VCM Marathon Training Week Six: Can I Take Runner-nity Leave?

Y’all might have seen this viral article by a woman who is proposing this concept of “Me-ternity”leave — a paid break childless women could take for themselves.  Needless to say, there’s some backlash.  I won’t get dragged into that conversation.  All I know is this week has been quite demanding at work, and those billable hours are crowding out my leisurely Sweetgreen lunches, afternoon walks, and mid-morning Orangetheory sessions.  So I’m wondering… how about “Runner-nity” leave?

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GW Parkway Classic 10 Miler Recap!

This morning I ran one of my favorite races, one I keep coming back to year after year, the George Washington Parkway Classic, a 10 mile race put on by local DC running store/empire Pacers.   I did this race for the first time back in 2012, then again in 2013 and again in 2014.  I took off in 2015 because I was in Paris getting engaged.  #sorrynotsorry.   As I’ve written about before, my times happened to get slower and slower each year.  UNTIL THIS YEAR!!!!

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VCM Training Week Five: I Won the Lottery!


Last week (yeah, the one that ended four days ago — I’m late! Sorry!) was just OK in terms of fitness progress… TONS of things going on at work that had me a bit stressed at times and interfered with my desire to sleep and/or go to Orangetheory.  BUT!  I also found out that I got in to the CHICAGO MARATHON (!!!!) through the lottery.  I’ve been wanting to do this race for YEARS but for various reasons haven’t made it happen.  2016 is the year!  So I’ll wait to check off Oregon (my backup plan) and instead get ILLINOIS.   Shockingly, I have never been to Chicago.  I don’t even think I’ve flown through Chicago… CRAZY.  As soon as I found out I was picked (which was right when I woke up because the Chicago people, unlike the NYC people, are merciful and send you a nice notice at 4:30 am instead of making you check your credit card statement a million times a day), I booked a non-refundable hotel for race weekend and made this this official.  So… as some of you may know, Chicago is a pretty fast course.  Which has me thinking… This is probably a good time to get a new PR and see how far I am from a BQ time…  BUT FIRST!  Vermont City Marathon.  So here’s what I did this past week… Continue reading

VCM Training Week Four: Running Long

  OK, OK.  Week four.  Really into it now.  Only six weeks left until race day!  (And can we talk about how it is LEGIT springtime right now???

Here’s what I had planned:

  • OTF
  • Yoga or back to pilates?
  • Run 17 miles
  • Do UVA Speed Clinic remedial exercises DAILY

AND I ACTUALLY DID IT (for the most part).

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VCM Training Week Three: Start Strong, Finish Strong


OK, a little delayed on this recap of last week.  But here it is.  Week three of training!…

Here’s what I had planned:

The reality? Let’s just say this week started and ended well…

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Results Are In! My 28-Day Challenge with Composition ID

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Twenty-eight days ago, I did my first DEXA scan with Composition ID, a body fat composition testing company here in DC.  Since then, I’ve made a few tweaks with the aim of reducing my body fat percentage and lowering my total weight, outcomes that I am hopeful will improve my marathon times.  Today, I went in for my second scan…  Just like the first time, it was super easy and painless, and Tiffany even provided all my results in a nice email attachment.  But anyway, the results… drum-roll please…

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VCM Training Week Two: OTF, Gardening, and Sleeping

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U.S. Arboretum

Another week has come and gone, and we are already into APRIL!  This was my second week of training for the Vermont City Marathon.

Here was what I had planned for this week:

  • OTF X 3
  • CorePower Yoga X 3
  • Run 10 miles
  • Lose some body fat
  • Do UVA Speed Clinic remedial exercises DAILY

And here’s what I did…

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CorePower Yoga Review

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You may have heard me mention CorePower Yoga in a few of my posts.  The studios seem to be popping up everywhere these days, so I wanted to give it a try and provide a review for y’all.  CorePower offers the first week of classes for free (nice!), plus I picked up a 10 class online discount coupon.  I’ve been to a bunch of classes and am ready to report back!

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Which State Will Be Number 12???

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I went back and forth about how many races I was actually going to run this year, and in particular, about whether I’d run something between the Asheville Marathon in March and the Mesa Falls Marathon in August.  Summer isn’t really what I think of as marathon season, and it’s fun to take some time off for weddings and triathlons and fun, non-running travel.  But I guess I’m addicted at this point, and I went ahead and registered for a May marathon.  What did I pick???….

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Body Fat Measurement with Composition ID

Weight.  We all know that weight is just a number… that in addition to not telling us anything about a person’s worth or talents or soul or beauty or likelihood of landing on the cover of Sports Illustrated, it also doesn’t tell us all that much about their health.

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That’s me!

But I’ve been writing for a while about thinking about trying (notice how this sentence is worded…) to lose a little weight because doing so is likely to help me race faster — less  weight to haul around, less energy needed.  Of course I don’t want to lose my muscle in the process; I’d want the weight to come from fat.  I’ve posed some ideas about how to execute this “plan,” but it’s all been sort of esoteric, with no concrete goals and, more importantly, no data.  Until now!  (I know this is exactly how I intro’d my last post; this is my new set-up for all my blogs. JK.)

This morning, I had my first DEXA body scan at Composition ID!

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