First Speedwork in 7 Weeks + Some Exciting News!

Happy Friday!! I am pumped to be working from home today. We had a big release yesterday evening and unfortunately, I had to do some testing from 11pm-2am. But I was able to sleep in a bit and not worry about commuting into the city!

I have a few exciting updates to share:

First, I am taking over Women’s Running Instagram account on Monday. Memorial Day means a lot to my husband and I – we’ve lost a lot of friends due to the war on terror and so Monday is always a tough day for us. I’m racing a 4 miler with “racing” being a loose term since I’m just getting my legs back after weeks of little to no running and zero speed. BUT, I’m going to give it my best shot – and at the very least, it will give me a starting point for the rest of the summer.

Anyway, make sure you follow Women’s Running (and me while you are at it!) on Instagram so you can follow along on Memorial Day.


PS. I mentioned this last year, but wanted to share again: If you are planning on running this weekend, consider participating in the Wear Blue: Run to Remember.

Wear blue pauses to remember the hundreds of thousands of men and women who have answered the call to defend our country’s freedoms. Our goal is to honor those who have sacrificed their lives by reaching over 10,000 runners in blue.

All details can be found here.


Next, I’m so excited and honored to have been invited as a guest speaker at an awesome event Strava is hosting in NYC in a couple of weeks.

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There are some really incredible speakers (to include Mary and Jess) and we will have some food prepared by Lottie!

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If you are in the area and would like to attend, please let me know and I can get you an invite! :)


After feeling more like myself the last few days, I texted my coach that I wanted to try some speed. This was the first time since Boston where I really wanted to do any sort of harder running. There were a few runs where I tried some short :30 pickups, but my heart and head were never really in it. This week, however, I was actually craving some faster and harder running. That fact, alone, made me indescribably happy!

The run went far better than I could have expected. I have done literally zero speedwork since before Boston. That’s a long 7 or so weeks of just easy, very short running.

Coach instructed me to do a progression tempo. No set paces. Ease into it and just focus on good turnover and form.

I really had no expectations. I told myself I would be more than happy with anything around 7:00/mile.

4 miles later, I was winded, tired and on top of the world. 4 miles. 6:45 average. Negative splits the whole way.

Splits: 6:54, 6:51, 6:43, 6:34.

Definitely slower than I had been running in the buildup to Boston BUT it’s not that far off (my best LT tempo was 5 miles @ 6:39).


Even better than how I felt during the run was how I felt for the rest of the day and this morning. No exhaustion. No stomach pains or bloating.

Because the run went well and I felt well post-race, Coach and I decided that Monday’s race would be a GO! It’s a local 4 miler – just the right distance to ease back into some racing this summer.

Any Staten Island runners running it?

Have a wonderful weekend!


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    5 thoughts on “First Speedwork in 7 Weeks + Some Exciting News!

    1. I would love an invite to that event! I actually go to PT at that office!

    2. Hi Michele, I’ve enjoyed following your blog for a couple of years now. I would love to hear you and the other running experts speak if there is still room. Thank you!