2016: Week 42 Recap

This was the the second to last week of marathon training! I can’t believe it! The mileage was lower because of tapering and I have to say a relief too! 

The training plan for this week was as follows:

  • Monday: 4 miles
  • Tuesday: 5 miles
  • Wednesday: 4 miles
  • Thursday: 3 miles
  • Friday: rest
  • Saturday: 8 miles
  • Sunday: rest

Now what really happened during my week! 

Monday, October 17th

Early morning 4 mile run! 

Tuesday, October 18th

Happy National Chocolate Day!

5 miles on a crisp Philly fall morning. 

Wednesday, October 19th

Very, very busy day. These last couple weeks have been killer busy with coaching, marathon training, work, etc. 

Rest day was changed due to the hectic schedule of the day.

Thursday, October 20th

Lots of colorful fall leaves on a 4 mile run! 

Friday, October 21st

3 miles on the campus at the University of Valley Forge.

It was a sunny and slightly humid day for the middle of October!

Saturday, October 22nd

8 miles on a rainy and windy day!

My last long run for Marine Corps Marathon training! 

Sunday, October 23rd

Rest Day
How was your week? What are you training for? 

2016: Week 41 Recap!

Week 16 of marathon training! Was tapering all week and I honesty can’t believe how low my mileage is – definitely something I’m not used too!

This week’s plan:

  • Monday: 5 miles
  • Tuesday: 6 miles
  • Wednesday: 5 miles
  • Thursday: 4 miles
  • Friday: rest
  • Saturday: 12 miles
  • Sunday: rest

Monday, October 10th 

5 miles bright and early around the neighborhood.

Tuesday, October 11th

6.05 miles around the neighborhood went pretty slow, didn’t sleep well the night before and needed to clear my head. 

My wonderful running friend from Instagram: Meretherunner14 sent me this sweet snail mail. I was so excited and it was exactly what I needed going into the rest of marathon training.

Wednesday, October 12th

Rest day 

Thursday, October 13th

5 miles around the neighborhood. I have been taking my runs easy. I want to enjoy the quiet and calmness I feel during my run.

Friday, October 14th

4 miles total

2.5 miles on the UVF Campus loop

2 miles on the Malvern part of the Chester Valley Trail

Saturday, October 15th

12 miles – my last double digit long run for Marine Corps Marathon training! 

Sunday, October 16th

Rest day! Much needed! Can’t believe that this is the official 2 week mark! Wow!
How is your training going??

Friday Fives

Here are 5 things that I’ve been into lately. 

1) Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha

This fall seasonal drink of pure happy caffeinated goodness is something I thoroughly enjoy during the fall season. 

2) Field Hockey Coach friends!

I have been coaching along side these two wonderful Godly women the past 4 years. We are besties in the fall months and wouldn’t want to coach along side anyone else. We even coaches lacrosse together last spring because we love coaching together!

This season we decided that we needed to match every game, after all it is more intimidating, right? At least we think so. 

3) Nuun Hydration bottle

I have been a big fan of Nuun tablets during the last part of my marathon training. They are so refreshing after a hard run, taste yummy, and they have been giving me more energy throughout my day.

4) Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips

We definitely buy a bag of these once a week at the grocery store. I never was a major I have a chocolate fix type of person but during marathon training I just have been eating a lot. 

I love these because I can take a small handful and be satisfied with the chocolate craving I was experiencing and it’s healthy! 

5) Momentum Jewelry – Share the Spark!

My instarunner friend Mere sent me this bracelet for me last week. It was so sweet of her – she knew exactly what I needed a few weeks before running my second marathon.

The phrase you got this is such a great reminder for me as I compete marathon training and conquer the Marine Corps Marathon! 

Check out this website for more bracelets!
What have you been into lately???

2016: Week 40 Recap! 

Peek week is over and I have to say this week I felt a lot more relief towards training excited that race day is approaching fast! And I am also getting a bit nervous. 

Beginning week 15 of marathon training.

This week’s training looks like this:

  • Monday: Rest day
  • Tuesday: 5 miles
  • Wednesday: 8 miles
  • Thursday: 5 miles
  • Friday: 5 miles 
  • Saturday: 16 miles 
  • Sunday: Rest day

Monday, October 3rd

Rest day

Bring on the taper! 

Tuesday, October 4th 

5 miles and stretching. 

Wednesday, October 5th

5 miles on the Valley Forge Park loop! 

Love looking at the points of history along the loop.

Thursday, October 6th

Happy 11 months Lola!

