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Training With Marc: “Training For a Marathon”

This is a series I started with my old running coach, called Training With Marc. Marc Pelerin is a running coach, and runs He provides runners with personalized plans to help them achieve their goals. Oh and he was also an awesome runner in high school and in college…so he’s got a lot of experience! Visit his website for more info on the coaching he provides. I worked with him for over 2 years and was very happy with the results!

Hi everyone!  It’s Coach Marc and I’m back. This time I’m writing about what it takes to run a marathon.  We all know that 26.2 miles is no joke.  So what’s the best way to prepare?  Here’s my run-down for you:

1.  Be prepared to put in some serious work.  A marathon isn’t the same as a 5k – you can’t just go out and “do” one.  You’ve got to put in months (and sometimes years) of serious training.

2.  Remind yourself you’ll have to sacrifice a bit.  There are times you’ll want to go out and have drinks instead of get up for your long run.  Remember 26.2 miles is far.  Be prepared for early nights and early mornings!

3.  Visit your local running shop and ask questions.  Whenever I need a bit of motivation, I pop over to the Haddonfield Running Company.  Find your local store and get the right shoes for your foot type.  Buy some new running clothes and a good watch to start your training.  Don’t forget to hydrate – carry a water bottle with you!  Find out what other runners do and formulate a plan.

4.  Find a running coach who can create a plan to help you reach your 26.2 goal.  Not all coaches are created equal.  Find someone who you trust and who has experience working with runners of all abilities.

5.  Track the progress you make.  Create a blog or online training log so that other people can help keep you motivated and provide that extra support you might need.

6.  Plan ahead so you can still have your fun.  Planning allows you to still have a life while still getting in all of the important runs.

What other advice would you add?  How much weekly mileage do you think is necessary to complete a marathon?

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Training With Marc: “5 Must-Have Items For All Runners”

I’m starting a new series on my blog, called Training With Marc. Marc Pelerin is a running coach, and runs He provides runners with personalized plans to help them achieve their goals. Oh and he was also an awesome runner in high school and in college…so he’s got a lot of experience! Visit his website for more info on the coaching he provides. I worked with him for over 2 years and was very happy with the results!


Running does not require much gear.  Really, all we need is a pair of shoes and a place to go.  The open road is very forgiving if you’re prepared.  So let’s get a list of the top 5 must have items for all runners.


5.  Running watch:  Even the most basic watch – something that has the ability to start and stop is good enough.  You don’t have to have a GPS (like a Garmin or Nike), even though they provide instant feedback on the run.  Heck, sometimes having a GPS can make you run faster than you need to.  At the end of the day, the most important data you can get from a run is how long you’ve run for.

4.  Safety gear:  If you’re a night runner, now is the time to wear “night life” running gear.  You know, the stuff that looks like a highlighter.  Those particular colors reflect well and keep you visible to cars and other motorists.  Also, whether you’re running at night or in a more remote location, something like Road ID is a great way to notify someone who you are in case of an emergency.  Finally, leave a note or post online where you’ll be running.

3.  Running shorts/running bra:  There’s nothing worse than guys wearing boxers or chicks wearing a regular bra on a run.  Besides it being painful to look at, wearing running shorts and/or a running bra supports everything from bouncing and jiggling.  ‘Cuz gravity already stinks – ya know what I’m talking about?!

2.  Moisture wicking shirts:  Heavy sweater or just jumped in a pool?  Either way.  Buy a wicking shirt or sign up for a race that offers them.  You’ll NEVER go back to running in cotton.  I swear.

1.  Running shoes:  If there’s only one thing you must buy, it is running shoes.  Go to your local running store where they deal with runners all day long.  I love my local store, the Haddonfield Running Company because they take the time to listen to my running history and put me in a shoe that works for me.

What are your “must-have” items that I did not include?

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Training With Marc: “I’m Injured, Now What?”

I’m starting a new series on my blog, called Training With Marc. Marc Pelerin is a running coach, and runs He provides runners with personalized plans to help them achieve their goals. Oh and he was also an awesome runner in high school and in college…so he’s got a lot of experience! Visit his website for more info on the coaching he provides. I worked with him for over 2 years and was very happy with the results!



So, you’re injured and your big race is coming up… What do you do?

