Category: Running + Training

Training Week 266

By , November 23, 2014 2:31 pm

Highlight of the Week: Dad coming to my Friday am Efit class (and coming with me on some runs, too)!


Monday | November 17, 2014: 8 m run + teaching strength class x2
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 13°/14°, Time: 1:18:46, Pace: 9:50 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Strength: Two dumbbell, Difficulty: easy, Felt: really energetic
Strength: Two dumbbell, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Tuesday | November 18, 2014: 5 m run
Loc: hood, Temp: 19°/19°, Time: 47:25, Pace: 9:29 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, but so not in the mood for the wind
Wednesday | November 19, 2014: 9 m run
Loc: hood, Temp: 19°/20°, Time: 1:31:48, Pace: 10:12 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: tired (slept poorly) / oddly sore back
Thursday | November 20, 2014: 5 m run (w/Kelly) + 16 m run 
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 18°/18°, Time: 51:01, Pace: 10:12 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, felt happy to see Kelly!
Loc: Grant Woods FP, Temp: 25°/25°, Time: 2:44:16, Pace: 10:16 avg, Difficulty: mostly easy, Felt: good, but the wind+hills took it out of me!

Friday | November 21, 2014: teaching strength class (rest)
Strength: Medicine balls and boxing, Difficulty: easy (observing), Felt: great!
Saturday | November 22, 2014: 6 m run (w/Dad on bike)
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 44°/45°, Time: 59:49, Pace: 9:58 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: really good, chatty (ha ha)
Sunday | November 23, 2014: 7.3 m run (w/Dad on bike)
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 47°/46°, Time: 1:16:04, Pace: 10:25 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good (but push back from the wind)


  • Definitely had the “running on tired legs” thing going this week. I had house guests (my parents, yay!) this weekend, so I adjusted my schedule to do my long run before they got here, and moved my rest day to one of the days of their visit. I ended up running 8 days in a row, with my long run being the last day, and man, that rest day felt really good on Friday, ha ha! I do think it’s good to train on tired legs from time to time, so I’m happy I had the chance. 
  • Another which one question for you - would you rather run in cold winds (15-25 mph with gusts) or hills? I did my long run somewhere forested this week to stay out of the wind (somewhat, not entirely) but those trees come with hills. I was totally spent after the run, but not as demoralized as I would have been from running in the wind. So, hills for me!
  • Just a warning from personal experience this week – make sure your electronics are bundled up when you go out in the cold, too (along with yourself). They can get too cold and shut down. 
  • We had a swing of cold temps at the beginning of the week – highs in the teens, with “feels like”s in the low single digits, because of the wind. I enjoy running in the cold, and especially the hot bath after, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy wearing shorts and a tee for those 40 degree runs at the end of the week. I wonder what the temperature will be like for Dallas. It’s three weeks from today! One more 22 miler then taper!

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Got what I needed

By , November 18, 2014 7:35 pm

A photo just popped up on my kitchen digital frame that made me realize I’ve only run with my running club once this year. And that was in *cough* January. 



Not really oops. In December I contemplated whether I’d rejoin the club or not. I’d been a member since very late 2010, but hadn’t done much with them for the past year and a half. Not for any bad reason. It’s just that I joined, originally, got/learned what I needed, then cut back.

The running club was a fantastic way for me to meet new people. And then meet people through those people. Like, Brian, at Essential Fitness, which is where I work as a personal trainer now. I first met him in very early 2011, never thinking I’d be working for him some day!

And also, through those people, I learned a lot about the area I live in – places to run I didn’t know about, which schools are the best (not that this knowledge affects me, but it’s interesting), new shops, best roads to take to avoid traffic, and so on. 

The thing is, I don’t use the club anymore to support those relationships (and haven’t for a long time). I’ve taken them outside of the club. They’re good enough that they sustain on their own. I don’t go to club events, or join club runs (I’ve learned I prefer to run solo or one-on-one (group runs are not my thing)). 

I’ve noticed other people are like this too – they got what they needed (and it was good) – and now they are cutting back. Or have completely cut back. 

Again, no malice. It’s just the cycle of life. 

I don’t plan on rejoining in 2015, since my interaction this year so far, has been ONE run, and liking posts on Facebook. 

But hey, thankfully Facebook is around. I won’t be on the club page anymore, but I can still see what everyone is up to on their personal pages (and all the time I see them in person)!

Are you a member of a running club? Have you ever left a club, because you felt like you got what you needed out of it?

