Negative Split Work + Running Tunes

IMG_20150622_124707It’s SUMMER! Back to super hot and humid runs! If my parent’s pool was filled, I would have jumped in after today’s run :). Should be filled this week though! I ran with music outside for the first time in a year and a half because I bought some new music and just decided to give it a listen on today’s run. I stopped listening to music when I was training for the Country Music Half last year. I occasionally listen to it on the treadmill, but mostly go without. I figured there would be large enough gaps between the live bands that I’d need to get used to ‘being in my head’ instead of using music to distract me. I kind of just got into the habit of not bringing music along after that. It was a nice change listening to some new tunes today.

Screenshot_2015-06-22-11-48-51I made an attempt at negative splits outside. Not quite there, but a good effort! It’s definitely challenging when terrain changes. But, practice makes perfect! 🙂 Splits were 10:39, 10:27, 10:43 (what happened??), 9:23. I am trying to prove to myself that I can bring my avg. pace down and not feel awful at the end of a run if I start slower and gradually increase. This is a skill I need to work on for longer runs. Generally if I want to do a faster paced 3-4 mile run its giving it my all right from the start, and doing so I have been getting a better time than today. But I know as mileage increases I am going to hit a wall if I don’t start slow, so fIMAG5638ocusing on this is going to be key for my success in the half I am doing this fall. I am still going to be doing speed work for my short distance races though. I did a 2 minute plank in the empty pool after the run too 🙂

I drove back home for lunch and refueled with some kidney beans for protein, avocado for IMAG5641healthy fats, and some sautéed brussels sprouts, tomatoes and green onion. I seasoned with some curry, cumin, ginger, and a little salt/pepper.

Now back to my new running tunes! I added a few new songs to my playlist, but one really stands out to me. We’ve probably all heard a certain song for the first time and immediately felt the urge to go buy the song because you think there is just something special about it. That happened tome a few days ago with Run Run by The Rival. I seriously can’t believe I’ve never heard this song before. It just resonates with me so much. I recently saw a video promoting a local Girls on the Run organization and it had that song 500.2df53d6d5532e38953c1f97a31c7f64b0c15c88eplaying in the background. I fell in love with the lyrics and just the empowering sound and message it had. I typed some of the lyrics into Google and found out who the band was. Within a few minutes I had bought the song on iTunes. I absolutely love it! Definitely check it out!


Run Run – The Rival

Kick the dust off your back and don’t look back

Give all the doubters you know a fake heart attack

Cause you were made for this you can feel it inside bones

You were made for this and it’s time you let the world know

Who you are, what you know, it’s happening, right now so

Run, Run, it’s a new day

Run, Run, it’s time to embrace

Breathe, breathe, in and out and

Love, love, let it all out

The sun is creeping in, let it sink in your heart

Everyone is taken so be who you are

Cause you were made for this

You can feel it in your soul

You were made for this

So watcha, watch waiting for

It’s happening, right now so

Run, Run, it’s a new day

Run, Run, it’s time to embrace

Breathe, breathe, in and out and

Love, love, let it all out

Let the light fade into all the colors that make you

Run, Run, it’s a new day

Run, Run, it’s time to embrace

Run, Run, it’s a new day

Run, Run, it’s time to embrace

Breathe, breathe, in and out and

Love, love, let it all out

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Race Recap: Mackinac Island Lilac 10k

IMAG5399What a great weekend! Short, but full of some great memories with my family on Mackinac Island. We left at about 9am on Friday and with some quick stops we made it there around 1pm, just in time to catch the 1:30pm ferry boat to the island. About 20 minutes later we arrived and made our way through downtown to our hotel for check-in. The smell of fudge in the air, and the sound of horse shoes clicking down the road always makes me smile.

After checking in at our hotel, we headed back downtown to do some shopping. I love all the little shops on the island. One of my favorite stores is Little Luxuries. I could spend ALL day in that store! If you’re a fan of the website Etsy, you’ll love this shop. The cutest handmade items + unique gift ideas. I could have easily bought one of everything in there ;).

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photo credit: mission point.com

We had dinner at the Round Island Bar & Grill inside Mission Point Resort. It’s pretty much “our place” when we go. It’s one of the few places on the island that make it pretty easy to eat gluten free. After dinner we went back to the hotel my grandpa was staying at and hung out on the porch to chat for a while. Then we headed back to our hotel and I set out my race gear and got ready for bed.

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Heading through downtown

 

 

I had my usual race breakfast of Udi’s with a banana, got ready and we headed down to the school to pick-up our race packets by 8:30am. The race started at 9:30am. It was weird because there wasn’t a normal “starting mat.” They just had the timing chip reader on these tripods that they set out literally just minutes before the race started. So people were just gathering in the general area of Windemere Point, unsure of exactly where the starting line would be. It was definitely not as organized feeling as the 8 mile on the island is.

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Heading through downtown

We ran through downtown and a little over half a mile into the race we took a left and began to climb “the hill.” It’s pretty steep and goes on for while. I wish I knew how long the hill was. We actually went and checked out the hill before dinner the night before the race and I initially thought it was steep, but not completely horrible. I didn’t realize that the road turned and continued to go up for a while though haha! So it was a little surprise (even though I did the race many years ago), but I managed with a quick walk break.

20140809_133932Much of the race is on roads that are tree covered, at least until you are on the perimeter of the island. So, you are out of the sun for a good part of the race which was nice. The best part for me was going downhill and seeing Lake Huron! It was so pretty and it meant I was almost to the perimeter of the island and heading in the direction of the finish. Running near the shoreline is so beautiful. I just love looking out and seeing the Mackinaw Bridge and the beautiful lake.

It was kind of motivating running with my mom. We kept passing each other throughout the race. When I wanted to slow down I’d look ahead and just push a little harder to try to catch up to her. She ended up finishing 8 seconds ahead of me, but it was great having her there as someone to “keep an eye on” throughout the race. As we approached the finish, we ran up onto the grass and over a small hill to get to the timing mats in the school yard. My dad also finished not too far behind us and then we all gathered around to cheer on my grandpa to the finish who was in the walking division. My daughter ran the kids race too! She wanted me to run with her, so I guided her in the down and back course for her age group. She was so happy to see her medal at the finish! The finish area had bananas, apples, granola bars (not gluten free) and water bottles for the participants.

IMG_20150607_191409We had the opportunity to use the locker rooms in the school to get cleaned up after the race. That was really nice since we decided to make this a quick trip and not stay another night in a hotel. We boarded the ferry and had lunch at Nonna Lisa’s Italian Restaurant in Mackinaw City before heading home. I indulged in a gluten free pizza with tomatoes, mushrooms and artichokes. It was so good! Overall, it was a fun trip! Can’t wait for the next race on the island!