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Random Friday: Fitness, Christmas & Pizza + Spartan Winner!

Monday: 10.6m long 8:23/pace
Tuesday: Crossfit, 5m easy 7:45/pace
Wednesday: 1hr barbell skill work, 7m easy 8:15/pace
Thursday:
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Hey guys, lots of things to share with you today! But first let’s announce the winner of the Spartan Race Entry Giveaway–Congrats to GREG P.! Please email me at Shesgoingforspeed@gmail.com.

First and most important,  I signed up for the Rock N’ Roll DC 1/2 (March 11th). I can’t quit this race. I ran it so strong last year I want to gun for another course record.

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Speaking of records, I can now do 5 chin ups at a time (palms facing in). It’s been a goal forever, i’m slowing making progress! Now about those wide grip pull-ups…

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Studying this winter to become a Run-Fit Certified Coach. I’m also taking a USA Weightlifting course in January (Merry Christmas to me). Gotta get them continuing education credits and also, i’m sort of falling in love with Olympic lifting.

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And last in the fitness category- the Vazee Rush’s are pretty awesome. Super lightweight and cushioned. I’ve only used them for shorter runs so far. Kinda wish I ran in the dark, since they glow!

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Last weekend was spent at the Raycroft Christmas party- if you don’t know them already (they pop up on the blog often) they are basically my unrelated family. They call me their daughter and are all around amazing people. I opted to travel for their annual party this year instead of Christmas weekend, and i’m so happy I did. I got to catch up with a lot of old friends and a lot of good pizza.

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the midwest does it best.

Our attempt to start the night as classy as possible, sipping and swirling some Laphroaig and getting a picture with the sword. Cheers! Now onto the fun stuff..

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Adam & Trish (brother and sis-in-law) sat at the dessert table and I ate a TON of cookies and brownies.

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I’m not joking, i ate a lot of dessert…hence the picture on the right. #holidayguilt

Jell-O shots..

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Newly engaged friends: Patrick & Liz

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Did you know that Jell-O shots turn your tongue a different color? No, just me then..

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Josh, Steven, Michael and me

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Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

 

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Last Week

Monday: 8m easy 7:22/pace

Tuesday: Crossfit

Wednesday: 8m easy 8:29/pace

Thursday: 5.1m easy 9:00/pace, 1 hr barbell skill work & backsquats

Friday: 7m easy 8:35/p, 1hr shoulders/glutes

Saturday: Rest (unless you call shoveling snow and dancing until 4:00am a workout. haha)

Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 28.1

Traveling this weekend?

Running on Christmas Day?


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In 48 Hours a Lotta Life Happened.

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 6m easy 8:40/pace

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

July 4th weekend we were due in Chicago for a family wedding. Friday morning we loaded up a few bags, our pup and drove to the midwest! We made it in early enough to grab hotdogs & fries and head to a local NWI (northwest Indiana) fireworks show #Merica. Also just because I have to say it, the midwest does fireworks right. Best show i’ve seen in years. DC you need to step up your game, it’s quite embarrassing being the nation’s capital.

Saturday morning started with an easy eight mile run. I was so thankful this was a cutback week. I’m finally feeling these 40+ weeks! My best friend Marie (she’s been on the blog a few times before) was due with her first baby boy on July 4th. She invited me to her last ultrasound that morning. I missed so much of her pregnancy so being there at the last appointment felt very special.

Everything seemed like it was going well, we were discussing brunch and catching up on life. The doctor stepped in the room and let us know Marie’s amniotic fluid was extrememly low so they had to move her into labor & delivery. I think the doctor’s exact words were, “We’re going to get things moving along.” Which made us both a little confused. Marie needed to hear exactly what was going on. The doctor clarified that she was about to be induced!

I hung out with her while she made calls and facetimed her family. Cameron and my sis-in-law Trish came up to the hospital to bring food and keep us company for a few hours. Marie’s mom made it up to the hospital soon after and I felt better about going to the wedding with Cameron. Induction takes a while and the doctor was confident she wouldn’t have the baby until the next day.

We rushed home to change for the wedding and headed to Chicago!

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The venue was at City View Loft and was so pretty! We had a blast catching up with family and the bride and groom looked amazing! (The bride is Cameron’s first cousin Lexi, groom is CJ!)

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The weekend just kept rolling on… the next morning at 9:00am Marie had her baby and little Philip entered out world!

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We made a quick stop to the hospital to drop of gifts and see little Phil then we were off to the cottage for a 30th birthday and 4th of July festivities!

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Josh’s 30th (on the left!)

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Pro compression socks for all sports! (or recovery from wearing heels all night!)

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The next day we turned around and drove back home. That was a FAST weekend! Another congrats to new parents Chris & Marie!! And a happy life ahead for Lexi & CJ!

Last Week

Monday: 35min legs (deadlifts, kb swings, front squats, lunges)

Tuesday: 7.5m easy 9:48/pace

Wednesday: 10m easy 8:55/pace, 20 min shoulders/core

Thursday: 6m easy 9:23/pace

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 8.6m easy 8:51/pace

Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 32.1 (cutback!)

Have you had a day or weekend with several life events?