Friday Hug: Annie and Brian

Happy Friday Friends,

This week’s hug goes out to my dear friends Annie and Brian, who are getting married tomorrow! Woohooo!

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Annie was one of my first friends in Boston when we met as new office mates at the Lynch School Grad Office in Boston College.  Annie helped me get through my master’s program and the good and bad days at work.  She provided endless entertainment over gchat and is one of the most vivacious, giving people I know.  She and Brian are one of those couples that you instantly see are better together than apart.  I’m so excited to celebrate their special day with my partner in crime, Lindsey, for the weekend!

Congrats Annie and Brian!

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While I’m at the wedding in New York, Lola is spending the weekend with her buddy Louie at my parents’ house.  They were a little sad to see me go this morning, but a treat quickly fixed that problem!


These two will get plenty of relaxation in while I’m gone.  My sister always teases me that Lola loves being with Louie because they factor in lots of naps and snuggles…and shorter walks🙂


Running this week has been a little haphazard, but I have a 10 miler planned for tonight (fingers crossed it isn’t too hot) and then two shorter runs over the weekend since I’ll be away.  But hopefully next week it will be back to a routine!

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

New Project: Run Fast, Eat Slow

Happy Hump-day Friends!

This is really only my second workday this week (yes, I’ve been a bit of a slacker with this quiet summer schedule at work), but I’m still happy it is Wednesday!  Yesterday I took the day off just because and got my long run that I missed from the epic heat wave done.  I realized that these fall marathons are creeping up and I need to get into a long run cycle.  My goal is to complete 3 20 milers before Marine Corps, with the first one next weekend.  So yesterday I got out and did 16 miles at about my old marathon race pace.  It felt pretty good, but I definitely have some work to do in order to set a new PR.

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The good thing is that I am staying pretty consistent with my pace on these long runs that are mostly flat.  I definitely need to get some additional hill work in though to build more muscle and keep up my PT exercises.

But onto my new, tasty project…cooking recipes from Run Fast, Eat Slow!  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this new cookbook from one of my running idols Shalane Flanagan and her good friend and nutritionist Elyse Kopecky.  So I decide my new fall project is going to be to try and cook every recipe in the book.

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Not only do I love to cook, but I also really want to be thoughtful about my nutrition and reaching the best possible weight and fitness level for my two marathons this fall.  Yesterday and today I tried out two smoothies as well as a kale and farro salad with a lemon miso dressing.  I’m going to try and leave recipe reviews as I go so check back (and buy the book because it is awesome!).

Can’t Beet Me Smoothie–A+

I LOVED this recipe and will definitely keep making it for post-run recovery.  It is a little sweet, but you can still taste the beets.  I also love that it has coconut water for hydration.

Kale, Ridicchio, Farro Salad with Lemon Miso Dressing–A+

I made this salad last night and it was fantastic!  I didn’t have the exact miso it called for but the dressing was still great.  It is a hearty salad and definitely a good balance of veggies and carbs.  Farro is also one of my favorite grains because it has more texture.


Coconut0-Kale Smoothie–B+

I did modify this recipe a bit and threw in some blueberries, but overall I thought it was good just not super thick.  I chose the option with honey instead of dates, so next time I will try dates to see if that helps the texture.  But, I love the coconut water for the liquid.

I’m not sure what I will be making next since I am out of town this weekend for a wedding, but I’m sure next week will feature some winners!

What are your favorite cookbooks or blogs for recipes?  Any recommendations for recovery fuel?

Friday Hug: Ashely and Dave!

Happy Friday Friends!

I am happy to be off work today and on my way to my cousin Dave’s wedding to his beautiful bride-to-be Ashley!


Ashley already feels like part of the family, but I am so excited to celebrate them and the start of this new, exciting chapter in their lives.  We have such a fun family that I know the wedding is going to be a blast!  Here we are at Ashely’s bachelorette a few weeks ago…


Mom and I are heading to Providence today to get the weekend started.  I’m hoping to get a long run through the city in tomorrow, but it is like swamp central here with the weather!  Not fun at all!  My 9 mile fartlek run yesterday left me sweaty in all the places if you catch my drift…


Lola and Louie are spending the weekend with one of their favorites, Jose, so I know they are not going to miss us at all.  I’ll be back with more recaps from the weekend!

Hope you enjoy your weekend too!

Belated Triple Threat Race Recap and Other Ramblings

Happy Wednesday Friends!

So I’ve been on a bit of blog hiatus lately.  I’ve just had a lot of different things going on that have left me feeling a bit scattered and unmotivated to blog.  Truthfully, this is really just an outlet for me to keep track of my running and life at this interesting 20-something junction, so I’m not sure how long I’ll stick with it.  That being said, I have read other bloggers talk about the ebbs and flows of their writing, which makes me feel a little better about my recent slacker status!

But onto running updates…

This past Saturday I completed the Triple Threat Challenge in Rockport, MA.  The race included a 1 mile sprint, 5k, and half marathon, which rounded out my summer goal to complete a half marathon per month (check!).  Last year, I completed the 5k on a whim and then the half, but this year I decided to run all three and test out both my endurance and speed.  I ran with my friend Caitlin, who is also doing the Philly Marathon this fall!  Cailtin’s husband Jon and our friend Allen took care of the cheer squad along with Lola.


Going into the race my goal was to do the mile under 6:30, the 5k around 7:15 pace, and the half around 7:45 pace.  I haven’t felt super speedy lately, but I know that I had the endurance.  I finished up with these results!

