Run to Remember 5k (21:51)

Where to begin with this race…

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this year’s award

I wasn’t sure I was even going to run it. I didn’t make a final decision until I was on the starting line. My calves were really bothering me all week so I hadn’t run since Tuesday and I took Friday and Saturday completely off so I wouldn’t irritate them any more. It’s hard to describe the way they feel- they just are extremely tight and like the nerves are pinched up the back making running (or walking) painful.

I woke up early Sunday morning unsure of what to do. I sat in bed for half an hour with the stim machine to see if that would help. It did. I put on my compression sleeves and ran down to the start of the race about a mile and a half from my apartment. I got there way too early and was standing around getting cold again…. until I realized half an hour before the race started that I forgot my timing chip at home so I had to run back and get it.

By the time I had run back and forth, I had 10 minutes to spare and I had done 4 miles of a “warmup” at a much faster pace than a warmup should be done at. So while my legs were tired from the extra mileage, they were also loosened up and no longer hurt. I decided to run the race at 8:36. The race was scheduled to start at 8:46.

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The race was put on by my running store (Charm City Run) and there was a long remembrance ceremony at the starting line. I chatted with a few friends from the store before the speeches began and ended up starting next to Lisa! I love races where I know so many people- it keeps me out of my own head.

The gun went off and the adrenaline kicked in. My calves felt fine after doing such a long warmup so I focused on sticking with the other girls at the front of the pack. I had no idea how fast we were going since I didn’t have my garmin (it’s broken…) which means it could have been a really stupid move on my part if we were running faster than I was capable. I felt really good the entire first mile and it honestly felt somewhat conservative. I was worried I was making the wrong decision by pacing with the people around me but it ended up being a smart move.

We crossed mile 1 in 6:36. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I have a bad habit of taking the first mile out way too fast. Last year I would run mile 1 of a 5k in 6:05-6:10 pace and absolutely crash for the 3rd mile, so a 6:36 was exactly where I wanted to be. I felt like I could have kept going at that pace before I realized how hilly the second half of the course was.

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I held my own in mile 2 and was slightly behind the top 4 females. It was getting harder but I still felt strong. I saw two of the GMs from my store who were taking pictures and they got a few classic ones of me looking a lot happier than I was. I thought I had slowed down a lot more than I had, but I ran mile 2 in 6:46. At this point I was just telling myself to hold on, and that I run way more than 3 miles most days so running 1 wouldn’t kill me.

Mile 3 was hard. Really hard. I haven’t run hills in a long time and I was struggling for the entire last mile which was straight uphill. It felt like it was never going to end, and part of that was because the official course was measured as 3.16 miles instead of 3.1 which does make a significant difference in a 5k. That means I ran at least 3.2 miles since I’m not good about cutting the corners. I knew that going in, but I didn’t realize how much it would affect me. Lisa passed me just before the finish where she almost PRed (I still say she did because the course was long).

I crossed the finish line in 21:51 as the 6th female overall and 1st in my age group (20-29). While I wasn’t thrilled with my time when I first saw it, I was okay after I put things into perspective. First of all, I still ran a sub-7 minute pace due to the longer course. Second of all, I hadn’t run since Tuesday and I could barely walk the day before. I haven’t been training hills and my body was extremely worn down from several months of consistent workouts. I know that had I not been having calf problems last week, I would have PRed and could have potentially been a contender for top female (20:30 won the race and my road PR is around a 20:45).

After the race I hung out with a lot of my running store friends while we waited for the awards. I will most definitely be running this race again next year. I always forget how much I love 5ks but they are my favorite distance for races. I said the same thing about Charles Street 12 though, so maybe I just like any race my running store puts on. I’m not biased at all…

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one of my coworers and I, courtesy of Charm City Run’s Instagram

My legs felt okay after walking probably 6-8 miles after the race showing my aunt around the city and meeting up with friends for brunch downtown but I woke up in a lot of pain again yesterday, so I’m taking it day by day until I can get these knots out of my calves again.

I don’t know where this leaves me now. I’m not considering myself “injured” but I’m also not feeling my best. I’m taking some more time off running this week, I have a massage booked for this week as well as in 3 weeks when my regular massage therapist has another opening, and I’ll be on the spin bike to continue cross training. I’m definitely being a lot more careful than I ever have before. I have been injury free for several months now and I know it’s because I kept my mileage under control, so I’d like to keep it that way.

