BCS Marathon Countdown: 3 weeks

Race day sure does have a way of sneaking up on us, huh? December seemed SO far away, and now looking at the calendar – the BCS Marathon is just THREE WEEKS away! On December 10th, I will be running the BCS Half Marathon in College Station. Am I ready? You bet your bottom! Thanks to Lifelong Endurance for training and preparing me for the “big day.” 🙂 Let’s see how this past week went!

Monday

Rest day!

11/13/16 – it’s been exactly one year today that I ran my first full marathon!

Tuesday

Plan: 8 miles – 2 miles easy, 12:00 @ 8:20-8:05, 3:00 rest, 2 miles easy

Ran: 8.01 miles, 1:11:08, 8:53 min/mile

I did an evening run. I felt stiff and less than motivated to start, but once I hit the 8-minute intervals I felt better and better. I felt good afterwards and decided I really need to focus more on nutrition. I’m a sucker for sweets and I’m starting to feel it… I’m excited because I get to try Luvo meals! That will make quick & easy healthy meals really easy.

Wednesday

Plan: 5 miles easy

Ran: 5.01 miles, 48:56, 9:46 min/mile

It took a while for me to warm up again, but felt great by mile 4! Sometimes by the time I get in the groove, it’s over! Still loving my new Garmin Forerunner 935 (full review here)

Thursday

Plan: 4 miles easy + Cross-training

Ran: 0 miles + spin class

I did a lunch-time spin class, which went well. Then in the afternoon I bent down to fed my pup and just moved my knee wrong. I was about to head out for my run but it hurt – bad! I was so worried that it would turn into something major. I took some Ibuprofen and opted to rest it and see how it felt in the morning.

“Throwback Thursday” to last month – the Tulsa Run

Friday

Plan: 2 miles easy, 5 miles @ 8:40-8:20, 2 miles easy

Ran: 9.02 miles, 1:23:44, 9:17 min/mile

So, I woke up and my knee felt OK (HALLELUJAH!) I went ahead and headed out for my run and the knees felt fine and, though the run was tough – mentally and physically – I was just thankful that I wasn’t injured. I had to stop and collect myself a few times and remind myself “I can do this…” and I got it done. I listened to the BibRave Podcast and they were talking about the importance of sleep, which I think I really need to focus on. I haven’t been sleeping well lately.

Saturday

Plan: Long run! 12 miles – 6 miles easy, 4 miles @ 8:40-8:20, 2 miles easy

Ran: 12.00 miles, 1:48:37, 9:03 min/mile

This run felt really good, although I did have to stop again a few times to collect myself mentally and physically. I ran on my own today and without music, so it was a little lonely… but the views of the lake made up for it. The first 6 miles flew by and felt easy, then miles 7-12 felt like eternity. I was going against the wind for much of my up=tempo miles which made me a little cranky. I also ended up walking about 40 minutes back to my car because when I run alone I rarely plan my route perfectly. I was exhausted by the time I got back to my car, but tacos made it all better. Overall it was a solid run with some challenges and some silver linings!

Sunday

Rest day!

Looking ahead at next week, I’m excited for a little bit of a change of pace (literally) in my scheduled runs (a 10-miler tomorrow!) and hope to do lots of group runs since I am off work this week! I hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving!

Do you have any end-of-year races coming up?

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Upcoming Races!

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to these races as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I have a few (AWESOME!) races coming up, so I thought I’d lay them out for ya! One to cap of 2017, then a couple to kick of 2018! I’m excited to travel for a couple of them and explore new places! I’ve also included the links AND a few promo codes so you can save some moolah and run with me! 🙂

THANK YOU to the coaches over at Lifelong Endurance for training me for each of these races and making me feel 100% confident and READY at the start line, no matter the distance!

BCS Marathon Half – College Station, Texas – December 10, 2017

www.bcsmarathon.com, code “BIBRAVER17” for 10% off!

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I’m excited for this one! Less than a month away! It’s in College Station, which is about a three hour drive for me, so I’ll be headed out on Friday for the expo, then stay the night. I never been to College Station, so I’m excited to explore and have a nice, fresh view! I have heard GREAT things about this race from local running groups. It’s a fast course with a great post-race party. What more could I ask for?

