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Marathon Series

I DID IT! 

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Well first before I get into the post, I should apologize for my lack of 5+ months of not blogging. I do have a very good reason though! So right after the holidays I was in search of a workout plan I could follow to help shed those holiday pounds and give me a challenge. I thought about doing Jamie Easton’s bodybuilding routine, taking up a barre membership, and even joining cross-fit. While discussing this with an old college friend, she gave me the advice of training for a marathon. I know right, a MARATHON? 26.2 miles of non-stop running where the most I ever ran was 6-7 miles that included lots of walking and breaks. There was no way, but hey I wanted a challenge and this was it. So, I went for it. 

As of last Sunday, May 18th 2014, I completed my first marathon. 

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It was the one of the greatest experiences and one of the hardest things I have ever had to do in my twenty one years of living. It has only been two days since I crossed that finish line and I’m already searching for my second marathon to sign-up for. 

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So after 18+ weeks of full on training, I thought it would be great to post every week how I accomplished this goal. So I hope you enjoy these and please comment below on what questions you may have on running a marathon and I will answer them in post to come! 

Stay tuned there is much to talk about! 

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Welcome Back!

Hey everyone! I am finally back (again) after a long pause. Mainly because, after finally being settled into Columbus and making enough money where I can afford the healthy recipes I want to make / workouts and fitness things I want to try, I can document things I am excited about! Plus so many of my friends and smily have begged me to post my cooking creations and workout tips! So, without further ado, I welcome you back to sweet, sweat, self. I will post eventually about catching up on each aspect of my blog… My recent sweats and workouts, my sweet tooth (which has been on pause for the last 3 weeks because I am doing the 21 day sugar detox….kind of), and my self as I am making my way as a young professional.

However, today I just wanted to update on my weekend plans.
Let’s start back from yesterday.

Friday mornings I always plan to do some type of HIIT cardio to kick off the weekend. I like this because Friday nights if I decide to go out to happy hour or dinner with friends I do not feel guilty about the wine / drinks / heavy food portions because HIIT has you burning calories all day long. Here’s what my workout looked like! (Ps. I realized I spelled HITT wrong, I know its HIIT…it was early and I was only half way through my coffee)

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It felt great! I then came back home, showered, and headed to work early because it was raining and for some reason in Columbus when it rains people drive 10x slower. Work was well work, but I enjoy it more now since I made a stand up desk. Picture to come, but I get weird looks all day….whatever I’d rather be standing then sitting and having my back hurt all the time.

After work, I planned on going out with my roommate for some Mexican (and possibly margs) but I was in such bad traffic it out me in such a bad mood by the time I got home that all I wanted to do was watch Dexter in bed. To relieve some stress I did another HiTT workout for 15 mins. Literally just 1 min of jump rope or jumping jacks and 1 min of plank variations. It felt good and stress was gone! I then proceeded to do some laundry, make a veggie stir fry, and watched way too much Dexter. My life is so eventful haha!

Now it’s Saturday morning and my internal clock once again woke me up thinking it was a weekday and I had a morning workout. I got up around 7:30 made some coffee, read some blogs, and got ready for a long run. I had a slice of gluten free toast with pb2 and protein powder mixed topped with 1/3 banana. I planned on going for another 11 mile run like this one…

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But, the weather was freeeeeeezing and my ankle felt weak, so it turned into a slow 5.25 mile run. Whatever, everyone has off days! Now I’m off to shower and go shopping for some ingredients to make a paleo dessert to take to my uncles in DC for thanksgiving. Anyone have a good recipe I should try??

Talk to you later,

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Cross training

Hey everyone! Welcome to my blog! Today I wanted to focus on my current struggle, shin splints.

Gosh, it all started in January when I began my internship and the only equipment the “free” gym offered was a treadmill, stair climber, some elliptical, and a free weight section that the men lived at. After purchasing my polar watch (my favorite workout equipment ever) I noticed that my typical “elliptical slave workout” burned so little calories then I thought it did! So, I tried running. At first i started slow, maybe a jog and walk, but within a week and the help of Pinterest running interval workouts, I was to get a high calorie burn!

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So this went on until the end of Marchand I finished my internship allowing me to go back to college and run on the nice outdoor bike paths we had. From my training I was able to run distance with no problem! I felt great and accomplished like no other.

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Maybe it was because I increased my mileage so quickly, or because I didn’t update my running shoes after 300ish miles, but I began to feel a weird pain in my shins. Better known as a runners worst enemy, shin splints.

At first,I ignored the weird pains and kept running. Then it got to the point where the pain hurt every time I started to jog so I introduced some swimming, tabatas, kettlebell workouts, and more rest. However, the pain never really went away…

Forward to this week when I finally decided to see a running specialist about my problem! Gosh were they ever so helpful! First I was told about compression socks (pictured above as the black things around my legs) which literally hug your calves so tight the pain goes away! I was also introduced to my new love, a barefoot style running shoe. I will do another post on this later with a full review because I’m still testing them! But let me just tell you not only have the socks and new shoes have helped but cross training has been key to my recovery. Low impact swimming, barre, Pilates, and elliptical have all been on the agenda (see sweat log) and my shins have been loving it! I am so happy my pain is finally going away!

Sorry for such a long post. Ps here’s a sneak peak of my new running shoes :).

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