Monday, January 22, 2018

Boston marathon Training 2018 {Week 6}

Week 6!

Weekly Miles

Running: 52 miles, 7:20:25 hours
Cycling: 12 miles, 1:00 hours
Stairs: 19 floors, 3:26 minutes

Total Miles for this cycle
Running: 267.72 miles, 38:19 hours
Cycling: 125.12 miles, 10:02 hours


This week was tough- I was a single boy dog Mom of 2 for most of the week. Coordinating their schedules for school and outside along with my work was a challenge. But rest assured, we all survived to live another day.

Due to being so omg busy, I only took one or 2 hot baths. When you’re so dedicated to taking care of your rowdy boy dogs, you lose track of time and forget to properly schedule enough “me time” for yourself.

I’m now a third done with training! It seems to be going by quickly and my mind is staying engaged vs lamenting I still have 12 weeks of training left. This is a contrast to my base building then 10 week dedicated marathon plans I used to do- because anything more than that was too mentally exhausting to train for. I believe that the reason I’m enjoying another 18 week Cycle is because I’m so busy in life. I thrive on the fine line of being busy without pushing too much. Previously I wasn’t filling my time properly and had too much downtime which doesn’t keep me engaged as much.


Not getting dinner reservations for Noma. Complete first world problem, and I wasn’t upset to not spend $$$ on dinner because I have had other significant costs come up recently. There are plenty of other amazing restaurants in CPH to enjoy. Noma would have been a YOLO moment.

The 7 tempo miles sucked. I felt hot and tired.


Just like running through sand at the beach, except occasionally slippery.

4x1200’s At 6:18/Mile felt great. Tuesday Uniform FTW as always. Thanks Kim!

I also took my first complete rest day in 6 weeks. I typically cycle easy on Wednesdays instead of taking off- I feel better by keeping moving instead of doing nothing. I took a hot salt bath that night so it still counts as “No Days Off” for me because it was about taking care of myself and not just being lazy.

Our first 3rd Saturday run raised $150 for an animal shelter!!

My long run was great too! I ran outside! I ran 16 miles on Saturday- 11 (with 4 around 7:35) to Half Acre, 3+ with MRC for our first 3rd Saturday run and a few extra taking and picking up Ze from school.

I’m also keeping up with my #goalz2018 of 52 new to me recipes in 2018. 8 down, 44 to go! Check out my #Goalz2018 page.


I am continually excited about training. I’d like to run outside more, but 4am runs outside don’t work for me. I’m happy that my indoor workouts translate to outside without problem. Plus, running inside in my stuffy 70 degree gym will prepare me for race day much better than had I been enjoying 30’s all this time. Heat training FTW!

We celebrated CB’s 13th birthday on Monday with a Stans donut. He is so wonderful.

Looking Forward

I’ll be adding hills/stairs into my workouts- only post speed/tempo and long runs because I’ll be participating in the Hustle up the Hancock. Hill training is also required for Boston so this crazy stair race fits well into my schedule.

Days to go: 84!!! 🦄


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Boston Marathon Training 2018 {Week 5}

Week 5!

Weekly Miles

Running: 50 miles, 7:09:28
Cycling: 26 miles, 2:06:12

Total Miles for this cycle
Running: 217.73 miles, 30:59 hours
Cycling: 113.11 miles, 9:01 hours

All of my outdoor runs/rides visualized. Via Sisu


Planning the 13th birthday for my precious first dog, CB occupied most of my time this week. I scoured Pinterest for “original” ideas that I see replicated way too much on social that would make for good instagram content.

This was my first 50 Mile week of the cycle- I’m sure it’s the earliest I’ve hit that arbitrary milestone. (I usually top out around 50 miles).


The cold. The black ice. I don’t need coffee when there’s black ice. Taking my wild child, Ze pequeno (anyone get that reference? bueller?) out when it’s slick is no bueno. I initially thought tendonosis was retuning in my right ankle, but remembered I slipped but luckily didn’t fall a few times last week and likely tweaked something.

Tuesday Uniform FTW!


Crossing off my first New Year resolution to bring my trainers on speed sesh days. I don’t like wearing my flats for warmup/cool down. Achievement unlocked!

5x 1K @ 6:18/Mile went smooth unlike the 6 tempo miles at 7:15 pace which felt extra labored and hot compared to the week before.

CPH Marathon love

Solidifying our trips through May. It feels great to have a few things out side of work and running to look forward to. I can’t wait to see family and friends again!

Ordering the swag for our run club’s 3rd anniversary was also a high point of the week.


Another solid week where I just put my head down and got the work down vs the cliche of complaining and being dramatic ala social media. I’m seeing good fitness gains and am excited for the remaining 2/3 of this cycle.

My coaches are tough. Right after this pic was taken, they fought over my training plan.

Looking Forward

I need to eat less, better, and drink less beer. It’s starting to impact my training a little which makes me irrationally upset. (Not so irrational when you have goalzzzz) However, with all that being said, I wouldn’t trade the memories for anything. We had a bottle share on Saturday with my run club and it was awesome to chill with fab people and drink good beer.

MRC Chicago bottle share. Best run club ever!

