Race Recap- Bloomsday 12k

I’ve thought and thought about why I didn’t perform at this race and have come up with no real reason that would consistently make sense. So instead, I’m just going to settle with “I had an off day” and talk about the people, the course, and the amazing experience that more than made up for it. Seriously, everyone should put this race on their bucket list. The way the town of Spokane, WA gets behind this event makes it an unforgettable experience.

First off- there were about a million trees like this so not only was Bloomsday accurate, it was extremely beautiful.

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I love these metal sculptures that get dressed up in t-shirts from every Bloomsday dating back to 1977.

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Second to my family, traveling and racing are my big loves. A huge part of that is just the joy of meeting really cool people. I was thrilled to meet a friend whose running journey I’ve followed on instagram because I love her story (@runninggingerly). I was roomed with a super sweet girl from the UK and loved hearing her stories about professional running, growing up with a dad who was a world class athlete, and her experience in the United States. I got to warm up and cool down with some amazing runners from all over the world and was not only star-struck but inspired.

Most of all what stood out on this trip were the hundreds of genuinely nice folks dedicated to making this experience a great one. Every detail was taken care of.

The course for Bloomsday is a tough one. Here is a course profile:

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I love that they call that second hill “Doomsday”. It is the most populated section of the course with people lining the streets to encourage everyone up and over.

This is only a couple of miles into the race when I was still trying to tell myself that I didn’t feel crummy and that I could own this day. It was fun running with a fellow Colorado runner (Hi Lauren!) for a bit.

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At the end of the race there is a a street where racers pick up the new Bloomsday finisher’s shirts. The street is lined with endless tables of shirts manned by volunteers and spectators. I was walking through kind of hanging my head and sad about my race. As I passed, everyone started cheering and clapping and made it impossible to be anything but happy. Regardless of who walks through that tunnel of positivity they have to feel like a celebrity.

I can’t wait for a redemption race at Bloomsday. Thanks to everyone there for such a marvelous weekend.

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This was my Boston- Race Recap Horsetooth Half Marathon

I’m still happy- my aspiration of winning The Horsetooth Half finally happened.

One of my favorite marathoners, Desi Linden just won the Boston marathon in brutal conditions after trying for a win there a lot of her career.

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Some of my close local running friends, and long time friend from Kindergarten, accomplished a strong finish at Boston and their strength is inspiring.

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Way to go Ginger!

The chills I get from this sport and the life I feel surging through me is something I want to bottle up and keep for special occasions. Horsetooth was my Boston and it felt amazing- and also fed the drive to just want to do more. Running overflows into real life in so many ways for me and I know that even though running is not reeeallly important in terms of the big wide world, it really is in a way, because its passion, honesty, perspective, empathy, and drive creates something beautiful.

On to the race recap:

Gun time: 8:05. I was strangely calm after a week of nerves and excitement. I had put my goal out on the world wide web (although I cowardly posted the blog but didn’t share the link I think it still counts, haha) I had my race plan set and the only thing I had added was the mental note that if anyone made a move I needed to respond quickly without even thinking about it. I started 3 deep on the line- usually I try to start closer but I was putting myself back there on purpose to make sure I saw the heads in front of me that I needed to. A couple of the girls bolted from the start- there is a spot at 1.8 miles where the incline finally ends and King of the Mountain and Queen of the Mountain each get a bonus $200. There are always people who go for just that and although there have been times a winner has snagged it, that isn’t usually the case. Even though I’ve been working on my hill game, its still not my strong suit so I pushed myself to that point of breathing hard and being taxed, but not flooding myself with exertion that would lead to an early bonking.

Let’s just take a look at this killer course profile:

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The girls were really getting further ahead of me than I had ever intended but a half marathon is a long way and I knew the downhills would be my friend. Just after 2.5 miles they started coming back to me and I tucked behind two girls from Boulder and settled into their pace. Around mile 4 the winner from a couple of years shot around us on the downhill. I’m glad I made that last mental note to go with a surge and match the leader. She turned out to be a super strong downhill runner and could have gained a lot of ground. Even though it was early in the race, my mental game was to stay tucked in with the lead pack if the pace was at all reasonable. I immediately shot around as well and chased her down. We played back and forth for awhile, me gaining on the uphill, her on the down. We weren’t racing at this point, just our strengths coming through naturally. 3 miles in is way to early to worry about a few steps.

