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My Choice to Run the Dallas Marathon

14 Nov

As soon as I found out the NYC Marathon would not go on as planned, I began researching new races to run. I was not about to let 14 weeks of training go down the drain. I HAD to run a marathon and PR. Not doing so was NOT an option.

There were many considerations to make for my backup race, but it didn’t take long until I made my final decision.

Factors considered when choosing the backup marathon:

1. Easily accessible
-I am officially out of PTO at work until February (I like to travel a lot), so I could not run a race that would require time off.
-I could easily send myself into debt by paying for all these race entries and travel costs.
-My entourage of spectators would be there.

2. A semi-large race
-I need spectator support to get me to the finish and through those hard miles.
-I like running next to other people. Sure it can be annoying dodging them, but I like the company.

3. A PR worthy course
-Duh

4. The date had to work with my schedule
-I didn’t feel comfortable running a marathon the following weekend due to travel costs and prep time.
-The weekend of November 17th was out due to my Girls on the Run 5k (I would NEVER miss that!)

The Decision

After reviewing my requirements, it became quite clear what my race should be: I would run the Dallas Marathon.

If you have been an avid reader of my blog (THANK YOU!) or spent time getting caught up, you know that I ran Dallas last year. Dallas was my first marathon, and the best day of my life. I pretty much have nothing but amazing memories from that race, and I got excited when thinking about reliving that experience.

I almost feel like I was having a little ESP during training, because I kept saying, “If NYC doesn’t go as I planned, I will just run Dallas again. I know it is a great race, and I know it could give me a PR”. I swear I said this – if you don’t believe me, ask my boyfriend. He will tell you!

A HUGE bonus of running the Dallas marathon is that my parents and boyfriend get to join in on the fun. My Dad has not been able to see me run a marathon yet, so it’s a really big deal to me that he gets to watch this one. He is my coach after all!

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I am now fully submerged and committed to training for Dallas. I will use these extra 5 weeks as additional training time to help me meet my goal. I used to think that people who trained for 18+ week for a marathon were crazy…well now I am one of them!

Thank you as always for your continued support! Updates to my training schedule are on their way!

xo

Ali

I will say that I better not be in a damn poncho this year or have to run the race in a plastic bag.

Ten Questions Answered

21 Oct

I saw this post on Jennie’s blog, and decided to copy. Because let’s get real…who doesn’t love answering questions about themselves!

1. Best run ever?

The 2011 Dallas Marathon. It was my first marathon, and one of the best experiences of my life. I exceeded everything I thought I could do and qualified for Boston! I don’t think I have ever been so proud of myself.

It was the best run ever in a plastic bag…because it poured down rain the entire race!

Wondering about my worst run ever? Check out this post.

Following the worst run ever.

2. Three words that describe your running?

Dedicated, Therapeutic, Fun

3. Your go-to running outfit?

Anything from Lululemon is a go to. I don’t have one piece of Lulu clothing that I don’t love!!

Lulu 4 life

4. Quirky habit while running?

I always run cul-de-sacs in the neighborhoods. This drives some people insane, but I love it because it can add on so many miles! I cringe when I run next to a cul-de-sac and don’t take advantage of it!

5. Morning, midday, evening?

If I don’t start my day with a run, it throws everything off (unless it is a designated off day). Few things are better than getting in miles before the sun comes up.

6. I won’t run outside when it’s…

Thunderstorming. Other than Thunderstorms I have ran in every other kind of weather. This is why a large running wardrobe is necessary!!!

Two of my go-to items when I am running in chilly weather – a headband and a neck warmer!

7. Worst injury—and how you got over it.

I have been SO fortunate over my running career to never face a major injury (knock on wood). I have dealt with plantar fasciitis (who hasn’t) and some knee pain, but both of these were corrected with KT Tape and rest.

Prior to the Dallas Marathon, I looked like this!

Maybe God has kept me injury free since I have dealt with Asthma my entire life. I have no idea what it feels like to be able to to run without breathing issues or puffing on an inhaler before each run.

