Two Lives, One Lifestyle


Antsy, Hungry, Sad: A Taper Story by Katie
May 27, 2010, 9:43 pm
Filed under: Burger, Cravings, Katie, Marathon

I didn’t believe it when the Team in Training coaches told us that we would feel antsy during taper.   But it’s happening.  I ran for 30 minutes this morning and then after work, I really wanted to run!  I’m restraining myself based on all sorts of recommendations.

With moving, finishing a thesis, and preparing for the marathon, my stress levels are… not low.  I’ve cried a few times this week over really dumb things.  Point #2 in our taper info: you might feel depressed with the drastic reduction in exercise (exercise=endorphins).  Yes.  Why are they all so right?!  Deep breath.

Also, I would really like a cheeseburger now. (Hunger does not automatically adjust to the lower activity level but I’m obviously eating as I’m hungry.  There is a good chance of slight weight increases during these 2 weeks my sources say.)

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A Bit Mental by Katie
May 26, 2010, 1:11 pm
Filed under: Katie, Marathon, Motivation, Run

Last night at track practice, our coach invited a professional runner motivational speaker.

She talked about visualization and positive thinking as keys for any run, though especially long distance where the mental factor is key to a successful race.  Positive begets positive.  I think this is true for many if not all areas of life but especially for a physical task. I mean, it’s almost always easier to walk than run and I can stop at any time but… well, why?! If I don’t need to!

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One tip I liked was to have a few time goals in mind.  First, the time that would happen if all the stars aligned, you were well rested and at race pace, there were no injuries, and you hydrated and fueled, etc.  The second goal should be training pace, which is technically slower than race pace.  If it’s windy or maybe a knee is acting up but not quite hurt, this might be more reasonable.  Last, a “just finish” goal, in case the weather is way beyond any training conditions or you’re sick or injured.

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Another point she touched on is to stay in the moment.  Try not to think about after the race, or the next 20 miles ahead (yikes).  If it’s hard to focus, then count something quicker than miles- like number of spectators drinking beers!

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My stepdad taught me to “look at where I want to go and not at the rocks I don’t want to hit” when mountain biking, and I think that’s a good carryover in terms of running: “think of what you want to do, not what you don’t want to do.”  Don’t think about walking (unless of course your strategy is run/walk!), don’t think about how you might puke, don’t think about how you’re bad at hills.

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Oh and how she ended this talk?  Just casually mentioning that she was one of the first women pushing to allow women to run in marathons.  I didn’t realize women were barely allowed in any marathons until the late 70s and a women’s marathon event was not added to the Olympics until 1984!! That’s not that long ago!  My personal favorite reason that women were banned?  Their uterus might fall out on those long runs!  Or it means we want to be men.  Riiiiiight.

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Jane Welzel, our speaker, was a professional marathon runner for years and now has a sports psychology practice, specializing in treating athletes with eating disorders. The article is true, she still does Tuesday night track workouts in Fort Collins— I’ve been there the last few months!  She is the 4th from the left, and this is not my running group!

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Her and her sister used to travel all over the country to find marathons they were allowed to run in.  Her sister helped organize a fundraiser for an all-women half-marathon in Maine called “One Lucky Man” (don’t google that phrase, I warned you).  Any man that wants to run pays $10 to enter a lottery and one is selected to run with all women!  Once I move back to the east coast I want to participate, especially if I’m in Boston.

Learning all the history about women’s running made me want to run more. Another reason to cross that finish line!  What motivates you?



Literally, Everything in Moderation by Katie
May 25, 2010, 5:30 pm
Filed under: Katie, Nutrition, Salad

Even vegetables.  A women in NYC was eating pounds of bok choy daily believing it would help alleviate her diabetes.  Well, apparently one of the compounds in raw bok choy can lower thyroid function to a deadly point if you eat truckloads of it.

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Now, when we see hysterical overreacting articles emerge about this anecdotal case, let’s consider the amount she was eating (pounds daily,  for months) and the amount the average person eats (when you get Chinese takeout? Maybe more for a foodie).   If someone tells you they read about the “horrors” of bok choy, you can bite the craziness in the bud.



Snooze by Katie
May 25, 2010, 12:46 pm
Filed under: Beer, Breakfast, Coffee, Eggs, Katie

I’ve been hoping to try Snooze for over a year now.  Every review from media to friends has sung high praises, and what initially caught my eye was the pancake flights (like a wine flight, with pancakes…. yes, I know!).  The Denver locations are notoriously crowded though- there are tales of up to two hour waits.

Finally, after much build-up, I tried Snooze at the newest location in Fort Collins.  It was perfectly timed following a 2 hour run and an ice bath.  Overindulgence, yes please!

