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June Training: Building Fitness

June Training: Building Fitness

Last month was all about getting my mileage up for marathon training. t didn’t come easy either. Together with the heat, I’ve been much more tired. I haven’t run this “high” of mileage in a while. I am enjoying the process and training. Somedays are harder than others but I’m excited to have a goal to work towards.

June was a decent month of training and my best race was the first weekend of the month at the Scott Coffee 8k or the She Power Half Marathon.

The rest of the month wasn’t bad, but there was minimal excitement.

Total Miles: About 220
Longest Run: 16.8 miles
Shortest Run: 2 miles
Range of Paces: 6:20-11:12-untimed
Workouts: 4
Rest Days: 3 complete (several days I only swam)
Swimming: 7X (3000 meters each)

Races:
Scott Coffee 8k (33:03)
She Power Half (1:29.27)
Red Bank Classic 5k Recap
Bungalow Beach 5 Miler (34:14)
Pineland Striders 10k

Thoughts:

As I up my mileage, I’m not surprised I’m more tired and my racing times are getting slower.  I know my body is adjusting to multiple things including the increase of mileage as well as heat. I’ve run more personal worsts then bests in the last year but that’s okay.

I’m happy with how my running is going for where I’m at right now. I’ve gotten better about comparing myself to previous fitness levels. I’m just plugging along in the heat.

There wasn’t anything too exciting this month, although winning the Indianapolis Half was fun.

Next Month:

Next month is starting the nitty gritty of marathon training. The plan is to get a 20 miler in the last week of July which scares me.  I’ve run 20 miles before but never in the middle of the summer.

Blog Posts From the Month: 

Running Podcasts to Keep you Entertained

Does Collagen Help Post Workout Recovery?

Shoe Reviews:

Hoka Carbon X Shoe Review

Topo Fli-Lyte 3 Shoe Review

Mizuno Waveknit R2 Shoe Review

Finally, have you subscribed to the LOLZletter? It’s a free newsletter that comes out each Monday. This week I talked about dealing with heat and humidity. PLUS AN ENTIRE OUTFIT GIVEAWAY FROM RUNNERS LOVE YOGA. 

In the newsletter, I share running industry trends and things relevant to the sport. There are often giveaways as well as discount codes.

Questions for you:

How was your month of training?

What was your best run? 

 

 

 

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Pineland Strider 10k (44:05)

Pineland Strider 10k (44:05)

This was possibly the hottest and most humid race I’ve done since living in Texas.  By no coincidence, it was also my slowest. It’s been a few years since I’ve run the Pineland Striders 10k. I know many of the local group members and local runners, so it’s always fun to run.

I arrived with my father in law around 7:30 am. We signed up and together with the local running store owner, did about 2-mile warmup. By the time it was time to start, I was sweating through my clothing.

The 5k and 10k go off together.  I was too busy chatting, and all of a sudden, we were off. For the first mile, I was running with a few local runners and friends. We hit the first mile around 6:45, and it felt challenging. My legs felt tired, and the humidity. I thought to myself: We have how many more miles?

The 5k turned around, and the 10k kept going. I found myself running with a friend, and we were tied for the first woman overall.  The next few miles were uneventful. We were running even splits of 6:55. It felt challenging, but I could still talk. The humidity was sinking in, and I felt how oppressive it was.

The roads weren’t closed, and during mile 3, several cars came whizzing by. I felt a bit uncomfortable but managed to stay out of their way. I couldn’t keep up and remained as second woman the rest of the way.

During the fourth mile, we began catching the 5kers.  We were going on a narrow path, so it was more challenging to pass people. I’m sure the 5kers were just as frustrated. We kept trucking along.

By mile 5, I was running alone and just death marching it to the finish line. It was the most humid day we’ve had so far, and my entire body felt it. I looked as if I had gone swimming.

As I remembered, the last mile cuts across the field and around the track. The last thing you want to do at the end of a 10k is run through the field. It’s a nice challenge toward the end. I didn’t want to hurt myself, so I just focused on staying smooth. I wasn’t going to pass anyone, so I didn’t feel forced to “sprint to the end.”

Pineland Striders 10k

Due to track maintenance, this year we went around and over gravel. The last .75 was one of the most challenging race finishes I’ve done. I crossed the finish in 44:05 and as second woman. While it’s one of my slower races, it was hot and humid, and the dew point was 74!

It was great to see so many friends and run another race with my father in law.

Pineland Striders 10k Tim's Dad and I

Questions for you:

What is the most challenging race finish you’ve done?

Do you prefer racing on grass or road? 

Training: Workouts and 10ks

Training: Workouts and 10ks

Is it July 1st already? It’s hard to believe that half of the year is gone. 

Anyway, last week went relatively better than the week before. I still had hiccups in training, but what is marathon training without that?

