Ferry Commuting + New Running Stroller!

I met up with a friend the other night who was in town from San Francisco and it was so great to catch up (even though we missed those that couldn’t join)!! She brought her boyfriend and he cracked us up the whole time. He had met her entire extended family this week on this east coast trip and had some funny stories about it. That step is never easy, so I was impressed he was so lighthearted about it. Definitely a keeper!

A song played at the outdoor bar— Flames by David Guetta and Sia— and I just immediately though “I should be running”.

Other songs that immediately make me think I should be running include:

Blame”, Calvin Harris & John Newman
Uprising”, Muse
Cool for the summer”, Demi Lovato
Midnight City”, M83
Dangerous”, David Guetta
Dancing on my own”, Robyn

The list goes on, but these songs are very triggering for me and bring back some fun race or training run memories. What song does this for you?!

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Mark and I took the ferry home together after the meetup. Getting the hang of this water commute! It’s been fun for the summer, except for the fact that you have to get there super early for those morning boats given the number of fellow commuters. We’ve been shut out of a couple of boats now!

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I am so excited to announce that I finally got a running stroller! I went with the Thule Urban Glide 2.0. Thanks fellow runners and mamas for your input! I had held off last summer since Grant was so young, and then all fall and winter Mark was so good about watching him while I snuck out on my runs. But since moving from the city I think it would be so fun to take Grant along on some of those runs since time is a little more critical and hopefully the three of us can head out together!

It arrived today but I couldn’t use it because it’s been very stormy all evening! Some pictures to come :)

Different from recent evenings like this…

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Now that it’s getting super hot and humid, I still think I’m going to stick to the gym more often than not. Perhaps I’ll try to get up before humidity sinks in some days. I really need to get back into the morning running — or just a more productive morning routine in general! It’s always a hard adjustment. I’m neither a morning nor night person! But I have always found that once you make it a morning habit, it gets much easier. More thoughts on this later, but I think I will start small by tackling one week at a time, starting next week. After some snuggles with this guy…

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What are you favorite running songs?

Anyone routinely work out in the morning? What are your tips?

 

 

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!

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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