MCM training Week 2

Last week went pretty well for training but I skipped my track workout. I could argue that I do a lot of treadmill sprints when I’m at orange theory fitness (OTF) so let’s call it even.  OTF is running a bingo game in July, so I took classes at some random times to get a bingo square–one square is ‘take Kara’s 7pm class thursday’ so I worked that into my schedule even though it’s not my usual time. For every row that you get bingo, you’re entered into a raffle for $250 cash and other prizes. Fingers crossed, I never win these challenges or raffles at the gym!

Miles planned for the week / actual miles:  24 / 26.8 miles

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Monday.  Didn’t get up to run my track workout but I did go hit Orange Theory in the afternoon.   #notamorningperson

Tuesday. OTF 0530 hours

Wednesday. I did my tempo run on the treadmill after work and ran 5 miles at my marathon pace (MP) which per my charts is 10 minute miles.   This wasn’t too hard, I ran on the treadmill to beat the heat and it was getting late in the evening.

Thursday I took the 7pm class to get a bingo square but also it’s not helping with my aspirational goal of becoming a morning person.  My data has shown though that I seem to burn more calories and spend more time in the ‘orange zone’ (84% max heart rate) when i take class in the evening rather than before work.  But this could also be because evening classes are less full and i can start working out on the treadmills or rowing stations.  In the morning I usually arrive just as class is starting and typically start in the weight room which doesn’t get my heart rate going at the start.

Friday
Took a rest Day and indulged in pizza night with the family.  Side note:  made the kids watch Back to the Future with Michael J. Fox.  Reviews were mixed.  Trying to educate the kids with the 80s classics!

Saturday long run 10 miles!   Was pretty warm out, I ran along the beach road for the first half and inland for the way back.  I wanted to ‘ice’ my feet in the ocean after but it was so warm, not much cooling effect.

Sunday 90-minute class OTF.

Another bingo square but I may be overdoing it. Took the 90 minute class at OTF and was a sweaty & exhausted mess at the end. Here’s my workout summary. I average about 350-400 calories and 5 points normally in a 60 min class and this was a new calorie burn PR.

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On to next week!  see you out there,
-Jenn

Week 13 Update

Roughly 13 weeks to go until the NYC Marathon on November 6th.  Here’s a quick update on my training and running life!  The count down is really on now!

  1. Fundraising for Team in Training
  2. Training
  3. Weight goals

Team in Training Fundraising.  Hey all, I’m raising money for blood cancer research and to support Leukemia & Lymphoma society.  Have you donated?  Will you donate a few bucks to support my run?  Donate here:  www.bit.ly/jennsNYC2016

I’ve also launched a t-shirt fundraiser, a portion of every t-shirt sold goes to LLS.  Check out the t-shirt campaign now until August 18th.   We have enough orders to print shirts, and you’ll receive yours about 2 weeks after the close of the fundraiser.    Here I am modeling the prototype (that I printed locally because i could not wait to get one and wear it around town).    Check out the shirts here:   www.bit.ly/awesomeTNTshirts

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the shirt prototype!  Be the one who donates, runs, fights cancer or supports those who do!

Training.  I ran a 12 mile run this past weekend and felt pretty good!  I’ve merged several training plans from the past into a hybrid plan that works around some upcoming races, life events and still gets in two 20+ mile runs.   I hope to do a 22 mile run before the end or even a few miles more than 22.  Most/many training plans have you go up to 20 and assume that the adrenaline/excitement/fear will get you those last 6.2 miles to the finish line.  But in my experience, that last 10K feels like another half marathon!  I plan to push the last long run to 22+ miles so psychologically I know i can make it to the end.  NYC will be my 8th marathon, so I know I can complete the distance but I would love to complete it without hitting that ole familiar “wall” that I know so well!    Running a longer last “long” run will hopefully be a confidence booster more than gaining additional fitness levels.  I

I’ve also connected with Team in Training Massachusetts team and am excited to go down to MA and run with them.  Most of the team are training for Chicago or Marine Corps Marathon but we all have to do a long run, so it will be nice to meet up with the Team.  Otherwise i am on the TNT “flex” team which is made up of runners from around the country.  We meet up virtually on Facebook and phone calls until we rendezvous in NYC for race day!  I have a virtual coach and support team at my finger tips, also nice!

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Weight goals.  “I lost weight training for my marathon” – said no one that I know, ever. Ok, maybe I know one person who ate kale and sweet potatoes 24/7 but anyway…   I’ve had several false starts to weight loss in the last year but feel I’m on the right track toward losing 25 lbs by race day.  I’ve lost 12 so far and am very psyched!  For my past marathons, I have always had a weight goal for race day, but life, training and food (and donuts) have always gotten in the way.  Running and training burns a lot of calories but it also makes you ravenous. Controlling the “post-run chow down” has always been my weak spot.   So what am i doing now that is working?    #1 I’ve been working out 2 days a week at Orange Theory Fitness.  I’ve only ever run to train for the marathon, but adding in HIIT workout/strength training has really helped with my overall fitness, stamina and strength.   Secret weapon #2: tracking calories.  While it’s not an exact science, tracking it makes me accountable to ‘see’ where I am going wrong.  When you have to log a cinnamon bun, then you get shocked back to reality and to stay on the plan.  Secret weapon #3: lower carbs, more vegetables and fruit and I’ve added in Shakeology for one meal a day.    At the beginning of July, I went Whole30 for 2 weeks, i have done it in the past but that was too low-carb.  I bonked hard on my 8 mile run so I stepped back to just eating more balanced meals, but adding back in more carbs.   Whole 30 was great for a jump start and a useful tool for future but I don’t have time to make it work with my marathon training.

