Training & Updates 2/11 – 2/17

Happy Friday Guys! Seems I’m really good at waiting almost a whole week late to put out an update.. oops!

This past week was a weird one. Work was busy yet again, but then I took Thursday and Friday off to go crazy for a video game expansion release. Other than Tuesday (IT SNOWED and I got out early so of course I ran in it!) I ended up running insanely late on the treadmill every night, which wasn’t terrible mostly. I even felt good running 5 on the treadmill both Saturday and Sunday!

Monday––2.00 miles / 9:41 pace
TuesdayEasy 5 (9:02-9:41)4.78 miles / 9:59 pace (trail)
Wednesday––2.00 miles / 9:32 pace
ThursdayEasy 33.10 miles / 9:34 pace
FridayEasy 33.00 miles / 9:40 pace
SaturdayEasy 55.00 miles / 9:26 pace
SundayEasy 55 miles / 9:20 pace
Total21 miles24.88 miles

I’ve still been rolling like mad to make sure the treadmill doesn’t get me. I got my Addaday roller in and just like I thought it is just what I needed! Its ball rollers get MUCH deeper than my old grooved stick roller. I’m definitely a fan!

Speaking of recovery, I ordered a pair of slide Oofos because I LOVE my flip flops, but I am a socks-at-all-times kind of person so I needed ones I could wear socks with for maximum coolness. I’m hoping they come in before the Hyannis Half the 24th!

My last bit of running news is just a reminder that I have all my product and race discounts listed on my discount page! I personally love getting little discounts on products/races I’ve been meaning to try so I just wanted to be sure you guys knew!

In Other News

My boyfriend and I finished up our first week of Hello Fresh and seriously love everything about it so far! I will DEFINITELY be doing a write up on it!

One last new thing I did this past week was to finally purchase a sunlight lamp. I’ve been debating it for awhile since my house and office both have sub-optimal window placement so I definitely get less light than in the past and I feel like it’s affecting me mentally. I went over a friends and she had one and was telling me how it actually helps her so I decided to give it a shot!

Run Streak Day: 29

What are your favorite recovery tools?

Have you ever tried a sunlight lamp? Did you like it?

Training & Updates 2/4 – 2/10

Happy Wednesday Guys!

My third week of marathon training didn’t go nearly as well as the first two. Work was extra busy and stressful so by the time I got home each night I was pretty mentally and physically exhausted. In the end it resulted in me cutting it short a few nights later in the week. But since I continued my streak I ended up with about the correct amount of overall mileage 🤷‍♀️

Monday––2.20 miles / 9:42 pace
TuesdayEasy 4 (9:02-9:41)4.16 miles / 9:14 pace
Wednesday––2.00 miles / 9:40 pace
ThursdayEasy 44.08 miles / 9:15 pace
FridayEasy 42.00 miles / 9:40 pace
SaturdayEasy 42.00 miles / 9:37 pace
SundayEasy 53.50 miles / 9:48 pace
Total21 miles19.94 miles

I also need to get better at Instagram. Lately I’ve been super forgetful about pictures and I’d like to be posting daily to go along with my streak. Goals for next week!

Like I said last week, I’ve been stretching and rolling TONS to make sure the treadmill doesn’t kill my legs. My stick roller used to feel insanely bumpy and harsh when I first started using it, but it doesn’t seem to be enough anymore so I’m excited to announce soon I’ll be testing the Addaday Pro Roller with BibRave!

In Other News

I had a relatively exciting week outside the world of running! My boyfriend and I decided to finally give Hello Fresh a go. The first two meals were REALLY good and I have a feeling I might end up writing a stand alone post about the service.

We also went snowshoeing for the first time at Loon Mountain! It was really fun, but the snow was super hard and icy so I’m not sure how much of a real snowshoeing experience we got.


After snowshoeing we were STARVING and our guide recommended a place like 5 minutes down the road so we decided to give it a shot. It ended up being AMAZING!! They had a HUGE gluten “friendly” menu (but knew all about Celiac and cross contamination so it wasn’t the new “gluten free, but not for Celiacs” deal) and everything was SO GOOD!! When we left around dinner rush (we got there at a weird in between meal time) there had to be over 40 groups of people waiting to put their name in and I honestly can’t blame them! If you ever have the chance, definitely give The Common Man a visit!

