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ripley_runnah. Fa la la FRIDAY ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ„ 6 miles of hills to start the weekend. Fancy ho

Fa la la FRIDAY ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ„ 6 miles of hills to start the weekend. Fancy holiday party tonight, @eatalyboston with my bestie tomorrow, museum and Salem adventures with bae on Sunday!! Donโ€™t know how Iโ€™m gonna squeeze workouts into all of that but Iโ€™ll do my best! Have a magical weekend! โœจ

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ripley_runnah. Honestly feeling AWESOME. Battled my way through a snowstorm to hit th

Honestly feeling AWESOME. Battled my way through a snowstorm to hit the gym this morning before work. Five easy miles on light limbs!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸปBeen working really hard on my nutrition over the last ten weeks and I can see and feel differences, which is SO exciting. The office is EmPtY today- good chance to catch up on old projects and maybe squeeze in a leg workout this afternoon. Later g8rs โ„๏ธโ„๏ธโ„๏ธ

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ripley_runnah. DAY ONE. ๐ŸŽ‰ Most marathon cycles are 16 weeks, but I give myself twent

DAY ONE. ๐ŸŽ‰ Most marathon cycles are 16 weeks, but I give myself twenty. The first four I build up slowly, but I count them nonetheless. Today was the beginning of my spring training cycle! . . Iโ€™ve got GOALZ for 2020 (more on this later) and my success at MDI and a long break have really given me the oOmph I wanted for a fresh cycle. ๐Ÿคฉ Excited for this!!! . . Today was a mile warmup, 6 miles at 8:13 pace, and a mile cooldown. Kind of surprised that my average heart rate was 155- whatโ€™s up bod? Are we ready to go harder?? ๐Ÿ˜œ

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Another epic day of crosstraining / desperately trying to stay ahead of all the party calories weโ€™re going to be consuming over the next month / also just doing what we enjoy. ๐Ÿ˜› 7+ miles and 6+ hours of clambering uphill in the snow. ๐Ÿ’•

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ripley_runnah. Happy Thanksgiving from two goofy turkeys. ๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿฆƒ ๐Ÿ˜ Squeezed in a quick

Happy Thanksgiving from two goofy turkeys. ๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿฆƒ ๐Ÿ˜ Squeezed in a quick workout this morning before family and food!!! Love how this guy is always up for movement. ๐Ÿ’•

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So Iโ€™ve started posting times again, when I havenโ€™t in a while. Iโ€™ve struggled in the past with wanting all my runs to be super fast, and sharing times kept me from recovering correctly. But last cycle I felt like I slipped TOO far in the other direction, not pushing hard enough to make pace or challenge myself, because who would know but me? Running (currently) without a coach means all my accountability comes from myself, and some days (many days) Iโ€™m a pretty lenient mentor. ๐Ÿ˜‚ By sharing times Iโ€™ve signed you all in as accountability buddies and mini-coaches, whether you like it or not!! ๐Ÿ˜œ Base rebuild starts next week, for now Iโ€™m still just having fun! Warm enough to run in shorts today- hurrah!

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ripley_runnah. Getting sick of gym photos so letโ€™s throw it back to one of my favorit

Getting sick of gym photos so letโ€™s throw it back to one of my favorite runs of all time... Chicago you killed me with this lakeside path!! ๐Ÿ˜ An easy one this morning before work. Mentally preparing for a long weekend full of parties!! ๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿ˜†

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ripley_runnah. Today was a weird day. I got super worked up over something relatively

Today was a weird day. I got super worked up over something relatively small and insignificant- like cried three times kind of worked up. I went to the gym because I had said I would, and then I just sat against the wall for twenty minutes. FINALLY I forced myself to warmup with a walk on the treadmill, and after just a few minutes I started to feel better. Fast forward to a 10 mile run AND a full shoulders / triceps / core circuit and all I can say is, movement is medicine. ๐Ÿ˜Š Love taking my time in an empty gym on the weekends ๐Ÿ’•

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ripley_runnah. Not being in a marathon cycle has been awesome. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Iโ€™ve been feeling

