Friday 5: My Top 5 Bucket List Races

Ah, look at me posting so diligently this week! I think the marathon training must have me just hyped up about running, blogging, and LIFE IN GENERAL! 

So Excited | 2 Generations RunningHopefully not though.

Anyways, I was thinking it was about time I got back to participating in the Friday Five Link-Up with Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia. As it would happen, this week is a “Free” week – so basically, I get to pick the theme! In keeping with my current mood (i.e., super jazzed about running),  I thought I would share my 5 bucket list races. I don’t know when these races are going to happen, all I know is that I NEED to race them someday (probably after I win the lottery or something and have tons of money to spend on race entry fees.)

  1. The Boston Marathon. I think this one almost goes without saying and I’ve documented my dream of running Boston someday on the blog before. It’s the biggest marathon there is in the running community and there is something almost odyssey-like about the quest to run a BQ. Top 5 Bucket List Races | 2 Generations Running
  2. The Chicago Marathon. I watched the documentary, Spirit of the Marathonright before I ran one of my very first half marathons and I was almost entranced I found it so inspiring. The movie follows the training of a group of 5 runners preparing for the Chicago Marathon – a group ranging from an elite (Deena Kastor) to a 1st time marathoner. If you are a runner and haven’t seen Spirit of the Marathon yet, you seriously need to check it out. From the moment I watched the movie, I knew Chicago was a race I would want to run (at some point).
  3. The Philadelphia Marathon (or Half Marathon). Philadelphia has always seemed like one of those super cool cities and a fantastic place to visit for a race. I’ve heard it’s a beautiful course with plenty of crowd support (just like Boston and Chicago). Maybe these big races just appeal to me because most of the races I’ve done have been on the smaller side? I don’t know, but either way Philly is on the list.
  4. California International Marathon. CIM only recently got on my radar after hearing Amanda Nurse, a guest on the Running on Om podcast talk about her successful attempt to qualify for the Olympic trials there. Amanda ran her first marathon in 3:26 but was able to carve her times down to her current 2:40 marathon PR. It was so incredible listening to her talk about her running journey on the podcast and it just made me really want to also run this race someday!
  5. Grandma’s Marathon (Duluth, MN). I figured it was probably worth including one smaller race in this list, and Grandma‘s has always seemed like an awesome race to me. I remember seeing Alison’s photos on her blog from when she ran the race and thinking it looked absolutely beautiful with much of the course along Lake Superior. I’m pretty sure I want this to be our Minnesota race when my mom and I look to cross off that state!

So there you go! A lot of miles and fun packed into those 5 races. And who knows, maybe I’ll end up crossing one of these off my list in 2016! 🙂

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If you had to pick one top race to run, what would it be? Have you ever run any of these races? How were they? 


5 Things I Love As A Runner

So this post was actually intended for the Friday Five Link-Up this past Friday – I had it all written and ready to go, and then I came home Thursday evening and I was EXHAUSTED and all I had the mental energy to do was sit in bed and watch Netflix. #BadBlogger. But then, I decided I would share it anyway, because I am not one to let a good post go to waste. 😉 So without further ado…

5 Things I ♥ As A Runner

Cox Providence Half Marathon 2015

The fact that I love PRs goes without saying.

1. Number one HAS to be new sneakers. There’s just something so awesome about kicking your training off fresh in a new pair. It almost feels like the beginning of a new year! There’s so much promise and potential, and you just hope that it all works out well (i.e., you don’t lose any toenails). I’m almost at 400 miles in my current pair and I can’t wait to upgrade. 🙂
2. Under Armour gift cards from using Map My Run. I never used to pay attention to the challenges in the Map My Run app (things like run 30 miles in 30 days and be entered to win a gift card to such and such). Then, I ended up randomly signing up for one and BINGO! I had a $15 gift card to use for Under Armour. This has actually happened to me THREE times now, with the gift cards ranging from $15-$25. Not too shabby! I’ve purchased myself a shirt, a pair of cozy lounging capris and most recently, a headband for my mom and some socks for me.
3. Is there anything better than a fresh pedicure as a runner? After I get over the fear of letting someone see my permanently gross and calloused feet that is. They always look 1,000 times better after and as my mom says, “Nothing hides a few black toenails better than nail polish.”
4. My new compression sleeves.

