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Friday, February 19, 2016

January (Indoor Track & Birthday)

December 28th (Monday): 8 miles (57:49) with Shaun Donegan in the trails at Luther Forest
December 29th (Tuesday): 7 miles with my new Dion snowshoes at SPAC.
December 30th (Wednesday): 4 miles in the AM solo.
December 31st (Thursday): 8 miles on the Vermont trails with Ferenc and Hammett.
January 1st (Friday): 8+ miles (62:39) with Eric Narcisi and Scott McGrath in North Andover.
January 2nd (Saturday): BU mini meet. Rust buster since the marathon. 4:31 in the mile, 2:04 in the 800.
January 3rd (Sunday): 5+ miles (52:16) with Sarah, Bob, and my parents in Leominster, MA.

51 miles for the week with a "speed workout" at Boston University.

 The Macknight side of her is evident here.

Tutus all around.

The flow is coming back. Scott Mason captured it!

January 4th (Monday): 5 miles at 5am with the morning group.
January 5th (Tuesday): 5 miles at 5am.
January 6th (Wednesday): 4 miles in the AM. 8 miles (53+) with Shaun Donegan at the Stryders Wednesday night run. New course record on a strava segment. 4:53 pace for just under a mile (overall downhill).
January 7th (Thursday): 5 miles at 5am.
January 8th (Friday): 5 miles at 5am. 5 miles (30:04) in the PM.
January 9th (Saturday): 6 x Kinns Hill Rd. 400 meters. Quality hill. 1:37, 1:36, 1:37, 1:34, 1:38, 1:32. 12 miles on the day.
January 10th (Sunday): 12 miles (89+) during the Winter Series at UAlbany in the pouring rain.

61 miles for the week with a hill workout.

January 11th (Monday): 6 miles at 5AM. 3 miles in the evening.
January 12th (Tuesday): 5 miles at 5AM.
January 13th (Wednesday): 7.5 miles in the evening with Shaun and Goup.
January 14th (Thursday): 9.5 miles (59:20) with 4 sets of 30, 60, 90.
January 15th (Friday): 9 miles (65:09)
January 16th (Saturday): 11 miles (NT)
January 17th (Sunday): 10 miles (1st 5 - 34:29 with Renee, 2nd 5 miles - 26:41).

61 miles for the week with a fast 5 miles to end the week.

 Love it.

 1st attempt.

 I decided to not jump and change the angle.

Strainer woman!

January 18th (Monday): 6 miles in the AM. Made a bomb eggplant parm.
January 19th (Tuesday): 6 miles in the AM. 4 miles on the treadmill at work.
January 20th (Wednesday): 10 miles (NT) in the evening.
January 21st (Thursday): 6 miles in the morning. Exhausted in the afternoon. Bed early.
January 22nd (Friday): 9 miles (62+) on the treadmill at work.
January 23rd (Saturday): 5.5 miles (NT) in Leominster
January 24th (Sunday): Tough double at GBTC Invitational at Harvard University. 8:54 and 4:36. Raced both in the Nike Victorys. Ouch.

59 miles for the week with a solid track double.

 I see white hairs?

Can't get sick of this puppers.

January 25th (Monday): 6.5 miles (50:40) with Goup in the evening. Calves wicked sore.
January 26th (Tuesday): 6.5 miles at 5AM.
January 27th (Wednesday): 7.8 miles (48:10) with 10 x 1 minute (1 minute rest).
January 28th (Thursday): 6.5 miles (NT) plus 1 hour of swimming (treading water) at the Y with Addy (Renee's 6 year old daughter). So a bunch of tag and "racing."
January 29th (Friday): 8++ miles (NT) in the morning.
January 30th (Saturday): Track workout at Fitchburg State's outdoor track with my dad. 2.5 mile warmup. The workout was mile, 3x400, 6x200. 5:02, 69, 68, 69, 33, 32, 32, 32, 31, 31. 2.5 mile cooldown. Cruised through it. Helped to have my dad running laps while I worked out. Home cooked meal by my sister. Ridiculously good (as always).
January 31st (Sunday): Just shy of 13 miles on my 27th birthday in Leominster. Beautiful weather out for January. Homemade lasagna for a late lunch.

58 miles for the week with a solid track workout.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

2015 Review

Yeah, I'm a few weeks late on this. Better late than never. I learned a whole bunch this past year:

  • Two marathons in one calendar year - not my thing
  • The winter season should be spent running less miles, but quality shouldn't suffer
  • Racing myself into shape is a terrible time and not for me
  • I thoroughly enjoy training for marathons, but not always racing them (ain't that the truth)
  • Time off is underrated
  • My hips and IT band need constant attention (foam rolling doesn't cut it anymore)
  • Yoga is super beneficial
  • PRs are great motivators (there are 
  • You learn way more from your mistakes/failures than your successes

I covered roughly 3,460 miles in 2015 (average of 66+ miles a week). I have big plans for 2016 and there are no full marathons on the schedule. Don't worry - plenty of races still in the plan. It's been a solid start to 2016, but the lack of snow has already altered some of the weekends. Gotta roll with the punches and keep at it. Neither of my goal races (VCM and Philly) went well, but I am able to chalk them up as experiences. Plus, those weekends were jam packed with friends and family.

The best way to describe the end of the year is through photographs. See below:

 Cereal and protein shake.

 Views @ Trapp Family in Stowe, VT.


 Ready for a hike.

 I guess my back is comfy.

 Work selfie.

 BLT with onions and cucumbers.

 Hubba hubba. Official NY.

 So big.

 Working on the smiling.



 Cheddar bacon mac and cheese Lays? Gross.

Recovery tools.

 Running it in with the coworkers - their 1st half marathon.

Run bright.

 Relay done. Clothesline.

In my "backyard"
 Work of art.
 Hartford Half Marathon. PR: 67:25.

 From the 15 mile run the day after Hartford.
 VT represent.


Potty training.
 Fuel the body.

 Group shot.
 Taking the W. Kent, CT. 25:02

 New protein powder choice.

 Owls kill things. Through and through.

 Steph Curry with the shot.

 Saucony visited Fleet Feet Malta - we killed the photoshoot!
Selfie with the freshest shirt I own.

Staple dinner - marinated chicken, smashed sweet potatoes, asparagus and pasta.

Date night with the roomie.

Stockadeathon (last mile). 15K PR: 46:21

Yogurt containers full of ice for the bathtub.

Saucony reflective jacket.

Coworker made me a post marathon treat. 
Layer of chocolate chip cookie, layer of Oreos, layer of brownie.
Black Friday movie - one of best traditions.

Finally installed a new battery in my favorite watch.

My niece fast asleep.

Killing it at my cousin's wedding.

Madison chilling while her mommy gets tatted up.

Christmas morning. Face of determination.