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Training: Recovery and Grilled Cheeses

Training: Recovery and Grilled Cheeses

Last week was spent recovering, traveling, and relaxing.  While Phoenix Half Marathon was a PR, it is only the beginning of the Spring.  I’m hoping to continue to run well.  I will have a few cutback weeks throughout the Spring to make sure I don’t make the mistake of last year with burn out. 

Monday: 45 minutes easy/short hike through White Tank Mountains
Tuesday; 45 minutes easy
Wednesday: 12×400 averaging 86/Deep Tissue Massage
Thursday: 30 minutes easy
Friday; Rest
Saturday: 60 minutes easy
Sunday:  Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run 4 m 24:30 (10 miles total)

Thoughts:

I spent a lot of time relaxing in Phoenix as well as indulging in food after the race.  I do think that helped recover faster.  I’m definitely not “fully recovered” but I do feel as though I am recovering well.

Workout Wednesday: 12X400s (400 jog recovery)

Averaging 86 seconds and last 400 84 seconds

Lately, I’ve been doing workouts on the roads.  First, it’s hard to find an available track.  Second, I race on the roads, not on a track.  I could go a few seconds faster on the track, but I also enjoy doing workouts on the roads too.

I felt good during the workout and having good weather certainly helped.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run: 24:30

I’ve run the race in both 2016 and 2017 and this was my slowest year.  The race itself is in a park on a trail.  We got a huge storm on Friday that took down a lot of trees but luckily the course was clear.  It was windy but no headwind or tailwind.  The crosswind just felt as though you were one step away from blowing into the canal.  My calve were still sore and recovering from my deep tissue massage and I did not feel the greatest.  That being said, I’m happy with my time.

 

 

Posts from the Week:

February Training

Phoenix Half

Hiking Jokey Hollow (Morristown, NJ)

Questions for you:

How do you recover from races?

Do you get deep tissue massages?  How frequently?

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Phoenix Half Marathon (1:22.03)

Phoenix Half Marathon (1:22.03)

What to say about the Phoenix Half Marathon?

It’s a 54 second PR.  I had a good day.  Realistically, that is the general information about it.  I guess there is more though.

Anyway,  since running the full marathon a few years ago, I’ve wanted to come back and rerun the race but didn’t have a year I wanted too.  In fact, I wasn’t confident I would be able to make it to the race this year either.  I signed up and booked airfare last minute too.  I had been watching flight prices, and it wasn’t that much more to wait.

The week before the race, I felt “too good’.  Nothing had gone wrong, I didn’t have phantom pains, and I came off of back to back good races.  To be honest, I hadn’t had many issues in training.  In conversation with a good friend I said, the weather was looking good, my training was going well, and the course was fast…there was no real excuse to not run hard.

With that, my husband and I got to Phoenix, waited 90 minutes for a rental car (Yay, spring training for baseball) and got to our hotel.  The day before was relaxing, I got a longer shakeout run because my legs were stiff from flying.  We relaxed, went to the zoo, ate dinner at 4 pm and fell asleep at 8 pm.  My brother arrived at 11 pm, to visit.

The morning was uneventful, and my husband and I made it to the bus by 4:45 am.  The bus was a little louder than I would like but nothing terrible.  The start was wide open and allowed you to have your own space.  We started in the dark at a sharp and dark 6 am.

Phoenix Half marathon feb me running

One thing I don’t like is running in the dark.  I hadn’t thought about that component of the race, but most of the race was in the moonlight.  There were street lights but nothing like running in the daylight.  The first mile felt like it took forever.  I wondered how I would make it through a half.  I was running with a crowded pack, and we hit the mile in 6:22.  I thought either I can hold this pace or I can’t but I wouldn’t run even 6:22s the entire race.  6:22 was my exact previous PR pace.  The pace didn’t feel difficult, but you can’t judge any race by the first mile or even the first 12 miles.

The next few miles were uneventful.  It was dark, and not many people were out.  The crowd dwindled, and I was running with a pack of 6 women.  I noticed what other people were racing in, and it varied.  It was 39 degrees at the start and a lot of females wearing crop tops and shorts, many in runderwear, a few in capris and a few in sports bras.  It was pretty much everything. I ran between 6:15-6:18 miles for all of them.  It was boring, uneventful, and dark.  Each mile ticked off with nothing of note.

