Mar 192015
 

Last Saturday, Fabio and I volunteered for the DC Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon.

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Some of you may remember when I won a free entry to Rock ‘n’ Roll during last June’s National Running Day with PR Running, and since I’d never run this popular DC race I was psyched. Fabio signed up too, and all year I was looking forward to the race.

Then I found out I had to have surgery on my foot and wouldn’t be able to run it, so I decided to volunteer instead of sitting on the sidelines feeling bummed while everyone else ran. Truthfully Fabio had trouble motivating himself to train for the half without me (usually when we train for races together I’m the one pushing us to stay on schedule) so a few weeks before the race he decided to drop out and volunteer with me instead.

Signing up to volunteer was really easy – there was a button right on the homepage for volunteers, and from there you got to choose whether you wanted to be at the start, finish, or somewhere along the course. Although I thought being at the finish might be fun, I really was more interested in being on the course so I could cheer runners along. Fabio and I both selected that option when signing up, and luckily we were both assigned to the split between the half and the full.

The day of the race was super cold and rainy, and Fabio must have asked me ten times as we drove over if I was sure I wanted to do this. The crappy weather actually made me want to volunteer more, since I knew a lot of other volunteers had probably bailed. Here I am questioning this decision as the cold rain poured down on the car.

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Our instructions said we could either park at RFK stadium or find street parking near our designated spot, and after checking things out on the map we realized it would be a 20 minute walk from the stadium to our location, and in the pouring rain we just didn’t feel like doing that. We wound up driving over to our assigned volunteer location, and found a parking spot just a couple blocks away. Sweet!

As we walked over to our location, we were shocked by how many police officers were stationed around the course – literally every block had a different cop car set up to close off traffic. I don’t think I ever realized just how many people it takes to close off DC for an event like this.

Soon we arrived at our location and checked in with our volunteer supervisor, whose name is escaping me now. Whoops! Here he is in his bright yellow vest. 🙂

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Whatever his name was, he was super happy to have Fabio and I show up since he had figured most of his volunteers would bail. Um yep, considering we were the only two people at this station, I am thinking he is right.

He took some time to show us where to stand and tell us what to say, which basically just involved standing in the middle of the road and directing half marathoners to stay straight and to the left (our right), and full marathoners to stay right (our left). How hard could it be, right? 😉

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Here’s where the actual split was; you can see why they wanted volunteers since it’s obviously a little confusing.

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After he showed us what to do, he led us over to his truck where we dropped off our gear (including our umbrellas – boo) and gave us a volunteer bag filled with snacks, water and a t-shirt. He also lent us each a pair of gloves (thank God for these!) and let Fabio wear his extra neon vest. Haha!

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By this point we were told that the first runners were only about a mile away, so we got into position. I stood near the beginning of the split, and made sure to position myself near one of the signs so if I ever forgot the directions all I had to do was look over my shoulder and check.

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Fabio was positioned a bit farther behind me, so while we couldn’t really talk to one another I could always peek back and see what he was doing. 🙂

IMG_0300Soon enough, the first runners started coming! They were incredibly fast and barely acknowledged my encouragements of “Go runners!” and “Looking strong!”

At one point I cheered “You’re almost there!” and one of the speedy guys said “Thank God!” at which point I was hoping he really was almost there…I knew we were somewhere around the 12 mile mark but didn’t know much more than that. Oops!

Then a couple of ladies passed by, and I was so impressed by them. They were so fast! After that our first full marathoner came by, and I got to practice saying “Full to the right, half to the left!” while pointing in the opposite directions. It didn’t seem to hard!

After this the waves of people started coming stronger, and I had a great time cheering for each group that came along. Most of them were super appreciative, and I got tons of smiles, high fives, and thank yous.

At one point my mind started to drift a bit (with hundreds of people passing you each second that tends to happen) and I accidentally said “Full to the left, half to the right,” since that’s the way I was pointing. A bunch of people yelled out “No! That’s wrong!” and then I had to apologize and yell it again the correct way. Ahh! After that I made sure to pay more attention to what I was doing and not space out!

After standing in the street for about an hour, a nice lady who lived in the house next to where I was standing came out and said I looked like I needed a cup of coffee. Heck yes I do!! A few minutes later she came out with a steaming mug of coffee with cream and sugar, and I must have thanked her about a million times. So nice of her!

After that it was back to guiding runners to their appropriate lanes (I would say there were slightly more half runners than full) and cheering them on. All of their thank yous and high fives had me on cloud nine. It’s pretty awesome to stand and just get thanked for a couple hours!

Soon enough, I saw a few familiar faces including SokphalAnne, and my friends Katherine and Tommy! I was so excited to see all of them, and Anne even managed to snag this picture of me. Here I am pointing that the full runners should stay to the right!

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Thanks, for the photo Anne!

Cheering on the runners and directing them to the appropriate side of the road continued for another hour or so, and then at 10:45 we closed down the lane for the full runners and made everyone do the half. I only saw a couple of full runners who were disappointed to miss the cut-off time, but for the most part they had all passed already.

Then we got the ok to head home, and were thanked by our volunteer coordinator.

 As we drove home I admit I felt a bit emotional – something about being out there with the runners all day had me pumped up on energy but also feeling sad that I wasn’t out there hitting the pavement with them. I also just felt so good about getting thanked a million times for coming out to support the runners in the rain, and I know this is one experience I will never forget.

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This makes me want to volunteer at every race I don’t run!

Question of the day: Have you ever volunteered at a race? What do you usually say to volunteers when you pass them while running?

 Posted by on March 19, 2015
Dec 172014
 

Although the Trimara Sports Holiday Half Marathon that I ran on Saturday went really well, it wasn’t without its challenges, and at times I felt like it was a doomed race. Allow me to explain. (It’s a long recap, so buckle up!)

I am definitely a Type A person, and I planned every single detail for this race to a point of near obsession. Things first began to go wrong for me on Friday evening. After having eaten an early dinner filled with a thoughtful balance of protein and carbs, I relaxed and digested a bit before eventually heading off to the bedroom at around 8:30 pm to get a really good night’s rest. At this point I laid out all of my race gear which I had packed in a special section of my suitcase (I’m telling you, I’m a crazy person) so that things would be as easy as possible during my 5:30 am wake-up call.

