This is going to have to be a two-part piece since my last post was forever ago!
While starting to taper before the marathon a few weeks ago, I reflected on how well and injury-free I felt and what specifically I would attribute that to. The answer for me was almost immediate: regular yoga and graston treatments. Continue reading
Two Sundays ago I drove up to Swanzey, New Hampshire to run the Swanzey Covered Bridges Half Marathon. This race was purely built into my marathon training so I wasn’t planning to run like I would in a regular race – plus the temperature was a little higher than I’d prefer and it was HUMID.
The race starts and finishes at the local middle school and it is a VERY small race, I think about 250 people ran (both half marathoners and there’s a two-person relay option). When I got there I checked in, got my bib and long sleeve shirt, and warmed up. The race started at 9am, and we were off! Continue reading
I’ve been pretty quiet as I plug through marathon training, I’m now entering week 8 which means that I’m almost half way through this crazy thing.
Overall training has been going well! It’s been a sweaty and hot and muggy summer in Massachusetts and I’ve been drinking everything in sight after each run but we all groove on and muster through it. Some runs feel great and others feel like an absolute slogfest, it happens, especially when you’re training in the summer. Continue reading
Week one for marathon training has officially been completed and I am full steam ahead into week two! Today’s post sets the overall tone on how I’m planning to conquer the Chicago Marathon this October… Continue reading
I almost laughed out loud when I wrote the title of this post. Why? Well there’s a reason I haven’t been sharing my training for my first half marathon of the season, Boston’s Run to Remember, which is now less than two weeks away. That’s because the training has been pretty much non-existent. I’ve had some serious issues getting my momentum and consistency going. I had a couple of good weeks but then something work or school or travel related has come up and has totally taken over. Or I get lazy, or a combination. Basically I want you to know that no matter how many years you’ve been running, this isn’t a cake walk. It takes hard work and butt-kicking and consistency and if you’re having a hard time getting into your groove, know that I’m right there with you.
Whew it feels like it’s been forever since my last post but it’s only been two weeks! I really wanted to get a post written last week but I just started a new job at work which I love and am excited to dive into but I’m also wrapping up a few things with my previous role so it’s definitely been a balancing act this past week and on top of that there’s grad school homework calling my name. But no matter what, running finds its way into my routine. I’m a firm believer that people will make time for the things they consider a priority, running included.
This past weekend I went on my first ever 20 mile run. 20 miles folks. 2-0. It’s still a little surreal to me. I decided at the last minute to move my long run up a day early to have better weather and I’m so glad that I did. On Friday I went to the store to pick up some fuel – this worth mentioning because this is the first time I’ve ever fueled during a run. I’ve taken Gatorade and water but never anything more than that. So I bought some Clif Bar Shot Bloks, Honey Stingers, and nuun tablets.
I’ve been training since July for my very first marathon – the Marine Corps Marathon on October 27th. It has certainly been a journey so far, beginning with the race registration process. I think I’d rather run a full marathon than have to go through such a stressful race registration again! Why did I pick MCM as my first marathon? It’s flat (that part was essential), it has a great reputation, the route goes by many DC monuments and sites, and it doesn’t hurt that Marines are waiting at the finish line to hand out the medals. I especially don’t hate that last part.