Hello and thanks for stopping by! My name is Angela. I am a scientist, wife, cat-mom, and fitness enthusiast. This page is my personal blog, and you will find a range of topics, centered around healthy living. Why “The Chicken Scoop”?  Well, when I started this blog, we had just gotten a small flock of chickens and the name just stuck!  I hope you enjoy your visit!

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More news!  I go so excited with the registering for races, I also signed up for the Atlantic City 10K in October!  I have done this race series before and really enjoyed it.  Now that it has been moved back to Bally’s, I am really excited.  I heard bad things about when it was moved to Revel Casino but it was always so fun at Bally’s.

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I now have to resist the urge to sign up for another race that I was always interested in doing.  (Of course registration opened on July 1 and I got all the emails!)  I thought it was a 10 miler but it turns out that it is a 10K also and totally fits into my training plan.  Am I going crazy?

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So now that my race calendar has 2 official races on there, I guess I should start some training, right?  The first place I went was to Hal Higdon’s awesome website which contains lots of free training plans.  I am never satisfied with the plan given to me though so I have been working on tweaking it to my liking.  I think I’ve finally come up with a good baseline that I will work from, depending on my semester schedule ones school starts.

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As of right now, I will probably have a very long day on campus on Wednesdays which is why I chose it as my rest day.  I’ll have to see how this schedule works once I pick all my classes though! 

I also plan on using my T25 DVDs for my strength training and cross training.  This way, I don’t even have to think about what I’m going to do.  And the lower body DVD is pretty killer and will really help strengthen my legs.  I could try and make a lifting plan but using the DVDs just seems easier.  Besides, there are also 2 ab workouts and an awesome stretch DVD.  It is like it was made for this!

As for the particulars of my training, I will update week by week here as to what I did.  I’m not sure if I will share my whole training plan upfront, as I like to change things.  I am using Hal’s Novice 1 and Novice 2 as guidelines along with my schedule above.  I’ll increase my mileage week by week, with some lower weeks for rest, and eventually peak at 12 miles.  Like I said, I can’t just pick a generic training plan.  I have a friend who is an experienced marathon runner and personal trainer who has been so kind as to agree to check my plan for me before I start on this journey (Thank you Tiffany!!!).  This is especially helpful since I’m rearranging everything to my liking!  Ha!

I also have some plans for nutrition for when I get home.  I have been misbehaving a lot in the food department (you’ll see in my next blog).  I have been disregarding my known food intolerances which isn’t a good idea.  I’ve been doing this though because I’ve been feeling great!  Months (years?) of tummy issues and they have been almost unnoticeable lately!  I think whatever I had been doing the last year or so has finally helped heal my gut and helped my system work better again.  I don’t know what exactly made it happen but I’m happy!  Now, let’s not screw it up again by eating a bunch of bad foods, right?!

Enough for today.  I have a long post prepared for tomorrow about Florida and more science stuff (with more details this time!).  Until then!

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