Life & Running Lately

So hello there again, hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July this past weekend!

Happy 4th!Work has been a little crazy lately and it seems like every week, I’ve been heading out on a new trip (most recently Boise, ID and tomorrow I’m off to Indiana). All the travel has been fun, but not exactly conducive to maintaining a regular running OR blogging routine. So here’s a quick rundown of both life and running lately.

  1. In 2 weeks, my mom and I will be running the Runners World Classic in Andover, Mass. My mom will be doing the 5k and half and I will be doing the Hat Trick (5k, 10k, and half marathon). I’m excited for this race, but I also know it will probably be hot and tough, given that I’ll be running 22.4 miles over the course of 2 days. So I won’t be chasing any PR’s at this one, but that’s ok. 🙂
  2. In preparation for that, I ran a 10 mile long run on the trails this past weekend and it was awesome. It had been so long since I had done any trail running, I forgot how soft the ground feels compared to pavement!
  3. I watched the Olympic trials for track and field on tv this past weekend. So inspiring!! I wish I was out in Eugene watching them live.
  4. My mom bought this book recently and was telling me how good it was. IMG_0861I was browsing her copy while I was home this weekend, and thought it was awesome too, so we made a trip to Barnes & Noble so that I could pick up a copy for myself. So far, I’m really impressed by how user-friendly it is. The first 5-6 chapters show step-by-step instructions and photos on how to do the different strength-training exercises and then the last chapter is an 8-week plan incorporating all the moves. I think this will definitely be worth a full review once I have time to check it out more.
  5. Yesterday evening, I attended my first treadmill studio class at Mystryde in Boston! IMG_0866SO. COOL (please ignore the pile of trash ruining my artsy photo). It’s set up like a spin class… but with running! They give you pace cards and you can pick which paces suit you based on your fitness level. I chose the ‘Intermediate’ paces and I was a happy, sweat-drenched mess by the end. 🙂 I would definitely go back for more classes and I could see this being VERY useful come winter when it’s even harder to find the motivation to get outside and run.

So in summary – life is busy and good and we are still running 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful week!