Wednesday, December 30, 2009


This is going to be short and sweet cuz I've been feeling kind of blah today.  Stomach/headache-y.  I'm hoping extra early sleep will cure all.

Today was an 8 miler around the lake up north.  It was dark and freezing and the roads were snow covered, but I felt pretty bad ass and I got to test out my new head lamp.  Good times.  Then, cafe workin from 9-5.  Good times as well.

Tonite, core and stretching and my favorite part of the night- foot soak.  I am determined to make my feet look less like hamburger and more like actual feet!

Hmm, I'd like to chat more, but I really just want to sleep off this stomach-y stuff!

Peace out,

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Ha, de jous vous (yeah, totally wrong spelling but you get it!)  Here I am soaking my feet at the end of another long day.  Today my mom and I drove up north, but not before a good workout!  I did 7 miles today; 3 wu through tough snow, then 3x800m with 800 jog rest at tempo-ish pace (which right now is right around 7min miles for me cuz I'm slow right now and the snow is deep!)  Then, a good 45 minute weight/stretching session at the gym.  I'm already sore which shows that I do strength training...mmm...never!  until now that is.  I just finished my nightly core work/stretch/rolling out.  Life is good.

Tomorrow I work my cafe summer job up here.  Gotta get up early to run pre-work, but I get to try out my new headlamp, yay!  The massive amounts of snow should make things interesting, but I'm always up for a challenge! 

Well, I gotta go.  My cat is trying to drink my foot soak bath...ewww.  He's kind of a dog like that.  But very cute.

Peace, love, and running,

Monday, December 28, 2009


Well, day one of one hundred and two was a success!  Although I was certainly tested by the weather- cold, snowy, windy on my 5 miler this morning.  Buuttt, all was made OK with the help of my brand new GARMIN 405!!! Yeah, I'm pumped enough to include three exclamation points!  My mom originally got it for my dad, but he was gracious enough to 'regift' it to me in exchange for my 205, as he figured I would be more into the technology and figuring out all the features.  Good times ahead for sure.

So, 5 snowy miles in the books, 45 minutes of strength training/stretching afterward.  Tonite I did my (what will now be) standard core/stretching/rolling for 30-40 minutes, and am now soaking my feet.  My dad is really grossed out by the fact that I am doing this at the kitchen table while eating cereal and drinking coffee.  Yeah, it does look kind of gross.  Sometimes I don't realize how random stuff I do is until I am not at my own apartment.  Sorry family.

The mileage will be kind of low for me this week, just cuz I've been non-running/cross training more than running the last 5 weeks since Philly.  It will pick up fast- count on it.  I made a huge schedule on a poster board old-school style with my milage and workouts for each day.  I'm high tech like that.

In other news, my amazing sister + bro in law got me a crock pot for Christmas.  Get phyched to see what crazy things I create with that sucker once I'm back at my apartment next week.  Should be interesting...

Tomorrow I'm headed up north.  I'm sure the snow there will make today's blizzard run feel like nothin'.

Let me just end by saying it feels SO GOOD to have started training.  I feel like I have an ambicious plan, but I'm moving forward with it.  One day at a time.

Keep it real....until tomorrow!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

104 days

Merry Belated Christmas!  I am lucky in the fact that my "Chirstmas" is tomorrow because my sis and bro in law just came into town today, so tomorrow is our "Christmas morning" complete with presents in PJ's and a delicious breakfast.  I'm pretty pumped on this "Christmas Eve!"

In other (and probably more important news) there are 104 days until Boston.  Officially my training plan starts on Monday with 16 weeks of hard core running, stretching, cross training, eating, and sleeping right.  Basically training for Boston is going to be my job.  Literally I have told my family and friends that once I fullfill my committments to my two 'real jobs' (as well as be a good daughter/sister/friend) Boston is MY JOB.  I am sacrificing everything to put myself full force into this training.  It is taking first priority for 102 days as I quest for redemption in my marathoning.  I've decided that that is the direction in which I will head with the blog for the next bit. (perhaps the next 104 days!)  I'm not going to necessarily make it ALL about my training, but I do want a place to record what I am doing, how it is working, etc.  This weekend I am working on finalizing training plans, creating a strength and stretching routine for the nighttime, and composing my "wishlist" of things I still need as a runner (a few of which I am hoping to get for Christmas tomorrow!).  I love reading about the training and habits of other runners, so if you're like me, maybe you will come along on my journey with me too!  I'm pumped to put everything into the next 4 months- more than ever before.  Let the good times roll!

