Week 1 Training Recap

Week 1 of my official training plan was a success!

I didn’t follow it to the letter, but I got in all 19 miles that were in my schedule.

Here are some stats:

Total Mileage = 19.08

Longest Run = 8.65  miles

Average Pace over the week = 10:06 minutes per mile

Most embarrassing moment = toss up between a kid and his dad seeing me changing into my running clothes in my car and not being able to hold a plank for more than 20 seconds during Insanity.

Caught in the act

I’ve been keeping a pretty detailed log of my workouts. I’m hoping that this will help me identify what conditions (fuel, temps, etc) that work best for me, and those I need to improve on.

Week 1 training log


My goals for this week are to get more rolling/stretching in and to do some speed-work at some point!


Saturday WRRC group before our long run


Hydration Help

Drinking my daily recommended amount of water has always been hard for me.

This cat understands

It’s just not a habit for me to drink from a cup or water bottle during the day, especially at work. For one, I have a thing about public restrooms. I rarely, if at all, use the restroom at work. Don’t even get me started on porta potties. And so I think I have subconsciously trained myself not to drink too much during the day.

It’s harder than it looks

I drink most of my water during meals, probably 2 big glasses with dinner and lunch. But I’m definitely not getting my recommended daily dose of H2O (see, I can do science), and I think that may be contributing to the sluggishness I feel while I’m running even short distances, despite having been running consistently for over a month now.

struggle pup

So I’ve decided to make it a priority. There is a lot of variation among experts on how much water we should be drinking. According to different guidelines, I came up with everything from 64 to 118 ounces.  I’m going to set my goal right in the middle at 90 ounces a day, since I’m consistently working out in high temps. I just downloaded an app called Waterlogged to help me keep track of how much I’m drinking, especially at work.


You just tap the water bottle every time you finish a drink. It strikes me that this would also be useful for a night at the bars. It’s kind of like a drinking game, except with water. And no prizes or competition. I mean, it’s no flip cup….

But anyways, here’s to clear pee!

Thanks for supporting me Leo




First day of training

My 18 week training plan for the Chicago Marathon officially starts today!

Here’s the schedule I created, tweaked from this Hal Higdon Plan

Training Plan

Excel formatting is one of my favorite forms of self expression

Here’s the gist of it:

Mondays: Easy run

Tuesdays: Strength training and yoga at the gym (or other cross training)

Wednesdays: Easy run

Thursdays: Speed work

Fridays: Bike to work- about an 11 mile round trip (or other cross training)

Saturdays: Long run

Sundays: Recovery day and foam rolling

For the Thursday speed workouts, I’m planning to rotate between these drills:

Fartlek: Pick up the pace for segments of 30 seconds to four minutes, interspersed with easy-paced segments of similar duration. Go by time or run them between trees, street signs, or other landmarks during your run.
Kenyan Outbacks: These are like tempo runs—a few miles at a challenging pace—but with the second half much faster than the first. Example: Run an out-and-back route with the “out” in 20 minutes and the “back” in 17 minutes.
Track ladders: Do a track workout up and down the distance ladder. Early in the buildup the ladder range can be 200 to 800 meters; later on it can rise to 800 to 1600 meters. Example: Run 200, 400, 800, 400, and 200. Include an equal amount of slow jogging to recover between each faster repeat.
Yasso 800s: In the early weeks of the schedule, run six 800-meter repeats with 400-meter recovery jogs. Increase the number to 10 during peak training.
Hill repeats: Focus on form, not speed. In the early weeks, run four to six times up a moderate hill of 100 to 200 meters at an easy effort. Walk or jog down. In the middle of the training plan, simply do some tempo and long runs on hilly routes. Late in the buildup, run three to eight hill repeats of 100 to 400 meters at a medium to hard effort.

And of course this drill:








Up at Dawn

I wish I could say that after one good week of committed morning runs, it has become a routine habit. Unfortunately, I am back to hitting the snooze button every morning when my run alarm goes of at 5:20am.

