Tips for Starting A Run Streak

Back when I started my run streak, I joined in with a run every day in May Challenge which I then combined with a Runners’ World Run Streak challenge where we had to run at least a mile from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  I was already running 4 days a week, so jumping up to 7 days a week didn’t seem unreasonable.  And at the time, I thought it was only until Labor Day or so I thought…

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I’ve had several people as me how I maintain my run streak so well.  Reflecting now on it, I realize that for me there are a few things that go into maintaining it smartly.  It really more than just running every day. If you are thinking about starting a run streak (or in the middle of one and need some suggestions on how to keep going), here are some tips!  In actuality, these could apply to any of us at any point of our running…

**I am just giving information based on my experience.  I’m not for or against starting a run streak.  It’s a personal decision for each person, just like every goal.  Run streaking is not for everyone.

Use one mile days as “rest” days Most people think that you have to run a bunch of miles daily to feel like a true run streaker.  That’s not the case at all.  In order to maintain an “official” run streak, you must run at least one mile daily.  You can break it up into smaller pieces, but by the end of a day, you have to have one mile logged.  I use my mile days as “rest” days and run them a lot slower than I run anything the rest of the week.  There are variations of streaks:  Move a mile every day (running or walking)

Listen to your bodyAlways pay attention to how you are feeling.  There are different ways you can adjust your schedule for run streaking.  When I first started, I would run my mile days at a really quick speed thinking it’s just a mile.  I learned quickly that my body was not having it.  As soon as I slowed down, I felt a lot better.  Since the goal is just to run at least a mile every day, add in more mile rest days if you are feeling tired.  Just make sure that you are running them slowly so they become a recovery run.  I’m also careful to notice any pain or weird feelings.  I’ve been fortunate to not have any thing in the 2+ years I’ve been streaking, but I’ve always said my run streak will not take me out of running.  I’d forgo the streak to stay running and injury free.  Be prepared to make that decision.

Be creativeSneaking in a one mile run can be tricky when work, vacation and life get in the way!  Look for ways to fit in a mile either in it’s entirety or by breaking it up.  Fridays for me are the toughest.  When I first started, I was leaving my mile until post work and I was having the hardest time getting them in.  If we went out to dinner or I met other teachers for happy hour, I ran a bunch of miles way too late.  I learned to run them in the mornings, around my house in my pjs.  It works and I’ve been doing it for a while.  If you need other suggestions on ways to be creative, check out a post I wrote a while back.

Set small goalsWhen I first started, my goal was to run until the end of May, 31 days.  Then I added in the Runner’s World Challenge, so my goal became to run until Labor Day, it was  around 125 days total.  I didn’t want to set a huge day goal because I thought I’d be setting myself up for failure or injury.  I also thought that by setting too high of a goal, I’d be more likely to run through aches and pains to meet that goal.  I did not want to do that!  I’m currently at day 836 and my goal is just to keep it going day by day.  A goal to get to 1,000 days would be awesome, but I have to…

Be realistic1,000 days is closing in on 3 years.  That’s a long time!   Just like anything in life, I don’t where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing by next May?!  I have an idea, but to say that I’ll still be run streaking, so much can happen.  I just don’t know.  I have to keep it real and be okay with something that might end my streak.  You can’t get hung up on hanging on to something when all the signs are telling you otherwise.  I always think I’ll know when it’s time to end my streak.  It will speak loudly to me!

Are you a run streaker?  Have you ever been a run streaker or thinking of starting one? 

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Thinking Out Loud

Today reality hit me.  I’m on the final few days of summer vacation and instead of living it up, I’ve been doing anything but that.  It’s been time spent getting things in order, finalizing plans and getting myself organized for what’s about to hit me come Monday morning.  It’s tough to switch gears and I’m trying to take it all in stride but I feel the swell of stress slowly finding its way to my throat and my shoulders are hedging up towards my ears.  School is starting and I’m trying to fit so many things into a few days. I’m excited about this school year.  We had some staff turnover so it will be nice to meet new folks and it always takes some time for a newer staff to gel a bit.  I’m lucky to be part of a group of teachers who are helping to do some of our staff training.  We created a fun little game for Monday for the teachers to take part in as a way to build relationships, allow new folks to learn about our school and for us as a staff to have fun.  It’s so important to make a good first impression and I hope that this will do the trick and set a positive tone for the school year.  In addition to all of that, there’s setting up my classroom, Open House, teacher meetings, etc.  It’s a packed week!

