Using Generation UCAN

As I begin my fall marathon training, I am excited to be a part of the Generation UCAN family! Generation UCAN is a great training tool for me as their SuperStarch helps to teach my body to burn fat. Important to avoid hitting that wall in the marathon! Generation UCAN provides steady energy, keeps me lean, and most importantly for me- no stomach distress! Check out Generation UCAN here. They have also just come out with a zero calorie electrolyte drink mix called UCAN Hydrate which I like to drink throughout the day. Pre-run, I have been using a mix of either the Generation UCAN Tropical Orange or Lemonade (my two favorite flavors) mixed with the Vanilla Protein in a shaker bottle about 45 minutes prior to running. I no longer have to fret about figuring out a pre-run breakfast. Yay! Immediately after my run I drink a shaker bottle of
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Bloomsday 12k

This past weekend I finished my spring racing cycle with one of my favorite races, the Lilac Bloomsday 12k in Spokane, Washington. This was my second time running it. I would put this race on a must-do list for any runner. Spokane is beautiful, the course requires a strategic approach  which makes it fun, and the volunteers are the friendliest. Just a top-notch event all around! I think I may have dug myself into a little hole this spring and went in to the race a bit more tired than I thought. Race morning I felt awesome and confident but my body was fighting any kind of fast running. It happens! Results here. I It was a great weekend and I was able to hang out with some pretty awesome ladies. Big thanks to Bloomsday and Jon Neill for having me!   Up next will be enjoying some time in San Diego
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Whirlwind Spring

Phew, what a spring! We took a rather unconventional approach for me racing wise as I really wanted to get out there, race a bunch, and throw caution to the wind. Maybe I threw a little too much caution as fatigue definitely set in just in time for the Chicago Shamrock Shuffle 8k and the SacTown 10 mile. I was honestly exhausted. (hence the absence from blogging for a few weeks)  But, you never know until you try! I learned a lot this spring and even came away with 2 new PR’s. The most important thing I learned was that I can mix it up and start faster than usual and still finish the race…even if it is a death march, ha! This spring was all about racing instead of time-trialing, so I tried to take a few more risks in my racing. Here is how it went down: Feb
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Mountain to Fountain 15k

After a win at the Phoenix Half Marathon last weekend, I was hoping to stay on a roll and go for the win at the Mountain to Fountain 15k this weekend. I knew I was fit, so after the Phoenix Half, I would need to focus on recovery if I wanted to race well at the 15k (9.3 miles). I stayed at my parents home in Cave Creek, Arizona for the week between races, and was able to get a lot of rest and healthy eating in. It was also great to run on soft trails and on the Phoenix canal in the dry air!  Below is  my training after the Phoenix Half and before the 15k. Sat 2/28- Phoenix Half Marathon- 1st place 1:14:52 (Although I will not compete in the 2016 US Olympic Marathon Trials, this was my 4th Olympic Trials standard time for 2016) Sun 3/1- 12
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Weekly training 2/23-3/1- Phoenix Half Marathon

Below is my training leading up the the Phoenix Half. I tapered for this race as I was hoping for a PR (1:14:19) but wasn’t in the cards for me with the wind on the course. I ended up running 1:14:52. (5:43 average) That’s ok! I know I am capable of a fast half marathon and will go for it in the future. The race was awesome. The course reminded me a lot of the Houston Half Marathon. I would highly recommend this race! M 2/23- 10 miles a.m., 40 min yoga from Runner’s World T- 2 miles out of bed shakeout with Gussie, 10 miles at the track with 4 x mile in 5:45, 5:40, 5:35, 5:30 with 2:00 jogs. 4 miles in the p.m. W- Rest Day!!! R- 10 miles a.m.- Did 3 of them with Gussie before my flight, 7 on trails when I arrived in Phoenix.
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Training 2/16-2/22