After I laid everything out, I heard my Garmin beep. This was really weird/unusual, so I picked it up and saw that it had somehow gotten turned on in my suitcase, and had been tracking our steps around New York City all day. What’s worse is that it was flashing the dreaded low battery signal, which was so annoying since I had charged it all the way up before leaving my house, and didn’t bring the charger with me since a charge can easily last me a few days. Ahh!!

I had been relying on my Garmin to show me my splits during the race, and the thought of not having it charged up sent me into a panic. Luckily I had a couple of options available to me, and while I thought I might have to go traipsing around the Upper West Side in search of a sporting goods store, I called my aunt and uncle (since we were staying at their apartment) and they told me there was a spare Garmin in their office that I was free to use. Phew!!! I then spent the next hour or so YouTube-ing videos so I could learn how to use that model, and wound up sticking my arm out the window for a while to make sure I could get the watch to pick up the satellites ok. Fun times.

After a while I finally felt comfortable using the watch, and I got into bed about an hour after I had planned to, thinking that all my problems were solved. I should have known there was more to come.

In the morning I woke up on time, dressed in my super fun holiday race attire (a sweater with Santa and his reindeer worn over a typical athletic running top), ate a quick breakfast (Oatmeal squares that I had brought from home and skim milk) and walked down to the Subway. I then got on the C train exactly as planned, and took it all the way downtown to Jay Street in Brooklyn where I would transfer to the R train.

When I got there, I saw this.

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Ummmm…what? No R trains running from this stop on weekends? WHYYY?! Since I am not too familiar with the NY Subway system this was enough to send me into (another) panic. Of course there was no one around to ask for instructions either. Perfect. At this point I didn’t know what to do, so I just followed the instructions on the sign and got back on the C train and backtracked about 5 or 6 stops to Canal Street. From this stop it was really unclear where to go, but after looking at a Subway map I realized I had to exit the Canal Street station, walk about 4 blocks, go into a different Canal Street station, and take the R train from there. What a nightmare.

By this point I had added about 45 minutes to my trip, and I was starting to get really nervous about how much time I would have before the race. Once again I was thankful that I am a super crazy planner and was able to still get to the race with a bit of time to spare.

At least my view from the train was a pretty one.

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Finally I arrived at the race location, and was happy to find that the lines weren’t too long for bib pickup or porta-potties. The race was only about 500 people, and I was so thankful that I didn’t have to deal with the huge crowds of other races I’ve run since that definitely could have made me late to the start.

The location of the race was really beautiful – it was right on the water and you could see the Manhattan skyline in the background – but it was FREEZING. The wind off the water felt like ice, and it was so hard to concentrate on anything but the cold.

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After I pinned on my bib and used the porta-potties, I took a pre-race selfie and decided to text my cheering squad telling them to bring extra gloves and hats since the wind was so cold.

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Then a terrible thing happened. My phone died.

I’ve recently been having some problems with my phone’s battery (e.g., it would be at around 30% and then just die), and since I knew I wanted my phone to listen to music during the race I had been super careful all morning not to use up the battery. For example, during all that time on the Subway I didn’t listen to any music or podcasts, I had the brightness turned all the way down, and kept all of my apps closed. It was almost like my paranoia that my battery would die caused it to actually happen.

At this point I was really upset, and I didn’t know if I could actually run the race. That probably sounds super dramatic to some of you, but I have never run without a) something to listen to or b) someone to talk to. I’ve always had Fabio with me at races and I was already worried about not having someone to push me through the tough parts, so then not having any music to listen to really threw me for a loop. I had even made a special “Holiday Half Marathon playlist” and was so excited to listen to it for the first time.

Because of all the hiccups at this point in the race (and it hadn’t even started yet) I was thinking maybe it was a sign I shouldn’t run it. I didn’t know if I could run one mile without music, not to mention 13.1. But then I remembered how far I had come for this, and that all of my friends were coming to cheer me on, and I knew I had to suck it up and do it.

At this point I asked a random guy if I could borrow his phone (awkward) and I called Fabio. Thank GOODNESS I have his phone number memorized. I told him that my phone had died and that I didn’t have any music, and that I would see him at the finish line. I didn’t leave any time for whining or being upset because I knew that would only make things harder. Even having to explain the situation to him made me want to cry, and I was resolved to turn the situation around so I knew I had to just hang up.

From there I just tried to focus on my mental game, and I patiently waited for the race to begin.

Right before we started, the Trimara Sports guys made a few announcements, and then we sang the National Anthem. And by “we sang” I truly mean, we ALL sang it. Because this was such a small race, they didn’t bring anyone in to sing the National Anthem, and the Trimara Sports guy explained that since he was such a terrible singer himself, he would need us all to join in. At first I thought this was kind of silly, but then as I stood in line to start the race and everyone around me started singing the National Anthem, I couldn’t help it. I sang too. I smiled. I got chills. It was great, and was just the boost I needed to start the race.

And then, we were off!

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All photos from this point on come from my awesome cheer squad, since I obviously had no phone. Thanks, guys. You truly are the best friends a girl could ask for.

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I’ll try to keep my explanation of the actual race brief, since this post is already so lengthy.

The race route was set up as a multiple out-and-back loop. So basically, I ran 3.3 miles south, turned around, ran 3.3 miles north, and then repeated the whole process again for a total of 13.1 miles. At first this set up sort of annoyed me – I like to see different sights when I’m running that far – but it actually was pretty nice because I could break up the run into four manageable 3.3 mile chunks.

Part One
The first 3.3 miles were awesome. The sun was shining in my face, the wind was at my back, and I just felt great. I was happily enjoying the run and felt like it was going to be a piece of cake, even without music. My splits during this time were 8:14, 8:18, and 8:20. I knew I was running too fast, but I had heard that it was really windy going the other direction, so I was sort of trying to over-compensate.

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Part Two
When I turned around the first time, I was blown away (literally) by how strong the wind was. It was just ridiculous. It made running soooo much harder, and I started to struggle to keep up my pace. At about halfway through this section I started to get worried, because I was already feeling tired. My splits were 8:32, 8:45, and 8:48. I was still sort of on-target for a PR, but I was starting to get nervous about how much energy running against the wind took out of me.

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Part Three
Unfortunately I was expecting this segment to be as easy as it was the first time around since I knew I would have the wind at my back, but I was already so tired from running against the wind that I just wasn’t feeling great. I was really missing my music at this point, and was thinking how much an up-beat song would have helped me push through. I tried singing some songs in my head (Let it Go, and Something in the Water after a stop at the water station, haha) but it wasn’t totally working. I tried really hard to power through this segment since I knew another windy stretch was coming, but I was just so tired. My splits were 9:15, 8:57, and 9:32. Yikes. I knew a PR was probably not in my future at this point, so my pace definitely slowed down.

