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!

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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How to Make Running a Habit

Note: this post was originally written by me for Run Farther and Faster blog.

Some weeks can be particularly chaotic, consistent with the regular ups and downs of life. Needless to say, the moments of stress do not inspire me to lace up my running shoes and head out for a run. However, there have been workouts where I set out feeling down, but returned home afterward flowing with energy, with a clear mindset and perspective, and a more positive attitude. During these runs, I could feel my outlook change as my Garmin beeped at each mile marker. I was so thankful that I had chosen to run, mostly because it has become a habit of mine.

There are many ways to manage the rollercoasters of life- whether it be sitting back, breathing through your frustrations and letting the anger or sadness pass via meditation, or more proactively working against the angst through active pursuits such as running or another favorite form of exercise. Everyone can benefit from habitually getting outside and being active in some way on both emotionally down days as well as those feel-good days. You won’t ever regret regularly spending some of your valuable time participating in a mind-clearing activity such as running- you will only regret not doing it.

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Benefits of Being Outside

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend.

Mondays can be tough, and beyond this fact there are many life situations which cause stress to enter into our lives. Studies have suggested that proximity to greenspace and exposure to natural environments can be associated with many mental health benefits including mood and self-esteem boosts, lower levels of stress, and reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety. It’s even been shown that spending time being immersed in the outdoors has resulted in feelings of awe and inspiration. Personally, I often feel more relaxed, recharged, optimistic, and often inspired when I surround myself in nature while running, hiking, or walking.

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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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Updates & A New Writing Gig!

Hello blog world! It’s been awhile. Hope your summer has been off to a great start! I am excited to let you know that I have partnered with my running coaches Lisa Reichmann and Julie Sapper of Run Farther and Faster as a featured blogger on their site.

Check out the first post here. Let me know your thoughts!

Up here in Boston, my summer has started with a bang! Here are the highlights:

*Wanderlust Festival and trip to Seattle:

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15 Day Countdown and Happy Friday!

Happy Friday! Hope your week has been a great one. Mine has been fairly low key with the exception of a few intense workouts and dinner with friends last night. Definitely a different kind of lifestyle compared to even a year ago! I am enjoying the process of becoming marathon-ready, but am looking forward to a break starting February 28th, the day after my marathon!

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