Route 66 Marathon Training – Week 7

20 Sep


Week 7 was a bit unusual because I went down to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando for the second half of the week! This week forced me to prioritize running (a necessity of marathon training) so no cross training happened, but thats okay, you gotta do what you gotta do. I got in two runs while I was down in florida (on the treadmill) but I had to get in my long run before my flight on Wednesday which meant waking up SUPER early to give myself enough time to recover in a leisurely fashion before getting out the door! I knew there was no way 16 miles was gonna happen in florida with all the time we planned to spend at Universal Studios and Island of Adventure.

Monday – 5 miles easy in the AM

Tuesday – Had to skip my usual BodyPump to take a full rest day before my long run.

Wednesday – 16 miles – I finished around 3:20:00 which gave me a 12:30 pace average which I was more than happy with. I started the run at 4:15 (no joke), met up with my running buddies 3 miles in, ran 8 with company, and took the long way home for the last 5 miles. As I sort of expected, my motivation dropped around mile 11 since I was running alone again, but I powered through and luckily only that last mile felt really tough.


Thursday – All Harry Potter, all the time.


Friday – 4 miles with intervals – 1/2 mile warm up, 10x400s with 200 meter recovery in between. I should have done a longer warm up and had a cool down, but after two full days at the parks my feet were tired, and lets face it, I wanted to be at the pool. I was just glad to get the intervals done.

Saturday – Rest day and more HP!

Sunday – I woke up early to get in 5 miles on the treadmill (in 62 minutes) before we caught our plane back home.  Again, I was super happy to even get in the planned mileage, on the treadmill no less.

In summary… 

Total running miles: 30!!!

Strength workouts: 0

Core workouts : 0

BodyFlow workouts: 0 but I did do lots of stretching this week.

Route 66 Marathon Training – Week 6

12 Sep


Week 6 started off with a rest day on Labor Day since I was out of town, and then I hit the ground running to fit in 3 runs before Saturday (which I wanted to take as a rest day) plus some strength work. I missed out on BodyFlow and CXWORX because I couldn’t make them work with my schedule (had to prioritize the runs!) but I did stretch and foam roll so that should count for something.🙂 Yesterday I ran my first fall half marathon in Harrisburg, but I ran it as a training run. Overall I’m happy with how I did given I wasn’t going to race it, but I’ll have a full recap coming soon!

Monday – Rest

Tuesday – BodyPump in the AM, The Trip immersive cycling in the PM.

Wednesday – 4 miles with intervals (4 times: 10 sec sprint, 20 sec recover, 30 sec at 5k pace, 1 minute recover) in the AM, GRIT Strength in the PM.

Thursday – BodyPump in the AM, 8×60 second hill repeats in the evening for a total of 3 miles. I had to run the hills on the treadmill because it was so freaking hot outside but wow did it make it hard to stay motivated!!! I remember training for a marathon previously almost completely on the treadmill, but this time I’ve barely used it at all. It’s crazy how things change!

Friday – 7 miles easy in the AM. This run was rough. It was humid, my legs were tired, and everyone else I was running with was struggling too. We were all glad when it was over!

Saturday – Rest

Sunday – Harrisburg Half Marathon

In summary… 

Total running miles: 27.1

Strength workouts: 3

Core workouts : 0

BodyFlow workouts: 0

Skinny & Co Coconut Oil Review + Coupon Code

8 Sep

Skinny & Co. offered me a few free samples of their products in exchange for a blog review.  I volunteered for this opportunity, and all opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links in this post.

I’ve mentioned before how I have slowly been trying to clean up the products I use on my skin since our skin absorbs a good portion of what we put on it. So, I was pretty excited when Skinny & Co. reached out to me to try out a few of their coconut oil based products.

Here are some unique facts about their coconut oil and products:

  • The coconut oil is cold-pressed from coconuts and never heated, so it’s totally raw.
  • Their products contain no chemicals or fillers – only the coconut oil and additional essential oils.
  • All of their products are non-toxic and edible (though I wouldn’t necessarily recommend eating some of them, haha).
  • The coconuts the oil comes from are pesticide free.

I received 2 oz jars of their coconut oil, oil pulling oil, body butter, facial oil and body scrub.

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Note that the oils look clear because when it was shipped to me it was warm out, so it liquefied. This is very normal behavior for coconut oil (even the stuff I keep in the pantry sometimes changes texture due to the time of the year). I just waited for it to solidify back up before I tried everything out.

When I opened the box, I was the most excited about the body butter and the body scrub because I have pretty dry skin (everywhere except my face) that really bothers me during the winters here in central Pennsylvania.

