Friday, October 19, 2018

Ventura Marathon Goals

Can you believe it?! It's almost time for me to run my NINETEENTH marathon! And that's from the girl who said she would never run one... and didn't start running until she was in her late twenties! BOOM! Anything is possible, right?!

For your viewing pleasure - a gif I made back in 2014 from pictures the hubby snapped of me finishing my FIRST marathon!

Anywho, the Ventura Marathon is on Sunday and I've got some BIG goals I've been chasing down. (PS For all of those who asked, yes, the hubby is running the race, but we aren't planning to run together. He had a KICK BUTT training cycle, but has different goals from me so we will wish each other luck at the start line and see each other once we finish.)


Making my goals public freaks me out every time I do it (because I don't want to put extra pressure on myself by thinking I might let you down by not hitting my goals), but I know you all are in my corner, rooting for me! Normally I do my goals in ascending order, but I feel like that sort of takes the drama out of it, so I am going to switch it up a bit and do it backwards.


Goal D - Cross the finish line healthy and with a smile

This is always a goal of mine. It may be hard to remember in the heat of the moment, but it is important to celebrate finish lines, not just finish times! I am forever grateful for the ability and opportunity that God has given me to be able to toe the line at another race, and making it to the finish line after 26.2 miles healthy and with a smile on my face is no easy task... if you think it is, I challenge you to put your money where your mouth is and try to do it! The distance deserve respect!

Goal C - Sub 4:00

Of my 18 previous marathons, I have only run 7 under 4 hours. Now, don't get me wrong, I wasn't shooting for that as a goal for all of them (most of those races that we over 4 hours were run with friends - where my time on the course is much more important than my time on a clock), but still, the 4:00 mark is a pretty significant one and a great goal to shoot for.

Goal B - Sub 3:30

Although I don't plan on returning to the Boston Marathon (or at least not any time soon), I'd still love to nab a BQ time in case something changes and I want to run in 2020. And, in case you missed it, the BAA announced a few weeks ago that the time requirements were changing - becoming 5 minutes faster. For the 2019 Boston Marathon, a 3:35 was my qualifying time, but for 2020 it has been updated to 3:30. Of my 18 prior marathon finishes, I have only run TWO BQ times (St. George in 2016 and Chicago in 2017) - so why not shoot for another?! 

Goal A - Sub 3:25

My current PR (set at the 2017 Chicago Marathon) is 3:25:02. Although I worked with a coach during that training cycle (which meant a more personalized training plan, adjustments for my specific goals, etc), I'm hoping this round will prove to be "successful" as well. (Don't get it twisted, I know a training cycle is not a success only based on a single race performance! Making it to the starting line is a feat in and of itself!) I'd love to believe I am getting better as a runner and am excited to see if that translates to a faster finishing time on race day. I'm planning to give my best and leave it all out on the course come Sunday morning - but we all know there are so many factors at play! #PRorER

Goal MS - Sub 3:20

"Moonshot" - I learned this term from Kelly (who got it from Nike) and I really like it. Shoot for the moon and if you miss, you'll still be amongst the stars, right?! If the stars align, conditions are perfect, and a implement my game plan flawlessly, there is potential that I could run a sub 3:20 marathon. I realize that the Garmin "race predictor" can be WAY off, but the time it shows for my full makes me think that a sub 3:20 race is possible. This breaks down to 7:37/mile pace (or faster) for the 26.2 miles. I was able to hold "race pace" for all of the workouts that required it during training, so I'm hopeful with the additional adrenaline, rested legs, (predicted) cooler temps, etc that this might be a reality... but only time will tell!

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So, there you have it... my goals for Sunday morning. The race starts at 6:40am PST, so, with any luck I'll be crossing the finish line at or before 10am... but you'll have to follow me on Instagram (@CarleeMcDot) for up-to-date pictures/ videos to see if that pans out... or wait for a few days to read my race recap when I put it all down on "paper". Wish me luck ;)

What goals are you currently working toward?

