Heat Wave’s Coming & Some Updates!

Hello from the South Shore, MA! We’ve had a busy spring and summer so far with a big move to the ‘burbs from Boston. I am still mourning the move from my favorite city, but we aren’t too far and I am happy to have more space. We are finally all settled into the new house after two months of updates and are getting into a routine. Mark had his first lawn mowing experience yesterday after a nearly two decade hiatus. The suburban life is definitely growing on us!

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Meanwhile I am scouting out running routes and new running partners (already missing the C-town crew of course, but I will be back in!) in my new town. As the temps have risen a bit and we prepare for a heat wave (talking 96+ degrees which is SO HOT for MASS!), I joined the local planet fitness gym and have also supplemented with OrangeTheory. I am a little late to the game with OT, but it’s such a good workout. Just so much data- almost overwhelming, but I know that it’s addicting and fun. I can still feel my arms from last week’s workout as I haven’t lifted anything more than my 25 lbs one year old in months. I love the rowing machine aspect of OT as well- something totally different in which I am developing my skills.

Speaking of one year old- I can’t believe 365 days have passed since our baby G has been born! He brings us so much joy and laughter every day, and I can’t imagine life without him. It was a fun week of celebrations!

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As far as races, I have recently run a handful of local shorter distances such as the Hingham Road Race 5 miler in early June, The BAA 10K in late June, and the local 4th of July road race. I ran with family and friends at each one and had a blast. During the BAA 10k a group of 4 of us managed to stick together and catch up throughout the entire race- a feat I thought much more challenging than the race itself among thousands of other runners.

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I am working on my next running goals and looking towards the future. I definitely need to step up the 50 states game if I am ever going to complete that goal, since I have 39 states to go and that number has remained stagnant for the last couple of years- for good reasons of course. I am still in awe of how many people have crossed that line off their bucket lists, a true inspiration to me! I think I will stick to roads for now, but I potentially have aspirations for a longer distance than a 50k…perhaps a 50 mile trail race? For now, I will scout out some more local races, enjoy the summer, and plot out some future goals.

As some of you know, I am a huge fan of listening to podcasts on the run, and have loved these recent episodes:

  1. Ali on the Run Show: Sarah MacKay Robinson, elite runner (so inspiring as a new mom myself!)
  2. Running Rogue: Building a Training plan with Jen Harney (I coach several runners on the side and found this to be super helpful)
  3. I’ll Have Another with Jenny Simpson
  4. Marathon Training Academy: Charlevoix Marathon Race + Recap + How to Keep pushing in a Marathon (I always love hearing Angie and Trevor’s race recaps in faraway places. They’re so good!)
  5. Guilty pleasure: The Morning Toast (not running related but these sisters keep me laughing hysterically)

Have a fantastic day and stay cool!!

What are your summer running goals? Anyone working towards 50 states?

Anyone training for an ultra this summer or fall?

What are your favorite podcasts? I’d love some new recs!

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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.

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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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Canyon City Marathon Review

Happy weekend! Hope yours is off to a great start. I’m heading out on my favorite running path in a few minutes but wanted to stop by to write about one of my previous races since some of you are working towards a BQ!

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Last November, I ran the Canyon City marathon just northeast of Los Angeles (Azusa, CA to be exact). Mark had a work trip in Palm Springs and asked if I wanted to join. Without hesitation I said yes and naturally proceeded to research the local races being held that weekend.  This REVEL series marathon and half marathon were on the list, and situated between LA and Palm Springs, so we signed up!

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Real Talk on Running Goals

Goals: the destination of a journey. They should be measurable, observable, the desired result. I always have work goals and several personal and fitness-related goals in my mind at a given time. But these days, following Boston and my first trail ultra, I am feeling a bit unsettled in my fitness plans.  Adding to the lack of running ambitions and motivation has been the post-marriage mentality of ambition fatigue. Mark and I have really enjoyed the last couple of months (and hopefully many more years of happiness to come), but I think that it’s time for some goal setting.

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Wineglass Marathon Recap

Two weekends ago, I ran Wineglass marathon held in beautiful Corning, New York. It was my 18th marathon in my 11th state. I didn’t run my fastest time (3:54), but it was a beautiful race and a fun weekend with friends. My friend Molly also ran the marathon, and had a great race- having her there capped off the experience!

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England Adventure- Part 2

Hope you’re having a great week! I can’t believe that we are almost through September. After starting a new job last week, I haven’t had much down time to blog or even run much!

My last post described part of Mark and my trip to England, so here’s part 2! Stay tuned for some running updates — RRCA coaching and Boston Marathon entry — soon.

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As far as England, one of our days was spent exploring the Cotswolds, a picturesque section of western England full of “chocolate-box” villages, thatched roof cottages and historical British homes.

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