Sunday, July 5, 2015

Week 2 and a fast 5k!

Training week 2:

Monday: walked the dogs
Tuesday: 7x400 at 5k pace
Wednesday: 3 easy trail miles + strength
Thursday: rest (but played outdoor activities ALLLLL day with the kids I work with)
Friday: 45 minute tempo run trail
Saturday: Independence Day 5k in Plymouth, MA
Sunday: 90 minute trail & road run

What a week!  I really enjoyed my training this week and got to run on the trails multiple times.  It was great.  I don't know that I've ever done a true track workout until this past week.  It.  Was.  Hard. But I did it.  I ran each 400 aiming for under 2:00 but each 400 was closer to 1:53 average.  I'm very proud of myself.  I felt so fast.  On Wednesday, I finally made my way around the whole trail loop near our house.  The connector on the other side of the reservoir had been a mystery but I finally found it.  On Thursday, I did not feel like doing ANYTHING once I got home from work.  We had a field day at work for the students and I facilitated a few outdoor activities so I was beat by the time I got home.  My tempo trail run on Friday was pretty cool and it was in the Plymouth State Forest in Plymouth, MA.  I was feeling good overall, with the exception of the millions of bugs flying around.  That was until the stomach pain started and the run fell apart.  Luckily, I didn't shit my pants but it was close.  ;)  Saturday, Wendy and I did the Independence Day 5k with Tia and my friend Derek from work.  I was a minute off from my PR but this is the fastest, by over a minute, that I've run a 5k since my injury so I was very pleased!  Today was a trail run in Pulaski State Park followed by a short run once I was home.  We swam in the pond after the trail run and laid out for a while.  What a wonderful weekend.

Track Tuesday

Trail Wednesday

Trail Friday

Independence Day 5k
Wendy got 2nd place in her age group with an impressive time of 23:10.  I was so proud of her!  Tia cut 5 minutes off of her 5k time.  It was a good day all around.

Selfie during my trail run today

Me and Wendy hanging out at the pond after

Drying off in the sun... what a beautiful day!

Trying more vegan products.  This was yummy.

It was a great week of training and I am looking forward to another good week.  This week will be a bit of a cutback week.  I am going to Michigan on Wednesday to spend a week with my family but I will still be doing some running while I am there.  My mom is running her first 5k on Saturday with us.  It will be pretty cool.  

Things I'm thinking about:  Altras, trail running, ultra marathons, travel, Colorado


P.S.  What are you training for?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Week 1 and trails!

I had a really strong week of training and I am proud of all that I did:

Monday: 6am vinyasa yoga
Tuesday: 6am 6 x hills
Wednesday: 6am 3 easy trail miles + strength
Thursday: 5pm 40 minute tempo
Friday:  Rest
Saturday:  3 easy trail miles
Sunday: 90 minute 3/1 long run (last quarter at 8:47 pace)

I nailed each day of training as written.  For those of you who know me or who have read my blog before know how difficult a task this is for me.  I typically don't do too well with following plans but I am happy to say I completed Week 1 of my training plan!

Some new badges for my RoadID from Wendy! (Unicorn, trail, and love)
My two favorite runs were both of my trail runs.  Trail running remains very new to me but it has been very exciting.  I'm finding out all that I can about running trails and enjoying slowing down a bit.  I will try to keep some of my easy and long runs on the trails throughout this training plan because I believe that it makes me stronger overall.

Tomorrow will be my first track workout in a number of years.  I'm excited and nervous about it.  I'm just reminding myself that it is a work in progress.  Right now I am more concerned about the effort than perfection of each workout.

We have several races coming up in July that I am excited about.  The first is this Saturday, July 4.  For the second time, Wendy and I are doing the Independence Day 5k in Plymouth, MA where we end at Plymouth Rock.  I am thinking of trying to PR but I imagine it will be one of those things where I just see how I'm feeling on race morning.  On the following Satuday, July 11, we will be doing the Strut for Strays 5k in Battle Creek, MI and my mom will be completing her first 5k!  She has been following a training plan so I am eager to see how she does.  The last race in July is the following Saturday, July 18 and it is a trail 10 miler!  I am excited to do a trail race and nervous at the same time.  I love the area so it should be a lot of fun.

