I took on what I consider to be serious long distance running and training in the early fall of 2008 when I signed up for and started training for my first half marathon. With the exception of the last 6 months of my pregnancy (in 2011-2012) I have been pretty much consistently training for one race or another. There may have been a few “down” moments where I wasn’t heavily logging miles or focusing on a specific plan, but I have regularly been running, biking and swimming for about six years now (ok, mostly running). And just when I hit my peak, just when I decided I should try and train for a BQ, just when my first tri in over a year is on the horizon and just when I felt like I might have figured out even the slightest ability to balance work, life, motherhood, wifehood, and training–I decided, I realized, I’m tired. Continue reading
I’m coming up to the mileage and wear mark where I need to replace my running shoes. I typically alternate between super lightweight trainers for 3-6 mile runs and then my ‘standard’ running shoe for longer distances and races. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I’m a Nike girl with a pair of Nike Frees and Zoom Vomeros. I don’t feel like I have to be a Nike girl but I’ve just not found another perfect shoe. So when I had the chance to try out a pair of Under Armour’s Spine Venom shoes it seemed the ideal way to test out whether or not another brand is for me. (Disclaimer: UA did not give me these shoes to test; they were a friend of mine’s who felt they weren’t for her.) I had actually been checking out UA shoes at the store and have been following their evolution. I distinctly recall the first pair that came out and being tempted to try them but my Fleet Feet store owner gave the honest assessment that they weren’t quite “there” yet for running shoes. But that was years ago and UA shoes seem to have come a long way. So I laced up for a 3 mile test run. Continue reading
On the opening slide of one of our capabilities presentations is a brief infographic with an overview of r2i, (the digital marketing and technology agency where I’m Director of Marketing) and there is a snapshot of things we love. At the top of the list is the Candy Wall. For the purposes of this post, it is absolutely a proper noun. The problem is, it’s not just one Wall of Candy where there are jars of Reese’s Pieces (my favorite), gummie bears, peppermint patties, peanut M&Ms and more; there’s candy around every corner. It’s in the lobby, conference rooms, the kitchen, at the printer stations, on our desks! And it just so happens one of my biggest weaknesses is my sweet tooth. Continue reading
I did not run the Boston Marathon this year. I did not qualify for the Boston Marathon this year. I did not even try to qualify for Boston this year. However, two years ago, I started a blog post (it’s still in drafts) called “My BQ Quest” which I never finished and never posted out of fear that I may never be able to actually qualify for Boston. The bombing of the 2013 marathon has given me new resolve. I am no longer afraid to share my goal. I am no longer scared to try to train for the time I would need to qualify. I am no longer intimidated by the challenge of qualifying for Boston. I am no longer embarrassed about the possibility of publicly failing. I am simply determined. Continue reading
I went into this year’s Cooper River Bridge Run with a strange combination of feeling cocky about the prospect of running fast and at the same time not feeling confident that I could run fast. In the two weeks I had to really train for speed I lost the opportunity due to being sick one week and not focused the other. I was hopeful that all the magic of race day would help me hit the 7:30 pace I was targeting. Not only did race day magic have an effect but so did a little ‘tough love’ coaching from my husband, friendly competition with my best friend and sheer determination. I pulled off a 7:20 pace for a 10K PR of 45:36!! Continue reading
Somewhere between mid-January and early February I decided I wanted to do a half marathon in March. I had been intentionally maintaining long runs in the 6-8 mile range knowing that I hoped to run 13.1 in March. But I hadn’t settled on a race and hadn’t settled on a training plan. Finally, via Facebook I learned about the March 16 Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. and promptly signed up. At the time I think I had something like 5-6 weeks left to train.
I set out for a 9 mile run but had a hunch it might be a little longer than nine. It turned out I was right and there really couldn’t have been a better run to go an extra 1.5 miles. It was one of the best long runs I can remember. Continue reading
Weekends tend to be dedicated to the long run and the long run typically equals quality thinking time. Recently on a long run I found myself thinking about some family and friends whose new year started off rough. And then I thought about other friends and family whose new year began with joy and fresh starts. My mind kept switching from one extreme to the other and I found myself wanting to dedicate that run to my friends and family. Continue reading
When I wrote my 2012 year in review I had all sorts of momentum and really enjoyed reminiscing on 2012 and thinking about what this year would bring. At the time, all I really knew is that I’d love to log 1,000 miles this year. But, within the first few weeks of the new year I found myself floundering with running. I had no goal, no training plan, no next race within reach. In addition, the year started out fast and furious with work and I struggled to keep a balanced running plan. And so finally, I put my mind to it and decided on a plan.
I will be training for a March half marathon and look to do local 5ks to get the competitive juices flowing. My goal though is to make sure I have a very steady base pace and train for endurance rather than speed.
I will do a half marathon. Quite possibly one in Florida with a girlfriend who will be running her first half. More likely it will be local and highly likely it will be the B&A Marathon which is essentially in my backyard. I would also by this time like to have a chariot of sorts connected to my bike so that I can start to ride outside again towing my son.
I will do the Cooper River Bridge Run–best 10k ever–in Charleston, SC. Lots of biking and maybe start getting to the local indoor pool again.
May is still a little foggy. I really, really would like to do the Broad Street 10-miler but knowing how fast registration fills up it may or may not become a reality. A colleague invited me to do the New England Ragner Relay which is very, very tempting but it happens to be on the same weekend as the Broad Street run. If neither of those work out, there is a half marathon in St. Michael’s, MD that is a relatively new race and rather appealing. There is also a great 10-miler in Chestertown over Memorial Day weekend.
I hope to be biking and swimming a lot by this point and sticking with mid-mileage runs. There is a Father’s Day 10k I’ve always wanted to do in Annapolis so I think I’ll target that.
This month will be dedicated to cross-training, strength and stretching.
The Annapolis 10-miler of course!!
And that’s as far as I’ve made it. It feels good to have goals.
I thought for sure that doing a marathon early December would be the key to getting through the holidays without gaining a ton of weight, going crazy and maintaining fitness. I do believe it got me through Thanksgiving. What I forgot though, is that life post-marathon tends to quickly become directionless. Training is all of a sudden over. The race is over. The high mileage weeks are over. As we approach December 31 and therefore New Year’s resolutions I wanted to reflect on how I handled ‘holiday running’ this year. Continue reading