Run Like the Devil

Last Sunday morning, I listened to my husband tell me that I should wear my race bib to the Chilly Half Marathon upside down.  “Be 999,” he said.  “That’s a fun number.”

“No way.  This is the number that I was assigned so this is the number that I am going to wear.  Besides, now if I have a bad race, I can blame it on the number and everyone will understand.”

Even though I had the worst number imaginable, I didn’t really care.  I actually thought it was a little funny.  In fact, it helped me to relax a little; I knew that this wasn’t going to be one of my faster halfs, but I did want it to be a respectable race.  In November, I squeaked under 1:40 on a downhill course (1:39:59), and I raced in 1:42 on the Chilly course last winter.  This year, anything under 1:40 would be good.  Maybe Bib 666 would let me run like the devil.

Post-race: with my participant’s medal and AE3, Athletic Energy Nutrition.

Knowing how a lot of people react when they see or hear ‘666’, I wore my jacket to Burlington and I kept it on as long as I could while warming up.  Just before the start of the race, we listened to race director Kelly Arnott, the mayor of Burlington who welcomed and thanked Kelly for the fundraising that her event does for the city, and a minister who wished us a good race.  I was tempted to ask the minister to bless me before I ran, thinking a bit of divine intervention might counteract the devil’s number.  Instead, I just took off my jacket and hoped that no one would notice.

My race plan was to go out at an 8 minute mile pace and bring it down to 7:30 by the 3rd mile.  Even with a windy start, my first mile was 7:38.  “Too fast,” I told myself.  “Bring it down.”  The next few miles were under 7:30 but I was feeling strong.  On this out and back course, I was really looking forward to turning around when the wind would push me home for the last 5 miles, but that did not happen.  If anything, the wind seemed stronger; surprisingly, my mile splits stayed fairly consistent.  I was having a good day.

I picked up my pace quite a bit in the last mile, dropping down to 7:19.  When I made the last turn before the finish line, I could barely see the time on the clock change from 1:36 to 1:37.  I was excited that I was finishing under 1:40 but also knew that I had some work to do if I wanted to keep my time under 1:38.  I tried and, while my legs felt like they were turning over faster, they were just holding steady.  Regardless, I finished in 1:38:12, fast enough for a third place finish in my age group and 88th of 1200 women.   I was especially happy as this was the fastest half marathon that I have run in a long time; maybe there is a bit of a speed demon in me after all.

 

 

The Summer of More

Summer Running with Zeda

When my kids were younger, I thought my time would free up as they got older.   How wrong I was!  With a tween and a teen, I find that I am constantly on the go taking them to soccer, basketball, refereeing, choir, work and – oh, yes – school.  Combine that with marathon training, a new grade to teach, and coaching teams, and you have the perfect recipe for a tired working mom.

After running Boston, I realized something had to go.  So I dropped my mileage to 25 to 30 miles a week – just enough to keep my legs happy – and finished the school year feeling ready to push myself again with my running, to keep chasing my dreams.

Last week was the first of my Summer of More: more sleeping, more eating and more running.   Of these, it is running that is my main focus; the other two naturally come into play as my mileage climbs and my intensity increases.  Last week was the first in a long time that I was able to run with Zeda, coordinate time to run with friends and get in a 10 solid miler. I was so happy to finish the week with over 35 miles; I have just a few miles to go to reach 40 miles a week, when Coach and I can start focusing on some fall goals.

On the weekend, I ran into a parent from school who asked me how my first week of summer was.  I answered truthfully.  “I feel like I have been drugged.  All I want to do is sleep.”  To that she laughed, and I added, “Seriously.  All I’ve done is eat, sleep and run.  It’s my Summer of More.”

 

Giveaway: Hemp Hearts

Hemp Hearts pastaYesterday, I wrote about Hemp Hearts, produced by Manitoba Harvest.  They are an easy and delicious way of adding protein and omegas to your diet – and they taste great!  If you missed it, you can read all about them here.

One lucky reader from Canada or the United States is able to try a 2 ounce (56 gram) package of Hemp Hearts.

 

Entering is simple.  You must:

  1. Follow @manitobaharvest on Twitter.  Leave a comment here, telling me that you did.
  2. Follow this blog.  Leave a comment, telling me that you did. (mandatory)

For extra entries, you may do any of the following.  Leave a comment below, telling me what you did.

  1. Follow my facebook page.
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  3.  Follow Manitoba Harvest on Instagram.
  4. Leave a comment below telling me how you will try Hemp Hearts.

Contest closes:  November 18, 2015

Disclaimer:  The Hemp Heart Giveaway is sponsored by #manitobaharvest and the #sweatpink community in exchange for a review of Hemp Hearts.  The opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Manitoba Hemp Hearts

Hemp hearts envelopeGetting protein in my diet is a struggle.   Don’t get me wrong; I love my meat.  But I don’t eat a lot of it and I am not a huge fan of meat alternatives.  So when I came across the opportunity to try Manitoba Hemp Hearts, I jumped at it.

There are a few things that pulled me towards Hemp Hearts.  First, it is a Canadian product.  The hemp seeds are grown in Canada and products are manufactured in a hemp-only facility in Manitoba.    Before I even tried them, I knew that I was heading into a  romance between Hemp Hearts and this former-Manitoba girl.   I also love that they are packed with protein: 10 grams of protein and another 10 grams of omegas in a 30 gram serving.  Lastly, it’s an easy protein fix.  There are lots of recipes that use Hemp Hearts that I can try but, for me, nutrition has to be easy.  hemp hearts with eggsI love that I can just open the bag and sprinkle them on my salads, pasta (my favorite way to eat these) and even hard boiled eggs.  I wish that I had found these last winter when my running accident meant that I had to spend a month living off smoothies.  Hemp Hearts add a delicious sesame taste to my food.  Yum!  Check out their website for other great nutrition ideas.

Other great things about Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts is they are vegan-friendly and they are non-GMO certified.

Often, when I come across great looking products on the web, I end up being disappointed because they are hard to find in stores.  This is not the case with Manitoba Harvest; there are oodles of local stores which carry Hemp Hearts and other yummy hemp products.  I know that I’ll be heading out soon to pick up some of their Hemp Heart Bites for my mid-afternoon snack at school or Hemp Heart Bars for my son with the teenage bottomless pit.   Hemp Hearts package

You should try some too.  Use the promo code HHSP1015 for a 20% discount off the entire web store at Manitoba Harvest.  (expires December 31, 2015)