Getting Back into the Routine

Happy Monday and happy April!!

I don’t care that it snow/sleeted all Friday and Saturday in Boston. I can feel that Spring is coming and warmer weather too. This winter feels like it’s gone on FOREVER. New England may not have figured out that it’s Spring yet, but that’ll come. 😉

I mentioned briefly in my last post, but I recently got back from a week long work trip that really messed with my routine. I was staying in some pretty old hotels in the middle of nowhere (but right off the highway of course) so my running was SUPER limited. I managed to squeak in one easy 4.5 miler one day and did get to take in a nice view of the sunrise.

2 Generations RunningSince getting home, I’m sliding back into my structured training regimen again. I did some easy 45 minute runs this week and then a workout on Saturday.

Because of the slushy snow, I was forced to take my workout to the treadmill AGAIN. Even with running indoors, I still managed to soak my sneakers through on the 2-minute walk over to the gym. Nothing like starting a workout with water squishing around between your toes!

Face palm | 2 Generations Running

The workout was 2 mile warm-up, then 6 x 2 minutes at 7:30 with 1 minute recoveries. 3 minute recovery then another set of 6 x 2 minutes followed by a 1 mile cool-down. The total distance ended up being just about 7.3 miles. It wasn’t super easy but it was fun to be working hard again and the intervals made the time on the treadmill fly by.

A few weeks back while I was still recovering from the Half at the Hamptons, I tried out a yoga class for runners near my office. It was called ‘Stretch and Strengthen’ for runners and focused on strength in the glutes, hamstrings, and core. I’m not a huge yoga fan but I REALLY liked this class. The instructor was very friendly and knowledgeable and the class was very dynamic. There were only 3 of us in the first class I went to (and 4 in the second) so the small groups make for a lot of personal attention and form corrections which was awesome. I could tell I had worked muscles that weren’t used to it by the slight soreness I felt the next day. I think the class could be a really good addition to my training regimen so I’m going to try to keep up with going to it on a weekly basis as much as possible.

How was your weekend? Are you as happy as I am that it’s finally April?


What’s Next?

Hello and Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a good weekend. I ran this weekend for the first time since Baystate! In all honesty, I really probably shouldn’t have (see below). But I was so antsy to test out my beautiful new Garmin that finally came in the mail!

Garmin Forerunner 235I opted to get the Forerunner 235 because I really wanted the wrist-based heart rate monitoring. It also doubles as a smart watch/activity tracker which I am loving so far. I had the Garmin Forerunner 10 previously, which worked really well for me for just shy of 2 years but lately, it had been showing signs of being on the decline. I had it fully charged for the marathon and it started giving me low battery warnings 3 and a half hours in! I was ready to upgrade anyway so it was kind of good timing.

I also recently received a pair of Legend Compression socks through my ambassadorship with Bibrave and I had to test them out too! SO MUCH RUNNING GEAR!

Legend Compression SocksWhile it was a very short run, my initial thoughts on the socks are very positive. I find a lot of compression socks too tight around the toes (which is why I tend to wear sleeves more often), but that wasn’t the case with these ones. I’ll post an in-depth review in the next couple weeks after testing them out a bit more.

So I ran 3 and a half easy miles on Saturday morning (I am finally back to being able to wear closed shoes, although 5 out of 10 of my toenails are a nice, dark shade of purple currently.) And then that afternoon, I was browsing around the internet and discovered the Hansons Coaching podcast! I had heard of the Hansons Marathon Method, but didn’t know they made a podcast so I was excited to check it out. Of course, the first episode I had to listen to was on marathon recovery. And the first point he made was that most runners should take 10 days – 2 weeks off after a marathon (meaning NO running). Whoops. On Sunday, I revised the error of my ways and went to a yoga class instead.

Whoops GifThe good news is that I’ll be traveling for work this week and will be way too busy to even think about running. When I get back, I’ll be past that 2 week mark and ready to dive back into things! Which leads me to my next point –

What’s next?

I’m really looking forward to getting back to working on my speed. With marathon training, I had to really focus my efforts on increasing my mileage and keeping most of my runs in my aerobic zone. That’s all well and good but I feel like I’ve been doing the same thing since last December when I began training for Delaware. Now, all I want to do is get some turn-over back in my legs by focusing on running some miles in the 7:00-7:30 range! Could I even run a mile sub-7 if I tried?? Maybe! I want to crush some 5ks and 10ks. My new watch doesn’t have any of my previous running data and it currently thinks my Fastest Mile is a 9:32 and Longest Run is 3.5 miles. Not gonna lie – I’m irrationally annoyed by this.

