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New Things!

Monday: 30 min legs/shoulders

Tuesday: 30 min legs/mobility/skill work, 10 min rope pull

Wednesday: 6000m row

I went to PR Running Store in Falls Church, Va in the middle of my work day to get fitted for a pair of running shoes. Good news is i’m still a neutral fit & the shoes I wanted to buy a few weeks ago, were confirmed a good fit for me 🙂 Guess i’m a New Balance/Saucony girl now. I used to love Brooks (and still have a pair) but i’m not a fan of this years line.

Just goes to show you shouldn’t buy running shoes based on looks! I always recommend new runners check out a local store that can size your feet & analyze your form so you can feel good for miles and miles in your shoes. I think i’m going to buy every color of these…

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I also brought in my Cherry Blossom 10 Miler Bib because they had a coupon on the back for free socks with a shoe purchase. Boom! Can’t wait to try these out when I’m back to running.

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So the big new news! Cameron and I adopted a puppy! Say hi to L.E.! (pronounced ‘Ellie’)

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Her full name is L.E. Phant. Or you can just make up whatever could stand for L.E.—we’ve had waaaay too much fun with her name. “Loves Everyone” “La Enchilada” “Little Elephant” She’s a big sweetheart and is incredibly smart & has been easy to train so far. She’s a midwestern girl from Missouri, a 6 months old wheaton terrier, mixed with some sort of herding dog. She’s already 40lbs so i’m hopeful I have a new running buddy 😉 We really lucked out and i’m so glad we waited for the right dog to come around to adopt.

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Adopting a puppy was a little work for sure, i felt like i was trying to adopt a kid. You fill out an application with the agency, you do a phone conversation with whomever is in charge, they contact your landlord to confirm you can have pets, then they contact a vet of your choosing in the area, they send a local volunteer out for a home inspection (to make sure you are who you say you are, and live at the address on your application and the house is a safe environment and you can talk more with the volunteer about pet adoption), and finally once everything is cleared and you are approved you can see the dog you were interested in and decide to adopt or not. Phew!!— It felt like a lot of work, but L.E. is such a good fit for us, i would do it 1000x over again.

If anyone is interested we started our search with Petfinder.com and Adoptapet.com and we eventually found L.E through Dogs XL Rescue on one of those pet sites. Every person we spoke to and worked with through Dogs XL Rescue were so kind and helpful and made it very clear they are here to help if we have any questions or concerns with the puppy.

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Anyone ever adopt a pup?

How about training a dog to run with you?


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Later, 2014!

I’m a little behind with the recap–but bear with me, I haven’t been feeling well.

Writing about 2014 is kinda strange… I don’t really want to look back. I want to look forward but, as history goes, we have to learn from the past to move forward and not make the same mistakes. Here are the crappy things I want to forget and something positive I took from it.

I got injured (strained soleus) and had to drop out of a marathon the night before the race. I learned not to push through an injury and make things worse. I’m becoming a much smarter runner because it.

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I took a manager position at the gym even though I was hesitant and nervous about how well I would do. I learned not to be afraid of taking risks or trying new things, especially when the risk isn’t life or death.

My wedding was called off. I disappointed a lot of people, including myself. I learned (and am still learning in weekly therapy) that I need to work on communication and not to be afraid to ask for help.

I didn’t qualify for Boston which was the Big Goal for 2014. <—I attribute this to the above issues, so I don’t take this one entirely to heart. Stress messed up this year. This made me realize I won’t always meet every goal I set out to accomplish, and that’s okay!

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I guess I just pictured 2014 a little differently, but that’s what a New Year is for.  It’s not just a time to make promises to your waistline that you can’t keep. It’s a time to reflect, adjust and focus on changes that will make you a better, happier person during the next 365 days which are sure to pass all too quickly. Enough with the sap. I promise i’m not that down about 2014.

I just needed to get the bad out so I can make room for the good stuff.

2014 PRs

2/22/14 Have A Heart Hoffman-Boston Elementary 5K 21:21. I only PR’d this one by one second, but in a 5k, seconds are everything.

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I consecutively PR’d #9 & #10 half marathons, keeping The Streak alive! The first PR was in March at the USA Rock n’ Roll DC 1/2 (1:39:57) and I just barely squeaked in a PR during September, in the midst of marathon training and returning from injury. It happened at the Rock n’ Roll Philadelphia 1/2 1:39:25, my current PR.

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And finally the marathon: 10/12/14 Chicago Bank of America Marathon 3:50:10. This is only my 2nd marathon, but with familiar territory and a 37 minute PR it was a huge boost! And even if Boston isn’t in the future yet, it’s within arms reach now. 🙂

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The final count for 2014 was 1125 miles (about 56 more than last year) yet I trained well for a marathon and set PRs all year long! Super stoked that I didn’t have to increase tons of mileage to see results and still an overall PR on annual mileage!

I hit a few specific resolutions last year that I was proud to cross of the list: I ran a half marathon in between clients at work on the treadmill, I climbed and I went SUP’ping.

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I’m hoping this next year will bring lots of travel and injury free running! Stay tuned for my actual resolutions in the next post!

Last Week (*i wasn’t feeling well from Wed-Sun, hence the rest.)

Monday: 5 rounds: 10 pushups, 15 Kettlebell overhead swings (20lbs), 20 TRX rows, 20 off set lunges (20lbs)

Tuesday: 4.5m easy 8:30/pace

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 5m easy 9:30/pace

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 9.5

Anyone else sick over the holidays? 

Tell me one resolution you completed last year!