Saturday, April 25, 2015

Workout Recap - Week 17

Sunday, April 19th – 5 mile run 

Monday, April 20th 7 mile run (4 on my own and then 3 with the #BostonStrongSD Meet-Up), Foam Rolled & Stretched 

Tuesday, April 21st –  Strength Training (abs, back, arms and legs), Foam Rolled & Stretched

Wednesday, April 22nd –  5 mile run, Foam Rolled & Stretched 

Thursday, April 23rd – 19.5 mile bike rideFoam Rolled & Stretched

Friday, April 24th– 12 mile run, Foam Rolled & Stretched 

Saturday, April 25th – REST DAY (4 hours of Weekend of Service with North Coast Church followed by 4 hours of helping framily move), Foam Rolled, & Stretched

Only two weeks left before the Eugene Marathon. Although I was not running super high mileage during my marathon training, I am still starting a bit of a taper before the race. This week's long run was "only" 12 miles - and was actually my final double digit run before the marathon. I can't believe that in 2 weeks I will be finishing my FOURTH FULL MARATHON IN LESS THAN A YEAR... WHO AM I?! 

How were your workouts this past week? 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Final Double Digit Run Before Eugene

It seemed only fitting that for my final double digit run before the Eugene Marathon, Mother Nature decided to open the sky and let a little rain appear (seeing as Shelby sends soggy shots of her wet runs what seems to be every week or so).


Other than the rain, it was a pretty relaxed run. I kept the pace a little under 9 minutes/ mile, which felt totally manageable.

The snow plovers!

12 DONE!

I wore my new Athleta skirt for the run and it worked GREAT! The skirt didn't bunch between my legs, the shorts stayed put (thanks to the non-skid "rubber band" in the fabric), I didn't have any strange rubbing or chaffing, and the bangin' color helped brighten up the grey day. [If you are interested in one of your own, you can order it here, although it looks like the florescent yellow color is no longer available online.]

Today's mantra came from my tank: Embrace the Hill. Embrace the Weather. Embrace the Run. Embrace IT ALL. I just kept repeating it the entire run. You never know what the route, the day, the run will bring - we need to embrace every step as a gift and run accordingly! [And PS if you want your own Embrace the Hill or other amazing gear - check out RunFarShop]

And now it is time to give my legs a little rest before the race... Holy crapoly, how is it only two weeks away now?!

Do you enjoy running in the rain?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Three Things Thursday

Some exciting things have been happening around here lately, so why not throw them into a mod podge of a post with a little alliteration thrown in for good measure ;)


This might not seem like a big deal to anyone else, but after blogging for 8+ years and having "blogspot" in my web address the whole time, I have now converted to "WWW.CARLEEMCDOT.COM". I was even able to watch some YouTube videos on how to have my existing blogger account direct to the new site! For being so non-tech savvy I am pretty proud of what I was able to do... Hey and I'm even starting to look more and more like a legit blogger, right?!



Yesterday I started a new job. Right now it is only part time, but I am excited to see what it may lead to. (Thankfully the hubby has a great job, so I am able to work part time right now, which is awesome!) A super sweet friend of mine, Kara, actually suggested I apply (since she works for the company) and low-and-behold I was offered a position! It is always tough being the new kid on the block (unless you are actually one of the New Kids On The Block, then I guess you've got the right stuff.... baby ;)), but I am hoping to get the hang of everything soon!


PS I am still always down to blog full time, so if you know someone who wants to pay me to run, take pictures, and post about my adventures PLEASE send them my number!


{It seemed logical to keep them all blog-y related, right?!} I participated in a #SweatPink Twitter Party a couple weeks ago. As luck would have it, they were giving away a FREE REGISTRATION to BlogFest to the most active Tweeter (is that the word?!). Challenge ACCEPTED!

Source: @FitApproach's Twitter Feed

Um.... AWESOMESAUCE!! I mean if any conference is up my ally, I would say THIS ONE is it, right?!


I just got the registration information emailed to me today (which is why it made TODAY'S Thursday List) - WHOOO HOOOO! Now to figure out if I will be driving up there every day or if I should splurge and get a hotel room...

Any randomly exciting things happening in YOUR life right now?! 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jeff Galloway Blogger Tips - Training & Motivation #5

I think this is my favorite post that Jeff has supplied me to share. We all have ten thousand things running through our brain and a million tasks on our to-do list, so suggestions on how to tackle the chaos we call life is always MUCH APPRECIATED!


Jeff Galloway Blogger Tips

Four Ways To Energize Your Day & Clear Your Brain
By Olympian Jeff Galloway

It's natural to become focused on the big things in life, and worry about outside forces, building stress. A few simple lifestyle adjustments can result in greater control over attitude and energy, while reducing stress and fatigue. Yes, you can exert more control over your life, produce positive attitude hormones, and blend together body, mind and spirit by planning and taking action.

