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Missoula Half Marathon

You know what is just heartwarming to a mom of two young children? Watching them start to really interact with one another. Most the time Stella simply smothers Augustus with hugs (lays on top of him until I pull her off) and makes crazy squeaking noises at the poor guy. Today during breakfast, I set him in front of her in his bumbo. It was amazing. She sat and told him all kinds of stories while she ate her oatmeal, and he couldn’t stop smiling while he babbled back at her. Sitting back, eating my scrambled eggs, butterflies of endearment filled my belly! Growing up with a brother who was very close in age to me, I know exactly how much time they are going to spend together and how close they will become. Watching their relationship settle roots in to the ground this morning was amazing.
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I participated in the Missoula Half Marathon on Sunday. I will be completely honest with you, it was freaking hard. I started getting a cold last Thursday that quickly developed in to a nasty sinus infection. By Saturday night, it had developed into a very enjoyable cough, making me look forward to running 13.1 miles even more! The race started at 6 AM Sunday morning, with a shuttle leaving downtown Missoula to take us to the starting line at 4:15 AM, so when Auggs woke up for a feeding at 3 AM, I figured it was best to just stay up. Who doesn’t love getting up at 3 AM for a Half Marathon when they are sick anyway? I loaded myself up with some doctor approved to keep nursing Sudafed, some Tylenol (planning ahead for some discomfort), a protein shake, and some black coffee and headed out the door. After picking up my favorite running buddy, Darla, at her hotel, we headed up to the starting line. So many feelings and emotions run through someone before an athletic event. I am so used to CrossFit events that are short yet intense, where I am terrified to step up to the starting line because I know I am going to experience some pain, but at least am comforted by the fact that it will be over shortly. A half marathon does NOT provide this comfort. I knew it was going to be two hours (or more) of suck. As they played the National Anthem and goose bumps rose on my arms and legs out of both fear and excitement, I fought the urge to run and hide in the woods and put my game face on. The first half of the race was in the neighborhood I grew up in. I know every turn, every pot hole, every house I would be passing, and knew there were a few hills to enjoy. Every mile I checked my watch, and upon passing the 5K mark, I was thrilled yet terrified to see I hit my post pregnancy 5K PR (a 25:13, not bad for me!) and decided I might want to kick in to a steady gear and set my pace for the rest of the race. At six miles in I made a fun motherhood discovery: repeated bouncing for this period of time causes your bladder to leak uncontrollably. As frustrated as I became, and even with the images of my running through the finish line with completely soaked running pants, I am too competitive to stop at any outhouse along the way to use the bathroom. I kept on trucking. This sudden leakage occurred every two miles for the rest of the race (I think it was much less than what I thought, yet I was still incredibly thankful for my dark gray pants that would hide any wetness!). Then came the nine mile wall. It hit me like a baseball bat to the face. Every ounce of muscle in my body was telling me to walk, but I fought them off and kept running. Kept running. Kept running. Felt like walking would be faster than running, but kept running. Mile 10. Mile 11. Mile 12. Yesss, mile 12! I noticed everyone around me suddenly had a bit more pep in their step. As I rounded the corner to cross Higgins Street Bridge in Downtown Missoula to approach the finish line, the slight hill over the bridge looked like the biggest hill in the world. It felt like it took me ten minutes to cross, but I made it. Though I was hoping to be under two hours, I ran under the finish with 2:01:50 across the clock. I had given it my all, and with four hours of sleep, a sinus infection, a nasty cough, and having a baby just three months prior, I couldn’t be more satisfied with my time. I won’t lie, I sat down after drinking a bottle of water and felt like I had been beaten from head to toe. I checked my watch to see what my average heart rate was. For the entire two hours of the race, my AVERAGE heart rate was 190 beats per minute. According to what I learned getting my college degree that equates to what my MAXIMUM heart rate should be. No wonder I felt like I had been beaten, I had been working at a max rate for two hours. I wonder what an exercise physiologist would have to say about that. I would say it hurt like hell, but I can’t wait to do it again (once my blisters heal, please)!

Darla and I before the race:
Darla and Me BEFORE

Darla and I AFTER the race with our 10 pound medals!
Darla and Me

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One week down, 51 to go!

After wrapping up my first week back working out and dialing in my nutrition, I am feeling incredibly refreshed.  It hasn’t been easy though!  With limited amounts of sleep, juggling two munchkins, plus three travel days last week, making sure I put my time in and stayed on track with my nutrition was challenging!

