I Ran a Marathon Today!

And it was only by accident! What was supposed to be a 24-mile long run turned into a marathon after I misjudged my distance back home ;)

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Here’s a brief recap:

I woke up at 5:45am (no, really!!!) and had (only) 1 cup of coffee and a vitamin. Got dressed. Took a Pocketfuel Chocolate Espresso Almond Butter “gel” and had about 10 ounces of water and another 1/2 cup of coffee. Out the door at 6:30am. Temps were good – about 79 degrees with a light wind.

My stomach was kinda iffy so I looped around my subdivision for the first 10 miles. I had to stop back home twice (TMI). Had another 10 ounces of water. I felt okay after that, so I headed out of the subdivision and onto my other usual route.

I took a Gu Espresso gel at 20 miles and did a mental check-up: feet good (shoes: New Balance Vazee Pace, socks: Thorlo Experia), stomach okay, intervals (:20/:30) going good, mouth: meh.

At 22 miles I was starting to get hot, and all of a sudden dying of thirst. Luckily I came across some guy watering his lawn, so I “borrowed” his hose to wet myself down and take a few drinks. And remove all the salt from my face!

Since I just had a couple miles to go (I was only planning on 24) I changed my route around a little bit, but I still misjudged the distance back home. When I realized I would be at 25 miles by the time I got back to my subdivision was when I decided to just go for it and run a marathon!

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I ended up running 26.3 miles in 5:19:44. A little bit slower than my marathon goal, but considering this was just a training run I’m overall satisfied. And using the :20/:30 intervals really helped with endurance!

So yeah, that’s about it.


Weight: 116.2 pre-run and 109.8 post-run

While I’m really not hungry, I am craving some spicy pickle chips and a Starbucks Iced Mocha Soy Latte.





Week 5 Sloppy Cuckoo Training

After reviewing the last few weeks of training, I’m thinking that I need to make one of my weekday runs a bit longer, or do 2 runs per day once or twice per week. Especially on cut-back weeks. Most of the ultra plans that I’ve looked at have weekly mileage between 35 – 45 miles and I’ve been averaging 25 – 35. So I’ll be tweaking my training plan over the next few days…

Here’s how last week went:

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Week of July 20 – 26, 2015

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: Speed intervals (2:1 x 10)
  • Wednesday: Easy run
  • Thursday: Rest
  • Friday: Level 3 Hills
  • Saturday: Long Slow Run (cut back week)
  • Sunday: Recovery Run (turned into LSR part 2)

I think Wednesday will be the day to do a longer (or double) run, and then maybe get rid of one of my rest days (most likely Monday). Doing those 2 things would get me an additional 6 – 10 miles per week, and then I’d be good.


In shoe news, the New Balance Zante have moved up to the number 1 slot in my rotation list. I don’t know why I pass(ed) them over so frequently – they are comfy, lightweight, and have enough forefoot cushion to go longer distances. Granted, I haven’t worn them for more than 10 miles at once, so we’ll see how they do on my 22-miler next Saturday.

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#skirtsports #REALwomenmove #roadid #garmin #injini #newbalance




Last Week’s Training and (more) New Shoes

Happy Tuesday! Here’s how last week finished out:

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July 6 – 12, 2015

I failed on my 18-miler Saturday. I procrastinated too long and didn’t get out the door until after 10am. It was already 90 degrees! I made it about 5 miles before my head started pounding and my stomach began cramping up (and not my usual tummy issues), so I figured it best if I head back home. Then, instead of finishing up on the treadmill, I opted for some retail therapy at Road Runner Sports ;)

They didn’t have 2 of the shoes I wanted to try on (PureConnect and PureGrit), but they did have the PureFlow 4 which I’m happy to report are WAY better than the 3s and about as close to the 2s as I’ll probably ever get! However, I didn’t get them (yet). This will probably sound stupid but I didn’t care for the color choice they had there! And actually, after checking online I don’t really care for ANY of the color choices :(

After trying on about 5 or 6 different shoes, this is what I had it narrowed down to:

Newton Distance IV and Brooks PureFlow 4

Newton Distance IV and Brooks PureFlow 4

I sigh every time I look at those PF 4s! If only they were black, instead of blue…

And so I ended up with another pair of Newtons instead. Those are the Distance IV and they are really light and comfortable. And bright yellow!! Yay!

