Marathon Training – Weekly Workout Recap

Warning! This ended up being a little long and may be a little boring.

Another week, another long run.  Today’s run was great! My graph on Garmin is still all over the place, but it overall felt so much better.  The temp outside was 55 when I got started! How amazing is that.  Normally on my long runs, I allow myself a walk break at the end of each mile.  I didn’t feel the need for a walk break on two occasions on this run and it was just so nice for the run to feel good.  On the down side, my first 4 miles were just SLOW! I’m not sure why because I was running more, but my turnover was just slow.  I decided to just go with it and see how it panned out.  The first two miles were basically in the dark and it was so nice.  It’s almost like miles in the dark don’t count as much.  Due to the chilly factor that my body has not experienced since this past Spring, I layered an old long sleeved tee over my usual long run tank so that I could ditch it at one of my prepared water stops later.  It was nice to not be freezing, but still have the ability to de-layer when it got too warm.

My total run was 17.61 miles today.  It’s the furthest I’ve ever run before and I had to do it basically by myself.  Andy is also training for the MCM and even though we don’t run together (he’s faster), I know he’s out there and we see other sometimes on out and back sections.  However, his knee started bothering him on his last couple of long runs and he’s been put on a no long run status right now until the doctor can figure out what the problem is that is causing him so much pain.  He’s scheduled for an MRI tomorrow.  However, I could not talk him out of a short run this morning.  He said his knee wasn’t hurting at all and he just wanted to go out and push it a little, but I capped his run at 4 miles.

Around 4.25 I came around the corner of an out and back section and he and Yota were standing there waiting.  It was so nice and such an awesome surprise to see them.  I remember just getting this huge smile on my face because I totally wasn’t expecting them there.  They ran with me basically back to the house.  I went left to continue my run and they went right to run home, but it got me to almost 7 miles and it was just really nice to have the company.  We were able to get my pace back down to the normal range I like to keep it at for a long run (13 min/mile) and we were conversational the whole way.  Those couple of miles I had running with them were some of the best I’ve had in a while.  We stopped to walk at one point and I started drinking some water.  Yota saw me drinking and gave me this look like “where did you get that?!” I think if I didn’t share I was going to be tackled for my water bottle.  So we stopped so I could share the rest of that water bottle with him.

See Spot Run 5k - 5/18/13

Throwback to See Spot Run 5k – 5/18/13…I think Yota’s first race

Once we split off I continued on.  I made a huge effort today to keep my pace back down where we got it and not let my mental game get the best of me.  My mental strength actually seems to get better and stronger the longer the run.  I did miles 7-10 uneventful and just kept telling myself that I couldn’t acknowledge any discomfort until after 10 miles.  Usually anything before that is just my mind being whiny.  Around mile 14, Andy and Yota popped by in the truck and that was a welcome surprise, but I was also in a focus mode so they didn’t hang around long.  Right before mile 14 was my fastest pace of the day when I hit 7:40 for a split second.  Where my legs found the turnover for that pace is beyond me.  I kept ticking off the miles and started doing a gu chomp between fuelings around mile 11 (I was STARVING).  I took my last GU gel at mile 16 and just kept telling myself that was going to push me to the end.  I felt so good and at that point I was determined not to hit a wall.  Yes, my legs hurt, and for a minute I was pretty sure my ankle was broken, but I just kept pushing through physically and mentally.  Mile 17 came and my pace was a 12:23!!! I’m still just shocked at that pace for that late in the run.

My overall pace today came in at a 13:02/mile and I’m absolutely thrilled by that because it’s 13 seconds quicker than my 16 miler last week and 8 seconds quicker than my 15 miler.  I don’t know if it was the cooler temps (which I’ll take any day of the week) or what, but it was amazing and I didn’t feel completely dead.  Granted my legs where pretty fried, but I felt like I could push to 26 if I really had to.  It was so nice to have a long run that was great from start to finish, no wall, no negative thoughts, nothing.  I didn’t even have to turn on my music.  It was just nice being out there, running, and talking to myself (show me a long distance runner that doesn’t look crazy out there singing and talking to themselves).

