4 running stories from this week

One of the great things about the internet is the ability to connect with some many different people. I love being able to read stories from and about other runners. Here are five of my favorite running stories from around the web this week.

1. Now that it’s almost a week after the MYC Marathon, I read Allie Kieffer’s story and it left me SO inspired! It’s crazy to think that she took 26 minutes off her marathon time and placed 5th in the marathon and IS NOT SPONSORED!
I especially enjoyed reading her story in Runner’s World along with some of her great advice – “If there’s anything I could pass along to younger runners: Love yourself, eat healthy through your college years, and you’ll be stronger on the other side.”

2. This 40,000-member Facebook group is connecting runners to people with special needs.

3. I am fascinated with trail running. While I don’t get to do a lot of it, I love following trail runners and all of the crazy races they do. Trail Runner Magazine always has great profiles of runners who go above and beyond.
French ultrarunner Francois D’Haene, 31, spent more than a year conceptualizing and outlining his recent attempt of the 222-mile John Muir Trail (JMT) speed record, which he successfully accomplished on October 17. His speed record arrived less than two months after he set the course record at the 106-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc—his third time winning the race.

4. Another NYC Marathon story. Not only are runners like Shalane an inspiration, but so are the runners who finished in the final hour of the race. These amazing photos of the TCS NYC Marathon runners who wouldn’t give up are so motivating. I am so proud of them for finishing!

 

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TCSNYC Marathon

What. A. Race.
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I teared up when Shalane crossed the finish line. This was her race and her moment to shine and I so glad everything fell into place for her! She get to end her career the way she wanted to, and I think that was such a cool thing.

She was the first American woman in 40 years to win the New York City Marathon.

I am inspired by women like Shalane, Kelly and Stephanie. Not only are they badass runners, but they are advocates for a clean sport, mothers, boss ladies, and so much more.

While my eyes were glued to my phone for the women’s race, I did care about the men’s race solely for one runner — Meb Keflezighi. This was his 26th and final marathon. It’s been so fun to watch his career and this was still a great race for him. He finished 11th, but you could tell how much pride he had for this sport.

So while I watched and cheered for all the runners in the marathon Sunday morning, that night when we got home from Tennessee I hopped on my treadmill with no music and thought about why I run.

Nothing is more inspiring than watching someone run a marathon. Hopefully one day I can do the same.

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Check out some of these stories from around the web on yesterday’s race.

The race that no one could take away from Shalane Flanagan.
This U.S. woman took 26 minutes off her PR to place 5th at the New York City Marathon.
In Meb’s final marathon, exhaustion and emotion.

Just search #TCSNYCMarathon on Twitter. Your heart may explode.

My favorite moments from the 2017 Boston Marathon

Well now that all of the excitement from the 2017 Boston Marathon is over, I thought I would share some of my favorite moments from yesterday.

• Des Linden took 4th for the women in 2:25:06.  I’m always rooting for her.  She just seems so down-to-earth and like such a hard worker.

• Kathrine Switzer, first woman to officially run Boston Marathon, competes again.

• There were three American men in the top 10!!!

• Jordan Hasay with the new American debut Marathon record! This was her first marathon! She also had a great post-race interview.

• Meb Keflezighi took 13th place and at 41 years old he finished in 2:17:00. He is the happiest person ever and I was definitely in tears when he crossed the finish line. He says that this will be his last competitive time running Boston. He was the 2014 winner of the Boston Marathon.

• When Edna Kiplagat (the women’s champ) accidentally grabbed the wrong water bottle she took it back to the water table and then went on to get her water bottle at the next table. What great sportsmanship!

What were some of your favorite moments from yesterday’s race?!

Marathon Monday

Happy Patriots Day, everyone! Today is Marathon Monday aka the day of the Boston Marathon. 

I’m so excited to watch such an elite group of Americans run this historic race. I’m really hoping Meb and Desi can sweep this race for an American win across the board.

To everyone running – good luck! I hope to one day be in your shoes. 


📷 from @bostonmarathon 

Newbie half marathon and marathon training plans

I remember signing up for my first half marathon in college. I thought I had officially lost my mind. The most I had ever run was 7ish miles and running 6 more just seemed insane.

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But I signed up in December for an April race.
After that I was hooked.
Now, my plan is to eventually run a marathon. You know…”one of these days…”

But even with no race plans for the immediate future, I have been trying to keep in somewhat distance shape. (ha. always a work in progress) Thankfully I have a treadmill at home and I can bust out 3-4 miles runs through the week and I always try to do a long run on Saturdays.

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Maybe some of you all are getting ready to commit to a distance race like a half or full marathon. I’ve linked some of my favorite distance race resources below. Enjoy!

Half Marathon and Marathon Resources

Marathon Rookie
The Dos and Don’ts Of Running Your First Marathon <– this is hilarious.

Prepping for marathon training

I’ve done it! I’ve finally settled on a marathon training plan. Not that it was a super hard decision since I’ve trained with Hal Higdon plans before. I picked his Novice 1 plan and plan to officially start training in a couple weeks. (With the upcoming time change I have to find a gym, so I can run after work) Right now daylight is quickly fading and I’m soaking up all the outside runs I can get right now.Once the time changes it’ll be dark when I go to work and when I get off, so the treadmill is about to become my best friend this summer.