You are faced with a tough decision – do you take time off?  Do you run through the pain?  Or do you do some type of cross training?

Unfortunately, there is no clear cut solution that fits for every injury or every runner.  Sometimes, you should take time off; sometimes you should run through; and other times you have to put time into cross training.

Since there is no clear cut guideline for what to do and when to do it, these are my 4 suggestions to getting back on your feet running.

1.  Be as strong as you can be; both mentally and physically.  For your mental side, surround yourself with positive people.  Do activities that don’t delay your recovery time and keep busy.  A busy mind will keep you distracted from missing running.  Physically, begin doing appropriate rehab exercises to not only heal your injury, but to also prevent injuries from creeping back.  This is where general strength comes in handy.  The stronger your can be, the less likely you are to get bit by the injury bug.

2.  Find a cross training routine that you enjoy and don’t mind doing.  We all know that cross training is never “fun”.  But we also know that not everything that is good for us is fun (think vegetables!)

3.  Eat healthy.  There’s nothing worse than taking time away from running and eating like you are still running.  Switch out some of your guilty pleasure foods with fruits & veggies.

4.  When in doubt, or an injury lingers, be sure to check out a specialist.  They will know what to do to get you back on your feet.  Don’t be afraid to find multiple opinions.

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How do you handle being injured? What’s the hardest part for you? For me it’s missing schedule runs in my training plan which makes me paranoid!


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Training With Marc

I’m starting a new series on my blog, called Training With Marc. Marc Pelerin is a running coach, and runs He provides runners with personalized plans to help them achieve their goals. Oh and he was also an awesome runner in high school and in college…so he’s got a lot of experience! Visit his website for more info on the coaching he provides. I worked with him for over 2 years and was very happy with the results! 

Today he will be talking about strength training. Strength training is very important for runners. It helps you to correct muscle imbalances, and avoid injury. Plus, there are great exercises anyone can do even if you aren’t a runner.

Without further ado, here’s Marc!


Hi everyone!  It’s Coach Marc and I’m back. This time I’m writing about my favorite body weight exercises.  As always, if you’re unsure of how to do an exercise, ask someone or look it up on the internet.

Before we get started, here are some of my “tips” to ensure I have a great post-run lifting session:

1.  Make sure I’ve been hydrating all day; not just in the 10 minutes before I run or workout.

2.  Make sure I’m warmed up.  It’s really tough to be strong when your muscles are cold.

3.  Have some great tunes or a buddy to keep you motivated.

4.  Don’t waste time.  Go from one exercise straight to the next.  Keep that heart rate UP!

OK, now that we have that settled, let’s get into some lifting exercises.  Typically, I’d try and do 3 rounds of each exercise.  The amount or time I spent on each exercise varies depending on where I am in my training.  The reps or times below are guidelines and not the rule.


Front Plank – 45 seconds

Squat Jumps – 10 reps

Pushups – 12 reps

Lunges* – 12-15 reps

Seated dips – 15 reps


*Beginners should do stepping lunges; transition to a walking lunge; finally, the advanced move is jump lunges.

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Do you like doing body weight exercises, or do you prefer doing them with weights? For me, it depends on my goals. I certainly don’t mind body weight squats as opposed to barbell squats ;)


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Chicago Marathon Training Week 17 – It’s Marathon Week!

Marathon week is here!! Honestly though, I really don’t feel like I’m running a marathon this weekend OR even leaving for Chicago on Thursday. It probably won’t hit me until we actually land in Chicago.

This will be me and my mom’s first time in Chicago AND first time running a race outisde the tri-state area. I have had my doubts (still do) but I keep telling myself that the training is done and to think of Sunday as just another long run I need to do this week…a 26.2 mile long run :-O

Here’s what we did last week:

Monday: Off

Tuesday: Last real workout. 1 mile warm up, 1/2 mile in 5:05, break, 1 mile in 10:30 (was supposed to be 10:20 but we ran on the roads and this part was hilly), break, 1 mile in 9:50 (was supposed to be 10:00 but felt good!). 1 mile cooldown.

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: 8 miles. Last long-ish run. Goal was 10 but we were outdoors and it was raining/cold. Coach Marc had 8-10 on the plan so 8 was ok…would liked to have done 10 but oh well.