Monday: Easy 60 minutes
Tuesday: Easy 60 minutes
Wednesday: AM: 6X800s with 800 jog rest
PM: 5 Miles easy (Total mileage for the day 13)
Thursday: Swim 2 miles
Friday: Easy 60 minutes
Saturday: Pineland Striders 10k (44:04) Total mileage 10
Sunday: 15 Miles easy

Week 1: Hello Humidity

Week 2: Half Marathons and Workouts 57 mpw

Week 3: Travel and More Travel 53 MPW

Week 4: Training: Beach Runs and Long Runs 52 MPW

Week 5: 57.5 


Thoughts:

Training wise, I’m happy with how the week went. On Instagram, I mentioned that swimming 1-2X per week was my balance right now. Trying to cram in a third day, felt forced and I don’t want to burn out of it. I want to swim because I want to, not because I have to.

Workout Wednesday: 6X800 averaging 6:30 pace

I was happy to get this in. It was a jam-packed day between dropping my husband off for a deployment and then running.  Workout wise, I felt good. Originally I wanted to do these on the track, but there wasn’t enough time to get to one, so I settled for the road.

Pineland Striders 10k: 44:o4

It’s been years since I’ve done this race (I think since 2014 or 2015).  The last time I ran a 41: XX and I thought it was my slowest yet! On Saturday, we had the highest dew point yet (74). It was hot and humid, and my body did not respond well to the weather. I ran as hard as I could for the day. I’m happy with my effort for the race.  As I begin building mileage, I can feel it in my legs, and racing has gotten increasingly harder.

Long Run: 15 Miles

This was supposed to be a moderate effort, but it ultimately became an easy run, and I struggled through the heat. Looking back, I was hydrated but probably not enough. Around mile 8, I felt as though I hit a wall. Unfortunately, I was at the furthest spot from my house and (besides getting a ride), running back was the easiest way. So after taking a few mins to cool off and hydrating (I also keep a form of payment on my run), I got back out and finished. Was it my best run ever? No. Did it humble me? Yes.

Next Week I’ll do a Fourth of July Race and try a more productive long run.

Posts from the Week:

Hoka Carbon X Shoe Review

Does Collagen Help Post Workout Recovery?

Bungalow Beach 5 Miler (34:14)

Finally, have you subscribed to the LOLZletter? It’s a free newsletter that comes out each Monday. This week I talked about dealing with heat and humidity. PLUS AN ENTIRE OUTFIT GIVEAWAY FROM RUNNERS LOVE YOGA. 

In the newsletter, I share running industry trends and things relevant to the sport. There are often giveaways as well as discount codes.

Questions for you:

What is something you’ve burned out with before? While I have running, I stopped swimming competitively in 2011 and never looked back.

Does Collagen Help Post Workout Recovery?

Does Collagen Help Post Workout Recovery?

As many people know, I’m a Vital Proteins Ambassador and have been using Vital Proteins Collagen for over a year now.

Each month, Vital Proteins sends me products to try, and I share my favorites or answer questions people have.

I’ve already been using Vital Proteins for over a year, and I find I genuinely recover faster and feel better than if I don’t.  Usually, I have one serving twice a day.

Since this is primarily, a “workout blog,” many people have asked how it helps with recovery.

Vital proteins collagen

What Makes Collagen Peptides Different?

Vital Protein Collagen Peptides have the added benefit of providing 18 g of collagen protein.  I’ve personally found my body recovers much better when I have protein after a run or workout.

Why Take Collagen?

Until I learned more about collagen, I had no idea it was the second most abundant substance in the human body. (after water).

Collagen is found everywhere in the body. The purpose is to provide the body with strength, structure, and elasticity.

With the natural process of aging, our bodies become less efficient, producing collagen.  This leads to slower workout recovery time. By adding collagen, you can help speed up the process.

One of the essential jobs of collagen is to keep our bones and connective tissue in optimal working conditions. For runners and people that work out, this is imperative. Like rest, you cannot train hard without recovering hard.

How Can Collagen Help Running Performance? 

New research shows collagen can help decrease joint pain often associated with high impact exercise.

Long-term strenuous exercise, like running, leads to collagen degradation in the body. We naturally lose collagen as we age but running and other high impact sports can quicken this.  It’s not an overnight occurrence, and the degradation of collagen is a slow process.  It usually takes years.  Like a stress fracture, it takes time and isn’t an issue that just ‘pops up”.  That is why anyone running for years may have the same collagen issues.

Collagens Promotes a Healthy Response to Natural Inflammation:

Running stresses your body, which causes inflammation. Taking Collagen or any protein directly after a workout helps to promote inflammation and speed up the repair of connective tissues that are damaged.  I feel and recover better on days I do have collagen within 30 minutes of working out.

 

Promoting Joint Health:

In the running world, it’s not uncommon to hear runners and athletes talk about “bone on bone.”  This means they’ve lost the cartilage in their knees.  Losing all of the cartilage in your knees is from years of wear and tear on your body and joints.

