Hey, Saltines! I haven’t posted in a while, and I’ve been missing you guys. I guess I’ve been a little busy mom-ing, working, running, and repeating. I had some big stuff happen this spring, good and bad, so I’ll update you the best I can.
Last August I was invited to a trail run by a physician I work with. The group was a bunch of guys who turned out to be really cool and funny. We drank beer in red solo cups afterwards, and I won’t lie, after 10 grueling miles I could barely walk down stairs for 5 days. I was hooked.
I kept running with them throughout the fall (they helped me train a little for MCM), and instead of taking my normal long break in November/December, I kept running through the winter with them. It was SO fun. We did long runs and trails and track work. They kept me going and running became exciting again!
Then around February I decided to tackle another marathon. Being my home race, the easiest option was the Cleveland Marathon. I started upping my mileage and a good friend of mine named Sarah (who’s qualified for the Olympic Trials in the marathon … no biggie) helped me write a plan. My plan consisted of quality miles. We focused on 2 workouts per week, a long run, and 2 easy runs. I ran relatively low mileage, mostly staying in the 40 mile per week range and maxing out around 50 mpw. Especially because of my winter running, I felt SO fit going into training, and so motivated. Read more >>