Hot Chocolate 15K – Dallas, Texas – February 3, 2018

www.hotchocolate15k.com/dallas, code “BRHCDAL18” for a free Hot Chocolate cap!

I have run this race before and it quickly became a tradition. I love everything about it. Cool temps, organized, and quality SWAG! Not only do you get chocolate (in many forms!) at the finish, but they always include a sweet jacket. I’m excited for this local race and know a handful of others running it, so it’ll be a “fun run” and memorable meet-up with run friends.

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Statesman Capitol 10K – Austin, Texas – April 8, 2018

www.cap10k.com, code “BibRaveRunsCap10K” for $5 off!

The Statesman “Cap 10K” is an iconic race in famous Austin, Texas. First of all I LOVE Austin. Just the fact that I have an excuse to go to Austin is exciting enough. Now I get to race there! I will be driving down with a friend or two for this one and can’t wait for the experience. According to a fellow BibRave Pro, this is her “FAVORITE RACE EVER!!!” So, I can’t wait to see what it’s all about! It looks like a blast, and post-race partying in Austin will be totally worth the trip!

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As for my racing goal – right now I am focused on getting fast(er) at the Half Marathon distance, so I will be going all-out for the BCS Marathon Half (aiming for the 1:40’s) and may run the shorter distances as “fun runs” or tune-ups. I will leave that up to Coach!

Will you be running any of these races? Let me know!

What other races are you excited about for 2018?

Veteran’s Day Relay!

This weekend, I had my usual long run with my running group – 14 miles! A little longer than my typical long runs lately ranging from 10-12 miles, and I struggled a bit. But I hung in there and got it done. I didn’t quite run the last 15 minutes at half marathon goal pace (7:50ish) as Coach prescribed, but I got the miles in and time on my feet.

Then, I got to take part in something really special! That afternoon, I headed to the Run Texas Frisco store for the Veteran’s Day Relay. I had no idea what to expect but I knew I had to wear my USA pants and I knew that I wanted to honor our military and veteran’s on Veteran’s Day.

We ran with the flag up and down a busy street near the running shop. It felt a bit odd at first, but the support shown was amazing. People honked and waved and police officers turned on their lights. It was a very overwhelming feeling to show support for our country. I can’t even imagine how proud and honored our Veteran’s feel. As they should. Thank you to everyone who has served our country.

Even Derby showed her support!

It was a great (busy!) day! 14 miles and tacos, followed by running to honor our Veterans. Thank you Run Texas for hosting this great event and thank you to Lifelong Endurance for prescribing my 14 miler 😉 really though, I wouldn’t be the runner I am today without you!

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Did you race or run this weekend?

Happy Medal Monday!

It’s not the “bling” that counts, it’s the experience and the memories. But medals can be a nice (shiny!) sentimental item to remind us of our accomplishments. I thought I’d share a few of my recent medal moments…

Thank you to Lifelong Endurance for coaching me through each journey and continuing to make me a stronger runner. I couldn’t do it without you and we’re just getting started!

Thank YOU for all of your support!

Now, the good stuff!

Plano Balloon Festival 5K & Half Marathon – September 23rd & 24th, 2017

I was a happy camper with a 5K PR and a solid Half Marathon, despite the heat and humidity! Running both races got me 3 medals! And, best of all, my parents and my fur-baby were there to greet me at the finish!

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Portland Marathon (Half) October 8, 2017

If that’s not a grin of sheer happiness and pride, I don’t know what is! This was my best half marathon to date. It felt great, I PRd, and I had an amazing time. This race was proof that the process works! Just a short while of adding in speed-work and I ran even faster than expected.

In addition to a medal, the Portland Marathon gives you a commemorative coin, a pendant, a rose, a poster, and a seedling! Some really sentimental items. I will never forget this day.

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Tulsa Run 5K and 15K – October 28, 2017

This is another one I will never, ever forget. Every moment. I ran a solid 5K (2nd in AG!) AND got to run with my DAD! Again, I got additional bling for doing both races! I also visited Tulsa, OK for the first time and loved it!

There you have it! My latest bling! Happy Medal Monday!

What do your medals mean to you? What is your favorite commemorative race item besides a medal? What means the most to me are photographs and memories! But my other favorite item besides a medal so far is the Portland Marathon poster.

