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Tuesday Things

Did anyone else’s schedule get thrown totally out of whack by Memorial Day weekend? I kind of forgot that it was Monday, and forgot to post my usual Manic Monday recap. I’ve decided to do a quick overview of the week today instead, and try to get back on track next week.

  • I ran three times, for a total of 6.3 miles
  • I skipped Body Pump, Pilates, and CXWORX, and I don’t feel the least bit guilty about it
  • I spent most of Saturday dealing with an upset stomach
  • On Sunday, I decided not to drive the 45 minutes into Burlington to spectate the Vermont City Marathon, and had my first meeting with the Chess cast and crew

For the next week or so, things are going to be all over the place due to moving. We still don’t know exactly when we’ll be able to get into the apartment, which means that we just kind of have to pack and hope for the best. Our lease officially starts on June 1, which is Monday, but we’re hoping that we’ll be able to get in on Saturday or Sunday, and at least get everything into  the apartment, so that we can live there and worry about unpacking later.

Because the week is so up in the air, I’m not going to lay out a workout schedule, other than my last Pilates class on Wednesday after work. I’m hoping that I’ll continue to be able to squeeze in some lunch runs, but the weather forecast isn’t looking so great, so I’m just going to take every day in stride and do what I can.

Do holiday weekends throw off your schedule?

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It’s marathon weekend here in VT! The Vermont City Marathon takes place every Memorial Day weekend, and it’s a huge event. I’m ashamed to say that in my 20+ years living here, I’ve never actually watched the race. In high school I wasn’t interested, and in college I was always working. And now, when I’m actually really interested, I live about 40 minutes outside of town, and trying to drive in on Sunday morning will be nutty due to traffic and road closures :( Whether or not I make it to spectate, I’m hoping to get to a runner/blogger meetup that’s being organized by Stacey, the Cape Cod Runner. She’s trying to get some people together at the Farm House on Saturday afternoon, so I’m going to do my best to get there.

We’re moving in a little over a week! While I’m still super excited, I’m also starting to stress out about the move itself. As of right now, our move-in day is June 1, which is a Monday. Neither Ben nor I can take any additional time off right now, so I have no idea how things are going to go. Thankfully, 90% of our stuff is already packed and just needs to be moved from our storage unit to the apartment. But the remaining 10% is surprisingly scattered all over my in-laws’ house. I’m also pretty sure that there’s simply not enough room for all of our junk at the new place, which means we have a lot of sorting to do. I’ve already started by going through my closets to get rid of stuff I don’t wear anymore, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’m just sort of blithely ignoring things right now and pretending that everything is totally under control. I’m sure by this time next week I’ll be freaking out.

I am SO PUMPED that it’s a three day weekend. Other than a quick meeting for Chess on Sunday, and the blogger meetup on Saturday afternoon, we have NO PLANS. I’m excited to do some relaxing, and also hopefully do some packing and move related business to help mitigate the stress I described above. Mostly, though, I’m excited that next week is only a four day work week. This week covering for my coworker has been really stressful, and I’m beyond relieved that she’s back in the office on Tuesday.

What are your plans for Memorial Day weekend?

Planning Ahead

I might be just a little bit Type A. I’ve already started crafting my training plan for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon in November. I won’t actually start “training” until August, but I’m trying to be more proactive and consistent where running and training are concerned. So far, I’ve done OK with running 2-3 times per week, cross-training when I can, and just “winging it” the rest of the time. But I feel like I could be achieving so much more with just a little bit of extra effort and planning. So my new goal is to run shorter distances more often, and try to actually follow a plan.

Also as you know, my schedule can get a bit crazy. I’ve really been enjoying all the free time I’ve had since Legally Blonde wrapped up, but I’m about to head into rehearsals for Chess, and while it hopefully won’t be as taxing, it will still require large chunks of my time, and severely limit my flexibility. I’m trying to come up with some pre-training schedules to effectively use my time for the rest of the summer and fall.  Here’s what things look like.

