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!


Our Next Big Race/State

Happy Almost End of the Week to you all!

As most of you know, my mom and I are trying to run a marathon or half marathon in every state. So far, we have 11 down. I’m psyched to say my mom and I have our next state picked out for this summer!

State #12  – UTAH with the Hobble Creek Half Marathon!!

My mom and I picked this race/state for a few reasons. Most importantly, the timing of it was perfect. My mom and I will be running the Runners World Classic in July (if you want to race this one with me, you can use code RAVE for 10% off the registration fee!), but we didn’t have any big races lined up for August. I will be in Utah for work the week of August 13th, so I looked around for some half marathons in the general area the following week and found Hobble Creek. It sounds absolutely AWESOME –

“The Hobble Creek Half Marathon was started by two elite runners and USATF members in 1994 with a vision to create a course that would be both a record breaker and a great tune-up for the St. George Marathon… The course is beautiful and fast with rolling hills and is a great place to set a PR (Personal Record) or tune up for a fall marathon. The race is known for its fast course, flowers for women, and Elite 100 medals.”

Hobble Creek Half Marathon Elevation ProfileThat’s my kind of elevation profile!!!

We are registered for the race, flights and hotels are booked, so it is definitely happening! Eeek, so excited!

I was so thrilled with my PR in Augusta in February, but that course had a couple of big hills in it that definitely cost me some time. I think Utah might just be my new chance at a half marathon PR. 🙂 My mom is coming out to meet me a few days before the race, so we will also get to do some sight-seeing and make a little vacation out of it.

In the meantime, I’m sticking with my speedwork routine (did 2 x 2 miles at half marathon goal pace today and was ecstatic at how well I handled it!) and just trying to work my long runs back up. I’m not really following any formal plan for these half marathons, but I am trying to incorporate lessons learned from previous training cycles.

Sunny early Runs | 2 Generations RunningSunny early morning runs are my favorite

**Random sidenote – My big toenail on my right foot finally came off today (it got absolutely wrecked in Delaware)!! I will probably have a regular toenail again in about 9 months… Just in time for me to probably be ready to register for another marathon. 😉 I will spare you all the pics because I have a feeling none of you want to see my gross runner’s feet.

Have you ever been to Utah? Any recommendations for places/sights to see? Do you have any racecations coming up this summer?