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the ‘mill

We woke up to a day filled with this … img_5438

My kids had a snow day and the roads were a wet, sloshy, slippery [beautiful] mess.  If it was a cold, dry snow, I’d be tempted to try to run. Not in this 33 degree slush!  Thus, I headed to the gym this evening for a run on the ‘mill (aka treadmill).   While I do have a secret love affair with running speed and tempo runs in the ‘mill (more on that later) I dread [I MEAN DREAD] a normal run on it.  A 6 mile run outside goes by quickly and doesn’t feel long.  On the ‘mill it always feels so much longer and faster than what it says my pace is.  So I slogged my way through 6 miles. At least the run got done!

img_5461And I pretty much felt how I looked post run … shew,it’s DONE.img_5463

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Boston Marathon build up / weekly recap / week 11

This marathon seems to be approaching faster than I want.  I’ve had a lot of steady weeks and ran 14 miles on New Years Eve.  I thought I was golden for getting in several 14 mile runs before the big build up.  Yet an upper respiratory infection was NOT part of that plan and sidelined me for 8 days.  Then my long runs were 10 miles and 12 miles. Today I finally got back to that 14.  Instead of several 14s, next week is 16. Then 14, 18, 20.

This was my highest mileage week since July.  37.2 miles. Feels good to be pushing 40 miles in a week.  Here’s the recap …

5.2 miles, 42:44, 8:14 pace

6 miles, 47:26, 7:55 average pace
intervals on the treadmill – 1.5 mile w/u, 30 min of 10 x 2 min fast 1 min recov
6:58-6:53 pace intervals, 8:34 pace recov.  Averaged 7:25 pace for 4 miles.
Had a massage Tuesday afternoon that feels more like a workout than a massage.  The right side of my body continues to be much tighter than my left side.  

7 miles, 53:23, 7:35 pace
ran 1 of my favorite Boston prep routes – out and back run, mostly down hill on the way out, long steady up on the way back.  SOLID run!


5 miles, 40:23, 8:05 pace
on the treadmill due to 33 degrees, sleet and slippery roads.  Started slow, last 2 miles more tempo pace – in part to speed up the boredom of a treadmill.  
Body Pump/CxWorx class afterwards (30 minutes weights, 30 minutes core) intentionally giving myself tired legs for tomorrow’s long run to help get used to running when my legs are tired – aka mile 22 of a marathon practice!

14 miles, 1:52:26, 8:02 pace
ran some big ass hills!

rest. always.


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here we go again

Hello long lost blog that no one except my family reads! (and I’m not even sure how much they read it!!!)

My youngest (of 3) started kindergarten this Fall, which naturally leads to a lot of introspective thinking.  What do I do all day?!?!  Many of my friends homeschool their kids, and while only a few have even hinted at saying this, I’m sure they do wonder what I do all day and [this is self imposed] probably think I’m totally lazy, selfish, or both.

I’m not ready to go out and get a job for 2 reasons … 1) this is my year for coming up for air after having 3 kids fairly close together AND 2) I don’t want to give up what time I do have with my kids (before and after school, weekends, breaks, and SUMMER).  Thus, the natural thought is get a job in the school district – preferably at THEIR school.  But then, my oldest goes to middle school in a year and a half (HOLY CRAP) so that makes it all the more complicated.  So thus, still just thinking … breathing … and really enjoying running in day light hours while they are at school instead of 5am!!!!

Yet back to the introspective thinking … 3 things keep popping up in my heart and brain.  1) I love to write yet I feel like that part of my life is so dormant and those brain cells are on life support.  2) I love fitness and helping Moms be more fit and healthy.  3)  volunteering at a homeless shelter.

While I know #3 is TOTALLY random, I can’t shake that feeling.  We’ll see what comes of that.

With the love for writing, I’ve thought writing on this blog will help bring those brain cells off life support.  So here I am, wanting to write, and being 10.5 weeks away from my 3rd Boston marathon (6th marathon).  Stay tuned!!!


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Boston Marathon 2016 recap

I want to write my Boston recap before my memories fade too much. It was such an amazing weekend!  My “fan club” as I called them was 11 members strong – my hubs, my parents, and 3 couples + 2 kids.  Seriously, each of them ranks up with some of our all time favorite friends.  We rented a huge house outside Boston and all had a blast together!

