Week 4: martinis and taffy

So….I took a rest weekend and didn’t do a long run.   I ran my tempo and track workouts but the weekend got busy, I had a house guest and we went out for drinks Friday night and had a few drinks on Saturday.  Just was not feeling it for the long run.  Two out of three ain’t bad, hopefully this week I will get my 3 ‘quality’ runs in the schedule.  I’m also running my 3 mile ‘tempo’ run on Thursday as a 5K.  I realized the last time I ran a 5K without kids in tow was 2010, so i’m going to go for a new PR.  (last year’s turkey trot 5K with kids I ran/walked it in 38 mins.)  My PR per Athlinks is 25:18 which may be out of reach but something to strive for.  This week’s race is a mostly downhill course with a sharp uphill at the very end.  Seems doable.

Have you checked out Athlinks?  A friend referred me to it and it’s pretty cool for the tracking your race results.  I have run 9 marathons but I have no idea how many halfs (halves?), 10 and 5Ks.   I’m working to tally up my half marathons.  Not all the results are on Athlinks, particularly for races where I *may* have run with a friend’s bib or bought a bib on craigslist.  Sometimes you miss the signup and sometimes you sign up but can’t run the race.  I’m not against swapping for minor races and also (BTW) races could allow swapping, it’s just changing the name in the database and they could even charge another registration fee and make more money on the trade.   I’m not qualifying for Boston, so in the past I’ve run under a pseudonym at a few races.  Subject for a future blog about bib transfer thoughts, now back to the training update.

Planned / Actual miles: 31.5 / 13.9

Monday. I had to head to work early with no workout, but I hit the treadmill as soon as I got home. This humidity is crazy plus it was getting on to evening.  I got in my 4 mile tempo + 1 cool down and 1 for warm up.  Catching up on Elementary on CBS streaming on the iPad.

Tuesday. Orange theory last day for bingo!  Take a selfie with your coach was a square so here’s my selfie with my coach! … spoiler alert: I didn’t win the bingo raffle drawing.

Wednesday. Nothing.
Late Monday night and early Tuesday caught up with me.

Thursday. Orange theory workout.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  Track workout early before work on Friday and then martini night!  I felt good getting my track intervals, 5 x 1K was no joke, actually challenging to run each at about 7.4mph on the treadmill.    Friday night, out for martinis.  Saturday was rainy and we headed ‘upta’ Maine for brunch.  My kids are in the braces age, one got them off last winter and one is getting them on in two weeks.  Since they don’t have saltwater taffy in February, we hit up the candy store on the way to brunch.  They have barrels of taffy, barrels!   We let the kids do all you can eat taffy before the braces, then it’s a long 2 years with nothing chewy.

Sunday, hit the snooze on the long run.   Here’s to next week!

See you out there, follow me on Strava if you like!
– Jenn

Week 3: 700 miles and the devil’s alarm clock

Hey there, another week down for marathon training and another blog entry, i’m on a roll! And I signed up for some more races. For August, I’m running the Cigna corporate 5K on August 9th and joined part of my company’s corporate team.   And then I decided to run the Saunders 10K on the 16th. They changed the course to start and end from Odiorne’s Point state park–much better location and course than the original course that starts down by the former Saunders restaurant at Rye Harbor.  They razed the restaurant several years ago for condos so the race used to start on the side of the road (literally) with no real parking.

This week I realized that I shouldn’t plan each day in detail because I change the plan every day. I also didn’t do my track workout again this week but on the positive side, I hit 700 miles for the year to date!

Monday. OTF workout.

Tuesday. Rest day

Wednesday. Killer OTF workout. I got over 450 calories which anything over 400 is high for me. There were some visitors from other studios and they didn’t know what hit them.

Thursday.  Hey, I got up and ran!  So i continue to struggle with the snooze button and getting up to run.  I downloaded this app called Alarmy and it’s pretty hardcore.  In order to dismiss the ringing you have to either solve math or memory problems, shake the phone hard 30+ times or take a picture of some location that you pre-set.  For example, if you set up the alarm to be a picture of your coffee pot in the kitchen, you cannot turn off the alarm until you take a picture that matches the one you set (of the coffee pot). I have not tried this option but I will try it next because the math problems are hard!   I had to set the math on ‘very easy’ just to get something i can solve quickly when i’m awake let alone just waking up!   You have to solve 3 problems to kill the alarm, here is a very easy problem, a “normal” level math problem and a ‘very hard’ math problem. Who can do this?

So i got up an ran my 6 mile tempo run on the treadmill. I tried the alarm on Wednesday but after solving the math i decided to go back to bed and set my iPhone alarm to something more sane and I went to the gym later in the day.

