NJ Marathon Week 8 Training Recap

Happy Monday! Didn’t I just do one of these? I feel like all of a sudden time is flying. These 18 weeks are going to be up before I know it.

At the beginning of week 8 I was still in beautiful, warm (by comparison) Florida. For that reason alone it deserves a good grade.

Week 8 Grade: A+++

But really the rest of it was great too:

Monday, February 9: Hal always has Mondays set as a rest day, but then I always end up cross training in some way instead. The resort didn’t have a gym, but it didn’t matter because the sheer amount of walking + lifting and carrying an adorable, nearly-40-pound ball of  energy and attitude from place to place was one tough workout. We went to Hollywood Studios on this day and then back to Magic Kingdom. 17000+ steps and I wasn’t even trying to exercise.

Tuesday, February 10: 4 miles. My legs still felt off from the 14 miler on Sunday (the trail around the resort was concrete so a little rough for long distances), but it was still a great run. How could it not be, right?

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And oh look at that…I’m in SHORTS. This winter can seriously kiss my butt.

We had breakfast at Chef Mickey’s that morning so this run was followed up by a little yoga sesh with Donald Duck:

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(Way too much fun with this prAna #TaketheLeap Challenge.)

This was our last park day and we spent it at Magic Kingdom again. As much as I do like Epcot and Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom was by far the best place for Betty. Too bad it’s the one place they don’t serve wine because I probably could have used it the most there. (That line to meet Elsa and Anna was INSANE.)

Wednesday, February 11: 7 miles at marathon pace although I didn’t mean for it to be a pace run. This was also our travel day and we were leaving pretty early in the morning so I planned on doing this run when I got back. Then my mom surprised me by suggesting that I go out and get this last run in in the warmth before we headed home. She’s awesome, right?

Running through The Art of Animation Resort...this was the Cars side! I ran up and down this street a bunch.

Running through The Art of Animation Resort…this was the Cars side! I ran up and down this street a bunch.

Beautiful sunrise over Hourglass Lake.

Beautiful sunrise over Hourglass Lake.

Lovely to see you too, Ariel!

My new BFF, Ariel.

We arrived back to cold, horrible Baltimore at around 2pm and that night I went to an hour of yoga. It felt great after all those miles of running and walking from the past several days.

Thursday, February 12: 4 miles and I wasn’t even about to go outside for it. I ended up doing 8×400 intervals on the treadmill which is something I haven’t done in awhile, but it felt pretty good. (Overall 7:33 pace with the recovery.) I also warmed up and cooled down for a half mile apiece so I actually did 5 miles on this day.

Friday the 13th: It was not an unlucky day. Usually on Fridays I rest, but instead thanks to ClassPass Baltimore I was back in the barre studio at 6am. I’m beginning to really enjoy those early morning Friday classes!

Valentine’s Day: THE MOST UNLOVABLE LONG RUN EVER. 15 miles. Single digit wind chills. Frozen face, fingers, and a nose bleed at mile 12. It was an epic struggle and my confidence really took a hit.

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I’m trying to focus on the (very few) positives of this run…I felt pretty good  until around mile 7 and my last mile was strong. The rest of it was a trainwreck, BUT I got it done and I’m ready to move on from it.

Sunday, February 15: Oh hey it’s -20 degrees out with 50MPH winds. What better place to be than Bikram yoga? It was an extra pleasant surprise when I arrived and Karen was subbing! You guys know how much I love Karen. Obviously this class was fantastic.

Week 8 Total Mileage: 31

With the exception of Valentine’s Day (which is okay because it was Valentine’s Day and I ran 15 miles that morning) I have gotten my food and drink consumption under control since vacation and am feeling a lot less gross and bloated. As I mentioned up with the Donald pic, I’m also still going strong with the 30 Day Yoga Challenge!

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Today marks the halfway point and this yoga every day thing is really working for me. I suspect it will probably continue long after this month is up (although I won’t be filling up my Instagram with it anymore, which I’m sure many people will appreciate.)

On to week 9! This week I will be attending my very first mat Pilates class…hopefully. It’s tomorrow and we have another snowstorm in the works for tonight. Is it spring yet?

Do you take Pilates? Any advice for me? What’s the weather like where you are right now? 




NJ Marathon Training Week 6 Recap

So apparently that groundhog jerk saw his shadow. I don’t know how because it’s dark and rainy on the East Coast. 6 more weeks of winter it is. #notshocked

Week 6 Grade: All things considered, I give myself an A.

This week was a step back week in mileage and I think that may have attributed to my complete lack of motivation most mornings. I got all my workouts in, but I had a serious case of the “I DON’T WANNA”s. This week I’ll be working on a makeover for my bad attitude because in just a few more sleeps I will be waking up and running in a palm tree and humidity filled paradise.

Monday, January 26: Body Pump. Nope. More like let’s watch Body Pump happen while I sadly churn out 30 minutes on the elliptical. This was necessary and in hindsight I’m glad I skipped. I wasn’t there today either, but not because I’m avoiding the squats; I’ve used my ClassPass to take a MEGAbarre class.

The only think I knew about this class beforehand is that it involves a machine that looks as if it could have been used in the medieval times to torture people. I’m happy to report that I made it out alive, but man that was a WORKOUT. Details later. 🙂

Tuesday, January 27: 3 miles. In my iPhone app training log I said it was snowing out, but I can’t remember if that was true or not. This is how much the winter ruins my brain.

Either way, I actually did 4 miles if you count the half I warmed up and cooled down. The three in the middle were 7:35 pace which is as close as I’m getting to my usual Tuesday speed work right now. Intervals are called off until further notice.

