I can’t seem to keep up with these updates already! These past 2 weeks have been incredibly busy for me, but somehow I am still alive, exhausted, but alive.

Training is going pretty well overall, I’m still in the base building phase, but only for one more week. I want to be as prepared as possible for the “real” training that involves speedwork, so I really need to catch up on sleep this week.

Week 3:

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 7 easy miles
I woke up before work to get this done!!! This is a big deal for me. I am not a morning runner/person. I ran 3 miles, then met Em for the last 4, so that was nice. It was humid as f&$k, though.

Wednesday: 5 miles, with a 5k in the middle. Splits were 8:23, 8:49, 8:19, and 7:19 for the last tenth of a mile. I was semi disappointed with how this race went. I’ve been running a whole lot more than the last time I ran this, but I managed the same exact time. I can’t seem to run a good second mile, that’s where it falls apart for me. 5k shape? Yeah, definitely not in that at the moment!

Thursday: 6 easy miles with my friend, Zach

Friday: 4 miles at 5:30am, who am I? I don’t know how I managed it, but I woke up at 5, ran, then showered and was out the door before 7 to meet up with the crew going to Block Island.

Saturday: 8 miles around Block Island

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Obviously this was freaking amazing! It was hilly, but we negative split and took it generally pretty easy. The views were amazing and we stopped to take a lot of pictures.

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We kept joking that we were doing a triathlon because we also went on a bike ride and swam in the ocean later in the day. So, overall a very active day and so much fun!

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Sunday: Rest! So. Needed.

Total: 30 miles

This was a great week and I felt so accomplished afterwards. Block Island was amazing and I did not want to leave!!!

Week 4:

I got to test out my new Hokas!

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I honestly can’t even remember any details about this past week. It was kind of a blur. My cat, Fry, had emergency stomach surgery the weekend I was in Block Island. He ate a shoelace and several hair elastics because he is dumb. It was a very stressful and expensive week for the husband and I.

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He is recovered and doing just fine now, thankfully. We have since cleaned our apartment extremely well so there is absolutely nothing he could possibly eat.

I ran just to get the miles in and they were all slow/easy miles that were pretty uneventful.

Monday: 4 miles

Tuesday: 5 miles

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 4 miles

Friday: 4 miles

Saturday: 5 miles

Sunday: 2 miles 🙁

Sunday was supposed to be 8 miles, but after an incredibly exhausting weekend, my body just did not want it. I called it quits at mile 2 on the treadmill and then lifted some weights instead. I miss strength training…at least the whole workout wasn’t a wash. I’m bummed I didn’t make it 8 miles, but considering I don’t have any cutback weeks and this is still just the base building phase, I feel better about it.

Total: 24 miles

My brother in law was in town for the weekend, he just turned 21, and had never been to NYC, so we did all kind of things with him. We ate Shake Shack, saw Times Square, visited Central Park, went to the Bacon and Beer Festival at Citi Field, and ate King of Falafel. It was an incredibly exhausting weekend, but so much fun!

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10. January 2014 · 6 comments · Categories: cats, HM Training, life · Tags:

Happy Friday!

I woke up and ran this morning before work! I can’t even remember the last time I did that. Things are going pretty swimmingly so far in 2014. I know a lot of people hate January, but I always have my birthday to look forward to this month. After that, I’m done with winter.

I considered writing a whole post dedicated to 2014 goals, but I don’t have many so it seemed pointless. I have specific time goals for every race distance that I would love to achieve, some more important than others, but those are things I’m constantly striving for and they will always be goals until I meet them. I listed my time related goals here, since none of them were achieved last year, they remain the same.

Other things I want to do in 2014? Run the NYC Marathon and do whatever makes me happy. I just want to have a strong and injury free year of running and I’m going to work on making that happen. Major goal of 2014 = Work hard in both running and life.

Monday kicked off training for my first goal race of the year; the B&A Trail Half Marathon in Severna Park, MD. I am doing 12 weeks of training and I’m super excited to start with a better and faster base than when I started training for Rehoboth this past September. I’m still being super careful building my mileage and I’m excited to see what I can do this time around. This will be my first shot at going sub 1:50 this Spring.

I don’t plan on recapping my training weekly, like I’ve done in the past. I’ll be sure to update every few weeks though, I got sort of bored writing about it every single week, I would much rather write a solid post about the runs that stick out to me during training.

