September 5, 2013

Obnoxious sneaker contest and how I wear my new headlamp

Last month I ran 183.7 miles! I can't verify if that's a record or not, but based on the shoddy remnants my horrible memory can produce, it is. And whether it is or not, the fact that it is so close to 200 that I could spit on it makes me happy/nervous of injury/confident for my upcoming races.

Here's a quick rundown of last weeks training, so you can see how I got in a few of those miles. 

1. Easy 6 miles on the treadmill. I alternated the elevation throughout the run and practiced the 3:2 breathing. Have you guys tried that breathing technique? It's the one that Runner's World featured a while back, and whenever I have an easy run on the schedule, I like to practice it. 

Blurry proof that my treadmill posse has the best (by which I mean brightest/most obnoxious) shoe collection.

2. 9.62 total miles. Ran 4 in the heat of the morning outside. We also did a handful of strength training bits that morning. 

Even Mr. Mike (far left) went running with us!
Then ran 5.62 with run club at Life Time. The heat is not relenting lately, but it's not holding run clubbers back. 

Best turnout yet for Life Time Run Club.

Maybe it had something to do with this.

Or that cool people in orange shorts were running.

3. Strength training and foam rolling. I've been slacking on the foam rolling this week, but every time I do it, I'm reminded how amazing it is! Do it!

4. Speedwork, 6 miles. This week we ran two miles at comfortably hard pace and then a third mile at a harder pace. No breaks in between. The extra 3 miles were split between warming up and cooling down. So not super tough, but I think Coach Alex was taking it easy on us because last week and this week were killer!

5. Long run, 18 miles. I wrote about it here already. To fit it all in around the kids and schedules, I did 7 at 5:30 with my brother and our friend Michael. Then 6 miles in my neighborhood after school drop off. The original plan was to do all of my miles outside, but after feeling like I was going to die, I went to the gym track for the final 5 miles. This botched-up run basically reminded me that A. It is a huge mistake to start a long run too fast. My brother had me pushing to sub-8 pace for my first 7 miles. That's pretty far away from my long-run pace. B. My neighborhood really stinks to run in, unless your goal is hill repeats and/or dying. C. Air conditioning is my favorite invention at the end of a long, hot, humid run. 

6. Rest. I was going to run 3 miles but instead thought, what the heck -- I'd much rather just sit here

7. 8.25 very hot trail miles. Water has never tasted so amazing as it did that day. If water ever needs to do an ad campaign, they should use trail running to promote their product. The ice water that my friend brought was like little drops of miracle spilling down my throat. 

Another new, cool idea that I came across while running in the dark on Friday morning was that I prefer wearing a headlamp on my waist rather than on my head. If I have a hat on, wearing it on my head isn't as irritating, but on the waist you get no annoying hard-plastic-vs-hard-forehead sensation plus you can actually see the trail better than when the light is up higher on your noggin. 

I bought the Black Diamond Moxie headlamp a while back, and this week was my first time using it because it's getting light later and later in the mornings. If you squint, you can see where I was wearing it on my waist, right below the blinding neon shirt. That's a little bit like asking you to stare into the sun. Look at your own risk of blindness.

Black Diamond Moxie

What time is it getting light where you are? This is a question I only expect farmers and runners to know the answer to. And here in Alabama, it's around 6 a.m.

What's your favorite drink during the lingering hot runs of summer? Give me ice cold water. And then pour a cup down my back.

Do you own a headlamp? How often do you run in the dark? In the past I've also used the flashlight on my phone, which works decent, but then you have to run with a kind of clunky phone in your hand.


  1. We just started a running group in Chilton County/Clanton, AL. None of us have ever ran this early before(we meet at 5:15am), & were just discussing today the need for a headlamp & the upcoming time change.

  2. It doesn't get light here until closer to 7 now... I'm up and out around 530/6:00 and it's still pitch black. Light doesn't even begin to peep through until like 640 or later. It's scary. Gimme all da water when I'm running/after a run. It's a crafty invention. I haven't gotten a headlamp yet, but I'm in the market!

  3. Sunrise is about 6:15 am. I'm delight with TN non-Summer, Summer has been. 2012 I was running at 5am because it felt 88° until October. Chocolate milk is my go to drink for after a hot run. I wear glow stick reflective gear, the women half runners are starting to dress for darkness I guess long runs need to be done.

  4. Sheesh! Just reading this makes me tired! I don't run in the dark, it would be a recipe for disaster. Think tripping and knocking a tooth out or something:/

  5. Fantastic run club turnout! I'm a Lifetime member and shame on me have never gone to run club. I think it's light here a little after 6. Boo. Water for me too.

  6. I'm needing a headlamp. And I was thinking on my run today that I would prefer to wear it on my waist as I hate ANYTHING touching my head.

  7. I need to get a good headlamp before my 50 since it starts at 6pm!!!

  8. I do have a headlamp that I love to use!! It is great on those dark mornings. Makes me feel all spy like. LOL!! I love to hydrate with water and Nuun after a run....helps me feel better faster. It is getting light out at about the same time as you here in North Carolina.

  9. Congrats on your high mileage week!
    We are getting light here at 6am too - except our days are getting longer as we move into spring!
    I don't have a headlamp, but last night I got home from work late and went for a run with hubby in the dark - that 'flat' pavement becomes an obstacle course in the dark! (I obviously need one of those toys too.)

  10. That is incredible mileage, you're a machine at the moment! Great idea about wearing your torch round your waist. I've not run with mine yet, just used it for camping/surreptitious finding of things in the Dude's room at night time. But the mornings are getting darker so I'll be running with it soon!

    Sunrise here is about 6.15...I love Autumn but I'm sad about the dark mornings. I AM sleeping better though, so that's a plus.

  11. It is getting light around 6 here in Albuquerque which really sucks it is so late! I broke out my headlamp last week, I'm glad to now know another person that runs with it on their waist!

  12. Sun comes up a little after 6 here in GA. Hey neighbor;)! I am thinking I am going to need a headlamp. The path I run on is mostly lit but there are some dark places where I am afraid I am going to trip. I love bright shoes- they make you run faster (not scientifically proven but I think so) and make you happy when you look down.

  13. Solid week of running!

    I have to say, I miss that southern heat sometimes! (not the humidity though).

  14. Dude! You are amazing! What a great week (and month). It's been getting light around 6ish here. I met a friend for our long run on friday morning at 6 and it wasn't completely light yet.

  15. I bought an UnderArmour cap with two lights built in to the bill and the on/off switch is on the bill also.I used it this past Saturday on a 4a.m 14 mile run.It works great!It's about 25 bucks and you can find it on their website.Congrats on your monthly mileage.Awesome!


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