Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Half Marathon Recap!

On Sunday I did the Oro Valley Arizona Distance Class Half Marathon. I registed for it 2 weeks ago, so jumping in to this was mildly nerve-wracking. Especially since a vacation was thrown in the middle of my 2 week-prep.

(Just a little's not like I just randomly signed up completely. I was up to running 9-10 miles comfortably, and decided "Hey, a race is coming up! What's 3 more miles?! I'll sign up!" So, I'm really not completely insane.)

So here's a little run-down on Abby's ritualistic build up to the race and the big event!

We returned from our vacation Sunday, so Monday I headed for an easy 10 mile run. I say easy, because I did not push myself. I like my joints and knees, so took a nice moderate pace on it! Then my week was spent doing some TLC to my muscles, lots of leg massaging, icing, and good nutrition and hydration! A few easy 3-4 mile runs and I was ready to race!

Friday I took a light 4 mile jog, and drank so much water I thought I was going to drown myself. My Saturday pre-race diet consisted of a mix of good protein carbs. I felt like I was snacking all day on apples, cereal, carrot sticks, etc.

My pre-race meal was a brand new invention, which is a new favorite and I will share the recipe in the near future. I had a Quinoa pasta with grilled salmon. My evening routine is always to snack on graham crackers and have a cup of green tea with lime.

Now here's where I made a BIG MISTAKE on this race! (I am sharing this, for I know a few of my readers are runners. And I would hate for this to happen to ANYONE!! Learn from my mistakes!)

Thursday, Friday, AND Saturday I ate seafood, seafood, and seafood. Salmon is excellent for omega-3's and GREAT for your joints. However.......

My diet had NO IRON! Which resulted in me getting verrrry verrrrrrry sick post race. After finally calling my doctor Monday afternoon, it turned out that I had mild "Colonic Ischemia". Which basically means your large intestines are not getting blood.

(Iron is involved in the oxygen-carrying in your body. So if you're really low on iron, you become anemic, obvoiusly. Now, normally if you don't have much iron for a few days you won't become drastically anemic. But, if you go burn 1500 calories during a 1/2 marathon -- this becomes an issue!) (Ps....I may be explaining this wrong. Maybe after I have critical care/ICU nursing I will understand this better...)

I'm not going to get into the signs and symptoms. You will know something is up if this happens! Let's just say that Sunday, I didn't want Ryan to go to the grocery store without me, because I thought he'd come home and I'd be passed out/or dead on the floor. (I know, kinda morbid, but I was scared! And I'm pretty dramatic)

So, take home message: Balance in your daily diet is ESSENTIAL. Get calcium, take in iron, get your vegetables, protein = living, carbs = energy, and eat clean!!! :)

I ended up running it the fastest I've ran a race. My time was 1:50 (and like 15 seconds or something...). So my average pace/mile was 8:25, and that was even with stopping at mile 10 to go the bathroom! Last race (the 10 miler in October) my pace was 8:40-ish. So I feel pretty darn pleased!! :)

Here are some photos from the event!

Pre-race. Freezing my booty off! When we left our house at 5:45am (south of Tucson) it was 52 degrees. When we arrived to the race start in Oro Valley, the temp read "38 degrees". We live in AZ, folks. That is really cold for my bones!!

Sweatshirts (yes, plural. I was wearing 2) have come off. And I am trying to stay postive, happy, and loose. (.....and I look like I'm a 12 year old.)

Coming in! I'm on the left of the red-shirted person.
Crossing the finish line. Felt amazing!!!
Sporting my new medal. Notice on the other side of the flag there is a photographer charging $12/picture. We said "screw that" and moved to the other side of the flag & snapped a photo. I live on the edge.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! I really should be studying for my test this afternoon, but feel compelled to take a break from reading about antipsychotic drugs and anxiety disorders!!! I had a great weekend -- tons of housework done, cooking, and a half-marathon completed! (Post to come soon on that....). Summer has officially arrived it AZ - it's supposed to be 90 today. Not sure if I'm quite ready for's here! :)
1. What television character do you identify with?
To be honest, I don't want much television outside of the news and The Bachelor. And I don't want to identify myself with any of those characters! :-)
2. Describe your morning routine.

Wake up, turn on news, grind coffee beans, brew coffee, pour cereal, cut up banana, make husbands breakfast and lunch, eat breakfast.  (Non clincal days I then usually work out, Clinical days I'm out the door at 5:30)
3. How do you do lunch? Bring from home or dine out? Same thing every day or mix it up?
Always pack a lunch. I absolutely hate eating out for lunch. Such a waste of money!! Why pay $9 for a salad  that I could've made at home? And I eat a salad of some fashion every day for lunch.
4. What is one moment that, although seemingly trivial at the time, changed your life?
First weekend of the fall semester my sophomore year I was in a sorority. I only went to the events that were mandatory. (In other words, I was a bad member). But one night, I decided to go to an event at one of the fraternities - a volleyball match-up. I hate volleyball, but decided to go. That night I ran into Ryan for the first time in a year -- and it was all history from there! If I wouldn't have gone..we probably would've have hit it off!
5. Name your top three beauty products.
-Revlon hair dye - box mix. Yep. I'm a real fashionista.......
-My hair straightener....

I am not a big beauty product person.

6. What do you do when you’re alone in the car?
Enjoy the quiet and freedom from everything. Often turn my phone on silence, find some music to match my mood, and sing along.
7. What is the ideal city for you to live in? If you can, take this survey (< that’s a link) and tell us the results. Do you agree with them?
This was kind of fun! I recommend you try it! It was pretty accurate. I always say I either want to be in Minnesota with family or near water. All I want is some damn seasons!

I took the quiz and here are my top 5 cities:
1. Asheville, North Carolina
2.Bloomington, Indiana (random....)
3. Hampton, Virginia
4. Roanoke, Virginia
5. Ann Arbor, Michigan
8. Are you waiting for something?
-August to be done with! Then I will be done with school. I would also like to know for sure that my sponsoring hospital will be hiring me straight after school. Some people in former cohorts at my school have been waiting around 5, 7, 9 months before they get hired by their hospitals. And I'm not okay with that. So I'd like to know. This is driving me absolutely crazy and stressing me out beyond belief. In the meantime...I'm looking elsewhere.

9. What was the last shocking news you heard?
Probably that man in my hometown was murdered. I came from a small, pleasant, 500-person, farming community where nothing "traumatic" has ever occured. So hearing that was shocking and sad!

10. What are three things you wouldn’t do for a million dollars?
-Abandon my husband or family
-Give up my leg or any appendage (Random, but sometimes I hear people say things like "Oh, I'd give up my left leg for that". I wouldn't. I like my legs, they take me many places and are extraordinarily useful.)
-Live in China