Updates - a Nutrition Page - and Motivation Monday!

Training has gone a little better since my last post, so that's great!

I did just two workouts written from Chris this week. We're specifically taking it easy as I'm not ready to jump into anything defined yet, either physically or mentally.

The first workout was a 7.5 miler with a progression HR build. I've asked Chris to write my workouts based on HR for a while just because I think I'd be a little bummed to see where I'm at pace-wise.I'm really terrible with seeing times on my watch that I don't like... especially when you remember being faster, feeling better, etc. And yes, I know - it doesn't matter how fast I am now. I have to start somewhere! But it's still hard, ya know?

This workout was meant just to see where HR was at at varying paces. It ended around 183-185 bpm, which for me isn't too high (about MP).

Trying to be diligent about using Garmin Connect for all of my runs now, especially now that a lot of runs will be done via HR targets. It's really quite slick!
The second workout was a 10 miler. The longest I've run since Chicago, and the legs actually felt much better! The weird muscular clumsiness has progressively become better. Now I'm just trying to loosen up the tight hip and hamstrings (the right hamstring is screaming at me for running on off-kilter hips for too long!). This is something I've dealt with before, though, and know how to tackle it, so that makes me excited!

I'm re-using Jerry's taper for Chicago for this week. Not that I'm really "tapering" from anything, but I'll pretend like I am :). No carb depletion/load for this marathon either, as the focus is on just trying to feel better every day.

I took time this weekend to finally draft a Nutrition page. Take a look! My hope will be to continually add to this page as this is something I'm particularly interested in. If there are things you'd find interesting to have there/add, please let me know!

And, for a third week in a row (applause, please), Motivation Monday! No excuses. Get out there and get after it.

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!


  1. You should probably mention your video is not safe for work :)

  2. I will be thinking of CT when I'm out on the road (and yes, I'll be out for more than 20 minutes!) Gotta get me somma dem pipes! Whoa.

  3. Ha, yeah, thanks Nate - probably should! And yes, doesn't this make you want go and lift - hard? :) (for more than 20 minutes, of course)