Monday, December 15, 2014

Cajun Country Half Marathon 2014

Hello friends :) I can say that with confidence knowing anyone who may read this post today is doing so because you're on the list.

 Yep,  I made my blog private. Parts of blogging were making me feel incredibly vulnerable, and it was just one of those times I just had to do what was best for me, and be more selective about what I share publicly.

Any who, I'm writing today because I have to have to do a race recap of my fifth half marathon! Fifth! Sometimes I forget that haven't always been doing this little running thing. That I've only been at it a few years. It kinda feels like what I do at this point, an important part of my routine. 

We had an incredibly busy fall, and race training hasn't exactly been my number one priority. I decided to bow out of my originally planned half the weekend of December 6th, so that I could attend my company Christmas party on Friday nigh and enjoy myself. While I did train for that race, I pushed myself back into the half distance pretty quickly post Cajun Cup in November. I was definitely feeling under prepared. 

Nonetheless, I found out about The Cajun Country half marathon taking place in town, the next week, it was a reasonable sign up fee, participants who ran Cajun Cup (10k), Cajun Country (5k, 10k, or half), and Zydeco (half or marathon) races would receive Les Courir des Cadians (an extra medal)


Wouldn't you get out of bed for an extra medal?!

 I couldn't find an excuse not to run the half, so I registered! I'd only run 11 miles previous to the race, bath room issues on my 12 mile run had me tapping out after a 15k, insert more excuses. My long run training wasn't where it should have been. I knew I would finish the race, but I didn't know if I'd do remotely well. 

I don't know if I've ever felt so unprepared for a race. I didn't make a playlist, I had to dig through an old purse to find fuel, because I hadn't been doing that correctly either, sheesh, in fact I got so distracted I almost left my phone behind altogether. Cr cr cr crisis!!!!!

Eventually, the hot mess express choo chooed on over to the race. I met up with Stephanie at the start, and we readied ourselves for this half! There weren't going to be very many of us, maybe 150-200 running the half. Unlike any race I'd ever done before.There was no crowded start, plenty of room for everyone. And we are off!

Mile One: 9:49

Don't be dumb Leigh Ann. Start slow. All I'm thinking about on repeat. It's a long run. Long, long run.

Mile Two: 9:53

Oh this is going to be a long race. I'm so under prepared. I could still be in bed cuddling with my family.

Mile Three: 9:47

I'm glad I woke up! I love running! Look at this glorious day the Lord hath made! Only a ten mile run to go! The race is small, and there's a group of about four of us sticking together at a similar pace. I feel awkward not introducing myself, time to break the ice...

Mile Four: 9:56

I've made a friend. Hi Erica! Things are looking up! Erica has a pace plan! Alright gah, I'm following your lead! Erica wants to hand around a ten minute mile until mile 7 then dial it up to a 9:30. Perfect!

Mile Five: 10:08

I'm enjoying the company, the scenery, my playlist from the Cajun Cup, the miles are ticking by, and the running is easy!

Mile Six: 9:43

Erica wants to know if I'm ready to dial it up? I was born ready!

Mile Seven 9:08

I feel a-mazing. I've made it my goal to pass the group in front of us, and I am off!

Mile Eight: 9:33

Feeling fine! Ready to bring this thing on home!

Mile Nine: 9:49

I've passed two groups in front of me, feeling great!

Mile Ten: 9:49

I'm approaching an overpass. As in an overpass over the interstate. Like a man made mountain in the south. These people got jokes 

Mile Eleven: 9:52

Feeling like I only trained to 11 miles. Haha. The overpass has killed my pace and my legs are screaming. That's ok gah, you out here doing it. Almost done!

Mile Twelve: 9:58

I'm going to finish. I've passed a lot of people at this point. (If I see you, I talk to you) Everyone is joking about the over pass, it was killer. Stay strong! We're almost done!

Mile Thirteen: 10:10

My phone dies. I know I'm almost done. Where you at finish line. A cop tells me it's just on the other side of *points* that hill. SOB, ok here we go!

There it is! The finish! 
Finishing the half (small race finished in a parking lot)
This race was very small, and liked it for the same reasons I disliked it. I know running those hills, the man made kind and the nature made kind, will make me stronger throughout the season. My legs were on fire, though cardiovascularly I felt amaze.

This race was a different experience, and I had great time with my Sole Sisters at the finish line! (There was also a 5k, & 10K, trail race) I would absolutely participate in this event again. It was easy to find people post race, and I enjoyed visiting with the girls! I was also able to find Erica and thank her for the company. What a great day!

I couldn't decide what to do with my hands. I'm hiding a bud light behind my back

Cajun Country time just shy of the finish

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

POTM Check In + Puppy Run Updates

Oh lookie there, a week and half went by and not one single post from me. I got 99 excuses but a run ain't one!

I have been straight nailing my work outs lately. I feel a-maz-ing. Amazing! I can feel my endurance picking up a little more than a week out from my first half of the season, Baton Rouge Beach Half Marathon. It's really incredible how naturally distance running comes after a few years experience. In the beginning, I couldn't have imagined jumping up in distance and mileage so quickly, and without injury. Knock on wood. Also, marathon training will do crazy wonky things to your perception of a long run.

