The ADD-ON WORKOUT and why I’m not working with a coach right now.

Did you ever play the add-on game on the trampoline as a kid?  One person would choose a move (for example, a flip) and then the next person would add on to the move (for example, donkey kicks).  Then you start from the beginning and do the flip, then the donkey kicks and then the next person adds a move.  Then you start from the beginning before adding another move.  

One of my favorite workouts that I did with my spin classes after a warm-up was the add-on game.  

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We would do each move for 1 minute and then add on a new move before starting over again with the first one! 

Feel free to try it out next time you are on the spin bike (I have THIS spin bike at home and love it but I’ve also been using THIS one at my sister’s gym and it feels like a special treat each time I use it).  

How I rate the tension/hill—> 1-10.  1 being feeling like you are flying downhill, 5 being a flat road and 10 being your wheels actually stopping because the tension is so high (so, I never do a 10… a 9 is pretty much straight uphill).  Basically I usually stay between a 5-9. 

Add-on workout, 1 minute each:

1.  Run (out of the saddle, side to side run/jog).  Tension 7.

2.  Hill in the saddle.  Tension 9.

3.  Sprint in the saddle.  Tension 5.

4.  Jumps (lightly lifting and lowering out of the saddle.  The handle bars are for balance, not to pull yourself in and out of the saddle… Let your legs do the work.  I usually alternate on counts of 4 but you can also do counts of 8.  For example, 4 beats standing and 4 beats sitting—>  repeat).  Tension .

5.  Hill out of the saddle.  Tension 9.

6.  Riding in the saddle while doing push-ups with upper body on the handle bars.  Tension 7.  

7.  Lock and Load (Raise about an inch or two above your saddle with your hips back and over the saddle.  From the hips up there is no movement, no bounce or side to side.  The legs do all of the moving and the core is tight.  Keep a light grip on the handlebars).  Tension 6.

8.  Jumps staying out of the saddle.  So instead of jumping in and out of the saddle, stay out of the saddle and move back and forth from a run to your head down by the handlebars with your torso parallel to the ground.  So up in a run 4 counts, down close to the bike 4 counts while staying out of the saddle the entire time and repeat.  Tension 8.  

Final move to finish everything up—> Sprint out of the saddle.  Tension 6.

This entire workout will take 44 minutes to complete (not including warm-up and cool-down)!  Throw in 1 minute recoveries/easy riding when you need!  You can also shorten it by taking out a few moves or add on more of your own.  

So in case I didn’t explain it very well it would look like this:

1 minute of each:

run, hill in the saddle, run, hill in the saddle, sprint in the saddle, run, hill in the saddle, sprint in the saddle, jumps, run, hill in the saddle, sprint in the saddle, jumps, hill out of the saddle, run, hill in the saddle, sprint in the saddle, jumps, hill out of the saddle, push-ups, run, hill in the saddle, sprint in the saddle, jumps, hill out of the saddle, push-ups, lock and load, run, hill in the saddle, sprint in the saddle, jumps, hill out of the saddle, push-ups, lock and load, jumps with upper body, run, hill in the saddle, sprint in the saddle, jumps, hill out of the saddle, push-ups, lock and load, jumps with upper body, SPRINT out of the saddle!!!

You can also try something similar on the treadmill if you are ever needing to switch things up:

For example, different add-ons:

3% incline, 0% incline sprint, 1.5% incline at a jog, 4% incline @ 6.5 mph, 1% incline @ 8.0 mph etc.  

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7 pictures from yesterday:

Still napping away over here and I’m growing rather fond of it.  

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I actually think it is impossible for a kiddo to not splash in a puddle when they come across one.

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While it is raining here, we FaceTimed with Brooke’s Arizona cousins that just finished up swimming in the beautiful weather.

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I was making dinner and I turned around to find Brooke eating parmesan cheese by the handful.

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I don’t know what it is about spaghetti but it just hits the spot.  I added ground turkey and roasted yellow peppers to the sauce which was a good decision.

