Race Recap: Tuna Run 200 Relay, Friday, October 20-Saturday, October 21, 2017

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In January of 2017, while I was trying to figure out my fall marathon (Marine Corps? Wineglass? Richmond?), a friend and her husband asked me if I would like to be part of their twelve person team for the Tuna Run.  After thinking about it for a day or two, I decided that this was definitely something that I wanted to do, at least once, and that this would be a great group of people to join for this weekend of fun.  That made my marathon choice for the fall easy: the Tuna Run would take place during the same weekend as the Marine Corps Marathon, so I would opt out of that and maybe try to get in by lottery in 2018.  The Wineglass Marathon in Corning, New York, seems like an awesome race to experience, but the distance makes it logistically hard for someone who has very limited time off from work.  The Richmond Marathon was my first back in 2015 and holds a special place in my heart for that reason; it’s a great race and almost local, only three hours away.  Ultimately, I decided on the Tuna Run and the Richmond Marathon, three weeks apart and both good races to look forward to throughout training in 2017. Here’s my recap of the Tuna Run.

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Race Recap: Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile, Friday, June 16, 2017

When I first heard about this race, a one mile DOWNHILL race, my initial reaction was that a one mile race must be for a fast field of runners, which meant NOT for me.  But then, I focused on one of the reasons why I run in the first place: because I never thought I could be a runner.  The memories of trying to keep up with the ‘fast kids’ in gym class, on my basketball team, of huffing with no oxygen left to feed another step, of no knowledge of pacing or running anything other than a sprint . . . those are the memories that ground me, that make me feel accomplished about my adult realization that I CAN be a runner and that I enjoy running very much. So I decided to investigate more . . .

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From sirwalterrunning.com/ raleighrundown/

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Book Review: Primal Endurance

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Primal Endurance by Mark Sisson and Brad Kearns (2016)

Amazon link for purchasing

I became interested in this book to learn more about aerobic heart rate training (specifically via the Maffetone method) and following a primal diet for endurance athletes.

Mark Sisson’s website, Mark’s Daily Apple (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/), has been around since 2006. It contains information on Diet & Nutrition, Fitness, Weight Loss, Primal Lifestyle, and Personal Improvement.  Mark is a former tri-athlete and marathoner who became interested in a Paleo-like diet (rather than a carbohydrate-dependent one) and a way of training for endurance sports that does not overstress and burnout the body. Continue reading

Race Recap: Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Half Marathon, Sunday, April 2, 2017

It’s time to get back to blogging after a break (a break from training, a break from journaling about races . . . much needed after a spring full of miles). Although it took place several months ago, this was my favorite race of the spring, and it’s time to document it here.

The Inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Half was my first half marathon four years ago, in 2014. I Ioved it, and it was definitely the race dragon that bit me in the ass and poisoned me to keep coming back for more races. Not many things can compete with that feeling of approaching and crossing the finish line of a race.  No matter how I do in this race, I feel like I accomplished a goal. If I do achieve a time goal or a negative split, or if I am able to run the whole race with a friend and feel strong, it’s even better. Here’s my recap of RNR Raleigh 2017. Continue reading

Featured Runner: Tiffany

I know Tiffany from the place where I know many and most of my running friends, Fleet Feet Sports.  Tiffany has been training and mentoring there longer than me; I remember her from training runs, but vaguely, as we don’t train at the same pace.  I think the place where I first talked to her at length was during the NCRC (North Carolina Road Runners) Classic Half Marathon three years ago.  I was running with a friend when we came up on Tiffany or she on us (I don’t remember which), and we talked and got to know her a little better. She was pacing the race, carrying a sign that had the time she would finish on it, so that anyone who was running and wanted to finish at that time could join her group, run her pace, and finish with the desired time.  Since then, I realized how often I see Tiffany pacing at local races: a lot! And she does a kick ass job of it; to testify to this, I wrote about her pacing magic extensively in my Tobacco Road Half Marathon Race Recap this past March.  

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I thought today would be fitting to publish this featured runner post about Tiffany.  The second year that I ran the NCRC, I also ran a stretch of it with Tiffany.  And today, my third time running it, I ran with her again for part of it.  I feel like I’ve gotten to know Tiffany better this past spring as we were again training and mentoring other runners at the same home base, and I hope this continues! She is inspiring, funny, genuine, and has one of the world’s sweetest dogs, Layla. Continue reading

Race Recap: Pittsburgh Marathon 5K (Saturday, May 6, 2017) and THE PITTSBURGH MARATHON (Sunday, May 7, 2017)

Marathon week finally arrived, and I felt like a child on Christmas Eve as I moved through Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  As I contemplated what to wear for the races of the weekend, I was torn by the 90 degree weather we’ve been having in Raleigh and the potential snow I saw for Western Pennsylvania in the forecast for Sunday.  Luckily, I ended up packing a variety of layers . . . Continue reading

Marathon Training, Week #17, April 24-30, 2017 and MARATHON WEEK (Week #18), May 1-7, 2017

Week #17

Monday: 3 miles easy, on the treadmill, during a rain storm.

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 3 miles on my own before the Fleet Feet 10K program workout. With the 10K group, 400 m at 5K pace followed by 400 m recovery at Lake Pine. Repeated for four miles. 7 total miles.

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 5 miles with the 10K group at the Art Museum + 4 miles on my own next to the horse farm on Old Reedy Creek. 9 total miles.

Sunday: 4 miles tempo.

Total mileage for the week: 21 miles.

Week #18

Monday: 2 miles easy.

Tuesday: Rest.

Wednesday: 3 miles on Black Creek Greenway at North Cary Park with the 10K group.

     The workout:

     5 minutes warm up

     30 seconds all out, 30 seconds recovery

     1 minute all out, 1 minute recovery

     2 minutes all out, 2 minutes recovery

     3 minutes all out, 3 minutes recovery

     2 minutes all out, 2 minutes recovery

     1 minute all out, 1 minute recovery

     30 seconds all out, 30 seconds recovery

     5 minutes easy

     30 minutes total and 3 miles.

The 10K Training Group after their sweaty speed pyramid workout
Gina and me



Saturday: Pittsburgh 5K

Sunday: PITTSBURGH MARATHON (see my Race Recap for all the details)

Total mileage for the week: 34.3 miles

Recovery Week:

Monday and Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 2 easy miles with 10K group.  Surprisingly, my legs felt strong and not sore at all.  I did feel a general sense of fatigue.

Thursday and Friday: Rest

Saturday: 5.5 miles with the 10K group: 2.75 miles at 9:30 pace and 2.75 at 10:30, on the American Tobacco Trail. These fast miles on the soft trail surface felt great. My legs felt great.  I’m ready to get back on it next week: strength training through CrossFit and 20-25 miles a week running.

Total recovery week mileage: 7.5 miles.
With that, I’ve reached the end of this marathon cycle and these weekly posts!

Featured Runner: REBECCA

I feel like I should change the name of this section of the blog from “featured runners” (kind of vanilla, right?) to “bad ass runners!” Brad, my first runner, about whom you can read (including his successful 100 mile ultra marathon attempt), and now Rebecca, my smart, no-nonsense, music-loving, goal-oriented, beer loving, adventure-taking running friend . . . these are two bad asses who are usually too humble to admit that is what they are. (Featured photo: Rebecca at the finish line of the Richmond Marathon) Continue reading