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Twenty-one Weeks to Blue Ridge

Monday, November 28, 2016

There are twenty-one weeks left until the Blue Ridge Marathon. Not that I am counting or anything, but that is about five months. It seems like a lot of time. It really isn't.

Since I last wrote, I had a minor glitch in my MCM running plans - i.e. I did not run it due to a communication glitch that cost me my entry. Cest la vie.

The error did, however, result in a not so temporary loss of sanity that is leading me to enter into a maintenance mode of sorts; cycling through 12 to18-mile runs to maintain a long distance base. "Why," you ask? Well, that is a bit of a secret but if you pay attention to my social media pages, you may pick up on why.

So now what??

Obviously, I am starting to take training seriously and that is kind of craptastic with the Holidays being here. Sorry, Theresa's Toll House Bakery is going to be closed for the season. That means no cookies, fudge, or other baked evils. Your butts can thank me later. That also means no late nights at Holiday shindigs. Alright, maybe that is just me trying to avoid buying a new dress this season.

Beyond that, the goals are about the same as before but the abbreviated version is as follows:

1. Training consistency
2. Lose more weight
3. Eat clean
4. Go to crossfit
5. Sleep

Enough about me...

I can spend all day talking about how much I love the Blue Ridge Marathon and why most of my goals each year have revolved around it but seeing is believing. To that end, I am holding a giveaway for one entry to the Blue Ridge Marathon distance of your choice. This is for a race entry only and does not include travel or lodging.

Enter below and leave me a comment on what you are training for this winter or a new idea for a blog post.

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[Disclosure: I was given a Blue Ridge Marathon entry through my the Blue Ridge Official Blogger program in exchange for promoting the event. As always, my thoughts and opinions are completely my own].


Monday, August 15, 2016

Reboot [verb ree-boot]
to make a change in (something) in order to establish a new beginning.

Sometimes things kind of fall apart and you are left picking the pieces up and putting them all together again. It happens.

For those that need a quick catch up - it goes something like this:

I put my Pasadena, Maryland house on the market and was training for a marathon and 50k. The house went under contract. I was under a great deal of stress. I got sick. I lost a bunch of weight. I moved. I gained the weight back (along with a bunch of its friends). I got depressed and frustrated.

Today, I am settled into my house in Hagerstown, Maryland. I have a crossfit gym that I LOVE in Frederick, Maryland; Odin. I am trying to get my diet in order with the help of Amy at Kindred nutrition. Naturally, I am back to marathon training or, what I prefer to call, getting my running legs back.

All I was missing was a really good goal. So, I registered for the Blue Ridge Marathon and made the decision to up my game this year.

As of today, I have 250 days to do the following:
  1. Get my running base strong and consistent. 
  2. I see a lot of treadmill drills in my future.
  3. Crosstrain consistently. 
  4. Nutrition. Nutrition. Nutrition. Like they say, athletes are made in the kitchen. 
  5. Lean out and drop the unwanted “friends” that I gained. For every pound lost, it means three pounds of impact that my body won’t have to contend with when I’m coming down the mountains at Blue Ridge.

The ultimate goal - a Blue Ridge Marathon PR.

I will not be doing this alone though. I will have the amazing support of my friends at Odin Crossfit, a kick *** dietician - Amy with Kindred - and all of you guys to keep me in check.

Let the fun begin!

Love, Light, Kettle Bells, and Running Shoes,

Youth vs Experience: Who will win the day?

Saturday, April 2, 2016

This weekend I am running in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 miler held in Washington DC. Their motto, “The Runners Rite of Spring,” describes it perfectly; a beautiful time to be down in the Nation’s Capital with Cherry Blossom Trees blooming along the mall.

I am using this race as a tempo training run leading up to my second marathon this spring: The Blue Ridge Marathon. While this flat course may not help me conquer mountains, it is giving me a bit of nostalgia.

Ten years ago, my friend Susan convinced me to run my first race. It was this same race and the distance seemed ridiculous to me.  I had no training plan. I had no clue about running, let alone racing.  My incentive to run was to improve my cardio fitness for group fitness classes that I taught. My goal was to finish and not be picked up by the sweeper bus.  

I “trained” by running on occasion with my two children in jogging strollers and on treadmills.  There was no pre-race prep or a glimmer of running strategy.  I ran hard and fast and slowed down when I needed to.  I felt like it would never end.  I finished exhausted with a 1:27:29.

Ten years later, with 63 races under my belt and distances ranging from 5k to 50k, my perspective on this race is quite different.  I am older and wiser to running and races. Of course, I also have newly diagnosed asthma.

So as I prepare for this weekend, I ask myself: will youth and energy be able to hold off the seasoned runner?  Can I beat my younger self?  Feel free to place your bets.  We will soon find out! Stay tuned!

Love, Cindy