Zensah Compression Sleeves | 2 Generations RunningSo awesome I had to snapchat them.

I picked up my Zensah compression sleeves at the expo for the Falmouth Road Race and they’re pretty fantastic. I’m still new to compression socks and sleeves, but so far I’m loving the Zensahs. I ran my 14 miles in them last weekend (after having run a 6 mile tempo run the day before), and my legs felt fresh and good to go.

 5. Having a running buddy in my Mom.

2 Generations RunningCan’t wait for all our races to come!

Hope you’re having a great weekend!♥♥


Friday Five: 5 Tips for a Smooth Race Day

Happy Friday!

First off, I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone for their kind comments on Wednesday’s post. It feels awesome to be able to discuss these issues with my fellow health and running bloggers, and I feel so much better for having discussed my mixed feelings about telling people about my blog and labeling myself as a ‘blogger’. You all are so awesome and friendly and I am lucky to belong to such a kind and supportive community.

Friday 5 Link-UpI’m once again hopping back into the Friday 5 Link-Up this week, hosted by Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC, Mar of Mar on the Run, and Cynthia of You Signed Up For What? This week’s topic is all about race day!! Honestly, the timing of this one could not be better with my mom and I gearing up for Sunday’s half marathon in Providence! I figured I would share with you all 5 tips for keeping the race day running smoothly (pun very much intended). Race mornings can be stressful, but these tips have helped us keep calm and enjoy the experience.

5 Tips for a Smooth Race Day | 2 Generations Running

  1. Write EVERYTHING DOWN. The times that you can pick up your bib, the address of bib pick-up, the addresses of all the parking lots in the vicinity, and your bib number (if you know it). Make sure you’ve checked your information against the race’s website and Facebook page the day before in case any last-minute changes have been made.
  2. Lay out the flat version of “you” the night before. That means your whole race outfit, including sports bra, socks, sneakers, fuel belt, bib, hat… Make sure that you won’t have to scramble to find anything in the morning. Most races begin pretty early, so you will save yourself some valuable sleeping time by making sure everything is ready to go the night before.
  3. Check Mapquest or your GPS several days before to determine how long a drive it’s going to take (assuming you will be driving to the race that morning). I usually like to get to a race like a half marathon about an hour to an hour and a half before the start, but definitely budget in more time if you have a comprehensive warm-up routine you like to do! Do bear in mind, the longer the race, the shorter the warm-up! With a race that is 13.1 to 26.2 miles long, your body will have plenty of time to warm up and work up to your desired speed.
  4. Don’t forget to eat. A lot of people feel uncomfortable eating a big breakfast early in the morning, so if that’s the case, just bring it with you! I don’t like to run immediately after eating, so make sure you give yourself some time to digest before your race starts. Go with a breakfast that has “sat well” with you on your previous long runs; you don’t want to try anything new on race day and discover it makes your stomach all wonky. And yes, that is the technical term for it.

Tips For Race Day | 2 Generations RunningI love my bagels with almond butter and jam with a cup of nice, hot coffee before racing. 🙂

5. Running with a friend or family member (or meeting up with some spectators post-race)? Try to plan a spot where you can reunite. In this era of cell phones and technology, this will probably only be an issue if you are running without your phone, but it’s always good to have a back-up plan in case your phone dies on you midway through the race. This is especially important if you’re running in a really big race with thousands of other runners.

Tips for Race Day | 2 Generations Running

Now let’s see if I can put my money where my mouth is this weekend with a nice, smooth race on Sunday in Providence! I CANNOT WAIT. 🙂 (If you want more up-to-date news on how my mom and I do this weekend, follow me on Twitter and Instagram!)

Do you have any special tricks for getting ready on race mornings?


What a Trip!

Hello hello and happy Friday!

We made it to the end of another week. The weather’s looking like it’s going to be gorgeous (hello 60 degree temps!) and I am just pumped for this weekend! Plus, I’m running the Homes for Our Troops 5k and a race always puts me in a good mood.

