Back-of-the-pack high school cross country runner striving to become a serious 5k and half marathon contender. Training log, inspirational quotes and pictures, yummy healthy things, and overall motivation. *high school XC PR (10/26/09) 28:26 *5k road race PR (6/26/11) 24:43 *5k treadmill PR (8/17/11) 19:59 *5k road race goal 21:30 *5k road race ultimate goal 19something June 2011-Marlene Watt Memorial 2 Mile Race 15:39 *first place woman, second place overall! <3 A Most Excellent Race 5k 24:43 July 2011-Headwaters Adventure Race, Presque Isle 1/2 Marathon 2:04:20, 7.5 Mile Hill Race 1:09:19 Aug 2011- Lake Erie 1/2 Marathon 1:53:43, 1st in age group September 2011- 19th Bday Bucket List 19 miler :)
togobackandturnheads-deactivate: please come back, I miss you on my dash :(

ahh you’re so sweet. BACK. well actually my mommy and baby sis are coming to visit this weekend so we’ll be staying on the beach and shopping and having bonding time but COME SUNDAY NIGHT I’ll be back for good :) I LOVE YOU GUYS ALL SO MUCH AND HAVE MISSED YOU AND CAN’T WAIT TO CATCH UP ON ALL YOUR CRAZY ACCOMPLISHMENTS <3

Oct 7th at 1PM / reblog / 3 notes
celestegivesup-deactivated20140: Um, lady. How was your 19-miler?! I'm dying to know!!!

Just posted about it :) And NICE FREAKING JOB ON YOUR OWN WEEKEND ACCOMPLISHMENTS!!

Sep 26th at 4PM / reblog / 1 note
shortand--sweet: I heart your blog - I am so inspired reading your posts, and I'm taking notes like I am in running school. 2 miles in 15 minutes - I am in awe! I think only a miracle will make me as fast but your blog was the perfect thing I needed right now to keep pushing myself in my training for my half and my full marathon. Congrats on medaling 1st in your age group - maybe one day I'll get to say, "I'm {almost} as fast as Cookies & Crosstraining!" m

You’re so sweet!!! Awwww :) I love your blog and I’m getting sooo hungry/jealous of you right now because I’m at school and can’t whip up all those delicious things!

Sep 26th at 4PM / reblog / 1 note

Training Log Week of 9/19/11

**This week is so not typical of a normal week ha. Because I was trying to do 19 on my bday (and had never done more than 14 miles before) I took things SUPER easy and took a LOT of rest days. My only goal this week was to be rested and ready for Saturday, while keeping my mileage steady to avoid provoking my achilles any more.

Monday: rest day. abs.

Tuesday: 8 miles @ 7:30, 10 min ab app, abs pyramid, 2 min wall sit, 10 pushups

Wednesday: 5 miles @ 7:30, 10 min ab app, 10 pushups, 2 min wall sit

Thursday: 5 miles @ 7:30, 1 mile @ 6:00, 10 min ab app, 10 pushups

Friday: rest day. abs.

Saturday: 19 miles!!! Splits all over the place…seriously everywhere from 10:15-7:00 ha. 

Sunday: rest day. 

Total weekly mileage: 38 miles

Thoughts: SO MANY FREAKING REST DAYS drove me a little crazy but allowed me to keep my mileage steady and avoid injury and RUN 19 FUCKING MILES ON MY 19TH BDAY!! :) 

