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!


one of Coach’s awesome run friends, George.

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Ultra excited!

I think it’s only fitting that on the eve of pacing my running coach in his first ultra marathon, I would celebrate my own milestone — the five year anniversary of my first half marathon. {side note:  this was run at a time before running blogs, selfies and even functional tweeting so I only have like 1 picture and it’s wretched}

But this isn’t about me.  This is the about my dear friend and coach, Jeff, who will be running his first ultra this weekend!  I am so excited to be one of many pacers and cheerers!  I also have the very important job of documenting the weekend from Jeff’s twitter handle.  Want to follow along?  Of course you do!


i don’t have a bomb sign but I WILL bring that face with me this weekend

Twitter — @JSmerc26pt2

Instagram — @JSmerc26pt2

And of course the offish hashtags:  #JeffGoesUltra for on the course action and #JeffsPitCrew for a behind the scene peek! Make sure to use the hashtags so we can send all the run love to Jeff!

Four Reasons I Love ClassPass

Alternatively titled, In Defense of ClassPass

I’ve been waiting impatiently to write my review of ClassPass for about 3.75 weeks — pretty much as soon as I got it and started using it.  For those of you that don’t know, ClassPass allows you to take up to three classes at different workout studios in your area that are in their network.  So, I fell in love with three barre studios in the middle of nowhere which is where we live and I got to work getting stronger.

I absolutely love ClassPass.  If you want to try it out for $25 off, you can buy your membership here!

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I Fell Back in Love with Running

A few weeks ago, I was in Las Vegas for a work conference.  I learned a ton and it was great.  MB went and we had great evenings eating delicious dinner and exploring the casinos on the strip.  We also lost $14.

Another exciting thing happened while we were away, I fell back in love with running!


my yay running face/outfit

As you may remember, after the Rock N Roll Marathon in New Orleans, I felt a little lost with running.  I sort of stopped really been running as a result.  The weather had been really crappy and I’ve felt really off when I’m on the treadmill.  But the ‘mill was the only option while we were away.  I told myself that I could indulge in tasty dinner and the desserts at the resort with MB if I ran every day of the conference.  I ran 3, 4, 5 and 3 miles and it WAS AWESOME.

Each time I have hit the treadmill since that trip, I notice that I’m able to run faster for longer.  Last week I was running 2 miles in about 20 minutes flat {which is fast for me, don’t judge}.  Then on Sunday, i had the mother of all awesome runs — 4 miles averaging 9:33 — our last mile was 9:15!!  I ran with Tom, which helps because he is long legged and in amazing shape for his upcoming half marathon.  But it was then that I was like YES!  I can do this!  I feel strong and fast and capable.  I intend to hold onto that feeling.

And here’s how I plan to do it.

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On Fueling and Feeling Better

Last week on Instagram I showed a not so fabulous side by side picture for transformation Tuesday.

I’ve been holding off on writing about my new fueling strategy for a few reasons:

  1. I hate talking about food.
  2. I hate talking about weight.
  3. I hate talking about food and weight.
  4. I hate talking about how much I’ve hated talking about food and weight for the last 20 years.

And my hatred runs deep friends, real deep.  On #4, I just didn’t feel like internet rehashing my whole, torrid experience with weight, body image and running.  But, as I started on my own fuel better, feel better 2015 extravaganza, I found that other people, sharing their experiences really helped me.  So, in an effort to help someone else, maybe, I’ll tell you all about my experience.

And for that you’ll have grab a {healthy if you feel like it} snack and settle in.  This is a long one.

{link to the tl;dr here!}

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So, Now What?

If you’ve ever run a marathon you know that euphoric, post-race high/crash that comes within 3 to 4 hours of crossing the finish line.  It’s a time of extreme elation and depressing heart-wrenching sadness.  It’s a time when you should do the following:  eat nachos {nachos are for winners}, give lots of hugs, take a long shower, take a glorious nap.  It’s a time when you should NOT do the following:  make out with strangers, make serious life or investment choices, make bold, sweeping statements about the past present or future of your running.

In the aftermath of the of the Rock N Roll New Orleans marathon, while seated in front of nachos, by myself, talking to MB on the phone, I broke the cardinal rule of post marathon existence:  I made a bold sweeping statement about my past, present or future of running.  {You were probably hoping for some 2003 style discretions, sorry about that}.  I said to MB:

I think I’m going to retire from marathons.


Let’s back up a little bit.

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My Ten Favorite Things About Our Disney Cruise

After we got through the horrifying yet lovely weekend of the marathon we were off on Monday morning for our first every Disney cruise.  Rather than bore you to DEATH with every single minute {which I could, I promise} I’m going to give you the ten highlights from our trip.  tl;dr:  we LOVED THIS VACATION.  We’ve been on a few hundred vacations and this was the best one we’ve ever ever been on.

Without further adieu, my ten favorite things from the Disney Cruise.

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Race Report: Castaway Cay 5K

I’m getting all caught up on my race reports.  I’ll be back soon to explain what in the world I’m doing with my running life soon, proms!

Signging up to go on the Disney Cruise after the marathon weekend was a super good idea.  Apparently I’m not the only person who thinks that because now runDisney offers a challenge, where in if you run during marathon weekend, sign up through rD and then run at Castaway Cay, you get a super special challenge medal.  I knew nothing of this when we booked our trip way way back in August, but whatever.  We still enjoyed our Castaway Cay 5K experience, sans special medals {and 5 AM wake up call thank you very much}


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Race Report: Love the Run You’re With 5K

Yesterday, MB and I headed to Arlington, one of our favorite places on the whole planet, for the Love the Run You’re with 5K, a Pacer’s Running joint.  The 5K was supes exciting for a myriad of reasons — it was Megan’s third 5K and we had a PR to beat, Mandy was there and SHE had a PR to beat, Jaime was there and she’s just awesome and we were having brunch at Liberty Tavern afterward which is always motivation for me to do just about anything.

Also of note, I got to wear my tutu from the Wine and Dine Half marathon and we took a bunch of really boss pictures wherein everyone looked pretty adorable.


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