So what still has to be done at home before school starts for us?

We still haven’t hit school supply shopping yet.  I’m so reluctant to follow the school supply list we got with her report card.  It seems like we buy a bunch of stuff, she goes the first day and the teachers want more or different stuff?!  It’s frustrating and we end up buying more than we need.  Anyone else have that same problem!?  So we may just get the basics and see what else we might need once the first few days are over.

We luckily finished  school clothes shopping and shoes earlier.  She didn’t need much, thankfully, just a few more longer length shorts.  She’s gotten taller so some of her other shorts aren’t “finger tip” length any longer.  She of course thinks they are fine.  The mom in me tells her just to yank them down a bit, but the teacher in me tells her she better not get have to call home for a change in shorts.  Imagine the life a child with a teacher mom?!  Poor thing! She doesn’t catch a break ever.  Hayden is also getting braces on Monday.  She’s super excited but I keep thinking about what if they hurt her mouth.  She had some headaches and mouth pain with the spacers we got this week.   She has some time to adjust to them before she starts back.  I’m hoping that’s enough.  We also still need haircuts, she needs to get another immunization and we have to figure out lunches now that she’s full time vegetarian.  We got buy with school food options last year when she switched, but I feel like she needs more than what she was getting nutritionally.

Don’t even get me started on where we are with our summer reading!  Breathe!

So that’s where I’m at…

A bit overwhelmed, a bit stressed, and feeling a bit sad too…Summer vacation is really over.

It’s been a good Summer though. One of our bests!  Hayden and I had a wonderful time being together.  I’m sad to see it end.  Not every day does a preteen want to hang out with her mom, but she did.  We had lunch dates, spent time at the pool, vacationed, painted, crafted, shopped, laughed, cooked, and talked.  It will be one of the summers that I’ll reflect on when summers become more about friends and less about mom.  So while other moms might be counting down the days until school starts, not me.  I like our mother-daughter summers off together.  🙂  meandH2

So how are you feeling with the end of summer vacation coming quickly?  Have your kiddos already started school?  What was your favorite part of this summer?

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The Voices are Silent

About this time last year is when I was feeling beaten up, tired, and running was becoming a chore rather than something I loved to do.  I was constantly battling with feelings of defeat.  I was beating myself up on most of my runs and I started to doubt myself.  maf maf baby

I made a huge decision in regards to my running and I haven’t looked back since.  I realized that I needed to change my approach to running and find a way that running and training works for me or I was going to burn myself out.  That’s when I switched and started heart rate training (MAF Method), I gave up on doing traditional speed work (unless I felt like it) and just ran.  It was huge change, especially when I did it right in the middle of marathon training.  I went on to finish my training that way for City of Oaks Marathon and continued with it straight through to Gasparilla and Tobacco Road Marathon.

Where I started mentally and physically with at the beginning of training for City of Oaks and where I ended with Tobacco Road were like night and day.  I was back and feeling amazing!

So where am I now with it?

I’m still with it about 95% of my miles.  I wear my heart rate monitor for 5 out of my 7 days of running.  I give myself 2 days off, one on my mile “rest” day and maybe one other day when I just want to run by feel vs by heart rate.  Those days usually are my speedier days of running, but I’m not going all out either.  Conservatively fast, I call it.

What has it done for me as a runner physically?

