What’s Up for the Week Ahead – Marathon Training Week 6

Just this week, we hit the 100 days until the Marine Corps Marathon milestone. YIKES!
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If you’ve been following along, you will know that I have decided to list my intended workouts for the upcoming week to keep myself honest on Saturdays. Sundays will still be our weekly workout recap highlighting the workouts that just passed.

I still have to share my list of anxieties with you at some point. Hang tight for this craziness…

And, you’ll have to wait to see how Week 5 went on tomorrow’s blog post!

Week 6: July 24 – July 30

Sunday: Race – York Days 5K

Monday: Stretching/Yoga/Foam Roll

Tuesday: 3x 1600M, 2 lap recovery, 2 lap cool down (I’m not sure this will happen because of another set of back to back races…)

Wednesday: 5 miles

Thursday: 4 miles, fartlek

Friday: Crosstrain – 40 minutes

Saturday: 10 miles

You can check out my past weeks here:
Week 1 Plan.
Week 1 Recap
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Week 2 Plan
Week 2 Recap
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Week 3 Plan
Week 3 Recap
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Week 4 Plan
Week 4 Recap
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Race Recap-Kerry & Lara-Runners World Classic

By now you hopefully you have read the general recap we had on the weekend of festivities. Since it was a lot of information, we decided to break it in to two posts-one for the race as a whole (parking, expo, festivities) and then our individual experiences (which you will find below).

KERRY’S RACE RECAP

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I had gone back and forth for at least 2 months on whether I was going to sign up for this race or not. I really wanted to do the Hat Trick (running the 5k, 10k, and Half) but for some reason just couldn’t commit. I finally made the decision to go for it and had been really training to prepare myself.

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2 weeks before the event, my hip started to bother me and I started getting nervous I wouldn’t be able to swing all 3 races. I rested for 2 weeks–stretched, iced, rollled–you name it. As the weekend approached, I was still nervous as to how I would feel. I knew I could at least run the 5k but would have to gauge how I felt after that to decide whether I could finish the other 2. Luckily, Lara was running the 5 & 10k so I knew I had some support with me.

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Tackling this race was more difficult than I expected. To start, I really had my mind on my hip and prepare myself mentally that I may not get through it. The second part, is that while the first race is a 5k, you have to make sure you pace yourself and don’t give it your all (like I normally would for a 5k) because an hour later I had to run another 6.2 miles. The heat also added another element because I knew I had to really run smart. The 5k started at 7am so luckily it wasn’t that hot…yet. I really told myself to go slow but of course, I didn’t. I ran the 5k in 23:57-7:35 pace. I was hoping to go a little slower than that but oh well.

The 10k started at 8:30am so I had about an hour in between races. Lara and I made it a point to keep walking around so our muscles didn’t get tight. By the time the race started–it was hot. The sun was beating down. It was a tough race-probably the toughest I have done in some time. By mile 3, I was ready to quit. I can’t even remember the last time I felt like that. It didn’t help that it was pretty much one big hill from mile 3.5 through mile 5. I didn’t quit but I certainly slowed down by pace. I finished the race in 51:44-8:17 pace-which isn’t terrible considering the factors. Since I completed both races, I got some nice bling.

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Lara and I rewarded ourselves with a hot dog and a beer and called it a day. Although I couldn’t help thinking about the half marathon I was slated to run Sunday.

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The final leg on my quest for the Hat Trick was a half marathon. When I woke up Sunday I was a little nervous. I was afraid my hip would be killing me but also I was a little afraid about the heat. To my surprise, my hip felt good. It was still hot and humid but at least it was overcast and the sun wasn’t beating down. I was a little lonely at the start but managed to rest and relax.

