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And, it’s Summer!

20 Jun

Summer certainly made itself known today. Makes sense since it is the first day of summer and all, but we don’t normally see temps in the 90s here in Rhode Island in June, we typically average mid 70s to 80.

So I threw myself right into heat training with a 4 mile run. Hey, the training schedule speaks to me – I must listen. And I was too lazy after staying up late watching a movie last night to get it in this morning.

Schedule says: 4 miles @ 9:55. My legs said:

First Day of Summer Run

I’m honestly surprised. Last time I ran in hot weather was an 8 miler over Memorial Day weekend and I was miserable.

This speaks volumes to me in terms of hydration – I drank 75 oz. of water and 16 oz. of (full strength) Nuun prior to this run.

It also tells me that my planlessness throughout May (and mostly lack of running – 71 miles in May, with my longest run being Cox Half Marathon) really paid off in the sense that my injuries have healed and my legs feel entirely too fresh.

This was Monday’s run, hence the “entirely too fresh”:

Chicago Marathon Training Run #1

Plus, I have a pretty kick ass pacer – I literally looked at Kevin at about 3.5ish miles and said “Who’s pacing this run anyway?” I was doing my damndest to keep up with him! It was then we decided on a strong finish! And strong it was. The best part is after that I’ve had no residual soreness, no dead legs, no problem doing it again today. I hope I can keep this up throughout my training program!


While we’re on the topic of running, heat, summer, etc… I have a little “first day of summer surprise” for you guys.

ZICO has been kind enough to hook me up with a case of coconut water to give away!

Coconut water is a phenomenal rehydration beverage post-run!

“ZICO contains the five essential electrolytes that gives your body everything it needs to stay hydrated and perform at your best. One ZICO has more potassium than a banana – 15 times more than most sports drinks – to prevent cramping.”

Whenever I have that “super thirsty” feeling – I reach straight for the coconut water, it truly does the trick.

And in the summer, what’s better than a refreshing beverage with a tropical feel?!

I’m going to make this short and sweet, so here’s how to enter:

(Required) Tweet: “@runcupcake wants to help you hydrate this summer with a case of @Zico! Enter here: http://wp.me/p25oLf-Po ”

(Optional) Follow me on Twitter @runcupcake

(Optional) Follow ZICO on Twitter @zico

I’ll pick a winner Monday night at 9 p.m.!

Good luck and I hope you all enjoyed your first day of summer!



More Exciting News!

9 Jun

Good morning and HAPPY SATURDAY my friends!

I woke up this morning to a very exciting e-mail from Tricia, the Social Media Director for the ZOOMA Women’s Race Series, asking me if I’d like to be an Ambassador for the Half Marathon that takes place in Falmouth, MA (On Cape Cod) on September 22nd.

After consulting my training plan, my answer was a no brainer:


15 miles or 1/2 marathon on the exact same day as the ZOOMA Cape Cod Half Marathon? I’m IN!

Jess is also an ambassador for this race, which makes it even MORE exciting!

Local ladies, you should register for this race and join us on what is sure to be a fun and fantastic day in September!

Have you ever run a women’s only event? I haven’t – I’m very excited for this event and opportunity!Signature


Taking it Easy

3 Jun

Good morning and Happy Sunday! It’s a beautiful day here!

I think one of the reasons I haven’t been writing much is because I haven’t been running much. I still managed 71 miles in May, which is great considering I wasn’t really trying for that. A couple of 8 milers in there, plus a half marathon, certainly helped with that number!

So remember how I told you guys that I fell down the stairs? Something tells me that is what contributed to my sore shin – I think I may have hit my right shin with my left heel during the fall.

Last Monday Kevin and I ran 8 miles, then went out for a 5k loop the very next night.  A 5k loop that started with an 8:05 first mile, which left me incredibly sore afterwards (the rest of the run was slower – leaving us with a 9:12 average over the 3.1).

Ice, rest, yoga, more rest – my shin feels great today, especially since I haven’t run since Tuesday.

