Friday, April 18, 2014

Just Been Running Turns 2!

 
It's been 2 years since I laced up my running shoes and started this little blog in my corner of the internet and I haven't looked back since.
 
I cannot believe that this marks the 2 year anniversary of Just Been Running and none of this would have been possible without the support of my family, friends, and of course all of you, my readers.
 
It's been a crazy ride, and I am really happy and thankful to have had this opportunity to share bits and pieces of my little life and running journey with you guys.
 
I am humbled by how much it has grown thanks to my readers and how many people have shared their insightful stories, comments, and encouragement through good, bad, and ugly times.
 
My inspiration for all of this comes from the amazing bloggers I have found on the internet whether it be a fitness blog or a fashion/lifestyle blog (because I love them all) and I continue to find more and more interesting and amazing people and learn so many new things.
 
I want to give a HUGE thank you to my family, friends, and readers because without you, I wouldn't be here.
 
I hope to continue this hobby for a long time to come and I appreciate everyones kind and encouraging words regarding races, training, and anything else I might talk about on here. 
 
Happy 2 years JBR!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Another Race!

My friend is running a 5k next weekend and asked me to join.
 
I am not one to turn down a race so I am really excited to get another one under the belt.
 
I realized the reason for my shin muscle discomfort was because I have had my current shoes for 8 months without changing them out so it's time for new shoes before this race.  I've ran 2 half marathons, countless other races, training runs, etc. and no wonder I've been having issues.  Dumb.
 
I am excited for this race though because as much as I love longer runs, it is fun to get out there and sprint as fast as possible because it's only 3.1 miles.
 
We are running the CPCC Charlotte Skyline 5k and this will be my friends 3rd 5k this year!  I am extremely proud of her and know that she will crush it like the rock star that she is.
 
 
My calves have been pretty sore since my race on Saturday so I planned to take a few days off from running.  I ended up running 20 minutes on the treadmill yesterday and it felt good, except my shin muslce got tight again.  I am going to take a few more days off and just try to get in an easy run on Saturday or Sunday because I will be home at my parents house for Easter and I love running when I home on their golf course.
 
Hopefully I'll get new kicks next week and I am either looking at the same (Mizuno) Wave Rider 16s or the new 17s.  Which ones should I get?  Any suggestions?
 
Happy Hump Day!
 
What shoes do you run in?
 
Partial to any brand or like to change it up?
 
Work out 4/13 and 4/14- Rest days
 
Work out 4/15- Run, weights
 
2.5 miles, 25 minutes (2.2 miles in 20 minutes)
free weights/machines- 20 minutes
 
Work out 4/16- XT
 
elliptical- 30 minutes


Monday, April 14, 2014

Charlotte Racefest Year Two Recap

Well another year, another race.
 
Last year this race was my first half marathon and still holds the spot as my PR half.
 
I love everything about Charlotte Racefest
 
I love the weather, I love the size, I love the course- yes even the hills, I love the spectators, and I love the mental and physical battle it puts me through.  This is a fantastic race.
 
Since it was my second time running this race I knew what to expect course wise.  I knew that right around mile 6.8 the mother of all hills was coming, and just like last year, she got me good.
 
This race is no cake walk, and I think that's why I appreciate it and look forward to it because I know what it takes to run it and that makes it all the more sweeter when you cross that finish line.
 
The race started right on time at 7:30 am and we were off in the beautiful 52* weather with blue skies and the sun just waking up and making it's appearance.
 


The first mile is mostly flat and downhill so it's easy to get a good start and get some speed going.  I made a point to really make sure that I didn't go out too fast because I always seem to do that and it bites me in the end so I knew I wanted to stay around a 7:45 minute/mile pace.
 
First mile I came in pretty close at 7:49 minutes and the second mile was right around 8 minute pace.
 
I crossed the 3 mile marker right at 25 minutes which was not where I wanted to be pace wise so I wasn't exactly happy about that.
 
Luckily that portion of the course is relatively flat until about mile 7 so I tried to pick up the pace and get into a groove, but right at mile 5 I passed the clock at 42 minutes (last year I passed the clock at 39:30 minutes) so I knew where I was at time wise, and I knew that I needed to speed it up.
 
