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Cleveland Marathon 10K

I was so excited when I woke up Sunday morning to check the radar and see no rain in the forecast! When I went to bed there was a chance of rain from about 6am-8am. So I got dressed, put my hair in a ponytail and skipped a hat or braiding my hair since it wasn’t going to rain.

You know as soon as we got downtown, it started raining. First a little mist, then light rain and then rain rain. However, I think the rain helped to keep it cool, too cool for me but probably perfect for everyone else. Good thing I put on a throw away shirt before heading downtown!

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The 10K is one of my favorite distances to race however, this race was more to start building fitness again and I came prepared with a plan. A plan that involved running with fellow Cleveland Marathon Ambassador Andrew Runs A Lot! I told Andrew I wanted to run 7:45s and he was on board to run with me. I am so glad I had someone to run with and keep me company. This was Andrews longest run of the year and he made it seem effortless.

I could have sworn we were running 7:45-7:50 for the first mile, it felt very comfortable and every time I looked at my watch I saw something in the 7:40s. But our first mile was 7:27, oops. The second mile, my plan was to pick it up from a 7:45 to a 7:30 but I apparently didn’t know I was already there and ran 7:31 for the second mile.

The 3rd mile, I was prepared to slow down a bit since there is some uphill by the browns stadium and then some more coming out of the flats. So mile 3 ended up being 7:45. I’m not sure what exactly happened in mile number 4 since I ran a 7:34 here. I must have felt really good running through the flats. I think I even commented to Andrew “Wow, I can’t believe we only have 2 mile to go”

I knew a hill was coming, and not just any hill, the Columbus Rd hill. I know this is a tough hill so the plan was to take it slow and at the top pick it back up. I didn’t even look at my watch for this hill, just kept moving forward and when I got to the top, it took me awhile to get my rhythm back again. I wasn’t super out of breath or felt like my legs were too tired, it just took a lot out of me. With the hill, mile 5 ended up being an 8:31 mile.

I’m not sure which map makes the hill look worse, Strava or Garmin.

At one mile to go, I wasn’t exactly sure what I had left so I told Andrew he could leave me behind. I knew he was feeling good and if he had some speed left, I wanted him to use it! With about half a mile to go and 1 more hill, I started to pick up the pace. My last mile was a 7:47.

Now, I have the course at 6.32 miles and that is with running almost no tangents so that’s not too bad for a big race. Normally, I run every tangent I can find but I didn’t even try for this race since it was crowded with the full and half marathoners. Also, this is what my watch got, my watch is not a certified course, it’s just a watch that connects to a satellite somewhere in the sky. As far as I am concerned, this course is 6.2 miles, if I ran farther than that then maybe I should have ran the tangents.

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Thanks to Tim Kelly of Second Sole Lakewood for this picture. I swear he has a magic camera, he takes some incredible photos

My official finish time was, 48:51 and initially I was disappointed in that. I had hoped to run sub 47 and to be almost 2 minutes off hurt a bit. However, I looked at my splits and I was actually happy with those, minus going out too fast. I have a lot of work to do this summer but I’m very excited to start training more.

The best part about running “just the 10K” I joked all weekend about “training for the marathon but running the 10K” but I felt really good after the 10K, nothing hurt or felt weird. I did a light jog back to the car and turned the heat on full blast to get warm. Naturally, I didn’t really pack a change of clothes for after the race but I did pack compression socks and a hoodie. While I wished I could have changed out of my wet clothes, it was nice to have something to put on as I headed back into the cold rain to cheer on the half marathoners and full marathoners.

As I was cheering on the runners, I was paying close attention to my friend Sarah running the full. She was 3rd in the full last year and she’s kinda quiet about her training so you don’t always know how her training is going. But she won! The whole darn Cleveland Marathon!

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I wish I could say I took this photo but I barely got a picture because I was sobbing I was so happy for her!

I obviously stuck around to watch Ryan bring in the 3:25 pace group. He has been pacing this group for the past 5 years and absolutely loves helping runners reach their goals.

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I had an absolute blast all weekend at the Cleveland Marathon, is it too early to count down til next year?

