Too much of a good thing can actually halt your progress physically. I remember the days when I exercised 6 or 7 days a week, and I would go ALL OUT during my workouts. I loved the feeling immediately after finishing a workout (I still do!), but, looking back, I now know I was most definitely overexercising. The photo below still makes me laugh. I was so pissed that my own husband “no-repped” me during…

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Right before running my first marathon, I wrote a post about why I was gaining weight during my training. I didn’t sign up for a marathon to necessarily lose weight, but I sure as heck didn’t think I would gain weight, especially since I was running so much. In the end, I was consuming more calories than my body needed, so I was about 10 pounds heavier on marathon day. When I trained for my second…

DOWNLOAD THE FREE MARATHON TRAINING PLAN I always wanted to run the Boston Marathon, so when Stonyfield approached me about running it, it was an opportunity that I just couldn’t refuse. I was only 3-months postpartum and running just a few miles at a time– often with lots of walking breaks mixed in– so I really didn’t think I could run 26.2 miles. Obviously, physically, it was going to be a challenge, but, as a brand new…

Hi, guys! Since the marathon, I have received all sorts of questions about my training, recovery, future plans, and much more. I figured some of you might want to hear my answers too, so I decided to create a little post-marathon Q & A on CNC. I hope you find my replies helpful! What was your post-marathon meal? Oh, man, it was such a bummer. I originally had big plans for a post-marathon celebration, but I was…

Today is the day. Marathon Monday is here!!! By the time you read this post, I will be on my way to Hopkinton to run 26.2 miles. This day is a long time coming, and I can’t be more excited to finally run the Boston Marathon. It is the race I’ve always wanted to run. A lot of time, effort, and miles have gone into this one day, and I am beyond thrilled to participate…

Tomorrow, I will run the 119th Boston Marathon. It is a dream come true and one that wouldn’t be possible without the support from so many wonderful people in my life. Training was really tough at times. Dealing with the snowiest winter ever in New England made running seem almost impossible at times and figuring out how to balance training with a baby, work, home life, and everything else took quite a bit of coordination. But, of course, I know…

AHHH! I’m so close to race day. It’s just one week from tomorrow! I can’t believe I am going to run the BOSTON MARATHON so soon. I’m incredibly happy with my training, and I am SO READY to run this race already. Bring it on!  Week 13 was one of my highest mileage weeks of my training, which included a 20-miler with a half marathon finish (so fun). Week 14 was officially the start of my two-week taper, and…

Hi, friends! How’s your day going? Here’s another edition of Marathon Talk with Monica! (If you missed the first two, you can read them here and here.) Basically, it’s a round-up of things I have asked her in the past few weeks and her replies. I hope you find them helpful in your current or future marathon training! Do you think I should do a 22-miler? I know it seems weird, but most marathon training…

Good morning! I’ve received a bunch of questions from readers asking about various parts of my marathon training and quite a few of them were related to recovery, so I wanted to share some of the things that I am doing “behind the scenes.” I truly believe that the combination of these things has kept my body happy and healthy (*knock on wood*) over the past 14 weeks. Let’s hope they continue to work, so I am…

Woohoo! It’s officially taper time! My wonderful and amazing friend Monica flew out from California to run my last long run with me. (Now that’s a GREAT friend, right!?) I had 20 miles on my training plan (well, technically, 3:00) and we thought it would be fun to do a race together, so we ran the Duxbury Half Marathon + some miles before the start. Rise ‘n’ shine, it’s running time! Monica and I were already running on the…

Hi, friends! Another two weeks of marathon training are in the books! And I’m getting close to taper time, which is both exciting and nerve-wracking. My taper is actually only two weeks, which is quite a bit different than my previous marathon plans, but, hey, you gotta trust your training and that’s exactly what I am doing.  Last week was a much-needed de-load week with lower mileage, but things are amping up once again with…

It’s the second day of Spring and it snowed this morning. I am so over it. The pug is too. Doesn’t his expression just say it all. Over it. Despite the snow, I still had a run planned with my friend Marisa. Pre-run eats: Sweet potato oatmeal with walnuts, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and apple butter. We waited until mid-morning to start our run with hopes that the snow would stop, but it never did. I wasn’t…

Guys, I did it. I survived 20 miles! Woohoo! I actually ended up running longer than 3:00, but I just really wanted to hit that 20 mile mark, ya know? And, boy, it felt great when I did! Fuel for run: GU + Nuun. I ate 3 out of the 4 GU (one every 45 minutes), and I stopped at my car 3 different times for water breaks (watermelon flavor). Temperature at the start of my…

Hi, friends! The weeks are really starting to dwindle down to marathon day. Of course, I am super excited, but I am nervous at the same time. Ahhh! So many butterflies! After my 17-miler earlier this week, I was feeling pretty good, but then I started to think about the remaining mileage in the race. There are still 9+ miles to the finish line. That’s a lot of running! Yikes. I have two 3-hour runs in the coming weeks, so, hopefully, they will make me feel a…