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Ultra Training: Week One

Last week I posted about my new adventure—training for my first 50K.  After talking to my coach, Jenn from Sole Health and Wellness, she came up with a plan to get me there.  I officially started training on Sunday.  Here’s how the first week of my ultra training went

Sunday
The Saturday prior to my official training start, I was scheduled to run a 5K.  I ended running longer than I planned that day, so after consulting with Jenn, my scheduled mileage was shortened a bit.  After my run, I was extremely grateful for that—I hadn’t slept well the night before and every mile felt like a struggle.  

Monday
Monday was a short run, but after purchasing a pair of Altra trail shoes, I took to the trails to get my feet dirty.  I was still a bit tired and my leg is still a bit from my fall a couple weeks ago, but the run felt pretty good.  I did some stretching and foam rolling when I got home—that definitely helped.


Tuesday
Tuesday was shorter run than Monday and turned into #Runch with Smitha down b…

Fit Foodie Run Recap

Last week I entered a contest hosted by local blogger Kate to win an entry to the Fit Foodie Run that was coming to San Diego-- this race had been on my race schedule radar, but due to other things going on that day, I was still on the fence.  Running the race would mean a very busy schedule for my Saturday so I decided to leave the decision up to the contest.  And guess what, I won!  Not only did I win an entry for myself, but also an entry for a friend.  (I had the option of either a 10K or a 5K and I went with the 5K)

Once I registered, I found out that I knew several other people running this race.  We decided to meet prior to the race and run four miles to the start line area.  We made our way to the start line area and bib pickup.  Although there was race day pick up the day prior, I opted to get it that morning which seemed to be a popular decision.  After picking up our bibs, we had some picture taking fun and heading over to the start line.    

The start line was a little confu…

Adventure Awaits--Jenn13.1 to 50K

I love to run.  If someone asks, "Do you want to go for a run,?" I don't hesitate to reply with a giant "Yes!"  I love what it has done for my health, I love the amazing people I've met through running and I love the way it challenges me.  Yet, even with all this love, I was beginning to miss the level of excitement I used to have with running.  I was increasing my pace and increasing my distance, but something was missing.  

When I started my Run Streak this summer, some of my runs included "new to me" places, many of which were trails.  I loved the trails and had a blast every time I ran them.  I was also watching the journeys of my friends who were training for ultra races and it intrigued me.  I did some research and thought about it-- I decided I wanted to run an Ultra.  I finally found something that got me excited about running. 

After looking at Ultra races next year and talking to some people about various races, I have decide to run the Le…

The Orange Mud HydraQuiver Vest Pack 2: Review

During the summer months, I noticed that my hydration intake was increasing especially on my runs.  In the past, any run shorter than six miles, I wouldn’t take hydration with me.  That changed this summer--some runs I would want water, some runs I would want electrolytes and some runs I would want both.  Anytime I would think that I wanted both, I would remember the Orange Mud hydration packs that several of my friends had—they hold two bottles so you can use one bottle for water and another for electrolytes.  I’ve looked at these for a while and went back and forth about it—I’m a frugal runner and didn’t need a new hydration back.  A few weeks ago my want for the Orange Mud won over the need for it and I ordered the HydraQuiver Vest Pack 2 in pink.

I have several friends who use Orange Mud products and love them.  I also know that a new running product can sometimes take some getting used to, so I first used the Orange Mud pack on a short run.  I was excited the day that it was deliv…

The Aloha Run Recap

When my running journey first began, the first run I ever signed up for was the Aloha Run.  Since then, I’ve run it every year—since it’s my anniversary race, it holds a special place in my heart.  
To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was going to run it this year.  I had some things going on in my life and running a 5K wasn’t a priority.  But the Tuesday before, I decided I would regret not running it and signed up.  When you register you have the option for running untimed at a lower cost and I went with this option.  I was going to run for fun and would be wearing my Garmin so that was good enough for me.


The Aloha Run offers race day bib pick-up so I headed down to Mission Bay early on race morning.  The past years I’ve run this race, it has taken place in September and was extremely hot.  This year the race was moved to October and I was hoping this would mean cooler weather.  When I showed up for bib pick-up, it was actually a bit cold.  I was lucky to find parking close so I wore my…

Friday Five With SweatPink and Aftershokz

Hello October! For this week's Friday favorites, I'm teaming up with SweatPink and Aftershokz to talk about my Friday Five-- five things that motivate and keep me feeling empowered.

SweatPink and Aftershokz have teamed for Breast Cancer awareness this month. Aftershokzwilldonate 25% of proceeds from their Trekz Titanium Pink headphones sold between now and October 31st  to Bright Pink – a non profit that focuses on breast and ovarian cancer awareness and education. (This week/month I'm all about the pink. But the reality is that breast cancer doesn't just happen in October.  Breast cancer also doesn't discriminate based on race, age, sex or gender identity.  Chances are at least one person you know has been impacted by breast cancer in one way or another.)  

Music That Makes Me Move
I have a few playlists that I use for my runs-- they're all a compilation of various genres.  The songs are all chosen based on my current moods and what I'm trying to get out of t…