Friday Favorites v. 76

*Sorry for the blog problems this morning! This post published only half finished? So odd! I think everything is back to normal now.

WE ARE LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY FROM THANKSGIVING. Can you tell I am excited?

Before the craziness of next weeks starts, let’s talk Friday Favorites.

1. Every Wednesday I eat supper at Panera before I teach my night class. This week I branched out from my usual order and tried their new turkey and cranberry flatbread. OMG it was SO good. Definitely a new favorite. And you can never go wrong with their broccoli and cheese soup.
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2. These festive earrings are to die for! They would be so perfect for New Year’s Eve!

3. My Turkey 5 miler is tomorrow! I’m not really worried about time, but it will be fun to race again. Are any of your racing this weekend? I know a lot of turkey trots wait until Thanksgiving day, but we like to have ours a little early 🙂

4. This song came on the radio earlier this week and I forgot that this used to be my jam back in the day.

5. Ryan and I have been addicted to playing Words with Friends 2. It’s been so fun racking my brain for crazy words. Even though I’ve lost almost every game, it’s still so fun to play.

6. Gear to make winter running just a bit better.

7. If you’re still needing a dish to take to a Thanksgiving gathering, FAnnetastic Food had a great roundup of healthy Thanksgiving recipes on her blog yesterday.

8. I love this snuggly pup.

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Simple flow – yoga for runners

If you’re like me (and most runners) yoga is probably not your favorite activity. I rather be running or lifting weights than being cool, calm and collective and doing yoga. BUT I also know yoga has some pretty great perks for runners, like improving flexibility, easing aches and pains, and helping recover from long runs. While I always grumble when getting ready to practice yoga, I ALWAYS feel so much better afterward.

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Going through this simple flow will make you feel so relaxed and will help lengthen your body.

Downward Dog
Low Lunges
Spinal Twist
Legs Up The Wall

Runners’ World has some great photos and explanations of these poses + more.
If you need a video to follow, this 7-minute post-run yoga video is perfect!

What are some of your favorite stretches/poses?

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!

 

HIIT workout playlist

A playlist can make or break a workout or run. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve wanted to quit mid-workout and a killer song comes on and pushes me through. If you’re in a music rut, check out this playlist for some killer, up-beat songs to get you through any HIIT workout or long run.
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“Ready For It?” — Taylor Swift
“Buzzin” — Mann
“7/11” — Beyoncé
“Hey Mama” — David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj
“I Would Die 4 U” — Prince
“Bend Ova” — Lil Jon, Tyga
“Little Lion Man” — Mumford and Sons
“Drunk in Love” — Beyoncé
“Roses” Zaxx Remix — Chainsmokers
“Sorry Not Sorry” — Demi Lovato
“It Girl” — Pharrell
“Humble” — Kendrick Lamar
“Happiness” — NeedToBreathe
“Toxic” — Brittany Spears
“Elephant” — Tame Impala
“Lady Marmalade” — Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya and P!nk

Now there is obviously a huge mix of songs on this playlist. I love all kinds of music and it shows. Feel free to add your own favorites get to working out!

What’s your favorite running song? Let me know in the comments below!

TCSNYC Marathon

What. A. Race.
TCS New York City Marathon

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.

LINKS
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.

Running Check-In

Hiiii! I know it’s been a hot minute since I actually discusses how my running was going, so I thought I would fill you in.

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For a while, the treadmill and I were having a moment. I didn’t want to see it, think about it and I definitely didn’t want to run on it. Actually, I think that was my relationship with running for a while.
But now, I am back! Isn’t it weird how we can have such a hot and cold relationship with something we love? I think since the temps have dropped and fall is officially here I am more into running. It’s not miserable, my endurance is still there and only getting better and I’ve pulled out my pretty running tights.

I’ve done a few trail runs and a couple runs around my parent’s subdivision, but for the most part I am running on our treadmill. It’s convenient and Murphy can play in the garage while I run. (It’s basically dark when I get off work now, so running outside, alone in the dark is a no-go.)

I’ve been running about 4-5 days a week 2-4 miles at a time. I’m staying right below a 10 minute/mile pace and for now, I’m happy with that. I’ve been incorporating speed workouts at least once a week and still lifting some weights + doing some abs.

Like I mentioned in my Friday Favorites post two weeks ago, I’m planning on running a 5 miler the weekend before Thanksgiving and I’m looking forward to racing again! I haven’t done a 5 mile race in a looong time, so I don’t really have time expectations, just out there, finish and have fun.

How often do you run on a treadmill? Which season do you use it the most? Have any tips for not hating it all winter?

Post-Halloween treadmill and weights workout

Anyone else eat way too much Halloween candy last night? I may or may not had opened a bag of Reese’s pumpkins and ate them while watching This Is Us. Oops.

So, if you feel blah today because of too much sugar and sweets last night, I have a fast but hard workout for you to do today! It combines running and some bodyweight movements — the best of both worlds!

5 minute warmup — a good mix of walking and running.

30 seconds ALL OUT SPRINT.
30 seconds recovery.
Repeat x5.

***You should be running so fast that maintaining that speed for longer than your chosen interval time feels impossible.

Squats: 3 sets of 10; at the end of each set, hold the pose for 10 seconds.
Lunges: 3 sets of 5 on each leg; hold the pose for 10 seconds at the end of each set.

5 minute cool-down — a good mix of running and walking.