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St. Jude’s Marathon Training – Week 11 and 12

14 Oct


First off – Go Royals! As I am sitting here writing this, the Royals are playing Game 3 in the ALCS. This team has our city on a high and I hope we keep it going!

Now to running…

Since I was a slacker last week with my training update, I will add two weeks to this one.

Week of September 29 – October 4

Overall this week decent. I had 2 quality runs then a couple iffy ones. But at this point of my training I expect to feel tired.

Monday: 11.68 miles at 8:04 pace. This run was not so great. In fact, it earned itself a dedicated blog post….I will spare you from having to hear about it again.

But here is the same selfie for ya.

But here is the same selfie for ya.

Tuesday: Off

Wednesday: 8 miles at 7:38 pace. This had to be on the treadmill due to storms. I am a safety girl and just won’t risk running in bad weather. Workout was 5 x 1000 at 5k pace. I think I messed up my math and I am not sure of my specific splits. I know I did 3 at 6:22 pace and 2 at 6:18 pace. Legs felt much better for this workout!

TV night.

TV night.

Thursday: 7.1 miles at 8:15 pace.

Friday: 6.03 miles at 8:38 pace.

Saturday: 16.5 at 7:48 pace. 4 mile warm up, 8 miles goal pace (a little faster) 7:26,7:23, 7:25, 7:19, 7:08, 7:21, 7:06, 7:14. 4 mile cool down. This was an interesting run. It didn’t necessarily feel that great, but my watch looked great as the splits popped up. I was very happy when it was over and look forward to doing this run again and feeling great the entire time!

Post run snuggles.

Post run snuggles.

Boozy movie Saturday night. I LOVE the theater we went to!! We can get doubles of wine, and recline! And Gone Girl was a pretty awesome movie.

Boozy movie Saturday night. I LOVE the theater we went to!! We can get doubles of wine, and recline! And Gone Girl was a pretty awesome movie.

Sunday: 6 miles at 9:00 pace. WOW this run felt HORRIBLE!!! We waited to run until the afternoon and it just plain hurt.

Total Mileage: 55.33

Week of October 5 – 12

This week was a planned recovery/mini taper week. As I prep to run the KC Half Marathon this weekend, I wanted to make sure I felt semi fresh. I was also dealing with some MAJOR foot pain in my left foot that I was not loving. And to top that off, I felt like I was coming down with a cold. Because of these reasons I took the rest and recovery more serious than I had planned. I will say I am very proud of myself for listening to my body and taking a break.

Monday: Off day for running, but did some Jillian Michaels Yoga. I love her.

Tuesday: 6.64 miles at 8:12 pace. Foot hurt this entire run. It really freaked me out.

Wednesday: Unscheduled off day to let my foot rest and to shake off the sickness I felt.

It was so much better to just lay in bed with Win. Don't tell Ramsey Winnie was in our bed...

It was so much better to just lay in bed with Win. Don’t tell Ramsey Winnie was in our bed…

Thursday: 7.3 miles at 8:21 pace. Added 6 stride outs the last mile.

Friday: 6 miles at 9 min pace. Ran the first 3 with a group of running friends for Krista’s birthday!

Saturday: 11.87 miles at 8:55 pace. I met Stacy and Diana for this run and I am so glad I did! I knew I would be running easy but the run felt shockingly hard. I think the week of mini taper just made my legs feel a little dead.

Sunday: 4 miles at 8:42 pace. Ran nice and relaxed on the treadmill while watching SATC. Sometimes I love the treadmill so I can watch TV. After the run I hit the steam room. I forgot how much I LOVE the steam room!! It is my favorite place to stretch and made my head feel a little less congested.

Total Mileage: 35.82

Back on the Road! + 4th of July Weekend

7 Jul

This morning, I did my first run outside in 2.5 weeks! I think that is the longest outdoor break I have taken in at least a year. And it felt great to be back outside on the road.

As I said in my last post, I am currently treating some foot and hip pain. I ran 3 times on the treadmill last week, at 2 miles each time. I have been making sure to run at an easy pace and not push myself too hard. Seeing that I am not in training mode right now, pushing myself hard is just asking for further injury.

