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Wellness Wednesday: Make a Run for It

Hello hello!

Today’s Wellness Wednesday is a track workout and I have included a few different options so you can pick whichever one you feel the most comfortable with. Just remember you should do some type of dynamic warm up before hitting the track.

I wanted to share different running workouts because I spent 6 years running cross country and track and some days I miss it. After running a 5k a few weeks ago I thought, I should really train for these things. In the hopes that I will use these workouts in preparation for my next race I figured I might as well share them here!

Option 1

While I ran track for a very long time I hate running on tracks. To me, the endless circles are boring, I’d rather have a change of scenery. But since that’s not always an options, I’ll give you a workout which is all about a chance of pace.

  • Jog 100 meters
  • Run 200 meters
  • Walk 100 meters
  • Repeat 4 times

I’ve always liked these types of workouts because the constant changing gives me something to think about other than “how much longer????”. If you want to add some distance, repeat the whole thing two more times and you are practically at a 5k!

Option 2

If you are going for speed this is the workout for you. While this was a workout I couldn’t stand in high school it definitely helps improve split times. Another team in our league had shirts that said, “to run fast you must run fast”, and while we always rolled our eyes when we read it it’s true. If you want to get faster, you need to practice faster.

  • 12 x 400 meter sprints
  • Take a two minute rest in between each 400
  • Take a two-five minute rest in between each mile

You can calculate split times here. If you are training for a 5k, put in the time you’d like to finish it and select 400m for the split times and you are good to go!

Option 3

This one is a long one but it was another one of my favorites in high school because things are constantly changing. And it will get you 4 miles once you are done.

  • 400 meters
  • 800 meters
  • 1200 meters
  • 1600 meters
  • 1200 meters
  • 800 meters
  • 400 meters

Be sure to take a slow jog or a walk in between your sets!

That’s all I have for you today! Let me know your favorite track workout in the comments!

xox,

Marissa

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My January Challenges

On my way to go get a new read!

This January I’m participating in two fun challenges! The first is the Winter Warrior Challenge. This means that every day in the month of January I’m walking/jogging/running/hopping at least 3 miles! I’ve done this for the past three years but I’ve only done 1 mile a day. This year I have my eyes on the prize with three, although there are some people out there doing five!

The other challenge I set for myself is on Goodreads, I’ll be reading 30 books this year! I set the goal of 13 books last year and I ended up reading 15! Between incorporating reading into my everyday routine and not being in school this summer I can’t wait to achieve this goal!

So how’s it going? Four days into the New Year and I’m still in the newlywed phase. Starting the walking challenge was a little difficult and I was lacking all motivation but now that I’ve started I want to see it through. As for my reading challenge: I’ve already finished one. I’ve even found a way to tie these two things together: by walking the 2 miles to the library to pick up new books.

I know there’s a lot of stigma about creating resolutions but I personally feel like if you’re really making a resolution to better yourself and it’s something you’re passionate about, keep going! Don’t let the jokes about how full the gym is this week deter you, you deserve that elliptical as much as anyone else.

What goals and challenges have you set up for yourself this year? Let me know in the comments!

xox,

Marissa

Travel

Chicago

Two summers ago our family vacation was to Chicago to do the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon and I wanted to share some of my favorite places with you guys.

Our first stop was the waterfront. It was so beautiful and just a little windy.

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And next

The Bean! This was one of the things I was most excited to see in Chicago. Honestly, I’m not sure why I just think it’s a really cool landmark. The second time we visited the Bean was at night and we got to see a proposal!

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The line inside was way shorter but how could I pass up the opportunity to get a cupcake from an ATM?

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Like how cute?! Dress is Ralph Lauren and I found the same one (in a small) on Poshmark for $8! Use code  MARISSAMOQ when signing up for Poshmark to get a $5 credit. Get the dress here for $3!

Another thing that was amazing about Chicago was the architecture! I wish we could have gone on an architecture tour but there’s just not enough time in the day. The building on the far right is actually a parking garage!

I can’t even tell you how many pictures I have of that rhombus building at night. So beautiful!

Another fun spot to go to was Navy Pier. We did not get to ride the Centennial Wheel because we were there during the Centennial celebration but there is still so much to do there!  We could have walked up and down the pier all day!

And how could we not go to Wrigley! I’ll always be a Red Sox girl at heart but I think Wrigley is the Fenway of the National League.

Some other fun things we did: stop at White Castle and take a double decker bus tour!

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Last but not least the actual race! It was such a nice route around the city of Chicago. I would definitely go back and do it again if I had the chance. As a lover of all bling, I convinced my family to do the remix challenge: a 5k one day and then the half marathon the next. The weather was so great while I was running but as soon as i finished the sky opened up and it was pouring!

To wrap things up if you ever have the chance to go to the Windy City… take me with you! It was so fun exploring a new place and I’m counting down the days until I’m back!

Happy travels!

xox,

Marissa

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Wellness Wednesday: The Winter Warrior Challenge

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This Wellness Wednesday is a running challenge!

My mom has been doing it for five or six years and this is my third year participating. If you know that I ran cross country and track in high school you may be asking why haven’t you done it for five or six years as well? Because this is not just any running challenge, you must run every day for the month of January, outside. In high school if it was too cold we just would stay inside so I was not about to do a sprinting workout just to run three more miles outside after.

This challenge is put on by Marathon Sports and there are three different levels. If you are running five or more miles a day, you are in the gold category. If you do not want to commit to five miles every day but do at least three you are silver. I am doing silver this year! And then if you are out there for at least one mile a day you are bronze. I have also done bronze.

And if running isn’t your thing you can walk, limp, or crawl. Those are all options in the run log when you go to track your mileage. It does not matter how fast you go as long as you are out there.

In the wise words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

I’m not sure what the reasoning behind having all of those options is but I think they may be tied to this quote. Obama included this quote in his speech after the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013.

I’m not going to lie to you, some days it really sucks to get out and walk in the cold. And it is even harder when you’re out there walking in a bomb cyclone. There are so many ways to get miles in, for example, some days I purposely park in the farthest spot. Or when friends offer me a ride back to the dorms after our night class I tell them I need to walk (it’s only like half a mile away!).

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Here is my car in the last possible spot when I ran to Kohl’s to get towels!

So what should you do if you want to get your run streak on? Start today! There is no better time than the present. Look around and  see if there are any running clubs near you, the Marathon Sports near me runs every Tuesday night. There is also a running club near my house called Central Mass Striders, they run a 5k every Saturday and during the summer they do track/speed workouts one night a week. If you can’t find anyone to do with you, just look at your calendar and circle the day 31 days from now and then you can write the miles in your agenda!

Happy running! Or walking, limping, or crawling!

xoxo,

Marissa