Banksyface
August 31, 2014

Saturday afternoon I ran NINE ROUGH MILES. Literally and figuratively. I was panning my normal route but when I was about to pass the trails I figured it would be a nice change of pace to run out further on the trail then I had before. This was both a blessing and a curse. The PLUS side to this decision was its still a new route to me which is always kind of awesome. The negative side was jumping over roots and branches and running through grassy section both slowed me down and wore me out!

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I STRUGGLED with the humidity and my exhaustion.

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It was extremely awesome to have virtually no cars driving past me and running on trails that I can run to from my house BUT in the future ill stick to shorter week day runs on this trail.

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I did see some interesting things though!

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I finished 9 miles in 1:34:36 with an average pace of 10:30 … my slowest pace during this round of training! AND I SURE FELT IT! I felt like I was running through sludge at the end!

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I finished sore and dehydrated, with a full day of activities to keep me busy!

Hope you are all enjoying your labor day weekend!

August 29, 2014

On Thursday morning when I woke up  I was really missing my running buddy, Chance, so I decided to take Kiya out for a run. She pretty much maxes out at 3 miles these days and it was cooler and less humid so it was a go.

She was DRAGGING, almost literally the first 1.5 miles. I figured it was fine since I wasn’t trying to break any world records, just get my miles in. As SOON as we turned around, she was instantly faster! What a sneak!

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Apparently she was “saving her energy for the second half”

We ran 3 miles in 29:23 with an average pace of 9:47

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I loved her company but I think next time Ill take her to a trail where she can’t be as distracted by cars etc.

I do love this face to pieces.

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August 27, 2014
​As the last week of August arrived, the summer weather has returned. ​
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​It was close to 90 degrees when I went out for my run. HOTTTT, thank goodness for the shade of trees. I ate a LATE lunch right before I ran so I was worried about a cramp but I was mostly ok. I held a fairly steady pace of 9:29 which brought me to a 28:27 finish for my 3 miles.
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I bought ​2 new pairs of running socks last week for 40% off which was awesome and I finally got to test them out. I like them BUT I usually got for the “no show” look and these ​ are Low but still show above my shoe line. Not my favorite BUT they’re comfy so they’ll do :P
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August 25, 2014

At this point I am hungry and tired all day long. Monday mornings are especially rough!

Today coffee was the only reason I made it out the door for my run.

I ran my usual 6 mile route backwards which was kinda awesome since it felt like a whole new route. It was not awesome that mile 4-5 was an intense hill climb. Really wore me out!

once again I realized I need to be eating before 6 milers. I was HUNGRY. I hope I remember this next week when monday milage bumps to 7!

I finished 6 miles in 58:21 with an average pace of 9:43

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Not a bad start to week 6!

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I cooled down by going for a 1 mile walk with the dogs before getting ready for work.  I need to start incorporating more core work post runs.  It really helped with back pain after the LONNGGG runs later on in training!

Heres to the upcoming 3 days weekend!

August 24, 2014

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I had a FULL weekend planned, so my best bet to get my long run in was friday after work.  I decided this wednesday so I had about 2 days to mentally prepare for a LONG FRIDAY. I am usually so exhausted friday night I can barely stand the idea of doing anything after work let alone do my long run. BUT. I was ready.

When I got home I took a quick power nap, then snacked on some Swedish fish while I got ready to run.  I chose a hilly and local route around town rather then adding a drive to a flat trail. The picture of that hill above might not look like much, BUT IT WAS. The whole road was rolling hills mountains.

The first half was much rougher then the second half because the hills were fewer and far between after mile 6.

In terms of fueling, I once again took in calories every 20 minutes

20 minutes- 1 shot block

40, 60 and 80 minutes I ate honey stingers acai gel which i much preferred over the cherry lime gu from last weekend.

at 100 minutes I at a fig newman.

I also sipped on VERY watered down nuun during my run.

