*Following in my footsteps*

Two years ago this past weekend, I went to a shakeout run as part of the Vancouver USA Marathon festivities, hosted by Mr. Bart Yasso from Runner’s World. He is a true gem and I was honored to meet him and get an infamous “Bartie” with him. I’ve had the privilege of “running” into him a few times since then, including at the Boston Marathon race expo and again last summer when he was in Vancouver for the marathon. (I even bought him breakfast!)

Anyway, now that I’m residing in Los Angeles, meeting up with him while he was in town for the marathon last weekend was impossible. However, the coolest thing happened! A few months ago, my daughter was hired by Energy Events which puts on the Vancouver USA Marathon. On Friday afternoon while I was sitting at work, I received this:

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My daughter, following in my footsteps.

Day made! Better was the fact that when she told him that she was my daughter, he knew exactly who I was and even remembered meeting Mr. WJTWT in Boston. Truly, one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet!

I came across this link earlier this evening and considering the timing, it is kind of ironic. More so, I discovered that I’m in one of the photos!!!! I finally made Runner’s World! Super cool!!! (I’m in the 6th photo as you scroll down in the purple Boston Marathon jacket on the left!)

*Weekly mileage – June 6-12*

Mileage for the week of June 6th – June 12th

Total weekly mileage: 37.25

Total June mileage: 59.5

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 508

Run review:

6/6      25:37 min./3 mi./8:33 pace

6/7      36:56 min./4.5 mi./8:13 pace

6/8       34:34 min./4.25 mi./8:07 pace

6/9       22:07 min./2.5 mi./8:51 pace

6/10     1:27:31 min./10 mi./8:45 pace

6/11      57:40 min./7 mi./8:14 pace

6/12      49:35 min./6 mi./8:16 pace

I’m happily starting to feel like a runner again! The focus of having something to work toward, to train for, to plan on… it must do something to my brain chemistry because I feel clearer. Even though my motivation wanes from time to time, I feel it guiding me right now to put is some solid effort.

While I’m currently running 7 days a week, as part of the Runner’s World run streak challenge, and carefully building my long run distance, my real focus right now is building strength. I’m doing weight-bearing training at least four days a week and trying to take advantage of the November Project workouts once a week. Later, I’ll bring in some speed work and maybe more hill training later but I still very much feel like I’m building a solid base and honestly, I want to be STRONG! I want a sturdy foundation to build upon. I’m hopeful that it will help keep me from suffering from the little annoying pains that have plagued me throughout previous training cycles and being leaner and faster wouldn’t hurt my feelings.

Cheers to a great week of training!

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*Global Running Day*

Today is Global Running Day! Runners (and non-runners) around the world are encouraged to celebrate the joy of running by pledging to be active today.

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I started the day with November Project, running stairs and doing intermittent pushups for about 30 minutes followed by five minutes in various plank positions. Afterwards, to commemorate the Global Running Day movement, and to not break my (so far) three-day Runner’s World run streak, I logged another 2.25 miles.

Make some time today to get outside for physical activity. Even just a simple walk around the block is better than nothing!

*Woman Crush Wednesday ~ Lauren Seserko*

For the second installment of Woman Crush Wednesday, I’m honored to introduce you to the adorable miss Lauren Seserko of the website Breathe Deeply and Smile.

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The sweet miss Lauren Seserko

My first memory of Lauren was a conversation we shared over similar Boston Marathon qualifying goals. She is a fellow Nuun teammate and on that occasion was soon-to-be one of my team and van mates for Hood to Coast.

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Team Lemon-Lime, Van 2

I love Lauren’s youthful energy and spunk. She is very ambitious and tenacious in working towards her goals. I am completely in awe of her ability to juggle school, training for races (including marathons!!), her involvement with the November Project, and keeping up with regular posts on her website, Breathe Deeply and Smile.

Ready to get to know Lauren a bit more? Read on!

Five words that describe you?

Reserved, sassy, intuitive, loyal, and emotional.

If you could only eat one food forever, what would it be?

Probably pizza! It’s delicious, portable, full of carbs and can be switched up with toppings based on my mood.

If you could have a super-power, what would it be and why?

I’d love to be able to read people’s minds, in a way where I could control it and choose to. People are so complex, and it would bypass a lot of problems and save time if I knew what people actually thought!

What one piece of advice would your adult self give your child self?

All of the things you are self-conscious about now won’t matter when you’re older. Enjoy being young. Be silly, have fun, and don’t grow up too fast – there is plenty of time to be an adult.

How long have you been a runner?

