Phone Dump Friday, er Wednesday #7

Tuesday: 5.5m easy 8:20/pace

Enjoy Turkey Day! Remember, it’s a super carbolicious holiday, so only eat the carbs that are worth the calories.. for me it’s the sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie & wine. Dinner rolls are a waste of precious belly real estate if you ask me. Indulge, but don’t forget Thanksgiving is one meal and one day! So get your sweet cheeks moving the morning of, the day after or weekend of the holiday.

Enjoy some pics that didn’t make it into the other posts… Have a great holiday everyone!

Real clothes & real shoes..

1448238809322And i can’t even tell you how cute I think all her puppy paws are.. or how she gets into these positions.20151113_230242From my newly updated, About Me section, have you checked it out?imageFreshly made to order pumpkin spice donut (Ducks Donuts Herndon, VA)20151025_115204 (1)Blogging, what else…20151106_133923Our boss, Danni’s going away dinner. I liked the candid pic. Sorry to everyone with a strange face.. Oh wait, that’s just me.20151112_215530This was the sky just outside of the expo in Indianapolis. Seriously I had good vibes about that race all that weekend.20151106_175133Here’s looking at you kid.20151123_214440

What do you most look forward to during Thanksgiving?

Do you workout/run/turkey trot the morning of?


Back At It

Monday: 20min upper body, 3m easy 9:00/pace

Last week I began running after 8 days completely off. I did an easy 3 miler on a gorgeous Sunday, because i couldn’t help myself and felt fantastic. Usually after a race some pain is nagging or lingering, but this time nothing! After a few more easy running days this past week I can honestly say I still have a spring in my step and do not feel at all worn down.

We finally got a chance to celebrate Cameron’s 26th birthday. Yes, I’m a cradle robber. But don’t worry, our mental capacity evens it out. I took him to a few special places, one of which is a favorite restaurant of ours called Jaleo, in Bethesda, Maryland.20151114_182125


We went here to celebrate an anniversary almost 3 years ago, and once in a while we do special occasions and splurge on all the decadent tapas..like the octopus, we were in love with this dish…and I thought mine had a cute face. I’m weird, get over it.

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The following Tuesday a special package came in the mail…You can send my Awesome Wife Award to the PO Box. Thanks.


I haven’t decided what’s next. I’m sure i’m not the only runner at the end of their season that doesn’t know what distance to conquer next. I guess I haven’t felt this satisfied after a racing year to relax and enjoy a time away from a schedule. Not that i’m not thinking of running every second of the day, or wondering what marathon i’ll try to BQ or which half marathon I’ll attempt a 1:30… but it’s fun to consider all options. :)

Monday: 20min upper body

Tuesday: 6.9m 8:06/pace

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 4m easy 8:45/pace

Friday: 40min lower body

Saturday: 11.3m easy 8:15/pace

Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 22.1

How much time do you take off after an goal race?

How long do you wait to start putting new races on  your schedule this time of year??




Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon Race Recap!

Monday: 20m upper body

Tuesday: 6.9m 8:06/pace

It’s about that time to share with you the race day details! Usually I need a week to absorb the race, reflect, plan and hello…Celebrate!! This was a huge PR for me (3 minutes and 18 seconds!) and I’ve been enjoying a week off from running to revel in racing success.

So let’s jump right into it!

At the start during mile 1 my body was relaxed, but I felt like this pace was too easy for what I wanted to do that day. I figured this would be my warm up mile since I didn’t have much time to actually do a warm up. I figured you can’t bank time and i’d pick up the pace as the crowds fell. My first mile beeped at 7:54, I could have swore it was a 9:30/pace, so my heart jumped and I kept repeating, “I CAN PR TODAY.”

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Mile 1

Shortly after I found some space and sped up, I overheard a couple who were talking about their pacing strategy and the guy said, “We’re at a 7:16/pace I think this is a good pace…” I couldn’t agree more and I kept up with them until the marathon & 1/2 split at mile 7. I didn’t realize they were running a full marathon at that pace! It was slightly deflating, but at the same time, I was running my own race and just used their calm, even pacing as inspiration.

I felt really good at a 7:15-7:25 pace and basically tried following the tangents as best as I could while enjoying the music playing. I can honestly say I felt really great this entire race. Then I saw the number 8 spray painted on the asphalt and remembered i still had a ways to go. This is when i juuuuust started feeling tired.  This gave me a lot of confidence cause usually i’m blowing up by mile 9 or 10 and struggling and slowing to the finish.

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After a quick body check–>legs felt good, posture good, tunes good…I decided it was time to work. I picked up the cadence and focused on getting to mile 10 and then pushing the final 5k.  I kept positive by focusing on my goals and trying to keep a soft smile on my face as often as I needed.

