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Run To Kick Cancer 5K

Happy Sunday everyone!

I wanted to take the time to check in on the blog this weekend for 2 reasons – first to share a recap of the Resolution Run To Kick Cancer 5K, and second, to let you all know that I’ll be launching the new blog on Monday!! Are you excited?! ‘Cause I am. So check in to AdventuresMotherDaughterDuo.com as usual on Monday, and I’ll direct you to the new blog. 🙂

So as I mentioned in a previous post, the Resolution Run is one of my favorite 5Ks to do. It was one of the first races my mom and I signed up for in the early stages of training for our first half marathon about 3 years ago. All the proceeds go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology department at the Floating Hospital for Children. A lot of cancer survivors will run the race, and there are prizes for the top 3 male/female cancer survivors. You can also register to join the registry of bone marrow donors at the race, something my mom and I did last year when we ran.

Resolution Run To Kick Cancer

Not only does this race support a wonderful and important cause, it also has the BEST FOOD of any race I have ever run. And I do not say that lightly. 😉 So, I was looking forward to running, despite my strained hamstring.

It was pretty darn cold (about 15 degrees), so my mom and I were happy to hang out in Lexington’s indoor track/gymnasium area after picking up our packets.

Resolution Run To Kick Cancer. Lexington, Mass.We walked around, stretched a bit, and paused to take a picture in front of the fun backdrop they had-

Resolution Run To Kick CancerI love their slogan – “Think Winter Running is Hard? Try Battling Cancer”.

After a little more stretching, we lined up outside – and were off! The first 5-10 minutes felt the worst for my hamstring. My steps felt short and choppy because swinging my right leg too far forward made the muscle ache.  Not great, but I knew I could make it for 3.2 miles. My mom and I ran together at a nice, comfortable pace. We ended up running negative splits – 10:10 for the first mile, 9:28 for the second, and 9:02 for the third. Not too bad for not feeling my best! I would have liked to have been able to race it more competitively, but I know for now it’s best that I take it easy and work on healing before the half marathon in Florida next weekend.

Before I knew it, we were crossing the finish line and making our way back inside to finally sample the delicious spread! My final results-

Results of Resolution Run To Kick Cancer

Resolution Run To kick Cancer

They had Larabar granola, pastries and bagels from Panera, sandwiches and wraps from local delis, pizza, cookies, Greek yogurt, hummus and pita chips, and thankfully– coffee!

Resolution Run To Kick Cancer

Resolution Run To Kick Cancer

We loaded up our plates with  some wraps and a couple pastries and happily dug in as we warmed up. 🙂 It was another wonderful race.

The rest of Saturday afternoon was spent by the fire, rooting for the Patriots! It was such an exciting game! Go Pats!

New England Patriots.

Hope you’re having a GREAT weekend! Don’t forget to check back here Monday to be redirected to the new blog! 



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A Wednesday Night Workout!

Happy almost-weekend!!

Are you guys experiencing this arctic chill?

freezing sized

Feels like -8“. Ugh. Only 8 days till sunny Florida!

Last night, my mom, brother, and I went to an indoor track workout put on by our running club! Every Wednesday night during the winter, they put on a group workout – last night’s was focused around hard running (80 to 90% effort).

We started with a mile warm-up before partnering up for a relay-style workout. One partner ran 2 laps hard before tagging their partner, so you got to recover a bit while your partner was running before going again. Each partner did that 5 times, so you were running a mile total at a fast pace.

I was absolutely loving it, and having flashbacks to high school indoor track! I finished the first 5 sets with my partner, no problem.

We then had a little rest before moving onto the second set, which was similar – except each partner was only running 1 lap before tagging off, and we were supposed to do 10 sets of that. I was on my 3rd or 4th sprint, when I felt a sudden tightening in the back of my leg, on my hamstring. I tried to ignore it at first, thinking that it was nothing, but nope – suddenly, I could barely pull my leg forward in a normal step, much less sprint. Much to my disappointment, I stopped doing the workout and tried to gently stretch and roll the muscle.

Why do Bad things happen to good people?

Because you don’t stretch. That’s why.

It still feels pretty darn tender and painful this morning, so it seems pretty clear that my hamstring has been pulled or strained. 😦 Looking back, that workout might have been a little intense for me, not having done a sprint workout in who knows how long! And I definitely didn’t stretch enough before.

On Saturday, we’re running the Resolution to Kick Cancer 5K (one of my favorites!). I had originally been hoping to run it relatively fast, but now I’m just hoping my leg will feel better and I’ll be able to do it at a nice, slow pace. And of course, there’s the Clearwater Distance Classic Half Marathon in 10 days! So I’ll be foam-rolling, icing, and taking plenty of anti-inflammatories and hoping for the best.

