January 21, 2015
by Jen

All the races!!!

Nothing motivates in my training more than signing up for races!!!!


I love this :)!


So, here it is….a tentative race schedule:

March 14th- Westminster Celtic Canter 5k- Westminster, MD

April  4th- Movie Madness 1/2 Marathon- Mount Wolf, PA

May 9th- Richmond 13.1- Richmond, VA- this is the only one that I am not sure about. If I had unlimited race funds I would totally do it, but it is almost 3 hours away so I would need to go the night before.


May- 30th- Zooma Annapolis 1/2 Marathon- Annapolis, MD. SO excited to be an ambassador for this race!

June13th- Kiwanis 10k- Crofton, MD

Possibly the Bird in Hand Half Marathon in September and then…

Nov- Richmond Marathon!!!!!! I LOVED this marathon! Blankets at the finish is a sheer genius idea!!!!

Now ready for this CRAZY (I mean this in the nicest way possible) news…..

My husband is going for a 50k!!!!!….a trail 50k!!!!


I have always thought, and continue to think, that it would not be possible for me to move my foot and farther than 26.2 (or 26.4 in reality) miles.

I think anyone who does it is just crazy……in the you are SO amazingly awesome kind of way!…and a trail race….trails are just tough!

So, I am excited for him and can’t wait to cheer him on!!! He is waiting to hear if he made it into one race (he will know tonight) and if not he has another in mind. One is in March, the other in Feb!

There it is, the race schedule….now time to train!

Speaking of training, I did my first speed work since before my November marathon on Monday. It went as well as could be expected :). Picking up speed work after a break is just rough. I assume it is similar to picking up running after an injury. You wish you could just pick up where you left off, but you can’t!


I did a descending ladder:

1600m –  6:25

1200m – 6:35 pace

800m – 3:13

400m – 1:31


What is your race schedule like?

Have you ever done an ultra?

Would you want to?

Trails runs…yes or no?

January 19, 2015
by Jen

You don’t have to hibernate!


Happy Monday!!!! Now that we are getting into the nitty-gritty of winter I thought this would be a great post, especially if you are new to winter running. This post is going to have very little application to you if you live say in Florida or the Bahamas (and yes, I am kind of sticking out my tongue at you)…but, you never know, maybe you will get some of this cold weather too :).

All of my life I have lived in a state that has cold winters so I am definitely used to it, but that doesn’t mean I like it! The cold, the wind, the ice, the snow, the dark…..DEFINITELY not my favorite!

That being said, there really is very little that will keep me from running outside.

Basically any temperature in the single or negative digits or when it is icy out are almost the only times I will seek out a treadmill. Some people love the treadmill…I am not one of those people.

My opinion is that more often than not, the cold seems worse than it really is. There are so many times that I really don’t want to go out in the cold, but by the time I get out there and get going I am really not even cold. With the right running gear heading out in cold weather is definitely bearable and can even be enjoyable!

One thing that is important to remember is that you might have to adjust your goals or even forget about them sometimes! If it is windy your times may not be what you wanted, if it is just plain freezing your muscles may not respond the way that you want them to, if there is fresh fallen snow….be careful! :). Slow down and just try to enjoy how pretty everything looks (at least until a car drives by and splashes melted snow slop at you).

So….here are my winter running basics. Some winter running basics can be pricey, but they are worth every penny! They are SO durable and they really do keep you warm. Now is a great time to pick up a few things since there is still plenty of cold days left and you can find sales!

Some tips to save money & make running clothes last longer:

1. Check out places like Running Warehouse, Road Runner Sports or Ebay for discounts. Search retailmenot.com for a coupon code before you check out too.

2. Look off-season and buy ahead. Honestly, they are starting to clearance winter items and I feel like winter is just beginning!

3. Wear it a few times before you wash it. Maybe not your first layer depending on how sweaty you get :), but definitely your Drylete top.

4. I always hang mine up to dry.


1. First layer (base layer)- I start with a cold gear turtleneck from Under Armour. I have 4 of these. 3 of them are on their 4th winter. I wear them all winter long and they are still in great shape! If you don’t like turtlecks you might want to look into getting a neck warmer.

