• Training plans for fall and winter races

    Summer is coming to an end and its time to get serious about training for my second marathon. I have a couple of half marathons planned before the big race but it’s time to buckle down and get back in my training groove. I really wanted to get a running coach this year, but I just don’t have the extra funds for that at the moment so I downloaded a generic plan online. I know its best to get a personalized plan, but I’m a working gal with bills to pay. The plan I’m following has me running 5 days a week with a speed workout and hill drills every…

  • Letting go..

    After seven years, five half marathons and 16 weeks of training for a marathon I had to say good-bye to my trusted running companion, my Garmin Forerunner 210.  If you’re a runner and own a running watch you know that it’s an investment piece.  I purchased my first watch two weeks into my  first half marathon training in 2011.  My running coach, at the time had a Garmin GPS watch double the size of her tiny wrist.  Boy, have these watches come a long way. She suggested I should invest in one to keep track of my pacing and mileage during my training.  Although, not necessary, I convinced my husband…

  • This week’s workout

    Happy Sunday everyone, Here is my first weekly workout rundown.                        Monday: 1hr Redzone HIIT training +15 minute abs                        Tuesday: 9 miles treadmill w/hill sprints                        Wednesday: 30 minutes strength w/personal trainer +XT 1HR stationary bike                        Thursday:6.5 miles @cooper river bridge                        Friday: 30 minutes core cuts +4 miles (easy run)                    …

  • Half Marathon Training quick update

    Hi everyone! I’m such a slacker updating my blog.  I really want to be more consistent and post weekly but I get discourage and I keep procrastinating. I thought I’d update those interested in my half marathon training progress. I’m four weeks out and the nerves are starting to kick in.  My last half marathon was a year ago and I was really disappointed with my time, so this year I told myself that I would train harder and do my best to stay on track with my training.  Last year with minimal training I ran my last half marathon at 2:45.  I’m not the fastest runner, but I knew…

  • Hello February

    Wow, that was fast!  The first week of February has come and gone.  Are you still on track with your fitness and non fitness related New Year’s Resolutions?  If you’ve fallen off the wagon don’t beat yourself up too much. Sometimes a short break can help re energize and re ignite the fire you need to keep going again. Since increasing my mileage in January I’ve been pretty consistent with my training and working out in the gym.  I was also training six days a week with only one FULL day of rest. This is probably the reason I got shin splints to begin with which later made me cut back…

  • Vegan Update

    In Febuary 2013  I decided that I would make a serious lifestyle change and transitioin to a vegan lifestyle. In my last post “Falling off the Wagon,” I wrote about  challenges I expected as a new vegan.  My will power and temptation were definitely tested. During this transition I came across a documentary on Netflix called Vegucated and it changed my whole perspective on Veganism and why I felt it was the right decision for me.  It wasn’t until May 2013 that I officially became a Vegan.  Those three months were filled with more temptations, frustrations and trial and error. It was also an opportunity to figure out what I…

  • Falling off the wagon

    We’ve all done it. We make a goal, stick to it consistently for a certain period of time and then all of a sudden BOOM! We fall off the wagon or hit a bump on the road. For the past three weeks I haveTRIED to maintain a Vegan diet. No I didn’t go cold turkey. Two weeks prior to making my decision to transition to a vegan life-style, I started with green smoothies in the morning. I was obsessed with making these smoothies and creating all sorts of recipes, plus it was a jump start to my morning workouts. I then decided to slowly take away meat and fish and…