Ha! That last question makes me sound like I don’t know what a club is – a group of people organized around a similar interest/purpose. People who mostly don’t just come and go. Oops. Again. 

Training Week 265

By , November 16, 2014 10:09 am

Highlight of the Week: Rachel joining me for all of my 22-miler! It was such a treat to catch up, and the run just flew by!


Monday | November 10, 2014: 3 m run (w/Kelly) + 5 m run + teaching strength class x2
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 42°/42°, Time: 29:57, Pace: 9:59 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: hood, Temp: 49°/53°, Time: 46:29, Pace: 9:17 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: angry
Strength: Two dumbbell, Difficulty: easy, Felt: okay
Strength: Two dumbbell, Difficulty: easy, Felt: okay
Tuesday | November 11, 2014: Strength in Numbers Virtual Half Marathon + 1 m run (w/Kelly) 
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 52°/44°, Time: 2:10:21, Pace: 9:57 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great 
Wednesday | November 12, 2014: rest
Thursday | November 13, 2014: 7 m run
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 25°/25°, Time: 1:11:01, Pace: 10:08 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Friday | November 14, 2014: teaching strength class + 5 m run (w/Dawn)
Strength: Body bars, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good – got me out of a cranky start to the morning
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 24°/23°, Time: 50:42, Pace: 10:08, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Saturday | November 15, 2014: 22 m run (w/Rachel)
Loc: DPRT, Temp: 20°/31°, Time: 3:51:28, Pace: 10:31 avg, Difficulty: mostly easy, Felt: really good!
Sunday | November 16, 2014: 4.6 m run (w/Jen)
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 25°/27°, Time: 59:08, Pace: 12:52 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: fine


  • I remembered not to go all out teaching back-to-back strength classes on Monday (and it helped – no mid-week DOMS)!
  • Saturday was the first long run in awhile where I didn’t feel delirious for the last 3-4 miles. WIN! I think the fueling strategy did it (AND, having awesome company the whole time!). I still ate something every 30 minutes (and took an electrolyte tab with it), but ate more honey stinger waffles than normal. So (just for my records), I would have a gu or clif gel at 00:30 and 1:00, then a waffle at 1:30, then repeat. I also opened my Vitamin Water earlier than half way through, to take sips. It’s crazy what a difference the “right” fueling strategy for me makes. Have you figured out your long run fueling strategy?
  • Hmm, I wonder if this has been my highest weekly mileage of the year (just over 60)? I have a cut-back week next week, another peak week, then two weeks until the marathon. Hard to believe it’s four weeks from today! Training went FAST! 
  • Sunday was my first run on the season on snow. YAY! (although, as much as I love snow, I’d be okay with not doing my last two longer distance runs on it, hee hee)


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With which “tribe” do you want to be identified… if any?

By , November 13, 2014 6:31 am

Crazy how much the closing statement of an article can make me think so much about “tribe,” labels, and branding.

In Rachel Toor’s December Running Times column, she compares the “excessive celebrations” of football to the ways runners display their accomplishments. It inevitably comes around to the way runners sometimes celebrate themselves (and their feats) on social media, or by putting a 13.1 or 26.2 sticker on their car, or by wearing their medal or race shirt around. She ends the article saying she misses the subtlety of an old giant Timex Ironman watch she used to wear, because it identified her to the tribe of runner without being so “in your face” about it (now she uses her phone and a Garmin instead). 

Tribe. What a perfect way to put it. 

There are many tribes to which we can choose to identify ourselves with – the type of exercise you do, what you eat, what you drink, if you have kids or not, if you have pets or not, the types of activities you do (or don’t do), your religion… you get the idea. But! How do we identify ourselves to these tribes, and… do we want to?


Like Toor, I personally prefer subtlety in my tribe identification. Ha ha, funny I say that, since I have the tribe of running permanently inked on my back, but that is not going to be visible that often.  I like the tribe reveal to be more organic, like a few weeks ago, when wearing an old pair of running shoes (to change out of, obvs) to a meeting caused a contractor to ask me what I think of those shoes, and ask me about running.

Subtlety (actually, privacy) is something I’ve started to prefer over the last few years, really, as social media has expanded. It’s blatant that people are making assumptions about me based on what I put out there (and how they interpret it), so I really don’t put much of critical substance in the interwebs. 