Birthday 19 miles recap :)
The first half of the run was HARD. The second half of the run was surprisingly easy. Anyway I started out on the treadmill, planning to do the first 8 miles in an hour&#8230;didn&#8217;t happen. I did 1 mile, had zero willpower, and headed outside to do a slow 3 miles on the outdoor track. Went back inside for another treadmill mile, then did 4 (7x around the track for each!) more on the indoor track. Yummayyy. By now I was not happy, because 1. not running on the treadmill meant this was taking way longer than expected and 2. i don&#8217;t run on tracks ever so my outer thighs/hips were killinggg me. Headed outside and did 2 miles around town. Luckily when I hit 11 miles I found my groove :) A friend met me on the outdoor track and brought me water with 8 miles to go (I hadn&#8217;t drank anything all day which probably did NOT help things. After downing her Nalgene I instantly felt better). The last eight freaking miles around the track FLEW by. My splits got faster and faster and one of those last miles was a little over 7:00! Not bad since I&#8217;d just done 16 or 17! Anyway at this point I was hurting physically, but mentally just felt so great and knowing that I COULD DO IT was just an unreal, unbelievable feeling. I remember hitting mile 13.1 and thinking &#8220;I JUST DID A HALF MARATHON!&#8221; and then mile 14 and thinking &#8220;Okay, I&#8217;ve now run further than ever before!&#8221; and after that it seriously felt like 5 minutes and I was done. The only &#8220;wall&#8221; I hit was a bad cramp in my hip area around mile 10, but because of my training I knew that was BS and that I was capable of running 10 miles fairly easily so I pushed through. My friend met me again on the track for my last mile, and I almost cried a little bit when I finished. I NEVER thought I could actually accomplish something like that, and without even walking any of it ahh! Anyway, I guess because of that it was almost a letdown. I was sore but I&#8217;ve been sorer. My muscles weren&#8217;t bad at all, more just that shattering feeling around my knees and ankles the next day. My calves had SUPER painful knots in them on Sunday morning, but were fine by Monday. I hardly even felt like puking after, and never got that huge crash that I&#8217;d gotten after harder long runs and races. It was all just very very anticlimactic. Which, all things considered, IS FINE, and I&#8217;m just happy I did it, and still can&#8217;t believe I actually did, and now want to run a marathon :) Thanks to every single one of you for all your support; during the hard parts (even though the hardest was ironically miles 5-8ish) I thought of you all and couldn&#8217;t deal with the thought of having to get on here and be like &#8220;yeah, jk about the bday goal&#8221; and just kept running :) I have the cutest friends in the world and they bought me a giant thing of Plain Chobani and a bunch of cartons of strawberries and blueberries and raspberries and we made bday fruit-and-yogurt sundaes afterwards :) I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH. You can do ANYTHING you set your mind to&#8212;just DO it!!

Birthday 19 miles recap :)

The first half of the run was HARD. The second half of the run was surprisingly easy. Anyway I started out on the treadmill, planning to do the first 8 miles in an hour…didn’t happen. I did 1 mile, had zero willpower, and headed outside to do a slow 3 miles on the outdoor track. Went back inside for another treadmill mile, then did 4 (7x around the track for each!) more on the indoor track. Yummayyy. By now I was not happy, because 1. not running on the treadmill meant this was taking way longer than expected and 2. i don’t run on tracks ever so my outer thighs/hips were killinggg me. Headed outside and did 2 miles around town. Luckily when I hit 11 miles I found my groove :) A friend met me on the outdoor track and brought me water with 8 miles to go (I hadn’t drank anything all day which probably did NOT help things. After downing her Nalgene I instantly felt better). The last eight freaking miles around the track FLEW by. My splits got faster and faster and one of those last miles was a little over 7:00! Not bad since I’d just done 16 or 17! Anyway at this point I was hurting physically, but mentally just felt so great and knowing that I COULD DO IT was just an unreal, unbelievable feeling. I remember hitting mile 13.1 and thinking “I JUST DID A HALF MARATHON!” and then mile 14 and thinking “Okay, I’ve now run further than ever before!” and after that it seriously felt like 5 minutes and I was done. The only “wall” I hit was a bad cramp in my hip area around mile 10, but because of my training I knew that was BS and that I was capable of running 10 miles fairly easily so I pushed through. My friend met me again on the track for my last mile, and I almost cried a little bit when I finished. I NEVER thought I could actually accomplish something like that, and without even walking any of it ahh! Anyway, I guess because of that it was almost a letdown. I was sore but I’ve been sorer. My muscles weren’t bad at all, more just that shattering feeling around my knees and ankles the next day. My calves had SUPER painful knots in them on Sunday morning, but were fine by Monday. I hardly even felt like puking after, and never got that huge crash that I’d gotten after harder long runs and races. It was all just very very anticlimactic. Which, all things considered, IS FINE, and I’m just happy I did it, and still can’t believe I actually did, and now want to run a marathon :) Thanks to every single one of you for all your support; during the hard parts (even though the hardest was ironically miles 5-8ish) I thought of you all and couldn’t deal with the thought of having to get on here and be like “yeah, jk about the bday goal” and just kept running :) I have the cutest friends in the world and they bought me a giant thing of Plain Chobani and a bunch of cartons of strawberries and blueberries and raspberries and we made bday fruit-and-yogurt sundaes afterwards :) I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH. You can do ANYTHING you set your mind to—just DO it!!

19 years old today. 19 fucking miles done. Details later. SO HAPPY. 

19 years old today. 19 fucking miles done. Details later. SO HAPPY. 

19 miles tomorrow morning for my 19th birthday…

FREAKING OUT

Sep 23rd at 7PM / reblog / 15 notes
Yesterday: 5 miles @ 7:30, 10 min ab app, 10 pushups. 
Today: 5 miles @ 7:30, 1 mile @ 6:00 &lt;3&#160;10 min ab app, 10 pushups.

Yesterday: 5 miles @ 7:30, 10 min ab app, 10 pushups. 