Walk or run, one day and a walk (or cross train) the next. While the exertion will wake up the muscles, you're away from the phone, allowing the mind a little freedom. Most who start with a blank mental state, finish their exercise session with the day planned, and a few new ways to deal with problems. Others like to walk/run during lunch hour, while munching on an energy bar. This can clear out morning stress and prepare mind-body for the challenges of the afternoon. Many evening exercisers believe that the weight of the day's stress is erased or contained with the after-work workout. Scheduling these outings gives you control over your existence.

Don't sit--walk! The addition of a few extra short walks, throughout the day, will energize the body and activate the mind. Park farther away from work, the food store, the transit station, etc. Many of my clients use a step counter for motivation and calorie counting. It helps to find one that is consistent and reliable (usually @ $30). Shoot for 10,000 steps a day. You are rewarded for getting out of your chair (or the couch) more often. These short walks burn fat, which adds up (up to 30 pounds a year!). The best reward is the head clearing effect, which can power you through the mid morning or mid afternoon energy crises. Even a 3-4 minute “recess” walk at work, can result in clearer thinking, more energy, and greater self-confidence. 
Eat more frequently. Each time you eat, even a small snack, you'll boost your energy level. The longer you wait to eat, the more likely your metabolism will slump into drowsiness and laziness. This also means that you're not burning many calories. If you divide up your daily calorie budget into 6-9 snacks a day you'll burn more fat (up to 10 pounds a year). Eat a snack every 2-3 hours, and you can feel better all day. It helps to choose foods that have (percentage of calories vs total calories) about 20% protein, about 15% fat and the rest in complex carbohydrate. This combination will leave you satisfied longer with fewer calories consumed. To experience a fat loss, consumption can be managed through websites or journals. For more information, see A WOMAN'S GUIDE TO FAT BURNING by Jeff and Barbara Galloway.

Help someone exercise. The psychological benefits are significant when you help someone improve the quality of their life. Offer to walk (run, hike) with your spouse, parent, friend co-worker, child—or all of the above. My books WALKING & GETTING STARTED have proven programs with motivation which can lead you and your “coach-ee” through the training.


Those are great tips (and are totally doable!)! Now that the weather is starting to get better across the country (Who am I kidding?! It is ALWAYS summer in SoCal), I hope everyone can get outside for a few extra steps! WE CAN DO THIS! 

And one last thing, Jeff has been kind enough to offer my friends, family and followers a special discount code which helps you save $10 if you register for the Jeff Galloway 13.1 using code "JGBLOGGER". {And don't forget, there are VIRTUAL OPTIONS if you won't be in Atlanta for the race!}

What do you do to help you focus and re-energize? 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

20 Facts About Me

I was tagged by @RunStretchGo on Instagram the other day. I thought instead of a really long Instagram post (which I doubt anyone would fully read), I'd post it on my blog (and maybe people still wouldn't read it ;)).

1. I have 1 sibling (even though he is younger than me, he is definitely taller).

2. During college I worked at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL for 2 summers (the first selling Dippin' Dots and the second working at the Twister attraction).

3. I have run 3 full marathons (1st: Santa Cruz - May 2014, 2nd: WDW Marathon {part of Dopey} - January 2015, 3rd: Phoenix - February 2015) and am training for my 4th (Eugene - May 2015).

Heading to the finish of my first full marathon!

4. 4 days after graduating college I packed 2 bags and moved from Michigan to Southern California (without knowing anyone and only having a summer internship).

5. A little over a week ago I ran with 5 other amazing women and finished my first Ragnar Relay Race (The ULTRA version no less! We won AND helped to raise $54,000 for Rett Syndrome!).

6. I graduated from the University of Michigan with an Economics degree in 2006.

7. In High School I played soccer and was number 7.

8. My longest run was about 8 miles prior to my first half marathon (due to my IT Band revolting against me during my training).

9. I currently have 9 tattoos.

10. My birthday is September 10th.

11. In 2011, Ryan and I went to Coast Rica... WE HAD WON THE TRIP FROM DOLE'S (the banana and pineapple company) FACEBOOK PAGE!

Zip-lining in the rain forest of Costa Rica!

12. The 12th month of the year (December) is my favorite month. I LOVE the glow of twinkle lights, Christmas decorations, and who can be sad while singing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer?

13. During the summer of 2010 I spent 13 days in Haiti (about 6 months after the earthquake hit) with Outside The Bowl (and of course I had a blog dedicated to it -

Taking a break during our soccer game

14. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia when I was around 14 years old.

