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Race Pace Training Diaries: Time Flies

Posted by Jess on 2013 August 2

The fall edition of Race Pace Training Diaries follows Brittany, a Race Pace Runner, on her journey of training for her first marathon, the New York City Marathon on November 3rd. Learn more about Brittany here or follow her daily adventures on twitter.


I seriously can’t believe it’s already week 3! I have a feeling these 16 weeks are going to fly by.

Week 1: This week was pretty uneventful other than the awful heat wave! I made sure to get all of my runs done before work, and I actually didn’t think it was too bad. Maybe growing up in the South was good preparation!

The biggest adjustment to officially being on a marathon training plan was the addition of strength training. I know how important strength training is for preventing injury, but I’ve been slacking in this area for the past few months.

After two lackluster sessions at the gym, I asked Jess if she could send me workouts to follow. I definitely would have spent hours researching the best strength moves for runners, so it was such a relief to just ask Jess!

Sunset WSH


Week 2: Cooler temps were back and it made running so much more enjoyable!

I missed my sunset runs along the West Side Highway.

This week was my first experience with doing a long run while out of town. I let Jess know I wanted to keep my long run on Saturday, but cut down on other workouts while in Raleigh. She did a great job working around my schedule and it made the weekend stress free.

Luckily I was visiting a great friend that helped me plan out a 10-mile run from her apartment and also bought me pre-run fuel (thanks Camille)!

Raleigh Run

My long run views around Lake Lynn in Raleigh, NC.

The plan was to run a mile and half to Lake Lynn and then around the lake three times before doing the mile and half back. Most of the route was shaded, the humidity was low, and the views weren’t half bad! My only complaint was the lack of a water fountain and bathroom.

It ended up being a great run and a nice change of pace from my normal routes in NYC.

The first two weeks are over and so far, so good!

Are you like Brittany and need a structured strength training routine to follow during marathon training? Next week, I’ll post Brittany’s strength training workout so you can do it too!


Soundtrack of My Workout: The Songs that Make You Happy

Posted by Jess on 2013 July 31

Wow! Getting back into shape really isn’t that much fun. I honestly can’t remember a time when I went six weeks without cardiovascular exercise.

I appreciate the fact that I am able to run, so don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a complaint, it’s just a conversation about challenges and starting from the beginning.

Running is never “easy” no matter what. In fact I’d say it’s always hard.

On a run with a friend recently I compared running to push-ups. They never get easier, you just get to the point where you can do more of them (or run more miles) but they are still difficult no matter how many you are capable of doing.

Speaking of push-ups, while I was injured I set the goal of being able to complete 30 push-ups in a row and I reached that goal on Monday!

Reaching goals, no matter how small they are make me happy!

Now, let’s get to what makes you happy! Yesterday, I asked you for your favorite Run Happy summer song and here are the ones you submitted.

That song by The Killers is one of my all time favorite running songs, but I’m also loving Pompeii by Bastille for long runs. Thank you for all the great submissions!

What’s your favorite song from this list?

BTW Brooks Running is compiling a list of songs for their #RunHappy Summer Playlist and will feature a few of your choices from this playlist!

I am a Brooks Run Happy Ambassador for which I receive compensation.

Coconut Banana Cacao Smoothie Recipe

Posted by Jess on 2013 July 29

My breakfast smoothie was so good this morning that as soon as I finished drinking it I rushed over to write it out for you. You have to try it!

Coconut Banana Cocoa Smoothie Recipe

Coconut Banana Cacao Smoothie


  • 8- 10 ounces of non-dairy milk
  • 2 cups raw spinach
  • 1/2 a frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp cacao nips
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Sun Warrior Protein Powder

Blend, eat and enjoy!

*Blending tip for those of you like myself don’t own a fancypants blender, put the spinach in first and the liquid in last.

I don’t count calories, but was curious to see how the ingredients in this smoothie added up so I entered it into MyFitnessPal (I wonder why it doesn’t show fiber?).

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These stats don’t do this smoothie justice since they don’t reveal the real benefits of the ingredients.

Give it a try this week and let me know what you think!

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