I realized I forgot to update my training on the blog last week! This is what I ran following the California 10/20 10 Mile race. M 2/16- 8 trails in the a.m., 4 on trails in the p.m. 60 minutes of  youtube yoga, 60 minutes massage. T- 10 miles a.m,  4 miles p.m. 30 minutes easy recovery swim W- 2 miles a.m. out of bed w/ Gussie, 10 miles hills on the coast a.m. 40 minutes strength: W’s, weighted lunges, step-ups (side), triceps, woodchop, one leg cable pull (from Core Performance) Grant Green, Active Isolated Stretching. 6  miles in the p.m. with 8×200 w/ 200 jogs- 35, 35, 34, 35, 34, 25, 34, 34 R- 6 miles a.m., 6 miles p.m. F- 3 x 2ml in 10:55 w/ 3:00 jog rests. I was SO nervous to run this. I knew I could do it, I have run them in 10:58 last
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Soleus Mini Watch Review

I don’t listen to music or wear a heart rate monitor when I run, but I love seeing my mile splits, distance, time, and pace. I am able to run without a GPS watch and do so on easy runs and some races, but I love plugging in my watch after a run, downloading the data and seeing how I did. It is so satisfying! I was given a Soleus GPS Mini watch to test out. At first sight, the first characteristic of the watch that I liked was the bright blue color.  Now that I had it out of the box, time for the set-up. I am not good at technology, but somehow I figured out how to download the correct software for the watch. If I can do it, anyone can. Getting the correct setting on my watch was a little difficult for me, probably because I was
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Training Week of 2/9-2/15

This week was a little cut back in mileage before the California 10/20 10 mile race on Sunday. All in all, another solid training week. M 2/9- 6 miles am/ 6 miles pm, 50 minutes Yoga T- 10 miles, 30 minutes swim W- 13 miles w/ 4 x 800 in 2:45 w/ 90sec jogs – 2:43, 2:44, 2:44, 2:44, 2 x 1 mile in 5:40 w/ 1:00 jogs- 5:37, 5:37, 8 x 400 in under :80 w/ 1:00 jog- 75, 75, 74,74,75,74,74, 73, 72.  Was going to head to the gym for strength work but felt fever-y and called it a morning. Jen and I switched it up this week and headed to Point Loma Nazarene University for our Wednesday workouts instead of UCSD. The track overlooks the ocean, definitely helps to ease the pain of a track workout. 3 miles in the afternoon followed by an Epsom bath. R-
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Training Log 2/2-2/8

Hope everyone had a great weekend full of long runs, races, and being outdoors! My focus in my training log this week was to simply “better myself” in terms of eating healthfully, getting more sleep, and visualizing during workouts to gain confidence. Confidence in life and in running is something I have always struggled with. I am figuring out little things I can do to build my confidence, especially heading in to a race. I want to be at the start line knowing I have done everything I could to prepare and to use that confidence to race well. Training Log M 2/2- 6 miles AM, 6 miles PM, Yoga- I love this at home yoga class on YouTube T- 10 miles AM, 4 miles PM, strides, Dirty Dozen core work. W- 13 miles AM w/ 12 x 1k in 3:30 (5:36pace) w/ 200 jogs. All in 3:27, last one
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Winter Training

I am finally feeling like I am settling in to a routine here in San Diego. Definitely feels like home now. I have some great friends to run with, I know where to go for different types of terrain, how to get there (!!), and when the best time to leave the house is to avoid sitting in traffic. We are also in tune to the many breweries of the city, thanks to Matt and my brother, Lukas. Running wise, I have spent the last 2 weeks at just above 100 miles and have been feeling great. I ran the Cardiff Kook 10k on Sunday and ran 34:56- 2 seconds off of my PR. But, it was a great test in a big week to see where I am as I move forward in training. My splits were: 5:28, 5:31, 5:37, 5:40, 5:56 (ouch…uphill mile), 5:40 (trying hard to rally
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