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Workout Recap - Week 41

Sunday, October 7th – 12 mile run (first 5 with the hubby, last 7 solo), Stretched & Foam Rolled


Monday, October 8th – 4 mile run (first 2 with the hubby, last 2 solo), Stretched & Foam Rolled


Tuesday, October 9th – 6 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Wednesday, October 10th – 6 mile run with the hubby, 5 mile kayak & 2 mile hike



Thursday, October 11th – 2 mile warm-up, 30 minute tempo run {4.2 miles}, 2 mile cool-down


Friday, October 12th  Rest Day


Saturday, October 13th – 4 mile run


One way to take your mind off tapering is by heading to Hawaii with friends. Pretty stoked I was still able to get in 40 miles (even if I forgot my foam roller at home so haven't been doing it while on the island). The humidity is pretty rough in Kauai, but I guess the summer in Oceanside got us ready for this week's vacation (but hopefully the humidity will be on its way out when we get back to SoCal). Can't believe my goal race is only a week away... I will not freak out. I will not freak out.

How were your workouts this past week?

Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday Favorites

I might be in Hawaii (I know, I know, it's a rough life, but somebody's gotta live it ;)), but I still wanted to share a few of the things I'm loving lately - because you may love 'em too! Without further ado, let's get into my list so I can get to the beach!


Lend Life


If you've been around these parts for a while (or follow me on Instagram), you've probably noticed my love for Unlock HopeUnlock Hope was started with the simple goal of providing 30 refugee girls in Uganda with equal access to education. Proceeds from their sales (I loved their t-shirts and probably have about 15 of them in my closet) went to help with this mission. Well, six years later they have morphed their business model into something even bigger - Lend Life.


First, they take comfy tees made of US grown organic cotton, recycled water bottles, and sustainably grown beech trees and are sewn at a fair trade facility in Haiti where employees make 4 times the average local wage. Next, they add art that inspires and challenges while reflecting your views and values. Once they've been sold, they take 33% of profits and loan (and re-loan!) money to entrepreneurs around the world through Kiva.org bringing dreams and passions to life. One purchase of a shirt will leave a lasting impact on the planet and improve the lives of countless people for years to come!

Brooks Runversations


I shared the first Brooks Runversation (with Des Linden) and recently Brooks released their second episode - with Gabe Grunewald. If you're a runner, I'm sure you know the best way to learn about your running friends is by putting in some miles together. I love hearing these AMAZING runners chat about real and relevant topics (it's like we are becoming best friends... yet they know absolutely nothing about me and wouldn't be able to pick me out of a line-up ;)).


QALO's Companion Collection


You know I LOVE my QALO rings (I think I have 10-15 different ones, all in different colors) and I am STOKED to see they just released silicone dog ID tags. Unlike traditional tags, QALO silicone dog badges are quiet, scratch resistant and feature unique, double-sided designs. With 11 distinct designs to choose from, showcase your dog's personality with an identification tag that fits their lifestyle. (They also released a few dog beds!) Now to decide which one Walt needs.


What are you loving lately?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Momentum Jewelry's #beYOUtiful Campaign

I don't know if you remember last year around this time when I shared about Momentum Jewelry's new #beYOUtiful campaign (you can always go back and read my old post about it if you have a second), but suffice it to say I LOVED it.


The #beYOUtiful campaign is an effort to join with others in a self-love and acceptance movement to re-define beauty. Let's be real, this world could use a little extra self-love and body positivity, right?! The goal of the initiative is to promote a supportive community that inspires others to live more active and healthy lives - with each person moving towards their own best version of themselves (not some ideal as defined by our judgment passing culture).

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This year, the campaign will span 12 days - October 10th through 21st - kicking off TODAY! I hope you join in by not only ordering a new #beYOUtiful-themed wrap (which are on sale for $15 during the campaign with THREE new "i am" limited-run sayings), but you spread a little extra self-love and body positivity around - both to yourself and to others!