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Friday: Recovery 3 miles

Saturday: Off. Meant to run 4 miles but was up at 5 am for an XC meet in PA, didn’t get home until 4 pm, and was exhausted. Figured if I want rest, taper time is the time to do it! ;)

Sunday: Easy 3 miles. I actually felt really good on this run. I know it’s because of the tapering but felt like I could run forever! Averaged 10:19 pace for this which would be nice if I could do that in a marathon, but definitely will be starting off much slower on Sunday.

As you all know, I have had my doubts this whole training period. Many weeks I wanted to hit 40 or so miles but I never did. Closest I got was 37. I felt like I wasn’t running enough BUT I also did not want to force myself because the reason I would take days off or run less was because of shin pain.

My longest run was 17 miles, and most of my runs were in the 13-15 mile range. I believe you don’t need to run 20 miles in practice. I ran 18 as my longest before NYC Marathon in 2013 and PRed by 30 minutes. I prefer running until I hit 3 hours. I did not hit 3 hours this training round (I did hit 2:45), so who knows. I  mean 2:45 is not that far off from 3 hours right?

Here is what I’m afraid of:

  • Really struggling the second half. I mean we all struggle, but just feeling like I did in 2011. I NEVER want to feel that way in a race again.
  • My shin pain getting to be too much or hurting right when we start the race.
  • I’m not afraid of not finishing, I think I can finish (KNOCK ON WOOD) so I’m just keeping that in mind right now. I WILL finish – time doesn’t matter. Well, it does matter but I will be happy just finishing.

Here is what I’m telling myself to boost my confidence:

  • Thinking of it as “just” a 26.2 mile long run this weekend that needs to get done.
  • I trained for 18 weeks and although my mileage was lower than I would like, I would say I was consistent with running 5 days a week.
  • Just taking it mile by mile and enjoying the crowds and scenery. Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC made a good point on her blog which resonated with me: I am lucky to even be able to run 26.2 miles. THAT is what matters most…and the fact that I am able to do it with my mom!

If you’re running Chicago this weekend or a race in general good luck! If you have any words of wisdom or pieces of advice on the course, racing, mental strength, please leave a comment!


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Chicago Marathon Training Week 15

What was supposed to be peak week, but wasn’t. Almost but not quite.

Guys, I know I keep saying how nervous I am but I AM NERVOUS. I know that I’ve been running consistently for the past 15 weeks, and haven’t really skipped days or anything (minus those 3 days where I was REALLY fatigued)…but I just feel like mileage wise I should have been higher. 

My peak was 37 miles…then I found the Chicago Marathon training plan written by Nike from last year for beginners and they had them going up to 50, which is what I did in my 2013 NYC Marathon training cycle. 

Lately, I have had this nagging pain in my shin and I’m not sure what it is. It has been bothering me for the past 2 weeks, which is why I cut my long run short this past week from 18 miles to 13 miles. I have been talking to the athletic trainer at my job and she thinks it is just muscle tightness and (hopefully) nothing serious like a stress fracture. 

Anyway, here is this week’s training:

Monday: off

Tuesday: 4 miles. UGH this run made me so angry. I was supposed to do 6×800 repeats but barely finished 4. My legs felt like cement and I was supposed to run the 800s in 4:40, yet the last one I eeked out a 4:57. I called it off after that because I didn’t want to force it too much since I knew I had a long run in 2 days (Thursday). Was feeling annoyed and frustrated, but coach Marc reminded me that I ran the 5th Avenue Mile Sunday and it is normal for your legs to feel that way. I created this image for Instagram that night because sometimes, we all need to remember this!

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Wednesday: 6 miles. Just an easy paced run.

Thursday: 13 miles. This was supposed to be my last LONG, long run, and supposed to be 18 miles. I wanted to quit after the first 6 and was SO CLOSE. But I knew I had no other time to do it. I contemplated quitting and somehow finding the time to do it Friday night (I was going to be working late), but sucked it up and told myself, I will complete this no matter how slow I have to go.

I just felt off from the very first mile. Isn’t that the worst feelling? After 6 I didn’t think I could do it. But then I rallied and told my mom, look I feel like crap, I’m going to have to do run/walk intervals and see if I feel any better after a while. So I would run for 2 minutes then walk for 1 minute. After the next 3 miles, I started feeling better so I changed it to run 6-7 minutes, walk 1 minute. My shin was hurting and I just did not feel 100% so I was ok with taking it slow. 

