Here are some on my half marathon bucket list:
So that’s 10 from my list. Did I miss any? What are your must do events?
I came across this awesome Jamie Oliver video where he shows how to add a few additional ingredients AND make your own awesome dressing. Check it out:
This year is going to be incredible!!!!
I am pretty excited about the possibilities of the new year. Two big things:
1. I am going to continue to offer free half marathon coaching and training plans for as long as I can. I can’t promise I’ll be able to do this all year, but will as long as time and money allow.
2. I know this is from a relatively recent post, but I like to start the year with a schedule of planned races. Pretty excited about these – looks like a very fun year! Here is what I have coming up:
This is still a very exciting month…avoiding the end of the world, the Christmas/Hanukkah holiday, and New Year’s which is a great time to reflect on the past year and the possibilities of the next.
As for me, I’ll take a minute to explain the “new keyboard” – a self improvement project just for me. As many of you know, old typewriters didn’t want you typing too quickly (the key arms would tangle up) and they wanted salesmen to be able to easily type the word “typewriter” on a single line. Hence today we have QWERTY (first 6 letters on the top row) keyboards on 99.99% of computers worldwide. The 0.01% use Colemak or dvorak keyboard layouts.
I type quickly…but decided to make the jump so I could potentially type at ludicrous speed.
I chose Colemak since many of the keys are the same and it’s easy to install the layout via a software download. $2 in keyboard stickers later, I’m partially hunting and pecking my way through every email, blog post and newsletter. If you’re curious, it’s a major change for me, but am making good progress.
That being said, I hope things are going well and that everyone is ready for the holidays. Have a great weekend and get out there and run!
It’s been a crazy couple months, but I’ve already been putting a lot of thought into this next season. I know it’s a bit early for me to do this, but it means I’m excited about what’s coming up! It will be a challenging year, but I’m already looking forward to it! Some items are tentative, but will confirm those when I can register. They are:
What’s missing? There are a few trail runs I’m going to do and there are still quite a few question marks on the list…but I’ll make it happen! You may also notice that I don’t have any triathlons on this list. I will likely do a couple shorter distance triathlons here and there this season.
As things firm up more, I’ll update the list!
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One of my favorite movies is from 1992 called Strictly Ballroom…I know many people think it’s too weird and quirky, but I have to admit that I like weird and quirky movies. This one shows up on my “favorite” list because of a phrase used in the movie a few times:
“Vivir con miedo es como vivir a medias”
which (according to the movie) roughly translated means:
“A life lived in fear is a life half lived”
I’ve heard the translation isn’t quite accurate, but close enough to make a very valuable point.
Even looking at goals, I’ve heard more than one person say “There is no way I could run that far.” They never sign up for the race. They never try.
Sometimes running isn’t easy. Sometimes it hurts. When we push our limits and try to go beyond ourselves we may fail.
So what? I would rather have tried and failed than not even make the attempt. But in reality… there is so much that can be learned from the experience that an attempt (even if the distance couldn’t be run) would be an incredible learning experience.
I’m not trying to be longwinded… just something on my mind lately, probably because I’m thinking about a big step up in mileage. Hint: here’s the book I’ve been reading.
Price Range: $15 to $60
If you’re already freezing somewhere, my apologies but you already know how important cold running gear is. At the top of my own list are windbreaker gloves and a new rain slick. If it’s less than 30 degrees where you are – here are some recommendations that will make running outside bearable I promise that running in fresh snow is amazing!
Base layers and winter gear can be pretty expensive when starting out. I’m a big fan of the cold weather gear at Target… base layers and tights are generally $10 to $25 and can get you through a winter! There is also a brand called Duofold that is good quality and great for starting out. Note there is absolutely a difference between a $12 Duofold and a $50 Pearl Izumi (the more you run in cold weather, the more you’ll know the difference ) but make no mistake that the less expensive brands will still do a great job and get you through the season. Here are some good baselayer suggestions:
One of my athletes expressed some concern about running too slow and running out of gas toward the end of long runs.
She is just starting out and completed her very first 5 mile run! This is an huge and awesome accomplishment!!!!
I remember how difficult it was for me to run my first 5 miles. At the time, I’m pretty sure I was right around 12 minute miles and I think my athlete is even a little faster than that and the truth is that if you’re putting in so much effort you’re toast at the end of the run – we know there isn’t any slacking…
As a coach, I know very well that it’s just a matter of quality training (including speed and tempo training) and time to run faster. Everyone starts at different levels. Some people are may run faster or slower. Whether it’s your first race or your 50th, don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. Enjoy it and realize that you’re doing something to amazing while most people are just sitting at home on their couch.
There is plenty of time in the future to worry about speed. Don’t worry, you’ll get there!!!! For now, enjoy where you’re out and be proud of your accomplishments.
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