It’s amazing how much sleep affects me! I love sleeping just as much as I love running and it’s no secret that getting enough sleep will improve your running.

I slept 11 hours from Saturday into Sunday and it was absolutely amazing. I did my 4 mile recovery run on the treadmill and I was loving life and my legs felt incredible. I slept 6 1/2 hours on Sunday night because of the crazy Patriots game and was a poor excuse for a human being yesterday. I was grumpy, had zero energy, and just wanted to not exist, and also my foot hurt. πŸ™ It was just a rough day all around.

20131126-114822.jpgAll I wanted to do yesterday (and every day).

I seriously need my sleep, I am not one of those people who can survive on 6 hours or less of sleep a night. I need 8+ in order to feel like myself.

Anyway, rant over. I love sleep, I love running, my foot kinda hurts again, and it’s Thanksgiving week!

Here is how Peak Week went down…


Monday: Full body strength training

Tuesday: 7 mile Tempo run on treadmill

2 mile warm up

3.5 miles at Tempo pace: 8:27, 8:27, 8:34, 4:17

1.5 mile cool down

Skipped #RunnerHappyHour to get this done! Sad. But, it had to be done, especially since it’s peak week and I wanted to come out of the week feeling satisfied and strong.

Wednesday: 3 easy miles

Thursday: 5 easy miles with Em

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 11 mile long run

I ran 6 miles with Derek. I was feeling SO GOOD and I could not hold myself back, but Derek wasn’t doing so hot. He’s been having trouble with knees and his hamstring, so we had to take it super easy and he stopped at 6 miles :(. I finished the last 5 miles faster, but they were kind of miserable. It was getting cold and I was originally planning on 12 miles, but cut it short because I couldn’t be out there anymore. Finished with a 9:53 average and a negative split. Not terrible.

Sunday: 4 easy miles

Life was great on Sunday, probably because of how much sleep I got! Ran on treadmill and listened to some awesome running music. Although, halfway into this run, I knew my foot was going to feel off the next day.

Total: 30 miles!!! Yay πŸ™‚

Low and behold, I woke up with that weird foot discomfort that has been plaguing me off and on since my stress fracture. It wasn’t as bad as last time, but I think 2 days off seems to be just what it needs. And if I need to go 3, then that’s fine too…but I WILL be running the Thanksgiving 5k on Thursday with my Dad and Jess!

I wonder when it will be that I can finally forget about that stupid injury?

I am super excited to finally go home for this holiday, I haven’t been back to NH for Thanksgiving for 4 years and it’s going to be nice to spend some quality time with my family.


It’s going to be mother effin cold, so I’m bringing just about every piece of clothing I own (especially for the race), but it’ll all be worth it.

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. “Awesome running music”=crazy blood bath rage music. SO glad you’re having such a great training cycle! You got this race! πŸ™‚
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  2. Yay, 30mi!! That is a solid week!

    Thank you for continuing to update on your foot. I’ve started back after my injury and it really helps to read about your experiences, especially the occasional aches and pains. I mean, I think that soreness every once in while is normal…but it really helps to hear that you have the same thing!
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    • So glad you are getting back at it! Remember to be patient, it’s well worth the wait to be extra careful in the beginning.

      Glad the posts have been helpful, I will continue to write about my foot for as long as I am reminded of it! I am dying to train hard again though, it’s been tough!
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      • Me too! I’m sort of considering Shamrock in March…

        Did you have trouble with the rest of your foot when you got started again? My injured spot feels fine, but my tendons/arch are really cranky as I’m coming back. Is that weird?
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        • I actually had trouble with the bunion part of my feet. They hurt for a while, I freaked out several times, and I really have no idea what caused it. Bunions usually act up from wearing tight shoes, but it didn’t seem like that was the reason for me, so who knows!

          Definitely give it some time and try not to freak out so much (like I did) before everything starts to feel normal again.
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  3. Look at you ROCKING those tempo miles! That was definitely worth giving up Runner Happy Hour for. We’ll celebrate at holiday Runner Happy Hour after you CRUSH this half marathon! SO excited for you, Steph! I’m totally with you when it comes to rocking out to some awesome running music and loving running. I’m so proud of you….30 miles! Yay!

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