Marathon Training: Week 3

They say, when life hands you lemons, grab your tequila.  But this past week, I grabbed my car keys and my dog and headed for the hills.  The hills of PA where I hid out and completely screwed up my training schedule for this week.  But, on the bright side, I ate at Panera after a tough tempo run so that makes it way better.

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I love that baby.

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Fuel Your Better: AKA The Most Delicious Energy Bars Ever

Full disclosure:  I don’t like energy or sports bars.  I equate them with the diet bars that I used to eat obsessively in college that tasted mildly like candy bars and mostly like cardboard.  When I became what I now consider a more serious runner, I have continued to turn my nose up to almost every type of well loved and respected bars:  PowerBars?  No thanks.  Cliff bars?  Gross!  Picky Bars?  Ok, I guess but only because I really want Lauren Fleshman to like me.

When I got the opportunity to review the Vega Chocolate Coconut Almond  energy bar to Fuel My Better, I figured I would just be able to tolerate them and then my bar-loving spouse would have another box full of treats to fuel his workout.

Oh how wrong I was!

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Marathon Training: Week 2

I have to say that week 1 left me feeling a little nervous.  Were the paces for my 3 runs too fast?  Would I fall into the trap of only doing my cross training and giving up on the runs and then completely bonking at the marathon?  Why is IT SO HOT?!?

Obviously, I need not have gotten myself so spun up so early.  Week 2 went fantastic and gave me a really good boost to hit week 3 as hard as humanly possible!

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The 2015 Race Calendar that Shouldn’t Be

In 2013 I promised MB that after I finished my 30 races I would take a break.  Then of course I registered for Big Sur and Pittsburgh back to back.  Early in 2014 as I was pounding the snow covered pavement I promised MB, after our weekly post-long run brunch at my fav Mexican spot, I would take it easy in 2015 with racing and traveling.  Then I got into Marine Corps {late 2014 but still} and THEN two of my dearest friends asked me a question I cannot under any circumstances say no to:

WILL YOU PACE ME FOR MY FIRST RACE?

The answer is always unequivocally YES.  YES I WILL DO THAT.

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Oh you’re running your fist marathon and you want me to be there for that?  Sure!

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I got to run with you for your first race and now your first half?  Yes PLEASE!

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Akron Marathon Relay Panera Team Bloggers

As you probably know — since I think most of you have muted these conversations by now — I’m like 900% obsessed with my #Team4PrincessesandaFrog aka the peeps I’m running the Akron Marathon relay with in September.  Like so obsessed in fact that, since most of them live in Pittsburgh, I become actually envious when they get together and run.  They are the best and I want to buy a big house in the country and start a running camp so we can all hang out together all day and eat doughnuts and run and never have to be apart.  {That is so creepy and I give exactly 0 Fs about it, OK?  They are awesome}

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holy mother I love these people.

My SWF tendencies aside, we have been having an amazing time communicating with each other AND the Akron relay communications team about our excitement for this race.  Our glee was clearly contagious because when the Akron Marathon started putting together a blogging team, hosted by Panera, they asked us, Team 4 Princesses and a Frog, to be part of the team.

HOORAY!

My teammates have written about what this will mean in terms of hearing from us about the delicious training options that Panera has to help you fuel and how amazing the Akron Marathon is.  But here are the things you WON’T get from me since being chosen to be part of the team:

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Marathon Training: Week 1

Dude.  DUDE.  Run Less, Run Faster is officially one of the hardest things I’ve ever tried to do.  The paces are literally breakneck. As in I want to break my own neck the work outs are so hard.  I did a lot of modifications mostly from exhaustion + heat.  I’m hoping that this week goes a tiny stitch better.  But I have to say it was not all bad, it’s just hard, and I’m not used to running being hard, I’m used to it being fun and relaxing.  I think this is just the change I needed to really whip myself into shape.

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5 Things Friday – Disney Edition

If you follow me on social {see right sidebar} you’ll know that this time last week MB and I were working out at the spa gym at the Grand Floridian in Walt Disney World.  This week, obvs, not so much.  We had this tripp booked almost immediately after we got back from the WDW Marathon weekend.  MB is such a trooper when we travel for races and he remarked how he hadn’t been to Disney to just be there and have fun in 3 years.  YIKES.  We were long overdue.  I think the only real recap I’ll write is about the food because jesusmaryandJOSEPH it was good on this visit.  So, in lieu of a whole week of Disney recaps {aka pictures you probably already saw on Instagram} here are the 5 things that really wowed us at WDW last week!

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we went under the auspices of our 5th wedding anniversary which is in August.

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