Training since CIM
After CIM, I needed some down time. The month leading up to that marathon was stress-filled and running, for the first time in a LONG time, wasn’t fun. Workouts were no longer a “let’s see how fast I can do this, how much I can hurt”, but “work”. So, the last 3 weeks have been…
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dream Bars
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dream Bars adapted from here *Not the healthiest, but amazing, so thought I’d share 🙂 Photo credits: bakingblonde.wordpress.com Ingredients: 1 cup melted butter 1 cup brown sugar (or a combination of brown sugar and a sugar substitute) 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 1/4 cups Quick Cooking oatmeal 1 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon…
Motivation Monday – Protein!
Most Americans consume a 12% protein diet and most body builders eat a 25% to 30% protein diet, per Paul McCarthy’s How Much Protein Do Athletes Really Need? Physician and Sports Medicine. SOOO – how much do runners actually need? Somewhere between 12-30% of total caloric intake? I’ll focus on endurance athletes in this post….
Track work and lovin’ life!
Oh, the track… After last week’s 400s, I was feeling a little down. I know I need to move FASTER, but how to do that when your body just doesn’t know how? Turns out, as I’ve been reminded every single cycle, it’s just a matter of dusting off the legs and lungs. They know how…
Ask the Coach – Answers
Here are some answers! Q: I want to break the 3:45 mark for the marathon… what is your best tip to get longer with faster miles? I have a good sub 8 pace for 5 miles but couldn’t hold that for 10…. A: The first thing I’d look at is your easy mile pace. How…
Tears for Boston
Before I write anything about my adventures, day to day happenings, training, and complain about the weather, I feel the need to address the Boston Marathon shooting incident. Almost a week later, I still can’t comprehend why this happened or who would do such a thing. I’ve cried several times, especially after hearing about the…
I have two kids how can I lose the baby weight? Dont have access to a gym, or how can I get in shape 4 moving? Thanks 🙂
I have to ask a couple of questions before I can answer: what time do you have to devote to exercise? What have you been doing lately? Can you involve your kids at all (not sure their ages: if they are older, they could bike, for example)? Let me know!
Hi Nichole! I have so many questions! But the one that's been on my mind most as of late is this: How do you adjust your strength training when you up your mileage during a marathon training block? I'm currently doing Body Pump/lifting 3x a week (Tues, Thurs, and Sun) in addition to just easy base mileage of 40-50mpw. I've been able to up my weight in class and can definitely feel in during my weekly runs, but since I'm not really doing much intensity-wise on the running front, it's been fine. I'm nervous as to how to adjust when I head into my next 16-18 week training block for my fall marathon – should I lift lighter but keep up the 3x a week sessions? Cut the weight on the legs portions (squats, lunges)? Drop to taking the class 2x a week or 1x week instead but keep the weights heavy? I don't want my legs to be dead for key workouts and mileage that will climb to 80-90mpw, but do feel like the strength work is important to support my bones and keep me healthy (my family has a history of osteoporosis – both my mom and grandmother). Thoughts? This is fun – thanks for opening up for questions!
What are your thoughts on carbo-loading (or depelting and then loading?)?
What are some of your favorite marathon workouts?
I'd like to know about the taper part of marathon training: what to expect, how to eat, what to do, how to manage, etc.
What are your feelings about overdistance training for the marathon (ie, training runs of more than 26 miles)?
Thanks for the great blog! I find it fun and motivating. My question pertains to nordic skiing which I know you have dabbled in and your husband excels at. I'm always looking for skiing oriented workouts to do during the summer, and have found that rowing machine seems to really target the glutes that you use for hill climbing in freestyle skiing. Do you think rowing machine workouts translate well to skiing, and if so how much rowing might one do relative to other strength / cardio / rollerskiing workouts? Thanks in advance for any input that you (and your husband) can provide!
Best strenght workouts for marathon training or running in general. I am looking for a easy, and quick (under 20 minutes) routine to do consistantly.
How do you learn to race & run 'no' matter how you are 'feeling'?
This is a pregnancy/running question. After the baby is born, what are your goals/dreams esp. the first two months? If you had a c-section that complicates things of course but what are your thoughts (ps update your pregnancy blog please)