Wednesday, November 25, 2015

How to look for, and find a race of any distance

Having decided to make this blog about more than just me, I will be trying to give more information to the you, the reader, to help you on your own running/fitness journey.  Here's a good start.  

If you are thinking about trying out a new race, a new distance, or trying to find something fresh on the racing scene, here are some sites for you to use to locate races and find out the ins and outs of events all around the country.

Running in the USA
     This is a great site that covers races of all lengths, as well as duathlons, Triathlons, and Ultras.  You can search by distance, state, etc.  

     The namesake says it all.  It is information, a calendar, race results, etc. for marathon distance races around the country and the globe.
     This is the half marathon version of the site above.  Articles and first timer information also help you on the road to racing 13.1 miles.

     Active, in general, is a great site for all those Active.  It has tons of articles on all different sports, as well and a race calendar.  

When all else fails, in your search for a race, check out/google running clubs in your city, town, area.  They often have calendars of local races, sponsored races in the area, etc.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

11/24/2015 Switch up and run, I want the Gravy Boat...

Because on a change in schedule, as well as a half day tomorrow, I decided to change today's normally longer run and switch it with tomorrow's 6 miler on hills.  A six mile run works into the schedule today better and 8-10 works into tomorrow a lot better.  I figured the key was to make sure I am running today and tomorrow.  The March through cold weather running continues.  

I guess some people wouldn't classify today, low 40's/high 30's, as cold, but I do.  I am happy that I got out and averages about an 8:00/mile pace for a decent 6 miles with significant hills.  

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday in my house and especially for me.  I love gravy and I have been looking forward to some good gravy over a big pile of rice for days.  I hope that all of you enjoy a safe, family filled Thanksgiving.  Also, I hope you all throw out your diet, eating healthy plan, whatever, and drink from the gravy boat.  You deserve it.

Monday, November 23, 2015

11/23/2015 Cold weather committed

Today is really the first test for me to being cold weather committed this winter.  I have posted on here weeks ago, that I am attempting to commit to running through the winter.  I have set my schedule to reflect that and I am continuing with that effort.

Today, with temps in the low 40's, and a strong wind, it feels like it is in the low 30's outside.  I am not going to lie, I thought about bagging it and doing some strength stuff instead.  However, I sucked it up and got some warm clothes on and went out for a little over 5 miles.  I kept the pace comfortable at about 7:52/mile, and finished up in about 41:29.  Now that my cruising speed is under 8:00/mile, I can start to run faster stuff and bring in some speed work that I have set up on my training schedule in the near weeks.  

You can incorporate speed work no matter what your background pacing is, but I prefer to have some strong fitness first, so that I can hit some times in my repeats I have felt before and am comfortable with.  Next week, I will do some strides and a set of 1-200m repeats that aren't on my schedule right now.  I simply want to get some fast, short work in to feel my legs turnover quickly again.  It feels good to get after it, and coming off the marathon training, I haven't done that in awhile.