DAV 5K – Tulsa, OK

I just wanted to share a little bit about a really neat race that’s happening in one of my new favorite cities since running the Tulsa Run last weekend!

The DAV 5K is on November 4 at Guthrie Green It’s a run, walk, roll and motorcycle ride that thanks those who served and raises awareness of the issues our ill and injured veterans face every day. Registration for all events is now open at www.DAV5K.org.

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Looking for a 5K this weekend? Use code SAVE5 for $5 off!

All veterans, active-duty service members, reservists, National Guard and ROTC or service academy cadets are eligible for exclusive benefits on race day, including a free registration. Veterans may also participate in the DAV 5K using a wheelchair or hand cycle.
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Registration is $30 for adults ($25 with discount) and includes a race shirt, race bib, and timing chip.
This year, there is also a Virtual Race registration at $40 where participants can run or walk wherever convenient!
The DAV 5K National Series is presented by DAV (Disabled American Veterans), a nonprofit organization that helps more than 1 million veterans in life-changing ways each year.
Watch a video from DAV5K for more here.
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Review: Garmin Forerunner 935

Disclaimer: I received a Garmin Forerunner 935 Multisport GPS Watch from Garmin to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Premium GPS Running/Triathlon Watch with Wrist-based Heart Rate

 

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Garmin watches. They are well-known to the running community as reliable GPS watches. There are many different kinds of Garmin watches, and the Garmin Forerunner 935 amongst the highest ranks. It is a “Premium GPS Running/Triathlon Watch with Wrist-based Heart Rate” priced at  $499.99. Some key facts about the Forerunner 935, from the Garmin website:

  • Offers advanced running and multisport features in a comfortable watch you can wear all day, and it only weighs 49 grams
  • Provides elevation changes with a built-in barometer; altimeter and electronic compass help you keep your bearings
  • Evaluates your training status to indicate if you’re undertraining or overdoing it and offers additional performance monitoring features
  • Provides advanced dynamics for running, cycling and swimming, including ground contact time balance, stride length and more
  • Battery life: up to 2 weeks in watch mode, up to 24 hours in GPS mode, up to 50 hours in UltraTracâ„¢ mode (with wrist-based heart rate), or up to 60 hours in UltraTracâ„¢ mode (without wrist-based heart rate)

So, the watch is lightweight (comparable to my Garmin Forerunner 235), fully waterproof (made for swimming), can track running, swimming, and cycling, and has an AMAZING battery life.

It also has a plethora of features, of which I am still exploring, including evaluating your training “status” (over/under training), calculating your VO2 Max, tracking your sleep, the ability to download apps and watch faces, plug in workouts, receive notifications and more (much, much more).

The model comes in all black with a black band, but Garmin and other retailers offer affordable colorful band replacements. I got myself one in a light blue, shown below, though I haven’t changed it yet because I’ve actually been digging the black. It matches everything and looks nice and sleek in any setting (running, work, play).

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This review focuses on my thoughts about the Forerunner 935, but for all the specs and technicals, please visit the Garmin site here.


So, my thoughts!

Right out of the box, I LOVE the look. It looks modern, sleek, simple, and it’s NOT huge. In fact, a side-by-side comparison proved that the face is smaller than the face of the Garmin Forerunner 235. This is important to me, because some of the top-of-the-line watches are too big and heavy for my liking (ex: the Fenix 3).

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I love that it has my basic requirements for a watch: tracks my runs (obvious one!), is water-proof, has a great battery life, and has built in wrist-based heart rate tracking. These says, almost all watches have it and it’s a feature I desire especially considering I know I will not wear a chest strap. Plus, I have found heart rate to be a valuable piece of information in running, despite my previous indifference to it. It’s also good-looking which, in all honesty, is also a basic requirement for me.

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The additional features that it has that I’ve been loving (and that I didn’t have previously with the Forerunner 235) are the training status feature and the VO2 Max feature. Since this watch has countless features, I will focus on a few that I have been using and utilizing in my training and that really stand out to me as a unique feature.

