Running

Marathoning & Hair Cutting

Hi from the sky! I’m currently en route from Salt Lake City to Atlanta. So….the whole idea of popping in to say hello while in Utah didn’t happen. Nor did the guest post. I was just having too much fun with my friends and family to even think about opening my laptop. So I didn’t. It was a nice little break. I do have some pics to share so once I get them downloaded I’ll show you some of my favorite parts of my trip. 

Before that happens, how about I elaborate on two topics that y’all have been asking about and commenting on. Sounds like a plan, eh?

1. Yes, I’m training for a marathon. Yes, I’m going to try to qualify for Boston. I’m superstitious and get paranoid about sharing big goals which is why I hadn’t said anything. But you guys are always so supportive so I figure all your good vibes will be a good thing! I did a 15 miler while in Utah and it went pretty well (I think my average pace was around 8:25). My IT band starting acting up and my legs just felt exhausted. (I was in so much pain while out and about later that day that my boyfriend made us stop at Whole Foods so I could get some peas to ice my leg – it hurt from my foot all the way up into my hip. By the way, frozen peas or corn at the best things to use for icing injuries. Molds to your body so much better than ice packs!)

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The lead feeling in my legs mid-run may have been the recent traveling and/or the altitude. But I think I really need to get in the weight room and get some hamstring and glutes strength. I think I also need to start foam rolling stat. That, or get a massage therapist to donate free sports massages. 😉 I’m signed up for the Greensboro Marathon on October 26. Anyone else running that?

GSO

 

2. Yes, my hair is getting so long! I love it and I also kind of hate it. (This was at The Tea Grotto in Salt Lake City last week)

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It takes forever to dry, it’s heavy, it’s a pain when running (I hate bouncing ponytails) and it makes me look shorter. I’m definitely trimming off a few inches at my appointment in two weeks (gahhh so far away). And I’m kiiiinda getting the itch to go pixie again. Hmmmm…. I think I’m definitely staying with blonde (I loved the red at the time but looking back at pictures, I’m not a huge fan.)

Have a great Sunday! I’m gonna get back to browsing Sky Mall. 😉

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Mina
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    Pixie’s are awesome. I’m currently growing one out, not because I don’t like it, just ready for another change.

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    Anne @ CandyCrazedrun.wordpress.com
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    Ahhh That’s so cool you are not only training for a marathon but trying for Boston! I am in the same boat as you about not always wanting to share big goals.

    Good luck with your IT band, I can wait to hear about your trip!

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    Desiree
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    I have no doubt you will get a BQ. I did a training plan in 08 and ran Boston in 09. I had to be under a 3:40 and ran a 3:38 BQ time. With the training times you have posted I think you got this!!! I am training now to run Rock N Roll St. Louis in Oct with hopes of getting another BQ. I have done a few 3:41’s since then but want a PR. Good Luck.

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      aw thank you Desiree! Your confidence in me means a lot! Especially since you’ve BQ’d! 🙂 Thanks for your comment.

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    Brenda Breining
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    The only thing better than frozen peas for icing is frozen popcorn kernels…no moisture so they stay ‘flexible’ forever!!
    Keep us updated on your marathon training….the ultra I did last year seems easier than a regular marathon to me in my little brain. My ultra was a .4902 mile (to be exact) loop and 12 hours to accomplish your best…with two porta-potties along the loop and plenty of food at the tent at all times.

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      frozen popcorn kernels???? BRILLIANT. I have to try that.

      how on earth did an ultra seem easier than a marathon? I can’t even wrap my mind around anything more than a marathon but i love reading books written by ultramarathoners (dean karnazes, scott jurek…)

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        Brenda Breining
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        My ultra was ‘easy’–12 hours to get as much mileage as you can, on a half mile loop…as opposed to 100 miles of desert heat with 5 checkpoints and shooting for the best time. We set up tents with our own food and clothes and whatever essentials we wanted and there was a main tent that always had food for us. SOunds weird, but there were always people to run and walk with and the pond had ducks and geese to watch. Take a break or a nap whenever you wanted…

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      RLR at Mom's Magic
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      Great idea! I just bought more peas due to a tumble off of my bike (so I kind of needed them frozen and asap), but I’ll remember that tip!

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    BroccoliHut
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    I just cut off about 12 inches of my hair a few weeks ago, and I am SO happy I did. As you said, it took forever to dry, and it weighed me down. Not to mention, it was SO HOT during this extreme heat.
    I hope you go for the pixie–you would look so cute!

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      12 inches? wow!! I’m dying to cut it but i’m not sure if I’m THAT ready for a pixie. When I did it before, I’d been thinking about it for months. I’ve only had the itch for a few weeks. 😉

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    Laura
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    Hey Teri! I’m a runner in Winston and it seems to be around the same pace for longer runs. Let me know if you ever need a running buddy! My non long runs are usually around 8ish pace.

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      awesome! Thanks for letting me know! I’m trying to stay around 8:00 – 8:15 for my long runs. Warning: I sometimes get whiny on long runs 🙂

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        Laura
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        That works even better! I’m happy to run pretty much any pace slower than 7:00/mi. I finish up at the hospital around 5pm, let me know if you’d like to run this week sometime.

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    Paige
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    First off, I think your blonde hair is gorgeous, but I think the pixie ages you a little (I don’t mean that in a rude way, but the longer hair really brings out your smile).

