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:


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:




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.


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?



  1. I usually stuff some gels in my bra or the front waist band of my shorts (the slit pocket). NO run is boring! How can you say that? I have been running for over 45 years and I can't think of a boring one- love the tech stuff now that I have a Garmin (finally after all these years). This last weekend at a 5k I think the strangest thing I saw were people that were overdressed for 80 degrees and 85 % humidity. I was sopping wet by the end! Happy training!

    1. I can say that because that is how I feel sometimes. I'm happy for you that you have never had a boring run.
      Overdressing for a race is definitely never fun :)

  2. No! What? Those aren't places for food. Either one of those! That's like asking which sweat do you prefer to taste, butt sweat or boob sweat? Me, I prefer to put food in my sock for a long run. Actually, I think this is why Fanny Packs were invented. Invest in a fanny pack. I'm going to go eat the Cliff Bar I squirreled away in my taint yesterday that I just found.

    1. My flipbelt thingy is pretty close to a fanny pack. I hope you enjoyed that Cliff grosser than my story!

    2. HAHAHA I laughed out loud at the taint comment. I can't imagine the sports bra is good. Carry a wristlet? (Kidding, kidding. No helpful suggestions on this one.)

    3. I did too Gia! A wristlet would be original AND fashionable! But super uncomfortable. I'll try it after you do ;)


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