know it's important to keep up my calories and while I'd love to lose weight training, I want to be careful how I do so.  I think the most important thing is to have healthy, long term habits.  And part of that is finding easy, healthy snacks to eat along the way.  

And speaking of nursing, that is somewhat a concern.  Still nursing away at least four times a day.  I'm not really quite sure how to go about this whole weaning thing and while the marathon seemed far away at the time, it'd be real helpful to not to need nursing "relief" on race day as I'll be away from Addilyn for a good part of the day.   Advice? Tips? Moms? 

So I'm still plugging along.  Mile by mile.  Working on moderation with trying not be crazy and follow the training schedule to a T, indulge a little here are there (and there) and do my best to eat healthy.  And take it day by day.  

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10 comments:

Kira Bublitz said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

you shouldn't get down on yourself for snacking throughout the day. that's actually the healthier way, as long as they are healthy snacks! good job with you're running! i'm sure you will be amazing on race day :)

Arielle Thibodeaux said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I'm always very impressed by distance runners. I'm really proud of you for doing a WHOLE marathon, especially with a LO at home!!

Amanda said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Hey Katie. I'm still nursing our 15 month old. He'd love to nurse 10 times a day if I'd let him. Recently, I've been weaning him off little by little.. nothing more than we're both comfortable with. I just have been omitting one feeding at a time for a week and the milk just seems to leave..I did get a little engorged but I just let him nurse a little while longer on his next feed. We are now down to 2 feedings only.. morning and night.. win win and everyones happy. :) Good luck!

If weaning doesn't happen, I'm sure you'll be fine during the race.. if not people will just think it's sweat! ;)

Best,
Amanda

TheTinyHeart said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I can barely make it down the block running so all these miles you're racking up is SO impressive to me! I think you deserve to reward yourself for the longer runs but I hear you on finding healthier snacks!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

two birds said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Yay for you! It's so hard training with a baby. I trained after Henry was born, and loved it. Be very proud of yourself, regardless of what you eat or how fast you run...you are amazing!

Jamie said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Youre doing great. I am getting ready for a half in October. Youre faster than me!

Sarah said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

that's awesome. I did a half marathon a couple of years ago and had the same goal (sort of), when training it turned into wanting to finish under 2 hours 30 minutes. which I did by 7 minutes, woo hoo! Good luck, you're doing a great job! Wish I had a smartphone when I was training, although I probably wouldn't have wanted to carry it with me :)

Sarah said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

that's awesome. I did a half marathon a couple of years ago and had the same goal (sort of), when training it turned into wanting to finish under 2 hours 30 minutes. which I did by 7 minutes, woo hoo! Good luck, you're doing a great job! Wish I had a smartphone when I was training, although I probably wouldn't have wanted to carry it with me :)

The Life of Poole said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I'm so excited for you! I'm also way too competitive when it comes to running always comparing myself to others or just even myself. I was running 11min miles when I started back running again but noticed I can push myself harder now post partum - must be the whole "hey I made it through labor I know my body can do more than this!" thing haha You're doing awesome with training, keep it up!

Sarah said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Go you!!

Some of the best race advice I've ever received was 'run your own race'. It's your race and your day and you just have to do the best you can!