I formed a pretty good blister on the bottom of my foot that was sort of nagging from about mile 5 on, but I tried to ignore it and push through.
 
I took my GU at mile 6.5 right before the big hill because I wanted a little shot of energy.
 
Unfortunately, like I said that hill got me, just like it did last year, and it wasn't pretty.  My backside started cramping pretty badly and I felt as though I was moving at the pace of a glacial snail, but I just kept moving.  I kept thinking about how it would feel once I was done and that always gives me motivation to push through.
 
Thankfully, right at mile 8 my husband and his parents were there to cheer me on, so seeing their faces and giving them high-fives gave me that extra umph that I needed at the time. I passed them right at 1:05 and I liked my pace. The random spectators are always so nice to see, but when you see the people you love, it is always 1000 times better.
 
This year the course was slightly different, and at mile 9 the second largest hill of the race showed it's ugly face and really really hit me hard.  First off I wasn't expecting it, and secondly I was ready to turn it up a few notches and really push it hard until the end and then that hill slowed me down.
 
Mile 10 and on I had my eye on the prize and really pushed hard.  I knew there were a few more hills coming up and another hard one at mile 12 so I was prepared and ready for that and wanted to make up time in between.
 
When I got to 11.5 miles, my time was 1:46.  At that time, I knew there was no chance for a PR and of course the stung a little, but I knew that I wanted to be under 1:55 minutes at least, so I mustered up every last ounce of adrenaline and drive I had in me and pushed on to the end.
 
When you see that finish line in the distance, every bit of pain, exhaustion, doubt, etc. seems to melt away and all you can imagine is how it will feel to cross it.
 
I kept looking at my watch and making sure that I was going to break 1:55 minutes and as I got closer and closer I realized that that was going to be true.
 
I crossed the finish line at 1:54:55 minutes (by my watch) and I couldn't have been happier with that.
 
 
 
  I will not lie, I wanted to PR badly.  I felt great going into the race, during it, and after and I always have that moment of "what if" I pushed it a little harder at this point, or "did this" in the beginning, I think all runners/athletes feel that way, but ultimately it comes down to being content and happy that I am able to do something that I love and I wouldn't change any time on the clock for that.
 


 
I came in 404/1305 overall and 27/130 in my age division.
 
Like I said in the beginning, this is a fantastic race, and it couldn't have been on a prettier day.  I can't thank my family enough again for coming out and supporting me and as always my amazing husband who never misses a race.
 
  I am so thankful that I get to run, and every time after I finish a race I absolutely cannot wait until the next one.  That PR is getting closer and closer and I know that I will break it this year, but #4 was a success in my book.
 
 
 
Who ran Charlotte Racefest this weekend?
 
Work out 4/12- Race
 
13.1 miles, 1:54 minutes



Thursday, April 10, 2014

I'm Ready

I try not to talk about injuries on my blog because first off, it's annoying to hear/read about, second off I like to pretend like I am ok and if I don't talk about it it will go away faster.
 
For the past few months I have been having a nagging issue with the muscle on the right side of my shin getting really really tight.  I finally sucked it up and googled what it could be, which of course is a dangeous thing in itself because the internet has some whacky things to say about illnesses, injuries, etc.
 
After reading a few things that were exactly identical to what I was feeling, I diagnosed myself with Tibialis Anterior Muscle tightness.
 
After my 9 miler last Thursday I didn't run again until Monday.  I knew I wanted to get a few easy miles in on the treadmill because I had a 10 miler planned for later in the week.  Not even 2 miles in and my muscle was so tight I thought it was going to explode.  Naturally, as most of us runners do, I stopped for about 2 seconds, stretched it, and then hopped back on because I "had to get in 3 miles."  Sometimes we aren't very smart.
 
Tuesday was the worst.  It was so flared up and I was super upset/nervous.  I went and got Salonpas patches and an ice pack and ended up using those for the rest of the day/night and it really really helped.
 
Yesterday was the day I had the 10 miler on my schedule.  I was half contemplating not doing it, but I really really needed to and my muscle was feeling better so I said, the heck with it, let's do it.
 
