Sunday Runday: Week of 3/6 (Boston Training Week #12)


Monday, 3/6:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 8 miles)

What I Did: 8.01 miles in 1:19:50 (9:59 pace). Did not feel like running this morning at all. It was freezing, but I overdressed! :O

Tuesday, 3/7:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Strength 3 x 2 miles in 14:20-40 with 800 recovery ย (marathon goal = 3:12-3:17))

What I Did:


3 mile warm-up

3 x 2 miles with 0.5 mile recovery in 14:31 (7:18, 7:13), 14:21 (7:14, 7:07), 13:57 (7:11, 6:46)

2ish mile cool-down

12.18 miles total

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I see another mountain to climb, but I've got stamina. ๐ŸŽต๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ” โ€ขโ€ขโ€ข Day 79/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: Was feeling extra tired this rainy morning, but dragged myself outta bed for 3 x 2 miles with 800 rest on the treadmill (goal = 14:20-40; 14:31, 14:21, 13:57). 12 miles total before heading to the hospital for day 2 of adolescent psych. – Speaking of this shirt, does anyone else lose their appetite with harder training? I've been starving (because, ya know, running), but nothing seems appealing lately. ๐Ÿ˜• It most likely has to do with my needing to learn how to cook better, but anyone got any tips?

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PM: 4.50 miles in 40:31 (9:01 pace) with Moira. Bonked haaaaaaard. :O

16.68 miles total for the day

Wednesday, 3/8:

(What I Was Supposed to Do:ย OFF)

What I Did: Flexibility hot yoga with Laura, my future mother-in-law. My hamstrings hated it during it, but it was exactly what they needed!

Thursday, 3/9:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 9 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did:

3.15 mile warm-up

9 mile tempo in 1:04:15 (7:08 pace; 7:40, 7:22, 7:06, 6:59, 7:12, 7:02, 6:57, 7:00, 6:52)

3.20 mile cool-down

15.35 miles total

Felt surprisingly awesome on the run! Took me a mile to really get on pace, but I ran according to feel and nailed it!

Friday, 3/10:ย 

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 7 miles)

What I Did: 7.44 miles in 1:14:46 (10:03 pace)

Saturday, 3/11:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 8 miles)

What I Did: 6.01 miles in 1:01:55 (10:18 pace) before Pre-Cana with Phil. So much cold!

Sunday, 3/12:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Long 16 miles)

What I Did: Debated running the half-marathon I had registered for all week, but ultimately decided against it in order to see Wicked with Phil (a super nice Christmas present from his parents!). The show was at 1PM which was inconvenient in and of itself and it was going to be 15 degrees warmer (i.e. real feel of 12 degrees vs. like -5 degrees) in the afternoon, so I opted to run then. Luckily Fiona had been in Lake Placid where it was even colder and hadn’t run yet, so she met up with me to run 8 of my 18 mile long run with me (I think I ran like 3.5 by myself-we were moooving beause we were cold)! 18.04 miles in a blazinnnn 2:23:57 (7:58 average; 8:28, 8:08, 8:07, 8:15, 8:12, 8:06, 8:05, 7:51, 7:54, 7:49, 7:36, 8:06, 7:52, 7:52, 8:06, 7:55, 7:47, 7:26). Really happy with this run and can’t believe I dreaded it all week. Highly recommend the Zim Smith Trail if you’re in the area-the gravel was a great break for these legs!

Total Weekly Mileage = 71.53 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 647.21 miles


Sunday Runday: Week of 2/27 (Boston Training Week #11)


Monday, 2/27:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did:

AM: A cold 6.37 miles in 1:03:05 (9:54 pace) before work. Legs felt dead! :O

PM: 4.52 miles in 39:37 (8:46 pace) with Moira (!) after work! Legs felt less dead. ๐Ÿ˜›

90 minutes of Bikram! Really feel like I’m improving in my form/flexibility/headspace, and honestly my muscles feel GREAT!

