Slice of Life

Fall in Boston: boots, sweaters, pumpkin spiced lattes, colorful leaves…not quite fall 2017! Despite some adventurous Columbus Day weekend hikes like this:

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Summer has lingered and we are getting headlines like this:

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July & August sailed by, so it’s been nice to enjoy the extra long season. The end of September brought a change for Mark and me, since we moved to a new spot in Boston. Hello, Charlestown! We are settling in to our new place and it’s starting to truly feel like home. Of course I am still figuring out all of the best running routes in the new neighborhood and have loved the harbor views!

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Between moving boxes, I am also training for two marathons. My goal race is Philly on November 19th, and I am also running the Marine Corps Marathon in DC as a warmup :) It will be my second time running MCM and 4th time for Philly Marathon– two of my favorite fall races! Here we are at the MCM finish line two years ago:

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Mark and I look forward to repeating these incredible MCM memories in less than two weeks!

I typically wouldn’t run two ‘thons so close together, but they’re a month apart and I am working with coaches Julie and Lisa to help prepare me for the back to back runs. With MCM already on my calendar, Boston Marathon 2018 signup in September had something to do with that push for me to sign up for another goal race….here’s hoping for a BQ!

20 miles was on the calendar for this week, and I was happy to log it even though they were somewhat slow, soggy miles with some hint of fall in the trees.

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Here’s what’s next for training, leading up to MCM:

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Between lots of miles, there will be lots of carbs and wine to heal the muscle pain! You should mix in some fun with all that work, right?! :)

What are you currently training for?

Any PRs so far this fall?

Anyone sign up for Boston 2018? If so, where did you qualify?

 

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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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The Best Podcasts to Get You through a Run

Runners, listen up! Even the best playlists can get boring after a lot of miles, so I suggest you start tuning in to podcasts as an alternative to your top-40 playlists. Whether you are in need of some extra running or fitness motivation, lifestyle tips and hacks, or general entertainment, there is a podcast that will fit your mood.  Here are some podcasts that I am currently obsessed with now, that will get you THIS pumped to run:

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Winter is Back in Boston

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope the first half of your weekend has been great! Congratulations to reader KELLY who was randomly selected to receive a SPIbelt!! Thank you all for your entries, I loved reading your comments- you guys are so inspiring to me! Stay tuned for future giveaways and thanks again for stopping by my blog!

It’s been a busy weekend over here in Boston, in the wake of a decent snow storm that visited on Friday. My good friend was lucky to give birth to a precious baby boy yesterday just as the snow stopped falling! So Happy for Rachel and Kevin :)

The city only saw about 6 inches, but it was enough to cover the trees and make it seem like Christmas. I almost felt like belting out some carols while out and about last night!

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Feeling Like a Monday!

Well, it’s that Monday morning feeling! The weekend was a great one—hope yours was too!

The weekend started and ended with some quality girl time! Friday night dinner and drinks with some Boston gals followed by visits with friends and family, followed by Sunday bridesmaid shopping! So many colors, shapes and sizes to choose from! The bride went with a beautiful color for us that will look amazing for a fall wedding in Maine. It’s going to be a busy summer and fall ahead with 7 other weddings!

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Miami Half Marathon Recap

Big hello on this Monday! Hope your week is off to a great start! Only 125 days until Memorial Day, my official start to summer. I don’t go by the summer solstice! :)

Today’s post will be a quick recap of the Miami half marathon and our weekend down in the sunshine state.

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