Gift Guide For Runners

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This will definitely be my favorite gift guide to write up…there are so many running related items I want! :)

Gift Guide For Runners!

If you have a runner in your life, definitely check out some of these ideas below.

Flipbelt for runningFlipBelt – $28.99

This is probably my favorite piece of running equipment. It holds so much and I have used it in multiple half marathons and marathons. It doesn’t budge and is just the perfect belt for running. I have also used it while traveling, so I can keep my stuff with me without having to carry around a purse. If you buy one thing for yourself or the runner in your life, make it this!

RoosportRoosport – $26.99

I discovered this at the Chicago Marathon expo and really want to try it. The magnetic clasp is pretty powerful, so you flip it over your waistband and it stays put. No need for a belt and supposedly doesn’t cause chafing. This is a good choice for those who aren’t fans of belts around their waist!

Sparkly Soul Headband


Sparkly Soul headband – $17

This was another purchase of mine at the Chicago Marathon expo. I needed a headband for the race and ended up getting this exact one but the thicker version. Cute and worked very well to keep the sweat out of my eyes! I want to get more thin ones since I’ve seen people wear them as everyday headbands as well.

yaktrax-runningYaktrax – $40

I definitely need to get a pair of these for this winter. I want to run more outdoors but am always afraid I will slip. Like this:

Do not want that happening to me! :)

Nike Running TightsNike Pro Hyperwarm Max – $70

I bought these tights a few years ago and they are still going strong. They are fleece lined so they’re perfect for winter training runs. You can also find fleece lined tights at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s!

Gu Energy Gel Vanilla BeanGU Energy Gel 24 Pack – $29.80 (currently on sale!)

If you know someone who will be training for a marathon or half marathon, this is perfect. I go through GUs like it’s my job, and vanilla bean is my favorite flavor, though I hear salted caramel is good too. PS – these fit perfectly in the flipbelt!

Other ideas include:

  • A gift certficate to get a massage
  • A gift certifcate to get a pedicure…because we all know how pretty runners feeet are ;)
  • A water bottle, both a normal one and/or a hydration belt or bottle
  • A gift certficate to their favorite running apparel store (like Modell’s, Sports Authority, TJ Maxx, lululemon, etc.)
  • A groupon to group fitness classes like yoga or spin, so your runner can cross-train
  • Pay for a running coach for them…like my coach, Marc of TrainWithMarc!
  • A notebook or running log so they can keep track of their miles
  • New running shoes…because who doesn’t want new sneakers??

If you’re a runner, what do you go through “like it’s your job” while you’re training?

What would you add to this list?

Check out these blogger’s gift guide for runners as well!


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What I Learned From My XC Team: Part 2

Last year, I wrote up a few things I learned from my cross country team and my first season coaching. Now, our second season is about to come to a close. We have our last meet on Sunday, which is our Region Championship meet. If any runners place top 7, they qualify for the National meet. I am hoping at least 2 will but we will see!

When working with students, you learn new things every day, whether it’s new “slang” or new ways to look at life in general. So today I wanted to talk a bit about what I learned this season from them.

If you're a runner, check out these 5 tips from college cross country runners!

Don’t Complain

This was my number one lesson. I think that people don’t realize how much they complain…and when you complain a lot, people get annoyed. If you have a goal, do the work in getting there, and don’t complain about how hard workouts are. I know I will use this tactic in my own life next time I think about complaining about something. Nagging pains? Sure. But complaining and asking to do less reps of a workout? “Come on bro.”

I think complaining is just a natural thing we do to make conversation…such as, “omg it’s so hot out,” “omg it’s so cold out,” “omg this workout is hard!” But after a while, the people you complain you will start getting tired of it, trust me. Just do the work – get it done. You’ll be proud of yourself when you finish a tough workout and push through.

Be Competitive

One of my runners is very competitive, and competitive with himself in practice. He has a great attitude and works hard every day. Now I’m not saying to make every practice a race, but I’ll give him times he needs to hit, and he will push himself hard to hit those times, as opposed to having an “I can’t” mentality. I’ll give him a pace, he will say oh WOW! but then push himself to get it done. We can all do this on our runs and workouts. You will surprise yourself by how you can push yourself. Sometimes my own running coach, Marc, gives me workouts and paces where I really doubt myself. Yet somehow it gets done. Compete with yourself and work to make yourself better every day.

Be Cocky

One of my runners said to me yesterday, “I don’t care if you’re cocky and confident, but just don’t act like people need to bow down to you.” Very true. He is very confident in his abilities, but also supportive of everyone else. There is nothing wrong with being cocky – in fact, it might even pump you up before races! Tell yourself that you’re fast, strong, faster than your competition…change your frame of mind. I love this quote by Ronda Rousey that relates to this:

Some people like to call me cocky or arrogant, but I just think, “How dare you assume I should think less of myself.”

