Category Archive: Exercise

I haven’t run in daaaays!

Okay. That might be a bit dramatic. I haven’t run since Monday (technically days) but I feel like it’s been months and months. I was looking forward to cutback week but really I feel… Continue reading

Who knew 18 miles could feel so good?!

Okay, I may be coming down from a runner’s high right now but I am so excited after this morning’s run. We did 18 miles and I felt pretty good the whole time.… Continue reading

Oh what a difference 20 degrees makes

This morning I eventually got myself out of bed for a run. After Saturday’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad run I really did not want to go out today. Luckily I had… Continue reading

95 degrees…

This morning we ran 16 miles. The longest run of training so far and the heat index was 95 degrees when we finished. No wonder it was terrible. I opened my door to… Continue reading

15 miles to close out the [running] week

I am currently in paradise. Other people know it as Okoboji. But I know it as my favorite place. I got here three days ago, after a little time here: The week started with my… Continue reading

14 miles and a “natural” exfoliant

Man. I’m tired. 14 miles this morning. We did the Custis Trail which I really like, but it’s a very challenging run. We had more than 1000 feet of elevation gain in those… Continue reading

HRM Training

A few months ago I started wearing a heart rate monitor for most of my runs and bike rides. It’s been super interesting. I didn’t know much about heart rate training but when I… Continue reading

More cut-back week fun

Today’s long run was 8 miles. That’s right. 8. And Monday’s “easy” run will be 7. So 8 felt pretty good. And it actually got cooler while we ran today. How’s that for… Continue reading

Cut back week is a beautiful thing

After several weeks of intense training, it’s important to have a bit of a break, lighten the training load, and rest a bit. That is happening now. And it’s glorious. Aside from being… Continue reading

100 Things I’ve Learned Running

This is my 100th post! To celebrate, I made a list of 100 things I learned running! I thought about running 100 miles but then decided this was better (just kidding, I didn’t… Continue reading

“Track” workouts

My running group has track workouts once a week. Unfortunately, I’ve very rarely been able to go. When I was in classes, I always had class at that time (every semester!) and now… Continue reading

Grilling, Swimming, Biking, Grilling

Saturday ended up being a long day in bed (but no nap!). Luckily Sizzln’ Saturday spiced things up. I made Sweet Potato Black Bean burgers and they were super tastey. Except that I… Continue reading

12 miles to the airport

Yep. We ran to the airport this morning. Have you ever done that? Actually I don’t really like that route but it’s fun to say I ran to the airport. The Mt. Vernon… Continue reading

Fast week!

This has been a fast week for many reasons: I’ve been running fast (relatively), lots has been happening, and now it’s Friday! It’s been a beautiful week. Unfortunately on Tuesday I’d planned to… Continue reading

Back to Double Digits!

Yesterday was our first double-digit run of this season and it went really well! It was a tough route that included a 1.5 mile hill followed by lots of up and down but… Continue reading

Nice rainy surprise this morning

I’ve been disappointed this week that it’s dark when I wake up. How did this start happening so quickly?! Even more disappointing is opening the door and realizing that, even though it’s dark,… Continue reading

A monument tour disguised as a run

After a week away — but still active, I really should have written about wringing sweat out my clothes after Monday’s run to Thursday’s in beautiful weather. What a huge change in weather… Continue reading

8 miles and a random post

Hello! Happy Saturday! I write this from bed where I’m drinking coffee and convincing myself that spending hours in bed after a run is acceptable. Today’s run was eight miles and, while insanely… Continue reading

Training Goals

My fourth round of marathon training has begun. Fourth round, and I’ve actually completed one marathon. Here’s a recap of the previous three rounds: Training was awesome. I didn’t miss a run. I… Continue reading

3 day weekend = 4 BBQs, a run, a ride, and a fox

Wow. What a busy, fun weekend! As I write this (on Sunday evening), I’m finally sitting on the couch watching West Wing (again) and waiting for my Saga to chill. After a great… Continue reading