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Better Body Maintenance

Monday: 5.2m easy. 1@ 8:40 warm up mile then 4 @ 8:00/pace, .2 walking cool down, Lots of rolling & physical therapy on my anterior tibia.

After my visit to the Chiropractor, i spend time this weekend relaxing, stretching & cleaning the apartment. Nothing exciting, just tried to keep my mind off the whole, not running thing. I went on my first run in four days (on the treadmill, cause yeah outside is NOT happening in this crazy cold) and I felt good! My ankle felt normal and leg wasn’t tight. It’s still a work in progress and my boss is being awesome and teaching me how to use his Trigger Point physical therapy tools.

I know those little green rollers and balls look all cute, sweet and innocent, but they are crazy torture devices. It makes a foam roller look like a joke. I’m saving up to buy a kit so I can work on myofascial compression in the evenings. If I can find a tool that will keep me healthy and running I’ll try it!

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See..i stretch… or sit on the ground. whatevs

I can’t remember for the life of me who said it, but I read an article on Runner’s World about 3 years ago that changed my way of thinking about the “maintenance” part of running (the therapy, stretching, warm ups, cool downs, icing, compression, massage etc.) and he (or she) said something along the line of how that extra 10% you put into the maintenance is what makes the difference in running comfortably, injury free and for years into your life.  I took that to heart and now more than ever I’m going to make sure that I’m doing some sort of TLC to my body every day, especially on running days. How’s that for a New Year’s Resolution?

Random thing for Tuesday. I need a haircut. BAD. I think my last haircut was in July/August? eek.

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Last Week’s Workouts!

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 4 miles easy 8:47/pace, 1 hour of Olympic Lifts 

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 6.5m easy run 7:41/pace, 8:03, 7:50, 8:04, 7:35, 7:16, 7:04, 15 min Triceps, 10 min abs

Friday: 30 min chest/biceps free weights + TRX, 10 min abs

Saturday: Rest <–lots of stretching 

Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 10.5 (very low mileage for the week, DR’s orders)


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Shorts in the Snow & a Minor Setback

Thursday: 6.5m easy run 7:41/pace, 8:03, 7:50, 8:04, 7:35, 7:16, 7:04 <– I had to work for that last mile.

Friday: 30 min chest/biceps free weights + TRX, 10 min abs

I went to work Thursday in my Pro Compression socks and a pair of shorts (cause duh, socks and capris look dumb and I always get super warm when i’m wearing them) after my easy but the last miles were hard and made my legs sore run.

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Welp, you may have heard/seen/touched/ate some of the snow that’s falling all over the country. DC got a few inches Thursday night and I had a few people “concerned” since i was wearing shorts. I was stoked I could wear shorts in January. Hello! How fun is that?? I’m from the Midwest, shorts happen. All year round, whenever you can tolerate it.

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When I left work I became a little kid again. I was actually excited to be driving in snow, slush and icy roads, just because it’s been forever since i’ve had to do it. (disclaimer: this was only fun because absolutely no one was out on the roads). I got to take my time and look at the fluffy new snow covering, homes, trees and cars. The sky was totally white, so everything looked beautiful. (disclaimer #2: snow is only beautiful and fun when you don’t have it)

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When I got home I forced asked Cameron to put a coat and shoes on and stand outside on the stoop of our building just to look at the pretty snow and enjoy how silent it was. I love how snow mutes the world.

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It was still freezing out Friday morning when I headed to the Chiropractor for an adjustment and a tight ankle. What we found out was that my anterior tibia is really tight and screwing with the mobility of my ankle. So much so that the Dr was glad I came in when I did. He said a bone in my ankle was sliding in the wrong direction and i could have broke my foot or got a nasty stress fracture or tendonitis. Since all this doctor mumbo jumbo is hard to follow I found a pic that shows where my problem area is and how the outside of the lower leg affects the ankle.

He worked out (deep massage & pressure points) my tibia in a way only he could have described. I have NEVER felt pain like that in my life. As I was winced and my eyes filled tears he says to me “this is what it feels like to be shot.” As in, GUNSHOT. 😦 Yeah, no thanks to that ever happening.

On to the important part, he said not to run until my “gunshot” spot wasn’t tender, take an extra day off from running and cut my mileage my 25% for the next week. I was so scared he would say, “don’t run”. Those words are basically runner cancer. I’m more than happy to oblige with his Rx because it just so happens I’m on the 4th week of my mileage building which means… Training Taper! If you don’t remember, when I train all year round i generally build mileage for 3-4 weeks and then take a week with lower mileage to avoid burnout, injury and to take care of my body a little more closely. i.e. foam rolling, yoga, chiropractor, stretching, cross-training etc. Looks like the TT is working!

