Sunday, October 20, 2013


I'm BACK. I feel like I start most of my blog posts with some sort of statement like that. I'm not very good at this whole thing. I'm back for real this time though because I've got the itch again.

About 2 months ago, I lost the running bug. In a big way. I just hated it. I decided not to do my marathon in early August for a few reasons. First and foremost, running just was not fun. It became I chore, and I felt like I was only getting worse at it. If I woke up in the morning and had a run on my schedule, I dreaded the thought of going outside and doing it. I was just mentally negative about the whole activity. In addition, I was getting a weird pain in the back of my right knee (more on that later). So I just decided to ask myself

If it's not fun...why do it??

So I didn't :)

In fact, I pretty much stopped running completely by late August. One problem however, was that I did still have Reach the Beach on my calendar for mid September. I was very nervous for this race. My 3 legs covered over 18 miles in 18 hours, which was far more miles than I've ever put in in that period of that. But I sucked it up, and ended up loving that race. Like I always do.

I did decide to continue my running break for a while though. After Reach the Beach was done, a pretty weird thing happened to my running schedule...I had no major races planned. And to this very moment I still don't. This is the first time since January 2011 that I haven't had a half marathon on my calendar, and it feels very liberating. I can go to the gym on my own terms, and I don't feel the painful guilt that I used to get when I didnt go every single day.

That being said, I am starting to get the itch again. With more crossfit and short, high-intensity track workouts under my belt under the past month, I feel stronger. I want to start slowly bringing running back into my life.

I told this to Bill this morning, and he had some great advice. Don't register for anything yet. I have a very bad and impulsive habit of signing up for races the second they get in my head, without starting any training. This has been my consistent recipe for disaster. Instead, I'm going to start slow. I'm going to set small goals for myself week to week until I feel that I'm ready for a race again.

That being said, my goal for this week will be to run TEN miles. Not a ten mile run, but 10 miles total. This should be totally doable, so I'm excited to take it on.

We'll see how it goes!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Overwhelmed with Olive

So what's been going on lately over here?

The puppy has arrived!! We picked up Olive about 10 days ago today. We named her Olive after a little Olive tree that we have growing in a pot in our kitchen. No real other rhyme or reason to it.
She is the greatest little puppy ever. She's super smart, spunky, and overall obedient. It doesn't hurt that she's freaking adorable too.

This puppy has a LOT of energy. As I sit here writing, she is going absolutely insane over a bunch of tissue paper I gave her to play with. Bill and I really had no idea what we were getting ourselves into with an 8 week old puppy. We knew it would take a lot of time and patience, but we didn't really know just how much energy it would take to keep her fully trained and entertained. We've been sleeping in shifts and neither one of us has really been able to fully relax. The good side is that Bill works from home so he can spend lots of time with her during the day.

Needless to say, I'm tired. My schedule has pretty much become wake up ~5, take Olive out to poop/pee, give Olive breakfast, try to tire her out before 6am crossfit/Run,  (if it doesn't work, Crossfit/Run doesn't happen)commute , work, commute, eat dinner, take Olive out to pee/poop, feed Olive, play with Olive to tire her out before bed, sleep. Basically it's Olive's world and we're just living in it :)

My marathon training hasn't taken too much of a beating from it...yet. I did my 11 mile run on Monday, did a Yoga for Runners podcast on Tuesday, and now I'm mustering up the energy to go for my 5 mile Wednesday run.

What I really want to do right now is this...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Happy National Running Day!

This week I've been a good little marathon trainer, sticking to my plan every day! Here's what's been happenin:

Yesterday I went to 6am Crossfit for the first time in a while. Now that's it's warm and bright out at 6am, the class is much more crowded. During the winter there would usually be 4-5 people in the 6 am class, and yesterday there was ~12. The more the merrier!

