It’s been a weird few weeks for me mentally and emotionally! I finally thought I had my head on straight and knew what my plan was and was confident in it. I decided to go back to two full rest … Continue reading
A few months ago, a friend told me that she decided she wanted to try running. I of course was very excited for her! You know I’m already scheming to get her to sign up for Gazelle Girl next year! … Continue reading
It will be a year (how has an entire year passed?!) this weekend since I ran my last half and gave up “distance” running. The decision was incredibly difficult because distance running felt like such a big part of who … Continue reading
I’m in absolute shock that I’m officially part of the amazing group of women in Team Handful! When I heard they were accepting applications to be an AmBADASSador, it was a no-brainer to apply. I wear Handful bras EVERY SINGLE … Continue reading
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m amidst my 10k race taper. So many runners say they hate the taper. I personally don’t mind backing off on mileage right before a race, but it’s the extra time I … Continue reading
GIVEAWAY CLOSED —- Who wants to race in the LARGEST 25k in the country?! Thanks to the incredible generosity of my friend, Katie, I’ll be doing a giveaway for her 25k bib to the Fifth Third River Bank Run in Grand Rapids, MI on May 12th. She will be gifting and transferring her bib to one lucky winner since she sadly won’t be able to make it to the race this year and has opted to skip the deferral process. The energy at the starting line is electric for this race! It brings out some amazing elite athletes as well as many first time 25k runners! It’s one of those races I think everyone should do at least once if they’re interested in distance running.
If you haven’t registered for the 25k for this year’s race yet, but want to run it, you may enter this drawing by picking a number between 1-1000 and comment on this post with your number.
I will use a random number generator to select the winner (closest without going over wins). Contest will close next week Wednesday at 10am EST (4/4). Winner will be announced on this post later in the day on Wednesday and I’ll send the winner an email with info on how to claim the race bib. GOOD LUCK!🍀
Random number selected:
Congrats, Colleen for picking number 578 (the closest without going over the chosen 736 number). I will contact you soon!
As most of you know, I’m a big fan of speed work on the treadmill. I can’t achieve the faster paces outside, so it’s good practice to get my legs used to the faster turnover in a more controlled environment.
As far as training goes, sometimes my plan will have the recovery intervals listed in time instead of distance. I don’t know about you, but when I’m running (especially pushing myself), I don’t want to have to do mental math to figure out when I have to do what. That’s why I ALWAYS pre-program my watch if I’m running outside, and why I do this method I’ll detail below for treadmill running. It’s easy thanks to this handy running calculator, but just takes some time to type out your workout with the information.
EX: Today’s speed workout was 1 mile warm up, 6×800’s with 90 seconds recovery between, and 1 mile cool down (which I extended .1 to end at an even 6). I chose 10:00 min. mile for my recovery pace. So, in the calculator I typed in 1 min. 30 seconds for the time, 10:00 for the pace, and then hit calculate distance. It then fills in the blank spot with .15 miles.
So, in my calendar on my phone I type out the plan step by step so I literally don’t have to think about it at all and can focus on the run.
That’s what works for me! I’m a bit type A, so this is probably comical for most haha! But, it gets the job done. Hope that helps if you were ever wondering how to figure that out. I don’t know what I’d do without that calculator!
I received a copy of the book, How Bad Do You Want It, back in January. I was so excited to dive into this book, written by Matt Fitzgerald, because my 10k training was to start the end of January. It’s … Continue reading
I did my home gym reveal back in February last year, and a bit has changed since then. So, I thought I’d do a little tour of it again in case you’re looking for some ideas for your home gym … Continue reading
Just a forewarning, this post is directed towards women. Male readers may want to skip this post 🙂. Just like clockwork, every month during ‘that time of the month’, I go for a run and my perceived effort is always … Continue reading