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

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

Boston Training Update

Hello friends,

Just back from Florida (my review of the Disney Princess Half Marathon coming soon) and yep, the snow is still here.  Shoveled the driveway twice this week already, a few inches of snow on Monday and Wednesday, just enough to be annoying.  Training for Boston is going pretty well.   I am following a new plan this race from a book, Run Less, Run Faster.  It prescribes 3 ‘quality runs’ per week where you focus on a specific pace or goal rather than just getting in mindless miles.  This appealed to me because with working and parenting, 3 runs a week sounds awesome.  I also wanted to take a step back from over training or the brink of over training, where I have been in the past.  The book:  http://www.runnersworld.com/race-training/run-less-run-faster

I’ve been running since January 1st on the treadmill with 2 exceptions, the 3M Half Marathon in Austin, TX and the Princess Half last month in Orlando, FL.   The snow is everywhere and roads are still dangerous– too narrow in spots, no visibility around snowbanks, ice, more snow.   I did run my first OUTSIDE run of 2015 on March 1st, and ran a 20 miler out and back down by the beach.   I find I have to go out and back, because once I am out there, I have to get back to my car.  That second half is where my motivation sometimes waivers.

Some things I’ve learned this training season or observations (so far):

1. The Walking Dead may not be the show to watch while on the treadmill.  Too many suspenseful zombie moments.  But I am looking for a new series since finishing LOST and Criminal Minds.
2.  As a runner, you should rotate your shoes.  Last month I got two new pairs to replace the pair that I have been wearing since summer of 2013 and through 3 marathons (Boston, Disney and Marine Corps).  Yes I know, I’m a bad runner.  I don’t follow some of the usual things one should do.  But I’m on the right track!
3. When you see it, buy more body glide.  You can never have too many of those travel sized sticks.  Not elaborating further for your benefit.
4. My iphone freezes at 8F despite being in an inside pocket.   On my 20 miler last weekend it died 3.5 miles in.  Ironically during a Morrissey song.  GU also semi-freezes.
5. Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.  Or enjoy the sunrise, sunset or beauty of the season.  Yes, even in this wintery hell there can be some beauty.
6.  Wear my Dana-Farber Marathon Shirt to my next race.  I wore it in Texas and Disney and had a few cheers of “Go dana-farber” or people comment how Dana-Farber has helped them or a loved one.  Reminds me what the real goal is: a world without cancer.  And if I can help reach that goal, I will.
7.  This winter must end.   Forget Elsa, this winter is the work of the “White Witch’ of Narnia!  (currently my girls favorite movie, ironically they weren’t big Frozen fans).

witch-hogFundraising update!  For my local Seacoast friends, I will be holding a fundraiser at Flatbread in Portsmouth on April 7th!  A portion of pizza sales will go to my campaign and I will have prizes for raffle and silent auction.  This year you can throw down raffle tickets just for the prizes you want– a separate drawing for each item.   And a few items for silent auction so you can secure them right away.

Please mark your calendars for April 7th, from 4-9pm for benefit night.  You can join the event on Facebook for more updates on raffle & auction prizes.  So far a few items include gift certificates to Loco Coco’s Taco’s,  Cycle Fierce spin studio, Blue Mermaid Bar & Grill, Cinemagic movie tickets.  Just a preview of some of the awesome prizes!   Join the Facebook event click here

fundraiserFBjennsbostonrunPlease support my run and support cancer research!  Still time to donate at www.bit.ly/dfmcjenn2015   I’ll be updating the fundraising ‘thermometer’ soon.  So far I have raised about $1000 of my $10,000 goal.  Help me reach my goal!

thanks, run safely out there!
-Jenn

Austin 3M Half Marathon/Gluten-Free Austin

I ran the 3M Half Marathon on Jan 25th in Austin, Texas and it was a great run and really fun weekend.   I met up with a friend from grad school and we covered a lot of ground in addiiton to the 13.1 miles on Sunday.  Here are just some of the highlights of the weekend.