10.89 miles total


Tuesday, 2/28:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Strength 4 x 1.5 miles in 10:45-11:00 with 800 recoveryย (Goal = 3:12-317 marathon)

What I Did: I would have preferred to do this workout on the track because I find it easier for me to focus and run faster paces there, but the local college’s track doesn’t open until 6AM, and because I’ve been having issues with pacing, I figured I better get some practice off the track/treadmill sooner rather than later as Boston is quickly approaching! I have to run through downtown Albany to get to theย bike path that I run on for workouts, and it can get a little sketchy sometimes, especially in the dark. It’s not my favorite, but I think it’s definitely worth being more on guard for a little bit until more runners are up and at it to keep me company on the bike path rather than retreating to the treadmill. Struggled with pacing at first (shocker), but I think I got down to a good pace towards the end:

2.52 mile warm-up down to the bike path

4 x 1.5 miles with 800 recovery:

11:19 (7:40 + 3:39; 7:33 pace)

10:56 (7:11 + 3:45; 7:17 pace)-interestingly, this was my 1.5 mile time trial time before my high school freshman season of cross country!

10:50 (7:10 + 3:40; 7:13 pace)

10:28 (6:56 + 3:32; 6:59 pace)

2.5ish mile cool-down (I’m too lazy to count up all the laps/splits right now…)

12.46 miles total

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Guy at the Donut Shop: Do you have special plans for these donuts? Me: Why, yes. Yes I do. ๐Ÿ˜‚ – Wasn't going to be able to see @pj28mont for his 30th (!) birthday today because I'm at the hospital all day (#somuchbusy here on inpatient psychiatry today!) and then on call at the psychiatric crisis unit from 5-11 tonight, so made a pit stop on my cool-down home to @ciderbellyofficial and delivered these tasty treats to the law school before Phil's 8AM class! Seeing each other everyday with our school/work schedules can be challenging, but we can usually make it work, even if it's just studying in neighboring cubicles or a quick donut handoff! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿคโค๏ธ โ€ขโ€ขโ€ข Day 72/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: 4 x 1.5 mile strength workout along the bike path started off kinda slow-ish (tryna get a handle on this pacing business!) but hit my goal paces (10:45-11:00) for the final 3 sets: 11:19, 10:56, 10:50, 10:28.

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Wednesday, 3/1:

(What I Was Supposed to Do:ย OFF)

What I Did:ย Flexibility hot yoga class that was more flow than flexibility, but whatcha gonna do.

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Day 73/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: When your flexibility hot yoga class has a substitute teacher and it ends up being more strength work and less stretching than you anticipated. And then you get frustrated that you're frustrated about that (and because you're being a lazypants!) because, ya know, that's not the point of yoga. ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜‚ – Rest day of sleeping in, reflecting and praying on this first day of Lent, inpatient psychiatry rounds, my first time seeing electroconvulsive therapy, listening to a nurse practitioner student's presentation on the role of ketamine in treating major depressive disorder, role playing motivational interviewing with another student and psychologist, my own doctor's appointment, some errand running, and finally yoga before dinner, some studying, and settling down this evening. ๐ŸŒช๐ŸŒช๐ŸŒช – Unfortunately, didn't make it to church to receive ashes (#badcatholic), but in my defense, Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, and today was crazy busy! โ˜น๏ธ However, I am trying to pray more this Lent by participating in a 40/40/40 prayer challenge: praying for 40 intentions for 40 people over the 40 days of Lent. If there's something on your heart that I can pray for, please submit it (with your name or anonymously) on the Google Doc linked in my profile!

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Thursday, 3/2:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 9 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did: Ugh. This day/workout/life! Got out of work really late, had a friend who was going to pace me bail on me last minute, and it was already dark by the time I headed out. At the start of my tempo, my watch was not in the mood and was telling me I was running a “blazing” 9 minute pace when I knew I was running at least a minute and a half faster. I was already on edge because I was nervous about my first 9 mile tempo, so I decided to go try the workout at the gym rather than bust myself to be confused about pacing the whole time and then feel badly about how I was running “slower” than I was supposed to go. So, essentially, did a 6 mile warm-up, 9 mile tempo in 1:04:17 (7:09 pace, suckaaaaaas), and quick 1 mile cool-down home for 16.01 miles total, i.e. too much for a rando Thursday!

