Let me tell you all about the most awesome weekend I had. Shamrock in Virginia Beach was simply the best. Half Marathon # 18 ✅. It was exactly what I needed for a recharge and to fill up my joy tank. Laughing until you cry is so cathartic and good for the soul. All I can say is find your people and let them lift you up. I’ve said it before and I’m saying again, I am so THANKFUL for Oiselle Volée. Until next time ladies, can’t wait to see you soon 😘. #oisellevolée#oiselleteam
Marathon Training W11D1 🏃🏻♀️ WELL! What a start to the week! Due to my 12 hour walk coming up this week, I thought doing my long run today would be wise, so that if I'm wrecked after the walk I won't be pressured to do a long run on Sunday 😅 . . . 15 miles under the belt today, but even though it was just a long base run, it came with some new milestone achievements! 💁🏻♀️. . . The longest run I've ever done, the fastest half marathon I've ever done AND the fastest 10km I've ever done!! 😁😁😁 . . . I've never done a half marathon in less than 1hr50mins, and I am SO close to getting that sub 50 minute 10km.... how frustrating I missed it by TWO seconds!!. . . Swipe to see the times! . . . I hope everyone else's week has started on such a high!! 💜
Marathon Training W10D7 🏃🏻♀️ Officially half way through marathon training and I was SO glad to be able to take my time over a lil short one today! 💁🏻♀️ it's been an emotional rollercoaster of a day, and my head is all over the place, so I made the most of my afternoon off and just went to shake out the legs 😁 . . . BIG week ahead, with a 15 miler and a 12 hour fundraising charity walk scheduled for @samhscotland , so taking it easy tonight with a wee book before bed and as little screen time/stress as possible! . . . I hope everyone is having a smashing Sunday! 💜
I ran my first race post Houston Marathon today- the FARC St Paddy's 5 miler. Since runnung has been been crappy the last 8 weeks I had zero expectations for today. @zapcoachryan suggested running a progression run with a starting pace of about 8:00 ish... which was great except for a way too fast start! So I decided to ignore my watch and run by effort. Mile one felt super easy, so I was shocked to run it in 7:44! Mi 2 was a little slower, but hillier and into the wind, and mi 3-5 did progress. Was 2nd woman overall (yay small races; I was 3rd woman to cross the line so not sure why I placed 2nd, but oh well!). After the race i visited @runnershighnj for some new shoes (since I was in the area), and now I can't wait to run again. So today was a good day. #stpaddys5miler#oisellevolée#oiselleteam#njvolee#zapnation
Beautiful morning for some easy Sunday miles with @lmhalcorn @lasak2 and @rdenler, and bagels with @lindsayhjones, @wfinger and the two little munchkins! The April bagel run will be on the 4th Sunday of the month - we're pushing it back a week due to Tenacious Ten and Easter. So put 4/27 on your calendar! #oiselleco#voleeco#oisellevolée#oiselleteam#flystyle#run#bagels#runners
Marathon Training W10D6 🏃🏻♀️ Claw hand making an appearance even when I'm not running now 🙄 . . . 6 treadmill miles today after morning clients, with @iandawson7 on the treadmill next to me, both of us gearing up for the #kilomathon in a few weeks time ✌🏼 cant wait for the second race (and medal!) of the season, and I certainly can't wait for this bloody awful weather to go away! 😭 .
Missoula Birds at the #runfortheluckofit - thanks @runwildmissoula for an awesome race! Roads were a little icy but we had the luck o’ the Irish on our side and all made it to the finish line, with the sun shining! Sláinte! @oiselle #oisellevolée#oiselleteam#oisellemt
The aftermath of running 26 miles. I’m convinced he installed this automatic shelf strictly for running recovery purposes. However, I am super thrilled that I got through my own double digit run outside — 11 miles! — for the first time in literally I don’t know how long. I’ve done a long run on the treadmill lately, but there’s something about being outside and just letting the miles tick away that makes you feel like you’re invincible. Today, everything just clicked and I was super relieved that there’s still fitness in these legs.