So I know this has gotten long and I’ll try to wrap it up, but I couldn’t help but elaborate on the long run this week because it was just so awesome.  I was sore enough though that I came home and took my first ever cold bath (too chicken to add ice, maybe next week).  My legs are probably the achiest they have ever been today.

Cold Water Bath

Cold Water Bath

Overall not a great training week, but I think I’ve set myself up for better success this coming week.  I know I should be doing 7-10 milers during the week, but my legs are just not recovered enough for that even with foam rolling and compression.  So last week I did yoga on Tuesday night, a 3.5 mile run Wednesday morning, and a spin class (which left me crazy sore) on Saturday.

This week’s schedule looks like this:


Wednesday-4 Miles


Friday-7 Miles



Monday – 19 miles!

Only 3 more long runs left until taper and then I don’t know what I’m going to do with all my time.  Obsess about the marathon probably.

Kristen Brumbaugh is currently training for the Marine Corps Marathon.  I am running under a charity bib for the Girls On The Run organization.  This will be my first marathon.  If you are interested in donating to my fundraiser for the Girls on the Run, please visit my fundraising page here.


Marathon Training – Weekly Workout Recap

Good Morning! So this is a few days late, but such is life sometimes.  This week’s long run was a 15 miler.  My longest run to date.  It’s all distance records from here right?  Needless to say though, Sunday I was pretty much mush.  I did not feel nearly as light and bright as I did after last weeks run.  I made it through though and I’m still alive to tell the tale.

We’ll see how the rest of the long runs go, but I’ve realized that if I just focus on the mile I am in, I can get through it.  I did have one moment around mile 13 this week where I almost texted Andy to come pick me up whenever he got home from his run.  I started having this really bad pain on the outside of my left calf and it was brutal.  Even after the run, it was very sensitive to the touch.  Thankfully it’s pretty much gone away at this moment, but I’m a little concerned because I had no idea what it was.  It did’t really feel like a cramp or the general soreness that you feel and it didn’t hurt on the other leg.  I’m hoping it doesn’t come back this week.

As far the rest of the week, I did two other runs which isn’t great, but not awful.  Monday I ran 7 miles and Wednesday I ran 3.  The miles on Wednesday were tough.  I really didn’t want to go, but Andy helped motivate me and we got out the door together and knocked out 3.  It wasn’t the 5 I was supposed to do, but as Gary Vaynerchuck would say 1 is greater than 0.  The rest of the week didn’t go as well.  Also, we’ve moved our long runs to Sunday because we have more available time on Sunday mornings and we’ve got a few Friday night get togethers we don’t want to miss.

This coming week, my workout plan looks like this:



W-Run 6 Miles – Sub 12

T-Run 7 Miles – Sub 13

F-Run 6 Miles – Sub 12


S-16 Miles Sub 13:50

That said, I’m not sure Thursday’s run will happen because I have a morning meeting.  In regards to the pace goals, I did meet them.  My long run last week came in at a 13:10 and I really wanted to make sure I was under 14.  I was super bummed though because I was sub 13 for the first 13 miles.  Then that pain in my leg hit and it was downhill from there.

So I think that about wraps up this weeks workout recap.  Let me know in the comments below if you’d like more posts during the week about things other than my running.  I’m not the most interesting person in the world, but I am running a startup marketing company and that always has its excitement.  Otherwise, I’ll see next weekend.

Kristen Brumbaugh is currently training for the Marine Corps Marathon.  I am running under a charity bib for the Girls On The Run organization.  This will be my first marathon.  If you are interested in donating to my fundraiser for the Girls on the Run, please visit my fundraising page here.

Time Flys

It’s amazing how quickly time goes by.  It seems the older I get, the quicker things go.  Each year seems to go by faster than the last and each day/week is the same way.  I can’t believe it’s been 10 days since my last post on here.  I have a ton of posts started and I need to set them up to post, but time just got away from me.  Before I jumped into those though, I just wanted to pop in with something a little more relevant and updated.