Training Status

I enjoy the Training Status feature, because I always wonder – am I doing enough?… am I doing too much?… I feel like you may have wondered this as well. So I think this is an extremely useful tool and is easily understood. From the Garmin website:

Training status shows you how your training affects your fitness level and performance. Your training status is based on changes to your training load and VO2 max. over an extended time period. You can use your training status to help plan future training and continue improving your fitness level.

Peaking

Peaking means that you are in ideal race condition. Your recently reduced training load is allowing your body to recover and fully compensate for earlier training. You should plan ahead, since this peak state can only be maintained for a short time.

Productive

Your current training load is moving your fitness level and performance in the right direction. You should plan recovery periods into your training to maintain your fitness level.

Maintaining

Your current training load is enough to maintain your fitness level. To see improvement, try adding more variety to your workouts or increasing your training volume.

Recovery

Your lighter training load is allowing your body to recover, which is essential during extended periods of hard training. You can return to a higher training load when you feel ready.

Unproductive

Your training load is at a good level, but your fitness is decreasing. Your body may be struggling to recover, so you should pay attention to your overall health including stress, nutrition, and rest.

Detraining

Detraining occurs when you are training much less than usual for a week or more, and it is affecting your fitness level. You can try increasing your training load to see improvement.

Overreaching

Your training load is very high and counterproductive. Your body needs a rest. You should give yourself time to recover by adding lighter training to your schedule.

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The device needs one or two weeks of training history, including activities with VO2 max. results from running or cycling, to determine your training status.

So, with all of these different statuses you can assess if your training load is too much, too little, if you need rest, or if you’re right on track. I think that, as always, it’s best to listen to your body, but a lot of times it’s hard to tell what our body is telling us. So, I think this is a really practical, useful, and comprehensive statistic that we can use to assess our training.

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VO2 Max

The VO2 Max is a little more complicated, but I have also found it extremely interesting and helpful. After all, oxygen plays a huge role in any endurance sport. So what even is VO2 Max? From the Garmin website:

VO2 max. is the maximum volume of oxygen (in milliliters) you can consume per minute per kilogram of body weight at your maximum performance. In simple terms, VO2 max. is an indication of athletic performance and should increase as your level of fitness improves.

The Forerunner device requires wrist-based heart rate or a compatible chest heart rate monitor to display your VO2 max. estimate. The device has separate VO2 max. estimates for running and cycling. You must run either outside with GPS or ride with a compatible power meter at a moderate level of intensity for several minutes to get an accurate VO2 max. estimate.

So, the watch shows the VO2 Max after my run. So far, it has slowly continued to go up, which is a good sign according to the meaning of the number. My personal VO2 Max Has ranged from 50-53. From what I’ve read, elites are in the 60+ range. I enjoy seeing this number to further confirm that I am, indeed, improving. If my VO2 Max were to start lowering, I would know something’s changed. I look forward to learning even more about VO2 Max and ways to utilize this number in my daily training.

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As mentioned, these are my thoughts on just a few of the many performance features of the Forerunner 935. Other features include Recovery time, Training load, Predicted race times, HRV stress test, Performance condition, Functional threshold power (FTP), and Lactate threshold – all of which I’ve also found extremely useful and interesting. See details on each of these features here.

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Besides specific training features, things I have noticed about this watch:

  • Impressive battery life (I’ve charged about once a week at running 6 days per week, and it barely even needs it)
  • Easy to use and figure out functions
  • Good-looking – sleek, lightweight, watch face not too big
  • Screen is easy to read while running in any lighting (back-light for dark runs)
  • Heart rate, distance, and other statistics seem accurate as far as I can tell/am concerned

So, overall, I am absolutely loving this device. I think that this watch is perfect for any runner and I would highly recommend it. It is versatile, sleek, performs well, and has (LOTS) of unique features. Though I did get to test this watch through BibRave, I would pay retail price for it and it would be worth every penny.

*I will continue to test the Garmin Forerunner 935 and add any additional comments below this line!*

Do you use a GPS watch while running? What are specific features that you enjoy?

Race Recap: Tulsa Run Challenge!

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Tulsa Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
Check out my detailed review of the Tulsa Run (organization, swag, etc) on BibRave.com!

Ok, before we go in to the dirty deets about how race day went, here’s a little bit about the Tulsa Run!