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I came prepared for this race. I ran with my own water/Gatorade mix and told myself I was just going to take it easy. This wasn’t about a PR but about playing it smart and taking it slow. The race started at 7am sharp which helped to beat the heat. I didn’t feel nearly as bad for this race as I did for the 10k. The course was nice. It was a combination of main roads and back roads. There was a pretty long stretch of hills between miles 6-9 but after that, it wasn’t so bad. I kept telling myself to take it slow and for once, I actually listened! I completed the race in 1:56-8:50 pace. Definitely a slower race for me but I was so happy that I finished it and was able to collect the rest of my bling! My hip held up well and I think I am finally on the mend. I am so happy that I was able to run all three races and participate in a great event.

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LARA’S RACE RECAP

I didn’t decided to sign up until kind of last minute.  Once I knew Kerry was a go for the Hat Trick, I admit, I got a little jealous.  It had made it a 2015 goal of mine to complete the Hat Trick, but the race series never made it to the Boston area that year. So when I saw it was coming this year, I wanted it. But then I was recovering from injury AND committed to a full marathon. So I dial back and settled for the Five and Dime.
I picked Kerry up bright and early Saturday morning so that we could get our bibs.  Actually, it was so early, it wasn’t even bright.  We made it to the race venue with plenty of time and there was absolutely NO waiting at the expo.  There wasn’t even a line at the port-a-potties.
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All the way up until race time, I couldn’t decide how to run each race.  Once I was out on the 5K, I knew I could push it hard and get one of my better times in. So that’s what I did. I felt really good. It was just 7am so even though it was warm, the sun wasn’t high enough yet to be beating down.  The course was somewhat flat and shaded.  We just ran through local neighborhoods.
I finished with a 28:07, which ties for one of my fastest.  I can’t remember if it’s a PR or if it’s less by just one second.  Whatever it was, I was totally happy for that result. And the cold sponges they gave as we crossed the finish line was worth the price of admission!
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We tried to keep our bodies warm in between races – it was about an hour wait.  The sun was getting hot so we got some water in.  Unfortunately, I was feeling a little hungry too but didn’t want to sample any new foods before running 6 miles. I wasn’t too worried because I knew the 10K would be a whole lot slower for me.
Oh and the porta potties this time around – even though there was no line. The toilet paper was empty in the first stall I went into. Yikes.
Kerry and I split up at the start line to get into our respective pace sections.  Once I took off at the start, I could feel the tightness in my ankles and calves.  It made me a little nervous but kept going.  And I kept it slow.  I even tried to keep my focus on the road just ahead of my feet. I didn’t want to be tempted by the people around me and try to speed up.  I even walked through every water station. BTW – the first water station was awesome. They were all singing “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” It was a little bit awesome.
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There was a GIGANTIC hill on mile 3.  Maybe I’m exaggerating. But in the heat and sun, it was tough.  I ran the entire thing and wanted to just be done.  The top of the hill was wide open pavement saturated in sun.  There were people out watering their lawn and I had to talk myself from asking them for a run through.  By mile 4, I took my first walk break. It picked it up again and stopped again at mile 5 water station to walk a little extra.  By this time, I was resigned to the fact that it was going to be close to 11min/mile.
Thanks to the help and encouragement of someone about 1/2 mile from the finish who kept pace with me, I didn’t feel the struggle to cross the finish line. She talked me through it and I thank you – whomever you are!
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I forgot to stop my watch when I crossed because I just wanted that damn cold sponge! Needless to say, it was definitely not my best. And probably a PR for my slowest 10K to date.
But it enjoyed every single second of that day.  I would definitely do it again.  I would definitely take my time and experience the amaziness in the Celebrity Mile that happened after we scarfed down our hot dogs and beer (at 10:30am). All in all – it was a great experience!
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Race Recap-Runners World Classic Powered by DMSE

Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 9.03.19 PMThis past weekend we both participated in the inaugural Runners World Classic. (Total pet peeve of Lara’s is the use of “1st annual” instead of inaugural…)

For those of you unfamiliar, it is a weekend of events that is sponsored by Runners World and DMSE (Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises). DMSE is responsible for organizing the Boston Marathon every year as well as other events sponsored by the BAA. There is a 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon. The 5 and 10K’s are on Saturday and the Half is on Sunday. You can run just one of the races or you can run the 5 & 10K (called the Five and Dime) or all three (called the Hat Trick).

