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They say at this stage of the game, to trust your training. Easy for them (who are “they” anyway?) to say. I’ve never trained for and competed in a full marathon, so I guess I have to trust and believe in THEM.

My other running buddies, who have done marathons before, tell me that I’m ready, that I’m prepared. That if I can do the 20 miler, I can do 26.2. They tell me that those last 6.2 are going to hurt, but they say I can do it.

The scary, freaky, holy hell what am I doing God’s honest truth here is, I believe them.

I do think I can do it. I think I am ready. I think I’ll finish.

But I’m scared as shit right now. (Am I supposed to admit that?)

I’m nervous! And I know, I know, it’s normal at this point. If I was going into it all confident and without a care in the world, that would make me nervous. I’m questioning it all. Have I trained enough? What if I crap out after mile 13? What if I go out too fast? What if I trip and fall in my high heels this week and sprain my ankle? Will I wear the right outfit? Will I be too hot? Too cold? What if I fall apart, where will I get the strength to finish this thing?

I know it’s normal. And that’s the scary part too! Because I have a feeling this is all par for the course here, and these nerves, this pre-race anxiety isn’t going to just go away. And I know damn well that a good dose of it is good for me! I just fear that I’m not ready. So many people know that I’m doing this. I don’t want to fail.

But, how about that 20 miler yesterday? Kevin and I totally crushed that run, and no, not without some complaining throughout. But we finished! And we didn’t drop! And we finished in pretty good time. And it was hotter than expected and we were sore and we would have rather been watching football with our friends or out sitting by the Charles which we were running by having a picnic instead of hoofing it by the picnic-ers, but… we did it.

We did our 20 miler, and “they” say, we’re ready.

Now I just need to believe THEM.

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Seven weeks into marathon training probably isn’t the time to figure such things out like, YOUR SHOES NOT FITTING correctly.  But leave it to me and my blisters to tell you that something is decidedly not right with my feet these days, and I think it all goes back to the sneaks!

Tell me, do you go up a size or a half a size in running sneakers?  I’m normally a size 8 high heel regular shoe.  Last year when I did my half, I went up to an 8.5, and that seemed to work pretty well.  There’s always been slight blister issues, but not so much that I had any issue while running, more that my feet just hurt afterwards.  Enough that I could deal.

So I figured, why not try going up another half a size?  When it was time to get my new sneaks this time around, I explained to the friendly runner gurus at Marathon Sports my whole blister debacle, and the nice chick there suggested I try going up to a 9.  I tried them out that day right then and there, ran up the street and back, and they felt fine.  They were the same brand as before (Asics), just the 2010 version.  Marathon Sports is cool in that they let you try out the shoes for something like two or three weeks, and if you’re not satisfied, you can return them and switch to a different pair.  Well I did try them for a few weeks.  And they were fine!  They felt good, there really wasn’t any huge issue.  I was still getting blisters but I just figured, apparently I have blister feet, or something, and kept on going.

I ran a half marathon in them, and I’ve been training with them ever since.  But the blisters, they’re getting worse.  I’m down three toe nails at this point and still have the pedicure question, but now want a 30% discount since I’m DOWN THREE TOE NAILS!

Yeah, ew. I know.

And this from me, a girl who used to LOVE a good, relaxing, soothing pedicure!  But no more.  I haven’t been in months, and my feet, they’re-a-hurtin’.

(Sidenote: Don’t ever, ever google “woman + blisters” if you don’t want to fear for your life, OR, if you’re eating dinner at the same time and don’t want to totally lose your meal. I’m just sayin’.)

ANYWAY…

So other than my poor little tootsies, things here are going just swell in the way of training.  Last weekend I set a personal distance record, racking up 14 miles!  Besides the hot as hell hot and humid weather we’re having here, all things considered, the run went really well.  I finished in 2:20, running about a 10 minute mile.  Given this extreme heat, I was pretty happy with that.

