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Marathon Training (Week 11)

This week…oh this week. Work basically took over my life but I still managed to fit in one run while completely skipping out on cross-training. I think it’s safe to say that the four consecutive rest days were justified, right?

5 miler

Previous weeks:
Marathon Training (week 1-3)
Marathon Training (week 4)
Marathon Training (week 5)
Marathon Training (week 6-9)
Marathon Training (week 10)

WEEK 11 (7/14/2014 – 7/20/2014)
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 5 mile run (42:07 min @ 8:26 min/mi)
Wednesday60 min Cross-training Rest
Thursday5 mile run Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest
Sunday5K Race 5 mile run (47:36 @ 9:31 min/mi)
TOTAL = 10 miles

Thoughts: Can you please humor me for a bit and allow me be proud of my fastest 5 miler ever? I’ve run distances at faster paces before, but this run made me feel strong and limitless. The weather certainly contributed to the equation because the 60 degree temps felt wonderfully freeing. The speedy run also reassured me that all those torturous hot summer runs are helping make me faster. I’ve got my first 15 miler this upcoming weekend, yikes! I’m also happy to report that there is minimal to zero knee pain (*knock on wood*). Ditching the orthotics (again) seems to be the solution!

♥ Irina

Frames From The Weekend 7/18/2014 – 7/20/2014

Am I alive? This is a question I’ve been asking myself all weekend because…oh my gawd. My project release took place from Friday to Sunday. That’s 48 hours of endless work. I’m not going to get into the details but let me tell you it didn’t go as smoothly as expected. Everything ended up completing perfectly in the end but I’m still struggling to calm down and properly relax after facing some frightful issues.

FFTW Summer

(Link up to ‘Frames From The Weekend’! Read the official “rules” here.)

Needless to say, not much went on this weekend apart from spending endless hours in the office with little sleep. I’m still recovering so two pathetic frames are all I was able to come up with to share.


{I was barely able to keep down any food due to the high level of stress I faced all weekend. At least I managed to snack on a delicious salad from Protein Bar, my favorite egg-over-avocado toast breakfast with way too much coffee, and some fruit. About 90% of my weekend took place in a “lovely” conference room where I watched the sun rise and set. At least the view was nice, right?}


{Despite a short three hours of sleep, I somehow managed to remain functional on Sunday. The fatigue was incredibly apparent though, and I was extremely sensitive and emotional. I was also still coming down from the serious tension that overtook my body, so a scheduled 5-mile run was welcomed. The run sadly didn’t clear my mind at all, but I definitely felt physically better. The drive back home took slightly longer thanks to an adorable flock of geese crossing the street.}

This upcoming work week is already looking to be busy with stabilization efforts but I’m slowly counting down the days to a few events:
- flying back to NYC on Wednesday evening (I am so ready to return to Manhattan)
- an upcoming restful weekend with some running and evening socializing
- a few compensation days from work for all the extra hours I worked this weekend
- Lollapalooza starting next Friday Aug. 1st!
- my birthday! (just kidding, I’m not actually excited for it)
- a (hopefully) calm August


What was the last stressful project you worked on?

♥ Irina

Loving Lately, Music Edition (7/16/2014)

While I often declare my #1 choice of music to be EDM, the reality is that I love any and every song that elicits some sort of emotion out of me. Genre is irrelevant. Today I wanted to share three songs that have temporarily settled into the forefront of my mind, the first one being my main obsession. Enjoy!

Stolen Dance – Milky Chance

(This song is pure magic to my ears. His voice, that beat, the lyrics…love love love! I’ve been listening on repeat since Monday. Obsessed is an understatement.)

Jubel – Klingande

(I’m loving the summery mellow beat of this song and the video gives me some serious wanderlust.)

Disclosure - Latch ft. Sam Smith

(I’m sure you’ve all heard this song on the radio already but I had to add it. The music is so sexy I can’t even handle it…the video isn’t too bad either.)

All this music is making me extraordinarily excited for Lollapalooza in less than three weeks! I.am.so.freaking.excited. Music has a way of reaching the dusty corners of the heart and soul. I’m ready to immerse myself in it for three whole days (and every day onwards).

What are some songs you’ve been playing on repeat lately?

What’s your favorite genre of music?

♥ Irina

Marathon Training (Week 10)

I finally had a successful running week! It’s about time too, I was really starting to get down on myself for all the sh*tty runs I’ve been having lately. And don’t even mention the word “cross-training” to me (or is that technically two words?)…it’s been non-existent ever since I ditched my gym membership.

Previous weeks:
Marathon Training (week 1-3)
Marathon Training (week 4)
Marathon Training (week 5)
Marathon Training (week 6-9)


{the playground where I took a 5 minute break during this weekend’s long run}

WEEK 10 (7/7/2014 – 7/13/2014)
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 7 mile run Rest
Wednesday60 min Cross-training 7 mile run (1:03:53 @ 9:08 min/mi)
Thursday40 min tempo Rest
Friday: 40 min tempo – 4.4 miles @ 9:05 min/mi
Saturday13 mile run Rest
Sunday: 40 min bike 13.1 mile run (2:06:55 @ 9:41 min/mi)
TOTAL = 24.5 miles

Thoughts: After testing the waters yet again with store-bought orthotics, I ditched them after various knee pains that always seem to arise when I start messing with my legs’ natural movements. I actually ended up running in my Brooks PureFlow 2s without the orthotics on Sunday and successfully completed a “half marathon” around my neighborhood. This was the first time I ran the half marathon distance as an informal training run, and it went quite well despite the heat. It’s exciting to think that (almost) every long run from now on will be a new personal distance record! Speaking of warm weather, the temps dropped a bit this past week which allowed me to slightly speed up without feeling like I would melt into a salty puddle of sweat.

♥ Irina