Confederate War Strategy: My New Motto.

Monday: 5m easy 9:05/pace

Tuesday: Crossfit, 6m easy 8:46/pace

Is the title confusing? Don’t worry we’ll get there.

Taper week has been, well, taper week. Easy runs feel harder than normal, i’m questioning why I like running, wondering how much foam rolling is too much, if carb loading this early will help or hurt Saturday’s race or if i’m just stress eating, wondering if the tickle in my throat will turn into a cold, if the weather will be on my side, combing my training log for anything positive to hang onto for dear life! You know, the usual taper mini-panic attacks.

The pictures below were taken 6 days apart… I have no clue how running in warm weather then running in possible snow will translate come race day. As of now Saturday looks to be COLD. And i put most of my winter gear into storage… of course.

But you know what I always say, play it as it lies. Like I’ve been doing my hair. Dry shampoo might be the best invention ever.

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Okay enough with the tangents, last weekend I went downtown with my girlfriend Yomery to visit a few museums she’d never been to and grab lunch. When I say “girlfriend” i always feel like my mom, cause she used to say that ALL the time when I was younger. Now there’s a distinct connotation so when I say it, i just feel super old school. Dang it, another tangent. Sorry!

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We rode down on the Metro, the only way to travel to DC, and our first stop was  the American History Museum. I think I found my race day outfit…

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I thought this jack in the box was pretty amusing…

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And finally I found my new motivation. Yomery read this out loud and was like, “am I missing something?” No, she wasn’t missing anything. This was the gem of the day.

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Then we went on to lunch at  Zaytinya to get mediterranean, specifically falafel and it was outstanding. We did the $25 lunch special which included 4 courses including dessert and we added Turkish coffee cause apparently we can’t go 4 hours without coffee.

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turkish coffee

We decided to walk off lunch and finished up the museum tour at the Air and Space Museum. Hey guess what? Thrusters aren’t just used in Crossfit! haha

See ya on Saturday morning DC!

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Last Week

Monday: 5m easy 8:40/pace

Tuesday: Crossfit, 9.5m interval ( 6 x 1m @ 6:40/pace)

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 9m tempo (6 @ 6:53/pace), 30 minutes of (SA snatches 30# and handstand practice)

Friday: 5m easy 8:58/pace, barbell clean and jerk practice

Saturday: 7.1m easy 8:57/pace

Sunday: 6m easy 9:01/pace

Total Miles: 41.6

How do you make new friends as adults? Crossfit helped me :)!

Other than running did you anything fun or new last weekend? 




Weekend in the Mountains

Monday: 6m easy 9:39/p

Tuesday: 7m interval (3 x 1 mile @ 6:40/pace), Crossfit

Saturday morning I woke up extra early to fit in a long run. It was finally a little cooler out and very welcomed. 13 miles later I headed out to Shenandoah National Park to hike and check into the cabin.

It was cute but also kinda creepy…I kept thinking the lighting made it a look a little serial killer-ish. How else do I describe it? hah

Then onto the trails! The weather was beautiful, temps were cool and there were too many trails to choose from.


Dinner was at Big Meadows Lodge (where I stayed) and it was outstanding.

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Wine of course, cheese plate, oven roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans.. oh and blackberry cobbler.

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Wine back on the porch was so relaxing.


Sunday morning I rolled out of bed to catch the sunrise…


After breakfast I headed out again for more hiking. I felt accomplished since I did a variety of hikes that included waterfalls, rock climbing and summits with views.

IMG_0295Today I’m doing my first workout of mile repeats. Wish me luck, these are going to hurt. Especially after all the hiking…my poor calves.

Last Week

Monday: 6m easy 9:24/p, Crossfit

Tuesday: 8m intervals (400, 800, 1200, 1600, 1200, 800, 400)

Wednesday: 8.4m easy 8:58/p

Thursday: 6m easy 9:40/p

Friday: 10m tempo (7 @ 7:47/p)

Saturday: 13m long 8:58/pace, 5m hiking

Sunday: 5m hiking

Total Miles: 51.4 running, 10 hiking (first 50+ mile week!)

Do you like to hike?

What did you do for labor day?