Today, I’m finally hopping back in the swing of the Friday 5 Link-up! You know the drill – every week, Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC, Mar of Mar on the Run, and Cynthia of You Signed Up For What? pick a topic, and this week’s topic is 5 trips you’ve taken! There’s nothing like reliving some of those good, old vacation memories (besides actually taking a vacation), so here we go!

Friday 5 Link-Up1. Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park.I was lucky enough to get to travel to Yellowstone while in high school as part of a school trip. It was honestly the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen, and I have about a thousand photos saved from that trip that prove it. I recently discovered that you can now run a half marathon through Yellowstone through Vacation Races! HOW FREAKING COOL IS THAT?! I think this might just have to be our race for when my mom and I are looking to cross off Wyoming from our 50 states goal. 🙂 Of course, we’ll have to watch out for buffalo.

Yellowstone National Park | 2 Generations Running

2. Waitsfield, VT. Fun fact – I ran the “World’s Most Beautiful Marathon” (well, the half marathon at least).

The World's Most Beautiful Marathon - the Mad Marathon | 2 Generations RunningIt really was beautiful, and the food was TO DIE FOR! Not to mention, we were only about 25 minutes away from the Ben and Jerry’s Factory, so we were forced to fuel for our half marathon with ice cream. Now if only Vermont could flatten out all those pesky hills that kept popping up all over the race course. 😉

3. Booth Bay Harbor, ME. Despite it raining EVERY SINGLE DAY of this 3-day trip, my mom and I still had a blast.

Boothbay Harbor, ME | 2 Generations RunningWe kayaked (in the rain), ate some FANTASTIC food again (Hello raspberry ricotta French toast!), and explored some gorgeous gardens (in the rain again).

4.  Boston, MA for the Heartbreak Hill Half. Obviously this one wasn’t very far away as far as trips go, but we did stay overnight and it was a completely running-filled weekend and it WAS AWESOME. Seriously, if you haven’t run a race put on by Runner’s World, DO IT. These folks know what runners want. 🙂

Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon, Runner's World | 2 Generations Running5. Geneseo, NY. Ok, college might not technically count as a “trip I’ve taken”. But I love my college town  and I miss it, so it’s going on this list!

Geneseo, NYYeah, the winters can be rough, but upstate NY sure has some beautiful moments. And I can’t wait to go back in May. 🙂

So there you go! What are some trips you’ve taken that stand out in your memory (for good or bad reasons!)? Do you have any trips on the horizon?

 

 


Spring into the Friday Five!

Happy Friday!

I’m so excited for this weekend – I’ve got a fun St. Patty’s Day race (the Nutty Irish 5K Cocoa Run) and some birthday celebrating to do!! 🙂 My birthday was this past week, but I was working that day so the festivities were somewhat limited.

Best Day Ever.But anyways… onto the Friday Five! As always, this link-up is hosted by the wonderful bloggers, Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC, Mar of Mar on the Run, and Cynthia of You Signed Up For What?.

Friday 5 Link-UpThis week’s topic: Spring! Apart from one glorious, random day last week where the temps got into the high 50s, it hasn’t been feeling very spring-like. But hopefully that will turn around soon. And when that finally does happen, these will be some of the things I’ll be enjoying-

1. There are more races to run. Living in New England, the winter weather makes road races pretty darn near impossible. And of course, this past winter actually BROKE the record for snowfall in Boston. But now that the temps are finally starting to warm up, there will be races popping up all over the place and I’m ready to run them all.

2. Not having to bundle up in approximately 1,798 different layers of running apparel. I am so ready to throw on shorts and a t-shirt and hop out for a run. Those days still feel like a distant dream right now…

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Bring on shorts and sunglasses weather!!

3. Being able to go on trail runs! Since reading Born to Run, I’ve been itching to get off the road. I took Brady for a walk down some trails this past weekend, and they are still COATED with ice (it was a miracle I didn’t fall). Trail running is always beautiful, and such a nice change of pace, and I am seriously longing for those days that are *hopefully* in the near future.

Trail running | 2 Generations Run4. Graduating! While I technically graduated in December, I’ll be heading back to school this May to walk in my graduation. I actually got my diploma in the mail just this week, and they spelled my name right and everything so I think that makes it official. 😉 I’m so psyched to head back in a couple months to see all my friends again and finally celebrate together.

