YOLO!

Hey yo! If you took the day off yesterday you can find my Week #1 training recap for Chicago HERE.

While Memorial Day is much more than just a day off of work, I thoroughly enjoyed sleeping in until 11am on a Monday! Cecil did too!

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Adam and I went out for some lunch and then got our grocery shopping done. I don’t know about you, but when I’m just moseying around on the weekend I hate lugging my big purse with me. I usually just bring a little wristlet when we go out.

A couple of weeks ago JimmyCase reached out to see if I would be interested in trying out one of their phone wallets. Of course I said yes, I mean how convenient does this look?! You can fit up to six cards along with cash in the case with ease!

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I asked for the gold and maroon case because it reminds me of my house, Gryffindor ;). It comes in a variety of other colors if you’re not a Harry Potter fan though!

I have the iPhone 6S Plus which is quite big, but even with the case on it still fits in my wristlet with plenty of room to spare.

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Without having to stuff a wallet or a card case in there along with my phone I can now fit my keys and even a few makeup essentials. Thanks JimmyCase, I really love it! I think I’m going to get my dad one for Father’s Day!

After Adam and I got home from running errands we hit up the gym.

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Monday is my designated rest/cross training day. I plan to make it a total rest day most weeks, but I felt a bit lazy since we didn’t do anything all day so I did some light cross training. A little bit of “hiking” on the treadmill with incline and then 35 minutes fat burner on the elliptical followed by my stretching routine.

When we got home I sunk into the couch and enjoyed that “nothing to do on a Monday” feeling! I probably should have taken a shower first but, YOLO! I know you guys won’t judge me for this. I can’t be the only one who has ever done it!

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I hope that you had a relaxing Monday too – or a productive one!

Let me know what you got up to in the comments below!

Did you have a relaxing or productive Monday?
Who else BBQ’d this weekend? 

Chi Marathon Training Week #1

Happy Monday! I hope everyone in the US who has a day off today is enjoying the long weekend as we honor and celebrate Memorial Day.

Yesterday I capped off the final day of my first training week for Chicago. Instead of just sharing my training log, I thought I would do something a little bit creative and put together a short training video. It’s only about a minute long but it covers all the basics!

I’m training to run 5:59 in Chicago which means this is my Hansons pacing guide for this training cycle:

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The easy days and long run day paces are difficult to manage because it’s really not possible for me to run or even jog 15:42 pace without taking strategic walking breaks. Since I don’t think Hansons really supports using the run/walk method I’m probably never going to do 15:42 pace but that’s probably okay? I still stayed within the guidelines but was closer to the faster end than the slower end of the prescribed pace, especially after my calves loosened up later in the week.

I wrote out a heat adjustments guide for myself since the weather is quite warm now and I’m still acclimating to it. Because my plan doesn’t start including speed or strength paced workouts for a couple more weeks I don’t think there will be any issues. I should be acclimated to the heat by then, although how do you really get acclimated to 90*F weather at 7pm?

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I’m not giving myself the freedom to run at the slower heat adjusted paces when the time comes. However, I thought it would be nice to know what they are so on the days when the effort is there but the pace feels impossible I don’t feel like I’m completely failing at executing the plan.

Other than enjoying this first week of training with all easy, short runs I also enjoyed a little BBQ/pool party I hosted on Saturday.

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A little bit of rain tried to crash the party early on, but eventually the skies dried up!

The day was fun and I got to finally use these cute plates and cups I bought at Target:

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The plates were only $1.25 each and I think each set of four cups was only $9.99! The matching pitcher was… $6? I can’t remember exactly but they’re all so summery and I love them!

I also got around to putting all my bathroom things into a box to make my counter spaced more organized. If you watch my vlogs then you know my bathroom counter is usually a mess of makeup brushes and random other things!

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Now everything has its own little home. We’ll see how long the organization lasts!

(BTW, I know there are things in there made by brands that still practice animal testing. I don’t want to waste them so I’ll be finishing them up before replacing them with cruelty free brands.)

The new comforter has been a big hit with everyone. Can you spot a hidden Cecil?

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He was so good with the guests that came over Saturday. Very friendly and social! People are always surprised at how un-skittish he is, but Cecil is a man of the people. He loves being where the action (and treats and head rubs) are!

I hope you’re having a great Monday!

Talk soon :).

Anyone else BBQ this weekend?
Best part of your training last week?!

Running Robot

Last week I was at a client meeting and the team shared these bars:

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They are honestly so, so, so good. As soon as I got home I ordered a box on Amazon. They’re a little expensive (12 pack was $17) but the taste is worth it!

I like having one a couple of hours before I go for my afternoon run. Yesterday was just another easy three miler. Actually every single day this week except for the “long run” of six miles on Sunday is only three miles this week. They ease you into the 20-week plan really slowly!

