The Portland Marathon

As mentioned, I am hoping to continue with my blog! Here is an overdue race report about the Portland Marathon! It was the first weekend of October.

Portland, Oregon has been one city on my list of “I really need to go there” cities. Luckily, my husband is awesome and agreed to do a marathon he had already completed before and we, along with a some of our favorite running friends, all decided to make the trip to Portland for the marathon. Unfortunately, since I had decided to go back to school, our original plan of making it a vacation and visiting wine country near Portland and having a few days to do touristy things was not able to happen. We landed in Portland Friday night and left early Monday so that I could make it home for class.

As mentioned in my previous blog post, I had found out I was pregnant about a week and a half before the marathon and checked with my doctor before deciding to run in the marathon. Since I was only 5.5 weeks pregnant at the time of the marathon my doctor said it was completely fine since I had been running and just to take it easy, monitor how I was feeling and to not run if it was over 80 degrees. I already hadn’t really properly trained for the race besides getting in my long runs so it pretty much just reinforced my “running for fun” race plan.

Our first night in Portland Jim and I were the last to arrive and had already missed dinner with our group so we decided to venture out and try to make it to Pok Pok, this Thai place our group had just dined at that we had heard great things about. When we arrived at Pok Pok the hostess basically laughed at us for thinking we could get in SO we decided to walk across the street to Appetizing – http://www.yelp.com/biz/appethaizing-portland” . What a “happy accident” as well like to call it. The food was AMAZING and inexpensive. We then headed to Salt and Straw — http://saltandstraw.com for dessert. We waited in a pretty long line for ice cream and I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was SO delicious. I tried olive oil which sounds so gross but was extremely delicious. We were also pumped to discover that Portland has Car2Gos. My husband and his father love these little cars and they were an easy way to get around Portland without having to take the bus or get a cab.

Delicious Salt & Straw

Delicious Salt & Straw

My husband loves these Car2Gos, it definitely came in handy after running the race.

My husband loves these Car2Gos, it definitely came in handy after running the race.

The second day in Portland was spent relaxing, going to the expo and getting our number, drinking some coffee and fueling! OH and some jeans shopping at Imogene & Willy. The next morning was race day!

Jim & Myself with our race bibs

Jim & Myself with our race bibs

All of us at Imogene & Willy after getting some jeans!

All of us at Imogene & Willy after getting some jeans!

Race morning I woke up feeling AWFUL, I think I had just come down with a cold and I hadn’t really slept a ton the night before because of congestion (and you can’t take anything when you are pregnant). My husband basically forced me out of bed and promised me we could stop at the halfway point (or wherever I wanted) if I was feeling awful. I got ready and we walked over to the starting line. I absolutely loved the ease of getting to this race, no need to get there super early, plenty of bathrooms in our corral and it was surprisingly warm out so no sitting outside in the cold. We were not pumped about the heat as we had come to the Northwest to escape the heat but that was not the case for Marathon Morning, it was a sunny, warm and humid day in Portland! We definitely were not expecting to be in the sun the entire race! I ended up not wearing my normal Oiselle Team jersey as sometimes I get too hot wearing it and opted to wear a thinner Oiselle Tank (cross top mesh) and the distance shorts (loveeee all the pockets in the distance shorts). (hint hint, the distance shorts are on sale online right now at http://www.oiselle.com/shop/sale)

Jim and I had decided to run together and he was even running with his phone! The first few miles were pretty rough and I wasn’t sure if I was even going to make it to the halfway point but after we hit about 5 or 6 miles I started getting in a good groove and actually thinking I would make it to the finish. I basically started to feel stronger and stronger with each passing mile, granted I was running at what felt like a pretty easy pace and was basically able to maintain it the entire race. Unfortunately for my husband, he wasn’t feeling better with each step and we ended up separating around the halfway point.

Running selfie! This is in the first couple of miles. Fake it til 'ya make it!

