Posts Tagged“training”

You know that whole marathon thing I’ve been talking about here and there? It is really creeping up on me. I’ve been running, of course, but never with an official plan. I  knew I needed to have one, but just never seemed to get around to mapping it. It is all about the art of denial, y’all. Of course, it is hard to deny the impending marathon when the organizers keep sending you race updates. So Katie and put together a plan for the next few weeks to get ourselves on target for the Steamtown Marathon on October 13th. (Which, in marathon…

Anyone else struggle with hydration while in training? It sometimes seems like a never ending concoction of sports drinks, water and chocolate milk. I tried something the other day that is making me rethink my hydration solutions, though. It is called ZICO (specifically, ZICO- Dark Chocolate) and it is a delicious combination of coconut water and dark-chocolate flavor. Mmm…. coconut water. Did I mention it was delicious? A study recently published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise showed that coconut water replenishes body fluids as well as a sports drink and better than water. ZICO is literally loaded with electrolytes:…

35 DAYS UNTIL THE NEW YORK MARATHON… 35 days until the New York Marathon. People, I can hardly believe it! A little update on the training so far… I think I have mentioned before that my training schedule would be a little funky this marathon due to the fact that my running partners are training for another marathon. They run the Steamtown Marathon in Pennsylvania next weekend. (Go girls!) And since my marathon is a month later than theirs, I had to peak a tad early. (I will be making up for that in the upcoming weeks with a second peak.) …

51 DAYS UNTIL THE NEW YORK MARATHON… I was a total slacker last week in the marathon training department. My most impressive run was five measly miles. Now before you get all indignant, know that I am not knocking a five mile run… AT ALL. I’m just saying that I should have logged somewhere in the neighborhood of 13-15 miles. But I didn’t. Because I didn’t have a running partner. BECAUSE my husband went away for the weekend and I was on soccer game duty. So the runs didn’t happen. Oh who am I kidding? I can’t blame it ALL on…

61 DAYS UNTIL THE NEW YORK MARATHON… We hit 18 miles on our long run this weekend. Hallelujah! 18 miles always marks the turning point in my mind. As in, no turning back now, Jen. There is something about that length of run that really brings on the oh-man-what-have-I-got-myself-into? thoughts. Don’t get me wrong, it was a beautiful morning, the company was terrific and the run went really smoothly. But right about 17 miles I started to realize that pretty soon we would be expected to tack on the remaining 9.2 miles to get to the finish line of the marathon. Meaning,…

83 DAYS UNTIL THE NEW YORK MARATHON… Each week I get these snappy emails from The New York Road Runners chock full of training tips and motivation for the upcoming marathon.  This little e-blast successfully keeps me in marathon focus mode. Even on vacation. I have to tell you, there is nothing I love more than a long run at the beach. Wind in my hair. Motivational tunes in my ear. The smell of salt water. I just love it. Except for the whole getting out of bed early part. I suspect that even the most dedicated of athletes cannot help but be…

Oh my Lord… 1o days until I run the Baltimore Marathon. This race is completely sneaking up on me. The girls and I did our last long run this past Saturday. (17 miles) It was extra special for me, not only because it was the last official double digit run before the big event but also because my friend Kim joined in. I haven’t run with her for years. Literally. (She is Marine Corps Marathon bound.) As I ran with Kim, Lori and Katie this week I felt an overwhelming sense of pride with regards to the company I was…

Best. 20 Mile. Run. Ever. This past Saturday morning was one of those days that reinforced my love for running. The sky was blue, the air was crisp, we all felt great and the conversation flowed…  it was the most perfect running day. (Insert heavenly choir here.) Understand that our little trio is comprised of moms, so in order to hammer out the mileage that is required and still take care of our kids and responsibilities, we have to start quite literally before the sun rises. We meet at 5am and run for a good hour and a half before…

What a beautiful morning for a ridiculously early run! And by ridiculously early I mean waking at 4:00 a.m. Truly, I’m all kinds of certifiable. So the gals met at my house this morning to tackle our first HILL RUN and our last SINGLE DIGIT long run. Let me say that again…. LAST. SINGLE. DIGIT. LONG. RUN. This is where the marathon training gets oh-so-fun. Sorry, a little off track there…. back to the hill run. We’re working in hill workouts every other week because if you check the race  elevation chart (badly in need of an update IMHO) you…

My body and my brain are just not in sync these days. My brain thinks that I am some kind of Deena Kastor. My body thinks that I am some kind of Roseanne Barr. The two just don’t jive. I’m training along with Katie (running partner) for the London Marathon. Before you get all excited… SHE is running the London Marathon, I am accompanying her on her training runs. Which means that I am out there doing stupid long distances for no really good reason. Except for the fact that Katie is awesomesauce and I want to grow up and…