And that is the risk with tribe identification, and why I avoid being identified as part of some of the tribes I could. We identify in the first place, because it makes us feel good to belong. It feels good to be part of a group. It feels good to say, “I did that!” or “I don’t do that!” or “I made that!” or “I drink that!” or “I believe that!” or whatever. And have people relate. 

And it gives you power. By claiming a tribe, you are taking control over your identification/personal branding. But you are also giving power to other people, to make assumptions about you, based on what they already think about that tribe. Confusing, right? So do you claim or tribe, or not?

Not that we should give a crap about other people’s assumptions. But, it may still make you think twice about which tribes you identify with! That is why I avoid the tribe of vegan. I don’t go out of my way to tell people I am vegan. Vegans have a pretty negative connotation, and I can totally see why. A lot of them that I’ve met have been judgmental a-holes.  Which is a shame, because “vegan” can be a really useful label to use, when trying to explain your dietary preferences. Too bad it’s so damn loaded of a word. 

Now that you’ve read this far (if you made it through the blabbering), you can probably think of some tribe identification you have seen in other people. I see it A LOT. And unfortunately, some of it is people forcing themselves to do things to identify with that tribe, despite not liking it, or preferring it. I see this a lot in the health and fitness arena, and honestly, it concerns me. People who really want to do a certain exercise, because they want to be seen as someone who does that… despite hating the exercise. Or people who follow a certain diet, and struggle with it, but want to be seen as “healthy.” I am sure you’ve seen it to. 

I encourage everyone to follow what Torr said in her column - ”We each get to figure out how much cheering we require and get it where we can.” Do what you need. Identify with the tribes you need to, how you want to. Post away on Facebook if you need to! Don’t, if you don’t like it. Share what you want. Keep things private. Whatever. Just don’t get too lost from the tribe of you! That’s the most important tribe with which to identify. 

Places with bad running juju

By , November 12, 2014 5:00 am

In 2009, feeling ecstatic about running after my first half marathon, I immediately signed up for a full marathon, and continued to run all of my runs at my half marathon race pace – 9:00 minute miles. This was before I understood that running plans ideally have a variety of paces in them* (long slow distance, speedwork, tempo, and my fave – easy) and that I really, really should not be “racing” my long runs. 

During one of those long training runs, I visited a beautiful local forest preserve – Grant Woods. The forest preserve is split in to north and south sections. The north section is forested and hilly,


and the southern section is mostly flat prairie. 


Hee hee, it didn’t look quite like these photos then, because it was summer, but you get the idea. 

I ran there once in 2009 and then avoided running there for an entire year, despite it being so close to my house. 


I was convinced, CONVINCED, that the hills there hurt my calf, and eventually caused a chain reaction that caused a stress fracture in my shin, and derailed me from running my first marathon in 2009. I thought the place had bad running juju.

Yeah, 2009 Kim was not so smart. 2009 Kim was a running n00b, and did not have running friends (or read running magazines) to tell her to not race her long runs, ha ha!

After I got three more stress fractures in 2010 (not from running fast, but) from lack of strength training and wearing the wrong shoes, I finally admitted it wasn’t the fault of the Grant Woods Hills. And went back. 

But every time I go there, now, I think about how I felt like the preserve had bad running juju for me, for so long. And how I let that keep me from maximizing a beautiful place to train that is so close to home!

Do you have any places you’ve deemed to have “bad running juju” (for you)? If so, why?

The other place for me is not so close to home, but it’s a place where I’ve had a bad run nearly every time I’ve gone there – Busse Woods. And I am thinking about doing a half there this month. It’s time to let that place have some redemption (although I am not sure how it could become any less boring… maybe a lot of runners crowding the path will make it interesting!).

*Ha! Not that I by any means do them – I just know it’s advised. I do most of my runs at an easy pace. 

Training Week 264

By , November 9, 2014 11:45 am

Highlight(s) of the Week: Teaching the new strength class, a surprisingly fast 5K, and lots of company on my runs!