Running selfie! This is in the first couple of miles. Fake it til ‘ya make it!

Me at mile 13 - Jim said this was symbolic of what happened over the next mile....I just got further and further away from him

Me at mile 13 – Jim said this was symbolic of what happened over the next mile….I just got further and further away from him

I wasn’t a huge fan of the first part of the course — beware if you do the half (unless the course changes) that the course is not that scenic, it pretty much runs through an industrial part of town. The second half of this race is really pretty, I really loved running over the bridge and just enjoyed the entire race. I didn’t start to get that marathon cranky feeling until mile 23-24 and it was just a mental battle to not stop and just keep running, the more I kept running, the closer I was to the finish.

I made it to the finish line of my 11th Marathon!

I made it to the finish line of my 11th Marathon!

After the finish, I made it through the finish area — one major complaint about the finish area was the total lack of water!! With the sun beating on me for 26.2 miles all I wanted was a giant bottle of ice cold water and they only had ones to purchase in the beer tent where you also had to purchase beer! We thought it as a little strange that runners didn’t even get one free beer (not that I would have had one). Once my husband and I found each other we started the slow walk back to the hotel and he had brought some cash with him so he bought me a water :-).

Overall this is probably one of the most evenly paced marathons I have ever run and I definitely had fun running, it was nice to go into a race not really caring about my time. I ended up running one of my slowest marathons at a 3:53:11 which, considering the training I put into the race, I was pleased with.

Running Marathons together is something I'll always love about our relationship!

Running Marathons together is something I’ll always love about our relationship!

This was marathon number 11 for me and I would definitely recommend it! It was the perfect size for me, I had people to run with the entire time but never felt claustrophobic, I definitely just wish we had ended up with better marathon weather. The course isn’t super easy but it isn’t the most difficult one I have run, I actually credit crossfit with getting me through all the hills without much of a problem! It isn’t my favorite course ever but Portland is a wonderful place to visit so run the marathon and make a trip out of it. I really like the finisher shirts (just as a warning they are NOT Nike). The expo was really small and most of us hardly bought anything — maybe a shirt or two.

Marathon finishers! I love running marathons with my husband!

Marathon finishers! I love running marathons with my husband!

Celebrating our marathon finishes at dinner!

Celebrating our marathon finishes at dinner!

Have you ever run the Portland Marathon? Please let me know if you have any questions about it if you are interested in running it in 2015!
What cities are on your “must visit” list? I really want to visit Nashville!
Do you and your friends do destination races?

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I disappeared! But I’m Back…..hopefully ;-)

I started blogging shortly before my decision to return back to school. I thought going back to school meant that I would have all this free time to blog, cook, do chores around the house, get in some extra runs………EXCEPT I TOTALLY DIDN’T! I CRAZILY decided to take 3 science classes which meant 3 labs and an additional class on top of that for the fall semester so basically I spent the last 3.5 months going to class and studying nonstop and trying to spend time with my husband and somewhat stay in shape. We also had another little surprise a month after I started the fall semester……I AM HAVING A BABY! I found out at the end of September (just before I turned 30) which meant not only was I back in school I was also really really tired and exhausted all the time. We are very excited about the baby and can’t wait for his/her arrival (not finding out the gender, due in early June of 2015). Pic taken by Samantha von Doersten Photography – can’t get the link to embed – http://www.samanthavondphotography.com

Baby coming in June!

Baby coming in June!



Besides the summer, the fall semester was my first official semester back in school, I really enjoyed my classes and managed to do pretty well in all of them. I definitely overloaded my schedule and will not be taking that many classes in the Spring. I am taking 2 science classes this semester and studying for the GRE, if any of you have any tips on studying for the GRE, please let me know! I am lucky that this semester should end just before the baby is due (as long as this little one decides not to make an appearance too early).

During the last few months I have……..
* Traveled to Seattle to visit my grandparents and take in a couple Seattle Mariner games.

