Marathon 10 was all about firsts: running it, not racing it; using it as a way to gauge my fitness level for Boston; and crossing the finish line with my favorite human. I came to the decision to run The Arizona Marathon as a training run when I realized I wasn't in the shape I wanted…Read more A marathon training run for the books <3.
While the Sun Run 10k failed miserably at living up to its name, that gloomy, rainy January morning proved to be a game changer. I've always whined about the 10k distance. "I hate 10ks" or "It's my worst race distance" or "10ks hurt so bad!" I'd say. Relatively speaking, the 10k was my slowest time compared…Read more On turning a training run into a PR.
About 3 weeks after my 50 miler, I finally started to get my bearings back. I've been slowly building back base mileage without much trouble. Fast forward to 5 weeks post-race, and I'm already signed up for a February 2017 marathon. Back in February 2016, I was offered a comp entry into the 2017 Arizona…Read more On the mend and looking ahead!
Why this? "Are you 50k or 50 mile?" asked a volunteer midway down the trail toward Colossal Cave Mountain Park. I had come to a trail junction, and after over 7 hours of jogging/hiking, battling a nagging stomach cramp and a headache, attempting to ignore hamstring and IT pain that had literally come out of…Read more Give no mercy to your fear.
Training for the 50 miler is going well in many ways. I made up a training plan/guide a couple weeks ago (yes, pretty much literally made it up) and have been successfully completing every workout thus far. I'm gaining confidence on the AZT every day and have found a comfortable pace out there. I'm usually ending…Read more A brain + body intervention.
I've taken a little vacation from personal blogging, but in the meantime, I've been blogging for Athlinks! I've enjoyed writing for a broader audience of runners and doing so has kept me cognizant of the reasons why I run and also what things to practice and be mindful of while I'm out there. Here are…Read more Bound and determined or stubborn and stupid?
Yup. Sure did. Well, it's that time of year. The summer heat and monsoons have set in, and racing season has basically ended for too many weeks/months ahead. Which means it's time for volume maintenance, early morning zombie running, two-a-days, and sweatfests. So far, I'm doing pretty well in the aforementioned areas. The enthusiasm and…Read more Did you say 50 miles?