I am so so happy I did because honestly, I felt great.  The first 5 miles were sort of a struggle, but once I got into a real groove, I felt 1000 times better.  My muscle didn't even act up (thank the lord).  In fact, halfway through I was like "this feels easy!"  Which is most definitely the feeling I want 3 days before my half marathon.
 
 
I'm taking the next two days off completely (other than walking with my hubs and the dogs) so that my legs can be super rested and ready for Saturday.  There will be lots of stretching, rolling, icing, and anything else preventative during these next two days and I am hoping for the best.
 
Bring it on #4.  Bring.It.On. I am ready.
 
Are you injured right now?
 
Anyone else running this half or any race this weekend?
 
Work out 4/8- Weights
 
free weights/machines- 45 minutes
 
Work out 4/9- Bike, weights, run
 
Stationary bike- 15 minutes
free weights/machines- 15 minutes
10.1 miles, 1:33 minutes



Monday, April 7, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy

I'm pretty sure that 2014 is the busiest year of our life to date.  And it's only the beginning of April.
 
We have just been go, go, go non-stop and it's not going to be slowing down anytime soon that's for sure.  I am always thankful for everything and every opportunity we have been blessed with in this life, but it's truly been a whirlwind these past few months.
 
I've had lots of good runs, races, vacations, and have my 4th half marathon coming up this Saturday so I need to physically and mentally prepare for it this week.
 
We traveled to Nashville this weekend to visit some of our best friends and had the best time ever.  It is such a fun city with SO many awesome things to do.  Fun people watching, delicious restaurants, great bar scene, and of course, country music everywhere.  Love it there so much.
 





 
I miss our friends dearly (they used to live here), but seeing them always makes up for it even though I wish we were still in the same city.
 
I realize I still haven't done a recap for my 8K last weekend, but it was a good race, unfortunately I didn't break my goal of sub 40 minutes, I came in right at 41 minutes, but I did place 4th in my age division so that was pretty cool!
 
I ran a nice 9 miler last Thursday and I have a 10 miler on the schedule for Wednesday.  So pumped for this weekend, and so ready to race!
 
Anyone else running Charlotte Racefest this weekend?
 
Ever been to Nashville?
 
Work out 3/29- 8K race
 
4.97 miles, 41 minutes
 
Work out 3/30- Rest day
 
Work out 3/31-4/2- XT, weights
 
Work out 4/3- Run
 
9 miles, 1:27 minutes
 
Work out 4/4-4/6- Vacay :)



Friday, March 28, 2014

Good Run

I have been a little down on myself lately regarding my pace on my runs outside, and I am finally get back to where I was.  It only took like 6 months...
 
Ugh.
 
But it's Friday, and there are no frowns on Friday's and I had a very good run yesterday after work so I am very pleased about it.
 
My first mile was right around an 8 minute mile, and I ended up going 4.2 miles in 35:17 minutes. I was happy.
 
I felt strong (except my right shin/calf has been sort of bothering me lately) and I am super pumped for my 8k tomorrow!
 
Except for this tiny little hiccup...

 
 
Oh well, what can you do.  It could be really really fun.  At least that's how I'm trying to look at it :)
 
Anyone doing anything fun this weekend?
 
Work out 3/27- Run
 
4.2 miles, 35:17 minutes 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Upcoming 8k

We are half way through the week, and only 2.5 work days left.
 
Because let's be honest.  Everybody works for the weekend.
 
I like to think of this upcoming weekend as the "calm before the storm."  We literally have something planned non-stop for the next weekends until the end of 2014.  Joking, but I'm only half joking.  We are really busy, important people.  Joking again.
 
Originially, I didn't have any planned for this weekend until I was looking up local races and I came across the Elizabeth 8k Road Race and was really excited that I did.
I still do love 5k's, but I have realized that once you dip your hand into the candy jar (aka longer races like half marathons) you sort of crave longer distance runs.  Runners are weird, I know.
 
Granted, an 8k isn't that much longer than a 5k, but it does give me a chance to race and push my pace harder than I would normally do out on a 5 (ok 4.97) miler.
 
So not that it's a big weekend or anything, but definitely looking forward to racing on Saturday morning and then who knows what the rest of the weekend will bring - hopefully warmer weather because I think Charlotte got confused with the North or something silly like that.
 
