Weekly Review (18 weeks til Boston)


One of the best training cycles I ever had happened to also be one in which I shared the most details. Maybe something about the transparency kept me working harder or maybe I just was a little more obsessed with the running side of life that cycle and that work shown through. Either way, I am making it a point to hop back on the weekly review posts.

Right now things are coming along very smoothly, better than they have my last comeback. I mentioned before that my speed is not there, that’s a part that does not come naturally to me, so it usually comes back last. I’ve been happy with my pace and endurance though. I’m not saying I don’t have huge leaps & bounds to make before Boston, I do, but I am pleased with the progression we are making. Right now my logs look BORING. No impressive splits or high mileage. I miss those things but I know we have a smart plan to get me back there and patience is part of that plan to peak on race day. Here’s how this past week went down-

Monday- 6 miles easy*

Tuesday- 9 miles with last two @ 6:30 min/mile pace

Wednesday- 6 easy*

Thursday- 6 easy*

Friday- 14 miles of trails.

Saturday- Girls on the Run 5K race

Sunday- 7 miles easy*

Total Miles- 51

(*easy pace is anywhere between 7:00-8:00 pace depending on day.I don’t always wear a watch.)

I’ve been very lucky that I live in such a great endurance community and lately I’ve been running with some old and new friends. We all have major goals for our Spring marathons and getting out the door to run on the cold windy trails is always easier when you’re held accountable by friends. Friday was my birthday and a friend was kind enough to run 14 miles with me.  The first 10 was easy peasy and the last 4 my legs were DONE. The miles of the week had added up and after weeks of  this abuse my legs were yelling “Oh we thought you were joking about this run thing!” No legs, we have tons more work to do. Get with it. 

Luckily the following day was one of my favorite running days ever. I got to run a 5K with my nine year old daughter, Kelsea. Earlier in the year she joined her schools Girls on the Run program. If you have not heard of this, it’s an incredible program that teaches young girls proper self-esteem, confidence, kindness, & goal setting. I wish I had it when I was a kid! This program teaches girls these skills along with running, the end goal being the completion of a 5K race. Every girl needs a “Running Buddy” so I had the privilege of running with Kelsea.  She, along with every other girl there, kicked tail.  I was so proud. Here’s our pictures-

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Pre-Race in the car. It was COLD!!

This picture makes my heart melt. #soproud

This picture makes my heart melt. 

Kelsea finished in 32:13, two minutes ahead of her practice 5K time.  I asked her if she was going to run Girls on the Run again and she said “Next year, not this Spring…I need a break!” Fair enough.  

I will not be taking a break this Spring though (Boston is in 18 weeks), so the next day I was back on the roads again.  We won’t bump the mileage up any this next week because I want to play it safe to get a good workout in at the Surf N Santa 5 miler.  This is one of my favorite races in Virginia Beach.  It used to be a 10 miler held in the morning but this year will be the first year its a 5 miler, held in the early evening so that we can run through the gorgeous, oceanfront boardwalk Christmas lights.  I know I’m not in “fighting” shape for this race and that’s okay.  The plan is to run it as a workout tempo run, to see where my fitness is at.  Even still I’m very excited to really get back out there again!

One last thing, I wanted to share my new favorite kitchen gadget.  I have zero affiliation with this company. I saw a blurb about it on twitter and made an impulse purchase on amazon.com.  One of my best impulse purchases of the year.  It’s called Yonanas. (I know, the website looks like an obnoxious infomercial) It’s this contraption that takes frozen fruit and makes an ice cream-like concoction.  I’ve heard of people making this in their food processors and I promise you, this texture is way better.  Every afternoon I’ve been eating “ice cream” that I make using only bananas, cocoa powder, and pumpkin seeds. Any frozen fruit works but the banana is my favorite. So if you are a kitchen gadget addict like me, I recommend this one. I paid $30 for it on amazon but I see the price fluctuates.

I hope to get a year end review post written before the New Year but just in case I do not, Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!! Happy training & racing! 

