2016 Catch-Up

A few things have changed since November, and I think a little catch-up is necessary before we move forward. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • I did find my wedding dress in NYC that weekend, and it was out of some kind of Kleinfeld fairytale. The best part? Having those women below join me. My brothers and Dad even made the trip and did a little alternative sight-seeing while we shopped. Wedding planning hasn’t always been at the forefront of my mind the past couple of months (see the next two things), but pieces are coming along as we reach the six month countdown this week! It’s going to be a beautiful day on Mackinac Island.
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Aunt, grandmother, mother, me, oldest cousin, little sister ❤
  • Most importantly, I defended my thesis and officially received my MPH in January. I cannot fully describe how liberating it was to finish. I did it, I did it, I did it!
  • As expected, this celebration was quickly followed by a long, frustrating, job hunt. 
  • Alex bought a fancy road bike and a trainer over the winter, and I discovered that if I move the seat alllll the way down, I can use it too! I’ve been putting in some cross training without having to leave my apartment, and I think it made the following possible despite decreased running mileage over the winter…
  • I trained and ran the United NYC Half Marathon in March – my second half! I’ll post a recap up here before I lose memory of all of the details. I think a combination of the rolling hills in the first half and the cold weather irritated my ITB during the second portion of the race (it wasn’t a previous injury I’d been tending to), but I still had an incredible time running through the city, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.


  • I ran/walked the Cherry Blossom 5K after opting out of the 10-Miler to continue letting my ITB rest. It was a cold one, but I was still happy to (kind of) cross this race off my DC bucket list.


  • I ran the North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon Relay with my fellow Oiselle birds over the weekend, and it was so worth the cold and my mud-drenched Hokas.


  • As I’ve mentioned once before, I’m thrilled to be running the New York City Marathon this November and raising money for Every Mother Counts. I’m visiting a PT on Monday to check out my ITB, make me aware of any areas in need of a little special strengthening attention, and overall, make sure I get to that start line strong and healthy 🙂


Thank you to Running with Spoons for hosting today’s Thinking Out Loud link-up!


Let’s Talk About April

April is almost over (can you believe it?), but I wanted to acknowledge my goals for this month before it flies by and we’re chatting about May. I also wanted to note where I’m at before I move forward with training! My gains have been small in number, but they’re so big for me. I remember how hard it was to run one whole mile without pausing to stop, and now I’m finding strength in the third mile! When I’m lucky 😉

2015 progress report:

Since January, my mileage has varied from 3-12 miles per week and 1-3 runs per week. However, this March and April, I’ve been running at least two times a week but prioritizing three. I’ve been logging my progress and weekly workouts in the Believe Training Journal, and I’m a big fan!

January: 18; February: 26; March: 40; (Expected) April: ~45 .

Currently training for…

I’ve spent 2015 simply trying to establish the ability to run three times a week and (very) slowly increase my mileage. My next goal is reach 5 miles!

In regard to races, this weekend I’m running a 5K Glo Run race, which will be a good test of my current fitness, but I’m really working toward the 10k Capitol Hill Classic and ultimately, the Navy Air Force Half Marathon in September.

April goals:

  1. PR in the 5K at the Glo Run!
  2. Set myself up to crush my next longest distance: 5 miles. (Finish 4.75 miles strong).
  3. Stay healthy! Watch out for any shin pain and re-incorporate shin strengthening exercises.

Let’s do this! What do you want to accomplish this April?