A bad run is usually followed by a good run. 

So, I’m in the middle of marathon training and I have had some BAD runs. What makes a run bad to me?  A.  Not hitting goal times  B.  Feeling horrible throughout the run  C.  Feeling down or in a running funk. Well, I’ve had a few too many of these runs lately. 

Last week’s track workout included 2 x 1200m and 4 x 800m. I was getting over a cold and just could not get anywhere near the goal times. I even shortened 2 of the 800s to 400s. Bad run!

This past Tuesday, I set out for a tempo run and couldn’t manage one mile at tempo pace. It was hot and humid and I was tired. Bad run!

But alas, this 20 miler came along and many of the miles were at goal pace (under 9:00 minute miles) and I had some gas left in the tank at the end!  Good run!!!!

  

Maybe my new shirt from Janae at http://www.hungryrunnergirl.com helped me get through this one. She is so speedy and an awesome person. ☺️

 

Happy Saturday and I hope you have a good run this weekend!

Last really good run?  This 20 miler!

Favorite treat after a long run?  A big iced coffee and an egg sandwich (or a donut) 😉

Sunday Funday!

It’s been a super long time since I’ve posted. To my loyal readers (Rob, Mom, Dad, and Aunt Janice), I am sorry. 😉  In case you are new here, my name is Linda and I love my family, running, and ice cream. I’m currently training for a September marathon and hope to qualify for Boston. Please stick around!                                   ———————————————–

This weekend was a good one filled with lots my favorite things…

Running!  16 miles on Saturday morning. Jeanette and I averaged a 9 minute pace and it was awesome. 

Napping!  Saturday afternoon nap with my favorite little girl. 

   
 

Ice cream!  This was my first time trying this brand. I planned on just having a few bites. A few bites = the whole pint. 

  
Snacks!  I’ve been on a serious popcorn kick lately.  Ya know, I need the salty to balance out the sweet. 

  
Family fun day!  I bought Chris super good tickets to the Oriole’s game for Father’s Day. We had such a good time. 

   
     

(As seen on my Instagram lindarunning4two)

Now that I’ve watched Big Brother (anybody else love this show), ate my weight in ice cream, and stayed up way too late, I NEED to go to bed. I woke up with a weird hip/butt/IT band issue going on and really really really hope it starts feeling better tomorrow. Please cross your fingers and toes for me. 

Good night!

Fun Things Friday!

Happy Friday!!!

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1. It’s only 9 days until my birthday…and my 50k race.

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2. It’s only one week until our family beach vacation. Throwback to July 2013. 🙂

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3. Marathon training…again. I really hope I can pull off a BQ in September!

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4. Fresh fruit! I am in LOVE with strawberries. When I was little, my family went to Sizzler on Easter and I would get plates full of just strawberries. Not sure why or how I remember this…

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5. It’s 7-11, so make sure to get your free Slurpee. We don’t have 7-11s where I live…anybody else in the same boat? It’s also “dress like a cow” for a free meal day at Chic Fil A.

Tell me something fun about your Friday!

Slurpee or milkshake?

Training Recap: April 28th – May 7th.

Well, training is pretty much over. We officially started training the last week in January and we spent every Saturday morning battling the cold, wind, rain, sleet, and snow during our long runs. We pushed ourselves to hit our marks for tempo and track workouts and it’s now time to see if the training will pay off. The race is on Mother’s Day and I can’t think of a better present to myself than to qualify for Boston. 🙂
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Monday, April 28th:

6.5 tempo miles –

2 warmup (8:22, 7:39)
3 tempo (7:28, 6:49, 7:11)
1.5 cool down (7:50)

Tuesday, April 29th:

Julie’s 30 minute boot camp workout.

Wednesday, April 30th:

6 mile pyramid run –

9:13
8:34
8:12
8:00
8:12
8:34

Thursday, May 1st:

Track – 5 x 1000m in 4:09 (200m active rest interval plus a minute of rest)

1000m times:

4:08
4:09
4:10
4:11
4:09

Friday, May 2nd:

5.7 easy miles with a 15 minute arm and abs workout

Saturday, May 3rd:

10 miles at an 8:04 pace. Last long run and it felt great.

Sunday, May 4th:

REST

Monday, May 5th:

8 miles at an 8:12 pace. Knee pain started around mile 6…I have no idea where this came from but fingers crossed it feels good on Sunday.

