August 15, 2013

Marathon Training Week 8 and a Liebster Award!

I was pretty much slacking last week, which ended in me racing and then being sick all weekend, but here's the recap anyways!


The Road to 26.2 -Marathon Training Week 8


Short runs: I only did one short run this week and did some crossfit/strength training instead. The training group did speedwork again, and I felt pretty good running a little faster on the mile repeats. I have a hard time telling what my pace is without looking at my watch so I'm going to try running without music more and focusing on my breathing and rhythm when running more around my goal marathon race pace. 

Long Run- Week 8 called for a step back mileage-wise. Most of the people in my training group ran the Charles Street 12 Miler so that was the long run for the week. You can read here about how I raced it and pushed it too fast . Then I got sick and ended up on the couch all weekend. Good times. Here's an awesome (and by awesome I mean crazy) race photo of me super sweaty and hair flying everywhere but still smiling as I cruised around the Inner Harbor at the end of the race.  C'mon, everyone loves giggling at race photos. 

from ChessiePhoto

What was awesome last week:  That I ran the race pretty fast and did well. I haven't raced a longer mileage since the NWM DC Half in April, so it felt good to see that I can log a good chunk of miles at a good pace,even when I feel crappy. 

What I need to work on this week: Taking better care of myself. Getting sick has given me another the wake up call that I really need to stay on top of drinking lots of water, taking vitamins, and getting PLENTY of sleep. As much as I like to pretend I can be Wonder Woman, I can't do everything and run and train and work and try to apply to grad schools on 4 hours of sleep. 

Something else super fun  today is that Jenna from Little Green Running Shoes nominated me for a Liebster award!
A Liebster award is a fun survey to help you get to know some smaller blogs. You get to share 11 random facts about yourself and answer 11 questions the nominating blogger created for you. After you've been nominated and fill out the survey, you pass the award on to 11 other blogs with 11 questions for them to answer. It's a great way to pass on some love and recognition to blogs who have a smaller following!  

11 Things About Me
1. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. 
2. I'm really jumpy and easily scared. 
3.  I think the top layer after you open a nut butter jar is the best. I always make sure to eat that part before someone else gets to the jar. 
4. Running makes me happy.
5. I'm pretty introverted, especially when I first meet people and am super self conscious that people won't like me!
6. I've never broken a bone!
7. I can always rationalize buying a new pair of shoes. 
8. I'm always feeling cold so always keep a hoodie or sweater with me. 
9.  Panda bears are my favorite animal. 
10.  I'm a Jersey girl at heart who now loves everything Baltimore and Old Bay. 
11. I always save room for dessert. 

11 Questions from Jenna

1. What’s your favorite ice cream?
I'm a big fan of vanilla with rainbow jimmies or cake batter, but I'm going to have to go with mint chocolate chip here. I pretty much love ice cream. 

2. What’s your favorite outfit?
Comfy wise I love yoga pants or shorts and a soft tee. As far as real people outfits, I love black leggings, boots, and a blazer with a tank underneath. It's classy, sexy, and easy to throw on!
3. What’s your pet peeve?
I hate people cracking their knuckles, people who sniffle constantly, and rudeness in general. 
4. Who do you admire most?
I admire my mom because trying to stay sane while raising three kids is a tough job. She's so fabulous and fun to be around too. 
5. Pirates or Ninjas? Why? Pirates because I like the glorified fun version of pirates like in Pirates of the Caribbean. Being in the Caribbean, drinking rum, and getting into shenanigans sounds like fun. 
6. What was your favorite cartoon growing up?
7. If you owned a cow what would you name it?
8. Do you eat enough veggies?
9. Who is your favorite super hero? Why?
10. What have you learned today?
11. What scares you?

11 Blogs I nominate (lots of Bmore Blends love!):

11 questions for my nominated bloggers
1. What’s your favorite post-workout snack?

2. What’s your go-to article of clothing/outfit when in a rush?

3. What’s your blogging pet peeve?
4. Cats or dogs?
5. What's your favorite type of weather?
6. What is the last great movie you watched?
7. What is your favorite drink order at Starbucks?
8. What is type of fitness activity/class do you want to try that you haven't?
9. What is something you want to do before summer is over?
10. What TV show are you loving right now (I'm loving Orange is the New Black!)?
11.  What is your guilty pleasure?

Do you have a favorite race photo moment?  What is something you are doing to take better care of yourself?


  1. I love breakfast too! Good job on your training. Hope you get to feeling better soon!

    1. Breakfast is the best, anytime of day! Thanks I'm feeling much better today!

  2. Great race photo! I have very few share-worthy race photos. I often think I didn't feel as bad/rough as I look LOL

    1. Haha thanks. Yeah those photographers know how to catch some great faces-I usually have a pained look on my face!

  3. That's an awesome race photo. Love the smile!

    1. Thanks! I was feeling good because I was almost done and love running by the water!

  4. You rocked those answers! I love reading about your runs!!

  5. Love that race photo, you definitely look happy! Liebster award is a cool concept!