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2015 Recap

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I haven't been feeling like a "real runner" the last portion of this year because I wasn't racing and was focused on school instead. However, when I look back at the year as a whole I did a lot of running and accomplished some pretty major goals!


I ended up running 1167 miles total! I also biked 627 miles and got in 142.5 hours of cross training!

I started last year with a lovely long run on the Eastern Trail. I did't know it at the time, but it would be my last long run where I didn't battle the cold and snow!


January and February were then spent trying to marathon train in one of the coldest, snowiest winters I remember! I also ran the Midwinter Classic 10 Miler in February. Despite frigid temperatures, I really liked the race. 10 miles was a fun new distance to race.


At the end of February we were more than ready to leave the snow and head to New Zealand for our belated honeymoon. We had so much fun exploring both islands in our rented campervan. And of c…

Running Presents from Santa

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Hi Friends! How were your holidays? I had about 5 days straight of fun, food, and family. It was wonderful, but I am also really enjoying having a quiet, snow day at home today.

Santa knows me well and so I got a few fun running related items for Christmas.


Asics GT 1000 in Pink Glow I desperately needed a new pair of shoes for the gym, so these were my Christmas present to myself. The color is so fun and they feel great on my feet. Plus they were a super bargain at $64!
Plantronics Wireless Headphones I am old school and run with an i-pod (I don't like to have my phone with me). I've always worn it on my arm because I like to be able to adjust the volume or easily skip a song while I'm running. However, the cord connecting my i-pod to my headphones always drove me nuts. I love these wireless headphones. They are super light and comfortable and stay right in place (which is always a problem with earbud style headphones and my tiny ears). I can even adjust the volume and skip…

It's Beginning to Feel a (little) Like Christmas

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How is Christmas in 3 days?? I love the Christmas season, but I'm just having a hard time feeling the Christmas spirit this year. There's just so much working against being merry and jolly!

I was so busy with school until the end of last week.


And it has been so strangely warm here. Where is my snow!!
Rory and I both came down with an awful cold


But now I'm on winter break and I am feeling better (it's still not snowing, but 2 out of 3 isn't bad.) I am determined to feel festive. 
I spent the past few days baking and bringing treats to friends and neighbors. My friends and I had a particularly good time decorating sugar cookies yesterday. Tonight is my first (of many) family parties. It is finally feeling (a little) like Christmas.



Halfway There

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Phew, I made it to winter break. Which honestly was not a given. I never had to work this hard when I got my first undergraduate degree, or my Master's!

This also marks the halfway point of my nursing program, which is both encouraging and discouraging. It is like mile 13 of a of a marathon. On the one hand, I've already covered so much ground. On the other hand, I'm tired and I still have a long way to go.

In fact, I've found a lot of similarities between nursing school and marathons.

Have faith in yourself
I always get freaked out at marathon expos. I look around and feel like everyone else looks like so much more of a "real runner." I felt the same way going into school. As someone with no science background, I felt like I was at such a disadvantage. In both cases, I have to just remind myself that I do belong and I can do it.


Run the mile (or semester) you are in
I am queen of worrying about what is to come. In a marathon I cross mile 1 and already start wo…

That Time I Didn't Sign-up for a Race

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My morning class was cancelled today, but I woke up early out of habit anyway. "Perfect," I thought when I saw the clock, "I can sign-up for the Mid Winter Classic."

The Mid Winter Classic is a 10 mile race in February that I've done a few times. It's really well organized and it provides good motivation to keep running through the winter. 
I went to the registration and started filling it out. I got to the bottom, but when I went to hit submit, I stopped for a minute. I realized that I really didn't want to sign-up for this race. 

After marathon training for the past 8 winters, I realized that I don't want to sign-up for a race in Maine in February. I've forced myself through so many miserable long runs and races, I just need a break this year. Not just that, but I don't really want to sign up for any race now. Not even a race in Florida. I'm just not ready to jump into a cycle of formal training. School is my priority now. Plus, I'…

Bring Back The Cotton

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As I searched through my closet last night for a shirt to sleep in, I came to a terrible realization. I am almost out of old cotton race shirts!

When I first started running pretty much every race gave out cotton shirts. They were soft and perfect for bumming around the house and sleeping. I wore them until they were so stained and holey that I had to turn them into rags.

However they weren't so great for running, so pretty much everyone started switching over to technical fabrics. Yeah they look nicer and are better for running, but they just don't have the same comfort factor. Cotton gets softer and better with age. Technical fabric just gets stinkier.

Also, the sizes are so much less forgiving. I don't mind sleeping in a shirt that is way too big, but I don't want to run in a shirt that goes to my knees.



Can we start an old school movement to go back to cotton? We don't however need to go back to short shorts and sweat bands.

