I’m headed into October with my head down and arms pumping. I may pop up for air sometime around November 2. This is going to be my monster month and not just because of Halloween.

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 28, 2015

RUNNING

I’m starting to feel better about my mileage and preparation for the New York City Marathon! I had another strong week, a feel good long run of 19 miles and a fantastic half marathon in Maine!

Monday: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 5k & 10k efforts on the elliptical – 8 miles total

In an effort to salvage as much of my aging legs as possible, coach had me do this speed work on the elliptical. Normally I hate being sidelined to this machine but, with the week I had coming at me, I gladly did the work. It was perfect – a hard effort with zero impact.

Tuesday: Spin and strength training day

Wednesday: 19 miles, LSD (ling slow distance) 2:51:46 – 9 min/mile average pace

I woke up to pouring, driving rain, or rather it woke me up. My husband kept saying “you’re not running in this,” but didn’t understand that I had to. Wednesday was the only day to do my long mileage before the half marathon on Sunday. But, as luck would have it, the rain stopped just as I started and instead of water from above, I drowned in my own sweat in the sweltering humidity of the day. Big, huge thanks to my BRF Anne for slogging along for the last 9 miles with me!

This is what your running shoes and rolled down compression socks look like after 19 miles in the rain and humidity. I should really be a fashion blogger.

This is what your running shoes and rolled down compression socks look like after 19 miles in the rain and humidity. I should really be a fashion blogger.

Thursday: I went swimming! Well, I went pool running for 30 minutes and then did some swim intervals for another 30 minutes. It felt fantastic to be back in the water!

Friday: I was supposed to do an easy 5 miler but one of my kids was sick so I hauled out the bike trainer and rode the bike for 40 minutes instead. #INeedATreadmill

Saturday: This was an amazing day of fun, relaxation and being unplugged with a group of bloggers. Total oxymoron but it happened and it was wonderful! We managed a three miler on one of the most gorgeous stretches of beach I have ever seen. It was amazing!

That's me, Tina (Fuel Your Future with Tina), Sarah (Run Far Girl), Jesica (rUnLadylike), Jen (Running with the Girls) and Sandra (Organic Runner Mom) way off in the distance!

That’s me, Tina (Fuel Your Future with Tina), Sarah (Run Far Girl), Jesica (rUnLadylike), Jen (Running with the Girls) and Sandra (Organic Runner Mom) way off in the distance!

Sunday: Maine Half Marathon! Full recap (possibly several) are coming on this race and the retreat leading up to it. It’s going to be very hard to find the words to describe how truly life changing it was. Here’s a hint:

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Total running miles: 19

Total racing miles: 13.1

Total elliptical miles: 8

Total pool miles: who the hell knows? Maybe 3.

Grand total: 43ish fabulous miles

SWIMMING

I’m so happy to have this back in the line-up even if it was only for one day last week! It seriously felt so good to be back in the water, even if I was “running.” The weightlessness of it after running my 19 miler the day before, felt like heaven.

That is actually me swimming. The timer was not cooperating.

That is actually me swimming. The timer was not cooperating.

CYCLING

Sorry not sorry but I’m saying adios to my spin class at the Y. Instead of missing it after being away in Lake Winnipesaukee for a month over the summer, I kind of got used to not having to do it. I absolutely love to teach, and I will miss a lot of my regulars, but after almost 20 years of teaching fitness classes, it’s time to hang up the shoes.

RACING

I have so much to tell you about the Rise.Run.Retreat weekend and Maine Half Marathon. I could fill several posts just with pictures alone! Look for all the details here later this week.

 

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FUEL

One of the very best things about marathon training is all the food! Of course, you shouldn’t over indulge but who am I to refuse my hard working muscles of much needed fuel? My rule for eating while running and racing 40+ mile weeks? Listen to your body!

My go to after long, hard training runs has been this bag of goodness:

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Found at Target (where else?) and filled with yummy deliciousness the likes of peanuts, peanut butter chips, raisins, M&M’s, peanut butter chocolate candies and peanut butter coated pretzels. Plus, it goes with my general monster theme so I had to buy it.

GEAR

So I bit the bullet and ordered a pair of PowerBeats2 wireless headphones (Amazon Prime $144). I haven’t been able to use them very much but, when I have, they have been great! They charge quickly, come with a great little case for storage, they stay put when running and have well placed volume controls, and stop/pause/play buttons.

Once I get a chance to really put them to the test – i.e. a long run, track workout, etc – I will do a full review including how long that quick charge up lasts!

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PERISCOPE

I did my very first Periscope last week and I can tell you this – it’s weird, it’s fun and men are pigs. But I guess that’s what you get when you do your first one in a bathing suit. What? I was going pool running and swimming! But seriously, since that first one, I have been having so much fun with it!

If you’re not already, you can follow me here and join the crazy!
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It’s not too late to join the Periscope Challenge with Blog Clarity. Because making a complete ass of yourself on video is way more fun when you do it with a support group.

THINGS I LOVE

This video. Anything that opens with “Do you find yourself longing for the apocalypse?” has to be good, right? Well a little dose of actual nature is the remedy for all of life’s ailments and it’s hilarious.

My other most favorite lines:

“Nature can reduce symptoms of cynicism, meaninglessness, anal retentiveness and murderous rage.”

“Caution. Nature may cause you to slow down, quit your job, or seriously consider WTF you’re doing with your life.”

Nature. Try it.

THINGS I DON’T LOVE AS MUCH

I hate this ad and the idiotic men who made it but, I absolutely love the backlash and their rude awakening to it.

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Because remember that time the kids tied you up and drew all over your face? The only thing that actually makes sense to me about this picture is the time on the clock.

Of course you can read the whole post, and a bunch of other greatness, on Scary Mommy.

RANDOM QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“I run about a 9:30/10 minute mile. I could go faster but why?” – Carrie of Eight Crazy Souls, who won a spot at the Rise.Run.Retreat this past weekend. This just makes so much sense! She also finished her very first half marathon with this brilliant philosophy. Congratulations again Carrie!