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Part Four
On my final turnaround, I just kept trying to tell myself that I just had three miles to go. With each step I took I chanted the words “three more miles” and then changed it to two to one, etc. This helped for a little while, but that darn wind just totally brought me down. I would feel like I was sprinting with all my might and would look down at my Garmin and see that I was going more than 9 minutes per mile. What the heck?! This wind was just so, so annoying, and it was really hard to run directly into it. I have to admit that I stopped to walk a couple of times during this section, and took more time at the water stations than I did during at any other time. My splits were 9:20, 9:52, and 11:15. I know, that last mile is really a killer, but at that point I was so spent and really didn’t think I could push through any more.

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Finally I saw the finish line (and my friends!) and I was able to sprint to the end.

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Woohoo!

 

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My final time was 2:03:30, which is neither my fastest nor my slowest record for this distance. It definitely could have been worse!

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In the end I was just proud of myself for sticking with the race, and for powering through the wind without any music. I’m still sort of amazed that I did that, and now I know that I can. Who needs music anyway? 😉

How awesome is my cheer squad by the way?

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It was FREEZING cold and I know they were all frozen and numb while cheering for me, and I could not be more grateful for their support. I felt like the luckiest girl alive to have them all there.

I was especially happy to see this guy, who I really missed during the race.

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I never realized how much I relied on his encouragement in prior races, and I felt so appreciative of his support. Plus he brought me a sugar cookie shaped like Jack, so I was happy. 🙂

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Question of the day: Do you run with or without music?

*Disclaimer: Trimara Sports compensated the cost of my bib for this race, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 Posted by on December 17, 2014
Dec 032014
 

Hello, hello! Happy Wednesday to ya’!

Today I thought we’d talk about my workouts lately, since it’s been a while since I’ve given you a full update. Buckle your seatbelts – this is a long one!

Running

As you probably know by now, I will be running the Trimara Sports Holiday Half Marathon in Brooklyn, NY one week from Saturday! Ah! I can’t believe it’s almost here.

To prepare, I’ve been following the training plan I set up a few months ago, and for the most part that has been going well. I’ve tried to stick to at least two runs per week (usually one short, speedy run and one long, slower one) and then use the rest of my workouts during the week for various strength/cross training exercises. I’ve gotten burned out from too much running during half marathon training in the past, and I really don’t want that to happen again. So far, so good!

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Overall, I would say my running has been going pretty well. The long runs are still somewhat hard for me, but that is nothing new. I know that when it’s race time I will just have to power through and get my mental game straight, since physically I know I am perfectly capable of doing this.

I think having my friends cheering me on from the finish line will be a big help, and knowing that I get to wear these awesome holiday costumes during the race and after at during a super fun Santacon celebration will also help push me through.

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As far as my goals go, I would really, really like to PR this thing. My current PR is 1:58, and I think I can probably do better this time around. That being said, here are my tentative goals:

  • A Goal: 1:53 (Average pace of 8:37)
  • B Goal: 1:55 (Average pace of 8:46)
  • C Goal: 1:57 (Average pace of 8:55)
  • D Goal: Under two hours (Average pace of 9:09)

P.S. I really like using the app “RunCalc” which helps me figure all these paces out!

This will be my first time running a half without Fabio, and I’m a little worried that I won’t be able to run as fast if I’m alone. He always pushes me through the tough portions of a race, and encourages me not to stop to walk when I’m tired. I’ve prepared a few mantras to say in my head during the race, and luckily it’s supposed to be a “pancake flat” course, so that should help. Cross your fingers for me!

Kayla Itsines

I think I may have mentioned this already, but I’m back to doing the Kayla Itsines workouts! I took a break for a month while I tried out ClassPass, but now I’m back at ’em. This week so far I’ve done the Legs & Cardio workout (Monday) and the Arms & Abs workout (Tuesday). I went ahead and started the workouts over, so I’m currently back on week two. It’s already so hard, and I can’t believe that just a few months ago I was doing the workouts for weeks 8 and 9. Yikes! How did I do that?

I love that these workouts continue to kick by butt in the best way, and I still find them fun and engaging even months after starting them. Plus I can do them all in my living room, which is great now that winter is coming (yes, that’s a GoT reference). I am planning to continue these workouts for a while, because they are just so great! If you’d like more information about my experience with these workouts, you can find my review posts here.

Studio Drop-ins

Now that I’m a regular contributor to the Fit Crasher blog, I’ve been popping into a lot more fitness studios in the DC area. Last week I went with Anne to Urban Athletic Club, and although I won’t be covering it on the Fit Crasher, I still wanted to share my experience with you all!

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Urban Athletic Club is the gym that hosted those fun OutRuns I participated in over the Summer (formerly Roam Fitness) and they just opened a new location in Georgetown! They still have their original location in Glover Park, but Anne and I were really excited about the Georgetown studio since it’s a lot closer to us. To help promote their new studio, Urban Athletic Club is offering free classes at their Georgetown location until December 14. So awesome, right?

One day last week, Anne drove us over to Georgetown for the 6:30 am “Total Body” class. That is one bad thing about this location – there’s no metro nearby! Luckily there was street parking available, so it wasn’t too stressful.

The other annoying thing (at least for me) is that a 6:30 am workout is just a little too late for my morning schedule. I usually need to be leaving my apartment by 7:45 (ok fine, it’s usually more like 8:00), so finishing up a workout at 7:30 is a bit dicey. Last week I had a doctor’s appointment in the morning so it was fine, but I’m going back on Friday and am crossing my fingers that the timing works out. They do have a shower so I can get ready for work there, but I’m still going to be a bit rushed. Our instructor, Chris, mentioned they were thinking of moving the class up to 6:00, which would help me out tremendously! We will see what happens!

Anyway!

The gym is located inside the Kew Gardens apartments on Q street, but the entrance you want to use is on 27th street, between P and Q. Your GPS will probably take you to the main entrance, but you want to get in through the side. It looks like this. Just ring the bell and they will let you right in!

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Once we got inside, I was super impressed with all the cool equipment they had available. The “Total Body” class was a really fun mix of body weight exercises, kettlebells, free weights, and TRX suspension work.

