Monday, July 28, 2014

Training for Chicago - Week 7

This was a treadmill kind of week.
I'm not really sure why but I decided to use the 'mill for all of my runs.

Monday - 4 mile run

Tuesday - 5 mile run (speed work) 

Wednesday - Rest day

Thursday - 7 mile tempo run
1 mile warm up/cool down.
It's definitely easier to do a tempo run on the treadmill. 

 Friday - 4 mile run
I was one of those people fell on a moving treadmill.
It happened around mile 3 and of course I continued because I needed to do 4 miles.
Grace is definitely not something I have a lot of, ha ha.

Saturday & Sunday - Rest days.

3 rest days this week.
Not great when you are marathon training but I was super sore on Saturday from my fall.
Sunday I just didn't feel like running.
It's a combination of burnout and just being tired.
I don't sleep well or much at all these days.
I sleep great maybe once a week, hopefully that will improve.
I am looking forward to a fresh new week of training.

How was your week(end)?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Training for Chicago - Week 6

Sorry for posting this late.
Life has happened again.

It was a hectic week.

Monday - 4 mile run

Tuesday - 6 mile run 
It's been a long time since I've done any speed work. 
It was definitely love/hate

Wednesday - Rest day

Thursday - 45 mins bike
I have a bit of a nagging pain in the arch of my right foot.
I am thinking it might be the start of PF
I decided against running and did the bike

Friday - 3 mile run
I headed to New York to visit family.
I dragged my brother out for a run shortly after I arrived.
He's a good sport.
We talked and a few tears were shed (from me, of course).
It was therapeutic.

Saturday - 6 mile run
I knew I was going to be indulging later that day so I wanted to get a decent run in.
The first few miles were hard but I felt great afterwards.

Sunday - Rest day
I skipped my scheduled run because I was driving home and a bit hungover.
The weekend was great and I definitely needed the break from reality.

How's your training going?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


My quarter-mile track
An amazing view if I do say so myself.

Today was my first round of speed work in a long time. 
Maybe close to a year.

My training called for 12x400 with 400 recovery.
A 1 mile warm up/cool down was included.

I was only able to do 8x400 as I ran out of time.
It's better than nothing though.

Nothing like a hard session of speed work to make you feel grossly out of shape.
In the end I completed 6 miles total.
I'm proud of myself as it was already 80 degrees with 84% humidity and I was soaked by the end.

I am hoping it'll get a bit easier the more I do it.

Speed it or hate it?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Training for Chicago - Week 5

Week 5 is done.
Running-wise it didn't go as planned but that sometimes happens.
I am working on being flexible and not stressing too much if I miss a run.

Monday - rest day

Tuesday - 5 mile run
I HAD to test out my new Lulu gear.
Love it.

Wednesday - rest day

 Thursday - 4 mile run
New running shoes is almost a guaranteed awesome run.
They're a bit heavier but I think they'll be great for long runs

 Friday - 5 mile run

Saturday - rest day

 Sunday - 5 mile run
This is the run that almost didn't happen.
I woke up late and I was an hour from home.
I decided to skip my 11 mile run with the girls.
Let's blame it on lack of sleep and maybe too much delicious wine.
Around 10am my friend Christine texted me and asked if I wanted to do 5 miles.
It was hell but we did it. 
I rewarded myself with a bowl of watermelon and pool time.

I had 3 rest days this week.
Not ideal but it happens.
Saturday was so busy that I couldn't fit it in.

I am looking forward to stepping up my training a bit this next week.

How was your week?
Anything exciting happen?
Did you race?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Training for Chicago - Week 4

Week 4 is done.
Heat. Humidity. Old shoes. Sore muscles.
This sums up week 4 perfectly.
Looking back it was tough mentally and physically.

Monday - Rest day.
I am taking full advantage of my rest days.

Tuesday - 4 mile run
My face says it all.
This was after work. 
I hate running in the afternoon/evening.
If you saw a girl dry-heaving on the side of the road that was me.
No bueno.