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Getting over injury, Traveling, Training and Illness

Just when I thought I was getting over my hamstring issue and getting back into training, I get slammed with an awful head cold. I did my best to train through it safely. I took tons of cold meds and just when I thought I was getting better, I get hit with a sinus infection.

Before the sinus infection took over, this was my training post cranky hamstring.

4/1-4/7

Sunday –7 miles at 8:45 pace to test out the hamstring
Monday – 4.5 miles after work  at 8:29 pace
Tuesday –  Double run day! Run #1: 1 mile WU, 6×800, 2×400, .25 recover and 1 mile CD. 7.2 miles at 8:32 pace
Run #2: 5 miles after work at 8:41 pace
Wednesday – Orange Theory – 2 miles during class
Thursday – Rest Day
Friday – 8.7 miles, supposed to be tempo but I added hills to it too. Pace at 8:12
Saturday – Rest Day

Total Mileage: 34.4

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Bodhi is always trying to get us to feed him dinner early. I swear it’s like he can read a clock.

4/8-4/14

Sunday –1 mile…Supposed to run the Towpath Half Marathon but came down with a bad head cold.
Monday – 6 miles at 8:31 pace
Tuesday – 1 mile WU, 4×800, 2×400, .25 recovery, 1 mile CD – 6 miles total
Wednesday – Orange Theory – 1.7 Mile in class
Thursday – 1 mile WU, 5@tempo, 1 mile CD, 2% incline! I hate incline so this was tough.
Friday – Rest Day
Saturday – 13 miles at 8:50 pace. Running through my favorite Boston spots! Lots of Hills!

Total Mileage: 34.7

The past couple years when we go to Boston for marathon weekend, I am still training for another race so I get to do my long run there. This year was cool because I didn’t even need to use my GPS to get where I wanted to. I’ve been running the same route for a couple years so it’s about time I memorized the route. However, I also got to run around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir this year. We drove past it a couple years ago so I was excited to be able to run on the path around it this year. I would LOVE to be able to run on it more often.

We really only take 1 vacation a year and that is to go to the Boston Marathon and it is by far my favorite. Every year while there I say “we should move here.”

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Don’t worry, we aren’t moving. We like it there a lot…to visit. The Boston lifestyle year round is not for us.

How many vacations do you take a year?

Do you run on vacation? Even when NOT training?

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The good, the bad and the ugly and some running advice

The Good – Learning from mistakes! See below but after getting sick on a 10 mile run…with no water…I brought water the following week and did the same workout faster and didn’t get sick!

The Bad – I let myself get dehydrated and got sick after a tempo run. It was not fun.

The Ugly – Bathroom issues kept me from doing a long run and kept me inside on a day I could have been outside. Possibly related to the tempo run.

2/11-2/17

Sunday –  Spin class
Monday  Speedwork – 1 mile WU, 4×1600, .25 recovery, 1 mile CD – 6.8 miles @8:03 pace
Tuesday – 3.1 miles @8:31 pace and 30 minutes elliptical
Wednesday – 6 miles @8:33 pace
Thursday – Tempo! 1 Mile WU, 8@tempo, 1 mile CD – 10 miles @8:07 pace
Friday – Rest Day
Saturday – 3 miles outside and 7 miles inside. Bathroom issues took me inside.

Total: 35.9

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When I run outside I have my garmin data automatically upload into strava but when I run inside I have to manually enter it so I try to include a picture of the treadmill for proof.

2/18-2/24

Sunday –  My first ever Orange Theory Fitness class! It was hard and I was sore after, it was amazing.
Monday  Speedwork – 1 mile WU, 5×1600, .25 recovery, 1 mile CD – 8 miles @8:10 pace
Tuesday – 7 miles @8:44 pace
Wednesday – Rest Day
Thursday – Tempo! 1 Mile WU, 8@tempo, 1 mile CD – 10 miles @8:06 pace
Friday – Rest Day
Saturday – Treadmill – 17 miles @8:50 pace.

Total: 42

The best piece of running advice I am going to give you is to RUN THE RACE YOU TRAINED FOR. Do NOT run the race you WANT! Let me tell you exactly what will happen if you run the race you want.

