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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Training Update

Hi Friends! I hope your summer is going well! Here is what I have been up to since running the Nordea Riga Marathon in May: I took two wonderful weeks off of running. I love being an athlete, but after a long cycle, it felt good to have some downtime. We went to San Diego to watch my brother and sister run the Rock and Roll San Diego Marathon. They did awesome on a super warm and humid day. After two weeks off, I felt ready and excited to run again. Definitely refreshed. We have been living in the mountains in Heber, Arizona about 6,700 feet since early June. I have been putting in some great training, running lots and lots of miles to prepare for my upcoming races. We love it up here and are so thankful Matt’s parents let us use the cabin so much. I know that
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Nordea Riga Marathon

Latvian Flag at the “Corner House”- Former KGB Headquarters. Read about it here. Another place to visit in Latvia to learn more about the Soviet Occupation is the Occupation Museum. Both places were highly emotional and  makes one appreciate safety and freedom. Last Sunday, May 18th, I ran as an invited athlete in the Nordea Riga Marathon in Riga, Latvia, the 2014 European Capital of Culture. This race was very special to me as I am 100% Latvian and it was awesome to be back in Latvia after our first trip there in 2008. I have been working hard on my Latvian language and studying the history of my ancestors and the history of the Latvian people. It is funny, I can understand my parent’s Latvian so well, but when in Latvia it was difficult for me to understand Latvian citizens speaking, I guess that is probably true in any
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Nuun Review

My friend Sara asked if I would review some Nuun Hydration for my blog. I have been using Nuun for a few years now and always love to share the Nuun love. She asked me which flavors I would like to try and review. The only ones I had not tried were the new Nuun Energy, so she sent me one tube of the Lemon Lime Nuun Energy, one Tropical Active Hydration tube, and an Orange Nuun Active Hydration tube. I don’t use Nuun while I am running. I mostly use it to get myself to drink water throughout the day as I am really bad at that! Here in the desert, it is very easy to get dehydrated, so staying on top of it as an athlete is very important. Is Nuun only for athletes? No way. Nuun is refreshing and has very few calories and no weird ingredients.
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