3x5 negative pull ups
2x5 dips (blue band)

WOD: 4 Rounds for Time
  • 4 Squat Cleans (75#)
  • 8 Deadlifts (75#)
  • 200m run

This workout took me 11:20. It was a good one! The combination of leg strength work in the squats & deadlifts + fast short runs left me super exhausted. Surprisingly my legs feel good today, but my arms and back are super tight. super super super.

Today I went for a 5 mile run around JP pond after work. I was feeling pretty tired for most of it so it definitely wasn't my fastest run ever. Oh well, 5 miles is 5 miles when my goal right now is to just get my weekly mileage up.

Then I came home and made this ugly dinner. Chicken, mashed caulilower, sauteed mushrooms. It was a pretty bland meal, but I was tired and it did the trick.

Now I have a tummy ache while watching the Bruins. There's 8 minutes left in the third, and I have no hope of staying awake for the finish. Bedtime for this old lady.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Monday Runday

Today has been a lovely little Monday. Work was pretty good, slower than usual. Day One of Puppy Challenge was also a success.

Lunchtime: salad with kale, quinoa, mushrooms, baby tomatoes, and 2 hardboiled eggs. 4 dates for "dessert" :)

I snacked on some cherries and almonds in the afternoon.

After work I headed to the track at Tufts for a track speed workout.

  • 1 mile warm up (9:40 min/mile)
  • 400 meter @ 7:10 min/mile, 200 meter walk, repeat 5 times
  • 1 mile cool down (9:40 min/mile)
total: 4 miles:

It felt really great. The weather was beautiful- much cooler than the past few days. After the run I did two 1 minute plank holds with 30 second side planks in between.

I was ravenous when I got home. Big salads with romaine, mushrooms, raisins, corns, baby tomatoes, a hardboiled egg, and broiled salmon. 


Okay, time to keep catching up with Arrested Development. Night!

6 Week Puppy Challenge!

Happy Rainy, Humid Monday Boston!

So I feel like I've fallen off the wagon a bit- with running, crossfit, eating, AND blogging.

To get back on track and try to feel overall better before this summer is over, the boyfriend and I are starting a 6 week challenge. This won't necessarily be 100% Paleo (will include things like quinoa, greek yogurt, peanut butter, etc), but it will be 100% cleaner eating and more regular exercise. The end goal will not necessarily be to watch numbers fall from the scale (though I will weigh myself before and after)...but I will take body measurements, and just record how I feel overall. For the record, right now I'm feeling pretty Blah.

The thing is- we needed an "end" date. A date to look forward to that that wasn't so far away that we lost interest, but was far enough away that we could work towards measurable results. Hmmm...What could be a  cool event happening in our lives that takes place somewhere in late July-early August....


So today is day 1. I'll be blogging here MUCH more to keep myself accountable. I'll be posting my workouts and a lot of what I eat.

So let's get started! This morning's breakfast was a Two Ingredient Pancake topped with Trader Joes crunchy peanut tea with almond milk on the side.

Also, I still need to do a race recap of the John Kelley Half Marathon from last weekend :)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Back at it

Guess what! I ran yesterday and today... pain free! Granted they were both super short distances... yesterday I did 3.5 miles and today I did 2 directly after crossfit.

Though these distances aren't huge, I'm really happy that I feel like I'm in a place to start training again. Speaking of training, next week begins my MARATHON TRAINING. dun dun dun. I went with Hal Higdon's website for ideas since I've used him in the past for halfs with success. I'm going with the 18 week Novice 2 plan. The Novice I is also for beginners, but that plan makes me feel like a wimp. Then I looked at the Intermediate, and though I think I could handle the mileage, I know I wouldn't be able to balance is with other crosstraining (crossfit/yoga/etc).

To kick off this grand training plan, I have a half marathon is weekend. HAHA. seriously. I haven't run more than 10 miles in a week in quite a few weeks due to a variety of issues. Here's to hoping crossfit is all you need to train for a race like that... heh....

