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Ok, so I know I have totally fallen off the blogging wagon. Oops. I’ve just been busy doing other things! I’ve made it a habit since the marathon to say yes more and go and do fun stuff! It’s working. I am still running and working out 5-6 days a week, but nothing to write home blog about. My weeks have been looking like this: 2-3 days of running, 2-3 days of lifting and stairmill, 1-2 days of lifting and spinning class. A nice variety, though I would STILL like to add in some Pilates. It just never quite lines up with my schedule.

Anyway, on Monday morning I woke up early to run. I knew I wouldn’t have time after work cause I had a jam packed week of activities but I didn’t end up having quite enough time to run 6 miles as I had planned.

I woke up with about an hour until I would have liked to start getting ready for work. Already, this is not really enough time to do 6 miles.

I got dressed and went into my kitchen for some water. Eeeeee! GIANT COCKROACH. Not kidding this thing had to be the size of my fist. Ok, so I am kidding. It was like the size of my thumb. But still it was in my kitchen! Gross!!!! And it was way too high up for me to reach it. So, I left for my run. Now with about 40 minutes to run.

I ran 1 mile in 10:06

Then I ran a second mile in 10:21

Then about a half mile later I was trotting up 11th street, passing a little pretzel shop.

Let’s pause for a second. Why (why?!) do people eat pretzel’s for breakfast. It makes no sense to me! At work every Thursday there are pretzels for all for breakfast, and everyone eats them. It baffles me.  I digress…

So I’m running passed the pretzel shop and a woman comes barreling out of the store at the same exact moment I am running by. Her pretzel lands on my shirt mustard side down as she body slams into my arm. I said sorry (even though it was totally not my fault). She glares at me, takes a bite of her pretzel, and walks away.

Ok, pause again for a second. Let’s say you were this crazy pretzel lady. Would you ever eat a pretzel off of a strangers shirt? No, didn’t think so. New question. Would you ever eat a pretzel off of a sweaty strangers shirt? NO! Of course not!

So I watch her walk away in shock and then look down to see one of my favorite tops covered in mustard.  I ran inside for some napkins and wiped off my shirt as best I could. Two women who were standing near by watched the whole thing go down and asked if I was ok. They assured me it was not my fault and that crazy pretzel lady was, in fact, crazy.

After that I just ran home. I was very flustered. I finished mile 3 in 9:45. I guess being attacked by a pretzel makes me faster?

I got home and my new pet was still on my wall. Oh boy, what a way to start a Monday. I had maintenance come up and evict him though.

The next day I had a giant bruise on my arm from the crazy pretzel lady collision. It’ s still there actually!

Yesterday I ran a brutal 10 miles. It was so hot and I had a hard time regulating my breathing. I’m really not looking forward to Broad Street. But I’m going to do it anyway and then take a hiatus from long races.

I’m not giving up on racing entirely though because I just signed up for the Color Me Rad run! It’s a 5k and they paint you through out the run. Definitely different!

In other news, I lost my race bracelet. I am SO sad about that. It had come off a few times since I added the full marathon charm, but I noticed every time. I guess it was just a bit too heavy.

Off to enjoy what’s left of my weekend!

–Melissa

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I had a feeling I would neglect the blog a bit after the marathon. Turns out I was right. 15 days later and I’m back!

It’s been so weird not training for the marathon. My life pretty much revolved around it for 18 weeks. I was either running or  thinking about running or talking about running all the time. I’m glad to be able to focus on other things now, but last Saturday I also found myself missing my long run! So strange.

The week following the marathon I took it very, very easy. I biked and ellipticalled everyday, but with very little resistance and very little speed. I wanted to run at the end of that week even though my legs were still a bit sore, but I ended up not fitting it in. It turns out it was a good thing I didn’t have the time because with a few extra days off of running I felt 100% better. I think it took 8 days to feel totally normal again, which isn’t too bad if you ask me! It was also a nice change to relax!

I went for 2 runs this past week. The first was a 3.5 miler on the treadmill. Now THAT was weird! I didn’t do one training run inside, and I have no idea what compelled me to run on the treadmill this past week. It is definitely less natural than running outside. The second was a speedy 5 miler outside. I kept the pace under 10 minute miles and it was the perfect weather. I ran around my neighborhood and then down to the river. It was fantastic.