Tomorrow we are running the Get to the Green run (5k/10k) in Five Points.  This was the very first 5k I ever did.  I had high hopes for this to be my sub 30min 5k.  That is not going to happen though.  Training has been tough with everything else going on in life and I’ve been fighting a nagging injury in my left arch that kept me down a bit.  I’m hoping I’ve figured it out though.  I removed my inserts and put back in the factory inserts this week.  *Knock on wood* foot didn’t hurt after my last run.  Keeping my fingers crossed though.  That said, I’m planning to take Yota.  Maybe he’ll pull me fast enough to get a decent time.  Andy is doing the 10k (actually kind of jealous he is doing the longer distance).  This year both races get a finishers medal which is new and I’m really excited about adding some more hardware to our bib/medal holder.

My sister Taylor, myself, and Andy at last years Get to the Green race

My sister Taylor, myself, and Andy at last years Get to the Green race

On another running related note: Today, we signed up for our first half marathon and entered a lottery for our first full marathon.  We signed up for the Palmetto Half (which is in exactly one month..crazy I know, but I think I can make it work) and entered the lottery for the Marine Corps Marathon.  I’m way geeked out about both events and am super pumped to train and accomplish them.

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Also, I’m doing a #30daysofYota photo a day project on my instagram.  If you don’t already follow me, head over and follow me:

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There is so much more I want to share, but I have to get some other posts out first before sharing those details..and NO I am NOT pregnant (I know there are those of you thinking that).  Until next time!

Belated April Favorites!

Holy smokes! I’m so far behind on blogging this month.  Here I am about to blog about my April favorites and we are more than half way through May! Where does the time go.

Anywho…I’ll make this let’s get started! This month I will list 4 of my favorite items for the month of April.

1. My mini-planner

Earlier this year, I picked up a tiny purse calendar from Books-A-Million for $1. I figured it would be good for writing appointments, birthdays, etc.  Little did I realize how much I would use it for keeping track of other things as well.  For instance…I write down blog and video ideas for both work and personal use.  I cross off days as I go along and find myself writing down all of the important dates in life like meetings, doctors appointments, get togethers, out of town dates, etc.  It’s just been really a godsend for helping keep track of my days, weeks, months.

2. My Weekly To-Do Sheets

Another thing that has really been working for me are my custom made weekly to-do sheets.  I wanted something I could write on easily, have daily access to, was still cute looking, and kept all the areas of my life organized for what I had to do that week.  So I opened up photoshop and made a template.  Then I just printed out a bunch of them and stuck them in the clear cover of a white 3 ring binder that I already carry everywhere I go.  Now it’s easy for me to work on my to do list, read what’s next, and figure out what’s going on from anywhere.  I don’t have to worry if I synced my phone or if I can’t open my computer.  If you would like this template for yourself, just let me know and I can provide a downloadable pdf.  I can put your own custom headings and categories or leave them blank for your use.

3. My New IPHONE

So I finally got on board (and convinced the hubby to get on board) and got an Iphone.  We switched from TMobile to AT&T and both got Iphone 4s’.  We are absolutely loving them.  There are a few glitches here and there, but overall…absolutely loving them! I couldn’t ask for a better phone.  It’s so easy to use and works so smoothly.  I am so happy we finally made the switch.

4. Instagram

Since getting the Iphone.  I’ve downloaded Instagram and found myself taking pictures and posting them to Instagram everywhere we go! It’s so fun to see other peoples pictures and what they are doing.  I am part of a very nosy generation (or maybe that’s just me) and I wake up every morning and the 3rd thing I do is pull up instagram and see if there are any new posts (1st thing – breakfast, 2nd thing – email). It’s so addicting and I’ve started playing around with other apps to stich pictures together with layouts and different settings.  If you want to follow me…my instagram username is: blonde_designer

So those are my April favorites.  Do you have any favorites from the month of April or are you too enjoying one of my listed favorites? I’d love to hear what’s exciting you in your life this month! 

P.S. If you’re not following me on… I also do a monthly favorites series on there of beauty products (mostly).  You can check it out by visiting this link:

March: Things I’m Loving

Hey everybody! I hope you are having a beautiful start to your April.  It’s in the high 80s here and is really starting to feel like Summer.