This year, Lara ran the Five and Dime and Kerry ran the Hat Trick. Races in July are tricky because you never know what you are going to get with the heat. This past weekend was a hot one and it made for some really tough running. But don’t worry, we made it through and we are going to get you our race recaps. For now, this post will be a general overview of the race logistics.

The event itself was really great. It was really well organized from parking to post event water/snacks and medics. Considering it is July and it can be extremely hot in the Boston area, it was nice that the race started at 7am. We got there super early so they were still getting some stuff together.. image

The expo wasn’t that big and this is the one thing that could have been a little better considering it was sponsored by Runners World. We were able to pick up our numbers the day of the race and it was simple and easy–no wait.

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They had pace groups which most people actually adhered to. There was mention that they were going to have actual pacers for the half marathon but they didn’t. Maybe they decided to change their mind because of the heat.
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Our individual race recaps will be in another post but the post race festivities were fun as well. At the finish line, they had volunteers giving out cold, wet sponges. They were AMAZING! It felt so good after the hot run.

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Each race had its own medals and then they also had combo medals. We each got a 5k medal, a 10k medal, and then a Five and Dime medal on Saturday.
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Since Kerry ran the half, she also got a 13.1 medal, and a Hat Trick medal for completing all 3 races.
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The post-party was good. We got a hot dog and a beer for completing the race. Even at 10:30am – Both have never tasted so good!
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They also had free Yasso bars! Yum!
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After the 5 and 10K’s, they had the Celebrity Mile. This was a race composed of local sports legends, Boston Marathon finishers, local news anchors, Dick Hoyt, and Boston Marathon Survivors–Jeff Bauman, Carlos Arredondo, Adrianne Hasket, and Bill Richard. To say it was emotional was an understatement.

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It was Jeff Bauman’s first road race ever.  The 1 mile was two laps around the block.  Because Jeff was walking and Carlos was wheelchair bound, all of the other participants had already completed by the time these two made their first lap through.  For the second lap, everyone joined in and followed along behind them. Definitely emotional for those that were watching.
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A highlight of the weekend–we got to get a picture with Bart Yasso. How cool is that?

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It really was an overall great event. Our individual race recaps will follow shortly.

 

 

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker {Book Review}

All Is Not ForgottenTitle: All Is Not Forgotten
Author: Wendy Walker
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

I received an advanced reader’s copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

From Goodreads:
In the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut everything seems picture perfect.

Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, prefers to pretend this horrific event did not touch her perfect country club world.

As they seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town – or perhaps lives among them – drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.


My Thoughts

Although the synopsis describes a young girl receiving a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of a brutal attack and rape, which is not exactly what this book is about. And that’s where I felt misled while reading All Is Not Forgotten.

While the story is dripping with ethical arguments, it is also the story of the psychologist hired to help Jenny Kramer rediscover those memories that were taken from her. It took some getting used to and I wanted to give up more than once. But I wanted to know where this story was going more, so I stuck with it.<

Unfortunately, I don’t think I have many glowing things to say. I was not a fan of how he talks to the reader as if we are having a one-sided conversation. He is constantly acknowledging and apologizing for tangents and linking parts of the story together for us in a repetitive manner. It’s as if we are reading the doctor’s notes on his research and Jenny is his case study.

If you feel like having a psychology lesson, then this book is for you. I was strongly reminded of The Dinner by Herman Koch as I read this. And I wasn’t much of a fan of that book either.  (Check out my review here.)