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Day 74/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: This week has been really meh for a variety of reasons, and for my OWN mental health, I really needed a good workout today. My tolerance for nonsense was pretty much at zero, so when my watch started acting up from the start of my dark #temporun outside, I got pissed, ran home, threw on the @oiselle crop top singlet that I've been mustering up the courage to rock (slash patiently waiting to wear when abs magically appear, whichever comes first ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป) for an extra bit of confidence, marched myself to the gym, and made that tempo run mine. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ 9 miles in 1:04:17 (7:09 pace) and a whopping (and unexpected) 16 miles total. Got a bunch of confused looks and one "You go girl!" in response to repping the #sportsbrasquad, but really, I was beyond the point of caring. And it was liberating. ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช #strongnotskinny

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Friday, 3/3:ย 

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: Got out of work hella late again and had dinner plans, so only had time to get 3.62 miles in, but because of the way Thursday’s run went, I didn’t sweat it like I usually would. Crazy winds!

Saturday, 3/4:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 10 miles)

What I Did: 8.26 miles easy (but faster than my usual easy pace!), partly by myself, and partly with Erin, Allison, and others from their running team in some brutal wind and cold. Probably could have/should have run a little farther, but this week is a down mileage week anyway, so I’m not stressing.

Sunday, 3/5:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 10 miles)

What I Did: 6.58 miles in 1:03:46 (9:41 pace) with Phil. Could have (should have?) run farther, but I was getting hungry on our run!

Total Weekly Mileage = 57.82 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 575.68 miles

Down 8ish miles from last week-I’m not sure if that was too much of a jump down (should have probably been closer to 5), but does 3 miles really make that much of a difference? My guess = probably not.

Sunday Runday: Week of 2/20 (Boston Training Week #10)


Monday, 2/20:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 8 miles)

What I Did: Pre-work 8.08 miles (1:24:47; 10:29 pace) felt like death. I thought about turning back home a million and one times…and talked myself out of it a million and one times! ๐Ÿ˜› Also got in 90 minutes of Bikram after work and my muscles feel awesome!

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"The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness."-Sakyong Mipham โ€ขโ€ขโ€ข Day 64.5/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: Operation Oh-Shoot-My-7-Hot-Yoga-Class-Passes-Expire-In-a-Week-and-a-Half has commenced! ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ‘Š Focused on each of the 26 postures one at a time to survive through 90 sweaty minutes of #bikram #hotyoga, and honestly, my tired, inflexible muscles feel awesome! And my mind feels so much more relaxed after a long day of new admits, meeting with familiar (and sometimes difficult…and inappropriate…and blatantly racist) patients, and consults on inpatient psych. About that hydration, though…๐Ÿ˜…

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Tuesday, 2/21:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Strength 6 x 1 mileย with 400 recoveryย (5k goal of 19:30-20:00))

What I Did:

AM: 3.20 miles in 32:12 (10:03 pace); Legs felt a MILLION times better than yesterday, but still a little dead. Contemplated what would happen if I was totally burned out with Boston in 8 weeks. :O

PM: Strength Workout

1.48 mile warm-up

6 x 1 mile on the track at UAlbany. There was still some ice/snow on the track so I spent a lot of my 24 laps on the track weaving in and out of lanes, but for some reason, my watch would record a mile split on my final straightaway each time, i.e. before I hit four laps. I’m not really sure which times are correct, but I’m going to go with the slower onesย so I don’t get too cocky, but here are my times for future record, in the following format:ย time at 4 laps (mile split on watch):

7:08 (7:03)

6:56 (6:40)

6:57 (6:38)

6:56 (6:45)

6:58 (6:40)

6:51 (6:39)

1ish mile cool-down

10.38 miles total

My body felt good, but the conditions weren’t ideal and my stomach really began to bother me towards the end.

13.58 miles total for the day

Wednesday, 2/22:

(What I Was Supposed to Do:ย OFF)

What I Did: Flexibility hot yoga class. #holytightmuscles!

