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Boston Marathon Training – Week ???

29 Mar

It has been so long that I wrote a recap post for my training, that I don’t even know what week I am on!

Since I am a little lost of that, let’s just do a countdown instead…..

4 weeks out from the race and I think things are going really well!! The only negative comments I have to make are that it is cold and I am starting to get really tired of these early mornings.

However those early mornings will be over soon, and race day will be here. For that, it is all worth it.

This is what 4 weeks out of training entailed:

  • 49.3 miles
  • 07:30 time
  • 5832 calories
  • 5 workouts

I ran some great miles this week, however I am in disappointed that I never got in a cross training workout. I have really enjoyed going to spin, but this week I just couldn’t get it into the schedule.

Hard days this week were mile repeats and a 22 miler.

The mile repeats went great. I ran these how I felt and pushed myself to see what I could do. When I was training for NYC, I was cranking out repeats at some awesome paces for me (6:20-6:30). I was so happy that I ran all four repeats between 6:35 – 6:45. I was feeling great and these were a great confidence boost.

The long run this week was the highest we will go in training – 22 miles.

We were fighting some pretty insane schedules with work and life, and also battling weather conditions. To deal with these things, Diana and I decided we would run our 22 miler on Thursday.

The run started at 4:30am, and ended right around 8am. It was one of the hardest long runs I have ever done, but I am so thankful we did it and had each other. I was also thankful that I have a soft office chair and could take the elevator all day at work. I was also impressed that I was only 30 minutes late (sorry, boss)!

Collapsed on the floor after 22 miles.

Collapsed on the floor after 22 miles.

Now it is officially taper time for Boston. I cannot believe how fast this training has gone and that it is almost over!!!

Finish line….I have you in my sights!!!!!

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xo,

Ali

A week in my life – day two.

13 Mar

Tuesdays are my regroup days.

My life is usually crazy on Mondays, so Tuesdays are my days to get caught up.

Yesterday was a great day. I ran, got a ton done at work, grocery shopped, and made dinner. Aside from struggling to get out of bed and being forgetful, everything went well!

Now let’s review the photos, shall we?!

YAWN!!!!! I actually fell back asleep after this alarm and woke up at 4:59. In order to on on time to running, I have to leave at 4:59...I was late.

YAWN!!!!! I actually fell back asleep after this alarm and woke up at 4:59. In order to on on time to running, I have to leave at 4:59…I was late.

I am tired of the cold weather. We tried to push it a bit this AM.

I am tired of the cold weather. We tried to push it a bit this AM.

6:15am - Happy to be done.

6:15am – Happy to be done.

Fill up my car with gas. Ouch.

6:20 am – Fill up my car with gas. Ouch.

6:45 - This is what's in my make up bag. I LOVE ARBONNE!

6:45 – This is what’s in my get ready bag. I LOVE ARBONNE!

Best concealer ever.

Best concealer ever.

7:15am - Selfie at Stacy's. So thankful she lets me get ready at her house 2 plus times a week!

7:15am – Selfie at Stacy’s. So thankful she lets me get ready at her house 2 plus times a week!

New spikey bracelet from Stella and Dot. Love it!

New spikey bracelet from Stella and Dot. Love it!

7:30 - leave for work. 7:31 - go back to Stacy's because I forgot my lunch in her fridge. 7:32am - leave for work round two.

7:30 – leave for work. 7:31 – go back to Stacy’s because I forgot my lunch in her fridge. 7:32am – leave for work round two. Call my Mom on the way to work.

Traffic makes me so bitchy.

Traffic makes me so bitchy.

8:00am - Belt out some Bruno. Gosh I love this song!

8:00am – Belt out some Bruno. Gosh I love this song!

8:10am - Go to Starbucks for my weekly team meeting. Check emails and write my Monday blog post while I wait for the others to join.

8:10am – Go to Starbucks for my weekly team meeting. Check emails and write my Monday blog post while I wait for the others to join.

10am - Breakfast at DEG!

10am – Breakfast at DEG! Eat what I brought, not the junk sitting right next to it!! 3 months ago, I would’ve had at least 3 of those candies every time I walked by. Very proud of myself and how far I’ve come with my sweet tooth!

11:30am - Break between meetings, finish my Monday blog post.

11:30am – Break between meetings, finish my Monday blog post.

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11:45am – Attend a welcome lunch for new team member, eat some catered food, post my Monday blog post.

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2pm – Tea break

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2pm – Take a quick second to look at the Tory Burch spring handbags. The robins egg blue bag is calling me name!!!

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2:15pm – Post to the Miles with Style facebook page.

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4:15pm – An apple a day!

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5pm – Look up my bib and coral for the Boston Marathon!!!

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6:25pm – leave work, oatmeal in hand.

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6:26pm – Walk out to my car and see that Ramsey parked next to me. Even though we didn’t see each other much today, at least our cars could cuddle (yes, I just wrote that).

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6:28pm – Ali is not impressed. Left my iPad on my desk. Had to go back inside. (I am terrified about my iPad getting stolen…again.)

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6:55pm – Pick up some groceries at Target!

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7:30pm – Get home, and put on sweats in less than 5 minutes. Pretty sure I never make it 5 minutes in my house before my sweats go on!

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Read a sweet thank you note from my friend Laura. Glad she liked that mixer 🙂

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7:45pm – Start making dinner. Make breakfast for Wednesday and Thursday while I wait for chicken to thaw. Call my Mom (again, we talk a lot).