Another quick update- I’m hard at work at rebranding!! I’m so excited to eventually reveal the new blog Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo will be transforming into! I still have a lot to do so it will be a while, but I just can’t wait to show you all. 🙂

Have a great day and enjoy your weekend!


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Black Toenails and Pumpkin Spice Everything

Hope you all had a great weekend!

My weekend started off a little rough, I won’t lie.

Blackened toenail after running a marathon

Disclaimer– if you’re easily grossed out or don’t like feet, please feel free to skip this paragraph. I won’t judge you. So after finishing the marathon, it was pretty clear right away that my toenail was turning black. This has happened to my mom a few times, and it’s never been too big of a deal (despite having what we affectionately call “mutant toes” for a few weeks). From her experiences, I expected the nail to be sensitive for a couple of days, and then to fall off after several weeks to reveal a sparkling, healthy new nail. I even painted them a nice, festive orange to disguise the gross black color of my big toe. Well, it remained very sensitive several days later, until I was in the library doing schoolwork (and wearing sandals because closed-toe shoes were just not going to happen yet), when I bumped the toe against my other foot. It was incredibly painful (only my dignity kept me from bursting into tears) and it started bleeding profusely. Just what you want to happen when you’re trying to get some work done at the library. 😉 That night, I went to the walk-in clinic to get it checked out. The diagnosis: infected and needs removal. 😦

So my past few days have revolved around picking up antibiotics, calling a local podiatrist, and sorting out insurance issues. But things seem to be figured out now, and hopefully I’ll be good as gold soon. Needless to say, I have not gotten any runs in since the marathon.

But that’s enough about the toe. I wanted to take a minute to jump on the bandwagon of healthy living blogs that are getting REALLY into pumpkin this fall. Because I love it. And I have been eating A LOT of pumpkin-things lately. Some might say too much. But they would be wrong.

Pumpkin Spice Everything for fall

Like this pumpkin spice smoothie – a couple of scoops of pumpkin puree, frozen banana chunks, vanilla Greek yogurt, cinnamon,  apple pie spice (because I couldn’t find pumpkin pie spice at the store… I figured these were similar enough!), and almond milk. So good!

I also made pumpkin butter by mixing equal parts pumpkin puree and peanut butter. I sweetened it with honey and added more of the apple pie spice, and I have been eating this on toast or with bananas nearly every day.

And today, I went grocery shopping and was so excited to discover this-

Pumpkin Spice Greek Yogurt

I had to get it. I mean, COME ON, it’s a limited batch!!!! So yeah, I guess you could say I like pumpkin.

Stay tuned for some marathon-related thoughts from my mom! ♥

What’s your favorite fall food and/or flavor?


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Back to School and Marathon Training

Happy Tuesday!

Well it’s happened… I’ve officially begun my last semester of college! My classes started yesterday, and I can honestly say I’m pretty darn excited for all of them this semester! My professors seem knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and the subject material is all interesting to me.

Moving in on the weekend was a little hectic, so I didn’t run, but my workouts have since resumed. Yesterday, I did two great Fitness Blender workouts and today I ran again! =)

Back to running finally after my EHL strain 6 miles is the furthest I’ve run in a while, and it was a little tougher than I expected. Of course, I had also forgotten how hilly it is around here, so that didn’t help! I tried to be smart though, and take my walk breaks, and of course I was hyper-alert to any pain in my toe/foot, but luckily there was nothing on that front!

My 6 mile splits

So that’s how my splits panned out. Not too bad! Assuming my foot continues to cooperate, I will be running the marathon on September 21st. If it all goes according to plan, here’s how the next 4 weeks should shape up-

The new marathon training plan. Injured-Recovery edition

I want to test my foot on a longer run this week with 10 miles. If it goes well, I want to get in 18-20 the following week. Most marathon training plans have you completing 1-2 20 mile runs prior to race day, and I want to follow this practice if I can.

My training partner and running buddy (aka my mom) is working on a couple posts to summarize how her training/nutrition has been going, so stay tuned for those! =)

Have a great rest of the week!!


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Running Happy This Week

Happy Almost-End-of-the-Week to you! 🙂

I have some exciting news to share today.

I ran a comfortable 5 miles this week! Marathon training is back.

I ran this week!!! AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, my toe didn’t bother me! I went out for a run on Sunday, not knowing how far I would go and prepared to turn around early if my foot started acting up. At 3 miles, I was coming up on the turn-off for my street… and I just kept going! My foot felt happy, it was a cool, gorgeous day for a run, and I was just so ecstatic to be outside running again. My mom and I also made friends with this adorable cat who ran fearlessly up to us to get petted.

Friendly to runners cat.

After these great runs, I’m so tempted to dive full-force back into marathon training with an 18-miler, but I’m trying to be smart and not re-injure myself. So, I settled for 2 more 3 mile runs with rest days in between for this week.