Today: 5 miles @ 7:30, 1 mile @ 6:00 <3 10 min ab app, 10 pushups.

Sep 22nd at 11AM / tagged: motivation. training plan. arms. abs. / reblog / 14 notes

SHOUTOUT

See C Go and Melanie Can Run: you guys are so cute and awesome and inspiring and always motivate me and make me smile and I wish I could send you messages telling you how great you are but I can’t so I hope you see this :) 

Sep 20th at 11PM / reblog / 2 notes
Abs :) Today: 8 miles @ 7:30, 10 min ab app, 50 regular crunches, 50 diamond crunches, 50 right, 50 left, 50 right, 50 left, 50 diamond, 50 regular, 25 in &amp; outs, 10 pushups, 2 min wall sit. Also a girl who I&#8217;d never talked to before but apparently is one of my neighbors came up to me in the hallway tonight and was like, &#8220;OMG, do you seriously run at 8 (the speed on the treadmill) for an HOUR?!&#8221; Apparently she was at the gym with me this morning and yeah that felt awesome :)

Abs :) Today: 8 miles @ 7:30, 10 min ab app, 50 regular crunches, 50 diamond crunches, 50 right, 50 left, 50 right, 50 left, 50 diamond, 50 regular, 25 in & outs, 10 pushups, 2 min wall sit. Also a girl who I’d never talked to before but apparently is one of my neighbors came up to me in the hallway tonight and was like, “OMG, do you seriously run at 8 (the speed on the treadmill) for an HOUR?!” Apparently she was at the gym with me this morning and yeah that felt awesome :)

Sep 20th at 11PM / tagged: training plan. motivation. abs. / reblog / 27 notes
cravingtobecraved: WOW... You seriously are so inspiring to me! I am on my high school cross country team and I really am the back-of-the-pack runner. My goal is to be able to run a marathon. I know it takes a lot of determination and practice to get there from where I'm at, and your blog just boosted my confidence and motivation. Thank you so much! keep up the amazing work I'm incredibly proud of you! xoxo

ahhh <3 you’re too sweet. YOU WILL GET THERE! Seriously, if did it, ANYONE can! Good luck, and let me know if you EVER need advice/motivation/encouragement/ANYTHING. Your 5k progress is so awesome and you’re definitely on the right track to do absolutely anything you set your mind to :)

Sep 20th at 11PM / reblog / 1 note
caiteralligator: love your blog :)

<3 thank youu. yours is so refreshing and always makes me smile :) and want to eat a lot of fruit haha :)

Training Log Week of 9/12/11

Monday: 4 miles @ 8:00 then 1 mile @ 6:49 for a total of 5 miles. Killer ab workout, strength.

Tuesday: 5 miles @ 7:30, 10 min ab app, 1:15 radiant vinyasa yoga

Wednesday: rest day! pop pilates Intense Ab Workout and Flat Abs challenge

Thursday: 8 miles @ 7:30

Friday: 3 miles @ 6:40 and 2 miles @ 7:30 for a total of 5 miles. 10 min ab app.

Saturday: 14 miles!! First 8 @ 7:30, second 6 @ 8:00. Felt like absolute death after but new 13.1 PR, distance PR, and generally awesome :) 80s dance also deserves a mention- danced allll night :)

Sunday: rest

Total weekly mileage: 37 miles

Thoughts: Well clearly strength sucked. Buttt even though I took 2 rest days for the first time in forever, I just felt really good and strong and taking the rest was definitely a smart move. It allowed me to get in two longer runs without pushing my mileage up, and I’m super happy about the 14 :) Still REALLY nervous about attempting to do 19 on my bday (Saturday!) so planning on an easy week and hoping for the best!

