This has definitely been a laid back week for running. There was no reason in particular that I didn’t run much, other than I just didn’t feel like it.  I did much more strength training so running on sore legs wasn’t gonna happen. It is a good time of year to relax a little, without an intense training schedule and get goals ready for January. In fact, it’s a great time of year to reflect on why I’m thankful (duh)!

Here are the top 5 things I am thankful for this year ❤

Being healthy enough to run, finish and PR a marathon: If you followed my blog over the last 6 months, you’ll know I had an ankle injury and came back to train for a marathon in October. During the marathon I was so incredibly thankful I was healthy, uninjured and actually running a marathon. Even now after the race, I’m so thrilled that I’m still healthy and did not get injured this fall.

Coffee & Carbs: Kinda ridiculous to be thankful for, but I had a rough year…and almost every morning the thing that got me out of bed was knowing I would have a warm cup of coffee. Most times when I was out for a run I would picture a big cup of coffee and an egg sandwich with a bagel or toast and it would get me through the workout.



Training Clients: I get asked every so often if I have difficult clients or if there’s a person I don’t like to train. The answer is honestly no. Right now my clientele is amazing. Each of them have their own personal goals, struggles, and things to overcome. It is an absolute honor to help each of them on a weekly basis.

Friends & Family: This is always an easy one since they are the people you laugh and cry with,  lean on and love.  And when you don’t call them for a long time, they forgive you ;).


my dad !



nephews: mason, jaxon & brant


The last thing I’m thankful for is silence. I finally began to take time away from work, people, running & stress to just sit and breathe. Life goes by very quickly, especially when you don’t take the time to be present in moments. This is something I’m continuously going to work on.


Weekly Recap

Monday: 45min upper body

Tuesday: 5.6m “race pace” workout

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 3.5m easy 9:05, 35min legs

Friday: 40min arms & core

Saturday: 20min core

Sunday: 2.1m trail hike

Total Miles:  11.2

Soooo what are you thankful for?

Anyone traveling for Thanksgiving?


Shifting Focus

Monday: 45min upper body

Tuesday: 5.6m “race pace” workout

(^ Race Pace progression workout. 1 mile warm up 9:05, 1 mile marathon pace 8:45, 1 mile half marathon pace 7:35, 1 mile 10k pace 7:08, 1 mile 5k pace 6:40, half mile cool down. Very fun workout I pulled from a RW magazine. Very interesting to feel pacing for different distances.)

I still haven’t picked out any races, but i can say that I’ve enjoyed taking the stress out of running right now. There’s always pressure to preform well during a race, especially to hit time goals. I might run a 5k for fun this winter, but honestly i’m ready to put in the time to cross-train and build mileage to set up for a healthy spring. Winter is all about maintaining…and pumpkin pie.


I would love/like/hope/willsitonsantaslapandaskfor a sub-20 5k and a 1:30 half marathon next year. Hitting these goals in the past has been difficult since I’m constantly training for several races at a time. Just because we “run” doesn’t mean we can run well at each distance. I think somewhere along the lines of blogging and personal expectations we forget that the 5k, 10k, half and full are completely different races with different training cycles.


The Chicago Marathon was the kick in the grass I needed to realize that if I want to qualify for Boston and run a marathon 15 minutes faster in the upcoming years, I need to solely focus on marathon specific training. Elite runners don’t run every distance well, how am I supposed to? LIke I said, I think we get caught up in seeing everyone on Instagram or blogs and think we can do it all. Chances are we can’t, especially when running isn’t our full time job.

little  baby deer from my run Sunday

little baby deer from my run Sunday

I’m not trying to be a downer here, just trying to remind myself to take one race distance at a time and put the effort toward one goal at a time. If I want magic to happen and goals to be met in 2015, I need to focus on one thing at a time.

this guy crossed right in front of me

this guy crossed right in front of me

So far, and this can change on a whim i’m sure—I’d like to focus on my 5k goal in the spring and the half goal in the fall. That way I’m not squeezing several goals into 2-3 months just to buy into a race. The 5k will be a different type of training for sure, but I can take a few go’s at it since recovery is faster. Then after my normal June low-mileage month,  I can focus on 1-2 fall half marathons, again to have more than one shot to hit my time goal.

no, i will not stop wearing my favorite sweater :)

no, i will not stop wearing my favorite sweater 🙂

OH and I passed the 1000 mile mark for this year 🙂 feeling good!

