My 2019 races (thus far) + super exciting news x 2 + the ultimate relaxing Tuesday!

Here is my list of races for 2019! My A race is definitely the OKC Marathon, which is in April. Now that I have a marathon under my belt, I’m ready to knock out another one. I know each one will be a learning experience. I already have a few things I want to do differently this time around. One of my exciting pieces of news is that I got a running coach!! I’m working with Carlee at WAHOO! Running (HERE) and I am beyond excited. I wasn’t going to use a coach, but it all kind of just fell into my lap and Jake told me to go for it. I met Carlee at the Go Girl in OKC last year and we have stayed in touch ever since. She’s amazing and I feel super blessed to be able to learn from her. I have strict instructions on a few of these races, especially with my knee/ankle situation, so this list could change, but for now, this is the plan! The name of each race is hyperlinked if you want to read more about them. I want to work up to a 50k, but I’m not sure if that will be this year or next…
Hawk – Trail Marathon – September 7th, 2019:
Trail Sisters Run Retreat in Boulder, CO – May 30 – June 2: Not a race and the one I’m going to is sold out, but I am STOKED for this! I included a link for the 2019 retreats.
OKC Memorial – Marathon – April 28th, 2019:
Go Girl – Half-Marathon – April 14th, 2019:
Ozark Foothills – 25k – April 6th, 2019 (Tentative):
Shamrox -15k – March 16th, 2019 (Tentative):
963 Beulah Challenge – February 9th, 2019:

I also shared these HERE on my blog. I will update this list as needed!

I made 12 servings of steel cut oats for the week…think I went overboard? We’ve already gone through one of the containers. Adding egg whites to the oats is still happening. Yum.
I never fell asleep Monday night, so I knew I’d crash yesterday if I ever stopped doing things. I made myself constantly work on something or move around. I got out a little after 10 to get my run in. I was starting to feel really tired, so I wasn’t sure how my run would go. As soon as I was outside in the sunshine, I felt better. Shorts on January 8th? Yes, please!
My run felt incredible. I was nervous when I started because I wanted to see how my knee felt without the brace I’ve been wearing the past few weeks. I am happy to announce that I had zero knee/ankle pain! Not even a tiny bit. Yay!! I always love running, but coming back after an injury/running with pain is one of the best feelings. Don’t get me wrong, I have days I don’t want to run. When those happen, I make myself think about the times I COULDN’T run. That definitely helps get me out the door. I know I’m not 100% yet. I have a tendon in my ankle that is still pretty swollen, but I’m on the mend and that makes me happy! Dr. Thomas at Active Life Chiropractic is helping me SO much! 
I literally inhaled ALL of this for lunch. I was starving. I was so busy in the morning that I didn’t have time for a snack. I could tell I skipped my morning snack when lunch rolled around. BBQ chicken sandwich, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and chips with hummus.
I pulled a second chair up for Lu to sit by me at the kitchen table while I was working on some computer stuff. She didn’t want her own chair. She wanted mine. Then she stared at me the whole time I worked. She’s weird. But so cute.
These were Jake’s for Christmas, but I can’t stop eating them. Don’t tell him!
I’ve been adding essential oils to my Epsom salt baths. Peppermint and lavender are my favorite. I added eucalyptus the other day and it made me super itchy. Anyone else ever experience that?
Leftover veggie fried quinoa for dinner. We are out of Sriracha…it’s been a sad few days at our house. I just keep forgetting to grab some when I’m at the store. I finally used up the rest of our Cholula last night. We are officially a hot sauce free household. That never happens.
This app is what Carlee uses to send me my daily runs. My easy runs are slow for me – 9:40 or slower. I think that is going to be my biggest challenge. I know I struggle with keeping easy days as easy as they should be. Carlee warned me about the slow paces before she even sent me my plan. I’m trusting her and the process, so I’m going to follow her advice!
This is what a month looks like. The dots above the dates indicate what type of run I have or if it’s a rest day. This plan will follow what I already had written up, which is awesome, so Mondays and Fridays are still my rest days. Saturdays are an easy day, which is perfect since I run with my Trail Sisters group that day. Wednesdays and Sundays are typically my workout/hard days. The last week of January is off, that’s not how many miles I have, ha!
I am really, really excited to be working with Carlee and WAHOO! If you’re interested, you can sign-up HERE. They have an amazing group. I have my first easy run this morning! I’m excited. I’m still a little tired, but I didn’t want to sleep the day away, so I’m going to try and power through. I went to bed around 8:30 last night and slept in until 7:30, so hopefully that helps me catch back up on sle
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Happy Wednesday, friends!
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  1. rebecca sudja

    Oh yes!!! The HAWK! You will love it! We have amazing swag and THE BEST AID STATIONS! We will have some training weekends in August, so come up, camp, and check out the trails prior to the race 🙂

    • Chelsea

      I am SO excited!!!! I have heard nothing but amazing things about the race. Oooh, we might just have to do that! I’ll keep my eye out for more info. Thank you!

      • rebecca sudja

        Make sure you join the Hawk Hundred, 50-mile, and marathon facebook group page. It will have training runs posted!

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