So true, right??

Talent Doesn’t Matter, Attitude Does

This is something new I’ve learned this season. Of course every coach wants a team of all-stars, but we know that everyone has different skill levels. What I learned this year was this: Look, I don’t care if you run a 20 min. 5K or a 30 min. 5K. If you show up to practice every day, and work hard, THAT is what matters and makes an impression on me. Do not complain to me about your race times after a meet when you’re not putting in the effort every practice.

Don’t Judge By Running Form

The first day of practice, this student shows up and I took one look at him and thought he’d be an average runner. His form was not your typical running form. Well, guess what, he is the number one runner on our team and making improvements every race. If you saw him run, you would be surprised too! So I guess the age old adage don’t judge a book by the cover is true in most senses ;)

Overall, it was a great XC season and I am proud of what they have accomplished. I am crossing my fingers some of them qualify at the Region Championships – they really deserve it!

Can you relate to any of these? What do you think about complaining? After this season, I feel like I’ll never complain again :)


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How To Avoid A Side Stitch

Getting a side stitch in the  middle of a run is a pain (pun intended). I hate when I am in the groove and get a side cramp, and my XC runners have experienced it as well. Luckily, I have a little trick to get rid of them quickly (which may already be well known but whatever).

A side stitch can be caused by numerous things, such as shallow breathing, a spasm of the diaphragm, and eating too big of a meal or drinking too much before a run. 

So how can you prevent it or treat it once it happens?

How To Avoid A Side Stich While Running...try these 4 tips!

Eat/Drink Less Before a Run

Typically, you should eat your last meal about 2 hours before a run, and stop drinking coffee or water 30-60 minutes before a run. I still sometimes eat a small snack right before a workout (like half a banana or granola bar), but definitely avoid a large meal or snack, and obviously don’t chug a bottle of water before a workout. BUT at the same time, stay hydrated. A few of my runners got killer side cramps earlier this season and when I asked them if they drank water all day they said “no because I didn’t want to get a cramp.” What?? Staying hydrated throughout the day will HELP you to avoid getting a side stitch.

Slow Down

If you need to stop and walk, do it. No shame in that. Take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Resume running once you feel the cramp has gone away.

Focus On Your Breathing

Speaking of breathing, if you regularly get side cramps, try a different method of breathing. It will be uncomfortable and feel weird at first, but might help you in avoiding cramps. I am a mouth breather and my mom is a nose breather – everyone has their ways. Many articles I’ve read on breathing while running have suggested breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. I try to do this when running easy, and during a workout I will remind myself to take a deep breath through my nose occasionally to regulate my breathing and heart rate.

Squeeze it

This is my favorite “trick.” When I get a side stitch, I will squeeze where it hurts, and also push in and up a little bit, while ALSO bending over as I do it, continuing to run, and forcefully exhaling out everytime my left foot strikes.

lol WUT?

Yeah I know, that was confusing. Here are the steps:

  1. As you continue running (slow down a bit), squeeze your cramp AND push up.
  2. Bend over as you are running (looks a little weird but F it, you want to get rid of that cramp) AND keep squeezing
  3. Breathe deeply through your nose, and when your left foot strikes (as you’re continuing to run), forcefully exhale through your mouth. As in, get rid of all the air.
  4. Repeat a few more times, and then your cramp should go away.

I forget where I initially read this sequence, but it really does help. I’m sure people look at me and wonder what I’m doing, but usually my cramps go away within seconds, and my XC runners can attest to that as well.

Do you get side cramps regularly? If so, what do you do?

If not, what is one of your “runner pains?”


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My Top 5 Websites For Runners

If you’re anything like me, you are constantly reading up on running, and perusing the internet anytime you have a running related question or concern…or is that just me? ;)

I wanted to share with you my top 5 websites that I visit on a regular basis to read about running and get answers to my burning questions. And to just help myself feel better about things…for example last night I was re-reading up on the benefits of a 2 week taper (which is what I did when I used Hansons Marathon Method). I think I’ll be doing a 2-2.5 week taper this time around.

So here are my top 5 websites for runners:

Check out these 5 websites the next time you need running tips, info, or motivation!


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I love reading RunnersConnect for everything running related. They get very detailed and “science-y” with their posts, so the “runnerd” in you will be happy. They write about training, nutrition, injury prevention and much more. They also have a podcast so you can listen on-the-go! Fellow blogger and elite runner Tina Muir is one of their hosts. Here are a few of their recent article you might want to check out:


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I feel like LetsRun is a love/hate thing with runners…you either love it or hate it. I’m sorta in between. I can find some great articles and tips in there, but sometimes the message boards are a little much. Oh right, this website is more about the message board/forums than it is a blog or anything like that. They do also post regular articles about updates and news in the track and field/elite running world if that’s something you’re interested in.