Not being in a marathon cycle has been awesome. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Iโ€™ve been feeling so much more rested, I get out of bed in the morning without groaning, and my runs are short and unstructured. Whatโ€™s cool to realize is that even though Iโ€™m not training for anything in particular, I still work out almost every day. Today I bopped down to the gym after work, thinking I would just foam roll for a while, and I ended up doing a full leg circuit. Movement feels GOOD. I canโ€™t imagine life without it. Iโ€™ve decided not to run Millinocket half. Itโ€™s a big bummer, as I was really looking forward to it. But, my company holiday party is the night before in Boston. ๐Ÿ˜– I opted for a glamorous dress and good times with my friends over a five hour drive to run 13.1 in probably freezing temps. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ #basicbitch Iโ€™ve got my sights on a spring marathon though... I know I said I wouldnโ€™t, but this break has been exactly what I needed. I still have over a month before real training starts... plenty of time to finish healing before jumping back on the crazy train. ๐Ÿ˜œ

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ripley_runnah. Red and sweaty and STRONG. ๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸปWorking my way back into SPEED runs ๏ฟฝ

Red and sweaty and STRONG. ๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸปWorking my way back into SPEED runs ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’จ Iโ€™ll be doing most of them on the treadmill as I rebuild my base and then jump into the next cycle- the extra cushioning for my shins trumps any downsides. 1 mile warmup .5 @ 730 .25 slow .25 @ 658 .25 slow 1 @ 730 .25 slow .25 @ 658 .25 slow .75 @ 730 .25 slow .25 @658 1 mile cooldown BOOM. ๐Ÿ’ฅ

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ripley_runnah. Post run sweaty and red faced. Grateful for the days that I can come d

Post run sweaty and red faced. Grateful for the days that I can come down to the gym during lunch, saving me time and sanity outside my work hours. ๐Ÿ˜Š Back and biceps was yesterday- Iโ€™m curling 20lb dumbbells as of last week, my highest weight ever! Yay noodle arms ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿœ

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I was planning to run 8 miles today, but opted for 7.5 of the outdoor step machine instead. ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ”โ„๏ธ Crosstraining FTW!

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ripley_runnah. Happy Saturday!!! .
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Today was excellent.๐Ÿ˜Š After a truly manic wee

Happy Saturday!!! . . . Today was excellent.๐Ÿ˜Š After a truly manic week, I had a whole day to putz around my apartment, hang out with the cat, decorate for Christmas and just chiiiillllllll. Iโ€™m the kind of person that NEEDS to have time alone, I canโ€™t recharge any other way. Having that today was exactly what I wanted. โฃ๏ธ Six miles on the treadmill while watching Queer Eye in JAPAN- this show gives me LIFE!!! ๐Ÿ˜

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ripley_runnah. Say hello to this elegant beauty- Kyoto! โ›ฉ So full of love for this wo

Say hello to this elegant beauty- Kyoto! โ›ฉ So full of love for this wonderful, friendly girl, and so happy we could give her a permanent home for the holidays. #adoptdontshop

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ripley_runnah. Full body strength circuit with my girl @wild.tula this morning ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช

Full body strength circuit with my girl @wild.tula this morning ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป Neither of us was really feeling it, I know for me this week has been incredibly stressful and I have barely had a moment to breathe. But we pushed through and finished strong. Track workout on the agenda for tomorrow- but right now I just want to sleep... and itโ€™s only 2pm!! ๐Ÿ˜ซ

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ripley_runnah. 4 easy miles this morning & a body appreciate moment. Iโ€™m working hard

4 easy miles this morning & a body appreciate moment. Iโ€™m working hard to get to where I want to be. Not just in running but from an aesthetic and strength perspective as well. I love feeling like my body can tackle anything and look good while doing it, and Iโ€™m going to keep pushing my own limits, past what I used to think was possible! I donโ€™t want to stand in my own way, and most of that is the mental belief that โ€œI could never do thatโ€. Time to kick aside those limiting thoughts! Keep pushing forward! Okay, ramble over, itโ€™s cold AF here today. ๐Ÿฅถ Happy Hump DaAAaAayyy ๐Ÿช๐Ÿซ๐Ÿช

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ripley_runnah. Chest, abs, & legs at the gym today. ๐Ÿ˜œ

Chest, abs, & legs at the gym today. ๐Ÿ˜œ

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ripley_runnah. Not only was @mdimarathon my favorite race so far, they also gave out

