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Less is more?

Sometimes it is! According to Runner’s World magazine. And after reading the article – Less Does More – I’m a fan.

Summertime is when a lot of runners are training for marathons. It’s also one of the most social times of the year. So it gets very difficult to find a balance.  You have a training plan, but your friends want to go to the beach… But you need to run 15 miles… What do you do??

You first need to relax a little bit. (I know, it’s hard for me too…) The RW article says “Give up the perfectionism runners often cling to,… you’re more likely to gain the physical and mental benefits of the sport that will keep you hooked and running for good.” You can rearrange your schedule a little bit to get everything done. Maybe move your long run, or get up extra early, get your run in and head to the beach.

Another great suggestion is to try to establish one day per week that is your running day – each and every week – no question about it. This might be my favorite. I’ve written in Speedwork Training with the Flyers on every Tuesday in my calendar. That is my “date” with running.

Oh, one more thing. Just remember to be consistent. Don’t go out there and run 18 miles and then do nothing for a week. You need to be consistent. Your body needs to know that this is going to be happening 3, 4, maybe 6 days a week. Running sporadically won’t help you at all. Especially if you’re just doing a long run once a week.

I also like to celebrate mini achievements throughout my training. Like – Hey! I ran 20 miles today! Let’s go out for dinner! Or –  I just beat my personal best in the race this morning, new running shorts for me! 🙂

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4 miler and being a happy person

It was tough to get up and out of bed this morning. When my alarm went off at 5:30am I was very tempted to just go back to sleep and get up at 7. 

But I didn’t. I got up, put on my running stuff, crammed a handful of cereal in my mouth and hit the gym. 4 miles complete before 7am. I’m tired but I’m happy that I did it.

One reason for my tiredness… Watching Hart of Dixie last night on the CW. I love Rachel Bilson and I think this show is going to be one of my favorites. Anyone else watch last night???

As I mentioned in a post a few days ago, I’m listening to Gabrielle Bernstein lectures. I’ve ordered her books but I’m just waiting for them to arrive in the mail. Well, one of her focuses is finding your happiness. You are the only person that can make you happy. Get rid of the stuff that makes you sad, mad, or angry. So I’m trying to follow this.

One thing that makes me cranky is the subway during rush hour. The subway at rush hour makes me hate the human race. I know… that’s a really strong statement… But I truly feel like that sometimes. SO. In order to rid myself of this feeling I’ve been walking to and from work more often. And I love it. The walk from my apartment to work and vice versa is wonderful. I walk by Central Park, all the beautiful buildings, stores while listening to her lectures. I love it. I am then a happier person. See how easy it is to be a happier person? One small change can make you happier. 

Totally off the subject of running, I know… Anyway. Happy Wednesday, keep running, working out, and striving to be better.


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Always Stay Positive

Yesterday after work I picked up my bib number and goody bag for the 18 mile Tune up. In the goody bag there was a cook book, shampoo, and men’s deodorant… (Ryan, I got you a present!) Instead of a shirt we got a towel which I thought was nice change from the usual race tee shirt. I have way too many race shirts already!

Though I had planned to run last night the cleaning bug hit me and I cleaned my room like crazy. No run but a clean room. I think it’s a good trade-off.

Since I didn’t get my miles in last night I woke up nice and early today.

It’s super dark at 5:40 in the morning! Mom – Dad, Don’t worry the gym is right around the corner.

I had a great four mile run and listened to a lecture by Gabrielle Bernstein. She’s great and I just bought her two books. I can’t wait to get them in the mail! If you need some inspiration or just more love (I know this sounds super corny) in your life check her out.

It was pretty difficult to get up this morning but I what made me haul myself out of bed was how great I was going to feel afterwards. Right now as I write this! 🙂

I find the quote below to be so true. Marathon training and the race is really about your mental toughness.

I know I will finish the Portland Marathon. It might not be fun and I might want to cry at times but when I cross that finish line I will be so happy and proud. 

Always stay positive~ It makes life more fun and rewarding. I’m telling you, it works.


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Monster Month

Runner’s World magazine had this awesome article that I just had to tell you all about. Did you know that September is MONSTER MONTH for me??? Yeah, I didn’t know this either…

Apparently, if you’re running a 1/2 marathon or full marathon in the fall, most likely September is going to be your most difficult month of training. aka – Your Monster Month.

I thought the article was super helpful so I’ve broken down some of my favorite points for you:

1) Don’t Over Train: Listen to your body. If it yells at you to stop. Stop. This month will be your highest mileage so you’ll be walking a fine line… You don’t want to get injured.

2) Treat your Feet: Wear the right shoes! Go and get the right shoes for you. I went and had my stride analyzed. It made all the difference in the world! Paying $100 for shoes that won’t make your knees/back/shins/etc. hurt are worth it!

3) Do a Dress Rehearsal: Treat one of your long runs as the day of the race. Wake up early, eat the breakfast you plan to eat, wear the clothes you plan to wear. Try to simulate everything so you’re ready for race day. This will also help you be less nervous and work out any kinks.

4) Cross out Cross-Training: SAD. I didn’t know this… The last month before your race you should only be running. Because of the high mileage you’ll be running more exercise, like cross-training won’t help – you’ll just be more prone to injury. No spinning class for me… 😦

5) Boost your Immunity: Fruits and vegetables!!! Eat lots of them. This is the worst month to eat sick in your training. Sleep lots, and eat healthy.

6) Live in the Present: To stay motivated concentrate on each training day not the whole month. You’ll get too overwhelmed. After each training run you should be proud. You’re just one step closer to the finish line.

There’s more advice in the article and I really recommend reading it! I feel less nervous and scared about the race now!

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Marathon Tips for First-Timers

This morning our office received the magazine Northwest Runner. I always flip through it because it reminds me of home. In this month’s issue there is an article for first time marathoners! Perfect for me! With a little over a month left in training I need all the help and information I can get.

Below are some of the strategies they talked about in order to have a successful first marathon race:

1. HYDRATE – The article was adamant about this. Drink water all the time! Not just during and after your runs. Everyday! I’ve been really good at doing this. I goal myself four to six 16 ounce water bottles a day.

2. DEVELOP A FUELING PLAN – Check! I love me some GU Chomps! My last long run my energy did dip at the end and I think the cause of this was not eating enough of the Chomps throughout my run. 

3. PLAN A PRE-EVENT BREAKFAST – Honestly, I haven’t really thought about this very much… Not good. The past two long runs I’ve eaten oatmeal beforehand and I didn’t feel sick and it gave me enough energy. So I guess I’ll keep that up.

4. FOCUS OF INJURY PREVENTION – The article stressed that with higher mileage comes a higher chance of injury. This is the last thing I want to happen. The article said that if you need an extra rest day take it. One more day off is a lot better than missing the marathon you have been training for! Hurricane Irene helped me with many days off 🙂

5. FUEL FOR RECOVERY – Though I do eat through my days now that I’m running all the time, I know I can do better with my choices of what I eat. Pasta every night for dinner isn’t going to cut it. I need to add more fruits and vegetables!

6. RESEARCH RACE DAY – I guess I need to do this? I lived in Oregon and have driven on all the roads we’re running on so I’m not too worried about this. The article does say to find out what energy gels and drinks the race will have but I think I’m just going to bring my own to be safe.

I hope this helped you all! I know is really helped me and got me even more excited about the Portland Marathon!

PS – Went to spin class this morning! Love it! Love it! Love it! Four mile run tonight!


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