HEYYY friends. Thanks so much for your words and advice on yesterday's post! There is so much that goes into the decision, and of course my future career and happiness comes first. I just wish it were that easy! So, I've gotten into a groove where I'm doing some sort of run 2-3 days a week. Depending on how I feel, I do either steady state 3-4 miles or some combination of intervals and sprints. I don't have a set schedule -- just go by how my legs feel and what I'm in the mood for. And I'm . . .
The Bourbon Chase this past weekend was my first experience with an overnight relay race, though I've read about them a ton from other bloggers doing Ragnar or Hood to Coast. I had no idea what to expect, and they are SO different than normal 5ks or half marathons. I thought I'd share my tips for anyone new or considering doing one. Note that my experience is for a 12-person, 2 van, 200-mile relay race through Kentucky. Each person had three legs to run and the distances varied. Other relays . . .
WE DID IT! After so much anticipation, I cannot believe the weekend is over. There were definitely highs and lows, but overall it was an awesome experience and I can totally see why people do it every year. You definitely feel like a crazy idiot when you're running at 3am in the cold, but the camaraderie and all the other teams out there make it feel pretty cool. I'm probably just going to write a rambling post trying to recap all the emotions and memories, so brace yourself. It's amazing . . .
I don't know what I have gotten myself into, but I have to run a total of 19.2 miles on October 10th and 11th. I was invited to join a team of JC's friends and family running the Bourbon Chase months ago, and immediately said yes. I have always wanted to run a multi-day relay race (Hood to Coast and Ragner sound so cool!) and this was the perfect opportunity. Nevermind that I wasn't running more than three miles at a time at that point. I've run plenty of races before, and it was months . . .
No running was happening for me yesterday. I swear each day that I get older, the longer it takes me to recover from big weekends. Despite extra sleep, coconut water, and advil, my body was not feeling too hot Monday! I planned to get in a workout after work, but instead headed to the couch with a bag of chips. However last Thursday BEFORE I left for LB's wedding weekend, I got in a great new run! I'm loving short (relative) 30 minute interval and sprint runs lately -- distance steady . . .
Speaking of exercise, I thought I'd share the quick run I came up with this morning. I wanted to get in some speed work before I lifted some weights, but was feeling a little sick of my usual routines. So, I created a simple interval and sprint workout in my head and it made the time fly! I got in about 3.3 miles in the 30 minutes, and speed work is always challenging in a really satisfying way. Enjoy! For the tabata sprints, I use a free app on my phone that counts down for me. I . . .
INCREDIBLE. This morning was the St. Louis Girls On The Run 5Kand it could not have been a more perfect day. 65 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. Over 8,000 people dressed in pink and green, running through the streets together. And all my girls with huge smiles! I woke up at 6:15 and got a parking spot on the street downtown, walking a few blocks to our meeting spot just in time to see my first girls arrive. The rest of the team trickled in with their parents and running buddies one . . .
How many of you have seen a more serious runner talk about running "8 x 400s" or "5 x 800s" for their training plan? (taken from part of a Hal Higdon Advanced Plan) When I first got into racing I was using beginner plans, so the running was purely mileage. No hill runs, tempo runs, or speed runs yet. However now that I feel more comfortable and want to get faster, I thought I should see what they recommend for intermediate runners. First of all, terminology: 8 x 400 = 8 rounds of 400 . . .
I've been making some great speed gains with my running lately, and I really think it's just that I'm pushing myself. I used to just run at an easy pace, but now I am bumping it up and running a little faster. It's not as comfortable, and I definitely doubt myself at the beginning, but I've found I can actually do it! (from San Antonio a few months ago.) I did a longer run Saturday, and a little speed work last week, so Monday I thought I'd try something completely new and run some . . .
So Friday morning I had a service appointment because my poor baby camry got recalled. Apparently the passenger window clicker things can catch fire. I'm pretty sure that only happens .00001% of the time, and I'm pretty sure I use the passenger window clickers even less than that, but regardless I made an appointment and took it in. The point of telling you that was that I had to get up and workout first thing instead of having breakfast and going a little later on. I was bummed about this. I . . .