Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Let's Talk Training...Fighting the Funk

I was out on a run the other morning and drafting this post in my head.  I think that it is safe to say this summer has been a struggle for me in regards to my mental and physical game.  Yes I have been doing a lot of sweating and logging a respectful amount of miles, but my head and my heart are no where to be found and it is showing.

My weight has been creeping up ever since I broke my toe in June and it has been SO HARD coming back mentally after 4 weeks side-lined.  I find myself cutting runs short...talking myself out of walking...negotiating to get more sleep.  If this was happening and my weight wasn't at the level it is, I would say perhaps I need a break since this sounds a lot like overtraining....but I had 4 WEEKS OFF!!!  I am not in the place to just stop training!

I did the Shred Bootcamp with Amanda Tress...loved it as always...but my weight did not budge!  I did lose inches but not enough to make up the difference.  I am clearly at a place where I am needing to get serious about a few goals and get to reaching them!

Otherwise the summer has been awesome!!!  I have cherished my time with these little ladies...

and get chocked up just thinking about the summer coming to an end!  If I could just go ahead and freeze time with them I'd be golden!

So goal time....My main goal is to get back to a weight that I feel comfortable at.  Now I don't even tell my husband how much I weigh so I am not putting it here!  My goal is to lose 15lbs by October 10th.  I will check in each week to let you know/keep myself accountable.

My second goal is to bump up my mileage with 25-30 miles working my way back to double digit long runs.

Finally I made some great gains in strength thanks to Amanda's programs so I want to keep 3 days a week of weight training.

There it is....bouncing back after a summer that physically was not super (otherwise it was AWESOME!).  How do you get your groove back after you find yourself in a funk?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday Motivation

The Olympics are not without daily motivational stories from athletes all over the world...triathletes battling cancer...two runners encouraging others ahead of themselves...escaping a war torn country...the stories go on and on.  Of course the one I am talking about today came on the last day of the games...with the fabulous Meb!!  I think Meb realized early on that this just wasn't his day...but he didn't give up!  He gave all that he had and the display of who he is came out not only in never giving up but when he slipped just inches from the finish line...

Personally after running that fast for 26.2 miles, I would probably need someone to drag me across the finish line but not Meb!  He got up and even did a few push-ups to add to it before he crossed the finish!   I mean really Meb!

It has been no secret on here that I have been struggling this summer...struggling to get my groove back.  It is a stumble for sure but it is NOT the end of my journey!!  I will not stay down....and I may even do a few push-ups on my way up!! Don't let your stumbles keep you from where you are going!!!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Monday Motivation

Sorry for the late post!!  We took a last minute trip to celebrate my sister's birthday yesterday and we are all moving pretty slowly this morning!!

 This past week with nudity levels well above 90%, there has been no lack of sweat to go around, but yesterday's interval run took the cake!  95% humidity at 6am meant I was pouring sweat even before my Garmin beeped in the first mile!  I pushed on knowing I would feel awful if I quit....well I reached my doorstep saturated but certainly feeling lighter in the stress department.  There has been a situation that I have been struggling through the past few days and this sweat was the cleansing that I needed...for my head and for my heart.  The power of a good sweat never goes to waste!  Get out there and sweat it out!!

Thursday, August 11, 2016


It seems as though it has been a thousand years since I have consistently posted on here.  Clearly I am in a writing funk combined with lots of chickie summer time.  I'm working on a lot of posts in my head but for today, since I am being interrupted every 5 seconds by toddler tantrums, randomness will have to win out.

Olympic Love....I think it is safe to say we are in full Olympics mode in the Fancy Nancy house!

Seriously I love the Olympics and am always psyched to watch the events!  I always find myself getting all chocked up watching all the events!  My friend came over with margaritas so we could watch the opening ceremonies together and we've been texting every morning about the medals the night before!!  So fun!  Are you an Olympic fan?

Vision Evolved...I was so excited to be part of a campaign with Nike Vision to try out their new running sunglasses the Tailwind.

Not only are they pretty fabulous looking but they are super light and comfortable!  Normally when I wear sunglasses running, they fog up from the heat from my face or I get annoyed with them bouncing all around.  These did neither.  I honestly didn't even realize they were on my face...except the fact that I wasn't squinting!!  Check them out for yourself!

Running Buddies...Last week I put on my professor hat and taught at my alma mater in the North Shore.  I do this every August and while I am sad to leave my family behind (they actually were able to come visit me and spend the night at a water park!) I am always excited to catch up with friends in the area!!!  First order of business was to get in lots of miles with my BRF Jill!!!