How does Collagen Help Joints?
  • Increases lubrication around joints to make more mobile
  • Helps to increase bone density (A BIG ONE FOR RUNNERS!)
  • Reduces inflammation around joints and improves healing of connective tissues

Which Collagen Products are Best for Recovery?

While products like “the beauty glow,” have collagen and protein, they aren’t the best if your goal is to recover faster.

A Few of the Best Products for Recovery are:

The Original Collagen Peptides:

The Orginal Collagen Peptides are unflavored and can be added to anything. The collagen peptides are digested and absorbed by the body quickly for maximum benefits. Besides helping recover, they also help improve joints and ligaments, and tendon health. Of any collagen product, they are the most versatile and can be added into almost anything with no extra flavor, including hot or cold liquids, coffee, smoothies, and baked goods.

Bone Broth:

Bone broth was one of the first products I started taking from Vital Proteins. Bone broth is filled with amino acids.  These amino acids prevent the breakdown of muscle tissue, repair leaky gut, improve sleep quality, and help regenerate cartilage.  Important for runners, bone broth also contains calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Collagen Whey:

This is my favorite product, and I try and have a serving most days. In addition to the collagen, the whey contains 26g of Protein, 5,105mg of BCAA.  It supports recovery and mixes well into smoothies.

Vital proteins collagen

Collagen Water:

It’s one of the newer products, and I wrote about Collagen Water last month. I like how many different flavors there are, plus it’s portable. If I’m running from somewhere other than my house, it’s easy and packed.

Vital Proteins Collagen water

In summary, I’ve found I’ve recovered faster and stronger after hard workouts by taking Collagen. Thank you Vital Proteins for allowing me to continue to be an ambassador.

Questions for you:

What do you eat or drink after working out? 

Have you tried collagen before? 

 

 

Hoka Carbon X Shoe Review

Hoka Carbon X Shoe Review

The Hoka Carbon X is the most requested shoe review I’ve ever had. Keep in mind, I’m not a Hoka athlete (or “sponsored” by any running shoe brand) so just because a shoe comes out doesn’t mean I immediately get a pair. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Luckily our local running store carries them. The Carbon X came out in early May during the Project Carbon X in Folsom, California. Ultramarathoners and elite runners debuted the shoe while chasing the 100k and 50-mile world records.

The Carbon X is designed to be ultra-cushioned while still be very light. It’s intended to be a distance shoe for half marathons, marathons or ultras.

Hoka One One Carbon X Shoe Review

Upper:

Like the Cavu (my favorite shoe),  I appreciate how the upper is light and simple. It’s just a single layer of breathable mesh. I wear anywhere between a women’s size 10-11 wide and the women’s 10.5 fits well. There is minimal structure to the upper, so your foot floats around. Your running shoe should always have space. Most “racing shoes” fit much more narrow, so this is the first racer that has plenty of room.

One thing to keep in mind is there is no heal counter. Your heel might not feel as secure as other shoes, but I’ve run just over 50 miles in the shoe and haven’t had an issue with sliding.  It does take patience the first time you put the shoe on. There is still the back eyelet that you can use to secure your heel more into place if you find it to be an issue.

Hoka One One Carbon X Shoe Review

Ride:

This is what I was most curious about. Would I feel the carbon plate like the Vaporfly? The ride is smooth, and you feel the cushion but also feel the propulsion of the carbon plate.

There is foam both above the plate and below (think of it like a sandwich). With the carbon plate, it feels much stiffer than many brands. If you love the Hoka Clifton, this is a very different feel. If you’ve been running in the Hoka Bondi or the Mach, it will feel more similar but faster.

I’ve run tempo runs, easy runs, and workouts. Do I feel faster in the shoe? Yes. Would I race a 5k in it? Probably not, but I would be more likely to do a longer race or workout in it. I am curious to see how the Carbon Rocket compares.

Finally, to reduce weight in the shoe, there is minimal traction. On a typical day with no moisture on the ground, this is fine. When it’s rainy or wet, I’m not sure how the shoe would respond without sliding (just like the 4%).

Conclusion

Debut shoes can be tricky. Sometimes, they are fantastic, and sometimes they miss their mark. For me, I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s the best for a 5k but do believe for a half marathon or above it’s an excellent option. I do feel faster when I run in the shoe. Like the Cavu, I appreciate the minimal upper with less seams to irritate.

Current Rotation:

Easy/Daily Runs: Hoka Bondi 6Topo Magnifly 2Hoka Mach 2,

Speed Work: Topo Fli-Lyte 3, Reebok Float Ride Runfast ProNike Streak Lt,

Long Runs: Mizuno R2Hoka Cavu 2

Races: Nike Fly, Reebok Run fast Pro

You can see all current shoe reviews here.

Finally, have you subscribed to the LOLZletter? It’s a free newsletter that comes out each Monday. This week I talked about getting the most out of your running store.  In the newsletter, I share running industry trends and things relevant to the sport. There are often giveaways as well as discount codes.

Questions for you:

Have you tried the Hoka Carbon X?

What shoe do you like to race in? 

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