During the class we were matched with a random partner, and then split up into three stations: the turf, the TRX bars, and the mat.

The turf: At this station, a flat ladder was laid out on the ground and one partner had to go up and down the ladder while doing jumping jacks, high knees, butt kicks, and in-and-out quick feet. Meanwhile, the other partner had to do toe taps on a medicine ball, Russian twists, plank, or pushups until their partner returned from the ladder exercises. It was tough!

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The TRX bars: At this station we did a variety of moves including one leg burpees, monkey bar knee raises, pistol squats, forward leans, and a bunch of other upper body exercises that I forget the name of. 😉 These smoked my shoulders, and I was really sore the next day!

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The mat: Here we were given free weights and kettlebells and told to do another series of exercises including kettlebell swings, deadlifts, and tricep extensions. Phew!

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Overall it was a fantastic  workout and I’m already looking forward to going back on Friday. Definitely check them out!

Question of the day: How have you been working out lately?

 Posted by on December 3, 2014
Nov 262014
 

Hi friends! I hope you’re having an awesome Thanksgiving Eve! Today I’m actually romping around NYC (and will be watching the parade tomorrow – woohoo!) which means there hasn’t been a whole lot of time for sitting down to blog. Luckily, my good friend Catrina stepped up and is here today to tell you all about training for a 10K.

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Me with Catrina this past summer

Catrina is new to running (though not new to fitness!) and it’s so refreshing to hear a real perspective from someone who is new to this activity that I have totally fallen in love with. I hope you guys can relate to her and appreciate her story! Take it away, Treen!

Chelsea, being the angel that she is, has given me the privilege to share my experience training for a 10k with you all while she heads to NY to celebrate the eat-a-thon holiday that is Thanksgiving!

A little background: Two months ago I packed up my things in NY and decided to make a huge leap of faith and move to beautiful sunny San Diego on my own (can you tell I love it here?).

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Being the carb and chocolate lover that I am, during my last month in NY I ate as if everything was being taken from me and I would never see a bagel or a slice of pizza again. Then I got to California and ate ALL of the tacos. I mean all of them.

So after two months of non-stop eating, I decided I needed a workout plan I was going to stick to, to get my butt (literally) back in shape. As an avid CET reader I knew race training was something Chelsea has done in the past and has been able to stick to, so after discussing the idea with her I downloaded a 10k novice training program online and got to it!

She even sent me a “Will run for beer” shirt for my birthday to get me motivated. What a great friend right?!

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However, there’s a reason I’ve always chosen CrossFit or an elliptical over running…and that’s boredom. It has always been the reason I hate running. I get so unbelievably bored.

My body has been in and out of good physical shape my whole life, but running, no matter how fit I am, is hard for me.

That being said, here are a handful of tips/tools that I’ve learned that have helped to keep me going through this training process:

  • Running by the beach is way easier than running the streets. Not only do you have amazing views (the ocean, the sand, the men with six packs 😉 ) but there aren’t any streets to count as you pass by. I no longer have an internal struggle about how many blocks I’ve actually run compared to how many it feels like I’ve run.

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  • I give myself set walking breaks. For example, if I have a 5 mile run I tell myself I am not allowed to stop and walk until 3.5 miles. This provides me a mental end goal that’s shorter than the actual run so I can keep working towards the next ‘goal.’
  • New music! I’ve gotten into the habit of adding at least 5 new songs to my “On the Run” (big Beyonce fan over here, could you tell?) playlist before each long run. This lets me rely on my older songs for the beginning of the run but have new ones when I need that extra push towards the end.
  • I’ve stopped skipping songs as much as possible. When I first started running, I had this incessant need to keep switching my songs after about ½ of it played, but it kept making me think “jeeze I already listened to 10 songs and it’s only been 2 miles.” Now I keep the song jammin’ until the end as much as I can.
  • Hold yourself accountable. My training sheet sits next to me at my desk, and each and every day I highlight an activity in yellow if I do it, and in pink if I missed it. Seeing those pink highlights is just such a horrible feeling and being able to pick up my yellow highlighter and check something off is so satisfying! I also take snapshots of my RunKeeper app and send them over to Chelsea after each long run. I think it helps because I’m sharing my journey and experience with someone whose been there and is SUPER supportive and helpful.

Hopefully this helped you think about your running strategies and what might work for you! Next week is the 10k so wish me luck!!! And of course thank you again to Chelsea for letting me share this with you!

Guys isn’t this awesome? Not only did Catrina pack up her stuff and move across the country alone, but she is totally rocking her 10K training and she doesn’t even like running. Go Treen!

Questions of the day: Do you like running? If so, how did you get there? If not, what do you do instead/in spite of that?

 Posted by on November 26, 2014
Sep 162014
 

Good morning!

Sorry I didn’t have a weekend recap post for you guys yesterday. I was actually fairly sick over the weekend with a nasty cold, and spent the majority of my time switching between the bed and couch with a box of tissues glued to my side. Apart from a nice BBQ with my family on Sunday afternoon, there wasn’t a whole lot going on over here, so I didn’t think it was worth recapping. Luckily I’m feeling much better now. 🙂

Today I thought we would talk half marathons. After outlining a few races that caught my eye a couple weeks ago, I reached out to the race organizers for the Trimara Sports Holiday Half Marathon to see if they would be willing to cover my race entry fee in exchange for a review on the blog, and they said yes. Hooray!! Now that my next race is officially on the books, I’ll have to ramp up my training once again, which is always a fun process.

Given this news, I thought today would be the perfect time to outline the steps I usually take to prepare for a half marathon. Hopefully this will be helpful for those of you who have never run one but would be interested in doing so. With that being said, here are the steps I follow to prepare for a race!

1. Find a race, and register.

When I first decided I wanted to run a half marathon, I had no idea how to go about finding one. How does one hear about these things? At first I was searching mostly on Active.com, which has a lot of search options, but then I discovered Running in the USA, which has now become my go-to race resource.

My favorite part about the Running in the USA website is its “Mapshots” feature.

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From this page, you can search for races by month, distance and location. For example, during my last search, I knew I wanted to run a half marathon on the East Coast sometime in November or December. The Mapshots tool allowed me to see all of the races that fit my criteria on one easy, interactive screen.