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effort & focus

I couldn’t maintain much of a smile during those last 2 miles. I was incredibly uncomfortable, but I refused to slow down. I pumped my arms so my legs would have to keep up. I kept repeating, “don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done.” and “You’re not slowing down, your brain is just getting tired” both mantras helped me continue until the final right turn toward the finish.

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And just as the wheels were coming off, and my legs were hurting so bad I couldn’t feel them I heard my best friend, Marie yell out, “CORRII!!” I turned my head and they were right there watching me in the final stretch. I can’t describe how badly I needed to hear a familiar voice of encouragement because I felt like I was slowing down and the finish line was a bad dream where you’re running but you aren’t going anywhere.

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Across the finish line where my legs finally got to rest, everything felt fantastic. I have never crossed a finish line more proud, elated and satisfied. I’ve been searching for that feeling of running a smart, but left it all on the course, race.

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I started this race with my head, and finished with my heart. As cheesy as that comes off, it’s how I will forever race, running with my head then with my heart.

And of course shortly after the race I had a burger & beer with Marie :)



I have a ton of thoughts and a few reasons why I’m so thrilled with the outcome of this race:

-There was no pain in my IT band, or any area for that matter.

-I did the first 4 miles in under 30 minutes (something i’ve always wanted to do) and the first 10k in 46:34 (my best 10k ever)

-I negative split the course. I haven’t done this in YEARS.

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-I broke into the top 100 female of a major race. This was a dream goal…

-3:18 off of my 1/2 time is a huge step toward someday getting under 1:30 and qualifying for Boston.

88th Female, 19th in age group 1:36:07 7:19/pace 

What are your go-to mantras!

Have you had a “best” race?



The Taper Crazies!

Monday: 6m interval (2m warm up 9:15/pace, 2 x 1m @ 6:27/pace 4:00 recovery + 1.5m cool down)

Finally! I feel like i’ve been talking about the Indianapolis Monumental 1/2 for such a long time! This might be the first time I’m heading into a half feeling excited to see what can happen!

Usually I go into a taper feeling like my training sucked, I coulda/shoulda/woulda done more, but even as I reviewed every detail of my training log i’m taking the positive notes & keeping those for motivation. I’m not gonna get upset if every speedwork session wasn’t perfect, or on every long run i didn’t make incredible improvements. I’m taking the big, important facts & those will be where I draw motivation to push and do my best this Saturday.

Also, I needed a long sleeved shirt for the race and I loved this new Champion long sleeved top I wore for the last easy 8 miler this past weekend.



Important Facts That I Will Be Reminding Myself All Week As the Taper Crazies* Set In!

  1. 7 weeks ago I did the Parks Half Marathon in 1:40:02. Un-tapered legs, 5 weeks into training, this was a great time for me to post at the beginning of a training plan.
  2. I finished training healthy, happy & feeling good!! I’m not burnt out and I’ve loved running this fall.
  3. I had an extra week of training!
  4. I’ve been sleeping well, eating well & drinking a ton of water every day.
  5. I can PR on Saturday. I will not restrict my brain with a pace/time goal. I want to run a race to the best of my ability and do better than I have before. #bebrave

*Taper Crazies- The week or two before a race where you think you’re getting sick or injured, you suck at life, you’re not good enough, your spouse/family or co-workers just don’t understand!, nothing is going your way, you review your training log only to find out you didn’t do enough, your final runs all feel like crap–there’s no way you’ll hit your race goal, the barista gave you regular milk when you asked for coconut milk! NOOOOOO!!!!!

Basically, it’s a stressful time where the runner needs to trust the training, relax and get a race day gear & game plan together. Or do what I do and stay busy in other way besides running. Last weekend Cameron and I did a good job setting up his new studio/office space. My space is coming along a little slower, but I need a few more things before it feels right.

We got his desk from the same lady who sold me the teal antique desk. Kinda wanted to buy everything she had…



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I’m trying to stay busy at work and relax in the evenings.  We went to dinner with friends on Halloween so the only dressing up I did was at work. We’re all super goofy & love an excuse not to wear out normal Gold’s Gym shirts. I didn’t have anything laying around the house other than my Hunger Games shirt, so I went as Katniss, like last year. But i figured it’s more relevant since the last movie is coming out this month! I can’t tell you how excited i am for Hunger Games, but also..Star Wars. <—I literally cried watching the trailer. —> See! Keeping my mind off the race ;)

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isaac, adrienne, trey, michele, torre, me, & danni!

and me wearing real clothes on my way out to dinner!


and one more picture from last week, it was SO pretty out!!