My focus is to be consistent and get stronger.  

Here are some pictures from this weekend's trail run:

A pretty shot of the pond

Covered Bridge Trail

A family divided: Altras vs. Newtons

Wendy made a new friend

I'm enjoying running and becoming obsessed with it all over again.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Quick recap of nearly two years :)

It's been nearly two years since I've written in my blog.  My how time flies.  When I last wrote, I was struggling with the death of my grandma and just a few days ago, it was 2 years since she passed.  I still miss her every day but I just try to think of the happy memories we shared and move on with my day.

So what have I been doing since I stopped writing?  Well, I continued with my running streak until mid-January 2014 and stopped at 274 days because my foot was bothering me.  I was unable to run for 5 months and wore a fracture shoe and a walking boot, each for 6 weeks.  Turns out it was an Osteochondral Defect in my right big toe.  After that, I had to wear a metal plate in my shoes for a number of months to prevent too much bending in my big toe.  I started running in June 2014 again and haven't looked back since.

I completed a half marathon in July 2014 in Maine.

I completed a half marathon in August 2014 in Alaska.

I completed a half marathon in September 2014 in Illinois.

I was accepted into the Boston Marathon through Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in October 2014.

I completed a half marathon in December 2014 in Texas.

I completed a half marathon in March 2015 in South Carolina and much a bunch of friends from my online running group.

I completed a half marathon in March 2015 in California.

I completed the Boston Marathon in April 2015.

I completed a half marathon in May 2015 in Connecticut.

I completed a 15k in May 2015 in Maine.

I completed a half marathon in June 2015 in Vermont.

And here we are today.

Earlier this week I started my training plan for the Surftown Half Marathon on September 13, 2015 in Westerly, Rhode Island.  I will PR in this race.  It's been two years since I last PRed in this distance.  It is my favorite distance so I will be spending this summer getting my butt in gear to PR.  I've also been trail running, which I have fallen in love with.  It is really helping me stay consistent because I am loving it so much.  I'm already looking at my plans for next year and I really want to step up my plans.  Looking toward a marathon and a 50k for next spring and summer.  Big dreams.  Big goals.  I can do it.

My plan is to start posting more often through my training, mostly as a way to keep myself motivated but we will see how that goes :)


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Hello again!

It has been a while since I've blogged, which seems like the story of my life. Things have been going well for me. Here's a quick update on what I've been doing:

Just chatting it up with my BFF Bart Yasso on Twitter. He's such an inspiration and I look forward to seeing him at another race soon. One of the coolest moments in my running life continues to be when he called me up to speak at the Utah Valley Marathon expo.

We saw Hanson! They've been my favorite band since I was 15 and I just saw them for the 10th time at the end of August. As always, they put on an amazing show!

Last weekend, I graduated from Yoga Teacher Training and am now officially a RYT-200. I just signed up for a Relax and Renew training with Judith Lasater in March. It should be a pretty amazing training. I am currently teaching 3 classes per week, one at a local rock climbing gym and the other two at local exercise gyms. It has been an amazing experience and I am really enjoying it. I am working hard to also make sure that I get my practice in.

Earlier this week I reached day 150 of my #runforBoston streak. On that day, I ran 1.50 miles for each of the four people that lost their lives due to that tragic event. I sometimes can't believe I've made it this far. There have only been a couple of days where I really didn't feel like running so on this days I just did one mile.

Tonight was day 153 and I had a great run. My "easy" runs are getting faster and I am really enjoying running in the cooler weather that we have been having. It makes the run much more enjoyable.

Earlier this week, I applied to run the Boston Marathon with the Melanoma Foundation of New England. I realize there will be a lot of people who try to get in so my chances are slim, but I am giving it a shot. I feel it would be a great way to honor my grandma who I lost in June (her cancer started with melanoma in her eye and spread to her liver). It is amazing how many times during each week that I think of calling her. Running for MFNE would be very emotional but it would be great to raise money for research to help save lives. Time will tell.

