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