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Thinking Out Loud Thursday {#2}

Thursday’s are for thinking out loud!

Here are some things that are on my mind today:

I received my official QT2 racing kit in the mail yesterday! I am so pumped to be racing with the Age Group Elite Team with QT2 this season! I have been coached by QT2 for over a year now, and I have seen huge improvements in my performance already. Being on the team takes things to a whole new level and I’m excited to represent QT2 at all of my races this season (especially my Ironman!).

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Trying out my new kit yesterday!

Spring is here!! It’s finally warming up in the Boston area and I could not be happier. This week has been beautiful with temperatures in the high 50’s and low 60’s. We might even reach 70 degrees this weekend! I am also grateful that it’s getting light out earlier in the morning… makes waking up before 5:00 AM a whole lot easier!

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The Boston Marathon is 11 days away, holy moly! I am actually feeling more confident about the race than I did a week ago. I have been seeking treatment for my shin splints and they have improved. I also feel like my plantar fasciitis pain has been tolerable this week (it helps that I’m tapering). I have decided that I have no choice but to run this race. After watching a special on TV the other day, about the events from last year, I couldn’t help but feel that I BELONG at the start line on April 21st. Standing just a few streets away last year when the explosions went off, I feel like that day is forever a part of me. Yes, I was able to cross the finish line, but so many people did not… this year we all run together.

The day before the race last year!

The day before the race last year!

I have decided at the age of 30 that I am sick of caring about what other people think about me. For my entire life, I have been so worried about what ‘others think’. Whether it’s about what I wear, what my hair looks like, what I do for work, the fact that I eat really healthy and exercise all the time… I used to let it get to me, but now I have a personal goal of not letting the fear of what other’s think, get to me. I’m also trying REALLY hard not to compare myself to others. This is a more difficult goal, I think, but it’s something to strive for.

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Thought of the week

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Join the fun on Thursdays! 

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LIEBSTER AWARD! Joining the fun and spreading the love.

A special thank you to Kristen from Glitter and Dust for nominating me for the LIEBSTER AWARD! I feel honored! Since I am fairly new to blogging, I thought it would be a great opportunity to answer her questions and allow my readers get to know me a little better! I hope you enjoy!

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My Questions and Answers:

1. How did you choose your blog name?
I brainstormed for months until one day Sweat Courage came to me.. I love to sweat (obviously) and that’s how I thought of the first part of my blog name. I also wanted something short and sweet. The second word ‘courage’ came to mind when I rediscovered the card my mom gave me before I ran the Boston Marathon last year. It was my very first Marathon and my mom wrote me a lovely card that had a quote about courage on the outside (“Courage in Women is often mistaken for insanity”- Alice Paul). My mom wanted to let me know how proud of me she was, and thought I had a lot of courage to run the race. The card brought tears to my eyes.

I ran last year’s Boston Marathon for the Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE). Skin cancer is what killed my grandmother, and is something that is prevalent in my family. I wanted to make a difference and feel proud of raising over $5,000 for the MFNE. Ironically enough, before the race, my mom also gave me a bracelet with a St. Christopher charm (the protector).. a little ironic given the events of last year.

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2. Why did you start blogging?
Starting a blog had been a goal of mine for many years. It was getting started that was the scary part! I started my blog with the intention of sharing my experience Ironman training, but also sharing my everyday life. I also have a huge interest in health and nutrition, and one day want to start my own business! Perhaps this can stem from my blog? Just an idea!

3. What is something that you love about yourself?
Physically: My legs. They are strong and have been through a lot with me… We have definitely gotten to know each other a lot over the years!
Mentally: My endless amounts of energy and my self-motivation (which is at an insane level)

4. If you could pick your dream career, and money wasn’t an issue, what would you do?
I would work from home and have my own health coaching and nutrition business. Even though I would have a ‘home office’ I would be on the road a few days a week to meet with clients and grow my community base. I would get the opportunity to spend time outdoors often and I would not be confined to a cubicle and 9-5 hours. I also have a dream of being an entrepreneur, I have wanted to do this since being a little girl.

5. What motivates you?
Being fit and healthy is who I am and I want to continue to stay this way forever (as long as my body allows it). I want to show others that they can lead a healthy lifestyle and do a race like a triathlon. When I have a family one day, I want to be an example for my children!