I hit the halfway in 38:56.  Around the halfway mark, our park started to divide once more.  2 women went ahead, followed by me, followed by everyone else.  For the next few miles, I always felt like I was chasing someone, but never running with anyone.  Miles 7-9 were the hardest of the race.  You’re halfway, but you realize you have a very long way to go.  I began to question everything.

Here I was, running in the dark, in Phoenix by myself.  I had been dropped by the two women which didn’t help.  I had taken the race out faster than I have ever taken a half marathon race out.  Sure, I was below my PR pace but I was starting to feel fatigued, and I lost a PR at the Dallas half marathon in the final few miles due to cramps.

Phoenix Half marathon feb me running

Even though they were gaining space, the two females pulled me along for the miles 9 and 10, and we ran 6:08.  I hit the 10-mile mark in 1:02.30.  At that moment, I knew I should have run my own race because my legs began to feel fatigued.

I told myself: 5k left.  You need to run a 5k in 20:27 and you will PR.

Another woman passed me around mile 10 who I did a double take and thought it was Shalane Flanagan. She passed me as if I was standing still. I attempted to stay with her while also weaving in and out of 10kers.  The 10k merge was one of the only components I didn’t care for during the race.  Many were blocking the entire course or running 3-4 across, and I had to zig-zag around.  It was not the energy I had, nor wanted to use.

Phoenix Half marathon feb me running

I hit both mile 11 and 12 and in 6:26.  During the final mile, things began to look more familiar from the full marathon, and I remembered the feeling of the last mile of the marathon.  Everything was coming together.  We turned the corner, and I saw the finish line, the clock.  I just powered to the end.  I could see it ticking in the 1:21s and I was trying to make it under 1:22 but my legs didn’t have it.  I crossed in 1:22.03 and a 54 second PR.

Thoughts:

A PR is a PR.  I’m thrilled with it.  I do know the race course was easier than my previous PR in Carlsbad, but I also know I’m in better fitness too.  I realized at the Phoenix half marathon that I don’t like to race in the dark.  Obviously, I can run fast in the dark, but it’s certainly not my favorite.

I think I have a lot more to give in the Spring racing scene and I’m looking forward to it.  For those who asked, my husband decided a few days ago that he was going to take the race easy for him, and finished in a 1:27.

Questions for you:

When was your last race PR?

Do you prefer running in the morning, afternoon, or night?

Cupids Chase 5k (18:38)

Cupids Chase 5k (18:38)

Last weekend I ran the Cupids Chase 5k in Moorestown, NJ.  After my 3 mile race the weekend before, I was hoping for an accurate course this week.  I knew it would be a competitive race and I was looking to get a good baseline of where I was.

The race started later than I would have liked at 10:00.  It was forecasted to rain, but luckily it held off until my cool down when it poured rain.  I got to the race at 9, warmed up, and by the time I knew it, we were off.  I was excited to see a few of my local friends at the start.  As you can see by the photos, I guess I went through a lot of emotions during the race.

First, I was deep in thought and possibly angry…

cupids chase 5k moorestown me

The first mile was uneventful, and I ran with a pack of males, including most that recognized.  It weaved around Strawbridge Lake.  I hit the first mile in 5:59 and was pleasantly surprised.  I didn’t feel bad, and I had gotten a decent amount of sleep but was still surprised.  My legs just felt meh.  It was my first mile below 6 minutes in a while.

But then I was full of regret

cupids chase 5k moorestown me

The next mile, I ran by myself.  There was one male in front of me, but no one around.  I stayed in that position the entire time.  The course was an out and back but had 2 180 degree turns.  We hit the first 180 at about the halfway point.  The ground was slick, and I nearly fell but was able to maintain good speed around the turn.  I hit the second mile in 5:52 which is my fastest mile in a long time.

The final mile was just about getting back to the end.  To add the extra .1, we went around another park that included another 180 turn.  Because, in general, the course was an out and back, I was able to see my friends as they went the opposite direction.  It gave me motivation.  I thrive on seeing friends or racing with other people.  I hit the third mile in 6:02 which in a 5k I can’t complain because it was still plenty of energy in the tank.  With the turnaround and running alone, I was definitely happy with that.

Then I was desperate for the finish line to be close 

cupids chase 5k moorestown me

The final .1, I just ran as fast as I could and crossed the finish line in 18:38.  It’s my fastest 5k in nearly a year, and I could not be more excited.  I know I have a long way to go, but it was great motivation.

Questions for you:

Do you like themed races?