8. I felt most like a badass runner when…

I run an insane amount of miles before work. This training I completed every one of my 20 plus milers before work. Which means that I started these runs at 4am. I felt like a total badass when I got to work knowing that I had already run 22 miles, while other people had only rolled out of bed to come to the office 🙂

9. Next race is…

New York City!!!!!! The day I found out I got into NYC I jumped for joy. This is my DREAM race and I get to run it in 2 weeks. I am so excited, I just want it to be here!!

10. Potential running goal for 2013?

I am already registered for the 2013 Boston Marathon, so that checks off one big race!

I am also thinking about shooting for a half marathon PR and running the Chicago Marathon this year.

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There are my answers…now it’s your turn to share yours!!

xoxo,

Ali

My Purple Toenail

15 Jan

Yep, I am about to write a blog post about my disgusting and gross purple toenail. If you’re not interested in this post, or semi-grossed out by the thought of it – stop reading now.

If you’re up for it, read on…..

So, I have a purple toenail. It is ugly, and nasty, and the only polish that will cover it is (surprise) purple, blue or black! And although this purple toenail is annoying, icky and a total inconvenience, I really really like it.

But why would I ever like having a purple toenail? It’s easy. It’s because it reminds me of one of the best days of my life. That day is the day I ran a marathon (yep – I am STILL talking about my marathon)!

Every time I look down at my ugly gross toenail, I smile. I love the fact that the reason I have that unfortunate looking toenail is because I ran my butt off for 3 hours and 32 minutes. I also like to think the fact that I ran that long in the pouring down rain is another factor to the purple toenail, and that makes me feel like a total bad ass.

I will most likely be annoyed by this toenail come open toe shoe season, but right now I am going to enjoy and savor it. And I am going to continue to look at it and have a great deal of pride in myself for having it.

Now, I saved the best for last….and I KNOW you want to see it!

Wishing you all a happy Monday to come.

xoxo,

Ali

A Year in Review: 2011

4 Jan
One of my Twitter friends recently asked a question. It was: “If you could use one word to describe your 2011, what would it be?”. I quickly replied with: Happiness.

2011 was a wonderful year filled with many memories worth noting. Below is a month by month snapshot of my favorite memories of 2011. Please excuse the delay in writing this blog post.

January

January was a cold and snowy month in Kansas City. January brought me to St. Louis for my dear friends Lindsey and Joe’s engagement party.

All of Lindsey's Ladies, minus Kara

February

The month of LOVE! In February, Zack and I took a trip to Louisville, KY. This was Zack’s first meeting with my family that lives there. What a wonderful weekend we had!

At the Jim Beam Distillery

March

March was a crazy busy month for me! In March I ventured to Texas to visit Zack, then hit up Louisville to see my family and topped off the month with a fantastic trip to NYC!

My first time riding a horse in Louisville!!!

Aunt Holly and I outside of 'Catch me if You Can'

April

April is my birthday month! In April I celebrated a few other birthdays with friends, and then celebrated my own. Easter was also a highlight of the month, and I was happy to spend that weekend with my family and Zack!

Yes, sometimes I wear extensions.

Bridget looks right at home...

May

In May I got to see my parents new getaway home they had been working so hard on. The home is amazing and the view is even better!! I also took a trip to Texas in May to visit Zachary!

This is what you see from their front porch

June

What a month June was!! It started with a trip to Boston for work, that also included quite a lot of fun! Then I went to Key West with Zack’s family to celebrate his parents 30th Wedding Anniversary.

Boston Harbor in the morning, so peaceful!

Sunset Cruise in Key West, FL

I swam with the sweetest Dolphin, Santini!

July

July brought me to California for my first ever visit to the state! My best friend Nicole lives there now, so a trip was in order. I went over the 4th of July weekend and we had the best time in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach!!

In July I also ventured to the Lake of the Ozarks with Eileen, Louisville to see my Cousins and St. Louis for Lindsey and Joe’s wedding shower.

