Hill Repeats

Today I started my new training plan for the Sawtooth Relay,  Idaho’s most famous race which is in the beginning of June.  I have a love-hate relationship with hills.  I love them when I am done and hate them while I am running.  Hill repeats are good to incorporate into your training schedule for a variety of different reasons.  It can improve your endurance, power, speed, and helps with your overall strength.  Since my upcoming relay is a hilly run I want to make sure I am ready for it.  Today a group of friends and I got together to run some hill repeats.  We killed it!  Running with friends makes even hills fun!

Here is what we did today:

Warm Up:  1 mile easy
Hill Repeats:  5 x (run up the hill pushing yourself and jog down or walk down).  We had a long hill.
1 Mile Run at a comfortable pace
Cool Down (walk) and Stretching

Here is a link to race information. The scenery is beautiful.  http://sawtoothrelay.com/

Below are some pictures from last years relay.

Coming Soon:  My race training plan.

Pre-Workout Eats

One of the most commonly asked questions I get by my participants in my fitness class is about what to eat before a workout, especially since my class is very early in the morning.  This has taken me a long time to figure out.  I had to do a lot of experimenting myself to figure out what worked for me.  I am not the type of person who can go to the gym in a fasted state like my hubby.  He drinks black coffee and is out the door to take my class.  I just can’t do that.  I have tried and I feel like I have more energy and perform so much better with a little something before I workout.  These are merely tips and suggestions of what works for me, but you may want to give a few of these a try.  Here are my top favorite pre-workout or pre-run foods with a recipe included.

  1. No Bake Energy Bites (recipe below)
  2. Rice Cakes with Nut Butter (optional top with sliced banana, drizzle with honey, or sprinkle raisins on top)
  3. Banana with Nut Butter
  4. 1 slice Ezekiel toast with coconut oil, sprinkled with Himalayan sea salt
  5. Oatmeal with Fruit (only when I have more time before my workout 1 hour or more)

This recipe was adapted from a lot of other recipes out there.  It was actually given to me by my mom who is also a fitness fanatic and runner.  For some reason though hers always taste better than mine (doesn’t mom’s food always taste better).  

Pre-Workout Energy Bites

  • 1 Cup Dry Quick Oats or Crispy Rice Cereal
  • 1/3 cup nut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey (can sub maple syrup or dates)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Orgain Plant Based)
  • 3 TBS ground flax seeds
  • 3 TBS mini dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs
  • Optional:  Add 1/4 cup dried fruit
  • Mix together (I use my food processor) and roll into tablespoon size balls.  Refrigerate.  You may have to add a bit of water or almond milk if it is too dry.

Boot Camp Workout

Here is what we did today in our boot camp class.  It was a tough and fun workout.  I am eventually going to add videos and pictures to my workouts, but that may take me some time.  Enjoy this workout.  It can easily be done at home or the gym, or if you are lucky and have nice weather you could do this outside.  Bootcamp 30

Treadmill and Strength Workout

This is a great workout you can do at home or at the gym.  Sometimes running on the treadmill is a little boring for me.  I love incorporating running intervals into my strength training especially when I am training for a race or just trying to work on my speed.  This workout will target both speed work and hill running.  Enjoy!treadmill and strength

Running with Friends

I have always said that running is cheaper than therapy (I think I saw this saying on a T-Shirt).  That is so true.  Today I ran 3 miles with a friend who just started running.  She started a few months ago and she keeps getting faster with each run.  I am so proud of her! We normally follow Jeff Galloway’s run/walk plan and today we did a shorter run focusing on increasing our speed.  We did 3 miles in 28 minutes.  I was glad she was there for me mentally and I am glad I got the chance to push her a bit too.  My tips for new runners are to find a plan that you like and use it.  Don’t feel intimidated.  When I first started running I could barely run 1 mile and so I quit.  Now I am totally addicted to running especially with friends.  Find a friend to run with who can help you or push you when you need it.  If you don’t have a friend find a local running group.  Most running shoe stores can connect you with a running group.  Keep track of those miles.  This shows your accomplishment and can be a form of motivation.  Sign up for a short race to have a goal.  And most of all just go out for a run and enjoy it.  Don’t get too mental.  So go out for a run with a friend and enjoy it! 

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A few of my friends I run with.  They are so awesome!