Gaining race experience is super valuable to me. Every time I race I learn something new. This time it was that feeling of running with someone and matching them for a few miles and then sensing them begin to fade off and making the decision of whether I was strong enough to continue to push it, or if I should also fade a bit and work with them until the race matured. Around mile 6 I felt her start to fade. It was really hard for me to decide whether to venture out on my own or not. It was still early in the race, I still had some hills to climb, and I didn’t know if my legs could handle going even faster to the end. I did a head to toe mental check and decided I was feeling fine to push it and forge ahead. I rounded the turn towards Bingham hill and saw my husband and boys for the first time. I guessed he was probably not thrilled that I was leading at this point.

Almost right when I thought that, another girl (who I hadn’t expected) came cruising along with her pacer. She was breathing super hard so I matched her and they slowed, and we settled in a bit. She tried to play a little dirty which had never happened to me before! At one point she cut me off and stepped right in front me even though I was on the edge of the road and she had the whole lane to herself. It definitely fired me up and I was NOT going to let her go.

We spent about 4 miles together and then I felt that same sense of fading from her around mile 11. It was tricky because we were all alone on the bike path with just the lead biker who was looking back on occasion. I actually was nervous to pass her pacer. I’m sure it was a paranoid concern but after getting tripped up earlier I was just a little weirded out. Plus I was tired, I’m sure my brain function wasn’t 100%. Regardless I gained the ground and then gave myself a pep talk to lengthen that gap as much as I possibly could. I knew the other girls weren’t far behind, maybe 40 sec or so, and are strong closers.

As I rounded the second to last turn, I had less than a mile to go. I had the home field advantage of running this path many times. Most of the time even though I read the mile marker and know I have a mile to go it doesn’t seem like only a mile because I haven’t run it before and don’t know the land markers or exact route. This time I knew it so well it gave me the extra confidence to start picking it up again. My plan was a long kick because I didn’t want anyone near me at the line. If I wanted to be a sprinter, I wouldn’t run marathons. A sprint to the finish after running 13 (or 26) miles is my worst race nightmare. I rounded the last corner and I swear I heard someone screaming “she’s right behind you!” Eff words. I did my best to pick it up even more and luckily my best was good enough. I edged her out by only 14 seconds and third place was only a few seconds after that.

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That feeling. I chase that feeling of breaking tape. It. Is. The. Best.

In my mind I had a huge smile on my face but apparently I was too tired to actually make the connection from my brain to my mouth.

After grabbing a drink and any hugs I could steal, I was lucky enough to get to cheer in friends and teammates. I was grateful that a lot of my friends (running AND non-running) were there to share my joy.

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Love the FoCo Fitness Festival support crew

I’m so proud of all the hard work everyone put in to get to the finish line. I coach a friend of mine and this was her goal race. She works full-time, has two kiddos, and is busy with life but still managed to train well and reach her goal time. Everyone crossing was on top of the world! It’s for sure the best place to hang out if you want to absorb good energy.

As always the volunteers and people who work to put on these races hold a special place in my heart. There is something about this sense of community and sport and what it gives back to people is so much bigger than just running.

Digging the Well

You’ve probably heard the expression “I went to well on that race”. That feeling of digging down so deep in your reserves that you are scraping at the bottom of everything you’ve got to keep your legs turning. That’s what makes those hard workouts so enjoyable.

The fitter I become the deeper my “well” is getting. That is true for anyone who consistently trains. During those hill repeats, or Fast Finish Long Runs, or tempo miles, I get to the point where I start not being able to think clearly and my mind can only form 3 or 4 word phrases in my head. I love(ish) that place. I picture myself down in a little well, digging away with (probably a miniature) shovel, getting that well a little deeper so the next time I need it I have further down I can go. The tricky part is not getting greedy. At some point in a workout 15 or 20 or x number is enough and I need to rest and recover. Any more, and I’m injury bound, exhausted and trying to push it too far too fast.

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All this went through my head today as I did hill repeats on an aptly named section of steep road called “Maniac Hill”. I’m training for the iconic Horsetooth Half Marathon which has been tugging at my heart for a win since 2009. Read about those races hereΒ and here. So… 4th times a charm?

I have a different race strategy this time though- in the past I’ve always taken it super easy up the hills for the first 7 miles and tried to play catch up in the end. I’ve always lost the pack and never actually got to the “catch up” part. It still may have been a fine plan for these last couple of years, the circumstances were different. This year I plan on attacking the hills right from the start, sticking like glue to whoever leads the race, and then going all in for the remainder. Hopefully my well is deep enough, because that’s where I’ll be going.