It was overcast and in the 70s which wasn’t to bad.

I finished 12 miles in 1:59:29 with an average pace of 9:57 Heres what this run looked like last year 

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When I got home I was HANGRY so I showered and ordered a delicious pizza for dinner.

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Long run— pizza– wine and tv. Perfection.

August 21, 2014

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Todays run was crap.

I was exhausted

I couldn’t take a deep breath

my legs felt HEAVY

I was HUNGRY

I had a cramp in my ribs for 2 miles.

I think I am dehydrated

I was HAPPY it was 3 miles and not 12

BUT…. a bad run is better then no run.

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Here’s to the next run being AWESOME.

August 19, 2014

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It was a REALLY beautiful and HOT afternoon.

After work my sister met me at my house, we caught up and then went for a run. I usually only run with her like once a year? SO , it was kind of awesome we had today. Plus I’ve been running alone… for every run.. soooo it was nice to have company.

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We ran at the trails in town. I was pushing it but not at full exertion. The heat was like a heavy blanket on my energy so it was harder then I think it would have been if it was cool.

I gave my new KICKS a test spin… I got the old Pure Cadence 2′s which are my favorite.. on salleee! YAY!

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We finished in 26:58 with an average pace of 8:58 .. holla!

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After cooling down we went over to a local farmers markets to pet the goats.. yes! and look at all their cute animals.

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I love days like today :)

August 18, 2014
This morning I ran 6 miles. I developed a bit of a cold yesterday so my head felt like a balloon and i was feeling kinda weak on this run so I just ran, I didn’t really push myself at all. I probably SHOULD have had something to eat before the run, but I didn’t.

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Mornings have been in the 60s lately, which is SO WEIRD for August in NJ. Half way through my run I stopped to help a lost/angry truck driver.  Good deed for the day?  Stopping for a few minutes to help him gave me a boost for the second half, I guess I needed the break.

I started feeling better the last mile or 2 and finished strong.

I ran 6 miles in 59:52 with an average pace of 9:59

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Afterwards I grabbed some nuun and took the dogs on a quick 1 mile walk.

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Shower, work, etc…

Monday floowwwwww

August 16, 2014

Saturday morning ritual:

Wake up

Coffee, immediately

puppy snuggles

Watch Girl Meets world

Long run

This morning I did all of these things but I threw in some “Aladdin” watching as it came on tv, commercial free!

I ate a cinnamon raisin bagel with butter, which was completely perfect and then drove out to Lambertville to conquer 11 miles.

I am playing around with fueling my long runs better so today I tried out actual GU for the first time. Verdict: The consistency was…. weird and the taste was… not awesome. BUT I think it gave me some pretty great results in terms of energy.

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I tested out fueling by minutes instead of miles today.  Every 20 minutes I took in some calories.

The first 20 I ate a few leftover sports beans then 40, 60 and 80 minutes I ate the GU. At 80 I also ate 1 fig newman. Then 1 mile before finishing I finished the GU as I was feeling myself slow down and the run was wearing on me.

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It was in the 70′s and the trail I ran on had a pretty good mix of sun and shade, but it never got overwhelmingly hot, thankfully.

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The trail had some nice views.

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This was the longest run I’ve done in a WHILE, possibly even since my last half?  I think it was a success. I checked out my 11 miler from last year… 15 minutes faster this time around.. progress is AWEESOMEEEE!!! :)

I finished 11 miles in 1:48:04 with an average pace of 9:49

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I went back to the car to pick up some Nuun and orange slices while I cooled down by the river.

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August 14, 2014

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This morning was perfect. It was cool and beautiful out.  I got my Thursday 3 on.

I decided on a bit of speed work.

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My daily views awe pretty awesome.

I pushed at medium to hard effort during my sprints and slowed to comfortable on the recovery .

I finished 3 miles in 26:05 with an average pace of 8:41.

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ROCK

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 A look into Day 25 of Training for my first marathon last year!