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WordPress reminded me to renew my blog so it’s definitely time for an update. Last we left, i was running the Chicago Marathon in October 2019. That did happen! I really enjoyed my weekend in Chicago and the marathon was very well organized and the best part is i could walk to the start line from the hotel–no messing around with race day transportation which is always tricky! For my past Marine Corps and NYC marathons, I have showed up late to the starting line late despite following prescribed transportation! (looking at you Staten Island Ferry!)

I’ll have to share more about Chicago, but after the marathon my knee was in bad shape and I had orthoscopic knee surgery the first week of December 2019. It all went well and was nice to hear my surgeon say “it wasn’t as bad as I thought” when he came around post-op. Great! So I started PT through January and on my doctor’s advice, I considered taking up cycling. Running has always been my thing, no equipment, can do it anywhere, low hassle sport. But i would have to wait a few months to get walking again before even trying to run. So enter the Peloton bike. We ordered in December specifically expecting to need a bike to rehab my knee. I think i did my first 10 min ride in January 2020 and my new obsession was born! I’m going to save my Peloton journey for a next post or next 5 posts(buckle up)!

So then the pandemic hit and we have been working from home/ schooling from home since March 13th. I’ve quit counting off the days but it’s been about 6 months and it was great timing to have the Peloton in the basement since i was not going out to the gym during the times of quarantine.

2020 was to be my big year! This year was the Comeback Tour after knee surgery. I planned to run the Marine Corps Marathon in October. I turned 50 in May (uh oh) This was going to be MY YEAR! I was going to get my running back on track and take my fitness to the next level!

Whomp Whomp, then the pandemic hit. ūüė¶ So the first half of the Comeback tour was cancelled but we’ve added some new dates and new goals!

NEW 2020 Goals
I had a few fitness goals for this year and i’ve since revised them for this new world. I have been running and riding a lot more than I expected, likely had more free time working from home and not having to keep up with going places!

  1. Run 700 miles – I’m actually on track to run 1000 miles this year!
  2. Bike 1300 miles – I’m actually on track to bike 2020 miles this year or that’s my goal.
  3. Lose weight and keep it off – I’ve actually lost 31 pounds since January 2020 (future blog post!) Not much to do during pandemic but work out and I’ve been able to avoid some of my usual junk food traps by never leaving the house.

My 2020 Comeback Tour — All shows cancelled (like many a Morrissey Tour!) plus new Dates Added! Many of you know I love The Smiths and Morrissey and the latter is famous for cancelling shows though I’ve seen him 4 out of 5 shows in recent years, that’s a decent track record.

Comeback Tour 2.0 | Comeback Tour 2020 Dates!

4/18 Boston Athletic Association 5K (BAA Medley Race 1) –Cancelled. this was their Distance Medley series to run a 5K, 10K and then Half. The series was moved then cancelled.

5/3 Margarita Half Marathon–moved to 6/13 and went virtual. Did not run

6/13 Market Square Day 10K–Moved to September virtual only. not running

6/20 BAA Boston 10K (BAA Distance Medley #2)–Cancelled

8/21 – Millennium Anytime 5K! – Did run it in 26:11! Our local running store setup a 5K course around the block with a starting and finishing timing mat. You could go run the course Anytime day or night. I ran it in June at 27:39 so happy with the improvement!

8/29 NH 10-Miler–Offered in person and virtual. Did not run.

8/29 Tour De Fox –New show added! Rode 58 miles on Peloton for Michael J. Fox Foundation! This was my first “tour” where folks stack classes back to back on Peloton. More to follow on Pelo life!

10/11 BAA Half Marathon–(Medley #3 of 3)—Cancelled

10/11 New England Half Marathon – New show added! Live and virtual offered i am thinking to do virtual. Have wanted to do this race for a few years but the dates never worked out. Now i can since my race calendar is pretty wide open due to the pandemic! The medal is pretty cool, in years past it looked like a stained glass leaf for the fall colors.

10/17 PELOFONDO ! New Show added! I will attempt to ride my Peloton for 100 miles in one sitting. Note to self, need to order those padded shorts! More to follow.

10/25 Marine Corps Marathon–Cancelled, virtual only. Deferred it to 2021!

11/26 Portsmouth Local Turkey Trot –probably not.