The benefits of it have far out weighed any of the negatives.  Sure running every single run at the same HR pace can become monotonous, but luckily, I’m running with friends for most of my runs so I hardly notice it.  On days were I let it fly, I feel amazing.  I can run at higher speeds with a lower heart rate and it feels awesome!!  No yucky pucky feeling.  I’m efficiently burning fat for fuel.  I haven’t had to eat any kind of nutrition on any long runs in ages and my tummy is happy for that!  Proof that I’m burning fat?  I had a body analysis done in January and again in July.  Over the course of those 6 months, my weight stayed basically the same (gained a pound, but my July weigh-in was after a week vacation at the beach, I’ll take it!) but I gained 5lbs. of muscle, which means I had to have lost fat at some point and replaced it with muscle in order to stay the same weight.   (To be fair too, our diet also changed significantly from January to July too with the addition of Hello Fresh.  So that’s just an added bonus!)

What has it done for me mentally as a runner?

Health benefits aside, mentally it has given me so much confidence.  The voices that created negativity, doubt and fear are silent.  They don’t talk to me any more.  Once I realized that I wasn’t going to try and make every race my fastest or a PR,  those voices stopped. They were replaced with voices of joy, peace, and contentment.  And my goals?  They have reached higher than they did when I limited myself to just wanting to be faster.  Now, I love doing challenge races with crazy amounts of miles, picking ultra distances and not being scared of them and finding other ways to enjoy running without having the wear and tear of racing everything.  Thank goodness for pacing!  I run races with a real smile on my face not just the one I would muster for the camera.  I’m having a blast out there!  silencequoteThe negatives?

It takes tough skin to be a heart rate training runner.  You have to be really sure of what kind of runner you are.  Other runners sometimes don’t get it and that’s okay.  It doesn’t have to make sense to them to be right for me.  Those are the only voices that I have to silence now.  It’s easier to ignore those than an internal dialogue any day.

Where am I going now with my running?

Good question!  I’m sticking with this path for quite a bit longer through 7 Bridges Marathon and Crooked Road.  I don’t really see me deciding by next year to start changing anything too dramatically.  We already have some big back to back distance races in the works so I’ll need to maintain my endurance vs speed for those.  I’m just enjoying running too much to want to change anything!  It’s nice being content with my running.   It makes me happy.

This Week’s One Word Prompt is Silent.

How do you keep those voices of negativity and doubt silent?  Have you made any big changes in your running?

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Fall Racing Schedule and a Smoothie

Happy day, y’all!!

Today, I’m talking all about my Fall racing schedule and a bonus!!  My favorite Summertime Smoothie.  Now, I’m not gonna lie.  I just haven’t gotten on the whole make your own smoothie bandwagon.   I know people love it, but I just am not ready to commit to it yet.  But, that doesn’t mean I don’t love a good smoothie every once in a while.  I just have to buy mine prepared for me.

So let’s jump in with what’s on my race agenda this Fall.   It’s surprisingly bare which is not like me at all.  Maybe I’m growing up??  I know Nick’s loving it.  Less racing means more money in our bank account.  fallracescheduleSeptember

Right now, I only have one race on my schedule for September: Race 13.1 Raleigh.  Cara, Christine and I are headed back to Raleigh to run this one again.  Cara and I are pacing the 2:15 group and Christine is along for the run with us!  I’m most excited that they changed the course from last year and removed Lassiter Hill.  It was this ridiculously huge hill the last .5 of the race.   We may throw in a last minute race at the end of the month, depending on how we feel with our training.  Salem Lake 30K and Triad 10 Miler are on my radar.

October

I celebrate half number 40 by pacing the local half marathon, Cannonball Half, with Cara.  We’re in charge of the 2:30 group and I’m so looking forward to it.  We have several friends who are running this race too!  It’s a great local event and the changes that happened last year with the addition of the food trucks and post race brews made it super fun!2014-10-12 08.39.36-1

Mid-October? Marathon #7 at 7 Bridges Marathon in Chattanooga, TN.  I’m so looking forward to this one.  It’s going to be a great trip with friends.  I’ve never been to Chattanooga so I’m interested in seeing the city while running the marathon.  We’ve rented a cute little house and we’re staying within walking distance to a ton of restaurants and even a brewery.  It will be a gorgeous course especially with the fall leaf colors.