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Product Review: Apple Watch Series 3


I recently posted about my new watch on IG and have gotten a lot of questions about it, so here are my thoughts!

Watches and gadgets, crunching workout numbers and mapping distances…. none of that is super appealing to me. I like the extreme basics. If I can get away with it I don’t carry anything, not a phone, not a water bottle. I only recently started wearing a hat because: freckles.

For the longest time I’ve used a really simple Timex watch and used two buttons on it: start and stop/reset. There were a lot of good things about it, including a ridiculously long battery life, very lightweight, and the ability to run without really thinking about what is going on time-wise.

When starting my fall marathon training last year I started doing more specific workouts where I needed to measure time and distance for say, mile repeats, or longer tempo runs. I really started to feel the limitations of my Timex. I wasn’t gaining confidence from my workouts because I wasn’t sure if my mile measurements were accurate. Since I was training for a marathon that was really important to me and would be a stretch of my abilities. Confidence was a pretty important thing I needed on my side.

Luckily my birthday was coming up…

My husband surprised me with an Apple Watch Series 3 for my birthday and it has been a 90% improvement on my running life. I thought I wouldn’t like it, that it would be a huge learning curve to figure out how to use, and I wouldn’t have it down to a science by the time my race rolled around.

Here are the things I love about my Apple Watch:

  • Very user friendly interface
  • Syncs with Strava (it does come with its own running app, but I’ve never tried it)
  • Since I don’t carry my phone the feature of being able to call or text is really handy in case of an emergency (knock on wood)
  • I love the style/size and although I don’t like wearing things on my wrist it is lightweight enough that I’ve gotten used to it.
  • “Tracy” (she is named after the Dick Tracy watch that was sooo futuristic at the time) chimes in at every mile letting me know my total time, which mile I’ve just completed, and the avg. for that mile. This feature can be turned off.
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Areas for improvement:

  • I wish there was way to do splits more easily. For example; say I need to do 6x1mile with 1 min rest in between. It would be nice if I could start my watch, keep an overall time/distance going but have a separate “lap” button, to push pause during my rest break and pick back up on an even mile. Currently, when my mile is up I quickly scroll over and hit stop, then count to 60 while I’m jogging my rest. It’s not a deal breaker, it would just be a nice feature. PLUS, there was recently a hater who commented on someone’s Strava about how they purposely leave out rest breaks to look faster. I just don’t think they understand how leaving that rest break in messes up the workout.
  • Obviously, battery life is something that most gps watches struggle with. While better than most, mine has still died on long runs.
  • On really cold days, sometimes the interface doesn’t pick up on my cold finger pushing “start”. This happened to me at the Houston Half marathon (read here) and it would have been nice to have a watch on. Especially for post race review to read splits and see where I could have improved.
  • I love that I am able to use wireless headphones and listen to music but I wish I could also listen to podcasts with it. I’m sure that feature is coming soon!

Another note for runners- I would upgrade to the breathable band option for obvious reasons.

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After about 700 or so miles with this watch I feel like I know it pretty well. I’m really happy with it and definitely feel like I get more out of my workouts and don’t shy away from paced runs because I don’t want to worry about the hassle of trying to measure splits. I still use my Timex for track workouts. πŸ™‚ (with my Apple on the other wrist to measure overall time/distance) Two thumbs up for this baby!

In other news- its been a fun jumping into some local races even though winter has been flexing her muscles recently. I love our running community. Stay tuned for big plans I’ll be sharing in the very near future about a project a friend and I are working on for local runners!

Coldest race I’ve run to date- Catch Me If You Can, fun, local, and starts/ends at a brewery. πŸ™‚ Photo Credit: Terry Grenwelge

Resolutions, Sticking With it, and Ideas for Putting the Fun in the Run

The most frequently asked question I get is: Why do you like running so much? The second is: Any tips for making running more enjoyable for me?

Disclaimer: I’m not trying to make anyone enjoy running and everyone is different. But, if you have the desire to do it and want to enjoy it, but don’t, maybe I’ll have some ideas. They might work for you, they might not. Runners are guilty of trying to get EVERYONE to run but its not because we are trying to impose our enjoyment on anyone, its just a feeling of empowerment we want to share. One that leaks into every other area of life, not just running. It’s hard to explain, but for anyone wanting to give it a try it can be life changing.

