Best Run Ever
Probably finishing my first marathon a year ago.
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My training went perfectly and my race went as well as I could ever hope for. My pacing was great (thanks to the leader of my pace group), it was cool out, and I was just really well prepared. I beat my goal time of 4 hours and finished in 3:59:27.
Three words that describe my running
1. Slow (currently, anyway)
My go-to running outfit
I actually wrote a blog post a while ago about this.
I love the lululemon swiftly tops and have long sleeve, short sleeve, and tank versions that all work really well, depending on what the temperature is outside. I’m also a big fan of their Speed shorts if it’s warm out. When it’s cooler out, however, I loooove my CW-X Stabilyx tights. (You can read my blog post about those here.)
Quirky habit while running
Had a tough time with this one. I almost always run with a towel because I tend to sweat a lot when I run and I can stand sweat running down into my eyes. I save my brightly colored hair ties to wear for my races. Same goes for brightly colored socks and undies if it’s cold enough for tights.
Morning, mid-day, or evening
I definitely prefer to run in the morning. (Thus, the name of my blog. :)) If I don’t, it can sometimes be a struggle to get up the motivation to run. However, I’m pretty sensitive to really cold conditions, so sometimes in the winter up here I have to wait until midday when things are a little warmer.
I won’t run outside when it’s…
Icy or there’s lightning in the area. I’d rather run on the treadmill than risk injuring myself (or worse). I also don’t like to run outdoors alone if it’s dark out. If it’s a short run, I’ll take Chloe because she’s huge and looks scary.
My hip flexor injury just before the Chicago Marathon that forced me to DNF. I couldn’t think about running for weeks and didn’t blog for months because I was off of running for so long and could only run a few slow miles at a time for a couple months.
Lessons learned: don’t skimp on strength training! My PT had me going through a full range of exercises to strengthen my hip and glute muscles that had gotten weak from focusing so much on running alone and not doing any strength work, like I had been doing with my yoga practice. I will not make that mistake again.
I felt most like a badass runner when…
I was the first female finisher at a small 10K last year. I even got a trophy, my first trophy for anything athletic ever.
Running goal for 2013
PR at my fall marathon, if I can gain back my speed fast enough. And, generally just to get my speed back after losing it when I injured my hip last fall and had to take all of that time off of running.
My next race is…
The Illinois Marathon on April 27th
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