We climbed a mountain, in skirts!!!

We LOVE wine!

I had the most relaxing Friday of my life in Louisville with a Skinny Girl Marg and To Kill a Mockingbird

We were oh so tan!

August

August took me to Chicago for Lindsey’s Bachelorette party. Such a fun weekend. I also took a trip to Lawrence, KS in August to celebrate Zack’s BFF’s birthday.

Lindsey's Ladies!

And OH SO CLASSY

Fun Friends

September

September was another busy month in my life. It began with me running my frist 10K race, and getting 2nd place right behind Stacy!!

Next up for September was a trip to Indianapolis for #ET11. We saw Katy Perry and partied our butts off.

To round out the month Lindsey and Joe got married! It was the most beautiful wedding. Remember the bouquet toss?

We made a podium.

DEG after Katy Perry

Some BM's

Party Central

October

In October, I started this blog!! I also co-hosted a “sprinkle” for Brianna and Baby Girl Bruening #2, met Reese Bruening, ran a half marathon- Rock ‘n Roll STL, and celebrated Halloween as a devil-angel!

Ready to Pop!

A little princess whom I love so much!

How cute are these shirts that Stacy made??

ohhhh scary! Espcially scary is that pleather dress I'm wearing....

November

In November I signed up and committed to run my very first marathon!!! November was full of training, hard. November also took me to Chicago for a girls weekend with Mom and Aunt Holly and Louisville for Thanksgiving.

So much fun!

The best family ever.
 

I am TERRIFIED of mascots!!!! (At Churchill Downs)

December

2011 ended with the best month of all for me. In December, I experienced one of my greatest life accomplishments – I ran a marathon. I also qualified for Boston at that marathon!!!

Christmas came in December, as did time with family and friends.

We ran 26.2 in the pouring down rain.

My biggest cheerleader!

BFF Nicole came home for Christmas!

Bridget turned two and celebrated another Christmas!

My Mom had this made for me - amazing!

Ringing in the New Year with perfect company!

 

2012 – Here We Come!

2011 was such an amazing year. It is hard to believe that 2012 could top it, however I have a feeling it will. I have many plans ahead for the new year, and can’t wait to share them all with you on future posts.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to my fabulous year, and to everyone that will make 2012 just as special.

xoxo,

Ali 

Race Logistics: What Goes into the “Perfect” Race?

6 Dec

There are many things that I was not able to share with you regarding the marathon in my recap blog. In this post, I plan to share all the behind the scenes scoop that made this a great race for me.

First stop, Hydration.

Pre-Race: I drank and drank and drank in the days leading up to this race. I was trying to be as hydrated as possible. My secret to staying hydrated and drinking as much as possible is my camelback water bottle. I have the kind with the straw, it is a life saver. Thank you #ET11 for giving me that bottle.

I also drank one Nuun the night before the race. I am getting used to their taste and starting to enjoy them!

Pre-Race, Morning: I had a half a cup of coffee before the race. I always do this and think the caffiene helps. Then I sipped on a bottle of water up until the start, probably about 10 oz total.

During Race: The marathon course had approximatley 23 water stops. I stopped for water or Gatorade at 2o of these water stops (switched off at each one). The only ones I skipped were 1, 9 and 25. Hydrating during the race is VERY important in my opinion. Even if you are not thirsty, you should still force the water. You will need it eventually.

Next up, Fuel.

Pre-Race: I ate pretty healthy the day before the race. I was not about to be adventurous and try something crazy. For dinner I had pasta and bread, with a couple bites of chicken off my Mom’s plate.

Pre-Race, Morning: Before the race I had a peanut butter Zone bar. Unlike the RnRSTL race, I actually ate the entire thing this time. That made a difference.

During Race: I packed my pockets full of Vanilla GU for my race fuel. I had a GU at miles 8, 13, 18 and 23. I believe if you properly fuel, you can prevent yourself from crashing.

Post-Race: After the race I had half a bagel. Probably was not enough but I was too cold to eat anything and could barely hold the thing in my hand!

