July 12, 2016
by hyedi
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Update: Weekly Workouts

Besides the Red, White and Boom relay, I’ve been taking things verrrry easy, going to PT once a week and doing LOTS of yoga. I’ve been feeling good, so this is the first week Coach is having me do any kind of speedwork and I’m so excited! In the meantime, here’s what last week’s running, etc. looked like:

Monday: Red, White and Boom! Half Marathon Relay

Tuesday: 20 minute recovery run (actual run 19:38 – 2 miles, 9:49 pace) + yoga

The forecast was calling for rain in the next hours or so, so I grabbed the BOB and headed to daycare to get Calvin, but I failed in beating the storm (actually, Weather Underground failed). So halfway there, when it started pouring, I had to turn around and head back. I finished my 20 minutes, jumped in the car and picked up Calvin. The run felt pretty decent, even having raced the day before. I had gone to PT earlier in the day, so I was a bit sore from being worked on, but nothing too terrible.

Wednesday: Yoga! (and PT exercises)

Thanks to Jessie’s recommendation, a co-worker and I hit up the Galleria’s Root Down, Ramp Up yoga series. It was a HOT day, but yoga in the sunshine felt great.

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Thursday: Yoga + core work

We left the Cities for the cabin around 6:30 p.m. and after we FINALLY made it there (the POURING AND BLINDING rain slowed us down), we put Calvin to bed and I got in some hamstring yoga and core work before going to bed.

Friday: REST (PT exercises and a 5-minute Jasyoga reset)

It wasn’t the nicest day at the cabin, so we laid around for much of the day before heading to the Grand Rapids Legion (oh yeah) for Burger Night with J’s grandparents :)

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I won some steaks in the meat raffle. So yeah, worth it.

Saturday: 40 minute run (4.47 miles, 9:04 pace) + yoga (psoas and a Jasyoga hip sequence)

Jesse and I left the little guy with his grandparents and headed to the Prairie River Trail to get in some miles. It was only 68 degrees, but the sun was quite toasty. I’m SO thankful for my current favorite piece of running gear, my new Oiselle mesh cap!

This hat is magical

This hat is magical

It took a little while for me to warm up. My hip felt fine, but the area in my hamstring/top of the calf that bothered me during Monday’s race, was acting up. Eventually, I settled into a groove and felt otherwise good.

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The rest of the day was glorious. I did some yoga outside and we took Calvin on his first boat ride!

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Sunday: 30 minute run (3.38 miles, 9:05 pace) + core work (and PT exercises)

By the time I got out for this run, it was pretty humid and I was tired from a weekend of relaxing — or maybe it was the beer or lack of anything healthy in my diet. Either way, this run required a LOT of effort. I finished the day with some core work while watching some Olympic Trials track and field!

Who are your T&F favorites who are headed to Rio?

July 6, 2016
by hyedi
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Race Recap: Red, White and Boom! Half Marathon RELAY

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Race morning was early. Calvin woke up at 3 and finally went back down around 3:30. I tossed and turned until 4:30 when my alarm went off. I ate the breakfast cookie I made the night before and drank a cup of coffee and glass of water.

I wasn’t feeling my stride shorts for some reason, so I decided on trying out my new pair of holepunch distance shorts (even though you’re not supposed to do anything new on race day? What can I say, I was feeling daring!), along with my singlet, Title Nine bra and Injinji socks.

I was out the door by 5:30 and realized once I was already well on my way that I forgot the Picky Bar I was planning to eat since I was Runner 2 and wouldn’t start running for a couple of hours. I was hoping they’d have some food at the start line or something (they didn’t). I was surprised that all of the street parking was snatched up by the time I got to the St. Anthony Main area around 5:50 a.m.! I ended up parking in a lot and walked down to Father Hennepin Park to meet up with some of the Oiselle Volee team for a photo. Great to meet so many new birds!

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Suzy, Jessy and I (other Minnesota volee) got on a shuttle to take us to the half marathon halfway point to wait for Tracy, Jana and Beth. I chatted with a friendly runner (and GOTR coach!) on the way. Once we got there (uh, after a slight detour — I think the driver may have gotten lost?) we got in line for the porta potties and all of a sudden, the first runners were already coming through!

