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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Tuesday Training Recap: Week of 4/21-4/27

Hi everyone! Here is how training went last week…less than 2 weeks to go now!

Monday:

7 mile tempo run on the NCR Trail. I averaged a 7:29 pace and the last 3 tempo miles were tough! A steady incline plus a head wind = slower pace while putting forth more effort.

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Tuesday:

PB Fingers 30 Minute Boot Camp Workout. I loved this quick workout and I did it in my basement during my lunch break. 🙂

Wednesday:

Track workout! It was VERY windy and chilly…again. I keep waiting for these workouts to feel easy and they never do!

8 x 800m with 1:30 RI (rest interval). Our times ranged from 3:12-3:18 for each 800m.

Thursday:

Body Pump class

Friday:

6 easy miles on the treadmill at an 8:34 pace

Saturday:

13 miles on the NCR Trail. It was tough to keep up the speed towards the end, but I got it done with an overall pace of 8:10 per mile.

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Sunday:

Rest and eat lots of cupcakes day!

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How is your week going so far?

When is your next race?

Marathon Training Monday IV: #MTM

Happy Monday! It’s an especially happy Monday for me because I’m off work today and tomorrow. 🙂

Here is a recap of last week’s training!

Monday:. 6.3 tempo miles. The plan called for a 7:38 pace but we were over achievers. 🙂

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Tuesday: Strength training = body pump class.

Wednesday: Track workout!

1000m in 4:05
2000m in 8:20
1000m in 4:07
1000m in 4:07
1 mile cool down on the treadmill

Thursday: Retirement fun run! 4.46 miles outside and 2.54 miles on the treadmill = 7 easy miles for the day.

Friday: Strength training workout with Jeanette. We did a series of 8 exercises varying from leg work, arm work, and AB exercises. We went through the series of exercises 3 times and my shoulders were feeling it on Saturday morning.

Saturday: 20 miles in the books. We kept a pretty good pace throughout the run and even picked it up for the last 3 miles. It was so great to get in a “good feeling” long run since race day is about a month away!
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I hope you had a great week of training, cross fitting, body pumping, walking, doing what like to be doing, etc!

🙂
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Tempo too fast and the best salad dressing.

Happy Tuesday! The weather is finally changing and the sun is shining! I hope you are having nice weather too. 🙂

We had pretty nice weather yesterday as well, so we did our tempo run outside during lunch. Yes, it’s awesome that I can run on my lunch break. 🙂

The plan called for a 1 mile warmup followed by 5 miles @ a 7:38 pace. We pretty much just picked up the pace and ran on feel and ended up running faster than we needed to.

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I was so ready for lunch when I got back to my desk. I enjoyed every last bite of this big salad and the secret ingredient…guacamole as salad dressing. I simply mixed it all together and the guacamole covered everything and it was amazing.
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Some random stuff from yesterday:

O’s Opening Day! Yay for baseball season!
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Love her stink face

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Are you a baseball fan? What is your favorite team?

Favorite salad dressing?
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Marathon Training Monday III: #MTM

Another week of training in the books!

Monday:

7 easy miles
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Tuesday:

Strength Training: Body Pump

Wednesday:

5.5 mile track workout (3 sets of 2 x 1200m with rest intervals in between)

Our 1200 times:

5:11
5:08
5:04
5:08
5:09
5:02

Thursday:

I missed body pump class, so I road the bike for 20 minutes and then did my own body pump-like workout (squats, chest presses, clean and presses, dead lifts, biceps, and abs).
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Friday:
6 miles at an 8:13 pace
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Saturday:

We called this our “redemption run”. After a terrible 20 miler last week, we needed a good long run. We did 15 enjoyable miles and only got wet during the last 4 miles. 🙂
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Sunday:

Rest day! And a no makeup or shower selfie.
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I hope you all had a great week of fitness!

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Marathon Training Mondays: #MTM

Yes, I know it’s Wednesday but I’m running behind this week. Please forgive me.

Monday
6 tempo miles. 1 mile warm up, 4 miles @ 7:35 pace, 1 mile cool down.

Tuesday
Strength training: Body pump class

Wednesday
5 miles total: track workout.