Thursday work out #2.  I headed to Orange Theory after work for only to get another bingo square.  I’ve been chasing the ‘run/row’ workout square and heard it was happening today.  I took the 5:45pm class and it was a lot of weights and inclines on the treadmill.  Every ‘run/row’ we did was 0.15 miles run at increasing inclines and a ‘push pace’ (8mph for me) and then row 200 meters then repeat at + 2% incline.  I ran the inclines but most days i feign an ‘orthapedic injury’ as my friends keep telling me hills on a treadmill are dangerous.  I don’t usually do the jump squats either, I just figure that would be asking for trouble.  Bingo is over on the 31st and every row of bingo gets a raffle entry for cash and prizes, so they’ve got me hooked.

Friday.  Racked in for the morning after a double workout yesterday.

Saturday I hit OTF and got 3000 km of rowing so I didn’t feel too bad when later we hit Dairy Queen. My kids are so weird. We gave the these options: get DQ on the way home from dinner out or just go home and have ice cream there. They choose going home. Kids, have I taught you nothing? DQ today and the ice cream at home will be in the freezer again tomorrow.

Sunday. Ran 12 miles down by the beach. All in pretty good training week. Planned 27 miles, ran 26.2. Took 2 rest days and no track workout, but also got up and ran before work.

See you out there ,

– Jenn

Marine Corp Marathon Training kickoff: Week 1

Hey, it’s been awhile. I’ve thrown myself headlong back into running this year and committed to running 1000 miles in 2018. More on that in a next post. I’m more than half way to 1K so far and hope to finish by November.

So after my 2 week vacation in June, I kicked off Marine Corps Marathon training last week.  We are 16 weeks out from the race on 10/28 and I feel that I have a good base to start from having finished a 2 spring halfs and a 10K.   Here’s my plan with adjustments for week 1, July 9-15th.

I’m following my own hybrid training plan that is based on the Run Farther Run Less methodology merged with an old Team in Training training plan plus adjustments for various life events or other races.   I generally try to get in two or three 20-miler runs in the the plan leading up to the marathon.  For now the plan is on a piece of paper but soon to be updated on google sheets. Here’s how the week went.

Monday: Went to Orange Theory Fitness (OTF)  subject for a later post but I am really into this gym/class.  It’s HIIT and I can say that it has helped me improve my overall fitness.  In the past i never cross-trained, but OTF I will do and it’s a great addition to just running.  I usually get between 1.5 and 3 miles total each OTF workout on the treadmill plus rowing and weights.

Tuesday:  Nope.  took a rest day, already couldn’t face the training plan. Had planned to get up at 6 and run before work but that didn’t happen.

Wednesday: Yay, treadmill track workout to beat the heat. I’m pretty happy that I did get up before work and run my track workout on the treadmill.  I am not a morning person so this was the big accomplishment.

Thursday: My usual 0530 OTF Class.  I’ll get out of bed for this especially because there is a fee for no-shows.

Friday:  Found time to run on the treadmill while working from home. Then went to OTF at 5:30 for a crazy hard class.

Sunday: wow, so hot and humid.  Was planning to run 10 miles but my stomach was feeling iffy at mile 8 so i ended up with 9.2 miles.

Follow me on Strava if you like.  I am tracking all my workouts and miles there for the year so I can keep track of my progress toward the 1000 miles in 2018!

See you out there,
– Jenn

Watch this Space!

I’m a runner not a blogger, Jim!  That’s what I envision Bones yelling at Capt. Kirk.  It’s been almost a year since my last blog post.  So much has happened since then.  I ran the NYC Marathon in November, 2016.  I’ve run a few half marathons since then.  I’ve gotten out of shape, then back in shape (almost).   And I am training for a few halfs this fall and the Austin Marathon in February, 2018!    More to follow on all of this and perhaps a NYC Marathon race report.  Maybe on the 1 year anniversary I’ll do a throwback post!    I’m not running with a charity for Austin though I have dreams to run Boston again with Dana-Farber.    Perhaps in 2019.    More blogging soon!

-Jenn

LLS Fundraiser at Flatbreads Hampton! Tues Oct. 11th

Come out to Flatbread in Hampton on Tuesday October 11th, from 4-9pm.   Eat in or take out pizza and a portion of pizza sales will be donated to my campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).  We will also be holding a raffle at the end of the night.  You can participate in the raffle at the door or online. We will take raffle ticket sales now (online) up until 9pm Tuesday.  RSVP on Facebook and get updates:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1562364850734117/

RAFFLE at the door and online.   I will be holding a drawing for some awesome prizes this year.  You can participate in person or by donating online.   There will be a separate drawing (jar) for each raffle item.  If you want to put all your tickets in the drawing for one item you can.  Or spread them around.   Drawings for all items will be done at 9pm on October 11th.  You do not need to be there to win, I will call you so be sure I have a contact number on your tickets!

