“There was nowhere to go but everywhere..

so just keep on rolling under the stars.” – Jack Kerouac

I love the Holiday season, I really do. I love getting together with family and friends, I love December races, I love the Christmas music, movies, parties…. But holy guacamole it is draining. I had my highest mileage week of this cycle (105) over Christmas and I felt awful! My hip was flaring up big time, I was really inconsistent in my workouts and even pondered not going to the USA Half Marathon Championships.  There were days that I just didn’t want to run at all. But, as we all know, you stick with it, get it done, and things start to turn around.

I feel like starting New Years Day (cliche, I know) things just completely flipped. I had a pretty tough workout on New Years Day ( 6 x 2k w/ 3:00) Some fast 200’s on Saturday, and then 18 miles with the last 8 at half-marathon pace on Sunday. It was great and I felt awesome during the workout. I am feeling stronger every day and can’t wait to race at the USA Half Marathon Championships on January 19th in Houston. I haven’t looked at the start list yet, I don’t want to get all antsy about it. I just plan on racing well and to the best of my ability. John has planned excellent workouts to work on my weaknesses and to set me up for a great race. My training partners are so helpful and motivating and they have played a huge role in getting me as speedy as I can be. Healthy competition between training partners is always fun.


Some little things that have been helping me prepare for the race:

  • I have made some diet tweaks that I am still testing the theory on so I will save that for a new post.
  • I have been making myself a green juice daily and have been using Floridix in the mornings and Hemaplex in the evenings for iron.
  • I have created a motivation board but it is so nerdy that I need to get up the courage to post a picture of it. Basically a bubble map of all the things I need to focus on to accomplish my goal- foam rolling, visualizing daily, sticking with every workout, core, etc. On the other side I have posted things like Believe I Am’s Pro/Amateur chart, plus little cards that list workouts that I have completed to further affirm that I am making progress toward my goal. (You can take the girl out of teaching, but not the teacher out of the girl.)
  • Making an effort to run with others as much as possible. Definitely helps to keep motivation high.
  • Remembering where I was 5 months ago while returning from injury barely able to run a 6 minute mile. Man, that was rough.

My goal for Houston is to hit the Olympic Marathon Trials ‘B’ standard of sub 1:15 (5:45 per mile pace). I believe I can do it based on my last workouts and how I am feeling. Post-Houston I am not quite sure yet which races to target. Any ideas? I was thinking possibly Grandma’s Marathon in June to target the ‘A’ standard, but between Houston and then, I haven’t really decided on anything. Decisions, decisions!

I am also very excited (doesn’t take much) to order this Adapt Vest from Brooks. Yes, I know it will be in the 80’s here soon, but it is SO CUTE! I will probably be able to wear it in the mornings for at least 10 minutes during my warm-up…



Besides training and keeping the puppy tired,  Matt and I have been working on the website and logo for the Sonoran Distance Project, so I will keep you posted on when we go live!

And….I will try to remember to take more pictures for the blog. Blogs are better with pictures.

Run happy!


  1. Great post! Can’t wait to hear how you do at the upcoming USA Half Marathon Championships!

    • Thanks Speedy Lady! I can’t wait to hear all about Changs! I wish I was going to be hear to cheer you on!!

  2. Ari you’ll do awesome at the championships no doubt about!! Glad to see your are back running strong again. I also can’t wait to hear more about your dietary tweaks. Your two most recent posts are so motivating as I make the return to racing next month. Keep up the awesome work speedsta!

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