May – Maintenance

Right now, I’m just trying to keep running while enjoying the flexibility that will be going away come June. I’m running 3-4 times per week, not really worrying about distance or pace. Just aiming for consistency. I’m trying to hit Body Pump once a week, in addition to Pilates and/or CXWORX, but I’m not down on myself if I don’t make it. I’m just trying to soak up as much freedom and sunshine as possible while I can. Oh, and we’re moving in two weeks, so packing needs to be a priority.

June Through Mid-August – Pre-Training

As of June 1st, we’ll be in our new apartment in town, which brings with it a set of pros and cons as far as training is concerned. On the plus side, running will be one million times easier, because we’ll live right on the bike path. On the minus side, the gym is no longer on my way to and from work, so making it to classes like Body Pump and CXWORX will be more challenging–I’ll actually have to go out of my way to get there.

I’ll also be driving to Stowe at least two times a week (45 minutes each way) for Chess rehearsals, and I’ll have three total rehearsals each week, which means that my schedule becomes much more rigid. I REALLY don’t want to have to go to Body Pump at 5:40 am before work, but that means I’d have to start going at 10:30 on Saturday mornings. Will I do that? Maybe, maybe not. But here’s the tentative summer schedule:

  • Monday: 3 miles
  • Tuesday: 2 miles
  • Wednesday: 3 miles
  • Thursday: 2 miles; CXWORX
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: Body Pump
  • Sunday: Long run (6 miles max)

Still striving for consistency here–running shorter distances more often, so that it just gets into my body and my brain. I’m planning to just get up and run before work most mornings, so that my evenings are free (aside from nights I have rehearsal). I know myself enough to know that in the summertime, when it’s nice and warm after work, I’m not going to want to run. I’m going to want to be swimming and BBQing and hanging out with friends.

Mid-August Through November – Half Marathon Training

I haven’t finished putting together my schedule yet, mostly because I haven’t decided what I want to do. On the one hand, I know I will be running Wine and Dine strictly for fun and character photo stops, not time, which logically dictates that my training schedule need not be intense. On the other hand, I feel like I’ve done a couple of half-assed half marathon training sessions, and I’d love to see what I’m really capable of, which would dictate a more aggressive training schedule. I could always run W&D for fun, and then find another fall half marathon to race, but I don’t know if I will a) have the energy or b) have the funds. Racing unfortunately ain’t cheap.

The super tentative schedule for Wine and Dine training looks something like this:

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: Short, easy run
  • Wednesday: Speed work (alternate tempo runs and intervals, throw in hills once in a while)
  • Thursday: Short, easy run plus CXWORX (core-focused, 30 minute class)
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: Body Pump
  • Sunday: Long run

Once Chess wraps up in early September, I may change things up again so that I’m not doing Body Pump on Saturdays–I’ll be able to go back to Monday or Wednesday classes (or both).

So there it is. My plan to get me through the summer in decent shape without going insane. I have some additional thoughts related to all of this, which may or may not evolve into a post. We’ll see.

Do you have a “plan” when you’re not training for a race?

How do you stay motivated when you’re not officially “training” for anything?


Monday 05/11/15:  Body Pump. I can’t lie, I almost bailed on this class. I got out of work early so Ben and I could sign our lease, and it was storming and POURING and I just wanted to go home. But I sucked it up and went, and it was a really good class, so I’m glad I did. I also did a 45 second plank first thing in the morning.

Tuesday 05/12/15:  2 mile runch; 45 second plank. It was my first run in my new shoes, and it was really humid, so I kept it short and slow.

Wednesday 05/13/15:  One hour Pilates mat class. I was hoping to runch as well, but ended up having lunch with my friend Krissy since she was in town from San Francisco for a few days. Pilates was more than enough workout anyway–my glutes and abs were on FIRE after class.

Thursday 05/14/15:  Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge 5k. In case you missed it, you can read my recap here.

Friday 05/15/15:  Rest day. After four straight days of workouts, I was ready for a break. We drove to Rhinebeck, NY after work for Ben’s cousin’s grad party.

Saturday 05/16/15:  Rest day. It was a party, so I ate and drank allthethings. Not the best plan ever, but I had a good time, and was in bed relatively early.

Sunday 05/17/15:  Rest day. We left NY around noon and got home by 5ish, so that wasn’t too bad. We relaxed most of the evening and were in bed by quarter of 10.