By 8 pm we had finished 13 miles, but I decided to stop there. My shin was hurting with each step and it was now really dark, despite having a flashlight. We ran for 2:40ish minutes, and I figured that was good in terms of  “time on your feet.” Now though, I am kinda wishing we were able to finish those 18…


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Friday: Sloooow 5 mile recovery run.

Saturday: 3 miles. Another crappy run. Needed to do 5 but legs just felt like cement again. Every run this week was crappy. I ended up walking at 2.75 until mile 3 and called it a day.

Sunday: 4 miles. I did this on the treadmill and did some intervals. After yesterday’s slog, I wanted to try to do some faster pace stuff and knew the treadmill would help me. Honestly, I did NOT want to run considering the day before we had been tailgating for hours and then didn’t get to our hotel until 1 am, and THEN had to drive 2 hours home…but got it done anyway.


To make myself feel somewhat better, I went back to my 2013 training log and calculated my average weekly mileage. Despite peaking at 50 miles one or two weeks, my weekly average miles was 32. Currently, my weekly average is 30. So not too far off.

What do you do when you have a whole week of bad runs?

Do you think that a 20 miler is necessary in marathon training? I personally think 16-18 is good depending on your weekly mileage. I like Hansons Marathon Method because of that. They calculate your long run based on the percentage of your total weekly miles. Your long run, according to them, should never be half of your total miles.


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Chicago Marathon Training Week 11

Sigh. That’s how last week can be summed up. I’m not even going to write my daily runs, I just want to vent.

As I’ve said in previous training posts, I have been nervous that my training isn’t enough. I know many of you have said that running 30-35 miles per week is fine, and I can accept that, but what makes me feel like my training hasn’t been going well is the fact that my long runs are awful. I feel tired, struggling to breathe, getting side cramps…I have not had a good long run yet over 10 miles. Plus, I haven’t even done that many. I’ve done 10, 13, and 15. 

This past week I was supposed to do 17 miles but all week I was feeling exhausted. No joke, I would sleep at 10 am, get 8 hours of sleep, wake up tired. I would nap on days I could (perks of working from home I guess lol), and again, still wake up tired. WTF??

On Thursday I barely finished a 2 mile run. Like I ran 1.75 and walked the last bit. I was supposed to go out for 5 miles.

So Friday, the day I needed to do 17, I did 6 miles. I got another wicked side cramp that turned into heart burn (?????). I mean, I tried a new fueling product (Gen UCAN), but drank that an hour before my run. Maybe I needed more time to digest. What sucks too is that Gen UCAN is pretty pricey, so that money was wasted on a 6 mile run.

But let’s focus on the positive. One positive I can tell you from this is that the running community is amazing and supportive. I vented on reddit and the Fitfluential Runners group and got great responses from fellow runners. I decided to take the weekend off from running and start back up today.

I also spoke to Coach Marc…which is another great reason to have a running coach! After my crappy 6 miler on Thursday, I wrote him a long email as I was sitting in my car, about to be in tears because of frustration. I knowwww…a bit dramatic but I was feeling so annoyed and frustrated.

He replied and told me to take time off, and then we went back and forth with strategies for this week. Basically, I need to stay within my easy pace zone for runs, which I struggle to do. I just don’t want to be running in the 11:40s. But it is possible that pushing myself to run faster in this heat and humidity is what has caused me to feel flat.

So this week I plan on sticking to longer, easy paced runs (as opposed to track workouts) and trying to get those 16-18 miles in. 

My weakness is long runs. I hate long runs. But you have to do what you hate in order to get stronger right?

So my questions to you fellow runners are:

  • Do you think I have enough time to get some stronger training in? I have a time goal for Chicago. I don’t want to “just finish” and feel terrible during the race because of my training.
  • How do you motivate yourself on long runs? I run with my mom so it’s not like I’m alone, I just really don’t like running for hours on end unless it’s in a race lol
  • Have you ever had to take time off during marathon training because of fatigue or exhaustion?

Thanks in advance for your help. Here’s to hoping this week is much better.