Monday | November 3, 2014: 5 m run (w/Kelly) + 8 m run + teaching strength class x2
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 41°/41°, Time: 47:54, Pace: 9:34 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great
Loc: Millennium Trail to Nippersink FP, Temp: 58°/57°, Time: 1:16:54, Pace: 9:37 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: hungry
Strength: Two dumbbell, Difficulty: medium, Felt: hyper
Strength: Two dumbbell, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great, excited that my new class was so fun!
Tuesday | November 4, 2014: 7 m run (w/Kelly)
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 53°/54°, Time: 1:10:13, Pace: 10:02 avg, Difficulty: medium, Felt: challenged by the wind. And by my stomach, ha ha.
Wednesday | November 5, 2014: rest
Thursday | November 6, 2014: 5 m run (w/Kelly)
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 46°/46°, Time: 49:12, Pace: 9:50 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, happy to work out the DOMS
Friday | November 7, 2014: teaching strength class + Full Moon 5K
Strength: Body Bars, Difficulty: easy (mostly observing), Felt: good
Loc: Zion, Temp: 41°/40°, Time: 23:41 (23:29 official), Pace: 7:38 (7:34 official), Difficulty: mostly easy, Felt: great/strong
Saturday | November 8, 2014: 7.2 m run (w/Bobbi, part of Efit Run/Walk Social)
Loc: Independence Grove, Temp: 43°/44°, Time: 1:12:45, Pace: 10:06 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great
Sunday | November 9, 2014: 18 m run (middle 8 w/Bobbi)
Loc: Savanna to McDonald Woods and back, Temp: 36°/42°, Time: 3:08:02, Pace: 10:27 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: mostly good (just super frustrated with the wind at the end, and struggling with a headache)


  • Holy cow, I had DOMS so bad late Tuesday and Wednesday, from teaching those two Monday night strength classes. Lesson learned (derrrr) – don’t go all out when teaching back to back classes, Kim!
  • But! The new class went really well! The students are a lot of fun and they picked it up quickly! I’m looking forward to working with them again this Monday. 
  • Next week is my first (of two) peak weeks of training and I am really excited! I am doing a virtual half marathon on Tuesday and a 22 miler on Saturday! Fun fun fun!
  • The forecast is calling for some lows in the 10s and 20s next week! That is totally fine with me – if the wind mostly goes away. Ha ha! Would you rather run in “cold” temps or in warmer temps with high winds?

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ZB Run Squad Full Moon 5K Race Report

By , November 8, 2014 10:17 am

Well, this race ended up being a total surprise!


Ha ha, not a surprise that I was doing it (quite a few from my multisport club had been planning on doing this Friday night race for awhile) or how the race was organized, but my personal effort!


In my mind I was going to do speedwork once a week in October to prep for this race. In reality, I did it once – I’ve made long, slow miles my focus.

So come race day, I looked up my time from last year on this course (a different race but several in the Zee Bee Run Squad series use the same course) and saw I ran a 25:27. “If I have a really good day, maybe I could beat that,” I thought. But I really had my doubts about maintaining 8:00 minute miles.

The race started just after 6:00 pm and I took off, feeling great. I glanced down at my watch and saw a mid 7:00 pace. “Crap! I went out too fast! I can’t maintain this!”

But I did for two miles (7:24, 7:35), and felt awesome, like I was hardly working. It wasn’t until I started to get the typical stomach cramp right before mile 2, that I slowed down, running that mile in just under 8:00. My legs and lungs felt good but my stomach said no – I need to try a tip my friend told me after the race – breathe deeper to get more air to my diaphragm.


I sped up to a 6:38 pace for the last tenth because I heard someone coming up behind me – ha ha, they totally had more energy and passed me! Luckily, my time, 23:29 was still good enough for 2nd in the 30-34 age group! Woo hoo! I wasn’t sure I’d ever place in that age group!

We had six Efit runners and everyone did really well – we had five age group placements!


And Kelly, my running partner, got a PR, and Dawn got her first ever age group award! Awesome!!!

I really enjoyed doing this with the Efit crew. Ha ha, especially cause there is a hella long (hour+) raffle before awards and it was fun to hang with friends during that!

The last race in this series is in four weeks! I wonder if I’ll have another surprise then. Ha ha, just kidding – I won’t get greedy!

A few other notes:

  • I ran with my headphones and the beats helped! Although some songs worked better than others. Weird. 
  • They ran out of adult sized t-shirts in this year’s race shirt and offered a shirt from last year. A nice offer, but I don’t need more shirts, so I got a kid sized shirt for Kelly to take for her kids. I liked the design and phrase on it!


  • Ha ha, I also sent Kelly home with my raffle prize – I won the same thing as last year. 


