5 Great Ways to Cross-Train

I’m a terrible cross-trainer. I’ve mentioned that a few times in the past. Running just comes so naturally easy for me that the thought of doing anything else is crazy to me. However, I know that running every day isn’t ideal, at least for me. Sometimes my body isn’t up to any distance. Sometimes my heart just isn’t into it. During these times is when I seek cross-training. Videos are typically my go-to but I love finding other ways to “break a sweat” they are fun and don’t feel like a workout while doing it.

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5 Lessons Learned After 5 Days Off From Running

As I mentioned on the last post, I found out I had a pretty severe Vitamin D deficiency.  The weeks before the blood work I obviously wasn’t aware of it.  I was keenly aware, however, of how tired I was.  I’m not talking about just a “I didn’t get enough sleep” tired.  I was exhausted…drained to my core.  A simple 3-miler felt like a humongous task, even at a 9:30 pace.  I was so fatigued I was having trouble getting out of bed even on the days I wasn’t trying to get up early for my runs.  The Monday my daughter started Spring Break I said enough was enough.  I had already taken my rest day Sunday but I just couldn’t bring myself to run.  I decided to take a break.  I figured maybe I had overworked myself at some point and therefore I wasn’t recovering well.  Now I know what may have been the culprit.  However, during that break I learned a few things about myself:

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Running Goals

I have the terrible habit of coming up with running goals immediately after I’ve completed the one I set.  Runners aren’t kidding when they say running goals and races are addicting!  Post-marathon I started thinking about where I would go from there.  Obviously Boston is a must but what else?  I have a good 1.5 years before Boston.  Going on a year-long hiatus would drive me crazy.  I started looking around to see if there were any races that required a time qualifier as well.  That’s where I figured out what I wanted to do within the next year.

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Social Anxiety and Running Groups

I’ve mentioned it many times before:  I have crippling social anxiety.  I never realized just how crippling it was until recently (in the past 3 years).  Many times I just thought it was normal to obsess over and avoid situations.  However, once those “quirks” started affecting my every day life as an adult, and eventually my children, I knew I needed to work on overcoming some of the quirks.  One of the ways I decided to tackle it head on was to join a running group.

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2 Weeks Until Go Time!

Oh, dear!  It’s 2 more weeks until go time!  Last thursday I got an email from Corrigan Sports letting us know we were 22 days out from marathon day.  It’s quite funny, really.  Last month I was complaining to my husband that I felt like marathon training was never going to end and how I was reaching the end of my ability to tolerate hours long training runs.  Suddenly now I’ve run my last long run for the training cycle!  Distance is going down from this day forward and the marathon will be here in 2 short weeks.  Now it feels like it’s going by quickly.  Crazy how that happens, huh?

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Race Recap: 2016 CareFirst Frederick Running Festival – 07 & 08 MAY 2016

The weekend I’ve been working towards has finally come and gone.  My goal postpartum race was last weekend in Frederick, MD.  It’s the first part of a 3-part race challenge I had originally signed up for last year pre-pregnancy.  For obvious reasons, I had to defer to this year.  It’s safe to say I was beyond excited to get this done.

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Hal Higdon Half Marathon Training Week 1: 22FEB2016 – 28FEB2016

Time for the return of training recaps!  Last week I started the intermediate half marathon training plan from Hal Higdon.  I’m happy to report that it went pretty well.

First 3 weeks of the plan
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