Last Week’s Workouts

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Last week’s workouts saw my last LONG long run – 25 freakin’ miles.

I can’t believe it’s taper time. I’m ready to get the race done. Training has been great but the long runs eat up too much weekend time. At this point, I’m not sure if I’ll be a 50k ‘one and done’ person. We’ll have to see post race, right?


20 minutes Arc Trainer hill intervals

20 minutes Stepmill Eiffel Tower program

Strength training: Bullet Proof Legs + upper body, core and mobility

My brain could not handle the stepmill for 40 minutes so I split it up.


61 min run, 6.82 miles, 399 ft elev gain

Max and I hit the pavement for some early morning miles. There was a pretty sunrise. But the thing that I was thinking about during my whole run was, “Why are there so many sandwiches on the road?”

Last week's workouts | happyfitmama.comI know it was garbage day for most of the town so that might be an explanation but seriously, there were half eaten sandwiches everywhere. Max was having a field day gobbling down what he could before I could stop him. I think he even had some Vitamin Water. So bizarre!

Morning Flow Yoga @ Bending Bodhi later in the day.


30 min Stepmill

Mobility + full body strength training


46 min run, 4.82 miles, 776 ft elev gain

The goal of this run was to get as much elevation as possible in 45 minutes.  Kyle and I hit up the BIG hill in town and for some good ol’ repeats. I’m quite bummed about how dark it is in the morning now. It seems like we lost a ton of daylight hours very quickly in the past couple of weeks.

The good news is that I was feeling really strong with each climb. Except the last one. That was a slog that had me wishing I would have brought Max along to pull me up the hill. He only got to enjoy the cool down walk.

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5 mile run, 8:51 avg/pace

I had little time to get this run in before it was a morning/afternoon of archery, soccer, and picking up the kids’ new instruments.

Pray for me that they are quick studies in the clarinet and trumpet.


25 mile trail run, 3,512 ft elev gain, 5 hr 35 min

I had a feeling all week that I was going to encounter a bear on my run this weekend. My Spidey Sense did not let me down.

I couldn’t find anyone to run the first part of my run with me so I hit the trails at 7 a.m. solo for 12-13 miles. Since my Spidey Sense told me I was going to see a bear, I came prepared with my phone belting out 90’s hip hop music and me yelling out, “Hey, bear!” hear and there.

I hit the summit and started the descent. Within the first mile down, I came around a corner and spotted a big black object high tailing it down the trail and off to the woods. I’m so glad I spooked him first before he spooked me.  Needless to say, I kicked up the whistle blowing and the yelling after that.  And I ran my fastest mile of the day.  Lol!

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I made it back to the trail head with no problems and soon picked up my friend, Anya, for the final 11 miles.  Of course, things never go as planned so I ended up with an additional 12 miles for 25 miles total for the day.

My feet and ankles were tired/sore the last few miles but I was still trotting along. This was a nice confidence boost for race day. As Anya told me, you have to accept that things are going to hurt but it’s ok. The nice thing (maybe?) about an ultra is that it’s long enough that bad parts will eventual fade back to feeling good.

I’m leaning towards more good parts than bad.

How was your week in workouts?

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Confessions of a Runner

Confessions of a runner | happyfitmama.comRunners are an odd group.

We get up early. We run late at night. We enjoy sweating, eating and talking about topics that most non-runners don’t understand. I mean, we even have our own strange language. That’s pretty special.

That being said, I have some things that I need to get off my chest. I don’t like everything a runner “should” do or like.

Hence, here are my confessions of a runner:

I wear my running clothes as regular clothes.

I’d rather buy more running clothes/shoes than “regular” clothes.

I sometimes sleep in my running clothes so I can get out the door faster in the morning.

I’ve become quite good at blowing snot rockets on the run. I have to remind myself that I should not blow snot rockets while not running.

I check myself out when I run past a mirror building or store windows.

Not every run is AMAZING.

Most runs are rather routine and boring.

When I travel, I think about how/when/where I’ll get my run in.

Also when I travel, I find so many places that I wish I could run but my family has other ideas for the day.

Even though I run a large portion of my runs in the dark, I don’t own a blinkie safety vest.

I’ve used many Dunkin’ Donut bathrooms on a run.

I’d rather pee/poo outside than in a port-a-potty.

If I’m out on the trails and need to go to the bathroom, I wonder if I’ll show up on someone’s trail cam.

I have to remind myself often that non-runners don’t like to talk about their bathroom mishaps.

I think race “bling” is ridiculous.

I don’t want another race t-shirt.

