Friday, March 24, 2017

I signed up for the Piggy Trot!

What: The 8th Annual Piggy Trot

Where: Dowses Beach, Osterville, MA

When: May 21, 2017

The Piggy Trot has become one of my favorite events every spring and this year I will be back for my 7th straight!  The race falls only one week before the Buffalo Half Marathon and like last year, I will use it as a tune up to practice race morning routines.  Run comfortably fast—hopefully with my coworker Eric—and avoid the urge to race for the pig trophy.

If you are unfamiliar with the Piggy Trot, it’s a 3.7 mile race through beautiful Osterville, MA that starts and finishes at Dowses Beach.  The Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope puts on the race and Cape Cod Rehab has been a sponsor for 7 (maybe even 8?!) years.  Glenna (nicknamed “Piggy”) was a Town of Barnstable lifeguard who passed away from Melanoma at a very young age and her charity raises money and awareness in her honor.  One of their missions is to support and protect Cape Cod lifeguards by supplying sunscreen and putting up shade canopies on lifeguard stands.

T-shirts and swag bags with full size sunscreen are given to the first 200 registrants.  The race also features cash prizes, pig trophies, age group medals and a ton of great raffles.

(📷: Cape Cod Runner)
Join me on May 21st by registering through the Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope website.  They also take monetary donations if you are unable to attend.

You can read my 2014, 2015 & 2016 Race Reports here:

You can read my 2014 review on BibRave here:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Weekly Roundup 3.13-3.19

Happy Birthday to me!

Did you know that I LOVE birthdays?!  Turning the big 3-0 last year sucked big time but I was feeling really good about turning 31.

I kicked off my Birthday Week with a special Monday night RuNGuac with Allison, Stacey, Gary, Jason and Danielle!  I debated all day if I should go or not—I mean it WAS a work night!—but a possible Tuesday storm and a little push from my coworkers and afternoon clients made me go.  I mean who could turn down RuNGuac?  We all met at 6pm for a 4 mile run in Falmouth then it was off to Anejo for all the chips and guacamole we could eat… along with sangria, dinner and fried ice cream, of course.  I was stuffed.

📷: Cape Cod Runner
There was huge storm predicted for Tuesday but it ended up being absolutely nothing but a little wind on Cape Cod. Patients were cancelling appointments all day long no reason.  The gym was dead.  I had a super small (but fun!) spin birthday party class in the morning and ended my day with the first of six Intro to Spin classes.

The weather was ok on Wednesday but it was still really windy and I left my watch at home so I ended up on the treadmill for my 4 mile run.  I did a little Fartlek mixing it up with 0.1 mile and 0.2 mile intervals at 9.0 mph with warm up, recovery and cool down all at 7.5 mph.  Eric gave me a new workout and I was quite proud of myself for making it through 3 sets.

I worked Friday morning then had to run some errands in Falmouth for work so I stayed in Falmouth to get in my long run.  The sun was shining, the wind was whipping and I just tried to stay as comfortable as I could for 10 miles.

Saturday morning I woke up a day older!  I had 4 miles on the schedule so I brought Georgie out for a bit then finished the rest on my own.

I showered then headed to my parents for Birthday Brunch!!  I really just wanted an excuse to drink mimosas—my favorite!  We also had French toast casserole, bacon and fruit salad, oh my!  It was a great day.

Other highlights:

·      I got spin shoes for my birthday!  Finally!  After teaching for 4 years, it was time…

Upcoming events:

·      4 weeks until the Newport Rhode Race!
·      10 weeks until the Buffalo Half Marathon!

Monday 3.13.17
4.05 miles RuNGuac (38:27)
16,904 steps

Tuesday 3.14.17
Taught spin class. The playlist: Jenny from the Block Birthday Spin Playlist
30’ Intro to Spin
4,062+ steps (Fitbit died)

Wednesday 3.15.17
4 treadmill miles (30:28) with 2 mile Fartlek
Workout from Eric: 3x[15 kettlebell deadlifts, 15 each 2-way blue band side steps, 15 long tubing squat + pull, 15 long tubing lunge + press, 15 long tubing side lunge + row]
17,065 steps

Thursday 3.16.17
Taught spin class. The playlist: Jenny from the Block Birthday Spin Playlist
Power Water
14,422 steps

Friday 3.17.17
10 miles (1:15:50)
26,842 steps

Saturday 3.18.17
Happy Birthday to me!
1.62 miles with G (16:32)
2.34 miles (18:27)
14,539 steps

Sunday 3.19.17
Taught spin class. The playlist: Push It Spin Playlist
Burdenko H2O
10,241 steps

This week’s mileage: 22 miles
This week’s G mileage: 2 miles
March Totals: 63 miles
2017 Totals: 235 miles

Sunday, March 19, 2017

"Everyone is an athlete..."


“Everyone is an athlete. The only difference is that some of us are in training and some are not.”

~George Sheehan

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Weekly Roundup 3.6-3.12

4 runs this week. Monday was cold. Wednesday was nice. Friday was snowy. Sunday was windy.

I had a progression run on the schedule for Monday and it ended up being a pretty aggressive progression run.  My splits were 7:48, 7:14, 6:57, 6:34.  It felt good but I was definitely pushing the pace breathing hard and because of that I went pretty easy for Wednesday’s 1 mile Fartlek.  I was still working but I wasn’t as aggressive.