Training 9/8-9/14

This week did not go as expected at all. My legs are in rough shape and I realized that about halfway through so I started pulling way back. It may not have been what I saw myself doing in terms of workouts and mileage, but it was what i needed to do.

Mon- 8 Miles.

I met one of my November Project friends at dark ‘o clock to run. We are always partners for the NP workouts but we’ve never run outside of it before. She’s from a town close to where i grew up and we have become good friends over the past 8 or so months I’ve been doing November Project. I have a feeling it will be the first of many runs. I was still half asleep due to staying up far too late with my roommates but I felt pretty good.

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friends from day 1

Tues- Spinning 5.25 miles + 4 miles bike

I had the wrong day for this and I was having a rough day and felt the need to run so I went and tried out a new-to-me group (Tin Roof Runners) after work.We did about 5.25 miles around the harbor and it was nice to chat with people I hadn’t met before.

Wed- November Project (2ish miles) + 6 miles bike

I. Love. These. People. Nobody I’d rather be with at 6:30 am, nowhere I’d rather be. I woke up and my calves hurt so I biked to the workout instead of running like I normally do and then avoided a lot of the jumping exercises. I did do a fair amount of stairs, lunges, and squats, and I did some suicide runs. With the laps in between, I probably did 1.5-2 miles of running.

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Thurs- Spinning

Those 5:20am alarms are worth it. I wake up exhausted with the intention of going back to bed after class, and I leave the studio feeling wide awake and refreshed. I just wish I could keep this membership for longer than a month.

Fri- OFF

My calves have been hurting pretty badly and I was still waddling around from Wednesday’s November Project workout. Sleeping in was a good decision.

Sat- OFF.

I was planning on spinning but I agreed to go into work early which meant another rest day. I needed it.

Sun- Run to Remember 5k + warmup/cool down (4ish miles)

I’m running a race this morning for my running store. We’ll see how my calves hold up. Compression socks will be worn, as will my new mizunos that mizuno zach (our rep at Charm City Run) hooked me up with. I am currently wear-testing the Sayonaras which are much firmer than what I’m used to (I’m running in the Elixirs right now). I won’t be wearing them for everyday running but they might become my new race shoes if I like them.

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I’m taking advantage of that unlimited monthly Rev Cycle Studio membership I bought right now. I only needed to go to spinning 3 times to break even (the deal was $50 for the month instead of $125) but I love Rev so it would be crazy not to use it. I’m also trying to keep my mileage low right now and not run more than 3-4 days a week because my calves are getting to a point where they’re extremely knotted again and I don’t want to end up sitting out of running for another 4 months. Been there, done that. I’m going to try to go 2-3 times a week until it expires and then I’ll decide what I want to do about a monthly membership.

My massage therapist is finally back from being out of town for the past month but she’s booked until the end of marathon season so right now I’m doing what I can to get by. I’ve found a few potential places I could go, but I know she can do what I need so I’m hesitant to try anywhere else. If it will get me through to my appointment with her, though, it will be worth it.

I’ve been MIA

I’m back. Kind of. Things have been crazy around these parts lately and blogging has been put on the back burner for awhile. And will most likely stay there for the next little while. It’s not that I haven’t had time to blog, I just haven’t had anything to say. I hate feeling like I’m forcing posts, and that’s what it has been like lately. I don’t want to come home from work and open my laptop. I haven’t touched my macbook in weeks. I’d rather sit and eat ice cream with my roommates, catch up on our days, and go to bed at a reasonable hour. I’d rather go for a run at sunset. I’d rather spend time with friends. I’d rather do just about anything but sit down and stare at a screen until I magically come up with a post. So I haven’t.

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hey guys… check out my new boat

Between a Thursday night concert at Power Plant (Fitz & the Tantrums were playing for free), my friend getting into town Friday night, working all day Saturday and going out Saturday night, walking around all day Sunday and staying up way too late talking with my roommates Sunday night, I have barely had time to breathe. Let alone grocery shop, do laundry, or remember to pack my lunch.

