Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Versatile Blogger

I was nominated for the versatile blogger award by the always lovely Beth over at Running with the Sunrise.  If you haven't visited her blog, I highly recommend it. She is a running coach, yoga teacher, and barre instructor, so she has many words or wisdom for keeping an athlete well trained and well rounded. Many thank yous to Beth for the nomination!

About the award from Beth:
The Versatile Blogger Award is for those blogs that bring something special to your life.  In picking your nominees, you are to consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them.

The Rules:
“Rules” are as follows: Answer the questions you have been given, nominate 10 (ish) other bloggers and give them their own set of questions to answer.
My responses to Beth:
  1. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you? I took 4 years of Latin in school, so if you ever need to chat with a really old, dead roman, I'm your girl. Just kidding, all it's good for it reading University mottos and deciphering scientific terms.
  2. What’s your favorite workout currently? Yoga. I'm not very good at it, but I really do feel a difference in adding in a few sessions to my week. I haven't been to a class yet (probably an upcoming 'new' item), but I'm seeing improvements with just my living room attempts. It has also helped me identified strengths and weaknesses in my body.
  3. What’s something you hope will never come back in style? MC Hammer pants. They did nothing good for anyone.
  4. What is one place on your travel must-see bucket list? This is a hard one because I love to travel and have a very long 'to-see' list. If pushed for just one place, it would probably be the Galapagos Islands. I'm a huge science nerd and I would love to see the place where Darwin was inspired. Plus, it's a stunning location.
  5. What would you buy if someone gave you a $1000 gift card? I would get the Jayhawk a bike so we can ride together. Currently he borrows mine. Or maybe I would give him mine and get a new bike for myself. Either way, it would be a new bike.
  6. What’s your spirit animal? A Giraffe. They are tall, lanky, eat a lot of plants, stick their tongues out frequently, and like to run. That's me in a nutshell. 
  7. What would you sing at karaoke night? Hmm, singing is by far not my best talent, but the Jayhawk and I can pull off a mean Bohemian Rhapsody in the car Wayne's World style.
  8. What’s your favorite meal? Homemade macaroni and cheese makes me really happy, as do mashed potatoes. In terms of non-homemade foods, I could live off Mellow Mushroom Pizza and Moe's Burritos. It may or not be true that the staff at both establishments know us by name. And to be honest, during 50k training, everything is my favorite meal.
  9. What is your biggest pet peeve? Bad table manners.
  10. What clothing item/accessory/shoes do you have way too many of in your closet? Race T-shirts. It's almost obnoxious at this point, and I seriously worked on trimming down the flock as we moved. So many memories and so much sweat to earn them! Oh, and coming in second would be safety pins!
I nominate the following folks:
Rebecca @ My Eager Feet
And here are my questions for my nominees:
1. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
3. What is your favorite place you have visited?
4. What is one place on your travel must-see bucket list?
5. What's your current go-to workout song?
6. What is your favorite distance to run?
7. What is your dream race/event?
8. What would you do with a $1000 gift card?
9. If you could go on a bicycle built for two ride with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
10. What is your favorite guilty pleasure snack food? (Don't you dare list something healthy. I'm looking for inspiration after my next long run).

OK, your turn. Pick a question from either list above and answered it yourself!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Snakebite 50k Training Week #7

Lucky number 7. I'm getting to that point in training where my shortest run for the week is 'only 5 miles'. It's a wierd mental place, but as I approach halfway through training, I'm in starting to get into the meat of the miles. Things went well this week with my first really long run in a while, lots of yoga, and settling back into a grove in life.