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After getting used to running five miles on weeknights it’s definitely weird to only run three but not in a bad way. I’m really enjoying the extra time it gives me at the end to kick my feet up and breathe for a few minutes.

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One of these days I’m going to finish my run by this chair and just sink into it for a while. I bet that would be so nice after a long run!

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Overall I’ve been enjoying this first week of training. I’m only going to top off the week with 21 miles I think, which is about half what I’ve been running recently. That was all part of my master plan though to avoid burnout!

If I didn’t decide to start with the 20-week plan and instead just did an 18 or 16 week plan I would have decreased my mileage anyway. It’s just nice to decrease the mileage and still be in marathon training.

There’s just something about being in a plan that makes me feel right! Plus, I’m honestly so bad about being consistent when I’m not following a plan. I end up taking way too many rest days and cut runs short. It’s much better for me to just say, “right I need to do X today because the plan says so!”

I’m such a robot! 😀

I hope you have a great weekend!

Any special plans for the (long) weekend?!

Advice From MEB!

Over the weekend I finished Meb for Mortals! It was a really easy read that I finished in maybe five sittings or less. Meb tells some stories, but mostly he provides background on his own training and then translates the principles he follows into actionable tips for everyday runners.

I couldn’t help but notice that Meb’s advice is very similar to the Hansons advice:

  • Never go all out in training. Always finish a run feeling like you could have done another interval or added another mile.
  • Keep hard days hard and make sure easy days are truly easy.
  • Start drinking early. If you wait until you’re thirsty your performance has already decreased.

Not surprisingly, things that most of us struggle with, Meb makes a priority. He says he starts his warmups at three minutes per mile slower than marathon pace, and even on days when he feels really good he keeps his pace in range of what it should be for that day. If it’s an easy day he holds himself back instead of saying, “my body felt good so I went for it!” That type of restraint is really impressive and obviously has paid dividends for him over the years!

Last night I was all ready to channel Meb and go for a nice easy run at the beach. I usually change into my running clothes at the office before I leave since the bathrooms at the beach are pretty disgusting. However, when I went to change I realized I forgot to bring shorts!

Since I didn’t want to run in my work pants I went home, grabbed some shorts and ran on the treadmill.

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The gym at my apartment complex only has four treadmills and one of them is the Bad One. You know the type!

I think it’s on slightly uneven ground because it shakes and even worse than that it gets these weird power surges every once in a while. You’ll be running along and randomly it will either speed up or slow down for a few seconds. Everyone avoids the Bad One, but last night I had to run on it since it was the only one available.

I survived!

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I had to stop a couple of times to stretch out my calves which have been SUPER tight the last couple of days. I think it’s a symptom of tight hamstrings. I’ve been stretching my hammies but they haven’t quite loosened up all the way yet. I know they will though!

Have you read Meb for Mortals or Run to Overcome (also by Meb)? Run to Overcome is next on my list!

What is your favorite running book?! Mine is Eat & Run by Scott Jurek, best running book EVER. Literally. 

Strangely Satisfying + First Run of the Training Plan!

Yesterday was my first official beach run of summer marathon training!

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Monday was technically my first day of training, but since Monday will be my rest day I didn’t have anything to do!

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but the official Hansons Coaching Services website offers consultations ($60/hr). There’s no way to sign up on their site anymore, you have to just reach out via email and set one up. You can do it through Skype, phone or email if you really prefer.

Because I don’t think it’s realistic for me to run 57 miles per week at the peak of training via the traditional Hansons Beginner plan I decided to use their 40 mile per week plan. However, one weird thing about the 40 MPW plan is that you only run 5 days instead of 6 days.

I’m already used to running six days a week and I want to make sure I accumulate fatigue properly (lol) so I reached out to the Hansons coaching team about modifying the plan. I was instructed to replace the cross training only day with a 3-5 mile run; 3 at the beginning and 5 closer to the middle/end of the plan. That means my plan will top out at 45 MPW instead of 40 which sounds good to me! Since I just had one easy question they answered without me having to pay which was really nice!

My first run last night was only three miles so I had time to get in a good stretch and sit by the water to just enjoy it!

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When I got home an exciting delivery was waiting for me!

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I think this might be the biggest box I’ve ever received. Sunday night I may have went on a little shopping spree 😁!

I decided I wanted a new bed comforter which turned into needing a set of new pillows as well. Obviously that turned into needing new sheets …and then Cecil said he wanted an automatic litter box.

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How could I say no to that face?!

Before I sign off today I just have to share this important text conversation between Adam and I:

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I mean, seriously? Pretty sure you can’t see this goat enough times.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever ordered online?

The pillows have to be up there for me. They came in a bag with the air all sucked out to make them small for shipping, but as soon as I cut open the bag they puffed up super quickly! It was very strangely satisfying to watch!!!