So I’ve changed direction a bit with my fitness plans but the Comeback Tour is still going strong! Just some new tour dates and new cities, mainly virtual ones or my basement Peloton. More to follow on the blog now that i’ve renewed with WordPress for the year! Stay safe, – Jenn

Boost your mood, help a vet!

Ah, want to boost your mood?  Be charitable, be grateful, give to others.  I have a great opportunity for you to help military veterans and families of the fallen through the Travis Manion foundation (see what i did there?)

This Sunday, 10/28, I will be running the Marine Corps marathon in Washington, D.C. and I am raising funds for Travis Manion.   Consider a donation of any amount to my fundraiser here.       https://donate.travismanion.org/jenn 

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thank you for considering!

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– Jenn

Lucky week 13

Got off to a great start last week. Thought about going for a perfect week of exercise but Friday I just couldn’t rally. Saturday I was at the kids swim meet all day so we shall consider that a 2-day rest up for my 20-miler. My training plan is off from what I wanted to do but with two 20 milers done, I think I’ll be fine. I’ve been better trained and less trained before. This ain’t my first rodeo as they say.

This week’s baking challenge: none. We did not do any baking ūüė¶

Here’s the training rundown

Planned/ actual miles: 27 / 32.8

I plan for 27 every week, I suppose I should change it for long run weeks. I do like beating my artificially low goal tho

Monday. Nice easy 5 miles on the treadmill after the Maine Half. Catching up on the Affair on showtime. Can I just say how can do much stuff happen to 1 person. It’s getting a little ridiculous in season 4.

Tuesday. Killer workout at Orange Theory. Top 5 highest calories. They changed the formula for the heart rate monitors that should (allegedly) help women achieve more calories burned or more accurate calorie count. I’ve always come in on the low side for calories and time in the “orange zone” (HR above 84% max) but I also have super low resting HR and blood pressure. It takes a lot to get into the zone. I should dig into the science more but for now just try and kill it when I’m at OTF.

Wednesday. Treadmill track workout. 10 x 400M intervals with 200M ish rest in between. The hardest part is keeping track how many I’ve done. I actually bring pen and paper on the treads.

Thursday. Note to self, don’t be late for the tornado. OTF sometimes has the tornado workout and I walked into it 10 mins late due to just losing track time at the office. In the tornado, you rotate every 1-3 minutes between treads, rowing and floor work. It’s fast switching or rotating, hence the name tornado. I got a pretty good workout once I got into the flow.

Friday and Saturday, OFF. Taking some rest days to handle my other life events and issues.

Sunday. The long run, 20 miles.

I drag my feet so much about the long run.¬† My best approach is to do it Saturday morning and get it over with as early in the weekend as possible.¬† this cuts down on the sense of dread, fretting about my outfit, planning the route and all that goes through my mind.¬† It’s true, i don’t love the long run but i did it, yay me!¬† I left the house and decided to do an out-n-back run from downtown.¬† ¬†I lean toward point to point from the house if i can get a ride home after.¬† ¬†There are fewer short cuts when i run from A to B than if i am doing a loop, i can always bail out and cut short the distance.

The weather was actually nice, some clouds moving in but 60s and i was fine in my tshirt.  I took the Camelbak again and this time i drained it by the time that i reached town.  Waves at the beach were high and alot of surfers out there (not pictured on this beach but they were a few miles back at another popular surf beach).

I’m feeling pretty ready for Marine Corps. This has been a decent training cycle and look, i even got my blog back up and running for my 3 followers and a few bots! Yay!

see you out there,

-Jenn

Week 11: Popovers and time off

Following my 20 mile run on 9/16, I took a lot of time off from running¬†last week (9/17-9/23).¬† It was due to needing some rest but also a lot of family events and commitments on the weekend.¬† For the gluten free baking challenge for the week, we made popovers and tried a new recipe for chocolate cake.¬† ¬†Total mileage for the week was only 13.1 miles and no long run.¬† ¬† I ran the tempo and track runs and went to Orange Theory twice.¬† ¬†Friday, Saturday and Sunday I took off and I feel more rested this week for sure.¬† Having hit 20 the week prior, I don’t think this will impact my overall fitness too much.¬† Trying to get back on track this week after over eating pretty much all weekend.