Once I have my list of contenders, I carefully review each race to determine:

  • What the course elevation is (will I die on hills? Can I PR?)
  • When the race is (do I have enough time to train? What will the weather be like? Is it a Saturday or a Sunday race?)
  • How expensive the registration fee is (can I afford this? Are there cheaper alternatives?)
  • How big the race is (how many people are running it? Is it going to be too small, or so big that I will have trouble running at my own pace? Is there a cut off or a lottery?)
  • Where the race will take place (how will I get there the morning of the race? Do I need to pay for a hotel? Drive? Take public transportation? Fly?)

There are a lot of critical questions to consider when making your decision, so it’s important to do your research and not make a spontaneous choice.

After reviewing the basics, I usually search on Google to see if I can find any race reviews from other bloggers. While this isn’t always successful, it has been really helpful for me in the past and has allowed me to get a really good sense of a race.

At this point I usually get a gut feeling that will pull me toward one race or another. A lot of times the location or time of the race has the biggest impact on my decision (especially if it’s a scenic course!), but sometimes I just get excited from the race website or pictures, and I’ll know that’s the one I should do.

Most importantly, do your research and make sure the race you’re signing up for is really something you want to commit to.

Then register! Don’t second guess yourself; if you’ve thought it through and you know you want to run the distance, click submit! You can do this!

2. Make a training plan.

Of course, there are a million half marathon training plans available on the internet. Heck, just type in “half marathon training” on Pinterest and you’ll instantly be rewarded with hundred of plans. However, I like to make my own plan that’s customized to the workouts I’ve been doing and the dates I will actually be running. That way, if I know I have a work event, vacation, or other obligation on my calendar, I can schedule my training around them. It works well for me!

For my first half marathon, I trained with 2-4 shorter runs per week, with one long run on Saturdays. While I still loosely follow that type of plan, I now incorporate other types of workouts (strength, speedwork, etc.) so I don’t get injured, burned out, or bored with running.

As you probably know, I’ve been doing some track workouts with Anne lately, and have still been working on the Kayla Itsines strength workouts a couple times a week, so I’ve incorporated those workouts into my training plan below. I’ve also left plenty of days blank, which I can either use for additional short runs, Fit Crasher workouts, or rest days.

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When you make your plan, you probably want to work backwards from race day, adding as many weeks as you need to in order to feel comfortable. When I started training for my first race I could barely go more than 2 or 3 miles without stopping, so I used a long training plan that slowly built up my stamina. Even if you can only run 1 mile now, there’s no reason why you couldn’t run a half in about 16 weeks!

3. Start training, and stick with it!

Once you have your race and training plan mapped out, it’s time to start training!

Plans can be difficult to stick to, especially if you plan to tackle your long runs on weekends like I do. This can mean skipping a Friday night out at the bar with friends in exchange for a long run early Saturday morning, but to me there is no better way to kick off a weekend than with knocking out a bunch of miles. You just feel so accomplished afterword!

Try to look at your plan like a promise to yourself, and don’t skip any of the workouts. Of course life happens and plans change, but I’ve found that skipping workouts can be a slippery slope; as soon as you skip one it’s easier to skip more and more. It will be tough at times, especially if you’re on vacation, hanging out with friends who aren’t running, working long hours, etc., but just remember if you don’t do the training, the race is going to be that much harder. That thought always kicks my butt into gear!

Sometimes training might require waking up before everyone else and heading out for a solo run, but I actually find that to be pretty fun!

If you follow your plan and slowly increase your mileage while taking plenty of rest days, you’ll be totally ready come race day.

4. Run the race!

A couple days before your race, start getting all your gear ready and make sure you have all the logistics planned out. Do you know how you’re getting to the start? Do you know where to pick up your packet? Do you need the bag check? Do you have a playlist ready? Make sure you plan out all the details ahead of time, so on race day you can relax. Also don’t try anything new on race day – make sure you have a game plan for your outfit, gels, water breaks, etc.

Right before the race you’ll probably feel a flurry of butterflies, but just go with it! If you’ve followed your plan and worked hard, you’ll do just fine. 🙂

Question of the day: What do you do to get ready for a half marathon?

 Posted by on September 16, 2014
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Yesterday morning, I met up with Anne for an early morning track workout at Washington Lee High School. We’ve both been wanting to improve our speed, and we figured the track was the best place to do it! By the time we arrived, the track was already bustling with fellow runners.WashingtonLeeTrack

I think there must have been some kind of running club meet up, because there was a huge group of runners dominating the track when I arrived. There was also some sort of boot camp class finishing up on the grass. I was pleasantly surprised to see so many fitness activities going on at the high school so early in the morning- it was quite the fitness hub!

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Soon Anne arrived and it was time to start our workout! We ran one mile as a warm up, and then ran two miles incorporating speed work. For these, we ran at our normal pace around the bends in the track, and ran moderately faster on the straight legs.

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Once the sun came up all the way we were definitely feeling the heat. It was another hot and humid day in Arlington! In between our miles we stopped for a water break, and I took a sweaty selfie, as one does 😉 Clearly I was feelin’ that heat!! Also, my running hair tie broke, leaving me with my crappy non-exercise one, so my hair was a mess. Yikes.

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Once we were done with the speed work, we ran another half mile or so for a cool down, and then it was stretch time.

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Overall our workout was an excellent one, and we had some really speedy splits!

Mile 1 – 9:10
Mile 2 – 8:14
Mile 3 – 8:06
Mile 3-3.5 – 8:56

It’s so amazing how going faster down the straightaway leads to a faster overall time, even with the slower jogs around the bends. It was a great workout!

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Anne and I are going to try to meet up on a weekly basis for these track workouts (we actually tried this earlier in the summer, but with all the traveling we both did it was pretty hard) so I’m excited to watch our speed improve! I mentioned a while ago that I wanted to run another half to put all this speed work to use, and here are some of the races I’m considering:

Of those, I’m leaning toward the one in Annapolis (because it’s closer and more convenient) and the Holiday one in Brooklyn (because it’s still sort of convenient, and would be a lot of fun). The Frozen Bonsai one in Central Park is also at the top of my list since it’s so close to my aunt’s place on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Decisions, decisions.

If you’ve ever run any of these races (or even heard of them!) please let me know what you think!

Question of the day: How do you work on your speed?

 Posted by on September 3, 2014
Jul 222014
 

It’s been a little while since we’ve chatted about my latest fitness routine, so I thought today would be a good time for an update.