I’ve made the decision that between now and June 18th, when I start my Chicago training, will be easy, short runs, totally based around how my legs feel. That’s 16 days of simple, no stress, easy runs that should leave me feeling 100% healthy for the start of the 16 week Runner’s World program I told you guys I was following the other night.

We’ll be headed out for one of those easy runs later on tonight. I like this free and easy feeling between races, because as soon as June 18th rolls around I’m going to be all marathon business again!

I hope everyone’s having a fabulous weekend!



P.S. We’ll be back to regularly scheduled Sunday programming (aka Sweat to Street) next Sunday. I purchased one item yesterday that can be both sweat and street that I’m wicked excited about!

AMAZING Memorial Day Weekend Recap

29 May

Hey everyone! Sorry for the unexpected 4 day blogging hiatus – I last minute decided to unplug for the weekend, and it was well worth it.

It all started Friday morning when I took my NASM Certified Personal Trainer Exam and I PASSED! Stay tuned for MUCH, MUCH more on that in the very near future.

Then, Friday night  I went out with someone who is going to be an integral part of my life going forward. Someone who I ran 8 miles with last weekend and had an amazing time (followed by an almost as amazing breakfast). Someone who I ran 8 miles with yesterday as well – and took great care of me as I suffered in the heat of the day. Someone who fit right in with my friends on Saturday night as if he’s known them as long as I have.

I know, I know, I’m being vague, but I’m not sure how much I want to divulge right now. Perhaps more later? We shall see.

Speaking of that party – more amazingness. Jess really is the hostess with the mostest, I am not joking. She threw a party for her hubby’s birthday Saturday night and it was a fantastic time. I sure do love these gals (and their boys, and all of their other friends/family that I got to meet!):


Thanks for the pic, Jo!

Things are really falling into place for me right now. I changed positions at my company – I’m still not sure how  I feel about staying there while I build up my fitness career, but this new position is WAY better than my old one. I have to think, trouble shoot, problem solve, and prioritize. All of that without having to answer phones, DOUBLE BONUS!

So, back to that 8 miles yesterday for a minute. OMG. That is all. It is way over average temperatures for this time of year right now – it was 83 during our run yesterday. Mostly in the sun. I am so not used to that!

It got me to thinking though – in the past couple of years it has been HOT in Chicago in October. How am I going to meet my goal if I run early morning’s all the time, not in the heat of the day? So, I decided it’s time to start heat acclimating. I’m going to run after work from now on, and get used to this weather!

Starting tonight…it’s going to be about 80 by the time I head out for my run. I’ve drank 75 oz. of water, 16 oz. of Nuun, and 11 oz. of Coconut Water throughout the day. I’d say I’m hydrated! Wish me luck!

I hope everyone had as amazing of a weekend as I did!



Manic Monday

21 May

I know I know, totally cliché – but totally true. I feel like I’ve been in a whirlwind all day! But we’re not going to let that get us down now are we?

Let’s talk about what I am currently loving on this Monday, shall we?

1) My new training plan. I took a training plan from Runner’s World, and I’m going to follow the basic concept. I’m going to look at some of the Hal Higdon plans – and probably do a combination of the two. Either way, this will be the plan I follow that gets me through the Jamestown Half, the Rock N Roll Providence Half, and Chicago.  I start tomorrow with an easy 4 miler (10ish pace).

2) Beach weather. I took Lexi to the beach on Saturday. Turns out she’s not a fan of the ocean. I don’t think she’s my dog Winking smile I can’t blame her though, the water temps right now are around 59 degrees. Brr. It felt so nice to walk barefoot down the beach though, oh how I love summer!

Lexi No Ocean

3) Simple homemade recipes. Homemade rice pilaf – recipe to follow later in the week/weekend.