I like reading through message boards for training tips and to see what other people are doing or what other people think of certain training plans, injury prevention topics, etc. Lots of good stuff in there!

Here are a few current topics on their message boards:


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I actually only recently started reading through the reddit running subthread (or /running as redditors call it). I have posted in the threads a few time and have gotten really good feedback and constructive criticism back about my running. This thread I started was super helpful: Will I Ever Qualify For Boston

You can search keywords and topics in order to find what you need, and every week they also a questions thread where everyone just asks their own questions in one place and people answer. Sometimes I like reading through those too to see what random things people are toping about that I might be wondering too.

Here are some topics on the /running reddit right now:


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This is my main place to go to for running motivation and inspiration. I love their Workout Wednesday videos that highlight workouts being done by pros as well as collegiate and high school athletes. This one, of Mary Cain and Jordan Hasay doing a workout AFTER a race, really gets me ready to get out there and run!

They also have “FloPro” where you pay $20 for access to all of their workout videos (as in workout videos for you to do yourself, think strength training videos). They also have mini-documentary series that are part of their Pro subscription. I paid $20 once because I wanted to watch their series on Kara Goucher :)


This website is similar to RunnersConnect in that it is a great overall resource and tool for runners. Chock full of information. It is run by 2:39 marathoner Jason Fitzgerald and apparently helps 200,000 runners a month “train and run faster.”

I follow Jason on Twitter and always click his links whenever there is a new StrengthRunning post. 

Here are some recent StrengthRunning articles for ya:

Hopefully you can find some value in these websites as well! I highly recommend you go to FloTrack’s Workout videos the next time you need some motivation to get out the door for a run.

What websites would you add to this list?

What motivates you the most as a runner? Videos? Blog posts? Interviews?


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Chicago Marathon Training Week 12

Another training week in the books. Felt much better this week! In week 11, I had to take a few days off to recoup mentally and physically. This past week I felt good on all my runs and had a great long run! However, still kinda am doubting how this marathon will go. I just feel like I should be ahead of where I’m at for being at 12 weeks. Though I have seen people who are doing their first 18-20 miler about now, so I keep telling myself I am not that far behind! Will be shooting for 17-18 miles this week.

Here’s how last week went:

Monday: off

Tuesday: 4 miles. I found a new park right by my house! This was a super slow run because I was on trails and ended up running up a mountain (kind of exaggerated but it was a steep hill, and at the top you could see NYC in the distance so it WAS kind of a mountain lol). I was actually pretty sore the next day…is this normal for new trail runners??


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Wednesday: 6 miles. Reaaaal easy. Didn’t wear a watch. It actually felt good to be able to chat with my mom while running – I never can do that! I used to think it was because of my asthma but perhaps I really was running too fast. I mean, multiple times I had to actively slow myself down to get back to an easy pace. I think the cooler weather helped too. Thursday: 14 miles. We meant to do 16 but since we went after work, it got dark. Sunset is now at 7:45, nooooo. I am SO ready for fall and fall weathe, just not for it to get dark earlier and earlier. Overall, I felt awesome on this run BUT afterwards and the day after, my knees were killing me. Not sure why. Took ibuprofen the next day and rested, and was fine by Saturday.


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Friday: off

Saturday: 4 miles

Sunday: 5.5 miles

TOTAL: 33.5 miles

This week I REALLY want to strength train at least twice. I think my mom and I both had knee pain after our long run because we have been neglecting lifting, and therefore our quads are weak. 

Also, I want to get close to 40 miles. I have said that for like 3 weeks now but I want to. I just think it will give me peace of mind.

Runners, when do you “peak” before a week? How many weeks out?

How long do you usually taper? I found in my last marathon that a 10 day taper was perfect. I think this time I’ll do 10-14 days.


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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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How To Prevent Black Toenails (Besides Bigger Shoes)

If you’re a long distance runner, you know black toenails are common. We all joke about it.

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But hey, it happens.

My mom has suffered from black toenails/toenails falling off since we started training for longer races. No matter what, it would happen. She tried sizing up in shoes…and sizing up again. But nothing helped.

Then we went to the local shoe store, and a new guy was working who gave us THE ANSWER!

Do you get black toenails? Here's a tip for stopping that from happening!

The sneaker store employee told her to rub BodyGlide or Vaseline on her toes and toenails before the run.

She has been doing that since, and has not had throbbing toenails or black toenails. He told us that sometimes black toenails happen because of the friction between your toes and socks. It is similar to getting blisters.

So now you know…

Other tips for preventing black toenails include:

  • Trying a bigger shoesize. You should have about a thumb’s width space in the front of the shoe (from your biggest toe).
  • Trim your toenails regularly.
  • Wear wicking socks so your feet are dry. Wet socks (as with any wet clothing on your body) can cause chafing and blistering.
  • And a tip for your feet in general: don’t get rid of your callouses! I hate that part of pedicures anyway so I have no problem asking them not to do it. But yes…leave your callouses alone. You need those to prevent blisters :)

Do you get or have you gotten black toenails? Or lost toenails?