Okay Michigan you can stop trying to be funny now. Thursday I was running in shorts and a tank, today I was running along a snowy trail. 🤦🏻♀️ My mind and body just weren’t in this one. But on to the next one. 10 miles // 9:19 avg
Tous Les Oiselles, Leader Edition! First up is Mary Beth Scott. Want to play along? DM us your answers and a photo! Here we go! 🦚 Name and Instagram handle: @marybeth77 Or @onward_runcoach 🦚 Hometown/Current city: Buffalo 🦚 Favorite Distance: 15K 🦚 Favorite Race: Turkey Trot 8K here in Buffalo. Friends and I make it a double and start from the finish, run to the start and then back again 🦚Favorite place to train/run/explore on foot: For training, the streets of my city. But I love to explore anywhere we happen to be traveling! 🦚 Currently training for . . . @theseneca7 🦚Favorite running outfit: @oiselle Rogas, Blackbird or Team crop, @balega_international socks and @nikerunning Pegasus 35 🦚When I’m not running I’m: being a mom to two boys and coaching runners! 🦚 I’d love to have a meetup here: Anywhere there’s great coffee and baked goods! 🦚 I’d love to have a non-running meetup here: Hm. What about one of those ax-throwing places? 🦚 Coffee or Tea? Depends on the time of day—coffee before noon, tea after! 🦚 Morning runner or Evening runner? Morning 🦚 Headphones or No Headphones? No headphones, unless I’m on the treadmill. 🦚 Summer or Winter? Winter! 🦚 Brunch or Happy Hour? Brunch 🦚 Share your favorite/funniest/wildest running story, and/or shout out your best running friend! Oh man. So many to recall. The funniest might have been when I ran head first into a pole—funniest for my BFF who witnessed it! #oiselle#oisellevolée#oiselleteam#upstatebirds#flystyle
I may not be wearing my race kit for while. . .But when I do, It will be epic! I wasn't sure I was going to share this because it felt somewhat too vulnerable. I don't want sympathy, I just want to share my story in hopes it helps someone else. The MRI did come back negative; however, incidentally, large fibroids were found, and a large mass on my ovary. This explains a lot. The pain and pressure is being caused by many small fibroids as well as one that is 5.3cm in size. So if you are having pain in this region, don't ignore it. Apparently, this is very common for women my age. I am sharing this with you because I want you to follow your hunch. If something is not right or making sense, there is a reason. Be your own advocate and keep pushing. It really is up to us. I know many medical professionals who are wonderful, but they do not know your body as well as you do. . . I immediately followed up with my gynecologist, and she is recommending a hysterectomy. (This is not a dirty word!). I was taken back a bit. I had no idea it was this common for women in their early 40s. So I am potentially looking at surgery, and at least six weeks recovery. No date has been set. But trust me you'll know by the posts! If you want to DM and talk more, I'm open to it. Thanks! Ps. It also said I had diffuse marrow reconversion which is linked to anemia. I went to a hematologist 6 months ago worried about iron and being anemic. She turned me away. I'll be calling her back. . . #oisellevolée#headupwingsout#strongwomen#womenshealth#mastersrunner#mastersrunning#oiselleteam
Marathon Training W10D5 🏃🏻♀️ I forgot to take a photo at the gym again 🙄 So here's a wee snap of me at Portobello Beach back in sunnier days 😁. . . 5 miles done today on the dreadmill, relatively comfortable and not too strenuous... I just wanted a base run before tomorrow's more speedy and longer run 💁🏻♀️ . . . I'm working this weekend, so tonight is all about chilling out with trash TV, wine and my boo @iandawson7 💜 Happy Friday babies!!
‘thankfully I brought lots of snacks’ work conference and another run frolic in the forest today, fittingly fueled by ah fudge nuts, apples, and an i-really-planned-ahead-green-smoothie. thanks to lots of mileage lately and a very picky system that makes eating a catered meal some type of nightmare, I did the thing I’m really not great at and was flexible. on days like these, coming over prepared (and stopping for extra after-run snacks) is absolutely necessary.