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I may not have gotten pictures of the actual food because I ate it too fast 😅

After that we went to the Ice Castles (the main event)! I had never been before, but have wanted to go for years. It was very cool (figuratively AND literally 😂)! Now I totally want to go to an ice hotel next!





Run Streak Day: 22

Have you ever been snowshoeing? Did you enjoy it?

Have you ever been to the Ice Castles?

Would you ever go to an ice hotel?

Training & Updates 1/28 – 2/3

Happy Friday Guys!

My second week of marathon training (first full week) was another good one! I was able to stick with my streak, again without it feeling like a lot of effort 🙌 I also was able to steal my boyfriend’s tablet to finally run my first Zwift run(s) on my treadmill! I didn’t realize how much visuals help make a run less boring until I started running facing my basement wall lol It felt SUPER weird and off to just have sound to distract me. Having Zwift’s visuals so I can look around the environment as well as seeing/competing against other runners, bikers, and AI walkers is SO MUCH better! There’s how my week went compared to my training plan:

Monday––3.20 miles / 9:33 pace
TuesdayEasy 2 (9:02-9:41)2.04 miles / 9:50 pace
Wednesday––2.00 miles / 9:37 pace
ThursdayEasy 32.00 miles / 10:59 pace
FridayEasy 33.00 miles / 10:00 pace
SaturdayEasy 33.03 miles / 9:22 pace
SundayEasy 44.07 miles / 9:20 pace
Total15 miles19.24 miles

So I didn’t realize I was actually going slower than planned until now. Somehow I got 10:02 in my head as the slowest pace 🤷‍♀️ (No idea what was up Thursday.. I want to say I logged the time wrong without realizing, but can’t seem to find any of my data from that run to fix it. Oh well!) Either way I’ll just have to pick up the pace from now on, but I am still happy I’ve been taking it easy as I get into running daily. I’ve never had much luck with treadmill running so the fact that my legs still feel good is a good indicator I’m doing something right! I’ve also been making sure to stretch and roll TONS as well. No matter how much I dislike stretching and rolling, I have to say at this point I would recommend suffering through it to anyone with any sort of leg issues. It’s insane how much of a difference it can make.

In other news, I’ve been crushing the step competition! Oh I also found the Adventure feature in the Challenge section of Fitbit and I LOVE it! If you don’t know about it/haven’t tried it out I’d definitely recommend! You choose a path to virtually walk through cool places (right now Yosemite seems to be the only one, but I’d assume they have more at different times) and when you hit certain points you get fun facts and BEAUTIFUL panoramas of the area! You can also do it in Race mode and race friends. Anyway, that was my week! Hope all your’s were good ones too!

Run Streak Day: 14

How do you survive treadmill running mentally and physically?

How’s your training plan going?

Training & Updates 1/21 – 1/27

This week was a really good week for many reasons! I broke my streak since I last posted but started another attempt on the 20th. I’m more hopeful this time since the week went by super smoothly, with none of my runs feeling forced. I feel like running daily might be going back to being more of a habit again!

I also finally got my own treadmill and it is now setup in the basement so I have almost no excuse not to run! I’m pumped to not have to go out to the gym anymore or deal with their schedule!

Here’s what my week looked like:

Monday – 6.83 miles / 8:51 pace

Tuesday – 3.12 miles / 9:20 pace

Wednesday – 4.86 miles / 9:17 pace

Thursday – 2.02 miles / 9:38 pace

Friday – 2.01 miles / 9:59 pace

Saturday – 3.40 miles / 8:02 pace

Sunday – 2.57 miles / 9:12 pace

Total – 25.81 miles

This week also marked the start of a new training plan!! I started marathon training the 26th for the Vermont City Marathon, as well as the Illinois Marathon! How are you training for two, you ask? The plan is actually set for Vermont, but Illinois is happening first, during training, so I plan to take it as an easy practice marathon. I’m hoping that while I won’t be in peak condition, the training beforehand will make it an easy enough time. Also my PR from my first marathon is so slow that I should also get easy PRs both times this way (if I can control myself in IL 😅)! I can’t wait!!