I have also added back in strength training, which I am loving! I didn’t realize how much I missed it. I did some great work outs where I did circuits of cardio and strength to keep my heart rate up. It was really fun!

I wanted to run 7 miles this weekend, but the weekend seemed to slip away from me. I’m starting to realize that I will live (shocker!) if I skip a run or two. I don’t want to slack off completely because Broad Street is in a month. But I’m going to try and take a more relaxed approach with this race.

I’ll try to start weekly recaps again, but no promises!

–Melissa

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Well, this is it! I don’t have any more work outs until Saturday. The next time I lace up my sneakers will be to run 26.2 miles.

So crazy.

This week (or half of a week) had some great work outs. Here they are:

Monday: Speed Work – I was a little surprised to see that I still had speed work on my schedule this week. It was a 10 minute warm up, 6×400 with 400 RI, and a 10 minute cool down. I killed it! I warmed up at a 10:07 pace. The fast 400 splits: 7:42, 7:16, 6:44, 8:41, 6:42, 7:42. Then I cooled down with a 1 mile jog and some walking for a total of 5.8 miles.

I didn’t mean to be that speedy, but it felt natural, so I went with it. I’ll admit for the resting intervals I just walked. I know I’m supposed to be tapering so I wanted to keep this “easy”.

Tuesday: Cross Training – I went to a Spinning class because I know they don’t make me sore and it’s still great cardio. Unfortunately, this was one of the worst Spinning classes I have ever been to. Actually, no, it was definitely THE WORST, ever. The class is supposed to be 45 minutes (which I actually prefer over an hour long class because my mind starts to wander), but the instructor cut it short at 35 minutes. The instructor did nothing but 2 count jumps for the majority of the class. It was so absurd that I started doing my own thing.  Since it was only 35 minutes, I went and ellipticalled for 15 minutes after and then stretched for a bit.

Wednesday: Short Run – This was the last run of training! I couldn’t believe it. This was a 3 mile run at planned marathon pace. Honestly, I don’t know what my PMP is. When I first started training I thought I could do it at 10:20/mile. Then once I got further into training I realized that was unrealistic. However, I haven’t really been consistent. Some of my longer runs have been great with paces around 10:45, others have been not so great, and I don’t even want to calculate my pace. So it really depends how I feel on race day. I’m going to push myself (obviously…I will be running 26.2 miles…) but pushing myself means different things on different days for me. So we will see! There was a part in the book, The Extra Mile, that I just finished that I liked:

“Training and experience can make you more ready and more likely to do better on any given day, but there will always be that occasion when, no matter how prepared you are, it just isn’t your day.”

Anyway, back to today’s run. I decided to just do a “comfortable run” this was definitely faster than PMP. The splits: 9:58, 9:48, 9:20. Then I cooled down for a couple minutes before I had to hustle home to get ready for work, for a total of 3.18 miles. I can’t remember the last time I just ran 3 miles! It felt amazing. It was also great because I hit snooze about a million times and I still had time to work out before work and still make it there on time!

Thursday and Friday will be rest days.

So there you have it. 18 weeks of training. Over 410 miles of running. (Honestly I thought this would be more! But still cool. And totally time for a new pair of sneakers after the race!) I can hardly believe I made it through training. I woke up before the sun most days and gave up a lot of sleep, but I did it (despite people telling me I shouldn’t even try)! Anyway, here we are, with just TWO days until the marathon!

I’m so nervous for a few reasons (warning, the rest of this is a lot of rambling, but it’s helping me get out some of the jitters!):

1. I’m afraid I won’t finish. This doesn’t mean I’m not going to give it my all. But, you never know what might happen.

2. I’m afraid I won’t finish in time. This course has a 5 and half hour time limit. From what I’ve read, this is pretty short for a marathon, most seem to be 6-7 hour time limits (though I could be wrong). When I signed up for the race it said the course time limit was TBD, so I didn’t think much of it and assumed it would be something reasonable for a race like a Rock and Roll race which caters towards more casual runners. There is a cut off point around mile 12 and if you aren’t there in time they will make you go towards the half marathon finish instead of continuing on to do the full marathon. I don’t anticipate needing to go to the half marathon finish. I have run 12 miles many, many times in an hour less than the cut off time, but I’m concerned about when I cross the START line, because that will cut into my time to get to mile 12. I guess the worst that happens is I run a half marathon on Saturday.

