Munday Runday: Hill Training Starts in New Mexico

During the past couple of years, the Cleveland Marathon has brutally included hills for the last 3 miles of the race. Brutal. I used to live in Little Italy, at the foot of the Mayfield Hill, so hill training was simply built into my running routine, but since we moved to Cleveland Heights, it’s been a little easier to avoid challenging hills on my everyday runs. I know that I need to include hills in my training because I recently registered for a half marathon that may change my point of view on those Cleveland Marathon molehills… Continue reading Munday Runday: Hill Training Starts in New Mexico

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Shaker Lakes Hike and Run 10K

Sunday, September 20, 2015
~68°, 8:30am, Shaker Lakes Nature Center

Somehow my immune system has been wracked by viruses twice now this summer and this time it happened to settle in on the Thursday before race weekend. I was hoping to continue fighting this sickness off, but it just didn’t work. By Saturday, I was weak and wondering how I could possibly pull off a 10K PLUS some extra mileage to get my training distance in (I’ve officially started training for a November half marathon). Needless to say, I woke up on Sunday feeling under the weather and in a cold medicine fog. Ugh. But I knew that once I got outside, the race day adrenaline would kick in. Continue reading Shaker Lakes Hike and Run 10K

Munday Runday: Fitbit

I just ordered a Fitbit!

I’m super excited, ‘cause I love cool gadgets. Like new running clothes or shoes, fitness technology can be super motivating. You want to get the most out of the new toy you bought, so you can’t wait to get out and use it!

I settled on the Charge HR. I’ve been pretty torn about what device I actually wanted, but I think this will be a good choice. I picked Fitbit over some other Android Wear device, because from what I’ve read, Fitbit is just better at what they do. The algorithm is more accurate, the software is well designed, and there are lots of other Fitbit users I can interact with. While I do want a smartwatch soon, I didn’t want to give up on these benefits I’d get from having a standalone fitness tracker.

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not my skin, obviously

And the Charge HR, specifically, was of course because of the HR. Especially now that I’m going to focus on speed and cardiovascular endurance, I think the heart rate information will be invaluable. It should be here in less than a week, so after I try it out a bit, I’ll do a review!

-R

Munday Runday: Traffic

I’ve recently run into a lot of traffic during my commute to work. It’s frustrating and amazing to see how people deal with situations that are out of their control. Admittedly, I don’t enjoy being stuck for reasons I can’t foresee, and I especially don’t like being forced to use PTO for the time that I’m being run late stuck in traffic. But that’s a whole other post and doesn’t belong on this blog. Continue reading Munday Runday: Traffic

Running Support

Sports bras, running bras, whatever you may call your activewear undergarments, are important. Speaking from the point of view of someone who values a good running bra and has a chest on the smaller side, I can only imagine how necessary some more well-endowed girls feel that a good quality bra is for running. I’ve listed a few of my favorites below. I’ve found that these work really well for me, whether I’m running a “quick” short distance or a longer distance like a 10 miler or half marathon. Some are better than others and I’ve found that the best way to learn this is through trial and error. I get most of my running gear from TJ Maxx, as they always have a good variety and the price point is great for trying new things! Continue reading Running Support

City Sights: August

I’ve been running downtown occasionally during the summer before the weather turns and it’s harder to run around the city. I have a couple of routes that I prefer, one of which I highlighted last month, and a quick jaunt from where I park for work to the East 9th Street pier. It’s a little rough getting here right after work, as people are walking or driving around (and not generally in the greatest moods), so the sidewalks are packed and the crosswalks are often difficult to use because of the traffic jams. But, once you break through the crowds, the sidewalk opens up and suddenly you’re running toward the lake! The pier is one of my favorite places to run because it provides a good balance between busy and peaceful. I’ve always seen other people here, but I’ve never felt like I couldn’t have a moment to myself to just take in the scenery [except if I’m running with R…so annoying ;)] and love our city.

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K lake run

-K

If K’s posting city pics, I have to offset with nature pics. And fortunately, I spent this past weekend out in nature! After spending Friday and Saturday celebrating our wonderful friend Lindsey’s birthday, I made a trip down to Hocking Hills to meet up with my high school friends!

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Now, unfortunately, I did not do a whole lot of running while I was there. There was hiking, and a lot of hot tubbing, and of course a lot of beverages. But for you runners who ever make your way down there, definitely take some time to go around the trails. I kind of wish I had, and now I can’t wait for my next trip down to do so!

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-R