Not only was @mdimarathon my favorite race so far, they also gave out my favorite SWAG so far! Hell yah quarter zip in a super cute color and non-ridiculous design! High five to whoever picked these out. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป . . Worked a little harder today, with a 1.5 mile warmup 4 miles between 7:45-8:04 pace .5 mile cooldown It wasnโ€™t easy to hold that pace for that long, but I think Iโ€™m ready to start turning my focus towards speed vs distance. Not ready for the weekend to be over... but then we never are. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Five point five slow miles on technical- BeAuTiFuL- trails. @stephenmabbott and I almost wimped out on this one, but Iโ€™m so glad we didnโ€™t! Running through the woods is my favorite. ๐Ÿ˜ Also this guy who mountain bikes while I run and snaps pictures without me even asking is my favorite. โฃ๏ธ . . Iโ€™m amused at how sore my muscles are after two days of my usual cross training. Two weeks off will do that I suppose! Hope you all had a beautiful Saturday! ๐ŸŒพ

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๐ŸŽŠRACE RECAP๐ŸŽŠ . . . Here you go folks, the finish line race photo in all its glory. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Red faced, skin bouncing, seventeen chins and barely getting one foot in front of the other. . . . Mount Desert Island was far and away my favorite marathon, potentially even my favorite race ever! As youโ€™ve seen, I struggled this summer trying to find the motivation to keep going. I seriously considered dropping out entirely. I went into MDI feeling like my fitness wasnโ€™t where I wanted it to be, and knowing how hilly the course was, I set a goal to not worry about a PR, and only focus on pacing myself well. . . The weather was PERFECT, and Iโ€™ve never been on such a beautiful course before. I kept an eye on my heart rate and ran the hills slowly. I never felt the need to use my headphones, which was a first! We ran past the ocean, beautiful homes, and through the wooded edges of Acadia. At the halfway mark I felt fantastic, and started pushing the pace a little harder, realizing I had the potential for my first negative split. @stephenmabbott had driven to the finish line and biked back up along the course, and he found me here, and I had my own personal cheerleader at random points along the race thereafter, which was such a wonderful morale booster. โฃ๏ธ . . Things didnโ€™t get tough until about mile 22. We had left the secluded beauty of the woods and were running alongside a busy interstate. Plus, miles 20-25 were a slow, steady, grueling incline. This is where things got hard. I only walked once, but I slowed considerably in those last few miles, as my mind started to give in, even though Iโ€™m sure my body could have kept going. . . . In the end I finished in 4:02:44. I had felt SO STRONG though nearly the entire race, and within an hour I was recovered and feeling like I hadnโ€™t run at all! I had told myself I wasnโ€™t going to run another marathon... but MDI was such a phenomenal success for me that I was immediately thinking... โ€œhow well could I do at my next one?โ€ ๐Ÿ˜‚

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ripley_runnah. It feels good to be back. Like, SO GOOD. Work is completely nuts as Iโ€™

It feels good to be back. Like, SO GOOD. Work is completely nuts as Iโ€™m trying to catch up from vacation, but I forced myself to take a lunch today and headed down to the gym for a quick leg & shoulder circuit. I felt the burn! These muscles are out of shape, but the movements felt HEALING. I noticed some pain in my hip- probably from the halfway-around-the-world travel, so I spent some time stretching those out towards the end. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป Happy Almost Friday!!! Ps- look at my adorable #popsocket- a baby fawn!!

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ripley_runnah. When I was on vacation, I dreamt I was running, and it felt like flyin

When I was on vacation, I dreamt I was running, and it felt like flying... my comeback this morning wasnโ€™t quite like that, ๐Ÿฅด with several pounds of vacation weight along for the ride and my shoes feeling foreign and strange!! But I took it easy with four miles while the sun rose, and it feels so so good to be stepping back into things. I needed that break, I feel refreshed and recharged and ready for a new challenge! ๐Ÿ˜ Throwing it back to the last time I ran, 18 days ago!!!! Definitely the longest Iโ€™ve taken from running in well over two years. Stress + rest = GROWTH.

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Been MIA because... IM IN JAPAN!!! ๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿก๐Ÿฅขโ›ฉ Hopped a plane four days after MDI and have been spending my recovery time in the greatest way possible: lots of temples, gardens, weird food and long walks. ๐Ÿ˜Š Heading home tomorrow and though Iโ€™ll certainly miss it here, Iโ€™m excited to get back into a routine and to pick up training for my next race, the Millinocket Half Marathon! Anyone else making the drive up north for that one??

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ripley_runnah. Two days of rest and WE BACK. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป Crushing weights during the

Two days of rest and WE BACK. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป Crushing weights during the workday and loving every second of it. A little sore still, but otherwise feeling awesome and still riding that marathon high. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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