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Reactions of Non-Runners

Happy Hump Day!

As I mentioned in my last post, I ran 20 miles last week. Now to all the runners out there who know this is the height of marathon training season, that might not seem that weird. It might even seem NORMAL (us runners are a strange bunch, I know). 😉 I got some pretty funny reactions though from my non-runner friends though when I told them how far I had gone.

Why the Eff would you run 20 miles?

Reaction A: Question My Sanity


“That’s crazy!”

You Ran How Far?

Reaction B: You Did This To Yourself

Me: “Ugh, I’m sore, I just finished running 20 miles.”

Friend 1: “Well yeah, I’m not surprised you’re sore. That’s what you get!

Friend 2: “I just don’t understand you. Why would you choose to do that to yourself?”

Me: “Because I’m running a marathon in a few weeks, so I had to!”

Friend 2: “Well why would you choose to run a marathon?”

Me: “I want to!”

Friend 2: “You and I are so fundamentally different.”

Reaction C: Congratulations


Reaction A seems to be the most common. Sometimes people will transition through all three reactions (“You’re crazy! Why would you do that to yourself? Congrats though!”) . So fair warning- if you’re thinking about training for a marathon, be prepared for people to just assume you’re crazy. But here is the big secret that we as runners know, the one that non-runners often cannot wrap their heads around –

Running is worth it.

Have you ever gotten any funny reactions about your running?



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20 Miles

Happy weekend everyone! 🙂

I am very excited to say that two days ago, I ran further than I ever have before.

20 Mile Training Run Accomplished.

That’s right! I successfully got through my 20 mile training run! It wasn’t easy, but I did it. The night before, I was feeling the nerves. I tried to prepare myself mentally, downloading a few new songs, laying out my clothes, and even going to bed early. That didn’t end up helping very much, as I tossed and turned for several hours before finally falling asleep, where I proceeded to have nightmares about oversleeping and missing the run. I thought that was only supposed to happen before races!

Finally, my alarm went off, and I was up. I was aiming to start running at 7 am, both to beat the heat and because I had class in the afternoon. I had a cup of coffee and read a couple of race recaps from other running blogs to psych myself up. 🙂

Then, I headed out. My plan was to run the same 5 mile loop 4 times. It’s a strategy my mom and I have used before for long runs, and it really helped me to think of it as simply 4 loops, rather than 20 miles. I also stuck to the Galloway method my mom and I have been using for these longer runs – run a mile, walk a minute. That definitely helped me keep my pace consistent after I had already run 15 miles, and my legs started to fatigue.

On my second of the 4 loops, I took advantage of one of my walking breaks to take a picture of this incredible sky.

Marathon training

I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. It just felt like a good omen. 🙂 I guess it must have been, because I kept running my loops, and my foot cooperated wonderfully! I’m not going to say it didn’t hurt at all to run this far though. By the end, my right hip felt pretty terrible, but I think that’s because I was running on the edge of a canted road for long stretches, so my legs were landing at uneven heights. At least I know in the marathon I won’t have to worry about this, as the roads will be closed and we’ll be able to run smack-dab in the middle!

I’m beyond ecstatic that I was able to run this distance, especially given how off-track my training got because of my EHL strain. Now, it’s time for some medium tapering runs (my long run this coming week will be a tiny 8 miles! Woo!), and then the big day. Wish me luck!


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Lessons Learned From Marathon Training.

Hey there!

While my training for this marathon has been less than ideal because of my EHL strain, my mom has been powering through the plan (an intermediate level Hal Higdon plan for any curious runners out there), and doing fantastic! In today’s post, she is sharing some of the lessons she has learned since stepping up the mileage for the marathon.

Lessons Learned While Training For a Marathon - Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo

  1. Walk

We did a little more research to prepare for this marathon than we had done when training for our first half, and so after a runner friend of Nora’s dad recommended a couple of  books, we were on our way. We settled on Jeff Galloway’s running /walking method. (Galloway says the mix of running and walking is what prevents injury – despite all the added miles – and that appealed to me!)

I decided to try running a one mile followed by walking a minute – and this interval seems to work for me. It’s gotten me through a 17, an 18, and a 20 mile run (a little more about this one later). Even after running further than I ever have before, I ended the runs feeling great, and more importantly, I was able to walk just fine the next day.

Don't be afraid to incorporate walk breaks into your marathon training

(I also decided to keep taking my walk breaks during the shorter runs during the week, reasoning that since the goal was to keep my legs fresh for the long run on the weekend, it couldn’t hurt to take it easier during these hot, humid mornings. Which brings me to the second thing I learned: WATER.

Hydrating properly is key.

  1. Water

Drink it! One of the other books we looked at encouraged runners to walk through the water stops as they hydrate. (I like this because it’s hard for me to drink and run at the same time. Without choking at least.) So in addition to carrying a bottle on the longer runs, I started carrying a small bottle on short runs, and sipping as I took my one minute walking break. What I discovered was that, between the walk breaks, and sipping some water, I could run between 4-8 miles on a hot, humid summer morning and still feel really good, whereas in the past, I would have been drained and cranky.  I was also surprised to discover  that when I looked at my watch, I was only off my normal pace by 20 to 30 seconds, so despite the walk break, my times were pretty similar.