Rice Pilaf

4) Passing the NASM Certified Personal Trainer practice exam on the first try. This is a giant confidence booster. Post-practice exam I went through and read up on the stuff I didn’t know well, and even made some flash cards. I have so many flash cards now:

5) My last week of reception duties at my job. I move into the new position next Tuesday. I’m embracing it for now, while I continue to search elsewhere (hello Saucony, I’m looking at you!).

What are YOU loving this Monday? Have anything exciting going on like trainer exams and job transfers? Tell me all about it!

A is for Acceptance

31 Mar

Yesterday I sent the e-mail asking to have my race registration for the Cox Rhode Races dropped from the full marathon to the half marathon. I’m a little sad, a little angry, a little excited… and fully accepting that this had to happen.

Why am I sad? I am sad because running the full Cox marathon this year would have been the perfect “tri-fecta” of Cox races for me. I “ran” the 5k in May 2010 as my very first road race (and still finished in 42:19 – a time I will always be proud of!), without having any clue about running other than put one foot in front of the other. Then I ran the half last year (it was supposed to be my first half, and ended up being my third) with a time of 2:10:13 (which is still my PR as I try so hard to reach the elusive sub-2 hour half marathon). So, naturally, I wanted to run the full this year, and I wanted it to be my sub 4:30 race. I’m sad because that is not going to happen.

Why am I angry? I’m angry because I honestly don’t know exactly what happened to trigger the knee/psoas thing. I ran my butt off in New Orleans – but I have never felt so awful post race as I did that day and the week that followed. It took days just to walk normal again (maybe THAT’S what happens when you run at very top of your ability?). Or maybe it’s the terrible roads in New Orleans? (I’m blaming it on that haha!)

Why am I excited? I still get to participate in my favorite race series. I get to run with Jess and Scott. I get to be at the finish line cheering on Coachy as he finishes his 11th (I think…) marathon. And my friend Don, who got out of really running for about a year-ish while his wife was pregnant and giving birth to their first child will  be running his first marathon since…(I don’t know when but I think it’s been a couple of years). Not to mention (even though I have a million times) – I LOVE the Cox Half course. It’s beautiful and enough of a challenge to keep your attention but not enough to have you crying for mercy.

Cox Elevation

The only really challenging hill is the one at about 6.5 miles – the rest are small, but what I like about running hills versus running flat is that you constantly have to change up the way you’re running, so then your legs don’t fatigue from moving in the exact same fashion for 2 hours as they would on the flat. (This is from my Garmin data from last year’s race)



Some of what you’ll see on the course (photos courtesy of my bro)! And this year may be even prettier because so many trees are already blooming thanks to the early summer like weather we had last week!

And acceptance… There’s no use wallowing in self-pity because I can’t run the race I had intended to run. Instead, I re-wrote my long run schedule, starting with a (hopeful) 4 miles tomorrow. And slowly re-building from there. I’m not setting a time goal for this race, I’m just going to run. I’m going to run with my friends and have a great day. And I’m going to celebrate – celebrate the fact that I can run, that there is nothing seriously wrong with me, and that this summer is going to bring some hard core marathon training my way. (I have some plans and ideas for training for Chicago, but I’m not ready to reveal them just yet).

Now I’m off to do some P90X X-stretch and foam roll, to prepare myself for my big 4 miler tomorrow!

Have a GREAT weekend everyone!



Everything Happens for a Reason

29 Mar

I’ve heard this a few times since I got the diagnosis on my leg last night. And it got me thinking.



I am a huge believer that everything happens for a reason. What are the reasons for this injury?

…I have approximately 7 weeks to finish studying AND test for NASM. Without 3 1/2 – 4 hour long training runs, I have more time.

…I now truly realize the importance of leg strength as part of my running routine.

…I will most likely run my favorite half marathon course with one of my favorite people and her awesome hubby. And no matter what I get to spend time with them, with Jo and M, with Coachy, and with lots of other friends and family that day.

…I am stepping back and becoming more aware of what I eat (that’s a whole post on its own.)

…I am going to OWN the Chicago Marathon in October.



What has happened to YOU lately that has made you realize everything happens for a reason?



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