Where my marathoners at!?

I bet if my mom is reading this right now she is saying, “Between the A and the T”. She was never a fan of me ending sentences with a preposition.

Anygrammar, in my recent fit-blog travels I have been noticing all over the place that people are finishing up the first weeks of training for big fall races. And then I had this idea. It was so much fun keeping up with my awesome marathon buddies (Colby, Karen, and Tantra!) while finishing up my training for Potts that I thought it might be fun to start a link up where people who are training for one of these big fall races could add their blog. Then we could all find out who we will share a training timeline with, maybe find a cool new blog we didn’t know existed, and maybe make a new friend that can support us when the going gets tough with those long runs. And then the going gets emotionally unstable during the taper as was the case with me.

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For real, that’s what I look like when I’m trying to wink.

I’ll go first.

I’m already supposed to be starting up my training for marathon #2: the Baltimore Marathon on October 18. (The Baltimore half was my first half marathon last October!) I’m still working on my plan of attack for this one because I’m still a little hungover from the last one. I really suck at following instructions which is why Mr. Salt put together all of Betty’s new big girl bedroom furniture and I just watched so I will be loosely following a plan for now and will start getting more deeply involved in it as the mileage starts to pile up. Of course it will be Hal Higdon again because I’m such a fangirl.

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One thing I’m sure of is that this time I’m signing up with a pace group. Baltimore has a lot of hills and based on the severity of the wall I hit at Potts, I could use all the extra motivation I can get in those later miles. (Potts didn’t have pacers…at least none that I noticed.) Plus I heard recently from Cynthia that pace groups can be really fun. I hope I get a cool one.

Now it’s your turn! Are you training for a big fall race? Tell us which one with the date and add your blog to the link up! (Maybe some of us are even running the SAME race. Wouldn’t that be so cool??)

Happy hump day, everyone! I was supposed to meet up with a cool new running group today after work and was all set to come back tomorrow and talk about how much I loved it, but now it’s looking like we might have severe thunderstorms in which case I assume it will be cancelled. Fingers crossed that that doesn’t happen!

Do you ever run with a running group? (I know Scott does and I’m totally jealous of his because they are always doing fun things like running and then going to get tacos.)

xo,

Salt

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The Streak Goes On!

Well Christmas is officially behind us and it made a half marathon seem like a piece of cake. EXHAUSTING! I hope that everyone who has been celebrating over the past couple days has been having a wonderful time! The best part for me was definitely watching my daughter open her presents on Christmas morning.

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Not even 2 years old and already has her own Benz. What a baller.

Throughout this holiday madness/fun my best Helly and I have been keeping up with our streaks and today it’s STREAK PARTY TIME again! As if we all haven’t been doing enough partying over the past few days.

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If you have read any of my other recaps, you might recall me being all “OMG this run streak is so great and easy and just the best thing I’ve ever done”. Well Week 4 took a little bit of a toll and I’m not trying to be a Pointy McFingerpointer or anything, but I’m looking at you, Saturday long run.

Here’s a little recap of what I’ve been up to over the past week:

  • December 19: I decide to take to the streets for the first outside run I’ve done around my work in awhile. The sidewalks are still a little icy in patches, but I finish my 5 miles strong. This is the day when I will go nuclear upon my return to the office when I realize someone has stolen all my milk.*
  • December 20: Fridays have quickly become my Wear An Inappropriate Streaking Outfit Day. Last week it was skinny jeans. This week I’m going to a Christmas party so I show up at the gym in the outfit pictured below. I do swap out my boots for my running shoes, but the pearls obviously stay on.

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  • December 21: Saturday Long Run. I decide to take advantage of the “warm” weather that has moved into the area and go for my longest run yet (if only by like .4 miles). I finish up 14 miles feeling fantastic. This feeling will be relatively short lived.
  • December 22: I stop by the gym to run 1 mile before heading to my yoga class where thankfully our regular Sunday instructor has returned. She informs us that she heard we did a lot of arm work the previous week while she was away and so this week we are going to do LOTS OF LEGS. I almost start to cry.
  • December 23: It’s raining and I don’t even feel like dealing with it. I run 7 ugly-feeling miles on the treadmill and decide that I’m not loving this whole Streak thing very much right now.
  • December 24: Speed day, my hip hurts, and I’m feeling like a total Debbie Downer. I pull it together for my usual 5 miles of 800m repeats and then practically limp my way out of the gym. Later in the evening, my husband and I exchange our gifts and he surprises me with NEW YURBUDS! Maybe it’s the delicious martinis I’ve been slugging back, but suddenly I’m not in as much pain anymore and I can’t wait to go running tomorrow. Funny how things can change in an instant.
  • CHRISTMAS DAY: I had only planned to do 1 mile, but I really want to break in my new headphones. I put on a silly pair of Christmas socks, throw together a playlist of some of my favorite Christmas tunes and head out for 5 miles because running more miles is definitely what you should do every time you’ve been in pain for a couple days. I know…I’m kind of an idiot, but guess what? It was fun! There were lots of people out and about for me to wave to and smile at. I could tell everyone really liked my socks. I mean, how could you not?

