2016: Week 35 Recap

Week 10 of marathon training

Training schedule looked like this:

  • Monday: 4 miles
  • Tuesday: 8 miles
  • Wednesday: 4 miles
  • Thursday: 8 miles
  • Friday: rest
  • Saturday: 17 miles
  • Sunday: rest 

Monday, August 29th

4 mile run before and after 6am again!

Tuesday, August 29th

Another 5:30am start! 4 miles! 

Wednesday, August 31st

8.01 miles with the last 2.5 miles with my bestie, Sarah! 

Thursday, September 1st
Nice 4 mile run before 6am. 

Yay it’s September!

Friday, September 2nd

Rest day – but it’s better when you have your first Pumpkin Spice Latte with your bestie! 

Saturday, September 3rd

I ran 17 miles to say that Girls Run the World! 

It was such an amazing cool run along the Schyukill River Trail! 

Definitely what I was feeling after my 17 mile run. 

Sunday, September 4th

A much needed REST DAY!

I couldn’t wait, I have been wanting to buy myself a Lilly Pulitzer agenda forever! So I finally bought on this weekend and I am using it as a running log. 

2016: Week 34 Recap

I can’t believe I am about half way through training for my second full marathon. 

Week 9 of Marine Corps Marathon training.

Here is my weekly mileage set up: 

  • Monday: 4 miles
  • Tuesday: 5 miles 
  • Wednesday: 4 miles
  • Thursday: 4 miles 
  • Friday: rest 
  • Saturday: 13.1 miles 
  • Sunday: rest 

Monday, August 22nd

4 miles with negative splits and it was a cool morning temperature wise. Made for a enjoyable run. 

Tuesday, August 23rd

Started off the day with a 3 mile run. 

In the evening we had the field hockey team do a timed 2 mile run on the Radnor Trail. I ran 1 mile up and 1 mile back to make my total for today 5 miles!

Wednesday, August 24th

Easy miles on some heavy legs. 

Thursday, August 25th

A morning run before and after 6:00am. Legs felt awesome which made me very happy! 

Friday, August 26th 

Rest day – spent the day with the field hockey team on the river canoeing. 

Saturday, August 27th

Weekend long run just didn’t feel like doing 13.1 so I did a little more than half of it instead. Needed a little break. 

Sunday, August 28th

Rest day. 

Went into Old City Philadelphia with the hubby for a date afternoon. 

Lunch at Fork because we had a gift certificate from Christmas.

We went to Franklin Fountain for dessert. We ordered the Stock Market Crunch sundae.

Then we hung out by Penns Landing. 

2016: Week 33 Recap

Week 8 of marathon training!

Miles to run:

  • Monday: 4 miles
  • Tuesday: 7 miles
  • Wednesday: 4 miles
  • Thursday: 7 miles
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: 15 miles (long run)
  • Sunday: Rest

Monday, August 15th

4.19 miles down with negative splits. 

Tuesday, August 16th
4 miles on the treadmill because I wanted to multitask and watch the Olympics while running. 

Wednesday, August 17th
A nice run around the Wilson Farm Park loop. 4 miles! 

Thursday, August 18th 

Very slow run because my feet have been bothering me due to training and coaching field hockey all day. Glad I finished one of my 7 milers for the week!

Friday, August 19th

Rest day but did some leg strength training at the gym.

Saturday, August 20th

Long run day! 15 miles done on the SRT and I couldn’t wait to eat! 

Had to take some pictures to remind me of the Philly Marathon last November. 

Sunday, August 21st

Rest day! 

I can’t believe I am about half way through training for my second marathon!

2016: Week 32 Recap

Week 7 of marathon training!

Miles to run:

  • Monday: 4 miles
  • Tuesday: 7 miles
  • Wednesday: 4 miles
  • Thursday: 7 miles
  • Friday: rest or cross training
  • Saturday: 14 miles
  • Sunday: rest

Monday, August 8th

4.2 mile run with negative splits definitely made me a happy girl! Did strength training in the evening. 

Tuesday, August 9th 

Changed up the mileage for the week. Did 4.16 moving my 7 miler to Wednesday. 

Wednesday, August 10th

7 very hot and humid miles

Thursday, August 11th

Got out early for a 3.16 mile run. Very humid, ran as fast as I could most of the time. I hate that I’m slow in the heat. 

