Expired snacks, I wanted to quit, and my new strategy.

So when I woke up yesterday, I felt terrible. My stomach was all messed up (maybe it was the Starbucks and Easter candy at 9 pm), and I just felt blah. I decided a nice healthy breakfast would fix everything, so I raided my stash at work and found this bar.

I’m glad I noticed the “best by date” of June 2013 before I ate it. Don’t worry, I did end up finding a non-expired Clif bar and did not go hungry. 🙂
Wednesday has been “track day” for a while now, so of course it was chilly and very windy for our workout. This workout was a killer and I wanted to quit so many times.

8 x 800m in 3:17 with a 1:30 RI (rest interval) between sets. We ended up running each 800m in about 3:14-3:15 and I really had to channel my inner Shalane and remember that Bart Yasso (Yasso 800s) is one of my BFFs. 🙂

After the workout, I refueled with a very healthy lunch and some healthy fat from my guacamole dressing.

Dinner was a chicken salad sandwich (2 separate sandwiches put together) and fruit with the best company around…AB and my parents. 🙂

Since I’m trying to cut back on my ice cream consumption, I used one of Annabelle’s bowls AND the ice cream was “light”. Even though the bowl doesn’t look that small in the picture, it’s much smaller than my usual mixing bowl.

What’s your go to breakfast right now?

Would you rather run in rain, snow, or wind?

Last dessert you ate?

Happy Belated Birthday Running4two!

Good Morning!

So, I totally missed Running4two’s 1st birthday!  I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for over a year now!  Thank you so much to my 10 loyal followers!  😉  LOL.  But seriously, thank you so much to everyone that stops by.  I REALLY appreciate you and I love to read your comments.

Milestones from my first year!

My first post on February 25, 2013

My first blogging event!  The Runner’s World Half and Festival!  Yes, I became BFFs with Bart Yasso, the Runner’s World staff, and lots of awesome running bloggers.  🙂

Bart Yasso and S’mores

Shakeout Run, Food, and Yoga

5k and 10k in one morning!

Half Marathon Recap

My recipe featured on Runner’s World online!


Thanks again for reading!


Runner’s World Half and Festival: Day 2!

If you missed the first post of my Runner’s World weekend, check it here.

(A big thanks to Runner’s World for sponsoring me for this event.  Runner’s World paid for my lodging, meals, activities, and gear throughout the weekend.)

Everyday should include the following things:

***A 3 mile shake-out run with Bart Yasso



***Skirt Olympics put on by Running Skirts.


We each had to sprint and pick up a bag, put on our skirt, run back to the start and put on compression socks, and then run to the finish.  Bart Yasso can sure rock a skirt.


***Breakfast with Bart Yasso

***Shoe seminar by Altra Zero Drop Footwear.  Golden Harper, one of the founders of the company, talked about how the idea of the shoes came about and how the company was started.  He used to make shoes in his family’s toaster oven!

***Running clinic taught by Golden Harper. BTW, he ran a 2:45 marathon when he was 12.

He taught us four tips to improve our running form:

1.  Forward momentum posture:  Run proud!

2.  Compact arms:  Don’t run with chicken arms and keep arms at 90 degrees and push arms back…not forward.

3.  Proper foot strike:  light, quick, smooth, and easy

4.  High cadence:  30 right foot strikes every 20 seconds is ideal.

He had us run without our shoes on…try and it and see how different your form feels.

***Recovery for runner’s class taught by super fit and super fun Melanie Douglas from ICON Fitness.  ICON hooked us up with some awesome gear, all of which can be found at Wal-Mart.  🙂

3-in-1 Massage Roller, Lotus Grip Block, Xfinity Fitness Band, Lotus yoga mat, and yoga tote



Annabelle loved exploring my new swag.  🙂


***Lunch from the Runner’s World Cookbook!  Everything (Caprese Farro Salad, Rodale Green Salad, Mushroom Tacos, and Banana-Oat Energy Bars) was so delicious and I can’t wait to make my way through the book.




Me and Janae 🙂


***Presentation by Pro-Form on the Boston Marathon and iFit Technology.  This treadmill is full of great features…one of my favorites is that you can change the speed with a ring your wear on your hand.  With iFit technology, you can pick to run/walk/hike anywhere in the world and the treadmill changes automatically to match the terrain.

Photo of the entire gang 🙂

***We met Summer Sanders! She is such an amazing athlete!  She spoke about the beginnings of her swimming career and her journey to make an Olympic team.  She is also talked about her family and her running goals.  Being able to meet her and greet her with a hug (we are on hugging terms), was such a great experience.


The night ended with dinner and a movie…Ruby Tuesday salads, soda, and popcorn snuck into the theater to watch Spirit of the Marathon II. Such a great movie and now I really want to run a marathon…in Rome.

And since everyday should end with chocolate…hot chocolate from the hotel lobby. Yup, we are fancy.

Random photo of Annabelle=necessary 🙂

What are your running plans for this week?
Hot chocolate or coffee or tea?

Touring Runner’s World HQ and s’mores with Bart Yasso

Last night, I boarded a bus with 19 other bloggers and we headed to Runner’s World HQ. Look who was there to greet us!

FYI that’s Bart Yasso and he is awesome.

We had a BBQ with the RW editors and met a lot of fun people.

The food was amazing! Burgers, pasta salad, and salad.

After dinner, Bart took us on a tour and we got to see behind the scenes.

Bart Yasso’s Office

Monica in front of Bart’s door covered with race bibs.

The December issue of RW ready to head to the printer!

Loved this…smoker’s coat closet where smokers are expected to hang their coats…not a closet to smoke in.

The night ended in a great way…s’mores and looking through all my new swag :-).

Wow, my scaly hands could use some lotion.

Do you read Runner’s World?

Half marathon training tips from Bart Yasso!

Yesterday afternoon, I listened in on a Google+ Hangout featuring Bart Yasso (running royalty!) and Summer Sanders (Olympic gold medalist!).


The chat was all about training and best practices for the half marathon distance. Since I’m doing a half in October and I really want to improve my time, I listened and took notes!



Bart’s Advice on Training

***You really only need 3 quality days of running per week!
– one 8-12 mile long run meant for ENDURANCE, not speed
– one speed/hill/tempo workout
– one run at HMP (half marathon pace) Warmup 15 minutes, run 5-6 miles at HMP, cool down for 15 minutes.

***Recovery runs must be done at an easy pace to avoid injury.

***The other 4 days of the week can be rest days, cross training days, or easy run days.

Summer Sanders, who is an awesome swimmer and now an awesome runner, also discussed her thoughts on training and her upcoming goals. She will be running the hat trick and giving a seminar on women’s running at the Runner’s World Half and Festival in October. If you want to run this race too, you can get 10% off with the below promo codes!


Thanks for the tips Bart and Summer :-).

Highlight of the day…look who is now following me on Twitter!


Do you have any half marathon training advice?