Half Marathon Training Check-In!

I am now in Week 13 (Run Less, Run Faster plan) of my half marathon training, and I’m feeling pretty good overall. Last week’s long run was 10 miles, my furthest run postpartum. This week is a scheduled down week, and then I will be up to 11 miles next weekend. So far on my racing schedule I have the ZOOMA Cape Cod half marathon on September 27, the Cape Cod Half Marathon on October 25, and the Gore-Tex® Philadelphia Half Marathon on November 23. My goal half is the Philly Half Marathon, so the others will be training runs.

Gore Tex Philadelphia Marathon… 

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Top 10 Best Dogs for Running

 

Best Dogs for Running

I have been asked on a number of occasions: “What are the best dogs for running?” The answer is–there are many different breeds that could fit the bill for your next running partner. It depends on what kind of running you do and what kind of lifestyle you lead when you’re not running! In our family, we have a loving greyhound, Holly (in the picture above).

Holly is very fast, much faster than I am, but she is lacking in the endurance department. If I wanted to turn her into a running companion, I would have to gradually work her up in distance. This is something you should do with most breeds. So, besides greyhounds, what other breeds are the best dogs for running (in my opinion)? Read on (the list is numbered, but they are in no particular order):… 

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Strides- How They Can Help Make You Speedier!

Strides What Are They

Many runners have never heard of a simple technique that can help make you speedier on race day– strides (also referred to as striders).

  • What are strides (striders)? Striders are short bursts of speed that you do after an easy run or before a race.
  • How fast should a stride be? Do your strides at your mile race pace.
  • How long should a stride be? Aim for 25-30 seconds (decelerate during the last 5 or so seconds). They are meant to be quick, and you will do a few repetitions.
  • How long do I recover in between strides? Jog back to your starting point and let your breathing and heart rate slow down. When you’ve recovered, do your next stride.
  • How many striders should I do? Start with one or two after an easy run. As you progress, you can add on more.
  • When should I do strides? Add your strides after an easy run (you can also mix them into the run if you prefer). It’s a great way of adding in a little speed without making it a speed workout, sort of sneaking in speed! Strides are also great to do about 10 minutes before the start of a race. The extra burst of speed and race pace helps get you and your muscles in the mind set to run fast!

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Steph Rothstein Bruce Interview – Part 1

stephanie rothstein bruce

On Falmouth Road Race Weekend, I had the opportunity to interview a mother runner extraordinaire – Steph Rothstein Bruce. Steph boasts a running résumé that many of us could only dream of– a half marathon PR of 70:53 and a marathon PR of 2:29:3! She recently took a short break from running to give birth to her son, Riley. I caught up with Steph, her husband (professional runner Ben Bruce), and their adorable son Riley at the New Balance Falmouth Road Race. Here is part 1 of my interview with Steph:… 

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My August Stitch Fix!

Yesterday my August Stitch Fix arrived, and I was psyched to see two dresses in the box! I received a necklace, a denim jacket, two dresses, and a sleeveless blouse. Here is what I found in this month’s box:

Colibri Floral Print Sleeveless Top

I really love the color of this blouse, but the fit just didn’t work on me. I got it in an extra small, but with nursing boobs, I definitely needed a small! It pulled a bit across the chest, so it wasn’t a keeper.

Status: Sent Back… 

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Running and Losing Toenails

running and losing toenails

I know it’s not the most glamorous of topics, but the truth is that higher mileage and losing toenails often go hand in hand. Ask any long-time distance runner, and the chances are he/she has lost a toenail at some point in training. I have lost my share, and it still grosses me out! Loose toe nails are due to infection or injury (I have had both). So how do you know if you are going to lose a toenail and what should you do? Here goes:… 

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Joovy Zoom 360 Review

Joovy Zoom 360 review

A few weeks ago I received the Joovy Zoom 360 to test out with my little chunky monkey! It was love at first sight–the bold colors that Joovy uses make me happy and the blue of this stroller is no exception! My first impressions after taking it out of the box was that it was very easy to assemble. I am a little mechanically challenged, and I managed to put it together in about 20 minutes. All you need to do is pop on the wheels and the parent organizer…. 

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DIY: How to Update Old End Tables!

Updating Old End Tables

 

Last year we gave the office a much-needed facelift, but it was seriously lacking in the home office decor department. I love the deep navy color we chose from the Pottery Barn collection for Sherwin Williams. It’s a smaller office, and the navy color gives it a really cozy, yet nautical feel. We installed a cotton-colored chair rail around the room, and it contrasts beautifully with the dark wood floors…. 

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2014 Falmouth Road Race Recap

It was a beautiful day for the 2014 Falmouth Road Race yesterday! I got up early and did my 9-miler on the bike path before the temperature and the sun climbed. I’m glad I did–even though it wasn’t as hot or as humid as past years, it was still hot spectating in the sun. I was glad I wasn’t running! ;-) We had a fantastic spot to watch from, and I managed to get some pics of the men’s and women’s elite pack. It was a great race for some of our American runners!… 

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Falmouth Road Race Weekend!

Falmouth Road Race

The beautiful view from Mile Marker 1

I can’t believe it;s already Falmouth Road Race Weekend! I am not running the race this year, but I will be cheering everyone on at the end of my street. It’s always a fun weekend here in Falmouth, but SUPER crowded. If you think traffic is bad on the Cape in the summer, it definitely reaches a peak on road race weekend!… 

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