In other news:

My work started a step competition and being the only runner everyone expects me to win. Like to the point where my boss said I was the reason they were giving out a second and third prize. Not going to lie, I originally thought it would be kind of a cake walk as well, until my one co-worker, [the] IT Guy 👨‍💻, was CRUSHING it. I finally caught up to and passed him at the end of this week though! I then made the mistake of adding my mom and old track bud to the app so don’t be surprised when I start doing double sessions to CRUSH THE COMPETITION 👊 I’ll keep you updated so you can watch as a silly work competition slowly takes over and ruins my life 😂🤣😂

Lastly, I got a Koala Clip to try and really like it so far! I think I’ll go more into detail about it in a post about all phone pouches since I think I’ve tried almost all of them at this point!

Anyway, those are my updates for this week! Hope all your weeks are going swell as well!! 🏃‍♀️👋

Training & Updates 12/17 – 12/23

So I may have had a mini crisis over 2018 after thinking the year over the other day (I’ll go into detail in another post once the year actually closes out) and decided to step up my game for the last little bit of the year. I’ve always wanted to do a streak and a few of the reasons for my crisis could have been helped via run streak, so I decided to start a 2019 goal early! I actually started the 16th, but am happy to report I ran 2 miles or more everyday this past week! Since my previous mileage had been super spotty I took it nice and easy on most of the days, which is fine because the goal is just to get out there consistently. My week ended up looking like:

Monday – 4.01 miles / 11:09 pace

Tuesday – 2.70 miles / 9:02 pace

Wednesday – 2.30 miles / 10:58 pace

Thursday – 6.54 miles / 9:51 pace

Friday – 2.04 miles / unknown

Saturday – 3.36 miles / 8:27 pace

Sunday – 2.01 miles / 10:58 pace

Total – 22.96 miles

Weirdly, I ran on a treadmill everyday except one. Normally I avoid treadmills like the plague but I’ve also been too lazy to put in the extra effort it takes to stay super alert while running at night. Tuesday was another Zwift run, which was super fun! But unfortunately the WiFi at my gym won’t let me make every treadmill run a Zwift one. It’s making me thoroughly debate finally getting my own treadmill. I definitely felt a bit of tired and achiness in my legs/feet toward the end of the week when standing at my desk (this was also the first week I had my standing desk ❤️) but doing less Friday and Saturday fixed that by Sunday.

In other news:

I am a Tiux Ambassador again for 2019! Feel free to use the code SAMRTIUX for 20% off purchases from their site.

I am also a Rhode Races Newport Ambassador this year! I’m super excited since I love the Rhode Races series and their Newport race is my absolute favorite half marathon! If you’re a 50 stater I’d definitely recommend this race for Rhode Island and if you have any questions feel free to ask me 🙂 I don’t have a discount code yet, but keep an eye open for that soon!

Marathon Training: Week 6

Now that I’m done cutting training weeks short with races I’ll start posting weekly updates again! I’ll post about the races soon I swear!!

[Day 36] Monday, September 25
Easy 6 MI (@9:02-9:45)

Monday was SUPER humid and didn’t feel like Fall at all. It was scheduled for easy and after having run the Jamestown Half and Rugged Maniac Saturday I made sure to do so. Even while taking it slow I felt like I had turned to liquid by the end of my run. My Performance Condition went down for the first time since getting my new watch ☹️, but I blame passing by the evil dog’s house because I can guarantee I slowed down my pace and my heart rate went way up all at once (even though the dog wasn’t actually present). My right foot bothered me a bit again. (It started during the half Saturday.)
7.26 mi @ 8:46

[Day 37] Tuesday, September 26
6 x [800 (@7:02), 400 Recovery (@9:02-10:19)]