Now let’s go with – Asthma prevention.

I have asthma, and always have. I don’t know what it is like to run without it, which is good in my eyes (I don’t know what I am missing out on).

Pre-Race: I took 4 puffs of the inhaler about 15 minutes prior to the start.

During Race: This was the first time I have ever had to take my inhaler while running. I needed it though, and I needed it bad. I really struggled getting it out of my pocket while running due to frozen hands, but finally did. At mile 22, I took about 4 more puffs of the inhaler. The inhaler was cold though, so I didn’t get all the meds I needed. But hey, I survived!

The lovely and fun to talk about – Chaffing Prevention.

Aquafor and unscented deodorant were my BFF’s on race day. Running in the rain meant chaffing would be highly likely. I rubbed this stuff all over my feet, legs, arms and sports bra lines. It did the trick! I only came out of the race with one tiny blister and one scrape on my leg.

The very important – Shoes and Socks.

I wore my Brooks Ghosts on race day, I love those shoes. The socks I wore were purchased at the expo and were super duper cute. They were pink and even had a little runner girl on the top. I knew I needed to run in a dry fit sock so they didn’t soak up the rain as cotton socks would. This was a very good decision.

I will say that by the end of the race my feet were killing me. My shoes were soaked and it felt like I was running on cement.

This blog isn’t named ‘Miles with Style’ for nothin’ – Race Clothes.

I touched base on this briefly in the first post, but not as much as I would have liked to.

The bottom half: My Lululemon capri pants are the best things ever. And they are cute. I am obsessed and in love with these pants. I would suggest everyone to invest in a pair. They also had pockets big enough to hold 4 GU’s and an inhaler. Pretty amazing.

The top half: I wore my favorite Lululemon sports bra top under my long sleeve shirt. This thing is snug as a bug and so comfy. It is also very supportive, therefore I don’t have to wear two sportsbras. And that meant one less layer that would get soaked on race day.

Over the sports bra top was my lilac Lululemon top. I never planned on wearing this top, but I am SO glad that I packed it. Out of everything I had, this top reacted the best to the water and was really amazing during the race. It has thumb holes and another pocket for added convienence. And the best part about the top are the ruffles on it! It is so stinking cute!

If you read the first post you already know that I ran 24 miles in a plastic bag. That thing was a lifesaver and I totally made it cute!

My head: I bought a new Nike dry fit hat the day before. It was perfect!

To keep my ears warm I wore a bondi band that I borrowed from Diana. Stacy said fleece would be too hot, so I went with something more lightweight.

My hands: I started the race in pretty rainbow cotton gloves. Well after spilling on myself at water stations and getting soaked in rain, my hands were freezing. When I saw my Mom at 15 I stole my Nike dry fit gloves off her hands. They were amazing.

 

Well, I believe that wraps up most of the logistics that went into having the perfect race. I don’t think there is a need to go back through the months of training, but obviously that was the majority of what went into the “perfect race”.

So, do you have any questions about these items? Or do you have any suggestions for future races? I always love to hear what other runners do, so please share!

Have a great evening!

Ali

I Had the Time of My Life! Race Recap – Dallas Marathon

6 Dec

This weekend was one of the best weekends of my life, and I cannot wait to share it with you. This blog post will be a little long, but I hope you enjoy!

Let’s get started.

Friday

Friday evening Stacy, Diana, my Mom and I arrived in Dallas. We got settled in our hotel and then headed down to the bar to enjoy a beer (consider it last minute carbo-loading).

VIP in our Suite!

After the drink, we went through our many clothing options for the race. We knew it might rain, but we wanted to be prepared for everything. Next up was sleep, which we knew was very important! After I scolded the girls for chatting too much, we went to bed and had sweet dreams about the days to come.

We could have opened a running store.

Saturday

Saturday morning we got up and went for an early morning jog around downtown. Our goal was to run for 20 minutes, and enjoy the new scenery. The weather was pretty annoying – warm, humid and WINDY. My hat actually blew off my head a couple times, which I knew was a bad sign for the next day! We were able to enjoy downtown Dallas though, and see part of the Christmas parade!

