April 29, 2016

London Marathon Race Recap

Last Sunday, April 24th was a special day and the 36th running of the London Marathon. As one of the lucky runners with a race bib, I woke up early and got ready for the bus ride to Greenwich Park where the race would commence.  Because this race has a later start for the average runner, I ate an early breakfast in my hotel room and brought an additional breakfast to eat at 9:00am at the starting area.  The weather was perfect for a race with a high of 50 degrees predicted and possible rain in the afternoon.
Dressed and ready for the big race

April 27, 2016

Random thoughts from a run

I intended to get a post up this morning but sleep was more important last night! That 4:25 alarm comes quickly!

It's been really nice to hit the roads again. I forgot what it feels like to have some time to sort through my thoughts and quiet my mind. I truly missed that aspect of running. And now that I'm back at work, it's nice to have some time and space to quietly process my day. So what has been rattling around in my running brain, you ask? Well so glad you asked...read on!

April 25, 2016

Weekly Workout Roundup: Apr 25th

This week was a very busy one! Between starting my new job and getting back on track with my workouts after a quick hiatus, I have been tired. I spent some time this weekend meal prepping, getting my calendar organized and trying to get ahead on some household chores. Hopefully that will make the work week smoother!

While Mom was enjoying London Marathon prep and the race, Adam and I were enjoying spring in Virginia. The weather in VA has been amazing and we really enjoyed it this weekend - bike rides, hanging out in the hammock, backyard TRX, etc.

April 22, 2016

Starting over...in the best possible way

Monday began my new life as a personal trainer. When I started my journey 7 months ago, I wasn't exactly sure where my career was headed. In January I started thinking about fitness. I talked to friends, family, and sought out fitness professionals for input and advice. When I finally registered for the NASM Personal Training certification, I was excited. The studying was hard. I was by myself a lot and as an extrovert, that was draining for me. When I finally passed my exam at the end of March, I grew nervous that I might not find a job or a job that was fulfilling.
Not related to starting over but a fun pic with my Chinese zodiac symbol!

April 20, 2016

XX2i Bermuda Sunglasses Product Review

Disclaimer: I received the XX2i Bermuda1 Sunglasses to review as a part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews. 

I wear my sunglasses at night ALL DAY! Remember that song by Corey Hart? It seemed like an appropriate tie in for this post. Anyways, let's get back on track. Today, I wanted to share some thoughts on a pair of glasses that I recently received to try out - the XX2i Bermuda1 Sunglasses.
Polarized sunglasses for active lifestyles

April 18, 2016

Weekly Workout Roundup: Apr 18th

We are both a little backed up with many things and last week we did not get any blogging done. Oops! So in an effort to catch back up, we are recapping our training for two weeks.  Many people may not care if we rested or ran, but we prefer blogs that include training to see if we can improve/alter our own plans when we see huge improvement from others.

What a contrast in weather from my trip to Boston to North Carolina over the last two weeks. Flying to Boston in early April can make for some interesting weather conditions but wearing a down coat the entire time was not what I expected.  Anyone else find snow totally annoying in April? Luckily, the weather in Wilmington has been nicer so shorts and tops have been my running attire lately.

No outside run due to this mess

April 8, 2016

Five Goals for London Marathon

I'll be on a plane to London in less than two weeks and it is time for me to plan my goals for the race.  At the moment, there has been no weather stalking, because there will be rain in the forecast since it rains all the time in England.  This I know from spending nearly five years living in the northeast part of the country.  While the rain is usually just a drizzle, it can be bone chilling in the winter, and I'd rather not know until closer to the race if we will be dealing with a slog of a run.

So without further ado, here are my five goals for running the marathon.

1. Take in all the sights This sounds easy right?  I am the runner who has been known to miss lots of things during races due to my being focused on pace and my music.  While I do plan to run with music with just one earphone, this will be my only London Marathon and I am going to make every attempt to enjoy all the historical sights along the way starting in Greenwich ending near Buckingham Palace!


April 7, 2016

I just want to run fast

It's been a really long time since I ran a new PR. Most recently, I ran a 10k PR at the Enchanted 10k last February. My half PR is from the 2014 Shamrock Half Marathon and my marathon PR is from 2014 Richmond Marathon. My 5k PR is from December 2013! I couldn't even remember when I ran it...that's how old it is! Oof. It kind of feels depressing sometimes.
So very cold after Richmond Marathon

April 6, 2016


Today's post has been on my mind for a very long time. In the running and blogging world, you read about a lot of people's goals, dreams, races, accomplishments, and the like. Generally speaking, I love reading about friends and fellow runners accomplishing their goals. Several years ago, I wrote about the core values of the running community. At the time, I listed health, fun, achievement, humility, and encouragement. Today, I would like to add another trait - modesty.

April 4, 2016

Weekly Workout Roundup: Apr 4th

This week was an eventful one! After passing my CPT exam last week, I started the job search process. Through the process of deciding on personal training, I had reached out to several personal trainers through my own network or that of friends to get advice, input, and thoughts on the career and fitness industry. Their advice and guidance has been incredibly helpful as I began this new phase. I've met with a few gyms and am cautiously optimistic given my lack of experience and strange resume trajectory that lead me to fitness. It's been a while since I have been in the job market and I am reminded that sometimes you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you.
Job hunting is tiring! So we took a reading/nap break!

April 1, 2016

5 Running goals and how they evolved

It's Friday and we are linking up with Mar, Courtney and Cynthia for the Friday Five. Many thanks to these lovely ladies of DC who host this weekly linkup.  Be sure to check out some of the other posts. The 1st Friday of the month is fitness Friday and I thought it would be fun to look back on my running goals and how they evolved.

As runners, there are many ways to establish goals, the most common being the finish time on the clock at your races. Earning a new Personal Best time is always very satisfying, but sometimes not the easiest thing to do.  Some runners prefer to run as many races as possible, while others race just a few times a year to have a better chance at improving their speed.  There are clubs such as Marathon Maniacs and Half Maniacs for those runners who do alot of races of those distances close together.  This is something that I have avoided as an older runner, but is very popular for some.  Going back to the fall of 2010, when I first laced up a pair of running shoes, I just tried to survive half marathon training so I could get to the starting line of the Princess Half in one piece.  But here are the five biggest running goals that I have accomplished, while none except one includes the time element.