Monday, November 23, 2015

Naples Half / Broke Man's WWU Training Week 3

A shot from Saturday's run

Happy Monday! Once again, I'm joining Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Review linkup. My training goals are the Broke Man's Winter Warm Up and Naples Half Marathon. You can read more about each event in week 1's training recap

Week of Nov 16-22
Monday: 3 miles, 8:51 pace
Tuesday: 3 miles, 8:38 pace 
Wednesday: 1.68 miles, 8:46 pace (I woke up late)
Thursday: 5 miles, 9:03 pace
Friday: 1 mile, 8:12 pace
Saturday: 6 miles, 9:01 pace 
Sunday: 2 miles (7:58 pace) + .13 (7:33 pace) and .35 (7:41 pace)

Total: 22.2 miles

My paces above look great, but I stopped a lot for traffic. I usually stick to my neighborhood to avoid interruption, but it’s barely a mile loop and difficult for me to stay motivated. 

One of the new, wider paths downtown
Speaking of stopping and starting, Saturday’s 6 took me downtown to check out Columbus’s updated riverfront. There was a bike path and park before, but now there are multiple walkways and extra green space along the river. Alex came with me as a bike escort. It was my first longish run since my last half and I felt really good, but we stopped a lot to take photos. I have a 5 mile Turkey Trot on Thursday so that will be the true test of my current non-stop speed and endurance. 

Alex needed a run on Sunday to prep for the Turkey Trot, so I joined to get in a rest day mile. He said he’d run with me (normally unheard of) so we ran together for a mile until I turned around. He’s "out of shape" (for him. It’s peak shape for normal people.) and I’m able to run faster these days, so we stuck together. He had me in the upper 7s and low 8s. He’s normally in the 6s, so I’m glad he slowed down. I hope we can continue to run together… he’s not very good about running slower than 9 minute miles. He complains and says it hurts. (Booooooo)

I’m still enjoying the #chasethebird streak. Sure sometimes I’d rather not run, but one mile isn’t too bad. Plus it makes running a standard part of my day. I have to do it, just like I have to brush my teeth. I’d like to keep it up, but I may be relieved when Friday comes and I can quit. We’ll see what happens!

Is anyone considering the Runner's World holiday run streak? 
What's your favorite Thanksgiving side? (Mine is green bean casserole.)

Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Five: Hi-Vis and Reflective Gear

Hola, it's Friday Five link-up time! This week Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney are talking Favorite Fall Drinks, but since I like the same drinks year-round (coffee, tea, wine, beer, La Croix) I thought I'd talk about Hi-Vis and Reflective Gear

Running at night is a huge part of fall and winter training and staying safe is my top priority. Even if I'm trying to become a morning runner, there are days when I can't fit my long run before work and know I'll need to venture outside in the dark for my miles. This Women's Running article is a great start for running safety, but here are five of my favorite hi-vis/reflective pieces:

The look on the left started it all.

Bright shirts
I love fresh green (Oiselle), yellow (North Face), orange (FILA, Saucony), and Nightlife (Brooks) colored shirts. The brighter the better. My love affair started at a night race hosted by Fleet Feet Columbus. While they aren't always reflective on their own, I find them pretty helpful on an overcast day or near dusk.

Road I.D. reflective wrist/ankle straps
I grabbed two bands when I bought my Road I.D. bracelet. Sometimes I wear one on my wrist and the other on my ankle (traffic-facing side of my body). I also use them when I'm wearing running leggings. All of my leggings are black and only a few have reflective details, so these are a perfect addition.

Gosh, I love hi-vis stuff.

A flashy jacket
This was my big splurge last year. My Saucony sonic reflex jacket is fantastic in direct light. One complaint: I don't love running in jackets because they get so sweaty, but at least this one has venting and it works really well as a normal jacket when I'm running errands. Oh yeah, I wore it to a rainy Ohio State football game and it kept me warm and dry. (This year's model has a different print.)

Reflective gloves
Another Saucony purchase, but this time from two years ago and only $6.99 at TJ Maxx! My Utili-Mitts are pretty great because they're water resistant, you can pull back the mitten part to reveal gloved fingers, and I still have room to layer another pair of gloves on super chilly days. Plus, I let Alex borrow them once and he looked so fancy. ;)

A jazzy hat
My most recent reflective acquisition is the Adidas Adizero cap (Alex's sister bought it for my birthday). Like the Saucony jacket, it activates in full light. I wore it for the first time yesterday and it's as light as my Nike and Headsweats hats, but maybe not as absorbent as the latter. Honestly, that doesn't matter to me too much in cooler temps. Also like the jacket, it doesn't scream "running clothes!!" so I could wear it in public without looking dorky. (I cannot say the same for my other running hats.)

I should add that I also have a reflective vest. It's Nathan brand, but one size fits all and loose. Despite the fashion faux-pas, I would totally wear it in a super low-light situation.

Do you have favorite hi-vis and reflective gear? 

Edit to add: I was featured on the Broke Man's Half Instagram today! Be sure to check out their races. I'm running the Winter Warm Up and the BMH Columbus next October. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

November: Life Currently...

Apparently I hung out with a lot of animals this month. (from Instagram)
Reading Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson -- Catching up on my pre-1990 YA novels, I guess. It's not too bad, but I need another amazing book like Career of Evil

Listening to Missy Elliott - WTF (Where They From) She's magical and I want a disco ball tracksuit. 

Watching The Great British Baking Show (ok, one episode so far, but it's good!), Aziz Ansari's new show Master of None, and for some reason lots of fail compilations on YouTube. Here are some jerk cats.

Wearing We're getting back into cardigan season, y'all.   

