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Wordless Wednesday-Attitude

And now a few words from Winston Churchill . . .

#WordlessWednesday

#WordlessWednesday

And a little sunshine on a beautiful fall New Hampshire day can seriously improve that attitude on a hilly 6 mile run . . .

#Running with my Mommy friends

#Running with my Mommy friends

#FitFluential

#FitFluential

 

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Who inspires you?

I’ve been feeling so energized lately. I am loving my new marathon training with my awesome coach Denise Goode from The Sustainable Athlete. I am feeling very positive about attaining my goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon (even with the lowering of the qualifying time to 3:40). I am ecstatic about having a big goal for myself and some training tailored just for me to help me increase my strength, speed, and endurance.

As an added bonus my running friend Bridget has agreed to pace me at The Vermont City Marathon. This means that she will be there with me running the entire 26.2 to help me during my low points and to celebrate my high points along the way.

Do you have an awesome training partner who helps you to reach your goals? Now matter how positive your outlook is on any given day we all need a support team around us to keep us strong.

For me my inspiration comes from Bridget. We both enjoy being silly before, during, and after runs and especially giggly post race or hard workout. Bridget is the kind of training partner who I can always depend on to help me through a workout where my legs feel like lead and hills feel like mountains. She is always up for an easy workout with lots of talking along the way or a super intense silent workout where we both push each other and train to the limit.

Positive Inspiration

Bridget has always been way faster than me but I know that our workouts will always be positive and she will never leave me in the dust (except perhaps on race day). I helped pace Bridget during the last 13 miles of her first 100 mile ultra run last summer and watched her push through limits and try to eliminate negative thinking to achieve her goals. Even when the race became difficult she was able to dig deep and find energy to pick up the pace during the last two miles and to finish in her goal time of under 24 hours.

This personal inner-strength that I witnessed is something that I often think about now as I am racing.

Tonight she and I will head out for some speed work with our head lamps. The challenge is on!

On your marks, get set

This is what I want to feel like on race day!

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Energy

It has been crazy around here. I love having a full plate and being scheduled to the max. I always feel more productive. Although sometimes when I take a break for a minute I almost feel winded (almost like after running up a mountain . . . Which by the way I’ll be doing again tomorrow morning at the “egg” crack of dawn. Winter Wild Round 3 here I come!).

2 Laps of Pats Peak=4 Miles of Winter Wild

My two little chicks keep me on my toes every day. I wish I could drink in endless amounts of twirling, dancing, jumping, laughing pure energy. From the moment they awake they are out of their beds as though the starter pistol has gone off at the start of a race. During the race of our day there are meals to be made and devoured, intense playing at home and at pre-school, a daily battle of wits between 3.5 year old and Mommy, and wrestling matches with a cranky toddler who has discovered the joy of play and doesn’t want to concede defeat to exhaustion.

In the middle of this chaos is time for me to work, to write, to run. I officially started training for The Key Bank Vermont City Marathon this week to add in a bit more craziness. A coach from my friend Doug’s awesome coaching business The Sustainable Athlete is setting up my training. I am looking forward to having a daily plan to provide extra motivation. It’s been a long time since I had real coaching for sport.

Sweet one on one coach for ENDURANCE athletes

I am hoping for a Boston qualifying time which will be a fast 3:40. I feel like I’ve built a good base this past fall and winter thanks to half marathons and long miles with the awesome Pete and Gerry’s Organic Chicks.

Now it’s time to dial it up a bit. And just to kick things off with a bang my first official workout was intervals and I chose my friend Bridget (crazy fast with the energy of my 3.5 year old ) as my interval buddy. I had great plans to complete this workout in the morning but life took over. So, this workout ended up being a headlamp run on a dark VT dirt road. It felt amazing though and always the perfect way to end a crazy day and somehow I am always able to find the energy.

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Post Intervals Glow

Now begins the race to the finish line. This time with a plan to guide me and high energy surrounding me to serve as motivation.

Where do you get your energy?

Find your power source

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“Reach the Beach is runners’ paradise” – ESPN

Runners Alley

 

If you are a runner and haven’t yet completed an insane 24 hour, 200 mile overnight adventure relay yet then you have been missing out. This is the ultimate team adventure for adults. You will remember your younger days participating in team sports. Riding in the van for countless hours while occasionally hopping out to run for a while perhaps wearing a chicken hat, carrying a rubber chicken named Wilson, or even perhaps sporting your favorite pink tutu will allow you to totally let go of your adult life and to just have fun (although I am not sure that is what most people on the planet would call it). You will enjoy the hilarious nature of this event as you find yourself totally sleep deprived, running down a long stretch of roadway, wearing a reflective flashing vest, headlamp, and red flashing lights in the middle of the night with your goal being to catch the blinking light up ahead and finish at the Beach with the other crazy members of your team. The Reach the Beach Relay (http://www.rtbrelay.com/) events are the adventure of a lifetime and definitely worth putting together a 12 member team(or if you are truly insane , a 6 person ultra team) and sign up soon. If you feel ready (and you know you are) you can sign up now for Reach the Beach MA in the spring and Reach the Beach NH in the fall.

 

Take a look and see what the ESPN sports team had to say about this:

 

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?id=6583449

 

 

 

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