Fall 7 times, Stand Up 8-Week 12

So, first things first- I have never been good at keeping up with a lot of happenings all at once.  The last time I posted I was only on Week 5 of training, I am now on week 12 and my fundraising is currently sitting at only 14% of my goal, we have raised $142.oo to date.  Managing a fundraising campaign and training for a marathon was, has been tough to do and at times I have felt like a failure.  I really want this marathon to be meaningful and that is why I decided to do this, and that’s why I am not giving up.  I am going to try to resume blogging once a week and being more present on social media.  Please don’t give up on me either, please keep cheering me on.

So all my runs have went well!  I conquered my first 20 miler on August 16th, I felt great afterwards, everything was in check from nutrition all the way to the clothing I was wearing (I tried out Balega socks and they were amazing, special Thanks to Erika for recommending them!)  I also had the most amazing Vegan pancakes ever at Meridian Cafe.  My nutrition notes from that day include:

1. My night before the run meal: Basil Fried Rice with a glass of red wine

2. Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito (burrito with turkey, sweet potato, kidney beans, egg and cheese, recipe came from The Feed Zone, private message me and I can send you a copy of the recipe, but I really recommend the cook book for athletes), also had gatorade, banana and Elevate, which is a pre-run energy boost drink.

3. During the run:  I took 8 oz of water after mile 6, I also stopped by my house for some grapes ( I had about 10) and a quick drink of gatorade.  This really super charged me for awhile.  I continued to take 8 oz of water every 3 miles.  At Mile 10 I took 2 salt tabs, I have never done this before, but I think it made a big difference in muscle soreness/cramping, I had no problems with cramps or soreness during my run.  At miles 13 and 18 I took in a Honey Stinger gel and 16 oz of water.

4. After the run, I had those awesome pancakes that I mentioned above with some chocolate milk.  The next day I had no muscle soreness, it was great!

The run itself took me 4 hours and 13 minutes.  It’s not a super amazing time or pace,but the fact that it went really well makes me feel like my training is coming along and that I am almost ready for the big race…..then the next weekend happened.

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Our Fancy Pink Mustang that we got to hop into for a photo op while representing Clinical Trials at the KY State Fair.

Weeks 10 and 11 have not been as fruitful.  Week 10 was a crazy weekend that included me working at the Kentucky State Fair, hosting a bachelorette party (Congratulations to my awesome friend Whitney!), going to a bridal shower ( Congrats again Whitney! I may have joked with her about how that was my Whitney weekend) and then I concluded the weekend by volunteering at Ironman Louisville for 8 hours

.  By the way-everyone should volunteer at Ironman!  I had a blast!  I have never been thanked so much in one day!  After volunteering I come home and run my long run, 13 miles in 90 degree heat, the heat index was near 100 and lets just say it was not pretty.  Then I got sick

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I volunteered at Ironman Louisville! I was at the Bike Special Needs station that was at miles 33 and 67 of the bike course.


with a virus/head cold.Week 11’s runs were either canceled or the mileage was reduced by 1/2.  I completed my long run of 16 miles yesterday, but once again it was not pretty and it was a struggle.  This weekend involved a lot of awesome social activities too (Congratulations Michele!) and not a lot of rest was had.  So with that in mind as I head into week 12 I will most likely keep my mileage low and try to recover.

So that means Week 12 will look like this:

Monday-Body Pump at the YMCA  Rest Day ( Watch U of L’s first football game!)

Tuesday-Easy Run 10 5 miles

Wednesday- Body Pump at the YMCA ( we will see how I feel, if not, anyone up for Yoga?)

Thursday- Easy Run 9  4.5 miles

Friday-Rest Day or Body Pump (crossing my fingers that I feel better by now)

Saturday: Long Run 10 miles ( This would be a great sponsor run!)

Friends please share my Crowdrise page with your friends, your family, and random people on the street-https://www.crowdrise.com/anastasiaruns

I want my runs to be meaningful and I would love it if we could do one this week in memory of someone near and dear to you, or if you want to celebrate someone please think about being part of Stand Up to Cancer’s efforts.

