Cherry Blossom Training – Week 9

 It’s race week! Week 9 saw a little more running – I managed to run twice. Which was a 100% improvement over last week when I only ran once (and it showed). But now, it’s time to get ready to race. I’m working on a post for later this week sharing some goals for the race and how I’m preparing. The CUCB Social Media team also shared some tips to run your best race.

I’m loving Kim’s course guide, complete with even where the photographers and how to take your best race photo. I will be studying her guide over the next few days as I get ready to race! Do you have any race week traditions or do anything special when you’re preparing for a race?
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Cherry Blossom Training – Week 8

We are just 10 days away from race day! When you do start to prepare for your races? I’m starting to think about how I’m getting to the starting line (especially since the Metro will not be opening early for the race), how I want to tackle the expo and all of the fun events happening race weekend! I also am thinking about preparing my body with lots of rest, water and stretching.

I’ve spent the last few days this week getting ready and then moving into our new house. Unfortunately, my training hasn’t been that awesome the last few weeks. I find that I have a tendency to do this in a training program – especially around the middle of a typical 16 week half or full marathon plan. With the Cherry Blossom training program only lasting ten weeks, this lack of effort is falling right before the race. Hopefully now that we’re settled into the new house, I can get out there and make the last week and a half count!
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Friday Five: Favorite Podcasts

Happy Friday, friends! This Friday I wanted to share something a little different. This month I’ve heard several of my regular podcasts have shared some of their favorite podcasts in an effort to encourage new audiences in the podcast community. They’ve also encouraged their listeners to do the same, using the hashtag #trypod. So today for my Friday Five, I thought I would share five (okay, seven) podcasts I’ve been listening to lately.

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I briefly dove into the podcast pool a few years ago when Roswell and I were driving to Texas and we listened to the first season of Serial during the 3 days of driving. Nowadays, I listen to podcasts mostly on my commute. The shows that I listen to are typically just a little over 30 minutes, perfect for my drive (some are almost an hour though, I save these for my evening commute when traffic can be heavier). While training for the Dopey Challenge, I relied on one or two podcast episodes to keep me going and distracted on my long runs. I like podcasts because of their short length – unlike an audiobook where I can get distracted if I start and stop too many times. I have about 7 podcasts that I have been listening to regularly and I’ve shared them below! Continue reading

Cherry Blossom Training – Weeks 6 & 7

3blackcatco_cucb_week2Hello! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? The last two weeks have been a bit busy – I’ve been feeling a little under the weather , but the bigger news is that Roswell and I bought a house! So we’ve been going between the apartment and the house as we get ready to move. I’m looking forward to sharing more as we get the house some much needed TLC and getting to know our new neighborhood.

Did you see my post on the Cherry Blossom blog? Volunteering is a passion of mine and I could literally give you a twenty page paper I wrote on it. I’ll spare you the twenty page paper, but hope you’ll check out all of the amazing volunteer opportunities that the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run offers for runners and non-runners alike. CUCB still needs volunteers for Friday & Saturday if you’re running the race, as well as Sunday if you didn’t get in this year and want to guarantee your place (or your favorite runner’s place) next year. Two more long runs until race day! How do you start to prepare for race day?

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Cherry Blossom Training – Week 5

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We got a brief taste of spring this week! The weather was gorgeous (almost too warm for a mid-day run) and I managed to get away from my desk at lunch twice for runs. I felt a little crummy during my run on Friday, so I was happy to have a rest day on Saturday. The weather cooled on Sunday, but I thought it was perfect running weather and I got a solid 7 mile training run in!

There is a lot of stuff happening in the CUCB world tomorrow (February 28) – make sure you don’t miss anything!

Okay – so here’s what my last week looked like:

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Cherry Blossom Training – Week 4

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It’s recovery week for Cherry Blossom training – the one and only in this training program! So runs are a little bit slower, more rest is taken, etc. I have to say I’m so glad this was a recovery week, because otherwise I had no excuse for over sleeping every morning. I’m not sure what it was about this week, but I couldn’t manage to make it the gym once in morning. I still went after work, but it’s more crowded and I didn’t reach my goal of 2 yoga and 2 strength classes (just one of each this week).

I did run three times, including a speed workout at the track, as well as cross trained on the elliptical, so I’ll call that a win. I’m still struggling to make time for foam rolling and stretching. Anyone have any tips in incorporating that into my routine?

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Cherry Blossom Training – Week 3

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Training is going pretty steadily after week three. I’m happy with building my long run distance; however, I’d also like to slowly build up my weekly mileage as well. I would like to add an additional day of running in the week, but just a short distance. Time is definitely at a premium though, so I want to make sure I’m getting enough rest as well. I’m still working on foam rolling and stretching daily – sometimes my bed is just calling my name too loudly at night!
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