November

The event of all events!!  Crooked Road 24 hour Ultra!  It’s by far my favorite race I do each year.  I’m shooting for a 100K distance this year.   I want it bad, but I also am realistic and know that so much depends on the weather and how I’m feeling.  We have a ton of friends who are going to be out there too so it won’t be without fun!  crookedroadsign

I like that there isn’t too much on my schedule right now.  I’m hoping to head up to Boone for some Appalachian Football games so I’ll work around those if I pick up any races.

Now, for the bonus!!  It’s Summertime Smoothie time! 

As I mentioned, my favorite smoothie comes prepared for me.  It’s my favorite one and it’s actually a tough one to find.  It is… Naked Protein & Greens!  It’s the best of both worlds for me.  I get the protein punch I need for after runs, but all the benefits of the greens.  I’ve tried the Green Machine and it was just too “green” for me.  This has just the right amount of sweetness to combat the earthiness of the all greens smoothie.

What race are you most excited about on your fall schedule?  Do you make your own smoothies?

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Weekly Rundown

Marathon training week 5 is done!  It was a welcomed back down week and I took it easy, rearranged my long runs and had some really good runs late in the week to make up for the mess Wednesday night.  weeklyrundownlogo Fitness

Monday – 3 mile recover run around my neighborhood in the morning.  Solid run given the heat that morning.  3 miles @10:57 pace with avg HR 135

Tuesday – I met Christie and Amy for an early morning 3 miler.  Cara, Hayden and I were going shopping so I had only a little bit of time to get in a run.  3 miles @9:31 pacetuesdayrun

Wednesday – The worst run of all runs!  It was 90+ and 90% humidity.  It was Di’Lishi night with Runnerdude’s group so we met up to run with them!  The only good thing about this run was the company, the ice cold wet towel when we finished, and fro yo. This one counted as my first long run.  5 miles @11:40 pace   It included a lot of walking, some sprinting, and a bunch of complaining.

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Thursday – Cara and I met early to run our second long run of the week.  I wasn’t sure how this would go.  It was really foggy and the air felt thick when we started and it was hard to breathe.  We were expecting it to be a repeat of the night before, but then suddenly around mile 4, something clicked and we felt really great!!  So weird how that happens! 6 miles @10:57 pace avg HR 130thursday8-6

Friday – I ran a 5K on the treadmill in our hotel in Williamsburg.  I upped the incline to 1% and started around 10:30 pace and kicked up the speed over time to where I was at 7:40 pace for the last .10.  I walked just a bit to cool down.  3.14 miles@9:41 pacefriday8-7Saturday – I couldn’t take running on the treadmill another day so I ventured outside and ran in the neighborhood that adjoins our hotel.  It was a great run and I felt awesome.   It’s a lot flatter here in Williamsburg then in Greensboro.  I thought I’d only run a mile, but after I got started I decided to run another 5K.  3.1 miles @ 9:13 pacesaturday8-8Sunday – Mandatory one mile rest day.  I’ve not had a “rest” day since last week Wednesday.

Total miles: 24.34 miles

2015 Year to Date: 891.77 on my way to 1500

Looks like I’ll be hitting 900 miles next week! 🙂

Meals

We again rocked our meals all week.  Just good food from Hello Fresh!

  • Smoky Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos
  • Lemon Basil Chicken with artichokes and broccolini
  • Shrimp and Chorizo Paella
  • Penne pasta with Vodka Cream Sauce and meatballs at Anna’s Brick Oven Pizza in Williamsburg
  • Mushroom and Spinach Crepe at Busch Gardens

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Weekly Fitness and Meal Plan

I officially enter my last week home for summer.  It’s bittersweet.  I’m excited about starting the school year, but at the same time, we’ve had a lot of fun this summer.  I love spending time with my girl too.  It’s also hard to get back on a true schedule and I’m going to miss some of my early morning runs.  It’s the last week to do it up right! 🙂

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Monday – 3 miles early and Body Pump class  I missed BP all last week, so I need to get a class in this week!

