Training Update

Training Update |

Hey guys!

I hope you had a great weekend. Ours was pretty low key with kid sports and of course, running for me.

It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about what’s going on in my running. Technically, I’m training. I’ve got the Leaf Peeper Half as part of Rise.Run.Retreat on 10/2 and the Runner’s World Half & Festival 10/14-10/16 (Join me in Pennsylvania and you can get 10% off your registration with code HappyFitMamaBlog at checkout). But I haven’t really felt like I’m training. It’s very bizarre. Usually, when I have a race on my schedule, I’m all about making a plan, following a plan and being the plan.

Something switched in my brain and I’ve been very content with winging it.

Maybe it’s because I keep telling myself that I’m not going to be officially “racing” any of my upcoming races. Sure, I would like to do well. And yes, I’m going to try to run a solid race. With all my foot niggles since June, I’ve convinced myself that I am NOT in racing shape and shouldn’t be even thinking about racing.

That being said, I’ve still been running. I’m still doing hill workouts. I’ve been hitting the track here and there. And I’ve been running long. I’m putting in miles but just doing what I want to do.

What I have not been doing is stressing about it.

We’ll see how this approach works come race day.

Here’s how last week went down in training.

Monday: 45 minutes bike trainer, weights, core and BOSU

I set my bike up on the trainer inside again. The morning’s are way too dark to be riding. It’s a good way to get in some cross training before hitting the weights. Monday’s workout was all about walking lunges, Kettlebell exercises, mountain climbers before core and BOSU balance work. I really like THIS BOSU workout. It’s helped with my foot mobility TONS. The Booty workouts are great too.

morning run |

Tuesday: A.M. Yoga class, Run 7 miles – Hill Repeats – 2 x 2:00, 2 x 1:30, 2 x 60 sec, 2 x 30 sec, 2 x 2:00

I skipped an early morning run and opted for a yoga class followed by a run. I much prefer to do it in reverse order but I’ve been spooked about running solo in the early morning. The huge ass hill that I run most of my repeats on takes me about 2 minutes to run up it’s full length. It’s a lung burning, heart rate cranking of a hill. But I know that it’s doing wonders for my running.

Wednesday: A.M. 45 minute bike trainer w/ intervals, weights, core, BOSU, handstand practice

To keep things lively on the bike trainer, I like to do Fartlek workouts based on the songs that come through on Pandora. I’ll speed up on the chorus or do a burst for an up tempo song. My legs were a little sore from the hill repeats but the spinning worked it out.

Trail running |

Thursday: 7 mile trail run

I met up with my friend Jess for a trail run Thursday morning. She’s a badass Ultra runner (she just did the Vermont 100 in June) so I tried to soak in her wisdom and tips. We stuck to a short section of single track and mostly snowmobile trails. I think she wanted to see what I could do before she brought me somewhere too technical. The good news is that she thinks I’m good at uphill climbing. However, I suck at downhills and it’s something that I really need to work on. Now if I only can convince me feet, ankles and knees to fly down the trail without making me do a face plant and sprain/break something!

sunset yoga hike |

Friday: A.M. Easy 3 mile run + core/BOSU; P.M. Sunset Yoga Hike

I’ve been trying to ease in a 5th day of running. Some weeks it happens, others I let it slide. I’d love to be a runner who can run 6 days a week but my body doesn’t like it. Four days seems to be the happy spot.

In the evening I joined Bending Bodhi Yoga for a Sunset Yoga Hike. It’s an easy 30-40 minute hike followed by a short practice at the summit. It was a gorgeous night with the Harvest Moon. It was stunning in person but looks horrible in pics.

Saturday: Easy 5 miles

This was supposed to be a really easy run but I was running short on time for the last 1.5 miles. I really didn’t want to run a 7:30 cool down mile!

Maine coast running |

Sunday: Long run – 15 miles

When I found out that Mount Agamenticus 9 Trail Race was cancelled, my long run plans were foiled. I had hoped to do a couple before, race and couple after. Then Sarah was looking for 15 miles of company on her run. The thought of running 14-15 miles alone was not appealing at all so I jumped at the offer. I felt good up until the last 2 miles. I started to fade a bit with a cramp in my right hamstring and tired feet. Long runs are shorter when you have great company and beautiful views.

Linking up with the Weekly Wrap and MIMM.

What are you training for right now?

Have you ever trained by “winging” it?