This week should be pretty decent. Aside from work being stressful, we don’t have too much going on. Although we are moving in two weeks… I may talk a little more about that later this week, but for now, I’m trying not to worry about it. Here’s the hopeful training schedule for this week:

  • Monday: Short runch; Body Pump
  • Tuesday: Short runch
  • Wednesday: Short runch (skipping Pilates to go out to dinner with a friend)
  • Thursday: Short runch; CXWORX
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: 4 miles
  • Sunday: Rest

Did anyone else have graduation festivities this weekend?

This is a recap of my personal experience. If you’re more interested in just the nitty gritty details of the race, check out my BibRave review here. Don’t forget to review all your races at!

What:  Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge 5k

Where:  Montpelier, Vermont

When:  Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 6pm

Conditions:  Sunny, 61* F, light breezes


I received free registration for this race through work, and my office ended up having 10 participants. We left the office at 4:30 to allow for plenty of time to get to Montpelier (a 30-40 minute drive), park, and pick up bibs before the 6 pm start. On the way down I scarfed a Clif bar, because I ate lunch at noon and knew I’d need a little boost. I tried to stay really hydrated all day, and I think I succeeded.

Like last year, traffic, parking, and porta-potties were a cluster. It took 20 minutes to get off the highway and into Montpelier, and parking was scarce. Thankfully, the guy I was carpooling with had a friend who lived in Montpelier about 1/4 mile from the start line, so we parked there and walked to the registration area. Bib pickup was super easy and well-organized, but there simply were not enough potties again this year. I waited in line for 15 minutes and had to exit the potty and go straight to the starting line. I met some really nice ladies who were in line in front of me, and since they were walking and the walkers started after the runners, they let me cut in line. Thank you, ladies!

This is a terrible picture, but hey look! It's Kari in pink in the background!

This is a terrible picture, but hey look! It’s Kari in pink in the background!

I had hoped to meet up with Kari from Green Mountain Life, but spent the entirety of my pre-race time in the potty line, so I just lined up with the runners. I went to take a selfie (like you do), and felt a tap on my shoulder–low and behold, Kari and her coworkers had lined up right behind me and my coworkers! She recognized my shirt and awesome new shoes :) I gave her a big hug and we chatted for a few minutes. It was so cool to meet one of my blog friends In Real Life. I’m hoping we can hang out at the Craft Brew Race on May 30th too :)


Like last year, crowding was an issue. It took a solid minute to actually be able to start running, and then I spent most of the first mile darting and weaving around and through people. I wasn’t keeping a consistent speed at all–sometimes when I looked at my Garmin I was running in the 8’s, other times I looked and I was running in the 12’s. I think the speeding up and slowing down is what eventually contributed to the ABSOLUTE WORST AND MOST PAINFUL SIDE STITCH I’VE EVER EXPERIENCED IN MY WHOLE LIFE. I used to get them a lot when I was starting out as a runner, but they were never this bad. It felt like someone was stabbing me in the chest.

I tried to breathe through it and massage it out, but nothing worked. I stopped to walk for a while during mile two, breathing deeply and massaging my ribs and FUMING. Up to that point, I was running pretty well and was definitely on track for a sub-30 finish. The stitch hung around for a while, but eventually I just gritted my teeth and started running again, albeit at a much slower pace. I was determined to finish running.

I pretty much trudged the last mile or so, and right at the three mile mark, one of my coworkers came up from behind me and passed me, and I was like, “Uh-uh, no way, she is not beating me.” The finish line was down a small hill, then around a corner and down a flat to cross the mat, and for probably the first time ever, I sprinted to the finish, beating my coworker.


As soon as I stopped running, I felt the urge to throw up, but thankfully I didn’t. I just kept breathing and walking and grabbed a bottle of water. I wandered around for a while, losing my coworker and not really sure what to do. There were thousands of people milling around on the State House lawn. I got two bagel halves (one everything and one cheddar dill) and a cup of apple cider. I ran into my friend Lisa, who lives in Montpelier, and we chatted for a while, then I found my group of runners.