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I could tell you about how I am still fighting with the MVA to get a Maryland license. I’ve now been there 3 times without much success. Hopefully today is my lucky day. I might say screw it and move back home to NH if it doesn’t work out. I’m kidding… sort of.

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Until then I’ll just sit here and stare at the water all day with my hot chocolate and water bottle

On the running front, things are still coming along. My calves are in desperate need of a good massage but my massage therapist seems to be out of town so I’m making do with compression socks and my trusty old stim machine and foam roller. They aren’t as knotted as they have been in the past, but I know if I am not careful they’ll be headed in that direction. I’ve been running 3-4 days a week for the past few weeks and will continue to do so until I get it straightened out. I’m not really “training” for anything serious. I run because I enjoy it, not to go out and win the Olympics. So if it means backing off for awhile, I will.

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Yesterday I woke up on the wrong side of the bed which is probably what prompted me to open wordpress again for the first time in several days. 9 times out of 10, my life is awesome. I love it. I wouldn’t trade my roommates or friends for the world. My apartment is amazing, I have a social life I love, and I’m happy. But there are of course still days where I miss home, miss my parents, and miss the boat. Those are usually the days where I’ve finally allowed myself to slow down and breathe. I just felt off for pretty much the entire day. Thankfully I have awesome roommates who understood exactly how I was feeling and we sat on the couch catching up until our grandma bedtime (9pm). We haven’t been able to do that lately because I’ve been so busy and it was exactly what all of us needed. That, and ice cream.

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Love them.

So if you don’t see me around the blog world as much, this is why. Life is busy, life is great. I’m up early for November Project (obviously) which will pretty much guarantee that today is a good day.

I had planned on writing something solely based around running that I was going to post at some point this week, but the words weren’t coming. That seems to be a theme lately. I don’t know how often I’ll be popping in here other than maybe a race recap or a “training recap” weekly but I’m still reading, even if it’s silently.

Training 9/1-9/7

Mon- 4.5 mile walk + 2 hour kayak with my family

I walked with my parents around the island one last time in the morning.

Tues- OFF. Travel Day.

Wed- 4 miles (november project)

Ran (super fast) with my friend to NP, did the workout, and ran back. I didn’t eat or drink enough Tuesday so I felt pretty sluggish, tired, and dizzy throughout the workout. It was probably a combination of the heat, not running for 4 days, plus the dehydration but I was surprised I made it through.

Thurs- Rev Cycle + run 4.5 miles

I signed up for a month unlimited deal with Rev Cycle so I’m trying to take advantage of it. It may mean cutting back my mileage for the month but I’m not sure exactly what training for the month of September is going to look like yet.

Fri- 6 miles.

Sat- Run 10 miles

Sun- 60 minute spin at Rev Cycle.

My friend was still asleep so I went to get my spin on. I love the Sunday morning class. It’s called “Church of EC” and it’s led by the owner of Rev. Best class of the week, in my opinion.

My mileage was significantly lower than I thought it would be but I’m okay with it. The workouts are harder and faster than I’m used to doing and I managed to fit in a decent amount of cross training so trying to run too many miles on top of that would be stupid.

Running with Guys

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve kept my mileage relatively low (for me) in the past few months. As much as I love the idea of running 45-55 miles a week, my body didn’t love it. I don’t know if I’ll ever get back to consistently running 40+ miles a week until I decide to train for a marathon, but for now, I’m doing much better with 30-35.

Rather than focusing on running #allthemiles, I’ve been doing a lot more workouts, both with November Project and with friends outside of it. When I’m running at November Project, I tend to stay with the guys because I get competitive and I like to test my limits. It’s one of the few places I feel like I’m able to push past that point of comfort when it comes to running- more so than races, even.

Running with guys is very different from girls. As much as I love running with my lady friends (HI LAUREN WE NEED TO RUN SOON), I think running with guys has really pushed me lately. I’m learning to focus more on the quality of the workout I’m doing rather than getting in as many miles as possible. I still will always love my long, easy miles though.

Here are the major differences I’ve noticed thus far:

**I am NOT saying this is all-encompassing. Some girls may like to run really fast and some guys may be really talkative. I realize this post is a generalization and it is not meant to be offensive in the least.**

1) They like to run faster.