Are you team cotton or team technical…

Helllloooo

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Hi Friends!

I can't believe it's been a month since I posted. I am so immersed in nursing school that I kind of forget the rest of the world exists! All of my brainpower is directed at school, so I can't think of any clever ideas for a cohesive post, so here are just things happening with me lately.

I love fall! It has just been the best running weather lately and Sushi and I have been enjoying long walks on the beach on the weekends. The tourists are gone, but the sun is still warm, and the ground isn't slippery. Best time of the year.





Sushi (the dog) was sushi (the food) for Halloween


I'm finally getting to "real" nursing stuff and it is so exciting! Over the summer, we just had labs where we practiced on dummies or each other. This fall though, I am in real hospitals and I am get getting to insert catheters, give shots, give meds, and do all kinds of other stuff on real people.


I don't have any races on my calendar, but I've been doing weekly s…

A Hoka Experiment

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Hi Friends! I am still alive! It's been a rough week, so I was extra excited to find a package waiting for me when I got home after a long day. Look what was inside!




Yep, I'm jumping on the Hoka bandwagon!
Actually that's not true, I don't jump on bandwagons. I'm not trying them because they are the hot new thing. I'm trying them because I think they'll work for me. I'm a heavier runner so I could use some extra cushioning. I also am a midfoot striker with a neutral stride.

Plus they were on sale for $50. Score!

I couldn't resist taking them for a test run around the neighborhood (Sushi needed a walk anyway). First impression? LOVE them. They are light, but provide a good cushion, and make my stride feel fluid and natural.

I'll be back to let you know how I feel once I start running in them regularly.

Anyone else out there a Hoka fan?

Trails to Ale 10k

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Now that I have finished my 7 continent goal, I finally am able to try out all the fun local races that I've been wanting to do for years! This Sunday, that meant the Trails to Ale 10k. The race is a benefit for Portland Trails, which builds and maintains great trails all over Portland.

I was psyched to finally get to run this race, and even more excited to run it as party of a team. I ran with a great group of people from nursing school. Since we are all going into medical professions, we made a pun with a medical term and called ourselves Tachy Cardio.


I had been hoping when I signed up mid summer that it would be a perfect, crisp fall day. Instead, when I woke up it was humid and raining. It started to clear as I walked to the race. By race time it was sunny, but still humid. Whomp.

My focus this fall has been school, not running, so I didn't have a major goal. I was just hoping to come in under 9 minute/miles. The race starts on top of Munjoy Hill, so the first mile and ha…

Nursing School: A Day in the Life

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Hey, remember me? I used to blog here. Then I decided to do an accelerated nursing program and now I'm having trouble finding time to do things like shower. So posts around here may be pretty sparse for awhile. Just so you understand why, here's what my life looks like now.

A Tuesday

4:45 Alarm goes off. I grumble and haul myself out of bed.

5-6 am Run. This week my headlamp decided to die exactly half-way through my run so I was stuck 3 miles away from home in the pitch black.

6-6:40 Shower/Breakfast/Internets

6:40-7 Drive to Spring Harbor

7-3 Mental Health Clinical
This is a pretty emotionally heavy experience. We usually break for lunch around 12:30 and then debrief during the last hour.

3-3:15 Drive to Maine Med. Eat a snack in the car.

3:15-6 Prep for my med-surg clinical the next day. This involves checking my patient assignment and then researching the patient's history, the pathophysiology of his/her conditions, all about his/her medications. I have a care plan to fi…

Bulu Box Review

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I LOVE getting mail. I always had pen pals growing up and as an adult I've signed up for Foodie Pen Pals, Nature Box, and Graze. So when I had a chance to try Bulu Box, I jumped at the chance. 
Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a custom box filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try. Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you.

I love this idea! There are so many health and wellness products out there that I never even know to try. With Bulu Box, I get exposed to a whole bunch of new products and get to make sure I like them before I buy a whole container. 


In this month's box I got:
Quest Protein Powder- Peanut Butter Flavor: This is perfect because I've really been into peanut butter and banana smoothies this summer. It will be great to add a protein blast. 
Earth's Care Anti-Itch Powder: This also couldn't have co…

Rest Day

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You know what I didn't do yesterday? I didn't run. I didn't bike or go to bootcamp or do any real workout. Instead I went to a gentle yoga class.

That folks is progress. That is me recognizing what my body needs and accepting that. That is me ignoring what I had planned for the day and my strongly rooted habit of exercising intensely every day.

Maybe I am getting wiser with the years?

Do you live for rest days or hate them?

Block Party Island Style

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During my two week break from school I am staying at my Mom's and working on the boat I worked on in high school and college. This means that I am getting to participate in a lot of fun summer traditions that I have missed since I moved away- including the Cape Newagen neighborhood party.