Weekend Update (Kerry)-Lots of Running

To say I did some running was an understatement! This past weekend was the Runners World Classic Powered by DMSE. I signed up to run a 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon all in one weekend. It was an awesome weekend though and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Friday night was super low key. I knew I had to wake up really early on Saturday so we just hung home and relaxed. It’s hard to see in this picture but Jada is just chilling watching the iPad and Jalen and Jay are playing on the floor.

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Saturday morning Lara and I were up bright and early to head out for the Five and Dime (5k and 10k). We look so happy before we knew what we were getting in to.

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I had to wear the same bib all weekend. It was a mess by Sunday.

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It was so hot and humid Saturday. The races were definitely tough–the 10k more so than the 5k. There were times I honestly just wanted to quit during the 10k. By the end, I was so glad I was finished. The 5k and 10k weren’t my best times but between the heat and my hip issues, I was fine with the results. My hip held up well which I was pretty excited about. I guess all that rest really paid off. Lara and I hung out to watch the Celebrity Mile. It was basically a lot of local news reporters, some previous Boston Marathon winners and local celebrities. The most emotional part of it was watching 2 Boston Marathon survivors participate in the celebrity mile–Adrianne Haslett and Jeff Bauman. If these two don’t inspire you, I don’t know what will.

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I did purchase this fun new running gadget at the race–The Froller. I am telling you, this thing is awesome! Lara bought one too. I used it immediately when I got home. It is basically like a massage roller that you can freeze so you get the benefit of icing and rolling. It helped prep me for the half on Sunday.

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When I got home from the race, I ran a few errands with the kids. I came across this shirt and thought it was hilarious.

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I have to mention that Saturday was also my 5 year anniversary. We didn’t celebrate Saturday since I had a lot of racing on the mind but we did go out Sunday.

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Sunday morning started bright and early again. It was time for me to run the Half marathon and complete my Hat Trick.

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Another pre-race picture–before the humidity set in.

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I completed the half. Again not my best time but so happy that I was able to do all three races. It was a really fun weekend and I got a lot of race bling!

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When I got home, I came home to this mess. Exactly what I want to clean up after I ran 13 miles. The joy of having toddlers.

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We decided to take them out to get them out of the house. We went to a local pool/splash park.

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Sunday night we went out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary. I was happy to indulge in a nice meal after all the running I did!

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Weekend Update – Five & Dime

It was quite a weekend! HOT and full of running.  Well just on Saturday for the running. But it was hot all weekend!

Before I get too far into the weekend, I want to draw attention to my new sneakers.  I knew I was going to need a new pair eventually during training, but I was holding back because the sneakers I want are $150.  On Amazon Prime Day, there was a deal on New Balance sneakers and the 1080s that I wanted were only $97.99.  Yes please.  I was hesitant about the color I chose when I ordered them but once I opened the box, I fell in love.  They look a lot more orange in this picture, but there are more pink.  I’m actually reminded of watermelon when I see them.  They are tucked away for a bit until I’m ready to break them in.image

Friday morning was cross training day.  I focused a lot on upper body and core.  I did some work on my lower body earlier in the week and the squats had my hamstrings tight for days after my track workout.  I was all pumped up after my workout that I thought I would snap a killer flex photo.  Until I looked in the mirror – Womp Womp.  Guess the muscle is still hiding in there somewhere.image

When will I learn that working out in a cotton t-shirt is a good idea just because I’m being lazy and don’t want to change out of my pajamas.image

I wanted to have some Ed Hardy sangria – all fancy like in a screw top bottle, but I skipped it Friday night because it was an early wake up call in the morning.image

Ben had been working late all week, so I bought him some Guinness as a treat.  He was surprised to see that his beer multiplied in the fridge.  So I had some snapchat fun with him.
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Yeah – so that wakeup call.  It was still dark out.  I’m not ready for the days to start getting shorter!image

Kerry and I were on our way to the Runner’s World Classic.  We were both running the 5K and 10K today.  (Kerry is heading back for the half marathon tomorrow.)image