8 miles on the Chester Valley Trail and felt stronger than ever! 

Friday, October 7th 

5 miles on the Radnor Trail 

Saturday, October 8th

16 miles on the Schuylkill River Trail 

Sunday, October 9th

Rest Day 
How is your training going? Any big races coming up?

Goals for the Marine Corps Marathon

Wow! I can’t believe it is less than one week till I run my second marathon! There are a ton of emotions flying through me right now. First is, why did I sign up to do another one of these? I struggled a lot mentally during the Philadelphia Marathon last November due to seeing all the runners that were a head of me because of the turn around point. But I am glad that the Marine Corps Marathon doesn’t seem to have that throughout the last part of the race so I am glad that mental barrier that was such a huge factor for me last time not be there. 

Second thought is, will my knee hold up? After my meniscus surgery last May my surgeon told me that he was really worried about my arthritis but was still going to  allow me to run how ever long I could handle it. I just hope my knee holds up and it isn’t something that hinders me throughout the race. 

Third, I have been thinking about my goals for this marathon. Honestly,  I haven’t really had any. I would love to PR from my 4:45 last year but it is a different course and even though my training this time around has been a lot more consistent I am not sure if that will happen. I just feel my knee has slowed me down a bit and my times throughout my training haven’t been where they were this time last year. But I am going to do the best I can and be super excited if I surprise myself. I am going ot make sure I listen to my body and take in all the sights Washington D.C has to offer as well as the fabulous atmosphere I have heard so much about. 

But then it brings me to this thought…. 

I wanted to make sure I ran one more marathon. As much as I thought I was going to be a one and done marathoner and still to half marathons I just felt that I needed to get ONE MORE out of my system. Therefore, I wanted to make sure I stuck to my training schedule and enjoyed the process. 

So, here are my goals for the Marine Corps Marathon: 

1) Finish! 

2) Rely on God throughout the race for my strength and praise him through my running! 

3) I got this! (My training has prepared me, I can finish and stay positive)

4) PR from 4:45 last November

5) Enjoy the sites and atmosphere of the race.

I know those goals aren’t anything big in the mid of some people or other runners. But due to my recovery I am not sure what to expect out of this race and I really just want to take it all in. I want to enjoy the race and know that I got it! 

At the end of the day, if I reach my goals great! If I don’t I tried and you know what? I ran a marathon and did the best I could, that is all that matters! 

Like the above picture says, I want to know that at the end of the race I did my best and I KILLED IT! 

My Favorite Carbo-loading Meal

My hubby and I came across this amazing pasta dish last fall when we were training for the Philadelphia Marathon. We were trying to find some new pasta dishes that would be yummy to make before a long run.

On Allrecipes.com called “Spinach Tomato Tortellini” and just had to try it! It was really easy to make too.

Here are the ingredients: 16 oz bag of cheese tortellini, 1 can of diced tomatoes, 1 cup of fresh spinach (chopped), 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour, 3/4 cup milk, 3/4 cup heavy cream, and 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese.

You boil the cheese tortellini first while putting the rest of the ingredients in a large sauce pan the pour in the tortellini when it is done cooking.


It is amazing and you can definitely get 4 servings out of the above picture. When the hubby and I are really carbo loading we will eat the whole dish though.

Hope you look to try it out sometime! Let me know if you liked it!

2016: Week 39 Recap!

Here we are at week 14 of training for the Marine Corps Marathon.

Weekly Plan:

  • Monday: 5 miles
  • Tuesday: 8 miles
  • Wednesday: 5 miles
  • Thursday: 5 miles
  • Friday: rest day
  • Saturday: 20 miles (long run)
  • Sunday: rest day

Monday, September 26th

5 mile early morning run and strength training for my legs and abs.

Tuesday, September 27th 

8 miles on the Radnor Trail

Wednesday, September 28th

5 miles on the Valley Forge Park Loop

Thursday, September 29th

Happy National Coffee Day!

Pretty rainy day so I took my run to the treadmill. Blah. 

Friday, September 30th

Rest day.

Saturday, October 1st

Rest day because we thought it was going to pour rain all day and we didn’t want to get sick running 20 miles in the race just before race day. 

Sunday, October 2nd 

20 miles on the Schuylkill River Trail

That’s the end of peak week! Tapering from here on out. 

2016: Week 38 Recap!

Week 13 of Marine Corps Marathon training!