Other great news, our puppy was born today! A few months ago we found a corgi breeder in New Hampshire who was having a litter. We sent in a down payment and we've been anxiously waiting ever sinnce. We get to go pick out the pup in 4 weeks and then take em home 4 weeks after that. We have yet to decide on a name though....

Though i don't care that no one reads this blog, sometimes it'd be cool to have readers to help me with questions. Like, have you ever run a half marathon with no training at all? And more importantly, what would you name a corgi puppy?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

My Achilles Heel

Hello! So, latest update on my running life: I'm injured again. SURPRISE!

Since last Friday, the muscles around my achilles tendon have felt irritated. It's not the tendon itself, but more like the soft areas between the tendon and the ankle. They started to bother me after crossfit last Friday. On Saturday I went for a 2 mile run, and that's when it really started to feel weird. Both heels hurt too, which I thought was even weirder.

I'm pretty sure the culprit is double unders and not running. We've been doing them a lot in crossfit. I've never really done any sports that involved much jumping so I can only imagine that my form isn't as good as it could be. I also thought that maybe my running shoes were getting to the end of their shelf life (I've trained for and run 2 half marathons in them since last August when I bought them...). 

Buying new shoes was my first attempt at fixing my problem. Ta da!

 I've running Brooks Trance for a few years now and I love them. This time around I upgraded to the latest version, the Trance 12 (before I wore the Trance 10). They feel SUPER comfy and I have no achilles pain at all when walking in them. 

On Monday, I tested them out for their first run- 3 miles around Jamaica Plain. During the run I felt pretty good (probably a 2 on the pain scale but still small irritation), but once I stopped the problem area got super sore. I decided to make a doctor's appointment for Tuesday to make sure I wasn't tearing anything that could turn into a bigger problem.

The doctor confirmed that I hadn't torn the Achilles (YAY!), but that there was definitely some inflammation. He referred me to a physical therapist to work on some stretching and icing techniques, and that is where I went today.

The physical therapist pretty helpful I guess. She basically showed me a bunch of calf and ankle stretches that I am already familiar with from yoga and crossfit. An interesting discover though was that my right ankle is much tighter than my left for some reason. When I went to a deep tissue massage last week, the massage therapist told me that the right side of my back was also more developed than my left. I guess I need to work  on better overall balance!

Anyways, I'm taking the next few days off from running. The PT gave me a list of stretches and icing techniques to do at home. On Sunday I'll try out a run and see how it goes. If it still hurts, she strongly suggested that I sit out of next weekend's half marathon, especially since I have bigger goals of running a marathon in October.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What a month

I'm back! Blogging about running has fallen to the wayside a bit for me this month, and this is not because I haven't had anything to say. I've actually had more to say than ever.

This has been a very long and tough month for Boston, but we are getting better. Tomorrow is the one month anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

I've also been traveling. Bill and I went to St Thomas for a week!

Anyways, this won't be a full post, just want to write this as inspiration for me to start posting regularly again.

John Kelley half is in two weeks. My heel/achilles is aching bad. If it's not one weird injury it's another right?

Better post later tonight!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Cohasset Race by the Sea 10k

Yesterday Albert, Stacey, and I ran the Cohasset Race by the Sea 10k. Such a fun and pretty race! At least half the race was directly along the ocean, but MAN was it hilly.

Here's the three of us before the race start:

The weather was supposed to be in the high 50s and sunny, but the high winds ended up making it feel MUCH chillier than we expected. One more complaint: my legs were dead. Crossfit the day before really kicked by butt, and I felt like cement the whole time. There wasn't one step of the 6.2 miles that I didn't feel like molasses. oh well, fun time nontheless!

The race started at 1pm in quaint downtown Cohasset. This was definitely the latest start time I've ever had in a race. Wayyyy better than those 4-5am wake ups for past 7am races I've had...

