Sunday, July 30, 2017

This Is *Technically* Fun

I've come to the point in my training where I have started technical runs: speed intervals, tempo runs, and long runs.


In case you missed it, I'm running the Chicago Marathon with Erika in October!

I've been looking forward to the technical work for a while since the first month was all easy runs.


Don't get me wrong, base building is very important. But I built up prior to starting the plan, and then had to slow my pace to train.

So to recap, you should never skip base building:


Just-also-very-boring.

ANYway, the day finally came for speed work! My first run was 8x400s. I started out pretty well...maybe a touch fast. Unsurprisingly, I started to slow down. I would run my 400 and then try to keep jogging through my recoveries. But halfway through, my jogs shifted to:

Walk.


Sip.


Jog.


I'm getting a slightly better handle on it. All of my interval work is like this.

I've started to focus on my race nutrition in the past couple of years, so I practice that during most of my runs too.

Last week I had my first long run, and I decided to wear my official Team Coeur shorts to see how they will do on race day. I'm used to little pockets in the front for stashing my food, but these have generous pockets on the back, cheek side. So I stuffed them with my food and didn't think about them until it was time to eat.


I think it may have looked a bit strange.


Definitely strange.

(My husband suggested those pockets may be meant for stashing keys and other non-edibles.)

I asked my team members for ideas and they recommended stuffing my food in the sports bra's generous pocket.


Err, on second thought, I'll probably just stick with my FlipBelt for now.

At least I have 10 more weeks to sort it all out.

Questions:

1. What is your favourite way to carry your nutrition and hydration during training?

2. What is the strangest thing you've ever seen a runner do?





UPCOMING POSTS: FOOD STUFF, THINGS I SEE ON MY RUNS



Friday, June 16, 2017

We Did It!

You guys. It finally happened.

This blog has reached:


See?

And it only took 6 years, 6 months, and 8 days.

Now, you might think that is a very long time to reach 1 million hits.


You would be wrong because it is, in fact, an extremely, stupendously, enormously long time to reach 1 million hits. It's like...whatever the opposite of dog years would be.

Regardless, I have a lot of people to thank for visiting this site a million times!


And the bots.

They sure help my numbers, but of course the most important people to thank are you all, who come and actually read my new posts.

I know this blog is not everyone's cup of tea (despite my early illusions that everyone would love it!)


Oh well.

It doesn't fit into a specific niche and my schedule has become rather uh, sporadic. That makes it also fall off a lot of people's radars so when I see those of you dedicated to keep coming back, I feel very fortunate.

I know I could increase my readership again by visiting and commenting on lots of other blogs, but that wears me out and it feels too self-serving to pop up in the comments in the hopes that the writer might return the favour; especially when I don't post regularly. I do still read blogs, but don't always comment and no longer go to every blog on the list.

I know we're all in it together but TriGirl is a full on introvert.


Plus, I prefer organic and real interactions over the quick accumulation of views (even though that is fun.) I may not post often, but I'm just not ready to retire quite yet because I love drawing my little adventures. And every time you visit, comment, or share my site, it fills me with gratitude.


So for that, you, my readers, get a big thumbs up.



UPCOMING POSTS: BACK TO MARATHON TRAINING


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