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A little hide and go seek with the girls.

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And I tried this for the first time at their house—>  amazing.

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PS I’ve had a few questions about why I’m not using my coach right now!  

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As soon as I’m marathon training again I will be back to using him but right now I have been wanting to just run without a lot of structure (I’m following a plan but not taking it crazy serious if that makes sense).  I just kind of do things case by case in life… right now I don’t feel really peaceful about training for a marathon so I’m not.  While blogging/writing about running is my job, pushing myself 100% of the time isn’t.  So I just decide what my running is going to look like with what’s going on in my life and where my priorities are at the time.  Does that make any sense?  You would think that rambling would be much harder on a keyboard! Actually, I don’t know how to stop myself from oversharing whether talking or typing via the internet.

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What meal is just hitting the spot for you right now?

Ever worked with a running coach?  For how long?  

What brand of peanut butter do you buy?  Which is the best in your opinion?  Anyone make their own?

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I haven’t worked with a running coach, but I think that I might for my next marathon cycle. I have a few friends that are running coaches, so I feel like they could really help me!

I don’t even remember the last time that I bought peanut butter. I prefer the taste of sunflower seed butter so I usually buy that at Trader Joes!

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I love veggies in my spaghetti sauce! I always add shredded carrots too. You can’t really see or taste them, but they add really great texture. Love it!

I love Skippy Natural. I get the packets of Justin’s Nut Butters sometimes too. They are so handy!

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No one can push themselves 100% of the time! I really ready for a break from marathon training and feel like I’m rebelling from structure! For me, sweet potatoes bacon and crispy kale with an egg is my go to hit the spot meal.

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I buy crazy Richards peanut butter. Only ingredient is peanuts and salt. Of course I pair it with real grape jelly or a Granny Smith Apple.
I’ve been enjoying rice and beans a lot lately. My taste for chicken seems to have fallen off so beans has become my dinner protein and eggs and peanut butter too.

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I’ve been working with my coach for almost a year now, and he’s great! I’ve had a few coaches over the years, but he’s by far my favorite. He actually cares about my progress and tailors all of my workouts for my running abilities.

Jif is hands down the best peanut butter. I can go smooth or crunchy, and those whips flavors aren’t bad, either!

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I’ve never worked with a running coach but have been considering it recently. I need someone to push me because I often struggle to push myself in training.

Salted caramel and peanut butter? I love both individually but can’t imagine what they’d be like together. Guess I’ll have to go buy it and see!

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I buy whatever peanut butter at the store is just peanuts + salt and the best price. I haven’t worked with a coach and sm using myself as practice this year to get a better grasp of coaching, especially for the marathon.

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We are all about simple meals, while also trying to keep my iron up. I have been eating a lot of tuna and eggs and melted full fat cheese right now with basically a full plate of whatever veggies I can find -typically steamed broccoli, peas, green beans, spinach. We also eat a lot of black beans.

If you have checked out our blog, then you know that I work with my coach, Todd, who is also my hubby and love of my life!

We LOVE all things nut butter, but we really truly adore Wal-Mart brand natural creamy PB. It is less expensive and super tasty!

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Brooke knows where its at with the cheese!!!! I think it’s good that you are just running for you. Having someone push you only helps if you really want it. Sometimes just being us is nice! You have a lot going on with moving and God knows being a single mom ain’t easy…so just doing you for awhile sounds awesome! That’s why I am going back and forth on hiring someone for fall training. I might, I might not. :)

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I don’t work with a coach. For me, it just doesn’t make sense financially. I’m sure it would be beneficial to my racing, but I just remind myself it’s a hobby and that my future (savings, retirement, etc.) is much more important than my hobbies.

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Well said! It’s tough for me to justify hiring a coach for the same reasons.

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Very true about the finances of hiring a running coach. Be sure you check out online coaches too….they can be very helpful with designing programs, holding you accountable and guiding you towards having a great race…and they don’t cost as much as an in person coach would.