Last Week

Monday: 4m trail run  9:17/pace

Tuesday: 6.5m easy 8:35/pace, 1hr TRX full body workout

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 5.4m easy 8:25/pace, 40min triceps/shoulders, low back

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 20min back workout

Sunday: 8m easy 8:16/pace

Total Miles: 23.9

What do you guys think? Is it a good idea to take a break from the marathon and focus on speed?


Phone Dump Friday #5 and A Big Decision

Monday: 4m trail run  9:17/pace

Tuesday: 6.5m easy 8:35/pace, 1hr TRX full body workout

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 5.4m easy 8:25/pace, 40min triceps/shoulders, low back

Lotsa randoms today, but first I want to say I’ve made a huge decision this month. I stepped down from the manager position I took on 7 months ago, and am returning to full time personal training. If you noticed my lack of posts or in depth content,  it was due to the hectic job which noticeably took a toll on my life (personal, social and running.)

I’m happy to say I will have much more free time to focus on the things i love and take care of my body and mind. It was difficult to try and help clients when i felt like I was falling apart. My job was stressing me out so badly I became a tired, unhappy person. I lost sleep, stopped enjoying running–i was anxious about work-related things while running even though i was trying to relieve stress!  I guess what I’m trying to say is sometimes, when you’re not happy in your job—take a moment and ask yourself why you’re doing it? Do you love what you do? Is the money worth it? Are you sacrificing other parts of your life that you might regret down the road?

Sorry for the seriousness on a Phone Dump day, but i had to get it out! Now I have to get some randoms out! Enjoy the pics, and share with me what your long run this weekend is! Mine is hopefully 8!

Katniss for Halloween

Katniss for Halloween

And my roommate Leslie–Hocus Pocus, everyone’s favorite Halloween movie. Did you hear the rumors about a Hocus Pocus 2??


Nike sponsored the Hunger Games right?

Cutest-tastiest-smallest-macaron ever.

20141025_232919Kristina BFFFFF and her newest little baby Adalynn

Adalynn slept right here for a while.. It was sooo sweet!

Twas the night before the Chicago Marathon…


Foodie Runner and the Bean

Best coffee house board referencing a few of my favorite shows 😉

Aaaaannd cause I was having a good hair day.

Last Week’s Recap

Monday: 25min back/legs, 10 abs

Tuesday: 5m easy 7:53/pace, 30min triceps

Wednesday: 3m easy 8:50/pace, 20min core/legs,

Thursday: 5m easy 8:30/pace, 25min chest, 10 core

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 13


Trail Running & The Reverse Taper

Wednesday: 3m easy 9:00/pace, 20min core

I know this happened last week–but i have to talk about it. GUYS, i went on my first real, lots-a-miles/hills/creatures trail run! I don’t know what it was but I felt kinda like some sort of badass hippie. haha! I’m sure you trail runners out there get it.


Returning to base training after a marathon is one of my favorite times. Lots of easy running and low mileage is just what my body likes after a hard race. After the marathon I took 10 solid days off running and returned slowly–my first week with just 2 miles, the 2nd week 13 and last week was 20.


I’m finally getting the rest of my tattoo finished tomorrow which means a few days off from running as it heals. Next week I’m anticipating my mileage to be closer to 18. I like taking a week as I’m building up mileage to check in with my body and make sure i’m not increasing too quickly. (I do this about every 6-8 weeks)


I’m thankful this is the week to ease off the buildup–my shins are being a little picky so backing off more mileage, a visit to the chiropractor and a good calf massage are on the weekly schedule.

Remember, you don’t always have to increase mileage every single week as you build your base. Plus, when you don’t have a race on the schedule yet there’s no rush to get back into full on training mode—just got to make it there healthy! Seriously though, i need a race. I feel like there’s a medal-shaped-hole in my heart that needs to be filled.


almost squished this fuzzy bug


Hope everyone is doing a good job at recovering from the fall marathons! Be safe & smart with your return to running!

Weekly Workout Roundup!

Monday: 5m easy run 8:06/pace

Tuesday: 3.1m easy 8:50/pace, 10 abs

Wednesday: 45min shoulders & core

Thursday: 5m tempo 7:23/pace 

Friday:  Rest

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 7m easy 7:56/pace

Total Miles: 20.6

How long do you wait before returning to your normal weekly mileage?