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18 Hours in Chattanooga {Weekend Recap}

Hello! Hope your week is going swimmingly! I wanted to pop in and tell you about my weekend. It was an absolute whirlwind.

After grabbing a quick dinner on Friday after work, Derek and I headed to Raleigh to celebrate my best friend Jenna’s birthday.

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Happy birthday Jenna!

We had ice cream cake and a couple of drinks before heading downtown to begin our Trolley Pub Raleigh adventure.

If you don’t already know, Trolley Pub is essentially a roving bar. You bring your own wine and beer and drink while you ride around the city. Trolley Pub is powered by pedaling, so instead of sitting on traditional bar stools you’re on a bike seat (with a lap seatbelt connected to the trolley).

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The whole crew on the Trolley Pub.

We had blast! I highly recommend it if you’re in the Raleigh area. According to the website, Trolley Pub is also located in Virginia, Wisconsin, Texas, Pennsylvania, and St. Thomas.

Derek and I didn’t get back from Raleigh until 2am. The next morning we woke up around 10am, got ready, packed, and headed out the door to meet my family in Chattanooga, Tennessee for Jared’s big race. My brother Jared and I signed up for the 7 Bridges and 4 Bridges Marathon and Half-Marathon, respectively. However, due to injuries I wasn’t able to run the half. Instead I decided to walk the 2 Bridges 5K with Derek, my mom, and my dad while Jared raced.

We arrived in Chattanooga around 7pm after a 7.5 hour drive. We immediately dropped our stuff off at the Downtown Chattanooga Residence Inn (which was a great place to stay, by the way) and walked across the street to meet my family at Big River Grille for dinner. The food and beer were delicious, and it was so great to see my family! By the time we finished eating/catching up and walked back to the hotel it was time to hit the sack.

Jared’s race started at 7am, so we were all up around 5:30am to get ready. We walked over to the start since it was less than 1 mile away. I was impressed with Jared’s calm demeanor; I would probably be freaking out. Before we knew it, he was off. My parents, Derek, and I waited around at the start for another half hour before our 5K started at 7:30am.

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We took some sweet pre-dawn photos on the winner’s podium.

We were treated to a beautiful sunrise while we waited.

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Our 5K only went across 2 bridges, but the course was gorgeous!

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I stopped to get a photo of this sculpture while we were walking. Chattanooga has cool and interesting art all over the city.

We finished the 5K a little after 8am.

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With about 3 hours to kill before we expected Jared to finish, we walked back to the hotel to eat breakfast, change clothes, and hang out for a bit.

On the walk back to the finish we noticed gold shoe prints on the sidewalk ever few hundred feet. It turns out that they were showing different dance steps. I took a picture of the waltz.

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Isn’t that cool? Downtown Chattanooga is awesome! I wish we had more time to explore. We all decided we should go back sometime to check it out.

My parents, Derek, and I waited at the finish, anxiously looking out for Jared. We were all so pumped when we saw him come around the corner looking strong!

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The classic victory stance of a marathon-finisher. Go Jared!

I think finishing a marathon is a huge accomplishment in itself, but he finished in his goal time of 4 hours exactly. How awesome is that?!? I’m so glad that Derek and I could be there with my parents to see Jared complete his first marathon.

After we found Jared, it was time to refuel. We headed to Mellow Mushroom for pizza and beer. NOM.

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Around 1pm, after just 18 hours in Chattanooga, Derek and I hopped in the car to start the 7.5 hour journey back to Durham.

It was a crazy, hectic weekend, but we had fun. I’m proud of my brother for finishing his first marathon. It was inspiring to see him finish the race after all of his training. Congratulations Jared!

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4 Bridges: Runner’s Blues

If you follow Brown is the New Pink, you may have noticed that I didn’t post my weekly half marathon training plan. I have been training for the 4 Bridges Half Marathon for the past 2+ months, and I am incredibly bummed to say my ability to race it is now up in the air.

A few weeks ago I started having trouble with my right foot. I have a history of plantar fasciitis, and it has returned. It can be painful, especially in the mornings, but it’s manageable with lots of ice and stretching. Then last Sunday I went out for my long run and had to stop after 5 miles due to intense pain in my left calf. I actually had to call Derek to pick me up because I was hobbling around on the trail. I’m guessing it’s a calf strain likely caused by me compensating for the problems with my right foot. (Something similar happened with my left IT band when I ran cross-country in high school.) I stretched and iced and rested during the week. No training runs.