Thursday, 2/23:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 8 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did:

2.71 mile warm-up

8 mile tempo in 58:26 (7:18 pace; 7:51, 7:32, 7:18, 7:06, 7:19, 7:10, 7:12, 6:55)

2.52 mile cool-down

13.24 miles total

Friday, 2/24:ย 

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 7 miles)

What I Did: 7.05 miles with Luke at the Pine Bush (1:01:18; 8:41 pace)

Saturday, 2/25:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 8 miles)

What I Did: Moved my long run up a day early so I could run in Saratoga, a place I’ve wanted to run for a while with Fiona! Did my first 6.5ish by myself before Fiona met up for 10 more followed by brunch to make for such a lovely day! 17.07 miles total in 2:21:34 (8:17 pace; 8:36, 8:03, 8:00, 8:07, 7:59, 8:15, 8:46, 8:18, 8:14, 8:32, 8:19, 8:13, 8:14, 8:41, 8:40, 8:08, 7:49). My legs felt awesome towards the start, so much so that I had to force myself to more consciously control my stride at 8 minute pace, but I fizzled a bit for miles 14 and 15. I’ve gotta get a better handle on nutrition the night before and during runs. My last minute Powerbar Gels I grabbed from the depths of my pantry were definitelyyyy expired… ๐Ÿ˜›

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"I cheer for people. I was raised to believe there's enough sun for everybody."-@traceeellisross โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ’• โ€ขโ€ขโ€ข Day 69/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: Had the best morning with @adktrigirl running through Saratoga Spa State Park and downtown Saratoga followed by some delicious bRUNch! (Can you say jalapeรฑo and pineapple scones?! ๐ŸŒถ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿณ) 7 solo miles + 10 miles with Fiona FLEW by with catching up about work, school, life, and upcoming races (can't wait to see her rock her half-marathon next month and IMLP 70.3 in September!). Getting slightly suspicious about how good my body has felt this week, but no complaints here! ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Sunday, 2/26:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Long 16 miles)

What I Did: 7 miles in 1:07:07 (9:35 pace) at Hampton Manor Town Park…which I do not recommend for running. I went to flexibility hot yoga class after at a different location than I usually do and because I was headed to East Greenbush anyway, I thought I’d check out a spot that was recommended by the local newspaper for running. I made it work with running out on the main road and then getting some killer hills in, but I won’t probably go there again.

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"Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together. Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled or rifled by the endless stresses and struggles of life. Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom you may not have known even existed."-BKS Iyengar โ€ขโ€ขโ€ข Day 70/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: Not a yogi by any means, but I've really enjoyed the classes I've been going to this week and wish I usually had this much time to focus on stretching, reflection, and self-care. Also, substitute running for yoga, and the quote works beautifully! 7 windy, snow flurrying shake-out miles with some hills + flexibility hot yoga class. 66 miles total this week. ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿป๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒช

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Total Weekly Mileage = 66.02 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 517.86 miles

Sunday Runday: Week of 2/6 (Boston Training Week #8)


More training log catch up…

Admittedly, I lost my mind a bit this week (last week of OB). It’s a wonder I made it through AND finished almost all of my training.

Monday, 2/6:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 8 miles)

What I Did: 7.18 miles in 1:13:55 (10:18 pace)

Tuesday, 2/7:

(What I Was Supposed to Do:ย Speed 6 x 800 in 3:10-15 with 400ย recoveryย (5k goal of 19:30-20:00))

What I Did: 8.02 miles in 1:20:36 (10:03 pace). I wanted to wait until the weekend to get my hardest workout (tempo run) in, so I shifted my workouts a bit to make sure that I only got one day rest between the tempo run and speed day.

Wednesday, 2/8:

(What I Was Supposed to Do:ย OFF)

What I Did:

2 mile warm-up

6 x 800 in 3:16, 3:10, 3:10, 3:07, 3:06, 3:03 with 400 rest

1.5ish mile cool-down

8.07 miles total

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"And I think people make the mistake of thinking that just because something is a hobby means that you shouldn't prioritize those things."-wise words from @ktanoninstagram, #oisellevolรฉe Sister Bird, on the @dizruns podcast โ€ขโ€ขโ€ข Day 52/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: The transition from workouts on the treadmill to the track and roads ain't gonna be pretty. BUT I had this awesome realization when I was dying on the windy homestretch halfway through my speed workout that if I was going to spend the precious time running instead of studying for my exam on Friday, I better do it right! 6 x 800 (goal = 3:10-15; 3:16, 3:10, 3:10, 3:07, 3:06, 3:03) and 8 miles total for the day. #thefasteryourunthefasteryouredone?

