Friday: The Weekend Edition

TGIF!  Friday is here.  Unfortunately it is still cold.  For that reason Mer and I both did not have very high mileage this week but we got in a few Crossfit workouts and shorter runs, so we still feel optimistic!

Today I got up for the 5:30AM workout at Crossfit Variance.  Today’s workout was 14.1… the Crossfit Games first workout of the Open:

10 Min AMRAP (As many rounds as possible)

30 Double Unders

15 Power Snatches @55lb (for women)

I got through 5 full rounds and an extra set of 30 double unders before 10 minutes was up and was feeling the burn in my lungs.  After 14.1 we did Tabata Hollow Rocks (8 rounds of 20 seconds on 10 seconds rest) and ended with 8 minutes of partner rows where each partner rowed 250m before switching.  All in all it was a tough Friday morning and I am ready for the weekend!

Tomorrow is my 28th Birthday and I was planning on taking a nice rest day and waking up to a mimosa.  However, it looks like Sunday and Monday will be snowy so I should get my long run in on Saturday.  Goal is to get 14 miles this weekend and hopefully the weather will warm up soon!

Me and Bev Circa March 1, 1989!

Me and Bev Circa March 1, 1989!

* Meredith and I are training for the 2014 Boston Marathon as part of the Mass General Hospital Marathon team. We are raising money for the pediatric cancer center. Please consider making a donation to this wonderful cause. THANK YOU! *

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Weekend Run Recap

This weekend finally gave way to some warmer weathers up here in the North East. We opened some windows, took care of some stuff around the house, and moved the baby’s crib to the curb. “Only big girls in this house now.” – Ellie Johnston.

In running news, Marissa set the tone early on Sunday with 10 strong miles through Beverly. She was actually texting me during the run, which was probably easier for her to do without any gloves on! But, ROO, eyes on the road!

Roo's Run

Roo’s Run

I left later on in the afternoon (more on that below), and my goal was to match her 10 miles with 10 of my own in Manhasset. I felt really strong and kept my pace fast (for me) at around 8:50/mile for 6 miles. If I can keep that up for a whole 13.1, I’ll PR (and sub-2-hour!) in NYC on March 16th. That’s the goal! I set up a water break/GU Chomps break on my front steps, and planned on heading back out for another 4-5 miles. What was also waiting for me on the front steps?! This kid!! She said, “WELCOME BACK, MAMA! I’m glad you’re done running, let’s ride my bike!” Marathon training or not, who could say no to that?!

First bike ride of 2014

First bike ride of 2014

Sunday was actually the first day since I started training that I just didn’t feel like running. Blame it on the margaritas from the night before, or the fact that my kids just wanted to play outside in the driveway all day, but something just felt a little lazy inside me. It really helped to know that Marissa was busting her butt on a 10 miler though, and TEAM HUDSONSTRONG doesn’t ever run alone. I am glad that even though I did a shorter run, I got out there when I didn’t want to (AND managed to pull out some fast miles)! This is why we run together.

LUV YA in cookies, for my sister

LUV YA in cookies, for my sister

Starting the week off right with an awesome CrossFit516 morning session, and Marissa is starting her new job today! Woop woop!

Rocking my fave tank from CrossFit Cape Ann

Rocking my fave tank from CrossFit Cape Ann

* We are training for the 2014 Boston Marathon as part of the Mass General Hospital Marathon team. We are raising money for the pediatric cancer center. Please consider making a donation to this wonderful cause. THANK YOU! *

WHY WE RUN

TGIF! We had a low-mileage recovering week after hitting 15 miles on Monday, and we mixed in some CrossFit workouts. This weekend we are going for 13-15 miles. The weather in Boston and NY looks nice and warm, so we can finally chip through some of these longer runs.

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And here is a little snapshot of my social media activity this morning, which got me very excited!

"vacation" days?

“vacation” days?

Training Run – 15 Miles!

Like most things in life, running is just better when we’re together. We planned on using the President’s Day holiday to run our longest run so far, 15 miles. Since neither of us have the discipline to stay hydrated, rest up, and prepare our legs the day before these longs runs, we usually have our most fun nights out the night before a run. This was no exception! On Sunday night we headed to Brookline to The Publick House and had some delicious beers and frites. It was just a different form of carbo loading, right?! The coolest part was that we were on Beacon Street in Brookline which is part of the marathon route! Turns out, this was PERFECT marathon training.

