Lately… {March 2016}

Hi! How have you been lately? Today let’s think out loud for bit and catch up! 

Lately…I am soaking up every minute of sunshine. After a very rain winter and a rather dreary March (hey, it’s Seattle), blue skies and sunshine feel extra special. And temperatures in the high 50s? Perfect. I could live on the running trails right now. 

Life Lately March 2016

Lately…I am crafting my marathon training plan. All of my athletes are training for half marathons (which, as you all know, if my absolute favorite race distance), so this is the first marathon plan I’ve put together. I adopted part of Brad Hudson’s Run Faster from the 5K to Marathon and threw in my own elements. Lots of fartleks, progression runs, 18 and 20 milers, and trail runs. It’s almost an opposite plan from Hansons (I don’t want to hear the word cumulative fatigue again for a long time), so let’s see how this plan works. 

Lately…I’ve been thoroughly enjoying run coaching. Meredith has a tune-up 10K on Saturday before her half marathon in early May and I’m so excited for her!

Lately…I’ve been eating as many meals out of a bowl as possible. A bowl possesses some magical ability to transform any meal into comfort food. Green, sweet/regular potatoes, roasted veggies, and some tahini make my tastebuds and stomach so happy. 

Life Lately March 2016

Lately…Ryan and I are downright obsessed with tea. Not that we’ve given up coffee (don’t even joke about such a thing), but Earl Grey is a favorite afternoon pick me up and chamomile makes a perfect nighttime drink. 

Lately…we’ve changed seasons in the course of a day. Our hike this weekend at Lake Serene started in spring weather and 2200 feet of climbing/4 miles later, we had returned to a snowy winter wonderland. 

Life Lately March 2016

Lately…I’m eager to start hard backpacking trips in the summer and fall. My hope is that all those 17-20 milers in marathon training over the summer transition well into 15+ mile hikes. The shorter hikes are beautiful out here, but once the distance hits the double digits the scenery becomes unreal, especially in Stevens and Snoqualmie Passes. 

Life Lately March 2016

Lately…I’m toying with the idea of a trail race in fall/winter. After Labor Day it seems most of the races on the Eastside of Seattle are trail races, and it’s just too tempting to try a 10K or 10 miler on the trails. When I think about it, technically both the Lake Sammamish Half Marathon and my summer marathon are trail races (part paved trail, part dirt trail), even though the terrain and elevation are more like that of road races. 

Lately…I’m extra snacky. I could eat fruit, yogurt, and nut butters all afternoon long it feels some days. I blame the warmer weather. It can’t be training, since I’m running at a lower volume and intensity than I was during half marathon training, and the hunger is also accompanied by a desire to sit on the porch and drink beer.

Lately…we’re cheering on our alma mater from 2000 miles away. Valparaiso University (where both Ryan and I went to college) has made it to the National Invitational Tournament. Ryan’s caught their games on ESPN a few nights at the gym while running on the treadmill and tonight we’re hoping to catch the full game! 

Lately…I’m finding my strong. After an week of too high intensity for me last week, I settled back into a better balance of easy running. Our bodies are smart in knowing what makes them thrive. 

Life Lately March 2016

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22 Responses

  1. thanks for mentioning my race, I am excited too and have really enjoyed this training plan so far! I liked this 10k last year even though it snowed so hopefully this years is even better (with no snow!). I can’t say the seasons make me hungrier but I totally get it! some days I am just starving while some I feel normal. fruit, yogurt and pb used to be a fave combo of mine!

    1. I’m so excited for you!! I realized yesterday also that part of what is making me hungrier may be more strength training, since it’s the days after strength workouts that I’m extra hungry.

    1. I still am drinking 2 cups at least a day – tea is just good for switching over after 11 AM so I’m not wired all day 🙂 I hope you’re enjoying having coffee back in your life after Lent! 🙂

    1. Congrats on your house! So exciting and I can’t wait to hear more about it/see pictures. And yes, go for a hike NOW! Spring is such a great time to get into the mountains. 🙂

  2. I’m extra snacky, confused by the wacky weather (74 and sunny in Central Park today, supposed to thunder tomorrow and SNOW on Sunday!), and looking forward to crafting my own marathon training plan for NYC in November. I’ve actually been re-reading some of your old posts on the marathon distance to help!

    1. Wow – 74 and then snow all in one week? That reminds me of the weather back when I lived in the Midwest – all of the seasons in one week! I’m glad you’ve been finding the posts on marathon training helpful! Email me if you have any questions! I’ll be launching a marathon training group early this summer for the fall races if you’re interested as well 🙂 How exciting that you’re running the NYC Marathon!!

  3. Oh what a cool post! I like reading about your life.

    Lately… it’s been warm and sunny and I’ve been going through my shorts and tee-shirts and putting back all my bulky sweaters into the storage bins in my closet. Woohoo!

    1. I do crave a lot of salads in the spring – of course I always want huge salads though! Spring produce is so fun for finding new ingredients, especially after less fresh fruits and vegetables in winter.

  4. Well, I’ve really just been learning about resting and trusting God for the future. I’m not very good at that. I’m thankful for His grace. And I LOVE spring time. It looks like spring is there full force. We still have snow on the ground here in Colorado. <3

    1. Trusting God for the future is tricky and always a challenge, but always worth it. It’s hard sometimes to let go and just let the future unwind as it may. Spring is in full force indeed here in Seattle, but the mountains still have so much snow. Enjoy the snow in Colorado!! 🙂

  5. What I’m up to lately: counting down the days until taper and just trying to survive these next 10 days of peak-week marathon training. PLEASE SOMEONE MAKE IT STOP I JUST WANT TO BE DONE!!

    I’m interested to hear more specifics about how your Hudson hybrid plan is the opposite of Hansons. You’re the only half/full marathoner I’ve met so far who isn’t totally in love with Hansons, so it’s encouraging to know that one could find success outside the Gospel of Hansons 🙂

    I am still a newbie hiker, but I too have been secretly hoping my running fitness will translate to long hikes

    1. Oh your taper is so close! You can do it, just one more strong push through peak week and then it’s the sweet wind down of taper! And then I ended up shooting you an email instead of talking forever here about Hudson vs Hansons lol. And YES, your running will translate into hiking, especially all of those long hill runs you’ve done!! 🙂

    1. It’s the Jack and Jill Downhill Marathon in North Bend, WA in July! A small but fast marathon. I haven’t talked much about it yet but all of a sudden I realized training starts next week – March went by fast!

  6. Hi! I like these Lately posts..allows me to get a re-cap of how you’re doing 🙂 Yay that you are enjoying the coaching!! We are under contract with a house which is a bit nerve-wracking…home inspection next week, and hopefully everything will continue to run smoothly-ish after that!

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