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Thanks for the info, Courtney! Do you have one you’d recommend?

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You know, I toyed with it just to kickstart me last fall when I was Celiac stuck but yeah…I don’t feel like I can justify it either. Coaches everywhere are smacking their foreheads. LOL

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I just ate some oatmeal for breakfast this morning and it certainly hit the spot for me! I never seem to get sick of oatmeal.
I’ve never worked with a running coach (besides high school track), but once I start racing more and have a steady job, I think I will hire a coach for bigger races to help me reach my goals. As of right now, I am just using training plans I find online and it’s been working out good.

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I read some where that SMUCKER’S Natural PB-Creamy was one of the best for you (as far as peanut butters go….) I tried it and I (and my kids) can tell it definitely has less sugar and a more natural taste but we have grown use to it and now that’s all I buy.

;-)

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Haha I love that picture of Brooke eating Parmesan cheese! I’ve never worked with a running coach but I know it would benefit me. Maybe if I’m still struggling to meet certain goals race-wise I’ll think about it in the future!

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Pasta with tuna/chicken, spinach, mushrooms, cheese and black pepper. I just can’t get enough…!

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Right now I am loving egg sandwiches! We have a couple of cool egg sandwich makers where you toast an English muffin and your choice of toppings ( I love either avocado or cheese and turkey sausage) and your egg cooks all at the same time!

I really am picky about peanut butter. My favorite is Peter Pan all natural honey roasted (creamy or crunchy).

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Any Mexican food hits the spot right now. Or pie or donuts. Stuff like that haha.

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I could eat Mexican food everyday!

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I think that taking time away from a coach can be really beneficial. Even if it’s a great coach, sometimes just changing things up a bit can really help mentally and physically for you. I get the whole not wanting crazy structure right now, especially when not marathon training. I took a few months last fall without a coach and it was such a big relief. I ran what I wanted, when I wanted with a loose plan for my races. It was such a great change of pace. But then I loved having a coach again when it came time to get back into marathon training.

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I am all about grilled salmon and sweet potatoes on the side right now! Its just so delicious every time!!

No running coach for me. Maybe sometime I will give it a try!

And I am addicted to Whole Foods Natural peanut butter. I can’t ever go back to any other kind. It’s the best of the best!!

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We are up super early in our house, like 4am (ish), so we eat dinner pretty early, around 5ish. Sports nights are closer to 6. I am not picky about the brand of pb we buy, I usually just buy whats in bulk at Costco but that Jif Whips looks amazing!

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Oh no, another peanut butter product for me to love! That looks amazing.

I do not use a running coach. I have so much structure in my life with other things that my running is treated as my playtime/freetime to just enjoy without a lot of thought. Don’t get me wrong, I obsess at times about hitting a certain mileage during a given run or feel extra motivated if I don’t run at a certain speed at times, but I do try and just keep it unstructured. I haven’t raced though in over a year; probably would be different if I was!

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No one expects you to push yourself 100% of the time – I hope not anyways! I think it’s great you change things up. I think what I was wondering is that the Hansons plan is still structured, so how do you find that different from having a coach. But I also think I know the answer – there is probably a world of difference. I have/am working with a running coach and sometimes it sends my anxiety levels through the roofs, I’m not sure why other than that I feel expectations are higher (though they’re really not). Or like right now, when I’m injured – again – and can’t even follow the plan.

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That is exactly how I feel! I struggle with anxiety more times than others and right now I just can’t add on the extra anxiety that comes with having a coach. Last year I didn’t feel this way. I guess sometimes I view it as pressure and sometimes I soak in every ounce and need the extra kick! Do what is right for YOU not anyone else… figure out the best plan for where you are in life and go for it. I sure hope your injury gets better ASAP!! Please keep me updated!