The Publick House, on the marathon route

The Publick House, on the marathon route

The next morning we left the house at 9:00am. It was 14 degrees. There really isn’t anyway to make 14 degrees seem “do-able”, and as Marissa set the pace in the front, I really did think a few times that if I were alone, I would totally have run right back inside. I am so lucky to have her to keep me going.

Miles 1-5: We ran a loop from Beverly, into Wenham, and back into Beverly. By mile 3 we were warming up, and I could finally feel my toes. The roads were clear for the most part, and we were happy just chugging along. At Mile 5, we stopped in a sandwich shop and bought a bottle of water to share and ate our Gu Chomps.

Miles 6-13: We completed the loop, and started back out on the same loop again. We were going to do 2 full loops, but there was one section of the road that was just too dicey to run on. We decided when we hit mile 11 that we would just turn around and run back towards home, which would complete the 15.

Mile 13: KJ and the girls were out taking a drive and finally found us near the entrance to the Beverly Airport! They were like beacons in the night, and we totally needed the boost. Ellie asked me why I was sweaty. Thanks, Ellie!

Miles 14-15: We did it!! We finished back through the neighborhood and completely finished 15 miles. We were on our feet for 2 hours and 40 minutes. We were chilly and sweaty at the same time, and we couldn’t wait to get our feet out in front of the fireplace.

14 degrees, 15 miles and 20 cold toes!

14 degrees, 15 miles and 20 cold toes!

We celebrated with Nick’s Roast Beef, and Disney On Ice! Only 9 more weeks until Marathon Monday!

Disney On Ice

Disney On Ice

Oh, and what long run is complete without a some bubbles at the end of the day?

Opus in Salem with KB

Opus in Salem with KB

* We are training for the 2014 Boston Marathon as part of the Mass General Hospital Marathon team. We are raising money for the pediatric cancer center. Please consider making a donation to this wonderful cause. THANK YOU! *

CRASH B’s Indoor Rowing Competition

Taken from the CRASH B website: “The 1980 U.S. boycott of the Olympics was not fun though, and about the same time Concept2 invented their later-named Model A rowing ergometer, the one with the bicycle wheel, a wooden handle and an odometer. The men (and a few women) of C.R.A.S.H.-B., led by the likes of Tiff Wood, Jake Everett and Holly Hatton, formed a fun little regatta of about twenty rowers in Harvard’s Newell Boathouse, to break up the monotony of winter training.

Within a few short years C.R.A.S.H.-B. grew into the international World Indoor Rowing Championships it is now. The regatta outgrew Newell, and then the IAB (the Indoor Athletic Building, now the MAC, the Malkin Athletic Center), the QRAC (Radcliffe Quadrangle Athletic Center), moving to MIT’s Rockwell Cage for many years. In 1995 the regatta moved to Harvard’s Indoor Track Facility, perhaps three times the size of Rockwell Cage. In 1997 C.R.A.S.H.-B. moved to an even larger and ultra-modern facility, the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College. Since 2008, the venue is at Boston University’s Agganis Arena, a state of the art facility just downstream of the original C.R.A.S.H.-B. site.”

BevHud getting ready to start her heat

BevHud getting ready to start her heat

My mom and I signed up to row this year along with a large contingency from the CrossFit community. It is a 2K row, which is a standard benchmark for indoor rowing. It should take between 7-9 minutes and while there can be a lot of strategy involved, for us it was more like an all-out-8-minute sprint on the erg. We arrived early to watch a few of the heats go before our scheduled row time. In perhaps one of the most inspiring thing we’ve witnessed, we got to watch a few of the Adaptive Rowing heats, which included men and women who were rowing in wheel chairs, or with only one leg on the rower. There was also a 96 year old named Paul who rowed his 2K and then got a standing ovation by the crowd. This was a true showing of pure love of the sport, and appreciation for life. I couldn’t wait to get on my rower!

Representing CrossFit516

Representing CrossFit516

 

Marissa was allowed to come down to the rowing floor and cox for me. I posted a 8:34.2, which was good enough for 40th place out of 48 in the category (hey, I wasn’t last!). Bev was 7th in her age group! It was a fantastic experience, and I can check “Rowing Competition” off my bucket list now.