TMI TMI TMI AND PR :)
My run this morning was ABSOLUTELY NOTHING LIKE THIS. This morning&#8217;s run was TOUGH, absolutely one of the toughest, both physically and mentally, runs I&#8217;ve had in a really really long time. Last night I was front row at a concert and my abs and knees are so bruised it hurts to bend, and the 4 hours of sleep I got definitely didn&#8217;t help. Literally 20 minutes in I wanted to quit. I told myself I&#8217;d finish the first 8 miles and then could walk 1 or 2 or cut the run short. At mile 7 I started having to poop&#8230;right after mile 9 I realized I&#8217;d ignored this feeling for too long (I hadn&#8217;t eaten so I naively assumed it wasn&#8217;t a big deal) and SPRINTED to the bathroom only to literally shit 9 miles worth of mushed-up poop into my pants. Now because I&#8217;m an absolute psycho and it was luckily all neatly confined to my underwear I carefully removed them, threw them out, put my shorts back on, got back on the treadmill and finished my first 14 MILER!! I was in pain the ENTIRE run&#8212;bruised, side stitches, exhaustion, feeling like you&#8217;re gonna puke or poop, seriously everything you dread feeling on a run&#8212;but finishing felt SO GOOD. I can now technically say I&#8217;ve run a half marathon in Maine (even though it won&#8217;t count for my official 50 states list) AND in addition to doing .9 more miles than ever before I completely blew away my old 13.1 PR :) Unfortunately that&#8217;s entirely irrelevant because I can go way way harder on the treadmill than I can outside, but I finished the 14 miles in 108 minutes (8 miles @ 7:30, 6 miles @ 8:00). I wanna just revel in the glory of it but due to the meat-grinder stomach and overall feeling like death that&#8217;s not really happening :( Still, pretty freaking awesome start to the day :) Now gonna pop some ibuprofen, ice my achilles, try not to puke, begin a 10 page paper that&#8217;s due tomorrow night, and get pumped for 80s dance, which should be interesting because I can hardly walk right now so yeah luckily everyone will be drunk enough that my gimp dance moves won&#8217;t even be noticeable :) I love you ALL, moral of the story ITS SOMETIMES BETTER TO JUST STOP AND LISTEN TO YOUR BODY IN ORDER TO AVOID THE POTENTIALLY HUMILIATING SCENARIO OF HAVING EXPLOSIVE DIARRHEA AT THE GYM, and eat your fruits &amp; vegetables and have a wonderful day :)

TMI TMI TMI AND PR :)

My run this morning was ABSOLUTELY NOTHING LIKE THIS. This morning’s run was TOUGH, absolutely one of the toughest, both physically and mentally, runs I’ve had in a really really long time. Last night I was front row at a concert and my abs and knees are so bruised it hurts to bend, and the 4 hours of sleep I got definitely didn’t help. Literally 20 minutes in I wanted to quit. I told myself I’d finish the first 8 miles and then could walk 1 or 2 or cut the run short. At mile 7 I started having to poop…right after mile 9 I realized I’d ignored this feeling for too long (I hadn’t eaten so I naively assumed it wasn’t a big deal) and SPRINTED to the bathroom only to literally shit 9 miles worth of mushed-up poop into my pants. Now because I’m an absolute psycho and it was luckily all neatly confined to my underwear I carefully removed them, threw them out, put my shorts back on, got back on the treadmill and finished my first 14 MILER!! I was in pain the ENTIRE run—bruised, side stitches, exhaustion, feeling like you’re gonna puke or poop, seriously everything you dread feeling on a run—but finishing felt SO GOOD. I can now technically say I’ve run a half marathon in Maine (even though it won’t count for my official 50 states list) AND in addition to doing .9 more miles than ever before I completely blew away my old 13.1 PR :) Unfortunately that’s entirely irrelevant because I can go way way harder on the treadmill than I can outside, but I finished the 14 miles in 108 minutes (8 miles @ 7:30, 6 miles @ 8:00). I wanna just revel in the glory of it but due to the meat-grinder stomach and overall feeling like death that’s not really happening :( Still, pretty freaking awesome start to the day :) Now gonna pop some ibuprofen, ice my achilles, try not to puke, begin a 10 page paper that’s due tomorrow night, and get pumped for 80s dance, which should be interesting because I can hardly walk right now so yeah luckily everyone will be drunk enough that my gimp dance moves won’t even be noticeable :) I love you ALL, moral of the story ITS SOMETIMES BETTER TO JUST STOP AND LISTEN TO YOUR BODY IN ORDER TO AVOID THE POTENTIALLY HUMILIATING SCENARIO OF HAVING EXPLOSIVE DIARRHEA AT THE GYM, and eat your fruits & vegetables and have a wonderful day :)

Okay so I didn&#8217;t even actually run outside but I did hit snooze twice before I got it together and braved the chilly windy Maine morning on my way to the gym :) SPEED (ish) day FINALLYYY!! 3 miles @ 6:40 followed by a cool down 2 miles @ 7:30 for a total of 5 miles, 35 minutes. Still need to do abs but, as always, SO GLAD I just got it done because now I&#8217;m awake, refreshed, sore, and ready for an awesome day :) Breakfast time!

Okay so I didn’t even actually run outside but I did hit snooze twice before I got it together and braved the chilly windy Maine morning on my way to the gym :) SPEED (ish) day FINALLYYY!! 3 miles @ 6:40 followed by a cool down 2 miles @ 7:30 for a total of 5 miles, 35 minutes. Still need to do abs but, as always, SO GLAD I just got it done because now I’m awake, refreshed, sore, and ready for an awesome day :) Breakfast time!

Sep 16th at 8AM / tagged: training plan. motivation. / reblog / 17 notes