Luckily, Boston is a great place for running in the Fall. 🙂 There are 5ks practically every weekend and I am thinking of taking a page out of Hollie’s book and doing a lot of racing over the next few months. I’m considering targeting a half marathon PR in February.

I’m far from being done with marathons. But I’d like to give myself some time to get some speed back and THEN see what I could do in a marathon heading into a training cycle with a stronger foundation.

So that’s the plan in a nutshell for now!

What’s on your calendar for the next few months? Any Garmin fans out there?

 


1 Week To Go!!

Happy Monday!

So here we are, 6 days away from Baystate andddd… I have a cold. 😦 I started feeling a little stuffy at the end of last week and much to my dismay, it has spiraled into a full-blown cold – sore throat, stuffy nose, the whole works.

My last long run on Sunday was supposed to be an easy peasy 12 miles, but after a horrible night’s sleep and waking up to pouring rain, I finally admitted it probably wasn’t going to happen. I opted for an hour walk on the treadmill at the gym instead and spent the rest of the day parked on the couch drinking tea. Not exactly a confidence booster for next weekend.

So needless to say, I’m a little bit nervous. Marathons are sooooo hard and I really really don’t want to run 26.2 miles not being able to breathe through my nose. Ugh.

Can't BreatheI hear ya, Keira Knightley.

On the bright side, it’s looking like the weather should be pretty good on Sunday – partly cloudy with a high of 63. I would prefer a few degrees cooler, but I should be done well before temps get into the 60s at least.

Other final marathon preparations have included putting together a killer playlist and getting my nails done (on the agenda for this week!). Though I don’t think I will be able to top Delaware’s manicure –

Delaware Marathon Nails | 2 Generations RunningThis week, I’ll be taking it super easy (a few short runs, no Mystryde classes) and trying to fight off this cold. Wish me luck!

Do you have any special routines for big races?


An Injury Scare

Hey all!

Happy Monday – hope you all enjoyed the weekend! Can you believe today is the first day of August?! Where the heck has the summer gone? I also have so much to fill you in on. Work is always so hectic during the week that I just don’t have the energy/time to blog at night and then I fall behind on updating you all!

But anyways, the past few weeks I’ve been playing in a coed soccer league with my coworkers. Soccer was my big passion when I was younger, so I was pretty psyched for this league going into it.

Soccer | 2 Generations RunningI have to admit though, it’s been quite the challenge. We were supposed to be in the “just for fun” league, but there weren’t enough teams so we got bumped up into the intermediate league – which might as well be professional compared to the level of our team. 😉 So we’ve been losing each game pretty horribly, but worse than that is just how tough it’s been on my body! I have no problem with all the running, but the sharp turns and sudden movements have been a serious struggle. I’ve gotten so used to running in a straight line at a relatively even pace! In last Monday’s game, I went to kick the ball and I think I turned my foot at a weird angle and suddenly experienced a shooting pain in the top of my foot.

I tried to jog it off, but I was also freaking out that I had injured myself so I subbed out after a minute and spent the next 15 minutes or so on the sidelines icing the top of my foot. It didn’t look crazy swollen or bruised, but it was very tender. I iced and elevated it that night, but it was still bothering me the next day walking to work.

So in typical runner-fashion, I blew it up in my mind and immediately started thinking about stress fractures or tendon strains and made an appointment with the doc to have it looked at. I didn’t run the whole rest of that week and was hyper-aware of any and all twinges on the top of my foot. Luckily, it felt less painful with each passing day and I was able to hop on it without any serious discomfort. I went to the doctor on Friday and they took X-rays, which confirmed – THANK GOD – no stress fracture!! She recommended I dial back the miles for a bit and just continue to ice, elevate, and take plenty of anti-inflammatories. I’m guessing I just strained a muscle in my foot, but thankfully, it does not seem to be too serious.

On Saturday, I decided to test out a short run with the plan to cut it short if I felt any pain. I loosened the laces a little over the spot, which did feel slightly tender when I first pulled my sneaker on. Once I started running though, I felt completely fine. I was on the treadmill and threw in a couple of small hills and short sprints, all with no issues. Yay!

