Jumping in with both feet

It’s been close to a month since the Pittsburgh half. So what have I been up to? Well, for the first week, I basically did nothing athletic. I went to spin that Wednesday, which I took easy, and didn’t run at all until the following week. This was dumb, as evidence by a mild feeling […]

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Taper Panic

It’s mid-way through taper week, and I’m apparently in some kind of taper panic. Race day is Sunday, which means a lot of things, including: 1. Checking the 10 day forecast obsessively. I started this when race day first appeared in the forecast. It’s ranged from a high of 67 (perfect) to a high of […]

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What I’ve been up to lately

I know, I’ve been really bad. And even worse, I’m writing this at work. I’ve been having a hellish week, but have a little downtime at the moment. I had a race report written the other week, which WordPress decided look delicious so it ate it. Oh well. I’ll rewrite it, promise! As well as […]

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Weeks Ten, Eleven and Twelve: the final push and taper

I got behind again, I know: forgive me. I really have no excuses. Week 10: Monday: 50 min. easy cycling Tuesday: Plan – 1.25 mile warmup; 4×1600 @ 7:37-7:48 with 800m jog rests; 1.25 mi cooldown (total: 8 miles) Actual: 1.25 mile warmup with Nerdy Boyfriend, then ran easy another 2.75ish, and walked about 2.5-3 […]

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Week Four: Easy three…again?

Monday: 50 minutes stationary bike (low resistance, high RPM) Tuesday: Easy 3 miles; pilates/yoga fusion Wednesday: Arms/abs workout: dumbbell press (upped weight to two-20 lbs); tricep extensions; bicep curls; bent over rows (20 lbs); tricep push ups; medicine ball push ups; military press; Russian twists; bird dogs; planks Thursday: Easy 3 miles Friday: Leg workout […]

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Week Three: Running through hell week

Monday: Arms and abs workout – 10 min. erg warmup; dumbbell bench press; bicep curls; tricep extensions; bent0over rows; tricep push ups, regular pushups,¬† medicine ball pushup; planks; Russian twists; bird dogs Tuesday: 4.07 mile tempo run – 1 mi warm; 2 miles @ tempo; 1.07 mile cool (splits: 8:27; 8:00); accidentally did warm up […]

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Week One: One great tempo run, and new shoes

Week 1: Monday: 25 min. yoga Tuesday: 3.83 mile run (easy) Wednesday: 50 min. bike (about 9.5 mi); low resistance/high rpm Thursday: 4.07 mi tempo run (1 mi warm up, 2 miles at tempo, 1.07 mile cool down) Friday: 17 min. bike (about 5.25 mi) warm up; leg workout: single-leg squats (4×10); regular squats (4×10); […]

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Race Report: Frigid Five Miler

Well, it’s much belated, but here it is – my Frigid Five Miler race report (Allison Park, January 9, 2011) – This was a small local race which meant few crowds to pump us up, but a great, tight-knit feel, and the fact that there were volunteer-operated water stations when it the temps were in […]

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Busting out of a rut

I’ve been in a bit of a running funk for the last few weeks. Between IT band tightness and not logging as many miles because of holiday travel, I just… wasn’t feeling it. I was caught in that horrible cycle of “I’m-not-really-a-runner-I-hate-this-and-won’t-like-it-ever-again-who-am-I-kidding.” We all experience it, usually a couple times a year. And we know […]

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IT band crankiness and a rave run

In the grand scheme of things, I’ve been pretty lucky when it comes to injuries. Other than a few bad spills¬† (including a giant gash on my right elbow that took a good couple weeks to fully heel and is now an ugly scar) and mildly rolled ankles, I have yet (I say YET so […]

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