During all of my marathon training cycles I’ve always taken the day after a speed workout easy² and as flat as possible.  Our coach gave us a challenge run to do the day after our speed workout and this was definitely new and a big challenge to me.  My legs were burning on a new level.  Learning to climb hills with tired legs is going to help a lot during races.  It was easy as far as pace goes and running on the dirt is great for recovery but at one point I looked down to see if I had somehow put on ankle weights without realizing it because of the hills.

Just wearing the same outfit (shorts, long sleeve and vest) that I would wear back in February.  Not sure where summer is hanging out but hopefully it will come.

The first 1.5ish miles were all climbing!

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10 miles total with Jenn and Emily!

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This run required some sitting down on the curb before getting into the car when we finished because my legs were so tired.

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The kids woke up and then Brooke went to school.  I took these two to core day at Burn.  As the training picks up with running it’s tricky to try to fit this in BUT I know I need it and on core day I realize especially how much I need it.

Knox wanted to photo bomb and I think he did an excellent job with it.

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Later on in the day Knox made us some popcorn and declared that he is for sure the best microwave popcorn maker ever.  I agree.

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After school I took Brooke out to celebrate her last day of school (I did this with Knox last week on his last day… they ended at different times).

I told her we could go anywhere and she chose Pretzel Bites and looking at the jewelry store.

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She also requested the photo booth so that was a nice flashback to 1998 for me.

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Skye happily played in the puddles.

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Excited for a weekend together!

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Time for a few of my favorite things this week and I would love to hear yours!

*Kristin sent me the link to this Recovery Salad from Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky.  It is amazing and full of so many nutrients.  I’m going to have to make a big batch of this often to eat throughout the week.  I added rotisserie chicken and used goat cheese instead of feta (that’s what Kristin did and I copied her:).

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*This stuff.  I’ve used Huma gels during my runs for a while now and this was my first time trying the recovery smoothie.  I think it is really good and perfect for those runs where I drive to meet people to run and can eat this on the way home.  I prefer making something at home but some days there just isn’t time for that and I need to get in those carbs and protein asap!

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*Oh and bagels are back in my life before runs.  I’ve needed a little break from UCAN (and will use it once marathon training starts because I think it is the best for my performance) so a plain bagel with a banana or Skye’s apple sauce packet has been the way to go before a longer workout.

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*I’ve had a few people ask about this dress and I love it so much… it’s basically a long comfy t-shirt.   I also get a lot of questions about my sunglasses and they are HERE!

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*Steph Bruce is definitely one of my top three favorite elite runners right now.  I love when she has a new episode, I get so excited.  Loved seeing how she recovers after a run.

*I love that these amazing women are sharing their stories to create a change!

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Anything you are looking forward to this weekend?

Any favorites from the week?

Which are harder for you… hills or speed?

Best new to you recipe that you have tried recently?

A few firsts occurred so let’s talk about them: *First speed work session with the official Runners Corner group done and DONE!  Many many more to come.  I can officially say that doing a speed workout with a group pushes me 40% more than what I would do on my own.  I do need to … Continue Reading

Bright shoes always remind me of how thankful I am for how far running shoes have come over the last few decades.  Remember how boring they all used to be? I’m committed to stretching each day.  Skye was pretty thrilled to get to try on my watch and run around the room.   According to … Continue Reading

I did ten miles with Emilee and Maddie to start out the week!  It was 39 degrees when we started so that was fun.  Thank you Brooke for the picture. Brooke started off her week with the skip-it.  We bought one for Knox too and these things have provided hours of entertainment for our kids … Continue Reading

I hope you were able to check out Brooke and Knox’s race recap yesterday, they were so proud!  I didn’t update you on my Saturday running (and there was randomly a lot of it…) yesterday so let’s talk about it today. Saturday morning we met up with the Runner’s Corner group to do a trail … Continue Reading

Hello!  I have Brooke’s cross-country race recap (from Thursday) and Knox’s School Fun Run (from Friday) recap for you today!  I put the pictures on and then they told me what to type for each picture:).   Here are their thoughts.  I’m pretty sure they’ll be taking over this blog in the next few years: … Continue Reading

My body/brain felt ready to run again after taking 5 days off.  I am SO happy I took some time off because in the long run, it was needed.   Emilee gave me this twinner hat so we looked cool. We are getting good at Brooke’s Power Bun.  It did not move in the slightest. … Continue Reading