What's your favorite distance race?
 
Work out 3/21- Rest day
 
Work out 3/22- Run
 
10 miles, 1:34 minutes, 9:13 pace
 
Work out 3/23- Rest day
 
Work out 3/24- XT
 
ellitpical- 30 minutes
 
Work out 3/25- Run, weights
 
TM- 2.8 miles, 25 minutes (ran 2.4 miles, walked .4 miles)
free weights/machines- 10 minutes
 
Work out 3/26- XT, weights
 
ellitpical- 15 minutes
free weights/machines- 30 minutes


Friday, March 21, 2014

Happppyyyy!

 
It's here again.  The weekend.
 
So happy that it is, and I am most definitey ready for it.  I still haven't quite recovered (on sleep) from this past weekend so I am very very excited that tonight I can kick my feet up and relax on the couch knowing that I can sleep a little bit later the next morning.
 
We have lots of plans (as usual) for Saturday which include a long run for me, errands, and we are helping throw a wedding party for some of our friends so it's pretty much go, go, go again and it's going to be a blast.
 
Also, I signed up for an 8k next Saturday morning and I AM PUMPED!  I am loving running races that are longer distances...ok, 4.97 is not that long, but it's longer than 3 and it's helpig me get in racing shape for my half in April.
 
Happy Weekend!
 
 
Work out 3/19- XT, weights
 
elliptical- 10 minutes
free weights/machines- 30 minutes
 
Work out 3/20- Run
 
4.1 miles, 36 minutes
 
Work out 3/21- Rest day :)


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I'm here!

Ah!  I am so so sorry it has been over a week!  I just wanted to stop in and say hello!
 
Lots of updates, long runs, GREAT times with friends, and beautiful weather.
 
This past weekend we attended a wedding for our friends and had an absolute blast.  Some of our best friends came in from Nashville and stayed with us, so the weekend was filled with nothing but awesomeness :)

Friday afternoon started out with a fantastic 8 miler at an overall 9:13 pace.  There were a few factors that made it slower than I would have liked, but it was good considering it's been a while since I've ran more than 5 miles.
 
Friday night we went to dinner with friends and then waited for our Nasvhille friends to get in town.
 
Saturday was the beautiful day ever which was filled with a delicious brunch, hanging outside enjoying the gorgeous weather with friends and then having a blast and dancing the night away at the beautiful wedding.  The weekend was a definite success.
 


 
I am so thankful for weekends and times like these, but I am sure paying for it this week.  Let's just say, it's much harder for me to recover after long weekends than it used to be!
 
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Today, I had a great run on the treadmill, so I am ready for another long run on Saturday.  Luckily the weather looks like it's going to be nice so I have a 9 miler on the schedule and I can't wait!
 
Anyone do anything fun for St. Pat's?

Who ran a race?
 
Work out 3/8- 5k Race
 
3.1 miles, 42:30 minutes, ran with my friend
 
Work out 3/9-3/13- Runs, XT, weights
 
Work out 3/14- Run
 
8 miles, 1:18 minutes
 
Work out 3/15-3/16- Rest days
 
Work out 3/17- XT
 
elliptical- 30 minutes
 
Work out 3/18- Run
 
3.8 miles, 35 minutes (3.5 miles, 31 minutes)





Friday, March 7, 2014

Oh Hello.

 
SO happy the weekend is finally here you dont even understand.
 
For some reason this has been a really long, dreary week and I am ready for it to be over.
 
Unfortunately, today is freezing, cold, and raining, but what's new.
 
Thankfully tomorrow and Sunday are supposed to be gorgeous and I am hoping for beautiful weather for the Get Your Rear in Gear 5K tomorrow morning!
 
I am running with my friend and I absolutely cannot wait.  Nothing better than race day except being able to run with the ones you love.
 
HAPPY WEEKEND!
 
Anyone else racing this weekend?
 
Work out 3/5- XT, weights
 
elliptical- 10 minutes
free weights/machines- 30 minutes
 
Work out 3/6- Run
 
TM- 3.5 miles, 31 minutes, .5 miles, 4 minutes for 4 miles total, 38 minutes
 
Work out 3/7- Rest day