Running Reflections

When you are striving to run at your highest level, running can be extremely rewarding yet hard and fatiguing. Depending on how you perform, running can make you feel on top of the world or disappointed and discouraged. A run can leave you with an extra pep in your step, or it can make you sore and achy for days.

I am lucky to have the opportunity to run and work towards my goals. Whether I am tired or energized, running is a choice I make and a road I have decided to follow. No one pushes me or cares about my training, results, or paces as much as I do. The pressure, dedication, and expectations are all created from within me. I get to pick my own goals, sign up for the races that excite me, and ultimately run however my heart desires.  

I am a runner, but I am also so much more than that. Even though running gives me tremendous enjoyment and fills a huge part of my life, I know I can be happy and create a new path when my approach towards running changes. When I do not have the competitive drive to race anymore, there will always be easy runs. When I can no longer run, there will always be swimming, dog walks, arts & crafts, and family. I can choose my journey and view my successes based on my own desires and needs.

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Marathon World Record

This past Sunday Eliud Kipchoge set a new world record in the marathon running 2:01:39. The previous record was 2:02:57 set in 2014. His pace 4:38 minutes per mile or 13 mph. My treadmill doesn’t even go that fast. If you ran that speed for a 5k, you would run a 14:24. He also ran negative splits – the first half of the marathon he ran in 1:01:06, and the second half he ran in 1:00:33. The world record for the half marathon is 58:23, only 2 minutes slower.

Kipchoge is 33 years old and from Kenya where he grew up running to and from school. He has now won 9 consecutive marathons, and he has won a total of 10 of the 11 marathons he has entered. He is also the 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the marathon.

What are his secrets?

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Recent Eats and Exercise

You know it’s almost fall when you start seeing Halloween and Christmas decorations in all the catalogues! :) I’m not quite ready, but I do enjoy the changing seasons. Pumpkins, falling leaves, and crisp temperatures are starting to work their way in. We had one more beautiful summer sunset the other night.

I love marathon training, and fall is the perfect time to increase your mileage - cooler temps, less humidity, and beautiful views. I’ve had some great marathon workouts recently including mile repeats, progression tempo, regular tempo, and long runs with marathon pace miles. Here are some highlights.

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Today's Top American Women Marathon Runners

American women's marathoning is huge right now. Shalane Flanagan won the NYC marathon in November 2017 - the first American women to do so in 40 years. Desiree Linden won the Boston Marathon in April 2018 - the first American woman to do so in 33 years. The 2020 Olympic Trials will be held in February 2020 in Atlanta, GA, and the top three finishers will represent the USA in the 2020 Olympics. There are already more than ten top contenders for those three spots. 

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Training Update August 2018 & Light in the Dark

The past few weeks I have been ramping up my running mileage, and today marks exactly two months till my marathon! As the days get shorter, many of us are back to wearing headlamps and reflective clothing to both see and be seen! It is so important to wear bright clothing and flashing lights in the dark for safety.

Our favorite headlamp for running is the Black Diamond Sprinter. It is lightweight, bright, and rechargeable via USB. It does not bounce around and easily stays in place. There is also a flashing red light in the back allowing people behind you to see where you are. This is my go-to that I have had for several years.

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Summer of Speed: Final 5k

After several weeks of speed workouts and three short races, I am excited to start getting back into marathon training. Today was the last race of my summer 5k/10k training cycle and while I enjoyed the change of pace, I think my main love is longer distances. My next race isn't until October, and I am looking forward to having a lot more miles and endurance in my legs. 

Today's race was the Fairfax Egg Run 5k. It was warm and humid, so my coach and I decided I would go out conservatively. This worked out really well, and I felt great the whole race. I even had a strong sprint at the end, despite it being uphill. I crossed the finish line as the first female.

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