Weekend at the Lake + Ride 7 Winner!

The weekend went by all too fast… we spent a few quick hours at the Lake on Saturday and it was great to have a Saturday morning off! The weather at the lake was GORGEOUS, we couldn’t have asked for a better day and though the water was a bit too cold for me, it was still really fun.

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Saucony Ride 7 Giveaway!

Time for some Friday fun… Win the all new Ride 7 from Saucony! Thought I normally run in the Guide and recently have started playing around in the Cortana I have run in the Ride 6′s and liked them a lot! I can’t wait to try the 7s, perhaps soon. I know that Andi loves them and she will be wearing them when we do our marathon together in November!

Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 10.06.46 AMTo enter the contest, simply follow the instructions:

1. Follow Chic Runner & Saucony on Instagram
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3. Repost the photo above & Tag ‪#‎FindYourStrong‬ on Instagram

Contest ends on Sunday at Midnight. Winner will be announced on Monday, July 14th right here!

Hope you have a great weekend!

xoxo

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2014 La Palma 10K Race Recap

I run this race every year and it’s always so much fun! I grew up in La Palma and the race course travels on the paths I used to run throughout high school so it always brings back memories.

This year B was lucky enough to have the day off and it was great, we brought both George and Sophie, which George was going to run with me and B was going to hold Sophie while we ran. She is a much better dog in public than George so it’s always interesting trying to wrangle them together out of the house.

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#26Strong City of Oaks Marathon Training Plan

I’m a part of the Saucony Team #26Strong and today officially kicks off training for my partner, Andi! I’m so excited for her and the entire journey to the finish line. I know she Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon Training Planwill do awesome come November 2 when we line up together at the City of Oaks Marathon in Raleigh, NC. When it comes to my personal training and especially working with someone who hasn’t run a marathon before, my main goal for her is to enjoy the whole experience. One thing I cannot stress enough to anyone who is running or beginning running is that you can never get your ‘firsts’ back. Once you run your first, you’ll always remember it so make the most of the experience and don’t worry about time. Instead, soak up the scenery, the crowd and the feeling of finishing. We’ve discussed her training plan and schedule as she is a PA in Charlotte. The furthest she has run previously is a 10K so it will be a whole new world for her running this far and her training is a blank slate, which I am excited about.

When putting together her training plan, I discussed with her how I wanted her to feel while running and to make sure that she is actually enjoying training. I’ve run a lot of different training cycles and it really works well when I run less with the most important run of the week being the long run, because I know the mileage is what really matters come race day. Normally, when I’m coaching, I’m coaching cross country which is only a 3 mile race. Because I haven’t really ‘trained’ many people to run their first marathon beyond a few tips and tricks and putting together a very loose training plan for them, this is my first real go at it. I’m glad that Andi and I have a relationship where we talk often and are open with each other to discuss how things are going and I know she will be honest with me.

So here’s is her first month, July! I’m having her start out slowly and build her mileage up each week increasing by one mile for the long runs. The runs throughout the week are just to keep the legs fresh and can all be done at whatever pace she wants to run at. I told her if she wanted to run more because she felt great or switch up the run to do an interval, to do those on Wednesday because then it gives her legs time to recover for her long run on Saturday. 4 Month Beginner Marathon Training Program ScheduleIf you would like to download the full 4 Month Marathon Training Schedule – you can do so here: Four Month Marathon Training Schedule

I also registered for the race yesterday before the prices went up! I’m excited to run in November with her and know it will be such a fun weekend with her entire family at the finish line and a bunch of her friends and family running the first half with us as well.

City of Oaks Marathon RegistrationAs for me, I’m going to start training for Long Beach once we get back from Cabo in August. Before we go to Mexico, I’m going to keep running and have my long runs be between 8-13 miles on the weekends consistently, but for right now I’m really enjoying my 30 mile weeks of more relaxing running after the tough training cycle month I had in May. I’m still deciding how I want to ‘run’ Long Beach, so we’ll see what my training schedule looks like come August.

It’s going to be a fun four months leading up to race day and I know she can do it. Anyone can run, it’s all mental if they can do it or not. Let’s do this Team Lovie 26!

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Legacy Summer Nights 5K Race #1 Recap

So I haven’t run a 5K in quite some time and it was pretty apparent in my so-called ‘pacing’. It was great weather for a run and the location was great, the race was at a local park where we usually run and train with the team. I warmed up for a mile and felt ready to run. Before I knew it, we were lining up at the start line and I was surprisingly nervous.

I started off WAY, WAY too fast and I felt it for the rest of the race. We wound throughout the park by the time I hit the first mile and heard my split time, I knew that I was going to suffer and I did. After the first mile, I tried to relax and run a more consistent pace, but I was just hurting. My legs were tired from running too fast to begin with and I just focused on my breathing, which was pretty difficult because I was sucking wind. The entire course is on grass and it was easy to run on for my body.

Legacy Summer Nights 5K @ Heartwell ParkAs we started out on mile 2, I told myself it was 2 more miles left and that was it. I tried to push myself along but my whole body felt deflated! My legs were heavy and I just kept thinking about finishing, even though it seemed like it was so far away. We wove in and out throughout the park and finally I saw I was at 2.5 miles. It seemed like a REALLY long race to me at this point. I caught the girl who was just a little bit in front of me and tried my hardest to push myself to the finish line.

Legacy Summer Nights 5K @ Heartwell Park

B was home that day and actually brought our nicer camera and took some photos! It was nice having him there even though when I saw him, I felt horrible. This last photo was right at 2.5 left and I knew where the finish line was and it seemed so far away, I had no idea how I was going to make it that far. I wanted to stop and walk so bad!

Mary Kate came as well! It was a fun evening even if my butt was cramping the rest of the evening :/ Because I haven’t run a shorter distance like that in a while, I was reminded that it’s so different trying to pace yourself to run ‘fast’ when you’re not used to running that distance. Hopefully I will be a little bit more prepared to run more consistent paces at the next 5K next month!

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