New Year, New Plans Part 2

Jennifer is a great planner and I really enjoyed learning about what she has planned for 2017. As for me, well I’m a little unfocused. I can’t really find an event that catches my eye as a must have. Of course my MAJOR goal is to stay injury free but that doesn’t count as a big race.  I’m not saying I don’t have anything on my calendar, but nothing that is huge…maybe this will be the year of lots of little things…we’ll see.

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Dear Santa…Part 2

merry-chritmas-images7Christmas is just over a week away and if you’re still looking for some gift ideas for your someone on your ‘nice’ list here are some of my favorite things from 2016:

1. As a Hammer Nutrition sponsored athlete I get to try out a lot of their new products all the time. One new one that came out this year that I really really really like is called Fully Charged.fc It’s a great product to give you an energy boost before a long or tough workout or even just any workout or race. I use it on mornings before speed work and I also used it before two races that I did rather well in. I am so impressed with this product. Check it out!

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The Offseason

IMG_5612Ahhh the offseason, a time for sitting, eating, and lazing about….right? Um, no. Ok, yes and no. Every athlete should take some time off during the year to recharge and recover from a season of racing. Often times the ‘holiday season’ is a great time to have an offseason. We’re busy with families and parties, the weather is getting cold, our bodies simply want to hibernate. It is a great time to back off of our strict training schedules, to exercise for fun rather than purpose. Our training becomes ‘exercise’ and is more flexible. However, if we don’t play our cards right we can rest so perfectly that we’re not ready for the new year of training and racing looming a few weeks away. A month of fun and sloth-like behavior can lead to 10-15 lb weight gain and lack of fitness. How SHOULD you approach the offseason and plan for the ‘beyond’? Follow these basic steps:

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The Long Haul

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Brian Fancher Photography

Long distance, endurance training– some people love it, some people hate it. Clearly those who enjoy it or get a personal benefit from it choose long distance races over shorter races, but why? Why would someone sign up for a looonnnngggg race that requires hours and hours of training? Why would someone choose to get up at 4am to get in a long run before the start of the day? Why would someone forego weekend nights full of fun in order to train all weekend? For many people it doesn’t seem logical. However illogical it might seem. more and more people are choosing to engage it long endurance races whether they are cycling, running or swimming events. Of course I don’t know all the reasons behind choosing different events, but given that I too am drawn to endurance events, I have some idea..

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Summer Reading Inspiration

img_7801Although the kids are in school and summer ended a few weeks ago, it’s still hot enough to remind me of my summer vacation. As such, I thought I would talk about two books I read over the summer that were inspirational in different ways. The books I read were Scott Jurek’s Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness and Chrissie Wellington’s A Life Without Limits: A World Champions Journey.

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Summertime and The Living is Easy

IMG_6457Summertime. I want to maintain my fitness level. I want to get faster. I want to race this summer. I want to look good in a bathing suit. It’s hot. I feel lazy. I want to sit on my ass by the pool. I want to drink cold beverages. Hmm, all these goals don’t really mesh. I have fitness goals, but I don’t necessarily have the motivation to reach all my fitness goals. And for once, I think that I’m okay with that. For me–Summertime and the living is easy. Yes I stole that from Porgy and Bess–great statement for how I’m feeling–plus I FINALLY got to see it during Spoleto this year. I volunteered during the dress rehearsal and got to see opera for free! Win-win. Sorry, I digress.

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