15. The Star Wars Half Marathon, which I ran in January, was my 15th Half Marathon I have run (my first was the 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon). (As of today I have run a total of 16.)

I went as Aunt Beru... Complete with BLUE MILK!

16. Ryan and I got engaged on February 16th and married on August 16th.

17. Due to where my birthday falls and the cut-off, I started college at the age of 17 (I was a youngin' in my grade, but because Ryan grew up in a different state, he was an oldie in his grade even though his birthday is 3 days after mine).

18. I never took Driver's ED. I waited until I was 18 and went to the Secretary of State to take the driving tests.

19. I tried counting MANY different items in my house to come up with a "19" fact - Sparkly Soul Headbands (15), Sparkle Athletic Skirts (23), Pro Compression Socks (33 pairs), and then noticed my Inbox has 19 emails... I HATE HAVING EMAILS IN MY INBOX! That means I haven't taken care of them... Better get to those right after I post this!

20. During college, instead of drinking tea or coffee, I would take a 20 ounce Diet Mountain Dew with me to my morning classes. (I gave up pop about 3.5 years ago, but that sweet nectar was hard to kick ;))

What is one random fact about YOU?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Marathon Monday

If you are a runner, you should know today is MARATHON MONDAY (the day the Boston Marathon is run - Patriots' Day in Massachusetts). If you are not a runner (you should try it out), you should still know today is Marathon Monday ;)

I woke up this morning still feeling under the weather (even after 11+ hours of sleep last night my throat is on fire), so I stayed in bed and watched the live feed from under my covers.

The elites are pretty fan-freakin'-tastic! And the Americans put up a great fight! I was STOKED to see the Michigander Dathan Ritzenhein do so well - first American, fourth overall (I dated a cross country runner in high school and was lucky enough to see Dathan and his other super speedy teammates {Alan Webb and Ryan Hall} a couple times at state meets). Desi Linden finished fourth in the female field - born and raised in Southern California and now trains in Michigan! Meb rocked it too (such a class act!)! I was really pulling for Shalane Flanagan, but it seemed it wasn't her year (although she still finished in the top 10!)! U-S-A, U-S-A!

Dathan and Desi led for a good portion of the race

It was definitely a fight to the finish in the women's field

Go Dathan GO!

Shalane stuck with the lead pack for 15+ miles, but then dropped back a bit

After watching the elites rock Boston I had to get out my gear so I could head down to San Diego. A dear friend, Smitha, was putting together a #BostonStrong meet-up and since I didn't have to work I figured I would make the trek down to run.

I think this is the first time my computer made it into a Flat Carlee shot,
but it was a big part of my morning ;)

Since I had 6 miles on the calendar and I wasn't sure how long we'd run as a group I decided to get in a quick 4 down along the Bay before I met up with everyone. It was beautiful weather, but I have to say, I got quite a few strange looks from pedestrians... Guess they weren't in the Boston spirit?!

Average pace of 8:03/mile wasn't too shabby ;)

I finished right at the right time and met up with the group. We took a quick picture and made our way out for another 3 miles.

I guess I thought there were more people... I really didn't need to squat, eh?
Photo Credit: Smitha's Phone ;)

I was able to run the three miles with Tracy. She is super sweet (and we follow each other on social media - YAY for meeting in real life!) and was pushing her youngest son along with us. We were able to chat about our running journey's, our lives, and how amazing it is to live in Southern California.

Just under 3 miles, but close enough ;)

And just like that we were done! Chatting while you run is one way to make the miles melt away! We grabbed another group shot to finish the day and all parted ways.

Photo Credit: Smitha's Phone ;)

A BIG THANKS to Smitha for putting the meet-up together! It is always great to run with amazing folks (even if I did have to drive 45-minutes each way to be there ;)).

Did you stream any of the Boston Marathon today?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Workout Recap - Week 16

Sunday, April 12th – REST DAYFoam Rolled & Stretched

Monday, April 13th – 8 mile run, Foam Rolled & Stretched 

Tuesday, April 14th –  Strength Training (abs, back, arms and legs), Foam Rolled & Stretched

Wednesday, April 15th –  5 mile run, Foam Rolled & Stretched

Thursday, April 16th – 19.35 mile bike rideFoam Rolled & Stretched

Friday, April 17th – 20 mile run, Foam Rolled & Stretched

Saturday, April 18th – REST DAY, Athleta Yoga WorkshopFoam Rolled & Stretched

Two rest days in one week AND nothing was hurt or injured?! I know, I know! Cray-cray, huh?! It just worked out that way since Ragnar was Friday and Saturday of last week that I HAD to take a rest day on Sunday and then I figured I should still keep my standard Saturday rest day in there as well. 

How were your workouts this past week?