2. Second layer- Saucony Drylete 1/4 zip top. This top is AMAZING!!!! I just got one for my husband this year. I just picked up a new one from Running Warehouse for $50. This layer with my turtleneck is almost always plenty warm. I wore this last week when wind chills were at 15 degrees and I was totally fine.

3. Nike Thermal black sweatpants. These are my favorite pants! I am not a fan of tights. These pants are not too loose or tight and they taper at the ankle.

4. Saucony gloves. These are the BEST! They are gloves with mittens over them.

5. PROCOMPRESSION socks. The only socks I wear. In the winter I wear the tall compression socks all the time just for added warmth. If it gets below 20 I will double up with a pair of procompression lows to keep my feet warm. ALL THROUGH JAN THEY ARE HAVING 40% OFF & FREE SHIPPING ON ALL THINGS BLACK! JUST USE CODE JAN AT CHECKOUT

6. Saucony headband. Super comfortable and keeps the ears warm. If it gets in the low 20’s or below I go with a Saucony hat instead :)


These are my essentials list….now just a couple of extras for the SUPER freezing days…

1. Saucony jacket. I actually have only added this once for a run, normally I am plenty warm with the drylete top. It does a great job of keeping me warm and breaking the wind.

2. Hand warmers. These are great for keeping my hands warm at the beginning. I usually end up tossing them after a few miles. These really help if I am having a hard time getting out the door.

So there you have it….this is what keeps me warm pretty much all winter long!

Winter running can be tough, but I really do believe that if you can get out there and brave the elements it will make you a stronger runner come spring and summer! Just as an added bonus…I think running outside and getting the fresh air helps your immune system and overall morale!

winter3 I am working on some design updates and upcoming posts so I wanted to ask if you have any topics or questions that you would love for me to cover….let me know, ask away!!!!What do you want to know about running or about me or about anything else.

I was thinking about doing a Q&A, but this might be easier :)

You can leave a comment or send me an email…jensrunning26@gmail.com


January 13, 2015
by Jen

An oldie…but a goodie!

So….I have been going through my blog just getting some ideas for future posts and looking for ways that I can do some updating in the coming year and I stumbled on this old post. This list is absolutely hysterical and so true!!!!

Go ahead, see how many are true for you….


The sun is shining here, my training is going well, it is Friday and we are going on a date night tonight!!!…..it is a great day! The only thing that seems to be giving me a problem right now is my computer and I am seriously considering getting rid of my PC (which is not very old) and going with Mac. I have been slightly intimidated by the Mac…but I am thinking if I just learn it might be better in the long run!

This week I was able to get a tempo run in and it felt great! I did a 2 mile warm up and a 3 mile cool down and 4 tempo miles. The tempo miles went like this: 7:39, 7:31, 7:30, 7:24.  I am also signed up for a 5k next week. I am hoping the snow will melt this week so I can get to the track for some speed:)! The girls are getting their miles in for their kids marathon in April :)


I also found this and it is absolutely hysterical…..and pretty accurate!!!!!! I must say I am guilty of thinking a few of these thoughts for sure :)!!!

1. “So, what pace are you hoping to run?”
Translation: “Are you competition?” 


2.“Oh, you’re from around here? What school did you go to? What year did you graduate?”
Translation: “Are you in my age group?”


3.“Me too!”
Translation: “You’re in my age group and I hate you.”


4.“So, what’s your PR?”
Translation: “I’m comparing myself to you, and suddenly my confidence in my own ability is somehow related to your best time.”


5. “Wow! That is really fast.”
Translation: “I didn’t think you were that fast.”


6. “My training hasn’t been great.”
Translation: “Training has been my life for the past eighteen weeks.”


7. “I’m just hoping to finish.”
Translation: “I will PR or die.”


8. “Nice to meet you! Good luck!”
Translation: “My new goal in life is to beat you in this race.”


9. “I hit the wall hard. I don’t think I fueled properly.”
Translation: “I went out too fast.”


10. “I don’t know what happened.”
Translation: “I went out too fast.”


11. “I was on pace for the first twenty miles, but then I hit the wall. Training wasn’t great. I’ve been battling an injury. And I just got over being sick. Guess it all caught up to me.”
Translation: “I went out too fast.”


12. “I’m just running this race for fun.”
Translation: “My eternal happiness hinges on the outcome of this race.”