Marathon Training W10D4 🏃🏻♀️ Today's episode of How Many Miles Can Catherine Fit In Between Clients saw me squeezing 5 miles of #yasso800s with a mile warm up and a mile cool down. I had an hour and a half to get it done, wolf down my lunch, shower and wash my hair, get changed, put my makeup on and then dry my hair in time for @emilywilford arriving at the gym. 😅. . . Yasso 800s aren't getting easier. The sweat pooled around my neck shows how touch each and every single interval was, and my quads were shrieking in pain by the time I was done. Still, that's them done for another little while at least! 😁 tomorrow is Friday, which is double training day, so itll definitely be a shorter run! 😅. . . Spent the afternoon with mumma Mac at Portobello Beach, and we met up with @stanley.macdonald for dinner at @dumplingsofchina , where again they served up the most beautiful dinner, and dumplings to die for 🤤🤤 Mum wanted to end the night with dessert but we couldn't find anywhere she liked so now we're huddled in the flat waiting for a dessert delivery to arrive from @justeatuk 👀👀😂 #badinfluence
It’s time to wear green and fly down Greenville Avenue in Dallas at @runproject Dash Down Greenville 5k on Saturday! #dfwvolée are not one to miss a party, and they have a full roster racing: @violettractor @alloutashley @dallasdivergirl @jhawk724 @katlynphillips @lauren.henrichs @meliroo @oliviamaecoco @becks_hernandez and @valeriegordongarcia. And, #atxvolée @jlmasanda and @psychrunner are coming to crash the party! Pre-race photo is getting snapped at 7:30am sharp in front of Krispy Kreme 🍩! Plan to stick around for the parade after the race! #lonestarbirds#oisellevolée#oiselleteam#stpatricksday
Marathon Training W10D3 🏃🏻♀️ You guys are getting treated to a whole 2 posts today because of Instagram and Facebook being down yesterday!! I'm not going to lie, I dealt with the outage quite badly and felt quite lost without being able to have a wee scroll through social media before bed 😬. . . Yesterday I wanted to do a longer run, but got caught up in an absolute 'mare trying to get my hair colour the way I wanted it... a process which involved it going from black/blue to ginger to purple. 🙄 so a quick 3 mile is what I did instead, and now I'm off to do some Yasso 800s between clients!!! 😅. . . Forgot to take a gym picture yesterday so here's a photo of me looking at a glass of beer almost as lovingly as I look at @iandawson7 😂
One month. It’s starting to feel more real every day that I’m getting closer to toe the line of my second marathon. It’s been a year and a half since I ran my first and I don’t feel like I’m the same runner I was for that first marathon so I almost feel like I’m new at this again but I still have those scared yet excited feelings filling me up right now. Tempo Wednesday: 1.5 miles up 9 miles @ 8:30 avg 1.5 miles down ••• 12 miles for the day + upper body strength
Happy 11 months to my beautiful girls! This month was a huge one for them - both took their first step(s) (Scarlett has taken up to 3, Rowan just her first step on her own today) but aren’t walking quite yet and are starting to communicate and even say some words! Rowan is our adventurous one and heads straight out any door you leave open, whereas Scarlett is more cautious and will crawl to the door frame, sit and look out, trying to decide if it’s worth her time. It’s so fun seeing their little friendship blossom and also recognizing that they’re so unique. Full update on the twins on my blog now (link in profile).
Sometimes the only good thing about your run is your sweet pizza calf sleeves 🤷🏻♀️🍕. Today just didn’t flow. That run was hard AF and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was glad it’s over but I’m not gonna dwell on it and instead am choosing to be glad that I got to soak in 4 miles of sunshine.
Marathon Training W10D2 🏃🏻♀️ Treating y'all to an old pic of me running on the treadmill because I did some gentle cross training today to let my legs recover from yesterday's 13 miles 😁. . . For some reason over the last few weeks my body has been ridiculously tired and I've been struggling to get up with my alarm in the morning... I used to be such a morning person and I just seem to be wanting to sleep ALL the time now 😯 chalking it up to increased mileage for now and will see how it goes over the next few weeks before I go to the doc to see if there's something wrong. 😬 has anyone else felt this during training? 🧐
Ya girl is staycationing until next Thursday (with one long weekend trip sandwiched in between) so I figured I obviously have to spend my time in the most productive way possible - writing long Instagram captions underneath photos of questionable quality!! So prepare yourselves for more regular training updates 😝 . Anyway, I’ve been heavily relying on aquajogging as an alternative to running while my knee rehabs. Originally I decided to give it a try because I hate lap swimming with a vengeance and absolutely could not fathom spending hours in the pool actually swimming. More time in the pool has given me perspective on my own lap swimming abilities (aka none of us look like Michael Phelps and it’s okay to flop from one end to the other just doing your best) and the high cardiovascular effort/low impact combo of the workouts has left me feeling downright fresh on my long runs. . The form involved with aquajogging is a lot like doing high knees over and over and over while