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6. What are two goals you have for 2014?

  • To hear the words: “Kristin YOU ARE an IRONMAN” after crossing the finish line at IMMT in August
  • To get promoted at my office job

7. If you could give your 16-year old self a piece of advice, what would it be?
It’s not worth the time (and energy) to worry about what others think about you. Life is too short. (I’m still working on this, but at least I’m getting better… right?)

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8. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?
To gain some patience. I have ZERO. I think it could really benefit me and those around me, ha ha.

9. Where is one place you have never been that you have always wanted to go?
The Inca Trail in Peru… DREAM hiking vacation.

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10. What would constitute a perfect day for you?
It’s summer time… I wake up in New Hampshire and go for a day-long hike in the White Mountains with my husband and dog. This would include spending a good amount of time at the summit, enjoying a PB&J sandwich while taking in the mountain views around us.

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11 Are you going to pass the torch and nominate 11 other bloggers?
Yes I will try my best!

 

The Fit Knitter
Fit Radiance
Wholesomely Fit
The Change of Pace
Run with no Regrets
Whole Health Dork
Loving on the Run
Run to the Finish
Zucchini Runner
Runner Leana
Fitness Fatale

 

My questions to each of you:

1. How did you choose your blog name?
2. Why did you start blogging?
3. What is something that you love about yourself?
4. If you could pick your dream career, and money wasn’t an issue, what would you do?
5. What motivates you?
6. What are two goals you have for 2014?
7. If you could give your 16-year old self a piece of advice, what would it be?
8. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?
9. Where is one place you have never been that you have always wanted to go?
10. What would constitute a perfect day for you?
11 Are you going to pass the torch and nominate 11 other bloggers?

The rules:

Thank the blogger who nominated you.
Answer the 11 questions given to you.
Nominate 11 other bloggers.
Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
Comment on your nominees’ blogs to let them know you nominated them.
Have fun spreading the blogging love!

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IMMT Training Recap {Week 20}

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The Stats:
2 weeks until the Boston Marathon
20 weeks until IMMT
Total Training hours last week: 9

How am I feeling? I am now starting to taper in preparation for the Boston Marathon, which is two weeks from today! I am still planning on running it, even though my plantar fasciits has been raising hell. I have spoken with my triathlon coach and he said we can’t rule out Boston just yet… hopefully he’s right. Last week I had a rest day on Tuesday, which even though I hated not doing any training on that day, it was most definitely what my body needed. My training week also ended with a recovery day yesterday (Sunday) and I enjoyed a nice long walk with Todd and Oliver at the lake nearby. The weather was perfect yesterday and it felt great to be outside! Spring has finally arrived and it’s fantastic.

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Training notes: Each week I am feeling stronger and stronger on the bike. I also feel an improvement in the pool, which is always exciting. I have recently incorporated fins which are helping a lot with my kicking mechanics. I might be switching over to ‘pool running’ until we get to Boston, I need to give my foot a rest…. as much as I don’t want to, I think it’s necessary. On Saturday I went for a long run on the trails near my house, which are finally dry… it felt amazing! Running on the trails was the highlight of my training this past weekend. There is just something about running through the woods that’s so peaceful!

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Monday
Swim 3,000 yards at Masters practice

Tuesday
OFF- Rest Day
2 mile walk with Todd and Oliver

Wednesday
Bike (Zone 1) 40 min
Run (Zone 2) 35 min
Core Work/TRX

Thursday
Bike (Zone 2) 50 min
Run Transition run, 25 min recovery pace

Friday
Swim 3,000 yards at Master’s

Saturday
Bike 2:51 (Z1/Z2) Ride
Run (Z1/Z2)Transition Run 1:20

Sunday
3.5 mile walk with Todd and Oliver
Bike: 45 min recovery ride

Some photos from our walk yesterday:)

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How was your training last week?

 

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Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday everyone! I am excited for this weekend because it’s going to hit 60 degrees here and I might even ride my bike OUTDOORS, yes!