Following the run, it was Expo time! We got to the Expo and I was like a little kid in a candy shop. It was just so much fun! I cannot even explain how exciting it was to pick up my packet from the “Marathon” line. I felt pretty cool! And I felt even cooler when the workers all screamed out and cheered that it was going to be my first marathon (first timers wore a different bib color)!

My first marathon expo in my cute new running top!

The best investment from the Expo was some KT tape. I hadn’t ever tried it, but my Mom thought it would be a great idea seeing that I had been having some major leg pain the last couple weeks. They got me taped up and sent me on my way. I felt better immediatley!

Very colorful KT tape.

After the expo, Diana, my Mom and I headed to the Northpark Mall for last minute shopping. I needed a new hat and Diana was looking for a jacket. We found a hat, but no jacket. Then we headed back to the hotel.

Saturday night was intended for carbo-loading. We had dinner at an Italian place, then walked back to the hotel. Of course it started pouring down rain on the walk back, but we all toughed it out.

Dallas, you are pretty.

We made it back to the hotel and the obsessing really began. What the heck were we going to wear?! At this time, the rain chances had gone up to 100%. I would be running my first marathon in the rain, and there was no way around it. I was trying on every potential outfit and throwing water on them. I needed to see how things reacted. The running skirt was out, it stuck to my legs as soon as it got wet. A couple other shirts were out because they held in the water. I then decided what my outfit would be: Lulu capri pants and my purple Lulu long sleeve top.

Ta-Da!! By the way that purple top was never in the running to wear, but I am glad I packed it!

One thing had still not been figured out, and that was how the heck we were going to stay semi-dry for the first few miles. Then Stacy had probably one of the top 5 best ideas of her life…she said, “Do you think we could make our expo bags into vests?”. We all looked at the bag and collectively said, “I think we need to give it a try”. I then cut holes for arms and a hole for the neck. Next thing to do was try it on for size. It was a tight bit, but we got it on. Then Diana and Stacy got theirs on as well.

We got them on!!!

Lifesaver.

We colored them up, added our race numbers and our names, and the saying, “It’s in the bag”.

It's in the bag baby!

It was then time for bed. We needed to rest up for our big day. Little did I know that it would end up being one of the best days of my life.

Sunday – Morning

5:30 am and the alarm woke us up. The big day was here, and of course it was pouring down rain outside. Looks like mother nature wouldn’t be on our side today, but we knew that the last 5 1/2 months of training would be. We got dressed, put on our rain gear and headed down to the lobby.

My Mom snapped a few photos and gave us last minute hugs and words of encouragement. We put on our ponchos, and headed out to face the rainy day.

Pre-Race, Pre-Rain

Now check out those vests! Thank you, Stacy!!!

Rain, we are ready for you!

Totally was not my idea of the perfect marathon outift.

We arrived at the race around 7am, an hour prior to the start. One last bathroom break was in order, as well as some stretching. Around 7:45am we headed to the start. Stacy and I got in our coral and saw Diana off to hers. We said our goodbyes and wished each other luck. The biggest race of my life was about to begin. Bring it on.

Sunday – Race Time

At 8:05am, Stacy and I crossed the starting line. We hit our watches and got in the zone.

The first 3 miles were miles of dodging. I have decided that I am an expert dodger though, and can work my way through any crowd. We ran our first two miles slow: 8:49 and 8:37. The third mile was fast, right at 8:02. Our pace goal was about an 8:15, but we did not want to get too greedy in the beginning. I was insistent that we take advantage of the downhills, and it seemed that we kept hitting them.

Miles 4 and 5 were miles made of rain. It started raining hard. So hard that the only option was to laugh. I kept saying to Stacy, “Are you freaking kidding me?”. Although it was raining we still ran a good pace. 8:11 and 7:49. We were feeling great.