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I feel exactly the same! And I’m so glad you said it. I worked with a great coach for about 6 months and while my running had never been better I was a wreck! I was so stressed out all the time about hitting paces, specific mileage, tracking my food (mostly self induced, but aggravated by my coach’s expectations). I was starting to burn out in a serious way- lost way too much weigh and finally developed a stress fracture which stopped me in my tracks. I guess that’s what it took for me to see how dysfunctional the whole thing was!
I developed many running friends who still use this coach and it’s been very isolating running in my own.
But I’m spreading my wings, and learning to fly solo ?

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My girls love spaghetti and Parmesan cheese, they could eat it every day :) I’ve never worked with a coach 1 on 1 but have a good friend that is a running coach and I’m lucky as she gives me tips/training plans etc.

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I think it’s smart not to be intensely training all year round. It only sets you (or anyone) up for injury. Once you are ready, you’ll have plenty of coaches there.

I never played the add on game on a trampoline. I feel like that might set me up for injury LOL.

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Brooke with that parmesan cheese is me until probably last year when I finally deemed it inappropriate to eat parmesan cheese by the spoonful alone. sad times. but the meal that’s hitting the spot for me right now is protein pancakes. I could eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. or all three. and as a snack. they’re so versatile and never get old.

also, I’m very in to this workout and can’t wait to try it out later this week!

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I also really like mushrooms in my spaghetti sauce.

I’ve never worked with a running coach but I’ve done so much PT I feel like he is sort of a coach. I don’t think I would like too much structure, but I don’t run more than 3 days a week anymore so I can keep up my strength training.

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Gotta love parmesean cheese! I grew up eating it by the spoonful and it’s still a staple in my everyday life. On top of spaghetti and everything else.

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I’ve never officially used a running coach, but I jokingly call my husband my coach. He has had a triathlon coach for about 2.5 years now. I think that’s a smart move for you to run based on how you’re feeling while training for a half. It takes away that added pressure of reporting your workouts back to him. I buy the jar of regular Jif Whipped. It’s THE BEST! It’s not as sticky so it’s easier for my 3yo to eat, too.

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Brooke is a girl after my own heart, I used to freak my mother out by eating Parmesan cheese too. Now I but a piece and will nibble on slices of it.

I run with Team in Training and we have coaches but I haven’t worked with a coach one on one. I love not having to make up my own training plan. (we do get a variety of plans: beginner, intermediate and advanced which are tailored for our events). I also like that they help us work on our particular weaker areas.

I eat organic natural peanut butter, brands change depending on where I’m shopping.

My breakfast is pretty much the only meal that stays fairly consistent. I eat oatmeal almost every morning. (hot or cold) Even that I change the add-ins often so I don’t get bored.

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Even if you stopped running… I would still follow your blog! I think you are a great writer and are hilarious! Love following your life (in a super non-creepy way) LOL :)

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Wow! Thanks so much Mindy:) That means a lot to me and keep following!!!!

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I just read your “blurb” about why you are not working with your coach right now and it really resonated with me. I’m a triathlete and have been competing for almost 5 years. This is the first year that I just have lost my motivation and just don’t feel like training. Almost every workout right now is an emotional battle and I’m just not enjoying it anymore. I’ve been advised to take some time off, but I have qualified for the National Championships in Aug and REALLY want to do well (plus, my plane ticket, registration and accommodations are already paid for). I have been training under a coach for the last 5 years and LOVE him. He has helped me tremendously, with all aspects of my life, but he said I need to figure out my why. I just don’t know why I race anymore. =( I was considering taking the next month of so to just workout as I feel like it (day to day) and follow a less structured training program, as you have mentioned you are doing. I guess I am wondering if you have any suggestions or words of wisdom.

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Hey Jeannine! I’m so so so so sorry to hear about your current situation and it takes ALL OF THE FUN out of the sport when we feel no motivation and force ourselves to train. I totally understand (on a lower level… ummm National Championships!?!?! WOW). Personally, I would most definitely take a few weeks off from structure/pushing it and see if after a few weeks you are wanting to kill it again. Sleep in, eat good food, move when you want to and refocus. Training hard just might not be your priority right now and THAT IS OK!! There are a lot more things to life than our races but maybe after a break you will feel that motivation again. Will you please keep me updated on how you are doing?