Since Tracy is speedy speedy, it wasn’t long before I saw her pop-colored shorts in the distance and I got ready to tag in. She slapped my hand and I was off!

It took awhile for me to feel comfortable because everyone around me was running somewhere around a 7:30-7:45 pace, so I was being passed left and right. My hip felt fine, but I was still trying to take it relatively easy, but getting passed by EVERYONE can be kind of discouraging, and I realized I was running 7:55 for longer than I would have liked. I put the brakes on and slowed myself wayyyyy down. Eventually, I settled into a groove and enjoyed running on this new route.

A slight twinge in my knee and hamstring was all that bothered me during this race. I felt hungry almost immediately and longed for the Picky Bar that was sitting on my kitchen counter. I felt plenty hydrated from the day before and took water at a couple of the stops (nice to see the MCR crew around mile 12)!

I miscalculated how much I had left in the tank and started picking up the pace slightly too early. I kind of ran out of gas before I even got to the Stone Arch Bridge, so was running on pure adrenaline from the crowd lining the bridge, but wasn’t able to kick it in at the end. I crossed the finish line feeling slightly nauseated, but still devoured a red, white and blue popsicle a volunteer handed me with no issues. (But the grilled hotdogs they were also handing out? I decided to pass on that one.)

We all gathered for another photo…

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Then we headed to Wilde Roast Cafe for coffee and brunch. I was on a tight time schedule, so I savored ordered an almond milk chai and chatted for as long as I could before having to head out.

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After I got home, I was thrilled to have a leftover spring roll and coconut macaroon from our trip to the Midtown Global Market waiting for me. Calvin was sleeping, so I got to take a shower AND blow dry my hair. Heaven. When he woke up, he wanted to play with my medal:
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We finished the day out by cooking out with friends and I enjoyed a beer (or two) in my new pint glass <3

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I was so happy that my hip held up and I felt mostly recovered from Grandma’s weekend. Oh, and I LOVE my holepunch distance shorts — SO lightweight and breathable! I hit up PT yesterday and I’m close to being discharged! He did more Graston work on my IT band and hamstring and I’ll do another week of exercises and fairly easy running and then hopefully I can dive into my next training cycle!

Have you ever done a relay? 

What’d you do to celebrate the Fourth?

June 28, 2016
by hyedi
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First run post-half + Title Nine bra review

Disclosure: I received one free sports bra — all opinions are my own.

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Sure, I only went two miles, but I stand by what I said earlier about this bra being life changing! It was comfortable and with the right amount of compression. And the best part? I only had to wear one bra!

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Unfortunately, while the bra was awesome, the run didn’t go the greatest. The pain in my hip that showed up during the half was still there, even after taking a week off from running. After discussing with Coach, we decided to proceed with caution and I made an emergency PT appointment as well. This week, I’ll be focusing on slow and short easy runs and lots of yoga and I’ll be paying close attention to how my hip is feeling. Hopefully I’ll be able to ease into “real” workouts next week.

Don’t forget to RSVP at 612.238.9992 or through Facebook for Title Nine Edina’s Fit Fest taking place this Wednesday and Thursday! (You could probably talk me into going with you because I want to pick up a couple back up bras now that I know how much I love this one.)

Also, there’s still time to enter my Title Nine bra giveaway! I was sick all day yesterday so I’m extending the giveaway by one more day. I’ll pick a winner tomorrow morning. Oh! And you don’t need to be local to enter. And if you’re not near a store, you can use the online bra genie or call 800.342.4448 to chat with a bravangelist. Good luck!

June 24, 2016
by hyedi
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Title Nine Bravangelists to the rescue + a giveaway!

Disclosure: I received a free bra — all opinions are my own.

It probably goes without saying that a post about sports bras might venture into TMI territory. But I’ll say it anyways: This might venture into TMI territory.

I’ve always felt very lucky that I’ve never had to worry about having a large chest that got in the way of running, playing sports, etc. I’m sure I’ve also taken it for granted at times, but I recently found myself in a new situation: I love my Oiselle bras (they’re comfortable and cute), but now I need to wear two of them when running or a weird combination of one sports bra + a tank with a built in shelf bra. I guess having two back-to-back pregnancies and then nursing Calvin for 10+ months did a number on me.