getting absolutely nowhere fast regardless of effort. It felt terrible at first but after 15 minutes of YouTube videos and two or three workouts the learning curve fell away and moderating effort became closer to a regular run. . It’s been about three weeks of two hard workouts a week and I can honestly say I look forward to it now! I’ve even been adding lap swimming to my warmup (who am I?). This is one rehab activity that I think I’ll try to keep in my weekly routine even as I’m allowed more miles. . Have you ever aquajogged? What’s been your experience? How many old lady friends have you made at the pool? I’m up to 3 😜 . . . #runner#runnersofinstagram#instarunners#runnergirl#marathontraining#marathoner#oiselleteam#oisellevolée#runnernotrunning#headupwingsout#gofasttakechances#aquajog#aquajogging#crosstraining
This workout was a test of physical strength and a whole lot of mental strength. When I first walked out to head out to my run and felt the strong wind, I immediately thought maybe I should hop on the treadmill for this one. But then I reminded myself that race day could be windy so I might as well prepare myself to fight through the wind. It was tough pushing through the strong bursts of wind and I had to keep my mind focused the entire time but I got it done 💪🏻 1.5 miles up 2x 3 miles @ 8:24 pace w/ 1 mile recovery 1.5 miles down ••• 10 miles for the day + lower body strength
Marathon Training W10D1 🏃🏻♀️ Switching up training days this week because I live in Scotland and the weather is 99% unpredictable and mostly gross. The sun was shining today and I wanted to make the most of it. No point in putting off a long run then moaning about it when I inevitably have to run in the rain when I get round to it 🙄 . . . Starting off the week strong with an okay-feeling half marathon distance. Feels weird doing these long runs as just part of training and mot getting a medal at the end of them... I used to only do these distances in races! 😂. . . Finished the run with some fuel left in the tank, so feeling good about being halfway through training! 😁 I'm loving running round #portobellobeach, the views are so beautiful and I just love being by the sea 😍 . . . Happy Monday everyone!
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Congratulations on a great San Diego Half Marathon!! @dameontherun got a PR and Shauna had a strong race after coming back from injury! 💪 - - - From Shauna: “A little chilly at the start (near the Pacific/bay) in which made for great running conditions. It was so awesome to run and feel strong after my knee injury. I look forward to more training and upcoming running events. Diana you crushed it today with your PR. Awesome run and congratulations. 😎” - - - - - - - - #bigskybirds#oisellemt#oisellevolée#flystyle#oiselleteam#sandiegohalf
Marathon Training W9D7 🏃🏻♀️ WHY is the weather so miserable again?! Procrastinated about going on my run all morning and eventually ventured out during a break in the rain and sleet, and still managed to get battered by a random onslaught of rain and wind 😭. . . Tomorrow I'll be going into week 10 of marathon training, and I'll be officially half way through this 20 week journey. How mad?! 😯. . . Successful food planning and shopping this afternoon, and now its time for snuggles and a movie before a busy week ahead. Enjoy the rest of your weekend everybody!! 💜
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who reached out on Wednesday's post! I will forever be thankful for this community and the platform @stilliruncommunity has given me. I've decided to give back by fundraising for Still I Run and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, a psychiatric hospital and behavioral health provider in Michigan. Acute and residential inpatient care copays can cost anywhere from $100 to $750 a day. Outpatient therapy copays can cost anywhere from $25 to $100 per session. One of the goals of Still I Run is to be able to provide grant assistance to those in need, in addition to pairing people up with a virtual running coach that would work with them for 6-8 weeks to help them build the healthy habit of running. Money should NEVER be a barrier in getting the help you need for mental health. Bayshore is a special race for me- it was my last half marathon before I got pregnant with Stella. Having the opportunity to run it again after 2 very difficult years feels like I'm coming full circle. I wouldn't be able to do it without the tools in place (that I'm fortunate enough to have easy access to and be able to afford) to help manage my PPD and anxiety. On May 25th I'll be running for all of the mamas with PPD who can't run for themselves right now. I'm taking on the challenge to raise money and awareness for Still I Run and I'd be honored to have you along for the journey. I'm inviting friends and family to make a one-time flat donation for this great cause if you can to help me meet my $5,000 goal. Link in bio: https://pledgeit.org/megan-jaromin-still-i-run-challenge