Oh and also?  I’ve finally decided to smarten the heck up, and I’m using a water belt!  Who’da thunk that this little sucker would be such a lifesaver?!

I swear every time I come here that I’ll come here more often.  And life just seems to be getting away from me these days.  I have been reading all these great running blogs lately, and yummy food blogs, all these in addition to the filled to the brim google reader I constantly have with hundreds of my favorite blogs that I’ve known and loved for several years now!

What’s your favorite blog to check out for running inspiration or advice?  Or, your favorite blog that has nothing to do with running, but that you love just because?

In no particular order, here are a handful of my go-to blogs for both running related things and not so much running related things.  Check them out!

  • SoMi Speaks– I’m lucky enough to know this lovely lady in real life as well as through our blogs.  She’s run multiple marathons, lives in Chicago, and she and her husband “Sweets” are going to be our gracious hosts for the marathon this October!
  • Life According to Mel Heth– This newly engaged gal is also a runner!  She lives on the West Coast and writes about her daily life, enjoying the everyday (including wine and cheese!) with her Mr. Wonderful, and the running she does near wine country!
  • I Run, You Run– This chick lives in DC and is battling some serious heat these days on her long runs! And I think we have it bad in Boston!  She’s also newly engaged, and likes to race with her cutie fiance Karl!
  • JustRunJustLiveJustBe– Aww Lesley.  I just have so many wonderful things to say about my Colorado running mentor of a friend.  Though we’ve never MET in real life, we’ve known each other for … almost FOUR years now?  She’s run more races than I can count, she’s an amazing writer, and a fabulous photographer!
  • Skinny Runner– She’s funny, she’s fast, she dishes about celebrities, she busts out 10 miles like it’s her job, and her JOB job is pretty effing sweet!  She’s a chick version of Deadliest Catch, heading to Alaska in the summertime to do that whole dangerous fishing thing.
  • running, eating, living in the real world– We share the same name! I don’t think she knows who I am, but I google stalk her blog on the regular.  She’s a college graduate also training for the Chicago marathon!  And she’s battling some nasty heat these days in Florida!

Tell me some of your go-tos!

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One good thing among the many good things about long runs, is that when you’re running upwards of two hours, eating meals like this come guilt free:

Saturday night, fourteen of us headed out for my grandmother’s 80th birthday.  The whole dinner was a surprise, and my grandmother’s face when she walked into the restaurant and saw the group of us waiting for her was priceless:

Just look at them!  How adorable are they?  It’s moments like this that I will remember for a lifetime.

Here’s a couple more from the evening, just because I’m feeling all look-how-savvy-I-am-I-can-upload-a-boat-load-of-pictures-at-once!

ignore the black shadow on the lower left?

all the grandkids with the birthday girl!

and this one really got me-- manfriend/grandfather bonding time.

And while I’m on the picture kick, here’s two from a little picnic Matt and I went on this weekend down by the Charles to enjoy the nice weather…

Doesn’t that look yummy?  I’ve been saying that I wanted to have a picnic for a long time now, and I finally convinced Matt who I’m pretty sure had a really good time!  Drinking Prosecco outdoors by the water?  Yes please!

And since this is a running blog, I’ll give you a short and not so sweet but okay update on that front.

Saturday we ran 8 miles after having taken the week off, remember?  It was just okay.  Not great, not horrible.  It was hot and humid and by the end, my knee was killing me.  Kind of like last year.  And here I thought I was out of the woods with that one!  But frozen veggies are again my friend, and I’ve been icing it off and on.  Hopefully I’ll kick that injury to the curb.

And the blisters, they’re back too.  Today’s run felt really good, despite the knee mishap over the weekend.  I’m thinking it is indeed the socks, and not so much that I need to totally stear clear of cotton, but just pick the right ones, and I’m finding out which are better for me vs. others.  Saturday?  8 miles and no blisters.  Today?  5 and some serious killers.  It’s like Mother Nature or some running devil is trying to keep me from wearing high heels tomorrow for my birthday and let me tell you, I’m not having it!

