Happy Thanksgiving! Turkey Trot 2013

This morning while Merri was on a flight to warm and sunny Florida, Bev and I woke up at 6:45 for the annual Wild Turkey Salem 5 Mile run in 32 degree weather.   I made sure to wear long spandex, two long sleeve shirts, a fleece vest, gloves and a lululemon headband that covers my ears to keep warm!  The coldest part of the day was when Russ dropped us off at the start and we had to wait with the crowd of over 1,300 people in Salem Common.  The wind was a blowin’ and the whole time I kept saying to myself “It will be warmer in April, It WILL be warmer in April.”  I felt great on the run and started to warm up around the 3rd mile. Overall it was a beautiful run through Winter Island and the Willows and I finished around 46:00.   My one regret is that I was too cold to stop at the Bud Light and Bloody Mary relief stop created by some locals up in the Willows.  Mentally preparing myself for that next year!

We missed you Mer, have fun in FLA!

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Post-Race with my mom!


Training Schedule – Week 3

Monday – CrossFit

Tuesday – 4/5 mile run, if its not raining.

Wednesday – CrossFit

Thursday – Resting & Feasting

Friday – CrossFit Ponte Vedra (for Mer)

Saturday – 7 mile run in the Florida sunshine

Sunday – Heading to…

Happiest Place On Earth...

Happiest Place On Earth…

Saturday Run – 11.23.13

Finally, I figured out how to dress for a 45 degree run outside. Two long sleeves (this from Old Navy and this from Patagonia), and long tights. No hats, headbands, gloves required! I wanted to hit 7 miles today, so I ran 2 miles straight down 25A/Northern Blvd, 2 miles straight back to my house, and then completed the Manhasset 5K route that we run every October. For the first time  ever, I actually RAN the ENTIRE hill on Rockwood, and actually did it after 5 miles of running, not 2. High fives all the way home from there. The run felt like one of my best in a long time. I kept the pace just under 10 minute miles and felt like I could have kept going if I had to. But I’m glad I didn’t have to.

A long straight-away, and a loop for 7 total

A long straight-away, and a loop for 7 total

I came home and scarfed down one of my friend Elizabeth’s homemade blueberry muffins. I may or may not have been thinking about it throughout most of the run. Cheers for Saturday night martini’s after my longest run of the season so far!

Missed you, Marissa!

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TGIF & Running With Friends

This week I posted on my Facebook page that I was in search of a morning running partner. I was totally psyched when my friend Liz responded, and let me know that she runs at 5:30am, and would love to partner up, so this morning I met her at 5:30 in town. For the second time on a run this week, I severely overdressed.  I left out our back door, and by the time I got down my own driveway, I already ditched my headband and gloves in our mailbox. When we started running, the 50 degrees felt like 80, and I was seriously regretting the long, thick leggings. It was still a really enjoyable run, and nice to catch up with Liz without chasing after little girls the whole time.  I snuck back into a completely quiet house, enjoyed a nice cup of hot coffee, and watched Parenthood while I stretched on the living room floor. TGIF, indeed!

our route

Morning Route

Turn It Up Thursday

Running with my sister will always be my top choice, but when she’s not there to chat (or at least just listen to my heavy breathing), nothing beats listening to a solid playlist. In high school, our warm up mix for field hockey was like the BE ALL END ALL. We’d spend the whole summer working on the most perfect pump-up playlist. Now, on a much more individual level, a good mix of songs definitely keeps me running a little longer.

Right now my top tune is Sweet Nothing by Calvin Harris (feat. Florence Welch). Enjoy the video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17ozSeGw-fY

What are some of your favorite tunes?

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Why We Run Wednesdays

Last night I had the pleasure of meeting a long-time colleague Christie at the StrollerTraffic NYC holiday dinner. Turns out, Christie has run the Boston Marathon five times! I asked her if she could name one favorite part of the race. Without hesitation, she told me about the wall of noise that hits you at the half-marathon mark as you run into Wellesley. She told me that any pain you might be feeling immediately dissipates and the sidewalks are packed with people. I pretty much started crying over my tacos in excitement. This is why I run.

Wellesley, baby.

Wellesley, baby.

I run to have memories like Christie has, to experience the wonder of doing something that only a small fraction of humans get the chance to do. And PS, her book Tap The Tree would make a fantastic holiday gift.

Tasty Tuesday – Paleo Energy Balls

Recipe Courtesy of Paleomg

Recipe Courtesy of Paleomg

Today’s recipe is from one of my favorite paleo bloggers Juli Bauer.  You can check out her blog at paleomg.com.  This recipe is very easy and only includes a few ingredients and a food processor!  I vary the recipe from time to time, and as you can see from the picture I like to add TJ’s Pumpkin Pie Spice in the Fall!  These are great to grab on the go or to have as a dessert 🙂

Double Chocolate Energy Bites
 Prep time:  5 mins
Total time:  5 mins
  • 1 cup almond butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 8-10 dried black figs, stems removed
  • ½ cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chip (minis) or dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup flaxseed meal
  • 4 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-2 scoops Simply Pure Nutrients Recovery Fuel or protein powder of choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor (except for the chocolate chips)
  2. Turn food processor on.
  3. Let ingredients mix until dried figs are completely broken down and incorporated.
  4. Then add chocolate chips.
  5. Shape mixture into bite size balls.
  6. Place in the refrigerator to help harden.
  7. Consume.
  8. Keep leftovers in the fridge!