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Mile-a-day December running challenge

The turkey trot is done. There were tons of people, too many really, for me. It was my first winter run of the season. It was about 20 degrees out!!! Bbbrrrr!!! As usually, it was too cold at the beginning, too warm towards the end then after the finish the chills set in. Yesterday I went for a run wearing leggings, sweatpants, running top, tank top, two long sleeves, sweatshirt and hat and gloves. And I was definitely too warm in the middle of the run. Nice and toasty at the beginning and end though! So, I need to find somewhere in-between that will keep me warm enough but not to a point of over heating. It’s a work in progress.

The day of the turkey trot was the beginning of a 30 day 1-mile-a-day challenge….It started in November and I’m going to take it to December 31st. So, more than 30-days for me. You can check out my half marathon training page to see my daily mileage. 

Happy running peeps!!

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New Running Jacket

New Running Jacket

The quilted tech jacket C9 series by Champion at Target. Nice light, warm outer layer. Quilted puffy front, performance stretch in the back.

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Tips for Body Shape and Marathoning

Tips for Body Shape and Marathoning

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What’s your body type?

What’s your body type?

Knowing your body type can help you target the diet and workout that will get results. According to this quiz I’m a mesomorph….though I think I’m more in between endo and meso. I have trouble with my shins when I run hills (usually only on the treadmill, in nature I’m fine.)

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Stretches for before and after running

Stretches for before and after running

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Different plank variations to try

Different plank variations to try

I’ve been wondering if the planks I do are helping tone and strengthen my abs….according to this webpage, they do!

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One habit

If I could quit one habit instantly, which would it be?

Hmm…I don’t know….let me see….

Worrying about taking a day off from training/running. I know I need rest days, my body and mind need it. To recuperate, to refresh, to repair. But I feel guilty. I feel like I should be in the gym doing something. Often with my work schedule and training schedule, I need two rest days to feel fully recuperated. That I hate even more! I wish I could wake up and feel ready to go each day, without the aches and pains. But I remember reading that Shalane Flanagan has trouble getting out of bed in the morning, so that makes me feel better. That just because they are world class, elite runners, they feel the effects of training too. 

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I’ve noticed something……I’m running at a different speed….here’s the skinny:


On the treadmill I put the speed at between a 4.6 and 5.0 depending on how I feel and my nike app says I’m traveling at a speed of about 9.50 mph.

The last few times I ran on the treadmill I’ve been able to kick it up to a 5.2 and run at my regular pace – around a 9.38 mph.

So what does it mean? Am I getting more efficient?


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Happy November!

So sad that Halloween is over but looking forward to cool weather running!

I haven’t gone for a lunch time run yet. I never think about my running gear in the morning – I have to stay focused on feeding the animals, making coffee, taking the dog out, taking a shower and getting ready for work. Not enough room in my mind to remember running stuff! I have to think about it the night before and get a bag together. I think it would help clear my mind during the day.

This month I’m going to do my town’s Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving and then focus the rest of my time on training. The last few months I chose to do a lot of races and my training sacrificed because of time. Although, you could say I was running so it counted. But I’m talking about the strength training. Ever since I started a strength training program my runs have gotten a lot better. This week I did a few miles on the treadmill after hurting my ankle last week and I could tell how much core strength was giving me power. I could feel it. I could see it in my speed and “togetherness”. I can run at higher treadmill speeds and keep my pace. For abs I do a mix of weighted roll ups, bosu planks and knee ups plus whatever happens in TRX or Crossfit that week. I’ve also added some exercises from the page http://30dayfitnesschallenges.com. I am doing the squat challenge, wall sit challenge, burpee and plank challenge.

I wish I could run more and train more. Working 60 hours a week makes having a workout schedule tough sometimes. Plus taking care of the animals and the house. Sometimes I wonder if I should have kept the fiancee around because he would take up some of the household chores and I would have more time. LOL! But that’s not a good reason to stay in a relationship.

I registered for the Buffalo Half Marathon 2014 this week!! So excited to be running in my home town with friends. It will be awesome. When I did the Fleet Feet 15k this year it went through my hometown and I felt a lot of emotion running on streets I’ve lived on and are a part of me. Running past the neighborhoods and buildings that have been part of my fabric, part of my growing up years.

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How I got faster at running by not doing very much running….

Good stuff!!!

From Strength to Strength

On Sunday I completed the Great South Run in an incredibly windy Portsmouth in a new personal best time of 1:52:37.


The full on headwind in the last two miles slowed me down to what felt like a crawl and stole at least a minute per mile off my pace. In the right conditions I know I would have been even quicker.

So, that’s a personal best time set at every distance I’ve raced over this year. And yet I’ve done a lot less running than I did last year and taken part in far fewer races. So what’s made the difference for me?

1) Losing fat and weight. It’s no secret that being lighter makes it easier to run. I am carrying over a stone less weight than I was for most of 2012 and that’s clearly made a difference to my times

2) Strength training. This has been absolutely key. Thanks to finding Julia Buckley’s  The Fat…

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