Friday, March 23, 2012

Seven Quick Takes - random post marathon thoughts

1. Never say never (or at least, not again) - I said that. I said that the Shamrock Marathon would be my last.  I was wrong.  I had too much fun.  I am fighting the urge to find another one to run next Spring.  But, I promised my hubby that I won't.  Right now I am thinking 2014 may be a good year to run marathon #3.

2. I cannot wear shorts for a few more weeks.  I have the geekiest "runner's tan."  See this picture . . .

 and this picture . . .
Check out by my ankles

 Now imagine the strange tan lines I have.  Yep, no shorts for me!

3.  The Spibelt
It is hard to see, but it is that black thing around my waist under my bib.

I totally needed it.  My skirt (I made that skirt) and  the Aspaeris Shorts (the best compression shorts ever!) I wore had no pockets.  I am not the type of runner that likes to just "use whatever is at the water stops."  I like to be prepared with what I know works for me.  But, I will be honest, after about 5 miles of having to adjust that silly thing during each walk break, I wanted to throw it in the ocean!  If I use it again I am going to have to figure out how to keep it in place.

4.  Be thankful for all the blessings-
My 5 year old woke up in the middle of the night Tuesday night and spent the whole night with a "puke bucket" (Where did my kids learn to call it that????).  The only thing I kept thinking was, "Thank you Lord this is happening now and not before the marathon."  God really did make sure that our trip to VA beach was perfect!

5.  I mention that I ran a marathon this past Sunday at least once a day.  Even if it is only to my kids.  I do not think it is prideful, nor am I trying to be boastful or show off.  I am just so excited that I did it!

6. I am taking it easy this week and formulating a "what's next" plan.  I am working on planning workouts for the next several months.

7.  And now that the marathon is done, I am making a plan for a more structured eating change around here for the whole family.  I probably will not implement it until after Easter, but it is time for a change.  We eat well as it is. No  cereal.  No crackers and processed foods.  Lots of fruits and veggies.  Mostly organic.  But, there is still further I want to go.  And further we need to go . . . after a weekend of letting the kids eat whatever because we were on vacation, I can see how it affects them and how hard it is to get them back on track (My 3 yr old is still crying for crackers because he had some while in VA beach!).  I am really praying about doing the GAPS diet, or a combination of the GAPS diet along with some Paleo diet principles thrown in.  I am trying to figure out what is best for our family and what we need most.

That is it! Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. Congrats on your marathon. I pray that you keep your eyes on Him as you discern which diet change is best for your family. ALL FOR!

    Pax, Lena

    P.S. thank you for your prayers!

  2. Good for you Katie for having the courage to run a marathon ONE TIME let alone more than that! I'm still working on the first time. Lets just say I've been training for a year and a half!

  3. you look amazing!!!!!!!! I need to catch up on your blog. Never say never? Hmm I haven't hit the start yet and I'm already saying NEVER AGAIN! LOL

  4. After this half, I am still not sure I would ever run a half again. But I know for sure I won't ever run a marathon. You're amazing!

  5. Congratulations on your marathon! I loved your outfit. I had a spibelt too and it just never worked for me. I got an i fit belt and it does not move around at all. Plus it's totally waterproof so I would really recommend that one. Good luck with the eating plan. I hope you find something that works well for you and your family.

  6. Ah, yes, the marathon bug. LOL I'm currently trying to convince myself that marathon #3 is a bad idea in spring of 13.

    We need to clean up our diets here too. We generally eat well, but my kids are totally addicted to pretzels. REALLY need to get those out of our lives.