All excited to start running – not realizing what was ahead as the sun started to get higher in the sky…image

The 5K race was awesome and we both ran it pretty fast!image

The 10K was a bit more dreadful.  There were volunteers with cold sponges at the end of both races.  It was amazing and extremely welcome.image

We both ended up with 3 medals on Saturday.  We got an extra one for completing both races – Five & Dime.image

And then we were treated with a free hot dog and beer after.  Did it matter that it was only 10:0am? Nope. Not one bit.image

We decided to hang around for the Celebrity Mile event that was happening.  I’m glad we did because we scored a photo with Bart Yasso.image

And saw this heartwarming moment as well.  Jeff Bauman and Carlos Arredando are both known from the Boston Marathon bombings and this was Jeff’s first road race ever.  The 1 mile was two laps around the block.  Because Jeff was walking and Carlos was wheelchair bound, all of the other participants had already completed by the time these two made their first lap through.  For the second lap, everyone joined in and followed along behind them.  I’m tearing up just typing this as I relive that moment having witnessed human kindness in its finest.image

I’d say that the addition of these 3 new medals are welcome to my collection.image

This license plate was funny enough that I had to take a picture to share with you all.image

Sunday was a completely lazy day.  Ben and I headed out in the morning for a 3 mile walk around the lake for some recovery miles.image

And the walk ended at the Gingerbread Construction Company for some muffins for breakfast.image

The rest of the day was really a whole lot of nothingness.  I got a little bit of work done around the house, caught up on some shows, and did food prep.  I’m excited because I only have to get through these next 5 work days before I’m on vacation.  Let the countdown begin!

Weekly Workout Recap – 7/17

Another week in the books. One of us is logging lots of miles while the other is still nursing an injury. Let’s see how we did.

MONDAY

Kerry: Yay! Boot camp is back. I can tell you that my reaction when my alarm went off at 4:46am this morning wasn’t “Yay” but I was excited to get somewhat of a workout in. I haven’t been running and last week was an off week for boot camp so I haven’t been doing much. It was nice to get back in to the swing of it this morning. I took it easy with the running portion but was more than excited to do the strength training portion. We did lots of squats, lunges, push-ups, and burpees today. I was a happy boot camper!

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Lara: Today is my rest from running day with a focus on yoga, stretching and foam rolling.  It felt nice to start the day lazy and just get my stuff done on the yoga mat before getting ready for work.  I have found a new youtube channel that I’m liking for yoga.  Yoga with Adriene.  Anyone else use this channel? She’s quirky and fun. She makes yoga a bit more bearable for those who might not think it’s very fun…
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TUESDAY

Kerry: Tuesday’s are normally one of my running day’s but I am still taking it easy since I am trying to heal so I can run the Runners World Classic this weekend.

Lara:  Today is a track workout day, but the plan is to workout after work with my husband.  So I decided to burn some extra calories and join my lunchtime workout crew for a circuit training workout.  8 stations that focused a lot on shoulders, triceps and biceps.
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It was about 7pm when we made it to the track.  Because last week’s 800s kicked my butt, we decided I should try it again before graduating to 1200s.  It was still tough, but it wasn’t as unbearable as last week.  I thought my shirt from our mud run was all too appropriate for wanting to kick the track’s butt.
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WEDNESDAY

Kerry: Boot camp today. We did a decent amount of running but I tried to take it easy. We started with 4 laps around half the field and then 10 reps of tricep dips, push-ups, squats, and lunges. Then we ran 3 laps around the field and increased the reps to 12. We went all the way down to 1 lap and 16 reps. I felt okay running but made sure to keep stretching and icing all day. I have even been icing at my desk.

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Lara: I managed 4 miles before it hit 6am and let me tell you – it was hot!! The sweat was dripping off my hat brim and my ponytail.  It was also wasn’t even 12 hours since my track workout but I was tired!! And I was fast for me.  I’m ok with that. Trust the training, right?
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THURSDAY

Kerry: No official workout for me but I did volunteer with my company this morning to help clean up a local river. We canoed out in the river and pulled water chestnut weeds out of the water. It was a fun time and certainly a great arm workout!

