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  • Emily Gerard 8:17 pm on March 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Post-marathon week 

    Hello blog

    I was happy to discover this week that I wasn’t all that torn up from last week’s marathon! My blister has healed up nicely and apart from some residual soreness and knee pain, I am no worse for the wear.

    School this week was stressful as always, but at least I have Disney to look forward to!! Three days until I leave for the happiest place on earth 🙂

    This morning me and my dad did the usual 12 miler down CCT. He had a tough time but I felt okay. Although it was nice and sunny and springtime-y all week, it was cold and bitter this morning. We powered through, of course, but I would have preferred better weather considering that it is the first official day of spring.

    This afternoon I went to the first half of my school’s production of Shrek the Musical. My friends were the stars of the show, so that’s always fun. I would have stayed longer but this weekend has been very super busy with homework and studying for APs and of course PACKING. I find packing to be nerve-wracking and tedious. I want to bring my whole life with me but my suitcase is a lil too small for all that.

    Let’s hope this two day week is nice to me! Next time I post I’ll be in Florida 🙂

     

    Nice talking to you

    Emily G

    (p.s. we just got the Amazon Echo and her name is Alexa and I adore her. She plays Hamilton and tells me about the weather and traffic. 10/10)

     
  • Emily Gerard 11:18 pm on March 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: DC, , Race, race recap, recap, RNR, RNRDC, Rock n roll marathon   

    ROCK N ROLL DC 2016 MARATHON RECAP 

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    Well, I DID IT. Hell yeah! Marathon #2 is done and in the past and it was pretty awesome, if I say so myself. My overall moving time was about 4:45 which is a-okay with me.

    The morning started with a 4 am wake-up call and a slightly chilly start line. The VIP Breakfast was okay; it was nice to have somewhere to go, but it was not vegan friendly and the womens’ bathrooms were hella packed.

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    My dad broke the “don’t try anything new on race day” rule by wearing a brand-new running belt. I forgot mine, so it was all up to him to carry all of our keys, phones, and most importantly, fuel. We packed it wrong initially, and our fuel and phones kept falling out onto the course!! Very scary. But we figured it out and it was not an issue again after mile 2.

    Other than that, first half of the race was great! Tons of water stops, bands, bathrooms, and crowd support. I got lots of high fives from little kids and many spectators brought their dogs! Nothing cheers me up like seeing a nice puppy.

    Most of the runners were there for the half marathon, so when they split up the half-ers from the full-ers at mile 12, things got real quiet real fast. The neighborhoods went downhill in terms of attractiveness and safety, but we were nowhere near alone. Quite the opposite, actually–we had found our people. The hardcore long-distance runners (including women carrying girl scout cookies, a man dressed in a full Chewbacca costume, and a man dressed as a piece of cheese pizza). Plus, the porta potties had no lines anymore!

    I was afraid that the water stops would run out of gatorade (or worse: water!) because Rock n Roll races don’t have a stellar reputation in terms of being prepared. Only one of the second-half water stops we went to was running out of gatorade. The rest were well-stocked. Not too shabby!

    Me and my dad suffered little pain throughout the race. I ended up getting a toe blister on my left foot, but that’s to be expected after pounding on my poor feet for 5 hours. I got a couple pretty bad stitches throughout the race, but they always went away after I ate a Gu! Probably a blood sugar thing.

    All in all, I couldn’t have asked for a better second marathon. I love running and I love my city. I especially love running IN my city! The weather was near-perfect (overcast and not too hot!), the medals are shiny and heavy, and the free marathon finisher’s jacket is a top-notch souveneir.

    Can’t wait to run MCM again this year (fingers crossed for the lotto!) and RNR DC again next year!!!

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    Emily

     
  • Emily Gerard 8:19 pm on February 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Marathon training, Prom, , , Senior year, Taper, Training, Wonder woman   

    Easy peasy lemon squeezy 12 

    It is so cool to have gotten to a point in my running career than a 12 mile run is basically nothing! Me and my dad did the usual 12 today (my favorite route) and it was quick and casual and fun. Short runs have pros and cons, though.