What’s for Dinner? {Week of September 18}

What's for dinner this week I've got a weeks worth of easy, healthy meal planning ideas for the whole family to enjoy.

Hey there!

It’s that time of the week again. Time to plan out what’s for dinner.

Last week, my plan was basically thrown out the window. Three of five weeknights involved me not being home for dinner with Ron and the kids. That rarely happens. But it was a week of a back to school event, a work event and a fun sunset yoga hike on Friday. Rather than make a big dinner, Ron winged it. He’s more than happy to eat “kid” food that’s simple.

This week, it’s back to the normal with no planned evening events.

The nights and early mornings have been feeling rather cool. I’m starting to crave warm food. Time to bring on ALL the soups and chili’s! One odd thing is that I’m not super craving pumpkin everything like years past. I had an itch a couple of weeks ago, but now I’m kind of like – meh. I haven’t even had a Pumpkin Spice Latte yet. Totally shocking since I usually count down the days until it’s available.

Maybe I’ll want one after running 15 miles in the rain Sunday morning? Fingers crossed I ACTUALLY do run 15 miles. It dawned on me that’s the longest I’ve run since April 2015. Send me good vibes please!

What’s for dinner this week:

Sunday: Garlic Butter Salmon in Foil + roasted veggies

Monday: One Pan Autumn Chicken Dinner

Tuesday: Black Bean Kale Enchilada Bake

Wednesday: Pick your egg + green smoothies (soccer practice right after work!)

Thursday: Grilled Haddock + Kale and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Friday: Ron’s homemade pizza

Saturday: Date night

I’m also whipping up some Easy Morning Glory Muffins, hard boiled eggs, 3 Ingredient Cookie Bites and Superhero Muffins.

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

High Five Friday

high five friday with good links from the week link up and share your own! happyfitmama-com

Happy High Five Friday!

I hope you had a great week and are looking forward to an awesome weekend. I’m quite bummed that the trail race I had planned on running on Sunday was cancelled. I don’t know the reason. It’s the second race locally this past week that has pulled the plug the week of the race. What’s up with that? Not cool. Not cool at all.

5 Good Things to Read

Those We Run With, To and For – If Kristin Armstrong wrote it, you know it’s gotta be good. Read and shake your head YES! throughout.

Glittering Giants of the Canadian Rockies – This post on the KUHL blog from Nicole made me think of the trip of a lifetime my family took back when I was 8. We spent the summer traveling across the northern US, Canada and up to Alaska. We actually went inside glaciers during portions of the trip and saw amazing sights that I will never forget. Those sights are still ingrained in my brain 30 years later.

Do Something That Scares You – I always think of lululemon bags when I hear that phrase but it really is true. Get out of your comfort zone. Do something that scares the pants off of you. What do you have to lose?

A Poetic Tribute to Those Early Risers – Love Sarah’s latest post (a poem!) for Women’s Running. I haven’t been running in the early morning for the past couple of weeks but I’ve found some potential new running buddies. Hallelujah for the Sisterhood of the Early Risers!

Dear Men…Take the Photo – I take a lot of pictures for the blog and of life in general. But in reality, I’m not in a ton with my kids. I’m usually behind the camera/phone. After reading this post, I realized I need to be in more pics. So Ron, take the photo please.

5 from Instagram – I share more pics on Instagram. Are you following me? Please do!


  1. Fall is in the air. And on the trees. And on the ground. It seems so early and I’m kind of afraid of what it means for the winter. The acorn situation and the squirrelly-ness of the squirrels in my backyard has me thinking it’s going to be a hard winter. Fingers crossed Old Wives Tales are wrong!
  2. I had a blast running 7 miles of trails with my friend Jess (and she’s also my massage therapist!). I was a little afraid of where she was going to take me after hearing her tales of basically making her own trails most of the time. Thankfully, no bushwacking was needed and I got to see an area I’ve never been before.
  3. Last weekend we went to The Caterpillar Lab to see some amazing creatures. It was so cool to see all the varieties. There were even some that looked just like sticks. The kids loved it. Although one kiddo had nightmares that night. He thought his bed was infested with caterpillars! Lol.
  4. Hills. Hills. Hills. I can’t believe I used to run away from hills. This stretch is a crazy long lung burner but is so awesome for building strength. You see a hill. I see an opportunity!
  5. Mid day sunshine filled runs have been my thing this week. With how dark it’s been in the morning, my mind has paralyzed me with fear. Fingers crossed I can meet up with some new sunrise chasers next week!