Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Marathon is less than 2 months away!!

Took a little trip to San Francisco last week to work remotely and get out of Boston.  It was pretty incredible and very easy to stay on track with eating healthy and training for the marathon.  SO SO many healthy options!  

First was the long run that I had to do while I was there...
"Battery low". Not what you want to hear only a couple miles into your 17 mile run.
Honestly any other day I would care but not today. I got to run over the golden state bridge...SO. AWESOME!! It was super windy but I just looked at it as a little resistance training. You could totally tell it was my 1st time ever running it as my face was smiling ear to ear thinking HOW FUN IS THIS?!! And every other runners face was I HATE THIS WIND!
Haha another long run in the books that was super fun!

And the day after the long run when Amanda's work conference was over and we did some more sight seeing (aka supposed to be my day off of training!), this is what I got from her haha...
"This is for your own good"- Amanda
This is what she told me when I was hesitant on going on over a 2 hour hike after the previous day of running 17 miles and then having to jump on the red eye flight.
Clearly lost this battle of tough love! Apparently my rest day in marathon training turned into a hiking day at Muir Woods. As sore as I was, it was so incredibly worth it. smile emoticon.
Thanks for keeping me on track for conquering heartbreak hill.

Donate today to  ALL DONATIONS WELCOME for American Red Cross!!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Banana Oat Bites

2 ripe bananas mashed
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup almond butter or peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp cinnamon
*raisins or mini chocolate chips optional

Mix it all together, roll into bite size balls, refrigerate, and ENJOY!!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Marathon Training- week 9 complete

This has been such an amazing experience so far, with the best being this morning.  I finally had the chance to make it out to Newton for a Team run out of Heartbreak Hill Running Co.  WOW what an awesome atmosphere to be in.  I will admit, I was beyond nervous for it because while I love team atmospheres (I mean duh, growing up playing soccer), but when it comes to running, I am a solo runner.  Headphones on and tune out the world without a care in the world.

Saturday morning...surrounding yourself with energetic, positive people who share the same passion for living a healthy and happy lifestyle is exactly what I needed!!  I could have done without running heartbreak hill twice...and all of the rolling hills in between, but it was well worth it!

My coach says that we need to find a rhythm.  Week after week. In training. In our nutrition. In our habits.  Well one thing is for sure, I love this pre long run meal!  Oatmeal, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cinnamon, dash of maple syrup, mixed with banana slices and a few strawberries.  WOW it is yummy!  Sometimes I mix in a tsp on chocolate or strawberry shakeology too if I want a bit more flavor.

Layering is another piece of the rhythm and preparation that I need to get better with.  I SWEAT! Seriously wonder how one person can sweat so much (maybe it's because I CONSTANTLY drink water).  So figuring out how many layers in what degree temperature is still a mystery...only a bit more time to figure this one out!

Here is the run from this morning and seriously, I feel like I just inhaled a ton of positive energy in my life and exhaled the negative.  Of course it was even better to come home to my girlfriend ready to make me a post run shake and get ready to head to our massage!  What a Happy Weekend!