Thursday, August 27, 2009

@ NMB: IMTR on the horizon

yeah, well. I am having an amazing time at brock's parents' beachhouse at North Myrtle Beach. I am getting consistent running in everyday, road biking.. i'm in recovery the next 2 weeks for p90x before I start my 3rd 90 day cycle. During recovery weeks you do alot of yoga, stretching, and core work.
We have taken the kids swimming everyday. Which has been SO nice that it's been sunny (although VERY HOT in the 90's) everyday. Jack is swimming independently and learning to dive!! which I think is AWESOME for a four year old! He loves the water! it makes me so happy to watch him jump in come up on his own, then swim underwater to the ladder. He is growing so fast. Todd ( who is 21 months) wears a life jacket but tries to dive in head first like his big brother. it's too comical.

the only downside from vacationing is my nutrition is SO out of whack. I have got to go eat some AWESOME food this week. but it's just such a challenge to not over do it, and I have worked so hard to achieve the results from p90x. I eat my usual breakfast of kashi cereal and soy milk, then I take a protein shake after I work out and run... then for dinner when we eat out... it's so hard to have control or even know what the caloric intake of the food you are eating.. THEN brock is the little devil on my shoulder ( he has got be birthday cake remix twice from cold stone creamery-- it's SO YUMMY!!)However, however much guilt I SHOULD have from eating ice cream and richer foods I have sworn off for the past 6 months. I notice how much more energy I have on runs and I know it's from all the extra calories I am consuming because I normally eat 1,700 every day.. I think that does contribute to my tiredness and fatigue during runs. it's a catch 22.. Hopefully, I can find a balance with being healthy and at the right racing weight AND having enough calories to fuel my runs.

I am really excited about running the 16 mi version of the IMTR on sept 5th. I know this course will be very challenging. I'm still very ignorant I feel when it comes to trail racing, but i am just going to do my best and try to be tough and work hard the whole time. I think it's going to be a fun race:o)

still undecided about whether I should run odyssey races( trail marathon) or bays mtn 15 miler on the 19th.


Rick Gray said...

Jenny, I am so glad that you and your family are enjoying yourselves at the beach. Sounds like your two boys are progressing well with their swimming. I should take a lesson from them. I am like a lead weight going through the water. You are going to run great tomorrow. The first five miles and the last mile are on the Creeper and a little bit of pavement, so that only leaves you 10 miles of single track. You know that trail. Take the climb up Beach Grove easy and you will be just fine. See you in the morning. Rick

jenn said...

thanks rick! I am very grateful for the 6 miles or so of creeper! i just kinda wish the 5 mi from straight branch was at the end! :oP that way I could catch up to everyone! but I'll be trying my best to run hard the whole time and be haulin it when I get out of the woods and run to the gazebo. :oP

Rick Gray said...

The first five miles on the Creeper help us to learn patience. I am sure your boys have not taught you that!! Looks like it is going to be dry, so you are going to have to stay focussed coming down the last bit of trail through Mock Holler and then some thigh buster when you hit the pavement. I am sure you can already taste the fun! Rick