The plan for the week:

  • Monday: 5 miles
  • Tuesday: 8 miles
  • Wednesday: 5 miles
  • Thursday: 5 miles
  • Friday: rest
  • Saturday: rest
  • Sunday: 20 miles (long run)

Since I am overnight babysitting Friday into Saturday I needed to switch my long run to Sunday morning. 

Monday, September 19th

5 miles on the treadmill due to a very rainy morning and strength training 

Tuesday, September 20th

Broke up into two runs due to my work day. 

3.11 miles before 6:00am around the neighborhood and 2.12 miles on the trail after a morning meeting.

5.23 miles total! 

Wednesday, September 21st

5 miles at Wilson Farm Park

Thursday, September 22nd

8 miles on the Chester Valley Trail

Friday, September 23rd

I had an overnight babysitting gig into Saturday morning so doing my long run with the hubby was not in the cards this weekend. Plus having Saturday afternoon/evening plans so since field hockey practice was canceled I was able to squeeze in a shorter long run which is better than nothing at all. 

Saturday, September 24th

Rest day!

Sunday, September 25th

Rest day- but did a family walk with the hubby and the pup. 

Overall, great way to round off the week! 

How did your training go? What are you training for?

2016: Week 37 Recap!

This is week 12 of training for the Marine Corps Marathon. 

This week called for:

  • Monday: 5 miles
  • Tuesday: 5 miles
  • Wednesday: 5 miles
  • Thursday: 8 miles
  • Friday: rest
  • Saturday: 18 miles (long run)
  • Sunday: rest

Monday, September 12th

Still a little sore from the half marathon last weekend but got a solid 5 miles done on a cool morning (finally)!

Tuesday, September 13th

5 miles and was happy for cooler temps!

Wednesday, September 14th

5 miles logged at Wilson Farm Park.

Thursday, September 15th

8 mile run on a cool morning. It was brisk and amazing. I enjoyed every ounce of this run even though I went slow. 

Friday, September 17th

Rest day! 

Saturday, September 18th

Due to field hockey practice in the morning I decided to split my long run into two runs. 18 miles was on the docket for this weekend.

Woke up at 5:00am and put in 13.11 miles prior to field hockey practice. 

5.02 miles to round out the day with a total of 18.13 miles. 


My legs felt great and I had awesome splits compared to the earlier run!

Sunday, September 17th

Rest day! 

Can’t believe next week is the peak week of marathon training! 20 mile long run, gotta get it done! 

Bird in Hand Half Marathon Recap

I signed up for this race last spring as my gauge for the Marine Corps Marathon. I would usually run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon but this time I wanted to switch it up and try a different race. 

On Friday, I headed up to the race expo in Amish country. The expo was completely outside under a huge white tent, I quickly just went in got Brian and my bibs and crossed the street to the Farmers Market. I bought us a bunch of whoopie pies. 

How could I resist? 

We arrived at the race around 6:00am, we sat in the car a little bit because the humidity was already so high so we were trying to stay cool.

People were getting the hot air balloons ready to take off just before the race. It was so fun seeing them blow them up. 

I decided that Brian and I have to do a hot air balloon ride sometime.

The view was awesome of them all in the air before the start of the race.

It was great to run into two of my college field hockey teammates before the start.

Lauren played on the forward line with me at Eastern.

Joelyn was an amazing goalie. I could always trust her when she was in the cage.

Seeing the hot air balloons in the air was so fun!

The heat and humidity was definitely a huge factor in this race. Thankfully they added extra water stations and ice chests to cool off throughout the race. 

The scenery around the race was so beautiful to be able to look out on the Amish farms was incredible. Not to mention all the water stations were run by sweet Amish families, who could resist taking a cup of water or Gatorade from a little Amish kiddo!?

The course was definitely hilly, but I started off the race pretty strong. I was shocked with how fast I was going. I honestly felt pretty good prior to the massive hill at the middle of mile 7. I could barely run up it my legs were so tired! 

After the hill, I felt that I gained myself back a bit but last 2 miles of so of the course was changed from previous years to run through a farm. It was awesome to be able to enjoy the lifestyle of the area but was hard to run through the grass field. But when I got out of the field and made the turn down the street and through the shoot I was proud of what I accomplished this race. I finished in 2:16:26 which was slower than my original goal but given the weather and my first race backlist surgery, I am happy. 

The hubby had a great race too! 

My favorite post race meal! 

I am definitely excited to say I have one of the top ranked coolest medals by Runners World! 

It has been good to reflect on how far I have come since I first started running in 2012. I never thought I would find running so enjoyable and something I crave to do every day.