Anywho, if you follow my youtube videos, you will see that I have started doing a monthly favorites video for my favorite beauty items.  I did a February favorites last month and will be uploading a March favorites this week.  They are just quick videos that I do talking about my favorite beauty products.  So I thought I would do something similar on here.  However, my favorites I list on here most likely won’t be beauty related.  They will be more home, life, internet, design related.  The things I do outside of beauty videos.  If you like this idea and want me to continue it, just hit the like button above (if you are a wordpress user) or comment below.  Let’s get started.

1. Swagbucks

I know I talked about Swagbucks in my last blog, but I had to put it on here as well because it has just taken over my brain this month.  In the month of March, I got $30 in Amazon giftcards from Swagbucks alone.  It’s just amazing and I can’t wait to figure out what I’m going to spend my free giftcards on.  If you missed last week’s post and want to know more about Swagbucks…click here!

2. Our Yard!

The past few weeks, Andy and I have been working hard on our yard.  We’ve been raking up leaves, planting flowers, mowing, edging, etc.  We are so tired of yard work, but the results are fantastic.  We do have a shortage of grass in our yard (thanks to an endless canopy of shade in the backyard and my lovely 80lb lap dog), but otherwise…it is SO NICE to have everything cleaned up and put together.  We’ve even filled the bird feeders and Yota just loves watching the birds fly to and from the feeders. I am planning to post a blog about my garden soon and I’ll include pics of the yard then.


Now..this is somewhat of a love/hate situation.  Until Easter Sunday, is hosting an egg hunt on their website.  They have set up a special software on the site that randomly places eggs throughout the site at random times.  These eggs contain giftcards for all kinds of places (ie: Target, Dairy Queen, McDonalds, Barnes & Noble).  I won a Subway giftcard in the very beginning (a few weeks ago), but I’m just dieing to win another giftcard.  I’ve been addicted to this site day in and day out.  If you have the ability to surf their website (it’s mobile friendly as well)…try your luck and see if you win a giftcard.  If you’re a big winner..comment below and let me know.  Did I mention that one of those giftcards contains an Ipad?  Their website also contains a ton of coupons and free samples of everything from food to beauty products.  Make sure to stop in on the hunt before easter. You can get to the hunt by clicking the photo below.

Easter egg hunt

Now..just like on my videos, I’m only going to post the number of things that coorelate with the month number.  Meaning, your April favorites blog post will have 4 items.

I hope you enjoyed this and have a good week!

Regal Pics are Here!

Wow…I’ve really dropped the ball recently with blogging.  I apologize for that…between being sick and this week I’ve had a still ongoing migraine (4th day with this sucker)…I’ve just been moving a little slower it seems.

So I promised you pics from our Regal event and I finally have a couple on my computer.

Like I said in the last post…we had a great time and I can’t wait to see what the theme is next year.  Anyway, on to other things.  Lately, Andy and I have been homebody’s and not really going out and doing I don’t have that much to talk about.   The other night though, we did go to Takosushi here in Columbia and it was really good.  We both had steak tacos and they were delicious.  I wish I had a pic from that night to post, but I don’t…sorry!

I’ve already re-painted my nails since I got my mani.  I painted them a really pretty pail pink….

I can’t seem to find a pic of the actual nail polish..but here it is on my nails.  It’s made by Essence and it’s called Cotton Candy.  It was a very small bottle I picked up at Ulta one day because it was cheap and a pretty pink when I was trying to decide if I liked the pale pink on me….and when I say cheap..I mean CHEAP! This nail polish was only $.49! Can you believe that price! I figured it would chip after a day and not look good on, but it’s actually pretty decent.  It’s held up all week and the color is good.  It did require three coats as opposed to just two, but I can handle that for only $.49.

One thing I am trying to find out more information on is a decent eyecream for morning and/or night.  My eyes have just looked awful lately and I’d love to find something to help them out.  Do you have any suggestions or recs?  I look forward to hearing them.

Also, I started a youtube channel a few weeks ago and usually put up videos that may not be on here.  So if you get a minute, head over there (link below) and check out my videos.  Don’t forget to Subscribe!

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Thank you to my most recent followers and I will see you guys next week!