Why is it that we all want to take the easy way out? Working hard can be so unappealing. Too much time. Too much effort. Or maybe it’s the fear of failure…? Personally I think the last one can lead us to cheat more than the other two. We cheat to succeed and we also cheat ourselves out of opportunities for fun and adventure because we say to ourselves “I could never do that!”
You might have noticed that’s it’s been a looonnnngg time since our last blog post. Our last post was October and our post before that one was in June! What is up with us?? We talk about writing our blog all the time. We say we’re going to start up ‘next week’. We laugh about it, we plan it, but we never follow through. Well as the new year approaches we have vowed to get back on track. We plan to return to our regular blog posts to keep you entertained, provide a little information, and a lot of insight into our crazy workout, racing, and family lives.
Hello again! It’s been a while since we wrote a blog post and we apologize. It’s the classic case of incredibly busy end of school year for the kiddos leading into the busy summer before we had time to breathe. Now, finally there is time to sit down, have some quiet time and get in to the rhythm of summer. And although our posts won’t be as frequent as during the ‘school year’ we will check in periodically and share our words of wisdom about begin active over the summer–whether we’re training, racing, exercising, or simply surviving!
What do you over the course of a week? How do you fit your workouts in? I get this question often so I thought I would write about it this week–the who, what, where, when, and how of my workout week!
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.
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. 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!
This fall has been a good lesson for me that even seasoned runners have a lot to learn! I had a pretty great racing season after my stress fracture. I ran a 10k, the Boston Marathon, a 1/2 marathon, a stair climbing race, and 4 sprint triathlons. I had enough speed in my old legs to place either overall or in my age group in most races–okay, except for Boston–I was feeling great! After a short break at the end of summer I was ready to start training for a fast Winter marathon. I started going to the track once a week and running long runs on the weekends, however, I felt like I was working very hard to hold my normal pace. Speed work on the track was even worse. I was able to hold a decent pace, but it felt like I was working at about an 8 out of 10 when it should have been closer to a 6. I knew something was going on and decided to get my VO2 Max tested to get an idea about my target heart rate workout zones. I had a feeling my body was not burning fat efficiently anymore–I was running in an anaerobic state burning through my glycogen stores too quickly . Phew that’s lot to ‘digest’ and quite frankly this discussion can get technical and confusing, but for the purpose of this blog I’m going to keep it simple. Let me just say I learned a wealth of knowledge from my testing with Kyle Radaker at Radaker Health and Wellness!
Although 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.