So when I had the opportunity to attend the Title Nine Fit Fest Media Night to have an expert ‘Bravangelist‘ fit me for a sports bra, I couldn’t wait.

Ahead of the event, our Title Nine contact, Jessica, emailed and asked that we provide our current bra size and I was like “Uhhhh.” To be completely honest, I’m still wearing nursing bras and tanks because all of my old bras fit weird. Jessica assured me that it wasn’t a problem and they’d be able to find me the perfect bra.

After hitting up Tilia for a quick dinner (um, of fries and a lobster roll — the ideal meal before trying on bras in front of other people) courtesy of my bro (it’s fun to sit and harass the chef), I arrived to Title Nine Edina at 50th and France. Julia, the store manager, greeted me by name! Shortly after, Erin, Jessie, Bert, Samara and Anna arrived. So great to meet some of the other bloggers I follow, in person!

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We met Molly, Title Nine’s head Bravangelist (and bra buyer) who fit us each individually. She took a few really quick measurements (and if it matters to you — you can even keep your top on) and brought me a few different options to try on. Easy peasy!

Bloggers + Molly!

Bloggers + Molly!

She told me I was a 32C and in some of the bras that run small, a 32D, so it’s pretty obvious that I’ve likely been wearing the incorrect size for many years. In fact, while the majority of American women wear a 36C bra, most sports bras are made for A or B-cup women.

I tried on the 3-reasons Brooks/Moving Comfort bra (similar to the Moving Comfort best-selling Fiona bra) and the Tech Athena. Both felt very supportive and comfortable, but not quite right.

Yep, 10 months postpartum and my stomach still looks weird

Yep, 10 months postpartum and my stomach still looks weird

The third bra I tried was the one I ended up deciding on — the Fits-to-a-T sports bra, made by Brooks/Moving Comfort. I love everything about this bra — it’s comfortable and extremely supportive and the racerback cut shouldn’t lead to any chafing or rubbing on long runs. OH and the straps are adjustable for just the right fit (with velcro — perfect for a nursing mom).

The winner!

The winner!

What I loved about all of the options I tried was that they were “band and cup”-style, which I’ve never worn before. They felt much more supportive than the typical S, M, L-type bras I’ve always worn in the past. This got me thinking that I don’t think I’ve ever worn the proper sports bra. Ever. In my life.

We also participated in a “bounceathon” in our bras where we tested out how the bras handled jumping rope, bouncing on a ball or hoola hooping. It felt a little awkward, but it was a good way to really put them to the test!

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The best part of all of this? There’s a public Title Nine Fit Fest on Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday, June 30 at Title Nine in Edina! RSVP here to sign up for your personalized bra fit with a Title Nine Bravangelist expert. It’s a super quick process, but seriously life changing. And the staff at the Edina location is super friendly and knowledgeable (btw, good luck with your half marathon, Angela!) and they’ve got a carefully curated selection of awesome clothing and gear in addition to sports bras (for example: they carry Oiselle items, some designed specifically for T9)!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Enter to win a Title Nine bra of your choice! The giveaway is open to anyone in the U.S. Along with the bra, you’ll get a personalized fitting, either in-store or by-phone, depending on your location.

(Note that if you’re a winner that’s located within driving distance of a Title Nine store you’ll be asked to redeem your prize at the closest/preferred retail location.)

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below about ANYTHING to do with sports bras! For an additional entry, tweet about the Title Nine Fit Fest using the @TitleNine handle and#T9FitFest hashtag. Then let me know you tweeted, with a separate comment and link to the tweet. Good luck! Enter by the end of the day on Monday and I’ll pick a winner Tuesday morning.

Stay tuned for my full bra review (once I start running again!)

June 22, 2016
by hyedi
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Race Recap: 2016 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

On Friday we left the Cities around noon and took a small detour to avoid some slow downs on I-35. We got to my sister-in-law’s around 3:15 (after a stop at the grocery and liquor store). Since my brother-in-law was running his 16th!!!!! Grandma’s Marathon and had to go pick up his race packet, they picked up mine as well. It was nice not having to deal with the expo once we got into town.

