DID IT.

Happy Memorial Day! The best day to kick-off summer with cook-outs, gardening, and spending time with friends and family. I hope you have the BEST day. I’ll be having a pretty grand day because I DID IT!

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I’ve got my 50 miler race recap here for you.

I may have also bought out the entire Rite Aid with blister band-aids. Sorry if you needed some.

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Have a fantastic day!

It's TIME. 50 Miler Training Recap

The time is here! I can’t believe I’m going to be running 50 miles on Sunday?!? I’m really excited and no nerves (yet). My training honestly felt really strong and I’m mentally prepared thanks to my MS Run The US relay last year at this time. It’s supposed to be in the mid 70’s (so a bit warm) and possible thunderstorms later in the day (hopefully I’ll be finished before they start).

Flashback to many, many snowy runs!

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I gained so much elevation, continued with strength training three times a week, and somehow ended up with a half marathon PR.

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I also snagged a marathon PR

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I ran outside as much as possible and climbed as much elevation/ hilly routes as I could possibly find (since there was limited trail access during most of my training).

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I had some really mentally tough runs, including some double-digit runs where I was honestly so exhausted. BUT I pushed through them and find more strength within me than I knew I had.

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I got to run along the pacific ocean during my training!

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I also got to explore some trails before moving back to Maine and beginning the taper!

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I ran 858.50 miles this training cycle and gained 42, 579’ in elevation over 25 weeks. I feel strong, prepared, and ready.

I’ve got all of my food ready for my crew. I know I’ve overpacked and they’ll have a lot of stuff that I may want, but I also don’t want to leave anything to chance! I’ve got a few pairs of socks to change and various shoes (I hope to change them each of my three loops since it will be pretty muddy out there). My plan is to also eat something every 30-35 minutes (whether a gel or real food, but I want to try to stick to as much real food as I can).

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I picked up my bib today and saw the start/ finish line! So incredibly beautiful out there!

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Ready for a day of challenges, running, exploring, meeting new runners, and celebrating all of my training!

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Plans for the long weekend?!?

Anyone else racing this weekend? GOOD LUCK!

Time? And the best season

Happy Friday eve! I’m almost finally caught up on my schoolwork, so feeling a bit less scatter-brained. I’m also crunched for time today, so here’s what’s been happening over here: 

Got offended by this article  (pretty sure it was written by a mountain biker) 

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Officially obsessed with being close to a Trader Joe’s. Had this for dinner & dessert last night 

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Berry season- my favorite 😍 

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Picking up my race bib tomorrow and some last minute things on my list! The kitties are super excited for me  

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whats your favorite season?  

Do you like to pick up your bib early or try to do Day-of? ((That always stresses me out!))  

50 Miler Training RUNdown 5/5-5/12

Happy Humpday! I’ve finally put together my shopping list for my 50 miler

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The cats are well-adjusted I think. Every morning I wake up and find a new toy on my bed. Ha.

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Last week was my first taper week and it was pretty low key. We traveled until Tuesday evening, so most of the week was spent either on the road or adjusting/unpacking.

Monday, 5/5: 30 minute progression run on a treadmill at the hotel in Buffalo!

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Tuesday, 5/6: Rest Day

Wednesday, 5/7: 5 miles easy. Running at sea level feels so much easier!

Thursday, 5/8: 6.2 miles 10 minute warm-up/ 4 x 5 minutes hard (1 min Recovery)/ 10 minute cool-down & some strength

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Friday, 5/9: Rest Day/ Yoga

Saturday, 5/10: 4.3 miles total including impromptu trail 5k and took 3rd female overall

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Sunday, 5/11: 8 miles easy

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Total Mileage: 27.3 miles

Training Tuesday: What I Ate The Day Before A Marathon

Happy Tuesday! It’s funny how when you go back to school, you’re immediately thinking (or well… at least I am) ‘ HOW did I ever find the time to do all this and somehow have a social life?!?’ Ha. My classes this summer are shortened, so they are REALLY intense (for the most part), so it seems normal to be a bit well - shocked - , but then I just remind myself that I only have 6 more weeks to go of them ; ) It’s all about perspective right?!

I’ve been wanting to do this post for A WHILE now, but honestly just haven’t had the time ((or internet!)). Eugene feels like a million years ago, but in reality - it was only 3 weeks ago? Crazy how fast time flies ( especially when you move!). So, here we go:

-Went out for a shakeout run

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Came back to have a mini bagel, honey, and a banana (I knew it would be at least another hour or more before we were able to get breakfast).

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We went to Panera for breakfast (it’s always so hard to know what works for your stomach before a race & I think that Panera is still an OK thing ((even though I had some major GI distress during the second half of the race)).

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I grabbed a cinnamon sugar bagel with butter from there as well to have as a snack on the drive to Eugene from Portland

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Snacked on pretzels throughout the day!

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Chipotle for lunch after visiting the expo. I think this is where my GI distress may have come from. I didn’t get anything with cheese, but it was just heavy. I also think that -generally- I had too many carbs (I don’t normally eat THIS much carb-centered foods), but honestly nutrition is still such a foreign thing to me!

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Some pasta with butter for dinner (we ate relatively early - before 6pm - to hopefully let our food settle. Spoiler: mine did not ha. ).

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Still got through the marathon and managed even splits and a 1 minute PR. You can find my full race recap here!

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-Anyone else go back to school to get a degree. Tips?!?

-Favorite things to eat before a marathon?! I”M SO CONFUSED ON CARBO-LOADING still. HELP!