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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2015 Goals and Exciting News!

Happy 2015! I don’t know where the time goes. Honestly.  I haven’t updated my blog since after Twin Cities.  Below is a recap on news since then, and hopefully this is a jump-start beginning to blogging regularly again! Sonoran Distance Project News Our team of inspiring women have some great backing through 2015. Sole Sports has been such a great partner of ours. This is THE place for all of your running needs in Arizona!  Final Surge is working with us and has been extremely supportive of our goals. Final Surge is a great training tool and is very user-friendly. Brooks Running has provided our team with beautiful uniforms. Sonoran Distance Project ladies will be easy to spot out on the roads! I am also thrilled to announce that the Sonoran Distance Project has a new title sponsor- Procter and Gamble! Look for news and announcements on Twitter via #SDPStrongerTogetherPantene
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Realization of Dreams

I have been waiting to write this blog post for some time. I have finally had my breakthrough in my favorite race distance, the marathon. I will do a race report below, but here are my results and finish video. I came in 4th place in the US Marathon Championships with a 2 minute PR of 2:35:20. (5:56 per mile) My previous PR was 2:37:28 set in 2011! Garmin Splits, elevation chart, etc. here: *new goal* = work on running tangents. Oof! Race Report I have to be completely honest. It took a lot of self-talk, visualization, and mantras to get to the starting line feeling confident on Sunday. I ran two races this summer to get ready for Twin Cities. A 10k at Cypress which I felt I underperformed in 35:33. It was a very warm day. Not many people know this, but I also had my very first
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Putting it out there.

I am all buzzed up on coffee and kombucha, perfect time to write a blog post! After a summer of training up in the mountains at 6700 feet in Heber, and in the heat of Phoenix, I am almost ready to race! In 9 days, I will be running the US Marathon Championships at the Twin Cities Marathon. I absolutely love racing in Minnesota! You can track me here and watch live video feed of the Championships here on USATF TV. I feel like my cycle has gone really well. In all honesty, I have had a few hiccups.  Days where the heat and humidity have been high my workouts didn’t quite turn out as I would have liked, which is to be expected, but hard to deal with nonetheless. However, all in all, I have had a really solid marathon cycle. I have had more energy this time around
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