Third times a Charm

It’s been nearly a month since I last posted and I can happily say that I only have good news to share, the first being that running has gone well. I am almost afraid to type that out, but it has. We eased into it slowly and four weeks later I am still at low mileage and zero workouts. I have had no residual soreness. As you have probably guessed my past “residual soreness” was not actually soreness at all, it was a fracture that wasn’t healed! I won’t be so stubborn if that arises again but luckily I’ve only had good runs.

My favorite run was a practice 5K with my 9 year old daughter. I am her “Run Buddy” for her Girls on the Run race next week. On practice day I was so surprised to see bibs made for us (pictured below). What a great organization! We ran the 5K on a freezing day and Kelsea (my girl) never complained once. Together we finished in 34 minutes and I was smiling so hard the entire time watching her compete. Not everyday for me has been that fun though, some of the runs have been difficult and slow-going but each day is a bit better than the last. In a way, this is my third comeback and I’m hoping this one finally sticks because I have big plans.
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What big plans do I have? Well the second bit of news I have is that, if my comeback goes smoothly (fingers crossed), I will be running the Boston Marathon on April 20th, 2015!!! This was not something I had planned at all. With my last injury and the setback I never applied on registration day. I was hesitant to make any marathon plans but a spot became open to me and I was only given a small window of time to accept that invite. As you can imagine, I have my work cut out for me! The good thing is that I have run Boston twice before. I know the course very well. It’s a tough course, but the truth is, I’ve always done well on the tougher courses. Different leg muscles are used and the down hills can be a short respite from those gritty up hills as opposed to the same leg muscles used again and again on a flatter course. At least this is what I am telling myself. The crowds are phenomenal and I thrive off that. After experiencing the heartbreaking 2013 with some amazing friends, Boston will always be close to my heart, so I am thrilled to be going back. I’ve run well there twice but I am hoping to really knock it out of the park this time. Third times a charm?!? The only downside to Boston is that I don’t know many people who are entered into the race. I’ve never run a marathon without a big groups of friends to travel, eat, & celebrate the day with so if you are running Boston, let me know!

The last news I have is that I’ve completed my first 30 day EnduroPacks nutrition supplements. I mentioned before that a friend recommended this brand to me and when they sent me the supplements I admittedly put them in the back on my pantry thinking, how great can they be? A few days later I opened the box and read the informational sheets.
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Enduropacks are a system with four steps.

Step 1.) Daily Liquid Multivitamin.
The liquid form makes absorption easy on the stomach.
Contains everything you need except Calcium & Iron.
Tastes like wild berry & apple fruit concentrate

Step 2.) Electrolyte Spray
Spray into water
(or imo, flavored water)

Step 3.) Amino Acid Patch
Worn on the skin for 4-8 hours.
Amino Acids are absorbed transdermally.
Muscle Replenishing.

Step 4.) Glutamine Recovery Complex
Two before bed help nitrogen depletion.
Replenishes glutamine levels.
Reduces soreness.

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I’ve been using all of these products daily and while I don’t have any concrete proof, I feel as though my improvement over the last four weeks has been stronger than my last comeback to running pre-Enduropack. I’m sleeping well at night and waking up without any soreness. The first time I tried the liquid vitamin I was amazed at how good it tastes. It contains brown rice syrup, wild berry, and apple fruit concentrates which taste fantastic.

The easy 4 step system makes it easy to remember. The vitamins I keep in my fridge, the spray in my pantry with my water bottles, the patch next to my shower, and the recovery tablets next to my bed.  I love these products so much that I am going to keep using them throughout my Boston training cycle. They can be purchased here. Initially the cost is shocking but the truth is you are receiving an entire nutritional system made exclusively for the daily needs of endurance athletes. Please do no hesitate to let me know if you have any questions about these products. I’ve been sharing my patches with friends in Virginia Beach. We look like we are trying to break a nicotine habit ;) So if you are close, let me know.

Thanks for reading! Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!