In my opinion working out and/or running is not super enjoyable when you first start. It hurts, it’s hard to breathe, it can feel a little like being a fish out of water. I think you have to expect that, embrace it, and know that it won’t last forever.

I had tried to run through my first pregnancy, and as I’ve mentioned before it was just too uncomfortable because, although I didn’t know it at the time, I had a huge 9ib 9oz baby in my belly and the weight was unbearable on my small frame. I did manage to make it to about 4 months. I didn’t even try to run during my second pregnancy, but maybe could have. Ansel was a normal, 7lb 5oz baby but I just expected it to be a similar situation and didn’t even attempt it. I waited a full 3 months after having him to even attempt my first run and it was horrid. Starting from scratch. So trust me when I say I know the feeling. So let’s carry on.

Month 1: Start out with a very short 3 min jogging, 1 min walk or similar walk/jog pattern. Just get your head in the game first. I think if you try to bite off more than you can chew and push yourself too hard in the beginning, its frustrating and not fun. If it isn’t fun, it unlikely to continue because there are tons of semi-valid reasons to not make time for running/exercise, especially if it isn’t enjoyable. Aim for a few days a week or every other day. Embrace that you will not love it. Find a time of day that works for you. I think one of the worst things is getting up and running first thing in the morning (although I’ve done it plenty of times). I feel dehydrated, sleepy and not focused. Some people love it. Find what works for you.

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I love my coffee station first thing in the morning.

Find a time of year that will be kind to you. There will be enough challenges to keep going without adding a blistery winter onto your list of obstacles. Or, go into it knowing what you have signed up for and maybe have a treadmill at your disposal if possible.

Ideas during the first month to make it fun and get/keep you going (a lot of these are not original by any means, but worth a mention):

  • Run with a group/partner
  • Sign up for a local race
  • Reward system for completing a day/week/month training- (massage, etc)
  • Find your “why” and remind yourself about it when you’re running and want to stop. The more you run, the fitter you will be and that is when you will start to enjoy it.
  • Don’t worry about tracking your mileage or time spent running if you don’t enjoy it.

Month 2: Running is still probably not enjoyable depending on how fit you were to start. This month its all about the mental game. I feel like a good challenge can be a lot of fun. You can hang in there knowing there will be an upswing as long as you stay consistent. I feel like pushing through this month will help in other aspects of life: patience, time management, health (obvi), which has a ripple effect of good consequences.

  • Add in strength training to help prevent injuries and keep your body well-rounded if you don’t have one already. (youtube has tons, just search “strength training for runners)
  • Try to find new places or routes to run so you can explore a little.
  • Carry along a small trash bag and pick up trash on your run routes, the earth will love you and this small act will lift you up.

Month 3: If the beginning of this training cycle was a hill you would be nearing the crest. It’s arguably the hardest part. The newness has worn off and its not as sexy anymore.

  • If you can treat yourself to a new headband, gloves, watch, or something else small do it.
  • Find a cause to run for. Check out 261Fearless or something near and dear to your heart.
  • If you like social media, follow runners that you find inspiring.
  • Shake the bottom of the barrel your “WHY” is stored in.
  • Find a podcast that interests you.
  • Start keeping track of how long you run each session and/or journal how you feel after. It can be short and sweet. I like Strava for recording runs but then also keep track on running2win.com because I’ve used it for a long time and am familiar with it.
  • Treat yourself to full-filling, yet healthy meals. Eat for fuel to make your body stronger and feel better. Of course its a balance but I would recommend not using treats as a reward.Β  My favorites right now are nachos and sushi.

At this point, I sincerely hope you have hit the sweet spot, if you have given it a fair shot. Your body has grown accustomed to its new task and has started feeling the need to continue getting faster and stronger. The mental side of it should be closer to meditation. I’m sure there are still some who won’t love it, and that’s okay- I know there is something else that will speak to your spirit.

Happy Running!

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Race Recap- Houston Half Marathon

Friday, January 12th- After a day of work, school and life stuff our family packed it off to catch our delayed flight to Houston and depart for our racecation. We flew out of Denver a little after 10:00pm. If you have kids around 4 and 6 years old, or have ever had kids that age, or were a kid yourself, you can imagine how that late night flight might have went. Fast forward to arriving at our hotel in Houston at 4am (my husband and I did all this with zero caffeine so we would be able to finally sleep once we arrived) Zzzzzzz…. Until…. 7am when my alarm (Owen had set it while playing with my phone on the plane) woke me up for the day.

