Why It’s Good To Have A Mirror Handy When Eating Smoothies

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Yeah, WEAR SUNSCREEN WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG!!!

Toothbrush, anyone?

Toothbrush, anyone?

I had a good hill workout on Tuesday. Downtown Wilmington is the one place in town where there are any hills at all, and they’re teeny short, steep ones, so you basically have to serpentine your way up and down them several times.  I enjoy down downtown and it was peaceful, well, except for all the second hand smoke – people smoke a LOT in the mornings. When I got home, I knew I needed a good stretch, so I ended up doing my runner’s yoga video for 25 minutes.

Running past the old buildings down town Wilmington.

Running past the old buildings down town Wilmington.

My shins started bothering me, more in the “normal” area, lower than the hot spot I had the major issues with before. I knew I’d put tons of miles on my legs and was a little worried it might be too much, so when they were really sore on my easy run on Wednesday, I was not NOT AT ALL happy. I gave myself some active release therapy (OUCH!), iced, and tried not to panic.

This morning, I had a 45 minute tempo run, and of course I was intimidated, but I got it done and it felt good. I slowly worked paces down from 8:45-8:15 during the 15 minute warm up to 8:15 – 7:00 and slightly under for 20 minutes, followed by a cool down for 10 minutes, and I was pretty happy. I was THRILLED to find that my shins did not hurt. SIGH. Thank goodness. I have two days off and on Sunday, I have a 15k race.

The sun is out and NO PAIN IN MY SHINS!!!!!

The sun is out and NO PAIN IN MY SHINS!!!!! And no blueberries!

So this race. I’m not entirely sure what pace to try to go, but I have a total of 13.1 miles that day. I think I might try and do a few warm up miles at marathon pace (8:15-8:30), run the 15k at 7:45-7:50 pace, try not to fall down or collapse, then warm down at marathon pace. I’m nervous since I’m behind on speed work, and I’m sure you know that because I keep mentioning it, but I was reminded today that I need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. And use proper sentence structure. Running a marathon isn’t easy, so training for one isn’t going to be either. I’ve been hitting all my paces and goals, so there’s nothing to worry about. My Garmin not working accurately in the trees will be my only issue, since we are running at Brunswick FOREST, but if it goes wonky on me, which I’m sure it will, I’ll just have to go based on feel.

Remember in my last post when I asked for ideas for a team name for the Beach 2 Battleship 140.6 that my husband and I might do as a relay team? Tell me what you think about these:

She Made Me Do It

Team Epic

Epicurus – Thanks so much to you Kecia, for this thoughtful idea!!! It means “peace and freedom from fear” and the “absence of pain”

4 Short of a 6-Pack

Who’s Watching The Kids

Couple o’ Crazies

Camel Toe and Moose Knuckle (I just learned what a moose knuckle was this week-had no idea there was a name for it)

So, anyone racing this weekend? Any ideas for a team name?

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8 thoughts on “Why It’s Good To Have A Mirror Handy When Eating Smoothies

  1. I love the blueberries in the teeth!! With the Vitamix, thankfully we don’t have to worry so much about that anymore 😉

    Ironman training is definitely getting use to being comfortable with the uncomfortable, but that is different than pain. Make sure that the uncomfortable does not become painful or you may become injured and miss out on meeting your goals.

    Good luck on your race this weekend!!

  2. Oh goodness, definitely a difference between good pain/soreness and bad pain! I felt the good kind after my 19 miler last week. I love my Magic Bullet, but it doesn’t get all the little bits of some fruit, but I love how easy it is to use and clean. So much better than the old blender! And shins are still feeling good, even after running around with the dog this afternoon. Hopefully crisis averted totally!

  3. I like Team Epic. Cause Kelli, that is what you and your hubby are! 🙂

  4. LOL!! I always have stuff in my teeth post-smoothie!! Great post. 🙂

  5. Am I too late? Epicurus is my pick.

    And I can’t believe you posted that selfie with food in your teeth. You truly are fearless.

    • I think we’re actually going to use “This was her idea” for our team name, just to be funny. He’s the one who wears the bib since swim/bike doesn’t, so everyone will see it on him, not me. Haha! Poor guy 🙂 And everyone gets crap in their teeth, why not just post it? It made me laugh, like a lot, for some silly reason, so thought it might make someone else laugh too. Fearless and goofy go hand in hand.

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