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HELLO! Chelsea, 25. Runner. Obsessed with my dog. Naturally blonde and having more fun since 1988.
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One of those mornings that reminds you what a beautiful world we live in, where you just want to drink up the light and the smells and the colors.

Seeing all of the Boston updates this afternoon makes my heart so full of running joy. We are very fortunate to be part of a sport that has so many good people and such solidarity and warmth. All the feels today.

Saturday I did a longish run to start prepping my legs for the half I have on May 18. I did 7 miles with hills at an 8:50 average pace. I’m building some hills into my long runs to prep for “hospitalization hill” that is at mile 11 of the Historic Half course.

I used to live in downtown Fredericksburg and ran the canal path many times. I would run by that hill and be like “lol forever what fool would run up that?”… yeah. Apparently it’s some sort of cute thing to make miles 10-12 all uphill. Literally. Look at this course map:

http://www.marinemarathon.com/Assets/Maps/2014HistoricHalfCourse_web

So that’ll be fun. My goal for this race is to enjoy it and stay at sub 9 miles. I’d also like to do those 2 uphill miles at a respectable pace and not feel like passing out when the race is over. It would be great to PR but I don’t think this is the course for it. You never know, though! I’m also looking forward to Wegman’s and refueling at Carl’s afterward. If you’re traveling to the ‘burg for this race, go to Carl’s for ice cream. Your mouth will do a happy dance and you can thank me later. It’s one of the top 5 things I miss about living in Fred.

Yesterday I did 4 miles on Belle Isle and the flatter river trails at an 8:20-8:30 something pace (I honestly don’t remember… my bad… yes I know I am the worst about running stats). This pace didn’t feel too hard and I like that running on uneven terrain around the river makes running on pavement and sidewalks feel so much easier. There is also plenty of shade so it will be nice to run there when it gets hot out.

Next weekend is the Carytown 10K. My goal for that race is to run it at my “goal” half marathon race pace, which going by my fall running should be about 8:15 to 8:20 minute miles. I’m going to tack on a warmup mile and 2 cool down miles to make that my long run for the weekend. I’ve never done this with a race so it’ll be different for me!

Happy Monday from my this little bear.

Also— happy race day, Boston runners! It’s been a joy following your training, and you will all be amazing. I can’t wait to live vicariously through your race recaps.

Hide your children.

Kyle with some math textbooks that he is reading for fun.

"That looks like the Grinch’s poop".

- Kyle, in reference to my kale and blueberry smoothie

Not a bad way to kick off Thursday. 3 miles by the river at an easy 9:16 pace. The river is a bit high today from all the rain we got the other day.

Thought about running.

Decided to eat all the things and watch Netflix with cone bear instead.

Yesterday we had storms and rain all day. It was nice because it drove down the pollen count, so I wasn’t scratching my eyeballs constantly. As many of you can probably sympathize, I try to avoid the treadmill whenever I can because it’s boring and I never feel like I run the same way on it. Not to knock it completely— I’m glad we have one for when it’s too dark/cold/etc. to run outside, but it’s not my favorite. Especially since I’ve exhausted all of my current binge watching options on Netflix. I just finished season 2 of New Girl and Schmidt has joined Chelsea’s Definitive List of Top 5 Sitcom Characters Ever.

I decided to run outside in the rain and did not regret this decision. It was probably low 60’s or so, which was a little chilly to start but wound up feeling nice as I got sweaty. As long as I don’t have an iPod or iPhone to ruin, running in the rain (when it’s warmer out) is one of my favorite things.

1. It’s never crowded out

2. It’s refreshing and makes me feel like a kid in a water park splash house

3. The smells—- I’m obsessed with sniffing the fresh air different times of the year (is that crazy?). In the spring, the smell of the wet earth, fresh cut grass, and blooming plants is intoxicating.

It’s also really nice to sit on the porch and listen to the rain come down. It was a little too cold to do this last night, but I’m so excited for spring and summer rain storms.

I wound up doing 4 miles at an 8:34 pace. This makes me a little concerned about the reality of a PR at the Carytown 10K, but I’m not really sweating it. I feel good about the PR I set at Monument and I am completely mindful that not every race can be a PR race.

What do you think about running in the rain?

The blurry phone photo makes those look like fingers, but they’re carrots!

Simple, fast, and healthy. Normally I am not much of a salad person, but I have been on a salad kick recently for work lunches. Mostly because it is so quick and easy. This week is spinach, steamed carrots, and chicken/chicken sausage/ some other protein. I like making my own dressing with oil, vinegar, and Mrs. Dash. We got a giant bottle of balsamic vinegar at Costco and I have been adding it to everything. If you have a Costco near you… Join it. If only for the free samples and nothing else.

I have also been eating oatmeal with cashews and fruit like… Every morning. And sometimes for dinner.

Thus I am seriously reaching a new level of lazy with meals. Tonight I have to make a real dinner involving the stovetop and I may have forgotten how to use an oven, stay tuned.

Running this week so far-
Sunday: 3 miles around Forest Hill lake at 8:24

Monday: 3 untimed miles


I don’t really have a training plan right now and need to fix that if I am going to do a half in a month (Yeah I know that’s the second time I’ve said that in the past week). Everything going on recently has felt so overwhelming and I like letting running be the one less structured area of my life. It’s nice to go when I want, where I want, for as long as I want. Sometimes you’re in the training zone and sometimes you aren’t.

I notice that I am constantly taking pictures when out running and I love finding new routes around here. Would anyone be interested in reading details/ reviews of different popular running areas in Richmond? It would be like a little series with a new addition every couple of weeks. Or is that a little self-indulgent?

Happy Tuesday! What are your go to lazy meals?