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I would also love you hear how things work out for you! I think I would love to make Nationals but then again I never have so how would I know…
I think the fact that you want to do well in Aug, as you say, is a great start to answering these question of “why”. Do you know that a lot of folks don’t even want it, and somehow you do!
I look forward to hearing how you feel, if you do decide to take a few Easy weeks.

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Great great post!! Enjoy not having structure – you will be stronger during marathon training for it. I know this must be hard but running will always be there for us, we need to enjoy it and not stress out about it.

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ABSOLUTELY!! Thanks Allison… you are so right! We need to enjoy it because if we don’t… why the heck would we do it?!?! Hope you have a beautiful day!

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Thanks for sharing this spin workout! I love spin classes but finding the motivation to spin at home is harder. Having a new workout to do is always more fun! I’m eating a lot of salmon with crispy sweet potatoes slices and sweet kale & cranberries salad right now. Feels like I’m craving this all the time!

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I don’t like to buy peanut butter because of the unnecessary additives so I make my own most of the time. Literally, I buy a pound or 2 of peanuts from Aldi (for less than 3 dollars) and just throw them in the ninja. No oil or anything else. Just peanuts because they have natural oils in them already. It’s delicious as is or to add to my fave peanut butter/banana smoothies :)

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Well, that sounds absolutely delicious! I’ll be over for a pb/banana smoothie in 20 minutes:)

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I might have to try that. It sounds easy.

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My favorite meal at the moment (for the last like, 3 years) is a sweet potato hash with some onions, spinach, Brussels sprouts, apples, turkey sausage, and a fried egg on top!

And my fav PB is definitely Skippy – the reduced fat kind! Not because it’s reduced fat but I just like the taste better.

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im working with a coach right now and am really enjoying the results im seeing with her. i am thinking about doing a marathon in january and thats the main reason i hired her. your right though unless your training for something specific it doesnt make much sense to pay money for a coach to just give you maintenance workouts.

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It’s not realistic for someone to push themselves 100% of the time and I’m glad you recognize that so others don’t try to do what you do!

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Oh, that picture of Brooke sleeping on you is too precious. No better feeling than your baby sleeping on you!

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I’m working with a running coach for the first time now and am enjoying it! But I do like my running freedom so I can see how it’s nice to not always follow a plan. French toast bagels have won my heart lately! Always hit the spot

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Add-on spin workouts are my fave!<3

FAVORITE MEAL atm = TJ's Minestrone Soup + toast + avocado. Nom nom nom!

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I just got a puppy and I thought he would be splashing away in the puddles. When we go on walks, he avoids stepping in them as I do! We are on the same page. Although he DOES drink from them (so not on the same page with that one ;) ) Thanks for comment about not working with a coach!

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I’ve not worked with a coach, but I would really like to. I’ve got my eye on one that I know works with you not only running wise, but nutrition wise as well. I feel like I eat okay, but that I don’t always know how to fuel properly for higher level training. But it’s hard to justify cost for something that is just a hobby for me & already a sort of expensive one at that!

For PB, I usually use it to make tasty treats, so I just buy the store brand. But our nice grocery store here has a section where you can grind your own PB, almond butter & cashew butter. & oh man is cashew butter delicious (and expensive). It’s just cashews & salt & so tasty. Especially on some dates as a snack!

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I have never worked with a running coach, but I’m also content with my times (Marathon 3:35 x4). Sure I would love to be faster, but running is just a part of my life and I think it could easily take over my life if I let it. I feel like my husband and kids sacrifice a bit when I’m training, so I’ve just go with the flow. I typically only train for 8 weeks and only do one long run a week (I run 4-6 miles the other 4 days). It works for now! Do what works for you and feels good!