Andrea and I stopped by the Oiselle meet up that was hosted at Tammy’s gorgeous house off of London Road! It was great to chat with some other birds and put names to faces, finally :)

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After the meet up, we had our traditional pre-race meal of spaghetti and garlic toast. (And Andrea’s famous s’more bars.)

I decided to sleep on the couch since I still wake up if Calvin makes even the slightest noise. Even though I slept pretty restlessly, when the alarm went off at 3 a.m. I got up without hitting snooze. I ate my breakfast cookie and drank a half a cup of coffee, along with about 16 oz. of water. After throwing a few “in case of emergency”-type supplies in my gear bag (poncho, sunglasses vaseline, etc.), John, Andrea and I were out the door at 4 a.m. sharp and en route to Duluth.

We arrived and parked at the Edgewater Hotel around 4:30 and were able to get on the second shuttle. Once we arrived to the start, we sat alongside the road with a stunning view of Lake Superior. While sitting there, I ate a half a banana and my Gen UCAN snack bar.

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We got in line for a final porta potty stop and were headed to the start corral shortly after 6 a.m. The corral was crowded and as I worked my way towards the 2:00 area, the gun went off and we were on our way!

Miles 1-6 – 8:59, 8:49, 8:48, 8:45, 8:46, 8:49

The first mile went by quickly and was pretty uneventful. The weather felt nice and cool still and my legs felt pretty fresh — I didn’t notice any of the fatigue I was feeling over the past week.

I had to do a fair share of weaving at the beginning, but the nice, wide roads made it a lot less frustrating than in other races in the Cities. Around mile two or three, all of a sudden I noticed that it felt significantly warmer than it did at the start. The first few miles ticked by and I tried to enjoy them by taking in the scenery.

Right around mile five, I noticed a little twinge in my left hip. I didn’t think too much of it, but by the time I was approaching the seven mile marker, it had gone from a ‘twinge’ to dull pain. My left foot was also starting to bother me and I felt the heat getting to me — I started to feel my pace slipping a bit.

Miles 7-13.1 -8:53, 9:06, 8:51, 8:40, 8:45, 8:43, 8:24

The next couple of miles were my slowest. I walked through the water stops and it took a lot of effort to pick the pace back up after walking. I tried to focus on my form and to do my best to keep a sub-9:00 pace. Lemon Drop hill came and went and like the last time I ran it, I used it as motivation that I only had 1/4 of the race ahead of me.

Right around mile 10, my friends Kate and Brian appeared and it helped me pick my pace back up! The crowds started to thicken as we made our way down Superior Street.

Between miles 11 and 12, I saw Jesse, Sara (my SIL) and Calvin! I was feeling awful by then, but I plastered a smile on my face and focused on getting the race over with.

Trying to harness my fast-finish training runs, I gave the last mile all I had left (which wasn’t much) and crossed the finish line not able to push any harder.

Official finish time: 1:55:46

Poll: Worth buying this?

Poll: Worth buying this? (let’s just ignore the poor form, mmkay?)

I collected my medal and shirt (not a fan) and beelined to the gear bag area. There was only one person in front of me! I promptly took off my shoes and slipped on my birkies. Ahhh, relief.

I was feeling a little woozy, so I sat down in the finishers area for a little while before heading over to the family meeting area. I got a text from Andrea that she had finished already — MAJOR PR for that girl!

Shortly after I got to the finishers area, Andrea and John and Sara, Jesse and Calvin arrived. The moment I squeezed my little guy was one I’ll never forget!! <3 <3 <3

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Since we found out our car was basically being held hostage at Edgewater until the marathon was over the roads reopened, we took the shuttle to Proctor where Jesse picked us up. After a short nap, some lunch and an amazing shower, we drove back to Duluth later in the day to pick up the car. Once we arrived back to my sister-in-law’s, we celebrated with some champagne, a beer or two and juicy lucys!

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Grill master

Final thoughts

I went into this race hoping to break two hours. My 10 mile race a few weeks back gave me the confidence that I should be able to do that relatively easily, but given my low weekly mileage totals and the crappy runs I’d had recently, there was not one part of me that thought a PR was a possibility. This was a wake up call that I’m probably not training at the proper paces and was further validation that working with a coach is the right call for me. (I’ve already started working with my new coach and I’m SO EXCITED!)