Just like my treadmill runs, I took today’s run very slow and conservative (in terms of my running pace). Instead of panicking when I saw a 10:21 mile pop up on my Garmin, I embraced it. It was so awesome to just run an easy pace and relax. A couple miles in, I could feel some foot and hip pain, but it was nothing significant. I hope to continue to do these types of runs over the next couple weeks before I have to pick it up for training mode.

I am trying to not get too discouraged about my current state, but I will admit that it can be hard to see friends running some awesome miles when I know that I shouldn’t be doing that right now. Even my husband has been making me jealous with this great runs lately! But I just have to remind myself that I am doing what is best for me and it will pay off soon when I am stronger than ever!

Moving on.

The 4th of July weekend was amazing! We were supposed to venture up to Iowa this weekend, however a last minute work project for Ramsey and a flood in the area canceled our plans. It was sad to miss out on the fun up there, but we decided it would be best to make the most out of our time at home.

I decorated.

I decorated.

Thursday evening we went to a winery and watched some amazing fireworks! And even better – we got to drink wine while watching them. Not much better than that!!

My patriotic outfit.

My patriotic outfit.

Wining at the winery.

Wining at the winery.

Friday we went to the pool, had some yummy drinks and food, then headed out to my favorite spot on the 4th – Lake Tapawingo. It was so fun as usual. It is crazy to think I have been going there my entire life!

Grapefruit margs.

Grapefruit margs.



Saturday and Sunday were spent cleaning, reading (Dark Places by Gillian Flynn), hanging out with friends, and spending time out in the city. I won’t bore you with every detail…however one thing that has been bothering me is the fact that for the THIRD time in just a few months I had a teacher no-show for my fitness class. To me, that is unacceptable. How would you handle that? Complain? Or get over it (until it inevitably happens again)?

Sporting KC game.

Sporting KC game.

SO hot but at least we had drumsticks.

SO hot but at least we had drumsticks.

He wants to be on the team.

He wants to be on the team.

How was your 4th?

Any tips for keeping myself in check while coming back from this injury?


PTs, BBQs and Weddings

1 Jul

On Monday I started an adventure with my new Physical Therapist!

The mission: Get better by August, or at least feel better by August.

I’ve told everyone (that is willing to listen) about my hip/booty problems before. And finally I am doing something about it!!! I have been going to a Chiropractor for the pain the past 6 weeks, but decided I needed something more. My foot started hurting in a way I haven’t ever experienced, and that made me scared.

First step to recovery was to stop running and take it easy. I thought I would be miserable during my first week off, but it was actually pretty awesome. I loved having the time to do other fun workouts. And I loved just sleeping in if I wanted to. I always tell people, “listen to your body”, and I knew it was time for me to do that too!

After a week off, I felt better already. Which proved to me even more, I needed a BREAK!!!

Monday morning, I met with my new PT. The best part about the PT is that he came to my office to meet with me! One of the 1,000 perks about working at Hallmark is that we have a full clinic and I can do these kind of things at work. I love it.

We will be focusing on my hip pain this month and strengthening my muscles more. I have lots of exercises to do, but I am going to try my hardest to stay focused an on track with them.

Fingers crossed that I am feeling better by August so I can hit is hard for my next big racing adventure!! More to come there 🙂


We had another wedding last weekend, and it was a blast. It was one of those weddings where you wake up the next day sore from dancing so much. Brady and Molly – thank you for all the fun you gave us!

Love him!

Love him!


End of the night selfie….GO TO BED.

On Saturday I hosted all of my cousins at my house for a little family BBQ. Ramsey was a pro at the grill and I got to try a new burger recipe. I also made some amazing Key Lime pie.

King of the grill!

King of the grill!

And queen of the pie.

And queen of the pie.

And on Sunday I experimented and made black bean sliders. They were SO GOOD. I just heated up the Morningstar Farms black bean patties, added a slice of cheese, guacamole and put them on a roll. Ramsey got 3 rolls, I got 1. But even without the roll, these little guys were delicious.

Ramsey's plate.

Ramsey’s plate.

I am looking forward to a day off work on Friday to hang out with my family and celebrate the 4th.

Have you gone to a PT before? And what are you up to on the 4th??