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That spin workout looks tough but I bet the time flies from switching it up every minute. Spaghetti will always be my favorite meal but lately salmon has been hitting the spot! Not to mention it’s probably healthier :)

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I seriously LOL’d at the picture of Brooke eating the Parmesan cheese! She is too funny! I think it’s so smart of you to do what you feel is best for you. It’s important not to get burnt out on something you love by following a plan you don’t feel is right for you. I don’t have a running coach but I do follow training plans when I feel it’s right for me. Everyone is different and no one expects you to give 100% all the time. Your blog is so inspirational and reading it every day is such a blessing. I made Shake N Bake chicken last night (I know, sooo classy) and I remembered how good it was! If I can make it to Trader Joe’s I get their almond butter, but other than that I usually just eat Jif peanut butter.

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I started working with a coach at the beginning of my current marathon training cycle (I’m about 1.5 months out from the race). He designed my current training plan and I also have core/strength workout and speed work with him twice a week. I decided to work with a coach for two reasons: (1) I’ve just recently set some pretty lofty running goals and (2) I felt like I reached the point where I wasn’t going to see the improvements I want to see without help. After having worked with him for awhile, I can really see the improvement in strength, running form, and pushing me into paces that I never would have never tried. It’s also just great having that extra level of support from motivation to injury help (I was having problems with my shin — he did a gait analysis and found I was overstriding and worked with me to fix my form) to fueling strategies. It’s also opened me up to a whole community of runners in my area — I love running and seeing people I know!

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That being said — your post totally makes sense and it’s so smart not to push yourself 100% of the time. I just finished law school, the bar, and settling into a first job and during those years, being super running focused just wasn’t for me (and just made me super stressed). One of my favorite quotes is:

“If you aim for a lifetime of running, you will hit bumps on the road. Heck, let’s be honest: You will hit something that looks like Mount Everest, and on the back side a gulf as deep as the Grand Canyon. The challenges we each encounter are uniquely ours, but they will come. We all have good years and bad. Shift happens.

Life requires us to make adjustments, to change course. Some years, when the waters of your life are calm and you feel a sense of control at the helm, you’ll race hard, and hope for personal bests. Other years, beset by a perfect storm of turbulence, you’ll have to settle for less. That’s okay. Less is still something; just don’t surrender and abandon ship.” -Amby Burfoot

*** Just for clarity: I don’t think running less is settling at all — I just really like that the quote recognizes that you go through different periods with running — everyone does — and that’s totally ok and good for you .

Wow…sorry for the word vomit haha

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I am going through a peanut butter phase for sure. Loving Justin’s nut butters and PB & Co.’s spicy “the heat is one” (this is great in peanut butter soup, btw). I’m also addicted to the grind-your-own machine for the honey nut butter.

I have tried making my own recently because I tried a buffalo flavored PB while I was on vacation. Once I ran out of the travel-sized tubs I brought home with me, I ground up some regular roasted/salted peanuts with some Frank’s red hot buffalo sauce and a few tablespoonfuls of the Bolthouse Farms yogurt-based bleu cheese dressing…it sounds really weird, but if you like buffalo flavored stuff, it’s great! (remember to refrigerate it, though).

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I’ve used a running coach twice – during marathon training only! It was great the first time. I feel like she really helped me from overtraining and getting injured. This second time hasn’t been as regular contact/feedback and I’ve been injured so not as great but that’s ok!

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my favorite is spinach and feta cheese omelet topped with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt. YUMMY.

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YAY! I’ve been using your other spin workout for a couple months now and it’s upped my spin game A LOT. I have a spin bike at home too, and it’s my favorite rainy day, late night, cross training workout. I can’t wait to try this one!
I love whole foods creamy no sugar added pb. It tastes sweet enough on it’s own and I feel like I can eat the entire jar. It must be a pasta kind of week, because that’s what I made for dinner last night. :)
Someday I would love a coach, I know I have so much more in me than my current PR’s, I just never have anyone to train with.