The race started right on time and was pretty crowded at the start. This guy was in front of me for a while wearing wearing moon-ski-boot

After Mile 1, we race started getting close to the water...

The views just got prettier and prettier going through miles 2-3

Miles 3-4 were directly on the water for almost the whole time. People who lived in their big ocean-side mansions came out to cheer us on.

 Hill of DEATH at around mile 4. This is where the race turned inland away from the water:
 I lost Stacey for the first 5 miles of the race, but right around the 5 mile marker I spotted her up ahead (blue sweatshirt/black pants up ahead in the picture below). My one goal became to catch Stacey!
At about Mile 5.8, I finally caught her and we crossed the finish line together. See our times prove it:

There was fruit and hot dogs for post race eats:

 Then we were off to Mary Lous for some delicious coffees :) The usual Peanut Butter Wonderful for me! Milky Way for Stacey and Tiramisu for Wong.

I'd definitely do the Cohasset 10k again next year. The course was gorgeous, and next time I'll be ready for those hills!

Today was a rest day for me. I did the 8 minute plank workout from carrotsncake, but nothing else major.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Half Full

News! I signed up for a half:

Bill and I are going to be on the Cape for Memorial Day weekend this year so I figured why not! Since it's getting to the point where I need to start getting my weekly mileage up in preparation for training this summer, I thought this would be a good kick off. So far I don't really have any particular training plan in mind since they never really go to plan anyway. The next 2 months are super busy too so that kind of structure will get stressful. I'll just plan to keep my weekly mileage consistent with some speed workouts and long runs and hope for the best! We'll see how it goes!

Thursday night I ran home from work. It was great! I need to do this more often. The only tricky thing is planning the gear and proper clothing, but I'm hoping to do this maybe once a week going forward. The commute is only about 15 minutes longer when I run too...go figure.  

Mile 1 got me to Mission Hill

Mile 2 to Northeastern Campus
Pitstop at mile 2.75 (Starbucks Mass Ave)

Mile 3 to the start of the Mass Ave Bridge

 Mile 4 to the Asgard (between Kendall and Central Square)

Mile 5 to Harvard

 Then I totally forgot about my cute plan of taking picture every mile until I finished. Whoops.

I then had plans to go to Crossfit Friday but my legs were not having it at 6am. I brought my workout clothes to work with hopes of going after work instead, but my Friday afternoon ended up looking a little more like this:

 Yup, I love my job.

This morning however, I did make it to Crossfit! Brian's wedding is today so we had a wedding themed WOD:

Love it. This was a partner workout so we worked together to split up the reps until it was all finished. It took us about 38 minutes.

I'm feeling good about my running condition right now! Always a good thing since I sort of despised it for the last 6 months of last year. 10k tomorrow!

Oh yes, and right now:

Post Crossfit Smoothie:
  • 2.5 cups spinach/kale mix
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 banana
  • 6 almonds
  • 1/2 inch slice of ginger root

Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Crazy Catch Up

So Wednesday nights have become my weekly "watch-the-crossfit-opens-while-eating freshly baked chocolate-chip-cookies" night and its awesome. The cookies are paleo so that makes them healthy right? man, I am becoming totally brainwashed with this whole thing.

I feel like I have lots to talk about but I'll just stick to workouts...

Crossfit & Yoga
Friday started nice and early with the 6am WOD. Friday means Crossfit Games at CWCF, so I knew what I was coming in to. The 13.4 WOD consisted of
7 min AMRAP
3 Clean & Jerk
3 Toes to Bar
6 Clean & Jerk
6 Toes to Bar
9 C&J
9 T2B....increasing 3 each round

The RX for this was 95 pounds, but that wasn't happening seeing at 95 is  my current 1 rep max and I have yet to be able to do Toes to Bar at all. I chose 65# and did knees to elbows. I ended up getting through 47 reps. Meh, not super proud of this but it was a good workout nonetheless!