3. I am having back pain again. I scheduled an acupuncture appointment for this afternoon, so I’m hoping that she gets all the kinks out, and FAST! because the last time I had this back pain I made it less than a mile into my long run before quitting and running straight to the place where I get massages.

4. The weather. I have been stalking the weather in DC like it is my job. First it said it was going to be hot. Then it said rain. Then it said thunderstorms. Now it says hot again. I have done every one of my training runs in 30-40 degree weather (except for the 18 miler which was sooo chilly). I am used to bundling up just a bit and feeling warm but not too warm in all my layers. I have done all my long runs with a jacket also. I put my phone (which has my music) in one pocket and my Gu in the other pocket. I wear my Camelbak too (I have decided to wear this for race day also. I’d rather have it and not use it than want it) but it’s annoying to get anything out of the pockets because you have to take it off.

I think I have decided that I will wear a tank top instead of my usual long sleeve turtleneck as my 1st layer, and then a long sleeved tech tee as my top layer (which I usually wear as my middle layer). Then I will put my phone in my Camelbak because I don’t think I will need to take it out for any reason, and in the off chance that I do need to, I’ll just take off my Camelbak, which isn’t the end of the world. Then I’ll put my Gu in my Spi Belt. Yes, I will feel like a pack mule and a little ridiculous with all these “extras” with me while I run, but I think this is the best bet. I want to carry my own Gu even though they have it on the course, because the flavors (Strawberry Banana and Blueberry Pomegranate) sound terrible to me. I also plan to wear my ear warmer because my headphones fall out otherwise, and if I get too hot I’ll just toss it.

Even with all these fears, I am SO excited too. I am already itching to run and I can’t wait to get out there and give it my all!

And since this post is already very random and long, how about a Dad picture:

Ready or not…

–Melissa

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Alright, I know I haven’t blogged in almost a month. But I have been SO busy lately. I have been working a lot, but also trying to enjoy what little free time I do have. I made sure to celebrate finally passing my CPA exam(!!!!!) and I asked to have the weekend of October 1st off way in advance because I had lots of fun things planned! First I ran a scavenger hunt race with Becca, then I went to a fun dinner at El Vez and the Matt Nathanson concert with friends from college. It was a blast! Here’s the recap of the scavenger hunt race!

I woke up on Saturday morning around 9 and vegged out for the whole morning. Becca picked me up a little while later and we drove over to Northern Liberties where the race started. Becca and I wore crazy socks, but some other people had some really great costumes. My favorite was the 2 people dressed up as sharks.

At noon they told us we had to run to a near by parking lot and find a ping pong sized ball with our number on it and run back to get our list of clues. Everyone ran off to the parking lot to the area with all the balls. It wasn’t a large area but after a few minutes Becca and I were the only two left looking for our ball. It became quite apparent that there was no ball with our number on it! One of the race directors told us to go on ahead anyway.

We got our clues and quickly started trying to figure them out. Since we got a slow start we decided to run on ahead and figure out the clues on our way. They said we could take public transportation or use our feet. We didn’t know how far exactly we were from Center City so we hopped on the train.

Becca on the train

After a quick ride we made our first stop to Reading Terminal Market. We took a picture with a statute of Philbert the pig and did the YMCA with strangers.

YMCA!

Then we headed over to Love Park and took pictures with the wheel barrow.

Playing in Love Park

Becca holding the wheel barrow on one finger. Not my best work as a photographer...

After, we ran over to a Jimmy Johns for a napkin. Then we ran to a small park on 11th and Pine. We had to walk around a tree with a golf ball on a tee.

Walking with the ball on the tee

Next, we ran to another park past South Street and had to pass skittles from one bowl to another using straws. It was pretty funny! Then we had a few stops on South Street.

We found the squirrel

Then we headed to Old City and stopped at Betsy Ross’ house and the oldest residential street.

