Category Archives: Half Marathon Training

Motivate Me Running Playlist

Over the past month, I have really started to struggle with staying motivated to run those 9, 10, 11, and 12 milers. I simply lost the motivation to do it. One of the ways that I kept myself going was changing up the music playlist. I found that sitting down and putting together a new playlist got me excited to hit the road and try it out.

All of the songs are upbeat, motivating and some had me singing along while running. True Life, I ran singing Breaking Dishes several times.

Motivate Me Playlist

 

Get You Home– Shwayze

S&M– Rihanna

Barracuda– Heart

Headstrong– Trapt

Breaking Dishes- Rihanna

Feel This Moment– Pit Bull

Timber– Kesha

Call On Me– Eric Prydz

Come On Feel The Noize– Quiet Riot

Teenagers– My Chemical Romance

Bleed it Out– Linkin Park

Up, Up, & Away– Kid Cudi

Blow– Kesha

Eye of the Tiger– Great White

Vegas Girl– Conor Maynard

Come With Me Now– Kongos

Hold it Against Me– Britney Spears

All Day– Cody Simpson

My Songs Know What You In The Dark– Fall Out Boy

How Far We’ve Come– Matchbox Twenty

These songs are definitely all over the place but I couldn’t help myself when certain songs came over my ear buds. How can you ignore the contagious beat of Come With Me Now, or the I’m going to kill this run feeling of Barracuda and Eye of the Tiger?? It’s just not possible.

What is your motivating running song?? What beat can’t you ignore??

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Mount Washington Part 3

Just about two years ago, I wrote about our summiting of Mt. Washington for the 2nd time and mentioned that we aimed to do it every other year. Well…it was time.

The previous 2 times, we have climbed Tuckermans’ Ravine, which is one of the more popular trails. This year, I wanted to try something new. After a little research, we settled on the second most popular trails on the opposite side of the mountain. Ammonoosuc and Jewell. We climbed the Ammonoosuc Trail to the top and ventured down Jewell.

IMG_3502Jewell was an easier slope down and helped avoid the slippery rocks that you find on Ammonoosuc.

It is definitely a little intense looking up in the clouds and know that’s where you are walking to. You can’t even see the summit.

 

 

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The hike itself was absolutely beautiful. It was so scenic and kept you mesmerized the entire hike. The trail follows a beautiful waterfall up until you break the tree line.

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Bacon loved every time there was a little pool for him to jump in and cool off.

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If you can’t tell from the pictures, it was a steep slope and unlike Tuckermans, there weren’t nicely laid out stairs for you to walk up. It made you concentrate a lot more on where you were stepping. But the views were just incredible.

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Brent is TERRIFIED of heights, and would die if he knew what was behind him. He was hilarious to watch climb, simply because he wouldn’t turn around to look at the amazing views. Instead, I decided to snap pictures to show him after he “Was on solid, flat ground” as he described it.

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Just about half way, there is a larger hut that allowed you to warm up a little and take a seat to fuel up. In the picture above, you can see the post amongst the clouds that marks the summit. It is about 1.8 miles away. Not too bad right?!

Just after the hut, there is a really pretty lake…or perhaps an infinity pool??!

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Once we reached the clouds, pictures became impossible. Visibility was just about 10ft so unfortunately, we weren’t able to get any pictures of the views from top. We did grab a picture at the summit marker though.

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Literally, standing in a cloud. It’s cold, windy, and rainy. In case you were wondering. The weather at the summit was 42 degrees with a 20mph wind. So it felt like 32. Chilly.

Once we were at the bottom again, we had to snap a photo of where we just were. See those clouds??

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OOHHH YEAAA.

We are already talking about our next hiking/camping trip and maybe doing a smaller mountain. No need to do the highest peak on the east coast every time. But knowing us, go big or go home.

What’s your favorite hiking mountain??

 

Zooma Half Marathon, Done and Done

This past weekend my friend Kaela and I ran in the Zooma Half Marathon in Falmouth which is on Cape Cod, MA. AND KILLED IT.

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We signed up for the run back in May with the idea that it would be a great way to start whipping myself into shape for my wedding and just a great goal to have. Kaela hadn’t done one before and after finishing my first, I couldn’t encourage her enough to try it. Kaela had jumped right into training and was asking me to run 8 miles with her on the Fourth of July. I wasn’t there yet. Even though I signed up with the goal of hitting the 2 hour mark, I still hadn’t started training. A casual run here and there wasn’t going to get me to 13.

It wasn’t until the middle of August that I looked at a calendar and realized that I needed to REALLY get serious about it, and change my goal to finishing without dying. It was just enough weeks to hit the 13 miles in stride. But, the farthest I ended up running in my training was 9. I ended up getting myself comfortable with running that 9 miles but I was terrified the night before the race knowing that I might not be as prepared as I wanted to be.

My ultimate fear, letting Kaela down because this was a race that we wanted to do TOGETHER. That was really what got me off the couch some days, knowing she was training so hard.

The race started at 7:30 at the Seacrest Beach Resort in Falmouth. I was actually really surprised at how much smaller this event was in comparison to all of the other races I’ve done. I remember how motivating all of the other people running were and was actually a bit nervous about having a smaller group of people going.

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We started out at a good pace, meaning FAST. I would guess an 8 minute mile. After about 3 miles, I slowed and let Kaela power on.

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Throughout the race, it was hard NOT to notice all of the beautiful scenery on the Cape. I wish I could have just stopped and snapped pictures of the pretty views of the Ocean and the bogs. It was seriously breathtaking at some points.

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But nothing really compared to having a HUGE cheering section.

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Brent folded his sign to cheer on the other girls.

