Route 66 Marathon Training – Weeks 10 & 11

20 Oct


I’m continuing to catch up with my marathon training workout recaps!!! Here are the last two weeks of training.🙂  Last we left off, I was in Virginia on vacation and hiking around Shenandoah National Park! So week 10 started out with lots of hiking, followed by lots of running, and one missed run.  Overall though, no complaints.

Monday (October 3rd) – Rest from training but we hiked 4 miles around Shenandoah National park, covering two different trails, and climbed to the highest point in the park! I definitely got some good hill training in.


Tuesday (October 4th) – Rest, still on vacation. We didn’t hike as much today but we enjoyed some gorgeous vistas in the park.

Wednesday (October 5th) – 5 miles easy, We got back home in the early afternoon, and I ran in the evening. Running in the evening is not my favorite, but I still got in the scheduled 5 miles and kept a pretty good pace (11:30).

Thursday (October 6th) – 6 miles easy. REAL easy. This run was horrible. I took the day off of work, and spent the morning running errands, so by the time I got out there it was sunny and hot. I ran the first three miles pretty strong, but then my stomach started to feel uneasy and I basically walked the last three. Oh well, at least I got the miles in! Can’t win em all.🙂

Friday (October 7th) – 18 miles easy. I ran the first three miles with my running group and was honestly very nervous about the last 15. I’m not sure why I was so nervous about it all, but I was glad and proud when this run was done.


Saturday (October 8th) – Rest

Sunday (October 9th) – Speedwork was planned for today but I was pretty tired from 3 days back-to-back-to-back of running, so I decided to take another rest day.

In summary… 

Total running miles: 29

Strength workouts: 0

Core workouts : 0

BodyFlow workouts: 0


And now we are caught up to last week! Week 11 of training!

Week 11 brought with it lots of running, including the big 20 miler! In addition, I had a race on Sunday that I ran with my running group. I ended up cutting out BodyPump just to make sure I had enough rest and recovery to tackle both of those challenges.

Monday (October 10th) – 5 miles easy in the AM

Tuesday (October 11th) – Rest

Wednesday (October 12th) – 3 miles easy in the AM

Thursday (October 13th) – 20 miles! I dialed back the pace a tad because I could tell my body was craving a long slow run. When I finished I felt great and I truly had minimal soreness after so I felt really great about this run!  After my run I showered, stretched, ate and drove to Lancaster Pennsylvania to visit with friends for a long weekend.


Friday (October 14th) – Rest…. and the Turkey Hill Experience!


Saturday (October 15th) – Rest

Sunday (October 16th) – 6.5 mile race! On Sunday I met up with my running group to run the Hershey Half Marathon Relay. We had two relay teams and all agreed to run together. I ran leg 2, which was around 6.5 miles long and pretty hilly. I told my friend I wasn’t going to look at my watch and just run by feel and it worked out great! I found a great pace that was slightly uncomfortable but felt sustainable, and was shocked when I hit stop on my watch and saw our pace! This was a much, much better experience than when I ran the entire Hershey Half Marathon in 2011.


In summary… 

Total running miles: 34.5 – holy crap.

Strength workouts: 0

Core workouts : 0

BodyFlow workouts: 0

Only two more high mileage weeks to go and then it’s taper time!!

Route 66 Marathon Training – Weeks 8 & 9

19 Oct


Oh my gosh you guys. I have clearly been horrible about sharing my weekly recaps for marathon training and blogging in general. I have been traveling almost every week and really have prioritized running and keeping things organized on the home front and at work so blogging fell to the wayside! But I have pretty much stayed on track with training (which is really pretty miraculous) so I’ll share the last four (yikes) weeks of recaps over the next two days. Consider this all advice on how to prioritize running even when you have a crap ton of traveling going on. k?

Last we left off was week 7, and I had just gotten back from Harry Potter World and squeezed in my first 16 mile long run before we went out of town.

Monday (September 19th) – Rest – I had planned to run with my running group but after flying home was feeling pretty exhausted, so I decided to “sleep in” and get in my run on my own the next morning.

Tuesday (September 20th) – 4 miles easy in the AM on the treadmill, BodyPump + The Trip Immersive Fitness in the PM

Wednesday (September 21st) – 6 miles easy in the AM

Thursday (September 22nd) – BodyPump in the AM

Friday (September 23rd) – 12 miles easy (about 12:30 pace) in the AM. I had to fit my long run in on Friday morning because in the evening I left town to head to my 10 year college reunion for the weekend!

Saturday (September 24th) – Rest – Out of Town!

Sunday (September 25th) – I had 6 yasso 800s on the schedule and had brought my running clothes to complete them outside on Sunday morning. Buuuut, first I went outside the hotel and wasn’t dressed warm enough, but I kept running to a local park with a path where I figured I could do loops. However the park ended up being tiny and not nearly long enough so I ended up running back to the hotel to jump on the treadmill. The treadmill was awful though, it was shaking as I ran, and the room was super hot. so after about 1.5 miles of warm up pace I through in the towel. It just wasn’t going to happen and it wasn’t worth forcing myself into it.

In summary… 

Total running miles: 22 – a little low since I missed one workout.

Strength workouts: 2

Core workouts : 0

BodyFlow workouts: 0


Week 9 of training was the perfect example of me basically dropping everything except running. The hubby and I were planning to leave on Friday around noon to head to Virginia for a nice vacation away, so I had to make sure I fit all my runs for the week in before we left. Especially since I knew the following week would bring some challenges with fitting in runs while we were out of town.

Monday (September 26th) – 6 miles easy in the AM

Tuesday (September 27th) – 5 miles easy in the AM, BodyPump in the PM

Wednesday (September 28th) – GRIT Strength in the PM

Thursday (September 29th) – 3 miles kinda speedy (11:00 pace) in the AM

Friday (September 30th) – 16 miles easy in the AM – I felt really great and strong during this long run. It was a major confidence booster!


Saturday (October 1) – Rest from training but 4 miles of hiking around Shenandoah National Park!


Sunday (October 2) – Rest from training but 6 miles of hiking around Shenandoah National Park, covering two different trails.


In summary… 

Total running miles: 30!

Strength workouts: 2

Core workouts : 0

BodyFlow workouts: 0

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.