I didn’t end up buying them from the store though. They had a problem with my VIP status and while the manager was on the phone with headquarters I looked up the shoes on Running Warehouse. They were over $30 cheaper! So what could have been close to $200 (I also had some socks picked out) only cost me $130. That means I still have a little extra money, and Hmmm, tomorrow is Prime Day on Amazon. I wonder if those PF 4s will be on any kind of special? ;)


Mid Week Update

Happy Thursday friends :) As you can see I gave my blog a little make-over. I did this in hopes of getting the creative juices flowing. Instead, I ended up spending almost 2 days changing themes and configuring widgets. That is, in between the times WordPress wants to tell me that my password is invalid and not let me in at all. Ugh. I’m seriously considering going back to Blogger.

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I took a little break from training last weekend and only ran 1 mile (7 miles were scheduled). It was a cut-back week so I’m not worried, and we all need a break every now and then, right?!  Lucy certainly had a fun weekend :)

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She LOVES the sprinkler! (And the bathtub, and the pool, and the river…)

This week has been going pretty good. No tummy issues!! The only problem I’ve had this week is that my foot pod is not working, yet again. It’s really not a big deal except that I like to be able to see all my stats on Garmin. All I’ve got this week is the treadmill summaries. Here’s how it’s been going:

  • Monday: Easy 5k run
  • Tuesday: 1:2 speed intervals x11 (3.3 miles)
  • Wednesday: 5k run of Level 5 hills

Today is an easy 5k run and tomorrow is my rest day. I have 18 miles scheduled for Saturday, and a 5-mile easy/recovery run on Sunday.

My weight these past couple weeks has been a steady 114 – 115, even after eating like a little piggy at my mother-in-laws last weekend. Granted, it was all veggies/vegan stuff, but I definitely over-indulged!

Gotta run, Laura

Summary of Week 1 Ultra Training

Yesterday I did an easy 4 mile recovery run which brought my total mileage for the week to just over 37 miles! That’s a good way to end Week 1 of Ultra training, eh? And after today or tomorrow’s 4 mile run I’ll have another month of 100+ miles!

Week of June 22nd - 28th, 2015

Week of June 22nd – 28th, 2015

My typical weekly running schedule includes speed, easy, hills, long, and recovery. I’m not doing tempo runs this go-around since I’ll be using intervals for all long runs. Intervals make me happy :)

Have a great week!

I Ran 24 Miles Today!

I had 15 miles on the schedule for today, but the weather was fantastic (70F, cloudy and light rain) and I didn’t have any tummy issues, so… I ran my longest run ever (so far) – 24 miles!

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I woke up about 8:30am which, by the way, is WAY too early for a Saturday morning ;) I had a cup of coffee and a vitamin, put on my running outfit, and then I took Lucy for a quick 1-mile walk around the neighborhood. Came back home, took a Gu (Espresso Love), and headed right back out for my long run. I opted for :40/:30 intervals today which worked out great. I usually go out too fast and burn out too early. Not today! I stayed between 11:30 and 12:00 minute miles the entire time, and never got fatigued.

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Still smiling at mile 19!

After 1 loop (1 mile) around my subdivision I had to stop back at home to change bras. I took a sip of water and went right back out. And I even ventured out of the subdivision this time (a rarity for me because of my stomach issues). I had to make another stop at home (around 10 miles) to change shirts, and I probably should have changed either my shoes or socks at this point because my right foot was a little sore. I didn’t realize it was THIS bad (keep scrolling if you don’t want to see this nasty blood blister). What’s weird though is my left foot looks fine. Maybe it’s the way my right foot pronates/supinates?






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Ewwwwww! I know!

Anyways, at 15 miles I came across these really pretty orange flowers and had to take a pic.

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Stop and smell the flowers :)

I actually took quite a few pictures today, which is something I really need to do more often. It’s nice to have photo memories of my long runs!

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Oh, hi! I think he startled me as much as I did him!

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I have to tell you – I’ve really enjoyed my long runs so much more since I decided to slow down and use short run/walk intervals. Give them a try sometime!

Have a great weekend!!