Mom and I at a Mariners Game in Seattle!

Mom and I at a Mariners Game in Seattle!


* Completed my 11th Marathon – the Portland Marathon — made interesting by being 5.5 weeks pregnant (and with a cold) on race day! Will write a recap on this race shortly.
We both finished the marathon....I may have beat my husband :-)

We both finished the marathon….I may have beat my husband 🙂

* Went to the Justin Timberlake concert — loveeeeeee him!

JT. Enough Said.

JT. Enough Said.


* Celebrated my sister with a Bachelorette Party in New Orleans along with throwing her a wedding shower!
My sister and I in New Orleans!

My sister and I in New Orleans!


* Watched my little sister get married!
I can't believe my little sister is a married woman! Her wedding was beautiful.

I can’t believe my little sister is a married woman! Her wedding was beautiful.


* Ran the Dallas Turkey Trot (8 miles), Cigna 5K associated with the Dallas Marathon and the Jogger Egg Nogger 15K all with a baby on board!
Finished another Turkey Trot, one of my favorite Thanksgiving Traditions

Finished another Turkey Trot, one of my favorite Thanksgiving Traditions


Ran the Jogger Egg Nogger 15K with my mom and my friend Robin - we are all rocking some Oiselle Fly Style!

Ran the Jogger Egg Nogger 15K with my mom and my friend Robin – we are all rocking some Oiselle Fly Style!


* Went to Las Vegas and saw Shania Twain!
Shania put on an amazing show in Vegas!

Shania put on an amazing show in Vegas!


* Spent the holidays in San Diego with my in-laws
We gave our niece and nephews t-shirts announcing the arrival of their baby cousin in Texas!

We gave our niece and nephews t-shirts announcing the arrival of their baby cousin in Texas!


* Celebrated my 30th birthday and the birthdays of numerous friends and family members!

I am excited to start blogging again – the husband and I are headed to Charlotte this weekend and then to Houston to run the Houston Half Marathon the following weekend! I hope to continue to find fun recipes to share, places to review, vacations to write about and race reports and maybe some insights on running with a baby on board!

Looping the lake for the last run of 2014

Looping the lake for the last run of 2014

Have any of you taken the GRE? If so any tips?
Any tips on running with a baby on board?
Any blog topic ideas for 2015?

Portland Marathon Training Week 6 & 7

I have been extremely busy lately with traveling and getting ready for school to start so haven’t had time to post! I’m hoping to put together a post from our San Francisco and Napa Vacation soon! While I’m working on that, here is an update on my training.

Week 6 — this week was a rough week for me, for some reason I never felt great on any of my runs. I think it likely had to do with lack of sleep/not paying great attention to my nutrition — I don’t think I was eating enough to fuel my body properly. Overall I wasn’t pleased with this week but I did what I could and just have to try and remain consistent with my workouts and know that eventually I’ll start feeling strong again.

Monday 6/23 – 6 miles, CrossFit Workout
Tuesday 6/24 — 6 mile Hill run, it was a rough day for me, I felt awful pretty much the entire run but was able to finish it.
Wednesday 6/25 — 8.5 miles, CrossFit workout
Thursday 6/26 — Didn’t sleep well the night before, ended up taking the day off and running on Sunday instead.
Friday 6/27 — 7 miles
Saturday 6/28 — 12.5 miles — this was a FAIL of a run for some reason I felt so exhausted and barely made it 12 miles — was planning on running 16 but it just wasn’t in the cards for me.
Sunday 6/29 — Easy 4 miles — still felt ridiculously exhausted but made it through this run.

Totals:
44 miles run
2 CrossFit Workouts

Week 7 — Vacation Week!!

My husband and I went to San Francisco and Napa for a little vacation and it was SO fun and we really had a good time. We actually only missed one run, so I call that a vacation win! This was also a down week/recovery week and with the way I’ve been feeling this week (week 8) it did its job!