Friday we saw more snow so I thought that may help get Georgie back to running—if you haven’t been following along, she’s been pretty stubborn lately.  Snow would make this a fun, adventure run and I thought maybe we could even visit the trails.  It took us quite awhile to get going but once I got her out of the driveway, I was able to get her to a little trot and then just tried to keep her moving.

Saturday was one of the coldest days of the year and I for whatever reason actually agreed to run outside for 14 miles along the Road Race course with Matt.  I only had 8 miles on schedule but we took it easy.  It was about 14 degrees at the start and warmed up to 18 by the finish.  Winds were gusting at 20-30mph.  It was brutal but the sun was shining and I was in good company.  It had been awhile since I saw Matt and we had a lot to talk about.  He’s currently in marathon training mode—he runs the Boston Marathon course with Dave McGillivray after the race and then looking to PR at Vermont City in Burlington, VT.

Other highlights:

·      Next week is my birthday week! I received a surprise package with birthday socks in the mail from Balega. Aren’t they the cutest?!  #ImpiPerks #LoveMyBalegas

Upcoming events:

·      5 weeks until the Newport Rhode Race!
·      11 weeks until the Buffalo Half Marathon!

Monday 3.6.17
4 miles (28:34)
100 TRX squats, 15 TRX single leg squats, 15 TRX lunges
14,029 steps

Tuesday 3.7.17
Taught spin class
7,596 steps

Wednesday 3.8.17
5 miles (37:33) with 1 mile Fartlek
19,388 steps

Thursday 3.9.17
Taught spin class
Power Water
10,785 steps

Friday 3.10.17
2.97 miles with G (29:03)
11,466 steps

Who ran 14 miles?
Saturday 3.11.17
14 miles with Matt (1:58:19)
32,501 steps

Sunday 3.12.17
Taught spin class
Burdenko H2O
12,531 steps

This week’s mileage: 26 miles
This week’s G mileage: 3 miles
March Totals: 41 miles
2017 Totals: 213 miles

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Weekly Roundup 2.27-3.5

After the past few weeks of easing back into running, I now feel like I’m back to actual training mode again.  I added in a little half marathon pace tempo work, continued with strength training and I GOT IN THE POOL!  Oh em gee I swam laps.  Can you believe it?

I had a rough start on Monday when I practically left half my running stuff at home so I couldn’t run right after work.  I went home and tried to take the pup out but she still wasn’t having it!  She was being a brat and only wanted to run in the direction of her favorite trail… down the trail… and then wanted to run the trail again.  Um, no.  I dropped her off at home then finished up with 3 miles on my own.

Wednesday was not a nice day so I took my run to the treadmill.  I wasn’t thrilled about it but I even stuck around for a few strength exercises put together by my favorite Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.

Friday was a big day for me.  I drove to work to run my 4 miles.  I planned it out to finish running about 11:50—10 minutes before lap swim starts.  I had a goal of getting in the pool and swimming for 20 minutes but I got in a groove and stayed in for 100 lengths of the pool (it’s only 46 feet), which ended up being 35 minutes!  For most of the swim, I was the only one in the pool and it felt awesome.  Hard—it totally kicked my butt—but awesome.  

I finished off the week with a 7 miler.  It was a brutally cold day with strong wind gusts.  I totally wimped out and went back to the treadmill.  It was actually a good decision because I had a mid-long run tempo in mind and the treadmill made 4 miles at half marathon goal pace a lot easier.  Don’t get me wrong—it was tough.  I was working really hard to keep up but the treadmill made it easier to keep at a consistent, steady pace.

Other highlights:

·      It’s my birthday month!
·      The Dairy Queen in Falmouth opened this weekend. Buy one get one free FTW.
·      I won a close Weekend Warrior Fitbit battle between me, my mom, Aunt Barb and cousin Melissa.  Good work ladies!

·      Remember my OOFOS OOriginal Sport Sandals review this summer? Did you know that they also made clogs?! On Saturday I received my latest product to test and review for BibRave—the OOFOS OOcloog Project Pink Clog. For every Project Pink pair sold, OOFOS will donate $10 to breast cancer research.

Upcoming events:

·      6 weeks until the Newport Rhode Race!
·      12 weeks until the Buffalo Half Marathon!

Monday 2.27.17
2 miles with G (20:45)
3 miles (24:11)
30 TRX squats, 15 TRX suspended lunges
17,972 steps

Tuesday 2.28.17
Taught spin class. The playlist: Working for the Weekend Spin Playlist
9,998 steps

Wednesday 3.1.17
4 miles (30:11)
Workout from Eric: 15 kettlebell deadlifts, 15 kettlebell dipping birds, 10 kettlebell Turkish getups, 10 each 4-way clamshell, 10 each 2-way ab press
15,439 steps

Thursday 3.2.17
Taught spin class
Power Water
12,476 steps

Friday 3.3.17
4 miles (30:28)
35’ swim (1,533 yards: 30 laps freestyle, 10 laps breaststroke, 10 backstroke)
13,028 steps

Saturday 3.4.17
7 treadmill miles (51:59) with 4 miles at HMP <--7:01, 7:01, 7:02, 7:01
19,175 steps

Sunday 3.5.17
Taught spin class
Burdenko H2O
11,966 steps

This week’s mileage: 20 miles
This week’s G mileage: 2 miles
February Totals: 43 miles
March Totals: 15 miles
2017 Totals: 187 miles