Actually here is a special offer:  Anyone that sponsors my long runs during the weekend of September, you pick a brunch place and I will treat you to your favorite coffee or drink of choice or your favorite treat, like a cinnamon roll.  I will meet you there after my run!

Happy Labor Day Everyone and Happy Running (Recovering in my case)


What to expect from this blog

After starting this blog and reading a few others, I feel like I need to lay down some ground rules of what you will read here.

1. This blog is to detail my journey of training for my dream race and my efforts to fundraiser for Stand Up to Cancer.

2. Also, no judgement is allowed. When I say that, I mean to say that my struggles and hopes and dreams are real-just like yours! No matter how big or small of an accomplishment, it is still an accomplishment!  Please treat my little dream with respect and please treat other people’s dreams with respect, go walk a mile in their shoes before you disrespect their accomplishment.  I run at a pace of 10:something minutes per mile, and I have finished all my marathons- I am proud of just finishing, it is still an accomplishment. I didn’t qualify for Boston, I just finished.  That is still GREAT!  Another thing to mention: no matter how small or big your donation is to my dream it might be as small as liking my Facebook page, doing a run or workout with me,or as large as $100, I will give you a Big Thank You and be eternally grateful for the support. Training for a marathon is not easy, neither is curing cancer, and there is strength in numbers.

3. Please share your accomplishments and fitness adventures/goals in the comments or on our Facebook page.  I love to hear about others’ fitness pursuits and goals, no matter if you are building endurance to walk a 5K or you are training for your 3rd Ironman triathlon, I would love to hear about it.  Running or walking a 5K is always awesome!  Running or walking a mile is awesome, too!  I want to cheer you guys on in your pursuits too, especially if you are going to cheer me on and support me.  Also if you want to share how cancer has affected your life, please share it.  Sharing is sometimes a good thing and it helps others know that they are not alone, that someone else if fighting for their life or that someone else still misses someone everyday because their loved one lost the battle.  I have a story and I will share it later. #Istillmissthem

4. Weekly training re-caps. I’ll tell you how I’m doing with training and with fundraising.

5. Weekly donations. I’ll keep you up to date on how we’re doing, and how far we are from the goal. I will share some fun ways to donate too,for example, would anyone like to sponsor my next run? Mileage is under 15 miles, 50 cents a mile or a $1 a mile? Also: be prepared-you will be bragged on… Unless you want to remain anonymous, in which case I will say “Thank you to our friend’s donation!” 😉.

6.  I will also be reposting advice and good articles that I find on Twitter and on Facebook, please be prepared to read about all the good research and good running in the world.


Stay tuned for a Training Report after my long run tomorrow, and for real anyone want to sponsor my long run?

Happy Running Friends!

#NYCMarathon #SU2C #istillmissthem #blogging

About Me

Hi, I’m Anastasia and I run. I run a lot. So far, I have run 11 marathons, have done 1 half-IronMan (yes, they have those) and multiple smaller races in between.

Though, I can’t run for my day job.  So I’m a clinical trial coordinator for the University of Louisville instead.  What does that mean?  I work with a wide array of clinical studies to find cures and better treatments for cancer.  I LOVE what I do for a living.  The cancer patients are some of the toughest and most inspirational people I have ever met in my life.    They are the biggest reason behind my fundraising.

Then there’s fun.  What do I do for fun?  

#1 I run- (surprise!).  I started running in 2008 and did my first marathon in the same year, and New York will be #12.  Then there’s the Hot Yoga, Biking, Swimming (remember, that half triathlon?).

#2 I hang out with amazing people like the love of my life, Tony, and our amazing critters- I am the proud dog Mom of Jude, a wire Fox Terror just kidding, terrier, and Bailey, a Border Collie mix.

#3 Et cetera:  I go to dinner at amazing eateries, travel, read books (and nerdy medical research articles), hike, canoe, and I really love ice cream.

So that’s “about me” in a nut shell, and I’m on a mission to make marathon #12 meaningful, by raising Money for Stand Up to Cancer.  I hope you will join me.Image