This one is where I’ve seen the most improvement in myself. When I run alone, I run 8-8:30 pace. It’s comfortable and I could quite literally run forever. If I run much faster, I get tired and/or psych myself out. If I run much slower, I get bored. I don’t change up my pace (because I rarely wear a watch) because I enjoy the run a lot more when I’m comfortable. That being said, I’ve been doing some of those non-NovProj runs with a guy and we run a lot faster than I would on my own. He doesn’t think it’s that fast, but 7:30 pace for me is a tempo. So running with him forces me to run faster. As long as I’m not doing this more than once a week, I’m fine. I’m actually getting speedwork in that I wouldn’t have otherwise done.

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from when we ran in the spring and I almost died.

2) They don’t talk as much.

I remember my trip to Missouri (let’s not talk about that- sore subject) where I ran with the guy I was visiting and we did 10 miles in silence. He wore headphones and I just acted like it was a normal run. It was so boring. I’m used to gossiping with girls and catching up on life. Guys aren’t like that. Some will hold a conversation but it’s nowhere near as much as I would if I was running with my girl friends (part of that may have to do with the fact that I’m just trying to keep up). (ETA- this morning I ran with two guys and they talked more than I did, so it really does depend)

3) They make you want to keep up.

I’m a competitive person. Embarrassingly so. When I run with guys, the last thing I’m going to admit is that I want to slow down. It’s not that the pace we keep is too fast, it’s that it’s pushing that threshold level of comfort. So I would rather keep my mouth shut and get in a hard run than say “hey, let’s slow down and enjoy the run a little more.” Is that ignorant of me? Probably. But like I said- there’s no way you’ll ever hear me admit to someone that something is too fast unless we’re running sub 7-minute miles.

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4) They don’t care about distances as much.

This is one of the biggest changes. As I said, I rarely wear a watch, but I know exactly how far most of my routes are. When I run with guys, they don’t seem to care about the distance as much and go by time. For example, a couple weeks ago we were out on a run and I took us on and out and back that would be just over 6 miles. On the way back, the guy I was with decided to tell me he had a “better way” and managed to cut out about a mile from the run to make it 5 miles instead of 6 so we would stick to the 40 minutes we were planning on doing. His real reasoning behind it was because he knew my legs were shot but he does every run based around time- I just estimate the distance based on how fast we were going.

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5) They don’t like to let girls beat them.

This happens often at November Project. There are obviously some guys I can’t keep up with, but when it gets close to the end of a sprint, time trial, or stair workout, I guarantee you I will hear a guy huffing and puffing trying to out kick me at the end every single time. They can’t let a girl win. Ever. And I thought I was competitive…

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don’t ask.

Have you ever run with guys? Do you notice a difference?

Thursday Thoughts

1) Is it really already Thursday? I woke up yesterday morning so confused as to what day it was. If it hadn’t been for November Project I probably would have thought it was Tuesday. I’m not complaining though- I could get used to 4-day work weeks. So with that, time for some Thinking Out Loud.

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2) This week has been a whirlwind. I got back to Baltimore Tuesday morning, went straight to work, had a company dinner cruise, hung out with a friend, got up at the crack of dawn for November Project the next morning, went to work, had to go grocery shopping, and finally caught up with my roommates last night before collapsing at 9pm. I’m exhausted just reading that. I haven’t unpacked and haven’t done laundry- I’m just taking things day by day for now until I have a minute to breathe again.

3) Speaking of that dinner cruise- My job is awesome. I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to return to Baltimore from a weekend of #boatlife than a cruise. The company rented out the Spirit of Baltimore where we were supposed to have dinner and an open bar. I would have loved to go… if I hadn’t gotten stuck in the middle of torrential downpours. In a white shirt. With no raincoat or umbrella. And we were on severe thunderstorm watch. As much as I love boats, I’m not really a fan of hanging out inside a boat in the rain. Been there, done that.

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I’ll just hold onto the memories I do have of my own.

4) My legs feel so. much. better. after taking 4 days off. My calves were getting pretty tight and I was starting to live in compression socks again (that’s how you know it’s bad). I wasn’t mentally burnt out from running in the least, but I hadn’t taken a break in a few months so this was beyond necessary. I enjoyed the time relaxing with my parents in Rhode Island and was active in other ways. Like kayaking for 2 hours on Sunday. My arms almost fell off.