I felt pretty awful all day Tuesday so I didn’t think a track workout was going to go well or get done at all. The sun is starting to set SO early so I tried going to my high school track instead of college because I had been told they had lights. It was really nice to actually have other people still out and running “with” you since they didn’t have to be insane enough to run in complete darkness. They even had bathrooms right next to the track that they left open at night!!! I actually was so excited about the bathrooms that I used the men’s twice before realizing. 😂 The workout ended up going just fine, but my foot was hurting pretty bad by the end.
800s @ 6:55, 6:56, 6:51, 6:50, 6:54, 6:41
Total : 6.52 mi @ 8:25

[Day 38] Wednesday, September 27

On Wednesday I decided to try using my Kinvara again since it felt like my foot was hurting where my Pegususes had a bump for support. My foot felt somewhat better. It kept misting, making it even more humid than Monday’s run. 🤢 Today was just a day to makeup some miles for my Challengeville Bigfoot challenge so I took it easy.
7.26 mi @ 8:54

[Day 39] Thursday, September 28
Tempo 5 MI (@8:01)

Race pictures for the Jamestown Half came in on Thursday!! Needless to say I was pretty pumped! I wasn’t super feeling the tempo workout scheduled for today. Definitely was a bit of a rough time keeping the pace at points, but did it!
5 mi @ 7:45 [7:50, 7:53, 7:48, 7:44, 7:44]
Total: 7.22 mi @ 8:09

[Day 40] Friday, September 29
Easy 5 MI (@9:02-9:45)

Oh man it actually felt like Fall on Friday!! I got out of work early to run so I could help my boyfriend’s grandparents stomp grapes to make their wine! That also meant I got to do my whole run in daylight 😎. I felt overall better than Thursday and my foot felt better too!
7.24 mi @ 8:27

[Day 41] Saturday, September 30
Easy 6 MI (@9:02-9:45)

I cut Saturday short since I only needed 5 miles to complete the challenge and had extended other days longer than scheduled. I even managed to be the first newbie to complete the Bigfoot Challenge! (Might have been by default.. dunno.. but still counts!)
5.14 mi @ 8:37

[Day 42] Sunday, October 1
Long 10 MI (@8:42)

Felt really good! It was a nice confidence booster to feel so good running 10 miles decently fast, but I couldn’t keep a pace to save my life. It literally felt like every time I tried to slow down I sped up and vise versa. I’m hoping to improve upon that before the marathon since pacing myself early on is going to be pretty important.
10.09 mi @ 8:19

Weekly Total: 50.72

Thanks again for reading!

Marathon Training: Week 3

[Day 15] Monday, September 4

Monday I decided to take the scheduled rest day and wait for my new new shoes to come in! (They were scheduled for Tuesday). I didn’t want to just sit around though so I went to the nearby college to do some walking and Pokemon catching. I knew they had a paved path around the pond, but also discovered they have a little wooded trail! Will definitely have to go back there for a run!

[Day 16] Tuesday, September 5
Easy 5 MI (@9:02-9:45)

Tuesday I conveniently had my yearly doctors appointment and mentioned my foot. He referred me to an Orthopedic, but told me in his opinion I just wasn’t warming the muscles and tendons up enough. That seemed fair since I need usually just static stretch. I know.. bad, but I just wanna run! Anyway, I went home to my new shoes after work, heated my foot, stretched, and tried to do a bit more moving than usual before heading out. The first half my foot didn’t feel great again and it had me kind of down since I really had hoped it was just my shoes. The second half was much better but with my foot having hurt the whole first half I was already out of wack so the whole run was kind of blah. I ended in a pretty bad mood and it didn’t occur to me until taking to my friend that my doctor was probably right and my foot was still just warming up during the first half of my run. That definitely made me feel better, but I’m not quite sure what to do to warm up without causing pain that’ll ruin any activity afterwards 🤔
5.16 mi @ 8:40

[Day 17] Wednesday, September 6

Wednesday I got news that my foot doctor’s appointment was officially scheduled for the 13th. It was a scheduled rest day so that’s what I did! I got Chinese food with my boyfriend and just lazed about ☺️

[Day 18] Thursday, September 7
Easy 4 MI (@9:02-9:45)

