Hello! I survived my longest marathon training run to date: 2 hours and 50 minutes! Holy cow. The mileage is really getting up there now! I started my run around 8:30 this morning, so the weather was just starting to warm up. (It was about 34 degrees when I arrived at Southfield.) There was a good amount of black ice and slush, so the first few miles of my run were slow and steady as I…

Hey, hey! Here’s another edition of Marathon Talk with Monica! If you missed the first one, you can read our Q&A here. So, Monica is my go-to person for whenever I have a running-related question. We talk pretty much everyday, so it’s easy to ask her any (and everything) that comes to mind. Monica knows a lot about marathons and running, and I love that she gives me real, straight-up, not sugar-coated advice. That said,…

Hi, guys! Happy Monday! I’m feeling a tad exhausted this morning after completing CrossFit Open WOD 15.1 on Friday night and then running 15.1 miles yesterday for my long run. After all of that activity, I am so thankful today is a rest day. Heck yes. Rewind to Friday night Mal and I are both participating in the CrossFit Open this year. I’m honestly not sure why I signed up, considering I’m training for a marathon and…

Hi, guys! I recently had the opportunity to interview Elisa Zied, a registered dietitian, about optimal nutrition for marathon training, specifically what nutrients are important to fueling one’s body before and after workouts. I also asked her about her thoughts on protein powder and the best way to figure out how many calories I should consume after a long run. Her responses were really helpful, so I thought you guys might enjoy reading them too! 1. What are the key…

Good morning! Happy Hump Day! First things first! Some exciting news: As I prepare to run the Boston Marathon, I’m raising money for Girls on the Run of Greater Boston. I know the strength, confidence, and FUN that can come from running, so I am thrilled to support such an amazing organization. I hope you consider making a donation! Ok, so there’s a lot of snow outside. And, honestly, there’s just nowhere to run. And it was really…

I can’t believe I am already 4 weeks into marathon training. It’s flown by! I feel like it was just yesterday that I “officially” kicked off marathon training, but now I am already a 1/4 of the way through it. Eek! It’s going to be here before I know it! Week 3 was a step-back week and included a fun trip to Canyon Ranch. I had planned to do my tempo run for the week there, but…

Gooooooood morning and happppppppy Friday! What a week. It was kind of a weird one with the blizzard and having Mal home for two days in a row. It seemed like a weekend, but now the weekend is here again. Whoa. Obviously, I’m not complaining. I love spending time with my boys””all three of them! Yesterday morning, I hit the treadmill for my long run this week. I thought about running outside, but after I consulted…

Good morning! Happy FRIDAY! As you know, I’m training for the Boston Marathon with Team Stonyfield. It’ll actually be my third marathon, but since it’s been awhile since I last ran one (3+ years), I’m feeling a little rusty with my training knowledge. Well, ok, truthfully, I feel like a total newbie sometimes, so I’ve been asking Monica all sorts of questions. She’s a good friend of mine and she’s run a lot of marathons over…

Hi, guys! I loved reading all of your comments on my 10 Truths and a Lie post. But, jeez Louise, a lot of you guys think I have zero will-power! Haha! The statement about peanut M&Ms was actually not the lie. I really, truly have not touched the bag in days (mostly because I kind of forgot about them)! The lie was “I like my pillows like I like my pancakes: soft and fluffy,” which a few…

Helloooooo! Happy Friday! Just wanted to pop in with a little recap of yesterday’s happenings and let you know that my knee is better! Woohoo! I iced the crap of it and took two days of rest and (*knock on wood*) it’s good as new! Pre-run eats: Slow cooker steel cut oats with a scoop of peanut butter, two eggs (I ate them before snapping a picture), and an iced coffee with SO Delicious French vanilla creamer. After breakfast,…

Good morning, friends! I did my first long run of my marathon training on Monday morning, so now I want to tell you guys all about it! Pre-run eats: Steel cut oats (made in the crockpot <— super easy), eggs, and cantaloupe. Weather: Ever since I committed to running this marathon, I’ve been obsessed with the weather. I’m not a fan of winter or being cold, so I often check the weather multiple times a day to plan my…

Good morning! Happy Monday! My training for the Boston Marathon officially starts today! Woohoo! I am pumped. Last Friday, we (the Stonyfield mom bloggers) received our 16-week training plan for the Boston Marathon from Megan, our running coach. It’s a great mix of running, cross-training, and rest days, and what I love most about it is that it’s all based on time, not mileage. So instead of a 20-mile long run, we’ll spend 3 hours…

Hello! This is Monica from RunEatRepeat! You should check it out if you like running or eating. OR watermelon-loving, red-headed Mexicans, which is a very specific market, so I’m hoping you are one of the three people on this earth who are into that sorta thing. Anyway. I started RunEatRepeat to document training for my first marathon and trying to lose weight way back in 2009. My goal was to just run ONE marathon, cross…

Remember when I asked you guys if you had questions for Lauren Antonucci from Team for Kids about marathon training and fueling? Well, I gathered up your questions, sent them to her, and she replied to them. Check out Lauren’s responses below. She provides a ton of great information! Thanks, Lauren! I think that I’m refueling wrong as I’m always STARVING after my long runs! What and when should I eat to keep this from happening?…

I thought this morning’s run would never, ever end! I felt like I “passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then walked through the Lincoln Tunnel.” Seriously, it was so tough. I struggled through the entire thing. I thought running 15 miles would seem like cake compared to running 20 miles, but it was still really hard. Holy cow. Plus, running out in…