MCM Training | Back on Track

photo 3It’s amazing what knocking a few degrees off the thermometer can do, huh? A mild week weather-wise meant some quality miles were logged, leaving me feeling confident and strong. Thank goodness. I know we’re not out of the woods yet, but the mantra this summer–take advantage of every cool day; don’t dwell on the yucky, hot ones–is holding out.

As I’m writing this, I think my elbow is the only thing NOT sore on my body. Even yoga hurt today. Hurts so good, right? Heck yes. Thank you cooler weather!

This past week(ish), I logged:

  • A surprise double thanks to my first group run at my local running store.
  • A mile-repeat workout on the track, the first in a long, long time. It felt exactly how you’d expect mile repeats to feel (umm…OUCH), but I’m pretty satisfied with my splits. It felt good to shake a little speed into my legs!
  • A 15-miler as a part of the first training run with the RW editors for the RW Half. I ran 10 of them with work friends and Lehigh friends, which made those miles fly by. The last five I ran with WG, and they all ended up faster than the first 10. Sweet. photo 2
  • Two lifting sessions. I’m pleasantly surprised that I still want to go to the gym. There’s something moderately addicting about sweating twice in one day. I certainly don’t hate it!

I also:

  • Kept up my strawberry-banana-chocolate crepe streak – yes, this post-long run nom is becoming something of a habit. It just hits the spot, how can I resist?
  • Participated in my first #runchat in a very long time and discovered a handful of fellow run-chatters also doing MCM! It’s still so cool to me how the running community–even the virtual variety–can be insanely motivating.
  • Tried out these puppies. Verdict’s still out on how I feel about ’em, but they’re pretty sick looking, right? photo 1

I feel like I’ve successfully hopped back on the bandwagon, and I’m holding on tight with both hands! Until next week!

QUOTE OF THE POST: “The combined feeling of exhaustion, euphoria, and accomplishment is quite luxurious.” – Larry Smith


  1. Oh my gosh, you have the Free Flyknits? We just got them at work today and I might be in NYC for an event for them Thursday (read: getting a free pair, ha). What do you think? Did you actually run in them? I tried them on and they feel like…supportive socks or something. Really comfy.


    1. Yep! I’m still torn. They are very different from what I normally run in (I need more support), but I liked them for the speed workout I did last week! Pleasantly surprised! They definitely feel like supportive socks, which isn’t a bad thing I think! Let me know what you think when you get ’em!


  2. I can relate to everything in this post! 1) I am running MCM 2) hot weather, travel, and a bad cold made me fall behind in my training… But it is still early so I am getting back on track. 3) I love taking advantage of some cooler less humid days… Ran 5 miles today and it felt great, even with a cold. But crossing my fingers it will be good weather for my long run later this week. 4) I still crave some heavy lifting sessions and some HIIT at the gym. I find myself doing a lot of 2 a days lately. 🙂 thanks for a great post. Good luck with the rest of your training.


    1. 1) HECK YES about MCM! 2) Yep, you’ve still got SO much time. I keep thinking race day will be here tomorrow, but I forget that September still exists! This happened to me last year, too. Lot’s and lot’s of time. =) 3) Ran 5 this morning and it was almost like fall weather, so perfect. I think we are almost over the sucky summer hump, my friend! 4) Great job with the lifting! Glad to have a friend in the two-a-day camp.

      We’re going to be STRONG for MCM! Keep it up!


      1. Thanks girl!! This is the first marathon season that I am blogging. It is really fun to be able to read other runners experiences with their training. Keep posting and I’ll keep reading. 🙂

      2. It’s fun, huh? Nice to be able to “talk” it out online and get feedback. Plus, it’ll be a great resource for future marathon build-ups! Thanks for reading! =D

  3. Congrats on a nice week of training (and the last 5 of 15 being faster, YAY negative splits!!!). The cooler temps lately have definitely helped with boosting motivation and making getting workouts in easier. You are going to do awesome at MCM!


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