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  • December 26: Usually I would be posting the Streak Recap, but instead I will be chasing my toddler around all day which is a workout in itself. I get outside for a 10K run before my husband goes to work, making sure to start off slow and take my time. I realize later that Santa has brought me a slightly belated Christmas gift…the beginnings of Runner’s Toe. It’s funny how whatever feelings of disgust I might have had in the past about my toenail starting to turn black have been replaced by a feeling of pride.

Total Streak Mileage So Far: 147 miles and change.

I AM SO EXCITED THAT IT’S A REST DAY. I plan to run my 1 mile on the treadmill so slowly that I will practically be walking. Today marks the 34th day of my personal Streak and I have decided to keep going until I hit 52 days for a couple of reasons:

1) 50 would have gotten me to a Sunday, which is normally a rest day. I already run on Mondays and Tuesdays and I’m not going to stop at 49 because that would just be crazy.

2) 52 happens to be one of my lucky numbers, so it all works out for the best anyway!

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* Milk Story Update: I FOUND OUT WHO TOOK IT! It was a good friend of mine who used it by accident and also just so happened to not be here when I freaked out (but heard all about it…I think I’m infamous at this point). She feels so terrible about it and wants to replace my milk. I’m not even mad anymore, but I think it’s pretty awesome that she fessed up. 🙂

Helly & Salt Present the Streak Week 3 Recap!

It’s time for another Streaking Party! Link up with Helly and me as we take on another week of the Streak!

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Week 3 of the Runner’s World Holiday Run Streak is behind us and I feel like the time is FLYING by! All the fearful feelings that I had in the beginning about running every day now seem a little silly. I’m having a blast with this and I hope you are too!

Today marks my 26th day straight of running. I told my coworker this and she looked at me like I had three heads, which of course makes me feel extra proud of my accomplishment. Here’s a little recap of my past week:

  • December 12: I must be smoking crack because running on the trail sounds like a super doable thing. I waste most of my lunch break driving to the trail, getting out of the car, seeing that the trail is a sheet of ice several inches thick, getting back in my car, and then driving all the way back to the gym. I end up running 5 miles on the treadmill, but seriously what was I thinking a trail would look like after all that bad weather we just got? Duh.
  • December 13: SKINNY JEANS 1-MILER! I pop by the gym right after a work lunch, don’t even bother changing my clothes, and learn that I can run an 8-minute mile while wearing very unforgiving pants. People probably sneak cell phone photos of me looking like a total moron. Maybe I’m on a website somewhere. #caringnotcaring
  • December 14: Quite possibly my favorite long run ever. I finally get back outside. It’s not too terribly cold, but it’s still snowy so everything looks super pretty, plus we have more snow in the forecast for that day so everything is quiet and peaceful the way it gets before a storm. It is early enough that I can run in the street and (mostly) avoid icy sidewalks. And I get to enjoy everyone’s beautiful holiday lights. In fact, it is so enjoyable that I don’t pay any mind to my watch the whole time and end up running 10 miles in just under 1:20 which is a new personal best for me.
  • December 15: I stop by the gym for 1 mile after the HARDEST YOGA CLASS OF MY LIFE. I’m so glad the person teaching the class was subbing for my regular instructor because I kind of wanted to smack her the whole time. She was just awful.
  • December 16: The wind chill is in the teens and I’m feeling like a big wuss so I run 7 miles on the treadmill. It is my longest treadmill run ever. Is that brag-worthy? Probably not.
  • December 17: Need for speed! 5 miles of speed work on the treadmill. Those 800m repeats are getting easier!
  • December 18: Cross train day in full effect! I run an easy mile, followed by 12 on the bike, and then hit up my aerial yoga class in the evening which leaves me super relaxed and at least an inch taller. I needed that!

Total Streak Mileage So Far: 103 miles and change (holy crap)

That brings us to today! I’m not even going to pretend like the trail is passable – plus I asked in one of my running groups yesterday if anyone had any info on it and was informed that it was painful even wearing Yaktrax – so I will be keeping my Streak alive with 5 miles on the pavement. We are expecting some VERY unseasonably warm weather the next few days (like 70’s on Sunday? WTF is that!?) so I’m hoping that will cause a massive melt and I can resume my normal outdoor running schedule. Fingers crossed!

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