Do you prefer out and back courses or loops?

Training: Fast 5k and Sleep

Training: Fast 5k and Sleep

Last week was both mentally exhausting and physically.  Luckily, when it mattered the most, I was able to run fast.  That being said, running is never my life priority.  Yes, I have a running blog, but my life and overall wellness mean more to me.

Monday: Easy 60 minutes
Tuesday: Easy 60 minutes
Wednesday:  6X800s at 6 min pace
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Easy 45 minutes
Saturday: Cupids Chase 5k (18:38)
Sunday:  14 miles with fast finish 

Thoughts:

My legs were tired for most of the week.  My husband was supposed to get home on Wednesday but a last minute change caused him not too.  Which began an added stress.  I didn’t handle it well.  Was I crying all of the time?  No, but was it an added stress?  Yes.  With life responsibilities, sleep took a hit.  Luckily on Friday night, I fell asleep early and I got a lot of extra rest which ended up helping with the 5k.

6X800s at 6 min pace with 1/4 mile jog recovery

As I mentioned on Instagram, it poured rain during the workout.  For some reason, I was drawn outside.  My legs were tired, and I could feel that. I got the workout done.  Was it my favorite? No, but I finished and moved on.

Cupids Chase 5k (18:38):

I’ll have a full recap this week, but I felt better than I anticipated.  My splits were 5:59, 5:52, 6:02.  It’s my fastest 5k since my burnout, and I was definitely not expecting to run that fast with everything I’ve been dealt with. I can’t complain.  I am excited to be that far into the 18s again, and I know on a good day, I’m capable of more.

Today I ran my fastest 5k since my burnout. 18:38 with splits of 5:59, 5:52, and 6:02.

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Posts of the week:

20 Podcasts to Keep You Entertained

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Mercy 3 Miler (18:20)

Questions for you:

Did anyone do any Valentines Day races?

How was your week of training?

20 Running Podcasts to Keep You Entertained

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about Podcasts I liked and listened too.  Many people chimed in and added more.  As I mentioned previously, I hate to sit in silence so I love listening to podcasts or background noise.

20 Running Podcasts to Keep You Entertained

Podcasts are popping up, and I’m by no means an expert (and you will not see a LOLZ Podcasts anytime soon) but here is a bigger and better list.  Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions.  I’ve listened to an episode of each podcast, but not every single episode of everyone.  If there is an episode you love, comment below!

Here is a bigger list of more Running Podcasts:

1609 Podcast (focuses on all things running)
Ali on the Run (funny, runners of all skills)
BibRave (race related and everything running related)
C Tolle Run (informative, Carrie was an Olympian herself)
Endurance Planet (performance and health-based running advice)
I’ll Have Another (funny, informative, runners of all levels)
Keeping up with Kelsey Cansler (informative and fitness related)
Man Bun Run (informative, interviewing many ultra runners)
Marathon Training Academy (everything marathon-related)
Marathon Talk (Based out of the UK, everything running related)
No Meat Athlete Radio (200+ episodes of plant-based information and interviews
Not Real Runners (One of my new favorites about Running, racing, and snark)
Ordinary Marathon (Running based and interviews a bit of everything)
Rambling Runner (everything running related)
Rich Roll (plant-based podcast about running)
Running for Real by Tina Muir (informative and about everything for runners including nutrition and well being)
Running Rogue(training tips and information on the current running world)
Trail Runner Nation(All things trail running)
The Extra Mile Podcast (Follows runners training for anything from a 5k-full marathon).
Ultra Runner Pod (all things ultra running!)

Questions for you:

What kind of podcasts are you listening too?

What is your favorite podcast? (running or not)

The Importance of Adding Protein after a Workout

The Importance of Adding Protein after a Workout

In 2018, one of my goals is to get more protein in my diet after running.  I’m not doing a crazy diet, but integrating more protein after workouts and running.  Earlier in the month, I was given the opportunity to try and work with Oikos Protein Crunch Yogurt.  It timed out well, as it has 17 grams of protein which makes it a good and easy to eat choice.

me running rain

Brief information about the Oikos Protein Crunch Yogurt:

It has 17g of protein, 6g of fiber and no artificial sweeteners.  Most have 18-25 grams of carbohydrates too!  Each yogurt contains a lid with toppings to mix in. 

Oikos Protein Crunch Yogurt

So What are Benefits of Having More Protein Post Workout?