I arrived late morning on Friday to cold and rainy weather which I did not expect. I had a vision of sun and 70s, but no problem, anywhere without snow is good.   I met up with an Army buddy of mine at Hopdoddy burger joint on South Congress a.k.a. “SoCo” area.  The burgers here were delicious and they serve their own house-made gluten free buns!  Anytime I go to a new city I like to check out the GF options in town and treat myself to some great gluten free bakeries and restaurants.  www.hopdoddy.com was so good, i went back again on Sunday before leaving town.
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After lunch I picked up my friend at the airport and checked in at the hotel.  We stayed up by the Gateway shopping / Arboretum area north of the city because it was walking distance to the start of the race.   We went by the Texas Running Company and I ended up buying some Hoka Constant running shoes – the gal there gave me a whole run down on how they are great for marathon and half marathon.  I’m going to give them a try.    Dinner we tried Maudie’s Tex-Mex on W. 7th.  We had to wait about 20 minutes or so but the food and margaritas were worth it.    Then on to the Hole in the Wall for some live music.  Good music but it was literally a dark, semi-seedy hole in the wall bar.  But apparently a famous landmark of the Austin music scene.
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Saturday we covered a lot of ground.  Around 9am it was still in the upper 30s/ pushing 40F so we went by Target and got some cheap grey sweatshirts for the race.  “Team Hanes” was ready to rock.  We did a nice 3 mile loop on Town Lake, a runner’s paradise and the one thing that I miss most about the city.   We hit Joe’s for breakfast and it was delicious.  We were at the downtown location but drove across the river to the SoCo location for gluten free pop tarts.   I had a lavender-fig pop tart, and it was an out of body experience that I cannot even begin to describe.  Here’s a picture of the pop tart.   (Did I mention that I took a hundred pictures like a total tourist).
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We went by the capitol and Texas History Museum to pick up our race numbers.  Here’s our Capitol of Texas Selfie.
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Then on to the University of Texas Co-op for some UT swag.  I got a “hi, how are you” t-shirt and some post cards.  The main drag by campus has changed a lot.  Also if my current gig doesn’t work out, I can get a job at Jenn’s Copies–that’s Jenn with two N’s.  They are everywhere.  Back up to the hotel to kick up our heels for a bit before dinner.   For dinner we went with a gluten free and pre-race standby, P. F. Chang’s.   Then we had to see Interstellar at the movies, for our traditional pre-race movie night (to get off the feet and relax).    And in Austin, if Matthew McConaughey is playing at the theater, you simply have to go.   I give the film a thumbs up.   We laughed, we cried, I was stressed out about the ‘dramatic’ scenes. We cried some more.  Good movie in my opinion.
Enough about the food and around town, how was the race?  Chilly start, sweatshirts came in handy, it was only in the lows 30s.   The course is almost entirely downhill and billed as fast–and it was really fast.   It started up at the Arboretum/Gateway area and finished with a run through the UT Campus and finish line just steps from the capitol building.  I had a great run and didn’t realize that I was moving along at a pretty good pace (for me).  There was a slight hill around mile 9 but otherwise it was downhill as advertised.  The standout feature of this race is the ginormous goodie bag!  A huge sampling of 3M products, here’s a pic of everything included: Scotch tape, lint roller, scotch brand kitchen sponge, recovery drink mix, glass cleaner, Post-It notes of course!
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Post-race we went down to Snack Bar Austin for some brunch back South of Congress. Snack bar was very cool decor (if i may call it decor) and they serve gluten free french toast that was delicious!  (pictured above!)  We cleared out of the hotel and returned to SoCo for live music at the Capitol Club, and a final burger at Hopdoddy before heading to the Airport.
Great race in a fun place.  I would definitely recommend this race and may come again or in February for the Austin Marathon and half.  And this was my first time running outside since January 1st with all the snow in Boston!
– Jenn