Saturday, July 19, 2014

Marathon training - week 2

If you read this blog regularly, you'll know that I haven't run distance in quite a while. The longest I've run in two months, before today, was 10K distance.

As a marathon training program coach, I need to always be on top of my game. I was a little nervous today as it was my first time running over the 10K distance and I was supposed to be leading others! I was very blessed today because I was able to crank out 9 miles at an average 10 minute mile pace, which was good enough for me to hang with a cool group of ladies without too much huffing and puffing. The rain soaked us, but it really felt amazing. I always dread rainy runs but I always end up having a great time!

It was also nice to see friends. Everyone has been really supportive and encouraging - even coaches need that from time to time! We're just runners, just like any other runner.

I'll be teaching a lot of extra classes early this next week, but I also have runs planned for Monday and Tuesday, and lots of hiking planned for later in the week! I find it helpful to plan everything ahead of time so I don't talk myself out of it :)

Now off to get some school assignments done and learn the July releases of Group Centergy and Group Power!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Brands with the Miranda stamp of approval

Things I'm digging lately:
  • Suave Professionals Natural Infusions shampoo and conditioner. They sent me a sample in the mail and a coupon, so of course I bought it. It's for anti-breakage and I love it.  My split ends are disappearing before my eyes!
  • Reebok running shoes. I was fortunate to get to try these lightweight and cushioned babies for free and I absolutely love them. I found out how much they run for (no pun intended!) and it's about $140.00 which is totally out of my budget. Maybe I can make these last through marathon season!
  • Groupon. I bought 7 days of parking at the airport for $45 (that's covered parking with round-the-clock shuttle service, even to the international terminal); a rafting trip for me, my best friend, and my sister; and all sorts of awesome things over the years - vouchers for activities that I'd usually never try, but you know, hey, there's a Groupon, let's do this thing. I was an early adopter of the Groupon phenom and in fact also got my boss addicted to it last summer. (I created a monster.)
Any recent product discoveries you would like to share with the class?

A week in workouts 7/14-20/2014

Monday: Group Ride and Group Power.

Tuesday: Group Core and R30.

Wednesday: 1 mile warm-up run then Group Power (teach) 

Thursday: AM - Group Power (teach). PM - 10 minutes of Core work, R30 (couldn't push too hard, it just wasn't coming), then DCRR run at Clinton for 5.33 miles.

Friday: rest day

Saturday: marathon training group - 9 miles, easy pace.

Sunday: Group Power (teach) and Group Centergy (teach).

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Troop Trot 10K 2014 - recap and photos

Last Saturday I ran the shorter version of a race I ran last year, the Troop Trot 39K, which is now an annual event put on locally at Clinton Nature Preserve by Boy Scout Troop 39. I think scouting is a wonderful program and will do just about anything to support it, as a former Girl Scout. (This is how I justify eating all the Girl Scout cookies.)

Starting the race

This race is a pretty tough 10K. Technical trail in the heat with some hills thrown in, but it's just the challenge I needed to kick off marathon training season.

Coming up the first hill

It wasn't my fastest 10K, but it wasn't my slowest, either. Just grateful for the time in nature and for the miles! And I only fell down once.

I enjoyed working the aid station for the 39K-ers after I finished running. There's something really fulfilling about filling up water bottles and hydration packs for a weary runner. Plus, it's awesome to know you're done running for the day while others are still out there suffering :) but really...It was a tough day for any run, much less 24+ miles! Kudos to all who toed the line, including Miss EB from the Running on E blog ( shown here:

With race director Josh photo bombing in the background...

Scouts and volunteers schlepping aid station goodies around

All the sweat

Friday, July 11, 2014

20,000 pageviews and running with the marathon coaches

At some point yesterday I hit 20,000 pageviews on my blog! Kind of a cool milestone. I made some changes a while back to my blog settings, dis-allowing the search feature, which meant you couldn't Google my name and find the blog. This was for privacy - even though it's a public page, you'd really only know about it if I shared about it with you, once removing the "searchable" feature. Well, I decided to add it back; I hope to be able to continue sharing embarrassing moments, race victories, training challenges, and weekly workouts in the hopes that it helps someone.


Yesterday, the Atlanta Track Club Marathon Training coaches met up to review procedures and touch base before the first training run coming up tomorrow. I won't be at the first run, unfortunately, because I am helping with and participating in Troop Trot 39K/10K, so it was nice to meet the coaches I didn't know and put a face with names. My friend Harley coordinated a group run for after the meeting, so five of us (me, Harley, Jessica, Andrew, and Bridget) took off for 6 miles with some daunting clouds in the sky. We felt a few sprinkles, but that didn't stop us. As we kept going, however, the rain got heavier and we were soaked to the bone, but it was fun! We got beer and pizza afterwards - felt like old times on a Thursday night, just with a new cast of characters. I'm looking forward to our long training runs together.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Are you a slave to running?

And no, I don't mean like when you're training for a specific race, like a marathon, half, or ultramarathon, where you have to get some sort of decent mileage under your belt in order to complete the race without falling apart.

I'm talking about the folks that run their little hearts out because they are afraid of what will happen when/if they stop. Or, the folks that get injured then fall apart emotionally because their life will surely end if they can't run anymore. A lot of runners are very tightly wound in this regard.

Hungry Runner Girl wrote about one of the fears of taking a break from running: weight gain. There are a couple ways to address this: (1) through completing other types of exercise (swimming, resistance/weight training, cycling), or (2) if you cannot exercise at all, through participating in a healthy eating plan (which is something good to do all of the time!).

Another fear people often have is that they will lose their release, their stress reliever, if they do not run. Taking a break from the "pressures" of running and allowing yourself time to try other activities can be good stress relief in and of itself. Have you ever thought that perhaps the pressure to achieve in running is counter-intuitive to trying to relieve stress? Sure, you probably feel good after a run, and you probably don't regret it, but how did you feel before the run? Stressed about all the other things you should be doing? Stressed about getting all 10 miles in versus cutting it short to a 6 miler? Before you fall back on running as therapy, reflect on how it might actually contribute to any imbalance you're feeling in life at the moment. Use the time away from running to try activities you've never tried, or to bring back an old hobby that got put on the back burner. Painting, gardening, golf, baking....see if something else gives you enjoyment, so that all your eggs aren't in one basket with running.

Feeling like you HAVE to run is the worst feeling in the world. Feeling like in order to eat you have to run 6 miles or more a day is prison. I've been there. Thank goodness I took a step back and rediscovered some things I missed doing that I used to love. I have even "found" the time to go out on dates! And thank goodness I got past the stress of it before I start school next month. No longer am I a slave to running. I do it because it's good for me and it feels good. When it doesn't feel good, I find something else to do for a little bit then resume when possible. No big deal! Life will go on if I have to switch my schedule up.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A week in workouts 7/7-13/2014

Note: I'm preemptively posting this so I can't NOT do something :)

Monday: Group Power (shadow-teach) and 1 mile walk with Lexi the dog.

Tuesday: AM - Group Power (teach - ouch) and 3 mile run. PM - Group Centergy and 3 mile run.

Wednesday: planned rest day.

Thursday: Group Power (teach). PM - run 6 miles with Harley after marathon coach meeting!

Friday: Rest day.

Saturday: Troop Trot 10k!!!

Sunday: Group Power (teach), Group Centergy (teach AND team practice).