    Pros: no Saturday night stressing, more time efficient, easier

    Cons: less pride, less calories, less steps, less bragging rights, LESS BLOKS, etc

    Either way it went well. I will take what I can get!

    This week at school was a 4.5-day-long hellish nightmare from hell (yes, I know I said hell twice. That’s how bad it was). I had a total of 7 major tests, and tons of homework on top of that. I cried almost every day but I did not die, becuase I am a strong Wonder Woman.

    image(Do you know how hard it was to find a blog-worthy picture of WW that wasn’t completely sexualized? Not that this one isn’t, of course.)

    Today marks two weeks until my second maraton ever!!! Woo-hoo!! Also about 3.5 weeks until I go to DISNEY WORLD, my true home.

    Here’s to hoping that:

    1. This week is not as bad as last week
    2. The short taper-y weekly runs do not drive me crazy

    I am very busy so I will see you next week, blog!

    Emily G.

    p.s. I ordered my prom dress yesterday!!! It should be here this week or next and I am so excited it is the most perfect dress in the entire world!!

     
  • Emily Gerard 9:35 pm on February 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    20 miles…and the taper begins! 

    Me and my dad did a really good 2o miler today in DC with two Hanes Point loops (and I didn’t even die!) He told me the plot of a crazy book to keep me entertained. We had no serious pains, there were plenty of bathrooms, and the weather was BEAUTIFUL. It was abnormally warm–it was like 55 degrees at the end of the run. Super nice, except as soon as we got off the metro in Bethesda it started raining!

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    I wore my green sparkle skirt because I am a princess.

    I think I am going to buy matching (or at least coordinating) sparkle running skirts for the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC marathon coming up! That would be so fun.

    Anyway, this past week was hard but short. We had Tuesday off as an ice day, but the three day week was as stressful as a whole week. Hopefully this week is nicer to me (although I already have six tests on the books for this week, so that’s probably a pipe dream).

    TAPER TIME BEGINS NOW. BRING ON THE CARBOHYDRATES.

    Wish me luck!

    Emily G.

     
  • Emily Gerard 9:03 pm on February 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    another treadmill substitute! 

    It was far too cold this weekend to run outside (well, it was possible, but probably highly unpleasant). It was about 5 degrees, but felt like below zero. Plus it was windy. So, me and my dad hit up Planet Fitness.

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    My schedule calls for 12 this week (a baby taper, since next week is the mighty 20 miler). My dad wanted to do all two hours on the treadmill at once, but the monotony would have been the death of me. I insisted we take a 20-minute bike break between the two hours, and it worked nicely. Treadmill running is becoming increasingly tolerable thanks to TV.

    The highlight of the run was when we both whipped out our iPad minis and started a Scrubs episode at the exact same time so we could pretend we were watching together 🙂

    This week at school was hard but not super hard. Let’s hope things continue to not be super hard! Tomorrow there is no school, so next week will be short. Good for me, because school is the worst.

     

    Happy running!

    Emily G.

     
  • Emily Gerard 8:55 pm on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    18 miles strong! 

    Today was the first day I was able to run outside in two weeks (due to winter storm Jonas)! CCT was fine, but once we got into DC some of the sidewalks were very icy and dicey (I’m a rhyming master). We did 18 miles and I had relatively no pain or soreness 🙂 even Hanes Point wasn’t as atrocious as it usually is! Go me.

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    I’ve been off school the entire week. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

    • Freakonomics
    • SuperFreakonomics
    • online shopping
    • board games
    • Scrubs
    • went to museums with Mom
    • GOT INTO THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOLARS PROGRAM HELL YEAH
      • and signed up for an admitted students day! Yay!
    • watched “The Way Way Back”
      • this may be my new favorite movie
    • ran 18 miles (obviously)
    • made cookies
    • AP studying
    • Disney planning!!
    • Coloring in my coloring book

    I’m not super thrilled about going back to school but it’s a brand new semester so maybe it won’t totally suck. I am nice and relaxed and ready to kick this semester’s butt. Plus, even if it sucks, I know I can look forward to Disney in 1.5 months and graduation in 4.5 months! Not too shabby.

    Fingers crossed that this upcoming week is as good as this week was!

