On tired legs

Hellooo blog readers. Things have been a little crazy this week…if you follow me on twitter, you probably already know that in the span of the last week I interviewed for a job, received an offer, and will be starting on Monday. Holy crap. I’m really excited about the position and although I’m not going to post many details on the blog, I will say that it’s exactly what I want to do (online community management/social media). What a whirlwind month March has been….Posting might become a little more infrequent as I try to manage a new full time job, some freelance work that I just picked up, marathon training, and trying to hold together a social life, so please bear with me!

Okay first up, give-away winners! If you’re the lucky person, please email me your shipping address (runnerskitchen at gmail dot com):

Kate’s Stash Bar Winner:

Rebecca: i don’t necessarily remember my *first* run, i used to run for soccer in high school…but i started running recreationally in 2008 when i decided to run a 5K (my first race!)…i ran on the treadmill a lot and i remember i was super happy when i could run the whole 3.1 without walking : )

Lara Bar Winner:

Maria @ Chasing the Now: The PB cookie Larabars are awesome. Just bought a box two weeks ago and I love them.

If I won $100, I’d probably buy a new pair of running shoes. I started running in Vibrams at the beginning of the year and LOVE barefoot running, but the actual Vibrams (with the toes) aren’t my favorite. I’m wanting a pair of Merrel barefoot shoes so I can wear whatever socks I want.

Congrats ladies!

In terms of running, last week’s training shook out pretty much as expected. I ended up with 74 miles, which was a little less than planned, but that was mostly because I reduced my long run from 20 to 15 miles. I’m racing the NYC half this upcoming weekend and my coach strongly advised that I take a shorter long run to avoid depleting my legs. I think that was a smart move, especially considering how tired my legs felt throughout the week. At first I was a little freaked out…”What’s wrong with me? Why are my legs so heavy? Why does 8:30 pace feel so hard?”


But then, I realized that I had run 3 hard workouts within a 5 day period, which is a lot more fast stuff than I’ve been doing on a regular basis. WELL DUH MEGAN, racing a 5k on Sunday, running 8 x 400m @ 5k pace on Tuesday, and then a 8 mile tempo on Thursday, might not leave you with the freshest legs. It was good for me to get in these hard efforts (remember, just running easy miles does not equal workouts!!), but I sure noticed it in terms of leg fatigue. Luckily, this week will be more low-key. I don’t have any workouts planned and I’m reducing mileage a bit in preparation for Sunday’s race. Do I expect a half-marathon PR? No, not really, but I think at the very least I should be able to run 1:35 or 1:34. I hope so anyway…


In between running a lot, getting stuff in order for my new job (ahhh!!), and enjoying the last few days of funemployment, I’ve also managed to cook some good stuff. Last week, two of my lady friends, Leslie & Sofia, came over for a cooking date.


One the menu: Food & Wine Magazines Fettuccine with Grated Beets, Parmesan, and Poppy Seeds. Interesting ingredients and delicious. Make this – you won’t be disappointed. Mmm, also it contains a lot of butter. You can’t go wrong.

Later in the week, I made a variation of the world’s best macaroni and cheese. With a little bit of greenery on the side.

Of course I’m excited to start a new job, but funemployment has been an awesome opportunity to take care of myself in the best ways possible. I’ve been able to cook, sleep a lot, run mega miles, and do all of the little things that I never seem to have time for (foam rolling, planks, etc). Recently, I also picked up a bottle of iron pills. Apologies if this is TMI, but I get my period regularly (three times since January!), I run high mileage (probably contributing to foot strike hemolysis), and I don’t eat a ton of red meat. I also have a history of low iron levels, so getting my hands on some iron supplements seemed like a smart move. I only wish I hadn’t waited until I was already months into marathon training…

Okay, that’s all I’ve got time for today, but tell me –

1) Are you running the NYC half this weekend? Maybe I’ll see you there!

2) Any first day of a new job tips? I AM SO NERVOUS. EEEE.

  • Congratulations on the new job! Wow, you bounced back FAST. Are you still visiting the West Coast?

  • Anonymous

    yes!! ahaha, one of the first things i made sure of was that i could still go out to San Fran at the end of the month 🙂

  • sarah

    I’ll be spectating!!! Yay new jobs! March is the month for new ventures, apparently. <3

  • Anonymous

    I love that this comment involves a <3

  • Linda C

    Congratulations on getting a new job!!!!   Yay!!!  1)  I am running the NYC Half.  I doubt I will see anyone in particular because there are so many runners this year!  2) Tip for the first day at the new job:  if you can’t remember anything else, remember where your office/desk is and where the bathroom is.   🙂

  • Robin

    I am running NYC half as well, maybe see you there?  My goal before NYCM is to get a sub-1:35 (local competitive please?!).  I’m probably not there just yet, but hopefully can get around 1:37.  You are super speedy so I’m sure you’ll be ready for that 1:34!

    Oof, iron has been on my mind for awhile.. no need to get into details, but perhaps supplements aren’t such a bad idea!

    Again, congrats on a quick end to funemployment and best of luck at the new job!

  • That mac and cheese looks deeeelicious.

    I’ll be cheering at the half, silently crying that I’m not running…it’s fine.

    I just got a physical and all my blood drawn this morning, so I’m interested to see the results next week!  I was terribly anemic in high school and was placed on high doses of iron to avoid a blood transfusion.  I don’t really eat much meat and have the most regular period on earth (yay?), so I know I’m prone to low iron.  We’ll see.

    Yay new job!  Just remember that they know you’re new and don’t be afraid to ask questions!