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Thursday, 2/9:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 8 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did: OFF

Friday, 2/10:ย 

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 7 miles)

What I Did: 8 mile tempo run on the treadmill in 56:17 (7:02 pace; 7:13, 7:13, 7:08, 7:03, 7:00, 6:57, 6:56, 6:40) with a break at mile 6 for GI issues. :/ 11.12 miles total

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This week @oiselle asked, "What is #runlove?" ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธโค๏ธ It's the crack of dawn alarm you don't snooze. It's the calming rhythm of feet echoing through quiet streets before the world wakes up. It's the post-work, I'd-rather-be-sleeping dodging of cars in the winter dark. It's the loud, disinhibited conversations about the joyous and angry and all the in between moments only miles shared with friends can provoke. It's the carefree feeling, like a kid, exploring old trails and new gems in my own backyard. It's the ecstasy, that so-called "runner's high," of a nailing a tough workout or solid long run. It's the nagging frustration of injury and the long, painful road to recovery that must accompany it. It's the inhalation of fresh air, full of optimism, hope, and possibility. It's the exhalation of stress, anxieties, shortcomings, and disappointment. It's the flat out rejection of the notion of an ideal body weight or size. It's the celebration of what my body has done and the humble daydreaming of what it has the potential to do. It's the deep-rooted connection and mutual understanding with the stranger I cross paths with on the street and on the Internet. It's the simple recentering of and opportunity to reflect on a (too) busy life. It's prayer. It's the thing I look forward to each day. It's one of the loveliest loves of my life. โ€ขโ€ขโ€ข Day 54/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: Sleep-deprived, hangry, post-OB/GYN shelf exam 8 mile #temporun on the treadmill went surprisingly well (56:17; 7:02 pace!) despite a quick and necessary break at mile 6. If you catch my drift. ๐Ÿ’ฉ #TMI? #sorrynotsorry #keepingitreal

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Saturday, 2/11:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 8 miles)

What I Did: 8.27 miles in 1:25:26 (10:20 pace)

Sunday, 2/12:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Long 15 miles)

What I Did: 11.21 miles in 1:36:48 (8:38 pace). Did NOT beat the snow. I slept in too late and really should have gotten up earlier to get my run in before it really began to snow, but I was tired from my long week!

I did get to try snowshoeing for the first time, though, thanks to all the snow we got! 2.5ish miles with Tiffany at Five Rivers.

Total Weekly Mileage = 53.87 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 394.69 miles

Sunday Runday: Week of 1/30 (Boston Training Week #7)


Still playing catch up on the training log. I guess the long hours on OB really threw me off! I regret not being more on top of posting about my daily training because I only post a snippet of it on Instagram and now, obviously, I don’t remember what was going on in my head/how my body felt three weeks ago. But, alas, hopefully I’ll learn from this!

Monday, 1/30:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: 7.63 miles in 1:18:18 (10:16 pace) before night float shift #2. :O

Tuesday, 1/31:

(What I Was Supposed to Do:ย Speed 3 x 1600 in 6:20-6:30 with 600 recoveryย (5k goal of 19:30-20:00))

What I Did: Swam 2150 yards in 35:31 (1:39/100 yd). I think Iย made the choice to only do one workout this week because of the crazy night float scheduling, so I skipped my speed workout this week.

Wednesday, 2/1:

(What I Was Supposed to Do:ย OFF)

What I Did: 2.30 delirious miles (22:19; 9:43 pace) with Moira after the longest day of my life!

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Day 45/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: A busy last night float shift (Foley balloons for induction of labor and magnesium prophylaxis for preeclampsia galore + a crazay middle of the night c-section for HELLP syndrome) โžก๏ธ 2 hour power nap โžก๏ธ reviewing for THREE different presentations this afternoon โžก๏ธ 6 hours of class โžก๏ธ 2.5 mile catch-up run sesh with @moiraleigh03. ๐ŸŒƒ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ โ€ขโ€ขโ€ข Pretty amazed I made it through the past few days still with a smile on my face, thanks mostly to the diligent, kind, and rockstar team I was working with! Had to compromise on my workouts a bit, but I'm proud I still got some miles under my legs everyday. Flexibility is essential in this field and with #marathontraining, and tomorrow is a new day. Now, bring on the 4 day weekend! โœŒ๏ธ

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Thursday, 2/2:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 7 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did: Not a great day for me (see below). 7.14 miles.