Woke up and headed out to morning crossfit. Saturday's are "members only" classes, which are almost always partner/group WODs that go for a longer amount of time. Saturday's WOD (for girls) was:
22 min AMRAP:

  • 7000 lb deadlift buy in
  • 50 front squats
  • 400 m run
  • 15 kettle bell swings

The buy in meant that we had to lift a total number of reps at a weight to equal 7000lbs (guys had to do 10000 lb). So if you had a 100lb bar, you would have to do 70 reps together. The trick was that we had to use the same bar for the deadlifts and the front squats. My partner Courtney and I chose a 65# bar, which meant ~108 reps to lift a total of 7000 pounds. This ended up not being too bad. Front squats were next, which I kind of despise, especially since my chest bruise was finally starting to heal. We traded off sets of 50 until we reached 50. The 400 m run was my favorite part of the workout, giving the legs a chance to loosen out. When coming back into the gym, we immediately started on the KB swings (26#), trading off 15 and 15. We ended up finishing 3 rounds + 11 reps.

The rest of Saturday was great. Bill and I went on a South Shore roadtrip, driving all along the ocean. Oysters and wine. yes please

Running & Hot Yoga
Sunday I did my first "long run" in a while. By long run i mean, longer than what I woiuld usually do for fun. It was a great day though, warm and sunny. The temperature actually rose from 39 degrees to 57 degrees throughout my run. Layers were good thinkin

6 miles total out to the Tufts campus and back. It took 56 minutes, which is about a 9:16 pace. I'm happy with that for the longest run I've done since January. My legs were also pretty dead from the previous days crossfit workout so it felt good to push. 

After the run, I did some errands and house cleaning before heading to a 90 minute Baptiste Power Yoga class in the afternoon. I bought a groupon for Baptiste Yoga a few weeks ago, but I've had a hard time fitting it in between running and crossfit. I really love those classes. So. Damn. Sweaty. 

rest day! Monday I was wiped. Regardless of good sleep, I was just dead the whole day. The long run + 90 minute hot yoga the day before took more out of me than I thought. Hamstrings especially were just donezo. Must hydrate.

I meant to run this day but nope. I did end up making it to 630 pm Crossfit though. The next few week's will be dedicated to finding our 1 rep maxes on different lifts. Yesterday we focused on the Clean and Jerk. 1 Rep Max WODs are set up the following style:
Basically we did 5 reps at a weight we were comfortable with to warm up, 3 at a higher weight, the sets of 1 adding weight each time until we either couldn't get the bar up or we lost our form. I maxed out at 95#. I tried adding the 5 lb up to 100, but I just couldnt get the bar overhead. I managed to clean that weight but was having a lot of trouble getting under the bar to lock it out overhead. Oh well, 95 lb is cool! I've never C&J'd anything over 65 :)

Wednesday (Today)
You guessed it, another day of crossfit with no running. I woke up this morning and got my butt to the 6am WOD, which was
Minute 1: max pull ups (I used blue & black bands)
Minute 2: max wall balls (14# ball)
Minute 3: max pushups (I did most on my knees)
Minute 4: rest
Minute 5: Max Toes to Bars (I did knees to elbows)
Minute 6: Max Air Squats
Minute 7: Max Broad Jumps
Challenge: 2 minutes of double unders

I didn't really keep count for any of the sets in this workout. Oops. There's only so much my brain can handle at 6am. It was a good workout though. I ended up doing 100 abmat situps at the end of class though just to get in a little more work for my core.

My plan was to go for a short 3ish mile run after work today. I headed home, got changed, then realized I left my apartment keys in my car (Bill borrowed my car to go out with friends when I got home). So I was unfortunately under house arrest, unable to leave without getting locked out. Oh well, i'll run tomorrow.

And that's everything!
That post took a long time. Must get better at posting about workouts the day of.

I'm also going to start posting more about what I eat. Not because I think anyone cares (or even reads this?) but for my own personal tracking.