Race Recap: Hospital Hill Half Marathon

18 Jun

I have said it many times, and it still remains true. The Hospital Hill Half Marathon in Kansas City is one of my favorite races.

A couple weeks ago, I ran this race for the 3rd year in a row. I had no idea what my time would be, but I really wanted to push it and see what my body could do. A goal of breaking 1:40 was in my mind, and I thought it could be attainable. I also had a running buddy with me that had the same goal, and for a me a buddy always helps.

The morning started off a bit of a disaster. It was thunderstorming like crazy and the rain was coming down hard. I can run in rain, but knew if the storming did not stop, we wouldn’t get to run the race at all. The idea of not running made me sad. One because I love this race, and two because I paid for the thing!

We ended up having a 45 minute delay, where Stacy, Ramsey and I sat in a nearby hotel and chatted. It was actually a great time and I loved catching up with Stacy. The rain delay ended up paying off.

Waiting it out in a dry cleaning bag.

Waiting it out in a dry cleaning bag.

My husband in a trash bag.

My husband in a trash bag.

After waiting it out through the rain delay, we finally lined up to start. I met my friend Nicole at the 1:40 pace group and we were off!

The first few miles flew by. There are some huge hills those miles, but we really just chatted the whole way and kept our minds off of them. Around mile 3, the rain picked up, which also picked up our pace a bit.

As Nicole and I hit more hills, we continued to run really steady and strong. At first I was worried we were running too fast, but after a few miles we were both comfortable with the pace.

Nicole and I a few miles in.

Nicole and I a few miles in.

Not raining too hard here.

Not raining too hard here.

The thing that makes Hospital Hill such a great race is that for every insane up hill you have, you get a rockin’ downhill too. There is no better course for downhills in the KC area. And since this is a half marathon, the downhills don’t tear up my legs like they did in Boston.

Around mile 9, Nicole and I started to part ways. I realized I was still feeling really good and decided that I would stretch my legs and see what I could do. As I approached mile 10, I prepared myself for the mile long climb ahead. This hill SUCKS, but it is also a huge confidence booster. Many people are not prepared for it, and they have to stop and walk. I am used to running big hills, so I was able to maintain pace and make it up the hills.

Passing so many people definitely helps. Especially when everyone you pass is a man 🙂 Side note – I don’t know how many men I ran past started sprinting when they saw me next to them….don’t worry though, it only took a few more steps to pass them for good. Girl power.




Enjoying the amazing downhill.

When I hit mile 12, I knew I only had one steep hill left, then the most amazing downhill finish you will ever find. I gave myself quite the pep talk running up the last hill. And when I reached the top, I cruised to the finish.


Finish time: 1:37:30(ish)

I forgot to pull my splits from my watch, so I don’t have them anymore 😦 But I had an awesome negative-split race.

I was in shock when I saw my finish time. I know I can run a fast half marathon, but was not expecting to run that fast given my training and how my body felt. Having such a great race was a huge confidence boost for me, especially after struggling through the end of Boston so much. I felt like my speed was back. And also got excited to see what I can do with my half marathon time come fall.

Despite the rain, mostly every one else I knew running also had a fantastic race. Ramsey PR’ed!!!!! And my other friends all met their goals.

All in all, it was a great morning on the hills of KC! And I can’t wait to run for the 4th year in a row in 2015!!

Did you run Hospital Hill? Or do you have a race like this that people think you are CRAZY for loving so much?

A few more pics from the day..

So proud of Ramsey!!!!!

So proud of Ramsey!!!!!

Kathleen and Nicole.

Kathleen and Nicole.

With our cheerleader Diana!!!

With our cheerleader Diana!!!



What’s Next?!?

6 Jun

Since Boston, I have been thinking a lot about what’s next for me.

As everyone that knows me could attest – I love to run! So obviously running would is still a major part of my life. But how much running in my life is still TBD.

For the last couple years, I have been dealing with some hip/butt pain. The longer it is has gone on, the more it has affected other parts of my body. My hamstring has been hurting, and recently my foot has been hurting. It is crazy how everything is connected. After Boston, I decided it was time to do something about it. So I bit the bullet and went to therapy.