The Tulsa Run has a 15k, 5k, and 2k distance as well as a 5K and 15K “Challenge” (which is what I did), so there is a race for every runner. The race takes place in downtown Tulsa and passes through iconic parts of Tulsa including Cherry Street, Woodward Park, Veterans Park, the Arkansas River, the Red Fork District, the old Route 66, and finishes in the historic Art Deco District! The Tulsa Run is the host of USA Track and Field 15k Masters Championships and is known for EPIC swag and post-race goodies!


So, this race sounded like a great tradition that I wanted to be a part of. It’s about 4 hours away from Dallas, so the drive wouldn’t be bad and I could just stay a night an experience a new place! I had never been to Tulsa before! I even recruited my dad to drive up with me and make a little mini-vacation of it.

So, we packed our bags and drove up on Friday afternoon, made it to Tulsa around 5:00 pm, and headed straight to the Cox Business Center for the expo. My first impression of Tulsa was that it was really unique! The expo was in a big, beautiful building, too. The city is so colorful and vibrant.

The expo was great – pretty big but not overwhelmingly huge. There were plenty of vendors to keep us occupied for a bout an hour. The local Fleet Feet had lots of cute “Run Tulsa” gear available for purchase as well (I wanted it all!). My dad decided to run the 15K (woohoo!!!) and was able to register at the expo. We picked up our packets which consisted of our bibs, a long sleeve tee for the 5K for me, and hoodies for both of us for the 15K. Hoodies?! The tee and hoodie are seriously  THE best and I’ve actually already worn them both! Bonus swag: FREE race photos after the run!!! That plus awesome hoodies… yeah, they have the “swag” part down pat!!!



We then made our way to the local Fleet Feet once I realized I forgot to pack a SPORTS BRA! What?! That’s just slightly important. I think it was a blessing in disguise, though, because I’d never actually been fitted for a sports bra (I know, I know…) so the gals at Fleet Feet Tulsa got me all set up and fitted into a nice Brooks sports bra. There was a little cycle shop next door that occupied my dad at this time (he’s an avid cyclist).


The hotel was just a few blocks away (Courtyard Marriott), so we parked and headed up to check out the room. It was pretty sweet! AND we could see volunteers setting up the Finish Line RIGHT outside the front door of the hotel. Yep, the location was PERFECT. We literally did not drive for the rest of our stay! We walked to the Italian place next door (first things first: FOOD!) – yes, literally next door, then walked to the start line in the morning!


That morning, race day, I woke up extra early (I slept AMAZING, by the way, better even than at home!) and looked at the weather – 33 degrees! That temperature does not even compute with this Texan. I asked my dad what to wear (he’s from Illinois so this weather is no biggie) and he suggested so many clothes! I was thinking I’d get hot in all that. I had to go outside and feel this temperature for myself.

I didn’t make it out the door. Nope, nope, nope! The sliding door of the hotel opened, I felt the cold wind, and ran back up to the room and put ALL my clothes on. A tank top, arm warmers, a long sleeve tee, a jacket, and a hoodie on top, tights on bottom, mittens AND gloves, an ear warmer, and long socks. Yep. All my clothes.


So, it was about 30 minutes before the 5K race start (7:50 am). My Dad was getting ready just to walk me down (we don’t start the 15K until 9:00 am) and I was putting on any finishing touches. The hotel was so close to the start line that I didn’t even head out the door until 7:35 am and had plenty of time (seriously!).

I’m glad my dad went down with me, because once I got outside, moving, and seeing what all the other runners were wearing, I realized I was way overdressed. I took off the hoodie and a layer of gloves for him to take back to the room. I wasn’t brave enough to strip anything else off, even though there were runners there in everything ranging from tights & hoodies to tank top & shorts.


And we’re off!!! The 5K started and I felt good! It was so cold I couldn’t really feel much, so it was nice to move. I felt energized by the cool, crisp air. Quite a change from recent Texas running. The start of the race was pretty bottle-necked as it was a large race, so I had no choice but to start off at about a 12:00 min/mile pace. I zigged and zagged until I could get to about 8:30 minutes a mile, then finally made it to where I could go my goal pace of lower 7:00’s. In order to PR I knew I needed to hold a 7:00 or sub-7:00 minute/mile pace, which I soon realized wasn’t happening due to a slow start and HILLS! Holy hills. I decided not to let this bother me and just ENJOY the race. I did the best with what I had and finished in 24:09. Definitely not my best but good enough to snag second in my age group! Woohoo! Now I was excited to have a fun run with my Dad.


