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The Plan of Action For Running and Training and It’s Bath Day

The Plan of Action For Running and Training and It’s Bath Day


Let’s chat running first. I had some thinking time last night to really figure out what I wanted to do. I’m not good at planning or at listening to someone tell me what to do. I’m stubborn and have been told more than once that I’m not coachable as far as athletics (and life stuff) are concerned. I actually did do pretty well as a gymnast earlier in life, but I think that’s because I’m so determined and it’s an individual sport and all. Who knows.

Anyhoo, Coach Jason is awesome and after a ton of texts back and forth last night, I have another four week training plan from him to follow. Poor guy, I’m such a mess to deal with. He told me to take some time and really figure out what I want. I want to see if I can get better and obviously doing a million marathons and long runs hasn’t really helped that situation. He’s convincing me we need to focus on shorter quality runs rather than long runs. Man that’s hard for me to handle mentally, but I promised to listen and follow his plan exactly.

There aren’t any long runs in the plans, but I figure this is an amazing opportunity to work with a coach with such expertise so I better take it while I’ve got it. I also better behave myself for a change.

I have Carlsbad Half Marathon coming up in January and the BMO Harris Bank Phoenix Marathon at the end of February. The main focus though is the Boston Marathon in April and doing the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge. (Jason is not supporting doing a marathon 6 days after Boston, but I told him it was my dream.)

So, we’ve made my harder workouts on Mondays when I teach classes at night so my hard days can be hard and then my easy days can be easy.

Here was today’s workout from my training plan that he wrote:

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I did it on the treadmill and my extra motivation was just that I have someone who knows his stuff helping me along the way. I’m excited to see what happens even though it’s going to be hard to not do my own thing.

You might have to help me along the way (some of you did last week a bit) with gentle (or not so gentle) reminders to follow my plan.

This morning’s workout was a little rough to start. All my holiday indulging is starting to take a toll so I better be smarter with fueling properly this week. I got through the workout though. I did exactly what was on the plan and my AT pace was 6:49. It felt good to push myself at a harder pace. The workout was all at 1.0 incline and to the first half of this awesome movie.

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I got an email yesterday from Runner’s World with this motivational quote in it.


Isn’t that the truth?

Oh and random, but I just saw this article too. What the?

Report: Rita Jeptoo’s "B" Drug Test Confirms Presence of EPO


That just really chaps my hide. I’m glad they caught it and am curious as to what happens next.

I didn’t know what EPO was, so in case you’re curious too, here’s a quick explanation.


Okay, enough running chat for now. Tomorrow I get a morning run and a short evening run and am pretty excited about a double run day



We roasted up those colorful carrots last night and they were so good.

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Really, I forgot how yummy roasted carrots are and the boys ate them all. I was so proud.


Random, but after watching this workout from yesterday’s post, I think I’m going to do it one day this week. I forgot about these cool squats.

Flashback Sandbag Workout


I had a couple of hours to myself this morning which is so weird. I took advantage of every second and made myself some French Toast. I even took my favorite goat cheese cream chees and spicy jam combination and put it on top.

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It was just as good as I thought it was going to be.


There was some SunButter and maple syrup on the other half too. We got a cute little package from SunButter the other day.

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Love this stuff!

Oh and I got these new StrongBody protein ice cream bars to try.

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I haven’t gotten into them yet, but will be sure to report once I do.


The cats are finally getting a little bit closer to each other. Nala is not a fan of the new kitties, but this is the closest they got last night while I was sitting in bed. I had to document.

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After I get the Christmas cards done it’s time for kitty baths. You have to bathe sphynx cats at least once a week. It hasn’t quite become the highlight of the week yet, but hopefully they’ll start to like bath time more and more.

Someone shared this video on twitter yesterday and I have to say that nothing about it resembles how baths go down in our house although the sphynx in the video does look a lot like Rocky. Ha.

I better get to it. Cards first and then we’re all pretty excited for this bath business.

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It’s okay to be jealous.


Happy Monday friends! Thanks for sticking around through all this craziness.


What are your plans for the week?

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    elizabeth says:

    does the 4 x 1 mile with 1 mn rest, mean a one minute rest after each mile or a 1 one minute rest after 4 continuous miles at 6:45-6:50 pace? What pace is the warm up/down? Do you ever do your speed work outside with a watch, or do you find it hard to keep a certain pace?
    What is the advantage of making the hard running days hard and the easy days easy?
    Does Jason not like you to do to many races, because it is hard on your body, or because it isn’t helpful to your goal of faster finishing time?

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      STUFT Mama says:

      I need to do speedwork outside, but just don’t get the chance. Hoping to this weekend. Hard days versus easy days are better for recovery purposes. Both reason on the last question. I can address more of this in a different post. YOU are awesome Elizabeth!

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    I hope you can stick to your plan! It will be interesting to see if it makes you faster. I totally understand being uncoachable – I’m like that too. I’d much rather do my own thing than anything anyone tells me I should. 🙂

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    Chrissy says:

    I understand being nervous about following a plan, but what’s the worst that can happen? I started following the FIRST half marathon training plan after the birth of my second this year. It is basically one tempo run, one day of speedwork and one long run a week, with 2-3 days of crosstraining. With two children under two in the house, and working full time, I did not have the time for the 5-6 days of running I was doing pre children. Well, I’ve done 3 half marathons in 2014, the first when I was about 3 months postpartum. My first half was a PR by about 10 minutes, my second half was a PR by about 2 minutes. My last half of 2014 was a little slower, but it was on the east cost on the same weekend of NYC marathon, so COLD and WIND. Focused training helped me to achieve my goals, where YEARS of junk miles did not.

    Merry Christmas. I hope you stick to the plan, I’d love to see what amazing times are hiding inside of you.

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      STUFT Mama says:

      That’s what I was telling myself too. What’s the worst that can happen? So great for you and your goals Chrissy! Yay for your PRs. Thanks so much for the encouragement!

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    Those protein bars sound AWESOME!!!! I wish we had stuff like that here! I too have overindulged using Christmas as an excuse – we can motivate each other! 🙂

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    s says:

    LOVE that runner’s world quote! so true!!

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    Joaquin is da best! lol… they got each other straight in the ear! Looks like we have different goals for 2015 when it comes to our running. But goals nonetheless! Stay the course!

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    Your Coach obviously know what he is doing so listen to him Kristin! 🙂

    OMG – the video – so funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love that quote too!

    Hope you get some down time over the holidays!

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