Tuesday – 4 miles

Wednesday – 4 miles

Thursday – Early 4 miles and then additional miles with my training group.  They are up to 5 minutes running and doing awesome!

Friday – one mile rest day

Saturday – 9 miles

Sunday – 10 miles

Total miles: 35 miles plus additional coaching miles

Meals

We already ate our favorite recipe of this week’s choices, Shrimp and Chorizo Paella.  We have a few more meals left from last week’s Hello Fresh delivery and this week’s meals will be here on Friday.

  • Peach and Prosciutto Flatbread
  • Layered Vegetarian Enchiladas
  • Lemongrass Chicken Skewers
  • Za’Tar Pita Burgers with zucchini fries
  • Chipotle Glazed Pork Chops

What’s on your fitness plan?  How has your training been going?  Any yummy meals planned?

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Saturday Morning Motivation

Happy Saturday!!  I got my long runs done this week on Wednesday and Thursday but they weren’t without some suffering and struggle.  Wednesday’s workout was the worst I’d had in a long time.  Who wants to do a long run at 6:30pm in 90+ degree weather, full sun and humidity?!  Not this girl.  But we sometimes gotta do what we gotta do.  Thankfully, there were about 40 others out there suffering too and the promise of frozen yogurt and a cold, wet towel were enough to keep us all moving.  It’s the little things.

For this Saturday’s motivation, it’s short and sweet.  I thought it was perfect considering how I’ve been feeling running in all this summer heat.  When is fall again!?

Even through all those really tough runs, the struggle is teaching us something!  We are tougher than we thought  We kept going when our minds and bodies were yelling to stop, but our hearts were the only thing keeping us moving.  The work we do today will help us on that first cold day when running seems effortless.  It’s the struggle that makes us better.  If it was all easy all the time, where would the celebrations be?  Celebrate the struggle.  Love it. 

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A Day in the Life of Summertime Me

Happy Friday, y’all!! We are on a little vacay for the weekend with friends. It’s our last trip until school starts.

This Friday Five is all about a day in the life of me. By being home for summer break, this is not a normal look at what our life looks like most of the year. So I’m calling this a look at my summertime life. summertimeme

I still maintain a normal waking up schedule. I don’t want to be in for a rude awakening once we’re back at it. I wake up daily at 6-6:30am. Gotta love that body clock! I feed our sweet kitty cat girl and grab a cup of coffee. I wrap myself up in a blanket and spend the time blogging, catching up on TV shows I dvr’ed or just sit in the quiet. It’s my favorite time of the day!

This summer I’ve been lucky to run some in the mornings. It has helped tremendously with any schedule conflicts. Just this week, I was able to move my long runs to the middle of the week. I’m happy Cara is home too so we ran together early. Once school starts back, weekends become all about running.


Summertime is also about home improvement and cleaning. We already spent time working on the kitchen. Hayden and I spent a few hours tackling the pantry. I wish I had a before. It was a mess!! Here is our after pic!

Summer has also given us time to spend it with friends and family. On any given day, we’ve spent some afternoons at the pool. We have been on a few vacations and were able to head to some concerts too!! We’ve had a lot of fun!!


Lastly, a day in the life of me at home during the summer we’ve set up a cooking routine. It was one of my goals this year to cook more and actually like it. Guess what?! I do!! Thanks to Hello Fresh we are eating better and cooking every week. I’m excited that we’ve established this routine as we head back to school soon.

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Thinking Out Loud

Happy, Happy!!  It’s Thursday!  We are one day closer to the weekend!  It also means that I’m thinking out loud today.  I have a lot on my mind and we’ve been doing so much, so let’s roll! 🙂

Thinking-Out-LoudSo remember in my last post, I talked about going through and refreshing the house? Well, I found a color for the kitchen and went for it!!  I picked a dark slate gray and I love it.  I also used the same color to paint our foyer too.  It’s amazing how a fresh coat of paint can have such a big impact!  Bye bye orange, hello gray!! kitchenredoIn the foyer, I didn’t take a before picture, but we pulled up the big rug that covered the hardwoods and we bought the new shoe bench!  The clutter is gone!!  So happy! foyerI still need to find accessories for the kitchen wall.  I did also end up painting just that one wall all gray.  We have vaulted ceilings in the kitchen so it’s a great little accent wall.  I’ll post a pic once it’s all decorated.

