I’m Not Used To Being Last!

Hey everyone!   I hope you are all having a great weekend.  The weather here has been getting nicer which means more outdoor running.  Winter was tough with record snowfall which meant very little outdoor running for me.  Saturday the hubby and I met up with some girls from the gym and we hit the road for a hilly morning run.  The weather was perfect.  The girls we ran with are all training for the Race to Robie Creek which is one of the toughest half-marathons in the Northwest.  It is basically a rite of Spring for all the die hard runners here in Boise and it’s tough to get in.  I am not doing it this year, but I am running with friends who are.  I have to confess, I am not used to being last.  For most of the run I was behind everyone else.  So while I was listening to my music I was thinking about how I can work on my hill pace and change things up for spring running.   I thought I would share some of the things I plan to work on for my spring running and upcoming races. 

Spring Running Tips

Set A Goal:  Pick a spring race or new pace goal.  Goals are great for helping you stay motivated and keep you getting your miles in.  Whatever your goal is be sure it is attainable.

Change Your Route:  If you have been hitting the treadmill all winter now is the time to get outside and run.  Pick a new trail or a new route to mix things up. Mix up the terrain you run on.  Run hills, flat road, grass or trails. 

Running Groups:  If you always run with the same people change it up. Run with new friends or ask people to join your current running group.   If you are not part of a running group Spring is the perfect time to join one. 

Be Prepared For Weather Issues:  Spring weather can be unpredictable.  You may start out and its cold and well into your run get too warm.  It is important to layer properly. A nice water resistant jacket is a must have especially for rainy days. 

Hydrate:  Even though it isn’t really hot outside it is still important to hydrate properly.  Be sure to pack your water or your sports drink for runs lasting longer than 1 hour.  

Now for some hill running tips (I need these!) 

Tips For Running Hills

Start Out Easy:  If you haven’t been running hills.  Start out slow. Just like any new workout routine work your way into it and don’t get frustrated.  You will get stronger each week. 

Proper Form:  Keep your body upright with a slight forward lean.  Try not to hunch over.  Look up and not down.  Pump your arms while driving your knees. 

Cross Train:  When you are not out running it is important to incorporate cross training and lower body strength training into your workout routine. 

Hill Repeats:  Pick a short hill and do some hill repeats.  Run up the hill fast and jog down.  Set a goal and keep adding to it each week.  

Push Your Pace:  If you are running rolling hills attack the hill and then you can recover on the way down. This is a good way to incorporate intervals into your running. 

I hope these tips help inspire you to come out of hibernation and start running outdoors again.  I hope you all have a great week! 

 

 

 

 

 

What The Hill?

I hope you are all having a great Sunday.  This has been a really fun weekend it started and ended with friends.  We met up with some friends on Saturday night for a date night.  It was a blast.  It started off with a trip to Boise Escape.  It’s one of those escape room places where you have 1 hour to solve the mystery and escape the room.  Unfortunately we did not escape in time. IMG_0796[1] It was pretty hard but very fun.  After that we went out to a sushi dinner which was very yummy.    It was a great date night with friends.  I enjoy starting my SuIMG_0794[1]nday’s with a long run. It’s nice to meet up with friends and chat while getting in a few miles.  Today’s run was a 7  mile hill run.  I am training for the Sawtooth Relay and The Spartan so I have to incorporate hill running into my weekly runs.  If you are like me and you have a love/hate relationship with hills here are a few tips to help you beat those hills, get stronger and faster.

  1.  Use proper form for hill running.  When running up hill use short strides, high knee drive, and a slight forward lean.  When running up hill you should be on the balls of your feet. 
  2. Pump your arms a little harder than you would on a flat run. 
  3. When running downhill lengthen your stride, keep an upright posture and engage your core muscles to help with stability. 
  4. To become a stronger hill runner you must run hills and add in hill repeats.
  5. Remember to strength train. Any strength training will increase the power in your legs which will make hill running easier and hill running will make your legs stronger as well. 

These are just a few tips and suggestions.  Feel free to comment with any other tips you have for me.  I have two hilly races coming up. 

Today in church my pastor Doug said “your attitude determines your altitude.”  This is totally true for hill running and life.  Hills are tough but if you change your attitude toward them they are like any other challenging situation. Tough while you are going through it but rewarding when  you conquer it. 

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After church and my run I got to spend some quality time with my BFF (we were BFF’s before it was even a thing) grabbing a cup of coffee and talking.  I love ending the weekend that way.  I hope you all have a great week.   

 

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.