Can’t wait for cooler fall temps!

Friday, August 12th

Decided on a rest day because of the humid temps in Philly. 

Saturday, August 13th

14.06 miles and I’m glad I pushed through and got it done. Get much better than last week’s long run, making progress! 

Sunday, August 14th

Rest day! 

Enjoyed the afternoon at the Phillies game! 

Then we went food shopping and bought lots a fruits and veggies. I was excited to meet Katie Reinprect. 

I am really excited for this crazy heat wave in Philly to go away! 

Review: LaraBar Bites

My Instagram friend Chelsy, discovered that LaraBars made these bites that can help savor your sweet tooth. I went on a Target run and I found them in the food section and I just had to try them after her recommendation. 

There are 4 different kinds of LaraBar Bites (see in picture below). 

Honestly, I can be a picky eater sometimes and I don’t like cherries or coconut so the bottom two I wouldn’t try. But the Mint Chocolate Truffle and the Double Chocolate Brownie I would eat regularly. 

My first try was obviously the Double Chocolate Brownie and they were amazing. I could have honestly munched on the whole bag, there are 5 servings per bag and 4 of the little nubs are 140 calories. 

I hope that you decide to try them because they are definitely worth it when you have that random evening sweet tooth craving! 

2016: Week 31 Recap

And we returned from our vacation in Cancun and definitely did not want to leave! It was restful and a great way to spend some time with the hubby and relax! 

But back to reality and week 6 of Marine Corps Marathon training. 

This week calls for:

  • Monday: 3 miles
  • Tuesday: 5 miles
  • Wednesday: 3 miles
  • Thursday: 6 miles
  • Friday: rest 
  • Saturday: 9 miles (doing 12 because I missed my long run last week) 
  • Sunday: cross training 

Monday, August 1st

3.11 miles with some strength training 

Tuesday, August 2nd 

5.99 miles on the track -2.5 mile warm up then the decreasing conshy ladder (1600, 1200, 800, 400) with Conshy Running.

The cooler temperatures helped me feel fast again! 

I love this crew of motivating people. 

Wednesday, August 3rd

3.25 morning miles – got it done even though I was a bit slower, I guess because of pushing so hard at the Conshy Running track workout. But I am proud of my performance there so I will take this slow run and know that I got it done!

Thursday, August 4th 

Got 2 miles in on the Schkyull River Trail then hit up my last 3 miles for the day with my favorites pals at Conshy Running! 

Friday, August 5th 

Took a rest day to be ready for my 12 mile long run on Saturday. Did some strength training at the gym!

Saturday August 6th

12 mile long run. It was a rough one but I finished and felt good about it.

Happy 9 months to Lola! She loves to get herself into the bathtub these days. 

Sunday, August 7th

Rest Day – went to a friend’s baby shower in Delaware. 

Can’t wait to meet the baby! 

Boston Bound – Book Review

Two weeks ago, I won this awesome book called Boston Bound by Elizabeth Clor through a giveaway that Carlee McDot had on her Instagram page. I was excited that I won the book, if I didn’t win I would have bought a copy anyway. I was definitely excited to dive into this book once it came in the mail but I was waiting for our vacation to Cancun to really break it out because I wanted to enjoy reading it on the plane and by the beach. 

While reading the book on the beach I loved how it was a story mostly based off of Elizabeth’s own blog posts. You were able to capture the raw feelings she felt as she failed to BQ in multiple races to then face and conquor her barriers to finally qualify for the Boston Marathon after 7 years of numerous attempts. 

When Elizabeth realized that she could do whatever she wanted with her life and not worry about other people’s opinions. She just needed to “do Elizabeth” and that’s all that mattered! It was enlightening to me. That is something I wish I had a firmer grasp on when I was a college field hockey player, not comparing myself to others or trying to be someone that I am not. I am glad tha when it comes to running I have tried to have the mentality that Elizabeth developed as much as I can. I need to be confident that I am capable of doing more and better than I have been especially in the half marathon, I can’t let the success of other people push me away. Enjoy the community of running and the relationships that I have made from this awesome sport. 

I highly recommend this book of you are struggling to reach a goal you set out to achieve, comparing yourself to others, or just a person who loves to run. It’s an easy read and definitely a page turner! 

Thanks Elizabeth for the awesome book!