Making the transition from endurance training to speed training…

As I approach the final month of training, I am now in the new throws of agony:  Speed Work.  These workouts are not a priority for those hoping to see the other side of the finish line…But when your goal is to get a podium, these workouts are paramount. I had some changes made to my training plan to shift over to improving speed. Running Long Runs:  The majority of.. Read More

Nothing New for Nutrition: 30 Days to Race Day

Today is 30 days from race day. There is a buzz of excitement in the air and I am starting to think about final preparations. The most important thing I can say is…Nothing New! I am done with trying new drink mixes or gels or before and after nutrition. It is time to be firm on what works and what doesn’t work and hone in on my nutritional needs based.. Read More

GPS Watch vs. Phone App

I have always used a low end Garmin watch to track my distance and pace on my runs. Now that I am running with a phone that has data, I wondered how well the apps work and which would I prefer. For about the next month or two I used both. My Watch: I have a Garmin Forerunner 10. I bought it for the price and it has lasted through.. Read More

Vlogs and Running…Running Vlogs!

I have tried a couple of vlogs recently. There is so much to learn, but I thought I would share them here. I do plan to keep doing them and hopefully they just keep getting better. There is really nowhere to go but up! First up was a long run. It was good and the end was pushing me and my IT Band. I really needed different shoes, which I.. Read More

My Knee Hurts!!!

Yesterday I went for a 6.5 mile run. There were a couple of short steep hills, varying surfaces, and it was my longest run in a very long time. Now my knee hurts. I could feel my IT Band getting tighter at the end of my run. I have had a couple of 5 mile runs with no pain and I think this little bit of extra distance was really.. Read More

My 8 Week Training Plan for the Oregon Epic Relay

I am just 9 weeks out from my first relay event and my motivation is high to be successful and support my team well. I have put together a detailed plan with pace goals and I wanted to share it with you! The Race It is a 200 mile relay with 12 people. I do not yet know my legs and it can be as short as 11 miles or.. Read More

RRCA Running Coach Course

This post is brought to you by…needing a break from my Running Coach Certification test. Last weekend was a deluge of information that I cannot wait to share with others. My desire to take the RRCA Running Coach Certification Course started with needing some continuing education for my personal trainer certification and ended with really wanting to improve my running and having more tools in the toolbelt to help others… Read More

Spring Break Vacation: Baja Carnival Cruise

Carnival Cruise

We always go on a vacation for spring break. It is the thing that gets us through a long winter. This year we decided to go on a Carnival Cruise. We had gone on an Alaskan Cruise previously, but this was the first cruise for the kids. The cruise left from Long Beach, California with stops in Catalina and Ensenada. But first, we had a 14 hour drive to Long.. Read More

TRX Workout for Runners

I am a big TRX fan. As someone who has only recently picked running back up after a long break, I have some weaknesses. But, the good news is that my weaknesses are common to many runners. I put this workout together to help strengthen my weaknesses and I think it can help any runner! The Weaknesses to Strengthen #1 – I would like to promote a forward lean. I.. Read More

Pop Up Camper in Da House!

Pop up camper

I am not saying it is pretty, but it is a pop up camper. We have wanted one for what seems like forever. This tent trailer is going to take us on many adventures. It just needs a little remodel first. It is our first big project really. We have never bought a fixer upper anything and we are kind of excited about it. Here are the ‘before’ shots. We.. Read More