Monday, July 31, 2017

Amrita Ambassador

For the past 3 years I have been with the Amrita family as an athlete ambassador. I have loved this journey for many reasons!
I am a health conscious vegetarian athlete and Amrita bars are healthy, protein filled and vegetarian to fit my needs. They are perfect for pre and post race fuel. I eat one half before a race and then a full bar 2 hours later. The bars are great for my stomach- no issues ever and the protein in the bars keeps me full.I love Amrita in that I have met other talented ambassadors and have been able to share race highs and lows along with training runs with them.


I have shared my love of Amrita with my running friends and family. Many have become avid fans. 
My passion for top athlete fuel keeps me eating Amrita bars weekly! Thank you Amrita for the nourishment and support through my races! 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Grand Island Trail

I've been making some nutrition changes over the past month and I saw a good change in race effort this weekend 




Very difficult Trail Marathon 
The day was quite humid and hot with mosquitoes all over the island !
The first 13.1 was composed of muddy trail, hills and beach The second was more of a dense inland trail- muddy with hills trees and roots.








I felt I went out a bit too hard and payed for it with my finish time overall
Effort high the entire race but I was able to maintain my pace- average and speed up on the downhills
I was the second women overall and 13th 








What I used and worked beautifully :

Skechers GORUN 5
LaceLockers 
Swiftwick 12' in pink
Nathan Vaper Howe Hydration Vest
FeedYourCrazy Trucker
NUUN in water for hydration 
One half packet of CocoaElite Cocoa Bannana
Endurance drink
RaceDots 
Honey Stinger gel (2)
Honey Stinger gummies 1 pack
RunGum 2 pieces mile 22
Amrita bar- pre race one half 

I thank all of my sponsors for the support so great !!!!

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

InsideTracker thankful For

I finally gave in and took insidetracker plunge into comprehensive Blood work. It has only taken me over a year. So glad I did. This year my racing has been very good: 2 marathon wins, a PR in the half marathon and 5k. But. My times were not as I felt they definitely could be.
I was always tired. 2 little naps a day. My training I could slam, but after I was exhausted much of the time. Races went well. But again my levels of tiredness impeded my ability to reach my race time goals.Time to find out.
 

As a vegetarian almost vegan my food that I consume is on the slim side, too little for 80 mile weeks of training..  I thought this was part of the issue along with my slim build and light weight.
insidetracker was a breeze. Filled out the initial questions on foods, amount of time training, and concerns online. Then I received a slip I took to the Quest Diagnostics. It took 10 minutes. My blood work was then sent to the  insidetracker  office.
In only 3 days my results arrived in an email.
 

Complete and so comprehensive.
I had areas of high concern:
Liver enzymes 
Cortisol 
Lipids
The second 2 were not surprising. I am stressed daily with my jobs- 12 hour days. High Performance.
The first high liver enzymes really concerned me. After talking with Johnathan Levit from insidetracker  we came to the conclusion that it was so high because of my habit weekly of taking Tylenol PM. A habit for way too long. This was contributing to my high GGT market.
I immediately stopped as my levels were in the critical area. Big lesson learned.
Another feature I love is that I get daily reminder emails. This prompts me to check in with if I implemented the nutritional changes such as eating walnuts, spinach, and almond butter I did or did not do.
I have started incorporating the foods that were recommended for each area:
Spinach
Wheat germ
Almonds
Dark chocolate 
Almond butter 
Cocoa
Apricots
Oatmeal 
Whey protein
Flax seeds
Walnuts
I have used protein powder daily this entire year, but decided that with my test results to add more.
I now make a protein smoothie daily with CocoaElite protein powder, almond milk, almond butter, and banana. I also have increased my cocoa intake based on the recommendations from Insidetracker. I add a scoop of CocoaElite Cocoa powder to my nightly hot chocolate. I also bake a lot and use the rich cocoa powder in raw cookie and raw energy bite recipes. I feel I have more energy and my muscles are recovering faster since the increase in protein powder daily.
 