Nick and I also celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary!!  It’s hard to believe that time has gone by so quickly and that we are already at 17 years?!  We celebrated by spending the day at the pool with friends and a great dinner out at one of our favorite restaurants.  anniversarypicWe also had a jammed packed weekend not only our celebrating our anniversary, but we also went to a going away party for our friend, Daniel.   He’s headed to Taiwan for two years to teach internationally.  It was great to all get together at Sticks for a drinks and dinner and just spend time together with friends. goingawaypartyDaniel left just yesterday morning and Cara and I got to see him off at the airport.  It was definitely bittersweet and we held it together until we got outside.  We both blamed each other for starting the water works.

We are headed out of town this weekend for one last summer hurrah!  We going back to Williamsburg to meet up with our friends who live in Virginia on Friday and Nathan and Katie are tentatively coming up and we’ll see them on Saturday and Sunday.  We plan on hitting Busch Gardens and Water Country USA again, as well as a trip to Colonial Williamsburg since we’re there for an extra day.  I’m so excited to see our friends and spend one last long weekend away before school starts.

Also more exciting news!!  My college friend is moving 2 miles from me.  I cannot wait until Jen, Super Dave and Kaley are here.  We laugh because the whole time we were in college not once did we think that we’d be living within 2 miles of each other?!  I’m so excited to have her living so close.  We have that wonderful friendship where even if we didn’t see each other as often as life would let us, we just always picked up where we left off.  Now there will be no more picking up!!  It makes me squeal just a bit with happiness.  I also can’t wait for her to meet my friends here!  They are going to love her as much as I do.

Shopping, shopping and more shopping!  Cara, Hayden and I headed to Concord Mills for a day trip this week.  We wanted to look for some school clothes and we found some awesome deals!  I love a good TJ Max visit.  Hayden got hooked up with some great clothes and we are all set!  Next, we will have to tackle school supplies.  I also hit some great deals on work clothes too.  I found an amazing dress at The Loft outlet.  The minute I saw a dress similar to this dress, I had to have it! It fit perfectly and I’m thinking I’ll wear it for Open House.  I also get a Stitch Fix box next week too.  I asked for dresses and skirts that I can wear to school.  I also started a Pinterest board for my stylist for some inspiration.  Maybe one of my pins will make it into my box?!

Hey, wait a minute!!  I didn’t mention running?!!

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Rockin’ Running Survey

Hi y’all!  I’ve been a little MIA lately.  Lots going on and I’ve not had the time to sit down and write like I usually do.  I had some quiet time this morning and jumped at the chance to work on a post.

Allison at Inverted Sneakers tagged me in her super fun post to answer some running related questions.  I loved reading through her responses.  It’s an easy way to share some info about my favorite thing, running!

1. Would you rather run along a beach path or mountain trail?

I’m a mountain momma at heart.  I graduated from THE best school, Appalachian State!  But, I’m an awful trail runner…  So I’d have to pick a beach path with one major stipulation, not in the summer.  I always have this great idea of what running along the beach looks like…hair flowing, running along the surf, effortless and in reality, running at the beach in the summer is awful.  Hot, no breeze or you have a headwind?!  Maybe I need to run more trails. ha!

2. If you could choose the flavor of Gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?

I’d pick between my two favorites, Arctic Cherry or Glacier Freeze.  They are my favorites not just because of how they taste, but that they are almost clear.  Nothing worse than seeing bright red Gatorade at an aid station.  9 times out of 10, I’m gonna be wearing it.

3. If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would you purchase with it?

I’d have to put it towards running shoes.  My go to shoe is the Adidas Boost and they are not cheap.  A new pair costs about $160.  Now, if I found them on clearance like I try to find, I could almost get two pairs for $100. newshoes

4. Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and then decide how far and how fast you want to run?