We loved the printed program for the day, which worked in the Boston Strong theme really well.

Boston Strong on the road or the water

Boston Strong on the road or the water

Winter Wednesday: CrossFit

If you’ve been reading our blog, or know anything about me and Roo, or have spoken to us for more than 10 minutes in the past three years, then you know that we love CrossFit. Perhaps a little CrossFit obsessed (in a good way?). CrossFit has definitely changed the way fitness fits into my life, changed the way I think about food, and always keeps me coming back for more.

When I started marathon training back in December, I had high hopes of sticking to a 4 CrossFit/2 runs per week schedule in December and Jan, moving to a 3 CrossFit/3 runs per week schedule in February and March. However, with all this snow and freezing temps, I’m still in the 3 CrossFit/2 runs (one short, one long) per week and its mid-February. Panic?? Hopefully March will bring some 3-runs-per-week weather!

A couple people asked me if I would CrossFit less since I am running more. The truth is, I haven’t at all. I have written about CrossFit Endurance here on the blog before, and I can’t recommend their training program enough for a mid-level CrossFitter who wants to add in more focused running to train for a marathon. The workouts are short and sweet, and FAST and exactly like a WOD but only include running. There is a longer run component built-in once a week, but the real focus is keeping up high speeds for shorter amounts of time and building leg strength. I have been taking it a little slower with things like box jumps (stepping down to avoid any injuries), and insane amounts of squats/thrusters with fully loaded weight just so that I am not too sore to go as hard as possible on my runs. Not going to lie though, the squat program that we’ve been doing at CrossFit 516 has been CRAZY good. Never in my life did I think that I could run a half-marathon and have my THIRTEENTH MILE be my fastest one. Thank you, squatting. Here is what we did today:

gotta love a 20 min AMRAP

gotta love a 20 min AMRAP

It was a GOOD ONE!

OOTD: Lululemon persimmon CRB, Run: Pace crops, Nike Free+

OOTD: Lululemon persimmon CRB, Run: Pace crops, Nike Free+

* Meredith and I are training for the 2014 Boston Marathon as part of the Mass General Hospital Marathon team. We are raising money for the pediatric cancer center. Please consider making a donation to this wonderful cause. THANK YOU! *

Thankful Tuesday: MGH Children’s Cancer Center

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Pediatric Cancer Center at MGH

As of today, Mer and I have each passed the half-way mark in our fundraising goal. This is due to all of your generous donations!  On this blog we talk a lot about our training, our races, our workouts… and ourselves.  Today I felt it was important to talk about who we are running for.  As we continue to run and raise money in preparation for Marathon Monday, I want to share with you some information about where your donations are going and who they impact directly.
Mer and I are running the 2014 Boston Marathon as a member of the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children Marathon team, raising money for the children’s cancer center.

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Our Marathon Team is not just composed of runners, it also includes the most important people of all: the patients, who are running the biggest race of all to recovery. Every day, 36 children are diagnosed with cancer. Thanks to programs like the one at Mass General, there are approximately 350,000 adult survivors of childhood cancer in the United States. As one of the leading pediatric hematology and oncology services in New England, the MGH for Children Cancer Center provides comprehensive, family-centered care for pediatric patients with all type of cancer (including childhood leukemia, lymphomas, bone and soft tissue sarcomas, retinoblastoma, brain tumors and others) as well as adult survivors of childhood cancers. Your donations also benefit programs within the cancer center such as art and music therapy which allow kids just to be kids!

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Last night I got a chance to tour the pediatric center and see where the children receive their treatments. The MGH Marathon Team started in 1998, with just 10 runners raising over $45,000 for the Children’s Cancer Center. Now, 16 years later, the team has raised over 9 MILLION DOLLARS, and there is a mural throughout the cancer center representing just how important this cause is to the children who need it most.

The Finish Line at MGH

The Finish Line at MGH

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far and for all of your kind words of support! Our journey is just a very small taste of what these children go through each day.

BRING ON 26.2!

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* Meredith and I are training for the 2014 Boston Marathon as part of the Mass General Hospital Marathon team. We are raising money for the pediatric cancer center. Please consider making a donation to this wonderful cause. THANK YOU! *