Miles 6 and 7 were the miles of mansions. We ran through some of the most amazing houses, and I couldn’t stop looking! Maybe that is why mile 6 was an 8:16. Mile 7 I was starting to get over the awe of the homes and hit a nice 8:01 mile.

Mile 8 was the mile of the river. Why? Because we ran through a freaking RIVER. Dallas had been in a drought, and you could tell. There was standing water everywhere, including in the streets. We were dodging water puddles left and right. I really put my good jumping skills to test! Mile 8 was a solid 8:04.

Mile 9 was mile of the tummy. My tummy hurt, but I was not going to admit it. I still don’t want to talk about it, because the race really was perfect. Mile 9 was an 8:25.

Miles 10 and 11 were miles of the “groove”. It was still raining, but Stacy and were trucking along at a solid pace. We were happy and enjoying ourselves and we got in a 7 minute groove. We ran 7:54 and 7:48.

Mile 12 was the mile of the lake. This is when we really started to get to know White Rock Lake. This is also when Stacy and I started to part ways and seperate. Mile 12 was an 8:01.

Miles 13 and 14 were the miles of seperation anxiety. I started to get sad that Stacy and I were no longer running together, and that we most likely wouldn’t finish this race together. I started thinking, “Who am I going to talk to for the rest of the race? Who will encourage me?”. Miles 13 and 14 were 7:54 and 8:02.

Mile 15 was the mile of the GLOVES! I gave my mom an extra pair of gloves just in case I needed them. We actually practiced signals where I would point to my hands if I needed the new pair. Well, I needed the new pair! My hands were wet and FREEZING. I spotted my Mom in her big yellow rain jacket (aka the Crab Catcher/Deadliest Catch) and started waving my hands. Well, she didn’t see me. She actually didn’t see me until I was standing right in front of her screaming, “GLOVES!!!”. I ended up pulling the gloves right off her hands and threw my wet soggy gloves back. Thanks Mom! Mile 15 was a 7:54.

Miles 16, 17, 18 and 19 were miles of new friends. I ran these miles with three other girls that were all about my age. We chatted, and everyone had the same goal: a 3:35. 3:35 would qualify us for Boston. Which was always my super top secret goal. These girls were great, and got my through my seperation anxiety. These miles clocked in at an 8:02, 7:58, 7:49 and 7:54.

Mile 20 was the mile of “All by myself” (sing that…). I felt alone, but great. We were out of the lake and on to the city streets. Everyone says that the race starts to hit you at mile 20…well I was not willing to experience that “hit” today. Mile 20 was 8:00.

Miles 21, 22 and 23 were the miles of hills. Now let’s get this straight, I thought this course was SO easy. There wasn’t a hill I couldn’t handle and hadn’t run on in almost every training run. These were the biggest hills I would encounter though, and they were approrpriatley named the “Dolly Parton Hills” by the race. These miles were 7:58, 8:31 and 8:24.

Mile 24 was the mile of the bag. Remember the bag we made into a homemade vest? Yep, I was still wearing that thing at mile 24. I kept pushing off my time to take it off. I just couldn’t part ways with it. I decided that mile 24 would be my time to lose the bag. I ripped it off like the incredible Hulk and kept on running. Funny thing is that Stacy saw my bag laying on the ground a few minutes later. This was her que to remove her bag as well, and she ripped hers off. Mile 24 was a 7:59.

Mile 25 was the mile of rain. Ok, so technically they were all miles of rain, but this was hard rain. I kept thinking, “why did I take my bag off?!”. I got through the mile though and ran a 7:57.

Mile 26 was the mile of finishing. I kept thinking, “Ali, you are almost done. You can do this, and you will do this race fast. You are so tough and you will finish. You are almost there”. Mile 26 was a 7:48. Not too shabby.

Mile 26.2 was where I hit the finish, and accomplished something amazing. Mile 26.2 I crossed the finish line. And I crossed that finish line in 3:32:12 according to my watch. Holy crap. I just ran my first marathon, and I qualified for the Boston Marathon.

Here is my proof.