How often does your Dad go to Tulsa with you and sign up for a 15K with you? I made the official decision that I would run the 15K easy with Dad. Forget about time, PR’s, numbers – just have fun! I knew it would be an experience I would never forget. He is an avid cyclist but hadn’t run in YEARS, so committing the 15K was a huge deal! I didn’t care how fast we went, I just wanted to spend time with my favorite person! I was beyond excited for the 15K with Dad.


We had plenty of time to meet up after the 5K, even go back up to the hotel and relax and eat a banana before the 15K started at 9:00 am. We even shedded a couple layers and the temperature was truly PERFECT running weather, which was nice because we were slightly worried it’d be miserably cold.

We ran the 15K and chatted it up, took photos, laughed, stopped for a potty break, and just enjoyed every. single. moment. It was fun hanging out with the back of the pack, too – people were dressed up in Halloween costumes, and it was just a cool crowd overall! Everyone was having fun. Don’t get me wrong – going for a PR and racing hard is fun in it’s own way, but the “front of the pack” vs. the “back of the pack” definitely has a different vibe and I’m glad that I know it can be fun to experience both! I am SO, so, so proud of my dad for running almost 10 miles having not run in probably 10 years!!! I knew he could do it, because he is in AMAZING shape, and never gives up, but I am seriously impressed. He’s only a “little” sore today 😉


My dad and I had a freakin’ blast running together and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. We grabbed our HUGE finisher’s medals (nailing the swag again, Tulsa Run!), grabbed our boxed lunches and other post-race goodies, looked around for a bit then headed up to the room to eat, talk about how much fun we had, and call mom and tell her all about it. We’d already decided in the elevator back to the room that the Tulsa Run would be a new father-daughter tradition!


So! I snagged 2nd in my AG in the 5K and had a BLAST running with Dad on the 15K. Needless to say, it was an amazing time! We are looking forward to being back in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2018!

Run Tulsa: RACE WEEK!

It’s time! This is the week leading up to the Tulsa Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run 5K + 15K Challenge! Before I tell you alllllll about how race day went, let’s dig in to race week training!

Thank you to Lifelong Endurance for coaching me through this running journey of mine! I feel confident being in the hands of such a knowledgeable coach and never have a doubt that I’ll be prepared on race day, which is an amazing feeling. I truly owe this to having a coach and structured, consistent workouts. I couldn’t do it on my own!

And thank YOU for all of your support and encouragement through ALL of it!

Let’s dig in!

Monday

Plan: “Pre-Race”/2 mile warm up, 2 x (1 mile @ 7:45, 7:35, 3:00 rest), 4x (400m @ 7:15, 90 second rest), 2 mile cool down

Ran: 9.67 miles/1:29:06/9:13 min/mile

I plugged this workout into my watch for once, and it was AMAZING having it tell you what to do next! Doing these types of speed workouts by memory/calculating distance at the time can be tricky and it’s easy to lose track. It makes a huge difference and I can’t wait to utilize this function more!

My legs were really stiff during the warm up. I felt better throughout but didn’t really get in the groove until the 400 meter intervals and flew through those! My VO2 Max. was 52, and I checked out my new “race predictor” function and, wow! My watch really believes in me! I better get to work! 🙂

I’m looking forward to savoring every moment of tomorrow’s mid-week rest day!

The very generous prediction times from my Forerunner 935!

Tuesday

Rest!

Wednesday

Plan: 5 miles easy/48:45/9:45 min/mile

Ran: 5.0/49:24/9:53 min/mile

I was tired. All I wrote in my journal today: “Tired. Legs didn’t want to go.” I’m usually a little more wordy…

I was going slow, but this was intended to be an easy run so I just kept it easy and didn’t expect a certain “easy” pace from myself.

This new “all natural” sunscreen gives me a good look!

Thursday

Plan: 4 miles easy/39:00/9:45 min/mile

Ran: 4.0/38:03/9:30 min/mile

This run felt WAY better than yesterday!!! Which made me really happy, because yesterday was tough. And it’s race week!