Week of Oct 26th – Nov 1st

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 9m interval 7:46/pace

Wednesday: 30min lower back/obliques

Thursday: 6.1m easy 8:20/pace

Friday: 6m easy 8:47/pace

Saturday: 8m easy 9:01/pace

Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 29.1

How do you deal with the taper crazies?


Running Favorites II

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 9m interval 7:46/pace

Okay, it’s time to tell you about the running related things I have been using for years now, because i love them and i like talking about the things I love.

Shoes. #1 most important thing for a runner. And I love Saucony. They’ve been coming out on top, over and over for me. Especially the Kinvaras. I’ve been racing in the Kinvara’s for a while now and love a light shoe that is still supportive underneath the midfoot. Brooks is a close 2nd. I love the Pure Project line even though I gave Brooks a rest over the last year, I will be wearing them again in the near future.

Kinvara 5s.

Kinvara 5s.

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Saucony Triumphs

I recently tried the New Balance Zante’s –with only a 128 miles on them, they already felt like they lost their spring & are now just a gym shoe. Definitely disappointing. The other brand I recently tried were Asics. Again, a disappointment. I have 100 miles on them, and the shoe itself is falling apart (several small holes), the insole is bunched up and the shoe feels flat as well. These two shoes will be saved for short, easy running days or walks with the pup.

Clothes: Shorts/pants/socks, hands down Under Armour. I wear their shorts during races whenever it’s warm enough. Shirts: this one is tough for me, i don’t have a go-to. I’m thinking I might try Oiselle? Most of my running shirts are off-brand from TJ Maxx & stuff. Sports Bras: The Brooks Versatile bra is my favorite, and I only have one left, so I scoured the internet and grabbed a few more, but I’m not sure what I’ll do when I need to find a replacement. Socks- Pro Compression baby. I wear these things all the time. They feel so different from other compression socks. No other way to describe it, they just feel better and help me recover faster.


Brooks Versatile Bra I & II

I wore a tank over this and the compression socks--although i love them, not very good for weather close to 80 degrees :(

My race go-tos–Sauconys, my UA shorts, Versatile Bra, PRO Compression Socks, Garmin & Ipod Nano

Fuel: I used to be a GU Girl–but it’s too thick to try and get down while i’m racing hard. I found Honey Stingers, Hammer Gels & Powerade Gels work best for me. They taste better and are a thinner gel (does that make sense?).

And I think everyone knows by now I have an obsession with Nuun electrolyte tablets. They come in so many different flavors and have a light, crisp flavor without all the added sugars. Although I will drink Powerade or Gatorade the 2 days before a race just to consume extra calories!


Nuun shipment day! LE was super happy too.


Gadgets/Gear/Extras: I’ve had my Garmin Forerunner 10 for three years now and it’s still kicking and the best Christmas present I’ve gotten in a long time. It’s a cheaper running watch compared to the others in Garmin’s line but it gives you the information you need total time/pace/distance and you can get them on Amazon right now for $80-90. I use an Ipod Nano from several years back and i’ve been tucking it in a Flipbelt! This has been my favorite thing since I picked one up at the Chicago Marathon last year. It does exactly what it says–you can fit a lot in the belt, flip it over and it stays against your body. No bouncing or losing your items.

Week of Oct 19th-25th

Monday: 6.9m easy 8:32/pace

Tuesday: 9m interval (8 x 1000s- 3 @ 6:48/pace, 3 @ 6:44/pace, 2 @ 6:40/pace – 2min recovery jog in between)

Wednesday: 25 min shoulders/back

Thursday: 10.8 interval 8:14/pace ( 3 x 2.5m – 7:25/average pace)

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 10.2m easy 8:52/pace

Total Miles: 36.9

What are some of your running favorites?


How to Get Through Peak Week & My Favorite Pumpkin Cookies

Monday: 6.9m easy 8:32/pace

Tuesday: 9m interval (8 x 1000s- 3 @ 6:48/pace, 3 @ 6:44/pace, 2 @ 6:40/pace – 2min recovery jog in between)

Wednesday: 25 min shoulders/back

Good Morning! I think i’m super excited about blogging again since I bought my new pretty desk. So hopefully you’ll enjoy hearing from me a few times a week rather than once in a while.

Let’s talk about PEAK WEEK! This is generally the week before you begin to taper. For those of you who are newer runners, tapering is when you cut back on overall running volume to gain the fitness from your training and are well rested and ready to run your best on race day morning.

Peak week is tough for a few reasons: This is your highest mileage week. You are getting up at ungodly hours in the morning or staying at the gym or out on the trails later than usual to fit training into your everyday life. It is mentally challenging and physically demanding to make it to and get through peak week after building mileage for 8, 10, 12 or 16 weeks!


not excited to repeat the 1000s workout.