I’m so glad this turned out to be a false alarm. Utah is only 3 weeks away and I am so excited for that trip. I would have been so bummed if I had had to sit that race out.

I think this may be it for my soccer career though! I have had a lot of laughs playing with my coworkers, and while it has been fun, running is my main priority right now. I have a lot of goals when it comes to future half marathons and marathons, and every time I play soccer, it feels like gambling with injury.

Have you ever had a similar experience having to give up an activity you used to love?


The Mountains, Long Runs, and Training Lately

Happy Monday!

I’m finally back in Mass and will finally be in one place for longer than 2 weeks, yay!! Last week, I had another work trip, this time to Wintergreen, VA.

 

Wintergreen VASuch a BEAUTIFUL place. I always thought of myself as more of an ocean fan, but the mountains might be moving up in my book. 🙂

I managed a quick 3-miler in one morning before work, but it had a decent amount of walking because of this elevation –

Elevation ProfileWoof, that is a lot of climbing when your typical route is around 60 feet of elevation gain! I was dying, but the views made it totally worth it.

Wintergreen, VAI got back home early Friday afternoon and was able to squeeze in a pretty decent cross-training session in the glorious air-conditioning of the gym. Boston has been in a bit of a heat wave – 90 degrees and humid, bleck. You know it’s bad when you’re going to the gym just to get out of the heat. 🙂

Saturday, I got in a sweaty 6 miles in the morning, but temps were already in the mid-70s by the time I got out the door.

2 Generations RunningTrying to smile while dying from too much sun/humidity. I had the bike path pretty much all to myself, apart from the end of my run when I discovered a 5k was being held on my route and I found myself in the back of their pack. Probably a good thing I didn’t know they were going to be there or else I would have wanted to race it, but my plan called for easy miles.

I only have 5 weeks till my mom and I run our next half – the Hobble Creek Half Marathon, which I would love to try to race (and possibly PR) if possible. I know a lot of factors will impact this – including elevation, weather, and how tired/beat up I’m feeling from working a race the week before, so my plan is to stay flexible with my goal. I don’t need a repeat of Delaware. I am planning on doing the speed work and long runs to give me the best shot at a new PR though, should everything play out in my favor.

Given that, Sunday featured a long run of 10 sweaty, but beautiful miles along the Charles.

 

2 Generations RunningSweaty but feelin’ the positive vibes (and negative splits – I was able to pick up the pace a bit on the last 4 miles!)

There’s nothing like running in Boston –

Boston RunningThese views and so many runners out and about! There’s something about struggling through the heat with a bunch of strangers doing the same thing that just makes it better. 🙂

The rest of the weekend was spent desperately trying to stay cool and lounging around in my new favorite post-run tank top courtesy of Sarah Marie Design Studio.

Sarah Marie Design Studio Tank TopLOVE THIS SHIRT! ❤

Hope you had a great weekend too!

Is it miserably hot where you are right now too? What were you up to this weekend? 


Our Next Big Race/State

Happy Almost End of the Week to you all!

As most of you know, my mom and I are trying to run a marathon or half marathon in every state. So far, we have 11 down. I’m psyched to say my mom and I have our next state picked out for this summer!

State #12  – UTAH with the Hobble Creek Half Marathon!!

My mom and I picked this race/state for a few reasons. Most importantly, the timing of it was perfect. My mom and I will be running the Runners World Classic in July (if you want to race this one with me, you can use code RAVE for 10% off the registration fee!), but we didn’t have any big races lined up for August. I will be in Utah for work the week of August 13th, so I looked around for some half marathons in the general area the following week and found Hobble Creek. It sounds absolutely AWESOME –

“The Hobble Creek Half Marathon was started by two elite runners and USATF members in 1994 with a vision to create a course that would be both a record breaker and a great tune-up for the St. George Marathon… The course is beautiful and fast with rolling hills and is a great place to set a PR (Personal Record) or tune up for a fall marathon. The race is known for its fast course, flowers for women, and Elite 100 medals.”

Hobble Creek Half Marathon Elevation ProfileThat’s my kind of elevation profile!!!

We are registered for the race, flights and hotels are booked, so it is definitely happening! Eeek, so excited!

I was so thrilled with my PR in Augusta in February, but that course had a couple of big hills in it that definitely cost me some time. I think Utah might just be my new chance at a half marathon PR. 🙂 My mom is coming out to meet me a few days before the race, so we will also get to do some sight-seeing and make a little vacation out of it.

