After taking a month off of longer distance training for my last half marathon, I was excited to start a new schedule for my road to The San Francisco Marathon. As my seventh full marathon, I’ve come to find what works best for my schedule and my body: (more…)
You see, I started this race with some solid pace expectations, but a few miles in, I realized that it just wasn’t happening. I am not (more…)
I had a rough week of running last week, and I’m not really sure why. Maybe I jumped into my training too fast since coming back from being sick? Not really sure. I am in the beginning of marathon training and had about 30 miles on my schedule, but only ended up running 22. Last week was a test for me to learn how to listen to my body, rather than pushing myself to run miles just to reach a sporadic number. (more…)
Running is an inherently paradoxical sport: some love the solitary aspect of it, some prefer the social benefits – and while some run to beat new PRs or even qualify for events, others are completely content taking comfortable jaunts simply to maintain overall cardiovascular fitness.
Then there are people like me. (more…)
I want to pump you up! (said in a Schwarzenegger accent of course.) These past 2 weeks were supposed to be the official start of my Spring marathon training, but unfortunately I barely ran or worked out at all due to being sick. Before that happened, I made a pledge to myself to start strength training regularly throughout this new training session. No excuses. (more…)
Greetings all! Can you believe it’s almost February?
The last time we “spoke,” I shared a post about creating SMART goals – especially timely for the new year. Now that we’ve all settled in to 2013, many runners I know (myself included) are putting those finishing touches on our master race schedule for the year with a variety of distances from 10Ks to halves, full marathons and more! After all (more…)
I run a lot of races. This year, one of my goals is to race less, mostly because my bank account will really appreciate it. Racing definitely gets expensive and I have a hard time not cramming a race into every free weekend. I don’t technically ‘race’ every race I run, but I’m addicted to the atmosphere and I have a hard time not going back whenever I get the chance. (more…)
At the start of each new year, it is common to see gyms packed with the ‘resolution crowd’ – those individuals driven by the idea that THIS will be the year they get fit. While it is certainly a step in the right direction, their intentions often fall by the wayside for a myriad of reasons: lack of motivation, no support from family or friends or simply, the absence of a clear-cut goal. (more…)
Training for an endurance event – whether it’s a 5K or an ultra-marathon – means one thing: lots of time on your feet! From intervals and tempo runs, to long runs and even other forms of cross-training, the shoes that you choose to wear for each workout can make a major impact: on your performance, comfort and yes, even your attitude! (more…)
I am just getting off a 23 week training program and I couldn’t be more ready for some rest! 23 weeks sure is a long time to be training for something. When the NYC Marathon was canceled, I picked a new marathon to run that was still 5 weeks out, so my 18 week plan turned into 23. (more…)