Chicago Marathon Training, Week #12 recap

I feel really good about training this week.  Mileage was back up there and I hit all my paces on the quality workouts (and was smart about making the miles slow during recovery miles).  I am SO excited for the actual marathon weekend itself - we started making travel plans, dinner plans, post-race party plans, …

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Kicking Off 2012 With a HM PR!

I ran the Polar Dash Half Marathon this morning, kicking off 2012 with a 4+ minute PR (sort of*). Stats: 1:40:33 (7:41 pace) 8/191 female 4/34 female 40 - 44 age group 53/396 overall I wasn't sure what to expect for this race today, given the last minute snow storm and the crazy wind that …

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I’m out of control!

I'm taking my own marathon recovery advice a bit too seriously. I'm on Day #3 of ZERO physical activity or stretching or anything remotely resembling exercise. I'm on Day #3 of crazy-out-of-control eating.  I am a little embarrassed to admit this, but yesterday I ate: Caribou Muffin Applebees (cheeseburger, fries and a beer) Dairy Queen …

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Marathon Recovery Tips!

Even though my training plans for my 8 marathons have all differed, the one thing that I've learned, and done consistently for my last several marathons, is how to recover.  And, in my opinion, I recover from marathons well! Cindi's Marathon Recovery Plan: NO running for 7 - 10 days.  Zero.  Not even a little …

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Science confirms what I’ve known for years: Beer = Better Marathon Recovery!

Ok, by now you've all probably seen the study that was released yesterday linking beer drinking to improved marathon recovery.  If you've been under a rock and haven't heard about it, check out one article from the NY Times blog here. The catch?  It was non-alcoholic beer that they studied.   Apparently they wanted to …

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Crappy food searches

Searches of the day that landed people on my blog: "Jimmy Johns loaded with sodium" "smores perfect" Hmmm, maybe I need to blog about running more, and the crappy food I eat a little bit less??   So, running related highlights:  Something is funky with my left groin.  (That ought to get lots of pervs …

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