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Zooma Annapolis Half Marathon Recap!

Monday: 5m 10:00/pace easy
Tuesday: Crossfit

The Women’s Zooma Annapolis Half Marathon was a great time to see a few running/blogging friends I only see a couple times a year and run the last half marathon until fall season starts. <–which i understand is sooner now than later since I’m way behind with the blog. Whoops!

The Zooma 1/2 was on Saturday, June 3rd. My recap from last year is similar to this year. I had the chance to hang out with Lauren from Breathe Deeply and Smile. I stayed at the same hotel, The O’Callaghan, ate at the same restaurant in the Loew’s Hotel and had the same race goal, run a moderately hard effort and have fun.

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The expo was at the Loew’s Hotel and was easy to navigate, especially toward this table. I made friends with these girls for while and got to try a ton of “samples” hehehe.

File_000 (336)Then the Ambassadors all got together for our annual photos/be goofballs. We were trying to make the tank tops and Bondi headbands look cool. You have to wear the tanks over your shirts right? Or is that just reserved for Jordan jersey’s from the 90s? #23

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photo cred: Sarah Ratzlaff

I tried to catch Lauren a little off guard, I think the only thing winning about his photo is how bad the lighting is. (don’t hate me for posting this Lauren!)

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After we heard a few speakers, got our fix of wine spritzers and pictures we headed for food!

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We ended up eating burgers and fries at the bar and noticed we were both wearing green shirts. Fascinating right?

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I surprisingly got to sleep at a reasonable hour, slept well and ate well. Justin’s Almond Butter is pretty fantastic on bananas and the single serving helps keep my PB cravings in check. Kinda. Who am i kidding, it’s just adding to the pb insanity.

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This race always takes place when I’m not in great racing shape after the end of spring when I haven’t been speed training at all. Zero. And it’s always hot and humid. The weather was far better than last year’s race. It was actually a bit cool at the start. It progressively got warmer and humid, but again, way more tolerable than last year.

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Fun Fact: These Brooks shoes were on their last 13/500 miles and were the shoes I qualified for Boston in. Glad I got to race one more time in them!

I was happy I chose the half marathon until I realized most of the Zooma girls opted for the 10k, so i was alone this year running a moderate “tempo-ish” type of run.

Everything felt pretty controlled and cadence was quick until mile 9. It was early for me to start feeling gassed, but again, I knew this was the first speed day I’d had in over a month. I was asking a lot from my body and I probably started way too fast. This was the first race in a while I positive split (finishing the back half of a race slower than the first).

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The best part of the race was hitting mile 12. I was basically walk/running at that point. I knew i was the 3rd overall female almost the entire race, but the girl behind me wasn’t far and I assumed she would pass me, because of the amount of walking I was doing. Once the turnaround at 12 happened, she ran beside me and said, “let’s go, let’s finish together.” My legs started moving again. I thanked her multiple times and told her that was exactly what I needed.

That’s what the Zooma Women’s Race is all about. Women helping and supporting women. I experienced it that day more than I have in any previous race.

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Her name was Casey and she finished in 3rd. It was her very first half marathon and I congratulated her on her outstanding time and thanked her over and over again for helping me through a rough spot.
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If you’d like to run a Zooma race check out the next ones in Cape Cod on Oct 7th or Amelia Island, FL on Oct 21st. www.zoomarun.com and use CORI2017 for 10% off.

Last Week
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: snatch skill work, 6m easy 9:05pace
Wednesday: Crossfit, 5000m row
Thursday: 6m tempo (4m @ 7:08/pace)
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 7m easy run, 45min shoulders
Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 19

Do you have a pair of running shoes you had a hard time retiring?

How’s summer running going?

 

 


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What I Do Before a Long Run + 26.2 Training Starts NEXT WEEK!

Just as planned, I dipped my toes into a speed session last week. An 8 mile run with five of those miles at a 7:30/pace tempo. That went well. The next day I did my usual body weight leg day which consisted of about 20 minutes of very basic exercises: light weighted squats (40lbs), TRX balance lunges and TRX pistol squats. I don’t know if it was the combination of speed & strength but Saturday I was still feeling sore legs…

When the alarm buzzes on a Saturday, usually 6:00am, the first thing I do is press the ON button for the coffee to start, then I take LE out for her walk and to get a feel for the outside temps to prepare for my run.

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Once we get back I chug a large glass of water, move onto coffee, check emails and blogs while i stretch out my legs.

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I try to multi-task as much as possible while i’m waking up so I can get out the door in 30 minutes. I’m not one of those people that can just roll out of bed and run. When i do that i feel like i’m sleep running or something. I like being alert so coffee and stretching will do that real quick.

