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Find the latest updates on my Instagram Feed (@fuelmybalance). I do plan on writing more for the blog, but currently haven’t written anything in a LOOOONG time.

 

 

PR 5K and Training

I have a LOVE  H A T E relationship with running.  But this year, this “training” cycle, something is working.  I’m training way less than I used to, but over a two week period I PR’d my 5K time TWICE.  The latest was AFTER a 17 mile bike ride – HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?!

On April 30th, I ran a 5K at the Philly Zoo.  This was not easy as the paths throughout the zoo are narrow and we started at the back of the pack.  Obviously, we had to make a bathroom stop before the run!  The first mile was super slow as I was trying to weave my way around the walkers and strollers – 10:37. This was the first time EVER (training or race) that I had negative splits! Mile 2 – 8:28. Mile 3 – 8:11!  That race I would have considered my ideal time at 27:21.40.

Two weeks later I decided to finally get on my bike, the triathlon was 5 weeks away and I had yet to try out the new bike or even get a ride in.  No expectations for the day, I told myself I would bike 30 minutes out and come back.  As I changed shoes I ate a Phat Fudge packet and had a few sips of water.  Again, I set out with no expectations, I just wanted to run 3 miles without stopping.  Honestly thought this was a struggle.  As I ran up the hill to my car I looked down at my phone and saw that I was CRUSHING IT.  How was that possible, I felt like I was running so slow and my form was awkward as hell (at least that’s how it felt after the bike).  So I decided I was going to see what my 5K time would be and ran around the parking lot until my phone hit 3.1.  To my surprise I killed that run – 25:31. HOW?!?!

I have been in complete shock with how I was able to run my best 5K time EVER after an hour bike ride. Over the past week I’ve done a lot of reflection trying to figure out what I did to get here and realized this time around I have completely changed the way I train, especially when there is a race in my future.

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Taking Control

3 MONTHS DOWN. FIRST WORKSHOP COMPLETE! Now I just really need to grasp an understanding of digestion, blood sugar regulation, & fatty acids…

This past weekend was the first workshop for the NTP program and wow was it a whirlwind.  Leading up to the weekend I was extremely anxious, I didn’t know what to expect.  Basically, it was the first day of college all over again, you were going to a place where you knew absolutely no one with the only exception being that we all had the same interest, health.

I’m not going to lie, I was close to having a breakdown Saturday night and dropping out of the course all together.  After two days, I wasn’t sure how I was going to get through another day of randomly being called on to answer a question I didn’t know the answer to; remembering everything I should have learned by now regarding digestion, blood sugar regulation, and the other foundations; or being able to find the proper points for the functional evaluations.  It’s just wayyyy too much to learn in 9 months!

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Something Clicked

Hi everyone! My name is Marissa and I live outside of Philly.  Throughout my life I have always been active and athletic, from starting ballet at the age of 3, to playing sports every season during grade school and college, to now doing CrossFit a few times a week and training for my next race.

My CrossFit gym has a nutrition challenge every year which is really to get everyone to come together and support one another.  For one month, we clean up our diet and most go the paleo route while the other option is gluten and sugar-free.  The first year I said “screw this”, I thought I ate pretty damn healthy and that there was no point to this torture.  Also, I LOVED my bread, pasta, and rice.  I’ve always been a runner/athlete and I’m used to carb loading before major events (hello, high school pasta parties and eating at Italian restaurants before a half marathon!).  That was 2013.

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