Week 12 Training Update: Lesson Learned

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So, for some reason I thought that I could throw some actual speed work into my marathon training at weeks 9 and 12 and it would not kick my a$$ hard.  I was wrong.  On Tuesday I jogged over to the track and did my 800s.   It hurt REALLY BADLY.  I get it.  I never run faster than a 7:30 pace, so asking my legs now to book it at under a 6:45 pace is asking a lot. After the first two I came very ... [ Read More ]

Homemade Chipotle Mayo Chicken Salad

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Should we talk about how difficult it is to make chicken salad with orange mayo look good in a photo?  Or is that awkward since I'm trying to sell you on this stuff?  I mean, let's just be honest, the orange color makes it look like it could be vomit.  Sorry I said vomit.  Dammit I just said it again. I have photos of it piled up on a plate, a photo looking down on it, and photos of it like the ... [ Read More ]

Thinking Out Loud: The Running Questions, Answered

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My husband hates how I answer questions.  I don't blame him.  I take every question I'm asked pretty seriously and don't like to humor people with superficial answers.  Therefore, often when you ask me a question, the answer will be another question thrown right back in your face.  I swear, this is not to be annoying, I just want to make sure I know what I'm answering.  Plus I like to speak the ... [ Read More ]

Everything I Ate Plus Kid Friendly Pulled Pork Recipe

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Another days of my eats awaits you.  I know you must be excited, rah rah. This was a rest day (last Sunday) and I was definitely feeling low on energy even after decent sleep.  I tend to feel this way on days I don't run, but possibly due to the 20 miles the day before, it seemed to be exaggerated today.  Not that that has anything really to do with my food, but just thought I'd mention it. I ... [ Read More ]

3 Insecurities I’ve Conquered and 3 I’m Still Working On

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Every now and then (or possibly more often) I like to think about where I'm at with my confidence.  It's been something I've struggled with my whole life in a lot of different areas, and sometimes just when I think I've put an insecurity in the past, it creeps up on me again and I realize I still have more work to do.  Still, there are a few things I feel I've conquered for good at this point in ... [ Read More ]

Own Your Training and Find Your Meaning

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Saturday morning spelled out "20 miles" on my training plan and I was looking forward to it in a way only a sick runner-freak like me (and probably you) could.  I also figured that 20 miles is a long way to run and clearly there would be something about it to recap - I have an epiphany, I die, come back to life, cry, whatever.  But actually none of that happened and it was really quite uneventful ... [ Read More ]

Fevers, Rain and Marathon Training – Week 11 Updates

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I definitely like to prove the circumstances wrong when they try to get in the way of my running.  I fight them pretty hard and good old stubbornness almost always prevails.  I'm not always proud of this but I think this week I got it right.  Although I'm knocking on my desk right now because, duh, I haven't done the 20 miler yet and that's a big deal.  That's the whole point.  But it's going to ... [ Read More ]

Fall Flavors Frittata: Kabocha Apple Bacon

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What's that quote about letting a butterfly go?  Let it go, and if it comes back it's meant to be, right?  Anyway that happened with my husband and eggs. I had stopped making him breakfast every morning right around the beginning of the school year because it was a lot on me, and, the kids are first priority there.  Plus I've seen him make eggs and he's capable.  So apparently he's been having ... [ Read More ]

Thinking Out Loud – How You Know You’re At the Peak of Training

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I'm having major writers block today.  Maybe I'm still in shock from my son losing my phone yesterday at the elementary school (30 minutes of panic I am not yet recovered from, but I have my phone back and intact.)  Or maybe it was the mad rush to school this morning when a bag got caught in my front door on the way out and busted the lock. Weird, and one of those things you can't make up.  Had to ... [ Read More ]

What I Ate on Sunday + Apple Balsamic Mahi Mahi Salad

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This past Sunday was busy from start to finish.  In case you haven't realized it yet from the blog, I'll just put it out there: I'm a tightly wound individual.  And yes I am that self aware.  Seriously, when I have a lot of activities on my schedule it becomes bootcamp in my house.   My daughter put it really well the other day as I was FIRMLY stating to my kids that we were LATE.  She said "mommy ... [ Read More ]