After a snowy but not too cold start to winter, we are back to frozen temperatures! The picture on the left is from my car yesterday morning (-11 degrees), and the picture on the right is from this morning (-10 degrees). Yesterday I drove somewhere warm to get my run in (+10 degrees), but this morning I waited till 9:30 AM and then headed out. It was -8 degrees at the start, but warmed up to a balmy +8 degrees by the end. I have to say I was not cold largely due to the fact that there was no wind and the sun was nice and warm.
Many people say they do not run when the temperature reach X amount of degrees. I hate to put a number on it, but I really don’t like running below zero although I still do. Here are some tips for cold weather running (and cold weather exercise in general). Read More
We are just a day away from 2019! Now is a great opportunity to reflect back on 2018. It has been a year of hard work, innovation, and success. I ran 2,276 miles in 2018 and set a personal record (PR) in the 5k by over a minute and the marathon by over 8 minutes. Here is my 2018 monthly mileage: Read More
Happy Holidays! It’s hard to believe 2019 is right around the corner. I feel like I just got used to writing 2018, and now we switch to 2019! December has been a great training month, and I am excited to continue to build in January. Similar to last winter, I am incorporating swimming a couple days per week, which I love. I am racing a half marathon in Florida in February, and it will be fun to test my fitness for the first time since my marathon in October.
Here is my training log for the past 3 weeks: Read More
On Sunday, I ran a pre-Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5k. I was planning to run the race just for fun, so it was a totally different feel lining up at the start with no expectations or race strategy. I have to admit it was hard to put a bib number on without giving 100%. I ended up running well and felt really great the whole race. I was pleased with my performance since I had only run a handful of easy runs that week, and the previous two weeks were rest post-marathon. I also won an 18 pound turkey in the raffle, so we were excited about that! Read More
The past two weeks since the marathon have been all about rest. My coach prescribed two whole weeks of recovery before starting to run again. Two weeks seems like forever at first, but it honestly flew by very quickly. It has been a great time to catch up on to-do lists and explore activities we don’t always have time for. There have been lots of long dog walks, thinking about the future, cooking new meals, and painting. We went to a paint and sip class, which was really fun. Read More
Yesterday I ran the Loco Marathon in Newmarket, NH and had the best marathon of my life (so far!). We drove down to NH the day before in a terrible storm full of snow, sleet, rain, and wind. Fortunately, the weather passed through and race morning was about 40 degrees with just some light rain at the beginning. The temperatures felt quite comfortable compared to the heat and humidity from the summer. I was really confident in my training and ready to race. Read More