Weekly Recap 6/29-7/5

Peak week for training done!  Didn’t quite go as planned, but I did get my long run in and now I can rest.

Monday: 

AM: 5 miles with the group.  Didn’t start off well because I was late due to not understanding how to use the U-lock for my bike.  I just need to sit down and practice opening and closing it over and over.  Run felt kinda sluggish and it was a one of those that I just got done.

Tuesday: 

Noon: yoga nidra.  I just love this class.  It’s a nice break mid-day.

Wednesday: 

AM: 7.01 miles with the group.  Actually felt pretty good.  7 seems to be my sweet mileage right now.  Did a 10 minute core yoga video off of Runner’s World.

PM: 3.5 miles with Christina in Columbia Heights.  It was great to run an old route with an old friend. We went to eat Dominican food after and it took all I had to not inhale it all and make myself sick.  I couldn’t get sick of beans and rice!

Thursday:

Noon: alignment yoga.  Another class I can’t get enough of.  🙂

Friday: 

AM:  Long run day!  20.02 miles.  Honestly didn’t have my heart in it.  Didn’t prep as well the night before, got up an hour later than usual.  Had about 2276 pep talks through the run: “just get it done, Jenn,  once it’s done you get to rest and taper.”  It sucked.  It was hot.  I was miserable.  But I finished.  Did a 20 min recovery yoga video from Runner’s World.

Met up with friends later for drinks in Alexandria.  If you ever got to Blackwall Hitch, try their “Dirty Hitch”.  Possibly one of the best Martinis I’ve had.

Saturday: 

Just got up for work and got all red, white, and blue for the holiday.  I earned the name Lady Liberty at some point during the night.  Does anyone else love the Fourth??  I also did a couple sun salutations at work to get my yoga in.  🙂


I also love to make pie and accepted this challenge:

 This is not my pie.  Mine will be apple pie.  😉

Sunday: 

Does hangover recovery count as a workout?

Total: 35.53 miles, 155 min of yoga.

I missed on my July goals last week,  but I can always pick up where I went off.  I skipped my run and yoga on Sunday, and I definitely drank way more than intended most days of the week.

How did your training go?

Baltimore Women’s Classic Race Report (better late than never, right?)

First, let me say I LOVE THIS RACE!  I did it in 2014 with two friends from work and really wanted to do it again this year.  I also love country music, so when I found out that Miranda, Blake, AND Carrie were going to be at a festival together, I really wanted to do the festival.  Problem is, they both fell on the same weekend.  I told my friends that I was going to skip out on the race.  Boo-hoo.  Fast forward a couple months and the concert plans fell through. While it sucked that I’d miss out on an awesome concert, I was excited I could do the race!

Now, I’m not a 5K runner.  I haven’t run one fast in several years, and I definitely prefer long distances.  Because I’m in the midst of ultra-training, I figured I’d just go and have fun with my girlfriends and spend time in Charm City.  As another exclamation: I LOVE BALTIMORE!  Granted, I’ve always been there for races, to spend time with friends, or a Ravens game, but for some reason, I just feel at home in Baltimore.  Maybe someday I’ll move there.

Saturday night I took the train up after work and stayed with my friend just outside of downtown.  We had the perfect pre-race dinner of Royal Farms fried chicken and potato wedges.  We put on a movie and both promptly fell asleep.


The next morning, we were up at 6:30 to drive downtown.  Parking was super simple with Panda Parking and we just had to walk about half a mile to the start.  It was a beautiful morning!  The cloud formations were beautiful over the harbor.


Once we got to Rash Field, we met up with another friend and dropped our bags at bag check.  The new friend asked us if bag check was secure, and we both said “Of course it’s secure!  It’s just in boxes, but it’s fine; been doing this for years!”

The three of us made our way up to the start line and found our pace signs.  With such a large race, they were really vocal about lining up with your pace group and I think for the most part, people did.  I had two goals for the race: 1. have fun; and 2. run a little faster than I usually do.  Pre-race photo:


Mile 1: 10:51

A slight uphill for about half of this mile, also the most crowded.

Mile 2: 10:29

Downhill and turns!  Still felt great.  Mile markers were matching my Garmin.

Mile 3: 9:43

This mile also had some more downhill.  I started to push the pace here both because of the downhill and the end.  This mile passes the start line and then does a small out and back before turning onto the harbor.

Mile .19: 9:02

The last portion was right along the water.  I pushed as hard as I could to finish up.  About 10 yards from the end, I ran into my friend!  We crossed the line together and gathered our goodies: water, medals, and roses.

We walked around the finish festival as we waited for our other friend to finish.  We ate some great watermelon and got a free picture at the New Balance photo booth, then went to get my bag.  Now, out of all my years racing, I’ve never lost my bag.  The poor lady couldn’t find my bag in the right box and I started kicking myself for being cocky about how safe the bag check was…I went back to look for my bag and finally found it in different box.  I have a bunch of tags from other races, so my guess is that it was in a box according to one of those numbers, not my BWC number.  Phew!