As most of you probably know, I have been slowly but surely working my way through the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide eBooks, a 12-week nutrition and exercise program designed to help you get a “bikini body.” While I think this name is really lame and having a “bikini body” totally goes against all my health and wellness principles, the workouts are no joke and have totally kicked my booty into shape. The nutrition plan is also really helpful, and I’m so glad I decided to give these eBooks a chance. Bikini body or not, this program is a really good routine to follow if you’re looking for something new to keep you on track with your nutrition and fitness goals.

That being said, I haven’t been sticking to the routine as much as I was a couple months ago. When I first bought the eBooks, I followed the workouts to a tee and never missed a single Monday, Wednesday, or Friday workout. I was also tracking what I was eating, and throwing in a few other workouts here and there for good measure. I was super motivated and doing so well!

Then the summer came rolling right in, complete with flex Fridays, long weekends away from home, and fun activities with friends on weeknights. I am still working out 3-4 times a week, but sometimes it’s just a short run with Jack, or 2 of the 3 Kayla Itsines workouts I am supposed to do. I’m ok with that since summer is a fun time to enjoy yourself and I am still getting a good amount of workouts in, but I want to make sure I’m not slacking off too much and I have a strategic plan moving forward.

You may remember that on a run last week I was feeling a bit frustrated with my pace, and I mentioned that I felt like I had lost my running mojo. The run itself was fine and was still a lot of fun, but I just didn’t feel as fast or strong mentally as I used to.

The Kayla Itsines workouts are great for strength training and HIIT, but they can’t replace my love for running. Since my interest in these workouts seems to be waning slightly, and my desire to run more is definitely resurfacing, I’ve decided it’s time to switch things up a bit.

Last week I mentioned that I’ll be starting track workouts with Anne on most Thursdays, which should help my speed tremendously. I also want to get back into the habit of incorporating long runs into my weekend plans , since it’s one of my favorite things to do (last summer I used to squeeze in my long runs no matter where I was, so I know I can do that again). I would like to keep doing the Kayla Itsines workouts for cross-training purposes, but I might cut them down to twice a week instead of three times a week.

With all that work, it seems like maybe I should be working toward something, right? I mean, I have said over and over again that I enjoy my workouts most when I am working toward a goal. That being said- I think it’s time for me to run another half. I did two last year and the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler earlier this spring, so it seems only natural that I should put another race on my calendar for the fall. (You may remember that I also won free entry to next year’s Rock N Roll half, but I don’t want to wait that long).

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I’m looking into fall races within driving distance of DC, so anything from NYC to Virginia Beach would probably work. At the moment I’m thinking of running the Baltimore Half with my friend Sam on October 18, but I haven’t signed up yet. I also am thinking about the Navy-Airforce Half because I have a coupon code (oooh yeah) and it will be a little easier for me logistically, but it’s on Sept. 14 which I don’t love (hello, heat). Has anyone run either of these races before? Is anyone signed up to run them this year? I could also do the Woodrow Wilson Bridge half again, but I think I want to switch things up and try a new race.

Anyway, that’s my latest update on my workouts lately. One big difference for me is that I don’t think Fabio is interested in running another half, so I will probably go out there solo or with a friend, though we will probably be running at different paces. It will be weird not to have my biggest supporter by my side, but he has promised to at least cheer me on from the sidelines!

Question of the day: Are you running any half marathons this fall, and/or do you have any recommendations for me?

 Posted by on July 22, 2014
Jun 052014
 

As you probably heard, yesterday was National Running Day! To celebrate, I headed over to the new Potomac River Running Store near Chinatown after work for a 5k/fun run hosted by Rock ‘n’ Roll USA.

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I got there with just a couple minutes to spare and quickly navigated my way through the crowd so I could drop my work bag off in the back of the store (so nice that they offer bag storage, BTW).

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Before we headed out for a run, we heard from a few folks at Rock ‘n’ Roll USA who talked about how much fun Rock ‘n’ Roll races are (after having a ton of friends run them, I believe it) and then we heard from someone from the Nation’s triathlon (I don’t think I need any more information about that race, thank you very much). Then we all dropped a number into the raffle bowl, and hit the pavement!

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Fabio was supposed to join me for this 5k (which, although they called this run a 5k, it was really just a 3 mile fun run) but he got caught up on metro delays and wasn’t able to make it to the start. I didn’t mind running alone though- I had just downloaded a new app for running music, and I was excited to try it out!

Please allow me to segue into a talk about the app for a minute, since it’s really cool. The kind folks over at Rock My Run recently contacted me asking me to try out their running music app. They even offered to let me use their premium subscription service for free for one month so I could get the full experience. Awesome.

This app is unique in that it not only allows you to type in the name of an artist or song you like and have a playlist generated for you à la Pandora or Spotify, but it can also customize the beat of the song depending on how fast you are running.

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That’s right- Rock My Run has a special new feature called “Match Me” which will speed up or slow down the beat of the song you’re listening to to match your running speed. To use Match Me you simply pick the playlist you want (they have a whole bunch with different genres of music) and then connect to Wifi and download the “My Beat” option for that playlist. Since you have to be connected to Wifi to do this, I would recommend picking the playlist and downloading My Beat before you head out the door.

Once you’re ready to run, you select the playlist and open the My Beat function, where you can then select how you want My Beat to match your pace. You can either use the new Match Me function, which customizes the beat to the pace you’re running, or you can manually set it (this would be great if you know you want to be running at a certain speed and want your music to keep you on pace).

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Since I was just going for a 3 mile fun run, I decided to try out the new Match Me option, which worked out great.

You can then select how you want Match Me to track your movement- either in an armband, hand, pocket, sports bra, etc. Pretty cool!

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Soon I had my music playing at a steady (slow) pace while I waited for the run to start, and then once we started moving the tempo of the songs sped up. It was pretty cool!

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Our group of about 30 people ran through the streets of DC and passed all sorts of pedestrians and tourists who either cheered us on or looked super annoyed that we took up the whole sidewalk, haha.

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After just a couple minutes I found this guy, who had run from the metro to catch up with us 🙂 Yay! My running buddy is here!

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Our run took us around DC, including the Washington Monument and the White House.

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I took a few pics while we were running and got this crazy one of a crooked Washington Monument. It definitely doesn’t look like that in real life, lol.

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Here we are at the White House! Good thing I had Fabio there to take this dorky pic of me 😉

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We also took a stoplight selfie. Obvs.

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We actually wound up having to stop at a bunch of stop lights during this run, which was fine with me since we weren’t running for speed. It did have a funny effect on my music app though, which would slow wayyyy down while we stopped, and then pick up the tempo again super fast once we got moving. It was really accurate which made for some funny sounding songs when my pace would change abruptly. Haha!

