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


SLS3 Running Socks (Product Review + Coupon Code)

24 Aug

SLS3 offered me a free pair of their Running Socks 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.

SLS3 recently reached out to me with the opportunity to try out their running socks. As you may be aware, I have reviewed items for SLS3 before and loved them, so I was excited about the opportunity to try out another of their products.


According to SLS3, the running socks were developed on a 3D foot model for a better fit. The fabric used is an antimicrobial fiber to prevent odor causing baceria. The socks also contain an instep hugging band for a snug fit – you can see it in the photo above with the horizonal striping going from the in step to the top of the foot.

All that is great but let’s get to what I thought actually wearing them!

The sizing chart on the amazon page says that womens size 7-9 should choose size small, and that’s just what I did (since I typically wear a 7.5 in running shoes). The size I chose was perfect for me, so I would reccomend following the sizing chart to help choose your correct size.


The first time I put them on my immediate thought was how SOFT they are! They are clearly a mositure-wicking material, but they are so much softer than some of the other brands of running socks I own.

I wore them on two runs – the first was 3 miles long, the second was 5 miles.

I loved the fact that the fabric goes higher on the heel to prevent your shoe rubbing on your heel. I also loved that they were thin  but not too thin. They fit very comfortably and didn’t move as I ran, which is a must with running socks in order to prevent blisters.

I have sent them through the washer and dryer twice and they have maintained their softness and stretch.

So, in conclusion, I love these running socks – even more so than the other “major” brands of running socks I own. I plan to use them as regularly as my laundry cycling will allow (ha!) and will be buying more as I need to replace some older pairs.

Coupon Code!! 

If you want to try out the SLS3 running socks you can purchase them on amazon here and use the code “DKJIJERK” to get $5 off a 3-pack, bringing the total down to around $20.

If you give them a try let me know what you think!

Route 66 Marathon Training – Week 3

22 Aug


Week 3 of marathon training went well.

I got in all the planned running mileage, and the 12 mile long run felt pretty good and I’m happy with my overall pace.

Marathon training means trying not to make any excuses so I had to cram all 4 runs into the work week so that I could go out of town over the weekend. The hubby and I went kayaking at a local state park over the weekend. I was a bit nervous going into it because I’d never done it before but it was a ton of fun!

As far as cross training, I made it to BodyFlow which was great because it felt awesome to stretch everything out!  I was unable to make CXWORX though, so hopefully I can make it work this week.

I also tried out a new-to-me class called Group Power since my friend teaches it. It’s a lot like BodyPump but offered by a different fitness company. I don’t think it will become a regular thing since my gym offers BodyPump which is fine for what I need, but it was fun to mix it up and check out a different gym and different class!

This upcoming week is a cut back week with mileage and honestly I don’t feel like I “need” it at this point in training, but I hope to finish all of my shorter runs feeling strong and confident to head into week 5!


Monday – 5 miles easy in the AM, GRIT Strength + 30 minute BodyFlow in the PM

Tuesday – 4 miles easy in the AM, THE TRIP immersive cycling in the PM


Wednesday – 4 miles of intervals (1 mile warm up, 6 x 20 sec hard 60 sec recovery, cool down), Group Power in the PM

Thursday – BodyPump in the AM

Friday – 12 miles easy


Saturday – Rest day but tons of kayaking!

Sunday – Rest

In summary…

Total running miles: 25

Strength workouts: 2

Core workouts : 0 (goal is 1 a week)

BodyFlow workouts: 1


Route 66 Marathon Training – Week 2

15 Aug


Happy Monday! Marathon training week 2 is in the books! I got in all of my runs and a CXWORX class but did not get in GRIT or BodyFlow which was a major bummer. I’m hoping this week to fit those things back in. I did get in The Trip, which was awesome. I’ve been trying to fit some cycling in when I can to build some leg strength without impact, so I’m glad I made time for it last week.

Monday – 5 miles easy


Tuesday – The Trip Immersive Cycling

Wednesday – 4 miles with intervals – 1 mile warm up, 6x (10 sec building speed, 20 sec recovery, 10 sec sprint, 50 sec recovery), 2 ish mile cool down to hit 4 miles.

Thursday – BodyPump

Friday – 4 miles easy

Saturday – 10 miles easy, finished in 2:07. The humidity of this run was super high (someone said 90-some percent?) so we started at 6am. I am so glad we did because I was sweating buckets even that early. We stopped twice to drink water and I drank about 10 ounces each time + most of what was in my camelbak. I also experimented with taking a salt tablet about 3.5 miles in and it helped a TON. I felt great for most of the run and great after I got home and was well hydrated. I only wish I had weighed myself when I got home to see how much water I lost to see if I hydrated appropriately.


Sunday – CXWORX via Les Mills On Demand. Since I hadn’t fit in CXWORX last week or yet this week, and it wasn’t being offered at my gym later in the day, I decided to try doing it through Les Mills On Demand. I was super impressed that I got just as great of a work out at home as I usually do at the gym! I have a free trial for 10 days so I’ll probably do it this way this week as well.

In summary…

Total running miles: 23

Strength workouts: 1 (goal is 2 a week)

Core workouts : 1 (goal is 1 a week)

BodyFlow workouts: 0 (goal is 1 a week)

Firecracker 4 Mile (Race Recap)

10 Aug

On July 4th I ran the local Firecracker 4 mile race. For years they have offered a 4k and I did it in 2010 and 2011, but hadn’t run it recently because it’s usually super warm outside, and frankly a 2.4 mile race is just not the most exciting distance for me. This year they added a 4 mile distance which is a new distance for me. Some ladies in my running group decided to do the 4 mile, and since I would typically run on Monday morning with them, I decided to do it with them, especially since we finished so strong at the Memorial Day race a month earlier.

The race started right at 9am and the weather was perfect – low 60s and cloudy.

The course is basically a big loop and there are some pretty significant hills, but we have run them before during our weekly runs, so we knew what to expect, which I think helped a ton. Any finishing time would be a PR for all of us, since we hadn’t run a 4 mile race before, but secretly I thought we could finish in under 44 minutes (and thus sub-11 minute miles) if we really pushed it, so I kind of hoped we could do that (or finish close to 44 minutes).

Mile 1 – 10:42 – We were flying thanks to a downhill right at the beginning. I tried not to get freaked out when I saw the time on my watch when we hit 1 mile, because I knew the real hills would be coming in miles 2 and 3, so our paces would drop a little.

Mile 2 – 10:52 – First major hill. There was a clock at the mile 2 mark and someone said “omg under 22 minutes?!” and I told them to just ignore it and keep pushing, haha.

Mile 3 – 11:26 – Second major hill and a water stop that we opted to walk through so we would actually drink the water, as opposed to just getting it on our shirts. I knew we had banked enough time that a slower mile wasn’t going to hurt us too much.

Mile 4 – 10:22 – The final push. It felt really hard, and I think we all gave it everything we had. When we crossed the finish I had that omg-I’m-going-to-puke feeling, which for a shorter race is a good thing.. right?🙂

Finishing time: 43:49 (10:57 pace). Woo! We did it, sub-11 minute miles and a very strong race overall.


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