Vacation Daze

18700088_10212503464646276_2354853711212407276_nHello 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!

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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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Slowing down to go fast

Brian Fancher Photography

Brian Fancher Photography

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!

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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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On the Road Again…But Still Working Out

I feel like it’s been forever since I have written…probably because it has been.  School got out on June 2 and we started traveling June 3.  It’s amazing to live in the now ranked #1 City in the World, and I don’t take that for granted.  We enjoy all Charleston has to offer, but in the summer when it’s hot, tourists take over, kids are out of school, and my husband is on the road for work, I’m ready for a change of scenery.  However, I don’t let travel detour me from working out, but rather enhancing it.

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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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