Now when your neighborhood involves several islands, the party is a little different than most block parties!

You don't have to worry about hitting traffic on the road, but rowing a dingy full of friends and family is a lot more work than driving a car full of people!

And you might have to worry about finding a space at the dock to tie up your dingy!


Finding a pair of shoes that matches your dress and allows you to walk on the rocks and through the brush is a challenge!

While exploring the island is fun, the terrain does provide a challenge when carrying a full glass of wine.

Trying to get my hubby to smile for a picture is impossible, no matter where we are!

When you have too much fun and st…

First Anniversary Fun

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Yesterday Rory and I celebrated our first anniversary. Our first year as a married couple flew by, but at the same time, the wedding seems like so long ago. 
It seemed appropriate that we head up to my Mom's on Southport Island for the weekend, since that is where we got married. 
Just like our wedding, our anniversary was a celebration of who we are as people. Time together, time with our family, good food and drink, and the beautiful place where we live are things we really value. 


We did some exploring, saw seals and harbor porpoise and even tried fishing off our boat for the first time!

Rory got 4 fish big enough to keep and we enjoyed them for dinner.

After dinner we open the special bottle of champagne that a wonderful friend gave us way back when we first got engaged. We had it with the top of our wedding cake, which we had saved from the wedding. The champagne was definitely better than the year old cake!

I can't wait to see what the next year will bring for us!
How di…

Intention

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One of the things I love about yoga is the prompting to set an intention at beginning of class. Outside of the studio, I rarely take the time to ask myself what exactly it is that I need in that moment. I am too busy trying to blast through my to do list.

Sometimes I struggle with identifying the right intention but this week the same intention kept floating effortlessly to mind. Acceptance.


For a type A control freak like myself accepting things as they come isn't easy. But, there are so many things in my life right that are beyond my control and I need to just accept.


It is finals week. Accept that I have studied enough, that I know the material, and that I will do fine.

Fall semester is just 2 weeks away. They keep shifting my schedule. I start clinicals. I am taking a lot of credits. Accept that I can't control my schedule, as much as I would like to. Accept that I will be able to make any schedule work. I will be able to handle the work. Clinicals will be okay. I won'…

Drowning in Zucchini

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It is officially that time of the year....... zucchini season. I live in a condo so I can't have a big garden, but it seems like everyone else I know does have one. As a result, everyone I know is trying to give me zucchini and squash. Last week alone I made a veggie lasagna, zucchini zoodles with pesto, and grilled vegetable kabobs. And I still have a huge pile of zucchini and squash.  



So when I got a couple packets of freekeh to review, I knew instantly what I would pair it with! Freekeh is an ancient grain with a funny story behind it. Freekeh was created by accident nearly 2,000 years ago when a Middle Eastern village was attacked and their crop of young green wheat was set ablaze. The villagers rubbed off the chaff, cooked it up and freekeh was born.
I tried the original and the rosemary sage flavors. They are super easy to cook- just dump in a pot with some water, bring to a boil, and then let simmer for 20-25 minutes. Perfect for a weeknight!
While my rosemary sage freekah co…

10 Reasons Why Running Shorter Races is Better

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In trying to complete my 7 continent marathon goal I fell into the marathon trap. I got sucked into a mindset that longer is always better. That my goal should be to run more marathons or to run marathons faster. This summer I've re-discovered shorter races. I've found the joy in pushing myself not to run longer, but to run faster. I'm reminded that running is whatever you want it to be. If you run, not matter how fast or how long, you are a runner.

10 Reasons Why Running Shorter Races is Better

1. The training doesn't take over your life.
When I am marathon training, it takes over my life. I spend so much time and effort preparing for runs, running, and recovering. A 10k training plan though can just work around the rest of my life.



2. You can have a lot more fun before and after the race. 
With a marathon I am always worried about staying off my feet and getting enough hydration and nutrition in the days before a race. Then after the race, I am too tired to do anything.…

Beach to Beacon 2015

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Beach to Beacon is one of Maine's biggest and most prestigious races. Every year thousands flock to Cape Elizabeth to run the 10k, including some of the best elite runners in the world. Last year Meb ran! As a Maine runner, I really wanted to run the race and see what all the hype is about!

Unfortunately, we were in New Zealand on the day of race registration. The race sells out in minutes, so I figured I was out of luck. But then just last week, my husband was able to get me a bib through his job. Yeah!!

Although this is only a 10k, it feels like a major marathon. The expo is good, there is a separate night of kids' races, the t-shirts are really nice, and the post race festivities are awesome.

However since the population of the town basically doubles on race weekend, the traffic can be atrocious. Luckily, I got to avoid all that thanks to a bike valet put on by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. I had a nice little 4 mile ride to warm up my legs and then handed my bike off for…