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Lara: I was all too happy for 4 “easy” miles this morning.  My legs felt like lead so I definitely took those instructions seriously.  It was made a little more tough because my routes are never flat from my house.  I would have liked a FLAT and easy run this morning…
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And I did receive my new pair of sneakers for marathon training and I am so in love.  They look orange in the picture but they are more pink. Reminds me of a watermelon.
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FRIDAY

Kerry: Another rest day for me. Getting prepped for the Runners World Classic this weekend. Hoping that I can make it through all 3 races!

Lara: I enjoyed not having to roll out of bed super early because it was just a cross training day for me.  And since I had an at home upper body and core workout planned, I knew I didn’t need to beat the heat.  I attempted to take a flex photo because you know – it felt like I was pumping some serious iron and my guns were blazing. Until womp womp – I looked in the mirror and saw no definition.
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SATURDAY

Kerry: Today was the start of the Runners World Classic. I was able to run both races today–a 5k and 10k–otherwise known as The Five and Dime. Lara ran with me and we will do a full race recap because it was a great race. It was a hot day and the heat certainly affected my race–that and of course my hip. My hip felt better and I got through both races but I wouldn’t say I am 100%. I ran a 23:54 (7:35 pace) for the 5k and technically a 51:44 (8:17 pace) in the 10k but the race time says 52:53–I needed a bathroom break at mile 3. The 10k was tough. It was so hot by then but overall I am happy with the results.
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Lara: All the way up until race time, I couldn’t decide how to run each race.  Once I was out on the 5K, I knew I could push it hard and get one of my better times in. I finished with a 28:07, which ties for one of my fastest.  I can’t remember if it’s a PR or if it’s less by just one second.  We tried to keep our bodies warm in between races – it was about an hour wait.  I knew the 10K would be a whole lot slower for me.  Once I took off at the start, I could feel the tightness in my ankles and calves.  It made me a little nervous but kept going.  By mile 4, I look my first walk break.  It was hot and the sun was beating.  I forgot to stop my watch when I crossed, but it was about an 11/min mile. Definitely not my best. And probably a PR for my slowest 10K to date.
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SUNDAY

Kerry: I was up early this morning to finish my Hat Trick by running the half marathon. I was definitely nervous after yesterday’s heat. I prepared better today–brought my own water and gatorade and went in to the race knowing my goal was to just finish smart. It wasn’t going to be a PR. I was a little sore from yesterday but my hip felt pretty good. I finished the half. Probably one of my worst times–1:56 but incredibly happy that I completed. The Hat Trick  was on my bucket list and I can check it off.

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Lara: While Kerry is running the half marathon to complete her hat trick, I am recovering by walking 3 miles around the lake.  I am incredibly sore and tight an will need to do a lot of stretching for the next few days.  More races are on the schedule for this upcoming weekend!
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What’s Up for the Week Ahead – Marathon Training Week 5

If you’ve been following along, you will know that I have decided to list my intended workouts for the upcoming week to keep myself honest on Saturdays. Sundays will still be our weekly workout recap highlighting the workouts that just passed.

Because this is my first marathon, I am super paranoid and over-anxious about EVERYTHING.  Food, workouts, fueling, weight gain… Just to name a few.  I hope that adding this piece to the blog will help keep my anxieties a little under control.  I think I might share my list of anxieties with you later this week. Hang tight for this craziness…

And, uou’ll have to wait to see how Week 4 went on tomorrow’s blog post!

Week 5: July 17 – July 23

Sunday: Walk 30-40 minutes

Monday: Stretching/Yoga/Foam Roll

Tuesday: Hill Repeats

Wednesday: 4 miles

Thursday: 4 miles, pace

Friday: Crosstrain – 40 minutes

Saturday: Red Sox  Foundation’s Run to Homebase 9K – I don’t think I have ever been so excited for a race before.

