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Marathon Weekly: Bring on the Taper

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I made through the biggest week in marathon training and my last long training run of my unconventional training! I think I peaked at 45 mpw when I used to run 65+ mpw, wow! But my focus has been on more strength and cross training instead and I feel much better and heck even think I look better!
So how did my goals end up?
6 Days P90X3 including X3 yoga which is wonderful Yes! Have I said how much I love this workout?!4 Days running:  1 speed, 1 long run (22 miles!), 1 hills and 1 easy Yes: Tues 7 miles on hilly course, Thurs: 7 miles with some intervals, Sat: 22.1 miles, Sun: 5 miles easy 3 additional core focus days Yes: 21 DF 10 Minute Abs, Pilates and Piyo Core


Non Fitness Goals: Clean 1 more room BarelyStart Part 2 of my project plan Yes, but not muchNo wine on weeknights No, work dinner Wednesday with a couple glasses of wineFinish unpacking from vacation 2 ½ weeks ago! Finally!

Now I am less than 3 weeks until my 26th marathon and first after spending nearly 2 years injured and den…

Fall fun!

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I love fall for about 2 days, and realistically that is about how long it lasts here before winter hits! I'm all about apples and pumpkin and cooler running weather but it's the aftermath of fall that I hate! So we make the most of it while it's here and luckily after a few cold days which included frost on my car we are back to 80s this weekend!
Last weekend also sent great weather and a chance to get back to the corn maze which has become a family tradition since O was born (okay we missed last year thanks to rain every weekend!). What better way to wear out a 4 year old than running through a maze of 8 feet tall corn stalks, jumping in a corn pit and climbing the bouncy house? Even better we ran  into some friends so O and C played in the corn forever.


This weekend more great weather and the apple orchard for the family and 22 miles for me before hand. I love starting my day in a sweater and ending in shorts and a tank, Why can't fall hang around in place of winter?…

Marathon Monday: Ready to Peak!

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I'm in the full swing of school, about the peak in this marathon training cycle and enter the few weeks of racing combined with all the other aspects of life. Seemed life the perfect time to get back in the habit of weekly goal posting...
This will be week 2 of P90X3 and I am loving it! As an endurance athlete I shy away from the quick, fast workouts and wow these a kicking my butt in such a great way! I’m gaining balance, flexibility, strength and core. What more does a runner need? I love my early morning dates with Tony Horton! So excited for the new P90 to come out later this week, let me know if you want in on the first test group.

·6 Days P90X3 including X3 yoga which is wonderful ·4 Days running:  1 speed, 1 long run (22 miles!), 1 hills and 1 easy ·3 additional core focus days

Non Fitness Goals: ·Clean 1 more room ·Start Part 2 of my project plan ·No wine on weeknights ·Finish unpacking from vacation 2 ½ weeks ago!

What are your goals this week? 

10Ks in the evening...

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Last night I ran a local 10K after a crazy late work day I rushed home, jammed some food quickly in my mouth, changed and drove back. As I ran in a at the final second to grab my race packet and meet up for my group's picture I was rethinking running. I was stressed and not feeling the racing thing right now! So much so the watch was left at home.


With 10 minutes to race start I guess my warm up was running back to my car to drop off my race packet, grab my hat and hit the start line. I met up with a friend who also wasn't feeling the racing and then found a third. We took off chatting the entire time with a little complaining and debating about quitting after lap 1. Mile 1: (the only mile split I have from a friend) 7:27 Oops I guess I'm feeling better than I thought.

Lap 1 done and 5K in 23:50 (avg 7:40)

We continued on completing the first lap and deciding to finish the 10K, my friends back off so I was on my own to navigate the annoying second lap, passing walls of 5K …

This is what you get...

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Are you like me and you as you run you write? Too bad Siri can’t read my thoughts and write for me! This morning after a rough few weeks and allergies kicking my butt I headed out for a much needed mind clearing run, grabbed my Boston 2011 jacket and went. The race that unexpectedly became my PR and still stands 2 ½ years later, not my most important race but one I will never forget. The jacket always reminds me of where I was and that I will get back there and be even stronger. I’m sure my full thoughts won’t make it out in this post but this is the basis of my run and where I am right now…
As I’m sure you all have seen my blogging has lacked lately, I kind of lost hold on why I wrote. I tried turning this into something it wasn’t so I am going back to where I started. A place to write about my life as a mom and runner living healthy (or trying my best to).
Over the next 10 months I will be over my head in diabetes research for my doctoral project, yikes but that also means in 10 m…

Marathon Prep Race Week

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Last week I got back on track with goals and looking forward. I think it is the sudden realization that summer is ending and I once again have a to do list that is a mile long! Time to get moving, right? My goals changed but I was on track… ·3 Days strength training & 2 additional core focus days Yes ·4 Days running: long run, hills, speed & easy Yes ·5 Days Piyo/Yoga 4 days ·1 Day other cardio 90 min spin class that was killer!
Non Fitness Goals: ·Clean 1 room With O’s help we got 3 rooms done! ·Finish assignment 2 for fall semester Not yet ·Fun family time this weekend Matt and I hit a few local wineries Saturday, Sunday family time at the park and a race on Monday
This is the week I have been looking towards for the past month! Just 2 work days and then a weekend away with friends to relax and run! Honestly what could be better. So with yet another busy week ahead what are my goals…

·3 Days strength training & 3 additional core focus days ·4 Days running: 2 races (one for speedw…