Fall Back

What a beautiful weekend for running! 45 degrees yesterday and 43 today. This was a “fall back” weekend of running for me so only 10 miles yesterday and 6 today. Next weekend, a pair of 16’s. I was so close to wearing shorts for my run yesterday but I didn’t want to get some funny looks. So instead, I opted for capri running tights. Still, capris in January is pretty awesome.

My husband sent me this article, “The Reason People Run Ridiculous Distances Has Little to Do With Physical Fitness.”  (see below). Great article and worth the read.

http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/01/reason-people-run-ridiculous-distances.html?mid=twitter_nymag

 

 

Shake it Up

My Saturday and Sunday long runs, this past weekend, consisted of two 15 milers. I was growing tired of the same old route and wanted to shake things up a bit. Instead of running 15 straight miles, I ran 5 miles at each of my 3 favorite running trails. I had never broken up my run like that before, but I must say I really enjoyed the change of pace. The 5 to 7 minute break that I got from the drive to each of the different trails, allowed me to sip on some water in between without having to carry my water bottle, which was also a nice change. The crazy part is, my last 5 miles on the last trail, I ran faster than the first set of 5 miles on the first trail. Anyway, was nice to shake things up a bit, if only for a weekend.

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A Runners Poem

When I was young, I used to love reading poetry. Writing them, too. I’m sitting in the den tonight enjoying a cold Pale Ale, and I couldn’t help but recapture the weekend of a bitterly cold Saturday long run, and a Sunday morning treadmill run. Regardless, these poetic words came to me and I wanted to share. This, in a small way, is how much I Love to run!

 

My mind is set, I’m out the door,

Lace up my shoes, ready for more.

 

Set my watch, GPS ready,

Running down the road, ever so steady.

 

Long stride, short stride, fast or slow,

It doesn’t really matter as long as I go.

 

Wind flows free through my ponytailed hair,

sweat dripping down but I don’t even care.

 

Sleet, snow, wind or rain,

I’m out their running just the same.

 

Whether or not I’m training for a race,

Running will always be my happy place.

Way back when…

Throwback to 2010 when I was a bit faster and ran in the Boston marathon. Some day after my next 2 Ultras, I would like to focus on getting some speed back. It will definitely be a challenge. Would I love to try and qualify for Boston again? Absolutely! Next month I turn 34, which I believe puts me in a different age group to qualify. I’m not looking to try and qualify anytime soon but someday, again, would be just lovely. Boston is the best! 

   

Going green

Going green each (most) mornings makes me feel great. My green smoothie recipe I use is below:

1/4 cup spinach, 1/4 cup kale, 1/3 of a banana, 1/3 cup fresh pineapple, 1/3 cup mango, 1/8 cup water, 1/4 cup ice.

I like to mix up the fruit every now and then. Today I used banana, strawberries, and peaches. So good!!

slacker

slack·er
ˈslakər/
noun
a person who avoids work or effort.
Slacker.  This word describes my month of December with my training.  Ugh!  So far, my training has definitely had it’s ups and downs…more so the “downs”.  December was filled with bad weather, parties, family, and such.  My training suffered a bit, but it only motivated me to really get back into it.  Now that the holidays are behind us, I am looking toward amping up my training from now until race day.  For Christmas, my husband bought me T25, which is a series of high intensity workouts for 25 minutes a day.  I am incorporating this into my training along with keeping an eye on nutrition by making healthier eating choices.  More vegetables, fruit, and definitely more water are on the to do’s.  Week 1 -off to a great start.  Feeling great.  Tomorrow and Sunday are 14 mile back to back long runs.  Bring it on.