Make sure you're eating nutritious meals with plenty of carbohydrates.

  3. Food

Eat it! Training for the half marathon three summers ago, Nora and I just did some carbo-loading the night before and that was about it. But for this race, we had purchased Nancy Clark’s Food Guide for Marathoners, and began paying close attention to what we ate – and how much –  and making sure we had good snacks, especially some carbs, frequently during the day.

Nancy Clark's Food Guide For Marathoners

But as it happened, on the two consecutive days before my scheduled 20 mile run, I had “special outings.” I ended up eating late lunches (in one case just pizza, so not balanced) and then just having ice cream for dinner!! (this is occasionally something that happens in our household). Now these are not things you have to avoid when training for a marathon, but these meals were not complete and so I learned the hard way that my muscles hadn’t been fueled properly. At about mile 12 of my 20 mile run, I felt my legs tiring, and even a few cramps. This was surprising to me since I had run the 17 and 18 mile runs without any discomfort!  I kept fueling during the run, and managed to keep a positive attitude all the way to the finish. But later that day, as I realized I had messed up my diet during the two previous days, I realized just how important it is to  maintain  a good diet. This Sunday, I will make sure I eat balanced and nutritious meals in the days leading up to my last 20 miler before the race.  And lastly: Ice.

Ice your feet during marathon training.

  1. Ice

Though I haven’t been able to have a full-on ice bath yet, I have enjoyed filling a basin with water, some ice, and a couple of my frozen Dassani water bottles (I also use these alone sometimes, rolling them  under my feet as I watch TV). This modest ice bath feels really great after a hard run, and though it can’t help with the blackened toenails  (that’s what dark red nail polish is for), it cools your toes and feet,  and gives you an excuse to sit back and relax and think about how amazing it is that you’ve just run so far!!

18 Miles during marathon training

20 miles during marathon training

So there you go! Have a wonderful long weekend (and maybe go for some long runs if you can!) 🙂



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Important Updates and a Waffle-tastic Run

Hello again!

Hope everyone is having a good weekend so far!

Last week, we had dinner with some family friends, and finally presented our biggest fan with his “prize”-

Our biggest fan with his Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon Shirt!

Hope you’re enjoying the shirt Mr. C.!

Another important update- remember how I said I couldn’t get my mom to run the full marathon with me in Rochester in September? Well… THAT IS NO LONGER THE CASE!! After some registration-transfer finagling, she is signed up to run the full 26.2 with me! Woo!! So we are both in training mode now.

This week was a little hard for me. I ran on Tuesday after the Mad Half and definitely had shin splints, as well as pain in the top of my foot right above the joint before my big toe. From some online googling (the most reliable source for medical diagnoses, I know), I think I have a case of sesamoiditis.


Turns out, there are two bones at the joint above your big toe that act kind of like ball bearings in your foot. Over the course of a run, they undergo tremendous stress, AND hills can make that even worse. Imagine that. The treatment for both sesamoiditis and shin splints is just icing, rest, and anti-inflammatory meds like ibuprofen.

So, I iced after my run Tuesday and hoped for the best. Our training plan called for a 7-miler on Wednesday, which I knew was going to be tough. Honestly, I went into the run in a very negative place, expecting the pain, and that is exactly what I got. It was the worst run I’ve had in a long time, filled with walk-breaks, frustration, and self-pity. Yeah, not pretty. 😦

I did do the full seven miles though because I’m stubborn like that.

After that run, I decided to give myself a couple of days to rest and ice, hoping that things would feel better in time for this weekend’s 15 mile long run. Best decision I’ve ever made.

Today, my mom and I ran 15 miles, the longest distance we have EVER run. My shin splints were completely gone, although I definitely still have the sesamoiditis, which became increasingly uncomfortable over the course of the run.

Marathon Training Recap

My frame of mind going into this run was a 180 degree change from Tuesday’s run though. I felt rested, and I was excited to run further than I ever had before. Sure, I was a little nervous about my foot and my shins, but I also felt determined. With this new mindset, I was able to run 15 miles more easily than I ran 7. That’s the nature of running sometimes though. You have to go in with a good attitude (and a sense of humor).

Our aid station

We set up a little aid station for ourselves on our front stoop, complete with Gatorade, water, and sunscreen. At the 10-mile mark, we got this exciting message when we stopped by for a water break/pit stop.

aid 2

Well if that didn’t motivate us to go run those last 5 miles, I don’t know what did! 🙂

waffle breakfast

It helped that the last 5 miles really only felt like 2.5 because we did an out-and-back loop, and then before we knew it, we had passed the 13.1 mark (the longest we’ve ever run), and made it to 15!!!

Our stomachs were a little iffy at first so we had to wait to eat those amazing waffles, but I made us a couple of smoothies while we waited and stretched.