Highlight of Boston – getting my picture taken with Meb Keflefski at the Red Sox game!!  And I have my beer in my hand! Liquid courage :)  He is the best of the best and my all time favorite (along with Kara Goucher)


For the race … there were days in my training leading up to Boston where I thought dang I am in better shape than I thought! 3:20 – or a bit faster – is possible! Then there were days when I felt awful. This was my 5th marathon, and after getting faster for the 1st 4 (3:33:32, 3:29:58, 3:25:32, 3:16:07) I figured that trend would end. This was also my 1st marathon where I didn’t have a dead set time goal. I was hoping low 3:20s.  I was also committed to not letting my goal take away from a weekend with my fan club.

My taper ended up being a bit more than normal because an old back injury flared up after my last 20 miler (which I had planned on being 3 hrs – so closer to 22-23 miles, but ended at 20 because I was feeling DONE.  2 massages, less running, and a ton of rolling/stretching helped a lot but I was definitely not 100%.

In the days leading up to the marathon, but body just felt off. I had a few spots that were tighter than they should have been. And I just felt off – I can’t think of another way to describe it.

I slept better than expected the night before. The house we rented was much closer to the start, so instead of taking a crazy ealy shuttle from Boston, Jon drove me to Hopkinton and I took a short shuttle to the Athlete’s Village. Once there, I found a spot of ground, spread out my garbage bags, and got comfortable. I had a few hours to spare. I laid down, talked to the people around me, stretched, etc. I felt a bit tight, but ready to go.

Once my wave/corral was released, I headed to the start. It’s a good ½ mile walk to the start – maybe longer. Honestly don’t know. It felt good to be moving and loosen up.  Yet it is a long process just to get to the starting corrals.  And it was warm.  I ditched my classy thrift store warm ups long before I *had* to because I just didn’t need them.

1 of the things I read was DO NOT waste energy weaving around people – the thought is running the pace of people around you will keep you from going to hard in the early down hill miles.

That’s just what I did – kind of like a car in the fast lane on the interstate – I ran the pace of the people around me.

mile 1 = 7:18
(1st water stop poured water on my head because I was already feeling warm)
mile 2 = 7:17
mile 3 = 7:16
(I kept thinking I should slow down a bit, but I also was amazed at how RELAXED I felt – the pace felt easy at this point)
mile 4 = 7:06
mile 5 = 7:31
mile 6 = 7:18
(saw my fan club!)
mile 7 = 7:26DSC_0014
mile 8 = 7:48
(I think this is around the time I started getting nervous – it was all of a sudden starting to feel HARD and this is still so early in the race)
mile 9 = 7:50
mile 10 = 7:58
(I made up my mind I WOULD finish, even if I had to walk 10 miles. I was going to experience Boylston Street – and I would RUN that street)
miles 11 = 8:17
(I started worrying how slow I would be and worried about my fan club missing me because I was so slow. I walked a bit to try to regroup. I was feeling pretty dizzy at this point)
mile 12 = 8:15
(saw my parents and told them I was going to be slow – I felt better letting someone know I was struggling)
miles 13 = 8:56
(stopped in a port-a-pot at mile 13.44 to pee and had a serious come to Jesus chat – DANGIT DEBBY PULL IT TOGETHER. YOU.CAN.DO.THIS. Also decided I would soak it up and enjoy the crowds)
mile 14 = 8:47
(still feeling AWFUL – made up my mind to walk the water stops to get a full cup of Gatorade and water in and committing to fighting with everything in me to only walk the water stops)
mile 15 = 8:21
mile 16 = 7:59
(quads were starting to get pretty tight, yet dizziness was abating)
mile 17 = 8:53
mile 18 = 9:17
(walked some hills along with water stops)
mile 19 = 8:32
mile 20 = 8:34
(saw my fan club again – they are AMAZING!)
mile 21 = 9:29
(walked more hills)
mile 22 = 7:46
(come on gravity pull me down these hills!! My quads were on fire, but the rest of me was feeling better – so thankful I was able to rebound a bit and finish respectable – and saw my parents!!)
mile 23 = 8:08
mile 24 = 8:10
mile 25 = 8:29
(saw a good friend and she took this picture!)IMG_2756
mile 26 = 8:06

Mile 25 felt LOOOOOONG. Finally seeing the right turn on Hereford St was so invigorating!  And you’re on Hereford so short before you turn left on Boylston. Nothing can prepare you for that left turn!  The crowds, energy, emotion is incredible. I ran with everything in me, but man oh man that street felt long!  I’m pretty sure I was moaning and groaning in exhaustion yet such JOY that I had made it!

3:34:07. My slowest marathon. Yet I could not be more proud that I didn’t give up, kept fighting, smiled at the cameras, and finished strong!

