Run a Faster 5K: Fit Foodie Run Week 3

Having such a great week last week, I wasn’t necessarily surprised when this week was more of a struggle. I didn’t miss any of my runs, but they weren’t easy by any means. I think there are always ebbs and flows with a training cycle. I often find myself re-reading the wise words of 2018 Boston Marathon champion, Des Linden:

So I kept reminding myself that I just need to show up. As I mentioned earlier this year, I wanted to remind myself that I’m only going to improve if I actually put in the work.

How do you motivate yourself through a rough training period?

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Run a Faster 5K: Fit Foodie Run Week 2

I had a great week in training – I managed all of my runs (even though I didn’t feel great about one of them) and I continued foam rolling so my knee is on mend – it is feeling so much better!

I’m on my own for weight training this week since my trainer is studying for finals – but it’ll give me an opportunity to head back to Bodypump and try some new classes. Plus I’d like to try to get back to yoga again at least once. I’m also excited to head to New York this weekend to visit my friend Natalie and run my first race in Central Park – we’ll be running the 4 mile Japan Run. Anyone else going to be there?

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Run a Faster 5K: Fit Foodie Run Week 1

Last week, I started my training for the Fit Foodie 5K on June 2 (before I really start training for the Chicago Marathon). My goal is always to run faster, so I jumped on Pinterest for a 6 week plan to do just that. I settled on this “Run a Faster 5K” plan from Popsugar:

(There’s also a plan if this your first 5K, in case you’re new to running or getting started after a break!)

I chose the Faster 5K plan, because I knew I would like to work on my speed for the Chicago Marathon but I wanted to start slowly. I liked the mix of tempo runs (which I haven’t done much of) and intervals (which I love) in this plan. I already have two days of strength training built in with my personal training, and I’m always looking to add in yoga when I can.

I only missed one run this week, due to some aches in my knee. My knee is crackling a little more than I would like, so I’m adding some glucosamine and chondroitin to my vitamin regimen and some hip exercises and more foam rolling to my routine in hopes to ward of anything more serious.

Any tips and tricks to share for an achy knee?

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2018 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

I can’t believe April is nearly over and I’m just now able to sit down and write about the 2018 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run over two weeks after it happened. I was lucky enough this year to be recruited to the social media team as the Instagram lead and have been working hard since October! My training for the race itself hit a snag when I got sick during the winter and never was able to pick back up at the level I would have liked. By the time the race rolled around, I was a little worried about being able to complete the race. But I built some confidence after my last few long runs and knew, while it wouldn’t be pretty, I would be able to complete the 10 miles.

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Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run: Week 3

Despite only running twice this week, I do feel more accomplished! In addition to those two runs, I went to yoga once, personal training, body pump and spent some time on the elliptical. So overall, I feel pretty good about what I did this week. Especially with the cold and flu floating around our office, I’ve been waking up with a sore throat nearly every day. But since it’s stayed above my neck and out of my chest, I’ve continued running and working out, making sure to head to bed early as I can (which is really hard to do with the Olympics!).

Do you workout when you’re not feeling well? 
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Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run: Week 1

And the first official week of #CUCB2018 is complete! This week was a little weird – we spent Wednesday evening at urgent care due to some back pain Roswell was experiencing. Thankfully he’s on the mend. I’m still attempting to find a balance between my strength training and running, in addition to the nutrition plan from my trainer. I’d like to practice yoga at least once next week as well as add a recovery run after my long run.

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Are you blogging your training for CUCB2018? The 2018 Race Ambassadors and Social Media team is hosting a blog link up and we would love for you to join! Hop down to the link up below and add your latest training post. But don’t just drop your link and run – the best part of a link up is connecting with other runners. The more you interact with others, the more they’ll interact with you!

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Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run: Training Kick Off!

This week was the PR Training Program kick off for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run training! The training plans officially start Monday January 29 (and there’s still time to sign up!), so this past week was just an easy ease into the training plan week.

I’m working with my personal trainer twice a week, and because I requested early in the week so my legs weren’t dead for my long run, it’s back to back on Monday and Tuesday. This makes the rest of my week a little complicated to plan since I’d like to get in another run. I’ll have to capitalize on my warm ups and make those miles count. I want to use the Cherry Blossom training to build foundation for my marathon training which will start towards the summer months.

How do you balance running and cross training?
Are you training for anything?

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Weekly Wrap: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, friends! I realize it’s nearly the end of January but since this is my first post this year, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to wish you a happy new year!

I did take a bit of time off unintentionally, as the end of last year and the start of this year has been busy! Since my last post, I finished the RW Run Streak, traveled to Chicago and Gaitlinburg, and taken a (probably too) long break from running. I thought I would recap a few of those and then talk about 2018!

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Weekly Wrap: December 11-17

Two big lottery announcements took place this week (at least two that I was concerned about!). But first, let me tell you a story. A few weeks ago, Roswell and I sat down on the couch to watch the New York City marathon. As we watched Shalane Flanagan triumphantly cross the finish line, I may have teared just a little bit.  Okay, a lot of bit. In our marathon hangover, we immediately started discussing running another marathon and major one at that. And in our stupor, we both signed up for the Chicago Marathon lottery.

The next day, I totally regretted this decision and when tried a few times to pull my submission, but I could never figure out how. But I thought that I had very little chance of getting in and hoped that if one of us got in, it would be Roswell. Fast forward to December 12, I started watching my inbox and credit card for pending charges. Roswell got his email first (he got in) – and I noticed a charge on my credit card, so I thought I was in as well. I had forgotten that we had used the same credit card to register… so I was on a bit of a roller coaster all day. However, shortly before lunch, I got my email that I had also gotten into the marathon! So folks – we’re going to Chicago!

I’m nervous about training through the summer since my training this past summer was awful.  Thankfully I have Credit Union Cherry Blossom training starting in January to help me build a base (and possibly work towards a spring half marathon PR?!) and I want to ride that wave through marathon training.

Are you running Chicago?! Leave me all your Chicago running tips below!

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Weekly Wrap: November 27 – December 10

I woke up to some AMAZING news this morning – I have been selected to be a Nuun Hydration ambassador for 2018! I am super excited to represent Nuun in 2018 – it has been my go to since it was first introduced to me by my Running 101 coach! I love that it is made with plant based ingredients and helps replenish electrolytes after run. I usually end up drinking it on a daily basis to help avoid dehydration!

The last two weeks have been incredibly busy! I’ve kept up with my run streak – and while my 1 mile days are out numbering my 1+ mile days, I truly do feel like I’m learning to make time for running and hope I’ll be able to continue this after my run streak to incorporate some crossing training. (Who knows, maybe I’ll try a Yoga Streak in the new year!). I ran my second race of my run streak, and it was ROUGH – but it feels like a turning point and it has gotten easier every day since that race.

Are you running a holiday race? Tell me all about it in the comments! 
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