Here’s the route we covered! You can see all the little grey pinpoints where we paused to cross the street.

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All in all it was a really fun run! I really liked running with the Rock My Run app and thought the Match Me function was pretty nifty. I also liked running a new-to-me route with a bunch of people with similar interests for National Running Day. What a perfect way to celebrate!

After the run we lingered in the store for a little while to sip on some chocolate milk and announce the raffle winners.

You’ll never believe this since I JUST won that free Lululemon yoga starter kit on Saturday, but I won the grand prize which was a free entry to next year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon here in DC.

IMG_3218I could NOT believe my luck and was so ecstatic to win this prize. I had been thinking of buying an entry yesterday anyway since they were having some awesome National Running Day sales, but this was so much better! (Fabio wound up signing up yesterday too so he could get the discount and we can run it together). I must be on some sort of lucky streak right now- maybe I should hit up a casino this weekend?

Anyway, thank you so much to Potomac River Running for hosting the run, Rock ‘n’ Roll for organizing the run/giving me this awesome prize, and Rock My Run for letting me try out their new app! (How fitting that I would use the Rock My Run app for a Rock ‘n’ Roll run, right??). What an awesome day!

Question of the day: How did you celebrate National Running Day?

 Posted by on June 5, 2014
May 302014
 

I get this question from you guys a lot- what are your tips for running long distances without getting bored?

When I first began running “for fun” in college (i.e., not for an organized sport), I could barely make it a mile and a half around the track. I would listen to random songs on my iPod mini (raise your hand if you had one of those!) but would wind up getting really bored after just a few minutes. The same thing was true on the dreadmill treadmill: I would run to precisely 1.5 miles, and then hop off feeling bored and somewhat unaccomplished.

The thing is that I knew my body could run farther, but my brain just wouldn’t cooperate. A few years, multiple races, and hundreds of miles later, I have finally figured out what gets my brain past the point of “I can’t possibly take one more step” to “I can do this, I just need to keep going.”

I know this is something that many of us struggle with, so today I’m here to share 5 of my best tips for running farther, and tricking your brain into thinking it’s actually fun.

1. Get off the treadmill and step outside. I know people have different preferences when it comes to running, but personally, I hate running on the treadmill and will avoid it at all costs.

There’s something about being outdoors and connecting with nature that I have always loved. I am one of those people that goes stir-crazy inside, so any time I can take some time for myself and enjoy the outdoors, I am all over it. If you’ve always been a treadmill runner, I strongly suggest giving outdoor running a shot.

If you’re not sure where to go and feel a little intimidated by outdoor running, try mapping out a route ahead of time. To do this, I like to use the Route Creator function offered by RunKeeper. To create a route, simply log in or create a free account with RunKeeper, head to the website (not the app) and then click the “Route Creator” function (it’s under “Me” and then “Routes”).

From there you can point and click on an interactive map to create your own personalized running route. RunKeeper’s maps know where local trails and pedestrian-friendly sidewalks are, and it even tells you how far your route will be. Once you’re satisfied with your route, save it, and then open up the app on your phone when you’re ready to step out the door. Your route will load right to your phone and you’ll have it with you as you run! It’s a great tool, especially when traveling/running in unfamiliar areas, and I love using it to explore new running routes near me.

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2. Listen to a podcast or audiobook. This is another one of my favorite tricks for occupying my brain during long runs. I have always been a book nerd and truly enjoy listening to a good story.

I trained for my first half marathon while listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks, and it was, and still is, my absolute favorite way to run. I would get so excited to head out the door and hear what was going to happen to Harry (even though I already knew), and I remember listening to it during my half marathon and thinking about how awesome it was.

I do have two tips for listening to audiobooks while running though: 1) I wouldn’t recommend listening to a brand new story while running. Listening to a book that you already know well is probably a better idea, since sometimes when you’re running you need to stop listening to pay attention to where you’re going/focus on your safety. If it’s a new book, you might miss some parts and need to rewind. 2) Audiobooks can be expensive (especially if you’re listening to a long series) so consider getting a monthly membership with companies like Audible.com or asking for audiobooks as gifts from friends and family.

Podcasts are also great to listen to while running, though I will say they don’t hold my attention as well as audiobooks do. Some of my favorite (free) podcasts include This American Life, NPR’s TED Radio Hour, the Jillian Michaels Show, and Balanced Bites. What are some of your favorites?

3. Make or find a playlist. If audiobooks or podcasts aren’t your thing, try to make or find a playlist! I use Spotify Premium, which costs about $10 a month and allows me to listen to any song I like, whenever I want. I often use Spotify to make my own playlists, or sometimes I just type in “Running Playlist” into the Spotify search function to see what playlists other users have created.

Signing up for Spotify Premium has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time, and I really enjoy using it. There’s nothing like some up-beat new music to put a spring in your step just when your run is getting difficult!

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4. Make a list of “thinking topics.” This one might sound kind of weird, but I do it before every long run. What I do is make a list of problems or issues going on in my life that I don’t currently have a solution to. Then I refer back to that list while I’m running and start thinking things through.

For example, say something has been bugging me at work and I haven’t been able to think of a solution. I will add it to my “think about while running” list and then really delve into the issue while I pound the pavement. Sometimes it can be a really simple topic like what to wear to an upcoming event or what to cook for dinner, and other times it can be more complex like the best way to deal with disagreeing coworkers. By having specific topics to think about during my run, not only do I keep my brain from focusing on the pain of the run, but I also solve problems in my life.

5. Use mantras and positive thinking. In my opinion, this is the number one way to run longer distances. When you think positively and focus on how good you’ll feel after your run instead of dwelling on your pain, you can truly run any distance you set your mind to. Here are some positive thoughts I like to remind myself of when running:

  • I might feel pain now, but I will feel awesome later
  • This is the best way to start my day, and after this I can do whatever I want
  • I’ve run this far before, and I can do it again
  • My body is strong, it can handle this easily
  • I’m lucky to be able to run…think of all the people who can’t

I also like to mentally split up runs in my head, for example by thinking of a 12 mile run as three quick 4-mile ones. As you may remember, I use positive thinking in all aspects of my life, and I truly believe it makes a difference.

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Question of the day: How do you run long distances?

Want more? Check out my running motivation tips here.