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Let’s start with the hard part: The Zone Diet.  I won’t lie, after nine months of not really monitoring what I ate (not that I went overboard by any means), weighing and measuring food is rough!  It is challenging for two reasons: first, I am always thinking about food (I swear this makes you hungrier), second, it takes a lot of extra work in comparison to just tossing food on your plate.  I definitely feel like I am getting plenty of food, it is just having to tell myself I only get a certain amount of certain things with each meal that gets challenging.  This week I have been reminded of a few of my bad habits- first off, I eat a lot of meat, more than I need.  Secondly, I have a chocolate problem.  I always keep a Costco bag of chocolate chips in my cupboard, and every night, I grab a handful for a special little treat.  Given I do share a few of those chocolate chips with my daughter, I am still eating about half a cup each day.  That giant bag of love may just have to take a one way trip to a friends house.  Overall, I feel like things are going well.  I know if I can hang in there for 30 days, my hormones will balance out, and the weighing and measuring will become second nature to me again.  I decided to help keep me on track each week, I would make a specific goal to focus on.  This week’s goal is going to be to cut out dairy.  At Level One CrossFit Seminars, we talk about how dairy consumption can cause an inflammatory response in many people. The only way to really know if you are one of those people is to take it out for a while (4-6 weeks) and then put it back in and see how you feel.  Week one starts now!

One more thing on the Zone!  A friend of mine sent me a message asking me a few questions regarding the Zone.  They were such great questions, I thought I would share a few with you and add my answers as well.  I am sure if one person is wondering about it, many of you are!  If you have Zoned before and would like to add to an answer, I would love it! Also, I thought I would post a photo and explanation of my favorite Zone meal of each week.  Here you go!

Question/Answer:
-Do I need a scale?  Absolutely! The only way to accurately measure your food is with a scale, otherwise your portions will slowly increase in size.  I highly recommend spending the extra ten bucks or so to invest in an electronic scale.  Having the ability to tare it out will save you a ton of time in the long run.  I found mine at a Ross- go figure!
-Is there an app of the Zone?  Yes.  I have never tried them though.  I am kind of an old-school journal keeper.  However, I do use an app quite frequently I really like.  It is called MyFitnessPal.  You can log your workouts, sleep, water, and food intake on it, and it tracks everything extremely accurately.  And the best thing? It is FREE and super user friendly!  This app is extremely helpful when eating out too because it has just about every food imaginable on it.
-Can I eat dairy on the zone? Absolutely!  Just note that some dairy products, like milk, will count for both a protein AND a carb.  Take a look at the nutrition facts- if there is a balance of carbs and protein, it is a combo food.  If the protein and carbs aren’t balanced, it could lean one way- for example, in a half cup of 2% cottage cheese, there are 4 grams of carbohydrate, and 16 grams of protein.  That is equal to half a block of carbohydrate and over two blocks of protein, so just count the protein blocks, NOT the carbohydrate block.  Let me know if that makes sense or not, I can go over it more next week!

Here is an explanation and photo of my favorite meal this week:
Four block breakfast:
Carbohydrate: whole wheat tortilla (1.5 block), 1 cup cherry tomatoes (0.5), 1 cup broccoli (0.5 blocks), 1.5 cup mixed berries with cinnamon on top (1.5 block)
Protein: 1 small sausage link (1 block), 1 oz roasted turkey breast (1 block), 2 eggs (2 blocks)
Fat: 1/2 avocado
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So what about working out?
My first day back, I just went for a run.  I decided to do 10 sets of 2 minutes of running, one minute of walking, and it worked really well!  My lungs felt great the whole time, I felt completely revitalized by the cool Rocky Mountain oxygen.  However, the last few sets of running, my hips were definitely getting a little taxed!  Since then, I have tried to get as much variety in to my workouts as possible.  For the most part everything feels great, just a little rusty!  I am getting my hands back in shape and teaching my core where it is supposed to be (easier said than done!).  I am planning on taking my first group fitness class this weekend and am jacked!  Next week I am going to hop in to a few CrossFit WOD’s as well.  I will be posting photos and measurements again this coming Monday, so will share with you everything about my first class back- should be interesting!

I hope everyone is having a great start to their week!  Please shoot me any questions you might have, as well as any great recipes you have for the Zone!  KJ out!