Also, yoga and more hot baths.

Days to go: 90! 🦄


Friday, January 12, 2018

#goalz Parte um: Recita Ediçao

For those of you who aren’t Portuguese literate it reads: #goalz 2018 Part 1: Recipe Edition.

For the first part of my published #goalz I’ll talk food. I love cooking- especially very complex recipes. It’s relaxing for me and I also love learning new techniques and flavor combos. When 2018 was knocking on my door I answered with a goal that was half heartedly started in 2017- in 2018 I will cook 52 new to me recipes.

I only do “SMART” goals because how could I properly measure an intention to cook more in a season of recipe making? If you don’t set a specific goal how can you measure success? Coasting through life not holding myself accountable sounds like such a crappy way to live imo.

With being a full time working double dog Mom, I tend to make the same stuff each week, because it’s easy. (And delicious! Hello salad and chicken burgers!) Variety is good too, actually better- and I love the challenge of cooking. I’ve since mastered making French style omelets. Chef Ludo would be so proud of me!

I’ve unintentionally turned intentionally started buying cookbooks from places I visit, and from chefs I admire. As I looked at the stack of books collecting dead bugs and dust, I was bummed a little that I tend to make the same stuff out of them. That’s how #goalz 2018 food edition was born. As of today- 12.1.18 I’m 4 recipes down!

First recipe was Paprika Egg noodles from F*ck That’s Delicious. It was super easy and not surprisingly, delicious.

2nd recipe was Moroccan Salad with cauliflower cous cous from Run Fast, Eat Slow. It was really good for lunch this week.

3rd recipe was millet pizza also from Run Fast, Eat Slow. They held together better than I had read about online.

4th recipe and my fav so far was the mushroom soup with chicken meatballs from The Nordic Kitchen by Claus Meyer.

I saw on the news yesterday that one of the top “resolutions” of 2018 is to cook more at home- mainly because of saving money. I would have to say that this recipe challenge I’ve decided to take on is making me spend a bit more money than had I gone with cooking the same stuff I usually do. I already need a larger food processor. Smh.

48 more recipes to go!


Monday, January 8, 2018

Boston Marathon 2018 Training {Week 4}

Week 4!

Weekly Miles

Running: 47.72 miles, 6:46:26
Cycling: 42.49 miles, 3:15.13

Total Miles for this cycle
Running: 167.73 miles, 23:50 hours
Cycling: 87.08 miles, 6:55 hours

Only the finest for Boston training- Unicorn Blood coffee.


With the temps in the extreme negative, butt ass freezing cold air hurts my skin range, I ran inside most of the time. That is not much different than my normal routine- because I don’t feel safe running outside at 4am for a variety of reasons. Maybe I should read some run bloggers “tips” on how to run in the cold. Nah. Who am I kidding? Taking advice from people who seemingly don’t like to run/ don’t run much/run only for selfies/aren’t running coaches seems like a really bad idea.


The extreme cold. Raynauds is no fun. I have really good mittens + gloves but my fingers get swollen, numb, and full of pain regardless. I also end up feeling really crappy if I run outside for any amount of time when it’s below 20 degrees.


Nailing my 6x800’s @ 3:09 and slaying my 6 mile tempo @ 7:15 pace.

Running with MRC Chicago for our 36th run! It’s crazy my running club will be celebrating our 3rd anniversary in February. Join us!


After completing the 6x800’s at 6:18 pace I thought- wow! I’m running faster than ever and feel great! And then I thought about how the Olympic marathon qualifying time for women is around 6:18/mile. For 26.2 miles. Its just crazy! Perspective.

Tuesday Uniform FTW

I feel good about the balance of training and real life so far. I just put my head down and do the work because I want to PR the shit out of Boston this year- also because we are spending a lot of money for Boston weekend. I’d feel guilty as hell if I half assed my training (which is never an option because mediocrity is a waste).

My coaches are tough. Especially when they want food.

Looking Forward

I’ll continue building my cycling base and eventually do some yoga. I’m so excited for this training cycle and beyond- but I’ll be living in the moment and not getting too caught up with the future until race day is much closer.

Days to go: 98!!! 🦄


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Boston Marathon 2018 Training {Week 3}

Week 3!

Weekly Miles

Running: 45 miles, 6:17:05
Cycling: 21.57 miles, 1:50:28

Total Miles for this cycle
Running: 120 miles, 17:03 hours
Cycling: 44.59 miles, 3:40 hours


This week went as planned. I nailed all of my workouts despite being a single dog Mom for a good portion of the week. I was #soblessed my boys behaved so I could get my workouts done. I was apprehensive about my speed sesh after eating/drinking/indulging for Christmas and I was nervous about the 6 mile tempo I had on deck for Thursday. Luckily, everything went fairly smooth.


Being a single dog mom for most of the week wasn’t fun. Ze doesn’t like to poop in the snow, and was revenge peeing in his crate again. But the real low light was the extreme cold temps we are experiencing in Chicago. I can’t run outside when it’s below 20 degrees and no wind.

Tuesday Uniform selfie post 8x643m


Waking up early enough to register for my March half!

