Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Silver Comet Half Training Week #9

Monday: Easy miles tend to be some of the harder miles mentally on this program. With speed and tempo workouts, you always have something to focus on (the next repeat or keeping good form), but easy miles don't provide a challenge physically (as by design). I find they become important not just for getting your body used to higher mileage, but also in training your brain to stay calm and be patient.
Planned: 5 miles Easy Actual: 5 miles (9:15/mile)
Tuesday: When training for 26.2 with DONNA last winter, I really enjoyed the longer speed and strength repeat workouts, so I was excited to have 1k repeats on tap for today.
Planned: 5x1k Actual: 5.75 miles (4x1k @ 7:53/mile, 1k @7:47/mile)
What? Sometimes I need a post-it during speed work.

Wednesday: This made me giggle.
Planned: Rest  Actual: Rest!

A photo posted by Late Show with Stephen Colbert (@colbertlateshow) on
Thursday: It didn't feel as comfortable as I hoped, but I got it done. Trying to keep the overall goal in mind.
Planned: 4 miles Tempo  Actual: 6 miles (4@8:13/mile)
Friday: What's more mentally challenging than easy miles on the treadmill on a Monday? Easy miles on the treadmill on a Friday afterwork at the work gym. I was bored, but I thought about how we were having homemade pizza for dinner.
Planned: 6 miles Easy Actual: 5 miles (9:14/mile)
Hot off the grill.
Saturday: It was humid, but the joy of running outside made it worth it.
Planned: 5 miles Easy  Actual: 6 miles (9:01/mile)

Sunday: Didn't have a lot of bounce in the legs today, so I decided to incorporate more hills. That makes sense, right?  It turned out to be a nice run where I worked hard on the hills and kept a pretty consistent tempo throughout. It felt good to get in a long effort.
Planned: 10 miles long run Actual: 10 miles (9:30/mile)
Monster was getting in her squirrel repeats.
How was your week? Do you enjoy easy runs or find them challenging?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

26.2 with DONNA Discount Code 2017

For any of you that have been stopping by this little corner of the world for a while, it should be no surprise that I am heading back to Jacksonville in February for the 10th anniversary of 26.2 with DONNA. This will be my 4th running of the marathon and, in all honesty, it holds a special place in my heart. I love the course, I love the fans, I love the volunteers, and of course, I love the cause.
For those of you who are not familiar with the race, 26.2 with DONNA is the only marathon in the U.S. dedicated to breast cancer research, awareness, and care. The race is in Jacksonville with the full and half courses weaving through the beautiful beach communities. All proceeds from the race go towards ground breaking breast cancer research and critical patient needs. While fundraising is not a requirement to run the race, it is encouraged. Any full or half marathon runner who raises $1,000 receives free race registration through the Fundraiser Experience. If you would like to support the foundation, please go here.
To celebrate reaching my fundraising goal last year, the Jayhawk raced in a tutu.
Being as it's the big 10 year anniversary of the race, there are a few special changes this year. First, they've added an Inaugural Anniversary 10k on Saturday. The 10k will start prior to the 5k on Saturday morning, so you can pick one or run both!
Which brings me to the second change: The Booby Trap Challenge. Runners who want a little something extra on race weekend can run the 5k, 10k, and either half or full marathon to complete the Inaugural DONNA Booby Trap Challenge. In addition to all the perks of the individual races, challenges finishers will receive the challenge medal, the challenge beach towel (for when you are recovering from all those miles at the beach), and a special 10th Anniversary medal.

But wait, there's more. In addition to the 10k and the Booby Trap Challenge, 26.2 with DONNA has teamed up with the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic to offer the Treasured Chest Challenge. To complete this challenge, runners will finish either the half, full, or Booby Trap Challenge at 26.2 with DONNA and the half at Gasparilla the following weekend. In one week, you'll go from Boobs to Booty.

And now the reason most of you are reading this post: the discount code! Use code VIPElisabeth17 when you register to save a few extra bucks!

Yep, I know that's a lot to think about. It took me a while to figure out exactly what combination of races I wanted to run. So many races, so little time.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday 5

A few things to start out your weekend on the right note.
I'm linking up with Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia for a little Friday Five and Angela for High Five Friday.

1. This article on Lauren Fleshman. Not only is she an impressive runner and business woman, she is an inspirational human being. Go read it. I'll just wait.
She is fun and inspirational to follow on social media (source)

2. This podcast with Sally McRae. Another inspiring woman, Sally is an ultrarunner and all around fierce lady when it comes to training. This interview looks into the life and mind of a professional ultrarunner. It took place on the eve of Western States, a major goal race for Sally which didn't go as planned. Her very honest race recap is also worth a read.
Her instagram is very much worth a follow (source)
3. This article on what Tour de France riders eat. I love food, hill work outs, and endurance sports, so this article was right up my alley. I wonder if I could get a team vehicle to follow me around during my next marathon and hand me snacks?
Cancellara is one of my favorites on the tour. Source.
4. This write up on Betty Lindberg. A fellow member of the Atlanta Track Club, Betty recently set a world record at the age of 91. The Jayhawk and I ran into her on the Peachtree course (almost literally to be honest) and I saw her again last week at the 4 miler. She is pretty much the embodiment of #lifegoals. It's a great quick read.

5. This Song. Since it's Friday, I'll leave you with a bit of (completely unrunning related) whimsy.

What or who inspired you this week? Tell me one happy thing.
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