My next race is on October 13 in Ohio. We are running the Towpath Half Marathon with a bunch of my virtual friends from Runner's World and will be sporting orange for Jenny. It's will be state number TEN for me (IL, CA, RI, MA, NY, PA, VA, CO, UT) and I can't wait. It'll be a quick trip to Ohio but very memorable, I'm sure. I am hoping to break two hours again. It's a flat course and I got a 2:02 and change during my last half and that was a super hilly course. Depends on the weather and how I feel that morning but I think I have it in me.

What's your next race?



Thursday, July 18, 2013

Finding time to blog?

I don't understand how some people blog every single day. I don't have that many exciting things to tell you about. Although I would like to try to get back in the habit of blogging on a more regular basis again. My schedule remains pretty packed, as I'm sure most of yours do too. I am gone for work 12 hours per day with commuting, teaching yoga 3 times per week, running each day and trying to attend yoga classes as well. Plus it's nice to hang out with my fiancé from time to time :)

I am at day 95 of my running streak! Well, once I run today. It's currently 91* out and "feels like" 97* so yeah.... Not sure if I will put myself through that torture or if I will wait until the sun goes down. I've only been running a mile or so most days but I am consistently running each day. The passing of my Grama has taken a toll on me so I am just happy that I have continued with my streak.

I did run the Jamestown Half Marathon on Saturday, July 13 for the second year in a row. If you remember, I DNF last year. Well this year I kicked Jamestowns' butt!! I came in with my second fastest half time yet: 2:01:32 on a very hilly course! I think with the right training, I could get under two hours on a more difficult course compared to Utah Valley.

I am teaching yoga regularly and this past week I've gotten to teach twice at the studio where I took teacher training. It has been an incredible experience teaching at a studio and I hope I have the opportunity to do it more. This Saturday is my "final" practice teach and the class is open to the community. I feel very prepared and ready for this event!

I can't believe we are this far into the summer already. This Sunday I am racing the Mass Ave Mile for the second year in a row and hoping to PR. Sunday afternoon we are taking Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga and it should be a lot of fun!

We signed up for a race series in the fall in our area including the Monster 5k, Turkey Trot 5k and the Downtown Jingle 5k. The most exciting part, for me, was signing up with my new name because we will be married by the time we run the second two races in the series!!

What are your weekend plans?



Friday, June 28, 2013

Day 75

Of my #runforboston streak. Honestly, on April 15 when I started this streak, I never would have guessed I'd make it this far. I thought 26 days would be a stretch for me. Prior to this streak, 3 days was the most I had run in a row.

Since the passing of my Grama last week, I've only done one mile, or just over, each of the days. It's not that I haven't wanted to run, I just have a loss of energy and feelings of lethargy. I am pushing through to at least continue the streak.

The last conversation I had with my Grama, I told her about the trip to Utah and Colorado Wendy and I had just returned from, as well as finally getting under 2 hours in the half marathon. Grama always asked about my running. So now I must really push myself back into the miles.

In the month of July, I am running 3 races and each one a different distance. On July 4, I am doing a 5k that ends at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, MA. On July 13, I am doing the Jamestown Half Marathon where I had my first DNF last year. Hoping for some redemption--at least finishing! Lastly, on July 21, we are running the second annual Mass Ave Mile which races down Mass Ave in Boston. We did this race last year and it was pretty cool. I am interested to see if I can run my mile any faster a year later.

I've been teaching a lot of yoga lately and I'm loving it! On Monday evenings I teach at a rock climbing gym. It poses some challenges like being in a loft area of the gym so there is a lot of background noise. On Wednesday nights I teach at a regular gym. This Wednesday was my first class there and the students were very enthusiastic! Thursday nights I am still teaching at a women's boxing gym. I've got a few regulars who have been coming every week since we started back in April. It's pretty cool to see how their flexibility has increased and they seem more comfortable in the postures.

Tomorrow is my last day of teacher training. I cannot believe how quickly time has flown by. I've loved working with the group we have. It's been an incredible journey but I will be happy to have my weekends back!

What races do you have coming up?