 After the race, we made our way over to Blue Moon Cafe.  If you are ever in Baltimore, please eat there!  It’s incredible.  Just know that it’s a long wait to get in (potentially hours).  Karma was on our side, though and we were sat at our table in 20 minutes.  WHAT??  I ate the Sweet Baby Jesus and we shared a Captain Crunch French Toast.  Nom, nom…

All in all it was just a good day.  I hit both my goals and had a good time with friends.  I’m looking forward to doing the race again next year, and the year after that, and the year after that…


Happy Running!

July Goals

Something I would like to work on is making goals, making plans to reach those goals, and doing my own personal analysis after I reach those goals.  If I fail to reach them, what do I need to change?  My approach?  Make a more reasonable goal?

I love Excel spreadsheets and I’ve found that I am very rewarded by checking off the boxes.  I managed to give up eating candy in the candy dish at work by checking off each day.  I made it through 2 months before I stopped checking the boxes and now it’s been another 2 months without tracking and I’m still not eating the candy!

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Here’s what I have planned for July:

  1. Goal: Join in on the #yogaeverydamnday movement (on Instagram). Even if I just do one sun salutation, or fall asleep to a yoga nidra meditation, I will do yoga each day this month.
    1. Plan: Continue to go to 2-3 classes per week.  Add in videos other days.  Will track minutes of yoga each day in my sheet.
  2. Goal: Remain consistent with my running as I run my peak week and taper for the Endless Summer 6 Hour. This means at least 4 days per week.
    1. Plan: 3 days a week with my run group and a weekend long run.  This one shouldn’t be too hard to follow.  🙂
  3. Goal: Track my drinking habits.  I barely drank last month as per doctor’s orders and while he cleared me to drink, I felt great!
    1. Plan: Look at each week and plan which days I will be drinking (happy hours, concerts, etc.).  Using my chart, track the number of drinks each week.  Plan on 2 or less if I choose to drink.

I’ll check in with these goals with each weekly recap and do a full analysis at the end of the month.

Any July goals for you?

Weekly Recap 6/22-6/28

What did I manage this week? 

Monday:

AM: 3 miles with the run group.  Only ran 2 miles, walked the third, but it felt pretty good after 18 on Sunday.  

PM: Dharma Yoga 

Tuesday

Noon: Yoga Nidra

Wednesday:

AM: rode my bike to the run, but belly was upset and felt fatigued.  Didn’t run.  Also stayed home from work.  Slept until noon! 

Thursday

PM: Pilates in the Park

Friday:

AM: 5.9 miles to Lincoln Memorial with the group.  Nice break in the weather.  Here’s the Washington Monument at dawn:   

Saturday

AM: 12.12 miles.  It was raining the whole time.  I’m super proud of myself for getting my ass out of bed at 5AM to get it in before work.  Only one more long run before taper!  EEK!! Here’s a great pic from the Mall:   

Sunday:

Baltimore Women’s Classic 5K!  32:18 with a huge negative split.  Definitely one of my favorite races.  Race report to come in a couple days.  🙂

Total: 24.21 miles, 2 yoga classes, 1 Pilates class. I call it a win. 

How’d your training go this week?

Just Run!

“Act like a horse, be dumb, just run.”

When I started running at the end of 2008, I ran across this quote somewhere in a running blog or somewhere else on the interwebs and not long after it became my signature line on the old Beginner’s Forum at Runner’s World.  It’s become my mantra and inspiration as I’ve run countless (and counted) miles since then.

My name is Jenn, and I just run (well, not really, I practice yoga now, but, I’ll talk about that later).  I ran cross-country in high school, but I was TERRIBLE!  As a junior, I was the last person on the JV team.  I had a great coach, though, and he was very inclusive.  I tried running a summer in college, and did well until my running partner and I didn’t have the same schedule and I wouldn’t run on my own.

At the end of 2008, I was living in the Dominican Republic, recently married, and realized that I had slowly been putting on the weight I had lost the previous 2 years.  It was “winter” time (in quotes because, well, Caribbean winter) and I was walking after work every day with a friend.  The sun was setting earlier and earlier and I decided in order to maximize my sunlight I would try running again.  I found a run/walk program on Runner’s World and started up (very similar to Couch-2-5K, but free).  Later I found out that my friend bet her boyfriend that I wouldn’t keep it up.  Seven years later, I’m still going strong!

In the DR, I did several 5Ks and 10Ks, but knew that I wanted to do longer races.  I was really enjoying my alone time and loved most of my runs.  Once I moved back to the States in 2010, I signed up for my first half marathon (the very first Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon).  I rolled right along to my first marathon in the spring of 2011, and my first ultra in the fall of 2011.  I was hooked!  Since then, I’ve completed 15 half marathons, 7 marathons, 2 ultras, and a lot of shorter races.  In 2012, I qualified for the Marathon Maniacs by running Berlin, Marine Corps, and Richmond marathons in 42 days.

So, as I go forward with my running life, I wanted to find a new way to be inspired.  I had been considering a blog for a while when I met Salt at a race this past weekend.  I went home that afternoon and signed up for WordPress.  I hope to document my training, race reports, and thoughts about running.  If I can make some new friends along the way, that’d be great, too!

Enough about me, tell me, how did you start running?  What keeps you inspired?

Just Run,

Jenn