Monday 6/30 — After the horrible week before and feeling pretty run down from my weekend runs, I decided to ride my bike instead of running. I rode for an hour and went to CrossFit that evening.
Tuesday 7/1 — 8 miles easy, CrossFit in the evening
Wednesday 7/2 — 6 miles total with intervals — 5 x 3 min hard, 2 min easy. Really pleased with how this workout went — was one of those mornings I really didn’t want to get up, but happy I got up and got it done. I went to CrossFit afterwards so we could catch our flight to San Francisco!
Thursday 7/3 — 50 min on the elliptical. We slept in which was glorious and didn’t have a ton of time so just decided to hit up the hotel gym in the morning instead of trying to navigate a run. No treadmills were available so I figured the elliptical was the next best thing! This day also included a few miles of walking as we walked to the San Francisco Giants game!
Friday 7/4 — 10 miles — we ran over the Golden Gate bridge. It was a gorgeous run, and so chilly! I wore arm warmers and wished I had run in long sleeves! It was sunny when we started and the sun quickly disappeared as we continued running.

Running over the Golden Gate Bridge called for a Selfie!

Running over the Golden Gate Bridge called for a Selfie!

Saturday 7/5 — WINE
Sunday 7/6 — More wine! We did walk a couple miles in the morning though by walking to and from breakfast.

Totals:
1 hour biking
50 min elliptical
24 miles running
3 CrossFit Classes

Have you ever had a rough week of training where every run was a struggle??
Do you like to train when you are on vacation?

Portland Marathon Training – Week 4 & 5

It has been a week since I last posted, this was not intentional but life got in the way! Below are my training recaps for both week 4 and week 5 of training. Week 4 was one of those weeks where life/not sleeping got in the way and I was forced to listen to my body and back off a little bit. Thankfully it was a down week and week 5 went really well!

Week 4

Monday 6/9  – I was planning on waking up and going to CrossFit but it just didn’t happen. This was night 2 of sleeping horribly and I opted to stay in bed for an extra couple of hours and snuggle with the pup. 

How could I resist this face?!

How could I resist this face?!


Tuesday 6/10 – Hills Hills Hills in the morning! It was actually 10 degrees (or more) cooler than the week before and it felt so nice! We were actually a little chilly when we finished (note – it was 67 degrees, Texans are crazy). PM – Cryo and CrossFit — I am now asking for alternatives to running in the WODs as I’d rather gain strength when I’m there. I’m doing enough cardio outside of CrossFit.

Wednesday 6/11 – Planned on running but my shins were bothering me when I woke up. I dealt with shin splints ALL last summer/fall and would really like to not repeat that this year. Did some light stretching.

Thursday 6/12 — Crossfit, opted to take another rest day from running to let the shins continue to heal.

Friday 6/13 — Fail. Planned on getting up to run, ended up sleeping through my alarm.

Saturday 6/14Collin Classic Bike Rally with my mom and husband! Rode just over 26 miles which was pretty far after not really riding at all the past few weeks!

Finished with the Collin Classic Bike Rally. Mom and I rode just over 26 miles, Jim rode 38.

Finished with the Collin Classic Bike Rally. Mom and I rode just over 26 miles, Jim rode 38.

Sunday 6/15 — Happy Father’s Day! This was a planned rest day, decided to take it since I knew week 5 would be high in mileage (for me).

Totals:
Running – 6 miles
Biking — 26 miles
CrossFit — 2 Classes

Fun rest day out with the in-laws celebrating Father's Day

Fun rest day out with the in-laws celebrating Father’s Day

Week 5

Monday 6/16 — 7 easy miles with Jim in the morning. Crossfit in the afternoon.

Tuesday 6/17 — 6 miles of hills — still haven’t felt strong on this route, felt better as I kept going but my calves were really tight on this run which makes it hard to push up the hills. Hoping eventually I can run this route sub 8 pace, but that just isn’t happening yet. Crossfit in the evening along with a cryo freeze.

