Getting Geared Up for ZOOMA Cape Cod Next Weekend!

ZOOMA Cape Cod Medal

Check out the detachable sailboat charm (half marathon medal)!

I am so excited to be pinning on a race bib next weekend for the first time in over a year (I did the Main St. mile, but that was more of a race for my son!). I am dusting off the racing jitters, putting together my race day outfit, and getting ready to burn up the pavement. Although the race is just a training run for me, my plan calls for a long run of at least 9:14 pace.  I am going for the sub 2 on this one though. I will be running with one of my favorite Cape Cod runners (and fellow ZOOMA Cape Cod ambassador) Nancy Capen. Check out Nancy’s blog- Living the Dream…. 

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I’m a Soccer Mom (and Proud of It!)

I think it’s pretty funny that I swore I would never drive a minivan when I met my husband–famous last words! We just had our 8th wedding anniversary, and we are on our second Toyota minivan. Oh, how quickly things change! ;-) My now six-year old had his first year of soccer last year, and this year his four-year old brother is joining him. No long runs on Saturday morning, because I am officially a soccer mom. Collin is first up from 9-10, and James plays at either 12:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m…. 

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Tapering for a Half Marathon

Tapering for a half marathon

People often associate tapering with marathons, but you can taper for a half marathon as well. Tapering for a half marathon helps your body rest physically and mentally before the big day. I was recently asked by a friend and reader how to taper for the half specifically. It got me thinking that she probably wasn’t the only one with that question!

If you have an fall half marathon, here are some tips for tapering:… 

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Race and Feed the Hungry with Run 10 Feed 10!

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I think this race series is a very cool idea–most runners I know love giving back and are always quick to help another in need. Why not combine the two by running a charity race to help feed the hungry? The Run 10 Feed 10 (co-hosted by FEED and Women’s Health) race series will be hitting the following cities on the following dates:… 

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Half Marathon Training Update

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The Run Less, Run Faster plan is still working out perfectly with my half marathon training and schedule. I am really enjoying the 3-day workout week. With the three boys, it’s a lot easier to work in three days of training, as opposed to 5! On Saturday, I had a beautiful long run on my favorite running route- the Shining Sea Bikeway. I was reminded for the one millionth time why I love fall on the Cape, and why it’s my absolute favorite time of the year to run!… 

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Omron Pain Relief Pro Review and Giveaway!

Omron Pain Relief Pro

If you’ve ever been to the chiropractor before, there’s a good chance that you have had electrotherapy; probably transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), which is the most commonly used. Electrotherapy has been used for over 100 years for pain relief. There are several different theories as to why electrotherapy seems to relieve pain: 1) electrical stimulation can block the transmission of pain signals along nerves and 2) electrotherapy releases endorphins–the same “feel good” chemicals that cause “runner’s high.”… 

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Steph Rothstein Interview – Part 2

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On the New Balance Falmouth Road Race Weekend, I was fortunate to interview elite mother runner Steph Rothstein Bruce, here is Part 2 of my interview. Part 1 of the interview dealt with Steph’s training during pregnancy and the birth of her son, while Part 2 will include information on her return to training, her company Picky Bars, and her coaching business. … 

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ASICS GEL Pursue™ Review

 

ASICS GEL Pursue™

 

A few weeks ago I was contacted to review a pair of the new ASICS GEL Pursue™ running shoes. The GEL Pursue™ recently won the Runner’s World Best Debut Shoe for Fall 2014. I will admit that I was apprehensive about going back to a more traditional running shoe, but I have to say I was impressed! The GEL Pursue™ is a neutral shoe that was designed for the runner looking for a more responsive shoe. I would agree that it is definitely more responsive than some more traditional shoe models. The GEL Pursue™ is very comfy and has substantial cushioning (the GEL part of the equation!), but I can still feel the road–a great combo…. 

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Main Street Mile 2014 Recap

Yesterday, my 6 year-old and I ran our first race together– the Main Street Mile. This was my first race as a child growing up in Falmouth, so it was nostalgic to get to run it with my oldest son! Although the course is a little different from when I first ran it, the family friendly nature of the event is still the same! We started at the Village Green in downtown Falmouth and ran down Main Street before making a right onto Walker Street. We followed Walker Street to Surf Drive and finished the race shortly after the turn.

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Me and my mini me!

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Splitting Up a Workout ~ Good Idea or Bad?

Splitting up a long run

Sometimes life gets in the way of training and workouts, and something has to give. Yesterday was one of those days! I had 8 miles on the plan with a 1 mile warm up, 6 miles at 8:41, and a 1 mile cool down. With my husband working late, I had to squeeze the workout in at a different time of day. My awesome mother in law offered to come over and babysit so I could squeeze in a run.

That being said, I only had about an hour to get in my run at the gym. I knew that going to the gym and doing 8 miles and being back in time to pick up my oldest after school wasn’t going to happen. I couldn’t move the workout to tomorrow because I have my long run on Saturday morning. Solution: I decided to run 5 yesterday and 3 today.

While I was mulling over splitting up the workout, I decided to do some research to solve this age-old problem among runners!… 

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