Our new friend was not very good at being in character.

Then we ran to Franklin Square and looked for a brick with the saying “Always Find Time to Play”.

Found it!

Then we headed back to Northern Liberties. Our last stop was throwing frisbees in a park and then we ran back to the finish line. They weren’t giving out awards for a couple hours so we decided to leave without finding out how we did. We got tee shirts and dog tags instead of finishers’ medals.

The race was a ton of fun and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer day to run around outside! When we got home Becca mapped our route and said we ran about 7 miles! I would definitely do another race like this again!

Since then I’ve been closing down the gym pretty much every night because it’s the only time that I can make it there. Some noteworthy recent work outs include the night I ran 3 miles in 25 minutes and the morning I ran 7.5-8 miles (not completely sure of the distance because my watch broke).

Yes, I took a picture of my treadmill

I have a 10k in New York next weekend, and after my 8ish miles I feel ready!

I’ll try to post again before my race, but if not I’ll be back soon with a recap!

–Melissa

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Inspiration

After a CRAZY week (working my butt off, an almost injury, an earthquake, a hurricane, etc) I desperately needed a veg out day. After working from home until about 4 today (the one benefit of the hurricane was that I could work in my jammies) I vegged out on the couch for a few hours. Then I was texting my friend Becca and she said that it was a gorgeous day for a run. Luckily, we weren’t really hit very badly by hurricane Irene (sorry Vic!) and I was suddenly getting the itch to get off my couch especially since my leg had been feeling better from the other day.

(I know most people don’t speak in movie quotes…You go Glenn Cocoa is a quote from Mean Girls.I was surprised to see so many people out after everyone was so freaked by the hurricane. I ended up doing a 3 mile run. My splits were 10:16, 10:08, 9:52. Then I cooled down for a few minutes with walking until I got back to my apartment. It was great, thanks Becca for the inspiration!

Hoping this week will be slightly less crazy than last!

–Melissa

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Fast Weekend

I can’t believe how quickly this weekend went! It was so much fun! On Friday my best friend came to Philly and we went to Pod with another friend. It was excellent, after we were old ladies and just went home. Saturday morning we woke up early and headed to the beach.

I’ve mentioned before that my friend is a speedy runner and she wanted to do 3 miles together on the boardwalk. She said I could set the pace. Ha!

Recently I’ve been trying to do sub 10 minute for 3 miles and it’s been getting easier. Well, my boardwalk run was a sub 9 minute 3 miles! I couldn’t believe it! My splits were 8:53, 8:34(!!), 8:50. Before the run I said I wanted to take it easy, so much for that! I definitely could do this pace physically, but I had a major mental block about it. I was terrified! Time to get over that!

The rest of the weekend included lounging on the beach, walking on the beach, and going out to dinner and a movie with some other friends. We saw Crazy, Stupid, Love, which I thought was great (and Ryan Gossling….swooooon…)!

This morning wasn’t really beach weather so I hopped back on a train to Philly and made it home just before it started pouring. Then I went to the gym for some easy ellipticalling (while reading the book One Day, so far so good) and leg strength training (dead lifts, calf raises, hyper-extension machine, leg press, sumo squats, abs, and one set of regular squats focusing on perfect form).

Going to relax for the rest of the night. Have a good week!

–Melissa

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I just got back from an awesome run! So, I feel like I always talk about my terrible ability to wake up in the morning, but it happened again. Last night I woke up at 2 am and could not fall back to sleep until 5 am. So annoying!

Of course I missed my first alarm (the one I set to work out in the mornings) and only managed to get up for my second alarm (the one I set to just get to work on time). I packed up my gym gear so I could go after work.

It looked rainy all day and I figured I would just run inside (it was a cardio day today), but when I left work it was GORGEOUS outside and I knew I had to run outside. I decided to not worry about time and just see what I could do. But, once I started going I felt great and decided to push myself to get three sub-10 minute miles.

Mission accomplished! My splits were: 9:42, 9:28, and 9:11. Yay! Then I walked for a while, then I did 5 sprint intervals (each tenth of mile in around 40-45 seconds) then I walked some more, for a total of 5 miles.

Off to enjoy the rest of my night!

–Melissa

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