What other things would you say are “runner probs?” :) Hmm…I’d say chafing in general. Despite using BodyGlide I still chafe around the outlines of my sports bra…so attractive!


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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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5 Reasons You Should Hire A Running Coach

I’m back! I was in South Carolina for 9 days (Myrtle Beach) and it was great. Although I was working throughout the trip, I took time off from blogging…I wouldn’t have had time anyway. Most days were spent on the beach, and evenings were spent exploring, dining, etc. It was really fun!

Anyway, being back means getting back into the grind of marathon training. Unfortunately, I only ran 3 times (total of 10 miles) while away. The humidity killed me and on one run I could barely even finish 2.5 miles. I just ended up giving up and enjoying the break.

Now I need to get back into it ASAP…Chicago isn’t as far off anymore! As some of you know, I’ve been working with a running coach, and wanted to talk about why it may be beneficial to work with a running coach yourself. I’ve touched upon the topic in the past, and wanted to add in some new insight.

5 Reasons You Should Hire A Running Coach

Workouts Aren’t Set In Stone

When you follow a plan found online or in a book, it lays out every workout for you which is great. But what if you can’t do that workout that week or want to change things around? Sure you can just pick another workout from a different week of training in the book, but how do you know if it is really beneficial for you and where you are in your training?

While I was away, I tweeted at Marc saying that I didn’t want to do the tempo run workout he had listed for me because of the heat. I knew I wouldn’t be able to hit those paces so I asked him if there was another workout I could do.

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He responded quickly with a new worokout I could do and we were able to move around the training plan. He knows what my goals are and prescribes workouts based on those goals.

Tough Love

I wrote about running by effort a few weeks ago, and a Twitter exchange with Coach Marc. He basically told me I need to stop worrying about pace while running and go by effort. When you have a running coach, you have someone who will (hopefully) tell it to you like it is. 

When I used to complain about running in the rain, he’d always respond with “Are you going to melt in the rain?” Ha! I don’t mind it as much anymore. The only real thing I actually didn’t like about it is the sopping wet shoes and socks but whatever.

A running coach should be able to “be real” with you, whether it’s you complaining about weather conditions, you having doubts about a workout, or you not wanting to run, etc. I’ve heard it all! Whenever I want to skip a run, I immediately think of what I would tell Marc…I can’t just say “I didn’t feel like running today” so I just suck it up and go for a run.

Working Through Problems Together

Marc and I have gone back and forth for years (literally since 2010) about my shin problems. I have consistent shin pain that never goes away no matter what I do. So it has become an issue of just managing the pain and trying to avoid it. He always sends me helpful information or links he might find online, and whenever I can’t do a workout or run, I am able to tell him it’s because of my shin pain. He will tell me to take it easy or go cross-train instead, or offer different options depending on when in training we are (such as don’t run the planned 5K race this weekend or take a few days off to ice and stretch).

A good coach will help you work through your issues, whether it’s injury related or something else. I would do this with my clients when I was a personal trainer as well. If they had some recurring issue, I’d always think of them when I came across articles that could potentially help them. Plus, if nothing else, you have someone to vent to about your running problems! I’m pretty sure my friends could care less about my shin pain/don’t understand why I keep running if my shins hurt :)

Piecing A Training Plan Together

Marathon training (or any training) isn’t just about the running. A running coach will help you put all the pieces of the puzzle together, that includes cross training, strength training, core, drills, etc. Marc has sent me videos of warm-up drills to do before runs, and schedules in XT and lifting into my schedule so I know when to do what. It’s not just a guessing game.

Answers Your Questions

If you have a question about a training plan in a book, who are you going to ask? You can try to tweet the author (The coaches who wrote Hansons Marathon Method actually do a good job of replying) or searching online or contacting other people who have done the plan, but you might not get the answer you’re looking for.

When I have a question about something, I usually just tweet to Marc and he responds in a timely manner. Such as yesterday:

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If you have a random question, it might not be found in your training book or it will be hard to determine the right answer. Having a running coach means you  have someone who you can ask anything related to running, and they should be able to help OR they will work to find you the answer.

All in all, it’s been great to have someone to help me create my training plan and someone to talk about running with. You know you’re in good hands with Coach Marc since he has been running forever. He ran in high scool (and recently was inducted into the South Jersey Track Coaches Hall of Fame) and ran collegiately at Villanova as well. He also currently coaches high school and track & field. So yeah…you know he’s pretty knowledgeable about running and training!

If you want to learn more about his coaching services, head on over to his website! He also offers other services such as video gait analysis and training logs (which are great).

Do you have a running coach? Would you ever consider hiring one?


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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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