On a different note, my husband and I just adopted 2 of the most adorable kittens in the world! We are technically fostering to adopt, since we can’t legally adopt them until they are both fixed, but we’re working on it. 😀

Please welcome Fry and Ellie to our family!

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How freaking cute are they?! Fry is the orange cat, he is about 2 months old, and Ellie, the tiger cat is about 3 months. This is the first time I’ve ever had kittens and I freaking love them so much. I don’t know how I’m going to get anything done at all. Ever.

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They are an early birthday gift from my husband. Best birthday gift ever! Little Ellie is schedule to be spayed next Wednesday, while Fry needs to gain a little more weight before he can be neutered. They were both strays and we got them from a rescue shelter called K9Kastle, check them out if you’re looking for a pet, they are a great organization that I can’t support enough.

Fry is named after Futurama and Ellie is named after Jurassic Park. It took us a while to think of Ellie’s name, but Fry had his name picked out long ago. I’ve always wanted an orange cat and after Leela passed, we knew we wanted to keep the Futurama tradition alive (even though she wasn’t originally named after that).

I’m running the Joe Kleinerman 10k tomorrow in Central Park with a bunch of friends. I’m not racing, but I’m hoping to pace this girl to a sub-60 finish! Then we are off to brunch to celebrate my birthday, which isn’t till Monday.

Have a great weekend!

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01. May 2013 · 10 comments · Categories: cats, life, Nuun, Oiselle, running · Tags:

What an amazing weekend! I feel so lucky to have these travel opportunities and so happy to have such a supportive husband!

I spent the weekend in Eugene, Oregon with friends from all over the country and although the race didn’t go as planned (more on that later), I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

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Don’t mind my sleepiness, this was before my coffee and at the end of the weekend!

I stayed in a house with MollyCoreyHollyLaura, and Allison and we had the best time together all weekend. It was so nice to get to know these ladies a little more as we shared lots of laughs, tears, and many, many stories.

Traveling took a lot out of us, so we were in bed by 9:30 Friday night! We met up with about 15 other girls Saturday morning for a shakeout run on Pre’s Trail.

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It was absolutely beautiful, we definitely weren’t in NYC anymore :). We then grabbed some delicious waffles and ran into Casey and Mason from Nuun. It was there that plans developed for Casey and I to run together.

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Off to the expo to pick up our numbers and to hear Lauren Fleshman speak. She was so motivating and hilarious! I freaking love her, it was really awesome to meet her in person. We then took a giant Oiselle Team picture since so many of us were there.

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We invited the others over to our house for dinner that night and we made 2 huge batches of pasta and I drank a beer. It was a really fun night, but again we were in bed nice and early since we had the race the next morning!

[Insert race recap]

After the race, we showered and then headed over to the Ninkasi Brewery where there was a Picky Bars party going on. I had a couple beers and got to talk to a lot of new people, it was a really great atmosphere.

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We ended up at a few more places, including Rogue, but by 10:00, everyone was exhausted. Luckily we were only about a mile from our house, so we were home quickly.

It was a long day of traveling home on Monday, but luckily I had Laura to share the exhaustion with 🙂

I came home to find my poor cat, Leela immobile. I knew what to expect since I had to talked to my husband, but the reality had set in once I finally saw her. I haven’t talked about it on here, but last week she had 4 seizures within 12 hours. Something was definitely wrong.

After some tests and speculation from the vet, she most likely had a brain tumor. We put her on crazy drugs to stop the seizures, but she was continuing to deteriorate as the week progressed. Before I left, she was still able to walk around, she was a bit wobbly, but could move around alright. By the time I got home Monday night, she couldn’t even stand up. 🙁

My husband and I work opposite schedules, so we talked on the phone when I got home that night around midnight. There was only one thing we could really do.

I stayed home from work yesterday to have time to say goodbye and so that Derek and I could go to the vet together. I don’t know if any of you have ever been through the experience of putting a pet to sleep, but it’s one of the saddest and hardest things I’ve ever done. This is the second time I’ve gone through it and it wasn’t any easier.

We are going to NH this weekend to bury her in my parents backyard. She will be right next to her sister, Galadrial, so hopefully they are frolicking in kitty heaven right now and eating lots of fishes.

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She was 17, she lived a long and happy life, but will be missed so very much.

Nothing like a matter of extreme highs and lows over the past few days. It was really hard to come home from such an amazing weekend and to be then thrown into this sad reality.

It’s been a really rough month for me overall, I am so ready to start fresh with the month of May! Hoping for relaxation and lots of good running. Be back soon with the recap of the race!