5k Perfection and Leg Speed

I decided to race a 5k last weekend (August 3rd) to test my summer fitness before fully transitioning back into marathon training for the fall. I ran this same race last year in 19:47, so I was excited to see if I could beat my time. I was very pleased with my pacing, and my time was 19:26. I have really been working on my leg speed/turnover, and this has helped with my stride and running efficiency.

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Vermont City Marathon 2019

On May 26th, I ran the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, VT. The marathon was by far my favorite of the twelve marathons I have done - the excellent organization, the course variety (terrain/landscape), the great crowds/cheering, the ease of transportation/parking, the early start time (7:00 AM), and many other perks. I will definitely run it again!

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Training & Half Unplugged #2

I hope everyone is having a good spring! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a training update. My target race is the Vermont City Marathon in May, and I have six more weeks of training. This training cycle I am giving a lot of focus to running my easy days slower so I can run my workout days faster. I ran the Half Marathon Unplugged this past weekend as a workout instead of going all out as a race since I have another half marathon coming up in three weeks. I absolutely loved this race and had a great experience!

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Training Update January 2019

We got ALL THE SNOW last weekend!! The storm total was around 2 feet, but some areas were closer to 4 feet due to high winds. The storm led to lots of treadmill running, but I was happy to be inside away from the extreme cold and pretending I was running in Florida. My running and training continues to go well as I gear up for a half marathon in 2 weeks. Here is my training for the month so far:

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Cold Weather Running Tips

After a snowy but not too cold start to winter, we are back to frozen temperatures! The picture on the left is from my car yesterday morning (-11 degrees), and the picture on the right is from this morning (-10 degrees). Yesterday I drove somewhere warm to get my run in (+10 degrees), but this morning I waited till 9:30 AM and then headed out. It was -8 degrees at the start, but warmed up to a balmy +8 degrees by the end. I have to say I was not cold largely due to the fact that there was no wind and the sun was nice and warm.

Many people say they do not run when the temperature reach X amount of degrees. I hate to put a number on it, but I really don’t like running below zero although I still do. Here are some tips for cold weather running (and cold weather exercise in general).

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