Once my eyes finally wake up, i pop the contacts in, get dressed and grab what I need for a 2+ hour run.

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I drove about 20 minutes from my house to scout out a connection trail for the ultra i’m running next month. (You can read more about it here, or donate money to MS research here.) I was happy to find that Rock Creek Trail has been updated with a lot of signs, port-o-pottys and lights have been installed in a dark under pass. The trail itself feels super safe, easy to navigate and there are plenty of fountains and toilets.

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Now i can tell you about how craptastic these two weekend runs were. I’m not joking when I said my legs were sore. Every single step I took over 15 miles hurt. I was hopeful that they would loosen up in the first few miles. Nope. Maybe this side stitch will go away. Nope. My muscles tightened for approximately 19,000 steps. And i felt every single step. The side stitch was there from mile 3 to 13, which resulted in a lot of walk breaks. I am always humbled when I see 10:XX miles blink on my watch.

But hey, these long runs are no joke. Cumulative fatigue is a real thing and the hard runs during the summer will make a strong runner for the fall. I didn’t mentally give up. I knew my legs were just tired. <—if that’s not ultra marathon mentality I don’t know what is.

Sunday I set out for 7 miles. Again, i was hopeful my legs would feel better. They didn’t. It was another slow, hot run. There was nothing I could do but enjoy Hello, From the Magic Tavern podcast and look forward to Monday, a day off from leg work.

After the run, we relaxed pretty hard. Just the way we like it.

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I got out my calendar to mark the weeks until Philadelphia Marathon and whoa, I didn’t realize training starts next week! I’ll be following the Hansons Marathon Method (advanced) this training cycle. I’ll slightly adjust the long runs until the ultra is done in August, then follow the plan as closely as possible.

I’m excited about this marathon. My first ever marathon was a 4:28 in Chicago when I was underprepared and undertrained. The last I completed was Chicago again in 2014 when I was extremely burnt out from work and personal life issues. I completed it in 3:50, which was a huge PR, but it was a stressful time to attempt a marathon.

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Last Week

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 6m easy 8:40/pace

Wednesday: 8m tempo (2m warm up, 5 @ 7:30/pace, 1m cooldown), 45 min upper body

Thursday: 6m easy 9:40/pace, 20min legs

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 15m long 9:43/pace

Sunday: 7m easy 9:42/pace

Total Miles: 42

Has anyone used Hanson Method before? Thoughts?

How was your weekend?

 


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5 Friday Favorites #4

Thursday: 6m easy 9:40/pace, 20min legs

Friday: Rest

  1. This Song. On repeat.

2. Hello from the Magic Tavern (podcast). This is hilarious. It’s a completely fictional tale told by funny dudes who improv this podcast. Yes, improv and they’re good. We listened to and from Chicago on our trip last week. It never got old and was super refreshing to listen to fun fiction! magictavern1

3.  Crossfit: The Fittest on Earth (documentary on Netflix). This summer is all about sports. Crossfit Games (July 19th!), the Olympics, Donald Trump’s hair fighting to stay on. This documentary is filled with grueling passion and funny heartfelt moments. Even though I’ve already watched it, I will be watching it again this weekend. It’s something to asterisk for marathon training pick me upa.

4. Moving Comfort Rebound Racer (sports bra). I’ve been wearing this for the last few week and I’m freaking happy. Chafing has been happening a lot this summer and i knew it was because of old sports bras & DC humidity, but i needed something different. My old Nike Pros only last about 6 months and begin to stink pretty quickly. I’ve been trying to find something I love and I think the rebound racer is the one! It’s pictured below and Brooks is having a huge sale on them!

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5. Honey Stinger Gluten Free Waffles. I know i’m an ambassador and already love their waffles, but the gluten free ones are made with rice (not wheat) and they hold together so much better. And hello…salted caramel! Cameron approved 😉

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What are you loving this week? Movies, music, podcasts, food?


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Spartan Race Giveaway!

Monday: 30 min legs

During Cyber Monday I joined the Picky Bar Club. I’m excited about having my energy bars delivered to me, and so far I’ve enjoyed all the flavors and the shirt they sent will be worn and loved! Do you guys read Lauren Fleshman’s (creater of Picky Bars) blog on Runner’s World? She’s an excellent writer.

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I also grabbed a few of my favorites from Honey Stinger with 50% off.. They are having a 50% off sale everyday until December 12th on select items, so if you want to get a stocking stuffer for a runner friend or stock your own supply, take a look at their site!

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Over the weekend I ran 5 miles and the darn IT bands are not happy. I’m smart enough now, not to try and push through pain. Especially when that specific pain is familiar. I skipped my long run and probably won’t be running at all this week. I’m focusing on activating my glutes and opening my hips, where I believe my weakness lies.