This blog has its name for a reason.  Fine I’ll run sans heels but no way will I be birthday-ing with my ManFriend, out for a very special date that we’ve been looking forward to for a while, in FLATS.  No way in hell.

What was the highlight of your weekend?

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This weekend was New England weather wise, pretty good!

I had thought it was supposed to be nothing but rain all day today, but no!  Not even a drop!

Which worked out really well for Matt and I actually.  Saturday we went out for what was supposed to be our long run.  We’ll call it our Long Run That Could?  Something like that.  We were all set, off with good intentions to tackle that double digit run no problems, but apparently The Universe or maybe Matt’s foot and calves more specifically had other plans in mind for us.

No big deal.  We did a 4 mile or so run and it was a gorgeous day to boot, so we were able to at least get outside to enjoy that.  Poor ManFriend had some killer cramps going on in his calves so the ten miler just seemed not in the cards for us.

But no big deal!  I convinced him to look at it as just a nice, leisurely run in the beautiful weather, rather than a 10 mile running Fail.  And besides, we had today to go after it again anyway, and go after it we did.

We were at an hour and ten minutes in and couldn’t believe it had been that long we were out there.  The time flew by!  It was another perfect day weather wise, we finished 10.2 miles in 1:48:something, and I have some serious color on my face and only a couple blisters to show for it!

After we finished, we went and saw another apartment in what now will be dubbed The Great Apartment Search 2010, for our plans to cohabitate starting in June.  After that, we treated ourselves to an icecream and it was damn good!

Speaking of re-refueling, we tried out these energy fruit blocks today.  I’m forgetting the exact brand, but after trying out a couple different GU’s over the past couple of weeks, we found we kind of prefer these gummy block things.  Not as vom-inducing I found, and they kind of dissolve in your mouth and don’t taste bad at all.

What do you use for some energy during your long runs?  What brands do you find are better over others?

My girlfriend cut up small pieces of granola bars or power bars during her marathon, and for her, that worked.  I think I could find myself not minding that, but I know Matt prefers to not actually have to really chew anything while he’s running.  Also, since we’re starting to up our mileage, we’re thinking we’re going to start taking some water with us, at least for these long runs.  Especially with these gnarly GU’s and even with the jelly things today, I’m always jonesing for a chug of water to kind of swig it all down with!

Alright, Office Space is on now so I have to immediately plant it on the couch as we wait for dinner to finish!

What was the highlight of your weekend, running wise, or otherwise?!

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I know. I know, it’s been forfreakingever and yes I’m still alive and no I haven’t given up running and yes I have been enjoying those Cadbury eggs as of late, and oh yeah, I tried a new drink today.

So I thought I would review it for all of you. I needed something to break the silence here!

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***UPDATE!*** Maybe a bit TMI?, but I figured you’d want the warning.  The drink is fine and all but, how shall I put this?  Why not just make sure you’re near a bathroom when you drink this purple monster, okay?

So this morning ManFriend left me a “new!” Naked blended juice smoothie in my fridge for me to try out.

I usually opt for a nice bowl of oatmeal after my morning runs. It fills me up, and doesn’t leave me craving another breakfast by 10:00am.

Today I opted to try out the Berry Veggie Machine flavor, which ManFriend tells me is not only a new flavor, but a new “blend.” I have no clue what all this really means, but I figured I’d give it a go. I wasn’t sure whether this little puppy would cut it for a full breakfast for me, but with two servings in each bottle, I thought it just might work. The website claims, “With a pound of bare naked fruit in every bottle, our juices and smoothies can be a healthy addition to an overall balanced diet.” I read this after I drank the smoothie, an hour after I was feeling a little snacky and heading for my string cheese morning nosh.