I recently received the "i am enough" wrap and it is pure perfection! In a day and age where comparison (especially due to the constant bombarding with social media) is running rampant, reminding ourselves that being you is not only adequate and sufficient, but it is necessary is quite the act of defiance... But, #RealTalk, no one can play my role but ME!


With #beYOUtiful we...
...RECLAIM the beauty and power that is YOU. By recognizing your own gifts, beauty, and strength - letting your own unique light shine. Because it's through this that we can live up to our own potential, follow our dreams and have the greatest impact on the world and the people around us. 
...PUSH BACK against a world that compares, that passes value judgments and measures our every detail against some "ideal" standard. 
...WORK TOGETHER to create a supportive community that encourages those around us to recognize and value their own unique beauty. Helping to educate each other on what healthy is and how it can look different on different people. Working together to support and empower each other by reminding each other that every body is beautiful. 
...CELEBRATE all body types as well as all types and levels of activity. We believe progress should be measured on an individual basis - we ALL need to strive to improve ourselves (in every aspect of our lives - school or work, physical fitness and in relationships), but what it looks like will be different for each of us. 
...SHOW that when we're authentic and true to ourselves, we're beautiful, we're powerful and we're enough.


Let's share our SPARK and spread self-love like wildfire! If you want your own "i am" printable sign, download one HERE.

What would your "i am ______" sign say?

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Taper Time Tips

With my fall "goal" race, the Ventura Marathon, less than two weeks away, I thought now would be the perfect time to try and distract myself from 'stressing the frick out' by sharing some of my tips on how to keep the taper crazies away.


PS Even if you aren't currently tapering for a race, you can totally bookmark this post for when you need it in the future. We can always use suggestions on ways to potentially fill our new found free-time during our taper... instead of freaking out about the upcoming race of course ;) (because I'm sure you don't need tips on that - you're probably a professional, just like I am). {Feel free to read all about tapering in this Runner's World article (why it's helpful, how to do it, etc).}

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Weather Stalking

Okay, so I know stressing about the weather does very little (seeing as Mother Nature is a beast that has very little regard for anyone else), but I still make sure to do my fair share of weather watching so I know how to plan for the race [i.e. do I need to bring extra hydration / should I pack a rain jacket or duct tape to help "weatherproof" my shoes / etc].

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Updating Music Playlists

For those of you who listen to music, make sure to have your jams locked and loaded. Some of you may want to rock the same tunes you used during training (that way when you hear those familiar songs your body 'knows' what to do) while others of you may want to update your playlist to contain a few extra motivational songs and anthem cries.


Foam Roll & Stretch

I do my darnedest to foam roll and stretch every evening (although there are some nights where I am just too tired and decide crawling into bed sounds much better), but when it comes to the week before a race you better believe that I am setting aside a chunk of time to roll it out (whether it be your IT band, your quads, your calves, your feet, etc). DO IT!

Just a few of my favorite "torture" devices

Review The Course

Knowing the course can have HUGE advantages (when to expect hills, where to be on the look out for aid stations, etc). Although I am one who tends to forget to do much studying of the course map or elevation charts, I know how beneficial they can be... so learn from my dumb tax mistakes and do your homework! You can never be too prepared.

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Hydrate

No matter the weather, it is always important to hydrate prior to a race (starting a race dehydrated might be just as bad or worse than starting a race without having adequately trained for it). And hydrating shouldn't start the morning or even day before - make sure you give your body the nutrition and hydration it needs leading up to toeing the starting line!

Yes, size DOES matter! I carry around a 40 ounce reusable bottle
with me 95% of the time so I have a portable hydration station ;) 

Charge Electronics

Who wants to show up on race morning with their gadgets and gizmos dead? Uh NO ONE! So while you have some extra time, make sure to grab the power cords and give your electronics {and spare external batteries} some extra juice. This reminds me, if you are traveling to the race, make sure the chargers find their way into your bags.