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Since I’m joining a gym, I’m also hoping to get in some strength training and yoga classes. I’m basically re-booting my entire system to prepare for this race. I’m hoping to train smart so I can race well & not get injured along the way.

Here is breakdown of Hal’s training plan from his website:

Long Runs: The key to the program is the long runs on weekends, which build from 6 miles in Week 1 to 20 miles in the climactic Week 15. (After that, you taper 3 weeks to get ready for the marathon.) You can skip an occasional workout, but do not cheat on the long runs. Notice that although the weekly long runs get progressively longer, every third week is a “stepback” week, where we reduce mileage to allow you to gather strength for the next push upward.

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Rest: Novice 1 marathoners rest on Mondays and rest again on Fridays. (I’m resting on Tuesdays and Fridays) This is both to recover after the weekend long runs and to gather energy before them. Scientists suggest that it is during the rest period (the 24 to 72 hours between hard bouts of exercise) that the muscles actually regenerate and get stronger. Coaches also will tell you that you can’t run hard unless you are well rested. And it is hard running (such as the long run) that allows you to improve. The secret to success in any training program is consistency, so as long as you are consistent with your training during the full 18 weeks of the program, you can afford–and may benefit from–extra rest.

Run Slow: Normally I recommend that runners do their long runs anywhere from 30 to 90 seconds or more per mile slower than their marathon pace. The problem with offering this advice to first-time novice runners, however, is that you probably don’t know what your marathon pace is, because you’ve never run a marathon before! Don’t worry. Simply do your long runs at a comfortable pace, one that allows you to converse with your training partners. As far as I’m concerned, there is no such thing as “too slow.”  The important point is that you cover the prescribed distance; how fast you cover it doesn’t matter.

Walking: Don’t be embarrassed to take walking breaks. Walking is a perfectly acceptable strategy in trying to finish a marathon. It works during training runs too. I suggest that in the marathon runners walk when they come to an aid station. Here’s why: you can drink more easily while walking as opposed to running, It’s a good idea to follow this strategy in training as well. Walking gives your body a chance to rest, and you’ll be able to continue running more comfortably.

Cross-Training: Sundays in the Novice 1 training program are devoted to cross-training. What is cross-training? It is an form of aerobic exercise that allows you to use slightly different muscles while resting (usually) after your long run. In the Novice 1 program, we run long on Saturdays and cross-train on Sundays, although it certainly is possible to reverse that order. The best cross-training exercises are swimming, cycling or even walking.

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April 29, 2017 HERE I COME!
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I found Nerdy Birdie + Halloween costumes

I FOUND NERDY BIRDIE.
If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ve know I love Oiselle. I their message, what they stand for and their products. Well yesterday, they had a Nerdy Birdie contest and I WON. I never win anything, so this was awesome. It basically made my whole day.
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This is where Nerdy Birdie was hiding.
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Anyone have any cheap/simple DIY Halloween costumes? (Nothing like waiting til the last minute, right?) Ryan and I decided to host a Halloween party on Friday and I have nothing to wear. Time to get creative!

Check out this post on Halloween parties. So many cute ideas. I have to pick a theme before our party on Friday ASAP.

Here is one article I found with some simple, DIY costumes, but I haven’t found one I’m set on just yet.

If I could find any of my costumes from college, that’d be great.

I ended yesterday with three glorious miles. Check back later this week for a fun post about my official start of MARATHON TRAINING.
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Contemplating running a marathon

I’ve said those words out loud to one person: my husband.

After completing two half marathons (would have been three if my September race wouldn’t have been cancelled) I started thinking about running the full 26.2. The idea scared me, but also intrigued me. There was a time I never would have believed that I could finish a half marathon, but I did.
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Couldn’t the marathon be the same way?

I also said I wanted to run a marathon before I started (Lord willing) having babies. So I figured I better hop to it. Being that there are no full marathons anywhere close to where I live, I started to look at races in Louisville/Lexington, Nashville and St. Louis.

After some research and talking to with some friends, I’ve think I’ve decided on running the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon!
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The marathon and mini marathon are just two of the events that are a part of the Kentucky Derby Festival.

From the KDF Marathon website: “People from all over the world travel to Louisville, Kentucky, each year to take part in the Derby Festival and experience the legendary Run for the Roses on the first Saturday in May. With more than 70 events ranging from one of the country’s largest half-marathons to the Pegasus Parade to an old-fashioned steamboat race, the Kentucky Derby Festival offers a wide spectrum of activities for both local residents and visitors. Annual attendance of events has exceeded 1.5 million in recent years. The festival is also a mirror of the community — events are attended by people representing all age, educational, geographic and income groups.
Two weeks before the Derby, the festival’s opening ceremonies kick off with Thunder Over Louisville — the largest annual fireworks show in North America. The massive pyrotechnic spectacular and air show on the Ohio River can be seen for miles, attracting 500,000 spectators to the Kentucky and Indiana shorelines. Thunder Over Louisville sets the stage for a whirlwind of eagerly awaited festival events that not only provide a huge economic impact on the community, but help define the city’s character and traditions.”

I plan on following on of Hal Higdon’s training plans beginning in a couple weeks. A very good friend of mine is an ultrarunner, so she is helping me with workouts and whatnot.

YAY for big dreams and new adventures.

Any advice for someone running their first marathon?!