On Wednesday we joined up with the fabulous Dani of Weight Off My Shoulders for a 5k with the Slumbrew folks.  It was a great run around Somerville and playing I Spy with Dani's Instagram photos!!  As always it was great to see Dani and catch up on her running adventures!  She's running her first ultra this weekend so head on over and remind her that she's a rockstar!!

How is your week going?  Any fun plans for the weekend??

Monday, August 8, 2016

Monday Motivation

If I am being honest...this voice has been winning out almost every run I have been on lately.  A little voice telling me to walk...convincing me that I can't...making me doubt I can ever come back from this injury...making me doubt I can ever get to where I used to be.  This morning...this Monday...I'm calling it a liar even if it means that I need to call it out over and over again until it gets the message that it is not welcome in my head!  It has been there far too long and it is no longer welcome.  What is keeping you back?  Get out of your head and go do great things!!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Monday Motivation

Yesterday during my run I had intervals on the menu.  The first few were fine and I finished them pretty easily.  However as the intervals got longer, I started to find myself up against my limits...my mental limits more than anything...the fear that I wasn't going to make it....that I couldn't do it.  We push ourselves to our limits but there are times when our limits push back.  The key...don't quit!!  When they push back, and they always do, use it to fuel your next round but do NOT let them make you quit!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Newport 10 Miler Race Report

 Well since it has been almost 2 full months, I figured I would go ahead and finally do a race report!  Sadly enough this was the last time I felt good running since I broke my toe not long after! 
If you've read my blog for very long, you will quickly know that Newport 10 Miler is one of my favorite races ever!  Granted I am just slightly biased since this is my hometown, but the course is beautiful and I always have a great time!! 
This year I was excited to not only have many ladies that I run with on Cape joining the race, but my BRF Jill was back this year as well!!  She came down the day before and we were able to head to Fort Adams to pick up our numbers amid the sailing races of the day!  There isn't an expo really but it is a very easy in and out to pick up the numbers.  This year we were able to choose a tech shirt.  I opted for the bright blue men's shirt instead of the yellow women's.  It was a great design this year!!
We hung around my parents' house for the night knowing that the 7:30 start was going to hit us early...plus it is always a must to get there WAY ahead of time since there is really one way into the fort.  Flat Nancy was ready to jump into the night before!!
That morning it was really hard to figure out what to wear.  Fort Adams juts out into the harbor and is just about the most southern point of the island so the winds whip there.  Add to that a little rain and you have a confused runner!  I layered up and actually ended up pitching the jacket as I passed by my car....and boy was I glad I did!!  We had some time before the race started so we chatted and met up with Jen, Lisa, and Jaime as well as Jen's Dad!! 
There were different waves for the start so Jill and I decided to start in the first wave.  She was taking the race easy since she is training for an ultra and I wanted to hit another sub 1:30 since my back has been a cranky jerk lately. 
National anthem was sung and before we knew it we were off!! I said my byes to Jill and off I went! 
I love a great and free race photo!!
I took this race really one mile at a time.  Like I said, I had low expectations considering how my back had been feeling.  After mile 1 beeped in around 8:15, I found myself saying, "Well let's do that one more time" for the next 10 miles!  Of course the rolling hills at the beginning were just a preview for the big mamas in the later miles!  My pace stayed pretty consistently between 8:15-8:30 for about 6-7 miles.
After winding around Ocean Drive and then turning onto the famed Bellevue Ave, we turn back toward the fort and almost immediately face one of the steep hills.  My pace really slowed but I did not stop...just one step in front of the other!  I was feeling awesome until I hit the last mile at 9 where my stomach began to cramp something fierce....yes this has happened to me before....in this same race....at this same spot!!!  Grrrrrrr!!!  Again I pushed one foot in front of the other and was psyched to turn into the fort and across the finish!!!
I hit my goal by finishing in 1:27....8:44 pace in the top 90 of my age group.  I was a struggle to the finish with my crampy cramp but I was excited to pull out the sub 1:30 considering my conditions.  I quickly turned around to find the rest of our crew....even though I missed half of them finishing!!  LOL!

Jill and I made our way back to the car but not before we took some fun pictures on the pier!
I'm already excited for next year!!!  I'm telling you all you need to add this one to your bucket list if you've never run it!!!