Wednesday 6/18 — It was a struggle to get this run in but I did it. Managed to get in 6 miles though. I got a much needed sports massage that evening and my calves/shins have been feeling so much better since! My 9:15 pace felt like a sprint.

Thursday 6/19 — 8 miles at at around an 8:30 pace — hoping this run will continue to get faster — again, still adjusting to the heat.

Friday 6/20 — much needed rest day!

Saturday 6/21 — Long Run Saturday! This was my first long run of the year where it was 80 degrees and extremely humid. Tough run but managed to get all 15 miles in around a 8:30 pace. Was hoping to go to CrossFit but was way to worn out after this run to make it happen.

Sunday 6/22 — Recovery run in the rain! 4 miles total around a 9:15 average. I like to keep my recovery miles over a 9 min pace as I feel like it actually does help my legs recover and doesn’t continue to beat them up. It was a really refreshing run and an nice relief from the heat (if you consider 74 and raining not hot ha).

Completely drenched after a recovery 4 mile! So happy I had my Oiselle baseball cap on to keep the rain out of my eyes!

Completely drenched after a recovery 4 mile! So happy I had my Oiselle baseball cap on to keep the rain out of my eyes!

Totals:
Mileage — 46 miles
2 Crossfit Workouts

Next week will be another week of high (for me) mileage and I start adding in speed after this week!

If you made it to the end of this post —

Do you ever have any of “those weeks” where running just doesn’t happen?
How many rest days do you take a week?
Do you like running in the rain?!

Portland Marathon Training – Week 3

Week 3 was the first week of the typical really humid weather we have over the summer in Dallas. I am trying to have a good attitude about it (remind me of this in August please). Here is what Week 3 looked like.

Monday 6/2 — 6 easy miles — it was extremely soupy this morning! My calves were also ridiculously tight which was surprising with all the stretching/rolling I have been doing lately. Luckily, this was another easy run to help my legs recover. This is going to be my highest mileage week yet before dropping down in mileage — hoping I can tough it out without my shins/IT band acting up. Followed this up with Cross Fit workout – it was arm heavy which was a nice break for my legs. However, I may have trouble doing anything requiring my arms tomorrow. I also babied my calves and shins by rubbing them out with the stick and applying some Jack Black Dragon Ice before going to bed

Tuesday 6/3 — Hills Hills Hills. Did 6 miles of hills, they definitely were not fast by any means. This was also one of our first pretty hot mornings, my legs are pretty tired after not having a rest day in a week but I am just hoping my legs get used to all the miles again pretty quickly. I followed this up with a Cryo session before a Cross Fit workout that night. We did squats and a WOD of running (rowing for me), Toes to Bar and Double-Unders. I pretty much despised everything in this workout besides the strength portion. I could not string any double-unders together to save my life during this workout. I definitely got home and didn’t move the rest of the evening.

So Hot! Better get used to it though, this is just the beginning!

So Hot! Better get used to it though, this is just the beginning!

Wednesday 6/4 — Happy National Running Day! As tempted as I was to sleep in, I got up and got in a run with the local running store in Dallas, Luke’s Locker. I cut the route a little short as my legs were EXHAUSTED and got in 5.5 miles. I went to Cryo in the evening and then proceeded to do a whole lot of nothing.

New Adidas Running Shoes - I feel like I'm running on clouds!

New Adidas Running Shoes – I feel like I’m running on clouds!

Thursday 6/5 — 6 easy miles followed by strides! Was going to cut it short to 5 but got in all 6! I think this run is just what my body needed, my legs felt like they had a little pep in them after I was done. It was also my first run in my Adidas Glides! I seriously felt like I was running on a cloud.

Friday 6/6 — DAY OFF RUNNING – REST DAY – Much needed, my tired legs needed a day off. Spent the morning “celebrating” national doughnut day with my Husband with some doughnuts (of course) and coffee (of course)

Happy National Doughnut Day!

