Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Spin Playlist 2014

I’m always up for a good themed spin playlist.  Let's go!

1313 Mockingbird Lane - the Moon-Rays            3:13  Warm up
Disturbia – Rihanna                                                    3:59  Drills, pedal strokes
Fireball - Pitbull                                                           3:55  80-100
Black Widow - Iggy Azalea                                       3:29  Build, stand at 1:50 & 3:15
Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J) - Katy Perry                  3:36  Keep building to a stand
She Wolf - Shakira                                                       3:09  80-100
Spiderwebs - No Doubt                                              4:28  High tenstion, high RPM
My Songs Know What You Did... - Fall Out Boy   3:07  Standing climb
Animals - Maroon 5                                                     3:51  Recovery
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker, Jr.                                   4:05  Build
Maneater - Nelly Furtado                                          4:19  Seated climb
Supermassive Black Hole – Muse                           3:32  Standing climb with POWER10s
Thriller - Michael Jackson                                         5:58  Cool down
Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett                  3:19  Stretch
Halloween Theme - John Carpenter                       2:55  Stretch

Happy Halloween!  Treat Yo Self (in moderation)!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Race Report: Tufts 10k for Women 2014

“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves.  It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go.  It helps us to find out what we are made of.  This is what we do.  This is what it’s all about.”
~PattiSue Plummer, U.S. Olympian

This “Quote of the Day” was delivered to my inbox on Tuesday, the day after the Tufts 10k for Women.  The timing couldn’t have been better.  The Tufts 10k did not go as planned.  Things happen in life to throw us off course.  I am not good with that.  I am a planner.  I plan for a reason.  Everything in my training has a purpose.  When I got sick and then started to lose sleep and regularly skip runs because of my new puppy, I fell into my own evil trap: my motivation decreases, my enthusiasm lowers, and I am a huge negative self talker coming up with all the reasons why I should skip the race.  I knew it was happening but I could not win the mental battle.

When I was first employed at Cape Cod Rehab, I took the StrengthsFinders 2.0 test.  It’s a really cool activity that we still continue as part of employee orientation.  The gist is that the test finds and teaches you how to focus on your strengths rather than weaknesses.  The reason I am bringing this up is that my #3 strength was “Competition.”  It may be my strength but I also feel like it’s my weakness.  I am so competitive within myself that if I know I am not where I’m supposed to be at in my training or if I know I’m not going to perform well, I don’t even want to try.  It’s pathetic really.  Running is fun.  Some runs are better than others.  We all have bad days.  As long as you have fun doing it, there is no reason to skip the race!  You may even surprise yourself!  (Which I usually end up doing!  #noexcuses right?!)

A couple of texts and phone calls from my mom and dad made me change my mind and head up to Boston on Monday morning.  I was bumming because I left my pup at home (even though my awesome mom went over to let her out and feed her) and that I was going alone.  It was a super easy drive into the city.  I parked in the Commons parking garage—very convenient.  I picked up my number and long sleeve shirt.  Walked around a little.  Found a spot on the curb and rested for a while.  Went back to my car to change into my racing flats and pack away the unnecessary items.  Then I hit up the porta potties and headed to the start line.

I was surprised at the elites running.  Tufts 10k serves as the Women’s 10k Championships on the U.S. circuit but there was little to no PR about the women in this year's race.  Sarah Hall was there (she ran a PR); Jordan Hassay was there (she ended up winning); and other elites Emily Infeld, Tara Erdmann, Jen Rhines, Carrie Tollefson & Joan Benoit were there.

The overall race was great.  I tried desperately to take in all the sights and sounds and allow all the women around me to lift my spirits and inspire me.  My race was not so great.  It hurt.  It hurt a lot.  My legs felt ok but my lungs were suffering.  I coughed quite a bit.  Before I got sick, I hoped to run under 7 minute pace.  My race day goal turned into “just finish.”  The course was relatively flat.  It’s pretty cool because there are some parts where the elites are running on the other side of the road.  It sent a (very brief) burst of motivation through me.  Mile 4 was tough.  I self talked myself into finishing the 4th mile, stopping my watch and walking to the finish.  When I hit the 4 mile marker, I mentally couldn’t let myself quit.  It was miserable but I couldn’t stop.  I thought if I held on to my pace I would be right around the 7 minute per mile pace.  I tried playing the ABC game down Commonwealth Avenue but just like 2010, I got them all wrong.  All I had left was one more right hand turn and a couple of lefts and the finish line was in sight.  Crossing the finish line was a sign of relief but this was the first race that I’ve ever run that I thought that the medical staff was going to approach me.  It took me a minute to get my bearings then I headed through the food tent and grabbed as much goodies that would fit into my free Star Market tote bag.

The rest of the day my lungs felt like I just finished an indoor race at the Reggie Lewis Center.  I made a quick stop at Pinkberry and Whole Foods on the way home to Treat Yo Self.  I love the Tufts 10k for Women slogan: Start Strong, Finish Stronger.  I may not have felt “stronger” crossing the finish line, but I felt great when I got to the Derby Street Shops!