I even took a half day at work today – I just needed the rest – mentally and physically. It made a world of difference. You know those days…

I was so excited to leave for Tulsa, Oklahoma TOMORROW!

Already packing all my favorites!

Friday

Plan: 3 miles easy + 3 x 100 meter strides

Ran: 3.15/30:41/9:44 min/mile

Travel day! I woke up EXTRA early so I could get this run in and make it to work for a couple hours. The run felt pretty good. Nothing spectacular but didn’t feel terrible. I was just excited that my next run would be the Tulsa 5K in Tulsa, OK! I was so ready to get out of town!

Saturday

Race Day!

This morning I ran the 5K and 15K in Tulsa, Oklahoma! Read all about it in my Race Recap! Read my full review of the race itself on Bibrave.com!

Sunday

Rest!

Today I slept in (until 8:00 am… basically a world record)! I unpacked, meal prepped, and did laundry! I always feel best when the fridge is full and I’m set up for the week!


How do you set yourself up for success? 

What makes you feel like you’re ready to take on a tough week?

Run Tulsa Countdown: 1 week!

One week until I attempt to race a 5K and 15K in the same morning!!! I’m excited and also wondering what I’ve signed up for (and why?!?) But that’s how racing goes, right? Just register way in advance, then worry about what you’ve gotten yourself into later 😉

HUMUNG-O THANK YOU to Lifelong Endurance for prepping me for race day! Without a coach, I can absolutely tell you I would not have been as consistent or pushed myself as hard. A coach can really make the difference when you want to unlock your potential. If you have any questions about having a running coach, comment below or feel free to contact LLE at http://lifelongendurance.com/contact/.

And thank YOU for your constant support!! It means the world! Let’s dig in to how this week went!

Monday

Plan: 6 miles easy/58:17/9:43 min/mile

Ran: 6.01/56:38/9:26 min/mile

The weather was gorgeous today! I had tight calves today but they loosened up and the run felt good and easy, as it should. It’s amazing what a rest day can do! I really needed it (yesterday was rest day).

Tuesday

Plan: 2 mile warm up, 12 x 1:00 @ 7:20-7:15 + 1:30 @ 8:30, 2 mile cool down/7.5 miles, 1:07:38/9:01 min/mile

Ran: 7.85/1:07:20/8:34 min/mile

I did not have ANY motivation today. I ate like crap and felt exhausted and terrible after work (I’m a morning person in general) but I FINALLY forced myself out the door and, what do ya know, I nailed it! I hit all my paces!

Wednesday

Plan: 5 miles easy/48:45/9:45 min/mile

Ran: 5.01/46:09/9:13 min/mile

A little faster than I planned on running, but still felt easy. I ran with a local running group, so I had some nice conversation and the miles flew by. AND!!! I got a NEW WATCH! The Garmin Forerunner 935. I was so excited to take my new toy out for a spin, and I loved it! A full review coming soon on the Forerunner 935! 🙂


Thursday

Plan: 4 miles easy/39:00/9:45 min/mile

Ran: 4.01/38:11/9:32 min/mile

My run felt OK – I had just eaten (another afternoon run), so I had a giant full belly, but I ran through it and it was a BEAUTIFUL day. I also made it to Kickboxing which felt GREAT. I need to do that more!


Friday

Plan: 5 miles/2 miles easy, 3 progression 8:00-7:35

Ran: 5.01/41:36/8:19 min/mile//splits: 9:28, 9:09, 8:00, 7:36, 7:21

This was a tough one, especially that last mile pushing for 7:35, but I did it! It was different than my speed workouts lately which have been some sort of interval with rest, but I enjoyed the challenge! Proud of those negative splits! I also enjoyed being able to see my VO2 Max. on my new gadget, which was 51 today.


Saturday

Plan: Long run! 8 miles/4 easy, 4 hard

Ran: 8.01/1:12:32/9:04 min/mile//splits: 9:55, 9:48, 9:30, 9:50, 8:48, 8:32, 8:00, 8:06

This one felt good. I ran around the lake and started early, 6:00 am, so it was dark, quiet, and there was a nice breeze next to the water. And I was DONE before 7:30 am! It was great to see run friends and have the rest of the day to get stuff done!


