So, I mentioned this on all of my social sites, but I wanted to go ahead and go into a touch of detail for those that I know that might only read my blog. I’ve realized over time there’s still a lot of people that read this blog, and it makes my heart so happy and I stopped looking at stats years ago but I did tonight and was like WOW, people really do still read. HAAA! Hi, yall.
Or maybe you’re just here to creep. That’s cool too 😉
First, I’d just like to say that real life apart from all of this blog/fitness/health stuff is just wonderful. Tanner and I took so long to find our stride in Shelby, but we are happy..so so happy. We feel that both of our careers have really taken off here, we have really gotten closer with my brother and his wife and so we are able to just be like “Hey, it’s Tuesday. We are coming over.” So, that was yesterday and we went over and had grilled cheese, potato soup and I got to spend time with Jackson (who loves to be naked constantly hahaha-I loveeee age 3- it’s my fav!)
Deciding maybe not..
I started the count down to Myrtle Beach sometime during the weekend (that I had planned to run 14 miles but got struck with the 2.5 day black plague of 101-103 fever that wouldn’t break that’s now completely gone-#muchconfusion) and was like “Good gosh, I have 5 weeks left.” Don’t get me wrong. I could pull it off. I could run this marathon. I might could even sub 3, but it wouldn’t feel “right” if that makes sense. I almost don’t WANT to run the marathon well if I only got 5 solid weeks. That’s like all the kids in pharmacy school that never studied then would make A’s on the exam. THAT’S SO ANNOYING. If I’m going to make this time, I’m going to DO IT RIGHT.
So, we are back to the drawing board. I decided to drop to the half. I’m actually kind of excited about that now because I NEVER run halfs (mostly because I’m cheap and if I’m gonna pay for it or train for it, I’m going to go the full). My PR was 1:32 per my watch but an official 1:37 at the NYC half marathon, so my goal would be to break 1:32. I feel confident in that.
My next full marathon after this one will be in the ironman, however my next stand alone sub 3 attempt will be Savannah Marathon at the beginning of November. I never even got a chance to truly train for this marathon, so I’m not changing anything in that approach. I feel very confident in the training program I have in my head for Savannah and just excited to execute it. I just simply had some fluke crap happen this time, but I’m so so thrilled because I have like a lot of time to really restore my body to good health and do some strength training to build my core to stabilize me moving forward.
I’m going to do an update soon with my plan to train for the ironman in a spreadsheet like I did for my marathon, and what I plan to do. As of this weekend, I’m 13 weeks out, and honestly, I said I wouldn’t “really” train for this until 12 weeks out because as we all know, I do better with shorter so I still have a week to chill! <3 We are going hiking this weekend to Chimney Rock (our first exploration of this area) and going to one peak, one waterfall, and then a tour of the lake and dinner at a famous place that is by the lake that the Dirty Dancing scene is in!
I have gotten Tailwind, and for now that is going to be my drink of choice on the bike. On the bike, and in the powders, my body just churns through calories, and I typically do about 150-200 calories, which is what I recommend to my athletes as well dependent on them of course. I will be using that as well. I like over loading calories also on the bike because I don’t like to take in as much while I’m running tbh. I’d rather just run, but during race days, I always take in one gu per 5 miles (100 calories per 35-40ish minutes), but oh boy how I hate it by the end of the marathon. I will be using this in practice this training cycle due to preparing my gut for it because it tends to want to revolt. I’m also having testing done next week in Charlotte to find my resting metabolic rate. I’m interested to see what this comes back as.
Resting Metabolic Rate + Energy Expended in Digestion of Food + Exercise = Total Daily Calories (This can vary so significantly person to person and of course depends on what level you are in athletics but it’s all so super interesting to me).
I’m also doing a VO2max test soon as well and I’m going to get a follow up with blood work with Inside Tracker. JUST CALL ME A LAB RAT! LEGGO.
2018 Goal Updates
Since it’s the end of January, I thought I’d give some updates on my goals. Don’t be overwhelmed. I literally do nothing but work and train and hang out with family. I have tons of free time tbh and I love doing things in my free time. I should probably go volunteer and be useful to society but here I am folks hahaha!:
- · I have written 10,000 words in my fictional novel that I’m writing. It’s such a joy of mine.
- · I feel really connected with my co-workers and in my job since the New Year. I feel connected more and more with my patients, and we are rolling out new things for them which I’m so excited for.
- · My reading goal is 100 books, and I’m 75% through my 11th book for the year. The books that I have read are:
o The Alice Network, What Happened, All the Missing Girls, What I Talk about when I talk about running, Left Neglected, Committed, Mountains Beyond Mountains,The Tipping Point, NASM CPT book, and 75% through The Goldfinch (Pulitzer Prize winning novel and I’m OBSESSED! New fav!) All of these were really good, but my favorites: What Happened (oh so interesting by Hilary Clinton no matter your party) and The Tipping Point.
- · I still don’t drink diet soda – so this is the longest I’ve been in my entire existence hahaha! I still don’t claim to be done forever, which is a slippery slope. HA! I really do enjoy NOT because carbonation was making me feel yucky constantly, and I get 9999.999% less headaches.
- · I’ve been doing 3 items of gratitude daily (missed some days of course). I do it at the beginning of the day as I feel it aligns me well for the day.
- · I’ve finished the NASM book and going over the study guide hoping to become certified in personal training at the beginning of March! YAY! I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK! I learned so much and relearned so many things I have forgotten and have a PLETHORA of appendices to use for workouts now. I’m PUMPED to say the least and can’t wait to be a trainer in person and online. EEK!
- · We finished our wine class and I feel I have a new little skill in my back pocket.
These are things I’m proud of and not in a self deprecating way but y’all, I’m a hot mess express like every other day, so I never want to give some illusion like I’m just over here slamming goals and that’s all I do. Hahaha! I lose my debit cards. I lose my keys like every day. I set a hot skillet on my new handmade cutting board my father in law made for us and it bubbled up (Tanner says it’s fixable but I cried HA). My Christmas tree is still up (I mean personally I count that as a WIN-MAY THE SEASON NEVER DIE!). I have days where I waste hours at a time just because I get sad for literally no reason. Okay, you get the point. I just like to keep it real. Oh, I’m also backing out of a marathon that I absolutely love and was sad about for a hot minute, but like what are you gonna do? Mope? NA. I’m good. I just want to move forward.
If you’re curious about how I do all of this and what my days look like:
445am – wake up//coffee
5-6: Read for pleasure
6-6:30: Make food for the day
6:30-7: Get ready
7-7:30 Answer Katiesfitscript Emails and look over client’s running notes
8-4ish: Work (This can vary depending on the day // client load // work from home load) – typically read for like 30 minutes while I eat lunch MAYBE just depending
6-7: Dinner // Catch up with Tanner
7-730: Write novel
7:30-8: More Katiesfitscript Programming// Emails // Blog post writing
8-9: Either watch Grey’s Anatomy or read again