First I tried out the body scrub when I was in the shower.SkinnyCo (2)

It smelled great and coconut-y and worked awesome to smooth out my skin. After I got out of the shower and dried off my skin still felt soft for the rest of the day. I plan to purchase this from Skinny & Co once my little jar runs out.

Next I tried out the body butter.

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Check out these ingredients!

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Coconut oil, almond oil and essential oils. Easy and simple!SkinnyCo (5)I love to be able to put lotion on my legs after I shower, especially on the winters. My favorite is a thick body butter from a major brand, but I know it’s filled with a lot of nasty stuff. This body butter will be the perfect replacement. It is thick and smells great!!

The other products I received were the coconut oil, oil pulling oil, and facial oil.

I have to be careful with facial oil because my face can be oily, but my husband used it (he tends to have dry facial skin) and loved it as an alternative to jojoba oil.

Keeping it real here, I do not do oil pulling and it’s not really anything I’m interested in doing so the oil pulling oil was sort of lost on me, but the ingredients are similar to the other products so I think you could use them similarly.

Coupon Code

Whew, congrats if you made it through that lengthy review! If you are curious to learn more or try out some of their products, you can use the code “SKINNYCO15” for 15% off any Skinny & Co. order.


Route 66 Marathon Training – Week 5

6 Sep


Hey there and happy… Tuesday! I always feel a little bit behind after a long weekend but I had a great one and am ready to tackle another week. It’s crazy to think I’m over a 4th of the way done with my 16 week training plan!

Last week was a good mix of cross training and some good tough workouts. I did reduce to just one GRIT since it was the cardio format and I didn’t want to overdo it after having a horrible long run in week 4.

Most notably though, I ran over 100 miles in August!! I haven’t had a 100 mile month in a while and I didn’t even realize it happened until I checked my garmin!


Monday – 5 miles easy in the AM

Tuesday – BodyPump in the AM

Wednesday – 5 miles with intervals in the AM (2 miles warm up followed by 2 minutes hard + 3 minutes recovery x 4, 1.2 mile cool down to hit 5 miles). Ouch, these intervals were tough, and I wasn’t quite sure how to pace myself. But I’m happy with my effort during them. I also did GRIT Cardio + CXWORX in the PM.


Thursday – BodyPump in the AM

Friday – 3 miles with hill repeats: 1 mile warm up+ 6 60 second hill repeats with recovery walking down the hill + cool down.

Saturday – 12 miles easy. I was visiting a friend and was treated to an amazing running route around Ithaca, NY. It was beautiful and the miles whizzed by.


Sunday – Rest

In summary…

Total running miles: 28

Strength workouts: 2

Core workouts : 1

BodyFlow workouts: 0

Route 66 Marathon Training – Week 4

29 Aug


Week 3 of marathon was a cut-back week, which honestly, heading into it I didn’t feel like I “needed.” Boy was I wrong. My body soaked up the overall reduction in mileage and not having to get amped up for a long run of over 10 miles was a nice change!

Monday – 6 miles easy in the AM, GRIT Plyo + 30 minute BodyFlow in the PM. The weather was finally cool and humidity free so it was really easy to run much faster. I ended the run with an 11:20 average pace (oops) despite trying to remind myself and my running buddies to slow it down.

Tuesday – BodyPump in the AM

Wednesday – 4.4 miles easy in the AM, GRIT Plyo + CXWORX in the PM. My run was supposed to be only 4 miles but we over judged the route and did 4.4. I was pretty excited to get in a second GRIT Plyo for the week (since Plyo is my nemesis) and it was great to finally get CXWORX in after missing it the last few weeks.


Thursday – BodyPump

Friday – 8 miles easy in the AM. This run was TOUGH. My legs felt like bricks, and I’m not sure if it was because I did 2 GRIT Plyos during the week, or if it was because the humidity made a return for this run. Regardless, it was a lesson that maybe I need to easy back on the GRITs and incorporate more stretching and foam rolling – 8 miles should not have felt as hard as it did a this point in training.

Saturday – 3 miles with hill repeats: 1 mile warm up+ 4 60 second hill repeats with recovery walking down the hill + 1 mile cool down. First hill repeats of the training cycle! I woke up around 7 on Saturday and went out at 8 am to get it done before the heat really set in. Each time I went up the hill I tried to make it a little further up in the 60 seconds than I had previously, and I was pretty successful in negative splitting from the first hill repeat to the fourth. I felt good during this run despite feeling crappy the day before.


Sunday – Rest!

In summary…

Total running miles: 21.4

Strength workouts: 2

Core workouts : 1

BodyFlow workouts: 1