5) November Project. My favorite. Enough said. Yesterday I was not ready for it at all. I hadn’t run in 4 days, hadn’t eaten/drank enough Tuesday, and wasn’t used to the heat/humidity. I ran to NP at a pretty reasonable pace but by the time we started doing the stairs I felt like I was going to pass out. Lesson learned. Be smart about your training- what you eat matters.

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6) I keep referring to a “friend” I’ve been spending a lot of time with. Yes, I’m dating someone. Yes, he knows about my blog and reads here occasionally. I’m not going to broadcast it on social media. I’m not about that. This is one of those things I’d rather not splash all over the interwebs which has definitely contributed to my lack of blogging lately. SO while I may mention running with a “friend” or going out for dinner, I will most likely continue to keep this aspect of my life separate from blogging. But it’s also awkward dancing around the subject so now it’s out there.

7) I got roped into running a Metric Marathon in 2 weeks (see #6 above for the person to blame). I’ve never run more than 16 miles before. This is terrifying. Not really, actually, since I’m probably doing it with one of my friends from November Project, but it’s definitely pushing my comfort zone. I’m not going to change the way I’m running right now since it seems to be working for me. As long as I’m fitting in one 10+ mile run a week I should be fine. I’m not looking to win the thing, I just need to finish it.

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8) I have another busy weekend coming up. My best friend is visiting from NYC and I can’t wait to show her my new apartment. I haven’t seen her since graduation 3 months ago so we’re long overdue for some quality girl time. It will be a weekend of very little sleep but it will be worth it.

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9) Apparently if you don’t get your car registered in your new state within a month of moving, they’ll cancel your insurance. Good thing my parents remembered to tell me that… so guess where I am this morning- getting a new driver’s license.

10) I think I’m figuring out what I want out of blogging. I’m not ready to give it up, but I do want to transition this into a more fitness/running focused space and less of a personal space. I will obviously still talk about my weekends/life because I know that’s what I enjoy reading on other peoples’ blogs, but there will probably be less life posts. I don’t know where this is going to take me in the coming weeks but I can almost guarantee you that I won’t be posting 6 days a week anymore. 3-5 is probably more realistic for me. I just don’t have the time or the desire to spend my nights after work on a computer recapping my days.

What’s going on in your life?

Have you ever had to get a new license/car registration?

Back to Boatlife

First of all, Happy September! It’s weird to think that the year is almost over. And summer really is officially over. For me, at least. I’m flying back to reality this morning which isn’t as bittersweet as I thought it would be. In some ways, I’m excited to be back in Baltimore (home?). I actually kind of missed it here- my friends, my life, my bed- all of it.

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After a hellacious night of travel I was so happy to see the sailboat in the airport Friday night.

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day! I thought about posting and then realized- I was on vacation with no internet access and limited time with my family. If I spent time trying to come up with a post I’d be wasting the precious time I do have. Not worth it. Staying (mostly) unplugged for the weekend was exactly what the doctor ordered, especially as I continue to question my motivation behind blogging at this point.

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This weekend was everything I needed it to be and more. I got my fill of the dockboys (most of them were gone for the summer but I had plenty of life chats with my friend/mentor Fred. When he saw me he said, “that’s my girl”), of family time, of ice cream, of all of my mom’s home-cooked food, of long walks with my parents, of friends, of kayaking/paddleboarding, and of #boatlife. I accomplished everything I wanted to do and more- not that I really had any specific plans. I treated the weekend as any other weekend on the boat and just wanted to relax and enjoy it. I didn’t run at all, I didn’t make any formal plans, and I didn’t end up working at the beach one last time. I needed a break from everything.

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Yes, I got my fill of #boatlife. I said it. I didn’t dread leaving. It felt more final this time. There were no tears, I wasn’t sad that my life in Rhode Island is over, and I didn’t let it feel like “home.” I felt like I was visiting. That’s it. Because at this point, that’s all it is to me now- my vacation spot for random weekends throughout the year.

