Want to finish fast? Start slow. One thing I love about constant training, is each cycle brings on new lessons and racing strategies. While the name of the Boston 2017 game is still SPEED, I feel compelled to share why and how performing a proper warm up has sped up my body and eased each and every workout throughout the past 13 weeks. I think it’s safe to say that almost everyone (athlete or not) knows the importance of a proper warm up, however, doing and knowing are two to
The name of the Boston 2017 game is SPEED and let me tell you why.. It’s been far too long since I had my 3:25:15 Providence marathon PR in 2015 and although I am content with my last 3 marathon finishes it’s about time to get over this plateau. In the past, I used to use my marathons as a physical challenge, something I simply just wanted to complete. I went into my first two marathons with one goal in mind: just finish. I didn’t care how, I just wanted to get it done (main
When it comes to resolutions, I’m not usually one for the whole “new year, new me” spiel. Rather, I like to reflect on the past year’s highs and let that ride into new goals and intentions. Last year was the year of the bucket list races. It’s kind of hard to match 2016’s highs. 2016 started off with 39.3 magical miles during the runDisney Goofy Challenge, followed up with my first unicorn in Boston, and ended with the most epic party NYC ever hosted at the NYC marathon. Asid
“That feeling of HOLY SH*T I did it again!” *3:28:51* Another BQ (boston qualifier) my 4th one in a row! – this picture taken from the TCS NYC marathon is brilliantly raw and euphorically real. Every BQ is amazing but this one in particular was even more so, simply because of the preparation involved in this specific race.. I’m not going to sit here and claim to no have trained for New York, because lets be real I never missed a long run, however, training for #6 was drastica
It's been alittle over two weeks since marathon Monday and to be honest, I've felt a bit lost since then. Pre-race day my life was so structured and organized, just how I like it. My days were dictated by mileage and my nights were devoted to well earned rest. As I have shared with you, I was on a serious training schedule leading me to a specific goal. Once that goal was met, I've been sort of blah.. kind of uninspired. After all that hype, that insane high, all I am left wi
There has been so much to take in over the last 24 hours. So many feels, so many emotions. The Boston Marathon was a dream I have been chasing for quite some time and yesterday exceeded all of my expectations. It was truly one of the most memorable days of my life. Every second, every step of my 3 hour 27 minute 8 second race was one I will never take for granted.
Out on the course, I was thinking of many things. Mainly, I thought about what it took to get there. The goal I
ta·per (tā′pər): n. to diminish or lessen gradually. ..or in runner's terms: a bittersweet celebration of all the hard work you have put into training. Taper, or tapering, refers to the reduction of exercise before a competition or race. It is a 2-3 week window where runners cut back on mileage to assure fresh legs on race day. I call it bittersweet because it can make runners feel like they are loosing their minds. You'd think the ideology would be exciting and rewarding, ho
Gratitude Changes All Things Sometimes the world tells you to slow down. Sometimes it forces you. I’m sitting here shivering under my covers, bed written for the 3rd straight day, brain fogged with the flu and trying to reflect on last week’s training. I can’t help but feel saddened and even a bit depressed thinking of all the training I should and could be conquering. I wanted this week’s update to be about admiration and who pushes me forward when I feel like slowing down.
To Be An Athlete, You Must Train Like One Week 6 was primarily focused on miles.. lots and lots of miles. This week I decided to take a break from long, slow runs and target strength and speed work. Most runners know that their performance will significantly improve if they do more then just run. Strength and speed workouts play a crucial role in improving race times and peak performances. Why, you may ask? Strength training improves maximal force, power and explosiveness inc
What a week it has been! This week was winter break at my school and I have been thouroughly enjoying my time off. My runs have been much more relaxed and less pressed to fit into any schedule. I have been trying out new cute coffee shops and scratching restaurants off the NYC restaurant bucket list. It was a very mindful and therapeutic week that allowed me to refresh and reset. Here's how it reflected through my training: WEEK 4 TRAINING: TOTAL MILEAGE:63.42 total miles BEA