See you out there,
– Jenn

 

 

 

2015 Running Recap!

Hello!  Hard to believe that it has been over a year since my last blog!  I thought I would catch everyone up on my running and fundraising results last year and share my latest running challenge.

Boston.  2015!  I was so happy to finish the 2015 Boston marathon and accomplish my goals for the race and for Dana-Farber.  The run was cold, wet, but still wonderful.   I am so jealous of the gorgeous weather this year! (more on that later)   Heading to the starting line in ponchos was not a great sign and the rain came down pretty steadily for the whole race.   I tossed my poncho to a clown (totally random but true, an actual clown, full makeup and costume) around mile 13 and kept going.   Once I got past Heartbreak, I was overcome by emotion.  So proud to have made it that far and representing my donors and their loved ones.  In the final tally, I finished the marathon in under 5 hours (4:48) and raised $13,810 for cancer research!  At this year’s Boston Marathon, I volunteered at the finish line for Dana-Farber, escorting Dana-Farber runners from the finish line to the DFMC headquarters at the Marriott Copley.  I appreciated this so much last year and it was a fun day, helping folks back to the recovery center.  I had a great time with Dana-Farber and will run Boston again with them–it’s an amazing cause and group of people!

Half Marathons.   I ran a few half marathons following Boston and leading up to the end of 2015.  I always love to run the Wallis Sands Half Marathon and the Seacoast Half which are our two local half marathons.  I sign up for those every year, if nothing else to try and keep in shape for a spring and fall half!

Inagural Stratham Half Marathon June 2015.  This race looked fun and was right in my backyard–running on some of my usual training roads. The course was challenging in itself, very hilly, but that day it rained all day–torrential downpours!   This race was the wettest race I have ever run, we were drenched from the start.  My family watched me run by from inside the car and my youngest remarked “I don’t know why anyone would do this”.   Good point.  Here I am at the finish but the photo doesn’t reflect just how wet we were!  Sadly, it looks like there is no 2016 race.  Looks like the medal may be a collector’s item!  I’ve run a few inagural halfs in the past few years, perhaps i’m a jinx.   Anyone remember the Applecrest half?

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2015 Stratham Half Marathon

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Marine Corps Marathon 2015.  This was my 3rd running of this marathon and it was another great weekend in D.C.  Unfortunately my running buddy couldn’t run it at the last minute but we still had a fun race weekend except that I had to go run 26.2 in the middle of it!  I love this race, the Marines, the excitement but not “the bridge” across the Potomac from the National Mall to Crystal City.   That bridge gets me every time!  I am not running this in 2016 but perhaps odd years and I’ll return in 2017 to the “People’s race”.

2015 was a great year for running.  I ran two marathons, raised over $13K for  Dana-Farber and met a few of my goals.   I’m setting new and different goals in 2016.  More on that coming soon!  Hint: you may notice I’ve redecorated this page with some clues as to my next big challenge.

-Jenn

2 Weeks to Go! Training Update!

Much has happened in the 2 weeks since my last blog.  Let me start by saying it’s 11 days until the marathon and it freaking snowed last night!  I don’t need it to be warm, just no snow on April 20th!  Here’s a run down on the latest news.

Training.
I completed my 3rd and final 20-miler two weeks ago and ran an 11 mile loop in my neighborhood.  I didn’t make it down to the team run in Boston as I had hoped but I got the run done which is what counts.  My first two 20-milers, I ran with a buddy, but this time I ran alone in starting out at 0630.  I have now come to appreciate running with a buddy for the long runs.   I averaged 9:50 minute/miles which was my best of the season but the last 3-4 miles was a struggle mentally.  But all training is in the books now and I am ‘tapering’- cutting back on running and taking it easy until race day!   Can I get some cowbell?

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Sponsor a Mile.
Each of us on the Dana-Farber team run in honor or in memory of those affected by cancer.  Many of my teammates decorate their race day “singlet” (shirt) with names of friends and family to be honored.  I am running  in honor of survivors (like my grandmother) and in memory of those who lost their fight. I want to honor 27 people this year and have 12 miles that still need a “sponsor” (one for each of the 26 miles and 1 more for the 0.2 mile = 26.2). Check out my SPONSOR A MILE page and please consider donating in honor or memory of someone close to you. www.bit.ly/jennsMiles    I will carry those names with me on the race and keep them in my thoughts.

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12 miles still need a sponsor, consider donating in honor of a loved one!

Fundraising.
Thank you to all who came out to my fundraiser at Flatbread’s in Portsmouth!  The raffle and silent auction were really successful this year and we made more on pizza sales than last year.  The final tally was $1,425 all for cancer research!  I am getting very close to my goal of $12.5K !  Please consider sponsoring a mile or making a donation of any amount!
www.rundfmc.org/2015/jenniferh
Thank you!   See you out there,
– Jenn

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Training Update- 4 weeks to go!

Thank you supporters!  In the past 5 days, I have received over $2000 in donations brining me to $6K of my $10K goal.  We are getting close!  Only 4 weeks until Marathon Monday!  I am working hard on my upcoming fundraiser on April 7th and also on my training.  The last “20-miler” will be this Saturday, running with the Dana-Farber team from Boston College out 10 miles and back 10 miles – up Heartbreak Hill.   Let’s pick up the tempo in the final four weeks!  Thanks for your continued support!