See ya for DAY 1 Monday!!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Spinning my wheels

Do you ever feel this way???  Let me explain. (warning: whiny introspection ahead!)

I feel like I am spinning my wheels with life right now.  In all aspects.  I say this because I am neither going backward or forward in making progress, hense the reference to staying in one spot. 

I work two jobs that I like, but don't know if I will be in either one of them a year from now.  So I have made strides to being able to make ends meet on my own, but am just barely hanging on, and I'm not sure how long it will last.  I say 'like' because I'm still not sure what my true 'calling' is in life and I don't want to wait until I am 50 to find it.  But I don't have the money to try other paths and pursue other things.  Hense spinning my wheels.

I love where I live, my amazing apartment, being on my own.  I don't really have any desire to move out of Michigan (despite our horrible winters,) however, I have never "gone away" so how do I really know what is out there that I could be missing?  I love living in such a close proximity to my parents, but at the same time I fear that I am too reliant on them still, post-college for emotional and physical support.  I wonder about just picking up and moving across the county for a year, just to prove to myself that I could do it.  But once again, I feel like I don't have to balls or money to make that kind of decision.  Hense spinning my wheels.

I've accomplished alot in one year.  Many things that I am proud of, and mentioned in previous posts.  Boston, my first ultra, a truckload of half marathons, and 2 additional marathons.  However, I'm getting slower, there is no denying it.  I'm not sure if it's my training or my fueling or my body or what but looking at my 3:18 from a year and a half ago and my 3:41 a couple of weeks is depressing.  So although I am proud of aspects of my running, I am frustrated at myself for not getting better.  Sad.  Reevaluating, as I mentioned.  Hense spinning my wheels.

Progress.  A work in progress I suppose.  I'm trying to learn what works for me in so many areas, trying to find balance.  But I feel like its always 2 steps forward and 2 steps back.  I do good, I do bad.  I beat myself up, I start over.  Again, and again.  I guess this one is alittle more personal so I'm not really going into details, but it's tough.  I just want everything to start clicking, falling into place.  Instead, I'm spinning my wheels.

I need to move forward, I WANT to move forward.  I'm just not always sure how.  One of my biggest things in life is living with no regrets, but I feel like I am letting time slip away which is regrettable in itself.  Maybe I'm just in a funk.  Maybe it's because I'm headed into my 23rd Michigan winter which I hate.  Maybe, maybe, maybe.  Life rolls on.  We shall see what happens...

Thursday, December 3, 2009


December is here already!  How did that happen?  Honestly, it is so true that time goes by faster as you get older.  Sometimes I cannot believe that I am teaching and 'molding young minds' when I still feel like a students myself!  Craziness.

December is my big month of reevaluation and getting all set up to tackle the New Year with all the pieces in place.  For me, this means getting my training in order, as well as my life- probably in that order, ha.  I'm really excited to start a 'formal' plan on December 28th (16 weeks pre-Boston) so I'm spending time formulating what that is going to look like.  I'm currently looking to do about 80 miles per week max with 3 double days each week.  I also want to do 3 swims per week and 3-4 strength training sessions.  I'm meeting with a nutritionist too to get a better idea of how to fuel all this activity because I'm sort of a random, chaotic eater who can eat fro yo and trail mix and nothing else, and I want a balanced plan to go off of.  I was thinking the other day how much I wish I could run professionally or at a high level, so I decided that even though I'm no where good enough to do that, I can still train like a pro!  This includes training, nutrition, stretching, rest, ice baths, recovery, etc.  I've never really focused on encorporating everything at once and I'm very excited to get everything up and 'running.' Ha.  For now, I'm keeping it pretty chill, training wise with one exercise session per day and keeping the milage lower.  I'm getting 'hungry' to start training hard, which is exactly the way I want to feel come December 28th! 

OK, well I'm back to work!  Happy Thursday! :)