Sitting on the bus at 5:00 AM, pulling out my peanut butter and honey sandwich (My go to Prerace breakfast). Everyone on the bus was a little quiet, I put in my headphones and felt my nerves sink in. This was the big one, the one for Boston, and hopefully a PR. With the downhill … Continue reading Race Recap: Pocatello Marathon
In a nutshell: Prerace: it's freeeeeezing up in these hills Miles 1-3: hello downhill Miles 3-9: uuuppp down uuuppp down (repeat x1000) Miles 9-10.5: UUUPPPPPP Miles 10.5-16: down down down (to the burning ring of fire) Miles 16-22: flat and steady now. Gimme more water. Finally passed orange shirt. Miles 22-25: starting to feel the … Continue reading Race Recap: Idaho Falls Marathon
In a nutshell… Miles 1-13: This is the best day ever! Miles 14-16: Tummy ache better go away… I think I’ll wait to take my gel… Mile 17: Tummy ache subsided. Get that gel down. Miles 18-20: Quads are starting to cramp… Its manageable though. Miles 21-22: Calves starting to cramp… maybe not enough fuel … Continue reading Race Recap: Teton Dam Marathon 2017
I've had so many thoughts about racing over the past month, but I've struggled to get down any words. Here's my attempt. Warning: this might be a long one... I spend 2+ hours commuting each day. To make it less of a drag, I listen to podcasts while driving; some wellness, self-help and motivation, some … Continue reading Goals, Expectations, and Happiness
I’ve been MIA for a while – like a 2-month-long while – but I feel like it’s time to get back to this writing business. Part of the reason I have neglected this is because marathon training go around has been rough for me. Tough mentally. School and work stress, changing schedules, and starting a new … Continue reading Race Recap: Riverton 1/2
Which is more important - Speed work or the long run? Both have their risks and benefits - Speed work: Benefits: building stronger muscles, increasing heart health, burning more calories in shorter amount of time, greater stamina, increased lactate threshold, you will get faster! On top of that, your brain will learn to handle the … Continue reading Speed Work vs. The Long Run – Which Is More Important?
My first week of marathon training is in the books, and I’ve had many people ask about training programs and such lately, so here’s my brief take on mileage, speed work, and rest for training. Please note I am not an expert – I just like to research and experiment, and I know what has … Continue reading Miles, Speed, and Rest
Lately I’ve been running and communicating about running with close friends and family. We’re all planning on running the Riverton Half Marathon on April 8th, so training is underway - it will be the first half marathon for at least 4 of us. Including myself. I’ve ran 13 miles multiple times, but never officially in … Continue reading Surviving the Run, Before, During, and After