November 22, 2013

Signing off for 2013 racing

So this is it. Tomorrow is my last big race of the year, the Tranquility Lake 50K. At the start of this year, anything longer than a marathon was just a pipe dream. The kind of thing you hope will happen, like making your bed every morning, but you're kind of sure it will remain undone. And now that this is the fourth 50K of the year, I guess adding trails and longer mileage into the running schedule is the new happy. I am shooting for a 50 miler sometime next year -- wish it could be Lake Martin, but that's too close to Boston. And then 2015 will be the year of the 100 miler. At least that's what I'm saying right now as I sit with my feet lazily propped up on an ottoman. 

Since the Savannah marathon, I've been taking it pretty easy on the running front. I've had a couple of fun Life Time runs.

Highlighter colors for night runs.

And I've been trying to get in some cross training, which is going to be a big focus after this weekend. I'm looking forward to switching the focus for at least a month or so before the big push for Boston training.

Body Pump with my homegirl Diane.

Another running first this weekend, I'll be manning the Resolute Running water station for a road race at the Magic City Half this weekend. I'm getting out a costume (pictures will come!) that we found on the Halloween clearance rack, and I will be wearing my dancing feet. Hopefully I will also actually give some people water too.

Are you in a running high or low right now? I'm excited to be going into a running low period. Although I have plans for ramping it up next year.

Do you lift weights? How often? I'm hoping to start doing at least once a week, but lately I've just been doing yoga and my aqua bootcamp classes to build muscle.

Any running related volunteer plans for the near future? 

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  1. Race season is gearing up for me now so I'm in a running high. I'm so excited for your race and..BOSTON!!!!!

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    1. I think you're like a lot of my local friends, getting in a lot of cool weather races. Smart!

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  2. Running high: Got my gold for one race series, found out I did enough in another race series (wasn't planned) to get a lunch. I've got one 4-mile and 2 5ks left of 2013. Distance will get longer in 2014.

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    1. That's so awesome! Lunch is a perfect prize for a runner!

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  3. I'm in a running low, maintenance before ramping up for Boston (woohoo). I was ready for it though. I needed a break. Although I do have one last race in December - a 10km.
    I lift weights twice a week and I've added a third day of strength training (TRX classes) a week. I'm working on building power & more leg strength now before I start to beat the crap out of my legs come January, ha ha.

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    1. TRX class must be killer. I do one move on those straps and am worn out! Look forward to reading about your training!

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  4. Your plan for getting experience running 50K's before you do a 50 miler - smart stuff! And inspiring, too!

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  5. Have fun in your fourth 50km! I really look forward to hearing all about it afterwards.
    I'm on a running high after a tough trail race yesterday - amazing how it does that to you isn't it? My arms feel tired though so I'm thinking some weights might be a good idea. Now I plan to establish a good endurance base for my next race in late January. It is a 27km mountain traverse and will be the furthest I've run, gulp!

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    1. It's so fun to try and run further! Good luck! Weights really seem to help especially with the trails because it uses so much more core and arms (and pretty much every muscle that I didn't know existed, based on post-race soreness) than road running.

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  6. That is so inspiring to hear of your increase in miles this year and your plan for the next few years. I'd love to follow in your footsteps, but the ultra distances will have to wait a bit as I'm making 2014 the year of the triathlon (plus a marathon or 2). My family and I just volunteered on the run course at Ironman Arizona. Our aid station was super hero themed, it was a blast!

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