Flex Friday! Your Photos & the Giveaway Winner!

Wednesday: 7.5m 7:44/pace tempo 

Thursday: 18m 8:30/pace (pace ranged from 8:25-8:40)

I’ll talk about my long run tomorrow, I wanted to post a few more pictures from the weekend when my mom was visiting because we had a pretty fun time. After the Nationals game on Sunday we went to see the almost blooming cherry blossom trees and a few monuments. We also love to point out how the monument looks like a penis—especially with the tree placement at the base. Just sayin…


Cameron and I got a kick out of our Thomas Jefferson selfie… the memorial was neat, if you’re into statues and stuff. I always feel like I’m supposed to be all ooooh and aahhhh over statues, but i’m not. I’m over it in 10 seconds. The walls were my favorite though, all important stuff you read in textbooks as a student finally come full circle.


I just loved this 🙂


Now it’s time for the Flex Friday pics & winner! I want to say that I did an awful job at promoting the protein giveaway (i was super distracted all week with mom here, dress shopping and the 18 miler), but the pictures I received are amazing and I appreciate the submissions and all my readers! For future giveaways give it a go and enter! The blog is still fairly new and your odds of winning are fantastic!

from my Instagram

from my Instagram, me and my mom!

Elise on a run! She’s training for her first marathon —Chicago!

Michele is in the pink on the right at her first 5k last fall!


Megan running a race!

I love that all the pictures ended up being running pics, i’m so proud of the running community! Drumroll…and the winner is…

MEGAN! – Check your email!

I kinda like showcasing my readers on the blog, so this won’t be the last time. Hang on to a few race pics or flex photos and hopefully we’ll keep this going!

When is your next race!?

May 3 & 4th

What’s the weather like?

Spring is finally here!! …i think!


It’s Baseball Season!

Monday: 20 min TRX upper body, 10 abs

Tuesday: 6.5m running/walking

The Capitals are blowing hard lately and it’s not looking good for playoffs, so i’m turning to the Blackhawks in hopes one of my teams will do well. On the bright side, baseball is finally upon us and we picked a pretty good day for a game.


Nationals Vs. Braves, an awesome day for some sun with a side of Vitamin D! Oh and my mom came into town this weekend which was a fun surprise 🙂


We went to the game, walked around to see the monuments & have been eating pretty well…
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Cotton candy with beer was actually a little too sweet for even me, but i don’t regret it!


I know the post is a little short, but don’t fret! I have more pictures from our week, I have a really long run tomorrow (18m!!) and I FOUND&BOUGHT my wedding dress! So much to catch up on, but it will be another day or two, hang tight & send me pics for the Flex Friday Protein Giveaway! (i don’t have a ton of submissions yet,  your chances are actually pretty awesome!)

Last Week’s Workouts!

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 15.4m 8:26/pace, 10 abs

Wednesday: 3.4m Garminless, 30 Core

Thursday: 7.4m fartlek, 7:57/pace, 20 min triceps/back

Friday:  20min chest/biceps

Saturday: 4.1m easy 8:10/pace treadmill

Sunday: 6m hill 7:58/pace

Total Miles: 36.2 + a few DC walking miles on Sunday 🙂

How often do you get to see your family? 

How do you feel about running without watches?




Tuesday: 15.4m 8:26/pace, 10 abs

Wednesday: 3.4m Garminless, 30 Core

Thursday: 7.4m fartlek, 7:57/pace, 20 min triceps/back

Well my knee is feeling better. Wanna say hi? At least if it scars it will be a face.


Anywho! It’s Friday, so you know what that means? The weekend of course, but also, usually, the last time people fit in a good workout before Monday (unless you’re a runner cause you know long runs happen during the weekend which makes runners so awesome). So it’s time for Flex Friday!! WOO!


If you would like to be entered in a giveaway for a Perfect Fit Protein sample pack, send me a picture of you working out, running, holding a yoga pose, stretching, flexing etc and you will be entered! I’ll do a post with your pictures next Flex Friday because i’m always super proud of my readers and their accomplishments.