1600m – 6:46
3200m – 13:59
800m – 3:17
800m – 3:13

Thursday
Strength training: kettle bell circuit class

Friday
20 miles. This.was.TOUGH. I wanted to stop and walk the entire time and every inch of my body hurt when I was finished. I’m hoping the next long run goes better than this one did.
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Saturday
Rest day! Flew to North Carolina to visit my BFF Lauren. 🙂

Sunday
7.0 mile progression run on a trail in NC.
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I hope you all have a great week of training, running, cross fitting, cycling, swimming, napping….whatever it is that you enjoy doing. 🙂
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I love Mondays at home.

My work schedule allows for me to be off every other Monday and it is great. Even better is that we have been off because of snow the past two Mondays I was supposed to work. Win win situation. 🙂

I LOVE making breakfast at home, so the day started with stuffed French toast. I finally found The Laughing Cow’s Cinnamon Cream Cheese spread and it made for the perfect filling.

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I topped mine with strawberries, blackberries, and agave nectar.

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Since the road conditions were not great for running, I headed to the gym for this week’s tempo workout.

1 mile warmup at 9:13 pace
4 mile tempo at 7:35 pace
1 mile cool down at 8:34 pace

I’m not going to lie, this felt TOUGH. My legs were still pretty tired from my long run and it took me about a half of a mile to stop feeling like I couldn’t keep up with the belt on the treadmill.

I finished the workout with a 3 minute plank and a few side planks. Pro compression socks and capris make for the perfect outfit. 🙂

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Since I food prepped on Sunday, I ate the lunch I had packed to take to work yesterday.

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I REALLY wanted some Cadbury Mini Eggs for dessert, but I controlled myself and had a banana cream yogurt with chocolate goldfish mixed in instead.

The rest of the day was spent doing house stuff and playing with this little stinker. 🙂

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My mom came up to hang out with us once Chris went to work. Annabelle LOVES her grandparents. I made grilled chicken salads for dinner and it felt good to eat lots of veggies before I consumed a boat load of ice cream.

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If you could be anywhere right this second, where would it be?

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

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!

A great long weekend.

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend and a nice start to your week. Here is a quick recap of my lovely 3-day weekend. (It’s late and I should be in bed, but I had to stay up and watch The Following…which is quite disturbing).

Saturday: long run, diner breakfast, shoe shopping with Kirstyn (AB’s first real pair of walking shoes!)

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Sunday: we went to Annapolis via DC and had lunch with my good friend Rachel 🙂

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Monday: finally did our taxes, washed some laundry, fun mail from Zulily, tempo run and I attempted some ab work, fro yo!

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What was the best part of your weekend?

Brinner, fro yo, and an early wake up call.

By the time I got home last night, Annabelle was asleep and my parents had already eaten dinner. Therefore, I just cooked a quick and easy egg sandwich = brinner (breakfast for dinner).

Thomas’s everything bagel

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Egg whites with cheese

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Hot pepper jelly (this stuff is amazing!). It is actually pretty sweet and it goes great with eggs. My friend’s daughter makes it in case you are interested in buying some. 🙂

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Finished product!

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My mom and I looked through the Title Nine and Athleta magazines while I ate. (FYI – my dream job would be a stay at home mom who models for Athleta on the side.) Maybe someday right?

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I love Thursday nights…eating fro yo while watching Honey Boo Boo. This was our second try at taking a picture and this was the best one. LOL.

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My alarm was set for pretty early this morning.

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Annabelle decided that I should wake up even earlier at 4. I got her back to sleep around 4:45 and headed to the gym.

Tempo Run

1 mile at a 8:45 pace
5 miles at a 7:35 pace

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I wore the low cut Pro Compression socks for the first time and I LOVED them. I’m sure I’ll be buying way too any pairs of these. I’m still rocking my Brooks Pure Flow 2s…they never let me down.

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I quickly showered and headed into work. My appetite wasn’t real there, but I ate frosted mini wheats and a banana with skim milk.

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I was very surprised that there were 7 grams of protein in this serving of cereal, so I managed to get a good mix of carbs and protein (and potassium) with this breakfast. 🙂

Now looking ahead to dinner…maybe pizza to carbo load for my 20 miler tomorrow morning!?!?!?

What are your Friday night plans?

What time did you get up today?