Fuel: I felt like I fueled properly for this one. I took water at every stop except for the first and last one. I also took a second cup to pour over my head at a few stops and I know that helped keep me cool. I took a total of four Shot Bloks starting at mile 6 and through the end of the race. I probably could have had an entire package, but I didn’t train much with them and didn’t want to upset my stomach.

Gear: I went with Stride shorts and my Oiselle singlet as well as compression socks. I felt a bit warm with the socks, but I’m still happy I decided to run in them. My Stride shorts stayed put the entire race <3 I could’ve used sunglasses, but was fine without.

I’m so grateful I had such a great place to stay with the best hospitality (thanks, Tim and Sara!) and great training partners throughout this cycle (s/o Andrea, Kate and Kristen!) and a huge congrats to Tim for completing his 20th marathon, all of the amazing Oiselle women who raced over the weekend and to everyone else who raced!

This week is all about recovery and I’m already feeling much better after the race. I did some major foam rolling and saw my chiropractor for an adjustment. As long as my hip feels OK when I run on Saturday, I’m considering myself as good as new!

So what’s next? Not 100 percent sure, but talking it over with my coach and thinking that it’ll be a fall 10 mile or half.

What’s up next for you? Any fall races planned?

June 15, 2016
by hyedi
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Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Training: Week Eleven

It’s officially race week! Last week was a very “meh” week of running:

Monday: REST

Neck was still sore so I skipped lifting and just stretched and foam rolled

Tuesday: 5 miles (9:24 pace)

AKA New Garmin Day! The wrist band on my old Garmin came apart and since it’s still under warranty, Garmin offered to send a replacement band. In the meantime, I’ve been wanting to upgrade, so it was the perfect justification 😉 I headed to Mill City Running over my lunch hour and met up with Sara and left with a brand new Garmin!

(and a few other goodies)

(and a few other goodies)

The run later that evening was just OK. Legs continue to feel tired.

Wednesday: REST

Thursday: REST

We decided to make the 5.5 drive to my parents’ house at Calvin’s bedtime so he’d sleep in the car, so we left Minneapolis around 6 p.m. It worked great minus the fact that it was midnight by the time we got there and I was SO TIRED!

Friday: 3 miles (8:50 pace)

Calvin woke up at his grandparents’ house, bright and early at 5:40 a.m. so I got up and get ready to run once Jesse got up. I headed out around 7:30 and it was already hot and sticky (the temp eventually rose to over 90 degrees later in the day!). I love running in my hometown — it’s a great change of scenery and you can usually run (no sidewalks) down the road for awhile before meeting any cars. The only downside is pretty hilly terrain. My legs were feeling this one for the next day or so!

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Saturday: REST

I gave my legs the next day off and we continued to relax at my parents’ house. We headed to my aunt and uncle’s place in the afternoon. They live on my grandparents’ farm and Calvin and Cole got to meet goats, baby chicks, a large dog and some cats. They were both pretty tired afterwards from all the excitement and all the fresh air and all the grass and trees and nature!!!!

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I caught up with some high school friends over a beer and a brat (because, Wisconsin) later that evening.

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Sunday: 6 miles (9:05 pace)

I decided to wait until we got back to Minneapolis to get my “long run” in. We left Wisconsin around 9 a.m. and got back to MN around 3. It was a stressful ride back with traffic and Calvin being pretty unhappy about being in his carseat.

Once we got Calvin down to bed, Kate and I headed out for our run. There was a breeze and the temperature had cooled from the previous two days, but it still felt sticky and I never felt like I ever warmed up. The entire run was hard. Not the run I was hoping for less than a week out from the half, but that’s what happens!

Focusing this week on rest and eating right. I’m not off to a great start since I haven’t been sleeping well, but I’ve been eating pretty well and cutting back on the mileage in a big way. Next update will be post-Garry Bjorklund Half!

June 7, 2016
by hyedi
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Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Training: Week Ten

Monday: REST

20 minute arm toning circuit and some stretching and foam rolling

Tuesday: 5 miles (9:30 pace)

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Wednesday: REST

Did my PT exercises and some pushups and planks.

Thursday: REST

Did this, instead of running:

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(Not pictured: A couple of delicious glasses of wine.)