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 **Giveaway starts now and ends Thursday 4/10 at midnight, to enter send me a pic to shesgoingforspeed@gmail.com with “Protein giveaway” as the email title & also tell me if you want your photo featured on the blog or not.

Tomorrow morning i will be at the start of Ben’s Run 5K with Gold’s Gym! I’ll be warming up runners and of course doing what I do best, talking about running. If you’re interested in running/walking or bringing me coffee and chatting 😉  check out www.bensrun.org for the event details!

What are your weekend plans? 

Long runs?



That One Time, I Ran 15 Miles

I’m going to tell this story, Tarantino style…

I fell today. Hard.

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The last time I did a legit, long marathon training run was late September 2011 and I was 26. It was 2 weeks out from the Chicago Marathon and my training wasn’t going well. All the “long runs” ended short because I was constantly dealing with knee pain. It didn’t matter how much ice i sat with, how much i stretched, ran on grass or dirt, or slowed down, when I hit any mile # over 8 the knee pain was there making it uncomfortable to continue.

In a last ditch effort to get somewhat of a long run in before the big day, i headed out to do “about 15” or something that would give me confidence going into the marathon. The thing was, it worked. I made it through 15. I remember feeling great the whole time, I also remember listening to “Good Day Sunshine” by The Beatles any time i felt tired. I had that burst of runner energy and confidence once i got close to 15–I CAN DO ANYTHING!!! I AM AWESOME! And then a very cold, autumn rain came down, so i called it a decent last run and headed home to begin tapering. We all know how that marathon went, and if you don’t you can read here. It wasn’t great, but i finished it and eventually figured out the injury.


Today, with 15 miles on the schedule, I was a little nervous but totally excited! I haven’t done this in such a long time. It took me about 45 minutes to get out of the house. I felt really scattered—i couldn’t make easy decisions! I couldn’t decide what to wear, how many GU’s to bring, NUUN or plain water, sunglasses or hat, tshirt or tank.

I did remember to roll out my calves, which were still tight..


And I admired my toes, because I finally painted them…betcha can’t guess which one is the purple toenail. You know you’re a runner when you only wear black, purple or blue polish.


Once I finally left on my trek, I was happy, and I easily fell into about 8:35ish/pace. I wanted to stick around 8:30 and once I hit 10 miles, speed up about 15-20 seconds/mile for the last 5. That was the plan. The sidewalk however, thought it would be hilarious to trip me and screw up an almost perfect long run.

WIth sunglasses on while running in the shade, I didn’t see the half inch of sidewalk portruding up. The tip of my shoe hit hard and pulled me down fast, smacking my kneecaps on the ground.

100 thoughts sped through my mind in about 45 seconds.

Did that really just happen to me? How many people saw it. OHMYGOD I broke my kneecaps! I don’t need knees to run do i??.. i’ll be fine, it happens! Are you gonna cry!? You are NOT going to cry, it’s not a big deal.. great you’re laughing now, you’re officially a crazy person. Sit down and breathe. Hey, it’s not that bad.. it totally looks worse than it is. Oh god it hurts, it hurts, it hurts, and now it’s burning.. A hole? I tore my new favorite capris?? You have GOT to be KIDDING ME!! Okay, big picture, how the hell am i going to make it 6 miles home?? You’re gonna run. That’s what you’re doing today, a LONG run, bashed up knees or not, you’re running. GOOD, cause now i’m PISSED and i’m gonna finish this 15 miles if it’s the last thing my knees do!

Once I regained my sanity, I went on to finish my run. I ended up stopping 4-5 times on the way back to check that my knees weren’t swelling or bleeding or broken. My pace did end up a little faster for those last 5 miles and I felt good. I didn’t realize the road rash I got on my hip, or my arm until I got home. When I went down, i rolled a little and got skinned up, but not as bad as I could have been. I’m so happy it wasn’t worse or I didn’t break something, especially that far out from home.


Is it me or is it sick that once I was running and the shock of what happened wore off, i thought to myself “well…at least it will make a good blog post” haha.

Oh and as i’m laughing about it now, i have a smiley face on my knee!



Worth it.

Worth it.

You know the obvious question. Ever fall down?

It’s been years since I ate it, and it was no where near as bad as this.