marathon running

Quick fact. Ready?
Glutamine is a special amino acid that the body naturally produces and stores within muscle tissue. This AA helps with muscle recovery, muscle glycogen and protein synthesis, and helps to combat the increasing acidity that occurs during intense workouts.
We get about 1-6 grams from high protein foods, however this is often times not enough for intense marathoners, weight lifters, are athletes of any kind.

strong hills


on the road to new york

A solid run, a strong workout today, the rest and easy runs of the past few days after Saturday’s long run seem to have restored the body.  On a warm humid afternoon, got in some intervals on a hilly trail in the park: 9 x 500 yard ‘sprints’ at around 5 minute/mile pace, with 90 seconds rest between.  

The intervals were good on many levels - strength training, speed work, form, and anaerobic fitness.  Definitely got the heart going, the lungs expanding, and the knees lifting.  Stayed off the track, haven’t been on a track in a while so didn’t want to risk injury with all the tight turns.  

The first speed work since a week before the Marathon, this a nice lead up to Sunday’s Half.

Poor Zack had a panic attack :( I know because that’s exactly what mine used to be like. And there was one in particular that was pretty similar to the situation in this chapter–I was in a loud, crowded bar, but my friends saw I was getting overwhelmed and helped me out. And the exhausted feeling after is so true, you feel like you’ve run a marathon.

Between this special moment and Zig coming out as bi (which represents a huge milestone for him, trusting all his friends enough to bring it up) this has been, honestly, one of my favourite Freshman chapters yet. The storytelling was streamlined and tactful without being heavy-handed. It felt so real!!


Kathrine Switzer, first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon, is racing it this year

  • Women haven’t exactly crossed the finish line when it comes to gender equality, but we’ve certainly come a long way since Kathrine Switzer first hit the pavement at the Boston Marathon.
  • It was 1967 when Switzer, then a 20-year-old journalism student at Syracuse University, became the first woman to officially enter the historic marathon.
  • At the time, women were woefully marginalized in the world of athletics. 
  • According to CNN, Switzer had been training with the men’s cross-country team at Syracuse when she decided to enter the race, with little encouragement from her coach. 
  • In her memoir, Switzer recalled the Syracuse coach telling her the 26-mile marathon was too long for a “fragile woman.”
  • During the marathon in ‘67, race director Jock Semple chased Switzer down and ripped her bib off of her.
  • Now, after running 39 marathons, 70-year-old Switzer will run in this year’s Boston Marathon — wearing the same bib number an angry man tried to rip from her 50 years ago. Read more (4/17/17 11:26 AM)

In her first running of the Boston Marathon, Edna Kiplagat powered across the finish line of the Boston Marathon this month nearly a minute ahead of her closest rival. Kiplagat made the 26.2 mile outing look like a spirited jog in the park. She even clocked a blazingly fast 5:02 minute mile at the 20-mile mark of Boston’s storied road race.

And now, as she does after every major race, she’s taking two weeks off.

“I’m in my second week of that right now relaxing at home with my husband,” she says when reached by phone at her farm outside Eldoret, Kenya, in the western highlands. “In the afternoon, we take our children to play. My son likes golf. And my daughter likes swimming. We take them to the Eldoret Club for two hours, then come home.”

Boston Champ Juggles Marathons, 5 Kids, Kenyan Farm

Photo: John Tlumacki/Boston Globe via Getty Images


I received my MRI results today and got the OK to start back running (slowly and steadily). I sped home and immediately threw on my shorts. I tied my hair back. I put on my running shoes. And I set out in the rain.

I didn’t care about my pace.

I didn’t care about my mileage.

I closed my eyes and smiled and I thought about all of the dreams I have had about this very moment. Complete and utter gratitude.

And you must, you really must. Because there will be days, weeks, months, maybe years when you can’t. And every day that you say yes is the making of a ritual that builds force like the tide, pushing further up the sand to smooth its wispy chaos into something solid you can build a castle on.” -Lauren Fleshman

When I try to get my class to go outside

I’m like:

Students are like:

Join me for a run this weekend?

I have a 10k scheduled for Saturday and I would love to go for a virtual run with you! If that sounds fun, just:

  • Reblog this to encourage your followers to get active!
  • Run, walk or move your body any way you want. 
  • The distance is 100% your choice!
  • When you are done - Pat yourself on the back and take a smiling selfie and post it to your blog
  • Tag fatmaninalittlesuit and I will share it with my 16k awesome followers 

Join me? :) 

Originally posted by minas-morgul666