Sunday – Post Race

As soon as I crossed the finish line, I was overcome with emotions. Yes, I cried. I couldn’t believe it. Then I pulled myself together. I would not be celebrating until I saw Stacy cross that finish line. Then I saw her! I hobbled over to her and we hugged and screamed! We shared our times and together yelled, “Oh my God!!!!!” while jumping for joy! Stacy ran a 3:37. She beat her PR by 7 minutes, and also qualified for Boston (again). We both couldn’t believe what we had accomplished!

After we celebrated for a minute, it was time to get warm. Those foil blanket things were not doing the trick. We headed in a building and took a post-race photo. Then got our finisher shirt and hit the snack line. After that we went to the family meeting area where my Mom and Stacy’s family were waiting. We found them and before we could really cheer for ourselves we had to get dry. My Mom had dry clothes and we headed behind a curtain to change.

At this point, my Mom thought that Stacy and I ran a 3:36 and finished together. When she said this I was quick to correct her. “Mom, I ran a 3:32! I qualified for Boston!!!!!!”. She jumped up and down and we all cheered! Stacy shared her amazing time as well and said, “Nana, we are going to BOSTON!!!!”. It was so exciting and such a priceless moment. I am so glad she didn’t know my real time and that I got to share that with her. Then I got to call my Dad and tell him too. He was just as excited and surprised as my Mom was. That news was the best I had ever shared, and I felt so accomplished and happy.

Sharing my news with Zack, and oh so cold!

We knew Diana would be finishing soon and we would all be reunited. I am not sure if you recall, but Diana just ran her first marathon 5 weeks prior (RnRSTL). This marathon would be for fun, and she wasn’t focused on her time so much. We were all reunited and she told us she ran a 4:09. She was happy and upbeat, as she always is. She also had a good race and felt great, aside from being so cold and wet.

We had to rush back to the hotel and get ready for a flight home. We couldn’t stop talking about the race and how excited we were. We are all on a runners high and nothing was going to bring us down. I was amazed at all the support waiting for me on my phone when I checked it back in the room. I had numerous messages of good luck and well wishes for the race. I couldn’t wait to read them all and respond, after we got out of room!

We had a few moments of downtime and took time for pictures in the hotel lobby before the flight home.

26.2, we go all the way!!!

Accountability Partner. Wouldn't have gotten out of bed all those mornings without you!

BFF's

Love you "sister"!

The best Mom in the world. Thank you for being my biggest cheerleader all these years.

We got to the airport, had dinner and a beer, and headed home. What a great day.

Post Race Thoughts

Yesterday was probably one of the best days of my life. At this time, I am having trouble coming up with any day that was better than yesterday was. I don’t think I have ever felt so happy or proud. I enjoyed every moment of that race, and never had a thought of doubt go through my head. I get emotional thinking about this and still can’t believe that I conquered a marathon. I did something that so many people dream about, and I did it pretty fast. I also achieved another dream and goal, which was qualifying for Boston.

I had the time of my life yesterday, and will forever cherish the memories I made during the race.

Thank you so much to everyone who supported me and encouraged me. Your words meant so much more than you realize, and I cannot wait to return the favor someday.

xoxo,

Ali

Now what shall I wear?!

1 Dec

WEATHER UPDATE: Rain likely, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 46. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tonight I packed for my Dallas trip, and saying I am prepared is quite an understatement. I have at least 5 outfit options for the race. I will be prepared for any weather between 3o – 90 degrees. Rain or shine, wind or snow, cold or hot. Fingers crossed the weather is somewhere in the middle of those scenarios.

I named this blog miles with style for a reason – I love running, and I especially love running in cute running clothes. Below I have included photos of some of my potential outfits. As of now, the weather forecast is saying “a 50 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 45. North northwest wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.” (lovely, huh?)

The options:

Outfit #1, This is my “Cold Case Scenario”. The Nike jacket is waterproof and lined, I also have a matching short sleeve Nike top to wear under it. The Nike shorts are there incase it is a warmer rain. Lulu pants are there for a colder rain. If it is a cold, windy rain as they predict, I will be wearing this outfit.