Friday: 5 miles (9:20 pace)

Got a free pair of Fitsoks and tested out my new Oiselle stride shorts

Got a free pair of Fitsoks and tested out my new Oiselle stride shorts

Even though the forecast called for morning thunderstorms, I woke up to clear skies. I decided to hit up Flapjack Friday again and had a lovely five mile run with Sara! Bummer though, not even a half a mile into the run, I felt a sharp pain shoot through my neck and shoulders. It was uncomfortable through the rest of the run, but it wasn’t until I stopped running that the pain really set in. I’d experienced something like this a few times in the past, moving wrong in the shower, etc. but this was by far the worst pain. So I found a chiropractor with an opening and carefully drove (without being able to turn my head) to his office for an adjustment. I left still in pain, but slightly looser.

I spent the next 24+ hours laying in bed, icing on and off. Thank goodness for J who took the lead on Calvin duties, especially since Calvin is in a “crawl all over mommy” stage.

Saturday: REST (still in a lot of pain)

Much of Saturday was spent in bed, icing on and off, but I did make it to C’s last swimming lesson (he LOVES the water now!), which made me decide I NEED to get back in the pool to do some lap swimming again.

Sunday: 11 miles (9:29 pace)

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This was rough, but we powered through! Andrea and I met at Lake Harriet and ran the three lakes. It loosened up quite a bit, but my neck/left shoulder bothered me the entire time. Also, was feeling some soreness in my knees.

I need to find a better water bottle to run with. Any suggestions? Luckily, there are plenty of water stops around this route, but I’d still like to hydrate more regularly on warm days.

After we finished, we hit up the Rose Street Patisserie. I tried their chocolate chip cookie (it was OK, I think this batch was overdone) and an unpictured feta and spinach croissant (YUM).

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I’m getting anxious for race day to get here already! I’m still not setting any goals — if everything falls into place like it did on the day of my 10-mile race, I could be looking at a really solid half, but if it’s like my day on Sunday, it could be a struggle. We will wait and see!

Favorite post-run treat?

June 2, 2016
by hyedi
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Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Training: Week Nine

Monday: REST

I did a 20-minute arm workout (Thanks, Minneapolis Running!), my PT exercises, stretched and foam rolled

Tuesday: 5 miles (9:40 pace)

Pretty much everything was working against me for this one — my calves were in knots still from mowing the lawn over the weekend and I was SO HUNGRY after a busy day of meetings that I scarfed down some food 45 minutes before we headed out on our run. But after a slow and sloggy start, I felt a bit better and then started to hit a wall with around a mile left. The heat and humidity didn’t help.

Friday: 4 miles (9:30 pace)

Andrea and I finally checked out Mill City Running’s Flapjack Fridays! The run starts from Mill City Running in Northeast Minneapolis at 6:30 and there are 2.5, 5 and 7 mile loop routes. We only wanted to go about four miles, so we did an out and back. I never get sick of running across the Stone Arch Bridge. Once we got back to the store, we got in line for pancakes. There were a variety of toppings (um, hello Nutella), but I opted for good ol’ maple syrup and butter.

The rain started just as we dug into our pancakes. It actually felt pretty good after a slightly humid run.

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I headed home to shower and get ready for the day. Since I was working from home, it was pretty easy to ease into the work day!

That night, J and I met up with my co-workers to see Tracy Morgan at Mystic Lake:

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It was a great show and felt good to laugh. SUPER inappropriate, but funny.

Saturday: REST

We hit up Sea Salt for lunch (Calvin’s first trip there!)

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Afterwards, I went with Andrea to see Book of Mormon (erm, for my fourth time). I might have a problem.

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Sunday: MDRA Mississippi 10 Miler (1:29:55)

Hooray for a new 10 mile PR!

I knew I was going to like this race, when I realized the start line was in the middle of a downhill. It was a small field, but I still lined up middle-back of the pack. I made a rookie move by not starting my Garmin until I was about to cross the start line — it took almost three miles for it to finally catch up and find my location.

The race starts on the trails in Crosby Regional Park and as you come up to Shepard Road, you hit the first water stop — around 2.5 miles. I took water, but soon after that, while I was still feeling good, I started to feel kind of chilled and realized I had stopped sweating. The next water stop wasn’t until five miles, but I took two cups of water and also had half my GU. I started feeling a little better, but was still looking forward to the next water stop at mile 7.5. This could have ended up as a disaster, but since it didn’t, I’m just going to learn from it and make sure to better hydrate pre-race next time.

