Orange Beach & Gulf Shores, Alabama- A Destination for a #Racecation

I spent every summer of my childhood vacationing in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach, Alabama. A short hour or so drive from my hometown used to feel like forever away as a child. After moving to Atlanta post graduation, I only made it back to the area for a random girls weekend or bachelorette party here and there, never to just vacation. Last November, I decided to do a race in Gulf Shores the Saturday after Thanksgiving but we drove there and back not leaving much time to hang out (to get back...

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MCM Training Week 10 & 11

Week of August 22nd Monday: PLAN- 1 mile endurance, 3x1200m, 400 btw, 2 miles tempo  ACTUAL- 6 miles @ 7:52 avg pace 5:13, 5:05, 5:00, 7:16, 7:12- the first two were too slow, the third one right on target, and the tempo too fast. Oops. I felt good though! I finally saw the chiropractor after several months off to check on things, mainly for a slightly knee pain on my left side. I still have weakness, but I’m holding adjustment which I wasn’t doing when I first started seeing...

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Jackson Hole Half Marathon Race Recap

State #39 Half Marathon #48 I had my eye on this race for over a year. I have a very understanding husband who allows me to plan our trips around races and it seems only fitting that since our honeymoon involved a race, our first anniversary trip should to, right? We took advantage of the extra days off for the holiday to celebrate a week early with a trip to Jackson Hole, the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. Pre-Race We flew into Salt Lake City late Wednesday (technically arriving Thursday...

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MCM Training Week 8 & 9

Where does the time go? Apparently I haven’t blogged in a month? I swear, things have been flying by and I can’t believe it’s already September. Time to back track to August (I’m the queen of having to go back these days). Week of August 8th Monday: PLAN- 1:00 MGP  ACTUAL- 7.79 miles @ 7:42 avg pace New Kinvaras! I bought these at the Boston Marathon in April and saved them since I knew I would eventually need them. Perfect timing as the training picks up and a good...

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MCM Training Week 6 & 7

I text Coach before this set of workouts was loaded and had to check if he remembered that I was running a marathon because it has felt easier than the past. I had A LOT of work travel and the workouts kept me sane. Week of July 25th Monday: PLAN- 50 mins @ MGP ACTUAL- 6.46 miles @ 7:44 avg pace  Tuesday: PLAN- 25 mins core strength, 25 mins hamstring/glute strength ACTUAL- 25 mins core strength, 25 mins hamstring/glute strength  Good hotel gym option with almost everything I needed for...

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MCM Training Week 5 & 6

Still playing catch up. Mid July included a trip to Chicago for work, which I loved because it meant seeing my running friends for a quick run. Other than, I’ve been at home and it’s been much needed and nice to get to know the local running group better. Week of July 11th Monday: PLAN- Speed Drills & 35 min aerobic run ACTUAL- 5.29 miles @ 9:00 pace  Half mile warm up, plus drills, 8x50m of sprints followed by the run at endurance pace.Tuesday: PLAN- 1:20 aerobic run, 25...

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MCM Training Week 3 & 4

More base building. Taking it back to the beginning of the month! Week of June 27th Monday: PLAN- 1:00 aerobic run ACTUAL- 7.10 miles @ 8:27 avg pace, personal training, Restorative Yoga class Tuesday: PLAN- Speed drills, core strength ACTUAL- 1.5 miles with warmup and drills 8×50 meters full sprints with 1 minute rest btw, core strength, Slow Flow Yoga class Wednesday: PLAN- 1:10 aerobic run ACTUAL- 8.31 miles @ 8:25 avg pace, personal training session Thursday: PLAN- speed drills...

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