Here are some things I’m loving this Friday:

Red Ape Cinnamon

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You have not tasted real cinnamon until you’ve tried Red Ape. Red Ape Cinnamon is organic certified, non-GMO and also gives 5% of their profits to protect orangutans and their habitat. I love to put this cinnamon on fresh cut pink lady apple slices. I have only tried the original Premium Ground Cinnamon flavor, but they have lots of options like Cinnamon Sugar and Vanilla. Trust me, this cinnamon is so flavorful and just plain wonderful!

 

Gregory Jade 28 Hiking Pack

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The Jade is the pack that I use for all of my hiking. It’s specifically designed for women, and it’s really comfortable. I have an issue with ‘packing light’ on hikes, I try to always be prepared. This pack fits everything that I need and more. Thankfully Gregory recognizes that a woman’s torso differs from her male counterparts; they design packs with a narrower back panel and a harness that’s tailored to a woman’s shape

 

Nikkis Coconut Butter

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If you are looking for something healthy to cure a sweet tooth craving, Nikki’s Coconut Butter is a dream come true. My favorite flavor is the Vanilla Cake Batter, OMG it’s amazing! It seriously tastes like cake batter. I typically warm this coconut butter up slightly and enjoy it as if it’s melted frosting (incredible). You can also add it into recipes or smoothies! Ingredients: Organic Coconut, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Honey, Organic Vanilla (Vanilla Beans, Alcohol, Water), Sea Salt AND only 3 grams of sugar per serving.

 

Feetures! Plantar Fasciitis Sleeve

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As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have been suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. I have tried ALL sorts of remedies for this horrible, unforgiving injury. A few months ago I purchased Feetures Brand Plantar Fasciitis Sleeves, and they have really made a difference. The sock fits nice and snug around the arch of your foot and heel. It mocks the idea of taping your foot, without going through the hassle. Although it does not completely take away my heel pain (I wish), it helps my foot feel more supported! I plan on wearing the sock during the Boston Marathon!

 

TYR Flex Fins

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Thanks to a recommendation in Triathlete Magazine, I purchased the TYR Flex Fins! I tried them for the first time this week, and I really like them so far. I am really trying to improve on my kicking mechanics with swimming and fins help you to accomplish a proper kick. I feel like I am using my hips more with the fins (and not just my ankles). The fins also make you so super-fast in the water, which is of course a bonus:)

 Have a lovely weekend!!

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday! #1

I am linking up with Amanda today for Thinking out Loud Thursday! I love this idea and I thought I would jump on the bandwagon!

Here are some of my random thoughts this Thursday

  • The Boston Marathon is 18 days away and I’m sort-of panicking. I don’t feel 100% with my plantar fasciitis and now shin splints (new issue). I wish I could say I feel confident about this race, but I don’t. I ran it last year, and I ran Chicago in October, so I know what my body feels like during a Marathon, just not an injured body. My mind is spinning over the whole thing.

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  • Bringing flowers to the office makes being indoors all day a bit more tolerable. I want to get in the habit of taking fresh flowers to work every week.

 

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  • I feel really ‘weak’ lately and I really miss Crossfit. With the suggestion of my triathlon coach and chiropractor, I gave up crossfit (for a little while). I really LOVED going to Crossfit 2-3 days/week, but I was finding that my muscles ALWAYS felt tired. With all of the swimming, biking and running that I do, it was just too much. I went from Crossfit to basically doing ZERO strength training and I hate how I feel. In the last few weeks I have started to do TRX and body weight work, but I miss lifting weights. This is why I have signed up with a trainer who is going to do my triathlon specific weight training programming… this will start next week! I can’t wait to get back into lifting again!

 

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  • I feel like I’m always rushing. I try to squeeze 28 hours in a 24 hour day- always! I feel like I’m always running around like a madwoman.. it probably doesn’t help that I put a lot of pressure on myself and I am very much ‘type A’

 

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  • I am proud of myself this week. For the first time, I presented at big meeting at work, and I did really well! I was super nervous since it was with a lot of the ‘big wigs’ at the office, but they were all very impressed with me! Something to feel great about this week.

 

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  • I can’t wait to ride my bike outside. I have been riding indoors on my trainer since November! This weekend it might get into the 60’s here in Boston and I think I’m going to take my bike outside for a change, I can’t wait to get that rush that I get when riding down a hill outside… I have surely missed it!

 

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