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Fitness Friday

About two months ago, I wrote the first Fitness Friday post. It was a pretty big hit, so I wanted to bring it to you again! Since the first post, I’ve had a few questions so here they are answered along with a couple random fun facts. I’m always willing to answer any other questions you may have, so please feel free to comment on this post, email me, or comment on my facebook page with any questions you want answered in future fitness blog posts.

What marathon or half marathon training tips or programs do I use? 

I should preface this by saying I have only run one full marathon, but multiple half marathons. I am NOT an expert. For my full marathon, I looked at both Jeff Galloway’s and Hal Hidgon‘s intermediate marathon training schedules. When I ran the marathon in 2008, I was relatively “new” to long distance running having just come off of playing collegiate basketball (I had only raced in 5k’s before I jumped right into the full marathon – I suggest maybe stepping up slowly such as do a half first and see how it goes for you) but had a good base of around 30-40 miles per week so I used the intermediate versus the beginner. I took what I liked from both of their schedules and what worked around my work and social life and made my own. 

As for half marathons, I have run quite a bit in the last 5 years that I just do what works for me now. I know what I feel comfortable with (ie. how many miles per week, speed workouts, etc). When I sign up for a race, I map out my training schedule about 2-3 months prior (or depending on my fitness level at the time) and that seems to do it for me. 

(If you have specific questions regarding this, please send me an email and I will talk more in-depth.)

I did a racing tips post a few months ago. You can read it here.

What training tools do I use while running?

I use a Garmin Forerunner GPS watch. I love it. I would eventually like to update to a newer model but for now it works and does what I need it to do: pace me. 

Who is my favorite professional runner? 

Kara Goucher. I follow her in all her major races she runs. I love that she’s a mom and even though she’s a professional runner, she still finds an adequate amount of time to be a mom at home with him. She has a facebook page if you want to follow her on there. 

Current workout play list:

Be Somebody (Kings of Leon)

The Cave (Mumford & Sons)

Every Once in a While (Blackhawk)

Gangnam Style (PSY)

Goodbye Says it All (Blackhawk)

Ho Hey (The Lumineers)

Just Dance (Lady GaGa)

Midnight City (M83)

My Body (Young the Giant)

One Love (Bob Marley)

Stubborn Love (The Lumineers)

That’s Just About Right (Blackhawk)


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Fitness Friday

I get quite a few questions regarding my fitness and running, and so I thought hey, why not compile them and put them in a blog post for all to see? So, for your viewing pleasure here is the very first Fitness Friday blog post.

How many miles do you run a week? On average, I run between 40-45 miles weekly. Some weeks I run less, some weeks more. It mainly depends on weather, the girls, and Adam’s schedule. 

How often do you run with the girls? About 75% of my runs are while pushing my girls in the jogger. If Adam is flying late at night, I’ll try to get in a run in the morning before he heads into work or sometimes I run when I get a babysitter, but otherwise the girls are usually with me. At first I didn’t like pushing the double jogger as it slows me down, but I now use it as a training tool since it has allowed me to become much stronger. I am my fastest now than I have ever been, and I attribute a lot of that to pushing the girls. (My last half marathon was at an 8:00 min/mi pace and my last 5k around a 6:30 pace. I’ve never been that fast before). 

How are the girls able to last during your runs? Since both girls have been riding in the jogger since infancy, I truly believe it has helped them to “tolerate” riding in the stroller now. I can usually get in a good 6-7 miles before they want to get out. In order for them to last that long, I take toys and snacks along. Also, weather permitting, I stop at a park after the run for them to play. Since that has become our norm, they are pretty good with waiting 45 minutes because they know what’s at the end. It also helps that I run around the flight line so they get to see various planes and helicopters flying. 

Where do you run? On base. For the ease of being able to walk outside our building and begin my run immediately, I just stay local. Japan has a lot to offer outside the gate, but it just takes too much more effort and time that I would rather just stay around here. 

Are you currently training for a race? Not really. I love staying in shape and running allows me to clear my head and reduce my stress level so I do it for enjoyment. My friend, Molly, just put her name in the lottery for the NYC marathon and depending on where we move next, I would LOVE to run it with her this November. 

What do you do for strength training? I actually should strength train much more than I do and if I begin marathon training again, I will have to incorporate more into my workouts. My friend, Diana, does a stroller fitness class twice a week on base and I love her workouts. Unfortunately, Scarlett still takes a morning nap which falls directly during the stroller fitness class so I don’t get to it nearly as much as I would like. I sometimes just strength train at home using our TRX equipment or doing your basic push-ups and crunches routine. 

How do you stay motivated? First, I know the awesome feeling that comes from finishing a good run, so that in and of itself pushes me. Also, I like to switch up my workout play list and I find that keeps me pumped up. 

Here is my current playlist: 

Impossible (Anberlin)

The Resistence (Anberlin)

Feel Good Drag (Anberlin)

Midnight City (M83)

Time to Pretend (MGMT)

Little Talks (Of Monsters and Men)

Think Twice (Eve 6)

Ho Hey (The Lumineers)

Stubborn Love (The Lumineers)

Titanium (David Guetta & Sia)

Lights (Ellie Goulding)

One More Night (Maroon 5)

The Way I Are (Timbaland)

Moves Like Jagger (Maroon 5)

Entertainment (Phoenix)

Punching in a Dream (The Naked and Famous)

Young Blood (The Naked and Famous)

My Body (Young the Giant)

Cough Syrup (Young the Giant)

That’s all I have for you today. I would love to hear any other fitness questions you may have and incorporate them into my next Fitness Friday post! I want to leave you with a picture that I hold near and dear to my heart. The other day Brooklyn wanted to go running with Mommy, so Adam captured this picture on his iPhone for me. Makes my heart so proud! 

running with B