If I’m training, I follow a plan for sure.  If I’m not, then I usually stick with a weekly mileage goal and fit runs in to meet that goal.

5. Would you rather start your run with the uphill and end on the downhill or start your run with the downhill and end with the uphill?

I’d rather start both on a downhill and have the hills in the middle.  ha!  I guess that’s not a choice.  I guess I’ll pick uphill at the start and downhill at the end.  I rather finish strong and a downhill would give me the extra boost of confidence to kick it.

6. When you can’t run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do?

I run every day to keep my streak going so I don’t have a “can’t run” day.  I have to fit it in somewhere!  I do love Body Pump and stretching.  mixingitup

7. What is your preference—>out and back, point to point, or loop runs?

My friend, Andrea, would be rolling her eyes at that out and back suggestion.  I don’t mind any of them.  For a lot of our second long runs, we do short out and backs to break up the miles.  I like loop runs also.  I don’t do many point to point runs during training, but I actually like those the best for races.

8. If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner it would be?

After shoes and clothes, I’d have to suggest an anti-chafing stick of some sort.  The worst pain in the world is finding a chafing spot in a hot shower.  OWIE!  9. Do you see any wild animals while out on your runs?

We see a lot of squirrels, occasionally deer or a groundhog and once in a blue moon, Copperhead snakes.  The snakes are the scariest things to see!

10. Ever gotten lost while out on a run?

Thankfully, no.  I am the one who maps a lot of our group’s routes, so I know where we are going and make cue sheets for everyone.  I have a good sense of direction too, so even if we get turned around, I can find my way.  Now, lefts and rights are another issue.  I get them confused all the time!

11. If you could have one meal waiting and ready for you each time you got home from a run for the next 30 days…what would it be?

This is a tough one!  I love all kinds of food.  I also wouldn’t want to pick my favorite food because after 30 days of eating it, I’d probably be sick of it.  Hmmm….  I think I’d pick a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich with a pickle spear.  I think it would be the one thing that I would be happy eating every day.

12. Capris or shorts? What do you run in most?

Neither.  Skirts!  I am a skirt wearing girl! I will wear a skirt up until it’s about 45 degrees.  I like having cold legs when I run.  I’ll switch to capris until it’s in the 20’s, then I grab my full leggings. IMG_569413. At what mile (or how many minutes) into your run does your body start to feel like it is warming up and ready to go?

The more I run, the longer I have to run to feel better.  Why is that!?  I’d say 4 miles.  Most of my runs, I feel my best when I finish.  It’s right when everything starts clicking.

14. What do you do with your key when you run?

Because I wear skirts, I have pockets to stash my key.  I won’t buy any running bottoms unless there is a place to put a key.

15. If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one?

I have two to choose from:  Blue Ridge Relay or Gasparilla.  Both races were an experience and were actually more about the people and the experience vs the actual races themselves, though the courses were beautiful too.  I love the camaraderie of a relay, but I loved that we tackled all those miles at Gasparilla.  I can’t pick. ha!brr201216. What type of run is your least favorite?

Hill repeats, without hesitation.  I just don’t like them.  We run so many hills on all of our runs that I feel like I get enough practice.

17. When you go for a run, do you leave from your front door or drive somewhere to start?

For some of my solo runs, I’ll run in my neighborhood.  If it’s my long runs or I have plans to run with friends, then I’ll drive to run.  There are more options on routes if I drive to run.

18. When running in daylight, are sunglasses a must or an annoyance?

I know I should wear sunglasses when I run, but I loathe them.  I have a really good pair of Oakley’s and I can’t stand them.  They fog up every time I run.  I spend more time wiping them off then I do running.

19. When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?

That four letter word isn’t in my vocabulary…QUIT.  Not an option.  Unless it is something that will prevent me from running another day, I don’t quit.  I will walk miles before I throw in the towel.  I did in Kiawah, at least 7 miles.  Was I mad about what my time was?  Sure.  It wasn’t what I trained to run, but I’d have been more disappointed in myself with a DNF than a bad time.  Always.  So I guess pride keeps me from quitting.

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