Last week’s Boston workouts (aka trash your quads week)

IMG_0400Boston’s Heartbreak Hill is legendary. What I didn’t realize until I got there last year is that the relentless, pounding downhills earlier in the race leave you quads exhausted by the time you hit the Newton hills.

Maintaining a smart pace early on even when it’s tempting to use the downhills to pick up the pace is key at Boston.  This year, I resolved to have more left in the tank when I hit the hills.  Last year, my splits went down the drain when I hit mile 20 and never recovered.  Continue reading

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It’s that time again: Boston training!

Lesley 2014 Boston MarathonWelp, we’ve just been hit with negative windchills and our first real snowfalls of the season.  Of course that means that it’s time for all 30,000 of us that are going to take on Heartbreak Hill come April to buckle down on our training.  In my case, this means 18 weeks of Pfitzinger’s tempo runs, track workouts, and marathon pace miles thrown into some long runs. Continue reading

My favorite recipes this week

honey-garlic-eggplant-5w-150x150Cruising around my favorite blogs finding new recipes to try is one of my favorite things to do.  There are so many awesome, free recipes out there!  I know I like it when the blogs I read share recipes they’ve tried and loved–it gives me new ideas for my meals for the week.  So, here’s some of my favorite new meals I’ve made recently! Continue reading

Why I do Crossfit as a Marathoner

deadliftA year and a half ago, I had an IT band injury that kept me from running and marathon training for over a month. I was going stir crazy, but even worse than that, no matter how long I rested, I couldn’t kick my IT band pain.

Desperate for a way to get active again that didn’t involve swimming any more awful laps in the pool, I skeptically decided to try out a Crossfit gym. I’d heard the rumors that runners perpetuate: Crossfit is dangerous. Crossfit will make you bulk up. Crossfit will make you slower! Continue reading

New Goal

crossfit 1The marathon is over.  I hit my goal, PR’d even, but since then, I’ve had the post marathon blues.  It’s a real thing!  For the past 4 months, practically everything I did revolved around training.  My eating, sleeping, running, was all about my race.  All of a sudden, it’s over, and there’s no longer that excitement of having a goal to look forward to. Continue reading