I had 8x 600m on deck for Tuesday and I changed them to 8x.4 mile(643 meters) because complicated math on the treadmill at 4:30am was no bueno. I slayed all of my 643meter repeats at 6:18 pace.

The other highlight was the tempo 6 on Thursday. I was honestly prepared to break it from tempo 6 to long intervals of some sort- like 4x10 min, mile repeats or something. I usually need a mental break when running hard for extended time on the tread. But Thursday was full of rainbow crapping unicorns and I glided through 6 miles at 7:15 pace. Like whoa! It also showed me that I’m still in good shape post PR half, and that I shouldn’t doubt myself (a recurring theme).


Week 3 solidified that my goal of 3:1x is more attainable than some rando number daydream picked out of the air. I chose the goal to challenge myself, but at the same time I wanted something that could be a possibility. Over the next 15 weeks I’ll do everything possible to ensure I smash this goal.

Looking Forward

Stop the self doubt.
Write down some 2018 goals.
Continue to smash my workouts
Step up the weight training

106 Days To go!


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Boston Marathon Training 2018 {Week 2}

Week 2!

Weekly Miles
40 miles, 5:40 Running
10 miles, 00:50:00 Cycling

Total Miles for this cycle
75 miles, 10:46:00 Running
23 miles, 01:50:00 Cycling

Nothing to do with this post, except that I really enjoyed the sunrises last week.


Another solid week of training- although the intensity and duration of workouts will only pick up from here, I feel good about training and balance with non running life so far.

It’s not a training week without some drama. During my speed sesh on Tuesday, my hair band snapped after the 3rd 400. I considered quitting, but since Shalane wouldn’t quit over something so petty, I tied my hair band back together and slayed the remaining 400’s like a boss.

The lowest low light was waking up Wednesday morning at 1am to find Ze had a blow out in his crate. Being a dog mom is rough sometimes. I cleaned up the mess, went back to bed and woke up a few hours later to cycle. No excuses ever.


I did 12x400’s @ 1:35- And felt amazing! Since I’m going after an aggressive marathon goal, I was moderately concerned that the speedwork would be too fast- but that wasn’t the case. I’m pumped to continue pushing myself.

Another highlight is when you and your SO buy each other the same exact thing for Christmas.


I ran with Ze for the first time ever. We went up to the Chicago Christmas tree. He did amazing, but we won’t run too much until he turns one in April because his bones are still developing. I’m really looking forward to taking him for a few runs a week not only to burn off his endless border collie energy, but also so L won’t have to dog sit 2 high energy pups. It’s all about balance. I need to figure out how to log all of his runs- because as he gets older I think he would appreciate those stats.

Looking Forward

I need to continue to remember my intentions for this training cycle and be sure to include loads of self care and me time so I don’t burn out.

In reality, I need to add some yoga into my week, and be better about my half assed PT exercises.

I’ve indulged a lot with food and drink, and need to start dialing back a bit. It makes getting up at 4am to run much easier when I haven’t stuffed myself or had a drink the day(s) before.

112 days to go!


Monday, December 18, 2017

Boston Marathon Training 2018 {Week 1}

Week 1

Weekly Miles:

Run: 35
Cycle: 13.02

Total Miles for this cycle
Run: 35
Cycle: 13.02


I was/am excited to start training for Boston again. I love having something to look forward to during the shitty Chicago winter. I’m also excited to chase goals and put the work in because I could never write a blog post about how I was disappointed with not getting a PR in a race - after not training for it. That would just be shameful. Smh.


Nothing I can think of- I wake up early and put the miles in. I wish I had a better story for blog fodder- like someone telling me I’m not a real runner, or some other drama to over come which seems disproportionate to runners on social media- but alas, everything was good this week.


I ran 8 miles around Milwaukee after a exceptionally fun Saturday filled with walking, beer drinking, cocktails, duck pin bowling and food.


It’s tough balancing being a double dog Mom and training for a marathon, but I’m #soblessed my husband can dog sit while I go run. In all seriousness, I’m pumped to start some speedwork next week and push myself.

Dog Mom Gift Guide

Since affiliate link gift guides ( nearly all of which have sponsored content- lame!) are all the rage, I decided to come up with my own gift guide for dog moms, free of any affiliate links or sponsored content. Since there is NO sponsored content, all opinions are truly my own.

1. A weekend trip away from the dogs

Board the dogs and take the dog Mom on a well deserved vacation even if it’s just for overnight. The break from taking the dog out in sub freezing temps will be appreciated.

2. Drinks with friends

Take the tired, stressed out dog Mom for some much needed cocktails. She will thank you 1000 times over for a night out to forget about the fur kids.

3. Food and me time

A dog mom’s work is never done- especially with an asshole puppy who hoards and hides poop at school. Take the dog Mom out for food so she doesn’t have to cook. Encourage her to take as much “me time” as possible. Just lay on the couch and do nothing! Veg out and forget about chores and day to day life- you need all the rest you can get! Even better, go do something fun like duck pin bowling.

I’ll have to come up with a bucket list for dog moms and their pups too.

Onto week 2 of training!

120 days to go!