Here is how I handled it and how i’m handling it a second time (if you recall on my last post, i accidentally thought last week was my peak. whoops)

  1. Plan out time for your workouts. Schedule these runs in and don’t skip unless necessary. You won’t really have an extra day to makeup a run.
  2. Take one day at a time. Each day focus on the workout at hand. Do not overwhelm yourself or wonder how you’re going to run again the next day.
  3. Run your easy days freaking easy. If your easy runs are slower than normal it’s okay!
  4. Go to sleep earlier. Focus on the recovery.
  5. Eat like you’re an athlete and get some good nutrition in. HRG always says junk in = junk out. If you eat junk, your workouts will be junk.
  6. Focus on your race day “A” goal. It will push you to finish your workout, trust me. Remind yourself why you’re doing this, a PR? because you love running? so you can run the race comfortably? Qualify for Boston?

Always remember, it’s not about hitting each workout perfectly–that rarely happens for me. Focus on the effort over everything. If the effort is there, you will have a successful peak week. And if you take it one day at a time with a little extra sleep, you won’t be dragging or bite the head off a co-worker or spouse.

Recovering with LE

Recovering with LE

Now for the fun! My favorite pumpkin dark chocolate chip cookie recipe! I make these cookies every year and they are always the best dessert no matter where I take them. The only tweak i make is adding way more cinnamon than required. I love cinnamon and I like the flavor to come through. Again, never had any complaints :)

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No these aren’t healthy, I’m still learning to bake so i’m not doing substitutions for a healthier cookie just yet. If you try these and change any of the recipe, let me know how they turn out!



Now I have to repeat a long tempo today, wish me luck. Last difficult run before an easy 11 miler this weekend, THEN I get to taper! Haha!

Best tip to make it through Peak Week?

Favorite holiday treat?


I. Can’t. Count.

If I train you at the gym, you know I can’t count worth crap. But it’s getting bad dudes. Like, I just got through what I thought was my “Peak Week”–the hardest, highest mileage week of training and was SOOOOOO ready to head into the taper, but I didn’t count the weeks right. And now, i’m a week ahead of my training plan. 20151018_171859

This is the training plan i loosely follow from Competitor.com, obviously making tweaks along the way… I have used this plan before and really love it!

Now, i’m choosing to view my mistake as a blessing—since every time I toe the line I WISH/PRAY/IMAGINE I had just a few more weeks to train. I hope I’m not the only one who has this recurring thought at race starts. The glass half empty in me is really upset because it took a lot of mental rigor to get me through this past week. All i kept telling myself was to make it through this week and it’s all downhill from here. I need to wrap my head around a repeat week and do the same week again, but this time faster, better, stronger.


from Saturday’s easy 10 miler


I’ve started doing my long runs on Saturdays and I kinda like it. It’s out of the way for the rest of the weekend and I can focus on family time! A week ago my mom came to visit & she brought her puppy Maggie to keep LE company. We thought a size comparison was important.. Maggie is probably a 5lb dog.. LE is 48lbs. And yes LE lets us hold her like that.


Cameron has a cold and I haven’t been feeling 100% so we did a lot of housework & lounging this weekend. I think LE needed the additional rest from all the stressful furniture rearranging.

She was super cuddly after I got back from the 10 miler.


And I caught her passed out here…


and here…


she’s finally awake!


We got a little crazy and played Skip-Bo & had popcorn with adult drinks. We’re seriously out of control over here.


I finally got my flipping hair cut. Only took 14 months.


And we craigslisted pretty hard Sunday morning & I found my dream desk…


I’ll be re-arranging and setting up my office for blogging & PT stuff over the next month. The same lady who sold me this desk is doing a white distressed desk for Cameron’s video editing studio. I’ll share the progress when all is done!

Oct 5th- Oct 11th

Monday: 30 min mobility work

Tuesday: 7m tempo 7:36/pace, 20 min shoulders/core + 1m walk w/LE

Wednesday: 3m easy 9:20/pace, 15 min legs + 1m walk w/LE

Thursday: 6m easy 8:52/pace

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 13m long/fast finish 8:13/pace + 1m walk w/LE

Sunday: 5.5m easy 8:29/pace

Total Miles: 34


Oct 12th-18th

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 9m interval (8 X 1000s)

Wednesday: 20 min legs

Thursday: 6m easy 7:56/pace

Friday: 10.5m tempo 3 x 2.5m (1 @ 7:19, 1 @ 7:13, 1 @ 7:05)- 3:00 min rest inbetween intervals.

Saturday: 10.2m easy 8:28/pace

Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 35.7

Have you ever messed up your training weeks?

Any tips or necessities for redecorating an office?


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