Decide On Race Outfit

I swear, sometimes deciding on my race day outfit is one of the hardest parts (okay, the mileage is definitely the hardest part, but picking my outfit may come in a close second). Now that you've versed yourself in what the weather will be like on race morning, get your gear ready. (I love taking #FlatRunner photos. Not only does it help your friends know what to look for when they are spectating, but it also helps you make sure you don't forget any last minute essentials.)

The hubby's favorite "flat" runner... It got a lot of chuckles that's for sure!
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Max & Relax

You put in the work, now take a couple deep breaths, trust your training and RELAX! Whether that means taking a couple hours and reading one of your favorite running (or non-running) books, soaking in an Epsom salt bath to relax the muscles, vegging out on the couch to your favorite reality TV show, napping with your favorite four-legged friend, etc., just make sure you take time for YOU! You earned it after all those early mornings, hard workouts and long runs! Your body is physically prepared, now make sure you show up rested and mentally prepared to ROCK your race!


And what better way to max and relax than to head to Kauai for a 9 day vacation?! Yup, we are heading to the airport this afternoon and "leaving on a jet plane" for the next week and a half. Hopefully all the sun, snorkeling, shaved ice and aloha will put me in the right state of mind to CRUSH the upcoming race. With that being said, I hope you don't mind but I will be "off the grid" for the next few days. I'll share our adventures on Instagram, but probably won't post on here till we're home.

What do you do during your taper time to keep the crazies away?

Monday, October 8, 2018

Palos Verdes LaceUp Race Entry GIVEAWAY

I know I've mentioned my relationship with the Lexus LaceUp Running Series a few times before, but here's your chance to cash in for yourself... Yup, today must be your lucky day because I'm giving away TWO FREE RACE ENTRIES to the Palos Verdes LaceUp Event. It'll be on Saturday, November 17th at Pelican Cove Park. Multiple race distances are offered - so there's something for everyone! You can tackle the challenging and hilly (but beautiful) Half Marathon, 10K or 5K.


As with all of the Lexus LaceUp Running Series races the participant perks are never ending (or so they seem)! Each runner will receive a tech shirt, a high-quality finisher's medal, a re-usable race bag, a food truck brunch, a craft beer (for those participants over 21 years old of course), free race day photos and will be eligible for age group awards!

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Entering the giveaway is EASY-PEASY! Head to my Instagram account, find the picture below and ENTER! The steps to get your name in the hat are as painless as possible! Simply follow me, follow LaceUp Running, like the image and tag a friend (or 73)! The giveaway will run through Friday, October 12th (giving you a month before heading to the starting line). The random winner will be contacted on October 13th and will have 24 hours to respond and claim their prize.


In case you aren't the lucky winner (or just can't wait to register), you can use code "CARLEE10" to save 10% on your registration! While you are at it, make sure to check out the other events in the series! The discount code works on all of the races, so register for as many as you'd like and save some money in the process! And don't forget to tell your friends!


Have you ever won an entry to a race before?

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Workout Recap - Week 40

Sunday, September 30th – 20 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Monday, October 1st – 5 mile run with the hubby, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Tuesday, October 2nd – 8 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Wednesday, October 3rd – 5 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled



Thursday, October 4th – 1 mile warm-up, 6 x .25 mile hill repeats {3 miles}, 1 mile cool-down, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Friday, October 5th  Rest Day, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Saturday, October 6th – 4 mile pace run, Stretched & Foam Rolled


And with this week's 47 miles, it's officially TAPER TIME! Last week had my last "long" speed sessions and the beginning of this week was my last 20-miler of this training cycle. I still have a few quality workouts between now and race day, but, for the most part, I just have some slow, short and steady miles to log before Ventura! I can't believe my fall goal race is almost here. Shoot, I can't believe October's already here! Where did the time go?! Now it's time to rest up and get ready!

How were your workouts this past week?