Every run has a purpose. Many runners, especially new runners, are under the impression that in order to get faster, they must run all of their runs faster. This, very simply put, is not true and can quickly become counterproductive. Your easy run is a key building block for endurance races, but only if done correctly.
I am so super excited about my upcoming opportunity to compete in my first Boston Marathon. The buildup between my qualifier at Kansas City Marathon, in October 2015 and race day seems like forever. It has been a journey and I can’t help but feel all kinds of emotions as I look back. For… Continue reading Reflection and Countdown to the Boston Marathon
I was so excited for this week. I was going to make this a super, running week. I had plans to really focus on recovery and strength training. Spending my spring break doing all the little extra things so that I could finish my last couple weeks strong. Well, things didn’t go as planned.… Continue reading 2017 week 11 recap- 5 weeks until Boston Marathon
This was a tough week. Not because of the workouts, or mileage. It was tough because it took me the whole week to recover from last week’s 10k race. I shouldn’t be terribly surprised, I seem to recover slower than most of my running buddies. The fatigue and soreness will hang around an extra day… Continue reading 2017 Week 10 Recap-6 week before Boston Marathon!
The closer we get to April 17th, the more I am getting asked about my goal time for the Boston Marathon. I am also getting a lot of (unsolicited) advice, on what others think my goal time should be. Especially, after recent races. Some people look at me like I have two heads when… Continue reading Waiting to set my goal time/pace for Boston Marathon
Whoa! I don’t even know where this week went. I have been super busy, I feel like I blinked and a whole week went by. I was a ball of nerves. Knowing I had a race at the end of the week, really gets my nerves going. It wasn’t a goal race, but I… Continue reading 2017 week 5 recap- 11 weeks until the Boston Marathon
I don’t know about you guys, but burying myself in all things running has been a huge escape from the political junk going on. Focusing on my training has been a great stress reliever, also. So without too much build up, here is my weekly recap. Monday-6.01 miles at 8:05 pace (48:39 total time)… Continue reading 2017 Week 4 recap- 12 weeks until Boston Marathon
What makes a strong runner? If you have two runners, of absolutely equal physical ability, which one is going to win? I would say the runner that is mentally stronger. Do you think that the person who always wins a race is the most fit? I certainly do not. One of my favorite running buddies… Continue reading Training to be a mentally stronger runner
Are you working toward a new distance or a time goal? If you are, you need to think about this title question every day, before you head out the door. What is the purpose of this run? When you are training, you are applying a stimulus or stress to the body. That stress will hopefully… Continue reading What is the purpose of your run today?
I had a great week last week. I hope you guys did too! The weather was prime marathon training conditions here. Temperatures in the 50s and a light wind most of the week. We didn’t see a whole lot of sun, but I won’t be picky after the ice last week. Running… Continue reading 2017 Week 3 Recap- 13 Weeks from Boston Marathon