In the meantime, I’m sticking with my speedwork routine (did 2 x 2 miles at half marathon goal pace today and was ecstatic at how well I handled it!) and just trying to work my long runs back up. I’m not really following any formal plan for these half marathons, but I am trying to incorporate lessons learned from previous training cycles.

Sunny early Runs | 2 Generations RunningSunny early morning runs are my favorite

**Random sidenote – My big toenail on my right foot finally came off today (it got absolutely wrecked in Delaware)!! I will probably have a regular toenail again in about 9 months… Just in time for me to probably be ready to register for another marathon. 😉 I will spare you all the pics because I have a feeling none of you want to see my gross runner’s feet.

Have you ever been to Utah? Any recommendations for places/sights to see? Do you have any racecations coming up this summer?


Looking Ahead

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I am feeling really optimistic and excited about this week. Something about the weather finally warming up and having the flexibility to do all the workouts and runs I want. I liked the structure of my marathon training plan, but it got to the point where I almost got sick of doing the runs because they felt forced. Like I had to try to stick as closely to the plan as possible or else. Now that Delaware is behind me, I’m excited to play around with some speed work and really get back into cross-training.

I also have a few shorter races already on the calendar!

Run All the Races Meme(Current mood.)

First up, is the Boston Run To Remember 5-Miler this Sunday. I’ve never actually run a 5-mile race before, so yay for an automatic PR!!! I’m looking forward to pushing myself on this one(within reason – no more trips to the ER anytime soon!). I really want to work on my speed this summer, so I think this could be a good race to just gauge where I’m at.

The following weekend, my mom and I will be running the AIDS Walk and Run 5k Boston. The course is right along the Charles, in an area where I sometimes run after work. It’s a really beautiful area, as evidenced by this photo I took a few months ago.SunsetAnd then of course, there is the Runner’s World Classic in July!!!! I know I mentioned that I would be running the half marathon here a few weeks ago. Well, surprise!! I’m actually doing the Hat Trick! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Runners World events, the Hat Trick refers to running all 3 of the races they offer over the weekend – the 5k and 10k on Saturday, and then the half marathon on Sunday! This will be my first time ever trying the whole 3 races in 2 days thing, and I’m psyched. I have to admit though, I don’t think that this will realistically lead to a new half marathon PR, which I had originally been hoping to go for. I haven’t really figured out what I want my strategy to be for the weekend – Do I try to race the 5k or the 10k? Or should I take both of those easy and be more aggressive on the half? Thoughts, anyone?

My mom and I are also toying with the idea of a race in late August that would cross off another state for us… We haven’t finalized any plans there though, so I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

Couple of reminders – If you’re looking for a new hydration belt for summer, I highly recommend the SPIBelt H2O Venture Series (Read my review for all the details here). Use code nora10 at checkout for 10% off and free shipping from spibelt.com!

If you’re local (or even if you’re not) and interested in running the 5k, 10k, or half marathon at the Runner’s World Classic you can still sign up! Use code RAVE at checkout for 10% off.

Have a great week!


I’m Still Alive!

So I haven’t done a post to the blog in over 2 weeks now. OOPS! Yes, I’m still alive and well – life has just been insane.

For the sake of catching you all up in a timely manner, here’s a quick run-down of what I’ve been up to lately.

  • The weekend after the Augusta Half, my mom and I both ran Stu’s 30k race. We had done it before, but only ever as a relay. This year, we each ran the full 18.9 miles. It was a challenging and hilly course, but we were both pretty happy with how we did.
  • The following week, I traveled to Texas to work an event for my job. I was there for just under a week, which really threw a wrench in the marathon training gears. If I were to sum up the trip in a few words, it would be: fire ants, flooding, stress, and lack of sleep. Oh, and my phone also got run over. So yeah… That’s all I’m going to say about that.

life sucks GIF

 

  • This past weekend, my mom and I celebrated my birthday by running ANOTHER half marathon, the New Bedford Half.

New Bedford Half MarathonI have to admit, I was still pretty exhausted and beat up going into this race and was not quite as excited and enthusiastic for it as I usually am. Still, it was a great event and my mom managed to shave 2 minutes off her PR, running well under her goal marathon pace for the entire 13.1 miles (I think that’s a good sign!). I was about 10 seconds off my goal pace, but considering I hadn’t run in a week and was not feeling in peak condition, I’ll take it.