I pledged to pile on 100 miles instead of the pounds in November. I have succeeded. Or I will have succeeded after my Thursday morning Turkey Trot. More on that in a second. I haven't gained or lost any weight in November, and I really piled on those miles. I should finish up the month Saturday at 111 miles. 11 is my lucky number, what's up holler!

I have been having major technology issues. My phone keeps dying on me during my runs. My mophie has kicked the bucket, and I don't want to buy another. I really want a new phone, holding out until after Christmas. It's a blessing and a curse, however, these gadgets I can't rely on. On one hand, when my phone kicks the bucket, it takes some pressure off. I can just enjoy the simple pleasure of my feet hitting the ground and the air rushing in and out of my chest. I don't have to worry about pace, or how this song or that song would be more fun to run to. I can just run. Ya know, the way people used to run before we had all of this stuff.




Weekly Work Out Goals

Monday:
RIPPED

Tuesday:
5 Mile Run
Strength

Wednesday:
6 Mile Run

Thursday:
Shreveport Turkey Trot with  family

Friday:
Cross Training & Strength

Saturday:
12 Mile Run

Sunday:
Rest

The baby dogs and I have been doing two runs a week together, Tuesday and Thursday shorter runs. Nick thinks the running is why they are showing me overt favoritism as of late. 

Cuddles while we watched our Saints lose (NOLA loves to watch TV)
These little dogs love to run. Love it. When I put on my run gear and snap on my SPI Belt they could lose it with the barking and wiggles. They are both steadily improving with their commands such as heel and leave it. Neither dog is running further than 3 miles at a time presently. I can't take them both out together at the same time. They can and will over power me. 

Right now I have a 1.75 mile loop, 2.25 mile loop, and a 3.25 mile loop I run them on. I run the loop once (distance varying) switch out the puppy, and run another loop with the second. It seems to be working well for all of us at present, and makes the time fly by for me! I don't want to push them too far in distance too fast, although I swear Nacho could go all day. I'll probably keep them hanging out around this distance through at least the first of the year.


December Goals! Blog more consistently, iron out a marathon training plan am I doing that again?!, smile more, worry less, work harder- in all aspects.

What are your December goals?

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Thanks for reading my inconsistent beeble babble here. It gives me good juju, thanks to you!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Working off the Weekend Carbload

Jessica and Nathan's wedding weekend was a resounding success, an outrageously fun time, a celebration we won't be forgetting. Note- this post is not the recap.

 Friday was an action packed day from start to finish. I started the day with a 5:30am wake up call immediately followed with a cold ten mile run, and wrapped it up at midnight with a champagne buzz. Funny thing is I literally never even had time to feel tired. We just kept going. Story of my life.


 I was surprised at my long run endurance.  Especially since I ran four days in a row without a cross training day. This is the furthest I've run since the spring, as I skipped over the 9 mile half training run to get myself ready for the half on December 6th. I think it's the cold weather putting a pep in my step. That and Danielle ran the last 3.5 miles with me, company makes the run so much better!

Saturday began at 6:30am, and I honestly don't remember what time sleepy time came sometime on Sunday morning. I literally ate cake in my pajamas all day Sunday. All day. It was amazing.

I ate pasta at least five times throughout the weekend which is greater than the sum of my 2014 pasta intake to date, I'm wearing stretchy pants at work. I ate more cake than should be admitted, and all of the champagne. I thought about totaling up exactly how many champagne bottles we made it through during the weekend but some things in life are better left a mystery. I regret nothing.

I'll recap the wedding soon. Of course I've got like four pictures to support my stories, but I know the photographers got some great ones. Recap soon!

Here's what I'm going to do to all those carbs I loaded up on this week:

Monday:
RIPPED

Tuesday:
3 Mile Run & Strength

Wednesday:
5 Mile Run & Strength

Thursday
3 Mile Run & Strength

Friday
Cross Train & Strength

Saturday
11 Mile Run

Sunday
Rest

How was your weekend?
What's the weather like in your neck of the woods?



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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Elle Noel gets a new look

Thanks for stopping by today! Do things look a little different around here?! Cause they are! I think I first mentioned the idea of re-branding early in the summer, it's taken a hot minute for me to get around to total commitment. We do things slow in the south.

Huge thank you to Erin for her amazing work and patience in working with me. It took me a long time to one be ready, two figure out what I wanted to do, and three get the ball rolling! I'm loving this new look! 

The new images are courtesy of our dear friend Sam. She's incredible. I can't believe she made us look so good! 

The pups were tired- it's a ruff life

Please be patient with me while I get all of my wires connected aka links working and reorganizing my little virtual space. 

POTM Checkin. I'm ahead on miles or I was until my phone died just shy of the four mile marker last night on my five mile run.



This means that two bad terrible things happened to me.

One: I had to run the last 1.13 miles without any music. All because I wrote that music post yesterday. Of course that would happen. Thanks Universe, I can hear you laughing

Two: I'll have to make up that 1.13 miles elsewhere to hit my 100 miles in November goal. Bah humbug. 

Type A Lady Running Problems

In other news, I won't be around tomorrow. Today is my Friday. Whazzup! It's wedding weekend, there's tans to spray, nails to do, and wine to drink! No, I will not weigh in on Monday. Run run run

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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