No, I did not die!

Sorry bloggy friends.  I needed a TO! I had to wait until my computer was revived from the dead, and then I have been taking the sweetest time out while I finished school, dated, recovered from the marathon, slept a lot, had fun on the fourth, completed a session of my adventure camp, and then camped in vermont with those little kittens from camp.

Here are just a few pics from the fourth of july, after chartering a small ship to sail around the harbor for the evening! Sorry I don’t have a ton more…as I said, my computer crashed, thus taking many of pictures since 2008 with it. Booo.

However, in that time I’ve had a lot of fun and have lost 5 pounds through the magic of french fries and a severe lack of exercising (I mean…as compared to my marathon training).  Thankfully, I have signed up for another race thanks in part to the fact that my boyfriend is currently training for the Baystate Marathon here in Mass!  That same day I will join him and complete a half marathon before finding my place to cheer him on!

Interested… check out their site.  I also have posted a link to Runners World about training for your first half!!! Check it out HERE!! In the meantime…I’m off to the OBX!! Let’s chat when I get back after next week.

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ElliptiGO

Wow.  Just wow.  I was reading an interview with Josh Cox, who holds the American 50k record (roughly 31 miles.  Someday. Someday), and he was discussing his habits as an elite athlete, as well as what he uses to crosstrain in order to become a more efficient runner.  First off, he recommends not maintaining the same level of intensity throughout the year, and instead believes in the power of Periodization (an organized approach to training that involves progressive cycling of various aspects of a training program during a specific period of time. It is a way of alternating training to its peak during season.  Thanks wikipedia).  He is also a huge advocate of strength training and core work, which I also absolutely believe in, yet am having a hard time getting myself to do anything other than running lately.

Anyway, so Josh Cox touches lightly on this product called the ElliptiGO and Runners World provided a link to this crosstraining device. LOOK AT IT!  HERE!  The only sad part about this crosstraining machine is that it currently retails at $2500.  Welp, there’s no way I could afford that, but it looks seriously amazing.  Its half bike, half run, all awesome.  The website boasts ahem, claims that the Elliptigo can be better than running as it is low impact (doesn’t cause damage to the joints), offers a quicker recovery (longer and more intense training with less days off), and is MORE exhilarating because you can take it out on the road and into the outdoors.  The video even shows an elite athlete biking on the sand!  Sign me up, please!

Even if you can’t afford the ElliptiGO, the moral of the story is that Josh Cox recommends crosstraining and “downtime” when trying to maintain your level of fitness.  Downtime doesn’t mean no exercise whatsoever, it just means that you should switch things up once in a while. 

As a side bar, I’m going to check out Niketown’s Running Club with my good friend and soccer teammate, Mario.  Apparently runners and walkers of all types meet at Niketown on Newbury Street in Boston on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and decide to run either 3, 5, or 7 miles.  After finishing your run, Niketown provides refreshments.  I have read in a random blog that they will also occasionally provide speakers discussing various topics involving running (anywhere from shoes, to fueling, to style, to pizazz).  I think we are going to try to go this wednesday, but, um, I think I already have plans.  Either way, we are hitting this up! (Thanks to massachusetts.cityvoter.com for the photo!)

What could possibly be so exciting in the life of lauren?

Well my fine, fabulous friends…I will tell you. I have officially signed up for my first marathon! It’s the Dodge Rock n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego, CA on June 5, 2011!


I would like to thank the work I did on my mind, body, and soul over the summer (which I will discuss in a later blog), the motivation it provided me with to train for my first half marathon (Chilly Half Marathon, Newton, MA in November of 2010. 1 hour 57 min finish), and the beauty of the peace I have attained through my most recent breakup (in a long long string of relationships) in order to provide me with the strength to begin this journey.

For the next six months, I would like to take you through my training. I will first begin with how I got started and why. Throughout this time, I’ll discuss my training plan, including the ups and downs; the good moments and the bad. I also think it would be fun to let you in on the effects a nutrition plan can have on helping me achieve this goal. Hello new love for cooking?!?!

Please feel free to share your stories, to give me tips, and to send pictures. I would love to be able to incorporate all of this information, along with my own research, to motivate other people to begin their journey as well.

I am just your average 27-year-old rock star living and loving in Boston. I work as a school psychologist in the suburbs of the bean, and keep active through running, indoor/outdoor soccer, snowboarding, hiking, and through the beauty of my summer job at an adventure camp. I also just signed up for a month at a boxing gym. I have always been active, but have never pushed myself to my limits, for fear that it would interrupt with my social and/or love life. I also hate to cook, so I better get over that pretty soon, because eating is as much a part of the training as is the running.

This is one of the biggest lifestyle changes I have undertaken in a long time, due to a recent chain of events that have come help me to understand that the time I have spent out socializing on weekend nights in Boston might be better spent working on my body, the relationship with my friends and family, and with the relationship I have with myself.