Saturday, January 13th- After coffee and breakfast and an appropriate amount of digesting, I went for a shortish run (I got a little lost so it went longer than I intended) and then booked it over to check in with the elite athlete staff, uniform check, fluid drop-off, and technical meeting. A couple of highlights: I met a runner from Boulder, CO (it seems like everywhere I race there are tons of Colorado runners and I love it). She was running the marathon the next day, trying to qualify for the trials and seemed awesome. I forgot her name dangit, but I hope she made it!
While standing in line to pick up my bib, I was right behind Deena Kastor. I was a total coward and didn’t say a word although tons of other runners kept taking photos with her. Too starstruck.

We rallied hard after my meeting and drove about 45 min away to visit my husband’s cousins who live outside of Houston. She made us an awesome pasta dinner to fuel us up (her husband was running the full marathon the next day). Always nice to have friendly faces at your travel destination!

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After I had set my things out for race morning, I lay in bed rehearsing my game plan. MyΒ  ‘A’ goal was 1:13 which would be a 2:17min PR for me. It was a stretch and I knew it. A possible stretch, but one that would have to be a culmination of perfect conditions, perfect race strategy, and being fully recovered from my marathon a few weeks ago. I didn’t know if I was, I would find that out during the race. ‘B’ goal was to break 1:15 or just PR. It had been awhile since I’ve run a half marathon and I haven’t been training at that pace so I had to pull up a pace calculator and refresh on what that even meant per mile. In the end, I decided if I ran between 5:35 and 5:40 pace it would be a good day.

Sunday, January 14th- 4:30am alarm woke me from a deep slumber which is super unusual for the night before a race. I was clearly tired! Nerves usually keep me awake most of the night and I have NEVER made it to my alarm.

5:25am- buses departed for the race start line where we killed a bit of time in the warming tent. As we entered they were handing out gloves and I snagged a pair, unsure if I wanted to wear mine and possibly ditch them, or have a throw away pair that I would definitely peel off once I got hot.

6:20am- I started my warm-up, an easy 15 min or so (I failed to start my watch, not for the last time that day). Drills, stretching. I came back in for a little temperature warming in the tent and heard Deena (the same one, yes- now we’re on a first name basis πŸ™‚ ask if there were still extra gloves. They were out, and I dug mine out and loaned her the pair I had grabbed and decided I wouldn’t use after all. Aw yeah! Spare gloves for the win. I can’t help it, she is amazing, she has had a long, full career of amazing feats and is a genuinely nice person. I’m in awe of her. Here is what happened post race on twitter:

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I’m not even embarrassed even though I probably should be. I’m just going to own it, fast runners impress me and leave me a little speechless.

6:34am- race officials asked us to check our bags and make our way to the start line. It was pretty chilly and gun time was 7:00am so I was worried about staying warm. For whatever reason, it wasn’t bad for me. I saw lots of other racers shivering, but my body must have been running hot. A couple more strides, the time was passing quickly.

7:00am- My very favorite part of any race is right after the gun goes off, and for the first couple of miles all I can hear is just the pounding of hundreds of feet, breathing, and shuffling for a spot. I saw a girl get tripped up and really felt the squeeze of the pack. “Don’t trip, don’t trip” kept going through my mind as we clipped along, tightly packed up at 5:20ish pace.