13. “I’m starving!”
Translation: “I’m hungry because I just ran twenty miles. I’m amazing.”


14. “My hamstrings got a little tight.”
Translation: “I’ve lost the ability to bend at the waist.”


15. “My Achilles has been acting up lately.”
Translation: “About ten weeks ago, I blew out my Achilles, but I’m still running on it.”


16. “I took some time off to let it heal.”
Translation: “I didn’t run last Thursday.”


17. “Yeah, I’ll get it looked at after the race.”
Translation: “I will wait for it to go away on its own.”


18. “Yeah, I should probably see a doctor.”
Translation: “I will not see a doctor.”


19. “I get irritable if I don’t run.”
Translation: “If I don’t run, I may or may not become homicidal.”


20. “Yeah, I enjoy running.”
Translation: “Let’s hope I never have to choose between running and my firstborn.”


21. “You run, too? That’s awesome. What distances do you like to race?”
Translation: “I sense a potential threat to my age group/gender placement.”


22. “That’s right at my pace!”
Translation: “It’s on, buddy. Bring it.”


23. “I’m not training for anything right now.”
Translation: “I’m always training.”


24. “Today was a recovery run, so I didn’t even pay attention to pace.”
Translation: “I know exactly how slow I ran, but I refuse to tell you because it is not representative of my ability.”


25. “Today is a light day, so I’m probably going to run six or eight.”
Translation: “I’m going to run six miles. But I usually run further. Why couldn’t you have asked me how far I ran yesterday after my long run?”


26. “The race went really well. I felt good.”
Translation: “I had the race of my life. Please ask for details. I want to tell you how awesome I am.”


27. “The race didn’t go well. But it happens, you know?”
Translation: “No, you don’t know. You will never, ever be able to comprehend how awful it was. I cried. I puked. I walked. My body hates me. The sport hates me. The world hates me. I trained for four months for this? WHY ME? WHY?


28. “I think I just need to take a break from training for a while.”
Translation: “I’ve already signed up for my next race.”


29. “It was really hot.”
Translation: “You don’t understand how hot it was.”


30. “It was really windy.”
Translation: “You don’t understand how windy it was.”


31. “It was really hilly.”
Translation: “You don’t understand how hilly it was.”


32. “I pushed hard the last two hundred meters. I almost peed my pants!”
Translation: “I totally peed my pants.”


33. “Yes, we should meet up for coffee tomorrow morning!’
Translation: “After I run.”


34. “Yes, let’s take the kids to the zoo on Saturday!”
Translation: “After I run.”


35. “I need to pick up some more GU.”
Translation: “I’m one gel packet away from an episode of Hoarders.”


36. “….point two. Twenty-six point two.”
Translation: “Seriously. Forget the ‘point two’ one more time, and I’ll be forced to punch you.”

This was taken from an article written by Amy L. Marxkors

These are just so funny. I am definitely guilty of #’s 1, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 23, 24, 27 & 28. So in other words…..I go out to fast and I am not very good at taking time off :).


Which of these phrases ring true for you?


So funny right? :)

Have a great Wednesday!!!!

January 9, 2015
by Jen

The Miles and Blessings of 2014- Part 2- The Miles

Ah, the miles of 2014!!! There were so many of them…some easy and fun, and some hard and painful…but they all added up to a great year! I think applying this quote to running pretty much sums it up!


I am terrible at keeping track of my mileage. This is the second year that I have attempted it and failed (usually by mid February too). I am trying again in 2015 so just keep asking me how it is going :). If I had to throw a number out there though I would guess it was about 2,350. That is probably pretty close too, give or take 50 miles.

I ran 6 races; 1 5k, 4 1/2 marathon’s and 1 marathon.

My marathon was a big marathon PR!!!!

My girls both ran their first 5k!!!!

We moved from a fairly flat area to a fairly hilly area so that changed the race dynamic slightly :). Gotta love those hills!


The races looked like this:

Celtic 5k in my new home town: 21:09. This was my first race in Maryland and my first taste of what some of the hills in this area are like.

Garden Spot 1/2 Marathon in April- 1:37

Annapolis Zooma 1/2 marathon in May- 1:37

Bird in Hand 1/2 Marathon in Sept- 1:47- this was by far the hardest and worse race that I have ever run!….but there are lessons to be learned in everything

Freedom 1/2 marathon- 1:35:06

Richmond Full Marathon – 3:19:09- Definitely my best race of the year!