Raffle Tickets:  1 for $5  |  3 for $10  |  5 for $20  | 10 for $26.20 (marathon distance!) 
Buy tickets now or at the door.
To buy now, donate at:  www.bit.ly/jennsNYC2016  then let me know how to divy up your tickets amongs the prize drawings.  Shoot me an email at jenn.h@comcast.net  or on Facebook!

Raffle PRIZES: 

1. Blue Mermaid $25 gift certificate
2. Robert’s Maine Grill $25 gift cert.
3. iTunes $25
4. One Dozen of Jenn’s Pumpkin donuts with maple cinnamon glaze 
5. Pottery Barn $50 gift certificate
6. Loco Coco’s $20
7. Brazo  $25 gift certificate
8.  One more TBD later today

I hope to see you there or please consider taking part in the raffle online!  I would also appreciate any donation of any amount to the campaign as well.

Donations:  www.bit.ly/jennsNYC2016 
Also I’ll have my ‘team’ at the fundraiser.  Come find out why there is a panda on our event banner?  What’s it like to run a marathon?  What the heck is “GU” and why would you eat it?  More myths busted and mysteries solved on October 11th!

See you out there,
– Jenn

30 days to go and Flatbread’s Fundraiser Oct. 11th!!!

30 days to go until I run the NYC Marathon with Team in Training!  Wow.  My training has been going ‘ok’, I have maintained much of the schedule and run two 20-mile runs so far.  I plan to run 20-22 one more time before the race.   I’ve booked my hotel and travel to NYC.  Just received my race day signature purple shirt.  Everything is falling into place!

Fundraising update!  I’ve raised close to $3500 of my goal of $5000.   I have until race weekend to meet my goal.   Thank you to all who donated to my 100 friends | 100 hours fund raising challenge!  Turns out I had 13 friends contribute, but they are the best 13 friends!  I know many more of you are ‘waiting in the wings’ until race day gets closer.  I understand.  I’ll send you a reminder, don’t worry!

Flatbreads Hampton, NH fundraiser on Tuesday, October 11th from 4-9pm!

This year we are running another fundraiser at Flatbreads, this time in Hampton.  There is plenty of free parking so come out and pick up or eat in on 10/11/16!   A portion of all pizzas sold (eat in or take out) will be donated to my campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.   We will also have a raffle for some cool prizes *list to be posted this weekend*.

If you can’t make it,  you can still donate at www.bit.ly/jennsNYC2016    I greatly appreciate your support as does LLS!

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  I’ll post a list of raffle items this weekend for Tuesday’s fundraiser.  If you see me running around town, wave don’t honk!  (honking scares people 😉

-Jenn

Jenn’s Boston Run is Headed to NYC!

Hi All,
In exactly 4 months I will be running the TCS NYC Marathon on November 6th with Team in Training!  This will be my first time running NYC and it will be awesome!  I’ve joined Team in Training (TNT) and my goal is to raise $5,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).  I want to continue to support cancer research after successfully running the Boston Marathon with Dana-Farber in 2014 & 2015 and raising over $26K for cancer research!    I’m excited to make a difference and be part of such a great TEAM!  In a way, TNT got me into marathon running.  My husband first ran with TNT back in 2006 and he inspired me (or challenged me, not sure which) to get into running a half marathon.  The rest is history.   So it is great to be on the TNT Team 10 years after “we” first joined.

A bit more about LLS.  The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Please consider making a donation of any amount via my fundraising page at:
bit.ly/JennsNYC2016  and thank you in advance!

I’ve kicked off my training this past weekend and have a decent running “base” to build upon.  My goals this season are to complete at least two 20+ mile runs, maybe 3 and to lose some weight in the process–a goal that has alluded me in the past.  Running long distances makes me so hungry!  Stay tuned for progress updates.  I am also adding in strength training which i have never done before.  I typically just run and run, no cross training of any kind, so I am hoping that this will add to my overall fitness and marathon goals.  Finish time goal?  This will be my 8th marathon and I am hoping to finish in under 4h 30m.

Putting the “fun” in Fundraiser.  Stay tuned for announcement of some fun fundraiser events.  I am once again hoping to hold a benefit night at Flatbread’s as well as some other exciting fundraiser challenges!

See you out there,
– Jenn

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