Poconos running

The rest of my Saturday was pretty great. I spent the day with J.  We bopped around for a while and ran some errands.  I even got my first Starbucks christmas cup!

The christmas cup was bittersweet…I am SO glad they are back, but it has been tradition to get the first one of the season with this girl.. Hopefully this week!

J and I also spotted the friendliest truck either of us has ever seen!

This morning I had a long run planned.  Lately I just have NOT been feeling the running scene where I live, I needed a change so I decided to head to the Poconos to run.  Luckily I have an awesome family and my dad and SIL biked next to me while I ran.  I decided they need to do this every run. Having a traveling water boy was the greatest thing ever!

I also decided there are a few reasons that running in the Poconos is WAY better than running where I live…

  • Less turns… I live in more of a city so I am constantly turning down different blocks to get mileage in
  • Point to point run…. When I run from home I always do an out and back. Poconos running means I have a ride to bring me to my car when I am done!
  • The woods!  I love running on back roads with nothing but trees.  That’s the Poconos!
  • The people.  Hands down the BEST reason for driving 35 miles for a long run….

Today was my dad and SIL biking with me the entire run.  At one point my brother drove by and stopped to check on us, see if we needed anything and make sure we were ok.

It’s a small photo but you get the idea.

BUT THEN… When I am done running not only do I get to hang some more with my dad and SIL, but I also get to meet my mom and niece too and we all go for breakfast.  Seriously.  You can’t beat that!

My dad the hairdresser- at breakfast- we keep it classy 😉

Today I forgot my garmin on my run.  I know…horrific.  I had mapped out about 16 miles so I knew where to go, I was just concerned about my pace.  I used the mapmyrun app on my phone.  I don’t have splits and I didn’t know my pace as I was running so I just ran.  I might have to try this a little more often!

Towards the end of the run I definitely had to work to keep that pace but I was pleasantly surprised when I finished and saw that!

After I refueled, rehydrated and had a few hours to take care of some things I headed out for an easy 20 minute second run of the day to shake out my legs.  Glad I did that. The first few minutes were slow and stiff but by the end I felt great!

I am really looking forward to my rest day tomorrow though 🙂



Mind Games

Today I was itching to run.  Bad.  I didn’t.  I was good.  I was told to rest my legs another day and do cross training so that’s what I did but let me tell you…it was one of those days I needed a run.

Running helps me not only clear my mind and is a form of relaxation for me, but it makes me feel good about myself.  I needed all of those things today……

Anyway, where were we?

Oh… Cross training.  No falling off the bike today but I did sweat my ass off.  I rode on my trainer for 45 minutes and really made sure to push myself.

After spinning I did a bunch of core work which also included a ton of planks

A while ago I said I was reading the book Mind Gym.  Well I came across a chapter that talked about mental toughness and the 7 C’s.  This hit home for me and I think is important for anyone in a tough situation…

Competitive- ” Competitors take bad breaks and use them to drive themselves just that much harder. Quitters take bad breaks and use them as reasons to give up.”  So true.  The drive to beat competition, even if that competition is yourself is so important.

Confident-“Confident athletes have a can-do attitude, a belief they can handle whatever comes their way.”  This is the toughest one for me personally.  Being confident is so so so important.  Knowing and believing in yourself…that’s key

Control-“Successful athletes are able to control their emotions and behavior.”  Aka don’t let something out of your control mess up your brain, be able to have control over yourself.

Committed- “Mentally tough athletes focus their time and energy on their goals and dreams.”  In my case, I am training for a race so I will do anything I can to better my chances of getting the finishing time I am shooting for.  That means following a schedule that includes long runs, fast runs and even rest days.  I need to be committed to that even on days I don’t feel like it.

Composure- “Mentally tough athletes know how to stay focused and deal with adversity.”  Ok, so I wake up race day and rather the crisp 62 degree weather I pictures, it’s raining and somewhat warm.  I am not going to freak out over this.  I am going to, instead, figure out how to reach my goal despite shitty weather.

Courage- “A mentally tough athlete must me willing to take a risk.”  Uhh…hello my favorite shirt.  You aren’t going to get anywhere by playing it safe.  Take a chance. You might surprise yourself.

Consistency-“Mentally tough athletes possess an inner strength.”  Ideally I want to run fast all the time.  yes, I will have bad days but my goal is to be able to run sub 8 minute miles for 20 miles today, and still hold that pace or better in 3 weeks.

So far, this book is good.  I know my downfall of marathon training is my confidence.  I have been told by my coach on several occasions that this is something that really needs work.  Any advice on how I can rewire my brain to not be my worst enemy sometimes?

And last but not least……. GOOD LUCK TO THE GMEN TONIGHT!!!!!


Good, Bad, Ugly

Good:  The bachelorette party that I am planning is this weekend and I can’t wait!

Bad: I am running around finishing some last-minute things and I feel like I am being pulled in 20 directions

Ugly: I almost ended up with an outfit that I would have felt so uncomfortable in.

Don't worry...it ALL got returned

Good: I am becoming more conscious of how bad tanning beds are for you so I have been using self tanner.

Bad: I may or may not look a little orange.

30 minute early morning bike ride

Ugly:  The orange comes off on white towels which is super cute.

Good: Crest white strips work

Bad: They effing hurt my teeth dangit

Ugly: If I stop using them I won’t get the whole “glow in the dark” teeth look that I am going for.

Good: After a 30 minute bike ride this morning, I squeezed in 4 quick miles on my lunch

Bad: I forgot clean draws for after

Ugly: I went commando and relied on the underwear liner thing in my running shorts.  Lucky for the other gym goers it worked out well and no one knew I was free ballin’ it. 

Good: I have been feeling great since the race Sunday

Bad: I haven’t been to Body pump in almost 2 weeks because of tapering for the race and then Monday I wanted an extra day of rest

Ugly: I am crashing HARD right now and am really giving some serious consideration to skipping tonight too but the thought of never having muscle tone again keeps sticking out in the back of my head.

Guess I am going to rely on this in the meantime!

Iced coffee and protein pretzels!

What’s your “good, bad and ugly“?

Oh, and I am Fickle Fran.. Tell me.. Do I go to Body Pump tonight!?


New workout and Good tunes

Not running is weird.  I mean… I ran today but only 2 miles.  It was weird getting home from work, having no plans but knowing I can’t run!

Earlier today I went to the gym on my lunch break and took advantage of the weights.  It has been a long time since I did a strength workout that wasn’t Body Pump.  I wanted an upper body circuit that would get the job done in a short amount of time.  I wrote this out and headed down to pump some iron 😛

I did the entire workout straight through with no rest.  It took about 20/25 minutes.  I had time for 2 quick miles at the end.  I left feeling like I got a good workout but didn’t kill myself.  Perfect.

When I got home I decided to chow down a bowl of cereal.  I think I am not eating enough carbs during the day.  This is no bueno because when I get home I am jonesin’ for a bread product!  Peanut Butter Cheerios did the trick!  I also needed a cup of coffee to wake me up!

I typically look that good

I hopped on my trainer errr… bike  got dressed to spin out my legs for a bit inside.  Before I started spinning I downloaded some new music…. Some Nights by FUN. Do yourself a favor.  Get it.   Some Nights is the JAM.  I mean…. I think I listened to it no less than 10 times in a row.  Its SO good.  I’m obsessed.

I usually get really bored and cut indoor bike rides short… but not this time!  I had some good tunes and my ipad and Koda dog to keep me company and before I knew it, 40 minutes flew by!

The rest of the night I hung with my boyfrandddd and I got to face time with my BFF.

Now I am gonna hang with the doggers and then hit the hay!