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Thanks for posting some spin stuff!
It’s always nice to have a challenging option for those days when the run just isn’t happening.
It’s also really encouraging to see super passionate runners (like you!) admit that they are human too; sometimes you just need to run the way you feel like running instead of hanging all your hopes and dreams on some arbitrary timeline for your goal.
We all want to be fast and strong but sometimes that means letting your body breathe now so that it can be faster and stronger later. It’s a tough lesson that I struggle to wrap my head around but it helps so much to hear it from you too!

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I’ve been with my running coach for two years now, I love the structure and the feedback every day. My goal is to BQ so we are working towards that. My absolute favorite peanut butter is maranatha, if you haven’t tried it you must! I love the organic creamy!

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I think you’re very wise to take time off from training hard. We all need that unstructured time. Plus it’s what reminds us why we LOVE running, right!? I love your new home by the way. So gorgeous and I’m so happy for you and Brookers.

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Sweet potato with steamed broccoli and all the BBQ sauce never gets old.

I hired a coach after my St. George Marathon bonk. It has been such a great experience. I have been pushed and challenged in so many ways. It’s been so helpful to have an outside perspective when training doesn’t go the way I hope. It’s no doubt, one of the best running decisions I’ve ever made.

Justin’s almond butter with honey has my whole heart. It’s delicious! Happy running!

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I just bought the brand Barney Butter … Ugh, I can’t be trusted around any kind of nut butter to be honest!
I’ve never tried Justin’s and am thinking about ordering in bulk online. We shall see!

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Spaghetti ALWAYS hits the spot for me.
I completely understand your reasoning for not using a coach right now. As a running coach, I get it. As a momma of two little ones (single momma as hubby is deployed), I get it. I do have a question for you though,
How do you have the energy to train and take care of a little one each day? How do you not fall asleep at 7 p.m. : )

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You always make broccoli look so good when you cook it! I need to do what you do ha! Right now salads with chicken and yogurt ranch are really hitting the spot for me. I just can’t get enough of them. :) I have never had a running coach and I am not a fan of peanut butter of any kind unless it is mixed or combined with something. Preferably a dessert ;)

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I agree with Rachel ^ that your meals always look so simple but so good! I’m usually not big on spaghetti, but now I’m craving it.

I’m not picky about peanut butter, I’ll buy whatever’s on sale. And inevitably dip way too many pretzels in it after dinner.

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I love skippy’s reduced fat PB with honey! I work w/ Mark Hadley & have been for a year. I think it’s totally fine to take a break. I always need some time to rest and just enjoy life without thinking about a run! Good for you!! Love that you have a spin bike! So jealous!

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Spaghetti !!!! It is my favorite because it is so satisfying and easy for me to digest and gives me tons of lasting energy!

I’ve never had a coach because I think it would put too much pressure on me.

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Remind me which half you are doing next? I am planning my next destination half and was considering Provo in May, then I thought, hey, I wonder if that is the one Janae is training for.

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YES YES YES!! That is the one I am doing in May! COME DO IT!!!

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hey J!… i applaud you for your honesty about running. I think we all go through our ebs and flows about running and a good thing to consider is to make sure you are still loving it and having fun. Have a great day!

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I love seeing your cycling workouts. I spend much more time on my bike than running these days. I have a 2.5 year old, so unless I am pulling the trailer (hard in snow country right now!) I spend a lot of time on my bike inside. I dont have a spin bike, but put my bike on a trainer and workout based on wattage. I used to use a heart rate strap for running…but cant even handle it anymore! hahaha.
Used a coach for a bit, my husband is coached for cycling (he is on the elite side) so I just steal his workouts ;)

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I had to comment on the peanut butter question: Skippy Extra Chunk all the way!!! It is the stuff dreams are made of. :D

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I’ve never used a running coach, and I don’t know how to go about finding one either.

I will definitely have to try that “add on” game with my running on the treadmills. ?

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Mmm I always love trying new peanut butters!

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This peanut butter looks dreamy

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