On Wednesday, I had PT and the therapist confirmed that I’ve made huge improvements. I also learned how to use kinesiology tape (that’s a mouthful… we’ll just say KT tape from now on.) 🙂 The tape is essentially supposed to help support my toe and keep it from flexing as much. Between the healing that’s already occurred in my tendon, and the tape, I’m feeling much more optimistic about the marathon this week. 🙂

That said, I did google “how to run a marathon without training”. Long story short – it’s possible to do, but FAR FROM ADVISABLE. A lot of these people did not really consider themselves “runners” (and didn’t run more than a mile or two leading up to the marathon!), but wanted to try the marathon to cross it off their bucket lists. Personally, I think that’s nuts. I’m going to do everything I can to get in a long run of 18-20 miles in the month before the marathon. Not just for purpose of strengthening my legs, but also for the confidence boost I would feel going into the marathon, knowing that I’ve run long before!

Inspirational quote~ "Don't be so afraid. Do what feels right. and chase whatever it is you want with tenacity and determination."I wanted to share this quote, because I came across it this week surfing Pinterest and it really stood out to me. Not just in relation to training for the marathon, but also for going back to school, and with graduation a mere few months away. I would never want to be the type of person to miss an opportunity because I was too afraid to try, and I’ve been thinking a lot about that lately and how to continue to apply this principle to my life.

If you don’t hear from me for a few days, it’s because I’m busy moving into my house and getting organized! I promise I’ll be back soon. 🙂

Got an inspirational quote? I would love to hear it!


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I’m Back!

Hello again! 🙂

Sorry for being gone a few days, I was visiting a certain someone in New York!

My Visit to New York

It was a fun trip filled with  scenic views-

Chittenango Falls

this moment

And goats. Because they’re cute.

Cute little goat!

After a few days away (and more rest for my foot), I was excited to try running again. Confession – I ran 3 miles last Monday (well, ran/walked every few minutes), and it felt fine. So I was feeling hopeful.

I set out on Sunday morning with my mom to attempt 5 miles (she was running 13). I felt really good initially, and decreased my walk breaks to one minute every mile. Well, it didn’t work unfortunately… At first, my foot felt fine, but then around mile 2 and a half, it  just felt sort of uncomfortable, like something was not quite right, but not exactly painful. By mile 3, it was painful again.

So possibly I tried for too much too soon. But it’s incredibly frustrating, because the marathon is just over a month away. And I can barely run 3 miles right now. Not good. 😦 I don’t want to dwell on the negative stuff though! I still have more physical therapy, I’m planning on getting some new running sneakers to better accommodate my high arches, and I’m still getting in plenty of workouts. So we’ll just have to wait and see what September brings.

My mom did great again with her 13 miles though! Check out how consistent those splits are!

Consistent mile splits during marathon training

Now, she’s just got to keep that up for another 13, and she’ll be golden. 🙂


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My Foot Has Betrayed Me…

Hello again! 🙂

So today, I have to share some pretty crummy news –  my foot is a traitor. Remember how I mentioned my foot injury (and thought it was sesamoiditis?) Well last week, I finally had my appointment to see the orthopedist. After having me twist and flex my foot in every possible direction (which didn’t really hurt) and me describing how it feels to run a mile and half (pain running up from my big toe and radiating into the base of my ankle that only gets worse over the course of a run), the doctor thinks it’s a strain of my EHL tendon. The extensor hallucis longus (that’s a mouthful huh?) runs from the top of your big toe through your ankle and up towards your shin. It’s pretty crucial for bending your toe and flexing your foot.

My strained EHL tendon.

When I explained I was training for a late September marathon, the doctor was… *ahem… not overly optimistic, shall we say. At that point, I was starting to feel pretty depressed. After some further questions though, she did say I could do my best to keep my cardio up with activities like biking, swimming, and rowing, and that just maybe, I might still have a chance at the marathon. I’ll also be starting physical therapy this week to learn some exercises to strengthen the tendon. Basically, I’m just going to have to see how that goes before I can get back out on the roads.

So while I’m trying not to wallow in self-pity (at least nothing’s broken, RIGHT?!), it still pretty much sucks. My mom is keeping up her training now, without me. This past weekend she did 17 miles, even getting rained on right at the end! She’s a champ. 🙂 Today I finally took the plunge and signed up for a 1-month gym membership (I’ll be heading back to school pretty soon!) and did a pretty tough 35 minute interval bike workout. If I wasn’t nervous about this process before, I’m about 1,000% more freaked out now. I don’t want to give up on the idea of my first marathon, but it is dependent on a lot of variables that are outside of my control for the most part now, although I do plan to do all I can to make it to the start line on September 21st.

Have you ever trained for a race while not able to run (through biking or other cardio activities)? How’d it go? Any advice?


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