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Phone Dump Friday! #9

Tuesday: 7.5m intervals 12 x 400s @6:07/pace, 25 min core

Wednesday: 7m easy 9:40/pace

Thursday: Rest

Quick check in! Saw the orthopedist yesterday and my knees look fantastic. No major issues. He thinks i may have either a small bone bruise on the lateral side, or a possible minor tear of the meniscus. He wasn’t worried about either because I wasn’t in pain and said I would have experienced a lot of swelling and pain if it tore (which i did not have any swelling.) He gave me the go ahead to marathon train and prescribed ice to the knee after running for the next several weeks as precaution. Yay to that!

And cheers to the weekend! I’m so excited to finally get back to a long run! Wish me luck and enjoy the picture dump below.

OH and thanks again for everyone who has donated to my fundraising page for the National MS Society–exceeded the goal of $500, so i’d like to hit a new goal of $1000! https://fundly.com/run-for-ms

Gotta appreciate the attempt to smile while carrying a heavy weight up and down hills… #IneedtodoanotherSpartan

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A few extras from the wedding we attended earlier this month…

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If only all bathroom mirrors had this cloudy texture to it… #nofilter

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Baby deer in our neighborhood.. they’re so tiny!

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After run donut…

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This pup…

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This sky…

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This game

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Missing Colorado…

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And the time Cameron caught me taking selfies..and then wanted to partake…

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How long are you running this weekend? And how is the humidity near you?
Favorite post long run indulgence?


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Goodbye 2015!

I finally had somewhat of a normal running week! A few short runs, a MGP (marathon goal pace) run, a long easy run..and all without pain!

NOW! Let’s recap 2015! The recap from 2014 was a sad one. I came off such a low year, I just knew 2015 was going to be better, it had to get better!…and it totally did.

My goals from last year were to hit a sub 20:00 5k, a 1:30 half marathon, 5 consecutive pull-ups, travel more & be present and enjoy the surprises. The time goals I set for the 5k & half are very large goals, and i feel like the progress i’ve hit this past year was HUGE and i’m very happy with it. Taking time off of these distances are all about the progress, which will eventually get me to the end goal.

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1:36:07 Indianapolis Monumental 1/2

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I also added a lifetime bucket list goal in the early months of last year to run a race in all 50 states, last year I added Delaware…

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In 2015 I ran 1094 miles.  Only about 40 miles less than last year, which is good considering the IT Band issue. Which was the only low from 2015. I was out of commission for about 6 weeks but I kept fitness with a ton of cross training, so this wasn’t as horrible as I thought it was at the time. (Doesn’t it always work out that way?)

2015 was a huge year because Cameron and I adopted L.E. –i think she falls under the category of “enjoying the surprises” 😉

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I went skydiving! That was momentous, letting control go and just enjoying my birthday surprise.

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Let’s not forget about the traveling, I visited my sister in LA early in the year, which i LOVED. I’m pretty sure i’m meant to live out west.

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Colorado & Utah were by far the coolest places in the US i’ve been so far. I can’t wait to go back and explore.

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As far as the “being present” goal.. this trip takes the cake for my resolution. It’s hard not to be present with all the beauty out west, and I took every moment in when we decided to get married out there…

I’ll be getting up my resolutions by the end of this week. I hope everyone had a great New Years and are ready to tackle 2016!!

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 4m easy 8:40/pace

Wednesday: 45min upper body + 2m easy 9:30/pace

Thursday: 5m MGP workout (1m warm up 9:30/pace, 3 @ 7:53/pace, 1m cooldown 9:30/pace)

Friday: 2.2m walk

Saturday: 15min hips, 20min stairmill

Sunday: 2.6m walk, 7m long 8:18/pace

Total Miles: 18 running + 4.8 walking

What’s your favorite memory from 2015?


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Camping in Nebraska, Hiking in Colorado (Vaca PT 1)

Monday: 10m long 8:45/pace

Sorry i’ve been missing, I took a vacation! For my birthday this year, I asked Cameron if we could finally go with his cousin Kyle & wife Elise, out west on their annual camping trip through Colorado & Utah. They’ve been trying to get us to go for years, and the timing never worked out. From now on we will make the time to go on this trip! It was by far the most fun, adventurous, laugh-filled, breath-taking trip i’ve ever been on.

Aaaaand the longest car ride i’ve ever taken. Starting from Maryland and resting in Ohio for a night where my extended family lives was our first part of the trip.

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My grandparents Stan & Helen

Once we made it to Indiana (where Kyle & Elise are from) we slept & hit the road on the bright! 5:00am riding across the most boring states in all the land… Illinois–> iowa –> Nebraska –> where we finally stopped for the night and camped. Had to document the very first tent i’ve ever set up!

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the most exciting part of Nebraska!

The next day we finally crossed into Colorado & once we made it to Estes Park we took off on our first hike in the beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park. I can only say good things about this hike. It was long (10.5 miles!) and the terrain changed over and over again. It honestly never got boring and the weather was perfect. I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves!

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we did not intend to match! whoops

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the sunset!

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After a night of camping in Rocky Mtn Nat’l Park, we set out toward Utah, but first taking the scenic route up the mountains where it got pretty cold, but made our pictures pretty cool.

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me taking photos of the photographer taking pictures of the professional photographer…

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more to come!

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Week of 8/24/15-8/30/15

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 7m combo workout -2m warm up, 3m @ 7:35/pace + 4 x 2:00min @ 5k pace 6:27

Wednesday: 4.5m easy 9:25/pace, 10min core

Thursday: 5.5m interval run

Friday: 9.5 long 8:16/pace

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 10.5m hike in Colorado (Rocky Mountain National Park)

Total Miles: 26.5 running + 10.5 hiking

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Week of 8/31/15-9/6/15

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 1m hike

Wednesday: 6.3m hike in Arches National Park

Thursday: 7m fartlek 7:50/pace

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 7m running + 7.3 hiking

What’s the longest car ride you’ve ever taken?

Anyone been to Rocky Mountain National Park?