 Posted by on May 30, 2014
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Good morning, folks! This past weekend Fabio and I learned a little bit more about training for a triathlon, and I think we have finally made some decisions about our next steps. I promised you all an update, so here it is! You can read Part I of “Tri Talk” here.

Last week I received a brochure in the mail for Team in Training. Honestly this sort of blew my mind- I first learned about Team in Training at the Team Z triathlon information session two weeks ago, and then after blogging about it, I kept seeing ads for Team in Training pop up everywhere. It seemed only natural that I would I also get a brochure in the mail. Life just seems to work that way, doesn’t it? Apparently I was meant to learn about this organization.

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Unfortunately by the time the brochure arrived in the mail our lazy butts actually checked the mail, it was too late for us to attend any of the information sessions about the triathlon since most of them took place in the first week of May. I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to learn more about Team in Training (TNT), so I emailed the representative listed on the brochure and asked for additional information. I got an answer right away and soon I was all set up to speak with Martin, one of the main organizers of the TNT DC chapter.

Martin and I spoke on the phone after work one day last week (he was a good sport- I was on the metro and he kept having to hear all the binging of the doors opening and closing) and he gave me an overview of Team in Training. He also invited us to the TNT Nation’s Triathlon kick off meeting on Saturday morning, where we heard even more about the program. Here’s what I learned!

What is Team in Training?

Team in Training is an organization that provides training programs for athletes of all levels in exchange for fundraising toward the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. TNT is not limited to triathlons; they also help you train for half marathons, full marathons (tempting!!), cycling races, and other athletic events. At this particular moment, Fabio and I are interested in learning about their training program for the Nation’s Triathlon, which is an Olympic distance tri right here in DC in September. Of course if we like TNT, I could see us continuing to train with them for other events.

Like Team Z (read my overview of Team Z here), TNT connects you with coaches who write out a training plan to get you through the race from start to finish. There are different levels of training for each event catered to your abilities (so you can be a beginner swimmer, intermediate biker, and expert runner, for example). The difference from Team Z is that instead of paying up to $95 a month for training, you are pledging to raise about $2,500 toward the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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That’s a lot of fundraising. Why?

Since its initiation in 1988, Team in Training has trained over a half a million runners, walkers, triathletes, cyclists and hikers and raised over $1.3 billion to fund lifesaving research. With your pledge to fundraise, TNT will coordinate all your training and pay for all your race expenses including entry fees and airfare/hotel expenses when necessary. Because of this, the amount that each participant needs to raise varies from race to race. For example, participants training for the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco would probably need to raise more than someone doing the Nike Women’s Half Marathon right here in DC since TNT would need to pay for their travel. It’s all relative so it changes for each event.

How are you supposed to do it?

Because I have very limited experience with fundraising (high school cheerleading and college sorority events pretty much cover it all) the fundraising aspect of TNT intimidated me at first. $2,500 is a LOT of money, but luckily TNT has a staff of professionals who are experienced in fund raising and work with each participant to come up with a game plan. They help you host happy hours/events, come up with a list of people and businesses to contact, and set up a fund raising website for you to manage. The staff at TNT did a good job of putting my fears at ease and assured me that the only people who really have a hard time with the fundraising are the folks who don’t take it seriously and wait until the last minute to get started. According to the TNT staff, pretty much everyone who makes an effort is able to come up with the money.

Other fundraising details?

There are a couple other fundraising details like that there’s a recommitment date half way through your training program where you can decide to stop if you don’t think you’ll be able to come up with the required amount of money. TNT keeps what you have so far and you are not obligated to come up with the rest. You also don’t get to complete your race with TNT. If you do decide to recommit and you don’t come up with the required amount of money, you’ll have to pay it out of pocket.

What does the money go to?

As I mentioned before, the money goes toward the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society who use the money to fund research for a cure for blood cancer. This is one thing I really, really like about TNT compared to Team Z. With Team Z, it seemed like an astronomical cost just to do something you love (and it probably went mostly into someone’s pocket). With TNT, it’s still an astronomical cost but it comes from people around you and it goes to such a fantastic cost.

We heard from a number of cancer survivors at the kick off meeting who had all been touched by the good work of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and tears were brought to my eyes numerous times. I wasn’t prepared for or expecting that!! The fact that you can do something you love and help cure cancer is simply amazing.

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What’s the time commitment/training plan like?

Similar to the Team Z training plan, you train every day but Friday. Saturday is the day for longer runs/bike rides, and Sundays and/or Tuesdays are for group swims. TNT gives everyone a training plan tailored to their abilities, and then members follow it on their own (or with a small group that they coordinate themselves) throughout the rest of the week.

Also like Team Z, TNT has plenty of swim coaches who would be able to train non-swimmers like me how to get through the swim from start to finish. Phew. This is the main thing I’m worried about in completing a tri, so I was happy to hear this.

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That’s a lot of information. Let’s digest.

As you may remember, I really, really liked the concept of Team Z. I liked the idea of having a big group to race with and plenty of teammates to cheer you on. I liked the idea of coaches and a custom training schedule, and I liked the idea of potentially traveling for an event. The only thing I didn’t like was the price tag of $95 a month. Ouch.

TNT on the other hand, offers all that and more. You still get a training plan, you still get a team, you still get to travel, but you get to help cancer survivors too! I think that alone makes TNT outweigh Team Z in my mind.

Herein lies the problem though- the meeting we attended? Oh yeah, that was the kick off meeting. Meaning training started yesterday. Technically Fabio and I still could have signed up (people join late all the time) but this summer is already pretty booked for us. Fabio has already committed to soccer, softball, and volleyball on the weekdays, and most of our weekends are already booked with activities. I just bought the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide eBooks, and I really like the training program I’m following right now.

I know I want to do a triathlon, but right now just isn’t the best time for us to be jumping into a whole new fitness project with an intensive 6-day-a-week training program.

So here’s what we’ve decided. We really want to do a triathlon. We really want to do it with Team in Training. Now might not be the best time for us, but we know it will be soon. What we are going to do is keep our eyes open for the next TNT Olympic-distance tri (whether in DC or elsewhere) and sign up again when the time is right for us, when we won’t be making a last minute impulse decision, and when we can clear our schedules to really dedicate ourselves to this 100%. Even if it means waiting a year, I think we are ok with that. At least now we know what we want and how to get there.

Questions of the day: Do you know anyone who is part of TNT? Do you have any fundraising tips?

 Posted by on May 13, 2014