Tuesday, May 6th:

Track – 6 x 400m in 1:37 with 400m active RI

We finished each 400m in under 1:37. Knee felt ok but now my groin has a slight soreness. (Training for 4 months without an issue and now things start to hurt the week of the marathon, not fun.)

Wednesday, May 7th:

REST day. Went out to lunch. 🙂

Thursday, May 8th:

We have 3 miles scheduled for today with an 8:12 pace (this is our marathon pace). Please keep your fingers and toes crossed and hope that my body holds up a little longer!
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Since this post is heavy on text, here are some pictures from this last weekend. 🙂

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Week of 4/13-4/19: Training Recap

Hey everyone. Since I can’t seem to ever post “Marathon Training Monday” on Monday, this post has a new catchy title, “Training Recap.” I know it’s super original, but please feel free to use it if you would like. 🙂

Monday:

8 tempo miles – 1 warmup and 7 at a 7:36 pace (this run was followed by lots of cake to celebrate my mom’s bday).

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Tuesday:

Body Pump class

Wednesday:

Track workout – 10 x 400m with a 400m recovery jog in between sets

Our times:
1:37
1:37
1:34
1:37
1:42
1:38
1:41
1:41
1:39
1:38

Thursday:

Body Pump class

Friday:

Last 20 mile run of training!!! 20.5 miles at an 8:20 average pace. It felt pretty good and I’m so glad we start a slow taper from here on out. 🙂

Saturday:

Hang around the house and eat lots of good food. Rest days are super important and I take them very seriously. 🙂

2 1/2 weeks until race day! After watching the Boston Marathon coverage on Monday, I want this BQ even more. ❤

Have a great day!

Marathon Training Mondays: #MTM

Hey guys!  So, I unofficially started training for a marathon at the end of January.  When I started, I wasn’t quite sure what race I was training for, but I knew I wanted to run a Spring marathon and I wanted to try and qualify for Boston.  After researching our options, my friend Jeanette and I decided on the Delaware Marathon Running Festival on May 11, 2014!

How did we choose this race?

  1. The Course!  Flat and fast and beautiful scenery.
  2. Location!  Easily within driving distance to cut down on logistics and cost.
  3. Size!  It’s a pretty small race…easier packet pick-up, race morning logistics, getting in the right start position, more room to spread out on the course
  4. Date!  It’s the day after our 5th wedding anniversary and it’s on Mother’s Day…sounds like a great day for a marathon PR and a Boston BQ, right?

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From here until race day, Monday’s post will be “Marathon Training Mondays:  #MTM” and I will recap my training from the previous week.  Here we go!

Monday

7.0 miles – 2 warm-up miles, 3 tempo miles (7:11, 7;11, 7:07), 2 cool down miles

Tuesday

Strength Training – Body Pump class

Wednesday

6.0 miles – Track workout on the treadmill:  2 mile warm-up, 6 x 400m in 1:37 (repeated 2 times) with a 1 mile cool down.  (P.S. 400m = 1/4 mile)

Thursday

Strength Training – Body Pump class and 10 minutes on the stationary bike

Friday

7.25 miles – 3 mile warm-up followed by 10 x 1 minute pick-ups with 2 minute “rest” in between. My pick-ups were at a 7 minute per mile pace and the “rest” times were at an 8 minute per mile pace.

Saturday

19 miles at an 8:19 pace – great weather (in the 40s!), challenging, rolling hills.  Great run.  🙂

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If you are training for a race right now, tell me how it’s going so far!

If you have any questions about my training, please let me know!

Fastnachts!

Yesterday was Fat Tuesday and if you live in Pennsylvania that means one thing…Fastnachts!

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Yes, my mom, dad, and I polished off 6 of these babies but we ate a healthy dinner first!

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Random stuff from yesterday:

I took a Les Mills Body Step class. This class is a very intense step class. It doesn’t have as much choreography as traditional step classes, but wow, is it a good workout. My calves and quads are so sore today!

I totaled up my February miles and I’m pretty happy with this number.

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These are my key workouts for this week of marathon training. (Doing the tempo run today!)

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I downloaded the soundtrack to Frozen yesterday afternoon and I love it.

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This is how I bring a sandwich to work. I HATE a smushed sandwich!

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I was having a bad day and this conversation with my mom made me laugh. Love her. 🙂

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Annabelle with her favorite thing in the world. 🙂 She is getting way too big way too fast!

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Did you eat anything fun/special/chocolately yesterday?

Are you training for a race right now? Which one?