I think my favorite thing about this race was that since it’s an out and back, we got to see the leaders on their way back to the finish. And I’m not kidding, 90% of them actually smiled and said things like “great job” and “keep it up” as they passed us mortals who hadn’t even hit the turnaround point.

I started to pick up the pace around mile five and was keeping it right in the 8:40s. There were some challenging hills on the course, but the downhills made them worth it. I was still feeling good after mile 9, so I decided to try to go sub-8:00 for the last mile. I crossed the finish line and couldn’t stop smiling for the next 24 hours. Everything fell into place and I was really happy how this went. I also learned a lot about where my training has brought me and how I should approach the half in just a few weeks.

I’d definitely recommend this race! It’s well organized, small and a great course (even though it’s an out and back).

Pre-race fuel: Breakfast cookie

Race day outfit: Distance shorts and Oiselle shimmel

Splits: 9:45, 9:04, 9:20, 9:17, 8:40, 8:45, 8:45, 8:42, 8:10, 7:59

28th female, 13th AG

May 24, 2016
by hyedi
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Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Training: Week Eight

Monday: Rest (strength training)

I dug my hand weights and yoga ball out of the basement (I’m still traumatized from the hours I spent bouncing Calvin on the yoga ball when he was little) and did a little strength training circuit. It felt SO good to lift again. I finished up with some stretching and foam rolling.

Tuesday: 4.5 miles (9:42 pace)

Weekly run with Andrea and Kate. This week, I made sure to fuel properly before heading out. Normally, since we run after Calvin’s bedtime, I wait to eat dinner until afterwards, so I’m pretty hungry throughout the run, which is why I think I usually struggle so much. This week, I had a couple of hard boiled eggs late in the afternoon and a Picky Bar an hour before we ran. I could definitely tell a difference — felt great the entire time!

Wednesday: Rest (strength training)

More strength training and stretching.

Thursday: 3 miles (9:05 pace)

I took the day off from work to get some things done around the house and get my hair cut! To start the day on the right note, I headed out for a three-miler and pushed a pace a little bit. It felt great and was sunny and warm and delightful!

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After running some errands, I headed to my salon to get a much (much)-needed haircut before meeting up with my co-workers for a fun evening at Ad Fed’s 32 Under 32 Awards where my colleague was nominated (and WON).

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Friday: Rest (2.11 mile walk)

Another BEAUTIFUL day. We walked to daycare to pick up Calvin in the stroller and I met up with Kate and Andrea for an awesome meal at Handsome Hog where we dined al fresco.

pulled pork goodness

pulled pork goodness

Saturday: Rest (2.51 mile walk)

We decided to take advantage of yet another picture-perfect day by taking a walk with Calvin and the pup around Lake Nokomis. My legs felt a little tired by the time we were done and I felt just a little anxiety about my long run the next day.

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Sunday: 10 miles (9:40 pace)

DOUBLE DIGITS! My last double-digit run was September 22, 2013! Calvin woke me up at 4:30 a.m. to eat, and I drifted in and out of sleep until around 5:30 when I decided just to get up. I had made a breakfast cookie the night before and tried out some Generation UCAN to fuel my run.

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Andrea met me at my house at 7:30 because we wanted to beat the heat. Even though it wasn’t super warm yet, the sun was out, so I’m glad I decided on distance shorts and tank for this one:

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We took one of my favorite running routes that eventually takes us around Lake Nokomis. Minneapolis doesn’t have all of its water fountains turned on yet and I had (at the last minute) decided against bringing my water with me, so I was definitely thirsty once we found one working water fountain.

The ten miles flew by (thanks to good company), and we treated ourselves to pastries at Turtle Bread after we finished.

One bummer: My knee, hip and foot bothered me for about half of the run. I’m keeping an eye on it and hoping whatever is going on will resolve itself.

The rest of the day was great — we got some things done around the house, spent some time with the little guy outside and went out for burgers and beer that evening.

How did you enjoy the nice weather in the Twin Cities this weekend?