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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Starting a Business is Like Running a Marathon

I wrote this one night when I was bleary from lack of sleep, a hard run on my legs and a long run staring me down.  I miss blogging about running and wanted to fill you in on the other marathon I’ve been prepping for and executing.  Enjoy!

When I started running, and then racing, the marathon became that holy grail of goals to chase.  The thing not many did and few went back to.  After finally getting through my first marathon, I found that, on the other side, there are a whole group of wonderful people that chase even bigger dreams and goals than I could have imagined when I toed the line of my very first 5K in 2006 (in track pants and a long sleeved cotton T shirt.  In Pittsburgh.  In September.).

Since leaping over the wall and joining the marathoning ranks I’ve become accustomed to looking at all the things I do in my life that are worthwhile — relationships, health, work — the way I look at running a marathon.  So, when I co-launched a PR firm in which I am part owner a couple of weeks ago, it did not surprise me in the least that my running friends said something to the effect of “well, you’ve run a few marathons, so this is probably a lot like — if not easier — than that.”  And I had to smile.  Because they, of course, are right.

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Ankle Aftermath

After the Pittsburgh Marathon relay I ran 3 miles to shake out the run.  It was a beautiful, crisp spring morning.  I was so happy.

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Later that evening, we drove back to Maryland and in the car something weird happened.  And then everything sort of fell apart.

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Race Recap: The Pittsburgh Marathon Relay

Listen, this was a bit of a fun, beautiful disaster.  Here’s the TL;DR.

  • MB couldn’t run because he has a stress fracture so I ran both of our legs.
  • I got lost on the way to our relay exchanges {I rode the bus but didn’t have to}.
  • I beasted the first leg, then, well.
  • It was hot.
  • I had a ton of fun.
  • I LOVE OUR FRIENDS, MY RUNNING OHANA AND PITTSBURGH.

Here’s the extended version.

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grab your champers!

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Dear Ankle

I’m sure most of you are already over me complaining about my stupid dumb ankle.  I’m so sorry.  It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

My dearest ankle,

Listen, I know we’ve been through a lot.  Like that time we went for a really hot 18 mile run.  You were totally there for me.

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And we’ve hike miles and miles of National Parks

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To Chelsea on Marathon Friday

Dear Chelsea,

I’ve been thinking a lot about you and what I wanted to tell you on the Friday before your first marathon.  There are so many stories I could relay, so many tidbits I could share.  But you don’t need them.  You really don’t.

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Why?  Because you have us.  All of us behind you for all 26.2 miles.

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You have done all the work, you have inspired us along the way.

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We love you.  And we are already so proud of you.  Whatever awesome happens on Sunday, we will be there for you for every step but especially at the end.  I’ll be the crazy person screaming and crying and hopping.

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And then we’ll do this.

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And this.

You don’t need luck, because you are surrounded with love.  Have so much fun.

Oh!  And I know which legs of the marathon relay I have to run!!  So, go get’em Captain.

Run love to EVERYONE running this weekend.

Marathons on Marathons

There was a time, not so long ago, that I was sitting in New Orleans by myself, after running the worst marathon I’ve run to date, eating nachos and talking to MB on the phone.  During our conversation I made a very drastic statement:   I think that I might be done running marathons, what am I trying to prove?  MB seemed relieved.  “So does this mean that you’re retiring from marathons?”  I paused, ate some nachos and replied, yes I think I am.

Imagine our shock when, just a few months later, I registered for not one, not two but three marathons, all within about a month of each other.  Imagine my everlasting shock when I proclaimed to MB recently that I am PUMPED about them!

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LNRB Lately

Did you ever have one of those months where, after every busy day, weekend or week, you say to yourself, “As soon as {insert activity here} is over, I’ll have time to do {other activity}?”  Me too!  That’s how March and April have been and without any sign of slowing down I thought I would take this opportunity {namely MB lost his credit card so we have to get new ones so I can’t download the most recent episode of Shah’s of Sunset} to get the internet {aka my Mom} caught up on what’s been going on.  Because you know nothing in the world of running has been happening so I know you are all sitting around wondering about me.

from BAA.org

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An Interview with a Recent Ultra Runner

On March 20, I headed to the city of dreams, the city of champions to crew Coach Jeff through his first Ultra Marathon.  I am so excited to share my interview with Coach Jeff.  He is such an amazing person, such an amazing coach and obviously an amazing runner.  Enjoy!

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one of Coach’s awesome run friends, George.

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