I started classes Thursday so didn’t end up running until late. I decided to get serious about warming up and ran ultra slow (actually just the pace I should have been running this whole time 😅) for the beginning. Hm.. my foot didn’t hurt. AND THEN I felt so good I accidentally picked it up! It got dark really quick though and I forgot my headlamp so I had to slow down again to watch my step. My legs felt a bit achy during the second half but I think they just had a hard week last week with all the foot drama. I made sure to do some rolling so they’d hopefully be 100% for FriYAY!
4.08 mi @ 8:54 

[Day 19] Friday, September 8
Easy 5 MI (@9:02-9:45)

So pretty darn sure it was the warm up deal because I started slow again and felt perfectly normal on Friday’s run! I was even able to pick it up at the end when it started down pouring and looking really thunderstormy.
5.18 mi @ 8:16

[Day 20] Saturday, September 9
Easy 4 MI (@9:02-9:45)

I wish I could say I planned Saturday as a rest day but it really was accidently turned into a rest day when plans lasted later than expected. I should honestly know to run in the AM because all my plans end up going late. Going to work on that! For now I had planned to join Strava’s attempt to break the record number of halfs run in a day Sunday so I’ll make up the mileage then.

[Day 21] Sunday, September 10
Easy 6 MI (@9:02-9:45)

The half started off really well (with no foot pain!) but I completely forgot to bring water and slowly became dehydrated. I had planned to run my it and back route 2.5 times (rough for me to begin with since I hate repeating routes) but started thinking it wasn’t going to be enough toward the end. (I’m generally good at math but while running even my simple math skills go completely out the window lmao.) Between dehydration and thinking I was going to have to do even more laps than planned I started freaking out and slowed down to a crawl for the last few miles. Luckily it totally was enough and I was able to participate then chug water like no tomorrow!
13.20 mi @ 9:00

Weekly Total: 27.62

Next week starts speed/strength workouts AND I’m running my Ragnar at the end of the week!!

Thanks for reading!

Marathon Training: Week 2

[Day 8] Monday, August 28

Since I didn’t run the scheduled 5 miles on Sunday I felt I should probably make up some mileage Monday. I actually managed to get up and run in the AM and it was AWESOME! I used to frequently get up at 5AM to run 5 or 10 miles with friends, but since they’ve been away at school I’ve had a hard time prying myself out of bed to run alone. But AM running is totally worth it. It was so nice and cool! PLUS I was barely awake to notice I was running, so if you don’t enjoy running, just do it in your sleep as a zombie 😉 Also once I woke up fully I was so much more awake and energized than normal! Only problem was after the run my foot was acting up quite a bit. After work I ran again, but this time just a slow short one with my boyfriend since he needs to train for the Rugged Maniac and I didn’t feel so well. My foot was fine after the second run!
AM: 4.09 mi @ 8:28
PM: 2.01 mi @ 13:19

[Day 9] Tuesday, August 29
Easy 5 MI (@9:02-9:45)

Tuesday’s run was pretty awful. My foot really hurt and then I think I started running with poor form making my legs hurt too.
5.27 mi @ 8:39

[Day 10] Wednesday, August 30

Rest daaaaay! Just stuck to resting since my foot felt so bad last run.

[Day 11] Thursday, August 31
Easy 3 MI (@9:02-9:45)

On Thursday my foot was still off so I was glad that I was only scheduled for 3 miles.
3.27 mi @ 8:21

[Day 12] Friday, September 1
Easy 3 MI (@9:02-9:45)

By Friday I decided I needed to try something different and broke out my old running shoes. I was hoping that while more worn down, they might be worn down in a more correct manner than my current ones since I had worn my current ones when my ankle was sprained and super swollen. It definitely seemed to work because I actually felt good enough to pick up the pace!
3.28 mi @ 7:47 [7:48, 7:58, 7:41]

[Day 13] Saturday, September 2
Easy 5 MI (@9:02-9:45)

Saturday I ran in my old shoes again and my foot went back to hurting a little. Still significantly better than with my current shoes, but not 100%.
5.17 mi @ 8:25