When I crossed the line, I immediately hunkered over.  I was afraid I was going to yak, but also needed to pull it together emotionally.  2 medics rushed to me, but I assured them I’d be ok. My feet were on fire, so I took of my shoes/socks and walked bare foot.  I felt like I walked another mile as we got our medals, got a picture with my medal (and I actually look respectable!), had to stop to lean/lay my head on a barricade and cry in utter relief – while another medic came up, got a food bag (thought of any food made me want to yak), finally made it to the street with the family meeting area, yet being at the end of the alphabet had another block to go! (funny this is, when I looked on a map, I probably walk 1/3 mile. It really did feel so much longer!!).

I figured they would have been waiting on me, but I ended up having to wait for a while for them.  Finally my parents showed up. It felt good to get some hugs!  I was SO cold and moving so slow.  We finally met up with Jon and our friends and started working our way back to where they parked. I swear we changed T’s 4 times and each changed involved STAIRS. Cruel joke!

On the T I was able to drink a Gatorade recovery drink, but it took a while before I got much food in me. My tummy was mad.

My quads were sore for days – and Tuesday I sure moved slow through the airport!  Yet after a week off, I was ready to run again. Funny how much more like myself I feel once I get a run in :)

All in all, as hard as it was, Boston was amazing. And I’ll be back :)  It was also such an incredible weekend with some of our best friends. No race result can taint that.

BM photoBM photo 1elevation

This guy is the BEST :)IMG_2760

Pre Red Sox game Saturday before the race. Aren’t we cute?! IMG_2699

Hey hey fan club!!! They ROCK!IMG_2701



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Week 9 recap

(a bit late!)

Last week I dialed back intentionally to give my body a bit of a break AND it was perfect timing because we had a weekend getaway to the coast with another family! Oh, and my kids were off school all week which makes getting to the gym hard.

32.6 miles, 4 days running

6 miles, 49:00, 8:10 pace
did a 30 min yoga DVD (with company …

7.45 miles, 1:01:06, 8:13 pace
lower fix extreme (killer LEG workout)

5.1 miles, 42:52, 8:25 pace
pilates dvd

*I was feeling so tired from waking up at 5am 3 mornings in a row AND given that I was driving out of town later that morning, decided to sleep in which means no run
cardio fix extreme dvd

rest … enjoyed vacation :)

14 miles, 1:52:02, 7:58 pace
my tummy was screaming mad at me for much of this run and THANK GOODNESS for a port-a-pot  … all the more confirmation that wheat and dairy are not working for me right now – more on that later

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Week 10 recap

I felt a bit more tired last week, but overall still really good.  I am going to back off a bit this week, and then ramp back up again the next week.

50.4 miles total

6.11 miles, 49:46, 8:09 pace
75 min hot yoga

9 miles, 1:09:22, 7:41 pace
ran with my new running buddy, yay :)  it’s SO GOOD to get this longer than normal week day run in and even better at such a great pace :)

5.02 miles, 42:02, 8:23 pace
Pilates DVD*

9 miles on the ‘mill – 1 mile w/u, 8 miles @ CMP = 59:36, 7:27 pace

5.21 miles, 42:56, 8:15 pace
arms DVD*

16.05 miles, 2:06:47, 7:54 pace
the 1st 8 miles or so were 7:30s, then slowed to closer to 8s, except for mile up the Powerline Trail (RIDICULOUS hill) was 9:10. VERY solid long run!

*all my DVDs are the 21 day fix extreme workouts

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Week 11 recap

I am feeling really good right now.  Actually, I am pretty amazed at how well my body is handling how much I am running.  I am fairly confident it is from the things besides running I have been doing – weights & yoga.

47.1 miles for the week

5 miles EASY, 43:03, 8:36 pace
legs (and whole body) were sore from skiing Sunday!!!

8 miles, 1:01:45, 7:43 pace
ran with my new running buddy!

5.26 miles, 43:52, 8:21 pace
legs were tired but better than I thought
75 minute hot yoga class

9 miles on the treadmill – 5 x mile, plus warm up & cool down
1:11:11 total time, 7:55 average

1.5 miles warm up – 13:12
5 x mile with .25 recovs
6:58 (2:20)
6:55 (2:19)
6:51 (2:49)
6:48 (2:33)
1.5 mile cool down – 14:10 (walked 2 min then ran easy)

5.76 miles, 46:29, 8:06 pace
my sleep app woke me up at 4:50, so I got up and had a quick cup of coffee before I ran – it’s so much easier to run a decent pace after coffee! ;) ran very relaxed – I am amazed at how good my legs are feeling right now.
75 min hot yoga

14 miles, 2:01:09, 8:39 pace
lots and lots of big hills (even walked a short amount up the 2 BIGGEST hills)
considered this more of a “time on your feet run” than aiming to hit a certain distance – but 14 miles AND 2 hours was my minimum.  


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