Wednesday, January 28: 6 mile pace. It didn’t snow, but it was cold enough to keep me inside. Generally if the temperature is anywhere below 20 I will be at the gym.

This run was nothing to write home about, but the hot yoga I took in the evening was. I hadn’t been to my favorite vinyasa class in awhile and it felt completely amazing AND my hamstring feels better than it has in weeks. Knock on wood.

Thursday, January 29: 3 miles. Treadmill. Again. 8:46 pace. My legs felt like lead. Overall not a good run.

Friday, January 30: Oh boy do I have a story about Friday, January 30. I made the most enormous mistake and I can only blame myself for it.

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Friday was a rest day by the way so this is not workout related. 

Betty and I were hanging out at home on Friday night. I had just finished eating my dinner and Betty was working on her third dinner because she is apparently going through a growth spurt right now that causes her to eat everything edible in the entire house.

She wanted “another snack” (so like…snack #12 of the evening) and I grabbed one of her yogurts out of the fridge. Come to think of it, I was still kind of hungry myself. So as I opened her yogurt I took two big bites of it, without reading the label and thinking nothing of it.

This is where I’m a dumbass.

For anyone that might be new to my blog, I am allergic to bananas. I joke about it a lot because bananas are always a post-race staple and I can’t have them. It’s like…SOOOO funny.

Well I have managed to avoid well enough that I haven’t had a reaction since 2006 because I am a good label reader. Why the hell I didn’t think to read the label on YOGURT which is something that (especially for children) tends to contain banana is beyond me. All I know is that shortly afterward we were enjoying the movie Tangled and my mouth started to feel really weird.

It didn’t take me long to put two and two together. I went rummaging through the trash for the yogurt container and YEP sure enough. Strawberry banana. By this point my tongue was swelling, the roof of my mouth was tingling something awful, and I started getting really nauseous. I texted my mom, who is an RN, Mr. Salt to let him know what was happening, and Helly because for some reason I knew she would make me feel better. She has quite the colorful history of random allergic reactions.

Speaking of allergic reactions, Betty had just had one to her amoxicillan the other week so we had Benadryl in the house. I took some of that and then Mr. Salt was rushing home with Zyrtec. Based on the level of reaction I’ve had in the past I figured that two bites of yogurt weren’t enough to land me in the hospital, but the level of discomfort I was feeling was definitely greater than it was the last time this happened. (Last time I was at Jamba Juice and I guess they misunderstood what I was saying when I said “absolutely do not put banana in my smoothie.”)

So before I go further into the details of my training week, I’m okay. I just need to make a doctor appointment to get one of those giant epipens. Then I might just beat myself about the head with it for being so stupid and not reading the yogurt label.

Saturday, January 31: Long run: 9 miles. Not surprisingly I was still a little woozy when I woke up. I had already planned on running at the gym because it was freezing and REALLY windy, but after the events of the previous night, the treadmill would have been the smart way to go anyway if I planned on running at all.

This run actually went well although I have no idea what my true pace was. I was using my watch to track it (it said 8:49), but the accelerometer completely kirked out during mile 6 and showed me running an almost 10 minute mile which would have been impossible based on my treadmill setting. Seeing as this cold weather is lasting indefinitely, I think I’ll probably invest in a foot pod just so my data is as accurate as possible. Luckily since this was not a pace run, it didn’t matter so much.

Later on that day I did a lot of walking around downtown with Betty in the Ergo on my back. (aka: strength training + cardio!) She must be only about a pound away from the max weight limit on that thing and I can’t stand the idea of giving it up. I would carry her to college like that if I could.

Sunday, February 1: Cross train day! It had been a looong time since I had gotten to a Bikram class and there is a local studio that I had never tried before participating in Baltimore ClassPass.

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Aside from what seemed like an excessive amount of mirrors in the hot room, I liked this class and even more, I really like the laid-back, friendly vibe in the studio itself. It was lacking the cliquey-snobbishness that I’ve encountered in other Bikram studios. I’m excited to be excited about going again!

Also I expected to be riding the struggle bus through the whole time, but muscle memory is an amazing thing. Once I got through the warm up, I felt almost like my old self in there. Just in time for the start of the prAna #TaketheLeap 30 Day Challenge!

Week 6 Total Mileage: 22

And just like that I’m 1/3 of the way through my plan! I am kicking ass and taking names at cross training right now and as soon as I can nix that hamstring pain I hope to do the same with the miles I’m running. As far as nutrition, water intake, and cutting back on the wine is concerned, I’m still doing great in all those areas.

My goals for this week: Get outside twice at least (not counting my long run because that most definitely is happening outside…FLORIDA!). Tuesday and Wednesday morning shouldn’t be too bad around here so I have no excuses. Also get to as many classes as I can before we travel! I have 3 scheduled for the week.

Speaking of the #TaketheLeap Challenge, Today is Day 1!!

I thought I would kick off these 30 days with a pose that I consider to be one of the most beautiful: NATARAJASANA. 


One of the reasons I love Dancer Pose is because it can be done so many ways. This is the Mermaid variation and my favorite standing backbend! You would begin this pose the same way that you would regular dancer pose except rather than grasping the foot, you slide it into the crease of your arm. Extend the opposite arm up to the sky and reach back to clasp your hands into a bind. Kick your foot into the crease of your elbow to lift your leg and lean forward to counterbalance. Don’t forget to breathe!

Remember…if something hurts BACK OUT OF IT! Yoga is not supposed to be painful. Always listen to your body and only go as far as it will allow you to.

(Today’s Tags: Suz, Sue, Wendy, Olena, and Lisa!)


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How is your training going? Have you done Bikram yoga? Do you like it? Have you ever had an accidental allergic reaction? 

I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend!