Motivation, Racing and training, Running, Team for Kids

Sunday Funday: Why I Run

Today has been the most epically relaxing Sunday. I was super cool last night and went grocery shopping at 7:30 pm and, since grocery shopping is usually a Sunday chore, that left my Sunday wide open.

Literally the best.


My day has been solely dedicated to drinking coffee, catching up on my daily reading, watching news, and thinking about running.

Yep, a whole “category” of my Sunday is thinking about running.

Running has been on my mind quite a bit lately. Mostly regarding why I run. For health? Sure. For vanity? Maybe a little. For wine and pizza? Yep.

But Kate’s thoughts on motivation got me thinking a little bit deeper. It’s easy for me to get caught up in the miles and forget exactly why I’m running in the first place:


Why do you run?!

💗 Nicole

30 day writing challenge: day 7

Racing and training, Running

Thoughts during a treadmill run

The treadmill has been my bestie lately, even if we totally have a love/hate relationship. But I’ve yet to regret a run…

1. I just really don’t want to do this…can’t I stay on the couch instead?!

2. Ok…I’ll go for at least 30 minutes.

3. But I’ll first take 30 minutes to get changed and eat some chocolate and clean the apartment

4. *finally walking to gym* I’m already tired

5. *hopping on treadmill* Ughhhh. I’ll take it easy

6. Spend 5 minutes warming up and realize that my legs don’t feel half bad

6a. But it still early enough in the run that I still pretty much just want to stop. I’ll stare at the hot firefighters across the street. They’ll entertain me.

7. Pump my jams and increase speed from warm up to “oh hey I’m actually running quick” speed

7a. Gah I am so out of shape. When did this even happen?

8. All bets are off when a great song on my playlist comes on…speed increases a little more.

8a. This is funnnnnnn.

9. Wow, maybe I’m in better shape than I thought.

9a. I hope the person on the treadmill next to me isn’t racing me…

10. That was the best run ever, can’t wait until tomorrow!

10a. Now what’s for dinner?!


30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 4

Racing and training, Team for Kids

It’s t-shirt pimping time…

First off…TGIF! It’s a good day…Game of Thrones announced their premier date for July 16 and today is a scheduled rest day. So really, what could be better? (Other than George RR Martin releasing the 6th book…that would definitely be better)


Ok, I know this is my second fundraising post of the week. But I am legitimately excited about this campaign: NYC Marathon t-shirts!!! 100% of the proceeds of t-shirt sales will go directly to Team for Kids (meaning literally $0 will go towards my race registration, etc…they are truly making my miles count). I know I’m constantly shouting this from the rooftops, but Team for Kids develops programs for school age children across the country that are geared towards helping them learn how to live a healthy lifestyle, make goals, and practice teamwork.

Front & Back, also available in grey! $21.99

You can buy t-shirts here. And you can share, share, share the link with anyone who loves the NYC marathon/has run the NYC marathon/wants to run the NYC Marathon! My husband and I have definitely already ordered a shirt for ourselves and I’m already contemplating ordering some for all of my runner friends.

So now is the time where I try to pimp my t-shirts and implore you to consider ordering one for yourself! The campaign ends at the end of the month! Please and thank you and a million Friday high fives.

♥ Nicole

Giving Tuesday, Motivation, Racing and training

Giving Tuesday: Fundraising Update

You guys, fundraising is harder than I anticipated. I feel like a total newb admitting that because obviously asking people for money is difficult. And coming up with creative ways to fundraise is quite challenging.

Duh, right?

My progress so far:


What I’ve done to get to this point:

– Donated to myself! $100 to kick off the fundraiser

– Hit up my closest family and friends. So far only a smattering of them have donated so far

– Sent 5 fundraising letters as a “pilot”. I have a huge list of future senders but wanted to get an idea of how effective letters would be.

– Facebook and Instagram…lots of likes

– Started sending emails to local businesses (just one as of now)

So what now?

What would motivate you to donate?! Being able to dedicate a mile to someone? Getting your name on my race day bib? Getting to pick an aspect of my race outfit or picking songs on my training playlist? Or would you want something homemade in return for a donation?

You tell me!!!

💗 Nicole

Racing and training, Running, Uncategorized

Now that I care about running again…

…I guess I can think about some serious base training.

And by serious, I mean run more than 15 miles in a week.


I spent quite a bit of time browsing McMillan Running and, while I currently have NO idea which plan I’ll ultimately use for marathon training, I was drawn to the logical breakdown of how to determine what base training should look like.

