30 Day Running Challenge: Day 30

Show us a sweaty post-run picture!

So this is a terrible picture of me, but it was right at the finish line of the Bayshore Half Marathon this past Memorial Day.  I am in the green.

In better news, I had a great run today.  My pace was quick (for me) and I just felt great!  Which was shocking, seeing as I ate terribly today.

Happy running!  I’m sad the 30 day challenge is over 😦


30 Day Running Challenge: Day 29

Do you like running with a buddy, in groups, or solo? Why?

I used to HATE running with people.  I always found running to be very personal; a great time to reflect and be alone with your thoughts.  I have found, though, that with training, I love having a running buddy, or at least someone to ride a bike along with me.  I find it much harder to stop when there is someone with me.

On a side not: I FOUND MY IPOD LAST NIGHT!!!  Victory for me!

Happy running!  I can’t believe the 30 day running challenge is almost over 😦

30 Day Running Challenge: Day 28

Headphones in or out? If in, what music gets you the most pumped up for running?

This makes me so sad because I last used my Ipod 2 weeks ago and now I cannot find it ANYWHERE!  I am so good with it, always putting it in 1 of 3 places if it is not with me.  But alas, it has disappeared.

So I guess that answers the question of whether I listen to music.  I love rocking to music during races especially, and when I am wearing them while training, I try to avoid busy roads, or have one out at a time.  I also try to turn my music down or take one out when I pass people just because, as crappy as it is, being a girl (or anyone really) you need to be aware of your surroundings.

Sometimes, though it can be very relaxing about running without headphones.  Some of my best runs have been when I don’t have music, so it is a nice change of pace.

I don’t have a particular genre that gets me pumped for running.  Some days I need something super upbeat but other days I need something mellow to keep me happy and focused on my pace.  “Strawberry Swing” by Coldplay is probably my all time favorite chill song to run to 🙂

Happy Running!

30 Day Running Challenge: Day 26 and 27

Sorry, I missed yesterday!

Day 26: The only day in the challenge where I’m going to ask you to run: go run a mile as fast as you can and tell us about it!

7:57!  I am ok with that.  I think it is because it is cool and rainy out, not to mention I have been resting my legs all week to recover from my half marathon last weekend.

I love running in the rain, and tonight, it actually made me excited for fall (even though I generally consider myself a summer girl). It has been such a hot summer here in Michigan, so the rain is a welcome change.

Day 27: While running do you use any watches or apps? What technology do you utilize?

I use my Garmin Forerunner 305 and I love it!  I feel bad because I don’t use it to its fullest potential, I just want to know how far I’ve gone and how long it has taken me 🙂  I originally chose this one because of the heart rate monitor feature, but I have gotten away from using that too.  Maybe that will be a goal of mine.

30 Day Running Challenge: Day 22

Define your relationship with running.

Hate!!! Today is thriving with hate!

I’m just kidding.  I would say “love/hate” is the best way to describe it.  As I have written before, it can be your best friend or your worst enemy, it is basically the physical equivalent to my conscience, if I can just beat myself, then it will be great, if I can’t, it will be disheartening.  

But that is why I love it, even when it is tough.  Some days are easier than others, but you can never get away with less than your best. 

30 Day Running Challenge: Day 20

Have you ever followed any sort of training plan? Which ones and how did you like them?

Yes!  I would be completely lost without a training plan.  For my first marathon I was training for (then got sick for 😦 goodbye $140) I used the Runner’s World training plan from their book “Marathoning For Mortals”, but for the last marathon and for my next one I am using Hal Higdons Intermediate training plan.  I like it because it doesn’t include a required amount of hill or or fartleks.  Though I think these are very necessary, I find this training plan to be effective and not intimidating.

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This picture has nothing to do with running, but I love it.