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      thanks for the feedback Paige! Good to know it ages me a little, especially since I’m getting super paranoid about looking older than my age right now! 🙂 I wouldn’t have thought the longer hair brings out my smile more!

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    christina
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    Both of us have growing hair!! Mine is longer than ever right now. I love yours long. And I’m SO team short hair…but keep it long. And blonde!

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    Carrie
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    Teri
    To make your own moldable ice packs, just mix three parts water with 1 one part rubbing alcohol and place in freezer. It creates a shapeable ice pack since the alcohol prevents the water from freezing into a solid mass.
    Good luck on your training. I’m in the process of training for my first 5K, which is probably a walk in the park to you. I guess everyone starts somewhere, right?

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    Kate @ KaCo Living
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    That’s so exciting that you are training for a full marathon. I have completed several half marathons and I know how addicting they can be. I’m actually training for another half now…hopefully one day I will cross marathon off the life list. Fingers crossed that training goes well and that you will be able to qualify for Boston!

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    RLR at Mom's Magic
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    I’m considering a half in mid-October (Bridge 2 Bridge in Georgetown), but I’m still trying to figure out if I can get the training in. My calendar is always my biggest hurdle – it fills so quickly with family activities (which is totally ok – that’s my priority) and I just started a part-time job – so finding a race to fit into a free weekend is tough. And then I have to work back to see if I have time to train properly. Add to that the spill I took on my bike this weekend (ouch!) which will set me back at least a week…
    I hear you on the bouncy ponytail. I’ve had short hair too, but prefer long. To me, the pony is sooo much cooler – but my hair has natural curl and tends to puff up and “insulate” when I get hot. I do the “half-ponytail” thing where I pull it only partway through and it’s in a loop – less swingy that way. But you seem to be able to pull off anything! And if you change your mind, it’ll always grow out 🙂

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    Melissa C
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    That is awesome that you are training for a marathon! Best of luck with your training! I know you will rock your goals! How is your IT band feeling? Let me know if you need any advice on it (I am a physical therapist).

    Pixie cut looks great on you! You are lucky that you look great with both short and long cuts. Whatever you choose will look great on you!

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      My IT band is killing me. I tried to use The Stick on it last night and could barely apply any pressure because it’s so tight. I’d LOVE any advice you have. thank you!!!!

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        Melissa C
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        Bear with me, this is my first treatment via the internet 😛 What part of your IT band hurts (by your hip, middle, by your knee)? How long has it been bugging your for a while? Initially you should rest and ice your injury. Icing should be done for 15-20 minutes, give yourself at least 2 hours inbetween. You can also take NSAIDs to reduce inflammation. I recommend cross training, as long as it doesn’t increase your IT band pain. Also, you want to stretch your IT band, 3-4 times a day. Do you know some IT band stretches? If not I can email you some pictures 🙂 Once your pain is reduced, you can either have your IT band massaged, or use a foam roller. You want to massage or foam roll the entire length as the entire structure is tight, even though only one section hurts. Lastly, you want to strengthen your hip and core musculature. (As a runner myself, this is the part that I have to force myself to do) Most often, IT band pain is caused by weak hip abductors (the muscles that lift your leg out to the side). An exercise you can do is side leg lifts (lying on your side and standing) with resistance bands or ankle weights. You also want to strengthen your quads and glutes so you don’t create any muscle imbalances. Squats, deadlifts, lunges, sumo squats are all good exercises. Start with body weight and gradually increase your weight. I hope this helps! Keep me updated on your recovery 🙂

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          Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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          this is sooo helpful! It’s been hurting on the outside of my knee but i can feel it a little in my hip too. I wasn’t a perfect patient but I did ice and roll last week! I also added hip abductor sets to my strength training. Seems to be working – my IT band only bothered me slightly on my run yesterday. thank you sooo much! You’re an excellent internet PT. 🙂

          The IT band doesn’t extend below the knee does it? My calf has been hurting a bit too, down into my ankle and top of foot. Weird.

          • Ivy
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            I’m having the same issue!! During my run, my hips, leg, and Eden top of my foot/ankle gets all stiff and “tweaky” for a lack of a better term. I’ve been foam rolling, stretching, and working on glutes like crazy but it’s still stiff. What gives??

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    Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed
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    When I was training for my half, I purchased a nice hot/cold pack with velcro straps and I love it. Great for strapping on when you don’t want to necessarily be stuck on the couch. Good luck on your marathon training <3

    Also… ahh pixie! I clicked on your old post and I can't believe how many different styles and colors your hair has been! You can pull off so many looks! My hair is my natural color and it reaches below my bra. It's so thick and unruly that it's actually more tame the longer it gets because it weighs itself down. I let it air dry a lot, but I don't mind blow drying it. I'm sure it'd feel magical in the shower and drying it if I chopped it, but right now I'm continuing to grow it for my wedding in May! I think I'll probably cut a few inches off after that, but it will still be well below my shoulders and I'm sure that will feel super short lol.

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    Julie
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    Scrolling thru your old hairstyles, I def like the blonde best, but all the cuts look fabulous on you! You have such a beautiful face you can pull anything off.

    Good luck qualifying for Boston. I know you can do it. Whenever you post your times, I always think, “Dang she’s fast!” 🙂

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    Meg
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    I am partial to your long hair but you are one of those people who can pull off any look! Do you go this weekend?

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