Therapy sucks. A lot. But it is making a difference. Each week, I feel stronger and less pain. The biggest obstacle for me is actually doing the exercises they give me. As I crawl in bed every night I remember, “crap! I didn’t do those dumb exercises”. So I pull my body back out of bed and get to work. My therapist told me I can still run and workout – which is awesome! But I need to be careful and not run as much or as hard.

I love that little electronic thing. Might have to go on my Christmas list!!!

I love that little electronic thing. Might have to go on my Christmas list!!!

Roll and drink. Roll and drink. You get the picture.

Roll and drink. Roll and drink. You get the picture.

Another big thing I have been dealing with is my asthma. It has always been there, but the last year it just seems to get worse. When I was talking to my Dr. about the issue I realized that in NYC I used my inhaler 4 times…at 4 hits each time. TOO MUCH. Then in Boston I added up that I used the darn thing 6 times…4 hits each time. WAY TOO MUCH. I hate admitting that asthma is a problem. But I recently realized that I must treat it like an injury. And if I don’t take care of it, it will also never get better. My Dr. put me back on every day meds for it, and it forcing me to take my inhaler every day, and every time I run, to see how much it makes a difference. I hate the idea of this, but like PT – it is something that needs to be done.

When I started thinking about my fall marathon, I realized after looking at a calendar I would have to start training in a month. I just didn’t feel like a month was enough time for me to heal my body, get stronger, and get healthier.

I decided that an early fall marathon would be out of the picture this year, and instead I will run a half. The half I will be racing is the KC Half Marathon. And I will finally be running as a Girls on the Run Soulmate! I am so excited for this adventure and to raise money for a cause I believe in so much. I also love the KC half, and couldn’t imagine not running it. Depending on how I feel this summer, I might try to break my 1:34 PR (finally!!).

As for a Fall full marathon…right now it is looking like a December race. As soon as my friends pull the trigger on the St. Judes Memphis marathon, I am in too! A race in December allows me to hold off on hard training until late summer, and really take care of my body.

This summer, I still plan to run 20-30 miles a week. But I will mainly be focusing on strengthening my body and getting healthy. I need this booty pain to subside and the breathing crap to heal. And the only way for that to happen is for me to focus on my therapy and my health. I will be doing tons of stretching and strength this summer, and a little cross training too! I will also follow Doctor’s orders and take all the medicine she tells me to…whether I like it or not.

Biking will be part of my cross training! Thanks for the awesome book Runners World!

Biking will be part of my cross training! Thanks for the awesome book Runners World!

I am excited to see how these things will impact my running performance and where my marathon time could possibly go if I decide the December race is for me!

Like I said – I will still run. And my next race is tomorrow at Hospital Hill – my other favorite KC race!! I will be running for fun, but still hope to push it a bit. After Hospital Hill my running schedule is pretty darn free. Which makes me happy…because I know it’s what’s best.

Are you prepping for any races this summer or fall? Have you dealt with an injury before that forced you to tone down the training?


I’m Getting Married!!!

5 Mar

In case you didn’t know – I am getting married!!!

In just 3 days, I get to marry the man of my dreams. “The One” that I wished for so many years ago. The person that knows me best. And the person that loves me for all my good, and all my flaws.


And I cannot freaking wait.

Time goes by so fast. Especially when you are planning a wedding, starting a new job, and training for a marathon. Life is full, and my cup runneth over. But I am so lucky and feel blessed beyond belief!

This entire process of wedding planning, I have had a goal to remain calm and not get overwhelmed with all the stupid things. And really, I think I have done a good job. Over 8 months of planning the wedding, and I have only had a few meltdowns. In my research of TLC bridal shows, a few meltdowns = a really sane bride.

Now with the wedding just a few days away, I feel like I am at mile 20 of the marathon. It is getting hard right now, but the finish is so close (duh – I had to use a running metaphor somewhere!!), and I am ready to see it 🙂

I keep asking my friends that are married what their advice is for the last few days of being a single girl, and I would love to hear your advice too!!

After the wedding and the honeymoon, it is my goal to get my blog life back and document the rest of my Boston Marathon training. I was not expecting to run Boston in 2014, but through a crazy turn of events I now get to experience this race again. Everyone told me that training for a marathon and planning a wedding would make me crazy and would be fairly impossible. However I must say that this is what has made my freakout level stay at a minimum and I am glad I made the decision to go for it!