Happy National Doughnut Day!

Oiselle Running Outfit for my Saturday long run! First run in my hail mary top!

Oiselle Running Outfit for my Saturday long run! First run in my hail mary top!

Saturday 6/7 — Long Run Saturday! 14 miles – really hot/humid! This was my longest run in 3-4 months, I definitely was feeling that the last 2 miles. Overall my legs felt pretty decent after my first few miles, I can’t believe that soon 14 miles will be a “short” long run. Followed this up with a modified CrossFit WOD (no running for me!) and a Cryo Party with some of my running friends!

Cryo Party!

Cryo Party!

Sunday 6/8 — Easy recovery 4 miler w/strides afterwards. I was really not in the mood to do this run but it ended up being relaxing and my legs felt so much better afterwards!

Total Mileage: 41.5
3 CrossFit Classes

Any tips on how to master double unders?
Do you lay out your running outfit the night before?
Did you celebrate National Doughnut Day properly with a doughnut??

Portland Marathon Training – Week 2

Well the second week of training is officially in the books! I am definitely starting to feel like I’m “in training,” by how much my appetite is increasing and how ridiculously tired I am by the end of the day. I just keep telling myself that this will feel more normal in the next few weeks. Below is a summary of my second week of training if you are interested! I was pretty bad at taking pictures this week — will work on it this next week!

Monday 5/26 — I originally had planned on doing an easy 6 miler but decided I wanted to participate in the Murph workout with my Crossfit gym honoring the military. Jim and I both did this and ran the last mile of it together. Murph is a 1 mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 air squats, 1 mile run. I used bands on the pull ups and used a box for the push ups to modify it and make it so I could actually finish. If you are interested in reading more about where the workout comes from read

We finished Murph! Tired and happy!

We finished Murph! Tired and happy!

We finished Murph! Tired and happy![/caption]
We followed this up with a shower and a cryo session!

Tuesday 5/27 — I had a run on the schedule but I woke up and could barely move because I was so sore SO I opted to sleep in a little more before work. Throughout the day I had planned on doing an easy 4 miler after work but I since I could barely walk, I opted to take the day completely off and go in for a cryo session.

Wednesday 5/28 — Still really sore but got in an easy 6 miler in the morning. This was an enjoyable run on a cooler but very humid morning in Dallas. I ran with a local running store, Lukes Locker , for their Wednesday morning social run. Its a fun way to get in a run and some socialization before work! After work, I went to my crossfit gym and did a workout — I lifted pretty light as I am still sore but didn’t want to go all week without any strength training.

Thursday 5/29 — 7 miles. Felt decent on this run. Working on getting used to the summer humidity again. We continued the tradition of having a large group on Thursday runs which has been really fun. Went to a cryo session in the evening — my calves are feeling pretty tight.

Friday 5/30 — 5 miles + Strides. Felt pretty dehydrated on this run, definitely need to start drinking more water during the day as the weather heats up! After work, I went to a cryo session and then went and did a cross fit workout — lifted lighter than I normally would to hopefully preserve my muscles for long run Saturday. In cross fit we did ab mat situps, squats, kettle bell swings and some rowing. I was pretty pumped to see how much my rowing is improving. I also brought my foam roller with me to work and rolled out my calves during my lunch break — running dork alert!

Saturday 5/31 — Long Run Saturday! Ran 12 miles and it felt SO MUCH better than last Saturday’s long run. This was the longest run I’ve done since March and the first double digit run I’ve done since Ragnar four weeks ago. Afterwards my mom and I grabbed coffee, a donut and went and did Cryo!

Sunday 6/1 — 5 Miles + Strides. Did this run as an easy easy easy 5 mile recovery run. It was already over 80 degrees when I started at 8:15 am. Summer is definitely here! This run was extremely tough mostly due to the heat. I followed up the run with some strides and an afternoon nap. I really wanted to ride my bike but I was so exhausted, I figured it wouldn’t be the best idea going into next week. I also spent 20 minutes rolling out my legs and stretching while watching the Seattle Mariners play!