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Day 46/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: Not my most favorite day. Our local track has been closed the past week, so I drove to the nearby university's track to tackle my speed workout only to find it was iced over. After failing miserably at maintaining 5k pace on the path looping around campus, I compromised for marathon tempo pace, which also didn't go over so well. So basically, I ended up doing 7 miles easy…before finding out my @gopro was stolen. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ โ€ขโ€ขโ€ข I never would have spent so much money on a little toy camera, but I won mine in a raffle while volunteering at a St. Baldrick's event a couple years ago. Trying to decide whether I should buy a new GoPro or not sparked a great conversation with my fiancรฉ about why I even have a running Instagram in the first place. Is it self-promotion? Racking up likes? Gaining followers? I was disgusted with myself for a hot sec until I realized those things are NOT my main motivation. Like anyone, I can get distracted by the numbers, but what I LOVE about this little "square" community is 1) the connections with inspiring runners and people in the medical field I've made, 2) having a creative space to post fun pics and my reflections on school and running each day, and 3) the opportunity to share the feasibility of balancing a busy and productive work life with competitive recreational running. I would run out of fingers and toes counting the runner friends I've "met" on Insta before logging miles with in person and fellow students who have told me I'm not the only one struggling (and occasionally thriving ๐Ÿ™‚) in grad school. For these reasons, I'll keep enjoying Insta…even if the pictures require a bit more creativity while I save up some cash for a new camera! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy Thursday, friends! May we always remember that things are just things and what really matters is our relationships with others. ๐Ÿ’•

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Friday, 2/3:ย 

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: Did my tempo run outside:

3.10 mile warm-up

7 mile tempo run in 51:17 (7:19 pace; 7:22, 7:28, 7:16, 7:16, 7:16, 7:14, 7:20)

2.70 mile cool-down

12.81 miles total

Saturday, 2/4:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 10 miles)

What I Did: 11.13 miles total (9:05ish pace) as part of the ARE’s Pancake Run with Tiffany and Yaowei!

Sunday, 2/5:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 10 miles)

What I Did: 10.39 miles (1:31:11; 8:46 pace) with lots of Sister Birds for a bRUNch hosted by Rachael Austin! Running with friends this weekend was exactly what I needed.

Total Weekly Mileage = 51.6ย miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 340.82ย miles

Sunday Runday: Week of 1/23 (Boston Training Week #6)


Wowza. I am way behind on my training log posting game. So, here’s some catch up! Thank God for running watches and that I kept up to date on Instagram…

Monday, 1/23:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: Knew Tuesday was not going to be great day for running, let alone a workout due to scheduling stuff (was at the hospital at 6AM until class in the afternoon, a meeting at 5PM, and then a meeting with a potential wedding caterer at 6:30PM, with bedtime around 9:30-10PMish!), so opted to move my hard workouts up a day earlier this week. Ended up having a ridiculously long day at the hospital on Monday, though-we are supposed to only be at the hospital until 5PM each day, but we went into an OR case at 4:45PM and there was still paperwork to be completed for the next day, so I didn’t end up leaving until 7PM. :O I was worried because the gym closes at 9PM so I skimped on the warm-up, butย still got it done because I’m like that:

1 mile warm-up

400 (1:36), 800 (3:10), 1200 (4:45), 1600 (6:13), 1200 (4:43), 800 (3:01), 400 (1:27) with 400 rest on the treadmill

1.25 mile cool-down? (This is what happens when I don’t write things down/don’t use my watch wahhh)

8 miles total

Tuesday, 1/24:

(What I Was Supposed to Do:ย Speed 400, 800, 1200, 1600, 1200, 800, 400 with 400 recoveryย (5k goal of 19:30-20:00))

What I Did: OFF

Wednesday, 1/25:

(What I Was Supposed to Do:ย OFF)