You know what is the best thing about Dawn? The character named Dawn from the Babysitters Club Series. She was crunchy and fashionable and healthy in a super eighties, teased bangs kind of way:

Dawn Schafer

Raise your hand if you actually tried to start a babysitters club when you were eleven years old

But I digress. I’m still working on the morning thing. Rather than jump from waking up at 6:45 to 5:20 all at once, I’m trying to establish a wakeup time 15 minutes earlier each week. Last week I woke up at 6:30, this week 6:15, and so on until eventually I (hopefully) am naturally waking up early enough to run every morning. I need to get my morning runs established before the weather gets too hot to run in the afternoon.

The most helpful piece of advice I’ve received (from the internet) is this- when your alarm goes off:

I’m a pro at talking myself out of things. But if I repeat this mantra in my head “Don’t think, just do. Don’t think, just do. Dontthinkjustdo” before I have time to make excuses, I can occasionally force myself out of bed before I hit the snooze button (or worse, fall into the instagram/buzzfeed vortex).

Obviously I need a little extra motivation… enter breakfast burritos. My first encounter with breakfast burritos was a college tradition…. everyone would go to the Q’Doba in Broad Ripple after a night out at the bars for a giant egg, steak, and queso filled monster of a burrito. Actually, because I was too much of a wuss to have a fake ID, my friend M and I use to ride the drunk bus (totally sober) to Broad Ripple just to go to QDoba. Where we would wait in line with about half of Butler’s student population and talk about who was throwing up in the QDoba bathroom.

a tiny hamster eating a tiny burrito


This version is sadly queso-less, in the name of health. I make a big batch and freeze them so that I have something hearty on hand in the morning to keep me full and energized throughout the day, and to sneak in some vegetables early. I put half of them in the freezer at work and half of them at home so I’m covered even if I’m running late.


-1 package of 8-10 large burrito sized tortillas (I used the wheat variety)

-16 oz carton of All Whites egg whites (or sub 10 eggs, beaten)

-Olive Oil cooking spray

-1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/8 inch thick

-1 medium red bell pepper, diced

-1/2 yellow onion, diced

-salt and pepper to taste

-2 cups Gardien Beefless Ground

-1 teaspoon italian seasoning

-crushed red pepper (to taste)

-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray, add entire contents of All Whites carton. Using a spatula, keep stirring every 30 seconds until eggs are just heated through, about 5 minutes. Do not overcook. Transfer scrambled egg whites to a small bowl and set aside.

2. Spray skillet with cooking spray, add beefless ground, italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper. You’ll want to season generously as the stuff is pretty flavorless on its own. Saute until warmed through (stir constantly as it will stick to the pan easily), about 5 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

3. Spray skillet with cooking spray, add zucchini, onion, and bell pepper. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until onions turn translucent and vegetables begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

4. Arrange Tortillas, eggs, beefless ground, sauteed vegetables, and chedder cheese in an assembly line on your workspace. Add about 2 tablespoons each of eggs, beefless grounds, and vegetables to each burrito. Top with 1 tablespoon of cheddar cheese.

Breakfast Burritos 1
5. Roll tortilla up- first roll halfway, then fold in sides, then finish roll.

Breakfast Burritos 4
6. Wrap each finished burrito in Saran Wrap, wax paper, or tinfoil. Store in plastic bag labeled with date and contents.

Breakfast Burritos 5

To reheat, microwave for 45 seconds, flip, and microwave for an additional 45 seconds. Or if you have time, heat on a dry  skillet for about 2 minutes on each side for a crispy grilled burrito.

The week in review

Luckily I am not as lazy about running as I have been about posting to this blog!

lazy dog

Do not fear blog readers, what I lack in quantity, I will make up for in quality, because as you can see, I have learned how to insert gifs. Things just got much more exciting here in blogland.


In running news: I managed 4 runs last week! Here are some stats:

Total Distance: 13.63

Longest Distance: 5.8 miles

Average Pace Per Mile: 9:26

Shortest/Most Hungover Run: 1.18 miles


I am pretty proud of myself for managing four runs, even if one was kind of cheating. My hope is to keep consistent with 4-5 runs per week.


