Hi, my name is Marissa. I'm a 22 year old Boston College graduate student and marathon runner. I have a passion for fitness, running and nutrition as well as music, art, concerts, playing instruments, marching band, cheerleading, fashion, Neuroscience, Psychology, cooking, Boston, movies and of course certain tv shows (The OC and One Tree Hill in particular).
This blog is for things that I like and also to inspire a healthy lifestyle for myself and others. I love sharing interesting things with the world and hope that I can help people along the way.
My goal is to get healthy and REMAIN healthy for life - Eat better, exercise, and just be the best version of myself. Just watch me.
SW: around 145-147 (6/1/11)
CW: 116.4 (10/14/13)
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I ended up decreasing my weekly mileage a bit since the BAA Half and really taking some time off. I know I needed it and I don’t necessarily regret it, but I have found that my motivation has drastically changed since that race. My foot still feels a little weird, so I’m not sure if I’m 100% healthy.
I’m hoping to get back into a normal routine before December starts, I think having some extra time during the week of Thanksgiving will be good to do some light speed work and real workouts during the week.
Time to start really focusing on marathon training.
Thank you, brutally honest boyfriend. :P
I got home early today which meant it was still light out. The first thing I did was go for a jog around my neighborhood, maybe about 2.5-3 miles, I wasn’t really counting. I just wanted to get some miles in and the weather was perfect for that.
My foot doesn’t bother me when I run but it’s tender to the touch, which makes me nervous. Still taking it easy with running, but not with working out…
I gave myself a ton of rest last week and hardly did anything so I decided tonight was time to get some work done. After running I went to the gym and did an interval workout on the bike, and also worked on back, biceps and abs.
I’m hoping to really focus on strength training for a little while and then jump back into training. I’m nervous about doing too much speed work right now. Last year I felt this same pain in my foot but I continued to train on it because it didn’t hurt when I ran. Problem was I did this until I could hardly walk the day after I ran…and then there was a stress fracture.
So that’s not happening again.
I’m motivated to continue shaping my body again and looking forward to incorporating a normal weight lifting routine into my workout schedule.
Today I wanted to take it easy because my foot has been feeling off.
I didn’t look at my watch right away and just went out at what felt like an easy, comfortable jog for me for about 4 miles.
Normally, this would be a 10 min pace.
But now it’s a 9 min pace.
If that’s not good speed training then I don’t know what is. :)
So I’ve come to learn that my calves are ALWAYS tight, even though I try to stretch them as much as possible and use a foam roller like crazy.
I was doing some reading online that tight calves can contribute to a number of different problems - knee pain, foot/heel/ankle tightness, plantar fasciitis (all things I have had in the past).
I also read that there are certain shoes you can get to help minimize these issues with the calves.
Does anyone have any recommendations?
At the 11th mile an older man behind me started screaming, “I CAME IN LIKE A WRECKING BALL!!!”
I just about died.
I killed it and broke my two hour goal with a couple minutes to spare. I also ran today with a nasty cold that ended up starting the day before the race (of course). I’m proud of myself for getting through it and maintaining under a 9 min pace (8:54).
I did have some foot discomfort during which really started to bother me after mile 6 or so. I have been told I have really tight ankles and need to work on that more so that it doesn’t cause me so much pain. My calves are also ridiculously tight and I felt some pain in there too.
There was a huge hill at Mile 11 and I only slowed down a bit to compensate for it.
After a rough week filled with much anxiety and driving myself crazy working, I am so happy that this went well today.
I’d like to take the next couple weeks to focus on my body and feeling better about that before jumping back into training for marathon number 3. I’m hoping to do a bit more strength training instead of just running now that I don’t feel under pressure to train. I always say I’m going to sculpt and tone but it never happens because I always worry about getting my training runs in.
If I want to run Boston again, I may need to start training a bit earlier but I think November should be fine. I’m hoping I can find some other races to run as well, including my first ever Turkey Trot…there’s gotta be one in my home town.