The ups and downs of running!

Everyone who runs knows that running has its ups and down…kinda like life :). There are “on” days and there are “off” days. There are days where your run feels effortless and amazing, and days when your legs feel like a million pounds and to even get out the door is a struggle.

Let me just say this…if you are struggling through some hard days right now, keep at it! Remember that these hard days will lead to amazing days! Unfortunately, the hard days are just part of it.

This week has definitely been an up week for me! I did 2 stress runs and a long run and hot good times for all of them. Here is what my workouts were this week:

Monday: Progression tempo run- 8:03, 7:46, 7:38, 7:36, 7:36, 7:28, 7:17, 7:07


Tuesday: easy 8 miles

Wednesday: 3 x 2 mile repeats om the road with 1 mile warm-up and 2 mile cool down (6:32, 6:40, 6:38, 6:34, 6:27, 6:31)


Thursday: easy 8 miles

Friday: long run 14 miles 7:50 pace

Saturday: easy 8 miles

56 miles this week. I have just under 8 weeks till Richmond and I am doing a 1/2 marathon in 2 weeks!

In other exciting news….my favorite runner is back at it!!!

The Kara Goucher comeback!!!!


Amazing! First race back and she flew!!!!! 71:39 for the Rock N Roll Philly 1/2…just amazing! (yes, I am a fan girl :))


Then there is Deena who broke the female masters record in 1:09:35…another amazing race!


And…Molly Huddle had an incredible 5k (15:10), followed by Jodan Hasay in my hometown of Providence, RI!

In other exciting news…..I found this at my grocery store and I was SO excited! I have been waiting to try this and I LOVE it!


…and we met a bunch of friends at the park (boys vs. girls and the girls won) Sat for a family fun game softball and picnic dinners :).

Other than that not much new. I need to get out my fall “stuff” this week!!! I wanted to do it this weekend, but no time!


How is your running going…up or down?

Ever tried Stonyfield’s Petite Creme? ….you must and they are not giving me anything to say so!

Do you have fall decorations up yet?



  1. says

    Nice job on all 3 of those “quality” workout runs!
    I’ve been really enjoying running here in Rockville since I found a couple clubs to run with and met a friend at one of them to run with on off days. I even did 10 miles yesterday and today (high for me in a span of 2 days), and I feel great ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m a total fan girl of Kara too! I saw Deena broke the record on twitter – she is awesome!

  2. says

    Wow! You are having some great training runs my friend. Keep up the hard work – it’s clearly paying off. And I LOVE all the updates on Kara and Deena! Love them both.
    I haven’t heard of this new Stonyfield yogurt of which you speak?? I’ll have to be on the lookout!!

  3. says

    Thanks Allie! I just need it to pay off on race day now :). I just read about the bear…INSANE!!!!
    I kept seeing Sarah (run far girl) pot pictures of this yogurt and I wanted to try it so bad, but could never find it! You have to find it!!! It is SO good and I am a super picky yogurt person! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jen says

      I love Fall decorations :). Thanks….this has been my best marathon training cycle so I am hoping that translates to my best marathon ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. says

    hi Jen! Just found your blog after getting back into running–ran the Parks Half Marathon last month and decided to keep going with the training so am running my first full marathon (eeps!) next month in Richmond. Love this post and excited to find some local inspiration–I’m in NoVa :). Also, that yogurt looks yum!

    • Jen says

      Hi Sandra!!!! I am so excited for your first marathon!!!!! They are addicting :). I am running Richmond too!!!!!!!!!! Maybe we can meet up at the expo or something!!!!

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