Sunday

REST!

I meal prepped so that I have fresh, healthy food ready to go for the entire week (part of training!) and truly enjoyed the REST (also part of training!)!!


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If a 15K isn’t your thing, or you want an early-November race, there’s also the DAV 5K in Tulsa the next weekend, November 4th! Code SAVE5 gets you $5 off. This race is in honor of those who served and raises awareness of the issues our ill and injured veterans face every day. If I could stay in Tulsa for a week, I’d register for this one without a doubt!

There you have it! Now I just cruise through this week and on Friday, head to Tulsa, OK with my dad! He is going to bike around Tulsa (he’s an avid cyclist) while I run. Neither of us have been to Tulsa before, so it’ll be a nice little getaway!

Happy running!

Run Tulsa Countdown: 2 weeks!

Well! There’s no time to dilly-dally (my favorite activity besides running)! I raced the Portland Marathon Half last weekend, and now I have two weeks until the Tulsa Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run Challenge 5K + 15K!

I am so glad I have Lifelong Endurance to guide me through this training to help me preform my very best on race day! THANK you!

Monday

Plan: 4 miles easy/38:51/9:43 min/mile

Ran: 4.01/41:11/10:17 min/mile

Last run in Portland before heading home to Dallas! The city was calm after a busy weekend. Friendly faces still made an appearance around the streets and two people even cheered me on with a “good job!” This has NEVER happened in Dallas. Not once. It was nice.

I ran slow. My legs were stiff from yesterday’s race but I just took it easy and listened to my body and it did feel good to get the legs moving.


Tuesday

Plan: Hills!/2 mile warm up, 8 x :45 @ 5K effort hills + 2:15 easy, 2 mile cool down/7 miles/1:03:07/9:01 min/mile

Ran: 7.02 miles/1:05:18/9:18 min/mile

I was wondering how the heck my legs were even going to work today after racing on Sunday, running yesterday, and waking up at 4:00 am to catch a flight to Dallas today. I got to town, got home, unpacked, and headed for the hills. Literally. This was my first EVER actual hill workout, too! I was really slow to warm up but felt strong on my sprints. I was definitely wiped out after this one.


Wednesday

Plan: 5 miles easy/48:45/9:45 min/mile

Ran:  5.02 miles/45:25/9:02 min/mile

The weather was GORGEOUS! My legs felt almost back to “normal” since Sunday’s race. My left leg is still stiff, but it felt good to get out there!


Thursday

Plan: 4 miles easy/39:00/9:45 min/mile + Cross-training

Ran: 4.01/38:10/9:32 min/mile + Spin class

I felt soooooo sloooow to start! I seriously didn’t think I was going to make it! I had a serious case of cement legs. But I did (eventually) warm up, got into the groove and felt good afterwards as always!


Friday

Plan: Speed work!/2 mile warm up, 5 x 1000m @ goal 5K pace + 2:00 easy, 2 mile cool down/7 miles/1:04:45/9:15 min/mile

Ran: 8.10/1:12:59/9:01 min/mile

This was the TOUGHEST RUN EVER. I wasn’t sure I could do it! But I DID! I didn’t quite hit my goal 5K paces, which I set at 7:00-7:05 (I plugged my workout into my Garmin fort he first time!) but I was really proud of just getting into the low 7’s especially with how much I’ve been asking of my legs lately.


Saturday

Plan: Long run!/9 miles, last 5K progression/1:27:45/9:45 min/mile

Ran: 9.01/1:26:08/9:34 min/mile

This run felt good. It was nice to have a “short” long run for a change, especially since I’ve been non-stop since Portland and after yesterday’s tough speed work session. I brought it home with the last 3 miles in the 8:00’s and it felt good!

I also tried out a place called “Stretch Zone” in Plano and it was amazing! I really NEEDED a good stretch. These long legs didn’t even want to move certain directions. I need to do this more. As many runners are, I am terrible about stretching. FYI if you are in the Dallas/Plano area, this place is brand new and your first session is free! I LOVED it and definitely recommend it. If you happen to be so kind and mention my name I will also get another free session. Worth looking in to for the great price of free!


Sunday

Rest day!
How do you plan your race schedule for the year?

Do you have races you do every year, or change it up?