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8:30pm – Sit down to eat, instagram my dinner (duh!)

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Watch The Taste while I eat. I liked that show!!

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9:00pm – get in bed, turn on Body of Proof, read my girls on the run lesson for Wednesday, write this blog post!

10pm - Set alarm for tomorrow morning gym workout!

10pm – Set alarm for tomorrow morning gym workout!

 

Chat tomorrow!!

xo,

Ali

Boston Marathon Training – Week 6

26 Feb

Week 6 was an awesome week of training!

If you read last week’s post – you know I was slacking a bit due to vacation. Week 6 would be high mileage with cross training thrown in.

Recap:

  • 50 miles
  • 08:44 time
  • 5623 calories
  • 11 workouts

I completed one spin workout, and three weight lifting workouts.

Still loving spin class.

Still loving spin class.

Getting it done with Jillian!

Getting it done with Jillian!

Hard workouts were both completed on the treadmill due to snowstorms and crazy cold weather.

Tuesday Tempo: Ran 5 min intervals with 2 min off from mile 1-7.5. 8 miles total, 7:48 pace.

Thursday Tempo: Ran a few miles at a harder pace. 7 miles total, 8:00 pace.

Got out in the blizzard to get my run in.

Got out in the blizzard to get my run in.

The long run this week was a tough 18 miler. We had to battle snow packed roads and chilly air. At least it was sunny and my running group could all run together.

It was one of those “shut up and run” kind of days, but we got it done!!

Preparing for a long, cold run!

Preparing for a long, cold run!

Running in the Snowpocalypse

Running in the Snowpocalypse

My favorite run of the week was Sunday. My boyfriend and I headed out for a relaxing 5 miler. The sun was shining and we had the best company. So glad to be with someone that will run with me and keep me company 🙂

My happy place.

My happy place.

I would anticipate this being one of my biggest weeks of training, especially for this lower key training session.

Until next time,

Ali

 

Boston Marathon Training – Week 4

12 Feb

Week Four of training is COMPLETE! Woohoo!

This week was actually my highest mileage week of training so far, which is odd for only running 38 miles. Most of my other Boston Marathon friends are doing 60-70 mile weeks! More power to them!!

I continue to use a lower mileage approach and cross train as much as possible. Hopefully this approach will get me through Boston and allow me to have FUN while running with my friends.

Post Cross Training - Love these Activewear USA pants!

Post Cross Training – Love these Activewear USA pants!

Hard runs this week consisted of 6 miles of hills (and these are HARD hills), and a 7 mile run with 4 at a faster pace (mid 7’s). The tempo run was on the treadmill due to stormy weather. *GASP* I am starting to really like the treadmill….

Less than 67 days now!

Less than 67 days now!

Our long run was 16 miles, and although I rested up and hydrated well the night before this race, I was still struggling. I think the hardest part of it was the cold wind on our faces. At least everyone in the group was hurting on this run and it wasn’t just me 🙂

Post 16 miler and happy as could be.

Post 16 miler and happy as could be.

I continued to have healthy eating habits this week, and didn’t drink much alcohol at all! This is definitely the healthiest I have been during a training session, and I have felt great. My energy levels are up and my cravings for sweets are decreasing! WIN!

My favorite faux dessert - ricotta cheese, agave, dash of vanilla and handful of choc chips.

My favorite faux dessert – ricotta cheese, agave, dash of vanilla and handful of choc chips.

Today I head to Florida for vacation. I will be gone through Sunday and hope to get in some great runsplorations to share with you. I am glad my week is a “recovery week”, because who knows how much training I will get in down there!

Have a great week, everyone! And thank you for your continued support throughout my training. I really appreciate it.

XO,

Ali

P.S. The Earbag giveaway was…Jasmine!!!

Fashion Fridays: Earbag Giveaway!

8 Feb

First of all, TGIF! I hope your week was as good as mine, and your plans for the weekend are full of fun.

Now let’s get to the good part….

This Fashion Friday features a fun product call Earbags.

Ok, I know what you are thinking…..and it is, “what in the heck is an Earbag?!”

An earbag is just like it sounds – a little bag that goes over your ears! And best of all – it keeps them warm!

I picked the snowflake Earbag for the cold winter months.

I picked the snowflake Earbag for the cold winter months.

You can wear earbags with your everyday look, or while being active. Both activities – they stay put and don’t budge!!

I have worn them multiple times, and was very happy each time! Anything that is functional and cute will get my vote.

Can you spy them in this photo??

Can you spy them in this photo??

I got Eileen some Earbags too!

I got Eileen some Earbags too!

Have I convinced you yet that you need some Earbags?? Good! So let’s talk about how you win.

Number 1 must be included to be entered to win this contest. The rest are additional entries. I will pick the winner on Monday morning, using random.org.

Add a new comment for each way you enter.

1. Go to the Sprigs Website, check out the Earbags, and leave a comment here stating which bags you would want.

2. Tweet: I want to win a pair of @Sprigsville Earbags from @AliHatfield! Enter here: http://wp.me/p1UUgc-tu #Runchat #fitfluential

3. Follow Sprigs on Twitter

4. Follow ME on Instagram (I am obsessed with Instagram…)

5. Like Sprigs on Facebook

6. Like Miles with Style on Facebook

Good luck and have a great Friday!

xo,

Ali

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