You will not be prepared for that pace but you will hold it for a few miles. You will tire quickly, you will feel like crud and by mile 13 you will lose that pace. From there on you will get slower with each mile and may even walk parts. You will then finish minutes behind your goal. Remember, there is no “banking time.”

If you run the race you trained for, you will feel good for the race, you will stay on pace and you might even run a new PR!

Could a fluke happen and running the race you want work? Yes but it is extremely rare!

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Made my boys some new bowties!

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Training Update and Rest/Non Running Days

1/21-1/27

Sunday –  1 hour spin class
MondayAM Speedwork – 1 mile WU, Ladder work out 400, 800, 1200, 1600, 1200, 800, 400,  .25 rest between everything, 1 mile CD – 7.5 miles @8:01 pace
PM Run was not planned but I had to get outside to enjoy the weather after being on the treadmill since Christmas Eve. 3 Miles @8:24 pace
Tuesday – Rest day because music practice ran late on Monday so I decided to sleep instead so I could get at least 5 hours of sleep. After work I had appointments so there was no time to run. That’s life though.
Wednesday – 6 Miles @8:38 pace
Thursday – Tempo! 1 Mile WU, 6@tempo, 1 mile CD – 8 miles at 7:57 pace
Friday – Rest Day
Saturday – Treadmill 16 miles at 8:23 pace. I was planning to run outside but it was raining and I didn’t have time to wait for it to stop.

Total: 40.5

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Post workout cuddles are the best!

3 non running days and I still hit 40 miles but why so many rest/non running days?

  1. I have my hands FULL! I work full time and part time. Play music in a local folk orchestra, besides group practices and performances to attend, I also need to practice on my own. The adoption process alone can feel like a part time job between paperwork and appointments. It is a challenge to find time to clean the house, do laundry and go to the grocery store. That is assuming nothing else pops up. Sometimes there literally isn’t a minute to run. I currently squeeze things into every minutes of the day. (Currently writing this blog post on my phone because I am stuck in traffic.)
  2. I’ve been doing my runs too fast and this is what leads to me getting injured! My easy runs need to slow down and maybe my long runs too. To punish myself and remind myself to slow down, I take a run out to make sure I am at least getting rest.
  3. Sometimes I like to supplement my training with spin classes, strength training, barre classes etc. I think it helps to not just run in my training.
  4. This hasn’t happened yet but sometimes if I feel a nagging pain or old injury starting to flare up, I will take a random day off just to be sure. I’d rather take a day off than to make it worse and take myself out for a long time!
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Still found time to celebrate Grandma’s Birthday!

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How I get through those treadmill runs

Last week I talked about how I run a lot on the treadmill during the winter. I actually have only been outside once since Christmas Eve!!! Below I have shared a couple tips that help get me through running on the treadmill and maybe they will help you too.

  • Put a towel over the treadmill screen. If you are constantly looking at the screen, it will feel like you are not making any progress. Trust me, this helps.
  • Music, movies, podcasts, tv shows, daydream, etc. I like to start with a movie, preferably something I have already watched or something I don’t have to fully pay attention to. Then after the movie I might put on a tv show or just listen to music until I finish my run. This is also a good way to binge watch a TV show. Sometimes I will start watching a new show but will only let myself watch it on the treadmill.
  • Stay positive. If you go into thinking it will suck and you  will hate it, you will. This can be applied to all aspects of life. Instead go into it thinking “I’m still getting my run in” or “I just have to do 2 hours and then I will be done.” (Yes I understand how crazy that sounds)
  • Play with the treadmill paces. I like to start out a slower pace and then increase by .1 MPH every mile, or 2 miles or whatever I feel that day. I will also set little goals for myself like wanting to get a certain number of miles in each hour. It’s little things like that that break it down a little easier.
  • And if you are still struggling and you just can’t be on the treadmill for a long time, then split it up! Do half of your run in the morning and the rest in the afternoon or evening. I don’t recommend doing this for every run or long run but it is better than cutting your run short and not doing it at all.

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Why I Run On The Treadmill ALL THE TIME

It’s no secret that I actually like running on the treadmill. My PR marathon actually comes from doing most of my training on a treadmill. Below you will find a number of reasons I run on the treadmill.