New Bedford Half

So to summarize – the marathon training is still happening, but life has 100% thrown some challenges my way lately. Now, I’ve just got to focus on resetting and not letting that missed week freak me out too much. It sucks that I basically missed a whole week of running, but I know in my heart of hearts, it was unavoidable, so I can’t really feel guilty about it. I just need to double-down and get back to the plan.

2 Generations RunningHave you ever missed a whole week of workouts during a training block? How did you adjust? Did anyone else race this weekend?


Thoughts on Marathon #3 (Guest Post)

I asked my Mom to write up a few words on her thoughts on training for her 3rd marathon, and here is what she had to say!

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I remember when Nora and I started talking about doing a half marathon, my husband immediately began teasing us that pretty soon we would be planning to run a full. I remember standing by the stove as we cooked ,) telling my husband that I would NEVER EVER run a full marathon…

Ok, so now – as I plan for my third one – he gets to say a big “I told you so!!!”

Baystate Marathon 2015And frankly, I guess I’m a little surprised too. But I’ve been lucky in that my first two marathons have been great experiences, so that it seems only natural to want to keep challenging myself a little bit more each time.

This time, we have the challenge of training through the winter – a new one for Nora and me – and the additional goal (that I almost don’t want to voice) that we would like to BQ at Delaware.

Nervous | 2 Generations RunningSo that adds a little stress to my usually laid-back approach to training – which has always worked out for me in the past.

So what will I do differently this time, with this loftier goal in sight?

I am following the same training plan as I did for Bay State, (the intermediate plan from the Runner’s World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training) but this time, I will try to really stick to the pace recommendations. Training in the summer, the heat and humidity made this difficult for me, so we will see if the cooler temps will make this part easier. (Of course, I’ve already tried to do some pace runs that have been slowed way down due to icy and snowy roads, so that will obviously be a big factor. (Sorry, Mid-Atlantic States, but I have to admit that I was pretty happy we dodged the big snow storm last weekend!)

Cross Train: I don’t know why, but training over the summer I didn’t seem to have the energy to do much cross-training. I feel like I should try to be more aggressive about implementing some cross-training sessions now but I also didn’t like any of the options offered by the local gyms. No worries.  I will simply be doing lots of Fitnessblender videos on YouTube – which I really like and always find pretty challenging! (Try Kelli’s Upper Body Workout for People Who Get Bored Easily)  The only downside is that I won’t have the option of treadmill runs if the weather suddenly stops cooperating.  (But that’s why I bought so much cold weather running gear for Christmas!)

What will I do the same….

Food and Drink: I’m continuing to consume lots of ginger and drink ginger tea for its anti-inflammatory properties. I’ve been so lucky about avoiding injury that I’m really nervous that this time things will change. I get panicky every time I feel a weird little twinge in my feet and I quickly run to the fridge to peel more ginger.

2 Generations Running(What I’m hoping to avoid..)

Socks: About midway into the last training session I discovered wearing compression socks really helped, so I will be wearing them all winter, which will actually be easier than wearing them through the summer – which always resulted in some strange looks, or at least questions.

Stretch and Roll: I was super diligent about rolling and stretching after runs and I realize I have to continue to do that, especially as I seem to feel a little stiffer after running in the cold.

Chilling Out (And this one’s not about the cold.): Whether I’m running or cooking, I am too often finding myself agonizing about paces, comparing methods and theories, and worrying about the difference between a tempo vs a strength run –  and texting Nora about my fears and questions.

[I do get a lot of these texts, but I don’t mind!!]

So I think that this time around I am going to have to work especially hard at remembering that, whatever happens, I need to continue to be grateful for the fact that I can run – whether it’s a marathon training run – or just a few miles with a friend. My twingy feet and legs and all the wonderful parts that keep doing what they are supposed to be doing to enable me to move like this are huge and wonderful blessings – that I will not take for granted.

Baystate Marathon 2015So let’s continue the journey!


Delaware Marathon – Training Officially Begins!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone is as lucky as I am to be enjoying the holiday and long weekend!

I’m feelin’ very excited right now. Today officially marks the beginning of my 16 weeks of training for the Delaware Marathon!