 Wednesday - Rest day
I took the time out of my busy (ha ha) day to roll my sore calves

 Thursday - 4 mile run

So I've been wearing my Elixirs which resulted in a sore spot.
Rubber bands and first aid kit ice pack FTW!
These shoes have officially been retired.

Friday - 3 mile run
Happy 4th of July!!
A quick run and then family time.

My sister had to work so my brother-in-law brought the kids down.
Mike is a good sport and doesn't mind taking 254651 selfies with me, ha ha.

 My them all.
Mommy/Aunt Nattie is the BEST!!

Saturday - 5 mile run
5 mile run after spending 3+ hours in the sun with my babies.
It was very hard to motivate myself but in the end I knew I wouldn't regret the run.

Sunday - 5 mile run
This morning's run was good.
I didn't pay too much attention to my pace. 
I just focused on the music.
The rest of the afternoon was spent with family.
Lots of talking, swimming and just enjoying each other's company.

How was your week?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Being lactose intolerant...


That pretty much sums it up.

I try to avoid anything and everything with dairy in it.

It’s a pain in the butt


It’s better than being sick all day long.

I’ve gotten really good at reading labels.

I can tell within 5-10 minutes of eating something if it has dairy in it. 

I sometimes feel left out at work when we celebrate birthdays because I cannot have any of the delicious cake.
Well I could but then I’d be sick so it’s not really worth it to me.

But I do love me some cake.

I'm so thankful for alternatives like almond and/or coconut milk. 

 I don't really care for soy milk.
I do love my coconut milk coffee creamer. 
I'd be lost without it.

The upside...

I don't have to worry about anyone stealing my food in the fridge at work.
No one wants anything I bringing in, ha ha.
Most of it being dairy alternatives.
Although I do think someone is using my cashew butter because it seems to be disappearing pretty quickly.

But I digress...

I know following a mostly vegan lifestyle. 
I say mostly because I still eat some meat just not a ton of it.
I do enjoy the occasional burger.

Are you lactose intolerant

Monday, June 30, 2014

Training for Chicago - Week 3

Wrapping up week 3 and what can I say...
It was a pretty good week.
5 solid runs
2 (!!!) rest days

Monday - Rest day

Tuesday - 4 mile run

Wednesday - Rest day
I can't really complain about the view when driving into work.

Thursday - 4 mile run

Friday - 4 mile run
Nothing like seeing a fox while you're out running.

I had a little foam rolling/stretching party.
Goliath was beyond excited, ha ha.

Saturday - 4 mile run
Saturday morning VA Runner hosted a group run with Brooks.
The run was 2-4 miles.
I opted for the 4 miles with one of my RBF Christine.

We were the lead pack and headed towards the Parkway at an easy pace.

We were running Greg one of the guys at VA Runner.
This was one of the convos on the way back:

Greg - Let me just say it's an honor to be running with THE NattieRuns

Me - Oh goodness. Thank you.
Greg - You're much taller in person
Me - Hahaha. 
He thanked me for getting out there and helping to motivate him on days he didn't feel like running.
That was pretty fun. You never really think anyone notices the bajillion pictures you post on Instagram but they do.

The rest of the day was spent running errands and laying by the pool.
No complaints.

Sunday - 5 mile run
I headed into DC and met some friends for a run.
We went at 10 and it was so hot/humid but we did it.
Thank you to the kind tourist who took our pic.

After that we went to brunch at Sequoia.
I am pretty sure they really appreciated having 3 sweaty people in their establishment.
Runners gotta eat too, ha ha.

I've decided to adjust my schedule in order to get more sleep.

Some days I'll get up super early and run around DC.
Other days I'll sleep in, run around the neighborhood and then head into work.
I'll also give myself 1 rest day, maybe more if needed.
I think this will help prevent any burnout.
I'll let you know how it goes.

How was your week?

If you're training, how's it going?