The reason I was hungover on Friday was because I went to Chicago to see my friend Jessie’s awesome band’s live show!  They are called all boy/all girl and they just finished a tour of the Midwest. I’m not the greatest at describing music, but I guess they are kind of an Indie Pop group- they feature a great combo of musicians, including a bass, ukulele, and strings on top of the usual guitar and drums. I have been listening to and loving their album since it was released, but  seeing them live was a whole different experience- they are so fun and alive on stage.

Wine bottles were half-priced at the venue, and I may or may not have split two bottles of wine with one other person. I get hangovers like crazy, despite my incessant attempts to find a hangover miracle cure. This weekend, I tried milk thistle, which according to this article will leave me with “No headache, no nausea, no desire to curl up into a ball and never move”.  Unfortunately it was not to be- although I maybe did not feel as 100% worthless as usual, I still experienced headaches, waves of nausea, extreme whineness and inability to control my emotions.

Last week I also hit a milestone- I ran my 100th mile since the beginning of 2014!


In January, I set myself a goal to run 600 miles by the Marathon (October 12th). I also made a deal with my husband that, for a little extra motivation, I am allowed to buy a new piece of workout clothing or gear every 50 miles I run.

I have taken this deal to heart, as evidenced by my bill at lululemon on Friday. I purchased a sweet pair of running tights on sale for $49 (which is a crazy steal for that store) as well as two more of their fly away tamer headbands, which I love because they, ya know, tame my fly-aways, which otherwise always whip into my eyes as I’m running.


Overall a successful trip, and a successful week in marathon training!



Running Updates

I’m still figuring out how I’d like to use this blog. I created it with the intent of using it as a motivational tool for my marathon training. So I’d like to post updates on my runs. This may not be the most interesting content out there, but I’ll do my best to keep it exciting. I’d also like to post some of the recipes and meals that I make, so I can stop bothering everyone on instagram with my foodporn. Considering that this blog has zero readers, I don’t think I’m in much danger of disappointing anyone.

Anyways, no day like today to start updating the interwebs on my running progress!

Sam & I are working on getting to the gym in the mornings before work. my goal is to run 2-3 days during the week, then one long run on the weekends. I’m off to a good start this week, with runs on Monday:

And a 4 mile run this morning:


I drive to the gym, run a loop around campus, then shower and get ready at the gym so I can head straight to work at 8am.

I really, really had trouble getting out of bed this morning, mostly because it was flipping cold again, below 30 degrees, when my alarm went off at 5:20am. I won’t get into how terrible this winter was, but lets just say I have post-seasonal-affective-disorder, and I’m still really crabby about cold weather. Surprisingly though, I did end up enjoying my run- the sunset was pretty awesome:

My hope is that these weekday campus runs will get me into the habit of running in the morning before it gets too hot out. Next strategy to try: running to and/or from work.


Yesterday, as I was driving through the mountains on my way home from Virginia (more on that later), I got some exciting news: I won the lottery! Not the one where they give you all of the money though. This is the Bank of America Chicago Marathon lottery. Apparently, so many people are jumping onto the marathon bandwagon (myself included) that they have to distribute the 45,000 entries at random. Now that I think of it, this is the exact opposite of your traditional lottery. Congratulations, you’ve won the right to run 26+ miles, and you have to pay us $185 for the pleasure of doing so! Negative jackpot.

Winning 4.18.14

I don’t think I’m properly conveying my excitement though. I mean, first of all, winning things is awesome. That kind of competitive thinking is what I love about running races in the first place. Secondly, if I hadn’t gotten the lottery entry, I would have had to run on a charity team, and while there are some very deserving causes participating, I am a fundraiser by profession and I don’t know that I need that added responsibility right now.

Not to mention that I have really been looking forward to conquering the marathon this year. Last May I ran my first half marathon. As I was running those last three miles, all I was thinking was “I will never run a marathon. I will never run a marathon”. It was my mantra. 13 miles was painful enough, and I could not imagine putting myself through it twice in a row. But somehow, after a couple of months, that pain was been trumped by the lure of conquering the big one: the 26.2 mile marathon. The truth is, I know I can do it. I enjoy challenging myself, and this is a big, once in a lifetime, bucket list kind of challenge.

So on Sunday, October 12, 2014, approximately 6 months from today, I will be in Chicago running the race of my life with two of my best friends. Here
goes nothing.