This weekend I ran 1 easy mile on Saturday, and things went well. I was feeling hopeful that I could resume training. However, I made it less than 1 mile on Sunday before I experienced the same intense pain in my left calf. Unfortunately, it seems worse than last week. I limped around at work today because it hurts to walk, much less run.

I am frustrated and heavyhearted. I was really excited about completing my 3rd half marathon, and now I’m not even sure that I’ll be able to run it. I’m less than 2 weeks out from the race, and I haven’t been able to train for the last 2 weeks due to injuries. I will continue to rest, ice, and stretch, but my ability to complete 13.1 miles feels very uncertain now. I’ve put a lot of hard work into training, and I would hate not to be able to achieve the goal I’ve been working toward for months.

At the end of the day, I know it’s just a race. There will be others. But today, I’m just bummed.

4 Bridges Training {Week 10}

Greetings! How was your weekend?? I had one of those great, rare weekends when you have fun AND get a lot of things done. I spent Friday night over at my best friend Jenna’s house drinking wine and watching the Shonda trilogy– Grey’s AnatomyScandal, and How to Get Away With Murder. Saturday was spent around the house with Derek. We did a lot of cleaning and organizing, which was much-needed. We also started watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It absolutely cracks me up; I definitely suggest checking it out if you haven’t already. Today we had our friends over to watch the Panthers game. The game was not pretty, but we had fun and ate a lot of delicious food. On Tuesday, I will be sharing a vegetarian chili recipe that I tried out for the party. NOM.

On a sad note, I did not run last week. My foot wasn’t doing well, so I decided to rest and just do my long run today. At first I felt great. My legs were much better than they have been in a couple of weeks. Then, around mile 4 of 10, my left calf suddenly started to hurt. It wasn’t bad at first, so I kept running. By mile 5 the pain got so bad that I couldn’t continue. I actually had to call Derek to come pick me up. (He’s the best.) I’ve been limping around since then because it hurts just to walk. I am so bummed. I’ve been training for 2 months, and I really hope things will get better so I can run on the 19th. 😦

Needless to say, I’m not sure how running will go this week. I’m hoping this is just a strain, and I’ll be good to go in a couple of days. Cross your fingers for me, please! Anyway, below is my tentative plan for this week.


4 Bridges Half-Marathon Training – Week 10

Monday: Yoga + strength

Tuesday: 3 miles

Wednesday: 5 miles or cross-train

Thursday: 3 miles + strength

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Cross-train for 50 minutes

Sunday: 10 miles

4 Bridges Training {Week 9} + Meal Plan

Less than a month until race day! Last week’s training was just OK. As I mentioned in my Week 8 post, I’ve been having some trouble with plantar fasciitis. I ended up lowering my mileage substantially last week. I ran 2-3 miles on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, and I ran about 5 miles today. I’m still experiencing some pain, but it’s definitely improving. I started doing some Runner’s World yoga classes, and it seems to be helping. I’m glad I rested some last week. I’m going to attempt to get back to my normal mileage this week and see how things go.

On a good note, I finally have a gym membership again! Derek was able to get me an inexpensive gym membership at UNC since I am the spouse of a student. We worked out together 3 times last week. I am SO sore, but it feels great to lift again.

I’m keeping things pretty simple on the food front this week. The latter part of the week is forecasted to be cool and rainy – perfect for breaking out the crock pot. I’m really excited for next Sunday. Derek and I are having friends over to watch the Panthers game, which of course means delicious food is in order. Also, I promise to share a recipe this week. I’ve been really bad about that lately. I keep forgetting to take pictures while I cook. Whoops!


 

4 Bridges Half-Marathon Training – Week 9

Monday: Yoga + strength

Tuesday: 4.5 miles

Wednesday: 3 miles or cross-train

Thursday: 4.5 miles + strength

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Cross-train for 50 minutes

Sunday: 10 miles (Double digits!!!)