Since I’m giving up the drink for 2 weeks prior to the marathon, I ordered a Bellini- peach puree and sparkling wine.    Behind my lovely tall glass is John’s beer-mosa.  Orange juice and New Belgium beer.  Don’t be skeptical! It was delicious, and possibly better than a mimosa (or I’m just sick of mimosas after bottomless varieties last weekend).

I ordered the Barbacoa Benny for breakfast:

Sope Style” with slow roasted, shredded Niman Ranch Beef atop our house black beans and homemade masa cakes plus poached eggs, smoked cheddar hollandaise, cotija cheese & salsa fresca.

I loved the masa cakes and smoky, tender meat.  The hashbrown cake was equally delicious- soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, without much greasiness.

And perfectly poached eggs.  Or should I say egg.

A funny thing happened when I poked my fork into the second egg.  It was hard.  Hard as an egg shell.  And it wasn’t just a little piece, nope, it was a half of an intact egg shell.  Obviously I called over the waitress and basically showed her the shell to which she basically said “WTF!?” and whisked it away to the kitchen.  She apologized, brought a new Benedict, and took it off the bill.  I was honestly confused and laughing more than grossed out.  I mean, an egg shell is totally less gross than a clump of hair or band-aid or cockroach.

Then the manager came to apologize and thank me for being so gracious. Then the chef came out and apologized and gave us 2 free meal cards! We did go back on Sunday morning, and they covered everything including John’s drink and my coffee (also try the coffee by the way), plus the sample pancakes we ordered.  I suggest the strawberry rhubarb.  Since I was really not upset, it was an amazing show of overwhelmingly good customer service in my opinion.

All in all, I want to go back again to try everything (hint, hint CO bloggers).  Have you ever found something nasty or wrong with your meal at a restaurant?  Did they do a good job of apologizing and replacing your food?



Be Still My Heart by Kelli
May 22, 2010, 5:46 am
Filed under: Kelli

This is why I am running for Team In Training….

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I am running my longest run of training today.  20 miles.  I will get through it.  I HAVE to get through it.

Before my run this morning I decided to look at some real life pictures and stories about kids with this horrible disease.  I do not know anyone personally with the disease, so I felt I wanted to put a face (or a few faces) with a name.  Wow.  I found some really powerful stuff.  If all these kids can get through their chemo, if their Mom’s can hold their hands knowing their precious child might die, then I can sure as hell run 26.2 miles and be grateful that I am able to accomplish it.



The Jig’s Up by Katie
May 21, 2010, 3:51 pm
Filed under: Family, Katie, Motivation, Playlist

I have a little running music secret.  When I really need that extra push to hit a good running pace, do you know what I listen to?  Irish dancing music. Jigs, reels, all of it! Plus some non-traditional stuff.  I’ve actually avoided including it on lists of great workout songs because well, if anyone else (other than my sister) listens to this to run, I would love to know.

Some of my favorites:

  • “Fiddling Ladies” by The Chieftains (Especially 3:15 and on, I ran a quarter mile at under a 7 minute pace listening to the end of the song. Quite fittingly, it was at a St. Pat’s 5 miler.)
  • “Lord of the Dance” by Irish Ceili Band (slow beginning, fast forward)
  • “The Night That Patty Murphy Died” by Great Big Sea
  • “Irish Pub Song” by Flogging Molly
  • “Amazing Grace” by Dropkick Murphys

I must say that my mom raised us listening to this stuff and bagpipes and fiddles don’t make my ears bleed, though some people hate them.

Your legs just want to move in a happy jig when you listen to this music! Or maybe it’s just years of Irish dancing.  Okay, someone try it and let me know.



A Slow Six by Katie
May 20, 2010, 10:15 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Run

It blows my mind how one day I can run 21 miles and then 5 days later have a hard time with 6 miles.   All week my legs have felt pretty tight and heavy, so I cut myself a break and ran at whatever pace happened.  I usually try to do this but get too competitive with myself.  The weather was perfect and I love me a nice breeze!  I just enjoyed being out there as much as I could (oh yeah I can’t give up cheese and accidentally ate cheese at lunch) with my upset stomach and tired legs.

This spa I’ve gotten a pedicure at once or twice sent me a birthday coupon so I might go get a half priced massage tomorrow.   I mean, it was suggested by the coaches after all.

There have been no food pictures all week but this is what I’ve been eating, or a variation on the theme.  I cooked way, way too much pasta on Monday so I’ve had some everyday (until today!).

Pasta with sauce, made more delicious with onions, garlic, bison meat, and pepper flakes.  I added random vegetables too- broccoli, spinach, artichokes. Single living, so glamorous! I eat the same food for 4 days ;).

How do you handle massive amounts of leftovers? Usually I stick stuff in the freezer but I’m moving next week and gotta eat it all up!  Plus, frozen pasta never reheats that well.