Runner Valentine’s

Valentine’s Day is officially 10 days away! I was looking for some fun running related Valentines that I could also give out to the kids on my team for Valentine’s Day that were also appropriate since, you know, that’s pretty important when you coach kids. I couldn’t find any that I really loved so I decided to make some of my own. I am going to print them on card stock paper and then punch a hole in the corner and attach a small bag of candy with ribbon. There are 4 Valentines on each page once you open the PDF to print if you’d like to give them out yourself. I must admit, the box of chocolates and the one with the sucker are my favorites. Enjoy!

I got you a box of Chocolates, but since I'm carb loading I ate them all. Printable ValentineClick here for Box of Chocolates Printable Valentine PDF

Valentine, Even an Ice Bath Can't Cool You Down! Printable ValentineClick Here for the Ice Bath Can’t Cool You Down Printable Valentine PDF

You My Make Heart Flutter! Nevermind, It's just the long run I finished Printable ValentineClick Here for the Long Run Printable Valentine PDF

Happy Valentine's Day! Hope Your Run Doesn't Suck. Printable ValentineClick Here for the Hope Your Run Doesn’t Suck Printable Valentine PDF

Happy Month of LOVE!

xoxo

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Redondo Beach 10K Race Recap

My one and only goal this race was to push myself. I definitely should have looked at the map more before the race because I thought, oh this course will be super easy, it’s along the ocean. Nope, super hilly (for me), adding to the hard run. Another thing? It was PACKED at the beginning. Weaving in and out, in and out, around, bobbing up and down throughout the entire first time. I wasted a bunch of energy there, but that’s okay, I haven’t ran this short of distance in some time. My first mile, that should look like a straight line, looked like a little red line traveling from sidewalk to sidewalk trying to dodge people. Continue reading

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January Mileage Recap

Whoa! What a difference this month has been since last. Even though I struggle during the holidays with fitting in running, I still got over 100 miles for the month of December. I didn’t think I would be able to pass it easily in January, but the warmer weather has been helping for sure. It’s motivating to get out there and run when I can wear shorts and a t-shirt most of the time. I also at the beginning of the month decided that each of my runs would be for a purpose this year and it seems to have been really helping me increase my speed a lot. When I don’t run so many miles just to put in miles, I feel like I can push myself harder on the runs I end up doing. I’ve only been running 3-4 times a week, and I feel like I am running much better than I was at the end of last year.

January Stats 2014

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A Few of my Favorite Things Giveaway

I think of myself as a pretty basic runner most of the time and I do like running because it seems like it’s the less is more mentality when it comes to workout gear. Clothes, a solid pair of running shoes, a pair of Compression Socks and of course, something to help with recovery. Throw it all in a bag and you’re good to go, Right?

I’m teaming up with Thera-Gesic so that you can win a gym bag filled with a few of my favorite things!

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Enter to win a few of my favorite things including Zensah Compression Socks, A $100 Gift Card to Dick’s Sporting Goods, A 6 month supply of Full Size Thera-gesic Samples and a pair of Saucony Running Shoes!

Lately, I’ve been picking up quite a few running related items at Dick’s Sporting Goods. They have exceptional clearance racks, carry a wide selection of clothes and I have a score card so when I spend money there I get points and after spending so much I get a gift certificate. So that’s why I picked a $100 Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift card as one of my favorite things! You can pick out whatever you’d like! New clothes always motivate me to get up and run and with spring approaching quickly, and it already being summer weather here, it’s the perfect time to pick up a few new clothes!

Saucony is my new go-to shoe and the winner will be receiving a pair of Saucony shoes! They haven’t given me any problems thus far and I am really happy with how well the shoe is holding up. Another favorite of mine!

Now that I’m trying to start running faster, I’m realizing that it is much harder on my legs and I find that I need to take extra special care of my legs to make sure they are ready to go again the next day. I’ve contemplated ART (Active Release Therapy) but have yet to get to a session… perhaps because I’m terrified and what I’m using now is working good. The two things that get me bouncing back somewhat quickly? Thera-gesic and Compression Socks. I normally shy away from compression socks, but my legs were feeling like lead so I have started wearing them on my longer runs. I love the Zensah compression socks because they have a padded bottom part of the sock and are also super tight AND soft. Then, before and after almost every run I rub Thera-gesic all over my calves. The one thing I do differently after a run is that I also have been icing my right knee. These three things are working together well because I haven’t run this fast in a long time and I am feeling almost 100% recovered for each run. I  believe this is super important because taking care of your body and making sure that you’re recovered helps keep injuries away. So a pair of compression socks and a 6 month supply of Thera-gesic is also included!

So, here’s how you can enter to win! The giveaway will last until Saturday, February 1st at 12:00 am.

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Good luck!

xoxo

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Making it count

It seriously has been a great start to the year so far. I’ve changed my mindset a bit instead of just getting in countless miles and not making each run count, running with purpose has made me zero in on a few key things to make each run the best run I can have. Since the beginning of the month my average pace has gone down a lot and I’ve been making each run count in different ways. From trying to run faster, pushing myself out of my comfort zone and having faster recovery runs, every piece seems to be working together. It’s so nice to feel refreshed and when I do have a bad run, knowing that it will be over soon and pushing through it, instead of giving up makes it easier to finish it. This past week I ran 25 miles and had three solid, faster runs. One of which I really worked hard to push myself the entire time.

I can’t complain about the weather though, it’s been incredible and my favorite kind of running weather. Nice and warm, perfect for shorts and you get nice and sweaty.

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I wanted to get in some miles this past weekend, but totally had forgot that it was my best friend’s birthday party and we also had an impromptu day trip to Palm Springs to look for wedding venues, and I don’t regret not running. Sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day. It was a beautiful day in the desert though, and she thinks she may have found a venue!

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I am currently debating between the Redondo Beach 5K and 10K on Superbowl Sunday. I know the 10K will hurt, but I think I want to try to push myself for that long during a race just to see where I’m at. I haven’t decided on my next half marathon or full marathon. I think right now focusing on getting a little bit faster and then working on increasing my mileage again will be the best for me. We shall see!

xoxo

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