“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.

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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…

Adorable.

Adorable.

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!

5 Comments

  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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