All of my Oiselle is clean and ready for Week 3 of training! Love all my shorts and tanks!

All of my Oiselle is clean and ready for Week 3 of training! Love all my shorts and tanks!


Total Mileage for the Week: 37 miles
3 Crossfit Classes

Has summer hit where you live yet?
Any tips for running in the heat?
What did you do this weekend?

Week 1 Portland Marathon Training – Base Building

I’m starting my Portland Marathon Training a little earlier than I normally would. I am taking about a month/month and a half to build up my base mileage with no speed besides strides (and maybe some hill sprints). I am hoping that once I get my base mileage, I can safely add in speed without injury. Also, I am attempting to marathon train while still continuing Crossfit – this will probably calls for a separate blog post but if anyone has some advice with this, I would definitely be interested to hear what you have to say about doing both at the same time! I also want to give myself some extra time in case I get sick or injured — last summer I got sick a few times so it will be nice to have a couple extra weeks in the books if needed.

Monday 5/19 — AM — 6 miles at a moderate pace, legs were in a bit of a shock to 1. be awake so early and 2. be running. The previous week I took the week off completely from working out for more of a mental break than anything else. I also figured that a week of rest could do me some good. My legs felt okay, they were pretty tired by the end of the run but I am hoping after a week of being back into a “normal groove” they will feel better. PM — Cryo Therapy followed by Crossfit. At crossfit we did some bench press, pull-up holds and the WOD (workout of the day) consisted of kettle bells, 400m sprints & modified v-ups for me! I was pretty sore by the end of the day, I did a longer bike ride (for me) on Sunday and even with Cryo, my hamstrings were definitely still feeling it.
Tuesday 5/20 — Morning hill run! This was my first hill run in who knows how long, my hamstrings were still pretty sore/tight, so I ran this at a pretty easy pace but it still felt pretty hard. Hills are definitely something that I feel like helps and I am looking forward to seeing my average pace on this run drop dramatically throughout the summer. PM — Cryo Therapy — much colder than when I went on Monday — could definitely feel a difference in my level of soreness after I left — my hamstrings were much looser!

A little post run stretching/cooling off after all the hills!

A little post run stretching/cooling off after all the hills!


Wednesday 5/21 — 10-15 minutes of stretching and foam rolling in the morning. Stretching and foam rolling is definitely something I want to get better at doing on a regular basis. It is normally something I don’t start doing until I am hurting — I would really like to have an injury free training season. Last year I battled sickness/shin splints/IT band pain all summer which resulted in a not so stellar marathon that fall.
Thursday 5/22 — AM — 6 mile run, we actually picked it up quite a bit the last 2 miles, fun run with a pretty big group! Did some strides afterwards.
Friday 5/23 — Day off but did some walking with the dog and went to Cryo.
Saturday 5/24 — AM — 9 mile run — very ROUGH, felt horrible the whole time, considerably slowed down the last 3 miles. Crossfit workout, cleans, double unders, kettle bell swings, ab mat sit-ups.
Reward for the first week of training at the first Top Pot Doughnuts outside of Seattle!

Reward for the first week of training at the first Top Pot Doughnuts outside of Seattle!


Sunday 5/25 — 4 miles easy, went kind of later in the day so it was pretty toasty, surprised myself by feeling a lot better than I did yesterday. I did 4 strides afterwards and did 30 minutes of stretching and foam rolling afterwards. My IT band was pretty tight today and felt a lot better after some QT with the foam rolling.

Total Mileage: 31
3 Crossfit Classes

How many weeks do you typically train for a goal race?
What fall race are you planning on doing this year?
What is your favorite doughnut? My absolute favorite is glazed old fashioned!

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