What I Did: Wasย not feeling this workout at all. I’ve been feeling pretty tired in general lately, to be honest, and my legs, mind, and heart just weren’t as excited to do this tempo as they usually are. Part of it is just feeling tired from long hours, I think, but part of it is definitely getting sick of running on the treadmill. Still aย very good pace if you ask me! Totally skimped on the cool-down because a quick visit to Phil in the library turned into an hour long conversation about our days and then I was too cold to run back home! ๐Ÿ˜€

2 mile warm-up

7 mile tempo in 48:21 (6:54 pace; 7:04, 7:02, 7:03, 6:59, 6:52, 6:48, 6:30) on the treadmill

0.5 mile cool-down

9.5 miles total

Thursday, 1/26:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 7 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did: 6.09 miles in 59:00 (9:41 pace) with Phil!

Friday, 1/27:ย 

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 7 miles)

What I Did: 5.59 miles (55:27; 9:55 pace) with Phil!

Saturday, 1/28:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 8 miles)

What I Did: 8.39 miles (1:23:42; 9:59 pace)

Sunday, 1/29:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Long 14miles)

What I Did: 15.54 miles (1:59:01; 7:40 pace) with mid-long run 15K PR (1:08:34; 7:21 pace) as a part of the HMRRC Winter Series!

Total Weekly Mileage = 53.22 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 289.22 miles

Sunday Runday: Week of 1/16 (Boston Training Week #5)


Monday, 1/16:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: 7.58 miles in 1:16:07 (10:02 pace). My legs felt totally trashed after yesterday’s run, so I was surprised that I wanted to get out there today (except our loooong work day that felt like SUCH a Monday makes it less surprising).

Tuesday, 1/17:

(What I Was Supposed to Do:ย Speed 4 x 1200ย in 4:42-4:50ย (5k goal of 19:30-20:00))

What I Did: Didn’t feel as strong as I wish I could on this run, but in retrospect my paces were pretty good: 6:08-6:25!

1.8 mile warm-up

4 x 0.75 miles with 0.25 miles rest on treadmill: 4:49, 4:45, 4:37, 4:36 (skipped last 0.25 rest because I was readyyyy to get off that darn treadmill!)

2.53 mile cool-down

8.08 miles total

Wednesday, 1/18:

(What I Was Supposed to Do:ย OFF)

What I Did: OFF

Thursday, 1/19:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 7 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did:

2.15 mile warm-up

7 mile tempo in 48:27 (6:55 pace; 7:07, 7:06, 7:03, 6:56, 6:53, 6:50, 6:28)

3.41 mile cool-down

12.56 miles total

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Day 32/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: So many costume changes today! Sweats to the hospital โžก๏ธ scrubs for rounds and sign-out โžก๏ธ professional clothes for morning clinic โžก๏ธ back to scrubs for an afternoon on Labor & Delivery โžก๏ธ running clothes while kicking my workout's butt โžก๏ธ PJs while dinner-ing and a little studying before bed! Felt surprisingly AWESOME for #tempothursday: 2 mile warm-up, 7 mile tempo in 48:27 (6:55 pace! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ) on the treadmill, 3.5 mile cool-down for 12.5 miles total. Have no idea where thaaaat came from, but I don't hate it! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธโœŒ๏ธ

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Friday, 1/20:ย 

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: 6.18 miles in 1:03:58 (10:21 pace). Friday runs are always the toughest after a long week of hard runs! Got out a little late due to an emergency c-section, but what a way to end the OB portion of this rotation!

Saturday, 1/21:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 10 miles)

What I Did: 10.07 miles in 1:27:52 (8:43 pace). Got in 4ish miles on my own, then did the last 6 with Fiona (@adktrigirl), which was the first time meeting her! Ran substantially faster with her than on my own (was rocking the 9:30-10ย minute pace, then ran 8:18, 8:24, 8:24, 8:06, 8:06, 8:02 with Fiona LOL), but legs felt okay!

Sunday, 1/22:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 8ย miles)

What I Did: Got ditched by my friend Luke and re-planned to run withย Phil who also ditched me for more sleep, so did this one solo! Whenever I run by myself, I’m pretty sure I just default to a slower pace: 8.50 miles in 1:23:46 (9:51 pace).

Total Weekly Mileage = 52.89 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 236 miles