Eating + Drinking I can't say I'm eating quality food, but I'm definitely not drinking as much as last month. OH YEAH! You guys don't know that our microwave stopped working (apparently blew a fuse) and took the stovetop out, too. Only half of our oven works so we've baked, used the slow cooker, and grilled out (and there's always take out). I've been assured an electrician has been contacted.

Exploring Ashtabula and Laurentia Winery last weekend. You know, I haven't been anywhere else this month... 

Making so many wireframes for work. SO MANY. (Wireframes are black and white page layouts before the full design. They help us figure out how the user should interact with the software.) 

Feeling goooooood. I have a lot of work and freelance, but becoming a morning runner has made me a lot happier at night! I get to be semi lazy and have more time for relaxing. (Or interneting...)

Planning My races and trips for next year. Florida is a go, California and Alaska are in the planning stages. 

Wishing to read/run/hike all day. Or for a wood-burning fireplace. 

Loving the warm weather this November. On the cooler days, I love my warm clothes and blankets. As I kind of mentioned, I love running in the morning and maintaing the #chasethebird run streak... even if it is so hard to get out of bed. 

Looking forward to a $10 beer and chili trail run this weekend! And more laying around being lazy. 

You can view past months here

How is your month?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Naples Half / Broke Man's WWU Training Week 2

You can find more #chasethebird shots on my Instagram

Hello again, I'm back with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin’s Weekly Review linkup. I'm on Week 2 of training for the Broke Man's Winter Warm Up 7.5 Miler (January 17) and the Naples Half Marathon (February 14). You can read more about each event in last week's training recap

Week of Nov 9–15

Monday: 2 miles, 9:07 pace
Tuesday: 3 miles, 9:04 pace
Wednesday: 3 miles, 8:53 pace
Thursday: 1 mile, 8:28 pace
Friday: 3 miles, 8:43 pace (best run of the week)
Saturday: 5 miles in Ashtabula, 8:57 pace (with a few stops to take photos)
Sunday: 1 mile, 7:58

Total: 18.1 miles

Laurentia Winery – I highly recommend a trip!

Because I'm running before work, I generally end up looping my neighborhood. It's getting a little boring, but I don't want to deal with morning traffic on the surrounding streets. I tried to mix it up a little bit with a mid-week run featuring hill repeats near a golf course. We went to Ashtabula this weekend to see Alex's parents and visit the winery where his cousin is the winemaker. While there, I ran 5 relatively hilly miles. I stopped a few times for photos, so I think my 8:57 pace isn't completely realistic.

I'm keeping up with the #chasethebird challenge, but haven't won any prizes. I don't have to run everyday (in fact, the only requirement is 15 minutes of activity a day), but I've decided to treat it as a run streak and run 1 mile on my normal rest days. It ends on Thanksgiving, but I'll go at least one or two days over because I missed November 1st due to sickness.

Other than running, this week included an ambassador meet-up for the Broke Man's Winter Warm Up (check me out on the ambassador page!), a work happy hour, and the aforementioned trip to Ashtabula. All-in-all, a pretty low key week. I was able to start and almost finish my (online) Christmas shopping yesterday, which is a huge relief!

How was your week? 

Monday, November 09, 2015

Naples Half / Broke Man's WWU Training Week 1

I'm trying something new today! After a few months of lurking and reading other training recaps, I'm joining Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin’s Weekly Review linkup. 

I have two target races this winter: 

Broke Man's Winter Warm Up 7.5 Miler in Columbus, OH on January 17, 2016 
I'm an ambassador for this race, so you'll see more about it and a 10 week training plan in the coming weeks. It's a great, locally run race with two distances: 7.5 and 13.1. In addition, the Broke Man's series has expanded with three other races in Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. They're all super affordable right now ($10-20) so if you're looking to cross off Ohio in 2016, sign up now!
Training Plan: 12 weeks

Naples Half Marathon in Naples, FL on February 14, 2016
I signed up for the Naples Half in March and Alex will be running the 5k. We're going down for a week and will meet up with my parents after we tour Tampa on our own. It will be interesting to go from the cold, dreary Ohio weather to the hot and humid temps of southern Florida. I'm not sure if I'll push for a PR or not. It's a flat course,  but I'm not a strong runner in warmer temps.
Training Plan: 15 weeks. It was going to be 16, but I was pretty lazy for two weeks after Loveland. I'm used to 20 week plans with my training group (MIT Columbus), so it should be interesting!

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Some background on where I am and where I want to be:

Goals for winter training:
I want to keep running, no matter the weather. I ran once or twice a week last winter, but ideally I'd like to stick with 3-5 days a week. I enjoy cold weather running, but getting out the door is the tough part.

Speed work:
When my training group resumes in January, I'm going to attend speed work sessions. I know it will be hard and it will kick my butt, but I'm going to attempt it all the same!

Currently chasing the bird:
I've been participating in Oiselle's #chasethebird challenge. I've maintained a daily running streak since 11/2! I've also been running before work, which is unheard of for me. I am not a morning person, but honestly it is so much better to be done with my run before my day really begins.

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Finally, my training recap! (They won't all be this wordy. I promise.)

Sunday 11/1: Rest. I was very sick.
Monday 11/2: 2.1 birthday miles, 9:03 pace
Tuesday 11/3: 3 miles, 9:01 pace
Wednesday 11/4: 3.5 miles, 8:56 pace (with a few stops)
Thursday 11/5: 2 miles, 8:16 and 7:50 (with a break in the second mile to breathe)
Friday 11/6: 1 mile, 8:20
Saturday 11/7: 4 scenic miles w/friend, 9:48 pace
Sunday 11/8: 1 mile, 7:49 (no breaks!)

Total: 16.7 miles

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