Building a Race Schedule That Won’t Burn You Out

A couple of years back, in 2015, my race schedule was jam-packed. I ran 14 races total for the year: 4 half-marathons, 5 5Ks, 2 10-milers, a 20K, and 2 marathons. There was a couple of reasons why I got so involved in running all those races. The year earlier, in 2014, I only ran 5 races total because at the time, I didn’t live in a place where there were races in cute little towns or around tourist sites almost every weekend, and certainly only a couple of them I considered to be “bucket list races.” Once I moved back to DC, starting in 2015, I was almost always at a race because I was working a job that allowed me the means to register for more than a few here or there, plus I’d been making some strides in my running (ha ha) and I wanted to put myself to the test. Continue reading “Building a Race Schedule That Won’t Burn You Out”

Week Four: 2017 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler Training

Fundraising Update: I’m at 10% of my $500 goal to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network with $50 raised! And there’s still plenty of time to donate. This past weekend, I wasn’t quite sure how many miles I should run on Sunday, so I posed the question to my social media followers and asked for donations in the amount of miles I should run. I got two $25 donations and, while I didn’t run 25 miles this weekend, I was on my feet for 51.7 miles between Friday and Monday. It’s definitely a fun way to contribute. 🙂

This was a fun way to get donations: ask your donors to be your coach and donate the number of miles you should run in a weekend!
This was a fun way to get donations: ask your donors to be your coach and donate the number of miles you should run in a weekend!

Not that I know, but I have heard that the wedding you set out to have is almost never the wedding you actually have. The same can be said about race training plans. Sometimes you take a rest day to take care of some business, and then that rest day has morphed into another rest day and then it becomes three days off then four and then you’re facing five days since you last ran and you’re wondering how that happened. I’m here to tell you, it happens to probably a lot more runners than you know. Just because I “run all the time” doesn’t mean I actually run all the time. I’d say it doesn’t happen as often when I am marathon-training, but I have had a few weeks here and there that were just like….wtf, Sara? It can neither be explained or predicted. Continue reading “Week Four: 2017 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler Training”

Week Three: 2017 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler Training

Fundraising Update: As part of my Cherry Blossom (CUCB) 10-Miler training and participation on the 2017 CUCB social media ambassador team, I am raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network. My goal is $500. Please consider making a donation to help make miracles happen for kids! Thank you for your support of the CMN.

Last week, I didn’t post an update. Well, I did– if you subscribe (thanks!!) you probably got it– but due to some formatting errors on Word Press, I couldn’t publish anything, at least without re-writing the whole thing. Like, physically transcribing it, not copy-paste. I’m a little OCD about how my posts look, so having one appear in a different format bothers me a lot. Luckily, this week is back to normal and the mystery of the blog post that never was will hopefully be a fluke.

The biggest takeaways:

  • I rocked my first speed work session, completing 6x 400-meter sprints on a treadmill between 8:27 and 7:53 paces.
  • I had an incredibly busy week at work, so I had some problems with planning easy runs early in the morning ahead of days when I could not get it in otherwise.
  • I got my new Lumo Run tech device, which gave me real-time, mid-run analytics on my cadence during my 7-mile Sunday long run. I made that my focus for (some) of my runs in the following days.

Continue reading “Week Three: 2017 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler Training”

Week One: 2017 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler Training

Photo Credit: Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Race
Photo Credit: Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Race

Fundraising Updates: As part of my Cherry Blossom 10-Miler training, I will be raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network. My goal is $350, but I would love to surpass that. Every week, I will post updates as part of my training with a link to my donation page. Our social media team will also be endeavoring to raise funds, too, so I urge you to consider donating to help them reach their goals this week! Thanks in advance for your kindness and generosity in helping to make miracles happen for children.

Back in October, I announced that I had been selected to represent the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Miler for the 2017 race as a social media ambassador. I am totally thrilled to do so, because I love this race. Continue reading “Week One: 2017 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler Training”

Three Weeks to the New York City Marathon

This song has been in my head nonstop lately. Photo Credit: Huffington Post
This song has been in my head nonstop lately. Photo Credit: Huffington Post

In less than three weeks, I will have run my 9th marathon and probably one of the greatest road races on planet Earth. As I write this, I have completed over 350 miles of training just in the last 16 weeks. I have spent over $3,000 in physical therapy insurance claims to fix some funky hip issue that refuses to quit. I have earned a 10K personal record, ran with 11 other women from the timberline of Mount Hood to Seaside, Oregon, and I ran two half-marathons within 24 hours of each other. I’ve missed out on social events in the name of sleeping and training. I’ve weathered heartache and the stress of trying to be a responsible adult, choosing to run when I don’t think I can or even want to do it. I continue to doubt and overcome, dream and disbelieve, rest and grow weary, try and try again. I’m ready for this race to move me, inspire me, and be something I look back on as a great day to have been alive.

But I’m also totally nervous about how to prepare for this race. Logistically speaking. Continue reading “Three Weeks to the New York City Marathon”

How I Prepared for Hood to Coast

My last blog entry was probably one of the most brutally honest pieces I have written in awhile, and I’m so grateful that I had the guts to just say what I freaking needed to say: that running has burned me out tremendously on emotional, physical, and mental levels. Actually, no: injury has burned me out emotionally and physically. The amount of work required to come back from being benched is substantial. First of all, you don’t know where to start. Then you have to fight voices in your head that tell you you are a fool for even trying. You doubt whether you should keep trying because you’re not happy anymore. There’s guilt for letting yourself get hurt and constantly wondering how it happened. Plus, you know, medical bills suck. But I sort of had to self-soothe for the last month or so because I’m running the Hood to Coast Relay race this weekend, and I needed to pull it together fast because there are 11 people counting on me to pull my weight.

The Hood to Coast Relay is “the mother of all relays.” It’s 200-ish miles over 32 hours, starting at the Timberline Lodge 6,000 feet up Mount Hood to the coast of Oregon at Seaside Beach. I am part of a team of 12 total women running that distance with my share being 16.6 miles split into 3 “legs.” I have NO IDEA what to expect, except that there will be a lot of fun and probably not much sleep. And likely a lot of binge-eating. Definitely some drinking and swearing. Continue reading “How I Prepared for Hood to Coast”

Fall 2016 Race Training Goals

June is the runner’s unofficial start month for fall marathon training. Usually every June starts with an abrupt wake-up call when the first 80+ degree day hits and I begrudgingly realize that sleeping in is no longer an option if I want to escape the heat and also that 16-18-20 weeks comes quickly. While my training for the New York City Marathon (omg!) doesn’t technically start until the first week of July, I’m already sort of looking ahead to what I want out of training this year.

While I’m never truly out of training– I feel like I always have something on my plate that keeps me on the trails– my approach to running is sort of like turning 30. Continue reading “Fall 2016 Race Training Goals”