Delaware Marathon and Running Festival | 2 Generations RunningI know this training cycle will have its challenges and there will be mornings when I wake up and really don’t want to run, but right now I just feel thrilled to have another big race on the calendar and something challenging to work towards. I’m psyched that my mom will be running the full again for her 3rd marathon and that we’ll be going through the training for this race together (even though the vast majority of our runs will be on our own.)

Even though my training hadn’t officially begun, I got some great workouts in this week and I’m feeling confident about my base going into the training. My first long run this Sunday will be 9 miles – PIECE OF CAKE!

Too Easy GIF | 2 Generations Running

Here’s what my workouts looked like this week:

Monday30 minute booty boot camp courtesy of Fitnessblender. I love all the squats and lunges in this workout and I’m hoping to continue to incorporate it as strength training as I train for Delaware.

Tuesday – 4.2 miles on the treadmill at the gym. The first mile I did as a warm-up, the second I did at 8:06/mile and then I slowed down my 3rd and 4th miles to between 8:20 and 8:34/mile. I’m aiming for a goal pace of 8:05/mile, but for whatever reason, this pace feels so much harder on the treadmill (or dreadmill as the case may be.) I know there are going to be tempo runs I’m going to HAVE to get done on the treadmill, so I’m just going to have to suck it up I suppose.

Wednesday – Off. I ended up going out to eat with my roommates in the evening, and had a burger and sweet potato fries, which were pretty amazing. I had been planning on doing some strength training that day, but it didn’t happen. Oh well though. It was my last week of flexibility in that respect, so I’m not going to beat myself up over the skipped workout.

Thursday – Ran 4 miles outside after work in the cold/dark. My pace ended up averaging 9:20/mile which was slower than I wanted, but I kept coming across snowy, icy patches on my running trail and having to slow down until I got around them. It does make me worried about trying to hit my goal paces throughout this training cycle though – basically, my options are to try to run fast through the dark (by running before work or after work), which isn’t a great idea OR to take the run to the treadmill. I guess we’ll see how it goes!

Friday – I did 1 mile warm-up and then 8 x 400 meter repeats (at 7:24/mile) with 400 recovery on the treadmill. I did this after work on Friday, and boy was my stomach not having it. I’m thinking for my future speed workouts, it’s going to be better for me to get them done early in the morning before work and while my stomach is relatively empty, cause this run really sucked. I’m glad I was able to get through it, but I just felt crappy the whole time and my stomach never adjusted. I’ll consider it a lesson learned though.

Saturday – Snowy/Rainy 6 miles.

Tips and Tricks for Winter Running | 2 Generations RunningOf course, it cleared up and the sun came out in the AFTERNOON, after I was done. Typical. To be fair, I could have chosen to stay indoors and do a cross training workout, BUT I really wanted one of my gluten free bagels for breakfast in the morning and I reserve those for runs of 6 miles or more. So I ran the requisite six miles in snow… which changed to freezing rainwhich changed to regular rain. I was a cold, sopping wet mess by the end of the run, but at least I had my trail to myself since no one else was crazy enough to be outdoors in that weather!

Sunday – January Boston run with my mom! Thankfully, the weather cooperated and it was cloudy and in the 30s. My mom arrived in the late morning and we headed into Boston for our run along the Charles. We ended up doing 5 miles along the river and then I took my mom on a running tour through Downtown crossing and the Financial District up to the North End, finishing our run at just about 8 miles. We then got coffee and lunch at the Thinking Cup (<super cute place that I highly recommend if you are ever in Boston!) I got a grilled cheese and my mom tried the “Jittery Hen” – coffee-braised chicken, pickles, and gruyere cheese on sourdough bread. SUPER weird sounding combination, right? Somehow, it worked though and was delicious!

The Thinking Cup, Boston | 2 Generations RunningAfter we had fueled up again on our coffee and lunch, we browsed through Boston Public Market, which was hopping on the Sunday afternoon! It’s entirely indoors, and filled with plenty of delicious and farm-fresh products like honey, cheese, maple syrup, freshly made cider donuts, and so much more. My mom and I opted to get a a yummy-looking pumpkin bread which we enjoyed with more coffee (we’re addicts clearly…) back at my apartment while we booked our flights to Georgia for the end of February! Augusta Half Marathon, we’re comin’ for ya!

So many good things this week. I’d say 2016 is off to a wonderful start. 🙂

What’s your next race? How do you usually feel at the beginning of a training cycle – nervous or excited?