  • Meg

    Ran the half last year but not this year. I see they extended the west side highway portion of the race. Running on that concrete totally killed my legs last year. OUCH

  • Anonymous

    Re: the regular period…I know it’s a good thing, but so annoying! I need all the iron I can get. And to any dudes who are reading today’s post…sorry for the TMI, but it’s important!

  • maria @ chasingthenow

    AH! Thanks so much! 🙂

  • sarah

    Those are testicles, you know.

  • Tara

    Congratulations on the new job! Great news. However, and I don’t mean to offend, because I love your blog, but “funemployment” is a huge insult to people who have really struggled to find jobs lately. Yes, it may be fun for a week or two, and I’m sure you deserve your new position, but a LOT of this stuff is luck and timing as well. I’m glad you’re not unemployed anymore, but believe me, if you were without a job 6 months on, you wouldn’t be calling it funemployment.

  • Have fun at the NYC half! I’m sure you’ll do great (especially with all that pasta carbo loading!)
    My first day at my very first job in high school I brought a salad for lunch and got dressing on my shirt. You’re probably too classy to have that happen to you, but it’s always better to be on the safe side. Don’t eat a messy lunch! 

  • Ida

    I wanted to delurk and say congrats on the new job! You got back in the game fast. I would say dont be afraid to ask questions, it’s better to overdress in the beginning and bring lots of snacks:)

  • Anonymous

    Congrats! That is amazing you found a job you like so fast!! I am contemplating the industry and would be interested how you made the switch or if what you did before was related.

    Good luck in the half!!

  • Julie

    Congratulations on your new job! I am running the NYC Half for the first time this weekend. Looking forward to it. Have a great race. 

  • i am definitely cheering on sunday. maybe also tracking you for optimum cheerage. i’ll be loud, don’t worry.

    YAY NEW JOB! so excited for you 🙂

  • Tasha@Tashasdish

    Congratulations on your new job!  So quick too, that’s awesome.  That beet pasta looks amazing.  Just out of curiousness, what are those big chunks of goodness in the romaine salad? 

  • Congratulations on the new job – it’s perfect when you find exactly what you want isn’t it! Hope it goes exceedingly well for you.

  • Hi Megan! Congrats on the job – great news. Glad you had a productive couple of weeks off. Good luck this weekend!
    New job advice – it always takes 90 days to get into a “groove” so be patient. And don’t be afraid to ask silly questions. 

  • I’m actually glad you brought it up! It seems that this is a topic rarely discussed in the women’s running world – and is definitely something to be aware of. 

  • Cpiscitella

    Wow super news! You certainly will have a full plate but I know you will make it work. Looking forward to the new adventures and on your first day – be yourself, take lots of notes and remember to smile! Good luck!

  • Anonymous

    Those are pears! I got a bunch on sale and have been throwing them in salads all week 🙂

  • Anonymous

    We should discuss over a run some time!

  • Amazing news about the new job! And all that pasta eating…I’m sure you will have no problem at the NYC half. Looks delish!
    I’ll be running the half too…excited/nervous! First race since the marathon. Maybe I”ll see you there!

  • Congrats on the new job, that’s awesome! Have fun racing this weekend!

  • amy

    Is it sad that I saw the picture of those iron pills and got momentarily sad because I miss mine?  Iron pills rock. Congrats on the new job! And good luck this weekend! I’m racing the half, too, but I’m starting wayyyyy in the back.

  • Anonymous

    I will cheer for you this weekend – volunteering at the EG! I hope there are no incidents with rogue orange cones this year!

    Honestly, you’ll be awesome at the new job. It’s what you want and you’ll be great just being your enthusiastic, smart self. I want to hear details! Good luck, friend 🙂 

  • Anonymous

    Hi Tara, You’re right – being unemployed is stressful and scary (I’ve been laid off twice in the past 5 years, so I know…). I didn’t mean to insult anyone with the use of the term “funemployment”, I was just trying to put a positive spin on a sucky situation. 

  • Anonymous

    ahhh, the concrete on the WSH….it definitely does a number on the legs! I’m going to try and stick to softer surfaces next week to balance things out.

  • melanie

    Good luck on the NYC Half! I’m volunteering at water station number 9 so if I recognize you from the blog I’ll shout something encouraging (I probably should….I’ve been lurking around here for a while now 🙂 )   You should probably celebrate your amazing run with this: http://newamsterdammarket.org/events.html

  • Ali

    Holy crap, that mac and cheese…I’m in awe, it looks so good.

    Rest those legs, friend, so you can be wildly speedy on Sunday! I am going to cheer so loud for you that you’ll blown an eardrum as you fly by. Get excited for that. And GOOD LUCK! And CONGRATULATIONS on the job, of course. SO MANY GREAT THINGS.

  • that MAC. oh jesus. need to make.

    gooood luck with the new job! first days terrify the shit out of me. i just try to introduce myself to everyone and everything i come into contact withl.

  • Karina Philip

    Hey Megan! Glad you were able to get a job so quickly! Don’t be so nervous that you’re not yourself 🙂

  • Congrats on the job!!! So amazing!!! I’m not having such luck : ( Thought we could form a support group but I like that you got a job instead

  • Anonymous

    Congrats on the new job and good luck on Sunday! I won’t be there but will probably catch some of it on TV, so I’ll be cheering you on from my couch 😀

  • please – I talked about pap smears on my blog – period stuff is nothing to me. That could be because I’m going into OB/GYN though…

    I still want to do a poll on runners out there who get their period regularly (or not)….maybe I could pass it off as a blog “study for school!” Posting about that would prob get me right on GOMI though – ha!

  • oh yeah – first day job? get your hair did and nails done — I’ll go with you on the nails. I suggest you go up to Harlem for the hair like mary kate and ashley did in ny minute — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czSLqgElV30

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