The races in pictures…..

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I am really looking forward to all that 2015 has to bring. I am excited to work towards some new PR’s and have a lot of fun running with my family also!

So far 2015 has started off a little bumpy as far as running goes….but I am feeling really good now and today’s 7.5 mile run at a 7:48 pace was just what I needed to get me motivated!!!


I also am excited to share this: I am a huge fan of Nuun and thrilled to share it!


Who keeps track of their miles for the year?

Who else loves Nuun? If you haven’t tried it yet…you must!

December 31, 2014
by Jen

The miles and the blessings of 2014- Part 1

It is right around this time of the year that it really hits me just how fast the year has flown by!  I think it is funny that as I think about the coming year and things that I want to accomplish or change, a year seems like such a long time. Yet as I look back and reflect on this past year, it has just gone so fast. I really do think that having kids just makes time wiz on by!!! I found this picture of my girlies and it seems like it was just yesterday….nope it was really like 7 years ago!


I am not a big “resolutions” person simply because I don’t want to wait for a date on a calendar to make a change in my life. However, as the year comes to end and a new year begins, I do like to look back and look ahead. I like to think about how the year was for me spiritually, physically and personally. I also like to think about what I can do to make the coming year better.

As I think about this past year what I really want to focus on is the blessings. I titled this part one because I thought it would be fun to split my year in review into 2 parts. One part being the blessings and the other being the miles (so check back tomorrow for my year in miles!!!).

This past year has been a great and exciting year for our family. We moved from Iowa to Maryland and God has guided and been faithful every step of the way. We love the beautiful area that we live in. We love our church and the friends that we have made.



I really do feel so incredibly blessed and one of my goals for this year is to notice and appreciate those blessings as much as I can! For starters, I am married to the most amazing husband and my very best friend.


I have 2 wonderful girls that make me so proud to be a mom. My family has been blessed with good health, great friends and such a wonderful church family.


God has given us a house and the list of material blessings can go on and on. This year I want to focus on the blessings and use them to be a blessing to others.

It can be so easy to focus on things in your life that you wish were different or that you wish you had, let me challenge you to to be thankful for what you have no matter where you are at in life and watch how seeing the blessings can help so many areas.

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Another thing I want to remind myself of is the small things in life are really the big things. All those little moments that I have with my husband and my kids; they are so important and I want to take them all in.

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I also want to continue to grow and strengthen my faith. God has done such amazing things and I look forward to seeing all that he has in the coming year!!!


Psalm 90:12- So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

This verse is a reminder to me not to take anything for granted. I want to continually ask myself; If I knew I only had xx amount of days left here on Earth what would I do differently? This can be such a sobering question, but one that is good to reflect on.


So, while I do have some more specific things that I want to work on this year, they all revolve around this…..

1. Focus on the blessings and be a blessing to others.

2. Cherish all the moments, big and small.

3. Look to God, learn about God and listen to God.


 Happy new year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


What are some of your goals in the coming year?

What are some of your blessings this past year?

December 17, 2014
by Jen

A rough recovery, what we’ve been up to and what’s ahead!

I feel like it has been so long since I wrote my last post…and it kind of has been. Life has been so busy lately. I have started several posts, but just couldn’t seem to get one finished.


It has now been 4 weeks since the marathon. The Richmond Marathon basically went better than I hoped it would. It was just one of the races where everything went right!

The recovery, on the other hand, has been another story.

I consider myself to be a easily motivated person. I very rarely take an unplanned rest day. I generally love to run whether I am training for a race or not. I may change a planned distance or speed, but I typically don’t have much trouble getting out the door. These past few weeks have been different. I actually think that this is the first time in the 18 years that I have been running that I have taken multiple days off for no other reason than I didn’t want to run. Since the marathon my runs have gone something like this:


Week 1:

Mon and Tues- off

Wed- 2 miles jog/walk

Thurs- 4 easy miles

Fri- 5.5 easy miles

Sat- 6.5 easy miles

Week 2: Mon-Sat 6-6.5 easy miles each day….

By Sun I was so ready for a day off. My legs felt tired and the motivation just wasn’t there. I ended up taking Mon- Wed off too. I could have run. I am not injured. I just didn’t want to.

