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Today has literally flew by! I can’t believe it is already 4 o’clock. I woke up late this morning, I didn’t get to bed until after 1 am last night. Got up and did some great Strength Training. It was one of the best sessions I’ve had in a long time. I felt strong and I feel like I really worked my muscles. I’ve decided that after my Half Marathon is over I want to focus a lot on strength training, well more than I have been. I want to aim to do it 3 times a week because I know it will help with my running and I long for awesome muscles!

I did some writing for a few hours, but ended up taking a break in the middle because I was REALLY craving falafel! I was actually writing an article on it and I couldn’t stand it anymore so I left and took a walk down to the street vendor, The King of Falafel. Ohhh it was soo good and satisfying! Sorry, no picture, I had to eat it on the go. The guy from the shop called me and told me my car was ready to be picked up. So I left from the falafel stand and headed over to auto place.

Yeah, um my oil change cost me $105!!! I’m pretty sure it’s because my car has a diesel engine so it’s way more expensive for the oil and it also takes more oil than an average car. Oh well, what’s good about diesel cars is that I don’t need another oil change now for another 10,000 miles.

I came home and wrote for another hour and now I am enjoying a little snack because it’s that time of the day where I definitely need a pick-me-up. A nice hot coffee and a delicious cupcake : )

Headed over to Kelly’s house in a little while for a fun girls night with her and Erin. Can’t stay out too late though, I have a long 9 miler planned for Central Park in the morning.


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I did not sleep well last night AT ALL! I woke up at like 4:30 with a stomach ache and I could not get back to sleep til like 6. I ended up sleeping later than I wanted to because I needed to catch up on the missed hour. I quickly got out of bed and brought my car to the shop for an oil change. I must admit though it was a nice walk home after I dropped the car off. It was a nice morning and it woke me up some.

I’ve been working on my new blog because I finally have my own domain name. It’s not quite ready yet, but things are coming along smoothly. I am excited about it.

I definitely needed a coffee today! Especially before I started writing.

I wrote three articles today for IRLF and Health Kicker and I was extra proud of those specific ones for some reason. I just thought they were some of the best articles I’ve written. I eventually got out for a run around 3 pm. I had a dreadful tempo run scheduled for today.

Scheduled was 2 miles easy, followed by 3 miles at short tempo pace (8:30), then 1 mile easy. I must say I had a surprisingly good run today. I feel improvement.
Here are my stats:

  • Distance: 6 Miles
  • Duration: 56:52
  • Pace: 9:28
  • Calories Burned: 609

Mile 1: 10:05

Mile 2: 10:11

Mile 3: 8:53

Mile 4: 8:40

Mile 5: 8:50

Mile 6: 10:11

I felt pretty strong by the time I finished Mile 5, two weeks ago when I did this same run, I was dying by mile 4.5. I am also very happy that the tempo miles were all under 9 minutes. I honestly believe that mile 3 and mile 5 were longer because of how many stop lights I had to stop at. I felt right on target today.  : )

I ate this when I got home. Some Bear Naked granola and some Chobani greek yogurt.

For dinner I made the most amazing egg sandwich ever! I don’t know why it was so good, but I did not want it to end. I could’ve eaten 3 of them!

A Ray’s bagel with butter and 1 egg with muenster cheese, mmmmm!

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It’s so warm out today! Back in New Hampshire it is in the low thirties and snowing!


I had a very successful run this morning. I felt very strong and stayed on target throughout most of it. I did track work this morning and ended up running 5.45 miles in 52:55. Scheduled for today was: 6 x 800 with 90 sec. rest intervals.
Here are my stats:
Target 800 Meter pace: 3:50
Warmup 1 mile: 10:05
1 x 800:  3:49
2 x 800:  3:48
3 x 800: 3:50
4 x 800: 3:50
5 x 800: 3:51
6 x 800: 3:58
Cooldown 1 Mile: 11:35
I have a lot to do today:
  • Go to the bank
  • Write 2 more articles for Health Kicker and Mapcidy
  • Possibly some yoga
  • Update resume (again!)
  • Figure out a fundraising plan / strategy
  • Blog about career and life changes

I have a little less than two months to raise $1300. Please help save lives and donate to                      Team in Training.

