Five Things Friday

Happy Friday, ya’ll!  I hope if you’re reading this and you’re on the eastern seaboard, you are hunkering down and eating some cupcakes.  Some of our plans got hurricaned so we’re going to focus on cupcakes.  I know I’ve been absent for a while so I’ll hit you up with a quick run down of what’s going on!


From left: fall is here (#basic), welcome to my office!, MB at the winery, Kanga the red, and of course pumpkin EVERYTHING.

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When Good Weeks Go Bad

Week 8 of marathon training started just like any other week.  An awesome track work out, a great treadmill workout, awesome cross training on the bike.


That leads to our weekend long run.  Mandy was out of town dominating the Disneyland Half Marathon with a bunch of our running Ohana.  LV had 20 on her sched and Tori and I needed to get another 15 on the legs.  Stacee, to her never ending credit, planned to join us for a final 10.

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Five Things Friday: Duh Edition

It’s been a minute since I did a five things Friday and this one has been bopping around in my brain for a while.

Here are the five things that everyone has always told me to improve my running that I really wish that I would have adopted before this cycle.  What can I say, I’m a slow learner.


you still like me

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August Training by the Numbers

I was inspired by Courtney to look at this month’s training by the numbers.  That and I really wanted to show off some of these pics.


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MCM Training: Week 7

I probably shouldn’t have cursed myself last week.  I knew that as soon as I said things were going great they would start to fall apart.  Fall apart is kind of a hyperbolic, but things weren’t going as well this week as they have been.  As always, it was my lovely group of women run friends that helped me keep it together.

Week 7:  4/3 workouts (21.74)

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MCM Training: Week 6

I’m starting to get worried about this training cycle.  Things are going so well that now I find that I’m waiting for everything to start falling apart.  Do other people have really great training cycles like, the whole time and then the race goes well too?  If you’re out there, show yourself gypsy.  I need to know that I’m not crazy.

Anyhoodles. As I’ve alluded to, this week really well.

Week 6:  3/3 (27.2 miles)

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MCM Training: Week 5

Sometimes, OK like every time, when I’m training for a marathon and life gets a little prickly my training goes off the rails.  This past week, however, things were a super hot mess and yet, my training was the one thing that was sustained and sustaining.  This is due completely to my running group.  Without these broads I would have been toast this week.  I used to swear that I could NOT train with other people regularly.  As usual, I was super wrong about that.

mexican anger food

looks about right.

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MCM Training: Week 4

This week, after a pretty rough week last week, I made a bunch of small, attainable goals so that if everything fell apart this week I would not feel like a complete loser.  As it turned out, the week did NOT fall apart AND I hit a lot of my little goals.  Hooray!

Good morning track! #runchat #Summerofrun

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MCM Training: Week 3

Last week was rough. In every way.  I was emotionally exhausted and physically worn out. Despite the last week of July being less than fantastic, I still had three running workouts that I’m very proud of and cross trained three times — a small victory.  Which I’ll take.

Then Lauren Fleshman commented on my insta and I died of happiness.  Training is over.

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MCM Training: Weeks 1 and 2

And I’m back.  With training updates.  Like an ice bath after a specifically hellacious tempo run, let’s plunk right in and cringe most of the time!

Week One: 3/3 workouts 13 miles total

As a reminder I’m doing a modified run less, run faster plan for this cycle.  And by modified I mean I run the three workouts, complain the whole time, skip most of the cross training and wonder why I don’t feel good on Sundays.  Old habits die hard.

3×1600 in my #rundisney gear in honor of #princesshalf reg today! #runchat

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I did manage to hit all my workouts for the first week.  Including 3×1600 on the treadmill and a way too fast tempo run along the mall with LV.

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