I’ll wear short running shorts but in “real” shorts, that length feels too short.

I don’t understand how someone with long hair can run with it down.

Sometimes I’ll speed up on an easy run when I come upon a section I know is a Strava segment.

I’m hyper aware of my surroundings on a run.  It doesn’t matter if it’s on the road or trails. I’m always taking notice of cars and people.

I most likely will pick up the pace if there is a runner ahead of me.

I always pause before hitting the “submit” button on any race registration. Do I really want to do this?!?!

I get annoyed when non-runners try to give me advice about running.

I instantly like someone more when I find out they are a runner.

I know the garbage days for every neighborhood in my town.

I’ve judged you because you have your recyclables in the trash. How hard is it to put bottles and cans in a separate container?

I get excited when I can run in shorts during the winter.

Thumb holes are brilliant but I rarely use them while running.

I can flash a smile when a spectator/race photographer is around but the second they are gone, my face goes back to pain face.

I skip my dynamic warm up and cool down stretch a lot more than I should.

I like training for a race more than actually racing.

I think about running way too much.

What runner confessions do you have?

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Last Week’s Workouts

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Last week’s workouts saw another cutback week in my long run mileage.  It’s hard to believe that I’m 3 weeks away from VT50k.  I’m enjoying the down mileage and prepping for next weekends last long(er) run – 24 miles!!


6.7 mile run, 9:34 avg pace, 0 ft elev gain (Ha!)

30 minutes at-home strength training w/ the BOSU, mini bands and DB’s

After searching for hills exclusively since March, I have neglected my flat as a pancake beach runs. Such a shame! Kyle and I made a run date for the unofficial last day of summer to meet up for a sunrise beach run. The forecast said cloudy with a chance of rain but per usual, the forecast was way off. Don’t believe everything a meteorologist tells you!

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Later in the day, I attempted an at-home strength training session. I got it done but it was all over the place.  That’s what happens when you have two kids and a dog who want in on the action. How did I ever workout at home before?  Ah, yes.  It was 5 a.m. and everyone was asleep!


5.9 mile run, 9:24 avg pace, 374 ft elev gain

Morning Flow Yoga @ Bending Bodhi

This was my fourth day of running in a row so I let Max dictate the pace. He was extra ‘stop and sniffy’ and I had no problems with it.


30 minutes Stepmill Intervals

60 minutes strength training

I skipped one day of cross training (Monday) and I paid for it. I was extra, extra sweaty on the stepmill as I climbed Christ the Redeemer in Rio (via the program on the ‘mill).  FYI – I totally had to look up where Christ the Redeemer was. I knew of the statue but didn’t know that was it’s name.  Thanks, Planet Fitness, for making me smarter everyday.

It felt good to hit my legs and upper body heavy with the weights.  My legs were feeling fatigued the post lift fatigue later in the day.


2 hour trail run, 9 miles, 1,030 ft elev gain (maybe?)

With the kids’ fall sports season kicking off, my trail running Saturday’s are getting squashed. There’s no way I can drive an hour or more to the trail head, run, and then get back in time for carting kids to the fields.

I decided to move my long run to Thursday because a trail run wasn’t going to happen on Saturday even if it was a cutback week.

It was a bluebird day with temps in the 60s.  Plenty of doggies to pet, one snake and one weirdo guy who commented that he wished he was half the man I was as I ran by.  Wtf does that mean?!?!

No falls, no rolled ankles. It was a good run.


Rest day!


6 mile run, 9:05 avg pace, 724 ft elev gain

The plan was to run a hilly route with at least a 1/2 mile hill climb. I decided to be an overachiever and did 3 of the 1/2 mile hill climbs and a 1/2 mile long gradual hill in addition to the other hills. Usually, when I’ve included those hills, I get at least 500 ft of elev gain. Imagine my shock when Suunto, Training Peaks and Strava said I got a puny 300 ft.  WHAT?!?!?!

Thankfully, something was calculated wrong and it turned out to be 724 ft of gain instead. Talk about feeling like you are losing fitness if from all that climbing I only got 300 ft.  Ugh!

It goes to show…technology is not always good!


4 mile trail run, 11:50 avg pace

As much as I hate to see summer go, the seasons are changing. The air feels different. It smells different. That’s one of the first things I noticed when I took off on the trail with Max Sunday morning.  There’s some color changes in the leaves and the air just smells drier.  I know that makes zero sense unless you’ve smelled the same thing.

I kept the pace easy and thought about what’s to come in the new season.  Kind of exciting, right?

How was your week in workouts?

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