    Emily

     
  • Emily Gerard 9:44 pm on January 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Snowed in thanks to #stormjonas 

    There was absolutely no possibility of running outside today–we’ve been hit with 30+ inches of snow, plus the Metro is closed and I’m sure CCT is in terrible condition. Thanks storm Jonas!

    storm jonas

    Of course, marathon runners can’t just skip a long run. Especially when it’s a pretty long run–18 miles. So me and my dad had to get a little creative. We decided since 18 miles takes us about 3 hours, we’d do a total of 3 hours of exercise–but mix it up a little.

    1st hour–Emily on treadmill and dad on bike

    2nd hour–Dad on treadmill and Emily on bike

    3rd hour–Emily on treadmill and dad on elliptical in same room

    It’s important to note that the bikes and the treadmills are floors apart right now, so we were only together for the last hour. But I SURVIVED. I was really dreading the first hour, but took it slow and watched Scrubs and did okay. The second hour went faster because I got to eat my favorite running snack–Bloks!! clifshotblokstropicalpunch The third hour went moderately quickly because me and my dad were finally together and because we watched Friends reruns on the TV in the exercise room. Not so bad.

    My calf has been doing much better this week 🙂 I went to the podiatrist on Wednesday and he said I’ve been having pain because of my excessive pronation. He reccomended always wearing calf sleeves while running, frequent stretching, and sleeping in a special calf stretching boot. I had no calf problems during my two runs today! Hurrah!

    We already have school off tomorrow and Tuesday because of the storm, so I’ll be doing a lot of reading and studying for AP exams. Sounds like an OK week to me (although it looks like all of my runs will have to be on the treadmill, ugh).

    Here’s another winter storm Jonas meme before I log off:

    letitjoe

    –Emily G.

     
  • Emily Gerard 10:39 pm on January 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    calf getting better–i think 

    Today I ran 17 miles with my dad (CCT + Haines Point) and my calf didn’t hurt until around 12, which is good and bad. Good because I made it a whole 12 miles with no pain whatsoever. Bad because my calf hurts now and it hasn’t hurt this intensely in a while. Intense probably isn’t the right word, but my calf is definitely tight and angry. Time for:

    rice

    Not sure I’ll be doing much resting though. Resting turns me into a crazy person. I’m hoping that if I’m nice to my calf tomorrow I’ll be able to run 4 or 8 on Tuesday (my schedule this week is 4, 8, 4). Next weekend calls for an 18-miler and it would be so amazing if I could get that run to be pain-free!! I will probably try to go see my orthopedist and see if he can hook a sister up.

    Anyway, this week is exam week. I have already been studying for like a month, of course, but the anxiety is present nonetheless. Here’s a funny bio joke for good luck on my AP Bio exam on Wednesday.

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    Goodbye for now

    Emily G.

     

     
  • Emily Gerard 9:56 pm on January 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: calf, calf strain, injuries, injury, strain, ulysses, ulysses fair   

    When it rains it pours 

    This week was hard. It was the first day back from winter break as well as the week of my Ulysses fair, so I had to stay after school on two separate days and miss an entire day of school (which, when you’re in 5 APs, is crippling). I felt some relief on Thursday after the fair was over, but during my run, I somehow strained my right calf and spent the rest of the night crying and limping. The pain improves everyday but I decided to skip this week’s long run to promote recovery. My plan is to run 4, 8, 4 this week, and I REALLY hope my calf doesn’t cause any issues. I am a good person and I deserve to have a calf that cooperates with me.

    To make things more difficult I have like 8000 unit tests this week and exams start on Friday. Jesus take the wheel.

    Wish me luck and send me good vibes

    Emily G.

     

     
  • Emily Gerard 9:01 pm on January 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 14, cold, egg, hat, miles, run, , weather   

    My long run today 

    Today I did 14 miles with my dad in sub-freezing temperatures. He let me wear his super warm biking gloves, and I wore them all the way up to mile 13, during which the sun started shining and my hands got super sweaty. The run was good, and my ears didn’t get cold because I wore a neck cover thing. Here is me looking like an egg in all my winter gear:

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    I know, I know. I am a beautiful egg.

    Hopefully this week of running will be good and not too chilly!

    Emily

     
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