Protein repairs muscle damage.  Any run or workout will cause muscle damage.  It’s important to recover that muscle damage so you can succeed in your next workout or race.

Often times, I have a bad habit of just going on to the next thing after running.  Whether that “next thing” is life or work, I skip this step.  I know not having something to recover is a bad habit, yet time seems to get away from me. This year, I’m focusing on having protein after a workout or run to help repair muscle damage.

Athletes who don’t get enough protein are also at a higher risk of injury.

Having More Protein also Helps with Cortisol.

Cortisol is the “stress” hormone that breaks down muscle.  Last year, when I had my blood taken, my cortisol was an extremely high. Excluding liver cells, cortisol speeds the breakdown of proteins into amino acids.

In short, cortisol provides the body with the energy it requires to combat stress from trauma, illness, and injury.  It’s key for recovery and preventing burn out (something I have rambled on about for months).

How much Protein is Important?

Most runners should strive for 10-20 grams.  Having more protein or saturating your body with protein won’t do your body much good.  One reason I like Oikos Protein Crunch Yogurt is a great option because it contains 17 grams of protein, which fits right in that window.  It has 6 grams of fiber, and no artificial sweeteners.  Plus it tastes good.  It always helps to remember to eat something that tastes good.

Timing is everything and it’s important to eat within 30 minutes of finishing your workout, which is definitely something I have struggled with.  Not because I have a reason, but truthfully I’ve been lazy.   That is an easy problem to fix, you just have to commit!

 

 

You can find Oikos Protein Crunch Yogurt at Walmart locations.  Plus right now, there is even an awesome Ibotta Offer!

Thank you, Oikos Protein Crunch Yogurt for sponsoring this post.

Questions for you:
Do you normally eat after a workout?
How do you get protein in?

Saucony Ride 10 Shoe Review

Saucony Ride 10 Shoe Review

I’ve been running in the Saucony Ride 10 for a little while now.  It replaced the Saucony Freedom in my rotation.  A few years ago, I loved the orginal Saucony Triumph ISO.  Personally, it was one of my favorite shoes to come out.  Since then, I haven’t found a Saucony shoe I like as much.  More recent models of the Triumph have been okay but not my favorite.  I am curious to see how the latest model, the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 stacks up though.  I’ve run in several models of Saucony: The Triumph, the Zealot, and the Ride.

Anyway, the Saucony Ride 10 has been a more favorite shoe of mine recently.

Saucony Ride 10 Fit:

The Saucony Ride 10 fits more true to size than previous years.  Typically I wear a size 10-10.5 wide, and I found a 10.5 to be ideal.  The upper is seamless and accommodates those with wider feet or bunions.

saucony ride 10 shoe review.jpg

One thing I’ve noticed about Saucony, which people either love or hate, is that it has a very low back.  It doesn’t fit orthotics/inserts as well as many other neutral shoes.  That has been a deal breaker for many, because they feel like they are slipping.  It’s never bothered me, and I’ve never felt as though I was slipping out, but it does bother a lot of people.

Saucony Ride 10 Ride:

Time to review the ride of the Ride.  It always sounds funny when I say that.  The Saucony Ride 10 is an 8 mm drop and much firmer.  If you are looking for a shoe with firmer forefront cushion, the Ride or most Saucony shoes are an option.

I’ve run anywhere between 5-10 miles in the shoe, and I feel as responsive in the beginning as the end of the shoe.  The cushion is there. One thing I did notice was it slipped more on wet surfaces or in the rain.  It’s a shoe I’m less likely to take out in icy conditions, although I’m more likely to run indoors when it’s icy.

Saucony Ride 10 Conclusions:

The Saucony Ride 10 is one of the most popular shoes in the industry, and I can see why.  It’s a true to size, well-cushioned shoe, that is great for any amount of mileage: from 5ks to marathons.  It holds up well.  Saucony is on model 10 of the shoe, so it’s lasted the test of time for a while now. Personally, I’ve been enjoying the lightweight but still well-cushioned shoe for easy days or regular daily runs.

Current Rotation:

Brooks Glycerin 15 (long runs, easy runs)
Brooks Ghost 10 (easy runs, daily runs)
Saucony Ride 10 (easy runs, daily runs)
Nike Zoom Fly (workouts)
Altra Escalante (workouts)
Saucony Type A/Endorphin (races)

Questions for you:
What is your current favorite shoe?
What is your all-time favorite shoe?

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