  • (TMI) I had the taste of blood in my mouth for most of the race. Weird? I think I may have spit up a bit too, after. That could just be my nose being all dried out. I am fighting the beginning of a cold this week and spend most of the night sneezing, after the race. 
  • I wore my Asics GEl-Lyte33s and think the lighter shoes gave me a mental (and maybe physical?) boost!
  • I studied the course map a bit so I could run the tangents – that helped!
  • The results for this race are all over the place – last year, the winner of my age group ran it in 29:25. This year, it was 22:09, me at 23:29, and third at 31:18. You never know who will show up! I feel lucky I placed!
  • The results and free (!!!) photos were up late last night, after the race! I love that! 
  • It’s funny (to me, that) this is the second “Full Moon” 5K I have done this year!
  • Time to get smaller shorts. You can see in my finish line pic that they are creepin’ way up my leg. Classy. Ha ha. And that smile? That is because last year my finish line pic looked like this

Training Week 263

By , November 2, 2014 3:31 pm

Highlight of the Week: Fitting in some weekday runs despite a loco 4+ hour (total for the day) commute!


Monday | October 27, 2014: teaching strength class
Strength: body bars, Difficulty: easy, Felt: tired/meh
Tuesday | October 28, 2014: 8 m run
Loc: hood, Temp: 64°/60°, Time: 1:18:29, Pace: 9:48 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great, annoyed with the wind
Wednesday | October 29, 2014: 8.5 m run
Loc: hood, Temp: 46°/45°, Time: 1:24:29, Pace: 9:56 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great, still annoyed by the wind
Thursday | October 30, 2014: 10.1 m run
Loc: hood, Temp: 34°/34°, Time: 1:39:09, Pace: 9:49 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, happy it wasn’t windy, ha ha
Friday | October 31, 2014: teaching strength class + 4 m run
Strength: body bars, Difficulty: easy, Felt: peppy
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 37°/36°, Time: 37:45, Pace: 9:25, Difficulty: easy, Felt: energetic (somehow not annoyed by 25mph winds
Saturday | November 1, 2014: 21.6 m run (w/Bobbi for second quarter)
Loc: DPRT, Temp: 35°/39°, Time: 3:43:58, Pace: 10:22 avg, Difficulty: mostly easy, Felt: good, tired for the last few miles
Sunday | November 2, 2014: 3.3 m run
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 29°/33°, Time: 31:55, Pace: 9:41 avg, Difficulty: medium, Felt: decent


  • Woo hoo! October was my first (and maybe only) 200 mile month of the year! One more high mileage month before the marathon in December!
  • During my runs in the dark this week I was thinking how good it is for me to run without daylight… because I don’t stop as much as I do when it’s light out, to take photos! Ha ha. Although, I did stop at the house for water, and one time, ended up petting Data for a few minutes. Oops. (Data is so cute – whenever I run before work he watches out the door for me the entire time – ha ha, just kidding – I know he’s watching wildlife and blowing leaves)
  • Speaking of stopping for water, it’s getting to be that (colder) time of year where I can be lazy about carrying water. In the summer, I’ll carry my handheld for a three miler! In the fall/winter, I won’t take it until I am doing six or more. How do your water carrying habits change between the hot and cold months?
  • I have been remembering my electrolyte tabs for my long runs! And now it’s the Vaseline for my nose I am forgetting (I need it in the winter – my nose gets chapped)! I should just put it by the tabs, ha ha. 
  • There was a skunk sighting this week. Sigh. 
  • On Friday we had 25 mph winds with 50 mph gusts, so I did something I haven’t for almost two years – wore headphones for my run (to block out the wind)! The headphones succeeded in making me feel more annoyed with them than the wind (they are bluetooth and I had to carry my phone for the songs to not cut out – my vest pocket/bra wouldn’t work). But once I got them to work the beats gave me a speed boost. Maybe I’ll wear them for my next 5K!
  • I got sick to my stomach twice during my long run this week, I think, because of a Clif Gel I took. It’s one with 100 mg of caffeine, which gives me a huge energy boost, but bothers my stomach. Gah. I wish the flavors with OMG ALL THE CAFFEINE didn’t have to be chocolate-y or coffee-y!
  • I stood up for quite a few hours after my long run, working on my computer. I think being on my feet really helped my recovery!
  • So many bullets this week! AHHHHH!!! Last one, I promise. For my past two long runs (and several random runs) I’ve turned my Garmin to a screen that only shows overall moving time, rather than showing that plus distance and pace. This allows me to focus on running naturally, rather than worrying about pace. A lot of people talk about running “naked” (sans electronic devices like this) for the same reason, but I still like having the data for later. Do you ever run with a GPS watch but ignore the stats during the run?