10/11/10 – 51:40
10/13/14 – 43:26 (108, 51/ 963 F2029, 43:26, 7:00, Jen Skiba 28 F)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tufts 10k Training Weeks 7-9

My Tufts 10k Training took a bad turn since I last posted.  I had a great Week 6.  Attended KK’s wedding on Saturday night.  Ate an entire bag of Sour Patch Kids at work on Monday from the wedding Candy Bar.  Thought my throat was hurting from the sour… at least that’s what I tried to convince myself but reality was it turned into a nasty 10 day cold/flu/awfulness.


I started to feel better and then I got a puppy!  She has been taking up a lot of my time and my running has continued to suffer.  I have been debating even skipping the race—it’s tomorrow—but we’ll see what happens tomorrow morning.


2010 Finish Line High Five

2010 Throwback: The last time, actually the only time I’ve ever run a 10k, was 4 months after meniscus surgery when Lizzie almost carried me to the finish.  Fun times.


Who’s running the Tufts 10k tomorrow?!  I need some motivation and friends!


On another note, the CCR Flyers will be back in action at the Cape Cod Marathon Relay on Sunday October 26th.  My dad is running the half the day before.  Should be a fun weekend to look forward to… :)


Week 7 Recap

Monday – 5 miles

Tuesday – Spin class

Wednesday – 2 miles

Thursday – Spin class

Friday – Nothing!

Saturday – Spin class

Sunday – Spin class


Week 7 Totals: 7 miles


Week 8 Recap

Monday – Nothing!

Tuesday – Spin class

Wednesday – Nothing!

Thursday – Spin class

Friday – 3 miles

Saturday – 6 miles

Sunday – Spin class


Week 8 Totals: 9 miles

Week 9 Recap

Monday – 3 miles

Tuesday – Spin class

Wednesday – Nothing!

Thursday – 3 miles, Spin class

Friday – Nothing!

Saturday – Nothing!

Sunday – 2 miles, Spin class


Week 9 Totals: 8 miles


[Related Posts: Tufts 10k Training Week 1: Hey, are you guys with Meb?, Tufts 10k Training Week 2 & 3, and Tufts 10k Training Week 4-6]

Saturday, October 11, 2014

It’s Pumpkin Season!

Pumpkin is all the rage right now.  It’s everywhere in the fall.  I personally look forward to that first Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte every year.  (Dunkin ain’t got nothin’ on Starbucks!)  I also love a good Shipyard Pumpkinhead—with cinnamon on the rim, of course.


While a Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte is 380 calories, 13g of fat and 49g of sugars (from, pumpkin as a vegetable is very nutritious and beneficial to your diet.

·      Pumpkin is high in fiber and low in calories.  An excellent combo to keep you feeling full longer.


·      High in Vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for vision.  It also aides in the functioning of your heart, lungs, and kidneys.


·      High in Vitamin C, which helps to keep the immune system in check and promotes cardiovascular health.


·      Contains Vitamin E which actually helps to protect the skin from sun damage.  (You still need to wear sunscreen!)


·      High in Potassium, an essential nutrient to maintain electrolyte balance in the body.


·      A great natural source of iron.  Iron is needed for the red blood cells to transport oxygen.  Iron deficiency causes fatigue and weakness.  I dealt with this in high school.  Not good for runners!


·      Contains the antioxidant beta-carotene, which has been said to play a role in preventing cancers.


·      Pumpkin seeds contain an antioxidant that aids in lowering LDLs aka the bad cholesterol.



My favorite recipe using pumpkin is still Hungry Girl’s Yum Yum Brownie Muffins.  They are super easy to make—just 2 ingredients—and a chocolate treat that’s high in fiber.



18.25 oz box devil’s food cake mix

15 oz can pure pumpkin



Preheat oven to 400 degrees.


Pour cake mix into large bowl and whisk to remove any lumps.  Add pumpkin and stir until completely smooth and uniform.


Don’t add any other ingredients that may be mentioned on the cake mix box, like eggs, oil, or water.  The mixture will be very thick, so you might be tempted to add in other things to make the batter thinner.  Do not do this!


Evenly distribute batter into a 12-cup muffin pan lined with foil baking cups and/or sprayed with nonstick spray.  Place pan in the oven and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes.


Allow to cool slightly then serve!


Makes 12 servings.  We like to make them in mini muffin pans so they are easy to pop right in your mouth!


What is your favorite pumpkin recipe?


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Future Training Partner

It’s a big weekend for me.  I got a puppy!

Bringing Disney home in 1990ish?
I have been waiting almost my whole life for this weekend!  

I had a great dog when I was young in New York.  He was a furry little Keeshond named Disney.  My evil mother (just kidding… I understand…kinda) gave him away my first day of first grade.  I went to school with a dog and I came home to an empty house.  Not saying goodbye to Disney has scarred me for life!

A dog was part of my motivation for moving out and buying a house.  That and the fact that I’m 28 years old and it was time to move out.  Meeting the right people at the right place and at right time worked out in my favor and little Georgie, an almost 14-week old German Shepherd, came home with me on Friday, October 3rd.  She started training at 8 weeks and is already comfortable in a crate, started learning her manners and basic commands.  The best part is she sleeps from 10pm-7am without any bathroom breaks!  I consider myself lucky.  She has her moments and wants to bite anything and everything but she is a ball of love.  It’ll be a huge learning experience for both of us but I couldn’t be more excited.

I can't wait until she's old enough to start running with me!