I am pretty obsessed with this jacket.

Outfit #2, This is my “Best Case Scenario”. I love this Lulu top and the capris are the most comfy things ever. If it is 45-48 and not raining, I will be wearing this outfit.

I wore this top in the 2010 KC Half Marathon.

Outfit #3, This is my “Warm Case Scenario”. Lulu skirt I ran in the Rock in Roll half and a black tank I wish I would have been wearing in the Rock in Roll half. If it is over 50, I will be wearing this outfit!

I love the bum ruffle on this skirt.

Now that you have seen the options and rationale behind each, what do you think I should wear?!

On a side note, I received some of the sweetest cards from my friends today. One of my favorites was from Lindsey. I love the front of it. It made me smile so big!!

Your good thoughts are working wonders for me, as always – keep ’em coming!

xoxo,

Ali

I am Happy and Excited!

30 Nov

Great news! I have turned my frown upside down since I wrote about being grumpy and nervous. I am now happy and very excited for this race!!

So what caused the sudden change in mood? Well, to be quite honest I am really not sure exactly what the game changer was. I just kind of snapped out of it (thank goodness)!

Glad I am feeling better...because this race is SO soon!

Tonight I went over to Stacy’s house for dinner. We analyzed the course and reviewed the pace bracelets with our different goal times. We made dinner plans for Saturday and started making a plan for race clothing. I also got to spend time tonight with Stacy’s son Caden, and he always puts a big smile on my face!

Along with dinner, Stacy also gave me a little pre-race treat. I LOVE it! Diana stopped by and brought me a treat too. I seriously have the best running buddies and friends ever! They are making such a big deal about my first marathon and I am soaking it all in. I cannot wait to use all my new goodies in Dallas (and beyond).

Cutest gifts ever! And there is much more in the bags!

Thank you to everyone that has been supporting me with this race. I appreciate all of the well wishes from my family, friends, fellow bloggers and twitter followers so very much. Not to sound greedy, but please keep them coming!

Talk soon!

Ali

I’m Grouchy and Nervous.

28 Nov

I am super grouchy, and super nervous. And I think the marathon is partially (ok, probably more than partially) to blame.

Ever since I started tapering, I have not been feeling well about the race. I feel like my mind is off. And I feel like my body is off. My legs feel weird. So weird that I actually considered placing a ‘Wanted’ add for a new left leg. Maybe while I am at it I should place a ‘Wanted’ add for a new mindset as well.

I keep hearing from people that these feelings, both mental and physical, are “normal”. Even if they are “normal”, I need to shake them ASAP. I cannot go into the race with this mentality.

Whew, so there we go – those are my feelings right now. And writing these feelings down actually did help a bit. If you know of any other things that might help me, please pass them along. I don’t know what my deal is, but I need some encouragement right now.

This grumpasaurus is signing off for the night.

Thinking happy thoughts that tomorrow goes better than today!

Ali

It’s the Final Countdown

27 Nov

Well, it’s final countdown time before the Dallas White Rock Marathon. In 7 days, I will be able to call myself a marathon runner!

This week will be one of rest, relaxation and preparation. I will be doing everything I can to take care of myself and be properly prepared for the race. I will eat healthy and hydrate till I can’t possibly drink anymore water. I will also try my hardest not to wear heals to work to save my legs as much as I can!

This week will be one that is the complete opposite of last week. I certainly could have hydrated more and been healthier last week..however eating healthy and hydrating was quite difficult considering I was in Chicago and then celebrating the holiday in Louisville with family (my Aunt Holly is a VERY good cook and always has a fully stocked bar…).

I am still struggling with a sore calf muscle, but I am hopeful that rest will help and I will be healed by Sunday.

Any suggestions and encouragement are welcome throughout the week! There is a very good chance that I will have a case of the runners rambles, and you will be hearing a lot from me.

Wishing you all a happy week ahead 🙂

xo,

Ali

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