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Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Yoga Thursday

Running | February 19, 2015 | By

Okay so, slightly random post today.

First things first. I come from Berks County. Pennsylvania Dutch Country. We don’t celebrate Fat Tuesday, we celebrate Fasnacht Tuesday! A fasnacht, for those are sadly uninformed, is kind of like a doughnut, but so much better. It doesn’t have icing or filling. Instead, you put butter or powdered sugar or syrup on it. Or any combination of them. Sometimes chocolate chips. SO. DAMN. DELICIOUS.

Unfortunately, Pittsburgh doesn’t have fasnachts, so after the gym on Tuesday night, Dave and I headed over to Dunkin Donuts and treated ourselves. Don’t mind that it’s already half eaten,

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But let’s back up a minute. Monday I ran 3 easy miles. Tuesday was a Yasso 800s day that included a one mile warm up, 800 x 4 @7:53 pace with ~4 min recovery and half mile cool down. So the doughnuts were definitely deserved!

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Valentine’s Day and Battling Winter Training

Running | February 15, 2015 | By

Hey, how was your weekend? Did you have a great Valentine’s Day? Single or coupled? I’ve always loved it no matter my relationship status. But my first married one was amazing! Smile

To my great surprise, I actually DID wake up at 4:30 on Friday morning and get my butt to the gym!

It was SO FREAKING COLD.

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And dark.

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And I looked like this by the end of it.

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But I busted out 5 awesome miles, 3.5 at race pace (1 mile warm up, .5 mile cool down). And I felt so great.

Trying to wake up at 5am on Saturday was a bit harder. I made it out of bed for peanut butter on rice cake before snuggling back into bed until 6:30, since the sun doesn’t come up until 7am. Then it started snowing big, thick, fluffy, pretty flakes. Unfortunately, our roads weren’t getting plowed and since it’s hilly with no sidewalks, Dave didn’t want me running outside (he’s a good and caring guy like that). So he offered to drive me to the gym because I am terrified of driving in the snow and my car was in the shop anyway.

On the way to the gym, Dave’s car skidded out because the roads were worse than we thought, so Dave was SUCH a trooper and hung out at the gym for two hours while I churned out 10 slow miles on the treadmill. He took a BodyPump class then walked on the treadmill next to me for company. I haven’t run more than 6 miles since….June? Yikes!! Has it been that long?! Anyway, I did it, finishing with a mile at race pace…which actually seemed easier!

After a shower and 2-hour nap, my Saturday was super relaxing! For Valentine’s Day, Dave surprised me this BEAUTIFUL Fossil watch. The style is called Jesse….it literally had my name on it! haha

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My gift to him is a weekend at a lodge in the northwestern PA later in March. Look out for that post in a few weeks! Oh and a stuffed Woodstock that dances and plays the Peanuts theme song.

We ordered Chinese food for dinner (it’s what we ordered the night we got engaged and this was a throwback) and watched Gilmore Girls. That’s how we roll.

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ROMANCE.

Check out my awesome fortune. Also, shout out to my sister for the Chocolate Raspberry Wine! SO GOOD.

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Today was a rest day! Actually, it was a yoga day, buuuuut that didn’t happen. Whoops! Instead we braved the single digit temperatures to go to the Tanger Outlets, an outdoor mall, to check out the President’s Day sales, since we totally cleaned out our wardrobes a few weekends ago.

How’s the weather in your neighborhood? Who’s ready for some long days and warm(er) weather?!

Did you love Valentine’s Day?

Marathon #3 Training Kick-Off

Uncategorized | February 12, 2015 | By

In June, I’m running my third marathon, the Hatfield McCoy Marathon. I’m super excited for it, although pretty nervous. According to the Weather Channel, it is one of the Toughest 15 Marathons (source). But after reading reviews, it sounds like it is one of the coolest marathons to run…I mean, it’s in Kentucky and steeped in history. I’m in!

This week kicked off my 18-week marathon training schedule. I used Hal Higdon’s two Intermediate Training Plans as a base for mine, adding in strength training and yoga. I’m training to run a 4:03 marathon. Now, I doubt I’ll actually run that, but I’m hoping I’ll at least PR. Why do I doubt my capabilities? Because, well, here’s the course:

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That’s some hills! In mid-June! It’s going to be hard, but I’m going to push for this one. I hope it all works out.

Without further ado, here’s my week so far (with some food snapshots!)

Sunday:

Pre-training start, but Dave and I celebrated one year since we got engaged and three months since our wedding. On Saturday night, he took me to dinner at Le Mont, a fancy-pants restaurant on top of Mt. Washington. It overlooks the city and it was pretty fun to get dressed up! He even brought two slices of our wedding cake to celebrate. Which I enjoyed with some Irish coffee. It was such a great night.

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*I use www.hillrunner.com for my treadmill paces…I actually run at a 1% incline which supposedly makes my paces slightly faster than I’ve written them, but since I’m not sure if that’s legit, I’m recording the slower of the two options.

Monday:

Training begins! Tonight was actually pretty easy. Three miles at slow pace- I did 10-minute miles on the treadmill. The pace was half torture/half relaxing. I was supposed to do BodyPump as part of the training, but didn’t get to the gym in time for both. Bummer.

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Also, lunch was leftovers from Le Mont. Yesssss.

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Tuesday:

5 miles. 1 mile warm-up (9:23 pace), 3 miles at marathon pace (9:05), 1 mile cool down (9:41). My Garmin Forerunner got a little excited on this run, so it looks like I really booked it (by my standards). That’s not true. Haha

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Also, made slow cooker jambalaya for dinner. My parents gave some food to me and Dave last time we were home and one was this all-natural, jambalaya slow cooker mix. All you have to add is boneless, skinless chicken thighs and cooked sausage. Dave was kind enough to shred the chicken and add the rice and sausage after work so it was ready when I got home. We have a lot of leftovers that will be great another night.

Wednesday:

Last night was a tempo run. 1 mile warm up (9:22), 1.5 miles tempo (8:34), .5 mile cool down (9:30ish). I followed that up with an Ab Burner workout from Nike Training Club. Has anyone used that app? Last night was my first night, and I’m definitely feeling the new moves in my back today!

Also, I found this recipe on Pinterest and made it for dinner. A definite win…I’ll make this again, for sure!

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Today is a rest day, leftovers for dinner and early night because I am going to try my damnedest to get up at 4:30 tomorrow morning for a 5-mile run before work…I’ll let you know how that works out!