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I had a wonderful weekend. I went to Central Park bright and early Saturday morning for a Team in Training group run. I had a 9 miler scheduled, but the groups were running 10-12 miles so I opted just to go ahead and do a 10 mile run instead. It was a beautiful day out and it ended up being a really great run. It was probably 38 or 39 degrees and sunny.

  • Distance: 10 Miles
  • Duration: 97:14
  • Pace: 9:43
  • Calories Burned: 1,029

I was STARVING by the time I got home and I could not wait to eat my breakfast cookie that I had prepared the night before. I didn’t eat enough before my run either and was pretty hungry during my whole run, which sucked A LOT! But, I’ve definitely learned my lesson and I need to make sure I eat before my long runs.

My sister and Scott arrived on Saturday afternoon. We left shortly after for the King of Falafel and enjoyed some of the best falafel around. We hit up a great bar just a few blocks over called Sunswick, which is at the corner of 35th ave and 35th street. They have a huge selection of draft beer and it’s one of the best bars in Astoria.

Saturday night we had a party, a pizza party to be exact. We had 3 or 4 different homemade pizzas that were all incredibly delicious. There was even a dessert pizza made by Megan.

This was the pizza I made, I was really craving a veggie loaded pizza. I will have to make it again though, I don’t think I really ate enough to appreciate it.

These were Kelly’s mini pizzas.

This was the BEST thing of the night! Seriously this was amazingly delicious. I can not express enough how good this was. It was the best pizza there in my opinion.

We went to this really great bar called the Blind Tiger yesterday. I just got done writing an article / review about it on I Really Like Food, so keep an eye out for it tomorrow.

Today we hit up Pronto Pizza in Times Square, then went for a cupcake at Magnolia and a beer at the Heartland Brewery. Overall it was a great weekend and I’m so glad that Kerri and Scott finally got a chance to come down. They are great company and I really do miss hanging out with them as much as we used to.

I have a goal / career oriented post coming up tomorrow. Things have really changed for me within these past couple months and I have a lot on my mind. I’m ready to display and act upon new directions in my life.

Stay tuned.

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Yes, it’s my birthday and I am having a way better day than yesterday. I woke up feeling pretty great : )    I had a 5 mile tempo run scheduled for today and wow was it hard! These tempo runs are definitely going to be the hardest part of my training. I look forward to seeing progress by the end though.

It was supposed to be 5 miles at mid tempo pace, which is 8:45 min/mile

Here are my stats:

  • Distance: 5 Miles
  • Duration: 46:20
  • Pace: 9:15
  • Calories Burned: 502

Miles Splits:

  1. 8:56
  2. 9:01
  3. 9:11
  4. 9:32
  5. 9:38

I could not wait to be done by mile 5! It was rough and I didn’t really do too well with staying even relatively close to 8:45. I think I was all over the place with my pacing in the first mile and I burnt myself out. I would rather start out slow and finish fast and strong. Oh well though, I’m still figuring out my pacing and there is always next week.

I got home and realized I was missing one of my gloves, I was so sad and couldn’t find it anywhere in my apartment. I was headed out to the Natural Market anyway so I figured I would retrace the last steps in my run. I went to the market, picked up my favorite sandwich, some chips, and a smoothie and continued walking to where I had just ran. I couldn’t believe it when I actually found it! I was so happy, I had just got those gloves for Christmas and I would’ve been really bummed if I lost one. I’m glad I went out and looked!

I got home and ate the best birthday lunch ever!

A Turkey and Cheese sandwich on Rosemary bread with a side of Kettle Salt and Pepper Chips and a Super Detox Smoothie. It was perfect and satisfying.