Baltimore is my home now. I was talking to someone the other night about how that’s weird to say. But it’s true. When I text my roommate as I’m leaving work, I say, “I’ll be home in 10 minutes!” I don’t say “I’ll be back at the apartment in a few.” Being in Rhode Island this weekend made me realize that I feel almost as much at home in Baltimore as I did living on the island. Except in some ways, my life in Baltimore is infinitely healthier (and therefore more enjoyable) for me because I’m not living in isolation and I’m not letting myself stay in my safe little bubble.

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As I said last week, I didn’t need to go back to the boat. I thought I would when my parents booked my ticket back in July, but as the day got closer I realized I don’t need to use it as a crutch anymore. The boat will always be my special place where I grew a lot and was able to focus on my health, but it’s just a part of my past like school, swimming, and every other life experience I’ve had are.

I love Rhode Island. I always will, and I know I’ll be back there someday more permanently. It holds a lot of my favorite childhood memories and that will never change. But being back just solidified the fact that I was ready to let go. I’m no longer upset about not having my 3 months of the year on the island. It will be a fun place to go back to every summer but that’s it. Those visits will become something I cherish and look forward to rather than take for granted.

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For now, though, I’m back in Baltimore until Thanksgiving. And I’m definitely not upset about it. Today is back to the grind and I’m strangely excited. I’m heading straight to my office this morning followed by a Spirit of Baltimore cruise with my company and ending the night in a real bed- I forgot how uncomfortable boat cushions are. If nothing else, this weekend really reaffirmed the fact that this is where I belong now. But I will never forget those 5 summers of boatlife, either. They make me, me.

How did you celebrate Labor Day?

Training 8/25-8/31

mon- 6.3 miles. I ended up having plans Sunday night that prevented me from running Monday morning so it was going to be a rest day. But then I got home from work early and it was absolutely gorgeous out so I couldn’t say no to a sunset run. I have zero restraint when it comes to running.

tues- 1 hour leisurely bike ride. My guess is I covered about 10 miles. I knew it wouldn’t be smart to run less than 12 hours after my run on Monday night, so I opted to test out the bike my parents sent down instead. They failed to mention that the gears no longer work on it so it’s a one-speed bike now. I wasn’t looking to get a workout in anyways, I just felt like wandering the city. It was great.

wed- November Project- (6 miles) Race day means 3000 time trial. I actually woke up not feeling great about running and was tempted to go and just watch, minus the fact that i have zero self-control when it comes to November Project and lined up front and center. Once we got going, I felt pretty good but I definitely didn’t think I was running at a PR pace. Judging by the fact that my PRs are faster than my times from college (11:57 then vs. 11:38 now), it’s most likely not actually 3000m but I’ll take the confidence boost. Afterwards we did “Sally” which is basically 4 minutes of straight squats. #hurtssogood

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thurs- 5ish miles “tempo” on the docks. Like 7:30 pace (I think, I don’t wear a garmin). I’ve been running with someone who’s a lot faster than me. And because I like a challenge, I always keep my mouth shut and try to keep pace. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? Or at least that’s what I tell myself. We were supposed to do 6 but he sneakily cut out a mile of our run when I wasn’t paying attention because he knew my legs needed a break. I think I’ll keep him around icon wink Training 8/25 8/31

fri- November Project- (8 miles). #Hillsforbreakfast was just the workout I needed before heading home for a long weekend of family time and rest. My legs didn’t feel too bad aside from the beginning and I was able to keep up with the guys for the entire workout (4 hills, 3.8 miles total). I have a hard time holding back when it comes to November Project so I’ve been putting a lot of extra pounding on my body lately. Hence why I’m not running Sat-Tues. I need a break.

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sat- 4.5 mile walk with parents around the island. Perfection.

sun- 4.5 mile walk with parents around the island. Just the break my legs need.

Another pretty good week for me. I’ve been running less “junk” miles and focusing more on quality workouts. I don’t know if I’ve seen a difference yet but we’ll find out come race day how my body is responding to the changes I’ve been making. As I promised myself, I only ran 4 days and took it really easy on the days I didn’t run. I have a 5k coming up in about 2 weeks and I’m kind of excited to see where I’m at, speedwise. I’m pretty sure I can pull off a sub-22 but I’m not sure if I’m at the sub-21 level right now.

