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Training Basics- a Non Race Week

Training Basics- a Non Race Week

In the spring it is very easy for me to get caught up in racing.  There seems to be an abundance of local races and I have a very hard time resisting the urge to run every single one of them.  Last year at this time I think I did race just about all of them (including double races two weekends in a row) which may have contributed to my injury.  This year I’m trying to be a little more…

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Recovery and Training: The Basics

Recovery and Training: The Basics

I’m back! It’s been a while since my last post and I’m not sure why. I just haven’t been very motivated to write.  I’ve been back in training mode for two weeks or so now.  As I mentioned in an earlier post my right foot was giving me some grief so I took some time off so it could heal.  It took a little longer than I thought it would.  I mixed in some cross training (biking at the gym)…

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Overcoming negativity- sometimes I don’t.

Overcoming negativity- sometimes I don’t.

Most of the time I enjoy running.  I love when I can run with friends. I also love the quiet moments I have when I run on my own.  I love the easy run days when I can enjoy the simplicity of it all. And I especially love nailing hard workouts and finishing feeling strong. But every workout is not great and sometimes I do not feel strong.  In fact, I do not feel good at all. I had one…

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Tempos on Treadmills and Learning to let go…

Tempos on Treadmills and Learning to let go…

It’s hard to believe I am in Week 7 of my New York City Marathon training but it’s even stranger to think that I have done the majority of my training so far on a treadmill… I have never been a huge fan of running on a treadmill but this summer has definitely moved me out of my comfort zone. One of my good running buddies (who was also training for NYC) is out with a stress fracture so I’ve…

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Random Update Time and Family Pics

Random Update Time and Family Pics

Health Issues: Two weeks ago on Friday I went for a hot 10 mile run with one of my best running buddies.  Even though I had put on Vaseline in all my usual preventive areas I still chafed pretty bad under my sports bra.  I didn’t think much of it until later that night when I realized how bad it really was.  By the next day it was looking awful and I was in a lot of pain and discomfort. …

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A HARD day and a HARD workout

A HARD day and a HARD workout

Yesterday we came back from a wonderful family vacation.  We had spent a week in California visiting friends and family we have there.  One of my favorite things we did was go to Yosemite. The kids and I had never been and it is AMAZING! Traveling home was long.  And hard.  The older three did very well and poor Ashton did the best he could but sitting on a plane all day is tough on an 18 month-old.  It’s also…

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An Unplanned Progressive Tempo

An Unplanned Progressive Tempo

There are some days when everything just clicks.  You feel good, the weather is perfect and you just get in the groove.  That happened to me today.  I had an easy 5 mile run planned. Goal- I just wanted to run around an 8- 8:15 pace.  I ran my first mile in a 7:50.  Nothing special about that.  My second mile was a 7:40 and it got me thinking- what if I can get 10 seconds faster each mile… For…

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Breaking Dawn, Tempo Tuesday and the worst chafing EVER

Breaking Dawn, Tempo Tuesday and the worst chafing EVER

First things first- Yes, I DID join the masses and see Breaking Dawn.  I did not go opening night at midnight (I value my sleep WAY too much!) or opening weekend but we found our way to the 2 pm matinee today.  John had off and my in-laws offered to baby-sit we were able to go on a midweek date.  We got there with 10 minutes to spare and had great seats. Apparently the 2 pm showing in our small…

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What am I capable of???

What am I capable of???

This morning got off to a rough start.  I woke up at 5:10 and was supposed to meet my friend on the track at 5:45.  We had decided to do our 8 mile tempo there because it would be too dark and trafficky anywhere else.  So I nursed Ashton, got dressed and then just as I was about to leave he got fussy and started crying.  I didn’t want him to wake up the other 3 sleeping children or my…

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You know you’re obsessed when…

You know you’re obsessed when…

This morning as I stepped into a freezing cold ice bath- while holding a protein smoothie I had just made I realized I was maybe crossing the line from hobby to obsession… This is actually the third ice bath I’ve taken in a week.  Our ice maker has been busy…  Anyway, at first I thought it was the ice bath pushing me over the edge but then I started thinking how many people push themselves to run 6 miles at…

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