{IMM Training-Weeks 2, 3 and 4}

Apparently I write a blog about running and am training for a marathon.  This would be an actual marathon on foot comprised of 26.2 miles of sweat, GU and muscle fatigue.  If you look at my training (you’ll see below) you wouldn’t know it.  In my week 1 post I was all about balance in my life.  Let’s just say the balance was broken, off kilter, kittywampus (I’ve never written that word before) or derailed.

I’m not going to be mad at myself or drone on and on because ain’t nobody got time for that.  I’m a new mom and just returned from 15 nights on the road and out of town out of the last 17 days.  If you follow me on Instagram you saw what I was up to.  I did the best I could with the given situation and the results are less than pretty.  Sometimes that’s life. You can’t go back and change the past so I’m moving forward.

I encourage you to cut yourself the same slack from time to time.  That thing you keep beating yourself up about as if Ronda Rousey was fighting you.  You know exactly what I mean.  Just give yourself permission to move on.  Look to the future.  Learn from your situation.  Your going to lose against her anyway.  That woman can kick some major ass.

Week 2



Wednesday-3 mile run/4 mile walk

Thursday-60 min. Yoga Sculpt a.m./ 3 mile run p.m.


Saturday-Dressed in running clothes and entered hotel workout room for treadmill run, but my boss had other plans.  Played bicycle with him as ab work when out of the car instead.

Sunday-5 miles on Detroit Riverwalk.  Most parts of this run were pretty, a few run down, however I found beauty in both.  I always felt safe.  Check it out if ever in Detroit.  

Week 2 Miles-11

Week #3-

Monday-Walked 4 miles on sidewalk/path along Niagara River leading to Niagara Falls.

 Tuesday-Walked around Lake George and Hiked in Adirondack Mountains

Wednesday-Hilly and hot walk on Province Lands bike trail (7.5 miles) in Cape Cod. 

Thursday-Dressed for a run on the Cape Cod Rail Trail.  Forgot it was the husband’s birthday for a few moments.  Let this be our little secret.  Remembered, and got us coffee and doughnuts and a cookie dough cupcake for the birthday boy while letting him sleep in.  No chance to run.

Friday-3.25 miles (Finally!  Was close to hurting someone if I didn’t get to run.)

Saturday-Sightseeing in Boston.  Walked undetermined number of miles. 

Sunday-See Saturday.  Moved long run to Monday.

In real current time on Monday, August 3rd at 8:15 p.m. as I’m typing this post on my phone and my son is sleeping in my arms:

It just sounded like a loud car crash and the power went out.  Blog post officially delayed.  Power is out for an hour.  Thank         goodness for the White Noise App I have on my phone that is mostly charged.  My son needs the white noise to stay asleep. Seriously download this if you have a little one that uses white noise.  I can’t tell you how many times we’ve used this app.

Week 3 Miles-3.25 (Yes, you read that correctly.)

Week #4-

Monday-7 mile run in Boston (Started in Boston Common, to Boston Public Gardens, to Boston Marathon finish line, to Charles River Esplanade loop, finished with fresh cannoli for the husband and family.  I had one bite only since I’m dairy free for the baby.  Boo!) 

Tuesday-4 mile hike (Hiked Gorge Trail at Watkins Glen State Park) 

Wednesday-Sandy and hilly dune hike at Indiana Dunes State Park 

Thursday-1 mile run/walk, Home sweet home for one night

Friday-2.25 mile run to enjoy the moon

Saturday-off…doing important things like a college friend get together at a lake cabin.  Also first night away from little man.  Tears were shed. 

Sunday-Planned long run, but left running shoes outside friend’s cabin overnight by accident.  During night a torrential rain storm occurs. Only running shoes along are soaked.  I seriously can’t make this up.