10 years ago I ran my first 5k, my first race. In honor of my father and his battle with colon cancer, I vowed every year to run for this cause and all those who battle this (and all types of cancer). No goals going in really as again I had no taper and am loving training phase. Kind of personally in a funk and have lost my competitiveness ...not sure what’s up but I’m not sure I mind the change in mindset. I am thankful for sure a great group of friends who got together yesterday morning for this cause. This is was the sport is all about. Although I do have to thank and congratulate my friend @mattousai86 for giving me a boost on the course and helping me push a little harder than I otherwise would have yesterday and in the end he crossed the finish line before me! Congrats Matt!! The challenge is on, see you for our rematch in April 😉. All joking aside I’m so proud of him and his progress over the years. Cheers to both of our Fathers, Matt, for kicking colon cancers a$$! I said no goals, but the goal is always to place in age to send my dad. It wasn’t even close to a PR but walked away with 1st in age. #gyrigraleigh#gyrig2019#poopemoji#oiselleteamnc#oiselleteam#5k#coloncancer#forpa#justmove#raleigh#run#walk#raiseawareness#wakemedsoccerpark#runningsavedmylife#rememberyourwhy
My future’s so bright... 😎 Oh, Pickle Run. You’ve been such a lovely treat this winter. Being able to look forward to a “3ish” mile prediction run in January, February and March has kept me going... and today I crushed it. 👊🏼 I never did manage to find a pickle, but I came in 3rd place in January for my predicted time (though I wasn’t there to collect my pickle) and then just decided to keep smashing it, finishing today 2 minutes faster than my January time and 3rd female. I tried to rationalize that success away (“It’s a small race!” “It’s a prediction run, so it’s only for fun!”) but it gave me confidence to leave it all out there, fun run or not. Big thanks to @shomalley for encouraging me to sign up and giving me someone to chase! Until next year, Picklers! 🥒💚 #oisellevolée#oiselleteam#oiselle#bibravepro#bibrave#bibchat#zensah#withoutlimitz#nuunlife#nuunbassador#nuun#irunthisbody#womensrunningcommunity#sheruns
Easy 5 miler after work. Head & throat weren’t on board (I finally caught the Crud that’s been passed around the pharmacy 😷) but lungs and, surprisingly, legs were ready to open up. Bare pavement and temps above freezing were a bonus. And hey, here’s to another hour of evening daylight starting tomorrow! 🍻
Marathon Training W9D6 🏃🏻♀️ “Running isn’t a sport for pretty boys… It’s about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. It’s the frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut. It’s about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead. It’s about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with. It’s about being on a lonely road and running like a champion even when there’s not a single soul in sight to cheer you on. Running is all about having the desire to train and persevere until every fiber in your legs, mind, and heart is turned to steel. And when you’ve finally forged hard enough, you will have become the best runner you can be. And that’s all that you can ask for.” Paul Maurer
“There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs.” 👍🏻 A couple miles with my 11yr old daughter today. She’s determined to run a #10k this spring, so her training started today! ☀️🌸 #runhappy#runlikeagirl#springtraining
I’ve been thinking about where I was a year ago in terms of running a lot lately. I was focusing on the half marathon and was doing my first go at the Hansons Half Marathon Method. I was determined to get my half marathon time down and knew the plan would help get me there. I had a lot to learn about cumulative fatigue, long tempo runs, strength workouts, and running 6 days a week. When I look back to the runner I was a year ago, I don’t recognize myself. I’ve grown so much and learned so much about myself as a runner. I’ve learned what it takes to make things work. I know I still have a lot to learn, but one year later and I feel more confident in what I can do. And I’ve learned to set big goals and chase after them (something I was really scared to do one year ago). ••• 16 mile long run // 8:59 avg
Yesterday I ran with quarter sized snowflakes landing in my eyes. Tomorrow I’ll line up to race likely in shorts and a tank. Makes sense in Virginia. At the end of last year, I managed to grab a few PRs and felt pretty good about my fitness. This year? Welllll, it’s been interesting. But, I plan on lining up with gratitude, grit, and heart and seeing where that takes me.
my wing women✨✨ #humblebrag I have a knack for surrounding myself with strong women that raise other women up (tagged just a few!) ✨ I’m lucky. I have a space to grow, thrive, and spread my wings, but can’t stop won’t stop until other women do too. #internationalwomensday#balanceforbetter
Marathon Training W9D5 🏃🏻♀️ Oh hey there sweat moustache! ✌🏼 Did NOT think I was going to make the run today. It was a tough and tiring morning, and I wanted to postpone the long run again, before realising that I'd put it off so long that I'd only have the weekend to do it, and with the rugby tomorrow and a working day on Sunday, I realistically only had today to get the 9 miles done 😬. . . 9 drizzly miles down, and it was a slow one - stopping at the big Aldi in Portobello for a water top up and a break. 😂 shins are feeling okay, and not bothering me quite so much, but I'm glad I've got this run out the way!. . . Now for pizzas and games with the flatties and some other friends, we need a chill night!! 💜
moody grays and trying to snow (again) on my run today. it’s been weeks or months since I’ve been out to the wetland, and though there’s no other sign of it, the birds make it sound like a change of season is near. 🤞🏻