Planned / Actual miles:   27 / 13.1

Tuesday.
Orange theory workout with my pal John which was actually a pretty hard workout.¬† I don’t usually get over 400 calories burned but I did today.¬† ¬†We also made popovers with dinner.¬† The recipe is surprisingly easy; it is essentially eggs, flour and butter poured into a hot pan and baked for about 30 minutes.¬† Ours did not pop up as much as some that we get at a local bakery–aptly named Popovers–but we figure they must be experts since the place is called Popovers.¬† ¬†Next time i would bake them a little longer, which is becoming a frequent bit of feedback: slightly under baked.¬† What would Paul Hollywood say on Great British Baking Show?¬† ¬†For one, they call popovers “yorkshire puddings” i believe.¬† We used the recipe from Gluten Free on a Shoestring – 2nd edition.

Wednesday.
Track workout on the treadmill.

Thursday.
Double fun.   Orange Theory in the morning with Kellie before work and then I went to the Team RWB meet up at our local running store in Manchester, NH.   I did a 5 mile run with the group which counted as my tempo run for the week.    The run was fun but it was in the downtown area with a LOT of busy streets to cross for the first 2 miles.  This week I am going to meet up closer to home in Portsmouth for the Thursday night run.   I work in Manchester, so evening runs there are an option.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Nothing but cake.
No workouts on the extended weekend and I ate too much cake.¬† ¬†We made a new gf chocolate cake for my husband’s birthday and it was delicious.¬† We have a chocolate and zucchini cake recipe that we like but we had no zucchini this time.¬† ¬†This recipe will be our new go-to chocolate cake recipe.¬† Our backup¬† / runner up is gf chocolate cake mix from King Arthur Flour Company which you can buy locally or via mail order.¬† ¬†We also made homemade buttercream frosting.¬† Here’s a pic!

Hope to get more mileage and workouts this week! See you out there.

-Jenn

Week 10: Last, last week tonight!

Very late with this update from 2 weeks ago but Week 10 went pretty great!¬† ¬†The highlight was running the Old Glory Relay with Team Red, White & Blue (RWB) on 9/11.¬† ¬†The OGR will run/walk/bike the flag from Boston to San Diego from 9/11 and ending on the West Coast on 11/11 – Veteran’s Day.¬† I recently joined Team RWB in Manchester, NH and this was my first event with them.¬† It was a great day and I met a lot of great runners and veterans from New England and the national Team RWB.¬† The relay is still going on and you can support Team RWB at¬†Team RWB

Monday.  OTF workout.

Tuesday.¬† Old Glory Run Boston!¬† The OGR kicked off with a small gathering at Fenway park in Boston on 9/11.¬† Team RWB and the sponsors said a few words and then the flag was off and running (or walking or biking).¬† ¬†I jumped in the car and headed to leg 5 transition point in Roslindale.¬† I waited around for a while and then another team RWB member came running along.¬† I got the flag and ran leg 5 and 6 through Roslindale.¬† ¬†I didn’t know the route and there were a lot of turns, so i wrote the turns on my arm – poor man’s GPS tracking app!¬† They had the route on a biking app called Ride, but you had to pay $60 to get turn by turn directions, hence the low budget but effective Sharpie options!¬† After a quick stop at Starbucks to refuel (I was starving having driven down to Boston at 0500 to make it to the kickoff by sun up), we drove over to Walpole and I ran leg 16.¬† The relay support folks leap frog from transition point to the next.¬† They snapped this great picture of me where i almost look like I’m running and the flag is perfectly flying behind me!¬† ¬†The relay continued on to Providence, Rhode Island that afternoon and then on from there the next day.¬† They run during daylight hours for the next 62 days ending in San Diego on Veteran’s day, 11/11/18.

 

Thursday.
Orange Theory.¬† I hate it when I just barely miss 400 calories!¬† I was working hard though and got 1 point in the ‘red zone’ that was legit (and not the heart monitor going haywire, which often explains my time in the “red zone”!)

Foggy Friday run.  My plan called for a 10 mile tempo run but i managed to run 7.7 foggy miles.   I finished my latest book on tape (audio file from the library) so that was a plus.

Sunday long run, 20 miles and no fog!¬† So I decided to go for it on my long run and go for 20 miles.¬† I didn’t realize it would turn out to be a beautiful day, I left the house without my sunglasses but glad that i ran back in to grab them.¬† I actually got a little sunburn and temps were pushing 80F after a cool and foggy weekend to that point.¬† I also hit 900 miles this year with this run so that is pretty exciting.¬† ¬† I’ll hit 1000 in early October.

see you out there,

-Jenn