Week 4 Miles-10

I said there would be ups and downs in week 1.  You probably just didn’t think I meant coming so soon.  This is the post with the running downs, but the life highs.  We made so many great memories on our road trip I wouldn’t changed the missed miles for anything.  Don’t worry.  This is still a blog about running.  I’m still planning to run a marathon.  Regular training has resumed as of today.  Rhonda Rousey was just after my running the past few weeks.  I’m trying to stay away from her this week.  I suggest you do to!  

Stay tuned for Week #5’s update in a week and some other training news.


{Motivation Monday-Boston Marathon}

Image from Boston Magazine

This morning I’m busy watching, remembering, dreaming, and hoping along with the running community at today’s Boston Marathon (by TV). Congrats and way to go to those of you running-you earned it! You should be so proud to have gotten to that start line today! I then plan to run my own little Boston strong run because today WE finish the race!

Happy Patriot’s Day!

Wisconsin Marathon Training post coming this afternoon!

{2013 Goals in Review}

Review of last years goals…
1) Cross train at least one day a week.  
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–>So spinning lasted a few months-until track started, I did start biking this summer and realized I like it, and I did start doing yoga…so I’d say that was mostly successful.

2) Beat my yearly half marathon number.  Last year I ran 4.  This year I’d like to run at least 5.

–>Even with my first DNF race ever (Dances With Dirt Half Marathon), I managed to race seven half marathons this year and earn an unintentional PR! Success.

3) Explore local races I’ve never done before.  
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–>In addition to getting to race in many places this year, I did try out 5 new races in my area. Loved doing that. Success

4)  Continue lifting one to two times per week.  I don’t like doing it, but I like it after.

–>Epic fail! Once I quit prepping for my PR marathon, so too ended the lifting. Other than a brief reinstatement while I was injured and couldn’t run, this goal was not achieved.

5)  Do bodyfit five days a week.  
–>See above!

6)  Complete my double weekend (1/2 marathon and full marathon on Sat. and Sun.) in February with minimal setback in training.

–>Done! And with a positive experience that left me wanting to do it again.

7)  Start making smoothies with veggies and fruits.

–> Juicer bought as anniversary gift. We tried many flavors and mixtures this year with many more to go!

8)  Read more.

–> Not sure. I don’t think this happened. I sure had good intentions though. I have five books right now just waiting to be read.

9) Qualify for Boston.

Maybe if this had happened I'd have qualified.

Maybe if this had happened I’d have qualified.

–> Didn’t happen, but I came close (missed new qualifying standard by 1:36). In my second training attempt I badly sprained my ankle so there was not a second chance this year. I will accomplish this goal one day.

10) Enjoy the simple things.
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–> Maybe?! Sometimes I did this, but far too often I get caught up in life and forget to slow down. Still a work in progress.

Tomorrow’s post…my 2014 goals. I’ve got some good ones!

{My Heart is in Boston}

My heart is heavy for all those in Boston or supporting runners there. Charlotte’s Thunder Road Marathon posted the below image and words that really described how I am feeling today.  Of all things to cancel the first Boston Marathon in 117 years.

heart is in boston

Tomorrow I will do this to show my support.  I first saw it on Tough Mudder’s facebook page.  Thoughts and prayers to all those impacted by today’s horrific events in Boston and runners everywhere.

race shirt

{Motivation Monday}

Source: baa.org via Sarah on Pinterest


Today is the Boston Marathon! My dream running goal is to be on the starting line in Hopkinton one day. Since that is obviously not happening today, use the 65 second tour of the race to motivate you in whatever goals you have for the week. Whether you are running your first Boston or your first half marathon this week, good luck and congratulations in advance.

Know that some of the miles will feel good, some of the miles will feel bad, perhaps even terrible, but some miles will feel awesome. The sense of pride as you cross the finish line whether it is race number one or number 31 will never stop! Bask in your hard work and sense of accomplishment, and enjoy the feeling as it carries over into all that you do! Running is rarely ever just physical work; the impact on the spirit is far greater.

Good luck to runners in Boston today!

Happy Monday!

Reedsburg Half Marathon post to come.