I came back and wrote a few articles for I Really Like Food and Health Kicker that were on Football Party Foods and In Season Produce. After that I took a little nap with my cat and then went grocery shopping. I’m currently marinating some chicken in the refrigerator that will be made once Derek gets home. We are having Chipotle Pepper seasoned chicken with roasted asparagus and peppers. I am starving and can not wait to eat. I also bought myself some cupcakes from the grocery store to enjoy for my birthday.

It’s been a good day and I look forward to my celebration on Saturday night with all my friends and I am super excited because my sister Kerri and my brother in law Scott are coming down to visit!

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Key Workout #3

Man! I can not keep up with my blog lately, but what else is new right? This is 2 days late, but I still want to put it up.

I ran a scheduled 8 miles on Saturday and it went well, it wasn’t the easiest 8 miles I’ve ever run, but I still finished strong. Key Workout #3 is a long run. These long runs are done at a certain pace also. This run was 8 miles @ HMP + 20 sec/mile. HMP = Half Marathon Pace, which is 9:09, so I ran the 8 miles at a scheduled 9:29 pace (Well I tried to anyway). I think I did pretty well, I am finding it really hard to maintain one certain pace. I’m either going way too fast or way too slow. It should get easier along the way though.

A 9:29 pace really isn’t very fast and I was a little discouraged with how difficult the run felt. I know every run isn’t always the best or the fastest, so I am hoping next weeks long run will be better.

Here are my stats:

  • Distance: 8 Miles
  • Duration: 76:36
  • Pace: 9:34
  • Calories Burned: 793

I guess I did good keeping an average pace of 9:30, but each mile counts for itself. I have finally figured out how to use the auto lap feature and was able to keep track of my mile splits.

  • Mile 1: 9:40
  • Mile 2: 9:35
  • Mile 3: 9:39
  • Mile 4: 9:39
  • Mile 5: 9:30
  • Mile 6: 9:33
  • Mile 7: 9:23
  • Mile 8: 9:33

Next Saturday is 9 miles and I’m excited for it. Long run days are my favorite, I always feel so good after! I definitely prefer endurance and distance over speed.

Reminder: Please donate to the Team in Training Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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I did Key Workout # 2 yesterday, which was a tempo run. I was scheduled to run 2 miles easy, 3 miles at short tempo pace and then 1 mile easy. My short tempo pace was 8:30, which seemed pretty manageable. It was a great day for a run, who knew 33° would ever seem warm. Yes, it was 33 outside and I thought it was beautiful and perfect running weather, who have I become?

I had a very busy day yesterday and I wasn’t able to get out there until 2:45. I always try to avoid running at this hour because of all the people out and it’s when school lets out. I felt very positive at the start of the run and I didn’t let anything bother me. I did have to stop quite a few times in the beginning because of cars and stop lights, but I kept a pretty good attitude about it all. After all I was supposed to be taking it easy for the first 2 miles.

The fast 3 miles in the middle were nice and smooth for the most part. I hit a few hills, but stayed strong during most of them. I tried my hardest to stay as close to 8:30 as possible, but I found it extremely difficult. I decided to just run strong and fast, but without burning myself out. That is what a tempo run should be anyway. I was dying by mile 4 and could not wait until mile 5 to hit! I knew once mile 5 came I could slow down and take it a little easier. I made it though, I’m not sure how close I got to the 8:30 average, but I gave it everything I had and I think I managed to do a pretty good job, considering it was my first real tempo run.

Unfortunately I have not figured out my Garmin watch completely and I didn’t discover the auto lap feature until today. If I had this enabled I would have been able to figure out my mile splits and would therefore know how close I was to those 8:30 mile splits. Oh well, there is always next week!

  • Distance: 6 Miles
  • Duration: 56:37
  • Pace: 9:26
  • Calories Burned: 595



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