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The first mile seemed to last forever which surprised me. I kept thinking I should have seen a mile marker, or my watch would have “tapped” me. I finally glanced down at it and realized it had never started. My finger must have been too cold and not activated the touch screen. Bummer. I didn’t really know what pace we were at and that was a little concerning. I had clearly not noticed the first mile marker either so didn’t really have a good handle on where I was at. I focused on just settling in with the pack around me, it was still early and wouldn’t matter. I noticed the girl I had sat next to on the bus and had chatted with about race goals. We had similar intentions so I figured I was in a good spot.
I heard someone say “17:19 at the 5k”. That was thrilling to me and a little scary at the same time. First, that’s an unofficial 5k PR for me so the pace was obviously at the top of my game. Second though… I was feeling good and the point of this race was to push myself and see what I could do, so I was happy I was doing it (pushing myself) and still felt confident I could hold that pace or close to it until the finish.
Our little pack of about 8 women was rolling along together and working well. I love racing and working together with a group. It takes so much of the grind out of running and we cruised through the 10k in 34:44- another PR for me.
Mile 7- I got to see Ryan and the boys (he rented a bike and trailer to pull the boys around in). LOVE having them with me!
Mile 8- I started feeling some cramping coming on in my calves. Not horrible, just kind of my legs cautioning me that they were getting annoyed. From here to the end, I struggled quite a bit. My calves kept causing me trouble, I was definitely tired, I felt the marathon fatigue from 6 weeks ago creeping in. Our pack was breaking up now as well. I stayed with the main group, down to 4 now.
Mile 10- I reminded myself that I had done many workouts leading up to this and it would be unfair to my past self to give up now. I can do anything for 3.1 miles. I tried to speed up and it worked for awhile. “Fast and relaxed” I repeated in my head. “I can if I can” and “Define Yourself” (a mantra I had heard Deena Kastor mention on a podcast with Lindsey Hein and I saved for the last few miles of CIM back in December).

I came across the finish line in 1:14:30 and even though it was my ‘B’ goal, I am satisfied with my effort. I did my best, I carried myself through some tough miles, and a PR is a PR. I can be patient. πŸ™‚

After crossing the finish line and being escorted into the post race area I learned that Molly Huddle had broken the American Record (previously held by Deena Kastor 1:07:41 since 2006) in 1:07:25 and placed 7th overall female. What an amazing race!

And now- off for more Galveston fun! So far we have taken a boat out (both boys’ first time), visited Moody Gardens, and plenty of beach time. Being near the ocean fills my soul. And dream up which race I’ll be doing next. πŸ™‚

 

 

Legendary Hustle

“May the wind always be at your back, and the sun always upon your face, and may the wings of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars” George Jung

I’m very grateful for the people I have in my life, whether I have known them for years and years, a short while, or if they have just passed through to never be seen again. Whether they know it or not, I think often of wisdom gained, good times had, and the impact they have had on me. So thank you to everyone who I have every crossed paths with, because I guarantee you hold special meaning to me.

That being said, I’ll be running for Shoes and Brews this year, a local running store owned and operated by close friends of ours. Read about them here and check out their website here. They have been in business for a few years now as a specialty running store/craft brewery and have started a race team. I’m excited and proud to be representing them in their first year of supporting a racing team!

2017 was a year that will be tough to follow. I remember sitting in this same spot, writing a blog about my goals for the year and literally being scared to even type out what I was thinking, much less click “publish”. I don’t think sharing goals holds me accountable, I think I would try just as hard either way. However, I want to remember these years in detail so I’m forcing myself to write out exactly what I’m thinking and feeling at the time it is happening so I can “bottle it up” to save for later.

In keeping with the same theme for 2018 I want to share my goals and find it just as hard! So here goes: I have a few main goals and some sub-dreams I would like to accomplish. First, as I’ve always said, I want to really maintain and work on the delicate balance of being present in my family, training, work, me time.

Second, I will be competing in at least two marathons this year, one of them being a World Major and I am training and racing to break 2:37 to get the ‘A’ standard for the Olympic Trials. It is so close, yet so far away. And dangit, while I’m at it I want to break the 5:00/min. mile in our local Mountain Ave. Mile race!

Third, I want to outwork everyone else. CIM was a dream race and if I could relive it over and over I would. I want that feeling but I also want more. I don’t feel like I trained as hard as I could have for CIM. I barely hit 80 miles/week for two weeks in a row before it was taper time. My body didn’t have that super tired feeling that comes from pushing to the limits before tapering and snapping into beast mode. I can train harder and I want to. I overheard many conversations from other athletes about their 100+ mile weeks and they deserved to beat me because they worked harder. So I want to beat them, and I want to deserve to beat them.

Fourth, I have been so inspired by people and I want to do the same for others. I don’t know how you feel about social media, but to me I’ve gained so much motivation from people (some are complete strangers, I just like the way they run so πŸ™‚ posting about running, family, adventures, etc. I have a friend who sold their house and she and her husband are traveling around the world in a van. That’s amazing! I see runners have good days and it makes me feel exhilarated to get out the door and do my own workout. Athletes post about a bad day, and friends and strangers alike will post comments to lift them up and cheer them on.

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#IcanifIcan Cheers to everyone out there doing their best at what they do!