Take care and I will see you soon!!!



Running along Lake Michigan with Stacy and Diana.

Running along Lake Michigan with Stacy and Diana.

Bachelorette Party in Chicago!

Bachelorette Party in Chicago!

With some of my favorites!

With some of my favorites!

Sweetheart Run 5k.

Sweetheart Run 5k.

NYC Training Update #2 + Post Run Selfies

24 Sep

Hi friends!!

Well, it has been 3 weeks since my last training update….so I guess it is time for another little recap!

Training continues to go better than I could imagine. I am staying focused, motivated, and continuing to run faster times and higher mileage weeks than ever before.

The last few weeks have looked like this:

Week of September 2nd…

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 10 miles at 8:05 pace. Ran hard on the hills. Didn’t count how many hills I hit, but it felt like a lot!

Wednesday: 7 miles at 8:50 pace. Post work run, which felt really hard. Ran with Ramsey, which was really nice!

Thursday: 5.2 miles at 8:02 pace. 2 mile warm up, 8x1min interval sprints, with 1min rest in between each. This run was SUPER hard because I am not used to running at a sprint. Crazy how “slow” your speed can feel during marathon training!

Friday: 5 miles at recovery pace – 9:30.

Saturday: Off

Sunday: Broadway Bridge Half Marathon! 13.1 miles at 7:52 pace. Read the recap here.

Total mileage: 40.2

This was a “recovery” week due to the half marathon on Sunday. This was also one of my lowest mileage weeks during training.

So thankful we can run together!

So thankful we can run together!

Week of September 9th…

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 5.25 miles at 9:08 pace. Recovery run following the Broadway Bridge Half.

Wednesday: 10 miles at 8:11 pace. Ran 6 miles hard, with hill sprints and half mile tempos. This was a really hard run, but still felt like a really great workout!

Thursday: Long Run! 16 miles at 8:26 overall pace. Ran about 8 miles at Marathon Goal pace. The rest around 9 minute miles.

Friday: 5 miles at 9:30 pace. Recovery run with Ramsey. Best way to start the day!

Saturday: 8 miles at 8:15 pace.

Sunday: Plaza 10k!! PR ALERT! 6.2 miles at 6:45 pace. Plus 1.5 mile warm up.

Total Mileage: 52

I knew I would be running the Plaza 10k hard on Sunday, so I adjusted the week accordingly. Overall, it was a pretty intense week and I continued to feel the effects of the half marathon for most of it.

Post long run bliss!

Post long run bliss!

Week of September 16th…

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 10.5 miles in the rain, at 8:11 pace. 2 mile warm up, 3×2 miles hard with one mile cool down in between each set. Mile splits for my hard miles: 7:37,7:39,7:39,7:29,7:31,7:36. Plan said my splits should be 7:30, but I was struggling to hit that…I was happy with what I was able to pull off though, considering my legs were pretty tired from Plaza 10k.

Wednesday: 7 miles recovery at 9:17 pace.

Thursday: Long Run! 18.2 miles at 8:37 pace. Plan called for all miles at 8:30 pace. I ran 11 miles around 8:15, and 7 miles around 8:45 pace. Even though my overall pace wasn’t exactly what I needed, I still think this was overall a great run.

Friday: Off

Saturday: 4.2 miles at 9:00 pace. Super relaxed run, and one of those days when I was thinking the entire time – “I love to run” 🙂

Sunday: 11.33 miles at 8:01 pace. Got up and ran with my friend, Krista. She was doing her long run for the week, so I joined her for the last 11 miles. Gorgeous morning with some really great hills and solid paced miles.

Total Mileage: 51.3 miles

This week was supposed to be a 60 mile week, but it just didn’t really work out with my “life” schedule. Sometimes life will get in the way of marathon training!

Rainy run. I was SOAKED!!

Rainy run. I was SOAKED!!

How is your training going?? Please, tell me about it!!



Maintaining Perspective (or at least trying to)

30 Oct

So this girl is a little stressed right now. Ok, a lot stressed right now.

Why, you ponder?

Because I am supposed to run a marathon on Sunday, and this marathon is one that I have been preparing to run (physically and mentally) the last 8 months. This marathon is also my DREAM race and I have coordinated a 5 day vacation around the event – complete with show tickets and dinner reservations.

