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Friday Five- Marathon Training Update

Hey friends! Long time no talk!

I’m so freaking excited that it is Friday because I’m pooped. I was going to say that I’m excited to sleep in tomorrow but then I remembered I have a 7:30AM class followed by an 18 mile run. That’s what Sunday will be for then?

Here are 5 random updates from my week!

1. Marathon training is going so-so.

I’m really sticking to those long runs, but my mid-week recovery runs have been slipping through the cracks. I’ve been incredibly busy lately and that seems to be the first thing to go. Some days I’ll do a quick strength training workout instead of running, but I know those runs are important. Need to work on that next week…

15 mile run garmin

2. I started grad school this week!

On Wednesday I had my very first class (The Biologic Basis of Disease in Public Health) towards my Masters in Public Health! I’m sure half of you just yawned. But I was excited, nervous, and stressed! So much work to do for school now…

3. I’m running 18 miles on Saturday with my friend Michelle!!

Santa Cruz Half Marathon 4.13.14-14
She paces a lot of half marathons and marathons! This was us at the Santa Cruz Half.

Normally I’d be super nervous (I still am) about tackling that distance, but knowing that I’m running with my very experienced, speedy runner friend put me at ease. She BQ’ed earlier this year ya know!


If you know me in real life then you probably misread that as, “I love falling.” I’m a clumsy person…

I’m probably the only person who gets really excited when they start selling fall decor, costumes, candy, etc. the day after Independence Day.

This is me when I walk into those stores. I’m assuming I’m super embarrassing to shop with.

Most people get grumpy about seeing Halloween costumes up in July and Snowmen for sale in October, but I love it! I just love celebrating things!

I even wanted to start decorating for Fall and Halloween at the end of August. I made myself wait until the actual first day of fall. And I literally hung this up on the first day of fall. It was actually even more exciting for me because this is Kyle and my first fall/holiday season together in our new home!

fall wreath
P.S. Kyle made that wreath for me from branches from his family vineyard! I added the ribbon and change it for different seasons 🙂

5. My doggy is coming to visit me this Sunday!

She will be having a few sleepovers with us. I’m pretty excited to show her our new house (yes I just said that about a dog) and take her on many walks around my new stomping ground.

walk sienna

This little one on the other hand probably isn’t as excited because she is kind of an attention whore. (She actually likes tormenting playing with my dog, but she really does like to be the center of attention too)

You shall not pass.
What’s the password you weird looking large and smelly cat?

Have any tips on how to stay on top of those mid-week runs?

Does running with a friend make running “scary” distances easier for you?

Do you love fall? Do you love early decorations?


18 thoughts on “Friday Five- Marathon Training Update

  1. This week I’ve fallen short on my weekly runs due to a head cold. Hoping a night of rest I’ll be good to go for my long weekend. It’s hard it fit it all in…I only have 2 more weeks till my 1/2 and I feel like I hit a wall. I like running my long runs with a friend but also on my own…I think I push myself more when I’m on my own.
    Fall is finally here in Nova Scotia…and it’s beautiful!

  2. Good luck with your long run! Running with others helps so much. It’s so hard to get those really long ones in. I think I’d go crazy if I had to spend 3 hours thinking about my own thoughts.

  3. Good work on the training. Don’t sweat a few off days here and there. You have been running long enough and you know your body and what you need. I LOVE that wreath. I am all about fall decorating….and then look out Christmas!

  4. Haha I’d be right there squealing at the decorations in stores with you! I saw snowmen at Kroger the other day right next to the pumpkins, and that is totally fine!

    I wouldn’t worry too much about missing the shorter runs…as long as you get in your long runs, it’s much better to feel undertrained than overtrained going into the marathon

  5. I was SO CLOSE to deciding to go to grad school for my MPH, but decided to go with my MSN and go into management in hospitals instead of the MPH, but I still really love public health! I’m actually jealous of your class!

  6. Hey there stranger! Thanks for the update! Stick with the training, it will get you there. Make it happen! I do love running with friends. It seems like we talk and talk until the miles are done. I like group runs too – even with strangers. I listen to their stories – like the guy this morning who was telling us tales of his life as a banker and about all the armed robberies he’s lived through. Crazy! And yes, I love fall. Fall is favorite!

  7. TOAAATALLY now yawnin, that actually sounds fascinating! I hope you are able to share some of what you are learning!

    Hope you rocked your 18 miler today, I am sure you did, wohoo!

    Can Kyle please make me a fall wreath? mmmk thanks 🙂 P.S. He owns a vineyard cool!
    Enjoy the day with your pup!

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