1 mile: 6:45 (watch said 6:17)

5k: 22:03 

Half: 1:43:38

I ended up placing as the 2nd female in the mile and 3rd female overall for the three-race challenge, so I felt pretty good about that!  The rest of the weekend involved great time in some floats, delicious food/beer, and relaxation with friends.


After all the excitement of the weekend though Lola and I have been dragging this week to get out of bed!



This week is also technically my first week of marathon training, but I’m still trying to let my body recover a bit.  I have two weddings for the upcoming weekends, so it might be a little challenging to get the long runs done.  But I’m hoping to attempt a 20 miler the last weekend of August and see where I am at pace-wise.

And…I am SUPER excited that my Run Fast, Eat Slow cookbook just arrived!


I think a fun fall project might be to cook (and eat) my way through this entire book.  There are some delicious looking recipes, so I will absolutely report back with my favorites.  The beet smoothie is definitely one of the first I plan to try.

Have a great rest of the week!  I’ll be back with a weekly hug and some training updates.



Day in the Life of an Injured Puppy

Happy Hump Day Friends,

As you may know, my sweet Lolita is a little injured puppy this week.


My mom noticed that she was limping over the weekend while I was away, so my parents took her to my vet on Monday.  It turns out she has a cracked toenail, so she had to get a little bandage to protect the foot from infection.  This also means she has to wear the cone of shame when I am not watching her.

Those little sad eyes kill me!  Luckily, she seems to be doing totally fine and is getting in lots of naps…pretty much anywhere…


Lola is going back in for a consultation on Monday, so hopefully she can get the bandage off and be back to normal.  In the meantime, I’m just going to give her as much TLC as I can.


Today is also registration for the B.A.A. Half Marathon!  Make sure you register at 10am🙂

Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon Race Recap

Happy Monday!

I hope all of you had a great weekend.  I spent mine in Portland, ME with my friend Jill for the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon.  We had an awesome time on the trip and a very successful race, which was a surprise for both of us.  Here is the full recap!

We left for Portland Friday after work and had a really easy drive.  I forget how nice it is to go on vacation and not sit in Cape traffic!  It was wonderful to catch up with Jill and have some girl time together.  We used to work in the same school at BC, but now that I am over in Biology I don’t get to see her as often.  Once we got up to Portland, we picked up our bibs and then headed to Flatbreads Pizza for some carbs🙂


The weather wasn’t looking great for the race and both Jill and I have not been feeling great about our running, so we didn’t have super high hopes for our performance.  But we got up early and headed to the start with an optimistic attitude.  Luckily the rain held off until about half way into the race, so we were not soaked for the start.  Being the honing device that I am for coffee spots I found a Starbucks that was open and we grabbed coffee, used the bathroom (of course), and walked over to the starting line.


I was planning to run a 7:40 pace given that I had such a rough run last week.  But somehow I managed a 7:05 for the first mile and I was feeling ok!  I always get caught up in the excitement of races and start a little fast, but I figured I would just hold my pace until I couldn’t.  That is actually my race mantra…run your pace.

The course had some pretty epic hills around mile 3 and 6, so my pace slowed on those.  I actually found the toughest part of the race to be the downhills.  With my foot issues I just get so nervous pounding on steep downgrades.  But overall, my body held up!  I found this really nice guy in his 40’s (later found out he is named Rob and also an Ironman) and we paced each other for about 5-6 miles.  I finished with a time of 1:34:48, beating my Run to Remember PR by over 30 seconds!

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It was a great race and I would definitely recommend it to others.  After the event, there were free massages, beer, live music, and all kinds of good food.  Definitely a great day all around.


While I was away, Lola was getting some TLC with my parents, brother, and Jose.

Lola is actually at the vet today because she cracked her toenail and has to have it removed…poor pup!  She will be in a cone this week, so both of us will be getting lots of rest as I take a week, yes and entire week, off from running.

Hope your weeks are off to a good start as well! 



I Think I’m Overtraining and Pug Problems

Happy Thursday!

I’ve been neglecting this blog lately, but that also means I have been out enjoying the summer and time away from my computer…so that is kind of a win!

One non-win was my realization today that I think I am entering the zone of overtraining.  Last week I did an 18 miler before the weekend, which went pretty well, but my runs after that have not been stellar.  I did two short runs Tuesday and Wednesday before spin, both of which felt terrible.  And then today I headed out for a 10 miler with 6 at tempo pace and felt like I had been hit by a truck!  I could barely hold the tempo pace, and stopped after 8 miles completely worn out.


In some of the podcasts/running blogs I follow I have heard a lot about overtraining fatigue and I think I am on the brink of that.  I have not taken a week off from running since after the Houston Marathon in January and my foot has been hurting me since December 2015!  Running is something I love so much and I have a lot of ambitious goals ahead, but I know that I will not get there unless I give my body and mind a break.  I also do not want running to become something I dread instead of one of the things that brings me joy and confidence and peace.

This weekend I am running the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon in Portland, ME and while I don’t want to back out I am planning to go in with no expectations.  If I tank and run super slow, that’s fine…I just want to have fun at the event with my friends.  But regardless, I am taking a full week off starting this coming Sunday.  I’ll focus on cross-training with spin, yoga, weights, and hikes.  And if I need more than a week, I’m going to give myself permission to take that.  It’s so hard to listen to your body sometimes, especially when you see others running more than you or putting up better times.  But like all good things in life a long-term view is better than a short-term focus.

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On the bright side, Lola completely supports my decision to take a short break from running.  Unless there is a ball or treat Lola does not feel the need to move quickly…especially in this heat!


I’ll be sharing a recap of the race this weekend, good or bad.  And look out for some non-running workouts next week!

Has anyone dealt with overtraining?  How did you recover to get your body and mind in a good place for future races?