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Well, I’d rather talk about it than do it…

By , November 1, 2014 3:53 pm

Ha ha, are you wondering what that title is in regard to?

During my work week I discovered one of the contractors assigned to the project ran the Chicago Marathon this year. Naturally, running and exercise related conversation ensued. Which I enjoyed, but felt bad about during and after – I didn’t intend to dominate a group conversation with a topic only a couple of people could participate in.

So later I apologized to my coworker about it, and she said, well, what the title says – “Well, I would rather talk about it than do it!”

Which of course, was a funny way to respond and it made me laugh. But then I got to thinking about the comments the other people listening to the running-talk were adding, and it was all comments about why they can’t exercise, or why they don’t, or how lame it is. 


I am unfortunately used to these kind of responses when people find out I am vegan. The most common responses are why people don’t do it, or how they never could. Or how good meat tastes.

It gets old, ha ha. 

Do you have any interests or hobbies that gets a response like this?

But back to exercise. What’s with the exercise-shaming? In a society where more and more people are reported obese each year, why are people making fun of those who take the time to work out?

Really, why, when people share a passion or hobby, do people come back with things that are wrong about it, or why it would never interest them?

I’ve written about this before. And I will say the same – when someone tells me about an interest of theirs that I don’t share, I ask questions. I try to learn about it. 


The funny thing is, while I talk about exercise a lot on here, I don’t, much at all, at work. I don’t tell my coworkers about upcoming races, or the classes I teach (save for my fave coworker that I can talk to).

So it is exciting when I find someone I can talk to it about! I mean, just like you get excited when you find anyone who shares a similar interest. And yes, I have more interests than running! 


Dressed as Chewie for Star Wars Day. 

The good thing about spending so much time with people though, is that you find out a lot of things about them, so while my coworker doesn’t have any interest in exercise, I found out she is a huge Star Wars fan and likes heavy metal. So those are things we can talk about, amicably.

Training Week 262

By , October 26, 2014 7:18 pm

Highlight of the Week: Naturally speeding up for the last 8 miles of my long run this week. That came out of nowhere! And it would be awesome if that happened at a long distance race!


Monday | October 20, 2014: 2.5 m walk (w/Steven, Christina + Will) + teaching strength class
Strength: Cone and one dumbbell, Difficulty: easy/medium, Felt: good
Tuesday | October 21, 2014: 8 m run + 6.15 m run
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 44°/44°, Time: 1:24:53, Pace: 10:36 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: Grant Woods FP, Temp: 48°/49°, Time: 1:00:59, Pace: 9:55 avg, Difficulty: medium, Felt: amazing… somehow!
Wednesday | October 22, 2014: 7.3 m run
Loc: hood, Temp: 37°/39°, Time: 1:14:20, Pace: 10:11 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Thursday | October 23, 2014: 3 m run (w/Julie)
Loc: Mill Creek Park, Temp: 37°/37°, Time: 31:37, Pace: 10:31 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Friday | October 24, 2014: teaching strength class + 14.2 m run
Strength: Cone and one dumbbell, Difficulty: easy, Felt: okay, struggling with a headache from Thursday
Loc: Round Lake to Grayslake, Temp: 51°/59°, Time: 2:25:36, Pace: 10:15, Difficulty: easy, Felt: fantastico
Saturday | October 25, 2014: 5 m run
Loc: Ray Lake FP, Temp: 53°/53°, Time: 52:09, Pace: 10:25 avg, Difficulty: easy Felt: so so, too hot
Sunday | October 26, 2014: 6.5 m run
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 60°/54°, Time: 1:07:01, Pace: 10:19 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: really good


  • For the past couple of weeks it’s taken me around 3 miles to warm up for my runs. Those first few miles feel a little bit slower, then something clicks after that and I feel fantastic. This is great for longer runs – I’ve ended up unintentionally running some negative splits! But not so great for those shorter runs where I find myself waiting for that feeling to kick in, ha ha. 
  • Geesh! Lots of solo runs this week! Next week will be the same, until the weekend, unfortunately! But! I have company lined up for that run – my first of three 20+ milers in November! And I have company for my second one, too! And I am thinking about doing the final one on Thanksgiving morning – you can probably guess why!
  • You guys! Gina ran a new half PR yesterday – 1:56:17!!! Isn’t that awesome?! Keep in mind that she just started running halves this year! I am so proud of her. I can’t wait to run the Dallas Marathon together! 

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