Marathon Training Category

Chicago Marathon Training: Week Seven

Week seven was a 5K race week. It featured lower mileage in preparation for Saturday (eh), workouts that focused on sharpening speed and shaking out legs (ahhh), and a successful PR race (huzzah!). Another thing: this week confirmed I trust Coach Kevin. This partnership is a fantastic fit. Monday Run: Tempo. Easy progressive tempo run […]

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CPTC Founder’s 5K

Coach: So you’re ready to run fast tomorrow.  Me: Believe so, Coach.  Coach: That wasn’t a question. You are ready. A few weeks ago, Coach Kevin requested I get a 5K race on the calendar. The intent being to benchmark my current fitness, and fine-tune my Chicago Marathon training paces. This made me giddy. I’d […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Six

Week six was supposed to be a 5K race week. The Thursday race was canceled due to hot weather and humidity. Coach quickly rescheduled my workouts, and we were off. Favorite run of the week: Thursday’s mile repeats! Monday Run: Easy. Evening run on bridle path/reservoir. Weather didn’t feel nearly as awful as anticipated. Humid, […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Five

Week five saw my first 5 runs/week scheduled out of three marathon training cycles (love it), running in Nike LunaRacers (nice), and weekly mileage that nearly exceeds last cycle’s peak mileage (wow!). Monday Run: Tempo. Expected a battle of a run due to heat, humidity, and nasal congestion. Instead, was greeted with that “feel like […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Four

Week four consisted of more hot and humid running (makes for a strong fall), a thwarted attempt to run in Nikes (fate?), and a really satisfying round of intervals (love, love, love). Monday Run: Tempo. Evening run. Warmed up comfortably; started to drop pace at end of warmup to head into tempo miles. Set Garmin to […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Three

Week three featured heat and humidity (’tis summer), a full week of workouts (hooray!), a fantastic-feeling interval session (elated!), and popsicles after the NYRR Pride Run (heaven). Monday Run: Tempo. Holy freaking hot. Granted, running a tempo at noon in summer isn’t ideal. But, that’s what worked with my schedule. Took advantage of water sprinklers […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Two

Week two: New racing flats (total awesomeness), speed work (more awesomeness), and a Philly run (so lovely). Monday: Run. Tempo. Adore tempo runs; they’re always my favorite workout. Can’t wait for these to pick up in mileage. Had to cut cool down short by few minutes because of time constraint. Fueled with one packet of protein-enhanced UCAN. […]

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I’m A Bit Type A…A5, That Is

Without further ado, meet the Saucony Type A5! More to come once they’ve got a few speed sessions under their belt… Weight: 5.2 oz (women’s) Drop: 4mm

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Feet, Meet Flats!

This past Sunday, I did a tour de running shops. Mission: test various racing flats. It’s what we runners call “due diligence,” right? Except it’s way more fun, akin to opening loads of birthday presents. After some interesting conversation and a few test runs, I’ve chosen my first flats! Without further ado, meet the Contenders: […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week One

Week one: a return to speed work (love) and tempo runs (love). Learning to slow down those long and easy runs (dealing). Monday: Run. Tempo. First tempo session since Eugene Marathon. Soft surface run – bridle path/reservoir. Felt fantastic! Fueled with one packet of protein-enhanced UCAN. Plan = 15 min wu; 1 mi @ 8:10-8:20 min/mi; […]

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A Mile in Pre’s Shoes?

One item on my training to-do list is buy racing flats. More precisely, get professionally fitted for them. I’d be remiss if I didn’t admit I’ve dreamed of this. I equate racing flats with Pre, elites, pros, the fastest of the fast. Now it’s my turn? Well, not because of some qualifying standard. Coach says […]

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Oakley New York Mini 10K

Let me first admit: it’s been over a month since I last posted. Leave it to you, Oakley New York Mini 10K, to help break the silence. This was my fourth year running the Mini. I quite like this race. It’s a fantastic distance (long enough to pace, way shorter than a marathon), a nice […]

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Eugene Marathon: Pre-Race Thoughts

With my shakeout run done and the race tomorrow, it seems a good time to reflect on some pre-race feelings. Speaking of Pre, there are signs of the larger-than-life legend everywhere. The track where Pre ran is beautiful and open, and largely unchanged from photos I’ve seen of him dominating his hometown turf. It’s not […]

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Eugene Marathon Training: Week Fourteen

Week fourteen was a full week of taper, although there wasn’t much time to focus on the typical feeling of “taper madness.”  Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings and following events put the week on a surreal timeline. Thankful all friends who were in Boston running and spectating were safe. Thoughts are with those who were not […]

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Eugene Marathon Training: Week Thirteen

Week thirteen was what I dubbed “Hell Week” in terms of balancing work, personal and training schedules. For work, Erica Sara Designs took on our first major race expo with the More-Fitness Women’s Half Marathon. It was amazing! Meant being on my feet Friday and Saturday for 7-8 hours. With my last long training run […]

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#racedayshirt #30DaysToBoston

“As badly as I want a medal, I know there is a lot of luck involved in that. I want to put myself in position to be in the top three, give it my all and hope luck comes my way.” Kara Goucher ~ Day Twenty-six: Thursday, April 11, 2013 #racedayshirt #4DaysToBoston #30DaysToBoston #photochallenge Don’t […]

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#runfriends #30DaysToBoston

“Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.” Jesse Owens ~ Day Twenty-five: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 #runfriends #5DaysToBoston #30DaysToBoston #photochallenge From 2012 New York City Marathon training: Jess, Gia, Meggie, Jocelyn, Ashley

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#gear #30DaysToBoston

“Running! If there’s any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can’t think of what it might be.” Joyce Carol Oates ~ Day Twenty-four: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 #gear #6DaysToBoston #30DaysToBoston #photochallenge For today’s 22-miler.

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#dontlikethis #30DaysToBoston

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou ~ Day Twenty-three: Monday, April 8, 2013 #dontlikethis #7DaysToBoston #30DaysToBoston #photochallenge Next up: Taper Madness

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Eugene Marathon Training: Week Twelve

Week twelve was a lower-mileage week. Swapped the nine- and six-milers in order to make the NYRR Scotland Run 10K fit my schedule. First week back to strength training also meant I was sore for a few days after. Good lesson not to let cross-training slack. This upcoming week has my last high-mileage long run […]

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#crosstrain #30DaysToBoston

“The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.” Swami Vivekananda ~ Day Twenty-two: Sunday, April 7, 2013 #crosstrain #8DaysToBoston #30DaysToBoston #photochallenge

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