Berry Smoothie

I put in a handful of frozen raspberries, blackberries, a banana, a scoop of chocolate protein powder, plus a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, and some chocolate chips to round it all out. Super yummy!

And then there were the long-awaited waffles!

waffles, yum!

My waffles

I topped mine with 1/2 a sliced banana, a dash of cinnamon, and some maple syrup.

Now I want to find a race that offers waffles as the post-race food, because this was FANTASTIC and how no one seems to have caught on to this as a post-race food, I just cannot understand.

So, a busy, run-filled day… Hope you had a wonderful Saturday!



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Updates and Long Run Musings

Hi there!

Some pretty big news to report today! Did you notice anything different about the blog recently? Maybe the URL…? That’s right! It’s AdventuresMotherDaughterDuo.Com now folks! We are gettin’ official around here! With the one-year anniversary of this blog rapidly approaching, it seemed like a fitting time to make the leap. So enjoy the slightly shorter web address – haha, I know it’s still pretty long. 

The other news is that our first half marathon of the season is 1 week from Sunday! Woo!!  My mom and I ended up registering for the Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon in Simsbury, CT somewhat spontaneously, but it looks like a great race and we’re very excited (we’ll be crossing off another state!!).

Amica Iron Horse Reg

The only downside is that race day is going to mean a VERY early start for us – like 4 am early – in order to get there in time. But hey, like I’ve said before, there’s something about getting up early for a race that makes it not nearly as bad as if you were getting up early for work!

The week after the Amica Iron Horse, we’ll be running Heartbreak Hill in Boston. So yeah, I think two weeks with back-to-back half marathons officially means we’re insane. But it also gives us a pretty good excuse for if our times are slow in Boston! Hehehe, I’m already planning out excuses!

So in preparation for our crazy half marathon schedule, my mom and I went on a last long run on Thursday (10 miles). I’ve been battling some raging allergies and a pretty bad cough, so it was not the most pleasant run I’ve ever gone on, but oh well. Anyways, 10 miles is a long time to run, and it gives you plenty of time to really think about stuff. So, here’s a quick look into the mind of a runner on a long run…

thoughts long run

  •  Woo, I feel good! This is gonna be fine.
  • Actually, my ankle is twinging a little. What’s up with that?
  • Now it’s gone. I guess I have to keep running.
  • What should I wear later?
  • What should I EAT later?!
  • Maybe a smoothie… with lots of ice. And almond butter.
  • Oh my god I love almond butter so much.
  • And almond milk, that’s pretty darn tasty too.
  • Why are almond products always delicious?
  • I hate this song. Why is this in my running playlist?
  • I need to buy some new music.
  • Halfway done! Huzzah. I’m practically already home.
  • Maybe not… I wanna walk.
  • No I don’t no I don’t no I don’t, I WILL NOT WALK.
  • Just keep swimming just keep swimming
  • I need Dorie from Finding Nemo to provide me with encouragement.
  • Wait, only 2 miles left?! That’s basically a cool-down! I’m ESSENTIALLY DONE!

scale this hill

  • Hills should be against the law.
  • Almost there……..
  •  Ahh thank god!
  • I DID IT; I RAN (insert # here) MILES!! I AM A CHAMPION!! 

Have a happy Memorial Day weekend everybody!



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Beginning The Adventure

Let me preface this by saying my mother and I might be crazy. Maybe we’ve both experienced one too many endorphin-fueled runners’ highs, and the chemistry in our brains has been permanently affected. There has to be an explanation, right? I can barely put this plan into words, but here it goes: we want to run a half-marathon in every state of the US.

Luckily, we have 2 down! Only 48 more to go! Massachusetts and Maine can both be crossed off the list. Maine is actually going to be a repeat, since my mom and I ran the Shipyard Old Port Half-Marathon in Portland last summer, and we’re going to run it again this year since we had so much fun the first time! The race after-party has LOTS of free food, which I have zero guilt about indulging in after having run 13.1 miles.

The other race we have on our calendar is the Monadnock Half-Marathon in New Hampshire in August (yay for state #3!). The description of this course makes it sound tough- lots of hills throughout the course. My mom and I almost chickened out from signing up for this one, but then decided to just go for it. We certainly won’t be looking for any PR’s on the course though!

Training has begun, courtesy of a half-marathon plan from Runner’s World magazine. My first few runs after coming home from college were rough. I was getting over a sinus infection and had not been able to squeeze many runs in between studying for exams, so it was really discouraging how hard a little, itty-bitty 3-mile run felt. But, I’m happy to say the plan has been working like a charm! My mom and I did an 8-mile long run yesterday, and I felt pretty good throughout. Today is a rest day for the legs, and tomorrow we’ll be doing a 5k! I absolutely love the camaraderie of racing, so I’m very excited for this.

Brady and Keeper (our dogs) helped us cool off after our 8 mile run!

Brady and Keeper (our dogs) helped us cool off after our 8 mile run!

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