Otherwise, I’m just keeping my base so I’m ready for the Runner’s World Hat Trick (SIGN UP AND RUN WITH ME) and trying to bide time until I can fit a calf massage into my schedule. I had hoped to get one this week but it didn’t work out, so I’m waiting on my massage therapist to squeeze me in since she has a very limited number of openings. I’m not in any pain or danger of injury right now, but I do want to stay on top of it.


1) No intro today. Another week, another Thinking out Loud. Head on over to Amanda’s blog to see what everyone else is thinking about today!

2) I went for a bike ride Tuesday morning. I was itching to run Monday night so I knew it would be dumb to do two runs within 12 hours of each other and opted to bike instead. It was the first time I’ve used the bike since my parents brought it down. They failed to mention that the gears are broken on it so it’s a 1-speed bike. It was still a nice hour long ride around the harbor. And let’s not forget that they brought me a helmet I had when I was 3 years old. It’s not going to protect my head if it doesn’t actually fit me…

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3) Most of my readers are at least through their first year of college. My brother just started his freshman year at University of Delaware and so far, he’s dealing with that same limbo period most of us went through. Like me, he’s not a huge partier so it has been hard to find people that relate, especially at such a big school. I’m driving up to visit him sometime next week for dinner. Even though we’ve never been very close, I think having us both living in Maryland away from our parents is going to bring us closer together. I have a feeling I’ll be seeing him every few weeks, at least for dinner (on my parents’ dime, thanks mom and dad). Chances are you’ll be seeing a lot more of him on the blog.

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4) November Project was awesome as usual yesterday. The last Wednesday of the month is “race day” where we choose to race either 1500 or 3000 meters. I always choose the 3000 and so far I have PRed each time I’ve run it. This week I ran an 11:38 which is about 10 seconds faster than last month. I don’t think it’s actually a full 3000 but it’s a nice confidence boost and I know I’m getting faster each month. It’s amazing how much stronger you get from doing workouts like the ones at November Project. You work the entire body rather than just pounding the legs like I’m used to.

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5) After the 3000 time trial we did “Sally” which is a killer squat track. I’m not going to be able to walk today. Don’t let the big smile on my face fool you.

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6) I went out for dinner with my old roommate and another friend Tuesday night at Joe Squared Tuesday night. Best pizza place around, besides maybe Owl Bar. When your friends ask you to go out for pizza, you don’t turn them down. Ever. The ironic part was that I saw one of my other friends at the restaurant next door. Totally coincidental. I got so distracted talking to him that I couldn’t finish even half of my pizza so I had it for lunch yesterday.

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7) We kept talking about Kilwins so my former roommate had to try it. I couldn’t pass up the ice cream, even if it’s getting embarrassing how well they know me there. It was worth every bite. And all $8.63 it cost me. You better believe I ate every last drop.

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8) Speaking of transitions, I realized that unlike my brother, my transition has been pretty seamless. It hit me as I was walking to work yesterday that as excited as I am to go home tomorrow, I don’t need to. I’m excited, don’t get me wrong, but I am also at that point where I feel like I’m missing out on things in Baltimore. That’s how I know I’ve “made it” here. I’m not upset that this is the last time I’ll be in New England until Thanksgiving. I’m going home to enjoy a weekend with my family, but I would have been just as content enjoying a weekend with my friends here. That is the most amazing feeling in the world.

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9) This week I haven’t had much to say around the blog world. Part of that is due to real life taking over and the other part of it is me just not wanting to share. I don’t know exactly how I am going to balance  blogging and life yet. I’m not ready to say goodbye to blogging, but in a lot of ways I feel like I’ve gotten what I need out of it. I made amazing friends that I now consider “offline friends” and it’s not a crutch I’m holding onto anymore. I just don’t have the same need to blog that I once did. I have a feeling the number of days a week I post will probably taper off and I’ll (hopefully) post more meaningful content. I’m going to have to play with it and see what works over the next few weeks until I figure out exactly what I want to get out of blogging. Because at the moment, I have everything I ever needed.

10) Did I mention I’M GOING BACK TO THE BOAT TOMORROW? Have I packed? No. Have I figured out how I’m getting to the airport? No. Have I thought about it? No. We’ll be lucky if I make my plane.

Do you have fun weekend plans?

Are you a regular at any local places near your house?

What was your transition to college like?