Mount Washington Road Race Training Update

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It’s 19 days till the Mount Washington Road Race. Holy cow! How did that happen?!?!

I thought it was time to give a training update.

In a word, things are good.

After my aching back and piriformis issue a few weeks ago, I’m back to feeling normal. I’m running paces that I haven’t seen in awhile (and effortlessly which is a real surprise) and my weekly mileage is up into the low to mid 30s.

I’ve been trying to run the hilliest routes I can find around town for the majority of my runs. For someone who used steer clear of the big hills, I now have grown to kind of like the challenge. And what once used to seem like a quad and lung burner hill isn’t even noticeable now. Well, it’s noticeable but not THAT noticeable. Now that’s a good feeling!

Over the past two weeks, I’ve done two trail runs that had serious up-ness. I’m really enjoying trails right now. It makes me feel like a kid again. I’m definitely interested in exploring more trails and maybe a few races this summer. Am I ditching road running? Absolutely not!

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Last weekend it was the Mt. Major sunrise run with Sarah. There were a few steep sections that had me sucking wind and unable to do more than a power hike than run. Overall I felt good during. Of course, the ultimate run-rise view makes a 3:45 wake up time worth any amount of climbing. However, my legs were totally trashed for 4 days afterwards from the descent. Good thing we aren’t allowed to run down Washington. I can’t imagine what that would feel like!

Gunstock Hill Training

Yesterday I tackled Gunstock Mountain. Karin, Robin and I did a combination of a steep maintenance road and single track trails with a 9%-25% grade for a total of 1200 feet of elevation gain. The 9% wasn’t bad. Not entirely enjoyable but not bad. I could still run or something that resembled a run because at times I felt like I could walk faster than I was running. But I told myself to keep running, pump those arms and move!

The 25%, however, was a beast. As it should be because it’s 25%. Combine that with loose gravel and that it was raining, it makes for some messy running, er, hiking because who runs at 25% grade? Even with trail shoes, I lost traction a few times.

With 19 days till race day, I’ve still got a lot of work to do. However, the consensus from those who have done Mount Washington before is that you are never going to be ready. It’s a beast. There’s no section that’s easy or a place where you can recover on flat ground. It’s all up for 7.6 miles. Why am I doing this again? Because it’s fun!!!

Linking up for the weekly wrap.

Road or trail?

What’s the earliest time you would get up for a run?

TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® Pods + Meal Planning

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Since it’s Sunday, that means it’s meal planning day. Here’s what I’ve got planned for the week.

Sunday: Grilled Salmon Taco Bowls

Monday: Cookout for Memorial Day

Tuesday: Roasted whole chicken in crockpot

Wednesday: Pick your egg + avocado toast

Thursday: Mushroom Quinoa Meatball Sandwich

Friday: Pizza night

Saturday: Wing it!

Coffee or tea – Which do you prefer?

What’s on your menu for the week?

High Five Friday

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Happy High Five Friday! And happy long holiday weekend if you are in the states!

Want to get in on the High Five action? Find all the details HERE. Feel free to high five what ever you want that was good from your week. You can follow my format or do your own thing. All I ask is that you tell me something GOOD!

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Totally worth the 3:45 a.m. wake up to enjoy such a beautiful sight at the top of Mt. Major.

I saw this shirt on Instagram a couple of weeks ago and had to have it. I’ve worked with Pulmonary patients for years and have seen the struggle first hand. And it’s just a super cool design that goes to a great foundation for cystic fibrosis. Order yours HERE.

You know you are with a fellow blogger/Instagram lover when you both pull out your phones at the same time to snap a running/sunrise pic. Of course Sarah and I had to do a few run rise pics.

I bought these cute Sperry shoes just because the laces were tied like a pair of boat shoes I had in middle school. For the life of me I can’t remember how I tied them like that. I should Google that…

Saucony sent me some things from their fall Life on the Run line. Even though I’m usually an all black capri person, I’m mad about the plaid. So cute. And the tank is adorable. I almost don’t want to sweat in it because I could totally wear it with a pair of jeans or shorts as a “regular” clothes item. FYI – Memorial Day Sale – 25% Off All Saucony Apparel with Code: APPAREL25 – Valid 5/30 Only!

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5 Good Things

Perfect Tweets from Parents About the Nightmare That is Homework – We’ve just begun the homework thing and I already despise it. Can’t wait for the next 13 years of homework hell. Although I’m sure at some point I’ll have not idea how to help them out because it’s way more advanced than my knowledge base.

Mother Runner Hacks from NYC Running Mama – Michele’s video is up and it’s completely awesome. It follows her in a day in the life and it’s something most of us can relate to – except I can’t relate to her super speediness! She’s the sweetest person and is such a dedicated athlete. Congrats Michele!

Proof That Perception is Everything – This -> “If we try to see things with the most generous eyes—searching for the truth, yes, but then bestowing upon that truth the brightest and kindest interpretation—we can learn how to perceive a more beautiful world. Do that, and I promise you this: You will get to live in one”.

The Athlete I Was and the Athlete I Am – I’ve had these same thoughts over the past year. My body is different than what it was 3 years ago, 1 year ago and even 6 months ago. I’ve gone through running ups and downs. The thought of running a fast (for me) 5k right now scares the pants off me. Two years ago, it was scary but I knew I could do it at any time. But then I look at when I first started running and the hills that I thought were big hills are now actually not even noticeable. It’s all a cycle. Look back at where you’ve been but always know where you are.

Embarrassing Runner Scenarios We All Know – Yup. Been there. Done that.