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In honor of this being my second week of half marathon training, this week's topic will feature my running tips and tricks. Thank you to everyone that sent us a question for this Q & A!
How many races have you run?
I was so nervous at the start line of that race, but I immediately fell in love with the support and cheers I received throughout the course from complete strangers. For me, races are like a giant hug from humanity. The crowds of anonymous spectators are amazing, and the hard work and perseverance of my fellow runners is inspiring!
This year, one of my New Year's Resolutions was to run four 10K or longer races in 2016. So far I haven't completed any (yikes!) but I'll be running my first in July in San Francisco!
Do you have a set training plan that you use?
Sort of? For my first half marathon, a friend recommended that I work off of Hal Higdon's novice training plan. I followed that plan to a T, meticulously checking off each day's activity after completing it.
These days, I still draw inspiration from Hal Higdon, but I've graduated to his Intermediate II plan. I don't follow his plan exactly, however. But it is a great base for me to tweak and change as each week unfolds in front of me. Mainly, I like to make sure that I'm getting roughly the same amount of mileage logged each week and am also adding in speed work to help me get a little faster.
How much do you run every week?
It certainly varies. During non-training times of year, I typically log anywhere from 10-15 miles a week. During training weeks, I can get up to 23 miles!
How do you train when you travel so much?
I make it a priority! I pack my running gear pretty much anywhere I go. (I even brought it with me to a work conference last week in Chicago!)
Running is a fantastic way to explore a new city. (As long as you're safe about your route!) I've run in cities as far away as Reykjavik, Iceland, Barcelona, Spain, and Honolulu, Hawaii! It really helps me get my bearings and feel more a part of the city I'm visiting.
Why do you like running so much?
Good question! I actually hated running for the longest time. I joined my high school cross country team for the socializing and quickly secured my spot near the bottom of the team's rankings. It wasn't until late in my college years that I really got interested in running. I was also much faster this time around! For perspective, I averaged 10 minutes miles in high school. Nowadays, I'm starting to break below 8 minute miles!
For me, running is a great way to relax my sometimes overly-anxious mind. It's kind of a reset button for me. It's also a time that's just for me. A time when I can solve all of my little world's problems.
What's next in your running world?
My next big race will be the San Francisco Marathon! I won't be running the full race, but rather the first half marathon leg. I have no idea why I chose my first race of the year to be in such a hilly location, but it should be fun!