Part I

Step 1: Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses

  • Tortoise vs hare: Definitely a tortoise. I much prefer Long Slow Distance to repeats on the track (although I do love me a good tempo run now and then)
  • Major weakness: I don’t stretch enough and I hate doing repeats on a track.
  • Strength: All about lots of comfy miles
  • Considerations for base training: I want to rebuild endurance without burning myself out

Step 2: Evaluate Your Race Distance

McMillan Running: Evaluate Your Race Distance

Although I am running a 10k in July, my ultimate goal is a marathon in November. If I had to, I’d say the marathon is my “A” race while the 10k is my “B” race that I’m pretty much running for funsies.

Step 3: Evaluate Your Goal

In an ideal world, I’d beat my previous marathon time of 4:55. But I want to balance that goal with the fact that I’m running New York with my best friend and I want to be able to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience with her without stressing to much about time or pace. I know we’ll want to take in the sights and enjoy the NYC vibe. With that being said, I want to be prepared so I don’t hit the wall and end up hating every mile.

Part II

Step 1: How Long Until Race Day?

A freaking long time. More specifically, 8 months. McMillan recommends at least 12 weeks of base training and, considering that I’ll be starting marathon training at the beginning of July, I have a good 16 weeks to focus on endurance and building mileage healthily.

Step 2: Assigning phases to each week

  • Weeks 1-8: Endurance
  • Weeks 8-12: Stamina
  • Weeks 12-13: Speed
  • Weeks 14-16: Peak (aka cutting back before Peachtree/giving myself a little break before marathon training begins)
  • Note to self: These aren’t strict…if I feel like doing a tempo run or repeats during weeks 1-8 I’m not going to stop myself. But it gives me a good training backbone

Step 3: Weekly Mileage

  • 2-3 “up weeks”
  • 1 “down week”
  • McMillan recommends regular races during down weeks but as of right now, I don’t have any races planned until July

Step 4: The Long Run

  • At least 1 run a week that lasts between 1:45-2:30 hours
  • “Two hours is better and should be the rule during the base-building weeks prior to beginning the specific training part of your program”

Step 5: The Primary Workout

  • Should coincide with the phase of base building, ex: “If the phase is Speed, then the primary workout will be a Speed workout”

Full disclosure, there are steps 6-8 listed on McMillan’s article. But going along with my strong desire to not get burned out before an actual training cycle even starts I decided to draw the line at step 5. I also plan on re-reading my Hansons books and just overall immersing myself in some good ole running love over the next 16 weeks. The more fun, the better…amiright?!

Oh and…TGIF!!!

♥ Nicole


Giving Tuesday, Racing and training

Giving Tuesday


Team for Kids is more than about running.


NYRR awarded $44,225 worth of books to 378 Mighty Milers sites who ran more than 789,000  miles towards new books as part of NYRR’s Miles for Books initiative.

“Running helps in the classroom because you get all of your exercise, and then you can focus on your paper or your education.” – Mariciana, 9

“Mighty Milers and Young Runners has been a rallying point at our school. The entire school is involved in every step from picking out the music to counting the laps and helping each other reach their goals. I can’t say enough about the program. It’s my favorite part of the day!” –  Kyra Wolfe, 35, coach and teacher, P.S. 686

I am so excited to have the opportunity to fundraise for such a worthy cause. It’s easy for people to “brush off” a charity that raises money for “just sports” but Team For Kids is so, so much more. It’s a charity that invests in our future doctors, lawyers, and leaders. And it teaches children that they are more than where they grew up or what their parents can/cannot afford.

♥ Nicole


Racing and training, Rando, Running

Oh hi…

The last time I posted, it was December and I was preparing for a big move from New England to Atlanta. Well, now it’s February, and my husband and I have pretty nicely settled into our new neighborhood. Restaurants within walking distance, a GYM! in our apartment building, and tons of new cool places to run.

In addition to moving, I started a brand new, pretty challenging but amazing job in January and have finally hit my stride as far as routine and running schedule. Also, now that I’m not miserable at work all day every day, I’m finally excited about running and training again. Yay times a million!


2017 running highlights:

  • Joined the Atlanta Track Club in January!
  • Ran a small local 5k in a great for me time and somehow managed 2nd place in my age group
  • Peachtree Road Race in July! (one of the major perks of ATC membership is guaranteed entry into the race)
  • New York City Marathon training will also start in July
  • October is the fundraising deadline for Team for Kids. I’m not going to lie, fundraising has been more challenging than I imagined so I’ll likely be getting creative…
  • November = NYCM!

So, long story short: more miles and more happiness! I have been logging pretty low mileage lately, my main goal for the next couple of months is to build a better base to position myself for healthy and fun marathon training.

♥ Nicole