Feeling Goal-able

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I'm so excited!

This week I finally  passed 10 miles on my long run. Now, don't get me wrong: I'm a tortoise, not a hare. It took me a full 2 hours.... I will clearly not be setting any land-speed records.
But I'm still excited to have achieved the biggest goal I've set since I started running last summer.

So now what?

I'm thinking it's time to sign up for a half-marathon!

Who's with me??

On that note, I figured it might be a good time to share a few running tips I've picked up over the last  months:

1. Run against traffic. Whether you have a comfortably large shoulder or prefer less runner-friendly country roads, if you're running on the street you should always be able to see what's coming at you so you can take evasive action if necessary.

2. Be visible. I'm always surprised at how many people I see out for a run in head to toe black. Bright colors or reflective striping make you more visible to drivers, and the more visible you are, the less likely you are to become a statistic.

3. Choose your tunes wisely. I love all kinds of music, but Andrea Bocelli's arias aren't what get me moving. Finding songs with a good beat can help you maintain your cadence and push through fatigue. Some of the current faves on my playlist: M.I.A. Paper Planes, Wiz Khalifa No Sleep, Nicki Minaj Starships, and Lupe Fiasco The Show Goes On.

4. To prevent "bonking" (depleting your glycogen stores) or developing leg cramps on a long run, you might want to consider carrying a gel or chewable energy/electrolyte replacement. Clif Shot Bloks contain both electrolytes and simple sugars and taste like candy. (Always a plus as far as I'm concerned!) Gu Roctane gel has the basics, plus aminos and caffeine for an extra energy boost. And don't forget to stay hydrated!

5. Don't neglect strength training! Weight training, and excercises like squats and lunges will strengthen and tone your muscles in a way that running can't. And stronger muscles = better runs, so it's a win-win!

Have you ever participated in a full or half marathon? Any running tips to share?? I'd love to hear!

Happy almost-Friday!

6 comments:

  1. Wow! 10 miles, congrats! I know thats a big milestone for you. I'm totally with you for a half marathon. I'll be the one holding your water and cheerleading!

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    1. Girl, I am so signing us up or a 5k this summer. Even if we just walk it!!

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  2. congratulations! you're a machine! sometimes i wish that i ran - but not really. haha... so good job!!

    glad to have you participating in send something good! talk to you soon!

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    1. Thank you for organizing it! It's exciting how many people are participating :-)

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  3. Hi, I just came across your blog and I like it.
    I am your newest follower ;)

    {Shauna}
    www.ShaunaWyrick.com

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    1. Thanks Shauna!! I'll have to check out your site. Love finding new blogs to follow :-)

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