Safety – I don’t run outside in the dark alone so this will take me inside sometimes. I tend to do most of my running in the morning before work so not only is it dark but no one else is up. I also would not recommend running in my neighborhood in the dark.

Weather – I used to run a lot on snow or ice and would have to slow down my pace. This ruined a lot of workouts for me and I could never get in a tempo or speed work session in.  This also created a lot of other aches and pains as I was running on uneven ground. I would have very sore ankles, shins and knees and it just wasn’t worth it. I am getting old after all.

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Ice and snow, no thanks!

Weather part 2 – I do not like to run outside when it drops below 20 degrees unless I really have to, it just makes for a miserable run. Most people will warm up as they run but I do not and will spend the rest of the day trying to get warm again. I’ve actually gone for runs and my skin was hurting so bad that I headed back home. I would check my skin and find that it was bright red or even a bluish purple after an hour. I’ve also had frostbite on my ears from running and sweating while out in the cold too long.

Injuries – Running on the treadmill takes a lot of impact off my body and has been awesome for keeping me healthy. If I feel any nagging aches, I stay on the treadmill so that I can keep running.

Pace – I am absolutely awful at pacing myself. I go out too fast and ruin the workout or too slow and get comfortable and never pick up the pace. On the treadmill, I can punch in whatever pace and leave it at that. It’s also a good way to guarantee I get certain paces in. I tend to do most of my tempos on the treadmill because those are the most beneficial workout for me.

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Old picture but here is a picture of my treadmill at home. However, I go to the gym for most of my runs.

Confidence – I feel like I gain a lot of confidence by running on the treadmill strictly because it creates such a consistence training level. I never have to worry about wind, rain etc. and can just focus on the work that needs to be done. I can then compare past workouts to see how I am progressing.

Below is a recap of last week’s training. I did almost no strength work…and this week is shaping up to be the same.

1/14-1/20

Sunday – 4 miles @8:36 pace and 1 hour spin class at Ride + Workout
Monday – Speed work – 6 miles @8:01 pace – 1 mile WU, 4×1200, 1 mile CD, .25 recovery between each interval.
Tuesday – 6 miles @8:38
Wednesday – 5 miles @8:27 pace
Thursday – Tempo Run – 8 miles @7:57 pace
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 16 miles @8:28 pace

Total – 45

Stay tuned, later in the week I will share my tips and tricks for running on the treadmill.

 

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Staying Healthy – 2 Week Training Update

It’s no secret I’ve had my fair share of injuries but I’ve done really well dealing with them and running some pretty high mileage. However, I’ve also had a sinus cold, stomach flu and now some other cough cold thing that has not only kept me from running since last week but I have also completely lost my voice.

Maybe I should just change this blog to a new name “Running While Sick and Injured.” However, isn’t being flexible with your running plan part of the journey. Learning how to “roll with the punches” and make changes as you go.

Hopefully, I can start running again in a day or two. I’m waiting for this cough to knock itself out of me and then I will be back to running.  Until then I’m doing lots of squats, push-ups and sit-ups.

3/12-3/18 – 51.2 Mile Week 

Sunday – 4 miles treadmill at 8:40 pace
Monday – 10 miles treadmill  at 8:50 pace
Tuesday – 5.2 miles treadmill at 8:43 pace
Wednesday – Rest Day
Thursday – 10 miles treadmill at 8:39 pace
Friday – St. Patrick’s Day – 4 Mile Run with 2nd Sole
Saturday – 18 miles at 8:49 pace
Total –  51.2 miles

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3/19-3/25 – 23 Mile Week 

Sunday – Easy 5 Miles
Monday – Easy 3 miles treadmill  at 8:54 pace
Tuesday – 10 miles treadmill at 8:49 pace
Wednesday – 5 miles treadmill at 8:46 pace
Thursday – Elliptical
Friday – Rest Day – Sick
Saturday – Rest Day – Still Sick – manged some strength training
Total –  23 miles

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“Modest” Bodhi cuddles make most things better.

So while I have been sick I did miss my 20 miler. However, I am hoping that I can squeeze one in during the week if I feel better soon. Fingers Crossed.

