Boston Marathon Training {Week 13 & 14}

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7 days, people. S-E-V-E-N DAYS!

The last two weeks I’ve kept it easy. At the beginning of the taper, my right knee wasn’t feeling so good. The hay is in the barn so I knew taking it really easy was the best idea. BTW – If I got paid a $1 for every time I’ve said that in the past two weeks, I’d own a barn. And hay. After Eastern States 20 Miler, I took 3 days off from running to really make sure everything was good. It did the trick and I’ve been free of knee pain ever since. What a marvelous feeling!

I’m feeling good and ready to run just so I don’t have to hear one more person ask me “Are you ready?” or “Are you nervous?” Please, please do not ask runners this before a race. Why? Because you just made them nervous.

Here’s the rundown of the past 2 weeks of Boston Marathon training.

Week of March 30 – April 4 (27 miles)

Monday: complete rest

Tuesday: Easy 50 minutes on bike trainer

Wednesday: 60 minutes on bike trainer, core/hip exercises

Thursday: Easy 6 – knee GOOD! P.M. Yoga

Friday: 7 miles – 2 mile w/u, 2 miles @ GMP, 2 miles at 1/2 marathon pace, 1 mile c/d. Core/Hip exercises, strength training

Saturday: A.M. Yoga, 14 miles on the hilliest route I could think of just to practice downhills one more time.

Sunday: A.M. Yoga

Week of April 5 – April 12 (32 miles)

Monday: 50 minutes bike trainer, core/hip exercises, strength training

Tuesday: Easy 6.25 + 6 x 20 sec strides, P.M. Yoga

Wednesday: Easy 5, core/hips, strength training

Thursday: 10 miles – 2 mile w/u. 8 x 800s @ 10k pace, 400 recovery, 2 miles easy. P.M. Yoga

Friday: Rest

Saturday: A.M. Yoga

Sunday: 10 miles w/ 6 inadvertently at GMP. I guess that pace just comes naturally now. :)

On tap for this week is easy miles, staying hydrating/fueled and finalizing my race day outfit. Friday afternoon, a bunch of us are heading down to the Expo. Woohoo!

Things are getting REAL now!

5 Ways to Go Green for Earth Month

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Every day should be Earth Day but the month of April is Earth Month. Forty-two years ago, Earth Day was created to increase awareness and appreciation of our precious and increasingly fragile planet.

There are hundreds of problems and issues plaguing our environment like climate change, global warming and harmful pollution. It can seem overwhelming, but even one small step can make a world of difference.

Here are 5 easy ways to go green for Earth month if you are wondering where to start.

1. Reusable shopping bags. It’s one of the easiest things to do. Leave the bags in the trunk of your car and they are always there whenever you swing by the store to pick something up.

2. Turn the water off. While brushing your teeth, don’t let the water run. A super simple way to reduce your water use.

3. Walk more. When running errands, walk instead of driving your car. Or if you can’t walk straight from your house to the errands, park your car in one place and do some walking errands. Not only will you get a little exercise, you will drive you car less.

4. Reuse. I’m always amazed at what can be done with items that most people consider junk. Now you can sign up for the Natural Care Brigade. It focuses on giving a second life for empty and used toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, floss containers, mouthwash bottles, soap packaging, and deodorant containers. These would-be waste materials are converted into fun and unique products! CLICK HERE to get more details and sign up for FREE.

5. Recycle old toys. Tom’s of Maine is partnering with TerraCycle to keep broken toys out of landfills.This new program provides parents a way to teach their kids the importance of recycling. The broken toys are then turned into something useful like park benches or playground equipment. How cool is that? All you do is fill the box with broken toys. After it’s full, send it to TerraCycle using the prepaid shipping label. Unfortunately, or fortunately since so many people are interested, all 500 of the Toy Recycling boxes were given away. Hopefully, more will become available so we can further #startyounglivegreen.

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Since it’s Sunday, it’s meal planning day!

Sunday: Fish Tacos

Monday: Thai Peanut Veggie Noodle Stir Fry

Tuesday: Crockpot Two Bean Veggie Chili

Wednesday: Chinese Orange Chicken

Thursday: Ron’s homemade pizza

Friday: Boston Marathon Expo (!!!!!!)

Saturday: wing it

Disclaimer: As a member of Tom’s of Maine Goodness Circle, I was sent a Toy Recycling box.

How are you living green all year long?

What’s for dinner this week?

High Five Friday

5 from instagram 41015 happyfitmama.comIt’s time to high five Friday!

1. Tapering for a marathon can mess with your head. And mine is messy. With so many people asking “Are you ready?”, I’m getting more nervous. Doubts are popping in and out, but I’m trying to remember all the hard work I’ve done. Strong – a word that I need to remember often.

2. The problem when your yoga studio is located next to Starbucks. My Gold Card status will never be in jeopardy as long as I go to yoga.

3. Subbing Stonyfield Greek yogurt for mayo in my favorite salad. YUM!

4. I have two little mice in my house. They nibble on freshly baked Chocolate Chip Banana Bread when no one is looking.

5. Over the weekend, Ron found these two snuggled up together with Mr. L reading to Cooper. SO cute!

5 Things

  1. Running Marathons Won’t Kill You – Remember the study from a few months ago that said running long distance will kill you sooner? Well a new, much larger, study was just released that proved it wrong. So my friends, continue to run far and prosper.
  2. The Most Inspiring Story You’ll Hear Today – If you ever have doubts that you can’t run, just remember those who have more obstacles than you. Rebekah lost a leg in the 2013 Boston bombing. She recently ran her first race since then. If you want inspiration, there you go.
  3. Your Guide to Running Boston Like a Pro – Amanda wrote a great article for Daily Burn that breaks down the whole course from the start, the middle miles, the infamous hills and the final stretch including right on Hereford, left on Boylston.
  4. 5 Ways to Get Your Children Interested in Yoga – I’m happy to announce that I have started writing for ACTIVEKids. It’s a fun place for parents to discover and register their kids for activities, classes, and camps in addition to active articles for the whole family. Check it out!
  5. Run Far Shop for Girls on the Run – Just a reminder that you can still order any Boston Blue & Yellow item till 4/20 and Sarah will donate 20% of every sale to Girls on the Run in the name of Team Stonyfield.

RunFarBostonBlueIn addition, you can still donate to my fundraising page for Girls on the Run. Any amount is greatly appreciated. Maybe $26.20 in honor of every mile?

Click HERE for my page.

What would you like to high 5 today?