Monday: Continued with the second week of the yoga challenge. This challenged has really helped me identified some strengths and weaknesses (hips and groin!).
Planned: Rest   Actual: Rest
Tuesday: Inside on the mill.
Planned: 6 miles  Actual: 6 miles (9:02/mile)
Wednesday: Took to the streets to explore some new to me areas in the new neighborhood including a really beautiful, old cemetery. I wasn't sure if I should run through at first, but it turns out it's a popular place for walking and running. It was pretty hilly, but a great spot to escape the streets.
Planned: 8 miles   Actual: 8.1 miles (9:08/mile)
Some fun street art in the new neighborhood.
Thursday: I won't lie. I was a little excited to 'only' have 5 miles. The mental shift has begun where 5 miles feels like a routine amount to knockout.
Planned: 5 miles  Actual: 5 miles (9:01/mile)
Friday: Fridays always make me happy.
Planned: Rest   Actual: Rest
I was so happy it was Friday, I yoga'd in my jeans.
Saturday: Woke up to find 97% humidity and a chance of showers. Made the executive decision to flip-flop my weekend workouts, and joined in on an easy group run. Probably the best decision I've made in a while.
Planned: 18 miles  Actual: 5 miles (10:40/mile pace)
I was inspired by Jurassic Worlds during my long run.
Sunday: Perfect day for a long run. Little humidity and cool temps. It was the kind of day we hope for all summer. I ran a little faster than I should have, but I don't think I'll have long run weather like this for the rest of the summer. Spent the rest of the day outside building gardens.
Planned: 6 miles  Actual: 16.25 miles (8:58/mile pace)
Yes, that is the Monster in the background chewing on a stick. She is the reigning queen of photobombs.
One of the big stories of the week was Western States 100 where Gunhild Swanson became the first 70+ yo woman finisher with only 6 seconds to spare. To make the story even more incredible, she had to run 7 min/mile pace on the track to do it. She was paced in by a multitude of friends, her pacers, and even the men's winner, Rob Krar. I highly recommend checking it out!

How was your week? Would you run in a cemetery?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Snakebite 50k Training Week #6

After moving-palooza, I decided to ease back into training a bit this week (regular schedule, but incrementally increase back to full mileage). I felt a little tweaky after a week of reduced mileage (this often happens to me). As a bonus, it was 90+ here all week, so heat training got added back in with avengance. I also joined another yoga challenge on instagram and I'm having lots of fun trying new poses and getting my yoga on once again.

Monday: I've talked a bit about the Yeti Trail Runners group that I occassionally run with (they put on the Snakebite, many of them are involved in Troop Trot, etc). Last week Jason (head Yeti) was on Ultrarunner podcast talking about the Yeti races, his approach to running, and racing Western States this month. It's a great listen and will give you more insight into why I enjoy their events so much (yes, beer is discussed).
Planned: Rest    Actual: Yoga

Tuesday: Hot, Hot, Hot. I took my first spin around the new neighborhood after work and I came home looking like a tomato. It's been in the 90's all week in Atlanta, and it probably wasn't the best way to welcome myself back to running, but it does count for some solid heat training!
Planned: 6 miles    Actual: 3.1 miles (8:52/mile)

Wednesday: Back on the treadmill due to a heat and smog advisory. It was still really hot in the gym, but I got it done. I followed it up with strength training (core and hips) and 30 minutes of yoga at home.
Planned: 8 miles    Actual: 6 miles (9:09/mile); Core and hips;Yoga

Thursday: Felt more like I was getting back in the grove today. Stayed inside again due to the heat. I've started taking 1 mile walks with the Monster around the hood every morning and I am hoping to build it into a short run in the future (2ish miles).
Planned: 5 miles    Actual: 5.25 miles (9:06/mile)
Photobomb courtesy of the Monster.
Friday: YAY!
Planned: Rest    Actual: Rest

Saturday: Joined the Jayhawk for his long run and we checked out our new stomping grounds. We ran onto Electric Avenue. Then it took us higher (there was a hill). Not going to lie, it was a hot run. I dropped him off after 7+, refilled my bottle, and headed back out to finish my run. I went for the whole half marathon (is that an oxymoron?) to complete my Skirt Sports 13er Virtual race. I may even recap it.
Planned: 12 miles   Actual: 7.1 miles (11:07/mile); 6 miles (9:13/mile)
Sing it with me now...
Sunday: In addition to celebrating Father's Day, we kept busy with unpacking. All the boxes are gone and it feels good.
Planned: 8 miles    Actual: 30 minutes yoga; unpacking (strength training)

How was your week? Did you do anything special for Father's Day?
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