New Bedford Half Recap

This past weekend on St. Patrick’s day, I ran a half marathon in New Bedford, MA. It was a great race overall and I was happy with my execution and time, even despite the grueling hills at the beginning and end and a pesky headwind throughout!

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My training up to the race was pretty solid. I have been working with coaches Julie and Lisa who had me on a high mileage half marathon program as I train towards my goal race, a full marathon in June. I built up to 17 miles and was feeling strong on race morning. A few weeks ago, I ran my first postpartum half in Hyannis with friends. The windy, icy, monsoon rain conditions were not ideal, but it was a perfect race experience because I learned so much (again!) about pacing, fueling, incorporating music. Basically, I did everything wrong at Hyannis half, so I was excited to turn this around at Sunday’s race.

Bib pickup and pre-race organization was smooth- everything was stationed at the New Bedford YMCA. Thankfully my parents were able to babysit this time. We had an easy time getting to the race and parking before 11am gun time. I ran 2 warmup miles earlier and was ready to race!

I went out conservatively for the first couple of miles @~8:00/mile pace. There were a couple of big hills towards the beginning, but the remainder of the course (apart from mile 12!) was flat. I split the race into three sections and aimed to run the first 2 five mile sections in about 39 minutes each. Ultimately my conservative start led to a negative split in the second half, which has taken a lot of practice to be able to execute.

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I ate half of a honey stinger waffle 20 minutes before the start and two GUs throughout (chocolate will always be my favorite). I decided to “enjoy” each GU sparingly and took a little at a time, and I think that plan went well. In my next half (first weekend in April) or in a training run, I may try for additional GUs but I was nervous to take in too much this time.

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One thing I nailed during this race compared to others was running the tangents. I stuck to the middle of the course and ran an even 13.1 on my watch (which happens rarely!). I think I am getting better at that aspect of the race. I also tried to draft when I could in the windier sections, and that helped a little although it didn’t seem like anyone was running my exact pace.

My “A” goal was sub-1:43, a 7:50 pace and ultimately I ran a 1:41, about a 7:45 minute pace. I was thrilled to hit my goal!

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This week is low mileage with some rest days and easy runs enjoying the slightly warmer weather in Boston. Here are some views of a recent run through the North End. I never take Boston’s historic beauty for granted!

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I am happy for the mental and physical break until next week. It will be a fun one with a mom’s group spin class and celebrating Mark’s birthday. After next weekend, we are 11 weeks away from my goal marathon in Seattle. I didn’t think I’d be able to stay motivated to train all winter, but it has helped to find other running buddies, add in some goal halfs in new and interesting places, and just try to enjoy the process of getting back in to shape and work towards something you want so badly.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

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Baby and Races Update

Happy New Year, over a month in! If blogging is a resolution, then I have already fallen off the bandwagon. But I’m hoping to pick it up more regularly since I love this outlet.

So much has happened in the past 12 months- too many details to divulge, but the most important update is that I had a baby in July! Baby Grant is now almost 7 months old, so we are beyond the fourth (even fifth?) trimester and on to enjoying life with a hastily developing little boy.

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Namaste in 2018

Hi everyone, it’s been awhile! I hope we can reconnect like old friends, where it seems like no time ever has passed when you reunite. 2018 has been a busy year so far and has taken us through several snow storms and balmy days (west coasters and southerners, 50 degrees is warm for Boston!), exciting and strange movies (calling out “Shape of Water” here), a soul-gripping Patriots football game (sorry Jaguars fans), and a quick Florida getaway to see my parents.

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Staying Fit While Traveling

Happy Friday! Hope you’ve had a great week full of Halloween treats. I haven’t checked in since Marine Corps Marathon on October 22nd, but just wanted to say that it was one of my most memorable races to date for several reasons. Stay tuned for a recap and some takeaways from the day!

In other news, Mark and I are in the middle of planning our next getaway- thinking of heading to South America! I have always been intrigued by that part of the world, as I grew up hearing my mom’s travel adventures from when she explored the region when she was about my age. While away, I’d like to keep up my fitness as much as possible but know how tough it can be while on vacation.

With the desire to just lay back and relax for the duration of your stay combined with the temptation of on-the-go treats, it’s sometimes a challenge to keep up with fitness.  Here are some quick tips I have learned over time to keep motivated and focused during your travels.

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Tips for Staying Hydrated

Thanks to Melissa McDonough, RD, CSSD and Coaches Julie & Lisa @ Run Farther and Faster for providing much of this content.

Summer running means sweat, slower paces, and serious tans (please apply sunblock before heading out the door!). Just because it’s hot outside, doesn’t mean you need to scrap your run. Appropriate hydration techniques will help get you through those sizzling days.

Dehydration can lead to serious complications, so staying hydrated should be a main focus for runners and non-runners alike. Depending on the climate, you should aim to get about 2 to 4 L of water throughout each day – approximately 8 to 16 cups.  You may need to modify your total fluid intake each day depending on how active you are, or for factors such as gender, weight, age, heat, humidity and altitude.

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Colorado Adventures & Happy 4th

Happy Independence Day! We are having a great time here in Colorado- thank you for all of the recs! Hard to fit it all in, but we are doing our best :)

I wanted to stop by and wish you a great holiday wherever you are! Also congrats to the Jaybird sport winner! Hope you enjoy the headphones as much as I do! Stay tuned for additional Giveaways.

Here are some Colorado highlights so far:

We spent our first full day going all around Denver. We hit up the Denver Botanic garden: so beautiful, even in a sweltering hot day. Hello dry heat!

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