[Day 14] Sunday, September 3
Easy 5 MI (@9:02-9:45)

Although the weather channel promised it wouldn’t start until 5 PM, it rained all day Sunday. It was a really light misting when I started off but by the end it had increased slowly into pretty heavy rain. Most of the first half my foot felt pretty awful, but got better the second half.
5.16 mi @ 8:31

Weekly Mileage: 28.24

Marathon Training: Week 1

So I finally decided to sign up for a full marathon! It’s been on my to do list for awhile now and I recently (after getting some books with actual training plans just to check out) realized that starting a training schedule now would have me racing right before the end of the year! After comparing Higdon, Hanson, and a few other popular training schedules, I decided Hanson’s methodology seemed really similar to my old Coach’s (that worked really well for me)! Now my only issue is deciding between the “advanced” and “beginner” schedules. Which in the end I think I’m going to do a mix since they are realistically the exact same except slight variance on mileage on easy days and the beginner schedule really eases you into things.

[Day 1] Monday, August 21
Easy 4 MI (@ 9:02-9:45)

Damn, has it been hot and humid! Monday was no exception. I had a wake to attend Sunday and funeral early Monday so I didn’t get my run in until after all those tiresome hours in heels. Needless to say I was already exhausted at the very start of my run and pretty glad it was only day 1 and called for an easy 4 miles (1-2 minutes slower than race pace). I didn’t have my planned pace nailed down exactly yet so I ended up fast.
4.08 mi @ 8:19

[Day 2] Tuesday, August 22
Tempo 4 MI (@ 8:01)

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any more humid it did. Tuesday was 94% and the air was so densely filled with water droplets that it felt like it was raining as I ran through them. It was super windy too, but it was the least refreshing wind ever. After the last few trial days I was worried about hitting 8 minute pace for 4 miles, but it ended up being decently easy!! Definitely a confidence booster 😎 Now just got to get my pace down exactly. Pacing has always been a challenge for me so tempos are going to be important!
4.08 mi @ 7:48 [7:53, 7:53, 7:47, 7:43]

[Day 3] Wednesday, August 23
Having scheduled rest days again is weird. Didn’t get much rest though since the basement flooded and we had to spend all evening cleaning that up 😑

[Day 4] Thursday, August 24
Easy 4 MI (@ 9:02-9:45)

I might have to turn off days into extremely easy days just to still get my legs moving because they seem to be sore on Thursday from lack of activity Wednesday. Thursday I was still debating doing the beginner easy 4 versus the advanced tempo all day. But my arch was acting up and my stomach started sloshing like crazy soon as I started running so I decided to stick to the beginner schedule. It’s REALLY nice to have a schedule telling me to take easy days. I generally have a really hard time not feeling bad if I don’t give every run my all so it’s nice to be instructed to chill.
4.11 mi @ 8:26

[Day 5] Friday, August 25
Tempo 4 MI (@ 8:01)
My new non-running shoes came in Thursday night so I got to try them out at work Friday! My feet instantly felt infinitely better so I think my arch issue may have just been old shoes.. oops. I was extremely tired all day, but at the first mile my Garmin told me I actually was just a few seconds off tempo pace so I decided to “make up” the tempo I was debating yesterday.
4.11 mi @ 7:51 [8:09, 7:53, 7:51, 7:39]

[Day 6] Saturday, August 26
Easy 4 MI (@ 9:02-9:45)

Went to the park with my boyfriend and his friend to walk around and do some Pokemon hunting. While there, we stopped by one of my favorite Chinese restaurants that has DELICIOUS gluten free options. Since I don’t get it super often I stuffed my face a bit too much and felt ultra heavy and sluggish later on my run. Still got it done though!
4.10 mi @ 8:26

[Day 7] Sunday, August 27
Easy 5 MI (@ 9:02-9:45)

Sunday I was bad and didn’t end up running. A friend came over to visit and I thought I would have time to run afterwards. I’m still working out this having an actual training schedule thing, but am determined to not miss anymore days!

Weekly Total: 20.49 miles