Despite being sick, I did make it to Cokeburg PA to perform with my Croatian group Zumbercani. Sorry no video since I can’t take video while I am playing. You’ll just have to deal with this picture after we ate 2lbs of lamb and drank a bunch of beers. I thought drinking would kill my cold germs.

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Luck of the Injuries – 2 week Training Update

It’s that time of year for old injuries to come back! Granted, I have been dealing with hamstring and adductor pain for over a year now. Thankfully I have those under control which is allowing me to run 40-50 miles a week consistently. However, my old friend plantar fasciitis came back after my 16 miler.

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2/26-3/4 – 53.3 Mile Week 

Sunday – Easy 4.8 miles treadmill at 8:41 pace
Monday – 8.4 miles treadmill  at 8:24 pace
Tuesday – AM – 8 miles treadmill at 8:48 pace
PM – 4 miles outside at 8:16 pace
Wednesday – Easy 5.1 miles treadmill at 8:50 pace
Thursday – Tempo – 7 miles treadmill at 8:18 pace, (1 mile WU, 5@tempo, 1 mile CD)
Friday – Rest Day
Saturday – 16 miles treadmill at 8:44 pace
Total –  53.3 miles

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Spotted: Rare moment in real clothes post Winter Warmer event.

3/5-3/11 –  40.8 Mile Week 

Sunday – Strength Training
Monday – Elliptical
Tuesday – Speed work – 8.5 miles treadmill at 8:17 (1 mile warm up, 1x3mile, 3x1mile, active slower runs between repeats and 1 mile CD)
Wednesday – Strength Training
Thursday – AM – Tempo – 8 miles treadmill at 8:16 pace (1 mile WU, 6 miles at tempo, 1 mile CD)
PM – 4 miles treadmill at 8:44 pace
Friday – 10.3 miles treadmill at 8:44 pace
Saturday – 10 miles all outside! (2 mile WU, Malachi 5 miler, 3 mile CD)
Total –  40.8 miles

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When someone takes your picture and says “let me know if it’s ok, I took a couple just in case” and you assume it’s ok since they took a couple but you end up with multiple pictures with a finger covering the lens.

I felt great for that first week of training with 53.3 miles…until my long run. The last week I have been very cautious and only ran 4 days. I have been to the chiropractor to get work done on my foot and have been wearing the dreaded boot a couple hours at night to stretch that foot more. And obviously icing and massaging on my own. But the best thing I have done to help my plantar fasciitis is to switch shoes!

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The Hoka Clifton is my all time favorite shoe and I run almost all my miles in it. However, this is a neutral shoe with a lot of cushion but no arch support. Cushion sounds amazing when you have a plantar fasciitis problem. But I didn’t need cushion, I needed stability and support. I switched over to the Hoka Arahi and it’s amazing the improvement I have seen already. It’s also amazing what the wrong shoe can do to your body. Hopefully, I can go back to the clifton at some point but I’m not in a hurry.

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I am beyond thrilled with what the Cleveland Marathon is putting together for the 40th anniversary race this year. I’ve been a part of this race since 2008 and that means next year will be 10 years of Cleveland Marathoning for me! Well not 10 consecutive marathons since I ran the half a few times, the marathon a few times and dropped out due to injury and illness twice but I’ve been attempting to race every year since 2008.

How many times have you been a part of the Cleveland Marathon festivities? If it is your first year, what are you looking forward to the most?

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New Plan and 3 Changes

So looking back at my last 2 weeks of training, it really wasn’t that bad. However, it felt bad. Nothing hurt physically (well except for the normal aches and pains from my hamstring) but it just felt hard all the time. My easy runs felt hard, my hard runs felt hard (well duh) and my long runs which I love felt hard. It really didn’t make sense to me. So I have decided to make some changes.

1.) Coconut Water – It was recommended to me by a muscle specialist to maybe try and increase my potassium and Coconut Water has a ton of it. Way more than bananas if you are wondering “why not just eat a banana?” However, I do love bananas, so I am trying to snack on those more often.

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2.) More Meat – I noticed I barely ate any meat the past 2 weeks and almost no iron substitutes. Lots of salads but not enough protein or iron. I went to the store today and purchased enough ground beef to last the next 2 weeks.

