August Recap & September Goals

Coming from a ‘down’ mileage month in July, only 37 miles for the month, I really had the goal of hitting 100 miles again in August and ended up hitting 112! I was really happy that I got back up there so quickly and mostly injury free. The fact that we had camp in August and were able to run in pretty incredible spots made getting in the miles much easier! I started off running 3-4 miles and just kept building each week with my longest run being a 10 miler on the weekend.

Big Bear TrailIt’s somewhat scary trying to run that many more miles quickly as it can lead to injury so I made sure to roll out on the foam roller and take ice baths, which helps a lot. I usually do an ice bath after a long run for 1o minutes. It’s hard to get in, but it really helps my muscles feel so much better. Another thing I made sure to take was rest days to give my legs a break. I need to remember that I’m rebuilding right now and that’s okay!

Ice Baths in Trash CanI had my fair share of really hard runs this month. Not hard because I was climbing or doing speed work, hard because my legs were tired from running the day before and I really had to push through the sloggy miles. Those runs can be discouraging but I know it’s just a part of the training and getting back into the routine. It makes me really appreciate the easy run when I have so many meh ones. I just need to trust the training process and getting back into higher mileage shape.

Signal Hill Training RunFor September, I really plan on getting in around 120 miles, and hope to push up my longer run mileage. With my heel problems, I haven’t been running really long runs and I know with the City of Oaks Marathon quickly approaching I need to get on it.

A hard workout in Signal HillRight now I’m not worried that much about pace, but staying healthy and enjoying each run. I’ll keep my rest days the same, 2 days a week and at the end of the month I hope to be able to do a 20 miler for the race. I’m really looking forward to that weekend, I know it will be fun to finish the race with Andi, I’m already so encouraged by her training and mindset!

Here’s to another great and healthy month of running!


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Cross Country Camp

Last week I was up at Big Bear training with the cross country team at Camp. It was so motivating for the season and I can’t believe our first race is a mere 20 days away. Not only was it great to train up there, but the trails were gorgeous. It’s always invigorating to me to run in a new place and it seemed to be just what I needed to really get myself back on track running wise. Sometimes running around town down here can get so boring and it’s nice to switch up a normal routine to find new inspiration even if it’s only for a day. How running in a new place can help you reset your running routine. Continue reading

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Home Update: Built-Ins!

Before and After: Built In Entertainment Center in the Family RoomWe recently got a new addition to our home, a built in media/entertainment center! We bought our house in October of 2011 and have been working away on updating it ever since. As they say, the projects at home never seem to end. It has been fun for the most part and we haven’t had any crazy issues pop up yet, knock on wood. I really love how the entertainment center turned out and it opened up our entire front room.

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Cross Country Camp… thus far

This week I’ve been up at Cross Country Camp and let me tell you it has been a hard, tiring, crazy yet really rewarding experience. We took up 20 of the faster kids on the team, and sadly left about 50 behind :(, and planned out a week of running, activities, cooking meals and team bonding. I am exhausted and it’s only Wednesday.

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August Beginner Marathon Training Schedule

This is month two for my 26 Strong candidate and she is doing really well! The first month we ramped up her mileage gently and this month we are starting to build on her normal base of her long run being 6 miles. This past weekend she ran 9 miles and though it was difficult at the end, she finished it and told me she was feeling a bit sore but got through it and I am so proud of her for following the schedule each week and I chat with her 2-3 times a day, just seeing how she’s feeling and with any tips that might help her out during her runs.

On her last long run she was having some blister problems, so I let her know a trick I always do when I know I’m running far. Slather your feet in Vaseline in between your toes and heels so it will add some lubrication with the rubbing while running.

Beginner Marathon Training Plan - Month 2Click here to download the monthly plan in PDF form

I know next weekend will be a really big moment for her when she finishes her 10 miler. I still remember the first time I ever ran 10 miles and how amazing I felt after. It was the longest I had ever run and how important it was to me when I was training for my first half marathon. I can’t wait to hear how it goes for her! The whole project has been really fun thus far because when I check in with her it’s always really cool to hear how her progress is and how she is feeling. As we get into the higher miles, I know I will need to keep her encouraged and looking forward to race day when it will all pay off.

You can read my two July Team Blog Posts here! How I Cross Train and How Music Keeps Me Focused


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