running

For the love of gore-tex

Treadmill, oh how I loathe thee. My sister has trained for whole marathons on a treadmill. I have no idea how.  4 minutes into a treadmill run and I’m looking for my escape. If there’s even a faint possibility of being able to run outside (reasonably safely) in the winter, I seize it. Luckily, I’ve collected a […]

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Am I elfish with all my training?

Jingle Bell Runs rock!     Elf Runs rule! I don’t know if was all the hot chocolate.  Maybe it was the cold and the snow. Most likely it was the spirit of the 50 or so runners who braved the weather and the storm warnings and came out to run together wearing Santa hats […]

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Trail Running

Workout: Recovery Run (Trail Run) Planned Duration: 0:30 Description: 5-10 min dynamic warm-up Easy pace throughout If you can get on a trail, do it. Trail running is good for your soul AND it helps increase your cadence and strengthen your stabilizing muscles. It’s been a very long time since I’ve run trails. Several ankle […]

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a triathlete’s holiday wishlist

The catalogs have started arriving in bulk at my house. My kids are getting hand cramps from circling new Lego sets, rainbow loom accessories, and other bits of colorful plastic. OK, it’s not just the kids.  It’s me, too. For some context, my husband and I just celebrated our 13th anniversary.  The traditional gift for […]

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hill. repeat. hill.

“What goes up – must come down. And then go up and come back down, again.” 8 x :30 uphill surge (fast, focus on powering with your butt)/ 3:00 easy There may be something wrong with me.  I loved everything about this workout. It was cold. (34 degrees) I needed to layer up in my […]

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Running Mittens

Workout : Endurance Run Planned Duration: 1:20 Keep your pace exceedingly easy throughout “Exceedingly easy”is not my favorite.  I find it exceedingly hard to run exceedingly easy. For at least 5 of the 9 miles, I rationalized that this fact negated the entire assignment . I hate not following my coach’s directions more than I hate […]

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