Just when I thought I was going to take a little break from running to let my body heal from my marathon and completing the Triple Crown this past year I get an email that I’ve been selected to be an ambassador for the Fit Foodie Run here in San Diego. Looks like the running isn’t stopping any time soon.
I’ll be honest ever since completing my last half marathon in August I’ve really been enjoying not having to train for anything. I’ve still be running a couple times a week but it’s 3 miles here, 5 miles there…noting too crazy. Really, it’s just enough to keep me sane. I wasn’t planing on doing any other races this year but this race just sounds too delicious to pass up on!
This year the Fit Foodie Run gives you the option of running a 5 k (3.1 miles) or a 10 k (6.2 miles). I’m going to do the 10 k and really use it as motivation to focus more on speed work. For the past 2 years my training has been for half marathons and marathons so all my runs have been slow, long, trail runs with very little speed work. I HATE SPEED WORK! But, I truly think for me to improve as a runner it’s necessary to incorporate it into my training.
On Sunday I will be running my 5th half marathon!
It’s crazy to think I only started racing a little over a year ago and have already completed 4 half marathons and a full marathon. I completely fell in love with the structure running brings to my life and the huge sense of accomplishment you get crossing that finish line knowing all your hard work and dedication has paid off.
Yep, you could say I’m addicted to running.
To prepare for America’s Finest City Half Marathon this weekend I’ve reflected on my previous 4 half marathons and what I did in the weeks leading up to them.
What worked…what didn’t work…what I’m going to do differently this time…etc. and it sparked the idea for this post on 5 things you should do the week before a half.
The week before a half marathon is one of the most important weeks of your entire training schedule. I’ve made a lot of mistakes the week leading into a half that cost me big time come race day…upset stomachs, heavy legs, almost missing the start of a race, running high on DayQuil…etc so here’s some tips to help you run your best half possible!
If you don’t run you probably think compression socks look absolutely ridiculous. But to us runners, THEY’RE A FREAKIN’ LIFESAVER!
Until very recently I had no idea what the point of compression socks was. I thought they were just funky looking socks runners wore during races to dress up a little. Uhhh…1000% wrong!
My love affair with compression socks started last year when my shin splints really started flaring up. I did a ton of research on shin splint/ calf pain relief and almost every single Google search I did recommended trying out compression socks. I finally splurged and bought my first pair and have never looked back.
Ever since I started running in compression socks my shins don’y hurt as much, I have no leg cramping AT ALL, muscle fatigue doesn’t phase me and my recovery time had been cut in half.
So yes, let’s talk about how these incredible socks work!
It should be illegal for races to be scheduled in the middle of summer. Because training for a half marathon when it’s nearly 100 degrees outside is just not okay.
Yep, here in San Diego there has been an awful heatwave this past week. We’re talking high 90’s, humidity, no breeze…not exactly the best running conditions.
As much as I’ve wanted to skip some runs and go home and blast my AC I know my half marathon is creeping up fast and I need to prepare. So when you have to train, even in the crazy heat what’s a girl to do?
The answer is to RUN SMART! Something as simple as slowing your pace and wearing light colored clothing really can make a world of difference on a very hot day. So without any further ado let’s discuss 10 ways to beat the heat while running…
Yes, I’m STILL on a runners high from finishing my first marathon back in June! Don’t judge.
And since I’m still on cloud 9 I really wanted to do a follow up post to my Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle Marathon Race Recap to talk a little more about the mistakes I made during training/ the actual race and also what I think I did pretty darn well.
Just as a warning this is a longggg post but I promise it has some pretty valuable information for runners at any level.
Enjoy and HAPPY MONDAY!