By Thursday I was ready to run again.

Thurs-Sat: 7.5 easy miles.

Last week I got up to 8.5 miles. For now I am just sticking with easy miles and enjoying the break. I think sometimes the body just says, you pushed me hard and now I am taking a break whether you like it or not!

So what’s ahead as far as running goes?……good question

I am thinking for the spring I want to focus on the shorter distances. I have some goal times in the 5k and in the half that I would love to get. I would love to break 20 minutes in the 5k and 1:30 in the half.

I am already for sure doing the ZOOMA Annapolis half in May (you can use this code for 10% off this race: JEN15). I probably won’t look for another race until St Patty’s day. I really just don’t feel ready to “train” yet.

As far as the marathon goes…..we signed up for Richmond again in Nov. and I am excited for that. I think that will be my only marathon in 2015. I love the marathon, but it is a lot of training. I feel like my 3:19 will be very hard for me to beat without adding more training…and that is not really something I want to do now. I do not want my training to be all consuming. I am going to work for a 3:15, which I think is doable. My first marathon was in 2011 and I finished in 3:51. It was something I wanted to do once and just kind of check of my list of things I wanted to do (isn’t that how it is with everyone)?…….but as soon as I finished (ok, maybe it was the next day) I knew I wanted to do another one. 3 years later, I have done 6 marathons and being coached by myself, have gotten my time to 3:19. I am very happy with that. I love running and pushing myself, but there are also a lot of other things that I love to do.

As for what we have been up to…..

We had a great Thanksgiving with a family from our church. All of our family is far away and we saw both my parents and my husbands last month.

Cooking!!!!! I have never been a huge fan of cooking, I am definitely more into baking. Getting this awesome package in the mail from SIZZLEFISH got me super motivated to hunt for some good recipes (to come later). Along with the fact that it is a new year and who doesn’t want to eat better in the coming year?!


AND….my gift to you…..$10 OFF YOUR ORDER FROM SIZZLEFISH!!!!!!

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The fish came perfectly packed in a nice little cooler with dry ice. If you are looking for a last minute gift to send someone you love this is perfect!!!!!

We had a great time at a Hymn Sing we had at our church with a missionary family.

We put on a Christmas play at our church. This was SO fun and everything went great. My girls spent a lot of time practicing and helped paint the set. We had a very talented lady from our church make all the costumes and they turned out so nice! We also made bags of cookies to pass out to everyone that attended :). (don’t you wish you were there).

I got to be the make up artist :)…here is the before and the after…

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Alyssa and her friend Lori made great angels


The wise men…these were my favorite costumes


The whole crew


Courtney had her first violin recital and did great!


And then your typical getting ready for Christmas. Putting up the tree, making Christmas decorations, cookie baking, shopping and getting out Christmas cards. I am really looking forward to our Christmas Eve Candlelight service next week!!!!!

We are decorating cookies and gingerbread houses with our home school group on Friday :). I am having a lot of fun planning a bunch of Christmas crafts to do with the kids next week ….thank you Pinterest for all the great ideas! I also found some really good cookies recipes on Pinterest that I will have to share (so far the snickerdoodles are my favorite). Tomorrow we are trying a new sugar cookie recipe.

SO that has been my month in a nutshell :)…


Tell me something going on in your life?

Ever have a hard time with running after achieving a big goal?

Done Christmas shopping?

Are you more of a cooker or a baker?



November 18, 2014
by Jen

The Richmond Re-cap!!!!!!!!!


What weekend!!!!! Spoiler alert…… I am pretty sure that it could not possibly have gone any better :)!

Even though our anniversary is in Sept, my husband and I got each other the Richmond Marathon as a present and decided to make this weekend our anniversary weekend :).

We got the kids packed up to stay at a friends house and headed out on Friday around 11.

Leading up to the race I was trying really hard to just stay calm about the whole thing. I didn’t want to go into this race all nervous and worried about my time (this is typically when I seem to have a bad race). I was really just wanting to enjoy the whole weekend spending time with my husband no matter what happened in the race.

As the race got closer it seemed like the the race day temperature kept dropping.This led to me packing several options for what to wear race day.We actually laughed when we were bringing our stuff to our room at the hotel because it looked like we had packed for the week!  I actually considered pants as an option in my it is so cold what am I going to do frenzy. I am SO glad I did not go with this option….I would have been way to warm!