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one more shorts pic!

What are your weekend plans? Races, relaxing, recovering??

Tell me about your weekend run since I won’t be running!


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Alright 2014, Let’s Do This!

Here’s the obligitory 2014 Goals List. I don’t do resolutions, I do short and long term goals that range from fitness, work, fun, food and traveling. It keeps me excited for the upcoming year without stressing me out too much.

Fitness & Running Goals: 

Qualify for the Boston Marathon. I got this bracelet at one of the halfs from 2013 and it’s a great reminder for why i’m running this year.

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Break last years Mile PR. (I’m hoping this won’t be difficult–I haven’t timed The Mile since January of 2013)
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Run a 1/2 Marathon in between a day of training clients. I did a 10K during my work day because of a few cancellations. I think this would be kinda awesome and fun to attempt on a day when i’m schedule has a few holes in it.

Work on flexibility, specifically with Yoga. Every time I open an Athleta catalog I get really jealous of the women and their insane flexibility and strength. These are just a few I want to acheive…

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Try SUP (stand up paddle boarding), Rock Climbing and Sky Zone Trampoline Park. These are the fun fitness things I want to try.

Obviously I’d like more running PR’s, more annual miles, more fun races. I’m sure those things will happen even without a list reminder :). Now on to my goals not related to running!

Get Married. How can i not? He’s too damn cute.

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Go to an NBA game. I’ve only ever been to baseball, hockey & football. I’m not much of a b-ball fan, but i’m sure i’d have fun at a live event.

Visit Las Vegas to go to Britney Spears show. Don’t judge me.

Try Ethiopian Food

Spend more time learning how to bake.

Visit a Pacific Northwest city, Seattle, Portland or just travel west of the Mississippi.

Record music, finish new paintings. Lot’s of unfinished work to be done here.

Alright, your turn. What goal fitness related or not are you most excited about accomplishing? 

Anyone living in snow right now??

I took some pretty pics last night, i’ll update soon!


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2013 You. Were. Awesome.

Tuesday: 4 miles easy 8:47/pace, 1 hour of Olympic Lifts (even though I was just learning form, 35 and 45 pound bars are heavy and i’m still sore)

Wednesday: Rest

2013 was a fantastic year for my running life, traveling, & personal life. I kicked off the year visiting Los Angeles for the first time and loved every second of it.

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Abbie & Mom ❤

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Beautiful view from my morning run in California

I went on a trip to Nashville for the first time, for a friend’s 21st birthday. It was epic, and I actually loved Nashville. This is a pic of all of us, minus the 3 chicks in the background– they totally photo bombed us.

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Printer’s Alley

 Cameron and I flew to back home to Chicago in July for his cousin’s wedding. We got to get our fill of deep dish pizza & local brews all while looking like frickin’ models. Okay, we didn’t look like models, BUT at the wedding reception the photo wall made us feel like it 😉

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Cameron, Juliana, Aunt Julie, Me & Chris.

And I got the chance to hang out with my veryextremelyalmostuncomfortablyclose friend 🙂 Marie is a doll, and we’re overdue for a reunion!

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Stella Happens.

In October, Cameron and I took a real life grown up vacation to Ocho Rios, Jamaica! It was so much fun and relaxing. If you want to see my posts on Jamaica, check them out here and here. I definitely will return to the Caribbean one day.

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In 2013 Cameron and I got to see some amazing live shows. We are both musicians so seeing our favorite bands live is something we do often. We saw Sigur Ros, Postal Service, Animal Collective, Say Anything, Eisley, Bonobo, El Ten Eleven, Wavves… and the most important…

Sir Paul McCartney.

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The reason it was such an amazing concert, besides the fact he put on one of the best shows i’ve ever seen, was because earlier in the day Cameron proposed to me here:

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This was a place we hung out the first day we met.

Okay, on with the running stuff! I’ll do an upcoming post on the differences of running this year compared to the past, but for now just a quick recap so 2013 can be left in 2013.

During 2013 I cut 11:22 off of my 1/2 marathon PR from 2012. I ran the most races i’ve ever run in a calendar year and also hit 1068 annual miles which was a high for me. I did my first ever 5K’s some were serious and I placed in age groups & had a 3rd place finish & some 5K’s were fun and messy.

At the finish- I placed 2nd in my age group.

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Oh and I started this blog.. 🙂 2013 was a great year. I feel accomplished, centered, strong and young as ever. I’m ready to see what 2014 has in store for me. I’ll be blogging next about my annual goals in the next post. Hope you enjoyed my yearly review!

What is your top goal for 2014?