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Chicago Marathon Training Week 10

As I mentioned in my last training update, I’m kind of freaking out about Chicago. Only 8 more weeks of training! I guess what’s going on is I’m comparing this training cycle to my last marathon training cycle in 2013, where I was hitting 50 miles at this point in training. This past week I ran 33 miles (maybe 34. I don’t know, but I’ll get into that).

I feel like I should be running more, and it IS my fault for not doing so.  I didn’t run the day after this week’s long run because my body was just so physically exhausted, I knew I needed a rest day. When you get 10 hours of sleep and are STILL tired, and then nap for 2 hours and are STILL tired, I think it means you need to just take it easy…right? I know I could be running more miles daily, but I have also been a little conservative because of my shin issues.

I keep telling myself that yes, I ran 50 miles in my NYC Marathon buildup in 2013, but I also ended up not being able to run for 2 weeks because of severe posterior tibialis tendonitis. I read somewhere that the best buildup is, “running as little miles as possible where you can still win.” My “win” will be if I can finish this marathon feeling strong like I did in 2013.

I just really, REALLY don’t want a repeat of my 2011 marathon where I barely finished and puked at the end. Ugh.

Anyway, here’s last week’s training:

Monday: 6 miles. Track workout. I talked more about this specific track workout here. 12 400 repeats with only 25 seconds of rest…killer! Thanks Coach Marc ;)


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Tuesday: Off

Wednesday: 6 miles. Easy run on one of my favorite running routes. Check out the contrast between fall and summer! I love running on this road in the fall.


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Thursday: This was where the mileage started suffering. I THOUGHT I was going to run 15-16 miles Friday, so my mom and I only ran 3 miles this day. Story continued below…

Friday: 3 miles. Ugh. I was supposed to do the long run but oops, didn’t wake up on time. Woke up at 8, and by the time we got dressed, ate, drove to where we were going to run, etc. it was 10 AM. We started the run with every intention of finishing the long run, but ended up deciding to just wake up earlier Saturday morning to get it done. 

Saturday: 14-15 miles?? I’m glad we waited to run today because we got to check out Summer Streets in NYC! Park Avenue is closed to traffic from 7am-1pm and they have rest stops all along the way (and water fountains). Perfect for long runs and fueling/hydration.


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I thought we did 15 miles, because according to Strava we did. But then when I mapped it out on,  it was 14 miles. So who knows. Check out these lines on my Strava map. Can anyone tell me why this happened? Poor signal? Now I’m annoyed that we didn’t get the mileage that we needed to.


Sunday: Off. Was going to run 3-4 recovery miles but I was so exhausted. I slept till 10 am, then Dan and I went to the Mets game, and I no joke was falling asleep in my seat. I probably did doze off for like 10 minutes. Then I slept on our whole drive back home (1.5 hours). The plan was to run when we got home but I was just so exhausted. I figured those 3 miles wouldn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.


I don’t know why I’m still feeling like I need to be in the 40-50 range. Many of you have told me you’re in the same range as I am. I was even googling “Chicago Marathon Training Week XYZ” last night to see what other people are at. I really can’t tell you why I am so nervous about this!! Next week’s goal is to hit 40 or surpass it. That will make me feel better I think.

Anyone else freaking out in their marathon buildup? What are you most nervous about come race day?


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Chicago Marathon Training Week 9

I seriously can’t believe we are now half way through training. I don’t know why but I don’t even feel like I’m training for something. I don’t know how to explain it but I don’t feel that same anticipation and readiness like I did before NYC Marathon. It feels surreal. I’m thinking it’s because it will be my first marathon/race in general that is outside of the tri-state area. One I have to fly to! :-O

Anyway, last week’s training was decent. I hit 30 miles. I know my goal was 35 but I skipped my 5 miler yesterday because of this weird twinge I’m having in my left shin. It started after my long run and hasn’t fully gone away. I have been icing, stretching and massaging meticulously.

Here’s last week’s training:

Monday: 6 miles. We did a 2×2 mile tempo workout with a 1 mile warm up and cooldown. We were supposed to stay within 9:30 range, and I did for the first 2 and kind of the the third but really fell off on the last one. Mile 1: 9:29, Mile 2: 9:33, Mile 3: 9:44, Mile 4: 10:30. We took a 5 min. break between each 2 mile rep. Honestly, almost gave up on that last one. It was killer. I did this same exact workout during Philly Half training and had the same results (really falling off on the last rep).

