Team for Kids, Training Logs

Running recap: Base building week 2 & donation prizes!

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Another week of base building in the books! I’m still in the endurance phase and so far (knock on wood) everything has been smooth sailing.

March 13-19 2017

  • 3/13- rest day, I was freaking exhausted after getting less than 5 hours of sleep thanks to Daylight Savings Time
  • 3/14- 4 miles, 9:35 pace. Still tired, but glad this run happened
  • 3/15- 3 mile tempo run, 8:57 pace. Best run I’ve had in a while. My legs felt fan-freaking-tastic.
  • 3/16- restorative yoga
  • 3/17- 3 miles easy, 10:00 pace. Super tired TGIF run. Followed by an amaze balls burger and a gigantic Guinness.
  • 3/18- 4 hilly miles, 10:00 pace
  • 3/19- 3.7 miles, 9:52 pace…hilly again but the weather was perfect! Followed by squats and walking lunges

Total mileage: 18 miles

Notes: The theme of this week was definitely “exhaustion”. Starting a Monday with a sleep deficit is ROUGH. 

Yoga classes: 1

Goals for the week: stay the course. Last week I talked about keeping my mileage at 17-18 miles and had major success, so I’m hoping to get another strong week like this in the books before adding more mileage again. And uh, I’d like to be more rested this week so-sleep and yoga. 

And one more thing guys…fundraising prizes are here (and I’m 100% open to any suggestions!). My goal is to raise $1500 for Team For Kids by the end of April!

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💗 Nicole

30 day writing challenge: day 8 

I’m linking up with HoHo Runs and Eat Pray Run DC

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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.

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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:

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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?!

💗Nicole

30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 4

Giving Tuesday, Team for Kids

Giving Tuesday: Bringing communities together

You guys, this is why I’m Running for Team For Kids.

Not because I get automatic entry into the New York City Marathon (although that is a definite perk).

Not because I get anything for free (I still will pay the full registration fee + airfare + hotels).

Not because it makes me “look good”.

But because Team For Kids helps to bring communities together, inspire goal setting, and boost self esteem of children across the country.

I work at a pediatric hospital and, day in and day out, I see how much an impact a child’s daily environment makes on their healing and happiness. So why not doing something to ensure that the community and support system is strong?

💗 Nicole

30 day writing challenge: Day 2 

Training Logs

Running recap: March so far

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February 27-March 5 2017

  • 2/27- 2.5 miles easy, 10:00 min pace
  • 2/28 – rest day, sick
  • 3/1- 3.1 miles, 9:41 pace
  • 3/2- 3.2 miles (20 minute tempo with 10 minute super easy warm-up), 9:23 pace
  • 3/3- 2.5 miles super easy, 10:00 minute pace
  • 3/4- 2.3 mile easy social run, 10:52 pace
  • 3/5- rest day

Total mileage: 13.6 miles

Notes: most of this week I felt like total crud between a cold early in the week and super bad allergies/congestion the rest of the week 

Yoga classes: 0. I was scheduled to go on Thursday but ran instead because snotty downward facing dog did not sound appealing

March 6-12 2017 

  • March 6- 3 miles easy, 10:00 pace
  • March 7- 4 miles (1 mile easy warm-up and 3 miles tempo), 9:20 pace
  • March 8- 3 miles easy, 10:00 pace
  • March 9- restorative yoga
  • March 10- rest day!
  • March 11- 4.4 miles, 9:33 pace
  • March 12- 3 miles easy, 10:00 pace

Total mileage: 17.4 miles

Notes: Overall, this week was so much better running-wise! I got to leave work early a couple of days, which definitely helped with motivation. And less congestion = better running. 

Yoga classes: 1

Goals for this week: really…just to keep my mileage where it was last week. Not going to lie, it had been MONTHS since I ran anything over 15 miles per week. So, I kind of just want to keep myself at 17-18 per week for another couple of weeks. That way I don’t end up with some kind of freak injury from getting excited and running too much too soon. And of course, yoga.

Happy Monday!

Do you have any mileage goals for the week?

♥ Nicole

30 day writing challenge: Day 1 of 30

 

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)

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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.

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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