Meal Plan- Week of 9/22/14

Monday: Homemade Hawaiian/Veggie Pizza + Salad

Tuesday: Turkey Meatballs + Sweet Potato Tots + Green Beans

Wednesday: Maple Glazed Salmon + Couscous + Broccoli

Thursday: Provencal Beef Stew

Friday: Dinner Out

Saturday: Fiesta Chicken Enchiladas + Salad

Sunday: White Chili + Cornbread + Snacks + Beer

4 Bridges Training {Week 8} + Meal Plan

Whew! Another week of training down. Last week went pretty well. I shifted all of my runs back a day because I was too exhausted from traveling to run on Tuesday. I’m back on track after my long run (8 miles) today though.

Unfortunately, I’m starting to have a lot of trouble with my right foot again. I have very high arches, which makes me prone to plantar fasciitis. If you don’t know, plantar fasciitis is a common problem among runners that causes pain in the heel and underside of the foot. The pain is especially bad with first steps in the morning. Fortunately/unfortunately I am quite familiar with plantar fasciitis, and I know what helps me. I wear orthotics, but it might be time to break out the old night splint. I also need to increase my stretching and start icing my heel at night. If the pain doesn’t subside some, I will cross-train more this week to give my foot a break.  It’s a bummer, but at least I know what to do about it.

On a good note, I’m back to posting my meal plans. I’m going to try to post a recipe on Brown is the New Pink soon. It’s been a while!


4 Bridges Half-Marathon Training – Week 8

Monday: Yoga + strength

Tuesday: 4.5 miles

Wednesday: 3 miles or cross-train

Thursday: 4.5 miles + strength

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Cross-train for 50 minutes

Sunday: 9 miles

Meal Plan- Week of 9/15/14

Monday: Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Tuesday: Grilled Chicken Sandwiches + Homemade Sweet Potato “Fries” + Salad

Wednesday: Maple Glazed Salmon + Couscous + Broccoli

Thursday: Slow Cooker Chili

Friday: Dinner Out

Saturday: Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Sunday: Leftovers/Wing It

4 Bridges Training {Week 7}

I am officially half way through half-marathon training! Other than missing my 2 mile run on Wednesday due to crazy thunderstorms, I completed all of my workouts. My long run this week was glorious! It was in the low- to mid-60s, breezy, and cloudy. Perfect running weather! For the first time in my training, I got in the zone and felt like I could keep running. Don’t you love that feeling? I’m hoping my good running vibes will last through this coming week. I’m bumping up my mileage a little bit on every run compared to last week. Bring it on, week 7!

If you’re interested in the 6 previous weeks of training, you can find the posts here:

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, and Week 6.


4 Bridges Half-Marathon Training – Week 7

Monday: Yoga + strength (My brother, who’s training for a full marathon, suggested I start doing yoga. He said it’s really helped his legs recover fasts. Figured I’d give it a shot.)

Tuesday: 4.5 miles

Wednesday: 3 miles

Thursday: 4.5 miles + strength

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Cross-train for 50 minutes

Sunday: 8 miles

4 Bridges Training {Week 5} + Meal Plan

Another week of training down! I can’t believe how fast time is flying. The race on October 19th will be here before I know it.  I completed all of the runs for Week 4, but I didn’t do any strength training or cross training last week. Whomp, whomp. I’m definitely more of a cardio person when it comes to exercising, whereas Derek prefers strength training. I’m hoping he can help get me motivated to complete my strength and cross training this week. Maybe I’ll get him out for a run this week too.

If you’re interested in my training posts/meal plans from previous weeks please see the following links: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4. On to week 5!


4 Bridges Half-Marathon Training – Week 5

Monday: Strength + stretch

Tuesday: 4 miles

Wednesday: 2 miles

Thursday: 4 miles + strength

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Cross-train for 40 minutes

Sunday: 6 miles

Meal Plan- Week of 8/25/14

Monday: Trader Joe’s Curry Simmer Sauce Chicken + Naan + Green Beans

Tuesday: Quinoa “Fried” Rice

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Meatball Subs

Thursday: Chicken Fajitas + Black Beans

Friday: Dinner Out

Saturday: Beef Kabobs + Brown Rice

Sunday: Leftovers/Wing It

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