Today’s Workout – Easy Run

Total Miles: 10.10 miles

Total Time: 1:32:21

Average Pace: 9:09 min/mile

My parents were supposed to leave tomorrow morning, but due to some unforeseen circumstances they are staying one extra day to help me with a few things.

I ran 10 easy miles before they showed up this morning. I woke up around 8:00 and was excited to get started because the weather was beautiful.

Fall has finally decided to slowly show up and I plan to make the most of every second of it. Our fall is so short lived and before long there will be snow covering the ground again.

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Unfortunately, my legs were quite into today’s run.  They were very tired and even though I completed the run in a decent amount of time, I really was struggling during parts of it.

I came home and rested for a few minute before my parents showed up.

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We spent most of the day moving things back into the house and getting things put together. Life is ALMOST back to normal. One more day of a bit of craziness and then life will start to normalize again. Thanks for hanging with me!

I am stealing the idea for today’s post from Jacqueline. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet you need to!

1. Do you prefer to run a large race like Rock N Roll or smaller local races? Why?

I prefer larger marathon’s, but for the smaller races like a 5k or 10k I like the local races.  I imagine I would like a smaller marathon as well, but I have only ever done Chicago and I loved it being so big because when I was really struggling the crowds helped me get through it!

2. Do you typically plan a vacation around a race?

No not usually. Usually races will be a “long weekend” vacation, but a vacation I use as a complete vacation.  My husband considered doing a marathon at the end of a vacation week at the beach one time, but opted out because you have to pay such close attention to everything the week before a marathon and that would have taken all the fun out of it. The only way I would consider it is if it was the weekend before and then I had ample time to recover.

3. We always talk about things we need to work on, but tell me the positive things you are good about doing before/after a run.

I am good and making sure to do my dynamic stretches before my runs and have gotten much better at hydrating properly before and after runs.

4. Gels/GU/gummy bears, what’s your favorite fuel?

I take half a gel (usually Honey Stinger) before a long run but on shorter runs I just use ZYM and water.  

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5. What is one piece of gear you can not run without?

I am going to have to go with my running shoes (Saucony Kinvaras) and my Garmin.

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6. What is your favorite distance to run?

Race distance would have to be either a marathon or half marathon, though I do enjoy the shorter races too. If I am training I like the moderate long runs usually 12-14 miles.

7. What food or foods do not sit all on your stomach before a long run?

I usually try to stick with bland foods such as pasta or pizza.  I really try to keep away from anything spicy or with a lot of extra things in it. The more plain the better when it comes before an important long run.

8. What time of day do you run?

I currently like to workout in the mornings (usually mid morning), but when I was working full time it would depend on my energy levels. Sometimes I would work out in the morning before work if I could get up otherwise I would run right after work in the evenings. I sometimes would double up if I needed to get a longer run in.

9. What is the worst or most useless piece of gear you ever bought?

I honestly think I’ve used everything I’ve ever bought running wise. I did buy a pair of Nike shoes once that hurt my feet every time I wore them so I guess that could count!

10. How would you make a piece of gear better? Or if you could design a product what would it be?

I would want to fix the iPod shuffle more for my husband than myself.  He sweats a lot and after a couple weeks the thing just dies. He has been through countless ones and none of them have ever been able to last more than a month or so. I would waterproof it to make it last longer and work for him.

11. What’s on your fall race calendar? 

I am considering running a half in September and then a marathon in Spring of 2014 where I hope to qualify for Boston.  I haven’t decided on the marathon yet, but the half is a local one here in Erie.  My husband and I are quite superstitious and since it is a smaller race I want to wait until it’s closer to the race to sign up officially.

What are your fall race plans?

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