5. Spring means summer is coming! This might not really qualify as a “favorite thing about spring”, but it’s the truth. I love the warm weather and long, sunny days and spring is the first sign that the dog days of summer are on their way!!

Have an AWESOME weekend! Check back early next week for a full recap of the Nutty Irish 5K Cocoa Run 🙂

Are you excited for Spring? What are you looking forward to?


Friday 5: A Day in the Life

Happy FRIDAY!

I’m so glad it’s finally here. Today’s Friday Five Link-up topic (hosted by Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC, Mar of Mar on the Run, and Cynthia of You Signed Up For What?) is A Day in the Life. This topic is actually the perfect post for me, because my routine has changed dramatically this week.

Friday 5 Link-Up

This past week was my first week of doing post-grad, ‘real world’ things because I started my internship in Boston with an event planning company. The company puts on races (!!) and other special events, and we’re working on something BIG right now, but I’m going to be all secretive and not tell you what it is (until after it happens at least). So, here’s a sneak peek into my life 3 days a week right now-

1. Alarm goes off at 5:34. I added the little emojis hoping to trick my brain into being excited about being awake so early, but so far it’s not working too well.

A Day in the Life... |Friday-Five Linkup

2. By 6:30, I’m on my way to the train station. My brain still doesn’t understand what’s going on. All it knows is that it wants more caffeine, but I’m worried about having to go to the bathroom, and I don’t have time for that, because in an hour…

3. It’s time to battle through the rush-hour traffic of the subway system. This part is definitely the most stressful, although I’m getting pretty good at navigating the Boston subways, which I never had to do before.

Seinfeld GIF4. I finally make it to my building (assuming all goes well on the subway and train). The building is really beautiful, and it’s exciting to work in such a cool environment. It also has an Au Bon Pain so I can finally get more coffee and satisfy my caffeine cravings.

5. In the afternoon, I do it all over again, in reverse. Typically, I make it home around 7 and I’m hungry and tired. So, that’s why I’ve been a little MIA from the blog this week and didn’t have time to write a real recap of my first yoga class (Bloggers out there with full-time jobs – How the heck do you find the time to blog regularly???). Maybe I’ll get around to a recap of my second class after Monday. But no promises. 😉

So, it’s a long few days, but I’m really excited about the company and the professional experience I’m getting, so it’s all good. 🙂

Have a great weekend! Seriously – does anyone have tips on blogging when you have a crazy-full schedule?


Friday Five {Favorites from the Week}

Happy Friday everyone!!

After missing the Friday 5 Link-Up the past couple weeks, I’m excited to hop back into it! As always, it’s hosted by Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC, Mar of Mar on the Run, and Cynthia of You Signed Up For What? Today’s topic is 5 favorites from the past week.

Friday 5 Link-Up

1. The first thing I’m loving this week has to be Wednesday’s run.

6 Miles | 2 Generations RunningAfter Stu’s Relay went so well, I figured I could start running a little further on a more regular basis. And the 40 degree temps on Wednesday was the perfect time to start!! My knee still twinges sometimes, but more so at the beginning of a run and less towards the end (before, it would start to hurt early on and get progressively worse over a run, so I think this is significant progress.) 🙂 My sneakers were SOAKED at the end of this run from all the melting snow, but I couldn’t have been happier.

2. The fact that March is finally here! As hard as it is to believe with 5 feet of snow on the ground, spring is actually coming. Plus, it’s my birthday month. 🙂

Spring is nature's way of saying, let's party!3. Brady trying to squeeze into Keeper’s (much smaller) bed. He has his own dog bed, which is twice the size, but for some reason, he sure seems to enjoy sleeping in Keeper’s new bed.

Brady and Keeper | 2 Generations Running

4. Having the time to cook. This was one of the things I was most looking forward to with being done with school, and it’s been great! I love scouring my Pinterest recipe board these days to find healthy and delicious meals. Last night I made paleo salmon sweet potato cakes from The Little Honey Bee, and they were delicious!

5. The Bachelor. The Women Tell-All episode was some excellent reality television, and I am stoked for Monday’s episode! Will he find Princess Farming? Sorry… Blame ABC for the pun.

prince farming2

 

Have a great weekend!