So I’ve never drank a Naked drink before, save for the one time I tried ManFriend’s Green Machine, and really liked it! (Despite the gnarly green look to it!) I was going into this with an open mind, figuring since I come from the smoothie camp and am used to making my own concoctions on occasion, this could be a good go-to to grab on the fly.

I didn’t mind it. I didn’t loveit by any means, but it wasn’t hard to swallow of anything like that. I did kind of feel like I was drinking a bottle of carrots, but maybe that’s because I’m not used to this kind of drink? The bottle does boast that it has a whopping blend of TEN vegetable and fruit juices, so it’s not like this was a surprise to me. In this bottle, there are two servings of veggies, and one serving of fruit. And I downed the whole thing, so double that!

Checking out the website, I think where I may have gone wrong with this one was that the “flavor” description states that this particular drink is a mix of “sweet cherries and strawberries mixed with five tasty veggies!” The thing is? A cherry girl, I am not. I’ve never been a fan of them, so right there, I may have been getting off on the wrong foot.

But don’t get me wrong. This drink wasn’t so bad! It filled me up for the most part, though I do think that after a long run, one of the protein blends would better suit me. The Protein Zone Double Berry sounds really tasty to me! I think that I was just looking for a little more oomph, something that would stick with me a little longer. Then again, the website did say that these drinks are a good addition to a meal, so maybe next time I’ll opt for a small yogurt or a serving of cottage cheese and almonds on the side.

Would I try it again? Absolutely! Maybe not necessarily the Berry Veggie Machine, but most definitely some of the other appealing flavors. What I’m loving about these drinks is that they have absolutely no sugar added. None! With all the smoothie type drinks and the like out there to choose from, this is one selling point that really hit home with me. I’ll get my extra sugar from my leftover Easter yummies, thank you very much.

Now I’m just anxious to see what ManFriend will every so slyly leave in my fridge tomorrow morning!

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That right there, outside the window next to Matt is a hell of a lot of open land.  Open, flat, seems like it goes on forever road. 

And it’s awesome for running.

So was the temperature.  While still wicked hot, it really wasn’t the type of hot that we’re used to.  Meaning, we weren’t dripping sweat the moment we walked out the door.  We didn’t even break a sweat until a mile or so into our run, even though we were working hard.

It was just nice to be out in the fresh wide open, knowing that we were doing something good for our bodies whilst away on vacation.  (ie: knowing that we were burning off some good calories which allowed us to eat stuff like this..)

they really don't give you enough food at these places...

they really don't give you enough food at these places...

So we got two runs in.  Neither of them were the exact amount that we were supposed to do according to our training schedule, but I didn’t take that all too seriously.  We were on vacation afterall.  It was still nice to at least get a couple runs in, and both of them felt pretty good too.

This week I’ve been prepping for a 6 mile run on Sunday, which I’m looking forward to and am not even all that nervous about.  Four or five weeks ago?  I definitely couldn’t have seen myself running anywhere near that much.  It feels really good to be able to see and feel tangeable improvements.  Both in my time, in the rate at which I fatigue, and in distance.  This program seems to be working out really well.

So that’s the running scoop as of late!  Here are a few more pics from the trip.  We had a wonderful time.  It was so nice to just get away for a few days, to relax and have some fun, visit with my dad, spend some time with Matt, go out for some really good food and cocktails, and just kick back and enjoy ourselves.  As always, the time goes by really fast.  It was Thursday and then before I knew it it was Monday and time to leave.  We had a blast, and I can’t wait to get out there again!

Matt and I with my Dad and his new Wifey, Benala
Matt and I with my Dad and his new Wifey, Benala
too bad he doesn't make me happy?
too bad he doesn’t make me happy?
the famous arch
the famous arch
one of the best sunsets ever
one of the best sunsets ever

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running away

Would Cosmo like a leash?
Would Cosmo like a leash?
Off to Reno in the morning, on VACATION!

Updates to come when we return!

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