In case you haven’t turned on the TV, a hurricane decided to hit NYC and beat the city up pretty bad. The photos I have seen are unimaginable, and the damage is just plain crazy. The thought of the clean up to be done makes me so sad for the city residents.

And through all these photos I have seen, news coverage I have watched, and articles I have read, I am still sitting here stressing out about whether or not I will get to fulfill my dream on Sunday and run in the New York City Marathon. How much more selfish could I be?

This afternoon, I went out on my lunch break for a quick run. I needed to clear my head and most importantly I needed to get some perspective on the situation.

While on my run I started thinking about the people affected by storm, and the people who lost their homes or even their loved ones. I realized that me not getting to run NYC this year is not the end of the world. It is just a very big letdown. And although I will be very sad and angry if that scenario plays out, I will live, and I will still have everything I had before. Which is more than some people can say right now.

I am not giving up on my dream though. I don’t leave until Friday morning, so I am hoping that things will be up and running by then and I will be able to get into the city. Until I hear otherwise (and the amount I am checking twitter for race updates has got to be unhealthy), I will act as if I am running towards a dream on Sunday. And I will continue to envision the finish line in my head.

Wishing everyone affected by this storm a speedy recovery process. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

And as Nicole just reminded me, “Let Go and Let God”. He knows what’s best.



5 days people – let’s make it happen!

NYC Marathon Training – Week Seven

2 Oct

(OK, so I am like, really really really far behind on the blogging thing. Please don’t think I haven’t been running, because I have been.)

So here goes week seven of training…..
Monday – 6 miles at 8:50 pace. Sore legs from my race the prior Saturday.
Evening Yoga to relieve some stress.

Tuesday – 9 miles, Yasso 800 day!! 1 mile warm up, then 10 x 800’s (with a recovery lap between each): 3:14, 3:16, 3:17, 3:16, 3:13, 3:11, 3:12, 3:09, 3:13, 3:12. 1/2 mile cool down bc I ran out of time. This workout was a KILLER, but I am so proud of myself for toughing it out and making it to 10. According to my pace on these, I should be able to break 3:30 at nyc.

Wednesday – 3.5 miles at 9:40 pace, pre-TRX run.
TRX class for 50 minutes.
Evening 3 mile run at an easy pace.

Thursday – Off

Friday – 20 miles at 8:30 pace. I was VERY proud of this run!!

Saturday – 3 miles at 9:39 pace.

Sunday – 6.2 miles at 8:53 pace. Ran the plaza 10k. Not an easy task the day after being in my friends wedding!

Total Miles: 44.7 miles


Fashion Fridays – Keepin’ Warm

27 Jan

Good morning, and Happy Friday to you!

As (I hope) you read yesterday, I featured my first guest blogger to speak about winter running essentials. Stacy is very educated when it comes to running clothes, and I knew she would be the perfect subject matter expert to write that post.

For this Fashion Friday, I would like to share two winter running essentials that I cannot live without.

Croquet Headband

I LOVE my red, yellow and green croquet headband. My boyfriend’s Grandmother got me this super cute headband for Christmas this year, and I cannot get enough of it. It is so warm, and also layers great on super cold days with other headbands underneath.

Self Portrait in the back yard.

It is the perfect head flair for a freezing cold winter run, and gets a ton of compliments when you break it out.

I apologize for not having a direct link so you can get one of these too..however I think you can get similar headbands on

The North Face Gaiter, aka “Turtle”

The next winter running essential that I cannot live without is my North Face neck protector. I know they are called Gaiters (according to the website, it is ‘Gaiter’ not ‘Gator’), but I like to call mine a turtle (I can sneak my head in and out, just like a turtle!).

This turtle is freaking amazing. It is SO warm and soft – I could easily sleep in it (which would actually save me a few minutes getting dressed in the morning). Anyone who will be running in the harsh cold winter winds needs this thing. I got it at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Go there right now, and buy one.

And when in doubt...throw on a boa.

I hope that after yesterdays post and this post today, you are all geared up for winter running. You have no excuses not to be out there pounding the payment.

I hope you have the best Friday ever, and a fantastic weekend ahead.



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