I trained for and ran my first 5K in October 2011 after realizing I had gotten really out of shape in college and wanted to lose a few pounds. Afterwards, I signed up for races in increasing distance and eventually ran my first two half marathons in September and October 2012. After that I was hooked! I’ve run 3 marathons, 13 half marathons 2 overnight relays, and countless other races to date with no signs of stopping now!

What is your favorite race?

This is such a tough one! The Philly Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon holds a special place in my heart because it was my first half marathon ever and such a good experience. I ran it again last month and was reminded of all those memories plus I really love running in Philadelphia since I grew up near there. I also have to say I love the Chicago Marathon. It’s huge but so well-organized and has awesome volunteers and spectators!

Tell me about the November Project.

I read about November Project a few years ago when it was in Runner’s World and was contacted about 6 months later by a guy from the Boston tribe letting me know they were in Baltimore. I showed up only 3 months after the tribe started, one cold February day with about 20 people there. I was hooked on the positivity, workouts, and the fun people. It’s been awesome to watch the tribe grow and really find my favorite people in Baltimore. I love that it’s all about community, supporting each other, and having fun when working out. We all motivate and encourage each other as well as plan things that aren’t work out related. I’m a big fan of hugs and nothing starts your day better than a big hug before the sun comes up!

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Hard core November Project member, Lauren Seserko.

What are your goals for the upcoming year?  

I still am chasing my dream of running the Boston Marathon and need to shave a couple of minutes off my time despite officially getting a qualifying time at Chicago this year! I also really want to focus on my strength and pushing myself. As always I’d love more PR’s and am thinking of tackling a 50K this year because why not?

You can subscribe to Lauren’s blog via her website or connect with her on various social media accounts, listed below.

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THANK YOU, Lauren, for allowing me the honor of sharing your awesomeness with my readers and I soooo look forward to watching you chase down that Boston dream! xo

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My woman crush, Lauren Seserko, crossing the finish line at a Zooma race this past summer.

*From burnout to rebuilding*

Guys. If you don’t subscribe to Runner’s World, do yourself a favor and pick up the current issue. I’ve connected with several of you that have recently experienced some of the same things I have been… basically burnout… and there is a lot of good info in this months issue.

Intuitively, I sensed I was heading for trouble a couple of weeks ago. I found some comfort in seeing this:

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I was suffering from 5 out of 6 of these red flags!

Another article in the same issue has me fired up about making some revisions to my training plan! I’m taking it slow as I ease my way back, focusing first on building up my mileage before I work on getting some of my lost speed back, so with that in mind, I’m also revisiting Matt Fitzgerald’s book 80/20 Running. It feels like a good fit for where I’m at right now.

Yesterday, I ran my 12th half marathon. I did not “race” it but rather used it as a training run since I’m feeling a bit behind schedule in my training for the Portland Marathon. Honestly, it was pretty slow and the competitive spirit within me was feeling deflated. But on the plus side, I felt good for the most part, only having a few SI joint flare-ups the last half, and I have to give myself a little credit for knocking out 13 miles after a few rough months and a week off.

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How to achieve what you desire.

At any rate, I’m going to embrace this rebuilding phase. I’m plotting out what it is that I want and how I’m going to get there. And then I’m going to get to work!

*June*

June Review:

Total miles: 115.25

Longest run: 13.1

Total days running: 24

YTD mileage: 1,123.5

Some of my favorite June moments included:

  • Watching my daughter finish her final days of high school, being awarded a scholarship, and graduating high school. (Plus, finally getting her driver’s license the same week!)
  • Celebrating her graduation with an abundance of family and friends. I’m so grateful for our tribe!
  • Soaking up some knowledge from a few work training sessions that I didn’t think would interest me but I was pleasantly surprised that they did.
  • Being treated to a pedicure by my daughter!
  • An early morning coffee date with my mom.
  • Getting to run, and have coffee with, one of the most prominent names in the world of running, Mr. Runner’s World himself, Bart Yasso!
  • Running trails at Silver Falls State Park on a warm Monday evening after long day of work training. Bliss is me on a trail!
  • Heading to Central Oregon for a fun weekend with friends that included running the Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival.
  • Enjoying tons of time cooling off in swimming pools.
  • Stopping on our way home from Central Oregon at a really fun little winery that happens to make my favorite sangria.

July is looking to be a pretty eventful month but I’m committed to slowing down and savoring every second! And having more adventures is spaces like this:

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Trail run at Silver Falls State Park

*If you can’t beat ’em…*

Join ’em!

I figure if I can’t get voted onto the cover of Runner’s World, I’ll create my own magazine and feature myself as the cover model. (Narcissistic?!)

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Coming soon to a newsstand near you!

Just a little Friday fun! But if you wouldn’t mind voting for me for the *real* cover model contest, I sure would appreciate it! VOTE

Have a great weekend!!