Hey look, front and center--it's Kari again! Totally by accident!

Hey look, front and center–it’s Kari again! Totally by accident!

When we saw our walking team coming down the hill, we went over to the finish line and cheered them in. We had some trouble finding a place to eat because Montpelier was packed, so we decided to head to Waterbury. Apparently, everyone else did too, so Waterbury was packed. We ended up at a little out-of-the-way BBQ place called the Cider House (formerly the Road House, formerly-formerly The Cage strip club), and it was surprisingly awesome. An authentic southern menu and delicious local beers and ciders on tap. Fried pickles and mac and cheese never tasted so good.


According to my Garmin (which I started when I crossed the starting line), I ran 3.15 miles in 31:02. According to the official results, I ran 3.1 miles in 31:40. I’m not sure how that worked out, considering that we were chip timed, but either way, it’s fine.

My goals for this race were:

  • A Goal:  Under 30 minutes–nope
  • B Goal:  No walk breaks–nope
  • C Goal:  Course PR (Under 36:04)–check!

Unfortunately I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped, but I’m not too mad about it. I think I got carried away trying to dodge people instead of just having fun, and that contributed to my side stitch and eventual breakdown. I should have just listened to my own advice about not trying to run a competitive race because of the crowds. Maybe if I’d started a little closer to the front it would have been better, but oh well. No use over-analyzing and being upset. It was a gorgeous evening for a run, I got to spend time with my awesome coworkers, and ate some delicious food.

What’s the best post-race treat/meal you’ve ever had?

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Today will be a 2 post day. Woah, crazy talk, right? But I raced last night, and I need to do a recap, and I don’t want to wait all weekend, and then there’s Manic Monday… so you wouldn’t get the recap until Tuesday, and that’s just too long. So prepare for a second dose of Rae on your Friday ;)

We’re off to New York state tonight. As I mentioned on Monday, Ben’s cousin Lindsey is graduating from college today, so there will be a party in her honor tomorrow. We haven’t visited this side of the family in a while, so it will be nice to see everyone. We are also camping in their yard, so fingers crossed for no rain and no ticks!

I’ve gone to bed no later than 10:30 pm every night this week. I’m trying to make sleep more of a priority, for both my physical and mental health, and I have to say, it’s made a marked improvement on my demeanor. I’m not saying I hop out of bed all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed every morning, but I’m definitely less cranky and lethargic throughout the day. Ben and I have both re-committed to early bed times during the week, and I’m excited to see what this continues to do for me.

This has been a stressful week, and next week will be too. One of my co-workers is out on a cruise (lucky duck!) and I’m the backup for all of her work. Usually it’s not a big deal, but there’s just a lot of stuff she does that I don’t do often enough to feel comfortable with it, and there is even more stuff that she does that I have absolutely no idea how to do. So every day is kind of a crapshoot and I never know what to expect. And this is in addition to my new role that I started on May 1st. I will be very, very glad when she’s back in the office on May 26th.

What’s your normal bed time?

This is my second repeat race of the year–I ran the race last year with a bunch of my coworkers, and had a great time. Unfortunately, the weather was terribly hot and humid, so it ended up being pretty much my slowest 5k ever. I didn’t mind, because I didn’t want to end up puking, and I also got to run the whole race with my coworker Lisa instead of speeding ahead solo.

The weather for this year looks PERFECT. Sunny and 66 degrees with a light breeze. I’ve decided that I’m probably just going to run my own race this year, because Lisa isn’t running. I’ve set a few goals, but nothing crazy. This race is CROWDED. Last year there were about 4000 registered runners and walkers, most of whom had no concept of race etiquette. This is not the race to attempt a PR, and since I have a fresh PR from the Jiggety Jog on Saturday, I’m content to just run a strong race.

  • A Goal:  Under 30 minutes
  • B Goal:  No walk breaks
  • C Goal:  Course PR (Under 36:04)

All of these goals are attainable. Nothing crazy. I’m honestly more excited about going out for dinner and drinks after than I am about the race itself. We’re all carpooling down after work, and then meeting at Positive Pie after the race for pizza and beer. What could be better?

Have you ever done a mid-week race?

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