So, after we dropped the kids off we headed right to the expo. We got our packets and had a lot of fun just spending too much time at the expo :). I left the expo with a new pair of headphones (the salesman won me over), and my husband left with a new pair of sunglasses. From there we went right to our hotel. Instead of going out to eat we got a hotel room that had a mini kitchen and it was perfect!!!

I never sleep well the night before a race…I just know it’s not going to happen.

Race morning!


A man at the expo told us to get to the race at 6 am…the race started at 7:50…this seemed insanely early to me. I decided to quickly ask a friend who has run this race before if it was really necessary to get there that early and she said no (thanks Emma).

Our plan was to leave the hotel by 6:45 to get there about 7, but we were running a tad bit late (probably in part because we…mostly me…couldn’t decide what to wear) and ended up leaving around 7. By the time we got parked and walked to the start area (about 6 blocks away), it was 7:30. I wasn’t too terribly worried…but I was slightly panicking because I wanted to find a porta-potty! It turned out that right near the start line was a hotel that was allowing runners to stay warm and use their restrooms…AWESOME!!!

We used the bathroom and got outside about 2 minutes before the start! This is WAY closer to the start than I am comfortable with…but it worked! Honestly, we probably didn’t even need the throw away clothes, but oh well.

Start temp was right about 30 degrees.

The race started and neither my husband or I were in our wave, but I just kept telling myself that it was no big deal…just run your race.

The night before we both worked on race plans. I had 2 plans. Plan 1. was actually different than I have ever done, and I have never actually heard of anyone doing this. I was thinking that because my last 22 mile training run had gone so well and in that run I ran 6 faster tempo paced miles that I might try to add tempo miles into my marathon. I was planning to do mile 6-9 and miles 12-15 at about a 7:30 pace and hope to keep all my other miles at a 7:48 pace. Plan number 2 was to run mile 2-20 at a 7:48 and hope to pick it up after that. I did neither of them.

My husband’s race plan was a little uncertain because his training was not what he wanted it to be. He of course wanted to PR 3:52, but if that was not possible than he wanted to break 4 hours. I should mention that he is Superman because he ran this marathon with his peak mileage being in the mid 20’s!!!!!!! He did have 1 week that was 31, but that was including a long hike that he did so I don’t actually count that as running. I do not know many people who can break a 4 hour marathon with so little training!!!

Here is how my race broke down mile by mile :)…and some thoughts as I remember them.

1. 7:55- I actually stopped to fix my shoe that was tied too tight in this mile…which is probably a good thing because it slowed me down

2. 7:37- a little fast, i just kept telling myself to relax

3. 7:39

4. 7:33

5. 7:27- Oh boy…I am not sticking to my plans!

6. 7:34

7. 7:05- AH! What have I done!!!! This mile was down hill, but I had a minor panic when I saw the time…too fast!

8. 7:26- Just decided to forget plan 1 and 2 and find a comfortable pace…it is what it is.

9.  7:18

10. 7:32- The gloves come off :)

11. 7:37- I took my only gel. I decided to try a new gel and LOVED it!!! I would never recommend trying something new on race day to anyone, but I did it. It was a Powergel Double Latte that I got at the expo. I got 2 and tried it to see if I liked the taste the night before. If I did I was going to replace my GU. I did and I actually wished I had one more to take around mile 18!

12. 7:31

13. 7:36

14. 7:27

15. 7:21

16. 7:33- Powerade

17. 7:35

18. 7:33

19. 7:27

20. 7:43- I LOVE that this race has water stops every mile from 20 to the finish! I just kept telling myslef to get to the next water stop.

21. 7:52- I stopped at this station and drank a Powerade and water.

22. 7:50

23. 7:42

24. 7:32- I was really struggling here and then a girl went running past me at a pace that I couldn’t hold, (probably a 7:20) but it motivated me and I just tried to hang with her for as long as I could. I have to also add       that as she was flying by me she was whipping off her nice gloves and arm sleeves. I couldn’t believe she throwing them off this late in the race! I was totally thinking “oh boy, the gloves are coming off”.

