Whose legs are these?

Lately, I’ve been pushing. And pushing hard. Now I’m seeing major gains, and waiting for the other shoe to drop. I’m starting to blame my spin class. I started taking it a couple months ago, 5:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. I had tried spin last year and hated it – the instructor was a jerk. But […]

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Race Report: Spring Thaw (10 miler)

The Spring Thaw – a multiloop race in a park near Pittsburgh with 10, 15 and 20 mile options that you could swap up or own on race day (even mid-race!) – marked my second race of 2012, my first “race” of my new training cycle, and my first long run of the training cycle. […]

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The Running Window

It’s that time of year: cold weather, work deadlines, holiday travel. My mileage has taken a huge plunge. I was in my hometown last Wednesday night until returning to Pittsburgh yesterday evening. Thursday I went for a run with my pal Keeley. I gave her two options: six miles easy, or four miles with two […]

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Weeks Five to Seven: I hate/love/hate/love running

Week Five: Monday: 10 min. erg warmup; arms and core workout Tuesday: 5.73 mi (random, I know), including 5 short, steep hill repeats; evening pilates class Wednesday: 30 min. bike (hard); legs workout Thursday: 4 miles easy Friday: 4 miles easy Saturday: rest (though did a lot of swing dancing at a wedding!) Sunday: rest […]

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A deer, an unleashed dog, and a sprained ankle

Sunday: 5.24 mile trail run Monday: 6 mile easy run Tuesday: slept in, just went to afternoon pilates class Wednesday: 5 mile tempo run – 1 mi warmup,  3 @ tempo, 1 mi cooldown Thursday: 10 min erg warmup, then arms and core workout Friday: 2 miles easy Saturday: off Sunday: 8 mile long run […]

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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 Nine: Carbo under-loading and a cranky IT band

Monday: 10 min. erg warmup; arms/abs workout Tuesday: accidental day off (also skipped pilates because teacher I don’t like was subbing) Wednesday: a.m. 50 min. easy bike; p.m. easy 3 miles in the afternoon – accidentally done at goal half-marathon pace. Oops Thursday: 6 mile tempo run: 1 mile warmup; 4 @ 8:15-8:20; 1 mile […]

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Weeks Five through Seven: playing catch-up

WOW I’m behind – so sorry guys! I promise to be better. Life has gotten pretty crazy. So here’s a recap: Monday, March 21: I have no idea. I truly don’t remember – and forgot to tweet about it. Tuesday, March 22: Tempo run- 1 mi warm; 3 mi at 8:15-8:20; 1 mi cool (actual […]

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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 Two: These are my magic shoes

Monday: Arms and abs workout – 10 min. erg warmup; dumbbell press, bicep curls, tricep extensions, bent-over rows, military press; planks, Russian twists, push-ups, bridges Tuesday: morning – 3 miles easy @9:36-9:48 (actual splits: 9:07; 8:48; 9:01) evening – 60 min pilates class Wednesday: 50 minutes stationary bike (low resistance, high rpm) Thursday: Total – […]

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