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This Pork Ramen from Mason’s Creamery was probably the extent of my protein last week. So good though!

3.) A new training plan. I was following the Pfitzsinger plan but it really wasn’t doing anything for me except allowing me to run higher mileage. Which I am absolutely loving. Ryan is using the Pfitzsinger plan, loving it and crushing his training. However, it just wasn’t for me at this time. I would love to come back to it next year. I have jumped back to my beloved Hansons Plan. I have modified it a little bit but already feel better with these changes.

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If you are wondering why my training plan stops in April it’s because I was planning on running the Athens Ohio Marathon. However, I don’t feel very confident in my training and don’t feel like I will run well. My first 20 miler of the training season was awful. Could I run a marathon? Yes. Will I run it well and enjoy it? Probably Not.

I am giving my self 1 more week to decide if I still want to run the Athens full, switch to the half or skip it altogether and run something more local that weekend. I was planning to run the Cleveland Full as well but last weekend I even questioned that!

51.5 Mile Week – Mostly Outside!!!!

Sunday – 5 miles at 8:47 pace
Monday – 8.5 miles at 8:42 pace
Tuesday – 10 miles at 8:34 pace
Wednesday – Rest Day?
Thursday – 8 miles treadmill at 8:46 pace
Friday – Rest Day
Saturday – 20 miles at 9:46 pace
Total – 51.5 miles

40.6 Mile Week – Almost all OUTSIDE!

Sunday – 5 miles at 9:32 pace
Monday – 8 miles at 8:21 pace
Tuesday – Stomach Flu
Wednesday – 6.1 miles at 8:09 pace
Thursday – 11 miles at 8:59 pace
Friday – 5 miles treadmill at 8:42 pace
Saturday – 5.5 miles with Hills
Total – 40.6 miles

This crazy warm weather had me outside so much!!!!!! I didn’t expect that for February!

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The boys are missing the heater kicking on.

Happy Fat Tuesday Everyone! I stopped by Colozza’s yesterday for Paczki and they were amazing!!!!!! The bakery had so much to offer. I will definitely be back to try some more of their baked goods.

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The Past 2 Weeks of Training

In my last post, I talked about how I had been having shoulder pain as well as hamstring pain. Luckily, both of those pains subsided and I was able to keep all the pain away and run 57 miles in a week! I have my friends at the HealthSource of Avon to thank for keeping everything in working order lately. Every nagging pain they gladly take care of and show me exercises to keep it at bay.

Although I did run 57 miles, I don’t think that is a habit I should get used to.I am an injury prone runner after all. And while I am a self proclaimed high mileage junkie, I followed up the next week by only running 22 miles. Actually, I had a horrible cold that completely knocked me on my butt and could barely run.

57 Mile Week

Sunday – 9.2 miles treadmill
Monday – AM – 6 miles treadmill
PM – 5 miles treadmil
Tuesday – 6 miles tread
Wednesday – AM – 7 miles treadmill
PM – 7 miles outside
Thursday – 5 miles treadmill
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 12 miles outside
Total – 57.2 miles

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Hanging out with my fellow Ambassadors – Love the baby photo bomb!

22 Mile Week

Sunday – 5 miles treadmill
Monday – Sick
Tuesday – Sick
Wednesday – Sick
Thursday – 5 miles -treadmill – I thought I was feeling better
Friday – Sick
Saturday – 12 very hilly miles running Snowville to Riverview.
Total – 22 Miles

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Sleepy, Cuddly Bodhi

After looking at my training plan, I’ve decided to make some changes to it. I want to make sure I keep the mileage somewhat normal. I will post the updated training plan once I put the finishing touches on it.

A lot of my treadmill miles were because I was running very early in the morning so it was too dark to run outside on my own. Other times it was just too cold. Unfortunately, I see snow in the forecast so I will likely be on the treadmill for a few more days.

If you need another reason to sign up for the Cleveland Marathon, they now have these awesome keychains for all participants!!!

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And if you want a chance to win a free entry to the Cleveland Marathon, go check out Andrew’s Instagram he also has a book giveaway this week as well!