25. 7:52

26. 7:28

.2. my watch doesn’t say but I figured it out to be a 6:30 pace…..This .2 was also totally downhill which at the time was great, but I think that has contributed to some pretty sore legs!



An 11 minute PR and 32 minutes faster than my 1st marathon!

So, there it is! It may not have been perfect, but I am THRILLED with it! I went into this race knowing that a 3:20-3:25 was a very realistic goal if I got through the last 6 miles ok. I was really thinking it would probably be closer to 3:25 unless it was a great day…..but breaking 3:20 was not really on my radar! I didn’t negative split, but it was close enough for me. I also brought skittles to use as fuel because that worked for me on 2 of my long runs (one being my 22 miler), but they were nearly impossible to chew because they were so cold!

My husband also had a great race. Although he didn’t PR, he did break 4 hours!!! 3:58! AMAZING….3:58 on no more than 26 miles a week (and this was only a few of the weeks). His Garmin also didn’t find a signal until mile 16…I can’t believe it! That would have sent me into panic mode!


The fleece blankets that they passed out to finishers were the BEST idea ever!!!!!!! That is probably the coolest thing I can think of to do!….and there was no way I was taking it off  :)

We both had such an amazing time and the course was beautiful…we already signed up for next year!!!!

Have you ever had a race go better than planned?

Anyone run races with their spouse? :)



November 11, 2014
by Jen

3 days!!!!!! Race week is HERE!

I have been terrible about posting here the last few weeks….basically, my blog has just taken a back seat to life.

First of all, we went on such an amazing vacation…

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Magic Kingdom for a day :)!!!!

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Dolphin watching :)




…and then my husband and I got to be a part of a great conference, and now here we are…..3 days out from Richmond!!!!!


It is amazing to me how fast time just flies by! When you start a marathon training program 18 weeks seems like such a long time, but then by the time you get to end of the cycle it seems to have gone by so fast!

I have been looking forward to this weekend for a while. My husband and I turned this weekend into an anniversary weekend :). We head for Richmond on Friday!!!!

Tomorrow I am going to go to the Goodwill to look for throw away clothes for the start….30 degrees is a bit chilly for me!

Then all that is left to do is pack and we are ready!

I really think this training cycle has been a good one for me…we’ll see how race day pans out! I have learned that good training cycles do not always guarantee a good race, but I also know that the outcome of the race is not all that matters!

So, Happy Race Week!


Definitely EXCITED!!!!!

Who else is racing this week?

What are some of your favorite workouts in a training cycle?

Anyone else amazed at how fast training cycles go by….okay, maybe not during them, but after?


October 27, 2014
by Jen

Last long run….an update from FL!

Happy Monday!!!
Congratulations to Jeffery on the PRO Compression win!!!
We are having a great time in sunny Florida!
We did a day at Disney last week ….SO much fun! I only have the pictures from my phone right now…..
We also did a dolphin watch boat ride and got to see the cutest baby dolphin :)!
I was a little worried about my last long run. My runs have been ok since we got on vacation…I have been able to finish the miles and do a decent pace, but it has felt harder than I want it to. So 22 miles with 6 at 2-4% faster than marathon pace definitely had me nervous! but it was a workout that I really wanted to finish!!!
I was SO happy with how it went….
Mile 1- 8:19
Mile 2- 8:11
Mile 3-8:04
Mile 4- 8:00
Mile 5- 8:01
Mile 6- 7:20
Mile 7- 7:28
Mile 8-7:23
Mile 9- 7:20
Mile 10-7:21
Mile 11- 7:22
Mile 12- 7:55
Mile 13- 7:55
Mile 14- 7:51
Mile 15- 7:53
Mile 16- 7:59
Mile 17- 7:46
Mile 18- 8:00
Mile 19- 7:55
Mile 20- 8:05
Mile 21- 8:08
Mile 22- 7:55
This run felt good and the almost 8 minute pace after the tempo miles felt easy. This is the longest I have ever done a long run in a training cycle and I was nervous about it…but I am glad I did it. I told myself if the workout was not going well that 20 would be fine, but I felt good enough to finish. This was a good run to end my hard training with…now taper time! I will start to cut back, probably by about 20%, this week! this week.
Hope you are having a great start to your week!!!

How far do you go on your longest run of your training cycle?
Have you ever been to Disney?