Is this recovery or full-on panic?

Long-ish time, no post. What have I been up to? Well, partly, recovery. But my working and social life have been outright insane. But let’s back up So after the race I took four full days off: no workouts whatsoever, with the exception of my usual Tuesday pilates class (which kicked my ass, as usual). […]

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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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That thing you do

So the other week readers may recall I was feeling pretty down on my running. Things weren’t clicking. I was feeling slow. Weak. Pathetic. Tired. I was taking walk breaks when I really shouldn’t have been. I was letting hills get to me. Last week? I turned that on its head. A week ago Sunday, […]

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Doubting my abilities

I’m starting to have doubts. I know that’s not really true. I just had a bad running day. Which, lately, has been all too common. It seems I’ll have one really solid or even great run. And then half a dozen really awful ones. Today was the latter group. On Tuesday, we had freezing rain […]

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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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A not-so-easy 10, and how not to be hit by a car

The nerdy boyfriend and I had one plan for today: get up around 8:30 or 9 a.m., run an easy 10, take a steamy shower, drink hot cocoa and make chocolate chip pancakes. Then curl up and have a West Wing-athon, hopefully finishing season 5 (finally) and maybe dabbling in season 6. We have accomplished […]

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Running in the winter

…or, why people look at me like I’m nuts. I was listening to the weather forecast as I was changing into a singlet and shorts at the gym this morning, preparing for a grueling legs workout (I’ll go into that later), and hearing the weatherman talk about “lake effect snow” and wind chill, the former […]

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Minimalism and goal-setting

“I could write a blog. I have thoughts.” In case no one has guessed yet, I’m (half) watching Julie & Julia on Netflix instant-queue. I find it really sad that the real Julie Powell cheated on her “sainted” husband sometime after the timeline of the film. Anyway. Today was rainy and disgusting out. We porbably […]

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