Brent, our friends and family were waiting on the course at several different spots with huge signs and cheers. It was so much fun to run and wonder where they were going to end up next. Maggie said she had felt like a treasure hunter or something. Running from spot to spot on the map and trying to time it perfectly with us running. Apparently they never had to wait long for us to reach them at their new post. So much fun.

There was a HUGE hill at the end of the course and once you hit the top you just coasted right down into the finish line. I thought it was going to be really difficult to get over the hill but I actually loved the fact that there was the huge hill. It made the last little bit extremely enjoyable just sprinting into the finish line downhill. AWESOME.

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I ended up finishing in 2 hours and 3 minutes. When I turned the corner into the finish line I saw the time and was immediately excited at the time, then it set in…I missed it by 3 minutes. 3 MINUTES. I was so proud of myself and so excited but at the same time I just couldn’t believe I missed it by 3 MINUTES.

Kaela finished in 1 hour and 53 minutes. Just amazing. I can’t believe how well she did and she really deserved it. She worked so hard to finish with a great time. Especially for her first half marathon, which I’m positive won’t be her last.

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Afterwards, we just took in the view from the resort and relished in our accomplishment. Obviously snapped a few pictures. It was just such a great feeling.

We all headed straight over to the fairgrounds to walk around the fair and enjoy the weather. It was also a great way to stretch out our legs and keep moving. Everything fall finally made it’s way out and it was just fun to be around.

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Overall, the run was just amazing. As a medal, they gave us these cute running necklaces, which was a nice change of pace from the traditional medals. You can wear them any day and remember how hard you worked for that accomplishment. I have been wearing mine since the race and every time I notice it, it makes me feel accomplished.

We are already looking for our next one.

There’s Always An Excuse

Yesterday, I stopped into Nike to grab a new pair of pumped up kicks for running. The ones that I have been using are the same pair that I was training in for my last half marathon….which started just about a year ago now. After some discussion and a bit of indecisiveness, I ended up landing on a pair of pegasus. The bright yellow sorts.

 

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I chose the color because I’m kind of a fan of everything that is just a little different, and it’s starting to get darker earlier, which means I’m running at dusk. I figured these bad boys would get noticed by anyone driving by. And I wasn’t disappointed. I was actually stopped by a woman who said she was blinded by my sneakers.

The sneakers along with my neon pink top…I felt like a running highlighter. True Life. Loved it.

While I was thinking about something that had crossed my mind a few weeks ago as I was sitting on the couch really debating going out for a run. There’s always an excuse NOT to go running. Always.

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I’ll run as soon as I get home.

I’ll run as soon as I relax for another 15 minutes.

I’ll run as soon as I eat something.

Now I’m full and need to wait until I digest it because I’ll get a cramp.

I’ll run as son as my show is over.

Okay, after this show.

Just one more.

Dang. Now it’s too late. I have to leave.

I can’t run today, it’s too humid.

Not today, it’s raining.

It’s too hot today, and I’m already dehydrated.

It’s cold now.

Snowing even.

It’s dark. Cars won’t be able to see me.

I’ve got some work to catch up on. Tomorrow.

I’m sore.

I need to rest my muscles.

 I have a blister. It should heal.

Rest days are just as important as running days.

I”m tired.

I’ll run tomorrow morning.

I don’t feel like it.

I don’t have time to shower afterwards.

My running partner bailed on me.

No one else is running today.

When I realized that there is ALWAYS an excuse not to run, it really served as my motivation to run. I never want to be the person that is full of excuses, and each one is just that. There is no validity to any of those excuses. Each time that I am running, I go back and think about each one of the excuses that I have used in the past to justify not running and it really fuels me to run harder.

So bottom line, there is ALWAYS an excuse and you never need to look far to find one that sounds good and sound legitimate. But do you really want to be the person that is full of excuses??

To take it one step farther, are there other things that you put off constantly with smoke screens of excuses??

WHY NOT JUST DO IT??

What are some of your go to excuses??

 

The Good Ole Days

Believe it or not, I have been snapping pictures and writing posts in my head…but not getting to the point where it ends up here. When I look through my photos for a few to add up, there are just too many options now….

For example: Brent has been stopping at every Sears, Home Depot and Lowes that he can find just to take a look at the lawn mowers they have. He is DYING for a man mower. I always joke with him and tell him that we are going to get him an old school push mower with the rotating wheel, like my grandfather used to cut his lawn with. He gets frustrated, I laugh and we usually walk away from the mowers.

Well, this weekend we headed over to the house to do some work and cut the lawn. Brent went into the shed and pulled out the gas powered mower that hasn’t been started up for over two years. In fear of a catastrophe, he discovered another option. The old school mower…And that is what her used.

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How fantastic is that. Those little guys actually work really well.

The Workout

Last night Maggie and I headed to our old high school to do a sprint workout. I am in the middle of training for my second half marathon and really feel like I need some work on the speed aspect of it. Unfortunately, that also means that some hill sprints will be making it into the mix.

As we were jogging around for our warm up, we were chatting about all of the games that we had played on this field and how in shape we once were. Even the smell of the turf field brought back some serious memories.

We warmed up with a mile run and then set ourselves up for some sprints on the turf. The workout ended up being:

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It was really the first time that I had SPRINTED since I played field hockey in college….which has been a little while. My body was definitely not used to going all out but it felt great to floor it.

You forget how long 100 yards is though…The cone we set at 25 yards…

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After the sprints we cooled down in another two laps and went home for some dinner.

This Morning

This morning has been crazy already. I ate some peanut butter and honey on toast, started reviewing some contracts for work and need to get out the door to drive to Cape Cod for a meeting.

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After the meeting, I am driving back any getting on the road for a 15 hour drive to Michigan! A much needed little vacation to hang out with Brent’s parents.

Off to get the day going!

Do you have any places that bring you back to the good ole days?? What brings you back?? A smell?? The feel??