Each food that is recommended also has a tab with recipes with that particular food. Too cool.
I am relived it was not worse. I am so glad to be working on this now. I am anticipating in 2 months my blood work again to see what improvements have been made.
This will definitely help my racing performance- especially the no more Tylenol PM , increase overall in  food, and focus on more relaxation and meditation to help to lower my Cortisol levels. I have been sleeping better without the Tylenol actually!!!
Thrilled with insidetracker
Reach out to me for any specifics or questions as this is a big step towards health!
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Cranmore Mt.Championships

I raced Cranmore Mountain Championships 2 weeks ago in Conway NH. 
Any race that has the word mountain and championship together is going to be tough!......
I was ready and trained although still plagued by tiredness issues that have bothered me this entire year.
The race was up , over, steep up up then over , then steeper up forever, up , down,over and down
Whew!!!
Muddy as well
I made it 
I pushed the first 5 k a bit too aggressively and paid for it on the second loop.
All in all very solid performance-top 20 
This is what I used:

Skechers Performance Trail Shoes
FeedYourCrazyTrucker
Swiftwick 12' socks
Skechers Performance kit
LaceLockers HoneyStinger chews
 

Amrita bar pre race
CocoaElite shake post race 
RaceDots


 
    

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Run through it

Pittsburgh marathon I did not start 
May 7th
My father died May 9th. I did not make it to see him in Thailand. So quick.so sad. 
 

My grief has had ups and downs. Mainly still in disbelief that he is really and truly gone. Days this month mainly blank- forgetting things, on edge, 
Work I have had to cut down to the basics. Tell me what I need to do today and not more....,
 
Running has kept me afloat. After I found out he had made a turn for the worse, I got on the treadmill and ran for 3 hrs. 
 
I have not stopped my training, if anything it has increased. I've had to stop myself from running more to numb the pain and feelings.
 
My running friends gave me the best support ever. More than my family. They gave me hope and love. My coach has been supportive above all. I thank everyone each and every thought and word.
I hope no one has to go though this pain. I know we will through. 
 
Focusing back on my goals for June marathon and mt. Championships kept my mind off of my dad. Kept my mind moving forward with my legs. It kept me from from crashing into sadness each day. It has always been there with me. Resilient. I am. Train I told myself. And I did. 
 
Gate City marathon I did not want to start. Mentally not ready.
But I did.
 
In a haze of saddened thoughts I started 
I ran 
I wanted so badly to stop.
I did not.
I was going to finish no matter what. 
Run legs go go go 
I turned my music up.
I was at mile 18. 
I fell really bad, hitting my head, arms and knees. I lost 10min of time there. I got up and immediately started crying so loudly , breaking down with blood on my legs and face and dirt everywhere,
I kept going. Crying
No idea I was the lead women. 
I finished and they said I was first
 
My win was after I was done in the medical tent , an hour there, that I had finished. For my dad . 
All heart.
 
Through and by this time, I focused ahead
I foraged into my training routine and embraced it harder. 
I am now stronger. I will race faster ahead. I will feed my crazy daily. Bring on humongous challenges. I'll tackle them head on 
 
   

Friday, May 5, 2017

5k way too short

I raced a 5k 2 weeks ago as speed prep for the Pittsburgh marathon 
 

I dislike 5ks but race them as directed by my coach for speed leg turnover
 
I warmed up for 3 miles. Felt ready.
The gun went off. Not ready. Lol

 
Drowning and slagging in my breath. Help help in my brain. I triaged in and on in the mile. Our lead went down a wrong street for .1 miles before seeing the mistake. Fun. That added almost 20 seconds.
 
Still dying inside . Made it to the finish my throat on fire. A PB - a small one but one non the less!
Whoo. Thank gosh. I was fourth women)

I then immediately did 8 miles cooldown for 15 miles.
Coach- McKirdy Training 
Skechers GORun 5 for shoes and Skechers Kit
LaceLockers 
Swiftwick socks 
Amrita bar pre race
Run gum
Honey Stinger 1 gel
CocoaElite protein shake post race 2 hours later
FeedYourCrazy trucker hat
Post race Rabbit tank and shorts 
NUUN hydration tab post race in water 

   

Friday, April 7, 2017

Half PR

I raced the two rivers half marathon 2 weeks ago
As a prep for the Pittsburgh marathon
My goal was to feel confident in marathon pace
 
Race day perfect conditions 
 
I felt good
I had on course one honey Stinger gel which saved me at mile 5, 3 Honey Stinger gummies, and 2 pieces of run gum - needed more
 
The race went good
Felt depleted at Miles 8-9.5 but then picked it back up to pace for the end
 
4th women and 2nd AG with a new PR 
Listened to my wonderful coach and I feel confident for Pittsburgh goals!
 
Wore Skechers GORun5's and Skechers Performance wear
Amrita bar pre race
LaceLockers 
Swiftwick socks
Honey Stinger fuel
CocoaElite post race shake