You can check out my past weeks here:
Week 1 Plan.
Week 1 Recap
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Week 2 Plan
Week 2 Recap
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Week 3 Plan
Week 3 Recap
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Week 4 Plan

 

The Choices We Make by Karma Brown {Book Review}

choicesTitle: The Choices We Make
Author: Karma Brown
Publisher: Mira

I received an advanced reader’s copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

From Goodreads:
Hannah and Kate became friends in the fifth grade, when Hannah hit a boy for looking up Kate’s skirt with a mirror. While they’ve been close as sisters ever since, Hannah can’t help but feel envious of the little family Kate and her husband, David, have created—complete with two perfect little girls.

She and Ben have been trying for years to have a baby, so when they receive the news that she will likely never get pregnant, Hannah’s heartbreak is overwhelming. But just as they begin to tentatively explore the other options, it’s Kate’s turn to do the rescuing. Not only does she offer to be Hannah’s surrogate, but Kate is willing to use her own eggs to do so.

Full of renewed hope, excitement and gratitude, these two families embark on an incredible journey toward parenthood…until a devastating tragedy puts everything these women have worked toward at risk of falling apart. Poignant and refreshingly honest, The Choices We Make is a powerful tale of two mothers, one incredible friendship and the risks we take to make our dreams come true.


My Thoughts:

Do you have a best friend who is more like your sister? Someone who you wouldn’t question your loyalty in order to do anything for them?  Those are the questions that ran through my head while reading The Choice We Make. Hannah and Katie have this enviable relationship that has grown over the decades they have been friends.

Not only does this story delve deep into the connection between best friends, but it also illustrates a refreshing and natural relationship between husband and wife. The men who married Hannah and Katie are also deeply connected into a foursome of friends who are more like family. There are arguments made, love shown, and true friendship between the husband and wife in a healthy marriage. With all of the many books written about divorce or unhappy marriages out there, I couldn’t help but dive deep into this story and admire what each couple has together.

I became completely overwhelmed emotionally while reading The Choices We Make. Seriously, it took me record time to tear (literally from crying and figuratively by devouring each word) through this book. The situation presented was very raw and honest. The story was written beautifully (without any inner dialogue redundancies which I personally despise in a book). I finished the story thinking – Wow. Just Wow. It will stick with me for a while. I look forward to more stories by Karma Brown.

Weekend Update (Kerry)-Kids Fun

This weekend was really about keeping the kids occupied since the weather wasn’t that great. The weekend started Friday night with going out to dinner. Jalen was loving his pasta.

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We had our roof replaced on Thursday and still had the dumpster in our driveway over the weekend. We were told we could use it to throw some stuff out. For people who have only lived in our house for 4 years, we certainly had a lot of stuff.

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The morning was dreary and Jada got right in to rainy day mode by relaxing on the couch.

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Later in the morning we had back to back gymnastics. Jada had her normal class from 10:15-11 and then we had a birthday party to go to at her gymnastics school from 12:30-2. She got to see her best friend from daycare again. They haven’t seen each other in a few weeks since her friend is out of school for the summer. They were so cute together.

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The kids had a great time together.

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After gymnastics, Jada and I did some shopping. We needed a new rug for our front entry way. I was pretty excited with our purchase!

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When we got home, I had a package waiting for me. Another grab bag from Jane. I loved this one! 2 shirts and a dress all for $18.

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I decided Sunday morning that I wanted to go for a walk. For those of you following, I have been taking a break from running due to a nagging hip issue. Jada wanted to come with me and clearly enjoyed her ride.

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The weather was dreary so we decided to take the kids to an indoor playground that we frequent. They love it and it is the first time Jalen really got to play and actually enjoy himself.

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Now it’s back to reality. Ugh….Monday’s!