I also posted this picture on Instagram on Monday, wanting feedback:


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Here’s the caption/question I asked: 

Alright runners I need your advice. Trying to fix some muscle imbalances that I know I have but just don’t know how to fix it.

As you can see in picture 4, when my right leg steps, my left hip drops. However, you can see when my left leg steps, my right hip doesn’t really drop. So does that mean my right hip is weak?

Also, why does my leg kick inwards before straightening out? Also hip weakness? Coach Marc has told me to do running drills and core, which I NEED to be better about.

What are your favorite hip exercises? I mean, do clams really work because I really never feel it!

Thanks in advance for your input :)

Tuesday: Off. Took a 2 mile walk.

Wednesday: Easy 5 mile run.

Thursday: Long run. Ran 10 miles before the NYC Runs 5K in Central Park (recap here). Total 13.25 miles. I was REALLY tired after this. So I would have to run 13 MORE miles to finish a marathon??

Friday: Off. Took off because of that shin pain. It was really sore Friday.

Saturday: Easy 6 miles. Felt fatigued and pace fell off in the last 2 miles.

Sunday: Off. 2 mile walk instead. Like I said, shin still hurting


I don’t know. Honestly I am kind of stressing a bit. My long run did not feel strong. I also feel like 30 miles isn’t enough to run a marathon. I know I am just getting in my own head. I know I have 9 more weeks to go and still have time. But I just don’t know, at this point, how I will do in the marathon when I can’t even do 6 miles without feeling really tired, out of breath and slowing down in the last 2 miles of a 6 mile run??! Granted, yes 2 days earlier I ran 13 miles and my body is tired. I am trying to give myself my own pep talks haha.

Is anyone else freaking out or has in the past? 

My goal for this week is to get as close to 40 miles as possible, and strength train/do core 2 times minimum. I have a 16 miler this week which also is making me nervous because I’m thinking how am I going to get through that??

Like I have said in the past, it seems my mental strength is just not there. It is something I need to work on.

Please feel free to leave any input, tips, mental tips, etc. in the comments – I would greatly appreciate it!!


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Chicago Marathon Training Week 6

Not the greatest training week but not the worst. Writing this in my hotel in Myrtle Beach so let’s just jump right into it…(yay for being on vacation for 9 days!):

Monday: Easy 5 miles

Tuesday: Off

Wednesday: 5K time trial. I was supposed to run the trail series I have done a few times this summer, but had to go shopping with Dan for our vacation, so I had to run earlier. Decided to do a time trial on my own and was actually very surprised! My splits were: 9:22, 9:07, 8:42 and the last .1 in 7:45! I finished in 27:47! Only 2 minutes behind my all-time PR. It started pouring halfway in and that just always gives me a boost. I felt so strong throughout and felt like I could have maybe even pushed harder. Excited to see this type of progress continue with Coach Marc!

Thursday: 5 recovery miles. Really struggled on this run. Slooowwww miles. I hate recovery runs because I just feel so slow!

Friday: 8 miles. The long run that wasn’t. My mom and I went out for 12 miles but as soon as I hit mile 1 I just knew it wasn’t my day. Did not feel good and my shins were hurting. Decided I’d turn back at 4 miles and we finished with 8. I figured I’d make up some miles before my race on Saturday. Found this quote that was relevant…must remember not all runs will be good.


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Saturday: 7.2 miles total. Wanted to go for anywhere from 8-10 but it started POURING during the Run To Breathe 4 Mile race in Central Park (and lightning), so they cancelled the race (as soon as we crossed the finish line no joke) and told everyone to evacuate the park. My mom and I had done a 2.7 mile warm up, then the 4 miles, then a .5 mile cooldown. I’d say overall it was a fun race and as always, felt kinda bad@$$ running in pouring rain!



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Sunday: off…traveling to Myrtle Beach! :-)


My goal was anywhere from 33-35, but some days are just not good run days, what can you do. I tried to get as close to 30 as possible, and that will be my goal this week too. I know runs will be tough because of the heat and humidity AND I know I won’t be getting a long run in (let’s be real). But I’m going to try to run anywhere from 5-7 miles daily.

What are your tips for running in humidity and/or on vacation?? I’d love to hear them!


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