Instead of long running, Cameron and I ended up seeing the final Hunger Games, which i had mixed feelings over, but was happy overall with it. And we did a “tapas night.” About once a month we prepare a bunch of small plates and experiment with different flavors.

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and of course there is a good husband with wine…

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Alright let’s get to the giveaway! Spartan is giving one of my lucky readers a free entry into a Spartan Race. I’m going to be doing the Beast in Ohio this May.

This is currently the only future race on my schedule. I know it’s a little strange since I have big racing goals in mind. I figured training for something as physically demanding as a Spartan can only help with running. And I need to change it up! I want the challenge. I know I can do a marathon, I know I can run a fast 5k..but this is new and scary. And when something scares me, i know it will be awesome and so worth it! I remember when the idea of a marathon used to be scary…

One of Oiselle’s athletes, Andrea Duke,  just finished a Spartan over the weekend & came in 3rd place! I started following her Instagram because I need the motivation that runners can be awesome at obstacle course races!

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To enter into the giveaway, just leave a comment telling me which race you’d sign up for! ** Giveaway ends Saturday @ midnight. Winner will be announced Monday!

If you want to enter a race or give one as a gift this holiday season use coupon code GIFTS good through 12/14/15.

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Or you can buy 3 races for one price and save some $$.

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Last Week

Monday: 35min total body

Tuesday: 3m easy 9:20/pace, 10min Jacobs Ladder, 20min hips

Wednesday: 7m interval (1.5m warm up 10 x 400s @ 6:17/pace)

Thursday: 20min hips/core

Friday: 2500m row, 100 bosu burpees, 50 hanging leg raises + 2m easy run cooldown

Saturday: 5m easy 8: +1.7m walk 

Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 18.7

Have you ever done an Obstacle Course Race?


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Let’s Catch Up

Tuesday: 3m easy 9:20/pace, 10min Jacobs Ladder, 20min hips

Wednesday: 7m interval (1.5m warm up 10 x 400s @ 6:17/pace)

Okay! Gotta update you peeps on what’s been going on with the running side of She’s Going the Distance. I’m still coming off the high from my 1/2 PR and have not decided on what goals/races/distances I’d like to tackle in 2016. Any advice would be excellent. I’m thinking of a marathon, of course i’ll run a half or two..and possibly a Spartan Race (obstacle course).

I will be giving away a free entry to a Spartan 2016 race next MONDAY—so be sure to check back and enter next week. TODAY they have $40 off a race..click the pic below to check out races near you!

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I have been enjoying running lately: treadmill, outside, and in place. Ok not really in place, but you know what I mean. The weather has been mild and i’m not complaining. I hate/can’t run on snow or ice, so as long as the trails are clear i’m happy. However after sitting in a car for too many hours last weekend, my IT bands and hips are super tight, so i’m not increasing any mileage this week, just focusing on ye ol’ hip exercises to get my glutes fired up and ready for a new season.

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Speaking of recovery–I won a pair of TIUX Compression socks from Fly High Runner via Instagram.

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After wearing them for about a month i can say, they’re really comfortable, cozy, super cute and keep me warm in our cold gym. However, i can’t get over the fact that they just don’t have the same squeeze i get from my PRO Compression socks. At the beginning I thought I was being biased with my love for PRO Compression, but there was a big difference. I wore the TIUX socks on my flight back from Indianapolis and my ankles were swollen when I got to DC. I’ve never have that problem with my PRO’s.

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The socks are smartly labeled L & R. And yes, i’m watching Gossip Girl.

If you follow my Instagram you’ll know I’ve recently become part of Team Nuun!  And an athlete for the Honey Stinger Hive with Honey Stinger. Lauren @ The Foodie Runner introduced me to Honey Stinger Products when I couldn’t handle the thick consistency of GU any longer. I’ve been obsessed ever since because honey is delicious, natural & easy on my stomach. Plus Lauren is freaking fast, so I assume these will make me speedy!

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Does everyone have a drawer that looks like this?

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I also was recently sent Vanilla Herbalife24 Formula 1 Protein Powder to try out. I will give a detailed review as I try a few more recipes & see how my stomach handles it after workouts. So far I like it, it tastes great (kinda like birthday cake) & it dissolves easy. No chunks or gritty texture is a huge plus with protein powder.

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And Sunday we set up our tiny, artificial and profane Christmas tree. We both have the humor of a 15 year old boy. Just go with it.
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So what’s up with all you guys?

Try any new running products lately?


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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.

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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!

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Nuun shipment day! LE was super happy too.

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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?